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Warren Buffett's Ground Rules: Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's Greatest Investor
Warren Buffett's Ground Rules: Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World's Greatest Investor
The 1st 5 chapters were almost worthless but the rest of the book more than made up for it.

The discussion of Generals, Workouts & Controls offers a nice introduction to value investing.

The author walks you through how Buffett took what he learned under Ben Graham & put his own stamp on it.

You'll learn how he ran the Buffett Partnership & subsequently made the transition to more qualitative investments which formed the Berkshire Hathaway.of today.

I'd recommend reading Graham's "Intelligent Investor" & Phillip Fushers "Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits" 1st & although there's no heavy math, you should probably understand how to read a balance sheet & income/cash flow statements.

After "Ground Rules" I recommend reading the full prtnership letters & "Berkshire Letters to Shareholders" for a more fully formed view of what WEB has done, followed by Graham & Dodd "Security Analysis" after which you should be analytically & temperamentally able of trying your hand at creating your own Berkshire.

Disclaimer: the wit & wisdom WEB has exhibited throughout his carreer are replicable by many but the temperament needed to execute is IMHO the most important factor in obtaining above average results. If you ain't disciplined & patient, your results will vary...
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
An awesome business book written by the brilliant Lawrence Levy, who served as CFO of Pixar, giving an inside peek into the transformative journey of Pixar from a confused state and an uncertain future with $50 million in negative; into an outstanding storytelling creative studio making multi-billion dollars via sales of movie tickets, merchandising, DVD sales etc.

Steve Jobs spotted Lawrence in a magazine and kept him in records. A few years later he calls Lawrence and invites him to visit Pixar and consider joining Pixar to help hone the strategy, run the business and make it public. And that's where the story begins and progresses on how Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Lawrence Levy and team and associates of Pixar made the necessary strategic and creative choices in the background of several challenges and survival pressures.

This is a must read for those who have loved the work of Pixar, the various movies and characters they built, the toys, fish, monsters, cars superheroes. And for those who have not watched Pixar movies, they will love the book too as the author takes us through a vivid journey of his various interactions with Steve Jobs and team that led to one of Hollywood's greatest success story.

Entrepreneurs and Professionals will cherish this book for the multiple snippets and insights it offers in wide areas such as

+ Effective Collaboration
+ Smart Negotiation and Leveraging Strengths
+ Fighting for injustice done to team and giving them due respect and credit
+ Dealing with a Tough Boss like Steve Jobs
+ Reflecting on Life's Purpose to plan the future direction
+ Not giving up when the chips are down
+ Important Role of a Change Agent and Mentors and Back-office team
+ Culture Building and Team Friendship
+ Attracting and Retaining Talent
+ Creativity Before Business, Betting on the Creative Talent in spite of the risks
+ Dealing with Investment Bankers
+ Business Models of the Entertainment Industry
+ Leadership
+ "The Middle Way" to deal with life and business

I loved the book and plan to read it again, and I bet you will like this well chronicled journey of Pixar's struggles and success. Thank you Lawrence Levy for sharing this fascinating story.
George Washington's Socks (Time Travel Adventure)
George Washington's Socks (Time Travel Adventure)
This was a Christmas present for my 7-year-old who loves reading about history. He loves the Magic Tree House and I Survived series. I chose this one because he enjoys reading about the Revolutionary War. He decided that instead of reading it by himself (He's a really good reader for a second grader!), he wanted me to read a chapter or two aloud each night. That was fine with me because I love reading to him and his 5-year-old brother. The story started off really well--some boys starting an adventure club. Both boys enjoyed it. There is obviously a time-travel component, and the chapters dealing with how the kids traveled back in time via an old rowboat kind of frightened both boys. Once we got past that part, they really got into the story. The boys (and one's little sister) end up with George Washington crossing the Delaware River. Through several events, the kids get separated, meet interesting people, wonder how they'll get back home, etc. We have only read about 3/4 of the book, and we are all enjoying the adventure. However, I will caution you that there are some words in this book that I don't feel are appropriate for a children's book. In fact, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them as I was reading ahead. Honestly, that kind of ruined the book for me. Luckily, since I'm reading it aloud, I can skip over or change certain words instead of saying them. Also, this is a book about war, and some of the descriptions of injuries, wounds, and illnesses are a bit more graphic than I would have liked. It's a really interesting story that keeps your attention, but I don't think I would want my children reading it independently, even if they were a little older. Also, as a former elementary school teacher, I wouldn't recommend it as a read-aloud selection unless you want to read it ahead of time and edit out inappropriate material. As much as the boys and I like the story itself, I must be honest: I probably would not have purchased the book if I had known it contained profanity--even a little. Maybe I'm naive, but I didn't expect books written for children (even somewhat older children) to contain "bad" words. They grow up so fast as it is. We'll finish the book because we do like the story and want to see how it turns out. I just wish I had gotten a "heads up" before we got interested in it.
ILOVETOOL 2.0mm Diamond Jewelry Drill Bits Carving Bur Tools for Stone Pack of 30Pcs
ILOVETOOL 2.0mm Diamond Jewelry Drill Bits Carving Bur Tools for Stone Pack of 30Pcs
I drill holes in shells to make wind chimes and I love making them! I used to only buy the Drimmel brand bits. I could only do 40 shells or so before the Drimmel bits would give out. I got these for their price and am happily surprised! These bits are good and pointy, and they go though the shell nicely at first. After 10 shells the tip would break but I could keep going for a while after that with the now less pointy bit. When it starts struggling you get a nice sharp new one. All in all cheaper than brand name. These bits are a good value for my needs. If you’re reading this and plan to drill shells, make sure to use water. Put a sponge in a shallow pie dish filled with crushed ice and water. Drill the shell on the sponge and as you drill stick the bit in the sponge to keep it cool. You can even use a bit of water on the drill site. It’s fun to drill the holes too. Happy shell crafting!
BlenderBottle Radian Insulated Stainless Steel Shaker Bottle, 26oz, Captain America Shield
BlenderBottle Radian Insulated Stainless Steel Shaker Bottle, 26oz, Captain America Shield
Captain America Shield (Blue/Maroon)
I got this as part of an early birthday gift for my boyfriend and he really loved it. Like usual Blender Bottle products, it’s sturdy and made well, just a little pricey due to the Marvel design. I like that the handle loop thing is removable. I want one of these for myself but I would prefer if the top was more of a press-down/snap style rather than twist off for convenience (I foresee myself dropping it and spilling on myself in the car lol).
Marvel Legends Series 6-inch Deadpool 2
Marvel Legends Series 6-inch Deadpool 2
Let's be honest -- if you collect Marvel Legends, you pretty much know what you're getting here. I wasn't expecting the lateral arm movement (the backpack piece hid that) and the Madcap head is a great inclusion (now I need to find a body for that), but everything else is pretty standard stuff from the line. That said, while I was mainly interested in the Sauron tail, I was surprised to find that I actually like this Deadpool a lot! It's just a fun figure, and it doesn't look like another retread/update of the standard costume. And if you don't like it and aren't jazzed about using the Madcap head on this body, the figure's also a nice base for an easy Morph custom.
XOFOAO Doctor Strange Necklace Eye of Agamotto Costume Prop Stone Pendant with Sling Ring
XOFOAO Doctor Strange Necklace Eye of Agamotto Costume Prop Stone Pendant with Sling Ring
This product is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. The actual eye is about the size of the top of a spoon. The rope the connected it broke apart almost immediately after I opened it up. I couldn’t even get it around my head. It looked like it could fit a baby. The only good thing about this product is the sling ring. It actually fit and looked pretty decent. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Tate's Bake Shop Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, 7 oz
Tate's Bake Shop Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, 7 oz
I like chocolate chip cookies. My usual problem with any cookie is that they are too sweet. And the soft cookies are just terrible because besides being too sweet they taste like chemicals.

These cookies are good ... not too sweet and they don't load you down with too many chocolate chips. Don't get me wrong... I love chocolate. however, I also love the taste of buttery cookies.

My only complaint is the soy. Therefore I don't eat very many. Unless fermented (like in miso soup or soy sauce) soy is a health hazard. It causes breast cancer, stunted growth in children, men to develop breasts, etc. Google 'soyalert' and read the articles by the Weston A. Price Foundation. Unfortunately, soy is in practically everything. Trying to find food without it is like trying to purchase something not made in China!

So, unless I have time to make cookies these are my first choice. The best I've found so far!

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