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Murach's jQuery, 2nd Edition
Murach's jQuery, 2nd Edition
Murach's jQuery, 2nd Edition by Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS: The Definitive Guide
CSS: The Definitive Guide
CSS: The Definitive Guide by Eric A. Meyer. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Blindsighted
Blindsighted
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Théodore Boone - La menace (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - La menace (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - La menace (French Edition) by John Grisham and Emmanuel Pailler. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 7 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.
Actors in Scala
Actors in Scala
Actors in Scala by Philipp Haller and Frank Sommers. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
The Business Wisdom of Steve Jobs: 250 Quotes from the Innovator Who Changed the World
The Business Wisdom of Steve Jobs: 250 Quotes from the Innovator Who Changed the World
This book provides many quotes from Steve Jobs. Most of us look to him as an innovator and a smart business person. The quotes were taken from some of his presentations in life or interviews. Some are more thought provoking than others. Overall, because I knew he was an intellect and a techie, it would not be like a quote book of Voltaire or Jack Prelutsky. It is a different genre of quotes fit for business. Enjoy!
The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs
The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs
This book describes the author’s long and turbulent association with Steve Jobs. Much of the Steve Jobs story has been told several times. This book is interesting because of the very personal slant. The author’s relationship with Steve Jobs started when they were teenagers and continued until his death in 2011. In the early years, he was quirky and somewhat likeable. They experimented with the various lifestyles of the 1970s (cannabis, LSD, life on a commune, mysticism, meditation, Eastern religions, a guru in India etc). Then, when they were still in their early twenties, he became rich and famous and moved on, rejecting her and their newborn daughter. After several years (and California-mandated DNA testing), he acknowledged his daughter and agreed to pay child support. She and her daughter have to subsist on these payments - paltry when compared to his vast wealth. For the most part, he is portrayed as ungenerous, controlling and extremely unkind and insensitive. When he is in his 30s, he marries. Three children follow. Their lives are privileged. Throughout the book, there is a sense of loss, what ifs, and missed opportunities. The postscript, written after Steve Jobs’ untimely death in 2011, underscores this aspect.

PS: I read “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs after I read this book. Most of the details in this book are corroborated there. In fact some of the passages in that book seem eerily like parts of this book (perhaps not surprising since the authors are mother and daughter).
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Absolutely fantastic book. I bought 1 for myself...and then bought 1 for my Dad and one for my Father in Law...Probably get one for my Stepdad Soon as well. I laughed when I read the 1 star reviews. This is NOT a cookbook. This book is about how Aaron Franklin ascended to his position as being one of the best BBQ Cooks in the Nation. He talks about what he did, why he did it, and what he learned along the way. He talks about his victories and defeats and how he gained just a little bit of knowledge during each cook. What he could use he kept, what didn't work, he noted it, and tossed it aside. This is a great book on the science and theory of what is actually happening when you smoke something. The different kinds of wood that is used, the kind of smoker he likes, what temperature he prefers (275'), what he spritz's his meats with while they cook, when to pull the meat off, when to wrap it, what to wrap it with, how and why to rest it..etc. etc...I have been grilling for 20+ years, and been smoking meat for about 10, and this book really really taught me a lot of things, and cleared up some things that I have noticed, but hadn't really figured it out. He explains how to smoke meat in very simple terms. It IS simple to smoke meat...but you can totally screw it up if you don't do it right. A perfect example that he talks about, and I did this when I first started, but luckily figured it out years ago is the fact that rookies see that Beef is done at 160-165 degrees and they think, welp, its done, might as well pull it off. They pull it off and let it sit, and when they slice into it, its tough or if its pork, it doesn't pull or shred at all, and none of the fat has rendered and they think "What happened?? Well what happened is that yes, the meat reached a safe temp to eat, but not the OPTIMAL temp for BBQ. You want the internal temp at 203 degrees instead so the fat can liquefy and give the meat its juiciness and tenderness.
That is just one example. He lays it all out there for you, and doesn't hold anything back. This is a simple process, but the devil is in those details, and he is adamant about them. There are a few recipes in the book, but this isn't a cook book per se. I did like the recipes on the BBQ sauces though and Ive made them all. Aaron keeps it straightforward and simple. If you don't learn anything from this book then you aren't paying attention. I read a 1 star review and the guy goes, "Yeah, I learned to use salt and pepper and post oak....lame"
If you have that sort of mentality, then this book is definitely not for you, but if you want to reach in to what BBQ is, and how it is done right, and then you actually DO what he talks about, you will never screw up a piece of meat again.
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
When I first heard about this album, I must admit that I had my doubts as I reduced it to nothing more than a repackaging of recordings that I have owned for years. However, when I listened to the previews of some of the songs online, I was simply "blown away" and pre-ordered the album. "A Brand New Me" pairs the amazing, classic vocals of the Queen of Soul with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on some of her greatest songs and the results are powerful and, at times, even moving. The addition of orchestral accompaniment to the original vocals only enhances these wonderful songs and in no way diminishes their beauty. I absolutely love this album and highly recommend it to even casual Aretha Franklin fans. Five very enthusiastic stars.
POWERDRIVE Improved & Updated 400W Power Inverter with 2 AC outlets and Dual Ports, USB 2.4A and USB-C 3.0A
POWERDRIVE Improved & Updated 400W Power Inverter with 2 AC outlets and Dual Ports, USB 2.4A and USB-C 3.0A
This appears to be a good quality inverter, but be forewarned that the USB-C port does NOT support the "Power Delivery" or "PD" feature of USB-C charge ports. 3 amps sounds like a lot, but it's only 15 watts. This is HALF the power of the charger included with Apple's smallest laptop, the MacBook Air (which charges slowly). For a large laptop like a MacBook Pro 16" it may not have enough power to even maintain the battery level while the laptop is in use (I did not test this).

It would be good if the seller put this disclaimer on the product description.
Marathon: You Can Do It!
Marathon: You Can Do It!
Last fall I decided that I would start checking things off my "Bucket List". I really had no idea that running a marathon was even on the list. At 55 years of age and 60 pounds overweight, perhaps this idea was lunacy. In any event, I bought some running shoes, dieted a bit and found a training program. As any sane person might imagine, I discovered some things.

1. Running was hard.
2. Running wasn't fun.
3. You can hurt yourself plodding down the road as an overweight, out of shape, "older" person.

In fact, I did ultimately hurt my left knee. I decided to take break and let things heal up. While on the break, I decided to check another item off my bucket list. I learned to surf on the North Shore on Oahu. What a trip that was. I also discovered Jeff Galloway's web site. After much thought and reading, I decided to purchase this book, along with the Gymboss interval timer and give Jeff Galloway's program a shot.

I must say, I have been happy with the run/walk/run method. Of course, I had to get over the mental aspect of walking when I was supposed to be running. However, I found that I actually was completing my runs in a faster time (Jeff notes this in this book) and I am injury free! I am following one of the several training programs he includes in the book. I have signed up for my first marathon (Honolulu 2014 in December) and am now really enjoying the training. So here is what I have now found using the Jeff Galloway method.

1. Running is hard but easier when you take a more sane approach (e.g. run/walk/run).
2. Running is fun and you feel better after running.
3. You can run as an overweight, out of shape, "older" person and not hurt yourself.

I know this may sound crazy, but give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.
40X Full Metal Illuminated Jewelry Loop Magnifier, XYK Pocket Folding Magnifying Glass Jewelers Eye Loupe with LED(LED Currency Detecting/Jewelry Identifying)
40X Full Metal Illuminated Jewelry Loop Magnifier, XYK Pocket Folding Magnifying Glass Jewelers Eye Loupe with LED(LED Currency Detecting/Jewelry Identifying)
This nicely constructed 40X25mm loupe is metal with built-in lighting and UV. Also supplied are
a plastic storage case with a form-fitted insert for the loupe;
three installed LR1130 alkaline batteries (maybe fifty cents each replacement cost);
a small spanner to remove the battery compartment cover (the spanner fits in the storage case);
and a cleaning cloth (which doesn't fit in the storage case).

The loupe must be positioned about an inch from the object being observed, with the eye very close to the lens, for a clear field of vision and for adequate field lighting. When properly positioned, the unit's white light (and UA light) do a good job of illumination and the focus blurs only slightly at the very edge of the lens. As eye distance increases, the observation field blurs more widely near the lens edge. I expect this is normal optics.
The loupe looks like it can be easily disassembled for cleaning. A small lens ring spanner (not supplied) would be needed to remove the two lenses. The loupe probably is not waterproof.

I have little experience with loupes, having used them only for odd jobs like circuits and splinters, but I am satisfied that this one is a good purchase.
Waterproof
Waterproof
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LaBoos Best Nature Manual Color bamboo Toothbrush, New Extra Soft Compact Bristle Toothbrush,Best Biodegradable Toothbrush For Gingivitis And Sensitive teeth. (4 PCS)
LaBoos Best Nature Manual Color bamboo Toothbrush, New Extra Soft Compact Bristle Toothbrush,Best Biodegradable Toothbrush For Gingivitis And Sensitive teeth. (4 PCS)
I was looking for a super-soft toothbrush with a bamboo handle. All of the bamboo toothbrushes I tried before this had much harder bristles. I have very sensitive gums so I hoped this would be as soft as the other reviewers said it was - and it is. They are painted at the bottom which is a nice touch to keep the water that drips down from being absorbed up the handle through the bamboo, keeping it more sanitary. The bamboo itself is also quite smooth - no splinters as some others mentioned (are they chewing the brush handle first? I don't know, but mine perfectly smooth and pleasant to brush with). I will certainly buy these again in lieu of non-recyclable plastic brushes that will never biodegrade.
Jay Franco Marvel Super Hero Adventures Toddler Captain America Plush Stuffed Pillow Buddy - Super Soft Polyester Microfiber, 20 inch (Official Marvel Product)
Jay Franco Marvel Super Hero Adventures Toddler Captain America Plush Stuffed Pillow Buddy - Super Soft Polyester Microfiber, 20 inch (Official Marvel Product)
My 5 yr old Grandson wanted Black Panther gifts for his birthday. I purchased a Black Panther Lego set, 6 inch Black Panther super hero figures and a vehicle, and this plush. He was so happy with all the gifts but REALLY pleased with this item. He immediately hugged it and carried it around with him for the rest of the birthday party ! His daddy has since told me that it was his favorite gift this birthday and he sleeps with it every night.
thorlos Unisex TX Max Cushion Tennis Crew Socks
thorlos Unisex TX Max Cushion Tennis Crew Socks
Before these socks, the last socks I bought were a ten-pack of a well-known brand name that was sold in one of the local department stores. Although I'd previously had good luck with that particular brand, this time the socks wore out in no time. Disgusted, I decided to check into whatever socks had the highest rating on Amazon. When I saw the price on these Throlos I began to have second thoughts, but the glowing reviews made me decide to go ahead and take a chance by ordering three pairs. My wife almost had a canary when she saw what they cost, but it's now ten months later and these socks are still going strong. I have no doubts they'll last another ten months and I'm even getting ready to buy four more pairs. These socks wear extremely well and are very comfortable. My only complaint is that they're so thick that some of my shoes now feel tight. As the label says, if you're planning to buy new shoes, better wear these socks when trying on the shoes as you may need a bigger size than usual. In fact, you could probably get by wearing just these socks as they're almost like woven shoes.
Foreign Influence
Foreign Influence
Brad Thor entertwines real life scenarios with his plots. Amazingly insightful, his takes must be considered imminently plausible. Scot Harvath is a super hero who holds these stories lines together. At once entertaining also scarily predictive. I have waited to comment on the series to date. I have more to go and will read them all. I no longer need reviews, any more than Lee Child's Jack Reached series. Brad Thor is on the mark. Every American should read these and refer to, Bridgette Gabriel's page for corroboration. I could not recommend this series more. Read past the character of Scot Harvath and read into this the real crisis facing us. If you are a thinking American, you cannot afford to not read Brad Thor!
Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Friends 5Piece Crib Bedding Set, Multi (30016)
Trend Lab Dr. Seuss Friends 5Piece Crib Bedding Set, Multi (30016)
I ordered this for my son that is due in November. I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this set. the comforter is thick and soft to the touch. The sheets for the mattress and the changing pad are both soft as well. The characters are very crisp and distinct. Both the crib skirt and diaper organizer seem to be good quality as well, but I believe time will tell for them!
One Piece - Vol.30
One Piece - Vol.30
One Piece foi, é e ainda será um dos melhores mangás desses tempos, portanto vale muito a pena a leitura de cada saga, cada volume e cada página.
Key of Light / Key of Knowledge / Key of Valor
Key of Light / Key of Knowledge / Key of Valor
Likes:
- Nora Roberts is an exceptionally skilled, creative writer
- The Key Trilogy has a unique story line with interesting, intelligent women and supportive men
- All the characters are believable and likable, except for the villain, of course
- My go-to series when I'm out of books - have re-read several times

Dislike: None

Happy reading!
O Diário de um mago (Portuguese Edition)
O Diário de um mago (Portuguese Edition)
Para quem já conhece o estilo de escrita do autor e gosta (ou pelo menos tolera) os assuntos místicos abordados frequentemente pelo Paulo Coelho, sabe que muitas partes precisam ser desconsideradas ou lidas de "cabeça aberta", visto que ele fala muito de magia e acontecimentos que dificilmente convencem os mais céticos e racionais (como eu).

Mesmo assim, a leitura é válida para aqueles que desejam conhecer mais sobre o caminho de Santiago da Compostela e também para quem já o fez recentemente, pois é sempre interessante ver a visão de outras pessoas que passaram por lá.

Filtrando bem as experiências relatadas pelo autor, dá para refletir sobre certos trechos relacionados à autoconhecimento, destino, amor, fé e esperança em si mesmo e no mundo.
Bandai Hobby #37 MSM-03C HYGOG, Bandai HGUC Action Figure
Bandai Hobby #37 MSM-03C HYGOG, Bandai HGUC Action Figure
The Hy-Gogg. This fellow radiates one of the most interesting designs in the history of Gundam. Something like a light blue armored crustacean mixed with an octopus. It's intimidating (especially if you've watched the Cyclops Team in action) and exciting to have in your MS family.

Let me start by saying this almost warranted 4 stars, the Hy-Gogg does have its share of issues, small as they are. However, I kept in mind, as should you, this is one of the oldest HGUC kits, having been produced around 2003. Considering the 11 year timespan it's still damn impressive.

If you're squeamish for negatives, as am I, I'll list them here. AND TAKE NOTE! This is specific to my kit. I can't speak for all Hy-Gogg kits you grab, I may have gotten unlucky.

So first off, this sucker is top heavy. Those wide shoulders and central core really do weigh more than some MS kits. This wouldn't be a bad thing, it's nice to pick up your model and not have the sensation it's cheap plastic, but here's the main issue, the legs. The center knee joints are... lacking. In my particular case, they do not hold the upper body too well, you have to position things in a way so your Hy-Gogg doesn't start leaning backwards or forwards. The feet as well do not anchor or support, the "toes" of the Hy-Gogg are essentially flaps. It's only a circle of plastic that acts as the foot. Basically, no fancy leg work here, you're going to want to take caution if you have this problem.

Fortunately, balance isn't hard to achieve thanks to those beautiful tentacle arms, you just need to orient cautiously. It's all pose here, not play.

Weight is an issue in some areas too. You may find that, a leg or arm held in a way will not hold itself up too well. This is super nitpicky on my end, and quite easy to avoid, but just be aware of it.

My best suggestion is to employ techniques to strengthen up the legs, if at all possible.

Now the positives. Aside from looking incredibly awesome, those arms do what you think they can. Lots of original positions can be used that you won't pull off with other suits. It has some very cool accessories, orange capsules that give the illusion its arm is being held in. There are a good number of stickers, but with a hobby knife and patience they stick easily enough.

If you're near a body of water, this is the kind of suit you want around.

All in all, the flaws I mentioned can be overcome and overlooked considering the kit's age. Enjoy it if you grab it.
Buddha, Vol. 5: Deer Park
Buddha, Vol. 5: Deer Park
In spite of the title, Buddha, Tezuka departs, at nearly every turn, from the historical account of the life of Siddhartha, and he wanders far afield from the way of the Buddha, at least as passed down to us. In this work, Tezuka not only so thoroughly distorts and corrupts Buddhist philosophy but also so frequently perverts and even abuses the person of the Buddha that it would be no wonder if the reader begins to mistrust the author’s motivation for creating the series, as it unfolds.

Behind the seemingly invulnerable aegis of “artistic license” and with his characteristically magical artistry, Tezuka conjures caricatures of both Siddhartha and Buddha, in this series, that are imposters at best. At worst, he transmogrifies them into idols of a falsified spiritual legacy. In place of the historical Siddhartha and the magnificent Buddha, Tezuka fabricates an alternative retelling of the events of Siddhartha’s life and experience of awakening; the result is a chimeric mash-up of Hindu concepts and syncretized Shinto beliefs that in no way reflect those present in Buddhism. While both of those alternative spiritual traditions are certainly worthy of consideration and respect in their own right, wholly substituting them for Buddhist ones in a series ostensibly about the Buddha—even if fictionally—is not only disingenuous but also does a disservice to both the Buddhist faithful and those curious about Buddhism. For any reader who is well-acquainted with Buddhist legend and philosophy, the recasting so flagrantly—even brazenly—deviates from the inherited spiritual tradition that the reader rather naturally begins to suspect that Tezuka’s gratuitous indulgences and overtly irreverent assaults were willful.

To the reader who is unfamiliar with the Buddha’s teaching, at least as preserved in scripture and thanks to the various and venerable monastic communities worldwide, beware! Beyond the alluring imagery wrought by Tezuka’s fantastic artistic talent, there is almost nothing Buddhist about the Buddha in this series, other than the name and appearance. In contrast to tradition, the Siddhartha of this series is weak and infirm, lazy, emotionally callous, mean—even cruel on one occasion—and, generally, unsympathetic. The Buddha of this series is confused, helpless, hopelessly dependent upon Brahma, emotionally unstable, frequently agitated, grief-stricken, befuddled, and pitiable, a truly pathetic and uninspiring figure. Apart from the occasional vignette that is genuinely touching and the infrequent depiction of the Buddha in an honorable and inspiring pose, the Tezuka’s Buddha is a mirage that bears no resemblance to the one venerated by Buddhists nor even popular conceptions of him. Although it surely is the prerogative of artists to take some license to tell a captivating tale, when it comes to representing historical personas, especially those spiritual or religious ones who have immeasurably influenced humanity, there ought to be some responsibility to represent at least the essence of their teachings with an appreciable degree of fidelity. For example, the Noble Eightfold Path, which is a fundamental component of the Buddha’s teaching, is only ever stated in print by the Buddha once, maybe twice, and late in the series, and even on those occasions, the representation is botched, being inaccurate in contrast to any formulation of the Path. After so many pages, there’s little justification to charitably forgive such an error of commission, other than to attribute it to rank negligence on Tezuka’s part, if not willful counterfeiting.

To the reader who might identify as “Buddhist”, or merely appreciates Buddhist philosophy, and who is intrigued by the prospect of a graphical representation of the Buddha’s life and teachings that might convey a similitude of authenticity, Tezuka’s portrayal of the Buddha will be disappointing, perhaps even concerning. If such a reader has a keen eye for the Triple Gem, then he will recognize in Tezuka’s Buddha—just as Johnny Depp’s Donnie Brasco does with the fake diamond ring—that … “It’s a fugazi.”
Riders of the Purple Sage: Filibooks Classics (Illustrated)
Riders of the Purple Sage: Filibooks Classics (Illustrated)
Could this novel by Zane Grey be the most eminent western ever written? Could be. I haven’t read the two main challengers; Owen Wister’s, The Virginian (1902), or Jack Schaefer’s, Shane (1946), although I did see and love the movie. Did Cormac McCarthy learn how to limit the main characters to four or five after reading this novel? Could be. Did Zane Grey learn descriptive writing by reading the old masters like Nathaniel Hawthorne or Herman Melville? Could be. But Zane Grey’s descriptive strength is in delineating the backdrop surroundings. You want an example? How about on page 45, “All about him was ridgy roll of wind-smoothed, rain-washed rock. Not a tuft of grass or a bunch of sage colored the dull rust-yellow. He saw where, to the right, this uneven flow of stone ended in a blunt wall. Leftward, from the hollow that lay at his feet, mounted a gradual slow-swelling slope to a great height topped by leaning, cracked, and ruined crags.” Does Zane Grey love to use dashes in between words to emphatically enhance his descriptions? Could be. I have always been in awe of the old descriptive writers (it seems to be a lost art), but Zane Grey is the first author that I have read who actually details and emblazons the scenery for the enjoyment of the reader. Well done. Grey has only four main characters, three antagonist and of course hundreds of cattlemen known as Riders of the Purple Sage.

The story is set in 1871 Utah in a village named Cottonwoods. Jane Withersteen has inherited her father’s huge ranch. Her father was a devout Mormon who wanted Jane to marry fellow rancher and Mormon Elder, Tull. Jane, also a God-fearing Mormon, doesn’t love Tull and will not marry him. Except for Jane, the Mormons have no tolerance for Gentiles (any person who isn’t Mormon). As the novel opens, Elder Tull and his men are preparing to whip Jane’s ranch foreman, Bern Venters, because he is a gentile and Tull wants him off Jane’s ranch. Before that can happen, a rider with two black guns shows up. He turns out to be the infamous (to the Mormons) gunslinger, Lassiter. What’s he doing here? Tull and his gang are scared off. The reader finds that Venters was also a very capable gunman, who fell in love with Jane and gave up his guns out of respect for Jane. Lassiter came to Cottonwoods to visit the grave of Milly Erne (who was a friend of Jane). How does Lassiter know Milly? He will not tell. One thing for sure is that Lassiter hates Mormon men, not the women. On page thirty he says to : “Venters, take this from me, these Mormons ain’t just right in their minds. Else could a Mormon marry one woman when he already has a wife, an’ call it duty?” Jane takes Lassiter to see Milly’s grave. He still will not tell Jane how he knows Milly. Jane finds out that the rustler Oldring, along with his mysterious masked rider and his gang have rustled Jane’s red herd (2,500 steer). Venters ask Jane for his guns back with the intention of tracking the stolen herd to Oldring’s secret hideout.

Venters finds the hiding place, but he is attacked by the masked rider and another. He kills both. No, wait the masked rider is still alive. The mask comes off and it is a girl. Who is she? He can’t believe that he shot a woman. Venters finds Surprise Valley, a huge balancing rock and many caves in the cliffs. There he mends the masked girl who’s name is Bess. As she recovers, she tells Venters that she doesn’t want to go back to Oldring. He still doesn’t know who she is. As she recovers, they live in the beautiful secure valley for months. They fall in love. Meanwhile Jane, who secretly helps gentile families, brings a dying Mrs. Larkins and her daughter, Fay, to her ranch. Are the Mormons working with the rustlers to ruin Jane and force her to give up the ranch and marry Tull? Is the gunslinger Lassiter falling in love with Jane? Jane knows that “passionately devoted as she was to her religion, she had refused to marry a Mormon.” This story is ready to explode. Jane's white herd (also 2,500 steer) is also rustled. Will Lassiter give up his guns like Venters did, or will he go into town to kill Mormons? What a story.

Okay, you have met the four main characters: Jane, Lassiter, Venters and Bess. What will happen to them? You have met two of the antagonist: Tull and Oldring, but not the third. The third is Mormon Bishop Dyer. This is not a nice man. What will happen to the bad guys? Do Venters and Bess stay in Surprise Valley or make a break-out for freedom. Can Lassiter give up his gunslinger ways to satisfy Jane’s pious thoughts. What started as a simple western novel became convoluted with a cliff-hanging (I’m using Zane’s dashes) ending. Well, I suggest that you grab a copy of this 1912 western classic to find how this quintessential novel ends.
The Seventh Secret
The Seventh Secret
In have to say I was dubious. The reviews and the low quality of the cover art made me think it might be a self published low grade piece. However I was pleasantly surprised. A certain amount of suspension of belief is required and one must remember that this is very light entertainment but the central premise is actually interesting. I initially reacted with disbelief but that was my issue not the premise. Once I thought about it I realised that in many ways it was more credible than that this bunch of fanatics watched the end getting closer every day for several years without making any attempt to plan for the unavoidable end that was hurtling through history towards them. The solution hypothesized is audacious and actually really quite clever and to me credible. But here we come to my relevant issues. The ending seemed very rushed like once the author had concluded the conspiracy there was no more inspiration and he quickly finished. There was so much room for more. Even a sequel could have come and I certainly would have read it. As I have stated upon reflection the basic premise is remarkably viable but the background to what they planned after was weak in the extreme. I found myself questioning not the elaborate escape but the loose and undeveloped plans they had been following since the end of WWII. In short this was good fun but could have been truly brilliant and that is a shame. If I was the author I would do a rewrite and perhaps follow Eva and Klara to South America. Maybe they do not even leave Europe. Perhaps the network the Nazis in Germany and other parts of a Europe dominated by Americans or even including rabid anti communist Americans could be fleshed out. This novel had scope for so much more. I doubt very much Irving Wallace will ever read this but if he does...... realise this stories potential.
Karl May (Collection III) - 3-DVD Box Set ( Apache Gold / Last of the Renegades / The Desperado Trail ) ( Winnetou 1 / Winnetou 2 / Winnetou 3 ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Germany ]
Karl May (Collection III) - 3-DVD Box Set ( Apache Gold / Last of the Renegades / The Desperado Trail ) ( Winnetou 1 / Winnetou 2 / Winnetou 3 ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Germany ]
Winnetou I:
Der Beginn einer großen Freundschaft im weiten Wilden Westen. Old Shatterhand, Abgesandter der Great Western Railroad, soll die finsteren Pläne des Banditen Santer durchkreuzen. Dieser plant den Bau einer Eisenbahntrasse durch das Apachengebiet und nimmt dafür den stolzen Sohn des Apachenhäuptlings, Winnetou, gefangen. Old Shatterhand rettet beherzt Winnetou und die beiden bekämpfen gemeinsam den Banditen.

Winnetou II:
Nach dem Tode seines Vaters hat sich Winnetou zur Lebensaufgabe gemacht, einen dauerhaften Frieden zwi­schen Siedlern und Indianern zu stiften und so unnötiges Blutvergießen zu vermeiden. Heldenhaft bekämpfen Winnetou und Old Shatterhand Banditen, die das gute Verhältnis zwi­schen Regierung und Indianern zerstören wollen. So ist der Friede gerettet und die beiden Freunde reiten neuen Abenteuern entgegen.

Winnetou III:
Wieder bedrohen geldgierige Banditen den Frieden zwischen Indianern und Weißen. Um den Frieden wiederherzustellen, reiten Winnetou und Old Shatterhand zu aufständischen Indianern. Doch die Situation eskaliert und die beiden Retter landen am Marterpfahl, von dem sie in letzter Sekunde gerettet werden. Doch vor seinem Schicksal kann Winnetou nicht gerettet werden.
Decoy
Decoy
Completely blown away by a 1957 police drama that dealt so directly with topics such as heroin addiction, sexual harrassment, rape, child abandonment, mental illness, suicide, street gangs, sports fixing, allusions to penitentiary lesbianism, collegiate drug abuse, faith, etc. The sad thing is how little progress we've made in any of these areas over half a century later!
Beverly Garland was brilliant and believable. Very much a lady yet intellectually engaged at the highest level, morally certain and as fearless as her male counterparts. Loved the messages to the audience at the end of every show.
I honestly thought I'd watch a couple of episodes, have a good laugh at how outdated and shallow the story telling would be and forget about it. Instead, I was totally hooked and binged through all 39 episodes in about 10 days.
If this show didn't cut it back in the '50s, it's only because, similar to now, humanity didn't have the guts to look itself in the mirror and deal directly with the failings of our society. Hence the reason we're still struggling with all of these issues today.
Brilliantly written. Brilliantly performed. Glad I stumbled across this lost television jewel!
Shin Heike Monogatari 3
Shin Heike Monogatari 3
平清盛、源頼朝・義経、崇徳上皇や後白河法皇、
誰もが一度は耳にしている人物が活躍する時代。
メジャーなようで、でも実情はよく知られていない。
たとえば、保元・平治の乱など、この時代をクリアにしたい人にオススメです。

いろいろな人物の立場になって話が進んでいくので、多角的にこの時代を理解することができる。
また、変に平氏を悪者にしたり、源氏をほめたたえたりしていないので、
公平な目で歴史を把握することができる。

作者は、下手な大学教授より、よほど研究していると思われる。
脱帽です。
Buena suerte (Spanish Edition)
Buena suerte (Spanish Edition)
Es refrescante salirse de los temas de asesinatos y maleantes que nos tiene acostumbrado Baldacci, para adentrarse con una intensidad narrativa en una ambiente de superación personal, de mirar los orígenes de nuestros ancestros, con sus retos y dificultades y con una simplicidad de estilo de vida que nos reta a mirarnos, frente a la complejidad que nos ha impuesto el modernismo. Excelente
Behind the Music Season 1
Behind the Music Season 1
Lame. This used to be an amazing show so I was really excited to watch a few. Turns out it’s just one episode and it’s JLo. Waaa waaaaah
The Kindness Curriculum: Stop Bullying Before It Starts (NONE)
The Kindness Curriculum: Stop Bullying Before It Starts (NONE)
A book that all elementary and early childhood educator must read, be inspired, and follow. Kindness precedes the social behavior of children. Kindness prevents or snuffs out bullying. Self-love, self-regulation, respect, giving, cooperation can take place with lessons, activities, and printables for the classroom. Easy to read and to use for all ages of students - preschool to even high school, but mostly for younger children.
Erskine Caldwell: Selected Letters, 1929-1955
Erskine Caldwell: Selected Letters, 1929-1955
What can I say about this collection of letters? Firstly, that the orthography is horrible (hence, only three stars)! It’s a little hard to believe that a professional writer would let these repeated errors sneak by him even if, as he admits on p. 212, “I can’t read my own handwriting.” For that, Caldwell had a number of wives, each of whom also seemed to serve as copy editor.

The second thing that jumped out at me page after page was just how beholden Caldwell was to his publisher(s). I mean, yes: without a publisher, a writer might just as well consign himself to writing an extended personal journal/diary. But without a writer or writers, a publisher—or so it seems to me—might just as well consign himself to pud-pulling.

It seems to me, finally, that the two are reciprocally dependent … or am I missing something?

In any case, perhaps now is the time to cite some passages to let you decide whether you think this compendium of letters is for you. On p. 30, in a footnote, we find: “THE BASTARD features a hard-boiled cast, including assorted physical grotesques and a protagonist who coldly commits two violent murders. In the broadside, Caldwell defended the book as an honest depiction of life among people who are ‘realistically uninhibited,’ insisting that it was ‘conceived and written as an important and untouched phase of American mores.’ Though it perhaps has ‘grave faults’ as a novel, Caldwell said, his motives were pure: ‘I did not write this novel with obscenity, lewdness and immorality in mind. I wrote it … because I have a deep sympathy for the people in it … I know them and I like them. I have slept with them in jails, I have eaten with them in freight cars, I have sung with them in convict camps, I have helped the women give birth to the living, I have helped the men cover up the dead – but I have said enough. I have said that I know these people, that I love them. This is why I could not stand silent while the story of their lives was branded obscene, lewd and immoral; because this story belongs to them even more than it belongs to me. It is of no concern to me that I, too, have had this same brand placed upon me by Cumberland County. But these friends of mine—I shall defend them until the last word is choked from me. I cannot disown them.’”

And what does he have to say about the writing of TOBACCO ROAD – perhaps his most famous work right after GOD’S LITTLE ACRE? On pp. 64 – 65, we find: “However, whereas TOBACCO ROAD and to a lesser degree, AMERICAN EARTH, is a study of a group of people existing under and outmoded system of agriculture and economics, I want to write in the book I have in mind something of the direction which the masses must turn to in order to live under the present and forthcoming conditions of life. It is a sort of union of agrarian and industrial societies. This is a condition that exists to some extent in any sections of the Nation, but it is, I believe, affecting more peculiarly the millions in the South. The tenant farmer, the textile mill operative, and all those living somewhere between those two occupations, cannot continue living under present conditions without losing a great part of their moral, social, and economic stamina. This is no longer a debatable problem, and yet no one, with any degree of sureness has pointed out the direction the masses must take in order to keep from falling below the deplorable standard of living the Negro has already become heir to. And the problem, while acute to the masses, is of even greater significance, or should be, to the Nation at large. I do not pretend to say that my solution would be better than another man’s, but I do insist that no writer has yet undertaken to go beneath the surface of the subject, and I am confident that no person who knows the South will fail to see the usefulness of an initial undertaking. I believe I have the necessary understanding of the white tenant farmer and the white textile mill operative to enable me to write the novel which would at least lay open the sore which is spreading the germs to every man, woman, and child. I am a Southerner by birth, by inheritance, and by residence, and my sympathies lied with the millions who do not know what to do. Shall they continue a precarious existence, living from hand to mouth, always in debt, uneducated, and solemnly waiting for ‘a better day’? Or shall they be given an opportunity to become educated, independent, and self-respecting? The answers to these questions lie in an inclusive novel of proletarian life, purely creative, written perhaps from the point of view of the masses. There is no use in waiting endlessly for ‘better times’: the masses in the South have always been undernourished, uneducated, and without a spokesman. There has already been too much of ‘romance’, of ‘magnolia blossoms’, of ‘Negro dialect’; it is time someone really wrote about ‘life’. I should like to have the leisure, the funds, and the time to try to let ‘the poor whites’, ‘the white trash’, and ‘the lint-heads’ present a different picture. I am confident that I have the material, my work in the past should show my ability to undertake the writing, and my seriousness of purpose will, I believe, give to the completed task the sincerity and significance that it requires. Outstanding, as in any creative work, should be the quality of the writing. I am confident that I can bring to it the best that is in my power.

I propose to do the writing of the book in America.”

Caldwell has some rather trenchant observations about (then-) modern-day poets and poetry, but I’ll leave those observations to you to find so as not to abuse your patience here and now.

Does Caldwell suffer misgivings about his own literary work? On pp. 96 – 97, we read in his letter of February 13, 1933 to Milton A. Abernethy: “Tell Cerf I am ashamed of the two noveletts; but I am also ashamed of TOBACCO ROAD now, and if I’m not ashamed of GOD’S LITTLE ACRE inside of six months, I’ll never be able to write another book.”

And what do others have to say about GOD’S LITTLE ACRE? The footnote on p. 102 reads: “Censorship troubles with God’s Little Acre emerged when John S. Sumner, secretary and attorney for the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, brought charges of obscenity against Caldwell and Viking Press, arguing that ‘the sale of the book is a violation of section 1141 of the Penal Law and that the book is, within the meaning of that statute, ‘obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, indecent or disgusting.’”

That said, in the footnote on pp. 109 – 110, “New York Magistrate Court Judge Benjamin E. Greenspan dismissed the case of May 23, calling the novel a fair literary representation of the ‘truth’ and therefore rejecting the description of it as ‘pornography’: ‘This Court has carefully read the book in question. It is an attempt at the portrayal, in a realistic fashion, of life as lived by an illiterate Southern white farm family …. They are of a simple nature, and savage passion is found close to the surface …. The author has set out to paint a realistic picture. Such pictures necessarily contain certain details. Because these details related to what is properly called the sex side of life, portrayed with brutal frankness, the Court may not say that the picture should ot have been created at all. The language, too, is undoubtedly coarse and vulgar. The Court may not require the author to put refined language into the mouths of primitive people.”

And what does Erskine Caldwell think of Hollywood and writing for the big screen? On p. 129, we find: “(a)s you probably surmise, I’m holding out tooth and nail against going Hollywood. Most of them think I’m a ‘funny’ person because I won’t fill in with the crowd. The ninety-dollar tailors are shocked because I won’t let them in my office; the crowd is speechless because I refuse to buy a car, rent a four-room apartment, and keep a couple of girls. And to knock them completely speechless, I only have to add that I drink nothing stronger than beer….”

And what, precisely, is Caldwell’s definition of the short story? On p. 147, in a letter to Alfred Morang, he writes: “(t)he golden mean is the short story, a telling that relates what happened to somebody, somewhere, sometime. And the artistry appears when the telling is done in such a way that the reader is moved by the feeling the author has for the subject.”

I could go on and on. But I won’t. We’ll finish right there. Would I recommend Caldwell’s SELECTED LETTERS? Quite frankly, no. Instead, read his prose. That’s something I highly recommend!

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
28 December 2019
The Toff Breaks In
The Toff Breaks In
A historical thriller that provides great descriptions of the last century. Not a long book "The Toff Breaks In" is interesting and exciting from cover to cover.
Time for Trust
Time for Trust
This started out so charming. The heroine with her past trauma (not rape thank goodness but a victim of a bank robbery and subsequent kidnapping trauma)] is living a quiet life in a teensy village weaving tapestries away from her disappointed parents who always wanted a boy and now just hope for a grandson. Outrage and sympathy then hallelujah when she meets a nice man at her tiny village’s post office.

What was I thinking? I should have known that when a po-faced heroine, she of the beige wardrobe and beige life, meets a handsome, sweet, protective hero there will be problems, issues. Nature, Penny Jordan and HarleyLand abhor a vacuum so we can’t have a handsome, sweet protective hero without having a Neo-maxi-zoon-dweebie as a heroine.

The h, Jessica, is the worst. THE. WORST. She gives Greek/Italian/Spanish AND Sicilian tycoons a run for their billions with her ability to leap to conclusions at a single bound. Granted she’s helped along by the malicious cattiness of an evil witch who flashes in and is gone forever. I hold TSTL heroines to the same standards as I do our heroes and she needs the cast iron skillet punishment.

SPOILER
From the earful she gets from her evil, shallow cousin she finds out that the H works at her father’s bank and their whole romance is a set up. (It's not) She gussies up for once (chick needs a makeover badly) and makes dinner for him to entrap him in his lie. She throws down her taunts and he asks to explain. Nope, she knows everything and she can never be fooled again. Then he asks to explain again. Do Harlequin heroes EVER try and explain. No, they dictate, they command, they boss. Shoot me now, this idiot needs to die a slow death along with a whole host of heroes. I really appreciated how she takes the word of the evil OW-wannabe cousin she hates and who holds her in utmost contempt over the hunky, handsome man who has been nothing but gentle and loving to her, but what do I know.

Her denial extends into running away for a tapestry emergency, but the poor hero tracks her down so she can go into her tirade of how she can never be duped again. He manages to get a word in edgewise and tell her he tracked her down to tell her that her father had a heart attack, and if she can tear herself away from her pity party her parents need her. end SPOILER

Sadly they end up together but that's not a happy ending to me.

Boil in oil girl.

Daniel, run!! Run far, far away.
Lego Steven Spielberg Moviemaker Set (1349)
Lego Steven Spielberg Moviemaker Set (1349)
I can remember getting this set like yesterday. It was X-Mas 2000 and I was getting into legos around this time. I was also growing up loving monster/ adventure movies like 
18159 Pedi-pads 1/8 Felt #105 100/Pack Part# 18159 by Aetna Felt Corporation Qty of 1 Pack
18159 Pedi-pads 1/8 Felt #105 100/Pack Part# 18159 by Aetna Felt Corporation Qty of 1 Pack
I had order similar pads for my ball of foot pain in the past from an online foot store. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember what store and no search helped me out. So, I came to Amazon. Read reviews, figured these would work, and for the price... this was a steal! However, these make my ball of foot pain worse after about an hour of wearing. I place them exactly where I need the help, and they don't cushion well at all. Plus, when I remove, they leave SO much adhesive to the bottom of my foot that is hard to get off (and then everything sticks to my soles). The other ones I had found never did this, and I could wear them 3-4 days with no issues (and they would still take the pain away). Maybe others got better product, but I certainly did not and now am on the hunt for pads again. Super bummed.
In Search of Shadows: Lee's Impractical Machine Shop: Volume One
In Search of Shadows: Lee's Impractical Machine Shop: Volume One
A dollop of horror, a sprinkling of magic, a pinch of STEM combine in this fun quest story. Kid inventor Danny Patton longs to create ingenious things just like his brilliant dad. When a mysterious man named Marcus requests a weird machine from Mr. Patton, his dad refuses to build it. Intrigued by the request, Danny and his best friend Jana find the exact same machine hidden among abandoned inventions in the garage. Danny gets the machine working, but too late discovers its horrifying power. Dark shadowy forces escape the machine and drag Danny’s little brother into another dimension. Determined to bring his brother back, Danny and Jana must enlist the mysterious Marcus' help before his little brother is forever lost to the terrifying Shadows. Loaded with adventure, this is a bit scary but a fun exciting read.
Stairway, Window & Torch Props Party Accessory (1 count) (9/Pkg)
Stairway, Window & Torch Props Party Accessory (1 count) (9/Pkg)
I purchased the Stairway, Window & Torch Props Party Accessory Package for a Harry Potter Themed Party. The "props" are made out of a material similar to a thin, plastic tablecloth. The come printed on two large clear sheets that you have to cut out yourself. The colors are vivid and the images are detailed.
The window props have lightening cracking outside. The door prop has cobwebs and rats. This product is better for a dark, stormy castle, than a fairy, princess castle.
The door is too small to use in place of a standard door or doorway. You have to think creatively if you want to use it for anything other than an elf door. I ended up raising it up and putting "stone" printed background under it.
This product is good value for the money and it set a fun scene for a party. There aren't a lot of other resources like this available, so this is a reasonable option for a background.
Sex Around The World
Sex Around The World
This series was surprisingly well done. It was not a textbook style case study, of course, but it was both educational and entertaining. I was truly expecting the cliched, goofy host parading around, and attempting to sound somewhat intelligent while just spewing fluff. While the host was a bit goofy, you could see that practices and beliefs, etc of each country were actually researched more than just a quick google search. It was nice to actually learn something! :)
The only con that I would mention is that the host could, every now and then (not often), be a bit, inappropriate. Rude isn't quite the right word. Flippant, maybe? I'm not really sure how to explain it, but every now and again, I'd find myself frowning and wincing at his behavior. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed it, and definitely would watch another season!
Power Rangers Legacy ‑ 6.5-Inch Mighty Morphin Green Ranger Legacy Figure
Power Rangers Legacy ‑ 6.5-Inch Mighty Morphin Green Ranger Legacy Figure
A great collectable figure for fans of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. With the recent nostalgia for all things 1990s, these figures capture how we remember the show to be and make the Rangers look suitably awesome. They have more detail than the figures from the 1990s and better accessories. The Green Power Ranger comes with his chest shield, Dragon Dagger, and the Sword of Darkness. The 6.5 inch scale means the figure will look good on a shelf even from a distance. A must-have for fans.
Electronic Torture, Electronic Rape: Technology and Gang Stalking at the Post Office
Electronic Torture, Electronic Rape: Technology and Gang Stalking at the Post Office
Having worked for the post office for twenty years myself, I found about 75% of this story quite easy to believe. I have met some very unsavory, sadistic, manipulative (also easily manipulated) people working in this business. I have to say that the majority of people are not evil, but it only takes one if they have a position of power or are particularly psychopathic.

The author writes very much in the same style I would have written the story if it had happened to me. I've always been one to document things at work just in case I needed it at a later date. It was helpful on a few occasions. Although the typos in the text got on my nerves, it didn't stop me from finishing the book in one sitting.

The point where I started to question her sanity is where you would guess, where she starts talking about the mind control devices implanted in her body somehow. Not that it couldn't be possible, but it's just textbook tinfoil hat conspiracy theory stuff. Can't prove it's true. Can't prove its false. Still, something to keep in the back of my mind for future reference.

What it reminded me of was the sort of "pre-anxiety attack days" when people thought they were really having heart attacks instead of panic attacks. Before it was really a topic of public knowledge. Maybe the author is having symptoms of some yet to be discovered mental illness. Or maybe not.

Regardless. It's very interesting to ponder and the story keeps your interest. I wish I knew more of the specifics of this office and its location. I feel like if I had been there I would have documented hard evidence and just sent it to everyone from the postmaster to the FBI just to be heard. Yes there is corruption in management for sure, but they aren't all corrupt and there is always someone above your boss, and their boss.
Puppia Soft Harness
Puppia Soft Harness
The color is great and the construction seems good BUT the medium that I ordered for my Labradoodle (he’s a small doodle at 28 lbs; 23” chest and 14” base of neck) is too small for him. It was a little difficult to get over his head and then was very obviously too small once on and buckled with little rolls of skin pushing up and out from the neck and armholes.
The harness also was sitting waaaaaay too close to his underarms to be comfortable.

There is no size label in the harness so I’m not sure if I got a small on accident or if the medium I ordered was just the wrong size to begin with.

I’ve ordered a replacement so I’ll soon find out.

UPDATE:
I ended up at a pet shop that carries Puppia harnesses and decided to try them on my pup. IM SO GLAD I DID. Turns out that my guy wears an XL in this brand’s harnesses and the sizing chart here is all kinds of wrong.

I also now find myself questioning the authenticity of the product being sold here because the one I received did not have a sewn in label whereas the store bought one did. I also noticed that the hardware was different between the two...the one at the store had the Puppia logo printed onto the buckles whereas the one bought here didn’t. Additionally, the webbing (the straps to tighten the harness) were if a different material and lastly the one bought at the store came with some sort of QWRTY hangtag of authenticity whereas the one bought here didn’t.

In any event...the size chart here is waaaaay off by at least 2 sizes.
Acer Swift 5 Intel Evo Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD Touch, Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB LPDDR4X, 1TB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, FPR, Back-lit KB, Antimicrobial, SF514-55TA-74EC
Acer Swift 5 Intel Evo Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD Touch, Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB LPDDR4X, 1TB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, FPR, Back-lit KB, Antimicrobial, SF514-55TA-74EC
This review is for Acer Swift 5 the i5/256GB version.

After using it for about three weeks, and with some workarounds, I’m very satisfied overall. If you are looking for an economical 14” laptop with the least weight to carry around, I think Acer has produced a winner in terms of stylish looks, features, and affordable price.

If the weight is the main factor for you, you will not find a lighter 14” laptop (not even a 13” for that matter). When you pick Swift 5 up for the first time, you would think it’s a plastic display dummy – until you realize you are holding an actual functioning machine. There is only one other offering I’ve looked at, the LG Gram series that has the same feather weight. You could get a non-touch screen version of LG at Amazon in the same price range, but if you insist on a touchscreen, you’ll have to go for the higher LG model with i7/512GB, which will cost you $500 more than Swift 5 - ouch, if you don’t care about the processor or extra disk space.

Regarding the touchscreen, the Swift 5 had a pleasant surprise for me. The lid flips all the way flat at 180 degrees, making it much easier to use in tablet mode, or to lay flat on the desk for drawing with a stylus (the LG on the other hand only goes to 150 degrees). Not a true 2-in-1, but it’s close enough…sort of a 1½-in-1.

Besides the laptop itself, the power adapter is also very lightweight and compact – a factor to consider if you plan to haul the laptop around all the time. Plus, the laptop supports USB-C charging, so you can use a 3rd party adapter as well. Note that the LG Gram adapter is bulkier and heavier, plus there is some confusion about the LG Gram and USB-C charging – it appears it’s not supported, leaving you stuck with the bulkier OEM bar (in fairness to LG though, it has longer battery life).

The Swift 5 battery life is Ok but not impressive. It’s definitely not 8 hours, but realistically 5-6 hours of average use. Thankfully, the compact adapter is easy to carry around.

Apart from the known keyboard annoyances others have already commented on, the keyboard lettering is very faint and hard to see unless the ambient light is bright enough – I find myself needing to turn the keyboard backlight more often than with other laptops I’ve owned – of course that does not help the battery life either. I also wish the backlight was adjustable to high/low, but it isn’t.

The remaining comments are for those of us who are extra conscious about the ergonomics.

The fan noise has a slightly whistling high pitch to it, which I find annoying in silent environments. Using the Windows power settings, I capped the CPU usage at 80%, and the fan stopped engaging. The machine is pleasantly silent all the time now. Since I mostly do office processing, the CPU cap does not impact my work.

The screen is the usual glossy as with most other laptops. You can buy a generic matte screen protector on Amazon to take care of that (make sure it’s touch-compatible)

The keyboard panel and keys are made from the same metal alloy as the rest of the body, which gets to look a little silvery and reflective for my liking under bright overhead lights at certain angles. The screen bezels seem to be of a more matte texture, and I wish the keyboard was made from the same material. The golden hinge bar is very sleek but seemed especially distracting. I put a strip of matte-finish Scotch tape on it, and it turned from shiny gold to matte gold – not distracting anymore. Overall this wasn’t a big problem for me because I don’t like to work under bright lights, so it’s something I only occasionally noticed. On the plus side, the slight silvery finish gives the laptop a really sleek look throughout, so aesthetics lovers will be pleased.

One more plus - according to an in-depth review from NotebookCheck (independent non-promotional reference), no PWM was detected. To be fair, I don’t know how much PWM really impacts your eyes, but it’s surely better not to have it.

Overall I give it 4 ½ stars – and rounding up to 5.
TEFOTO Shredded Memory Foam Adjustable Pillow Washable Removable Bamboo Cover Queen Size Neck Shoulder Pain Relief
TEFOTO Shredded Memory Foam Adjustable Pillow Washable Removable Bamboo Cover Queen Size Neck Shoulder Pain Relief
This pillow is nice and comfy, it is shredded memory foam which means the inside of the pillow is torn up pieces of memory foam as opposed to normal memory foam, please bare in mind that these sorts of pillows can be tricky to wash as they can take a long time to dry, there is 2 layers, first top layer is the bamboo case, the second layer below that is for the memory foam, both are washable. When you get it, it can be hard to get out of the packet (at least it was for me) although this seems to be the case with many memory foam pillows so I wouldn't fault the seller.

To make the pillow bigger I simply puffed it up and shaked it and then it plumped up, you should do this often when the pillow becomes flat, if the pillow does not fit your sleep position then you can remove the filling or put more filling on one side to the other to give you optimum comfort. The packaging is proffesional, you should refer to the information on the amazon page or contact the seller for queries about the product as there are no instructions in the packaging. Aditionally the Queen Size one fits normal pillow cases so normal size pillow cases will work fine with this pillow.

Overall this is a nice comfy pillow and i feel like my sleep has gotton better, I would recommend this product.

Verdict: Recommended.
SUPTMAX Tempered Glass for iPhone 12 Pro Max [Anti Blue] iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector Glass [Scratch-resistant] iPhone 12 Pro Max Blue Light Screen Protector Bubble Free Case Friendly (2 Packs for iPhone 12 Pro Max)
SUPTMAX Tempered Glass for iPhone 12 Pro Max [Anti Blue] iPhone 12 Pro Max Screen Protector Glass [Scratch-resistant] iPhone 12 Pro Max Blue Light Screen Protector Bubble Free Case Friendly (2 Packs for iPhone 12 Pro Max)
外でも使うならアンチグレア系以外の選択肢はない。
PCを店で売る時の見栄えがいいからという理由で、グレアが流行ってた時に失敗した人間はみんなしってる。
アンチグレアとかノングレアとかで、ディスプレイは光の反射をおさえないと見えにくい。
貼り付けも簡単で貼り直しも可能。
説明書とかついてないから、一応書いておくと画面に貼るのはプラスティックみたいな方ね。
上に乗せるとくっ付いていくけど、その時中央を軽く指でなでると外に空気が抜けていって綺麗に貼れる。
ホコリをとるシールとか、ウェットティッシュ・ドライティッシュも同梱されてる。
位置あわせのアイテムとか別にいらない。
カメラの位置を確認して、失敗したら貼りなおせ。
俺は3回貼りなおした。
後、気になるのは、指で触った油分?みたいな後がディスプレイを消灯してる時に見える。
ディスプレイをつけると、全く分からないけど、潔癖症とかの人は気になりそう。
ただ、拭けば簡単に取れる。
指の滑りは指次第。
指が乾いてたら普通に滑る。
ちょっとでもジメッとしてたら、滑りは悪い。
他は今日つけたばっかなので不明。
今のところは満足できる商品。
Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart F850-102, Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchbehälter, Smartphone-Steuerung mit Connect App, One Touch Funktion, Schwarz
Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart F850-102, Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchbehälter, Smartphone-Steuerung mit Connect App, One Touch Funktion, Schwarz
Ich habe die Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart jetzt seit gut sechs Monaten. Ich hatte vorher eine Siemens EQ7 mit der ich sehr zufrieden war, die nach fast 35000 Bezügen leider ihren Geist aufgegeben hat.

Vorweg: Ich bin mit der Melitta hochzufrieden es gibt bis jetzt nichts gravierend negatives.

Positiv:

Das System mit den 2 Bohnenkammern ist absolut spitze. So kann man erst einen Espresso genießen und anschließend gleich einen Cafe Crema trinken. Absolut ohne Bohnen tauschen zu müssen.
Der Geschmack und auch die Crema ist wirklich hervorragend, aber über Geschmack lässt sich bekanntlich ja immer streiten.
Die Bedienung am Automaten funktioniert sehr gut, man sollte sich aber schon ein paar Minuten mit der Bedienungsanleitung beschäftigen. Etwas Vorsicht ist geboten wenn der Kaffee zubereitete wird, da man bei einem neuerlichen berühren des Bedienfeldes den Vorgang abbricht. Ist mit aber jetzt noch nicht so oft passiert.
Die persönlichen Einstellung für 8 Nutzer sind wirklich super, weil jeder somit seinen eigen Kaffee sofort bereitgestellt bekommt. Außerdem finde ich die Vergabe der persönlichen Nutzernamen äußerst pfiffig.
Die Smart-Funktion mit der Melitta-App ist ebenfalls Klasse, aber ich nutze diese nur sehr selten. Zum einen weil man bei Bluetooth-Verbindungen ja eh nahe am Gerät sein muss zum anderen ist die Eingabe direkt am Gerät ebenfalls einfach und übersichtlich. Die Einrichtung der Bluetooth-Verbindung ist etwas umständlich und man sollte nicht erwarten, dass es auf Anhieb klappt. Durchaus sind hier ein paar Verbindungsversuche notwendig, was bei Bluetooth-Verbindungen im allgemeinen normal ist. Ich habe ein Huawei Mate 10 light. Nach dem erstmaligen Einrichten funktioniert das Smart-System mit der APP von Melitta einwandfrei. Die APP selbst ist verständlich un die Einstellungen die man vornehmen kann sind wirklich spitze und machen auch Spaß.
Die Reinigung des Gerätes - ich beziehe mich hier auf die Brüheinheit - ist kinderleicht, der Aus und Einbau wirklich einfach.
Die Vielzahl der Rezepte ist OK. Man sollte sich aber davon nicht zuviel erwarten, ist auch etwas Spielerei.
Die Milcheinheit ist aus meiner Sicht sehr gut, allerdings nutzen wir diese eher selten. Was da aber bisher zubereitet wurde war wirklich sehr schmackhaft und gut. Allerdings sollte man hier ruhig großzügig die Zubereitungsmengen am Gerät erhöhen - sonst wird der Cappuccino eher klein.

Verbesserungsvorschläge:

Die 2 Bohnenkammern sollte in der Mitte besser von einander abgetrennt sein, da sonst beim Befüllen immer wieder ein paar Bohnen ins falsche Fach rutschen
Die Angaben für Reinigung, Filterwechsel und Entkalkung sind eher großzügig angegeben. Filterwechsel wird i.d.R schon nach 4 Wochen angezeigt, Entkalkung und Reinigung deutlich häufiger als in der Bedienungsanleitung beschrieben. Die jeweiligen Pflegeprogramme laufen aber selbsterklärend und in einem zeitlich sehr akzeptablen Rahmen ab.

Fazit: für einen vernünftigen Preis erhält man ein sehr gutes Gerät, bei dem vor allem die unkomplizierte Zubereitung von Espresso und normalem Kaffee hervorzuheben ist, das 2-Kammernsystem funktioniert prächtig. Aber auch sonst besticht die Maschine durch gute Qualität bei der Zubereitung und ist auch optisch ein toller Hingucker.
Cisco-Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router
Cisco-Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router
I will not review the router because I just started using it (so far it is working well). This is about the setup process. I have a laptop PC with Windows XP SP3 (meeting the requirements of the manufacturer). The router comes with no documentation except for an installation CD with a FAQ PDF. It downloaded the latest version of the software, but the program could not find the router either wirelessly or wired. I tried 4 times myself, then went to Cisco's website. I opened a webchat and they made me repeat the process again (they even made me download the software again, plus the chat session stopped midway so I had to reconnect and someone had to transfer me to the same representative...luckily I remembered his name, kind of an amazing thing because he was Indian). The guy pretty much told me to try again, this time wired, and if still not working he told me to call 1-800-326-7114 (for those who want to know where to get help). The person who answered asked a lot of personal info first (even cell phone and I just do not understand why - you also have to give it when looking for help online!). Then this person made me do the same process again!!! I told her that I had already done all that, but she insisted (do they think we are morons?) My PC started acting erratically (like, even though I had installed the software it did not show on the installed program list, and had to reboot the laptop three times when trying to acess the control panel). So a lot of time wasted on reassuring the representative that I was not "stupid" and that I had followed the instructions!. Only then she guided me through the manual setup for the router, which took about 8 to 10 minutes and consists in typing DNS servers, usernames and passwords and clicking on options in several menus that open in your internet browser. I spent about 2 hours (or more) trying to set this thing up!!. And I know customer representatives have protocols, but insisting on repeating all from the beginning when the customer is telling you that he has tried that already is stupid. Whoever is laying out those protocols should modify them and develop just a set of questions to verify what the customer did and then go to manual setup in order to save our precious time. I will update the review if I find problems with how the router works.

UPDATE (12/18/10): This thing drops the connection very often. I have to turn the wireless off and on several times to recover the connection. Oh and the microwave does interfere with the connection (though this was expected since this model only uses the 2.4 ghz band...not a big deal, unless you are cooking something for a very long time!). I forgot the wifi password and had to talk to customer service again to reset it. This time I got a more capable technician, but she also wanted to try the CD installation again. I told her it did not work the first time, but since I did not want to fight I did it. It did not work. She told me that we needed to do manual installation, but that I would not be able to use a couple of the features of the router. She said there might be some kind of security configuration in my laptop that prevents the CD software from finding the router. In conclusion, this router and the tech service is not the best (BTW service is free only for 90 days). You get less than what they offer. You can connect to your wireless network, but has its problems.
Malaco Djungelvrål Swedish Jungle Roar 450g / 15.87 Oz (Soft Salty Licorice)
Malaco Djungelvrål Swedish Jungle Roar 450g / 15.87 Oz (Soft Salty Licorice)
Finally reached me today 5/13, after being sent from Denmark (!) with the infamous Dan/Swe co-owned postal carrier Postnord on 3/31... If I had known it would be sent from there, I would have cancelled the order. Packaging was good and Customs had surprisingly not opened the package... Considering the ongoing pandemics, I’m a bit amazed it was actually delivered. I guess I will disinfect my bag of super salty Swedish goodness, end enjoy it!
Planetary Formulas® Old Indian Wild Cherry Bark Syrup, 8 oz
Planetary Formulas® Old Indian Wild Cherry Bark Syrup, 8 oz
In our household we refer to this as 'swamp water'. Why? It's a greenish brown color and tastes awful - just like you'd expect swamp water to look and taste. That said, it's the most effective natural cough syrup I've ever used. I can't ingest high-fructose corn syrup (which is the base for most commercial cough syrups) so finding an effective remedy is difficult. I've tried better tasting formulas that are honey based, but they just aren't as effective for me (I think illness up and leaves, just to get away from this stuff). Yeah, it looks nasty, smells bad, and tastes just like you'd think it would, but it's far better than being sick, and a cup of sweetened tea or juice gets rid of the taste quickly.

Bottom line - if you want a more natural cough remedy than those produced by large pharmaceutical companies, give this a try - but don't say I didn't warn you about the taste.

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