Hannah Young

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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Warren Buffett is world-famous for his success at investing. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, the son of a stock broker who served several terms in Congress, he began in business very young selling candy to neighbors and delivering newspapers but his real passion was reading everything he could get his hands on about investing in stocks and bonds, learning about businesses, and investing according to a carefully thought-out investing philosophy derived from the authors of several books he read who became his mentors at Columbia Business School-Benjamin Graham and David Dodd.

This biography, written with the cooperation of Buffett by Alice Schroeder, an author with a Wall Street background, is a thoroughly-researched account of his life and career, beginning with his childhood in Omaha and following him through his education and his career as an investor and money-manager who, through the vehicle of his firm Berkshire Hathaway, made himself and many of his investors very wealthy. Indeed, in 2008 he was named the richest man on earth.

The book chronicles his philosophy of business and many of his quirks - he favours Coke over wine and burgers and steaks over almost any other type of food - and delves into numerous accounts of his investments which have spanned cocoa-beans, textile mills, Wall Street investment banks, and railroads, among many others.

Buffett comes across as an almost asocial machine constantly sifting through businesses to find the best bargains to invest in. With family and friends he seems remote and absent-minded, uninterested in things that fall outside the world of business. He seems never to have read a novel, for instance, or a poem. When one of his friends points out a Picasso sketch on the wall at his friend’s house he says he hasn’t noticed it even though he’s been going there for 30 years. He’s also kind of funny about money, which I suppose is not surprising given who he is. That said, he does change over the course of his life in some respects and the book does a good job of describing it, showing, for example, how he was persuaded to be more generous towards his children, and describing the way he went from believing that his greatest service to humanity was through amassing a huge fortune to believing that giving money away sooner was preferable.

If this book has a limitation it is that it shies away from offering a more definitive interpretation of its subject that would aid the reader in coming to a deeper understanding of the real Warren Buffett. The book offers an account of the complete Buffett mythology: his folksy, Midwestern values, his common-sense voice, his sage wisdom about business. It reinforces his philosophy of investing in undervalued companies with excellent long-term prospects, his injunction, via Graham, to “be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” It charts his growing fame, his circus-like shareholder meetings, his numerous appearances in the business press and on business TV networks, his love for Cherry Coke and Gorat’s steakhouse. And while the mythology is probed and dissected in some ways - yes, he’s lived in the same house since 1958 but Schroeder points out that he has remodeled it since then - I don’t think the reader will come away from this book with a true understanding of what’s driving him, at least not with a view or interpretation of this that has the endorsement and exposition of the author.

If I had to take a guess, the primary influence on Buffett seems to be his father, Howard Buffett, a stock broker from Omaha whose civic values led him to Washington D.C. where he served in Congress during Warren’s youth. His mix of patriotism and business seems to have greatly influenced his son whom he took on a visit to the New York Stock Exchange in 1940 at the age of ten. Buffett says he wanted money so he could be “independent” and didn’t like to do manual labor but so do lots of us and he didn’t stop making money once he’d become independent so there is clearly more to it than that. It’s this sort of reading of Buffett I wish there was more of in this book.

The book is nonetheless filled with as much superficial detail as you could want about Buffett. At 816 pages there’s tons of information about his whole life and world, it perfectly captures Buffett’s voice, as well as separate accounts of many important times in his life from the perspective of his family and friends. Schroeder has written a good valuation report style biography of the man and I suppose in many ways that’s the type of biography most suited to this life.
Introvert Leaders That Run The World: 16 Reasons Why Introvert People Lead in Business, Politics, Arts, Science & Technology (Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, ... quiet (Motivation, excellence, Success)
Introvert Leaders That Run The World: 16 Reasons Why Introvert People Lead in Business, Politics, Arts, Science & Technology (Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, ... quiet (Motivation, excellence, Success)
Excellent book! This book is a short research into what is it that makes introverts so successful everywhere from business to movies and from music to politics. One of the most common assumptions is that introverts can’t be good leaders, having neither the natural talent nor the desire for leadership. And while it is true that more introverted types might not jump at the chance to lead a team, organization, or movement, circumstances can place them there regardless.
In previous time introverts were treated as personality trait but at present, in the era of ICT introversion is rectified as a mental disorder. Introversion is a great barrier on the way of success in life where the internet made the world smaller and brought the people closer.
Aditya Sawdekar did well writing the book very easy to understand. He focused on the basic reasons behind the introversion such as pre-decision how much engage in social setting, taking calculated risk, extreme personality trait, calmly dealing with adversity, non-offensive and love for being alone etc.
This book is for anyone who wants to find deeper meaning in their lives, excel or transform personalities for betterment of life.
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits (Songbook): Drum Play-Along Volume 11
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits (Songbook): Drum Play-Along Volume 11
Like Hal Leonards other drum playalongs, this book is a fine value for $13.

As I said in the other review, you probably want to buy the Amazing Slow Downer software full package for $40, as the limited version included on this CD will only play from the CD directly, and you'll certainly want to rip the CD and use ASD to open the MP3s from the laptop or PC harddisk, instead of waiting for the CD to reposition all the time.

Plus to slow down and catch the notes as first performed by Mitch Mitchells flying hands, you'll want the full ASD package, which has like 5 ASD slow down modes (the included CD only has one mode), which really improve the quality as you slow down to 50% of the correct BPM.

I think the guitar lead, while not at all Hendrix style, was still fun to play along to.

Highly recommended if you want to learn Mitchell style of drumming. You could DIY by ear, but this will save you alot of time. Transcription quality seems high, as usual with Hal's books.
Modern Times
Modern Times
Conoscevo questo lavoro grazie agli ascolti in rete, una versione Dylaniana abbastanza elettrica da piacermi. Devo dire che il prodotto è in una confezione molto elegante, ottima qualità di stampa e suono molto presente. Unico difetto uno dei due dischi è ondulato. Niente che non possa suonare ma non dovrebbe succedere nei vinili di peso elevato.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro 128GB, 6GB RAM, 6.67” AMOLED, 64MP Quad Rear Camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Electric Purple)
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro 128GB, 6GB RAM, 6.67” AMOLED, 64MP Quad Rear Camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Electric Purple)
Alles top, absolut zufrieden! Für den Preis unschlagbar. Das Display ohne Ausschnitt für die Frontkamera ist einfach ein Genuss.
Der einzige Nachteil: Ausversehen die Tastenkombination drücken, die in ein Layout auf chinesisch führt. Das lässt sich aber gut mit einem Übersetzer per Kamera lösen. Ansonsten lassen sich sofort alle Sprachen auswählen, auch Deutsch. Des Weiteren treffen Bewertungen bzw. Tests von jeglichen Seiten sehr gut zu. Alles in allem bin ich sehr zufrieden und würde wieder ein Handy von Xiaomi kaufen.
CANDURE? - Ingrown Nail 'Blacks' File. 13cm Fine Point. Podiatry Instruments. CE Marked
CANDURE? - Ingrown Nail 'Blacks' File. 13cm Fine Point. Podiatry Instruments. CE Marked
I had a painful ingrown toenail. I purchased the lifter as well but couldn't even get under the nail to lift it. I used the file and pushed it along the ingrowing side of the nail. I managed to file some of the nail away by running the file lengthways too and fro Along he nail. It worked! I am now pain free. I highly recommend this file. It comes with a plastic sleeve. To keep it clean between uses. These items MUST be sterilized before and after use.
Kraft Easy Mac Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Meal (18 Pouches)
Kraft Easy Mac Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Meal (18 Pouches)
I'll be honest....I love these things. When you're lazy, but hungry, and hungry for something like right now....easy mac is there. These clock in at a way cheaper price than you'll ever get for the cups and you generate a lot less trash. They taste the same to me. Just add water. If I have it, I'll do 1/3c water and 1/3c milk or 1/3c water and fill the 1/3c measuring cup half way with water, then the rest with half and half. It's a little richer that way. I nuke for 4 mins in my crappy 900 watt microwave. Then I add in a tiny sprinkle of seasoned salt, some black pepper, and chow down....after it cools a moment, anyway. You could added a little shredded cheese immediately after it's done microwaving, or even tear up a kraft single into smaller pieces and mix it in as it melts if you want it ultra cheesey. Usually I'm lazy and just eat it with seasoned salt and pepper.

Sometimes I make it for snacks or a light meal, sometimes I use it as a side to a meal for one, whatever. Or you can get more creative if you have leftover cooked chicken or bacon bits (real bacon!) and throw it in there. Chicken with sundried tomatoes in there is good. Oddly, something my mother made in my childhood was mac n cheese with some canned tuna and sweet green peas added at the end. You could add a bit of those. It sounds weird, but it's really good, cheap, and easy if you like tuna, and it can make it more of a meal.
Riders of the Dawn: A Western Duo
Riders of the Dawn: A Western Duo
Riders of the Dawn is not included in the list of Louis L'Amour's novels (found on the back of the first page in almost all of his paperback novels), but it is certainly novel length. Written in 1949 too, very early, preceding even the Hopalong Cassidy novels. What's up with this?
Chairlie and the Chocolate Works: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Scots
Chairlie and the Chocolate Works: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Scots
Before I get to how I actually felt about this book, I should first explain that this is literally just Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, except it’s translated into Scots dialect by Matthew Fitt. It’s basically like a cross between Roald Dahl and Irvine Welsh and it’s highly entertaining.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s an excerpt from the blurb: “When Mr. Wullie Wonka invites five bairns ben intae his warld-famous chocolate factory, some o them turn oot tae be spoilt wee bampots.”

I loved it, but that’s probably partly because I love words being put to unusual uses. It’s certainly not easy to read this, but it is a lot of fun – and I found it interesting that I could follow exactly along without any issue because I remember the story from multiple reads of the original. And the Heedrum-Hodrums – i.e. the Oompa Loompas – were amazing. Enjoy.
Naruto, Vol. 4: Hero's Bridge
Naruto, Vol. 4: Hero's Bridge
At first, I was hesitant to get into Naruto. It just seemed like a stupid anime/manga that was trying to be Dragon Ball Z. However, with some prodding from my friends to watch it, I instead bought the manga and checked it out. I was blown away by how fun of a read it was, the great artwork and the great story. The end came too soon for me and I started buying more and more Naruto. Currently, I just finishes Naruto Vol 7 and am about to go out and buy Vol 8.
Volume 4 carries a great story and a heavy choice for Naruto and friends as they come to the realization that ninjas are just tools. Tools for killing. The double team of Haku and Zabuza proves to be quite a match for Team Kakashi and was so enthralling to read. Seeing the Black Ops Dogs in action for the first time was too cool!
If you are looking for a good comic to read. Choose Naruto. It's cheap. It's fun. And it might be one of the best mangas our there. Don't be the only guy or girl out there who hasn't read or watched Naruto. Life will suck.
Siddhartha (World Classics, Unabridged)
Siddhartha (World Classics, Unabridged)
I was originally worried that I had waited too long on this book, that it wouldn't have as much of an effect on me as it would have during more formative years of my life, however that was not the case. There's something about this book that fills you up. Beyond experiencing Siddhartha's journey. Beyond watching him grow, and change, and fail, and fall deep into despair. There is something beyond the words. Something that in only one hundred pages Herman Hesse makes you understand, and <i>feel</i> intuitively, internally. This book makes you slow down, I think. Makes you stop seeking wisdom, which is something that can't be taught anyway. Rather, it can only be experienced. Only felt. Siddhartha understands this at the end, and by proximity reveals something to Govinda about love, and oneness, that only a journey of Siddhartha's kind could produce.
Harry Potter 1-5 Ltd Edition Gift Set [Dbl Discs Edn] [19 Di [Import anglais]
Harry Potter 1-5 Ltd Edition Gift Set [Dbl Discs Edn] [19 Di [Import anglais]
I love this dvd boxset, it's such a great idea! The box it comes in looks great and has a leather look. The dvd's come in their own boxes with lovely designs (as seen in the product picture) and I just loved all the special features and the little Harry Potter touches like the Letter from Hogwarts envelope. I'm glad it's not blue-ray because I can watch it anywhere and even on my laptop. I'm really glad I bought it. I already have number 6 on blue-ray and that fit in the box too because there is a piece of foam at the bottom of the box that can be taken out.
Prextex 150 Party Balloons 12 Inch 10 Assorted Rainbow Colors - Bulk Pack of Strong Latex Balloons for Party Decorations, Birthday Parties Supplies or Arch Decor - Helium Quality
Prextex 150 Party Balloons 12 Inch 10 Assorted Rainbow Colors - Bulk Pack of Strong Latex Balloons for Party Decorations, Birthday Parties Supplies or Arch Decor - Helium Quality
I give honest reviews because I like to review other customer reviews before I purchase . We liked the balloons very much but they had an odor.......I have a keen sense of smell....very keen! I sat them out side in a box in the air and the odor was better. I don't think I would have used them if we hadn't had our electric balloon blower.
The colors are vibrant, nice size and appearance and while inflating them, they didn't burst easy like other balloons often do and even a week later, they are still inflated. The price is great....lots of balloons for the money. So, I would purchase this product again and recommend purchase. Please see about the smell.
The Zoo Job (A Leverage Novel)
The Zoo Job (A Leverage Novel)
I did like the story, but I didn't like it as much as watching an episode of Leverage. The plot line was convincing, it seemed like something the Leverage crew would do. The story itself though, I personally felt, lagged in some areas to the point where I did nod off twice. The entire book is around 300 pages, which is something I can normally finish in just a few hours; this book took me about ten days-- for the sole reason that after I nodded off the second time, I designated this book to be a bedtime, side table book, instead of day book.
However, the characters did feel a bit off; like the author knew enough about them, to write them accurately only from reading the scripts of the show, not that he actually ever watched an episode of the show; or if he did, perhaps he wasn't a big fan.
He didn't seem to capture the characters personalities the way the actors had fleshed them out; which I both agree and do know is difficult to do

The way Nate was written was almost like he couldn't stand working with his own crew. I mean, yes, Nate is an alcoholic and he is sometimes a bit grumpy or perhaps even slightly annoyed at the antics of Hardison and Parker, because of how much younger they are in comparison to the rest of the team; but I felt that he almost appeared to despise Hardison and was constantly annoyed that Parker was...well Parker.
Sophie didn't always come across as Sophie all of the time; her elegance, grace and charm which normally operate so fluidly as one unit just seemed flat and two dimensional; however, I do accept the fact that writing a character and viewing a character are two separate instances. And, often times, it is the actor/actress that breathes life into an otherwise two-dimensional paper doll.
Eliot seemed more pissed off than usual, like he wanted nothing to do with these people and at times almost had no place in the story. However, I also accept that Eliot is more of a visual character and visual characters and action scenes are difficult to write, for the sole reason that they are read and not viewed.
Hardison almost seemed robotic in a way, the author couldn't quite seem to capture his normally playful sense of humor, nor the actor's version of the deliverance of his lines. Also Hardison isn't always comical, he can be serious and "grown up" when he needs/wants to be and I felt that the author kind of missed that all together.
Parker also appeared robotic in a way and borderline retarded. Parker is a little bit detached, she's smart, quick on her feet and has that wry deviance about her. All characteristics that the author overlook, almost entirely. There was a scene with a capuchin monkey that kind of felt like Parker, but at the same time, didn't because, Sophie tends to have to introduce Parker to things; like being gentle with something small and tiny. Remember (for those of us that watched the show, we know that Parker was broken and that she had a hard time adjusting to being around other people and feeling comfortable with them. General affection is something that requires her time to build, unless she has a member of the crew right there next to her to be her anchor.

I will read the book again, just not right away and it will probably always be designated a bedtime book. However, I do know and accept that writing is not as easy as most people want to make it out to be. It takes a lot of clever crafting to give life to people who aren't real; or only exist on paper.
I also know that it is a tiny bit easier to give life to a character that has no real television counterpart, because when your audience expects a character to act a certain way and you can't quite deliver it leaves that generic taste in your mouth. When you create a character from scratch, your audience accepts that version of the character that is offered and gets annoyed when its on screen counterpart isn't delivered in the same manner.
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
I really wanted to like this book, as there is a dearth of good literature about the particular difficulties women face accessing recovery, the reasons why women are traumatised and drink and use in the first place, and the ways in which women are traumatised all over again by recovery. As a long time survivor of AA, and someone who has slogged through more than a decade of trauma recovery, I had high hopes. Alas I found this book deeply annoying, not feminist, and for an author who claims to have stopped trying to please everybody, it tries painfully hard to please everybody.

Some accounts of her own life and drinking are well written, as were some parts of her description of trying and leaving AA, and I'm sure many women would identify, but there was just too much wrong (and dangerous) about this book. There's too much to fit into a short review but my headline complaints are:

1. despite nodding to radical feminism, it's not remotely radical (in the latin sense of 'root cause') because Holly doesn't understand the difference between sex and gender (or she does but she's trying so hard not to offend men, she won't say so).

Gender isn't an identity (just like racism isn't an identity), it's the means by which women are oppressed, gender is the SYSTEM of patriarchy, the 'how' that is used to keep women down as a sex, and women are also inculcated into their own oppression via 'femininity' - learning to be submissive, it's not innate, and it's not natural, and if you can't grasp this, then you have no material analysis.

This lack of analysis inevitably leads to utterly offensive suggestions such as embracing your 'feminine energy' - this is evolutionary psychology straight out of the MRA playbook. It's also not true. That chapter was so offensive, I threw the book across the room.

2. it's dreadfully woke waffling on about 'oppressed folks' and then detailing very expensive trips, drinking excursions to vineyards, baby showers and so on, and then a long list of 'recovery' courses, therapy, massage, acupuncture, holistic retreats that were embarrassingly middle class (told without a trace of irony). If you haven't got 'thousands of dollars' like Holly, then whoopsy, sorry oppressed folks.

3. She's still centering men, with all her agender, genderless BS, women are female, men are male, male people oppress female people because of their sex (not their 'feminine energy'), they use gender to do it, this is feminism 101. Any good discussion of WHY women experience things the way we do was then derailed by trying to PLEASE and shoehorn confused men into it. Feminism - clue is in the name - is for females. It is entirely fine and reasonable that women could expect just one book that actually exclusively focuses on them and their needs, it's not women's job to wipe the tears of the whole world.

4. For anyone traumatised, diving into anything as dodgy as Kundalini yoga (which can cause a huge decompression, regression, and all kinds of emotional havoc, and that's before we mention the untrained hippies running those kind of things) is just irresponsible, if you are female, traumatised and in need of help, for God's sake don't do that, it's not safe.

5. More laughing when new ager, arch 12 stepper, and age woo practitioner Echart Tolle turned up, give me strength, once again, McMindfulness, spirtual bypassing twaddle.

6. A course in miracles, is she taking the p*ss? Again dangerous, stay well clear. Those last two books are handed from member to member in AA, nothing new there, or helpful. This kind of junk, just like Marianne Williamson and Byron Katy's (evil) 'The Work' are all the same kinds of abusive twaddle that no woman in her right mind should touch with a bargepole and yet seem to be very popular in recovery circles. It's all still a wolf in sheep's clothing.

7. Falling to her knees and asking God to put her into service - is the KEY PLANK of AA, that's pretty much the entire (nonsense) AA programme in one phrase. There's nothing wrong with helping others, but hardly a counter AA idea, and nor is the idea of 'surrender' - you absolutely do not have to surrender, this is not a war.

8. I live in the UK, but the endless references to oppression taking a turn for the worse because Trump won an election rang a bit hollow, given the dearth of political analysis (there's much abuse and misogyny in liberal, identity obsessed politics, indeed it's the main focus of the actual proper women's movement right now) and I'd imagine many women who perhaps voted for Trump have equally complicated and difficult lives and are in need of good advice on quitting drinking. Virtue signalling isn't political analysis.

In short, nice try but no cigar, which is a shame, as it had the potential to be a better book if she wasn't so afraid of offending anybody (men mostly). In my opinion identity politics has been the ruination of the women's movement, has turned young women's brains to mush, and it has absolutely no business being in your recovery. Being female isn't not an identity, and being female in a patriarchy has serious material consequences.

Do yourself a favour, read some actual feminism, if you are into your spiritual stuff, read some of the brilliant female mystics out there.

If you like yoga, then go to a nice safe gentle class (yoga for trauma for instance, with a trained, safe, boundaried teacher) and stay away from quackery, or people who claim they can heal you, these people are dangerous.

Buy Charlotte Kasl's Many Roads, One Journey (that's the book that got me out of AA, written in 1995, unashamedly centred on the needs of women, still a classic and not done justice by Holly at all) or read Gabriel Glaser's book on women and drinking, and run as fast as you can away from this silly book.

Holly, if you ever read this: the master's tools cannot dismantle the master's house.
SK ORGANIC Raw Unrefined Shea Butter 250 gm (8.8 Oz)
SK ORGANIC Raw Unrefined Shea Butter 250 gm (8.8 Oz)
I took this product seeing the positive reviews. I use Shea butter regularly in my formulations as I make my own cosmetics. This product is Not what Pure Shea butter feels like ! It does not feel like genuine or pure Shea butter to me - neither in appearance and odour nor in usage. Instead it feels very waxy, weirdly sticky, does not get absorbed by the skin, smells off. One unique and cherished characteristic of pure Shea butter is that it gets absorbed quickly and fully, inspite of being a solid. Though it will require lab testing to find out what really is in this, but from the look and feel, I suspect it has paraffin wax in it, among whatever else might be there. I was disappointed with this product, cannot return it now. Without a choice, I decided to just use it on my feet at night-time as if it were a petroleum jelly.In fact even Vaseline petroleum jelly is better absorbed and is less stiff than this product.
Dreval D-950 Air Purifier and Humidifier Combo - H13 True HEPA Filter for Allergies, Pets, Dust, Mold, Pollen and Smoke - For Home, Office, or Bedroom
Dreval D-950 Air Purifier and Humidifier Combo - H13 True HEPA Filter for Allergies, Pets, Dust, Mold, Pollen and Smoke - For Home, Office, or Bedroom
A really great machine especially if you are looking for an air purifier with an add-on humidifier. Very well made, easy to use machine. Did not have any issues with the user manual. The seller was also very helpful, and prompt and my unit arrived earlier than expected which was an added bonus. Unfortunately I had to return the unit as I needed something more focused on humidifying my room, as I live in very cold weather & have forced heat. The seller IntelGadgets was very accommodating with the return process. I would recommend this product for a living area as opposed to a bedroom due to the lights on the display, although they are easily covered up with a thick piece of paper. It is a very quiet machine.

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