Elyse Ward

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WebAssembly in Action
WebAssembly in Action
WebAssembly in Action by Gerard Gallant. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS3: The Missing Manual
CSS3: The Missing Manual
CSS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 177 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
MySQL Administrator's Guide
MySQL Administrator's Guide
MySQL Administrator's Guide by MySQL AB. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter's School Book Pack
Harry Potter's School Book Pack
Harry Potter's School Book Pack by J.K. Rowling. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Der Papiermagier (Die Magier) (German Edition)
Der Papiermagier (Die Magier) (German Edition)
Der Papiermagier (Die Magier) (German Edition) by Charlie N. Holmberg and Nadja Schuhmacher. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 64 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Broken Laces
Broken Laces
Broken Laces by Rodney Walther. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 269 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Getting It Right (Sapphire Falls Book 10)
Getting It Right (Sapphire Falls Book 10)
Getting It Right (Sapphire Falls Book 10) by Erin Nicholas. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 99 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Time to Kill & The King of Torts
A Time to Kill & The King of Torts
A Time to Kill & The King of Torts by John Grisham, Michael Beck, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
King Stephen
King Stephen
King Stephen by Ralph Henry Carless Davis. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 67 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Imaginary Friend
Imaginary Friend
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, Christine Lakin, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 618 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Visual J++ Java Programming
Visual J++ Java Programming
Visual J++ Java Programming by Jim Flynn , Bill Clarke, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Web Application Development with Yii 2 and PHP
Web Application Development with Yii 2 and PHP
Web Application Development with Yii 2 and PHP by Mark Safronov and Jeffrey Winesett. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Graphics Handbook
PHP Graphics Handbook
PHP Graphics Handbook by Jason E. Sweat, Allan Kent , et al.. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
SQL All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies
SQL All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies by Allen G. Taylor. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Shared Memory Parallel Programming with Open MP: 5th International Workshop on Open MP Application and Tools, WOMPAT 2004 Houston, TX, USA, May 17-18, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3349))
Shared Memory Parallel Programming with Open MP: 5th International Workshop on Open MP Application and Tools, WOMPAT 2004 Houston, TX, USA, May 17-18, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3349))
Shared Memory Parallel Programming with Open MP: 5th International Workshop on Open MP Application and Tools, WOMPAT 2004 Houston, TX, USA, May 17-18, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3349)) by Barbara M. Chapman. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
I just finished reading this book cover to cover, and will probably read it again in a few weeks time. I found it to be quite simply the best and most complete resource on value investing I have ever seen, read or heard of in my life. Graham and Dodd not only teach us how to invest and why, but convey with beautiful eloquence their reasoning and frame of mind. They teach us that investing is as much about constitution and temperament as it is about logic and numbers, and are able to impart that wisdom and experience to us in those few hundred pages (ok, many hundred pages).

For those of you reading this who are new to investing, Benjamin Graham and David Dodd quite literally wrote the book on value investing, and this is it. I would point out though that it was written for the purpose of being a source of information and tools rather than a way of introducing and inspiring its readers to the philosophy of value investing. So if you are new to investing or to the concepts of value investing, I would really recommend reading Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" first; it's a comparatively easy to read introduction to the concepts covered in greater detail in this book.

While I have not read the original 1930's edition, I have heard that this version is more complete in that it irons out some of the kinks in the investment strategy that Graham developed following his near bankruptcy during the great depression.

A word on the relevance of this book in today's market: Much of the book centers about examples from preferred stocks of utilities and railroads, investment vehicles which are far less prevalent today than they were in the early 20th century. However, these are just examples, and the pitfalls and opportunities which arise in the stock market are as prevalent today as they were in the days this book was written. I am of the opinion that those who criticize this work on the basis that it is outdated, really did not understand what Graham was trying to do; to convey a new way of thinking about stocks, and to understand them based on the company that they represent. It doesn't matter whether you are purchasing a pre-depression era railroad preferred or the hybrid floating rate bond of a modern technology company, the examples exist to illustrate how to look past all that and to understand what the purchase of that security really means. If, after reading this book, you find yourself unable to transfer the examples to the modern world, then quite frankly you've read it wrong.

If, however, you are concerned about the relevance and are after more specific guidance on modern applications (as well as trimming of the "less" relevant sections), take a look at the 6th edition of this book, which contains detailed chapter summaries and introductions by modern money people.

Finally, the reason for the 4 stars: The digitization of this book is not fantastic, and given the price this is not really acceptable. I found several errors which I have reported (and will hopefully have been fixed by now), but my real gripe is with the tables and figures, which are simply scanned. This is usually fine, but many of the footnotes are so small as to be illegible, and the overall feel is somewhat like a sketchbook; with cutouts glued to the pages where the tables were in the real book. I had hoped that Amazon would instead have digitally transcribed the tables and inserted them, or at least given them a transparent background, rather than the sepia tone that can't be changed on the tables. If this is ever corrected I'll change my review to 5 stars and remove this paragraph.

I can't possibly express my gratitude for what those two did when they decided to put Graham's experience onto paper in the form of this book, and I think I will forever be grateful for their efforts. This book has taught me invaluable lessons not only in investing but also in prudence and the value of sobriety in the face of euphoria and gloom, lessons which apply to many other facets of life.
101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
The shelves are full of books that are aimed at helping you learn how to invest like Warren Buffett does. I generally find those books to be a waste of time. If you want to invest like Warren Buffett, why not simply buy Berkshire Hathaway's stock? Well, this book takes the positive side of that perspective. In the process, you can learn much more about how Mr. Buffett has invested for himself and others at Berkshire Hathaway. Where most books about Mr. Buffett's work are overly simple and general, this one captures many fine subtleties. The book's main weakness is that Mr. Miles is not open to seeing the vulnerabilities for the future in Mr. Buffett's approach.
This book had an interesting genesis. It started as posts by Mr. Miles on the Motley Fool bulletin boards. I suspect that we will see more examples of this kind of authorship in the future, and think that it is a good idea. Authors get feedback on-line about their ideas, and can create a market for the book at the same time. Very nicely done!
The book contains literally 101 arguments in favor of buying and holding Berkshire Hathaway stock. I suspect that there was a target number set, because some of the arguments repeat each other. The appendix is very valuable in providing more fundamental perspectives on buying stocks for a new investor.
Space limits me from praising or critiquing each concept, so I will just focus on a few points. In doing this, though, you should realize that there is a lot of very solid and valuable material here.
First, just for the record, let me note that there are CEOs whose stocks have outperformed Mr. Buffett's record in the last 10 years. These are concentrated in the high technology and service business areas. I suspect that there will be more and more of these in years to come. My studies of the most successful CEOs show that these success rates are improving. Where Mr. Buffett was once near the top of the list, he increasingly is falling in the rankings. This is primarily due to his focus on avoiding technology investments. Those have been and will be the driving force of economic growth, and it's tougher to grow fast if you stick to the sidelines. As Mr. Miles points out, this avoidance does have advantages -- your stock is not as volatile on the downside (as we have seen in the last year or so).
Second, you will find it helpful to compare this book to John Bogle's excellent book, Common Sense About Mutual Funds, which makes the case for indexed fund investing. In many ways, Mr. Buffett outdoes the index funds -- by having lower management fees, less stock turnover, and fewer taxes incurred.
Third, Mr. Miles is in denial about that fact that Mr. Buffett is a man in his 70s. You will not be able to invest with Mr. Buffett after he is no longer active as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. While no one knows when that will happen, and no one wishes it to happen, it will happen regardless. Mr. Miles treats this like it could be the best thing that ever happened to the company. I would have liked to have seen more discussion about the downside risk. Avoiding risk and losses, after all, is what Mr. Buffett's approach is all about. I know of no investment vehicle that did as well after its founder retired.
Even if you have no interest in buying Berkshire Hathaway stock, you can learn a lot about good investing from seeing what Mr. Buffett does, as expressed here.
As to buying Berkshire Hathaway, for most people this would be a good move as an alternative to some of the funds they would otherwise put into mutual funds that are actively managed. But I would argue that no one should have more than 10 percent of their financial assets here. A lot of Mr. Buffett's big winners in the past (like Gillette and Coca-Cola) are having real problems. He is also fueling the company's growth with exotic insurance products. The world is full of people who found the market could turn on them in specialized financial services.
If you do want to buy this stock, wait until the current bear market on Wall Street is over. The stock will probably be cheaper then. But feel free to follow and learn about Berkshire Hathaway in the meantime.
A good thing to do is to think about who is going to be the next Warren Buffett and is younger, and invest some there as well. Who are your candidates? I have mine.
Achieve your financial goals, whatever they may be!
All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster
All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster
Here we have a voluminous history of the Napster phenomenon, but only from a certain jaundiced angle. As a critical outside journalist, Joseph Menn was unable to directly interview some of the principal players in the saga, and often relies on legal documentation. In turn, much of his research is based on secondary sources and hearsay from people not directly involved in the events described. This all taints many parts of the book and reduces its believability. We do get a good rundown of the genesis of Napster, as teenage computer whiz Shawn Fanning and some ambitious hacker friends had a brilliant idea about music file sharing, which then got far more monstrous than anyone could have ever expected. Menn then spends most of the book describing the byzantine investment deals and corporate wheeling and dealing to launch the doomed Napster corporation, in ways that were preposterous even during the dot-com bubble. In the end, enthusiastic people with great ideas tried to cash in, and watched forlornly as others let everything crash and burn.

These investigations by Menn are initially informative but descend into a tiresome swamp of nitpicking and unnecessary details that detract from the more interesting cultural ramifications of the Napster craze. And the biggest problem is that Menn gets very personal, especially when describing the business executives who got involved in Napster after its incorporation - piling on criticisms from other people who are clearly not neutral observers, and dwelling uselessly on people's love lives and personal transgressions. This goes especially for an apparent personal vendetta that Menn seems to have against John Fanning, Shawn's uncle and business strategist who muscled his way into prominence based on his nephew's invention. It's reasonably evident that John Fanning was a poor businessman and unfairly latched onto his nephew for his own gain. However, be suspicious of an author who relies on character assassinations toward someone who refused to give him an interview. Menn's questionable personal motivations and general focus on unnecessary details damage what could have been a very insightful book. [~doomsdayer520~]
The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond
The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond
3.5 Stars

This is a sturdy hardcover (with a neat textured cover) almost 200 page book. The color page layouts are nicely done and visually attractive with plenty of high quality historical photographs. There are detailed illustrated diagrams of rockets, space shuttles, the International Space Station, and spacesuits.

There’s a brief overview of the solar system and aviation history before the book covers notable figures (and animals) in the drive to first go into space, then the moon, and in the future Mars (the text dives into assumption and speculation there). It also covers topics of technology, space related jobs, pop culture, and more.

While there are occasional mentions of budgets and the price of a mission and tourist trip, it could have been more informative to include additional price specifics and discussions of the cost factor. This would be one example where the narrative seems to downplay certain angles, thus not always presenting a balanced presentation of the subject material. The message is success rather than an accurate or well-rounded portrayal of the advances and setbacks of the space programs.

There is an index and glossary, which adds to its educational value. Despite a few of the book’s shortcomings, as a homeschooling parent, I still plan to use it in the coming school year with my fourth grader for a unit on space exploration and space history.

Additional analysis on content:

PROS:
While the space program started out a male exclusive program, the book includes pages detailing the women who faced additional obstacles as they paved the way for the program to become more equal opportunity. It was also nice to see attention given to “quiet heroes,” people with behind the scenes jobs that are also critical to the success of the program.

There’s an interesting spread devoted to “space junk,” which details the potential impact of trash and debris left from space missions.

There’s also an informative spread on space age technologies used to improve life on Earth.

CONS:
Space shuttle tragedies (the ’86 Challenger and ’03 Columbia) only get a small sidebar with absolutely no discussion of the incidents and their impacts. It’s clearly downplayed and a glaring omission considering both halted and curbed the program. As someone who sat in elementary school with her classmates ready to watch a teacher instruct from space for the first time only to witness the explosion on live TV, this certainly warranted more book coverage.

In the section “Why Space?” it attributes space exploration to curiosity. This is often a term used in history books to describe exploration (and colonization) on Earth to kids, and in both instances the real drive rarely boils down to simple curiosity. In fact, I cringed every time the word was not only tossed out but given so much weight. While knowledge, education, and scientific discovery are also a part of it, children shouldn’t be misled that there aren’t other material and ideological motivations for the space program and space exploration.

Ironically, later in the book, space discovery (as well as Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin) is compared to “pioneer” Christopher Columbus, reinforcing age old hero myth-making, inaccurately crediting him as the inspiration for ocean travel, once again ignoring the less noble reasons for exploration. (Neil and Yuri should be rolling over in their graves at the analogy painting them in the same boat as Chris.)

Interestingly, while the narrative seems to keep a running score card on the space accomplishments between the US and Soviet Union, there is no mention or discussion of Reagan’s controversial Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars” program.
Jack Ma: The Art Of Dreaming And Succeeding Extraordinary
Jack Ma: The Art Of Dreaming And Succeeding Extraordinary
Early in life Jack would bicycle for an hour to a Hangzhou hotel to meet tourists and then barter English lessons for tours. He then used his English skills to teach for several years. Today his net worth is estimated to exceed $47 billion, built from a dream he had 15 years ago of housing small businesses on the Internet.

Four years after developing China Pages (provided a means for local businesses to advertise), he launched Alibaba.com with 17 friends in his apartment. In 2012 that was followed with a $150 billion IPO. Author Morris claims that Jack Ma's path shows 1)There is no need to get other's permission to get started - even in China (actually, a false statement), 2)There is no need to wait for the perfect set of circumstances, and 3)There is no need to wait for your skills to be good.

'Believe what you are doing' - doubt often leads to the death of your dream, while the repetition of affirmation leads to belief - and then things begin to happen.

His vision also included creating millions of jobs in China that would help llift people out of poverty. As he has grown older, Ma has also become committed to 'working for the young people' and helping find creative solutions to help China's environmental issues.

He selected 'Alibaba' as his businesses name because it was easily pronounced, well-recognized, and meant opening gateways (for small entrepreneurs). He has also founded 1688.com (online marketplace connecting buyers and sellers in China - a wholesale channel for vendors seling through Alibaba's retail avenues), Taobao Marketplace (a social platform for retail shopping, with customers' experiences personalized through bag data analytics), Tmall (carries internationally branded and more premium items), AliExpress (serving retail clientele globally, with most buyers from the U.S. and Europe), Ant Financial Services Group (provides technology for clients' digital payments, and financing for merchants partnered with the core businesses, Alimama.com (cloud computing and services through Alibaba Cloud and Cainiao Network).

'The quality of a good leader therefore is his vision, tenacity, and his capability.'

Jack Ma pursued through multiple rejections - failing a key primary school test twice, middle school test 3 times, the college entrance exam twice, undertook multiple efforts to solicit government support for his China Pages, was the only one of 24 KFC manager applicants in China and one of 5 police officer applicants to be rejected. Obtaining funding also required considerable effort - eventually Goldman Sachs and Softbank invested $5 million and $20 million, respectfully.

Morris also points out that Ma's determination did not equate to stubbornly repeating the same mistakes.

'You will never learn to swim until you are in the water.' (Jack Ma)

Morris goes on to suggest finding role models
God and Donald Trump
God and Donald Trump
God and Donald Trump is a very worthwhile book. The author, Stephen Strang, shows that many years prior to Trump’s election Christians were praying for wisdom about our next election and were acquainted with him. Some were certain God’s plan was for Donald Trump to be our next president. Trump met with a variety of Christian groups years before the election and even more so during the election. He sought and valued Christian support and input.
The book describes the part Catholics, charismatics and evangelicals played in helping elect Trump. They united behind him realizing the other choice would be a disaster. Chapters on Surprising Early Supporters and on Ethnic Issues are particularly interesting. A section titled Trump the Man explores his family’s traditional background as well as Trumps beliefs and priorities. The final section gives surprising information about Trump, his supporters and his faith. The book also includes a detailed list of sources and an index. The facts in this book are well supported.
Scripture says God sets up kings and removes kings. (Daniel 2:21) I did not think of this nor know what was going on behind the scenes among charismatics and evangelicals and in the heavenly realms. The book helped me realize that God actually chose Trump to be president. This is an awesome thought. We must pray for him and support him and vote for him again in 2020.
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Having recently acquired a Kindle, I found this format excellent value for money. The long term benefits are obvious if you enjoy a good read, even if like me you're not a devotee of modern technology ("tweeting" as far as I'm concerned, is what the birds do in my back garden)!

This biography of Jim Reeves takes me back to the days of my youth in the 50's and early 60's when the music world was vastly different to the world we live in today. The 45 rpm record made its debut in the UK about 1955 or 56, closely followed by stereo in about '58. It was the time of "Package Shows" when the big names performed live and were accompanied by musicians playing live, often on the stages of our local cinemas.

Jim Reeves was a major figure who attained international fame, at first racking up an enormous amount of miles crisscrossing the US with his band The Blue Boys, and then seeing all the hard work paying off when he was signed to RCA Victor in 1955. At this time he was singing (like most Country vocalists) in a fairly high register, standing well back from the mike. In 1957 he switched to a lower pitch, slower tempo and moved close to the mike. The effect was transformational (several people apparently claimed the credit for persuading him to adopt this style). "Four Walls" was his breakthrough and he was on his way.

When the phenomenon of Rock 'N'Roll first impacted the music business, the traditional "Country" artists must have felt a distinct chill, and there must have been a lot of soul-searching and head-scratching going on. Gradually the "Country/Pop" style gathered pace, with the town of Nashville, Tennessee at the heart of it. Reeves became a central figure in this. He abandoned his spangly jacket for a red Tuxedo, and turned out some seminal hits - "He'll Have To Go" being outstanding. The studios of RCA Victor (amongst others) became a fertile ground for the new Country/Pop sound, with Don Gibson, Chet Atkins, Hank Locklin, the Anita Kerr Singers and Floyd Cramer joining Reeves in creating a smoother, more "Middle Of The Road" style.

Larry Jordan has done an amazing job in documenting Jim Reeves' life and times, going into a lot of painstaking detail, interviewing many of Reeves' contemporaries and covering the last few years almost as a day-to-day diary.
Not surprisingly, the murkier side of the music business is in evidence, with the usual unscrupulous wheeler dealers and exploiters entering the picture. Jordan doesn't hold back in covering the seamier side of life on the road, with the various affairs and philanderings. Reeves was no exception in this, but his wife Mary stuck by him through it all.

The story gradually arrives at its tragic climax in July 1964 when Reeves and his colleague Dean Manuel were killed in Reeves' light aircraft on approach to Nashville Airport during a heavy rainstorm. He had joined the sad roll-call of artists who lost their lives in this way - Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, and many others.

Ironically, Jim Reeves probably achieved greater success after his death than ever before. The author describes, again in "no holds barred" fashion, the wranglings and cynical manoeuverings that took place as various individuals struggled to profit from and take advantage of the Reeves legacy.

I couldn't put my Kindle down reading this story. I think Larry Jordan has managed to be factual and candid without being sensationalist. Time has of course slipped away. Mary Reeves is no longer with us and I'm not sure who is pulling the strings these days. I just hope that whoever it is gives Jim Reeves the respect and credit that he deserves.
None McFarlane: 7" Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival Action Figure
None McFarlane: 7" Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival Action Figure
I'm looking forward to acquiring this figure as a companion piece to my Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock figure, but it should be noted here that this representation of Jimi is from the end of his performance of "Wild Thing" at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, where he set his guitar on fire and then proceeded to smash it to pieces. This should not be confused with the other McFarlane Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock figure, which is a representation of his stage appearance at the Woodstock Festival in August of 1969.

Note to McFarlane: The "Marshall" amp that accompanies the figure can easily shift or topple when lightly touched. Can you provide a means to better keep the 3 pieces together?
Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin
Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin
I chose this rating because I have been a follower of Aretha for over 4 decades and I never realized she had so so many accolades and awards in her lifetime. The many people she worked with was amazing. The RESPECT from so many fans and musical peers is unparalleled. She is undeniably the QUEEN OF SOUL.
Aretha Franklin Jump To It (Vinyl Record)
Aretha Franklin Jump To It (Vinyl Record)
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Romantic Jazz Ballads
Romantic Jazz Ballads
OMG, perfect. It is exactly what they say, "Romantic Jazz Ballads". Super relaxing, chill, and totally cool.
Love Songs
Love Songs
The 16 tracks here are: 1. Baby I Love You; 2. I Say A Little Prayer; 3. You Send Me; 4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman; 5. Day Dreaming; 6. You And Me; 7. Call Me; 8. Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby); 9. I'm In Love; 10. Look Into Your Heart; 11. Crazy He Calls Me; 12. Something He Can Feel; 13. This Girl's In Love With You; 14. A Brand New Me; 15. If You Don't Think; 16. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing.

In the six pages of liner notes written by Norma Edwards she begins by saying "Some think that Aretha Franklin was crowned the Queen of Soul for her reign over the R&B (and pop) charts in the '60s and early '70s. I believe she got the name because she is the best at conveying her deepest feelings, her soul, through song and music." Amen to that. With the liner notes are several more nice photographs of Aretha, and a complete contents discography along with a list of the Atlantic albums which first contained each of the 16 selections.

However, where this compilation is concerned and with a wealth of Atlantic "love song" selections to choose from (55 R&B Hot 100 singles from 1967 to 1979, 45 of which also made the Billboard Pop Hot100 with another 16 scoring on the Adult Contemporary charts after their introduction in 1961) - not to mention countless album cuts - the producer instead elected to include Natural Woman and Baby I Love You for what some critics have justifiably pointed out as "the umpteenth time."

Both are also available in dozens of multiple-artist compilations for that era, and it's not as if the distributor needed a "hook" to sell the CD. ANY Aretha Franklin compilation will sell merely on its own merits, regardless of content. Just consider the 15 Grammy Awards, Grammy's Living Legend Award in 1990, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, plus the fact that she was the first woman to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame in 1987. The name Aretha Franklin alone guarantees sales.

A nice summation is the Aretha quote in the liner notes which first appeared in Newsweek in August 1967: "(Soul) is the ability to make other people feel what you're feeling. It's hard to laugh when you want to cry. Some people can hide it. I can't, so when I sing it doesn't come across fake." It most certainly does not.
The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 Through 1975
The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 Through 1975
As far as I have found, this is the most comprehensive collection of sheet music for Dylan songs that is around. From 'Blonde on Blonde' to 'Blood on the Tracks', this book includes every song the casual fan will know, and probably some more as well as it also contains many outtakes that were later published on the Bootleg Series, such as 'Abandoned Love' and 'She's your lover now'. They are all solid transcriptions as well, often a combination of a left hand bass line and a right hand melody with some chordal accompiniment underneath. Intros and recurring riffs are also included for most of the songs. There is only one complaint I have, and it is hardly worth mentioning, but a couple of songs, especially those from BooT, are transcribed in a wrong key, more specifically in D instead of in E. It's not too difficult to transpose it though, if you want to play along with the record.

Other than that it's the best choice for Dylan sheet music that's around, and if you also get a book like "More Classic Dylan" (containing the two albums directly before this book and two later albums) you're all set.
The Harp Styles of Bob Dylan
The Harp Styles of Bob Dylan
From the harp point of view, this book is just a collection of honest transcriptions. If you want to play exactly like Bob Dylan, go ahead, buy this book.

But talking about the "harp styles", it seems that there is no style at all. It says nothing about how to use the harp support, or about any technique, embouchure, etc.

There is ONE single page talking about how Bob start playing rough and amateurish and, that after 5 months, he was a "competent" harp player (I don't agree). Then, the music sheets.

So, what are the "styles" the books claims to talk about? Almost no bends, lots of chords, lots of go-forth-and-back-notes. No harp teacher I know will teach his students to play like that. They will insist for months until their students learn to breathe and how to play single notes, with nice tone and vibrato.

This book may be nice for Dylan's fans, but certainly is not suitable for real harp players.
Isopure Low Carb, Vitamin C and Zinc for Immune Support, 25g Protein, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Flavor: Dutch Chocolate, 7.5 Pounds (Packaging May Vary)
Isopure Low Carb, Vitamin C and Zinc for Immune Support, 25g Protein, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Flavor: Dutch Chocolate, 7.5 Pounds (Packaging May Vary)
Listen, there are powders with better quality peanut protein, or better flavor, BUT ... as someone who has been through A LOT of good and garbage protein powders and has been lifting for 15 years, let me save you a lot of time and just tell you to stick with this (and not drive yourself crazy).

This is the ONLY powder I have and use. No casein. No cheap whey with milk lactose byproducts. Isopure is just that. Pure 100% whey PROTEIN. Bioavailable, spikes up your insulin, gets mTOR to be expressed, gives you those building blocks for muscle repair and recovery, and that’s it. That’s all you can reasonably expect from a protein powder. It does its job perfectly.

If you’re keto, this is a tough powder to work with, not because it has any carbs (zero carbs), but it WILL shoot up your insulin as much as white bread will shoot up your insulin. Nevertheless, I still have two scoops (50g) right after my workout, with 8 tablespoons of heavy cream and two tablespoons of MCT oil. I’m fasting after I have it (it’s the last thing I’ll eat), so, whatever fat the insulin transports will just be used while I’m fasting.

I can’t have it plain. My wife has it with Aqua Panna or Fiji water (high pH water), and says she can tolerate it plain. I can’t tolerate it plain. I need it creamy.

There is a very very light and slight sandy/grainy-ness to it. That’s fine. That’s perfectly normal. It means the protein hasn’t dissolved fully. I’m inpatient, so I’ll deal with the mild sandiness instead of waiting like 10mins for it to dissolve. But if it bothers you, just wait 10mins for it to dissolve.
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
 I purchased the Ampeak 2000 watt inverter and remote. This inverter had a design issue that forced me to return it as I felt it would be unsafe to leave installed in my RV due to the standard wiring conventions not being followed on all 3 plugs. Detailed explanation below and in video.

In my case I was trying to wire it into my RV so that I could easily flip a switch and feed the inverter into two different circuits. One was for the auxiliary outlets so I could use a coffee maker with it. The other circuit was for the microwave. The inverter seemed to work fine when I bench tested it so I installed it in the RV and wired up 3-way switches so I could switch back and forth between shore power and the inverter. First circuit went fine and everything worked but when I installed the second circuit I got an OOP indication for an overload condition.

Thinking I had wired something wrong I went back through all of my wiring and everything seemed to be fine until I plugged in both circuits to the inverter and it would cause the hot and neutral to be shorted together. Further investigation found that two of the plugs on the inverter have the hot and neutral swapped from normal convention. Now this isn't something most people would notice if they had individual appliances connected. In my case going through the circuit breaker panel it ties the neutral and hot together since the neutrals are all tied together in the panel.

Being a retired electrical engineer I figured I could just pull the front panel and swap the leads on the plugs but what I found was the plugs were soldered into a circuit board so there is no way to swap them and also leads me to believe they are all wired that way which could be a safety hazard or cause a failure like I experienced.

I also contacted their customer support and the phone number listed on the website was out of order. I did get a response from an email and while it contained a lot of nice words about how they were there to help they wanted videos to show the inverter working and not working to pass on to their technical staff. I sent them that along with the explanation of what was wrong. Their "technical staff" still couldn't understand it so asked for an additional video showing something different. At that point I was done with their stall tactics of asking for meaningless videos so I decided to return the inverter. While I could make this inverter work by changing my wiring to match their incorrect layout I don't want electronics in my RV where the design has a blatant flaw like this and the technical staff can't understand what is wrong or catch it in the first place. Their last email did say to return the product but nothing about a replacement so I will be ordering a different brand of inverter.

I read a lot of reviews but very seldom write one. This time I feel the need to warn people about a design flaw or at least give others the reason they would see the same problem I had. If you watch the video it will fully explain what the problem is.
Webcam 1080p – eMeet C960 Full HD Webcam with Microphone for Video Calling, Built-in 2 Mics Ideal Streaming Webcam, 90°Wide-Angle View, USB Webcam Plug and Play, Low-Light Correction and Fixed Focus
Webcam 1080p – eMeet C960 Full HD Webcam with Microphone for Video Calling, Built-in 2 Mics Ideal Streaming Webcam, 90°Wide-Angle View, USB Webcam Plug and Play, Low-Light Correction and Fixed Focus
This is jaw droping of how good this camera is for the price. When I started looking I couldnt believe how many didnt kinds they make and by companys I have never even heard of. The only reason I picked this one is because I couldnt find one single bad review on it, so I took a chance..I am so glad I did..Picture is grade shape and clear..My voice could be heard no problems what so ever..The thing worked so good my girlfriend started yelling at me about our room being messy thats how sharp and wide it shows..As far as set up, plug it in use it for any player or caller you have and use it..I took a pic of the stand its not bad either, thats sold seperate, but worth getting but really not needed..The camera has a little fold stand deal, but you got a little extra money its like 25..So I hope this helps with your long search, trust me you will not go wrong..No one else has anything else to say bad about either...
The Last Dance
The Last Dance
"The Last Dance" (2020 release; 10 episodes of about 50 min. each) is a documentary about Michael Jordan and the Bulls. As the documentary opens, we are at "the start of the 1997-98 NBA season" and the voice-over reminds us that "a dynasty is in doubt". We then have a quick flashback as to the 5 previous titles, while Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf ponders "we need to rebuild", but ultimately offers a one year deal to coach Phil Jackson for "one last dance". Comments Bulls GM Jerry Krause to Jackson: "I don't care if you win 82 games in a row, this is your last year as the Bulls head coach!" Wow... At this point we are 10-15 min. into Episode 1.

Couple of comments: this documentary series is directed by Jason Hehir, a veteran of ESPN's excellent 30 For 30 sports documentaries. The amazing thing is that we are reminded in Episode 1 that the Bulls decided to grant basically unfettered access to a team of NBA film makers to document the Bulls' entire 97-98 season. For reasons not explained in this documentary, this footage (consisting of hundreds of hours) has been sitting on a shelf somewhere for over 2 decades but now has finally been unearthed. In addition to this previously unseen archive footage, the documentary makers also interview the key people as they reflect on all this, now more than 20+ years later. There is Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, etc. etc. While of course the emphasis is on Jordan, his teammates get plenty of screen time, for example Episode 2 opens with a lengthy segment on Pippen's background and career trajectory (including the fact he signed a lengthy contract extension in 1991 that ended up severely underpaying him), and Episode 3 takes a look at the wild trajectory of Dennis Rodman. Meanwhile, we get to see all of the glorious game footage of one of the very best teams in NBA history, and surely the NBA GOAT single player (sorry LeBron).

"The Last Dance" premiered in late April on ESPN, and all episodes are now available on demand on various streaming services. This series turned out to be a sheer delight from start to finish, and one of the best sport documentary mini-series ever. If you are a fan of the NBA or simply want to re-experience what it was like following the Bulls during their 90s glory years, I'd readily suggest you check this out and and draw your own conclusion.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project
I think to appreciate 'The Blair Witch Project,' you have to understand the circumstances of how it was marketed. Let me try to recreate what it was like in 1999:

— BEFORE THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT —
At the time of its release, the internet was still new. Not every movie had a website, and not every movie had a *good* website. The Blair Witch Project was very much an independent movie at the time, but they managed to create a website. The website was all they needed—especially with their killer hook: "In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary... A year later their footage was found."

— MARKETING —
If you read that line on their website or saw it on a poster back in 1999, you were immediately hooked. That tag line was printed on their poster which only showed an inverted black and white photo of trees. It was simple. It was effective. Their website showed police photos and reports for missing persons, which helped solidify the premise of the missing students. Your morbid imagination took over, and you thought, "what happened?!" or "is this real?" or "we have to go see this."

If my memory is correct, the filmmakers didn't market the movie or say much about it—until after it was released. There were no late night talk show interviews with the actors because to play this as real as possible, they had to be "dead/missing," and therefore couldn't do interviews. The tagline, the police reports, the missing actors, these elements all sold the found footage as a real deal.

*Before* it was released, people were all talking about it. This was literally the first movie where people debated on the internet on whether it was legit, that this was actually what we now know today as "found footage". It effectively was *the first* "viral" movie. Everyone couldn't wait to see it.

It wasn't until the first showings happened that it was revealed it was a movie, and not real real.

— AN AUDIENCE DIVIDED —
This is the part where the audience is divided, and this is why I write. The ones that loved the movie were the ones that thought this was real. The ones that hated the movie were the ones that were told it's just a movie. The ones that thought this was real let their imagination fill in all the blanks, and it made the film that much scarier.

The ones watching "a movie", not understanding the intent behind it, were bored. They also complained about the shaky footage, even though the film is about amateur filmmakers making a film, and running around with a camera scared for their lives. Of course it's going to be shaky! Cinéma vérité!

— SUMMARY —
If you plan on watching this, your mindset will determine your enjoyment of The Blair Witch Project. If you can imagine yourself as that audience in 1999 that thought this was real, you *will* be creeped and scared the heck out. If you watch this like it's just another found footage movie, you might be disappointed. My suggestion? Watch this alone at night with only a soft light on, pretend someone gave you this mysterious video and told you only the tag line. See what happens then.

As for me, I think I knew it was a movie right before I first saw it, but I placed my mindset into previously thinking it was real, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Recommended.
NIXLAOR Marvel Comics Deadpool Boobs 3D Mouse Pad with Wrist Support Rest Mat
NIXLAOR Marvel Comics Deadpool Boobs 3D Mouse Pad with Wrist Support Rest Mat
LOVE IT! I use this at home since I didn't think my coworkers would find it completely acceptable (the prudes! :p) but everyone loves it and has to poke the squishies. Who wouldn't love to rest their hand/wrist between some perfectly shaped pillows all day?!

I've been using it for 2 weeks with no issues... only negative thing I can say is that it has a slight silicone odor (but then again, Deadpool HAD to have had some sort of plastic work to make these babies so voluptuous, so I really can't complain) but the odor is wearing off quickly.

Definitely a good buy!
Rules of the Game
Rules of the Game
The only positive words I have for this book are the author was talented in writing this story in making you believe that if you kept reading that something interesting had to happen before to long. This was a boring book and even the attempt at soft porn got old. The same thing was said over and over but with different words. I did continue to read this book till the end in hopes that something would happen......thus two stars.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 2: Frontier Stories
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 2: Frontier Stories
This is the 5th Louis L'Amour book I've read. All are great...see my reviews. INMO Louise L'Amour was the best master western writer. Sadly he passed away in 1988.

This book has it all.. lots of non stop western excitement. Cowboys, Indians, good guys, bad guys, bank hold ups, murder, double crosses, dry gulching, lust for gold, cattle drives, rustling, desert survival skills and more. Lots of gunfighting, fist fighting and more.

About half the stories the central character was Texas ranger Chick Bowdrie. Against all odds Chick solves murders, bank holdups, double crosses and more. In some of the Chick Bowdrie stories he saves a pretty girl or her ranch but says he can't settle down and the range is where he must be. INMO kind of a lonely life.

L'Amour was spectacular with character build up, western scenery description and good plots. Each story for me was a delight to read. The master story teller makes you want to read more. No dull spots. Some of the stories were like mini mysteries plus a few with some spins and deception. Lots of exciting stories. Here is a great book to take with you when getting your oil changed in your car or a doctor or dentist visit. The stories are fast and easy to read and fun.

As I can get more used Louis L'Amour books on deep discount sales I am building a 3 shelf library part for my family. An excellent book for the family library or anyone liking great western fiction. 5 stars
Three Bullets for the Cactus Kid
Three Bullets for the Cactus Kid
A bunch of different adventures for the Cactus Kid. How he gets out of ambushes, the great descriptions of what a well off Vaquero would wear. I find it rather foggy how the Cactus Kid earns money. There isn't a direct admission or description of his earning capacities.
None the less, he is entertaining.
Double or Quits
Double or Quits
Whether in his Perry Mason series or in this Donald Lam/Bertha Cool series, Erle Stanley Gardner was fond of creating plots that revolved around extended wealthy families, living in large houses with chauffeurs and a couple of maids. Usually, there was a patriarch of some sort, often with a wife that he didn't relate to very well. There were almost always a couple of shirt-tail relatives living in the house, usually from the wife's side of the family, and usually, even though young and able-bodied, too damned lazy to go out, get a job and support themselves.

Such is the case in Double Or Quits, the sixth novel in the Lam/Cool series, published in 1941. In this case, the patriarch is a doctor who wants the firm to quietly investigate the disappearance of some jewels from the safe in his home study. A young woman who was employed in the home mysteriously disappeared at the same time the jewels went missing, and she's the obvious suspect. The plan is that Donald will go out to the doctor's home, posing as a family friend, and investigate the situation from the inside.

Of course, as anyone who's read two or three of these books knows full well, nothing is as it appears. Before long, there's a murder; there's a confidence game going on; the garage door is malfunctioning; someone is poisoning the Scotch, and things are getting downright confusing--for everyone except Donald Lam, of course.

Like a lot of the Perry Masons, most of the Lam/Cool books have plots that are so convoluted that they're impossible to follow. Better to not even try. It's a lot more fun just to go along for the ride and let Donald Lam ultimately sort everything out in the end.

This book is significant to the series because in the first five books, Donald Lam has only been Bertha Cool's employee. This is the book in which he forces Bertha to take him in as a partner and from now on, the firm will be known as Cool and Lam.
Die Lennox-Falle: Roman (German Edition)
Die Lennox-Falle: Roman (German Edition)
Habe schon mehrere Thriller von Ludlum gelesen und empfinde diesen als einen der schwächsten.

Ohne die Story verraten zu wollen, muss ich doch feststellen, das dieses Buch vor Unwahrscheinlichkeiten strotzt:

Eine Nazibruderschaft, die in den Alpen unentdeckt einen Militärstützpunkt betreibt, um das vierte Reich anzustreben, Sonnenkinder, die weltweit in Schlüsselpositionen eingeschleußt wurden, um loszuschlagen, Luftangriffe mit restaurierten Messerschmitt Lastenseglern usw. Entscheiden Sie selbst, ob Sie so etwas lesen wollen.

Mir hat dieser Ludlum nicht gefallen.
Cruelty
Cruelty
bought as a gift after it had been mentioned. Recipient didnt enjoy tho as apparently “a bit dark”. I think the title was a bit of a clue there though myself 🙄
The Light of Western Stars
The Light of Western Stars
I reread this book after a number of years...it still pulls at the heartstrings for me. I have always remembered how Zane Gray played up the fantastic beauty of the west while weaving it into the plot. Even the stars play their part. Some people said they were upset by the way it ended...leaving it to one's imagination. I love that type of ending. You can leave it up to your own daydreaming that way. I have not read "Majesty's Rancho" which I have heard is the sequel. I hope it fulfills its duty. "The Light of Western Stars is the perfect woman's western romance.
Ma and Pa Dracula
Ma and Pa Dracula
ISBN 059043828X - Jonathan's parents have yours beat by a mile. They've got a live-in tutor for Jonathan, sleep during the day, and tell him that TV, friends and school exist only in books of fiction. Jonathan doesn't know any different, so he sleeps through the days and accepts their frequent moves as normal. Until, that is, one day when he just can't sleep. Slipping out of the house, Jonathan makes a friend right in his own yard and finds out that his parents have told him some lies. School is real! People have friends! AND people, normal people, sleep at night.

Confronting his parents with his new-found knowledge and their lies, Jonathan is in for a shock. He's adopted and his parents are vampires, which explains every weird thing about his life so far and adds to the weird things that happen as he begins school, makes friends and generally becomes a normal kid. Of course, normal kids don't have to worry about hunger driving their parents to bite their friends... They swear they'd never do such a barbaric thing, but he's not so confident.

The sacrifices Jonathan's parents make for him, and the final one he must make for them , aren't the sort of things kids will deal with in the real world, but it's the sacrifice that counts. Strange, sure, but they're a family and that's what families do.

Cute, and sometimes amusing, Ma and Pa Dracula is closer to Martin's The Baby-sitters Club series than you would expect - and far enough from the BSC to appeal to a whole new batch of young fans.

- AnnaLovesBooks
The Madmen of Benghazi: A Malko Linge Novel
The Madmen of Benghazi: A Malko Linge Novel
French author Gerard De Villiers wrote hundreds of thrillers during his lifetime, and became well known in Continental Europe. Working in France periodically during the late 90's I became aware of his books and would have liked to have tried one, but for some reason they had never been translated into and published in English and my French wasn't good enough to tackle a whole novel. Therefore, when I became aware recently that English translations had started to be published in the US, I picked up the first of these, 'The Madmen of Benghazi', to see if De Villiers lived up to his reputation as the 'French Ian Fleming'.

The answer, it transpires, is no; De Villiers is no Ian Fleming. Partly because his writing style is entirely different to Fleming's and partly because De Villiers novels, beyond having a playboy secret agent as their recurring central character, are completely different to Fleming's Bond novels in both substance and tone.

In terms of tone 'The Madmen of Benghazi' is a strange hybrid. On the one hand you have De Villier's hero, Austrian Aristocrat and freelance Secret Agent (yes really) Marko Linge, hired by the CIA seemingly for his ability to seduce attractive women out of their underwear at will. Marko as a character and his glamorous, globe trotting, lady killing ways seem like someone from another age, as if he'd accidentally crossed over from a mid-70's airport 'bonk-buster' from Jackie Collins or maybe a Harold Robbins. On the other hand the central story, set around Cairo and Benghazi after the falls of Hosni Muhbahrak and Colonel Gaddafi, feels ultra-contemporary and is in many ways a rather hard edged tale, with suicide bombings, missile attacks on planes and murky tactics being pursued by all sides.

De Villiers just about manages to marry up these two, rather contradictory elements without Linge's presence, or even existence, within the story feeling too preposterous, but its a delicate balancing act that has the odd wobble.

It doesn't help that Linge himself is rather underpowered leading man. Besides his aristocratic roots and skills in wooing ladies the reader get's to next to nothing about him. Even physical descriptions are pretty scant, and when it comes to his background or personality he remains a pretty blank slate. Whereas with Fleming's Bond you got a sense of the inner man even if the author didn't go into a huge amount of character detail here Linge remains a cypher. Now admittedly the Madmen of Benghazi is one of De Villiers later thrillers featuring Marko Linge, and its possible that by the time he wrote it he assumed that fans would have become familiar with the hero over the course of the dozens of earlier novels so there was no point wasting time with detailed descriptions of the character, but as this book is the first to be published in English its a handicap not to be given more of an insight into mind and personality of the hero.

Especially as it makes believing him to be such an effective womaniser so much more difficult. Its easy to assume that Linge is handsome, as most fictional heroes inevitably are, but he would also need to be charming to an extraordinary degree in order to persuade women to sleep and fall in love with him so easily and regularly. Unfortunately, as the character is so thinly sketched this charm and charisma never comes across, leaving his sexual conquests feeling perfunctory rather than genuinely earned.

Which brings me on to the sex, of which there is quite a considerable quantity and most of which is quite graphic. De Villiers has something of a reputation for including a substantial amount of sex in all his books, and for not being shy when it comes to descriptions. How individual readers respond to this element of the book will depend partly on how prudish they are. Some may be offended, whilst some may simply find it superfluous to the overall story (and certainly some of the sex is entirely extraneous). Personally I found much of the sex innocuous, and certainly no worse or more graphic that anything I've read in other thrillers. My only observation is that there is just a hint of misogyny in the way the sex is presented, but that just may be down to it being written by a man.

Then again De Villiers doesn't seem particularly good at writing strong female characters. The only major one in the novel is Cynthia Mulligan, who apart from having a terrible name is essentially just a walking male fantasy; a bi-sexual, sexually adventurous, promiscuous supermodel. Like Linge she's both underwritten and feels like she has stepped out of another era, this time the Roger Moore Bond movies of the mid-70's but with more sex. Like the Bond girls from that period she's there as a convenient plot device and to be a damsel in distress. She even speaks like she's channelling someone from that period, using expressions such as 'Go easy love' and 'you ripped my knickers'. What she lacks is any personal agency or sense that she's a genuine, contemporary woman.

With the key characters being a bust, and the supporting cast offering little, its down to the underlying plot to save The Madmen of Benghazi and here De Villiers seems to be on firmer ground. The story doesn't break new ground, but Linge and Mulligan's presence aside it feels nicely plausible. It helps that its centred around recent, real world events, but the plausibility is further reinforced by De Villiers painting what seems like a realistic portrait of life in both Benghazi and Cairo. Despite having Muslims as the bad-guys it also avoids crude religious or racial stereotyping. It also offers a suitably murky view of the world of modern day espionage, where all sides are capable of nefarious practices and dodgy alliances in pursuit of their agendas, and even erstwhile allies can work against each other's interests.

As thriller plots go its not going to set the world alight, but it also benefits from being tightly written and comparatively short in length. In that respect it does share some DNA with Fleming's Bond novels, which were also succinctly written and relatively short, but that's about the only thing they do share.

Will I be coming back for more by De Villiers? Despite only giving this first effort three stars and being pretty critical the answer is probably yes. Despite its flaws I did enjoy The Madmen of Benghazi on a 'guilty pleasure' level and even in translation the book retains a certain European charm that you don't get with contemporary thrillers by British and American authors.
Black Wind
Black Wind
I enjoyed "Black Wind" more on this go-around than I did the first time I read it (circa 2005), partially because the plot line seems more timely than ever now with North Korea being such a major news item,
but there are still some technical gaffes (explained below) and the lack of edginess so prevalent in the classic Cussler novels of the 1970s and 80s that prevent me from giving the novel a full 5 stars.

p. 8: the Bungo Strait--shades of "Run Silent, Run Deep!"

Lookup: Seiran floatplane

--p. 11: "Naval authority on submarines was notably relaxed, even in the Japanese Navy." Time-Life Books' "War Under the Pacific" noted the same thing.

So, even back then and in non-U.S. countries, sub crews got better chow than the rest of the Navy, eh?

--p. 17: Lookup Farragut-class destroyer USS Theodore Knight

--p. 29: Lookup Steller's sea lions.

Lookup "Laissez le bons temps rouler?" = "Leave well enough alone?"

--p. 38: "'We've notified the Coast Guard *and* the Department of Homeland Security" [emphasis added] Um, the Coast Guard IS a part of DHS.

--p. 41: Basil named for the sea serpent from "Shock Wave?"

--p. 45: Um, although the AK-74 rifle may have full-auto capability, it's not technically considered a "machine gun."

Lucky for Jack Dahlgren that the round didn't tumble upon impact!

--p. 48: "'Well,' Dirk said, tearing a steaming leg off the big crustacean, 'we could use some lemon and butter.'" Heh heh, glad to see that the NUMA peeps, their love for the sea and the environment in general notwithstanding, are not vegetarians!

--p. 54: "'It just makes sense for everyone involved to ease trade restrictions. Our own steel tariffs may still get in the way of an agreement.'" Wow, what coincidental timing (reading this passage and quoting it on 26 April 2018).

"'It’s a damn mystery how they can think that way, given the past aggressiveness of the North.'" Again, how timely.

--p. 69: "'I think a dinosaur crapped in my mouth during the night,' Dahlgren said
with a belch." Haha, appetising anal-ogy!

--p. 89: "Shining his light on one set of valves, he made out BARASUTO TANKU in white lettering, which he presumed operated the ballast tanks." Um, would it be in actual "lettering" per se, or Japanese (Kanji) script? Or does Dirk actually know how to read Kanji?

--p. 91: "Type 95 torpedoes, large and deadly fish that were both more reliable and more explosive than the American counterpart during the war." Hmmm, really? I'll have to look that one up....

--p. 97: "An ex–Marine Corps MP, Finch still sported a crew cut and spoke with the blunt voice of a basic training drill sergeant." Ahem, the Corps calls 'em "drill instructors (DIs)," not "drill sergeants."

--p. 99: "'there has been no real radical Islamic presence visible in Japan.'" Hell, there's very little Islamic presence in Japan, moderate OR radical.

p. 101: "The twenty-three-year-old master sergeant was an avionics specialist at the air base," AHEM, no way would a mere 23 year-old be a Master Sergeant in ANY branch of the U.S. military in this day & age! Promotions to that level of seniority just don't happen that fast nowadays, not even battlefield promotions (especially not within the senior NCO ranks)!

--p. 110: "William Beebe, Sylvia Earle, and Don Walsh." Some historically iconic oceanographic names there!

--p. 116: "'Just like the Titanic,' he marveled." Hmmm, an allusion by Al to his (and Dirk's) "Raise the Titanic!" adventure?

--p. 125: "communist entrepreneur" a deliberately ironic oxymoron on the authors' part, I presume? Wow, Dae-jong Kang is the ultimate Cadillac communist!

p. 148: Referring to an Ingram Mac-10 as a "burp gun?" Um, no, that nickname belongs to the M3 submachine gun AKA the "grease gun."

--p: 188: "The aristocratic club was appropriately housed on the hundredth floor of the world’s tallest building, the recently completed International Business Center Tower located in western Seoul." Really, taller than the Burj Khalifa?

--p. 205: "Starfish," an homage to the "Raise the Titanic" film adaptation (even though Clive hated it)??

p. 259: Pararescue Jumpers (PJs), HOOYAH!

--p. 338: G8 meeting, how timely!

--p. 347: Ahem, in the Air Force, "First Sergeant" is a job title like "Commander," not an actual rank.

--p. 348: Air Force generally doesn't use the acronym/abbreviation "S.O." for Special Operations teams. They use "STT" for "Special Tactics Teams" instead.

--p. 358: Ahem, the Navy doesn't use the term "Special Forces" for its SEALs/UDT types. Special Warfare or SpecWar, but not "Special Forces."

--p. 389: Ahem, it's not the "Customs Department," it's the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) within the Department of Homeland Security.

--p. 510: Ahem, a SEAL is a SAILOR, not a "soldier!"

--p. 513: A SIG-Sauer P226 holds a 15-round magazine, not 13, and moreover, it's supposed to go to slide-lock when out ammo, therefore no "firing pin beat down on an empty chamber."
Bleach 21 (Shonen Manga) (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 21 (Shonen Manga) (Spanish Edition)
Edición mediocre, buena ortografía, sin páginas a color a pesar que en la versión japonesas las hay, tapas muy blandas, porte de las hojas menor al normal, hay cortes de 1 cm por lado que no aparecen en esta versión, las hojas y su calidad son discutibles, parece papel reciclado. Si no saben inglés es la única versión para ustedes, en caso de que se manejen en otro idioma les recomiendo la versión de viz media, ojo que si van por viz media compren la edición normal por tomos, que la 3-1 trae unas hojas muy delgadas y no vale la pena.
Kōsō no shikaku : Chōhen suiri shōsetsu
Kōsō no shikaku : Chōhen suiri shōsetsu
1969年に出版され、見事に江戸川乱歩賞を受賞した作品です。一躍、森村誠一氏の名前を世に知れ渡らせた記念すべき作品であります。

1967年に青樹社の那須英三編集長に認められ「大都会」を出版するものの、全く売れませんでした。那須編集長は、青樹社社長を「この人は、必ず売れるから」と口説き「幻の墓」「銀の虚城」「分水嶺」と出版しますがサッパリでした。

「銀の虚城」に至っては、那須編集長が「他の出版社からも出して、顔を広めた方が良い」と言われ、紹介された出版社へ持って行くと「全く小説になっていない」と酷評される始末でした。

そんな時、那須氏が「推理小説みたいなのを書いたらどうか」とアドバイスされて、書いたのが本作品です。それが見事に乱歩賞を受賞しました。那須編集長が森村氏の才能を発見した慧眼が認められたことになりました。勿論、那須編集長も大喜びしたことと思います。

惜しいのは、その記念すべき出版が青樹社からでは無かったことです。本作以前那須編集長と二人三脚で執筆に取り組んできただけに、青樹社からの出版で乱歩賞を受賞してもらいたかったと思うのは、私の様な凡人だけでしょうか。

本論は、高級ホテルで起きた密室殺人事件と、福岡博多で起きた若い女性の変死事件の二つを絡めています。最初の事件は、日本ホテル業界老舗のパレスサイドホテルの社長、久住正之助が自社のホテルの最上階のコネクティングルームで二重の密室という状況で死体となって発見されます。第二の事件は福岡博多のホテルで久住の美人秘書で参考人でもある有坂冬子が変死体となって発見されるのです。状況から毒殺と判断されますが何かを秘しての死だったのです。

この捜査に当たるのが捜査一課の平賀高明なのですが、事件発生以前に有坂冬子と関係があり、どういう関係かは控えますが、平賀はこの二つの事件解明に向けて、とりわけ執念を燃やします。

捜査は、専ら密室の謎と犯人のアリバイ崩しの展開になります。一遍の小説で密室破りとアリバイ崩しの二つをテーマにしています。密室トリックは意外に簡単に解明されます。あまりにも簡単なので現在では通用するものではありませんが、当時一般の人がこの様な高級ホテルに滞在する事が稀有の時代であって、多くの人が頷いてしまったのかもしれません。

変死事件の容疑者のアリバイ崩しは、実に念を入れています。変死した冬子の心情が無ければ、密室にならなかったであろう点は否めません。このアリバイ崩しは時刻表との戦いで、さながら「点と線」を彷彿とさせますが、更に輪をかけていて、いわゆる「線」の部分を長くしています。

1957年に松本清張氏が「点と線」で人気を博した推理小説ブームが去った後でしたが、この後は、森村誠一氏が新たなブームを築き上げることになりました。記念すべき森村氏の代表作です!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 4K [Blu-Ray] [Region Free] (English audio)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 4K [Blu-Ray] [Region Free] (English audio)
Ho deciso di acquistare tutti i titoli di Harry Potter in questa edizione stand alone 4K, perché non sono un amante dei cofanetti.

Devo dire che mi sono piaciute molto le cover e le trovo carine da riporre sullo scaffale anche perché sulla costa, hanno riportato i numeri dell'anno scolastico (da 1 a 7) e questo da una certa continuità visiva.

Detto ciò, secondo me vale la pena acquistare la versione 4K anche per chi non possiede un tv adatto. Il motivo? Inanzitutto l'edizione contiene anche la versione in blu-ray normale per chi volesse e, acquistandoli in 4K, ve li potrete gustare un domani quando possederete un bel TV 4K hdr.
Insomma una specie di investimento.
Pur ammettendo che non è sicuramente il film migliore per sfruttare tale risoluzione a causa delle scene piuttosto scure e cupe.

Come tutte le custodie dei blu-ray, segnalo che la qualità dei materiali non é dei migliori, sono piuttosto fragiline quindi vi consiglio di farci attenzione.

Perché occhio al prezzo? Io le ho acquistati durante dei forti sconti che proponeva la Warner. Piu ne acquistavi e piú sconto c'era. Mi pare di non aver speso più di 60 euro per tutti e 7!
I Love Toy Trains - Ticket to Ride
I Love Toy Trains - Ticket to Ride
My 3 1/2 year old LOVES this show. He just randomly saw it on our Amazon and asked to watch it, and he fell in love. He loves trains, everything about them. This is an informative show, and I even catch myself watching it sometimes. He sings along, dances, and gets really into it. It's so fun to see him so interested and engaged, even with a TV show.
Jim Dale Performs A Christmas Carol (An Unabridged Production)
Jim Dale Performs A Christmas Carol (An Unabridged Production)
A Christmas Carol Audiobook
read by Jim Dale
I once heard it said that to appreciate Dickens best, one should read his stories aloud. I have never had the time to try to do this, but having just listened to a new unabridged reading of A Christmas Carol from Random House, I can see the validity of the statement. Playing the CD's I felt as if the narrator was, in the words of Dickens himself, "standing in the spirit at your elbow."
And what a narrator! The multi-talented Jim Dale reads the story...no, that is not correct...Jim Dale PERFORMS the story. I counted 42 voices in the three-hour recording. Jim Dale is well known for his over 200 voices (and counting) bringing to life all of the characters in the Harry Potter books, which he also records for Random House's Listening Library.
I first saw Jim Dale in the 1977 Disney movie Pete's Dragon where he played the bumbling villain. The next year he played three hilarious characters in another Disney film, Hot Lead and Cold Feet. I was lucky to see him in two musicals on Broadway, in Barnum, and Me and My Girl. Both very memorable performances. I plan to see him next month as he sings and dances Scrooge in Madison Square Garden's Christmas Carol - The Musical. I figure if he is great in the audiobook, he will be even better on stage. An actor has only two tools...his voice and his body. In the audiobooks, of course, only the voice can be used.
And Dale's voice talents are well showcased here. I often found myself laughing out loud, thanks to the combined genius of Dickens and Dale. In a couple of cases, the genius is pure Dale. At one point he adds a bit of a dog's panting that really cracked me up.
I have seen and/or heard other wonderful actors do one-man renditions of A Christmas Carol. A number of years ago a friend played a tape for me of John Gielgud doing an abridged version. I saw Patrick Stewart do his acclaimed one man show on Broadway; from the first row! And I have seen the author's great-great grandson, Gerald Dickens do his skilled and energetic version several times. They are all memorable and it would be impossible to say which was the best. But I can heartily recommend that Jim Dale's version be added to the family library. It is complete, it is accurate and it is a virtuoso performance.
Although I certainly know the story well, I found by listening to the audiobook I was paying closer attention to the lesser known parts...the parts that, to be honest, I usually would skim over when rereading the book. In fact, there were several sections where I felt as if I were hearing them for the first time. Marvelous sections. I couldn't believe I had missed them in the past. Maybe Jim Dale's voice just made them more vibrant than my own inner voice.
I suppose that asking me to review Jim Dale reading A Christmas Carol really isn't fair. One of my favorite performers reading my favorite story by my favorite author! But surely I am not alone. Dickens is universally known as England's greatest novelist. I wouldn't be surprised if Jim Dale was gaining a reputation as one of the world's greatest readers of audiobooks. They are both master storytellers. And to quote the Dickens himself, "If that's not high praise, tell me higher, and I'll use it."
Harry Potter Top Trumps Quiz Game
Harry Potter Top Trumps Quiz Game
Gave this as a gift to my mom for Christmas. She is a HUGE fan of Friends- we found the questions to be much too easy for her as she got every single one right without hesitation! I found them easy as well, as someone who has seen all the episodes. The questions were well written and varied, but since I think people would be giving this as a gift to a true fan of the show, it may be too easy. Or, my mom and I both watch way too much TV, which is very possible. Either way, we enjoyed playing as a family and I would certainly buy a different theme as a gift for others in the future.
FolkArt Chicken Coop, 8.5 x 9.5-Inch Coordinating Stencils (Pack of 2), 8.5" x 9.5", 3 Count
FolkArt Chicken Coop, 8.5 x 9.5-Inch Coordinating Stencils (Pack of 2), 8.5" x 9.5", 3 Count
My Granddaughter has fallen in love with chickens-real chickens- to the point that she goes to chicken auctions and if she sees some favorites she dares the locals to bid. They get dirty looks. I used this stencil to metal emboss the rooster which looks like hers known as Popeye. I mounted the metal embossing on canvas then stenciled some of the hens and chicks. I'm giving it to her for Christmas.
Hammer of the North - Die Söhne des Wanderers (German Edition)
Hammer of the North - Die Söhne des Wanderers (German Edition)
das in England vor dem Hintergrund der Wikingereinfälle, speziell des Großen Heeres ab 865 spielt. Historische nachweisbare Ereignisse und verbürgte Personen mischt der Autor dabei mit fiktiven, läßt die nordische Götterwelt "Einfluß" nehmen, römische Fernwaffen wiedererstehen und das Christentum schlecht aussehen. Wenn man sich auf all das einläßt, findet man auch die Vorverlegung der Schlacht bei Hastings und das Auftauchen von Koggen im Vorfeld derselben nicht mehr abwegig.
Alles in allem ist das Buch ist recht unterhaltsam geschrieben und mein Interesse für die restlichen 2 Bände ist geweckt, auch wenn die Rechtschreibfehler auf die Dauer nerven. Waren in der deutschen Erstausgabe 2001 auch schon so viele Rechtschreibfehler oder ist das ein Kindl-Ding?
ASUS ZenWiFi AC Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh System (CT8 2 Pack White) Coverage up to 5,400 sq.ft, AC3000, WiFi, Life-time Free Network Security and Parental Controls, 4X Gigabit Ports, 3 SSIDs
ASUS ZenWiFi AC Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh System (CT8 2 Pack White) Coverage up to 5,400 sq.ft, AC3000, WiFi, Life-time Free Network Security and Parental Controls, 4X Gigabit Ports, 3 SSIDs
****5/30/2020 update review: New FW added QoS on the app for easy settings for priorities. Due to shelter in place, WFH has change my ways using the network. I love the new features that I can prioritize meeting calls over network on daytime and switch back to normal use for the family at night time, given I already have fast internet but that quick QoS changes do matters. I also added more cameras as the mesh reaches more places now. Working well for me still

***Update review 3/20/20: New FW released for both GT-5300 and Zenwifi made mesh more stable on 3rd band backhaul. Connection speed is more smooth and faster on transfers.***

I had been looking and studying Mesh technology for the past 2 years as my main router cannot provide stable speed to some of my devices on certain location. Google Wifi is one of my first pick. However, Google mesh cannot manually split the bands in diff SSID which will cause incompatibility to some of my smart devices at home. Then out of no where ZenWifi got announced, which in my surprise can mesh into my GT-AC5300. This is a big plus for me as it also can take advantage of the 3rd band for dedicated back-haul.

My usage at home is consist of 2x NAS, 2x diff sets security cameras, plus more than 15 diff mixed devices. Took me a while to get the proper location set on the ZenWifi to balance coverage as my main router is positioned on end of the lower house. I also run full 7 days to test them all out.
Pros:
- Can mesh to my existing Asus GT-AC5300.
- App is a breeze to use and easy to setup (Android based user).
- Each of the ZenWifi has full function of router including LAN ports I utilized.
- FW can be updated thru app.
- PC can now transfer to NAS at 50+MB/s and up which is better than before at 15~20MB/s. Back haul plays a big role here. This is a major change for me using wireless connection to access NAS.
- Wife and Kids devices now has stable connection and can maintain network for games and TV streaming on any side of the house.
- Streaming to the NAS from any Wifi devices can now run without hiccups even from any side of the house and backyard.
- My security cameras and smart devices can now easily get wifi signal if i reboot them.

Cons:
- Power connector orientation blocks power switch. It does not affect function but just inconvenience to power-cycle the router.
- It takes a while to finish booting before you can use on each power cycle on the ZenWifi, so far it minimal impact my usage as I don't usually reboot my routers.
Eujimi MODEI 2018/01/24 NEХT SERIЕS Νo.2 SUZUKl Нustler (PASSIOΝ ORANGЕ) COLOR-CODEb PRE-PLASTIС MODEI CAlS
Eujimi MODEI 2018/01/24 NEХT SERIЕS Νo.2 SUZUKl Нustler (PASSIOΝ ORANGЕ) COLOR-CODEb PRE-PLASTIС MODEI CAlS
気軽に組めるというコンセプトは良いです。従来の模型作りは手間がかかりますから。出来上がりもいい感じです。

注意点ははめ込みにくい部品が結構あること。私もかなり破損してしまいました。ライト含む顔回りはきちんと部品を奥まではめ込みましょう。でないとボディに取り付ける際にボディとの間にスキマが出来ます。私は顔回りのユニットを接着剤で固定してしまったので、どうして隙間ができるのか分析するためにもう一回ばらす過程で破損しました。

あとドアノブとタイヤ周りの黒い部品を折ってしまいました。ドアノブは両脇の突起が穴に入りにくいのでつい強く押した際に真ん中を押してしまいパキッとなりました。タイヤ周りの黒い部品は、一つの穴がどうしても入らず、穴を広げようとして一旦外すときに折れてしまいました。

大きな部品はスナップフィットでもはめやすいのですが、後半に増えてくる小さい部品はスナップフィットに向いていません。普通の接着剤を使う方が格段に楽です。したがって、最後の方は加速度的にストレスが溜まります。ダメそうだったら、じっくり穴を広げるなどしてやりましょう。結局壊れた部品が多過ぎて、カスタマーでそれぞれ買うと高くなりそうなので部品取り用にもう一個買ってしまいました。涙
Pastel Rainbow Balloons 100 Pack,12 Inches Assorted Color Balloons Premium Party Balloon Colorful Latex Balloons for Baby Shower Wedding Party Decoration
Pastel Rainbow Balloons 100 Pack,12 Inches Assorted Color Balloons Premium Party Balloon Colorful Latex Balloons for Baby Shower Wedding Party Decoration
I bought these balloons for my daughters first birthday to make a balloon arch! The quality of these balloons are amazing! To be honest when I opened the package I had some doubts about how many were actually in the bag, but there was 100. Out of the 100 balloons, only two of them had holes in them. I wish there would have been a few more of the salmon-coral coloured balloons! Once blown up they held up really well.. There were many toddlers who decided to pull apart the ballon arch at one point of the party to take the balloons to play in our play house area, and make a balloon filled mosh pit.. only one balloon popped. I will add, that I didn't have them fully inflated, so that may be why they held up as well as they did. Honestly for the price they are 100% worth it. Just make sure you wash your hands when your down handling them in the inflating process, they left our hands very dirty. 100/10 recommend!!
SweatyRocks Women's Vintage Print Halter Neck Crop Top
SweatyRocks Women's Vintage Print Halter Neck Crop Top
This top is adorable. I took off one star because the red pictured is a lot brighter than the almost maroon top I received. Regardless, I'm going to keep it and will probably wear it often. I recently got a tattoo that I want to be able to show off, and this top is just short enough to show a good amount of it. Overall, I'm happy with this.
For reference I'm 5'6" 130lbs 34c 29in waist and I ordered the medium. I thought I ordered the small, but I apparently got the medium. No big deal, the medium fits well it's just not as short as I wanted it to be and doesn't show as much of my tattoo as I wanted. I do think that the small would have still fit seeing as this item is 100% adjustable.
American Tourister Fieldbrook XLT Equipaje vertical Softside, Marino), 922861596
American Tourister Fieldbrook XLT Equipaje vertical Softside, Marino), 922861596
I thought it was a good deal for the price point of $99 when I bought the set. Now they are less money. Appeared to be well made. Nice color, dark blue. The problem is on the larger bag, the 25" upright, the extension handle snapped off the second time it was used. So now I have this large bag with no extension handle. The square hollow tubing used has a very thin wall thickness. Very disappointed, I was hoping to get a few years out of this set. I thought with the American Tourister name, it would be a bit better built with an extension handle that would be appropriate for the size bag. I will suggest to look at something else, sturdier, with a more appropriate extension handle.
Dragon Day! (DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders)
Dragon Day! (DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders)
The story is based off of one of the Netflix episodes so it’s nothing new for your children if they’re big fans and watched the show over 100 times. However, my two young ones still were excited to hear the story anyway.
Cons: the quality is hands down the worst book I’ve ever received. It looks like I printed it myself. The images are blurred and dark and the book binding is cheap glue. It’s so bad that the book started tearing at the bottom when I opened it the first time. The paper is very thin and cheap and has a strong smell to the ink.
I do not recommend this purchase at all and will not buy any future releases.
VIVO Black Single Top Height Adjustable 27 inch Standing Desk Converter, Sit Stand Tabletop Monitor Laptop Riser Workstation, DESK-V000HB
VIVO Black Single Top Height Adjustable 27 inch Standing Desk Converter, Sit Stand Tabletop Monitor Laptop Riser Workstation, DESK-V000HB
Exactly as advertised? Well that's refreshing, isn't it? I did a lot of research to find a standing desk solution that would deliver the benefit without the $175+ price tag of the VariDesk. So this Vivo one seems to be fitting the bill. I'm on Day 3 of using it & will come back with an update if anything significant changes.

On Day 1, I loved it. It's easy to lift & lower to find the exact height to keep my arms/shoulders in proper position. It's wide enough to fit my laptop, notebook/papers & charging cell phone. I stood for 6 hours total (broken up by a 30-minute lunch break) & decided I loved this thing. The only lesson I learned was that I need to wear supportive tennis shoes if I'm going to stand that long (I work at home & usually don't wear shoes around the house).

On Day 2, I stood for a couple of hours, then my legs started to get a little tired. I was mentally so used to standing to work from the prior day that I momentarily forgot that I could sit down. Duh! So I lowered the desk (easily) and kept working sitting down and varied standing/sitting the rest of the day.

Today, on Day 3, it's much like Day 2. For some reason I'm not as energized to stand all day (like I was on Day 1). My lower back is a little achey after standing a couple hours and my legs are a little tingly. I think this has absolutely nothing to do with the desk; however, it does point out to me the importance of the easy-to-lift-and-lower functionality. So if you (like another reviewer) get one that isn't easy to lift/lower, get in contact with the company. The fact that they reply to 1-star & 2-star ratings is one reason I chose to buy from them compared to others selling what looks to be this exact desk at equal or lesser cost.

I will say that with the height of my stationary desk (leg room underneath) & the max raise of my adjustable chair, my arms are at an above-90 degree angle when the adjustable desk is in its fully-lowered position which sort of puts a strain on my arms after a while. But, optimist that I am, this just reminds me that perhaps it's time to stand up again. All in all, I like the desk. Based on their responses to low-star ratings, this company seems to stand behind their product & fixes problems when there is a defect or damage. I'm actually considering buying 1 or 2 more for my teenagers. I just wish I had thought of this during the summer when they were spending more time on their computers. But I guess they sit most of the day in school too though, so standing for a couple hours for afternoon/evening computering will be good for them!
Apple Leather Case with MagSafe (for iPhone 12 Pro Max) - Black
Apple Leather Case with MagSafe (for iPhone 12 Pro Max) - Black
I bought this item from Amazon as it was far cheaper than from Apple. However, after putting it on my phone, it felt really odd - like the ridge on the sides was far too high. Well, it's because it was too high. You can see in the attached image how poorly it fits the phone. While it may not look like much, when trying to swipe from one side to the other, you felt the ridge. Having used many other leather cases from Apple over the years, this was the worst I had come across.
I sent this item back and bought it directly from Apple, and that copy was perfect. So either this was poor QC from Apple, or it was fake.
Vivo X50 (Glaze Black, 8GB RAM, 128 GB ROM) + Vivo TWS NEO Earphones (Moonlight White)
Vivo X50 (Glaze Black, 8GB RAM, 128 GB ROM) + Vivo TWS NEO Earphones (Moonlight White)
The phone is ok, only few observations, which was not highlighted in any features list :

A) No slot for external Storage card, only 2 Nano sim card slot
B) The box comes with 3.5 mm jack earphone, but the phone foesnt have any point, thos is highly a manufacturing and packaging glitch. The USB Type C port will have to be used for both charging and ear phone. Had to order separately an earphone with Type C port.
C) Good thing is the box comes with back cover, so no need to purchase separately, only thing required is the screen guard.
malu Luxury Padded Floor Chair with Back Support - Meditation Cushion w/Adjustable Fully Folding Backrest and Removable Gray Washable Cover - Portable - Easy Wash Nylon Bottom - Vegan Leather Accents
malu Luxury Padded Floor Chair with Back Support - Meditation Cushion w/Adjustable Fully Folding Backrest and Removable Gray Washable Cover - Portable - Easy Wash Nylon Bottom - Vegan Leather Accents
Needed a floor chair while I wait for my couch to come in. Needed something to last at least a month.
A lot of floor chairs on Amazon seem to be for children, which is my guess as to why many people report breakage on other chairs after a couple weeks. I don't have time for that, for I am not a child.

I'm 5'8" and weigh 150.

The Malu looked promising, so I spend the extra bucks on it. I've had it for three weeks now, and it holds up. I can rock back and forth on it without worry that it will break. The various position help for either working on my computer while sitting at my coffee table, all the way to reclining and watching a movie.

It's comfortable, lightweight, and my girl fights me for it so I wish I'd gotten another haha.

the only thing I would recommend to not rip the upholstery is to get off it when you're adjusting the back. if you push it all the way flat while sitting on the other end, the fabric stretches which I think would accelerate wear and tear.
Nandi HDR Cooker Combo (5 LTR Cooker + Fry Pan + Sauce Pan)
Nandi HDR Cooker Combo (5 LTR Cooker + Fry Pan + Sauce Pan)
got several items in one box, good quality, nice packaging, love the outer coating, looks like very fine marble type finishing, using regularly but very less stain sticks on it because of the coating type, easy to clean, the strainer is very usefull for me, even the glass lid is awesome. Will buy one more set, ideal for good gifting aswell.
AZEUS 7-in-1 Air Purifier for Large Room to 540 ft²,True HEPA Filter with UV-C Sanitizer and Smart Sensor, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust Pet Dander, Mold Odors,Night Light
AZEUS 7-in-1 Air Purifier for Large Room to 540 ft²,True HEPA Filter with UV-C Sanitizer and Smart Sensor, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust Pet Dander, Mold Odors,Night Light
This air purifier has surpassed all of our expectations and this is an absolute honest review of this product. We are using it in an area roughly 850sq ft. It is amazing at how sensitive it is and it is always consistent when there are certain activities going on such as cooking, the dog running by, us with a lot of traffic going past it, etc.

Somehow, it seems to "know" what dander, "rug dust", cooking odors, etc. are, and kicks up its speed as needed to rectify the air situation. It usually only kicks up to the "green" level when needed. Occasionally, it will kick up to the "red" level, but not too often.

It is located on a wall behind the kitchen and my wife just hates cooking odors that linger in the house, especially into the next day. When she says that the odors are gone, that is a HUGE deal. Trust me, because I used to hear about it constantly. This is the first thing that we have purchased that has truly rectified the odor situation. We also have an Awair Air Monitor which monitors the air quality. It is about 20' from the AZEUS and they are always consistent with one another. In other words, when the Awair is registering a high impurity such as certain particulates, the AZEUS is running on "green" sometimes "red" to clear the air. When the AZEUS has done its job, the Awair has come back down to normal levels.

The construction of the AZEUS is top notch as well. There are a kajillion air purifiers on Amazon and I chose this one based on reviews, features and price. I'm glad that I did. I will purchaser another one.

In my opinion, it totally surpasses the amount of square footage as advertised. Granted, almost any moderate air purifier will "clean" an area in a given amount of time, but the AZEUS cleans an area larger than what is advertised from what we have experienced in a very short amount of time.

I'm not adding any photos, because there are plenty of them on here along with the original listing of the product itself. I just wanted to leave a "real world" opinion, review of the product itself.

If you're looking for a very good and inexpensive air purifier, the AZEUS is the one to get.
Amarelli Regaliz - Spezzata - Regaliz Puro Sin Aromas En Trozos Irregulares - 100 gr
Amarelli Regaliz - Spezzata - Regaliz Puro Sin Aromas En Trozos Irregulares - 100 gr
Después de tomarme dos pastillas, he escrito 20 páginas seguidas sin mirar el móvil. Bueno, no. En realidad me volví a dispersar mirando en youtube videos sobre cómo se hacían pastillas puras de regaliz. Pero tienen un ligerísimo efecto estimulante que, para un optimista como yo, pensó que iba empujarle a producir sin parar. No sé porqué esperaba encontrarme una caja de metal vintage dentro de la caja, pero no, dentro de la caja no hay otra caja, sino las pastillitas de regaliz que recomiendo no mezclar con cerveza porque entonces ni la cerveza sabe a cerveza, ni el regaliz a regaliz.
Undefinable
Undefinable
Loved it . Once i started i could not stop reading . It is well written and straight away you feel for Cheyanne and Cash and are rooting for them . I did not want the book to end and can not wait to read more from Renea Porter .

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