Dylan Evans

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Redux in Action
Redux in Action
Redux in Action by Marc Garreau and Will Faurot. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond by Louis Rosenfeld , Peter Morville , et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 55 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Flexbox in CSS
Flexbox in CSS
Flexbox in CSS by Estelle Weyl. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1 by Sam Ruby, David B. Copeland , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Functional Architecture with React and Redux
Functional Architecture with React and Redux
Functional Architecture with React and Redux by Cristian Salcescu. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
NW.js Essentials
NW.js Essentials
NW.js Essentials by Alessandro Benoit. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS and Documents
CSS and Documents
CSS and Documents by Eric A. Meyer. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 86 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3)
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3)
Supreme's Kiss (Kiss Series Book 3) by M.K. Eidem. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the m category.
Pro MongoDB Development
Pro MongoDB Development
Pro MongoDB Development by Deepak Vohra. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
PHP 7 Programming Cookbook
PHP 7 Programming Cookbook
PHP 7 Programming Cookbook by Doug Bierer. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times
The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times
The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell, David Tennant, et al.. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 180 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Come un uragano
Come un uragano
Come un uragano by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Alles wird gut
Alles wird gut
Alles wird gut by u.v.a. Nicholas Sparks, Mary Higgins Clark, Amelie Fried. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Calico Joe: A Novel
Calico Joe: A Novel
Calico Joe: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 3001 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel
Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 8789 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Secret Window, Secret Garden
Secret Window, Secret Garden
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King and James Woods. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Aprender PHP en solo 2 horas y 30 minutos: Un libro totalmente dirigido a aquellas personas que se inician en la programación web y desean iniciar rápidamente. ... Explicado de forma simple (Spanish Edition)
Aprender PHP en solo 2 horas y 30 minutos: Un libro totalmente dirigido a aquellas personas que se inician en la programación web y desean iniciar rápidamente. ... Explicado de forma simple (Spanish Edition)
Aprender PHP en solo 2 horas y 30 minutos: Un libro totalmente dirigido a aquellas personas que se inician en la programación web y desean iniciar rápidamente. ... Explicado de forma simple (Spanish Edition) by Erasmo Cesar Ortuño Morales. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Python Data Analysis
Python Data Analysis
Python Data Analysis by Ivan Idris. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP 5 Power Programming
PHP 5 Power Programming
PHP 5 Power Programming by Andi Gutmans , Stig Bakken, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP a partir do zero (Portuguese Edition)
PHP a partir do zero (Portuguese Edition)
PHP a partir do zero (Portuguese Edition) by Alfredo Limongi and Edson da Silva Bezerra. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Windows Functions
SQL Windows Functions
SQL Windows Functions by Dennis Tran. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Programming in Visual Basic 2010
Programming in Visual Basic 2010
Programming in Visual Basic 2010 by Julia Case Bradley and Anita Millspaugh. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 62 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Practical NATS: From Beginner to Pro
Practical NATS: From Beginner to Pro
Practical NATS: From Beginner to Pro by Waldemar Quevedo. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett
I’ve read most of the biographies of Warren Buffett, but I consider this to be the definitive biography. There are several reasons. This book has been developed over a period of many years (around 25, at this point) and is the result of dedicated research and writing. The author has access to Mr. Buffett that most writers do not, and you can see this in the various letters and documents that Buffett has provided for publication. Each year, Buffett personally selects a group of books to be sold at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha and every year this book is chosen. This kind of endorsement by Buffett is probably the only reason you really need to pick up a copy.

At the 2016 meeting, one book was selected for “super highlighting” by creation of a giant version of the book cover for display. This is that book. Although I think I keep up with everything going on with Buffett, I am always amazed when I read the updated version and discover new facts. This latest version contains a nice recap of the premiere of the HBO Documentary Becoming Warren Buffett. The insight provided by Mr. Kilpatrick is available because he was there. You probably don’t get invited to a premiere like that without being fairly well-connected. It is this connection you can take advantage of by reading (and re-reading) this book.

There is great humor, insight and information in this book. You'll learn about an incredible personality and be truly entertained in the process. My bookshelf has several books on Warren Buffett, but Mr. Kilpatrick's is my favorite.
What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
What Happens Now?: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
As a reader of many management books, I can honestly say this is a departure from the standard "follow these steps to be a great manager." Instead, this book takes the much less dealt with topic of how to handle the challenge of overcoming stalls after you've already achieved some sort of success in your career.

This approach is valuable because it tackles several key areas that leaders typically face resistance in and offers approaches for dealing with complex skillsets to overcome these challenges (instead of merely applying the technical skills that got you to that position in the first place). Each chapter addresses a specific obstacle that stalls our progress as leaders. The chapters proceed to identify the obstacles, discuss their impacts on you and your coworkers, and recommend practical solutions for moving forward and overcoming them.

I recommend this book to aspiring leaders looking to take the next step in their careers. It's easy to have blind spots, especially as we move up the corporate ladder. This book helps spot yours and overcome them with tactical, easy-to-follow techniques. A great read that can be referenced over and over again in the future.
The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 7)
The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 7)
If you’ve never read one of this author GREAT STATE books, then you’ll be in for a treat. Like the rest of the books in this series Alaska, California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas, this book is chuck of state trivia, trivia which runs the gamut from just being amazing to being weird or depressing, all of which makes this book quite interesting. But unlike these books, since Hawaii had once been a possession of the US, it had its own language, Hawaiian language words are scattered all through the pages of this book.

The author, Bill O’Neill, in this book has copied the same format he’s successfully used in the rest of the books in this series.

In each of the six chapters this book contains:
1- Hawaii’s History
2- Hawaii’s Pop Culture
3- Hawaii’s Attractions
4- Hawaii’s Inventions, Ideas and More
5- Hawaii’s Biggest Haunts, Supernatural and Other Weird Facts
6- Hawaii’s Sports
Mr. O’Neill begins each chapter by taking an item regarding its topic and gives his readers a brief, yet informative description of about it, this is followed by some random facts, which is then culminated by his giving some questions related to the information which the chapter has just given, naturally the answers are given as well.

While some of the facts in this book answer the question raised the questions the author wrote about in the description for the book; others might answers a question you might have wanted to know about for a long time:

• How did Hawaii get its name?
• Why is it called the Aloha State?
• Why was it once called “The Kingdom of Hawaii”?
• Which sport was invented in Hawaii?
• Which movies have been filmed in the state?
• What legends from the Hawaiian culture haunt the state?
• What’s Hawaii’s most famous unsolved mystery?

All in all, once again this book is a wonderful compendium of informational trivia, from the simplistic to the interesting to the amazing, trivia which should be quite interesting to anyone who reads it. So, in the end, with all things consider, for wanting to share the information he’s gathered with everyone who reads it, I’m happy to give Mr. O’Neill the 5 STARS he’s gotten from this reviewer.
Young Henry Ford: A Picture History of the First Forty Years (Great Lakes Books Series)
Young Henry Ford: A Picture History of the First Forty Years (Great Lakes Books Series)
This book is an excellent source on Henry Ford's family and the world he was born into in Dearborn at the time. I bought this originally because it is one of the few books out there with information about my forebear, Conrad Ten Eyck, and the relationship between the Ten Eycks and the Fords. That said, it was a very interesting read and had lots of delightful historical tidbits on Detroit, Dearborn and the man who made the 20th century the century of the Automobile.
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America
This is a well researched book, of course, given Rucker's and Leonnig's reputation (and a Pulitzer prize each). They interviewed nearly 200 people, many of them top Trump advisors although most chose to remain unnamed sources. There are a lot of quotes, enlivening the text, and they know how to lay out a strong narrative with often-vivid details about the participants.

There's no getting around it President Trump is shown as erratic, impulsive, ignorant of the things a president should know, vindictive, profane and mean. He runs a chaotic administration and likes it that way. Pitting people against each other, creating insecure lackeys, is his preferred management style. He did it at the Trump Organization, and the opportunities for testing loyalties--and making himself the center of all the attention--are even greater now.

How many books describing a completely unfit president will be published before his core support drops significantly? Books come. Books go, and yet Trump's support among Republicans in Congress and voters (95% or so approve of him) remains basically unchanged. (And, spoiler. The title is ironic, at least for the authors. Trump, who's used it at least four times, seems completely convinced of his superiority. In his mind, it is always others who have to be wrong--while he has to get all of the credit. The writing was on the wall for Steve Bannon after he made the cover of TIME. Trump treats both political appointees and experienced government experts the same--with disdain and disrespect. He doesn't listen, won't learn, and thinks he knows "more than the generals"...also, more than the communications director, the financial experts, intelligence officials, lawyers....and on and on. As some previous biographers have noted, it would not surprise him to be told he knows more than anyone. He would agree.) When things go wrong—and they often do—his first thought is to find someone to blame. (And blame them he will, even if the problems were caused because they did exactly as he told them to.)

Trump’s leadership style is also defined here by his temper, by uncontrolled (and apparently uncontrollable) rages. This is not a psychologically well man. He is shown frequently ranting, raving, reducing people to tears (Nielsen and Sessions and Spicer are just three of them). We've all seen how he insults and demeans his political opponents or anyone who mildly criticizes him. But Trump doesn't even treat "his" people with respect. There is no manager in America who would not be reported for this kind of abusive behavior to HR--too many examples to list--and fired if it continued. What Trump creates in the workplace is the definition of a "hostile work environment".

His verbal abuse of others--including publicly humiliating women who don't even work for the government anymore like Lisa Page--would not be tolerated (by law) at any workplace in America. Why are the behaviors these authors describe tolerated from the nation's top CEO? There is no one who can rein him in and it's unnerving to read about his unrestrained tirades, including calling the nation's top generals--with their aides present, squirming-- "babies" and “dopes”. How is this permitted from the nation's president?

Rex Tillerson wasn't a good SOS, but at least he shows up in book after book as having the spine to stand up to Trump. He was genuinely upset about how Trump--who took five draft deferments during Vietnam--disrespected the nation's military leaders. Tillerson did not deny calling Trump an "f-ing moron" after the above “dopes” meeting. Preibus corralled Pence afterward to come and show Rex how to treat Trump with proper deference and how not look to look so contemptuous when he spoke--repetitiously, ignorantly, ramblingly, irrelevantly--in group meetings. Working for Trump, means knowing and accepting that that loyalty is EVERYTHING. And you show you're loyalty by endless flattery and compliance with whatever Donald Trump wants.

Leonnig and Rucker show a profile of the nation from the Oval Office. If I had to make a criticism--observation, really--its that it benefits from all their sources but also suffers from them. With so much emphasis on information from those who had the willingness to work with Trump in the first place, the book fills a certain political niche, but lacks the sweep of popular history. There's not enough about how Trump policies are impacting real peoples' lives, and little about what others are doing in opposition to his policies--and why. The travel ban is one impactful decision extensively described, but the descriptions are largely confined to reactions in the executive branch (and, in one brief passage, what Trump staff sees happening at airports via television.).

There’s ample detail but sometimes it lacks context. The Russia investigation, for example, is gone into at great length, but some of Trump's statements are treated as if we all should assume they're true. After how the authors' own paper has documented over 16,000 presidential lies in 3 years, they should be in the forefront of encouraging readers to be skeptical of whatever he says. Certainly, no one can say with certainty what President Trump "feels" or "believes" about anything. All we really know is what he says and does. This includes reaction to the Mueller investigation which has a number of missing pieces in the retelling, and is marred by the idea that "Trump believed Putin when he said he wasn't involved".

"A Very Stable Genius" is an up close look at Trump and how he governs. It rarely pulls the lens back for a wider view, for a look at his impact around America and how he's changing the country with his laws, his deregulations, his nationalism and his apparent goal of returning to the America of the 1950s. They leave it largely to the reader to make those conclusions for themselves. Some will appreciate that approach; others will wish for more of a sustained argument that a president like this is dangerously unfit for office.

They quote one official who summarizes Trump's impact at the top. In the beginning of his administration, "There was more of an ethos in the place of trying to help the institution and to help enlighten him rather than simply to execute his marching orders." Now, this official said, "I'm not sure there are many, if any, left who view as their responsibility trying to help educate, moderate, enlighten and persuade--or even advise in many cases. There's a new ethos: This is a presidency of one. It's Trump unleashed, unchained, unhinged." In the end, we are left to imagine with some alarm what a second term would be like.
Make America Great Again! Donald Trump USA Flexfit Hat Cap
Make America Great Again! Donald Trump USA Flexfit Hat Cap
Great quality and it is comfortable. I especially like the personalized message the consumer can choose for the rear of the cap. I look forward to wearing it on VCDL.org’s Lobby Day in Richmond VA on Jan 20 2020.

My original MAGA cap was purchased from the President Trump campaign website. I did not like the cap they sell as the original MAGA cap is shaped like a bag on your head with a bill in front. This cap fits much better.
The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook
The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook
This is an excellent book in every respect: the chords are appropriate to each song - not something that you always get, all the verses are shown and you can therefore choose to play/sing them all or not. I admit to a tendency to use Byrd's variants at times e.g. Chimes of Freedom, All I Really Want to Do, Mr Tambourine Man. But then it can be fun to actually bash the whole song out as with one of my favourites Positively 4th Street, which needs all the verses to get Bob's full sarcasm and disdain towards the person concerned.

Some songs e.g. All Along The Watchtower have deceptively few chords but need a bit of practice with strumming - something that is not helped with here but is down to personal choice. I say that because Bob himself performs different versions of his own songs form one gig to another, by all accounts.

The capo positions are helpful and so are the slight tuning changes. At first the book, being the size it is does not easily stay open at a page but persevere and keep practising and the book will stay open. The fact that some songs are over more than 2 pages just adds to the incentive to learn the verses!

And you can appreciate again the amazing storytelling and. I heartily recommend this book as a never ending source of enjoyment and insight into Bob's songs. It is also amazing value for money.
Bang Energy Drink with Zero Calories & High Caffeine, Pina Colada - 12 Drinks - VPX (Vital Pharmaceuticals), 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
Bang Energy Drink with Zero Calories & High Caffeine, Pina Colada - 12 Drinks - VPX (Vital Pharmaceuticals), 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
I wanted something different to drink so decided to try the Pina Colada flavor. I like it. Has a little after taste but pleasant.
The problem I found was somewhere in the process of receiving it, a can was punctured and was completely empty by the time I received the package. I don't know if it happened at factory or during shipping. So I would just suggest they do a better job in that area. Other than that I would buy again for flavor and a pick me up.
Inc, Clip Clicks 50 Count Retractable Black Ballpoint Pens Medium Point 1.0 mm with Comfort Grip for Smooth Writing, Long Lasting Ink for for Everyday Use in School, Office, College, University…
Inc, Clip Clicks 50 Count Retractable Black Ballpoint Pens Medium Point 1.0 mm with Comfort Grip for Smooth Writing, Long Lasting Ink for for Everyday Use in School, Office, College, University…
This may be a longer story than most would expect about a pen, but I used to use BIC gel pens. Someone took all of mine from the office, so I got these as a cheap replacement until I could more. I was mistaken - don't confuse cheap with inexpensive. These pens write so very well, are comfortable in my hand, and very cost effective. I ordered a box of them to keep on hand. I never thought I'd switch away from BIC pens, but I'm so glad I did.
Geeking Out
Geeking Out
The man went from nothing and has become a pop culture icon. can't think of a better way to get caught up on the projects i wanna hear about and love.
Annie's Macaroni and Cheese, Four Cheese Mac and Cheese, 5.5 Ounce
Annie's Macaroni and Cheese, Four Cheese Mac and Cheese, 5.5 Ounce
I recently bought this because out of all the other instant mac and cheese boxes on the shelf, this was the only one that was nearly sold out and down to one left.

After finally cooking it, I know why! The cooking instructions are slightly different than the standard directions of Kraft blue box or the other Annie's boxes. Usually you pour the milk, cheese powder and butter in after the pasta is drained and stir it all together. Or whisk milk and powder together separately then stir it into the cooked pasta. This one asks you to drain out the pasta then put the pasta in a separate container like a colander, and then in your emptied pot heat up the milk and stir in the powder until you create a bubbling sauce as if you made it from scratch (from a roux).

After you have a pot of sauce, then you pour the cooked pasta back in and stir it altogether. The result is very creamy macaroni and cheese that definitely does not seem like the regular boxed kind.

The mini penne shapes also elevate this variety so that adults and children could both enjoy this.
One Piece, Vol. 50 (50)
One Piece, Vol. 50 (50)
Luffy invited Brook onboard. I do not mean to sound like an insolent, but that’s too much. There are already too many characters introduced working at the world government. There are other pirates, too. Hope that the tory does not get too complicated.
Das Spiel der Mächtigen: Roman (German Edition)
Das Spiel der Mächtigen: Roman (German Edition)
Die Schreib- und Übersetzungsfehler sind ebenso ein Albtraum wie die Grammatikfehler. Das ist peinlich.

Auch nicht berauschend sind die Wechsel von der einen zur anderen Hauptperson ohne Absatz. Wahrscheinlich hat man schon Glück dass eine neue Zeile beginnt. Einen so stümperhaft geschriebenen Roman was Grammatik etc. betrifft habe ich noch nie gelesen. Ich bin fast 59 Jahre alt und lese seit ich es in der Grundschule gelernt habe!
Die nicht vorhandenen Absätze erschweren das Lesen ungemein, da zeitweilig erst beim übernächsten Satz erkennbar wird, das die Hauptperson wieder gewechselt hat. Sehr anstrengend!

Im ganzen ganz nett geschrieben.
The Lawless West
The Lawless West
I've been reading Louis L'Amour probably since my teens. He is AWESOME. He's one of the most descriptive writers I've ever read. I seem to be able to "smell the bacon frying on the campfire" and "feel the breeze in the mountains" when he writes about it. I've never ever been disappointed by his books and now when there are less and less westerns on TV his books seem even better. I've read Zane Grey and Max Brand also and they are both wonderful writers too. It's just that I discovered Louis L'Amour years before reading their books but they are really great also.
Bob Hébert
Astérix - Le Domaine des dieux - n°17 (Asterix) (French Edition)
Astérix - Le Domaine des dieux - n°17 (Asterix) (French Edition)
Der römische Staatsmann und Feldherr Julius Caesar (100-44 v. Chr.) versucht durch den Bau einer Stadt nach römischem Muster in unmittelbarer Nähe den Widerstand des gallischen Dorfes zu brechen.
„Le Domaine des Dieux“ ist der 17. Band der Asterix-Comic-Reihe und wurde von René Goscinny (1926-1977) geschrieben und von Albert Uderzo (* 1927) gezeichnet. 1971 erschien er in der französischen Zeitschrift Pilote in den Ausgaben 591-612. In Deutschland erschien er 1974 als Band mit dem Titel „Die Trabantenstadt“. Es ist der Nachfolgeband von „Asterix bei den Schweizern“ und der Vorgänger von „Die Lorbeeren des Cäsar“.
In Frankreich erschien die Geschichte erstmals 1971 als Serie in der französischen Zeitschrift „Pilote“ in den Ausgaben 591-612 und wurde noch im gleichen Jahr als Album im Verlag Dargaud veröffentlicht.
Asterix-Bücher zählen zu den wenigen Comics, in denen den Leserinnen und Lesern viel Geschichtliches, Wahres und auch Fremdsprachliches geboten wird. Lateinische Fachwörter, vor allem aus dem Bereich der römischen Waffen und noch heute gebräuchlicher Zitate, antike Bezeichnungen von Orten der Gegenwart und die Eroberung ganz Galliens bis zum Rhein durch Cäsar in den Jahren 58 bis 51 v. Chr. sind nur einige Beispiele.
Wer einmal die deutschen Versionen gelesen hat, dem fällt es auch nicht schwer, wie im Falle von „Le Domaine des Dieux“, die französische Urversion zu verstehen.
Das Buch verspricht Spannung, Unterhaltung und Witz in einem.
Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
Amazon Review, Between Shanghai and Hong Kong, The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
By Poshek Fu

Poshek Fu writes that, born in an island off Hong Kong, he often attended films in Cantonese locally and his parents regularly took the family to see Cantonese, Mandarin and even Hollywood films in the Central District. This early exposure expanded his knowledge of languages and began a lifelong fascination with Chinese cinema in all its facets. The author pursued his interest in what he describes as unexpected places such as flea markets, finding primary source material in the form of old film magazines and reviews, and also in the 1930s and 1940s Shanghai film programs which gave a précis in several languages of the motion picture being shown. Professor Fu further researched Chinese film history, using his many connections in academia and also in the media and field of film criticism.
Thus the author is both an academic at the University of Illinois taking an interest in the subject as a focus for his career, and is also an individual with a life-long passion for Chinese motion pictures backed by eclectic research. As such, Poshek Fu is uniquely qualified to write Between Shanghai and Hong Kong, The Politics of Chinese Cinemas.
He begins with a fascinating account of cinema in semi-occupied Shanghai: how it survived and even boomed. There were the frantic trips to Hong Kong (for supplies and the loan of studios, and even to sell the Nationalist contact there a few films) and Chongqing to try to explain their actions to the Nationalists. Here, the sheer terror of the tight-rope the film makers, notably Zhang Shankun, walked comes through clearly. On the one hand they were making a living and keeping up the morale of their compatriots through entertainment, and on the other they were potentially being murdered as traitors during or after the war because of the necessary accommodations with Japanese suppliers and film distributors.
The text continues by revealing the real story behind the development of Hong Kong cinema since its inception jointly with the cinema of Shanghai around 1909, through the action of an American entrepreneur, Benjamin Brodsky. After sound came in, Hong Kong became the leader in Cantonese films and their distribution, drawing talent away from Shanghai, in particular after the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1937. The Shanghai refugees tended to despise Hong Kong as not up to their standards in culture. However, by then Hong Kong had developed its own distinctive culture in print and other media. After the fall to the Japanese in 1941, the Hong Kong film makers asserted themselves either by fleeing or by refusing to co-operate with their conquerors, leading to the collapse of motion pictures there.
Differently from Hong Kong film makers, in occupied Shanghai Zhang Shankun continued to produce films via his terrifying balancing act, but by the end of the war he had been arrested by both the Japanese and Nationalist military police and was fortunate to escape with his life. When the usual post-war witch hunt for traitors developed with Zhang as a prominent target, he left Shanghai for Hong Kong. There, having helped in various major initiatives, until his death he remained true to his roots in a revived Xinhua studio catering to the Taiwanese market. Unlike many others, Zhang was not seduced by the rewards of turning to Beijing.
Through this excellent and well written book, in a whole new way, Poshek Fu has opened up a little-known period in Chinese cinema and in particular the Shanghai film scene of the semi-occupation and occupation by the Japanese spanning 1937–1945. He has included new archival and previously undiscovered film materials. Combining his skills both as a historian and as an expert in film, this author has clarified the way in which Chinese films of that era and beyond reflected the political and personal struggles of the Chinese people in times of turmoil. In writing this book, professor Fu has successfully challenged the previous received wisdom on this complex period in Chinese cinema.
Reviewer: Margaret Blair, author, Gudao, Lone Islet, The War Years in Shanghai and Shanghai Scarlet
The Screwtape Letters Study Guide: A Bible Study on the C.S. Lewis Book The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis Study Series)
The Screwtape Letters Study Guide: A Bible Study on the C.S. Lewis Book The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis Study Series)
I am studying/reading the Screwtape Letters with a weekly bible study group. The Leader Guide and materials have been very helpful to my ability to lead the discussion. The chapter summaries are helpful to keeping things in context. I especially appreciate the scripture references to help balance our opinions against the lies and strategies from Screwtape (and friends).

We opted to read a chapter a week so that we could maximize our conversation and education. We are striving to pull as much as possible from each chapter, not just rush thru the book. So, I think we are only about on chapter 7 this week! haha! The hardest part (for some of my group) is that we have to read the chapter two or three times to truly understand what's going on. Sometimes, the language/vocabulary in Screwtape Letters is difficult to wrap your head around.

But we are encouraging one another and enjoying the lively discussion that the book generates. And this is why I greatly appreciate the Scripture references in the Study Guide, to help focus our attention on God's promises, God's word, to give us hope for combating the Enemy.
Sea Hunters Season 2
Sea Hunters Season 2
I'm glad Sea Hunters went on the search for the SS Carpathia. It's true that most of the world forgot about the little ship that saved the Titanic survivors that night back in 1912. Here, the hunters search the Atlantic for the lost ship. Their findings are amazing and will go in the history books.
The Great Impersonation: How the Anti-christ has Deceived the Whole World
The Great Impersonation: How the Anti-christ has Deceived the Whole World
The teachings in this book is what many Christians of old knew and were taught in all days gone by, among our Christian peoples and congregations. The entire Bible and Apocryphal Books are OUR His Story!!! of our people who left the once Holy Land circa 70 AD. This was common knowledge that the European peoples of this world are the children of Adam, of Abraham, iSAAC, and Jacob Israel. And our many FAMILY TREES and history's were kept, and prove such!!
The 12 Tribes were never lost and are documented historically as the peoples of the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities and dispersion's in origin who colonized this world, as prophesied.
The teachings of old are also that Adam/ Awdawn was ruddy, shew blood in the face; able to blush; of FAIR COUNTENANCE. Continuance is a word from antiquity meaning face, the face of Yahweh, made in His image. Myself of Irish descent going back centuries was taught this as were my Christian ancestors. This Biblical knowledge and migration history passed on for all time, to our peoples. All this world's His Story tells of we Adam Kind as this world's colonizers, bringing agricultural and architectural goodness, and Christian Jurisprudence to our own, as the light of this world. And still to this day.
Our ancestors also told of the evil ONE who walks this earth, from the time their father satan in his sin against Yahweh was shunned and cast out from Heaven, who tricked our mother Eve to mix with the forbidden bloodline. This is the Biblical Story my Grandmother taught to me and my siblings and her Grandmothers and Grandfathers before her, We Generation of Adam.
This evil one, these whited sepulchres, of all unclean to this day fool Yahweh's Children to sin and this book based on Scripture and Our Father Yahweh's many warnings and His Word identifies our age, age old enemy, THE ENMITY.
Praise Yahweh!
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Exhaustive Scholar's and Collector's Descriptive Bibliography of American Periodical, Hardcover, Paperback, and Reprint Editions
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Exhaustive Scholar's and Collector's Descriptive Bibliography of American Periodical, Hardcover, Paperback, and Reprint Editions
This is a great reference book for ERB collectors. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because a new version was published in August 2017 that has all the updates since this one was released in 1996.

Still, this one has been quite useful to me. Additionally, I've exchanged a few e-mails with the author and he has been very helpful and encouraging.
The Covenant: A Novel
The Covenant: A Novel
Book Review
Republiek van Suid-Afrika, a strange and complex place
5 enthusiastic stars
*******

This is the fourth of these James Michener books that I have read, and I'm starting to see a lot of recurring themes.

1. There is some big man who leads his people somewhere in a semi divinely-inspired migration.

2. Those people undergo well-trod path: band--> tribe--> chiefdom -->state.

3. Trade brings together people who would have not other reason to interact, and trade is also what brings better organized powers to establish their own sovereignty over some new area.

4. The Golden Age That Never Was: even as far back as 6 centuries ago, people were hunting animals to the point of extinction for both food and trade.

This thematic overlap is not the fault of Michener as a writer. It's more like: there really are only a very few paths that human beings can take.

*******

There were also a lot of historical resonances to other places and times that were so striking, I thought I might just note them here.

1. The tenacity of ethno-religious groups. And, it is interesting that the Boers repurposed the large number of the Old Testament myths of Jewish people, because they felt those parallels.

2. A government making extremely determined enemies of a large subset of the population. Over a large number of decades. Slagtersnek and the Anglo-Boer war happened almost a century apart. The Jim Crow laws went on all the way from the 1890s until 1964.

3. Total warfare is well known, brutal, and impersonal. Sherman's March to the Sea was meant to break the will of the south, and the English put Boers in concentration camps to kill off tens of thousands of them.

4. People in one place who are similar to each other locked in struggle against one another. In this case, we have English and Afrikaaners, both of whom are Europeans but mortal enemies--but ignore the Africans that are much more numerous and who finally turned out to be a bigger problem. In the United States case, you have (white) Conservatives and Liberals who have become mortal enemies of one another--even as they ignore much larger looming language conflicts/problems with unchecked and Muslim immigration. (Ihlan Omar showed up in Congress and nobody even knows where she came from.)

5. Settled city dwellers crushing nomadic people, a la "Guns, Germs, and Steel." (In the case of the Boer republics, they have been settled but for much shorter periods of time and consequently did not have as much city experience as the English-and they were subjugated in the same way that they subjugated the Africans.)

6. An ethnic group is defeated in warfare, but they find other ways to continue to preserve their identity. (There was a 2000 year hiatus between the last group of Israelis and the current one, both ends bridged by Jews.) And so the Boers focused on their Bibles and language.

7. Affirmative action is an excellent way to turn people against each other and there is no stopping point. (And let us be clear that the Afrikaaners did practice affirmative-action-in-extremis.)

8. Poor population management (as in the American South and South Africa) can have spillover effects that last for many decades longer than the length of the initial problem.

*******

The excessive length is not too bothering, because there are enough variations/details around the edges in each specific case to still make for a very interesting narrative arc--which Michener skillfully provides.

1,153 pages of prose over 14 chapters works out to just about 83 pages per chapter. As in Michener's other works, each chapter is a novella in its own right.

This was not an excessive number of pages, given that the history of South/Southern Africa is so vast and complicated. (And, I have heard more than one American try reinterpret the South African case as a replay of the American case-- which it is emphatically not.)

These 14 novellas that comprise this book coverage such a long time span (so many characters, and so many different narratives), that the overall feeling can only be described as impressionistic.

*******

What do we learn from each chapter?

1. Exposition of Khoi-san people and their hunter-gathering lifestyle.

2. Exposition of the settled Bantu Africans and there higher level of civilization and trade contacts.

-Also, their absolutely appalling mistreatment and enslavement of Khoi-san people. (Inter-African slavery was a thing for thousands of years and still is today. Why nobody knows this is beyond me.)

-It appears that it must be something genetic about black men and fat women (p.64). And I guess people have observed that even several centuries ago.)

-Hunter-gatherers are nothing even close to a match for settled city dwellers.

-The resource curse has a very long history. (Gold. Diamonds. Elephant tusks.)

3. Exposition of the three main colonial powers in that region (Portuguese, Dutch, and English) and their internecine strife for ultimate victory.

-It's amazing how much better off the average human being is today then what they were in those times. A person can buy cinnamon for the price of about 5 minutes worth of labor, and yet whole fleets sales from one place to another to get those things.

-Even though the words Hottentot, Bushman, Koi-san, Khoikhoi (etc) are used interchangeably, they are all quite the different things. They just happen to speak similar languages.

-Governments are extremely slow to realize what are conditions on the ground, and it has been that way for at least three and a half centuries.

-There are Malay people in South Africa, and the mechanism of transfer was as slaves from one Dutch colony (Java) to another Dutch colony (South Africa).

4. How Huguenots made their way into South Africa.

-The religious wars in France were quite intense, with so many tens of thousands of people dead. (They came through it in short order, and now they are a secular country. Maybe there is yet hope for that Muslim Middle East.)

-The Vereenigde Oostindiche Compagnie colonized so much of the East is a testament to the Dutch business acuity.And that serves to highlight how different they were from the Afrikaners, even though they speak the same language.

-The Boers were/ are not entirely Dutchmen. There was a significant influx of French and Germans, but somehow they all ended up speaking Dutch / Afrikaans and coalesced into one ethnic group.

5. Genesis of the Trekboers, and that Cape Dutch and Trekboers are two different things, although they are related.

6. Some of the first English men that came there and lived further inland were missionaries.

From this, it appears that they are some part of the fairly heterogeneous Colored population.

7. Exposition of the paranoid, childless, murderous emperor Zulu conqueror, Shaka Zulu.

-Similar to many other conquerors, he never had any offspring period and it appears that he did not realize that he would die.

-Even back then, there was no clear succession pattern for African rulers. Much like today, they usually end up leaving as a result of assassination. (In recent times, one ruler in the Congo was assassinated by his own son.)

-The current African characteristic of wanton slaughter and brutality actually much predates European contact. Mzilaki-of-the Matabele and Shaka-of-the-Zulu were responsible for the murder of somewhere between 1-2 million Africans. (Far more than perished on The Middle Passage.)

And yet how many people even remember the Mfecane?

-Present day Lesotho and Swaziland are a direct result of the Mfecane.

8. Exposition of the Voortrekkers.

-These extremely sturdy people were still a different group of Boers who fled North to try to escape British rule.

-The English and the Boers are not friends in South Africa, and they have not been for a long time.

-Michener takes the trouble to let us know that the Boers of that time were only semi-literate, and they repurposed the myth of the Israelite expansion to apply to themselves.

-They also made extensive use of the Curse of Cham in their (primarily) Old Testament version of Christianity. (p.639)

-(p. 644) In so many ways, Boers are just like any other tribe in Africa: They engage in the same internicene warfare, and seem completely nonplussed about slaughtering or being slaughtered in tribal warfare. (That's just the way they do in Africa.) Huge numbers of the Boers were slaughtered--and they shook it off and kept moving. I would estimate something like a third or a fourth of them died in such warfare.

A lot of what animated them was fighting due to population pressures.

-As another times, gunpowder was a great equalizer. (p. 613)-At the Battle of Veg Kop, 50 Voortrekkers defeated 6, 000 African attackers. (p. 644) at the Battle of blood river, 4,000 Zulus were killed and not a single Voortrekker--and this is in spite of having a 30:1 numerical advantage on the Zulu side.

-The tsetse fly made it such that the Voortrekkers did not go even as far north as they wanted to. (Their horses could not live past the Limpopo River.)

9. Exposition of other big events.

-Nongqawuse was a female prophet who created a bunch of hysteria, and encouraged the Xhosa to kill all of their cattle (~400,000 head) and burn their crops to hasten the coming of spirits rising from the dead.

End result: about 75,000 people starved to death as a result of deliberately killing their only food source.

-Like the Boers, the German populations in places such as current day Botswana actually came from a very small number of people (p.671-673): Something like 2,350 mercenaries were randomly assigned to German women around 1857, and that explains their existence there 150 years later.

-South African Indians (people like MK Gandhi) came there as an escape of the crushing poverty of India. Almost none of them chose to go back. (p.682)

-We are introduced to Cecil Rhodes (of Zimbabwe - Rhodesia). Michener characterizes him as a closeted homosexual whose single-minded drive was to expand the British empire

10. The Anglo-Boer war

-A most perplexing episode in history: essentially, a bunch of white people fighting each other to the death even though they were much outnumbered by black people. (It has vague residences to conservative / liberal white people in the United States fighting each other tooth and nail even though they are surrounded by more numerous enemies.)

-Even though the varied Afrikaans speakers were not the same thing as the English speakers, they also were not the same thing as each other (Cape Dutch Boers were not the same thing as Voortrekkers)

-Of course with the numerical superiority that the English had, we would not expect the Boer republics to prevail. But, they certainly gave the English quieter run for their money.

-Great figures were present at that moment in history that formed their worldview based on those circumstances. Churchill. Tenacity. Gandhi. Nonviolence. Botha. Commonalties of English and Afrikaans against common black enemies.

-The English were not always the most benevolent of conquerors, and they did resort to concentration camps in the end in order to bring Boers under control.

11. Exposition of the incorporation of the Boer Republics into the new nation of South Africa.

-The "Afrikaaner" was born probably only within the last hundred years or so as an amalgamation of several different Boer subgroups.

-1904 Chinese expulsion from South Africa.

-The hatred of the Bantu people is something that came about because of the humiliation and disenfranchisement of the Afrikaaners and, the clergy was instrumental in developing the conceptual space to support that hatred.

12. Exposition of the Afrikaaner consolidation and control of the country.

-At one point, they considered joining in the side of Germany both in WWI/WWII, so rabid was their hatred of the english.

13. Specific case studies concerning the apartheid laws. (Birth/Work/School/Home/Death).

-Said laws did not exist for the first 300 years that there were "Dutchmen" in that region. They only came to exist as a way for these beleaguered Afrikaaners to protect themselves.

-There was a Race Classification Board (and that is because people of a certain race were only allowed to live and work in certain jobs). There was an example of a person having 2 ancestors out of 256 that may have been Malay/Hottentot, and that person was classified as Colored.

-(p.1000,1002) Crime has been an ongoing issue in South Africa for a very long time. At least since the 50s.

-Asian Indians do not like black people *anywhere* they live, and for black people who are trying to form a political coalition with them ("people of color"), they are going to be sorely disappointed. Just because people happen to be non-white does not necessarily make them friends with each other.

-Brutal interrogations of dissidents by Afrikaaners. (Coincidence. Blacks under Robert Mugabe were just as brutal to each other.)

14. Modern times/ odds and ends.

-This book finished up before the end of apartheid, but the author was cognizant of a sea change underway in the country.

-Then, as now, English have always been much more willing to abandon the country. (The Saltwood family was a well-chosen example of that exodus.)

-The book foreshadowed becoming of a moderate, triangulating Nelson Mandela. (p.1100). When they reverted over to Black rule, places like Mozambique collapsed instantly.

-The country takes on a bizarro world type quality, with people being "banned." (In some ways, it almost puts me in mind of North Korea.)

*******

Verdict:

1. Ultimately, South Africa was a spillover consequence of English misrule. The later events of apartheid were not because of/ by the english, but they were an impelling factor.

2. This book took me the best part of 6 weeks to read, and I don't think that it was time wasted. Highly recommended, even at the new price, as a way to get some insight into the history of that strange country. Republiek van Suid-Afrika.

*******

Mercifully, this book had a glossary.

Just the same, here are the words I extracted.

Piebald
Batik
Cupidity
Celadon
Liana
Escarpment
Dhow
Casuarina
Rondavel
Lateen
Forward agent
Lay in fee
Predikant
Mongery
Post-office stone
Proas
Raiment
Carrack
Sarong
Gamelan
Sockel
Spritsail
Wassail
Chirurgeon
Pinnace
Rix-dollar
Bann
Inlay
Viticulture
Vesicles
Outspan
Steenbok
Pailasse
Mealie
Trekboer
Springbok
Hartebeest
Gemsbok
Blesbok
Smous
Declivity
Abrazos
Lobola
Rushes (Juncaceae)
Wagtail
Hornbill
Bombazine
Laager
Disselboom
Gentoo
chandler
Scimitar
Contumelious
Caparisons
Aerie
Battue
diamantiferous
Frowzy
Suborn
Stoep
Brevet
Enfilade
Affray
Kiekie
Konfyt
Squash-box
Witblits
Lyddite
Sepia wash
Catchment
Snoek
Dagga
Skollies
Satyagraha
Fanakalo
Impi
Alluvial
Draymen
Fossicking
Ilmenite
Donder
The World Is My Home: A Memoir
The World Is My Home: A Memoir
It was said that Michelangelo told others that he did not sculpt but that he only removed the unwanted material and the beauty hidden in the stone emerged. "The World is My Home" rather did that for me the first time I read it in 1992. Reading it again on my Kindle reinforced that belief. I also write, not at his level of course, but I'm a better writer today than when I began and I will be a better writer later on. I loved his chapters on writers, writing and publishing and it was informative when he spoke of how poorly writers are paid (royalties). I receive a dollar on each book and one of my wealthy friends told me he had borrowed it from another wealthy friend so that reduced my income to $.50. I have read a number of Michener's books, particularly "Hawaii," "Poland" (I have Polish ancestors), "The Bridges of Toko-ri," and "Tales of the South Pacific". I have several others that I have not yet begun. I knew this was an autobiography and I was interested in learning about the writer but I learned so much more than just about James Michener. His writing style is clear, at times almost folksy, almost as though you are sitting in the living room with him over coffee and just talking, perhaps even asking him questions, which he answers. When he writes personally about discovering that he was not a Michener I am deeply interested in his feelings. My father always denied me though I knew I was a Payne and his son so I feel Michener's feelings, and I learned some of the same solutions as he used to deal with it. Once you get past the pain, you can go on and live your life. He made me realize how much bias there is in the world, especially against peoples with dark colored skin, he made me see how much people can do to help each other when we work together. I loved how many risks he took when he turned down offers that were almost guarantees of success, at well salaried positions, but he chose instead to take the risks and leave us a better world. I said that it helped remove unwanted material from me and let me discover my being inside. I had just finished reading this book in 1992 when the election between George Bush and Bill Clinton was in swing and I had been wavering on my vote. In 1988 I had voted for Mr. Bush, with reserved feelings after voting Republican all my voting life and becoming more disillusioned with being a Republican. My feelings were already deep in change after experiences which led me to know victims of the drug culture, including my son, learning Spanish fluently and being able to speak with Hispanic people in their language. On the eve of the election, Mr. Bush said, "Who are these clowns, these bozos?" and the next morning I voted for Democrats for the first time in my life. "The World is my Home" was literally life changing for me because I did not put it down, I did not reject it, I did not ignore or minimize his descriptions of hunger, famine, social injustice and discrimination towards women. Reading his book a second time has reinforced all of those feelings and today I work in ways I can to try to help end discrimination and hate. I should also mention that I was raised by a family of Native Americans though my DNA testing has proven me to be Irish-Scot-English (99.1% white), and not the Cherokee boy I was always told that I was. I recommend this book though I know that many who could and would benefit from it won't read it; some because of what I have just written about social injustice. Also through DNA I have learned that I have black cousins. Once I would have felt shocked by that; now I am rather proud of it. It's a long book, as most Michener books are, but it's well worth reading and when I have time, I'll read it again. I have never hesitated to recommend it, especially to other writers I know because a lot of would be writers don't really want to be writers, to bear the hard and dull work, but they want to have written; they want to be what they think a writer's life is. Mr. Michener is very honest in telling us just how difficult it is. But the fruits of his writing will serve us long and well. Stephen Joe Payne
Lego Harry Potter 2010 Mini Figure - Dumbledore with Wand
Lego Harry Potter 2010 Mini Figure - Dumbledore with Wand
Eleven dollars, plus shipping is a decent price for this minifigure, as it is no longer available in stores.
Dumbledore has two faces- one with glasses, and one without. Though not wearing his usual pink robes,
this figure reminds me of how I imagine him in the books. The chest is very detailed. This is a very good product.
Noble Collection NN8296 Collectible, Multi Coloured
Noble Collection NN8296 Collectible, Multi Coloured
I was thrilled when this came! Exactly as pictured, the wand has a long handle and muted colours, mixture of blacks, browns and greens.

Perfectly durable to swing around for roleplays

Recommend to any Harry Potter collection fan
Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability
Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability
I like this book. I find the writing both entertaining and informative. A few years ago, when it seemed that the book was going out of print, I managed to create a small stash of these so that I can give them as gifts to people who I believe would enjoy reading it.

This being said, I read all the negative reviews, and I must say with all honesty that the criticisms leveled at the book are legitimate. If you are expecting a book of Sherlock Holmes detective stories of the original Conan Doyle's kind, you will be disappointed. In fact, this is not at all a book of detective stories and mysteries. Also, if you are an expert in mathematics, you will find most of the discussion rather shallow and unnecessarily protracted.

However, if you understand well what this book isn't, there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy the book for what it is.

In this book Colin Bruce offers a nice mix of tidbits from mathematics, probability, and game theory, all presented in a belletrized form. The Sherlockian atmosphere is meant just as an entertaining backdrop. The first chapter is, I think, well written, but does not offer much substance. There are a lot more interesting bits and pieces spread throughout the rest of the book.

The book is not perfect, and there are some things that I found irritating. Chapters 5 and 6 seem to be unnecessarily drawn out, with an excessively long and insipid background story. In Chapter 3, Watson says: "1 January 1900. We had entered the twentieth century!" He makes a similar remark earlier in Chapter 2. Yet, in both cases, Holmes doesn't catch on to say that actually, the twentieth century does not start until January 1, 1901.

The stories in the book are meant to be happening around the year 1900. In this setting, a bunch of "historical" figures make an appearance: Lewis Carrol, Karl Marx, Lenin... But in reality, in 1900 both Karl Marx and Lewis Carrol had been dead for some time. He also plays loose with the history of aviation and technology in general. So, while the author aims to clear some confusion about matters of logic, probability and statistics, he confuses the reader with historical inaccuracies. And, as it becomes clear in the afterword, deliberately so. Also, I find distasteful the way he describes Lewis Carrol.

Overall, however, I find the book utterly enjoyable, and I hope that other people will like it too. Each chapter is a small self-contained story and there is no unifying plot line, so you can possibly read the book from any place, without losing anything of the story.
Harry Potter Silver Plated "After all this time... Always" Lariat Silver Bracelet
Harry Potter Silver Plated "After all this time... Always" Lariat Silver Bracelet
It's a little difficult to put on if you have a bigger hand but I love that it's adjustable. And it's beautiful.

**UPDATE**
I have been wearing this bracelet for over a year and a half straight, I never take it off and it has held up amazingly. It hasn't tarnished or anything. I still love it just as much as the day I got it.
Educational Insights Complete Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collection, Ages 8 and up, (57 pieces with storage tray)
Educational Insights Complete Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collection, Ages 8 and up, (57 pieces with storage tray)
THIS IS FANTASTIC!

Included in the kit are:

Fossils Collection:
* Ammonite
* Bryozoa
* Petrified Wood
* Gastropod
* Fossil Fern/Plant Matter
* Crinoid Stem
* Colony Coral
* Shark's Tooth
* Brachiopod

Igneous Rock Collection:
* Scoria
* Pummice
* Gabbro
* Tuff
* Rhyolite
* Diorite
* Granite
* Andesite
* Basalt
* Obsidian
* Pegmatite
* Porphyry

Mineral Collection:
* Talc
* Limonite
* Selenite
* Fluorite
* Sulfur
* Calcite
* Pyrite
* Magnetite
* Vemiculite
* Hematite
* Quartz
* Mica

Metamorphic Rock Collection:
* Chlorite Schist
* Garnet Schist
* Graphite Schist
* Mica Schist
* Serpentinite
* Marble
* Gneiss
* Slate
* Amphibolite
* Dolmitic Marble
* Epidosite
* Quartzite

Sedimentary Rock Collection:
* Siltstone
* Sandstone
* Rock Salt
* Coal
* Limestone
* Arkose
* Conglomerate
* Fossiliferous Limestone
* Mudstone
* Shale
* Travertine
* Rock Gypsum
ZTE MAX Connect Unlocked Mobile WiFi Hotspot 4G LTE GSM Router MF928, Up to 150Mbps Download Speed, Connect Up to 10 Devices, Create a WLAN Anywhere Bundle with Microfiber Cloth
ZTE MAX Connect Unlocked Mobile WiFi Hotspot 4G LTE GSM Router MF928, Up to 150Mbps Download Speed, Connect Up to 10 Devices, Create a WLAN Anywhere Bundle with Microfiber Cloth
I use this hotspot at a second home, mostly to monitor my security cameras and adjust my thermostat remotely. Naturally it also gets used for internet access whenever we are at that location. I'm seeing very good connection speeds using speedtest.net. I had no problem getting on line, simply moved my Consumer Cellular (T mobile) sim card from my old (dead) hotspot to this one. I have a Netgear 6000450 antenna left over from a previous hotspot, so used it. I see a slight improvement in my signal, but not huge. Since this hotspot is in continuous use 24/7/365 I use a regular lamp timer to charge 2 hours and rest 6 hours, repeating 3 times a day, which seems to work fine and not overheat the battery. I'm very satisfied with the performance of this hotspot.
Multicolor Balloons 12 Inch Strong Latex about 16 color 100 Pcs Balloons for Party Celebrate Birthday Christmas Wedding and Holidays,For Helium Or Air Use,Decoration Accessory
Multicolor Balloons 12 Inch Strong Latex about 16 color 100 Pcs Balloons for Party Celebrate Birthday Christmas Wedding and Holidays,For Helium Or Air Use,Decoration Accessory
 I’m not sure what balloons the others received that complained about them popping when you walk in the room. We received our bag this evening and although they say irregular, they seem just fine. I have attached a video of my son and I playing with a balloon we blew up to “test” them and they are great. The colors are bright and if my toddler son can run around hitting the balloon for 30 minutes without it popping, it’s plenty durable. I haven’t counted the amount in the bag and will check that but it has a nice variety of colors. Reasonable price for what you get, nice quality and blew up with a electric balloon pump just fine, never popped. A little powder on the outside of some of the balloons, which I don’t care for but overall seems like a reasonable purchase. I will update if I have anything to add. See my video of them being played with. Invalidates the negative feedback unless all bags are different. That I can’t say. I am speaking for what we received, which is just fine thus far.
Haribo Relleno Cola Geles Dulces - 1500 gr
Haribo Relleno Cola Geles Dulces - 1500 gr
 Hace unos días me dio el antojo de comer chucherias y acabé comprando en Amazon este producto de Haribo. La verdad es que pensaba que estaría más bueno. No es que esté malo, pero nunca me había pasado con una gominola de Haribo que a la que me comía 2 o 3, no tenía ganas de más.

Su sabor no es que sea especialmente bueno. Sorprende al principio, pero es muy cansado y no me acaba de gustar mucho.

Estos son los puntos a destacar de estas gominolas de Haribo de cola:

- Aspectos positivos:

a) Mucha cantidad: Concretamente, hay un quilo y medio. Si te gusta, te durará bastante y si no te gustan, aun te durarán más.

b) El sabor sorprende: El sabor, todo hay que decir, aunque no me gusta demasiado, sí que tengo que admitir que me sorprendió al principio.

c) Económicas: Para ser un producto Haribo, tienen un precio muy bueno.

- Aspectos negativos:

a) Sabor aburre y poco dulce: A mi no me acaban de gustar demasiado. Las encuentro un poco amargas y poco dulces. Las rojas de toda la vida están infinitamente más buenas. Además, aunque el sabor te pueda sorprender las 2 o 3 primeras, al poco te cansa y ya no te apetece comer más. A mi es la primera vez que me pasa con un producto Haribo.

b) Muy pegajosas: Estas gominolas tienen una especie de capa fina pringosa que te deja las manos un poco guarras. No me acaba de convencer este asunto...

c) Aceite de palma: Si eres de los que no quieres saber nada del aceite de palma, estas gominolas sí que lo tienen como ingredienteingrediente.

d) La caja no cierra bien: Aunque viene precintada, la caja se abre por los lados y es bastante cutre, sobretodo teniendo en cuenta que, aunque es un dulce, sigue siendo un alimento.

Resumiendo... Como toda gominola, al final se comerán, aunque éstas tardarán más de la cuenta, ya que se me han quitado las ganas de comerlas. Cada visita que llega a casa le ofrezco una avisándole de que no están muy buenas. Si alguno me dice que le gustan, le doy más. Es la mejor forma que he encontrado para gastarlas pronto. Aunque no es que estén malas, a mi no me acaban de gustar. Volveré a comprar gominolas en breve, posiblemente Haribo otra vez, pero este producto en concreto, no. Y no se lo recomiendo a nadie.
Claeys, Caramelos duros tradicionales, marrubio, 6 oz
Claeys, Caramelos duros tradicionales, marrubio, 6 oz
10/08/12 Update: Someone pointed out that the Anise also comes in these little beveled squares. I much prefer that shape. They are like lovely little red jewels going in the mouth and the taste and feel on the tongue is smoother with no sharp corners. The beveled squares last longer. When it comes to the jagged little chips I can't resist chomping them. - Not so good for the teeth.
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Claeys can always be counted on for great hard candies and this one is no different. The candies are kind of a red, a littler harder than some of the other candies, and comes in little chips rather than drop form.

The only reason for not giving it high marks is that the Anise flavor is light and delicate and I prefer a much stronger taste. However, the fact that the taste is not overpowering makes it great for guests. Even people who don't normally care for Anise have said they like these little beauties.

This is good stuff, just mild for my taste.

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