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  • rita g - BINDER OF MY DREAMS!This is truly the binder of my dreams! The Prince Charming of Binders...
    Featuring standard dividers, it ensures I can file my thoughts into 'standard categories', and not drift off into any eclectic thoughts, which saves so much agony and grief for both men and women. The four handy interior pockets are perfect for stashing away my four moods. And who has more than four, anyway? In this binder, my pages can lie flat and really enjoy the titillating back mounted rings. With utilitarian sheet protectors, this binder saves laundry time and ensures a sanitary environment.
    But BEST OF ALL - when women pee inside the binder because they are laughing so hard - the plastic construction of the sturdy binder ensures easy and fast clean up. And what's more important than that? Totally five stars for this binder!!
  • Karen F. Blocher "fantasy writer and blogger" - Hours of infotainment!When you're a Doctor Who fan, there is more merchandise available than you can possibly buy, unless you are that happy combination, both rich and obsessed. The question thus becomes, which of the latest books, toys, video, audio, etc. are the must haves? What gives me the most bang for my buck? I rate The Brilliant Book 2011 very high on that scale. There is more fun to be had with this book than, for example, a recent Doctor Who novel.

    Essentially a modern, adult-friendly update of the "Annual" concept, this is a 132-page, heavily illustrated book, full of photos from the 2010 series of Doctor Who. But that's not what's so great about it. Each Eleventh Doctor story from Series One/31/Fnarg gets a two-page spread, including a synopsis, a "magic moment" from the story, some "Fantastic Facts," etc. Nice, but not essential, especially if you get every issue of Doctor Who Magazine and watch Doctor Who Confidential. BUT! You also get bits of deleted dialogue, and "behind the scenes" interview material with Steven Moffat and others. Ah, now we're getting somewhere!

    Surrounding these episode-based spreads are interviews with Moffat, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Murray Gold, plus producer Beth Willis taking you through the entire production process and Gareth Roberts' detailed and amusing insights into writing for Doctor Who. But what really makes this book so much fun is the ancillary features of new material to accompany the various episodes. Mark Gatiss brings us excerpts from Churchill's diary, for example, with glimpses of scenes from the great man's many encounters with the Doctor. (In so doing, Gatiss also manages to close the worst of the episode's plot holes.) Rory's stag party is commemorated with pictures and comments from a "Twitbook" page, including a partygoer's boasts about going home with the girl the doctor replaced in the cake. Gareth Roberts tells us about all the ancillary characters who never made it into "The Lodger," and how their lives were affected by the Doctor's brief tenancy. There is even an original Doctor Who short story by Brian Aldiss, although frankly it's the least impressive thing in the book.

    My husband was initially annoyed that I'd added this book to my Amazon order, so I could get free shipping on Murray Gold's recent Doctor Who CD Doctor Who: Series 4 - The Specials. After five minutes with the book, he wasn't annoyed anymore. "You're right," he said. "This is a good book!" Trust me: from my husband, that's high praise!
  • CZMac - Dyson DC44 AnimalMy husband talked me into buying this. I was never a person to spend big bucks on a vacuum cleaner, their life expectancy in this house has never been more then a year. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Dyson is just as advertised. It cleans down, up, sideways. It makes cleaning the stairs, heaven, and the pet brush attachment, is fabulous. I called customer service to ask if the attachment would work with the 44 and Grace took the time to attach a brush to the 44 they had in the office and it worked. The product is superb, customer service is above and beyond. I will be singing the Dyson praise. If you knew me you would understand better that I do not give praise easily. Just so you know, my last vacuum was a D Devil for $50, it sucks, but not in a good way. Thanks, you've made me a very happy customer.
  • Torax - Worth Every PennyI am very pleased with the DC44. The best thing about it is that it is easy and comfortable to use. I never had a problem using a corded vacuum in the past, but I would have to find a chunk of time large enough to actually pull it out of the closet and plug it in. I would always sweep my stairs in the past because I found that to be much faster and more effective than lugging my full sized vacuum up each step. With the DC44, I find myself looking for places to use it nearly every day. It is ultra convenient. Here is a list of the DC44's strong suits:

    1) The DC44 has more than enough power for wood and other smooth surfaced floors, and low pile carpets and rugs. Even without the "Max" setting engaged, I am always quite pleased with the amount of dirt and dog hair that accumulates in the dirt holder thingy. The only time I find it necessary to use the "Max" setting is if I am trying to get fine dirt or sand out of a rug.

    2) The DC44's battery lasts plenty long. I live in a 2100f ft^2 home with wood and tile throughout (covered with rugs in some places), and I can get through nearly all of it on normal mode before the battery will expire. Using the "Max" mode will definitely use up the battery faster.

    3) It's very quiet.

    4) It is balanced well which makes it easy and comfortable to use.

    5) The beater bar can easily be removed for cleaning.

    6) The dirt collection chamber is easy to clean so long as you are mindful of the "full" line on the chamber and are careful not to exceed its capacity.

    7) The battery is removable and replaceable.

    There are a few things that I would change if I were building the DC44:

    1) The mostly plastic build feels a little bit flimsy. For the price, I would expect some more rigid plastic or more aluminium.

    2) The electrical cord that feeds into the base can come loose and result in the vacuum not charging when docked. I didn't think of this and thought there was a problem with the vacuum after letting it sit on the dock for a week while away from home. I made the incorrect assumption that there was a problem with the adapter and called Dyson's customer service number to get it replaced. It turned out that the plug was just loose and was thus making a poor connection with the vacuum. I just have to make sure the plug is securely connected every time I return the vacuum to its base. Annoying for the price, but I can deal with that. On the bright side, I learned that Dyson's customer support line is staffed by actual humans who answer the phone right away and are quite helpful!

    Again - very pleased with the DC44 and would recommend it to anyone with wood (or other solid type) floors or low pile carpet. Very easy to use and well designed, albeit the build quality is not what I would like to see from such an expensive machine.