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  • teech "janet" - Life Changing BookThank you Esther, for all that you do. Your book has given me the power to attempt to do the impossible: change the way I walk and (therefore) move through life. I was resigned to a life of chronic pain and a crippled, disfigured posture, but your book has given me new hope where before there was none. I practice every day and am constantly noticing and correcting my movements like a continuous meditation. This is an amazing, life changing book.
  • Iri from Sooke - Eee Transformer PrimeThis tablet is the best android on the market by far.It is ultra fast and so smooth and so responsive. It has the greatest image ,it is so sharp it's unbelievable! The 3 D is remarkable. Gaming with this tablet will get you to another world! If you want to buy something that you will really love to play with then this is it !
  • Angry Mofo "angrymofo" - A work to admire, quite aside from the concept.It's difficult to say something new about The Wall. Its reputation as a Rock Classic is cast in stone; but, by the same token, it has also accumulated a set of standard objections from detractors. Personally, I love the album, but some of the "contra" arguments are convincing as well. Rather than bore you with another testimonial to The Wall's greatness, I thought I'd discuss some of the main counterpoints.

    1. "The Wall is about a whiny rock star complaining about being rich and famous."

    It's hard to argue with this point, because it's true. This is, indeed, a concept album about a rock star named "Pink Floyd," who wallows in alienation, complains about his over-protective mother, trashes his hotel room, and starts some kind of riot, without ever really repenting. This aspect of the album inspired legions of angst-rock musicians.

    But it's not _entirely_ true. The rock-star angle is more heavily emphasized in the movie. By contrast, the first half of the album is essentially a meditation on World War II and its effect on families. Among the songs that are not directly about war, "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" is whiny, but has nothing to do with being rich and famous. "Young Lust" is a definitive portrayal of the universal sentiment stated in the title. Only "One Of My Turns" (the hotel room song) really adopts a rock star's point of view. On the second disc, the rock star plot doesn't kick in until "Comfortably Numb," and even then, half of that song is a plain expression of childhood nostalgia, which you don't need to be a rock star to understand. Before that, "Nobody Home" now sounds quite modest (surely you'll agree that we now have access to many more than thirteen channels of <...>), and "Hey You" is a self-abasing call for help.

    So, only about a quarter of the album is devoted to complaining about wealth and fame. You might say, with equal justification, that The Wall is a war album. The war songs are among the best, particularly "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1," where a single haunted verse starts as an intimate soliloquy by Gilmour, suddenly breaks into an anguished howl, and then disperses in an ambivalent extended outro.

    2. "The Wall is a complacent arena-rock album from a band that made its mark with wild experiments."

    Again, this is almost true, in that nothing here is as daringly free-form as "Echoes." There are verses, choruses, and solos. But, as the old dirty joke has it, there are nuances. First, these arena-rock ingredients are all very good. Gilmour's solo on "Comfortably Numb" may have required a lot of studio trickery, but that's only because it is a titanic experience. There's even a shorter solo earlier in the song as a sort of fake-out, to make sure you're not prepared for the real thing coming. Gilmour was not the world's most technically proficient guitarist, but he did the impossible -- he wrote solos, not just simple rhythmic riffs, but longer and more complex passages that the average rock listener (a fellow not known for his sophistication) nonetheless followed with undivided attention and committed to memory. By now, you can probably play the entirety of the solo from "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" in your head. Try it.

    Second, the backdrop to these set-pieces also has a lot of colour. "Empty Spaces" is a fascinating moody soundscape, deservedly imitated by Joy Division on "Exercise One." It foreshadows the dark dread underlying post-punk and the electronic experiments of the eighties and nineties...and then it suddenly charges right into "Young Lust." These bracing tonal shifts keep the album moving -- it is one of the few rock albums to run over 70 minutes and yet remain consistently engaging. On the second disc, the bassline from "Another Brick In The Wall" mutates into a dark evil-disco groove on "Run Like Hell," another proto-electronic moment, and turns Roger Waters' goofy Nazi analogy into an unnerving nightmare vision. On the first disc, "Don't Leave Me Now" starts with three minutes of off-key whining, but then unexpectedly coalesces into a tragic piano/guitar melody and a desperate, lost plea.

    3. "The Wall has a silly concept, and the lyrics are not deep."

    Once more, almost true! (Notice a pattern?) Indeed, there are better things to do than analyzing Waters' lyrics for literary references, Freudian subtexts, and other shades of Deep Meaning (for example, the significance of "the worms"). But The Wall's nature as a concept album gives the band a lot of flexibility to write various interludes and segues that connect different parts of the concept while exploring interesting tones and musical about-faces. Half of these songs don't work as stand-alone songs, but if you listen to them all together while completely ignoring the concept, you'll still get a multi-faceted emotional experience, like a series of strange but incredibly affecting dreams. World War II, teenage lust, alienation and dystopian fears don't have a lot to do with each other, but face it: they're all indelible, powerful parts of your cultural code, and juxtaposing them isn't totally meaningless. Even the most throw-away bits, like "Vera" and "Bring The Boys Back Home," work against all odds, as one-minute fragments, disembodied voices echoing from old newscasts.

    In this sense, the movie does the album a disservice -- for example, "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3" forcibly combines war imagery with shots of "Pink's" unfaithful wife, which trivializes both topics. The Scarfe animations added a much-needed level of abstraction to the movie, but for me personally, there's no point visualizing these songs at all. Pink Floyd may have become an arena rock band by 1979, but they still thought much more about atmosphere and dramatic flow than any stadium-filling act before or since.
  • Joel S. Teig "tigertoo" - Relief for Intestinal DistressI have been taking Align for about two months. Over that period of time, this medication, that was suggested to me by my gastroenterologist, has slowly, but steadily, calmed the intestinal waves and gas attacks I had suffered with for more than a year. The medication actually makes things a little worse for the few couple of weeks, but after that period time, when the bacteria contained in Align takes over the flora in the intestine there is a calming. This medication should be tried by all those who have gas attacks and intestinal aches.
  • Lost in America - You will not believe the sound from this bluetooth speaker...I had 2nd thoughts after purchasing online, even went to listen to the Braven series (440,650,850), today. My TDK came in a week early (one of my reasons for canceling), showed up today! I am so glad I did not return/cancel/etc/ This is an unbelievable bluetooth speaker, with the sound comparable and maybe better to the Braven 850 (20 watts) and < half the cost!. I cannot believe there aren't any reviews to look at in the major pubs. with the exception of Consumer Reports and they gave it a best buy rating. The sound is simply clear, with the volume up loud or down low, no discernible distortion, clean sound. I used to have a pair of Klispch ($800 a pair) paired with a Yamaha Pure sound receiver made in the early 80's, they were awesome and this little unit reminds me of the clarity, not as loud of a course, but quality nonetheless. I listen to a varied music selection: Early Pink Floyd (listen to Echoes and you will not be disappointed), The Outlaws, Green Grass and High Tides), Genesis, Selling England by the Pound and Seconds Out!,King Crimson (In the Court...) etc. Thank you Amazon for initially halting the "stop my order" process. This is well worth the $119!!!!!!!! PS, I am using an iPhone 5s....EXCELLENT sound!