Emilio Stewart

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Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Up and Running
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Up and Running
Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Up and Running by Bruce A. Tate and Curt Hibbs. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
MySQL and Java Developer's Guide
MySQL and Java Developer's Guide
MySQL and Java Developer's Guide by Mark Matthews , Jim Cole, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Hibernate: An Annotations-based Approach
Hibernate: An Annotations-based Approach
Hibernate: An Annotations-based Approach by Mahesh P. Matha. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Agnes Grey
Agnes Grey
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, Rosemary Davis, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 575 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Un día de diciembre (Spanish Edition)
Un día de diciembre (Spanish Edition)
Un día de diciembre (Spanish Edition) by Josie Silver. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition)
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition)
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 504 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Machine Learning
Python Machine Learning
Python Machine Learning by Wei-Ming Lee. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Hacking University: Sophomore Edition. Essential Guide to Take Your Hacking Skills to the Next Level. Hacking Mobile Devices, Tablets, Game Consoles, and ... (Hacking Freedom and Data Driven Book 2)
Hacking University: Sophomore Edition. Essential Guide to Take Your Hacking Skills to the Next Level. Hacking Mobile Devices, Tablets, Game Consoles, and ... (Hacking Freedom and Data Driven Book 2)
Hacking University: Sophomore Edition. Essential Guide to Take Your Hacking Skills to the Next Level. Hacking Mobile Devices, Tablets, Game Consoles, and ... (Hacking Freedom and Data Driven Book 2) by Isaac D Cody. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes by Ben Forta. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 168 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
R For Marketing Research and Analytics (Use R!)
R For Marketing Research and Analytics (Use R!)
R For Marketing Research and Analytics (Use R!) by Chris Chapman and Elea McDonnell Feit. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide by Arthur Martensson. Rated 1.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
My Wonderful Word Box
My Wonderful Word Box
My Wonderful Word Box by Tim Healey and Jo/ Margaret Burroughes/Chamberla. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
Building the Web of Things: With examples in Node.js and Raspberry Pi
Building the Web of Things: With examples in Node.js and Raspberry Pi
Building the Web of Things is an excellent book to understand and explore the concepts and technologies underpinning the Internet of Things. The Web of Things is especially interesting because Web technologies and tools have the potential to trigger a user-driven transformation of the Internet of Things, from individual and centralised platforms to a truly distributed, organically growing digital representation of our physical and imagined world. Think of the Web of Things as the Internet of Things of the People.

This book takes the reader step by step through the technology stack of the Internet of Things. Each chapter is a blend of theory and hands-on engineering, which results in a concrete deliverable, for example a Node.js application that runs on an embedded device (Raspberry Pi).

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time someone provided such a complete and comprehensive work about the Internet of Things for technical and non-technical users.

Building the Web of Things is an important and much needed contribution, if the Internet of Things is truly reach its full potential. Because in it’s current shape, building applications and products for the Internet of Things requires a level of technical understanding and effort that discourages all but the most dedicated users.

The Web of Things promises to remove the technical hurdles by using user-friendly Web technologies and tools that allow non-technical users to use, share and build applications, devices and information on the Internet of Things.
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War
Imperfect Union is the story of John and Jessie Fremont, a couple who had a significant impact in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. It is also the story of the imperfect union among the states themselves and how controversies about slavery and also immigration (sound familiar?) led to the Civil War. It tells of a third “imperfect union” from the period, too, and that was the chasm between the eastern part of the continent and the west. Uniting the continent was the focus of most of John Fremont’s efforts and the goal of his many explorations, as he dreamed of opening the doors to trade with Asia across the Pacific from California.
I have enjoyed listening to Steve Inskeep on NPR’s Morning Edition for many years, but the question in my mind was: can he write? And, very important for a nonfiction book on history, has he done careful research so he can provide the details that will make the people and the era come alive and enable him to make generalizations about the period that will be credible? I am delighted to report that the answer to both questions is a resounding “Yes”. The wealth of primary sources consulted and cited is impressive, and the results are presented very well.
John and Jessie’s story is well-told and gave me a sense of them as people as well as a much better acquaintance with what John contributed to our history. Those more knowledgeable with history than I am might have known that John was the first presidential nominee of the new Republican party, but how many know that he named the San Francisco harbor the Golden Gate? The personal story was to me as interesting as a novel, and I was a bit sorry there was not even more about John and Jessie as a couple, but there is only so much room in one book. Plus it is clear that Inskeep was trying to be true to his sources, and there is only so much that can be inferred about their lives even from personal journals.
The era explored in this book was an exciting one, with technological innovations so radical that it reminds me of our own time. Before the telegraph was invented, for example, it would take many days to learn how other states had voted in an election. Congress did not even establish a single day for the national presidential election until 1845. After Samuel Morse, people in cities could find out election results in a matter of hours. Inskeep does an excellent job of pointing out these innovations and their effects.
The big political issue during this period, of course, was slavery. Here again the book gives good insights. The issue was more complex than is often presented. For example, there are the “nativists”, who were opposed to many groups like the Irish and Italians who were immigrating in larger numbers. Perhaps surprisingly, many of the nativists were also abolitionists for the same reason they opposed the immigrants: their goal was to protect the livelihood of the working man, which was threatened by slaves as well as immigrants.
One thing that is not covered in the book is another of its good points. As I read the book, I could see many parallels between that period and our own. Inskeep does not, however, spell these out. They will be obvious to the discerning reader and actually (in my case anyway) increase the reader’s enjoyment as you perceive them yourself. It also will keep the book from sounded dated in a few years.
Most people have heard of John Fremont, who has mountain peaks and towns named after him, but few people know much about why he was famous. This book will tell you why and give you the bigger picture of the era as well. Whether you are a history buff or not, there is a lot to enjoy and a lot to learn in Imperfect Union.
My thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance review copy of this book.
O's Little Guide to Finding Your True Purpose
O's Little Guide to Finding Your True Purpose
Meh. This book is a compilation of articles from past issues of O Magazine. If you've read every issues, then you have probably read all of these pieces. It is a bit of a hit and miss collection. Some of the essays are very inspiring, reminding us that we can still achieve great things at any age, or overcome our fears and setbacks. But, like O Magazine, it is geared towards a certain class of women who can afford to take chances and change their lives. Also, a lot of the book is pat advice wrapped up in overall personal stories and situations. It was an interesting read but it didn't help me find my true purpose at all; I just learned about how other people sought theirs or what happened after they found it.
The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century
The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century
Henry Ford may very well be greatest entrepreneur in American history. Few have had a greater impact on their time and culture the way Ford did in early twenty-first century America. There are many biographies available on Ford, but “The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century” by Steven Watts may be the very best. It is an erudite and textured history not only of the man and his company, but also his times. Watts sets his story within the context of the so-called “incorporation of America,” which challenged the independent, populist independence of agrarian Middle America.

In many ways, Henry Ford was a simple man. He possessed strong moral values and a clear moral compass; much of it developed by his mother and the McGuffy reader series. But was also a man of limited formal education with many idiosyncrasies. For instance, he believed in reincarnation and was convinced he had been a Union engineer killed at Gettysburg. He hated public speaking, but loved publicity. He was a rabid anti-Semite, but relatively progressive on African-Americans. He was fascinated with the soybean and believed it held all kinds of wonderful properties. He was, in short, an eccentric.

Ford was also clearly a genius. His triumph was no mere luck. Between 1900 and 1908 no fewer than 501 automobile companies were founded. Ford’s first two attempts were failures from which he took away two central lessons: 1) avoid wealthy backers with purely financial interests; 2) trust your own instincts and values.

Ford was a hands-on entrepreneur in the mold of Thomas Edison, a man he admired greatly. From Edison, whom he first met in 1896, he imbibed his focus on hard work and practical results. Ford never shied away from getting his hands dirty, both literally and figuratively. He was one of the hardest working men in his workshop and put himself front-and-center in building his car brand.

Known most for mass production, Watts credits Ford with recognizing and cultivating consumer leisure capitalism. The more time and money the average American had, the more products they could buy, the more the economy grew. Spending and self-fulfillment was replacing the thrift and self-control of the earlier age. It was a consumer age that Ford did much to foster by introducing the $5 workday ($25/week or $1,300/year in 1915 is only about $30,000 today). Watts is quick to point out that it was certainly not all about generosity. (Human labor proved to be the weak link in the assembly line; in 1914 the company had a 370% turn over of assembly line workers.) It just turned out that it was also a publicity goldmine.

Ford’s treatment of his workers is one of the more vexing elements of his story. He introduced a sociological department to Ford Motor Company and offered an English Language school for recent immigrants. Were these well-meaning “fraternal” reforms or intrusive “paternalistic” abuse of power? Ford equated drinking alcohol with slavery and didn’t hide his anti-cigarette and prohibitionist views, which he did much to foist onto his workers.

Another thing that “The People’s Tycoon” makes clear is that the success of The Ford Motor Company was very much a team effort. Watts gives due credit to a long list of Ford lieutenants, such as James Couzens in finance, Norval Hawkins in sales and marketing, Charles Sorensen in operations, Clarence Avery in the assembly line, and Harold Wills in metallurgy and design.

In closing, “The People’s Tycoon” is a phenomenal business biography that does its great subject justice.
Google Speaks: Secrets of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Google Speaks: Secrets of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
In fewer than 15 years, Google built the largest index of Web pages, dominated the Internet search industry, grew into a giant with a 1.5 million square foot headquarters in Mountain View, California plus two dozen other U.S. offices and technical centers in more than 30 countries, and became a global household name. Here the bestselling author of numerous popular business books, Lowe (Ben Graham on Value Investing, Bill Gates Speaks, Dividends Don't Lie, with Geraldine Weiss, Jack Welch Speaks, The Man Who Beats the S&P, The Rediscovered Benjamin Graham, Ted Turner Speaks, Warren Buffett Speaks; articles appeared in more than 100 publications; frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, FOX Business Network, and PBS; former financial editor of the San Diego Tribune) retells the amazing story behind the revolutionary, public corporate colossus (more than 20,000 employees) with a market capitalization of around $123 billion and about $16 billion in annual advertising revenues. With access to family, friends, employees, and company records, the author unofficially examines the founders' personalities and values as well as Google's vision, culture, business strategies, new business models, philanthropic projects, future, and more. Presenting more than a mere company profile, Lowe also addresses the criticisms and controversies surrounding Google as the primary portal to the World Wide Web, including copyright infringement, antitrust issues, personal privacy, and intellectual property concerns. Nicely-written and organized, this well-presented book provides a concise overview. Lacking a bibliography and a back-of-the book index but including a historical timeline, glossary, and footnotes, it belongs on the shelves of many public libraries where general readers can read about the secretive company that has become the prototype for a successful, twenty-first century business entity. Recommended as a good introduction but not as a definitive publication.
Chlopcy od Google?a
Chlopcy od Google?a
Chlopcy od Google?a by George Beahm. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966
The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966
Really GREAT pictures of his earlier times--check out two of Bob's stunning pictures--one on page 23 and another on page 38--Wow!! Both of these pictures are very clear and sharp!! We like them that way, right folks? You also get replications of handwritten lyrics and replications of all sorts of interesting memorabilia, plus interesting reading also. This is a must have scrap book for fans. I'm happy I got it. I found it interesting to notice that in a very stunning picture of Joan Baez where she is next to Bob Dylan in a mini booklet inserted on page 28 that she had gorgeous lips just as Bob Dylan had gorgeous lips noticeable in many pictures and during the press conference at San Francisco--on the DVD, Dylan Speaks (during the close-ups). They made a beautiful couple indeed. Both had artistic style noses, beautiful long fingers and gorgeous lips. There are all sorts of things to discover and look at. What do you see or discover in this scrapbook?
Masked and Anonymous [Blu-ray]
Masked and Anonymous [Blu-ray]
http://knoxblogs.com/the-vanities-review/author/davidhunter/
Finding Gold on The Independent Film Channel

I just saw a film on an a television channel that specializes in Independent, off beat, didn't quite make it films. It was made in 2003 and is called Masked and Anonymous. I'd neither seen nor heard of it. It was directed, produced and written by Larry Charles, who penned the first five seasons of the Seinfield sitcom. Bob Dylan co-authored the script under the pseudonym "Sergei Petrov." I have no idea why Dylan, who also was the central character and star, used a pseudonym.

According to Wikipedia the people's encyclopedia, the film was funded by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and filmed in 20 days.

Despite the the obvious low priority and short shooting schedule, here is a partial list some of actors who have commanded millions for roles they've played, who signed on to work for union scale . The current Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) daily rate, is $880; and the weekly rate is $3,280. Here are some you will probably recognize: John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, Val Kilmer, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Cheech Marin, Ed Harris; Christian Slater and Fred Ward.

Let's face it, the opportunity to work with a living legend like Bob Dylan doesn't come along every day, even for stars to work for what was minimum wage to them, just to be a part of it.

Masked and Anonymous is set in an undated future world in which chaos and a dictatorial, third world type government reign. Dylan plays a washed up but legendary music icon, Jack Fate, who is obviously supposed to be Dylan himself. Fate is the estranged son of the the President/Dictator of the United States is in prison when the film begins.

Fate is sprung from prison by Uncle Sweetheart (John Goodman) -- a shady concert promoter -- to be featured in, a giant charity concert, with which the desperate promoter plans to pay off his own debts. Goodman's character is being pursued by criminal types to whom he owes a lot of money. He. has described the concert as "something that will be bigger than Woodstock."

It seems that this film is mostly a platform for Bob Dylan's music, politics and philosophy, and that's all right with me. Not an actor, the former Robert Zimmerman still manages to deliver his lines and voice-overs in an acceptable, though somewhat monotone voice and the actors working for scale seem to try no less harder than if they were starring in a film based on a Nobel Prize winning novel.

Goodman plays as the blowhard con man who will say anything to make the concert a success, is very believable; Val Kilmer gave an exceptional performance as a hippy-like prophet who loves animals and hates people; the always beautiful Jessica Lange, plays an aging former world famous actress, working as a go-between manager is superb as usual -- implementing orders from the unidentified criminal syndicate bosses through Goodmans's character, who must in turn persuade Fate to go along with the orders disguised as "requests;" Christian Slater is outstanding as a philosophical stagehand, watching and commenting on the often chaotic situation.

Last but not least, Mickey Rourke Plays, Edmund, a sort of foster brother to Dylan's character, who says to the music legend at one point: "I'm the man your father always wanted you to be."

I will not give a way any more of the rice paper thin plot or the ending. As an example of cinematic art, most critics gave it a violent thumbs down, but I'm not a cinematic critic. If you came of age in the sixties, saw Woodstock as an almost religious event -- and especially if you are a Bob Dylan fan -- you need to watch this film. I just ordered it on CD for a few dollars and I generally don't collect films or CDs. It can also be downloaded directly for immediate viewing.

This film is worth seeing, especially if you fit the criteria of an aging Dylan fan who came of age in the 1960s, or a student of the music of that era. Here are a few quotes from Masked and Anonymous:
Coco Reàl, Cream of Coconut, 16.9 FL OZ Squeezable Bottle, Individually Boxed
Coco Reàl, Cream of Coconut, 16.9 FL OZ Squeezable Bottle, Individually Boxed
I liked the idea that this came in a squeeze plastic bottle rather than the Coco Lopez that’s in a can. I thought it would taste the same and easier to use. Unfortunately this one didn’t have much taste and seemed like it was watered down. On a positive note this coconut cream does have an expiration date on them unlike the Coco Lopez. I found that all the coconut creams need to be refrigerated after opening and then kept in it after using. This tends to make it too thick to pour with the Coco Lopez (that states to use it at room temperature) but not with this brand. It’s sort of a toss up as to which one is better but IMO I’d rather use the other cream and pour the contents of the can into a squeeze bottle before refrigerating!
24V Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3000Watt DC 24V to AC120V with Dual AC Outlets with Remote Control 2.4A USB and LED Display
24V Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3000Watt DC 24V to AC120V with Dual AC Outlets with Remote Control 2.4A USB and LED Display
 I have used GIANDEL inverters before, and love their products. I am LOVING this new 3000w inverter! I finally have found an inverter that will power my portable AC unit, fan on high, 3.3 cu ft fride/freezer, TV, laptop, and everything else that I have plugged in my conversion van all at once! Granted it drains the batteries really quick, but that's why I run my motor while I have the AC running. What's nice is that the inverter turns itself off when the batteries are low and leaves me with enough reserve power to start my van back up to recharge the system again. It comes packaged very well. The only complaint that I have is that the mounting holes to screw the unit down are directly below other stuff that sticks out like the battery posts. This made installing the unit extremely difficult even for me and I'm a contractor by trade. Other than the hole placement, this is an amazing unit. I would HIGHLY recommend getting this inverter to power your RV or anything else. Plus it has an 18 month warranty and I can tell you from personal experience that they stand behind that warranty. The one time I had an issue with my old 2000w inverter after a year of owning it, they sent me a replacement in 3 days.
DEALPEAK 3000W/4000W/5000W Car Power Inverter DC 12V To AC 110V/220V Sine Wave Converter with Digital Display 4 USB Ports (Style : 110v/5000W)
DEALPEAK 3000W/4000W/5000W Car Power Inverter DC 12V To AC 110V/220V Sine Wave Converter with Digital Display 4 USB Ports (Style : 110v/5000W)
im no expert at this kind of stuff i treid thit is with one brand new battery and i was only able to run one 80 watt light bulb i tried a 4 inch grinder and it cut out canadian tire has a 3000 watt inverter and it is 3 time bigger and heavy er then this one im returning this one also the socket where you plug in to come out of the casing not good sorry about the review butt this what i found out about this inverter
Huawei Honor 8X (64GB + 4GB RAM) 6.5" HD 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version No Warranty JSN-L23 (Black)
Huawei Honor 8X (64GB + 4GB RAM) 6.5" HD 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version No Warranty JSN-L23 (Black)
I've had my honor 8x for a month now, and it blew away my expectations. Being an IOS user since the very beginning It was hard for me to make the switch, so after reading all these reviews and for how cheap the phone is I figured I would purchase it and if I didn't like Android well I'm only out $300 VS $1000.
Well it's the best $300 you can spend.
The phone has a 91% screen to body ratio. Which looks awesome. It fits very comfortably in your hand. Gorilla glass so it is not going to crack like your iPhone. Phone came with a screen protector installed and a clear case which is better then nothing.
The camera is good, it's nothing spectacular but if you just take everyday photos like me then it's still great quality. It has a rear fingerprint sensor which you can set up multiple fingers. Which is nice bc regardless if I pick it up with my left or right hand I can unlock it. Facial recognition is fast as well. Dual sim and you can add a micro SD for added storage. The encryption file keeps all your information and photos safe. Not sure exactly what "stock" Android is but I'm assuming this is it. With all the ways to customize your phone and gestures the phone runs very fast and user friendly. I really like the notch on this phone VS apples notch which takes up most the upper screen. Screen quality is very good as well. The only thing that is a set back for me is the micro USB charging. I really think all phones should be type c quick charging. But with that being said the battery lasts a long time.
If you're like me and wanted to make the switch, or you want a really great phone without paying the ridiculous prices they offer now, buy the Honor 8x.works great with all Canadian providers, all I did was toss in my sim and it was good to go.
9/10 for me!
All or Nothing
All or Nothing
If you want to watch full games and film go to NFL Gamepass. The show is rated Mature. I am tired of all these people who want their children to enjoy a product put out for mature people and give bad reviews because of it, not helpful. Let them watch cartoons or something. And if you wanted this to be a documentary on the concussions of the Arizona Cardinals, sorry to disappoint, there is other things out there for that.
Now if you want to see what a full season and postseason is like for a team in the NFL (not just meaningless preseason games) this is it right here... You can feel the heartbreak, the victories, the pain of the players. It gives you another perspective of what the game means to a lot of people. It also allows you to see deeper into who these players are, some people complain about the cookie baking, cooking, and changing diapers, well I say we get enough of the bad apples on the news and everyone is all over these guys when they screw up, it feels nice to see that they are real men, with real families, and a lot of heart.
As a die hard Cardinals fan:
I love this team, and I really wish Larry gets his ring. No man deserves it more than him in the NFL.
Thor: God of Thunder Volume 1: The God Butcher (Marvel Now)
Thor: God of Thunder Volume 1: The God Butcher (Marvel Now)
This review is for the 2014 hardcover edition that collects issues 1-11 of Thor: God of Thunder.

First, on the collection itself. This is one of the best hardcover collections I've encountered that wasn't an "Absolute" or "Omnibus" or other special edition intended to focus on art or that included extensive extras. This is an over-sized (relative to the comic book page, and relative to the five-issue hardcovers) collection with glossy pages. As you can clearly see in the image here and elsewhere, the dust cover uses Esad Ribic's cover to issue 3 on the front and #4 on the back, with the covers to issues 1 and 2 on the front and back cover, respectively, of the book itself. All are reproduced beautifully. This edition doesn't call itself a "Deluxe" hardcover or anything like that, but because Marvel's released the shorter-length hardcovers, there was clearly some incentive to make this an especially nice edition for collectors. And so it is. There are some bonus features, including a gallery at the end of variant covers to the first few issues, Esad Ribic's design sketchbook, and pencils for a few pages and pencil/ink comparisons for a few others. This is everything I want in a hardcover collection - it's exactly the right size and format to really read a story from beginning to end, it gives some insight into the artist's process, and it reproduces the original comics (which I own) beautifully. All I could hope for from a better collection would be notes from writer Jason Aaron, perhaps an introduction from someone famously associated with Thor, preferably in the comics industry, maybe even a full script for one of the individual issues. And I'd be willing to pay more for something like that. And to be clear, this is a book worthy of a much more extensive collection that includes all that and more, which I'll say more on now.

Because the story of the God Butcher, and the way it is presented through these eleven issues is one of the great Thor stories. In terms of the story itself, it takes the idea of godhood and considers whether it is good or bad to be a god, and whether or not religion is worthwhile, given all the bad things that happen while the gods attend to their own affairs. It shows Gorr to be a sympathetic character, someone who has suffered greatly through his culture's belief in gods, or so he thinks, and who can see no recourse but to save all the universe from the lie (from his perspective) that faith in gods is to all living things, and how it adversely affects us. But Gorr isn't the hero of the story, and Aaron uses Thor not only as a protagonist, but as three separate protagonist at three points in his life, the young brash god not yet worthy of Mjolnir, the battle-tested Avenger confident and mighty, and the future King of Asgard, Thor of the distant future. This perspective on Thor in multiple aspects gives us a great deal of insight into what a god is and can be, and by the end we may see that there's some room for religion in the world, even if gods like Thor aren't perfect.

Or you might gloss over all that allegory and just think that it's really cool as Thor solves a mystery, fights a bad guy all across time and space (yeah, there's time travel!), and we get to see Volstagg as a thin man and Thor's granddaughters of that distant future. Lots of action, drama, and suspense. It's an awesome good time.

The art, too, is worth your time. If you like the cover, you'll love the book. Esad Ribic's style feels extremely fluid, which serves the action well, but it also allows so much room for your imagination. This is one of the first Thor stories I've read, and I've read decades' worth, that made Asgard and the affairs of gods feel like it was in a land beyond the knowledge of men, like it was something I couldn't quite comprehend with my own eyes. A great deal of the credit for that is undoubtedly also due to colorists Dean White and Ive Svorcina. It always feels like there's something subtle happening in the shadows, there's always something magical emanating from Mjolnir. As much as I've loved Russell Dauterman's work on the new Thor series, I really miss how Ribic made Asgard and Thor feel majestic in a way I hadn't experienced before, even with my favorite Thor artists.

But above all, this is just a beautiful collection, getting the whole story of Gorr in one collection, including the entire vision of writer and artist (with the fill-in issue of Butch Guice and company in issue 6, well done but not as spectacular) in one book, with fantastic extras and a format that reads like no other. I've just acquired the second volume in this series, and I'm looking forward to it, but I know it can't possibly be as fantastic as this given that it doesn't have as cohesive an art, story, and design aesthetic as this volume. This volume has instantly become one of my favorite editions of comic art. Well done, Marvel.
Rubie's Costume Men's Marvel Classic Adult Deluxe Thor Costume
Rubie's Costume Men's Marvel Classic Adult Deluxe Thor Costume
I'm well within the specifications.

That said the velcro along the back did not want to stay done, especially when I leaned forward, you need to be very thin to use this. That ended up being okay for the night because the cape hide it.

At 5'10, when I sat down with this the feet covers were at mid shin.

The padding was so maybe 10x more full in one bicep than the other, and they don't line up well with your arms muscles making it look weird.

If you're extremely thin and under 5'9 this might work for you anyways
Astraea
Astraea
While this was a decent low budget film it's not really scifi in my opinion, def a drama. And a bit slow going at that but I still liked it and it speeded up a bit in the 2nd half. In short, it illustrates the relationships btwn potentially the last four people in the world shortly after everyone has died from some mysterious illness. There's not any action nor is there the usual man against man conflict just the drama that unfolds as their relationships grow. The acting was good but there are a few not so impressive acting moments as expected in a low budget film. Overall I would say if you are looking for a post-apocalyptic drama, and can make it past the slow stuff in the beginning, you'll enjoy this movie.
55 Pack Black Panther Party Supplies Set,24 Pcs Black Panther Theme Cupcake Toppers,30 Latex balloons,1 Black Panther Happy Birthday Banner Decorations for Family Party Decorations
55 Pack Black Panther Party Supplies Set,24 Pcs Black Panther Theme Cupcake Toppers,30 Latex balloons,1 Black Panther Happy Birthday Banner Decorations for Family Party Decorations
I love the Banner, great quality. I think the tooth picks were pretty but unnecessary. I didn't have cupcakes so there was no need for them. Also, I received A LOT of Balloons. The Mask is only printed on one side. You can' really see the mask ob the gray balloons. I do think it is a good amount of products for $18 but if you're like me having a small shindig then this is way too much. I did know that but there is no option for small parties. I would recommend though.
Stephen King's The Dark Tower Concordance
Stephen King's The Dark Tower Concordance
The Dark Tower is a way of life. For those true appreciators of the series, you know what I mean. A friend of mine, the friend who actually recommended, relentlessly I might add, that I read The Dark Tower series (I being the King fan, he being the Tower fan), after finishing the series said to me, not unseriously: "Honestly, I haven't come across anything in the real world that disproves the existence of the Dark Tower." That's the kind of affect that the series can have on people, and it was the same for me.

All that being said, if you're a Dark Tower fan, this book is a must. I carry it with me frequently wherever I go, so that at any given time, if I have a down moment, I can stroll through it and get a taste of Mid-World, of the memories, of the journey of the Dark Tower series. It's so complete, from details you might have missed or forgotten, to the languages and terms of the various worlds in the books, to the mythologies and stories, even creation stories, to maps of the ka-tet's journey, and diagrams, my favorite being of Maturin carrying the universe on his shell, with the universe being represented as the Dark Tower and the guardians and their beams all connecting. Essentially it's a bible for the Dark Tower, and because I'm a bit odd like that and a considerable fanatic, I find myself wondering: why would anyone bother with actual religious texts when this exists? I joke, but that's the beauty of the series, and the beauty that this book exists.

Highly recommended! It's more than a reference guide: it's a way of life.
The Sacketts
The Sacketts
"The Sacketts" on DVD runs 3-1/4 hrs, two discs, was filmed 1979 in Canon City, Colorado; Mescal, Arizona; and Sonora, California - with Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage, Glenn Ford, Ben Johnson, Gilbert Roland, John Vernon, Jack Elam, Gene Evans, Slim Pickens, and several others you might recognize. Based upon Louis L'Amour's third book in the Sackett series, this TV adapted film is about three brothers headed west from Tennessee, and how their paths converge along that process. Tom Selleck is particularly smooth in this DVD movie, and Sam Elliott in with so many other big name western genre stars, well, an "old school" authentic western like this one is hard not to like. My all time favorite Sam Elliott western is "Conagher" and I'd have to say I enjoyed "Shadow Riders" where Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage and Sam Elliott star together, but "The Sacketts" is another one of those DVD's I have bought that delivers all that it should. Women, whiskey, bad guys vs good guys, guns, shoot out draw gunfights in the street, horses, dust and horse poop in the street, and depiction of hard living conditions to make most of us today realize we wouldn't have stayed alive very long had we actually lived during that time period. Approximately 45 minutes was cut from the TV version to make the DVD. Still well worth watching, and owning the DVD.
Women's Murder Club Series 2 Collection Set by James Patterson (Books 7-12)
Women's Murder Club Series 2 Collection Set by James Patterson (Books 7-12)
Bought set of 5 used/as new, Arrived promptly and packed well (shrink wrapped in a small box so won't go through letterbox). 1st class service and a good read. Short chapters so great for bedtime or poolside read. Enjoyed by male and female family members after we read them so good value!! All stand alone stories with red herrings and intrigue, well written with good characterisation, varied plots so will be buying the next 10 or so in due course.
The Roald Dahl Audio CD Collection
The Roald Dahl Audio CD Collection
Roald Dahl is hands down the best author I read as a child (I am now in my mid-twenties). I bought this CD set because his stories are amazing and I do a lot of driving. I would strongly recommend this set, however, there were a couple small disappointments that led to my 4 star rating (these would not likely affect the average person):
1. the stories are abridged, so while still fun to hear, some parts of the stories are missing detail.
2. I am familiar with the English (UK) books, so I was disappointed to hear a couple North American tweaks (ie. Charlie found a dollar bill in the snow rather than the British coin he found in my book).
Overall, this is a great set that I would recommend to anyone.
Beware the Witches!: A Sticker and Activity Book
Beware the Witches!: A Sticker and Activity Book
Although my grandson is only 4, he absolutely ADORES this workbook! Of course, I read much of it to him, since his reading level is 1st grade, but he has come up with wonderful answers for me to write on the pages and enjoys finding just the right stickers for each scenario.

He had already heard me read Dahl's book and watched the wonderful rendition of it in the film starring Angelica Huston. For any youngster who appreciates the dark humor of Dahl and enjoys working on emergent reading and writing skills in a fun format, this is your book!
Naruto, Vol. 65: Hashirama and Madara
Naruto, Vol. 65: Hashirama and Madara
Our 11 y/o is finally enjoying to read because of these books. I haven't the slightest clue as to what they are about, but he sure does and he loves them. No more fighting to get him to complete his 1 hour of mandatory reading/day. Often times, he can put the books down ( I am slowly buying him the monster collection of Naruto books that he has wanted.
Revenge of the Kremlin (A Malko Linge Novel Book 6)
Revenge of the Kremlin (A Malko Linge Novel Book 6)
Revenge of the Kremlin is the third of four Malko Linge novels by Gerard De Villiers to be translated into English by vintage crime/black lizard publishing. I am hoping they do more since they have been a joy to read so far.
Malko is viewed by some as a sort of French Bond but they were notable difference. The big ones being that Villiers does not seem to use the same structure for every story as Bond. Most of the Bond novels have the same beats in them such as him getting his orders and Bond playing some sort of game with the villain. Malko on the other hand doesn't even face the big baddy let alone play a game with him, and his adventures take place in the real world, no comic book ego-maniacal villains here. The whole thing makes it more a mix of Bond meets Homeland as strange as it sound.
One of the few things that I should point out is the writing style. It's very workman like, not a lot of flash out detail but gets the job done. Given the nature of the book as an adventure spy novel that's mostly not a problem. Malko is not the brooding cold blood killer type like Bond, he's man doing his job and taken us along with him. We don't need heavy for this type of story, it's if you will a popcorn tale and that is good enough for me.
Where the style is trouble and this is with all the novels that had been published so far in America is the sex. In Revenge of the Kremlin there are few sex scenes that seem to get shorter and shorter as the novel goes on. Most are with Gwyneth Robertson (Note if they do publish more of his novels I would like to read those with her so I can get a better idea of the backstory that is only hinted at in this novel) The problem with these scenes are not that they are there, some reviews take that view, but the fact they use some graphic language while not really being that detailed. I don't need page after page of a sex scene like you get in romance erotica, but I want more than put peg A in to slot B. That being said I am not going to moan about it to much and in the end it's only nit-pick I have with the novel and the reason I will not give it all five stars.
To end things, Revenge of the Kremlin is good almost great fun popcorn pulp novel that I will most likely read more than once after I finish it for the first time, Malko is the type of character I'm a bit of sucker for when I feel like reading something light. He's not perfect but he is not some heavy character whose troubled. The world he's in is real and he is dealing in real world events. Over all it is just a good story and that is what is important.
One last note I couldn't find another place to put this so here is, one of things that I really like in the novel as well as the others is that like Bond, Malko of course beds beautiful women but the thing that I really like is they are somewhat fun and it's never written like some great romance like in the Bond books. It also should be pointed out they are like women in the Robert A Heinlein novels, vary sexual open, unlike Bond girls who are often damage and victims of abuse. You would be surprise how many of the Bond girls are rape victims.
Well that's it if your looking for a fun spy adventure with a little dirty slightly kinky sex set in the real world than this novel is for as well as the other two that have come out and if your looking for something for a plane flight or just need something fun to read Revenge of the Kremlin with work as well.
The Unbaited Trap
The Unbaited Trap
I liked this book despite it's somewhat dramatic "soap opera" quality. The author explores issues of male sexuality and as well as the different forms that love can take. She also gives us a jarring look at upper middle class pretense. I wasn't sure where the plot was leading at first, and it took a few unexpected turns. The two male protagonists evoked sympathy from me, and I found the ending to be bittersweet.
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Clifford Is a Star
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Clifford Is a Star
This is one of my son's favorite books, he loves how Clifford hides inside a suitcase and ends up at grandmas house. He is learning to read, so combining Clifford and an introductory reader book is a winner for us!
Clifford's Abc
Clifford's Abc
I bought this book because it was cheap and I figured how bad could an alphabet book be right? It's definately not a preschooler book because of the variety of phonetic sounds for each letter, but I could get passed that. What I can get over is why they chose some of the words. For instance why could they not find a better D word than Dummy (its a puppet, but still)? My husband read the book to my daughter as a where's Waldo version and now she walks around saying "where's the dummy?" In hindsight this was not the best decision. I'd recommend trying any other alphabet book first. Not worth the little money it cost.
Les pages de notre amour (Roman contemporain) (French Edition)
Les pages de notre amour (Roman contemporain) (French Edition)
c'est la première fois que je lis un livre de nicholas sparks et j'ai été transportée par cette histoire d'amour ... beaucoup d'émotion, de tendresse et de pureté dans ce livre et une histoire d'amour comme on aimerait tous en connaitre ....le lien qui existe entre Noah et Allie dépasse le réel pour exister dans au delà.
je recommande vivement ce livre et je vais essayer de lire d'autres romans de cet auteur
Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment
Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment
This item was actually a sample in a kit that I purchased at Ulta around Black Friday. I have never used this brand before, and honestly wasn't super excited about using it as my expectations were pretty low. My hair, like that of most other reviewers, is very dry and damaged. I've colored my hair for years, and used a flat iron for years. So I have no clue why all of a sudden it is a hot mess of split ends - with some breakage as high up as 3-4 inches from my scalp. I have tried many different products, including Frederic Fekkai (was a top favorite) and Orlane (another favorite, but discontinued and super expensive, so have had to hunt it down on ebay). I've also tried others I've been only moderately impressed with, like It's a 10, and also Olaplex (the kind the consumer can buy online - was not very impressed with this one at all, and also super expensive). So - with little expectations, I gave this sample a shot. I was instantly impressed by the smell - it smells really quite lovely. So I figured if nothing else, at least my hair would smell nice. I typically let me hair air dry before flat ironing to limit heat exposure. What I noticed as my hair dried is that it actually was soft and very shiny - almost to the point I could have gotten away without flat ironing it. Once I did flat iron it, I was stunned by the results. I felt like I actually had my hair back how it used to be. Yes - the split ends are still there - but no product other than superglue is going to fix that :) But this product is outstanding - far and away better than anything else I have ever used before. I still can't get over the results. Pictures where I'm wearing red were taken before - the picture with the blue sweatshirt on was taken after.
Bioworld Gryffindor Sweater Harry Potter Sweater Hogwarts Sweater Gryffindor Apparel
Bioworld Gryffindor Sweater Harry Potter Sweater Hogwarts Sweater Gryffindor Apparel
Very pleased with this sweater purchased for my Harry Potter loving granddaughter! I believe this sweater runs small, as I had read from other reviews. I ordered a medium for my almost 12y.o., quickly maturing granddaughter....it fits her comfortably loose, but not sloppy. I especially appreciate the craftsmanship of the pattern consistently aligned at the seams. Good find!
Harry Potter Slytherin Painted Crest Protective Slim Fit Hybrid Rubber Bumper Case Fits Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, 11, 11 Pro,11 Pro Max
Harry Potter Slytherin Painted Crest Protective Slim Fit Hybrid Rubber Bumper Case Fits Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, 11, 11 Pro,11 Pro Max
Overall a good phone case. Just picky about a few things. First, I with the rubber edge was thicker and more raised to help protect the screen a little. Or you are to drop the phone face down your screen will most likely crack. Second, the printed image doesn’t seem as sharp as depicted - maybe a minor printing issue but you can still clearly see everything. Third, the picture isn’t truly centered, it’s aligned only on one side, so you have about 1cm of just seeing clear plastic. The case is durable enough to offer general protection. And I’m a slytherin so I’m happy.
Just Add Magic - Season 2
Just Add Magic - Season 2
I enjoy a children's show that is written for adults as well as teens. This show has about the finest collection of stories, actresses/ actors, and direction of any similar show I have ever seen. Each of the kids acting are performing its admirable skill, and are believable. The "magic" storyline is fun, and does not seem to take itself too seriously. I know it may seem a stretch, but I think this may be the best show on Amazon.
I work in a fairly intense job setting, and it can be exhausting. It may sound silly, but a kids show is just what I need to unwind after a rough day. Exciting, fun, and thoughtful. No bad language, families that care about each other and low level mysteries. Fun.
Amazon- please keep this show/ series for another season, at least!
Addendum: I wanted to add a simple addition to my previous review. The second season was as much fun as the first. Again, feels odd to be an adult watching a kids show, but it is simple, well written and fun. I enjoy the " magic" aspect of the show, but, frankly the writing and acting is amazing, considering it is a non major network production. What I said above still goes. Television shows be much more like this, and kids shows like this are just plain rare. Amazon, I hope you are listening.
Mad Queen: Tirades (Classic Reprint)
Mad Queen: Tirades (Classic Reprint)
Harry's work is rare and once found its expensive. Not everybody will like Harry,but if you read Geoffrey Wolff's bio of Harry Grew, "Black Sun" then that will start you on your way to what he went threw to get to where he got ... and why in the end he checked out early. Harry's work and that of his wife Caresse, was flamboyant and yet always redeemable. To find a reprint of one of his works is almost impossible. Ernst Hemingway knew Harry and although they were miles apart in form, Ernst still had great respect for him and for what Harry went threw, to then arrive. Harry lived by his own rules, but at some point he had had enough ... but the sprite of the man is in his work and "Mad Queen" is but a small sample of his "violent eclipse." Malcolm Cowley's "Exile's Return" has a good take on Harry as well as a poem from E. E. Cummings about his death. Most poets are not easy people to deal with, Harry was no exception, despite that, his work and that of his wife is fascinating, and in moments: exemplary.
The Treasure of Snow
The Treasure of Snow
There’s a place in every heart where gently falling snow brings childlike excitement. Once again, Lewis Satini masterfully captures snow’s beauty and wintertime fun. Little hands push snow into a snowman. Warm mittens and gloves make the cold disappear. Smiles and dancing feet reflect the joy a snow day can bring. Even the snowball fight is friendly and fun. Curious children wonder where does the snow comes from? Delightfully illustrated from beginning to end, Satini shares with readers the glory of the One in Whom all snow comes. Once again, author and illustrator, Mr. Satini has brought forth a lovely book that lingers in the mind long after the story is over.
Honey & Lime Literary Magazine Issue Six: Where Do We Go?
Honey & Lime Literary Magazine Issue Six: Where Do We Go?
This is a gorgeous magazine filled with beautiful stories and pictures alike. I love the climate theme of this issue and seeing how all the contributors interpreted that theme was fascinating. It’s simply a fantastic magazine!
Playkidz Super Durable Pound A Ball Great Fun for Toddlers - STEM Developmental Educational Toys - Great Birthday Gift
Playkidz Super Durable Pound A Ball Great Fun for Toddlers - STEM Developmental Educational Toys - Great Birthday Gift
First off, this has been one of our little one's favorite toys since it arrived.

The little "air holes" in the tubes are great, because they facilitate the removal of all sorts of various objects that "somehow" get violently jammed inside of the toy.

This thing has been used as a toy, a ladder, a shot-put, and as a mallet (not just the mallet, but the entire toy) to beat other toys, and shows no signs of wear so far (and it's been the better part of a year now). The top still securely holds all of the balls and still functions as new.

My only ideas to improve this would be to make the base tilted just a little, so that gravity pulls the balls all of the way out. Our play room is carpeted, and the uneven-ness of the floor means that the balls don't usually end up in the removable tray without adult intervention. It's a really small complaint, though.
JARLIF Women's Memory Foam Slip On Walking Tennis Shoes Lightweight Gym Jogging Sports Athletic Running Sneakers US5.5-10
JARLIF Women's Memory Foam Slip On Walking Tennis Shoes Lightweight Gym Jogging Sports Athletic Running Sneakers US5.5-10
First when the sneakers arrived they came in a bag and not a box. So I thought are you serious they came in a bag at that minute I did not even want to open the package thinking wow these sneakers are probably not going to be any good. I said they can't even ship them in the shoe box. So I waited a few minutes then opened the package and they looked ok, my son took one and tried to get it on his foot but did not happen. I told him I ordered them tom where at work they have memory foam and maybe they would help my legs and back due to me being on my feet at work from 10 to 14 hours a day. My son said yeah mom they should try them on. So I did and they felt like I was walking on a air, I said wow these feel really good and they fit me just right. My son said yeah they look good they look like adidas mom. I said they were only like 26 dollars I think I am going to get another pair so I have 2 pairs for work. So yes right now because I am off today I am going to order another pair right now. I wore the sneakers yesterday to work and I did a 13 hour shift and when I came home and took my shoes off my feet did not hurt and no pains in my legs fell asleep quickly.
HAV-A-HANK Genuine MADE IN USA Bandanna Handkerchief 22 in Extra Large Bandana [5 Pack] (Navy)
HAV-A-HANK Genuine MADE IN USA Bandanna Handkerchief 22 in Extra Large Bandana [5 Pack] (Navy)
I bought these Made in America bandanas because Chinese bandanas never soften up. I have used bandanas since the 1970’s and every single one of them, American Made, would become buttery smooth after several washings. I wore glass eyeglasses decades ago and used those soft bandanas to clean my glasses because they didn’t scratch the lenses. Being soft like that also made them more useful and absorbent for a lot of daily tasks especially mopping a sweaty brow.

These Havahanks are true to size and havent’t faded but they are perpetually stiff. Since I ordered a 5-pack about 5-6 months ago I have washed all of them every week and they are just as stiff as the day I received them so they will always be half as useful as they should be.

American Made, Chinese Made, what’s the difference? Is there any place on Planet Earth where I can get a soft bandana?

Maybe I can use them some day to polish a turd....sigh
Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection Rabe Action Figure
Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection Rabe Action Figure
Really cool figure. It's hard to find anything for the handmaidens of naboo. And while the costume is amazing and the paint is perfect, the face mold/paint is a little garish. Bright red lips where the handmaidens barely wore makeup, and undefined eye sculpt (at least on mine). But don't let that deter you! Like I said it's hard to find anything about the handmaidens, so this is a super cool find!
How to Design Cars Like a Pro
How to Design Cars Like a Pro
Overall concise book, would have liked to see more details about designers and thurir backgrounds. Some new interesting points about recent design languages that were introduced bu different brands. Tutorials are very basic, so for details on software packages would need to consult other material.

The title of the book may be misleading, it is more of an overall intro into world od design rather than a good tutorial, again thr few lessons being very basic pencil sketching approaches and a photoshop lesson.
There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane
There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane
I am a mother who works full-time. I don't know how Diane was able to accomplish childcare,household chores, doctor appointments,events at work and planning events for others. You would have to be on stimulants not weed to try to accomplish that. I'm not saying that she was an alcoholic but people who don't know much about alcohol/drug addiction would not know the signs to watch for such as hidden bottles of alcohol moved around to different hiding spots. I'm just wondering how could she have been the life and soul of the party all the time and supermom without taking anything? I understand why she was such a perfectionist and had to be in control because of her childhood. But at the same time, it's always the ones who say they don't have problems and/or don't discuss their problems that are the ones who need serious therapy. She had unresolved issues of childhood abandonment, hadn't spoken to her sisters in 10 years or her brothers? She never spoke about her marriage, not even to her best friend, that's not even normal. If she did smoke pot to sleep, how did she even get up for work? Did she sleep 2-3 hours a night? Someone mentioned an aneurysm. If there had been one or a stroke or any other medical condition, it would have shown up on the autopsy and no medical diseases showed up, so stop trying to rule out things that were ruled out and did not exist. Just like the retesting of the blood-same results. I do feel the family got ripped off by that scum-bag private investigator from the deceased' retirement fund money. He never even told the family that the blood had been retested 9 months prior nor did he give them to the family until they had to make numerous follow up phone calls to obtain them and they had paid something like 30k to him?
Bake from Scratch
Bake from Scratch
I love it when Bake comes to my mailbox. I like the photos and recipes. Most of the recipes require several different components. You may make a cake, a filling and an icing. There are also some savory recipes sometimes too not just sweets. The only thing is sometimes the recipes require an ingredient that you need to order online or find a substitution you like. I guess they put a recipe or two in the magazine that promotes one of their advertisers products. Not every recipe calls for obscure or hard to find ingredients though.

They also have a section that highlights kitchen essentials. Beware this will make you want to purchase new things from pans to cookbooks. You have been warned.
Dikoaina Classic Soft Faux Sheepskin Chair Cover Couch Stool Seat Shaggy Area Rugs for Bedroom Sofa Floor Fur Rug (White, 2ft x 4.6ft Sheepskin)
Dikoaina Classic Soft Faux Sheepskin Chair Cover Couch Stool Seat Shaggy Area Rugs for Bedroom Sofa Floor Fur Rug (White, 2ft x 4.6ft Sheepskin)
I gave 5 stars for Value of money, but only 4 stars for durability for a readon. I initially purchased this rug for the use of Master bedroom seating area for the reading chair, for a client. Since the rug is so fluffy but very thin I decided to use it as an accent over the Livingroom ottoman. But for this price what more can you expect? Even if the client gets 6 months out of it, the purpose will be solved. Overall a beautiful piece. I have not featured this in my instagram yet but pretty sure will have some interested people.
Rekucci Women's Perfectly Soft Basic Fitted Short Sleeve Scoop Neck T Shirt
Rekucci Women's Perfectly Soft Basic Fitted Short Sleeve Scoop Neck T Shirt
This shirt was perfect for me. I am 5'1" tall with 29 inch waist and 39" chest and ordered a large. The material hugs a little, but it is loose enough not to show every bulge. It hugs my curves without showing cleavage (as long as I don't bend over). It looks dressy enough to pair with a jacket or suit, but also wear with jeans. It is pretty long on me. I had to tuck it in and it goes down to where my legs are attached to my hips/torso. I like it so much, I ordered 4 other colors. The photo is of the Large Teal. the pants are the Rekucci Comfort Bootcut Pants in a size 8 SHORT, charcoal color. I can pull the size 6 all the way up too, but they fit more tightly. I am still searching for a new bra. I have lost a lot of weight recently and all the dressy clothes in my closet are too large. Luckily I have a few jeans from the 90s (that are not made anymore) that fit very well and t-shirts, but dressy tops look strange with jeans.
The Promise (2017)
The Promise (2017)
In April of 1915, after the Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of the Germans, the Ottoman government began to round up men, women and children of Armenian descent, and either forced them on long marches through the desert, where they would die of thirst or starvation, or outright killed them en masse. Between that time and (by some accounts) 1923, over 1.5 million Armenian Christians died, before the Ottoman empire finally fell. It was from this, as well as other mass killings taking place, that Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in 1943 or 44. Despite the overwhelming evidence that exists, the Turkish government has never officially recognized the Armenian Genocide ever took place, and many around the world either deny it happened, or are not willing to call it a genocide.

The Armenian Genocide serves as the backdrop for The Promise, the latest film from director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). Beginning in 1914, the film tells the story of Mikael (Oscar Isaac), an apothecary living a small Armenian village, who dreams of becoming a doctor to better help his people. After being betrothed to marry, he uses the dowry from the arrangement to go to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) to pursuit a doctor’s degree. Living with family there, he meets a Paris-educated Armenian named Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), who’s in a relationship with Chris Myers (Christian Bale), a world-renowned American reporter. Despite both being committed to another, Mikael and Ana fall in love. But their relationship, and the world around them, are torn apart, as the Ottoman government, after joining the Great War, embark on a reign of terror to forcefully remove, and attempt to exterminate, the Armenian population within their borders. As the events tear them apart, all three must do their best to survive in a world gone mad, and get the message of what is going on to the world.

What makes The Promise a truly powerful experience is that the cast and crew do a fine job of giving us a personal connection to the events of the Armenian Genocide through this film. Although the love triangle element of the film is one that has been overused by Hollywood, it works effectively for this film. By showing the personal lives of the people we follow, we develop that personal connection to the characters, so that when the tragic events unfold, we care about the lives of those people, and their families, as they go through the horrors we witness.

What makes the love triangle element work is thanks in part to the great cast assembled. Oscar Isaac, best known to the world as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, gives a powerful performance as Mikael. We see the torment he goes through as he suffers many tragedies over the course of the film. You feel every moment of his story, from his youthful exuberance at leaving home to embark on the journey to Constantinople, to his struggles with the death and destruction he faces. Isaac gives it his all in this film, and truly delivers a strong performance.

Charlotte Le Bon is equally effective as Ana, the love interest of both Mikael and Chris. She shows both a sense of strength, and of weakness, as she fears losing those she cares about the most. Christian Bale, one of the best actors in the field right now, also gives a strong performance as Chris Myers. One of the things that makes the love triangle element different is that, unlike most occurrences, Chris does not come off as the “weak third wheel” of the trio. Although he has his flaws, he proves to be a good man in his own right, as he struggles to tell the world about what is transpiring in Turkey, while also trying to keep the woman he loves, as well as Mikael’s family, safe from the terrors. Bale is great as always.

The supporting cast of the film, including Shohreh Aghdashloo, Tom Hollander, Jean Reno and James Cromwell, give great performances in the film, helping lift the story to a strong emotional resonance. Although the film has a few slower passages to it, those are mostly forgiven by strong work from the cast, and a moving score by composer Gabriel Yared. But the greatest strength of the film is that, while the main story is fictional, it works to humanize the story that serves as the backdrop. The filmmakers have striven to create a powerful film that shows what those people went through during that terrible period of history, and in that, they were successful.

In closing, The Promise is an overall powerful film about a dark moment in world history, when the Armenian people faced extermination in their native land by the Ottoman Empire, and those who fought to survive, so that their stories would live on. The few weaknesses in the story are overcome by great performances, strong direction, and powerful scenes. This is a film that all people need to see, as a reminder of what transpired, and why we must never allow such atrocities to happen again.

Grade: A-
De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM 04.120.S Kaffeevollautomat | Großer 1,8 L Wassertank | Direktwahltasten & Drehregler | Profi Milchschaum-Düse | 13-Stufiges Kegelmahlwerk | Herausnehmbare Brühgruppe | Silber
De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM 04.120.S Kaffeevollautomat | Großer 1,8 L Wassertank | Direktwahltasten & Drehregler | Profi Milchschaum-Düse | 13-Stufiges Kegelmahlwerk | Herausnehmbare Brühgruppe | Silber
***Edited August 2015***
Well I've just taken a star off because, in common with some other reviewers, the steam control knob has broken. The combination of a stiff control valve and a thin plastic knob will only ever end in one way. It just sheared off.

The good thing is that the machine is still under extended warranty and has been returned for repair. The bad thing is that the 'customer service' from DeLonghi is appalling. I don't remember encountering another customer facing department that was so lacking in courtesy and helpfulness. I don't know how long it will last after this occasion but I probably won't buy the same brand again.

I must admit I wouldn't have considered buying this machine at it's full price but whilst it's on special offer it's hard to resist!

The package arrived quicker than I expected (the indications was that it was out of stock but it still arrived within a day or two) and the unpacking and minimal assembly went smoothly.

Like most men, I avoid the instruction booklet unless it's really necessary but on this occasion I thought it best to have a look - just in case. It's a good job I did; there are instructions on how to test your water for hardness and set the machine accordingly.

You can also alter the temperature of the espresso using a combination of button presses. Once all that was done, and I had assembled and fitted the drip tray and coffee grounds receptacle I followed the instructions on how to prime the water pump. That was a 30 second job, but best not to skip it.

Included in the packaging is a packet of Delonghi descaler and you can get another one free if you join their coffee club. (No additional purchase is necessary).

It's true to say that there are a few paces in the instructions that are a bit vague, stating that you'll have to use trial and error to set certain parts of it, but that's understandable as we all have different tastes.

Once assembled and working it's a joy to use - it runs a cleaning cycle each time you switch it on so you may want to leave a cup underneath the coffee spouts to catch the water as it runs out. It just saves it all going in the drip tray. Once that's finished you just press the button and let it get on with the task. Making a cup of 'proper' coffee now takes around the same time as making a cup of instant!

Having been used to the manual type of coffee maker up to now, I really appreciate the fact that everything is automated. The beans are freshly ground, the infuser pushes the water through them and then you just have to foam your milk by pushing a button and turning the knob. Milk foaming is fast and efficient. Once it's done you simply have to clean the foaming nozzle and enjoy your coffee - no coffee grounds to empty after each drink as there's a bin inside the machine collecting them all until it needs emptying.

The consistency is also excellent, once you have the strength and quantity set to your liking it dispenses the same taste time after time.

Others have mentioned the plastic casing, it doesn't offend my eyes and many domestic appliances rely on plastic to keep them light and cheap. It's not a problem for me. The drip tray cover is stainless steel though, which is good for appearance and for cleaning.

All in all, even though it's early days, I'm very happy with my purchase so far.
Melitta 6556464 Brühgruppe für Kaffeevollautomaten (Passende Modelle siehe Produktbeschreibung!!!)
Melitta 6556464 Brühgruppe für Kaffeevollautomaten (Passende Modelle siehe Produktbeschreibung!!!)
An unserer 4 Jahre alten Melitta Caffeo CI ist beim Ablauf des Reinigungsprogramm der untere Wasseranschluss abgebrochen! Eine neue Brüheinheit musste her!

Die erste Brüheinheit die zu gesendet wurde erlitt leider einen Transportschaden und musste zurückgeschickt werden! Lobenswert ist hier der unkompliziert Ablauf durch den Verkäufer! Die beschädigte Brüheinheit wurde ohne Probleme durch eine neue ersetzt!

Die zweite Brüheinheit passt, unser Kaffeevollautomat produziert wieder Kaffee! Wir sind sehr zufrieden! Ein Dankeschön an den Verkäufer für den netten Kontakt und den unkomplizierten Ablauf!
Lethal Licorice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 2)
Lethal Licorice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 2)
Bailey has stayed in Harvest, OH after the death of her Daadi (grandfather) to her Maami (grandmother) run the family candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Her grandfather was to participate in the highly competitive Amish Confectionery Competition and the judges have allowed Bailey to take his place. On the first day of the competition Bailey has a run in with a rival Amish candy shop owner, Josephine Weaver. Also, the town's beloved polka-dotted pig, Jethro, has gone missing and his owner, Juliet, is distraught with worry. As Bailey looks for Jethro she unfortunately finds the body of Josephine. Will the police, particularly Aiden, be suspicious of her once again?

Whenever I am stressed I like to turn to cozy mysteries and Amish fiction. When you put the two of them together I am one happy reader. Amanda Flower has perfected the craft of writing Amish cozy mysteries. You are instantly transported to Harvest, OH into Bailey's world as soon as you open the book. The details are rich with beauty and flavor. You can almost taste the candy Bailey and the others are making. It is a guarantee you will be craving whatever Bailey and her grandmother are making. Right now I want licorice and taffy. YUM!

Not only is there a murder mystery going on there is also a young Amish girl that Bailey meets that is trying to decide her path in life, stay Amish or leave or faith. The care and compassion shown from Bailey and her grandmother is the true spirit of helping one another. You will be moved like I was.

There is a small romance between Bailey and Aiden brewing but it does not take over the main story. They are both taking their time until they move to the next step. Aiden seems like the perfect match for Bailey. He lets her explore but is always around to help her pick up the pieces.

I cannot review the book without a blurb about Jethro. Who can resist a polka-dotted pig? This pig lives the perfect life. He is doted on like a king by his mom, Juliet and she just so happens to be Aiden's mom and one of Bailey's close friends in Harvest, OH. I found myself worrying about Jethro being lost in the dark and cold even when I was not reading. I absolutely love how Amanda Flower gives true personality to her animal characters. To me that shows she has a beautiful heart.

I am very excited to see the next adventure of Bailey and friends and to see where the romance is headed. Hurry and get your copy today from your favorite bookseller. If you have not read the first book, Assaulted Caramel, you should buy it also. Make it a sweet weekend of reading.

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