Bryce Rogers

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Dark Tower: The Long Road Home
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Stephen King , Peter David , et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 104 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Scala for the Impatient
Scala for the Impatient
Scala for the Impatient by Cay S. Horstmann. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PhpStorm Cookbook
PhpStorm Cookbook
PhpStorm Cookbook by Mukund Chaudhary and Ankur Kumar. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Airbnb Story: How Three Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions of Dollars ... and Plenty of Enemies
The Airbnb Story: How Three Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions of Dollars ... and Plenty of Enemies
Who thought two guys with background in designing would build an empire that would disrupt the whole hospitality market and make top hotel, motel players and public policy people sweat! Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky with Nate Belecharczyk challenged the odds. Three guys had one simple idea and a mission to build on something that already existed. They tapped on the need for the future and with an understanding of the needs of millennial- Airbnb was launched. A tech company that disrupted the world in less than a decade. They are the largest accommodation & experience providers without owning any property. They call themselves missionaries, not visionaries!

The story of Airbnb is not just a story book but a whole compendium of how a simple idea grew, challenges it faced, kept going with thousands of enemies and where it would be taken in the near future. Journalist, Leigh Gallagher has done justice to the idea with his work. A very well researched book, thoroughly explained instances unbiased information sharing makes it a pleasant read. One can get a clear picture of what kind of people are the founders and what it takes to build something like this up! The book is intense and requires rapt attention of the reader. The detailing of public policies, disclaimers and compliances of the states that a company/startup/citizen needs to follow part might spin-off your head. However, it does get balanced out in the chapter like "The Bad & the Ugly" and "Learning to lead".
In the end, I would recommend this book to all the people who are looking to build something up in the hospitality sector, or part of this industry. It will definitely give you many insights & fair idea of how it all works.

My take away is- "Early to be, early to rise, work like hell and organise"- Chris Lehane.
Bob Dylan - Roads Rapidly Changing
Bob Dylan - Roads Rapidly Changing
This is an excellent critical and historical walk through Dylan's early career. Those who prefer light narration and mostly music performance would be advised to look elsewhere (for example the Newport Folk Festival DVD set). For those of us who love an in-depth discussion and celebration of the contributions he made to music and songwriting during this period, this is a great gift, with insightful commentary by some of the best music reviewers and documentarians in the business. The series is continued by three other DVD sets: After The Crash (1966-1978), Both Ends of the Rainbow (1978-1989), and The Never Ending Narrative (1990-2006), all of which are well worth the time, depending on the part of Dylan's career you are most interested in. I love it all, and have seen all of them. My only beef is that the two most famous albums of his career, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, are not covered by this or any of the other DVD sets. How could they leave out that crucial period of post-Newport '65 through the '66 World Tour??? Anyone know of a documentary by this set of reviewers/commentators that covers that?
PPD Inkjet Iron-On Light T Shirt Transfer Paper LTR 8.5x11" Pack of 100 Sheets (PPD001-100)
PPD Inkjet Iron-On Light T Shirt Transfer Paper LTR 8.5x11" Pack of 100 Sheets (PPD001-100)
I respect and appreciate those companies - they do well for what they make - printers, photo paper, and stickers/labels - and I use them, but with these iron-ons, sorry, theirs just doesn't foot the bill. I think they should get together with this company! With these, the paper comes off - after ironing - easier than those; the ink didn't run in the wash (after waiting 24 hrs. as per instructions - all brands say to), and the glue is less noticeable in the background than the others. Also, with both of the others, the background glue started to peel or crack - as other reviewers had noted. Not so with these. Make sure to follow instructions. (Such as peeling paper either right after or soon after ironing -while still arm. Also, this brand says to wash in warm water - as opposed to the other two - which say cold).
Frank's Campaign Or The Farm and the Camp
Frank's Campaign Or The Farm and the Camp
It was 1862 it was agreed that each town should fill a quota of 25 volunteers for the Union with 150 dollars being paid to the family for every a man that enlisted. Frank Frost, son of Henry Frost was 15yrs, he lived with his parents, sisters Alice 12yrs and Maggie 10yrs, he had one brother Charlie 7yrs, they have a farm which is just about managing and a mortgage of 800 dollars with Squire Haynes

Franks father would like to volunteer but is worried about the farm, after much discussion it is left in the charge of Frank with a hired man and advice from a family friend Mr Maynard, with that off his mind Henry Frost enlists, on the way back from seeing his father off Frank came across a small shack owned by Chloe who was once a slave, the little boy, Pomp was running up and down saying his mother had hurt herself, she had in fact scolded her leg, Frank new this would stop her earning money and sent Pomp to his house for food, on his way back he was stopped by John Haynes, son of the Squire, who claimed Pomp was insolent to him and tied him to a tree with the intention of whipping him, luckily Frank came by and freed him and gave John a beating

John hated Frank and tried to think of anyway in which he could hurt him or his family, a carriage arrives carrying Mrs Payson and a Mr Morton, Frank meets Mr Morton whilst out walking and arranges for him to stay at his mothers house, Chloe came to the farm sometimes to help with the washing and she knows Mr Morton and addresses him as Massa, Mr Morton asks her to keep his real identity secret, Frank begins to give Pomp lessons and hears his father has been wounded but it is not serious

Frank decides to form his own company and after spreading the word fifty boys turn up over 13yrs, no matter where Pomp goes he seems to annoy Mrs Payson, meanwhile after Mr Morton agrees to help out drilling the boys they get their first muskets, provided by the town, Frank was voted Captain to the annoyance of John, during this time John has a boating accident and Mr Morton saves his life

Mr Morton tells Frank that his father was very wealthy and before he died had entrusted 25,000 dollars to the care of a lawyer with his clerk as witness, when Mr Morton at 12yrs applied for the money the lawyer denied all knowledge, the lawyer was Squire Haynes, Morton heads to New York to find his witness, meanwhile Squire Haynes calls in the mortgage on the farm for 800 dollars, Frank has 400 and it looks like they will lose the farm

Read on to find out if Frank can save the farm, can Mr Morton recoup his money from the Squire and find his witness and if so what happens to the Squire, what is the future of John Haynes, son of the Squire, does Frank's father come back safely from the war, does Frank ever return to college, what about Pomp and his lessons does he improve himself although the son of a slave

One of Horatio's better books, well worth a read
VELOCIDAD FG (FORMATO GRANDE) (Spanish Edition)
VELOCIDAD FG (FORMATO GRANDE) (Spanish Edition)
Once I started this book, the plot grabbed me right from the beginning and would not let go. Even though it is a plot driven book, the main character is well developed, even though others, perhaps, are not. It makes no difference, however, as it is the intricate, tightly constructed plot that will grab the reader. This is quintessential Koontz at his best, producing a riveting page-turner, once again.

Billy Wiles is a formerly promising writer turned barkeep. He has experienced a goodly amount of tragedy in his life. Orphaned at fourteen, he is haunted by the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of his parents. He is also devoted to his fiancee, Barbara, who lies in a comatose state in a nursing home, the victim of the fickle finger of fate. She has been given little hope of recovery. While Billy appears to be an easygoing, hardworking regular Joe, he goes through life with despair etched in the very way that he lives.

One night, however, a pivotal event occurs that will forever change Billy's life. A note is left under the windshield wipers of his car. The note gives him a most unusual ultimatum. It tells him that if he does not take the note to the police, securing their involvement, "a lovely blonde schoolteacher from the Napa Valley" will be murdered. The note also conversely tells Billy that if he does take the note to the police, "an elderly woman active in charity work" will, instead, be murdered. These are the two choices for which Billy has been given six hours to decide.

What Billy chooses to do and what follows are the stuff of which nightmares are made. Suddenly, Billy's formerly quiet, prosaic life takes on a new dimension, one in which reality is suspended, as the first note is followed by a series of them. Each note ups the ante, leaving Billy with having to make choices no human being should have to make. The ingenious plot takes the reader on a thrill ride of terror and suspense.

This was a book that I could not put down, so intriguing, original, and mesmerizing was the plot. Fans of the author, as well as those of Stephen King, should find much to like about this brilliantly plotted, fast-paced book, which puts a new spin on the age old struggle between good and evil. Written by a master storyteller at the top of his game, the book should keep the enthralled reader turning the pages, until the very last one has been turned. This is, without a doubt, one of the author's best books.
Asterix Omnibus 9: Includes Asterix and the Great Divide #25, Asterix and the Black Gold #26, and Asterix and Son #27
Asterix Omnibus 9: Includes Asterix and the Great Divide #25, Asterix and the Black Gold #26, and Asterix and Son #27
I read these comics as a child over and over again. They are well written and beautifully illustrated, witty and very entertaining. The story follows the members of a small village in Gaul whom resist the Roman Empire by virtue of a super-strengthening potion brewed by their druid Getafix. The heros of the stories are Asterix ( a short, but smart warrior) and his best friend Obelix ( a large, boar meat loving, loyal but not smart warrior whom fell in a cauldron of magic potion as a child and as a result has permanent super strength). You can read each comic seperately and be able to follow the story, though certain characters do repeat throughout the series. I am buying them again as an adult and enjoying them just as much as I did as a kid. I definitely recommend these comics.
Dragon Ball - Le Dictionnaire (French Edition)
Dragon Ball - Le Dictionnaire (French Edition)
Positives:

Amazing book, explains pretty much everything you saw in the anime/manga, such as power levels (from the very beggining to the end of Freeza arc), objects, timeline of events, races, the DB Universe (afterlife included), you name it. But where this book shines is on the Characters and Attacks sections, enourmous and very detailed. Kuddos for the beautiful artwork here and there from both Akira Toriyama and the Toei/Bird Studio staff.

Negatives:

Well, it's a french book. Unless you speak it or at least understand it on the average levels (like me), this book has no use or whatsoever, unless pure collecting purposes. And of course, you can point out that, for the mentioned colleting purpose, the original Daizenshuu 7 worth a lot more of your heart and money because it's..well...the original. But this french translation is much more easy to find and less expensive than the original.
Also, the japanese alphabetic order can be a pain in the ass until you start to feel confortable with (wich I'm not), and you'll have to allways use the index to find anything here. Not really a negative aspect, just pointing that out.

That being said, if you are anything like me about Dragon Ball, buy it without hesitation. One of the best Dragon Ball related material ever released.
Sunset Pass: A Western Story
Sunset Pass: A Western Story
I think this is one of the best Zane Grey stories I have read to date. Trueman Rock has an extremely odd name, but he is the type who is like the western hero in an old movie. Coming back into the range he left six years ago, he has a reputation that is almost spotless. But he learns there is rustling going on and he sets out to be a one man investigator. Meeting Thiry, who he believes to be the love of his life, he must try to win her love while investigating her family as being the source of the rustling.. Pretty sharp story.
Sports in America
Sports in America
michener was a very intelligent man and a great writer. this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the dark side of america's obsession with professional sports. it is well-researched and chock-full of useful and fascinating ideas and information. michener was a visionary and so much of what he wrote in 1976 is still very relevant today. it took me a couple of weeks to read the book but i thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to read more of his work.
Wizarding World Harry Potter K-Bling - 3 Pack Collectable Cable Protector
Wizarding World Harry Potter K-Bling - 3 Pack Collectable Cable Protector
La verdad que está muy logrado y me parece muy original, así a la hora de cargar, no ves solo el cable si nos que unos mini funkos que se agarran al cable. Muy graciosos. En este que compré venian tres, pero los he visto hasta de cinco figuritas de Harry Potter. Lo único que el cargador es del One+ y se ve que debe ser algo mas finito y a veces se cae alguna figurita pero vamos....que vale la pena !! Mi hija super feliz!!
The Syndic (Illustrated): Dystopian Novels
The Syndic (Illustrated): Dystopian Novels
One of the most original, intrigueing, and readable future history novels I've read. After about two hundred years, America is ruled by Mafia-like factions - the Syndic in the East, and the Mob in the West. The Government in exile consists of the US Navy based in Iceland.

The author, or at least his protagonist, seems to come from a libertarian viewpoint, making the Syndic's loose rules seem utopian. Gambling, prostitution, etc. are legal. Only such heinous acts as murder and rape are frowned on - and acted on - by the organization. The story follows the adventures of a young Syndic bagman who volunteers to infiltrate the government in exile, to determine if they are responsible for recent assassinations. This entails mind control to prevent his exposure by lie detectors, drugs, etc. What he learns about the government is shocking - they've become more a terrorist / pirate operation than anything resembling the old Navy. Taken to a base in Ireland, he learns most of Europe has reverted to savagery, and escaping the government he falls into the hands of a pagan witch.

More twists and turns propel the story with insightful social speculation along the way, such as when the protagonist ruminates: "Back in Syndic Territory, fat, sloppy, happy Syndic Territory, did they know how good they had it? He wished he could tell them to cling to their good life. But Uncle Frank said it didn't do any good to cling; it was a matter of tension and relaxation. When you stiffen up a way of life and try to fossilize it so it'll stay that way forever, then you find you've lost it."

My favorite author is Robert A. Heinlein, and this novel vividly reminds me of some of Heinleins earlier adult novels, especially in the level of intrigue and the style that blends in the social comment, such as Heinlein's "Sixth Column" (a.k.a. "The Day After Tomorrow"), "Gulf," "If This Goes On . . ." ("Revolt In 2100"), and "Double Star." Kornbluth even touches on topics like polyandry and cannibalism, and specifically borrows (?) from Heinlein's future history story "The Roads Must Roll," using multi-lane, speed-graduated coveyor-belt people movers for tranportion in his future cities.

Having read all of Heinlein's books - most twice - I've sought similar books to read for years, and this is one of the few that satisfied me. Unfortunately I understand that Kornbluth died relatively young, at 35. Right now I'm looking for more books by Cyril M. Kornbluth.
Smellgood African Shea Butter, 32 oz.
Smellgood African Shea Butter, 32 oz.
Llegó antes de lo programado, bien empaquetado; el producto viene en envase de plástico muy frágil por lo tanto a pesar de venir bien empaquetado estaba roto, lo cual no causo problema ya que lo vertí en otro contenedor sin problema, su consistencia es como si fuera cera que se derrite con el calor por frotamiento, olor a aceite de ricino, color amarillo; desconozco si sea pura, pero al aplicarla en mi cara literalmente deja una capa mantecosa, use menos producto para tener una mejor sensación en el rostro, pero no me agrado tanto, Si la aplico de noche en cara amanezco y al lavarme, noto que mi piel está más hidratada, no irrita mi piel, pero no reduce la producción de grasa en mi rostro; cabe aclarar que tengo rosácea, así que ahora sólo la aplico cuando tengo picor o irritación, y me calma; sobre todo me sirvió como tratamiento en el cabello, lo aplico abundante por la noche y después de 12 horas al lavarlo está más hidratado y manejable. Es un costo bajo y mucho producto, así que sí lo recomiendo.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming 6-Stream WiFi 6 Router (XR1000) - AX5400 Wireless Speed (up to 5.4Gbps) | DumaOS 3.0 Optimizes Lag-Free Server Connections | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 3.0 USB Ports
NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming 6-Stream WiFi 6 Router (XR1000) - AX5400 Wireless Speed (up to 5.4Gbps) | DumaOS 3.0 Optimizes Lag-Free Server Connections | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 3.0 USB Ports
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Pros:
- Does help to keep pings consistent for the most part.
- For basic use, it's easy to set up; but more advanced users will appreciate some of the under the hood settings.
- Fixed my bufferbloat issues.
- UI in the admin panel is practical on desktop, but useless on mobile.
- Bandwidth control on a per-device level is really nice.
- Looks amazing.
- Encrypted guest access.

Cons:
- Can cause some games to simply not connect if servers are outside of the geofenced area.
- No mobile admin UI; Netgear app is very limited and doesn't make use of any of the features this router has to offer.
- Ironically, I'm not getting the best pings I've ever had with this router, but the connection is stable.
- Weak content filtering.
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Let me start by saying that I've tried several high-end routers before settling on this one. We have several gamers in the home, but also have a lot of streaming and high-volume data transfers happening throughout the day, so the network and internet at home take a beating.

Previously, I was constantly having bufferbloat issues no matter what I did - this made it impossible to game unless it was after 11pm and forget about live streaming during the day - it didn't happen.

My internet is a 150/10 cable connection and it's usually always stable.

The XR500 has several features that I really wanted to take advantage of:

- Geo-filtering connections while gaming online.
- Granular control over bandwidth used by each device.
- Bufferbloat protection.
- Guest networks with encrypted connections (it's shocking that other high-end routers don't offer this...).

All of these needs were met, although there were a few caveats.

Most games do fine with the geofilter - I set mine to 2000km as it gets a good part of the east coast from where I am. Certain games like Rocket league (which have previously been notorious for me when it comes to lag) will often kick me out when looking for a server because the host or another player was outside of the geofilter. I would say this can happen maybe 3 out of 10 times when looking for a host. But when it does connect, the pings are STABLE - not the lowest I've ever seen - but stable!

Using this with my Xbox One has been very simple. When gaming on a PC, the geofence works a little differently because it can't auto-detect games as easily. When you add a PC, it basically gives you an option to select a geo filter by game (some like battlefield, COD, Overwatch are listed, but others like CS:GO and DOTA 2 are listed as "Source engine). You have to select one of those and it will set a distance for the geo filter for you. But you will automatically be put into "spectating mode" when selecting a PC, which means it's not using geo filtering. The idea is that PC games are good enough when deciding which server to connect to, while consoles aren't... at least that's what I've been reading about this feature. That said, I only use geofiltering on my console.

This router does have features like secure remote management, VPN, content filtering, guest access, and many other features you'd expect on a router of this calibre.

I will note that content filtering isn't nearly as good as it is on the Netgear R7000 I was using previously, which worked via opendns to filter categories of websites and not only keywords.

Regarding guest mode, this is as good as it gets. You can set up both a 2.4GHz (b/g/n) and 5GHz 802.11 (a/n/ac) guest SSID and can set whether each guest can see another on the network. Guest access can also be encrypted.

Overall, I'm happy with this router. My connection is as stable as it's ever been and my son no longer yells at me because of lag ;)

I wish that a mobile admin UI would be available, but this router is great as a set-and-forget unit.

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