Blaire Wilson

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MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start
MongoDB on AWS: MongoDB Quick Start by Amazon Web Services. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
PHP Programming with PEAR
PHP Programming with PEAR
PHP Programming with PEAR by Stoyan Stefanov and Carsten Lucke. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Learning Heroku Postgres
Learning Heroku Postgres
Learning Heroku Postgres by Patrick Espake. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Data Modeling for SAP HANA 2.0 (SAP PRESS)
Data Modeling for SAP HANA 2.0 (SAP PRESS)
Data Modeling for SAP HANA 2.0 (SAP PRESS) by Anil Bavaraju. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
First off, this book is not a textbook. You won't be reading it and doing homework or taking tests or solving equations and checking the back of the book to see if you got them right - thank goodness! This is a book that makes it possible for anyone (well, maybe not ANYONE, but anyone who is interested enough to try) to understand what Calculus is and the basics of how it works and why...

But why would you want to do that? Well, as the author asserts in the beginning of the book, Calculus is the language of God. Perhaps even more interestingly, he says that Calculus is the operating system or computer language that animates EVERYTHING from moment to moment and place to place.

So consider this; if you've EVER thought that maybe we are in a simulation - a virtual reality - then Calculus is the game engine code that our universe uses to draw the world we are playing the game in right now.

If you can imagine God as a computer game coder, and he set out to create a game called "Humanity" or "Life in the Universe As We Know It" - then instead of sitting down with UnReal Engine or Unity or Java or C++, he chose Calculus. Calculus is the language he programmed the Universe with and the more we understand the code, the more we understand the Universe.

That's kind of fascinating if you think about it - AND it is coexists with the Bible just fine. The Bible doesn't tell us the details of how God created the Universe or what he used to create it - The Bible just says he did it. Calculus is the "language" or a way for us to be able to tell what it is going to do next. My son and I have intense conversations about things like this - and this book makes them far more interesting.

I took Calculus in college several decades ago. I was a C student. I also took Differential Equations, and did much better. I felt like Calculus was the tools and D.E. was using the tools to do things. This book explains the tools and it is fascinating. I recommend it for anyone who is even a little curious about how our universe works, or also anyone who appreciates the artistic beauty of the order in our universe. Calculus is fascinating and even exciting if it is explained by the right person, and with Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe, Steven Strogatz is the right person to do it. I highly recommend this book if you are even slightly interested in how the universe and the world around you works.

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Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
I, like many people have enjoyed (to an extent) Mythbusters and of course therefore know who Adam Savage is or rather who his media image is.

Because of that I bought this book on a whim and because of the glowing reviews. Mainly that he is an extraordinary maker of models and other things.

Well, I'm always interested in learning more from highly skilled people who can create something at the very least interesting.

But, there's a 'But.'

I'm an old school marine engineer - an ex Chief Engineer - and I work in the oil industry in offshore construction. I've built houses and have two workshops. My grandfather was a tool-maker and my uncle a fitter and turner in a shipyard. In fact my entire family for generations have been people who worked in heavy industry making things like ships, turbines and precision tools. It's in my blood.

And because of that I'm fascinated by the new wave of what I'm beginning to think of as a bit wishy, washy 'makers' movement.

We used to call it DIY or model making and the people who did it created steam engines, made train layouts, model boats or made incredible bits of furniture. Today to be called a 'maker' you pour a bit of multi-coloured paint on a spinning disc or knock out yet another Damascus knife.

What I'm getting to is that what I consider a 'maker' and what many of the new movement consider it to be are two different things. And that's where this book to me is a bit 'wet.'

I was hoping to learn a bit more about Adam and find out more about his work on movies. And, whilst there is some of that, much of this book is padding and revolves around the modern idea of what a 'maker' is.

To me a maker is someone who can do complicated stuff on machine tools or use a woodworking shop to create an incredible piece of furniture, or designing and fabricating a huge dynamically positioned offshore heavy lift ship.

Much of this boils down to how to make a model 'thing' and there are plenty of actual YouTube video's about that around. There was a lump of this book dedicated to designing and making a replica Blade Runner gun. This involved a whole section on how to make a list of things to do. Hmmm.

In the end I found this to be easy to read, moderately good but ultimately unsatisfying.
Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent
Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent
If you want to study accomplishment, someone once told me, don't look only at the creative individual's life and choices. Look at the person's parents' background, because those people likely established an environment that permitted (if not inspired) the freedom to think differently. (Which is not to say that parents get the credit, but rather that they enabled the creativity, intentionally or otherwise.) If that's so, then it also makes sense to look at the attitudes of creative people's mentors, too -- and top on the list has to be Nolan Bushnell.

I think Bushnell is less-well-known to younger techies and entrepreneurs, and that's a damned shame. He founded and/or ran several companies that blazed new paths and did the unexpected, most prominently Atari and Chuck E Cheese -- as well as quite a few that didn't succeed, about which he is more candid than most. That alone would make his business advice worth listening to.

In this context, however, Bushnell is the most interesting (or marketable?) because of his impact on the young Steve Jobs, when Jobs (and then Woz) came to work at Atari. Bushnell saw Jobs' skills (and his weaknesses, too) and took the kid under his wing, creating a lifelong relationship in which they clearly inspired one another. And, as Bushnell writes, "The truth is that very few companies would hire Steve, even today. Why? Because he was an outlier. To most potential employers, he'd just seem like a jerk in bad clothing. And yet a jerk in bad clothing can be exactly the right guy to give your company the highest market capitalization in the world."

In this book, therefore, Bushnell shares snippets of advice -- he calls them "pongs" -- that can help a business identify and foster the creative talent within the organization. Most are short chapters with both anecdotes and specific suggestions, making them easily consumable, a little at time, for people with busy lives (doing creative things, I assume). There's advice on everything from hiring interviews to finding creatives (via Twitter!) to "instituting a degree of anarchy" to requiring risk (and "rewarding turkeys").

So, for example, Bushnell suggests one way to make it harder for a company to say No is to make people responsible for their criticism, because those with the most authority in a go/no-go decision "tend to be the ones who can analyze it least intelligently." One way, he says, is to set a rule that objections must be written down. For one thing, it forces the critic to be specific: "If the worst part of an idea is its cost, writing down actual numbers forces people to be more precise," Bushnell says, and it lets the idea's creator rebut or investigate the options.

The pongs make for outstanding reading, but I reluctantly withhold a fifth star because I'm not completely sure who will read this book. Certainly it's not the people whom we would agree NEED to read it, such as all the "We've always done it this way" bean-counter-led organizations that... well, I'm sure you've worked for a few of them, too. If you're trapped in one of those businesses, trying to break out, I worry that you'll just get depressed. The book is great reading for businesspeople who already are thinking in terms of fostering creativity, but I wonder how much of the advice will be really NEW.

I absolutely enjoyed the book -- as much for the geeky nostalgia about what it took to create a gaming company in the 70s and 80s, when microcomputers were spawning a revolution. I think some of his ideas are great, and I hope your company adopts them. But even if it doesn't, you'll enjoy reading this.
Elon Musk: Como o CEO bilionário da SpaceX e da Tesla está moldando o nosso futuro (Portuguese Edition)
Elon Musk: Como o CEO bilionário da SpaceX e da Tesla está moldando o nosso futuro (Portuguese Edition)
Como uma pessoa considerada por muitos arrogante, que humilha e não sabe lidar com seus funcionários, consegue despertar admiração dos mesmos e inspirar uma geração?

Isto foi o que fiquei me perguntando enquanto lia este livro. E cheguei a conclusão que dois pontos foram de suma importância: O propósito de vida muito bem definido de Musk alinhado com seu desejo de fazê-lo da melhor forma possível, saindo do 'mais do mesmo'.

Elon tem muito bem definido qual seu objetivo na vida e não perde o foco do seu propósito. Suas ações estão sempre alinhadas aos seus pensamentos de longo prazo e ele não mede esforços para conseguir o que quer.

Como se já não bastasse pensar grande, Musk revolucionou o modo tradicional com que as coisas estavam sendo realizadas. Ele poderia seguir a maré e construir foguetes ou carros no padrão que a indústria estava acostumada a fazer, seria bem mais fácil, mas ele entendia que os processos poderiam ser melhorados e muito, e sua inteligência e dedicação mostrou que ele estava certo.
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
I picked this book up in Waterstones one afternoon. It grabbed my attention because improving gravitas sounded pretty appealing, especially as i had to prepare for a best man speech and some work related public speaking. I'm not low on confidence by any means but i wanted to optimise the way i carry myself generally and public speaking has always been a weak point. I had some horrible moments at school and uni when i just completely choked. i tend to ramble, mumble and read from a sheet.
This book get's straight to the point, teaching you exercises to improve your confidence and gravitas immediately, gradually building up to a level where i personally felt confident to deliver the speech. Learning the psychology helped me with my nerves because it made me more aware of what was going wrong, why it was going wrong and how to rectify it. I like the quotes from famous public speakers and you soon begin to understand that gravitas is something that can learned, like those speakers themselves have been taught.
This book is very well written because i get bored easily and it kept me engaged. Every time i read a chapter i learned something new. Another thing i like about the book is that it's not just preparing you for a speech, it's arming you with the life skills to communicate with people more effectively and leave a lasting impression. I can honestly say, have changed my mindset and given me greater impetus. If you read one book this year, Gravitas would be my personal recommendation.
Reach for the Skies
Reach for the Skies
Reach for the Skies by Richard Branson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Who Was Aretha Franklin?
Who Was Aretha Franklin?
Reading this book helped me to understand the struggles of Aretha. It's been two weeks since she passed. I grew up in Detroit listening to Aretha. My student selected this book to read. I'm proud that she did. Thanks for the the great work and giving the details of the life of Aretha.
Planet Waves
Planet Waves
Early 1974's "Planet Waves" was the bridging album between the folky/country material of the late sixties/early seventies and the acoustic-driven rock poetry that was "Blood On The Tracks". It is also as emotionally complex as that album too, no lightweight country pie on here. It is an album that grows on you with each listen, as I listen to it now, I am thinking that the album is better than I had previously thought. The sound is excellent, by the way, unlike the rather harsh sounding "New Morning".

TRACK LISTING

1. On A Night Like This
2. Going. Going, Gone
3. Tough Mama
4. Hazel
5. Something There Is About You
6. Forever Young
7. Forever Young (fast version)
8. Dirge
9. You Angel You
10. Never Say Goodbye
11. Wedding Song

"On A Night Like This" is an energetic, swirling throwback to the days of 1966, with The Band on top form backing Dylan once again and his delivery enthusiastically upbeat. A beautiful, melodic, deep bass underpins the gorgeous "Going, Going, Gone". This is definitely a precursor to "Blood On The Tracks". It is a dignified, sombre track with a great sound to the backing on it. Robbie Robertson comes up with one hell of a guitar solo to finish the track. "Tough Mama" is a "Basement Tapes"-style bluesy romp, with Garth Hudson's organ blowing and circling around all over the place, like an idiot wind. "Hazel" with her "dirty blonde hair" is a love song from Dylan to another mercurial woman and most entrancing it is too. There are very slight shades of 1983's "Licence To Kill" in there somewhere, just before the "touch of your love" part. Dylan delivers a delicious harmonica too.

"Something There Is About You" has Dylan being nostalgic about the "old Duluth" of his youth. This is harmonica-driven blues rock song that wouldn't have sounded out of place on either "Blood On The Tracks" or, indeed, "Desire". Tracks like this remind one that Dylan hadn't really laid down anything this powerful since "John Wesley Harding" and possibly "Blonde On Blonde". Forget all that country twanging and folk odes, this was proper Dylan.

Talking of proper Dylan. "Forever Young" is next. Uplifting inspiring, heartbreaking. One of my favourite Dylan songs of all time. It never fails to get me all emotional. Superb. I remember seeing Dylan in concert with Mark Knopfler at the Hammersmith Odeon a few years back and Knopfler sang this as the encore, with Dylan sitting regally behind the keyboards. Mark turned to him to deliver the line "may your song always be sung" and the great man, just nodded, like The Queen waving to her subjects. A priceless moment. The faster version of the same song that comes next doesn't do it for me. The slow version is the definitive one, in my opinion. This slightly rockabilly version of it deprives of of its soul, its emotion. It should have stayed on the cutting room floor, maybe replaced by "Nobody 'Cept You".

Only Dylan could title his own song "Dirge". Here he is backed by Robertson, while he plays piano. It is a stark, emotions bared song that, at the time people presumed was about his marriage. Robertson's guitar is sumptuous and while the song is stark and bleak, it is no dirge. Listening to it, you realise "Blood On The Tracks" is on the way. "You Angel You" is a Band-style mid-tempo rocker. "If this is love give me more, more, more" pleads Dylan over another magnificent organ break. "Never Say Goodbye" starts with some searing guitar and is a beguiling, romantic slow burner, once again, it is very Band-like. It is so good to have Dylan back, listening to this. We had missed him. "Wedding Song" is a stark, acoustic guitar and harmonica love song that is in the "Blood On The Tracks" style.

There is no question that this is, by far, Bob Dylan's finest album since "John Wesley Harding". He was now entering a four year halcyon period, the third great one of his career.
Samsung Galaxy A20s A207M/DS, 32GB/3GB RAM Dual SIM 6.5''HD+ Snapdragon 450, Factory Unlocked (International Version) - (Red)
Samsung Galaxy A20s A207M/DS, 32GB/3GB RAM Dual SIM 6.5''HD+ Snapdragon 450, Factory Unlocked (International Version) - (Red)
Si le cargas la mano con apps y demás, si le cuesta trabajo al procesador, se hace lento vaya, un par de veces se ha trabado; haces limpieza de cache y apps y trabaja muy bien. Puedes escoger de qué SIM hacer/enviar llamadas/mensajes, o uso de datos. Puedes recibir llamadas en ambas SIM (números) sin necesidad de brincar de uno a otro (como algunos modelos antes se tenía que hacer). Tener apps gemelas como con WhatsApp te deja tener el mismo para ambas lineas. En general es muy buen teléfono para el costo del mismo. Diseño atractivo y se siente bien en relación a textura y peso.
Paper Mate InkJoy 100RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black, 16 Pack (1952705)
Paper Mate InkJoy 100RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black, 16 Pack (1952705)
Ultimately, I bought these pens because they were inexpensive. I actually forgot how inexpensive (under $4) until I came back to write this review. I planned to rate them a 2, but convinced myself to give them a 3 at this price point.

I really disliked writing with these pens. I tried taking class notes with them, and it didn't go well. They drag and aren't smooth at all, and they're inconsistent. A few of them feel a little smoother, but on average they are terrible. It was impossible to write quickly with these pens. Sometimes I had to write over words or letters again, because the pen would barely leave any ink for a moment, in the middle of writing.

The colors are okay, but nothing special. I also used the pens in an adult coloring book, and although the colors themselves looked nice, and the page looked okay in the end, it took forever to get them to put down enough color, and it still looks very "sketchy". I had to press down hard enough to leave a full page of scratchy indentation on the back of the page and some bleed-through, even on pretty thick paper.

If you're desperate for the cheapest colored pens you can find to use only occasionally, and you can't bring yourself to spend a few more dollars for something decent, that's the only way I'd recommend these pens. If you want to use colored pens regularly, forget these and get anything else.
Enocuous Premium Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, Charcoal Infused, 100% BPA Free, Vegan friendly, Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free, Compostable, Bamboo (Soft Bristle)
Enocuous Premium Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, Charcoal Infused, 100% BPA Free, Vegan friendly, Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free, Compostable, Bamboo (Soft Bristle)
These are by far the best bamboo tooth brushes I have tried. Firm, but not too firm. I think the aqua bristles in middle make me feel good ..... Good, srtong handle. Dont be fooled...bamboo toothbrushes will get moldie if you do not wipe off and let dry properly in between brushes. Otherwise I feel great about my part in saving our planet and my teeth! I will definatly buy this tooth brush again and again.
Ecstasy of Order
Ecstasy of Order
The Tetris Effect: People who play Tetris for a prolonged amount of time find themselves thinking about ways different shapes in the real world can fit together, such as the boxes on a supermarket shelf, the buildings on a street, or hallucinating pieces being generated and falling into place on an invisible layout.

I have lived my life with a serious case of Tetris Effect but never knew it was a “thing”. Everything from packing groceries to packing boxes to move across the country, or even prioritizing a hectic work schedule is done with a Tetris-like agenda.

Recently, I met Robb, who was unknown to me at the time. I’m not a gamer by any stretch but was thoroughly engaged with the nostalgia and trivia of his gaming knowledge. Our effusive reminiscing of my favorite game, Tetris, led to his recommendation of this film he was involved with. Ecstasy of Order is thoroughly captivating and is a perfect time capsule of my childhood, not to mention satisfying my relentless need to organize everything efficiently.

I give this film 2 vibrating thumbs up because it’s what dreams are made of (Just ask Harvard). Also, Thor is the most honorable Tetris warrior.
Avengers Marvel Endgame Titan Hero Series Ronin 12"-Scale Super Hero Action Figure Toy with Titan Hero Power Fx Port
Avengers Marvel Endgame Titan Hero Series Ronin 12"-Scale Super Hero Action Figure Toy with Titan Hero Power Fx Port
The latest titan figure series are better then before as they are now more detailed. Before they would almost be one body figure painted to look like the specific character and that was all your ten bucks got you. At least now there are actual costume or uniform shapes to them with details for buttons or straps or boots, etc. The newer FX models will say a few character specific phrases as long as you already have the FX voice box. So even these $10 figures will speak a few phrases like the $20-25 figures. So that's a good surprise. Ronin seems to be selling out so i'm glad i found one here.
Presto 03430 Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
Presto 03430 Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
I guess I was being a little nostalgic today. Looking through my Amazon order history I had to both chuckle and cry at some of the completely useless items I've purchased over the years. Then I ran across the Pizzazz I bought way back on June 28, 2008 (Today is Feb 14, 2016.) I rarely write reviews but I like and use this oven so much that I'll make an exception.

Usage:
I've probably used the oven an average of 1 to 1 1/2 times a week. Sometimes 2 - 3 times a week and then I might go 2 - 3 weeks before using it again. It's been used almost exclusively for pizza. I used it maybe 5 times for other things and it worked well but it just doesn't come to mind when I can finally drag myself into the kitchen and cook something.

Durability:
Like the title says I've got almost 8 years out of it so far so A+ there. The pan itself could have a better non-stick coating on it and the newer ones may have but the '08 model leaves a little to be desired. When I first got it I made sure to wash it after every use. Now that I'm older and lazier I generally just hold it over the sink and wipe it off with a paper towel. Big deal if it's not completely clean and has a few crumbs or burnt cheese stuck to it. That will just add texture and flavor to the next pizza. Who doesn’t like those crunchy crispies at the bottom of the french fries box? And besides, it hasn't killed me ... yet.

My Frozen Pizza Prep Method:
I have done “from scratch” pizzas that turned out quite well but remember in the paragraph above I mentioned that I’m older and lazier now? Anymore I usually just stick with the frozen variety that can usually turn out very good if you doctor them up a bit.

I do my pizza prep on an 
One piece. New edition
One piece. New edition
Prodotto venduto e spedito nei modi e tempi previsti da Amazon. Ricevuto in breve tempo.
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All'interno prodotto correttamente imballato.
L'articolo in questione è One Piece New Edition 1. Mi accingo a recensire il manga che ha dato il via al capolavoro del maestro giapponese Eiichiro Oda.
One piece New Edition è un manga edito nella versione italiana dalla Star Comics pubblicato per la prima volta nel febbraio 2002. Si tratta dell'edizione più accurata e precisa, con correzione di errori di traslitterazione delle versioni precedenti.
La copertina è uguale a quella della sovraccoperta dell'edizione nipponica della Jump Comics.
All'interno del manga si possono trovare le simpatiche e utilissime "SBS - Shitsumon o Boshū Suru", rubrica nella quale Oda risponde alle più importanti ma anche ilari curiosita sostenute dai fan.
Pubblicazione del manga dapprima a cadenza mensile successivamente trimestrale. Questa edizione si trova purtroppo, indietro rispetto a quella precedente, ma è un sinonimo di accuratezza delle tavole ben stampate e tradotte.
Venendo all'opera: si tratta del capolavoro Giapponese più bello al mondo, con una narrazione semplice e adatta ad un pubblico vasto. Trama coinvolgente ed appassionante che ti tiene incollato volume per volume alle vicende del protagonista Monkey D. Rufy e la sua eredità navigando per mari alla ricerca dello One Piece lasciato in eredità dalla morte del Re dei Pirati, Gol D. Roger.
Sin da piccolo mi son appassionato all'anime, ma la lettura del manga è nettamente superiore.
Consiglio assolutamente la collezione ad ogni appassionato di Shonen giapponesi e per i fan di One Piece.
Lovers and Dreamers 3-in-1 (Dream Trilogy)
Lovers and Dreamers 3-in-1 (Dream Trilogy)
I read all of these books separately before purchasing the book that contained all three books in the trilogy. This book contains the books Daring to Dream, Holding the Dream and Finding the Dream. I will read these books over and over again.
DYING DETECTIVE, THE
DYING DETECTIVE, THE
Lars Martin Johansson is known as the detective who sees around corners. But somehow he failed to foresee the consequences of countless sausage sandwiches and zero exercise.

After Johansson's stroke, his cardiologist tells him something in confidence that gets him interested in the rape and murder of a little girl -- a case so old and cold it's beyond the statute of limitations.

He's in bad shape from the stroke, but that doesn't stop him from investigating. He's retired, but that doesn't stop him from becoming an armchair detective. His investigative team includes his two caregivers and old friends in the force who are willing to slip him files and do some DNA testing on the sly. Johansson was so brilliant a detective in his day, that his legend is still fresh. His admirers are still legion.

The plot is chock full of interesting characters. His young caregivers are smart and charming despite difficult childhoods. His relatives are quirky and fun. His best friend, though an old man, is still hot. His wife, a bank director, is twenty years his junior and adores him...

I loved the writing style. Persson reminds me a bit of Anthony Trollope, the way he creates a certain rhythm by repeating suggestive phrases. It's almost lyrical. You have to read him to see what I mean. At the same time, along with his literary mannerisms, Persson delivers a gripping police procedural. The book is long, but although Johansson keeps falling asleep, I never did.
The Case of the Fenced-In Woman (A Perry Mason Novel)
The Case of the Fenced-In Woman (A Perry Mason Novel)
Surprise! At least for one who belatedly read his first Perry Mason. TV’s portly Raymond Burr was excellent but looked like he was born in a three-piece suit. The real Mason is a strapping fellow who, if push comes to shove, might send you crashing through the sheetrock. Another surprise in this book is the comic nature of the basic situation - a furious divorcee erects a barbed wire barrier through the middle of a contested house, grounds and swimming pool. Then a dead body pops up. Quite believable in Los Angeles, city of BIG DIVORCES. Also there’s Mason’s relationship with Tragg. TV’s Ray Collins showed comic bits and pieces. But here the two are constantly putting the needle to each other, tit for tat. Neither trusts the other, nor should they. Tragg especially fears what he calls Mason’s “razzle-dazzle,” which no doubt Perry learned in Law School. You can see why Erle Stanley Gardner was one of Evelyn Waugh’s favorite novelists. Why, also, I will return to more Mason cases in the future.
Show Me (The Americana Series Book 25)
Show Me (The Americana Series Book 25)
Tanya and Jake Lassiter are married, but they didn't get married for the usual reasons, such as love and trust. They have a son, yet sleep in separate bedrooms. I don't want to give too much away...Suffice it to say that she doesn't trust her husband, or even like him, and he treats her with contempt. Their marriage is so bad that Jake departs for Africa (to work as an Engineer)soon after the wedding, leaving his young wife and baby boy to live with his understandably, bewildered parents. The book opens about 7 years later, when the little boy, doubting the existence of his father, requests that his father visit him. Tanya then writes a stiff, formal letter to her husband in Africa, asking him to visit, but never for a moment believing that he will actually return. He does return. He arrives unexpectedly on the night his parents are having a house-party, only to find his wife in the arms of another man! Being a possessive man, Jake reacts predictably...with anger. His treatment of Tanya is callous and quite nasty. But, over the next few weeks and months, Jake starts to fall in love with his wife, because he gets to know her and sees that she is a very good mother to their son. But Tanya has an ugly secret which threatens their new found happiness. I'm going through a "Janet Dailey" phase at the moment. All the books I've read so far have been quite different. "Darling Jenny" was sweet. "A Tradition of Pride" was sexy. But every book has been a superb romance in its own way.
Berenstain Bears Life With Papa (Comes to Life)
Berenstain Bears Life With Papa (Comes to Life)
I love this book!!!!! It's so cute!!!! I have always thought that Papa Bear is a very funny character in the Berenstain Bear books. In this one, he can't keep things under control. I almost can't believe that they manage the house so well while Mama Bear is gone. Overall, this is a very sweet and funny story. I really do like it. I totally recommend this book for all ages.
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (Beginner Books)
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (Beginner Books)
This Dr. Seuss book is from 1980 and is out of print in retail book stores. Pros: Easy to read and rhymes, cool pictures, a variety of careers/jobs, incl some women in traditional male jobs and vice versa. Puts lots of ideas in the readers head, some that mightve never heard of.
Cons: Some jobs are not really "careers" (w/ much less income). This would need to possibly be explained to the child, if desired. A bit outdated maybe, but I think overall a great book.
Riders of the Purple Sage: Filibooks Classics (Illustrated)
Riders of the Purple Sage: Filibooks Classics (Illustrated)
Could this novel by Zane Grey be the most eminent western ever written? Could be. I haven’t read the two main challengers; Owen Wister’s, The Virginian (1902), or Jack Schaefer’s, Shane (1946), although I did see and love the movie. Did Cormac McCarthy learn how to limit the main characters to four or five after reading this novel? Could be. Did Zane Grey learn descriptive writing by reading the old masters like Nathaniel Hawthorne or Herman Melville? Could be. But Zane Grey’s descriptive strength is in delineating the backdrop surroundings. You want an example? How about on page 45, “All about him was ridgy roll of wind-smoothed, rain-washed rock. Not a tuft of grass or a bunch of sage colored the dull rust-yellow. He saw where, to the right, this uneven flow of stone ended in a blunt wall. Leftward, from the hollow that lay at his feet, mounted a gradual slow-swelling slope to a great height topped by leaning, cracked, and ruined crags.” Does Zane Grey love to use dashes in between words to emphatically enhance his descriptions? Could be. I have always been in awe of the old descriptive writers (it seems to be a lost art), but Zane Grey is the first author that I have read who actually details and emblazons the scenery for the enjoyment of the reader. Well done. Grey has only four main characters, three antagonist and of course hundreds of cattlemen known as Riders of the Purple Sage.

The story is set in 1871 Utah in a village named Cottonwoods. Jane Withersteen has inherited her father’s huge ranch. Her father was a devout Mormon who wanted Jane to marry fellow rancher and Mormon Elder, Tull. Jane, also a God-fearing Mormon, doesn’t love Tull and will not marry him. Except for Jane, the Mormons have no tolerance for Gentiles (any person who isn’t Mormon). As the novel opens, Elder Tull and his men are preparing to whip Jane’s ranch foreman, Bern Venters, because he is a gentile and Tull wants him off Jane’s ranch. Before that can happen, a rider with two black guns shows up. He turns out to be the infamous (to the Mormons) gunslinger, Lassiter. What’s he doing here? Tull and his gang are scared off. The reader finds that Venters was also a very capable gunman, who fell in love with Jane and gave up his guns out of respect for Jane. Lassiter came to Cottonwoods to visit the grave of Milly Erne (who was a friend of Jane). How does Lassiter know Milly? He will not tell. One thing for sure is that Lassiter hates Mormon men, not the women. On page thirty he says to : “Venters, take this from me, these Mormons ain’t just right in their minds. Else could a Mormon marry one woman when he already has a wife, an’ call it duty?” Jane takes Lassiter to see Milly’s grave. He still will not tell Jane how he knows Milly. Jane finds out that the rustler Oldring, along with his mysterious masked rider and his gang have rustled Jane’s red herd (2,500 steer). Venters ask Jane for his guns back with the intention of tracking the stolen herd to Oldring’s secret hideout.

Venters finds the hiding place, but he is attacked by the masked rider and another. He kills both. No, wait the masked rider is still alive. The mask comes off and it is a girl. Who is she? He can’t believe that he shot a woman. Venters finds Surprise Valley, a huge balancing rock and many caves in the cliffs. There he mends the masked girl who’s name is Bess. As she recovers, she tells Venters that she doesn’t want to go back to Oldring. He still doesn’t know who she is. As she recovers, they live in the beautiful secure valley for months. They fall in love. Meanwhile Jane, who secretly helps gentile families, brings a dying Mrs. Larkins and her daughter, Fay, to her ranch. Are the Mormons working with the rustlers to ruin Jane and force her to give up the ranch and marry Tull? Is the gunslinger Lassiter falling in love with Jane? Jane knows that “passionately devoted as she was to her religion, she had refused to marry a Mormon.” This story is ready to explode. Jane's white herd (also 2,500 steer) is also rustled. Will Lassiter give up his guns like Venters did, or will he go into town to kill Mormons? What a story.

Okay, you have met the four main characters: Jane, Lassiter, Venters and Bess. What will happen to them? You have met two of the antagonist: Tull and Oldring, but not the third. The third is Mormon Bishop Dyer. This is not a nice man. What will happen to the bad guys? Do Venters and Bess stay in Surprise Valley or make a break-out for freedom. Can Lassiter give up his gunslinger ways to satisfy Jane’s pious thoughts. What started as a simple western novel became convoluted with a cliff-hanging (I’m using Zane’s dashes) ending. Well, I suggest that you grab a copy of this 1912 western classic to find how this quintessential novel ends.
The Zane Grey Megapack
The Zane Grey Megapack
I love the stories but I bought this for my Kindle e-book and for some reason after reading only a small portion (1st 2 books), my kindle white started rebooting about every 5 minutes. I contacted Amazon and at first they thought it was just my kindle so they told me to send it in and they would repair or replace it, which I did and while I was waiting for them to send it back, I tried to read on my old keyboard type kindle. After reading only a short portion of the book my kindle started to reboot every few pages again and finally froze up completely. Kindle apologized and agreed with me that there was a problem with the this particular e-book being downloaded. Again Amazon took good care of me, and sent me a brand new kindle, my problem is that I'm now afraid to try and download the book again because I don't want to mess up my kindles again. If anyone else had this problem I'd like to hear about it. Thank you.
The Hobbit (Dramatised)
The Hobbit (Dramatised)
I've long been a fan of J R R Tolkien, ever since picking this book up when I was in primary school. The book of 'The Hobbit' is a delight for both adults and children, not as serious or epic as its sequel 'The Lord of the Rings', it's a much more compact and flows at a quicker pace. I have looked long and hard for a dramatised version and knowing the BBCs reputation for such things I eagerly bought this adaptation.
Well I have to say that its good, but at the same time it disappoints also! And on more than one level.
I find that the most annoying thing is the casting, Bilbo is perfectly cast, Paul Daneman does a superb job in the title role, as does John Justin as Thorin and Anthony Jackson as the Tale Bearer, but others such as Balin, the Elves, the spiders and not least the goblins, just don't sound right, the spiders sound like Daleks!! But the worst offender is the choice of Heron Carvic as Gandalf, not that the actor doesn't do a good job, it's just his voice! It doesn't carry enough power to convince as the all knowing wizard, he comes across like some sort of patronising old pensioner!
Another annoying thing is the pronunciation of some of the names, perhaps it's me, perhaps I have got it wrong, but I have never heard 'Gandalf' pronuced in such a silly way before or after!! Also I'm sure that its Thorin and not Torin, and Smaug is not Smuag!
Hey perhaps it's just me! You do get used to it after a while but it does take a little of the shine off the whole thing!

Other than those points, it's a fairly good adaptation! It sticks nicely to the book although it does thin out a few of the key encounters, the most notable for me being the cutting out of some of the riddles when Bilbo encounters Gollum, or Goluuum as they like to pronounce it here, which is one of the key parts of the book!

Do I recommend it? Well I'm not sure, it's not terrible but it's far from brilliant either, I'm old enough to remember the excellent, though now unavailable, Jackanory version with Bernard Cribbins in the lead role, supported by some other notable actors. I know that wasn't a full dramatised version, but it was head and shoulders above this version. I also recommend the audio version as read by Martin Shaw over this. I've also heard that the Rob Inglis version is excellent as well.

To be honest I'd go for them above this!

Perhaps as it's now 40 years since this adaptation it's time that the BBC re-commissioned it!!
George MacDonald: An Anthology 365 Readings
George MacDonald: An Anthology 365 Readings
I am halfway through the book and can't express how much it has spoken to me. The book is divided up into short, numbered sections, all less than half-a-page long; some as short as a sentence, and the reason is this: it is so rich with insight you cannot consume it in large gulps. You need to savor it, like fudge, to make sure you are relishing all that's there. I personally limit myself to about 10 sections per morning and I pause to journal and reflect on most.

I don't think I would have been ready to listen to MacDonald a few years ago. He writes from a deep, still place of ruthless, rugged faith. It's particularly rewarding for me to read snippets of his theological thoughts having just read his Curdie books. I notice many of his reflections showing up in the pages of his fiction. I also see the origination of much of C.S. Lewis's thinking and fiction.

Buy it and try it. If it doesn't ring true, wait a few years and try again. MacDonald's writings are a gift, as are his stories.
C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
This book is a treat. One of the great Christian apologists, writers and thinkers of the last century is discussed by one of the best of this century. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, here gives us an introduction to the thought and influence of the great Oxford don.

Both authors are known for their clarity of mind, their prolific literary output, and their commitment to the truths of historic Christianity. And both authors have been known as fearless warriors against the prevailing secularism and relativism of our culture.

Indeed, a major target of Lewis's pen was modernism and all that it entails. The rejection of the sacred and the elevation of the secular was a defining feature of modernism. It meant the exaltation of human reason and the rejection of non-human revelation. Autonomous man, guided only by intellect, could usher in a perfect world, accompanied by science and technology. Such a utopian quest was doomed to failure of course, and many of Lewis's works were directed at this theme.

The Abolition of Man was a classic volume in this regard. So too was the third volume of his space trilogy, That Hideous Strength. The naïve and baseless belief of modernism that fallen reason, aided and abetted by science (really scientism), could create a new man and an earthly paradise has been the cause of more human misery and death than any other worldview.

The Judeo-Christian worldview, which gave rise to Western civilisation, has been repudiated, resulting in a host of heresies that beguile modern man. Kreeft lists twenty "isms" that Lewis waged war against, all the products of the modernist rejection of it transcendent roots. These include subjectivism, cultural relativism, utilitarianism, pragmatism, cynicism, hedonism, and secularism.

These destructive isms plaguing the West today are part of a much bigger sweep of history. Lewis argued that the history of Western civilisation has been characterised by two monumental spiritual revolutions, the first from pre-Christian to Christian, the second from Christian to post-Christian.

He argued that the second revolution was more radical than the first, just "as divorce is more traumatic than marriage". The second change is happening quicker and is more destabilising. As a result, the soul of Western civilisation is dying. The real question is how long and how deep this second revolution will run.

The first revolution however is the permanent one. It may appear to have been eclipsed for now, but our vantage point is limited. True, the new dark ages may continue for quite sometime. Writing six years before the new millennium, Kreeft could argue that we have two options: "Either we will build Gothic cathedrals again, from a restored faith, or we will build the Tower of Babel again, from a restored apostasy".

As a prophetic figure, Lewis could clearly see the stark choice facing the West. He knew that if we rejected the right choice, many more horrors would await us. But if we choose wisely, the new dawn will soon arise.

The six meaty essays in this book offer the way out of the spiritual, cultural and intellectual morass we find ourselves in. The prophetic vision and insight of Lewis needs to be captured again by a new generation. And this book is an ideal means by which that can happen.
Tocka obmana - Meteor
Tocka obmana - Meteor
A good read with some interesting twists and turns, worth the read although not Dan Brown's best book when compared to his more historic novels.
Some Kind of Wonderful: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
Some Kind of Wonderful: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
I've read a few books by the author, mostly her most recent novels and I've quite enjoyed them. This book however is one of her early works and I doubt whether it would ever have been published at the time. It seems to me to be one of those books that people buy relying on the strength of the author's name and popular published authors seem to get away with publishing any junk that has their name on it. It really leaves a bad taste. The only reason I'm giving it two stars and not one, is because Ms Macomber showed her writing potential but hadn't quite hit her stride. The plot is terrible and her characters are stereotypes out of a child's fairy tale. The story of Beauty and The Beast could have been made plausible in a real life situation but Ms. Macomber made not attempt to do that and I get the feeling that this book was a fun tryout for a creative writing class without any intention of getting it published. Perhaps this book should be for for kids in grade school. Unfortunately I missed the seven day cut-off period for a Kindle refund.
NAVY WOMAN
NAVY WOMAN
Macomber's stories are always sweet and romantic, so if that is what you are looking for read this story. However, maybe I've read too many of them. I found this one so predictable that I barely read the words. The only really interesting parts occurred on the running track and the dialogue with a ten year old girl. Not a bad book, just didn't hold my interest.
Bleach, Vol. 35
Bleach, Vol. 35
After finishing off Szayelaporro, Captain Kurotsuchi goes about exploring the Espada scientist's laboratory and seeing to the healing of Ichigo and Nemu. Meanwhile Captain Kenpatchi fights against the fifth Espada Nnoitora but while these battles rage Aizen begins to put his plans in motion with his remaining forces.

This thirty-fifth volume of the `Bleach' manga is another very entertaining instalment of the manga. The fight between Kenpatchi and Nnoitora is arguably one of, if not the, best duel in the entirety of the Hueco Mundo arc. The volume also explains the true reason that Aizen kidnapped Orihime and shows the Soul Reapers haven't been sitting around idly either.

This was a very entertaining volume and well worth a full five stars. The next volume is the `Turn Back the Pendulum' flashback arc which is one my favourite arcs in the entire series and I am very much looking forward to it.
Bleach 42 (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 42 (Spanish Edition)
Edición mediocre, buena ortografía, sin páginas a color a pesar que en la versión japonesas las hay, tapas muy blandas, porte de las hojas menor al normal, hay cortes de 1 cm por lado que no aparecen en esta versión, las hojas y su calidad son discutibles, parece papel reciclado. Si no saben inglés es la única versión para ustedes, en caso de que se manejen en otro idioma les recomiendo la versión de viz media, ojo que si van por viz media compren la edición normal por tomos, que la 3-1 trae unas hojas muy delgadas y no vale la pena.
The Man from Barbarossa: Ian Fleming's Master Spy James Bond
The Man from Barbarossa: Ian Fleming's Master Spy James Bond
So little takes place in this book past the first quarter that you could sum up the remainder of the story in a chapter or two and not miss much detail. John goes way, way, way overboard with the worded illustrations of simple and mundane conversations between characters. Where my disappointment is with these later novels is that John’s writing was like candy. Easy to swallow and tastes great, but the only problem was that the plot here dwindles so quickly that you’ll wonder why it’s even worth it to continue forward. I’m pressing through to finish his extended series from a completionist standpoint and with how bad this one was, I’m really hoping that the others are at least more tolerable to not make it seem like a total waste of time.
HOUDINI
HOUDINI
This romanticized look at the career of Harry Houdini played with charm by Tony Curtis is full of the mysterious "other worldly " effects that George Pal made his reputation on in productions to come. In several scenes, Curtis taps into the Spirit world to...escape from a straight jacket, find the hole to get out of the frozen Detroit river, and seek out an experienced peer to solve the "Man in a Bottle" trick. He also manages in the process to stigmatize Halloween forever as a "bad omen" and gives new meaning to a Mother complex greater than Richard Burton's in "Alexander the Great". Still, the movie is a marvelous dose of "entertainment" and the sets are superb, there is a great veteran supporting cast and the screenplay is well written. This was a VERY popular movie and Tony Curtis does a great job in the role, even though there is a lot of deviation from the real Harry. It needs a DVD polish and presentation of extras with trailers and perhaps some interviews. It would be interesting to hear from Tony Curtis about this film after all these years. Good family fun!
Birds of the World Top Trumps Card Game
Birds of the World Top Trumps Card Game
This is a fun game and easy to understand. Compared to the other Top Trump card games, this set has very realistic head shots of the Horses and Ponies, very easy to understand criteria and very comparable statistics (meaning it does not seem like you are comparing apples to oranges so to speak) (for example, we had difficulty with the Transformer game due to the comparisons of Transformers to humans).

The cards are durable. There are 30 characters and five criteria (some Top Trump games have six). The criteria are: Height, Colour Variety, Sportability, Beauty, and Speed. They each have different value ranges so it adds to the difficulty for the younger children. I am no expert on horses, but I found the characters to be well represented insofar as we are able to make clear comparisons. I also appreciated that there is a flag designating the country of origin for each horse/pony, as well as a brief description of their background. The only con I found is that the type face is a bit smaller than with the other Top Trump games (I think due to the space taken up by the descriptions).

Each game takes about ~10-15 minutes. The game is reasonable entertaining to play a few rounds with the kids - after that it gets a bit dull for adults. Kids can play for hours. My 5 and 7 year old children both enjoy playing and can follow the game well. We have introduced variations to the game such random selection of cards, strategic card selection, varied number of cards, leaving cards in the middle and randomly selecting them as a tie-breaker.
Smoke Detector, X-Sense SD01 10-Year Battery (Not Hardwired) Fire Smoke Alarm with Escape Light, Compliant with UL 217 Standard
Smoke Detector, X-Sense SD01 10-Year Battery (Not Hardwired) Fire Smoke Alarm with Escape Light, Compliant with UL 217 Standard
This is a multi-functional smoke alarm:
- There is an LED escape light and a three-color flashing LED indicator: green LED indicates normal operation, red LED indicates alarm status, and yellow LED indicates a fault.
- In addition to this, there is a built-in lithium battery with a 10-year lifetime.
- Convenient test button. According to the manual, X-SENSE recommends testing the machine's working status by pressing the test button once a week.
- It prevents false alarms and is ideal for usage in kitchens or stairwells, or anywhere where there would be cigarette smoke or fumes.
- 24-hour self-check mode. If there are any faults, it will notify me at once.
- UL certified and is made from a PC material that has been inspected by the US Fire Department. People should be very confident in its quality.
The installation is also very simple! Although it has no interconnected function, the alarm is already loud enough! It successfully replaced my old smoke alarm.
Cell Phone Stand for Desk, HORUMP Angle Height Adjustable Phone Holder Stand for Desk, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Tablet, All Mobile Phones
Cell Phone Stand for Desk, HORUMP Angle Height Adjustable Phone Holder Stand for Desk, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Tablet, All Mobile Phones
Working from home some, I needed a decent cell phone holder. It did a good job the first two days I used it so I bought one for my old iPad (~9 1/2 inches x 6 3/4 inches) and also for my work office. They're so inexpensive I couldn't resist. It was great for the iPad for Zoom, Videos, or when I'm in the kitchen trying a recipe. The phone did not easily tip, but you still have to be careful as the phone is sitting on a 1 leg pedestal as with any stand. The iPad balanced well, too, but is larger than a phone so you want to be careful not to knock into it as well. You can adjust the height, and it stayed in place, with no slipping while you used it. The holder is adjustable as my pictures show. You can easily find the right position for your different uses. You can also charge your devices due to the design of the shelf where it sits. I'm hoping they will last a long time, and I will update if I note any problems.
USB Microphone with Studio Headphone Set 192KHz/24Bit Zero Latency Monitoring MAONO AU-PM401H Computer Condenser Cardioid Mic with Mute Button for Podcasting, Gaming, YouTube, Streaming
USB Microphone with Studio Headphone Set 192KHz/24Bit Zero Latency Monitoring MAONO AU-PM401H Computer Condenser Cardioid Mic with Mute Button for Podcasting, Gaming, YouTube, Streaming
 I really like this configuration of the package as it has everything that I need.

Microphone stand/arm, shock mount, mic guard, foam, and even a monitoring headset!
As the microphone has the direct monitoring output, hearing and monitoring your voice is really useful.
You can hear the raw sound that has not been processed by your computer. Judging the sound, volume, and the noise level is much easier this way.
I can quickly check, and take it off from the mic to start my recording.

Upon sound checking, the headset doesn't have much of characteristic in the sound. Which is a good thing for monitoring sound. The foam is a bit hard and stiff, keeps other noises out. The cup is on the small side, and barely clears my ears. I think people with larger ears may have problem as a over-the-ear headset.

Not particularly an issue, as this is such a great deal for its price.

The arm and shock mount setup allows the mic to be pushed aside when not being used, and pulled whenever I am starting to record. The actual mic quality is something you can expect from this price point.
The mic is very sensitive. Picks up all sounds around. The manual mute button can be used to stop the input.
I think this would be useful when you are on a conference call or voice chat, but it makes a loud click noise when it is pressed.

Overall, a great set for you to start of recording and even monitor your sound.
KINGGRID Balloon Decorating Strip, 16.5', for Party (2 Pack), Clear
KINGGRID Balloon Decorating Strip, 16.5', for Party (2 Pack), Clear
Well, who knew, all these years I was just making like harder on myself. This is why I love Amazon sooooooo much. Your mind thinks man, it would be cool if they had...... And them you search it and they do.

I've been Decorating parties for years. And I guess, because I am not a "professional", even though I decorate like one, I missed out on a very needed tool of the trade.

I have always tied my balloons together to each other to create an arch or what ever design I was trying to create. This saved my fingers and my nails from double and triple tying.

This was almost too easy. Tie the balloons. Insert the knot into the big hole portion and pull to the smaller section. Easy Peasy. What what have taken me 30 minutes, my way, took me about 10 minutes.

I kinda like a thicker bunch, but I probably could have added double in one hole. But, this was AMAZING. I used tape to adhere it to the wall. Never fell off. The balloons never felt out. The guest of honor liked them so much, she took the baloin cluster home with her. So, that was a win win. But, it also exposed her to my newly found secret😜.

I'm like a magician, when I decorate. I want the guest to be wowed and wonder how.
Secret World of Wellness Ancient India
Secret World of Wellness Ancient India
I found this very interesting and well-done. While I already had a background in some of the topics highlighted, I still learned quite a bit, and would benefit from a second-watching. It was an in-depth introduction of Ayurveda and focused on several specific treatments, as well as the history and potential future of this "long life" form of well-being. If you're at all interested in alternative (non-western/pharmaceutical) or complimentary "medicine", I recommend watching this video.
mysuntown Office Chairs Without Arms, Small Ergonomic Task Chair No Arms, Drafting Student Armless Computer Desk Chair, Black
mysuntown Office Chairs Without Arms, Small Ergonomic Task Chair No Arms, Drafting Student Armless Computer Desk Chair, Black
Picture this, you are a poor college student and your grandma gives you her old office chair. You go about your life using this chair for years on end, thinking this is just how office chairs are. A literal pain in the ass.
Then you come across this, lets say 4-5yrs later.
You can't go back. You'll never go back. In fact, you had no idea that an office chair could be this comfortable. This breathable. The wheels roll smoothly and your lower back and ass have forgotten what pain even means.
Guitar sessions are able to be extended for several more hours, guests no longer complain about their Player 2 chair, and sometimes, you even hop out of that Gaming Chair in favour of this one. Life is Good. And this Chair is the reason. Buy It.
HOMEFUN Ergonomic Office Chair, High Back Executive Desk Chair Adjustable Comfortable Task Chair with Armrests with Lumbar Support White
HOMEFUN Ergonomic Office Chair, High Back Executive Desk Chair Adjustable Comfortable Task Chair with Armrests with Lumbar Support White
 I was recently moving to a new house and brought a lot on amazon, so here is my review for this amazing chair, out of my expectation!

I brought the chair days ago and it arrived in just 2 days. The installation was not time consuming and very easy to follow the instructions they gave, and they also provide the tools, which was very sweet and considerate. it only took me 20 min or so to finish installation.

To me the chair is too great for this price, as I walked around Staples and other furniture stores, I didn't expect the chair of this quality to be just a little over 100 bucks! all the accessories are well designed and protected by an additional plastic layer which looks high-end and beautiful.

The most amazing part as I showed in my video and photos is that the back and neck support when you laying on the chair, the chair back can flexibly and smoothly adjust to the angle at your comfort plus I can easily make it maintain the position simply by pulling a handle below the seats. The wheels under the chair are of good quality and don't make noise on my wooden floor.

I was concerning as some of the reviews mentioned that the chair will slip when people sit down, well, it never happen in my case, I guess you just need to follow the instructions and everything goes on well. I really enjoy this chair and the sense of being in a sifi movie. and it looks professional and clean.

Ill give it a 10 out of 5 if possible, so far my most satisfied item I brought on Amazon.
Prestige Deluxe Plus Junior Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Handi, 4.8 Litres, Flame Red
Prestige Deluxe Plus Junior Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Handi, 4.8 Litres, Flame Red
Nice vibrant colour, works great! It’s perfect as it’s a Kadhai cum pressure cooker, so you can make the tadka for pulao/biryani/ dals etc first and then add the rice, daal etc and pressure cook it all in one utensil! Very convenient and reduces the number of cooking utensils too. Works effectively, has good safety features including a pressure indicator which lets you know when it’s safe to open the cooker. Highly recommended!
HEPA Air Purifiers for Home, 3 Stage Filtration, 24H Timer, and 22dB Quiet Sleep Mode, H13 True HEPA Filter Removes 99.97% Dander, Smoke, Odor, Dust, and Pollen for Bedroom & Office
HEPA Air Purifiers for Home, 3 Stage Filtration, 24H Timer, and 22dB Quiet Sleep Mode, H13 True HEPA Filter Removes 99.97% Dander, Smoke, Odor, Dust, and Pollen for Bedroom & Office
Ordered this to keep the home air circulation clean during these difficult times of pandemic. Needed something which was easy to move - since we have 2 floors in our home. We have a forced air furnace which has air filters but needed HEPA certified air purifier to keep the kids safe and air purified since we end up staying majority of the time indoors and with the weather in 40F we cannot really open the windows for air circulation (due to cold).

The good - price for this was the best as I looked and shopped around and to my surprise most of the others were in very high price range. Since quietness while running, timer and easily movable were my requisites, this fit my need perfectly and for this price this does a great job. When operating the device is pretty quiet and we don't hear anything when we leave the device on a timer at night. As mentioned, its pretty light weight and can be moved around easily - although we haven't felt the need for the same as its doing a great job in circulating/purifying the air from both floors. Love the night mode to dim/hide the display and the tone of the buttons when changing options is fun (kids love it). User friendly functions made it easy for kids to learn the operation and they love doing it.

What can be improved - nothing which I can think of with 1 week of use, will keep updating this as I spend more time with the product.
Kenny's Wiley Wallaby Gourmet Licorice, Black, 24 Ounce
Kenny's Wiley Wallaby Gourmet Licorice, Black, 24 Ounce
Well, I certainly learned my lesson!! I was a bit tight on funds and the reviews were so good that I thought I'd stray from the FINNSKA I'd spent decades to find and then decades enjoying. BIG mistake, sorry guys.
- No significant flavor AT ALL (I know the difference between the overpowering artificial flavor versus the more subtle and deep richness of real black licorace; that was not the problem...to be generous, there was but a WISP of flavor.)
- Disgraceful texture - a plastic-like dry sort of rubberyness that actually shocked me.
- Density was NOT bad, but that's where ANY positive began and ended for me...

Needless to say I IMMEDIATELY bit the bullet (and this time, I don't mean this licorace) and ordered my FINNSKA 8.8 LB BAG which arrived today, instantly dipped in and....aaaaah, black licorace HEAVEN!

(Not pandering, honest, but THANK HEAVENS FOR AMAZON!! LOL)
Haribo Ladrillos Nata Fresa Gominolas - 1000 gr
Haribo Ladrillos Nata Fresa Gominolas - 1000 gr
Llegaron pringosos y algunos de ellos rotos. Probablemente por el calor del mes de agosto. He probado a meterlos en el frigorífico pero una vez que los sacas, y están un rato a temperatura ambiente, vuelven a estar como sudados.
He comprado muchas veces otras gominolas y nunca me había pasado esto.
De sabor están buenos pero en casa ya no los come nadie.
No puedo recomendarlos, o por lo menos, no en meses con calor.

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