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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Interesting Concept But...

Poorly written...redundant...not fully developed. I'm always wary of "experts" that utilize dumbing-down as a means for enlightenment. A few bright spots; personas, prototypes vs product, schemas... I particularly enjoyed the chocolate bribery papagraph [Chimey Ale works better]. Check it out and skim-it from the library--Not worth owning.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Deconstructing the Elements with 3ds max 6 : Create natural fire, earth, air and water without plug-ins
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Pete Draper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A wonderful introduction to practical Particle Flow

I've found Deconstructing to be a richly-illustrated, invaluable guide to adding 3ds max 6 Particle Flow to my skillset. Instead of thinking of my work in 3ds max as only solid objects that change discretely over time, I am now able to consider random, event-driven particles as elements of equal if not greater importance. Additionally, Draper *sees* nature in ways that I haven't considered before. This book is both practical and inspirational.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Elements of Photogrammetry with Applications in GIS
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Paul R Wolf, Bon A. DeWitt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource

This book is an excellent resource and covers all topics in a sufficient and easy to read manner and definitely covers all the "elements". Anyone that is interested in Photogrammetry will find this book quite useful.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Nonprofit Internet Strategies : Best Practices for Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising Success
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield, Michael Johnston
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
practical help and an excellent management lesson

The book's authors provide a good overview of fundraising and technology, and discuss implementation strategies with a fair amount of depth. As a prospect researcher, it is encouraging to see research and data mining covered so well. As someone who has worked in a number of nonprofits of different sizes, the chapter on staffing is the true find. Tim Mill-Groninger not only provides a good model to think through tasks and processes and how to reach effective solutions, he gives a crash course in managing staff and consultants that in a few pages is more helpful than a shelf full of business books. It has application far beyond a nonprofit's development, marketing, and IS needs.

Style-wise, the repetition of "ePhilanthropy" grates and seems awkwardly applied, considering the book's intended readers are the recipients of philanthropy, not primarily those who practice it. Content-wise, I recommend this book highly.