Hassan Anderson

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Functional Programming in JavaScript
Functional Programming in JavaScript
Functional Programming in JavaScript by Dan Mantyla. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL 8 : Administration et optimisation
MySQL 8 : Administration et optimisation
MySQL 8 : Administration et optimisation by undefined. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7)
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7)
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7) by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 9591 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Founders' Intent
Founders' Intent
Founders' Intent by Robert J. Ross. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Les Partenaires (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Les Partenaires (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Les Partenaires (Best-sellers) (French Edition) by John Grisham , Abel GERSCHENFELD, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dark Tower: Treachery
Dark Tower: Treachery
Dark Tower: Treachery by Stephen King , Robin Furth , et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Coding for Beginners Using Python
Coding for Beginners Using Python
Coding for Beginners Using Python by Louie Stowell. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 91 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Arduino Programming: This book Includes: The Ultimate Beginner’s And Intermediate’s Guide To Learn Arduino In One Day Step-By-Step (#2020 Updated Version | Effective Computer Programming Languages)
Arduino Programming: This book Includes: The Ultimate Beginner’s And Intermediate’s Guide To Learn Arduino In One Day Step-By-Step (#2020 Updated Version | Effective Computer Programming Languages)
Arduino Programming: This book Includes: The Ultimate Beginner’s And Intermediate’s Guide To Learn Arduino In One Day Step-By-Step (#2020 Updated Version | Effective Computer Programming Languages) by Steve Tudor. Rated 2.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
This is a fascinating biography that I enjoyed very much, but before getting into the details of the book itself I want to quickly go back in time to when Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 (it's hard to believe that three and a half years have already gone by since that date). At that time, the Walter Isaacson biography (Steve Jobs) had already been written.

Jobs had agreed to be interviewed by Isaacson over the course of the final two years of his life, and when Isaacson's biography of Jobs was published less than three weeks after his death, on October 24, 2011, it immediately became a bestseller. His book was taken as the most thorough and authoritative description of Jobs that had been written. It did have the cooperation of Jobs himself, and did become the benchmark biography of Jobs (until today). It pulled few punches in describing Jobs volatility throughout his life and in managing his businesses. The view of most was probably that the Isaacson book was tough but fair, because the stories of how difficult Jobs could be were well known and undisputed.

Now that a couple of years have gone by and people have had a chance to adjust to Jobs death and reflect, it turns out that there was a need for a more balanced look at his life, one that doesn't overlook his failings but also gives more credit to not only his great technological leadership but also his humanity and his great talents as a leader of men and women. Especially interesting are the stories of his growth as a person, and how he did learn to be more understanding and compassionate in dealing with people. We learn through reading this book that this was something he acknowledged and worked hard at improving. He knew he had faults and he tried to limit them (not always successfully). We are all aware of his accomplishments - he led and inspired (and demanded) the talented people at Apple to innovate and exceed their own expectations time after time, and although he was a stern taskmaster he also drove them to design and engineer products that were sensational to use and experience. They were transformative to industries. Jobs may not have been perfect, nobody is claiming that, but these things do not happen solely through bullying, there has to be more to it than that.

And there is more to it than that. This new biography of Jobs brings out those other aspects of Jobs life and personality. And no doubt it benefits from the time that has gone by since his death, which has given everyone involved a chance to get some distance from the events of his life and put them in perspective.

This book also has an even more significant difference, I feel: the authors, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, are two gentlemen who have known the computer industry and Jobs for many years. Schlender in particular had a relationship with Jobs that spanned almost 25 years. He did not meet Jobs for the first time when they began working on the book (and this is one of the most important differences in comparing this book to the earlier biography, because Isaacson did not know Jobs prior to working on that book, and he did not have the strong background in the computer industry that both Schlender and Tetzeli possess. He was, and is, an accomplished and well respected biographer and business executive, and among other things has been the CEO of the Aspen Institute for a number of years). Bringing out this personal connection right at the beginning, the book starts with Schlender talking about his first meeting with Jobs, in April of 1986, when he was working for the Wall Street Journal and stationed in San Francisco and he drove down to Palo Alto to meet with Jobs at the NeXT headquarters.

A couple of years ago, when Schlender and Tetzeli approached Apple with their plan to write this book, they were not able to obtain the cooperation of the company or its executives. Then, after a year and a half of continued effort, the door was finally opened. They were able to meet with Apple people, as well as with Jobs widow, and the resulting fresh materials, together with the notes and documents they had already gathered, going back many years, gave them an unequalled resource of information to produce this new biography.

This book provides a more comprehensive look at Jobs full career, not just the Apple years (parts I and II). There is a great deal of material describing his time at both NeXT and Pixar that I was unfamiliar with. Those years when he was separated from Apple were very important in understanding and illustrating the evolution Jobs went through as a manager and as a person over the course of his life. The executives Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter at Pixar, and Bob Iger at Disney, for example, were very influential to Jobs and this was interesting to read about. (This is a time period of his life that was almost completely overlooked in the earlier Isaacson biography).

This 13-year period, beginning in September, 1985, when Jobs resigned from Apple after John Scully essentially stripped all of Jobs responsibilities from him, until late 1998 when he returned to Apple following Apple's acquisition of NeXT and the removal of Gil Amelio as CEO, is covered in detail in this book and was, to me, most interesting. It was during this period that Steve tried unsuccessfully to reproduce the magic of the Mac in the new NeXT computer, acquired a creative and well-functioning team at Pixar that resisted his micromanaging and taught him how to more skillfully lead a high performing creative group. It was also during this time that he met his future wife, Laurene Powell, married and began to raise a family. Pixar achieved it's first major success when the movie Toy Story was produced in 1995; that eventually led to his return to great wealth when Pixar was sold to Disney. All of these experiences combined over time to produce a more thoughtful and measured manager who, by the time he was asked to lead Apple again, was a far different person than the imperious and demanding 20-something who had co-founded Apple and then skyrocketed to fame and fortune when he was probably too young to handle it.

And while some are now criticising this book as being more forgiving regarding Jobs, especially when compared to the Isaacson biography, I'll add one story that speaks volumes to me regarding this 'other side' of Jobs. When he returned to Apple in 1998, he faced a terribly difficult situation, the company had it's least inspiring product lineup ever, employee morale was seriously depressed, and there was a desperate need to chart a path to recover the magic that the company had held in its early days. In one of his very first leadership decisions at Apple, in learning that the stock options of the employees were all 'underwater' and valueless, he insisted that the board re-issue all those employee stock options so that they were priced at the stock value on July 7, the day that Amelio's firing was made public. He informed the employees of this in an 'all hands' memo that went out over his signature, a singular move that immediately revitalized the financial prospects for the companies employees. And he had no personal stake in that decision, because at that time he had no personal stock options of his own. The depth of his dedication to the employees of Apple could not have been more clearly shown than it was in that single action.

As I read this book, having read many other stories about Jobs and having a familiarity with his life and how it developed, it can be both sad and frustrating to read once again about his failures and mistakes. At NeXT, for example, recounting the many errors made - selecting expensive magnesium for the computer case, requiring it to be built as a cube with sharp edges rather than easier to manufacture rounded corners, building the state-of-the-art factory in Fremont that would never be used to its full capability - I found myself lamenting that he hadn't been able to learn those lessons of management and discipline earlier in his life. A great waste, in many respects. Still, it is a part of his story (and a number of the innovations from NeXT would go on to live well beyond those days). Great leaders always talk about how their failures were critical to their development. Likely he would not have grown into the man he eventually became if he hadn't made those mistakes, painful though they are to replay. He was just 30 when he began NeXT, 33 when the first NeXT computer was unveiled, in grand Jobs extravaganza style at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He was world famous and yet still a very young and immature man. The attention to detail and importance of design that was so important to him from the very beginning, even when it was impossible to implement or led to products that were too expensive to succeed commercially, would blossom in later years as the iPhone and other devices were developed and led to Apple's greatest successes.

To me, the most moving story from the book was when Tim Cook realized that he and Jobs had the same blood type. That meant that Cook could potentially help Jobs fight his illness by donating a part of his own liver. But Jobs wouldn't even consider it, and the deep personal nature of that exchange, between those two men and at a time when Jobs realized that his remaining days were dwindling, was very poignant. The last part of the book is especially sad as we live through his final days, when he knew that his time was coming to an end.

There are many other interesting stories here, some of which can be found elsewhere in the other reviews or on the internet already, as the early reviews are out and most of them share favorite stories or new insights that were gained from reading the book. I'll just add that this is a very human portrayal of Jobs, it is one that I believe will appeal to people who like to read biographies of business leaders, people who are fans of Apple and are looking for more insight into how it works and the people behind the products, and it will also appeal to readers who are interested in what makes a brilliant leader tick, how does the mind work and what magic must take place in order for those visions to become manifest in products and in a company that, soon after Jobs death, became the largest in the world.

I also think that it is remarkable to see the support that Apple executives are now putting behind this book now that it has been released. Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO and Jobs hand-picked successor, Jony Ive, Apple's long standing head of design, and Eddy Cue, Apple's head of software and internet services, have all endorsed it. A cynic might view their praise of the book as support of something that may help to reshape Jobs image in a more flattering light, but I think that there is more to it than that. This book does not whitewash Jobs or overlook his faults.

My earlier comparisons to the Isaacson biography, which until today may have been the benchmark for a Jobs biography, may sound like too much of a criticism of that book, so I will add that anyone interested in Apple and the story of the company and of Steve Jobs is probably going to want to read both books. I purchased the Isaacson book as soon as it came out, and I'll probably go back and read it again now. There are portions of Jobs life and Apple history that are covered in the Isaacson book and not so much (or at all) in this new book. I think that one of the other reviewers makes the point that the two books should be viewed as complimentary, and I think that is the right way to look at it.

By the time of his death, Steve Jobs had become an icon of the business world, having achieved a stature that only a few American business executives have ever reached (Jack Welch at GE being perhaps the most recent, prior to Jobs). This is a fascinating look at him and his company, and after reading it I have the feeling that I may be just a bit closer to understanding what he was like. I wouldn't try to claim that this book is definitive - Jobs was complex enough and accomplished so much during his life that no single biography is going to provide everything that could be written about him. I do have the feeling that it may be the closest yet.
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson [180-Gram Vinyl]
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson [180-Gram Vinyl]
Maybe. Even if it isn't, it's got to be Armstrong's best vocal album (there's lovely trumpet work too, but the focus is on the singing).

How so?

First of all, Armstrong was relaxed and rested at this session, in contrast to many others from this era, when he was tired from his exhausting live date schedule. Consequently, he's on fine form.

Second, repertoire. As opposed to Dixieland chestnuts and novelty songs, this is the cream of the Great American Songbook, with only 1 of 16 songs not an established classic ("Moon Song", and even that's very good).

Then there's the accompaniment. As well as Peterson, there's Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Louis Bellson. Armstrong probably never worked with better musicians, except maybe the first All-Stars line-up, and this bunch are far more modern in their thinking and therefore better matched to this material. They're witty, relaxed, swinging, and imaginative, and wonderfully supportive to Pops without ever getting in his way or stealing his thunder.

Finally, the sound quality is amazing for 1957. The sound has real depth and presence but also clarity of detail. So you can hear everything but it's all beautifully integrated.

The CD includes all 12 tracks from the original album plus four, with the same musicians, from "Ella and Louis Again", though Miss Fitzgerald isn't on any of these. The final track, "Let's Do It", is the most salacious recording I have ever heard and the entire disc is recommended for that one track alone, even though everything on it is special.

Outstanding.
30th Anniversary Celebration Concert
30th Anniversary Celebration Concert
This multi-disc set of performances from the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration is, like most of these albums, something of a mixed bag. It ranges from the superb - Richie Havens storming 'Just Like A Woman', Eric Clapton's light-footed stroll through 'Don't Think Twice', The O'Jays 'Emotionally Yours', Neil Young doing 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues', Chrissie Hynde's 'I Shall Be Released', Roger McGuinn on 'Mr Tambourine Man' and Lou Reed's 'Foot of Pride'. Some is just average. I could live without John Mellencamp's pony version of 'Like A Rolling Stone' and 'Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat', though, and they're the opening songs. There are inevitable longeurs, but overall, there is a lot of great music on here.

Also, if you look at the redesigned cover image, you see the serried ranks of the rock and roll great and good having a high time - however, to the right of the pic, there's Sinead O'Connor, with her arms folded, head bowed down, with a face like a smacked - well, you fill in the blank. Lighten up, Sinead.
PILOT FriXion Clicker Erasable, Refillable & Retractable Gel Ink Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, 3-Pack (31464)
PILOT FriXion Clicker Erasable, Refillable & Retractable Gel Ink Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, 3-Pack (31464)
Bought these pens for my planner about a month ago (April 2016), and the pens have been holding up very nicely. The black pen is used the most often, but all the pens have about the same ink consistency.

Pros:
- Pen retracts by clicking the pen's pocket holder clip. No need to uncap the 'eraser' end to erase ink.
- Colors are vibrant, except for the black (more like a dark grey).
- Ink consistency is like regular gel pens. Not very much pressure is required to write solid lines.
- Intentional erasing will almost completely erase markings. See attached photos.

Cons:
- Hasn't happened to me, but I heard that leaving the pens/written materials in a hot car will make the ink disappear. But I also heard that putting the previously heated pen/ink in the freezer for a while will make the ink reappear. I've been mindful of this, and been careful not to leave my pen set in my car.
O3 Captain America 12" Shield + Blue Cape Cosplay Set, Cartoon Superhero Dress up Costumes Suit, Plastic Shield + Satin Cape, for Kids Boy Role Play Toy
O3 Captain America 12" Shield + Blue Cape Cosplay Set, Cartoon Superhero Dress up Costumes Suit, Plastic Shield + Satin Cape, for Kids Boy Role Play Toy
Mi hijo de 2 años y 6 meses está enamorado de este regalo, la capa es en seda, no pesada y de buena calidad, el escudo de la capa está muy bien pegado, la máscara es foamy suave que no maltrata su carita y muy bien elaborada, el escudo es magnífico de un material resistente con luces y sonido, amamos este producto porque es económico y muy completo, llegó mucho antes de lo esperado, la capa quedó perfecta para mi niño a pesar de ser un poco pequeñito de estatura. Lo recomiendo y lo volvería a comprar.
Wolverine Men's Dublin W04780 Waterproof Boot
Wolverine Men's Dublin W04780 Waterproof Boot
I live in Minnesota, some like to call it MinneSNOWta and for good reasons. If you live in the United States, you are probably aware of the brutally cold winter we have had of 2013/2014 (Polar Vortexes anyone?). I've lived in Minnesota all my life, and I can't remember when I've seen the temperature so cold, so often. If I recall, we've been colder than Alaska the majority of this winter.

So with frigid cold weather your entire body needs to be warm, including your feet, and these boots fit the criteria. I'm glad I bought this before winter in September, it has already paid off. I'm a tennis shoes kind of guy as they are very comfortable, light, and breathable. But winter in Minnesota, I will wear work boots all winter long for the added warmth and most importantly keeping your feet dry and these boots did just that!

These are Made In China, and yes I hate that label, but these are good boots for the 6 months I've had them, they are warm, waterproof, and I like the style. They are sort of a mix between work boots and snow boots blended together, which is why I bought them. I won't use these for work in the summer as my feet would sweat in them, but I will wear these in the winter for anything.

I believe the coldest day we've had so far this winter was an air temperature of -22 degrees F and the coldest windchill of -51 F at my location, you don't want to be caught wearing tennis shoes in this kind of weather, protect your feet, keep them dry and comfortably warm if you live in a potentially cold climate.

4/5 stars

CONS-
Nearly $100 for something 'Made In China'
Feet will sweat inside them occasionally
Not the most comfortable boot, but OK

PROS-
Added warmth
Waterproof and Snowproof
Great mix between a typical workboot and snowboot
Good traction, tred

(Can't yet comment on the durability at this point)
Death Wish
Death Wish
Set up is the same as in the Bronson original, but, in Chicago, not NY. The brutality of the family attack is not on screen, which I credit to Eli Roth the director. Bruce Willis plays the part well and he understates it to his credit. When the police have no clue, he decides to do something and gets himself into the lower end of society, from where he comes from as a doctor, only sees it through the Hospital ER. The debate of whether it is right or wrong is a distraction, wasn't necessary in my opinion. Remember, back in the 1970's in NY, crime was out of control and no matter what the politicians boast of safe cities now, watch the news and tell me it's not similar. Bruce's John McClain character only really comes out in the end, again to his credit. He is emotional and is true to his convictions that he is only doing this because no one else can, even though he is starting to spiral into personal chaos. See it, but don't expect a sloppy Bronson remake which by the way was the talk of the town back then.
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
choolo Tire Air Valve Caps Stem Cover Universal Fits All Cars Trucks SUV Bike & Bicycle Motorcycle & Car Tire Valve Stem Caps(for Deadpool)
This product came as advertised, they look to be of good quality as well. Used on my Mazda 3 as custom replacement valve stem caps. Time will tell whether the Deadpool logo on the cap stays on there or ends up falling off, the included valve cap wrench is a nice touch and actually makes a great keychain since it has a metal keyring attached. The follow up email from Bella asking if I was 100 percent satisfied with my purchase was a pleasant surprise, she was very friendly and seemed eager to help if I had any issues. I would definitely recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in getting some cool custom valve caps for their vehicle!
Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether
Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether
This picks up right after the last days of magic arc, with magic in the marvel universe almost completely gone. That demands a different approach by doc strange, which takes the form of the doctor using weapons like bars and knives so read of his usual magic hands. This coupled with the gauntlet of his rogues gallery coming for him in this weakened state, forms the backbone of this volume. It was all entertaining in its way, but the never ending March of villain appearances never gave me the time to understand them in any real way. Satanna and the orb got this particularly bad, as the irb is just there for some extended joke lines about how weird he is, and satanna is seemingly there just to be a hot lady with cleavage. Still , it does a nice job setting up the new status quo of the marvel magical sphere, with a much greater reliance on magical instruments instead of the usual spells.
McElligot's Pool (Classic Seuss)
McElligot's Pool (Classic Seuss)
This book is one of my all-time favorites and I have now bought the book for the library of a young relative. I first read it a couple years after it was originally published in 1947. Perhaps it meant so much to me because I lived on a farm that had ponds and streams, and what better way to spend a summer afternoon than to lie at the edge of pond or creek and imagine where that water might go, and what one might find.

The rhymes may not be great poetry, but they are not meant to be. They are catchy and roll along, easy to read and to say. The illustrations are terrific. A few folks fuss that some of the illustrations are black and white. That's just the way many books were back then. If disappointed, add your own color.

It is hard to be objective about a book that so captured my fancy, and perhaps my review is merely a way of saying thank you to Dr. Seuss for a lifelong delight.

No matter what body of water I may be near, I can still hear from the deeps the sound of the fish that go "glurk".
Andy Grant's Pluck
Andy Grant's Pluck
Andy Grant was 16 yrs and at Penhurst Military Academy, with only a short time to go he was called home to his family farm where his parents and little brother Robbie lived, someone at the bank had run off with 20,000 dollars causing Andy's father to lose nearly all his money, Squire Carter owned the mortgage and offered a further two years at high interest.
Andy enters a boat race and beats the Squire's son Conrad, a Mr Gale is impressed and offers Andy a job teaching him the classics and rowing, he is sent on an errand by Mr Gale when a tramp tries to rob him but not succeed, Mr Gale gives Andy a new boat, Mr Gale has to go away and takes Andy with him to New York where he finds him a job, one of the employees takes an instant dislike to him and eventually has him sacked, Andy had made friends with a wealthy lady, her brother Mr Crawford and her 14yrs old son Roy, he is asked to teach Roy and work in Mr Crawfords Real Estate and does well, he is sent west by Mr Crawford to buy some real estate in Tocoma, after surviving a highwayman on the way he arrives
Andy meets a sick man in Tocoma and befriends him then finds him a nurse to help in his recovery, after his recovery he gives Andy some land of his own, Mr Crawford is very pleased and gives him a 500 dollar bonus, Andy continues to have many adventures but will he earn the money quickly enough to save his family farm
Not a bad read
R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls
R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls
You can't go wrong with anything R.L. Stine writes. This movie was no exception. It is a great way to introduce kids to the horror genre without scaring them. The characters and story are plausible enough to keep the kids interested, yet over done just enough to let kids draw the line between what is real and make believe on their own. An in true R.L. Stine fashion, there is a happy ending.
Hot Ice: A Novel
Hot Ice: A Novel
I hate Whitney. I really don't care about Doug. The first sigh of a problem. But the further you go, the wore it gets.
Whitney is an entitled, spoiled and... an idiot. Examples:

When Dough saves their life by a dramatic jump from a speeding train she does not say "thank you". No. She yells at him for the bruises she got from it. She then proceeds to get into a tantrum. One of may, I might add.

Every time he tells her to run and/or hide she responds basically by "you will not tell what to do!" routine.
When he brings her a disguise so she could blend in (and not get spotted and killed) she refuses and again bitches about the ugly clothes and that she will not be wearing them. She basically wants to be fashionably dead.

Also - they are trekking through jungles of Madagascar so of course she chose to wear A SKIRT. And an elegant blouse. Because of reasons.

She does not learn anything, she does not adapt to a situation. Her survival instinct is nonexistent.

Doug is, well just bland. But I have no idea what he sees in Whitney. And he is really well.... let's just say that - it is not enough to write that your character is cunning smart. You have to show it too.

There is also a treasure everyone is after. And Doug does not want to tell Whitney what the treasure is. And because of that, you as a reader do not get to know, too. This is a weird creative choice, to be honest. As readers of the story, we don't know what the stakes are. Alas, I was not invested in the outcome at all.

There is also Dimitri, the bad guy. And his goons. Goons are pathetically bad at "gooning". Dimitri is supposed to be bad because Doug says so. But through 90% of the book, Dimitri does not do any single thing that would prove his "badness".

Honestly, at some point I found myself rooting for Dimitri. If he would catch and killed them, the book would end faster. And be more pleasing actually.

"Romancing the stone" this is not.
Risky Business: A Passionate Novel of Suspense
Risky Business: A Passionate Novel of Suspense
Liz was a strong, independent woman who knew what she wanted. After finding herself pregnant by the man she loved, she found out that he had had no intention of making a life with her, especially after his parents threatened to cut off his money for college. He was studying to become a lawyer. He refused to become a father, threatened her, gave her a check and told her to end the pregnancy.
She left the united States and went to Cozumel. She worked in a hotel as a maid, pregnant, until she had saved enough money to start her own dive shop. She expanded to two diving boats, a fishing boat, and a glass-bottom boat. She did all this for her daughter. That was the most important person to her. She stayed away from men.
While her daughter was in Houston with her grandparents during the school year, Liz rented her daughters bedroom out to a man who was murdered. He worked for Liz, His twin brother showed up, shocking Liz. Demanding to know the answers to a lot of questions that she had no answers for.
While searching for these answers, Jonas realized that Liz had unknowingly been drawn into a situation she knew nothing about. It appears his twin brother had been involved in drug smuggling and had stolen some of the money and product. The drug dealers went after Liz demanding to know where it was. Jonas moved in with her to protect her and they worked together with the police to try to find answers.
Jonas realized the more time he spent with Liz and the more he found out about her, the more he was falling in love. Now if he could only convince her...and keep her safe.
Lots of action and suspense. Several twists and turns. A good read.
Louis L'Amour's Trio of Tales
Louis L'Amour's Trio of Tales
TAKE THE STAGECOACH INTO DEADWOOD WITH RANGER CHICK BOWDRIE TO BRING A NOTORIOUS KILLER BACK TO TEXAS - AND JUSTICE. When he meets a beautiful young woman convinced Curly Starr can clear her brother's name, Bowdrie agrees to help. But first he must elude the rest of Starr's gang who wait for the legendary lawman and his prisoner to leave town - so they can kill them both.
Ghost of Sherlock Calico Cat [In Japanese Language]
Ghost of Sherlock Calico Cat [In Japanese Language]
今回も安定しておもしろかったです。

主人公は相変わらずの女性恐怖症、なのになぜかちょっとモテる。
それを支えるしっかり者の妹。

加えて今回は石津さんのキャラがすごく生き生きとしていたのがよかったです。

ストーリーではホームズが大活躍します。
どこでどうつながるのか?一見難しそうな事件のトリックがホームズの助けによって明らかになります。

つんとしていて知らんぷりしてそうでやるときゃやる、ナイス猫です。
せっかく猫がたくさん出てくるのだから、前回みたいに他の猫との絡みがあったらもっとよかったなー。
Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition
Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition
The good is this is a large collection of character and monster art for the series. As some others have noted, there's very little else here. I think many of the other elements I was hoping for must have been contributed by other artists. It really would be nice for this series to get a more comprehensive treatment, but it terms of content, this is not a bad start.

What's really let me down with this book, however, is its mediocre construction. I preordered this title the moment I saw it, so it was really disappointing that when it arrived it was moderately warped and had a loose front cover. I sent it back for a replacement and while the covers are more secure, this one is slightly warped as well. The whole book flexes and buckles in a way I've not experienced with a hardcover before. I have Viz Media's Nausicaa box set, and the bindings on those are perfect, so I know they're capable of doing it right if they want to.
OSAMU TEZUKA - LA NUOVA ISOLA
OSAMU TEZUKA - LA NUOVA ISOLA
Spedizione arrivata puntualissima e volume in perfetto stato. Amazon perfetta come sempre.

Il volume è magnifico, ben curato, veramente da collezione. Non conoscevo questo capolavoro quindi ci tengo a ringraziare vivamente Dario Moccia per avermi dato la possibilità di leggerlo. Da avere.
Jetavana (Buddha, Book 8) by Osamu Tezuka (2006-07-03)
Jetavana (Buddha, Book 8) by Osamu Tezuka (2006-07-03)
I have read the entire Buddha series this year, and rather than review each individually, I will post this review on each one. Sorry if this seem crass; I had originally planned to only post on Book 8, but I wanted to tell as many people as possible, just how good these books are.

It is impossible to heap too many superlatives upon the Buddha Series, it is simply awesome. The artwork ranges from elegant and attractive to ridiculously primitive but the abrupt changes in style never seem to jar. The story is both ancient and sacred and is told with a beguiling mixture of reverence and irreverence. On one page, there will be laid out an important tenet of the Buddhist faith and on the next, a reference to television and E.T.

The stories in no way attempt to be an accurate retelling of the Buddha's life, although all the key moments are there. There are many allegorical digressions and although many of the main characters are entirely fictional they are used well to illustrate Buddha's teachings.

Over the eight book sequence, there is a fair amount of repetition of themes and even storylines, which may irritate some, but since Buddhists (among many others) have been preaching peace and forgiveness for the last two and half thousand years, with seemingly little effect on most of humanity, a few more iterations won't do any harm.

If you have any interest in either Manga or Buddhism, then I urge you give these books a try; life-changing is probably too strong a term, but these books have had a profound effect on my world view. They are peerless and magnificent.
The Berenstain Bears And The Big Road Race (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Reader)
The Berenstain Bears And The Big Road Race (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Reader)
The Big Road Race is basically a re-telling of the Tortoise and the Hare, with a smidge of the The Little Engine that Could: Persistence triumphs over reckless power and arrogance. The kids at school (4 yrs to 2nd grade) liked it a lot. I read in it large group, but gave the kids sitting in the front row props to act it out as I read. It also has some nice preschool vocabulary in it. Obviously, the colors, but also prepositions of location, which would be nice for parents or early education teachers trying to reinforce those concepts.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 4 (4)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 4 (4)
First, to be absolutely clear Stardust Crusaders is PART 3 of Hirohiko Araki's amazing manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. There are two parts before this: Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency (in that order) but they haven't been available in English until very recently. A hardbound series is being released which has covered Phantom Blood and is starting Battle Tendency in the volume to be released tomorrow. You can either find the first two parts elsewhere or you can watch the anime series which is faithful to those parts storywise (and is a great watch to boot). There is also an anime adaptation of Stardust Crusaders but I highly recommend the manga because of its clever use of the medium with inventive panelling and amusing design. JoJo is a unique story filled with brutal fights, over the top poses, razor-sharp masculine humor and some of the most interesting characters you'll meet.
Monsieur Grincheux (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Monsieur Grincheux (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Ces petits livres m'ont accompagnés durant mon enfance et aujourd'hui à 30 ans, je suis nostalgique de les lire à mes petits.
Ils sont une valeur sûre et toujours appréciés par les enfants.
On les choisit selon son humeur du jour, et il y a toujours une petite morale dans l'histoire.
Ce ne sont pas de longues histoires du coup même les enfants en bas-âge arrivent à suivre et restent attentif au cours de l'histoire.
By Wilbur Smith - A Time to Die (1990-03-18) [Hardcover]
By Wilbur Smith - A Time to Die (1990-03-18) [Hardcover]
Appartiene al ciclo dei Courtney, ma li tocca solo marginalmente, perchè narra di un'avventura capitata solo a Sean.
L'inizio, che è molto interessante, tratta della caccia ad un leggendaro elefante, nei magnifici scenari africani. Poi i protagonisti si ritrovato invischiati nelle guerriglie tribali subentrate a seguito del processo di decolonizzazione dei Paesi africani. Siamo nel 1987 e lo scenario è quello del Mozambico, in cui delle truppe di ribelli si oppongono alle forze governative. Sean ed i suoi dovranno superare delle dure provre per sperare di uscirne vivi. Immancabile nella vicenda la classica storia d'amore. Romanzo nell'insieme appassionante ed istruttivo.
James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
I was very excited to hear that Titan was set to deliver even more editions of the James Bond strips that appeared in the pages of The Daily Express in the 1960s and even more pleased to hear that two of my favorite Fleming books - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 'You Only Live Twice' were set to appear in the same edition.
Some years ago, back in the 1980s I had picked up a previous edition of 'Octopussy' that Titan had put together and promptly devoured the book and for years later had wished and wanted to see the rest of the series. Here at last some two decades later I am getting my chance - and am extremely happy about it.
Not only do we get the comic-strip adaptation of the above two books in this one edition, but we also get an introduction by Bond actor George Lazenby (who played the character in the 1969 movie) as well as a discussion of the Fleming books (from 'Doctor No' to 'For Your Eyes Only') and before the beginning of both novels a brief discussion on the background behind the comic-strips and even mention of where the strip deviates from the book which it is adapting.
A word of warning must go out to those who only know the secret agents exploits through the popular series of EON Productions movies. These strips are based on the Fleming novels which are very different from the 007 movies (at least since 1971 onwards). In fact one of the novels adapted here - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' may be the Fleming novel most faithfully adapted for the movie screens.
Titan Books deserve a great deal of credit for publishing these editions and this one will undoubtedly (and justifiably) become a proud addition to the bookshelves of every self respecting fan of the novels of Ian Fleming and in particular of his most famous creation - James Bond.
Wizarding World Harry Potter K-Bling - 5 Pack Collectable Cable Protector
Wizarding World Harry Potter K-Bling - 5 Pack Collectable Cable Protector
These are adorable little HP characters to attach to your cable ends. From reading the other reviews, it sounds like everyone that bought from this seller received the same characters (Harry, Hagrid, Hedwig, Quirrell, and baby Norbert as the mystery character). These are also the characters shown on the back of the box, making me think that a random box doesn’t actually exist. I wish that it had actually been random characters like the description stated it would be, as it would have been fun to be surprised. But if these are the characters you want, then this is a great option, because you’ll most likely get them. The blings do slide around a bit on the cords, so not sure if they’ll provide any real protection, but they sure do make them cuter!
HARRY POTTER: Lord Voldemort Dolls, Multi (GNR38)
HARRY POTTER: Lord Voldemort Dolls, Multi (GNR38)
This is a great Harry Potter Theme Set for collecting or playing. The figures have lifelike features and match closely my recollection of the movie. The set comes in a great display box and can be left as-is, if you like. For display, they have included a piece of clear acetate with the image of the two spells crossing, which is connected by clear rubber bands to the dolls' wands. The two dolls each have a miniature version of their movie wands with a finger hole so that they can hold them when (if) you remove the rubber band which holds them to the hands. The finger holes don't usually work very well to hold them on (as my experience with Barbie has shown), but in this case, it worse pretty well. Harry has his right hand positioned well so that he can hold his wand, with the finger hole around his index finger. Lord Voldemort can hold it well in his own right hand, with the finger hole around his middle finger. Because both dolls' hands are made from a more rubbery plastic than the rest of their bodies, it works pretty well and helps to provide grip to keep the wands in place.

Lord Voldemort wears a black cloak and black pants, both of a tightly woven fabric with a slight rustle. His cloak has multiple layers which gives it some good visual depth. The cloak attaches in the front with two black snaps. His pants have an elastic waist and can be slid easily to remove and replace them. He has molded underwear and is barefoot. His body has good detail showing his muscles, and his hands are the most detailed of all, showing veins, wrinkles, and pointy fingertips. Lord Voldemort stands nearly 12.25" tall. He does not stand on his own, but there is an included stand with a black base and transparent pole and clasp. The clasp on the stand is height adjustable.

Harry Potter wears his Quidditch uniform, made from two different colors of fabric, which is a step up from usual Mattel outfits that are merely printed in different colors. Harry's jersey is made from knit fabric, while his black pants are a woven herringbone fabric like black khaki pants. Both have a hook and loop closure in the back. He has molded underwear. His boots are molded black plastic and have a slit in the back to remove them. The plastic is a little stiff so the boots aren't super easy to remove, but they can be removed and replaced, and need to be removed if you want to remove the pants. Harry wears his signature glasses. I was a little wary at first of removing the clear plastic rubber band which held them on, but actually Harry's molded hair has two little holes in which to put the ends of the glasses, which keep them in place quite well. Harry's hair is molded from a rubbery plastic like that of his hands, which allows for some really fine detail in his hair. The wig itself is glued to Harry's head - the head and hair are separate molded pieces. His body has good detail with some muscle definition, but also showing the difference that Harry is still a teen boy, so his body mold is more skinny and gangly. Because Harry's boots are made from a more rubbery plastic, and have a little bit of weight to them, they do allow him to stand on his own a little bit. However, he can also use the stand that fits Lord Voldemort, since the stand is height adjustable. With his boots on, Harry stands just slightly more than 10.5" tall.

Both dolls have articulation at the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and head. They're definitely geared for action play.

The Triwizard Cup is made from silver colored plastic and seems to be a good replica of the movie version with good details. Both dolls are able to hold the cup by the step in their right hands, but it may not stay in their hands for very long.
Harry Potter Gryffindor & Slytherin Crest 2-pack Adult Socks
Harry Potter Gryffindor & Slytherin Crest 2-pack Adult Socks
These "adult" socks will only fit a young female with a small foot. These are in no way "adult sized" socks. I've already opened them and tried to wear them so I can't return them. So if your shoe size is anything greater than say a women's size 6, don't buy these socks.
Annie 10'' Long Flexible Twist-flex Hair Roller Rods, 5/16" Green
Annie 10'' Long Flexible Twist-flex Hair Roller Rods, 5/16" Green
These work perfectly to create nice medium sized curls. I'm African-American and I have relaxed, above the shoulder length hair.

I cut my rods in half since my hair is short. That way I have 12 small rods instead of six. They still work the same. They're good quality and last a long time. Haven't had any trouble with the cracking or not working right. I would definitely order more if needed.
ASURION 2 Year Mobile Accident Protection Plan with Tech Support $175-199.99
ASURION 2 Year Mobile Accident Protection Plan with Tech Support $175-199.99
I contacted Asurion by chat on May 09 to file a claim for a broken screen on a Motorola MogoG model XTI925-6. They accepted the claim and said I would hear from them within two business. days. On May 12, the emailed and said, "We are already coordinating with our back office team in order to complete your claim. Please allow 2 more business days for us to work on your claim and we will get back to you until Tuesday, May 14." Wednesday night, May 15, I still had not heard back and emailed them asking for an update. I gave the names of nearby cities where there might be a repair center within 100 mile radius of my house. They called the next day and said they were going to elevate it to a supervisor who called the next day and said they were "having issues with the model number" and were working with their back office and would call me in two days. On May 20, they emailed back with the same story, "We are still coordinating this claim with our back office team and we will email or call you back for updates and resolution within 2 business days." May 22, I still hadn't heard back so I emailed again and asked if I could have the phone repaired locally and send them the repair bill. Their response is, "We apologize for the delay. We are still coordinating with our back office team to have the model number of your phone w/c is Moto G6 32GB Blk XT1925-6 added on our system to proceed with the claim." I don't know what a back office team is or why it's taking 14 days to enter a phone in their system. All I know is I am STILL WAITING!
Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set - Textured Ball Set Toy for Sensory Exploration and Engagement for Ages 6 Months and up, 6 Piece Set
Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set - Textured Ball Set Toy for Sensory Exploration and Engagement for Ages 6 Months and up, 6 Piece Set
+Non-compensated review.+

This Mom’s reasons for loving this particular toy:

The highest concentration of nerve endings that attach to pacinian corpuscles - feeling vibration - and Meissner corpuscles - feeling light touch - are located where? Lips and fingertips! No wonder they touch and chew on everything! :-)
Since your baby has already begun to develop their sense of touch as early as 16 WEEKS gestation, and this region of the brain is the most significant in terms of all senses early in life (and in later life - think about it, you see blind and deaf elders, but very few who can no longer feel) it makes sense to offer toys with varying textures and complex structure. While these little toys may not be very durable, they sure serve their purpose with infants!

* Arrived in a bag, thankfully with no awful plastic stench!
* Very nice coloration. Not too blah, not too fluorescent.
* Size is perfect for gripping, and structural integrity is such that a smaller hand can collapse the ball (like the bigger purple one) enough to grab hold of it.
* Since they are lead-free and BPA-free, they are safe for little gummers.
* Light weight and easy to toss around to discover cause and effect. Try putting a ball in baby’s hand while you hold them and let it drop into/on to something that makes noise...the game never ends!
* Great for working on object permanence as well as color naming and recognition. We loved playing “Where’s the (color name) ball?” by hiding the balls under a box or blanket and squealing when little mister found the right one. 😊

Research proves that the more varied your child’s tactile experiences are, the more open they are to instruction (higher academic performance), their instances of anxiety dramatically reduce (fewer tantrums!), and their ability to maintain and build on the vast network of synapses they were given at birth is improved. So, in short, help your baby’s somatosensory system be all it can be by offering not just your affectionate touch, but a serious of fascinating new objects on a regular basis - like these fun, simple toys!

I hope you found this helpful and not too boring, lol! Unfortunately, by the time I got around to a review several months had passed and our puppy had eaten most of them. The photo is right out of the box.
Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Legacy Kimberly Pink Ranger
Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Legacy Kimberly Pink Ranger
The figure is ok however when compared to the new 6.5 legacy figures those are much better but I got this one for the weapons since this one comes with the bow & arrow and blade blaster in gun mode while the new "Metallic" figures only come with the bow & arrow.

However just a word of caution for collectors my package was shipped in a soft padded envelope which was fine for me since I was going to open it anyway. However, for you collectors out there make sure you request a specific packing material to properly protect the figure and box.
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-72NU Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 Overclockable Graphics, 17.3" Full HD 144Hz G-Sync Display, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-72NU Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 Overclockable Graphics, 17.3" Full HD 144Hz G-Sync Display, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD
Let me start by saying this laptop is amazing I love almost everything about it. There is one issue that heavy users will have to deal with. There is a work around and once you understand the issue you can take steps to avoid it. I do not think this is a unique issue to this laptop and many others in its class have the same issue and wish these company's would address it.

I really hate that I have to retract my 5 star review I really do love this laptop but it has a major issue for someone who likes to game for long hours such as myself. Battery drain wail gaming. This is a well known issue and usually isn't a problem where a laptop will max out its power-supply and borrow form the battery, but for this laptop its a major problem because of how short its battery life is. This laptop comes with a 230W power-supply which unfortunately is inadequate for its power draw while gaming for long hours. Once this laptop is below 40% It can only give 20-30 fps in demanding games. If you game for long hours and turn off your laptop without letting it charge back up when you get on the next time there will be insufficient battery to allow you to game and you will have to let your laptop charge for an hour before you can game again. This laptop is amazing but you will have to deal and work around this issue. The power supply for this laptop is to small for its power draw. Acer does sell a power-supply that is 330W and I contacted them to see if they could take my 230W power-supply and exchange it for the 330W and I would pay the difference but they declined this offer and I will have to pay $89 plus tax and shipping for the 330W. Its really disappointing that a almost $2000 gaming laptop doesn't come with an adequate power-supply.

Edit: Turns out buying the 330w does not fix this issue but undervolting the cpu and gpu will. I have also heard others saying they do not have the issue I am having but when I was troubleshooting on the acer website I did find others that also had my problem. It mostly happens to people who are playing online shooters something about online play is draining the battery. I returned my laptop and I wish I had just kept it and just undervolted and underclocked it. Others have done this with good results.
Dali's Greatest Secret
Dali's Greatest Secret
Salvador Dali says at the end of this documentary that all his paintings were enigmas. While this movie provides a reasonable background on Dali’s life and his other paintings, the primary focus is on his difficulties in fulfilling a commission provided him: to paint “Vision of Hell” in conjunction with the revelation of the third secret of Fatima, set for 1960. Both Dali and Fatima have been “flakes of my life,” to use Leonard Cohen’s expression, and thus the documentary provided much of interest. Paul Perry, who has published several best-selling books on near-death experiences and the afterlife, directed this documentary which was released in 2017.

It was in high school that I first became enthralled with Dali’s paintings, particularly “The Persistence of Memory” and “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonitions of Civil War).” We also studied his painting “The Sacrament of the Last Supper” in high school.

It was in grade school, in 1957, that I saw the religious documentary on Fatima and how three shepherd children on July 13, 1957, were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary, who said she was delivering messages to them for all humankind. The third and final “secret” would be revealed in 1960. It was a long three years that I waited in eager anticipation for the “secret,” of which there were inferences it would involve nuclear war with the Russians and possibly, the end of the world. On February 08, 1960, “The Vatican” decided it would not reveal the “secret.” Although I did not know the word “chutzpah” at the time, in the more ecumenical spirit of today, it does seem appropriate to describe the attitude of those in “The Vatican” who knew better than the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. The “why” remains another enigma. And the refusal to reveal the message was one of the first stepping stones for me on the road that challenged the validity of the authority of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy.

This documentary is a mixture of old film and still pictures of key individuals and events associated with Fatima as well as Salvador Dali. There are also interviews with two surviving members of Dali’s inner-circle, Robert Descharnes, the photographer, and Amanda Lear. A young seminarian who wanted to promote the “message of Fatima” to young people, and what better way, he asked, than a commissioned painting by Dali himself, on the first “secret” of Fatima, the Vision of Hell? He proposed the idea to John Haffert, who played a key leadership role in promoting Fatima and the commission was arranged.

I was astonished to learn that Haffert’s efforts helped created a “Blue Army” of 80 million (!) who were followers of Fatima. (WHAT that precisely means was never really explained). John Kennedy was purportedly a “militant” member. The documentary gently suggested that Haffert left the organization in disgust after the third “secret” was not revealed. Wikipedia would tell me, though this documentary did NOT, for unknown reasons, that the third “secret” was finally revealed in 2000. It was a rather anodyne message of “repenting” and “world peace.” Naturally there were those that claimed that not all was revealed.

Dali was a showman, who promoted (and probably exaggerated) his eccentricities. He became quite wealthy, with a home in Port Ligat, Costa Brava, and a castle in Pubol. He was a frequent visitor to the Hotel Maurice in Paris where he left numerous surrealist touches. The painting, “Visions of Hell” was completed a year late (1961) but since there was no “secret” it did not matter. It incorporates escargot forks inspired by their use at a luncheon at the St. Regis hotel in NYC. The painting, probably worth millions, would spend 30 years under a bed in a convent, forgotten. It is now in private hands. How all this came about is not explained.

Frankly, I feel that “Soft Construction…” is a better idea what hell might be like than the escargot forks. Serendipity led me to Fatima in January, 1990, which was definitely not a time of peace as American and Allied forces had just invaded Iraq, and some military commentators were predicting Baghdad would become a “Stalingrad on the Euphrates.” (Remember?) I also remember the seemingly endless rows of tawdry tables selling rosaries, scapulars, cigarette lighters, and assorted piles of junks, all emblazoned with that magic word of devotion: Fatima. Even in my cynical frame of mind, it was depressing.

For the documentary, stirring some memories, filling in some lacuna, leaving others, 3-stars.

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