This is a great resource for any photographer, amateur or professional, who is serious about properly managing a large digital collection. It extensively covers the most important aspects of a digital photography workflow, from getting the pictures into a computer in an orderly fashion, to managing files, handling metadata, backups, data migration and recovery. Readers that might not feel the need to implement all of the DAM protocols outlined in this book will nevertheless profit from the insights on backup, disk arrays, duplicates management and metadata.My review is based on the second edition of this book (May 2009), which has obviously been updated to cover more recent software, and therefore solve most of the issues that have been pointed out in older reviews. Specifically, references to iView have been updated with MS Expression Engine and there is broad coverage of Lightroom-based workflows.
This book ambitions to blend "The devil wears Prada" with "A suitable boy" but fails to enchant on both counts. The passivity of the heroine and her futile lifestyle make her character bland and unlikable. Boring.
This book has benefited from a rather massive marketing campaign, it even has a movie trailer. The problem is that once you've seen the trailer, you don't need to read the book anymore because there's nothing more there. If you really want more after seeing the trailer, look for Webb's TEDx talk. It's 20 minutes long, about 15 more than what was necessary to drive her point. And there's still nothing more in the book.Oh, it is an entertaining read, to an extend. The underlaying personal story is reminiscent of many chick-lit story lines and can be funny at times, but don't expect any groundbreaking insights. Webb did not "hack" online dating, she simply learned how to use it like a normal human being. And the "scientific" approach she claims to have used turns out to be more applied common sense than advanced calculus.
This is probably one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read. Predictions are everywhere in our lives: we choose mates, jobs, our clothes in the morning, a school for our children based on our possibly poorly informed, influenced yet usually overly confident forecasts. And of course, there are those who make a living out of predicting the weather or the evolution of the stock market (and then bet somebody else's money). Nate Silver very efficiently proves that nearly every prediction we make is flawed because we mistake noise for signal, dismiss low probabilities as "impossibilities" and tend to prefer listening to over-confident forecasters rather than cautious ones. It is a vital reality check: this book should be mandatory reading to every professional forecasters, especially economists and policy makers.It is a very dense text, though. The theory is very well explained and expertly illustrated, but there remains an awful lot of it. I also had trouble with the arcane baseball terminology that is used repeatedly to illustrate key concepts. Whereas all other examples are nicely introduced to help the reader understand, a prior knowledge of baseball seems to be a prerequisite for this book... I didn't like that, and it cost the book its otherwise well-deserved fifth star!
This refreshing teenage graphic novel nicely explores the intricacies of high school friendship, family dynamics, and social integration. The story is well constructed and superbly illustrated, and manages to veer clear of the usual young adult subjects (first love, dysfunctional families, and the like). I agree with other reviewers that the ghost figure doesn't really add much to the story, but it's a nice twist after all. A good read (for older readers too)!
Korean food is on its way to become my favorite asian fare. I love the bold tastes, balanced spices and the delicacy with which korean food is usually prepared and presented. And I'm totally addicted to kimchi. This book gives excellent credit to the korean table: its recipes are clearly explained, entertainingly introduced and expertly illustrated with mouth-watering photos. I liked the way the essential ingredients are introduced at the beginning of the book, and I loved the story behind the book, about how the two authors met. Great, yummy book.
Like all Grisham thrillers, this is a good page-turner and won't last long on your bedside table. But this one comes disappointingly short compared to his other novels. The characters lack depth, the story is rather straightforward, and the conclusion is entirely, almost depressingly expected. The book is replete with the usual law-firm clichés : ginormous salaries, abusive billing, staggering work hours... so much that the actual intrigue almost becomes a side story at times. Yawn.
This is an amusing read, if only because all of its readers probably used reading it as an excuse to not doing anything more useful, and it's nice not to feel alone in such moments. Which is precisely the only reason why this book was written: to reassure procrastinators that they are not alone and that most of the time they still get things eventually done. That's nice, but I doubt that there remains a single procrastinator on this planet who is unaware that his plight is shared by a large population.
This hilarious series of anecdotes echo the feelings of every one of us who suddenly turned into full-time dads. Thankfully, all of us aren't stressed-out Brooklyn yuppies and were able to escape many of Dan Zevin's plights. Nevertheless, his stories still resonate with aspects of our own dude-dad-metamorphosis, which makes them even more painfully funny. Conveniently, the stories are light and short enough to be enjoyed despite the constant interruption of our own progeny...
Although certain religious groups insist on temperance and consider alcoholic drinks as sinful, wine is present throughout the Bible. From the intoxication of Lot by his incestuous daughters to the Last Supper, wine plays an important, generally positive, role. But what wine would Jesus drink? The authors of "Divine Vintage" have set out to answer that question, by exploring biblical quotations and reviewing the history of wine (and beer) in and around Palestine.Sadly, what sounds like an interesting topic is watered down, so to speak, by a tiresome rambling style. The first chapters of the book are even less structured than the rest, thick with Biblical quotes and a jagged logical progression. The historical aspects of winemaking are more interesting, but are frustratingly short and imprecise, while the tasting notes that conclude the book will provide little information to readers that will unlikely get the opportunity to encounter wine coming from obscure israeli wineries.This book has potential, with an interesting subject and written by two authors with an undisputed knowledge in theology and wine tasting. Unfortunately, one feels that the publisher utterly failed in his editorial duties: not only is the book written in an awkward and unequal style, but gross typos and inexactitudes have been left over: "vine" and "wine" are often mixed up, units jump from imperial to metric when they have not been entirely forgotten, even God's name is not consistently spelled YHWH, even though the authors lengthily insist on this at the beginning of the book. Coming from a renowned publisher like Palgrave, such amateurism is shocking.