Erica Walker

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6 Nicholas Sparks
6 Nicholas Sparks
6 Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
John Grisham - All Novels and Stories Listed in Best Reading Order - Updated 2017 With Summaries and Checklist: Includes The Whistler and Camino Island plus all other novels and short stories
John Grisham - All Novels and Stories Listed in Best Reading Order - Updated 2017 With Summaries and Checklist: Includes The Whistler and Camino Island plus all other novels and short stories
John Grisham - All Novels and Stories Listed in Best Reading Order - Updated 2017 With Summaries and Checklist: Includes The Whistler and Camino Island plus all other novels and short stories by Avid Reader. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition)
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition)
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The King (The Bowers Files Book 6)
The King (The Bowers Files Book 6)
The King (The Bowers Files Book 6) by Steven James. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 287 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java How To Program (Early Objects) (10th Edition)
Java How To Program (Early Objects) (10th Edition)
Java How To Program (Early Objects) (10th Edition) by Paul J. Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 61 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Machine Learning with Python: The Ultimate Guide for Absolute Beginners with Steps to Implement Artificial Neural Networks with Real Examples (Useful Python Tools eg. Anaconda, Jupiter Notebook)
Machine Learning with Python: The Ultimate Guide for Absolute Beginners with Steps to Implement Artificial Neural Networks with Real Examples (Useful Python Tools eg. Anaconda, Jupiter Notebook)
Machine Learning with Python: The Ultimate Guide for Absolute Beginners with Steps to Implement Artificial Neural Networks with Real Examples (Useful Python Tools eg. Anaconda, Jupiter Notebook) by Daniel Géron. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 90 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
A Visual Introduction to SQL
A Visual Introduction to SQL
A Visual Introduction to SQL by David Chappell and J. Harvey Trimble Jr.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learn SQL in 400 Minutes
Learn SQL in 400 Minutes
Learn SQL in 400 Minutes by Kalman Toth. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learn R in a Day
Learn R in a Day
Learn R in a Day by Steven Murray. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 101 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills
Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills
Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith R. Birsh, Suzanne Carreker, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Essays of Warren Buffett Lessons for Investors and Managers
Essays of Warren Buffett Lessons for Investors and Managers
This is an excellent book which is a collection of excerpts from the annual letter to shareholders from Berkshire. Cunningham has done an superb job of collating this material and extracting the most important sections which give detailed and in depth view of the workings of Buffett and Charlie Munger and lay out his philosophy and his strategies and his evolution as an investor, which I found particularly fascinating. His move from being a Graham clone to his adoption of Fisher's approach and his fine tuning of his criteria for investmnet.He deals with the amazing successes and the numerous failures and mistakes. For anyone interested in improving their investment expertise and learning about Buffett's approach this is an absolute must. A book that I shall revisit time and again.The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Rarely, you get a chance to get perspective on impact of Technology innovation on societies by a legal counselor, who understands both the nuances and capabilities of new technologies and also different perspectives and concerns around these technologies seen from wide range of stakeholders.

What, if government asks for an enterprise data from tech company, at the same-time restrict the tech company to let the concerned enterprise know about the request? What if the government asks of global tech companies, for information that resides in data-center located in another country? The bigger question is that shall as owner of my face, do I deserve to be asked by tech companies before using my facial signature for whatever purpose, especially when I fear this may lead to bias or discrimination?

Brad smith brings to life, with help of instances, the balancing acts tech companies have to ensure, between individual and enterprise privacy rights and governments rights to know for genuine reasons of preventing or investigating crimes or public safety, for example. He goes on to describe the evolutionary path tech sector has gone through to help address these challenges situations in a principled, legally supported (CLOUD ACT), technology enabled (say encryption) manner, and also given the Microsoft’s stand on some of the contentious concerns.

The initiatives and demands made by some governments (Denmark, NZ or EU) often forces global tech companies to develop solutions that would become easy to be offered across the globe. Microsoft commitment to offer same level of protection to all customers irrespective of their location across the globe, means that the most demanding customers or stringent regulations define the base level for privacy for all, across the globe.

Brad presents a very balanced assessment of likely impact of AI on workforce, using impact of introduction of automotive and replacement of horses as historical disruption that created new industries (eg. Consumer credit) and decimated existing ones (farms producing horse feeds, eg.). Yes, in the intermediate, there would be economic losers and winners, but in the long run technological advancements leads to overall improvement in quality of life for all. Most important question, and most difficult to answer, is how soon will AI type of technologies become mainstream! Agreed.

As Bill gates puts it, BRAD SMITH offers a clear view of the questions raised by new technologies- and yes, also his suggestions of path forward, that needs considered deliberations among the stakeholders- Governments and Company Management.

Governments, especially within democracies, needs to act fast to match the pace of technology innovation. Brad suggests that governments approach towards regulation needs to be similar to introducing minimum viable product (regulations) and then build up as more data, experience and understanding comes their way. Waiting to understand technology in its full nuances and its impact in totality, in quest for comprehensive fool-proof regulation may not work.

As Technology companies are global, their effective regulation would require multi-lateral comity of nations coming together to design and agree to global standards and principles for regulations- which in increasingly complex world is difficult to achieve. Brad has hope on the part of the 75 odd democratic nations to form coalition of the willing, to develop some common regulatory provisions and principles, with US taking the necessary lead.

Self-regulation within companies, are within the control of Companies Boards and can provide necessary support in gaining and retaining stakeholders trust. Brad proposes principles based approach to handling issues then case-to case handling of instances and then sticking to principles, whatever be the cost help retain trust. Microsoft, own decision by its ethics committee to refuse selling facial recognition technology to Government, on citizens liberty concerns, is a case in point.

Brad has very well brought forth the issues and concerns facing linked to technology innovation and the increasing might and responsibilities of global tech companies in defining better future for the globe, working with stakeholders in a proactive, engaged and enlightened manner.

Off-course- this book is of interest to all, besides lawyers and tech-professionals for whom it falls in must-read category. Don’t read too much in its title though!
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
A first rate book for anyone creating a Facebook business page. I downloaded other highly reviewed Kindle books before this one that didn't really help much. Rebecca Robinson put this book together with Facebook screenshots that walked me through the process. She made the concepts understandable.

I'm new to Facebook, will be working on my FB biz page to complement my EuroPartsHouse.com website where I sell parts for European cars.

This book is the most useful of the several Facebook kindle books that I bought and the one that I'm using first in creating the business page.

Thanks again,
Charles / EuroPartsHouse.com
Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of the Richest Man on the Planet (Billionaire Visionaries Book 1)
Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of the Richest Man on the Planet (Billionaire Visionaries Book 1)
Bezos was born in 1964 Albuquerque to a then unwed mother. ('Pops,' her father, came from a line of settlers - he enlarged the family ranch to 25,000 acres, and was also Regional Director of the AEC. She eventually married a Cuban immigrant of Spanish descent (Miguel) who came here via Operation Peter Pan (15,000 children airlifted in - without parents; his future stepfather was 15 at the time and Jeff would be four when Miguel adopted him). Miguel (Mike) became an EE.

Pops taught self-reliance to Jeff. Usually Jeff worked summers at the ranch; one year he instead got a part-time job at McDonald's. Hating every moment, he quit after a few days and started a summer camp ($600/, for a 10-day event for 4th - 6th graders). Six enrollees (including a brother and sister) - the focus was teaching reasoning. The course included reading parts of 'The Lord of the Rings,' 'Dune,' 'Watership Down,' etc. The science component included space travel, use of fossil fuels, fission generators, etc.

High school valedictorian (speech included evacuating humans for Earth), double major at Princeton - electrical engineering and computer science. .

Bezos decided to start with books in July 1994 because books were the one item in mail order catalogs that fit well with online purchase and shipping - there were so many titles that nobody could print a catalog and send it to every household. In 1994, Americans spent over $60 billion on mail-order products. The first e-commerce sale was a Sting CD in 1994. The Internet solved that problem. Bezos saw the Internet as a channel to reach millions, and books as a product to start with. Amazon began business a year later.

At the time there wasn't much you could get online - Amazon seemed to be an extension of a mail-order store where you got a catalog, then made a purchase over the phone. An Amazon catalog of books would have been larger than the NYC phone directory.

After about 4 months Amazon was doing about $20,000/week in sales.

He had decided to set up business in Seattle because of the tax structure there. (The Supreme Court ruled there would be no sales taxes collected from a company that didn't have physical presence in the state the sale was made - Washington has a low sales tax.) The next warehouse was in Delaware - no sales tax, the third in Reno (no sales tax, close to California.) Today it has a P/E ratio of 230, vs. 37 for Google, 46 for Alibaba, 17 for Apple, and 62 at Microsoft.

More than 100,000 sellers made over $100,000 in 2016, customers spent $200 billion in Amazon in 2017, it has over 40% of the U.S. e-commerce market and over half a million employees. Amazon spent $1.5 billion on shipping in 2016, and took in $3.3 billion from 32 million Prime customers; Prime members spend an average $1,600/year vs. about $600/year for the rest.

Bezos turned to 20 friends/family and raised $50,000 each for less than 1% of the company each. Overall, about 24 people contributed $1 million total for a sixth of the firm. that took about a year. Amazon went public in 1997, bringing in $148 million in revenue at that point. (About half startups make to the 5th year.)

Bezos believed that objectives superseded all other events - if you want to do something, you do it before you set out on doing anything else and you are not done until you succeed. Effort towards significant achievement is not about rewards - its the internal satisfaction.

It took 15 months to et the website ready.
Elon Musk.: The Little Black Book (Little Black Books)
Elon Musk.: The Little Black Book (Little Black Books)
142 Elon Musk quotes on a variety of topics including guidance for people considering starting their own company.

My favorite but was actually the second half of a quote about Rockets to Mars, "The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn’t been reusable.”

This is less a book of inspirational quotes, and more a glimpse into the mind of a modern innovator.
Bob Dylan - Ukulele Chord Songbook
Bob Dylan - Ukulele Chord Songbook
This book only contains chords and lyrics. Granted that might be expected based on the book's title, but for an authorized book, I'd expect it to at least show time signatures, beats per measure, and measures. As it is, this book doesn't offer anything over song sheets that can be (legally) downloaded from numerous sites. And per another review, the pages are small and the book thick, which makes it difficult to read as you're playing (unlike downloadable song sheets). I also own "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Complete" which is for guitar. Although the guitar chord diagrams (i.e., fingerings) aren't helpful for ukulele players, that book has the chords, melody (notes), measures, etc. As a ukulele player, I prefer it over this book.
Bob Dylan: A Life In 37 Albums
Bob Dylan: A Life In 37 Albums
I'm sure that many Dylan fans would find this all a little superficial and not offering anything new. Nevertheless I found it a pleasant run through of the studio albums. Nice to have an illustration of each cover; an actual listing of the individual tracks would have been nice.

Mr Redford mentions many of the tracks recorded at the time which ended on the cutting room floor, destined for the Bootlegs. But as said, nothing new for the experts, but I found the information and opinions expressed quite entertaining.

All in all worth the price.
Live 1961-2000
Live 1961-2000
So, there are a few great things on here: Grand Coulee Dam (Dylan at the very crest--just listen to the singing on the line "She comes OFF the Canadian Rockies, where the crystal waters glide..."), Somebody Touched Me (in Dylan's current touring, what makes the music really great is the fantastic bluegrass/country style of the backup musicians), Handsome Molly (a very pretty, though a bit innocuous, bit of very early Dylan). Wade in the Water is also, I suppose, very good, though I find his grisled old bluesman voice from the pre-Freewheelin' days pretty affected. The rest is the typical hit and miss of Dylan concerts, with emphasis on "miss": Dylan's sound is generally an intimate one, even when he's doing rock (She's Your Lover Now, Tangled Up In Blue) and, in my opinion, it does not lend itself to the necessarily ham-fisted approach of big-scale concerts. Still, there are concerts where the sheer might of his performance (and the vitality of the then-new songs) triumphed, as heard in the Bootleg 4 "Live '66" album. Also, a live performance which is essentially a studio set-up (MTV Unplugged) can yield good results. But these concerts have already been released, as have some decidedly mediocre and poor Dylan performances (Budokon, the Dead). Why, if Sony was going to do a live album, couldn't they have dug into the vaults just a little deeper? A lot of great stuff is floating around on bootlegs--bootlegs so widespread and well-known that they're catalogued in books--why not reward our shelling out so much cash with a few of these...
SOBE Elixir, Pina Colada, 20 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)
SOBE Elixir, Pina Colada, 20 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)
Exactly as expected but this flavor is very hard to find nowadays so the value for the money is a little off. We moved and it is not available in our area except Panda Express had it and they just discontinued it and switched to a different brand. So we are no longer able to get it anywhere. Really wanted to surprise my kid with it for a birthday present so I paid this high price but feels priceless when they opened their gift and realized they finally got one again and got this whole case. Would consider purchasing continuously if the price was a little cheaper.
JBL Inspire 300 In-Ear Sport Headphones Black
JBL Inspire 300 In-Ear Sport Headphones Black
I hate the newer style of headphones/earbuds that stick directly into a user's ear canal. Dangerous and uncomfortable (and impractical if you have narrow canals). Traditional earbuds that nestle in your ear are becoming harder to find and these JBL headphones are a good compromise between the two and deliver good sound. Only downside is they can be a little conspicuous for some.
The Collected Essex County
The Collected Essex County
I'm going to review this series as a whole and not separately, because you cannot take one book away from the trilogy. I have never been a huge fan of graphic novels, or sports related stories in general. This trilogy is both, a graphic novel that centers around hockey, specifically the Toronto Maple Leafs, so I didn't know how engrossing it would be or if I made the right choice buying it. It was lying around my house for a while before I finally picked it up and started reading...when suddenly I was on to the second volume, then the third, then I was online looking up more of Jeff Lemire's work...

Wow. What a fantastic series this turned out to be. I was fully immersed in the lives of those characters that I was surprised to get to the last page. The illustrations and artwork were so profoundly beautiful, I could feel my heart clench at a simple expression drawn on a character's face, a simple sigh, a simple bow of the head.

The first book portrays the lives of Lester, a young boy who has just lost his mother to cancer, and his Uncle Ken. Lester moved in with his uncle after his mother's death, but can't seem to get along or find any common ground between them, leaving their relationship awfully strained and awkward. All of which is beautifully portrayed through the illustrations, making you breath the awkwardness and tension between them. Lester then befriends Jimmy, an older, childlike man, who runs the local gas station after suffering an injury, which ended his professional hockey career. Lester and Jimmy love to play pretend, in which Lester is a superhero out to save the world from aliens. Lester finds he can be himself around Jimmy, even sharing with him the comics he's drawn.

The second book talks about two brothers Lou and Vince, primarily through a series of flashbacks that Lou is having, in which so much regret is depicted. This, for me, was the all time favourite of all three volumes. The artwork was so powerful and expressive that it almost brought me to tears. So many emotions, so many provocative moments. Jeff Lemire has outdone himself with this one. The artwork is very simple, black and white drawings, with very little dialogue. You could go pages without a single word written or spoken by any of the characters, but the illustrations alone would tell the story. The one page that really stuck in my mind is a series of panels, in which Lou and Vince and his son Jimmy are watching hockey on TV and you can tell the years passing, by the way they were aging from one panel to another and the way Jimmy was getting bigger and bigger, until you reach the last panel where it's just Lou and Vince watching Jimmy playing on TV. Absolutely brilliant portrayal of time passing, without having to spell it out to the reader that the years are, in fact, going by.

Another example of the brilliance of Lemire's artwork was in the beautiful depiction of Lou meeting Vince's girlfriend for the first time. You immediately know what will happen just from their facial expressions upon meeting. You can tell. You can see it from the very beginning just by that one moment they share. And yet, when it happens, it doesn't make it any less disappointing and does not take away the shame and regret that accompanies that incident.

Then there's the third volume that illustrates the life of nurse Annie Quenneville, who is going around working her shifts. The one shift the comic focuses on is Lou's, where we find out that the nurse looks after Lou, who has gone deaf, has a drinking problem and barely speaks. She also looks after her own grandmother, who has a story of her own that we end up reading about through flashbacks and memories.

Beautiful novels, all connected and interconnected in the most incredibly subtle ways making it look effortless. All the stories come together, until it climaxes right where we started - with Lester and uncle Ken.

Wonderful, wonderful series. I am so glad I bought it, and I feel privileged to have experienced this sort of brilliant work.
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 - Playstation 3
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 - Playstation 3
The controls to Greg Hastings are better. These are similar but not quite as intuitive. Especially with the field designer. However, the tournaments are organized much more like real paintball tournaments. Gregs game really dropped the ball with that one.

In short, for a gmae thats been out for some time, it's fun for awhile, especially when it's under 10 bucks.
Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures The Power Up Squad
Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures The Power Up Squad
I bought this for my superhero obsessed 4 yr old, to add to his mini superhero collection. He loved it, especially the hulk (with a push of a button his hulk smash hand flys off). I was a little disappointed that not all of the characters do something special, with how big their featured hands all I figured they'd all shoot something but they don't. My only complaint is that the arms easily come off, they are one piece that pops into the back. I could easily put it back together, but my 4 yr old can't and that gets annoying cuz he is so rough. I will try to remember to take/upload a picture.
1992 NCAA(r) Division I Men's Basketball Championship - Duke vs. Michigan
1992 NCAA(r) Division I Men's Basketball Championship - Duke vs. Michigan
Very nice quality for a game from 1992. Duke won its second title in 2 years in a great game against Michigan's Fab Five. The game was close until about the middle of the second half when Duke pulled away to win by 20. It did not have the drama of the East Region final win against Kentucky, but it was an interesting contrast in styles with Michigan's five freshmen facing Duke's tournament tested team.
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.
Gary Owen: I Got My Associates
Gary Owen: I Got My Associates
We tried to watch this but it was ignorant and toilet humor would be an improvement. How did this guy get a special on any channel much less showtime? WTAF? I'd rather do to the dentist than finish watching this crap.
InuYasha, Vol. 26
InuYasha, Vol. 26
If you’ve watched the anime, do yourself a favor and read the manga. SO good.
Wanted (One Piece) (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Wanted (One Piece) (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
El manga recopilatorio, el contenido es muy bueno. Pero la edición por Planeta no. Huir de ella si quereis poderla leer.

La edición de encuadernado fresado y la edición de imagen, estropea la legibilidad de los diálogos y el texto en las zonas interiores. Resumidamente, no se puede leer al completo y disfrutarlo

Ademas al no ir cosido, y tener que abrir tanto para intentar leer la cara interna, acortara la vida del manga.

No recomiendo la compra de esta edición de Planeta, impreso por Brosmac.

Todo esto viene de origen porque el formato del papel es un centimetro mas largo, por lo que al no ser formato proporcional, al ampliar las imagenes en su impresión, se comen los laterales y no deja margenes.

Seguro que la imprenta no tiene culpa, Planeta sigue tomando decisiones equivocadas haciendo estas chapuzas.

Hay ediciones inglesas, mas baratas, con papel reciclado (sin blanco nuclear) que son mas legibles y en tamaño proporcionales.
The Gospel in Brief
The Gospel in Brief
I bought two versions of The Gospel In Brief, from different translators from the Russian (one by way of French). I just couldn't believe my eyes when I read the first translation, I had to see it from another translator. Yep, he really said that! Both versions are fine so if you can find the free version take it.

I am surprised that Tolstoy today is known for War and Peace, Anna Karenina, etc. when The Gospel In Brief, (and his Confession which has various titles, about his enlightenment regarding the Gospels), are so much more important, in my mind. Why is nobody talking about this book today?

While many have used the bible to justify violence and war, Tolstoy going back to the original Greek presents Jesus as having a message basically loving and peaceful. How could Jesus' message ever be justified to exclude or harm anyone, Tolstoy wonders.

Much emphasis is placed on the Love commandments: Love Others As Yourself, Love Your Neighbors, and Love Your Enemies.

Tolstoy condenses the four gospels into one story. You may find this sacrilegious, and it may be. But it is definitely worth reading, even if you disagree with his interpretations.

He felt his interpretations of the original Greek were no less credible than the interpretations that have come to be printed as "the bible."

Has Bart Ehrman read this book? What would Dr. Erhman think of Tolstoy's interpretation of the Greek? Does it pass the three criteria of multiple attestation, contextual credibility and dissimilarity?
The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro)
The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro)
Nora Roberts' is one of my favorite go to authors. Traditionally, her novels offer me comfort and that sense of the familiar that I have grown to know and appreciate. They have romance, intrigue and suspense while giving us a story that we can, most times, relate to. "The Last Boyfriend" is the second story in the Boonsboro Trilogy. I have to admit, any opportunity to visit this small town in Maryland....catch up on the rehab of the Inn; watching the growing Beckett family (the widower Clare and the sweet, patient Beckett, the oldest Montgomery); determine what the resident ghost (Lizzie) is trying to tell them, as well as see the growing attraction between Hope and Ryder....is a pleasure. This story centers around the growing relationship between Owen Montgomery and Avery McTavish. Owen is the sensible and extremely organized Montgomery brother. Avery, is the young strong willed, independent family friend who runs the local pizzeria. With a lifetime of memories and forgotten promises, the two find themselves fighting their growing attraction. As Avery sets her sight on making her first boyfriend her last, she must also deal with the residual effects of her mother leaving and learning to trust her heart. Owen will have to use all of the skills at his disposal to show Avery why they were meant for each other, as well as show her why the toy ring that he gave Avery years ago should be replaced with one that will mean forever.

What I will say about this installment is that I was reminded of some of the issues I had with the Sign of Seven Trilogy series. The first book in the series is fabulous, but the second is so full of explanations that it wasn't as good as it could have been. There were still a few loose ends that I would have liked resolved before they get into the story behind Ryder and Hope (the next book). I would have liked or was just hoping for some more resolution in this book, although they may address those questions that I have in the final book...like WHEN is Avery's mother going to reappear? When will the easy partnership between Willy B and Justine grow into more? What is the ghost trying to tell us? Either way, I am patiently awaiting the release of the last book in the trilogy. Hopefully I will have some of my questions answered and a sense of closure at the conclusion of the series.
Like the Flowing River: Stories, 1998-2005
Like the Flowing River: Stories, 1998-2005
This is a very inspiring book. When you are in despair, doubt, and feel there is no light at the end of the tunnel.. read this one. It will open up your mind and heart and lift up your spirit. Life is hard, but one thing that you must believe in... thing happens for a reason.
Go and pick this book , you will not regret it. Life is full of surprises and this book will convience you too.
The Secret House
The Secret House
I would like to preface this review by saying that I'm a fan of Edgar Wallace. The Door With Seven Locks and The Black are two of my absolute favorites. The Secret House reminds me somewhat of The Black so I enjoyed this book.

As other reviewers have said, the book feels disjointed. It starts off with a lot of mystery that draws you in. Then you are suddenly thrown into the story haphazardly. The newspaper, Gossip's Corner, is used as a front for the mysterious Montague Fallock to blackmail the rich upper class. He threatens to expose their secrets (sent to the paper by vengeful servants) to the world if they don't pay him. This takes a backseat to the main drama of Gregory Farrington and his apparent suicide. His niece, Doris Gray, is unwittingly used as a pawn in her uncle's schemes that are as mysterious as the secret house in Great Bradley. Mr. Moole, an apparent invalid American millionaire, resides there but all is not what it seems. And let us not forget the main villain, Poltavo, who turns up at every corner trying to take advantage of everyone.

I really enjoyed this book, although it was fairly predictable. T.B. Smith, the clever Scotland Yard detective, fills the hero role almost too perfectly. There's always a clever fellow like him in Wallace's stories though. It's a quick read compared to his other stories. You could easily knock this one out in a day.

My biggest complaint has to be with the ending. The story ends suddenly in the middle of the action. There are certain satisfying resolutions to the big plot points; however, I was left wanting to know the fates of several secondary characters. What becomes of Doris Gray and Frank Daughton after they are forced into a marriage neither is happy about? What happened to Lady Constance Dex after the aftermath of her kidnapping? Does she finally get closure now that her murdered lover has justice? Unfortunately, we will never know. There is no explanation at all for Dr. Fall, and Mr. Moole is explained in an line of dialogue that only makes you want to know who he was before he got trapped in the secret house. I still encourage you to read The Secret House. It's a nice mystery with a few twists and turns, even if they are predictable.
Pieta [Blu-ray] (+ Digital Copy)
Pieta [Blu-ray] (+ Digital Copy)
I have seen the majority of Kim Ki-Duk's films. He was one of the South Korean directors that first got me into the "Korean New Wave" some years ago. There is something to be said for his works, and no one could argue that his stories are creative, if not original. His films such as "Bad Guy", "3-Iron", "The Isle", "Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring", "Samaritan Girl" and "The Bow" had characters that barely talked, immersed in symbolism and the emotions were expressed through action that spoke a lot for its intended narrative. Kim's films are different and he proved me it once more with "Dream" and "Time", albeit I was a little disappointed with "Breathless" and his experimental film "Real Fiction".

Winner of the top prize of several film festivals such as the "Golden Lion" award in Venice, as well as being the first Korean movie to win top honors in Vienna, Cannes and Berlin. "Pieta" is Kim's 18th feature that he directed as well as written. Once again proving that he has the determination to be different even when he does something a little more standard, Kim's "Pieta" is about a young man named Lee Kang-Do (played by Lee Jung-ji). Kang-Do is a heartless man who has no known family or friends and whose job is to threaten his clients' debtors that requires 10x the amount of the loan. Kang-Do's existence is the kind that he only exists to do a job, and collects the interest through insurance after he had crippled the debtor. One day, a woman (Cho Min-Su) pays him a visit and she claims to be his long-lost mother. Kang-Do denies such a possibility, and she relentlessly shadows him, and soon, he is moved by the display of motherly love expressed by this woman. Now, Kang-Do's past are set to collide tragically with his future...

The magic of Kim's films is just how he manages to express harsh reality or a way of life or emotion through the use of his screenplay. His screenplays are often rich with symbolism, that beautifully combines with violence and unnerving themes. He gave us a glimpse of the red light district, a twisted view of beauty, the cheating wife, atonement for sins and even how our dreams make us understand more and yet, see less. "Pieta" is rich with religious symbolism and highly sexual images may cause a lot of viewers to have rather mixed reactions. To appreciate the need for such elements in its narrative, one would have to accept that such things are highly plausible and that humanity has the capacity for such depravity. I mean, Kim had pushed the limits before, and "Pieta" does have a few scenes that had provoked a lot of controversy. In my opinion, such things are needed to advance the plot and for the viewer to further feel the emotions of its characters.

"Pieta" is a highly tragic film. It is the kind of film that the less you know, the better and yet it would undoubtedly be more for the esoteric few used to Kim's many twists and turns in his writing. There are strong existential overtones and powerful themes of "Karma" (you reap what you sow) as Kim tries to show his viewers that such actions often have a consequence. It is a film about the many emotions that arise because of money; fury, greed, revenge, love and the feeling of a loss. It is different and very shocking, and the more you become immersed and invested with its characters then the more the power of its narrative would be. It is a twisted relationship that builds on one heartless man and a mysterious woman. The development of their relationship is one that is believable as both of them seemingly wants to 'feel' and atone, and the careful methodology that Kim uses in his screenplay is just fantastic. Once you think that you had it figured it out, then one realizes that there is more to it than you first thought. Kim immerses his viewers with such careful manipulation that one could easily feel its shocking tragic turns.

What always made his films different and bold is the manner that he handles the chemistry between his protagonists. Kim's writing brings characters that feel like real people, that how they interact with their world become very natural. He envelopes them with a certain amount of darkness while they struggle to find some light. Always nearly and sometimes achieving and yet, something remains beyond their grasp. Kim also knows how to pick his performers as Lee Jung-Ji and Jo Min-Su were able to come into the needed dramatic power in each scene. There is no doubt that Cho Min-Su stole the show, her eyes, her actions, and the way she spoke carried an enigma that aided in the film's powerful writing and steady pace. Lee Jung-Ji sold the role of the heartless enforcer, that once could see and feel his development from ruthlessness into someone who cares. Kang Eun-Jin also made such a powerful impression as the wife of a man who had been crippled. Despite her limited screen time, she was fantastic and her role added a lot to the flow of emotions.

As with most of his films, Kim uses a cinematography that borders on minimalism and yet the shots come from an angle that almost simulates the feel of a fly on the wall, a `passing' glance and of voyeurism. Close ups and wide shots are abundant, while some scenes were almost shot to mimic the view of the other character. Colors were a little subdued to give perhaps give the film a more depressing feel. This is a film where action and atmosphere played a lot in its narrative, Kim uses everything to dictate the way the viewer saw his sequences. Kim had definitely matured as a filmmaker and as a storyteller, one could easily see that he had improved his craft.

Kim Ki-Duk had done it once more, and surely this is a film that may be one of the best ones I've seen in 2013. It is magnificently paced and edited, with excellent performances that those two things alone surpassed all my expectations. Kim also presents several twists and turns, while not totally surprising, they were brought in with such an impeccable stroke that it made me feel for the characters' own tragic lives. The ending is one that defined everything that the characters had brought to bear, and maybe it is indeed all about they have wrought. Darkness is often the absence of light, and once it had been illuminated, it is always darkest before its dawn. It is a cycle that Kim had presented, and one that he allows his audience to see into with their own ways. It is a disturbing, and yet beautifully honest film. Highly Recommended. [5- Out of 5 Stars]
The fabulous showman; the life and times of P. T. Barnum
The fabulous showman; the life and times of P. T. Barnum
When I went to Tufts University many decades ago, I was surprised to find that Phineas T. Barnum had been an early benefactor of that institution. Barnum Hall housed a little collection of preserved animals and the stuffed skin of Jumbo loomed in the hall. P.T. Barnum: genius or huckster? I always meant to find out, but after the Tufts collection was destroyed by fire in 1975 I gave it no further thought.

Last year when visiting my son in Sydney I took my granddaughters to tour his university--or they took me--and the highlight was a stuffed Kodiak bear. That revived my interest in Jumbo and the great Barnum. Finally this year I read Irving Wallace's 1959 biography, 
Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake
Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake
Parfois un peu long mais assez réaliste d'une vie de pionnier, d'une vie ou ceux qui arrivent avec culture et patrimoine tracent leur chemin mais aussi tous les autres qui battissent leur vie différemment avec leurs ressources différentes ou sans ressources, une vie ou la couleur de la peau est extrêmement importante
La lente évolution de l'état d'esprit de la société est bien décryptée , le monde qui n'a pas intérêt à changer (des conservateurs ancrés sur des schémas de progrès discutables) les plus élevés qui bloquent l’ascension des autres avec néanmoins l'inexorable changement qui montre que de toutes les époques il faut des combats pour que le monde change !
Carter's Baby Boys 2-pk. Bear Sleeper Gowns
Carter's Baby Boys 2-pk. Bear Sleeper Gowns
Not only are these gowns sweet as pie, they fit great....width & length wise. My baby is quite long and these fit him better then any other gowns, even 0-6mo sized ones. Hands down my favorite gowns he's been in!
Case Closed, Vol. 16: The Black Star
Case Closed, Vol. 16: The Black Star
The first appearance of Phantom Thief 1412, otherwise known as Kaitou Kid, a rival to match our shrunken detective any day of the week.

Kaitou Kid (first appearing in Gosho Aoyama's manga series, "Magic Kaito", not currently available in English), provides in volume sixteen, all the tricks that make him one of the world's best criminal masterminds. From his skill in disguise, to his devilish riddles, even his famous escape on a white hang glider, he lives up to his reputation.

When Conan and Kid first meet, it's a clash of wits to make any fan of them proud, setting up later meetings of pure enjoyment. With interesting twists, wicked deception and laughable taunting, this volume is one of THE volumes for Conan and Kid fans.

This volume corresponds with the anime cases 078/079: Phantom Thief 1412 (available from Funimation).
Inferno (Robert Langdon) (Portuguese Edition)
Inferno (Robert Langdon) (Portuguese Edition)
De todos os livros do Dan Brown que li, foi o de que menos gostei. Comecei a ler e, a certa altura, parei, por achá-lo monótono demais. Depois, resolvi dar mais uma chance ao livro (afinal, trata-se de um Dan Brown, o que não é pouca coisa!). Insisti e li até o final, conseguindo desencavar algum interesse em vários momentos.
O autor aborda uma preocupação que me parece genuína, que é o alarmante crescimento da população mundial e sua ameaça à sobrevivência da raça humana. Qual a solução para essa superpopulação, diante da possibilidade de escassez de alimentos? A solução que o personagem doido do livro apresenta pode não ser das mais éticas, mas é algo a se pensar. Nisso, o final surpreende, e quem viu o filme irá perceber como ele se distanciou do livro, justamente em seu ponto mais fundamental. O que, no livro, é inesperado, no filme se transforma em algo comum e até banal.
Dentes de dragão (Portuguese Edition)
Dentes de dragão (Portuguese Edition)
Dentes de Dragão é uma boa pedida para quem quer uma leitura leve e rápida. Misturando três gêneros diferentes, o romance de Michael Crichton tem o elemento de Ficção Científica que envolve o estudo e a busca por fósseis, associado com algumas discussões acerca do Darwinismo, que ainda aflorava na época que a trama se passa: o século XIX. Existe, também, a parte da Ficção Histórica, pelo livro tratar da real Guerra dos Ossos entre os paleontólogos Edward Cope e Othniel Marsh, e por reconstruir a sociedade estadunidense daquele momento. E há também o ingrediente da Aventura, comum de obras de alguns escritores do final do século XIX, como o Jules Verne, com suas Viagens Extraordinárias, e o Robert Louis Stevenson, em sua A Ilha do Tesouro. Talvez peque pela carência de um maior desenvolvimento dos principais conflitos, e pelo final enfadonho, mas entretêm o público leitor sem que deixe de mostrar uma verdade talvez dura: a de que até mesmo os mais cultos e prestigiados indivíduos podem se rebaixar o suficiente em busca de mais sucesso.
Geheimakte Odessa: Ein Dirk-Pitt-Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 24) (German Edition)
Geheimakte Odessa: Ein Dirk-Pitt-Roman (Die Dirk-Pitt-Abenteuer 24) (German Edition)
Wenn man wie ich so um die 30 Cussler-Bücher gelesen hat, weiß man, dass die Bände, die Cussler noch wirklich selbst geschrieben hat, tausendmal besser waren als die der Co-Autoren. Das zeigt sich auch bei diesem Buch wieder. Über weite Strecken ist es in dilettantischem Stil geschrieben, reiht allzu unrealistische Geschehnisse aneinander (z.B. wird ein tonnenschwerer Granitblock mit einem Feuerchen und ein paar Eimern Trinkwasser in Stücke gesprengt) und weicht von den durch Cussler einst festgelegten Charakter- und Rollenmustern zu stark ab (St. Julien Perlmutter verlässt z.B. seine Bibliothek und wird zum aktiven Retter des Romanhelden). Spannung kommt nicht auf, man liest fast lustlos den Schmöker bis zum faden Ende. Schade.
Bleach Uncut: Box Set 2
Bleach Uncut: Box Set 2
Bleach: The Entry Season Two box set is a five disc set that contains twenty-one episodes. The first four discs contain four episodes and bonus features, while the fifth disc contains five episodes and bonus features.

On the first disc, there are four extras. The first extra is "Production Art," which is nineteen pages of line art of the characters that appear on this disc. The second feature is "Manga Preview," which includes ads for Bleach and other Shonen Jump manga titles, as well as an ad for Shonen Jump magazine. The next feature is "Clean Ending," which is a textless version of the first closing theme that appears in this box set. The final extra on the disc is "Shonen Jump Home Video," which contains previews for Naruto, Hikaru no Go, and One Piece.

The second disc has production art, which is eighteen pages of line art of the characters, locations, and weapons that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" and the "Shonen Jump Home Video" extras are exactly the same as the features that appear on disc one. The "Clean Ending" on this disc is a textless version of the second ending that appears in this box set.

The production art of disc three is fifteen pages of line art of the characters that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" and the "Shonen Jump Home Video" extras are exactly the same as the features that appear on disc one. The "Clean Ending" has the same song as the ending that appears on disc two, but the animation is different.

The fourth disc has production art, which is fourteen pages of line art of the characters and weapons that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" highlights some different titles than the feature that appeared on the previous three discs. The "Shonen Jump Home Video" feature is exactly that same as what appeared on the previous three discs. The "Clean Ending" has the same song as discs two and three, but the animation is unique.

On the fifth disc, the production art consists of twenty pages of line art of the characters that appear on the disc. The "Manga Preview" is different from any of the manga previews that appeared on the previous four discs. There are two different endings in the "Clean Ending" feature. The first is the same song that appeared on discs two through four, but the animation is unique from the previous three discs it appeared on. The second clean ending is a textless version of the third ending song that appeared in this box set. The "Shonen Jump Home Video" feature on this disc includes previews for Bleach the Movie and Naruto the Movie. The final feature of this disc is "Bonus: Behind the Scenes of Bleach." This is a roughly twenty-one minute feature of interviews with some of the English dub cast (the voices for Rukia, Renji, Byakuya, and Hanataro are interviewed). This final feature is definitely the best bonus feature in the whole set.

While I knew to expect the repetition of bonus features on this set after seeing the first season box set, I was still a little disappointed. Like with the first season set, perhaps Viz Media should have considered putting the extras on only one or two of the discs to minimize the repetition. And I still wonder why textless versions of the opening aren't included as bonus features in either set. Even though I'm a little disappointed by the bonus features, I would still recommend this box set to anyone who is a fan of the Bleach anime series.
The Dwelling Place
The Dwelling Place
Although this novel is very much a Cinderella story, this characterization somehow diminishes it's importance. The book spans most of Cissie's life, a young girl, born into poverty who loses her parents unexpectedly and is left to fend for herself and her nine siblings. It is Dickensian England, those not fortunate to be born into privilege, are born into poverty. Cissy is determined, strong, indefatigable and ultimately triumphant. She will keep her family together against all odds. And boy, are there odds.

I enjoyed this book, however it was not an easy read and by that I don't mean the writing, I mean the reality of life in that era-- Man's inhumanity to man. The poor seen as inhuman, wild, mistreated and easily exploited. Such lack of empathy is hard to fathom, and hard to understand, nonetheless it is historically accurate.

This book is written in a regional English dialect, and so therefore sentence structure and expressions may seem a bit odd to an American ear. Do not be off put by this, unfamiliar words, expressions, and idioms are certainly understandable in context. It is a very good book well worth your time, but it's scope is expansive. This is not "a year in the life, " it is epic, spanning many, many years, and while it never faltered in it's ability to keep my attention and interest, there are moments when I thought. "Oh...this is going to take some time to get from here to there." If you're not up to it, and just looking for a quick entertaining page turner, this may not be the right book for you.
Dreamchild
Dreamchild
I've waited for a UK DVD issue of this for well over a decade. Sad that there's no blu ray, or indeed any extras of any kind, but this is still a nice step-up from my dubbed-from-VHS DVD-R.
Dreamchild is a beautiful, extremely well-made and wonderfully realised film, mostly based on fact. The film elegantly interweaves 80 year old Alice Hargreaves' memories and interpretations of the 'relationship' between Alice Liddell and Charles Dodgson (a relationship which provides the genesis of both '...Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass') on the way to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University in 1932.
It would have been easy for this film to have been either an unbearably saccharine slice of Victoriana or a prolonged and cynical deliberation on Dodgson's presumed paedophilia, but Potter's unusually subtle, restrained and well-informed script takes an entirely different approach, framing and reframing the story of Alice with the 'real life' of Alice through flashbacks, the recreation of scenes from the books, and a sub-plot involving her contemporary companion's relationship with one of the American journalists covering Alice's 'story'. Finally, Alice reaches an accommodation with both her life as a fictitional character and her relationship with Dodgson, which turns out to be far from the troubling, dark and seedy affair that has often been hinted at.
Performances are never less than superb (Ian Holm and Coral Browne are always great, but the younger performers really are faultless here) and whilst the narrative never explodes or shocks, it remains a fascinating, touching and hugely enjoyable story, effectively using the period settings and Jim Henson's Creature Workshop for the Wonderland vignettes. Viewers interested in Lewis Carroll would do well to check out Morton Cohen or Michael Bakewell's balanced and meticulously researched biographies.
Poems By Hermann Hesse Selected and Translated By James Wright
Poems By Hermann Hesse Selected and Translated By James Wright
The collection - to my philosophical taste - starts out slow: poems of beauty. But after a few pages: bam! - poems of meaning, angst, metaphysical longing. I am not sure if this thematic trajectory is an artifact of how the collection was collated or if this trajectory parallels development of Hesse's psyche. I've seen a similar kind of thematic arc in other poets (in Esenin, for example).

In sum, these poems are a "backstage pass" into Hesse. As for the edition: I haven't had a chance to see the 2008 one - but this one, 1970, has both German and English - and German, whether you read it or not, provides - font-wise - an a propos goth-y, existentially angst-y, visually cameral background to the English translation.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of EATING THE MOMENT: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time (New Harbinger, 2008)
[...]
Hyosetsu no satsujin
Hyosetsu no satsujin
自衛隊や警察それに国政に携わる官僚と何れにしても
国を守り国民の安全を守る立場であるはずが悪事を働くなんて
事は有り得ない事と思いがちだが実際、政治家の汚職問題が
多発している今日では立場の違いこそあれあっても不思議に
感じなくなってしまっている。
Living Proof
Living Proof
You never know when a chronic illness will hit you or someone you love. And it is devistating when you realize that many doctors MAY not have any answers, nor care about how to help YOU, the patient, deal with the disease for the rest of your life. “Just take one of the drugs. It doesn’t matter. They’re all the same.” YES, he really told me that when I asked him HOW the drugs worked & which one would probably work best for me. I FIRED HIM!

Doctors MAY only “know” what drug companies MAY tell them about how to encourage patients to take their company’s current new, HOPEFUL drug at a drug company sponsored 3 day convention a high-end resort. And after a few hours of drug lectures & then the docs are wooed during golf, tennis, dinners, drinks, shows, etc.

Drug salesmen MAY remind the doctors also on their weekly visits to the doctors’ offices leaden with donuts, pizzas or sports tickets about their company’s MS drugs. When was the last time you were in a doctor’s office & you didn’t see a drug company rep bearing gifts??

You, the patient, MAY have more questions about what causes the disease. You, the patient, MAY want to know what you can do to help improve your own health. You, the patient, MAY want to know if a cure is near. You, the patient, MAY want to know where all that money that people donate to MS societies goes. Why aren’t they closer to a cure? And then, you, the patient, MAY eventually be dismissed (fired) as a patient if you dare to ask too many questions because the doctor doesn’t know, care or “DOESN’T have the time to answer your questions. I only have 10 minutes.” (this actually happened to me). I FIRED HIM!!

“Societies” MAY MAIL you carefully crafted letters & postcards; glossy magazines designed by high-end marketing companies; MS Walk donor-gathering & participation invitations; HIGH-END, EXPENSIVE invitations (addressed by a calligrapher) to the society’s social dinners & galas. They are always thinking up new ways to ask for more, more, more donations.

Then, if YOU, the patient, kindly provide FREE information about your research on your own website, the MS society’s highly paid lawyers MIGHT threaten to sue you if you don’t cease and desist putting your MS logo on your website because it looks too much like theirs.

Then, add to all those expenses, highly paid executives & employees and high rent. Why would these people want to stop the never ending money train by finding a cure?

WOW, I think I MAY have found a few ways how the MS societies SPEND our donations. I don’t think I want to spend MY money like this anymore.

Think about who you give your money to: doctors or societies (or yourself for better food, exercise or supplements). Think about your health. Find a doctor or practitioner (who MAY NOT be a neurologist) who will help you make health decisions for YOUR body and YOUR peace of mind.

This MS stuff is scary. If a doctor can’t be kind or educational, GET RID OF THEM. FIRE THEM! Be your own advocate. Do your own research. Find websites where other MS patients are looking for info or sharing info. Think about what makes sense & feels right to you. And, then do it!

Thanks Matt, for your very informative & emotional movie & for reminding me that I STILL DO HAVE POWER in this situation. All the best to you & your family.
Skeleteen Wizard Glasses and Tie - Maroon And Gold Dress Up Tie and Black Round Glasses Set - 1 Pair
Skeleteen Wizard Glasses and Tie - Maroon And Gold Dress Up Tie and Black Round Glasses Set - 1 Pair
Extreme metamerism in this tie. Fancy way of saying it appears as very different colors depending on the lighting. It is a pretty good match for the maroon I wanted in my living room, but it is straight up purple outside and in other rooms. I guess it's kind of magical, but probably not a quality yoh want if you're looking for a Harry Potter tie. The glasses are fine. A little flimsy. The nose bridge was bent. I had to bend it back into place and was a little worried I would break them. The bridge is also slightly wide for my child. But overall, I think they look pretty good and am happy with the glasses. Not the tie.
Harry Potter Gryffindor Caped Polo with Tie Juniors T-Shirt (Small) Grey
Harry Potter Gryffindor Caped Polo with Tie Juniors T-Shirt (Small) Grey
I purchased this shirt for "super hero" day at my daughter's school. She isn't really into true super heroes but is a Harry Potter nut so she was thrilled when we found this caped shirt. She is only 9, so it was obviously a bit large on her, but she loved it. The cape is really nice, with true Gryffindor colors The tie is great and the Gryffindor crest very authentic looking. Great purchase, she loved wearing it.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - PlayStation 2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - PlayStation 2
The low point of the Harry Potter video game franchise, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" breaks away from the winning freeroam and exploration that made the first three games, as well as the games that followed, absolute successes. With the intentions of being an action game, Goblet of Fire's gameplay is very linear, sacrificing quality storytelling, and following pre-determined paths on each level and basically following the gameplay style of best sellers like Marvel's Ultimate Alliance, playing in teams to work together to pass challenges on repetitive maps. Unfortunately, here that playstyle falls short of its potential. While the bonuses and abilities granted by the folio magi make for a slightly more diverse playthrough of the game, the game itself feels devoid of the passion that clearly went into the other games in the series, giving it the appearance of an extremely low budget production. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter books, movies, and the overall lore of J.K. Rowling's best-selling franchise, pick the game up, for sure. But don't expect anything as fantastic as the Quidditch and castle exploration of the previous games. No, that beauty makes its return in the next game, Order of the Phoenix.
Superluxe Clothing Womens Hogwarts Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Accepting New Applications Funny Harry Potter Flowy Tri-Blend Dolman T-Shirt, Small, Midnight Navy
Superluxe Clothing Womens Hogwarts Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Accepting New Applications Funny Harry Potter Flowy Tri-Blend Dolman T-Shirt, Small, Midnight Navy
Order your normal size and it will fit. I followed the note in the description that the shirt runs 2 sizes smaller and ordered a large since my daughter normally wears a small. It was HUGE; I could have easily fit two of her in the shirt. I ordered a medium--still too big. Finally I ordered a small and it fits fine. It is even a little looser than most of her other similar shirts.
The Noble Collection Lumos Harry Potter Charm No. 7 - Triwizard Cup
The Noble Collection Lumos Harry Potter Charm No. 7 - Triwizard Cup
Came with the silver scratched off and tarnished were the charm clasp and arm of the cup that it was attached to. Its packaged so that the charm hangs off of a little piece of plastic. It was obviously thrown around so much that the running of the clasp actually just worr down all of the silver plating. Its such a shame bc other wise its absolutely beautiful, the attention to detail is spot on, it really a perfect little two wizard cup. I'm gong to order another and hope it's isn't in the same condition

UPDATE-
Tried ordering a second one in hopes it was just a fluke. The second one came just as the first did. I'm returning it and seeking a different product
GT//Rotors [Pack of 3] Six Speed Manual Gearbox Shift Lever Fidget Toy Keychain [Bonus: Free Lanyard]
GT//Rotors [Pack of 3] Six Speed Manual Gearbox Shift Lever Fidget Toy Keychain [Bonus: Free Lanyard]
It may not matter to everyone. But I ordered these for some hardcore mustang fans in my family. I specifically chose this one because all of the pics show it to be a 6 speed shift with Reverse being left of first the same way the Mustang GT is. But all 3 of mine arrived in the 6 speed with reverse on the far right. I understand it’s a minor detail. But for an enthusiast I think it will matter. Outside of that difference they seem well made.
Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom
Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom
Let me start off by saying I am not a techy by any stretch of the imagination AND I have never built an online learning community or come close to it. This book seemed so basic, little was of help for the class I bought it for. I did not need to buy it, nor was it recommended, but it sounded as if it would help...it did not.

I did buy it for an online class in education. Save your money and see if there is another book out there which is better written with actual information.

Great title tho'.
Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership
Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership
I learned a long time ago from the godmother of improvisational theater (Viola Spolin) that everything is in the physical. Positions and ideas are fine but do not get anything done. I am one of the volunteers touched by Strategic Doing here in my hometown of Flint, Michigan. I spent several days a few years back, with Ed Morrison and Bob Brown (and too many more to list here) and I learned for myself first hand, that when people are able to look at a same question and work toward its answer using only those tools and gifts they personally bring to the table, then all is well. We come to the task when we offer what we already have complete control over (and do not need permission from anyone to bring) in order to see our portion that answers the group question by getting things accomplished/answered and moving ahead in an orderly manner.

The reason we have all our divisions in this country is that we drive past the exact people we should be connecting with, our neighbors, instead of going to a place to meet other like-minded individuals (who you have no idea where they live). If the power ever goes out, especially if it's taken out violently, we are going to DEPEND on our neighbor.

If people learn the power of drawing ideas as in The Napkin Academy by Dan Roam, and join their local neighborhood website at Nextdoor.com and work with the community-building ideas that Peter Block brings in his book, COMMUNITY: the Structure of Belonging, along with John McKnight's work with Mr. Block to create The Abundant Community (book and website) AND THEN introduce the idea bringing all of this knowledge together to create a Time Bank in your neighborhood focused through the lens of Strategic Doing in that you are only doing what you are comfortable with, that's within your reach and as you meet every 30 (or so) days with everyone else to list off what you got done in the last month and set your sights again on the month to come and leave each months' meeting knowing what's expected of you is progress.

Strategic Doing asks questions that bring you together in ways that encourage you to network. Not "network" in the ways of business and maybe a world away from the reality most of us know; which is not very 'businessy'. No time for that. But building networks that MATTER. Networks with people in physical proximity to you and with whom you can seek immediate answers from. Strategic Doing using all the methods I listed above are the Mission I've chosen for myself to pursue.

I am a veteran and knowing I have Strategic Doing to implement the other aspects of this plan for this Mission gives me confidence. When I call upon my brother and sister veterans to stand up with me and enlist every civilian near them to get out and set religion and politics aside for a time and work to rebuild our communities, I know I will be well-equipped because Strategic Doing shows me the physical steps to move everyone into action with and as we know, everything is in the physical.

We will never have successful economies without successful neighborhood communities. In the neighborhood I don't care who you voted for, I'll help you out of that snow bank you just backed into. In the neighborhood you get to be who you are and we stop future bad guys and girls from coming to be because we lived in safe and secure interconnected communities where all neighbors at least knew of one another and there were methods in place to help one another and out of THAT do come small businesses that may grow into larger ones.

You want to corral community? It's like corralling cats. But Strategic Doing physically gives form to the formless.
Home Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger. Delay Start to optimize Utility Rates. 240V, 30-AMP, 18 Ft Cord. $100 Public Charging Credit Included. Charges All EVs Including Tesla. SAEJ1772
Home Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger. Delay Start to optimize Utility Rates. 240V, 30-AMP, 18 Ft Cord. $100 Public Charging Credit Included. Charges All EVs Including Tesla. SAEJ1772
Simple install. Researched many different brands. We have two Blink stations at the hotel my family owns in Phoenix Arizona, GoClarendon.com the units have been installed for about three years. Get used everyday. Have stood up the the harsh elements of being outside in Arizona. Being used by a variety of different cars. So I knew the quality was outstanding. The Blink has everything we were looking for; long 18' cord, delay timer,simple wiring. Installation took about an hour. Unit comes with a cord tender. This is a direct wire unit. From your breaker, you simply connect one supply line to the terminal marked L1, the other line goes to a terminal marked L2. Then a ground wire to the terminal marked by the grounding symbol.

For wire from the 30 amp Breaker I used red number 10 THHN ( stranded Wire ) . For the ground wire I used green number 12 THHN wire. I used eyelet terminals to crimp on the ends of the wire. I purchased them at a big box hardware store. This made for a super clean and fast install. I used non metalic seal tight to run from my junction box. To the unit. I used 3/4" with seal tight connectors. The pass through hole on the unit is 1" I used a 3/4 to 1" bushing to make the connection a breeze.

It performs great. The Fusion now charges in about 2 hours , great for weekends when running lots of errands. We can get a full charge in between trips. Keeping the Fusion in the electric mode as much as possible. Our mileage is usually in the 85 mpg range. The cord is nice and long we can charge in the drive way or in the garage. Quality and appearance is great.

I recommend this unit to everyone. Especially a first time Installer, as the installation is so simple. The price is best here on Amazon. Super Quick Delivery
Focuses Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector, iPhone 12 Pro Max Anti Blue Light Screen Protector,Tempered Glass Film for iPhone 12 Pro Max [3-Pack]
Focuses Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector, iPhone 12 Pro Max Anti Blue Light Screen Protector,Tempered Glass Film for iPhone 12 Pro Max [3-Pack]
While the actual protector might be compatible with my iPhone, the stickers included to be used to place them are an enigma. The closest thing to directions picture an iPhone that still has the button (8 or earlier?) and instructs you to use the included dust vacuum (nothing labeled dust vacuum included) and no mention is made of what to with any of the included stickers. It all comes in a plastic case, which apparently has nothing at all to do with placement. The screen protectors, 3 failed attempts to completely align the protector so that the majority of my screen is covered (it leaves significantly more screen exposed than is needed to consider it case friendly - making placement pretty important because it is a thicker glass. But with absolutely NO guide, I failed all 3 times. The worst of all fails is that I wrote a support ticket to the company and they didn’t even show me the courtesy of a reply. Lesson learned. On to companies with better product and customer service.
De'longhi ECAM 23.460.SB Kaffeevollautomat (15 bar Druck, Automatik-Cappuccino-System, abnehmbarer Wassertank 1,8 l, LCD-Panel, automatische Reinigung) silber/schwarz
De'longhi ECAM 23.460.SB Kaffeevollautomat (15 bar Druck, Automatik-Cappuccino-System, abnehmbarer Wassertank 1,8 l, LCD-Panel, automatische Reinigung) silber/schwarz
Tiene 4 opciones de cafe (corto, normal, largo y extralargo) y 4 opciones de intensidad. Lo unico que deja algo que desear en un mejor funcionamiento de la ruleta selectora, falla mucho. Tambien reseñar el gasto de agua (uso embotellada) , ya que no solo gasta el agua que tira por los inyectores (por donde sale cafe), sino tambien expulsa agua a la bandeja directo a la parte interna. Por lo demas, todos los cafés decentes, excepto de extralargo que sale aguachirri, incluso con opcion extrafuerte. Hay que hacer descalcificacion si o si aunque uses embotellada y cambiar el filtro cada 2 meses o cada 4 si usas ambotellada. La leche sale cremosa y correcta para un capuccino. Puede sacar agua caliente sola, pero no leche sola, te muele el café sí o sí. Por 400e que costó no esta mal, aunque no creo que debiera costar mas de 200e. Ahora están en auge y hay que pagarlas, pero yo esperaría unos años si no fuera por el capricho.
Ticova Ergonomic Office Chair - High Back Desk Chair with Elastic Lumbar Support & Thick Seat Cushion - 140°Reclining & Rocking Mesh Computer Chair with Adjustable Headrest, Armrest
Ticova Ergonomic Office Chair - High Back Desk Chair with Elastic Lumbar Support & Thick Seat Cushion - 140°Reclining & Rocking Mesh Computer Chair with Adjustable Headrest, Armrest
 I had done quite a lot research on Amazon, as an ergonomic chair is quite expensive to me. I bought this chair due to its unique selling points such as plating steel back and spring lumbar support. I can’t find other similar chairs with similar price.

The box was hard and intact, and the packaging was very well. All parts had been protected well. All in good condition!

The most impressive part of this chair is the back, which is made of strong plating steel. This is very uncommon for chairs at this price range. Compare with other chairs using plastic, this back looks much smarter and more durable. However, this need to be tested by time.

Another point needs to be emphasized is the lumbar support. As mentioned by the seller, there are springs inside the back, which provides nice lumbar support with good resilience. I guess people in different sizes and weights can experience different lumbar support by adjusting the seating positions. This is quite a special design I have never tried before.

The headrest is obviously larger than usual, and I do agree that the foam headrest is softer and more comfortable than mesh headrest after some period of use. The armrest feels soft and supportive due its waved paddings. The wheels are very smooth and quiet, and I can move the chair easily.

Something not satisfied with the chair? The assembly took me more than 30 minutes which was longer than I expected. However, the after sales support was nice and supportive. They solved my issue very soon. Overall, this was acceptable for a comfortable chair.

Also, the so called hip design and waterfall edge design is not very significant to me. However, the seat cushion is thick and soft, which is comfortable enough for me.

To sum up, this is a really high value chair with very unique selling points. I think there are not many comparable chairs selling online. I may update if I find something not good after longer period of usage.
Home Office Chair Ergonomic Desk Chair Adjustable Height Modern Mid Back Swivel Chair for Small Place, Black Office Chairs
Home Office Chair Ergonomic Desk Chair Adjustable Height Modern Mid Back Swivel Chair for Small Place, Black Office Chairs
I ordered two of these. One of them was missing an arm. How do you forget to package a whole arm? Anyway without an arm, I have to send it back. Now the replacement will take over a month to arrive. Just not worth the hassle.

The assembly of the one with all the parts was easy, no special tools needed. Once together it felt sturdy and comfortable. Good for students and gets. If your a larger person it will be too small.
60ft (18.3M) High Speed HDMI Cable Male to Male with Ethernet Black (60 Feet/18.3 Meters) Supports 4K 30Hz, 3D, 1080p and Audio Return CNE618937
60ft (18.3M) High Speed HDMI Cable Male to Male with Ethernet Black (60 Feet/18.3 Meters) Supports 4K 30Hz, 3D, 1080p and Audio Return CNE618937
Got this to duplicate the Family room TV to the Kitchen TV. The picture is great, it sure beats the SD picture from the provided digital box. This way we can have the same thing going on when we walk from one room to the other, so we don't miss anything. I found that the sound is microseconds ahead of my sound system, which has a 20 ms delay. It is slightly annoying if you stand in the cusp where you hear both the sound system and the remote TV, it clears when you get closer to either and the sound produced by one overtakes the other. The picture is in sync of the main TV, that is the most important part to me. I can relieve the audio clash by turning the sound off of one and let the other provide all of the sound. When that is done, we can't discern any lag.
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Popular Moong Dal (Yellow), 500g
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Popular Moong Dal (Yellow), 500g
* Good quality dal.
* Competitive price compared to what many nearby businesses charge here in Bangalore, which is even better with cashback offers which are available some times.
* Unpolished and no artificial colour. Cooks as normal moon dal would do.
* Moong dal is a favorite dal to cook in many north Indian houses. It cooks quick, does not require prior soaking and is easily digestible. As per nutrition information on various websites moong dal contains number of vitamins including A, C and B complex vitamins and iron, so it is light and healthy.
* Adding picture of pack and dal.
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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