Grayson King

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What Is HTML5?
What Is HTML5?
What Is HTML5? by Brett McLaughlin. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 317 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MongoDB Basics
MongoDB Basics
MongoDB Basics by Peter Membrey , David Hows, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Learning PHP and MySQL
Learning PHP and MySQL
Learning PHP and MySQL by Michele E. Davis and Jon A. Phillips. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Die Firma
Die Firma
Die Firma by Charles Brauer, John Grisham, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El último jurado (Spanish Edition)
El último jurado (Spanish Edition)
El último jurado (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Six Scary Stories
Six Scary Stories
Six Scary Stories by Stephen King , Elodie Harper, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 1088 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP 7 Programming Blueprints
PHP 7 Programming Blueprints
PHP 7 Programming Blueprints by Jose Palala and Martin Helmich. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP 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.
Mac OSX Developer Guide
Mac OSX Developer Guide
Mac OSX Developer Guide by Jesse Feiler. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Life Goals
Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Life Goals
I've read 9 of Larry Swedroe's 12 books, and every one was filled with valuable information from front to back. His latest, "Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett", is no exception. Larry shares conclusive evidence that backs up Warren Buffett's own recommendation that "by periodically investing in an index fund the know-nothing investor can actually outperform most investment professionals". While it's not impossible for actively managed funds to outperform passively managed index funds, Larry demonstrates that it is unwise to try your luck with actively managed. Larry also covers the importance of a well-rounded financial plan that takes into account your willingness, need, and ability to take an appropriate level of risk for your unique situation. He then takes the reader through various investment portfolio building blocks, as well as portfolio maintenance techniques and tips on working with financial advisors. Toward the end of the book he wraps it all together with his 30 rules of prudent investing, all concisely written and absolutely correct.

Larry Swedroe is a very knowledgeable finance expert, he's tremendously gifted with the written word, and he is a champion of individual investors everywhere. His writing distills key takeaways from the last 60 years of finance research into easily understandable prose. My recommendation: pick up a copy of this easy-to-read book and follow its guidelines for decades to come. You'll be glad you did.
Steve Jobs: 100 Success Lessons from Steve Jobs On How To Be Successful In Life And Business
Steve Jobs: 100 Success Lessons from Steve Jobs On How To Be Successful In Life And Business
Digital nerd Jesus, one of the greatest innovators of all time, visionary… Steve Jobs was the man from which we can learn a lot. He really did change the world, he changed our lives. This book gives us 100 success lessons which can learn from this great man’s example. Mr Rohn did a great job writing this very educative and helpful book for all of those who crave motivation and inspiration as a most needed fuel for journey to success.
Amazon CEO Letters ( 1997 - 2018 ) : CEO Letters & Biz Reports Book 6
Amazon CEO Letters ( 1997 - 2018 ) : CEO Letters & Biz Reports Book 6
“A huge thank you to each and every customer for allowing us to serve you, to our shareowners for your support, and to Amazonians everywhere for your ingenuity, your passion and your high standards.” ~ Jeff Bezos

Jony Dev has worked at Google, Facebook and Amazon. Now as a Chief Data Scientist he spends his time working for a Tech Start-up and writing interesting books. This is the only book I've read by him and it provides a lot of insight into the mind of Jeff Bezos as he created the largest Internet company in the world.

In this book you get to read over twenty annual letters by Jeff Bezos, which will get you up to speed on amazon history. Basically you will realize how amazon has evolved over time to the beloved site it is now.

What first struck me was how intellectual the letters were and yet they were very witty and lol funny in places. Jeff's charismatic personality definitely comes across well and this makes the letters very enjoyable to read. They can almost stand alone as a form of art without any explanation needed.

In the letters Jeff spends time explaining his point of view on allowing customers to post negative reviews. He discusses Alexa, Amazon Go, Amazon Books, Frustration-free packaging, marketplace, PRIME, quantitative analysis, skills-forward approaches, machine learning techniques, long-term thinking, FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon), Career Choice and Whole Foods. Every major thing amazon has done is spoken of reverently in these letters. It is however interesting that Jeff Bezos changed his mind about physical stores.

My favorite letter was the 2007 letter that talks about the Kindle. Besides PRIME, the Kindle is what has affected my personal life the most. I've downloaded and read thousands of books over the years. It is great to instantly get a book that you can start reading seconds from downloading. Many times the books I've downloaded have been in some way lifesaving as I've had to research health conditions. Reading on the Kindle has really become my most compelling passion. Kindle Unlimited is one of my favorite things ever as I can literally find books on nearly every topic I could wish to read about!

One thing about this book is the fact that each letter past 1997 has the 1997 letter repeated at the start of the new letter. I simply fast forwarded through it each time as reading it before each letter would have taken a lot of time. I was therefore able to finish the book in two days.

There are some things I wondered about in the past, like did amazon give tours of fulfillment centers? The answer is YES! The URL is given for more information. There is also a comment about Amazon Smile and how you can donate to the charity of your choice each time you shop.

This book is part amazon history lesson, part enthusiastic celebration of success. Every business owner and amazon customer should read this collection of letters to fully understand the “customer-obsessed culture” of amazon. Maybe the new tag line should be: “Delighting customers one PRIME shipment at a time!” For instant gratification has become a reality when shopping at amazon.

As someone who has purchased pillowcases from India, a battery operated candle from Malaysia and curtains made in China I can say amazon's commitment to global shopping is inspirational. You really can find anything your heart could wish for all in one place. In fact when I get a catalog in the mail, I just look up the items at amazon. And after an experience of going to four stores in one day with no luck finding a foot cream, I just came home and ordered it from amazon like I should have in the first place. I learn!

So I found this book inspirational and I feel anyone who loves amazon will be intrigued by these letters. In the words of Copywriter Robert Gibson: “The unknown requires relentless optimism.” Jeff Bezos' optimism and drive to please customers has made amazon my favorite website in the world. And I know millions of people agree that it is the best place to shop online. Jeff Bezos is leading us into the future of the Internet. I'm just wondering what fantastic thing will he think up next? :)

~The Rebecca Review

Reviewing this book is not an endorsement of any movies, shows, books or music mentioned in the book. I don't agree with everything amazon sells (who does?) but I'm grateful they have many Christian books going back centuries that I enjoy reading. I believe at amazon you have to make good choices about what you buy just like in any other store.
The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations
The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations
All students must develop critical ability to interpret a complex, globalized world. Knowing facts and interpreting them in an autonomous way are desirable skills for who wants to act in areas regarding with world affairs. This book offers excellent tools to achieve such goals! More than one vision about the same subject permits readers to form his own opinion; case studies, tables and key points notations help remarking main ideas; extra questions stimulate students to think about readings. All of that and much more make this a fantastic book!
Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors
Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors
This will be a bit lengthy, but hopefully a fair review of this book.

Let me set it up by stating my background. I am a long time Tesla owner and fan of the vehicle. I first became interested in Tesla around 2006 as I became involved in the world of alternative energy automobiles and as a moderator for a large Prius forum. I ordered my first Tesla in March of 2009 and suffered the nearly 4 year wait to take delivery. Subsequently we purchased a Model X for my wife and at 100k miles I replaced the original S with a Model 3. I moderate a Facebook Tesla forum as well as Tesla Motors Club (mentioned multiple times in the book). I also participate in a couple of podcasts as a panelist and have been on the panel with Mr. Niedermeyer a couple of times, at least once things became heated. I also previously owned a few shares of Tesla stock which I sold for a small profit (<$1000). I can fairly be labeled a “fan boy”. That said, I like to think I’m pretty objective and I don’t deny the many problems with Tesla the company and, to some degree, with the Tesla cars themselves.

Onto the book.
First of all, I feel that the “facts” provided describing many of the issues that have plagued Tesla and Elon Mus, their growth, their finances and their manufacturing process are accurate. As such this book is an important read as there are few contrarian perspectives out there about Tesla that shines a light on some of the deep flaws with the company and their processes. That is not where I have issues with the book. The problems arise when Mr. Niedermeyer begins to editorialize and make assumptions about the motivations of Tesla owners and Elon Musk himself. He constructs a stereotype of the average Tesla fan early on in the book that he then uses to rationalize many of the reasons that Tesla has been successful and that its flaws have been overlooked by so many. That is not to deny that there are elements of truth about some owners, but he has created a ridiculous image of sycophantic followers who praise Elon’s every move in a mindless fashion. My experience couldn’t be further from the truth. While there are those ‘fanbois’ who are as described, most of us are intelligent adults whom have desired to support a vision for a future and are willing to ride out the storm, if you will. But not without an expectation of reciprocation from Tesla…something I, at least, and most other early adopters have gotten without question. We’re fully aware of the flaws and accept that there is some element of risk. Elon’s “antics” are not an illusionist fooling us, they’re the sort of out of the box concepts that let us feel that we can finally escape the staid mentality of the conventional automobile industry.

Additionally, while Mr. Niedermeyer does a good job at sticking to facts and numbers in many areas of this book at other times he is just as happy to generalize a few online complaints about problems to make sweeping implications about widespread problems with Tesla automobiles in general implying massive design flaws. He does not bother to do any math to work out what percentage of vehicles these issues might represent. He doesn’t bother to state that most of the issues arise in early production runs and are promptly resolved, never or rarely to appear again. He fails to acknowledge that there is a huge selection bias. If I don’t have a problem with my control arms on my Tesla, I’m not going to go on a public forum and say “I don’t’ have a problem with my control arm”. And yet, Mr. Niedermeyer has no hesitation to use “data” from a couple threats on a Tesla forum to draw radical conclusions about potential safety issues and other problems.

I think the most disturbing part of the book is this. One can take actual facts and present them in such a way that they appear to support your position, while, if presented another way it can look just the opposite. The thing that struck me here is that that is exactly what Mr. Niedermeyer chose to do. When unnecessary and mean-spirited jabs were taken at Tesla owners at the end of nearly every chapter really punctuated the fact that not only does Mr. Niedermeyer have a bias, he has a bone to pick. Not just with Tesla, or Elon, but with owners who’ve long supported them. And that’s a shame because Mr. Niedermeyer is a talented, bright and promising journalist, unfortunately because of the origins of his career and, in fairness, a ruthless attack by Elon online, he’s no longer able to objectively look at Telsa Motors, Telsa cars, or Tesla owners.
The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
I devoured this book in two days!! I couldn’t put it down because there’s so many twists and turns and outrageous characters. I always love Kushner’s books because he manages to bring strange worlds (video game visionaries, high-school football heroes committing bank heists, Vegas card sharks, etc.) into focus, with humor and super compelling storytelling. The Players Ball is an unbelievable true story about these two genius tech entrepreneurs, one a dorky superpower and the other his sleazy, con artist nemesis, who obsessively battle for control, money, sanity and dangerous stakes. I cherish when I find a great story that I can’t put down, so I loved being transfixed by this battle. I learned a lot about what goes into starting a business, running a business, stealing a business and fighting to the death “Match”. I really loved this book and the unbelievable ending.
El Secreto del Exito: En el Trabajo y en la Vida (Spanish Edition)
El Secreto del Exito: En el Trabajo y en la Vida (Spanish Edition)
Donald Trump establece en este libro una idea muy realista de lo que es el mundo empresarial y la vida diaria en contra de las imágenes y conceptos utópicos que nos muestran el cine y la televisión. Hay excelentes consejos y crudas verdades expuestas, que al asimilarlas y ponerlas en práctica, nos llevarán por un camino que no garantiza que alcancemos un éxito financiero como el suyo, pero que sin duda nos ayudan a lograr una mayor fortaleza emocional para afrontar los retos del día a día y conseguir mejorar nuestros ingresos.

Donald Trump establishes in this book a very realistic idea of what is the managerial world and the daily life contrasting the images and utopian concepts that show us the cinema and the television. There are excellent advices and raw exposed truths, which on having assimilated them and put them into practice, will take us for a way that does not guarantee that we reach a financial success as his, but that undoubtedly help us to achieve a major emotional strength to confront the challenges of day after day and to manage to improve our income.
The Beatles (The White Album) [4 LP]
The Beatles (The White Album) [4 LP]
I eagerly awaited this and bought both the CD set and the 4 disc LP set. For me it was a total let down as most of the material had been released on the Anthology series of CD's. Only a trickle of surprises, but if you find a couple of alternate takes of "goodnight" by Ringo to be WOW material, it's not. It's nice, but where the MEAT? There certainly must have been plenty of alternate tracks? What's so wrong with this is, they didn't at least give us a disc of let's say, 8 tracks that show its development and how it got to the finished songs we all know and love? Is that too much to ask?
I can't believe they didn't include rough run through track of Yer Blues? We heard the demo's before, but where's the rest? I was disappointed. The ONLY bright spot is the book which details the songs as recorded, and other details. But this book should have been available separately. I guess Abbey Road will be scarce of anything we've not heard before?
The remixes are fine, but anyone with an ear, a little training on the machines, could have tinkered with the songs and created new sounds. Nepotism meets Copyright means Ca$h grab. Just like the Beatlefest. The Beatles created jobs without even knowing it. People are making money off the Beatles since day one, and continue to do so. From books, to printed posters, to the slimy photographers who sell WAY TOO expensive prints of the pics they took back in the day (of which they've already been paid for their work), to the money masters behind "Beatlefest." Clearly these photographers could offer these photos at a more reasonable price. We're not talking these guys are in the class of Ansel Adams, but in their mind, if its got a "Beatle" in it, it's worth $$$$.
Blues (2 LPs)
Blues (2 LPs)
Per la prima volta è stato stampato su vinile il titolo "Blues", originariamente uscito soltanto in cd nel 1994.
Non importa se solo sei delle undici canzoni presenti sul disco, erano inedite all'epoca dell'uscita dell'album (oggi, con tutto il materiale di Jimi Hendrix pubblicato da allora, saranno anche meno).
Ciò che importa è che questo è uno dei migliori album tematici di Jimi Hendrix.
"Hear My Train A-Comin" (conosciuta anche come "Getting My Heart Back Together Again"), che apre il disco, è una composizione originale di Hendrix, suonata spesso dal vivo (segnatamente tra il 1969 e il 1970), attinto su nastro dallo stesso Hendrix.
L'ultimo brano, invece, è stato registrato il 30 maggio 1970 al Berkeley Community Theater, già pubblicato in precedenza sull'album "Rainbow Bridge" nel 1971.
"Born Under a Bad Sign" è per la prima volta, una jam strumentale di un brano di Albert King, suonato dalla "Band of Gypsys".
"Red House" è in una versione mono attinta dalla versione europea di "Are You Experienced", ma senza la coda strumentale.
"Catfish Blues" è tratta dallo show televisivo tedesco Hoepla (Hendrix innesta sulla canzone le prime due strofe di "Rollin’ Stone" e l'ultima strofa di "Still a Fool" entrambe di Muddy Waters.
"Voodoo Chile Blues" di Alan Douglas, fu registrata durante le sessioni che produssero la versione definitiva, intitolata, come noto, "Voodoo Chile", poi confluita su "Electric Ladyland".
"Mannish Boy" è un mix tra "Mannish Boy" di Muddy Waters e "I'm a Man" di Bo Diddley, ed è un mix di varie take.
"Once I Had a Woman" è una versione leggermente più lunga della lenta canzone blues di Hendrix.
"Bleeding Heart" è una cover di Elmore James, suonata dalla Band of Gypsys.
"Jelly 292" è la take 2 della canzone Jam 292 apparsa sull'LP postumo "Loose Ends" del 1974 (si tratta di una Jam session basata su "Dooji Wooji" di Duke Ellington.
"Electric Church Red House" è un'altra improvvisazione registrata ai TTG studios nel 1968.
Tenendo presente che se vendessero la sputacchiera di Jimi Henrix comprerei anche quella (cosa che, evidentemente, nonmi rende la persona più attendibile, quando si parla del Maestro), secondo me è un disco da avere.
Grafica bellissima, con libretto a 8 pagine molto ben curato.

tracklist
Hear My Train a Comin' (Electric) (Jimi Hendrix) - 3:05
Born Under a Bad Sign (Booker T. Jones, William Bell) - 7:37
Red House (Jimi Hendrix) - 3:41
Catfish Blues (Traditional, arr. Hendrix) - 7:46
Voodoo Child Blues (Jimi Hendrix) - 8:47
Mannish Boy (Muddy Waters, Mel London, Ellas McDaniel) - 5:21
Once I Had a Woman (Jimi Hendrix) - 7:49
Bleeding Heart (Traditional, arr. Hendrix) - 3:26
Jelly 292 (Jimi Hendrix) - 6:25
Electric Church Red House (Jimi Hendrix) - 6:12
Hear My Train A Comin' (Live) (Jimi Hendrix) - 12:08

Musicisti:
Jimi Hendrix: chitarre, voce
Billy Cox: basso in Born Under a Bad Sign, Mannish Boy, Once I Had a Woman, Bleeding Heart, Jelly 292 e Hear My Train a Comin' (Electric)
Noel Redding: basso in Red House, Catfish Blues e Electric Church Red House
Buddy Miles: batteria in Born Under a Bad Sign, Mannish Boy, Once I Had a Woman, Bleeding Heart e Electric Church Red House
Mitch Mitchell: batteria in Red House, Catfish Blues, Voodoo Chile Blues, Jelly 292, Electric Church Red House e Hear My Train a Comin' (Electric)
Jack Casady: basso in Voodoo Chile Blues
Steve Winwood: organo in Voodoo Chile Blues
Sharon Layne: organo in Jelly 292
Lee Michaels: organo in Electric Church Red House
Alan Douglas: produzione
Bruce Gary: produzione
Mark Linett: tecnico del suono
Joe Gastwirt: masterizzazione
Rob O'Connor: copertina, Graphic design
Richard Bull: artwork, design
Mimosa (Radio Edit) [Explicit]
Mimosa (Radio Edit) [Explicit]
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You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
I can agree that far too many books about white men in history are written by white men today. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Brenda Wineapple, Amy Greenberg, among many others, have much to say about American history and past presidents. But I'm not sure what Alexis Coe contributes to the genre, other than pointing out the gender inequality and self-satisfyingly attacking white male Washington biographers for apparently getting it all wrong.

Her smug preface and introduction differ drastically in tone from the fairly straightforward body of the book itself. In a "humorous" way, she self-righteously calls out other Washington biographers - some of the preeminent writers and historians of our time - for their apparent presumptions and for supposedly perpetuating myths, as she deceivingly implies that they have written about Washington's fabled wooden teeth as fact.

And then she goes on to do exactly what she accuses others of doing - perpetuating myths (her "fun fact" that Washington named one of his dogs Cornwallis has been disputed as a 19th-century invention) and making unsupported presumptions (a letter to Washington from a colleague, asking, basically, "So, are you gettin' any?" leads her to conclude that Washington had likely engaged in premarital sex, including, possibly, "nonconsensual sex with an enslaved woman." Is that possible? Well, anything's possible. But likely? Who knows? Certainly not Coe, but it doesn't stop her from dangling it out there as a possibility, with zero evidence it actually occurred.)

Aside from the listicles interspersed throughout, the body of the book is generally a straightforward, Cliff's Notes-style biography, breezily coming in at about 200 pages of text. In longer, more thoughtful and thorough books on Washington, biographers struggle to understand and reconcile his views on slavery and wish that he could have taken a stronger stand against the practice. But Coe generally condemns him by viewing his actions through a 21st-century lens, which is easy to do in hindsight.

Ultimately, I'm not sure who this book is for - teens? Probably not, judging by the double entendre title and the inclusion of a crass, rated-R quote at the beginning of the book. Women? She seems to set it up that way, but there's nothing all that feminist about this book. I guess it's for people who otherwise wouldn't read a historical biography, but have enough of an attention span to get through 200 pages on George Washington, as long as there are listicles along the way to entertain and distract them. It's certainly not for those of us who actually enjoy a "900-page brick of a presidential biography" that she condemns as "Dad books" written by "Thigh Men" (don't ask).
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition]
30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Deluxe Edition]
Ironic to think that this set - recorded in October 1992, was celebrating Dylan's 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and here we are in 2016, another quarter of a century plus later, and Dylan's just released a new album. Anyway, I bought both the deluxe vinyl and CD version of this set. I have reviewed the vinyl, and all I would like to add is that this album has an added poignancy when you consider that several of the performers - Richie Havens, Lou Reed, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Johnny Winter, members of The Band - are now gone. And Dylan is still with us. Some great songs here - and the odd indifferent performance, but overall a worthy celebration of Dylan's enduring talent.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Unfortunately a lot of (Country/Cowboy) music lovers may miss out on this one because Bob Dylan's name is on the cover, and they just can't begin to imagine how wonderful he sounds when he's in a laid back country mode.

Some Bob Dylan lovers may pass it by because there are only a few Dylan songs on this soundtrack recording.

I held back from purchasing this gem on CD, guessing sooner or later Columbia / Sony would eventually issue a remaster - but no need to worry on that score as this version of the CD sounds as brilliant as I remember the original LP/vinyl issue.

Musically it's loaded with Cowboy Movie atmosphere, a little bit of Country rock, a little bit of very tasty acoustic guitar playing, a few appropriate songs from Bob Dylan about Billy The Kid & Pat Garrett, including the astonishing "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

Sounding as fresh now as it did back in the early 70s, this entire recording is short and sweet, just like Bob's "Nashville Skyline".

Listening pleasure guaranteed!

Musicians include Booker T., Roger McGuinn, Bruce Langhorn, Russ Kunkel, Byron Berline, Jim Keltner & Carl Fortina.

Always on sale at Amazon, and at a very nice price, there really is no excuse for not getting hold of a copy of this.

"Pat Garrett got your number....."

Classic.
Masked and Anonymous [Blu-ray]
Masked and Anonymous [Blu-ray]
http://knoxblogs.com/the-vanities-review/author/davidhunter/
Finding Gold on The Independent Film Channel

I just saw a film on an a television channel that specializes in Independent, off beat, didn't quite make it films. It was made in 2003 and is called Masked and Anonymous. I'd neither seen nor heard of it. It was directed, produced and written by Larry Charles, who penned the first five seasons of the Seinfield sitcom. Bob Dylan co-authored the script under the pseudonym "Sergei Petrov." I have no idea why Dylan, who also was the central character and star, used a pseudonym.

According to Wikipedia the people's encyclopedia, the film was funded by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and filmed in 20 days.

Despite the the obvious low priority and short shooting schedule, here is a partial list some of actors who have commanded millions for roles they've played, who signed on to work for union scale . The current Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) daily rate, is $880; and the weekly rate is $3,280. Here are some you will probably recognize: John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, Val Kilmer, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Cheech Marin, Ed Harris; Christian Slater and Fred Ward.

Let's face it, the opportunity to work with a living legend like Bob Dylan doesn't come along every day, even for stars to work for what was minimum wage to them, just to be a part of it.

Masked and Anonymous is set in an undated future world in which chaos and a dictatorial, third world type government reign. Dylan plays a washed up but legendary music icon, Jack Fate, who is obviously supposed to be Dylan himself. Fate is the estranged son of the the President/Dictator of the United States is in prison when the film begins.

Fate is sprung from prison by Uncle Sweetheart (John Goodman) -- a shady concert promoter -- to be featured in, a giant charity concert, with which the desperate promoter plans to pay off his own debts. Goodman's character is being pursued by criminal types to whom he owes a lot of money. He. has described the concert as "something that will be bigger than Woodstock."

It seems that this film is mostly a platform for Bob Dylan's music, politics and philosophy, and that's all right with me. Not an actor, the former Robert Zimmerman still manages to deliver his lines and voice-overs in an acceptable, though somewhat monotone voice and the actors working for scale seem to try no less harder than if they were starring in a film based on a Nobel Prize winning novel.

Goodman plays as the blowhard con man who will say anything to make the concert a success, is very believable; Val Kilmer gave an exceptional performance as a hippy-like prophet who loves animals and hates people; the always beautiful Jessica Lange, plays an aging former world famous actress, working as a go-between manager is superb as usual -- implementing orders from the unidentified criminal syndicate bosses through Goodmans's character, who must in turn persuade Fate to go along with the orders disguised as "requests;" Christian Slater is outstanding as a philosophical stagehand, watching and commenting on the often chaotic situation.

Last but not least, Mickey Rourke Plays, Edmund, a sort of foster brother to Dylan's character, who says to the music legend at one point: "I'm the man your father always wanted you to be."

I will not give a way any more of the rice paper thin plot or the ending. As an example of cinematic art, most critics gave it a violent thumbs down, but I'm not a cinematic critic. If you came of age in the sixties, saw Woodstock as an almost religious event -- and especially if you are a Bob Dylan fan -- you need to watch this film. I just ordered it on CD for a few dollars and I generally don't collect films or CDs. It can also be downloaded directly for immediate viewing.

This film is worth seeing, especially if you fit the criteria of an aging Dylan fan who came of age in the 1960s, or a student of the music of that era. Here are a few quotes from Masked and Anonymous:
Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (5th Edition) (What's New in Computer Science)
Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (5th Edition) (What's New in Computer Science)
I'm about half way through this textbook and it's further than I've gotten in any of the other oft recommended data structures textbooks. Which, in my opinion, is a great endorsement of this textbook's style and content.

This book bridges the gap nicely from a second semester Java course into the higher level data structures and algorithms classes. You need to have a firm grasp of Java OOP principles, (things like inheritance, generics, and interfaces) but you don't need to be a master of these topics.

This book also includes a gentle introduction to big-O analysis and sets the stage for thoughtful data structure design and usage with care for security and what seems like robust programming practices. Where other books may include sloppy and/or dangerous style, this author's coding style is one that I'm happy to emulate at least for the remainder of the book.

I will say that this book is not a comprehensive algorithm textbook but as far as nailing down the theory and design of abstract data types and data structures, I feel invigorated by the examples and practice problems in this book. I'm glad my class requires this text and I look forward to furthering my study with the other more revered Algorithms books once I've become a little more mature in my baseline understanding, which this book seems to be solidifying nicely.
Pilot FriXion Clicker 0.7mm, Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point (6-Pack, Black/Blue)
Pilot FriXion Clicker 0.7mm, Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point (6-Pack, Black/Blue)
As a college student these have become my go to pens for note taking. I love being able to erase mistakes since I write sloppily and make many mistakes as it is. The clicker is great and this version of the pilot frixion pens is much better than the previous version that used a cap that covered the eraser. That being said, they aren't perfect.
For starters, the ink is lighter than pens I've used previously such as the Pilot G2 pens. The eraser takes a little getting used to because it's not like a pencil eraser. It's more firm and requires friction (hence the name) to erase the ink but requires more effort than a typical eraser and pencil does. I also notice these pens will sometimes skip more or just not write properly the first stroke you take. These issues are not too much of a problem especially once you've used the pens for a while and the benefit of erasing mistakes outweighs them in my opinion. However, there is one problem that can be a huge issue in some circumstances. If the ink gets too hot it will just fade and disappear on it's own. I've had missing spots in my notes before due to leaving my bag in the car on a hot day. I've never had entire pages or even massive chunks missing however, the fact that random spots will just be gone can be worrisome. Definitely do NOT use these pens for important documents for this exact reason. Update: "Photo is added of some notes that were erased when I left my bag in the car on a warm. Also, my pens that were in my bag that day no longer work."
Eppicotispai Birchwood Pizza Peel, 14.75 by 19.70", Cream
Eppicotispai Birchwood Pizza Peel, 14.75 by 19.70", Cream
Prodotto perfetto. Consente di velocizzare le procedure di inserimento/fuoriuscita pizza dai piani cottura. Non solo poi è un prodotto naturale ed atossico. Fortemente consigliato
Ideale per pizza tonda verace napoletana 32 cm di diametro. Particolarmente studiato per Fornetto pizza Express tipo ferrari ecc..
Qualche appunto per le 5 stelle:
Non particolarmente adatto al metodo COMBO (piastra per fondo pizza da 32cm, e cottura Grill per parte superiore della pizza), per via della eccessiva larghezza nella parte scalinata che non consente di entrare a contatto con la padella sia in fase di rilascio che di presa, che per via dello spessore trattandosi di un prodotto in legno per le fasi di inserimento/fuoriuscita da forno con GRILL. Detto questo per il resto il prodotto è altamente funzionale, anche se preferirei una piccola variazione nel manico (leggermente più spesso, e qualche cm in più).
Ulteriore consiglio alla azienda produttrice, vi invito a farne una versione con gli angoli della parte anteriore smussati per facilitare ai fanatici del metodo combo, ma forse chiedo troppo, e a quel punto si fa prima a passare ad una pala in lega tonda e sottile ;)
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Hamburger Helper Double Cheeseburger Macaroni, 5.2-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Hamburger Helper Double Cheeseburger Macaroni, 5.2-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Item: Cheeseburger Flavors
Brand: Hamburger Helper
Purchase Offline, In Store

The quality of the product itself was very good. The cost per amount really wasn't.

The cooking process of the meal is easy and efficient. It comes with quick steps and it a fast meal that tastes good. Hamburger Helper is very well known for that. As a tip, if you keep the grease from the meat and add it to the mix during the noodle stage it tastes even better, IMPO, because the package doesn't have as much spice and kick as it could.

The finish texture, if cooked for the correct time, it very good. The noodles do get a bit soft and larger than planned, if you stop too early they get hard and stiff and don't cook all the way, but that is a price you pay for swift meal and quick boil noodles.

The taste is always amazing.

The only real problem I have with product, which is what kicks it down to a 4 out of 5, is that there isn't enough product in it. On TV they always show a family of 3 to 5 enjoying it as a meal and having good portions but honestly it doesn't make enough for two to eat fully. At almost two dollars a box it really isn't an affordable meal. I only get them when they are on sale in multipacks, or are discounted at the Grocery Outlet because they are a few days past their sale date; since they are a dry food they are still good for a while after their sale date. (I don't feel this way about all food though; I honor the Milk sale buy dates like they are federal laws.)

I would suggest it to a friend, but not to a friend who has a large family, or even a family of more than two. I also wouldn't suggest it to a male friend because my male friends, mostly all in their 20's, could eat two boxes in one sitting and that isn't cost effective.
One Piece, Vol. 87 (87)
One Piece, Vol. 87 (87)
In volume 87 of One Piece chaos reigns, Big Mom's wedding plans are in shambles and plan assassinate Big Mom also has gone up in flames. But most of all Big Mom has entered her hunger berzerker rage as she didn't get to taste the wedding cake, watch out all that stand in way ally and enemy a like. If Whole Cake seemed slow to anyone this volume ha ratcheted up the crazy factor several levels. There are many moments in this volume that feel like they become iconic moments among the fandom.

Another fun bonus of this volume is the newest character ranking polls that celebrates the twentieth anniversary of One Piece. It's fun to see how fan favorites have changed over the years, it's really a fun little extra. Things sure have gone off the rails in this volume and things are only going to grow more chaotic for the next volume.
Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet Book 4)
Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet Book 4)
The four books are so intertwined and the four girls from toddler's were so close they were sisters in a very beautiful way and yet the four of them all had their own angst from their pasts that come back to haunt them and yet they always knew that they had one another to go to for a good cry and their was always a shoulder right there waiting with unconditional love.
This book is about Parker Brown, the one that conceived "Vows" the premier wedding venue that grew and each of the girls had their own area of expertise.
Parker was the toughest and the strongest as she was the one with the ability to run every aspect of Vows and with minute to minute changes with the hysterical brides and their families and did it as if it were nothing, she was unshakable until Malcolm Kavanaugh was concerned. He was the polar opposite of Parker and yet he intrigued her and shocked her in ways she never imagined for herself. The brilliant green eyes and the attraction was there even though she did not want to see or acknowledge it until she got to the point where he irritated her and intrigued her at the same time and she denied until she could no longer fool herself any longer.
She denied it until her three gal buddies got in her face and made her see that she was way off balance with Mal and yet in another way he was perfect for her because he could rattle her in ways that she knew were, in her own mind, were right and at every turn he surprised her with a tenderness and always struck her on a blind side that even she never new existed.
Brilliant and fun to read and, of course, so romantic it grabs you from the first book to the last, with Parker closing the circle.
If you have a romantic heart these four books will delight and open a space within you that will stay with you for a very long time.
The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda and Lilah
The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda and Lilah
The three stories revolve around 3 of 4 sisters who are trying to solve the mystery of some missing family emeralds. Each sisters story while revolving around the emeralds that belonged to their great-grandmother ends up finding the man of their dreams while looking for the emeralds at the same time that a jewel theif is also trying to find the emeralds. A little intrigue, a little mystery and a little romance equals some great reading. You will not want to put the book down.
Asterix et Cléopâtre [Édition remasterisée]
Asterix et Cléopâtre [Édition remasterisée]
DVD de reprenant le dessin animé de 1968 relatant la sixiéme des aventures du célèbre héros gaulois (la seconde en dessin animé long métrage); en ce qui concerne le scénario, l'histoire est bien connue et suit assez fidèlement la BD d'origine l'intrigue est particulièrement bien pensée, pleine de gags truculents et de chansons qui ont marqué toute une génération (qui ne se souvient d'Obélix partageant le gâteau empoisonné en trois?); quant à la qualité de l'animation elle date un peu; on a fait mieux depuis question fluidité des mouvements, César est difficilement reconnaissable par rapport à celui qu'on connaîtra plus tard, les voix sont caricaturales et excessives; mais on passe néanmoins un bon moment et ce DVD est parfait pour les enfants
Side Sleeper Pillow - Memory Foam Bed Pillows for Sleeping - 100% Adjustable Supportive Loft - Helps Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain - Queen Size 19 X 29 Inch (Platinum Grey)
Side Sleeper Pillow - Memory Foam Bed Pillows for Sleeping - 100% Adjustable Supportive Loft - Helps Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain - Queen Size 19 X 29 Inch (Platinum Grey)
The best pillow ever I have ever had! It came nicely packaged, NOT ROLLED either. I bought a few on here before and they come tightly rolled like a pastry and let off a chemical bomb when you open then. This pillow was hand rolled and had basically no smell. I used it pretty much the second I opened the box

I am an extremely light sleeper. I’m used to getting 4hrs a night. It is normal for me and I know that isn’t good.

I have bought a lot of different pillows but nothing to date has been the right one. I am around 80% a side sleeper, at least to fall asleep, during the night I do end up on back, but I wouldn’t class myself as a back sleeper.

I saw an ad for this pillow online somewhere, and it looked rather new so I decided to buy it and try it out. I haven’t really seen a curved pillow like this designed for side sleepers but for less than 70$ how could I not give it a try.

I was of course, somewhat sceptical, 70$ doesn’t get much these days and some of the luxury pillows I’ve seen and bought in big box stores cost me over $150 and still didn’t hit the mark.

This pillow is absolutely amazing. I don’t know exactly how they came up with this design but for sleeping on your side, the curve helps me keep my shoulder out of the way. The first night I didn’t remove any foam, I left it as it came. I found it a bit high and still slept about 5 hours. An hour more than normal and I was still dialling this pillow in.

Night 2 I had removed about 5ish decent handfuls of the memory foam fill and got 7 solid hours of sleep. 7 HOURS of amazing sleep. It’s perfect. I love it. I bought one to start but I’ll buy buying another 5 or 6 to finish off the house and of course 1 for the wife before she steals this one.

I am actually looking forward to going to sleep now. Before sleep was just a task, something I had to do. I would try get myself as tired as possible before laying my head down for a substandard sleep.

My personal opinion, if you sleep on your side or sleep on your back, this is a game changer.
Get 1 get 2, just get one. Love it.
Naruto, Vol. 49: The Gokage Summit Commences (Naruto Graphic Novel)
Naruto, Vol. 49: The Gokage Summit Commences (Naruto Graphic Novel)
I purchased the Naruto books from volume 39-49 for my 10 year-old son who is crazy about the TV show. He likes to talk about the shows he watches on the computer that are in Japanese with English subtitles. I tried to watch one a while ago but could not read the text fast enough and missed most of the action because I was concentrating on the text.

His friends are tired of hearing about Naruto and his Chakra so he tells me instead. He read all ten books in a matter of days - two, I think. He takes a few to school and lets his friends read them. He re-reads them when we are waiting for another endless appointment or traveling in the car. I have purchased more of the set - both earlier and later volumes that are part of his Christmas gifts. I like the fact that he is reading for enjoyment - not part of a school requirement - just for fun. Up until this year, he has had to read for 15 - 25 minutes a night as part of his homework - that requirement has been dropped for 5th grade and I must say I do not miss the endless reminders to please read. With these books, it is not a problem.
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 8 (8)
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 8 (8)
My 12 year old niece loves this series. I've read it with her and don't quite see what she loves about them, but there's also nothing I don't like and it gets her reading. She's been reading these since she was 10 and goes back and rereads them occassionally.
Mind Illusion Orphans Fruit [Japanese Edition]
Mind Illusion Orphans Fruit [Japanese Edition]
京極夏彦さんの「巷説百物語」を読んでいたら果心居士なる人物が登場。興味を持って調べてみたところどうやら戦国時代に暗躍した人物らしい。。。で!早速ぽちってみました。読者コメントがイマイチだったので(司馬先生すみません^^;)どうかな〜と思っていたら、実は短編集で果心居士の話は一話だけ。な〜んだ、って方が多かったみたいです。とはいえ短編集としては十分楽しめたので私的にはおっけい!
一話「八咫烏(ヤタガラス)」の話しが出てきます。サッカー日本代表のマークで有名な、熊野神社に祭られる霊鳥です。この八咫烏、大和(近畿)にすむ出雲族を征服すべく日向(九州)から来た海族を導くのですが、日本書紀の神話を元に擬人化された話しになっていてとても面白くよみました。所謂「神武東征」の話で、勝利を収めた日向の海族は統一国家を建設し初代の王は神武天皇を名乗ります。日本史でもそのあたりは授業中寝ていてほとんど聞いていなかった(ていうよりあまり詳しく教えてくれなかったような?)時代なので、今さらながら俄然興味深々。日向は今の宮崎県あたり?そういえば神々が集う高千穂もそのあたり??てことは九州から出た一族が初代天皇でその一族は海からやってきた民族の末裔???
関東から距離も時代も遠く離れたお話しなのでロマンが掻き立てられますね。
その他の話しも不思議な味わいのある作品ばかりですよ〜〜〜^^/
Moneychangers ( Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers ) ( Money changers ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Germany ]
Moneychangers ( Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers ) ( Money changers ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Germany ]
The german release is by far the best and it's the complete over four hours broadcast issued on two discs. My past copy of this tv series was set on one disc and under three hours, so much. Interesting material was missing.. Set in NYC around Wall Street it is rather sad when you keep seeing those twiin towers. They were quite beautiful and a cymbal of a great city and an even greater country. Why they did not rebuild them and make them even greater I will never understand.
Sfera (Italian Edition)
Sfera (Italian Edition)
Di lui avevo già letto altri romanzi e avevo già apprezzato il suo modo di scrivere; ovviamente ho visto e rivisto più volte l'omonimo film ma non mi era mai capitato di leggere la basa da cui è stato tratto e approfittando di un'offerta molto allettante, approfittai di questa lettura.
La scrittura scorre bene e lineare, senza periodi o pause morte e per avere un'idea, la narrazione del libro scorre pressoché come film, salvo qualche particolare e qualche episodio che nella versione su pellicola non è stato riportato.
Anche questo uno dei tanti casi in cui la versione cartacea di un'opera è nettamente superiore alla versione cinematografica.

CONCLUSIONI
Per gli amanti dei romanzi di avventura dove si mischiano buona narrazione con misteri e fantasy vario, questo libro merita di essere letto e ovviamente la sua lettura è d'obbligo per gli adoratori dei libri di Crichton, solamente mi rammarico immensamente per la sua anticipata dipartita, avrebbe potuto regalarci altre indimenticabili opere letterarie.
Mangiatori di morte (Italian Edition)
Mangiatori di morte (Italian Edition)
Ho acquistato questo libro per l'obiettivo della sfida di lettura a cui partecipo, e che chiedeva di leggere un libro ambientato nel medioevo, sbirciando su internet ho trovato questo libro di Michael Crichton che ha venduto più di 150 milioni di copie in tutto il mondo, e che ha ispirato il film "Il Tredicesimo Guerriero". Non poteva non incuriosirmi!

E' ambientato a partire dal 921, nella città di Bagdad, anno in cui l'arabo Ibn Fadlan riceve l'incarico da parte del principe Al-Muqtadir di recarsi presso il re dei Saqaliba per insegnargli le leggi della religione islamica e per aiutarlo a costruire delle migliori fortificazioni. Durante il viaggio per raggiungere i Saqaliba, Ibn Fadlan ci descrive in prima persona tutto ciò che vede e le popolazioni che incontra: nomadi turchi della tribù Oguz, i Peceneg nella terra dei Baschiri. Sono narrati gli usi e i costumi di queste popolazioni.

Navigando sul Volga per raggiungere il re dei Bulgari, la sua compagnia si ferma presso un villaggio di Normanni che sono lì per vendere i prodotti e la merce proveniente dai loro paesi. E' la prima volta che vede questi uomini alti, dai capelli biondi e la pelle chiarissima, questi sono i vichinghi. Rimane presso il loro piccolo insediamento per qualche settimana. durante questo tempo scopre un modo di vivere lontano anni luce dal suo. Ibn Fadlan segue la fede islamica e il modo di vivere degli arabi è decisamente diverso da quello dei vichinghi. Ce li descrive come una popolazione che veste di pelli e tele grezze e pellicce, le cui priorità sono principalmente il sesso, il banchettare e l'essere dei grandi guerrieri ed eroi.
Ibn Fadlan sarà costretto a seguire un gruppo di dodici guerrieri normanni, guidati da Wiglyf per andare nelle terre nordiche, nel regno di Rothgar per aiutarlo a combattere contro un orrore che da tempo li affligge e li terrorizza.

Risalendo ancora il Volga, cavalcando per le foreste fredde e navigando nei mari scuri, popolati da mostri, finalmente la compagnia raggiunge la terra di Venden dove sta la dimora di Rothgar. Qui Ibn Fadlan sarà a poco a poco accettato tra la gente vichinga e trattato come un loro pari, come un guerriero, e farà esperienza di tutti i riti, le tradizioni, la medicina, le emozioni e la vita religiosa dei pagani.
Questi uomini non hanno paura di niente, temono solamente una cosa: "la bruma nera" che di notte porta i demoni e il Drago Lucciola, esseri mortalmente violenti e apparentemente invincibili. Dovranno ora aspettare che la violenta "bruma nera" torni nelle loro terre per affrontarli in una battaglia sanguinosa e mortale.

Questo libro è narrato in prima persona, ed è strutturato come se fosse la traduzione del manoscritto di Ibn Fadlan, redatto durante questo emozionante viaggio.
La prima breve parte di questo libro, inizialmente mi è sembrata noiosa e poco interessante, ma poi, andando avanti con la lettura, ho capito quanto interessante stesse diventando e quanto affascinanti sono tutte le descrizioni che vi sono. A poco a poco la lettura coinvolge totalmente, così come la curiosità di scoprire e viaggiare insieme ad Ibn Fadlan per conoscere questi popoli così misteriosi e così diversi dal mondo arabo.

E' stata una lettura affascinante e per me è stato impossibile non affezionarmi alla storia. Il contrasto tra la religione islamica e i riti pagani, tra le diverse priorità delle due culture, è fortemente evidenziata dalla narrazione fatta dal punto di vista di Fadlan, uomo di grande curiosità e di grande cultura.
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (Penguin Classics)
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (Penguin Classics)
Great story of coming of age and feeling a sense of oneness to the connected natural and spiritual world. There were many great characters and interesting philosophical observations along the way. The introduction by James Franco seemed a bit disconnected to the book itself and self-serving, but the other introduction (by which scholar I have forgotten) was wonderfully researched and well written.
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed
A HOUSE BUILT ON SAND

‘PORTRAIT OF A KILLER’ (2002) by Patricia Cornwell is a book in two parts; that’s stressed even in the sub-title: ‘JACK THE RIPPER – CASE CLOSED’. It appears to be a good book struggling to escape poisonous tentacles – or, perhaps, a house built on sand.

I came across this book several years ago when, with a lifetime of interest in crime and punishment, I wanted to examine details of perhaps the most famous murder-spree in history. So, largely by using the index, I skipped through details of a sequence of gruesome murders. Unfortunately, at some time since then I lent the book which disappeared onto bookshelves of the anonymous. I acquired this copy via Ancestry and discovered the bits I leap-frogged over more than a decade ago.

It is indeed a book with two faces: one is that meticulous description of the murder scenarios and the background of the victims which had been my focus those years before. As I was reading the whole book I could appreciate the clear style in which PROBABLE facts were marshalled in order as I’d long enjoyed from the creator of Scarpetta. Even more, the author provided a vigorous coverage of the general background of that society: the gap between components of a rigid class strata so exploited by Jack the Ripper: poverty, disorder and a constant fight for survival in one; comfortable indulgence of the other extreme with that temptation to taste the forbidden pleasures of that goldfish bowl so clearly described in ‘The Worm in the Bud’ by R. Pearsley (1969); while the general social background described by Henry Mayhew a generation before was still there and rotting. Patricia Cornwell adds frequently passed-over areas like police procedures on patrol, public abhorrence for detectives and the hysteria whipped up newspapers which has made five murders so notorious. Was the number only five? Perhaps. Other claims for Ripper victims are best assigned to the ‘Maybe’ category because the whole area has been worked over until even the sub-soil of what may be termed ‘Hell on Earth-has been torn up by those mining such a rich vein of profit.

To illustrate here is an ALPHABETICAL list of 15 Ripper suspects:

CHAPMAN, CLARENCE, CREAM, CROSS, CUTBUSH, DEEMING, DRUITT, FEIGENBAUM, GULL, KOSMINSKI, MAYBRICK, OSTROG, SICKERT, TUMBLETY, WILLIAMS

Why listed like that? It lessens the impact of FAMILIAR names and limits all to an even consideration. Why are they suspects? One was born into the top rank and two helped assist / cover-up his Ripper activities. Three had medical connections -Jack was a deranged doctor, wasn’t he? No, one was a hair-dresser or did he just find a body? Four were mad, though one admitted everything by committing suicide; one actually declared,’ I’m Jack the- ‘, though he wasn’t either of the two who actually confessed. But was Jack one of the four killers executed – didn’t another one disappear? Yes, but don’t forget one was killed by his wife (who escaped the gallows, he should have never that diary. Even so three have still managed to be accused years after their deaths. Complicated isn’t it?

Patricia Cornwell has spent great deal of time, effort and a lot of money in trying to solve the mystery. With her eminence in the world of crime fiction, she’s enjoyed considerable help from those controlling access to what MIGHT remain of evidence – and she’s well versed with how law enforcement operates in North America.

At a moment of disorientation, she was presented with the solution of the Ripper crimes. I first of Walter Sickert over fifty years ago as somebody who’d become so excited st being told he was renting the bedroom of Jack the Ripper that he produced a murky painting entitled ‘Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom’.

Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) was an artist. perhaps buffeted by a ‘gifted’ family background, who certainly possessed a weird personality with an awareness of what attracted those imprisoned by the constraints of society before the ‘War to end all wars.’ For Patricia Cornwell this was a eureka moment

‘I knew the identity of a murderer and I couldn’t possibly avert my gaze…..” It doesn’t matter if he’s dead. Every now and then this small voice asks me, what if you’re wrong? I would never forgive myself for saying such a thing about somebody, and then finding out I’m wrong.”
“But you don’t believe you’re wrong……”
“No. Because I’m not,” I said.’(PP.9-10)

The portcullis had been slammed down. The castle was under attack.

***********

The defence is quite clear. The author meticulously presents evidence but somewhere in the handling there’s a sleight of hand: whatever, in ANY way, can link Sickert to that reign of terror in 1888 Whitechapel is pawed over, the rest is dropped on to the slag heap.

In previewing an analysis of the Ripper letters, with its extraordinary range of hand-writing (some of the many illustrations), the author states a preference for examining ‘the unique and repeated use of linguistic combinations in multiple texts [which] is the fingerprint of a person’s mind. (P.57). So this review will have brief look at the use of language in this book.

There’s a subtle but frequent use of modal auxiliary grammar ‘When Sickert was born his gender may have been ambiguous’ (P. 64) ‘It would have been easy for him to disguise himself’ (P.81). ‘It must have been thrilling to spy on a constable huffing and straining as Mary Ann Nichols’s almost severed head lolled from side to side…’ (P.91) As here, this often accompanied by proximity in the text of Sickert to the murderer. Other words such as POSSIBLE, POSSIBLY, PERHAPS, MAYBE etc. are there to SUGGEST a CERTAINTY which isn’t there.

On Page 84 when a Thameside warehouse burns down, something changes`: ‘it is purely speculative to say that Sickert wandered toward the water to watch, He might not have been in London on this, although there is nothing on record to prove he wasn’t.’ Why is that so important? The Brandy Warehouse burnt down on the night of 30 August 1888 and the corpse of Mary Ann Nichols was found in the early morning of 31 August; she was the first of the ‘canonical five’ victims of the Ripper and the one receiving the most treatment
(16 pages) in the book including the quotation in the previous paragraph.

However, there are some statements which seem to challenge each other: ’Sickert was far too clever to paint pictures of murders and entertain his friends by re-enacting a real killing that had happened just beyond his door’ (P.83) and ‘Sickert is known to have drawn, etched and painted only what he saw. Without exception, this is true.’ (P. 91)

At this point I must confess that I welcome being numbered among ‘the skeptics and critics tainted by self-interest who will refuse to accept that Sickert was a serial killer, a damaged, diabolical man driven by megalomania and hate’ (P. 14). Why? Because any ad hominem onslaught like that has abandoned rationality and KNOWS its position is weak.

The area which appears LEAST useful are the claims for MT_DNA, especially specimens obtained from the obverse of stamps on a Ripper letter and a Sickert letter. MT_DNA is ‘only passed down by the mother’ (P. 170) insists the author but it’s not that simple.

Ignore any corruption / decay of the samples; ignore the size of any matched sequence. Just consider that MT_DNA probably stretches back to earlier than 20,000 B.C. so don’t try to imagine how many relatives that gives you. In my family research I have more than 2,000 named ‘cousins’ of which I can identify a hundred or so - and then only HOW they relate normally also involves measurable amounts of AT_DNA or Y_DNA or X_DNA.

As Blaine Bettinger, a DNA authority, in ‘DNA Testing & Genetic Genealogy’ (2016) wrote ’an MT_DNA test can only reveal that two people are maternally related somehow, but it can’t determine the exact nature of the relationship.’ (PP.66-67)

Consider the probability of Sickert writing even ‘a startling number of the Ripper letters’ (P.166) in multiple hand-writing styles. How would they reach their recipients? Could he trust delivery to others? How did he find the time with his myriad activities (Painting, Acting, writing other letters – and murdering women)? Where did he get the writing-materials He may well have written SOME letters – and should have merited imprisonment. Why?
Forty years ago ‘Wearside Jack’ distracted a police hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper long enough for Peter Sutcliffe to kill 3 more women before his arrest on 21 Jan 1981.Peter Humble, the faker, was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Patricia Cornwell states: Perhaps he only composed a number of Ripper letters because he had a wacky, warped sent of humour’. (p.176). Earlier she provides a better summary: ’Sickert murdered sick and miserable prostitutes who were old before their time. He murdered them because it was easy. He was motivated by his lust for sexual violence his hatred and his insatiable need for attention.’ (P.96)

Certainly I believe the authors stretches consideration of ‘murders of interest’ to Ripper- hunters far more extensive than possibility justify? Does Patricia Cornwell have her doubts about pointing the KILLER finger at Sickert as well as that of LETTER-WRITER? I was intrigued by this passage on P.351:

‘After the butchery of Mary Kelly, Jack the Ripper faded into a nightmare from the past. He was probably that sexually insane young doctor who was really a barrister and who threw himself into the Thames. He could have been a lunatic barber or a lunatic who was safely locked up in an asylum. He could be dead. What a relief to make such assumptions.’

Note the three examples of MODAL English. The weakest is ‘could have been’ which basically dismisses a mistake; ‘could be’ is plain uncertainty while ‘probably’ is a strong suggestion pointing to John Montague Druitt, whose 1876 letter she had examined and (reluctantly?) dismissed from a list of suspects.

In conclusion, I will go further. From what I have read in this book, Sickert appears as a pampered man screeching for the attention of newspapers, theatrical audiences and the recognised art world for what he never deserved. He was buttressed by money from women, assisted by whatever his creations could secure from depraved patrons in the hidden world of Victoriana. I could never imagine him as Jack the Ripper – except in his dreams!

Bob Hyslop
Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses Knit Scarf & Pom Beanie Set
Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses Knit Scarf & Pom Beanie Set
This was given as a gift and the person who received it was very pleased. They were happy with the fit of the hat (I know some people said it fits small), but they do like to wear hats a bit higher on the head to make sure their hair shows. The scarf was long enough that they were satisfied, but we didn't measure it to see if it was as long as the description says. The hat and scarf are fairly thin and lightweight, so if you are looking for something warm and heavy, these are not the best choice. They wanted something with the Slytherin crest, so this is why we chose this product rather than going with something handmade. I felt like it was a good deal for both a scarf and a hat.
Harry Potter Hermione Granger Doll
Harry Potter Hermione Granger Doll
The doll herself looks great. However, the box was damaged. The shipping box wasn't damaged at all, which makes me believe the doll's box was packed damaged. I suppose that for a child, it's not a big deal. For me, as a collector, the value of the doll simply plummeted. Sad really. Makes me think that whenever there's a sale with these dolls, there's something wrong. Same thing happened with the Harry Potter doll. He had a dark spot on the nose. The line of dolls are beautiful. But someone in Quality Control is doing a horrid job. Just saying.
Harry Potter Crossword Puzzles: Includes "The Cursed Child" Stage Play
Harry Potter Crossword Puzzles: Includes "The Cursed Child" Stage Play
Fun, but not a true crossword book. Only one letter may intersect (which is the case in almost every “clue” in this book) leaving you to hope your answer is right. It’s more of a trivia book than a crossword book, but even the trivia isn’t correct or the clues are vague. Several of the answers are wrong, which has been pointed out by other reviewers. Deatheaters don’t belong in the creature puzzle, because they are dark wizards, the same answer shouldn’t be used several times in one puzzle, etc. Clues were random where the answer would contain a phrase that wasn’t a quote, so depending on how you phrased your answer you might be right, but who knows. I hate ever writing a bad review, but this was not a good book, I didn’t even end up finishing it.
Bioworld Harry Potter Gryffindor Guys Pajama Pants Black
Bioworld Harry Potter Gryffindor Guys Pajama Pants Black
I love these pajama pants! I bought them as a gift for my husband but we share them. It fits as described and is very comfy, a little bit on the longer side. We have had the pants for over 3 years now. However, after a couple of washes, the print on the pants does start to crack. Despite this, you can still tell and see what the print is after 3 years. I'm a bit sad that does have a hole now in the crouch area but that can be easily sown.
Funko Mini Saturday Morning Cartoons (One Mystery Figure) Collectible Toy
Funko Mini Saturday Morning Cartoons (One Mystery Figure) Collectible Toy
I've collected other Mystery Mini's before and this would be part of my growing collection. I was going to by 2 but was put off by the other reviews saying they got the same character, it happens but it I purchased 1 just to see what they were like. The box was in good condition with no signs of damage. I opened the bag and found i had Daffy only to find that Daffy was now a double amputee. Both of his legs have been snapped off, suspiciously. I've never opened a box and found a broken figure before, i suppose it will happen if glue hasn't been strong enough but this was quite obviously on purpose. It's either been broken on the line and the've just shoved it in to the bag or someone has purposely broken it.
I am disappointed but the sculpture it's self is good, I'll just have to fix him up.
OurWarm Balloon Column Kit 63 Inch, Balloon Arch Kit Base Stand and Pole and Balloon Garland Kit 36pcs Balloon Rings, Balloon Tower Decorations for Wedding Birthday Baby Shower Graduation
OurWarm Balloon Column Kit 63 Inch, Balloon Arch Kit Base Stand and Pole and Balloon Garland Kit 36pcs Balloon Rings, Balloon Tower Decorations for Wedding Birthday Baby Shower Graduation
To be honest the columns can become very flimsy once you start adding on the balloons. I had to keep straightening them out so that they won’t been forward. But once I was able to straighten them out they stood the entire party. I won’t say it’s not worth the money because it is I just had to learn little tricks in order to keep it standing.I love how tall the column stands, I love that you can add water to make it sturdy, and I love how it look afterwards. Despite other things I didn’t like I would definitely buy more.
Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball
Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball
I recently read the latest book by author, Mike DeLucia. Although I am not a basketball fanatic, I was drawn to this story based on a series of conversations that I had with my now deceased father, Phil. He imposed in his children a commitment to hard work & a passion for competitive sports. However, my father, who always had the "gift of gab," was a great story teller although, at times, I questioned the veracity of his words...

This book is more than a basketball story & a great story it is. Hank Luisetti, embodies the Italian American immigrant experience where he tied to his old world traditions but at the same time, longs to choose his own path in the newly adopted country of his parents. Despite early physical & familial obstacles, Hank triumphs both on the court & in his personal life. True, he revolutionized the game of basketball as we know it today, but more importantly, at least from my perspective, it gave me greater insights into the struggles & passions of a young Italian American youth who learns to overcome self-imposed burdens in his quest to leave his indelible mark in a society that imposes the burden of tradition on him & many others like him.

Mike captured my attention immediately with a handful of Italian phrases that I recall from my youth. He even incorporates the use of "broken English" to great effect to make his depiction of Hank's family all the more real & poignant. The reader is also absorbed in this suspenseful story as the clash between rival East & West Coast basketball teams in the 1930's is revealed & explored. The powerful & dramatic ending does not disappoint.

Thank you, Mike DeLucia, for helping me to reconnect with my dad. After all these years, I've come to learn that many of his "dubious" stories were actually grounded in fact. I'm sure that he was in attendance at the historic game between LIU & Stamford at the Garden. He was probably there with his basketball buddies, including Red Holzman, who later became the head coach of the Knicks in their glory years. I'm also certain that my dad probably concocted some story to get out of the house in order to escape, albeit temporarily, the "tyranny" of his parents.

This book is a wonderful read & a glowing reminder of the struggles that first generation Italian Americans (& perhaps all others) experienced in the first half of the 20th Century. Mike DeLucia has conjured all this & more in a truly inspirational story desperately needed in these troublesome times where the immigration debate rages on ...
Il geco con le scarpe da ginnastica (Italian Edition)
Il geco con le scarpe da ginnastica (Italian Edition)
Ho letto il racconto facilmente, in poco tempo. E' una miniera di sentimenti ed emozioni: paura, dolore, sofferenza, ricordi, ironia, risate, divertimento, Amore e tanto desiderio di trasmettere tutto ciò.
Tanti quadretti, tutti piccoli capolavori.
Mi è piaciuto molto.

Marisa Fontana
adidas Tricot - Pantalón deportivo para niño
adidas Tricot - Pantalón deportivo para niño
I have a 13 year old daughter who is incredibly difficult to shop for. Unlike most 13 year old girls she hates to go shopping. If we go I can never even get her to try things on. I end up taking things back and forth to the store all the time. I pick out things I think she would like and of course she doesn't or they don't fit right. To top it all off she is very athletic and doesn't like to wear frilly girl clothes. She likes jeans and sweatpants t-shirts sweatshirts and sneakers. I saw the sweatpants and I thought maybe she would like them I thought they looked pretty good I figured it was worth a try. When I gave them to her I actually got a wow and an oohhh. Anyone who has a teenage daughter knows how heartwarming that was. She has been wearing them day after day. At the end of the day she's giving them to me and asking me to wash them so she could wear them again tomorrow. So they hold up very well through wash and made my finicky child very happy.
LG Gram Laptop 15.6Inch IPS Touchscreen, Intel 10th Gen Core i7 1065G7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB M.2 MVMe SSD 512GB x 2, 17 Hour Battery, Thunderbolt 3 15Z90N 2020, Model:15Z90NR.AAS9U1
LG Gram Laptop 15.6Inch IPS Touchscreen, Intel 10th Gen Core i7 1065G7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB M.2 MVMe SSD 512GB x 2, 17 Hour Battery, Thunderbolt 3 15Z90N 2020, Model:15Z90NR.AAS9U1
This laptop is fabulous. It has an excellent processor and 16 GB of RAM. It is fast and it handles several applications at once with no problem. The 15.6 inch screen provides a lot of space. You can fit a lot on it, without needing to use tiny fonts. It does well as a desktop replacement computer. At the same time, this computer is incredibly light. It is perhaps the lightest of all laptops with a similar size screen, including Macs, Dells, etc. The chassis is compact, and this is great. The laptop is very easy to carry, and it fits into a case made for a 14.1 inch laptop.
The battery life is incredible. It easily runs all day for me.
LG provides a very helpful control panel, easily enabling you to modify power, security, or system settings; although the defaults are just fine. I do like the setting that limits the battery charging to 80%. LG says that this will extend the life of the battery, as the years move along.
The keyboard feel and layout are really good, although this is of course subjective. I also like that it has a numeric keypad.
The fingerprint reader works very well, never a stumble.
The computer has three USB-3 ports, an HDMI port, a Micro SD slot, a USB-C port with Thunderbolt, and an audio combo port. It naturally has a jack for the charging cable. It has a cable lock. You can also charge the laptop through the USB-C if you have a charging device of 10 watts or higher. The laptop comes with a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, a dongle. I like this. It provides one more port than if it had a dedicated Ethernet port.
The touchpad works well. You can use it with or without a mouse. You can turn it off completely if you'd like to.
LG also provides a product guide and a troubleshooting guide, on the menu, along with the Control Panel.
There is virtually no bloatware.
The web cam and the speakers work well.
The laptop runs very quietly and has never gotten hot, despite hours of use at a time.
Caveats: The laptop has integrated graphics, not a discrete graphics card. This is no problem for me, nor will it be most folks. For the hardcore gamer, you need a discrete graphics card. The laptop has two 512 GB drives, rather than one 1 TB drive. This is plenty of space. It holds a lot, and it operates fast. However, if you have a one TB OneDrive account, keep in mind that OneDrive will only access on of the two drives, so you have to be deliberate about what you put where. This will not matter to most folks, but it would be a small drawback for some.
It has a touchscreen, which works well. I don't use it, so I have turned it off through the control panel.
All in all, this is a powerful computer with lots of storage. It has an excellent display in both size and quality. It is exceptionally light. I highly recommend it.
Android 10.0 Double Din Car Stereo GPS Navigation Car Radio Capacitive Touch Screen in Dash Bluetooth Video Player 2 Din Autoradio with WiFi USB Mirrorlink 1080P + Rearview Camera
Android 10.0 Double Din Car Stereo GPS Navigation Car Radio Capacitive Touch Screen in Dash Bluetooth Video Player 2 Din Autoradio with WiFi USB Mirrorlink 1080P + Rearview Camera
3年前のAndroidナビの動作が重いので、こちらを購入してみました。薄型なので取付は付属の金具を利用するのですが、本体側面は斜めになってるので、金具が直角に真横に成りません。既存金具との組み合わせに成るので、角度合わせが面倒です。あと、お約束のパネルカットですが、こちらは前回のAndroidナビで削ていたので問題なく取付完了。(初心者にはハードル高いかも)
ナビは、Googleマップのナビを利用しました。以前の物より細かく表示されて情報量が多くなって、必要十分という感じです。ラジオは、商品説明にある通りで日本仕様ではありません。AMラジオ局のFM補完放送してる所であれば受信可能。工場設定メニュー内のラジオ項目を変更しても受信周波数は変わりませんでした。(残念)
ラジオアプリの「radiko」は起動しませんでした。「radiko auto」は起動できました。「ラジカッター」は管理者モードをOFFにすることで使えました。(管理者モードをOFFにするには、アプリ「開発オプション(八百嶋商店)」を入れとくと便利。再生音はイコライザーである程度調節できるので、そこそこ聞ける音に成ります。イコライザーは周波数切り換えできるので、一番効果のある部分をいじるのがポイントです。ブルートゥース接続は、接続がそこそこ早く快適、ちょっとノイズというか途切れがたまにあります。バックカメラも問題なく使えました。操作スイッチ部分が見ずらいので、常時LED点灯にしてみましたが、色変更は出来ないみたいです。電源OFF時にしばらく点灯したままに成るので、びっくりします。また、最初の起動で夜モードで起動するようになるの(画面が暗い状態)車のランプのON/OFFすることに成ります。少々面倒。
工場設定メニューに入るパスワードは「8888」でした。
ハンズフリーの通話は可能ですした。しかし、内臓マイクでの音声入力、検索には対応できないみたいです。
紙のマニュアル類は無く、本体内に電子マニュアル(英語のみ)がありますが、情報は少なめ。接続関係のピン配列の情報も設定画面内にあります。この辺は、取付時には見られないので、不便です。
動作はアプリを入れていくとだんだんモッサリしてきます。色々出来るAndroid OSなので、割り切れる方には良いでしょう。日本向けラジオ周波数に対応したモデルも売られているので、こちらをあえてお勧めする必要は無いかな。
Prestige Svachh 3 Litre Pressure Cooker with Hard Anodized Body (Black)
Prestige Svachh 3 Litre Pressure Cooker with Hard Anodized Body (Black)
This pressure cooker is just the right size for everyday cooking. This one has wider base but shorter height which works well for cooking curry dishes. We use these type of pressure cookers very often and they all work great, and they work in similar way. I like the black power coating so that it won't show the stain too much, it was the reason I bought this particular one and I'm happy with it. I put up some pictures so that others have an idea how it looks. I compared it next to Blue Butterfly brand which I currently use. Blue Butterfly is 2.4L capacity ( not the actual size of the cooker, actual size will be bigger in volume ) , and this one is 3.5L capacity. Hope one finds this helpful!
COLZER Air Purifier with True HEPA Air Filter, Air Purifier for Bedroom, for Spaces Up to 450 Sq Ft, Perfect for Home/Office with Filter (EPI-186)
COLZER Air Purifier with True HEPA Air Filter, Air Purifier for Bedroom, for Spaces Up to 450 Sq Ft, Perfect for Home/Office with Filter (EPI-186)
 After purchasing one of the Inofia larger units we decided on purchasing another of the same size for our entire upstairs. Due to the design of the house we found that the kitchen area was not covered as well as the other areas. When we saw this smaller unit by Colzer, we decided to try this for our kitchen and dining areas to freshen the sir when we are cooking. For a smaller unit we were amazed as how well this unit performed. Although we just received it yesterday, we left it on while we were frying fish (which usually will stink up the entire house up) but when were finished with dinner you could barely smell anything that was cooked, more less fried! This small unit has performed extremely well so far as do the other two larger units we also have. Noise is a word not used when this is on as I had to check twice to see if it even WAS on! I cannot recommend this unit more as this is great for kitchens, bedrooms, smaller dens etc. As far as this company, I have had a few questions with the larger units which were answered not within one day but within 6 hours. So far we have 3 units from this company and my cousin who saw our larger units in action also purchased his as well from Inofia and is very pleased with the unit. You will not be disappointed that is for sure when purchasing this unit. The size, weight and easy to use interface makes it as simple as plug it in and leave it alone.
15 Pcs X 9 g de Fazer salmiakki Lollipop Mix – (Super salmiakki – salmiakki – Tyrkisk PEBER Original) – Finnish – Salmiak – Salty Regaliz – Regaliz – Duro – tostada – Caramel – Caramelos – Caramelos
15 Pcs X 9 g de Fazer salmiakki Lollipop Mix – (Super salmiakki – salmiakki – Tyrkisk PEBER Original) – Finnish – Salmiak – Salty Regaliz – Regaliz – Duro – tostada – Caramel – Caramelos – Caramelos
I want to try salmiakki for the first time so this is one of the things I ordered. Nice sampler of 3 different kinds. One variety is pretty strongly flavored and the other two are milder but still great. If you already like black licorice then you might like salmiakki a lot, or you could hate it, lol.

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