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Old Friday 1st September 2017, 16:55   #1
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Bill Cooks book now available

Bill's book , "Binoculars, Fallacy and Fact", is now available on
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I just ordered one. I am looking forward to it.

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Just ordered a copy too.....

Should be here in about 5 days.

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Just ordered the book from Amazon UK. Delivery 7 - 11 Sept
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Old Saturday 2nd September 2017, 13:28   #5
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A lot of folks on Cloudy Nights buying also.

A best seller? Amazon # 21,557 in books and rising

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Got one too....should be interesting.
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Bought on Amazon France (though seemingly sold by Book Depository).

Nice to see this kind of book still published on paper as opposed to electronic format.
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A lot of folks on Cloudy Nights buying also.

A best seller? Amazon # 21,557 in books and rising

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up to 18,542 in overall books
#17 in birds and birding

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It seems too many people were saying and posting nice things about Bill Cook, and a certain CN Admin couldn’t abide that, and the word came down to lock the thread. Not one of the 47 posts on the thread had anything negative to say. That would give a rational thinker pause. But, .... At least I’m glad that some friends in Admin and Moderation have announced they’re buying my book.

It has been asked WHY I was banned. Well, the attached letter—originally private, and since had the recipient crossed out—will explain. Before I had a good handle on certain people’s motives, I shared what a great bino forum I had found; I have lived to regret that a thousand times as within the next year this fellow had followed.

Immediately after I was banned—which was for 90 days, 6 months, or permanently—depending on which Admin you speak to, CN’s bino forum was hot with complainers asking for my return. But by the time the thread had reached a page and a half all entries disappeared—so much for fair and balanced and thinking of your members.

In the course of more than 10 years, I sent more than 2 dozen memos BEGGING Admin to scrape this fellow off me, as among the terms of service he continually tied in knots were telling the truth and not “baiting” others. [One current member of Admin told a friend this fellow is not a troll, but rather “a SKILLFUL TROLL."] The memo attached is from 10 years ago and it was the SECOND in which I humbly asked this individual to stop using MY experience to pump HIS ego. If Admin had done their job, there would have been no problem. But, just as when I was thrown off BF, some people were thinking too fast for MY own good.

Not only have I been massively misunderstood (comma, again), the key “mis-understander” seems to think he is above looking into the facts and longsuffering of one so appreciated by the troops.

Cheers,

Bill

PS Considering how many threads continue on into a huge number of pages, it seems plain to me, that by locking the thread, certain CN Admin is making an effort at restricting awareness of my book that I have been singled out to be hurt financially. I had planed to offer an active member the TOC that one member asked for and the back cover of the book showing some pretty heavy hitters have endorsed it. I can't now. I hope some honest person starts a new thread related to the topic, especially as reviews start coming. At least it would force someone to say that I have been singled out. But then, "might makes right" ... doesn't it?
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Well, I ordered one yesterday. Looking forward to seeing it.
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Old Sunday 3rd September 2017, 03:22   #15
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Bill Cook's book now available.

I realized after posting this thread, that I may have confused some
on here.

I did not want anyone thinking the original post was about,

"Bills cookbook" now available. "

I hope you can see the humor in this, I have a funny side that I
cannot suppress.

Above is how I should have posted it.

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I realized after posting this thread, that I may have confused some
on here.

I did not want anyone thinking the original post was about,

"Bills cookbook" now available. "

I hope you can see the humor in this, I have a funny side that I
cannot suppress.

Above is how I should have posted it.

Jerry

Thanks a lot-now I have this image of Bill in the kitchen cooking hash and glancing at his book on the counter. I hope it goes away before the book arrives Thursday.

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On my wish list. Good to see you still around for passing on your expertise!

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Hey, as a 66-year old stroke victim, it's good to see me around ... doing ANYTHING. Actually, about 10 years ago, I decided I was going to live FOREVER. And, so far so good!

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Hello Bill,

Congratulations on the completion of your "opus magnus" on binoculars!

I have ordered a copy and expect to receive it and start reading it on friday.

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A personal question for Bill Cook-and others

re Nikon WX

THE BOOK will not arrive until ? Thursday, so my issue.

Since the WX was announced I have been interested ,
maybe obsessed ,with the WX10x50s.
WOW, the best optics, a new concept, something that I should have.
yet
if I get it what will I do with an overpriced, overweight binocular?
I view 10x50 as hand held, but these require a tripod;
and if I need a tripod I can see more with larger optics.
Birding maybe, but close focus is 20 meters.

The one redeeming grace is the price which is out of reach.
Please explore my bino obsessed psyche

thanks, I think
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Just buy one and enjoy it.

You could save on food and other non essentials.
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A personal question for Bill Cook-and others

re Nikon WX

THE BOOK will not arrive until ? Thursday, so my issue.

Since the WX was announced I have been interested ,
maybe obsessed ,with the WX10x50s.
WOW, the best optics, a new concept, something that I should have.
yet
if I get it what will I do with an overpriced, overweight binocular?
I view 10x50 as hand held, but these require a tripod;
and if I need a tripod I can see more with larger optics.
Birding maybe, but close focus is 20 meters.

The one redeeming grace is the price which is out of reach.
Please explore my bino obsessed psyche

thanks, I think
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Hi Ed:

I’m taking a break from working on the shed I’m really not man enough to work on. So, thank you for giving me a reason to sit down.

First, I wish I could have known about the WX before writing my vignette “It’s Sharp from The Center to The Edge.” I doubt if it would have TOTALLY changed my conclusion. But, all I have read indicates it would have certainly tweaked my thinking. An 85- degree AFoV in a 10-power, sharp to the edge; that’s nothing to sneeze at. $6,000, however, is right up there with congestive heart failure.

Unless he is a tool junky, a fellow needing to drill a number of 5/8-inch holes does not go to the hardware store to but an electric drill. He goes to buy those 5/8-inch holes. It’s just that the drill is the device that makes those holes possible.

There is NO DOUBT that the WX is a milestone in binocular development—I bought my SE for that very reason. What you must figure out is whether or not the WX is going to make your viewing experience $6,000 more valuable! Which is of greater interest, the holes or the drill? Only you can answer.

I would LOVE to have one. But, having no retirement—thank you Uncle Sam—I am waiting for my first royalty check to even buy some of my books to sell locally, thus it’s pretty obvious I will go to my grave without one. Keep in mind this is from the guy who has no talent but has owned 32 expensive Rickenbacker guitars. Education and IQ do NOT equal ... SMARTS!

And, if you are considering the WX for birding, think of all the birds you will lose sight of while fiddling with that independent focus. Astronomy, well that is another matter. If your target there is rapidly changing its proximity, you have MUCH MORE to worry about than focusing a binocular.

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Yes, if it is a professional tool that assists ones work, or indeed a keen amateur whose observations would benefit from such a device.

People pay that and a lot more for a car.
Do they actually need the car?
The car costs money to run.

Some of my colleagues have spent three times that on top telescopes and top mounts, which they use with professional quality skill.
Some of the images and 4K videos they take are just incredible.

Their cameras and lenses also cost as much or more than the WX.

It is a personal decision.

I was surprised to read that a pack of twenty cigs a day costs about £8 or more.
In a year that is around £3,000.
In two years more than a WX.

What do the cigarette smokers get?
Probably illness.
Yet they often cannot quit.

They would have spent their money better on a WX.
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Started reading the book...initial thoughts on it are positive. Only comment so far is there should be a little more explanation on the diopter adjustment. Bill does a good job, but did not state that most (I assume) binoculars have the adjustment on the right side, which would make it clearer.
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Just for the record my copy has been ordered also. Never would have thought there would be a new book on Binoculars. As retail prices rocket, now is a good time for book. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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