Forrest Myers

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Javascript: Programming, Master's Handbook; A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO ... Handbook Series, jquery, php, app design,)
Javascript: Programming, Master's Handbook; A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO ... Handbook Series, jquery, php, app design,)
Javascript: Programming, Master's Handbook; A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO ... Handbook Series, jquery, php, app design,) by Code Well Academy and R.M.Z. Trigo. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP + MySQL Web Development and Practice of Computer Courses tutorial colleges and universities planning materials innovation in the 21st century version of the micro-lesson(Chinese Edition)
PHP + MySQL Web Development and Practice of Computer Courses tutorial colleges and universities planning materials innovation in the 21st century version of the micro-lesson(Chinese Edition)
PHP + MySQL Web Development and Practice of Computer Courses tutorial colleges and universities planning materials innovation in the 21st century version of the micro-lesson(Chinese Edition) by SHI YU FANG BU YAO HUA. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort: Harry Potter 7 by J.K. Rowling, Dominique Collignon-Maurin, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 304 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Club of Queer Trades
The Club of Queer Trades
The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton, Thomas Collins, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Encuentro en la bruma (Spanish Edition)
Encuentro en la bruma (Spanish Edition)
Encuentro en la bruma (Spanish Edition) by Ana I. Martín. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
De onschuldigen (Dutch Edition)
De onschuldigen (Dutch Edition)
De onschuldigen (Dutch Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
A Laboratory Course for Programming with Java
A Laboratory Course for Programming with Java
A Laboratory Course for Programming with Java by Nell Dale and Chip Weems. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programming Games with Java
Programming Games with Java
Programming Games with Java by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Writing Idiomatic Python 3
Writing Idiomatic Python 3
Writing Idiomatic Python 3 by Jeff Knupp. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Php Design Pattern Essentials
Php Design Pattern Essentials
Php Design Pattern Essentials by Tony Bevis. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Essential PHP for Web Professionals
Essential PHP for Web Professionals
Essential PHP for Web Professionals by Christopher Cosentino. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Programming in C
Programming in C
Programming in C by Stephen G. Kochan. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 130 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Poet's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide for Publishing Poetry
Poet's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide for Publishing Poetry
Yes, there' are the typos, which others have pointed out. I could overlook that.

But the book is simply out of date and obsolete. The submission periods for various publications, for example, reference 2018, 2019...garbage. Absolutely useless. Some of these publications, for all the editors (and thus the readers) know, might not even exist anymore. No one seems to have bothered to check.

If you were looking for an obsolete, out of date list of the submission periods of various journals from four years ago, a simple Google search will turn up many a 2012 blog post with just that, for free. So what's expert or marketable about this expensive compilation of old dates?

The most personally disappointing instance of this, for me, was a listing for a competitive, free workshop in my area which looked appealing and exciting and, upon googling, turns out to have been dead for the last five years. WHY would this be in there? Could it be that no one on their team of editors has thought to check the status of this workshop through YEARS of publication of this guide?

The only redeeming quality of this book is its general advice to poets about how to be organized and approach submission (and rejection). It's good, pragmatic advice. But that's not why you're purchasing the book, is it? You're looking for a MARKET GUIDE to poetry...don't look here.
The Typescript
The Typescript
The old plot ploy, the same story but two versions, this time a manuscript is send anonymously to a publisher, supposedly a diary of a former wife the publisher may have murdered in the Middle East...what happens next ? Well plotted, Good descriptions of the Middle East and a good interplay between the thoughts of this mismatched couple. "You're not much help as a wife, are you ?" asks the husband, when she has in fact scored a small triumph...a Kiplingesque interplay between the UK and the Mideast...Then at the end..the story from the third person's point of view. Satifying mystery and many truths about human frailty.
The Big Typescript: TS 213
The Big Typescript: TS 213
I bought all Luki's nachlass as they were edited and released by the clan. Seeing this typescript brought home the editing skills displayed in some of it (i.e., the various "Remarks on..." all of which I found extremely educational, except the mathematics one which - I admit - I bailed on). I guess the glamour has faded a little as the decades passed but in my mind he's still the philosophical genius of the last century. Of course, I had read much about the big typescript and eagerly awaited it. What's it now? Forty years? More?

I'm rating it five because of it's historical significance. The different typographical modes used to signify additions, corrections, etc are a hurdle, but what were the editors to do with a manuscript like this? You certainly don't need this volume to understand or appreciate Wittgenstein and it isn't as excitng as some of the other nachlass. And, of course, his philosophic development has been analyzed already in many informative books. At this price, I'm sure none but academics will be buying. Still, for them it will provide hours of casual reading as it has for me. When I bought mine a year ago, I think I just paid $80 or so. Look around. You might try addall.com.
La tierra errante (Spanish Edition)
La tierra errante (Spanish Edition)
Ciencia ficción desde un punto de vista oriental, muy bien documentada científicamente y con una narración que te atrapa desde el primer momento!!!
Business Biographies and Memoirs: 6 Manuscripts: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson
Business Biographies and Memoirs: 6 Manuscripts: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson
I grew up in southern Illinois and some of my fondest memories was going to Busch Stadium and watching the Cardinals. The Busch family were icons during that time (1960s). One was always impressed with their immense wealth, excentricities, and flaws. William Knoedelseder does and excellent job chronicalling their beginning throughout their take over by In- Ben. He gives a great deal of information in a compelling manner.

There is information about Prohibition, the company's direction and excesses, personal failings and monumental egos. There are enough details to keep anyone's interest. He does an excellent job painting all of the principal players. He paints them warts and all but he also has a warmth for most of them. If you want specific information about the inner workings of the family - it's there. (In fact, you may need a score card of all the children from multiple marriages, cousins, and nephews.)
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
We don't need more leadership books that inspire and instruct and give principles, at least I don't think so. Leadership principles are good to know and learn from, but you really don't know what leadership looks like and feels like until you do it. And leadership will be different based on who you are, who you're leading, and what you're situation is. I say it like this: you can't swim by reading books and going to conferences and watching videos about swimming. Leadership is like swimming; you learn to lead by leading.

This book gives you the insider look into the mind and heart of what a leader actually goes through in her/his thoughts and feelings. That's where the hard work of leadership really happens. Yes, it's a mental game, as they say about tennis or other competitive sports. You may not have the identical reactions and anxiety described in the book. So it is not universal. Knowing the specifics of how the author has experienced anxiety as a part of leading and as a part of being human, is so very helpful to know how to manage the weight and load of leadership that is indeed so intangible.

I'm believing that this book will help a good number of leaders to not burn out and to stay on the path of health and wellness and effectiveness for a lifetime of good healthy impact for those s/he leads.
Elon Musk: Biography of a Self-Made Visionary, Entrepreneur and Billionaire
Elon Musk: Biography of a Self-Made Visionary, Entrepreneur and Billionaire
My sister and I grew up with "electricity" as a common topic of discussion at home. Our father was an electrical engineer trained at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Copies of the magazine IEEE were always present on the coffee table. We moved to Houston in the late 1960s (when still in grade school), so our father could work on the first manned moon mission. Although we did not pursue careers in engineering, we came to appreciate it a great deal. I mention this because that background heightened my appreciation of, "Elon Musk: Biography of a Self-Made Visionary, Entrepreneur and Billionaire."

The book is a slim volume, and I can imagine it being read aloud to an appreciative audience eager to learn about the unique and stellar career of Elon Musk. The book is easier to absorb and understand than other more intense biographies with extensive footnotes. It is unpretentious and a very positive presentation about Elon and his life.

B Storm notes, "Some of Elon Musk's ideas were once only thought of as concepts in the world of science fiction, but with the right blend of determination, enthusiasm, and hard work, he was able to prove that his visions could become reality." Clearly, his entrepreneurial spirit and unquenchable drive to make the impossible possible set Elon Musk apart. Zip2, PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity and Hyperloop are each thoughtfully discussed, as are Elon Musk's youth and personal experiences.

I was inspired when I read, "Musk's ventures all revolve around one theme, and that is to improve the world and change the way we live with the help of technological innovations. A lot of people are too focused on making money and creating a name for themselves, and while that is not entirely a bad thing, Musk's visions are more than that."

I can imagine this book being the basis for a documentary film. Something to consider, perhaps!
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
This is not the first book, titled with this name, I have read.

I have one by another author in a hard back cover, given to me by a close friend,  Randy Brantley, RIP,  35 years ago.

This book saved my life, after my wife left me and I was devastated with grief for years.

This basically covers the same principle, of how to heal  yourself. To achieve and overcome the goals you are looking for in life.

If you are in a tough spot in your life. Take this book, really study it,  follow and practice, every night, it's true meaning of what you have read. 

It will help you to rethink and look back on your life, if you have many obsticles, keeping you from being a normal human being.  Wondering what is my purpose in life, why am I still here.  After 70 years, it will help you to think, it is possible to start your life over, a new beginning.

Apply these principles and you can over come all your obsticles.

I did, where I thought, I would not survive. 35 years later, here I am,  much stronger than I ever was. By practicing what this book teaches. You will never forget what you have learned.

It will be instilled, programed into your mind, to never repeat the same mistakes you made in your past life.

Only you can be in control of your life, nobody can do it for you. You can choose to fight or give up.
You have to "Force and Apply yourself" in your daily routine, to restructure your mind, in how you think.

Then you will have found the true meaning in how to succeed and survive in this new crazy world.

I am living proof, from all the 30 plus tragedies in my life, I should not be alive today. 

As you get older in life, people slow down, doctors put you on all kinds of meds, a new med to treat the symtoms from another med. This programs you to think you need these to survive. 

 Actually you are gradually and slowly dying, (Dieing vs. Dying) laying around getting fat, no energy to accomplish anything meaningful in your life. I am proof, for 5 years, I was slowly dying, I had plenty of medical reasons for this.

"I became a diebetic in 2013, on meds for one year, medication started to shut down my kidney's, had to get off them, went on natural diet control, no sugars or any food that makes sugar, pasta, carbs. Still doing diet conto after 4 years, diabetes is under control.

I developed congestive heart failer in 2013, was on heart medication, muscle relaxers. (2016, after 3 years, no more heart failer, it went away,  doctors are baffled, have no explanation why, never have seen a reversal like mine). 

In 2013, My Urologist discovered, I lost 50% of my kidney''s, on way to complete failer. I No longer had the urge to urinate, went 2 or 3 times a day. (I  cured this problem, Started Cordycepts Sinenis) after 3rd month, my kidneys are normal, now have to urinate 6 to 7 times a day, some days cannot almost hold it.)

  Around 2015, my sleep apnea,  developed into severe Central Sleep Apnea, stopped breathing 117 times per hour, my brain stopped telling my lungs to breath, was on a ASV breathing machine, with oxygen, (no longer on oxygen or ASV machine, I moved to lower elevation.

I was determined not to live this way, I cured my problem myself, basically, after all this, I finally put all the pieces together, elevation was causing much of my problems)

I lost all my teeth, 19 pulled In one procedure,  now have recent dentures with implants, that hurt, they don't fit, cannot eat or wear them, am fighting to have them redone, Brighter Way Dental, refuses to call me back and set appointment to redo my dentures. Totally ignororing me, they refused to respond to at least 8 calls. 

My feet started to swell up like a ballon, 2 emergency rooms, more meds to reduce swelling and pain, barely worked.  (I have cured this problem, with "Cordycepts Sinenis" extract, by Mental Refreshment, purple color bottle, purchased on Amazon, started in April, 2018, take 2 capsules a day, introduced to me by my temp landlord, he cured his kidney failer, he was on diolosis, had 15% kidney's left, off diolosis after 10 days on Cordycepts). Google this fantastic Cordycepts, it is a 4000 year old ancient rememdy, found in Tibet. 

You are being programed to think, these meds are a necessity in your life to stay alive. Yes some are, but you need to find out why or what the problem is, that is causing you to take meds. Find that problem, do something to  fix it.

 Do you believe that is really the truth, doctors are only treating, not curing. I believe the elderly are being slowing killed off, by brainwashing patients with treatments only, not curing you of your problems. Reprogram your mind to think clearly, then do something to change it. Read this book, to learn how to change your life.

I Turned 70 this year, I  feel like I am starting my life over. I think and feel like I am 40 years old. I am off 95% of my medications, from as many as 17 a day, I was taking over the last 15 years 

I am now  planing on what I am going to do for the next 30 years.   My mother turns 95 today, Sunday 9-23-2018, she still lives alone, able to fend for herself. 

By refecting back what I learned from this book, it helps me to think clearly, what I need to do next.

I moved to another city, purchased another home, remodeling it completely throuhout. I feel and have 300% more energy from just last year, in Nov, 2017 to this date. I was sick and tired of being treated, with no effort by doctors to find my problems to cure me of everyrhing.

Cherish this book or others like it, use it as your daily bible, you will discover a new beginning in your life.

Only you can make it happen, you are now in control of your life, ready for a new beginning. I lost sight of this book for years since 1983, Buying this book again, it reminded me of my old book, what I had learned. 

I failed to practice what I learned, I let my doctors control me, this book woke me up again. I no longer trust any doctor, they are not about a cure, only a treatment, for finacial reasons.

Least not forget, we were not put on this earth, to think only about ourself. We must be ready to help and fight for others who no longer can fight for themself. 

If you get to my stage in life, think about this book.  My goal is to always help others who need it, give back, be greatfull we are alive to help others and how life has been good to us.

This country was built on these principles, fighting for others and our children, be willing to die for this cause.

"For mankind to give up fighting for others and  your country,  We Then Loose All Humanity in ourselves"

This is currently happening in our Country, I am afraid for the future survival of this nation. Wake up, Do your part.
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.
American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
Author Bryce Hoffman details the incredible American comeback story of Ford Motor Company. His focus is largely on Alan Mulally, whom Ford hired away from Boeing in September 2006 to take over as their New CEO. Hoffman chronicles the events leading to Bill Ford's decision to step down as CEO and go outside the company and the auto industry to hire Mulally.

The author describes the changes Mulally made to Ford's corporate culture as well as the approach he took to changing the mentality and necessity to work together for the survival and future of the company. Hoffman narrates the risks the company had to take to be able to keep it running. I especially relished the narrative of the three auto industry CROw's appearance before the Congressional and Senate hearings on the fall of 2008, when General Motors and Chrysler were asking for a federal bailout to keep those two automakers alive.

Hoffman takes the reader into 2011 at a time when Ford was back in the black and on much stronger ground. He gives Mulally much of the credit for this amazing turnaround, but also praised Bill Ford and the other heirs of Henry Ford. Hoffman gives credit to many others within Ford for their courage and contributions to the comeback. This was the most interesting and enlightening books I've read about the American auto industry.
George Washington Colonial Boys Costume Set with Wig and Hat for Halloween Dress Up Party
George Washington Colonial Boys Costume Set with Wig and Hat for Halloween Dress Up Party
I used the measurements and the extra large was perfect for my 10 year old grandson. He's a husky fellow and the costume fit him just right with just the exception of the blue coat jacket which fits.. but I can tell is a tad on the snug side for him. I was very pleased with the quality of the costume as were my grandson and both his parents. There's quality with each piece of the costume and I was very happy about that and the amount of pieces that complete the look. Very well worth the money. :) I did do some light ironing to get the wrinkles out from the time it spent in packaging. He's got a report on George Washington in school where he has to recite it in costume. His face lit up when I showed him the outfit and he wasted no time trying it on and showing us how he'll look as George. We all loved it. I'm eager to hear how his book report will go.
Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan [4 CD]
Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan [4 CD]
Wow. Just…wow. There are a lot of Dylan covers with a lot of artists on this 4 disc honorarium. I must admit that I’ve never owned or even heard a Dylan album. I couldn’t even name hardly any of his hits so I was surprised with how many songs of his that I’ve heard covered by other artists that I enjoy, rarely realizing that they were covering Dylan. On this collection Natasha Bedingfield provides an uplifting and lilting “Ring Them Bells” while one of my favorite artists, Johnny Indovina of Human Drama (never heard of him/them? Neither has anyone else apparently<<fumes>>), has covered the same. I really enjoyed World Party’s (Karl Wallinger of ex-Waterboys fame) “All I Really Want To Do” and now I know that this too was a Dylan cover, sung here by a warbling Sussan Deyhim. The Alarm long ago sang out “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” live at UCLA and I’m again reminded it was a Dylan-penned tune, this time turned in by Redone. My point is that while the vast number of these 60+ songs here are new to me I’ve already known a large amount without ever having known (or rarely knowing) that they were Dylan. The man is a living legend, and the music and variety on this release probably makes this a “must get” for any true Dylan-head but it sure is also a fine collection for the rest of us too!

I normally much prefer male vocals to female but I found that Dylan’s songs really lend themselves to the feminine octaves. Personal faves from this release are: (disc 1) Rise Against’s rusty rawhide rendition of “Ballad of Hollis Brown”; Charlie Winston’s bluesy, soulful “This Wheels On Fire”; the shimmery reverberations that Silversun Pickups applied to “Not Dark Yet”; and Sting’s “Girl From the North Country” that reminded me at once of Simon & Garfunkel and Daniel Lanois. (disc 2) Natasha Bedingfield’s peppy pop “Ring Them Bells”; Joan Baez’ storied “Seven Curses”; the bouncy “No Time To Think” by The Belle Brigade; and with a melody that reminds me of “Norwegian Wood” Oren Lavie supplies us with “4th Time Around”. (disc 3) Ximena Sarinana puts a postmodern twist on “I Want You”; Band of Skulls conjures up images of Sonny & Cher with their rendition of “It Ain’t Me, Babe”; and Sinead O’Connor’s shrill wailing in “Property of Jesus”. (disc 4) Carolina Chocolate Drops southern fiddle festive “Political World”; Seal & Jeff Beck tagging up on “Like A Rolling Stone”; Thea Gilmore’s lovelorn but lovely “I’ll Remember You”; and Michael Franti’s quirky rapping “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. Bob himself supplies the cover tune as the last song.
JBL LIVE 100 - In-Ear Headphones with Remote - Red
JBL LIVE 100 - In-Ear Headphones with Remote - Red
Como bueno earbuds modernos, el cable viene en dos secciones, una más gruesa que se conecta al jack de 3.5 mm, en este caso recubierto de tela, y llega a un punto en que se divide en dos cables más delgados en "V" para cada oreja, ese cable más delgado es el que tiene a enredarse.

Con las "capas" medianas la mayoría debe estar satisfecho, hacen un muy buen sello del exterior, y esa fortaleza también se convierte en su gran problema, debido a la configuración del sello en tus orejas y el cable que no tiene un clip para fijarlo un poco a alguna prenda de ropa, cualquier movimiento, repito, cualquier movimiento se traduce en ruido en tus orejas, olvidate del headbang, o de correr con ellos.

Para llamadas, suenan como cualquier otro audífono, aunque tú escucharás mejor que quienes están del otro lado, el micrófono es eso, un micrófono común.

Cuando estás "quietecito", wow, suenan bastante bien, gran valor por tu dinero.

El botón del control está muy cerca de tu oído y funciona mejor si los presionas justo en el centro, no es para escribir a casa, pero sería peor no tenerlo
RM RICOMAX Metal Detector for Adults & Kids - High-Accuracy, View Meter, Four Detection Modes [DISC/Tone/Full Metal/Pinpointer Mode], 10 Levels of Sensitivity Adjustment, 10-inches Search Coil
RM RICOMAX Metal Detector for Adults & Kids - High-Accuracy, View Meter, Four Detection Modes [DISC/Tone/Full Metal/Pinpointer Mode], 10 Levels of Sensitivity Adjustment, 10-inches Search Coil
This was my second attempt at a metal detector. The first was one from a brick n mortar store which ended up as a return, and thus landed me on Amazon looking at reviews and trying to make an informed decision. Searching through the multitude of metal detectors, the conflicting reviews (on all of them) made it difficult. Please know that there is a science behind metal detecting, based on your settings, and what type of metal the device is actually detecting, so it's important to understand how to adjust the settings and practice with coins and other metal that you find around your house before going out to the field... this is important.
Once you practice with the different metals and settings, you will learn the "personality" of your detector which you apply directly to your success in the field.
The directions for this device were straight forward and easy to follow. Putting the device together was a breeze, but note: it requires 2 9 volt batteries to function, so make sure you have them on hand.
There was a slight discrepancy in the directions which lead to my earlier comment about the personality of the the machine.... I noticed on my machine that the disc setting to ignore iron the disc knob had to be @ 1:00 not 11:00, nickel was 2:00 not 12:00, zinc 4:00. Once I figured this out the device became a much easier to operate.
The device was a little heavy for a 6 year old long and cumbersome - my eight year old however could use it. But quite honestly they had more fun digging in the dirt hunting the treasure detected by the machine.
We took it camping with us last weekend, the picture shows some of the junk and not so junk we found in the soil around the campsite.
It's certainly added an element of adventure to our trip as it seemed like we are on a treasure hunt.
Maybe it was buried in the description, (pun intended) but the item also comes with a little steel army like shovel that you put together, it certainly aided in the digging process of looking for what was beneath the soil.
Honestly I was on the fence on either getting this one or the popular "science magazine" version which was about 2xs the $$. I'm glad I chose this one. We couldn't be happier with the purchase.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Theatrical)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Theatrical)
Ich hätte nie erwartet das Captain America einer meiner absoluten Lieblinge des MCUs werden würde. Ich meine, come on: sein albernes Kostüm (besonders im ersten Avengers-Teil), sein plakativer Name, sein simples Schwarz/Weiß-Denken -und Gehabe. Wie käme ich dazu diesem Charakter auch nur im Entferntesten was abzugewinnen. Wobei zugegebenermaßen sein erster Film nicht ganz so schlecht war. Und ja, Steve Rogers ist nicht ganz unsympathisch (v.a. Dank Chris Evans Darbietung). Aber neben Iron-Man zog er lange Zeit den Kürzeren für mich.

Das änderte sich aber schlagartig als dieser Film das Licht der Marvel-Welt erblickte. Die Russo-Brothers nahmen diesen simplen Charakter und zwangen ihn aus seinem Schwarz/Weiß-Denken auszubrechen und sich weiterzuentwickeln. Und Alter Falter… Das gelang ihnen wirklich, wirklich gut.

Story im Groben:

Steve Rogers lebt sich allmählich in der neuen Welt ein, in welche er 2 Jahre zuvor erwacht ist. Da er nichts Besseres mit sich anzufangen weiß, kämpft er für S.H.I.E.L.D. an vorderster Front. Doch Zweifel plagen ihn, denn die Welt hat sich seit 1945 doch drastisch verändert. Jeder um ihn herum scheint sein eigenes Süppchen zu kochen. Selbst seinen engsten Kollegen scheint er nicht trauen zu können. Nach einem scheinbaren Routine-Einsatz, gerät für den unbeugsamen Helden alles aus den Fugen. Jemand in den eigenen Reihen agiert verdeckt aus dem Hintergrund um nicht nur S.H.I.E.L.D., sondern auch die gesamte Welt in den Abgrund zu reißen.

Nahezu auf sich allein gestellt, ohne zu wissen wem er trauen kann, macht Rogers sich auf die Verschwörung aufzudecken, wodurch er alsbald selbst zum Gejagten wird. Dicht auf den Fersen ist ihm hierbei der mysteriöse und gefährliche Winter Soldier.

Meine Meinung:

Dieser Film sticht aus all den MCU-Filmen mit am Meisten heraus. Beim zweiten Cap-Film handelt es sich um einen Action-Thriller, wodurch er sich schon stark vom ersten CA-Film abhebt. Klar, der Film hat seine typisch albernen MCU-Momente. Aber diese binden sich m.M.n. ganz gut ein und sind zur Auflockerung der Stimmung ganz gut. Denn der Film ist extrem spannend, düster und bietet tolle Kampf-Choreographien (kein Vergleich zu den miserablen Kampf-Einlagen des ersten Cap-Abenteuers).

V.a. aber haben mir die Story und Figuren Spaß gemacht. Man hat sowohl alte Gesichter in Form von Cap’s Avenger-Kollegin Black Widow, als auch Maria Hill, Jasper Sitwell und Nick Fury, aber auch viele, viele Neuzugänge wie Robert Redford als S.H.I.E.L.D.-Chef Alexander Piers, Brock Rumlow, Sharon Carter und allen voran Sam Wilson aka „The Falcon“. Daneben gibt es noch nette Cameos bekannter Gesichter wie Hayley Atwell als Cap’s große, aber stark gealterte Liebe Peggy Carter, sowie dem schmierigen, aus „Iron Man 2“ bekannten, Senator Stern. Der Cast ist hervorragend und in top Spiellaune. Chris Evans entpuppt sich als echter Glücksgriff für die Rolle des Captain America, da er es schafft der Figur Glaubwürdigkeit und Tiefe zu verleihen. Auch bekommt Scarlett Johansson hier deutlich mehr zu tun. Wobei ihre Figur der Natascha Romanoff, alias Black Widow, hier das erste Mal deutlich zwielichtiger erscheint als noch zuvor in „Iron Man 2“ und „The Avengers“. Genauso wie auch der Meister der Geheimnisse Nick Fury, welcher wie gewohnt von Samuel L. Jackson gespielt wird. Vom Altmeister Redford darf man generell perfektes Spiel erwarten. Auch er schien Spaß an der Rolle des Alexander Pierce gehabt zu haben. Zur Figur des Winter Soldiers will ich an dieser Stelle nichts verraten. Lasst euch selbst überraschen.

Was man den Russos hoch anrechnen muss ist der Mut diesen Weg mit der Figur des Captain Americas zu gehen. Nicht nur das sich Steve Rogers weiterentwickelt und hinterher nicht mehr blind irgendwelchen Institutionen wie S.H.I.E.L.D. oder dem eigenen Regierungsapparat vertraut, er legt auch sein einfältiges Schwarz/Weiß-Denken ab und sieht sich selbst damit konfrontiert Geheimnisse vor seinen Freunden aufzubauen (siehe die Kulmination dessen in „Civil War“). Er wird damit als Charakter greifbarer und interessanter. Zumal man diesmal keinen wirklich greifbaren Schurken hat wie noch zuvor mit Red Skull und Loki. Ja, es gibt einen zentralen Drahtzieher, aber wie Cap, tappt der Zuschauer auch zunächst im Dunkeln.

Man hat zudem hier nicht das Gefühl ein x-beliebiges Einzelabenteuer zu sehen wie noch in Thor 2. Die Geschichte hat drastische Auswirkungen auf den kompletten Handlungsverlauf des MCU.

Fans der Reihe werden hier viele, viele Querverweise zu anderen Figuren finden. Easter Eggs gibt es daher viele (erst beim letzten Durchgang ist mir selbst wieder eines aufgefallen). Das CGI ist okay. An manchen Stellen besser, an anderen wieder eher schlechter (gerade gegen Ende gibt es wie ich finde einen etwas nicht so schönen Schnitzer). Die Musik von Henry Jackman ist zweckdienlich und für sich gesehen eher austauschbar. Wobei er hin und wieder die eindeutig besseren Ur-Themen von Alan Silvestri aufgreift.

Fazit:

„The Winter Soldier“ ist nicht nur einer der besten MCU-Filme, er ist auch eine absolute Überraschung, da sicher die wenigsten erwartet haben dass man so viel aus dem guten Cap rausholen kann. Ich meine, wir reden hier über einen der m.M.n „lächerlichsten“ Superhelden- und die Russo-Brothers transformieren diese ursprünglich platte Figur in einen facettenreicheren und interessanten Charakter. Der Spagat den man geschaffen hat zwischen untypisch -und doch typisch MCU ist sehr interessant. Die letzten beiden CA-Filme fühlen sich auch deutlich geerdeter an. Zumindest wenn man diese mit den Abenteuern der Guardians, Dr. Strange oder Thor vergleicht. Manche halten den Streifen gar für Marvel‘s Antwort auf DC’s „The Dark Knight“, was ich persönlich für zu übertrieben halte.

Dennoch ist dieser Film ganz klar ein Highlight der zweiten Phase und des MCUs im Allgemeinen. Volle Empfehlung!
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
I grew up with the original Yugioh and Yugioh GX. I loved both of those. I was hesitant to continue as the rules of the card game start to change with this series (synchro summoning). However, I was not disappointed. I would say the focus with this series is mostly on the plot rather than the card play. Basically, characters are going to be throwing (a lot of) new cards you haven't seen throughout both seasons to get out of jams. The dueling on motorcycles is a bit confusing at first (because they aren't really even racing to any finish line....??) but it fits better as the series goes on. The ending of the series itself is a little abrupt, but that is due to the differences between the original Japanese release and the English version. It is different, but I recommend giving it a chance after a few episodes.
One Piece, Vol. 13: It's All Right!
One Piece, Vol. 13: It's All Right!
This thirteenth volume of the `One Piece' manga sees Zolo's fight against the bounty hunters of Baroque Works interrupted by an enraged Luffy as well as some Baroque Works officer agents who are searching for a traitor in their own ranks. Once Luffy and his crew escape Whisky Peak they set a course for the kingdom of Alabasta with their first stop the dangerous island of Little Garden.

This volume is another very good instalment of `One Piece' with some very funny moments, some nice plot twists and some nice action. This volume also includes two of my favourite characters from the series with the introduction of Princess Vivi and the woman currently known as Ms All Sunday. This was another very entertaining instalment of `One Piece' and it is defiantly one of my favourite manga series.
Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction
Alexander Pushkin: Complete Prose Fiction
What makes this book so beautiful is that word "Complete". In one handy reference you can enjoy all of Pushkin's prose. Mr. Debreczeny's translation of Pushkin's work is hearty. I believe it's nearly as close as we can come to feeling the work outside of really knowing Russian.
That would be amazing for me: to know Russian and read Pushkin in the language that he raised high in the face of the patrician encroachment of French that had relegated Russian to servant status. Each language must have a unique and valuable propriety in it's innermost meanings, and in reading this work (plus knowing something of Russian culture), I believe you can feel that unique Russian "thing" even through this translation.
You have about fifteen pieces plus Pushkin's own pre-work/research and some fragments. Mr. Debreczeny has arranged them such that you walk through the development of Pushkin as a prose writer. Early on, he did have quite a disdain for prose in comparison to poetry. To paraphrase Debreczeny, Pushkin's first serious writing treated prose as a necessary evil, writing with technical correctness but approaching parody of itself with strict adherence to the concept of prose as a sterile, low medium for expression.
I the later works, you will see the layering of complex themes and characters into prose that for me felt like driving a standard shift with power-assisted steering -- You get just enough resistance to feel the road and keep you engaged and thinking. Also, you just plain enjoy the ride.
Mr. Debreczeny is an excellent guide in his commentary and in his translation.
Last of the Breed
Last of the Breed
I'm a fan of survival and bushcraft and picked up this book on a recommendation from someone in a bushcraft forum. The story is interesting enough, but I find myself having to suspend disbelief quite a bit. First of all, it's pretty darn lucky and convenient that the protagonist meets up with several useful characters in the depths of the Siberian wilderness who speak English fluently. OK, I guess I can let that slide for the purpose of the story, but I have trouble buying into some of the events that seem a little superhuman to me - namely how does a malnourished, hypothermic, sleep deprived individual carry THREE HUNDRED pounds of bear meat with him, along with a giant bear pelt, his bow and arrow, and pelts that he's been collecting. I guess it's possible if he built a travois, but that would get in the way of his need to be stealthy - and there's no explanation about how he does this. It would also be nice to have some explanation of how he built a fire - I can buy into the idea that a Native American would have these skills, but the first time he's out of the camp, he magically makes fire with no explanation. Fire is not easy to make without certain tools and even skilled bushcrafters are challenged in finding the right materials for say, a bow drill, in unfamiliar territory. One other thing - he traverses icy cold rivers in late fall and the cold seems to have little affect on him - Cold water has a profound effect on the body's ability to function very quickly.
TLDR - interesting read, requires some suspension of disbelief, the good guys always win and the bad guys always lose. Predictable and digestible.
Strange Is Normal: The Amazing Life Of Colin Wilson
Strange Is Normal: The Amazing Life Of Colin Wilson
Allow me to apologize for the horrible title of this review, up front.

I was delighted for discover there was a full length documentary on Colin Wilson. I first read 'The Outsider' two years ago and was, like others, amazed at its relevance and intelligence. It still remains an important philosophical work and a master piece of autodidact writing.
However, I, like so many others, quickly grew a little vary and confused regarding Wilsons later output. He has written several hundred books, and the quality ranges like it would when insisting on publishing so much. Overkill seems to be the word. He repeats himself over and over again, and it seems that the essence of his work lays in The Outsider and Superconsciousness. (Though 'Supernatural' was a rare diamond).
Don't get me wrong, Wilson is a treasure. But it's hard to refute that at times he seems overly self-obssessed, indulgent, and that too much of his work is a lot of wrapping with little content.

As for the documentary:
For a long time I combed for every audio and video interview with Wilson I could find. What I discovered was heartbreaking. Every single interview sounds like the last. He repeats the same points, the same stories and the same conclusions every single time. The story of being told not to write a book of the occult, being a celebrity, discovering Maslow, and the same examples of peak experience.
So, if you are familiar with Wilson, through his books or interview, very little new is to be found here.

Another con, and this is very subjective, is the fact that I bought the audio book "Strange is Normal" a year before buying this documentary. I quickly realized that the audio book is merely the sound from this documentary, and that the video added nothing.
In other words, if you have the audio book, dont bother buying this one.
Maybe it's posted clearly, but I didn't realize this fact and it took me five minutes to realize it all sounded too familiar.

In addition, it's sometimes painful to watch the way Wilson conducts his life. The sheds where he keeps his books... One of which should have been a garden shed or boat shed for his wife. But "they" decided he needed it for his books. (I somehow imagine he's not a very good husband, and his wife should get a bravery award... Poor thing)

All that being said, it is wonderful to see Wilson talk from the comforts of his home. And though it would be nice to hear interview with others, this one and a half hour interview with Wilson is a treat for Wilson fans, especially if you didn't buy the audio book.

Hope they'll make another one, including other interviews and a more documentary-feel before his death.

Namaste.
Ken Follett Century Trilogy War Stories Collection 3 Books Set (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World , Edge of Eternity)
Ken Follett Century Trilogy War Stories Collection 3 Books Set (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World , Edge of Eternity)
Reading these books during the shelter in place time was an extraordinary experience in many ways. Through the stories, traveled beyond time and place through two wars, major ideological wars, battles, nuclear crises, assassinations, different continents and dramas and more. The books also provide perspectives on our current challenges and what will survive and remembered of 21st Century. I had never read Ken Follett before and what a loss it would have been if I hadn't. The capacity of the author for imagination and energy is amazing.
Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs / Esos desagradables detestables sucios completamente asquerosos pero... invisibles ... y español) (English and Spanish Edition)
Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs / Esos desagradables detestables sucios completamente asquerosos pero... invisibles ... y español) (English and Spanish Edition)
Cleaning our hands is the single most important way to prevent infections. This delightful book teaches this habit in a lively, rhyming, entertaining way. The illustrations are inventive and children will relate to the actions which they participate in, in their daily lives. The added bonus of the English and Spanish text makes it a good value. I plan to use it during Infection Control Week this October and am having a lot of fun reading the book too. I hope many people will consider this book for the children in their lives.
Harry Potter Hogwart's Student Hat
Harry Potter Hogwart's Student Hat
There is nothing really good to say about this item. I have bought many from Rubies Costume Co before but this is the worst. It most definitely fits a child's head, but to me is not even worth it especially for the money you pay which is why I'm glad I got it on discount for under $5. It is basically a piece of fabric sewn together to form a hat with the hem inside not even finished. Guess I will use it as decoration for my stuffed bear.
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.
Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Soother
Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Soother
This is the second Sleep Sheep On the Go we've had. The first one was a gift and not used much by our first child. The second one we replaced ourselves when the first one stopped working - the internal sound machine went crackly then even in spite of a battery change, stopped working all together. The second one has lasted less than FOUR MONTHS! Our second child now 18 months has particularly LOVED this little sheep and falls asleep every sleep time with one of the sounds on this little sheep going along. He was a reflux baby and so post that trauma this sleep sheep has been wonderful to get him sleeping and the sounds it make triggering an understanding that it's sleep time now. He even presses the buttons in the night if he wakes to turn it back on again to go back to sleep and sometimes sleeps with his head pushed right up against it on the side of the cot as a comfort thing. But it's frustrating beyond words to have a second sleep sheep stop working all together as it's not exactly cheap to replace. If more durable then this would be a 5 star rating.
FLOVEME Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector Tempered Glass 5G 6.7 Inch, [with Installation Frame][3 Packs] Anti Scratch Case Friendly, 9H 2.5D 0.33mm
FLOVEME Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector Tempered Glass 5G 6.7 Inch, [with Installation Frame][3 Packs] Anti Scratch Case Friendly, 9H 2.5D 0.33mm
I was pretty skeptical of how thick the tempered glass would look on my phone since the new iPhone 12 screens are perfectly aligned with the stainless steel borders of the phone, but after I installed this screen I was suprised over how thin this glass really is! and how little to no difference i could see in the thickness. The installation was for the most part really easy, especially with the plastic frame they include to help with alignment and there were no finger prints before or after the install on the sticky side of the screen. Overall happy with the product, i’ve only been using the protector for one day but I will update this review regarding the durability of the screen protector.

Update: the glass is actually pretty durable, I have a couple nicks and cracks on the corners of the screen protector but it’s due to my phone falling on a straight rocks while trying to take pictures with the self timer in colorado. other than that, i’ve dropped it a couple other times on softer surfaces such as vinyl and tile flooring and haven’t seen any additional cracks or scratches on the protector. to conclude, i’m keeping the five start review and I highly recommend if you are looking for a good screen protector for your new iphone 12 pro max. hope this review was of some help!
Toy Story Toys – Set of 7 Action Figures with Woody, Buzz and Rex – Fun Party Supplies for Toddlers – Cake Topper Set for Birthday
Toy Story Toys – Set of 7 Action Figures with Woody, Buzz and Rex – Fun Party Supplies for Toddlers – Cake Topper Set for Birthday
These are cute but extremely tiny. I was skeptical because there are no dimensions written in the description. They are all about the size or smaller than a sugar packet. It is also very difficult to get Woody, Jessie and Bullseye to stand on their own.

**UPDATE**
Gave these to my son as a gift today. 2 of them have already broken. These are NOT toys and when broken are choking hazards. They are literally described as durable and state we don’t need to worry about them breaking. Do not let children under the age of 3 play with these.

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