Erika Cruz

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JavaScript 100 Tests, Answers & Explanations
JavaScript 100 Tests, Answers & Explanations
JavaScript 100 Tests, Answers & Explanations by Ray Yao , Ru. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript - Second Edition: Build exciting custom web and mobile GIS applications with the ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript
Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript - Second Edition: Build exciting custom web and mobile GIS applications with the ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript
Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript - Second Edition: Build exciting custom web and mobile GIS applications with the ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript by Eric Pimpler and Mark Lewin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS Cookbook
CSS Cookbook
CSS Cookbook by Christopher Schmitt and Dan Cederholm. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Learning Php Design Patterns
Learning Php Design Patterns
Learning Php Design Patterns by William Sanders. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Casual Vacancy (Chinese Edition)
The Casual Vacancy (Chinese Edition)
The Casual Vacancy (Chinese Edition) by J.K.Rowling. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Mensaje de amor
Mensaje de amor
Mensaje de amor by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Summons
The Summons
The Summons by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1263 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Binocular Anomalies: Diagnosis and Vision Therapy
Binocular Anomalies: Diagnosis and Vision Therapy
Binocular Anomalies: Diagnosis and Vision Therapy by John R. Griffin MOpt OD MSEd and J. David Grisham OD MS FAAO. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stephen Kings N. (German Edition)
Stephen Kings N. (German Edition)
Stephen Kings N. (German Edition) by Stephen King, Marc Guggenheim, et al.. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 495 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Ajax + PHP programming combat Detailed
Ajax + PHP programming combat Detailed
Ajax + PHP programming combat Detailed by LIANG WEN XIN. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle)
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle)
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle) by Kerry Osborne , Randy Johnson, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Starting Out With Visual Basic (8th Edition)
Starting Out With Visual Basic (8th Edition)
Starting Out With Visual Basic (8th Edition) by Tony Gaddis and Kip R. Irvine. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Life on the Mississippi (Dover Thrift Editions)
Life on the Mississippi (Dover Thrift Editions)
This book is written in Mark Twain's illimitable and distinctive style and is packed with anecdotes and facts about the river, both at the time he was writing and previously.

It is a fascinating portrait of life on a steamboat and of the River itself at that time and since Mark Twain had been a licensed pilot on the Mississippi, it is a book written by someone who knows his subject. (His pen-name of Mark Twain was taken from the leadsman's calling out the depth of 'two fathoms').

The passages about his apprenticeship when learning his trade as a river pilot are among the most fascinating, but the many historical facts which he also incorporates into the book also make extremely interesting reading.

The river is several thousand miles long, and when the young Mark Twain said to his instructor, the senior pilot Horace Bixby, "but surely you don't expect me to know ALL the landmarks all along the river?", his mentor replied, "Son, I don't EXPECT you to know them, you MUST know them". For at that time and without any modern technical aids, or even electricity for nighttime travel, navigation of the river could prove extremely dangerous.

One of the many fascinating facts about this river was its habit of continually changing course, or "cutting through" a bend - sometimes marooning a former riverside town several miles inland, and even putting it into another state or county entirely.

The author describes the river as being 4000 miles long. But the Internet gives a number of answers as to length, varying from 3,710 miles long to 2,550 miles - quite a difference! But whoever is right, it is certainly a very long river, (among the very longest in the world), and all agree that at its widest it is seven miles wide and winds its way through no fewer than 10 US states.

I would thoroughly recommend this book as a most informative read, but crucially, it is written not in a dry and dusty manner, but in a delightfully informal and racy style, and is packed with stories, anecdotes and historical facts, making it extremely readable.
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Another Home Run, This time in the Bear Market. Matt just keeps giving us the Best that he has when it comes to beating the odds in the Stock market. I just hope he never stops providing all this great information. When I first began trading stocks, I was clueless. With Matt's books, I now feel more comfortable and positive on what I am doing when it comes to investing in stocks, Futures or Options. Wherever I am honing my skills in long term or short investments, my portfolio continues to rise. Thanks Matt!

Lorenzo
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
This is a fascinating biography that I enjoyed very much, but before getting into the details of the book itself I want to quickly go back in time to when Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 (it's hard to believe that three and a half years have already gone by since that date). At that time, the Walter Isaacson biography (Steve Jobs) had already been written.

Jobs had agreed to be interviewed by Isaacson over the course of the final two years of his life, and when Isaacson's biography of Jobs was published less than three weeks after his death, on October 24, 2011, it immediately became a bestseller. His book was taken as the most thorough and authoritative description of Jobs that had been written. It did have the cooperation of Jobs himself, and did become the benchmark biography of Jobs (until today). It pulled few punches in describing Jobs volatility throughout his life and in managing his businesses. The view of most was probably that the Isaacson book was tough but fair, because the stories of how difficult Jobs could be were well known and undisputed.

Now that a couple of years have gone by and people have had a chance to adjust to Jobs death and reflect, it turns out that there was a need for a more balanced look at his life, one that doesn't overlook his failings but also gives more credit to not only his great technological leadership but also his humanity and his great talents as a leader of men and women. Especially interesting are the stories of his growth as a person, and how he did learn to be more understanding and compassionate in dealing with people. We learn through reading this book that this was something he acknowledged and worked hard at improving. He knew he had faults and he tried to limit them (not always successfully). We are all aware of his accomplishments - he led and inspired (and demanded) the talented people at Apple to innovate and exceed their own expectations time after time, and although he was a stern taskmaster he also drove them to design and engineer products that were sensational to use and experience. They were transformative to industries. Jobs may not have been perfect, nobody is claiming that, but these things do not happen solely through bullying, there has to be more to it than that.

And there is more to it than that. This new biography of Jobs brings out those other aspects of Jobs life and personality. And no doubt it benefits from the time that has gone by since his death, which has given everyone involved a chance to get some distance from the events of his life and put them in perspective.

This book also has an even more significant difference, I feel: the authors, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, are two gentlemen who have known the computer industry and Jobs for many years. Schlender in particular had a relationship with Jobs that spanned almost 25 years. He did not meet Jobs for the first time when they began working on the book (and this is one of the most important differences in comparing this book to the earlier biography, because Isaacson did not know Jobs prior to working on that book, and he did not have the strong background in the computer industry that both Schlender and Tetzeli possess. He was, and is, an accomplished and well respected biographer and business executive, and among other things has been the CEO of the Aspen Institute for a number of years). Bringing out this personal connection right at the beginning, the book starts with Schlender talking about his first meeting with Jobs, in April of 1986, when he was working for the Wall Street Journal and stationed in San Francisco and he drove down to Palo Alto to meet with Jobs at the NeXT headquarters.

A couple of years ago, when Schlender and Tetzeli approached Apple with their plan to write this book, they were not able to obtain the cooperation of the company or its executives. Then, after a year and a half of continued effort, the door was finally opened. They were able to meet with Apple people, as well as with Jobs widow, and the resulting fresh materials, together with the notes and documents they had already gathered, going back many years, gave them an unequalled resource of information to produce this new biography.

This book provides a more comprehensive look at Jobs full career, not just the Apple years (parts I and II). There is a great deal of material describing his time at both NeXT and Pixar that I was unfamiliar with. Those years when he was separated from Apple were very important in understanding and illustrating the evolution Jobs went through as a manager and as a person over the course of his life. The executives Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter at Pixar, and Bob Iger at Disney, for example, were very influential to Jobs and this was interesting to read about. (This is a time period of his life that was almost completely overlooked in the earlier Isaacson biography).

This 13-year period, beginning in September, 1985, when Jobs resigned from Apple after John Scully essentially stripped all of Jobs responsibilities from him, until late 1998 when he returned to Apple following Apple's acquisition of NeXT and the removal of Gil Amelio as CEO, is covered in detail in this book and was, to me, most interesting. It was during this period that Steve tried unsuccessfully to reproduce the magic of the Mac in the new NeXT computer, acquired a creative and well-functioning team at Pixar that resisted his micromanaging and taught him how to more skillfully lead a high performing creative group. It was also during this time that he met his future wife, Laurene Powell, married and began to raise a family. Pixar achieved it's first major success when the movie Toy Story was produced in 1995; that eventually led to his return to great wealth when Pixar was sold to Disney. All of these experiences combined over time to produce a more thoughtful and measured manager who, by the time he was asked to lead Apple again, was a far different person than the imperious and demanding 20-something who had co-founded Apple and then skyrocketed to fame and fortune when he was probably too young to handle it.

And while some are now criticising this book as being more forgiving regarding Jobs, especially when compared to the Isaacson biography, I'll add one story that speaks volumes to me regarding this 'other side' of Jobs. When he returned to Apple in 1998, he faced a terribly difficult situation, the company had it's least inspiring product lineup ever, employee morale was seriously depressed, and there was a desperate need to chart a path to recover the magic that the company had held in its early days. In one of his very first leadership decisions at Apple, in learning that the stock options of the employees were all 'underwater' and valueless, he insisted that the board re-issue all those employee stock options so that they were priced at the stock value on July 7, the day that Amelio's firing was made public. He informed the employees of this in an 'all hands' memo that went out over his signature, a singular move that immediately revitalized the financial prospects for the companies employees. And he had no personal stake in that decision, because at that time he had no personal stock options of his own. The depth of his dedication to the employees of Apple could not have been more clearly shown than it was in that single action.

As I read this book, having read many other stories about Jobs and having a familiarity with his life and how it developed, it can be both sad and frustrating to read once again about his failures and mistakes. At NeXT, for example, recounting the many errors made - selecting expensive magnesium for the computer case, requiring it to be built as a cube with sharp edges rather than easier to manufacture rounded corners, building the state-of-the-art factory in Fremont that would never be used to its full capability - I found myself lamenting that he hadn't been able to learn those lessons of management and discipline earlier in his life. A great waste, in many respects. Still, it is a part of his story (and a number of the innovations from NeXT would go on to live well beyond those days). Great leaders always talk about how their failures were critical to their development. Likely he would not have grown into the man he eventually became if he hadn't made those mistakes, painful though they are to replay. He was just 30 when he began NeXT, 33 when the first NeXT computer was unveiled, in grand Jobs extravaganza style at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He was world famous and yet still a very young and immature man. The attention to detail and importance of design that was so important to him from the very beginning, even when it was impossible to implement or led to products that were too expensive to succeed commercially, would blossom in later years as the iPhone and other devices were developed and led to Apple's greatest successes.

To me, the most moving story from the book was when Tim Cook realized that he and Jobs had the same blood type. That meant that Cook could potentially help Jobs fight his illness by donating a part of his own liver. But Jobs wouldn't even consider it, and the deep personal nature of that exchange, between those two men and at a time when Jobs realized that his remaining days were dwindling, was very poignant. The last part of the book is especially sad as we live through his final days, when he knew that his time was coming to an end.

There are many other interesting stories here, some of which can be found elsewhere in the other reviews or on the internet already, as the early reviews are out and most of them share favorite stories or new insights that were gained from reading the book. I'll just add that this is a very human portrayal of Jobs, it is one that I believe will appeal to people who like to read biographies of business leaders, people who are fans of Apple and are looking for more insight into how it works and the people behind the products, and it will also appeal to readers who are interested in what makes a brilliant leader tick, how does the mind work and what magic must take place in order for those visions to become manifest in products and in a company that, soon after Jobs death, became the largest in the world.

I also think that it is remarkable to see the support that Apple executives are now putting behind this book now that it has been released. Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO and Jobs hand-picked successor, Jony Ive, Apple's long standing head of design, and Eddy Cue, Apple's head of software and internet services, have all endorsed it. A cynic might view their praise of the book as support of something that may help to reshape Jobs image in a more flattering light, but I think that there is more to it than that. This book does not whitewash Jobs or overlook his faults.

My earlier comparisons to the Isaacson biography, which until today may have been the benchmark for a Jobs biography, may sound like too much of a criticism of that book, so I will add that anyone interested in Apple and the story of the company and of Steve Jobs is probably going to want to read both books. I purchased the Isaacson book as soon as it came out, and I'll probably go back and read it again now. There are portions of Jobs life and Apple history that are covered in the Isaacson book and not so much (or at all) in this new book. I think that one of the other reviewers makes the point that the two books should be viewed as complimentary, and I think that is the right way to look at it.

By the time of his death, Steve Jobs had become an icon of the business world, having achieved a stature that only a few American business executives have ever reached (Jack Welch at GE being perhaps the most recent, prior to Jobs). This is a fascinating look at him and his company, and after reading it I have the feeling that I may be just a bit closer to understanding what he was like. I wouldn't try to claim that this book is definitive - Jobs was complex enough and accomplished so much during his life that no single biography is going to provide everything that could be written about him. I do have the feeling that it may be the closest yet.
Rick Steves Great Britain
Rick Steves Great Britain
I preordered this brand new edition to get it on the release day, and it does indeed feel current with sidebars on Brexit and even a few mentions of the Prince Harry and Meghan nuptials (which just happened hours ago, as I type this review). I've been a fan of Rick Steves's PBS shows since my early teens, so over twenty years now, and this is my first book of his that I have read. It's easy to hear the advice in his voice--indeed, I recognized some of the passages as paraphrased (or vice versa) from his shows.

This book is over a thousand pages and the details are vast. I haven't gotten to put any of this advice into practice--I am toying with the idea of a dream trip next year--but I love how this book addresses everything from how to get around London or between cities, to when big monuments are crowded or empty, to where to eat and sleep for the night. Great Britain is broken down into regions with overviews and then more detailed sections, making it easy to skim for info then delve deeper. The very back of the book is loaded with fantastic advice on everything from currency (when to exchange it, how much to carry), what to pack, how to understand the different wording on hotel and B&B listings, etc. If my dream trip does become reality, this book will be my travel companion! And if the trip doesn't happen, it was still great fun to read and engage in many wistful what-ifs.
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
I have mixed feelings on this book. But overall, I highly recommend it.

When I first heard of this book, I was really interested in reading it and pre-ordered it on Amazon – since I like to ready and study the history and development of technology and Silicon Valley. I read The One Device over the course of a few days. No doubt, this boo was released a week before the 10th anniversary of release of the first iPhone - Friday, June 29th, 2007, to generate interest and sales.

If you want *just* a history of the development of the first iPhone, this book may not be for you – except for the last chapter. If you want to know more about what made the iPhone possible and everything that lead up to the iPhone in a historical context, then you’ll definitely want to read this book. I just felt that the book could have been organized with more about Apple than a lot of isolated chapters with some Apple and iPhone history sprinkled in, where the best chapter on the development of the iPhone was saved for last. These lines from the last chapter succinctly encapsulates the essence of the book and the development of the iPhone:

“… The stars aligned. They also aligned with lithium-ion battery technology, and with the compacting of cameras. With the accretion of China’s skilled labor force, and the surfeit of cheaper metals around the world. The list goes on. “It’s not just a question of waking up one morning in 2006 and deciding that you’re going to build the iPhone; it’s a matter of making these nonintuitive investments and failed products and crazy experimentation – and being able to operate on this huge timescale … Most companies aren’t able to that. Apple almost wasn’t able to do that.”

The One Device tells the story of the development of the iPhone – but much more so, the confluence of ideas and technologies over time that made the iPhone possible.

The book starts off with Apple’s “Explore New Rich Interactions” (ENRI) group and initial experimentations of multi-touch before even thinking about the smartphone. Then a chapter into the history of the phone, electronic communications and the smartphone. Then on to a chapter (“Minephones”) on the sources of materials of smartphones. Then to Gorilla Glass. Then a chapter on the origins and work on multitouch over the decades.

Then back to a chapter on Apple (“Prototyping”).

Then back to the history of the battery and lithium battery and the origins of lithium. Then a chapter on Apple’s interest in the camera & image stabilization. Then a chapter back to the history of sensing motion (gyroscopes, GPS, accelerometers, etc). And onto a chapter on the ARM microprocessor (“Strong-ARMed”). Then a chapter on cellular network infrastructure.

Then back to Apple (“Enter the iPhone”), describing Apple’s thinking on developing a mobile phone, as iPod was taking off. Then to a side-tracked chapter and history of Siri (along with voice recognition, and artificial intelligence). I say side-tracked, since the original iPhone didn’t have Siri – which came out in the Fall of 2011 with the release of the iPhone 4S.

Then a chapter on Foxconn and the Chinese labor force that assembles the iPhone.

The back to Apple on how secretive it is as well as its marketing prowess (“Sellphone”).

Then back to China and description of the Chinese component ecosystem and aftermarket and black market for phones.

Then finally the last chapter of the book – the last 50 pages or so (out of 380 pages) – “The One Device” - is the meat of what I was looking for – getting more deeply into the details (as much as one could to a general reading audience).

Overall, I would describe The One Device as a book version of the history of the smartphone analogous to the 1996 three hour PBS television documentary about the PC industry titled, “Triumph of the Nerds” – which I often say, is the best three hours of television, or at least documentary television, ever made. If you’re really interested in the history of what made the iPhone possible, this is terrific primer.

Some other thoughts – this book really also looks at the cost of the iPhone, smartphone and consumer electronics in general – the mining material & labor cost, the factory worker & cellular tower worker cost, and the environmental cost.

And finally, the cost to the Apple employees who gave their lives for the iPhone:

As stated in the book, “His doctor, he says, gave him an ultimatum. Do these two things or risk dying – lose weight and quit [Apple]. Thirty-six people I worked with at Apple have died,” he says. “it is intense.”

That intensity is also likely the reason that the team that built the iPhone has since scattered to the winds. As of 2017, besides Jony Ive, none of the executive staff at Apple was seriously involved in creating the iPhone.”
Famous People: Elon Musk Biography
Famous People: Elon Musk Biography
Famous People: Elon Musk Biography by Pandora. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Women's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)
Women's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)
This little book is filled with great quotes. Small book, but then you know that by the price. It fits in your purse or backback so it's handy to pull out and read while you're waiting at the doctor's office, in the car pool line or just need a quick picker upper. I've enjoyed it.
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford by Rudolph Alvarado and Sonya Alvarado. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency
The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency
I have not finished reading Drezner's book yet, but the only thing that bothers me is that he doesn't refer to EMPIRE itself at all, although he does characterize and compare Emperor Trump with other child Emperors.

And while the author humorously notes:

The history of modern states being ruled by actual toddlers is scant and scary. The most obvious case is Emperor Pu Yi of China’s Manchu Dynasty. He ascended to the throne in 1908 at the age of two. According to his autobiography, Pu Yi responded to his ascension by throwing a temper tantrum and refusing to go to the Forbidden City for his coronation. In the end, he only agreed to go if his wet nurse carried him. During the ceremony, he threw candy at the Empress Dowager. His father, attempting to placate him, cooed, “It will soon be over.”98 For the courtiers in the Forbidden City, this was a bad omen. As it turned out their foreboding was prescient. Pu Yi acknowledged that while Emperor he was “without any real awareness of the political situation.” He was the last Emperor of China, abdicating from his post at the age of five “with a similar lack of comprehension of the true situation.”99

The last Chinese Emperor actually 'was' a child, and China in 1908 was neither a powerful Empire, nor had the world evolved/devolved to this 21st century form of an actual, though effectively camouflaged, Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire, as Prof. Robinson had diagnosed two years before Emperor Trump ascended to the throne:

“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus (hard & soft powers) to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.

We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press
Real Aretha
Real Aretha
This is a bargain and very worthwhile snippet of the compelling diversity of the soon to retire Queen of Soul. The cream of her Atlantic years are not to be found here, but what we do get in CD 1 is the vocal promise of great performances to come, which were later delivered at Atlantic Records with Respect, Think, and a zillion other classic hits that you can find on other collections. CD 2 contains hits from Aretha at Arista Records, and there are some great ones here, including the Luther Vandross gold record, Jump to It, Who's Zoomin, Love All the Hurt Away, and other mid-career greats. CD 3 is Aretha in her later career and later hits such as Willing to Forgive, A Deeper Love, and A Rose. Glaringly missing are essentials such as her duet with the late George Michael, Get It Right, Come to Me, and the delightful Freeway of Love. Again, those tracks are easily found elsewhere. I have most of Aretha's recordings and only bought this collection because it was cheap. What I'm really after now are the unreleased Atlantic albums, now long overdue. Many thanks to Queen Aretha for the brilliant music that will last for centuries to come.
The Platinum Collection
The Platinum Collection
Here is a track listing, since I did not find it in the product description.
Hope it helps someone who wants to know the tracks included.

Disc 01
01. Mack The Knife
02. Ain't Misbehavin'
03. Cheek To Cheek (with Ella Fitzgerald)
04. When You're Smiling (the Whole World Smiles With You)
05. They Can't Take That Away From Me (with Ella Fitzgerald
06. Hello Dolly (live)
07. It Don't Mean A Thing
08. La Vie En Rose
09. Lazy Bones
10. Mood Indigo
11. A Fine Romance (with Ella Fitzgerald)
12. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Disc 02
01. Blueberry Hill
02. Dream A Little Dream Of Me (with Ella Fitzgerald)
03. Body And Soul
04. Summertime (with Ella Fitzgerald)
05. Just One Of Those Things
06. Georgia On My Mind
07. Gone Fishin' (with Bing Crosby)
08. St. James Infirmary
09. Oops! (with Ella Fitzgerald)
10. When The Saints Go Marching In
11. Stompin' At The Savoy (live With Barrett Deems)
12. You Rascal You (with Louis Jordan)
Disc 03
01. C'est Si Bon
02. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
03. It Ain't Necessarily So (with Ella Fitzgerald)
04. I'm In The Mood For Love
05. Honeysuckle Rose (with Velma Middleton)
06. Cabaret (live)
07. Cotton Tail (with Duke Ellington)
08. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
09. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (with Ella Fitzgerald)
10. Old Rockin' Chair (live With Johnny Williams)
11. You're The Top
12. Let's Do It (let's Fall In Love)
G Washingtons Seasoning and Broth, Golden, 1 Ounce (Pack of 6)
G Washingtons Seasoning and Broth, Golden, 1 Ounce (Pack of 6)
I was familiar with this product from living in the Midwest. It is not available in our local stores. It does contain MSG so I use it sparingly, but it's a great additive to "up" the tastes of soups, stews, gravies. Also, it's a nice hot broth to just slowly sip on a cold winter day.
Volume IV - Louis Armstrong And Earl Hines
Volume IV - Louis Armstrong And Earl Hines
If some curious alien woman from visited earth and asked "what is jazz?" I would have 2 answers. The first was Louis' direct response to that question: "Lady, if you've got to ask, you ain't never gonna know." The second would be to play this.

These sessions from 80 years ago have been on so many favorites lists that I'm afraid people shy away from this music, just because someone told them they are supposed to like it. If you think anything from 1928 is inherently "moldy fig", if you feel this music has been institutionalized to death, think that Armstrong was an Uncle Tom, think that "Dixieland jazz" is music for shallow old fart tourists, or, especially, if you've never heard these tracks, clear your mind, try to take the perspective of a curious visitor from another planet, kick back with whatever flows best through your bloodstream, and ENJOY!

No track is long enough to bore you, and this collection will blow you away once you let it. If you want this for easy listening background music, it can do that, too. The chord changes won't startle your grandmother (unlike lots of my other favorite music) and your parents won't tell you to turn down the volume either.

My favorite tracks include "West End Blues" with a very tricky but logical trumpet intro, "Chicago Breakdown" with a very disciplined band with solo breaks aplenty, "Tight Like That", the half-spoken vocal in "That's When I'll Come Back to You", "Muggles" (which was 1920s slang for marijuana), and especially the duet "Weather
Bird" which has 2 twenty-somethings breaking established roles for their instruments and pushing each other to fantastic heights. These sessions show these musical rule-breakers already mature and having fun realizing what they just invented.

Both Armstrong and Hines had lengthy careers and went on to record performances which showcased their wizardry more than this. (Try to find Hines' "Quintessential" solo piano date, or Louis singing Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has A Master Plan", both from 1970. Your later Armstrong favorites may differ from mine). Both soloists also became self-parodies at times (Hines played "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues" too many times, and Armstrong spent decades taking requests for "When The Saints Go Marching In". I regret to say that we've heard from the likes of Gary Giddins, Ken Burns and Wynton Marsalis how great this stuff is for so long that we might need the prespective of the alien lady to discover or rediscover this.
Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong
Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong
Biography picture books are so much fun to read and Just a Lucky So and So does not disappoint. Louis Armstrong began life in what many would consider to be a rough start: living in poverty, working hard manual labor to help earn money for his family, and having a number of run-ins with the law causing him to be sent away to a home for boys. However Louis found the sound of jazz at a young age. He started playing a tin horn and then with a five-dollar loan he was able to purchase a second-hand cornet. Over time and with mentorship Armstrong’s musical ability opened doors for him. He traveled throughout the United States and Europe, recorded records in Hollywood, and performed on Broadway.

Lesa Cline-Ransome has packed numerous examples of figurative language throughout the story; while James Ransome has created illustrations that lift off the page. There are many famous musicians from New Orleans, musical instruments and terms mentioned in the book. Making this a great read aloud for elementary music teachers. After reading the book students would benefit from listening to Louis Armstrong play. Finally inside the back cover are additional books, places to visit, and websites for students to research.
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
I am very pleased with the decisions and care that Sony has made in putting together this Basement Tapes Complete collection. Too often record companies aim these releases to the lowest common denominator and not the avid fan or completist. Admittedly Dylan has more completist fans than most artists.

First off the packaging. The box measures 8 1/2" x 8 1/4" x 1 1/2" and acts as a slipcase for 2 books. The first contains the 6 cd's, along with 3 essays. The most interesting essay to me was 9 pages by Clinton Heylin detailing the stories of tracking down the various reels and recordings that make up this set. Since he was allowed to play in the big boys' clubhouse Heylin is on his best behavior, not that there would be much to complain about here. His piece is thorough and entertaining. The other book contains photographs by Elliott Landy, the definitive photographer of Dylan and The Band in this era, along with various pictures of tape reels, 45 RPM sleeves, magazine covers and the like. This book is a beautiful companion to this set.

As for the music (all 6 hours and 35 minutes) - we are told that this represents absolutely all existing, listenable songs from these sessions. I was skeptical of that at first. How would we know if they were telling the truth? Suppose there were some fragments or lesser quality recordings that they held back just because the quality was low and they didn't want to release more than 6 discs? Well, I believe them now because a few of these songs are pretty bad in recording quality. Which they cop to when they list disc 6 as a bonus disc "of historic importance but very poor sonic quality". I don't think disc 6 will get much in the way of repeated plays from me, but there a few songs on there that are loose and hilarious despite the poor recordings. I think we can safely say that, because of the warts and all nature of this release, that we now have everything.

For those of us who already have the, up until now, definitive cd bootlegs (like A Tree With Roots) does this sound better? I think so, but not always dramatically. I have a 1 CD bootleg called Mixin' Up The Medicine, supposedly made from the so called Safety Tape, and that sounds wonderful to me. I'm not sure if the official set does better than that. You have to remember that recording quality runs the gamut here from barely listenable to full sounding and nearly perfect.

There are 30 new songs here that even the most avid of collectors don't have. Unfortunately 11 of them appear on the poor sounding 6th disc. There are some good songs on that disc but I was put off a bit by the recording quality. These 30 songs are certainly worth getting excited about if you are a Dylan completist. I wouldn't say that there are any new Dylan classics here but there is much to be enjoyed. I particularly like Ain't No More Cane, Wild Wolf and a gorgeous version of One Too Many Mornings with the first part sung by Richard Manuel.

If you are debating with yourself whether to spring for the expensive complete set or the inexpensive 2 cd set you should probably just get the 2 cd set. You already know whether you need this or not (I knew there was no way I could pass on this). If you only have the official Basement Tapes released in 1975 there is much treasure in the 2 cd Raw release and you won't have to wade through the dross. You would still get amazing songs like Sign On The Cross, I Shall Be Released, Get Your Rocks Off, and the perfect I'm Not There, in addition to classics like This Wheel's On Fire and Tears of Rage.

But there is something very cool about owning the whole thing and having this beautiful package sitting on your shelf. And settling in for some completely genuine music made in a relaxed setting by a few very talented artists with nothing at all to prove.
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition]
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition]
Ironic to think that this set - recorded in October 1992, was celebrating Dylan's 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and here we are in 2016, another quarter of a century plus later, and Dylan's just released a new album. Anyway, I bought both the deluxe vinyl and CD version of this set. I have reviewed the vinyl, and all I would like to add is that this album has an added poignancy when you consider that several of the performers - Richie Havens, Lou Reed, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Johnny Winter, members of The Band - are now gone. And Dylan is still with us. Some great songs here - and the odd indifferent performance, but overall a worthy celebration of Dylan's enduring talent.
Gabe the Cupid Dog
Gabe the Cupid Dog
Cute! The dog is smarter than one of the actors and what he is able to accomplish is adorable. This is a good children's movie, but not too young.
Berryou Women's Casual Short Sleeve V Neck Front Knot Twist Tie T Shirt Dress
Berryou Women's Casual Short Sleeve V Neck Front Knot Twist Tie T Shirt Dress
This dress is so fun to wear! I most often pair it with leggings for a stylish and comfortable look. This combo is certainly a much more fashion forward approach to athleisure wear but I can easily wear it all day long. I get lots of compliments every time I wear it. The neckline has a fun strap detail along the v-neck but you can easily wear a regular bra with this dress without the straps being seen at all. The knot detail at the bottom hem is such a fun addition. I love that even when I wash this dress it comes out looking great and ready to wear. Sometimes details like cutout necklines or little knots can get twisted or lay strangely over time but this dress stays looking great.
Ed Leffingwell's Little Joe by Harold Gray
Ed Leffingwell's Little Joe by Harold Gray
'Ed Leffingwell's Little Joe by Harold Gray' by Harold Gray is a collection of comic strips about a young cowboy from 1937-1942.

Harold Gray was the creator of Little Orphan Annie. His cousin Ed Leffingwell wrote a comic strip called Little Joe. When Ed died, Harold Gray took up the reins of his cousin's comic strip and signed each one with his cousin's name.

The comic strip is about a little cowboy who has lost his father. His surrogate father is a grizzled cowboy named Utah. They find and lose fortunes. They have run-ins with outlaws and native Americans. They even adopt a bear. And towards the end, Little Joe finally starts to look for revenge on the person who killed his father.

It's an odd, dated comic, and I really loved reading it. The style is very much in the style of Little Orphan Annie, but I preferred these stories with their darkness and humor. The art is really great with some wonderful clean drawings.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from IDW Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Grudge Race
Grudge Race
Sasha Johnston is trash.. her and her flunky with 10 yr old Bieber haircut with short sleeve hooded tshirt .. gone extend the track because she know she trash waiting for those turbos to kick in.. then quoting Paul Walker.. what a disgrace.
Marvel Avengers Little Boys' Hooded Tee with Mask
Marvel Avengers Little Boys' Hooded Tee with Mask
This seemed pretty small for a 3T but it still fit. Also I can’t get my son out of this shirt. The shirt is great! This was probably the best thing I have ever Purchased for my child. It can withstand many washes since I have to wash it everyday because heaven forbid he wear a different shirt. Pray for me. Please keep this in stock because If something in happens to this shirt his life will be over and he will just be forever shirtless because he won’t wear anything else 😫😭😑😂
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Avengers Infinity War
Ist ein Film aus den USA, Jahr 2018
aus dem Marvel Cinematic Universum und produziert von Disney.
Laufzeit 149 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Ton: englisch DTS-HD MA 7.1, deutsch Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Regie: (erneut) Anthony und Joe Russo
Hautprollen: u.a. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
und ganz ganz viele andere bekannte Schauspieler aus dem Marvel MCU.
Die Liste ist unglaublich.

Steelbook:
J-Card Schuber
Film Infos und Tech Specs auf der Rückseite.

Steelbook selbst:
Vorderseite mit Rahmenprägung und Glanzeffekten, vor allem bei den Infinity Steinen.
Spine: die üblichen Bildchen der Protagonsiten
Rückseite: das Avengers Logo, leichte Glanzeffekte.
Das ganze Ding ist recht Fingerabdruck empfindlich.
Keine Schrift auf dem Steel selbst.
Durchgehender Innendruck: Filmszene

Beinhaltet:
Blu-Ray 3D und Blu-Ray 2D
je in Marvel/Disney typsichem langweiligem Blau, ohne Artwork.

Keine IMAX Szenen eingefügt
Was bei früheren Marvel/Disney VÖs zum guten Ton gehörte und auch eine entsprechende Augenweide war (siehe z.B. Captain America, Dr. Strange, u.weitere) war das Einfügen von IMAX Szenen im Format 1.90:1, insbesondere bei 3D BDs.
Hierauf wurde im vorliegenden Fall völlig verzichtet.
Die Fangemeinschaft war so erbost darüber, dass es hierzu sogar ein online Petition gibt, die von Disney die IMAX Szenen fordert. Leider ohne Erfolg.
Obwohl in 6.5 K Auflösung gefilmt, wurde lediglich ein 2K DI erstellt.
Auf diesem basieren sämtliche VÖs.
Dadurch gibt es eigentlich keinen Mehrwert für die UHD, zumal hier auch noch auf Dolby Vision verzichtet wurde.
Es gibt auch weder Dolby Atmos Ton, noch DTS:X

Der Film war mit Kosten von 321 Mio $ (ohne Werbung) sehr teuer, aber es wurden wohl auch beide Teile gleichzeitig gedreht. (Infinity War ist als Zweiteiler ausgelegt. Die Fortsetzung folgt im Jahr 2019, am 26. April)
International spielte der Filme über 2 Milliarden $ ein und erlangte dadurch Platz 4 der erfolgreichsten Filme aller Zeiten. Er ist der erfolgreichste Titel der Avengers Filme bisher. Und erst der 4. Film, der international mehr als 2 Mrd. Dollar einspielt, nur ca. 20 Mio hinter Star Wars: Erwachen der Macht. (Davor liegen nur noch Titanic und Avatar)
Und trotzdem liefert Disney den Fans ein halbgares Heimvideo Release ab, das weder optisch, noch akustisch überzeugt.
Ob sich Disney Dinge wie Dolby Vision, IMAX Szenen und gute Tonformate (DolbyAtmos, DTS:X, etc) für den kommenden Streaming Dienst aufsparen will, oder einfach NUR sparen will, ich kann es nicht sagen, jedenfalls ist es ein Schlag ins Gesicht für jeden Fan, schaut man sich die gebotenen Features selbst auf hoch- und höchstpreisigen VÖs wie BD und UHD an, im Vergleich mit dem immensen Erfolg des Titels.

Die 3D Konvertierung ist sehr gelungen und die Bildqualität der BD ist einwandfrei.
Wäre da nicht der fade Beigeschmack all der fehlenden Möglichkeiten, so könnte man hier von einem schönen Release sprechen, da das Steelbook an sich recht schön aufgemacht ist.
(auch wenn es hier immer noch schönere Beispiele gibt, siehe z.B. Doctor Strange)
Aber es hätte ja auch NOCH schlichter ausfallen können.

Fazit:
Wer auf Marvel’s MCU steht, wer die Avengers mag, wer Steelbooks und 3D-BDs mag (auch wenn 3D leider auf dem absteigenden Ast ist), der ist, wenn er beide Augen zudrückt, hinsichtlich der Disney VÖ Politik, mit diesem Steelbook gut beraten.
Wenn man es jetzt noch zu einem vernünftigen Preis bekommt, ist der Kauf (unter Berücksichtigung der o.g. Nachteile) zu empfehlen.
Nachtrag: Bzgl. Dolby Atmos: Dieses ist, zumindest in Englisch, auf der UHD-BD enthalten.
Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)
Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)
I took my wife to see this and she is not a comic book fan AT ALL! We are both 60+ seniors and we both enjoyed the movie immensely. I'm grew up on the "Silver Age" of comics, mostly DC with the occasional Spidey, Submariner, Hulk, Iron Man, & THOR.. WOR, Channel 9 in New York used to run a Marvel series back in the late 60's and I loved 'em (You can watch them on YouTube). As a matter of fact this was the show that created the great Spidey theme song that even The Ramones covered. "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..." is a tune that I still sing to this day. Getting back to the subject at hand - "Thor: Ragnarock". Chris Hemsworth is charming and extremely likeable and that is what makes this movie work so well. It's a special something that even Downey Jr. doesn't have. While RDJ is likeable, his charm seems to be slightly forced. It’s not as comforting as Hemsworth's charm seems to be. I'm a hetero through & through yet I have to admit to having a wee bit of a bro-mance with CH. As a child of the 60's & 70's I prefer Hemsworth's Thor with the long locks. I mean when you think of Thor, you think of the Hammer and the long blonde, Scandanavian locks but he's so handsome he could have a freakin' Mohawk and he would look amazing.
I'm not a huge Mark Ruffalo fan and while he has done a good job with his run of the Hulk character, when he is in the David Banner "mode" (for lack of a better term) is cerrainly the weak link of all the main character. Though it's in the Hulk form where he really shines. The one and only unique Jeff Goldblum is as quirky and charming as always - even whilst playing a villain. As usual Tom Hiddleston's Loki is frustrating. Though, this is not a knock on Hiddleston - on the contrary. I say frustrating only because of his likeability as an person makes you wishing he was always one of thd "good guys". I don't want to add spoilers so that's all that I'll say about Loki. Idris Elba as usual is magnificent as is Cate Blanchett, who is almost unrecognizable as Hela. She's the actor that Streep use to be. Tessa Thompson who I became of aware of in "Creed" where her quiet sensuality almost stole that movie was another bright spot in a movie that had many.
What really pushed this movie to the top 5 of my favorite super hero of all-time - ironically - was the COMEDY! Yes, I said comedy. I went to see this weeks after it had hit the theatres so there was my wife, myself, & two guys in the theatre...an that was if! Well the four of us were belly laughing throughout the entire movie. Even during most of the many action scenes. Laughter is what will always come to mind when I think of "Thor: Ragnarock", knee-slapping laughter.
Velveeta Rotini and Cheese with Broccoli Meal (9.4 oz Box)
Velveeta Rotini and Cheese with Broccoli Meal (9.4 oz Box)
This is really good, but don't count on the broccoli dust packet. Once the water is boiling, add the noodles. Set timer for four minutes. Add real broccoli, and set timer for five minutes because the broccoli cools the water. I don't add the whole cheese packet either. Like 3/4 of the cheese. I salt mine once it's in the bowl. I could eat just that for dinner. Very tasty!
The Lord of the Rings Omnibus: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings Omnibus: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
This is the finest unabridged reading of this great book that can possibly be imagined. Rob Inglis, a well-known Shakespearean actor, doesn't just 'read' the story; he acts it, with distinct and well thought out voices for all of the characters. Gandalf sounds a lot like Ian McKellen; Aragorn has a royal yet rugged tone; Gimli the Dwarf has a distinctive bass voice which is very rich, while Sam and his dad the Gaffer sound appropriately alike with thick country accents, and Frodo sounds, well, just like Frodo should sound-- a pleasant and humble upper-class hobbit. Inglis gives a particularly impressive display of his acting abilities during the chapter "The Council of Elrond," where he is performing about a dozen characters at once! His emotional tone is very sensitive, and he gives vibrant expression to each sentence. His love and respect for the book are profound and obvious, and he takes all the time he needs to read it right! Another plus is his proper pronunciation of the names and languages. I have been a huge fan of this book for 42 years, but I still didn't know until listening to this recording that 'Frodo' is properly pronounced with a little trill, which makes the name more beautiful! The cost of these discs seems steep until you hear them; then it seems reasonable indeed, because this is a recording you won't listen to just once. Gather the family in the living room around the fire on those cold dark winter nights, and enjoy the ultimate reading of the ultimate fireside tale!
The Goodnight Kiss Collectors Edition (Fear Street , Includes 2 Super Chillers Goodnight kiss and Goodnight Kiss 2 )
The Goodnight Kiss Collectors Edition (Fear Street , Includes 2 Super Chillers Goodnight kiss and Goodnight Kiss 2 )
This book, the collector's edition, actually contains 2 stories, plus a 3rd really short story. I forgot what the 2nd story is about. Each is printed in a different-sized font, which I thought was strange. Anyway. The 3rd really short story is literally only 2 or 3 pages long, but it is probably the best, and the sickest. This high school kid is tricked into thinking he has to murder someone; although he didn't absolutely have to-but he does anyway. The 1st story starts out really promising, but then fizzles at the end. Same with the 2nd story, I think. Sort of as if, R.L. Stine were hurrying and had to wrap up quickly. But I bought the book for just twenty-five cents, so I guess it's okay.
The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
Unable to remember which of the two books of short stories were classic, between Alexander Pushkin’s and Nicolai Gogol’s, I began to re-read Gogol and then switched to Pushkin. The switch came after “The Overcoat” evolved into a ghost story, with the victim of an overcoat theft returning from the dead. It was not as intricate, in the end, as Dead Souls, despite so many elements early on of Notes from the Underground. After another story about a sorcerer who personified the evil of a Cossack and a father-in-law, and scenes of shape-shifting and face-offing, I thought that it had to be the Pushkin book that appealed more to my style.
“The Captain’s Daughter” did not delve into the supernatural. Instead it anticipated reds versus whites after the Revolution. This is the story of Pugachov, the begging traveler in the beginning who receives an incidental favor from Pyotr Grinyov, the heir to a military tradition. Grinyov independently acts on his own principle, much to the chagrin of his valet and by extension his father Andrey Grinyov. The charitable narrator is also naïve, but fate leads Pugachov to the head of a rebellion against the czar’s troops. Grinyov is recognized and receives special treatment from Russia’s traditional leaders. The twist is a woman, Grinyov’s fiancée, who is taken prisoner by an bitter Pugachov colleague, which is another unpronounceable Russian name. The most obvious connection is to the French Revolution, with Pugachov going from a sympathetic character to Robespierre. I was able to follow the plot but not the true character of the story, such as its landscape and scope. One sequence on page 55 was a brief glimpse of the story’s poetry: “If my notes ever fall into your hands, remember that the best and most permanent changes are those due to the softening of manners and morals and not to any violent upheavals.”
“The Queen of Spades” is a story about gambling and serves as good research for gambling mores of the early 19th century. Hermann is an obsessive gambler who appears to be plotting illicit love with the granddaughter of The Countess. But he is only using Lizaveta, the recipient of daily letters during his pursuit, to get to The Countess, who is physically grotesque and acidic, has the secret of a three card sequence. I don’t know the game; I don’t think it’s more than a superstitious approach to a game no longer popular. Of course, after the death of The Countess, ostensibly dead from fright but symbolically for the loss of her secret, the three card sequence works, until Hermann is duped from the switch from the ace to the queen, as if the dead Countess is the card itself.
“The Shot” and “Mistress into Maid” are memorable stories as well, although shorter. Pushkin’s stories are the codes and mannerisms of classic Russian literature.
Toi qui vivais (FREDERIC DARD t. 18) (French Edition)
Toi qui vivais (FREDERIC DARD t. 18) (French Edition)
Une intrigue pas mal ficelée, mais sans vrai suspens. Elle n'est comme souvent que prétexte à une découverte de la psychologie de personnages attachants, bien que minables, ou attachants parce que minables? Dard excelle dans ces descriptions sans complaisance de la médiocrité, avec une tel affection de ses personnages qu'on les adopte bien plus volontiers que beaucoup de héros parfaits.
Stranger from the Tonto
Stranger from the Tonto
The story begins as an old prospector (Bill Elway) and a young range rider (Kent Wingfield), traveling together as a prospecting team, realize the old prospector was dying. Bill insists that Kent continue without him, but Kent refuses. Over their remaining time together Bill tells of an outlaw gang he was a member of whose base is called the Hole in the Wall, run by a rustler by the name of Bonesteel. But Bill was fired and run off by another gang member who had designs on Bonesteel's beautiful young daughter. Bill obtains Kent's promise to locate the hideout, kill the evil gunfighter Stole, so the girl Lucy is safe from him and steal her away so she will be saved from a life of danger. When Bill passes away, Kent's adventure begins.
C.S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller (Men of Spirit)
C.S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller (Men of Spirit)
I read all of the Narnia books to my children many years ago, and up until now I wondered about the author. How could he put his imagination into such stories that captivated ones attention so.
I read C.S. Lewis by Green and Hooper and didn't think it got to the "real" Lewis so I was very glad to discover Gormley's book and the thoroughness it gave to every area of Lewis's life. I don't think the book drug at all, I think it gave details that explained the man and his life and that is what made him the author he was. C.S. Lewis has given to children and adults a wonderful gift-words that will live forever in their imagination.
Stacey's Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Portrait Collection)
Stacey's Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Portrait Collection)
The Babysitters Club books are always an interesting read. The stories are well put together. I really like the portrait books because they give you a look into the early lives of the BSC members. I only wish there had been portrait books for Jessi & Mallory. It was interesting reading about Stacey's experiences growing up in New York City.
Der Modigliani-Skandal: Roman (German Edition)
Der Modigliani-Skandal: Roman (German Edition)
Ich schreibe diese Rezesion, weil ich von dem Buch sehr entäuscht bin.

Ich habe mitlerweile sehr viele Bücher von Ken Follett gelesen und hatte natürlich eine gewisse Erwartung an das Buch.
Mir war klar, dass es an "Die Nadel" nicht heran kommen würde.
Aber dennoch ist dieses Buch eine Entäuschung.

Es kommt sehr schwer ins Rollen, die Handlung ist langweilig und man quält sich weiter lesen.

Natürlich ist das niemals eine objektive Beurteilung, aber dennoch würde ich von diesem Buch abraten.
SEAL's Vow (Iron Horse Legacy Book 4)
SEAL's Vow (Iron Horse Legacy Book 4)
When you read this book, you need to be aware that the lead couple of the story does get a resolution to their personal relationship, but there is a broader mystery won’t get resolved until the end of the 5th book in the series. ‘Iron Horse Legacy’ is a companion series to the ‘Brotherhood Protectors’ series, but you definitely don’t need to have read that series to enjoy this one.

Sebastian “Bastian” McKinnon is home on emergency family leave to help in the search for his father, James, who went missing under circumstances that would indicate foul play. Bastian ends up tasked with protecting Jenna, his little sister’s best friend. He has not been seriously interested in a woman since the death of his high school sweetheart in a car crash. He survived, but the drunk driver killed her, and Bastian vowed to never love again. Jenna survived a marriage to a violent ex-husband who very nearly killed her. She has promised herself to never trust a man again. As you can see, there are potential trigger issues in this story, but I thought the author handled them well. (My husband was killed by a drunk driver, so that is an issue about which I am particularly sensitive).

Along with the serious emotions there is a lot of action. There is also some steam with a lighthearted edge, and supportive involvement with the loving McKinnon family. Bastian and Jenna get the HEA they both deserve. And sadly, Bastian’s father is still missing.
The Seasons of the Soul: The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Hermann Hesse
The Seasons of the Soul: The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Hermann Hesse
I was excited to purchase and receive this collection, especially after seeing good reviews on Amazon. Hesse has been perhaps my favorite author since reading Siddartha as a teenager, and I keep returning to Steppenwolf, Demian, along with Journey to the East, long after having read each of these for the first time. While there is no doubt, to my mind, that Hesse was one of the greatest writers of his time, the translation you will find here is severely lacking. What struck me as immediately telling about its quality was the sense that I was reading cheap new-age banter, comprised by the foreward and other exegetical material. This is divided into snippets from both the translator and another person, both of whom seem to offer some fine and accurate remarks, but also a good deal of exposition that is frankly overdone and sappy. The biggest disappointment, however, was the fact that many poems which rhyme in the original German have not retained this feature in the English. Nor have they retained their proper rhythm. I can acknowlege that this would have been no simple feat, but such is the work of good translation. For an example, consider "Stufen," one of Hesse's finest cosmic poems, the one which the collection ends in. Fischer translates the title as "Stages," which gets at the meaning of the poem, but it is precisely this sort of straying from the letter of the piece that illuminates the sort of liberties he's already taken to interpret for the reader. Here's the original German for you:

Wie jede Blüte welkt und jede Jugend
Dem Alter weicht, blüht jede Lebensstufe,
Blüht jede Weisheit auch und jede Tugend
Zu ihrer Zeit und darf nicht ewig dauern.
Es muß das Herz bei jedem Lebensrufe
Bereit zum Abschied sein und Neubeginne,
Um sich in Tapferkeit und ohne Trauern
In andre, neue Bindungen zu geben.
Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne,
Der uns beschützt und der uns hilft, zu leben.

Wir sollen heiter Raum um Raum durchschreiten,
An keinem wie an einer Heimat hängen,
Der Weltgeist will nicht fesseln uns und engen,
Er will uns Stuf' um Stufe heben, weiten.
Kaum sind wir heimisch einem Lebenskreise
Und traulich eingewohnt, so droht Erschlaffen,
Nur wer bereit zu Aufbruch ist und Reise,
Mag lähmender Gewöhnung sich entraffen.

Es wird vielleicht auch noch die Todesstunde
Uns neuen Räumen jung entgegen senden,
Des Lebens Ruf an uns wird niemals enden...
Wohlan denn, Herz, nimm Abschied und gesunde!

Now compare that to Fischer's English:

All blossoms will wilt,
each youth fold into the mold of age.
Wisdom and virtue never last forever.
Your heart must always be ready to leave
and ready to begin again,
must form new bonds
with courage and without regret.
Every beginning offers a magic power
that protects us and helps us to endure.

This journey through the realms of life
was not meant to end in one home only.
World spirit does not want to tie us down,
wants us to soar into the open.
When we stay too long in one place,
get stuck in norm and habit, we wear out.

Only embarking on new, unknown journeys
can free us from the prison of stagnation.

Maybe the moment of our death too
is just another gate to new dimensions
The call of life to us will never end.
Well, then, my heart, take leave and heal.

While much of the poem's sense has been preserved, Fischer's form does not imitate Hesse's strictly enough to give one a feel for the intensity and exactness of the latters' disciplined, formal, traditional craft. The intention with this collection was good, but the execution seems to me flawed. One gets the suspicion from it that Fischer's German is simply not up to the task. Some might call me a Steppenwolf for complaining like this, and I would concur entirely.
Aus Indien (German Edition)
Aus Indien (German Edition)
Viele interessante Fotos aus der Zeit,Region,man bedenke ,100Jahre her,in dem Buch.H.Hesse schreibt ,ohne zu beschönigen,
ohne zu erniedrigen.
Aus Indien ist aber wenig beschrieben.Mehr Ceylon,Sumatra,ua.,auch die Schiffsreise.
Hin ,hergerissen ist Er wohl.Liebt das Klima,Natur,Farben,Tropen,etc.,aber körperliche Umstände trübten auch seine Reise.
Und zur Regenzeit in Gegenden,die bei Sonnenschein ganz anders sind,für kurz Reisende.Man sieht dann nur diese Seite.
Aber sehr interessantes Buch.Mehr Hermann als Hesse.
Prince Harry - An Engaging Life
Prince Harry - An Engaging Life
This is a short documentary about Prince Harry, his Charitable activities in Lesotho and Invictus Games, and his recent engagement to Meghan Markle. Informative enough but it seems unfinished ... perhaps waiting for his nuptials to update it.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2 Disc Digital Copy Blu-Ray Special E...
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2 Disc Digital Copy Blu-Ray Special E...
This is yet another great film within the entire "Harry Potter" film franchise. The sixth in the series, "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" boasts, as with all of the other films, non-stop action, special effects, drama and last but certainly not least, magic! It picks up immediately in the Department of Mysteries, within the Ministry of Magic, with all cameras blazing, but Harry is not exactly pleased by this response from the press, given that none of them would believe him after he claimed that he witnessed Voldemort's rebirth in the first place. Albus Dumbledore, however, has other suspicions about Voldemort, and Harry must see fit to follow Dumbledore's lead than he would usually do; whatever you may say about Harry, he does get himself into loads of trouble! The level of creepiness and suspense, balanced by good humour and the trials of romance throughout the entire movie is perfect, and for the first time the whole aspect of becoming a Death Eater is explored extremely well with it showing just how hard and horrible a job it is to be such a hard hearted villain for the latest antagonist in the story, and to do the nasty deeds it entails while under immense pressure. One niggle that I have is with the new addition of Mrs. Malfoy, played by Helen Mcrory; for me she is just too easily outshone in her debut role as a "Harry Potter" character when standing next to the likes of Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, so it's a treat to see Mcrory wield a wand and show more fear of and resistance to Voldemort in "The Deathly Hallows" since Mrs Malfoy is as much a favourite character of mine as her sister Bellatrix. Otherwise, I do think that "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" is still a very engaging film. Along with a marvellous Special Features disc that aside from its usual material also includes a moving and insightful documentary entitled "A Year In The Life Of J.K. Rowling", this is pure wizarding entertainment everywhere!
The Wand of Seraphina Picquery with Collector's Box
The Wand of Seraphina Picquery with Collector's Box
Questa è la mia prima bacchetta da animali fantastici ed è veramente stupenda, l’unica cosa è che Noble Collection ha cambiato lo scatolo, infatti non sono più presenti gli ornamenti color oro, è semplicemente rosa come le nuove bacchette rilasciate ma per il resto è perfetta! Consegna in anticipo nonostante il periodo di emergenza sanitaria!
Philips Wall Tap, Extra-Wide Adapter Spaced, Easy Access Design, 3 Prong Outlet, Perfect for Travel, Cube, Black, SPS3002BC/37, 2 Pack
Philips Wall Tap, Extra-Wide Adapter Spaced, Easy Access Design, 3 Prong Outlet, Perfect for Travel, Cube, Black, SPS3002BC/37, 2 Pack
Pros:
✔️ Well built
✔️ Ingenious internal design
✔️ Fun color options
✔️ Attractive

Cons:
❌ Left-side outlet has ground prong on wall side, limiting AC adapter fit
❌ Front outlet + no top/bottom outlets ➡ not good for tight spaces

This wall tap's design is sure to solve problems for a lot of people, but not all: If you're buying this instead of a regular tap with all the outlets in the front, it may be because you're dealing with a tight space (e.g. between a wall and a bed/nightstand) and you can't have plugs perpendicular to the wall. In that scenario, this product won't help because it's actually deeper than a traditional tap and, because it has an outlet in the front and none on the top/bottom, you're left with only two usable receptacles on the sides.

Another nitpick is that the outlet on the left side has its ground prong facing the wall, which greatly limits your options with AC adapters.

Last but not least, this product is very well built and as good-looking as a wall tap could possibly be—kudos to Philips/Jasco for managing to turn such a utilitarian item into something that can be proudly displayed.
Knife EXPORT
Knife EXPORT
Before reading this book I noted that some previous reviewers had not liked it at all, with the main criticism being that it was too contrived and the plot depended upon too many coincidences. So I was immensely pleased to find that, the deeper I read into this book, the more I liked it until, having finished, I consider it to be one of the best pieces of Mr Nesbo's work (possibly the very best!).

My all time favourite detective thriller author is Jeffery Deaver, whose USP is deceiving the reader; or, rather, allowing the reader to deceive themselves through a series of 'false reveals' until, finally, the real villain is unmasked. And it's never who you think it was. Well move over Mr Deaver because The Knife delivers that style superbly. I don't know how Jo Nesbo has done this; to bring this hugely complex interweaving of tales together, relies upon events that happened to familiar characters in much earlier books so either JN has had this plot in mind years ago and has been setting up events band characters over the last few books or he's managed to weave a complex plot from the existing back stories. I don't really care how he's done it; I simply applaud the result.

The 'too many coincidences' complaint does have some foundation in that it brings together a number of characters who have traveled the world, crossed experiences, and then all come together again in Oslo to play out this drama. But, for me, a bit of suspension of disbelief is almost always required in this type of book. That is especially so in a Harry Hole novel where the reader just has to accept that so much happens in the pressure cooker atmosphere of Oslo which, if all of this were true, would be the murder capital of the world. I'm happy to immerse myself in Mr Nesbo's strange world and never more so than with The Knife.

This book is presented in four 'parts'. By the end of Part Two, the reader thinks that it's all over and Part Three must just be an epilogue. Oh no!! Part Three takes the reader off into a whole new direction. And then (a la Deaver) it does it all again as Part Three ends and Part four begins. Even the last few pages of the book leave the reader on a knife edge (no pun intended) but, as it's hard to describe without giving any spoilers, I'll leave it to you to find what I mean.

Thanks Mr Nesbo, this is brilliant stuff.
American Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold
American Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold
I am a great fan of Harry Turtledove books so my comments come with a somewhat bias opinion. Although this is an alternative history predominately relating to the USA, Confederate States of America and Canada I can already see the similarities of the rise of Nazism in Germany and what led to it. The perspective of the series is seen through the individual eyes of the books well developed characters and provides the reader with a detailed insight of how these characters see the same situations but with differing viewpoints. This is but one book in a quite long series and if I were to give any other reader a tip, it would be to read this series in chronological sequence. Although each book I have read so far in the series is, in my humble opinion, a masterpiece and can be read as a one off stand alone story, the full flavour and history of the saga can only be appreciated, as I have previously said, by reading the series in chronological order.
Swords of the Legion (The Videssos Cycle, Book 4)
Swords of the Legion (The Videssos Cycle, Book 4)
Harry Turtledove has said that his life was shaped and molded by reading "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague De Camp. To my mind this first series by the master of alternate history is a time travel book based loosely upon that previous classic. Elements of one of Caesar's legions are transported forward in time to the Byzantine Empire. Only it's not the Byzantine Empire, it's the Videssos Empire in another universe where magic works. Aside from that, it's the Byzantine Empire written by a Byzantine historian. Aside from just surviving, the hero must prevent his new homeland from being overrun by barbarians "Lest Darkness Fall". For this reason I consider this the best time travel series to a fictitious universe ever written, as well as the best series about a Roman Legion. It is a must read for anyone interested in the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, or time travel.
One of the many things which make this series interesting is that the heroes are from Caesar's Rome. Rome is young energetic vibrant and, most of all, expanding at this time. They are transported to the Byzantine/Videssos Empire while it is in a period of decline. (If it were the real Byzantine Empire, it would be the final decline, but we can still hope for a revival of the Videssos Empire.) The decadence brought by a thousand years of Empire is sharply contrasted with the vibrant patriotism of our heroes who remain unknowing that this is the destiny of their empire too.
This isn't just a military book where the legion moves from battle to battle. This is a much more realistic and complete world where the hero is thrust into the middle of court politics, and has to fight to overcome the shear inertia of the Empire's slide towards collapse. The hero spends more time facing corruption, political intrigue, distrustful monarchs, intolerant monks, and tax collectors than he does facing mounted cavalry units.
I don't want to repeat the excellent review about the warfare in this series written by Robert, 12 MAR 99, under "The Misplaced Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 1). I would like to add though, that this is not a series about a general. This is not a David Drake/S.M. Sterling series about Belisarius. As Robert points out, the hero of this series stands in the middle of the battles, and seldom knows more of what's going on than immediately to his left and right. The battles themselves are mostly standup fights where two sides hack at each other. This is really much more realistic though. Most battles, especially in the Roman era, were fought this way. Even though nowadays it seems like every book we read is about Belisarius, brilliant generals with innovative battlefield ideas come along only once in a thousand years or so. Most battles are fought without them.
"The Misplaced Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 1) is followed by "An Emperor for the Legion" (The Videssos Cycle Book, 2), "The Legion of Videssos" (Videssos Cycle, Book 3), and "Swords of the Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 4). There are two prequel series about Videssos. The first is the Tale of Krispos series, beginning with "Krispos Rising." This is actually a two book story, which is excellent, and a third follow on novel which is very good. The other prequel, The Time of Troubles series, begins with "The Stolen Throne". This series is entertaining, but not really as good as the first two series.
Although there are ten other books about Videssos, there can never be enough. And there are only four books about the Misplaced Legion. There needs to be a sequel series not another prequel. Perhaps "Legion of Videssos: Next Generation" where Marcus's son, born and raised in Videssos, can become Emperor, with Dad and his Legion helping out of course. This could lead to a new golden age for Videssos, and maybe even . . .
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
and a fairly brutal one at that: fierce life or death clashes and duels challenging leadership, limbs hacked off, heads sawed off for keepsake trophy with bronze dagger, human burnt sacrifices (foreshadowing wicker man?) are being presented at regular intervals. We are also offered glimpses at the daily lives of fortified Bronze Age settlements (duns) in the south of what millenia later will be known as foggy Albion, inhabited back then by shy Indoeuropean Hunters, Donbaksho farmers (remnants of the Beaker Culture we learn in the afterword), Proto-Celts such as the bellicose, stone axe wielding marauder Yerni tribes (teutas) led by their bullchiefs, and the artisan-merchant Albis.
The simple story takes place between 1473 and 1470 BCE, recounting the arrival of the heroic yet somewhat rash Mycenean prince Ason (a name variant of Iason/Jason), the wise Egyptian architect Inteb, and the loyal, former slave boxer Aias (a cognate of the name Ajax of Illiad fame). Following their escape from the Atlantian capital on the vanished island of Thera (ca. 75 kms from Crete), the three companions suffer shipwreck along the cost of what today is Cornwall, in the vicinity of a tin mine where Ason's uncle Lycos and his men lost their lives in an attack by the Atlantians and their Yerni allies. Aided by the Albi chief's daughter Naikeri, who in no time becomes the concubine of said prince, Ason sets out to restart tin production and avenge his compatriots' demise.
Sadly, I could not relate to the hollow, cardboard characters, although the tall tales of heroism and the Yerni's stomping, boastful demeanor, coupled with their appearance (moustache and hair emulating the tusks and bristles of a boar, achieved by the application of wet mud and white limedust) occasionally made me grin. Also, I grew tired of the unnecessary machoism on parade and the parody of sporadic proto-druids in supporting role. Apparently, the writers had gradually lost interest in endless fight scenes, as they did not even bother to finish describing the ambush on the Atlantian column marching through a forest (chapter 24).
What concerns the last, third phase of the construction of Stonehenge can be found in chapters 20-23 and 26, popularizing co-author Leon E. Stover's (Sinologist by degree) theory according to which the megaliths in that stage were erected as a momument to the unified power of local Proto-Celts. For those interested, he also authored a treatise in tandem with one Bruce Kraig, entitled "Stonehenge and the Origins of Western Culture," Heinemann 1979.

(This review is based on the Hungarian edition published by Excalibur Könyvkiadó in 1998, which was translated from the shorter version of the novel.)
The Chronicles of Narnia - (3-Disc Set) - (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe/Prince Caspian & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader/The Silver Chair)
The Chronicles of Narnia - (3-Disc Set) - (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe/Prince Caspian & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader/The Silver Chair)
I bought this boxset purely for nostalgic reasons, because I really enjoyed the 2005 big budget blockbuster version and wanted to revisit the first one I ever saw. I bought it for myself, but my kids insisted on watching it with me, which I hadn't planned, because I feared it may not have aged well.

Funnily enough, the kids loved it! Yes, they laughed at some of the costumes, and some of the dialogue, but we ended watching all six episodes of TLTWATW in one sitting. It was a little like when I would watch it with my brothers on Sunday afternoons. It's certainly more faithful to the book than the movie was, sometimes to its detriment. When you've seen TIlda SWinton, Barbra Kellerman seems outrageously hammy as The White Witch now. The final battle is essentially Peter and Edmund waving their swords at cartoon sprites. It just doesn't work. No amount of rose tinted nostalgia can mask the fact that the Disney version pretty much trumps this one in every way you can think of. But I still love watching this on rainy days.

Prince Caspian seems really rushed to me. Given that I grew up reading the book, there's just so much they left out. I wish they'd spread out the story rather than cramming it into two episodes, because we don't get to see the character development the books portrayed. Stlll, the children's acting has improved, Miraz is wonderfully villainous, and the final battle is considerably better this time around.

When it comes to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, there is really no comparison between the TV series and the film. This version is superior to the movie, without a shadow of a doubt. Samuel West simply IS the adult Caspian, Eustace Scrubb is as annoying here as he is in the book, Reepicheep is wonderful, and even though I haven't read it in a while, I don't remember spotting anything that had been left out. From the slave markets, to the island of the voices, to the three sleepers, to the dark island, to Goldwater... everything is there, and it's done so well, given the BBC's relatively meager budget. Yes, the dragon looks quite awful now, as does the Sea Serpent. But that was to be expected thirty years on, and it doesn't hurt the story that badly.

The Silver Chair was my favourite book of the series as a boy, and here they've done it justice. It's a six parter, so it doesn't feel rushed or cut in any way. Camilla Power makes for an excellent JIll Pole, and Scrubb is of course far mare likeable. Tom Baker as the dour but stalwart Marsh Wiggle Puddleglum is an interesting casting choice, but it works. Aslan is not very involved in the story, which I think is a good thing - he kept popping up in Dawn Treader! Oh and of course Barbra Kellerman hams it up again, this time as The Lady of the Green Kirtle. I will say the Earthmen look nothing like how I imagined them, though. And Prince Rilian is awfully shouty.

Obviously A Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle never received the adaptation treatment - probably because by the 80's the books may have been considered mildly racist. It's a real shame, because I like both books, as well as The Magician's Nephew, and i think the Beeb could have done something really good with them.

The bonus features are also worth checking out - it's interesting seeing the Pevensie kids all grown up and there's an exhaustive database of nearly every actor in the Chronicles. I never thought I'd be watching these again, yet here I am. Bless the BBC.
Harry Crews, Interview
Harry Crews, Interview
It's always interesting to hear an author's voice for the 1st time after you've read their works over the years. This is a pretty good interview by a female interviewer (!) talking with Crews about writing, the South, his childhood, philosophy, freaks, his "feminine side", his family, whiskey, and other things. Crews came across to me in this interview as a genuinely nice, down-to-earth, intelligent guy. An inside look at a writer's mind for the serious Crews fan. Crews always cuts right through the bs and is almost philosophical.
How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit in 90 Days
How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit in 90 Days
I highly recommend this book to anyone who's involved in managing a nonprofit's social media efforts, whether it's your full-time focus or just one element of your responsibilities. So many nonprofits -- particularly smaller ones -- make choices about their social media programs based on what they think they're "supposed" to be doing rather than what actually makes sense for their organization. In How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit in 90 Days, Julia Campbell lays out a clear, actionable framework for developing a strategic approach to your social media efforts that's actually tied to your organization's unique needs and goals.

If you feel uncertain or overwhelmed by social media, or you're putting in the work but not seeing results, this is the book for you. In my own work I consult with nonprofits on digital communications, including social media -- I would eagerly recommend that any prospective client use this as one of their go-to resources. Add this one to your shelf (real-life or digital), and you'll be certain to return to it frequently. --Brent Merritt
The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
I first saw the Last Alaskans reality series on TV. This book fills in all the details and much, much more. First it is one of the best accounts of how unbelievably difficult it is to LIVE in Alaska's wilderness all year, especially with a family! It's the hazardous and unpredictable weather, difficulty earning money to provide for supplies and transportation, dangerous animals and rivers/terrain and the unpredictable availability of meat and fur. But the most difficult is raising a family there. This true story is the struggle of one man to balance his powerful love for this kind of living off the land vs his love of family and providing the needs of his wife and children. Particularly, the children need contact with people and a good education to enable them to make a choice of how they want to live once on their own. The balancing of sacrifices of adults vs children's needs makes a familiar struggle, although in the extreme here to most families on the grid The author does a great job telling the story in a style that never bores. This story is for dreamers, outdoor couples, adventure lovers, parents, and has much in adventure and food for thought for anyone and everyone! Highly recommended!
Sextech Revolution: The Future of Sexual Wellness
Sextech Revolution: The Future of Sexual Wellness
At a high-level, Barrica does a great job of laying out the problems, perils and potential of the sextech industry.

But the even bigger issue is why this is needed now, and that’s what spoke to me the most—changes and tighter social policies under current political administration aren’t helping people. Abstinence only education, limits on advertising female versus male sex products, and reproductive rights, to name a few.

Barrica shares her knowledge of the issues that people across generations and backgrounds have when it comes to human sexuality. It’s a comprehensive guide that talks about how people struggle with their own sexuality, identity, and intimacy with others. And it provides a call to arms, why people need sex education and it’s not limited to sexual intercourse but about their reproductive organs. Finally, Barrica brings up the importance of having this education as a way of removing stigma and shame from the way we choose to interact with our fellow humans and care for ourselves.
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
JoyCon Controller Charger for Nintendo Switch, Ewaves 4 in 1 Joycon Charging Dock Stand Station for Switch Joy-con Controllers with Charging Indicator and USB Type C Charging Cable (Black)
JoyCon Controller Charger for Nintendo Switch, Ewaves 4 in 1 Joycon Charging Dock Stand Station for Switch Joy-con Controllers with Charging Indicator and USB Type C Charging Cable (Black)
This is, surprisingly, something that my family has raved about. I just wanted to have somewhere for the Switch controllers to sit so they weren't on the sofa, but it's way more than that. The lights are far brighter than they could have been, and it turns into a little piece of glowing red and qreen art in the corner. It was pretty darn cheap, so well done to the manufacturer for doing fun and cheap at the same time. Plus it also just does the job with no problems. You need to buy one. Right now. It's really that good.
Burt's Bees Baby Unisex Baby Sleep & Play, Organic One-Piece Romper-Jumpsuit Pj, Zip Front Footed Pajama
Burt's Bees Baby Unisex Baby Sleep & Play, Organic One-Piece Romper-Jumpsuit Pj, Zip Front Footed Pajama
I have this in three colors and as usual with Burt’s stuff, the quality is all over the place. The squirrel pattern fits great and is snuggly soft. The second is pink with blue flowers and also fits well. The third one, mint with storybook bears, is a mess. One arm and one leg are each about an inch longer than the other side.

On all of them, the fabric is very thin and stretches out super easy. If my baby kicked a lot more when getting dressed, I’d be left with baggy fabric everywhere - which pretty much happens after 20 minutes of wear anyway if we don’t go straight to bed, as she crawls around and the feet stretch behind her when her knees pin the legs down.

I like Burt’s prints and the fabric is soft but the quality control is honestly very bad.

It runs large, but at least unlike their other line of sleepers, the stretchiness means it can fit her arms correctly. I got one other Burt’s sleeper (the ones that start at 12m) and even though it’s a larger size, the sleeves are so tight her arms can’t fit in. She’s 80% percentile 10 months. These sleepers in 6-9 easily fit her.

You really never know what you’re going to get with Burt’s Bees.
Apple iPhone 7 (32GB) - Black
Apple iPhone 7 (32GB) - Black
Redmi phones cameras are great, of course iPhone is better but is the 6 more Redmi phones that I can get for 1 iPhone justifiable for such a difference in price? Well, absolutely yes.
iPhone camera is not just better, it is so much better than comparing them are like comparing a Alto with BMW, yes both have 4 wheels, both have AC, both can run at 100 kmph, but you know the difference.
The high price of iPhone is so justified by the sheer brilliance of camera it has. Sure it is just 12 MP, but the clarity, my o my!
Sure the battery is just about 2600 compared to 3500 of a Redmi, but it lasts longer than a Redmi.
I know I am comparing a low budget phone to a premium one, but there are so many people (I was one of them) who were not able to see the reason behind the steep price of iPhone.
I have been using a MacBook for 10 years and since my work depends on it, I need it, but a phone? Why? It is not a necessity like the laptop, it is just for calling and taking pics occasionally, and I have my SLR for photography.
But I was so wrong, an iPhone is an iPhone. Once you use it, there is no turning back.
My last iPhone was a 4S and then since I love buying phones every 6 months, I shifted to Android (Redmi, Samsung, Honor) to satiate my hunger for new phones. All these phones are superb, no doubt, but once you use the iPhone 7, you know that the difference between these phones and iPhone 6s has got much bigger because of the camera.
And features like Airdrop (100 pics transferred from the phone to Macbook within 4-5 seconds) are so good if you are using both iPhone and Macbook.
Bottom line, iPhone 7 has jumped a big leap from the 6s and the 8 is almost similar. The X is double the price of a 7, so probably all things taken in account, the iPhone 7 is the best value for money among all phones in India
Janasya Indian Tunic Tops Poly Silk Kurti for Women
Janasya Indian Tunic Tops Poly Silk Kurti for Women
Salwar colour is beautiful
Colours aren’t as vibrant as shown.
Material is quite thin but not see through.
I ordered next size based on reviews and it fits perfectly — Thankyou to everyone who did write reviews :)
Three stars because..It’s very expensive considering you wouldn’t spend more than around 600/- in Indian rupees...
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.
Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart, Deluxe Accessory kit, Recipes, Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cook, Sauté, Steamer, Stainless Steel
Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart, Deluxe Accessory kit, Recipes, Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cook, Sauté, Steamer, Stainless Steel
Ok, so I was very skeptical about jumping on the "instant cooker" bandwagon.

With that said, I absolutely love this pressure cooker!

I have used it for a few weeks now and every recipe I have tried came out spot on.

A few things to keep in mind: some recipes will say " meatloaf ready in 10 minutes"... Keep in mind that this not not include prep time, sear time for vegetables, meats etc.

Also this does not take into consideration the time it will take the unit to come up to pressure. Depending on the pressure setting and temperature selected, it can take the unit between 5 and 20 minutes BEFORE the actual "cooking time" starts.

Also to be noted, the pressure release time will also vary based of pressure setting and pressure release method.

Natural method means the unit turns off after cooking, the temperature inside the pot will drop, causing a pressure drop. Once the pot has cooled enough and the pressure dropped enough (I judge this by the little pressure lock valve on top of the pot, once it drops and no steam is coming from the valve, the pot is ready to open) then the lid can be opened.

The other method is the quick release method which means you toggle a manual release vales (very carefully) to let steam (a.k.a. pressure) escapes from the pot. Once no more steam comes from the valve, and the small pressure lock valve drops, you can open the pot.

So the bottom line.

The "cooking" time is in fact reduced for MOST recipes (I'd say 99%) I have looked at.

The end results are amazing, restaurant style food (remember to follow recipes).

Tip: measure and lay out your ingredients in front of you and ready to go. This allows for quick transitions between steps.

Now back to the pot itself. The quality is exactly the same as the famed 'Instant Pot'. The same goes for the accessories included in the bundle.

There are a variety of accessories available to make you pressure cooking experience even better; extra pots and lids for example can save time by being able to prep/cook more than once recipe back to back without having to wash the pot and start the next recipe.

With additional accessories, you can even make cakes, meatloaf, lasagna and countless other meals!

The fact that this pot can also be used as a slow cooker eliminates the need for a seperate appliance for that.

All in all, this pot has quickly become one of my favorite appliances in my kitchen. I plan on acquiring some extra accessories and expand my repertoire of go to recipes.

Definately recommended for anyone who wants to save time and make fail proof meals.
Núm. 1256: Té de frutas orgánico "Naranja afrutada" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 100 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - manzana, hibisco, rosa mosqueta, regaliz, naranja, remolacha
Núm. 1256: Té de frutas orgánico "Naranja afrutada" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 100 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - manzana, hibisco, rosa mosqueta, regaliz, naranja, remolacha
Ich wollte gesunden Biotee für die Kinder haben. Den habe ich wahrscheinlich bekommen. (da ich kein Labor bin, kann ich über mögliche Schadstoffe natürlich nichts sagen)

ABER er ist dermaßen SCHWACH im Geschmack!

Zum Vergleich: Mit nur 1 einzigen TeeBeutelchen herkömmlichen Bio Früchtetee von einem großen deutschen Discounter zaubert man 0,5 bis 0,75 Liter kräftigen Früchtetee.

Für ein vergleichbar kräftiges Ergebnis braucht man von diesem Tee einen Kaffeepott voll Früchtetee (die Tasse als Messbecher genommen, um die Menge zu verabschaulichen) Das übersteigt die Kapazitäten der meisten Teesiebe. Und wie gesagt, ich rede von einer kleinen Teekanne.

Fazit: Man kann ihn trinken, es schmeckt okay. Nachteil: hoher Verbrauch, schwacher Geschmack.

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