Felix Rivera

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Mastering Oracle GoldenGate
Mastering Oracle GoldenGate
Mastering Oracle GoldenGate by Ravinder Gupta. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance
The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance
The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance by Beth Reekles. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 121 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Alles wird gut
Alles wird gut
Alles wird gut by u.v.a. Nicholas Sparks, Mary Higgins Clark, Amelie Fried. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Beginning Java Programming
Beginning Java Programming
Beginning Java Programming by Iducate Learning Technologies. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
WordPress Complete - Sixth Edition
WordPress Complete - Sixth Edition
WordPress Complete - Sixth Edition by Karol Krol. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ORACLE SQL AND PL/SQL
DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ORACLE SQL AND PL/SQL
DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ORACLE SQL AND PL/SQL by PRANAB KUMAR DAS GUPTA and P. RADHA KRISHNA. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
iOS 11 by Tutorials: Learning the new iOS APIs with Swift 4
iOS 11 by Tutorials: Learning the new iOS APIs with Swift 4
iOS 11 by Tutorials: Learning the new iOS APIs with Swift 4 by raywenderlich.com Team, Jawwad Ahmad, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
Diane Ravitch’s book is a powerful weapon describing the fight between David, representing the resistors—the advocates of public schools, and the corporate Goliath, the disruptors—advocates of privatized education. I’ve learned a lot from this beautifully written and engaging discussion about the rise and fall of the disruptors and hopeful victory of the resistors. But I missed a satisfactory explanation of the underlying cause of this struggle.

In telling this story Diane Ravitch rightly points out: 1) that the root cause of low performing schools is poverty, and 2) unlike the earlier rich who wanted to reform and improve the public schools, the new wealthy disruptors (Goliaths) don’t trust the public sector which includes “government schools” and they don’t trust local control, so they use philanthropy and the promotion of charter schools as devices to control under the guise of helping and 3) for the disruptors profits are more important than students.

In addition to the above three points Ravitch poses, what I believe the central question of the book on page 140 “Why were the billionaires so eager to open charter schools whose results were not different from those of public schools and for which there was very little demand? Why not put their millions into fighting for better funding for public schools, where the vast majority of students are?” but she never really answers her question. Instead, she left me with inciteful stories of the fight between David and Goliath. I was hoping for an answer that also pointed to the underlying cause of the battle—the economy.

What’s missing in this analysis is the sinister C-word (capitalism) the privatizing, isolating, profit-maximizing engine and creator of vast inequality that sets the stage for the battle between Goliath and David. We need a chapter on the relationship between capitalism and public education. Despite the excellent stories “Slaying Goliath” in uncritically accepting capitalism as the norm will only propose reforms that will eventually fail as did the new deal.

By approaching problems with schooling through an analysis of capitalism resistors will be able to act more effectively in their battle with Goliath, for they will see: 1) where poverty comes from (the class struggle and growing inequality) and 2) how Goliath, in his frenzy for profit and growth considers schooling to be a training ground for compliant workers and consumers 3) why Goliath has grown so powerful and can influence education, the economy, and government through lobbying and control of the media.
Elon Musk: El empresario que anticipa el futuro (Spanish Edition)
Elon Musk: El empresario que anticipa el futuro (Spanish Edition)
Sabía que este libro no me defraudaría ya que normalmente hay dos tipos de biografías, las que el autor y el protagonista ni se conocen, y esta, como la de Walter Isaacson a Steve Jobs, en la cual el protagonista revisa pero no modifica nada de lo escrito y aporta sus historias junto al resto de entrevistas/testimonios.
La vida de Elon es brutal, impresionante, veloz, un "todo al 15 rojo" pero dejando poco al azar,...una pasada vamos.
Esta biografía podrá ampliarse dentro de 10 años, y seguirá siendo todavía más impresionante.
Un libro que por supuesto lo lees y piensas que ¿Cómo puede existir gente así en el mismo mundo el que yo vivo?

Ultra-recomendable! :D
Richard Branson: A Biography
Richard Branson: A Biography
This story of Richard Branson is well narrated and interesting to listen to. I enjoyed learning how Richard Branson overcame many difficulties in his life and also learned from his many mistakes to become a well-respected personality known for his business acumen and personal drive on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the world.

My only suggestion for the author would be to have written an even longer book which might consist of stories of a number of well-known (or even not so well-known) people from whom we might get inspiration and ideas. I loved this audio book although it was very short.

I was given this free audiobook at my own request and have voluntarily left this review.
Steve Jobs, Richard Branson et Jack Welch : les leçons incontournables de trois patrons emblématiques: Edition spéciale : management et entrepreunariat (French Edition)
Steve Jobs, Richard Branson et Jack Welch : les leçons incontournables de trois patrons emblématiques: Edition spéciale : management et entrepreunariat (French Edition)
Steve Jobs, Richard Branson et Jack Welch : les leçons incontournables de trois patrons emblématiques: Edition spéciale : management et entrepreunariat (French Edition) by Allan K. Thomas, Des Dearlove, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Winners Aren't Losers - Donald Trump Paperback
Winners Aren't Losers - Donald Trump Paperback
I liked the book because I thought it was cute how Our Now President Trump was making fun of himself and sharing some wisdom. When I found out Jimmy Kimmel wrote the book, it doesn’t read the same, now to me it seems like Jimmy Kimmel was making fun of Trump. To each his own, but wanted people to know that Donald Trump did not write this book. That’s why 3 stars only.
Aretha Franklin - Greatest Hits: 1980-1994
Aretha Franklin - Greatest Hits: 1980-1994
Aretha Franklin est toujours dotée de sa voix exceptionnelle que l’on retrouve ici principalement sur des morceaux de soul ou légèrement disco.
Ce « Greatest hits » a été notamment classé en 1994 en Grande Bretagne (#27 UK), on y retrouve 10 hits UK-US dont 9 hits UK sur 13 et 8 hits US sur 10 pour la période annoncée. Il est peu compréhensible qu’il manque 4 hits UK et 2 hits US sinon que ce sont souvent des duos. Enfin les principaux y sont :
- « Freeway of love » (#03 US) en juillet 1985 puis (#51 UK) en mai 1986,
- « I knew you were waiting for me » (#01 UK) en février 1987 puis (#01 US) en avril,
- « Jump to it » (#24 US - #42 UK) en octobre 1982,
- « Willing to forgive » (#26 US) en juillet 1994,
- « Who’s zoomin’ who » (#07 US - #11 UK) en décembre 1985,
- « A deeper love » (#05 UK) en mars 1994,
- « Get it right » (#74 UK) en 1983,
- « Another night » (#22 US - #54 UK) en mars 1986,
- « Jimmy Lee » (#28 US - #46 UK) en février 1987,
- « Jumpin’ Jack Flash » (#21 US - #58 UK) en novembre 1986.

On retrouve une bonne reprise de son succès antérieur indémodable « You make me feel (Like a natural woman) » suivi de l’excellent slow « I dreamed a dream ». Sa version de « Jumpin’ Jack Flash » est aussi bonne mais ne vaut tout de même pas l’original.
At Budokan
At Budokan
This 2CD set part of a 2014 Japanese remaster series of 14 Bob Dylan albums using Sony's proprietary Blu-Spec 2 process.* In true Japanese fashion it's packaged in a gate-fold cardboard replica of the original glossy album sleeve including a replica of the original lyric booklet in English and Japanese and the original poster. The album sounds fantastic, the best since the original Japanese vinyl back in 1978. Beating CHEAP TRICK to the punch by a month, Bob Dylan, with a crack band full of ringers, brought his road show to Tokyo's Nippon Budokan stadium for two nights, the sets a virtual retrospective of his best known compositions. Supposedly the Japanese promoter gave Bob's manager a list of songs he wanted performed, with no jamming or experimental material aloud, just the hits and nothing but. I guess the $$$ was good enough for Dylan to acquiesce. This is another of Bob's "love it or hate it" releases due to the fact that all the songs are presented in somewhat radically different arrangements backed by a slick turn-on-a-dime band with female backing vocals, not unlike the kind of show Elvis put on during his Lost Vegas years, except instead James Burton's wailing guitar we get Steve Douglas' wailing sax solos. Me? I think it's great to hear ole Zimmy play the crooner for a change, although when I REALLY want to hear some of these tunes I reach back for the original versions. The album made #13 in U.S. charts and #4 in Britain, where it was more popular, eventually going platinum. Here's the track and musician listing, if you've got the bucks it's the real deal and actually quite enjoyable......

DISC ONE:
1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. Shelter From The Storm
3. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
4. Ballad of a Thin Man
5. It's All Right, Don't Think Twice
6. Maggie's Farm
7. One More Cup of Coffee
8. Like A Rolling Stone
9. I Shall Be Released
10. Is Your Love In Vain?
11. Going, Going, Gone
DISC TWO:
1. Blowin' In The Wind
2. Just Like A Woman
3. Oh, Sister
4. Simple Twist Of Fate
5. All Along The Watchtower
6. I Want You
7. All I Really Want To Do
8. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
9. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
10. Forever Young
11. The Times They Are A-Changin'

the musicians:
Bob Dylan (vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica)
Steven Soles (acoustic rhythm guitar, vocals)
Billy Cross (guitar)
David Mansfield (pedal steel, violin, mandolin, guitar, dobro)
Steve Douglas (saxophone, flute, recorder)
Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
Rob Stoner (bass, vocals)
Ian Wallace (drums)
Bobbye Hall (percussion)
Helena Springs (vocals)
Jo Ann Harris (vocals)
Debi Dye (vocals)
Recorded at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
February 28 & March 1, 1978
Produced by Don DeVito

*The remastered albums currently (June 2014) available are: "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming." "Saved," "Shot Of Love," "Infidels," "Real Live," "Empire Burlesque," "Knocked Out Loaded," "Down In The Groove," "Dylan & The Dead," and "Oh Mercy" will be released on Aug. 27, 2014 (the links will take you to my other reviews)......
The Fallen World: The Complete Series
The Fallen World: The Complete Series
I am a huge fan of Laura Thalassa and a majority of her work.

The world itself is unique and so able to relate to. It’s post atomic bomb, WWIII, and the world we know it is in shambles and dying a slow radiation death. One of a kind. Mrs. Thalassa is able to throw in action, love, hatred, mystery, and a bit of sci-fi into one amazing read with these three books.

Serenity is our leading lady. She’s just a young girl whose lived through war and tragedy. She’s a fighter. She’s emotionally driven and one of the key things that I really admired about her, is that she didn’t lose sight of listening to her gut and following the hard taught lessons. She’s a fish swimming against the current. Constantly at battle, constantly fighting for her life, constantly facing the tough task of making the decisions for the world and herself and weighing them against them line of loyalty, love, or righteousness.

Montes Lazuli the king of the world. He’s everything you’d expect of a villain. A self centered, immortal king who has nothing personal to lose and everything to gain.

This series is mind blowing, frustrating, and so full of gut wrenching indecision on who you want to win and where the real question should love really conquer all at this time? Some many characters, one heck of a ride, and so worth the sleepless nights with this page turner.

Note: I listened to book 1 on audible, and read the last two books via kindle. The story is amazing both/either way.
Goyishun Christmas Costume LED Light Up PVC Glove Cosplay Props for Boys
Goyishun Christmas Costume LED Light Up PVC Glove Cosplay Props for Boys
This product is well made and I especially love how the gems light up. I bought this to go with my son's halloween costume which is Thanos and its perfect. the gems turn on and off with a small switch positioned inside the glove at the insert. some people complained about a strong stinky smell but I didnt find the smell to be that bad at all, just a typical fresh manufactured rubber like smell to me. the only negatives were that the glove can easily fit an adult hand and will be big for a child...depending on the size of the child I guess, and the glove alil stiffer than I imagined it to be with slight difficulty moving fingers around. but other than that the gauntlet is great and worth the money!!!
Captain America: Civil War Black Panther Costume Top and Mask
Captain America: Civil War Black Panther Costume Top and Mask
I gotta say, for the price it's not bad at all. The material of the shirt was thicker and better than I thought and the mask was sturdier that I thought as well. The shirt was a little too big and I'm a big guy (230lbs muscular). I called to get a large but they only had XL and "standard" (which was also more money). I asked the operator what standard was and she couldn't tell me. Also one sleeve was not hemmed and looked like someone cut it with a pair of sissors. If it wasn't for that I would not have returned it for a replacement. My son and daughter loved me in it. I'll probably use it next Halloween!
Seize the Night: Moonlight Bay
Seize the Night: Moonlight Bay
The premise behind the plot is a very good one. Mr. Koontz's very good writing style is very much evident. The setting for the story, in an old abandoned military installation, is very good, as well. Some of the descriptions happening at the old base are very good.

There is where it just falls off. The novel has a tendency to drag on and on ad infinitum. I don't know why it takes an entire page or pages of text to describe a miniscule space in time. The book becomes far too descriptive and I found myself skimming through many parts of it. There, at times, seem to be endless pages of dialogue between important events in the plot. Skimming can be troublesome since the cast grows to quite a large number of secondary characters.

The book became wearisome, I didn't much care what happened in the end. Don't look for a great, or even a very good ending. The ending shows promise of interest. The last few pages fall flat.

I found this barely more passable than its predecessor. If a third installment is sneaked in somehow, I'll surely take a pass.
Golden in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel
Golden in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel
Throughout this series some reviewers have complained because not all of Eve's ever-growing circle of friends have been included in each book. While Roarke's Irish family appears to have disappeared off the face of the earth (and the other planets in which he has an interest), and there are lots of characters from earlier books from whom I'd like to see an occasional appearance (Nixie Swisher; Father Chale Lopez; Ariel Greenfield, etc), Golden in Death, although there's a brief appearance from Charles and Louise, and a heartwarming encounter with Dennis Mira, concentrates wholly on Eve and Peabody's tracking down of the killers using an extremely localised noxious gas to kill specific targets. We see all of Eve's investigative team, Morris, Berenski, Harvo, but, other than a brief nod to the ongoing bad-taste socks and ties competition within the bullpen, they're there purely to carry out their duties in the background.
The investigation covers a part of society to which Robb returns often, and her battles with lawyers, arrogant spoilt brats, and those who consider themselves above the law are well up to standard. No spoilers, but you really have to read Peabody's response to someone who pours scorn on Dallas, state school attendees, and Free-Agers - brilliant!
While I can see no value in the sex passages between Dallas and Roarke - possibly a hangover from the days of M&B and the requirement for sex every so many pages - there are some genuinely moving moments between the two of them, and I'm living in hope that Eve's finally getting rid of some of the unnecessary baggage from her past, which, at one stage in the series, became almost a cut-and-paste in every book.
Golden in Death is worth every penny, and now I'll have to wait at least another 6 months for the next one to appear.
Bendigo Shafter (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Bendigo Shafter (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Many, many years ago, I discovered Louis L'Amour. Being a western nut, I started with what I thought was his first novel and read them all, finishing up with the Sackett family exploits. I have on video the Sackett mini-series that I still watch from time to time and I used to have 'Conagher' somewhere. Several weeks ago, I was in my Kindle store and searched for L'Amour. There as I looked over familiar titles with familiar characters, my eyes landed on the novel "Bendigo Shafter'. No bell rang in my head. I started reading the information provided and discovered I had not read this book. I downloaded it to my Kindle and Kindle app on my iPad and began to read. If this isn't the first book in the series, it should be. All the other stories flow from the background this novel sets out. In the L'Amour western books there are just a few that stand out as incredible reads. "The Walking Drum", "Haunted Mesa" and "The Lonesome Gods are three. "Bendigo Shafter" should probably be at the top. If you have read this review this far, and you start reading Louis L'Amour's westerns and like them, then PLEASE read the Sackett series separately. They are fantastic in themselves. You'll know them all before you are through. One more thing, please remember to thank God for all of the teachers and other folks who taught you how to read, and for the imagination He has blessed you with that lets words on a page transport you back in time to feel the heat of the desert wind, and the fear of being pursued by an unknown danger. Thanks. - joel
Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail
Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail
Tom Selleck plays the lead character in "Crossfire Trail" a Louis L'Amour film, that draws together Wilford Brimley, David O'Hara, Barry Corbin, Christian Kane, Virginia Madsen, William Sanderson, Marshall R. Teague, Joanna Miles, Ken Pogue, Patrick Kilpatrick, Rex Linn, Daniel Parker, Brad Johnson, and Mark Harmon to make a western about honor, dishonor, justice, and injustice. Well, of course the bad guy is portrayed as despicable as possible so you as the viewer don't care how he meets his end, and the good guys are portrayed as civilized and talented, educated and Christian with integrity of character, and noble in thought or deed. This is the romantic fantasy we all have of the old west glory days, when unspoiled wilderness was freshly becoming tamed, and Native American Indians still had equality and respect among those who lived there. The story is predictable, stays on track, and ends exactly as it should, with the bad guys dead and all the good guys alive except for one (as final justification for the bad guys dead). "Crossfire Trail" is what I look for in a western, and Tom Selleck has yet to disappoint me in a western; as believable in this film as any I've seen him in. I happily give this film 5 stars, because it never fell short of what I bought it, and viewed it for. Attention to detail, authentic, a strong cast in the right fit for roles, solid performances, photography that never wavers, and easy to follow story that goes precisely as I was anticipating it would - who cares if the story is original or not. I recommend this film because it deserves it. Yes I know it was shot in Canada and says it is Wyoming. I enjoyed this film and want to buy "The Shadow Riders" next, because Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott are both in that one. In "Crossfire Trail" the more interesting metamorphosis of acting ability I saw was Barry Corbin who obviously has some versatility about him, his role in this film is quite different from when he was on "Northern Exposure." Although it is also a point well made that Mark Harmon also portrays a very, very convincing sorry waste of human skin. "Crossfire Trail" was a TV movie, and although violent in the sense of guns and killing, there is no nudity or sexual part to this film. I liked it just fine, anyway, without the "R" rated stuff - and enjoyed how the movie delivers just what it should.
Le Petit Nicolas a des ennuis: Le Petit Nicolas
Le Petit Nicolas a des ennuis: Le Petit Nicolas
J'adore le petit Nicolas, et c'est donc tout bonnement que j'ai complété le reste de ma collection. La narration est vraiment originale, du point de vue de Nicolas, point de vue d'un enfant qui comprend les choses à sa manière pour son âge et avec ses mots. Les histoire toujours aussi marrantes. Petits ou grands, le petit Nicolas séduit tout le monde :) Un grand merci à Sempé et Goscinny
Grey's Anatomy Season 2
Grey's Anatomy Season 2
NB: couple of minor spoilers in my review.

I came to Grey's Anatomy a little late, as in the UK the only terrestrial channel it's broadcast on is one I couldn't get for years. Luckily, I managed to catch the last half dozen episodes of Series 2, and I was hooked, even though I hate hospital shows. I could never get into ER (even with the incentive of George Clooney) and don't even get me started on the home-grown stuff.

So what attracted me to Grey's Anatomy? Yes, it's glossy. Yes, it's gloopy. Yes, Meredith is probably one of the most annoying characters on TV. Yes, Derek is interminably dull. BUT, there's more to the show than that. I'm going to go all out here and compare Grey's Anatomy to a Dickens novel, in that it's not the 'main' characters you should concentrate on, or be interested in, because they're not the best ones. It's the ones slightly on the outside, who have more interesting personalities going on, they're the people to get involved with.

For example, Cristina is always hilarious, so cynical and smart and competitive - in this series, she finds her relationship with Burke getting trickier to navigate, and she's still determined to be the best surgeon in Seattle (probably in the world!). Izzie's character has been deepened with her attraction to Denny, a dying heart patient, and this will have knock-on effects for following series (for better or worse). Katherine Heigl plays her with loads of heart and loads of vigour, and I really like what she does.

Similarly, George is fabulous, he makes me laugh all the time, but as well he grows up this series, realising he has to stop lusting after Meredith, someone who'll never feel the same way about him. The progression of the character is really well done, while retaining the loveable George we all loved from Series 1. Alex, too, starts to grow up a little, which is good - he couldn't remain the 'baddie' of the piece forever.

Bailey is excellent, but then she always is, and it's touching to see her worry about whether she'll be respected as a surgeon when she becomes a mother. The scenes with her and George during the 'disaster' episodes are lovely.

Grey's manages to blend heart-warming schmaltz with hard-hitting scenarios, raising lots of moral questions every episode, so you can join in and decide who's right and who's wrong. It's easy to watch visually, but not always mentally, and that's why it's a show I am willing to keep following. I like the combination of attractive cast members, thoughtful stories and great acting, not to mention the brilliant music choices throughout the show. Just let yourself be drawn in and you won't want to leave Seattle Grace!
Naruto: Sasuke's Story--Star Pupil (Naruto Novels)
Naruto: Sasuke's Story--Star Pupil (Naruto Novels)
Primeiramente, falarei do motivo de três estrelas e não cinco. Minha novel não veio bem embalada, pois veio amassada a capa de trás e algumas páginas finais, me deixando chateada por não ter ela inteira. Minha crítica é somente isso, a embalagem. Eu sou cliente Amazon há anos, compro quase todo mês, e essa é a primeira vez que isso acontece comigo, portanto, deixarei esse acontecimento isolado ignorado e espero que não aconteça mais.

Agora, falarei do conteúdo da novel em si. Sasuke Shinden: Star Pupil é uma novel de leitura essencial para quem gosta do personagem Sasuke Uchiha. Vemos um lado bem cômico do personagem, onde, por razões que não citarei (spoilers) acaba sendo o sensei interino do Time 7 (Boruto, Sarada e Mitsuki), e também responsável por seu treinamento. Vemos não só seu treinamento com os Genin como também ele responsável por uma missão com o Time 7 dentro de um navio, onde vemos a evolução principalmente de Sarada Uchiha (seu Sharingan com 3 tomoe). Há momentos cruciais entre Sasuke e sua filha, Sasuke e seu pupilo (Boruto) e até um finalzinho bem fofo de Sasuke e sua filha em relação a sua mãe, Sakura.

A autora do livro é muito fiel a personalidade dos personagens, lembrando que as novels possuem um pôster exclusivo e capa desenhadas por Masashi Kishimoto. Agora irei aguardar que a Vizmedia lance a saga Retsuden (lançadas em 2019, com autoria de Jun Esaka, mesma autora de Sasuke Shinden: Star Pupil). Agradeço a Amazon por disponibilizar as novels da editora Americana para comprarmos, e também peço cuidado na hora de realizar seus envios (por conta da infelicidade que tive com a minha novel específica).
Decoded: Dan Brown's Lost Symbol
Decoded: Dan Brown's Lost Symbol
In every "decoded" documentary, Robinson has the exact same approach. He goes to a venue to challenge a factual or hypothetical conclusion drawn from Dan Brown, finds one person generally a no-name historian who disagrees with Brown's perspective and then Robinson quickly accept it as scripture and declares the conclusion as false. He demonstrates nothing more than a cursory over view at best and nothing close to an investigation. Case in point, the claim that the road system in DC has masonic influence. There are dozens and dozens of resources in DC as well as historical journals that support this idea, yet Robinson finds one architect in DC that disagrees and the next thing you know Robinson claims to have heroically denounced "another Dan Brown myth". No interview or investigation of clearly available alternative perspective. Or when he goes to a Masonic temple in London, and asks the masonic guide if there are any secret rituals (as if any esoteric organization would divulge "secret" information) to which the guide responds no. And simply based on that, Tony declares that there is nothing secret about Masons, because a Mason told him so. REALLY???? And OJ said he didn't do it Tony...... We could have saved so much time with his trial if Tony would have handled the investigation. Tony, your lack of objectivity and belief that your viewers will entertain your shallow efforts to denounce anything at all, is insulting to the people who wasted 50 minutes watching your attempt to champion your vendetta against a novelist. Whether this stuff is true or not who knows, but when you say your are decoding or investigating the facts, be objective, actually investigate.
Review: David Baldacci's King & Maxwell
Review: David Baldacci's King & Maxwell
This review convinced me to continue on with Baldaccis series and purchase the sixth book, King and Maxwell. While it was shorter than many other Expert Book Review products, I still found it useful. The “Who would like it?” section says “Lovers of political thrillers and conspiracy theorists will get a kick out this book.” That perfectly describes me, and what I am looking for continuing on with Baldaccis series. I also found the review helpful in pointing out the good and bad parts of the book. As the review states, the characters are very relatable, and the “good guys” aren’t all good, nor the “bad guys” all bad. Since the bad parts the review states seem mostly related to those having not read the first five books, which I have, I made up my mind to purchase the book. Expert Book Reviews helped me make the commitment, and I am glad that I did.
Out Of Control: Reflections on Matters of Life and Death
Out Of Control: Reflections on Matters of Life and Death
I’ve known Harry Wittenberg since high school, and like most of his friends I was both devastated by his diagnosis of ALS and wowed by his resilience. I’ve read most of the pieces in this book as blog posts, but I’m happy for the opportunity to spend more time with his writing in the warmer and less distraction-prone medium of the book. What we find in this volume is a testament of great strength and generosity.

What does a man who has always managed to pack more in the hours of a day than just about anybody I know do when he’s faced with a terminal, degenerative disease? In Harry’s case he takes on the gift and responsibility of communicating what he’s going through, both to make sense of the senseless to himself, and to convey the experience to others. Sure there’s anger and frustration, and Harry doesn’t avoid facing those things in his writing, but paradoxically, there’s also the time to reflect upon and savor a life well lived.

The book is not an autobiography, but it’s a self portrait of a kind, approached from many angles. Harry writes with utter candor about the challenges he faces, and with sprit about his relentless pursuit of responses, be they technical or emotional, to the progress of his disease. But he also spends much time on the things he’s thankful for, the things that form the core of his being. The book is really a document of survival of the most urgent kind, when the end is in sight.

Ultimately, Harry’s writing transcends the interest of friends and family. I think this volume can help give comfort and strength to people who are living through all sorts of crises, health and otherwise, and to the people who care for them.
Takara Tomy Pokemon Hyper Size Monster Collection MSP-03 "Landorus -Therian Form-" (Japan Import)
Takara Tomy Pokemon Hyper Size Monster Collection MSP-03 "Landorus -Therian Form-" (Japan Import)
Looks very nice, but a few things to note. Legs pop out without resistance (can be put back with ease and stay in if needed) and figure still had some leftover from processing so their were fuzzies from where the figure would have been cut (was able to clean up figure, but don't know how it will be for other people). As someone who wanted a Lando-T figure, I am throughly pleased. These are just some things to note when ordering figure.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts: The Great Hall Pop-Up Card
Harry Potter: Hogwarts: The Great Hall Pop-Up Card
I bought this card on faith as there wasn't any photo of it to know what you were buying. The card itself is lovely and well worth the money BUT it didn't work very well. The runners for the great hall (in order to extend to the fullness it should) were bent on both sides. Being bent meant that the sides of the hall did not open as well as they should have opened. It was difficult to extend the sides but looks lovely when fully opened. Problem was probably in the manufacture of the sides. The runners were split and bent and that could not have happened in shipping as nothing on the outside of the card indicated it was creased in shipment. If the runners worked smoothly it would have been an excellent card. As is, it doesn't open the way it should. Also all of the benches open up as they should but the one on the extreme right side stays flat. Once again I am sure it is in the manufacturing of the card and not the shipment that caused this. It is a very lovely complex design if it worked like it should.
Hindi Medium
Hindi Medium
Pour qui s'intéresse à l'Inde en même temps qu'aux films indiens, voici un excellent film, que je ne peux que conseiller.

Il est très différent des films qui ont fait le succès de Bollywood, que ce soit des comédies romantiques comme "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", ou "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", ou des drames tels que "Devdas". Non, c'est une comédie franchement drôle sur un couple qui essaie par tous les moyens d'inscrire leur fille dans une des meilleures écoles de Delhi... Ce qui n'est pas si facile, même lorsqu'on a des moyens financiers bien au dessus de la moyenne.

Un des très grands intérêts du film n'est cependant pas dans sa drôlerie, ni dans le jeu de ses excellents acteurs. "Hindi Medium" est d'abord et avant tout une plongée dans les complexité de la société indienne d'aujourd'hui : on y trouve un éclairage passionnant sur la place de l'anglais dans la hiérarchisation de la société indienne d'aujourd'hui (le film doit impérativement être vu en VO !), sur le rôle des places réservées aux classes défavorisées de la population, sur la corruption du système...

Bref, ce film remplace bien des livres sur l'analyse de la société indienne moderne en y substituant une expérience de première main, un sentiment de "vécu" (j'ai moi-même eu maintes fois l'occasion de constater sur place certains points soulevés par le film, notamment le rôle subtil de l'anglais), le tout emballé de façon enjoué, qui fait qu'on ne voit pas passer le temps. A voir, vraiment.

Il est aussi important de garder en tête que ce film - qui a fait un très gros tabac en Inde - n'était pas conçu au départ comme un bloc buster, et que c'est en fait le bouche à oreille qui a fait son succès, semaine après semaine, mois après mois...
Adrianna Papell, vestido con entramado cerrado, pequeño, de manga corta, con lentejuelas, para mujer
Adrianna Papell, vestido con entramado cerrado, pequeño, de manga corta, con lentejuelas, para mujer
Oh, this is a gorgeous gown! It's difficult to describe the exact color, but I'll do my best -- it's an unusual shade for formal wear. I don't expect to "see myself" in multiple iterations at the big event I am planning to attend. The gown is just that "different." The lining is a medium steel gray and the net overlay is an ashy-gray/brown (with more emphasis on the brown) -- the result is a mutable shade of taupe in some lights, and a slightly bronzy-gray in others -- but the over-all result is simply lovely. The beaded embellishments are perfect for it -- more concentrated on the bodice and around the neckline, but gradually tapering off down the skirt. The godets in the skirt move gracefully and the fit is spot-on for size. It's a very flattering design and the color is, I think, an attractive choice for many women. The skirt is long, however -- I am 5'7" and even with heels on, I needed to have the skirt professionally shortened by over two inches. That added an extra $60 to the cost of the gown. A final point: I was concerned about finding shoes that would go well with this gown -- silver wasn't right, and black looked too harsh -- but I found a perfect match in Adrienne Vittadini's Surya Dress pump in a pewter-gray (also on Amazon).
Vive Sheepskin Crutch Pads - Padding for Walking Arm Crutches - Universal Underarm Padded Forearm Handle Pillow Covers for Hand Grips - Soft Foam Armpit Bariatric Accessories for Adults, Kids (1 Pair)
Vive Sheepskin Crutch Pads - Padding for Walking Arm Crutches - Universal Underarm Padded Forearm Handle Pillow Covers for Hand Grips - Soft Foam Armpit Bariatric Accessories for Adults, Kids (1 Pair)
These are VERY COMFORTABLE! Im on crutches a lot due various orthopedic issues. The sheepskin pads make you want to walk with your crutches(not kidding). There is no irritation or slippery feeling like other crutch padding. I had ordered another set of padding at the same time for about $8 more just to compare. There is not a little but a huge difference in comfort. I was surprised because the sheepskin pads were $8 dollars less. Another big plus is there washable. I washed and dryed them and still a perfect fit. Im ordering another set today to have on standby for my crutch use after my surgery this summer. GREAT PRODUCT!
Oransi Max HEPA Large Room Air Purifier for Asthma Mold, Dust and Allergies, 17”x22”x8”, White
Oransi Max HEPA Large Room Air Purifier for Asthma Mold, Dust and Allergies, 17”x22”x8”, White
Very quiet at low speeds; kinda noisy at max speeds. But at my house it runs at the lowest speed. I blew some smoke at the air quality sensor and indeed, the indicator said that the air quality was two level below the max, the fan speeded up for a few moments, and then slowed down when the indicator went back to saying very high-quality air! The color for the LED surrounding the power switch changes according to the air quality, which I guess is nice but, even better, those of us who like a dark room can turn the LED off!

UPDATE: one thing that is slightly annoying about this unit is that, when it is turned off, it occasionally makes a sound similar to a set of chimes. I think this means that the air quality has decreased a little bit and it is saying, “hey, maybe you want to turn me on“. But I really don’t want that sound. I also wish that the LEDs could be turned off or were dimmable. My bedroom, like a lot of people’s bedroom, has two darn mini LEDs in it.

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