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Lo mejor de Oscar Wilde (Spanish Edition)
Lo mejor de Oscar Wilde (Spanish Edition)
Lo mejor de Oscar Wilde (Spanish Edition) by Oscar Wilde. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Pride and Pleasure
Pride and Pleasure
Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 427 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Pain Colony (The Colony Book 1)
The Pain Colony (The Colony Book 1)
The Pain Colony (The Colony Book 1) by Shanon Hunt. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 138 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The King of Torts, The Last Juror
The King of Torts, The Last Juror
The King of Torts, The Last Juror by Dennis Boutsikaris, Terrence Mann, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shivers VIII
Shivers VIII
Shivers VIII by Richard Chizmar , Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Php Developer's Dictionary
Php Developer's Dictionary
Php Developer's Dictionary by R. Allen Wyke , Michael J. Walker, et al.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP 4: A Beginner's Guide
PHP 4: A Beginner's Guide
PHP 4: A Beginner's Guide by William McCarty. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Black Book
PHP Black Book
PHP Black Book by Peter Moulding. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Professional Swift
Professional Swift
Professional Swift by Michael Dippery. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Create an Android App in Kotlin
Create an Android App in Kotlin
Create an Android App in Kotlin by Sunny Chanday. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Kotlin programming category.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
If you are looking for an easy to read, fast-paced, bulleted, full of magic formulas, and a quick way to make a fortune book, please look elsewhere. If you are new to investing or even a seasoned investor who feels that you really don't have a grasp of the overall investing scheme, and if you are willing to plow through a lot of reading to extract some basic principles of investment analysis, then reading this book could be well worth your money and time. In his own roundabout way, the author will lay out for you concepts and answers to questions that you may not have considered relevant.

Notwithstanding the hype evidenced on the book covers and the introduction by the author's son, a highly-regarded and well-known investment manager, the author has credentials that money cannot buy. That would be fifty years of being a successful , professional, private investment manager. In this book, he will bring that experience into play as well focusing on factors that are not covered by the mainstream financial media, or as he refers to them as "the financial community. "

Here are some basic concepts that that the author will cover in his treatise: He will differentiate between a stock trader and stock investor; He will analyze what to buy and when to buy it; He will explain the movement of stocks in general or of a particular stock; He will argue the merits whether to follow the herd or to do otherwise; He will advise you whether to concentrate on intrinsic or extrinsic factors in evaluating a firm's stock; He will give you his opinion of the value of reading reports of the financial community.

Here are three key questions that he will pose and answer: Should you buy cheap or otherwise? How long should you hold on to hold a stock? When should a stock be sold? The author will provide you with his views on the value of historical prices and earnings. He will correlate stock prices with interest rates. The closest the author will come to using numbers is when he lists his fifteen points of what to look for in buying a common stock. And after listing those points, he will highlight that one point that will override the other fourteen points in not buying the stock. In fact, that one point could very well summarize the book in a single word.

As a reader, you will not get buried in a landslide of financial trivia but will learn general techniques and trends of investment analysis that often aren't considered by the statistically-oriented investors. However, in order to glean these gems of intrinisic stock information, you will have to have to forgo charts, illustrations, tables, and financial data commonly presented in stock analysis.
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
Few Americans appreciate the extraordinary scope and depth of philanthropy in our country. In 2015, the most recent year for which reliable estimates are available, Americans contributed a total of $373 billion to what is loosely called “charity.” That amounts to 2% of the nation’s GDP of just under $18 trillion that year—a proportion that has remained steady for at least seven decades.

Where does all the money come from?

Although most people imagine that the lion’s share of this money comes from charitable foundations and corporations, the reality is different. Combined, institutional sources accounted for just 21%. Living individual donors kicked in 71%, or nearly $265 billion. 90% of US households contribute on an annual basis; their total contributions average about $1,500 per household. In other words, the six, seven, and eight-figure gifts that are associated with philanthropy in the popular imagination represent only a fraction of the country’s total giving. That slice of the charitable pie is the subject of David Callahan’s heavily researched new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. Callahan goes out of his way to note that contributions by mega-donors “constitute less than a quarter of all annual charitable giving.”

Who are the mega-donors?

Callahan’s focus is a tiny fraction of 1% of the American population, mostly the increasing number of philanthropists among the nation’s more than 500 billionaires. His thesis is straightforward: “we face a future in which private donors—who are accountable to no one—may often wield more influence than elected public officials, who (in theory, at least, anyway) are accountable to all of us. This power shift is one of the biggest stories of our time.” However, Callahan’s study deals only with living individual major donors and, in some cases, the foundations they’ve established as vehicles for their giving. By “major donors,” he refers principally to gifts of eight or nine figures (tens or hundreds of millions of dollars). Callahan perceives a big risk in that the power that accrues to these mega-donors “will further push ordinary Americans to the margins of civic life in an unequal era when so many people already feel shoved aside by elites and the wealthy.” Pointing to the tens of trillions of dollars that will change hands from Baby Boomers to their descendants in the coming years, Callahan writes, “For all the philanthropy we’ve seen in recent years, it’s nothing compared to what lies ahead.”

Many of the men and women Callahan profiles in detail have earned their money in either high-tech or finance. These fields account for most of the new wave of philanthropists that has emerged in the last two decades. And there is no reason to believe that either Silicon Valley or Wall Street will suddenly stop producing prodigious wealth in the years ahead.

The mega-donors profiled by Callahan lack diversity to a surprising degree. Not only are they “almost entirely white,” a disproportionate number of the givers are Jewish, practically no Latino names appeared, and I didn’t encounter a single Chinese or Indian name in the book.

Are mega-donors all “conservative?”

The author cites a few statistics about economic inequality in passing, but The Givers is no left-wing screed against what Theodore Roosevelt termed “malefactors of great wealth.” Callahan’s treatment of the billionaires and multimillionaires whose giving he cites in his book is even-handed. Though I’m sure critics on the Right will object to his thesis, they will discover it’s difficult to find fault with his many detailed descriptions of the mega-donors and their philanthropic practices. He is careful to balance every account of attempts by Right-Wing donors such as the Koch Brothers to sway public policy or change the terms of debate with similar efforts by George Soros and other liberals. However, what Callahan makes clear is that libertarians and so-called conservatives have lavished far more money, and far more effectively, on their pet causes and institutions than have those who oppose them on the Left—and they’ve been doing it for many decades longer. It also becomes clear in The Givers that not all mega-donors can be pigeonholed as either liberal or conservative—in fact, a great many of them straddle the ideological divide, to judge from the pattern of their giving.

Will mega-donors run out of money?

Callahan makes abundantly clear what any large donor would be likely to say: it’s difficult to give away large sums of money. “Take Bill Gates and Warren Buffett,” he notes. Despite the billions of dollars both men have funneled into philanthropic projects, “both have gotten much richer over the past decade. Buffett added $25 billion to his fortune between 2005 and 2015. Gates added even more, pushing his net worth to nearly $80 billion. [It’s closer to $90 billion now.] And these fortunes may rise even further” as their shares in Microsoft and Berkshire-Hathaway continue to rise in value and their other investments yield additional returns. Gates and Buffett are by no means alone: “Larry Ellison added $40 billion to his wealth between 2005 and 2015, Jeff Bezos added $42 billion,” and so forth. In fact, nearly every one of the billionaires Callahan profiles in The Givers has grown richer even while giving away staggering sums of money.

Bill and Melinda Gates have stipulated that their foundation is to give away all its assets in the 20 years following their deaths. But how could anyone possibly distribute with any pretense of judiciousness in just 20 years the estimated minimum of $150 billion the Gates Foundation will then be worth? (That figure includes the Foundation’s $39 billion, Gates’ $87 billion, and the $30 billion pledged by Warren Buffett.) Ask anyone who works in the field of philanthropy: it is not reasonable to expect that any foundation staff, no matter how gifted and efficient, could give away that much money in so short a time. The Foundation now grants just $4 billion annually. Perhaps they’ll decide to buy a small country or two.

Is philanthropy good for America?

Callahan emphasizes the efforts by many ultra-wealthy donors to influence public policy directly through political contributions and to sway public opinion through lavish support of think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute on the Right and the Center for American Progress and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the Left. Both George Soros and the Koch Brothers are well known to be among these donors, but there are dozens of others who contribute enormous sums in similar ways, some of them well known, others who fly under the radar. Although Callahan scrupulously notes the efforts on both sides of the political divide, he writes that “there’s no denying that wealthy donors are far more likely to align themselves with think tanks that side with corporations and Wall Street in policy fights.” The difference in impact is clear: Heritage, Cato, and AEI dwarf nearly all their liberal counterparts, and they’ve been in business decades longer than the leading progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, which was established only in 2003.

Many of the donors profiled in The Givers have concentrated their contributions in specific areas. In education, many millions of dollars have gone to support charter schools—and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is credited with the adoption of the Common Core, almost single-handedly. In health care, progressive donors played a large role in bringing about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), while their counterparts on the Right are bankrolling the effort to repeal it. Callahan cites numerous examples of donors whose intervention into the realm of public policy has been decisive. And other donors have imposed their views on the curriculum at colleges and universities to which they’ve given large gifts.

Is all this good? Callahan wonders whether it is (as do I). While it’s difficult to dispute that there is value in philanthropic contributions to the public welfare, “philanthropy now acts as a driver of the growing divide in America in who gets heard in the public square—along with who sets the agenda—both nationally and locally. Giving by the wealthy is amplifying their voice at the expense of ordinary citizens, complementing other tools of upper-class dominance.”

What is to be done?

In an Epilogue, Callahan offers several recommendations to fix the flaws in America’s philanthropic environment:

“Given the politicization of nonprofits over the past half century, it’s time to rethink which groups really should qualify for tax-exempt status.” Callahan opts for drawing a sharper distinction between tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and non-tax-exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofits, which would obviously entail reclassifying some that are now exempt from taxes into the latter category. Perhaps those that meddle in politics should be paying taxes.
“Private foundations already pay a 2 percent federal excise tax on their annual investment income that generates more than $500 million a year in revenue. The tax is supposed to cover the costs of IRS oversight of charities,” but it’s been spent elsewhere since the 1990s. The money should be rededicated to serve the purpose it was intended to serve.
Callahan also advocates the establishment of “a new U.S. federal office of charitable affairs” which he foresees as a vehicle “to analyze the benefits of charitable giving as well as the sector’s performance.” (Fat chance with a Republican Congress, no?)
“There is a strong case that foundation boards should, as a norm, include outsiders—as opposed to just being composed of family members or other insiders.” To that I say, Amen.
Callahan observes, as others have been noting since the 1970s, that “[t]oo many charitable dollars go to elite institutions that mainly cater to the affluent; too few go to alleviating poverty or fighting injustice,” all of which is indisputably true. But Callahan doesn’t see any easy way to remedy this situation.
In the final analysis, Callahan sees the lack of government resources as a major source of the danger posed by the continuing growth in the influence of the ultra-wealthy through philanthropy. Donors are supplanting government. “One path forward,” he writes, “is reducing tax breaks for mortgages, health insurance, and retirement savings that mainly benefit the affluent.” In the current political environment, this one is just about as likely to be implemented as that new office of charitable affairs.

David Callahan has performed a valuable service by spotlighting the often-hidden role of a small number of extremely wealthy individuals who are using philanthropy to gain more and more say over the destiny of American society.

About the author

David Callahan founded and edits the online magazine Inside Philanthropy in 2013. He had previously co-founded the liberal New York think tank, Demos. The Givers is his ninth book.
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
I had eagerly anticipated this book. Tim Cook has been the CEO of one of the world’s most valuable companies for almost nine years. Yet, ironically, this is the first detailed attempt in book form to closely examine the man’s background leading up to his assuming control after Steve Jobs’ death in 2011 and the influence that he has had in re-shaping the culture of Apple Inc. while bringing the company’s market capitalization to a staggering trillion dollars.

Kahney opens with a quick introduction entitled “Killing It” which summarizes the industry dominance that Apple currently enjoys and makes it clear that Cook gets a lion’s share of the credit. He goes on to introduce the six core values that Cook has ingrained in the company’s strategy: accessibility; education; environment; inclusion and diversity; privacy and security; and supplier responsibility. These lay the groundwork for very detailed discussion in the second half of the book of Cook’s passion for coupling good strategy with good values and his success in achieving it.

The first chapter describes in some detail the interesting specifics of the leadership handover from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook that culminated in 2011. Kahney goes on to describe the reservations that many pundits had regarding his ability to sustain Apple’s momentum. In retrospect, those many who predicted imminent failure are now a little hard to be found.

The next few chapters highlight Cook’s early life and education near Mobile, Alabama, his matriculation at Auburn culminating in a BS in Industrial Engineering, and his pre-Apple stints at IBM, Intelligent Electronics, and Compaq. Cook spent the first twelve years of his career at IBM. I had the good fortune to work closely with Tim during much of that time, which was characterized by high volume manufacturing at IBM’s Research Triangle Park, NC facility and most notably the bringing of the IBM Personal Computer Company and the manufacture of its exciting array of products to the site. Those were heady times for all of us lucky enough to be involved. Cook was every bit the leader that Kahney describes in the book. Nobody outworked Tim Cook. His work was his life, and apparently still is. It was also telling that two of his current right hand men at Apple, Jeff Williams (Apple’s current COO) and Bill Frederick, were part of our IBM team.

Kahney proceeds to spend the remaining three quarters of the book describing Cook’s hiring out of Compaq by Steve Jobs, his increasingly significant roles in managing operations at Apple, his appointment as COO, his serving as interim CEO during two of Jobs’ illnesses and convalescences, his 2011 elevation to CEO, and his subsequent seven years in leading Apple to the pinnacle of Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

Kahney does a good job describing the facts surrounding the numerous hardware and software launches for iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, Apple Watch, OSX, iOS, Apple Music, etc during those years as well as the role that Cook had in ensuring their success. He also goes into interesting detail regarding the planning and realization of the new Apple Park headquarters.

Kahney fairly criticizes Cook and his team for the premature launch of Apple Maps and particularly the ephemeral, on-again / off-again status of Project Titan, for the much rumored self-driving Apple Car. But I believe that he did not go far enough. Apple is now at a significant crossroads. Continued growth is only going to be ensured by entrances into entire new product offerings, particularly in the service sector. I believe that Kahney missed a key set of discussion points regarding Cook’s potential for keeping Apple on its current growth track. The last decade has been great, and it has been led primarily by hardware, much of it originally conceived in the Jobs era. Okay, now what?

Kahney does a particularly good job in describing the facts surrounding the government’s demand for Apple to assist with the decryption of the San Bernardino assailant’s iPhone and Cook’s refusal to budge on Apple’s commitment to privacy. In the end, Cook and Apple were vindicated by the press and court of public opinion.

He spends roughly a quarter of the book going into quite a bit of detail regarding Cook’s commitment to the environment and diversity. In having known and worked with Tim, I do not doubt his commitment to these values and his leadership in ingraining them in Apple’s culture, but I still felt that I was reading a series of Apple press releases as I waded through this significant portion of the book.

In summary, the book is a very worthwhile read and you should come away with a great deal of respect for Tim Cook and what he has achieved. Kahney tends to cheerleading throughout much of the book in making his case, but I do not quarrel with his conclusions. I only wonder now what is next for Cook. As he is only fifty-nine years old, would there not be some potential for him to enter politics? Time will tell. But I know this. He has much to offer as a visionary and leader. As I am a longtime conservative Republican, I am not at all reluctant to say that I would certainly give him a shot.
The Little Book on Big Data: Understand Retail Analytics Through Use Cases and Optimize Your Business
The Little Book on Big Data: Understand Retail Analytics Through Use Cases and Optimize Your Business
The Little Book on Big Data: Understand Retail.

WOW! I really enjoyed reading the material in this book. Very informative and very easy to read and comprehend.
I’m currently in the process of writing a business plan for a future business endeavor, and the information contained in this book has really helped me to understand a great deal more about POS system and the whole Big Data technology.
I honestly had no idea this information was something that would be such an Important part of business in today’s market.
I must have this book… I found myself taking notes!
Tutto ciò che conta (Italian Edition)
Tutto ciò che conta (Italian Edition)
Questa è la storia interiore di una donna che ha fatto la storia della televisione americana con uno show durato 25 anni. È la storia della sua vita, partita da un Mississippi divorato dalle leggi razziali, all'incontro con il reverendo Jackson, alle sue speranze, alle sue delusioni e alla sua voglia di mettersi sempre in discussione e di fare del bene.
Un libro semplice, ma pieno di rivelazioni.
Consiglio vivamente...
The Toyota Way
The Toyota Way
About to embark on a lean, six sigma or any continuous improvement course or indeed just for someone wanting to improve how they work then pick this up first.

Yes it is someone dated in regards its publication date however as a back story to how Toyota was born, how it managed to evolve from a small family business into the leading light of efficient, goal orientated manufacturing en mass then its a really useful book.

For a hardcover copy it's an excellent value book.

There are a number of tips and ideas within it to probably improve most workplaces without the need to pay for a lean course though it is of course no subsistute for a course.

I have marked as four stars simply because some of the information is repeated, however It gave me a new insight into such things as corporate responsibility to the community that all employers now seem to shout about in mission statements that dominate their web pages, employees come first and all employees should be allowed and encouraged to contribute to continuous improvement is actually the foundation that serves lean manufacturing.

Very good read, insight into Toyota and having a hard copy enables you to read digest and pass to a colleague or friend.
Both Sides of the Sky
Both Sides of the Sky
I've done a detailed song-by-song review of the album below, but I'd like to break this album down in a much more concise read for those that just want a quick overview of what's being sold here. I'll be using "numbers" to make it easier to read...

3: Three songs are not Hendrix songs at all, with no vocals by Jimi - $20 Fine, Georgia Blues, and Woodstock. This version of Georgia Blues has already been released and is a Lonnie Youngblood song. $20 Fine and Woodstock are Stephen Stills songs with Jimi only contributing bass guitar on Woodstock!

3: Three instrumentals with no vocals from Jimi - Jungle, Sweet Angel, and Cherokee Mist. Jungle was already released in a full 9 minute version, but here we get a 3 minute version.

That's right, we're at half of the songs on the album without Jimi singing a single note.

Of the remaining 7 songs?

3: The three singles - Lover Man, Hear My Train A Comin' and Mannish Boy have all been previously released in superior versions. Lover Man & Hear My Train' A Comin' were both released as even more complete studio versions on the album they released just a few years back, Valleys Of Neptune. Hear My Train A Comin' has appeared as a studio version on ALL 3 of latest studio albums they've released. Lover Man has appeared on 3 out of the 4 "studio albums," they've released. Mannish Boy appeared in a superior version on the Blues album they have not only released, but re-released and which is currently in print. Additionally, that version also contains parts of this version on Both Sides Of The Sky. The Mannish Boy version on Both Sides Of The Sky has a much more lifeless guide vocal. The Blues version has much more heart & soul in the performance as a whole, although Jimi fumbles a few words here and there.

2: Things I Used To Do & Send My Love To Linda - These songs have been chopped up, badly. Things I Used To Do was released in a complete version on the Lifelines boxed set. The Both Sides Of The Sky version chops the song nearly in half, deleting 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the performance. Send My Love To Linda is a composite that has Eddie Kramer combing a solo demo version of the song with numerous chopped up takes of a later instrumental performance, which to many is not very flattering. I'm not against combining takes to complete a song, but wish this one had been done a bit better - It is still listenable. Even better, why not release both in complete form, with the studio instrumental coming after the solo demo? Then we get both visions, as Jimi saw them in a "Send My Love To Linda Suite [Part 1 & Part 2]" type of arrangement.

2: Power Of Soul & Stepping Stone - Stepping Stone is an excellent alternate version of an already definitively released studio song, but has no place on a "new studio album." Power Of Soul is great to have, but this exact version was already released by Experience Hendrix just a couple of years ago. Experience Hendrix seems confused. On one hand they want to give us the complete version of Power Of Soul and Cherokee Mist, with Power Of Soul already being released - But on the other hand, they want to give us a chopped up and truncated version of Things I Used To Do, which has already been released in a complete version. It makes no sense.

This is not a "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Studio Album," as advertised by Experience Hendrix, it's an album of rehearsals, other people's songs, demo's, and sub-par and inferior versions of songs they've already released. This album is strictly for the Experience Hendrix completists, and not at all an accurate representation of a Jimi Hendrix Studio album at all. And for the completists, we have to deal with much of the material being chopped up.

For the casual listener, listening to this album may come as a shock when half the songs have no vocals by Jimi, with 3 of the songs having other people singing on them all together. With most of the remaining material either being songs that have been released and re-released so many times, or chopped up, not much is left to wow the casual Jimi listener. If you like digging into the deep boxed sets to listen to rougher cuts, jams, and songs Jimi appeared on as a side player, this might appeal to you.

If you're looking for a new Jimi Hendrix studio album, this is not what you're looking for. Grab "Are You Experienced?", "Axis: Bold As Love," "Electric Ladyland," "Band Of Gypsys" or even "First Rays Of The New Rising Sun." Based on how much chopping and editing they are now doing to the songs, I would also recommend the oft shunned "Blues" album over this Both Sides Of The Sky album, as it flows much better and has the superior version of Mannish Boy.

If you're unsure, stream it and make your mind up after having a listen for yourself.

My song-by-song review:

1) Mannish Boy - This song was formerly released on the Jimi Hendrix "Blues" album, with what seems to be part of this take being used in that version. The Both Sides Of The Sky take includes what is merely a guide/reference vocal by Jimi, and doesn't have the flare/fire you'd expect from Jimi in the vocal department. Being that this was the lead off single for this new album, I gave it about 40 listens before making any kind of judgement - I must say, it just doesn't have the flare that a real Jimi studio track would have. It sounds every bit the rehearsal track that it is, and it's really a shame they released this as a single to represent a "new studio album." The only thing that can be said about the song is that it is a "complete take." Vastly inferior to the Blues album version, which is actively pressed in a deluxe version by Experience Hendrix with a bonus DVD for about the same price as this album.

2) Lover Man - The third single released from the new album, which again, I repeated dozens of times. This song suffers from simply being a rehearsal track, rather than a studio track, as did the first single "Mannish Boy." As a result, we get a less then stellar guide vocal performance. Jimi's guitar work on this song shines, but we have two studio versions already released, in superior versions, including it being released just a couple of years ago on the last studio album Experience Hendrix released, Valleys of Neptune, and a full minute longer on that previous release. It was again released on the album South Saturn Delta in a version that is more than double as long, and that album was released 20 years ago and is still actively pressed at retail.

3) Hear My Train A Comin’ - The second single released off the new album and Jimi's guitar work sears (in places). As is the case with many of the versions of this song released by Experience Hendrix, this one wanders a bit in places, but that doesn't detract from the incredible guitar performance at all. Warts and all, every note plays well here. However, this is the most released song in Jimi's catalog. Experience Hendrix has released this song over a dozen times, including tons of "studio versions," and also including it three times in a row now - on all 3 of the last "studio albums," they've released!

4) Stepping Stone - Jimi mixed, approved, and released this song as the last single of his lifetime before his untimely passing. Here we get an alternate version of the song. A more realized studio version was released on the First Rays Of The New Rising Sun album that Experience Hendrix released. I can't pinpoint it, but something seems slightly off in parts of the song, like maybe the instrumental wasn't mixed properly with the vocals in a couple places.

5) $20 Fine - A Stephen Still song - that's right. A Stephen Stills song on a Jimi Hendrix "studio album." Don't ask me to explain that. Jimi plays guitar on the song, which lacks any real solo work from him and relegates him to mostly providing rhythm for the song. I like Stephen Stills, but this is not one of his better songs, or takes of songs rather. None of the musicians taking part in this song are really in their element, and finally hearing this jam confirms the statements by those involved that it was a party atmosphere with loose jams taking place.

6) Power Of Soul - Most confusingly, Experience Hendrix has released modern, re-mixed and clipped versions of this song numerous times over the years. They also released this exact version as a bonus track on a single from the last new "studio album." Glad to have this version of the song officially in digital quality.

7) Jungle - This is a phenomenal instrumental by Jimi. However, this is a MUCH shorter alternate version than we already had, which Experience Hendrix released 18 years ago on the Jimi Hendrix album Morning Symphony Ideas. And when I say "much shorter," I mean that in the truest sense, because the Both Sides Of The Sky version is merely a third of the version they already released, coming in at 5 minutes and 30 seconds shorter.

8) Things I Used to Do - This song was released on the boxed set Lifelines in the complete version. This version has been chopped nearly in half, missing almost 3 minutes of the version previously released. It's an excellent song featuring Johnny Winter, but it's disappointing to release it in such a truncated version, which was unnecessary. Especially considering they chose to include the full, unedited version of Power Of Soul.

9) Georgia Blues - This exact song was released 15 years ago on the Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Jimi Hendrix album. This is also not a Jimi Hendrix song, but a Lonnie Youngblood song, who sings vocals on the song. A great song with some great play between Jimi on guitar and Youngblood on sax, but a Lonnie Youngblood song that's already been released on a new Jimi Hendrix studio album?

10) Sweet Angel - An alternate instrumental version of Jimi's excellent song, which has been released on numerous albums still in print. A great take, but merely an alternate instrumental.

11) Woodstock - Another Stephen Stills song, written by Joni Mitchell. Jimi doesn't sing, or play any guitar on this song. He plays bass guitar. Again, can't explain this showing up on a Jimi Hendrix "studio album."

12) Send My Love To Linda - This is one of the songs I was looking forward to the most as Jimi wrote it's name on the hand written tracklists he left behind for the album he was working on. It is a composite of a solo Jimi demo and several different instrumental band takes of the song, with the song starting with Jimi's solo demo version and then transitioning into the full-band instrumental version to create a complete take of the song. Definitely listenable, but the edits are identifiable. Additionally, while Experience Hendrix has admitted that this song is a composite, they have chosen to only list the recording dates of one of the sessions, essentially trying to scrub the fact that it is actually a composite from the production credits.

13) Cherokee Mist - An alternate version of this instrumental was released on the still pressed The Jimi Hendrix Experience boxed set 18 years ago. However, this is a different and unique version, which sounds amazing, as does the boxed set version.

In Conclusion...

This album does not at all hold up to the Experience Hendrix promise and marketing of a "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Studio Album," which they have advertised it as, overzelously - even plastering it right on the front of the CD on a big, official, Experience Hendrix sticker (photos attached). It is not a cohesive album. There is some great music on this album, but as an "album of 13 new studio recordings," or the "last in a trilogy" of albums of "unreleased studio material?" Absolutely not. Just as the previous two albums in this "trilogy," suffered from overzealous, inaccurate, and just down right dishonest marketing - so does this album. In fact, it's the worst offender by far. Experience Hendrix cannot will this mish-mash of other people's songs, demo's, songs already released, and chopped up songs with flashy marketing, into some phenomenal "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Album." This disc would find a perfect home as a disc in a boxed set of rarities, or as a release on Dagger Records, the very label Experience Hendrix setup for releases just like this, and even further, which some of these songs were already released on! Experience Hendrix wants to release, re-release, remix and re-release again, re-re-re-release, put out 33 versions of songs on albums of "new studio recordings." Not fair to the established fans, and certainly not fair to those just discovering Jimi for the first time. Should a person be introduced to Jimi's music through this album that has no vocals from him on half the songs? Absolutely not, but with it being advertised as an album of new Jimi Hendrix studio material, no one knows this isn't what Experience Hendrix is advertising it to be.

I haven't even addressed the fact that the cover-art of Jimi looks more like Andre Benjamin, who played him in an unauthorized biography, and not Jimi Hendrix. The original photographer of the image used for the cover did a digitized art piece for the album, which Experience Hendrix then gave to another artist to change further, who clearly (and mistakenly) used a photo of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000 from the group Outkast) as the reference image for his final edits. This mistake stems from Andrew Benjamin playing Jimi in a recent biopic. Finding the original image and the photographers original edits aren't too difficult online and will shock you.

If you're a completist, you'll probably buy this album as I have, but many of the songs have been chopped up. However, as a completist, you likely have access to most of those songs already anyway.

I find myself listening to these songs on the album, while mostly skipping the rest:

Hear My Train A Comin'
Stepping Stone
Cherokee Mist
I'm also listening to Georgia Blues, but have been listening to this song in this exact same version on the Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues album for years.

My rating is based on the unacceptable presentation of this as a "Brand New Jimi Hendrix Studio Album." If properly placed in a rarities box set or released on the very Dagger sub-label that Experience Hendrix setup for releases like this, my rating would be much higher.

It is not fair to present this material as an album of "new studio recordings," to a potential new Jimi Hendrix fan. I will buy the release as I always do, to support Experience Hendrix in their release of new Jimi material, but I will also review the release accurately to let the uninitiated know what it is that they are getting for their dollar.

As always, stream the album and make up your mind on a buy or not, as we all have a different ear for music and unique listening preferences. You are also free to listen to the other repeated versions of these songs I mention in my review to make your own determinations on the validity of their inclusion.

Chris Elliott
Disney Infinity 2.0 Character - Captain America Figure (PS4/PS3/Nintendo Wii U/Xbox 360/Xbox One) (UK IMPORT)
Disney Infinity 2.0 Character - Captain America Figure (PS4/PS3/Nintendo Wii U/Xbox 360/Xbox One) (UK IMPORT)
Captain America is a collectable figure based on his character from the Avengers movie and a game piece for Disney Infinity game. This figure looks really nice, with Captain America wielding his iconic shield on his left arm and posing on a dynamic stance.

In game, Captain America starts as an OK combatant, but it improves really well.

His main attack (press Triangle button on PS3 controller) consist of a series of left and right punches including his shield on the final attacks.

His charged attack (jump with X button and press Triangle button on PS3 controller) consists of a stump with his shield.

His ranged attack (R2 trigger on PS3 controller) consists of throwing the shield at a target. With increased skill, the shield can effectively ricochet from enemy to enemy before returning. This is his second most devastating attack after his special metered attack.

His special attack (R1 trigger on PS3 controller) consists of round robin with his shield circling around Captain America as it strikes anyone in its path. This is an extremely effective area attack, specially as Captain improve his skills with the shield

His dodge (Circle button and Left Thumb-stick on PS3 controller) consist of:
a. tumbles back and forth.
b. tumbles left or right.

Captain starts low in power, but quickly goes up. Specially with his shield, his attacks become more cinematic and a scene to behold.

As a final note, I like Captain America, but I have never been a fan on comics. On the movies, I certainly like him in Avengers, but he would have been my fourth choice in characters after Hulk, Black Widow and Iron Man. However, I recently purchased him on sale and I'm having a blast the rival my enjoyment with my first pick, Hulk.
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Officially Licensed Xbox One Controller: 4 Remappable Multi-Function Buttons - Hair Trigger Mode - For PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S - Black
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Officially Licensed Xbox One Controller: 4 Remappable Multi-Function Buttons - Hair Trigger Mode - For PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S - Black
 UPDATE 11/24/2017:
The audio bug I reported in my original review is now finally fixed. After working extensively with Razer support (who have been great) and two replaced controller it was finally determined to be a firmware bug as predicted. They issued a new firmware v1.02.00 which fixes the issue . So if you experience the audio bug I faced you should contact Razer support to get the firmware updater . I now full, 200% recommend this controller . The only reason I am not bumping my original rating from 4 stars is to recognize the existence of this initial (but resolved) issue

I'm an avid console FPS gaming enthusiast and spend a significant portion of my game time playing online competitive multiplayer games like Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 , Overwatch, Halo 5 etc. And just like me I'm sure you will come to a point where you'll realize that the stock OEM Xbox controller doesn't really cut it. Hence I have a amassed quite the collection of 3rd party controllers including my current favourite the Razer Wildcat controller (before using the Wolverine controller that is). For this review I will compare the new Wolverine controller to the Wildcat controller, how it feels in hand while gaming and reasons why I had initially chosen the Razer Wildcat over the Xbox Elite controller ( all of which apply to the Wolverine controller as well)

When I first purchased my Wildcat I had spent an embarrassingly large amount of time researching between it and the Elite controller and in the end it came down to this :
- If you read online forums, Reddit etc you'll quickly come to realize that the Elite controller is plagued with build quality issues and cheap plastic parts that break easily and on top of that the elite controller only has a 6 month warranty. These Razer controllers come with 1 year warranty. To me the the length of warranty told me all I wanted to know about the confidence each of the manufacturer had in their product
- The second thing that really seals the deal in favor of the Razer controllers (both Wildcat & Wolverine) is MECHANICAL buttons - You see even while costing $150 the elite controller had the same rubber domed ABXY buttons as the stock Xbox or any other cheap controllers. Rubber dome buttons do not provide the right feedback while intense gameplay as they tend to bottom out / fade away and 'stick' over time . Whereas the Razer controller feature proper mechanical switch ABXY buttons that are responsive , Clicky (just like a mechanical keyboard) and feature a very short travel distance and actuation time
- Well these two reasons were more than enough for me to look away from the elite controller

- From the first moment you unbox the Wolverine controller , open its velvet lined hardshell case and hold the controller in your hand - you realize that it just oozes with quality worthy of its asking price. It is neither too heavy nor too light , the matte finish plastic construction, triggers , trigger locks all feel solid and operate smoothly without any creaks and rattles
- Unlike the Razer Wildcat controller where you have to stick the rubberized grips yourself which is hard to get right , the Wolverine controller now features a permanent rubberized dotted grip which works out much better in practice without adding too much bulk. It is very comfortable to hold/squeeze even with sweaty palms
- The trigger stops are also better built and feel sturdier than Razer Wildcat controller
- The four rear buttons on the rear of the controller ( M3 to M6) are made of plastic and are also of the mechanical switch type with very short actuation distance and clicky operation. One thing I would like to point out is that the rear triggers/buttons on the Wildcat controller are made of metal whereas they have switched to plastics for the new Wolverine controller
- Another aspect where the Razer controllers are better than the Elite controller is their built in chat & program pad. You can quickly program the 6 customizable buttons without the help of any software and quickly change assignments on the fly . It can store two profile assignments and also adjust chat and game volume
- You can swap the rubber domed metal- thumbsticks , D-pad out to match your preference whether you like the stock xbox controller feel, taller wider or dome shaped thumbsticks - there's one for every preference. While the magnets that hold the thumbsticks and D-pad is strong they can still come out if the controller falls or is kept face down . Hence i would recommend some caution there
- The reason why most of the 3rd party controllers on the market today are wired (with the sole exception of modded stock $170+ Scuff controllers) is because Xbox One uses a proprietary wireless protocol for their controllers which is probably very expensive to license, so its hard to be critical on this controller for being wired. Having said that the included 10 Ft nylon braided cable is durable and long enough for most gaming setups and can easily reach your couch

- Lets first talk about the trigger locks as they're one of main game changers when compared to stock controllers, as they limit the motion of the RT/LT triggers right upto their actuation point and cutting their 'dead' zone by almost 75%. If you prefer high precision or semi-automatic weapons in your FPS games, then you can get in significantly more number of shots faster than you would on a regular controller. The importance of that in a tense encounter with another player cannot be understated. Also unlike the Wildcat controller you dont have to activate a special 'Hair Trigger' mode on this controller as some games do not accurately recognize trigger locks . The Wolverine controller does that automatically the moment you engage the trigger locks. Very convenient indeed
- The positioning for the additional shoulder buttons M1 & M2 is genius if you ask me and once you get used it , you will stop using the regular shoulder buttons LB & RB . That's because when your fingers are on the LT & RT fingers are already exactly where the shoulder M1 & M2 buttons are located . That way you can operate them without having to lift your fingers off the triggers - Another advantage in multiplayer
- The four buttons at the back M3 to M6 are ideally located and easy to reach , but it does take getting some used to for incorporating into your gameplay. But the thing is once you get used to it you cant do away with it - I find it very hard going back even to my Wildcat controller now!
- By default the rear triggers M5 & M6 are configured for two modes with the left rear trigger for a mode called 'Focus' which decreases the sensitivity of the analog sticks by half as long as you keep M5 pressed (you can fine tune this in the Xbox Synapse app) . This allows you to carefully line up those headshots using sniper rifles . Pressing the right rear trigger activates the 'Agile' mode which doubles the analog stick sensitivity for faster response. Once you get the hang using these two mode - It does give you yet another very tangible advantage over your opponent
- Of Course if you dont want to use the Focus & Agile modes you can always re-assign the rear triggers M5 & M6 to any button you like. Think of of it - With the four rear buttons you could map the entire ABXY buttons to them and never have to move your fingers off the thumbsticks and the triggers ! ( as even the shoulder buttons M1 & M2 are right there)
- Now for the Chroma lighting on the controller which I first thought was mainly gimmicky as you never get to see it while you are actually gaming - But it does look cool for onlookers. What changed my view of it was a lighting mode called 'Immersive' which lights up as according to the controller's vibrations ie say when you fire a weapon it lights up or when you are running . It does look very cool- Check out the small clip i made of it in action

- My only disappointment with this controller is a firmware bug I encountered where if you use the Wolverine to turn on the Xbox it does not activate the audio on the 3.5mm jack and you have to do literally unplug the controller and plug the controller back in to get audio. Sometimes even the controller fails to turn on when you power on the Xbox
- I contacted Razer support for this and they did RMA my first controller and since they did not have one in stock in their local warehouse they sent it to me from their Hong Kong warehouse with two day international shipping ! Kudos to them for that but even my second controller has the same issue.
- I am decking one star for this bug alone. And the reason why I am not taking away more stars is because it can be fixed via a firmware update (which just happens to not be available yet) and they had the other similar issues with their Wildcat controller at launch which was fixed by a later firmware upgrade. I just hope it comes soon enough
- I have the original Xbox (not the S) and this bug happens on Xbox on both power saving and instant on modes

So there you have it the Wolverine controller is miles better than their own Wildcat controller (and by extension the Xbox Elite controller) . It is so good that I dont like using my Wildcat anymore as it does give a very tangible edge to my gameplay and has better overall ergonomics and precision. The only thing I would like to caution you about is the audio bug I faced requiring you to unplug and replug the controller every time. I will update this review once there is a firmware update available but until then you'll have to decide if its a quirk worth living with or not. And according to me - It is...See you in the battlefield !
Wild Republic Wolverine Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Cuddlekins 12 Inches, Multicolor
Wild Republic Wolverine Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Cuddlekins 12 Inches, Multicolor
This is a love-hate review because I bought this for my Halloween costume to wear at the University of Minnesota vs University of Michigan football game. See Michigan's mascot are the Wolverines so I dressed up as a Wolverine hunter; long story short they won. Regardless, this arrived quickly and it was so soft that I didn't want to use it as a prop. It held up for the game, it has some beans or something inside that weights it down so it sits with the front paws off the ground, just like the picture. It's high-quality and like I said before it is super soft. I ended up giving it my nephew a few days after the game, he thought it was a raccoon, but he still loved it.
While this was a decent low budget film it's not really scifi in my opinion, def a drama. And a bit slow going at that but I still liked it and it speeded up a bit in the 2nd half. In short, it illustrates the relationships btwn potentially the last four people in the world shortly after everyone has died from some mysterious illness. There's not any action nor is there the usual man against man conflict just the drama that unfolds as their relationships grow. The acting was good but there are a few not so impressive acting moments as expected in a low budget film. Overall I would say if you are looking for a post-apocalyptic drama, and can make it past the slow stuff in the beginning, you'll enjoy this movie.
OPI Nail Polish, Nail Lacquer, Browns, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Nail Polish, Nail Lacquer, Browns, 0.5 fl oz
The color looks much better on the nails than in the bottle. I got the bottle and thought hmm looks kind of dull. But none the less I polished my nails with it, and it looks way better on the nails. So don't judge it from the bottle! I really like this brand of polish, or this formula I should say. It went on very easy AND I was able to do two and three coats without it looking too thick. I did let each layer dry for several minutes before apply another coat. It also dried faster than I expected. I love that the color is so neutral, and it's a great color for everyday wear. I didn't apply a topcoat to it, and it still had a bit of a shine without one. The nail color has chipped some, not terrible but I have been doing tons of dishes, plus like I said I did not apply a topcoat. So I'm guessing with a good topcoat it will last much longer! I don't own too many OPI nail brands, but will definitely check them out more because I really do like the formula goes on nicely and no clumping or looking too thick when doing more than one coat. so yup good stuff.
Marvel Legends Deadpool’s Head Premium Interactive, Moving, Talking Electronic, App-Enhanced Adult Collectible, with 600+ SFX and Phrases
Marvel Legends Deadpool’s Head Premium Interactive, Moving, Talking Electronic, App-Enhanced Adult Collectible, with 600+ SFX and Phrases
I took a while to write this review because I hoped I'd warm up to this a bit more, but that hasn't happened, so here we go.

As a huge fan, I was pretty excited about this and preordered it the moment it went on sale, but now Wade's head has been in its box and sitting in my closet for a few weeks because it's just not that interesting. It's a nice concept, but falls short of expectations and value.

Now, aesthetically speaking, this head is pretty cool. It's life-sized and fairly life-like, with excellent facial movements, although it does tend to move in a way that causes it to lurch a bit, and I'd worry having it on a high shelf because given enough time, he might wobble his way off the edge to his demise. Has anyone had this happen?

The voice is simply alright - I'd have vastly preferred Nolan North to 'Guy Who Sounds Vaguely Like Ryan Reynolds,' and the voice isn't very emotive. Still, it's not BAD, just okay.

The features are where it's more lackluster. It's only 'interactive' in that it 'wakes up' and talks when someone walks in front of it or moves it, and it has no audio sensors or speech recognition, so Wade asks questions, pauses, then acts annoyed that he's being ignored. If there's no movement sensed for a while, he goes to sleep. The app only provides slightly more content, including the option to gamble on letting it serve as an alarm clock.

Maybe actual interactive functionality would have been too pricey, but a hundred dollars is still a lot of money for a head that just yells at you occasionally.

Wade is supposedly equipped with over 600 phrases, which sounds promising, but many of them are very similar riffs on the same general themes, so it feels quite repetitive. While repeatedly promoted as 'not for kids' and 'for 18+ only,' it also doesn't say much of anything shocking or offensive - in fact, all swear words are censored with beeps. I'm not the sort of fan who thinks Wade needs to be spewing profanities every three seconds to be authentic, but the product really does portray itself as more edgy than it actually is.

All in all, it's a nice-looking product and offers a couple hours of amusement, but isn't too different from a Furby, to be frank. Those hoping for a Deadpool version of the Sphero Spider-Man toy will have to wait.
GSLE Weighted Blanket (Grey, 48"x72" Twin Size 12 lbs), Hypoallergenic Cozy Heavy Blanket - Say Goodbye to Restlessness, Usher in a Era of Peace and Fresh Sleep
GSLE Weighted Blanket (Grey, 48"x72" Twin Size 12 lbs), Hypoallergenic Cozy Heavy Blanket - Say Goodbye to Restlessness, Usher in a Era of Peace and Fresh Sleep
I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I also have adult sensory processing disorder. I weigh right at 200 pounds and the recommended weight for weighted blankets is 10% of your body weight, so I ordered the larger 20 pound blanket. I've wanted one for a while but felt like they were really expensive. This blanket was a great combination of value for the price and quality.

This thing has honestly been a lifesaver for me! When I feel anxious or touched out, I slide under this blanket and it helps me feel calm immediately. It's like a constant hug. I am routinely getting 8 hours of solid sleep per night, which was unheard of before the blanket, even with a nighttime supplement and habit regimen. The science is there and it shows how beneficial these blankets can be for people like me. Remember to get a cover for the blanket separately. I'm not sure that I would put this blanket in my washing machine given it's weight, so a cover is needed for optimal enjoyment. Bonus: it's really, really warm, so I don't have to turn up my thermostat at night.
Inuyasha (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 3 (3)
Inuyasha (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 3 (3)
I bought this as a present for my girlfriend, but it came damaged and falling apart! This is totally not acceptable. If it were for me, I wouldn't care all too much, but since this is a gift, I want to give it to her in pristine condition. Also the title in the item page is a little misleading. I bought it thinking it was volume 3 of the series, but it's volume 3 of the "VIZBIG" sets, meaning I actually bought volumes 7-9. It does state it in the description that it's 3 volumes in one, but I didn't bother reading the description because I shouldn't have had to. It should've clearly stated that in the title. Long story short, I'm definitely returning this and I'm very disappointed. I'm just glad I still have time before Christmas to get the ACTUAL volume 3.
Pagasa Shell Macaroni, 7 oz
Pagasa Shell Macaroni, 7 oz
Had guests over for dinner and made Pagasa Rigatoni and sauce as the main dish. Instructions stated to cook for 9-11 minutes on a rapid boil, stirring frequently. After 4 minutes, started seeing parts of pasta floating around. At 6 minutes, most of the pasta was broken into small strips. Ended-up tossing the entire pot and luckily had another brand of pasta to replace. I'm done with Pagasa.
Tom Waits - Under The Influence
Tom Waits - Under The Influence
The Great Man absorbed all the unique and scintillating influences that intrigued me growing up - from the brilliant spoken word tonal rhythms of Ken Nordine, and the carny podium barking Lord Buckley, from the bizarre lyrics and innovative instrumentation of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, from the rangy wandering mind of Jack Kerouac, to the essential Piano Man songwriter Hoagy Carmichael...Tom's taken hints from them all and together with his attraction to Kurt Weill's rebellious, melodic creations, has turned these influences into his own marvelous Big Tent Three Ring Circus, as any prime-number Sagittarius would do. Bless you dear man, we adore you.
The Big Box of Bright and Early Board Books About Me: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss; The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss; The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss; The Nose Book by Al Perkins (Big Bright & Early Board Book)
The Big Box of Bright and Early Board Books About Me: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss; The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss; The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss; The Nose Book by Al Perkins (Big Bright & Early Board Book)
Terrible; the majority aren't actually drawn by Dr Seuss so it's missing the charm of Dr Seuss books. One of them isn't even written by him (!!), and the rhymes suffer considerably as a result. So, if you (and/or your little one(s)) want Dr Seuss, don't buy these books. Moreover, they're ludicrously overpriced, and due to production the pages tend to stick together until they're pulled apart (which is pretty tricky). What a waste of money.
Big Country, Volume 3: Stories of Louis L’Amour
Big Country, Volume 3: Stories of Louis L’Amour
The Seven Minutes A Novel By Irving Wallace
The Seven Minutes A Novel By Irving Wallace
It has been many years since I read this book, and as I recall, it was quite controversial for its time. A certain person of prominence, using a fictitious name, writes a novel regarding a woman's sexual experience and what she thought about during this encounter. The book becomes banned, and then there is a court trial to determine if the book is pornography or not. The court trial is awesome, and the ending is a complete surprise. All I can say is that when this book ended, I was so upset because I just wanted to keep reading. This was definitely a book which was next to impossible to put down. As I said, I read this many, many years ago, and it still stays in my mind. To say this novel is well worth the read is definitely an understatement.
Winning Moves 2497 Jigsaw Puzzle, Harry Potter Quidditch 1000PC
Winning Moves 2497 Jigsaw Puzzle, Harry Potter Quidditch 1000PC
So i bought this puzzle a couple of months ago and finally had time to build it. This size puzzle usually takes me a week to build as i like to spend 20 mins here and 20 mins there putting a few pieces in each day. Unfortunately this puzzle was made all the more difficult (and incredibly frustrating) by the fact that it was missing 3 pieces - as highlighted within the attached photos. I spent ages trying to find the piece missing from the word "score" and in the end gave up looking deciding it would come to light as the puzzle build went on - clearly that was not the case. The two pieces missing from the border were only slightly less frustrating as i only noticed these at the end and was already resigned to the fact that they would also be missing. So all in all not what i expected and certainly not a great experience. 997 pieces for the price of 1000 very annoying.
Moleskine Limited Edition Harry Potter Notebook, Hard Cover, Large (5" x 8.25") Ruled/Lined, 240 Pages
Moleskine Limited Edition Harry Potter Notebook, Hard Cover, Large (5" x 8.25") Ruled/Lined, 240 Pages
introduced my 14 yr old daughter to the moleskin journal with this Harry Potter Edition. She absolutely loves this journal. Gifted it to her along with her first Pentel Mechanical Pencil and, well, let's just say, she's never going back in to that unwell fettle of unconcerned journaling. it's a larger size than the journals i'm used to ordering. the pages are lined and it's just a really neat gift for anyone who's a fan. it's beautiful. arrived before the expected delivery window and we're 100% satisfied
The Unsettling Season 1
The Unsettling Season 1
Could have been a great series but it falls flat and your left annoyed because you can’t get back the 181 minutes = 3.017 hours of your time back. Not well developed and it should/could have been!
Funko Advent Calendar: The Nightmare Before Christmas - 24 Pocket Pop! Vinyl Figures (2020)
Funko Advent Calendar: The Nightmare Before Christmas - 24 Pocket Pop! Vinyl Figures (2020)
I agree with the first review - too many duplicates. I was hoping this would be more of a Halloweentown comprehensive collection, and there are some great figures, but just so disappointing that they didn't take the opportunity to showcase some of the great secondary characters. I'm listing what was included below:

1. Pumpkin King (pumpkin head)
2. Regular outfit
3. Regular outfit with snowflake in hand
4. In nightdress
5. Snowman
6. Snowman (glitter)
7. Santa Clause

8. Regular
9. Glow in the dark? (Semi translucent)
10. Glitter

11. Holding rose
12. Sitting down

Oogie Boogie
13. Tan
14. Green (different expression)

15. Mayor
16. Dr Finkelstein
17. Lock
18. Shock
19. Barrel
20. Behemoth (ax in head)
21. Harlequin Demon
22. Clown (with a tear away face)
23. Scary Teddy
24. Santa Clause

I knocked it down to three stars for lack of diversity, but even still, it's a good value (at the $40 price) for the figures you get. Just wish they would have included a vampire, witch, wolfman, under sea gal, devil, etc instead of so many duplicates (absolutely NO need for 3 Zeros).
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Laptop PC, 14" HD Display, Intel i5-2520M 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 (Renewed)
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Laptop PC, 14" HD Display, Intel i5-2520M 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 (Renewed)
These were purchased for use by our service technicians. Hope they last a long time. They have nice displays and good size hard drives and RAM. They start up very quickly and I had no problem in swapping them over to log onto our corporate network instead of the default workgroup, since they do come with Windows 10 Pro. We like the fact that they still have a 9-pin serial port, something that has been dropped from most laptops. We have older equipment that we still need to communicate with over a serial port and have found that many of the USB to serial converters are not very good. Only certain chip-sets work and it is much nicer to have a built-in port. I have connected to our network via both wired Ethernet and WiFi with no issues. The monitors are wide screen and bright. I went ahead and purchased car chargers for them but have not tested them yet.

I must say, I originally took one star off of the rating because I purchased two PC's at the same time and one of them was completely DOA out of the box. I added the star back after receiving another unit that is working. Since I had a second unit, I tried it's battery and even without a battery and it just would not turn on at all. I contacted the company through Amazon and they did call me back and tried to troubleshoot the problem.. They were very nice and without taking much time, apologized for the trouble and agreed to send me a new unit, which they did. As of March 3rd, I have finished loading all the software needed on the two machines and have tested the networking, both wired and wireless, the serial ports and USB ports. All seem to be OK. Will get them into the hands of our servicemen soon and see what they think of them.
YearningHome Knee Pillow with Elastic Strap Leg Pillow for Sleeping On Side Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Hip, Knee and Back Pain Side Sleeper Pillow Knee Support Pillow with Memory Foam
YearningHome Knee Pillow with Elastic Strap Leg Pillow for Sleeping On Side Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Hip, Knee and Back Pain Side Sleeper Pillow Knee Support Pillow with Memory Foam
After having trouble sleeping for over 15 years and trying various mattressss I am now sleeping very well indeed. My sleep is much less restless. I find when I wake up I’m on the same side as I went to sleep and no aches in the morning. I have a routine of hot milk and a little honey, a read then snuggle down and count backwards from 100 - I rarely get to the 60’s. I bought this particular one because it had the Velcro strap. This caused me more bother than what it was worth. It kept coming open, then the Velcro scratched. I now don’t use it and it stays in place very well - that’s the reason for the 4 stars in other ways it deserves 5 stars!
AloMit Tempered Glass for iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector [3Pack]+Camera Lens Protector[3Pack]+Clear Case[1Pack] [9H Hardness] [Easy Installation Frame] [Case-Friendly],6.7-Inch
AloMit Tempered Glass for iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector [3Pack]+Camera Lens Protector[3Pack]+Clear Case[1Pack] [9H Hardness] [Easy Installation Frame] [Case-Friendly],6.7-Inch
I really can’t fault this product at all. For the price you get a phone case (which wasn’t needed but nice to have a spare) and multiple screen protectors and camera lens protectors.

Opening the box everything is well packaged with everything in its own little pouch. The instructions are at best rubbish but they’re not really needed at all. You get everything you need to apply the screen protector including wet wipe, micro fibre cloth and dust removal stickers and also a template for your phone to sit in to perfectly align the screen protector.

Putting the screen protector on couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve cleaned your phone screen just place the template over your phone, peel the backing off the screen protector and (this was how I done it) and place it at an angle from the right edge and let it mould itself to the phone screen. There was the tiniest air bubble which was easily removed by running my thumb gently over it, pushing the air out from underneath.
As for the rear camera lens protector that it feels nice and thick but doesn’t hinder the camera quality in any way. I have a genuine apple case protecting my phone and having both of these protectors on does not affect the fit or use of the phone or camera in any way at all.
Mobile: Photographs from the William E. Wilson Collection (AL) (Images of America)
Mobile: Photographs from the William E. Wilson Collection (AL) (Images of America)
As a history buff and genealogist this was interesting to me as I've lived in Mobile for over 30 years (but wasn't born here so I'm still described as a Yankee). I would've liked to see more on the individuals in the photos. If you're from here, or are researching family lines here, this would be a good resource for you. For me, it was simply interesting.
Vivo Y30 (Dazzle Blue, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
Vivo Y30 (Dazzle Blue, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
The battery life is good but doesn't contains a Fast Charger,even the storage is spacious. The Camera quality is fine and totally meets the expectation. The overall phone is nice but not strong enough to handle highly specified apps, like we can easily notice the lags while scrolling up/down in the YouTube trending and Instagram surfing threads. The frame rate has already been dropped. So, won't be able to access PUBG or COD not more than Low graphics and Medium FPS even the response is slower (as if playing Devil May Cry 4 in AMD Athlon processor attached PC)
LT210F 4G LTE WiFi Router Hotspot CAT4 300Mbps SIM Card CPE USA Full Band
LT210F 4G LTE WiFi Router Hotspot CAT4 300Mbps SIM Card CPE USA Full Band
The first one i recieved had a broken antenna, so I returned it for another one. The 2nd one came in with the same antenna broke. I needed it for a project I am working on, so I just taped the antenna on. It works ok, but something in the assembly process or the wY it is packed is breaking that antenna. It is very cheaply built and even though it works, I suspect it will fail due to poor quality. I do not recommend this item

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