Cayson Ramos

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Cassandra Admin DBA Guide
Cassandra Admin DBA Guide
Cassandra Admin DBA Guide by Prasad Bagewadi. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition) by Николай Прохоренок and Владимир Дронов. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
PHP and MySQL Web Development
PHP and MySQL Web Development
PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 112 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego (Harry Potter 4)
Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego (Harry Potter 4)
Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego (Harry Potter 4) by J.K. Rowling, Carlos Ponce, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 409 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Civil Action
A Civil Action
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 292 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Der Richter.
Der Richter.
Der Richter. by John Grisham. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Clojure Programming Cookbook
Clojure Programming Cookbook
Clojure Programming Cookbook by Makoto Hashimoto and Nicolas Modrzyk. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
XML Parsing with PHP: a php[architect] guide
XML Parsing with PHP: a php[architect] guide
XML Parsing with PHP: a php[architect] guide by John M Stokes, Kevin Hamilton Bruce, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
concrete5 for Developers
concrete5 for Developers
concrete5 for Developers by Sufyan bin Uzayr. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
ASP Classic - ASP SQL Database Coding
ASP Classic - ASP SQL Database Coding
ASP Classic - ASP SQL Database Coding by Lisa Shea. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals II
Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals II
Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals II by Sideris. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Dan Gookin's Guide to Ncurses Programming
Dan Gookin's Guide to Ncurses Programming
Dan Gookin's Guide to Ncurses Programming by Dan Gookin. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Programming in Lua, fourth edition
Programming in Lua, fourth edition
Programming in Lua, fourth edition by Roberto Ierusalimschy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 67 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Elon Musk: 50 Life and Business Lessons from Elon Musk
Elon Musk: 50 Life and Business Lessons from Elon Musk
Many people, including myself, primarily associate Elon Musk with the more modern news about his ventures – such as with SpaceX; but I found out recently that he has been involved with many internet start-ups that have gone on to be huge successes, and wanting to find out more about these previous ventures and gain further insight to his success is what led me to this book.

I find George Ilian’s books about entrepreneurs to be especially good dude to the layout: in this, the author offers a great deal of insight about Elon Musk in a biographical way, and then he extracts concise and strong lessons from what is discussed, which can then be applied to many different endeavors. I'll definitely be keeping this book in mind in the future.
Summary of The Path Made Clear
Summary of The Path Made Clear
Summary of The Path Made Clear by High Speed Reads. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Brown Girl, Brownstones
Brown Girl, Brownstones
Despite the fact that I had read almost every book in my high school library ...read secondary grammar school in the UK, by the time I left, I did not find this book until I was an undergraduate at 19 at Bristol U.
As a child of a bajan mother and a biafran father it spoke to many of my questions about identity as a Bajarian born in Britain,ntyen raised in Lagos,Enugu Umahia and Shepherd's Bush ! As the eldest of four siblings , I understood the fierce pride and love with which my mother carried us solo into our lives ,following our separation from our father during and after the Biafran war.
I love Paule Marshall's rich layered complex writing and the many places in which both Silla, the mother character and Selena, the young protaganists stories echo my own. The discovery of racism and its impact on Selena is one of the most poignant I have ever read. I now llive and work in and around present day Fulton St and Brooklyn so that too makes me love the book.

I am sharing this novel with my husband and my teenage daughter that they may better understand the kind of forces that shaped me.
Who Was Henry Ford?
Who Was Henry Ford?
I restore Model T Fords and want my grandkids to understand how they came about and how they influenced the making of the automobile, the production line and the automobile industry in the USA but the world. My daughter has established a very nice kids library and that is what these books are for. I restore Model T Fords and want my grandkids to understand how they came about and how they influenced the making of the automobile, the production line and the automobile industry in the USA but the world. My daughter has established a very nice kids library and that is what these books are for
Trump's Brain: An FBI Profile of Donald Trump: Predicting Trump's Actions and Presidency
Trump's Brain: An FBI Profile of Donald Trump: Predicting Trump's Actions and Presidency
Es ist ein dünnes Büchlein, das es aber in sich hat. Der Autor, der unter Pseudonym schreibt, verwendet die Methoden der Persönlichkeitsprofile, die das FBI entwickelt hat, um Serienmördern auf die Spur zu kommen, deren Verhalten vorherzusagen und um sie (vor Gericht) zu bestimmten Reaktionen zu provozieren. Von den vier pathologischen Persönlichkeiten, die das FBI verwendet, benutzt der Autor nur das, was auf Trump passt: die narzisstische Persönlichkeitsstörung.

Die Kriterien dieser Persönlichkeitsstörung werden nüchtern aufgelistet, und es ist schon überraschend, wie perfekt Trumps Verhalten (das ja reichlich durch Reden, Tweets und Videos dokumentiert ist), auf das lehrbuchmäßige Schema passt. Das ist nicht wirklich neu (siehe den Sammelband von Bandy X. Lee), stellt aber eine weitere Bestätigung der Diagnose dar.

Die wirkliche Stärke des Büchleins liegt im dritten Teil, der es wagt vorauszusagen, was Trump in seiner Präsidentschaft tun wird. Das Manuskript wurde am 19. Januar 2017, als einen Tag vor der Amtseinführung, fertiggestellt und am 23. Januar veröffentlicht. Was von den Prognosen tatsächlich eingetroffen ist, ist atemberaubend. Die Voraussagen über Trumps Personalpolitik trafen beispielsweise den Nagel auf den Kopf. Bei einigen anderen Aspekten muss man abwarten, was die Zeit zum Vorschein bringt (beispielsweise glaubt der Verfasser nicht, dass sich Trump der Kollaboration mit Russland schuldig gemacht hat, weil Narzissten meist vermeiden, Gesetzesbrüche zu begehen, die ihnen Unannehmlichkeiten bescheren könnten).

Bei dem Preis denkt man nicht darüber nach, ob man sich das Kindle-Book herunterlädt. Und bei der Länge denkt man nicht darüber nach, ob man sich die Mühe des Lesens macht. Tun sie beides, sie werden nicht enttäuscht werden. Und vielleicht werden sie zu Geld kommen, wenn Sie mit den Voraussagen bei britischen Buchmachern wetten.
Who Is Bob Dylan? (Who Was?)
Who Is Bob Dylan? (Who Was?)
This was pretty good but will have to be revised now that Dylan has won the Nobel Prize. I also noticed that the author perpetuated the story that Dylan ripped off Dave Van Ronk's version of "House of the Rising Sun," and never said he was sorry. On the contrary, Dave van Ronk tells a different story in his memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition]: A Memoir. On pages 177, Van Ronk explains that Dylan asked Van Ronk, "Hey, would iot be okay for me to record your arrangement of 'House of the Rising Sun?'" Van Ronk said he was planning to record it himself, and then Dylan said, "Uh - oh," and explained he'd already recorded it. It is true that Van Ronk got mad at Dylan, but Van Ronk explains that, thanks to the intervention of a friend, "Bob and I shook hands, with Cohen looking on like the adult conciliator of a schoolyard punch-up, and that was it." Van Ronk explains that he later stopped playing the song because people thought he was copying Dylan, and then Dylan stopped playing it because people thought he was copying the Animals, who later recorded it and made a hit out of it. But that's another story.
Vol. 8-Bootleg Series-Tell Tale Signs
Vol. 8-Bootleg Series-Tell Tale Signs
Enjoying all the Bootleg Series so far, haven't got 11 yet but it's going to take a lot to beat this one.

I'm a big fan of Dylan's newer recordings, especially "Love and Theft" and "Modern Times" so an album of outtakes and live recordings from that last twenty years is for me. Favourite track has to be the live version of High Water - almost worth it just for that. This is a must buy for fans of Dylan's later years.
Lovesick: Victoria's Secret Exclusive CD
Lovesick: Victoria's Secret Exclusive CD
Nine selections from the 50 plus years recording history of Bob Dylan. With the 1960's Bob represented by: "She Belongs To Me" "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" "To Ramona" "Boots Of Spanish Leather" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue." With the first five tracks you are the witness to some golden age Bob. In the early 1960's the man only needed his acoustic guitar and harmonica with some instrumental backing to send out his message. "Lovesick" from "Time Out Of Mind" is here as a remixed version and also from that 1997 album is "Make You Feel My Love" and they are a tease from one of Bob's recent classic records. "Things Have Changed" and "Sugar Baby" are the last two tracks on this disc. The voice found on the last four selections is that of a man that has traveled down many roads over all the years but it's easy to get used to cos' this is DYLAN!

I play this one in the car and it has been there for a few months now. A mighty fine (and short) CD this one is.
FIVE STARS!!!
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!
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan
In Gotta Serve Somebody, director Michael Borofsky presents us with a documentary about this controversial and enthralling segment of Bob Dylan's storied career. Basically, Serve Somebody documents the making of the 2003 Columbia Records album Gotta Serve Somebody, a record which stitched together some of the greatest Gospel voices of our time (Shirley Caesar; Dottie Peoples; Rance Allen; The Fairfield Four) doing vintage interpretations of Dylan's oft-disregarded Gospel catalog. This is beautiful and timeless music which strikes at the cores of psyche and soul like a triumphant hammer. Simply, this is the music from which legends and poets and seers are brewed. Gotta Serve Somebody swells and bulges with great music. How does one pick centerpieces? No review could ignore Dottie People's riveting version of I Believe In You-- And then there's Rance Allen in the studio doing his version of When He Returns. The Chicago Mass Choir's rendition of Pressing On (led by Dylan's former back-up singer Regina McCrary who stops singing momentarily to candidly speak of how the loss of her child forged a deep undying faith) will make you want to cry: McCrary's vocal teems and soars, her bloody and brazen belief in the aura of the Christ pushing these crystal storms of music to invisible pinnacles -suddenly, it becomes impossible to question a piece of art this multi-dimesional and confessional and pure. Aside from being about great `Gospel' songs, Gotta Serve Somebody comes to collect a sheaf of great poems which speak to a journey isolated in time, speaking to a quest for Christ amid the personal challenges of being a rock-n-roll star. In short, this film serves as a beautiful testament to the growth of a seminal American artist, and it will no doubt be remembered as an important component to Dylan's vast body of work.
Maydahui 25PCS Bone Design Ballpoint Pens with Black Ink for Artist, Doctor, Nurse, School, Office, Party
Maydahui 25PCS Bone Design Ballpoint Pens with Black Ink for Artist, Doctor, Nurse, School, Office, Party
Bought these for gifts for my ER staff. Received in two days as promised. They are black ink as ordered, feels good and the 25 pack contained 5 of each style. I gave 4 stars because The actual size of the ink cartridge is so small and not the full length of the pen. The ballpoint cover comes off too easily and will be easily lost. The transparency of the cover makes it difficult to find when it comes off. All in all they will make nice appreciation gifts and great conversation piece.
DerBlue 50-Piece 1/8-Inch Shank Diamond Coated Rotary Burrs Set Fits Dremel Rotary Tools,Diamond Burr Set for Jewelry,Glass,Stone,Ceramic,Gemstones Lapidary (Small Head Style)
DerBlue 50-Piece 1/8-Inch Shank Diamond Coated Rotary Burrs Set Fits Dremel Rotary Tools,Diamond Burr Set for Jewelry,Glass,Stone,Ceramic,Gemstones Lapidary (Small Head Style)
Work great !!! Use these to drill holes in sea glass... They seem to last as good as the official Dremel bits but the only downside is EVERY single one of these bits has escaped their plastic box/container & was floating around inside the large cardboard Amazon box... some were even under the box flaps & ready to fall through the cardboard box... I was absolutely AMAZED that I was able to find all 50 pieces & none had yet completely escaped the cardboard box !!! Amazon should at least tape the plastic lid shut on these boxes of bits so they can't escape into the cardboard box & then fall out through the flaps !!!
GUND Cozys Collection Fox Stuffed Animal Plush, Orange and White, 8"
GUND Cozys Collection Fox Stuffed Animal Plush, Orange and White, 8"
We have a panda bear from this same line of GUND animals. For whatever reason the fox lacks the same quality as the panda. It will never sit or look like the picture. It is meant to be floppy but this is floppy to the point I am not even sure it has stuffing in it at all. Contacted the company but never heard anything so we’re just stuck with it now. Debating cutting it open and stuffing it ourself and sewing it back up. So unless you want an unnecessary craft project I would not go with this “stuffed” animal.
Reykjavik-Rotterdam
Reykjavik-Rotterdam
This is the Icelandic film that garnered so much deserved attention when it first hit the screens back in 2008. It stars Baltasar Kormakur as Kristofer, he is working as a low paid security guard. This is after he lost his job on the ships due to alcohol smuggling. Iceland has stupidly high tax on alcohol and so there are big bucks to be made in smuggling it in. He has done time for his crime but took the rap for his co smugglers, this includes best mate Steingrimur. He is also married to his ex wife, but Steingrimur seems very keen to help in their hour of need, probably too helpful.

Anyway money is tight and so Kristofer gets cajoled into doing one more job by Steingrimur, so with the money in place and a willing crew he sets off. Problem is Steingrimur has his fingers in a lot of pies and interests in Kristofer that go beyond his smuggling capabilities. Meanwhile Kris and co get sidelined in Rotterdam with a very unsavoury character indeed and all merry hell kicks off.

This is the most expensive film ever from Iceland and it does show, it is well directed, acted, shot and perfectly paced for that thriller atmosphere that can either make or break a film. It has been remade in the US as `Contraband' starring Mark Wahlberg, but Baltasar Kormakur directs it.

This is high octane, gripping, violent and actually funny on more than one occasion; so an all round ruddy treat. I have not seen the remake but as this was so good I will give it a whirl. There are enough twists to keep you guessing right up until the end, and yet this is one that you will get more out of on subsequent viewings as there is just so much packed in. If this is what Iceland can do then I wish them every success - in Icelandic, Dutch and some English, and a fair bit of cuss words this is one for action thriller fans and anyone who likes World cinema. Seriously if this is what Iceland is like no wonder so many mums go there!
Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
My son, who is only 6 loved hearing me read this book to him at night. Ragged Dick is a classic tale of adversity and accomplishment. All done in the age before video games.

This, and the sequel, are books for the shelf to be pulled and read again at various ages for the boy will understand more and more as he grows.
The Man From Taured: A breakneck mystery-thriller (World's Scariest Legends)
The Man From Taured: A breakneck mystery-thriller (World's Scariest Legends)
I've long been a fan of the author, but the last couple of books in his latest series just haven't done it for me.

This is better than the last one, but it's still a slog to get through. Though our main character was a bit pompous, I was with him for a while, hoping that things would work out and he'd find out the reason behind everything.

But the book soon turned into...a rather miserable tour book to Japan? Really. We got some interesting but dismal passages on Japanese prisons, Japanese views of race, and even the Yakuza - none of which had anything do to with the mystery of our main character's identity.

By the end of the book I no longer cared if Taured was real, didn't care if our main character made it home or not, and really sort of hoped he may end up dead because I disliked him that much.

It is readable, but not the fun and entertaining book I was looking for at all.
Naruto 01.
Naruto 01.
Ich liebe den Anime und habe mich daher entschieden, auch den Manga zu lesen.
Es ist super. Total schöne Zeichnungen, schnelle Lieferung, unbeschädigt, gut zum Mitnehmen, preislich super und dafür eine super Leistung. Die Anzahl der Seiten ist auf jeden Fall für 5 Euro super.
Schloss Rodriganda: Roman, Band 51 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Schloss Rodriganda: Roman, Band 51 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Ein neues Leseerlebnis für mich als Karl May Leser: Ist so manches aus der Frühzeit des Autors reiner Kitsch, aber immer unterhaltsam, so ist das „Schloss Rodriganda“ als Beginn einer mehrteiligen Reihe einfach nur langweilig. Nach einem schlicht gestrickten Muster kämpft (im Original über fünf Bände hinweg) eine größere Gruppe herzensguter Menschen gegen eine abgründige Großfamilie, deren Angehörige wiederum abwechselnd böse wie sonstwas oder einfach nur dämlich sind. Parallel dazu, ohne rechte Verbindung zur Kerngeschichte, der Kampf des jungen Nationalstaates Mexiko 1861/62 gegen die - auf Grund einer Schuldenkrise - das Land okkupierende Besatzungsmacht Frankreich. Diese zeitgebundene Erzählebene, so uninteressant dargeboten wie hier, verleitete mich zum Querlesen oder zum gleich Weiterblättern, besonders im Finale vom ‚sterbenden Kaiser‘.
Zäh wie ein Kaugummi an der Schuhsohle - lässt sich ziehen und ziehen und nochmal ziehen - vermutlich musste KM einen Vertrag mit einem Verleger erfüllen, der ihm ein bestimmtes Mindestmaß an Romanen vorschrieb, oder er rauchte tage- und nächtelang, über Monate (?) hinweg wirklich seltsame Sachen, gestört nur vom Geklapper seiner Schreibmaschine..
Lady, Go Die!: A Mike Hammer Novel
Lady, Go Die!: A Mike Hammer Novel
If you have never read Spillane before, this is a great place to start. If you have read Spillane, you'll love this book. This is a terrific, action-packed Mike Hammer story that is great from beginning to end. There is absolutely nothing negative about this book. It is great.

"Lady Go Die!" is the fifth of the seven Mike Hammer novels that Max Allan Collins completed following Mickey Spillane's demise. Spillane wrote dozens of Mike Hammer novels, starting with "I, The Jury" in 1947. "Lady Go, Die" is chronologically the second Hammer novel, although Spillane never completed it in his lifetime. Collins describes the partial manuscript as one of the most exciting finds in the treasure trove of writings that Spillane did not complete. By completing these manuscripts, Collins has introduced an entirely new generation of readers, including myself, to the Mike Hammer series.

These collaborative efforts are seamless. As the reader, you cannot tell where Spillane stops and Collins begins and vice versa.

Although controversial in his time for the frank portrayal of sex and violence in his books, Spillane was loved by the public and was one of the most successful authors of the twentieth century.

Hammer is a private eye. He is known for being brutally violent and metes out his own brand of justice. It is not unusual for a trail of bodies to be left in his wake as he defends himself against attacks. The Hammer stories are filled with action from cover to cover and "Lady Go Die" is no exception to this rule.

The overall plot is fairly typical of the kind of hardboiled PI stuff that was put out in the fifties. It involves murder, gambling, corruption, a rich blonde who may have killed a few husbands, and some toughnosed pugs. But, what makes this different from the typical fifties PI novel is that it is Mike Hammer and nobody was tougher than Hammer was. Nobody did a better job of mixing it up than Hammer.

The story begins with Hammer taking a weekend getaway with his secretary, the irrestible Velda, to a small hamlet on Long Island. Without even meaning to, Hammer immediately gets involved in a brawl when he sees a little guy getting the crap beat out of him by three goons. "They were kicking the hell out of the little guy," it begins. "The big guys seemed to be trying for field goals, their squirming prey pulled in on himself like a barefoot fetus in a ragged t-shirt and frayed dungarees," it is explained. Hammer can't just walk by the alley and let the bullies get away with this. He takes a last drag on a cigarette, "slipped out of [his] sportcoat and handed it to [his] raven-haired companion," and sends a right into one goon that "would have broken that nose if there had been enough cartilage left to matter." Hammer smashed him in the back of his neck and send him to the alley floor in a "sprawling belly flop." After rubbing his face in the gravel, Hammer makes mincemeat out of the other two goons. And, this is just the start of Hammer's weekend in the country. Nobody ever wrote action sequences better than Mickey Spillane. And, if you like hardnosed action, this book is your ticket. When the kid being beaten asks Hammer who he is, Hammer deadpans that he is the Lone Ranger and wait til you get a load of Tonto.

This early in the Hammer series Velda is still just his secretary and he hadn't made a pass at her yet, but the sparks are flying whenever she is around. She is described as a "big, beautiful dark-haired doll" with a "lovely fanny." "She looked equipped enough to handle anything" from where Hammer was sitting. Velda, though, is also a licensed PI and carried a .32 in her purse next to her lipstick. But Hammer is fascinated by her: "She was as pretty as anything I had ever seen. Tall, jet black hair, always in that sweeping pageboy that I so admired. Big and beautiful with more curves than a mountain road...." Spillane was definitely a romantic. Hammer and Velda's romance is probably the longest running one in hardboiled fiction.

From beginning to end, this is just a fantastic read. This book most definitely rates five stars or more.
C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium
This book is a treat. One of the great Christian apologists, writers and thinkers of the last century is discussed by one of the best of this century. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, here gives us an introduction to the thought and influence of the great Oxford don.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The six meaty essays in this book offer the way out of the spiritual, cultural and intellectual morass we find ourselves in. The prophetic vision and insight of Lewis needs to be captured again by a new generation. And this book is an ideal means by which that can happen.
The Hottie Next Door (Ellora's Cave)
The Hottie Next Door (Ellora's Cave)
"Good Girls Don't" by Shiloh Walker. Lori catches her fiancé Dirk in their bed with Sara. She kicks to the curb the cheating ex and goes to the Exposé Sex Club for adventure. Her next door neighbor Detective Mike responds to her fantasy because she has been his fantasy for quite awhile.

"Drop Dead Sexy" by Elisa Adams. Joy is writing a magazine article on how women can make their man's fantasy come true. She asks her neighbor Nathan if she can interview him. He says that's only words; instead let him demonstrate what he desires from his woman with her.

"Virgin Seeks Bad-Ass Boy" by Ruth D. Kerce. Twenty-four years old librarian Alice has seen Caleb with all types of women and decides she wants a piece of the action. She brazenly informs him she wants him to deflower her. He tries to talk her out of it, but acquiesces when she mentions her second choice twice divorced and much older Ed.

These three well written erotic romantic novellas are entertaining tales because each author insures the lead neighbors are fully developed (and not just in one male organ) before they work the sheets, tables and a few other hard and soft spots.

Harriet Klausner
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Parte 1: Battle Tendency 2 (Spanish Edition)
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Parte 1: Battle Tendency 2 (Spanish Edition)
Manga que es una obra de arte y que se lo recomiendo a todo el mundo. Eso si, como se puede ver le he dado 3 estrellas y es causa de que el manga vino con alguna que otra pagina manchada con una pintura amarilla y en la parte en la que joseph lucha contra straits la mayoria de las paginas vienen con tan poca tinta que apenas se consigue distinguir lo que pasa. Tal vez sea una excepcion y que solo haya ocurrido en mi libro, el libro como dije antes muy recomendado. Eso si, ahora me lo compro de nuevo ya que no termine de leerlo y me lo robaron por lo que si me lo entregan como estaba antes me pego un tiro (no literalmente)
Zu viele Köche: Ein Fall für Nero Wolfe (German Edition)
Zu viele Köche: Ein Fall für Nero Wolfe (German Edition)
Als absoluter Krimifan habe ich gejubelt, als ich feststellte, dass Klett-Cotta die NERO-WOLFE-Romane neu aufgelegt hat.
Gleich vorweg: Einen Stern gibt es hier für die liebevolle Gestaltung der Serie und die hervorragende Übersetzung, einen für den Inhalt.
Das Buch selbst hat mich enttäuscht: geschwätzig und dialoglastig kommt diese Geschichte daher, zum Teil so plump geschrieben, dass man Agatha Christie im Vergleich "progressiv" nennen dürfte.
Die unsympathischen Protagonisten erschwerten mir das Lesen noch mehr. Nero Wolfe, stets schlecht gelaunt, besserwisserisch und hochnäsig, brüskiert so ziemlich jeden Charakter im Roman, sein "Handlanger" Mr. Archie Goodwin gähnt und trinkt viel...das war's dann. Charisma? Keine Chance. Und so stolpert der Leser durch endlose Verkostungen von - zugegebenermaßen exzellenten - Speisen, sieht die Handelnden unendlichen Befragungen ausgesetzt. Viele Redewendungen wirken heute natürlich abgenutzt, doch das werfe ich dem Buch nicht vor. Ich bin auch kein glühender Anhänger von "Political Correctness", doch das Bild, das hier von Frauen, Chinesen und Afroamerikanern gezeichnet wird, ist schon bemerkenswert. Zwar erfährt man im lesenswerten Nachwort, dass Rex Stout "immer liberal gesonnen" gewesen sei und tatsächlich ergreift Wolfe mehr als einmal Partei für die afro-amerikanische Dienerschaft. Das hält Stout aber dennoch nicht ab, seinen Protagonisten Goodwin von einem "Afrikaner-Aufmarsch" zu sprechen, als er sie zum Verhör in seine Suite zitiert, nein, während der fettleibige Detektiv und sein immermüder Handfeger in schönen Sesseln Platz nehmen, ist für die farbigen Diener der Fussboden gut genug. Nun, ja...
Dass Goodwin seine gesamten Abwehrkräfte einsetzen muss, um nicht auf ein paar hübscher Frauenbeine zu blicken, läßt die Vermutung zu, der Roman sei 1838 geschrieben worden. Ist er aber nicht, sondern 1938.
Meine gerade aufgebauten Sympathien Mr. Stout gegenüber (als ich las, dass er Hitlers MEIN KAMPF als "das amoralischste Buch, das je geschrieben wurde" bezeichnet hat) wurde zunichte gemacht, als ich erfuhr, dass Stout Befürworter des Vietnamkrieges und Anhänger Richard Nixons war...
Spannung (und das erwarte ich nunmal von einem Kriminalroman) kommt erst ab Seite 239 auf, und jetzt steigert sich endlich das Tempo. Die Auflösung – natürlich sitzen alle Verdächtigen herum und lauschen den Worten des Meisters - kennt man von Poirot & Company zur Genüge.
Das Ganze ist so banal, wie Wolfe's exzentrisches Verlangen nach einem Wurstrezept, welches die Handlung initiiert.
Fazit: Wer klassische WHODUNNIT's liebt, ist mit ZU VIELE KÖCHE sicher nicht schlecht beraten. Genauso wie Leser mit Schlafstörungen.
The Killer Mine
The Killer Mine
Hammond Innes was a good, but not great, writer of adventure stories. The best of his novels (Killer Mine, Atlantic Fury, Golden Soak) are 4-star works--his other novels range from about 2 to 3 1/2 stars. His best
novels, and some of his slightly lesser works, immerse you in a largelyunfamiliar world of some kind--a bit like mixing a travel narrative with an adventure story. Many of his works involve a man on the run from somewhere, and most also involve a conveniently young, unmarried, attractive female, but there aren't any sex scenes. It can get a bit formulaic at times, which prevents a full 5-star rating.

Killer Mine--set in about 1947--centers on an English Army deserter, returning (illegally) to England, and having to work using his mining skills in a shady smuggling operation on the coast of Cornwall. There are fine descriptions of this old tin mine--without this the book would rate about 2 stars and would be quite forgettable. The mine is near the famous old Botallack Mine, and Botallack is used for the basis here--as the hero--Jim Pryce--has to work in a gallery that like a similar gallery in Botallack extends out half a mile under the ocean.

This book aroused an interest in me 40 years ago about Cornish mining, and that interest has been with me ever since--and when a novel can arouse such an interest, that's a good thing.
Whiskware Harry Potter Stackable Snack Pack, 2 1/3 cups, Dumbledore and Hedwig
Whiskware Harry Potter Stackable Snack Pack, 2 1/3 cups, Dumbledore and Hedwig
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and so when I discovered these little snack containers, I needed to have them! I’m definitely a huge Hermione fan so I had to get this set, but I do wish they had more characters. I’d love to see Ron, Fred and George, Luna, and Sirius. As for functionality, easy to use. The lids screw on with ease and I love the little handle. I can just hook it on my clip when on hikes. It’s very convenient. Also, the wide mouth makes it easy to clean.
Puffs: Filmed Live Off-Broadway
Puffs: Filmed Live Off-Broadway
My husband, my kids and I are all huge Harry Potter fans. This play was SOOOO funny. The kids have been quoting it back and forth to each other for the last month. It’s so clever, so tongue-in-cheek, and owns its low-budget overblown campy acting!

The way they managed to avoid copyright infringement is pretty darn clever.

At a certain school of female magic and male magic, there are four school houses. They’re known as The Braves (who only let in people who are brave), The Smarts (who only let in people who are smart), The Snakes (who always look like they’re about to throw a glass of white wine in your face), and the Puffs. This play is about the Puffs.

I laughed so so so hard at this. Go watch it. Now!
Wizarding World Harry Potter Buckbeak 13 Large Plush Doll NEW by Universal Studios
Wizarding World Harry Potter Buckbeak 13 Large Plush Doll NEW by Universal Studios
I was hesitant to pay so much for "a stuffed animal." However, "Buckbeak" was an instant hit. My daughter peered into his eyes and decidedly named him Hagrid. True to his namesake, he appears fierce but he is soft and sturdy. It's put together well. His body is solid, his legs a bit less (giving them some ability for movement, but still strong enough to support his standing on his own.) His wings are sewn on in a way that the bottom half moves freely for "flapping", yet won't get pulled off by too much tugging. There are 3-4 different kinds of fabrics used in the making of this noble creature, giving him lots of texture and detail. In spite of all these things, when I've picked him up, I can't stop petting him, even as a "first generation" Potter fan! He is so very, very soft, from the tufts of fur on his head\tail to the short fur on his chest and wings. He is holding up very well to the love and affection he's been receiving. A lot of money? Yes. But if Harry Potter is part of your world, (or someone else's) it's worth the price.
Champion Traps and Targets, B16 Pistol Slow Fire 25 Yard, (Per 100), Black, 10.5" x 12" (40722)
Champion Traps and Targets, B16 Pistol Slow Fire 25 Yard, (Per 100), Black, 10.5" x 12" (40722)
This is one of those reviews that I struggle with: How much can I say about a nice piece of paper that I pay money for only to fill full of holes?

These are regulation NRA 25 yard pistol slowfire paper targets, in a pack of 100 loose sheets. The picture depicts the product accurately. The target has lines for match and shooter information. The dimensions are as follows: Width: 10 1/2 inches; Height: 12 inches; Outermost circle: About 9 1/2 inches in diameter; Innermost circle: About the diameter of a dime. The paper is heavy and constructed of coarse fiber, and is slightly off-white/light tan. They hang nicely in indoor ranges, but they'll flip up if there's a breeze when used outside unless you've secured the corners or use a frame.

The price is good and sure beats what you pay for targets at most ranges. So why only four stars rather than five? Well, they should still be cheaper than they are, I reckon. It's not like they're made of resume paper, after all. For small caliber shooters, you'll be able to put plenty of holes in these; for big-bore folks, well... why would you want to pay more than you had to for something that will be shredded to the point of being useless after two magazines? My only other gripe (not reflected in my rating) is that the holes I make in these don't seem to congregate as close to the center as I would like. Must be that the target's defective...

Lastly, the vendor that sent these was OpticsPlanet and they were not only the cheapest, but their service was great.
Deck the Demons: A Half-Blood Huntress Novella (Half-Blood Huntress Chronicles Book 0)
Deck the Demons: A Half-Blood Huntress Novella (Half-Blood Huntress Chronicles Book 0)
The story was short ( a prelude to the series).
Well written with minor typos.
At first it was a little hard for me to understand the characters. But once I got into the book everything became clear. Love the Fae. And the main character is part witch , part Fae Princess. She works for a bail bonds company, mainly working with the supernatural.
Gamble (Tryst) is a different kind of character. I liked him. He knew what he wanted and went after it. Meaning after Morgan. She doesn't like to be called Morgana.
I would recommend this book. I will probably read the rest of the series. If nothing else to see if she can get herself out of the trouble she finds herself in.
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - Volume 1: By Hans Christian Andersen - Illustrated
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - Volume 1: By Hans Christian Andersen - Illustrated
Another GORGEOUS (and affordable!) antique-book reproduction from Calla Editions by Dover-- it's lusciously illustrated with both pen and ink drawings and full-page colored plates. The other review on here, titled "disappointing" (which gives it 3 stars) is meant for a different edition--one from 2010-- 7 years before this edition was printed!
In-depth details: light blue, clothbound covers; the pictoral pastedown on the front cover is black, blue and ivory; navy blue ink stampings on front cover and spine; illustrated endpapers; blank back cover. A puzzling but impressive detail is that every single page of text is printed on the same stiff, high-gloss paper typically reserved for color-plates. This is strange but great as it will hold up better over time, will resist yellowing or staining, and is acid free. Pretty cool.
Beistle Printed Castle Door and Window Props, 16" to 5' 4", 9 Pieces In Package
Beistle Printed Castle Door and Window Props, 16" to 5' 4", 9 Pieces In Package
These are very fun! We used them for a blue ad gold scout banquet and they were a BIG hit with the kids and adults alike. Be aware that they come on a big sheet of plastic (like the disposable tablecloths) so you have to cut them out. Not an easy task, especially in the middle of preparing for a party. This left me more than a little frazzled by my lack of planning when I didn't open the package until set-up time! If they had been individually cut..they would have gotten 5 stars from me. For the price, it was great...but..the cutting was a lot of work!
Pneumatic Adjustable Height Laptop Desk, Sit and Stand Mobile, Ergonomic Design, Excellent Computer Workstation for Classrooms, Offices, and Home! 25.5''x18'' CARTMAY(White)
Pneumatic Adjustable Height Laptop Desk, Sit and Stand Mobile, Ergonomic Design, Excellent Computer Workstation for Classrooms, Offices, and Home! 25.5''x18'' CARTMAY(White)
I haven't ever done a review on anything I've purchased on Amazon, but I am very, very happy with this product so I wanted to share my own experience after having used it for awhile now. This desk was very easy to assemble. It raises and lowers very easily and gets to a perfect height for me when standing (I'm a bit over 6 feet tall). The size of the desk is a great size for the weight and physical dimensions of laptop computers. I'm a musician and like to practice guitar standing up sometimes and I write music on the computer so I can do that easily now by raising the desk up with the pneumatic (?) system that you see on office chairs. It raises easily and locks at the height you raise it to. Then to lower it, you just push down while squeezing the handle on the right (as you might do on an office chair). There are many electronic adjustable desks but they are much larger and so the width and overall dimensions worked best for the space I have. I actually have just come back to order another one but I'm seeing a product not currently available, so I'm hoping that's just a temporary thing as I could use a 2nd one of these for downstairs at my place. Shipping was reasonable and arrived in a timely fashion so I have nothing but positive things to say about this product. Hope that helps any others shopping for a similar item.
India: Nature's Wonderland Season 1
India: Nature's Wonderland Season 1
This is not one of those more complex India docs with lots of action but yet a relaxed documentary that I have seen about India and it has few things going for itself. It concentrates on different regions of India and spends few minutes in regard to the wildlife or tradition of that region. In that way it is more relaxed and it allows you to see India like a tourist so it makes it a worthy doc to watch. One thing that becomes so obvious watching this documentary is the toleration of India's people in regard to wildlife. They really care and they really understand that they have to be accommodating unlike the West where they are mostly full of talk and have so much less passion when it comes to other species. What you will see those citizens do for turtles, monkeys, elephants, crane and just single handendly protecting erosion of land is rare in the West. That girl, Freida Pinto has amazing facial features and her eyes are truly out of this world. Bravo.
2020 Newest Lenovo Ideapad 3 Laptop, 15.6" HD Touchscreen, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor, 12GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Webcam, Wi-Fi, Online Class, Zoom Meeting, Windows 10 Home, KKE Bundle, Almond
2020 Newest Lenovo Ideapad 3 Laptop, 15.6" HD Touchscreen, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor, 12GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Webcam, Wi-Fi, Online Class, Zoom Meeting, Windows 10 Home, KKE Bundle, Almond
I'm so happy with my new laptop. I had been carrying a work one back and forth for months because I couldn't decide which brand, size, price. I needed something that could hold up to multiple meetings. My son looked on Amazon and suggested this Lenovo. Right away, it was user friendly. I set it up myself. It's so thin and light, I dont mind bringing it if I have to.
The Deal of a Lifetime
The Deal of a Lifetime
Most of the reviews I've read talk about the cost of the book and rate the book based on their feeling of getting ripped off by the price. They don't discuss the actual story, the writing, the message conveyed or anything else to do with the actual book though.

Is the book overpriced for its size? Sure, but I believe Amazon and every other online book store provides you with the details of the book prior to purchasing it. So it clearly says that the book is 65 pages long. If you thought it was too expensive for such a short book, there was no need to buy it in the first place.

I bought it and I read it in 30 minutes. It is a really short book, with illustrations inside that give it the feel of a children's fairytale - although it isn't one - perhaps more of an adult fable. The story is profound. It is painful and it is very true to Fredrik Backman, who does not shy away from any topic, no matter how difficult it is to read about.

The story plays out like a letter that a father is writing his son. It is an apology. It is a goodbye. It is sad and heartfelt and full of regret. In a span of very few pages, the father makes you hate him, love him, root for him and respect him. You can't begin to understand your own feelings towards this character, but he touches you somehow. He confesses that he's killed a girl. We're shocked. We don't get it. Is it a hit and run? Is he a doctor that made a surgical error? What's going on?

He talks about an older lady in a grey sweater. We sees glimpses of his past. We begin to understand a little more. We now know what this older lady represents. We expect one thing. Another happens.

His foreword at the beginning, in which he talks about the circumstances that led to writing this novella are just as good. Perhaps just as important to read. It really sets the scene for the whole story, and makes you think beyond the characters and into the writer's life, wondering if the story is in any way a reflection of feelings he's had or has been having, of conflicts he's been facing with his own family. Who knows?

65 pages - half of which are illustrations - but he still gets to me. Fredrik Backman is someone I love reading for, no matter how short the story, or how few the pages.
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
When it comes to reference books, I always keep a folder of notes for each title so I can revisit learning points and give reviews unclouded by weakening memories of the content. Because of this habit, I am able to tell the quantity and quality of the information I have gained from each book. Here is what I found:

PROS:
- insightful!
- explains "show, don't tell" very effectively
- teaches readers to find a balance between rules under "do" and "don't", for example she advises to do both narrative and exposition

CONS:
- the quality of information progressively worsens towards the end of the book
- author often repeats herself; I find no problem with it if some insight is gained but there are moments when they are mere repetitions

If I were to summarise, the authors covers "show, don't tell", the "Scene and Narrative (much like Sequel)", viewpoints, description in dialogue, flash forwards/flashbacks, description in context, simile/metaphors, and the use of the five senses. Unfortunately though, I would rather recommend you another book, "How to Fix Your Novel" by Steve Alcorn. He covers all the topics above more briefly but just as effectively, if not more. Best of all, Steve covers novel aspects beyond description and does not repeat himself needlessly.
Foindtower Mongolian Plush Faux Fur Square Decorative Throw Pillow Cover Sheepskin Cushion Case Merino Style for Livingroom Couch Sofa Nursery Bedroom Home Decor 20x20 Inch (50x50cm) Turquoise
Foindtower Mongolian Plush Faux Fur Square Decorative Throw Pillow Cover Sheepskin Cushion Case Merino Style for Livingroom Couch Sofa Nursery Bedroom Home Decor 20x20 Inch (50x50cm) Turquoise
This was a highly desired item for my four year old’s bed, since she asked all year for a fuzzy pretty pillow for her birthday. I was a little surprised that it was just the case and I had to order an insert after it arrived - I missed that part of the description, somehow! It fit the correct size insert perfectly, however, and is the exact color I expected (we ordered the pink one). It meets my daughter’s “fuzzy” specifications perfectly, though I suspect it will get matted fairly quickly with her use. I have not yet washed it, so I am only guessing at durability, but she has had it over a month and it still looks very nice so I think it will hold up fine for a while.
Upgrade pick
Upgrade pick
Initial review timestamp: 2/28/2020. Stock Firmware Version 3.0.0.4.384.7977. Asus merlin firmware version 384.15 :

I need to preface that this review targets a very specific audience, namely network enthusiasts, I.T. professionals, etc. Consequently, people who aren't tech savvy, this might be dull for you. My background is in Systems Engineering, and I have been a part of network infrastructure implementation in the past which gave me enough knowledge to be brimmingly stupid.

To the average user, If you just need a router that is easy to set up, and regardless if you will or won’t be using the AiMesh feature, I wouldn’t recommend this router from ASUS in its current state and would instead say to drop down to a ASUS AC1900. All others, read on.

****PREFACE AND USE CASE****:
Please note that obviously as with any persons review, some points are subjective, but I try to omit all irrelevant opinions while still bringing some of my own thoughts to the table (like, my opinionated “pro” of aesthetics). That said, I bought two of these (Asus AX88U AX6000) routers and currently have them set up using Asuswrt-Merlin firmware on 384.15 (previously tested with .14 and .13). I am using amtm, entware, Skynet and YazFi as of this review. I have about 15 devices total including rokus, media servers, laptops, desktops, and smart TV’s. Tangentially, for anyone looking for a great community for ASUS devices, networking setup, troubleshooting, etc, google ‘small net builder forums’ as they have helped tremendously with insight, knowledge, and troubleshooting. My use case is an average home approximately 2,000 square feet. Though my home is small compared to asus’s website regarding house size this router works in, the walls, hallways, and construction of the home warranted two devices since both are on opposite edges of the house. If I had the ability to have the modem cable be installed in the dead center of the house, and I didn’t need to run Ethernet to the desktops, one device would be ample with the given range. This model checks off most, if not all boxes when it works.

****PROS****:
- **Great Range: both 5ghz and 2.4 have excellent coverage. **
I would recommend to play with the antenna positioning to get the best coverage as it does matter where they point. For 90% of use cases, best practices for 2.4 and 5 WiFi warrant channel width to be 20 and 80/160 respectively. But should you require greater range of your 5ghz, drop the width down from 80 to 40.

- **Performance**:
When it works, it *works*. And I don’t even think that sentence gives it enough credit. Performance is excellent and truly unmatched and you definitely get what you pay for—when it works. But keep this in mind when we get to cons and conclusion.

- **Sleek design**:
I like the look of it. Never cared for the "gaming" look some of the high end routers have and I don’t think this router exudes “gaming” in contrast to say, a TP-Link Archer C5400X , but this is personal preference.

- **User Interface**:
easy to navigate and it is laid out fairly well comparatively to TP-Link and Netgear in my personal opinion.

- **Manageability**:
lots of features to manage your home network in an easy way, specifically parental control, firewall, security, media servers, etc. This does not pertain to gaming features and QoS. “Game boost” type features have never been good across any vendor that has their equivocal proprietary software (they are a gimmick) and QoS works against you when you have plenty bandwidth from your ISP (say 300mbps and up.) And if your bandwidth is like 10Mbps, what the heck are you doing buying this router? It won’t do you any good.

- **Physical hardware**:
quad core is a major plus. I do however wish they bumped the memory from 1gig to 2 or 4. Again, the latter point is personal preference.

- **WiFi 6/802.11ax is good**:
MU-MIMO and OFDMA are great additions and advancements, but I don’t think I have enough devices on my network to truly see a benefit. It is worth noting that some people have stated they had issues with WiFi 6 and had to disable it. I haven’t (yet) and hopefully it will become more stable over time. It is after all a new technology implementation, so there are bound to be wrinkles needing ironed out.

****CONS*****:

- **AiMesh not reliable, and keeps resetting both router and node**:
This point is my biggest struggle because when AiMesh works, its awesome. I love it since it makes roaming seamless, has intelligent fail-over, and manages channels and switching appropriately. But holy hell, there is definitely some work that needs to be done because it is not reliable or stable at all. The AiMesh node drops all the time and in doing so, it slows the network speed from 1 gig to 2mbps even though the router is still “up”. Moreover, the user interface becomes unresponsive to the point where even connecting via SSH to reboot it doesn't work (tested on both network medias), so the only alternative is physically rebooting both. I can’t help but think of a situation where someone mounted it high on a wall. What then? Manually rebooting might be difficult. Anyways, once rebooted, it works great for a few hours to a day until I have to rinse and repeat. Even after nvram erase > reset > fresh firmware installation on both devices and on both firmware’s > formatting jffs partitions, it still has persistent issues of the node dropping or losing connectivity. If you search SNB forums, these AiMesh issues seem to be across multiple models which tells me it is AiMesh itself, and not the model specifically.

- **No guest network replication on AiMesh node**:
I don't understand why ASUS doesn't replicate the guest network across the node. It only broadcasts the guest network from the router itself. Like, why? It replicates all other SSID’s and utilizes the network switches, so why didn’t they do this to guest WiFi? That's a huge oversight IMO.

- **No LAN Link Aggregation on AiMesh node**:
The way my house is set up, the node is appropriately placed next to my NAS since its in the living room area by the TV, sound system, streaming setup, etc. I would love to enable link aggregation on the node so I can utilize port bonding on my Synology NAS. Sadly I cant do that because ASUS doesn't support this on the AiMesh node. (Note the reoccurring theme being AiMesh issues)

- **No LAN Link Aggregation on AP**:
Same as above gripe with AiMesh, it would be nice to have this feature enabled in AP mode as the media required is ethernet anyways. Some may argue that this is a useless implementation on both AiMesh and AP since the bottleneck will be the connection speed between the node and Router, but there are scenarios where LA is still beneficial if multiple users are using said device and connected via the AP. That would at-least help with throughput to multiple devices instead of max speed. Either way, if possible it should still be implemented for potential use-case scenarios that allow the customer to decide.

- **NVRAM erase and format JFFS doesn’t always work and resetting is finicky**:
This is for merlin firmware specifically: So I did some tests where I noticed some user settings were persistent after an nvram erase. I first did the erase via SSH running “nvram erase > reboot” which did not clear all user defined settings. The same went with formatting the jffs partition. I ended up having to wipe it multiple times in the order of: hold WPS button and then plug in power whilst still holding WPS for 30 seconds > reboot > hold reset button for 15 > format jffs partition via gui > hold WPS again > reset button. It ended up working, but that’s a ridiculous amount of steps.

- **Settings not saving after hitting apply**:
some DNS settings, including channel width and control channel settings on both 2.4 and 5 ghz don’t seem to stick after reboot. One has to apply multiple times, and reboot. I finally did get it to become persistent after a while, but still it is frustrating.

- **5ghz isn’t enabled by default in smart connect mode**:
After a factory reset, if you setup smart connect mode from the beginning, the 5ghz band becomes disabled and only 2.4ghz works. Not a major deal since you can go into the gui and re-enable it, but its still worth noting. Hopefully they fix this in the next firmware update.

- **Smart connect isn’t smart**:
It significantly reduces throughput on devices switching between 2.4 and 5. I would not enable this setting and just have separate bands altogether.

****THOUGHTS****:
I’m still tweaking and playing with settings, but currently I ended up getting stability and what I want by ditching AiMesh entirely and setting up in the secondary in AP mode with all settings set manually. AiMesh gave me too much of a headache and lacks some of the features that I desired. But currently ASUS is working as I want. Just for process setup, this was done by doing a nuke reset on both devices, upgrading to .15 merlin firmware, setting up minimal network settings initially, and gradually adding features I want enabled over a few hours to ensure proper stability. Per the wireless setup and manual steps, I went with having identical SSID’s between the router and AP, manually setting control channels between the two devices (router channels on both bands are different from AP to avoid congestion), and enabling roaming in system settings to the -65 dbm, and following “minimalist settings” which basically means you disable any and all features that you do not use from default. It only has been two days, but its stable, and I will update as I go if anything changes.

****CONCLUSION****:
My entire problem with ASUS and the AX88u is I see the potential, but the reliability and stability just isn’t there right now with a lot of the features, specifically AiMesh. If you just use it in its most minimalist setup with most bells and whistles disabled, it works great. But at that point one is better off with just buying a cheaper router to begin with and not wasting money on said bells and whistles.

What pains me is the fact that when everything works RIGHT, it's amazing. When all the features work in harmony, it makes me happy and it’s a little awe inspiring to see how far technologically we’ve come. I would personally justify the price of this unit IF everything was stable. But to further beat a dead horse, the reliability and stability isn't there without major manual setup and by contrast, performance is not consistent in the “easy setup” mode for general users, and even though AiMesh is amazing when it works, it has major bugs to the point where I switched modes entirely. Should the reliability and stability be resolved my review would be 5 stars through and through. But I cannot in good conscience tell the average customer that this is “an amazing buy” with all the AiMesh issues at its price point. Either fix the problems stated (recommended), or drop the price of the product.

TL;DR: AiMesh specifically is not stable and not reliable. ASUS needs to iron out the bugs before this unit is worth its price tag.

Please upvote/mark helpful if this review was helpful so more people can see it and potentially benefit from it. Cheers.
Dezin Electric Hot Pot, Rapid Noodles Cooker, Stainless Steel Mini Pot 1.6 Liter, Perfect for Ramen, Egg, Pasta, Dumpling, Soup, Porridge, Oatmeal with Temperature Control and Keep Warm Function, Pink
Dezin Electric Hot Pot, Rapid Noodles Cooker, Stainless Steel Mini Pot 1.6 Liter, Perfect for Ramen, Egg, Pasta, Dumpling, Soup, Porridge, Oatmeal with Temperature Control and Keep Warm Function, Pink
Oh i do love this pot!!!. It is not easy to clean but so many more great features. One thing i found was there are safety features not explained in directions like:
If the cord is not securely pushed ALL the way in then the pot will turn off... At first i thought it broke until when removing the contents i realized the plug was making only a slight connection. Boy was that a relief!! Also if on high it will turn its self off temporarily until cools down or you add more items to pot that reduce the temp.

For example I use it to make asian inspired soup meal for one so i fry up the onion, garlic and meat first in sesame oil in the pot, then add a bit of water and reduce it down a bit... When it gets to hot ill see the light go off so i know its time to start adding remaining water, seasoning, noodles & veggies and let it come to a boil. I then turn it down to warm and ad scallops or shrim, and / or toppings like seeds and bean spouts etc..
Because of this recipe this is the BEST electric pot ive owned...

PS lasted more than 6mo now ...longest ive ever had one and i use at least 3-4 times a week.
Barton 6-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker Stovetop Fast Cooker Pot Pressure Regulator Cooking Steam Release Valve 6QT
Barton 6-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker Stovetop Fast Cooker Pot Pressure Regulator Cooking Steam Release Valve 6QT
This pressure cooker is a well-built work horse. I wanted a good pressure cooker without breaking the bank and this does the job beautifully! Safe, fast, food doesn’t stick to the bottom & it preserves if not enhances the flavors. I’ve made beef, chicken Tajines, pot roasts, soups, stews and they came out delicious in no time compared to a traditional pot. Cleaning it is a breeze. And it’s not a heavy cooker. Just right. If i am pressed for time and dont have time to wait for the pressure to be released, i run it under cold water gradually and voila! Very happy with it! Happy cooking!

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