The first edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Bridge
by H. Anthony Medley was the fastest
selling beginning bridge book, going through more than 10 printings.
Second Edition includes some modern advanced bidding systems and
conventions, like Two over One, a system used by many modern
tournament players, Roman Key Card Blackwood, New Minor
Forcing, Reverse Drury, Forcing No Trump, and others.
Also included is a detailed Guide to
Bids and Responses, along with the most detailed, 12-page
Glossary ever published, as well as examples to make learning the game
even easier. Click book to order.
Imax Hubble 3D (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 47 minutes.
OK for children.
Hereís a description of The Hubble Telescope:
The Hubble Space
Telescope (HST) is a space-based telescope that was launched in 1990 by
the space shuttle. From its position 353 miles (569 km) above Earth's
surface, the HST has expanded our understanding of star birth, star
death, and galaxy evolution, and has helped move black holes from theory
to fact. In its first 15 years, the telescope recorded over 700,000
images. Hubble's view is so spectacular because of its location above
Earth's atmosphere. Shifting pockets of air distort light from space -
that's why stars seem to twinkle when viewed from the ground.
Furthermore, the atmosphere blocks some wavelengths of light partially
or entirely, making space the only place where it is possible to get a
truly clear and comprehensive view of the universe.
The Hubble Space Telescope was dying, so in May,
2009, the Shuttle Atlantis flew to service it. This is the film showing
what they did in 3D. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, produced and
directed by Toni Myers, Director of Photography James Neihouse also
served as the crew trainer for the astronauts.
In addition to watching the enormously
meticulous and detailed work they had to do while floating in space to
repair the telescope, the film includes 3D images of outer space. The
Universe is big, but a few numbers will help to give a clue as to how
enormous it really is. The nearest galaxy to The Milky Way, where we
reside, is Andromeda. How far is ďnear?Ē Two and a half million light
years away, thatís how far! OK, you got that? The light we see of the
nearest galaxy to the Milky Way was emitted two and a half million years
ago! The Milky Way itself is 90,000 light years in diameter. Now, how
many galaxies are there in the universe? Over a billion! And the nearest
to the Milky Way is
14,664,240,000,000,000,000 miles away. So thatís just two
galaxies; two that are close to one another. There are a billion more
galaxies, each containing 100 billion or more stars like our sun, some
much bigger, some smaller. How big is the universe? Itís beyond human
This film takes us, through the magic of The
Hubble telescopeís extraordinary pictures, to the Virgo Cluster, which
is home to over 2,000 galaxies (remember, our galaxy is 90,000 light
years in diameter). Although most of the film is about repairing the
telescope, there are some eye-popping shots of the Universe. One of the
final images of this remarkable film is a picture of the universe in 3D.
I canít even begin to describe it.