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Programming with Types
Programming with Types
Programming with Types by Vlad Riscutia. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL: MySQL_5 (Developer's Library)
MySQL: MySQL_5 (Developer's Library)
MySQL: MySQL_5 (Developer's Library) by Paul DuBois. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MySQL Pocket Reference
MySQL Pocket Reference
MySQL Pocket Reference by George Reese. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Who Was Joan of Arc? (Who Was?)
Who Was Joan of Arc? (Who Was?)
Who Was Joan of Arc? (Who Was?) by Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso , et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Complete Legacy Series: Books 1 - 6
The Complete Legacy Series: Books 1 - 6
The Complete Legacy Series: Books 1 - 6 by Paula Kay. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 246 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Firm (Signed Easton Press Edition)
The Firm (Signed Easton Press Edition)
The Firm (Signed Easton Press Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
ANNA KATHERINE GREEN Ultimate Collection: Amelia Butterworth Series, Detective Ebenezer Gryce Mysteries, The Cases of Violet Strange, Caleb Sweetwater ... Door, The House of the Whispering Pines…
ANNA KATHERINE GREEN Ultimate Collection: Amelia Butterworth Series, Detective Ebenezer Gryce Mysteries, The Cases of Violet Strange, Caleb Sweetwater ... Door, The House of the Whispering Pines…
ANNA KATHERINE GREEN Ultimate Collection: Amelia Butterworth Series, Detective Ebenezer Gryce Mysteries, The Cases of Violet Strange, Caleb Sweetwater ... Door, The House of the Whispering Pines… by Anna Katharine Green. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4945 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
I Blame Stephen King
I Blame Stephen King
I Blame Stephen King by Jason Finnerty. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 64 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Programming Box Set: Programming, Master's Handbook & Artificial Intelligence Made Easy; Code, Data Science, Automation, problem solving, Data Structures & Algorithms (CodeWell Box Sets)
Java Programming Box Set: Programming, Master's Handbook & Artificial Intelligence Made Easy; Code, Data Science, Automation, problem solving, Data Structures & Algorithms (CodeWell Box Sets)
Java Programming Box Set: Programming, Master's Handbook & Artificial Intelligence Made Easy; Code, Data Science, Automation, problem solving, Data Structures & Algorithms (CodeWell Box Sets) by Code Well Academy. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learn to Program (Facets of Ruby)
Learn to Program (Facets of Ruby)
Learn to Program (Facets of Ruby) by Chris Pine. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 109 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Excel VBA Programming For Dummies
Excel VBA Programming For Dummies
Excel VBA Programming For Dummies by John Walkenbach. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 73 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Machine Learning For Dummies
Machine Learning For Dummies
Machine Learning For Dummies by John Paul Mueller and Luca Massaron. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 151 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Cloud Computing For Dummies
Cloud Computing For Dummies
Cloud Computing For Dummies by Judith S. Hurwitz, Robin Bloor , et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 65 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Beginning Rust: From Novice to Professional
Beginning Rust: From Novice to Professional
Beginning Rust: From Novice to Professional by Carlo Milanesi. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Rust programming category.
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
The modern American home is a veritable wonderland of technical innovations: clean water on demand, central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet and telephony, flat screen electronics, and inexpensive lighting, to name just a few. “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” by popular science writer Steven Johnson describes, at a high level, how that wonderland came together over the centuries.

It is important to note that “How We Got to Now” does not explore six discrete technical innovations. Rather, Johnson provides a basic synopsis of events across a half-dozen areas, such as sanitation, lighting, and food preservation. Early on, he introduces a fascinating concept: the hummingbird effect. Put simply, an innovation, or cluster of innovations, in one field that ends up triggering major changes in a different domain altogether. He coins the term from the sexual reproduction strategies of plants (e.g. flowers supplemented pollen with even more energy-rich nectar to attract insects) that ended up shaping the design of a hummingbird’s wings (i.e. evolving an extremely unusual form of flight mechanics enabling them to hover). The best example, in my opinion, is how the Gutenberg press generated a demand for eyeglasses that led to a broader experimentation with glass lens that led to the microscope and the subsequent discovery of microscopic cells. Or how the advent of air-conditioning had a “long zoom” impact on American politics. Or how the development of sonar to listen to sound waves bouncing off icebergs led, a few generations later, to ultrasound and the abortion of tens of millions of female fetuses in China and India.

The content of each chapter is relatively superficial but peppered with fascinating personal anecdotes about the discovery of important insights or commercialization of technical innovations. Here are some of my favorites.

In the early 1900s, Clarence Birdseye was living in the frozen land of Labrador, Canada. He discovered that trout caught while ice fishing, which froze solid almost instantly in the minus 20-degree temperature of the Canadian winter, retained their flavor when later defrosted. Thus, the value of “flash freezing” was discovered and today we still enjoy “Birdseye” frozen peas for dinner.

In 1908, New Jersey doctor John Leal surreptitiously added chlorine to the public water reservoirs for Jersey City. His patent- and licensing-free discovery of a simple way to provide clean drinking water may be one of the greatest public health contributions in history. A recent study found that chlorinated water reduced the total mortality in the average American city from diseases like dysentery and cholera by 43% and reduced infant mortality by as much as 74%.

In the 1850s, Aaron Dennison, “the Lunatic of Boston,” mass-produced an inexpensive ($3.50) pocket watch, branded the “Wm. Ellery,” that was “the must-have consumer gadget of the late nineteenth century,” according to Johnson. Richard Sears, a Minnesota railroad agent, found that he could turn a nice profit selling the watches to other station agents. He partnered with Chicago businessman Alvah Roebuck to produce a mail-order catalog showcasing a range of watch designs, and Sears. Roebuck was born – and so was another example of the hummingbird effect.

A major theme of the book is that Johnson is deeply suspicious of the “great man theory” and “eureka moment” of invention. Consider the case of electric light. People had been tinkering with incandescent light for more than half-a-century before Thomas Edison’s breakthrough at Menlo Park in 1879. More than ten different inventors had earlier hit upon the same basic formula of a carbon filament suspended in a vacuum. “There was no lightbulb moment in the story of the lightbulb,” Johnson writes. Instead, the lightbulb, like most other technical innovations, was the result of a “slow hunch” that took years, sometimes decades, to germinate and mature. In Johnson’s estimation, “Edison invented the lightbulb the way Steve Jobs invented the MP3 player.” He made it reliable, easy to use, and widely available. If anything, Johnson says, Edison should be remembered for his contribution to the process of innovation, his efforts to collect a cross-disciplinary team to conduct a wide range of related research and development. The “invention” of Edison’s lightbulb was thus mostly about sweating the details and what Johnson calls “a bricolage of small improvements.” He acknowledges that Edison was a “true genius” and “a towering figure in nineteenth century innovation,” but that he should most be revered for his ability to build creative teams: “assembling diverse skills in a work environment that valued experimentation and accepted failure, incentivizing the group with financial rewards that were aligned with the overall success of the organization, and building on ideas that originated elsewhere.”

“How We Got to Now” is a fun, light read. Each chapter is colorfully illustrated and chopped up into several parts, each highlighting a part of the innovation chain that leads to the modern day. A week on your nightstand is probably all that it will take to enjoy this book.
Higher Is Waiting
Higher Is Waiting
I expected a fun easy read, it was that and much more! My life experiences and the work I do allows for me to know what forgiveness could do to move people forward. I expected to get some insight on how this man writes so much brilliant work, intrigue and educate the people. I didn’t expect to shed so many tears. I did expect to be encouraged so then the tears were wonderful cleansing tools that leaps one soul forward. Thank you Tyler Perry for writing this book. Thank you for giving so much of yourself, letting your light shine. May this book do for hundreds of millions more that we all let our light illuminate this world on this little blue planet that The Creator may be pleased with humanity! Faith, hope, forgiveness, empathy, compassion, worthiness, awareness, belonging...Yeah I’m Encouraged! 



“There’s no magic time machine to reset the clock or reinvent our childhoods, but we can alter the present and future by changing how we think and feel about what’s happened in our past. No matter how difficult or disturbing your memories, they don’t have to crush your soul. You can transcend your experience. You can change your reaction. You can forgive.” Tyler Perry

Higher is Waiting is for everyone, however I do understand not everyone is ready at the same time to do the hard work, but I encourage you to take the small steps and get it done, the benefits are priceless. Mr. Perry uses his life experiences, lots of lessons learned the "hard way," to help others move through difficult times and be inspired to live and amazing life filled with grace and possibilities!


After all the tears during many of the storytelling, at the end of the book Tyler Perry made my heart smile and filled with gratitude! Thank you for writing and sharing your journey from a vulnerable authentic place. God speed! I read all day on 12/16/17 and finished on 12/17/17 1:17am. I couldn’t put it down, besides a brief three hour on the road running errands. This book was a wonderful treat to spend a day being inspired that will benefit people to move forward.
Henry Ford: As People Knew Him
Henry Ford: As People Knew Him
Henry Ford: As People Knew Him by Clinton LeFort and Fred Hartsook. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
HeroDecks Trump Presidential Playing Cards
HeroDecks Trump Presidential Playing Cards
There are several different decks of Donald Trump cards. At first, I bought a different deck of Trump cards, but that one only had limited photos of Trump himself.
I really like this deck of Trump cards a lot better because nearly every card has a different photo of many different players who participated in the 2016 presidential election, like Ted Cruz and Hillary as the joker, along with some humorous remarks. In fact, I liked this deck of cards so much that I ordered 3 more decks to use as Christmas gifts because I know some family members will really enjoy them. Of course, I am keeping at least one deck for my own collection of Trump memorabilia.
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America
"I always think big. I start with a plan to build the biggest, the most beautiful, and the highest-quality projects. If you don't begin with big dreams, you can never fulfill them." (Donald Trump, "Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America" [Formerly titled Crippled America], Page 166)

The title of this book "Crippled America" had me thinking that this book was going to be a pessimistic view of America and all that is wrong with it. I was wrong. It ended up being answers to the problems facing America. Everything from tax reform, immigration reform, health care reform, "Draining the Swamp" in Washington, bringing back American jobs, improving the economy...Trump knows the issues facing America and thinks he has the answers to fixing them. As president, he now has that opportunity to implement what he wills. He shares what his plans are in this book.

I hear people calling Trump a bigot, racist, etc.; however, I have read every single book that this man has written and not once did I read anything that would cause someone to think these terrible things spoken about him. I think there are some media organizations, special interest groups, lobbyists and of course the Democratic Party who are trying to make Trump look bad to make themselves look better and to hinder the plans he has to make America Great Again. Thankfully, this election proves that Americans are smart and can see past all the biases of the polling and the news. I commend the people of the United States for using their head and their heart and discerning what is best for the American people and not being influenced by these groups. Congrats from a Canadian on electing a person who I believe will shape America for the better. Despite what you hear from some of our Canadian news agencies, some Canadians are very glad to welcome Trump as the now president of the United States.
Donald Trump 2020 Hat - Make America Great Again 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
Donald Trump 2020 Hat - Make America Great Again 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
Looks great on me, but I have to be REALLY CAREFUL where I wear it, as a minority of anti-Trump people sometimes emotional lose control and verbally and angrily confront me. I'm pretty muscular and have rational and factual basis for rebuttal, but it's just not worth it to have to deal with these over emotional people. So even though I like it a lot, it hangs on the coat rack most of the time.
Lovesick: Victoria's Secret Exclusive CD
Lovesick: Victoria's Secret Exclusive CD
Nine selections from the 50 plus years recording history of Bob Dylan. With the 1960's Bob represented by: "She Belongs To Me" "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" "To Ramona" "Boots Of Spanish Leather" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue." With the first five tracks you are the witness to some golden age Bob. In the early 1960's the man only needed his acoustic guitar and harmonica with some instrumental backing to send out his message. "Lovesick" from "Time Out Of Mind" is here as a remixed version and also from that 1997 album is "Make You Feel My Love" and they are a tease from one of Bob's recent classic records. "Things Have Changed" and "Sugar Baby" are the last two tracks on this disc. The voice found on the last four selections is that of a man that has traveled down many roads over all the years but it's easy to get used to cos' this is DYLAN!

I play this one in the car and it has been there for a few months now. A mighty fine (and short) CD this one is.
FIVE STARS!!!
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.
Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The Master Plan of Doctor Doom
Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The Master Plan of Doctor Doom
It's been quite a while since we've had a Fantastic Four Epic Collection; whether because of rights kerfuffles, sales or simply the dramatic expansion of the line, Marvel's First Family have fallen behind the other big titles. Lucky, then, that they've returned with such a strong volume. This is volume 2, meaning another dose of Lee/Kirby magic from 1963 and 1964.

By this point in time, the other major players in the nascent Marvel Universe were nearly all in place - the FF were no longer out on their own but instead the centre point of a growing menagerie of heroes and villains. This is fairly evident in the issues collected here, with guest appearances by the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Dr Strange, Nick Fury and the X-Men. And as well as returning villains (Doctor Doom, of course, plus the Mole Man, Puppetmaster, Mad Thinker, Red Ghost and the Superskrull), the team face a whole nest of new bad guys, including the Molecule Man, Diablo, the Hatemonger and Pharaoh Rama-Tut.

Lee and Kirby were working like a well-oiled machine after finding their feet the first couple of years. Lee throws out a constant stream of breathless banter and wisecracks as well as wonderfully hissable villains, and Kirby's energy-packed pages burst with action while experiments with photo collage and increasingly off-beat layouts keep everything fresh.

Highlights of this particular volume include the escalating feud between the fantastic foursome and Atlantean prince Namor, complicated by the love triangle between the tempestuous monarch, Sue and Reed. Every appearance by the greatest villain of all, Doctor Doom, is always a treat, and in one of the two annuals collected here, we get the full origin of the FF's archnemesis, a typically Lee-Kirby tale of pathos as well as villainy.

Extras include the house ad for the first annual, nice gorgeous pages of original Kirby pencil art, and the covers for the first four FF Marvel Masterworks. These earlier Epics are always a treat, as they showcase the increasingly elaborate construction of an entire comic universe, and this one is no exception, collecting the work of the greatest creative partnership in comicdom on some of their greatest creations.
Funko Dorbz Dr. Strange Figure
Funko Dorbz Dr. Strange Figure
I love this! It's so cute. It's also a bit different looking than all the rest of the Dr. S figures. A great addition to any collection. The quality is high, and there is no problem getting him to stand on his own (unlike other figurines I've had).
Annie's White Cheddar Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese, 12 cups, 2.01oz (Pack of 12)
Annie's White Cheddar Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese, 12 cups, 2.01oz (Pack of 12)
This microwaveable white cheddar macaroni from Annie's is pretty good. I don't use the whole bag of cheese flavoring for each macaroni cup to try to cut down on some of the unnecessary fats and ingredients. The taste is good and although this isn't a healthy food, it's better than other macaroni foods on the market. It's worth the price for those looking for a satisfying snack.

I do have one issue though. After microwaving the macaroni and water in the the provided cup, all this water ends up covering the microwave plate below it. So now I simply add the water and pour the macaroni into a separate glass bowl (or pour water in after) before microwaving. This has fixed the problem and there hasn't been any messy leaking since. So the design of the container isn't perfect and it does get really hot. But overall, this product is pretty addicting and satisfying when you feel hungry. And I love Annie's products!

Amazon screws with the prices. I'm willing to pay for this product usually, but when it's $4 or $5 more one week than the week before (sometimes $14, other days $18), just because they can make it so, my appetite suddenly changes. Those are unfair pricing tactics and I would be purchasing this regularly if Amazon did not screw with the price so much.

Update: I received a bad batch. There were extremely hardened pieces like rock within the macaroni. Amazon customer service told me there was nothing they could do to help me and offered no suggestions. They told me I could not return it, after asking me for my phone number and making me to email them with photos. They made me speak to a specialist on top of a regular service rep, who simply told me they can't help me. This is a Prime product so I don't see what the major problem is. Bad customer service for a bad batch.
The Vision
The Vision
I finished The Vision about two weeks ago. Work keeps me quite busy. Here I am now, giving you my review for a decent book. Stick around and see what I think.

The Ugly: There are two instances in the book, just two but enough to drown out the book, where Mr. Koontz made one paragraph a complete sentence. All he did was kept saying “and” over and over again. It was like a complete rookie mistake. I don’t think he could have made that as a conscious effort. It was two run-on sentences that lasted almost an entire page.

The Bad: Even though there is an epic twist in the book, it was one you could see coming from miles away. There were way too many red herrings in the book to count. You could see them the second you read them. The only reason I’m not putting this as “the ugly” is because of the nice twist.

The Good: The story is best part here except for the obviousness of who the killer is. I’m not trying to give too much away because of the surprise, but just know, out of the works he has written up to this point this is the best story. Hopefully the writing gets better.

Final Thoughts: I was going to give this a 4-star rating, but those two sentences that ran for most of a page took away from the book. They aren’t until towards the end of the book, but enough to hurt the book. I would say read it.
Mikemeko Homes no Keikou to Taisaku
Mikemeko Homes no Keikou to Taisaku
これまでとはすこし違うストーリー展開で内容を把握するのに時間がかかった。
犯人も的がはずれてしまい、ちょっと手間取った感があったけど、やっぱりこのシリーズは
おもしろいの一言でした。
The Case of the Long-Legged Models (Perry Mason Series Book 56)
The Case of the Long-Legged Models (Perry Mason Series Book 56)
Stephanie Faulkner enters Perry Mason's office having inherited forty percent of a Las Vegas Casino from her murdered father, seeking help from those who are trying to buy up all the stock. She wants to combine stock owner ship with Homer Garvin, Sr who owns another 15%. Garvin has discovered that the man who wants to get the stock is the one who killed Stephanie's father. The story progresses to the man's murder and Stephanie's arrest, with Garvin trying to compromise the evidence to protect Stephanie and getting Mason caught in the middle as he tries to sort the facts and put his case together. But he does and the surprise comes at the end. Perry Mason fans will love this one.
Esfera
Esfera
En este libro nos sumergiremos en el fondo del mar para investigar no solo lo que parece ser un accidente aéreo, sino tambien lo que yace escondido en el fondo de la conciencia humana. Los deseos y frustraciones que guardamos en el inconciente seran sacados a la luz de una forma brillante y sumamente entretenida. Como siempre, Crichton nos sorprende con una historia que, basada en hechos pausibles, se adentra en la ciencia ficción de manera verosimil y amena. Si te gustaron El Parque Jurasico, El Mundo Perdido o la Amenaza de Andromeda, este es un libro que no te podes perder.
Thunder Horse Redemption: A Thrilling FBI Romance
Thunder Horse Redemption: A Thrilling FBI Romance
I loved this book, and will add it to my read again list of books!
Pierce, and Roxanne broke off their engagement. Roxanne had blamed Pierce for the death of her brother. Her brother, and Pierce were in the FBI together. Someone started targeting Roxanne, and Pierce was by her side. The two worked together to find out who was behind all the attacks, While they also worked on the ranch. The two couldn't stand each other at first, but the more time they spent together, they realized what they had been really special. In this book, bullets flew, there were fires and a lot more. It was one of the best action, suspense, and romance books I've read in awhile!

Sample from chapter 10
No matter how hard she leaned on the latch, it wasn't going anywhere. Roxanne abandoned that exit and raced for the small side door. Again it wouldn't open, the lock jammed. Smoke was filling the interior of the barn. Sheba kicked the inside of her stall, her frightened cries echoing against the old oak timbers. Roxanne ran her fingers along the wall beside the door and flipped the light switch. Nothing happened. Panic spiked as Roxanne realized this was no accident. Someone had started the fire on purpose - and beforehand, they'd deliberately locked her in. She raced back to the larger barn doors and pounded her hands against it. "Help! Someone help us!"
The Angel Levine
The Angel Levine
Zero is brilliant. Harry plays it like a militant. It could have been much better had it been Harry played it with more humor and less anger. Lots of holes in the play.

It's a variation of the Silver Crown, another Malamud story adapted to a PBS playhouse special in 1987. That adaptation was much more true to the author.
Sugar Daddy Diaries
Sugar Daddy Diaries
If it hadn't been a book expressing raw feelings of someone of the opposite sex then this book would have had nothing for me. It does not get any more detailed, exciting, or raunchier than the sample. In fact it got harder to read, at 20% i wish i could have my money back and after 75% I wish I had given up because here it got the most painful and remained that way. A lot of repetition about what type of champagne she drunk, what clothes she was bought, and lots of hotel and restaurant name dropping. Lots of repetition of self psychoanalysis on sexual morals that turned into indirect preaching. She never learnt any seduction skills, she was beautiful and all she needed to do was turn up. She says she values good conversation but failed to put any in the book. All sex scenes were little more than a kiss, caress, and then we recovered from sex, even when she met the two most beautiful kinkiest wildest richest swinging couple in the world.

She complained alot about her clients but what did she expect. If a nice emotionally and socially challanged guy can only get a girl by paying her ridiculous amounts of money for her company. There's no reason to lay into him because he is not interestering. Getting annoyed that he enjoyed having her by his side and enjoyed looking at her on the holiday he had paid her to attend. She laid into him and embarrassed him in front of everyone because he kept wanting her by his side when he kept returning to the boot repair shop due to his ocd, and it stopped her skiing.
Visual Echo 3D Effect Harry Potter Goblet of Fire 500pc Lenticular Puzzle
Visual Echo 3D Effect Harry Potter Goblet of Fire 500pc Lenticular Puzzle
Purchased this puzzle for my 9year old granddaughter. She loves all things Harry Potter and it's challenging enough for her (500 pieces). The 3D puzzle pieces are sometimes difficult to see because the light source shines on the pieces and it's hard to see the image. However, we have completed sections already and it's a "WOW" to see the 3D images appear. I would recommend this puzzle and the vendor was very prompt in delivery and packaging so it arrived in time and in good shape. -PH
Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Houdini Specter
Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Houdini Specter
Dash Hardeen is an old man taken to reminiscing on Halloween. That's because his brother, the famous Harry Houdini died on Halloween, 1926. This Halloween, Dash visited Harry's grave in the Queens, NY, Machpelah cemetery. He "gazed sadly at the vast expanse of stone before him. It was not only vulgar but also profane, a bizarre collision of ego and some misplaced sense of piety.... The sheer ostentation might have brought a blush to the cheek of Croesus. Naturally, Harry had thought it was lovely."

When Dash gets back to his flat, a reporter is waiting for the annual story. This year, its about the spring of 1898, when the trio of Dash, the 24 year-old Harry and Harry's wife Bess are in dire need of a job. Fortunately for them, Dash's friend, Biggs, asks for help. His has an old college buddy, Kenneth Clairmont, who's in a particular pickle. His father died 3 months before, and his Mom, the very wealthy widow Clairmont, is besotted with Lucias Craig, a magician turned medium. Craig is known for attaching himself to wealthy matrons, who just happen to lavish him with gifts.

If anybody can expose Craig's trickery, it's Harry Houdini. What they can't know, is that the séance will turn into murder.

This synopsis doesn't show it, but Daniel Stashower's Harry Houdini mysteries are funny. Most of the humor arises from the personalities. Dash is really the brains behind the amateur investigators. Harry, on the other hand, is fearless. Together, they are formidable, even if they made me laugh out loud while reading "The Houdini Specter".

Trivia: Dash referred to Harry's gravesite as "profane" because of the bust of Harry mounted in the center. Machpelah is a Jewish cemetery and graven images are usually not allowed. The ostentation is actually not just for Harry. It is the Weiss Family Memorial. Harry was born Erik Weisz in Hungary and the last name was Americanized.

Stashower has written only 3 Harry Houdini mysteries. The last was published in 2012, so maybe that's all we'll get. Too bad, because I really enjoy them.

Happy Reader
One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863
One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863
MSSRS Wittenberg, Petruzzi and Nugents have added a small shining mountain of knowledge to the massif which is Gettysburg literature.

This detailed recounting of the actions of Army of the Potomac (AOP) units and Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) units during the chaotic race from the Gettysburg battlefield and the standoff at the Potomac crossings is a much needed accessible addition to the Gettysburg Campaign bookshelf. The detailed recounting of the effective efforts of hitherto under-utilized ANV cavalry units, as well those of the rejoined cavalry divisions under J.E.B. Stuart's direct command, is something of a corrective to notions that Confederate cavalry was misused, useless or ineffective through the entirety of the Gettysburg Campaign. Similarly, the detailing of AOP cavalry efforts (particularly those of Buford's battered division) emphasizes the doctrinal changes that substantially enhanced the role of cavalry in the AOP. There are also useful additional details regarding the efforts of AOP infantry during the chase.

Meade's failure to catch the retreating ANV while that army was strung out on several parallel roads and his inability to devise an effective plan to attack after the ANV was seemingly brought to bay against the flood-stage Potomac must be seen in the light of communication difficulties inherent in the coordination of AOP cavalry and infantry units during the chase and the lack of developed intelligence regarding the size and condition of the ANV.
Culinary Depot Fryer 10" Stand, with (20 Packs) Rayon Cloth Filter Cones
Culinary Depot Fryer 10" Stand, with (20 Packs) Rayon Cloth Filter Cones
As a homemaker and one that does a fair amount of frying I thought this would allow me to better and more efficiently filter my oil. Well I wouldn’t recommend this item! It’s very large and as it’s top heavy and much to big to be used in none commercial setting in addition the filters drain extremely slow. I’ll stick with my cheese cloth and funnel.
Biographia Floridiana: Essaying Florida
Biographia Floridiana: Essaying Florida
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this little book. It proved a quick and delightful read. But more importantly, it completely rewired the way I think about Florida. I had no idea it was the place where the empires of the Spanish, English, and French, clashed. Or that the state capital was chosen because that's where two riders sent by legislators inland from either coast met. Or just why Florida is so critical to national elections but has failed to produce any national politician of note. And that there is a statue to the guy who invented air conditioning--sent by the state of Florida--in the US Capitol. This book is in the best tradition of essays like those of Montaigne, that seem to meander but are cleverly designed to fool you out of your superficial thinking. Five stars for this one!
Playkidz Super Durable Pound A Ball Great Fun for Toddlers - STEM Developmental Educational Toys - Great Birthday Gift
Playkidz Super Durable Pound A Ball Great Fun for Toddlers - STEM Developmental Educational Toys - Great Birthday Gift
First off, this has been one of our little one's favorite toys since it arrived.

The little "air holes" in the tubes are great, because they facilitate the removal of all sorts of various objects that "somehow" get violently jammed inside of the toy.

This thing has been used as a toy, a ladder, a shot-put, and as a mallet (not just the mallet, but the entire toy) to beat other toys, and shows no signs of wear so far (and it's been the better part of a year now). The top still securely holds all of the balls and still functions as new.

My only ideas to improve this would be to make the base tilted just a little, so that gravity pulls the balls all of the way out. Our play room is carpeted, and the uneven-ness of the floor means that the balls don't usually end up in the removable tray without adult intervention. It's a really small complaint, though.
Starting Out with Java: From Control Structures through Objects (What's New in Computer Science)
Starting Out with Java: From Control Structures through Objects (What's New in Computer Science)
I took a C++ class a couple of years ago and we used a similarly titled book by Gaddis. It was an excellent book. Very well written and easy to understand. Since then, I've picked classes based on the text book. This book is used in my CS I class and I love it. I tried taking Java last semester and was just lost. The book was absolutely horrible. No logic, no good examples or explanations. I could probably teach myself using books by Gaddis. In fact, I probably learned more reading the book than going to class. Yes, I actually READ the book, sometimes more than once for review. It's rare that I take a book like this to bed, but I do. My instructor didn't require the programming exercises at the end of each chapter, which I think was a HUGE disservice to us, but I do them on my own to help reinforce what I'm learning. One thing it lacks that I liked in the C++ book, is one big project that students complete as they progress through the book, applying the concepts they learn. But I can Google for project ideas online for extra practice. The companion myprogramminglab is a great idea, but the execution is kind of poor. The fill-in questions are annoying because it's difficult to guess exactly which word the test designer is looking for and you have to be exact. I found myself frustrated often. Multiple choice would be better if they're going to be that precise. It's unfortunate that Pearson doesn't respond to comments through the site. Overall, again, excellent book. I highly recommend it.
DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Midnight Blue
DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Midnight Blue
Sony PS4 Controllers are what they are. This review is more about Amazon's supplier of these controllers and some tips on how to point out the duds from the studs.
They seem to be hit or miss based on other reviews. I've given them 2 chances both times unfortunately the controllers were fake and these were my experiences.

My first experience the right controll sticks calibration was severely off while trying to select items on the crafting wheel while playing days gone. I figured it was defective and sent it back to get another thinking nothing of it. With my second attempt on the new order my experience was slightly different but with the same result.

I was playing NBA 2K with some freinds when my ear peice started playing the sounds that normally come out of the controllers speaker in my ear at an obscene volume. As my ear drum was ringing and my head pounding I plugged out the microphone made sure that my setting were set to chat only (it was). I just could not make sense of it. With the microphone unplugged and the game ongoing the sounds of the referees whistle and other effects now coming through the controllers speaker sounded as if it was coming though something you'd buy at a 99 cent store. I took one of my other controllers and started visually comparing the two.

From what I was able to gather these are the things I noticed that were clear standouts proving the lack of authenticity. (Refer to pictures. Authentic one is on the top. Counterfeit is within the white packaging.)

1- The sticker on the back should not have a white barcode it should be blended into the whole sticker
2- The EXT and headset marking should blend in lightly not bright white.
3- PS button compared to the authentic one is slightly but noticably off when comparing the two closely
4- Thumbsticks look alot cheaper and edges are unevenly cut.
5-Speaker / Microphone Headset issue I mentioned earlier.

It's definitely a darn good counterfeit product but not at retail price. Being a prime member made returns hassle free just a small inconvenience of having to drop off boxes at a local UPS store. Hope this helps anyone with confirmation the authenticity of their purchase.
Aegis cover 701009TAN Tan Luxury Australian Sheepskin Wrap Seat Cover Airbag Ready, 1 Pack
Aegis cover 701009TAN Tan Luxury Australian Sheepskin Wrap Seat Cover Airbag Ready, 1 Pack
Fits 2008 Nissan Titan LE CC LWB.

This Aegis seatcover is the real deal.
Color isn’t tan as the ad states, correct color is gold.
Bought this one to match the one purchased from Wally‘s which was listed correctly as gold so was hoping for at least a “close to it match.”
Matches exactly!!!
Neither is very “gold” though, more of a natural color.
Suits me fine.
Have had the full seat wrap kind years ago and it covered my seat controls and made seatbelt buckling difficult, this design is better.
Lumbar and power seat controls are easily accessible, too.
Note:
The center strap for the bottom of the seat is unusable.
Simply unbuckle it and tuck it under the elastic.
Tried leaving it buckled and tucking it but it didn’t allow the bottom to fit back the way it should.
Also, find a place for the rear hooks first with just light tension then hook the front again with only light tension. They do not hook together front to rear under the seat!!!
Too much tension on them.
If the seat cover seems really tight top to bottom then adjust your seat under it to give it some slack BEFORE
you sit on it or you’ll stress the strap to cover stitching!!!
Had a little issue with this on my passenger side and noticed it before I sat on it.
Remember, with the 1” thick pile of the seat cover it will change your seating position anyway.
Wifey Pooh loves the cushy warm feel compared to the ice cold leather.
And I don’t feel guilty having one on just the driver’s side !!!
Buy a set, you’ll both enjoy them !!!
Ture Wireless Earbuds with Touch Control LED Display,Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds 3800mAh Charging Case TWS Stereo in-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Built in Mic Deep Bass Waterproof Support Charge Mobile/Tablet
Ture Wireless Earbuds with Touch Control LED Display,Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds 3800mAh Charging Case TWS Stereo in-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Built in Mic Deep Bass Waterproof Support Charge Mobile/Tablet
These are great! The instructions can be hard to follow but once you figure them out you're good! Make sure you have the right ear bud on the right side of the charger and left on the left or they will not charge. The do click in if you accidentally a swap them so if you're not paying attention its easy to do.
Cisco RV345P VPN Router with 16 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Ports with PoE plus Dual WAN, Limited Lifetime Protection (RV345P-K9-NA)
Cisco RV345P VPN Router with 16 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Ports with PoE plus Dual WAN, Limited Lifetime Protection (RV345P-K9-NA)
With this price tag... you get dual wans, 16 port switch, 8 POE AT, 4G USB option, full L2 and a few hints of L3 features.

You also get the advance features (IPS, antivirus, DPI, extra VPN license) for $160 a year. You do get 2 VPN licenses free with the hardware. That price isn't that bad. You dont need it to run the router though. You do get a 90 day trail, just to see how it runs, which is nice. It's cheaper than SonicWall fees for a slower appliance!

#1 make sure you update to the newest firmware, right off the bat!

#2 this thing just works! set it once and leave it. It just runs!

#3 The UDM-Pro is $100 cheaper that this model. The extra $100 blows this the UDM-Pro out of the water! UniFi can't touch it. Edgemax could make an argument but the Cisco GUI is easy peezy. Game over for SonicWalls too. Cisco pulled up and let lose!

#4 it does come with a hefty price tag, but you wont regret it. Its worth every penny and has all the features you want and need!

I would recommend this to anyone who has Small/Medium/Large business who wants a work horse router. It has 8 POE ports, so you can hook up access points and phones. If you need more POE ports, get an SG model switch. BAM! you're done! $160 a year for the advance features is a no brainer!

Bump what you read in the reviews about signing up for a license. With the new GUI, its an easy 1 click link to cisco page. Register the device and sign up. Easy peezy!

Cisco has done it again.. LATE to the game, BUT when they pull up, its a show stopper! Good Job Cisco! I can see this model sticking around for a long time! This will be the flag ship model for SMB for a long time!

Edit: 04/27/2020
I spent the week configure this router and testing! It's a work horse. I have a few complaints, but nothing within performance. I wish it had SFP cage, but thats fine. With the new firmware update SNMP is broken on the WAN ports, doesn't show data in Observium. BUT thats nothing to be drop a star on. It will get fixed. Wish you could run IOS cisco commands on this, but cant. But thats fine too... I'm just geeking out!

The main function of this bad boy is that it just works!

I went from a USG-PRO->ER-12P->UDM-Pro to This model... and went from 35+MS wan ping times to 10-12MS. Everything runs faster! Even with the advance features turned on. with it turned OFF, it screams! Give the ER12 its credit, it run great, performance wise, but doesn't the advance features.

Bottom line, this thing is amazing! Got all 8 POE ports filled up and powering devices, no issues.
Zing Anything zcl100b Zingo transparente, azul
Zing Anything zcl100b Zingo transparente, azul
I absolutely love this bottle, lemon water has never tasted so good. I have had it about 2 months now and have had no issues with it. It is very easy to clean and does not leak. The only thing that would make it perfect is if a sleeve could be made for it. The bottle does get a bit wet from the condensation of the cold water.
40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, 1970 to 1979
40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, 1970 to 1979
I have no experience with the hardcover collection this Kindle Fire edition is based on but I can only assume it reproduces the actual pages fairly accurately, albeit smaller. That being said, I have gone and read some of these original Doonesbury strips in various locations online and I have never seen them look so clean. The black and white on the Kindle Fire screen is incredibly crisp and they look like they were drawn yesterday.

I was also extremely impressed by the functionality of this Kindle Fire version of the book. Before purchasing the book I downloaded the sample version to see what it was like. When I first started flipping through the pages I was disappointed because while the pages themselves were bright and colorful, the text was pretty small and difficult to read. After about five or six pages, I wanted to see if I could zoom in. I tried pinching and pressing to no avail. Somehow I hit upon double tapping on the text and was amazed when a text box with large, perfectly legible words popped up and the rest of the page dimmed behind it. Even more impressive, you can tap on the edges of the screen like you were changing pages in a typical book and it will move from one paragraph to the next as well as to the next page when you are at the last paragraph. Likewise, while the strips themselves initially seem small, you can double tap on them to fill the entire Kindle Fire screen.

Garry Trudeau mentions in his introduction that the four books that make up the complete retrospective only contain about 13% of the more than 14,000 published Doonesbury strips and while I'd like access to all of them, what you do get is extremely well-presented and in my opinion well worth the asking price.

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