Elisabeth Howard

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Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript and JScript Bible
Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript and JScript Bible
Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript and JScript Bible by William R. Stanek , James O'Neill, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Divine Intimacy
Divine Intimacy
Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 132 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c category.
Lo mejor de mí (Spanish Edition)
Lo mejor de mí (Spanish Edition)
Lo mejor de mí (Spanish Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Iolanda Rabascall. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 63 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Ultima Musica (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Ultima Musica (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Ultima Musica (Em Portugues do Brasil) by NICHOLAS SPARKS. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, Ray Porter, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 413 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Fireman: A Novel
The Fireman: A Novel
The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill, Kate Mulgrew, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2160 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Tao Te Ching (Coterie Classics)
Tao Te Ching (Coterie Classics)
Tao Te Ching (Coterie Classics) by Lao Tzu , Coterie Classics, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 714 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Elevation (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Elevation (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Elevation (Imaginaire) (French Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 77 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids by Warren Sande and Carter Sande. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Michael Dawson. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Deep Learning for NLP and Speech Recognition
Deep Learning for NLP and Speech Recognition
Deep Learning for NLP and Speech Recognition by Uday Kamath, John Liu , et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
XML Processing with Perl, Python, and PHP
XML Processing with Perl, Python, and PHP
XML Processing with Perl, Python, and PHP by Martin C. Brown. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence
Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence
Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence by Patrick LeBlanc , Jessica M. Moss , et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Mastering Windows Server 2003
Mastering Windows Server 2003
Mastering Windows Server 2003 by Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 104 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours: Sams Teac Your node 24 hour
Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours: Sams Teac Your node 24 hour
Overall this book makes for good reading.But then why 3 stars?
Well for starters, the code in this book is outdated. You will feel the drag on your self-paced learning when you hit the chapters on Express.
The code in these chapters are geared more towards V3.x of Express. And when you set up Expressand generate your first web application you will literally tear your hair out trying to figure out why things don't work as described.

I compared the code in the book vs. the files generated in my Express application vs. the Express API documentation and realized that I was reading a book written for V3.x of Express whilst the one installed on my Surface Pro Tablet is V4.x . There are subtle and more pronounced differences between the two versions and instructions in this book for most part will not work with your Express application. Therefore here are some starters on some of the differences. For more details refer to this link - http://expressjs.com/guide/migrating-4.html
1. Starting the Express Web Application is completely different.
2. Editing .JADE view pages works best with Visual Studio (free version)
3. When starting with a JADE page, make up your mind on whether you're going to use [space] or [Tab] for indentation
4. Once you decide what your preference is, stick to it and DO NOT switch between [space] or [Tab] to avoid unpredictable behavior of the JADE engine!
5 If a certain JADE tag does not work, the first test would be to add a DOT in front of it to see if it works
6 Example: As shown in this book the inline script keyword does not work with v4.x, but script. works (notice a dot after the keyword here)
7 The good part is that variables, FOR LOOPS, IF-ELSE constructs work as shown in the book and you should not have major issues

With these workarounds, I've been successfully able to complete working on Chapter 06 of this book. As of now, I'm yet to try the mixins.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2008 Cosmic Edition/2 volumes
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett/2008 Cosmic Edition/2 volumes
In his latest two-volume work, "Of Permanent Value The Story of Warren Buffett", Andrew Kilpatrick has proven his genius as a biographical historian equals the genius of Warren Buffett as an Entrepeneur.

During all of my years of reading everything available about and following the many activities of Warren Buffett, nowhere have I encountered as complete a compilation of pictures, personal memorabilia, and historic data as those condtained in Mr. Kilpatrick's work. The ingenuity and inventiveness of the book's presentation and the obvious effort required to amass and so careingly organize such an abundance of material leaves little doubt as to the author's personal admiration for his subject.

Overall, the format of the book is well organized, interesting, and very readable. However, one of my greatest pleasures emerged gradually as I discovered the value of the book's content from an historical perfspective. Because the author has so successfully endeavored to arrange all of his material chronologically, the work subtly conveys to the reader some insight into the variety of historical events our coutry hosted, commencing with Warren's very early years as a child in the 1930's and on up to the present day.

This Anthology of the young boy from Omaha, Nebraska who became the world's greatest financial entrepeneur, and wealthiest man, compiled by Andrew Kilpatrick, is destined to remain one of the most thorough, well-organized, and historic portrayals of Warren Buffett's personal life, methods, and business ventures ever assembled into a single source.

Whether for their informative value or merely pure pleasure, everyone interested in its subject should own this work by Andrew Kilpatrick. Nowhere else are the life, times, acquaintances, and entrepenurial genius of Warren Buffett so skillfully bundled into a single work.

These two very attractively bound volumes leave the reader thoroughly convinced that although Warren Buffett, in the realm of finance, has achieved the status of a Babe Ruth, it is Andy Kilpatrick, the author, who has just hit the home run!
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING 2020: DISCOVER THE NEWEST ONLINE BUSINESS STRATEGIES USING YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, ONLINE MARKETING, AND ADVERTISING
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING 2020: DISCOVER THE NEWEST ONLINE BUSINESS STRATEGIES USING YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, ONLINE MARKETING, AND ADVERTISING
I truly enjoyed lore from this set. It has inhaled me to strike start a social media foundation for a occupation I deficiency to erect in the prospective as well as focus more on my hypostatic LinkedIn computation. Jason really drove home the matter of social media in now’s digital the. He has convinced someone that once believed that one could win without festive media into a total believer of the power of companionable media supplies. I believe that the adroitness of social media marketing is what the skill of worn Microsoft discharge was some repetition past. What once was discretionary will suit an idiopathic part of supplies and a fatality for any office large or slender. Businesses will have to learn how to market on social media thoroughly to hinder germane and augment.
MEG: Nightstalkers
MEG: Nightstalkers
I picked up the original "Meg" novel a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant surprise. It was well written and hit the balance perfectly between being believable and having some fun, over the top action. It was refreshing to find a giant sea monster story that didn't have the usual radiation/mutation/government experiment origins and was coupled with some likable characters. I enjoyed the sequel but as I've gone through the series there's been a noticeable decline in the quality. I was hoping "Nightstalkers" would end that trend but was sadly disappointed.

I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.

By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.

If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World
The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World
It is difficult to fully appreciate just how different and awkward early computers were to use. Linking bits together, typing code or running tapes to get it started and then being confined to using a small selection of software.
When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were trying to sell computer boards at the Homebrew Computer Club in the 1970's, it was to enthusiasts who did not mind tinkering. By the time the Macintosh arrived in 1984, Apple was a growing profitable company selling a complete package to industry and domestic users.
This book provides a detailed look at how it all came about. The successes, failures and personalities that created a company so different to IBM and Hewlett Packard.
I have been using Apple computers for nearly two decades. I have bought in to the aspirations that come with buying such a machine. I 'Think Different', but still do a lot of computing and enjoy the experience using a current iMac.
Once you have read Return to the Little Kingdom, I think you will appreciate why owners and users of Apple computers are so devoted and happy that they have made the right choice.
The four star rating is only because I would have preferred to see a few photographs includedReturn to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, the creation of Apple, and how it changed the world
How to Make a Million Before Lunch
How to Make a Million Before Lunch
HOW TO MAKE A MILLION BEFORE LUNCH!!! IS THIS REALLY TRUE OR JUST ANOTHER GET RICH QUICK!!! NO ITS TRUE BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO COME UP WITH AN IDEA,DO IT BETTER.BIGGER OR TWIST ON THE EXISTING IDEA.EXECUTE YOUR BUSINESS IDEA,TAKE CALCULATED RISKS,NETWORK SO YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR NETWORTH,WRITE DOWN AND SET YOUR BUSINESS GOALS!!,BUILD YOUR TEAM AROUND YOU AND DO NOT GIVE UP AND TAKE ACTION!!! GO FOR IT YOU CAN DO THIS
ITS A NO-BRAINER!!! BUY THIS BOOK AND MAKE YOUR MILLION AS A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR!!!
TODAY AND TOMORROW (Newly Annotated and Illustrated): Timeless Wisdom for a Modern Digital Age
TODAY AND TOMORROW (Newly Annotated and Illustrated): Timeless Wisdom for a Modern Digital Age
Such an inspiring book ! Definitely a must read for those in business and on a lean journey, even a 94 years after its first publication. Ford is full of wisdom and practical ideas.

The editing is very disappointing -- it looks like it has been done in 30 minutes. The book is oversized for no reason, there are mis-typed words everywhere, a part of the introduction is repeated at the beginning and at the end of the book, and so on.. I didn't expect such a low quality editing from Paul Akers !
Pack of 5 - Donald and Melania Trump 2020 Re-Election Presidential Dollar Bill - Limited Edition Novelty Dollar Bill - Keep America Great - Best Gift for Lovers of Donald and Melania Trump
Pack of 5 - Donald and Melania Trump 2020 Re-Election Presidential Dollar Bill - Limited Edition Novelty Dollar Bill - Keep America Great - Best Gift for Lovers of Donald and Melania Trump
The five bills I received arrived quickly. They came in a flat envelope with plastic protection. The cost of shipping was more than the five bills themselves. The shipping should have been the cost of a first class stamp, 55 cents instead of nearly $3. So realize shipping is a ripoff. The bills are actually quite well done. Kind of impressive knowing this is all just a fun conversation piece. I'm glad I bought them. Have given three away to Trump supporter friends. I have one on my refrigerator.
How Google Works
How Google Works
Google, a company founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, is worth $50-billion, has over forty-five thousand employees, and operates in over forty countries. “How Google Works” is the account of how this company grew into such a large and valuable organization.
Author Eric Schmidt, who has a PhD in computer science, joined Google as its CEO. His experience at Sun Microsystems, Bell Labs and Novell, (where he had been the CEO,) was widely believed to be a way of bringing “adult supervision” to a chaotic place. The founders, however, hired Schmidt as much for his technological achievements as a Unix expert and a co-creator of Java, as for his business acumen.
Co-author Jonathan Rosenberg, came from [email protected] and Apple where he was a product advocate and innovator.
As I have pointed out in this column before, great companies do not become great because they have good ideas, but because of the quality management that is designed into the business.
Brin and Page started Google with the belief that the Internet was “the technology platform of the future and that search was one of its most useful applications.” From the outset they believed that if they could offer superb products, the money would follow. They also genuinely believed that “their employees are everything”, and structured their company on that premise.
The authors, too, understood that “the best way to achieve… excellence was not via a prescribed business plan, but rather by hiring the very best engineers we could and then getting out of the way.”
With this approach, Google has been able to build excellent platforms and products that offer higher-quality services. Additionally, Google has made these services easily accessible and attractive to their customers. As a result, these services attracted advertisers who have provided the revenue stream for the company.
With the ease of access to knowledge via the internet and the lower costs of producing products and services, competitive advantage has been compromised. Neither information nor distribution can be controlled - only consistently producing excellent products can ensure business success.
To achieve this product excellence rapidly and consistently, the company could not be run using the stifling organizational structures of the past. “The only way to (achieve this product excellence rapidly and consistently), is to attract smart creatives and create an environment where they can succeed at scale.”
The company is designed to attract “smart creatives” who are encouraged to manifest their best ideas. “Smart creatives” are those who possess deep technical knowledge and can see the route from technical expertise, to product excellence, to business success. These employees would be extremely difficult to manage because they cannot be told how to think. “If you can’t tell someone how to think, then you have to learn to manage the environment where they think.”
The managerial challenge is to create a place where smart creatives want to come every day, and so build a great company. Put in different terms – it entails creating a culture that will attract, retain and stimulate smart creatives. Culture, the authors explain, comes from the founders, “but it is best reflected in the trusted team the founders form to launch their venture.”
The following incident describes the value of culture succinctly. Larry Page was dissatisfied with the adverts that come up when a search is made. He placed a memo on a notice board on a Friday afternoon describing his dissatisfaction.
The authors report that “Jeff and team weren’t even on the ads team. They had just been in the office that Friday afternoon, seen Larry’s note, and understood that when your mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, then having ads (which are information) that suck (which isn’t useful) is a problem. So they decided to fix it. Over the weekend.”
It wasn’t the culture that turned the five engineers into problem-solvers whose solution changed the course of the company. It wasn’t the culture that turned the five engineers into employees who achieved this over a weekend, uninstructed. Rather, it was the culture that had attracted people with that initiative, enthusiasm and commitment to Google. That is the power of culture.
Hippopotamuses are among the deadliest animals, unexpectedly fast moving, and capable of killing any enemy in their path. In Google, “hippos” refer to a different, but no less dangerous phenomenon – the “Highest-Paid Person’s Opinion.” As a meritocracy, at Google it is the quality of the idea that matters, not who suggests it. “Hippos” who cannot argue for their ideas are more likely to intimidate their way to success.
Sridhar Ramaswamy, one of Google’s ads leaders, tells of a clash of opinion he had with Sergey Brin. Brin initially suggested that as a compromise they try both ideas. After much debate about the relative merits of the competing ideas, Sergey’s idea was discarded despite being the HIPPO in the room by a wide margin.
To establish a meritocracy, a culture is needed that obliges people to dissent, not merely allows them to dissent. Some people feel uncomfortable about raising dissenting views in a public forum, and that is why dissent must be an obligation, not an option.
The book covers not only organizational culture, but how to create a “functional strategy”, hire the right people, arriving at accepted decisions, effect real communication, and, of course, innovation.
The value of this book does not lie in its description of a mighty company, but rather in the many thought-provoking ideas that are behind Google’s success. Little of this book will have direct application to your business, unless you are a tech giant in Silicon Valley. It will, however, stimulate you into thinking about how your organization is managed, and how you can get even more output from your people, and they can get more input from your organization.

Readability Light -+--- Serious
Insights High +---- Low
Practical High -+--- Low

*Ian Mann of Gateways consults internationally on leadership and strategy and is the author of Strategy that Works.
Flo-Kem 11192 Enzyme Odor Eliminator with Pina Colada Fragrance, 1 Gallon
Flo-Kem 11192 Enzyme Odor Eliminator with Pina Colada Fragrance, 1 Gallon
I noticed that one (?) of our cats was peeing on the carpet (will know for sure when I get the camera set up! 😂) and I tried shampooing, vinegar, baking soda and a product called Dumb Cat but nothing got rid of the smell. I got this yesterday along with a black light. The carpet lit up and I sprayed this on the spots and will go over them again tonight and hopefully get it shampooed this weekend. It has definitely taken away the smell! Now I want to empty their litter boxes and spray them down with this. Just for fun I thought I would see how clean ( or not) the toilet was with the black light before I went to work this morning. I have to say that for the first time I can remember I couldn't wait to get home and clean the toilet! It "looks" clean! I can also say that this is the first time I've ever cleaned the toilet in the dark with a black light! I don't think I'll ever clean it again without this product or the black light! Chances are if you think your toilet is clean, this product and a light will prove you wrong! The scent is great and I will order more when this gets low.
DP Mask Deluxe Full Head Latex Helmet Cosplay Costume Accessory Xcoser New
DP Mask Deluxe Full Head Latex Helmet Cosplay Costume Accessory Xcoser New
Just opened it up and as with most things, ya get what you pay for, I guess.

The latex ain't bad, doesn't stink like ass inside, plus it pulls over the head decently. Though a bit overly roomy.

I have a rather common head volume. Size medium for most hats... 7 1/4 or there about .. the foam around the eyes on the inside feels decent and doubt it would be too awful over time.

Visability ranks around 2 on a 10 scale. So don't expect to see much more than your feet in front of you. Even then, I wouldn't recommend running... Doubt the foam inside will adequately cussion the inevitable fall.

Biggest issue though, the "stitching", packaging and/or the duration of the mask being packed. It didn't come in a box, but rather an envelope. The mask was highly compacted and the results are, well, what you see in the photos. Crunched and in many cases deformed to the point that I'm unsure will be recoverable. Might try to hit it with some heat, but from the look of the hard crease along the left eye and brow, it may be there for good. May also be the result of a buggard up production, rather than packaging. Hard to tell.... Never the less, it's left with a bit of a deranged, cockeyed, permanently confused look... kinda like a claymation Deadpool got the hell beat out of him with a pipe wrench...

Doubt I'll be keeping it.
The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau
The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau
When Professor Hyde set out to use selected Thoreau essays in his seminar at Kenyon College, he found no book that contained the writings he wanted. So he created one that did. The result is this handsome book, made up of 13 political and / or nature essays: Natural History of Massachusetts ~ A Winter Walk ~ Paradise (to be) Regained ~ Ktaadn ~ Civil Disobedience ~ Walking ~ Slavery in Massachusetts ~ Life Without Principle ~ Autumnal Tints ~ The Succession of Forest Trees ~ A Plea for Captain John Brown ~ The Last Days of John Brown ~ and Wild Apples.

Some of these titles are more familiar to us than others, because writings such as "Civil Disobedience" and "Walking" appear in dozens (if not hundreds) of compilation volumes. I found two gems in this book. The first is Hyde's own introductory essay, "Prophetic Excursions," which provides a personal and unique perspective for approaching the genre. The second is "Paradise (to be ) Regained," in which Thoreau reviews the 1842 book, "The Paradise within the Reach of all Men, without Labor, by Powers of Nature and Machinery. An Address to all Intelligent Men" by J.A. Etzler. Talk about FUNNY! Mr. Etzler evidently proposed to use the energy produced by the wind, the tide, the waves, and sunshine in order to power all the machinery needs of mankind. And Henry shoots him down at every turn! One wonders what either man would think of our current solar energy efforts and those proposals to put wind farms on Cape Cod. Of additional interest here are the annotations to the text, in which Hyde lets us in on many of Thoreau's inside jokes and references -- the kinds of remarks that would have been obvious to his contemporaries and to anyone with reading knowledge of classical literature.

Even the cover art was well-chosen for this volume. It's "Water Lily," a painting done by American John La Farge in the early 1860s. The inspiration was obviously taken from "Slavery in Massachusetts," when Thoreau stops in the midst of railing against the injustices of the Fugitive Slave Law to talk about the scent of a water lily:

"It bursts up so pure and fair to the eye, and so sweet to the scent, as if to show us what purity and sweetness reside in, and can be extracted from, the slime and muck of earth. ... It reminds me that Nature has been partner to no Missouri Compromise. ... The foul slime stands for the sloth and vice of man, the decay of humanity; the fragrant flower that springs from it, for the purity and courage which are immortal." (p. 193)

Even in his political essays, Thoreau couldn't avoid making analogies with the natural world. That's one of the points Lewis Hyde makes with this volume: you can't separate the natural from the political when you're dealing with Thoreau's writings. It's impossible to focus on just one or

the other.
Louis L'Amour Trail Mix: Volume One
Louis L'Amour Trail Mix: Volume One
If you like Western mysteries no one tells a better story than L'Amour. This audio book has some well known readers who really know how to bring the stories to life. Very enjoyable.
A Spring Bouquet
A Spring Bouquet
I wanted this book because I'd heard a lot about the Jo Beverley story, Forbidden Affections. Many of Beverley's fans don't like this novella because of the age gap between the hero and heroine, and so I wanted to see what I thought. But first, the other three stories.
We begin with Janet Dailey's Castles in the Sand. This is a tale about a couple who were in love as teenagers, but were separated by time, events, misunderstandings and simply growing up. They meet again at a time of trauma - the father of one, and the mentor of the other - is seriously ill. However, I didn't find myself at all emotionally engaged with Bridget and Reese's story. I think this was because Dailey skipped over long periods in time, and so we'd have a development at the end of one chapter, only to find that the next chapter jumped forward several months - the emotional impact was lost. Extremely forgettable.
Debbie Macomber's The Marrying Kind could have been good - but wasn't. Katie and Jason were married as teenagers, but Katie's parents didn't approve of Jason and they took Katie away and made her annul the marriage. Now, ten years later, Katie and Jason meet again, three days before his wedding to someone else, and find that they're still in love. Okay... a well-worn premise, but I usually like Macomber so I expected good work from her. Instead, I got a plot which has been done many times before, and a hero I didn't particularly like. The way he treats his fiancée is particularly abhorrent, and the rather convenient manner in which she turns into a selfish harridan wasn't at all convincing.
Rebecca Brandewyne's Hasten Down The Wind has been described by another reviewer here as a history lesson disguised as a romance, and I couldn't have put it better myself. Instead of focusing on Elizabeth's relationship with Chaingo, the novella gives us lots and lots of information about the outlaws - and it's all incomplete too, as if the reader is expected to know all about the period and the characters. I couldn't follow the detail of the events at all, and certainly have no interest in re-reading the novella.
However, Beverley's Forbidden Affections certainly didn't disappoint. Anna is a fan of Gothic romances, and when she discovers that her new London home has a room decorated exactly as the heroine's room in one of her favourite author's books, Forbidden Affections, she is curious. Discovering a secret doorway, she explores the house next door, owned by a mysterious nobleman who is believed to have killed his former mistress. But the Earl of Carne is nothing like she imagined, and she finds herself working secretly with him to clear his name. Along the way, she falls in love - but he is 30 to her 16, and even if her family would agree, Carne can't reconcile with his conscience the idea of marrying someone so young.
The reason some of Beverley's fans dislike this novella is precisely the notion of a 16-year-old marrying a man so much older. But, having read Forbidden Affections, that aspect doesn't bother me in the least. Anna may be 16, but she's no child. She's actually far more sensible and mature in her outlook than her older sister, who is 19. Carne does recognise this, even while he's telling her that he's too old for her and that she'll meet someone younger in time. And he doesn't rush into anything where Anna is concerned; he takes his time, which shows some degree of consideration.
I enjoyed the Beverley novella very much and for me it compensates for the remainder of the anthology. But if you're not a fan of Beverley or of Regency romance, give this one a miss!
Buddha
Buddha
Buddha by Osamu Tezuka is a 3056-page, eight-volume collection written from 1972 to 1983 loosely about Siddhartha/Buddha, with a look at a number of ancillary characters, mostly fictionalized. In the series, the Buddha is born, lives his life, and dies, surrounded by a number of interesting personalities. It is a damning look at India's caste system, and there are strong anti-violence themes.

Volume 1: Kapilavastu, 400 pages
Volume 2: The Four Encounters, 411 pages
Volume 3: Devadatta, 333 pages
Volume 4: The Forest of Uruvela, 383 pages
Volume 5: Deer Park, 350 pages
Volume 6: Ananda, 368 pages
Volume 7: Prince Aiatasattu, 429 pages
Volume 8: Jetavana, 362 pages

There are basically two versions of this set available in English. The most common, and the one I'm reviewing, is the Thomson Press edition, for sale only within the Indian subcontinent. The pages are thin, and it's generally of low quality, but the spine image is striking, and it comes with a slipcase. It is reprinted in mirror image so that it formats left-to-right, which I'm not a fan of. I paid $60 or so, including shipping. For an edition meant to last years, if not decades, I would recommend the Vertical Edition, which runs for $150 to $200.

Either version receives my highest recommendations. Some people have bemoaned the quality of the $60 edition, but I found it to be more than adequate, and for the price, it's well worth it. I haven't read the entire series, but I like what I've read, and I know I'll cherish it in the upcoming weeks and months, as I complete the series. *****
Naruto, V41 (Japanese Edition)
Naruto, V41 (Japanese Edition)
ナルトが周囲の人達に認められて行く時点から
キャラクター全員が主人公なんじゃないかなあ〜
みたいに思いながら読んでいるので
タイトルが『NARUTO』で
ナルトの出番があまり無くても私はあまり気になんないですね
コミック派なので、この後の自雷也…心配です
オッサンキャラ好きなんですよアスマが死んでかなりショック受けました、もう死なんどいてくれよ〜!
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Debbie's Favorites
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Debbie's Favorites
Another knitting book from Debbie Macomber, easy to follow directions and a good selection of items to chose from, the bit I love most for a beginner point of view is the how to knit section at the back, a step by step on how to knit the different stiches.
Bleach, Vol. 6
Bleach, Vol. 6
As Ichigo battles Hollows which Quincy Uryu Ishida has lured with his bait, Orihime and Chad awaken to find themselves safe, having been removed from the battle by a mysterious stranger in a striped hat. Chad demands to know what has happened, and what it has to do with Ichigo. Ishida is finding that his plan is going awry. He can’t kill the Hollows with just one shot anymore, alarmingly, and as his strength wanes, the number of Hollows only increases—not quite what he’d had in mind when he began the contest with Ichigo.

Rukia is dismayed to find that her strength is not what it should be. Suddenly beset by what she at first thinks is Ichigo, she realizes it is Kon clinging to her like a leech, she spots Ishida and learns that this sudden infestation of Hollows is his fault and wants to know what he was trying to prove. Meanwhile, Kiskue is revealing the truth about their powers to Orihime and Chad, and how they were activated. Seeing their skepticism, he invites them to come along with him and see for themselves.

Ichigo has finally caught up with Kon and is furious that he didn’t do what he sent him to do, which was to retrieve Rukia’s thingamajig. Ishida is still intent on having Ichigo as his opponent, but Ichigo notices the ominous cracks in the sky. As they watch, Rukia explains to him about the Quincies and why they had to be destroyed.

Despite everything, Ichigo wants to work with Ishida, not against him. Ishida explains why he hates Soul Reapers so much, and Ichigo explains about the death of his mother, and his own war against Hollows. Can these two work together to defeat the Hollow horde? And what the heck is a Menos Grande?

Should they be frightened?

There is a lot going on in this volume of Bleach. Since I’m watching the anime (although I’ve way ahead of where I’m reading), I find it interesting to note things in the manga I would have liked to see in the anime. Such as the scene with Kiskue and Orihime and Chad, where he explains about their powers. Watching Ishida and Ichigo learn to work together is great, as they both have issues to work through, mostly Ishida. Ichigo, for the most part, is pretty laid back, and takes things in stride. Ishida, on the other hand, is rather high-strung and nervous.

The fight against the Menos Grande is pretty awesome, not to mention we get to see more of Kiskue Uruhara and Tessai, although there is much we don’t yet know. I loved seeing Rukia and Ishida assimilate with their schoolmates, and the first appearance of Mr. Yoruichi is priceless.

Another great volume of Bleach, looking forward to more of the same!
Mobile Suit Gundam: White Base Hanger Deck A.N.I.M.E. Ver. Figure
Mobile Suit Gundam: White Base Hanger Deck A.N.I.M.E. Ver. Figure
This is a very choice for displaying any 1/144 scale mecha. Although it was originally planned for Bandai’s robot spirits line of figures, I thought it’ll be interesting to display some of my 1/144 gundams in this hanger.

The hanger is packed with gimmicks. You have a moving claw that can move along the rail, elevate, and rotate. This claw can hold a core block. But this only works for the robot spirits line. The claw doesn't open and close. The “platform thing” you display your mecha on can move. On it are two pegs. This will allow the robot spirit Rx-78 gundam to separate and stay in place. To top it off, the boarding ladder thing can swivel. The background of the hanger is basically a painted piece of thin plastic.

I think this is great! However, I think this should be priced around 23 dollars. Overall pretty good!

Oh yeah, one more thing:

I finally have a place to store my 1/144 figures safely!
Ball
Ball
Picked this book up for my nephew who is just about 2 years old. His favourite toys are balls and is often jealous of the dog because it always takes the ball, so this is the perfect book for him. The illustrations are great, and if you've ever owned a ball crazy dog this'll make you laugh. Due to his age, my nephew was very happy that he knew what the word was on each page, as the whole book is just a single word repeated. Because of this I don't recommend this for children learning to read.

In regards to my rating, I did find the book to be on the expensive side (at least what I paid for it), thus only receiving a four star review.
ASUS RT-ACRH17 AC1700 Dual Band WiFi Router with 4 Gigabit LAN Ports, Easy App setup, Parental Control, MU-MIMO, USB 3.0 port, Gaming, 4K Streaming
ASUS RT-ACRH17 AC1700 Dual Band WiFi Router with 4 Gigabit LAN Ports, Easy App setup, Parental Control, MU-MIMO, USB 3.0 port, Gaming, 4K Streaming
***UPDATE # - August 2019 - So I am not sure when or how, but the issues with random discounts of android phones has gotten a lot better. It almost never happens anymore. The router did not update firmware since April so the likely cause of the improvement must be in the phones themselves (same phones still connecting daily) or in the removal of some external interference. Whatever, it is nice to have stable and reliable wifi on my phone again!

***UPDATE 2 - April 2019 So right after I added the update below, I started having an issue where all of the android phones in my house will randomly loose data connection (not all at the same time) to the router (they still see it as the wifi symbol is still on but the LTE symbol will also light up). This loss normally is short lived but VERY annoying as it interrupts any internet activity on the phone. Sometimes however, we have to turn the wifi on the phone off and back on to get data back. I am not sure yet if it is the phones (All Samsung Galaxy S devices 5 through 9) or the router but I do not seem to have the same issues at work on my S8 so I am thinking it may be the router. I will update when I know more or if anyone reading this knows something let me know. I have tried resetting the phones to original settings with no change.***

*** UPDATE I have been using the RT-ACRH17 for about a YEAR now and so far so good. I have only expierenced one drop out of wifi that I can attribute to the router rather than my ISP (Comcast). I have my phone connected to the 5 GHz band and it has great signal even on the second floor (router is in the basement) so signal strength is good. Haven't made any settings changes recently so don't know if Asus fixed the reboot issue but I do know that the firmware has self updated. Don't know when it happens until i go into the user interface and it has a new firmware listed. Still no dd-wrt support but otherwise a great router! ***

First a quick summary, The good: The wifi speed and coverage is excellent. Features for the price rocks (this unit has the hardware of an AC1900 router). Now for the no so good: Setup was sub-par at best, but how often are you changing you router settings anyway? No ddwrt support (at least not yet). Only one USB port (but it is USB 3.0).

So I bought this router to replace an aging Linksys unit (EA3500, I know I know). I ALMOST gave up on this router and sent it back as the setup process was HORRIBLE. EVERY change required a system reboot that took AT LEAST a minute! Change the wifi channel on the 2.4 GHz band = reboot, change the SSID for the 5 GHz band = reboot, etc (yes even the change you want to ask about too). I did some reading on line and found that some people found that a BIOS update fixed this and made the reboots faster, however, I updated the BIOS and still have this issue with nearly every change there does not appear to be a pattern now of what requires a reboot and what does not. I hope ASUS fixes this SOON but really I don't change my settings often so not that big of an issue.

Once I got it setup, I noted that coverage area and signal strength were approximately the same as the EA3500 to maybe slightly better throughout my house. The BIG difference comes in the link speeds I am seeing. Previously I was seeing max internet speeds in the area of 30 to 50 Mbps (I have 60 Mbps internet) on the first and second floor of my house (the router is in the basement) depending on the room you are in. With the ASUS I now get 50 to 60 Mbps speeds throughout the entire house and 5 to 20 Mbps in my yard.

I have connected a 2TB USB 2.0 HD to the USB port on the router and it works great as a media server although a bit slow (but this is the fault of the HD enclosure as it is only USB 2.0. In fact ALL of my streaming devices (I have 9 in the house between my wife and the kids) see the HD more readily (I have to wait for each device to "FIND" the server if it is asleep but not the drive connected to this router) than the dedicated media server I have connected to my NAS. I am considering purchasing a USB 3.0 enclosure and shutting down the media server entirely.

Speaking of the nine streaming devices I have in my house, at any given time I can have six or eight devices streaming (Two to four laptops, two Rokus, two to four cell phones, and up to four tablets). I have had up to 16 devices connected to my network either gaming or streaming media at one time (I have two daughters and they BOTH had friends over last weekend along with my wife and I). At no time did I experience any trouble with my WiFi disconnecting although at times I did notice slow downs to around 15 to 20 Mbps.

The four port switch on the rear does provide full gigabit bandwidth to all four devices connected and the modem so no concerns here. As some reviewers have noted, all of the lights for the router are are on the top front of the unit with no LEDs next to the switch ports. This is not an issue with me but may be for some.

The processor at the heart of this router is a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 by Qualcomm (IPQ4019) running at 717 MHz. The specs on the Qualcomm site note that this SoC is a 2x2 MIMO chip with ASUS claiming the RT_ACRH17 as 3x3. I have not tested this so do not know which is correct. But I can tell you that I have never seen the four CPU cores at over 50% even with all the streaming this past weekend! Flash is a comfortable 128 MB with 256 MB RAM so good enough for future third party BIOS (Hopefully).

My biggest concern with this router is that at least so far, there is NO ddwrt support of the device. Currently, as this is a new device and ASUS is still actively supporting it, this is a minor issue as the OEM firmware has decent features. However, once this unit is no longer supported by ASUS this may become a significant issue as old router firmware is very unsecure.

I will update as I use this router more but feel free to ask me questions and I will try to answer them.

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