Jaxson Ward

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You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started
You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started
You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started by Kyle Simpson , Simon St.Laurent, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Advanced Google AdWords, 3rd Edition
Advanced Google AdWords, 3rd Edition
Advanced Google AdWords, 3rd Edition By: Geddes, Brad There's a story behind this purchase, but it hasn't been written yet. Purchased At: $27.78 View on Amazo
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript by Don Gosselin. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Javascript Complete
Javascript Complete
Javascript Complete by Steven Holzner. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
NW.js Essentials
NW.js Essentials
NW.js Essentials by Alessandro Benoit. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL Crash Course
MySQL Crash Course
MySQL Crash Course by Ben Forta. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 64 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Cask of Amontillado (Dramatized)
The Cask of Amontillado (Dramatized)
The Cask of Amontillado (Dramatized) by Walter Zimmerman, John Chatty, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Mr Standfast
Mr Standfast
Mr Standfast by John Buchan, Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 107 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift
Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift
Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift by Stephen King, John Glover, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre by Stephen King. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation by Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 453 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP Programming Professional Made Easy 2nd Edition: Expert PHP Programming Language Success in a Day for any Computer User! (PHP, PHP Programming, Programming, ... Programming, Rails, Ruby, Python, Android)
PHP Programming Professional Made Easy 2nd Edition: Expert PHP Programming Language Success in a Day for any Computer User! (PHP, PHP Programming, Programming, ... Programming, Rails, Ruby, Python, Android)
PHP Programming Professional Made Easy 2nd Edition: Expert PHP Programming Language Success in a Day for any Computer User! (PHP, PHP Programming, Programming, ... Programming, Rails, Ruby, Python, Android) by Sam Key. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Python Programming with Oracle Database
Python Programming with Oracle Database
Python Programming with Oracle Database by Ray Terrill. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Pro Active Record: Databases with Ruby and Rails
Pro Active Record: Databases with Ruby and Rails
Pro Active Record: Databases with Ruby and Rails by Kevin Marshall , Chad Pytel , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
I love that this story is based on a modern day success/role model. All kids these days know Amazon so would probably be very interested in learning about Jeff Bezos. This adorable book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written with short, easy to read and understand sentences that will capture and hold a young child’s attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate this story because it encourages kids to be curious and observant, to spend time with family and to always read and learn new things! This story promotes important life lessons that our little ones need to be exposed to at a young age. Kudos to the author!
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford by Rudolph Alvarado and Sonya Alvarado. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 1500 Watt (3000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 1500 Watt (3000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
I have used the 3000W inverter on and off over the past two months with various types and configurations of solar panels and batteries. It performs well under a load of up to 1200W and probably performs well beyond that, although I have not tried. It is well built.

One thing that I have noticed is that, as stated in the description, it does shut off under low voltage. However, the shutoff voltage is around 11.8V or 11.9V - not the 10.5V (+/- 3V) shown in the instruction manual. Of course, this is good for a lead acid battery under load because the inverter will shut down before the battery completely runs down. Running the battery completely down will dramatically shorten its life.

The description/manual also states that "When the input voltage rises to approximately 11.4 – 11.9V DC, the inverter restores to normal operation and the red FAULT indicator will turn off." This is not correct. Even after a battery is fully charged to 12.9V, the fault like still blinks and the inverter does not come back on. I called WindyNation and spoke with a knowledgeable gentleman who verified that the only way to get the inverter to resume normal operation is to manually toggle the ON/OFF switch. This means that, at a remote unmanned site, a low voltage condition will cause the power to be off until someone can visit and reset it.

WindyNation told me a good rule of thumb to minimize the likelihood of batteries being run down below 50% - which is about as low as it is safe to go without damaging lead acid batteries. The rule of thumb is that choose a bank of deep cycle batteries that have as many amp hours as your solar panels have wattage. For example, six 100 watt solar panels should have a battery system rated at 600AH. This is general guidance and the exact ratio depends on the amount of sunshine in your location and the season. But, my experience over the past few months in North Texas is pretty much in line with this recommendation.
Glow In The Dark Party Supplies - 605 Pieces - Includes Connectors to Create Necklaces, Bracelets, Glasses, Heart Glasses, Hats, Headbands, Balls, Flowers - Glow in the Dark Party Favors - Dragon Too
Glow In The Dark Party Supplies - 605 Pieces - Includes Connectors to Create Necklaces, Bracelets, Glasses, Heart Glasses, Hats, Headbands, Balls, Flowers - Glow in the Dark Party Favors - Dragon Too
Bought this kit for my daughter's birthday light glow party for her birthday. It was a hit the kids enjoyed the glow sticks. They did what they said they would do and lasted pretty long. The only issue I had was, the glow hats, the kit claims 20 hat connectors. However, we could only make 3 hats with what came and there were no instructions on how to put the hats or anything else together. This was not a deal breaker. That being said, having what it said it would, as well as, something to show how the accessories were to be assembled would of gave it 5 stars. Would purchase again if needed.
Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrush (Pack of 4 Plus 2 Ceramic Porcelain White Toothbrush Holder), BPA Free Nylon Bristles Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Gums, Eco Friendly Biodegradable Vegan Bamboo Handle
Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrush (Pack of 4 Plus 2 Ceramic Porcelain White Toothbrush Holder), BPA Free Nylon Bristles Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Gums, Eco Friendly Biodegradable Vegan Bamboo Handle
I bought this product because I didn’t want to use plastic toothbrushes anymore, at first I was scared that it would be too rough on my gums since I do have sensitive gums. But it was the complete opposite the toothbrush felt amazing and soft and I feel like it really cleans in-between. I love these bamboo brushes and will definitely purchase more.
Natural Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrushes (Pack of 5) for Adults with Soft Bio-Based Nylon Bristles - Individually Packed & Numbered, Organic Compostable Plastic Free Packaging
Natural Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrushes (Pack of 5) for Adults with Soft Bio-Based Nylon Bristles - Individually Packed & Numbered, Organic Compostable Plastic Free Packaging
Update: After using these toothbrushes for all our trips, we decided to try the multi-colored pack in hopes it would excite our kids to brush their teeth. From the moment we opened the package our daughter has been in love with the colors. Our niece also loved the color, so we gave her one too. Now our 3-year old prefers this brush to her cartoon and light up brushes. Plus the larger handle makes it easier for us to do a more thorough brush when she misses places.
I got these toothbrushes because I wanted a better alternative for my travel toothbrush. I use an electric at home, but not while traveling. This brush is fantastic. The bamboo is super lightweight and the bristles are soft on my gums.
The fibers of the toothbrush are fine enough to get in between my teeth and provide a great clean. I have been using it in place of my electric for a week to test it out. Very pleased with the results. Plus, the lack of plastic does help the environment.
The only downside is that you can definitely taste the bamboo. It's not off-putting, I just wasn't prepared for the wood flavor.
Captain America: Civil War (Plus Bonus Features)
Captain America: Civil War (Plus Bonus Features)
I’ve long believed that Captain America has provided some of the very best movies to emerge from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that trend continues with “Captain America: Civil War.”

Based on a series than ran in the comic books a decade or so ago, “Civil War” features Cap and the rest of the Avengers (at least the characters that appear in this movie) being held to account by the governments of the world for the collateral damage they inflict while going about their business of defeating supervillians like Loki and evil organizations like Hydra. A compromise is worked out; the Avengers can stay in business if they agree to end their independence and submit to taking orders from a U.N. organization. Half the team, led by a slightly conscience-stricken Tony Stark, are amenable to the idea. The other half, led by a wary Captain America, want nothing to do with diplomats and politicians. Add in a bad-guy with an agenda of his own, and the result is an action-packed but also character-driven superhero movie that rises above the pack of this genre.

While clearly sympathetic to Cap’s point of view (the title is, after all, Captain America: Civil War) the filmmakers (and Robert Downey) do not allow the pro-control Avengers to turn into cardboard sell-outs. They also do an exemplary job of choreographing the action and integrating characters into the storyline, including the Black Panther and a few surprises. Virtually every major character has a good moment or scene or two, which isn’t always the case with these multi-character movies, where it can seem the director is less of a storyteller than a traffic cop.

The film’s action set-piece, a show down between the two sides at a German airport where, old friendships aside, no punches are pulled, is extremely well done. Unlike some other directors who seem to set these sequences in darkest nights with rain pouring down, obscuring everything, like a van Gogh painted in a thunderstorm, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely shoot their epic fight in broad daylight. They pay attention to detail and excel at showing how, even in combat, the action is driven by the individual characters making individual decisions, instead of the typical guys-dressing-up-in-tin-cans-and-knocking-each-other-down fight scenes in comic book movies. The filmmakers also add several plot twists and turns, and at a few key moments upend expectations.

This DVD package includes very few features, which is fine with me, I hardly ever watch them.

Recommended for: Fans of really good comic book movies.
The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family
The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family
Here is the true story about the Godiva family, and the seven sisters who are each far too intelligent to waste time worrying about frivolous things like doing their hair, makeup, or you know, clothes. When their father is killed by a horse, they take it upon themselves to discover seven Horse Truths, one from each sister, before any of them will ever know true love. What follows is a clever, funny and sometimes touching story that is a little different from your average Dr. Seuss book.

I had first heard about the Seven Lady Godivas at the end of last year, after a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for an exhibit on the work of Dr. Seuss. This past Friday on Dr. Seuss' birthday, I came across this link with more information about the book, so on a whim thought I'd check Amazon to see if they had a copy, and much to my surprise, they had a used copy at a reasonable price, so I picked it up.

I found the book a little hard to read, only because it's a prose story, but I kept trying to read it in rhyme, since it is a Dr. Seuss book after all. There's nothing challenging here, although I found the Horse Truths to be very clever, and the illustrations range so far into the absurd that the nudity doesn't really come across as anything more than silly.

A fun little addition for a fan of Dr. Seuss, but probably nothing a general reader would find appealing.
Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness): A Novel
Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness): A Novel
This is a strange book. I still can't work it out. Has the author been so ultra-clever that his craft is beyond me, or has he merely penned a book that employs a tangled, confused prose and plot? Are all those 5-star reviews made because those reviewers don't want to be seen as having missed the point? Well, I openly admit it, I don't get much of this novel.

First the good points:
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The plot, as far as it goes, had me eagerly turning pages from about 90% into the story. I really wanted to know what happened.

I haven't encountered a similar storyline before. So, for me, it is original - although I don't read much urban fantasy stuff.

Finally, nearing the end, I found myself drifting into the world that the author has created and empathizing with the main characters. Thus, I acknowledge that the author has engineered a three dimensional backdrop populated with believable (sort of) characters.

Now the not so good points:
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The book was a hard, and sometimes a meandering, read. The author seems incapable of telling his story without reams of irrelevant, descriptive detail. At times, I felt that my eyes were trying to wade through a congealed mass of alphabet spaghetti. Quite frankly, a church is a church, I don't need to be told of its architectural detail unless it's vital to the story. I'm just not interested.

Some chapters were totally superfluous to the basic storyline - the information given could have been supplied in a single, manageable paragraph.

As you might have guessed, I thought the book is way too long. A 30% cut in word count would improve it. When I read a book, I want a pacey story that gives easy entertainment. I don't want the author's musings on why he hasn't identified a character by name until now, 88% into the work.

The main mystery of the work, why the protagonist hides himself away from society, just wasn't a good enough hook to engage me. Indeed, I only persisted reading to the end because of the numerous 5-star reviews that this author has. Surely, I thought, there must be a more interesting plot conflict that will be revealed soon? There wasn't.

The dialogue was stilted in many places. Real people just don't speak like that.

Some of the sub-plots were so contrived that I thought they could've been lifted straight out of a children's book.

The author regularly referred to contemporary items and therefore I assumed that it was set in the present. But, so much of the plot just grated with current day reality. Perhaps that was the idea, there is this vast, unseen fantasy world that we are unaware of. Maybe, but to me that's just what it is, fantasy, and I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre.

In conclusion:
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Some people obviously love Dean Koontz, he has plenty of novels that have plenty of 5-star reviews. I'm afraid, I'm not one of them. Judgements are necessarily subjective in this respect and so I'm quite happy to accept that my view may not be shared by his fan's, but I'll not be re-reading this novel any time soon, if ever. I'll also not be buying any more of the author's books. His love of seemingly unending paragraphs of minute and awkwardly worded descriptions just don't do it for me.

I rated the book a 3-star because I did want to know what happened in the end - it's just a shame that I had to plod through 300 pages of verbal treacle to get to anything that gripped my attention.
French Kiss: A Detective Luc Moncrief Mystery (BookShots)
French Kiss: A Detective Luc Moncrief Mystery (BookShots)
FRENCH KISS is a Book Shot by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo. The prime character is Luc Moncrief, a charming Frenchman with extraordinary good looks and a rare ability to sniff out trouble. Before joining the Seventeenth Precinct of the NYPD, Moncrief was a very well respected detective in Paris whose specialty was chasing down drug smugglers and investigating homicides related to drug crimes. He left Paris to get a fresh start. All was going well for Detective Moncrief in New York until a series of deadly incidents took place. Moncrief’s female partners are also interesting and hopefully we will see them in future Patterson writings. The story is fast paced and takes place in both New York and Paris. French Kiss is a book made for a 90-minute lunch break. I liked the quick read and give it a 3 ½-star rating.
Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth)
Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth)
J.R.R. TOLKIEN, CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN, The History of Middle-Earth, Vol III, The Lays of Beleriand (pp. 150-329: The Lay of Leithian and pp.330-363: The Lay of Leithian recommenced ).

BEWARE:
This review does not refer to the new “Beren and Lúthien ”
published in the Spring of 2017, which does not use the whole text of the original version of the Lay.

The story of the love of Lúthien and Beren is framed by a deep and subtle theoretical infrastructure, but - as it is appropriate for a fantasy story and for classical literature - such theoretical content emerges only in moments of absolute poetical genius, in verses that are eternal monuments of both beauty and thought, woven by pure bliss.

First let’s read three of these moments of Wonder, then we will comment on them:

p.277
(Beren talking about Lúthien):

“Though all to ruin fell the world,
and were dissolved and backward hurled
unmade into the old abyss,
yet were its making good, for this –
the dawn, the dusk, the earth, the sea –
that Lúthien on a time should be ! ”

p.172
(Thingol sees/meets Melian in the woods, as later Beren will meet Lúthien):

“But Thingol stayed, enchanted, still,
one moment to hearken to the thrill
of that sweet singing in the trees.
Enchanted moments such as these
from gardens of the Lord of Sleep,
where fountains play and shadows creep,
do come, and count as many years
in mortal lands.”

p.183
(Beren wakes up after the kiss, and after Lúthien has gone away - see also page 180):

“He lay upon the leafy mould,
his face upon earth’s bosom cold,
aswoon in overwhelming bliss,
enchanted of an elvish kiss,
seeing with his darkened eyes
the light that for no darkness dies,
the loveliness that does not fade,
though all in ashes cold be laid.”

Now let’s try to see the details of what Tolkien is saying:

“…yet were its making good, for this –
the dawn, the dusk, the earth, the sea –
that Lúthien on a time should be ! ”

The existence of the beloved is enough to make the whole finite world “good”, i.e. justified, and the very end of the finite world could not change this value established for eternity.
Love justifies the finite world and it establishes a value that is eternal and cannot be changed by the circumstances of the becoming, cannot be modified even by an Armageddon. And the concept is repeated here (and in the verses that precede this quotation, note the BLISS):

“…the light that for no darkness dies,
the loveliness that does not fade,
though all in ashes cold be laid ”

And Tolkien says that the irruption of Love is equally an AUGENBLICK (the blink of an eye, an ATTIMO, the KAIROS, καιρός , the right moment, the propitious moment, the fullness of time) in which time and eternity meet:

“…Enchanted moments such as these

do come, and count as many years
in mortal lands.”

Thus, all of these verses evoke a profound liberation:

- the becoming is free from meaninglessness, the Being of Love overwhelms any despair, the existence of the beloved justifies the world (“.. good, for this…that Lúthien on a time should be ! ”)

- time is bypassed by the Eternal (or perhaps, the Eternal shines through time itself), (“…moments… count as many years ”)

- the overwhelming bliss defeats death itself (“…the light that for no darkness dies…”)

Much later in Tolkien’s stories - in The Lord of the Rings - Arwen Undómiel, Evenstar, will renounce her safe way back to the Elven Islands and will choose instead to marry Aragorn, a mortal, and share his fate. Repeating Lúthien’s choice, she exemplifies the understanding of the difference between the very, very, long life of the Elves (who will last until the world will last), and the shining-through of the Eternal, the – mysterious, luminous - Eternal Now of the Augenblick of Love.

So, both in the verses quoted above and in the story of Arwen, Tolkien is saying that Love is an appearance of Meaning, a manifestation of the Eternal, as well as a trace of the “imperative of the Eternal”, the unquenchable search for Meaning by the human beings (see ALBERTO CARACCIOLO, Nulla religioso e imperativo dell'eterno. Studi di etica e di poetica ). And Tolkien is saying that Love is a form of the Sacred Vision (see all the quotations above and the meeting of Beren and Lúthien in both the Silmarillion and the Lay.).

Let’s ask ourselves, what would the story of Lúthien and Beren be, without the verses that we have quoted above ?
Without these revelations of the visionary Truth of Love, there would be no story of True Love, there would just be a “love-story” good enough for modern times’ orcs and modern lands of mordor…i.e., good enough for those who have forgotten Wonder and who have forgotten that the Highest, the Ypsistos, ύψιστος , is Beatitude, Bliss.
Tolkien instead is teaching us that True Love, the love that is capable of living in Wonder, of Wonder, from Wonder, is a door, a Way. To the Meaning, to the Eternal, to the Deathless. Here, now, in our lives.

Don’t we all know all of this, when we truly fall in love ?
But then we falter, we forget the true Wonder and the Bliss…and we forget that in the language of Truth the verb “to love” has no past tense, exactly like – in the language of Truth, we said - the verb “to be” has no past tense…
…and Tolkien’s verses are there to help us, forever to wake us up to the Dream that is more real than any “thing”…
Therefore, this version of the story of Lúthien and Beren [in J.R.R. TOLKIEN, CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN, The History of Middle-Earth, Vol III, The Lays of Beleriand (pp. 150-329: The Lay of Leithian and pp.330-363: The Lay of Leithian recommenced ] is a classic, that will never stop talking to the lovers.

In memory of the Dream of June 16th, 2016

Thank you for your attention.

NOTE
If you are interested in the many themes evoked in this review, please see, here on Amazon.com, my reviews of

MARYLA FALK’s Nama-Rupa and Dharma-Rupa: Origins and Aspects of an Ancient Indian Conception

The Hevajra Tantra

STRATFORD CALDECOTT’s work about Tolkien’s works

https://www.amazon.com/Nama-Rupa-Dharma-Rupa-Origins-Aspects-Conception/dp/0895819783/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496262526&sr=1-1&keywords=Maryla+falk

https://www.amazon.com/Concealed-Essence-Hevajra-Tantra-Yogaratnamala/dp/8120809114

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Ring-Spiritual-Vision-Behind/dp/082454983X/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496262688&sr=1-6&keywords=Stratford+Caldecott
Naruto 4
Naruto 4
Valoración máxima, cumple correctamente su función, fue para un regalo
El chico para quien fue el regalo salio encantado, es de gran calidad
Lo recomiendo su compra, envió rápido
Mack's Witness (Hearts & Heroes Book 2)
Mack's Witness (Hearts & Heroes Book 2)
Elle James - Mack's Witness (Hearts & Heroes Series - Book 2)

The series is based on brothers who are all in the U.S. military. Wyatt Magnus was in the Army Special forces, Mack is a Marine, Ronin is a Seal and Sam is an Army helicopter pilot. They have a younger sister, Abby, who is with the U.S. Foreign Service stationed in Ukraine at the American Embassy.

Mack Magnus is in Dublin to attend his brother’s wedding to Fiona (book 1). He is picked up at the airport by the Maid of Honor which is also the bride’s cousin, Deirdre Darcy. Deirdre is famous in Ireland because she is an International model seen in all media including magazines and tv.

Mack admires Deirdre’s beauty but he could do without her mouthy attitude. When he kisses her, Deirdre is furious? She has her career and doesn’t have time for a fling especially from a military guy who only believes in one-night stands.

After the wedding, Deirdre sees two Irish gypsies leaving a murder scene. Deirdre is now a target and Mack is determined to take her some place safe where he can protect her.

Will Mack be able to save Deirdre from the threat and will they have their own HEA? Find out by reading this fast paced, heart stopping romance!
Bleach, Vol. 3
Bleach, Vol. 3
This volume of Bleach follows Ichigo as he remembers his mother and the circumstances behind her death. Eventually, a hollow shows up to wreck Ichigo's day of mourning, yet this hollow seems to have a direct connection to Ichigo's mother's death, and this is one connection Ichigo can't forgive. Along the way, we are introduced to Kon, the teddy bear body of the mod soul introduced in the previous volume. And Orihime and Tatsuki, Ichigo's classmates, discuss the events surrounding Ichigo's mother's death.

Most of this volume is back story and the fighting of the same creature, so it lost a little of the speed that was introduced in the first volume. But this was one of those inevitable slow-downs, as the events in this volume are important in making the characters more lovable, especially Ichigo. Seeing him as a cry-baby youngster and seeing the change that happened because of his mother's death really solidifies his tough-guy attitude, which is really a defense mechanism to keep people away from him and out of danger. This will become obvious to you once you read this volume (and I assure you, this isn't a spoiler as none of this is mentioned).

Still, even though this volume slowed a bit I still have to recommend it, mainly because of the ending cliff-hanger, as it appears to introduce a true antagonistic force. Plus, the art is still the same and comedy, when it's there, is enough to smile at, even if most of it is unoriginal.
The Rubber Band A Nero Wolfe Mystery
The Rubber Band A Nero Wolfe Mystery
The book dates from 1936 and Archie Goodwin's speech remains perky, snappy to the modern reader. A sum of money is missing. An officer of the corporation was holding the money for what seems to be the purpose of bribery. It is removed from his desk. The head of the concern calls upon Nero Wolfe and Archie, seeking a solution to the mystery. The loss occurred between three and five thirty on a specific day. Five people could have entered Mr. Muir's office, Mr. Perry, the man who brought the case to Nero Wolfe, Clara Fox, a cable secretary, an office boy, another vice-president, Muir's stenographer. Clara Fox, the cable clerk, is the likely suspect. She had worked for the firm for three years.

In classic fashion Nero Wolfe unwinds the complicated mystery in the presence of the police, the culprit, and interested parties. Great!
Sapporo Satsujin Jiken (Volume 1) [in Japanese Language]
Sapporo Satsujin Jiken (Volume 1) [in Japanese Language]
札幌に十年前まで住んでいたので地名や地理関係、行政事情、季節感などリアリティがあってよかった。
ただ最後がインターナショナル、スパイ的になって少し無理に終わったのか、と感じたけれど長編にしては
最後まで面白かった。北海道の海岸は某国の小舟がよく出没するとか、小舟の上で物々交換した、などと
いう情報を日常的に耳にしていたのでスパイ系もありかもしれない。取材力に脱帽。
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Long-sleeve Bodysuits
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Long-sleeve Bodysuits
This is a beautiful set of four onesie bodysuits and is fantastic for the price!

I ordered the 6-12 and received two 6-9 (the Halloween and the Thanksgiving) and two 9-12 (Christmas and New Years). This is what makes them a "Grow with Me" set as it anticipates your baby getting a little bigger between holidays.

Hudson baby products are a little roomier in width than some of the other brands. For example, Carters runs a little narrow and long. Hudson will be similar to Carters in length, but wider in the body. I like this, because I don't like tight onesies. Because of this, I would tend to order a size up in Carters, but with Hudson I would say that the size chart is pretty accurate.

They run much larger than Gerber, because Gerber tends to run very small.

These are very soft and comfortable with a good medium weight for the fabric. There is a lot of stretch and give with it and it goes right back into shape.

The neck isn't too tight or too loose and also tends to retain it's shape.

One of the things that I love about these is that they are all embroidered designs, which gives them a high-end feel.

Hudson baby designs do shrink a little with their first wash. They may look a little big when you receive them, but keep the shrinkage factor in mind. When I got my first set I thought they looked huge but ended up being just right.
On Strike For Christmas
On Strike For Christmas
This is one of my favorite Christmas movies, I adore Daphne Zuniga! It's what you're looking for in a hallmark holiday movie, cheese, cheese and more cheese!
Adjustable Height Stand Steady Standing&Sitting Gas Spring Riser Desk Converter for Health Benefits and No Assembly Needed,Converts Any Desk or Cube to a Sit/Stand Up Desk,Black (25.6 x 15.7)
Adjustable Height Stand Steady Standing&Sitting Gas Spring Riser Desk Converter for Health Benefits and No Assembly Needed,Converts Any Desk or Cube to a Sit/Stand Up Desk,Black (25.6 x 15.7)
I missed my fancy standing desk at my office when my company had us all start working from home due to coronavirus. After the first month or two my back was killing me and I was looking for a cheap alternative. This is big enough for my 15.5" laptop, mouse pad, and coffee mug. It doesn't take up the whole surface of my actual desk so I have room for a few other things close at hand, such as a notebook. The mechanism for raising and lowering is very simple, just squeeze the handle. You do need to use a bit of force to get it to go back down. One side of the legs doesn't really move, the other side has nice little wheels so it doesn't scratch the desk when raising and lowering.

I am 5' 7" tall with no shoes on and I wanted a standing desk that would go high enough to be a comfortable angle. It partly depends on how high of a desk/table you set this on, but it goes raise high enough that my keyboard is a comfortable height for typing when raised. It feels very stable and sturdy, even at the tallest height. I do not worry that it will tip over if I bump it slightly.

My only complaint is that when lowered completely, it is about 2+ inches taller than my desk. So I do get some shoulder and neck tension from raising my arms to type and use my mouse while in a sitting position. Raising my chair height doesn't totally fix it. So the ergonomics are better than sitting all the time, but not quite as nice as a more expensive standing desk, like a Varidesk or motorized desk.

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