Elliott Allen

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SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition
SQL: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition by Andy Oppel. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Language of SQL (Learning)
The Language of SQL (Learning)
The Language of SQL (Learning) by Larry Rockoff. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Falling Home
Falling Home
Falling Home by Karen White, Lyssa Browne, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 269 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Murder in Paradise
Murder in Paradise
Murder in Paradise by James Patterson. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 431 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1164 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Newsweek magazine (April 9, 2012) Forget the Church Follow Jesus, Hidden Stories of the Titantic, Can Tiger Woods Get Over Himself, The Travon Tinderbox, John Grisham on his $6M Screw-Up, Addiction-One Last High (Volume CLIX, Number 15)
Newsweek magazine (April 9, 2012) Forget the Church Follow Jesus, Hidden Stories of the Titantic, Can Tiger Woods Get Over Himself, The Travon Tinderbox, John Grisham on his $6M Screw-Up, Addiction-One Last High (Volume CLIX, Number 15)
Newsweek magazine (April 9, 2012) Forget the Church Follow Jesus, Hidden Stories of the Titantic, Can Tiger Woods Get Over Himself, The Travon Tinderbox, John Grisham on his $6M Screw-Up, Addiction-One Last High (Volume CLIX, Number 15) by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Eagle Trap
Eagle Trap
Eagle Trap by Geoffrey Archer. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Un oasis de pasión (Bianca) (Spanish Edition)
Un oasis de pasión (Bianca) (Spanish Edition)
Un oasis de pasión (Bianca) (Spanish Edition) by Susan Stephens and CRISTINA DE LA CERDA CARABALLO. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre by Stephen King, William Dufris, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 184 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Cookbook: Recipes for Mastering Python 3
Python Cookbook: Recipes for Mastering Python 3
Python Cookbook: Recipes for Mastering Python 3 by David Beazley and Brian K. Jones. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 205 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 with JUnit
Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 with JUnit
Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java 8 with JUnit by Jeff Langr , Andy Hunt, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Swing
Java Swing
Java Swing by Marc Loy , Robert Eckstein , et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Web Application Development with PHP 4.0
Web Application Development with PHP 4.0
Web Application Development with PHP 4.0 by Tobias Ratschiller and Till Gerken. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP network programming self-study manual (with CD-ROM)
PHP network programming self-study manual (with CD-ROM)
PHP network programming self-study manual (with CD-ROM) by MING RI KE JI ZOU TIAN SI ?PAN KAI HUA ?LIU ZHONG HUA BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning SQL w/WS
Beginning SQL w/WS
Beginning SQL w/WS by Paul Wilton and John Col. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
El Tao de Warren Buffett: La sabiduría de un genio (Spanish Edition)
El Tao de Warren Buffett: La sabiduría de un genio (Spanish Edition)
Un libro entretenido. Didáctico y va al grano del asunto. En resumen, este libro está escrito desde el punto de vista de dos personas cercanas a Warren Buffet. El contenido es simple, cuenta anécdotas prácticas de Warren, junto con consejos del mismo que son bastante buenos. En resumen, este libro habla de cómo usar el sentido común, cosa que es la clave en el mundo de la “bolsa”, pero que el 90% de las personas pasan por alto, y por eso quiebran sus cuentas... me ha parecido un buen libro, no es la panacea, pero es bastante interesante, siendo sincero recomiendo su compra.
A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers From Warren Buffett
A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers From Warren Buffett
Some good teachings from Warren Buffet, presented in an interesting format, but, sincerely, not the book I was expecting. For someone who has read all of Buffets letters to investors, this books is just a recollection of some ideas and thoughts deemed relevant to Peter Bevelin.

If you want quick look into Buffets letters, this book is ok, but if you want something more profound, I would suggest simply reading Buffet's letters directly on his website.
The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett's Words of Wisdom: Quotations and Interpretations to Help Guide You to Billionaire Wealth and Enlightened Business Management
The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett's Words of Wisdom: Quotations and Interpretations to Help Guide You to Billionaire Wealth and Enlightened Business Management
I have one grouse against authors who write about Mr Buffet - "Buy great companies at reasonable prices" they all say. Until then just sit on the sidelines. If I waited to buy shares of great businesses at reasonable prices I would die of old age before I got a chance. I live in India and the share prices of great companies like Colgate, Nestle, Unilever etc etc ( the sort that Warren Buffet loves) almost never fall below 40 times earnings. But even purchased at these inflated levels they prove to be fabulous wealth creators. Mr Buffet also never invests in technology stocks because he does not understand them and their future is uncertain. Here I think that Mr Buffet is wrong. Many leading Software companies have great ROC and ROA. They are awash with cash. Infosys has six billion dollars in reserves and not one dollar of debt. How's that for wealth creation. Senior citizens will be happy to note that in his world of investing you are only taken seriously after you hit 65 years of age and have at least four decades of investing experience under your belt. Just shows what high standards the man lives by.
The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World's Greatest Investors You've Never Heard Of and What You Can Learn From Them
The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World's Greatest Investors You've Never Heard Of and What You Can Learn From Them
I did enjoy most of the stories and the investment strategies profiled in this book. However, I did not think investors who relied on quant's and what I would classify as day trading belonged in a book with Warren Buffett's name in the title. Mr. Buffett would most likely be very amused when some of the investors didn't know the name of the company they invested in because they used mathematical formulas or charts as a basis for buying part of a company.

Some of the investment returns seemed unrealistic because the amount of money invested in a virtual portfolio was in the millions of dollars. However, the author did say he did not look at the one investors brokerage statement to verify actual rates of return leading one to believe he was able to verify real the rates of return for the other investors profiled.

If you are looking for a book that teaches you how to invest, this book will not get the job done. On the back cover, one of the endorsements says "... their unique styles may not be replicable..." and I have to agree. Some of the participants would not fully disclose exactly how they made their investment decisions.

The take away from this book is anyone can be a successful investor if they are willing to first educate themselves and then put in the time necessary for research to generate above average returns. Overall this is a good book and it may give you some ideas how to improve your own investment returns as some investors reveal screening criteria and the websites they use to perform their due diligence. If nothing else, this book will inspire you to work at improving your own investment returns. And since Mr. Buffett's own investment strategy is not replicable, isn't that why we read books with his name in the title?
Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich
Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich
Before commenting on what's in the book, I would like to take a moment to point out what is not. When the history of the great investors is written about the years 2000 to 2020, it will be filled with names different than those studied in this book. We don't know who those people are yet, but they will probably do something different from what these great investors of the past have done. Caveat investor! A backwards look at investment styles often does not translate into superior rewards in the future. That's one reason why 80 percent of professionals cannot beat the market averages. See John Bogle's Common Sense About Mutual Funds for more details on that perspective.
If you already know who Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton are and what their investment styles are or were, you don't need this book. If these people or the details of their work are unfamiliar to you, this book will serve as a good introduction to those perspectives. It will also take you less time to study than reading the more definitive works on these people. If any of the approaches excite you, I suggest you go in for more depth elsewhere.
What is unique and valuable about this book is an attempt to blend the styles into one you can use to pick stocks and bonds. I thought that it was done reasonably well. Each investor is laid out in the same format, and then the results are summarized in the last part of the book. Basically, you are shown how to gather and evaluate the most appropriate information, and then to make a decision based on your evaluation.
There is also some good material to help you understand your risk profile, so you can focus on the relevant types of investments for you. There are also some questions to fill out like those that financial planners often use (that should be no surprise, given that the author is a certified financial planner).
My only concern is that this book could encourage you to try to do too much of your own investment picking and monitoring. Most people don't want to be that involved. And most people don't have the time or interest to do the job well, even if they want to. Although it is exciting to think about getting great investment returns, the odds are actually against you. If great results interest you, even after those caveats, I suggest you read ChangeWave Investing and think about putting 10 percent or less of your money into that approach. It could be the outstanding result that will become equally respected with the past greats in the future.
In any case, enjoy using this well done book to overcome your misconception, disbelief and procrastination stalls about personal investing. Your brief apprenticeship with the masters outlined in this book will give you a better understanding of what successful investment processes have looked like. Then see if they fit you.
Live long and prosper!
Warren Buffett's Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success
Warren Buffett's Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success
The most you will learn from reading this book is that: 1. You should go find a famous guy and write almost anything you want and some fool like me will buy it. 2. Nice trees are dying and being made into paper for what? Stuff like this. That is bad. Bottom line: There is almost no meaningful content in this book. 90% of this is obvious and has been said many times before and better. Rich and famous people are always seeking new and better ways to take your money with the least invested on their part, and this book proves it. Give your money to starving children in India. Do not give your money to Warren Buffet and his co-horts; they already have tons of money and they have no advice for you that is worth anything.
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
As a resident of Downtown Las Vegas at the time, I think Aimee Groth's book tells the story pretty accurately. While it's written from her first person perspective, she seems to offer an objective view of the dysfunction that led to so many people losing faith in Tony and the Downtown Project. I know that Tony and Zappos are criticizing the book for "inaccuracies," but if they spent time looking at the deeper issues the book exposes, maybe they would never have suffered the loss of support and negative publicity in the first place? Besides, it's hard to claim the book is inaccurate when you can tell by the lengthy end notes that she really knew what was going on inside and documented every conversation. Overall, really well written and a fun read!
O's Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, the Oprah Magazine : Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration
O's Big Book of Happiness: The Best of O, the Oprah Magazine : Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration
Let me first state that I am not an Oprah fan. I bought this book as a gift for someone that is a fan, and, before I wrapped it I looked through it. I decided to get one for myself based on the types of articles/stories inside, which came at a time in my life where I needed some insight and inspiration. This is not a book on Oprah - this is a book full of articles, stories and essays from contributors to her magazine. I enjoyed it so much I became a subscriber of O Magazine and have been happy with every issue I've received. Am I now an Oprah fan? Nope. But the woman does know how to align herself with wonderful people who are experts in their field and I learn a lot from every issue. I like everything about this book and highly recommend it for anyone in need of some inspiration in any any area of life.
My Forty Years With Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)
My Forty Years With Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)
If you like business histories your normal challenge is to find books written by or about the founder or management during the years of your interest (in my case the first 40 years or so).

Charlie Sorenson kept diaries and was a key man during the first forty years of Ford.

This book gives you a real life picture of a company that accomplished incredible feats in spite of its critical flaws.

The management style of Ford during the first 40 years is completely different than say GM (read the Alfred Sloan book for comparison).

It is fun to see that there is more than one way that people go about accomplishing great things. You can read these stories and think about what helped them succeed and what you might do differently.
La nueva fórmula del trabajo: Revelaciones de Google que cambiarán su forma de vivir y liderar (Spanish Edition)
La nueva fórmula del trabajo: Revelaciones de Google que cambiarán su forma de vivir y liderar (Spanish Edition)
Un libro que deberían leer todos aquellos que quieran formar un equipo altamente competitivo y los que no también, la sencillez de las ideas y lo más importante la realización de las propuesta son sin duda el resultado de una empresa que hoy en día se consolida dentro de las mejores para trabajar a nivel internacional "líderazgo y trabajo en equipo" Quede encantado con el Libro, yo que me quedo con esto:

Aquellos de ustedes que perseveren frente al miedo y el fracaso y se mantengan firmes en sus principios, y que se enfrenten a las fuerzas y a las personas que atacan a la organización, moldeará el alma de esta con sus palabras y hechos. Y esas serán las empresas de las que la gente querrá formar parte.
"Laszlo Bock" La nueva Fórmula del trabajo.
Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 2200Watt DC 12volt to AC 120volt with Dual AC Outlets and 2.4A USB Port & LED Display Remote Controller for RV Trucks Boats and Emergency
Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 2200Watt DC 12volt to AC 120volt with Dual AC Outlets and 2.4A USB Port & LED Display Remote Controller for RV Trucks Boats and Emergency
This is my initial review after installing and using the inverter for awhile. I’m using it with my offgrid solar PV system. (I also have a larger grid-tied system, but of course that goes down when the grid does, so having an independent smaller offgrid system gives a nice balance of cost-effectiveness, redundancy, and emergency power.)

I greatly prefer pure sine inverters because they simply play better with motors, electronics, really everything designed to be used with AC power. Such things will work with “modified sine wave” for awhile, maybe for quite awhile, but never as well. For instance, motors “buzz” and some things can tend to break if they aren’t robust. However, prior to now I’ve used a 600W pure sine and a 2000w modified sine inverter in parallel because when I built my system one couldn’t get a decent pure sine inverter of this capacity at this low price point. So I was happy to get my hands on this one.

As a guy who has gone through a lot of inverters over the years and helped others set their systems up, I’ll note a few things. First, don’t buy inverters on your Amazon-affiliate charge card IF you want the extended warranty to cover them. That’s an expensive lesson I learned the hard way; even if they are advertised for solar use, and never used in or near a car, they consider it “automotive” gear and will deny an extended-warranty claim.

Also, I love China, great country, great people. Currently they make nearly all our stuff, and the quality coming out of China varies a lot. There are a lot of no-name inverters which you’ll order based on the specs, and when they get to you they’re tiny and clearly not anything like the specs they have been sold with. Such over-spec’ing occurs with all sorts of Chinese-made products, particularly electric and electronic products. This inverter is made in China, which means I didn’t exactly know what to expect, having no familiarity with this brand.

So I’m happy to say that so far I’m quite impressed. The unit feels high-quality, it’s hefty, it’s designed with the sort of cast aluminum body construction which the best inverters have, and it seems well-designed from the point of view of functionality. The power attachment points are robust, well-designed, and easy to use and the attachment cables are twinned 4-gauge to my eye.. that is, two cables per connector. The robustness of the power connections has in my experience been one indicator of how well-built they may be, because the designers design for the actual capacity, not the promoted capacity.

The unit feels great to me. It was straightforward to hook it up, for now taking the place of the older 2000w modified-sine inverter. It has a very simple lighted LED display rather than the fancier displays which many units have now, but it does multiple duty, by showing DC line voltage and alternating with the watts being output. The output watts are not as accurate as a dedicated AC power monitor, seemingly jumping in increments of 30 watts during my testing with nothing in between, but that’s certainly fine for most uses. The unit was silent under low load, with the fans not spinning up, which implies that they may have a decent thermostatic control.

The unit comes with a wired remote power switch which I won’t be using immediately, but it’s nice that it’s there. It also features screws for hard wiring of AC output if one wanted to wire the output to a cabin’s wiring or something similar.

It also states that it has a 3-year warranty, which is a nice sign. Of course actual support under warranty is often another story; and I hope I don’t have to report on that; but I will if need be.

I’ll revisit this review if I have more to say, or novel experiencies, with it as time goes on, but it earns an initial 5 stars - which I don’t give lightly - by being an impressive-seeming pure sine inverter which seems built to the advertised capacity.
JBL ENDURANCE PEAK - True Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth Sport Headphones with Microphone, Waterproof, up to 28 Hours Battery, Charging Case and Quick Charge, works with Android and Apple iOS (Black)
JBL ENDURANCE PEAK - True Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth Sport Headphones with Microphone, Waterproof, up to 28 Hours Battery, Charging Case and Quick Charge, works with Android and Apple iOS (Black)
Pros:
-The case is heavy-duty and smaller than expected, making it compact and durable. It's made of some dense, lightweight plastic that you can just tell by the feel that it's good quality. A nice touch I found was the hinge + magnet closing mechanism not shutting close hard and fast like a lot of glasses cases that can jam your finger, but this is completely safe.
-Wearing the earpieces causes no fatigue whatsoever after heavy use. apart from a little weight behind your upper ear but at worst about as worrisome as wearing heavy glasses.
-The earpieces are also smaller than expected, are quite well built and the hook piece is actually magnetized so that it connects just behind the earpiece so it makes it easier to put back in the case and useful if you keep them in your pocket without the case so they don't hook on or tangle to anything. Smart design. The hooks obviously make it so that these will almost never fall off. Unless you're headbanging to hardcore metal while riding a roller coaster, then maybe.
-The sound quality is fantastic. When I first put them on, I couldn't tell if the sound was coming from the earphones or from my phone in my hand, not sure if this has anything to do with acoustics but it makes for a more atmospheric listening. Bass, mid-range, and treble are very balanced. Noise-cancelation was also surprisingly good.
-Battery life appears to be very good, on both the headphones and case - went through a whole day of listening and using the case to charge out of the box and there are still 2 bars out of 4 left on it.
-Controls are easy, though take some getting used to (an hour at most) and I'm happy there's a volume control on these, although not ideal to swipe and down on your ear.

Cons:
-Aesthetically they're not the most stylish or minimalistic, but they do serve a purpose for exercise and not falling off during rigorous movements. And despite being smaller than expected, they would still be quite noticeable sticking our on your ears
-Swipe controls for volume are not ideal, as you'll sometimes accidentally pause/skip a song. Also never been a fan of the press once to pause/play, press twice for next, three times for previous, a bit fatiguing and faster to access your phone and do that, but of course, if you can't use your phone at the moment they're still useful. Missed opportunity to utilize the left piece for controls as only the right earpiece has controls on it. But could be useful for situations in only 1 hand being free.
-The case is also not that appealing to look at, but it's good quality and does its job.

Overall- The cons are mostly vanity, and the pros far outweigh them. I got these for $99.99, so well worth it.
Avengers Assemble Thor Molded Hammer
Avengers Assemble Thor Molded Hammer
Le narré a mi hija de menos de 3 años que yo había hablado con Thor para que le prestara su martillo, y que lo iba a enviar por el bifröst desde Asgard. Cuando llegó por Amazon salimos al patio a mirar el cielo y un oportuno avión a reacción me prestó su estela para apoyar mi historia, el nerviosismo de mi hija al mirar al cielo e imaginar el martillo volando hacia donde estábamos era tremendo, no se podía estar quieta. A mi señal mi madre soltó el martillo desde la planta de arriba y cayó en el jardín. La histeria se apoderó de mi hija, se escondió tras mi pierna, gritó llamando a su abuela que el martillo había llegado y tardó por lo menos 5 minutos en acercarse a él, no se atrevía. Fui yo quien intenté levantarlo sin éxito, ningún adulto podía, Mjölnir sólo podía ser levantado por niños y niñas. Ese día flipó lo más grande y ahora blande orgullosa su martillo. Si tenéis oportunidad, regaladles a vuestros hijos una infancia llena de cosas imposibles, seguramente en el futuro la realidad les corte las alas pero hay que intentar que la imaginación de los niños vuele tan alto como podamos, mientras podamos.
Hawkwell Women's Comfort Work Shoes Slip Resistant Nursing Shoes
Hawkwell Women's Comfort Work Shoes Slip Resistant Nursing Shoes
I work at the postal office and I'm walking all night for 8 to 10 hours, my feet are in constant pain, to the point that by the end of the night I'm barely being able to walk. I got this shoes and it changed my life completely... my pain is gone and I feel like I'm walking on clouds!!!! I can work 10 hours standing and my feet feel nothing. best decision ever.
Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach : A Philosophic and Practical Approach to Cruising
Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach : A Philosophic and Practical Approach to Cruising
I already have the cruising boat, so I bought this book (based on a recommendation in a review of similarly themed book) for ideas on 'sensible' equipping and planning. I read it over the period of ~5 days, skipping a not-now-relevant chapter or two. It was a good and interesting read. I was glad to see that my boat choice fit into their recommended "pocket" cruiser definition, and I generally like their direction/perspective of equipping for a cruise. I initially gave it four stars, but on reflection, changed it to five stars, since it has, after all, been placed into my stack of good "read it again" reference material as I work to afford the list of 'sensible" needed equipment and keep the expensive 'wants' in check.
Grey's Anatomy Season 15
Grey's Anatomy Season 15
I have watched Grey's Anatomy since Season 2, Episode 1.
While I love the characters/actors..........it is now a platform for the writer's political opinions. Every dang episode revolves around a very very biased political opinion losing site of the relationships we came to love, the acting and general entertainment. The show is now nothing but a political platform. Every week, I wonder what political activism will take place. It is not even about doctors and medicine anymore.
Something needs to change for next season. This is not working anymore!!

BTW.....The character MEREDITH IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And so is her acting!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2--Battle Tendency, Vol. 4 (4)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2--Battle Tendency, Vol. 4 (4)
*SPOILERS*

Prepare to cry. This one is a wild ride of emotions.

So, I was totally not prepared for the art style! I had only seen the anime at this point. I didn't recognize Lisa Lisa! XD I read the part where Joseph peeps on Lisa Lisa and all I saw was this chick and I was so confused. Caesar looks great! But then again, all the Zeppelis look great. ;)

So, some of this is in color. It's more like a color wash? (Artists know what I mean. Basically its when you take one color and just use varying shades of it.) It's all red. Just various shades of red for 2 or 3 chunks of 5 or so pages. What got me though, was that *HUGE SPOILER* Caesar's Death was in color! Oh man I was so sad.

Also, the back has Skinny Whammu and that was a scary image. I looked at it trying to comprehend just who this character was until I saw the name in small print underneath and I nearly screamed. It came out more like a pathetic shriek with a couple of squeaks and a gasp somewhere in the mix... but it did scare my cat. Aaaannyywwwaaaayyyyssss.... Yeah. Skinny Whammu. Wow. Scary. Seriously. It doesn't even look good. It's just... "meh." but in a scary way. and I thought the GI Joe[star] version of him was scary (aka the anime/original version). This was... a whole new league. I also appreciate it that Caesar (#1 Bubble Buddy) is on one side and Whammu is on the other. So perfect.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Gryffindor Women's Long Sleeve Nightgown Pajamas
Harry Potter Hogwarts Gryffindor Women's Long Sleeve Nightgown Pajamas
I knew based on comments that the size wouldn't be true. I weigh 140 and I am 5'4 and usually wear a medium to large. I knew the material would be stretchy so I went with a small since others mentioned the sizes run big. Well the small I recieved luckily fits as a normal medium but I gave this a 4 star bc why not change the smalls to medium instead of making customers go thru a guessing game..
Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Love – or at least lust – wins out over war in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”; everybody knows that. But what stands out about this Penguin Books edition of “Lysistrata” is the way in which “Lysistrata” is brought together with two other, perhaps lesser-known plays from Aristophanes’ canon, all of which are united by the way in which the great Athenian comic dramatist uses comedy to confront the society of his time. Two of these plays -- “Lysistrata” itself and “The Acharnians” -- provide trenchant commentary on the Peloponnesian War in which Athens was then engaged against Sparta; the third, “The Clouds”, is equally successful as a comedy of ideas.

The title of “The Acharnians” (425 B.C.) made me ask, “Who were the Acharnians?” A quick bit of research showed me that Acharnae was a *deme* or district of Athens whose citizens were renowned for military valor; for a U.S. analogy, imagine an American playwright calling a play “The Texans” and thus capitalizing on Texans’ reputation for particular fighting spirit within U.S. culture. The Acharnians of “The Acharnians” are the play’s chorus – a group of old war veterans, the kind of guys who like to sit around and recount their courage of old, while expecting the younger generation to emulate their example. And these old Acharnians are anything but happy with the play’s protagonist, Dikaiopolis. You see, Dikaiopolis (whose name, to me, sounds more fitting for a city than for a person) sees the absurdity of the Peloponnesian War (“The Acharnians” was first performed in the war’s sixth year), and wishes to make what amounts to a separate peace. Working with the guidance of the immortal Amphitheus (whose presence in the play seems to indicate that the Olympian gods would smile upon an Athenian decision to turn away from war), Dikaiopolis successfully breaks with the militaristic policies of post-Periclean Athens, and enjoys the fruits of peace thereby. Aristophanes’ approval of Dikaiopolis’ brave and lonely stand is clear by play’s end, when the militaristic general Lamachus, the play’s chief antagonist, is reduced to begging Dikaiopolis to sell him three thrushes and an eel. Dikaiopolis scornfully replies, “Him? I wouldn’t sell him anything if he gave me his shield! Let him shake his crests at the salt-fish vendors!” (p. 51); and the play’s chorus heartily approves, addressing the Athenian audience directly: “Citizens, see the reward of his wisdom,/How peace wins him many a fine business deal” (p. 51). Clearly, Aristophanes was wishing that the citizens and the government of Athens would see the wisdom of Dikaiopolis’ stepping away from war.

“The Clouds” (423 B.C.) is probably most interesting to modern readers because of its depiction of Socrates. In the Platonic dialogues, Socrates is a gentle, diffident figure, bringing his interlocutors to the truth through patient questioning. The Socrates of “The Clouds”, by contrast, lacks both the humility and the heroism of Plato’s Socrates. In contrast with “Acharnians" protagonist Dikaiopolis, whose anti-war convictions mean that his heart is in the right place, the protagonist of “The Clouds,” the elderly farmer Strepsiades, is a thoroughgoing scoundrel. Debt-ridden because of the extravagant ways of his son Pheidippides, Strepsiades wants to learn the art of rhetoric because he believes that doing so will help him argue his way out of debt; and Socrates assures Strepsiades that “You’ll become a really smooth, smarmy talker – the finest flower in the oratorical garden” (84). The Socrates of “The Clouds” is marked in large part by his impiety toward the Olympian gods – when Zeus, the king of the gods, is invoked, Socrates scornfully replies, “Zeus? Who’s Zeus? What rubbish you talk! There *is* no Zeus!” (p. 88) – and perhaps it is no wonder that in one of Plato’s dialogues, Socrates wonders aloud if Aristophanes’ portrayal of him in “The Clouds” may have led to the Athenian state’s decision to execute him 24 years later. As for the resolution of “The Clouds”, suffice it to say that neither Strepsiades nor Pheidippides benefits from this unethical attempt to use rhetoric as a way to avoid paying one’s bills.

“Lysistrata” (411 B.C.) is certainly the best-known of these plays; “oh, yeah, that Greek play where the women all go on a sex strike.” The very scenario seems replete with comic possibilities; and yet, as with so many of the greatest comedies, “Lysistrata” has a deadly serious subtext. By the time “Lysistrata” was first staged, the Peloponnesian Wars had been going on for nineteen years. Small wonder, then, that the satirical edge of “Lysistrata” seems harsher than that of “The Acharnians,” as the play’s protagonist and title character calls upon all the women of Athens to withhold sex from their husbands until the husbands see fit to make peace. “We’re at home, beautifully made up, and we walk around the house wearing sheer lawn shifts and nothing else…and we keep our distance and refuse to come to them – then they’ll make peace soon enough, you’ll see” (p. 146). As translator and commentator Allan Sommerstein of the University of Nottingham points out, Athenian men in real life would have had other outlets for the release of their sexual energies; but within the fictive world set up by Aristophanes, Lysistrata’s brave scheme works. Seemingly against all odds, the Athenian and Spartan men do make peace, and Lysistrata gets the last word: “And let us for the future all endeavor/Not to repeat our errors, never ever!” (p. 191). Make love, not war. Give peace a chance. With 54 wars currently under way around the world, one wishes that Lysistrata’s vision might somehow come true.

In accordance with the tradition of excellence established by the Penguin Classics series, Sommerstein’s introduction and footnotes do a great deal of good in setting these plays within the context of their times. For any student of classical culture, or of comedy generally, this collection of Aristophanes’ works is essential. Whether you want the high comedy of ideas or the low comedy of sex talk and bodily functions, Aristophanes is the comedian for you.

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