Celine Scott

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The History of JavaScript
The History of JavaScript
The History of JavaScript by Gunner Technology, Cody Swann, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Javascript for Beginners
Javascript for Beginners
Javascript for Beginners by Mark Lassoff. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 84 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Potter And The Old Saga
Potter And The Old Saga
Potter And The Old Saga by Jin Andrew. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Guardian
The Guardian
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2644 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Le pagine della nostra vita (Italian Edition)
Le pagine della nostra vita (Italian Edition)
Le pagine della nostra vita (Italian Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 166 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Theodore Boone: Oskarzony
Theodore Boone: Oskarzony
Theodore Boone: Oskarzony by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Mist
The Mist
The Mist by Stephen King, Will Patton, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 404 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King, Frances Sternhagen, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 484 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series)
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series)
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series) by Code Well Academy and R.M.Z.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
High-Performance Java Persistence
High-Performance Java Persistence
High-Performance Java Persistence by Vlad Mihalcea. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
LDAP Programming with Java¿
LDAP Programming with Java¿
LDAP Programming with Java¿ by Rob Weltman and Tony Dahbura. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP Developer's Cookbook
PHP Developer's Cookbook
PHP Developer's Cookbook by Sterling Hughes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro MEAN Stack Development
Pro MEAN Stack Development
This book helped me out a lot! Very clear and easy to follow code examples was a big PLUS!

Coverage of the entire JavaScript Framework Stack for MEAN development was well presented in this book.

Following this book cover to cover will result in a quality finished product you created and can deploy to servers!
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
There are basically two teams in this match of ideas, with several participants trying to referee. On one side are the economists by trade, who are very skeptical about non-market criteria in economics. On the other side are the non-economists who believe the art and science of economics needs to be broadened, but are unclear on how this can be accomplished. Notably, I found the most refreshing approach of the many experts participating in the blog offered by perhaps its youngest contributor – the student Kyle Chauvin – who argued how we need to expand the reach of traditional, or profit, capitalism, not only around the world but to the overlooked corners of the developed world as well.

Unfortunately, the two sides never really converge in this debate and I suppose that may be why the conversation disappeared from public discourse (only 7 reviews?). Both sides accept some common premises that need to be challenged in order to break out of the box we find ourselves in on these issues.

These premises derive from the neoclassical school of economic theory that laid the foundation for general equilibrium theory in macroeconomics. Specifically, actors within the economy are classified according to a loose application of factor analysis, so we have workers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, corporate firms and managers, investors, savers, lenders, borrowers, consumers, and political actors. Then we lump these categories into producers, savers, and investors on one side versus consumers, workers, and borrowers on the other. The consensus seems to settle on the idea that some people produce and so policy should empower this production. Then successful producers can be taxed by political actors, and/or encouraged by philanthropy, to redistribute the wealth to non-producers for reasons that range from compassion to demand stimulus.

Capital accumulation and equity ownership in capitalist enterprise is an essential form of participation in the modern global market economy. Concomitant with ownership is the question of control in governance and risk management as the flip side of profit. But instead of focusing on how wealth is created and distributed through these market structures and institutions, we insist on dividing capital from labor and then try to redistribute the outcomes by political calculus, or by corporate largess. This is industrial age capitalism and such a mode of production will never accomplish what we hope to through creative capitalism. (I do agree with Clive Cook that we need a better term—maybe Inclusive Capitalism or the Singularity, to borrow from Ray Kurzweil.)

The problems that corporate social responsibility (CSR) seeks to address are rooted in the skewed distribution of productive resources across society, widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. But taxing the haves to give to the have-nots is a self-defeating form of compassion. We should try to adhere to the Chinese proverb about teaching a hungry man to fish so that he eats for a lifetime. This can be put most plainly by asking the following question: If corporations work solely to enrich shareholders, then why aren’t we all shareholders? To widen the economic net even more, why aren’t all enterprise stakeholders shareholders?

Equity participation may also be the most viable way to promote “recognition” as a complement to profit maximization, as stakeholders have a broader range of interests, of which immediate profits is only one. This idea also focuses our attention on the real problem of free societies: agency failures and governance. Market economies depend on a multiplicity of agent-principal relationships in economic enterprises and political institutions. The abuse of these relationships is the mark of cronyism that dominates public attitudes toward “undemocratic” capitalism these days. This is not an easy problem to solve, but suffice to say equity ownership, control, and risk management must be as open, transparent, and competitive as possible. This is the only way to confirm that these relationships are accepted as just.

The only sustainable solution to world poverty and the skewed distribution of resources is the creation of a worldwide, self-sufficient, productive middle class. This is as necessary for democratic politics as it is for economics. For the middle class to grow, it needs access to resources, mostly financial capital and technology these days.

We can point to the history of land homesteading that built the American Midwest, and just recently, the idea floated by Michigan’s governor to promote homesteading in Detroit for foreigners. Society’s resources need to be spread far and wide in order to reap the benefits of innovation and adaptation, while maximizing the utilization of these resources. The financial imperative of capital is to maximize return, but the socioeconomic objective seeks to do so by combining capital with labor. This flies a bit in the face of the efficiency argument that some people are better at managing risk and creating wealth, so specialization of function should favor the risk managers on Wall Street. The problem is that we never know where to find the successful entrepreneurs and job creating small businesses of the future, only those of the past. And Wall St. only considers those who manage to squeeze through the narrow access door.

Without angel capital provided by family relations who merely saved and accumulated their personal wealth, many enterprises would never see the light of day. At the early stages, venture capital money is too costly or unavailable. This story is repeated across the economy, yet today’s concentration of capital in venture firms, hedge funds, private equity, buyout firms, major bank holding companies, etc. narrows capital access to those who already have it. The proliferation of ideas must be forced through this bottleneck, to what end? Better that individuals, families, small group networks, etc. are empowered by policy to accumulate their own capital to put at risk in entrepreneurial ventures. After all, sometimes the idea is not so sexy and may be nothing more than a new restaurant idea or a better mousetrap. In a world where the future is unknown, we can’t lock ourselves into narrow investment models built on the past. Likewise, we should not underestimate the ancillary growth Microsoft seeded by enriching its own shareholders.

The key point, which cannot be overemphasized, is that broad capital accumulation achieves double the impact of other policy options. First, it helps finance ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking that will increase labor utilization, spreading the risks and benefits of economic growth. Second, accumulated financial assets, or savings, help mitigate economic risks of unemployment, health, and retirement through self-insurance. This reduces political demands on the state's safety-nets and the tax and redistributive policies on productive effort that hampers economic growth. Essentially, policies that promote broad-based capital accumulation are a win-win for all citizens of a democratic capitalist society.
Leben 3.0: Mensch sein im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz (German Edition)
Leben 3.0: Mensch sein im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz (German Edition)
Dieses Buch befasst sich mit den Herausforderungen, Entwicklungen und Gefahren der Künstlichen Intelligenz. Dabei schließt Max Tegmark Sachgebiete wie Kosmologie, Physik, Mathematik und Philosophie ein. Derzeit gibt es noch keine Allgemeine Künstliche Intelligenz, aber die meisten KI-Forscher gehen davon aus, dass es irgendwann Allgemeine Künstliche Intelligenz geben wird. Dahingehend muss man natürlich auch über die Risiken dieser Allgemeinen Künstlichen Intelligenz sprechen.

Es gibt auch noch keine Antwort darauf, wie wir eine großartige Zukunft mit KI erschaffen können. Dies versucht allerdings Max Tegmark mit einer wachsenden KI-Gemeinschaft zukünftig gemeinsam zu beantworten.

Wenn die Maschinen unsere Ziele nicht teilen und wir ihnen die Kontrolle überlassen, dann werden wir genau das bekommen, was wir wahrscheinlich nicht wollten. Also sollten wir uns erst einmal im klaren darüber werden, was wir überhaupt wollen und was unsere Ziele sind.

Teile des Buches sind nicht leicht zu verstehen, was es ab und zu schwierig macht Max Tegmark zu folgen. Dennoch ist das Buch sehr interessant und ich kann es jedem nur empfehlen zu lesen! Denn wir sind im Zeitalter der KI-Gestaltung angekommen und die Wächter der Zukunft des Lebens!
Mark Zuckerberg - The Billionaire Biography
Mark Zuckerberg - The Billionaire Biography
The majority of this book is quotes pulled straight from Grossman's article The Connector: How Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg rewired our world and changed the way we live: A short biography of TIME's 2010 Person of the Year and the useful parts are a strict subset of said article. The book also has an inane section of attempted original conclusions containing platitudes and famous, largely irrelevant quotes (like stuff Gandhi said etc), stuff thankfully not included in Grossman's article. Although this book is only 2 dollars, I'd shell out the extra $2 to get Grossman's article or perhaps read it free online. If you don't have time for the real article, then this is a faster read at 33 pages. This work doesn't include original research and is a compilation of others' words.
Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
I have two issues with this book. First, it would have been a whole lot better if I known about it and read it much sooner. Secondly, every copy should be shipped with a complementary highlighter because if you are serious about entrepreneurship and creativity that will give you an edge in today's world and don't have photographic memory, you will ABSOLUTELY be going back and referencing specific ideas and passages. I got so tired of trying to remember all the little nuggets of wisdom that by the time I was halfway through the book, I turned back to the beginning of chapter 2 and started highlighting close to three-fifths of the text!

Plain-English explanations of how technology giants like Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks and Google tap ideas and make them work are in this book. Understanding of how to slide into a state of flow and make it work for you is there. How to utilize platforms of social media to get instant feedback on ideas and therefore rapidly evolve and improve them is right there. Seriously. This is a how-to-take-over-the-world guide for entrepreneurs that can be read and understood by a 12 year old wearing headphones.

If you are thinking of starting a business that could shake up the status-quo and possibly change the world (never mind starting an Etsy page, I'm talking moonshots here), then this book needs to be in your collection. And I don't just mean taking up space in a bookshelf. No. This book should be dogeared and scuffed; sitting atop your coffee table right next to your dried out highlighter and your plans for the next big thing to benefit humanity. And if you read this book and it doesn't radically redirect and focus your ambition, then you are either already a millionaire reading what you already know, or your copy was accidentally shipped without ink. Which I'm sure Amazon would happily replace.
How Jeff Bezos Built An E-Commerce Empire: The unwritten Story of Amazon.com
How Jeff Bezos Built An E-Commerce Empire: The unwritten Story of Amazon.com
I've been an Amazon customer for quite a while. Amazon has become my store for online shopping. Its continuning success led my curiosity to its founder - Jeff Bezos. Well, the fact that he's become the richest man in the world has contributed too. That book is a short but in-depth biography of Jeff Bezos which is very inspiring. I'll recommend it!
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
As a resident of Downtown Las Vegas at the time, I think Aimee Groth's book tells the story pretty accurately. While it's written from her first person perspective, she seems to offer an objective view of the dysfunction that led to so many people losing faith in Tony and the Downtown Project. I know that Tony and Zappos are criticizing the book for "inaccuracies," but if they spent time looking at the deeper issues the book exposes, maybe they would never have suffered the loss of support and negative publicity in the first place? Besides, it's hard to claim the book is inaccurate when you can tell by the lengthy end notes that she really knew what was going on inside and documented every conversation. Overall, really well written and a fun read!
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
This is an interesting book no doubt. Branson is at his best when discussing various companies within his Virgin Group and how they were started, while his descriptions about how he makes business decisions is valuable for both establish business people and budding entrepreneurs. He is at his most dismal, however, when promulgating, in detail and even full chapters, some of his political causes and beliefs which are so left wing that at times it smacks of self indulgence as if he has to describe how liberal and truly open minded he really is. Of course, at the end of the day, life and all of its myriad of issues are a bit more complicated than that. He gives numerous pages to those he claims to have had good relations with and admires (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - not unsurprisingly - and those apparently less stellar, Donald Trump for example), but this is not necessary, even if it's true, and detracts from the book - leaving me to wonder where his editor is at times like these.

I also find it a real stretch of the imagination when he described his trip to Vietnam in 2015 and how he “told the crowd” about his "connection" to the country. However, that connection was only as a Vietnam War protester back in the 60's and not even in the US, but in the UK. Since I’ve lived and worked for over 5 years in Vietnam, his assertion is more than a stretch, it's disingenuous.

If Branson would have toned down some of his blatant political rhetoric and also spent a bit less time writing on arbitrary domestic/family issues, it would have made for a smoother, and more insightful - albeit- shorter read. I too, like other reviewers, wish I could ask for a refund, but the time for that has expired.
Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012)
Get the Life You Really Want (Quick Reads) (Quick Reads 2012)
If you follow the Dragons Den you will have seen James in action. This book is a short read about his philosophies in life and the rules he follows both in business and his personal life...

A great read each chapter covers a different aspect and has a brief summery of the points raised at the end...

An excellent read, great for anyone wanting to get the most out of life... Basic stuff but positive stuff that we all should know but sometimes forget...
Let's Make 31 Great Again – Donald Trump – Sarcasm 31st Birthday Cards for Women, Men, Friends, Coworkers, Etc. – Donald Trump Birthday Cards 31 Years Old – 31st Birthday Cards 31st Anniversary
Let's Make 31 Great Again – Donald Trump – Sarcasm 31st Birthday Cards for Women, Men, Friends, Coworkers, Etc. – Donald Trump Birthday Cards 31 Years Old – 31st Birthday Cards 31st Anniversary
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Bob Marley 1 1/4" Pure Hemp Cigarette Rolling Papers (5 Booklets)
Bob Marley 1 1/4" Pure Hemp Cigarette Rolling Papers (5 Booklets)
Out of all the papers I've smoked in my days, these are definitely the best. Perfect thickness, consistent even burn, strong easy gum, slow burning, and no added taste to what you're smoking. Also you get 18 more papers in a pack of these than you get with most other brands. And the best part: Bob Marley on every pack. Smoke on.
Masterpieces by Bob Dylan [Music CD]
Masterpieces by Bob Dylan [Music CD]
Wow - I can't believe I'm the first person to review this! So I'll be as comprehensive of my review as I can be in case anybody reads it! LOL!
Well this is a 3-CD set, released exclusively in Australia, New Zealand and Japan only in March, 1978, intended as sort of a greatest hits package mixed with some rarities! This was re-issued on CD by Columbia in 1991. Alas, this is now out of print so it is a treasure trove for any Dylan fan, especially this one! This is reminiscent of "Biograph" in that the tracks don't go in chorological order, they're sort of all over the place but still fit in nicely together! Now for the track listings!

CD 1
1. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - from "Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid" - a top-notch hit for Bob in 1973 and is covered by such artists as Jerry Garcia and Guns 'n Roses!
2. Mr. Tambourine Man - from "Bringing It All Back Home" - my personal favorite Dylan song - The Byrds had a #1 hit with this one!
3. Just Like A Woman - from "Blonde On Blonde" - another classic and I believe was a top 10 hit for Bob in 1966.
4. I Shall Be Released - from "Greatest Hits Vol. II" - this one is from the 1971 recording session that produced "Down In The Flood", "Watching The River Flow", "George Jackson", and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
5. Tears Of Rage - from "The Basement Tapes" - one of the best songs from the sessions with the Band at the basement of Big Pink from 1967!
6. All Along The Watchtower - from "John Wesley Harding" - a true classic that most people give Jimi Hendrix credit for - but I've always preferred Bob's version the best!
7. One More Cup Of Coffee - from "Desire" - a cool, sort of love song with Emmylou Harris on backing vocals!
8. Like A Rolling Stone - from "Self Portrait" - this was the 1967 Isle of Wight performance which is okay but kinda sloppy and Bob gets his words mixed up a tad! I prefer the original recording or the "Bootleg 4" live version from Manchester England, 1966.
9. Quinn The Eskimo - from "Self Portrait" - this one is by far the best performance in the 1967 Isle of Wight concert - it ROCKS and is much better to my ears than the original version on "Biograph" and "Side Tracks"!
10. Tomorrow Is A Long Time - from "Greatest Hits Vol. II" - this is the live Town Hall performance from 1963 - Columbia had plans to release this whole show but it got shelved for some reason! Perhaps a future installment in the Bootleg Series?
11. Lay, Lady, Lay - from "Hard Rain" - really wish they would've put the original version on here instead... the backup singers on this one are super-annoying! Bob does change some of the lyrics though which makes it worth a listen!
12. Idiot Wind - a better track from "Hard Rain" - kind of an angry sounding version, unlike the one on "Bootleg 2" which has a much softer tone!

CD 2
1. Mixed-Up Confusion - an outtake from "Freewheelin" - I think this is the same version found on "Side Tracks" - a good song but I like the single version better found on "Biograph".
2. Positively 4th Street - a non-album single from mid-'65 which had "From A Buick 6" as the B-side! An slightly extended version of this is found on "Side Tracks" and the 1999 reissue of "Greatest Hits".
3. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? - a cool rocking non-album single which had "Highway 61 Revisited" as the B-side. This is in mono but a stereo recording exists on "Bootleg 12".
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - the live version from 5/14/66 in Liverpool, England - also was the B-side to the "I Want You" single. This track is basically exclusive to "Masterpieces", unless you're wanting to invest in the "Complete 1966 Live Performances" CD.
5. Spanish Is The Loving Tongue - another tune from the 1971 recording sessions - this one was the B-side to the "Watching The River Flow" single! This is also available on the "Pure Dylan" compilation CD!
6. George Jackson - the big-band version which is good and not found anywhere else - but yet again, Bob has annoying backup singers... sounds like the same ones from the 1973 "Dylan" album! Where is Emmylou Harris when you need her? I like the acoustic version of this song better from "Side Tracks".
7. Rita May - a "Desire" outtake and a cool B-side to the "Stuck Inside Of Mobile" Hard Rain single from 1976. Another exclusive to this CD and found nowhere else!
8. Blowin' In The Wind - from "Freewheelin" - can't say enough about this song - I think its been covered more than any other song ever has been!
9. A Hard Rain's A Gonna-Fall from "Freewheelin" - made Allen Ginsberg cry when he first heard it and for good reason! A fantastic song!
10. The Times They Are A-Changin' - title track from the pivotal 1964 album - a single was also issued of this with "Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance" as the B-side.
11. Masters Of War - from "Freewheelin" and what a song this is! Bob performed this on his 1991 Grammy Lifetime Achievement ceremony!
12. Hurricane - from "Desire" - an 8-9 minute epic and a true story about how boxer Reuben Carter was falsely accused of murder!

CD 3
1. Maggie's Farm - from "Hard Rain" - not one of my favorite tunes but it'll do! LOL!
2. Subterranean Homesick Blues - from "Bringing It All Back Home" - cool lyrics and the cue card scene is considered to be the first music video!
3. Ballad Of A Thin Man - from "Highway 61 Revisited" - so glad to see this make it onto a compilation album! This is dark, creepy and downright strange - I think even stranger than "Visions of Johanna"
4. Mozambique - from "Desire" - a cool little romance-type ditty with Emmylou Harris on backup vocals again! I wish Bob could've got her on backup for the "Hard Rain" album!
5. This Wheel's On Fire - from "The Basement Tapes" and probably the best song from there!
6. I Want You - another hit song from Bob on the "Blonde On Blonde" album! Cool stuff!
7. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - a #2 hit song for Bob located on "Blonde On Blonde". Check out the MTV Unplugged performance of this from 1995! It's ROCKING!
8. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - from "Freewheelin" - a classic country-sounding tune with great guitar finger-picking! Makes one wonder why Bob isn't in the Country Music Hall of Fame??
9. Song To Woody - a very early song dedicated to Woody Guthrie from the "Bob Dylan" debut album which stands the test of time!
10. It Ain't Me, Babe - from "Another Side" and another classic - Johnny Cash/June Carter made a hit with a cover of this - I prefer Bob's version better though!
11. Love Minus Zero/No Limit - from "Bringing It All Back Home" - happy to see this finally make in onto a compilation album! A great song and would've been a big hit had it been released as a single!
12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - another cool country song from "John Wesley Harding" - love the steel guitar in this one!
13. If Not For You - when it comes to picking a song from the "New Morning" album, this one is always picked! What about the others? "Went To See The Gypsy" & "Winterlude" are better songs to my ears - but this is still a good song... check out the more rockier version on "Bootleg 2"!
14. If You See Her, Say Hello - from the monumental "Blood On The Tracks" - another classic tune with great acoustic guitar playing! There is a stripped-down version of this on "Bootleg 3" but I prefer this recording.
15. Sara - from "Desire" - a poetic masterpiece (pun intended)! The last song from "Desire" and is one of the best on there besides "Oh Sister", "One More Cup Of Coffee" & "Hurricane".

So there you have it - this is a great compilation although very rare to come by - Columbia should put this back in print as they'd have Dylan fans lining up to buy it! Hopefully they'll include "Rita May" & "George Jackson (Big-Band Version)" on a future installment of the Bootleg Series! Until then, this is the only place they can be enjoyed, unless you have their original 45 record releases of course! =)
Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 High Resolution Film to Digital Converter with 4.3" Screen and HDMI Output (Yellow)
Wolverine Titan 8-in-1 High Resolution Film to Digital Converter with 4.3" Screen and HDMI Output (Yellow)
If you're older than a certain age, then you probably have a box full of old negatives/slides for pictures from the first part of your life. And you probably have realized that while you can take the prints from those pictures and mount them in a photo book, that's really old school, daddy-O! The big problem is that you can't easily share that photo book. Sure, you can regale your friends and neighbors with your photos and tales when they have the misfortune to say something like "oh, what's in THAT book over there?" But how many "likes" can you accumulate that way? How can you get your Aunt Debbie--who you haven't seen in, like, 30 years-- to fawn over pictures of you as a young ram? The answer is that as long as your pictures remain on negatives and prints...you can't.

But problem presented and now...problem solved. You need a slide scanner to convert those negatives to digital photos that you can titrate out each Throw Back Thursday from now until the cows come home. Slide scanners aren't new. But until a few years ago they were either entirely too expensive, or entirely too lousy to be of much use. Then a variety of lower priced scanners started to appear on the market. The usable low priced end of the market is represented by the Wolverine line.

All slide scanners amount to the following: You put a slide in front of light source and capture the projected backlit image on a "CCD" (the same photo capture technology used in digital cameras). The key differences among these scanners are: A) How fancy and automated a mechanism is used to feed the negatives/slides; B) How pure is the light source; C) How good is the CCD detector and D) How good are automated software options at cleaning up the captured images.

The Wolverine scanner here is--let's not delude ourselves--merely adequate in all these areas. But it's a situation where the sum is greater than the parts, and on the whole it's a wholly usable low cost solution to the problem. It does have its limitations, though. In particular, the low end CCD detector results in digital photos that are more than sufficient for things such as posting to Facebook or Snapchat, and probably for 4x6" prints, but aren't going to lead to satisfactory blowups at 8x10 resolution. Specifically, the digitized photos, which are captured at 5472x3648 resolution, are very noisy if you examine them at an actual pixels level. But viewed in full screen mode on a digital camera, or even on a 1920x1200 resolution monitor, they look pretty good. So know what you can expect to get here. If you need professional quality results that can be blown up, this is not the device for you--you'll need to spend 2x or more to go to the next level.

Beyond the noise in the captures, I found that this unit tended to add a blue cast to many digitized photos. This was easily removed in digital editing software and once removed, the remainder of the colors were vibrant and true.

Feeding the negatives is accomplished, in the common case of 135 slide negatives, by pushing the negative through a guide. Slides with some warp to them (typical of slides stored for years) sometimes took a bit of jiggling to get the slide strip to push through to the other side. Beyond that, it was trivially easy to line up each picture on a slide strip in the LCD viewer, push the two buttons required to capture the image, and to move on to the next picture. In about 2.5 hours I was able to digitize about 400 slides. Once you get the hang of it, the process is very fast.

The unit comes with a very limited amount of internal memory--enough to digitize about 20 slides. I'd strongly recommend using an external SD format memory card. I used a 32Gb card (the largest size officially supported) and that can hold about 7500 or so digitized images. The Wolverine scanner has a mode that allows you to transfer the saved pictures to your computer (PC or Mac) with a couple of button pushes. Alternative, you can take the memory card out of the Wolverine and use your favorite SD card reader.

There is very little in the way of options to optimize the captured images (a few color band adjustments that I found worthless), and no editing options. Honestly, I do the editing on the PC anyway, so the lack of editing options is irrelevant. For professional work, you would definitely want access to various capture options, which are not provided here. But as noted earlier, this is nice unit for the novice. Professionals will assuredly be looking elsewhere.

The Wolverine Titan comes with the digitizer, a USB cable, a USB power adapter (powers the digitizer), an assortment of various sized guides to let you capture different formats of slide/negative film, and a special brush that is used to keep the light source clean (important; you will assuredly need to periodically clean the light source or else you'll wind up with dust artifacts on your scans). The built in LCD is fine for aligning your slides before capturing them, but it's of relatively low resolution and not sufficient for any kind of detailed work. For that, you'll need to look at the slides on a PC.

On the whole, I found the Wolverine Titan to be a lot of fun, and very easy to use. Is it the best slide scanner on the market? Not a chance. But the ones that are appreciably better are also appreciably more expensive. If your goal is fast and easy conversion of slides to digital photos that will be used for social media or printing at nominal size (e.g. 4x6"), then this may well be the gateway from dusty photo box to digital that you've been searching for.
The Voices
The Voices
The Voices follows Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), a likeable lonely factory worker who also hides some dark secrets and is dealing with mental health issues with the help of his talking pets (both voiced by Reynolds). When a date with his office crush (Gemma Arterton) goes wrong, things take a sinister turn.

There is no denying that The Voices is an original and creative approach to the horror comedy genre with one of Reynold’s career best performances. However the sub-genres do occasionally clash and the structure does become repetitive towards the end. The film plays out with Jerry becoming more and more unhinged, inter-spliced with details of his tragic and disturbing past. For the majority of the film it is played with a ‘lighter’ tone when Jerry interacts with his co-workers and neighbourhood friends, however the film doesn’t hold back on the darker and more savage elements when it comes to the humour and the crimes.

The film balances gruesomely impressive practical blood and body effects with some well implemented CGI augmentation for when Jerry’s victims and pets begin talking to him. Visually the film has a bold and bright upbeat colour palette with a lot of emphasis on red, pink, blue and white colours, however when Jerry’s is on his meds the world a is a stark contrast, dour, bleak and lacking personality and optimism. It’s a clever styilistic choice that gives us brief insight into Jerry’s actual existence and not is idealistic one. The direction is impressive and there is some really nice cinematography and usage varied and creative usage of editing and camera positioning, especially when it comes to the first murder which is surprisingly hard to watch as Jerry fumbles his way through it in graphic detail as the camera just lingers on the mess of it all.

It’s refreshing seeing a pre-Deadpool performance from Reynolds, as much as I love that character there is no denying he has now been type cast in that role. Here however he gives a brilliantly uncomfortable, awkward yet friendly performance where he can potentially snap at any moment, and when he does Reynolds manages to convincingly bring a disturbed and menacing presence. He also voices Jerry’s pets: the foul mouthed, sadistic Scottish ‘Mr. Whiskers’ and the friendly and kind Busco the dog, both of which act as the angel and devil on each shoulder. Gemma Arterton brings a intentionally hammy over-British charm to Fiona pre+post death and Anna Kendrick brings a cute and also awkward personality to the role Lisa.

The Voices is an overlooked gem in my opinion. Featuring a nice blend of gory slasher horror and biting dark humour. Featuring a brilliant lead performance and impressive set design, cinematography and direction. It does follow a lot of genre trappings from both sides and can be a bit clunky at times, however this certainly worth checking out.
Lord of The Rings - The One Ring Key Chain
Lord of The Rings - The One Ring Key Chain
My kids just got into the Lord of the Rings (movie, video game). I panicked one morning when my wedding ring went missing because my son had taken off with it (I take it off when I sleep) to use it as a toy. I figured I needed to do something to stop this from happening again lol.

This is an inexpensive toy that is good for the kids. The ring itself does NOT come off the chain unless you break it away which is easily possible with some snips. We decided to leave it on so the kids wouldn't lose them and I am happy with that decision. The ring is the same size as my wedding ring roughly (maybe a tiny bit smaller). Kids would not be able to wear the ring on their finger as it would be too big so it's best left on a chain so it doesn't get lost. They hook the key chain to their shirts like Frodo or to their pants. It's a good value for what you pay for. Exactly what you would expect.
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)
Memories of Tomorrow, the sixth and final story in Dean Koontz’s Nameless series, was the shortest and most straightforward mission as Koontz dedicated half the story to finally revealing the back story of the life of Nameless. In the final series, Nameless is sent to Indiana to track down a psychopath named Chilton Cutter who has murdered his wife, kidnapped his step son Jamie and is now hiding in a remote cave. Nameless is directed, as always, by the Ace of Diamonds, whose endless resources make it easy for the team to track down Cutter, even though local law enforcement has given up and moved on to the next crisis. The justice that is delivered by Nameless is the least exciting and rewarding of the series but this story serves more as a catalyst to force Nameless to face his past and make a decision on how he wants to live his future.

I will not spoil any of the plot the leads to our discovery of the history of Nameless. Koontz brings Nameless to the brink through a typical apocalyptic thunder storm with rain driving down in sheets and lighting piercing the skies at a rural truck stop filled with big rigs, heavy equipment and evil. It is vintage Koontz. Finally, our agent of truth, who has been ironically running from the truth of his past, is forced to stop and confront his own truth. It is a satisfying ending and a fitting conclusion to a very well written and unique series. My only regret is that I do not have a nice hard bound copy to stack on my shelf next to the rest of my Koontz editions. Welcome to the future!
Dean Koontz – Odd Hours and Odd Interlude (2-in-1 Collection) (Odd Thomas Series)
Dean Koontz – Odd Hours and Odd Interlude (2-in-1 Collection) (Odd Thomas Series)
I only have one issue with this audio book set. After a certain point in each disc (don't recall the exact duration into each story), the audio starts to "skip" slightly. It's not a HUGE deal but it does get a bit annoying. It's like dropping half a syllable of a word every few minutes...example: He picked up the sh-gun (shotgun) and...". It's like a micro-pause that drops half a syllable but then just keeps going. I looked at the discs and there are no scratches or defects. I know it is not my car CD player because the rest of the same discs work fine--as I stated, it only starts after about 3/4 of the way through the story on each disc--and other other discs work fine as well. Defect in making the discs? Pushing too much data on them (they are MP3 format)???
The Secret of Father Brown
The Secret of Father Brown
I am not usually a reader of crime fiction, but I like G.K. Chesterton's essays and biographies so I thought I’d give Father Brown a try. I loved this collection of stories and especially enjoyed that each is really a philosophical or theological discussion. But if you are not into philosophy don’t be scared off: These stories are beautifully written, witty, exquisitely plotted, and populated with intriguing characters.

One of Chesterton’s principal philosophical propositions is that while strict materialism is bound by its own definition to rule out all things supernatural, the supernatural is free to include scientific method in its worldview. The quiet unassuming Father Brown, with his combination of sharp observation and incisive knowledge of human depravity, is the fictional personification of this idea, his answer to Sherlock Holmes. I wondered if Father Brown might be a Chesterton alter ego, but Wikipedia says the character is based on someone else – a priest named Father John O’Connor (1870-1952) who was involved in Chesterton’s 1922 conversion to Catholicism.

Father Brown appears in 51 short stories including the eight included in The Secret of Father Brown. These eight stories each illustrate a philosophical point or insight about human nature and are framed by two chapters, beginning with “The Secret of Father Brown” and ending with “The Secret of Flambeau.” Flambeau, a reformed criminal and Father Brown’s long-time friend, has married and settled down on an estate in Spain, and Father Brown has just arrived for a visit. An American neighbor stops by, and having heard of Father Brown’s uncanny ability to solve murder cases, asks him about his secret to solving murder mysteries. Father Brown reveals his secret without hesitation:

“You see, I had murdered them all myself….I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully. I had thought out exactly how a think like that could be done, and in what state of mind a man could really do it. And when I was quite sure felt exactly like the murderer himself, of course I knew who he was.”

To loosely illustrate the point, the next eight stories each reveal a different situation in which Father Brown had the opportunity to apply his method. I suppose most crime stories must reveal something about human nature, but this book goes a little deeper, deliberately blurring the line between “the criminal” and the rest of us. To Father Brown, all people have the capacity to be both a murderer and a saint and committing a murder does not necessarily mean a person has reached the lowest point of depravity. His harshest judgment is reserved for people who set themselves up as superior beings with the right to classify other people with labels such as “criminal.”

Father Brown believes in the possibility of redemption for all who realize they are in need of it. In “The Man with Two Beards” for example, he is confessor and friend to one such reformed criminal who he believes has become a saint. Though he may have compassion for criminals he is not soft on crime; however his harshest judgment is reserved for comfortable hypocrites and crass materialists, not all of whom commit crimes in the legal sense.

In the final chapter the American neighbor raises several interesting objections to Father Brown’s method. For example he wonders if might damage one’s moral character by causing you to identify with evil. Father Brown’s view is that his method of “becoming the criminal” functions as a spiritual exercise because it facilitates the recognition of the truth: that we are all capable of evil and in need of redemption. In the end, the American must make his own moral choice when Flambeau, who he knows only as a respectable family man and by another name, reveals his own secret.

I will definitely now want to read all of the other Father Brown stories.
The Hidden Story of Narnia: A Book-By-Book Guide to C. S. Lewis' Spiritual Themes
The Hidden Story of Narnia: A Book-By-Book Guide to C. S. Lewis' Spiritual Themes
This is a book-by-book narrative and quite well done. I read the Narnia Chronicles years ago and caught a few of the spiritual references but not all by far. C.S. Lewis was such a master of story telling, bringing in the meaning of scriptural passages: the dangers of pride, forgiveness, sacrifice, the worth of each individual. And you don't know ahead of time how he's going to work this in or where the story will lead. Well worth the price and time spent.
Kindertag in Bullerbü
Kindertag in Bullerbü
Meinem Sohn hat das Buch sehr gut gefallen. Er wünschte, wir würden auch in Bullerbü wohnen😊 Es passiert nichts schlimmes in dem Buch und die Kinder haben viel Spaß bei ihrem Kindertag. Ein schönes Buch, das Kinder sehr gut vor dem Schlafen lesen können.
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Cedar Cove Collection (Leisure Arts #4658)
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Cedar Cove Collection (Leisure Arts #4658)
The book includes only basic patterns that a knitter with a little experience could work for themselves without a pattern. These include a single coloured scarf & three types of striped scarf, two patterned squares knitted & sewn back to back to make a pot holder & Hot pads, for the kitchen, a chemotheraphy hat, a lap robe, baby blanket, afghan throw, two squares sewn back to back with a circle pattern in the middle as a pet bed, two childrens sweaters, 4 knitted blocks & four recipes. The book is very thin & in my opinion not worth the money. It could be argued that the patterns are more suitable for a beginner knitter but even so in this case 'the knitters bible' by Claire Crompton would be my recommendation.
Spellbinding
Spellbinding
I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about the paranormal in the nocturnal
Books.
Bleach, Vol. 4
Bleach, Vol. 4
This fourth volume of the excellent Bleach series is slightly more comedic than the previous volumes. The volume begins with a day in the life of Kon which sees him run away but find that the world isn't quite as friendly as he had hoped. After this the main plot of this volume starts up with a popular spiritualist show coming to town that threatens to upset the local ghost population.

As I have already stated this is something of a light hearted volume with the Kon story being quite funny and Don Kanonji's spiritualist show that is not only funny but also thoughtful. As well as this, this volume also includes some good action sequences and some more information on the nature of spirits and how they become Hollows. The volume also finishes on something of a cliff-hanger and I cannot wait to read the series further.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1
i didn't bother writing a review, more like offering commentary, for the previous parts (yet; and i might not share my opinion about the final part either) because i really, only have 1 lengthy comment that sums up my thoughts:

1. THIS ENTIRE MOVIE SERIES IS ONE OF THE BEST, EVER!!!!

2. EACH MOVIE, ON ITS OWN, IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER!

3. EVERYTHING, EV-E-RY-THING, ABOUT THIS ENTIRE SERIES, EACH MOVIE, WAS P E R F E C T!!!!! PER-FECT!!!

4. THE ENTIRE MOVIE SERIES IS MUCHMUCHMUCH...BETTER THAN THE BOOK SERIES!!!!

5. THIS ENTIRE SERIES IS AN EXCELLENT ESCAPE INTO THE WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE (because, come on, reality sucks sometimes and one can NEVER go wrong with a good love story!!! NEVER!!! NE-VER!!!)

these...SUPER TALENTED, awesome creators, colloquially speaking, "showed they asses off!" when they made this series. showed it off!!!! ( no, not "their". they. they ass. "they showed they asses off!!!" that is, they were very, very impressive. (a similar phrase, used in the negative and minus the word "off" means...well...unimpressive.)

anyhu, what I LOVED SPECIFICALLY about this installment was the wedding scene. i thought about my 2 favorite weddings of all time!!!--gina and martin's island marriage on the "martin" show AND jamie and claire's marriage in the "outlander" series. OMG!!!OMG!!!! THE LATTER ONE, AND THE HONEYMOON SCENE IN THE SAME EPISODE...well...YOU JUST GOTTA SEEEEE!!! and read the book series!!!! .... .... .... ....

to conclude, yup, it's september. the 25th. 1:55 am. AND I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH ALLLL OF THE TWILIGHT MOVIES AND SOOOVERYGRATEFUL FOR THE ESCAPES!!!

i'm sure i'll STILL feel the same way when i watch them all again...years from now...

I FRICKIN' LOVE AMAZON!!!
(and...uumm...Jeff Bezos too!!!)
The Fix (Memory Man series Book 3)
The Fix (Memory Man series Book 3)
The Fix is another captivating Amos Decker novel. It not only leads the reader into intriguing plot twists but gives more depth to the Amos Decker character. As Amos struggles with his past and the uncertainty of his future, all he can say is, "hold it together, Decker." Through tender exchanges with a sick boy, he finds a momentary respite from his own sadness.

However, character development beyond Decker is weak and simplistic. It's like Baldacci is trying to see how far he can stretch believability. The uncanny relationship between Agent Harper Brown and Melvin Mars, with his newly acquired wealth (making an appearance from The Last Mile) is unnecessary and a little insulting. Jamison transforms from a reporter to FBI agent and has the time to manage Melvin Mars' apartment building. Jamison's bitterness towards Brown is wiped away in an instant. Really?

Just build the narrative around Decker! That's where the trilogy started and he's the reason to keep reading. If secondary characters are going to move from novel to novel, they need more thought- more quality time with the author!
JAMES BOND: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
JAMES BOND: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Not as engaging as 'OHMSS', but the creepiest of the novels once Blofeld is reintroduced. The character of Dikko Henderson is irritating, though, and much improved on by Charles Gray in the film adaptation.
Zachariah (1971)
Zachariah (1971)
I was just leaving school and going into the military around the time Zachariah was new, I remember seeing ads and trailers for the movie back then, it looked interesting...........didn't see it until all these years later after buying it through Amazon. Not sorry I bought it, but it wasn't anything near as good as I expected, I'm a fan of Firesign Theatre and have all their comedy records now on CD, had no idea the guys from Firesign were involved with Zachariah until I watched my dvd. I would have added a lot more music to the film if I had any say.................and the Monday morning quarterback effect I would have done this and that to beef it up or make it better, but alas, I'm not a movie producer..........maybe it will grow on me as I watch it again. Glad to have it in my collection, but I wouldn't write home about it. I love some of the music in it. Zachariah needs a little more on the amped up music and a little more on the production, maybe it can be remade into something better.
Watermelon Sugar
Watermelon Sugar
This performance on SNL was my first time hearing Harry as a solo artist & I was hooked. His singing style (yep, pun intended) reminded me of the late Robert Palmer (especially the verses). How great was it to hear Horns on a new single!

I love how listening to Harry's album Fine Line is like listening to a cool 70's radio station (I'm reviewing it here as I chose to buy the singles I liked most...basically all but 3). There is a little something for everyone, and I definitely didn't get bored. Since I play acoustic guitar, this album is so much fun to play along with.
I like all kinds of music and can't be limited to just a few genres, so this song and album are right up my alley.
Paisley Silk Scarf
Paisley Silk Scarf
Ok quality. It’s a very thin silk scarf and not silky at all. MAKE SURE YOU WASH IT A FEW TIMES BEFORE USE. THE DYE Made my scalp itch a lot at first. After a good wash it stopped. It's thin but long enough to wrap my hair with. Even though some colors wash out when you wash it, it hasn't faded significantly for me. I use it for my hair so color wasn't an issue but it thin and long enough to wrap my hair without hurting my head.
Berlioz - La damnation de Faust / von Otter · Terfel · K. Lewis · von Halem · PO · Chung
Berlioz - La damnation de Faust / von Otter · Terfel · K. Lewis · von Halem · PO · Chung
This is one of my favorite CD's. The work itself is electrifying, passionate Berlioz. Lust, drama, Heaven, and Hell. In Le Damnation of Faust, you have it all! Lewis is is an excellent Faust. His voice brings out the best in Berlioz's vocal writing. von Otter is a sympathetic Marguerite. The King of Thul ballad shows off her breath-taking voice and a drammatic yet innocent presence which I had never heard in her voice before this recording. I am normally not a big fan of Terfel, but in this recording he makes the perfect, seductive, evil, and even sometimes loveable Mephistopheles. The shining star of this recording, however, is von Halem as the Brander. His rather gruff tone allows the listener to picture a grotesque, hairy, and loud drunk. von Halem is the most believable Brander I have heard. The background "bar" chorus and Mephistopheles' "Flea Song" make the Ratskeller scene wild and vulgar--just as it should be! The chorus and orchestra also do a fantastic job of creating a frightening scene as demons in Hell, as Mephistopheles triumphs at conquering Faust's soul. The work ends in a well-conducted contrast when Marguerite is called into heaven.
The orchestra and Chung are top-notch in this recording. Chung brings out the contrasts and various dimmensions in the score. Great conductor, great soloists, great orchestra and chorus...what more could you ask for?
ThePrideCo Authentic Palo Santo Holy Stick/Wood (5 Pack) Used to Purify, Cleanse and Relieve Stress with Free Selenite Wand
ThePrideCo Authentic Palo Santo Holy Stick/Wood (5 Pack) Used to Purify, Cleanse and Relieve Stress with Free Selenite Wand
This was actually the replacement for my first purchase of this exact item. The first one didn't include the feather. The feather was in this one but it's a joke. Additionally I'm fairly certain these are fake although I'm not an expert, so do your own research and don't take my word for it. I believe this because a) they don't have the same appearance/ feel/ weight/color as a previous brand of Palo I had, b) the scent isn't like the previous brand I had, this is more "minty", c) my husband is a carpenter so I see a lot of wood, this looks like some leftover wood from one of his job sites that was whittled down. I'm ordering Palo from an authentic seller elsewhere and will compare them. If I'm wrong, I'll absolutely update this review however I'm pretty sure I won't need to.
*Legally people can't harvest Palo Santo wood, it has to have naturally fell, rotten/old and then it can be picked up. I don't know the ins and outs of this, like if they're allowed a tree farm or whatever to harvest from, but this looks like "fresh/new wood". Once again, you aee free to research this further, I'm just commenting on the status of this Palo Santo. Also, please note that this is a 6 inch ruler in the photo. Additionally, the package says this is a 15 pack on the sticker on the back and the front says 10pack (although in all fairness the ad states it's a 10 pack, so I don't know which one is supposed to be correct) there's only 8 sticks and a tiny sliver.

**** Please note the last photo with the partially burned piece of wood is my original palo stick compared to these. See the texture/ color and I wish you could smell the difference....
DURO Heavy Duty Kraft Brown Paper Barrel Sack Bag, 57 Lbs Basis Weight, 12 x 7 x 17, 100 Ct/Pack
DURO Heavy Duty Kraft Brown Paper Barrel Sack Bag, 57 Lbs Basis Weight, 12 x 7 x 17, 100 Ct/Pack
These are very strong bags that can usefully carry a decent amount of weight. I use them mainly as trash bags. They fit our baskets perfectly. We used to be able to get these at the grocery store but they have all shifted to the smaller paper bags which aren’t as good. I hate the store plastic bags. They may be easier to carry but they are bad for the environment because they never break down. Paper bags will break down in a relatively short period of time, allowing its natural elements (wood) to absorb into the ground and create a better environment for plant life. Don’t worry about the trees, for every one that is cut down, they plant two.
Something in the Water: A Novel
Something in the Water: A Novel
“Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?”

No, I can’t say I have ever wondered but this opening question in the debut novel by actress (now also author) Catherine Steadman had me hook, line and sinker. It being a book I wouldn’t normally read, I was to say the least intrigued when I saw it was a summer pick by Reese Witherspoon’s book club. It was downloaded onto my Kindle within the next however long it takes to press ‘BUY ME NOW!!” And, I’ll be damned, I throughly enjoyed the twisty path I was lead down within each chapter.

The story of Something in the Water is told by the main character Erin; a documentary film maker, relatable, occasionally dim woman. We are taken through a wild ride through every chapter of this book from digging a grave and unpredictable criminal activity to a luscious honeymoon in Bora Bora.

This fast paced chilly thriller begins with Erin digging a grave, a 3ft x 2ft x 6ft hole to be precise. Which according to Erin is the same weight as of a hatchback car, or even more impressively, an average hippopotamus. Through this exert, Steadman astonished me with her description and in parts I felt like I was either with Erin or I WAS her. The details, the staccato sentences, I was there, I was living what Erin was doing, I could see it in my mind. The next question arrives within the first couple of pages, who is the grave for? Well that guys, you’ll have to find out for yourselves…

Erin narrates the past few months to the audience, taking us on a twisty adventure of secrets, lies, passion and crime, answering but also leaving us asking questions. As an audience, we find ourselves second guessing, maybe re-reading and occasionally in some parts relating with Erin as she grows into her character. The second chapter takes you back to where it began, the anniversary of her and her fiancé, Mark’s anniversary in Norfolk.

A documentary film maker, Erin is currently working on project explaining prisoners lives during and after their sentence. This secondary storyline ties really well into the main plot, introducing us to Alexa, a 42 year old woman imprisoned for assisting in her mother’s suicide; Holli, a young woman in prison for arson (you’ve gotta keep an eye on this one!) And Eddie, the smooth talking mob king pinned down for money laundering.
Whilst Erin is working hard with her documentary, Mark, a banker, has lost his job due to a Brexit related financial crash and it’s left him in a sticky situation with no job prospects, a three week long honeymoon to the exotic island of Bora Bora (Can you fit me in your suitcase please?) and the fast arrival of a wedding… you can kind of understand why Mark is a bit short tempered and irritable.

The wedding has been and gone and they both arrive safe and sound in Bora Bora. It’s all going so well until the trip out on the boat. Thunk thunk thunk thunk… something is in the water… Putting not only Erin and Mark’s moral compasses to the test, but also their marriage. They are thrown into a world filled with $60 million jets, deleting CCTV, mysterious text messages and a duffel bag that keeps reappearing…

Meanwhile, whilst all this is happening, Holli is released from prison and soon falls into the night with her boyfriend, who according to DCI Andy Foster, is associated with Islamic extremists in Syria. Leaving not only a missing person for her documentary but DCI Foster asking questions, which no doubt Erin isn’t exactly jumping for joy over.

Not only could I not put the book down due to the fast paced nature and excellent storyline, I also learnt how to open up a Swiss bank account, how to destroy CCTV and that sometimes life throws you curveballs and you’ve just gotta deal with it. I was left shouting, wincing but also smiling as I followed the life of Erin through the pages of the book.

Although I’m left with a few questions at the end, Steadman threw twists and turns at me that I never saw coming. Through each chapter I was left asking myself if I would do the same thing, would I follow the path that Erin and Mark took for themselves?

This book is definitely one that won’t sit on your bookshelf for very long untouched and once you’ve read one page, you’ll find you can’t put it down. A fantastic debut by Steadman, maybe a book I wouldn’t have normally chosen for myself, however I found it a refreshing read and one that I would recommend to anybody!
Bamboo Charging Station for Multiple Devices with Integrated iWatch5 & AirPods Pro Stand, Desktop Charging Docking Station Organizer for iPhone 12, Tablet, 5 Charging Cables Included(No Power Supply)
Bamboo Charging Station for Multiple Devices with Integrated iWatch5 & AirPods Pro Stand, Desktop Charging Docking Station Organizer for iPhone 12, Tablet, 5 Charging Cables Included(No Power Supply)
For several years I have had a different bamboo charging station that came with an included power bank. The cheapie power bank did not hold up. Some of the outlets didn't charge, so I was always guessing and sometimes found my devices low when I thought they'd be charged in the morning. I wanted one without the powerbank so I could buy my own bank (I got an Anker, a quality name). This bamboo station fits it perfectly with room to coil up some cords.

The old charging station was pretty narrow and this new one is nice and wide. It fits my devices much better and is more stable. With the old narrow one, wider devices, like my iPad, but even sometimes my iPhone XR easily tipped off. I also like that there are three sides to put the cord to the power bank. The overall design is really good, with plenty of options for where to run the cords.

I also like the watch holder. I put my charger in it and my Apple watch immediately started to charge, so it works. The charger is affixed to the main box with 3-M brand mounting tape. I hope this holds up, but if not, I plan to use a drill and some small screws to support it.

I like that it has cords with three kinds of connectors including a usbc connector. If there's one downside it's that the cords could be a little longer. It would make it easier to reach the port in each device in a horizontal position. I may substitute the cords if it seems inconvenient.

Finally, the packaging was some of the most impressive packaging I've seen. I've never written about packaging before unless it was shoddy, but this was quite fine so I wanted to mention it. Someone who pays attention to good design and engineering-type details also paid attention to packaging. I'd buy their products again for sure.
TUTU Pajamas Set for Girls Short Sleeve Sleepwears Kids Short Pjs Sets
TUTU Pajamas Set for Girls Short Sleeve Sleepwears Kids Short Pjs Sets
Overall quality seems good, printing is clear and the fabric is smooth and soft.

The only issue is that there was a brown spot on the pants, about the size of a quarter (bit smaller than the body of the sheep on the pants). It acted like an oil based stain - fading somewhat with treatment but not completely - and didn't have any smell or texture to it. The pjs seemed unused and were in original packaging. I can only think it must have happened in the factory.

Kept the set because of all the positives, plus the spot is not very noticeable as it happens to be almost right on top of a sheep's fleece, so it's just a mostly light brown sheep now instead of an obvious stain.
Vive Wheelchair Armrest Cover (Pair) - Memory Foam Sheepskin Pad for Office & Transport Chair - Soft Support Cushion Accessories for Padded Arm Rest, Kids, Adults - Comfort Padding Pressure Relief
Vive Wheelchair Armrest Cover (Pair) - Memory Foam Sheepskin Pad for Office & Transport Chair - Soft Support Cushion Accessories for Padded Arm Rest, Kids, Adults - Comfort Padding Pressure Relief
A few years back I bought an Ikea Poang chair, and I love it; most comfortable easy chair I've ever owned, with one issue - the wooden arms. The chair is so comfy that sometimes I fall asleep on it, but when I wake up, my forearms are numb from resting against those hard arms. For years I hoped I could find some kind of cushions I could install on them, and I finally discovered these sheepskin arm rest covers. They fit perfectly around the wooden arms, and fasten firmly with the full length Velcro hook-and-loop. My Poang chair is now complete.... and even more comfortable. Now I just have to find a cup holder...
Sweetnight Pillow Bed Pillow for Neck Pain Sufferers-100% Cotton Fabric Anti Snore & Anti Allergy, Soft Hotel Quality Pillow for Back Stomach and Side Sleepers(1 Pack, 48 x 74 cm)
Sweetnight Pillow Bed Pillow for Neck Pain Sufferers-100% Cotton Fabric Anti Snore & Anti Allergy, Soft Hotel Quality Pillow for Back Stomach and Side Sleepers(1 Pack, 48 x 74 cm)
The first night I had this pillow, I was so
Impressed. Yes, it was a bit low so my neck was a little bit less comfortable but I figured that’s what gave it the anti-snoring properties. And the first night, my husband was thrilled that, for the first time in ages, I didn’t snore. I was overjoyed too. So when the next night came, I was confident that I would have another snore-free night. I was wrong. My husband said I snored again..maybe not as badly as before. Ok, we’ll that’s something of a win. I persevered. Sadly, since then (for the last 6 weeks or so), I have gone back to my normal snoring ways. Sadly, that is the sole reason why I bought this pillow so a bit of a waste of money for me. It’s reasonably comfortable, but less so than one I could pick up more cheaply for not boasting anti-snoring properties.
VIVO Single Monitor Fully Adjustable Computer Desk Mount, Articulating Stand for 1 LCD Screen up to 32 inches STAND-V001E
VIVO Single Monitor Fully Adjustable Computer Desk Mount, Articulating Stand for 1 LCD Screen up to 32 inches STAND-V001E
Got it out of the box and installed in 5 minutes with help from the included manual.

I recently purchased Dell 24" monitor (P2416D) and 27" 4K monitor (P2715Q) and needed the 24" monitor to be pivoted for programming. I usually carefully search online to get the best product out of the budget I have. This product looked good for my purpose for the buck. I ordered it and installed it.

- Pictures attached are the following:
* Front view of the installed monitor
* Side view of the installed monitor
* Back of the monitor: How this mount is holding VESA mount.
* Bottom of the mount: How this mount is holding from the desk.
* Bar of the mount: Shows how to manage cables and tools (I loved how they included little holders for the given tools. So smart)
* Monitor can be pivoted easily.
* Monitor can be tilted easily, too.

So now you've (hopefully) taken a look at pictures, and you have better idea of how this product is installed.

Moving, swinging, tilting, pivoting around monitor with this mount is super easy. It doesn't feel cheap. It's very sturdy and smooth. I tried to give a little force to move it around forcefully, but it held the bar from the desk pretty well. I don't feel like I need to worry about falling from this mount.

One of the best product I purchased from Amazon (after +7 years with thousands of the products ordered).

I am willing to get another one for my 27" monitor!

I will update this once something comes up with this product.
EVOO Gaming 17.3” Laptop, FHD, 144Hz, Intel Core i7-10750H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, THX Spatial Audio, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, RGB Backlit Keyboard, HD Camera, Windows 10 Home, Black
EVOO Gaming 17.3” Laptop, FHD, 144Hz, Intel Core i7-10750H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, THX Spatial Audio, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, RGB Backlit Keyboard, HD Camera, Windows 10 Home, Black
Within 3 weeks of owning the screen went blank and never worked again. Manufacturers phone number hangs up on you after 3 rings. I tried to email them but it comes back saying that email doesn't exist. Website links don't work either i had to get amazon to refund me for this piece of trash. In reading reviews on this product from other websites multiple complaints like mine that the screen doesn't work and that there is no way to contact the manufacturer.
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Love licorice... I'm Dutch (yes - cliche) and love licorice. I did not know I could get it here on Amazon and I have been in the USA for the past 8 years. As far as licorice goes, Venco Honingdrop is about as good as it gets.

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