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JavaScript Quick Syntax Reference
JavaScript Quick Syntax Reference
JavaScript Quick Syntax Reference by Mikael Olsson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Learning JavaScript Robotics
Learning JavaScript Robotics
Learning JavaScript Robotics by Kassandra Perch. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Building Web Apps with WordPress
Building Web Apps with WordPress
Building Web Apps with WordPress by Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter og Dødstalismanene: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter og Dødstalismanene: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter og Dødstalismanene: Harry Potter 7 by J.K. Rowling, Torstein Bugge Høverstad - translator, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3
Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3
Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Andrea Giordani, et al.. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Then She Was Gone: A Novel
Then She Was Gone: A Novel
Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell, Helen Duff, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 5491 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Die Wächter: Roman (German Edition)
Die Wächter: Roman (German Edition)
Die Wächter: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham , Kristiana Dorn-Ruhl, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Art and Science of Java
The Art and Science of Java
The Art and Science of Java by Eric Roberts. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python: Python Programming For Intermediates
Python: Python Programming For Intermediates
Python: Python Programming For Intermediates by Adam Stewart. Rated 1.6 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Core PHP Programming (3rd Edition)
Core PHP Programming (3rd Edition)
Core PHP Programming (3rd Edition) by Leon Atkinson and Zeev Suraski. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning PHP programming
Beginning PHP programming
Beginning PHP programming by Aleksander Dishnica. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Zend Framework 2 Cookbook
Zend Framework 2 Cookbook
Zend Framework 2 Cookbook by Josephus Callaars. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
How Buffett Does It: 24 Simple Investing Strategies from the World's Greatest Value Investor (Mighty Managers Series)
How Buffett Does It: 24 Simple Investing Strategies from the World's Greatest Value Investor (Mighty Managers Series)
Firs of all: this book will not make you rich. Nor will explain you a secret which will help you become rich.
After all, it was not written by Warren Buffet himself - that should give you additional warning sign.
This book explains some principles Buffet used in his way to the top, it explains differences between him and many others and many other things, but it doesn't bring any magic formula. Some things you will find in are useful, of course and in general it is worth reading, but in general nothing spectacular. It explains Buffet's general philosophy and strategy, but without some key things: how to find "gold share" and how will you know when you find it. Also, my opinion is that it's applicable to USA only, if you are in Europe - take care. Shares available in some smaller countries are not even close to ones you can buy in USA. But can still offer high revenues if you NOT follow some rules in this book.
Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with shares because it gives you some wider perspective and ideas you will not hear from your own broker, but still - use your own head.
T-34 vs StuG III: Finland 1944 (Duel Book 96)
T-34 vs StuG III: Finland 1944 (Duel Book 96)
El libro está publicado por Osprey, una editorial británica especializada en historia militar. La mayoría de sus libros están publicados en alguna de sus colecciones (New Vanguard, Combat, Fortress, etc.), que siguen un formato fijo en el que ocupan un lugar muy importante las fotografías y las ilustraciones.

Este libro corresponde a la serie "Duel", que sigue un formato fijo de 80 páginas y una estructura también fija en la que siempre aparecen una introducción general, una cronología, una introducción general a ambos contendientes, unas características técnicas generales de los dos vehículos, unas características generales de sus tripulaciones (instrucción, experiencia, moral, etc), una introducción a la situación estratégica, la descripción de uno o varios combates en que ambas armas se enfrentaron, un análisis de esos combates y, finalmente, una selección de bibliografía recomendada para saber más.

En este libro, se trata de describir y analizar los enfrentamientos entre los cañones autopropulsados StuG III en servicio en el ejército finlandés y los carros de combate soviéticos T-34 y T-34-85 en los combates ocurridos en el verano de 1944 durante la ofensiva soviética para dejar a Finlandia fuera de la guerra.

El autor, Steven Zaloga, es un conocido especialista en historia militar contemporánea y, particularmente, en medios acorazados. No me ha parecido uno de sus mejores libros. Sin embargo, como siempre, contiene ideas y datos interesantes.
Think Like Jeff Bezos: 23 Life Changing Lessons from Jeff Bezos on Life, People, Business, Technology, and Leadership: Making of an E-Commerce Business Mammoth from Yesterday for Tomorrow
Think Like Jeff Bezos: 23 Life Changing Lessons from Jeff Bezos on Life, People, Business, Technology, and Leadership: Making of an E-Commerce Business Mammoth from Yesterday for Tomorrow
If you are in business you can't read too many books about the way Jeff Bezos thinks. His success speaks for itself! In this short book by Jamie Morris you will learn some important ideas, lessons and principles that can fuel your own company's growth.

The book starts with a short biography and then gets right to the first lesson: "Act, Even if it means taking risks." This is truly the entrepreneurial spirit at work. Jamie Morris then explores these lessons and gives his own wisdom and explanations so you can apply the lessons to your business.

I felt this was a very unique book which includes much more recent facts about amazon than other books on the subject. I learned some new things and was very impressed with Jeff Bezos' long history of philanthropy. I have always hoped he was helping and lot of people and organizations and he really is! So this book was enlightening in that regard and far too few authors speak of this fact.

This book is well researched and is a positive view of amazon. Another great book for Amazonians and business leaders. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to be a success in business, especially online.

~The Rebecca Review
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey by Nomadic Media. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Donald Trump Golf Headcover by Creative Covers
Donald Trump Golf Headcover by Creative Covers
Cute conversation starter for the golfer in your life;). I bought this head cover for my brother-in-law for his 60th birthday. He's obviously a conservative and a very good golfer--though he's been struggling lately, so I thought this would be the perfect present to cheer him up.
The head cover gets a chuckle from everyone who sees it. Sure it's tacky, but that's the point. It really does resemble our president, down to the fly away yellow hair(might need to be more orange) and the suit is cute. I think he's holding a cell phone which makes sense since the president does love his Twitter account.
Fun gift for the golfer in your life.
Donald Trump is Not My Savior: An Evangelical Leader Speaks His Mind About the Man He Supports as President
Donald Trump is Not My Savior: An Evangelical Leader Speaks His Mind About the Man He Supports as President
Dr. Michael L. Brown is founder and president of ICN Ministries and of FIRE School of Ministry; he was also a key figure in the Brownsville Revival. He is also of Jewish background, and is certainly the most "scholarly" (see the five volumes of his Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections) of converted Jews who wish to convert other Jews to evangelical Christianity.

He wrote in the Preface of this 2018 book, “During the primaries, I staunchly opposed Donald Trump, feeling there were quite a few Republican candidates who could do a better job than him. But as Trump continued to win, I began to recognize that something else was going on and that God might have some surprises for us… It is the purpose of this book to take you on a journey with me over the last three years, helping all of us better evaluate perhaps the most polarizing man on the planet today… My great hope in writing this book is that it will help those of us who claim to be people of faith and character… to be able to take a more nuanced position when it comes to our president---a man raised up by God for such a time as this but a deeply flawed man at that… for each of you reading this book from a different perspective… I do hope that you’ll gain insight into how evangelicals think and why we do what we do. Perhaps all of us can actually sit down across the table… and have civil interaction in the midst of our differences? Perhaps we can even work together for the common good?”

He says in the Introduction, “Eighty percent of white evangelical voters reportedly voted for Donald Trump. And they are among his staunchest supporters today… How is it that the same evangelicals who rejected Bill Clinton in the strongest possible terms---in particular because of his sexual immorality---become some of the greatest supporters of Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-confessed adultery? How is it that the same people who once shouted ‘Character matters’ now proclaimed, ‘We’re voting for a president, not a pastor’? Did these evangelicals… compromise their convictions to gain a seat at the table? Did they prove themselves to be shameless hypocrites? Or did these Bible-quoting… Christians sense that God had a purpose in raising up Trump?” (Pg. 16)

He continues, “I voted for Donald Trump, hoping that he would keep his promises. My wife, Nancy, also voted for him, but… fearing that he would be a deeply divisive figure, that he … would degrade our national character. In my opinion, in the first two years of his presidency, he has lived up to my highest expectations and confirmed Nancy’s greatest fears. Donald Trump has, indeed, been a divine wrecking ball… At the same time, President Trump has deepened the national divide, often unnecessarily so. His derogatory and inflammatory tweets… are not just ‘unpresidential.’ They are nasty. They are ugly. And they are immature. He also hurts his cause by often playing fast and loose with the truth… I understand that many Americans are so fed up with politics that they are glad to see Trump being ‘unpresidential.’ … But does the President of the United States need to call a former employee a ‘dog’? Does he need to label a TV commentator ‘psycho’? Does this advance his cause or unite Americans around his agenda?” (Pg. 18-19)

He acknowledges, “I do recognize that our failure to criticize the president, our failure to distance ourselves from his worst words and actions, our failure to be nuanced in our support of him has damaged our witness in the eyes of many… We have definitely gotten off track. In many ways, we are just as politicized as those on the left… Is this how we function as salt and light?” (Pg. 21) He adds, “Here are three essential points. First… the allegiance we have to Jesus must be infinitely greater than the allegiance we have to the president…. Second, tens of millions of babies have been slaughtered since 1973 and Donald Trump will do far more to stop that slaughter than Hillary Clinton… Third, the media and public opinion cannot dictate our responses. When the president deserves praise, he should get it… when he deserves respectful criticism, he should get it.” (Pg. 21)

Brown then reprints letters, articles, and essays he wrote during the 2015-2016 primaries, after Trump’s nomination, and since the election. He moves from saying in November 2015: “Should evangelical Christians support Donald Trump as the Republican candidate? I do not see how we can if the Word of God is to be our guide and if it’s important to us that a candidate have a solid moral compass…” to saying in November 2016, ‘I believe Trump has been elected president by divine intervention,” to saying in January 2018, “I can understand the outrage. We evangelicals didn’t give Bill Clinton a mulligan… And since we claim to be champions of marital fidelity and sexual purity, we could not have picked a worse poster boy for our cause---at least that is what we’re told… to the extent we have minimized Trump’s past transgressions or turned him into a modern-day saint, there is some truth to these allegations. We have lost our moral compass. But… We voted for Donald Trump with our eyes wide open and without compromising our faith.” (Pg. 277-278)

He admits Trump’s many inconsistencies, such as, “How do you trust the words of someone who one day says that Hillary did her job as Secretary of State ‘above and beyond everybody else and everything else’ and another day brands her the ‘worst Secretary of State in the history of the United States’?” (Pg. 37)

He points out, “We know that in the past [Trump] boasted about his numerous adulterous affairs and that he built the first casino in America with its own strip club, actually featuring 36,000 square feet of adult entertainment. Yet he sees no need to ask for forgiveness for these past acts … because he is ‘a very good person.’ This is the opposite of Christianity, which begins with a recognition of guilt and an open confession of our need for forgiveness… at no point in any interview … has he offered the slightest understanding of the heart of the gospel.” (Pg. 53) But he adds, “And evangelicals continue to flock to him. How do we explain this phenomenon?” (Pg. 80)

In October of 2016, he concludes, “what has convinced me that I should now vote for Donald Trump? First, I believe that he actually is serious about appointing pro-life, pro-Constitution Supreme Court justices… Second…. Trump is an absolute wrecking ball to the negative parts of the political system… so my vote for him is a protest vote. Third, I am voting for the Republican platform, not the Republican Party… Fourth… we are voting for the one most likely to defeat Hillary and make some good decisions for the nation, not be the savior… Fifth… the massive differences between Hillary and Trump… she a pro-abortion radical and an extreme supporter of the LGBT agenda, and he unashamedly speaking out against late-term abortions and wanting to appoint justices who would defend our essential liberties… Sixth… While I am not one of those claiming that Trump is a born-again Christian (I see absolutely no evidence of this), the fact that he continues to listen to godly men and open the door to their counsel indicates that something positive could possibly be going on… Seventh… the state of the church of America is much more important than the state of the White House…” (Pg. 118-119)

In February of 2017, he suggests, “Who would have imagine how dramatically and quickly [socialism] would collapse around the globe? … Today it is a wealthy, former-playboy, real estate tycoon and reality TV star who is shaking up the political scene and exposing the biases of the mainstream media. If this, then, is actually happening, why is it so hard to imagine that God will send a massive spiritual awakening to our nation? Why not?” (Pg. 176)

In July 2017, he observes, “[Trump] is far from a model Christian himself. But he is definitely a work in progress, he truly wants to be a champion of many good, Christian causes, and his door remains wide open to committed people of faith. Viewed from this perspective, he’s really not that much of an enigma after all.” (Pg. 228) He says of Trump’s adultery, and accusations from persons such as Stormy Daniels, “if all the allegations about his past prove true, that would not surprise me… we knew who we were voting for… Still, we do well to recognize that adultery and sexual indiscretions are not without consequences… [And] they can certainly hinder effectiveness.” (Pg. 296)

Whether one agrees with Dr. Brown’s current assessment of the President, or his previous assessments, this book will be of great interest to Evangelicals (as well as others!) struggling to come to grips with the man that is Donald Trump.
Biograph
Biograph
As much as I find the actual working of these 'book holder' packs with their impossible plastic clip-ins to be a royal pain in the patouche - you can't but help feel that this 2011 reissue of 1985's "Biograph" (Bob Dylan's groundbreaking vaults-haul) is a musical cream cake that screams - damn the calories mama and just eat-me-up. This thing looks great, reads great, plays great and offers a combo of key album and single tracks vs. previous unreleased and rare recordings that is enlightening even if the sequencing is bloody irritating at times. It's not perfect, but it is a must-buy for Dylan fans.

The retrospective compilation "Biograph" was initially released November 1985 as a 3CD/5LP Box Set in Album-Sized 12" x 12" Packaging - 53 digitally remastered tracks covering 1961 to 1981 with 21 of them either rare or Previously Unreleased. The 36-page booklet had liner notes by famed filmmaker and uber fan CAMERON CROWE as well as ruminations by the Bobster on all of his songs - some enlightening - some typically oblique or even downright dismissive. It was downsized and reissued October 1997 into a neater 5" card slipcase with a 3CD ‘fatboy’ jewel case, a 36-page booklet inside and new 'SBM' remastering (Super Bit Mapping). .

And now we get this – a March 2011 'Book Pack' version roughly measuring 6" x 8" with an upgraded 44-page booklet. Although the SBM code is not on the rear of the 2011 packaging, the new liner notes add 'digitally mastered' by Greg Calbi of Supertramp, Television and Paul Simon reissue fame (he did the ‘mastering’ on the original 1985 set). Calbi is a fabulous Audio Engineer – and not surprisingly the sound is great. There's a lot of Subterranean Homesick Blues to document, so let's have at it...

UK and EUROPE re-released 21 March 2011 - "Biograph" by BOB DYLAN on Columbia/Sony Music/Legacy 88697 85648 2 (Barcode 886978564825) is a 3CD 56-Track 'Book Pack Edition' Reissue that plays out as follows:

Disc 1 (73:21 minutes):
1. Lay Lady Lay (from the April 1969 album "Nashville Skyline")
2. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (from the March 1962 debut album "Bob Dylan")
3. If Not For You (from the October 1970 album "New Morning")
4. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (from the December 1967 album "John Wesley Harding")
5. I'll Keep It With Mine (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED recording from 14 January 1965)
6. The Times They Are A-Changin' (from the January 1964 album "The Times They Are A-Changin'")
7. Blowin' In The Wind (from the May 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
8. Masters Of War (from the May 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
9. Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (from the January 1964 album "The Times They Are A-Changin'")
10. Percy's Song (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED recording from 23 October 1963)
11. Mixed-Up Confusion (Non-Album US 7" single A-side from November 1962)
12. Tombstone Blues (from the August 1965 album "Highway 61 Revisited")
13. Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar (Non-Album US 7" single B-side to "Heart Of Mine" from September 1981)
14. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine (from the May 1974 album "Before The Flood")
15. Like A Rolling Stone (from the August 1965 album "Highway 61 Revisited")
16. Lay Down Your Weary Tune (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED recording from 24 October 1963)
17. Subterranean Homesick Blues (from the March 1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home")
18. I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED live recording from 6 May 1966)

Disc 2 (71:48 minutes):
1. Visions Of Johanna (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED live recording from 26 May 1966)
2. Every Grain Of Sand (from the August 1981 album "Shot Of Love")
3. Quinn The Eskimo (The Might Quinn) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED version recorded July 1967)
4. Mr. Tambourine Man (from the March 1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home")
5. Dear Landlord (from the December 1967 album "John Wesley Harding")
6. It Ain't Me, Babe (from the August 1964 album "Another Side Of Bob Dylan")
7. You Angel You (from the January 1974 album "Planet Waves")
8. Million Dollar Bash (from the July 1975 double-album "The Basement Tapes")
9. To Ramona (from the August 1964 album "Another Side Of Bob Dylan")
10. You're A Big Girl Now (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Version - from the "Blood On The Track" sessions recorded 25 September 1974)
11. Abandoned Love (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Song recording from July 1975)
12. Tangled Up In Blue (from the January 1975 album "Blood On The Tracks")
13. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Live Version recorded 17 May 1966)
14. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (Non-Album US 7" Single A-side released December 1965)
15. Positively 4th Street (Non-Album US 7" Single A-side released September 1965)
16. Isis (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Live Version recorded 4 December 1975)
17. Jet Pilot (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Song recorded October 1965)

Disc 3 (71:42 minutes):
1. Caribbean Wind (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Song recorded 7 April 1981)
2. Up To Me (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Song outtake from the "Blood On The Track" sessions recorded 25 September 1974)
3. Baby, I'm In the Mood For You (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Song recorded 9 July 1962)
4. I Wanna Be Your Lover (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Song recorded October 1965)
5. I Want You (from the May 1966 double-album "Blonde On Blonde")
6. Heart Of Mine (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Live Version recorded August 1981)
7. On A Night Like This (from the January 1974 album "Planet Waves")
8. Just Like A Woman (from the May 1966 double-album "Blonde On Blonde")
9. Romance In Durango (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Live Version recorded 4 December 1975)
10. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (from the June 1978 album "Street Legal")
11. Gotta Serve Somebody (from the August 1979 album "Slow Train Coming")
12. I Believe In You (from the August 1979 album "Slow Train Coming")
13. Time Passes Slowly (from the October 1970 album "New Morning")
14. I Shall Be Released (from the November 1971 double-album "Greatest Hits Volume 2")
15. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (from the July 1973 Soundtrack album "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid")
16. All Along The Watchtower (from the June 1974 double-live album "Before The Flood")
17. Solid Rock (from the June 1980 album "Saved")
18. Forever Young (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED Version recorded June 1973)

The 'Book Pack' stands nicely alongside all the others in this format, all the photos from the 1985 booklet are here as are the sheets of Dylan's comments. The GREG CALBI Remasters are gorgeous - even something as frantic as "Baby, I'm In The Mood For You" and the unreleased version of "I Wanna Be Your Lover" sound tight and in your face. Let's get to the music...

I'd admit that the track sequencing on Disc 1 feels odd to my ears – until about half through when it settles down. "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" and the George Harrison/Olivia Newton John famous "If Not For You" don't really follow after the distinctive vibe of "Lay Lady Lay". I'd have opened with the fabulous "I'll Keep It With Mine" - the first of the unreleased studio and live songs - Bobster on the old Johanna tapping his foot as he keeps time. It's a confident rendition (fully formed) and yet delicate ("people like it..." he says in the liner notes sounding a little bewildered). Judy Collins famously took it and made a November 1965 Elektra Records single out of it (on London in the UK in 1966). The Audio on both "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and the iconic "Blowin' In The Wind" is hair-raisingly clean - amplifying the pretty melodies in both. The rhyming couplets in "Masters Of War" and the lonesome harmonica wail in "...Hattie Carroll" are the same – both lyrically carrying the power of a mallet (51 years old and ten children - amazing stuff).

Next up is unreleased goody number two - this time from the autumn of 1963 – a truly gorgeous acoustic cover of Paul Clayton's turn-turn-turn-again "Percy's Song". How did this beauty not make it onto an LP or even a 45 B-side? Fans will probably play this sucker into the ground (I feel the same about Simon & Garfunkel's "Blues Run The Game" which first showed on the "Old Friends" 3CD retrospective). The raucous "Mixed-Up Confusion" follows, as does another swinging non-album single track – the brutally brilliant "Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar". Its slide guitars feel like "Blonde On Blonde" and that band revisited – Bob's voice just the right side of gnarly. With Ringo Starr on the drums - the non-album B was played on radio a lot at the time – Rock of Gibraltar baby. The live version of "Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" feels out of place, as does the 1966 unreleased version of "I Don't Believe You...” A hundred times better is "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" – unreleased acoustic tune number three (again - an amazing find). What can you say about the lyrically thrilling "Subterranean Homesick Blues" as it rollicks out of your speakers with the hutzpah of a poet having a right-old rave-up on Speaker's Corner (throw down those cue cards Bob – don't follow leaders and watch out for parking meters).

Disc 2 offers a beautifully intimate and almost eerie "Visions Of Johanna" - an unreleased 7:32 minute live version from May 1966. Just acoustic guitar, echoed vocals, some harmonica punches and an almost reverent-silent audience listening enrapt. It's also so well recorded - the transfer making jelly-faced women, jewels and binoculars sound like they're in your living room. It's superbly followed by a forgotten 1981 gem few paid any attention to at the time - "Every Grain Of Sand" from his second religious album "Shot Of Love". The master's hand in the fury of the moment, in every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand... Bizarrely that's followed with a wobbly unreleased take of "Quinn The Eskimo" that won't be sugaring-me-sweet any day soon. Would have been better to follow "Every Grain Of Sand" with "Mr. Tambourine Man" - sounding utterly glorious here, fresh again despite its wildly overplayed history. Warm bass lines come at you with Harding's "Dear Landlord" and The Band sounding "You Angel You" - one of the better cuts on 1974's "Planet Waves" – is lifted up too with the mastering. But the second real fave-rave on CD2 is a spine-tingling alternate of "You're A Big Girl Now" from 1975's mighty "Blood On The Tracks" - exclusive here and still yet to make it to a 2-Disc 'Legacy Edition' of that astonishing album. Soft acoustic guitar, intimate vocals, pedal steel and sweet keyboards - you on dry land, you made in there somehow, you're a big girl now (what a tune). With girly backing vocals and violin strokes throughout - "Abandoned Love" sounds like a "Desire" outtake and is sweetly placed prior to "Tangled Up In Blue" – the magnificent Side 1 opener of "Blood On The Tracks". It comes roaring to a satisfying finish with the singles "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" and the genius of "Positively 4th Street" – a song so smart it doesn’t have its title in the lyrics anywhere and few to this day know what its about. She’s got "...Jet Pilot eyes and carries a Monkey Wrench – got all the downtown boys at her command..." the Big Dill warns on the gender-bender "Jet Pilot" from 1966 – an unreleased snippet that's still worth owning - even if it is criminally short.

Disc 3 opens with another one of the set's unreleased prizes - "Caribbean Wind" from 1981 - where the long arm of the law cannot reach (where does he get all the words). But that's trumped by the real "Biograph" prize - an outtake from the "Blood On The Tracks" sessions - the wonderful "Up To Me". A variant of the album's "Shelter From The Storm" - despite the familiar structure and some duplicated lines - hearing the song anew like this is a thrill (someone had to reach for the rising star and I guess it was up to me...). The alternate "I Wanna Be Your Lover" has the studio band letting rip as 'Rasputin remains dignified' while the live cut of the single "Heart Of Mine" is surprisingly sweet - don't let her know - don't be a fool he warns and of course doesn't listen. I've always had a love-hate relationship with his religious outpouring 1979's "Slow Train Coming" - but the duo chosen are "Gotta Serve Somebody" and the beautiful ballad "I Believe In You" - the kind of song that elicits hero-worship amidst singers who have covered it proudly. They drive me from this town - they don't want me around - because I believe in you - Knopfler's subtle guitar adding another layer of class to his passionate vocals. While I can live without "Solid Rock" where Bob tries to sound like a bad Dire Straits - I absolutely love the rough 'n' ready unreleased demo version of "Forever Young" - another one of his best compositions. Despite its hissy nature, you can hear why the compilers knew it had to be included – there’s something in its voice and acoustic guitar simplicity that is quite magical. And like "I Believe In You" – it’s a tune that means so much to so many people.

The Bootleg Series started in 1991 and is still ongoing into 2018 - compilation after killer compilation of unreleased swag. But despite its niggling sequencing - this officially released precursor to that series still feels like a must-own to me.

"...May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong..." he sang on "Forever Young" - and isn't that what every parent would want for their kids. Thank you sincerely Mr. Zimmerman for all the ‘Biograph’ sets across the decades - and may your song always be sung...
Playlist: The Very Best Of Bob Dylan
Playlist: The Very Best Of Bob Dylan
I must confess I bought this cd for the song , Make you feel my love , perhaps perfected in voice by Garth Brooks but nonetheless written by the genius of Dylan . I read some review that said this song had weak lyrics .....you could have fooled me I think its romantic genius but on to the cd content . Any self respecting child of the 50,s and 60's probably has some fond memories and recordings of those early Dylan inevitable masterpieces like Blowin in the wind or Like a rolling stone but this playlist does the unexpected , it brings us full circle from those humble folk beginnings that made him our musical prophet to the very roots of it, blues and soul .....You'll have to decide if all the songs in between are the very best of....
Best Of, Vol. 1
Best Of, Vol. 1
This album cuts right to the heart of the thorny question: "Can you be a true fan of an artist if you are primarily a fan of their greatest hits compilations?" Much as it hurts me to say this, my gut has always told me the answer is "no". Why does it hurt so much to arrive at this answer? First, I absolutely adore Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle Volume I - it has to be one of my top 10 all-time favorite albums. But since I don't love any of CCR's "real" albums, I'm not a true fan of CCR according to my rigid standards for true fandom. It pisses me off to have to admit that. My second reason involves my girlfriend. She is hopelessly devoted to Bob Dylan's imported Best of 1 - I reckon it is her favorite album. And yet, she rarely listens to his other material. I mean, she has several of Dylan's albums, but it is Best of 1 that she returns to time and again. So, according to my standards, she's not a true Dylan fan. Don't get me wrong, she's more than just a casual fan. But a true fan? I fear not. In my opinion and (I suspect) those of several influences from my formative years (Chris S., David F., and Steve M.), a true fan appreciates most of, if not all of, an artist's works. So, I'll keep enjoying my Chronicle and N.G.A. will keep enjoying her Best of 1, but until we develop more complete appreciations of CCR and Dylan, respectively, we simply won't qualify as true fans.
What do I think of Best of 1? That's easy. There are a bunch of amazing songs here and it would be foolish to even consider giving this album less than 5 stars. There's not much I can say about the individual songs that hasn't already been said more eloquently by countless others over the past 30 years. On this one album, you will hear timeless folk music, classic rock, and the roots of "the (alt-country) movement". Heck, Dylan even had a punk attitude long before that genre was born. Simply put, if you don't have any of Dylan's other albums and have at least a passing interest in popular music, this album belongs in your collection.
Together Through Life \ Tempest
Together Through Life \ Tempest
"tempest" was disappointing; not enough light and shade and no standout tracks
"together through life" on the other hand is great, some really top notch songs and a consistently interesting set. second only to "modern times"
OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING: La guida completa alla programmazione orientata ad oggetti con C++ e Java. Contiene esempi di codice ed esercizi pratici. (Italian Edition)
OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING: La guida completa alla programmazione orientata ad oggetti con C++ e Java. Contiene esempi di codice ed esercizi pratici. (Italian Edition)
Ottima guida a questo linguaggio informatico e programmazione.
Ebook molto eloquente, pratico e curato.I passaggi sono trattati con cura e chiarezza.
L'autore è impeccabile e sto, piano piano, puntando a completare la collezione di tutte le sue uscite.
Davvero un'introduzione impeccabile per i neofiti al mondo informatico.Tantissimi esempi pratici per imparare. Utile, consigliato
POTEK 750W Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Car Adapter with Two USB and AC Charging Ports for Laptop,Tablet, Smartphone,Camera and More
POTEK 750W Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Car Adapter with Two USB and AC Charging Ports for Laptop,Tablet, Smartphone,Camera and More
EDIT: (August 6, 2017) I have seen a lot of complaints from people saying they couldn't get any power to a drill or something heavy using this unit. These things work in your car, sure...if the car is being run a lot. If you want REAL power for an outage, or out camping, you have to get yourself a deep-cycle marine battery. Not a STARTING marine battery, just a straight deep-cycle. A car battery is for starting cars. It will give you a big shot of juice for that, but if you draw from it in the field, the voltage drops below 12V pretty quick, and even though there is still power in the battery, it will be below 12V and useless for an inverter. Get a deep cycle. It will give you a full 12-13.5 V almost to the point it goes dead. Then you recharge it. I have a 105 amp-hour deep cycle battery I use with this inverter. (1,250 watt-hours, 'cranking amps' are moot.) That will run a fridge for four hours, a 60-watt light bulb for 20 hours. If I used a CAR battery, I wouldn't get anything close to that.

Original review: I needed a high-wattage inverter for camping and running electronics out in the field. But the first test I tried on this thing was to hook up a monster 105-amp hour deep-cycle battery to it...and then plug in my old refrigerator out in the garage. The inverter ran that fridge without a problem. The inverter's cooling fan didn't even come on! I left it going for about five minutes, but since I use that deep cycle battery for more important things in the field, I finally switched it off and plugged the fridge back in. Those USB charging ports, the dual-connetors included, the digital readout, are everything you need convert DC into fairly high levels of AC without a problem. There are actually THREE levels of charging with this unit, not just two. You have the regular AC outlets for the larger devices. You have the 12-V cigarette lighter power, which will give you up to 150 watts. Then you have the two USB port power outlets, but remember...those are only good for FIVE watts and TWO amps, which means smartphone charging, or maybe a rechargable flashlight that takes a USB connection for that. Don't try to charge your laptop with the USB outlets. Won't work at five watts. Use the AC outlets.

The unit itself just feels SOLID in your hand. It's a quality product. I really believe if the power went out and you had a few high-capacity deep cycle batteries going, you could run your computer, one fridge, a small TV, and your cable box all at the same time. This review is for the 750-watt unit. Would I buy it again? Heck, yes. I'm using to power a big camping trip to Oregon in August to view the Great American Eclipse. I have no doubts it will run all the electronics, charge them as well, and let us watch movies, TV, and play video games the whole week.
Ballon Hund, groß, grün
Ballon Hund, groß, grün
PERFECT SIZE FOR A BOOKCASE OR WALL SHELF. REALLY GOOD QUALITY, COLOR AND WEIGHT ARE PERFECT. LOVE IT!!! I RECOMMEND X100
The Hungover Games
The Hungover Games
After celebrating Doug’s upcoming wedding, Bradley, Ed and Zach, wake up in a strange room in an even stranger world without their pal, Doug. When they meet the haughty Effing and the alcoholic Justmitch, our trio puts the pieces together and realizes that they are headed to The Hungover Games. But instead of the twelve districts of The Hunger Games, our guys have to go toe-to-toe against various Pop Culture Districts, including the Superhero District, the Gratuitous Nudity District, and the Johnny Depp District. Jamie Kennedy, Tara Reid, Jonathan Silverman, Robert Wagner, Bruce Jenner and many more join the all-star cast in an epic that makes a mockery of Hollywood. This is the story and it is the usual silliness that you come to expect from these kinds of movies. This is a very simple review...if you like this kind of movie, go for it. If you aren't into silly movies? Pass it by. it had some good laughs, a little too few and far between but I didn't hate it.
Act of War: A Thriller
Act of War: A Thriller
In Act of War by Brad Thor a hired Ivy League blue blood type known as an NOC, "non official cover" secret agent, is planted in China by the United States to uncover suspicious national security activity. When his peculiar death occurs The Agency calls in backup and discovers Snow Dragon, an operation in progress that brings with it darkness, cold, and death. As the Central Intelligence Agency investigates, Washington brings to light China's intention to reinvent the term, "the inferior can defeat the superior". Knowing the U.S. is too technologically advanced, China decides to abandon the rules of that make up traditional concept of warfare. Tactics of Chemical and Biological attacks that poison food and water, along with collapsing electrical grids are discovered to be carried out and deployed by a third party of terrorists employed by China. As a preventive move by the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense, two operations are formed, Blackbird and Gold Dust; code names given for the attempt to save America from unspeakable attacks.
Act of War by Brad Thor strikes at the heart of the reader and creates a novel of good versus evil. A merciless fictional view of terrorism groups designed for destruction, creates an empathy reminiscent of the aftermath belonging to the 9/11 attacks. These historical emotions add to the realism that the novel carries. As the main plot follows a small group into enemy territory, the subsidiary stories remain rich with subjects of organized crime and drug trafficking. Knowing the consistent danger to the heroes could turn into a POW's worse nightmare provides a pulse pounding thrill ride that has become a staple for Thor novels. Questions of International Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear attacks are answered with well formed characterization and energized action provided by FBI and its undercover team. Brad Thor creates another all too real action packed militarized adventure that begins on American soil and works its way through dangerous dominions such as North Korea and the likes of Al Qaeda based in Afghanistan.
Doctor Strange Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird
Doctor Strange Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird
This is easily my favorite book of all the new titles Marvel has launched lately.

Really, when I think about it, its one of my favorite (current) comics period.

I have always been intrigued by Doctor Strange. I have been a disciple of his since I was a wee little one. I've followed most of his adventures and am fairly well versed with his position and history in the Marvel universe.

That said, I can say with full confidence that this is easily the best Doctor Strange material that has been printed...ever.

Really.

And the best part is, you don't need to know anything about the dude before diving into this series. It's completely newb-friendly. Jason Aaron does a fantastic job filling readers in on all the information that they need. He weaves the story in a masterful way, engaging us as readers without making us feel like we are slogging through a giant info dump. everything he says has a reason, time, and place.

It really is masterful comic book storytelling.

And those double page spreads? Holy crap...Chris Bachalo nails it! I loved his work in Wolverine & the X-Men (also with Jason Aaron) and the greatness continues here in Doctor Strange. Bachalo has a way of filling a page or panel that makes me want to linger on it way longer than I normally ever would with any other artist. He has so many little secrets and tidbits in his art that can easily be missed at a cursory glance. Given the time, readers will constantly find new little treasures that they may have missed the first read through.

Talk about a treat.

Anyways, Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo absolutely nail it! This is a terrific read that should not be missed! Its dream team material and really shows off how great and fun comic book reading can be!

Bravo!
InuYasha, Vol. 7
InuYasha, Vol. 7
Generally, when Inuyasha's brother Sessho-maru, wants something, he's willing to kill pretty much anyone, especially his half-brother. And Sessho-maru does want something. He wants Tetsusaiga, Inuyasha's powerful demon-slaying sword. But because he is a full demon, the sword will reject his touch, but when Naraku offers him the use of a human arm embedded with a Shikon Jewel fragment to replace that of the one Inuyasha cut from him, he sets off to claim the sword as his own. We also learn the possible origin of Naraku, a tale rooted in a time 50 years ago when Inuyasha and Kikyo were in love.

Rumiko Takahashi continues this classic series with more action tempered with revelations and great improvisitory storytelling. The drawing is superb and the rivalry of the two brothers and the tragedy of Kikyo continue to rise up to critical mass. The great strength of this manga is that the story does not get old because the characters are so greatly imagined. Highly recommended.
One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3
One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3
This omnibus contains the first 3 volumes of One Piece, which are introductory volumes (Yes, 3 whole introductory volumes), not that it is bad or anything, One Piece is an extremely fun read, and things just get even better as the volumes go on!

Enter Luffy, I'm sure we all know who he is and how he looks like, but just in case (And for the sake of wanting to write this), I will explain who he is! Monkey D. Luffy is an aspiring pirate king who at a young age vows to find the biggest treasure in the whole world, the One Piece! But before he sets sail, he eats the Gum-Gum fruit, allowing him to stretch every limb in his body (almost) infinitely.

Luffys quirky design and actions make reading his dialogue very fun even for adult readers! I am 17 and I love One Piece, every thing about it is just genius in my opinion! There is enough going on in each panel to keep the attention of young readers as well. I am reading One Piece to my little sister, and even through the background stories and explanations, she really enjoys it!

Luffy is constantly getting into trouble, and his inability to think before he acts results in comical outcomes! Other characters are constantly yelling and reprimanding Luffy, but he doesn't seem to care, he just punches when he wants!

The art in One Piece is dated, but good. The manga was originally created in 1997, so the characters may seem a little too cartoony for traditional manga readers, but that is alright. Imperfections in the art MUST be forgiven due to old age.

Overall, One Piece is a must read for ANY manga reader of any age, give the manga 3 volumes, then see if you like it or not. I have the Omnibus versions of 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9, and I just can't get enough! At some point though, you are going to want to buy the tankobon versions, they have better paper quality and look very slick on your bookshelf! I rate this a 5/5, the perfect read for any age
Miss Fortune (The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters Book 3)
Miss Fortune (The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters Book 3)
I quite enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy as a light romantic read - but this one was hugely disappointing.
The author clearly wandered from familiar territory by assuming incorrect English names and stating as much. The male character has a very Irish name, which when made 'double-barrelled' made it no closer to English aristocracy as implied. The (especially English) characters were laughable.
The wording was obscure in places, and my kindle device was unable to provide a definition. I found that this book to be a good example of why one should 'write what you know', as the author clearly did not! The style of this book is vastly different from the previous two, to the point of being offensive and appearing to have been written by someone else.
The Best Mistake: A Novella
The Best Mistake: A Novella
Quick, predictable read. Cute.
I need more words to post so I’ll repeat.
Quick, predictable read. Cute.
That is all.
The Human Zero: The Science Fiction Stories of Erle Stanley Gardner
The Human Zero: The Science Fiction Stories of Erle Stanley Gardner
Here is a collection of seven science fiction novellas by Erle Stanley Gardner, published in _Argosy_ between 1928 and 1932. Two of the stories,"Monkey's Eyes," and "The Sky's the Limit," were two-part serials in 1929. The first published story was "Rain Magic," while the last was "New Worlds." When the last story was published, the first two Perry Mason novels appeared. Thereafter, Gardner devoted most of his energy to writing mystery novels.

Two stories in the collection, "The Human Zero" and "New Worlds," were reprinted in _Fantastic_ in 1962 (in the January and September issues, respectively) with critical introductions by Sam Moskowitz. It was there that I read these tales for the first time.
All of the stories are fairly standard action oriented pulp stories, with many of the stock plots and stereotyped characters of the day. But they contain a fair amount of snappy dialogue. And the action sequences are crisp and clear:

But Phil had superior speed. He jerked the throttle open, zoomed, banked, twisted, seemed to be sideslipping into the jagged tops of moonlit trees, swung, scudded along over the tree tops like a frightened fowl, then zoomed again.
Murasingh was outmaneuvered, left behind by the superior power and speed of the faster plane. The machine gun spat a spiteful farewell... (92)

From where they stood they could see the older towers of the lofty buildings of the downtown section, and they were falling like trees before a giant gale. Here and there were buildings cocked over at a dangerous angle, yet apparently motionless. But even as they looked, their eyes beheld two buidings toppling over simultaneously. (154)

I'd heard they never struck at a man while he was strugglin'. Maybe it's true. I kept movin', hands and feet goin'. The raft was only an inch or two outa water, an' it was narrow. The sharks cut through the water like hissin' shadows. (218)

The street was frozen into arrested activity... A horse was trotting, and but one foot was on the ground. On his back was a mounted policeman. He had evidently been swinging his club. Now he was like a mounted statue. A taxicab was cutting over on the turn, and the tires on the outside were flattened by the weight of the car. There was not the slightest motion in either wheels or tires. (308)

Before his question could be answered an arched tip appeared over the western circle of the earth, grew in size and became a flaming ball of fire. Yet around it was no glow of blue heaven. There was a ribbon of radiance, then black sky. And the ball of fire speedily welled to white, eye-blistering heat.
The sun was rising in the west! (405)

My favorite story, by a wide margin, is "New Worlds" -- a disaster story involving the flooding of New York and the collapse of civilization. As Sam Moskowitz pointed out in his introduction to the story, part of its appeal is the fantasy it conveys of throwing off the shackles of civilization in favor of complete freedom and a life of rugged individualism.

Passable pieces are "The Human Zero" and "A Year in a Day," two locked room mysteries with science fictional solutions; "Monkey's Eyes," an account of Dirty Doings in India; and "The Sky's the Limit," a nonstop action adventure that takes the hero to Venus by an antigravity bell. Much more minor pieces are "Rain Magic" and "The Man with Pin-Point Eyes."

All of the stories in this collection may be considered journeyman work by Gardner. But it is possible to see in these stories qualities that he would display in his later writing.

_Addendum:_ Since writing this review, I learned that "Rain Magic" was also reprinted in _Fantastic_, in the May, 1963 issue. It also had an introduction by Moskowitz. I did not read this magazine reprint version until after reading the book.
Cuentos en verso para niños perversos (Spanish Edition)
Cuentos en verso para niños perversos (Spanish Edition)
Una gran sorpresa. Cuando se lo vas a contar a tu hijo, la primera reacción es: "noo, cenicienta no, papá" pero le convences y empiezas a leerlo, en seguida cambian de opinión.
Coge el cuento "original" y lo cambia para hacerlo distinto, más perverso, más maligno, más divertido.
Advertencia: es un poco Gore, y no siempre acaban bien las historias, pero todos sabemos que eso les encanta a los niños.
Mike Hammer - Kill Me, Darling
Mike Hammer - Kill Me, Darling
The hits just keep coming. In the newest MAC completion of a MS novel, it is 1954. Mike has been drinking for weeks because Velda has left him. Not only has she left Manhattan for Miami, she has been seen in the company of Oliver (Nolly) Quinn, a ruthless gangster and notorious abuser of women.

Why? A possible hint: Velda (a licensed PI in her own right) was once a Vice detective, working for Wade Manley, aka the Big Man. The Big Man has recently turned up dead in a very improbable part of town for what was probably a heavily-staged mugging.

Everybody loved the Big Man, including Mike and Pat Chambers, so Mike has two quests—to retrieve/save Velda and to avenge the Big Man. This will not be easy. Quinn is surrounded by goons and is in cahoots both with someone in officialdom as well as with someone from the mob. Actually, multiple mobsters make their winter home in Miami and resent one of their number (as yet unidentified) contaminating the place that they call home by using it as a conduit for trafficking drugs that originate in Cuba. Mike is surrounded by armed thugs; who can he trust?

That is the set-up and it’s a very effective one. MAC captures the early-mid 50’s ethos and the sun-drenched pastels of Miami that we would see years later in Miami Vice. This is Miami vice before there was a Miami Vice.

The plotting is tight and there are a number of classic Mike Hammer one-liners. Reading the story it would be impossible to estimate how much Mickey had left and how much Max had added. This is seamless, Mike Hammer joy.
Further Up and Further In : Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis on Scripture and Theology
Further Up and Further In : Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis on Scripture and Theology
In the introduction, Dr. Humphrey laments the general lack of a classical education and how reading Lewis without one limits the fullness of our reward. We can add familiarity of the Scriptures to that, and add Shakespeare as an additional literary target where both are profitable —

“You, mistress,
That have the office opposite to Saint Peter,
And keep the gate of hell!” (Othello, 4.2.107-109)

Just as the true shape of an object is revealed by being illuminated from all angles, the stories of C. S. Lewis are valuable aids in expanding our two-dimensional view from the page to the three-dimensional Reality of the “the Existing One” and His personal relation to His creation.

Ultimately, Lewis’s stories remind us that we have no reality apart from God, and that there are paths of thought that are lawful and paths that we must avoid. That these warnings come from the mouths of fanciful creatures of myth is of no import – we are freed from our self-imposed moorings as we follow their adventures in fantastic worlds.

The writing is clear, concise, and insightful, with recurrent threads highlighting the commonality between the theology of Lewis and Orthodoxy. As the author suggests, reading the works of Lewis makes reading this work more profitable. It is unlikely that another author possesses the breadth and depth of Dr. Humphrey’s knowledge of Lewis and has the dedication and special gift to synthesize it all into a highly readable book.
Case Closed, Vol. 5
Case Closed, Vol. 5
Gosho Aoyama, Case Closed, vol. 5 (ViZ, 1994)

Two more stories here, plus a quick third piece that relates to the greater story arc. The first has Conan and Rachel at the house of one of Rachel's friends, where a number of old school chums are gathering; it's cut off from the rest of the world, of course, and people start getting bumped off. The second involves a band whose singer Rachel and one of her pals are mad for, who dies mysteriously at a karaoke bar. Standard stuff. The bonus story is what makes the volume-- a woman shows up claiming to be Conan's mother and whisks him off. Who is she, and what does she have to do with the syndicate that poisoned Jimmy Kuda? More great stuff from Aoyama. ****
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. Hardcover copy with dust jacket. Copyrighted, April 2003.
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. Hardcover copy with dust jacket. Copyrighted, April 2003.
I bought this book (along with 'Angels & Demons') for my husband for Christmas. He absolutely LOVED it. He read it in a matter of a few days, and we have a kid so that's saying a lot. It was very riveting and thought provoking. This was the first book he actually marked it because there were passages he wanted to research and things he wanted to remember for later. He would be reading as I was trying to go to sleep and would awaken me to tell me an incredible part he just read. From what he said, the book was incredibly accurate and ties into other parts of history.
Michael Crichton Value Collection: Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World (The Michael Crichton Collection)
Michael Crichton Value Collection: Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World (The Michael Crichton Collection)
It has been said that 'Jurassic Park' is one of Crichton's best books (if not THE best) and I agree. An absolutely amazing work of original fiction which is written to near perfection. The movie was ripped to shreds by many fans of the novel for having 1-dimensional characters, but you cannot say that about the novel. Crichton breathes life into these people, especially Ian Malcom, easily his greatest creation (and Jeff Goldblum was perfectly cast in the movies I might add).
The idea of resurrecting extinct animals wasn't originated by Crichton, but he is the guy who took the idea and ran with it to the publisher first. I just cannot think of a more compelling idea for a fictional story which bases its original theory on literal facts. The idea of visiting living dinosaurs is facinating beyond words, but Ian Malcom said it best about the process of bringing to life animals that have been dead for millions of years when he said, "You were so interested in discovering whether or not you COULD clone dinosaurs that you never stopped to think if you SHOULD." Quite possibly one of the most entertaining adventure/thrillers ever published.
'The Lost World' in many ways was set up to fail by many even before they read it. How do you top 'Jurassic Park'? Since the total originality of the first book is gone, that takes away a little of the enjoyment, but I believe that Crichton sacrificed nothing with this sequel. Staying true to his original story he wrote a sequel to his book rather than the movie version, making this that much more compelling and entertaining. Never for a minute think that 'The Lost World' isn't as fun in almost every way as the original, because it IS. It is also SO different than the very poor movie that shared the same name. Actually they only shared about 5-10% of the same storyline, enough of a difference to wonder why they didn't come out with a novelized version of the movie. While not his best novel, I found it as exciting as the original and chock full of everything that makes a thriller worthwhile to read in the first place.
I had heard for years that 'The Andromeda Strain' was Crichtons best novel...and this is one area where I disagree. Although being a fun and very good book, it is easy to see how far he has come as an author when you read it. It is very possible that this book inspired a rash of movies which imitated the main plotline of a disease or alien being brought back to earth unknowingly, but one of Crichtons best novels? I don't think so. Still it IS a must read for every fan.
Winter Of The World (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Century Trilogy) by Ken Follett (2014-08-26)
Winter Of The World (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Century Trilogy) by Ken Follett (2014-08-26)
I like this more than the first part, Fall if Giants. Great characters. I especially liked Daisy and Carla. This is heavy going at times. Follett has written some very harrowing scenarios here that may be hard to take. He did it with straightforward prose that resonates. This book is a very entertaining read...one of his best. Pillars of the Earth is his masterpiece, however this one is up there. Enjoy!
Mr. Men A Christmas Pantomime (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Men A Christmas Pantomime (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Sought some festive Mr Men books, bought this amongst others. Although these are new additions to the orignial set they don't differ too much in style and content. Would happily read a Mr Man book every night to my son! In fact I normally do!
The Cliveden Set: Portrait of an Exclusive Fraternity
The Cliveden Set: Portrait of an Exclusive Fraternity
In the popular mind the Cliveden Set (the phrase was first coined in 1937) is associated with a group of opinion shapers - politicians, newspaper magnates and commentators, academics and literary figures - who met informally at the Astor country-house at Cliveden and who were associated in the 1930s with Appeasement and even pro-Nazi or at least pro-German sympathies. But only the last third of the book deals with the group's attitude to Nazi Germany; much less well known is the story of the very close relationship between the members of its inner circle, all friends, which dates back to the years immediately after the Boer War.

Rose's book concentrates on the few individuals who made up this inner circle: Philip Kerr (later Lord Lothian); Geoffrey Dawson (later Editor of The Times), Robert Brand (later a great merchant banker), Lionel Curtis (later founder of what is now called the Royal Institute of International Affairs, or Chatham House). They were originally a group of young men from Oxford (mostly from New College) who had been selected by Lord Milner to help him to reconstruct South Africa after the Boer war.

On their return from South Africa, they were among the founders of The Round Table in 1911. Its prime concern was the strengthening of the British Empire, wanting to extend the model of the Federal Union of South Africa to the Empire as a whole. The Dominions would have none of that, and after the First World War were able to achieve their sovereign independence: the Empire was replaced by the Commonwealth. The group now made the continued unity of the Commonwealth their prime concern, supplementing it by a vision of close Anglo-American understanding.

One of their friends at New College had been Waldorf Astor, the immensely wealthy owner of Cliveden. He was married to the ebullient American Nancy Shaw. She was an indefatigable hostess, and her house parties at Cliveden brought together many famous and influential people from all walks of life and all countries. The four `friends' from the Round Table were regular guests at Cliveden.

Nancy was a woman of strong prejudices: detesting Catholics (she was herself a passionate Christian Scientist) and was chronically suspicious of Jews. In 1919 she was to become the first woman ever to sit in the House of Commons of which she was a colourful and combative member, concerning herself mainly with a range of social reforms.

In social and economic policy, Waldorf, too, was on the liberal side of the Conservatives and was very friendly with Lloyd George.

When Lloyd George became Prime Minister in 1916 and Milner entered the inner war cabinet, his supporters found themselves much nearer the centre of government.

Before the war, they had warned against the threat from Germany. But they eventually saw that the Paris Peace Conference was too harsh on Germany which was bound to seek revenge one day, and they blamed that situation on France. So began their sympathy for Germany, coupled with resentment of French policy, which was to have such fateful consequences in the 1930s.

Like many Englishmen at the time, they thought that the Versailles Treaty and later French obduracy were responsible for bringing Hitler to power, and that his position was not unreasonable. Always interested in protecting the Commonwealth, they were also nervous about Japanese ambitions in the Far East and saw good relations with Germany as a safeguard against a German-Japanese alliance. Only Brand, though agreeing that the Treaty had been a bad and fateful one, found the Hitler regime too vicious, too ambitious, and too untrustworthy to appease and advocated closer Anglo-French relations.

At one house-party at Cliveden in October 1937, those present (Brand excepted) went further and agreed with Lothian's line that an Anglo-German agreement had become essential, and that Britain should place no obstacles in the way of allowing Germany to recover German-speaking areas in Eastern Europe. Dawson supported this line in The Times , and there was sympathy for this line from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. On 17 November Halifax, the Lord President of the Council, in fact travelled to Germany for discussions with the Nazi leadership.

That day, an account of the Cliveden meeting was published in a news-sheet called The Week. Its editor, the then communist Claud Cockburn, had extensive contacts throughout Europe. His principle was to publish stories about secret diplomatic manoeuverings all over the world without worrying whether they could be substantiated. The story was pursued in later issues of The Week, which in December used the phrase `The Cliveden Set', and described the events there as a plot.

The `Cliveden Set' became a focus for the hatred of the opponents of appeasement. Nancy became a particular target: as a woman MP, an American by origin, and a turbulent contributor to debates, she had made many enemies in the House of Commons; and even now she continued, unabashed, to make antisemitic remarks.

All the subsequent events - Britain's acquiescence in the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland, the replacement of Antony Eden as Foreign Secretary by Lord Halifax - seemed to be the working out of the plot said to have been devised at Cliveden - and indeed all the group except for Brand hailed the Munich Agreement and applauded Chamberlain's statemanship. They were also acutely aware (as was the government) that they could not rely on the Commonwealth to go to war over Czechoslovakia, and, as ever, such considerations weighed heavily with them.

When Hitler continued his aggression after Munich, Lothian at last saw how the policy of appeasement had failed, and now reversed his position. He had always championed close Anglo-American relations, and when the war broke out, Halifax had him appointed Ambassador to the United States, where he won many friends for Britain.

Astor had even called for an understanding with the Soviet Union to prevent further aggression by Hitler in Eastern Europe.

Only Dawson wanted to weaken Britain's commitment to Poland, and always felt that the right thing had been done at Munich. He remained editor of The Times until October 1941.
Between Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and the Dream of the Red Chamber (Asian Thought and Culture)
Between Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and the Dream of the Red Chamber (Asian Thought and Culture)
I have been reading and studying 'Dream of the Red Chamber' for about 20 years and it was a major part of my Master's thesis in graduate school. There is no doubt that Zhou Ruchang is one of the most important "Redologists" in the history of "Dream," but this book (and others I have read of his in Chinese) was very disappointing. I have no doubt that he does his research and claimed for this book that he reviewed thousands of documents. Basically, it's a "biography" of the author of "Dream," Cao Xueqin. However, while the historical and background information about the decline of the Cao family, their relationship with the Kangxi emperor, their treatment under the Yongzheng emperor, etc. were very interesting, it felt to me (based on vast amounts of other research) that the majority of his story of Cao Xueqin's life is just that ... a story, in Zhou's imagination. For such a reputable scholar, he should have made clear what were verified facts (with citations or more information about how he verified said information) versus what he "supposed" or "imagined" Cao Xueqin was doing or where he was at a given time. I was glad to see quite a bit of the Dun Cheng/Dun Min poems, which accounts for much of the little direct information we have about the author's life, but his interpretations, to me, were not particularly accurate. Of course, one of his whackiest theories, which he expounds on in this book, is that 'Red Inkstone' was actually a woman, and she was the woman that the character of Shi Xiang-yun in the novel was based upon. Nearly every other Redologist agrees that this theory is absolutely insane, and Zhou knew that as well, yet didn't provide any real evidence, just some "interpretations" of points in the text that he thinks were hints about the true identity of 'Red Inkstone,' but clearly are just in his imagination. In conclusion, while Zhou Ruchang was a giant of "Redology" in his day, there are many other and far better Redologists to read and learn from and he should not be one of them.
Der Steppenwolf
Der Steppenwolf
Das Werk an sich und auch der Sprecher, sind ein Traum. Ich habe jedes Wort gefühlt, genossen und gelitten. Hesse gehört zu den wunderbaren Wortzauberen, die die Welt erklären können, ohne dass am Ende in der jeweils erzählten Geschichte viel an Handlung passiert sein muß. Der Steppenwolf ist eine Erzählung, die mich zutiefst berührt hat und die mich viel über Menschen und Gefühle hat verstehen und fühlen lassen. Ich möchte mich vor so viel Gefühl und Verstehen von MenschHEIT, Weltgeschehen, Leiden, Sehnsucht und innerer Zerrissenheit ganz tief verneigen! Seine Geschichten machen meine Welt schöner und klarer! Und noch etwas mehr, wenn sie von Will Quadflieg so wunderbar gelesen werden.
The Department of Death (Department Z Book 24)
The Department of Death (Department Z Book 24)
Written in 1949, this novel doesn't seem outdated at all. Through many twists and turns, it works its way through the evil plots of fanatics to destroy European Unity. A dedicated Dept Z agent named Jonathan Grant joins the other side and is asked to do some really bad things to prove his loyalty. With his life in danger several times, he manages to convince the bad guys he is with them. However, a "resurrection" of someone he cares about presses him to his limit. Dept Z arrives in force just in time.
100% Woolen Needle Fetling Mat | Eco-Friendly Natural Wool Needle Felting (6" x 6", Navy Blue)
100% Woolen Needle Fetling Mat | Eco-Friendly Natural Wool Needle Felting (6" x 6", Navy Blue)
I am a new felter and used this very aggressively as I was learning and it held up pretty well. I can see where there are a few bare spots, however, before I learned about needle felting I was really punching that needle through the felt and the cushion. It is a nice size to use in my lap, I was easily able to peel back the layers, and I am learning not to be so rough, so I think it will last a good long time. I think that, at the point when I need to replace the cover, it will be easy to do.
Fangs for Freaks (Half-Blood Vampire Book 2)
Fangs for Freaks (Half-Blood Vampire Book 2)
Four months have passed since Colby was given permission to exist as a half-blood vampire. Not only does she have her license, but she has been given the added responsibility of Protector of all the half-bloods. Colby takes this title in stride and sets about making preparations.

The Vampire Tribunal, the governing board for the vampire community, makes it possible for Colby and the other half-bloods to blend in with society while still being together to train and learn about the vampire ways by securing land on the campus of a local university in order to create a sorority. Colby names it Psi Phi (Sci-Fi, get it?).

With the help of her boyfriend/Vampire Investigator Thomas, Colby expects no problems when it comes to dealing with the other half-bloods. In fact, she expects them to consider her a hero for "saving" them from execution. Instead, she gets a mixed group of girls from extremely different backgrounds who don't think much about her as a Protector.

When one of her charges is murdered right in the sorority house, Colby begins to doubt her ability, as well. With the help of familiar faces from the previous book, Carl and Piper, she begins to unravel the mystery and learns of a spy that is in their midst.

One area of irritation is Colby's attitude toward Thomas. While BRACED2BITE, the first book in this series, was appropriate for middle school and above, FANGS4FREAKS gets a little closer to the edge. The sexual situations are increased and cause arguments between Colby and Thomas. Colby's tendency to blow up in anger over his actions seem a little over the top and happen too often and take too long to resolve. These arguments usually stem from the fact that Colby is very frustrated that Thomas won't take their physical relationship past the make-out stage.

Overall, even though the resolution to the story was rushed at the end, the story leading up to the conclusion was enjoyable. While not as good as the first, FANGS4FREAKS is definitely worth the time to read.

Reviewed by: Karin Perry
Flipside Products 61849 18" x 48" Privacy Shield, Color Assortment (Pack of 24)
Flipside Products 61849 18" x 48" Privacy Shield, Color Assortment (Pack of 24)
These are great for tests. Not so much for daily work, for daily work I prefer ones that are lower in height. I reinforced mine with clear packing tape in the crease to extend life of product. Love the colors. Kept the box they came in and covered it with butcher paper and contact paper to create the perfect storage in my classroom. My students love using them and the other teachers want them! Lol
The Fantastic Maze Book
The Fantastic Maze Book
I have loved this book since I was a child and I just had to have a copy again.
Even as an adult, the beautiful illustrations and fantasy enchants me for hours at a time.
This is a wonderful book for children and adults and is lots of fun to peruse with others.
Definitely with it!
Adjustable Mobile Base HTC2000 for Power Tools by HTC
Adjustable Mobile Base HTC2000 for Power Tools by HTC
Mostly this is a good mobile base. It adjusts to fit a lot of sizes and is mostly make of steel. I bought it based on a friend's recommendation.

Then my friend called me one day and said one of the orange plastic cams broke as he tried to lift his table saw onto the wheels. We had to fabricate new cams out of 1/2" plate aluminum, copying the pivot point and cam surface pattern. HTC just didn't engineer the cams to be strong enough.

As I have the base supporting a much smaller and lighter metal cutting band saw, I don't think my cams will break, but I'm very careful when putting my foot on them, sometimes even lifting the tool to take some weight off it. Once it's in place, everything is great.

Personally, I prefer all four wheels to caster for maximum maneuverability. When only two caster, I am constantly "parallel parking" the tool to get it where I want it. Four casters means it goes in any direction. The trick then is to have the four casters lock such that the tool is stable in use. But it can be done.
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.
Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher
Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher
This is my German Shepherd Dog's favorite ball. The bad part is the squeaker broke fairly quickly. The good part is the squeaker broke fairly quickly lol. Even though it doesn't have the annoyingly loud and high pitched squeak anymore he still loves it. There has been no damage done to the ball despite his constant chewing. I have bought a second so he can have one dirty one outside and a clean one inside.

UPDATE: Both balls (size large) have stopped squeaking which is just fine with me. It is still his favorite ball. I have had the first one almost a year. There is not a mark on either ball and he is an 85 pound shepherd that is super tough on toys so I would highly recommend it if you don't mind that the squeaker will break quickly.

UPDATE: I have now purchased 3 of these balls (2 large and 1 medium). The newest one is the size medium so it can fit in the chuckit thrower. Again, the squeaker broke within minutes but my dog doesn't seem to care. If you want a squeaky ball that will never stop squeaking this probably isn't the toy for you. Even with the squeaker broken it is still hands down his favorite ball (thus why I now have 3). I have a different rubbery ball that still squeaks and for whatever reason he still prefers these, go figure!
HP Stream 11.6-inch HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Windows 10 Home in S Mode with Office 365 Personal for 1 Year (11-ak0020nr, Diamond White)
HP Stream 11.6-inch HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Windows 10 Home in S Mode with Office 365 Personal for 1 Year (11-ak0020nr, Diamond White)
I bought 2 of these computers for my kids for virtual learning. One works great, the other started having problems just 1-2 weeks after school started. I tried to return/exchange at that time and I was connected with HP support. HP support assured me this was a one time issue and not to return, but to troubleshoot. I troubleshooted for about 2 hours and the problem appeared to be fixed. But now, 3 weeks later (and now out of the "return period"), and the same issue happening, plus it will not start up at all. Now I cannot return and HP is requesting $$ for me to ship to them so they can fix it. Extremely disappointed.
Winter Sheepskin for Men & Women & Childrens – Acdyion Warm Cozy & Fluffy Premium Thick Natural Wool Insoles for All Shoes
Winter Sheepskin for Men & Women & Childrens – Acdyion Warm Cozy & Fluffy Premium Thick Natural Wool Insoles for All Shoes
Disclaimer: No sheep were harmed in the production of these insoles!

When something is advertised as sheepskin, I expect it to be sheepskin. These inserts are 100% synthetic. There's no sheep anywhere in the equation. While the advertising on Amazon is a down-right lie, the plastic sleeves the inserts arrived in make no claims as to their authenticity.

With all that in mind, I slipped these inserts into a pair of duck boots that are about a half size too large. They took up the extra space, and they definitely added a "snuggle factor" to those boots as well as some warmth. I'll keep them, as it's too much of a pain to send them back.

It remains to be seen how well these babies hold up. Sometimes a synthetic is astoundingly durable. Sometimes it's not. We'll see.
5 Pack LϟK 2 Pack Privacy Screen Protector & 3 Pack Camera Lens Protector Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G 6.7 inch Not For iPhone 12 Pro, Case Friendly, Installation Tray - Gray
5 Pack LϟK 2 Pack Privacy Screen Protector & 3 Pack Camera Lens Protector Compatible for iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G 6.7 inch Not For iPhone 12 Pro, Case Friendly, Installation Tray - Gray
I just received my installation kit. I went to the website and they didn’t have a video for the iPhone 12 max pro however I watched several different videos and was easily able to figure out what I needed to do. The privacy shield is pretty awesome. My screen looks clear in front of my face when the phone is on but to anyone standing next to me they can’t see my screen, which is nice considering the size of the phone! I love that the kit came with a frame that allows you to place your glass protector in place exactly where it needs to be!!!! No more trying to line it up perfectly multiple times. The lens protector works great and doesn’t obstruct any views. I highly recommend this kit. I am very pleased.
Redmi Note 9 Pro (Champagne Gold, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Latest 8nm Snapdragon 720G & Alexa Hands-Free | Upto 6 Months No Cost EMI | Extra Upto INR 1000 Off on Exchange
Redmi Note 9 Pro (Champagne Gold, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Latest 8nm Snapdragon 720G & Alexa Hands-Free | Upto 6 Months No Cost EMI | Extra Upto INR 1000 Off on Exchange
Got the Note 9 Pro in Galcier White Colour on first sale itself. I skipped Note 8 Pro. Swift Delivery with Amazon. After spending a few weeks with it, here's my experience. I keep switching phones often and let's see if Note 9 Pro is the ideal phone.

Design:
Awesome design. I like the center placed punch hole camera, it gives a overall sense of symmetry. The Aura Balanced Design is premium. Glass Front & Back With Curved Edges. Plastic Frame. Phone comes with a silicon back cover in the box and a plastic screen guard pre applied on the screen. Looks really nice with the white colour but due to 20:9 aspect ratio and large screen, it is a tall phone, quite difficult to handle single handedly even with my big enough hands. Also I now need to buy jeans with bigger pockets because in my wardrobe I couldn't find a jeans that could accommodate this phone comfortably. Although It is a nice premium looking design but not practical due to being tall which hinders one handed usage. Also the camera bump is protruding a few millimetres but Xiaomi claims that the Camera module is also coated with Gorilla Glass 5 Protection so it should be scratch resistant to some extent.

Display:
Screen being an IPS LCD Full HD+ Panel is large at 6.67 inches with 20:9 aspect ratio, is tall and not too wide. Bezels around are very slim and the chin is minimal. Screen to body ratio is impressive. It's certainly big or tall in vertical terms. Quality wise the screen is good, brightness is satisfactory for indoor and outdoor usage but the screen is not as vivid or lively as AMOLED screens. Viewing angles are good. Little bit colourshifting can be noticed when viewing from different angles. No higher refresh rate though which everyone kinda expected. Touch response is good, not too fast or too slow even when playing PUBG. Brightness could've been more for better outdoor visibility under direct sunlight. Reading mode is there to filter harmful bluelight. Overall, display quality is good and satisfactory.

Sound Output:
Sound quality is clear and loud through the speaker, thought lacking on bass and instruments. Call quality is loud and clear as well. Earphone output is little disappointing. I have premium sounding earphones which sounded better on my previous phone but the sound output via the 3.5mm jack is quite low on the Redmi Note 9 Pro so you've to crank up the volume and let's not talk about the richness of the sound which is completely lacking. While playing PUBG Mobile with Earphone plugged in, I could barely hear the footsteps in the game and had to crank up the volume to max. Everyone should report this earphone sound quality issue to Xiaomi. Update: Low Volume Level in earphones has been fixed after OTA update but the richness in audio is still lacking.

Performance:
Performance is fine even on the 4 GB 64 GB Variant. Didn't see any lag or shutter while performing normal day to day tasks, thanks to Snapdragon 720G Chipset built on a power efficient 8nm Process. Now the big question, can it handle PUBG?
Yes, you can play PUBG Mobile with Smooth & Ultra (40 fps) Combination and HD & High Maximum but the game is not properly optimized as it is a new chipset. I played PUBG for 2 straight weeks on Smooth and Ultra Graphic settings and noticed the game freezing in classic and other modes for a few seconds in almost every match.. Earlier I used to play PUBG in Smooth & Extreme (60fps) option on my previous phone so playing in Ultra (40fps) on Note 9 Pro feels little downgrade. Gameplay was smooth for most of the part but frame freezes quite frequently which made the gameplay not so enjoyable. Didn't notice any heating issues. Temp was mostly under control. Another problem I encountered with PUBG is the low sound output from the earphone (Ant Audio W56 or any other) plugged in. Xiaomi should rectify this issue ASAP!
Update: Low Volume Level in earphones has been fixed after OTA update.

Cameras:
Talking about the camera quality, I am not impressed with the Note 9 Pro. The quality is average, default 12 MP shots from the main camera lack details when zoomed in and look oversharpened along with a warm colour tone and noise and other post processing artefacts quite visible even in good lighting conditions. HDR is a hit or miss most of the time. There's a new option in the camera app to boost colours similar to Chroma Boost feature found in Realme Smartphones. 48 MP shots look a little better especially in terms of details in comparison to default 12 MP Shots. Front camera quality is average as well. To be honest, I'm little disappointed with the camera output but it's not a major issue as I have a Nokia 808 PureView as my go to Camera Phone since 2014. You could install GCam Mod for better quality output as Camera 2 API is supported out of the box.

Connectivity:
Had no issues with WiFi or Bluetooth. It has support for NavIC, India's own satelite for navigation. No issues with location services.
Though didn't notice a faster location locking using NavIC. Cellularr Network Strength I found is little low in my experience, because the same SIM Cards inserted in my other phone used to provide better network reception, as a result, the download speeds are somewhat lower on Note 9 Pro. Will test further and update here.

Battery is rated at 5020 mAh and Xiaomi is providing 18W Charger in the box. If we remember a year ago, 18W was considered fast but this time it has a larger capacity battery than previous Note series smartphones. A full charge normally takes more than 2 hours which is not bad for a 5000 mAh battery. Everyone this time expected Xiaomi to provide a charger rated at 22W or more. The global variant ships with a 22W Charger. Why Xiaomi? Battery can get you more than a day depending on your usage so it shouldn't be a problem. It's good for long gaming sessions as well.

Some really important features worth mentioning:
It has 2 SIM Card Slots with a dedicated MicroSD Slot so it's a good decision on part of Redmi/Xiaomi. The charging port is Type C which I appreciate. Fingerprint Sensor is mounted on the Side Power Button and it's fast to unlock the phone. You have the option to choose whether to press the power button or just touch on it to unlock the phone. IR Blaster is another nifty feature to control various electronic appliances. It works well with my Set Top Box so no need of reaching the remote everytime I want to switch channels or lower the volume. Fortunately there is a notification LED next to the earpiece, though you only get a single white colour. Still I consider the notification LED as an essential feature.

OS:
It's running MIUI 11 on top of Android 10. I liked MIUI during Redmi Note 3 times when it was a clean UI and had no Ads or content recommendations feature inbuilt. Still It's packed with features and offers a lot of customization though the amount of bloatware is ridiculous. Thankfully almost all of them can be uninstalled which I recommend. Content recommendations and ads can be partially turned off. Just don't like that there's no option to uninstall the Mi Browser.

So to sum it up, I would say it's a good phone for the price except for a few things.

Pros:
Premium Design.
CGG 5 Protection Both Sides.
Nice Display Quality.
Good Sound Via Loudspeaker.
IR Blaster.
Good Performance.
Less Heating.
Very Good Battery Backup.

Cons:
Quite Tall So One Handed Usage Is An Issue.
Protruding Camera Module.
No 90 Hz Refresh Rate.
Average Cameras
PUBG Mobile Not Optimized
Network Reception & Download Speeds Should Be Improved.
NETGEAR Wireless Router - N300 (WNR2000)
NETGEAR Wireless Router - N300 (WNR2000)
I wouldn't suggest buying a NETGEAR ROUTER! This router slowed my internet and made it barely usable. If you call NETGear you wait on hold for 1/2 hour than you talk to a tech then their phone system hangs up on you. I called back maybe close to 7 times on Saturday waited 1/2 hour each time. Talked to a rep for 10-15 minutes than no call back. Finally now getting to their replacement dept. They argue with you too about whether I really have an issue. My download speed goes as low at 1.95 which is not possible to go on the internet with.

Also the firmware on these units is out of date and when you try to upload their recent upgrade on their site to yours, it doesn't work and this is why it makes the router slow so you have no choice to return it on Amazon or replace it with Netgear. I am trying first to replace it with NETGEAR and I still have a small window to return with Amazon. My last router company Belkin did automatic updates to your router, Netgear says to go on their site and look for their most recenpt upgrade and upload it to your system whenever your computer gets slow. This is not what people want to do. Go with Spectrum or AT&T and pay their monthly fees where they send the updates automatically. Of course their are fees for this monthly but at least you have their tech support and a functioning internet.

So, to summarize If you purchase this item, the software won't be up to date since its a 2016 model and the firmware doesn't let you so your internet may not work as fast or at all. I would only get a router that is the current model and check out the mfg first before ordering. Ask how they make firmware updates. Hope this helps.

UPDATE: 12/24/20 I returned this older version and reluctantly bought another NETGEAR AC1200 router and its actually working fine so far. There is also a box to check so that it does automatic firmware upgrades. My internet speed is higher than what my Mbps is with my carrier. So far so good. Get a new version of the NEGEAR router and not the older one and it should be fine. Their customer service dept is still very hard to communicate with due to language barriers etc, staying on hold for long periods times, dropped calls and lack of trained employees.
Editor’s Choice
Editor’s Choice
Guys please don’t buy aluminium cookers. It discharges lead.
Cooking in cooker is not advisable. Only for occasional and for people who are in a hurry.
Always buy steel based cookers. Don’t ever go for aluminium vessels or cookers. For long term usage of aluminium vessels it will impact your health in a big way.
It even creates thyroid abnormalities for both men n women.
I’m not someone who writes reviews for likes I wanted to write because I’ve personally experienced it. Aluminium and plastic impacts a lot on your health. Stay away from these two !!!
Medify MA-25 Air Purifier with H13 HEPA filter - a higher grade of HEPA for 500 Sq. Ft. Air Purifier | Dual Air Intake | Two '3-in-1' Filters | 99.9% removal in a Modern Design - White
Medify MA-25 Air Purifier with H13 HEPA filter - a higher grade of HEPA for 500 Sq. Ft. Air Purifier | Dual Air Intake | Two '3-in-1' Filters | 99.9% removal in a Modern Design - White
I am a freelance anesthesia provider which means that I live in hotels when I'm not home. This is the same model my dentist uses to protect himself, his staff and his patients so I thought I'd give it a try. I've been burdened with asthma and multiple environmental allergies for decades and this little machine has been WONDERFUL! I bought it in June and having been using it daily since I "moved" into my Bangor, Maine hotel. I have it on medium when I sleep, low when I'm out but on HIGH on housekeeping day. The hotel is doing only once a week service which is fine by me! The less traffic into my room, the better. The reason I keep it on high when they are in the room is that I don't know if the staff is wearing their masks correctly. Covid19 is spread by droplets and those droplets will be suspended in the air after they have left. BUT with this HEPA filtration device, the air is cleaned in 15 minutes!!
Another wonderful use is when cigarette smoke steals in through the vents from some jerk who is smoking in their room against the rules. I place the machine next to me and in minutes, I can breathe normally again and the room is clean! Fabulous fabulous fabulous! I have recommended this to many people, patients included especially those who travel and those with respiratory ailments.
sharpro 32 oz. Infuser Water Bottles - Featuring a Full Length Infusion Rod, Flip Top Lid, Dual Hand Grips
sharpro 32 oz. Infuser Water Bottles - Featuring a Full Length Infusion Rod, Flip Top Lid, Dual Hand Grips
I received my bottle a day before it was due to be delivered, so that was a plus! I started using it today and I love it so much that I'm going to order at least one more. I am really trying to increase my water intake and this bottle is really encouraging me to drink more! It makes it so refreshing. Plus, I like that the infuser basket is about the length of the bottle to give my water flavor to the last drop. Also, I have small hands so it helps that the bottle has grips with slight indentations. The Tritan plastic is really durable. I think this bottle will be able to handle my tossing it around a little. And the customer service has been really responsive as far as following up on new orders. Only downside, I don't think the bottle will fit the average cup holder in my car. I'll have to test this out. It's not really a big deal but I still would have liked a cup holder friendly bottle. Other than that, I absolutely love this bottle and I definitely recommend.

update: It fits in my car's cup holder!!! major +++ and i got a compliment on my pretty bottle. I was told it looks expensive. The top of the infuser rod should probably be a strainer just to catch any herb or fruit bits. But overall, definite recommended purchase.
I now have two of the Sharpro's- one black, one pink. The black one has a small leak sometimes- not sure why. No problem with the pink one.

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