Caden Thompson

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The Problem with Native JavaScript APIs
The Problem with Native JavaScript APIs
The Problem with Native JavaScript APIs by Nicholas C. Zakas. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web
JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web
JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web by Shelley Powers. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Pro Angular 6
Pro Angular 6
Pro Angular 6 by Adam Freeman. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Mastering JavaScript High Performance
Mastering JavaScript High Performance
Mastering JavaScript High Performance by Chad R. Adams. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles Book 2)
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles Book 2)
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles Book 2) by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter și Ordinul Phoenix (vol. 5)
Harry Potter și Ordinul Phoenix (vol. 5)
Harry Potter și Ordinul Phoenix (vol. 5) by J.K. Rowling. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
O Casamento
O Casamento
O Casamento by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 30 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Todesmarsch: Roman (German Edition)
Todesmarsch: Roman (German Edition)
Todesmarsch: Roman (German Edition) by Stephen King and Nora Jensen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 133 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Programming for Beginners: Crash Course
Python Programming for Beginners: Crash Course
Python Programming for Beginners: Crash Course by Martin Laredo, Chuck Shelby, et al.. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming For Dummies
Java Programming For Dummies
Java Programming For Dummies by Donald J. Koosis. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Developing Mainframe Java Applications
Developing Mainframe Java Applications
Developing Mainframe Java Applications by Lou Marco. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP Development Tool Essentials
PHP Development Tool Essentials
PHP Development Tool Essentials by Chad Russell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
R Programming
R Programming
R Programming by Dr. Sandhya Arora and Dr. Latesh Malik. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora
Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora
Learning Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora by Bill McCarty. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It
Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It
This is something of a mixed bag, on one hand, Stengel was there, in the State Dept, on the other hand his biases show through rather blatantly.
Yes, there are factoids interspersed throughout the book, yet those same biases seem to drive the narrative and 'explanations' of the factoids.

While some of what is stated appears relatively benign as regards how the biases are managed, mangled and manipulated, the Anti-Trump narrative remains thinly veiled throughout.

As a book on misinformation, this book seems to indulge itself in the same basic process and Russia Today might, or ISIS, or any of the Eurocentric media outlets would use to convey a point of view based on a preferred outcome.

While honestly presenting myself as a Conservative Constitutionalist rather than a member of a specific political party, it is glaringly apparent that Stengel also has a bias toward all things "Progressive" (in my opinion)

I will confess some of the presumptive factoids are interesting as regards how the State Dept is run, and the inner workings are compartmentalized, the overall 'feel' of the book is one of carefully orchestrated informational chatter. In that vein, the chatter being a way to sanitize the lack of progress made in discerning and confronting the disinformation campaigns from those responsible within the US State Dept.

As for the last two chapters of the book, I only see them as an Obama Administration apologia, with sideline sections excoriating the brashness and non-diplomatic bumbling of the soon to be POTUS Donald Trump.

At best, this book will either feed a Liberal bias, or it will cement a predisposition of Conservative bias in the aftermath of what some of us see as the disastrous presidency of the most inept and Anti-American President ever foisted off on America, i.e. Barack Hussein Obama.
The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership
The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership
This book is a business parable - through the story of the main character Steve, a leadership consultant, in which he uncovers the principles of Extreme Leadership - the Radical LEAP:

"Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and require Proof. LEAP, you see, is simply the Extreme Leader's active, dynamic expression of love."

A quick entertaining, and educative read. What I particularly liked about this book is the handbook at the end that summarizes the key concepts and how to apply them on a regular basis.

Below are excerpts that I found particularly insightful:

1- "Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations."

2- "And we follow human beings; we don't follow idealized icones of unattainable perfection."

3- "If I love who we are, and if I love what we can be, then I'll love the process of how we get there. And in order to make it all happen, I will act boldly and courageously and I will, at time, fail magnificently. But my love demands that I try. Demands it."

4- "Relationships in the world of business are won in analogous ways...by paying nearly obsessive attention to the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of everyone who touches your business. By knowing not only when to stand firm on principle - there is such a thing as tough love - but also when to sacrifice some of your own short-term needs in order for us all to be successful in the long run. And by proving through your own actions that you really love your business, your customers, your colleagues, and your employees."

5- "Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do."

6- "...management has to stop pretending to be the Great Protector, but the rest of us have to stop askin' and expectin' them to be. We gotta get over the whole idea of 'them,' as a matter of fact. We need to hold ourselves accountable and stop looking to blame 'them' when things go wrong."

7- "You may not think that you can change the Whole World that we live in (and you may be wrong) but you can certainly change the world - small w - that you and yours live in: the world of your company, the world of your employees, the world of your industry, or the world of your family. To deny that is to deny your capability as a human being."

8- "Cultivate Love...Generate Energy...Inspire Audacity...Provide Proof"
Richard Branson (Titans of Business)
Richard Branson (Titans of Business)
Richard Branson (Titans of Business) by Dennis Fertig. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Creando El Perfecto Estilo De Vida - Éxito, Logro, Motivación, Autoayuda y Desarrollo Personal (Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Canfield, Christmas Ideas, ... Gifts, Anthony Robbins,) (Spanish Edition)
Creando El Perfecto Estilo De Vida - Éxito, Logro, Motivación, Autoayuda y Desarrollo Personal (Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Canfield, Christmas Ideas, ... Gifts, Anthony Robbins,) (Spanish Edition)
Lo de siempre: haz una lista con tus deseos, vete cumpliéndolos paso a paso... yo lo hice y me hice rico, etc, etc, etc... lo de siempre.
Y encima, el libro es una pésima traducción del inglés hecha con un traductor automático que pone gran parte de las expresiones en español sudamericano, lo que lo hace difícil de leer a ratos: el reporte, en vez de el informe... confusión de verbos ser y estar al traducir automáticamente el verbo inglés to be... y así todo.

Me limito simplemente a borrarlo de mi cuenta kindle y a dar por perdido el dinero. Lo que no pienso perder más es tiempo leyendo cosas como esta.
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
I spend my days managing an industrial operation where Lean is the backbone of our shop floor and office processes. As with most lean practitioners, I read a great deal of the current lean literature. As a student of industrial history, I have read hundreds of books relating to the early 20th century manufacturers.

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

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

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

There is a great deal of underlying value in the material presented. If you choose to read this book, be prepared for a slog. It is a valid premise--poorly presented.
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Sixth Edition
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Sixth Edition
I teach computer programming at the local community college and use this as my text for an intro Java class. The level of detail is excellent. The author provides useful reference tables for key concepts and clear examples. Unusually, the text also provides answers to the 10 or so questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, which is critical for students to be able to learn on their own without teachers releasing answer keys.

The sequence of the concepts is not exactly what I would use with somebody who has never programmed before. For example, introducing for() loops in the second chapter before covering arrays and indexing is great for somebody familiar with the concept of iteration and looping, but not something that's easy for a beginner to grasp during, say, the second week of writing code of any kind. This is not a detraction from the book, just a note in terms of timing.

It's size is also un-intimidating for beginning students, unlike some intro texts that are 600+ dense pages. This is important.
XYZ INVT 1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter dc to ac Power Inverter 12V to 110V 120V with LED Display Dual AC Outlets for RV Truck Boat (1000W12V)
XYZ INVT 1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter dc to ac Power Inverter 12V to 110V 120V with LED Display Dual AC Outlets for RV Truck Boat (1000W12V)
If you're looking for an affordable, reliable, and durable 24V inverter, look no further. This device has been rock solid for me in my time of ownership. I am using it to power a EV car charger from an off-grid solar system and it has taken a beating without a hiccup. The low voltage disconnect works as you would expect and in the event that it trips and the voltage rises again (say the sun gets blocked and then comes back out), the device will turn itself back on without external intervention. It can do this many many times in a row (cut off voltage and turn back on when voltage raises) before I need to go out and manually reset the device. I run it continuously at 1100-1200 W without any issues.

Standby power use is good at around 5W. It does not get too hot during operation. I haven't measured with an oscilloscope however I'd say the waveform is true to a pure sine wave output. I say this due to my EV charger being compatible with the inverter without any issues.

The one negative is the efficiency of the device. I am getting around 85% efficiency for my 1500W 24V inverter so make sure to up-size your inverter accordingly so as not to approach the maximum ratings of the device. The efficiency is similar to their claim in the description. I would absolutely buy this again if I needed another inverter.
Seasons of a Leader’s Life: Learning, Leading, and Leaving a Legacy
Seasons of a Leader’s Life: Learning, Leading, and Leaving a Legacy
One of the greatest needs inside and outside the Church today is or leaders to godly leaders to arise to lead people toward God. Before I attended Bible College and seminary I spent some time reading leadership books. Often such books would focus on how to improve this or that in one’s leadership. What was missing then in the literature and what has been built on by others—is the need for godly character in leadership. Recently Christian books on leadership have seemed to emphasize the leader taking care of himself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In this vein of thought Dr. Jeff Iorg wrote Seasons Of A Leader’s Life Learning, leading, and Leaving Your Legacy, a book that identifies the Apostle Peter as someone who lived through all three phases of leadership in the New Testament. According to the author, in the Gospels Peter was a learner, in Acts he was a leader, and in 1 and 2 Peter he wrote his legacy. In this book, the he blends Scripture with leadership principles that will help the reader better understand biblical leadership.

Part one looks at lessons for emerging leaders. Here the author talks about the believer’s identity in Christ, the call of God, spiritual disciplines and humility. Part two examines priorities for active leaders. In this section the author writes about the challenges of confronting sins, paradigms, decision making, defending the faith, making mistakes and working with other leaders. In the final section, the author explores convictions of maturing leaders by exploring the sufficiency of Jesus, purity, relationships, the Word of God and giving glory to God.

As I read this book, I was impressed not only by the authors engagement with the text of Scripture but also with the way he sought to shepherd his readers, likely young Bible college and seminary students just getting into the work of ministry. As I read this book; even though, I’ve read many like it over the years, I was blessed and encouraged. Here’s a man whose been there and done that and now leads a major seminary of the Southern Baptists. Young leaders and even seasoned leaders need to learn from those with more experience, wisdom and insight. In this book Dr. Iorg distills biblical wisdom and does so in a way that the reader can be helped by. Not only with this book challenge young leaders to assess where they are in their spiritual growth but it will also help them to understand how they can love and care for the people of God.

Whether you are new to ministry or you’ve been at it awhile—every Christian leader needs to be reminded of their identity in Christ and the reason they serve. It is for this reason that I highly recommend Seasons Of A Leader’s Life. As I read this book I was blessed, encouraged, and convicted by areas where I still need to learn and grow in. It’s been said, leaders are learners. Seasons of a Leader’s Life encapsulates this idea so well and demonstrates through the life of Peter how to learn, lead and leave a godly legacy to the glory of God. I highly recommend Seasons of a Leaders Life and pray the Lord will use it powerfully to refresh and equip young and seasoned leaders for Kingdom work to the glory of God.
Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes 8 Packs Individual Packing TIME4DEALS Household Travel Biodegradable Deep Cleaning Charcoal Soft Toothbrush with Colorful Soft Bristles for Adult Kids Sensitive Tooth
Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes 8 Packs Individual Packing TIME4DEALS Household Travel Biodegradable Deep Cleaning Charcoal Soft Toothbrush with Colorful Soft Bristles for Adult Kids Sensitive Tooth
These are AWESOME toothbrushes. I am so happy I bought them, and they are cheaper than plastic ones that pollute the earth! See pictures provided. The handles are smooth and feel nice in your hand. The bristles are soft but not too soft to be effective. I love that all the packaging is recyclable -- that is very important to me as a consumer. Bamboo is fully biodegradable and Earth healthy. The company does state in the description that their bristles are made of "decompose nylon," and nylon does decompose, however it takes 30-40 years to do so in a landfill. My local recycling program will not take wood at the curbside pickup, but I plan to remove the bristles (once the toothbrush reaches the end of it's usable life) and compost the bamboo handle. A wonderful purchase overall... Thank you for making such a great product.
The Adventures Of D-eadpool Neck Warmer Balaclava
The Adventures Of D-eadpool Neck Warmer Balaclava
Update: Seller reached out and refunded the amount for the product that had the mistake. Very professional. I will order from them again. Five stars
Original Post: Feels nice, not scratchy. Not very thin material. 3 stars because print on one was upside down and I can’t fix it myself. I contacted seller. Currently awaiting resolution. I won’t be able to get it fixed in time to gift it. Big bummer. Will update when resolved.
Deadpool 9" Plush
Deadpool 9" Plush
This item is junk. Cheap carnival-type crap! It's not even 9" (see images). Poor quality sweat shop felt material barely sewn together. And of course, not eligible for a refund. This was for my son's birthday today. It arrived today. I'm pissed.
One Piece Vol 32 (Japanese Edition)
One Piece Vol 32 (Japanese Edition)
漫画の最高傑作!!
何回読んでも見ても飽きないし毎回ワクワクさせられます!!
本気でハマったマンガデス!!
Secret Star (Stars of Mithra Book 3)
Secret Star (Stars of Mithra Book 3)
This is the final story in the Stars of Mithra trilogy and the writing is up to the high Nora Roberts standard. It is so easy to criticise a writer's work and my thoughts and feelings might easily have been swayed by an unpaid bill or lack of sleep (to paraphrase Ebenezer Scrooge).
However, I found this story slower than the previous two with less action and not as suspenseful. The areas I did not like where structural, the devices used to tell the story. Revealing the enemy's identity did not work for me. I preferred the elusive figure of the first two novels when the reader was given insight into the thoughts and feelings of the villain without knowing his name or status. In the high society that Grace, the main female character, inhabits not knowing which of the people she meets is the villain causes the reader to doubt and question everyone. Revealing his identity at the dénouement would have been far more shocking and suspenseful.
Grace was complex but most of what we know of her is through hearsay. There is one scene which could be described as revealing had we not already known about what she was doing. Seth, the male interest for Grace, is a rigidly controlled cop with preconceived ideas about her. The changes he undergoes to see through the persona she presents were not strong enough. Again, he learns more about her through hearsay than through their own interaction.
In the first two novels Bailey and MC have a great many challenges to deal with alone and with their respective male interests. By contrast, Grace slips easily through the story. Her problems with her family and people's perception of her are not on a par with witnessing murders or being on the run. Having said all that, the novel is still a higher standard than most in this genre and is a most enjoyable read.
The Four Just Men
The Four Just Men
The Four Just Men is a story about a group of men with a degree of intellect and financial means that allows them to dispense their own form of justice when they feel that conventional justice will not do an adequate job. In this book, they have sent a death threat to a ranking politician threatening to kill him unless he kills a Bill that he's working to put into law.

We are only given a few details about the Four Just Men and their history. In addition to trying to stop this bill, they have also meted out their own justice in other countries around the globe where they feel only they are able to bring balance where the law has failed.

I found it intriguing that the book focuses on this group of vigilantes, setting them up as the heroes versus the government and the police. The idea of vigilante justice like this is something that's pretty common in dystopian novels or in cases where justice is meted out against a person or organization that is blatantly criminal (as seen in superhero stories) but in this story, I didn't feel that sufficient evidence was given to show that the actions of the Four Just Men was wholly warranted.

Setting that aside, I found the story and its methods to be interesting. The men portrayed as highly civilized men of honor. Even their terroristic processes are bound by honor as they are sworn to first deliver warnings and demands to their target in order to give him ample time to "do the right thing." In other words, they do not glory in murder but rather just want to convince people to live and uphold the law in the way they desire.

Most of the action is seen through the point of view of the Four Just Men as they work through the machinations of their plot. They deliberate amongst themselves as to whether or not the Foreign Secretary will accede to their request or if they will be forced to kill him. There is also a bit of unease in their group since during this particular mission they were required to employ the assistance from someone outside their group and they are unsure of his reliability and trustworthiness.

At the same time, we see the actions of Scotland Yard and of the Foreign Secretary and other government officials as they deal with the incoming threats and work to find and stop the actions of the Four Just Men. I was pleased to see that Scotland Yard is presented as highly competent rather than a bunch of fools. They struggle to find the Four Just Men because they are outmatched, not because they are incompetent. I also enjoyed the discussions presented between the politicians. The stubborn nature felt a bit stereotypically satirical but also potentially realistic.

Without spoiling too much, I will say that the Four Just Men did carry out multiple acts of mayhem in the course of the book. Their methods were mysterious and extravagant while also employing methods that could be explained with simple logic. This unraveling of the plot was certainly enjoyable.

Overall, I had mixed feelings on this novel both while reading it and upon completing it. As mentioned, I found the character interactions and development to be fun and interesting. The mystery and its reveal were also fun. The main problem I had was around the ambiguity of who I should truly be rooting for.

I think it is in that grey area that this novel truly shines. It makes a stark claim of good versus evil but it leaves the nuances blurry around the edges. In this, it mirrors the real world in many ways. All too often we hope for clearly defined boundaries of right versus wrong as we look to see justice carried out but instead we can usually find reasons to show at least some sympathy for both sides of the argument. In those cases, who is to decide where the balance truly lies and who is it that should be judge, jury and executioner? It is these lingering thoughts that make this novel stand out as a hidden classic to be enjoyed more than a century later.

****
4 out of 5 stars
The Moores Are Missing
The Moores Are Missing
This 3-in-1 storybook was vintage Patterson: all three stories carried me through the book on a wave of the suspense I love, with twists and turns in the plots that startled me (I also love the surprises that good mysteries contain), and a satisfying conclusion every time. I experienced the delicious disappointment when I came to the end of each story, but that just compels me to plunge into the next one and ride the rollercoaster again. The third story, Absolute Zero, was my favorite of these three. The protagonist Cody Thurston is a trained former-military operative who can do impossible things that somehow bring about a good result without getting him killed. And, of course, he leaves us at the end of the story without us knowing where he's going, and wondering if we'll get to find out what crazy heroic things he'll do next.
Zane Grey, Collection novels Volume III
Zane Grey, Collection novels Volume III
This is a review of content only, as I can only assume certain things about the actual physical book, such as five long Zane Grey novels taking only 522 pages to print them, so I have to assume the print is very tiny or they have been abridged. That is the reason for the three stars, because of this. As to the novels themselves this is an eclectic grouping containing the first novel Zane Grey wrote, Betty Zane, about his real life ancestors and their contribution to the country before and during the American Revolution; The Young Forester, a Ken Ward "book for boys" as they were advertised back then; The Day of the Beast, Zane Grey's social commentary on society following the First World War; The U. P. Trail, his historical novel about the construction the first transcontinental railroad; and Wildfire, a romance featuring one of Zane Grey's best loved horses. These five make up a wide variety of his work and all of them need to be rated five stars with the exception of Day of the Beast which is okay, but not his best work. His wife, Dolly, had urged Zane not to write this book, and his publisher, Harpers, was not too entusiastic either, proclaiming in large letters on the book jacket--Not A Western--so to warn the public. Yet it does give the reader a clue into the man who wrote such a work, and how he felt about drinking and smoking and the promiscuous age of the 1920's. My advice is get each one of these books by themselves, preferably in hardback, as you WILL want to read them time and again over the years.
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, Volume 1: Chronology
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, Volume 1: Chronology
If you are looking or a biography, you will not find it here. This volume is not like the wonderful biography by Carpenter. It is not coherent book with beginning, middle and summary.

It is a list, tremendous, important and very useful list. Especially for Tolkien scholars or very highly educated enthusiastic.

It is one of a kind chronology; I really think that Tolkien is the only writer that such comprehensive chronology was published about him. This impressive chronology will be extremely useful for the Legendarium researchers. Once and for all you can know the exact point where some story began and when it was ended. It is even more useful for scholars that study Tolkien life or LOTR's Tolkien biographical influences.

Scull and Hammond should be proud of this achievement. All of Tolkien's enthusiastic and scholars should be grateful for their effort.

If you are the average enthusiastic, you should reconsider if you thought about this book. The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, Vol. 2 will be more interesting and useful. If you are having interest in Tolkien's life and character or you have interest in the vast Legendarium, you will be able to value it properly - as the ultimate bibliographical text about Tolkien.
Naruto, Vol. 58: Naruto vs. Itachi (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto, Vol. 58: Naruto vs. Itachi (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Trying to read this on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a short trip to a headache. It's just enough out of focus that your eyes constantly struggle to adjust. VIZ has it's own reader (in the AppStore) and store- the same volume is much clearer on my Kindle Fire. Sort of bummed- I don't like having a ton of "collections" to maintain. Another thing to consider: with VIZManga you can read your copies via the browser, there is no support (yet) for reading on any PC Kindle software. The price is rarely discounted, however.

This is the first Kindle manga I've tried. Not quite brave enough to try another yet, but I'll update here if I do.

The book itself is great.

UPDATE: 11/7/03
I did get another VIZ title "Yakitate!! Japan" and it is just as blurry. I did also try these on the Paperwhite- it _is_ more acceptable at the smaller screen size. I don't feel I can give it any more than 1 star, however. When the quality at least matches what Viz sells directly, I'll adjust accordingly.

Note that I have also tried on the Fire HDX 8.9 and see the same results there. Feedback to Amazon was useless- they suggest to try downloading again.
Naruto, Vol. 18: Tsunade's Choice
Naruto, Vol. 18: Tsunade's Choice
Volume 18 begins the Search For Tsunade story arc who is the proposed Fifth Hokage of Konohagakure, or head ninja of the Village Hidden in Leaves. There isn't much to say about it other than it's a great continuation of the series and won't disappoint. What I would like to correct is some things said by the other reviewer, Erin J. Morgart. He is completely wrong about the kunoichi or female ninjas. Every girl character seems to be smarter than their boy counterparts with the exception to Shikamaru, who has an IQ of 200. And yes, some of the females use their intelligence towards medical training, which I would like to ask, how is that a bad thing? Last time I checked a doctor is one of the most respectable professions a person could have. On top of that Kurenai is a genjutsu master and Temari could easily take on most of the guy characters. Sure they have flaws. Like Sakura and Ino's obsession over a boy in the story, but the males have flaws too. Such as Sauske's drive for power and revenge. It's very even on both sides. No charcter is 100% good or 100% bad. Just wanted to point that out.
Tilly Trotter Widowed (The Tilly Trotter Trilogy Book 3)
Tilly Trotter Widowed (The Tilly Trotter Trilogy Book 3)
This is my average rating for the whole series. It is a very engaging & gripping series for me. I love the story as a whole. I love Tilly's character but a few of her actions puzzle me. I don't understand her total rejection of Simon, even of his friendship, after discovering his one and only transgression. After all, up to that point they had yet to form any real romantic relationship, and Simon had yet to say anything about his feeling to her. And up to that point Simon had been nothing but all kindness to her and her family. It is understandable that she could no longer love him after the incident but rejecting all his kind gestures, friendship and even his apologies? So to me the animosity between the two of them was started by Tilly. The next questionable character to me is her resentment towards Steve after discovering that Steve actually had family and connections in high places. She had married into money herself so why did she resent the fact that Steve had families among the rich as well.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (2015-02-24)
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (2015-02-24)
My review over this book, is so far I've enjoyed every minute of it. The context is clear and breathtaking. Nicholas Sparks knows how to really emphasize every little detail. I enjoyed the setting of the book back in the 1940s when bull riding was a common sport. I also like the flashbacks and the lifetime reviews stories about Ruth and Lukes's relationship through before the car crash. It was all so very well planned ad well put together I would give this book 5 stars. Also including the Great depression and the cherishing moments together was really heartbreaking which was a good mood-setting in the book. This really gave me (the reader) a chance to look at the book as a love story when this came into play. Luke tells Ruth and his story over and over again to people all over, to show everyone that she was a prideful and generous gal with long blond hair and a spirit that has free has a bird. Everyone should really areas this book! -leslie
Kiss (87th Precinct Book 44)
Kiss (87th Precinct Book 44)
Two plots thread their way through this novel of the 87th Precinct. In the first, a beautiful woman named Emma Bowles appears at the station house to report that a man has attempted to kill her. Twice.

Emma recognizes the attacker as a man who used to drive for the limo service that her husband uses. Detectives Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer go looking for the man Emma has accused only to find him shot to death and hanged, apparently for good measure, in the basement of the apartment house where he lived.

Emma's husband, a wealthy stockbroker, professes to be horrified by the attempts on his wife's life and he insists on hiring a private detective from out of town to protect his wife, even though the man who attempted to kill her is now dead. All of this seems pretty strange to Steve Carella and as he and Meyer investigate the case, it becomes even more convoluted.

Meanwhile, in a plot line carried over from the previous McBain novel, Widows, the man accused of killing Carella's father goes on trial. Against Carella's advice, his mother insists on attending the trial and the chapters detailing the trial are interspersed with the chapters describing the investigation. Both take a toll on Carella, but both are interesting and this is a very good entry in the 87th Precinct series.
Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality (Ruth Stout Book 2)
Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality (Ruth Stout Book 2)
If you have read Ruth Stouts gardening books, you may find this interesting, however, I did not. I love her, and her gardening books, I have several copies of them. However, I never got out of it, what her gardening books deliver. Her fun nature, her revolutionary ways, proving the pros wrong, etc. This is my FIRST bad review, and it sickens me, because I love Ruth Stout, and all that her writing has given me. However, maybe because I was spoiled by her gardening books, I could not "get into" this book. There are a few good lessons there, but it did not give me the "Perk" her other books always did. Read her gardening books, they will change your life. Literly.
Jake Cake: The Visiting Vampire
Jake Cake: The Visiting Vampire
son says fun to read , its really really good and he rekons its sutible for boys and girls , his favorite so far out of the series is The School Dragon !

He is really enjoying the series and is half way through the fouth book now , you carnt ask for more then that really , a child who's enjoying reading =0) Thank you jake cake
Trivial Pursuit: Friends The TV Series Edition Trivia Party Game; 600 Trivia Questions for Tweens and Teens Ages 12 and Up (Amazon Exclusive)
Trivial Pursuit: Friends The TV Series Edition Trivia Party Game; 600 Trivia Questions for Tweens and Teens Ages 12 and Up (Amazon Exclusive)
I am a HUGE Friends fanatic and I've probably watched the entire series all the way through about a hundred times or more (I'm not exaggerating). My knowledge of the show and ability to quote almost any line from any episode is pretty nutty, so when I saw this version of Trivial Pursuit I knew I had to get it (even though none of my friends - no pun intended - stand a chance at ever beating me at it). As expected, some of the questions are fairly easy while others are fairly obscure, and I like having that balance because it makes the game fun even for casual Friends fans or people who are at least familiar with the more popular episodes/events ("WE WERE ON A BREAK!"). The only thing about this game that I would change and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because unlike almost all Trivial Pursuit games I've played, this version does not have an actual game board or most of the pieces - all that's included is the set of question/answer cards, a single coloured die, and a single pie-holder. So in my opinion, this game is ideal for someone who already owns another, fuller version of Trivial Pursuit with the rest of the pieces (i.e. the pie pieces and more pie-holders for more players). But that isn't at all clear in the description, so I feel that's kind of misleading. I'm still very happy with it since I do own other versions of Trivial Pursuit with all the pieces and I enjoy playing with these Friends questions instead. But I think it's important to mention that this game is really more of an "add-on" for a fuller Trivial Pursuit game.
Harry Potter Chibi Harry Bookmark
Harry Potter Chibi Harry Bookmark
After receiving the complete Harry Potter book series as a gift, I immediately planned to begin reading them, but knew I didn't want to ruin the pages by dog-earring them. I've used traditional bookmarks before, but I've also had them slide out of the books and that's a bit frustrating if you don't remember where in the story you were.

I love that this bookmark hangs over the spine of the book, allowing the little charm to dangle off. The design is detailed and super cute and not large enough to be too annoying. The metal portion itself that goes in the book sits against the pages and allows me to easily return to where I was and doesn't cause any damage to the spine or the pages themselves.

The book has a bit of a gap when glancing at it from the top of the pages if the book is closed, which doesn't really bother me at all, but may bother some people. All in all, this is a great bookmark for any Harry Potter fans and works perfectly for marking your place in your favorite Harry Potter book or any book in general.
Master Magnetics Strong Magnet | Powerful Magnet with Ergonomic Handle | 100 lb Pull Force | 07501
Master Magnetics Strong Magnet | Powerful Magnet with Ergonomic Handle | 100 lb Pull Force | 07501
Unpacked this and promptly slapped it up against an old refrigerator and was surprised at how little pull it had. Before I dismissed it as just a cheap ferrous magnet with a decent handle - exactly what it is - I thought I'd test it.

To be clear, here are the claims made on the packaging itself: "Lifts up to 100 lbs" and "lifts up to 100 times its own weight", along with information currently in the description: "Magnet weighs 1.25 pounds."

Results of tests that leave me thoroughly dissatisfied:
• Magnet weighs 0.813 lbs, +- 0.003 lbs, not 1.25. There's no appropriate reason for this number to be advertised more than 50% higher than the true value; already one of the advertised claims is now reduced to 81 lbs. Bad.
• Lifts a (huge, antique) cast iron pipe wrench that weighs 8 lbs. Good.
• Cannot lift two of these wrenches at the same time, even when carefully positioning flush, flat, topside (to minimize leverage working against the magnet) faces onto the entire magnetized area. Bad.
• Cannot lift a 15-lb cart made of 1/8" sheet steel. No matter the point of attachment, the magnet's hold only reliably lasts through getting 1 wheel about an inch off the ground, always failing before getting two (of four) wheels three inches off the ground. Bad.
• Cannot lift a 10-lb bench vice by gripping anything other than the perfectly flat base. Bad.

I understand that the magnet's technical pull strength measured under ideal conditions MAY reach 100 lb of force. I appreciate the unambiguous language now used in the description regarding how that number is reached. I should have trusted my instincts when I could not find any reviews claiming success with anything actually known (not guesses) to exceed 25 pounds. Some reviews mention "scary-strong" levels of pull; these reviewers have clearly not worked with large neodymium magnets that usually earn that moniker.

Speaking of neodymium magnets, in a bar magnet shape it takes a 4" x 1" (4 sq inch) bar at N42 grade to break the 100-lb pull force mark (though 3" x 1" comes very close). Such a magnet will run you forty to fifty dollars at a reputable, dedicated magnet supplier, and that measurement assumes the entirety of the face is in contact. How does this magnet compare? Well, its magnetic face measures 0.75" x 3.89", i.e. 2.9 square inches, and is offset so that more than half the area is air-gapped off the face by more than 1/8". How can such a magnet reach a 100 lb pull strength? It can't; if it could at this size it would be N52 or N55 grade - and any claims of grade or even material are conspicuously absent.

Whether or not some technical hoop-jumping can produce a test result that's over 100 and has lbs as the unit, however, still doesn't excuse the overall claims made advertising this product.

Simply put, this magnet cannot "lift up to 100 lbs" nor "lift up to 100 times its own weight".
Electric Air Balloon Pump, Portable Dual Nozzle Electric Balloon Blower Air Pump Balloons Inflator for Decoration, Party, Sport,Gifts:2 Balloon Tying Tools
Electric Air Balloon Pump, Portable Dual Nozzle Electric Balloon Blower Air Pump Balloons Inflator for Decoration, Party, Sport,Gifts:2 Balloon Tying Tools
WE DID A BABY AND WEDDING SHOWER (2 DIFERENT DATES) AND THE MAIN DECORATIONS WAS A BALLON BOUQUET...
BOUGHT THIS ELECTRIC AIR PUMP .. LET ME SAY... WE NOT ONLY SAVED MONEY BUT ALSO SAVED ALOT OF TIME
DOING THE BOUQUETS …
IT WORKED WELL.. I THINK WE PUMPED ABOUT 60 BALLONS FOR EACH EVENT.. WE STOPPED NOW AND THEN SINCE WE DID NOT WANT IT TO BE HEATED WITH THE AMOUNT OF BALLONS WE USED...OTHERWISE IT WAS SO HANDY AND CONVIENENT .. WE DID THE DECORATION AT THE RECEPTION ..
SOME OF MY FRIENDS BORROW THIS FROM ME TO USE FOR THEIR PERSONAL USE INTO THIER HOUSEHOLD (LIKE THEIR CHILDRENS BIRTHDAY PARTY )
Beachbody Tony Horton's 22 Minute Hard Corps Special Ops Workout DVD
Beachbody Tony Horton's 22 Minute Hard Corps Special Ops Workout DVD
So as a lot of others out there, I bought the special ops workouts to add a little more variety to the standard 22 minute hard corps workouts. After doing the workouts I am very happy with the purchase.

What do you get. One cardio, one resistance, and one core. Both cardio and resistance are 22 minutes and the core is 16. The special ops workouts are along the same lines as the standard workouts but harder. Tony does not mess around with any warm up he just gets going. The demos and transition between moves are almost non existent. Tony also added weights to the cardio so it is almost a resistance and cardio workout in one. On my first go of the workouts I had to catch my breath a few times during the moves which does not happen to often for me. To be fair these workouts aren't so much harder than the standard workouts, but you will notice a difference.

Also, sometimes I don't like some of Tony's invented moves as they seem needlessly complicated for minimal actual workout benefit. I like all the different moves in these workouts, none seemed too complicated where I was irritated by Tony just trying to be different.

Overall you won't be wasting your time getting this DVD. You will probably think the regular workouts will seem a little easier, but the added variety will keep you motivated to keep pushing harder. Very happy with my purchase
PZOZ Charger Stand Compatible for Apple Watch, Portable Charging Station Cable Management Dock Holder Case Organizer for iWatch with Band Series 6 SE 5 4 3 2 1 44mm 40mm 42mm 38mm Accessories (Pink)
PZOZ Charger Stand Compatible for Apple Watch, Portable Charging Station Cable Management Dock Holder Case Organizer for iWatch with Band Series 6 SE 5 4 3 2 1 44mm 40mm 42mm 38mm Accessories (Pink)
Quite simply, this does what I want it to do: I was having troubles with my Apple watch slipping off the charger on my bedside table, resulting in me waking up in the morning and my watch was not charged. Using this charger stand, I almost never have that problem anymore.

I suppose that displaying the watch in nightstand mode is an extra benefit. But that doesn't matter to me very much.

This is been working fine with 2 watch chargers purchased from Apple. It did not work reliably with a non-Apple supposedly compatible charger.

I believe the bend that the cable has to go through to use this charging stand may eventually produce fatigue and failure. Other watch stands I have tried had a much more gentle bend.

I have tried traveling with this, and it's not really great. It's rather big. So far my BKM is to travel only with the charging cable itself, unless I'm going to be somewhere for multiple days.

Adhesion: not really how I want to use it. I like being able to move it around my bedside table. I do wish it was a bit heavier, as other watch stands have been, but I suppose I could attach some weights to this stand.

Overall, I'm happy enough. Does what I want, and pretty good price.
Feather & Down Sweet Dreams Magnesium Sleep Salts, 500 ml
Feather & Down Sweet Dreams Magnesium Sleep Salts, 500 ml
The smell of all of the feather and Down products are amazing. This is a new product that I have picked up in the range and I love it! It does make a difference to have a warm bath before sleep and the added scent and knowledge that the salts add to my sleep routine positively really help.
This is now going to be added to my sleep prep routine (which I manage carefully as I struggle very badly with sleep) along with the bubble bath, shower cream, seep balm and pillow mist that I use in this brand.
Unlocked Smartphones 2019, UMIDIGI X in-Screen Fingerprint Dual SIM 4G Budget Phone, 48MP Triple Camera 6.35'' AMOLED Full Screen 4150mAh NFC RAM 4G ROM 128GB Fast Charging.
Unlocked Smartphones 2019, UMIDIGI X in-Screen Fingerprint Dual SIM 4G Budget Phone, 48MP Triple Camera 6.35'' AMOLED Full Screen 4150mAh NFC RAM 4G ROM 128GB Fast Charging.
Pros:
–Unbeatable price following seller coupon coupled with a bank card incentive. This is my first experience with Umidigi phones and it has been positive. Clean looking OS out of the box, very little bloatware installed from vendors and certainly won’t miss all the game apps
–Big consideration for me was this model supports a broad range of GSM 4G LTE bandwidths, including 66 and 71. Wanted to feel comfortable it would be fully compatible with Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS. Dual band 802.11ac wifi support is a bonus, many competitors only support single band b/g/n
–Smoothly transferred existing nano SIM card from Nokia 3.1C activated on Cricket wireless, but did have to manually use blue tooth connection between phones to transfer the contact list, only one phone is NFC compatible. Now receiving constant 5 full signal bars inside my house where I never had more than 3 with the Nokia without walking outside. MicroSDXC card, SanDisk Extreme, 64GB, rated read 160/write 60, U3, V30, A2, formatted FAT32
–The benefits of the AMOLED display will help offset Umidigi’s low 720x1548 pixel resolution, mine has vibrant colors, true blacks and good contrast. Much better display colors by adjusting: Settings/Accessibility/Color Correction. Turn it On.
–Decided this purchase would be an unlocked phone because Android and carriers manipulate how we install and configure apps and add home screen widgets
–4GB of RAM is sufficient for most users, this model with 128GB ROM is good for users who store many files (pics, videos, TMs) on their phones. Read professional reviews, 4GB is good, 6GB would be nice and is preferred by gamers, but draws down the battery charge sooner
–Three rear cameras will offer more creativity with still pics but users are advised to experiment with the features before relying on the cameras for serious pictures
–Professional reviews state this model is supposed to receive the Android 10 update, we’ll have to follow Umidigi to be certain they deliver on the marketing hype
–This model supports wifi calling, NFC and fast cable but not wireless charging
–Umidigi has released at least two software updates, in Oct and Nov, addressing expressed consumer complaints pertaining to fingerprint sensor issues. Still leery about fingerprint and facial recognition security, so will continue using lock screen patterns/codes
--As of 02/29/2020 and six months of ownership, no serious issues or hiccups mentioned by others except keyboard touch sensitivity resulting in repeated characters

Cons:
–Biggest annoyance so far is highly sensitive touch screen, difficult swiping with finger or stylus without accidentally highlighting areas you didn’t intend and numerous repeated letters when texting. Have not found internet solution to adjust keyboard sensitivity. After six months of use, have decided to remove another star due to the keystroke repeat and delay in release of Android 10 update.
–Included user manual is very basic, Umidigi has not posted anything more substantial if there is one as of
06/17/2020 Not documented anywhere but think I found solution to overly sensitive keyboard repeating keystrokes: Tinker with a few of these settings and you'll get the screen touch right for you: Tap App Info, back arrow left, scroll to bottom System, Language & Input, Gboard, Preferences. I turned OFF "Haptic feedback on keypress" and "Popup on Keypress"; turned ON "Long Press for Symbols" and changed "Key Long Press Delay" to 110ms. These adjustments seem to be working for me and I might fine tune it more over time. Added a Star to review
02/29/2020
–Umidigi X is relatively new, few third party protective covers are available, that should improve. Always prefer and highly recommend using wallet folio cases for best protection against damage. Found one, seller shipped from China on same day as ordered, arrived in 10 days, perfect fit and reduces likelihood of activating side volume/power controls.
05/13/2020
--Grateful Umidigi just released a May 9, 2020 security and camera HDR enhancement update, arrived on my phone May 13. Still no sign of the Android X upgrade and we're getting closer to the Android 11 release this Fall.

Other thoughts:
–This model includes bluetooth v4.2, surprised so many phones in this price range still offer bluetooth v4.1, a real deal breaker. My Nokia has the latest v5.0
--Would like to purchase the S3 Pro but hesitant due to what I'm experiencing with model X. The newer S5 Pro is overly priced and the A7 Pro is puny with the P23 CPU.

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