Ingrid Young

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101 Amazing Facts About J.K. Rowling...and Harry Potter
101 Amazing Facts About J.K. Rowling...and Harry Potter
101 Amazing Facts About J.K. Rowling...and Harry Potter by Holger Weßling, Archie Thomas, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Notebook
The Notebook
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Barry Bostwick, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2986 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition)
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition)
It (Eso) (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 504 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, 6th Edition
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, 6th Edition
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, 6th Edition by Michael T. Goodrich , Roberto Tamassia, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Ajax + PHP programming combat Detailed
Ajax + PHP programming combat Detailed
Ajax + PHP programming combat Detailed by LIANG WEN XIN. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Blender For Dummies
Blender For Dummies
Blender For Dummies by Jason van Gumster. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers From Warren Buffett
A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers From Warren Buffett
Some good teachings from Warren Buffet, presented in an interesting format, but, sincerely, not the book I was expecting. For someone who has read all of Buffets letters to investors, this books is just a recollection of some ideas and thoughts deemed relevant to Peter Bevelin.

If you want quick look into Buffets letters, this book is ok, but if you want something more profound, I would suggest simply reading Buffet's letters directly on his website.
The Google Guys: Inside the Brilliant Minds of Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
The Google Guys: Inside the Brilliant Minds of Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
As an experienced hardware focused engineer I have not followed any of the buzz about google. I have used google for many many years and find the tool useful for doing engineering research and solving technical issues. So reading this book helped me understand much more than I knew about how google is managed and guided.

PRO

Easy to read Easy to Understand
Good basic information for those wanting to know about google
Like Google 101

CON

Book did not make me want to work at google (at least the book seems to indicates a youth focused company that does not seek many experience technical people)

OVERALL

A good read and I enjoyed it. A good place to start if you are interest in understanding Google
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
This book is clearly tailored for somewhat intense Computer Science Undergrad Program's first year course. I say that because it's not exactly the quickest path to learning your first language; it's more focused on big computer science concepts as it is on the Java language itself. If someone is completely new to programming it might be a bit overwhelming to not be given solid practice with a language before talking about complex subjects like recursive implementation of sorting and searching algorithms and their Time Complexity measurements as this book does.

I have my reservations about the currently accepted choice of Java as the first "teaching language" in most universities but here is where the book shines: it does a great job of framing Java within the world of other languages. Lower level features not in Java like pointers are talked about. The book works with a non-standard library called stdlib which emulates C's printf as well as some providing some really nice classes for creating graphical elements, bridging the gap to higher level languages like Javascript and providing the satisfaction of some real feedback. I believe this library is authored at Princeton University, where the book is used.

If you are a self-learner looking to learn your first language I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you're a very fast learner or you supplement it with some real Java language learning and practice. The latter might even be my recommendation if you are using this text book in college and don't already have some programming experience.
Krakatoa, East of Java
Krakatoa, East of Java
BOTTOM LINE: Harmless, family-friendly big budget disaster film with just enough danger & devastation sprinkled throughout to hopefully keep you from nodding off during the soapy operatic stretches in-between. A strapping young Maximilian Schell and a grizzled self-loathing turn by Brian Keith make this one worth watching. The rest of the cast & the damsels in distress... not so much. Fine practical F/X footage from that sadly bygone era when detailed miniatures & optical slights of hand were the rule of the day. Not great, not bad. I give this volcanic variant of The Poseidon Adventure a modest but honest 3 STARS.

THOUGHTS: If you've ever seen any of the myriad of star-studded disaster films that flooded theaters in the 1970's, then you'll have this potboiler plotted from start-to-finish before the opening credits are over with. Lots of melodramatic shenanigans pad out the film until we finally get to the big whoopteedo at the climax, wherein the infamous volcano on the South Seas island of Krakatoa blows its fiery top. The meager C-level roster of stars gives it their best shot, but whether you'll care one way or the other will depend on how big a fan you are of any of the cast, and/or the genre in general. This one's inoffensive enough, and at least it's no where near as hammy as, say, METEOR or AVALANCHE. But then again, these flicks are all pretty interchangeable. It's figuring who's gonna get it (and how) that makes 'em fun to watch.

THE BLU-RAY: A respectable though minimalist effort from Kino-Lorber. The transfer is mostly clean, with a smattering of dirt & debris, primarily confined to the opening title sequence. Little in the way of crush, artifacting, pixelation, edge enhancement or other video tomfoolery, and thankfully no overuse of DNR! The film's audio portion is clear and the soundmix is level. Nothing in the way of extras, save a handful of theatrical trailers for other similarly-themed titles in the KL library. The movie's busy but gorgeous poster art (courtesy of the legendary Frank McCarthy) is nicely reproduced as a splashy background for the disc's main menu screen.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.59" Display, 3 AI Cameras, 4000mAh Battery, Dual SIM GSM Factory Unlocked - STK-LX3, US & Global 4G LTE International Model (Emerald Green, 128 GB)
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (128GB, 4GB RAM) 6.59" Display, 3 AI Cameras, 4000mAh Battery, Dual SIM GSM Factory Unlocked - STK-LX3, US & Global 4G LTE International Model (Emerald Green, 128 GB)
Just got the emerald green color delivered. Was easy to setup using phone clone app everything transfered over from old phone in 5-10 min. I was worried at first because I read mixed reviews on what carriers it worked with and not being able to return the phone even if it didn't work with your carrier. I have Wal-Mart My Family Mobile, but it's a 3rd party under T-mobile. I called Amazon customer service and they said that the phone is sold through a 3rd party company so you can actually return it if it doesn't work with your carrier. Long story short it works well. Few bars in less populated areas, but completely fine in city/urban areas. I had an LG stylo and wanted an upgrade. The new stylo was basically same price, but slower, only 32G memory space. I love the design of this one more it has better cameras and battery seems to last a lot longer too. For a mid range phone with 128G memory space around $230 you can't beat it. The volume from the front speaker isn't as loud as I'd like but I generally use headphones anyway. The only difference between this and say the flagship models of Apple or Samsung are better cameras and 400$-$600 more dollars. Can't complain. I would buy your own case that comes with screen protector because the one it comes with isn't too high quality. Also when asked to create a phone ID for Huawei they don't have U.S.A. As a choice so you can just skip it because anyone in US will be using the Android Play Store anyway.
Other than those minot details it's a hell of a phone for a great price!
tiny sized and fun
tiny sized and fun
Pic # 1: (The 3 on top from DIFFERENT SET, have arms Removed for size/difference comparison; Pen on side for comparison)

Pic # 2: This pic is show the difference between this Hulk and the other set that Has Removable Arms.
*** My son loves BOTH sets. I prefer this set as no parts get lost!!! ***

Pic # 3: Showing most of the figures. (He's left a few at his father's house.) Comes with a fair share toys to spark the child's imagination for hours of play!!!

The fact that these guys don't separate from the arms, legs or the weapons (Other sets - Hulk had arms and a hulk fist that shoots: loose parts) makes these more convenient. I LOVE the way he plays with all the marvel/Hasbro toys. His imagination is developing all while playing with a high quality toy that I know is safe for him.

I bought these to use for cake Decorations as well as his present. He LOVED it!!! We made all different size/Shapes of cake pieces. Plus the kids got their own to decorate! After frosting them, they got to put their toy that they were keeping (guests got diff ones in Door Bags) on top as the decoration. Then, we pyt them all together for a pic/story before we ate them. Super fun!!!

Now... Months later he likes to take them in the tub, outside on walks or even just in the car. They go every where because they are pocket size and don't come apart like the other ones I bought him. These do not have Removable arms/Weapons.

Great little toys!!! Highly Recommend!!!
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos: Flute, Book & CD (The Lord Of The Rings; The Motion Picture Trilogy)
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos: Flute, Book & CD (The Lord Of The Rings; The Motion Picture Trilogy)
I very rarely write reviews anymore, but I loved this compilation so much, I have to share my review. If you love LotR and you love playing the flute, this book is a must-have. I consider myself a fairly advanced player (I played through college) but I hadn't been able to play in years due to living in an apartment and not wanting to annoy people with my high F#. Now that I live in a house, I can play as much as I want. I really like this compilation because it comes with a follow-along CD, which is very helpful when trying to work out tricky patterns. It's also nice for people like me who really miss the feeling of playing with a full band. The arrangements are pretty true to the originals - most pieces have been shortened and simplified a bit, but in a way that benefits the flute player. There are only a few songs with lengthy resting spots. Otherwise, you're the star! Some of my favorite LotR tracks are not in this book, but that's because they feature the brass section. For a beginning player, there's plenty of songs that are fun to play but easy enough to piece out. For advanced players, there are some challenging sections but these songs are mostly for pure enjoyment - no crazy key changes or time signatures. I am extremely pleased with my purchase and can't wait to get more song books from this publisher!
Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism was the first truly American philosophical movement and this nice (and cheap) edition collects some of the more canonical pieces of Transcendentalism's two greatest expounders, Emerson and Thoreau. It is ideal for students and classrooms as each piece contains a glossary that clears up outdated, or difficult, allusions and words.
Simplicity and self reliance were the two greatest tenets of transcendentalism and the essays in this collection certainly pound on that theme. However, two of the Thoreau selections (Civil Disobedience & Walden) touch on the purpose of nature in our lives and our role / relationship to our government. Both are massively relevant to almost any time and it is the universality of their themes that make them necessary reading.
Emerson and Thoreau were clearly great and original thinkers, and so one can get past their hypocrisy and numerous double standards throughout their writing. Reading the transcendentalists forces one to think about themselves.
To that, all I can say is awesome.
In Odd We Trust (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
In Odd We Trust (Graphic Novel) (Odd Thomas Graphic Novels)
Dean Koontz's dozens of books are well-written, interesting, and have the literary qualities that others fail to master. Odd Apocalypse, published this year, was his fifth humorous novel focusing on the rather strange but very likable Odd Thomas, who may have obtained his name Odd when his mother misspelled the intended Todd. But it is descriptive because Odd is incredibly wise, respectful, and unusual; he uses the title "sir" and "ma'am" even to people who are intent on killing him in the most horrendous manner. His name is also descriptive because, unlike other people, he sees dead men and women, such as Elvis Presley and President Lyndon Johnson. The dead can gesture to Odd and frequently do so, but although some come to him seeking his help in obtaining justice, they are unable to speak. Odd works as a fry cook at the local dinner in Pico Mundo, California, and is well-known and appreciated because of his delicious pancakes. Odd's girl friend, Stormy, packs a pistol and isn't afraid to use it.

Koontz has also written three graphic novels about Odd Thomas. This is the first of the three and was published in 2008. He wrote this novel with Queenie Chan, who did the illustrations. The plot focuses upon a stalker who committed a murder. Odd is nineteen years old and the sheriff, who knows about Odd's unusual ability, asks him to help find the stalker.

The drawing are good, but Dean Koontz has been so masterful is describing Odd Thomas' activities, his thoughts and the humorous ways that he thinks, without ever describing him, that I felt a small disappointment in seeing him pictured in this novel. Interestingly, it is possible that Dean Koontz himself, who discusses the portrayal of Odd at the end of this book, never really visualized Odd, and while he liked the portrayal and thought that it is the best that one can come up with, it fell somewhat short. The story is good, but because it is a graphic novel instead of a full book, it lacks Koontz's clever humor. Nevertheless, I think adults will like this book, and it is an excellent way to introduce young people to the enjoyment of reading about Odd Thomas.
Courting Catherine: The Calhoun Women
Courting Catherine: The Calhoun Women
Don't let the publication date fool you. This series was FIRST published in 1991. I have all four of the original books. Good stories but definitely not worth $7 each when they are nearly 30 years old.
Charmed: The Donovan Legacy
Charmed: The Donovan Legacy
This was a reread for me and an enjoyable one.

These are the final 2 stories in the Donovan Legacy. A family of witches, each with their own specialty.

In Charmed we have Anastasia story. She is the cousin who is an Empath. She is also a healer because of her strong empathatic feelings. After be turned away by her first love when he found out what she was, Ana has stayed away from men to protect her heart. Then widow Boone Sawyer moves in next door with his young daughter. She fears telling him what she is, then fate steps in. This was my favorite out of all the Donovan stories. It is so good. Emotional and loving.

In Enchanted we have the story of Liam Donovan a witch and a shape shifter. He goes to the woods to be alone to think about an important choice he is going to have to make. Rowan Murray goes to the woods to find herself. They find eachother and she discovers so much more about herself. This story had a lot more "magic" in it. It was fun and the characters wonderful.
The Store
The Store
I've been a fan of James Patterson's writings since his first book. This, I'm, stuff cannot be written by JP*. If he truly wrote this drivel, then it's time for him to take a nice break...from writing!!

JP*, you're so busy helping other authors get established, for which you are to be commended, that your OWN material is suffering! Badly!

'The Store' is tired and boring. A lot of unnecessary characters. A storyline that's been over done. An ending you can see coming from miles away.

A Jacob writes a book and is turned down. He goes to the Store and is also turned down. Boo Hoo! Angry about it Jacob writes a "Tell All" 'bout the Store.

Store finds out and trouble ensues: they've got cameras/people/listening devices etc. everywhere! Scared, Jacob moves his to a new State/City. Stepford City to be exact. (BORING) From there it gets worse.
Skip this book or, go to the last two chapters and be done!

Stephen King, John Sandford, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark etc., I can't wait to read your new books! Why? Because I "know" they were written by you!!

JP*, it's time to Stop the Madness!
Karen's Christmas Carol (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #104)
Karen's Christmas Carol (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #104)
Karen and Andrew Brewer get parts in a stage adaption of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Andrew gets to be Tiny Tim. Karen, however, lands the role of Ignorance, one of the raggamuffins under Christmas Present's robe. Even worse, Karen's best enemy, Pamela Harding, plays Want, the other ragamuffin. Somehow, Karen controls her emotions and learns the true meaning of Christmas. I reccomend this book to everyone.
Caroline's Child: A Bestselling Western Romance (Heart of Texas Book 3)
Caroline's Child: A Bestselling Western Romance (Heart of Texas Book 3)
I really love this series of books. I have read them one right after another! I love the town of Promise, Texas, where the stories are set. I enjoy the characters very much. Let me rephrase that........... I like all the characters except for Richard. Seriously, that man is just awful. I can't understand how he hasn't been caught doing all the mean nasty things he does. Actually, that's the sign of a good author, right? Creating a character that no one likes? I highly recommend this entire series! I'm on to Dr. Texas as I submit this review!
Catherine Cookson Country - Her Pictorial Memoir
Catherine Cookson Country - Her Pictorial Memoir
Yes I am biased.......Born in South Shields, this is a lovely book portraying life on Tyneside...........Yes I am a man, but have always found her writing enjoyable, so this book was a must. A very good read, and some excellent photographs.......my brother has a copy and he lives in Hertfordshire now.........
If I Built a Car
If I Built a Car
My 5 year old daughter was recently saying how cars should drive themselves or have kitchens, so I quickly ordered this book for her. She loves it.

Some of the faces could be more appealing, but overall I love the 1950's style artwork. The process of designing the car, starting with a careful study of past designs and related technologies, actually makes some sense.

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Edit: My daughter is 7 years old now, and since originally writing this review we have purchased the other two books in this series. My daughter told me last night that these three books are easily her most favorite books of all. I know I would have loved them when I was a kid, and as a person who does some mechanical design myself I am overjoyed that my daughter takes such an interest in these creative books. We have ordered a lot of highly-rated books from other authors, and in too many instances have been disappointed by them in one way or another. These "If I Built..." books are nearly flawless, and in my opinion probably the very best books ever written for kids 5 to 8 years old. They are very enjoyable even for an adult to look at and read, actually.
Komene Ergonomic Home Office Desk Chair, Breathable Mesh High Back Desk Chairs, Adjustable Headrest Tilt Recline Backrest and Flip-up Armrests,Swivel Computer Executive Chairs, PC Work Chair Black (L)
Komene Ergonomic Home Office Desk Chair, Breathable Mesh High Back Desk Chairs, Adjustable Headrest Tilt Recline Backrest and Flip-up Armrests,Swivel Computer Executive Chairs, PC Work Chair Black (L)
Since working from home has been the new norm, my low back was in excruciating pain with my old office task chair that offered no lumbar support. As nice as it would be to have the super fancy Herman Miller chairs, the price tag on those aren't exactly ideal. With so many options on Amazon, I decided on this because of the 3 most important features I knew I needed to have: 1) Lumbar Support, 2) High back with adjustable headrest, 3) Heavy Duty mesh and supports up to 300lbs (which means that the durability and comfort will be optimal and long lasting for someone like me who is 140lbs). It does have arm rests that flip up. I wasn't too concerned about arm rests so I did like the option of not having them if they got in the way. But now that I have the chair, I actually really love the arm rests and are really useful in keeping my arms in ergonomic form when I type or use my Wacom tablet. The arm rests weren't too high for me when I sit down (I am 5'6") The chair is surprisingly comfy and extremely supportive. I cannot emphasize this enough!! The difference in pain I had in my low back before to now where it is non existent blows me away. I thought I had to pay for a $500 chair to get close to the comfort of what I was used to in my office but I'm super happy with this buy and even happier that I can work pain-free.

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