Evalyn Phillips

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Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson by Bani Arno Bani. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Confraria / The Brethren
A Confraria / The Brethren
A Confraria / The Brethren by John Grisham. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Midnight Falls
Midnight Falls
Midnight Falls by John Evans. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition)
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition)
Misterio de Salem's Lot (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King and Marta I. Gustavino. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java How To Program, Late Objects (11th Edition)
Java How To Program, Late Objects (11th Edition)
Java How To Program, Late Objects (11th Edition) by Paul J. Deitel and Harvey M. Deitel. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Quickbasic Using Independent Subprograms
Quickbasic Using Independent Subprograms
Quickbasic Using Independent Subprograms by Julia C. Bradley. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
I received this book and I believe it's a great medium to encounter President Xi's Thought. However, as an English-only addition without the original Chinese text I feel it is not as helpful as it could be. For instance, Mao's red book has a side by side Chinese and Englis (or German or Spanish) translation. So this would be helpful especially for people who may be using this book academically, to engage with Chinese-speakers, and for Chinese study. So if the publishers could get in touch with me when a bilingual version comes out, that would be outstanding. Thanks.
Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford (First Edition)
Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford (First Edition)
This review relates to the 1990 1st edition...

Dustjacket blurbage: "Henry Ford was once described as a lazy farm boy who would to go any length to avoid work. The vast and varied enterprises he undertook with earnings from his Model T, however, belie this assessment."

This book explores the many, many endeavours undertaken by Ford -- automotive, philanthropic, in the media, his schemes in social engineering, his education projects, his forays into aviation, mines, lumber, the rubber industry. A fascinating topic. When someone with ambition finds himself with a huge fortune and almost unparalleled power, where does he devote his energies and resources?

This is a well-researched and heavily illustrated book. Bibliographic information appears at the end of each chapter. It covers a lot of ground. At 204 pages, this book doesn't devote a huge amount of energy analyzing Ford's interesting, complicated, and controversial political and social views. But is certainly a novel, well-illustrated, and comprehensive piece of work.

Cloth over hardback boards with dustcover; glossy stock, a sewn binding. About 250 black and white illustrations. Index.
Queen Of Soul
Queen Of Soul
I continue to buy Aretha's greatest hits compilations, I must have about 7 of them now. I already owned the (gorgeous) symphonic album from 2017 but I liked the tracklist of this hits package (60s/70s era only on here) and the sleeve artwork. When it dropped to £6 for black Friday, it had to have it. Her voice never ceases to amaze me. RIP queen of soul
The Faith of Our Fathers
The Faith of Our Fathers
I've read many books on Catholic apologetics from today's authors (i.e. Keating, Hahn, Madrid, Johnson, etc.), and though those authors are excellent in their own regard, I think that this 130 year old classic is the finest for anyone just starting out in Catholic apologetics or just wanting to know what Catholics really believe. It's straight-forward, easy to read, uninsulting, and accurate. And after 130 years, the truths it teaches about Catholicism have not changed. Sure, there are a few brief mentions of historial issues (European governments) and the Mass in Latin which are dated, but the core Catholic beliefs he describes have not changed--not just from 1876 but from the time of the Apostles.

Cardinal Gibbons honestly and frankly describes what the Church believes and teaches. His language is very thoughtful, heartfelt, logical, and inclusive of scripture and references. Plus, since Cardinal Gibbons based the content on lectures and discourses with mixed Catholic/Protestant congregations in rural, protestant North Carolina and Virginia, his approach is very accommodating and non-offensive.

If you want to know what the Catholic Church REALLY teaches...AND what Catholics REALLY believe, this is the first book you should pick up. I would feel comfortable lending this book to ANYONE who wants to know more about Catholicism or wants to strengthen or defend their Catholic faith.
Marvel Boys Captain America Shield Backpack
Marvel Boys Captain America Shield Backpack
The quality of the backpack seems really nice but we just opened up the box today after it was delivered. But the backpack doesn't fit a folder inside of it and my sons school sends home a folder of their work everyday so for the price of this backpack I'm very disappointed it doesn't fit a folder. We haven't even owned it for 20 minutes and I have already started a return process and UPS is picking it up tomorrow so we can get a refund and hopefully find another backpack my 3 year old loves just as much.
I would recommend this backpack for under 4 years of age for just fun use or for an over night bag but I don't recommend it for school.
X-MEN: EVOLUTION Season 1
X-MEN: EVOLUTION Season 1
Do you refer to all of the X-Men (including Wolverine) by their full names instead of their code names? Do you reassure yourself that the discrepancies between various versions can be explained by invoking alternate timelines? Do you while away boring tasks by mentally assembling teams with synergistic combinations of mutant powers? Can you use the expression "oh my stars and garters" with a straight face?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above, you should buy X-Men: Evolution Season 1. If, instead, you rolled your eyes in disgust and assumed I was joking, you should probably pass on it.

The first season is exactly what one would expect of an X-Men take-off targeted at the Saturday morning cartoon crowd. Major characters are accounted for, but the intellectual elements are missing, or at least obscured by the saccharine "feel-good" tone of the show. Like all things X-Men related, the stories are character driven. However, relying heavily on tired high school clichés, they have all the emotional depth of a Hallmark greeting card.

The scenario has teenage versions of Jean, Scott, Kitty, Kurt, Evan, and Rogue (ok, even I don't know her real name) attending high school with several members of the Brotherhood. Clearly, this must be some alternate timeline because otherwise serious liberty has been taken with the biographies of some major characters.

Despite the dubious tutelage of principal Raven Darkholme (a.k.a. Mystique), the young mutants learn that its important to know who your true friends are, home is where the heart is, your family is all those who love you, and teamwork should come before rivalry. Professor Xavier and his fellow faculty members, Ororo and Logan, exchange kids-will-be-kids looks and all is well with the world.

The central theme of mutants as a metaphor for various oppressed groups does not come into play, as the story assumes mankind is unaware of the existence of mutant abilities. However, those lovable teenage misfits in the Brotherhood make enough trouble to keep the X-Kids busy and make the series enjoyable. If you shudder at the idea of supervillians so adorable you just want to tousle their hair and pinch their cheeks, let me reassure you that the cuteness does have a limit; the major antagonists are taken seriously and represented as adults. You won't see the master of magnetism wielding his powers to steal road signs, or a teenage Mystique banishing a pimple with her shape shifting ability.

In all fairness, the aspects of the first season which so disappoint the basement-dwelling thirty-somethings make it perfect for children. The episodes generally stand on their own, requiring little or no effort to follow. Morality is fairly black-and-white and happy endings are the norm. There is a final confrontation at the end, but little was done to lead up to it. Don't expect to be dazzled (or challenged) with creative plot twists.

For adult fans, the greatest strength of the X-Men: Evolution series is the writers' uncanny talent for putting the characters' powers to use in amazing combinations. For example, in the first season, you'll see Nightcrawler and Shadowcat making synergistic use of their abilities. I personally found this rather refreshing, as I have often postulated (during a boring commute) that Kurt and Kitty would make an astounding team. Evolution is one of the few incarnations of the X-Men where power-related plot holes are difficult to find. Unlike many science fiction creators, the Evolution writers clearly define the "rules" of their universe and play by them consistently. These subtle indications of genius foreshadow what is to come in later in the series.

Considered in isolation, the first season is mediocre and rates three stars. I was tempted to give it four simply because of the inherent sentimental value in seeing my favorite superheroes (and a few villains) as adorable animated adolescents. The main reason for the die-hard fan to purchase season one, however, is the expectation of what is to come. The humor, intrigue and drama of the later seasons build upon the characters and relationships established in the first episodes, so if you intend to watch the series it is best to get in at the beginning.

And no fan should go without seeing the rest of the series. In the second season, X-Men: Evolution, like its protagonists, undergoes a rapid and dramatic transition from an immature, simplistic form to a thing of awesome and unlimited potential. The contrast is enough to elicit and exclamation of "oh my stars and garters".
Darkfall
Darkfall
Koontz is hit or miss for me. This one is a miss.

The story feels dated and the writing predictable, simplistic and cliche. It must be one if koontz's earlier works.

The characters are cliched in appearance, actions and vocabulary. This makes them simple, boring and incredibly predictable in an already extremely predictable plot. Our hero(s) are beautiful and flawless both in appearance, integrity and avtion even when they aren't, even when they do something questionable, they are written as if they are shining examples of humanity.

For a very glaring example, our main character hero, single father policeman, doesn't do anything when his children are threatened if he doesn't "back off". He gets a call threatening horrible torture and death to his children if he doesn't stop investigating. Does he call his kids or the relative they are staying with? No. Does he go to them? No. Does he call the police? No. He goes to work. He tells his boss who offers to take him off the case. He refuses. Does he call his kids then? No. Does he request police protection? No. Does he even request a policeman to check on them? No. He decides that since they are at a relative's house, they are safe. And so does nothing except continue investigating. WHAT?? How is this logical? How can he possibly believe they are safe without even calling someone? Then, he is done at work. He THINKS about going to his kids. DEBATES where to go. Does he go to his kids? No. He goes to his lover's house. Oh, yeah, and there is a horrible snow storm going on that has resulted in abandoned cars on the roads. He has not once called to inquire yo hid children's safety. I found this ansolutely redicilous. I can't stand when writers include children as some plot device to give our hero (supposedly) something to agonize over, to be threatened for the purposes of (attempting and failing) to create suspence and cruelty, include children with such an utter lack of reality, real responsibility or realistic emotional involvment, actions or reactions. This plot device in Darkfall read as silly to me, and had the opposite effect as intended. This is a big example of what the whole book suffered from. Characters either existed in a non-reality only to stretch logic and normalcy to further the struggling plot or characters reacted in inhuman/uncharacteristic ways to further the same simplistic and laboring plot.

However, Koontz has always had a way with words, often poetic, and his descriptions can be vivid and fantasic. The bad guys, though over the top in the case of Darkfall, seem truly evil. And I enjoy how he writes children, and Darkfall is no exception. The book was interesting enough that I finished it, but it will be going to the Goodwill and will not become a part of my library.
COWA!
COWA!
Akira Toriyama is a mangaka well-known for creating best-selling manga series “Dr. Slump” and the “Dragon Ball”/”Dragon Ball Z” series. And also for his artwork on video games such as the “Dragon Quest” and “Tobal” series.

But while his longer series is well-know in the United States, for many people, they are unaware of his shorter manga series.

Having created one-shots and shorter stories since the late ’70s, one of Toriyama’s 1997 short series “Cowa!” will now being released in the U.S. courtesy of Viz Media.

Having suffered from an arm injury in 1997, Toriyama was unsure if he would work on a manga again. Knowing he could not work on a long series, he began working on “Cowa!”, a 14-chapter short series serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump.

“Cowa!” is a series that revolves around young monsters living in Batwing Ridge. While humans and monsters do co-exist, both avoid each other.

The series focuses on a young half-vampire and half-werekoala named Paifu. While a bit mischievous, Paifu has good heart and he often hangs out with his friend Jose Rodriguez (a shapeshifting ghost). Both are night creatures and they attend school during the night.

One day, Paifu wants to see something scary, so he takes Jose to the Redfox Coast to see a human killer. It turns out to be Mr. Maruyama, the former champion sumo wrestler. And while on Maruyama’s raft, when Maruyama tries to make a cross with twigs, he finds out that Paifu will turn to a wild, tall, werekoala and the only way to bring him back is to show him something round.

But Maruyama explains to the children that the death he caused was throwing an opponent out of the ring and the person landed wrong and died. Disgraced from what happened, Maruyama left to Batwing Ridge to get away from everyone.

The following morning, Paifu goes to the homes of his friends, to find out that everyone is suffering from a monster flue and if not treated, the monsters will die in a month.

The only cure is medicine made by the witch of Horned-Owl Mountain in the west, 750 miles away. But with all of the town nearly sick, they need someone strong to take them to the Horned-Owl Mountain, so Paifu asks Maruyama to take them. Maruyama agrees if he is paid $10,000, so he can buy a new boat and Paifu lies and tells him that the town will do it.

So, Paifu, along with Jose and his rival Arpon go along with Maruyama to get medicine for the town.

But are these young monsters ready to venture out into a new world, full of humans, bad people and also bad monsters?

JUDGMENT CALL:

Akira Toriyama may not be known in the U.S. for writing children’s manga, the fact is that “Dr. Slump” and “Dragon Ball” were based on the life or adventure of child characters. Granted, Arale of “Dr. Slump” is a robot and Goku of “Dragon Ball” is often engaged in fights and battles, but “Cowa!” is not more about the fighting (as there is some action featured) but more about teamwork, friendship and these four individuals trying to do what’s necessary to save the people of the village.

The character designs do not resemble other works of Akira Toriyama but the fact that Toriyama managed to create something new and different was quite refreshing.

If anything, the series is upbeat and fun and while about monsters, it’s not scary nor is it too violent. And most importantly, the manga is rated for “All Ages”. But for parents wanting to know if there is violence, there are scenes when bad guys try to take land from a family that Paifu and the others are visiting. And to protect them, Paifu and Maruyama take on the badguys. There is no depiction of people getting smacked around or getting roughed up badly. But there are mild action moments throughout this graphic novel.

The overall manga is a quick read that readers will probably finish with an hour. But the story is quite enjoyable that I would love to see Akira Toriyam revisit “Cowa!” again.

If you are looking for a lighthearted manga that both young and old can enjoy, “Cowa!” by “Dragon Ball” and “Dr. Slump” creator Akira Toriyama is recommended!
Gehiemakte R. - bk978
Gehiemakte R. - bk978
sehr spannendes Buch, wirkte manchmal fast wie aus dem aktuellen Geschehen.
Leider ist die Voraussage der Verkäufer eingetroffen: Ich mußte die ganze Nacht durchschökern bis zum Schluß ;-)
Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament
Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament
Perfect condition, I usually get small nicks on the spine or a small bend in the cover (those drive me crazy) but this book came to me shiny, unharmed. A true hot of the press condition.
5 stars.

If you believe it!
Naruto! Naruto!
Believe it! Believe it!
Here I am with my Ninja Clan!
Ninja Clan, here we stand!
Naruto, I'm on my way,
Naruto, I'll be okay!
Getting ready to fight on set!
Come on best friends by my side!
Sasuke, is really cool!
Sakura, the beautiful! f you believe it!
Naruto! Naruto!
Believe it! Believe it!
Here I am with my Ninja Clan!
Ninja Clan, here we stand!
Naruto, I'm on my way,
Naruto, I'll be okay!
Getting ready to fight on set!
Come on best friends by my side!
Sasuke, is really cool!
Sakura, the beautiful!
Devil's Gate (NUMA Files series Book 9)
Devil's Gate (NUMA Files series Book 9)
In 1951, a Lockheed Constellation airliner disappears with a mysterious Russian Cargo. Sixty years later, a scientist familiar with the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, fakes his own kidnapping. Finally, a rogue African dictator named Djmenna Garand has his sights set on world domination. All of this seems ripe for an adventure, and Kurt Austin, along with sidekick Joe Zavala, are about to be thrust straight into the breech.

Garand, tiring of having his country looked at as second-rate, is developing a super-weapon of tremendous power. With the threat of this weapon, Garand plans to extort all of the world's major nations, while threatening to destroy their largest cities. With the help of Alexander Cochrane, the scientist who faked his own kidnapping, Garand sets about constructing this weapon of terror.

In the meantime, a graveyard of ships and aircraft has been discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. Curiously, a large magnetic force is also coming from this place. Intrigued, many scientists from around the world have come to investigate. But, Garand is waiting for them and soon, he has captured many of the scientists and forced them to work on his super-weapon. But, Austin, Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA crew are on to Garand and his plan. Will Austin be able to stop Garand and his weapon before it's too late?

I found "Devil's Gate" to be an excellent book. Kurt Austin is Cussler's prototypical hero-type character, and it's easy to root for him. His secondary characters, including Russian athlete-turned-scientist/spy Katarina Luskaya, the husband-and-wife team of Paul and Gamay Trout, and Garand's enforcer Andras "the knife" are all well-developed and add to the excitement of the story. The story itself is well-conceived, and is loaded with action from the very start. Fans of good action/adventure stories will want to read "Devil's Gate". Highly recommended.
SEAL's Deliverance (Take No Prisoners Book 9)
SEAL's Deliverance (Take No Prisoners Book 9)
Elle James – Seals Deliverance - (Take No Prisoners – Book 9)

A great installment to the Series and a Cross Over with Hank “Montana” Patterson who owns the Brotherhood Protector. Raymond “Sting Ray” Thompson is from Eagle Rock, Montana and terrorists has gone after his uncle that raised him intent on release of a deadly virus.
Lilly Parker from the Center for Disease Control is visiting her brother, Tate “Bear” Parker, former Delta-Force soldier, and now with the Brotherhood Protector. The Brotherhood Protectors, Navy Seals and Lilly Parker must conduct a covert investigation.

Raymond and Lilly is battling the strong chemistry that is off the charts while keeping focused on finding the source and find out if the community is at high risk. Ray is determined not to get involved because he was going back to the navy when this was over. When they gave into their HOT HOT Passion Ray was rethinking his position.

Don’t miss this installment.
Die Wächter: Camel Club 1
Die Wächter: Camel Club 1
Mein erstes Buch von Baldacci. Ich habe lange zwischen 3 und vier Sternen geschwankt, mich aber für Ersteres entschieden, da ich mich zu mehr nicht hab hinreißen lassen.

Grob geht es um den Camel Club, bestehend aus vier Mitgliedern: Oliver, Milton, Reuben und Caleb. Alle vier treffen sich wöchentlich, um über aktuelle Vorkommnisse auf Regierungsebene zu diskutieren. Bei einem dieser Treffen werden sie Zeuge des Mordes an einen Mitarbeiter des NIC. Dabei werden sie selbst entdeckt, und da sie befürchten, dass sie von nun an auf der Abschussliste stehen, hängen sie sich selbst an die Auflösung des Falls. Nebenbei gerät auch Alex Ford, Secret-Service-Agent, mitten ins Geschehen, als er an dem Fall ermitteln soll.
Alle Ereignisse die geschehen, von dem Mord bis hin zu kleineren Vorbereitungen in einer kleinen Stadt namens Brennan, zielen auf einen Plan hinaus, der die Welt verändern soll und direkt mit dem Präsidenten zusammenhängt. Am Ende hängt das Schicksal der ganzen Welt vom Erfolg vom Camel Club und Alex Ford ab.

David Baldacci versteht es zu schreiben und weiß es die verschiedenen Handelsstränge sinnvoll miteinander zu verweben. Dies ist schon eine Kunst, da er zwischen vielen Handlungen hin und her springt. Auch sind die Charaktere gut beschrieben und einige schließt man schnell ins Herz.
Doch anders als bei anderen Romanen dieses Formats, hat es über 300 Seiten gedauert, bis ich das Gefühl hatte 'ich muss unbedingt weiterlesen!!'. Und dieses Gefühl hat auch nicht lange gedauert. Den Showdown, obwohl ein ungleicher Kampf zwischen mehreren Einheiten, fand ich ziemlich langweilig und hat nicht zum Lesegenuss beigetragen.
Auch habe ich nicht so ganz den eigentlichen Plan von Hemingway verstanden oder den Einsatz der Nordkoreaner (vielleicht sind Letztere ja Teil des nächsten Romans, ich weiß es nicht). Auch, dass Carter Gray so plötzlich sein Vorhaben in der Mördergrube änderte, konnte ich nicht so ganz nachvollziehen.
Der Konflikt zwischen dem Nahen Osten und den USA wird dagegen hervorragend ausgearbeitet. Das hat mir sehr gefallen.

Alles in allem in erster Linie etwas, der auf Verschwörungstheorien steht.
Robin Cook: Principles and Power
Robin Cook: Principles and Power
Review by Professor Robert (Bob) A. Sharp OBE, Virginia –"Robin Cook: Principles and Power” is a must read for scholars, practitioners and “laypeople” alike. It provides a ring-side seat into the sense and sensibility dilemas of British Foreign Secretary the late Robin Cook during the early and challenging Blair years as he worked with his Press Secretary John Williams and dealt with Sandline International, Kosovo and Sierra Leone, to mention but a few. William’s golden pen is cast expertly across energetic chapters which ooze eloquent prose like honey and vividly illuminate Cook’s personal and professional life. It is a compelling case study of two men’s close relationship as one advised and spoke truth to power and the other wrestled internally and externally to do the right thing. As such it is the sort of book press people must read and press secretaries will wish they had read. It is a significant contribution to the literature about how Cook utilized information in support of government outcomes and it should be included in strategic communication (media) research and academic study, and considered a handbook of lessons to be learned.
100 Pack Assorted Color Balloons, 12 Inches Rainbow Colorful Balloons Premium Latex Balloons Multi Color Party Balloon Arch
100 Pack Assorted Color Balloons, 12 Inches Rainbow Colorful Balloons Premium Latex Balloons Multi Color Party Balloon Arch
Bought these for my son’s social-distancing birthday party last week where people walked through to the backyard to say hi, grab some treats, and left through the other gate. To help people better see where they should enter, I blew up a few balloons that matched our party colors. They were very easy to blow up on an electric balloon pump, and the bag was full of different colors. I blew up a few extra and my son loved crawling after the balloons in our living room as well. After one week, the balloons inside the house are still in great shape and have deflated only slightly (see the orange balloon in the picture for reference). The reason for docking one star is because I expected these balloons to be very vibrant like the pictures, but they have a more muted color and pearl shine to them. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not what I was expecting and not what I was going for in terms of decor. It wasn’t a huge deal, and as you can see from the picture, the balloons were still decently colored. But just an FYI for those of you looking for brightly colored balloons.
Celestial Silk 100% Silk Pillowcase for Hair Zippered Luxury 25 Momme Mulberry Silk Charmeuse Silk on Both Sides of Cover -Gift Wrapped- (Standard, Navy Blue)
Celestial Silk 100% Silk Pillowcase for Hair Zippered Luxury 25 Momme Mulberry Silk Charmeuse Silk on Both Sides of Cover -Gift Wrapped- (Standard, Navy Blue)
I understand a lot of people don’t think this is real silk because the texture changes after the first wash. However, there is a proper way to take care of it that restores its initial super soft and silky texture.

1) Wash it inside out and zip it part way so it can’t flip in the wash. The silky side should only brush against itself in the wash. This is on top of following the manufacturer’s directions of cold water delicate cycle and delicate detergent.

2) Hang to dry. I don’t care if you dryer has an air dry setting. Just hang it. It’ll be dry in like 2 hours on a cold day with no sunlight and in half an hour on a warm day with plenty of sun.

3) Iron it inside out. This is the most important step, this is was makes it soft again. Use the silk or low setting on your iron. Don’t steam it, the heat is too high and will cause damage over time.

The key with maintenance is to be gentle. If you throw it in with your regular wash, use the wrong detergent, and put it in the dryer it’ll have holes in it within a year.

I’ve have mine for three years and it’s made a noticeable difference in my skin and hair. My skin is dry and sensitive and with this pillowcase I don’t wake up with dry patches around my chin and mouth anymore. My hair is less frizzy and greasy too and doesn’t break as easily as before. This is definitely worth the money but you do need to take the time to properly take care of it once a week.
Wireless Charger,3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station,Qi Fast Charging Stand Dock for Apple Watch Series,AirPods,iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max X XR XS 8 Plus with QC 3.0 Adapter by Alpharan (Black)
Wireless Charger,3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station,Qi Fast Charging Stand Dock for Apple Watch Series,AirPods,iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max X XR XS 8 Plus with QC 3.0 Adapter by Alpharan (Black)
It is the best apple wireless charging station I have found. It’s compact but could charge 3 devices at the same time. so I can charge my iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 6 and AirPods 2 Simultaneously.

The best part I like is that the lights will go off after several seconds so it is perfect for the night stand. It is good for my sleeping. Oh, the other key point is that I can charge my iPhone and Apple Watch with case, no need to take them off. It’s so convenient.

All in one, I love this 3 in 1 wireless charging station so much.
De'Longhi Primadonna S Evo ECAM 510.55.M Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchsystem, Cappuccino und Espresso auf Knopfdruck, 2,8 Zoll Touchscreen Display und App-Steuerung, Edelstahlgehäuse, silber
De'Longhi Primadonna S Evo ECAM 510.55.M Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchsystem, Cappuccino und Espresso auf Knopfdruck, 2,8 Zoll Touchscreen Display und App-Steuerung, Edelstahlgehäuse, silber
I did a lot of research into midrange bean-to-cup machines and eventually settled on this one, being convinced by the praise for customisability and value for money given. My Gaggia Brera was a lovely little machine but unfortunately died after about 5 years.

The DeLonghi looked great initially once I'd figured out how to get the grind I wanted and produces a decent espresso. I would like to be able to set the DEFAULT espresso strength rather than adding "my" espresso, but I am not sure if that is possible - it might be.

My main problem with this machine is the milk. My Gaggia required manual milk steaming every time and I was looking forward to being able to click "latte" and walk away. Unfortunately the DeLonghi has a preset milk temperature that cannot be changed, somewhere around 55 degrees. I don't know about you but I like a hot drink, more like 70 degrees plus. I contacted their support team who told me I was a fool for wanting a hotter drink and that milk was best at their lukewarm preset. At £700 I would like to be able to set the temperature of my milk!

Never mind, I would use the steamer. And here is problem number 2. The steamer introduces so much froth I end up with a jug which is one third hot milk and 2 thirds sea foam. Not good! Milk made via the carafe has foam settings but there is no way to adjust this via the steamer. Additionally I have yet to be able to steam my milk in one go as the steam attachment pops off every 30 seconds or so.

Edit: I sent the machine to Delonghi for them to fix the steamer-popping-off thing. The first time I sent it they said "there is nothing wrong with this machine" and the second time I sent it they admitted there was a problem and sent me a new machine. So credit to them for that. Unfortunately machine #2 also has the popping-off issue so this looks like a design flaw - but happy to report less foaming with this one so that seems to be a machine-specific problem at least. Milk temperature remains tepid. /end of edit

I really wish I had gone for another Brera - however my other half likes coffee the temperature of bathwater and is happy to use the milk carafe to make his drinks so here we are.

Without involving milk this machine does make good espressos and longs, but if you're wanting good milk then look elsewhere.
Linsoul - KZ ZS10 Pro, 4BA+1DD, con 5 controladores, auriculares de metal de alta fidelidad con placa frontal de acero inoxidable, cable desmontable de 2 terminales
Linsoul - KZ ZS10 Pro, 4BA+1DD, con 5 controladores, auriculares de metal de alta fidelidad con placa frontal de acero inoxidable, cable desmontable de 2 terminales
While I’ve questioned the design of some previous KZ models with ZS10 pro they went for their own original look and they did a fantastic job! Right out of the box the earpieces look dope. Box, packaging and accessories are simple but who cares about that. The polished mirror-like stainless steel plates are super cool and there’s a little bit of heft to them which I like. Solid build quality overall for the price. Size is significantly smaller than ZS6 or AS10 and fit for my ears is way better. Even my girlfriend who according to her “has the smallest ears in the world” managed to get a good fit. Cable is the typical 2 pin for KZ, nothing too exciting but this iem is definitely getting a nice aftermarket cable since is quickly becoming my favorite budget earphone in my collection. And it’s all because of the sound:
The tuning of the ZS10 pro is a mildly V shaped. I expected the dual dynamic driver to provide a good slam in the lower frequencies and I wasn’t disappointed. Bass is good! It hits hard but remains controlled. It makes edm, hip hop and pretty much most of modern genres sound fun. It might lack a little bit of the resolution of a balanced armature driver (AS10 for comparison) but it has better extension in the sub bass and more energy overall. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Old thing back” puts a smile on my face listening with ZS10 pros. “Royals” by Lorde - another song with good bass that this iem plays right.
I was listening “A kiss to build a dream on” by Amber Rubarth” and comparing back and fourth to my 10X more expensive 8 BA Fearless Audio set I was surprised how well the KZ held its own. Sounds stage was open and natural and while the midds (her voice and acoustic instruments) were lacking a little resolution compared to the much more expensive one the tonality sounded right and her voice was still emotional and nuanced.
But the biggest improvement for me from other KZs on this set is the treble area. ZS10 pro is tuned for more relaxed listening with the highs rolled off where it counts. No sibilance with female voices and retaining nice resolution.
To put it simply at the moment this is the best model that KZ has made yet. Excellent build quality combined with very pleasing, open and relaxed playback makes ZS10 a great budget all-arounder with value that is hard to beat
Additional thoughts: for everyone who likes their ZS10 pro but wants a better cable, Linsoul offers an upgrade- Tripowin C8 cable with QDC connectors
Pokemon Battle Figure Multi 8 Pack, Featuring 2" Cyndaquil, 2" Chikorita, 2" Totodile, 2" Pikachu, 2" Eevee, 2" Ditto, 3" Haunter, 3" Marowak Battle Pack Toys, Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Pokemon Battle Figure Multi 8 Pack, Featuring 2" Cyndaquil, 2" Chikorita, 2" Totodile, 2" Pikachu, 2" Eevee, 2" Ditto, 3" Haunter, 3" Marowak Battle Pack Toys, Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Love this set of Pokémon figures. A great price for the variety and number of characters. Haunter is a little disappointing. I understood when purchasing that there would be a plastic piece holding the hands and body together, but the head barely stays in place and is constantly popping off despite gentle play. Probably gonna try super glue to keep it in place, but overall I would buy again because it’s a great variety of figures we don’t own (besides pikachu 😉)

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