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Last update ... Tuesday, May 28, 2013

sleeper54's new and returning User's Guide
to Epinions dot com

Everything you need to know to survive and to thrive
on this unique website! Click the link below!
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Jump to where you wanna go !!
( Click the links below ! )
The Dogs of Epinions
'Baseball and diamond dust reviews'
user-name 'Comment-Off'
'Lean-n-mean'
Everything Iowa
My reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic reviews
So where are those 'darn cats' ??
I've read 'em all!
Things I've Rated 'Most Helpful' !!
All sleeper's 9-11 related reviews
All sleeper's reviews/essays
Creating a link to your user-page

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French Fry Spam Casserole - Bake 30-40 minutes
Spicy Spam Kabobs - Serve with hot cooked rice
Ginger Spam Salad - Serves 1, refrigerate overnight
Spam Skillet Casserole - Broil until golden
Spam Breakfast Burritos - Bake 5-10 minutes, serve with salsa...
Spam Fajitas - Serves 8, add extra salsa if desired
Spam Hashbrown Bake - Serves 8.
Vineyard Spam Salad - Combine grapes, spam, peapods and onions in large bowl...
Savory Spam Crescents - Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown...
Spam Primavera - Toss with linguini, serve immediately...
Creamy Spam Broccoli Casserole - Makes 8 servings...

 

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Baseball and diamond dust reviews

Book reviews unless otherwise indicated

 
  Reviews
 
Armchair Reader: Grand Slam Baseball || memories and more memories...
St. Louis Cardinals Past and Present || Nostalgia hides the pain...
Baseball: An Illustrated History || ...you will hope for extra innings
The Baseball Maniac's Almanac: ... || more than you should ever know...
Cubs by the Numbers || "The only Cubs book that counts!"
What It Means to Be a Cub || a life many only dream of living...
The Baseball Maniac's Almanac: ... || more than you should ever know...
Cubs by the Numbers || "The only Cubs book that counts!"
What It Means to Be a Cub || a life many only dream of living...
Cubs Forever
Baseball Eccentrics: The Most Entertaining, Outrageous, and Unforgettable Characters In The Game
Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball Was All the World to Me
Unhittable: Reliving the Magic and Drama of Baseball's Best-Pitched Games
This Old Cub . . .DVD
Classic Baseball: The Photographs of Walter Iooss, Jr.
Baseball Prospectus - Baseball Between the Numbers
Grand Slams: The Ultimate Collection of Baseball's Best Quips, Quotes, and Cutting Remarks
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual
Nine Innings from Ground Zero || Oil and water . . .film/DVD
The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic
Jugs Dimple Softballs . . .a softball product
Concrete thoughts on an Abstract
 
 
 Reviews
 
October Men || 'boys in the hood ...err, Bronx'
All Star!: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever
The Heckler
The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness
It's Outta Here!: The History of the Home Run from Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds
Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game
Stephen Jay Gould - Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball
Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field . . .DVD
1,001 Baseball Quips and Quotes: Baseball's Funniest Quips, Quotes, Zingers, and Malapropisms
Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball
Baseball Tales....and a few pics
When You Come to a Fork in the Road, TAKE IT!
The Softball Handbook
The Joy of Keeping Score
 
 
  Reviews
 
The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time || 25 'better than most' baseball players...
Shoeless Joe || Field of Dreams it aint...
The Baseball Trivia Book to End All Baseball Trivia Books
 
 
  Reviews
 
 
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'Lean-n-mean' times Eleven

'Lean-n-mean' is simply an effort to write a 'Helpful' or 'Very Helpful' review in less than 666 words. I first invited my fellow users on the site to join me in writing 'Lean-n-mean' reviews in November, 2002.

I repeated my invitation/challenge in November of 2003 and again in November, 2004.

Each time I was stunned by the response of the community. I found many looked forward to the annual challenge and reminding themself to indeed write 'Lean-n-mean'.

I invite you to check out each of the 'Lean-n-mean' write-offs at the links below.

2002 . . . 'Lean-n-mean'

2003 . . . 'Newbie' do be 'Lean-n-Mean' . . . 'Lean-n-Mean-Two' Write-Off

2004 . . . hey there... Lean-n-mean III is here...

2005 . . . Lean-n-mean IV . . .hard to believe, ain't it..?

2006 . . . Lean-n-mean Five ...because you know it is a good thing...  

2007 . . . Lean-n-mean VI || Here we go again..!!

2008 . . . 'Lean-n-Mean' VII ... is this really possible..??

2009 . . . It's ba-ack! A (sleeper-free) "Lean-n-Mean VIII"
. . . . . . . guest hosted by my online Epi-friends and cohorts Grace and Jennifer.
. . . . . . . . . I am forever in your debt..!! Well done..!!

2010 . . . 'Lean-n-Mean IX ... sleeper says: 'Roman numerals are hard..!!'

2011 . . . 'Lean-n-Mean X' ...yes, count 'em ...number 10..!!

2012 . . . Lean-n-mean XI ...that would be 'Eleven'..!!  

 

Here is a simple online word-counting tool:

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"The First Great user-name 'Comment-Off' !!

. . .and

"The Second Great user-name 'Comment-Off' !!"

...are two chances to tell your fellow 'epinioners' how and why you chose
your user-name and what you think of your choice.

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Everything Iowa, sleeper's reviews of
Iowa-related products

Everyone has a bit of pride in their home town, in the state and country they call 'home'. Here I have collected links to all my reviews related to my home, the place we call Iowa.

I hope you find some value in them.

The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa || Hawkeye history hoopla
Bob Feller's Little Blue Book of Baseball Wisdom ...Baseball Wisdom || ...an Iowa farm boy makes 'the show'
Iowa's Tradition: An ABC Photo Album of the Iowa State Fair Iowa's Tradition: An ABC Photo Album of the Iowa State Fair
H is for Hawkeye || Not much 'Iowa' found here H is for Hawkeye
Stadium Stories: Iowa Hawkeyes || 'Go Hawks'..!! Stadium Stories Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa 24/7 . . .a slice of time... Iowa 24/7
Iowa Curiosities: ... more than corn and pigs... Iowa Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
Iowa's Lost Summer: The Flood of 1993 Iowa's Lost Summer: The Flood of 1993
Iowa: simply beautiful . . .delivering on a promise. Iowa: Simply Beautiful
Iowa Birds Iowa Birds
Iowa: The American Heartland Iowa
H Is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet H Is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet
Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America
Ledges Park good for soul/body. Ledges State Park
 

 

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My reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic reviews

I have collected here some of the books I have reviewed here on Epinions that relate to making reading more productive, enhancing your skills at writing, or understanding better the language of mathematics.

I hope you find some value in them.

What to Read When: ... || The years pass too quickly... What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child and All the Best Times to Read Them
L Is for Lollygag:... || Fun words, fun presentation L Is for LollyGag: Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue
Teens, Technology, and Literacy... || LOL ... RUFKM?? NFW!! Teens, Technology, And Literacy: Or, Why Bad Grammar Isn't Always Bad
. . .better than conjugating irregular verbs... When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better and/or Worse
Superior in your own mind perhaps... The Superior Person's Books of Words
What Johnny Shouldn't Read: Textbook Censorship in America What Johnny Shouldn't Read: Textbook Censorship in America
Anguished English || laughing and crying at the same time... Anguished English
The Kids' Book Club Book... || good words, good eats, good times... The Kids' Book Club Book: How to Organize Terrific Book Clubs for Kids
Another 100 Words... this one misses the target... 100 Words Every High School Freshman Should Know
Naked Reading: ... || Have I got your attention yet..?? Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers
Painless Grammar || ' Really. This isn't going to hurt at all...' Painless Grammar
The Oxford Dictionary of Slang || ' Say what..?!? ' The Oxford Dictionary of Slang
Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus || Two, ...two, ......two books in one..!! Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus
100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know || Spice up your vocabulary... 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die || the clock is ticking... 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
The Meaning of Tingo: ... || not another existential exercise... The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World
Perplexing Pattern Problems & Other Puzzles || Phairly Phun Perplexing Pattern Problems & Other Puzzles
Common Errors in English Usage || Yes, you DO need this... Common Errors in English Usage
Battle of the Books: Literary Censorship in the Public Schools 1950-1985 Battle of the Books: Literary Censorship in the Public Schools 1950-1985
Categories on the Beauty of Physics: ... || Elegance for the mind... Categories on the Beauty of Physics: ...
Traveling Literary America: A Complete Guide to Literary Landmarks Traveling Literary America: A Complete Guide to Literary Landmarks
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading:... Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding And Losing Myself In Books
The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time:... The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time:...
Do You Speak American? || 'Like, fer shur' Do You Speak American?: A Companion To The PBS Television Series
Vocabulary Cartoons:... humor for the eyes and the mind Vocabulary Cartoons: Building an Educated Vocabulary With Visual Mnemonics
A Word A Day: ... || A word a day keeps the ...?? away..?? A Word a Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English
A triskaidekaphobe's and triskaidekaphile's delight 13: The Story of the World's Most Notorious Superstition
A light but filling snack The Polysyllabic Spree
'Taking the 'numb' out of numbers' Adam Spencer's Book of Numbers
One thousand reasons to read 1000 Most Important Words... 1000 Most Important Words
How to Spell It: A Handbook of Commonly Misspelled Words How to Spell It: A Handbook of Commonly Misspelled Words
The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to ... The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to ...
Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
The Writer's Idea Book The Writer's Idea Book
It Figures! Fun Figures of Speech It Figures!
Checking Your Grammar / A Scholastic Guide Checking Your Grammar Scholastic GDS
Cliches, Over 1500 Phrases Explored and Explained / "Cliche Soiree Write-Off" Cliches, Over 1500 Phrases Explored and Explained
!! "Math on Call" answers 9-1-1 calls !! Math on Call
It's s-I-mile !! NOT smile !! Let a Simile Be Your Umbrella

 

 

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Epinions' Cats !!
Finally, sleeper54 is putting up some CATS stuff!!
 
When I returned here in late 2001 and started actively participating, I was struck by the 'feline' presence in the community. So I began to seek out cat pictures, icons, user-names, etc. Some I found on my own, others were sent to me in response to info I left with comments

In October of 2002 I posted an essay, ...Epinions's felines... that invited readers to visit my smaller collection at the time and to leave me pointers to any other users they knew of.

I had thought about posting the pictures directly here, but that would have required a lot of contacts to get all the required permissions.

So instead I'll just post links to the specific user pages.
Some have actual pictures or avatars of cats.
Others have user names that are (apparently) based on the idea of cats.

If any of you reading this know of additional cats that I might include, please forward them to me!

And thanks to all that have already sent me 'pointers' to specific user pages! These great epinioners include lyagushka, wordwalker, mr_calcul8r and uhhhh..., OK so the response has been under-whelming. . .


Epinions has gone to the CATS !!!
Last update: August, 2006
clikc A classic look.
ladyconsumer 'Yes, I am paying attention..!!'
bigcat76 'Comfy place to lay, warm fire going . . .life is good'
stuleg 'In this corner, wearing the white fur . . ..'
cr01 Scroll down to find a pic of 'Elf'...
aeval415 A writer found while still new . . .always a good thing!
patriciak Perhaps my 'senior' cat user . . .??
cubmomma This is one serious sourpuss!
brettkatt Found from a read/rate/comment
sunnydayM Most creative use of a 'cat motif' that I have found!
qualia Hey, a little learning never hurts!
agathafroo . . .found while 'reading-n-rating'. . .
CyndiA Yet another kitty 'gettin' some loving'...??
owling Is Heather getting some loving or giving some loving...??
lilscamp Well, it sure ain't a cat...but I guess there has to be a place for him/her(?) some where...:-)
aldalindil Definitely the most unusual cat I have encountered here!!
veda815 Is that an angry kittty? Or a hungry kitty? Found at eaforums.com
groverchick Heck, a kitty and a kitty. Can't beat that !!
beecharmer Ahhh, cute kitty. . . [OK, she moved the kitty down on her page...but we'll let her stay...]
mjfrombuffalo Two for the price of one !!
palmerLD Thanks to lyagushka again! for this latest real cat picture! (There are two!)
lernerj Thanks to wordwalker for this real cat picture!
lapook76 It's the 'Wonder Bread kitty' !! (Actually, I have no idea where that cat is from. . .
skbreese New, different...and spooky !!
blackcat2 ~,,,^..^,,,~ .......is Heidi's trademark asci signature!
kittyokc Meet Cuddles and Frisky...or is that Frisky and Cuddles ??
badkittyM Sadly. . .gone . . .and definitely missed.
aloha_kitty Nothing here but the name and 'living in paradise' !!
kiko_cat Again, just the name and her "...not...very personal..." picture.
wordwalker Once again, a real kitty is in the house...!
donnamr Hey, I don't know. I guess beauty is in the eye. . .
naphtalia Uhhh, no! That's a barbary ape named Mikey !!. . .
dragonfire88 The worlds' best known cat!!
   
And a few inactive users... MagickCat / JulieLMatthews / diversion4u / kittie74 / einahpets / starcrossedkat

 

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'Who let the dogs (of Epinions) out..?!?'
Last update: February 22, 2007
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hddan
pestyside
scmrak
kyrao1

 
Please drop me an e-mail or leave a comment somewhere on my reviews/essays if you know of other 'dogs' here on Epinions. ...tom...

 

 

 

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' Vertical Reading . . .Vertical Rating '

...to view the complete list of 'movies' and 'books' reviews that I have read-n-rated and an explanation of why I might find this activity worthwhile.

 

 

 

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!! All of sleeper's reviews and essays !!

Please feel free to jump to any of my reviews from the links below.
I hope you find some value in them.
Please leave a comment if you do find value...and especially if you don't !!

Leave me a comment and I'll try to check out your reviews


Select a category, click the down arrow and scroll until desired review is highlighted.
Click 'Go' to read the highlighted review/essay.

Last update...November 29, 2005

 

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September 11, 2001 related reviews
by sleeper54
      ...Books...
September 11, 2001
A guide to the the day and the following months for the older grade-school-age reader

 
A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and its Aftermath, Young Reader's Edition
 
911: The Book of Help

related 'non-Epinions' website:
Families of Freedom

9-11: Emergency Relief
 
Do Not Be Sad: A Chronicle of Healing

related 'non-Epinions' website:
The Children's Aid Society

Portraits: 9/11/01 The Collected Portraits of Grief from the New York Times

related 'non-Epinions' websites:
NY Times Portraits of Grief home page

Pulitzer Prize citation page

September 11, 2001: A Collection of Newspaper Front Pages
 
"Last Man Down" ...Last job done.
The story of one firefighter's experiences on 9-11-2001. My most-valued review here on Epinions . . .by me anyway!
      ...Movies...
Twin Towers

Excellent distillation of the horror of September_11, 2001 down to its effect on two sons, one family. The loss of two sons while serving the public is numbing to me.

Inside 9/11

related 'non-Epinions' websites:
National Geographic Inside 9/11 web page
Preview of film, photographs, timeline, comprehensive Resources list, etc.

Nine Innings from Ground Zero

Baseball, the 2001 World Series, and the events of 9-11

World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse

related 'non-Epinions' websites:
GreatBuildings.com
Detailed look at the former WTC towers.
Photos, history, additional sources, etc.

Leslie E. Robertson biography

University of Sydney Dept. of Civil Engineering
analysis of the WTC collapse.

PBS/Nova 'Why the Towers Fell'

The Guys || Remembering the personal side of 9-11

related 'non-Epinions' website:
NYC Fire Department Memorial Page

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Creating a link to specific content on your user-page

On an Epinions user-page the following code can be used to link to another spot on your user-page:

<a href="#sample">sample in-page link</a>

Elsewhere on your user-page, perhaps near the bottom you will create the 'target' for your link:

<a name="#sample">sample in-page link</a>

This 'link-target' combination would be useful for creating a link to a collection of review links farther down on your user-page. A link at the top and the 'bulkier' content farther down.



The 'target' can also be used as a direct link to that specific spot on your user-page from other Epinions pages (i.e. your review pages.) The #sample text will simply append to the URL of your user page:

http://www.epinions.com/user-sleeper54/show_~View_Profile#sample

Using your URL (with your user-name and your choice of 'target name') on other pages (i.e. your 'Lean-n-mean IV' review pages) will direct your reader directly to that anchor on your user-page. Where all your 'lean-n-mean' reviews (or other 'collections') could be listed and linked.


If you need some additional 'insight' to perhaps figure this out, check out this resource: Annabella's HTML Help . . .I have found it a great resource for all things HTML

If you are really lost, e-mail me and I will try to assist you if I can.

...tom...

 

 

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