Jaelynn Cook

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Google Apps Script for Beginners
Google Apps Script for Beginners
Google Apps Script for Beginners by Serge Gabet. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide
MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide
MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide by Jon Stephens, Mike Kruckenberg, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Uma Vida ao Teu Lado (Portuguese Edition)
Uma Vida ao Teu Lado (Portuguese Edition)
Uma Vida ao Teu Lado (Portuguese Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
April's Song
April's Song
April's Song by Allison Granger. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Sycamore Row[SYCAMORE ROW][Paperback]
Sycamore Row[SYCAMORE ROW][Paperback]
Sycamore Row[SYCAMORE ROW][Paperback] by JohnGrisham. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Innocente. Una storia vera
Innocente. Una storia vera
Innocente. Una storia vera by GRISHAM John -. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Dark Tower Boxed Set
The Dark Tower Boxed Set
The Dark Tower Boxed Set by Stephen King. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King at the Movies
Stephen King at the Movies
Stephen King at the Movies by Jessie Horsting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Eclipse: Programming Java Applications
Eclipse: Programming Java Applications
Eclipse: Programming Java Applications by Steve Holzner. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Web Application Development with Yii and PHP
Web Application Development with Yii and PHP
Web Application Development with Yii and PHP by Jeffrey Winesett. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Laravel: Up and Running
Laravel: Up and Running
Laravel: Up and Running by Matt Stauffer. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 77 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Code Like A Pro: The Developer's Handbook
Code Like A Pro: The Developer's Handbook
Code Like A Pro: The Developer's Handbook by Anshuman Patro. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Laravel Application Development Blueprints
Laravel Application Development Blueprints
Laravel Application Development Blueprints by Arda Kılıçdağı and Halil İbrahim Yılmaz. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Vue.js Programming by Example
Vue.js Programming by Example
Vue.js Programming by Example by Agus Kurniawan. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Database Reporting (Skills Today)
SQL Database Reporting (Skills Today)
SQL Database Reporting (Skills Today) by Simon Smart. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Swift For Dummies
Swift For Dummies
Swift For Dummies by Jesse Feiler. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Warren Buffett: 20 Life Tips To Get Control Over Your Life And Gain Success: (Warren Buffet Biography, Business Success, The Essays of Warren ... The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis)
Warren Buffett: 20 Life Tips To Get Control Over Your Life And Gain Success: (Warren Buffet Biography, Business Success, The Essays of Warren ... The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis)
Absolutely awful. Book in this case means a 1/10th of an inch pamphlet filled with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and content/quotes that could have been pulled out of any Warren Buffet biography and typed up in an afternoon.The pages are too thick to be used as toilet paper and the book itself isn't big enough to prop up my wonky coffee table ( It may be for yours but I can't comment on that)
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
This is a fascinating biography that I enjoyed very much, but before getting into the details of the book itself I want to quickly go back in time to when Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 (it's hard to believe that three and a half years have already gone by since that date). At that time, the Walter Isaacson biography (Steve Jobs) had already been written.

Jobs had agreed to be interviewed by Isaacson over the course of the final two years of his life, and when Isaacson's biography of Jobs was published less than three weeks after his death, on October 24, 2011, it immediately became a bestseller. His book was taken as the most thorough and authoritative description of Jobs that had been written. It did have the cooperation of Jobs himself, and did become the benchmark biography of Jobs (until today). It pulled few punches in describing Jobs volatility throughout his life and in managing his businesses. The view of most was probably that the Isaacson book was tough but fair, because the stories of how difficult Jobs could be were well known and undisputed.

Now that a couple of years have gone by and people have had a chance to adjust to Jobs death and reflect, it turns out that there was a need for a more balanced look at his life, one that doesn't overlook his failings but also gives more credit to not only his great technological leadership but also his humanity and his great talents as a leader of men and women. Especially interesting are the stories of his growth as a person, and how he did learn to be more understanding and compassionate in dealing with people. We learn through reading this book that this was something he acknowledged and worked hard at improving. He knew he had faults and he tried to limit them (not always successfully). We are all aware of his accomplishments - he led and inspired (and demanded) the talented people at Apple to innovate and exceed their own expectations time after time, and although he was a stern taskmaster he also drove them to design and engineer products that were sensational to use and experience. They were transformative to industries. Jobs may not have been perfect, nobody is claiming that, but these things do not happen solely through bullying, there has to be more to it than that.

And there is more to it than that. This new biography of Jobs brings out those other aspects of Jobs life and personality. And no doubt it benefits from the time that has gone by since his death, which has given everyone involved a chance to get some distance from the events of his life and put them in perspective.

This book also has an even more significant difference, I feel: the authors, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, are two gentlemen who have known the computer industry and Jobs for many years. Schlender in particular had a relationship with Jobs that spanned almost 25 years. He did not meet Jobs for the first time when they began working on the book (and this is one of the most important differences in comparing this book to the earlier biography, because Isaacson did not know Jobs prior to working on that book, and he did not have the strong background in the computer industry that both Schlender and Tetzeli possess. He was, and is, an accomplished and well respected biographer and business executive, and among other things has been the CEO of the Aspen Institute for a number of years). Bringing out this personal connection right at the beginning, the book starts with Schlender talking about his first meeting with Jobs, in April of 1986, when he was working for the Wall Street Journal and stationed in San Francisco and he drove down to Palo Alto to meet with Jobs at the NeXT headquarters.

A couple of years ago, when Schlender and Tetzeli approached Apple with their plan to write this book, they were not able to obtain the cooperation of the company or its executives. Then, after a year and a half of continued effort, the door was finally opened. They were able to meet with Apple people, as well as with Jobs widow, and the resulting fresh materials, together with the notes and documents they had already gathered, going back many years, gave them an unequalled resource of information to produce this new biography.

This book provides a more comprehensive look at Jobs full career, not just the Apple years (parts I and II). There is a great deal of material describing his time at both NeXT and Pixar that I was unfamiliar with. Those years when he was separated from Apple were very important in understanding and illustrating the evolution Jobs went through as a manager and as a person over the course of his life. The executives Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter at Pixar, and Bob Iger at Disney, for example, were very influential to Jobs and this was interesting to read about. (This is a time period of his life that was almost completely overlooked in the earlier Isaacson biography).

This 13-year period, beginning in September, 1985, when Jobs resigned from Apple after John Scully essentially stripped all of Jobs responsibilities from him, until late 1998 when he returned to Apple following Apple's acquisition of NeXT and the removal of Gil Amelio as CEO, is covered in detail in this book and was, to me, most interesting. It was during this period that Steve tried unsuccessfully to reproduce the magic of the Mac in the new NeXT computer, acquired a creative and well-functioning team at Pixar that resisted his micromanaging and taught him how to more skillfully lead a high performing creative group. It was also during this time that he met his future wife, Laurene Powell, married and began to raise a family. Pixar achieved it's first major success when the movie Toy Story was produced in 1995; that eventually led to his return to great wealth when Pixar was sold to Disney. All of these experiences combined over time to produce a more thoughtful and measured manager who, by the time he was asked to lead Apple again, was a far different person than the imperious and demanding 20-something who had co-founded Apple and then skyrocketed to fame and fortune when he was probably too young to handle it.

And while some are now criticising this book as being more forgiving regarding Jobs, especially when compared to the Isaacson biography, I'll add one story that speaks volumes to me regarding this 'other side' of Jobs. When he returned to Apple in 1998, he faced a terribly difficult situation, the company had it's least inspiring product lineup ever, employee morale was seriously depressed, and there was a desperate need to chart a path to recover the magic that the company had held in its early days. In one of his very first leadership decisions at Apple, in learning that the stock options of the employees were all 'underwater' and valueless, he insisted that the board re-issue all those employee stock options so that they were priced at the stock value on July 7, the day that Amelio's firing was made public. He informed the employees of this in an 'all hands' memo that went out over his signature, a singular move that immediately revitalized the financial prospects for the companies employees. And he had no personal stake in that decision, because at that time he had no personal stock options of his own. The depth of his dedication to the employees of Apple could not have been more clearly shown than it was in that single action.

As I read this book, having read many other stories about Jobs and having a familiarity with his life and how it developed, it can be both sad and frustrating to read once again about his failures and mistakes. At NeXT, for example, recounting the many errors made - selecting expensive magnesium for the computer case, requiring it to be built as a cube with sharp edges rather than easier to manufacture rounded corners, building the state-of-the-art factory in Fremont that would never be used to its full capability - I found myself lamenting that he hadn't been able to learn those lessons of management and discipline earlier in his life. A great waste, in many respects. Still, it is a part of his story (and a number of the innovations from NeXT would go on to live well beyond those days). Great leaders always talk about how their failures were critical to their development. Likely he would not have grown into the man he eventually became if he hadn't made those mistakes, painful though they are to replay. He was just 30 when he began NeXT, 33 when the first NeXT computer was unveiled, in grand Jobs extravaganza style at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He was world famous and yet still a very young and immature man. The attention to detail and importance of design that was so important to him from the very beginning, even when it was impossible to implement or led to products that were too expensive to succeed commercially, would blossom in later years as the iPhone and other devices were developed and led to Apple's greatest successes.

To me, the most moving story from the book was when Tim Cook realized that he and Jobs had the same blood type. That meant that Cook could potentially help Jobs fight his illness by donating a part of his own liver. But Jobs wouldn't even consider it, and the deep personal nature of that exchange, between those two men and at a time when Jobs realized that his remaining days were dwindling, was very poignant. The last part of the book is especially sad as we live through his final days, when he knew that his time was coming to an end.

There are many other interesting stories here, some of which can be found elsewhere in the other reviews or on the internet already, as the early reviews are out and most of them share favorite stories or new insights that were gained from reading the book. I'll just add that this is a very human portrayal of Jobs, it is one that I believe will appeal to people who like to read biographies of business leaders, people who are fans of Apple and are looking for more insight into how it works and the people behind the products, and it will also appeal to readers who are interested in what makes a brilliant leader tick, how does the mind work and what magic must take place in order for those visions to become manifest in products and in a company that, soon after Jobs death, became the largest in the world.

I also think that it is remarkable to see the support that Apple executives are now putting behind this book now that it has been released. Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO and Jobs hand-picked successor, Jony Ive, Apple's long standing head of design, and Eddy Cue, Apple's head of software and internet services, have all endorsed it. A cynic might view their praise of the book as support of something that may help to reshape Jobs image in a more flattering light, but I think that there is more to it than that. This book does not whitewash Jobs or overlook his faults.

My earlier comparisons to the Isaacson biography, which until today may have been the benchmark for a Jobs biography, may sound like too much of a criticism of that book, so I will add that anyone interested in Apple and the story of the company and of Steve Jobs is probably going to want to read both books. I purchased the Isaacson book as soon as it came out, and I'll probably go back and read it again now. There are portions of Jobs life and Apple history that are covered in the Isaacson book and not so much (or at all) in this new book. I think that one of the other reviewers makes the point that the two books should be viewed as complimentary, and I think that is the right way to look at it.

By the time of his death, Steve Jobs had become an icon of the business world, having achieved a stature that only a few American business executives have ever reached (Jack Welch at GE being perhaps the most recent, prior to Jobs). This is a fascinating look at him and his company, and after reading it I have the feeling that I may be just a bit closer to understanding what he was like. I wouldn't try to claim that this book is definitive - Jobs was complex enough and accomplished so much during his life that no single biography is going to provide everything that could be written about him. I do have the feeling that it may be the closest yet.
Collectible President Donald Trump Troll Doll - Hair to the Chief
Collectible President Donald Trump Troll Doll - Hair to the Chief
Cute Trump troll...but the hair is overly stiff. Now I know 45 uses a lot of "product" to keep his coif properly positioned, but I like my trolls to have soft, flowing hair...so after some seriously aggressive combing, I did get it more to my liking...now it sort of looks like it's blowing in the wind ;)
The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues
The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues
The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues. YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! People forget that Aretha Franklin used to sing the blues--and boy could she sing it. She didn't try to sing it like the blues men of the day either. She didn't have to "growl" like KoKo Taylor or Etta James. Aretha just went straight "church" with her blues and sang it as if she was singing for all women who knew something about it. Not only did Aretha sing the blues, she could play it too. She was a phenomenal piano player; always, always, you could hear her gospel roots. The infusion of her gospel roots with the blues is just as riveting as her idol's--Ray Charles. She "rips" it with Mabel John's You're Just Taking Up Another Man's Place (ha!--she'll have ya shoutin') and then goes to church with a simple little "ditty" called You Are My Sunshine. Got a man you need to tell off girls--listen to Be as Good to Me as I am to You. Listen to Aretha wail "...if you can't find it in your heart to do for me, then just don't darken my front door..." She goes on--"using my time, my heart, my love day after day..."

Although some of the songs are on other CDs that I have of Aretha's, this CD is still a nice compilation with some OUTSTANDING surprises (specifically the Mabel John piece).

This CD is like a rare jewel. Got the blues? Play this CD and go to church with Aretha--you won't have the blues for long.
Real Live
Real Live
love this CD because its a mix of acoustic and rocking versions of some of Bobs classic songs and songs off Infidels. Backed by a small but excellent band that features former rolling stones guitarist Mick Taylor, blues breaker drummer Colin Allen on drums ex-Faces' keyboard player Ian McLagan and bassist Greg Sutton, Real Live kicks some rocking life into some Dylan tunes.
"Real Live" was the 1984 european tour that ended with a huge concert of 75,000 at wembley in the UK. ( You can see on utube videos of the wembley shows as well as others in germany and spain.)
It starts off with Highway 61 is played as a chuck berry style rocker and moves along nicely compared some of the plainer versions i've heard .
Maggies Farm starts of with great energetic shuffle drum riff and Taylor on slide guitar . This is is my favorite version ever of this song because Dylans vocals are great here and Taylor slide guitar riffs and fills are just So good ! Great energy.
"I and I" is haunting with the band playing in a more minor key, compared to the infidels which featured more of Knoflpers style guitar style. Boths versions are great though.
"Licence to kill" is done in a powerful dark mood with Taylor doing some beautifully dark extended solo's. Dylans voice is great here and Ian McLagan on keyboards give a bit of a reggae feel.
"It Ain't me Babe", has just Dylan on acoustic and you can heard by the crowd, its an audience favorite. His harmonica solo is not as good as earlier versions though and is a bit repetative.
Next is a great version of "Tangled up in blue" , Dylans vocals and guitar are very good. He changes the words a bit, but compared to other versions, this one is more energetic.
"Masters of War" is one of my favorites with its dark mood and Taylor's very melodic lead guitar. Its much better than the Infidels version.
"Ballad of a thin man" .. i usually skip this one..
"Girl from the North Country" is excellent. Just Dylan on acoustic. The live ambience make you think you are actually up in the north country.
"Tombstone Blues" was always the finally jam song on this tour where they brought Carlos Santana on stage to play with the band. (since he was the opening act). Its a great rocking version.
Of all the live concerts form 1980 on, this captures Bob with more of a rocking sound that any other i've heard since. I love this CD.
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist and I do a special session in the Wintertime with warm stones & chocolate aromatherapy... I call it "The Hot Chocolate Massage" & it's got quite a following of devoted recipients each year. Recently I realized that my usual chocolate scented essential oil was no longer available 😟 so I gave this one a try. It's priced right and is way better than the one I originally used. Fabulous when diffused & also added to my massage lubricant. My clients have loved it as well. I'll be stocking up asap! HIGHLY RECOMMEND 👍🏻
VPX Bang Rtd, Black Cherry Vanilla, 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
VPX Bang Rtd, Black Cherry Vanilla, 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
Shipping was ridiculous! I didnt get notified by phone I was notified by the loud bang on my doorstep when my package was literally TOSSED on my porch. One if the cans busted open and was still spraying everywhere when I opened it. If not for the careless delivery man being lazy and tossing the box all cans wouldve survived shipping...

As for the drink.... taste was ok at best, I was hoping it would taste like hansen's cherry vanilla but it doesnt. It's not horrible but not good either. Other flavors are definitely are better. Cherry limeade and purple guava are my favorite so far. I love that they give me normal energy with no yuck stomach and sick feeling. The added electrolytes with zero sugar is what really drew me in. Also coq10 is a big plus for me, I get migraines and coq10 seems to lessen thier frequency. All in all good product, crappy delivery guy!
Bob Dylan - Really Easy Piano
Bob Dylan - Really Easy Piano
Four stars for moment. Up date now below
Looks OK but the first song I went to play Lay Lady Lay is in the wrong key being C major the Dylan original version is in B minor I have needed to edit all the written music to the correct key.
The C Major version does not sound right at all.
I am hoping this is the only song scored in the incorrect Key .
Further to the above I have now discovered a Byrds cover was released in C major in playing along with the byrds track in C major the song does sound right , however I wish the score was written in the original Dylan key
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1 [2 LP]
I am not a fan of these tribute albums but this one deserves high praise. Instead of semi-famous people murdering the famous Dylan songs here we have some lesser known artists getting stuck in to lesser known songs. The one exception to that rule is Slash's version of Wiggle Wiggle, it is not only an affront to the ears but totally out of character with what is actually a really solid album.

The highlights for me are Brownsville Girl (reprise), Series of Dreams and the acoustic version of Every Grain of Sand; all are affectionate homages to the original songs and they all sound great to my ears. They are obviously not as good as the originals and I do get the urge to listen to Dylan's versions when i play this cd...but that that is not a bad thing, i have never heard anyone other than Dylan do these songs so it is useful to have a different take on them.

As you can see from the selection of songs this cd is really aimed at the Dylan connoisseur, half the songs have never had an official release so the little in joke line-changes that are occasionally inserted will pass over your head if you have not heard the song.

Having said that the versions are of such a high quality and have such a nice modern sound that this could be a good starting point for anyone who is not familiar with Dylan's 80s stuff.

Finally the profits all go to charity too so if you have bothered reading this far you might as well go ahead and order it- there is a moment during the acoustic Every Grain of Sand when the guy takes the trouble to reproduce the noise of a dog barking (from the Bootleg 3 version) with just his keyboard- that is almost worth buying the album for on its own!
From Another World: A Tribute To Bob Dylan / Var
From Another World: A Tribute To Bob Dylan / Var
Bought this because I heard the brilliant version of I Want You by Burma Orchestra Saing Waing but apart from that track (5 stars) and Pura Das Baul's Mr Tamourine Man (4 stars) and Musicians of The Nile's version of Tangled Up In Blue (4 stars) I found nothing of interest in the remaining ten tracks. Most of the songs were unidentifiable, didn't even recognize the tunes in some cases. Looking at it as straight forward world music CD, it has it's moments and I'm loathe to criticise the bands included here who were given a difficult task. I know Buda Records and they have some terrific stuff in their catalogue and they're dedicated people but for once they just had a good idea that failed for me. Check it out before you buy.
Bootleg Series Vol.12
Bootleg Series Vol.12
Shipped from Japan. Item is in Japanese, obviously for a Japanese-speaking audience; no indication of this in the product description. Item returned. Cannot yet comment on the return/refund experience, still in progress. For the record, I did not open the factory wrapper so I cannot say what language the recording was in...
LG K31 Unlocked Smartphone – 32 GB – Silver (Made for US by LG) – Verizon, AT&T, T–Mobile, Metro, Cricket (Universal Compatibility)
LG K31 Unlocked Smartphone – 32 GB – Silver (Made for US by LG) – Verizon, AT&T, T–Mobile, Metro, Cricket (Universal Compatibility)
After hours of reviewing details of many unlocked GSM phones available in the U.S, the new LG K31 is the best if you're looking for a model phone with a screen under 6 inches.

I originally settled on the similar Samsung Galaxy A01 but returned it... the LG K31 is much better... the OS runs much more smoothly and quick and the Wifi chip used in the Samsung is simply awful with very poor distance range.

The SAR radiation level rating on the LG K31 is also on the lower end of the scale (.97 head / 1.03 Body). If SAR ratings are important to you; in comparison, most budget priced Motorola phones typically have much higher SAR radiation ratings usually near the maximum allowable rating of 1.6

The LG K31 doesn't break the bank plus offers fingerprint security and 32GB memory. As an FYI, the LG K31 is the same model as T-Mobile's new LG Aristo 5

I thought I'd give it a shot and just signed up for Mint Mobile's $45 for 3 months plan with 3GB data monthly and so far it's a great option with quality connection that run's on T-Mobile's network and saves me about $40 a month compared to regular single plans through the major carriers. Five weeks in, service has been solid so I plan to renew every 3 months.
Jordan The 10: Air 1 Off-White Mens
Jordan The 10: Air 1 Off-White Mens
Off white is one of the most well known and respected streetwear brands. They compete with supreme and other high-end streetwear companies. With this, it makes sense that they would collaborate with the most important and most recognizable shoe, the Jordan 1's. This shoe has a high price point due to its collaboration with offwhite. In terms of importance, this shoe is low. It does have a red and white colorway, but its respect in the game is low. It is just a pricey shoe, that tries to gain extra clout by the collaboration, not in looking at the shoe design, colorway, and importance. If one has the money to buy this shoe and wants to flaunt their wealth, this is the shoe for them. However, if someone cares about shoe culture, and the importance of Jordans' there are many other shoes to buy with the same amount of money. Jordans' are some of the most influential shoes. They were created specifically by Nike to target the ghettos and black kids who watched basketball and targetted them as the market. That has expanded, and now these shoes are for anybody. However, the practice of selling and distribution is still in play by Nike. The reason the recent court couples or royal blues are doing so well is that they are reasonably priced, at about $170 retail, and have important colorways that people recognize and respect. These shoes are sold in limited quantities, and the market comes from the reselling and trading of shoes. This is what makes the shoe valuable and popular, not an expensive price tag and a collaboration with a company. These shoes are too expensive, and will not gain the respect they need to become valuable shoes, because they try to skip the steps that make a shoe important.
Avengers AVN Thanos MASK
Avengers AVN Thanos MASK
The mask quality and face looks good, I bought two for my Nephews. One came with a strap to hold the mask on the other did not.
Thor: Ragnarok (4K UHD)
Thor: Ragnarok (4K UHD)
I took my wife to see this and she is not a comic book fan AT ALL! We are both 60+ seniors and we both enjoyed the movie immensely. I'm grew up on the "Silver Age" of comics, mostly DC with the occasional Spidey, Submariner, Hulk, Iron Man, & THOR.. WOR, Channel 9 in New York used to run a Marvel series back in the late 60's and I loved 'em (You can watch them on YouTube). As a matter of fact this was the show that created the great Spidey theme song that even The Ramones covered. "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..." is a tune that I still sing to this day. Getting back to the subject at hand - "Thor: Ragnarock". Chris Hemsworth is charming and extremely likeable and that is what makes this movie work so well. It's a special something that even Downey Jr. doesn't have. While RDJ is likeable, his charm seems to be slightly forced. It’s not as comforting as Hemsworth's charm seems to be. I'm a hetero through & through yet I have to admit to having a wee bit of a bro-mance with CH. As a child of the 60's & 70's I prefer Hemsworth's Thor with the long locks. I mean when you think of Thor, you think of the Hammer and the long blonde, Scandanavian locks but he's so handsome he could have a freakin' Mohawk and he would look amazing.
I'm not a huge Mark Ruffalo fan and while he has done a good job with his run of the Hulk character, when he is in the David Banner "mode" (for lack of a better term) is cerrainly the weak link of all the main character. Though it's in the Hulk form where he really shines. The one and only unique Jeff Goldblum is as quirky and charming as always - even whilst playing a villain. As usual Tom Hiddleston's Loki is frustrating. Though, this is not a knock on Hiddleston - on the contrary. I say frustrating only because of his likeability as an person makes you wishing he was always one of thd "good guys". I don't want to add spoilers so that's all that I'll say about Loki. Idris Elba as usual is magnificent as is Cate Blanchett, who is almost unrecognizable as Hela. She's the actor that Streep use to be. Tessa Thompson who I became of aware of in "Creed" where her quiet sensuality almost stole that movie was another bright spot in a movie that had many.
What really pushed this movie to the top 5 of my favorite super hero of all-time - ironically - was the COMEDY! Yes, I said comedy. I went to see this weeks after it had hit the theatres so there was my wife, myself, & two guys in the theatre...an that was if! Well the four of us were belly laughing throughout the entire movie. Even during most of the many action scenes. Laughter is what will always come to mind when I think of "Thor: Ragnarock", knee-slapping laughter.
Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)
Thor: Ragnarok (With Bonus Content)
I took my wife to see this and she is not a comic book fan AT ALL! We are both 60+ seniors and we both enjoyed the movie immensely. I'm grew up on the "Silver Age" of comics, mostly DC with the occasional Spidey, Submariner, Hulk, Iron Man, & THOR.. WOR, Channel 9 in New York used to run a Marvel series back in the late 60's and I loved 'em (You can watch them on YouTube). As a matter of fact this was the show that created the great Spidey theme song that even The Ramones covered. "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..." is a tune that I still sing to this day. Getting back to the subject at hand - "Thor: Ragnarock". Chris Hemsworth is charming and extremely likeable and that is what makes this movie work so well. It's a special something that even Downey Jr. doesn't have. While RDJ is likeable, his charm seems to be slightly forced. It’s not as comforting as Hemsworth's charm seems to be. I'm a hetero through & through yet I have to admit to having a wee bit of a bro-mance with CH. As a child of the 60's & 70's I prefer Hemsworth's Thor with the long locks. I mean when you think of Thor, you think of the Hammer and the long blonde, Scandanavian locks but he's so handsome he could have a freakin' Mohawk and he would look amazing.
I'm not a huge Mark Ruffalo fan and while he has done a good job with his run of the Hulk character, when he is in the David Banner "mode" (for lack of a better term) is cerrainly the weak link of all the main character. Though it's in the Hulk form where he really shines. The one and only unique Jeff Goldblum is as quirky and charming as always - even whilst playing a villain. As usual Tom Hiddleston's Loki is frustrating. Though, this is not a knock on Hiddleston - on the contrary. I say frustrating only because of his likeability as an person makes you wishing he was always one of thd "good guys". I don't want to add spoilers so that's all that I'll say about Loki. Idris Elba as usual is magnificent as is Cate Blanchett, who is almost unrecognizable as Hela. She's the actor that Streep use to be. Tessa Thompson who I became of aware of in "Creed" where her quiet sensuality almost stole that movie was another bright spot in a movie that had many.
What really pushed this movie to the top 5 of my favorite super hero of all-time - ironically - was the COMEDY! Yes, I said comedy. I went to see this weeks after it had hit the theatres so there was my wife, myself, & two guys in the theatre...an that was if! Well the four of us were belly laughing throughout the entire movie. Even during most of the many action scenes. Laughter is what will always come to mind when I think of "Thor: Ragnarock", knee-slapping laughter.
Ghostbusters (2016)
Ghostbusters (2016)
Aw, I really wanted to like this movie. Followed the drama for a long time, were they going to make another Ghostbusters? It had to be funny or it wasn't going to work... so they didn't do it. After Harold Ramis died it was pretty much over, except now they could just push a crap movie through. I would be embarrassed to have been involved in this movie.

This movie failed on many fronts. It is not funny. All the lead roles are poorly acted. The script is poorly written. Watching Melissa McCarthy massacre this movie was pretty painful. This is what happens when you get a weak director (Feig) who lets his actors run the show, you get Melissa McCarthy running her mouth over everyone's lines, doesn't even allow time for a punchline to land before vomiting more dialogue all over the screen. One gets the impression that the director just said just "keep babbling pedantically, It doesn't matter what you say." There isn't one solid delivery in the whole film. I can't even recommend this as mindless fun, because it is far more annoying than enjoyable.

This movie basically has no plot, there is no real sci-fi/supernatural aspect just pointless ghost encounters. What plot points there are do not connect logically. There was opportunity for intelligent humor (like the original) but they went straight for the lowest common denominator. Movie goes right for the fart jokes skimps on actual comedy.
5K1-States Evidence
5K1-States Evidence
This movie had all of the ingredients to entertain, captivate and enthrall. The realism in the characters, the great directing and the outstanding acting made this easily become one of my favorite movies. This movie and the cast should be award winning!
The Ninth Day
The Ninth Day
Auf den ersten Blick wirkt die Geschichte des Henri Kremer unwirklich. Doch genau diese Irritation ist der Moment, der den Film 'Der neunte Tag' ausmacht. Der luxemburgische Priester Henri Kremer wird aus dem Priesterblock des Konzentrationslagers Dachau beurlaubt. Dies geschieht mit einem Auftrag, den die regierenden Nationalsozialisten mit auf den Weg geben. Henri Kremer soll den Bischof von Luxemburg auf den Kurs der Nationalsozialisten einschwören. Der luxemburgische Würdenträger steht dem NS-Regime mehr als kritisch gegenüber.
Der luxemburgische Bischof hat einen ausgesprochenen Sinn für die Symbolik, wenn er jeden Mittag das Glockenläuten der Domkirche als Zeichen des Protestes gegen die Diktatur intoniert. Den Sinn für die Symbolik pflegt aber auch der Film 'Der neunte Tag' bis zur letzten Minute. Es ist ein Film, der unter die Haut geht. In der Person des Henri Kremer, der ganz großartig von Ulrich Matthes gespielt wird, wird die Ambivalenz sichtbar, die den damaligen Menschen innegewohnt haben muß. Jene Ambivalenz zwischen der Bereitschaft zum Widerstand und der Offenheit, sich doch auf die Nationalsozialisten einzulassen, um die eigene Haut zu retten.
Es ist aber auch die Interaktion zwischen dem Individuum, dem persönlichen sozialen System und dem politischen System. So wechseln die Bilder im Film 'Der neunte Tag' entsprechend. So erlebt der Zuschauer ihn auf seinen Spaziergängen zum örtlichen Nazi-Statthalter sehr nachdenklich. In der Nacht brechen in seinen Träumen dann die Emotionen durch und der Zuschauer bekommt einen Eindruck davon, wie kontrolliert der Einzelne sich in einer Diktatur bewegen muß und das Seelenleben dann doch durchbricht. Es wird erlebbar, was in den Familien passiert sein muß, wenn man die Opposition zu den Nationalsozialisten geübt hat. Und der Film 'Der neunte Tag' macht klar, daß das politische System das Alltagsleben durchdrungen hat, wenn ein luxemburgischer Bischof sein Dasein zwischen der Anpassung der Gläubigen, der Kollaboration von Mitbrüdern im priesterlichen Amt und gelebtem Widerstand behaupten muß.
Was dem Film 'Der neunte Tag' fehlt, ist der Blick auf das gewöhnliche Gottesvolk in den Zeiten der nationalsozialistischen Herrschaft. Es fehlt an den Bildern, in denen Henri Kremer sich am Altare des Herrn und inmitten der Gläubigen erlebt. Wenn der Film solche Bilder gezeigt hätte, wäre die Kraft des Films noch ausdrücklicher gewesen. So beeindruckt nicht nur die Endszene, wenn Henri Kremer ins Konzentrationslager zurückgekehrt ist, eine Mettwurst in Scheiben schneidet und sie den Mitbrüdern anbietet. Man hätte dem 'Neunten Tag' auch gewünscht, dass der Alltag im Priesterblock lebendiger dargestellt worden wäre.
Der Film 'Der neunte Tag' hinterläßt seine Spuren durch die dargestellte Banalität und Einfachheit. Er beeindruckt durch die menschliche Darstellung seiner Akteure. Und er überzeugt dadurch, dass die Rolle der katholischen Kirche im Nationalsozialismus nicht mit einer moralischen Brille angeschaut wird.
Mightier Than the Sword: A Novel (Clifton Chronicles Book 5)
Mightier Than the Sword: A Novel (Clifton Chronicles Book 5)
This is a great read, fast-paced, however Jeffrey Archer needs to learn a few lessons from some of his contemporaries, most notably Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum and Nelson DeMille. They know how to end a "serial" novel while leaving the reader feeling complete after reading that phase of the saga whereas the reader knows there is more to come from their favorite characters/themes/series (e.g. Ken Follet's Kingsbridge Series, Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne and Nelson DeMille's John Corey), and not not an unfinished work as is the case with "Mightier Than The Sword."

Jeffrey Archer's spins a tale with complex, well-developed characters facing various - and at times - dire challenges throughout the tale whose lives are intertwined through many circumstances/situations over time that are made clear as the novel progresses from beginning to end. However - at the end of the novel - WAY too many questions remain unclear for the reader concerning many of the intricate situations woven into this tale who is basically told to wait for the next work in this series which should be available some time this year (2016). The only time I was more disappointed with the 'leave the reader hanging' feeling is when James Leigh did not write a follow-up novel to his excellent work, "The Ludi Victor."

Again Jeffrey Archer, "Mightier Than The Sword" is a well-written, fast-paced novel. In the future.please learn from you contemporaries I previously mentioned (Follett, Ludlum, DeMille) and provide the reader with closure at the end of each book in this series. It's very well-written and the characters are believable and fit well into the then-historical context in this novel/series; we anticipate reading the future of the Barrington/Clifton/Fenwick saga!

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Kilrone: A Novel
Kilrone: A Novel
This is a typically western story - framed around forts, Indians, Cavalry, etc. It is an excellent book as are the majority of Louis
L'Amour's books. His main character in this book (Kilrone) is a very dynamic individual and very smart in the knowledge of the
nature of Indians which works to his advantage in protecting the fort & all the individuals left there to battle the Indians. This book
is a page turner and keeps you on the edge of your seat & I highly recommend it!!!
Mikeneko-homes no Bitsukuri-bako
Mikeneko-homes no Bitsukuri-bako
若い頃、途中までしか読めなかったシリーズだったので、今少しずつでも読みすすめていきたい。
とにかくおもしろいので時間を見つけては夢中になっています。
Zane Grey Collection: Riders of the Purple Sage, The Call of the Canyon, The Man of the Forest, The Desert of Wheat and Much More (Xist Classics)
Zane Grey Collection: Riders of the Purple Sage, The Call of the Canyon, The Man of the Forest, The Desert of Wheat and Much More (Xist Classics)
I like westerns and especially those from Zane Grey's era. I like most of the popular writers and Grey is among them. Riders of the Purple Sage is one everyone should read if he wants to get to know Zane Grey. Grey's style is somewhat slow moving and delves more into personal relationships than some of the others that move faster, but he is a master story teller and a describer of nature and beauty.
Winnetou IV (German Edition)
Winnetou IV (German Edition)
Nachdem ich trotz Vorbestellung den Artikel über Prime lange nicht erhielt, habe ich ihn schließlich über einen Drittanbieter zügig erhalten. Leider stellte sich nun nach Anhören der ersten beiden CDs heraus, das CD3 die Geschichte Winnetou IV nicht zu Ende erzählt, sondern Auszüge aus dem Band Old Surehand enthält. Da ich das Hörbuch in der Zwischenzeit noch ein weiteres mal als Geschenk erhielt und auch dieses Exemplar den selben Fehler aufweist, scheint es sich um einen Produktionsfehler zu handeln. Daher rausgeschmissenes Geld!
De kanonnen van Navarone (Dutch Edition)
De kanonnen van Navarone (Dutch Edition)
Ich kenne alle Bücher von Allistair McLean. Mir ist völlig unverständlich, warum es diese Bücher nur in Englisch gibt oder wie hier zum Beispiel in holländisch. Haben wir Deutsche es nicht verdient auch eine deutsche Übersetzung zu bekommen, zumal es diese Bücher in Deutschland gibt. Leider nicht bei Amazon.
Bleach, Vol. 24
Bleach, Vol. 24
This series is almost unequaled in its depth of characters, its storylines, and its length. A well written almost never ending tale of action adventure love betrayal death and almost everything human. Buy the manga, Buy the movies, Buy the dvd's. If you can find it on blu-ray pick it up and keep it forever. Its certainly worth it.
Anne Rice's the witching hour: The beginning
Anne Rice's the witching hour: The beginning
I had heard of Anne's vampire books, but wasn't really interested. When I saw she had gone into Witchery, with a novel based in my two favorite cities, I knew I would like it. I bought it when it was first released, years ago, and it is still my favorite of all her books. I don't usually keep fictions, since I move alot, but this one always goes with me. Highly recommended.
Garri Potter I Filofskij Kamen = Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Russian Edition)
Garri Potter I Filofskij Kamen = Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Russian Edition)
I'm a polyglot so when I saw Harry Potter in Russian, I had to have it. It's more difficult reading than the graded readers I use to teach with, but the kids got excited to even read a few paragraphs from it. It has joined my American, British, German, Spanish, and French versions, and I have no doubt I will purchase more volumes just because I want it in Russian. When my students see it, they are intrigued by the lettering, and more than one has learned the basics of Russian just to be able to read a little. I would not recommend it to beginners, as the word stock is not graded down, but for pleasurable reading, it's a great way to keep up one's vocabulary and grammar!
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The unquestionable master Sam Clemens, Mark Twain, wrote this marvelous piece to lampoon monarchy and organized religion. He also intended a large advertisement for science, technology, capitalism, and democracy. Well done. And the touches of Twain's acid-tongued humor make me laugh out loud.

After being hit in the head so hard that it "seemed to spring every joint in my skull and made it overlap its neighbor", Hank Morgan, a citizen of late-19th-century Connecticut, finds himself being chased up a tree by one of King Arthur's Knights. When he accepts that these people are not insane (Somehow the notion that HE might be in a delirium never occurs to him), he decides that, because of his vastly superior education, he'll be running this country within a few years. And he is. Then he decides to overthrow the ancient barbarities and institute true civilization. And he does. For a while.

Mr. Twain uses the notion of time travel the way the best fantasy and science fiction authors use their genres: to compare and contrast today's world. And, being Mark Twain, he does it well.

It's odd how the abused are curiously sheltered, as if their maturing stopped when they began to be abused and they never matured past that. So the cynic can be curiously naive.

This book came to me when I was about 11. I loved it and still remember large sections of it from that glorious pubescent reading. This, my second reading, I have read it a second time now, and I am now five years older than Twain was when it was published. Now I find it delightful and I laugh an adolescent's laugh (Truly little boys never grow up. Our toys just get more expensive) at his merciless tweaking the nose of authority.

But now I find naive the notion that Hank could have become "The Boss" and second in command of England as easily as that. Nor do I think his takeover could have been nearly so complete.

What rings true is how that takeover could come crashing down so completely, so suddenly. Twain believed in reason and education. I think tradition, prejudice, and emotion trump them.

That having been said, I love this book! I recommend it without qualification and I hope to hear rebuttals to my comments.
Half Truths: A Helheim Wolf Pack Tale (Half Blood Series)
Half Truths: A Helheim Wolf Pack Tale (Half Blood Series)
'Half Truths' is the second book in Lauren Dawes 'Half Blood' series. I was a fan of book one 'Half Blood', so I immediately went and bought this one! I just had to find out what was going to happen with the Helheim pack. I'm so glad I did! Lauren can spin a wonderful tale full of drama and suspense! I don't know if the many points of views will throw people off, but it's actually one of my favorite kind of writing styles! (Yup, I've said this before haven't I?) I love to be in the heads of everyone! But no worries folks, Lauren knows how to weave the story so when you're all done reading her book it's complete! Minus the cliffhangers she tortures her readers with! *grins*

In 'Half Truths' we are thrown into brutal murder mysteries that keep happening at the local Goth club. With Vaile Wolfe trying to solve these homicides and feeling the pressures from the police force ON TOP of dealing with the pack and the abduction of the alpha's mate, it's no wonder he's strung so tight when the alluring Larissa Grey is around!!

Don't be fooled, among the murder mayhem, the reconnaissance of the abduction, Lauren manages to throw some romance in there! Will Vaile succumb to Larissa and allow himself to love? Will he remain in his secretive world where vampires and werewolves run wild? Will Larissa give up on questioning her partner Vaile? Will she accept his odd ways and short temper fuse? Or will she just throw all caution out the window for a chance at love? Find out! Pick up the beginning of this story with 'Half Blood' and then head over quick to answer all the questions above by reading 'Half Truths' OR take your chance at winning them below!! I, on the other hand can't wait to get my hands on 'Half Life' book 3!! I give this book my thumbs up!
Vivo S1 (Diamond Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
Vivo S1 (Diamond Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
front camera awesome
rear camera good and better in sunlight
battery back awesome with 4500 mah
awesome design
awesome black with blue graphics
fast charging good
4 gb 128 gb still no lagging
headphone good
8 out of 10
must go for it
BOSSIN Gaming Chair Office Computer Desk Chair with Footrest and Headrest Racing Game Ergonomic Design Large Size High-Back E-Sports Chair PU Leather Swivel Chair Sillas Gaming (Gray)
BOSSIN Gaming Chair Office Computer Desk Chair with Footrest and Headrest Racing Game Ergonomic Design Large Size High-Back E-Sports Chair PU Leather Swivel Chair Sillas Gaming (Gray)
Not a bad chair. Had it for a few weeks now. My gf pointed out theres a nice slice on the top of the chair about 2 inches. I did not use blades or scissors to open it. So it must have came like that. The chair is noisy when using the back support pillow. It runs the material on material and is an annoying sound. She tells me during the middle of the night to stop moving cause the sound annoys her. Whatever, the foot rest is a nice feature. Can be uncomfortable at times but I'm 5 foot 4 so the chair is very oversized for me so I'm comfortable. But the nice slice on the top of the chair really bugs me for spending 129 bucks. Also got the protection plan and recieved a protection plan for a power surge protector. Like how does that help. Would have given more stars if the used a different material for the back support to eliminate the annoying rubbing noises. Also more stars if it didnt give me a weird protection plan. Also minus a star for the slice from a knife on top. There was also blue paint residue on the chair as well. It washed right off though. All said an done I guess I'm happy with it

EDIT : customer service contacted me based on the the review i stated above. they refunded me 10$ and sent a new lumbar support for free. really didn't need it but why not have an extra one. overall its a nice chair for the price. i would recommend for sure. great customer service.
MOOKA True HEPA+ Smart Air Purifier, Large Room up to 540ft², 6-Point Filtration, Auto Mode, Air Quality Detect, Odor Eliminator for Allergies and Pets, UV Sterilizer & Ionizer, Air Cleaner for Office & Home, Rid of Mold, Smoke, Odor
MOOKA True HEPA+ Smart Air Purifier, Large Room up to 540ft², 6-Point Filtration, Auto Mode, Air Quality Detect, Odor Eliminator for Allergies and Pets, UV Sterilizer & Ionizer, Air Cleaner for Office & Home, Rid of Mold, Smoke, Odor
 I’m going to get the cons out of the way first, the price and the noise. This baby is going to cost you $100+ give or take a coupon code, but if you’re like me and already spend a small fortune every year on allergy meds, swiffer dusters, and aerosol sprays, this will be a nice little investment. As for the noise, I’m not gonna hold back, it gets pretty loud. On low, you can still hear a clock ticking, medium, gives off a white noise level of hum, but high is pretty darn loud. If you want to drown out loud neighbors, then it’s a godsend.

Now onto the pros!

I’ve attached a pic of how much this beast filtered out of my tobacco smoke/ dog hair/ dust infested air, in TWO weeks. It pulled in stuffing from a room over! The noise on high might be grating, but it’s a small con knowing how much air it’s pulling.

The highlight that really sold me on this purifier, and I believe should be a fixture on all purifiers, is the light indicators. It is so satisfying, seeing the light turn from blue to red when my father lights up a cigarette. I could be sitting five feet away from him and only smell that stench for a small moment before it disappears. Besides the smell of smoke, I’ve become nose blind for years to the melody of different smells in my house whether from food to wet dog smell, but this thing has reset it. I can enjoy the smell of candles and incense without the lingering smell of tobacco in the air. It’s like a palate refresher to the nose!

So, if you have a smoker in your household, a pet that loves to shed, a dust prone house, or all three, buy it! Save up of you have to, it is worth every penny!

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