Carlos Young

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MySQL Admin Cookbook
MySQL Admin Cookbook
MySQL Admin Cookbook by Daniel Schneller and Udo Schwedt. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
J.K. Rowling Encyclopedia
J.K. Rowling Encyclopedia
J.K. Rowling Encyclopedia by Connie Ann Kirk. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Complete Legacy Series: Books 1 - 6
The Complete Legacy Series: Books 1 - 6
The Complete Legacy Series: Books 1 - 6 by Paula Kay. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 246 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
O Dilema (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
O Dilema (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
O Dilema (Em Portuguese do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Scarlet (The King Raven Trilogy Book 2)
Scarlet (The King Raven Trilogy Book 2)
Scarlet (The King Raven Trilogy Book 2) by Stephen Lawhead. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 169 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dark Screams: Volume Six
Dark Screams: Volume Six
Dark Screams: Volume Six by Stephen King, Norman Prentiss , et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 97 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7)
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7)
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7) by Stephen King. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Programming: A 7-Day Crash Course to Learn Python Language for the Absolute Beginner, Including Practical Exercises, Tips & Tricks to Quickly Getting Started with Computer Programming
Python Programming: A 7-Day Crash Course to Learn Python Language for the Absolute Beginner, Including Practical Exercises, Tips & Tricks to Quickly Getting Started with Computer Programming
Python Programming: A 7-Day Crash Course to Learn Python Language for the Absolute Beginner, Including Practical Exercises, Tips & Tricks to Quickly Getting Started with Computer Programming by John Russel. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Pro PHP MVC (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Pro PHP MVC (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Pro PHP MVC (Expert's Voice in Open Source) by Chris Pitt. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 by Jamie MacLennan , ZhaoHui Tang, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
We all know the brilliance of Warren Buffett and his snippets of wisdom, but this book goes further to give us clear insight into the Buffet way of investing. Using the KISS theory, Keep it Simple Stupid, we learn from Warren Buffett to step back, slow down, research, and pick companies for the long run. More is not better and picking only ten superstar companies at opportune prices for the long term can be the answer. No day trader tips here, think “invest for the long term.” The one quote I like the best, paraphrasing, was if your stocks are like having an NBA team and one of your players (stocks) is Michael Jordan, why would you think of selling him off so you could say you were more diversified. If you are interested in investing in individual stocks and are interested to hear about an alternative theory besides buying 60 percent mutual fund total stock market and 40 percent mutual fund total bond market, you will find this book informative and fascinating.
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
I had eagerly anticipated this book. Tim Cook has been the CEO of one of the world’s most valuable companies for almost nine years. Yet, ironically, this is the first detailed attempt in book form to closely examine the man’s background leading up to his assuming control after Steve Jobs’ death in 2011 and the influence that he has had in re-shaping the culture of Apple Inc. while bringing the company’s market capitalization to a staggering trillion dollars.

Kahney opens with a quick introduction entitled “Killing It” which summarizes the industry dominance that Apple currently enjoys and makes it clear that Cook gets a lion’s share of the credit. He goes on to introduce the six core values that Cook has ingrained in the company’s strategy: accessibility; education; environment; inclusion and diversity; privacy and security; and supplier responsibility. These lay the groundwork for very detailed discussion in the second half of the book of Cook’s passion for coupling good strategy with good values and his success in achieving it.

The first chapter describes in some detail the interesting specifics of the leadership handover from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook that culminated in 2011. Kahney goes on to describe the reservations that many pundits had regarding his ability to sustain Apple’s momentum. In retrospect, those many who predicted imminent failure are now a little hard to be found.

The next few chapters highlight Cook’s early life and education near Mobile, Alabama, his matriculation at Auburn culminating in a BS in Industrial Engineering, and his pre-Apple stints at IBM, Intelligent Electronics, and Compaq. Cook spent the first twelve years of his career at IBM. I had the good fortune to work closely with Tim during much of that time, which was characterized by high volume manufacturing at IBM’s Research Triangle Park, NC facility and most notably the bringing of the IBM Personal Computer Company and the manufacture of its exciting array of products to the site. Those were heady times for all of us lucky enough to be involved. Cook was every bit the leader that Kahney describes in the book. Nobody outworked Tim Cook. His work was his life, and apparently still is. It was also telling that two of his current right hand men at Apple, Jeff Williams (Apple’s current COO) and Bill Frederick, were part of our IBM team.

Kahney proceeds to spend the remaining three quarters of the book describing Cook’s hiring out of Compaq by Steve Jobs, his increasingly significant roles in managing operations at Apple, his appointment as COO, his serving as interim CEO during two of Jobs’ illnesses and convalescences, his 2011 elevation to CEO, and his subsequent seven years in leading Apple to the pinnacle of Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

Kahney does a good job describing the facts surrounding the numerous hardware and software launches for iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, Apple Watch, OSX, iOS, Apple Music, etc during those years as well as the role that Cook had in ensuring their success. He also goes into interesting detail regarding the planning and realization of the new Apple Park headquarters.

Kahney fairly criticizes Cook and his team for the premature launch of Apple Maps and particularly the ephemeral, on-again / off-again status of Project Titan, for the much rumored self-driving Apple Car. But I believe that he did not go far enough. Apple is now at a significant crossroads. Continued growth is only going to be ensured by entrances into entire new product offerings, particularly in the service sector. I believe that Kahney missed a key set of discussion points regarding Cook’s potential for keeping Apple on its current growth track. The last decade has been great, and it has been led primarily by hardware, much of it originally conceived in the Jobs era. Okay, now what?

Kahney does a particularly good job in describing the facts surrounding the government’s demand for Apple to assist with the decryption of the San Bernardino assailant’s iPhone and Cook’s refusal to budge on Apple’s commitment to privacy. In the end, Cook and Apple were vindicated by the press and court of public opinion.

He spends roughly a quarter of the book going into quite a bit of detail regarding Cook’s commitment to the environment and diversity. In having known and worked with Tim, I do not doubt his commitment to these values and his leadership in ingraining them in Apple’s culture, but I still felt that I was reading a series of Apple press releases as I waded through this significant portion of the book.

In summary, the book is a very worthwhile read and you should come away with a great deal of respect for Tim Cook and what he has achieved. Kahney tends to cheerleading throughout much of the book in making his case, but I do not quarrel with his conclusions. I only wonder now what is next for Cook. As he is only fifty-nine years old, would there not be some potential for him to enter politics? Time will tell. But I know this. He has much to offer as a visionary and leader. As I am a longtime conservative Republican, I am not at all reluctant to say that I would certainly give him a shot.
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
If you want to understand why the senate voted down Obama’s veto 97-1 last week, pick up this 400 page book and start reading it. It will grip you so hard, you’ll only be able to put it down when you’re done.

It is difficult to discuss “Ghost Wars” and avoid hyperbole.

What we have here is not just a level-headed, comprehensive and exhaustive account of Afghan history from 1980 to 2011. This masterpiece of a book is nothing less than the full and definitive account of the manner in which overt and covert American foreign policy mixed with Pakistani and Saudi domestic politics (and their projection on foreign policy goals) to directly foster the gestation and development of Islamic terrorism as we know it today.

You find out about the events in Afghanistan leading up to the Soviet invasion, the rise of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s struggles between Islam and secularism, the Soviet invasion, the puppet government the Soviets installed, the Afghan resistance and its protagonists, the pact with the devil between the CIA and the ISI to support the religiously most radicalized factions of the resistance, the donations to the cause that the US actively solicited and obtained in the Gulf on behalf of the ISI, the routing of the Soviets chiefly by Tajiks warriors under Ahmed Shah Massoud, Uzbeks under warlords like Dostum and the Pakistan-assisted Islamists of Haqqani and Hekmattyar and their American-supplied Stinger missiles. Next you move to the almost equally bloody struggles between them all, the subsequent total abandonment of Afghanistan by the West to the interests of Pakistan, all the way through to the disgraceful period when US policy to the region was dictated by inconsequential interests of second-rate players in the oil industry and the misrule the west tolerated in Kabul after the departure of the Soviets.

From there you move almost naturally to the rise of the morally virtuous, home-grown, ethnically Pashtun, Wahhabi-educated, Pakistan-armed and Pakistan-supported Taliban, their intolerance of diversity and the hijacking of their cause by Osama Bin Laden, who not only bought their way into Kabul but very carefully cultivated and won the support of their leader, the one-eyed mullah Mohammed Omar.

After that, the author gives a full account of the terrorist activities of Osama Bin Laden up to September 11 and takes care to set them within the context of other Middle Eastern terrorism, secular and religious, while in parallel documenting in full the CIA-led efforts to fight it. George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton, especially, do not come out if this account smelling of roses. Clinton, in particular is accused of first mistrusting the CIA and then of being incapacitated by his need to manage public opinion in view of his personal scandals, but also of his famous tendency to “triangulate” between getting results and keeping a distance from any collateral damage.

It really is all there!

All of the above, while true, is still not the best thing about this book.

What makes this an unbelievable read is that it really gets hold of you. Steve Coll has managed to convert this very convoluted history into a gripping narrative with character development and a clear storyline. By the end of the book, you feel you really know the Uzbeki Massoud, Americans Casey, Shroen and Berger, the Saudi Prince Turki, Pakistanis such as Zia-Ul-Haq, Musharraf and all the heads of the ISI; you get to see a darker side of Benazir Bhutto, too. Special care is given to understanding the motivations of all the players, the multiple levels on which they were acting, the multiple goals they were pursing at the same time and the physical terrain in which they operated.

It is fair to say that there isn’t a single character in this play who’s not having to make a number of compromises. The author tells you enough about everybody so you can judge where he’s coming from. Pakistan’s ISI needed to fight the Soviets, for example, but only if it could be beaten by its own proxies. And it also needed to secure secret bases from which to train guerrillas for its secret war in Kashmir. And all this it needed to do while still receiving financial assistance from the US and while pretending the country was on a path to democracy. The Saudi princes’ motivations are explained in similar detail, as are the sundry resistance fighters’. And you are left with zero doubt that western interests at some point simply went absent without leave.

You ride with all these guys. You climb on their helicopters with them, you dodge bullets with them, you watch them hang their enemies from the high mast, you feel the shrapnel tear through you when they fall.

If this was a novel, basically, you’d find yourself unable to put it down. Except, of course, it’s all documented fact. From the first skirmish at the US Embassy in Pakistan all the way through the development of our now favorite means of delivering “justice,” the dreaded Predator, and to the last chapter of the book (not unlike the last scene in the Godfather, except it’s Osama Bin Laden sitting in the –figurative- opera house while his opponents are eliminated) what you have here is a truly educational thriller.

I have no idea how anybody can put together such a tremendous book within three years of the event that gave rise to what could easily have been a lifelong project for a lesser author. But Steve Coll, managing editor of the Washington Post when he wrote this book some thirteen years ago, pulled it off.

And now I’ve read “Ghost Wars,” it’s clear to me that the US Congress has only really covered half the bases here. An equitable decision would also have cleared the way for US citizens to sue the Pakistani state, perhaps over and above Saudi Arabia.

Then again, the American way is to sue for money. When will we all learn?
III [Explicit]
III [Explicit]
III [Explicit] by Dynasty Carey. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America
George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America
I found the book interesting, even amazing that I was unaware of the importance that clandestine intelligence gathering played in the success of G Washington, and the Foundation of our Nation. With out these brave, in some cases nameless, American spies America may have been defeated on the Battlefield and our history would not have become the great Nation we are. Here is Nathan Hale who is captured collecting information on the enemy and he is promptly hung. No questions asked! No trading of spies, no appeal, and that was the fate expected by all our spies if they were caught. Yet, they carried on and brought needed information to G Washington so he could stay one step ahead of the British. What a true story.
Greatest Hits: Vols. 1-3
Greatest Hits: Vols. 1-3
The recording quality is superb. These appear to be remastered, though some of the songs are mono, not stereo.

The box set comes in nice packaging and it includes a booklet of liner notes and some photos. This is a very nice, unexpected addition. This box set would make a very nice gift to send to a friend or family member.

The songs are not in chronological order that they were recorded. This is fine, because the tracks are arranged more story-like. One song will follow another to complete a tale at times.

The best to be said is that the recording quality is excellent. Also, tracks are normalized to each other, so you won't be adjusting the volume constantly or have to do this labor yourself if you draw the same tracks from your collection.

Lastly, the box set arrived in two days, not four to seven. I am very happy with Amazon's service. However, I didn't suspect it had arrived, so I got to my mailbox a day late. I coulda hadda party, but that's my fault, not Amazon's.

Overall, this is either a beginner's set or a set of his best sellers, normalized in volume to each other if you already have some Dylan albums, and it comes with nice liner notes with photos. You can't lose!

If you like Dylan, don't hesitate. The price is right for what you get. I'm sure that any Dylan fan will enjoy this!
The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Live at The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 [Blu-ray]
The Other Side of the Mirror - Bob Dylan Live at The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 [Blu-ray]
This film edits together songs from Dylan's day and night performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963/64/65. It does not show Dylan's entire performances from each year. It also includes brief clips of and with other acts (especially Joan Baez, whom Dylan was dating at the time), the audience's reactions, etc. The editing and choices of clips (and choice of omissions) help the viewer see first hand how Dylan was perceived and treated by the masses and how his confidence grew and persona and style changed over those 3 years. It makes it much easier for a modern viewer to understand the controversy felt when Dylan included an electric set with a band in 1965.

For this reason, I think it is a valuable film. The footage remains raw and grainy, not remastered, but the image and sound are decent for the time and intended effect. There's a lot of footage I've never seen. For the price I highly recommend this DVD. It's well packaged and includes a short but informative booklet.

Here's a listing of the songs (an * denotes my personal favs) and some personal notes after only 1 viewing.

Songs from 1963:
North Country Blues, With God On Our Side, Talkin' World War 3 Blues, Who Killed Day Moore*, Only a Pawn In Their Game, Blowin' In the Wind*. In 1963, Dylan really seems like a Woody Guthrie imitator, almost "acting" the role at times. The introduction he's given shows how much the folk world expected him to be the "saviour" of folk music, the "spokesman and poet" of his generation, etc. That's a lot of unnecessary weight thrown at a new artist and Dylan later proves he was never in it for others. In 1963, he's loving the attention, power and freedom. It's also funny how his talking songs are so like rapping, and by 1963 this was already a old style used by blues artists! In 1963, Dylan was "one of the people", at one with his audience, interacting with them on and off stage.

Songs from 1964:
Mr. Tambourine Man, It Ain't Me Babe*, With God On Our Side, Chimes of Freedom. Never seen Dylan smile so much as when he's with Baez. Enjoy listening to them harmonize, even if it's improvised and sloppy. Baez has a more powerful voice than I had heard before. Mr Tambourine Man hadn't been recorded yet when he performed it. In 1964, Dylan was rising above his audience, becoming less reachable, and talking to them from his stage. Not sure that he was enjoying the celebrity status and the weight of expectations thrown upon him. You can see how becomes more cynical, partly as a defense mechanism.

Songs from 1965:
All I Really Want to Do, If You Gotta Go Go Now*, Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Maggie's Farm*, Like a Rolling Stone*, Mr Tambourine Man, It's All Over Now Baby Blue*. He's strumming the guitar more now instead of finger picking it, and playing more rhythmically, so that even the acoustic numbers now suggest the feel of a backing band. Also, by using a capo so much, his acoustic songs are usually only based on a few chords, in the folk tradition. His rock type songs have more chords. It's cool to see how much more agile his voice was when he was young. The band plays well, in Dylan's manner of jamming. The crowd has mixed reactions, only about half are booing him during the electric set and the crowd still wants an encore, which he gives acoustically. In 1965, Dylan is a star/celebrity and distanced from the audience. He's in his own world and talks at them but not with them. The look is different, he's got his walls of defense up and he really wants to be accepted in the rock world too. I think he was hoping the fans would follow and he was genuinely hurt and taken off-guard at their reaction. It also shows that he was never thinking about the folkies' expectations in the first place and never out for them. After all the support and love they gave him, he turned out to be their Judas indeed. However, Dylan truly loved folk (along with rock and blues and country) and his music was true, if only to himself --- therefore it is not true that he waved the folk flag of convenience until he was popular enough to gain acceptance into the rock world.

A few other thoughts after watching this:

Surprising how soon after he met the Beatles that they BOTH changed. On the Beatles' next albums (Help!, Beatles For Sale, Rubber Soul) we see acoustic numbers and personal lyrics (especially by Lennon). Dylan's next album is half electric and the songs are more musically complex and have more chords in them.

Dylan clearly had (has) a talent for lyrics and song writing. As a singer and performer, he's clearly outclassed by pretty well everyone else. However, in the folk tradition of "truth" Dylan's raw voice and playing help dress his songs in the apparel of truth, the bearing of personal thought and soul, etc. He's admired by the other artists as well as the fans. Another thing to remember is that, as important and popular as he was personally, his "folk" records never sold as well as those "rock" covers of his songs that became hits. Most people never heard Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" with all the verses, until after the Byrds condensed version became a hit.

This films helps show how important Joan Baez was in popularizing Dylan. Pete Seeger was most important in popularizing folk music and giving it integrity, but it was the rare folk acts like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary who were hugely popular and sold a lot of records. In 1963, Joan Baez was the biggest female folk artist and Dylan's initial acceptance to the folk world was largely due to her support, etc. Their dating helped bring media attention and helped both their careers, in the sense of popularizing them beyond the folk market and into the pop realm, as the "royal queen and king" of folk. It's also easy to forget that the Dylan's first album was, in the true folk tradition, all cover songs and that the Dylan we know didn't make his mark until the second album.

It's sad that so few of the folk acts, who were so important and popular at the time, are ignored by contemporary radio. You may hear one or two Peter, Paul and Mary or Kingston Trio songs on the radio but rarely do we hear Joan Baez. The folk movement had plenty of great songs, but most of the artists and songs have become more legendary, more heard about than heard anymore. Except for Dylan, that is!
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java (2nd Edition)
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java (2nd Edition)
As someone who does not come from a computer science background but works as a software engineer, I've had learning data structures and algorithms on my bucket list for quite some time. Working within the Ruby on Rails and SQL worlds has had me heavily shielded from the ideas and concepts of DS&A. My primary goal was to learn enough to pass the stereotypical Google/Amazon/Microsoft/Yahoo coding exam as well as conduct a similar engineering interview from the opposite end of the table. Since textbooks are my preferred way of learning, I set out in search of the DS&A book that would allow me to reach that goal.

Most guru lists will tell you that "Introduction to Algorithms" aka "CLRS" is the book to buy in this field. I would strongly disagree with this notion unless the reader is already very savvy in DS&A as well as mathematics. From my experience interviewing dozens of engineers over the last few months, a very small percentage of engineers are actually at that level. Similar lists recommend Skiena's book as an alternative to CLRS since it is slightly more accessible. Although I didn't look at Skiena's book as thoroughly as I did CLRS, it didn't seem to be much more beginner friendly. I initially ended up buying the "DS&A Made Easy" book--the reviews were good, the pages available via Amazon preview looked good, the book focused on DS&A from an interview perspective rather than mathematical proofs, and I also liked the author's stated approach (get something working, even if its terribly inefficient...then work on efficiency). Then the book came in the mail. After a week of browsing through the text, I actually threw the book in the trash. The English was bad, the code examples weren't well written, and there was a lot of hand waving where there shouldn't have been.

Then I found LaFore. His writing is extremely clear and never pretentious. The order in which he tackles DS&A topics is much more logical than the other texts I've seen. The Java code in each of the in-chapter exercises works perfectly. The charts and drawings are very helpful. The author knows exactly how far to take the discussion so that the reader is learning a concept thoroughly but not being beaten over the head with it or taken too far down the rabbit hole. I became more comfortable with the Java language itself working through the coding problems in this book than I did using a pure "Learn Java"-type book in the past. I read this book cover to cover over the course of a few months and can't say enough good things about it. No longer are DS&A initimidating to me.

The chapters are as follows:

1 Overview
2 Arrays
3 Simple Sorting
4 Stack and Queues
5 Linked Lists
6 Recursion
7 Advanced Sorting
8 Binary Trees
9 Red-Black Trees
10 2-3-4 Trees
11 Hash Tables
12 Heaps
13 Graphs
14 Weighted Graphs
15 When to Use What

For me, the most difficult subjects by far were recursion and red-black trees. In fact, unlike any of the other topics listed above, coding a red-black tree is beyond the scope of this book.

In summary, this book may be the best technical text I have ever read (and I usually read 3-4 per year). I've read a handful of technical textbooks that were about simpler topics, were more complex reads, and I would still consider them good to great books. In fact, LaFore's DS&A book is so exceptional that I even considered buying his 11 year old C++ book to learn C++, even though learning C++ isn't on my bucket list.

My recommendation list for DS&A related works is as follows:

-If you are a DS&A beginner, choose LaFore's DS&A in Java book (most people fall into this category).

-If you are looking for more formal technical interview prep, buy one of Gayle Laakman's books as a companion piece. Laakman's works typically don't teach you DS&A themselves but prepare you for how you'll typically see them in an interview.

-If you are already very strong in DS&A and are looking for something beyond what you'd see in a typical technical interview, look into CLRS, Skiena, Sedgewick (who LaFore strongly recommends for further reading) or if you're really an expert--(gulp) Donald Knuth.
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
I am not a fan of these tribute albums but this one deserves high praise. Instead of semi-famous people murdering the famous Dylan songs here we have some lesser known artists getting stuck in to lesser known songs. The one exception to that rule is Slash's version of Wiggle Wiggle, it is not only an affront to the ears but totally out of character with what is actually a really solid album.

The highlights for me are Brownsville Girl (reprise), Series of Dreams and the acoustic version of Every Grain of Sand; all are affectionate homages to the original songs and they all sound great to my ears. They are obviously not as good as the originals and I do get the urge to listen to Dylan's versions when i play this cd...but that that is not a bad thing, i have never heard anyone other than Dylan do these songs so it is useful to have a different take on them.

As you can see from the selection of songs this cd is really aimed at the Dylan connoisseur, half the songs have never had an official release so the little in joke line-changes that are occasionally inserted will pass over your head if you have not heard the song.

Having said that the versions are of such a high quality and have such a nice modern sound that this could be a good starting point for anyone who is not familiar with Dylan's 80s stuff.

Finally the profits all go to charity too so if you have bothered reading this far you might as well go ahead and order it- there is a moment during the acoustic Every Grain of Sand when the guy takes the trouble to reproduce the noise of a dog barking (from the Bootleg 3 version) with just his keyboard- that is almost worth buying the album for on its own!
1080P Webcam AutoFocus with Microphone, USB(2.0/3.0) Computer Camera for Live Streaming Webcam,110 Degrees Wide-Angle 30fps for Laptop, Noise Reduction Desktop, Conferencing, Video Chatting
1080P Webcam AutoFocus with Microphone, USB(2.0/3.0) Computer Camera for Live Streaming Webcam,110 Degrees Wide-Angle 30fps for Laptop, Noise Reduction Desktop, Conferencing, Video Chatting
I am working from home during COVID-19 times but the old Mac Pro from 2009 doesn't have a webcam nor microphone to join Zoom or Teams. This webcam works with my old Mac and Zoom, Teams, Skype.

Pros:
* Super easy to install. No driver, no fuzz, plug and play, easy.
* Good quality picture
* Mechanical zoom. you hear lens moving when focus moves
* Works with all video conference software
* Built-in microphone

Cons:
* Need to keep about 2 feet from the camera. Otherwise the picture is too zoomed in.

Overall:
* Good value webcam w/o hassle.
HD Pro Webcam, TedGem 8MP Fixed Focus 4K/1080P Full HD Webcam USB Webcam Desktop Laptop Camera Live Streaming Webcam Built-in Mic Widescreen HD Video Webcam, Flexible Rotatable Clip[Upgraded Version]…
HD Pro Webcam, TedGem 8MP Fixed Focus 4K/1080P Full HD Webcam USB Webcam Desktop Laptop Camera Live Streaming Webcam Built-in Mic Widescreen HD Video Webcam, Flexible Rotatable Clip[Upgraded Version]…
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this webcam guys!!! Okay so, I knew it was going to be pretty good quality given it states that the webcam is 4K, but see as I only paid 20 couple dollars for it, I honestly figured it would be pretty cheap quality and that I was going to probably be disappointed so I was prepared for that while hooking it up and didn’t have my hopes up for it to be perfect 4K quality by any means. BUT let me tell you, I was SO wrong!! This webcam is amazing HD, 4K quality. They are taking affordable webcams to the NEXT LEVEL with his one! Everyone with laptop/computer with a standard/stock webcam NEEDS to try this baby out! It’s incredibly clear, and quality is very appealing to the eyes!! I absolutely can not believe this product wasn’t 50 dollars minimum. Not only is this a bargain, but it’s one of the best webcams I’ve seen quality wise, ever! It’s very nifty how it adjusts to sit on the top of your laptop comfortably and sturdy with out moving even the slightest bit! It’s almost as it’s it’s magnetic somehow lol but I know that is not the case. Even cooler, it just plugs in via USB and BOOM it’s working. No need to instal any camera software or do ANYthing outside of simply plugging it into your USB port on your laptop/computer, and opening your devices camera app and switching the camera from the stock one your device has built in, to the HD 4K one, which is done very simply by just clicking the button that has the arrows going in a circle indicated you’re switching cameras. SUCH a good product and I am SO happy with this purchase! Thanks so much amazon! CLASS A webcam!! 5 stars
Unicorns Sparkle & Shine! Coloring and Activity Book
Unicorns Sparkle & Shine! Coloring and Activity Book
I bought this for my 4-yr-old granddaughter’s stocking but the paper quality is so cheap that it’s only good enough for crayons and she’s graduated to pencil crayons now. I’m very disappointed as I’ll have to buy a different colouring book for her. The drawings are cute but the paper quality completely ruins it. If you’re looking for a colouring book for a 3 yr old you might be okay but then the word games are useless so really - why not charge a couple of dollars more for it and print it on decent paper?
Marvel's Infinity Stones: The Key to Avengers: Infinity War?
Marvel's Infinity Stones: The Key to Avengers: Infinity War?
Small caveat regarding Thanos & the infinity stones. Even with the Infinity Gauntlet with all six stones, Thanos still isn't the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe. The Living Tribunal is still more powerful, and the ultimate being is The One Above All. The latter is an entity who is basically just like the GOD of the Holy Bible. Fact is, many characters such as Hulk, Captain Marvel, the Beyonder and several Omega Level characters, can defeat Thanos. Part 2 of the Infinity Stones saga, rumored to be released in 2019, will prove just that.
Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 8
Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 8
Rumiko Takahashi is always good at giving things a little shake-up. And in the eighth chapter of her romantic dramedy "Maison Ikkoku," things get shaken up quite a bit, with the inclusion of a new character, an important talk, a near-breakup and a diamond ring.

After a disastrous trip to a spa and more conflicts with Kyoko's obnoxious parents, Yusaku finds himself presented with a unique opportunity -- a chance to find out what Kyoko's mysterious late husband looked like. And Kyoko has a talk with her late husband at his gravesite, unaware that Yusaku is listening. But then a new person enters the mix: Nozomu Nikaido, a wealthy teenager who has just entered college, and whose bubble-brained mom accidently sent him to the wrong apartment building.

Like Yusaku, Nikaido immediately becomes a target for the crazier tenants: the dignified pervert Mr. Yotsuya, sexy waitress Akemi, and drunken housewife Mrs. Ichinose. But unlike Yusaku, he isn't going to take it lying down -- he's going to fight back. And when Nikaido encounters Yusaku's platonic girlfriend Kozue, he throws a few more monkey wrenches into the might-be relationship between Kyoko and Yusaku.

With any series like "Maison Ikkoku," there's always the chance of things getting stale. So in this volume, Takahashi gives us some new characters, complications, attractions and problems. And, fortunately, it gives this funny little comic drama a bit more of both.

Takahashi doesn't take her gaze off the interlocking love triangles for long, although it is fun to see Yotsuya and Nikaido trying to one-up each other in the revenge game. And there's a new source of comedy as Nikaido naively sabotages poor Yusaku's love life, as Yusaku silently rages against the younger man's incredible denseness.

Nikaido's a fun addition to the cast -- he's a weird mix of craftiness and naivete, trying to cut the apron strings from his rather annoying mom. Kyoko and Yusaku hit new snags in their possible relationship, as Kyoko remembers her late husband, and Yusaku tries to find a way to disentangle himself from Kozue without breaking her heart. His rival Shun Mitaka only makes a brief appearance, but it's a funny one -- which involves Yusaku giving Kyoko a diamond ring.

New blood enters the mix in the eighth "Maison Ikkoku" volume, but things have more or less stayed the same. A fun and romantic read, with plenty more hijinks to come.
Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexpected
I have been binge watching this, which may have given me a bit of series fatigue, but the 2 primary downsides to the series are:

1) It is commonplace to have tacked on "surprise" endings, meaning a heavy-handed twist that wasn't supported through the majority of the episode, so of course it was a surprise, as opposed to the preferable plot structure where many of the elements were laid out, but one just neglected to put them together due to misdirection from good writing, acting, and directing.

2) Many of the episodes basically take the person(s) who are least likely to be the devious plotters, and "surprise" they are the devious plotters. This is a criticism based upon predictability and lack of subtly, because while a surprise twist intrinsically involves taking the unexpected and making it the actual cause for events, it does get wearing when the viewer almost always knows how the ending will play out before the reveal.

All this being said, the series does have fun moments and some clever stories, and one must always remember that even our fondest morbid/macabre series such as Hitchcock Presents/Twilight Zone/Night Gallery were also rife with stinkers, but we tend to overlook those when illuminated by the warming glow of nostalgia.
War and Peace - Война и мир (в 4-x тoмax, тoмa 3 и 4) (Russian Edition)
War and Peace - Война и мир (в 4-x тoмax, тoмa 3 и 4) (Russian Edition)
Being able to read, let alone understand this epic tale is one of those "bucket" moments for some. I hesitated in 1974 in starting Russian classes in Brighton, but faltered. Now in my dotage at 62 I can now devote my time to learning the Russian language. What a joy, and it certainly keeps Alzheimers at bay. This is a book that is a real pleasure to hold. Alongside the Audible version from Amazon, it keeps the novel really alive. I hope more people embrace this.
Classic Goosebumps Collection: Books 1-4
Classic Goosebumps Collection: Books 1-4
I've never been into scary stories, but I wanted to vet these before letting my small nephew have access to them. They're great! There's no preaching at the kids about what kind of people they should be, There's no phony guarantee of "living happily ever after". They're scary enough for youngsters who like a few chills, but not horror stories to send hem into nightmares..
Suizid: Jane Hawk 1
Suizid: Jane Hawk 1
Ich bin seit Jahren ein großer Fan von Dean Koontz. Mit diesem Buch hat er mir mal wieder gezeigt wieso das so ist. Spannungsgeladene Action und ein smarter Plot, mit nicht weniger als die Weltunterjochung durch Nanomoleküle. Absolute Kontrolle und ein Projekt, bei dem Menschen, die die Zukunft verändern könnten, ausgeschaltet werden, bevor sie an diesen Punkt gelangen. Sie alle stehen auf einer „Hamletliste“ und ca. 8000 pro Jahr müssen, getötet werden damit keine bahnbrechenden Ideen oder Weltanschauungen mehr die Zukunft der Menschheit gefährden. So sieht zumindest der Plan, ein paar großer Lenker aus. Da haben sie die Rechnung jedoch ohne Jane gemacht. Jane ist die weibliche Verkörperung eines Actionhelden. Smart, gutaussehend und schlagfertig. Diese Eigenschaften machen es aber auch schwer Sympathie und Empathie im Leser zu erzeugen. Sie wirkt manchmal zu taff, zu glatt, als das man sich emotional auf sie einlassen kann. Wenn man das Ganze aber als Actiomovie in Buchform betrachtet, kommt man damit ganz gut klar. Am meisten mag ich den Stil mit dem der Autor Sachen oder Umstände beschreibt, die Vergleiche sind oft ungewöhnlich, bringen es aber auf den Punkt. Das war auch der Grund, warum einzelnen Szenen wirklich wie ein Film vor meinem inneren Auge abliefen. Die kurzen Kapitel machen es leicht, mal zwischendrin rein zu lesen, wenn man eigentlich nur fünf Minuten hat. Das Problem besteht nur darin, dass es immer spannender wird und man dann doch die Zeit vergisst und Schwups ist eine halbe Stunde weg.

Ich bin schon mittendrin im nächsten Band und bin gespannt wie nahe Jane den selbsternannten Weltverbesserern diesmal kommen wird. Auf alle Fälle hat diese Serie einen weiteren Fan bekommen und ich kann es kaum erwarten zu lesen wie sie die Welt rettet, denn ich weiß am Ende wird sie es schaffen.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 30: Réunification (Dragon Ball (sens français) (30)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 30: Réunification (Dragon Ball (sens français) (30)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball d'Akira Toriyama fait partie intégrante de ma jeunesse.

J'avais par le passé quelques exemplaires de la première édition Kiosque de Dragon Ball par Glénat en 85 volumes. Je me souviens des superbes couvertures et du papier recyclé assez gris.

Aujourd'hui, cette version Kiosque en 85 volumes n'est plus distribuée il me semble et je me tourne donc vers l'édition simple en 42 tomes toujours éditée par Glénat.
Day of the Guns (A Tiger Mann Novel)
Day of the Guns (A Tiger Mann Novel)
Putting his Mike Hammer series on hiatus for a while, Mickey Spillane in 1964 debuted Tiger Mann (no, really…), an agent for a super-secret anti-espionage agency similar to the ones created by James Bond imitators like Donald Hamilton and Len Deighton over the previous few years. The success of Bond in print and (especially) on screen had prompted a flood of wannabes (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted on TV that fall) and, conveniently, Bond creator Ian Fleming had died over the summer, leaving the field even more open.

So into the breach jumped Spillane, whose Hammer series had already flirted with international intrigue in its two most recent installments (The Girl Hunters and The Snake). Instead of continuing that thread, Spillane cooked up a new character with a spy background who, unbelievably, may be even more psychotic than Hammer. Mann had been an undercover agent behind enemy lines back in WWII and had been shot and nearly killed by Nazi super spy Rondine Lund (a veiled Casablanca reference?), with whom he had had a passionate affair and with whom he was desperately in love. Naturally, he is bitter, but Rondine supposedly had died shortly after the war at the hands of anti-Nazi vigilantes.

So imagine his surprise when a woman who looks exactly like Rondine shows up in 1964 looking a few but not nearly 20 years older. Edith Caine works as a translator at the United Nations and has an impeccable background with an irreproachable British family. She has been cleared by both British and American security but Mann knows better. This is Rondine, dammit. The age difference? Plastic surgery can easily make a 40-something woman look like a 20-something (if only…). The family background? Blackmail! At one point he even has her strip to see if the surgeons did the full body makeover…

Mann tells Edith he knows who she is and he will kill her, but first he'll make her suffer as he suffered. In fact, he's suffering still because he is still very much in love with her even though he plans to kill her after psychologically torturing her first. See what I mean about psychotic?

Meanwhile, there is a big Commie plot at the UN that Mann gets involved in unraveling, different Western spy agencies (especially the one Mann works for) that are constantly at odds, professional killers who are gunning for Mann (but wouldn't you know it, they always miss…) and a sexy UN staffer and a part-time artist who Mann spends some quality (sack) time with. Through it all Mann doggedly pursues his obsessive quest to expose and eliminate Edith/Rondine.

Is Edith Caine Rondine Lund? For most of the book it's ambiguous, especially since the narrative is from Mann's edge-of-sanity first-person perspective. There is, of course, a big scene at the end where all the loose ends are tied up, conspiracies are unraveled, identities and loyalties are exposed and the big reveal is made. I can only say that no one but Spillane could have written this ending (especially the very end, by which I mean the very-last-line end), nor the various interactions between Mann and Edith that dot the narrative and which are masterpieces of tough-guy posturing heavily laced with sheer masochism.

Few things in life make a book lover feel as sullied as reading a Spillane novel. His narratives are so over the top, his situations so ludicrous and his characters so far off the normal scale that you either have to chuck the book away in disgust or continue reading with helpless fascination even though you know that after it's done you'll have to take a shower and scrub hard.

I don't think Day of the Guns is Spillane at his best (the bulk of the book meanders around in terms of plot and pace) but even mediocre Spillane has its fascinations. The tough guy dialogue alone is worth the price of admission and the portrayal of Mann the Lovelorn Homicidal Loon is not to be missed...
Le symbole perdu (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Le symbole perdu (Thrillers) (French Edition)
Troisième aventure de Robert Langdon que je lis (Da Vinci Code et Anges et démons). J’ai relu l’avis que j’avais sur les deux précédents livres et je dois dire qu’une fois de plus le bilan est mitigé. J’ai dévoré le livre en quelques jours, car le style est fluide, les chapitres sont courts. Mais après avoir refermé ce livre, je trouve qu’au final, c’est très rapide, sur un même lieu, très clos. Anges et démons se déroule principalement à Rome mais faisait davantage voyager. Si j’avais été très déçue par la fin de Da Vinci Code, le suspens m’avait cependant tenu du début à la fin. Cette fois, ce n’est pas la fin du livre qui me dérange, mais la globalité du livre une fois celui-ci terminé : j’ai comme un goût d’inachevé en moi, il manque quelque chose, que je ne saurai décrire, à cette lecture. Je me demande si ce n’est pas justement un gros suspens qui manque. Bref, oui, j’admets, j’ai passé un bon moment. Mais rien de transcendant.
The Lost World Vergessene Welt Roman
The Lost World Vergessene Welt Roman
Hab für meinen großen Sohn alle 3 Teile Jurassic Park Bücher hier gesucht, gefunden und sehr günstig gekauft!
Dachte mir..bei den Preisen kann man nix falsch machen, auch wenn sie gebraucht sind!
Mein Sohn (großer Dino Fan) hat sich sehr gefreut und schnell angefangen zu lesen...zwar kennt er schon die Filme, aber die Bücher sind manchmal spannender als der Film....super! Lesen statt TV!
The Andromedia Strain
The Andromedia Strain
Received the book in 12 days from ordering. As soon as I opened the book, the cover fell off due to how brittle it is! It's so old, the paper is crumbling to dust. Pages are yellowed but readable. I think I paid too much for this. I must have a different idea of what "acceptable" is.
The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
This 2010 made for TV miniseries diverges widely from the book, which may upset many fans and carries a 15 age rating. The story revolves around Tom Builder [Rufus Sewell] a master stone mason who is trying to simply feed his growing family and wants to build his dream cathedral, all set against the actual historical period known as ‘The Anarchy’ [1135-1154, when England and Normandy were engulfed in a bloody Civil War of secession between Stephen and Matilda].
The box set contains all 8 episodes on 3 discs. Features are sparse, containing play, English language and English subtitles for the hard of hearing and scene selection on each disc but with one special feature apiece, these being disc 1 a making of, disc 2 special effects and the final disc a titles progression feature. While the main feature runs for 7 hours and 8 minutes.
This well produced series has a fine cast of actors who play the characters well but everyone seems to have ‘dark’ secrets and their own agendas as we meet self serving clergy, power crazed aristocrats, double dealing knights and everyday villains. There is something for everyone, convincing battles, numerous stand-offs, rape, incest, witch burnings, ‘sinful’ lust, unrequited love, found love, betrayals, inadvertent betrayals and duplicity of all kinds, but is anyone above it all?
At the end of the day this is a fictional drama built around a real period in history so just suspend belief and allow this entertaining story to carry you along as it does tend to capture everyday life in a grubby manner, being almost an ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ view on the period giving a decent indication of what ‘life’ may have been like at the time.
If you enjoy historical costume dramas like ‘Rome’, ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Borgias’ then this will probably please you, but bear in mind if you’re looking for a copy of the book in film form, you’ll probably be bitterly disappointed.
Von Bullerbü bis Lönneberga: Die schönsten Geschichten von Astrid Lindgren
Von Bullerbü bis Lönneberga: Die schönsten Geschichten von Astrid Lindgren
Eine schöne Sammlung von Astrid Lindgren Geschichten. Es sind einige Kurzgeschichten dabei, aber auch Auszüge aus Büchern wie Ronja Räubertochter, Kalle Blomqvist und natürlich Pippi Langstrumpf. Die Auszüge werden mit einem kurzen Text eingeleitet, der den Kontext zur ganzen Geschichte darstellt.
Einige Kurzgeschichten und Auszüge sind für Kinder ab drei Jahren geeignet (z. B. Pelle zieht aus, Ich will auch Geschwister haben). Je nachdem, wie lange ein Kind schon zuhören mag und kann und natürlich abhängig vom Wortschatz sind zumindest inhaltlich gut dreiviertel der enthaltenen Geschichten auch für so kleine Ohren gut geeignet.
Aber auch für größere Kinder, die schon lesen können, gibt es noch spannende Geschichten zu entdecken,wie Kalle Blomqvist oder Mio, mein Mio.
Zu den wunderschönen Geschichten kommen die tollen Zeichnungen, die viele Seiten zieren. Ein echtes Schmuckstück im Bücherregal, das uns hoffentlich lange Zeit begleiten wird!
Christmas at Thunder Horse Ranch (Harlequin Intrigue Book 1525)
Christmas at Thunder Horse Ranch (Harlequin Intrigue Book 1525)
Rated: 4.0 stars. _Contains moderate graphic sexual content.
Note: Stands alone read. 4th book in the Thunder Horse series.

GOOD READ. Well written, suspenseful storyline, great characters, a strong family theme, deadly bad guy(s), a sweet romance, and an exciting and satisfactory ending. HOWEVER, there are a few minor inconsistencies and plot threads left hanging, it does not answer the question running throughout the series -- what happened to the family patriarch, and while thrilling, the ending loses a little continuity, but this detracts little from the storyline.

THE STORY follows ex military, now CBP helicopter pilot, Dante Thunder Horse, and socially awkward, paleontology professor, Emma Jennings. Years earlier, Dante and Emma met in class but Dante was still grieving his deceased fiancée, Sam, killed during their tour in Afghanistan.

As the story opens, someone shoots down Dante's chopper, and Emma, working nearby, rescues him before the shooter can finish him off. After additional attempts on their lives, they return to Thunder Horse Ranch only to learn his brothers, Tuck and Pierce were injured in a highway "accident." Someone is targeting the Thunder Horse brothers, and until they can figure out why, Dante wants his family close and Emma closer. Working together to survive one life threatening attempt after another, Dante comes to admire Emma's spirit and her smarts, and he finally understands that loving Emma and wanting a future with her, does not diminish his feelings for Sam.

OVERALL, an exciting read, suspenseful storyline about a strong family. The THUNDER HORSE series includes: Hostage to Thunder Horse, Thunder Horse Heritage, Thunder Horse Redemption, and Christmas at Thunder Horse Ranch.

You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, and E. Palfrey. For good mystery/detective writers try J. D. Robb, D. Stabenow, S. Grafton, Julie Miller, or Gayle Wilson.
STEPHENIE MEYER — SERIES READING ORDER (SERIES LIST) — IN ORDER: TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, BREAKING DAWN, TWILIGHT GRAPHIC NOVELS, TWILIGHT NON-FICTION BOOKS & MANY MORE!
STEPHENIE MEYER — SERIES READING ORDER (SERIES LIST) — IN ORDER: TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, BREAKING DAWN, TWILIGHT GRAPHIC NOVELS, TWILIGHT NON-FICTION BOOKS & MANY MORE!
Stephanie provides the reader with so many twists and turns. Just when you think that you can predict "what happens next" your entire thought process is turned upside down.. I even found myself re-reading some sections and discovering that what I thought happened ... didn't. Definitely a VER, Very Enjoyable Reading, series of books.
Safe Haven: Set Tour with Nicholas Sparks
Safe Haven: Set Tour with Nicholas Sparks
A young wife is running from an abusive husband and ends up in a quaint small town on the coast of North Carolina where the people are friendly, down-to-earth and helpful. She meets a young widower who is running a store along the coast and trying to raise 2 small children. At first she scorns his advances until she realizes he is for real. She falls in love with his children and then him. And, of course, her husband shows up drunk and with a revolver, determined to "get her back.".. The movie is very touching, heartwarming and exciting. There are some beautiful romantic scenes in the movie along with some humor and excitement. The story shows loyalty, romance, goodness of character and the helpful nature of small-town folks. It's high romance with beauty and drama. I had to buy the movie after I first rented it. I've enjoyed watching it over a few times.
Dr. No
Dr. No
Three blind men kill a British agent in Jamaica. Then his secretary is murdered as well so that some men might steal the file on Dr. No. Bond is sent to investigate in the very first Bond film released in 1962.

The movie introduced some of the key characters of the Bond franchise. You had M (Bernard Lee) as Bond’s boss at MI6 who appreciated his work, but was always tired of his antics. There was M’s secretary Miss Moneypenny (Louis Maxwell) who always fired with Bond. There was Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) the CIA agent who often worked with the British agent. Finally you have plenty of Bond women from Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson) who Bond was playing Bacharach with at the start to Miss Taro (Zena Marshall) who was actually an agent of Dr. No to Honey Rider (Ursula Andress) who will always go down as one of the finest Bond women in history.

This is why this film is so important. It set all the elements that would be used in all the subsequent releases. There’s Bond as the debonair playboy seducing women left and right. There’s the espionage and murder, which is his trade. There’s the Americans who are aiding the British rather than being the top dogs. There’s the home office that play it straight and are always a bit miffed at Bond and his recklessness. This all leads to the action as Bond hunts down Dr. No, who is also hunting him. Ian Flemming was a racist and filled his stories with stereotypes of non-whites. That was taken up by the early Bond films, with Dr. No being the cunning and plotting Oriental, actually a white guy with make up, being a perfect example. Of course there’s got to be Bond girls and that is personified by the impeccable Ursula Andress, who by the way had her voice dubbed by a British actress because the director didn’t think her accent would be understandable by a large audience. Together this makes Dr. No not only the origins of the entire franchise, but one of the best releases as well.
The Purple Quest
The Purple Quest
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Purple Quest. I got interested in finding out more about the founding of Carthage after reading about Hannibal. The characters were well developed and the plot was well paced. Sometimes books in this genre can become boring because it's difficult to relate to the historical references. I did not have any problems with The Purple Quest.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to check out other books by Frank Slaughter.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient history.
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Platform Expandable Necklace
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Platform Expandable Necklace
The necklace (very delicate) is actually a little better than I expected, but the pendant is a bit disappointing.
It’s just not as bright gold color as the sales picture, it’s got a washed out look to it.
Not much anymore could do about it short of purchasing real jewelry.
You get what you pay for.
LEGO Harry Potter Magnet Set: Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy
LEGO Harry Potter Magnet Set: Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy
When I got mine, I found that the minifigures were not glued to the magnets like they are in the more recent magnet sets. I am not sure if this was a mistake or how LEGO used to do their magnets. Anyhow, this was a huge win for me as I therefore got three mint condition Harry Potter minifigures very cheaply and some LEGO magnets also.
The World of Harry Potter (Sorcerer's Stone / Chamber Of Secrets / Prisoner Of Azkaban / Quidditch World Cup)
The World of Harry Potter (Sorcerer's Stone / Chamber Of Secrets / Prisoner Of Azkaban / Quidditch World Cup)
I bought this after a lot of debate, as I wasn't yet of employable age then. One of my best purchases for $20 if I may say so now. Chamber of Secrets and Quidditch World Cup are the best Potter games ever and you can only get the latter with this pack. Azkaban has the interesting dragon & rabbit modes, but the game's core story is a bit rushed & you can't go back once you finish it without starting over. Chamber is incredibly rich, deep and fun. Philosopher was a bit clunky and the graphics are really weak. Quidditch is simple and loads of fun.

From that point on, having played all the other games bar Hallows 1, I can say that none of the later ones compare to these. Goblet brought in three local player capability, but it was a total console port, so the controls were clunky and the camera terrible. The menu system was bad and story short & not flowy. Order went back to Chamber-like explorable Hogwarts, but was lacking in action/fun. Prince was mostly meh, except the Potions mini-game which was challenging. Haven't played Hallows, but the reviews are terrible. Lego was one massive bore.

In short, this pack contains those Potter games that were designed for the PC with mouse+keyboard controls and a good camera. They were also fun. The others are all ports that are meant for console controllers, which were good in some cases with the Wiimote or KINECT.

I hope EA reconsiders its strategy at some point and creates a pack of the later games too, with better camera/controls. Or maybe make an MMO-like Quidditch game for the good old PC. Harry Potter Online, anyone?
Harry Potter Calendar 2021 Bundle - Deluxe 2021 Harry Potter Weekly/Monthly Planner - 5 x 8 -Calendar with Over 100 Calendar Stickers (Harry Potter Gifts, Office Supplies)
Harry Potter Calendar 2021 Bundle - Deluxe 2021 Harry Potter Weekly/Monthly Planner - 5 x 8 -Calendar with Over 100 Calendar Stickers (Harry Potter Gifts, Office Supplies)
I returned the first one because the cover was warped. I received the second one yesterday and it's just as warped as the first one. Cheaply made. Horribly packaged for shipping. Both times crammed with heavier items. Other than the crest on the front of calendar, nothing else in the calendar even remotely reflects Harry Potter. Do not recommend. Not bothering to return yet again. It's not worth the trip to Kohls to do the return.
Verizon Cell Phone Signal Booster 4G LTE Band 13 700Mhz Verizon Cell Signal Booster Repeater Antenna Boost Mobile Phones Data+Voice Verizon Signal Booster for Home Home/Office Covers 2000 sq.ft
Verizon Cell Phone Signal Booster 4G LTE Band 13 700Mhz Verizon Cell Signal Booster Repeater Antenna Boost Mobile Phones Data+Voice Verizon Signal Booster for Home Home/Office Covers 2000 sq.ft
I did a lot of research before purchasing this particular device. It arrived in the mail really quickly and securely packaged. Instructions were poorly written but still pretty clear on how to use.
I am using this in my shop which is in the middle of no where. Prior to this I was 1x / no signal inside and if i was standing outside i would get 2 if the wind was blowing right and i stood on one foot with a tin foil hat. After mounting and connecting all the pieces I now enjoy 4g lte full bars. This is only rated for approx 1500 - 2000 sq ft of coverage, but as i am in a warehouse with no walls it covers all 5000 sq ft of my work area and since its mounted near a window i even get full strength outside (when i am on near that window).
You get 50 feet of Coax cable to run from the antenna to the repeater. Honestly needs to be more, like 100 feet. Cause if I was in a house, by the time I mounted it and ran the wire so it was hidden you wouldn't be able to get any usable length out of it.
My advice, check what band you are using and triple check it. Purchase one that works for that band and enjoy.
Only thing i am disappointed on is the price. If I were to piece it all together I could have saved myself approx. $50. but I didnt want to go through all that and bought the whole kit. I guess that's the price you pay for convenience.
Huawei P30 Lite (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.2" Display, AI Triple Camera, Dual-SIM Global GSM Factory Unlocked Phone - Peacock Blue
Huawei P30 Lite (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.2" Display, AI Triple Camera, Dual-SIM Global GSM Factory Unlocked Phone - Peacock Blue
I was one of the last holdouts with a windows phone, and knew I had to buy something to replace it. I had android years ago, so I thought I would just go back to it, plus apple doesn't make products in this price range really. My biggest fear was trying to transfer data, and it did prove to be trying and not completely successful. Got photos, music (had to buy a converter from wma to aac format) and my ringtone ok. Only got sms texts transferred using an app, but lost my mms and contacts. Oh well, I just made do. I am a very light smart phone user so..... not a big deal.

This phone itself, I really like. Ultimately popped in the sim card from windows phone and this one took off. Screen is great for me, I got my apps loaded and I am very satisfied with this phone. Photos are certainly good enough. I cannot seem to figure out how to get a shadow screen to open up when I take it out of my pocket, I always have to push the button. Probably a security thing. I don't use the fingerprint scanner, opted out of that so I cannot comment on it. Like that it has a headphone jack, and I added a 128 sd card.

I am a light user of this phone. I am not on it constantly. Probably twenty texts a day, the occasional phone call, some news reading, etc. So far the battery has lasted days for me. At least 3, and I was still at 40%. I turn off location, bluetooth and notifications since I don't use them daily and I am sure that helps with the battery.

This phone is faster than my nokia windows phone (950) which was one of their better phones at the time. For under $300 I think this is a fantastic phone. My understanding is that this phone will be supported into the future, even if Huawei is banned from Google support, as a kind of grandfathering for products already in consumer hands. It is a pretty phone (peacock blue) and feels solid to me. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
UPDATE 8/27/2019 As this is an international version, the android stuff is not as up to snuff as getting a US Version phone from ATT. One thing that I noticed after some use which bugged me, is that the resolution of the attached photos I would send in the messaging app was very poor. Blurry and no detail, it really toned down the resolution. The answer was to change messaging apps from the stock android to something else. I tried TEXTRA, and voila, the photo resolution improved immensely. Problem solved.
Srimad Bhagwadgita Yatharup (Hindi)
Srimad Bhagwadgita Yatharup (Hindi)
Hare Krishna.. A Book you must read regardless of your religion or age or gender you belong to..
This book is an ocean of knowledge..
Life changing 🙏
Hare Krishna.. Hare Krishna..
Krishna.. Krishna Hare Hare..
Hare Rama.. Hare Rama..
Rama.. Rama.. Hare Hare..
Prestige Svachh Clip-on Mini Hard Anodized 3 Litre Pressure Cooker, black
Prestige Svachh Clip-on Mini Hard Anodized 3 Litre Pressure Cooker, black
Very disappointed with this product. I have been using prestige for a long time. I was very happy when they introduced this product. But unfortunately my happiness was only there till used this product.
Ii have 2 cookers with clip on model. First one is steel. Instead of whistle water started pouring from lid. I thought I had used too much of water. So bought a smaller one. It gave me the
same problem.
Will never recommend this product to anyone. Very disappointing and what a waste of money.
Either Prestige should either call back this clip range and fix or discontinue it.
Spry Fresh - Goma de mascar con xilitol natural, sistema de protección de los dientes, sin aspartamo, sin azúcar
Spry Fresh - Goma de mascar con xilitol natural, sistema de protección de los dientes, sin aspartamo, sin azúcar
My husband is a dentist whose high opinion of xylitol comes from much research he performed on a population with poor oral hygiene and an incidence of high tooth decay. Children chewed 2 pieces of xylitol gum per day - one in the morning and one before going to bed. (Too much xylitol causes stomach discomfort, so follow dosage directions.). His dental team discovered a significant decrease in new tooth decay over time within the study group. (Note that this product does not heal tooth decay but prevents future decay.). It's a natural, healthy product that won't cause any negative side effects unless you overdose. It acts to change the pH of your mouth so that decay struggles to set in. Our own children have used xylitol products since they were old enough to eat solid foods. First we used mints and then progressed to gum. Our kids chew two pieces of gum every night after teeth are brushed and before bedtime. Today, they are ages 12 and 9 and neither of them has had a cavity yet. Granted they are children of a dentist so good oral hygiene is a regular routine in our home, but I've watched them both brush and not floss their teeth - its pretty lacking. Having an extra weapon in the fight to minimize tooth decay is a no brainer in my book. We've tried many different brands but enjoy the flavors that Spry has to offer. My kids love the fruit flavored, spearmint, and cinnamon gum. We all love the lemon mints. The peppermint flavored gum and mints (which I love) are a bit too spicy for our kids' tastes. The 600 count container is a better value than these smaller containers, but its nice to have the small containers for travel or refill. Spry is a great product! We will continue to buy....indefinitely.
Twizzlers Licorice Candy, fresa, 33.3 onzas lata
Twizzlers Licorice Candy, fresa, 33.3 onzas lata
Check how many you get box says 105 individually wrapped twists was sharing them out between kids and there was only 102 i know its only 3 but kids seen box so they worked out how many they would get each so they said the company must need to go back to school to learn to count better which made me laugh

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