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Learn MySQL- simpleNeasyBook
Learn MySQL- simpleNeasyBook
Learn MySQL- simpleNeasyBook by WAGmob. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Laravel Application Development Blueprints
Laravel Application Development Blueprints
Laravel Application Development Blueprints by Arda Kılıçdağı and Halil İbrahim Yılmaz. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Website Text Spinning With PHP
Website Text Spinning With PHP
Website Text Spinning With PHP by John Elder. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
R in Action
R in Action
R in Action by Robert Kabacoff. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Hello, Scala
Hello, Scala
Hello, Scala by Alvin Alexander. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
You know that Diet Dr. Pepper commercial with the lumberjack-looking guy in the flannel shirt that's casually walking through the woods carrying entire tree trunks and hand-landing salmon and then throwing them to grizzly bears? Well, Steven Rinella IS that guy--if that guy could also totally CRUSH you at Jeopardy!!

I bought his book, "American Buffalo," primarily b/c I've been buying a lot of free-range, grass-fed bison from Dan O'Brien's Wild Idea Buffalo Company and I thought it would be a good idea to learn some history about the animal. After having read Rinella's book, I now know not only a ton about bison, but also a lot more about the settlement of the western United States and the characters who lived there, the traditional way of life of many Native American tribes, Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Chetaslina/Copper River area, hunting in general, and about current tensions between the cattle industry and conservation groups regarding the reintroduction of wild, free-ranging bison into areas where they were once native.

I particularly enjoyed the later chapters where Rinella is successful in hunting a wild buffalo and his account of butchering the animal and transporting it out of the wild. It's a pretty harrowing tale. Lots of adventure. A lot of risk. I can't imagine being alone in grizzly country for days period--much less trying to pack out hundreds of pounds of meat IN THE DARK. Steven Rinella is hardcore and I have a ton of respect for his willingness to suffer for what he believes in. The only thing I didn't like about the book was knowing that I don't think I could ever do the same. Even camping in the campground in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park freaks me out. This guy camped multiple days covered in blood in backcountry grizzly habitat BY HIMSELF not far from the dead bison he was butchering. Then, for good measure, he whitewater rafts his cache of bison meat down the Chetaslina River--also in the dark.

Guy's a stud. Read his book. But fair warning you will feel like less of a man after having done so. I have to go do some push-ups now.................
Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech
Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech
In a very detailed account (close to 400 pages), Cain provides an excellent view into the inner workings of Samsung - a company that perennially seems to be mentioned only if the lead story is Apple. With his unique access to former and current executives and employees of Samsung and its partners and his own reporting over the years, Cain not only provides a breezy, detailed, and informative look at the corporate dramas internal to Samsung.

While the Lee clan is center to the narrative, Cain is able to also provide an informative read of the region's history, rivalries, and political tribulations. Perhaps no other region has the fate of a company is inextricably tied to the wellbeing, pride, and ambition of an entire country.

One also gets to get glimpses of various management philosophies, flavor-of-the-month marketing tactics, cultural barriers of building a global brand, and how personal ambition conflated with national identity drove strategies across various companies, particularly at Samsung.

While the author succeeds in providing a detailed look at the key personalities, their motivations, and a somewhat time-linear narrative of key events, he does not make any attempt to contextualize those with a richer description of the technological breathroughs or other socio-economic factors that were driving business trends at the same time. Moreover, there is very little analysis per-se; no second-guessing of key decisions or assessment of leaderships - the author lets his interviewees provide that and he does a fantastic job of abstracting and synthesizing those. In the end, Cain achieves what Samsung probably wants more than anything - see it as a global company in its own right and not just as an Apple competitor. An excellent read for anyone interested in management, technology and/or leadership.
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown by Glenn Good, David Wisniewski, Karen and O'Kray. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Swing That Music
Swing That Music
Louis' first memoir reveals our hero was also a terrific writer. His bright personality jumps off the page. Loved this book. Also love Pops by Terry Teachout and Satchmo by Gary Giddens. Giddens' biography is also a luminous history of jazz, the south, powerfully observed.
Epure Firenze Collection 4 Piece Margarita Glass Set - Classic For Drinking Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, and Other Cocktails (Margarita Glass (10 oz))
Epure Firenze Collection 4 Piece Margarita Glass Set - Classic For Drinking Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, and Other Cocktails (Margarita Glass (10 oz))
So you like to drink real martinis because you are fancy, but you're not fancy because you're rich, oh no, you are not at all rich, and you need a real martini glass that is not made out of plastic and is not actually for margaritas and is inexpensive but not so cheap that it breaks easily because, let's face it, despite your fanciness, you are a bit clumsy sober, let alone when you are tipsy from all those martinis? Look no further.
*These are real martini glasses for real martinis
*These are sturdy
*These are inexpensive
No they are not perfect (a few slight warbles in the glass here and there) but you're not looking for perfection are you? If you are I suggest buying some nice super expensive crystal glasses, you fancy rich person.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm | Vegan and Reef Friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free) Broad Spectrum Natural Lip Care with UVA/UVB Protection | .15 oz
Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm | Vegan and Reef Friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free) Broad Spectrum Natural Lip Care with UVA/UVB Protection | .15 oz
Just started using this and this is my favorite lip sunscreen so far. :D I was aware of the slight whitecast before buying it and do not mind it that much. I only wear lip and cheek tint and mascara along with spf. I have not experienced flaking or clumping yet. This does not feel as slippery or greasy as the sun bum coconut lip balm spf 30 (or any of that brown packaging series, which was the biggest con). I definitely will buy again unless I find a very similar formulation that leaves less of a white-cast and around a similar price. The light white-cast is worth the protection from having crusty lips in the future, and you can just put lipstick, gloss, tint, or less of this product anyways :D
Usher
Usher
For those looking at the star rating system here I'd like to say first I'd give this album (accurately) 3 1/2 stars,not three and not four but it doesn't allow that so I rounded it off to the closest appropriate rating I could think of. The extra one and a half stars I didn't give it....well they have to do with the opinion I've always had about Usher. From the beginning he presented us with a strong sense of performance and,of course his noted vocal drama. Yet what was it that seperated him in that respect from people such as Keith Sweat,Brian McKnight,R.Kelly or any of his contemporaries of that era? Well......to say the word not a whole lot. As far as I've looked back Usher's persona has been about having a strong identity and that's pretty confusing as he never really developed one of his own. Any kind of soul/R&B based music you can think of is built around the personality of the performer/musician. After the late 80's the environment changed to the degree where that strong level of personal identity didn't seem all that necessary,as long as one could find the right producers and a level of sex appeal to make them stars. Not only has the stardo Usher enjoys now not exactly present on this album but there really wasn't much to destinguish this debut from the music of people such as Al B.Sure,Sean Combs,LA Reid or any of the other people who helped him out. While there's a certain level of groove on songs like "I'll Make It Right",'Final Goodbye","Crazy" and some actually pretty interesting moody chord changes to distinguish slower jams such as "The Many Ways","Whispers" and "Love Was Here" but those really don't do much to changed the identity crisis Usher deals with and they're some of the best songs on the albums. Songs such as "Slow Love","Whispers" and "Can I Get Wit It" aren't terrible but are all of a piece. This is the kind of album you can slap on during a laid back house party or any kind of urban social gathering and get away with it. But in terms of being an inspiring "headphone" style album with anything seriously wonderful musically to offer?Well that it just isn't. This quality is something that's easy to toss aside in a debut but when it indicates where an artist's future lays in general maybe some retooling might be in order.
Hop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself)
Hop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself)
My wife purchased this book for our Kindergartener after she (my daughter) had requested it. She had seen it in her school library and was very excited to show us how funny the idea of "hopping on pop" (on me!!) was and that she could read some of the words. After we got it, she found that she was able to read the whole thing all the way through. She was so surprised and proud of herself! If you want to build confidence in your child and develop a love for reading-this is a great book.

The reason this is so great for an early reader is pretty genius! The book starts off easy enough, with a couple of rhyming phrases per page (like; HOP ON POP, etc.). As the story moves on, the rhyming words are replaced (sometimes only by changing out a letter-as in H-A-T to C-A-T).

While a simple idea, it provides a great learning and reinforcement tool for your child that is twofold: (1) your child learns new words by "building" on a previously known word by having to change the initial sound to match the new letter on the rhyming word, and (2) by showing them the importance of letters and their placement in a word to change its sound.

The book is never overly difficult, but rather, perfectly paced for an emerging or first time reader. And of course, true to Dr. Seuss fashion, the artwork is engaging, wonderful and funny all at the same time. This is by far, my daughter's favorite book at the moment and she won't hesitate to offer to "read the whole book" to anyone who is willing to listen! She is developing a real love of reading from this.

If you are a "pop" or know of one with a new reader, this classic is just the ticket! Definitely a winner for our family.
The Novels of Nora Roberts, Volume 1 (Nora Roberts Collection)
The Novels of Nora Roberts, Volume 1 (Nora Roberts Collection)
Now this volume of Nora Roberts stories had me hooked to my kindle and not wanting to let ANYTHING get in my way. I didn't want to work or talk to friends and family...I just wanted to immerse myself into the stories. However, RL does intrude and I hated putting the book(s) down for any reason and that darn work...kept me away for hours....sigh...but whenever I got the chance...I put myself into Nora's capable hands.
Yes, these books are dated...however...they are still really fun to read and just enjoy the time spent in Nora Robert's Land.
Pottymouth and Stoopid (Jimmy)
Pottymouth and Stoopid (Jimmy)
Read it in advance of sharing with a grade 5 class. Too many issues that would require explanation or even justification. This was not a warning given in the description nor in any reviews. In this day and age when our classrooms are full of family issues, this book had too many side stories I would have to explain. Better if I was reading it with my own child so we could better have those conversations.
Zane Grey Collection: Wanderer of the Wasteland
Zane Grey Collection: Wanderer of the Wasteland
I purchased this for my Dad who has enjoyed the book series so purchasing movies was a good step. My Dad really enjoyed the movies of course loved the books too so winning combination! Worked well for our family:)
The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien
The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien
This is the more detailed review that I promised in my response to the very first, quite negative, review that appeared for this book (q.v. below).

This beautiful volume is much more than just a book about Tolkien himself - that's just the first section. Subsequent chapters look at each of his three major works - The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, in that, i.e. publication, order - laying great emphasis on the sources and influences in history, legend, and literature that he drew on in constructing "a mythology for England." I found it thoroughly enthralling. But there is another dimension to this book as well, examining the enormous influence of Tolkien in many other areas, including the various media into which his stories have been adapted and the impact they have had on the whole genre of heroic fantasy. It truly is a near-comprehensive survey of the entirety of "The Tolkien Phenomenon."

All of this is graced with an absolutely gorgeous presentation: a parchment-like tinting and decorative embellishment of the pages that almost give them the appearance of a medieval manuscript, an illusion fostered by frequent quotations (from the books, the movies, Tolkien's letters and other writings, and more) in a near-calligraphic faux-Celtic font evoking the spirit of Tolkien's own Elvish script; a treasure-trove of photographs and ephemera invoking the early-mid 20th-century bucolic England that Tolkien loved and drew inspiration from; and frequent inset illustrations and narrative-boxes expanding on some point discussed in the text itself. "A Tolkien Timeline" provides a convenient overview of the author's life and the multimedia phenomenon to which he gave birth; extensive endnotes point the way to further exploration of much that Snyder discusses; and what appears to be (but I suspect is not, given the explosion of Tolkien scholarship in the last decade and a half or so) an exhaustive bibliography and list of "Tolkien Resources" of all kinds make me believe this book would be absolutely invaluable as an overview of all things Tolkien.

I have a few more personal thoughts about this book on my blog, Random Ramblings of an Absent-Minded Professor.
Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament
Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament
Perfect condition, I usually get small nicks on the spine or a small bend in the cover (those drive me crazy) but this book came to me shiny, unharmed. A true hot of the press condition.
5 stars.

If you believe it!
Naruto! Naruto!
Believe it! Believe it!
Here I am with my Ninja Clan!
Ninja Clan, here we stand!
Naruto, I'm on my way,
Naruto, I'll be okay!
Getting ready to fight on set!
Come on best friends by my side!
Sasuke, is really cool!
Sakura, the beautiful! f you believe it!
Naruto! Naruto!
Believe it! Believe it!
Here I am with my Ninja Clan!
Ninja Clan, here we stand!
Naruto, I'm on my way,
Naruto, I'll be okay!
Getting ready to fight on set!
Come on best friends by my side!
Sasuke, is really cool!
Sakura, the beautiful!
How to Be a Christian: Reflections and Essays
How to Be a Christian: Reflections and Essays
This is a review of both the new How to Pray and How to be a Christian, reviewed together because they really are a set. If you buy one, you’ll want the other volume.

So, let’s start by addressing the central issue: Lewis died 55 years ago. How can these be considered new books worthy of consideration? Here’s the answer: In the best literary tradition, HarperOne’s master editor Michael Maudlin curated the content for these new books from the vast body of Lewis’s work. Think of these books as similar to retrospective exhibitions of great artists. If we are fans of such an artist, then we’ve seen the famous works already. What draws us to take a fresh look is the curator’s eye for bringing together both the famous—and the obscure works. In that same way, these two new books can be considered eye-opening Lewis retrospectives. Using a metaphor familiar to Lewis fans, these books are magical wardrobes combining well known and largely unknown wisdom from Lewis.

Well, take a moment and check your bookshelves: Do you have Christian Reflections; Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis in three volumes; God in the Dock—Essays on Theology and Ethics; Letters to an American Lady; Letters to Malcolm—Chiefly on Prayer; Poems; Present Concerns—Journalistic Essays; Reflections on the Psalms; The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses; or The World's Last Night and Other Essays? All of these are key sources for these two new volumes. These 10 fascinating books almost certainly are missing from most home or church libraries. For example, none of these sources are included in the popular eight-volume boxed set: The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics.

NOTE TO LEWIS FANS: You can find all of these books on Amazon from either Eerdmans or HarperOne. In fact, as I post this review, Lewis's letters are quite reasonably priced for Kindle.

These little-known books are the stars of these newly curated collections. Through these two new collections, we are likely to wind up pursuing new adventures in reading with the beloved Oxford-Cambridge scholar and creator of Narnia.

The fact is that teachers, preachers, journalists and a host of other community leaders draw on Lewis every day in one way or another. Lewis's fans continue to invite others along on the great adventure.

If you doubt this, try an experiment. Go to the Google News search page and type in C.S. Lewis. That search engine is designed to pull only the most recent postings from news organizations. On any given day, you will find Google reporting dozens of fresh headlines.

“In creating these books, we're trying to offer new possibilities—things that most readers have never seen—new doorways,” Maudlin said in a recent interview.
"I'm one of the few people who reads, and re-reads, the whole C.S. Lewis canon, including his letters and his lesser-known works. By creating these new collections, I'm showing readers how these Lewis touch-points run throughout his entire body of work, whether in his major books, his letters or his public talks. What we're doing in these new books is inviting readers to come along on a classic Lewis adventure. We're saying: 'Come on! Let's do some treasure hunting."
Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story (Kindle Single)
Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story (Kindle Single)
I have only vague recollections of the members of the Camel Club and their exploits, since I read those books years and years ago. I may have even missed one or more of the later books. I will have to go back and refresh my memory. Nevertheless, my lack of knowledge did not hinder my enjoyment of the novella. I suppose if one had no knowledge of who and what the Camel Club are that the novella might have been somewhat confusing especially since the story featured Oliver Stone rather Will Robie, which was actually somewhat disappointing. Robie did little of the mystery solving or arranging the resolution, although his shooting skills were certainly put into play. He was present almost solely in his role as assassin and demonstrated only a little independent involvement in the whole hostage situation at the bank, despite being a hostage and having keen observation and problem solving skills, as we know from the books featuring him. Other than being a shooter, he imostly serves as a foil to Stone's character. All that being said, the book was still an enjoyable excursion with some of Baldacci's more unforgettable characters. (Too bad John Puller did not participate in the story.) The plot was not terribly complex or even elegant and the usual description of places and secondary characters was missing, which made the story less nuanced than Baldacci's longer novels, but the story moved along at quite a clip and kept my interest throughout. It was fun to see Stone and Robie interact. My one true criticism is regarding the discussion in the book of the construction of the bank's physical space. At first, the woman explaining the reason for the irregular shape of the bank said that she learned about it after asking people in the banks once she noticed it. She is asked if one feature reached the top of the building. She thinks about and then surmises that it must. However, in the very next paragraph, she then states that she is sure that it does, because her husband, who is in the construction business, had plans of the building and she saw that it did. This was not a correction of her previous statement on her part, but instead was a completely different version of her thoughts. She goes on to say that she learned everything about the space from the plans and her husband before she worked at the bank, contradicting her prior statement that she learned about the space due to her asking colleagues when she became curious about the space. Obviously, she would not have been curious if she knew about the space before she even worked there. How and why she learned about the space is not remotely important to the plot, but the discrepancy was annoying and disappointing. I expect better of Baldacci. It is a relatively minor peeve that is only made large due to the brevity of the story and the fact that the discontinuity occurred in adjoining paragraphs. Why didn't Baldacci or his editors, proofreaders, or friends and family catch this before publication? Maybe I am missing some subtle point given that I did not follow the construction discussion regarding pop-outs, dead space, and so on very well. Still, I really recommend this novella highly to fans of Baldacci and the Camel Club and Will Robie. I have the new Will Robie book, "The Guilty," and I am looking forward to getting sucked back into Robie's world.
Harry Potter; Quidditch the Game (2000)
Harry Potter; Quidditch the Game (2000)
My idea of hell is a little girl (8 years old) disappointed on her birthday.
This game creates a good first impression. The box is nice looking and the playing pieces are well printed.
The first problem starts to arise when one finishes punching out the one hundred fiddly little game pieces and starts to read the rules, which, although quite well written, are still very confusing.
One begins to play the game, hoping that the rules will become clearer. Unfortunately they do. As the confusion clears, the boredom sets in.
The board is far too small, and initially covered in the aforementioned one hundred fiddly little game pieces. This makes maneuvering the player pieces awkward for a grown up and frustrating and difficult for a child. There is no clear objective to the game other than to move the players aimlessly around the board, waiting either for a catcher to pick up a quaffle or a searcher picks up the snitch. When a catcher lands on a quaffle piece, the player gets to attempt to fire a plastic ball with a catapult through a plastic "goal" at the opponent's end of the board. This is arguably the most fun you're going to have this evening. When a searcher lands on a snitch piece, the game is over. Period.
As my daughter pointed out, attention to the details of Harry Potter's world is also patchy.
(1) As everybody knows, the Gryffindor Quidditch team includes several girls. As far as we could tell, all the players in this game are represented as boys. That is a huge demerit for this father of a daughter.
(2) The Searcher for the Slytherin team is depicted as a dark haired boy. Again, as every one knows, Draco Malfoy, the Slytherin Searcher is blonde.
(3) In Quidditch, a goal counts as ten points, not as one point as stated in the rules of this game.
In conclusion, good production values are let down by poor attention to detail and a confusing and boring game concept. Way over priced. Parents, save your money for the books!
FUJIYA Tools, FPN-125FS, Plastic Cutting Nippers, 5 Inch
FUJIYA Tools, FPN-125FS, Plastic Cutting Nippers, 5 Inch
結束バンド切断用に購入
試してきたなかで一番切れる!
結束バンドの切れ端を指で持ちながら片手で切る場合力が入れにくいのだが、これは切れ味が高いのでスパスパいける
だから狭く遠くてもノンストレスではやい!
切れ味の悪いニッパーだと結束バンドが遠くに吹っ飛んでいくのだがこれにはそれがない
真下にポトリと落ちる
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Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Installed this booster two, to three, different ways and different elevations. Still haven’t seen an improvement in service the way we thought. It works better throughout the morning hours but horribly as the day goes on. Yes this does meet our RF Frequency band criteria (12 and 13). Do any kind of web browsing or data streaming? Forget it. Calls are good during the am hours only. On the verge of sending this back ASAP.
Old Movies - Oldies but Goldies
Old Movies - Oldies but Goldies
La selección de películas está bastante bien pero le falta que estén subtituladas.
Otra cosa es que si estas viendo una película y sales de ella cuando vuelves a entrar se pone desde el principio, cosa que me parece que no debería ser así. Si quieres darle para adelante puedes pero no sabes cuánto le estás dando para adelante y va bastante rápido. También tengo que decir que yo la veo por fire TV. A lo mejor desde otro soporte esto está solucionado. Merece la pena pero por 3 euros debería de estar mejor.
Guardian Technologies PureGuardian AP2200CA Air Purifier with High Performance Allergen Filter, Captures Allergens, Smoke, Odors, Mold, Dust, Pets, Smokers, Germ Guardian 22" Home Air Purifier
Guardian Technologies PureGuardian AP2200CA Air Purifier with High Performance Allergen Filter, Captures Allergens, Smoke, Odors, Mold, Dust, Pets, Smokers, Germ Guardian 22" Home Air Purifier
I've never used one before so I have nothing to compare it to. I bought it because someone complained about cannabis smoke. No worries. It's legal here.

This is almost as good as blowing it out of the window. I put it on an end table next to where I sit, and it does a really decent job. You can't hide the smell of the pipe or the ashtray but it most definitely gets rid of smoke and the filters are reasonably priced.

It might as well be silent on the lowest setting. The second one is barely audible and I don't notice it when watching media or having a conversation. The high setting is pretty noticeable but not loud. It's nowhere near as loud as a tower fan, so it's great for not being obnoxious.

I've noticed that leaving it on a medium setting for a few hours also cuts down on pet smells. It's going to be great sleeping with it on, I'm looking forward to it.

I like that I can carry it from room to room easily.

Not sure how the plastic build quality is but for an inexpensive, super quiet and portable air cleaner, I can't complain.

It's also nice to know that the filter traps the same size particles as an N95 mask, or 300 nanometers (.3 microns). A COVID-19 virus is about 90 nanometers so these won't trap viruses, just any respiratory droplets/and most aerosols.

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