Ivy Davis

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Head First JavaScript
Head First JavaScript
Head First JavaScript by Michael Morrison. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 104 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Dear John
Dear John
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1478 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Getting It Right (Sapphire Falls Book 10)
Getting It Right (Sapphire Falls Book 10)
Getting It Right (Sapphire Falls Book 10) by Erin Nicholas. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 99 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Foreign Fruit
Foreign Fruit
Foreign Fruit by J. Moyes. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 201 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Inn
The Inn
The Inn by James Patterson, Candice Fox, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1033 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java Foundations (3rd Edition)
Java Foundations (3rd Edition)
Java Foundations (3rd Edition) by John Lewis , Peter DePasquale, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques by Gary B. Shelly , Thomas J. Cashman, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming with CORBA (OMG)
Java Programming with CORBA (OMG)
Java Programming with CORBA (OMG) by Andreas Vogel and Keith Duddy. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Text Mining with R: A Tidy Approach
Text Mining with R: A Tidy Approach
Text Mining with R: A Tidy Approach by Julia Silge and David Robinson. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 42 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Swift Essentials - Second Edition
Swift Essentials - Second Edition
Swift Essentials - Second Edition by Dr Alex Blewitt. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Ry's Cocoa Tutorial
Ry's Cocoa Tutorial
Ry's Cocoa Tutorial by Ryan Hodson. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
RxSwift: Reactive Programming with Swift
RxSwift: Reactive Programming with Swift
RxSwift: Reactive Programming with Swift by raywenderlich.com Team , Florent Pillet, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV: 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3690))
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV: 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3690))
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV: 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3690)) by Laszlo Zsolt Varga, Michal Pechoucek, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Programming the Microsoft Bot Framework: A Multiplatform Approach to Building Chatbots (Developer Reference)
Programming the Microsoft Bot Framework: A Multiplatform Approach to Building Chatbots (Developer Reference)
Excellent book! I heartily recommend the book to anyone who wants to delve into this innovative technology from Microsoft, starting from the basics and reaching advanced topics such as the creation of personalized control channels or the integration with voice, mail, SMS and web services, as well as with Microsoft Cognitive Services, which empower modern applications based on Artificial Intelligence.

Unfortunately, two of the APIs on which the code examples included in the book are based, Wine.com and Groove, were retired by their respective creators after the book was sent to print. But this fact, in my humble opinion, does not impact at all the understanding of the underlying concepts, which are presented in a clear and didactic manner. Anyways, the author has rewritten all that sample source code using dummy data and the Spotify API (which is the Groove replacement, at the end of the day) and made it available from his blog.
Stock Market Investing for Beginner: The Bible 6 Books in 1: Stock Trading Strategies, Technical Analysis, Options, Pricing and Volatility Strategies, Swing and Day Trading with Options
Stock Market Investing for Beginner: The Bible 6 Books in 1: Stock Trading Strategies, Technical Analysis, Options, Pricing and Volatility Strategies, Swing and Day Trading with Options
Love this book, actually investing in the stock market is a great way to build lasting wealth, but it can be a minefield, and you need to know what you're doing. Otherwise, you're going to lose your capital to the vagaries of the market that is if the siren call of market scams doesn't get you first.
But it doesn't have to be that way. If you're interested in trading and want to understand and explore proven financial advice and put your money to work, but don't know where or how to begin. Or you're tired of the truckloads of technical jargon, and the sheer complexity of the market scare you senseless, then keep reading. In this guide, you're going to learn how to put your money to work for you with field-tested, highly perfected, and fine-tuned trading strategies. Them will help you to make bank and create lasting wealth using two of the most powerful trade. Whether you're excited by the idea of trading, but fear you don't have what it takes to succeed. Or you're a dab hand in the stock market and are simply looking for ways to grow your stock investment. The information contained in this guide will hone your trading instincts and will help you make the right calls. An excellent overall guide for all of us. Grateful! Great one!
Donald Trump Paper Doll Collectible Campaign Edition (Dover Paper Dolls)
Donald Trump Paper Doll Collectible Campaign Edition (Dover Paper Dolls)
I just trashed it. There are no perforations around either the stand-up doll or any of the various outfits designed to put on the doll. Each one requires carefully cutting out with scissors and doing so is time consuming and an immense pain. It's basically a picture book, not a paper doll, and was totally useless as the party item it was meant to be.
Exodus [LP]
Exodus [LP]
Last time i listened to this album it was on cassette tape, the sound wasn't how i remembered with the dub loops overwhelming the music at times voice so maybe a problem with the remastering, but still a great album.
The Best of Louis Armstrong - The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters
The Best of Louis Armstrong - The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters
There are some great tunes on this cd. This is a family favorite in our house. I find that the older I get the more I like the way Louis Armstrong sings White Christmas. Of course there's Cool Yule on here, one of my favorites, Zat You, Santa Claus? - another favorite. And I like the insturmental Jingle Bells on here as well. Louis Armstrong has some interesting "friends" on this cd.
Louis Armstrong - Jazz Play-Along Volume 100 - Book and CD Package
Louis Armstrong - Jazz Play-Along Volume 100 - Book and CD Package
I love Hal Leonard's Jazz Play Along Series and this Armstrong collection is no different. I like the fact that the selctions are always prefaced with a performance that includes the melody. The melody establishes not only a generic statement of the original melody, but the cue points and the form. The backing trio is always tasteful, animated and very professional. Like all HL play alongs, it's like having a first rate piano/bass/drums backup group at your disposal. The quality is top notch and a performer could always use the tracks in a live performance context. Since the original Armstrong cuts were often recorded long, long ago, it should be noted that these tracks feature a contemporary sounding piano/bass/drums trio. Nicely done. I'd buy this again.
A Notebook for the Best undefined Ever.
A Notebook for the Best undefined Ever.
A Notebook for the Best undefined Ever. by Viki Notebook Publishing. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
Schneider Slider Rave XB Ballpoint Pen, Box of 5, Blue (132503)
Schneider Slider Rave XB Ballpoint Pen, Box of 5, Blue (132503)
I used a fountain pen previously: I have to fill out a lot of depositions and these must be hand-written. My writing bites, so the fountain pen helped a lot. But, all of the fountain pens leak. I carry a pen with me and def could not do so with the fountain pen. I saw the reviews on Schneider pens so bought a few. I'M HOOKED!! They write very well, are super comfortable to hold, and fit nicely in the pocket and look good. They DO NOT leak. The blue part in the pic is solid and a little grippy, but not soft enough to come apart, really a perfect grip.

Now, they are a bit different. The ball is wider than most, and I never liked this in the past. BUT, the control the pen lends when writing is incredible, so now I love this ball point size. My writing is better with this pen than even with the fountain pens I used in the past that were always the easiest for me. Also, the pens are very solidly made and replacement ink cartridges would, for sure, be worth the expense, and I feel with most cheaply-made pens this would not be worth the cost. These pens rock.
Rubie's Men's Marvel Avengers Infinity War Thanos Deluxe Costume, X-Large
Rubie's Men's Marvel Avengers Infinity War Thanos Deluxe Costume, X-Large
For anyone who has tried to travel on the 405 in rush hour traffic, this perfectly balanced (ahem) costume will help you feel much better about your commute in a 'snap'.

Fits as mentioned in the measurements on Amazon.

PROS
- The costume fit and it is pretty easy to get on/off solo
- After 4 or 5 events this costume is still holding up
- Helps eliminate half of the universe. No more resource issues.

CONS
- The mask and glove are adequate, but not exactly great quality.
- The material is thin and can be cold
- the pants, where they fit well are also made of thin material and can leave little to the imagination.
X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse
In the 1990s Apocalypse was one of the X-Men’s greatest foes in the comics. Brian Singer who either directed or produced almost of the X-Men movies starting in 2000 attempted to capture the rivalry between the two in X-Men Apocalypse. If one had seen the secret ending to X-Men Days of Future Past this was hinted at as a young Apocalypse then known as En Sabah Nur was ruling Egypt and creating pyramids with his four horsemen looking on.

This movie starts in that time period as En Sabah Nur was attempting to absorb the abilities of another mutant, but was disturbed by guards that wanted to kill him. While he escaped with his life, he was entombed inside of his pyramid.

Things then flash to the 1980s where various characters are added to the story. (Each X-Men movie covers a different decade by the way, First Class is the 60s, Days of Future Past in s the 70s, and this one the 80s.) A young Scott Summers’ mutant powers of optic rays are emerging and his brother Havoc brings him to Professor Xavier’s school. There he meets a young Jean Grey and Jubilee. Grey’s powers and the future of the film are hinted at while in school as she has a nightmare full of fire and Apocalypse. In Germany, Mystique saves a young Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler from a mutant death match against Angel. In Poland, Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto, is attempting to build a family and working in a steel factory only for his secret identity to be discovered and his wife and child to be killed in the process. He returns to his evil ways as a result. In Egypt, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert discovers a cult that revives Apocalypse and frees him from his tomb. He wants to rebuild his four horsemen and finds Ororo aka Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto. That sets the stage for the third act of the movie as the X-Men come to grips with Apocalypse’s desire to rule the world. Before that can happen the government interferes when Colonel William Stryker shows up at Xavier’s school and captures several of the students.

There are many more mutants and Easter Eggs are introduced as well. Caliban shows up two times in Germany. When some of Xavier’s students attempt to escape the government they run into Wolverine. His appearance relates back to the X2 film from 2003 where the story of Logan and Colonel Stryker is fleshed out. Angel becoming one of the four horsemen and gaining metal wings is taken directly from the comics.

Ultimately the story comes down to what it means to be part of the mutant family. Does it mean domination as Homo Superior and survival of the fittest, which is what Apocalypse offers, or to live together, Professor Xavier’s alternative? There’s a third path as well which Mystique talks about that is full of fear and struggles as the human race still fears and persecutes mutants.

Overall, the action is great such as when Quicksilver saves the students at Xavier’s school from an explosion. There is another huge battle at the end that really plays upon the power of Apocalypse compared to all the others allayed against him. There’s a good mix of humor thrown in as well such as when Summers destroys Xavier’s favorite tree while showing off his powers. Or when Xavier sees MacTaggert for the first time in years and says in a slip of the tongue that he was going to check her out. In the end, it’s the second best of the current three X-Men films only behind Days of Future Past.
NCAA 3-by-5 Foot Flag with Grommets
NCAA 3-by-5 Foot Flag with Grommets
If I could give this zero stars I would. It was very obviously a reproduction image that was enlarged to fill the 3x5 size flag (blurred/fuzzy images, not the right maize color.) Not printed on both sides. The material was very thin. I tried to remedy and return this to the seller, and after about 5 back and forth messages with no result other than telling me it was on its way, and to maybe ask someone at the post office for help I gave up and had to file a claim with Amazon. The seller would not accept a return, and did not offer a refund. Do NOT recommend.
Across From You
Across From You
4 Stars

Across From You is a hilarious romantic comedy by Amabel Daniels. It has humour, misadventures, funny banter and antics, a sprinkle of drama, and a lot of fun.
Ms. Daniels is on my ‘must read author’s list’. So, when I saw this book, I didn’t hesitate, grabbed myself a copy and dove right in. Compared to her other books that I’ve read, this one seemed a little slower to get going, but then the pace picked up a few chapters in and the story took off from there and flowed much better. From that moment on, I was along for the ride, laughing out loud at what was happening. I really enjoyed getting to know these wonderful characters, as Ms. Daniels creates interesting and well-developed individuals that are so easy to like.
Lexi Regan swore off men after getting dumped via social media and having the post go viral. She doesn’t like being in that kind of spotlight and is determined to take a break from the dating scene. When her best friend Carly wants to drag her out to an art class, Lexi really couldn’t be bothered, but goes anyway just to shut her up. Then she discovers that it’s a ‘life drawing’ class with a live model. She wasn’t expecting that, let along the hunky model who walks in and takes a pose. She can feel his eyes on her constantly and sees the smirk that he tries to hide. That just confirms it that men are all blockheads!
Just when she thinks the worst may be behind her, she finds on the weekend after her art class, that Mr. Hunky Model is also part of the bridal party in her cousins wedding. And what happens next makes for quite a hilarious romp.
An entertaining and light-hearted read.

Thank you, Ms. Daniels!
Milo Talon: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 5)
Milo Talon: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 5)
This book has the element I love most from L'Amour - great descriptions! I can imagine everything that L'Amour wants me to see; that's his strong point. This book, like many of L'Amour's books, has typos and printing errors and I lay the blame on the publishers because these books have been out long enough that those errors should be caught and corrected before the next printing.

I figured out the plot almost as soon as the characters were introduced but I'm not sure if that happened because I heard the story in the hazy days of childhood or if it's because the whodunit is just that obvious. I knew what was going on from page one and I'm inclined to think it was from the prior reading.

Milo Talon drives me crazy with the way he solves crimes. Milo has all the info he needs right at his fingertips but doesn't use those tools to figure out what's up. We keep going around and around in his head because he won't stop and take the time to look for the answers to his questions. And because real life detective work doesn't work that way, this book has the feel of a cozy mystery rather than detective noir. That's not necessarily a bad thing - I love cozies which is probably why I like the Talon and Chantry series but, if you're wanting a good detective story, look elsewhere.

L'Amour gets tagged as an author who doesn't depict other races well. He does use the typical (negative) stereotypes in some of his stories but he also surprises me by occasionally throwing in characters who break the stereotypes/tropes that were commonly depicted at the time of drafting/writing. I sometimes think this was his way of fighting the system, to work in those characters when he could get away with it. In this book, Milo depends on a bunch of Latinos for back-up. Some would argue that it's an evolution of the Tonto/side-kick trope, and maybe it is, but I do enjoy his depictions of Mexican-Americans because it isn't the layabout/border-jumping/drug cartel stereotypes that we see depicted so frequently in pop-art today. L'Amour gave us competent Latino cowboys who are good at their jobs - they wouldn't be alive and working if they weren't good at cowboying up (which is accurate to history - a good percentage of cowboys weren't the white boy we see depicted in Hollywood westerns). It was a nice change of pace that gave me an excuse to imagine Emilio Rivera (as Pablo) and Danny Trejo (as Felipe) into the story (and I'm not going to complain about fantasizing about those two).
De Magic Island a Sand Land: Bienvenidos al fantanstico mundo de Akira Toriyama (Manga Books) (Spanish Edition)
De Magic Island a Sand Land: Bienvenidos al fantanstico mundo de Akira Toriyama (Manga Books) (Spanish Edition)
Precio económico pero el libro creo que no vale mucho más. Está plagado de errores ortográficos y de maquetación, lo que entorpece mucho la lectura. Una revisión antes de publicarlo le hubiese hecho mucho bien. Obviando este hecho, en el libro se detalla aspectos como las influencias de Toriyama a lo largo de su carrera y sus primeros pasos y mangas menos conocidos. A veces el autor se pierde en cosas que no tienen absolutamente nada que ver con Akira Toriyama, lo que le da al volumen un cierto aspecto de relleno en ocasiones. Al texto le acompañan pequeñas fotografías e imágenes en blanco y negro.
Old Surehand I
Old Surehand I
This is an amazing book. I am so happy I could find it. I read it for the first time back in Europe 20 years ago. I believe I read this book 30 times already. It is a book you go back again and again.
Letter to a Christian Nation
Letter to a Christian Nation
As a grateful Christian my comments regarding “Letter to a Christian Nation” would be slanted. Instead, let Sam Harris speak for himself in the following quotes. Readers can then form their own opinions as to the book and the author. A page number is given for each quote.

P. ix, “...I have set out to demolish the intellectual and moral pretensions of Christianity.”

p. xi, “Our country now appears, as at no other time in her history, like a lumbering, bellicose, dim-witted giant.”

P. xii, “It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happen: the return of Christ.”

P. 69, “...one can obtain a PhD in any branch of science for no other purpose than to make cynical use of scientific language in an effort to rationalize the glaring inadequacies of the Bible. A handful of Christians appear to have done this; some have even obtained their degrees from reputable universities.”

P. 91, “That religion may have served some necessary function for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impediment to our building a global civilization.”

P. 91, “This letter is the product of failure...the failure of our schools to announce the death of God in a way that each generation can understand.”

P. 96 “...it is astride this contemptible history of religious atrocity and scientific ignorance that Christianity now stands as an absurdly unselfconscious apotheosis. The notion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his death constitutes a successful propitiation of a “loving” God is a direct and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered people throughout history.”

P. 110 “...faith is generally nothing more than the permission religious people give one another to believe things strongly without evidence...”

P. 114 “Everyone who has eyes to see can see that if the God of Abraham exists, He is an utter psychopath...”

The author adds a recommended reading list that includes "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds," by Charles Mackay. If Harris ever decides to make a good faith effort to engage Christians, I would suggest an additional title, "How to Win Friends & Influence People," by Dale Carnegie.
Andromeda - SF-Roman
Andromeda - SF-Roman
Die Geschichte spielt in den 60er Jahren und so mutet die, wie immer bei Chrichton, detailverliebte Darstellung der aktuellen Technik etwas antiquiert an. Dennoch bleibt die Geschichte immer spannend und ist auch heute noch aktuell: es wird mit Krankheitserregern rumexperimentiert, etwas geht schief und die Welt steht am Abgrund. Eine Handvoll Wissenschaftler soll's dann richten. Bis zum überraschenden Ende liest sich das Buch auf einer längeren Bahnfahrt gut durch.
Il gioco di Zodiac
Il gioco di Zodiac
Questo libro è meraviglioso, scritto benissimo, con un equilibrato dosaggio di colpi di scena, la giusta suspance, il perfetto intrigo. Baldacci in questo romanzo è stato incredibile, una storia appassionante, che tiene incollato il lettore dalla prima all'ultima pagina. I personaggi sono dinamici, tratteggiati benissimo e anche la trama è veramente ben sviluppata. Insomma un romanzo che vale davvero la pena di leggere....
Deep Delta Country (American Folkways) (1st Edition)
Deep Delta Country (American Folkways) (1st Edition)
Kane, best-remembered as the author of Louisiana Hayride, "recreates the glamourous plantation life of the gay French sugar barons and documents the long history of tragedy striking from the sky, creeping in with the waters."

"...the panorama of strange folk beliefs, husbands who take on the shape of dogs to spy upon their wives; tormented spirits of unchristian babies who haunt the swamp in the guise of balls of fire."

"...a land which has been alternately a paradise and a battleground, where men of many nations have fought to take, or to save, the heart of a continent...."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Paradise Incomplete

Corridor to a Treasure House
That Novelty, Sugar
Cannons Among the Chateaux
Imperial Highway
The Gay Picaroons
Loss and Survival

The French All Around
Dalmatia on the Mississippi
The Mixture Thickens
Stop Acting Like a Pilot
Harness in the River Mouth

Death of an Era
Rage in the Skies
Silk Shirts and Shotguns
The Twice that Rescued New Orleans
La Politique...She Stink, She Stink!
Shadings
Rare Ducks, With Salt
The Big Little Doctor
Everchanging, Everlasting

Acknowledgments
Bibliography (8 pp)
Index
Alice in Wonderland (Third Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
Alice in Wonderland (Third Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
It was great fun to read the Alice adventures again, as an adult and with critical and biographical assist of this Norton Edition. Carroll's play with language and logic and societal issues is very pre-Monty Python. Ironically, the satirical fantasy was like a "looking glass" version of living through the 2020 Covid-19 world-wide shutdown and quarantine. Carroll poses questions about honest, authentic language and abuses of power by martinets in power, questions that should be applied to today's petty tyrants seeking their own little bit of power over their fellow man. Fortunately, you don't have to wear a mask while enjoying the quirky and whimsical Lewis Carroll.
The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Book 4)
The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Book 4)
I've posted this review, in basically this form, for all five of the "Dark is Rising" CD audiobook sets, because there aren't many other reviews of the CD sets. I have all five sets and have been uniformly pleased with the audio quality.

I'll skip any summary of this book or of the series; dozens of reviewers have done that quite well. I assume that you are familiar with these books, probably have read this volume, (likely more than once), but now wish to have the book available as an audio CD. Perhaps a long car trip is in the offing? Good for you.

I am happy to report that, at least for me, this audio version gets high marks across the board.

First, I can hear it and understand it. No mushy sound recording. No odd imbalance in volume that requires you to keep turning the volume up and then down. All of the spoken words are crisp and clear.

Second, there are no sound effects or such folderol.

Third, there is a single reader. This is not a play for voices and is not read by a number of different character actors.

Fourth, Richard Mitchley is an effective reader. There are a lot of Welsh characters in this book and Mitchley gets that across without being so authentic in his accents that he becomes hard to understand. His approach is flavorful but not overly dramatic. Much like Alex Jennings, who read the other four books, he is not coy or arch, and does not ham up any of the big scenes. He succeeds in establishing a distinct and recognizable identity for each character.

Finally, the reading is very respectful. By that I mean the book is not read as though it were just some silly children's book. It is treated as the triumphant work that it is and this adds greatly to its weight and impact.

Please note that like all of the CD books this reading is unabridged. There are 5 compact discs. Runtime is a bit over five and a half hours.
Enjoy.
Owls to Athens
Owls to Athens
Another excellent historical novel by acclaimed science fiction write Harry Turtledove (here writing under the penname of H. N. Turteltaub), the fourth in his series of books about the adventures of Menedemos and Sostratos, two cousins living on the island of Rhodes shortly after the death of Alexander the Great, who once a year take their family's ship on a trading expedition around the Eastern Mediterranean.

As you would expect from Turtledove he combines high entertainment values with careful attention to historical accuracy, following in the tradition of the late great L. Sprague De Camp, another sf author who also wrote a few wonderful historicals. As was the case with De Camp I admire the fact that Turtledove's characters are recognizable human beings, even the historical figures portrayed, who talk and act in realistic ways, rather than being stick figures who recite pseudo-Shakespearean dialogue as in so many other historical novels set in this period.

In this chapter, the two cousins, Menedemos, the man of action (and devil with the ladies) and Sostratos, the intellectual, travel to the great city of Athens, only to find themselves in the middle of a political and military crisis when the city is invaded and occupied by the forces of Demetrious, son of Antigonus, one of the successors to Alexander the Great. It is already a bitter homecoming for Sostratos, who had studied in one of the famous philosophical schools in the city earlier in his life and had dreamed of returning, only to find, as another philosopher put it, that you can't step in the same river twice. Meanwhile, Menedemos continues his roving ways, in this book seducing not only the wife of his host in Athens, but dangerously advancing his flirtation with his own father's young wife Baukis back in Rhodes.

If you have enjoyed any of the first three books, you will like this one. I have heard there will be seven in all, obviously leading up to a climax with the siege of Rhodes itself by the forces of Antigonos in the last book or two. (I am hoping to see cameo appearances of at least some of the characters from L. Sprague De Camp's book on this period, THE BRONZE GOD OF RHODES.)

My only slight reservation is that this is the first book that has failed to put any of the characters in real jeopardy for a dash of suspense (unless you count Menedemos' constant fears that his adulteries will be discovered by the husband's involved) so it is a little less exciting than previous volumes. But in my opinion a mediocre work by Turtledove is usually more entertaining than most others best work. Still highly recommended.
Tervis Harry Potter - Hedwig Insulated Tumbler with Wrap and Lid, 24 oz Water Bottle - Tritan, Clear
Tervis Harry Potter - Hedwig Insulated Tumbler with Wrap and Lid, 24 oz Water Bottle - Tritan, Clear
Clearly this bottle had been returned before two large stickers with bar codes were placed over the plastic that is milky white with scratches. I noticed the milky color seen on the outside of the two large stickers but thought it would just wipe off. As most sticker residue does. That is not the case someone clearly placed the bar codes over this area. I buy many Tervis water bottles at the change of the seasons because I enjoy the pattern so much. I have never seen the stickers that were placed on this particular water bottle before.
+35
+35
Super comfortable and very stylish. It's been a long time since I bought a pair of VANS and I've been eyeballing the black/charcoal checkered slip-ons for a while... wish I hadn't waited so long. My absolute favorite pair of shoes! A little stiff at first, which is normal for canvas, but broke in very quickly. My feet are wide at the front and narrow at the heel so I have trouble finding shoes that don't either squish my toes (potentially causing permanent nerve damage) or slide off my heels causing blisters and abrasions. The toe box of these shoes is wide enough to accomodate my wider front. They also have a padded heel which has molded to fit me perfectly: no more sliding off ---> no more blisters/abrasions = happy feet! I am extremely satisfied and happy with this purchase.
Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor
Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor
Overall a good device. The setup instructions are bit vague. A couple a things I learned along the way regarding setup. The instructions say hold the device 4.3” from the phone to calibrate. I thought 4.3” seems very precise and must have some impact on calibration. I tried over and over to calibrate the device at close to 4.3” and could not. Finally I reached out to customer service and they told me I could go more than 4.3”. This made Calibration a bit easier. Still a bit of a pain. I also struggled to include my swing in the video when setting the device the recommended 8’ behind the ball. Customer service said I can move the device further back without impacting accuracy. I also learned the heading setting has no impact on the device’s measurement of distance. It’s a little tricky setting the heading.

Once set up, the device does a nice job of capturing the data and allowing you to sort it in several ways.

Compared to Flight Scope’s Mevo...
Rapsodo shows you balls fight path using a red fracking line. It identifies each swing as a fade, draw, straight etc. Mevo does not.

Rapsodo provides a google map type image of your range or course and the gps locations of where you hit your balls. You can see patterns clearly. Mevo does not.

Mevo provides spin rate and height. Rapsodo does not.

Rapsodo’s software allows you to sort data by column and tracks your average distance for each club in a user friendly interface. Mevo does not.

Rapsodo only provide video of your swing from directly behind the ball. Your phone must be placed on the Rapsodo device. Video playback is limited. No slow motion or ability overlay video with lines and circles. With Mevo, your phone can be placed in any location and video play back can marked up and played in slow motion. The video feature is one Mevo’s stronger points. However, Mevo saves all the video on your phone in your camera role. 6s clips. Rapsodo will save up to 100 clips on their cloud service. For annual fee of $100 it will save unlimited clips.

Overall I think the Rapsodo is the superior device. The only real advantages Mevo offers are the ability to obtain video from different angles, video play back options and the ability to measure spin rate(although you have install a small silver sticker on each ball to track spin rate).

Mevo’s software is far better. More than seeing your distance, you can see how you hit the ball, fade, draw etc. The ability to see your average distance by club is easily accomplished. You can sort all your stats various ways including by week, month and year. You can sort by distance, club speed, launch angle, etc. While Mevo’s video is better, Rapsodo’s cloud service is big plus. You don’t have to load up your phone with all the videos. You can track data only with Mevo and not capture video.

Apologies for cryptic typing. Typing review from my phone...
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