Dayton Adams

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PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide by Larry Ullman. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MongoDB Cookbook - Second Edition: Harness the latest features of MongoDB 3 with this collection of 80 recipes – from managing cloud platforms to app development, this book is a vital resource
MongoDB Cookbook - Second Edition: Harness the latest features of MongoDB 3 with this collection of 80 recipes – from managing cloud platforms to app development, this book is a vital resource
MongoDB Cookbook - Second Edition: Harness the latest features of MongoDB 3 with this collection of 80 recipes – from managing cloud platforms to app development, this book is a vital resource by Cyrus Dasadia and Amol Nayak. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Harry Potter og De vises stein: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter og De vises stein: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter og De vises stein: Harry Potter 1 by J.K. Rowling, Torstein Bugge Høverstad - translator, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
O Manipulador
O Manipulador
O Manipulador by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse
Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse
Murach's Beginning Java with Eclipse by Joel Murach and Michael Urban. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Computer Programming Crash Course: 7 Books in 1- Coding Languages for Beginners: C++, C#, SQL, Python, Data Science for Python, Raspberry pi and Arduino. Teach Yourself to Code. Learn Faster.
Computer Programming Crash Course: 7 Books in 1- Coding Languages for Beginners: C++, C#, SQL, Python, Data Science for Python, Raspberry pi and Arduino. Teach Yourself to Code. Learn Faster.
Computer Programming Crash Course: 7 Books in 1- Coding Languages for Beginners: C++, C#, SQL, Python, Data Science for Python, Raspberry pi and Arduino. Teach Yourself to Code. Learn Faster. by Julian James McKinnon. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Pro SQL Server Always On Availability Groups
Pro SQL Server Always On Availability Groups
Pro SQL Server Always On Availability Groups by Uttam Parui and Vivek Sanil. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Build watchOS Apps: Develop and Design
Build watchOS Apps: Develop and Design
Build watchOS Apps: Develop and Design by Maurice Kelly and Mark Goody. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
RxSwift: Reactive Programming with Swift
RxSwift: Reactive Programming with Swift
RxSwift: Reactive Programming with Swift by raywenderlich.com Team , Florent Pillet, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
A Father's Right to Custody
A Father's Right to Custody
A Father's Right to Custody by Julia Luyster. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
Matthew Lieberman’s book is good: it reads well, the structure is helpful and linear for the general-interest reader while also offering some depth for the detail-oriented bookworm or specialist. However, it sometimes overstretches in its interpretation of the brain activity generated in the experiments it considers. This is a classic problem, and the fact that it is starting to be solved within the neuro-science community means that the field is less likely to end up as the phrenology of the 21st century.

Lieberman makes clear that there are brain networks primarily in charge of social, self-referential and “mind-wandering” thoughts, and other networks that take care of problem-solving and analytical thinking, and these networks are both considered in building the case for how our brains make us human.

And two things for sure make us human: the fact that you can think what the other person thinks that you think (called higher-order theory of mind, and beautifully illustrated by the rock/paper/scissors game), and that we can project ourselves into the future (called long-term planning prediction and anticipation). No other animal can go that far; and the fact that humans created culture means that we have greatly complicated the inferences we can make regarding the evolutionary advantages of specific but complex behaviours such as altruism.

This apparently “human-only” characteristic is also well considered here, and it’s worth weighing Lieberman’s hypothesis about why we tend to avoid boasting about helping others and see it as a rewarding thing in itself.

Lieberman strikes me as an honest scientist, diligently searching for answers about why we feel pain on a psychological level (the end of a relationship, the death of a parent), or why we feel rewarded by praise or when we give money to strangers.

These are not new ideas, but Lieberman, like all original researchers, asks the right questions, looks for the best experiment to do, and tries to answer in light of real neural mechanisms. Classic social scientists are afraid of his kind. He is a threat to all those dark-matter classical psychologists who either backbench from half-dead theories or perform experiments sitting in their black boxes, where the mechanisms of “how behaviour happens” appear to have nothing to do with the workings of the brain.

I might not agree with some of the concepts Lieberman crafts from his experiments, but I am pleased that he shows determination in building a mechanistic, brain-grounded account of who we are. And surely one of the uses of this book should be as a spark to think about precisely that.

Lieberman the scientist is a firm believer in the theory that we are wired to connect, or, to put it rather better, that we have evolved, through natural selection, to be social animals that thrive now in almost all “ecosystems” using the unique feature of mentalising; and that we cannot avoid thinking, and thinking what the other person is thinking…capisce? He brings the book to a courageous conclusion in his attempt to use “social brain” concepts to guide policymaking. I cannot help but applaud any bid to use scientific evidence to back decisions for learning, business or politics in general. The way we are and how we think must be taken into account when deciding the kind of society we want – and the good news is that it can be based on real research into who we are.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in The Way of True Inspiration is the intertwined stories of Ed Catmull and Pixar Animation. It’s more than that, though. It may be the best book you’ll ever read about how leaders and organizations can make it possible for people to use their whole creative brain power. I know that’s a bold statement. Here’s why I make it.

There is a vast literature out there about how individual people can tap into their natural, God-given creativity. There’s no one best book in this crop, but if you find one that works for you, that one’s the best as far as you’re concerned.

There’s not a lot about how organizations and leaders can unleash creativity and most of it is platitudes on parade. We’re told to “fail fast and fail often” as if failing was the point. It’s not. Learning is the point. We’re told to tell people they should not be afraid to fail. What nonsense. Nobody likes to fail, and if they’re afraid to fail, it’s not their fault. It’s yours. We’re also given that advice as if there is an alternative to doing creative cutting-edge work without getting it wrong, mostly at the beginning. There isn’t. That’s the way the world works.

Some writers do a better job on this by talking about ways you can structure things so that a failure is more likely to be seen as a learning experience and where criticism and bad news can be received as gifts rather than attacks. But there’s precious little in those books about how you actually make it work and then keep it working over time.

Creativity Inc is different. The primary reason is Ed Catmull and his willingness to talk about the details of both his and Pixar’s journeys. Here’s what I consider the key quote from very early in the book.

“What makes Pixar special is that we acknowledge we will always have problems, many of them hidden from our view; but we work hard to uncover those problems, even if doing so means making ourselves uncomfortable; and that when we come across a problem, we marshal all of our energies to solve it.”

Early in the book, Catmull tells the story of a table in a meeting room at Pixar. The table, evidently, looks like most of the tables in most meeting rooms that I’ve been in. It was rectangular. Most of us have heard that tables with that shape aren’t exactly symbols of an egalitarian culture and that they stifle open discussion. But we keep meeting around those tables. So did Pixar.

“Over the course of a decade, we held countless meetings around this table in this way – completely unaware of how doing so undermined our own core principles.”

When Catmull and his crew become aware of the effect of the table, they change it. Good for them. Then they discover that there are other behaviors that may have been linked to the table originally but continue after the table is changed. For example, on the old table there were place cards indicating where people sat. Powerful people at the ends, junior people toward the middle. The new square table removed the power of shape but the place cards had become common practice, too. So, when Catmull came into the room for a meeting around the new table, he found place cards indicating where everyone should sit.

That is the book in a nutshell. Catmull covers a lot of ground and many topics, but the core book is about how he, John Lasseter, and other people at Pixar, uncovered problems and worked to solve them, nurtured creative energy, and dealt with the inevitable conflicts and surprises. Every organization that I’ve ever worked with or visited has had similar issues.

One problem putting together the review for this book is that it is simply riddled with wisdom. So, rather than give you the standard chapter summaries that I put in most reviews, I’m going to list each of the four sections and name the chapters that are in it, then share some quotes from that section. I’m sure that when you read the book, you will find your own insightful bits that are different from mine.

Part 1 is called Getting Started. The four chapters, Animated, Pixar Is Born, A Defining Goal, and Establishing Pixar’s Identity, tell the story of Ed Catmull and Pixar up until the success of “Toy Story.”

"I also didn’t yet know that my self-assigned mission was about much more than technology. To pull it off, we’d have to be creative not only technically but also in the ways that we worked together."

"What had drawn me to science, all those years ago, was the search for understanding. Human interaction is far more complex than relativity or string theory, of course, but that only made it more interesting and important; it constantly challenged my presumptions. As we made more movies, I would learn that some of my beliefs about why and how Pixar had been successful were wrong. But one thing could not have been more plain: Figuring out how to build a sustainable creative culture—one that didn’t just pay lip service to the importance of things like honesty, excellence, communication, originality, and self-assessment but really committed to them, no matter how uncomfortable that became—wasn’t a singular assignment. It was a day-in-day-out, full-time job. And one that I wanted to do."

Part 2 is titled Protecting the New. That’s a theme that will run through the book from here on. The chapters are: Honesty and Candor, Fear and Failure, The Hungry Beast and The Ugly Baby, Change and Randomness, and The Hidden.

“Because early on, all of our movies suck. That’s a blunt assessment, I know, but I make a point of repeating it often, and I choose that phrasing because saying it in a softer way fails to convey how bad the first versions of our films really are. I’m not trying to be modest or self-effacing by saying this. Pixar films are not good at first, and our job is to make them so—to go, as I say, ‘from suck to not-suck.’ This idea—that all the movies we now think of as brilliant were, at one time, terrible—is a hard concept for many to grasp”

“So if your primary goal is to have a fully worked out, set-in-stone plan, you are only upping your chances of being unoriginal.”

"One of the biggest barriers is fear, and while failure comes with the territory, fear shouldn’t have to. The goal, then, is to uncouple fear and failure—to create an environment in which making mistakes doesn’t strike terror into your employees’ hearts."

"If you don’t try to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead."

Part 3 is titled Building and Sustaining. There are only two chapters: Broadening Our View and The Unmade Future.

"This third section of the book is devoted to some of the specific methods we have employed at Pixar to prevent our disparate views from hindering our collaboration. In each case, we are trying to force ourselves—individually and as a company—to challenge our preconceptions."

"Companies, like individuals, do not become exceptional by believing they are exceptional but by understanding the ways in which they aren’t exceptional. Postmortems are one route into that understanding.”

Part 4, titled Testing What We Know, also has just two chapters. They are A New Challenge and Notes Day.

"The future is not a destination—it is a direction."

One more thing. Steve Jobs played a critical role in Pixar’s success and Ed Catmull has included an afterword called The Steve Jobs We Knew. My friend, Bob Sutton, has said that Steve Jobs is something of a Rorschach test for people. You see what you think you see, and other people see the same thing and interpret it differently. My problem has always been that most of the views of Jobs freeze him in time and they don’t indicate any growth or maturity. No one as intelligent or introspective as Steve Jobs would have stayed the same for his entire life. What I loved about the afterword is that it not only gave a unique view of Jobs as both a business partner and a friend, but also talked about his growth during his life.

Bottom Line

Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in The Way of True Inspiration is a great book about creativity and about how to lead an organization. More importantly it is the very best book I’ve ever read about unleashing the initiative and creativity of people in an organization.
Pourquoi Elon Musk ne doit pas envoyer l'Homme sur Mars: Pourquoi certains veulent fouler Mars, pourquoi l’Humanité n’en a pas besoin, pourquoi ce serait ... pour la science (French Edition)
Pourquoi Elon Musk ne doit pas envoyer l'Homme sur Mars: Pourquoi certains veulent fouler Mars, pourquoi l’Humanité n’en a pas besoin, pourquoi ce serait ... pour la science (French Edition)
Pourquoi Elon Musk ne doit pas envoyer l'Homme sur Mars: Pourquoi certains veulent fouler Mars, pourquoi l’Humanité n’en a pas besoin, pourquoi ce serait ... pour la science (French Edition) by Thomas Jestin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Thursday’s Child – The Mike Kendrick Story
Thursday’s Child – The Mike Kendrick Story
This book is a hoot! Especially when you know it is all true. Mike Kendrick is one of the most driven people you will ever read about. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, keeps him from accomplishing whatever he is trying to achieve. He is extremely adventurous, witty, and just a hoot. i think he has some Robin Williams in him...all the good parts. He is hilarious but keenly driven. His accolades are well-earned and well-deserved and his direction over the last few years is to eliminate the millions of explosive mines that still exist in this world. If he can save one life or one limb, his time has not been wasted, and he has certainly been successful. I highly recommend this book as it is so funny, yet sincere, so dangerous at times that you cannot put the book down, and so delightful that you want more. I cannot wait to read the next book called "The Branson Years." I recall that Richard Branson said he had more on you than you on him!
savae Mens Funny Aretha Franklin Tee Black
savae Mens Funny Aretha Franklin Tee Black
savae Mens Funny Aretha Franklin Tee Black by undefined. Rated 89 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Aretha Franklin" category.
A Deeper Love (Sam Halabi Radio Remix)
A Deeper Love (Sam Halabi Radio Remix)
A Deeper Love (Sam Halabi Radio Remix) by Aretha Franklin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Aretha Franklin" category.
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
This is a critical thinkers book. It gives the reader a basis to use within their own programming style and language of choice.

The code examples are written in Java and are there to show how to refactor code based on the principles and reasoning within the book.
This is not a book that I take as a specific do this or else, more of a guide that explains why you should consider writing code in the way described.

Essentially the lesson is to create code that is small, has a specific purpose and does that one thing.
When functions or methods begin to stray into doing multiple things spin those code pieces off on their own and repeat.

What I get from this book is a mindset or way of thinking about programming. To create code that is cohesive, is small, does not have unnecessary parts. When these principles are broken find a way to refactor or eliminate the additional pieces. It is not just about taking away or keeping code small but adopting a way of thinking about the design of the program and how each piece interacts with the other parts.

The suggested line lengths of functions mentioned and other very specific examples is more where your critical thinking comes into play. I do not program in Java so many of the language specific scenarios do not apply to me. in some languages you just can't have or do some of the things suggested. Though as a general rule of thumb I find the examples helpful and when I mean general rule of thumb I do not mean a specific line count or size but a simplistic do as little as possible to achieve the goal. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

I purchased and received the 16th printing of this book, published February 2016.
There are no weird formatting or printing issues with the book as others have mentioned.

If you have the ability to reason and think critically, being able to adapt examples and suggestions to your own style and language then I highly recommend this book. The contents are NOT common sense and do not come naturally to the uninitiated. The book does take you by the hand in a certain way leading you from the process of just make the program work to thinking about the logic design and function of your programs.

When you are in situations where redesign is not possible the principles learned from this book will help you to refactor when possible and write new code that is better, smaller, tighter. Making you a better more valuable programmer.
Tree Hut 24 Hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter Tropical Mango, 7oz, Hydrating Moisturizer with Pure Shea Butter for Nourishing Essential Body Care
Tree Hut 24 Hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter Tropical Mango, 7oz, Hydrating Moisturizer with Pure Shea Butter for Nourishing Essential Body Care
This product is so soothing and smells amazing. I love the thick consistency of this and it makes your skin so soft especially after exfoliating or shaving. A little goes a long way with this so I don't have to use a lot of it. I've used it many times and the container looks untouched because you don't need to use a lot of the product. The scent is fresh and natural and not overpowering. The price is great and they come in many different scents. Will definitely be buying again.
Pros:
- Little goes a long way so it lasts a long time
- Low price
- Organic
- Great scent and it stays with you
- Skin feels so soft after using this
Cons: None!
Air Jordan Price Guide 2014 (Color)
Air Jordan Price Guide 2014 (Color)
Pedí el libro por error en blanco y negro y lo devolví y pedí la versión en color. Asumo mi error al hacer el pedido, pero en mi opinión, este libro no tiene sentido publicarlo en blanco y negro, puesto que es una guía donde lo interesante es poder ver las fotos de los diferentes colores de las zapatillas Jordan.
Tened cuidado cuando pidáis este libro, y asegurados que estáis pidiendo el que realmente queréis.
The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West
The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West
It’s rare to find such a scholarly book, full of painstaking research, so totally absorbing, indeed exciting as it builds up towards its climax. As Jeff Guinn shows, the fictional/mythical representations of the Earps and Doc Holliday, and their altercations with the Clantons, Mclaurys, Ringo et al, fascinating as they are: - and I still have a deep love for“Gunfight at the OK Corral” and the novel “Warlock” which draws heavily on the story – in many ways pale before the reality, at least insofar as it can be established. It’s important to note that Guinn is often driven to speculative reconstruction because the facts have vanished into the mist of time.

If Wyatt stands at the centre of things, he is far from the dashing hero he becomes in the legend. He is a stolid individual, lacking personal charisma and charm but handsome and physically powerful – thuggish on occasions – and ruthlessly ambitious, if for the most part unsuccessful, at least until the myth takes off. “Doc” is a loose cannon, near psychopathic, rescued in our final estimate by his unswerving loyalty to Wyatt, the one area of consistency in his consumptive life. The other members of the Earp family are sharply realised. If James has much of the charm that Wyatt lacks, he is also a more shadowy figure, generally removed from the intrigues and hostilities that dominate the other brothers. Morgan is wild and unpredictable, Warren dissolute and largely ineffectual. Virgil, alone, commands respect in his genuine concern for the application of the law in an impartial manner, his self-control and his shying away from needless violence.

Guinn places this family, their close associates and cattlemen in a larger context of the growth and decline of the west, especially Tombstone and the Arizona/Mexican border. There is so much more to be said about this remarkable book, but I shall close by recommending it wholeheartedly to anyone with a half serious interest in the American West and the amazing lives of those who lived it.
Annie's Macaroni & Cheese, Gluten Free Creamy Deluxe & Cheesy Cheddar, Rice Pasta & Cheese Sauce, 11oz Box
Annie's Macaroni & Cheese, Gluten Free Creamy Deluxe & Cheesy Cheddar, Rice Pasta & Cheese Sauce, 11oz Box
Disclaimer: Neither my husband nor I have a gluten intolerance; I personally am trying to keep a low-gluten diet (for no other reason than my stomach just feels better when I do). My husband does not care either way for himself, but I shared it with him because it's delicious *shrug*. Therefore, this review cannot speak to if this is a good buy for those with a gluten intolerance.

This pasta is decently priced considering it's rice pasta AND it's Annie's (So, it's extremely tasty, of course). This 11oz box was plenty for my husband and me to each have 2 large helpings. I added a pinch of salt, garlic, and onion and it made this pasta even more amazing. For our budget though, this will probably be a 2 times a month treat.
Affaire Royale: The Royals of Cordina (Cordina's Royal Family Book 1)
Affaire Royale: The Royals of Cordina (Cordina's Royal Family Book 1)
I loved this story as Brea tried to find out who she was after being kidnapped and losing her memory. I loved all the characters and reading as Reece and Brea fell in love. I especially loved trying to find out what happened to her and who was responsible. Finding I was hooked right to the end of the book. Cannot wait to continue in the series and see what happens to the rest of the family. Definitely a book I would recommend. Xxx
TOMICA Takara Tomy DX Parking トミカ ぐるぐるシュート!! DX トミカパーキング
TOMICA Takara Tomy DX Parking トミカ ぐるぐるシュート!! DX トミカパーキング
3歳の息子のクリスマスプレゼントに購入しました。
パーキング本体と道路マップのセットでトミカは付かない商品です。
車好きの息子はとにかく喜んでいたので、プレゼントして良かったですが、もの自体は…

とにかく部品がすぐ外れます。
とくに横についているエレベーターが取れる。
こどもの力で遊ぶと何度も簡単に破壊されるので、パーツはできたら固定した方が良さそうです。

また最初はスロープ部分の滑りが悪く途中で止まってしまいます。
期待して買っただけに少し残念です。
こどもは楽しそうに遊んでいるので良いんですけど。
Northern Magic (The Americana Series Book 2)
Northern Magic (The Americana Series Book 2)
I'm a huge fan of Janet Dailey. Her novels are interesting and keep you coming back for more. A novel is good if you can't wait to see how it ends while also not wanting it to end because it's so good. Janet Dailey wrote her Americana series many years ago, but they are still classics today. Janet wrote Americana novels setting one in each of our 50 states. Janet and her husband traveled and visited each state while doing research for this series. She writes each novel giving a unique feel for each locarion giving you the feeling of being there as you read it. I have bought all of her Americana novels and plan to take a rich reading vacation through each of her novels.
Astro Boy Volume 19
Astro Boy Volume 19
Q: Do you have a male preteen, who likes Pokemon, Yugioh, cartoons, owns at least two game systems (handhelds count) and knows what anime is?

A: Yes.

Stop here and buy the series. Don't ask why, or is it valuable, beneficial or even engage in the debate about the academic merits of comic books, or graphic novels. I could tell you it is a Japanese classic, on par with Superman, that it may be a collectors item in the future or it is an engaging series with complex subplots for this age group.

That doesn't matter.

You only need to know that if you buy it:

1. He is reading

2. He is reading

3. He is not playing a video game

4. He is reading

5. He is not arguing or fighting with a sibling

6. He is not watching TV like a mindless drone

7. He is reading

8. He will want to read other graphic novels.
The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2)
The Solar War (The Long Winter Trilogy Book 2)
It’s said that sequels are never as good as the original. In spite of that cliché, The Solar War has some excellent high points.

As expected, the Grid has retaliated in the years since Winter World. Their retaliation is strong, deceptive and irresistible. The ultimate destruction of the human race seems assured. Yet, humanity is thrown an unexpected life line. Why?

Humanity is overwhelmed. James Sinclair is now a family man, and Emma is now the mother of James’ children. Together, they must rally the few remaining humans and make a pact with the Devil, the Grid, to survive. But does the Grid have another agenda? It certainly seems as though its agenda is not human survival.

Although this book had breath-taking high points, I found much of it repetitive and boring. I would find myself skipping blocks of pages and repeating a silent mantra, “get on with it”. In addition, the character of Richard Chandler did not ring true. While there are certainly egotistical power-hungry manipulators in play, most try to be associated with success and flee far from unavoidable disasters with which they can be associated. It seems like the unavoidable destruction of the Earth and extinction of humanity is the kind of disaster that characters like Richard Chandler would distance himself from.

Still, most readers will love The Solar War and sci-fi readers everywhere will thrill to many of its high points…especially the ending.
Bestseller mit Biss: Liebe, Freundschaft und Vampire - alles über die Autorin Stephenie Meyer (German Edition)
Bestseller mit Biss: Liebe, Freundschaft und Vampire - alles über die Autorin Stephenie Meyer (German Edition)
Schade, dass man nicht 0 Sterne vergeben darf.Auch für jemanden der die Biss-Saga nur grob überflogen hat, ist dieses Buch eine Zumutung. Die Informationen die dem Leser hier präsentiert werden sind eins zu eins abgeschrieben. Es werden weder neue Erkenntnisse oder Schlussfolgerungen von der Autorin gezogen, noch ist ist das Buchstabengemezel schön zu lesen. Auch die Fakten die hier über Meyer vorgetragen werden sind eine Enttäuschung. Der Arbeitsaufwand um dieses Buch zu schreiben lag aller höchstens dabei ein paar Internetseiten gelesen zu haben. Auf gar keinen Fall empfehlenswert.
Annette
Annette
I don’t know how better to characterize this novel than to use the famous quote from Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Why do I say that? Because—from my reading, at least, to date—Erskine Caldwell doesn’t write about the middle class. And yet, every character in ANNETTE is just that: middle-class.

Why—you might justifiably ask—would I introduce a review with “curiouser and curiouser,” then award it five stars? Quite simply, because Caldwell manages to insert his usual tension, then maintain it on every page. And that tension, that threat to the character whose name gives the title to this novel, is no less real for being middle-class, for taking place in a distinctly middle-class setting, and for containing dialogue and actions that can only be described as belonging to the middle class.

Lacking any sort of context, the following paragraph (on p. 166) may not provide you with an ideal illustration of what I’m suggesting here. But perhaps it will help to mention that Annette, having already been terrified earlier in the evening by the son of a doctor whose anonymous front-door bell she rang in the hope she could get access to a telephone and, thereby, an emergency rescue by her best friend, now finds herself at the end of a kind of “lovers’ lane” in a desolate part of town—the hour being well past midnight—with that best friend’s husband. “Looking around her in the semidarkness of the park, Annette was surprised that she did not feel as frightened as she thought she would be. Just as it had been at the doctor’s house, she had the feeling that it would be useless for her to struggle alone against what was bound to happen, and that only somebody like Randy or Carl would be able to help her. It was as if she could hear Wayne talking to her and saying there is nobody more helpless and forsaken than a young woman abandoned by fate and left to be at the mercy of the world.”

Yes, one might suggest that Caldwell is guilty of a bit of melodrama in this novel. And yes, one might even accuse him of being a bit soap-operatic with this story. But the style of the story still remains quintessentially Caldwellian—and is therefore quite worthy of a read. I’ll leave it to you to discover who her potential redeemers (Randy, Carl and Wayne) might be—or might’ve been.

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
26 April 2019
Siddhartha: A New Translation (Shambhala Classics)
Siddhartha: A New Translation (Shambhala Classics)
I took up Hesse in HS w/ a reading of Steppenwolf. This then lead me to Demian, Narcissus and Goldmund (my fave) and all the rest culminating in Hesse's best work...Das Glasperlenspiegal or The Glass Bead Game. Siddhartha is the the story of Buddha written by a 20th century European white male. This little book will certainly get you started. It started my path fo me...I am now 56 and am currently reading Wings To Freedom by Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath and Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Descrimination. I can't say that I've reached the Cristos yet but I am one with all...for sure.
Travelling Crimes (Gideon of Scotland Yard)
Travelling Crimes (Gideon of Scotland Yard)
I remember reading these books years ago as a 15 year old when on the bus to Westminster to work. I have now rediscovered them and enjoying every minute again. The storylines are punchy and relevant to the era. The family lives of the characters helps the reader to understand them
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Fashion Scarf, Black, OS
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Fashion Scarf, Black, OS
So, I really like this- soft, pretty, not too puffy.
However, this is an infinity scarf (not a straight scarf) as pictured.
I actually like this better, and was planning to sew mine into an infinity, but be aware.
Update--- ordered a second and this time straight!!! How frustrating
C2G 29652 USB Cable - Ultima USB 2.0 A to USB Mini-B Male Cable, Black (9.8 Feet, 3 Meters)
C2G 29652 USB Cable - Ultima USB 2.0 A to USB Mini-B Male Cable, Black (9.8 Feet, 3 Meters)
I recently lost my music library and have to rip 800+ CDs... The cable that came with my external cd-rom drive was too short to comfortably let me use my laptop on the couch with the drive on the coffee table. This cable fit the bill perfectly. Not a cheap, thin job. This has some heft to it. Good solid connectors don't work loose or fall out of the drive or the laptop. No problems, ripping, either. Using Exact Audio Copy, I haven't experienced one data transfer problem. A solid purchase from a company with a history of providing all types of quality cables.
Pizza Stone, Heavy Duty Cordierite Pizza Grilling Stone, Baking Stone, Pizza Pan, Perfect for Oven, BBQ and Grill, Thermal Shock Resistant, Durable and Safe, 15x12 Inch Rectangular
Pizza Stone, Heavy Duty Cordierite Pizza Grilling Stone, Baking Stone, Pizza Pan, Perfect for Oven, BBQ and Grill, Thermal Shock Resistant, Durable and Safe, 15x12 Inch Rectangular
Ich habe zum ersten Mal ein derartiges Kissen erworben und muss sagen, dass ich von der ersten Benutzung an sehr begeistert bin. Letzteres liegt daran, dass mein Nacken durch das Kissen gut gestützt wird, dabei aber das Liegefühl herrlich weich ausfällt. Bei meinen bisherigen "normalen" Kissen musste ich diese immer unter meinem Nacken zusammenknüllen, was dann allerdings zur Folge hatte, dass am Ende der Nacken bzw. der Kopf zu hoch lagen, was wiederum zu Verspannungen führte.

Besonders hervorzuheben ist noch der sog. "Memory Foam" der dafür sorgt, dass dass Kissen nach Benutzung von selbst wieder in den Ursprungszustand zurückkehrt. Im Übrigen stellt die löchrige Struktur des Gelschaums einen angenehmen Temperaturausgleich her.

Insgesamt also ein Schlafgenuss, den man sich besser nicht entgehen lassen sollte. Vom Ergebnis her daher eine absolute Kaufempfehlung.
Electric Balloon Pump Air Balloon Pump Lower Noise Portable Electric Balloon Inflator Blower Dual Nozzle for Party Decoration 110V 600W Red with a Tie Tool
Electric Balloon Pump Air Balloon Pump Lower Noise Portable Electric Balloon Inflator Blower Dual Nozzle for Party Decoration 110V 600W Red with a Tie Tool
Guys, this electric pump is a total game changer!!! I have entered the stage where I'm in need of decor more frequently since I have two young children (both under the age of 4). A quick and easy way to dress up any party is having a balloon arch. I had been blowing up balloons manually for years, but this little pump has been a lifesaver. I can finish a balloon arch in a 1/3 of the time it would've normally taken me to do. This electric pump is amazing in that it gives you options to have a continuous stream of air coming out or you're able to control the air coming out by pressing slightly on the nozzle to inflate each balloon (like a traditional helium tank). It is so easy to use this machine that my 3 year old was helping me the other day. I like that the pump comes with a handle so that I can easily transfer it from place to place and it is lightweight. You can also use this to vacuum seal bags and to inflate pool floats too, just FYI! When you turn on the pump, it is still loud, but the option to only fill balloons with air by pressing slightly on the nozzle helps that you don't have to hear a loud hissing sound the entire time you are filling balloons and preparing to fill the next balloon. 100% would recommend this pump to everyone.

Tip: Don't forget to buy the the balloon arch kits where you can attach your balloons to a clear strip to mold your arch a bit easier.
JOYNÉE Mens Athletic Performance Crew Socks for Running and Training 6 Pack
JOYNÉE Mens Athletic Performance Crew Socks for Running and Training 6 Pack
These socks are not the usual comfortable cotton socks that last about 2 weeks before the elasticity wears out. They are very stretchy, highly elastic, and made from something else other than 100% cotton. They totally retain their elasticity, but this is achieved at the expense of slight loss of comfort. They are however, soft and comfy feeling, but my feet do sweat in them a little more, and are just slightly less comfortable than the 100% cotton socks. I bought a few pairs to try, and then reordered a bunch more, because I still feel they are the best I've owned
Bamboo Charging Station for Multiple Devices (Included 5 Port USB Charger, 5 Pack Charge & Sync Cable, Watch & Air pod Stand), Electronic Device Desktop Organizer for Cell Phone, Tablet, Watch, AirPod
Bamboo Charging Station for Multiple Devices (Included 5 Port USB Charger, 5 Pack Charge & Sync Cable, Watch & Air pod Stand), Electronic Device Desktop Organizer for Cell Phone, Tablet, Watch, AirPod
Absolutely love this item . Definitely worth the money .. great quality for sure . Glad I finally bought one . Researched and this was the least expensive but bamboo wood not plastic or cheap metal . It’s fits my iPad Air with case 10.5 inches my AirPods 2 with case which I can be used on either side and Apple Watch 4 and iPhone 11 Pro Max with case and pop socket on it .. and one additional space for another device . It has 3 apple ports and 2 android ports . I used my usb charger for watch but 3 Apple ports work great . Must buy . Fast delivery as well great packing definitely be buying other items from this seller in future.i have cables duct tape because I want a snug fit for them item is sturdy and does stay put ...
Delonghi ECAM 353.15.B Dinamica Kaffeevollautomat schwarz 1450 Watt 1,8 l Tank
Delonghi ECAM 353.15.B Dinamica Kaffeevollautomat schwarz 1450 Watt 1,8 l Tank
Sehr leise Maschine.
Kaffee sehr gut einzustellen, sowohl Aroma,als auch Menge.
Zudem kann das Aroma auch für jede Tasse individuell eingestellt werden.
Danach gilt wieder die Voreinstellung.
Milch aufschäumen ist ebenfalls sehr einfach und funktioniert problemlos.
Am besten direkt in der Tasse, oder in einem kleinen Metallkännchen.
NETGEAR Wireless Router - N300 (WNR2000)
NETGEAR Wireless Router - N300 (WNR2000)
I wouldn't suggest buying a NETGEAR ROUTER! This router slowed my internet and made it barely usable. If you call NETGear you wait on hold for 1/2 hour than you talk to a tech then their phone system hangs up on you. I called back maybe close to 7 times on Saturday waited 1/2 hour each time. Talked to a rep for 10-15 minutes than no call back. Finally now getting to their replacement dept. They argue with you too about whether I really have an issue. My download speed goes as low at 1.95 which is not possible to go on the internet with.

Also the firmware on these units is out of date and when you try to upload their recent upgrade on their site to yours, it doesn't work and this is why it makes the router slow so you have no choice to return it on Amazon or replace it with Netgear. I am trying first to replace it with NETGEAR and I still have a small window to return with Amazon. My last router company Belkin did automatic updates to your router, Netgear says to go on their site and look for their most recenpt upgrade and upload it to your system whenever your computer gets slow. This is not what people want to do. Go with Spectrum or AT&T and pay their monthly fees where they send the updates automatically. Of course their are fees for this monthly but at least you have their tech support and a functioning internet.

So, to summarize If you purchase this item, the software won't be up to date since its a 2016 model and the firmware doesn't let you so your internet may not work as fast or at all. I would only get a router that is the current model and check out the mfg first before ordering. Ask how they make firmware updates. Hope this helps.

UPDATE: 12/24/20 I returned this older version and reluctantly bought another NETGEAR AC1200 router and its actually working fine so far. There is also a box to check so that it does automatic firmware upgrades. My internet speed is higher than what my Mbps is with my carrier. So far so good. Get a new version of the NEGEAR router and not the older one and it should be fine. Their customer service dept is still very hard to communicate with due to language barriers etc, staying on hold for long periods times, dropped calls and lack of trained employees.
RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smart WiFi H13 HEPA Air Filter for Allergies and Pets, Quiet Air Purifiers for Large Room 301 SQ.FT, Eliminate Germs Smoke Odor Mold, Ozone Free
RENPHO Air Purifier for Home Smart WiFi H13 HEPA Air Filter for Allergies and Pets, Quiet Air Purifiers for Large Room 301 SQ.FT, Eliminate Germs Smoke Odor Mold, Ozone Free
I got this as my second air purifier and have been using it over 2 weeks now, in various modes.

It came well packaged to prevent damage. The coconut charcoal filter is interesting, I've never seen this before! It's like a honeycomb with charcoal pellets in each hole. Then a 'typical' charcoal filter goes on TOP of that one. So 2 charcoal filters to clean up smells. Then the HEPA filter is also unique. It's the usual accordian style, but has a blue layer in the front (it says anti-microbial), and then an inch of thick foam basically glued to the back. I've not seen this before either!

I have illnesses where strong smells make me sick. One HEPA is in my bedroom, this one is in the 'living room.' The door to the balcony has shifted and no longer seals, so cigarette smoke from the man upstairs always comes in. I taped all my window seams and put hardware store insulation to seal the door gaps, but SMOKE!!!!! kept coming in. Every. Night. A non-smoking building, mind you.... I've been nauteous for months. Enter --- Micky Mouse.

This little HEPA is very sensitive. I almost wonder if it's motion activated because it turns orange when I walk by (blue-orange-red from good-to-bad). Either I reek, or I'm stirring up some smell. I had the fan on low and noted how the colors changed, indicating the air quality. It took me a minute to realize how the 'auto' functionality worked, where the fan increases when the air quality decreases (and the colors change). The smell of smoke got more bearable. Then I moved it closet to the leaky door and MAGIC!!!! I haven't smelled smoke since! I'm about to find a plug and put it right next to the door. The attached pics are of the unit amping up, then quieting down - all night. Sleep mode may be quiet, but I need the power mode.

Which brings up the Wifi app. It's interesting, but I haven't had much use for it since I leave this unit on constantly. Pic attached. The background changes orange and red based on air quality. You can see in 2 weeks I've apparently blown through 37% of the filter in 2 weeks. This can't be right. HEPA filters should last a year, especially with all the pre-filters. I opened it up and not a spec of dust on the outer mesh filter (for big chunks). So it seems to be on a timer based on air quality and how hard the fan is running. That's about the most I get out of the app/wifi - a filter check. (my apartment is small).

Things I"m not too fond of - the "mickey mouse ears" for lights. They're pretty bright and obnoxious. Functionality allows for the user to turn the lights off while still running auto (I think). I was not using this because I had it stuck on "low" while the air quality changed, so the indicator was nice. Now I can just go by sound.

Which brings the second point. This isn't the quietest air purifier. On low, it's noticeable. On medium/high, it can get fairly loud. I would put it in a "middle of the road" category for sound. I only have 2 to compare - my existing unit and the one I replaced with Mickey Mouse. The 'retired' air purifier sounded like a space ship taking off and my cat was ANGRY at the noise! He's taking well to this one.

Other things it picks up - if I'm drawing with a Sharpie marker! Or using glue. Or when my cat uses his box after a stomach upset. Coming out of the shower (bathroom has a vent that doesn't turn off, yet doesn't absorb moisture?) - this RENPHO picks up on the moisture in the air and kicks into high gear. Any sort of mold is deathly to me, and mold shows up with moisture, so I'm thrilled it picks up on weak shower steam about 100 ft. away. Basically, it has a good nose and nixes smells and particulates quickly!

The 4 stars is first - for the filter life. 1 1/2 months by my estimate? That doesn't seem right. Second, the noise. I wonder if they needed a more powerful fan to pull air through all those thick filters? Since my neighbor smokes a lot, the purifier is always orange/red and loud. I'm not a fan of turning up music/videos to overpower sounds because then it's just double loud in here. (it echo's)

The sensor is on the side. The instructions are very thorough in that they even show you how to clean the sensors! Ordering things on Amazon anymore is a guessing game if instructions come or not! The main air intake is in the front of the unit, and the clean air vents out the top/back of the unit. I guess that's how they are able to get so much air circulation to clear out smells quickly.

So in summary, it's a VERY effective unit at the expense of more noise (if you live next to a smoker and have a leaky door like me). And the filter life indicator I'm not so sure about. Back to the good - replacement filters are WAY more affordable than big name brands. Then the downside - if I have to replace them all every 2 months, it will add up quickly. The wifi phone control - I think that's going to be specific to the user. I don't have IOT nor a large place, so I don't get much use out of it. Others may. Overall I'm glad I purchased the unit.
Yogi Tea 1172 - Infusión de hierbas Felicità, 34 gr
Yogi Tea 1172 - Infusión de hierbas Felicità, 34 gr
Incuriosito dalle ottime recensioni ho voluto provare questa marca acquistando il Classic e Felicitá. Trovo ottima la qualitá degli ingredienti, il packaging e il fatto che ogni bustina sia completamente chiusa in modo da non fare perdere la aroma come avviene spesso col thé commerciale. Sia Classic che Felicità non sono thè ma tisane, precisiamolo, intanto. Dopodiché passiamo al gusto. Ecco qui sinceramente mi sarei aspettato qualcosa di più. Dopo aver letto le vostre recensioni pensavo quasi ad un trionfo di sapori al palato..un esplosione..mmm non proprio devo dire. Felicitá paragonata alla Classic ha circa lo stesso odore all olfatto ma meno pronunciato in quanto la quantità di cannella é il 17% anziché 50% con sentori di finocchio. Degustandola mi é sembrato di bere una Classic con meno cannella e col finocchio al posto dei chiodi di garofano. Rispetto alla Classic questa mi ha dato più una sensazione da camomilla... Il problema, se così vogliamo dire, di queste tisane Yogi Tra é che la cannella copre un pó tutti gli altri sapori...Non mi ha ricordato per niente una giornata estiva come dice la confezione...anzi. In definitiva troppo simile alla Classic..quindi se proprio devo farmi coprire tutto dalla cannella, preferisco andare di Classic.

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