Joaquin Stewart

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Sass for Web Designers
Sass for Web Designers
Sass for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Quidditch Through the Ages
Quidditch Through the Ages
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 936 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Cloudy Jewel
Cloudy Jewel
Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill, Paula Faye Leinweber, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 390 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie, John Rubenstein, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 729 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Road Rage: Throttle #1 Cover B
Road Rage: Throttle #1 Cover B
Road Rage: Throttle #1 Cover B by Joe Hill, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Game Programming Patterns
Game Programming Patterns
Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 324 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks by Matthew Urban. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design
Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design
Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design by Boisy G. Pitre. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
AngularJS y Apache Cordova: Del ni idea al ¡soy un maestro! (Spanish Edition)
AngularJS y Apache Cordova: Del ni idea al ¡soy un maestro! (Spanish Edition)
Creo que el libro está bien enfocado y que toca palos realmente interesantes, pasando por el detalle de las instalaciones de node, bower, gulp... la creación de tareas con gulp, la realización de un mock para emular la llamada a un servicio...
Todo esto está bien para tener un conocimiento básico de la integración de todas estas herramientas y de cómo realizar una aplicación en angular 1.X pero no esperéis convertiros en maestros con el libro.
Al margen de algunas erratas (no se especifica en algunos puntos la declaración de variables necesarias y la instalación de algunos paquetes) que se pueden resolver por uno mismo, el libro está bien.
Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett: A High Return Investment Strategy
Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett: A High Return Investment Strategy
There are two kinds of books on investing like Warren Buffett: the good ones and the rip-off ones. This is one of the good ones. The author adds value by reverse engineering Buffett’s trades, and distilling what he’s found into several stock research checklists:

Business Characteristics
Earnings
Debt
Equity
Profit Margin
Capital Investment
Management
Dividend
Assets
Inventory
Share Buybacks
Insiders
Institutional
Inflation
Cyclical Company
Turnaround
Stock Price

Each of these have several questions, such as “What is the average ROA for the last ten years?”. There’s a tutorial on each question, showing what the author thinks Buffett is looking for. In total there are over sixty questions. To show how this analysis works, he then analyses Infosys Ltd, an IT company.

If you find this interesting, read Buffett himself in Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders.

If you want to invest like Buffett, there are at least three ways you can do it:

1. Buy shares in Berkshire Hathaway.
2. Buy the same shares that he does, when he does. Men Faber describes how to do this in Invest With The House: Hacking The Top Hedge Funds.
3. Use his techniques to find companies in which to buy shares. This book explains how to do it, but you might also look at Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth.

If you have stumbled across this book while looking for something which explains how to invest your money wisely, you might want to look at my favourite book on investing: Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School.
Top 10 Visionaries that Changed the World: 500 Life and Business Lessons
Top 10 Visionaries that Changed the World: 500 Life and Business Lessons
If you are and entrepreneur, an innovator, a creative or just someone looking to make your mark, you may be asking yourself ‘how?’. George Ilian is back with another exceptional book to provide you with inspiration and steer you in the right direction. This collection of 500 life lessons is unlike any other book I’ve read. It isn't a list of quotes or simply anecdotes from each of the ten peoples’ careers. What Ilian does is incredible. For each person he focuses on, he provides a timeline that encompasses both personal and business growth for each visionary. As he describes an event in one of their lives, he culls out a lesson for us to learn from it. For instance, Steve Jobs wanted to build Apple as an appealing brand. What steps did he take to get there? What hiccups along the way did he retroactively learn from? And further, what can we as readers take away from it? Amazing. Each visionary’s tale is different, as they all have lived extremely different lives. The one thing they share is they’ve all accomplished something extraordinary. The structure of each visionary’s section varies and the effect is stunning. With each person’s ups and downs, we can gain so much from how they got there or what they achieved (whether it be a goal or a lesson learned) Ilian strings together the similarities and contrasts the differences. This book will help you see opportunity, take control, innovate and find success in your own career. Awesome, inspiring and educational read.
Until Today!: Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind
Until Today!: Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind
This book has helped me through the toughest of times. I really love how it's not all "you're wonderful and perfect" it forces you to look at how your actions, environment and entire being contributes to your situation. Sometimes the moments in are lives are beyond our control but we have control over how we react to it. And this book really forces us to do that. I'm a massive fan and what's even better is that you can go back and revise the devotions dependent on what you are going through at that very moment. I like to pray/meditate after reading and actually use the words to improve everything I do. This book really forces you to live in the now and be mindful. It's not a religious book yet it is you can apply it to whatever faith system you follow if you are religious/atheist/agnostic/spiritual. I can't recommend it enough for people who are going through a tough time or maybe just want to self improve and feel more present in their lives!
Live In Sweden 1969 (2CD)
Live In Sweden 1969 (2CD)
If I may, I would like to ask for your indulgence for a moment. To my knowledge this release is the 2nd Jimi Hendrix release by the record label Audio Vaults. The first was the 3 CD release called Opus Live in Europe 1967. To be perfectly blunt the sound reproduction of that release was abysmal. You may ask why on earth would I purchase the 2 CD live in Sweden? My answer is of a technical level. On this Sweden live recordings the record label used something called K Stereo Precision Ambience Recovery. I then decided to go online to see what all that meant. I am by no means an expert in these matters, that being said I understood the explanation provided. To put it in a nutshell, this K Stereo algorithm extracts the best possible sound.
This is not an official release so I suppose you could say it is a bootleg. Whenever I write about Jimi's music I often say go for the officially sanctioned releases,because for the most part you will get the best sound quality. There are very few exceptions to this rule and this release is an example of that. My only criticism is that the bass is a bit top heavy in places,so you will have to play around with your graphic equaliser to bring the bass down a bit.
Now for the most important part the music. It is another tour de force of how mind blowing Jimi and the fellas were. No matter which live recording you listen to, each and every one was different. There is everything you would wish for, blistering guitar from Jimi, some thumping bass Noel and in your face drums from Mitch. Open all your windows and play it loud!!!!
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
Dear Music Appreciators,

This "Best of" version is the one I heard first, streaming on NPR, and the 6 disc deluxe edition is the one I bought on Amazon because I couldn't resist the extras (more songs, more versions of songs, the hardbound book, etc.). But the 2 disc The Best of The Cutting Edge Provides the most accessible, traditional, and easily enjoyable listening experience from beginning to end.

A particular highlight for this reviewer was "Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence," which I missed the first time it came out (Bootleg Series 1-3). This song rocks. The guitar work stings and runs you over. Dylan yells. He sings some different lyrics. Words from "Tom Thumb's Blues" make an appearance. And Dylan picks his guitar player over a woman - "She's good alright but she ain't as good as this guitar player I got right now." A fitting tribute to the singular guitar work of Mike Bloomfield.

For what it’s worth, I’ve created a little track-by-track/side-by-side guide to help you know some of the difference between what’s on the 2 disc version (The Best of The Cutting Edge) vs. what’s on the 6 disc version of this release (The Cutting Edge Deluxe Edition).

- The 2 disc version contains 36 of the 111 tracks on the 6 disc version.

- It appears the 2 disc version contains 2 tracks (disc 1 track 14 and disc 2 track 3) that are slightly shorter than their counterparts on the 6 disc version. There may be others with very minor differences of a few seconds as well.

- The 2 disc version contains just 2 versions of “Like a Rolling Stone” whereas the 6 disc version devotes the entirety of disc four's 20 tracks to the song and I’ve read this is the full sessions for this particular song, but not sure if that is accurate.

The 2 disc version contains the following number of tracks off each disc of the 6 disc version:
- 10 out of the 23 tracks on disc 1
- 8 out of the 19 tracks on disc 2
- 2 out of the 20 tracks on disc 3
- 7 out of the 19 tracks on disc 4
- 4 out of the 15 tracks on disc 5
- 5 out of the 15 tracks on disc 6

How many songs (regardless of take or version) that appear on the 6 disc set do not appear on the 2 disc set? Answer = 12

Those songs are:

- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
- It’s All Right Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
- From a Buick 6
- Ballad of a Thin Man
- Jet Pilot
- I Wanna Be Your Lover
- Unknown Instrumental
- 4th Time Around
- Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine)
- Temporary Like Achilles
- Obviously 5 Believers
- Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

So, other than that the 6 disc version is comprised of additional versions of these songs as well as additional versions of the same songs that appear on the 2 disc set.

Disc 1 Track 1 on The Best of the Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 2 Love Minus Zero/No Limit (Take 2 Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 2 on The Best of the Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 5 I’ll Keep it With Mine (Take 1, Piano Demo) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 3 on The Best of the Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 7 and 8 Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (Takes 1 and 2 Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 4 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 9 She Belongs to Me (Take 1 Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 5 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 13 Subterranean Homesick Blues (Take 1 remake electric) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 6 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 15 Outlaw Blues (Take 2 remake electric) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 7 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 17 On the Road Again (Take 4 electric) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 8 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 20 Farewell, Angelina (Take 1, Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 9 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 22 If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Take 2, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 10 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 23 You Don't Have to Do That (Take 1, Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 11 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 1 California (Take 1, Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 12 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 4 Mr. Tambourine Man (Take 3 with Band, Incomplete) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 13 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 6 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Take 8, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 14 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = a shorter version of Disc 3 Track 5 Like a Rolling Stone (Take 5, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 15 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 3 Track 12 Like a Rolling Stone (Take 11, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 16 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 9 Sitting On a Barbed Wire Fence (Take 2) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 17 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 12 Medicine Sunday (Take 1) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 18 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 16 Desolation Row (Take 2, Piano Demo) on the Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 19 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 15 Desolation Row (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)

Disc 2 Track 1 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 10 Tombstone Blues (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 2 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 14 Positively 4th Street (Take 5, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 3 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = a shorter version of Disc 4 Track 1 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 4 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 7 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Take 3, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 5 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 3 Highway 61 Revisited (Take 3, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 6 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 10 Queen Jane Approximately (Take 5, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 7 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 19 Visions of Johanna (Take 5, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 8 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 5 She's Your Lover Now (Take 6, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 9 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 11 Lunatic Princess (Take 1) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 10 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 14 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (Take 8, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 11 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 10 One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Take 19, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 12 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 4 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (Take 13, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 13 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 6 Absolutely Sweet Marie (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 14 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 8 Just Like a Woman (Take 4, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 15 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 10 Pledging My Time (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 16 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 14 I Want You (Take 4, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 17 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 5 Highway 61 Revisited (Take 7, False Start) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)

Sincerely,

Constant Listener
AutoFocus Full HD Webcam 1080P with Privacy Shutter - Pro Web Camera with Dual Digital Microphone - USB Computer Camera for PC Laptop Desktop Mac Video Calling, Conferencing Skype YouTube
AutoFocus Full HD Webcam 1080P with Privacy Shutter - Pro Web Camera with Dual Digital Microphone - USB Computer Camera for PC Laptop Desktop Mac Video Calling, Conferencing Skype YouTube
Like a whole lotta people these days I found myself in quarantine with a need for a web cam. My HP laptop was equipped but I PREFERRED (didn't NEED) something better. This cam had the specs I want at an agreeable price. The ESTIMATED delivery time was a little disappointing, but I decided to take a chance. First, the delivery time changed - for the better - TWICE after I placed the order. It was finally SCHEDULED to deliver...tomorrow. So it still arrived a day early! So full marks to the folks at Amazon for that!

The first thing I tried out of the box was to thread, ever-so-gently, the included tripod onto the camera. That was a no-go. As noted in several other reviews the threads are just not a good match. I tried using a proper 35mm camera tripod and it would not thread on either. This isn't important for me because the camera is where it will be, on top of my monitor.

The adapter/brace/arm thingy, whatEVER, does a very nice job of keeping it on the top ledge of the monitor. It isn't heavy enough to even consider things like scratching the monitor and it is rubber lined anyway. So, mounting - very good. The camera is light and it is 'held' on the monitor by GRAVITY. So keeping this in mind, it's not going anywhere under normal use. It MAY get brushed off the monitor if someone is dusting carelessly around it.

The camera is in a ball and socket mount. It moves easily, but not so easily that it will 'flop' around. If it's not level (or the monitor isn't) it's easy to adjust the camera in it's mount slightly to get it "right". This also applies to centering the subject (you most likely) in the middle of the frame.

I plugged it into a USB port and fired up the WinX Camera app. I saw the camera light up and the next thing I saw was me - on screen. There ARE focus and brightness adjustments under advanced settings but neither was necessary. I had three desk lamps and overhead lighting on and I was very well lit.

I tried snapping a still of myself and it did a very nice job @ 1920 x 1080.

It arrived just in time for a WebEx video teleconference and when I joined, there I was. It used it's own internal mic to pick up my voice and used my Soundsticks to play audio from other meeting participants. IE, it worked right the first time with no settings or tinkering. It is truly plug and play. The sliding lens cover was an important (for me) included option and it works like the camera - as it should and easily.

I have no reasons for any criticisms - on day 1. I would recommend both the camera and vendor highly.
Marvel Thanos Bathrobe Men’s Nightwear Dressing Gown Birthday
Marvel Thanos Bathrobe Men’s Nightwear Dressing Gown Birthday
Good looking dressing gown it is a thin fleece type material however this is perfect for the person I brought it for.
Just a side note this does not come with the models prosthetic leg as that is his leg!
After reading some of the pervious comments people seemed to be confused as to why they didn't get the leg obviously it is the models leg as he is clearly an amputee.
USB Cable Replacement for Wolverine Ultimate Gaming Controller
USB Cable Replacement for Wolverine Ultimate Gaming Controller
I bought this cord as a replacement for the cord that came with my Razer Wolverine Ultimate Controller, since the original cord stopped working after only having the controller for 6 months! With this cord, you cannot turn your Xbox on using the home button on the controller, which is a pain, especially being in the habit of lounging back in my chair before turning my Xbox on, only to realize that I have to get back up and walk to the Xbox to turn it on. It is also much shorter. Still trying to figure out why I can’t fine the exact replacement cord for it. Kinda blows my mind. These controllers are my favorite by far, but I’m almost done with them because they go very cheap on the production of their cords. I don’t understand why you would go through the trouble of making such a great controller only to skimp on cheap cords. Starting to seem like the frustration of cords failing isn’t work dealing with, even though I like the controllers themselves so much.
Unhuman Nature
Unhuman Nature
HOW I MANAGED TO FINISH THIS FILM IS STILL A QUESTION FOR ME TO PONDER. AS A HARD CORE HORROR FAN, I TRY TO SEE A FILM THROUGH. SOMETIMES, YOU NEVER KNOW. THE NIGHT BEFORE, I WATCHED ......HEAD COUNT..... IT WAS SLOW FOR ONE HOUR, AND THEN EXPLODED WITH TERROR. THUS, I FINISHED THIS FEATURE. IT IS VERY LOW BUDGET, HAS ABSOLUTELY NO
MUSIC AND THE ACTORS WERE NOT CREDIBLE. NO REDEEMING FEATURES. IF YOU WILL INDULGE ME PLEASE, MAY I SUGGEST SOME ABSOLUTELY SOLID HORROR FILMS. THERE WILL BE NO SPOILERS. SOME OF THESE FILMS TAKE A WHILE TO GET GOING,
BUT PLEASE TRUST MY JUDGMENT, THESE ARE EXCELLENT. FIRST IS.......WISH UPON........FINE FOR OLDER TEENS, AND A SPLIT SECOND ENDING. NEXT.....THE HEX......QUITE GOOD..........THE DROVER......IS MAGNIFICENT, BUT YOU MUST BE PATIENT AS THE
FINAL PART IS FABULOUS; DROVE MEANS TO MOVE FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, I DID HAVE TO LOOK THAT ONE UP. NOW,
FOR ADULTS ONLY.....THERE IS NO HYPERBOLE NOW, THESE ARE SERIOUSLY NOT FOR TEENS, EVEN IF THEY PROMISE TO DO THE
DISHES FOR A WEEK, NO WAY. FIRST IS.......MIDSOMMER, AND THAT IS HOW IT IS SPELLED. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER
OF THIS MOVIE. THE DENOUEMENT IS UBER XXX. FINALLY, .......THE STRANGE ONES........THIS FILM ACHIEVED CULT STATUS
ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AND FOR GOOD REASON. A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD BOY AND HIS LATE TWENTIES COMPANION ARE HIKING
IN UPPER STATE NEW YORK. THE TEEN SEES A COMMUNE, AND IS DRAWN TO IT, MUCH TO THE DISDAIN OF HIS FRIEND. HE FINDS
A STRAY CAT AND GOES INTO THE LOCAL TOWN FOR SUPPLIES. .......AT THIS POINT, DO NOT EVEN BLINK......THE END COMES IN
A SPLIT NANOSECOND . YOU MAY DECIDE TO SEE THIS MOVIE A SECOND TIME, AS I DID, AS YOUR CONCLUSIONS AND
INTERPRETATIONS MAY BE DIFFERENT THE SECOND TIME AROUND.
Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 18 (18)
Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 18 (18)
Item arrived in perfect condition and was shipped within the week I ordered it (I live overseas.).
I read the entire manga in the past, but nothing beats having a physical copy of a beloved manga.

Anyway, this volume consists of various mini arcs, and those stories are funny and sweet. Both Ranma and Akane seem more aware of their feelings towards each other, most especially in the "Bambooo Leaves of Love" chapter and "A Package from Mother arc".
The Prize
The Prize
Thank you Amazon for helping a resurgence of the novels of Irving Wallace, through Kindle and the books. He was so good and it really was heartbreaking because it seemed for so long he was being forgotten. I've re-read THE SEVEN MINUTES, THE PLOT, THE SEVENTH SECRET, THE PIGEON PROJECT and THE PRIZE and it has been an absolute joy.

These reviews explain and criticize and praise the books more than I am able. But, I can say, they are just so much fun to read. Wallace loved words and he had such a generosity of heart and mind, as shown by how he believed would be the result for the world with THE WORD. His books for the most part are long and so compelling. He was a writer who wrote big bestsellers and they were for real. I don't believe money deals were part of it then or chicanery.

He wrote such gigantic themes so huge, it is amazing. And simply good writing. He could conjure imagination and make them fact. THE PRIZE just towers by the words of a master. THE SEVEN MINUTES is still, I think, an excellent book on censorship and freedom of speech. The dialogue, the characters, are so intelligent. Sometimes, I will read bestsellers that try to fit in his domain, and I really felt stupid reading them.

It seems that he is very little dated, and that surprises me, but it should not. He wrote about sex, from Chapman to Freeburg, turning one book upside down for another. He seemed just immensely happy writing and I hope so. And fine non-fiction like THE SUNDAY GENTLEMAN, his early articles. Always entertaining and he taught with amazement.

He wrote about politics and an underground world where Hitler lived for decades afterwards we thought he had died, and Eva Braun living on. He did write predictive fiction. I think THE R DOCUMENT being published again because of the patriot act and the parallel started it..

He taught us so much about Alfred Nobel, the prize, medicine, science, history of books, trials, the newspaper business, how to make false papyrus, and he had the audacity to write the book of James himself, facts and dates and incidents, always putting human level and a man of immense knowledge and literate. He wrote books concerning world shattering. He dreamed gigantic.

I am just saying that is for me that's all and thank you for the wonderful books returning. Once, on the Tonight Show, Irving Wallace, with that trademark pipe, and a great smile and laugh, talked to Johnny about a party that Wallace had had for writers. He said, he was talking with Rod Serling, and Rod pointed at William Goldman and said "that is a real writer."

What a fantastic thing, such a huge compliment from one of the the best writers there has ever been, to another great writer, about another fantastic writer. And those were just three of the writers there.

Holy cow!
Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art, and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience
Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art, and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience
An interesting book focused on the career of J. Carter Brown, the legendary leader for three decades at the National Gallery of Art. Professor Harris provides the reader with a nicely written look back on an exciting time for culture in our nation's capital. (Having said this, one should not look to this book for much on the theater, music, or dance.)

While the main story here is about Mr. Brown and the National Gallery's rise as a force in the rarified world of top-flight fine art museums, there are side trips to the Smithsonian Institution and the many spirited aesthetic disputes involving our capital city's urban development since the 1970s, such as the fight to build the World War II memorial on the Mall and the one to tear down the Rhodes Tavern.

At times, it seems to me, the author does rely too heavily on contemporary news articles about the various special art shows that are mentioned in this book.

If you are interested in Mr. Brown, the Smithsonian, the funding and management of modern art museums, how "international blockbuster art shows" are pulled off, urban planning, and/or the special diplomatic and cultural life of Washington, D.C., this would be a very good purchase.
The Gospel According to Dan Brown
The Gospel According to Dan Brown
This idiot chides Dan Brown for assuming he knows everything... and then himself assumes he knows everything. At least Dan Brown did some research.

Here's some little gems from this:

"Brown (via Langdon) assumes that members of "satanic cults" are NOT of a "devil-worshipping" nature, but this is something that should be proven rather than assumed (37)." p.163

What makes Dunn think Brown was assuming that? Could Brown's assertion possibly have been based on research? I'm betting Dunn is the one who's making the assumption that Satanists do "worship the Devil." He can't wrap his mind around the idea that we don't, so naturally, he assumes that Brown was making an assumption.

Want to know if we worship the Devil? Just go ahead and ask us. We'll be straight with you. The only reason they don't ask is because they're afraid of what they may hear. Brown at least has the guts to talk to his subjects (as he did with the Masons.)

Dunn goes on to insist that it's entirely reasonable to believe that not only do God, angels, the Devil, and demons exist, but they are literal anthropomorphic entities. He goes on to say "The ramifications aren't so laughable; in fact, they're kind of disturbing."

No, they are laughable, and saying that they aren't doesn't make it so. It's incredibly primitive and childish to think that Justice is LITERALLY a blindfolded woman holding a sword and scales, or that Death is LITERALLY a cloaked skeleton with a sickle, or Love is LITERALLY a winged baby with a bow and heart-tipped arrows. Imputing human characteristics on transcendent concepts is a means of putting them in terms one can understand, but taking them literally betrays a stunted cognitive capacity.

"After all, abstractions are much easier to control--much safer than people, much safer than God, angels, and demons."

Which do you feel more threatened by: a literal cloaked skeleton with a sickle, or Death as a concept? If you answered the former, you're too small-minded to grasp the implications of death. Which means more to your relationship: an arching cherub, or Love as a concept? If the first does, you probably haven't experienced as much as a junior high crush on someone.

So why on earth is a white, bearded geezer in a nightgown holding a lightning bolt more venerable to Dunn and Bubeck than the concept of an infinite Creator beyond human comprehension? Maybe they're still in Kohlberg's first stage of development. Perhaps they can't imagine anything beyond themselves, or a God that looks just like them.
The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home to Color: An Adult Coloring Book
The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home to Color: An Adult Coloring Book
 I am a real fan of Debbie Macomber and have enjoyed her books, movies, and television series over the years. Purchasing this book was a must for me – even without any idea of what the designs would include. This coloring book depicts a number of scenes from various books, including: “Starting Now”, “The Inn at Rose Harbor”, “Love Letters”, “The World of Debbie Macomber”, Blossom Street Brides”, “Silver Linings”, and “Rose Harbor in Bloom”.

The designs show scenes taken from various quotes. The quote is on the preceding page. No characters are shown but the rooms and houses fit perfectly into what I have always had in my mind's eye for these stories. There are lovely views of the city, harbor, houses, rooms, and even pets. Truly a lovely book of hand-drawn designs. Even if I were not such a fan of Ms. Macomber's work, I would love this coloring book.

Most of the designs are detailed and a few have intricate parts which may be more challenging to color. The majority are much easier to color and most coloring mediums should work fine with coloring the details. For my first project, I am using a variety of markers and coloring pencils.

The designs are by a team of artists, including: Juan Alarcon, Yvonne Gilbert, Mariko Jesse, Olivia Linn, Ben Perini, Paula Pertile, Sonia Pulido, and Monika Roe. You can tell from the varied artwork that more than one hand and imagination was involved. It makes for a more interesting coloring book as it gives you eight artists in one book.

Here is an overview of what I found in the book and during my testing of mediums and coloring in this book:

45 Hand-drawn designs depicting scenes from Debbie Macomber books
Printed on one side of white, heavyweight lightly smooth non-perforated page.
Quote of Scene is on the preceding page (back of the previous design page.
Glue Bound
Designs merge into the binding area – if you cut pages out, you will lose portions of the design
Book opens fairly flat if you “break” the spine
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page.
Water-based markers and India Ink artist pens show shadows on the back of the page.
Gel pens do not bleed through the page but need a little extra drying time.
Coloring pencils work well with this paper; however wax-based pencils do not blend as well as oil-based pencils. Soft lead pencils put down good color and layer well. Hard lead pencils also show good color and do not dent the back of the page.

Given the construction of this book, with the quote on the prior page, I do not plan to remove pages from the book. I'll want to keep the integrity of the format. Because of this, I will use a blotter page under the page I am working on to keep marker ink from marring the page below.
Tarzan & Janine (Texas Billionaires Club Book 1)
Tarzan & Janine (Texas Billionaires Club Book 1)
Elle James - Tarzan & Janine (Texas Billionaires Club Series - Book 1)

This new series is truly one of the best Laugh-out-Loud Romantic books I have read. The series is about four (4) College buddies (Tanner Peschke, Jesse Jordan, Rip O'Rourke, and Gage Jenkins) who committed to each other that they would become billionaires by the time they were thirty (30). These Billionaires do not advertise their wealth, not even their families. Now that they have achieved that goal, they agreed to find the right woman and start a family.

The first novel focuses on Tanner Peschke has a soft spot for women. He wants to protect them, give them a car almost free, which includes young to the elderly. He just has a sweet spot for them. Even though he is a billionaire and his father doesn't have this knowledge, he works alone beside him, and the Peschke used car dealership. His father wants to retire and gives Tanner three (3) months to prove he has what it takes to take over the dealership.

Tanner does the commercials for the dealership. After he is responsible for Janine Davis is fired from her current position, Tanner hired her to do the ads with him. You will LOL when the commercials are all based around Jungle Theme, from Monkeys, Python Snakes, and Camels. Janine wore a barely-there jungle outfit while each animal almost took her apart. The audience thought it was all part of the commercial, and they both became local stardom.

Recognition for Janine was great because she had dreams of going to Hollywood and becoming the next hot star. As Tanner and Janine continued, their attraction hotter than ever. Just when they both were going to declare their feelings, Janine gets the call from Hollywood, and she will be leaving.

Will they get their HEA since Tanner must prove, to his father, he can run the dealership. Find out, get your copy today.
Rory's Fortune
Rory's Fortune
This is a lovely story which I really enjoyed, Catherine Cookson certainly had the magic touch as a great story teller, she had the ability to set the scene with very few words not like other writers who use pages and pages trying to desribe the surroundings and they don't always succeed, there'll never be another Catherine Cookson she was brilliant.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
This is a super-hard novel to review, but I felt obliged to read this book before Midnight Sun gets released as it's the only Twilight novel that I have never read before. The biggest issue with Life and Death is that it felt pointless. Despite the explanation given by Meyer in her forward, I'm not sure why this novel exists other than to make money.

It is clear that Life and Death is not just a straight name-swap. While a lot of the most famous quotes remain intact, just comparing this book to the original reveal that it is a more refined piece. It is clear that Meyer has taken this book as an opportunity to revisit her work, allowing her to re-edit certain passages and introduce concepts such as the Volturi a lot earlier. However, despite this, my biggest issue with Life and Death is that it is not different enough.

While I fundamentally do agree with Meyer that a gender swap should not change Bella and Edward's story - that Bella is a fragile human amongst superheroes - I still would have expected more of a change. While there are small differences in the way that Edythe and Beau interact with each other, their dialogue and personalities remain entirely unchanged. While some small situations, such as the assault in Port Angeles, have been adapted to better suit a male protagonist, the story here is basically the same as the original.

Due to this, Life and Death is not mould-breaking. This book has all the same issues as Twilight. It's over-long, it's slow-burning and Edythe still comes across as being a possessive creep. As with the original, the novel is very dialogue-heavy and there is no real excitement until the last fifty pages or so. As with the original, this is the point where Beau is targeted by a rival vampire and the novel suddenly becomes enthralling.

The only real point of interest in Life and Death is its ending. Without spoiling too much here, I will note that Meyer has completely changed the way that this novel ends, leading into a very interesting epilogue that is entirely new material. This is the one thing about the novel that made me curious to read more. Although Meyer has largely indicated that this novel is a one-shot, I would have been curious to have seen what would have come out of a sequel. This new climax really is that game-changing.

The characters of Life and Death, however, were largely a disappointment. While it was interesting to see how the gender-flip changed some of the vampire backstories (Royal / Rosalie's in particular), most of the changes in this novel are largely superficial. Beau (Bella) and Edythe (Edward)'s personalities remain largely unchanged, as do most of the supporting characters who only seem to be different in name only.

The only real surprising exception to this is Charlie. For some reason, Meyer decided to keep Charlie and Renee's genders as they were, because she felt it unrealistic for a man in the 1980s to gain custody of his child. It surprises me that, in a story about vampires and werewolves, this is the thing that the author found to be too unrealistic, but it just felt a little odd to swap up everything other than this one detail.

Yet the thing that interested me most about the swap was the nature of the Volturi. Their new composition is explained late in the tale and actually was very interesting, giving the Brides far more power than they ever wielded in Twilight. Although they sadly do not appear in the story in person, I certainly wanted to learn more about them - this would have been a great thing to see in an alternate version of New Moon!

So, all in all I wasn't overly impressed by this one. While Twilight fans may find it amusing, I personally just felt that it was pointless if you have already read the original. Yet, I'm glad that I did pick this up for completeness sake. Now I feel ready to tackle Midnight Sun when it is released next month!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2-2 (Compact Paperback Edition) [In Japanese]
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2-2 (Compact Paperback Edition) [In Japanese]
小学生の高学年の子供が1巻の1、2をいっきに読み、続きを購入しました。

もちろん2巻の1、2もいっきに読みました。すごく楽しいそうです。
この1ヶ月は何度もなんども読み直しをしています。

でも2を1、2に分けないで、値段を高くしてでも1冊にまとめてくれたほうがよかったです。
Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip
Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip
Harry Leslie Smith doesn't need to invent heartache, the misery of unrequited love, penury or suffering because he's lived it. Hamburg 1947 is the poignant account of his life just after the end of World War Two, in Hamburg. As a radio operator for the RAF he knows that his life in Germany is going to be secure and safe, as opposed to the likelihood of unemployment and hardship back in Yorkshire, so he gets his service time extended. This is also because he's fallen in love with beautiful Elfriede, a German girl with secrets. But the authorities don't allow fraternisation with the enemy, even thought the war is over. So Harry struggles to square the circle. In the course of this we see Germany from the eyes of a compassionate serviceman who has suffered and seen suffering, who's under no illusions about the harm the German people visited upon the rest of the world, yet feels compassion for those same stoical Germans who are now at rock bottom, pressing their youth into hazardous factory jobs and struggling to build themselves back up as a nation, now under the control of nations they so recently sought to extinguish. Eternal truths are displayed: that black marketers always win out, and being righteous doesn't find food for an empty stomach. Most of all that a vein of bizarre stupidity runs through the fortunes of the cleverest schemes of man, and that good or bad fortune overrides all our endeavours to a greater or lesser extent. That being decent and muddling through is about the most that any of us can aspire to.

This is a story about the resilience of the human spirit to keep faith when everything's against you, to feel pity and respect for those you thought you should hate, to know the uselessness of fighting against injustices, about just getting on and making the best of things. And that if good wins out over bad, it's as much a matter of chance as it is of decent acts and courageousness. Time and again Harry's dreams are fulfilled, then dashed. Yet at the end we're left with the feeling that Harry's cynicism is tempered by a sense of humour in the face of barrel loads of bureaucratic idiocy and injustice: I won't spoil the ending but you'll see what I mean when you get there.

It's a heart-warming, lively story about struggling against the odds and trying to find happiness in a miserable world. You are riveted to every page, and you learn that life isn't about high ideals, but it's all about making the best of things. This was such a good book that I'm now reading his first: 1923: a memoire lies and Testaments. And you know what? This one is just as good.
HiLetgo ADUM3160 B0505S 1500V USB to USB Voltage Isolator Module Support 12Mbps 1.5Mbps
HiLetgo ADUM3160 B0505S 1500V USB to USB Voltage Isolator Module Support 12Mbps 1.5Mbps
Trying to use to isolate 60 cycle hum when recording on a Raspberry Pi through a USB microphone.

With the switch in position for the blue light (full speed), I get the following (the computer sees the microphone,) but still have noise (60 cycle hum).

[email protected]:~ $ arecord -l

**** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
card 1: Device [(LCS) USB Audio Device], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
[email protected]:~ $

But with the switch in position for the orange light (isolation on), I get:

**** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
[email protected]:~ $

This means that the USB device is not seen by the computer.

Update. It took a VERY long time to resolve (?) this because my emails to them kept getting "lost." They declined to send a replacement, and instead offered me "one or two" other items from their store. I chose two things from the catalog, each of which was a 2-piece bundle. Instead of honoring that request, they broke up the bundles, and sent me one of each - the total value was less than that of the ADUM3160 I'd originally ordered.

Then they asked me to up the one-star review as an "incentive to improve their quality control."

WTF?

P.S. It's been well over a week, and I have not gotten the replacement parts.
IDAODAN Balloon Arch Kit,Balloon Stand With Water Base,Adjustable 9FT Tall & 10Ft Wide,50Pcs Balloon Clips,Manual Pump Balloon Knotter-For Wedding Birthday Party Supplies Decorations
IDAODAN Balloon Arch Kit,Balloon Stand With Water Base,Adjustable 9FT Tall & 10Ft Wide,50Pcs Balloon Clips,Manual Pump Balloon Knotter-For Wedding Birthday Party Supplies Decorations
Bought it for my daughter's birthday decorations. Due to the pandemic, no parties will happen so I thought of decorating the front yard. It comes with all I needed to make the arch. I had done arch in the past but this set has better tools to make a perfect arch. the pipes are sturdy and the balloon clips helps to make a flower of five balloons. I was used to of making four balloon flower but five is definitely better than 4. The knotting tool helps to eliminate the fatigue of knotting balloons. I didn't use this pump instead I used tire inflator , it was much easy. I was able to make the arch stand in the grass as the base uses water stand instead of digging it in the ground. Water base was sturdy enough to keep the arch stand even in the wind. Little pricey but worth the look and feel it gave to my decorations.
Noverlife Shear Holder for Hair Salon, Large Countertop Scissors Organizer Storage Box with Dividers for Barber, Stylist, Pet Groomer, Professional Hairdressing Combs/Clips/Brushes Storage Racks
Noverlife Shear Holder for Hair Salon, Large Countertop Scissors Organizer Storage Box with Dividers for Barber, Stylist, Pet Groomer, Professional Hairdressing Combs/Clips/Brushes Storage Racks
This is the second one I bought and loved them both. First was the double, and the only draw back was over time thinning shears bent the bristles and despite trying to always put them in the same place half of the holder became unusable. This single model seems to have more space between bristles so fingers crossed I do not have this problem again. There is a risk/fear of it falling over so put in a secure corner or shelf.
Twizzlers Twists Hershey's Chocolate Licorice Candy (paquete de 4)
Twizzlers Twists Hershey's Chocolate Licorice Candy (paquete de 4)
I spent more for a pack of 4 because the pic showed the new ones with the resealable bag. However, when I opened the package (and needed to use that day or would return as not matching description) it was the older package and not resealable. So I spent more for 4 than if I had bought 6, by $3.

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