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PhoneGap: Beginner's Guide - Third Edition
PhoneGap: Beginner's Guide - Third Edition
PhoneGap: Beginner's Guide - Third Edition by Purusothaman Ramanujam. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Mastering React
Mastering React
Mastering React by Adam Horton and Ryan Vice. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Natural Language Processing with Python
Natural Language Processing with Python
Natural Language Processing with Python by Steven Bird , Ewan Klein , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 82 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale (Harry Potter 1)
Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale (Harry Potter 1)
Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale (Harry Potter 1) by J.K. Rowling, Francesco Pannofino, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with 848 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S SRONE (Thai)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S SRONE (Thai)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S SRONE (Thai) by J.K. Rowling. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Thief's Apprentice: The Complete Trilogy
The Thief's Apprentice: The Complete Trilogy
The Thief's Apprentice: The Complete Trilogy by Sara C. Roethle. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
By Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook
By Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook
By Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook by -Warner Books-. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 91 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Salty Miss Tenderloin
Salty Miss Tenderloin
Salty Miss Tenderloin by Jacki Lyon. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Chamber: A Novel
The Chamber: A Novel
The Chamber: A Novel by John Grisham, Alexander Adams, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 716 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Der Richter.
Der Richter.
Der Richter. by John Grisham. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Losing Faith
Losing Faith
Losing Faith by Adam Mitzner. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 139 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1194 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Programming for Intermediates: The Ultimate Intermediate's Guide to Learn Python Programming Step by Step and Master Computer development + machine learning In A Few Days (Vol. 2)
Python Programming for Intermediates: The Ultimate Intermediate's Guide to Learn Python Programming Step by Step and Master Computer development + machine learning In A Few Days (Vol. 2)
Python Programming for Intermediates: The Ultimate Intermediate's Guide to Learn Python Programming Step by Step and Master Computer development + machine learning In A Few Days (Vol. 2) by Bill Steven. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
IPython Interactive Computing and Visualization Cookbook: Over 100 hands-on recipes to sharpen your skills in high-performance numerical computing and ... in the Jupyter Notebook, 2nd Edition
IPython Interactive Computing and Visualization Cookbook: Over 100 hands-on recipes to sharpen your skills in high-performance numerical computing and ... in the Jupyter Notebook, 2nd Edition
IPython Interactive Computing and Visualization Cookbook: Over 100 hands-on recipes to sharpen your skills in high-performance numerical computing and ... in the Jupyter Notebook, 2nd Edition by Cyrille Rossant. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Learn To Build With PHP: A Crash Course
Learn To Build With PHP: A Crash Course
Learn To Build With PHP: A Crash Course by Matthew Hughes, Justin Pot, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Short Course (Database Programming)
SQL Short Course (Database Programming)
SQL Short Course (Database Programming) by Chris Fehily. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Pro Design Patterns in Swift
Pro Design Patterns in Swift
Pro Design Patterns in Swift by Adam Freeman. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Developing an Akka Edge
Developing an Akka Edge
Developing an Akka Edge by Thomas Lockney and Raymond Tay. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices
Effective Akka: Patterns and Best Practices by Jamie Allen. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
The Magic Backpack (Flying Foxes)
The Magic Backpack (Flying Foxes)
The Magic Backpack (Flying Foxes) by Julia Jarman and Adriano Gon. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Hacking with Kali Linux: The Complete Guide to Kali Linux and the Art of Exploitation, Basic Security, Wireless Network Security, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing for Beginners
Hacking with Kali Linux: The Complete Guide to Kali Linux and the Art of Exploitation, Basic Security, Wireless Network Security, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing for Beginners
Hacking with Kali Linux: The Complete Guide to Kali Linux and the Art of Exploitation, Basic Security, Wireless Network Security, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing for Beginners by John Medicine and Matthew Strong. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
TypeScript Design Patterns
TypeScript Design Patterns
"Thanks to the efforts of the TypeScript community, almost every popular JavaScript library got its declaration files on a project called DefinitelyTyped. And there has already been a tool called tsd for declaration file management. But soon, people realized the limitation of a single huge repository for everything, as well as the issues tsd cannot solve nicely."

"Compile and run; buy me a cup of coffee it it works. But it probably won't."

This is just a fraction of the nonsensical English that takes place in chapter one. Clearly English is the author's second language, and the mere fact that he can write a book in a language other than his primary language is really quite astonishing. HOWEVER, I don't like to read broken English and what is clear from page 1 is that this book has not been edited by someone whose first language is English. I would expect that from a book that is nearly $30. I really would have liked to have read the subsequent chapters illustrating GoF design patterns implemented with TypeScript. I just couldn't make it out of chapter 1.
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
I just finished reading this book cover to cover, and will probably read it again in a few weeks time. I found it to be quite simply the best and most complete resource on value investing I have ever seen, read or heard of in my life. Graham and Dodd not only teach us how to invest and why, but convey with beautiful eloquence their reasoning and frame of mind. They teach us that investing is as much about constitution and temperament as it is about logic and numbers, and are able to impart that wisdom and experience to us in those few hundred pages (ok, many hundred pages).

For those of you reading this who are new to investing, Benjamin Graham and David Dodd quite literally wrote the book on value investing, and this is it. I would point out though that it was written for the purpose of being a source of information and tools rather than a way of introducing and inspiring its readers to the philosophy of value investing. So if you are new to investing or to the concepts of value investing, I would really recommend reading Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" first; it's a comparatively easy to read introduction to the concepts covered in greater detail in this book.

While I have not read the original 1930's edition, I have heard that this version is more complete in that it irons out some of the kinks in the investment strategy that Graham developed following his near bankruptcy during the great depression.

A word on the relevance of this book in today's market: Much of the book centers about examples from preferred stocks of utilities and railroads, investment vehicles which are far less prevalent today than they were in the early 20th century. However, these are just examples, and the pitfalls and opportunities which arise in the stock market are as prevalent today as they were in the days this book was written. I am of the opinion that those who criticize this work on the basis that it is outdated, really did not understand what Graham was trying to do; to convey a new way of thinking about stocks, and to understand them based on the company that they represent. It doesn't matter whether you are purchasing a pre-depression era railroad preferred or the hybrid floating rate bond of a modern technology company, the examples exist to illustrate how to look past all that and to understand what the purchase of that security really means. If, after reading this book, you find yourself unable to transfer the examples to the modern world, then quite frankly you've read it wrong.

If, however, you are concerned about the relevance and are after more specific guidance on modern applications (as well as trimming of the "less" relevant sections), take a look at the 6th edition of this book, which contains detailed chapter summaries and introductions by modern money people.

Finally, the reason for the 4 stars: The digitization of this book is not fantastic, and given the price this is not really acceptable. I found several errors which I have reported (and will hopefully have been fixed by now), but my real gripe is with the tables and figures, which are simply scanned. This is usually fine, but many of the footnotes are so small as to be illegible, and the overall feel is somewhat like a sketchbook; with cutouts glued to the pages where the tables were in the real book. I had hoped that Amazon would instead have digitally transcribed the tables and inserted them, or at least given them a transparent background, rather than the sepia tone that can't be changed on the tables. If this is ever corrected I'll change my review to 5 stars and remove this paragraph.

I can't possibly express my gratitude for what those two did when they decided to put Graham's experience onto paper in the form of this book, and I think I will forever be grateful for their efforts. This book has taught me invaluable lessons not only in investing but also in prudence and the value of sobriety in the face of euphoria and gloom, lessons which apply to many other facets of life.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson is on a quest. To understand his Leonardo Da Vinci you have to understand something of why he choose to write a biography about him at all, after writing biographies of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein. Thankfully, Isaacson is explicit about what interests him in these personages and so there is no need for reading between the lines.

What Isaacson wants to understand is what makes some men and women people of genius. Not the silly way genius is portrayed in the movie Amadeus, in which it is simply some innate talent, but the character traits which enable rare individuals with the capacity to permanently change the world with the mere power of their mind.

With that goal in mind, one is ready to appreciate Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci. The book begins discussing his early achievements in art and the investigation of nature within the first forty pages, fairly quickly for a 525 page tome. And the book is dominated by appreciations of his work, both artistic and scientific (to use a modern distinction unrecognized by Leonardo). Along the way there is a wonderful resonance between Isaacson describing the characteristics of Leonardo that led to his peculiar type of genius and then seeing that genus instantiated in a particular unpublished treatise on anatomy or in a work of art such as the Mona Lisa.

If you are interested in this quest, in both seeing what led to Leonardo being a genius, and then seeing that genius expressed in his creative work, you will love Isaacson’s Da Vinci. Many biographers prefer to dwell on a lengthy account of the culture and history of the time and focus on the personal life of their subject. Others choose to try to psychoanalyze their subject and allow the reader to understand the subconscious drives which led to their accomplishments.

None of that is to be found in Isaacson’s work. Though a summary doesn’t do the book justice, Isaacson sees Leonardo as unusually perceptive of the world around him, with an insatiable curiosity, a proper understanding of how to balance theory and experiment and a disdain for doctrines handed on by the past. These traits, and others, led him to understand the effect of light in creating the illusion of three dimensions in painting, which muscles are used to smile, how men and women might one day be able to fly and all the many other prescient things expressed in his art and notebooks.

If there is anything to criticize, it is that Isaacson is almost universally positive, almost effusively, about Leonardo. But this is because the book focuses mostly on the factors that led to this genius and the actual fruits of his intellect. Admittedly, it is hard to be critical of those aspects of Leonardo’s life.

One final point to make to potential readers: Isaacson writes in clear and simple English. Though the book is 525 pages long I read it in less than a day. If he had chosen to adopt the tone of many academics this would have been a far less pleasurable, and longer, read.

Isaacson set out to determine both what made Leonardo a genius and why he is considered one. While every reader can form their own opinion as to whether he was successful, I think both the importance of the quest and its achievement in the case of Leonardo will be doubted by few readers of this book.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Every so often I come across a book that I know as I'm reading it that my perspective is changing and my horizons are broadening. "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries" is one such book. From the outset, Safi Bahcall grabs the reader's attention and keeps it with examples from history of what he's going to explain, setting it up to be understood thoroughly. He talks about lessons learned in wartime as well as from Polaroid and space exploration, among other periods and events. There's a lot I could say about this book, but to keep it simple I'll anchor my comments to a few of the many key terms the writer discusses.

To begin, there's the important distinction to be made between a franchise and what Bahcall refers to as a 'loonshot.'

Franchise: The subsequent iterations or updated versions of an original product or service.
Examples provided include each new version of the iPhone and the 26th James Bond Movie. I also relate this to a phenomenon I noticed many years ago among fast food restaurants, where new items on the menu are often just reformulations of existing menu items. A prime example is the 'KFC Famous Bowl,' which marketing now refers to as a 'classic.' Ever since first time it went on sale, not long enough ago to count as a 'classic' by any normal measure, I've seen it as the company just phoning it in. Innovation is too risky, and they already have the ingredients, so they just toss it all in a bowl and sell it.

Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged.
A loonshot is risky, because it's based on an idea that established 'experts' generally consider unfeasible and unfundable. Radar is a famous example of a technology that was roundly rejected by military brass and bureaucrats until it was almost too late. Another is statins, the first of which faced a difficult road to success and acceptance.

False Fail: When a valid hypothesis yields a negative result in an experiment because of a flaw in the design of the experiment.
Sometimes the test is the problem. When Akira Endo was testing a drug to see if it would lower cholesterol, the tests failed. He was testing on rats, which were later discovered to have low levels of LDL (aka 'bad cholesterol'). When he tested on chickens, which have high levels of LDL, the results were spectacular. Eventually, statins resulted, and people were provided a pharmacological solution to high cholesterol. This almost didn't happen, because Endo's research had repeatedly faced setbacks and failures. It was only through luck and his determination to see it through that we now have this option for treatment.

Phases of organization: When an organization is considered as a complex system, we can expect that system to exhibit phases and phase transitions — for instance, between a phase that encourages a focus on loonshots and a phase that encourages a focus on careers.
This part about organizational phases was an eye-opener for me. I've heard various executives over the years complain about the lack of innovation in major corporations generally, and I've always attributed it to the size of such companies making them slow-moving. While that may still be part of it, I now see how managers at various levels act in the interest of their careers over the chance at a breakthrough success. Loonshots are often ugly babies, easily dismissed and lethal to careers if they face failure. Bahcall tells the reader about his observation that loonshots experience three deaths before possibly reaching success, which translates to three failures. Some take years, even decades to see through all the way, and many don't come back from a single death. With them can go any respect or credibility previously accorded their backer(s), making it better to be the person who poo-poos novel ideas in meetings. In career terms, it's the safer route.

To this and more Safi Bahcall offers a handful of solutions and strategies that can foster loonshots, but to get those you'll just have to read the book for yourself.
Steve Jobs: Die autorisierte Biografie des Apple-Gründers (German Edition)
Steve Jobs: Die autorisierte Biografie des Apple-Gründers (German Edition)
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Walter Isaacson, der erst im zweiten Anlauf diese Biographie in Angriff nahm, hat ein stimmiges und für mich auch überraschendes Bild von Steve Jobs, gezeichnet.

Ich sah den großen Steve Jobs vor allen Dingen als Genie und als wunderbaren Menschen.
Dieses Bild musste ich vergessen, nachdem ich das Buch gelesen hatte.

Steve Jobs war Adoptivkind und hat es seinen "neuen" Eltern wirklich nicht leicht gemacht. Trotzdem standen ihm diese beiden außergewöhnlichen Menschen ihr ganzes Leben zur Seite und haben Jobs in gewisser Weise "geführt", bis er sich vehement vom Elternhaus löste.
Seine Studienjahre bringen ihm zwar viel Wissenswertes, Jobs aber will mehr. Er ist dem neuen Trend auf der Spur, der Elektronik. Immer wieder findet er Menschen, die ihn auf seinem Weg zur Macht unterstützen und es ihm möglich machen, das zu erstellen, was er sich vorstellt.
Diese Art der "Menschenmanipulation", lässt Jobs für mich schon als Jemand erscheinen, der ganz klar seinen Weg vor Augen hatte. Für mich, tritt er als ein sehr problematischer, in sich unzufriedener Zeitgenosse auf und hat trotzdem mit Weitsicht und einer großen Portion Glück und der gerade "richtigen" Zeit dafür, Apple erschaffen.
Auch das Logo stammt von ihm und ist bis jetzt das Markenzeichen.
In seinen letzten Lebensjahren, er ist ja an Krebs gestorben, hat er viel über sich nachgedacht und wie es scheint, ist er auch mit sich ins Gericht gegangen.
Seine Frau und seine Kinder hat er sehr geliebt, aber er war eben ein schwieriger Charakter und konnte nicht immer liebvoll sein. Seine Familie hat oft darunter gelitten.
Walter Isaacson zeichnet da ein sehr gutes, stimmiges Bild und lässt den Leser am Ende doch versöhnt und verständnisvoll zurück, zumal Jobs auch einiges für das Gemeinwohl tut.

Steve Jobs hat unsere Zeit geprägt, wie kein Zweiter. Apple ist heute nicht mehr vom Weltmarkt wegzudenken und das Statussymbol schlechthin.

Dieses Buch ist nicht leicht zu lesen, aber in einer für jedermann verständlichen Sprache geschrieben. Es ist ausnehmend gut recherchiert und nimmt einen in seinen Bann.
Mir hat es geholfen, einem besonderen Menschen näher zu kommen.

Ich vergebe dafür fünf Sterne.
Autor: Walter Isaacson
Buch: Steve J
Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition
Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition
Amazon sold its first book July of 1995; Bezos selected a name beginning with 'A' to provide early alphabetic listing, the word 'Amazon' was appealing because it conveyed a sense of 'bigness.' Author Kalpanik ended up working there after being laid off as a result of a merger. Getting hired, however, required a two-day-long marathon session lasting 9-10 hours each day and being interviewed by 23 different individuals. He was asked to design systems for real-time inventory information, traffic light control, guaranteed message delivery, credit card authorization, etc. He also wrote a program to find a pair of numbers such that their sum is K, another to find the most frequent character in a list, etc., explained how Jennifer Lopez's curvature could be approximated using a hyperbolic paraboloid, described why his first dot-com failed, explained various programming standards, and solved several brainteasers. Two weeks later, Kalpanik received a job offer! However, its 3-year non-compete requirement and relatively low salary led Kalpanik to decline the opportunity. The offer was sweetened, and Kalpanik was on-board.

Fresh college graduates had to stand out on SAT scores and college grade-point averages - Ivy Leaguers were preferred.

Amazon's performance review process utilized a 'rank and yank' system were the bottom 10% usually were fired. Kalpanik eventually realized that Amazon did not provide a nurturing environment for employees - it was a giant, cold, and calculating number-crunching machine. Most meetings at Amazon resembled stress-inducing oral thesis exams at major universities - ultimately what mattered most was how confidently you answered questions. Preparing for these meetings required long hours, contributing to 60-80 hour work-weeks.

Amazon requires all its managers and supervisors to work in a warehouse as part of its customer connection training. Its Fernley, Nevada sits is the largest. Special tape was placed on creates of inventory belong to other large merchants using Amazon as their fulfillment provider - eg. Target, Toys "R" Us. Item locations were optimized for shipping ease - bar-codes were essential to both identify items and their locations. Shipping carrier performance is measured at every hub, and if a hub makes too many mistakes Amazon stops sending packages there until corrections are implemented. Visual cues on performance come from piling up damaged, duplicated, or inaccurately picked items.

During early days picking and packing cost about 15% of sales, worse yet when Amazon expanded into toys and electronics. When Kalpanik visited in 2003, Amazon centers had halved the cost and cut picking and packing errors in half. Its affiliate program provides commissions ranging from 4 - 15% and has 900,000 members. By 2003, 20% of revenues came from overseas, including $750 million in China to 114 million customers.

Amazon has operating margins of less than 65, vs. eBay with 24% - in 2003 the latter's market capitalization was 3X that of Amazon while absent inventory risk, warehouse building/operating costs. The Amazon Marketplace boosted margins - providing connections between buyers and sellers. To keep third party sellers' customer service standards high, customer reviews were posted, with order cancellations due to lack of inventory, on-time shipments, returns, and claims filed were tracked. By 2003 the marketplace accounted for only one-sixth of revenues but one-third of profits. Amazon's uniform item description ensured customers they were looking at different prices for the same product, while those at eBay had to go through descriptions of every listing with similar sounding titles to be sure they were making apples-to-apples comparisons.

The 'Search Inside the Book' option allowed customers to flip through the first few pages of a book as well as to search within the book. Digitalizing a book involved scanning it one page at a time and then using OCR to create a digital version.

Amazon warehouse conditions became unbearable in the summer - employees began collapsing when internal temperatures went above 100 degrees. Many/most of the workers were temps employed through an agency and workers were afraid to ask for even unpaid time-off because this result in automatic demerit points. (Six points within three months --> dismissal.) Unlike other warehouse, Amazon would not open dock doors on opposite side to allow air circulation. Workers and supervisors who did not meet their targets were fired; in addition, the bottom 10% were in trouble. Workers were assigned hourly fulfillment rates, and as soon as they got used to that pace, the rates were increased.

Kalpanik left.
Elon Musk: 50 Life and Business Lessons from Elon Musk
Elon Musk: 50 Life and Business Lessons from Elon Musk
Many people, including myself, primarily associate Elon Musk with the more modern news about his ventures – such as with SpaceX; but I found out recently that he has been involved with many internet start-ups that have gone on to be huge successes, and wanting to find out more about these previous ventures and gain further insight to his success is what led me to this book.

I find George Ilian’s books about entrepreneurs to be especially good dude to the layout: in this, the author offers a great deal of insight about Elon Musk in a biographical way, and then he extracts concise and strong lessons from what is discussed, which can then be applied to many different endeavors. I'll definitely be keeping this book in mind in the future.
Elon Musk biography bio book
Elon Musk biography bio book
this is like a condensed and poorly written version of the full length bio "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future"
by Ashlee Vance (Author) which is a good biography don't waste your time on this version just read the biography by Ashlee Vance it is much better written and more in-depth
The Industries of the Future
The Industries of the Future
What are the industries of the future?

Before I read this book I would say anything environmental, AI, robotics, biotech (that include genetics), IoT, neuroscience, space, gaming and health. There is obvious overlap between those sectors. Just imagine a huge box full of lego blocks, combining these technologies with mobile, nano, virtual reality, big data, augmenting, biomimicry, material science, quantum physics and you have a Pandora’s box of industries we have not even imagined.

Alec Ross

Alec Ross thinks that the industries of the future are robotics, advanced life sciences, the codification of money, cyber security, and big data. Not much to argue there, although in my view very limited and almost too easy.

North Korea or Estonia

What the book does do is show the countries that are ahead and the once that are behind, and the book puts the industries into a geopolitical, cultural, and generational context. All 196 countries in the world have a choice. You can be North Korea or Estonia. That goes for your company too.

Europe versus Japan

I would suggest it will make for unhappy reading for European policy makers and there is no doubt, power is shifting East. Japan already leads the world in robotics, operating 310,000 of the 1.4 million industrial robots in existence across the world. Driven by an increasingly older population, they have particularly focussed on elderly care and health. That includes augmentation, which is a growth sector all on its own. Other counties to watch in robotics are China, the United States, South Korea, and Germany.

Pandora’s box

What everyone needs to consider, and here is the Pandora’s lego box again, is when robotics get combined with big data, cloud (all robots connected and learning), AI, nano and biology. No wonder venture capital funding in robotics is growing at a steep rate. It more than doubled in just three years, from $160 million in 2011 to $341 million in 2014. The market for consumer robots could hit $390 billion by 2017, and industrial robots should hit $40 billion in 2020.

Robotics

The number of robotic procedures is increasing by about 30 percent a year, and more than 1 million Americans have already undergone robotic surgery, and it is growing exponentially. It is quite amazing what robots are doing already, from hunting jelly fish and hunting cancer to hair washing, waiting tables, cleaning floor but also teaching maths and anything in between. There is no doubt, as the technology continues to advance, robots will kill many jobs.

Jobs

Two Oxford University professors who studied more than 700 detailed occupational types have published a study making the case that over half of US jobs could be at risk of computerization in the next two decades. Forty-seven percent of American jobs are at high risk for robot takeover, and another 19 percent face a medium level of risk.

Singularity, when, not if

The level of investment in robotics (including drones, self-driving cars, etc.), combined with advances in technology are setting the foundation for the 2020s to produce breakthroughs in robotics that bring today’s science fiction right. Including singularity which is expected somewhere between 2023 (Vernor Vinge) and 2045 (Ray Kurzweil). We have moved from “if” to “when”.

China

That is why China is not just relying on forced urbanisation to produce low-cost labour; it is also investing heavily in the industries of the future. Every country needs to invest in growing fields like robotics but also invest in a social framework that makes sure those who are losing their jobs are able to stay afloat long enough to pivot to the industries or positions that offer new possibilities. Humans are not as easy to upgrade as software.

Life sciences

That is the robotic industry. Now for life sciences. The size of the genomics market was estimated at a little more than $11 billion in 2013 and is going to grow faster than anyone could imagine. We are talking DNA sequencing, precision medicine, designer babies, neuroscience (the genetics of suicide), xenotransplantation and Jurassic Park.

With 78 organs, 206 bones, and 640 muscles, not to mention up to 25,000 genes, our bodies are complicated machines. We are hacking the machine, part by part. As a result, we will live longer lives, but our lives will grow more complicated as we manage

Cyber security

Including and particularly in the world of cyber security If you have read “Future Crimes“, you really want augmentation, DNA and robots to be secure. A hacked care robot hovering over your bed with a knife is not something you want. A hacked augmented hand strangling you is also not a prospect you would relish. Let alone someone hacking your voice, your DNA, or your brain.

Hacking. Malware. Virus. Worm. Trojan horse. Distributed denial-of-service. Cyber attack. The terms for the weaponisation of code are by now well known, but we are just beginning to understand their full implications.

175 billion industry

Over the 20 years from 2000 to 2020, the cyber security market will have grown from a $3.5 billion market employing a few thousand people working in IT departments to a $175 billion market providing critical infrastructure. Cyber has grown into such a mission-critical function that every Fortune 500 board chairman now should make sure he or she has a board member with cyber expertise. In five years, any board of directors without a board member with expertise in cyber will be perceived as a shortcoming of corporate governance.

IoT

Combine that with what will be a $19 trillion global market in the Internet of Things and we are creating an almost unimaginable new set of vulnerabilities and openings for cyber security hacks.For example, in July 2015, hackers managed to remotely infiltrate and shut down a Jeep Cherokee while it was speeding along the highway. Did you know that GPS is hackable? Don’t trust your Tom-Tom.

Long term cyber attacks pose a greater threat to national security than terrorism. We have moved from cold war to code war.

Coded money

Alec Ross other favourite future industry is coded money, blockchain and fintech and how that will transform local and global economies, particularly Africa. M-Pesa and Shwari as examples. But also the sharing economy. At last measure, the estimated size of the global sharing economy was $26 billion, and it’s growing fast, with some estimates projecting it will be more than 20 times larger in size by 2025. Read “Machines, Platforms, Crowds“.

Big data

The last industry he mentions is big data, quantified self and algorithms. Did you know that an estimated one-third of all marriages in the United States begin with online dating which is run through an algorithm? The best quote of the book is this one “Serendipity fades with everything we hand over to algorithms”.

Impact on your business

Alec Ross is spot on. None of those industries can be ignored and they will impact on your business. Robotics, cyber, big data, coded money will do so very soon.

What are we going to do?

The question is what policy makers are going to do about it. If you read “The Seventh Sense”, politicians are the last ones to understand what goes on. And it not about:

Technology parks
Mix in R&D labs and university centres;
Provide incentives to attract scientists, firms and users;
Interconnect the industry through consortia and specialised suppliers;
Protect intellectual property and tech transfer;
Establish a favourable business environment and regulations.
It is about broadband infrastructure, women (“women hold up half the sky”), openness, domain expertise, quality of life, the flow of ideas, innovation and yes, creating active serendipity.

What are you going to do?

Or look at some examples of good practice such as Singapore, Estonia, Japan and China versus Belarus, North Korea and Venezuela. Which one do you want to be?

I want to be Estonia (or Japan).
Jovian: Assimilated Abilities
Jovian: Assimilated Abilities
Oh, my god. What a different approach to character developlement. Kaymes certainly wrote an original story. His humor and style are not like any other. I would highly recommend reading this book. I think he has a lot of potential as an author.
Radical Simplicity: How Simplicity Transformed a Loss-Making Mega Brand into a World-Class Performer
Radical Simplicity: How Simplicity Transformed a Loss-Making Mega Brand into a World-Class Performer
I couldn't put this book down! Part autobiography, part leadership manifesto, in this easy-to-read book Ken Allen shares his SELF Reflection philosophy of Leadership that produced one of the greatest turnarounds in corporate history. Most strategies fail because they're too complicated or because of poor implementation. He says you cannot run a large organisation such as DHL from behind a desk. You've got to get out and about and engage with your people. Ken puts employees at the centre of building a successful organisation. However, not symbolically as many Leaders do. Instead, he turns the front-line into heroes! Ken walks his talk and sets the bar very high for other leaders who aspire to do great things! A worthy read!
The Value in The Valley: A Black Woman's Guide Through Life's Dilemmas
The Value in The Valley: A Black Woman's Guide Through Life's Dilemmas
I recently attended a meeting of United Methodist Women where the speaker, a lovely Black woman, referred to this book because her medical doctor had recommended it to her when she was feeling as though she were falling apart. Her references to portions of the book made me want to read it too. When I ordered the book and saw that it was written "for Black women" it occurred to me that ALL women, whether Black, White, Green or Purple, go theough the same types of trials and difficulties in their journeys through this life, and I have bought a copy for my church library and have recommended it to several of my friends. It also occurs to me that many men would benefit from the heartwarming and inspirational stories in this book, and it is a great resource book for devotional talks. You can pick it up, open it ANYWHERE, and read for a long time or a short time and be thoroughly inspired. We are all God's children, and we need the positive vibes that this book offers.
The Cars That Henry Ford Built (An Automobile Quarterly Magnificent Marque History)
The Cars That Henry Ford Built (An Automobile Quarterly Magnificent Marque History)
I wanted to get this book because it struck my eye while I was looking for rebuilding material to help me fix and fine tune upgrades to this 37 Tudor Slantback project. It is amazing how someone can come from a farming and horse upbringing to working on the industrial power plants of the day....then suddenly become a key figure in creating the society we are today of horseless travellers
Gonna be a great read and nice time piece to keep nearby when kicking up in front of a fire to rest from the travels

Thx for bringing me this read on Ford History
Pops Is Tops: The Verve Studio Albums [4 CD][Reissue]
Pops Is Tops: The Verve Studio Albums [4 CD][Reissue]
Although some people deeply understand how important Louis is -- not was -- to our culture and our hearts, he is always in danger of being forgotten and underestimated, compartmentalized as an ancient entertainer. An entertainer he was for sure, but never ancient. To be more specific, this CD package, which is beautifully presented and expertly annotated by the Top Man in Louis, Ricky Riccardi, is a joy: the delight of Louis singing and playing some of the best music of the past thirty years of his life, including Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Arlen, and memorable songs by lesser-known writers. In my early jazz-collecting days, I held LOUIS UNDER THE STARS in highest esteem, and later added the other Verve sessions to my collection. They are close to my heart. And here we have them as complete as possible, in wondrous sound, to be savored and studied. As I write this, Louis is singing in my living room. An exquisite pleasure, to be repeated often.
Murder Most Foul
Murder Most Foul
This song has a very haunting melody and words cannot do justice to the lyrical genius that can only be the Bob Dylan that shaped the music world of the past 60 years. It brought me back to November 22 of 63 and the memories of a "Murder Most Foul", as a day etched in my my life as a old familiar heartbreak. In my humble opinion, this is Bob Dylan at his very best. Genius never ages. I was stunned, moved and grateful for this gift to the music world. Bought me back to age 15 and to tears.
Thor: Ragnarok (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Thor: Ragnarok (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Watched the movie a couple of weeks ago and thought the synth sort of tracks were awesome so I bought this. I expected some movie tracks also (you know.. orchestral sort of things), but something fun to listen to (like with the Lord of the Rings movies). Unfortunately this soundtrack album just isn't that fun to listen to. There are even one-minute mini-tracks that seem straight from the movie (not extended or altered for listening.. but I guess that might be a positive to some of us). There's of course the generic Marvel tracks, and a bunch of darker ominous ones. There are certainly a few of the tracks I wanted but not many. And of course no Immigrant song (I guess we're lucky we got that one in the movie even). As far as production quality goes here, the tracks don't have the title information stored on the disc. So my car's graphical CD player won't display any information about what the track is. I guess if you're a movie buff and just collect soundtracks, this might be for you. For us normies, not so much.
Clash of the Gods Season 1
Clash of the Gods Season 1
I love Greek mythology and I decided to rent an episode of this series on Amazon Instant Video. I am always skeptical about The History Channel's offerings because they tend to have low production values, albeit they are plenty informational. But in spending money on something I could have seen on TV for free, I am very cautious. I was so impressed with the stylish presentation of "Clash of the Gods" after watching the "Medusa" episode that I immediately purchased the whole season. The episodes are extremely informational and I learned a whole lot more about each topic than I thought existed. The visual experience and amount of informational content is top-notch in quality, and while having the Blu-ray version isn't necessary, it does look sharp and crisp. With the exception of occasionally funny looking costumes for the Titans and Zeus, the art direction is slick and stylistic. Not only does this series tell the stories of the myths, it relates them as much as possible to reality, and there are some fascinating things to be learned. In closing, "Clash of the Gods" is both stylish, easy on the eyes, and chock full of information.
Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
Not sure what made me watch this. I don't consider myself a Chris Brown fan, though I always knew he was incredibly, uniquely gifted and talented. Even before seeing this something in his eyes made me sense that he is a loving soul. God has given this man so much & He's using him to help others on so many levels. Receiving too much too soon can turn a blessing into a curse if you're not prepared for what fame can do to you. (Chris should have listened to his mom & gotten therapy early on. But hey-he was a teenage male. So I understand why that didn't happen.) One moment of poor judgment can have a ripple effect that without God's help & your willingness could ruin your life & cause you to stop short of your mission. But thankfully Chris Brown got back up again.

I'm praying that he'll continue to stay sober & focused and some day make music with more positive messages now that much of the negativity that haunted him for so long has lifted. Time to let peace & goodness shine.

I see a gospel album in your future Chris.
30 Meditations on the Writings of C.S. Lewis
30 Meditations on the Writings of C.S. Lewis
Loved this book. The only problem it was too short. It would be wonderful if it was 365 meditations. I found it to be a great way to begin my day. I am already passing it on. It will make a great gift.
Dakota Farm (The Dakota Series)
Dakota Farm (The Dakota Series)
I'm with the other reviewer, this sucked! big time. You purchase a book, you expect a BOOK. This was an excerpt, I've read previews that were 5x's longer than this. disappointed. It felt like the mock up to a story. Over the years I've purchased her books because they were good,not great,but good. You saw the name and thought "I'll get that one, because it will at least be good", Not trash or straight porn, but good. Honestly these seasoned authors get to a point, where they feel that their following, is so great, that they can just throw anything out there an we will buy it, and be satisfied.This book, was unadulterated arrogance. Well lesson learned! Won't be buying again.
There are so many good, new authors out there, who'll give you a WHOLE book for your money..story line, character development, romance a little drama and a ending!! an yes even for .99 cents.
Bleach, Vol. 59: The Battle
Bleach, Vol. 59: The Battle
This volume is packed with all kinds of great details especially if you have followed from the beginning. Also if you have followed from the beginning then you will know how this will end. I have to wonder if Tite had all of this set up from the beginning, the way things are connect is very creative. This vol. answered some questions I had about captain Unohana and was great to find out more about her however with new information comes New questions. I eagerly await the next vol.
Un grito al cielo (Spanish Edition)
Un grito al cielo (Spanish Edition)
En este libro se nos narra las vicisitudes de Tonio Tresci desde niño, patriarca veneciano del siglo XVIII, que acabará siendo una de las mejores voces de la Ópera de la época. La história se desarrolla entre el mundo de la música, el mundo de los "castrati" y los deseos de venganza. El principio es un poco denso pero a medida que transcurre el relato se hace más interesante y fácil de leer. En conjunto, y en mi opinión un buén libro.
I Should Have Known
I Should Have Known
I read this book years ago when I was a teenager. I chose a four star because I was a little bit disappointed with the end. I like it to finish on a crescendo, with some contact.
The Night Awakens: A Mystery Writers of America Anthology
The Night Awakens: A Mystery Writers of America Anthology
I was a little surprised at the title of this book which seemed to indicate that Mrs. Clark had written it herself. I see that she put the stories together and must have critiqued them, but I love best those that she actually wrote. It was a good book to read however.
Harry Potter: Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book
Harry Potter: Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book
I'm not sure what JK Rowling was thinking when she allowed this book to be the :official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book. The photography is nice yes, there are lots of projects yes, but some of the projects are gosh awful ugly (Professor Umbridge's Cat Scarf- looks more like an albino snake). And there are more "inspired by" projects than actually anything we saw in the movies. I will go page by page for the rest of my review.
Crafty Creatures: While the pixies where fun in the movies and I would like to make a pixie, I feel crochet might have been a better choice to get a better shape for the pixie, the one in this book looks more babyish than the ones from the movie. Fluffy looks good and scary. Hedwig, fine I guess, but I am not interested in creating this version of the famous owl, she seems fat. I wish they would have included a Monster book of Monsters in this category.
Wizarding Wardrobe: There are all ready so many Harry Potter Scarf Patterns and Wesley Sweater patterns out there all ready I feel like these two where added for filler and to "fatten" the book. It would have been nice for instance if they instead included the pattern for the matching sweaters Fred and George are wearing on page 41. Also a nice change of pace would have been including the Hogwarts vest some student wore pictured on page 51. Again Umbridge's cat scarf looks like nothing from the one in the movie and is down right scary to look at. It would have been nice if they included the nice pull over pictured on page 57. Also I would have loved to see a pattern for either Professor Dumbledore's hat or Profession McGonagall's tartan hat.
Inspired Apparel: Is just that, and here are some really great items and a few flops. "Harry Potter Wizarding World Sweater" is nice and cute, looks comfortable. The "Mirror of Erised Cabled Cowl" is quite beautiful. The "Golden Snitch" socks and mittens ok, put them in the book, I'll accept them. The Wizarding Transportation Scarf looks fun, I love the yarn choices. The "Dueling Club Fingerless Mitts- I love the idea of adding some beading to a project, however these just don't hold the shape of the moon phases well and they look a little blobby. The "Show your colors Quidditch socks" look fun. I LOVE the "Owl Post Pullover" I am pretty sure I am going to make this at some point. The cable doesn't really make me think of Harry Potter, but the owl on the cuff is a neat idea and the hidden message is clever. They should have added a pattern for Uncle Vernon's sweater pictured on page. 102. The "Expecto Patronum" Mittens are very nice, and I think I will make some for my sister for next Christmas! The "Buckbeak" Pullover does not immediately make me think of the great hippogriff, but it is a beautiful piece that I think would make a great project. The "Beauxbatons" caplet I am a little disappointed in, the collar does not match the original, and it should, and they should have included a pattern for that adorable hat the Beauxbatons students wore. The "Chamber of Secrets" hat is ugly and doesn't really look what I think they where going for, maybe some beaded work should have gone on this. "Hermione's time-turner" seater is beautiful, and I hope to make this one too. The "Dark Mark Illusion" Scarf is neat, if your into that dark look. The Nagini Lariat is again ugly and I feel a book filler. Luna's "Spectresoecs" Gloves are interesting, I never would have put the two together, but the gloves are neat and Lunaish. The "Deathly Hallows Lace-Knit Beaded Shawl" is meh.
Delightful Décor: The mug cozies are simple enough for beginners. The "Sorting Hat Hanging Display is interesting, I cant decide if I like it, yet I might make it as a baby mobile for my sister in laws new baby..... The washcloths again or great for beginners. I would like to see a pattern for Rons jumper pictures on page 190, not to mention his hat worn in the movies in the scene where the boys are in their dormitory eating those candies that make them create animal noises. I would LOVE that hat. The "Order of the phoenix Blanket" is neat and looks like quite the undertaking.

For them most part a nice book, but I would have expected more items from the actual movies.
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Owl Post Ring Wrap
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Owl Post Ring Wrap
Carried up groceries and the ring snagged on a bag and immediately broke in half - I tried to be super careful with it but unfortunately I got unlucky. Wish they were stronger material, I have only been wearing it for a couple days.
Spooks Bestiary
Spooks Bestiary
The text of this book is a compendium of the information about supernatural creatures that Delaney has written about in his books, sadly with little additional new material. This was especially disappointing given the numerous eye-rolling plugs The Bestiary has received in the midst of last four Last Apprentice novels.

This book immediately and painfully falls flat because of the entirely unrelated, non-sequitur illustrations within. This was designed as a picture book, a diary of monsters with descriptions and visions of myriad horrific beasts from a nightmare world. What you will find is pictures of lizards. Admittedly, quite well done pictures of lizards were this a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy module, but it's unbelievable that the publishers approved this series of illustrations for Delaney's gothic stories of witches, abhumans, and elementals. Witches look like lizards. Boggarts? Skelts? Ugly lizards. Werewolves look more like were-dragons.

Patrick Arrasmith illustrated the US versions of every other book in the Last Apprentice series with bone-chilling white-line scratchboard, why not this one?

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Harry Potter Puzzle Book (2nd Edition): Solve over 110 puzzles based on the magical books and films we all enjoy, including Hogwarts, the characters you love and more (Unofficial)
Harry Potter Puzzle Book (2nd Edition): Solve over 110 puzzles based on the magical books and films we all enjoy, including Hogwarts, the characters you love and more (Unofficial)
The book has a nice selection of puzzles. Some are challenging. However, I won't give this 5 stars because I've come across several puzzles where words were missing from the word search (not the puzzles where 1 word is supposed to be left out), and puzzles were the solution was impossible to come up with because part of what was needed didn't exist in the puzzle at all. It is frustrating to work on something and it be screwed up so you can't finish it. These books need proofreading and quality assurance testing before printing and sending out to customers.
Knight Models HPMAG07 Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game: Fred and George Weasley Expansion Pack, Mixed Colours
Knight Models HPMAG07 Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game: Fred and George Weasley Expansion Pack, Mixed Colours
Unfortunately, based on the product I've received today, I cannot recommend this product. So much so, that I've felt the need to write a review now that I've just finished unboxing and building, which I think is a first for me. Warning this is also a long one.

My issue can be boiled down to a singular issue however; lack of quality.

On paper the concept of a Harry Potter miniatures game seemed like a really cool idea when I came across this product as a recommended product here on Amazon, particularly as someone who has a group of friends who enjoy all things board gaming (we've amassed everything from Warhammer, to Jenga, to Cards Against Humanity, to Brass and many other games in between), and from the pictures of this product that I'd seen here and on the Knight Models website, it seemed like a worthwhile investment, particularly at the lower price of ~£48 at the time I ordered it.

Now, I'll point out that I'll be holding onto this game, in order to test out the mechanics with the gang and get a feel for how it plays, so I'm not giving 1 star as I can't comment on play style, but to give it three stars would require me to want to buy more from Knight Models, which based on this offering I won't be (and I was initially considering further orders on the wider range, which I'm glad I resisted doing). I’ll also not hold the damaged metal box over them as this could have been a delivery issue.

Considering the RRP for the products in this line are on a par with many other miniature core box sets, I expected a similar level of quality with this product, but that is definitely not the case. Everything about this product instead seems more like it was put together as a proof of concept for a game or some attempt at a Homebrew game that a bunch of gamers like myself put together rather than a finished and polished product ready for commercial release. Everything just feels cheap and homemade rather than a quality licensed product. Below are some of the quality issues:

Damaged internal packaging

Not specifically a manufacturing issue but the inside plastic container was cracked and not on the side of the denting on the container suggesting this may have happened when it was inserted.

Damaged gaming boards

Again nothing to do with the packaging/delivery as they were in shrink wrapping with a foam cover to protect them, which I suspect means they were allowed to go out for sale in that condition.

Damaged models

The wands (which I believe another review has mentioned) were broken on two models when I opened the packaging, the packaging itself is not put together in such a way as to either stop the movement of the models or otherwise to protect them from damage. One of these definitely broke in the box (Hermione as I located the broken piece and was able to glue it back on, the other wand was not in the box, which was well sealed, which makes me wonder whether it went into the box damaged in the first place, which given my next point may be the case

Model quality

These definitely feel cheap, like they were made using a cheap home 3D printer, rather than a commercial production attempt, it’s even clear that different resin was used on different parts (presumably whatever was on hand when they made each batch?); they all feel flimsy and rough. Some of the models looked like they been clipped off a larger sprue without any care to presentation or quality of the models. Compared to other established companies such as CMON, FFG or GF9 or even some other independents on the net, these just are not quality builds.

Cards, Tokens & Rulebook

Again, just flimsy, cheap and lacking in general quality. The tokens don’t have the bulk you would usually expect of a token, so much so that when I first took them out I thought they were actually stickers and maybe the card (which turned out to be the boards) were the tokens to stick them on! But no, they are just really thin card, the laminate was even peeling off one of the larger pieces that came off the frame.

Similarly, the cards are all very thin, I can see them wearing out and becoming torn and bent very easily with any consistent amount of use that you might reasonably expect from a decent miniature game, they have cut edges too and even then the edges haven’t been consistently and evenly cut, again like a hand job rather than any kind of precision. The rulebook isn’t much better, it just doesn’t feel like it’s going to wear well.

You can tell with games like these when the materials used for the tokens, cards and rulebooks in particular have been considered for the job, because the materials used are built for wear and tear, being handled by lots of people, having people flipping back and forth to discuss rules and the like, which just doesn’t feel like it’s been considered here. There was so many quality issues everywhere that I even started to notice tiny things by the time I was done with unboxing it, like the lack of quality to the inlay of the dice, as petty as that may sound, the big issues, make everything else that more noticeable.

Again these all feedback to the fact that it feels like a homebrew or prototype quality build for testing or funding bids. At least if it was advertised like that you would have an idea what to expect, but there’s a whole line of products alongside this core box; the Chamber of Secrets box RRP’s at I believe over £100. Alas this box has sufficiently put me off Knight Models that I can’t see myself getting anymore of either this or the two other ranges of models they have in their lines (Justice League & Batman).

I can only hope they learn what works from some of the big names in terms of build and presentation quality and review and revamp product lines like this, because at present I wouldn’t recommend this game to anyone.
Funko Rock Candy Lord of The Rings Eowyn Action Figure
Funko Rock Candy Lord of The Rings Eowyn Action Figure
La figurita tenía varios defectos, unu era el pelo, que tiene un línea bastante grande porque ha sido mal cabada, y dos, no se sostienen bien de pie, tiende a inclinarse hacia delante. Hubiera estado bien que incluyera una peana para encajarla, que se peuda quitar y poner, no creo que cueste mucho hacerla, no mefije en eso al comprarla aunque claramente en la foto se ve que no lleva, y los colores me parecieron más apagados que en la fotografía, la quería para regalo así que la tuve que devolver.
TOOLOUD Camp Half Blood Adult Womens T-Shirt
TOOLOUD Camp Half Blood Adult Womens T-Shirt
Word of advice: you should size up by 2 sizes! I normally wear medium and got a large, but it barely fit me. The dimensions are odd: it's overly long but rather tight width-wise. Washing the shirt helped with the length problem a bit, but obviously it made the width problem worse. I was also expecting the shirt to be thicker and more box-cut (based on what I saw from other reviews), but it's actually very thin to the point of being see-through and is uncomfortably body-hugging.
End of the Beginning (Pearl Harbor Book 2)
End of the Beginning (Pearl Harbor Book 2)
This is the second of a pair of gripping alternative history novels which explore the possibility that Japan might have backed up the air strikes on Pearl Harbour with a land invasion of Hawaii.

The first novel is called "Days of Infamy" and if you are going to read these I would strongly recommend that you start with that one.

This is the fourth alternative version of World War II which Turtledove has written. He has previously done stories with aliens from Tau Ceti invading in 1942 (the Worldwar series), a parallel history following pretty much the real track, in a world where technology uses magic rather than engineering (known variously as the Darkness, Derlavi, or 'World at War' series), and an alternative World War II in a history following a Rebel victory in the US Civil War, which has the same roles as in the historical WWII carried out by different people (Settling Accounts).

Having done so many alternative versions of World War II, you would think he would find it impossible to say anything new about them or maintain the reader's interest. Judging by other reviews on the UK and US sites, some readers do indeed have that problem, and I expected to be one of them, but from the moment I picked up "Days of Infamy" I found myself hooked. I stayed hooked when I read "End of the Beginning."

Turtledove suggests that the Imperial Japanese forces would have treated the inhabitants of Hawaii with the same ruthless cruelty they dealt out to other people who fell under their control, such as the luckless people of Nanking. This is all too plausible. He weaves a story of how this might have affected the people who lived under their regime, from American Prisoners of War, U.S. and Hawaiian civilians, to Hawaiian residents of Japanese origin.

Perhaps the best part of both books is Turtledove's account of how the conflict might have left this latter group torn between conflicting loyalties. This second book continues the story of a family in which the father, who was born in Japan, welcomes the invasion and makes propaganda broadcasts for the Japanese, while his sons, born locally, continue to identify with the American side to the extent that white Americans will let them.

I found most of the characters interesting and believable, and wanted to know what would happen to them, though in places Turtledove has difficulty getting inside the mindset of Imperial Japanese Navy officers. In one or two places he strikes a ludicrously false note. For example, during the account of a conversation between two IJN officers, Turtledove attributes to them the view that the significance of Tsushima was that it was the first modern battle in which "people of colour" defeated a white nation.

This politically correct term and the concepts behind it would be as alien to officers in the Imperial Japanese forces as they would have been to their counterparts and allies in the Waffen SS. I do not for an instant suggest that this was true of all Japanese back then, let alone today, but many IJN and Imperial Japanese Army officers were as racist as the Nazis and regarded everyone other than Japanese as sub-human. The significance to them would have been that it was the first battle in which the Japanese defeated a European force.

However, perhaps it's a good sign for Harry Turtledove that he did have difficulty thinking himself into the role of an IJN officer: in recent books he has been amazingly successful at helping the reader imagine how mass murderers analogous to the Nazis might think - if he found it too easy to put himself in the place of a ruthless killer who exhibits total contempt for human life, maybe it would be cause for concern!

Although Turtledove is prone to writing multi-book series, he drops a fairly strong hint on the last page of this book that that won't be necessary here. By the conclusion of "End of the Beginning" it is evident that the Pacific war is back on a track similar to the history of our universe, perhaps with the reconquest of territory from the Japanese a few months behind schedule but with the same eventual and inevitable outcome.

In the last sentence of the story, Turtledove gives a clear indication of the ultimate fate in store for one of the few Japanese characters to survive to the end of the book. This also effectively indicates that the story will converge with the course of real history. So there isn't really anything new for any further books in this series to say. then again, I've thought that sort of thing before ....

For the reasons hinted at above, I nearly didn't read this series, but I'm very glad I gave in to the temptation to do so. If you liked most of Turtledove's other books, you will almost certainly like this one.
Wizard Deluxe Robe
Wizard Deluxe Robe
Bought for Halloween or world book day or possibly just a Tuesday that required dressing up at my son's nursery. Got it a bit big for him so that he can reuse for a few years because who doesn't enjoy taking away their children's choice of costume for the next 5 years. Oh, you wanted to be a power ranger? Tough, you're Harry Potter.

Only thing I'd say is it would be good if the neck strap detached with Velcro from a safety point of view. But, on the other hand, survival of the fittest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(I took a star off for that because I'm not really a monster and have actually made that alteration myself and added in Velcro to the neck tie)
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Verizon Booster 4G LTE Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home & Camp - Support Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile -Boost GSM 3G Voice 4G LTE Data Band 13/12/17/5 700MHz 850MHz Cellular Booster Repeater with Antennas
Installed this booster two, to three, different ways and different elevations. Still haven’t seen an improvement in service the way we thought. It works better throughout the morning hours but horribly as the day goes on. Yes this does meet our RF Frequency band criteria (12 and 13). Do any kind of web browsing or data streaming? Forget it. Calls are good during the am hours only. On the verge of sending this back ASAP.
WisToyz Kids Toys Hover Soccer Ball Set Rechargeable Air Soccer, Indoor Soccer Ball with LED Light and Foam Bumper, Toys for Boys, Girls, Toddler, Including an Inflatable Ball (No AA Battery Needed)
WisToyz Kids Toys Hover Soccer Ball Set Rechargeable Air Soccer, Indoor Soccer Ball with LED Light and Foam Bumper, Toys for Boys, Girls, Toddler, Including an Inflatable Ball (No AA Battery Needed)
 Edit: tried to add a video, hopefully it worked. That would be my 6 yers old kicking the ball with his day (and scoring!)

I must say, I was pretty skeptical about this one in the beginning. Hoovering soccer ball with lights, - sounds a bit too good to be true. I was very surprised when in fact it was working just “as advertised”.
I have two main soccer players – aged 6 and 3. Straight out of the box the ball came with some charge and the boys were playing right away! They played for good 30 minutes before the charge decreased. I must add here that our first ball was in fact defective (I think it might have gotten damaged in shipment) – the spinning part (fan?) was misaligned with the axes and there was some scraping noise from the start which I assumed at first was normal. After two games or so the ball stopped working. I contacted the seller and they were absolutely amazing and replaced the broken ball within less than two days! The new one has been in use for over a month now and has no problems at all.

I did warn the boys to be gentle, and they mostly were. However, the older players in the house (aged 23 and 42 ) were much less careful when they got their turn. It has been flying around and was kicked into furniture and still works just fine.

So, above being my impression as a parent who wants kids busy and happy, here is what I think of the ball objectively.

1. It works great on a hardwood floor. It glides smoothly and can be kicked very fast, making a game very challenging.
2. The provided soccer “goals” are useful if you want to keep a real score and have older kids who can be precise and aim really well. Even my 6 years old is still a bit of a novice and it’s too hard for him to score in these goals. Adults though found them very much usable and fun.
3. Ball bounces well off furniture and walls. My boys preferred playing space is a narrow corridor and those “bounces” were utilized to change the ball’s direction.
4. Charge lasts enough for a long game. We never ran out (but we keep it charging when not in play).
5. Lights are nice, not annoying at all.
6. It is sturdy, but obviously requires some sensible treatment as it is plastic.

Overall, I find it well worth the money and highly recommend it.
TC Electronic Sub'N' Up Octaver Pedal,, Multicolor
TC Electronic Sub'N' Up Octaver Pedal,, Multicolor
I'm a fan of TC electronic pedals and have several different models. I was using the Sub 'N' Up for both bass and guitar, but no longer have it on my board. I got it mainly for the "up" feature. Especially on bass, the octave up did not work well. The sound was mostly undefined and weak, especially compared to the octave down feature. I didn't find the tone print feature to be very helpful. It's a shame really, I very much wanted it to work. So my search for a good octave up pedal continues. I've held on to the pedal because the octave down feature does work well, and it tracks surprisingly well, even on bass. Combined with a mild overdrive, like the Dark Matter, it makes for a decent synth sound.
Level Up: One Up Series, Book 1
Level Up: One Up Series, Book 1
After the disappointment of my second read through of READY PLAYER ONE, this story of a guy who finds himself trapped in a video game world was a more relaxing and humorous breath of fresh air.

Marcus is the down trodden office work we follow as the negatives of his life are laid out before us. Most of it relates to his place of work and the boss who makes things tough for him.

LEVEL UP is a brisk read, not because of page count, but the pace that it whisks along. In a lot of stories this could be annoying, but it works well here giving it the feel of a video game with each chapter (or Level) revolving around the next game type, game level, of boss fight. There is a sense of escalation throughout and the plot rarely pauses or steps back.

The humour is there but not in your face, with Marcus' mate Carlos standing in as comedy side-kick, while most of the chuckles come from references to the various video game styles and nuances the book parodies (and out right mocks!). And unlike READY PLAYER ONE, it doesn't over explain its references because it know's I'll either get it or just carry on.

There are issues (some grammar needs tidying up and a scene involving speed dating felt out of place) but all in all this is an enjoyable and amusing read that doesn't ask much of it's reader other than to have fun.
Double Din Car Stereo Android Bluetooth Car Radio 7'' Touchscreen GPS Navigation Indash Head Unit with WiFi Mirror Link FM Radio 2USB with Rear View Camera
Double Din Car Stereo Android Bluetooth Car Radio 7'' Touchscreen GPS Navigation Indash Head Unit with WiFi Mirror Link FM Radio 2USB with Rear View Camera
This thing is awesome! I bought two of these and installed them - one in a Silverado and one in an Element. All you really need extra is the wiring harness adapter specific for your car. Every mounting scenario will be different, but I didn't need anything more than the provided mounting brackets.

It's a computer so anything you can do on a tablet you can do on this. Put your favorite media on a flash drive and you're golden.

The backup camera is adequate. You can get many navigation apps and download offline maps. With this 7" you will lose AM radio, but still, the benefits outweigh that for me (the 10.1" Hikkity has AM).

One of the pictures is of my other 10.1" Hikkity, and the launcher shown with the Honda logo is a $1.99 Agama app from the Play Store that I purchased separately.

You will get more enjoyment out of this than what you pay for it - just buy it.
NETGEAR N300 Wireless N Router
NETGEAR N300 Wireless N Router
I bought the same thing from Best Buy for $39.99. Even after I had made my selection, the check out lady was really rude and told me I was buying a trash router. She asked me my needs/uses for the think I shared with her that I need the router for a smart TV, a laptop, a tablet and a phone. Rarely do we use all the gadgets at once. I explained to her that I'm not a gamer and that I hadn't had trouble streaming movies from apps that came with smart TV including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. The lady continued to explain how many people were returning this brand/level of router as I tried to pay and get print receipt option. When I went home, I thought about my shopping experience and went online to find the same router for $14. I ordered the thing that moment. I returned the $40 version from Best Buy the next morning, and the router I ordered was delivered in the specified time. It works without fail. Again, I don't do whatever it is people do with all the bandwidth. I have a limited amount of devices and my tech needs are very basic--email, moves, music, browsing the web for work and shopping.
NETGEAR 4-Stream AX1800 WiFi 6 Router, RAX20
NETGEAR 4-Stream AX1800 WiFi 6 Router, RAX20
I bought the AX1800 because I did not need a long range modem for my small apartment. I also wanted a simple "box" looking device that was not overly large or styled, and small enough to put on my side desk.

I have AT&T U-Verse service. Unfortunately, I must keep the old AT&T gateway/router combination unit to receive U-Verse service. And, I found out later there is no bridge mode on my unit. So, I use the new Netgear router just for my wi-fi service while the old gateway/router continues to do the routing. At least that is my understanding. All I needed wan an ordinary ethernet cable to connect the two devices. After making this connection, I turned off the built in wi-fi in the AT&T gateway/router.

The Netgear puts out a strong wi-fi signal, which is strong enough even when set at 50% power. I have had no drop out problems at all since its installation. I live in an apartment building and am surrounded by dozens of other apartments. So, I do not want to unnecessarily broadcast my wi-fi signal to my neighbors.

The four Ethernet ports on the back of the Netgear router are handy to have and work fine. The Netgear also includes a side mounted USB connection for an external hard drive or other storage device. But I have not used it.

The Netgear Nighthawk app on my I-phone works OK. But I prefer to use the web based admin screens on my computer, which I feel are easier to use and allow me to do more things. But I must unplug my ethernet cable from my computer or these admin screens do not appear. They appear only when the computer is connected to wi-fi.

Using the admin screens, I was able to identify and rename my various wi-fi connected devices and also to set the router to prevent additional devices from connecting in the future (for security). The Netgear firmware sometimes gave my wi-fi devices the names of the components inside them (for example if the wi-fi radio in a hub or other device is made by Texas Instruments). So, some re-naming was necessary.

My only big complaint is that the Netgear's status lights are incredibly bright. And the labels beside the lights are difficult to read, especially since the front panel is indented and the lights are so bright. There should be some way to turn down the brightness of the status lights without turning them off completely. You will not want to sleep or watch a movie with these lights on and blinking. I put some tape over them and they still produce a lot of light. A simpler flat front panel with dimmer status lights would be a great improvement.

I had to call Netgear tech support twice and they answered my questions.
HEPA Air Purifiers for Home, 3 Stage Filtration, 24H Timer, and 22dB Quiet Sleep Mode, H13 True HEPA Filter Removes 99.97% Dander, Smoke, Odor, Dust, and Pollen for Bedroom & Office
HEPA Air Purifiers for Home, 3 Stage Filtration, 24H Timer, and 22dB Quiet Sleep Mode, H13 True HEPA Filter Removes 99.97% Dander, Smoke, Odor, Dust, and Pollen for Bedroom & Office
Ordered this to keep the home air circulation clean during these difficult times of pandemic. Needed something which was easy to move - since we have 2 floors in our home. We have a forced air furnace which has air filters but needed HEPA certified air purifier to keep the kids safe and air purified since we end up staying majority of the time indoors and with the weather in 40F we cannot really open the windows for air circulation (due to cold).

The good - price for this was the best as I looked and shopped around and to my surprise most of the others were in very high price range. Since quietness while running, timer and easily movable were my requisites, this fit my need perfectly and for this price this does a great job. When operating the device is pretty quiet and we don't hear anything when we leave the device on a timer at night. As mentioned, its pretty light weight and can be moved around easily - although we haven't felt the need for the same as its doing a great job in circulating/purifying the air from both floors. Love the night mode to dim/hide the display and the tone of the buttons when changing options is fun (kids love it). User friendly functions made it easy for kids to learn the operation and they love doing it.

What can be improved - nothing which I can think of with 1 week of use, will keep updating this as I spend more time with the product.

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