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MySQL Basic tutorial(Chinese Edition)
MySQL Basic tutorial(Chinese Edition)
MySQL Basic tutorial(Chinese Edition) by [ RI ] XI ZE MENG LU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Book of Tea
The Book of Tea
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo, Alan Munro, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 710 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Soulless: King, Book 4
Soulless: King, Book 4
Soulless: King, Book 4 by T. M. Frazier, Molly Glenmore, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 805 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1161 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie, John Rubenstein, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 729 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 678 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
RESTful PHP Web Services
RESTful PHP Web Services
RESTful PHP Web Services by Samisa Abeysinghe. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP: Basic To Advance
PHP: Basic To Advance
PHP: Basic To Advance by Omar Faruq. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
I bought this book for a research assignment and it is a major letdown. The ration of written text to quotes is 1:2, I would estimate. This book has a lack of organization and mentions a lot about other famous celebrities, the text does not go well with the subtitles either. Much of the information irrelevant, I am highly disappointed. This tells nothing about Mark's life and its all useless information.
Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons
Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons
Ever since I watched my first 'Oprah' show in the 1980's, I have been inspired by this lady. I can't really explain what it is about her except to say that her opinions on life, love, wellbeing etc seem to resonate - make sense, if you will - with me, and I seem to agree with her views on pretty much.

So I was stunned to see this book on Amazon and ordered it immediately, and was right in doing so.

It's full of inspirational quotes from Oprah that I'd long forgotten and was right to be reminded of - things like appreciating what you have rather than what you don't have (and let's face it, we all do that, don't we? Be honest). Whenever I feel a little low of mood, or it's a dull, grey, rainy day (or a combination of the two), I reach for this book and feel really invigorated, motivated and THANKFUL for what I have in Life, though that may be as much as I would like.

A lovely book also to give as a gift - perhaps to someone who is alone in life. They would really thank you for it.

Truly inspiring, delightful and insightful - exactly what I would expect from anything with the 'Oprah' branding.
LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM OPRAH WINFREY
LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM OPRAH WINFREY
LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM OPRAH WINFREY by Jamie McIntyre. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
I spend my days managing an industrial operation where Lean is the backbone of our shop floor and office processes. As with most lean practitioners, I read a great deal of the current lean literature. As a student of industrial history, I have read hundreds of books relating to the early 20th century manufacturers.

As a result, I was hopeful this book would offer a concise place to see early lean lessons. Most folks have some view of Ford.Those early lean lessons are often more acceptable for use in the US lean training. Over use of Japanese examples and terms can get in the way of learing lean.

I was disappointed in the book. The information presented is valid. It also is aligned with my own experiences and reading. However, the presentation and writing style made this a difficult book to read. The author seemed to want to add in the lessons of Chinese and Japanese thoughs. Those lessons seemed forced and broke up the rhythm of reading the book.

It is more of a personal preference, but the layout and style of the pages did not enhance the reading experience.

There is a great deal of underlying value in the material presented. If you choose to read this book, be prepared for a slog. It is a valid premise--poorly presented.
Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign
Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign
Aretha Franklin est une des rares artistes de légende à ne pas avoir eu encore l'honneur d'une compilation de raretés et de titres inédits. Avec ce double CD, l'erreur est réparée sauf que le contenu n'est pas à la hauteur de ce que l'on aurait pu imaginer.
A part quelques démos de ses débuts chez Atlantic, quelques reprises biens senties (surtout YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON), et une version longue (mais pas vraiment nouvelle) de ROCK STEADY, le reste est un peu décevant. C'est juste que tout ce qui était bon a été sorti à l'époque et on ne va pas les blamer. Ils ont eu raison.
Il y a une multitude de titres plutôt lents et plutôt ennuyeux et quelques fois des sursauts de R&B arrivent mais pas assez souvent. La "Queen of Soul", sur cet album, pourrait plutôt s'appeler "Queen of Love songs".
Cela n'enlève en rien tout le talent et le bien que je pense de Aretha Franklin mais un tri plus sélectif dans les titres aurait surement permis d'en arriver à une compilation à un seul CD bien plus intéressante.
Reste qu'entendre Aretha dans le studio en train d'enregistrer est fantastique. Il aurait peut-être mieux valu mettre des prises alternatives de titres déja connus (comme ici avec ROCK STEADY) plutôt que de mettre des chansons justement écartées à l'époque.
Cinq étoiles pour le talent d'Aretha et les quelques titres qui ne valent rien qu'à eux l'achat de ce CD mais seulement trois étoiles pour le double CD.
Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series has set an unprecedentedly high standard for outtake collections. It is a testament to his artistry - and often dubious judgment - that the collections have had many songs on par with, as good as, and even better than previously released ones. The big question mark, though, had always been recordings from the last twenty years, as very little was known about them. However, the excellent Tell Tale Signs proves that these outtakes are as good as prior ones. Tell quite simply has some of the best music of the last few decades and is absolutely essential.

It makes more sense to discuss the album categorically rather than track-by-track, especially since, unlike prior entries, the running order is not chronological. Drastic differences in songs, especially vocals, are occasionally jarring, but it generally flows well and is certainly more interesting than a chronological order would have been. The first group is Dylan songs previously unreleased in any form, though a snatch or two may have turned up elsewhere, of which there are four. One might have expected more, but superb quality - far higher than one could have ever hoped for - more than atones. "Red River Shore" is nothing less than one of Dylan's best songs, an absolute masterpiece that would be nearly anyone else's peak. A Time Out of Mind outtake, it has much of that album's feel plus a Tex-Mex undercurrent pointing to later Dylan. "Marchin' to the City" is nearly as good, one of Dylan's best blues. It is also a Time outtake, and like several others, is notable in being recorded early in the sessions and thus free of the heavy Daniel Lanois production values that turn off many. The same goes for "Dreamin' of You," which while not quite as good, is excellent and noteworthy in being very uptempo - a distinct contrast to every other known Time recording. "Can't Escape from You" is a 2005 song and yet another near-masterpiece. A fully new venture, it mixes an R&B feel with the Rat Pack balladry Dylan has lately been fond of and has one of his most interesting vocals.

The second category is alternate studio versions of Dylan songs so different that they are practically new, of which Tell generously has nine. "Mississippi," Dylan's best latter-day song, is here in two versions; neither are as good as Love and Theft's, but both are very high quality. The first is simply amazing - a spare acoustic cut with a very different feel. The second is a Time sessions take with a very large band. "Most of the Time" is solo acoustic with substantially different lyrics - a drastic contrast to Oh Mercy's Lanois-drenched piece that many will prefer. The first "Dignity" is a solo piano demo with a highly gospel feel and somewhat different words - so excellent that its truncated nature is highly frustrating. The second is a full band take with a sort of rockabilly feel and many altered lyrics; it is inferior but quite good and a very interesting contrast. "Someday Baby" is also piano-led but with a band; a dramatically different vocal and alternate lyrics give a vivid contrast to Modern Times' straight blues version, and many will prefer this. The already obscure "Tell Ol' Bill" is here in an infinitely better version. Dylan shows his unparalleled ability to sing the same words so differently that the whole meaning is altered. His vocal blows the first out of the proverbial deep blue sea, and the music is also almost totally rewritten and greatly improved; what was pedestrian has moved into greatness. An Oh Mercy "Born in Time" predating its Under the Red Sky makeover is one of the few cuts to have circulated in bootleg form; diehards have long raved about how much better it is, and here is proof. The music, vocal, and words are so superior that the song moves from forgettable to near-sublime. "Can't Wait" has almost nothing in common with the Time song; the lyrics and vocal are better, and most will prefer the music. This may be the most revealing example of how Time might have sounded sans Lanois - a genuine revelation.

Category three is live versions of previously released Dylan songs, of which we get three. Two are Love and Theft songs, presumably to make up for the lack of studio outtakes from that album. "High Water" is a truly incredible 2003 version; Dylan's band then was perhaps the best he had had since 1975, and they truly rip it up on this jazzy blues jam. "Lonesome Day Blues" is closer to the original and less great but still very worthwhile. "Ring Them Bells" is another amazing performance; the music is totally remade, and Dylan gives one of his best latter-day vocals, leading the band through crescendo after crescendo. The cut comes from the legendary 1993 Supper Club acoustic shows, increasing the already strong desire to have the full concerts released.

The fourth category is live versions of traditional folk songs, of which two are here: "Cocaine Blues" and "The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore." They are the least remarkable tracks, and some may question their inclusion, but they are important in representing the many such songs Dylan has played in the last twenty-plus years.

In the fifth category are alternate studio versions of previously released Dylan songs that are not substantially different; four are included. "Everything Is Broken" has more prominent bass and altered words - a slight improvement. "Series of Dreams" is the same take as on Bootleg 3 but with later overdubs removed and a complete outro - small but telling distinctions making a notably better cut. "God Knows" is the other Oh Mercy song redone for Under; the lyrics are somewhat different, but it otherwise changed little and is comparable in quality. "Ain't Talkin'" seems early and incomplete - the only cut far inferior to the first release. The arrangement is not nearly as epic but has strengths all its own, and alternate lyrics make it worthwhile.

Category six has two previously unreleased studio covers. Though of course known for writing, Dylan is one of the all-time great interpreters, and these are milestones. Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues" is better than anything on the World Gone Wrong album from which it was withheld - a truly memorable solo acoustic rendition. Even better is Jimmie Rodgers' "Miss the Mississippi," which is one of the album's highlights. Featuring some of Dylan's best recent harmonica, the acoustic arrangement is beautiful, and the vocal is profoundly moving. The cut comes from the full-band, David Bromberg-produced acoustic sessions preceding Good as I Been to You. It has long been rumored that the sessions were better than the two solo acoustic albums that followed, and this certainly suggests it. We seem to be getting a peek at the Great Lost Dylan Album, whetting already substantial appetites for full release.

The seventh and final category has previously released tracks, of which there are notably only three, all somewhat obscure. "Huck's Tune" and "Cross the Green Mountain" were buried on soundtracks to flop films. The former is one of Dylan's weakest recent cuts but not without strengths, and diehards will be glad for its wider release. Conversely, "Cross" is a monumental epic of true greatness. Dylan's intense Civil War interest has recently become known, and this is the best evidence - eight-plus minutes of nostalgic, history-drenched mastery that may well be the best Civil War song ever. Many reviews have touted it as the true highlight, and it is easy to agree. It is a major song and definitely deserved more exposure. Finally, we get "The Lonesome River," a bluegrass classic Dylan did for a Ralph Stanley album before O Brother, Where Art Thou? gave him renewed fame. Dylan reminds us that he is a great country singer, and Stanley joins on the choruses for a truly hair-raising duet. Some Dylan fans will be turned off by Stanley and the bluegrass music, but they are very well done as far as they go.

One can unfortunately not discuss Tell without mentioning the ultra-expensive three-disc version with extra songs. My review is restricted to the two-disc because I strongly believe the three-disc is a great rip-off - so much so that I did the unthinkable and did not buy it. This is truly remarkable in that I have nearly everything Dylan has released on album and in print plus bootlegs, have seen multiple concerts, own several related books and other merchandise, and have even written a book about him. The three-disc is simply not worth the cost and is one of the most shameless examples in the long, sorry record company tradition of milking hard-cores. I boycotted it and urge all others to; this is the only way such travesties will cease. It will hopefully be re-released in cheaper form, at which point I urge everyone to buy it; if not, I strongly suggest obtaining it by whatever means possible. Columbia deserves such deviousness and does not deserve our money; Dylan fans are some of the most loyal of any artist and should be treated with more respect and decency.

As for the two disc, it is in Dylan's top tier, which is to say that it has some of the greatest music ever made. This is really all that need be said. No fan can be without it.
Shadows in the Night
Shadows in the Night
I did not react too good to Bob Dylan as Sinatra-like crooner, although I gave it a shot as I like to think of myself as musically open minded. I've kind of worked backwards with his most recent trilogy, starting with Triplicate, and then moving on to Fallen Angels. Finally, I recently made it to the first album in the trilogy, Shadows in the Night. What at first seemed odd, out of place and wrong, now seems so perfectly right. I just didn't like Dylan in this guise because his voice it seems was always suited to raspy, bluesy, earthy rock numbers. His unique voice is perfect for that. But not for the Great American Songbook material he's been doing recently. I thought (perhaps mistakenly) that you needed a pure, beautiful, golden, old fashioned crooner voice to do this stuff justice. You know, Sinatra, Dino, Ella, Bing, Judy, and the Divine Sarah. Dylan's voice would seem out of place here, and he does sort of miss the notes in a way that sounds like someone who can barely sing. But I kind of knew that if I gave these recordings more time and listening space, I might be able to get them. And I was right, big time.
Dylan uses his ragged and torn voice to not just caress these tunes, but inhabit them. Get into their very fiber and core. Find out what makes them tick, and then recreate them all over. And you can have the most ripped up voice in the world and still make these songs magnificent. It takes two things: genius and care. Bob certainly has the genius, and after good, hard listening you see he really cares about this music deeply. It's not a sort of "Oh this worked great for Rod Stewart so I'll try it too" thing. Rod has the fantastic voice but just doesn't seem to care much in the music. Dylan knocks it out of the park. I am constantly amazed when an album by Bob that I didn't seem to get and thought was subpar or terrible, turns out to be, after time and care, really good if not really great. Chalk Shadows in the Night up on that very long list.
You don't see musicians like this come along every day, and Dylan's like won't be seen again for maybe a hundred years or more. If ever. So this is precious stuff. Pick it up and swim in it's melancholy. It's worth it.----------PEACE
Cuisinart CPS-050 Alfrescamore Quick Cut Pizza Cutter
Cuisinart CPS-050 Alfrescamore Quick Cut Pizza Cutter
The pizza cutter is very heavy and made of thick metal. There is a rubber handle that runs the length of the cutter, and it has an almost flat edge, so the cutter can be rested upright on the rubber side. It is somewhat sharpened, but not as sharp as a knife would be, so you will not get cut if you reach for it in a drawer. It seems to be sharp enough for cutting pizza. Sometimes I need to rock the cutter a few times to get to a tricky spot on pizza, but most of the time, it works great. Since the blade is so wide and long, it is possible to cut thick pies and deep dish pizzas with it with no problem.
I store the cutter upright with the bamboo pizza plates and pizza peel, and it works out for me quite well, since the cutter is so big. This way it does not take additional space.
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
I stopped paying much attention to lgbt movies a long time ago. They were, with few exceptions, a predictable variation on two or three themes. The writing was either lamentable or just lame. Classic examples of films that could be seen in the trailers. But after seeing films like Henry Gamble (and Andrew Nackman's Fourth Man Out and Travis Matthew's I Need Your Love) lgbt films are coming into their own. To my mind, a lot of this can be attributed to writing and production and direction that sees these characters as part of larger communities - families, friends, and in Henry Gamble, faith communities - where there is marginalization, where the awkwardness of acknowledging (if not embracing) difference, and the willingness to settle for untidy conclusions is engaged as a dramatic problem instead of ignored. The characters in Henry Gamble are evangelical Christians who are not wearing horns or played out as Fred Phelps freaks, but fundamentally decent people who are confused by the world around them. But they are also people who are trying to make room for one another with varying degrees of success and failure. Henry's sexuality is really almost peripheral - it is a an unspoken given to many of the adults, vaguely or explicitly acknowledged by many of his peers. But it is what gives the movie its thematic tension: i.e. how to reconcile one's religious beliefs with one's reality. No one - including Henry - does a stellar job but that isn't the point. The point is, for me at least, that director Stephen Cone has given us a thoughtful, often moving, depiction of people who are trying. One of the few films that I am seriously thinking of buying; it's that rich, that nuanced, and one of the best ensemble pieces - lgbt or otherwise - that I've seen in years.
Raymond Geddes Dr. Seuss Mini Memo Pad (Pack of 48)
Raymond Geddes Dr. Seuss Mini Memo Pad (Pack of 48)
Perfect for any Dr. Seuss themed event, goodie bag, school/reading student incentive and of course Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Beautifully packaged in a very cool display box that is super simple to set up, but I didn’t need it. Oh and that was packed securely in another plain white box, good for keeping the display protected.

There are 6 fun, vibrant designed paperback covers on front & back that resemble Dr. Seuss books. (There are 2 of The Cat in the Hat, but designs are different from each other).

Didn’t pay attention to Amazon’s description stating “bannered pages” so I was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through each notepad to find more fun Dr. Seuss designs! Pages are a bit muted in color but no biggie they’re so stinkin cute!

Do note these are indeed miniature-think smaller than standard post-it notes. However I think the smaller size is what makes them so cute!

Also there is a comparable set of Dr. Seuss Mini Notebooks on Amazon and at Target that are bigger than these notepads, but look exactly like miniature sized books with a true soft cover. They are very cute as well but they’re twice the price, with half the amount in the set and opens up to blank, white, boring pages. Still a great alternative and a tad better quality as far as how the pages are bound, which leads me to my reason for knocking off 1 star....

My only gripe... just as another reviewer mentioned, the actual notepad will easily come apart from the cover. In fact, when I opened the cover for the Horton notepad it completely detached. However when comparing price vs. value I still think it’s very fair and I would definitely recommend and purchase these again.

Pictures included for product size & inside and/or backside of my favorites in set.
The Bourne Identity - Un nome senza volto: Jason Bourne vol. 1 (Serie Jason Bourne) (Italian Edition)
The Bourne Identity - Un nome senza volto: Jason Bourne vol. 1 (Serie Jason Bourne) (Italian Edition)
Ormai sono passati 6 anni da quando ho acquistato e letto questo libro, ero convinto di aver già scritto una recensione, invece....mi sbagliavo!
Mi sono avvicinato alla serie Jason Bourne dopo aver visto i film (il primo lo presi in dvd in edicola) ed essermi appassionato alla storia.
Veniamo subito ai fatti: chi si aspetta un libro per "approfondire" quanto visto nel film, ha sbagliato indirizzo! il libro è molto diverso (ed ha molto più senso). A chi critica tali diversità, vorrei ricordare che il film è "basato su..." e non una ricostruzione cinematografica del libro.
Resta la storia di un agente operativo della CIA che ha perso la memoria, viene ripescato dal mare nel sud della Francia....ed inizia la storia de "l'uomo senza volto"; di come inizi ad ingegnarsi per trovare uno spazio al mondo, necessario per arrivare a quelle risposte, le cui domande, gli impediscono di capire chi è!
L'incontro ed il viaggio con Marie e....della missione "Caine ", da cui è nato tutto.
Dal mio punto di vista, il libro può definirsi "conclusivo" e lo consiglio vivamente
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Friendship Shawls (Leisure Arts #4504)
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Friendship Shawls (Leisure Arts #4504)
These shawls are wonderful. Debbie Macomber provides listing for yarns that are well within small budgets. I knit the first one and provided it to a dear friend that had recently lost her husband. It was gorgeous and she was thankful.

The instructions are clear and should be easily comprehended by beginning knitters as well as the more advanced.
Certo Verao (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Certo Verao (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Essa obra traz surpresas e emoções do começo ao fim, em cada página, em cada capítulo. Quando achamos que já aconteceu de tudo, sempre vem um fato novo, o que prende a atenção do leitor.
Uma história de amor verdadeiro que pouco se vê nos dias de hoje.
Mr Men Walter The Worms Story
Mr Men Walter The Worms Story
Ah one of the Mr Men's best loved characters finally gets his own book. After first being named in Mr Small - Walter said "oh", for Walter is a worm if few words pmsl! He has been seen in most books since, and fully deserves his very own adventure. Written in the tradition of the late Roger Hargreaves, by his son and inspiration, Adam, this ranks up there with the very best. It must be getting increasingly difficult to come up with new Mr Men and Little Misses, so this makes perfect since to me, and it is easily the best one since Mr Rude. The story has been given number 49 in the official Mr Man range by the way.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Collection Limited Edition 6.5 Inch Blue Ranger with Metallic Finish and Exclusive Weapons
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Collection Limited Edition 6.5 Inch Blue Ranger with Metallic Finish and Exclusive Weapons
Una magnífica edición especial con acabados metálicos, que hacen lucir a las figuras el doble de bonitas. Su posabilidad es bastante alta y sus proporciones permiten que pueda mantenerse en equilibrio y de pie. Estupendos acabados a muy buen precio. Cabe señalar que, el color azul es el que luce con mayor belleza el acabado metálico de la figura. Excelente cierre de la línea Legacy. ¡Go, go Power Rangers!

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