Jayce Hill

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JavaScript Demystified
JavaScript Demystified
JavaScript Demystified by Jim Keogh. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth
Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth
Effective MySQL Replication Techniques in Depth by Ronald Bradford and Chris Schneider. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MongoDB with Python and Ming
MongoDB with Python and Ming
MongoDB with Python and Ming by Rick Copeland. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Top 50 MySQL Interview Questions & Answers
Top 50 MySQL Interview Questions & Answers
Top 50 MySQL Interview Questions & Answers by Knowledge Powerhouse. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Work Play Love (German Edition)
Work Play Love (German Edition)
Work Play Love (German Edition) by Ruth Clampett and Maike Hallmann. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Python Programming for Beginners and Hacking with Python 2 Bundle Manuscript: Essential Beginners Guide on Enriching Your Python Programming Skills and Learn Practical Hacking with Python
Python Programming for Beginners and Hacking with Python 2 Bundle Manuscript: Essential Beginners Guide on Enriching Your Python Programming Skills and Learn Practical Hacking with Python
Python Programming for Beginners and Hacking with Python 2 Bundle Manuscript: Essential Beginners Guide on Enriching Your Python Programming Skills and Learn Practical Hacking with Python by Owen Kriev. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP and PostgreSQL Programming By Example
PHP and PostgreSQL Programming By Example
PHP and PostgreSQL Programming By Example by Agus Kurniawan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Instant PostgreSQL Starter
Instant PostgreSQL Starter
Instant PostgreSQL Starter by Daniel K. Lyons. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Building the Web of Things: With examples in Node.js and Raspberry Pi
Building the Web of Things: With examples in Node.js and Raspberry Pi
Building the Web of Things is an excellent book to understand and explore the concepts and technologies underpinning the Internet of Things. The Web of Things is especially interesting because Web technologies and tools have the potential to trigger a user-driven transformation of the Internet of Things, from individual and centralised platforms to a truly distributed, organically growing digital representation of our physical and imagined world. Think of the Web of Things as the Internet of Things of the People.

This book takes the reader step by step through the technology stack of the Internet of Things. Each chapter is a blend of theory and hands-on engineering, which results in a concrete deliverable, for example a Node.js application that runs on an embedded device (Raspberry Pi).

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time someone provided such a complete and comprehensive work about the Internet of Things for technical and non-technical users.

Building the Web of Things is an important and much needed contribution, if the Internet of Things is truly reach its full potential. Because in it’s current shape, building applications and products for the Internet of Things requires a level of technical understanding and effort that discourages all but the most dedicated users.

The Web of Things promises to remove the technical hurdles by using user-friendly Web technologies and tools that allow non-technical users to use, share and build applications, devices and information on the Internet of Things.
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
This is by far the best book on investing that I've ever read. And I've read several dozen of them, plus another few dozen trading books. It's very clear, very concise, and makes perfect sense. I re-read it every year. Hallam gives us a complete investment strategy, which works across all phases of the market. You'll need to do a little bit of research at the beginning, but you won't need to make any complicated decisions. It should take a few hours each year to implement.

The summary is:

* Spend only what you need to, in order to have a reasonable life style. Save as much as possible to invest for the future. Eliminate debt before you make new investments.

* Start investing as early as possible, to enjoy the benefit of compound interest.

* Invest in low-cost index funds.

* Split your investments into two segments: bond indexes and stock indexes. Weight the bonds according to your age, so if your are 38 years old, hold 35-40% of your entire portfolio in bonds.

* Over time the bond component will grow/fall at a different rate than the stock component. So when you invest new money, buy more of the under-performing component. For example, if stocks have done really well so your portfolio is now weighted 30% bonds and 70% stocks, buy bonds with the new money. Then every year, rebalance the portfolio, selling enough of the higher performing component to buy more of the worse performing component. Note that most people would do the opposite, and buy more of high performing component.

This strategy forces you to sell high but buy low. That's exactly what you'd do when buying and selling any other product.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If I could, I'd give it ten stars. Buy it, read it, digest it, follow its advice. Ignore almost everything else.

No, I'm not related to the author, I'm totally independent of him.
How to Build Wealth Like Warren Buffett: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World's Greatest Investor
How to Build Wealth Like Warren Buffett: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World's Greatest Investor
Miles has an unusual tact here, because he covers move than you would first realize. One he unites the ideas of what it takes to invest like Buffet and then also run a company like Buffet i.e. Berkshire Hathaway. It is that two fold attack that is surprising; most break them up or don't realize the importance of having such a complete viewpoint that feeds into itself.

Tips abound: limit yourself to companies you understand or really want to know about, in depth i.e. become your own specialist. t's best to have a very strong #2 on-board, to discuss and bounce off ideas. Select the best and concentrate your time, labour and money in that. Being frugal isn't a vice. Remain debtless and try to live as simply as possible so you don't lost time and energy taking care of worthless assets. Ignore dividends -- because they channel assets away from the enterprise but also are taxable :-)

There are lots of other nuggets, like things & people that inspire Buffet peppered throughout ( John Maynard Keynes), health personal tips i.e. deny Keep yourself in good health, discipline yourself, keep yourself humble. Overall this really does make Buffet look like the Sage of Omaha but to be honest it's a lot of good sense in a very palatable package that helps you not just with your busines, your investments but with your overall handling of life. It's enjoyable to listen to and probably worth taking notes on, you could learn alot from Miles and Buffet and particularly the Berkshire annual report./TKL
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
The Little Yellow Book: Quotations from Chairman Xi Dada (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (Over-Tone Collection)
I received this book and I believe it's a great medium to encounter President Xi's Thought. However, as an English-only addition without the original Chinese text I feel it is not as helpful as it could be. For instance, Mao's red book has a side by side Chinese and Englis (or German or Spanish) translation. So this would be helpful especially for people who may be using this book academically, to engage with Chinese-speakers, and for Chinese study. So if the publishers could get in touch with me when a bilingual version comes out, that would be outstanding. Thanks.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
It may seem surprising that a review of a “sports book” would appear on my site, where book reviews are essentially reserved for the domain of politics and economics. But that surprise would stem from a gigantic misunderstanding, for Shoedog is no “sports book.” Rather, it is a virtual economics textbook. And one every business student in America should read. Indeed, it is one a certain White House occupant should read as well.

For those interested in sports, as I am, history, as I am, and business, as I am, this book was a tremendous synthesis of the three, in the particular context of describing the birth of one of the greatest brands in American history – indeed, in world history … I doubt the story of a company’s founding and rise to greatness has ever ended a couple decades before the company’s peak, but that is the genius of Shoedog. Nike founder, Phil Knight, begins the story of this iconic brand at the most embryonic of stages, and ends the story in 1980, at their public offering, despite two and a half decades of utter domination that commenced subsequently. The story of Nike to us mere mortals is Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and “Just Do It.” But as readers of this fine book will discover, the real story of Nike took place in the late 1960’s and throughout the 1970’s, as the formative challenges that make a business took place. And if any company would become rightful heir to “Just Do It” — it was Nike.

Nike has employed hundreds of thousands of people over the decades, and has created untold amounts of wealth by giving consumers something they wanted: Initially, a high quality running shoe; eventually, a brand — a belief — an affiliation. But the genius of finding future basketball, track, and golf stars to endorse the brand was a small part of the story of this company’s ascension. The genius that created Nike is the genius of this book: It focused on personnel management, on global cost synergies, on harnessing an international supply chain the likes of which the world had never seen, on overcoming legal adversity, and above all else, managing the challenges of liquidity and capital that nearly any company faces in the early innings of their existence. This is an economics book. It is a tribute to the miracle of free trade which has created more wealth than any other phenomena in the history of civilization. It is a rebuke of the evils of crony capitalism and those rent-seeking piranhas who would attempt to use government alliances to strangle healthy competition.

We are living in an era when forces on the right and the left are capitulating to a childish view of globalization — one seeking to make it a bogeyman for anything and everything — and ignoring the absolutely indisputable evidence for the enhancement of quality of life globalization has created. Few companies better illustrate what matching willing buyers and sellers around the world can mean for consumers, for producers, for shareholders, for employees, and for indeed all stakeholders in a given organization than Nike. While countless others do, for it is a universal lesson, Nike is the story of a young man and his track coach creating $100 billion of wealth that has circulated across a vast, vast ecosystem, by understanding the miracles of global trade. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough for one looking for a biographical narrative version of an economics lesson, versus the academic attempts that often prove too dry. The story of Shoedog was anything but dry, and the message of Shoedog is anything but trite.
Selling Steve Jobs' Liver: A Story of Startups, Innovation, and Connectivity in the Clouds
Selling Steve Jobs' Liver: A Story of Startups, Innovation, and Connectivity in the Clouds
So, Merrill R. Chapman's Selling Steve Jobs' Liver... is really as off-the-wall as the title suggests, and (spoiler alert) the title is not a metaphor. It's literally about a bunch of guys who cook up a business to sell off tiny bits of the visionary's DNA. Nate Pennington is who would happen if Seinfeld had been about startups. Hilarious, only vaguely moral and at heart, selfish and petty, he has the drive to succeed at any cost. Eye on the prize, social and family ties be damned. Does Nate care that his idea is fantastically tasteless? Nope. Does this make this book hilarious? Yup.

Nate's company Reliqueree creates the ultimate killer app, a way to keep a connection to lost loved ones by sequencing their DNA. First run units come with Steve Jobs! In true-to-form entrepreneurial fashion, his company is his baby, which is juxtaposed against his actual impending baby. His oddball corporate family - Boris, the master coder confounded by America and Ignacio, loyal friend a' la Sancho Panza, are far closer to him than his actual family. Angie, Nate's overbearing, Chinese, pregnant fiancé, and his intolerant mother are kept emotionally out in the cloud.

Chapman clearly knows his idea is nuts, as do his characters. Most committed and also most aware of the insanity is Nate himself. He's not deluded in any way and he hasn't drunk the cool-aid. There is no cool-aid, only ROI. It's delightful to watch him twist himself in knots justifying that the uLivv isn't some ghoulish Franken-device. As critics and naysayers descend on him, he doubles down on the crazy and commits further like some high-tech Max Bialystok.

Treated with simultaneous reverence and ludicrous disrespect are the remains and legacy of Steve Jobs himself. The scheme seems more like an elaborate eFuneral for the man as opposed to a business plan. As his DNA is turned in to paint and his persona uploaded in to Siri on steroids, you kind of get the sense that maybe, there's a 1% chance that this is what he may have wanted. It really is a twisted love letter to the man who brought us so many wonders. Steve Jobs was a man loved by people who didn't know him and loathed by many who did. He inspired millions of dreamers when he was alive, and brought back from the dead in app form? Maybe he'll be able to inspire billions! And also make Nate a rich, rich man.

Chapman peppers the story with insider speak, but it doesn't get held down by jargon. He knows his stuff about the tech industry. In the cramped startup warren of Reliqueree, you get the sense that the author's been there and done that. Ninety hour weeks, air mattresses, pizza for breakfast, showering at the Y - check, check, check and check. There are at least a dozen seemingly viable business plans thrown out at random as jokes or asides. Oh, and pour yourself a fine red wine when you get to the "unboxing scene" and just soak in the wonderfully weird Gruezén.

The occasional drift in ty start-up speak won't throw you off too far, especially when you have a main character who "Gas Lights" his senile mother by hiding her purse in the fridge. That my friends, is just business. Stealing Steve Jobs' Liver had a lot to live up to - with a title like that it had a really good chance of falling over its own concept on and on to its face. Like a successful start-up, it takes big risks and they pay off. Beyond being hilarious, it has some decent sized balls and is one of the most entertaining books I have read all year.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular English Male Writers: Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, James Corden, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, ... Andy Serkis, James Bowen (author), etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular English Male Writers: Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, James Corden, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, ... Andy Serkis, James Bowen (author), etc.
Focus On: 100 Most Popular English Male Writers: Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, James Corden, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, ... Andy Serkis, James Bowen (author), etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Brown Girl, Brownstones
Brown Girl, Brownstones
Despite the fact that I had read almost every book in my high school library ...read secondary grammar school in the UK, by the time I left, I did not find this book until I was an undergraduate at 19 at Bristol U.
As a child of a bajan mother and a biafran father it spoke to many of my questions about identity as a Bajarian born in Britain,ntyen raised in Lagos,Enugu Umahia and Shepherd's Bush ! As the eldest of four siblings , I understood the fierce pride and love with which my mother carried us solo into our lives ,following our separation from our father during and after the Biafran war.
I love Paule Marshall's rich layered complex writing and the many places in which both Silla, the mother character and Selena, the young protaganists stories echo my own. The discovery of racism and its impact on Selena is one of the most poignant I have ever read. I now llive and work in and around present day Fulton St and Brooklyn so that too makes me love the book.

I am sharing this novel with my husband and my teenage daughter that they may better understand the kind of forces that shaped me.
The Story of Henry Ford
The Story of Henry Ford
The Story of Henry Ford by J. D. Rockefeller, Thomas M. Hatting, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Stevenson Entertainment Group Talking 12" Donald J. Trump The Apprentice Collectible
Stevenson Entertainment Group Talking 12" Donald J. Trump The Apprentice Collectible
This was a huge hit, so I ordered two more (while they're available). The sound is very clear and loud enough to be heard. The quality is good. The head doesn't look as small 'in real life' as it does in the photos. He has brown hair, not blond, but hey, it's The Donald, so who can complain? Very funny statements. This is old and as another reviewer pointed out, the batteries were worn out in the second ones I ordered. However, it's easy to take out the old batteries (don't remove the coat or shirt, just unbutton things) with the directions provided on a white slip of paper inside the box. All three were new, not used as some individuals commented. I got Energizer LR44 1.5V batteries (same as in the doll) on Amazon Prime - a 20-pack is only $7.30, much lower than in the store. Type in LR44 and you get lots of choices. I also got the Kim Jung Un mask, which was also a big hit at the Memorial Day bash, but the Donald rules!
A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography)
A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography)
I bought this book for my 7 year old. She picked him for her class project and she needed to read his biography from a book, not from the internet. George Washington Carver was definitely an inspiration to his peers as well as all generations that came after him. My daughter really got into this book! She was fascinated by Mr. Carver because he invented peanut butter. I would recommend all school-age kids to read about Mr. Carver, he is truly a woven part of American history.
Why Bob Dylan Matters, Revised Edition
Why Bob Dylan Matters, Revised Edition
Obviously, in the annals of popular music, the work of Bob Dylan matters. To make sense of the title and related objective of this book (which might otherwise seem presumptuous and demeaning) one has to know a little about some recent history of the politics of the Nobel Prize for Literature. (No, not the internal scandal that delayed the issuance of the 2018 Prize to 2019.) In 2016, an American hadn’t won since 1993 (Toni Morrison,) and given the relative volume of publications from America this was coming to be seen as a major “screw you” to the nation’s literary community. The Nobel committee claimed it was because American authors didn’t get their works translated and were too insular with respect to the global literary community. Still, the disparity was on the minds of many. Then, Bob Dylan was issued the Prize. While some who were offended by this disparity were placated, many thought it was an even bigger “screw you” than if the Committee again hadn’t issued it to an American – like it was a “you asked for it, you got it; now shut up for at least the next 15 years!” kind of award. I doubt anyone would deny that, as a pop music lyricist, Bob Dylan is brilliant – if not the best -- but for many that still just made him a middlin’ poet. (Dylan wrote one piece of prose poetry, “Tarantula” as well as “memoirs” [that were apparently largely an act of creative writing,] but only his lyrics could feasibly merit issue of the award.)

It was with that mess in mind that Thomas delivers this book. It seems to be his objective to not just prove that Dylan matters -- generally speaking -- but that Dylan’s work matters as literature – presumably, such that he’s at least as deserving of the Nobel Prize as any living American poet, story-writer, or novelist. The thrust of Thomas’s approach is in showing that Dylan’s work is dialed into the global literary canon. As a classicist, Thomas puts particular emphasis on Dylan’s "stealing" from, and referencing of, Greek and Roman figures like Homer and Ovid. ("Stealing" is used in the sense artists, not lawyers, use the term.) However, he does also show how Dylan uses and references other poets from Shakespeare to an obscure Confederate poet.

So, the logical question is whether Thomas answers his book’s titular question with enough authority to convince the reader that Dylan does matter. Thomas certainly convinces us why Dylan matters enough to have classes taught about him, like the one Thomas teaches a Harvard. However, I can’t say that I was convinced that Dylan is on-par with… for instance, Cormac McCarthy or Salman Rushdie (who resides in the US, as I understand it) as a major literary figure. While Thomas does show that Dylan’s work is literature because Dylan’s work is wrapped up in literature, the only real argument he offers for whether Dylan is at the highest echelon of literature is his intense fan-boy devotion. We see a lot of comments like: “He had all that he needed to write ‘Masters of War,’ the greatest anti-war song ever written.” Not “one of the best,” not “the best, in my opinion,” not “the best rock-n-roll anti-war song,” but a gratuitous presumption that nothing else could be considered in the running enough for there to be a debate. Thomas’s enthusiasm that Dylan is among the biggest artistic geniuses of our time – if not all time – is certainly potent, but not necessarily compelling.

The book is annotated, has a bibliography and a graphic discography.

I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about the works of Bob Dylan and I found the author’s fervor for Dylan’s songs contagious -- if not altogether convincing that it merits Dylan’s inclusion with Hemingway and Faulkner as an American literary icon. [Though I would not in the least challenge his inclusion as an icon of folk, rock, or pop music.] If you’re interested in Dylan, or this question of whether he’s the best American for the job of Literary Nobel Laureate, this book is worth a read.
Tripp Lite Power Compact Inverter, 3000W, 12VDC, 120V, (2) 5-15R; (2) 5-20R, 4-Outlets for RVs,Trucks, Fleet Vehicles & Emergency Vehicles (PV3000HF)
Tripp Lite Power Compact Inverter, 3000W, 12VDC, 120V, (2) 5-15R; (2) 5-20R, 4-Outlets for RVs,Trucks, Fleet Vehicles & Emergency Vehicles (PV3000HF)
I installed this on a truck for a rancher. He needed to use electric saws, drills, and such that can usually require a generator. I tried to suggest a generator but he thought this would be better. It has been running find for a year now and he couldn't be happier. Not having to fool with gas, oil, stink, noise make this a pretty good choice. Flip the switch, plug in and use.

There is an oddity or feature about this. It saves power by a sort of use test. If you don't set the setting correctly smaller tools will not enable the unit. I think the thing can be set pretty low. Just be warned that if you try to change a cellphone it may not work on some settings. This turn off (battery save) feature may take maybe 1/4 of a second or so to bring online. Not any big deal but a small moment of start up wait. After it is on it is on until it decides to power save again. Might be able to set full power all the time if needed.

I have a few smaller of these that are on the limit of usability for hand power tools. On my first test setup with this and an old battery it proved to be more than up to the task. A test with a circular saw on wood didn't slow down the saw, a heavy duty electric impact hammer pulled off lug nuts. It can run a large hammer drill easily.

The actual install was two good batteries and some 0 gauge wire from each battery to the quad input posts. Dual grounds also. Might be you could use 3 or 4 batteries if you have to keep using this to the limits and be sure that ever watt you use needs to be charged back up as soon as possible.

It is kind of small looking, that worried me at first. Kind of lightweight too.

The remote is one of the best features. It turns it off and tells battery status and load from inside the truck.

I had to mount it in a weather proof electric box that the owner could open on hot days or high loads. I was worried about heat but the fans almost never turn on. I guess you could use it inside a box for light loads.

The only downside is the quality of the current. Unless you purchase a true sine wave you end up with a stepped square wave. Not a big deal but some TV's and other things that are made for 50 hz seem to act up a bit. The tv brightness was much dimmer. I had to use one of these in a power outage for a few hours off a truck battery.

I was impressed with this. You just have to have some monster cables and connections. A big fuse is suggested. All in the owners manual. The manual is generic for a few models but clear and contains all you need to setup and use.

Be sure you understand the safety issues. Almost impossible to ground this setup in a mobile install.
Ballon Hund – große – Indigo – Tier Figur – Art Skulptur
Ballon Hund – große – Indigo – Tier Figur – Art Skulptur
Sadly after literally only a few weeks it has faded in places, which helps at least that I know I'm not going mad because I can still see bits of the original colour. It was a bright blue and now its got many patches of lighter scruffy colour. I loved it out of the box but it is a WASTE of your money. Not remotely a quality product and NO it wasn't in any sunlight at all or polished with anything detrimental - its just sadly rubbish.
NECA Avengers: Infinity War - Head Knocker - Thanos
NECA Avengers: Infinity War - Head Knocker - Thanos
I really liked the size of the bobblehead which is nice and tall. The bobblehead looks great with all its little details from head to toe. It looks so like Thanos with its mean mug. The quality and material is amazing. Really loved the bobblehead.
Wolverine Men's Potomac W04349 Work Boot
Wolverine Men's Potomac W04349 Work Boot
Shoe is a little bit roomy, as im sure its designed that way for when thick (work or winter) socks are worn. Other than that, they feel real nice in the smaller of my two shoe size. I just have to wear thick socks since I like a real good fit, but what happens when its warm while I'm working? Since they are a bit too big (even after going down a size) I try to draw the laces in, and by the looks of the metal eyelets and the smooth nylon laces, you would think it would be one smooth motion, but it does bind a bit. In the end, I just have to tug a bit to get a tight lacing.
Drawing Harley Quinn
Drawing Harley Quinn
I stumbled upon this short video after watching "Suicide Squad" and found this time lapse drawing video mesmerizing! It is quite interesting to see Harley Quinn come to life like this. The artist creates a stunning portrait.

It is interesting to me how the artist starts with the right eye, finishes a section of the face, then moves to another section then another and so forth without sketching in outlines or other guides.I think this piecemeal approach that completes so seamlessly is what fascinates me.

If you are hoping to learn much about technique or how to do this yourself, this probably isn't the best video. I think it goes too fast to learn much but the speed seems about right to make it entertaining.

This presentation of time lapse drawing grabbed my attention and interest. I liked watching it a lot so 5 stars from me!
Rubie's Men's Captain America: Civil War Deluxe Muscle Chest Black Panther Costume
Rubie's Men's Captain America: Civil War Deluxe Muscle Chest Black Panther Costume
Worn to a superhero costume party. Great outfit reason for the four stars and not the five, the velcro to keep the costume closed at the back too small and came undone a few times. However just a minor irritation if you have someone with you to re-attach it..
I would suggest purchasing the XL if you are an average size person.
Also worth getting the Marvel E0866EU4 Black Panther Vibranium Power FX Mask and Marvel Black Panther Vibranium Power FX Claw for added effect.
Another person at the party had the same costume, but because I wore my costume with the power mask and power claw, put them in the Wakanda shade.
Checkered Chef Pizza Peel Extra Large Pizza Paddle Stainless Steel With Folding Handle
Checkered Chef Pizza Peel Extra Large Pizza Paddle Stainless Steel With Folding Handle
Note: I updated from 3 to 4 stars as I felt the 3 rating was a little too harsh. But the production quality is still an issue for my review.

Original comments:
Product looks good and feels good. But the handle locking mechanism (sliding collar) does not work well. The locking collar has to slide over part of the handle to use peel and clearly no one tested it after assembly and before it was packaged and shipped. I had to use some pliers to squeeze part of the handle together and also pry open some of the locking collar in order for it to work. It still does not work well/smoothly and I have to work at it to get the locking collar to go over the handle. I did not return it because I am able to make it work and given what is wrong, I have no expectation the next one would work any better (part variation/stack up issue). Once the collar is in the locking position the handle feels sturdy and works fine. I suspect I may be frustrated with this every time I use it ... but it does work, feels solid and should perform its intended function for years to come.
Betty Crocker BC-2958CR Pizza Maker, 1440 Watts, Red, 2.3, Metal
Betty Crocker BC-2958CR Pizza Maker, 1440 Watts, Red, 2.3, Metal
I was actually looking for a quesadilla maker when I came across this. I found it appealing because it could cook so many things and I don't want to store another small appliance that only makes one thing. I read the reviews and was kind of skeptical, but I ordered it anyway. It came on time and secured in a larger box. I took it out of the package and read the manual. The manual does not say to "burn off" the chemicals before using, but I did it anyway because of the suggestions by the other reviewers. I remembered the smoking and terrible smell others have encountered. I did not have any of that. I left it on and open for twenty minutes. I unplugged it and the cleaned it as is recommended in the manual. Then I let it cool and "seasoned" it - per the manual. Then next day, I actually made pizza in it. I made a Digorno pepperoni rising crust pizza first. It took 13 minutes exactly to get the crust a golden brown. My family says it was the best Digorno pizza they have ever had! I did have to use an oven mitt (not a pot holder) as the sides do get hot and some steam does escape when you open the lid. Use a spatula to check your pizza's crust while it is still in the maker. Then, when it is done, slide the spatula and a pancake turner (one on each side) - and have a large plate ready - and just slide it onto the plate. Don't worry - it sounds more complicated than it is! Then I made a cheese Totinos pizza, It cooked in 8 minutes! That pizza maybe could have went one more minute, but I didn't want it to burn. Totino's has a very thin crust. It tasted great too! All of this without heating up the oven and hand washing a pizza pan that does not really fit well into the dishwasher. The manual comes with recipes and approximate times for cooking different foods. I just happened to have cinnamon rolls in a can in the fridge. I just had to try them in the maker. They cooked in 8 minutes! If and when I make them again - I will remove them at 7 minutes. They were almost burned at 8 minutes. But they still tasted great. I can't wait to make quesadillas in this maker. I am going to try large cookies with parchment paper too. I am so happy with this purchase! Easy to clean and to store. So much easier than normal pizza night! There is not a timer on this pizza maker. You will have to check the pizza by opening the lid occasionally. I wrote down the times of everything I cooked so it will be easier next time. I set the timer on the stove and checked the food after five minutes. This method proved to be right for perfect crust.
Sunburn (Fear Street, No. 19)
Sunburn (Fear Street, No. 19)
Sunburn was an absolute blast to read, and without a doubt has to be one of R.L. Stine’s best books in the Fear Street series for teenagers. Once upon a time R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike almost cornered the reading market for both elementary school age children and older teenagers. Now these seem kind of retro cool, and this one in particular is a real gem!

It begins with a bang when Claudia Walker wakes up to discover she’s buried in the sand on the beach. Where are her friends, Marla, Sophie and Joy? She’s discovered just in time by a mysterious boy named Daniel, before the tide takes her. But she’s nearly burned to a crisp, and her friends, though obviously shaken, have a weak explanation regarding why they didn’t come back. Then more “accidents” occur to the girls who are visiting Marla for what should be a fun time at her parent’s beach house. Why does Claudia feel like Marla is hiding something?

It all goes back to the accidental death of Marla’s sister at Camp Full Moon a year earlier, which is slowly revealed in this page-turner. Stine does a terrific job of giving each girl a distinct personality, and making the obvious answer a bit too obvious, leading readers to wonder if one of the red herrings is not a red herring at all. What about the boy named Daniel who Marla teases is just a ghost? And what about Carl and Dean, the pushy boys the girls meet on the beach? Are they real trouble, or just good boys a little rough around the edges? Why does Marla seem so unfriendly to them, and what’s the deal with the butler?

This is a fun premise, with four friends tied to a past tragedy, brought together at a luxurious yet isolated beach house. Claudia likes the handsome “ghost boy” Daniel, despite his vague answers to everything, and Joy and Sophie are very into Carl and Dean. But picnics, water skiing and Ferris wheels are not safe when someone, or something, is trying to kill the girls. The death of Marla’s sister, Alison, at Camp Full Moon hangs over the sunny beach house like a fog. But Marla seems genuinely disturbed by all the “accidents” and is unable to explain them.

There are some exciting moments, some rescues, some menace, and a shocking reveal. Okay, if you’re an adult reader maybe it isn’t so shocking, and the twist is wildly implausible, but it’s just so much fun in a Scream/I Know What You Did Last Summer kind of way, that it’s irresistible. Highly recommended!
COMPLETE STEPHEN KING UNIVERSE
COMPLETE STEPHEN KING UNIVERSE
I am definitely a constant reader. One of the things that attracted me to King was the concept of his shared universe and the fact that many of the stories have interaction and continuity in and within one another.

As a chronicle of those things this book serves very well as a guidepost.

I find myself referring to it often of late. Recently I decided to reread all of King's works in order that they were published. I have skipped a few because they are still well within my memory. This book though is still where I turn for a brief over view and reminder of the high-points of the books I might be skipping. Also, the reading order I am using comes straight from this books.

As a chronicle of the various connections this book does an excellent job. So far I only remember there being on connection that the authors missed, and for the life of me I cannot recall the exact instance right now - though it was in one of the earlier stories. So there ya go, that's my big negative. ;) When it comes back to me I will update this.

My only other real critique is more of an observation really. The authors do a really good job of keeping their own voices out of the way. The individual entries are very encyclopedic in nature - and sometimes this has left me wanting for just a little bit more.

A work of this nature I feel could be better served by the inclusion of commentary and/or beliefs/theories of the authors - as long as it were clearly called out of course. For instance, I have always felt that "the Major" from "The Long Walk" was likely an early incarnation of Flagg. Not that I am saying the authors should agree with me or anything like that, but some of their speculation would be entertaining to me. I for one clamor for new and interesting ways to view the myriad existences that King has crafted over the years.
Ichinichi Dake No Koroshiya
Ichinichi Dake No Koroshiya
赤川次郎の短編集。
赤川次郎の本を初めて読んだのだが、
最後の1日だけの殺し屋は
著名にもなっているだけ
あって短いながらも楽しませて貰った。

のほほんとするものから
考えさせられるものまで
内容に富んだ1冊となっている
どれもなかなか展開が読めなくて
面白い。

今度は短編集ではなく、
長編ものを読んでみたい。
Ushinawareta-shoujo
Ushinawareta-shoujo
赤川氏のホラー風味のサスペンス小説。通常のユーモア・ミステリの中にも、人間心理のダークな面を忍ばせる赤川氏の持ち味が出た作品。

主人公は妻殺しの嫌疑を掛けられた過去のせいで、雪の山荘に隠遁した作家の伊波。そして、伊波の家に転がり込んで来た記憶を失った謎の少女。伊波の元愛人で現在は警視庁の警部小池の妻の律子。この愛人関係が殺人の容疑になった。事件の発端は、伊波の山荘の近くの別荘で死体も無いのに血痕が滴ると言う怪奇現象。その別荘の元の持ち主、柴田夫妻の娘は五年前に別荘から失踪し、そのショックで夫はノイローゼになり、監禁された自宅の二階から転落死する。一方、柴田夫人は一癖ありそう。そして、探偵役は"雪国のコロンボ"を思わせる村上警部。村上と小池は知己の間柄で共に事件に当たる。

これらの登場人物や事象が、山荘風の喫茶店の描写から始まり、無理なく説明される展開は流石に巧い。会話のテンポの良さも手伝って、読む者を自然と物語に引き込む。謎の少女の存在がなければ軽快なサスペンス小説と言って良い。だが、ここまで読むと、どう見ても謎の少女は柴田夫妻の娘の霊で、犯人は柴田夫人としか考えられない。バリバリのダーク・ホラーである。律子が伊波を訪れるが、それを見計らったように、謎の大男が連続殺人を犯し始める。大男はこの物語の中で一体どんな役割を果たすのか ? 大男の出現を知って柴田夫人も現場に駆けつける...。

最後の畳み込みに迫力があり、事件も合理的に解決されるのだが、大男の役割がご都合主義過ぎて物足りない。最後までホラーで押し通すべきだったのではないか。一応、楽しめる出来なのだが、大男や謎の少女を前面に出した方が更に良くなったと思う。
The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (Perry Mason Series Book 40)
The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (Perry Mason Series Book 40)
This is early Perry Mason. It's a gothic tale set in a mad scientist's gorilla lab in the outskirts of Los Angeles. I'm not making that up. I don't think it ever showed up on the television series. There is a murder, and I'm not giving much away by revealing that Perry Mason, Della Street and Paul Drake are in on the solution. It has a bit of a Sax Roemer flavor, unlike a lot of Gardner's later work, but without the racism and sensationalism. Despite the dark subject matter of homicide and animal experimentation, it's fairly light reading. You won't face complex moral dilemmas or have awful nightmares. You'll just go on and grab the next Perry Mason novel.
Phoenix
Phoenix
I remember sneaking into my dads books to read his complete collection of the phoenix manga . i didnt understand the Japanese but fell in love with the characters, artwork., and just how bizarre (in a good way) it was. 25 years later i stumble upon this on amazon prime. it was like a dream come true bolstered with nostalgic feelings seeing these characters animated for the first time. the transition from book to tv is very good... well at least better than Junji Ito book to animated abomination. This anthology's theme centers around redemption and rebirth, much like the phoenix, and i recommend this series to anybody. Although the stories are dark and and a bit violent, which is something that may be overlooked given its cutesy/made for children style and that is made by the same person who made astro boy, i would still show this to my future kids because there are some truly rewarding lessons, tragedy, and some deep ****. This anime may give you the waterworks, so i would recommend being light on your eye liner. One of my favorite anime of all time. This does not have the stereotypical anime cliche that you've grown to hate. Instead, this obscure little gem will be something you treasure for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, I do have two gripes. I prefer the simplistic character design in the manga over the anime. IMO, its too detailed. Backgrounds are rich and detailed which is nice but i wish they chose to keep the characters looking like they did in the books. In addition, some of the female love interests are somewhat one dimensional but its not bad. It does not take away from the stories.

Its an anthology made up of about 4-6 stories, so characters will be changing. Dont get TOO attached!
The Berenstain Bears and the Baby Chipmunk (I Can Read Level 1)
The Berenstain Bears and the Baby Chipmunk (I Can Read Level 1)
Though this series of An I Can Read Book is labeled as a Level 1 Beginning Reading Book, I felt that it is more of a Level 2 book because of some of the higher vocabulary used. My daughter is five-and-a-half and will start kindergarten this fall, and we both felt that these books were a step up from other level one books, for example the Step Into Reading series. Though she was able to read this book independently, I just feel parents should be aware that this book has some advanced vocabulary and more complex sentence structures which beginning readers might have some difficulty with, e.g.:

"Mama picked up the baby chipmunk and tucked him into Papa's hanky."
"Then one day, he explored one place too many."
"Outside," said Mama, "Brown Eyes will be able to explore all of nature."

The books in the series have engaging storylines and each page has beautiful full-color illustrations. This particular story tells of how the cubs find a baby chipmunk and care for him before finally returning him to the wild. This is an excellent series that will motivate young children to read.
The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd
The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd
My daughter is four, so when I bought this book I knew she wasn't old enough to understand what peer pressure is. However I thought I'd like to get a start on talking about it before she had to deal with it so that she's not totally blind-sided when it comes up. I also loved "Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree" when I was a child. That's how I came to buy this Berenstain book.

The book brought up the topics of peer pressure, mean kids, and materialism. That was good. The way Sister Bear dealt with it seemed unrealistic to me. The book showed what *won't* work when dealing with peer pressure, but didn't add much about what *will* work.

When Queenie McBear loses the jump roap contest and declares at the end "I've learned my lesson," it brings a weak plot to an impossible conclusion. A kid who's being mean because she feels insecure is never going to respond that way to losing. Hoping for something like that will not be helpful to a child who's being pressured or mistreated by her peers.

Still my daughter enjoys reading the book with me, and opening the conversation on that topic does have some value, so I'm giving it three stars.
The Light of Western Stars
The Light of Western Stars
I reread this book after a number of years...it still pulls at the heartstrings for me. I have always remembered how Zane Gray played up the fantastic beauty of the west while weaving it into the plot. Even the stars play their part. Some people said they were upset by the way it ended...leaving it to one's imagination. I love that type of ending. You can leave it up to your own daydreaming that way. I have not read "Majesty's Rancho" which I have heard is the sequel. I hope it fulfills its duty. "The Light of Western Stars is the perfect woman's western romance.
The Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd is a decent adaptation of the Zane Grey story.

Dell Comics didn't wear the "Comics Code Authority" seal, soon after Congress and others accused comics companies of contributing to juvenile delinquency, since their comics were "good comics."

And it's true. Their four-color issues were fun to read and dealt with wholesomeness but also tended to sugar-coat the realities of life as here on the open prairies.

The Kindle version starts out with a nice painted cover of a cowboy as he tries not to fall off his white horse as it rides atop a fierce bison buffalo. Quite a dramatic cover to convince any 10 year old boy to pull out that dime and get some Western stories.

The Kindle version has a Wiki article on Zane Grey (which obviously was not on the original comic book), giving the reader some background on Zane, such as his rough childhood and depression as he carved out a writing career.

The Dell comic tries to do this too in comic-strip form, but sugar-coats it. Family is supportive and people who rejected his stories are looked on as crazy editors, quite a stretch from the Wiki story. Zane was a dentist and soon gave it up for the Wild West, and with the help of his wife who organized things, he became a successful writer, if a pretty bad, neglectful husband.

Stories and Plots:

The first story is the bio of Zane Grey himself, with the modest title, "King of the Westerns." Zane is seen as writing the Lone Star Ranger (later the Lone Ranger!), and his story's impact in the movies, novels and on radio. In 1939 "he came to the end of the trail" but his legacy lives on, etc., etc. Art is not bad. Writing tends to be a bit over the top.

Title page has a cool article on the Sequoia Tree, where you can ride a whole Wells Fargo coach through it!

Main Story: The Thundering Herd stars Tom Doan, who hooks up with some guys who want to go out buffalo hunting. To the modern reader, the hundreds of buffalo mercilessly shot down by rifles, with their meat wasted and hides stretched to sell at market might be a bit much, but that was apparently how things were in the Old West. The Indians are looked at as hostile savages. The women, supporting their men.

One such woman meets Tom and they immediately take a liking to each other, but she has a mean father in law and she's not "of age." Good dynamic tension here, though hackneyed in its execution.

The art is stiff but shows good action between man and horse and buffalo. Enjoyed the close-up panels with action and excitement. Some panels take up the entire middle of the page as Tom rides hard through a herd.

A few tear-jerkers as Tom thinks Milly Fayre is dead after an Indian raid. This girl is tough to kill as she uses a herd of buffalo to disguise her escape from Indians. Yeow!

Written Story:

Some sections of the comic are pure story text without much illustration. This one was about young Jim Harkness who gets his first rifle. His dad is proud of him. Jim runs into a bear and then things start happening. It's one page, and gives some decent pointers on power and responsibility.

"True Western Adventures", about Jesse James' gang trying to hold up a bank, and a particularly plucky banker who won't let them do it. It's great how the town gets together and starts shooting at Jesse and the gang shoots back, yet not ONE person gets killed by a bullet. Bad shots! At the story end, Dell Comics encourages the kids to read another Zane story, "The Trail Driver." I just might, but it may cost more than the ten cent cover price!

A cute article about the modern cowboy "At Work, At Play." Nice picture of a mesa and a cowboy looking out on the prairie, as we learn of the attitudes and hard work the cowboy enjoys.

Finally a cute article from Wrigley Juicy Fruit Gum (keeps your teeth clean, kids). Dopey Dan rides his bike recklessly and doesn't obey traffic rules. Safety Sam though always does these things. Which do you think Wrigley's wants you do be? There are no morality articles in today's comics, unfortunately.

Kindle Quirks: You can just slide your finger across your Kindle to "turn" the pages, but it's hard to read. I tap on the screen twice to enlarge the page, read it, then tap again to activate the slider. The slider doesn't work when the page is in "enlarge" mode.

Bottom Line:

Interesting history of the West, with one of the more prolific writers of westerns, Zane Grey. The stories are fair, which is too bad. I'm sure the actual novels are richer in description and characterization. The morality plays in the comic are heartening though it's way too bad today's comics don't do this.

Recommended.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Vol. 7 (7)
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Vol. 7 (7)
Questo volume di Boruto è una cosa pazzesca, letto tutto d'un fiato e mi è piaciuto tantissimo. Inizialmente è arrivato con la copertina leggermente stracciata in basso, tuttavia, ho subito segnalato questa cosa ad amazon facendo "sostituisci prodotto" e me ne è stato inviato completamente gratis uno nuovo perfetto, Amazon, un nome, una garanzia!
Everything for a Dog
Everything for a Dog
I am a teacher and stumbled upon this book as well as the first one, A Dog's Life, by accident. My coworkers and I had all read the first book and the kids loved it so much that we ordered this one too. This book Is great because it ties into the first book and the two stories are intertwined. This one also has twists and turns that are not at all expected. It kept my fourth graders at the edge of their seats. There are A few really sad parts just like in the first book, but it is a great story. It kept my students coming back for more. In the age of common core that is more than a teacher can ask for.
River of Death
River of Death
With this book MacLean seems to have recycled some of this prior themes - a vengeful widower out to avenge the death of his wife, for one. The hero is just too damn cocky and self assured - no doubts even when going up with a billionaire who has killed before and has men to carry out his wishes. The heroes plan goes like clockwork despite such trivialities as a plane crash, for nothing can stand in the way of his revenge. It's an interesting story, but everyone in it is a cardboard cut-out.

The Kindle version is very odd. It has a different number of chapters than the print version, with the breaks not seeming to make sense. The book had a lot of blank lines between paragraphs to indicate the passage of time; most are missing.Some words are not italicized. Some words are translated from German to English, like Kolonie becoming Colony, but oddly without consistency as Kolonie is also used. There are actually whole sentences missing, and some are shortened. Some words are misspelled in placed but are correct elsewhere. Very, very strange. When I buy a Kindle book I want the exact same thing as the print version. What's really odd is that this was an English text to start with, so it's not like two different translators came up with their own versions.
Alistair Maclean's Dead Halt
Alistair Maclean's Dead Halt
"Alistair MacLean's Dead Halt" is the fifth in a series of suspense novels actually written by Alastair MacNeill to capitalize on outlines left by MacLean at his death. This novel continues the adventures of the United Nations Anti-Crime Organization (UNACO) operatives first introduced in "Death Train" (and dramatized in the movie of the same name by Pierce Brosnan, Alexandra Paul, and Patrick Stewart).

The story features exotic locales, suitable adversaries in the IRA, the Mafia, and Columbian drug lords, and a complicated plot that literally twists and turns to the very last page. For those attached to the UNACO operatives of the earlier novels in this series, the story is reasonably suspenseful and mildly entertaining.

McNeill has mastered MacLean's basic plotting mechanics but falls well short of MacLean's ironic and understated writing style, and his dialogue is often awkward. Serious fans of Alistair MacLean's work will find this a pale copy and are advised to stick to MacLean's original works.
Das Geheimnis der San Andreas
Das Geheimnis der San Andreas
Das Buch befindet sich in ausgezeichnetem Zustand. Ich schätze mal, dass es erst zwei bis dreimal gelesen wurde. Der Versand erfolgte über Amazon im Standardversand und das Buch war zwei Tage nach Bestellung bei mir. Fazit: Diesen Verkäufer immer wieder!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 3
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3--Stardust Crusaders, Vol. 3
This series is so great, I decided I wanted to pick them up in manga form after watching the first half of the new anime. It's really enjoyable to see where the series started. As an aside, check out the final event in this book. Then compare it to how it happens in the anime, and then what subsequently happens in the series. I won't say any more, due to spoilers, but it is really weird to say the least. (Once you know, check out why Araki did it, too!)
Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality
Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality
Every so often I pick up a book that I wish I read 10 years ago. Feynman's Lectures on Physics and Van Hess's Thermodynamics are among these, as well as Polya's How To Solve It for those more mathematically inclined. These would have certainly saved me from much confusion during my college engineering curriculum, for they focus on teaching the material to the reader, as opposed to masking it in the equations of a textbook. Some lucky folks have the ability to glance at equations and immediately grasp their meaning; for the other 99.99% of us, an intuitive explanation replete with real-world analogies helps to bring the meaning to life.

With a presentation both unique and entertaining, Lewis Carroll Epstein's Thinking Physics has certainly claimed a rightful seat at the roundtable of wonderful didactic books. Every page poses a question that challenges the reader on his view of the physical world, and nearly every answer tears down the fallacies of his intuition. Socrates would have been proud of the format, with each new question expanding on concepts developed in earlier answers. One of the 1-star reviews mentioned a lack of organization. This criticism completely misses the point. It is NOT a textbook, so "obviously" it will lack some of the rigorous development of concepts and precise organization that you would expect in a physics text. It IS a popular physics book with lots of cartoony pictures that a kid in elementary school could both enjoy and understand. At the same time, the insights will help build anyone's physics intuition, regardless of age. I read this book when I was 30. I have since started going through problems in Kleppner and Kolenkow and some other more advanced texts, and I really think this book helped.
You only live once: Memories of Ian Fleming
You only live once: Memories of Ian Fleming
Being professionally interested in everything that has to do with Peter and Ian Fleming I had to buy and read this book since it is quoted by all biographers of the two brothers. However, I found Ivar Bryce a very careful memoirist with ominous complete silences where a few details could have shown at least the direction in which things were going. Thus Bryce's description of him and Ian going to Kitzbuhel in 1938, just before the war, for no apparent reason. And yet they were spending their time in company of Conrad O'Brian-ffrench, the Z3 — third man in the hierarchy — of the top secret Z Organization to which Ian and Peter most obviously belonged (and Brice most probably was introduced to it by Ian, maybe on that particular trip).
So, I am disappointed not to find anything that I don't already know. But since it is an original source on the Flemings, I am happy I have it.
Mary Higgins Clark: A Crime of Passion
Mary Higgins Clark: A Crime of Passion
I tried to play this DVD but it would not load........screen said "no disc". I retried several times, but it wouldn't load. I tried several other DVDs and there was no problem, so I'm not sure what it is. When I received it, it had come loose in its case and I noticed it had several long scratches on it, so that may be the issue. In any event, I'm anxious to see the movie, so I guess I will need it replaced. Do I need to return this one? Please advise. Thanks!
Temor a la verdad (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Temor a la verdad (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Un tema bien desarrollado con el estilo de Mary Higgins Clark. A pesar de que coinciden varias sucesos la historia no pierde sentido. Atrapa la atención del lector desde el principio. Es un libro ampliamente recomendable para leerse en un fin de semana.
Harry Potter Gryffindor School Uniform Knee High Socks, Red, 9-11
Harry Potter Gryffindor School Uniform Knee High Socks, Red, 9-11
Meh, wasn’t a big fan. They were pretty thin material and squeezed my legs - and I don’t have big legs. They were even thinner as they struggled to stretch. Also didn’t like that it came below the knee rather than above the knee. I think some people would find it suitable but I found another one I liked better in maroon and yellow stripes that were thigh highs. This one is red and yellow - which didn’t match my sexy Harry Potter costume in maroon and yellow. So I returned them.
The First Years Sounds for Silence Nursery, Lullaby Sound Machine
The First Years Sounds for Silence Nursery, Lullaby Sound Machine
We loved the old model of this (that one is still going strong after three years...) but when we moved our daughter to her own room a few months ago, we decided to buy another one to keep in our room. Well just like other reviewers here mention, it's THREE DAYS PAST OUR RETURN WINDOW and the thing just completely stopped working. They must have some kind of timer in it to work for three months and then quit because it can't be coincidence that everyone is saying this. Then I come on here to see if I can return it and I see the price dropped from $24.99 to $14.99. What do they think that will make us more likely to buy it again? How about instead of adding more plastic to the landfills, you just make a quality product that we don't have to keep replacing every three months? Don't waste your money on this scam.
Harry Potter Hermione Granger Deluxe Girls Costume, Black & Red, Kids Size Large (10-12)
Harry Potter Hermione Granger Deluxe Girls Costume, Black & Red, Kids Size Large (10-12)
The costume did not have a bottom hem and was unfinished. The bottom edge was ragged and uneven. You can see the cut marks and one side is longer than the other. Since it is a fleece material, the cloak can still be worn (no time to get it replaced by halloween) but typically i would have returned.

If the hem had been done, I would rate a star higher due to the fact my daughter loves the soft, lightweight material. The closure will need replaced but that would be a minor fix compared to the hem.
HamiltonBuhl Smart-Trek Headset || Durable Steel-Reinforced Gooseneck Mic, USB Plug
HamiltonBuhl Smart-Trek Headset || Durable Steel-Reinforced Gooseneck Mic, USB Plug
These only have an inline volume roller type switch. I bought for my work but headsets need to have inline volume and mute buttons so they will not work for me. I didn't bother to even plug them in to test so I cannot speak to how they sound. I gave them to my daughter who is in college, hopefully she can find a use for them. Unfortunately I wasted my money on these.
Dusico® Balloons Rainbow Set (100 Pack) 12 Inches, Assorted Bright Colors, Made With Strong Multicolored Latex, For Helium Or Air Use. Kids Birthday Party Decoration Accessory
Dusico® Balloons Rainbow Set (100 Pack) 12 Inches, Assorted Bright Colors, Made With Strong Multicolored Latex, For Helium Or Air Use. Kids Birthday Party Decoration Accessory
I had the novel idea of filling our entry hallway from floor to ceiling with balloons for my wife's birthday. As luck would have it, she is intensely scared of balloons. Sheesh! Well, it's been over 4 days and most aren't losing any air. Normally balloons deflate on their own in a few hours or days, but these won't. Now I'm stuck with an unhappy wife, hopping over balloons until I risk popping them all and bringing the cops to the door.

I didn't have a single balloon pop while inflating them and I was using a 120 psi air compressor. That right there is pretty remarkable. If you're looking for balloons that won't pop and don't lose air, these are the ticket (provided your significant other doesn't have an irrational fear of them).

*UPDATE It's been two months since I inflated these balloons. I popped all but one. The one leftover balloon is still 3/4 full after 2 months. Remarkable!
Power Rangers - Mighty Morphin Season 1-3 (SD on Blu-ray) [1993]
Power Rangers - Mighty Morphin Season 1-3 (SD on Blu-ray) [1993]
Gefällt mir sehr. Allein schon aus Platz- und Optikgründen. Wo in der 20 Jahre Jubiläums-Edition aus 2013 noch 19 DVDS den Platz im Schrank gefressen haben, kommt diese SD on Bluray Version auf 6 geschickt angeordneten Blurays. Dazu noch in einem schönen Steelbook. Und für 34,10 € kann man da absolut nix falsch machen, ist auch günstiger, als man aktuell für die DVDS (gebraucht!) bezahlt, warum auch immer xD

Hoffe, dass eines Tages noch weitere Staffeln so raus kommen, dann werde ich weiter DVDs in SD on Bluray tauschen.

Übrigens, die EAN der alten Version lautet 4260009917563, die der neuen 4260009917570.
Be a Network Marketing Leader: Build a Community to Build Your Empire
Be a Network Marketing Leader: Build a Community to Build Your Empire
This is an interesting book that I almost did not read. The reason being, full disclosure here is that I am not really a fan of network marketing per se.
I know people have made a lot of money with it. I know that companies like Amway and Mary Kay offer people a great and vibrant way to make a living but it’s just not my thing, not the way I like to do business. But then…
This book intrigued me. It kept calling me back. For some reason I felt that I might learn something from this book by Networking expert Mary Christensen so I finally picked it up one Friday afternoon and gave it a read. And you know I was right. There was a lot in this book then I ended up learning from. No I have to admit that I still will never be a network marketing person. I am not one of those people that interested in person to person sales but here is what I did learn from this book.
I learned how to grow a network of qualified .buyers. They do not have to be buyers in a direct marketing chain, but they are my customers the kind of customer I sell my consulting services to.
I learned how to use social to grow my own personal base. The chapter on social media is excellent.
I learned how to better get along with people, how to not only exchange ideas, but also how to help one another so that we can all succeed.
I learned how to create my own network of like-minded people. Not to sell things to one another but rather to help one another succeed in selling our goods and services to common customers; and how to put our skills and services together in a cooperative and complementary way offering our customers and deeper and wider solution.
I learn how to be a better communicator. How to more effectively get my message across and how to better relay my story to my customer base.
So in the end I did pick this book up and I did read it and I did learn quite a bit. As I said earlier I will never be a Network Marketing leader in the way the people in this book are. But I will be a better marketing person based on what I learned in this book.
So all I can say is whatever your personal preference. Whatever you are selling this is still a book you should read and learn from.
Shea Butter by Sky Organics (16 oz) 100% Pure Unrefined Raw African Shea Butter for Face and Body Moisturizing Natural Body Butter for Dry Skin
Shea Butter by Sky Organics (16 oz) 100% Pure Unrefined Raw African Shea Butter for Face and Body Moisturizing Natural Body Butter for Dry Skin
Wow, wow, wow! This will be my first ever review on Amazon!

Story time.

So I ordered this several months ago. And when the first tub was done, I ordered another along with a coconut oil from the same company. When the order arrived, I received the coconut oil, but with cocoa butter, instead of shea butter. I just assumed I made a mistake and forgot all about it. The coconut oil was great. But the cocoa butter was way too hard. We never touched it as you can see from the recent pic attached. This was in November or so.

So a couple days ago, while shopping here, I decided to reorder the shea butter, since we really loved it. I went through my past orders trying to find the company, only to find out, that we did indeed order shea butter, and not cocoa butter. So the mistake was from their end. Given that this was nearly five months ago, I put in a note to the seller, but did not think much of it. Or at least, I expected some resistance, given how long ago the mistake was.

2 days later, my order arrived with a replacement tub of Shea butter. No questions asked. Not one! Talk about excellent customer service!

You've gotten a faithful customer in me. :)

If you are on the fence, this Shea butter is the truth! Rich, smooth, melts without much resistance, organic and smell pretty good(for shea butter :) )

Ok. That's the end of my story. And of on my "perhaps" only review on Amazon.

Cheers!
2020 Collector Car Price Guide
2020 Collector Car Price Guide
This book, and earlier editions of it, have helped me in purchasing several "antique" cars. One has to really understand the rating system to use it properly but, in general, the rating system is described pretty well.
The book, current and past, have also kept me from purchasing overpriced cars - thankfully.
I have been using this guide for a good 20 years.
Something's Fishy in Italy: A Travel Adventure and Unorthodox Guide For the Curious Traveler
Something's Fishy in Italy: A Travel Adventure and Unorthodox Guide For the Curious Traveler
This is a magical read about a magical place that will always hold dear to me. In 2002 I had the pleasure of traveling to Roma with the author and his lovely wife. Steve Tencati was such a phenomenal tour guide that when I returned with my wife and her family five years later I was able to take them from memory throughout the “Eternal City”. Using Steve’s stories and suggestions we also visited Castel del Oscano in Cenerente, enjoying the roof top apperitivo. And, much like the author, we too could not find it, went to likely the same petrol station and found a gentleman who offered to lead us to the gates of the castle. Reading his descriptions brought me back to each and every place we visited down to the smells. Steve’s descriptions of each place are so vivid one can almost imagine the colors and aromas. Though we have not made it back since our last visit in 2013 reading Steve’s narrative is making me yearn for yet another visit.
Feather & Down Sweet Dream Pillow Spray, 100 ml, FE7501
Feather & Down Sweet Dream Pillow Spray, 100 ml, FE7501
Not sure about the smell,not as nice as it works,but that £20 more expensive,I prefer smell of it works but will continue using this,PUT some on my cats pillow,he slept an extra 2Bourne wakes me up at 5am for food,eats them goes back to sleep,he didn't do 5 am so that's nice he slept longer, am sure I wi!l get used to aroma
FIZZOptics HD 10x42 Binoculars with Phone Adapter, Nitrogen-Filled IPX7 Waterproof, BAK4 16.5mm, FMC Lens with 18mm Eyecups, Compact Binocular with Low-Light Vision, Sharp Image
FIZZOptics HD 10x42 Binoculars with Phone Adapter, Nitrogen-Filled IPX7 Waterproof, BAK4 16.5mm, FMC Lens with 18mm Eyecups, Compact Binocular with Low-Light Vision, Sharp Image
Our family loves traveling very much , in order to have a more perfect tour , I decided to buy a pair of binoculars , lengthen our vision , so that we can travel , to see more of the beauty , I bought this telescope on Amazon , it feels good in your hand , the main thing is that the telescope's visual effects are fantastic , looking forward to my next trip with my new telescope , it will be a much better trip.
4 Boxes x 25g of Läkerol Licorice Seasalt - Original - Swedish - Sugar Free - Liquorice - Pastilles - Lozenges - Drops - Dragees - Candies - Sweets
4 Boxes x 25g of Läkerol Licorice Seasalt - Original - Swedish - Sugar Free - Liquorice - Pastilles - Lozenges - Drops - Dragees - Candies - Sweets
Salty and yummy. I've been ordering Claire's Organic licorice for a while, and find them helpful in boosting my energy, but don't like consuming so much sugar. (I'll probably keep consuming those, though, because they are really good.) These are quite different, but tasty. I always forget to consume enough salt, so these do double duty for me. It's kind of a hassle, though, to have to order these Swedish licorice pastilles by way of Finland, but I'll keep ordering them.
inkxpro 600 ml Dye Ink Refill Set de alta definición para CIS/CISS o cartuchos recargables con tinta T79: Impresoras Stylus Photo 1400, 1410, Artisan 1430
inkxpro 600 ml Dye Ink Refill Set de alta definición para CIS/CISS o cartuchos recargables con tinta T79: Impresoras Stylus Photo 1400, 1410, Artisan 1430
These inks are very good quality. These are dye-based inks as opposed to the pigment-based inks I had been using. There are differences. I print on extremely thin paper (which is not recommended by Epson). Dye-based ink seems to penetrate deeper into the paper than pigment-based. The InkXPro pigment inks are more waterproof and will not smear or bleed, even if moistened, once the print has dried. These dye-based inks seem to always release at least a small amount of ink if dried and them moistened. I’ve tested by moistening, laying a clean sheet of paper over the print and rolling with a brayer. There is never transfer from the pigment ink and always transfer from the dye ink. I have to say that it doesn’t bleed and make the image fuzzy. Perhaps there is dye on the surface of the paper? Now, during printing, I have to carefully adjust the black level as the black in particular seems to wick slightly. However, this is never a problem if you print on Epson recommended papers. The ink is UV resistant, fade proof, water resistant and will print photos that will outlive you.
Starwest Botanicals Organic 6" Raíz de regaliz, 4 onzas
Starwest Botanicals Organic 6" Raíz de regaliz, 4 onzas
You either love to chew on licorice root sticks, or you don't. If you do, then this is the perfect licorice root stick. They dig up the roots, clean them, and chop them up into about four inch lengths, and package them. It's as natural as you can get without actually doing the harvesting yourself.

The things I like about licorice root sticks:
* no chemical nothing - just a natural root that you chew on
* they are naturally sweet, but not overly so
* this is where the REAL licorice flavor comes from, and if you love licorice, this is the genuine article - it tastes like what real licorice is supposed to taste, not the stuff that they make with anise flavoring or chemicals from some New Jersey industrial plant.
* you can use it to clean your teeth and massage your gums, if you're into that sort of thing.
* the aftertaste is fantastic - actually, this is my favorite thing. If you rinse your mouth out with a drink of water after you're done with your stick, it will leave a wonderful, refreshing taste in your mouth, and your breath will smell nice to others.
* it actually helps calm my stomach when my tummy is feeling upset. I'm not sure why, but it's a natural herbal product, and so it has natural herbal stuff that does stuff to you. All I know is that if my tummy is a bit sour or sore, chewing on this stuff will help it feel better almost every time.

The negatives:
* you're chewing on a stick!
* it breaks down and gets splintery, which is how the flavors get released, but if you're not careful, you will end up with a mouthful of wood chips clogging up the works.
* After you're done chewing on the stick, it's really gross looking. So you have to find ways to get rid of this without making people gag. Fortunately, it's totally biodegradable, and if you are driving down the highway, it's probably fine to just toss it out the window - it's just a stick, after all...

Nobody I've known in my life has ever understood my love for licorice root sticks (I've chewed on them since I was 13 years old - over fifty years!). But that doesn't bum me out, because I know that nobody is going to be raiding my stash!

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