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You Don't Know Js: Async & Performance
You Don't Know Js: Async & Performance
You Don't Know Js: Async & Performance by Kyle Simpson. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition)
PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition)
PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition) by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Alan Munro, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2452 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter - Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook
Harry Potter - Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook
Harry Potter - Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook by Warner Bros. & Jody Revenson. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Agnes Grey
Agnes Grey
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, Rosemary Davis, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 575 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Club of Queer Trades
The Club of Queer Trades
The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton, Thomas Collins, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Offering: A Pledge Novel
The Offering: A Pledge Novel
The Offering: A Pledge Novel by Kimberly Derting. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Vicious Love (Sinners of Saint 1) (German Edition)
Vicious Love (Sinners of Saint 1) (German Edition)
Vicious Love (Sinners of Saint 1) (German Edition) by L. J. Shen and Patricia Woitynek. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Park Avenue Prince: New York Royals 2
Park Avenue Prince: New York Royals 2
Park Avenue Prince: New York Royals 2 by Louise Bay, Nicole Engeln, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Associate: A Novel
The Associate: A Novel
The Associate: A Novel by John Grisham, Erik Singer, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1349 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Firestarter
Firestarter
Firestarter by Stephen King, Dennis Boutsikaris, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 515 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stephen King Omnibus
Stephen King Omnibus
Stephen King Omnibus by Stephen King. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies
Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies
Beginning Programming with Java For Dummies by Barry A. Burd. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 93 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java EE Development with Eclipse
Java EE Development with Eclipse
Java EE Development with Eclipse by Ram Kulkarni. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Extending and Embedding PHP
Extending and Embedding PHP
Extending and Embedding PHP by Sara Golemon. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition
PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition
PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition by Larry Ullman. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 79 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Large-Scale C++ Software Design
Large-Scale C++ Software Design
Large-Scale C++ Software Design by John Lakos. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide
HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide
HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 125 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets of the Berkshire Hathaway Managers
The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets of the Berkshire Hathaway Managers
I have always had a strong passion for reading biographies. I think what attracts me to them is the lessons that the reader can take away and apply to their own lives. With this interest in mind, combined with my strong interest in Berkshire Hathaway, I eagerly awaited the publication of The Warren Buffett CEO. I was anxious to see what lessons and insights I could learn and apply to my own path through life.
I found the book to be an extremely enjoyable read. It provides a richness of detail and previously unavailable insight on the mangers that make the subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway such a remarkable group of exceptional performers. It was also refreshing to see Mr. Buffett receive credit for being the outstanding manager he truly is. Almost all of the attention he receives focuses on his investment prowess and disregards completely his abilities as a manager. As this book will show you he is simply a tremendous manager who is able to inspire his mangers to continue working to produce results that will make him, and Berkshire shareholders, proud. He is able to achieve this even when the majority of the managers certainly no longer have a financial need to continue working.
Mr. Miles has grown as a writer and has given us all an excellent tool that provides many insights into what it takes to be a good manager, the dedication and drive it takes to succeed, and what to focus on when trying to create, and grow, an enduring customer centered business.
Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich
Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich
Before commenting on what's in the book, I would like to take a moment to point out what is not. When the history of the great investors is written about the years 2000 to 2020, it will be filled with names different than those studied in this book. We don't know who those people are yet, but they will probably do something different from what these great investors of the past have done. Caveat investor! A backwards look at investment styles often does not translate into superior rewards in the future. That's one reason why 80 percent of professionals cannot beat the market averages. See John Bogle's Common Sense About Mutual Funds for more details on that perspective.
If you already know who Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton are and what their investment styles are or were, you don't need this book. If these people or the details of their work are unfamiliar to you, this book will serve as a good introduction to those perspectives. It will also take you less time to study than reading the more definitive works on these people. If any of the approaches excite you, I suggest you go in for more depth elsewhere.
What is unique and valuable about this book is an attempt to blend the styles into one you can use to pick stocks and bonds. I thought that it was done reasonably well. Each investor is laid out in the same format, and then the results are summarized in the last part of the book. Basically, you are shown how to gather and evaluate the most appropriate information, and then to make a decision based on your evaluation.
There is also some good material to help you understand your risk profile, so you can focus on the relevant types of investments for you. There are also some questions to fill out like those that financial planners often use (that should be no surprise, given that the author is a certified financial planner).
My only concern is that this book could encourage you to try to do too much of your own investment picking and monitoring. Most people don't want to be that involved. And most people don't have the time or interest to do the job well, even if they want to. Although it is exciting to think about getting great investment returns, the odds are actually against you. If great results interest you, even after those caveats, I suggest you read ChangeWave Investing and think about putting 10 percent or less of your money into that approach. It could be the outstanding result that will become equally respected with the past greats in the future.
In any case, enjoy using this well done book to overcome your misconception, disbelief and procrastination stalls about personal investing. Your brief apprenticeship with the masters outlined in this book will give you a better understanding of what successful investment processes have looked like. Then see if they fit you.
Live long and prosper!
Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine
Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine
There are a few inspired pieces in here: The ones about "how the simulation we live in is, in fact, a simulation of a simulation," about electric cars having the right to vote, and Musk finding "a new thing we can breathe" stand out.

Unfortunately, a comparable number of the articles are hopelessly insipid, starting with the annoying, overly long Foreword by "Mark Zuckerberg," and plodding straight into:

* Sending "Other Bulls**t" into space
* Tips for avoiding being jettisoned into space by Musk
* The Cars.com plan to colonize Mars
* Elon's plan to steal the world's greatest monuments
* Colonizing the sun
* Woke/Black Panther (which absurdly casts Musk as a West Coast Progressive, while in real life his favorite president is Ronald Reagan)
* Mutant mole people
* Musk electroshocking his employees (no, not to get them to work harder, just to "prepare them for lightning strikes," which captures the "voice" of Musk referring to himself as "just a regular old guy" who has ideas "circling around the old Musk brain")
* Organ donor match for Musk
* Eternal life

And the one about Gerald the Gorilla. Gawd, that was irretrievably pointless.

In between, you'll find the one-joke "Boring Machine"/"My Junk" expanded into 4x as many words as it needed; a piece on Musk's "death ray"; the "Internet of Pants"; and one on Musk enjoying "normal human activities."

Plus, the interrupting pages of uninspired "Inspirational quotes from Elon Musk," and of "Elon Musk's Latest Invention," the latter of which are all (i) too small to read comfortably even on a monitor, and (ii) not worth one @BoredElonMusk tweet.

Overall, maybe 30% of the book is worth reading.
Professional Idiot: A Memoir
Professional Idiot: A Memoir
I'm not much of a "reader". I enjoy quick articles in magazines and have the kind of ADD that won't allow me to stick to a story day after day. It usually takes me a month or two to get through a novel and I quickly lose interest.

This book, however, I finished in 2 days. I read it every chance I could. It was such an easy read, it was true and honest but not boasting, and Steve-O is right to the point with his stories with just the right amount of details.

I learned so much about Steve-O that confirmed that this guy is a genuine good guy.

Great book and I would highly recommend this to ANYONE, not just Jackass fans. Kids who have attention problems, kids with a insanely rich dad that is not around all the time, kids with an alcoholic in the family, kids who are constantly moving from place to place, people who can't seem to find others who understand them, people dealing with a dying family member, alcohol and drug addicts could all relate to this book (I could easily go on and on about who could relate to the problems Steve-O was challenged with throughout his whole life).

Steve-O's book has a theme of survival in so many situations, but mainly the message that someone could get out of this is the value of perseverance. Believing in yourself when nobody else does. Never giving up on yourself even though things don't work out the first, second, or tenth time.

Get this book.
Serious Fun: The Life and Times of Alan Gibbs
Serious Fun: The Life and Times of Alan Gibbs
A good, considered, well researched, sensitive account of Alan Gibbs life until the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.
I enjoyed learning about the changing economic times New Zealand was going through from the early 1980's to the 1990's.
The development of The Sculpture park was fascinating. I would have liked to know more about the obstacles Alan has faced preventing his Amphibian vehicles to come to market.
Mindset: Entrepreneurial Success: Discover The Step-By-Step System To Program Your Mind For Success
Mindset: Entrepreneurial Success: Discover The Step-By-Step System To Program Your Mind For Success
Enjoyable read. Makes you reflect and refocus. Very applicable. I enjoyed your personal anecdotes and insights. A valuable resource. It goes conform with my experience in real estate sales. A solid mental framework for entrepreneurial success I'd say. Highly recommendable especially for those just starting out in business or seeking 'the edge' to achieve lasting success. I like it. Looking forward to your next works. Well done. Keep up the good work.
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
I want to tell every white person to read this book. To read it all the way through and then sit down and think about it. Take notes. Think about it some more. Does this narrative match what you learnt at school? Does it match your experience growing up? Does this USA resemble the USA you have been living in?

At the Dark End of the Street is a hard read. Inside we learn about what happened to Recy Taylor in detail. About all of the work Rosa Parks was doing years before she refused to get up from that bus seat. About the countless cases of brutality and rape of black women by white men. Of the countless cases where white women called rape on innocent black men. Be prepared to be sickened by the institutionalized suffering, and also by the fact that your fellow humans doled this violence out on a daily basis, and still do.
A detailed and acute research on the involvement and importance of women in the civil rights movement, this book is also a deep insight into the horrific and widespread use of sexual violence by white men to keep black women silent and to exert dominance. Sexual violence is often used as a weapon in war, we have seen many examples of this in the past and in the present, but the extent of its use in the US, and how it was constantly disregarded by the authorities, or even used against victims, is abhorrent. But these stories must be told because they should never be erased and forgotten.

In addition to being a huge minefield of information, events, and facts that are not taught in history books, this book is an important reminder of how black women’s voices have been consistently erased through time. Their overwhelming role in the Montgomery bus boycott reduced to a mere footnote, the tireless activism years and years before the civil rights movement took off stuffed away in the vaults of an archive, and the work that they continue to do on a daily basis forgotten. There is so much important information in this book, sometimes it actually feels overwhelming and frustrating at the same time because it really should be common knowledge.

I initially got this one from the library, but I bought a copy for myself as I feel like I only scratched the surface by reading it once and need to be able to refer back to it again and again. Can we add this book to the curriculum please? My kids will be asked to read it as soon as they are old enough to.
Analysis of Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know for Sure
Analysis of Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know for Sure
Analysis of Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know for Sure by Milkyway Media and Natalie Gray. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich
The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich
Das Thema ist wirklich sehr wichtig, durch welchen Personenkreis kurz nach der Machtergreifung Lenins in Russland die gefälschten Protokolle in den USA, England, Deutschland und Frankreich verbreitet wurden und mit Hilfe welcher Organisationen. Dem Autor ist also dafür zu danken, den Blick darauf geworfen zu haben.

Leider kommt ihm kein Verdacht gegen die maßgeblichen Personen wie Boris Brasol, Casimir Pilenas, Dr. Harris Houghton, Natalie De Bogory und Mary Karadja, welche professionelle Agenten der USA, Englands und Russlands gewesen sind und Kontakte zu den Büros der Dienste hielten, etwa dem United States Department of War angehörten, dass sie ihre Rolle nur im Auftrag der Dienste gespielt haben und gar keine Antisemiten, sondern eben Agenten waren.

Casimir Pilenas war ein britischer Agent und in die Belagerung der Sidney Street verwickelt gewesen, die durch Churchill seinerzeit eine große Aufmerksamkeit bekam. Vor allem aber war Charles Cleaves Daniels, der die Kampagne von Ford mit den Protokollen dirigierte, der Bruder des zum Ende des Weltkriegs amtierenden Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, ein Freund des späteren Präsidenten Roosevelt, der damals sein Assistant Secretary of the Navy war.

Boris Brasol wurde später als sowjetischer Agent erkannt, der in den USA mit der Pushkin Society und deren General Viktor Yakhontoff verbunden war, auch ein ehemaliger zaristischer Offizier, der zum pro-sowjetischen Propagandisten wurde. Ein FBI-Report von 1942 meldet den Verdacht unter den Exilrussen in den USA, dass Boris Brasol ein Informant der Sowjets gewesen ist, der als ihr angeblicher Gegner deren wirkliche Gegner zu unterwandern und zu zersetzen beauftragt war.

Da hätte es einen kritischeren Blick auf diese lächerlichen gefälschten Protokolle und die Motive ihrer Verbreitung in der Welt gebraucht. Hatten sie möglicherweise den Zweck, wegen des russischen Bürgerkriegs die Weißrussen, die Anhänger des Zarismus, als Antisemiten anzuschwärzen, die dann von England und den USA auf keinen Fall unterstützt werden durften? Kann sein, dass der Autor den Gedanken nicht wagen durfte und all diese Agenten in ihrer professionellen Rolle für echte Antisemiten halten sollte, aber dafür kann ich nur drei Sterne geben.
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World [Paperback] [Jun 14, 2018] Tapscott, Don,Tapscott, Alex
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World [Paperback] [Jun 14, 2018] Tapscott, Don,Tapscott, Alex
The most interesting, groundbreaking book I have read in years. This has got to be one of, if not the most, authorititive books out there on the blockchain. It does not focus on technical matters and can be read by a lay person not very familiar with how blockchain technology and cryptography work. Nor is it simply about Bitcoin (blockchains are about much more than Bitcoin). Less about how it works, than about how blockchain technology has the potential to transform the spheres of commerce, finance, management, public administration, politics, government and society in general (not to mention other applications). Must surely be compulsary reading for anyone wishing to explore how to create and exchange value, devise new business models and futureproofing in this age of information and big data. It is not however a book targeted only at e-commerce of financial services people. The authors explain how the blockchain could be a force for good, improving the outcomes for millions of people, particularly those in developing countries who are currently excluded from the financial system and the formal economy. They remind us of course that as with any other technology the blockchain is 'neutral', in that it is not inherently a 'good' or a 'bad' thing; it depends on how people choose to deploy it.
The Beatles 1+
The Beatles 1+
This review is for "The Beatles 1+" 1 CD/2 BluRay set.

There is a lot to cover here, so please bare with me. I was not expecting a lot of advancement from the 5.1 audio due to the past history of the Abby Road studios. All through the Beatles recording history, all they had was a 4 track tape recorder in the studio. They did all of their takes and mixes from that 4 track machine. So mix-downs would be limited. But over the years, they did a pretty good job of mixing each track to give us spectacular stereo and effects.

Giles Martin is the son of George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles music since the beginning. Most of the orchestral music you hear behind the Beatles is George Martin's orchestra. George also had a lot to do with the original editing and mixing of the Beatles music.

Giles Martin took those 4 track master tapes and went to work. He was able to come up with some amazing 5.1 surround mixes of original Beatles recordings. There are a few song titles that did not offer much to mix down, so Giles did his best and made it work. Needless to say, most of the titles on this album have a pretty good and noticeable 5.1 discrete separation mix.

Let me give one good example of a remix. The song "I Want To Hold Your Hand" had an original stereo mixdown with the music on the left channel, and the boys voices on the right channel. That was a popular mix back when stereo records were still new. The new Giles Martin mix has a Guitar on the front left, a different guitar on the front right, the voices are in the center with background ambiance of the voices and drums in stereo on the rear left and right.

The audio is offered in super clean Dolby 2.0 Stereo, DTS HDMA 5.1 surround, and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround. As usual, my favorite is the DTS HDMA 5.1 mode for surround sound at all times when available. 0% compression, and much wider dynamic range. Before you begin to listen to this album, keep in mind that the volume level is higher than most discs and volume levels should be turned down much lower than normal to begin, at least until you find your own preferences. But they are still super clean.

First... about BD Disc #1

Some real fans may be a little disappointed to find that 6 of the titles are not the original studio versions. They were taken from live BBC TV performances and enhanced for the 5.1 stereo effect. The first 3 songs, 1. Love Me Do, - 2. From Me To You. - and 3, She Loves You, were not available in stereo so the live TV versions was used for this album. They have an acceptable fake stereo effect that is pleasant to listen to.

The video portions are what they used to call, Promotional films. Before the days of cable and MTV, they used to make a video of the band in a TV studio or the music studio, and they would lip-sinc to the actual recording. Then they put them to together to send to radio and TV stations as a promotion of a new song or a TV show audition. Most of the videos on this album use those promo films. But they are all remastered, cleaned up and look fantastic. There are performances you have never seen before.

Then there are songs numbered 5. Can't Buy Me Love, - 6. A Hard Days Night, and 11. Yesterday, that are also taken from Live TV performances and do not have a good stereo mix. To be honest, I would rather have heard the 2 channel stereo studio mix of these three songs. They were much better.

One real disappointment was the live TV version of #21. Hey Jude. It is not even in stereo. Number 22. Get Back is the live rooftop version. The studio version is on BD disc 2. Songs 26. Let It Be, and 27. The Long And Winding Road, are the song clips from the Beatles "Let It Be" movie, but they are good 5.1 versions.

The rest of the titles on Disc 1 are the original studio tracks remixed expertly by Giles Martin for real 5.1 mixes. Here are the titles on Disc 1. By the way, the 1 CD is the same as the BluRay disc 1.

1. Love Me Do... (Live BBC TV)
2. From Me To You... (Live BBC TV)
3. She Loves You... (Live BBC TV)
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
5. Can't Buy Me Love... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
6. A Hard Days Night... (Live BBC TV)
7. I Feel Fine... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
8. Eight Days A Week... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
9. Ticket To Ride.... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
10. HELP... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
11. Yesterday... (Live BBC TV)
12. Daytripper... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
13. We Can Work It Out... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
14. Paperback Writer... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
15. Yellow Submarine... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
16. Eleanor Rigby... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
17. Penny Lane... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
18. All You Need Is Love... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
19. Hello Goodbye... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
20. Lady Madonna... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
21. Hey Jude... (MONO Live BBC TV)
22. Get Back... (Live Rooftop Version)
23. The Ballad Of John & Yoko... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
24. Something... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
25. Come Together... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
26. Let It Be... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
27. The Long And Winding Road... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)

And now for BD Disc #2

Disc 2 is a bonus disc with titles that may not have been #1 hits, but should have been. It also includes a few alternate video versions of titles on Disc 1 Like the studio edited version of "Get Back". Number 21. "Don't Let Me Down" is the live rooftop version. There is even an Ed Sullivan Show performance.

There are two titles on Disc 2 that you should pay special attention to. Number 12. Strawberry Fields Forever, and 14. A Day In The Life. Giles Martin and crew went all out to give these two songs the royal treatment. You have never heard these songs like this before. The 5.1 surround mix is absolutely awesome. As an example.... "A Day In The Life" begins as a normal stereo mix on the front channels. Then the orchestra comes in majestically on the rear channels in discrete stereo, hitting you like a blast of cold air. It gets your attention. The small solo by Paul is mostly on the rear channels but moves around slowly to all speakers. It is an audiophiles dream.

And of course we have the 2 reunion Beatles songs from 1995 with the 3 live Beatles (Paul, George, & Ringo), and an edited in John Lennon, doing 2 original Lennon songs. Songs number 22 and 23 are "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love". They are both the original videos and music introduced on the ABC TV Beatles Anthology special back in 1995. And the 5.1 remix is breathtaking on both videos.

The titles on Disc 2 are as follows........

1. Twist And Shout... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
2. Baby It's You... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
3. Words of Love... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
4. Please, Please Me... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
5. I Feel Fine... (Alternate VIDEO Version)
6. Daytripper... (Alternate VIDEO Version B)
7. Daytripper... (Alternate VIDEO Version C)
8. We Can Work It Out... (Alternate VIDEO Version)
9. Paperback Writer... (Alternate VIDEO Version)
10. Rain... (Alternate VIDEO Version B)
11. Rain... (Alternate VIDEO Version C)
12. Strawberry Fields Forever... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
13. Within You Without You... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
14. A Day In The Life... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
15. Hello Goodbye... (Alternate VIDEO Version B)
16. Hello Goodbye... (Alternate VIDEO Version C)
17. Hey Bulldog... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
18. Hey Jude... (Alternate Mix Live BBC TV. Still in MONO)
19, Revolution... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
20. Get Back... (Alternate Edited Studio Mix)
21. Don't Let Me Down... (Live Rooftop Version)
22. Free As A Bird... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)
23. Real Love... (ORIGINAL STUDIO 5.1 REMIX)

No matter what you think about these 50 Beatles remixed video versions, keep this in mind. The 32 original studio remixed titles are heard here in flawless DTS HDMA 5.1 96KHz/24Bit surround sound. No Beatles CD or MP3 could ever try to compare to that. It is well worth the price to own a priceless collection of Beatles songs in awesome 5.1 surround. And the videos are worth it as well. Some we have never seen until now.
Louis Armstrong (First Discovery Music)
Louis Armstrong (First Discovery Music)
Louis Armstrong (First Discovery Music) by Stéphane Ollivier and Remi Courgeon. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis Armstrong" category.
Electronic Principles with Simulation CD
Electronic Principles with Simulation CD
This text book was picked by the curriculum committee to be used in a course I teach.

If you are a student, you probably don't have much choice, and this is the book you need. None the less, this book is pretty well organized. The material is covered in what I would consider to be a sensible order and the depth of coverage is good for an associates degree program or engineering curriculum that doesn't want to get bogged down in too much calculus. Of course, basic calculus is not entirely absent.

I had a traditional math intensive electronic devices course when I earned my EE degree, and frankly I would have gotten a better education from the way the material is presented in this book.

If you aren't in a course that specifies this text and you are looking for a book with pragmatic information about real world electronics, this book is also a reasonable choice. If seeking a reference book, you may also want to consider the current edition of, "The Art of Electronics," by Horowitz and Hill as an alternative.
Under The Red Sky
Under The Red Sky
OK, it's not really worth five stars but I do get tired of all of the negative and derivative reviews of this album. Some critic mentioned "nursery rhymes" at some point in the past and every unoriginal thinker out there now seizes on this term and parrots it to death.
It's a rather "lightweight" album at times but there are really only two songs that seem to be based on the so-called "nursery rhyme" structure - "Under the Red Sky" and "Cat's in the Well," both of which have an undertone of dark ambiguity, more so on the latter which verges on subtly Apocalyptic. They are still both enjoyable pieces of music and nothing like what a person might expect who has actually bought a REAL "nursery rhymes sung for children" kind of album for their kids. It's simply a "structure" he uses, and by the way, lots of rock-and-roll uses that same kind of simple repetitive structure. The same "structure" is used on "The Beatles" (White Album) song "Cry Baby Cry" to great effect; here, it's probably the inclusion of a line like "the little boy and the little girl got baked in a pie" that trips people up. But it's more like a surrealistic dream than a child's story.
One odd fact is that this is the only Dylan album I have (35 so far) that includes all of the lyrics. There's nothing monumentally moving here, but there are lots of subtle little gems sprinkled throughout, couplets and phrases of vaguely philosophical despair and questioning.
"Wiggle wiggle" rocks, even if the words sound like Bob wrote them for his four-year-old daughter to dance to, and the highly-lauded "Basement Tapes" are full of verses of equally monumental silliness. No one ever complained about "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," one version of which mentions "a flute that toots and a bee that stings, a bird that flies and and a sky that cries, a fish that walks and a dog that talks."
I don't consider "2 X 2" (which is a beautiful song) to be a nursery rhyme structure, as it and "10,000 Men" both seem to be based on a kind of gospel music that I used to hear when I was young. One of the songs I'm thinking of may have been called "Children Go Where I Send Thee" and used the same approach of counting one number higher on each verse. So what? It's an effective rhetorical technique and works well in those songs. Dylan knows all about old gospel and folk music and I'm surprised that people aren't recognizing some of those simple yet memorable devices on this album.
As I said, this album is fairly lightweight, for the most part, but quite listenable and fun, and there are no "skip-over" songs for me on it, unlike some of his best albums. ("Oh Mercy," one of my favorites, has at least one tedious song that I rarely listen to in its entirety, as do "Blonde on Blonde" and the last three "greats," "Time Out of Mind," "Love and Theft," & "Modern Times.")
This one is at least better than several of Dylan's albums and actually shows some of the same goofing-off spirit that occurs on some of his equally-listenable "Traveling Wilburys" contributions. And "Handy Dandy" is one of the most-fun Dylan songs out there, a song I can't help singing along with when I hear it.
It's not "Blonde on Blonde" or "Highway 61" or "Blood on the Tracks" but it's NOT "bad," although I can see how someone who was stuck in one of those '60's-stuff-only modes, whether folk/protest or '65-'66 triad-of-greats, might not think that this was up to snuff. It doesn't suck, it's just not "great" and in any case it's not irritating the way, say, the musical "sound" of "Empire Burlesque" seems so out-of-character and even contradictory to Bob's voice.
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UPDATE: after allowing some of the coffee roasted with the Nesco roaster to sit for a few weeks in an airtight container (while I enjoyed some different coffee), a funny thing happened that I wasn't expecting and have never experienced before: the coffee got better. Dramatically so. So much so that I really enjoyed it. Maybe this "aging" process is something that frequently occurs but that I've just never read about, but whatever occurred, it ended up taking fantastic.

That earns a swift and well deserved upgrade from 2 stars to 5!

ORIGINAL REVIEW: I've been slowly getting into home coffee roasting after a friend with a Nesco home roaster let me sample several of the coffee's he's done, which he's purchased on Amazon from Lavanta. A Kenya blend he had was simply outstanding and sold me that home roasting was something I had to try.

Traditionally, I've always liked Sumatra medium/dark roasts. I purchased Sumatra Peaberry as a way to roast something I was already familiar with from many other coffee companies, hopefully to give me a baseline of how Lavanta's coffee measured up.

I started with an air popper (ghetto garage style) after reading many online reviews, tutorials, and opinions on this process. The roasting process was simple and the beans roasted beautifully. I turned off the popper right as 2C started, and immediately cooled them down to stop the roasting process. Waited 24 hours for them to off-gas and then got ready to try it. The beans smelled great. I used my hand-crank burr grinder to grind them for my AeroPress and the grounds smelled great. I made it in the usual manner and they bloomed right up - or even more so than I expected. First sips were decent, but really didn't blow me away. I finished my cup with mixed feelings, but just figured I could adjust the roast for the next batch.

The next day I went to make another cup of coffee with the same fresh roasted Sumatra Peaberry, and I don't know what happened in the beans, but I literally couldn't finish the cup. It tasted very ashy, and almost...sour?

I tried a couple of other batches of roasts and never had the same experience with it tasting "sour", but never achieved anything other than average-at-best 7-Eleven mini mart style coffee. I had about 1/2 pound left and asked my friend with the Nesco roaster to roast up the last of it so that I could at least compare THAT roast against my air popper roast(s). It was marginally better, but not dramatically at all.

What I thought might have been the result of the ghetto air popper roasting process, I think actually was the batch of beans I had. I don't know if it was the Peaberry beans, or if it's their Sumatra blends in general. I'm not going to give up and want to try at least two other roasts before I give up on Lavanta, but for what it's worth, their Sumatra Peaberry isn't ever worth purchasing again if it continues to taste like that.
DRMOIS Metal Detector, Waterproof IP68 with High Accuracy [Advanced DSP Chip] Metal Detectors for Adults and Kids
DRMOIS Metal Detector, Waterproof IP68 with High Accuracy [Advanced DSP Chip] Metal Detectors for Adults and Kids
In an effort to try to get my two teenagers out of the house and off their screened devices, I thought treasured hunting would be fun so I looked into getting a metal detector. I had specific criteria in mind when I searched for one on Amazon: 1) good sensitivity and specificity in identifying treasure from trash, 2) large LCD display with easy user interface, 3) adjustability to accommodate people with different heights, 4) good warranty, and 5) affordability ($100 or less). This metal detector from Drmois checked all the boxes and more! The item arrived quickly from Amazon and came securely packaged. It was easy and self explanatory on how the parts fit together but if you have any questions, the manual that came with the metal detector walks you through each step clearly. Once put together and adjusted to the length that works best with your height, you just need two 9V batteries to get this metal detector powered on. The manual details how to essentially calibrate the metal detector to improve the sensitivity and specificity. You can then scroll through the different modes, which allows you to choose which metal you want to target, and it'll even estimate for you the approximate depth of the metal. There are specific number ranges to correlate with the possible metals detected. I tested out the unit with a paper clip, quarter, penny, soda can, and silver earring. Even indoors, when there is more interference from household appliances, the metal detector identifies each item accurately. I played around with the settings to pinpoint the sensor for the metals I wanted to find, and found that improved the sensitivity even more. I also liked how the unit came with a small shovel that will likely come in handy when digging for treasures outside. There is a carrying pouch for the shovel, but there is also a bigger bag for the entire metal detector to allow you to store and transport the unit securely. The carrying bag has a comfortable shoulder strap as well as two handles to carry it by hand. I found other metal detectors selling for less (and also ones selling for much more) that didn't have many of the features of this specific metal detector so I feel that I got a very quality product at a reasonable price. I foresee many fun family outings with this item!
Iron Man 2 (Includes Bonus Features)
Iron Man 2 (Includes Bonus Features)
Despite the "cool" factor and outstanding performance by Robert Downey Jr., this movie does have its fair share of plot holes (definitively: gaps in the story where things happen without logical reason, resulting in reduced believability i.e. suspension of disbelief). Though I do see the good as far outweighing the bad and I will explain in more detail after a fair warning.
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The plot holes that stuck out most to me were when Ivan was terrorizing the race track in Monaco and no security agent tried to shoot him, as his head and body were exposed. Also, in this same scene, he was rammed into a wall by a car and could still use his legs. Following this was Tony being summoned to a trial to have the government take ownership of his suit. At that moment my thoughts were "so they want his suit but not his super-intelligent and free-willed JARVIS?" (minor). Lastly, at the end of the movie when Ivan told him "you lose" and detonated all of the drones... why was there such a long countdown if he knew he was going to die anyway?
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Though these points may turn some off of the movie, I didn't really mind them. Like most Marvel movies I enjoyed watching this entry. So I would give iron man 2 a 4/5 rating for being a fun to watch, action-packed hero movie, that does contain some inconsequential plot holes (its a movie starting comic book super hero's with impossible technology. I think its safe to give those points I mentioned a pass regarding "believability") and would recommend anyone watch it, provided you have already seen ironman (5/5).
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan
Provides a quick perspective on the amazing city of Dearborn along with differing perspectives and cultural beliefs.
Takedown: Scot Harvath, Book 5
Takedown: Scot Harvath, Book 5
TAKEDOWN by Brad Thor is 5th in the Scot Harvath series. Harvath is a covert counter terrorism operative assigned to an international investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security. As part of a two-prong operation, Harvath abducts an Algerian bomb maker from across the Canadian border while another team snatches the most sophisticated maker of mass destruction weapons in the terrorist world, Mohammed bin Mohammed (A.K.A. M&M) from Somalia. These bad dudes are covertly hidden in New York City. Led by an Islamic assault rescue team, the terrorists hit New York City with a vengeance and inflict far more destruction upon it than it suffered during 9/11. President Rutledge’s teenage daughter is among the seriously injured while many thousands are killed. The city’s infrastructure, their bridges and tunnels are seriously damaged, first providers are drastically hampered in their rescue efforts, and communication resources are rendered almost unusable. President Rutledge speaks to the nation following the tragedy. He tells the country that, “We will no longer hide behind political correctness labels and we will defeat the scourge of radical Islamic fanaticism wherever it exists.” Too bad our leadership can’t take the same tact. If it’s one-after-another explosions, killings, fires and chase scenes you want, Thor has provided for you in spades. I am a big Brad Thor fan, but I felt the destruction narrative was a bit over-the-top and unrealistic. The plot was misdirected and confusing as a result.
This is my ninth Brad Thor read and although I am not that high on Takedown, I believe now that the great Vince Flynn is gone, Thor and Baldacci occupy top billing when it comes to well-researched terrorist narrations. They do their homework and write their thrillers in such a way that the reader cannot lay them aside.
I give Takedown a rating of 4-stars.
Final Solution
Final Solution
Final Solution is set against the closing years of Apartheid in South Africa. Tensions rise as the black townships become more empowered in a run-up to a national election in which Nelson Mandela is a viable candidate—and white separatists become more and more extreme in their response to threatened modes of superiority and power.

Early on, a white terrorist is captured by members of the black resistance. He is tortured, and then killed by being set afire while his captors beat and taunt him. The scene is graphic, and not for the faint of heart. “What makes people do that to each other?” cried my wife as we watched Final Solution together again for the first time in several years.

What, indeed? One of the special things about Final Solution is that it doesn’t just depict the effects of racial hatred, though it does that well enough. Instead, it dramatizes the true story of Gerrit Wolfaardt, a one-time extreme separatist whose hatred of blacks, Jews, and all who were not Afrikaaners ran deep and powerful. We spend enough time with Jan Ellis’ portrayal of Wolfaardt to “get” what drives men (and women) to such violent lengths. As director Cristobal Krusen remarks, it’s the elimination of all middle ground: “hatred is always black and white.”

But the best thing about Final Solution is the way in which it demonstrates the power of reconciliation—the ability of men (and women) to change not only their thinking and behavior, but their very hearts. There are two Wolfaardts that Ellis portrays here, though they are the same man, and the evolution of the Reconciler is as convincing as the evolution of the Racist. We see that both transformations are not something that happen overnight, but are the results of small seeds planted—of ideas found in the books we read, in the conversations we have with people we admire or despise, of the need we have to defend things we have rashly said, in the examples set by others.

As I noted in my original review of the film in 2002, the fictionalized setting of the story draws heavily upon improbable coincidences. In the film, a series of critical confrontations arise when a former separatist associate of Wolfaardt’s is chased by an angry mob into the sanctuary of a township church—where Wolfaardt just happens to be preaching to a mixed-race congregation about the need for racial reconciliation. Among the congregation also happens to be a young black man, Moses Moremi, who was once the bloody victim of Wolfaardt’s blind aggression. The pastor of the church, played by John Kani, also happens to have once been the assigned target of the one-time assassin Wolfaardt. Credibility is stretched taut, to be sure.

But as Jesus said, what is harder to believe: that a crippled man may rise and walk, or that his sins may be forgiven? Yes, writer/director Krusen invents a narrative that takes liberties with the “true story”; but it also packages a greater truth in a fashion which, in some respects, downplays the horror of the actual facts. And Wolfaardt’s real-life story—which is more global and less local in scope—is no less powerful for playing out in a more cinematically-digestible fashion.

The reputation of Krusen’s film is in its native South Africa is stupendous, having been aired on national TV. Yes, the filmmakers—including producer Gary Wheeler, who has also become a director of some accomplishment over the last decade—were all Americans; but the cast (which also includes notable names such as David Lee, Vusi Kenene, Regardt Van Den Bergh, and Marius Weyers) is entirely African, and the film was shot entirely on location in and around Cape Town. When I interviewed Jan Ellis about the film in 2002, he remarked on how unique it was that Krusen and Wheeler invested what they did in making not an American film set in South Africa, but a film that truly represented the reality of a South African story.

This wholly remastered release is well worth seeing.
All The Stars
All The Stars
The collaboration between Kendrick Lamar intense vocals and SZA hypnotic vocals in the All The Stars song brings to life a song with heartfelt energy and spiritual encouragement. I admit that it was also easy for me to take a chance on this unique song that is All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA from some familiarity with a little of both of their previous works( I first heard of SZA after hearing her entrancing collaboration in a Maroon 5 song and with a song that Kendrick Lamar did called Alright and another song he did with Robin Thicke).
The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years
The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years
Who would have thought! Like the average idiot, I had imagined I had read much of what he had written. And pal Ralph Waldo, in retrospect, seems an unlikely bed mate, in the authorian meaning of that. Some hidden meaning in Waldo and Walden? But, he was a man never far from the waters. This book is a fascinating! new chapter I had never before opened. He was a startlingly active man. That quiet, pondering philosopher beside a pond, noticing every thing. And for only brief time. Do we think he lived there forever, and disappeared, a wild man in the forest, running around bare with no clothing? I hope Norman Mailer read him. "What in the world was that dude thinking!?" Please read.
If Not Now ...
If Not Now ...
a great read and Ms Devlin as always does not dissapoint the reader with the pace characters and twists in this story. a book i would recomend to friends and read again. Lovely.
Werewolf In A Girls' Dormitory
Werewolf In A Girls' Dormitory
Warning: SPOILERS!!! This is one of those films that played constantly on TV when I was a kid in the '60s. I viewed it so many times that I became jaded by it and haven't watched it for over fifty years. Imagine my surprise when Severin Films, a disc company I highly admire (I buy basically every film they release, as long as it isn't by Jess Franco), released this Public Domain (PD) title on DVD & Blu-Ray in the unseen (at least in this country) Italian cut for the first time ever on disc, with all the bell & whistle extras Severin is known for. This was reason enough for me to break my half-century moratorium and watch it with my "adult" brain. So, was it worth the 50-year wait? Read on to find out...
Dr. Julian Olcott (Carl Schell; THE BLUE MAX - 1966) arrives at the front gate of an institute for troubled girls to start is new job, where he is met by caretaker Walter Jeoffrey (Luciano Pigozzi, once again using his "Alan Collins" pseudonym; THE WHIP AND THE BODY - 1963) and his dog, Wolf. Walter gives Julian directions to Director Swift's office and as Julian passes a group of girls doing morning calestectics, student Mary (Mary McNeeran) passes out when the handsome Julian walks by her (the other girls think Mary is faking to get Julian's attention). Julian then meets headmistress Leonore MacDonald (Grace Neame) and she escorts him to the Director's office. Director Swift (Curt Lowens; THE MEPHISTO WALTZ - 1971) knows all about Julian's past legal problems, Julian reminding him that he was acquitted of all charges in a court of law. The Director assures him that no one in this institute will know about his past; here he will be known simply as "Professor Julian Olcott, science teacher." When Julian asks about the girl who passed out in front of him, the Director tells him that this institute is a place for girls with troubled pasts to redeem themselves and find a career to better their futures. Mary is one of those girls, but her past is a complete mystery to the staff.
That night, Mary sneaks out of her dorm room and heads towards the surrounding woods (Leonore sees her, but doesn't try to stop her), where she is caught by Walter. She threatens Walter, saying she'll spill the beans about what she knows about him and the other "man", so Walter lets her go. She then meets the institute's benefactor, Sir Alfred Whiteman (Maurice Marsac; THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE - 1972), in the middle of the woods and threatens to tell the police that he is having underage sex with her if he doesn't free her from the institute, saying she has the letters he sent her as proof. Sir Alfred tells her only the court can free her since it was they who sent her here and he then nervously walks away. When Sir Alfred leaves, Mary is chased by a werewolf-like creature and when it catches her, she is mauled to death and her dead body thrown in the river. When her body is found, a nameless Police Inspector (Herbert Diamonds) questions the staff at the institute, but he doesn't believe any of them are responsible because the coroner said that Mary was killed by some wild animal. Student Priscilla (Barbara Lass; real name: Barbara Kwiatkowska, better known as Roman Polanski's first wife) finds the incriminating letters in Mary's locked drawer and goes to the Director to tell him, but Walter stops and threatens her to keep silent about the matter. Not one for being threatened, Priscilla tells Director Swift that Mary was blackmailing someone. The Police Inspector wants to see the letters, but Priscilla discovers that someone has taken them from Mary's drawer. The Police Inspector once again states that the killer couldn't possibly be the person that Mary was blackmailing because Mary was killed by a wild animal. He couldn't be more wrong.
Priscilla and fellow student Brunhilde (Maureen O'Connor) unlock another drawer in Mary's dormitory and find more letters, all basically saying the same thing (i.e. "I'll give you everything you want, Mary, but I need you to give me the letters. I'll do anything you want. I love you."), but all the letters are unsigned. Priscilla tells Brunhilde that no one else should see the letters because she knows who wrote them. She has a plan to expose Mary's killer, not knowing that someone at the institute is actually a werewolf.
After a week teaching at the institute, Julian asks Director Swift what some of the girls did to get themselves sent to the institute. Brunhilde, it turns out, was convicted of attempted murder. She lived with Mary on the outside and when one of Mary's johns, a sailor, tried to strangle Mary, Brunhilde attacked the sailor and nearly killed him. It's also apparent that Walter is somehow involved in this sordid affair, acting like a pimp and supplying institute girls to members of the male staff. That night, he escorts Brunhilde through the woods and leads her to a shack, saying, "He is expecting you." He pushes Brunhilde inside and locks the door behind her. Expecting to meet Sir Alfred, Brunhilde is confronted by his wife, Sheena (Annie Steinert), who throws a wad of cash on the table, telling Brunhilde that she and her husband are through seeing each other. Brunhilde accuses Sir Alfred of being Mary's killer, but Sheena says her husband may be a sexual sadist, but he's no murderer. She knows for a fact that Mary was alive when her husband left her the night she was killed, because she was spying on him. Brunhilde then accuses Sheena of being the killer, but she tells Brunhilde that she is being ridiculous and walks out of the shack. As Brunhilde is walking back to the institute, she runs into Julian, who tells her he was laying traps for wolves. When Sheena gets home, someone knocks her out with chloroform and then injects her in the arm with a poison, killing her. Brunhilde is attacked at the front gate by the werewolf, but Walter's dog Wolf saves her, biting hard on the werewolf's right arm and making the werewolf run away. When Julian visits Brunhilde in the institute's infirmary, Priscilla arrives and playfully squeezes Julian's right arm, causing him to wince in pain. Priscilla then goes to Director Swift and accuses Julian of being the killer, telling him that the murders only began once Julian arrived at the institute. The Director tells Priscilla to be quiet, he will question Julian and contact the police if necessary.
Under questioning, Julian tells Director Swift a wild story about his past legal problems when he was a medical doctor. One of his patients, a woman, claimed to be a "Lycanthropus", not quite human, not quite a werewolf, but still a cold-blooded killer. Julian tried to find a cure for her condition, but she attacked him, permanently damaging his right arm and he accidentally killed her. He was brought to court on charges of murder, but found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Julian believes the killer at the institute is also a Lycanthropus and he may have come up with a formula to cure the affliction. When Walter is caught red-handed trying to smother Brunhilde in bed with a pillow, he tries to escape, only for Julian to fire a pistol at him, causing Walter to fall to his death from the roof one of the institute's buildings. Everyone believes Walter was the killer and the nightmare is finally over, but Julian doesn't believe it because Walter owned a dog and dogs are Lycanthropus worst enemies. Julian and Priscilla confront Sir Alfred and accuse him of being the killer, but he denies it, walking into his bedroom and blowing his brains out with a pistol! Think you know who the killer is? Here's another clue: Walter's dog, Wolf, viciously kills Leonore by tearing her apart with his teeth. At Walter's funeral, Wolf nearly attacks and kills Director Swift. That night, Wolf leads Priscilla to a shallow grave in the woods and begins digging with his paws, revealing the body of...Walter! So who was buried in Walter's coffin? I hope you have it figured out because I'm not revealing another thing!
This Italy/Austria co-production was directed by Paolo Heusch (THE DAY THE SKY EXPLODED - 1958), who takes the pseudonym "Richard Benson" here and it was written by "Julian Berry", who is actually Ernesto Gastaldi, one of Italy's best genre screenwriters, responsible for the scripts to such films as THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA (1960), LIBIDO (1965; which he also directed) and TORSO (1973), my favorite giallo film of all time, as well as many, many more. This was Gastaldi's first credited screenplay and, thankfully, he is still around to regale us with stories of how it was like to work in the Italian horror film business during its Golden Age. On Severin's DVD & Blu-Ray of this title, one of the extras on the discs has Gastaldi telling us how he came up with the name "Julian Berry" (there were laws in Italy that prevented Gastaldi and other people, from using their real names), what it was like working with Paolo Heusch (who passed away in 1982) and his experiences working in the horror and giallo genres. Somebody should make a documentary on Gastaldi before it is too late, as he is a wealth of unknown, entertaining stories that will disappear when he does from this mortal coil. It's a no-brainer, as he has worked with the best in the business. The Italian cut of this film differs from the American version in many ways. The dialogue is more sexually frank and adult, the violent scenes are extended by a few frames and it doesn't have that ridiculous song, "The Ghoul In School", that opens up the re-titled American version (it is available as an extra on Severin's discs, as are both the Italian and American trailers for this film). I have to say that I enjoyed this film much more than I thought I would, even after not watching it for over fifty years, thanks to the spotless print Severin supplied me in it's OAR. The yellow English subtitles for the Italian language version was also a nice touch. Everything Severin does is first class all the way, even for this Public Domain film (although I doubt the Italian cut is PD).
Shot as LYCANTHROPUS (Severin's print bears this title) and changed to the review title and edited slightly when Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) released it theatrically in the U.S. in 1963. I can't find one legitimate VHS release in the United States, but there have been many gray market VHS releases by the usual suspects. It also had a very healthy budget DVD release, as part of compilation box sets, like Mill Creek Entertainment's CHILLING CLASSICS 50 MOVIE PACK, or as stand-alone discs, from companies such as Alpha Video and Fred Olen Ray's Retromedia Entertainment, but they were all the American edit of the film and in fullscreen (Retromedia claims their version is letterboxed, but all they did was letterbox the fullscreen print, giving you much less information on screen!). The first time the Italian cut was released on DVD & Blu-Ray and in its OAR was in late-2019, when Severin Films released a 2-disc Blu-Ray set (and single-disc DVD), full of extras you never knew you wanted, but were glad you received. Severin is the only place to see the Italian cut of the film, as even Amazon Prime only offers the American version streaming. Also featuring Joseph Mercier, Mary Dolbek, Lauren Scott, Elizabeth Patrick and John Karlsen (SLAUGHTER HOTEL - 1971). Not Rated.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 2 (2)
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 2 (2)
In the first volume of "PLUTO", we learned about a world where robots and humans work together alongside with each other. In this world, robots are treated (by most) like sentient beings comes a world where the planet has robotic heroes and even police squadrons of human and robot partners. Of course, it's not an all perfect world as there are humans who rather not co-exist with the robots. And someone makes their agenda known when someone has decided to disrupt that peaceful coexistence by destroying the great robots and possibly murdering those who protect the rights for robots.

This is the basis of the story "PLUTO", a reimagining of "Astro Boy - The Greatest Robot on Earth" written by manga great Naoki Urasawa ("Yawara", "Monster", "20th Century Boys" and many more titles) and co-authored by Takashi Nagasaki. The Astro Boy or Tetsuwan Atom stories are based on the popular works of Osamu Tezuka and with cooperation from Tezuka Productions, this manga project is managed by Makoto Tezuka.

The first volume showed us how the great Mont Blanc and the North No. 2, two of the seven powerful robots in the world were destroyed by an unknown force. We also learned that several scientists were murdered. All of them were found dead with antlers next or stuck to their heads.

In the second volume of "PLUTO", one of the top 7 robots, Inspector Gesicht is responsible for handling the investigation but his goal is to warn the remaining five robots of the threat coming to them. Bust most of all, it's quite interesting to see how the robots have nearly a sense of emotion and a level of advancement that peaks the curiosity of other robots who are unable to function similarly.

The latest volume features more character development and where the last volume focused on Gesicht, this time around, we get to learn a little more about Atom.

Here is a brief summary of each chapter in vol. 2:

ACT 8 - ATOM - Professor Junichiro Tasaki, a professor of law who came up with the idea of the International Robot Laws has been found murdered. Strung up on a tree with antlers on his head. While investigators are working on that case, Gesicht has met with one of the seven powerful robots. This time it's the very advanced robot known as Atom. A boy on the exterior, he is able to show characteristics of a human showing pleasure in things that young children would like. Such as an interest in toys, sweets, bugs, etc. This surprises Gesicht but the meeting is more about a warning and he needs the help of Atom. By letting Atom download his memory chip, perhaps Atom can assist with the investigation.

ACT 9 - PROFESSOR OCHANOMIZU - With Atom now having Gesicht's memories, he now does his own investigation and learns that the murdered Professor Tasaki was trying to contact Professor Ochanomizu and perhaps the murderer is now after him and the members of the Bora Survey Group.

ACT 10 - HERCULES - The figuter known as Hercules is introduced. Gesicht tries to warn him about the unknown murderer. Atom has a conversation with Professor Ochanomizu and they start to talk about Brau 1589, the first robot to commit murder. Ochanomizu tells Atom that there were no problems with Brau 1589 and he is perfect but what could have caused it to commit crimes in the past.

ACT 11 - PATCHING IN - A flashback of a time not long time ago. The time takes place during a major war against the robots, Hercules, Brando and Mont Blanc fought for the side of humankind while destroying other robots. Meanwhile, Brando leaves to the Blue Mosque Coliseum to take his robot suit out for training but in reality, the fighting champion wants to take on the murderer head on.

ACT 12 - FAMILY PORTRAIT - Brando and the unknown mystery robot begin their fight. Both Gesicht and Hercules try to get to Brando's coordinates to help but will they make it in time.

ACT 13 - FALSE MEMORY - Gesicht continues to have these nightmares where an old man keeps telling him "500 Zeus a Body". What it means? He doesn't know. A major funeral happens for one of the greatest robots on Earth. As for Gesicht, he and his wife realized something is wrong with the photos they have during their many vacations. But what makes them concerned is that there are too many photos of vacations, vacations that would be impossible for Gesicht to go on due to his work. Is something wrong with his memory chip, has his memories been altered?

ACT 14 - DR. ROOSEVELT -We are introduced to Dr. Roosevelt, who exists in a form of an actual teddy bear. With three of the seven great robots eliminated, their are four more left. Meanwhile, Gesicht starts to look into his memory and if it may have been altered. Gesicht decides to visit Brau 1589 and switch memory chips temporarily and see if Brau 1589 can help him find out who the murder may be.

ACT 15 - ENEMY PARTS - Hercules is still mourning a friend but when the search party for his friend continues, a search team discover an unusual setting with Brando's arms in the sign of a horn. Hercules also finds Brando's memory chip. Also, we are introduced to the seventh great robot.

The final chapter is a postscript by Makoto Tezuka who gives us insight of how Urasawa came to officially write about the reimagining of the Atom Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) storyline and what words of advice he gave to Urasawa and that was to create a new storyline and to challenge his father's story head on.

"PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" vol. 02 continues to be a satisfying series. Much has been included in terms of story and character development and the whole entire premise of humans and robots interacting with each other and then all of a sudden, someone going after and destroying a few of the seven great robots is just surprising.

The strength of volume 2 leans more towards the mystery and suspense side as both Gesicht and Atom conduct their investigation. But we get to see how different the main surviving robots are from each other, especially with Atom who happens to have childlike abilities and emotions and this ability to becoming like a human, almost in a Pinocchio style of fashion which a robot like Gesicht is just amazed at.

What I enjoy about this second volume is pretty much what I enjoyed from the first, the gradual build up of the storyline in each chapter, its overall pacing makes "PLUTO" quite entertaining. You just enjoy how well-written the series is thus far.

I've found the storyline to be quite addictive thus far and as each chapter progresses, there is some sort of major reveal.

All in all, I really enjoyed where this second volume is heading as it dealt with us knowing more about Atom and of course, being introduced to a new super robot who is a fighter named Hercules, how everything culminates to a battle between Brando and the unknown and of course, the aftermath.

"PLUTO" is an enjoyable and addictive manga and when it comes to Urasawa-driven storylines, you know that you are getting a quality series with cool art and just overall, a well-balanced and intriguing manga series. Overall, I enjoyed the two volumes thus far and I'm definitely look forward to the release of the third volume.
The Black Book
The Black Book
Everyone assumes (correctly) that a missing black book – which may or may not be literally black or a book— was kept by the madam of a deluxe brothel frequented by prominent Chicagoans. It would contain the names of the patrons and of the police who allowed the business to function in exchange for payoffs. You can see why a lot of people want to get their hands on the black book. At least one of them is a killer.

The story, which alternates between present and past, begins with the discovery of three shooting victims in the bedroom of a high-priced condo. Two are dead – a woman detective and a woman prosecutor. The third victim barely survives but remembers nothing. He is Detective Billy Harney, our protagonist, the son of a top cop and the twin brother of a woman officer. Forensics points to him as the perp.

Not long before, Billy led a raid on that brothel. Among those arrested were the mayor and the archbishop. Will the case be dismissed because Billy did not have a probable-cause warrant?

Billy is put on trial for the murder of the two women in the condo plus the madam and a cop. (He had, shall we say, intimate relations with both women killed in the condo.) After a violent encounter, his memory is restored. He is able to testify about what happened in the condo. Not what the reader expects.

As a former police-news reporter in Chicago, I enjoyed revisiting the Windy City. Every chapter ends with a bang. But the timeline is tough to believe. Two big trials seem to begin almost immediately after charges are filed. Justice is not that swift in Chicago or anywhere else.

The astonishingly prolific James Patterson has more than 160 titles over (or under) his name. Co-author James Ellis, an Illinois judge, has written nine novels. I don’t know who composes the music and who writes the lyrics, but they make a good team. Patterson calls this book “the best work I have done in 20 years.” Maybe it is.
When We Were Lost
When We Were Lost
When I ordered this latest book by Wignall, I did not realize it was aimed at "young adults". It clearly is that, but even as an "older adult" I could appreciate the story and how it was told. Just for the record, I am a fan of Kevin Wignall's books.

Although this is about a bunch of high school kids that survive an airplane crash and then fight for survival in the Amazon rain forest, one can read this book and notice how many of the characters resemble those with whom we went to high school. Some fond memories, some not so fond.

I am not saying that this book is on the same level as Catcher in the Rye, or Lord of the Flies, but it comes closer than most, books aimed at this audience.

If you have a high school aged "young adult" on your Christmas list - this might be a good present.
Untouched
Untouched
This movie needed so much more work. Untouched was as if someone threw something together t the last minute or did not fully understand the direction the movie should take. Why bring in a new hire and only see here for a few scenes and then she just disappears. They used an older gentlemen who appeared to be off his rocker to support anti-abortion. Which made people who stand for life appear to be demented. The teen who was in jail needed to be more involved in the movie. The mother was a schemer and she could have been used to bring more intrigue. Mitch only appeared to be involved in drinking himself to death and he had no real direction in this movie. The Investigator for Mitch and Mitch's paralegal were decent, but could have been used more to bring more intrigue. The ending left you deflated. The move needed a better writer and director, this was a waste on so many levels.
Costa Del Mar Zane Sunglasses
Costa Del Mar Zane Sunglasses
The best thing about these sunglasses is that they sit off of your face just enough to where your eyelashes and eyebrows don't scrape every time you move...HOWEVER they also are a snug fit. Perfect for outdoor activities. Zane's don't even feel like you're wearing them. The sides keep the sun out very well. Get 580GLASS not Poly. It's worth the money if you can spend it.
Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon
Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon
Roping Lions in the Grand Canyon is Zane Grey's telling of his first adventure out west with Buffalo Jones in 1907 and the antecedent of the book, The Young Lion Hunter, which was fiction; this one is fact and uses information Zane Grey had written in The Last of the Plainsmen, the true story of Buffalo Jones. This book was dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America and ZG writes, "I am hoping that it may influence boys to a keener love and appreciation of all the wonderful outdoors of their native land." In this book you will find not only Buffalo Jones but the many other westerners who influenced ZG and instilled in him the "code of the west". The lion dog, Don, also plays an important role in this book. What a wonderful inspiration this book is to all of us who have grown up in a time in which we can still relate to what ZG is writing about. Perhaps if these books were made available in school libraries today, our world would be a much better place to live--they instill values still needed to today.
El arte de El Hobbit de J. R. R. Tolkien (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El arte de El Hobbit de J. R. R. Tolkien (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Tan solo lo he echado un vistazo al libro y ya me resulta fantástico e imprescindible. El trabajo de los autores es impecable y la presentación sobresaliente, con ese formato. El tamaño ideal para admirar las láminas y bocetos. Por lo que he visto algunas ilustraciones ya estaban publicadas pero las ineditas harás las delicias de los seguidores de Tolkien.
Naruto V64 (English and Japanese Edition)
Naruto V64 (English and Japanese Edition)
TVで放送されていないぶん コミックとDVDで楽しんでいます。
 もぅ25巻が発売で予約済みです^^やっぱり ナルトはいつ見てもカッコイイ!!
Gesammelte Werke 88. Deadly Dust
Gesammelte Werke 88. Deadly Dust
Ein erwachsener Karl-May-Leser ist etwas Besonderes. Entweder hängt er ein wenig seiner Kindheit nach oder er muss sich beim Lesen auf eine Welt einlassen, der er eigentlich schon entwachsen ist. Beides ist nicht unproblematisch.

"Deadly Dust" - aus der frühen Schaffenszeit Karl Mays - macht es einem Freund der Abenteuerliteratur leichter. Die Geschichten sind noch nicht so süßlich, tatsächlich gibt es grimmige Stellen, und Winnetou hat durchaus auch etwas Unangenehmes an sich. Jedenfalls in der ersten Erzählung. Die Figuren wirken eindimensionaler, manchmal gewollt originell. In der zweiten Geschichte wird Winnetou dagegen schon viel gefälliger dargestellt. Im Vergleich mit dem später geschriebenen 3. Band der Winnetou-Trilogie in den "Deadly Dust" eingearbeitet wurde, stehen wir hier vor einem angenehm kurzen Text. Beim Blick in den genannten letzten Teil der Trilogie merkt man beim Vergleich jedoch auch, was uns erspart blieb. So das sicher ernstgemeinte, aber sehr generöse Gespräch zwischen Old Shatterhand und dem Indianerhäuptling über das Sterben und über den christlichen Glauben. Und die erweiterte und nicht immer geglückte Rahmenhandlung mit Santer und dem Testament des Apachen.

Dass Kitsch auch gut gemachte Volkskunst sein kann, erleben wir beim Tod Winnetous am Schluss des Buches. Fast eine Opernszene, gesungen wird ja tatsächlich. Sowas muss man auch darstellen können. Lesenswert? Ja. Aber nicht in jeder Stimmung bekömmlich.
Case Closed, Vol. 15
Case Closed, Vol. 15
Gosho Aoyama, Case Closed, vol. 15 (ViZ, 1997)

The usual sort of thing; we finish off the cliffhanger from the last volume, get a couple of new cases, then start a new cliffhanger. I'm not sure whether Aoyama just has the shortest attention span I've ever seen, or whether he's really tired of working on the series, but so little goes on in relation to the main story arc-- in fact, it's often used more as an amusing conceit than anything else-- that the series feels less like a manga than a sitcom at times. Still, the cliffhangers are a way of keeping the reader coming back for more, if the crudest one possible. ***
The Lost Gospel ("BB" McFadden Book 1)
The Lost Gospel ("BB" McFadden Book 1)
The Lost Gospel is an action-packed mystery that had me at page one. McHugh is a masterful storyteller who weaves ancient secrets, today's technology and practical problem solving into a breathtakingly believable plot that unfolds with a propulsive momentum. The springboard that launches this adventure is the expertly recounted and exquisitely detailed downing of an Italian pilot's Breda Ba.65 jet fighter in 1936.
This debut thriller introduces the unforgettable Francis "BB" McFadden, a mountain of man - smart, confident, big-hearted and always honorable - who travels from his leafy New England campus to the unforgiving mountains of Ethiopia to uncover the mystery hidden in the pilot's war-torn journal, discovered by the man's nephew, McFadden's buddy, Tommy Marino.
McFadden, with Marino in tow, travels to Addis Ababa on a quest that challenges his intellect, questions his faith and tests his very survival. I highly recommend this book to all readers, especially to those who thrive on adrenaline-spiked action, well-told stories and fully realized characters like BB McFadden. (Also, this book would likely spark lively discussions in men's book groups). BB has an out-sized appetite for towering sandwiches and grand-scale adventures. I hope there will be a next book filled with more of both.
Christmas Wishes: An Anthology (A Blossom Street Novel)
Christmas Wishes: An Anthology (A Blossom Street Novel)
I liked these stories - so four stars.
But I was disappointed - and frankly, concerned - to see K.O weighing herself first-thing every single morning, agonizing over gaining 2lbs, reducing caloric intake for the day, spending the day on the treadmill, starving herself, and brushing her teeth whenever she gets hungry so she won't eat. The only things she eats, when she's alone, is stuff like 'a piece of dry toast' for breakfast, and 'a cup of yogurt and a glass of V8' for lunch. She has a bran muffin once a week, as a treat. Her stomach is rumbling, and she can't bear to look at food, but she refuses to eat. Instead, she gets on the treadmill. Because Wynn "won't want her" if he finds out she gained weight. Really, she says that. And she's talking about 2 pounds!!

If this is how K.O. lives her life, I think she's questionably close to suffering from an eating disorder. She's like one of those anorexic girls in the Intervention show who say "I'm just watching what I eat, ok? Back off!" But daily weigh-ins, having rules about reduced calorie days, brushing your teeth instead of eating... This is not a healthy way to live. She's certainly coming in under the 2000 calorie line, and then she works out for 4 miles on the treadmill? When people admit to doing that, they often have deeper problems.

K.O. sets a bad example for the rest of us by making it seem normal, even desirable, to be so fixated on her weight (instead of her strength and her health) and to take measures like these to manage her weight. I think K.O.'s next stop on Blossom street should be a counselor.
Bleach: Official Animation Book Vibes
Bleach: Official Animation Book Vibes
This book is beautiful. The language is Japanese, and there is NO English print. The artwork from episodes 1-63 is found in this book!

5 minute review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir6789GLhQ8
Bleach 65
Bleach 65
Lo he comprado hace tiempo con toda la coleccion para ir leyendomela y cuando me toca leerme este tomo veo que hay páginas repetidas en lugar de la escena que tendría que haber ahí. Quería saber si se podría hacer algo.
Bleach 34
Bleach 34
Also ich liebe Bleach, daher kauf ich ja auch den manga. Wer sich überlegt Band 35 zu kaufen, kennt ihn vermutlich.
Daher will ich Euch sagen: Ich liebe Bleach und jeden einzelnen Manga, daher empfehle ich Euch auch diesen hier.

5 Sterne, weil mir der Manga gefällt, der Versandt schnell war und auch sonst alles in Ordnung war =D
Mr. Stingy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Stingy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Do you know the only thing Mr. Stingy liked doing? Counting his money! One day a wizard came to the door asking for a glass of water. You can guess Mr. Stingy's reply can't you? Yes, it was "No!" The wizard, wanting to teach Mr. Stingy a lesson, turned all his gold into potatoes! When Mr. Stingy begged for his money back the wizard granted his request but only on the condition that he never be stingy again. If he was, then certain things would happen to him!

Read this delightful story of how Mr. Stingy slowly learns to change his ways.
Patricia Cornwell At Risk [DVD]
Patricia Cornwell At Risk [DVD]
I am an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell books however done to film hasn't worked for me. Andie MacDowell being the main female character is this and the previous dvd wouldn't be my choice, Found her role very irritating. The plot was as good as I would expect but found the whole production too TV movie like.
The Cowboy and The Lady
The Cowboy and The Lady
This is a wonderful movie. Gary Cooper is gorgeous and very well-cast, the story line is sweet and a reminder of values that have since been labeled corny, unfortunately. A movie that engages the viewer without explosions, violence, murders, sex, and CGI. Man, I feel old saying this, but why don't they make movies like that anymore?
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Platform Expandable Necklace
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Platform Expandable Necklace
The necklace (very delicate) is actually a little better than I expected, but the pendant is a bit disappointing.
It’s just not as bright gold color as the sales picture, it’s got a washed out look to it.
Not much anymore could do about it short of purchasing real jewelry.
You get what you pay for.
The Nature of Beauty: Organic Skincare, Botanical Beauty Rituals and Clean Cosmetics
The Nature of Beauty: Organic Skincare, Botanical Beauty Rituals and Clean Cosmetics
This book is a must have for anybody approaching "natural" cosmetics- or anybody wanting to know more about how stuff works in skincare, hair care routines, which ingredients have which proprieties etc.

I personally found the book quite informative, although quite basic. Nevertheless a good reference book I will certainly continue consulting in the future.

Very beautiful pictures, and very clearly written.
Funko Pop! Movies: Harry Potter - Parvati Patil (Yule),Multicolor,3.75 inches
Funko Pop! Movies: Harry Potter - Parvati Patil (Yule),Multicolor,3.75 inches
Pop de la saga Harry potter et la coupe de feu, il fait partie de la dernière collection de l'année 2019.
Les détails sont vraiment conforme à la saga et la tenue de bal est conforme. La pop est une des jumelles Patil qui est au bal avec sa soeur, avec Ron et Harry.
Elle est très belle et vient agrandir ma collection déjà grande ;)
LEGO Nexo Knights 70322 Axl's Tower Carrier Building Kit (670 Piece)
LEGO Nexo Knights 70322 Axl's Tower Carrier Building Kit (670 Piece)
Big hit!! My grandson was thrilled with this set -- he is into Nexo Knights, and someone who was not might not think it is a big deal. My daughter is raising him to be polite, so he always says thank you for everything -- but, for this, he thanked us at least 3 times. I guess there is a newer version coming out, so this one is very economical for the size of the set.
ACCU-STAMP2 Message Stamp with Shutter, 2-Color, FAXED, 1-5/8" x 1/2" Impression, Pre-Ink, Red and Blue Ink (035533)
ACCU-STAMP2 Message Stamp with Shutter, 2-Color, FAXED, 1-5/8" x 1/2" Impression, Pre-Ink, Red and Blue Ink (035533)
I first found this stamp, years and years back, at an office supply place, and it has lasted a LONG time, under daily use in a busy office. But, I have one staff member who likes to practically stand on it, when using it (despite repeated requests not to do so, uggh!) and eventually the old one was not working so well, as a result.

Given that it is the only design that allows you to write in a date, on a date line, I was hopeful to find the same stamp, and here it was! Plus, live and learn, I discovered you can get ink to refill each side! And what a great price! So, I ordered the stamp, and the ink refills.

And, yes, it is just as awesome as the one it is replacing. Perfect application every time, rich vibrant colors and, as mentioned, we love that staff can just write on the date, instead of having to fiddle with a date function. So, I've been more diligent to tell staff to be careful with it, because just a simple soft application is all that is needed.

Great stamp, at a great price, refillable, custom date space -- an awesome office tool for us!

Highly recommend!
Swords of the Legion (The Videssos Cycle, Book 4)
Swords of the Legion (The Videssos Cycle, Book 4)
Harry Turtledove has said that his life was shaped and molded by reading "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague De Camp. To my mind this first series by the master of alternate history is a time travel book based loosely upon that previous classic. Elements of one of Caesar's legions are transported forward in time to the Byzantine Empire. Only it's not the Byzantine Empire, it's the Videssos Empire in another universe where magic works. Aside from that, it's the Byzantine Empire written by a Byzantine historian. Aside from just surviving, the hero must prevent his new homeland from being overrun by barbarians "Lest Darkness Fall". For this reason I consider this the best time travel series to a fictitious universe ever written, as well as the best series about a Roman Legion. It is a must read for anyone interested in the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, or time travel.
One of the many things which make this series interesting is that the heroes are from Caesar's Rome. Rome is young energetic vibrant and, most of all, expanding at this time. They are transported to the Byzantine/Videssos Empire while it is in a period of decline. (If it were the real Byzantine Empire, it would be the final decline, but we can still hope for a revival of the Videssos Empire.) The decadence brought by a thousand years of Empire is sharply contrasted with the vibrant patriotism of our heroes who remain unknowing that this is the destiny of their empire too.
This isn't just a military book where the legion moves from battle to battle. This is a much more realistic and complete world where the hero is thrust into the middle of court politics, and has to fight to overcome the shear inertia of the Empire's slide towards collapse. The hero spends more time facing corruption, political intrigue, distrustful monarchs, intolerant monks, and tax collectors than he does facing mounted cavalry units.
I don't want to repeat the excellent review about the warfare in this series written by Robert, 12 MAR 99, under "The Misplaced Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 1). I would like to add though, that this is not a series about a general. This is not a David Drake/S.M. Sterling series about Belisarius. As Robert points out, the hero of this series stands in the middle of the battles, and seldom knows more of what's going on than immediately to his left and right. The battles themselves are mostly standup fights where two sides hack at each other. This is really much more realistic though. Most battles, especially in the Roman era, were fought this way. Even though nowadays it seems like every book we read is about Belisarius, brilliant generals with innovative battlefield ideas come along only once in a thousand years or so. Most battles are fought without them.
"The Misplaced Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 1) is followed by "An Emperor for the Legion" (The Videssos Cycle Book, 2), "The Legion of Videssos" (Videssos Cycle, Book 3), and "Swords of the Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 4). There are two prequel series about Videssos. The first is the Tale of Krispos series, beginning with "Krispos Rising." This is actually a two book story, which is excellent, and a third follow on novel which is very good. The other prequel, The Time of Troubles series, begins with "The Stolen Throne". This series is entertaining, but not really as good as the first two series.
Although there are ten other books about Videssos, there can never be enough. And there are only four books about the Misplaced Legion. There needs to be a sequel series not another prequel. Perhaps "Legion of Videssos: Next Generation" where Marcus's son, born and raised in Videssos, can become Emperor, with Dad and his Legion helping out of course. This could lead to a new golden age for Videssos, and maybe even . . .
Sorrel and Fern Crib Mobile Butterflies in The Clouds Grey and Pink Baby Ceiling Nursery Decor
Sorrel and Fern Crib Mobile Butterflies in The Clouds Grey and Pink Baby Ceiling Nursery Decor
This is very sweet and surprisingly affordable. It came nicely packaged, but as I took painstakingly took it gently apart, I saw the lines are tangled and twisted and hang at different lengths so the butterflies are crooked. As a result I’ll need to take some time undoing all of it and restringing it myself. But it’s exactly what we were looking for, and it was literally 25% of the price of similar products on Etsy. I like supporting a small family company and would recommend this product, just be prepared to have to do some crafting on it yourself. It came with 3 extra butterfly clips which was a nice surprise, but I wish there were 4-5 so I could evenly clip them to the lines hanging from the hoop
JavaScript: The Ultimate Guide to Understand JavaScript Code and Its Fundamentals: Discover Literal and Control Flow. Learn Variables, Functions, Object and the Best jQuery
JavaScript: The Ultimate Guide to Understand JavaScript Code and Its Fundamentals: Discover Literal and Control Flow. Learn Variables, Functions, Object and the Best jQuery
This is a great guidebook for anyone who is interested in learning some of the more advanced skills of programming with Javascript, or those who have read the author's previous two books in this series and wats to learn more. This book will help take you through everything you need to know in order to gain the ability to use these more advanced techniques. There are really helpful diagrams and examples included and even exercises to get you working through the information and guidance. I myself am still relatively inexperienced at programming and testing with Javascript but this book and the others previously released have been an excellent help. I am able to refer back to any section that I need to be more clear on and everything is well organized and easy to access. Overall, very happy with how this book turned out.
Simply Green Solutions Reusable Reinforced Handle Grocery Tote Bag Large 10 Pack - 10 Color Variety
Simply Green Solutions Reusable Reinforced Handle Grocery Tote Bag Large 10 Pack - 10 Color Variety
All of my old bags started getting holes in them which is quite counterproductive, so it came time to purchase new bags. I figured I couldn't go wrong with the multicolored set. I'm quite impressed with the size of them and the amount that they can hold. They're sturdy even with a couple gallons of milk and random items shoved in them.

The handles are long enough that I'm able to put the bag on my shoulder which definitely helps cut back the amount of trips I need to make from the car to the house. They're very versatile, I use them for grocery shopping, my knitting supplies, on road trips they get stuffed with drinks, snack and toys. My only complaint is that one of my bags didn't come with the bottom reinforced panel.
Forum Novelties Child Santa Beard and Moustache
Forum Novelties Child Santa Beard and Moustache
Used for a stage production for the seven dwarfs. These beards held up for tech, dress and two-weekends of shows and STILL can keep going. Our 10-12 yr olds have each taken care of her/his own but a great deal for the price. I suggest opening them outside, give a light shake. Then smooth to the style you want and hair spray HEAVILY. This will help keep hairs out of mouth and prevent sticking to sweaty faces. I will choose this again when I need beards. Great for the price. If you are looking for a curly beard, this is NOT the one.
Cuckoo Electric Induction Heating Rice Pressure Cooker (3-Cup) - Full Stainless Interior with Non-Stick Coating - 3-Language Voice Navigation and LED Screen with Touch Selection Menu - Premium Quality
Cuckoo Electric Induction Heating Rice Pressure Cooker (3-Cup) - Full Stainless Interior with Non-Stick Coating - 3-Language Voice Navigation and LED Screen with Touch Selection Menu - Premium Quality
The turbo mixed rice setting is perfect for Jasmine rice and other long grain rices. The glutinous rice regular setting works well for sushi rice, and the glutinous rice turbo setting works well for sona masoori and ponni rice. I have yet to try actual glutinous rice, but will update once I do. Basmati rice does well in the mixed rice turbo setting. Parboiled long grain rice works well in the glutinous rice regular setting. Parboiled basmati does well with the mixed rice turbo setting. The brown rice setting has worked well for brown basmati, brown long grain, brown Jasmine, and brown sushi rice. I do err on the side of adding slightly more water than the cooker calls for. If you forget to soak your brown rice overnight (it produces a softer brown rice which is less challenging to chew), you can use the GABA rice setting, and you'll get the same effect. It takes a couple hours, but it makes a brown rice that doesn't taste like health food.

To access the turbo setting when you're making something, hit the start button twice. While the rice is cooking, there will be multiple times that the cooker will tell you it's doing something. Before it starts venting out the steam (it is a pressure cooker after all), it gives you a heads-up. If you don't like to use the microwave to reheat something, the multi cook function hit for 10 minutes will get your wet food (soup, stew, beans, etc) from fridge cold to nice and hot.

What the superpower that this rice cooker has over larger models is sheer /speed/. I can wash off some rice, hit the glutinous rice turbo setting, and it'll be done /from start to finish/ in 12 - 16 minutes, depending on how much rice is in there. This isn't 12 minutes from when it hits pressure. This isn't 12 minutes from after it comes to a boil. This is where I hit start, and the cooker starts timing 12 minutes. When that timer has run out, the rice is ready, period. If you're impatient like me, add about 1/3 cup extra water to the mix, and you won't have to let the rice sit there and redistribute for 10 minutes after the cooking is done. The rice will be on the slightly softer side, but that's not entirely a bad thing, in my opinion. I don't care for rice that's too hard.

The self cleaning function is where this guy really shines. There's been times where I'll cook something, and the top plate gets this starchy film all over it, and I don't want to spend all day cleaning it. The auto clean loosens up any stuck on food bits from the inner pot, and the lid, so that you can easily wipe it off.

This isn't a small appliance though. Even though it's a 3 cup, the body is still fairly bulky. As counter top footprint goes, it's on par with my air fryer. That said, because I use it so much, it's worth it for me. I like the smaller size, because it keeps me from making too much of something, and having leftovers forever. I don't mind a leftover that I can clear off in one or two meals, but much more than that, and I'll get bored. I live alone, and it's easy to make too much of something, and then never want to eat it again, because you've had it twice a day five days in a row.
Lethal Licorice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 2)
Lethal Licorice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 2)
Bailey has stayed in Harvest, OH after the death of her Daadi (grandfather) to her Maami (grandmother) run the family candy shop, Swissmen Sweets. Her grandfather was to participate in the highly competitive Amish Confectionery Competition and the judges have allowed Bailey to take his place. On the first day of the competition Bailey has a run in with a rival Amish candy shop owner, Josephine Weaver. Also, the town's beloved polka-dotted pig, Jethro, has gone missing and his owner, Juliet, is distraught with worry. As Bailey looks for Jethro she unfortunately finds the body of Josephine. Will the police, particularly Aiden, be suspicious of her once again?

Whenever I am stressed I like to turn to cozy mysteries and Amish fiction. When you put the two of them together I am one happy reader. Amanda Flower has perfected the craft of writing Amish cozy mysteries. You are instantly transported to Harvest, OH into Bailey's world as soon as you open the book. The details are rich with beauty and flavor. You can almost taste the candy Bailey and the others are making. It is a guarantee you will be craving whatever Bailey and her grandmother are making. Right now I want licorice and taffy. YUM!

Not only is there a murder mystery going on there is also a young Amish girl that Bailey meets that is trying to decide her path in life, stay Amish or leave or faith. The care and compassion shown from Bailey and her grandmother is the true spirit of helping one another. You will be moved like I was.

There is a small romance between Bailey and Aiden brewing but it does not take over the main story. They are both taking their time until they move to the next step. Aiden seems like the perfect match for Bailey. He lets her explore but is always around to help her pick up the pieces.

I cannot review the book without a blurb about Jethro. Who can resist a polka-dotted pig? This pig lives the perfect life. He is doted on like a king by his mom, Juliet and she just so happens to be Aiden's mom and one of Bailey's close friends in Harvest, OH. I found myself worrying about Jethro being lost in the dark and cold even when I was not reading. I absolutely love how Amanda Flower gives true personality to her animal characters. To me that shows she has a beautiful heart.

I am very excited to see the next adventure of Bailey and friends and to see where the romance is headed. Hurry and get your copy today from your favorite bookseller. If you have not read the first book, Assaulted Caramel, you should buy it also. Make it a sweet weekend of reading.

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