John Clark

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Ajax for Dummies
Ajax for Dummies
Ajax for Dummies by Steve Holzner PhD. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JSONiq: The SQL of NoSQL
JSONiq: The SQL of NoSQL
JSONiq: The SQL of NoSQL by Ghislain Fourny , Matthias Brantner, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mogodb category.
Un oasis de pasión (Bianca) (Spanish Edition)
Un oasis de pasión (Bianca) (Spanish Edition)
Un oasis de pasión (Bianca) (Spanish Edition) by Susan Stephens and CRISTINA DE LA CERDA CARABALLO. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King, Edward Herrmann, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 494 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Revel for Liang Java -- Access Card
Revel for Liang Java -- Access Card
Revel for Liang Java -- Access Card by Y. Daniel Liang. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Network Programming Cookbook
Python Network Programming Cookbook
Python Network Programming Cookbook by Dr. M. O. Faruque Sarker. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Mastering Oracle SQL: Putting Oracle SQL to Work
Mastering Oracle SQL: Putting Oracle SQL to Work
Mastering Oracle SQL: Putting Oracle SQL to Work by Sanjay Mishra and Alan Beaulieu. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
SQL Windows Functions
SQL Windows Functions
SQL Windows Functions by Dennis Tran. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan is one of my modern heroes, and I have read a number of books and articles about him. Daniel Alef's work is one of the best I have read. It flows smoothly from Burt Rutan's early life up to the present, and it captures all the details and highlights without bogging-down on every single aircraft ever designed.

Yet this book isn't just a biography of Burt Rutan. It's also a fantastic business text. In addition to my day job developing and licensing university intellectual property, I'm an entrepreneur after hours. There are numerous examples and tidbits of Burt's business acumen and strategy.

I would love to meet with Burt to talk about science, engineering, design and business, but short of an actual meeting, this book is the next best thing.
Dangerous Charisma: The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers
Dangerous Charisma: The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers
The title of Jerrold Post, MD and Stephanie Doucette’s book, “Dangerous Charisma:The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers,” intrigued me. Given Dr. Post’s background as a 21 year veteran of the CIA with a specialty in political personal profiling I was expecting for a deep and revealing exploration. Broken into three multiple chaptered sections: I) The Charismatic Leader, II) The Political Psychology of Trump’s Followers, and III) Trump’s Impact; the book is organized well and written in a highly readable fashion. The first section is quite good in establishing: the topic of ‘personal political psychology;’ what charismatic leaders and how they arise developmentally; and how Donald Trump’s family, upbringing and adult life fit within this rubric. Dr. Post raises the classic psychology/psychiatric diagnosis issue of the ‘Goldwater Rule’ - the American Psychiatric Associations prohibition on making diagnosis at a distance of public figures, and makes it clear that despite this rule he feels compelled to use his expertise to comment on our 45th President. My expectations were still quite high. But then the second section fell completely flat. It was chuck full of disturbing facts about the President (and his followers), but with the exception of utilizing the Presidents own books and written word (which few others have done effectively), there is little new information here that hasn’t been covered multiple times in other works. Insights into the President’s psychological profile is not particularly insightful not deep, leaving me wanting much more. Surprisingly the authors don’t even refer to other mental health professionals who have more significantly broken with the Goldwater rule to provide insights about the President (e.g., Dr. Brandy Lee’s “
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” and Justin Frank’s “Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President”). This is a huge oversight that could have strengthened the authors discussion. Unfortunately both of the books cited here are more insightful than Post and Doucette’s book. The last section of the book is decent, maybe stronger then the section section but not as strong as the first. Moreover, the books conclusions are flat feeling to this reviewer. Overall a decent book, easy engaging read, but not a lot of new stuff, despite the promise of more. 3 of 5 stars.
Coding with JavaScript For Dummies (For Dummies Series)
Coding with JavaScript For Dummies (For Dummies Series)
This is a very poor book:
- It's expensive, but printed on cheap paper.
- It contains many mistakes, which will make some parts of the book impossible to follow, if you don't already have a background in computing or maths.
- many concepts are introduced without any explanation whatsoever at the time they're first being introduced.
- in order to understand some parts of the book, you're constantly having to refer back to other parts to find out what some of the code means.

Although there are supposedly on-line examples to try, these simply take you to "Coding Academy" and require you to follow the exercises in a different order from the Coding Academy order (presumably because the book is structured slightly differently). It doesn't work very well. In the end, I decided to run through the Coding Academy exercises in the proper order after finishing the book. It's not clear to me whether the authors even have anything to do with the creation of the Coding Academy exercises, although in the absence of anything to the contrary, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one.

In summary, if you're looking for a beginner's book on Java Script, I recommend you avoid this one, and pick one of the others after making sure it has a significant positive user rating (which is what I ought to have done!)
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machine for Cleaning Eyeglasses, Watches, Rings, Necklaces, Coins, Razors, Dentures, Combs, Tools, Parts, Instruments (CD2800)
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner Machine for Cleaning Eyeglasses, Watches, Rings, Necklaces, Coins, Razors, Dentures, Combs, Tools, Parts, Instruments (CD2800)
I own several pieces of jewelry, ranging from bracelets to rings, along with a few necklaces for variety. While I swap most pieces out depending upon the occasion, I wear three rings, two bracelets, and one necklace every day. The necklace is a sterling silver dragon holding an orb, a charm that is handmade and was given to me 23 years ago. And yes, during that time span I have worn this necklace nearly constantly, so you can likely imagine the buildup on it (note: I have cleaned it with jeweler’s cloths and gels, but it’s a pain in the posterior).

Construction

As others have mentioned in their reviews, the Magnasonic® Jewelry Cleaner (MJC for short) has a stainless steel tub that holds the cleaning liquid that is not removable. While some may consider this a flaw, the unit is relatively small and it is not that difficult to drain. To be blunt, if this aspect of the design is such a huge inconvenience, you need to stop being lazy and look at the fact that the MJC works well.

This point aside, included with the unit are a plastic basket to hold your jewelry/silverware/nibs & etc., as well as a curved plastic platform that rests inside of the aforementioned basket. As demonstrated in the product images, this “hump” is meant to allow a watch or other piece of curves jewelry to rest properly within the cleaning liquid. This aspect of the design does give me one complaint: I wish that there was a handle or some type of tool that made it easier to remove the basket when you are finished with the cleaning cycle. The basket slides into the stainless steel basin and is a nearly-flush fit, and while the basket doesn’t become “stuck”, it would be nice if I didn’t have to finagle it out of the unit.

Overall the MJC is a compact unit that is easy to store due to the cleaning basket and watch rest fitting inside of the cleaner when it is not in use. The Jewelry Cleaner also has two buttons on the rim of the lid (On and Off, respectively), and a blue light will turn on to let you know when the 3-minute cleaning cycle is finished. The unit’s clear lid is also illuminated while cleaning so that you can watch your watch (hehe) as the MJC works its magic.

But, Does It Work?

Yes! I admit that I was skeptical at first. After all, how could plain water clean my jewelry, glasses, and the various other items that Magnasonic® claims this unit will scrub for you? Especially considering that aside from some very tiny bubbles, there doesn’t seem to be much happening as you watch the cleaning cycle through the plastic viewing lid.

While it doesn’t specify it as being necessary, I used distilled water in the cleaner along with four droplets of Dawn dish soap. I didn’t swish the water around, either, allowing the soap to dissolve into the liquid. The first item to go in was my glasses. After three minutes of buzzing I removed them, rinsed the residual soap off of the lenses, and dried them with a lint-free paper towel. The result? Gunk floating in the water and glasses so clean that you would swear that I just picked them up from the store today!

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Love Between the Covers
Love Between the Covers
So I got to see Love Between the Covers for the first time at the Popular Culture Association's annual conference in Seattle, March of 2016 - and I loved it on sight. I had been waiting for the opportunity to view documentary since I first heard about it's creation, and I avidly followed it's progress when it was making its rounds at the documentary festivals in the time between its release and the PCA conference. I was half in love, I think, before the title screen even rolled.

I had previously seen the documentary "Guilty Pleasures" which had run on PBS, and while enjoyable it had been a little shallow and even a little critical of the romance readers who served as the documentary's focus. So I was excited, hungry even, for something new. Something in depth and up to date - something extraordinary!

Laurie Kahn (who is the absolute nicest person by the way) and her team did a bang-up job on Love Between the Covers. The romance community is widespread and complicated, so it would have been impossible to get everything that needed to be said into one 90 minute documentary. But that being said they got as much in there as they possibly could about our history as a genre and a community; about our diversity of backgrounds (for readers and writers) and our LACK of diversity when it comes to POC or LGBT writers and characters; and about the stigmas we face and the way in which we band together to overcome them.

The minute that LBtC released on digital I snatched up a copy, and I've watched it easily a half-a-dozen times since. What is more I recommend it to everyone. Fellow English students and scholars, friends, family, and my friends from the romance community who haven't seen it yet. And if you haven't watched it yet, trust me now is the time. Whether you're a long time romance reader, or someone who isn't sure they know what a romance really is, or even a romance "hater" who needs an attitude adjustment A.S.A.P., check this documentary out. You won't be sorry.
End of Watch: A Novel
End of Watch: A Novel
It just keeps coming back to that day at the job fair, and the Mercedes Massacre.

Six years have passed since Brady Hartsfield drove a gray Mercedes into a crowd of desperate job seekers, killing eight and injuring many others. A year later, he ended up in a mental hospital, first in a coma, then awake, but with severe brain damage, enough to keep him from going to trial for that and the attempted murder of thousands.

Now, in "End of Watch," retired detective and co-owner of the investigative agency Finders Keepers learns about a murder suicide that tangentially points back to Hartsfield. As more clues come to light, it seems clear that Hartsfield is behind a series of suicides and attempted suicides, but how can that be possible, with him in a mental ward in a near-vegetative state? Thousands of lives could be on the line if Hodges, now deathly thin and ailing, can't figure it out, and stop the suicides in time.

Enough summary. This final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy drew me right in. We find familiar and new characters we love and hate, all well-rounded with strong motivations. "End of Watch" adds a new element, psychic powers, likely brought on by an experimental drug, and it makes the story all the more terrifying.

The theme of suicide comes back strongly in this novel, and King includes a real suicide hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK.

"End of Watch" is a satisfying conclusion to the Bill Hodges Trilogy.
The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (Perry Mason Series Book 10)
The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (Perry Mason Series Book 10)
As usual, the books are always much more interesting and provide more suspense and questions than the TV movies. Not that I don't love the TV series of the first few seasons. This novel is no different. And though this novel was the basis of one of the series shows, it is quite different with the exception of the general characters and related environment of gambling casinos.
While the plot advances in a somewhat convoluted fashion, that only adds to the questions of 'who dunnit.' One notable trait of Gardner and his books, he successfully puts the reader in the setting as an observer. You find yourself experiencing the uncomfortable, if not miserable, night time boat trips to and from the gambling ship.
I don't do book reports in my reviews. That's why you read the book. You find yourself in the scenes and interpret and visualize your own experience. Why would you want to hear me tell it?
While I believe that the Cool & Lam novels are by far the greatest works Erle Stanley Gardner created, I love the Perry Mason novels. In some of the PM novels you'll note irritating contradictions, but most are great reading and all are worth reading. The Dangerous Dowager is no exception.
I've read most of Gardner's books, and probably all of those I've read, two or three times.
El protocolo Sigma (Books4pocket narrativa) (Spanish Edition)
El protocolo Sigma (Books4pocket narrativa) (Spanish Edition)
Aun estoy leyendo esta novela. Voy por dos tercios. Ya lei antes otra que me gustó también mucho. El estilo de este autor es apasionante y hace gala de un buen conocimiento de escenarios, organizaciones y naturaleza humana. El ritmo no decae en todo el libro. Engancha siempre. Recuerda el estilo de Forsyth, aunque sin la extremada afición por el detalle de este ultimo, alarde de erudición. Ludlum es recomendable para los amantes del suspense y la accion. Para mi ha sido un descubrimiento.
Jack & Jill
Jack & Jill
For a third installment, this is actually really good. It's not as good as "Kiss Girls", but I surprisingly think it is a little better than "Along Came A Spider". For a sequel it delivers well on its promise.

I really love the two main villains in this novel, Jack and Jill. I also like the weird romance between the two that is thrown in from time to time, it just fits the description of them and also fits just how crazy they are. I don't know why, but I kinda route for these two for some reason. I know that I don't really want to, but Patterson does a good job in putting the right attention on them to make me want to. Alex Cross himself feels like he is moving up in the series. He feels more experienced than the other two novels and more alert. Also, his kids are so adorable and cute to watch (or read about). The novel itself takes things to a whole new level and allow a new feeling that stays true to the first two novels.

But then there are some problems that I do have with this novel. There are way to many sub-plots going on at once, one of which is about a child-murderer going on in Alex's neighborhood and it doesn't really fit the story. It actually feels like a completely different story. And as always, Alex gets a new love interest named Christine Johnson. We all know the problem, "it feels a little forced", just like with Jezzie from "Along Came A Spider". While I do like Christine I just can't help but feel that the romance could have been done a little better. But the one thing that I don't like is the ending. I won't spoil anything, but the ending leaves out a mystery that is never solved.

In the end, "Jack & Jill" is a good third installment to the series and I think it holds up well on its own. It offers something new and it continues the story to new levels. I say that "Jack & Jill" deserves the attention of all Alex Cross fans.
When We Were Lost
When We Were Lost
When I ordered this latest book by Wignall, I did not realize it was aimed at "young adults". It clearly is that, but even as an "older adult" I could appreciate the story and how it was told. Just for the record, I am a fan of Kevin Wignall's books.

Although this is about a bunch of high school kids that survive an airplane crash and then fight for survival in the Amazon rain forest, one can read this book and notice how many of the characters resemble those with whom we went to high school. Some fond memories, some not so fond.

I am not saying that this book is on the same level as Catcher in the Rye, or Lord of the Flies, but it comes closer than most, books aimed at this audience.

If you have a high school aged "young adult" on your Christmas list - this might be a good present.
Ryotaro Shiba all lecture [4] 1988 (2) -1991 (Asahi Bunko) (2003) ISBN: 4022643226 [Japanese Import]
Ryotaro Shiba all lecture [4] 1988 (2) -1991 (Asahi Bunko) (2003) ISBN: 4022643226 [Japanese Import]
筆者・司馬遼太郎さんの事を「ものを見る達人」の一人であるとの解説者のコメントがある通り、誠に偉大な表現者の一人でありました。本書において繰り広げられた講演は、昭和六十三年から平成三年の四年間で十八本もの多数にのぼってゐます。どれ一つとっても手を抜くといふ事はなく、思ひを振り絞るやうに珠玉の名品として豊かに紡いでゐるのであります。日本史の中に潜んでゐる輝きのさまをこれでもかこれでもかと連鎖してつくり上げて行ってゐるのであります。その中で、特に印象深く私の心に残ってゐるのが、「義務について」の話であります。会社の朝礼においても心を籠めて話させていただきました。キリスト教変革期に起きたプロテスタンテイズムの清い精神の勃興のドラマを適格に表現してゐます事に驚きを感じると共に、それを江戸期の武士にも類比した精神を自らの営為として創作してゐた事に感動しました。このやうに筆者は精神の輝きを大切にしたのであります。よりよく生きるためのよき糧であります。
Fengshen Gates [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 2)
Fengshen Gates [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 2)
大坂の陣を目前にして、江戸方と大坂方とが一触即発の危機にある不穏な時代。主人公は伊賀の霧隠才蔵、そしてライバルの甲賀の猿飛佐助。上巻は、才蔵が幸村の器量に惚れ、佐助・三好晴海入道と共に、家康暗殺のため駿府に向かうまでだった。

早速、家康を守る異形の風魔一族との対決。やっと忍者軍団どうしの闘争になった。忍者小説はこうでなくては。特に風魔の頭領、獅子王院と才蔵の対決は圧巻。しかし、この決着が付かない内に、有名な大仏殿の「国家安康君臣豊楽」の文字から風雲急を告げ、佐助は幸村に呼び返される。本作では徹底的に、才蔵は自由人、佐助はサラリーマンとして描かれている。才蔵はともかく、猿飛佐助をこのように扱った小説・漫画は珍しいのでないか。幸村は大坂城に入り、才蔵は獅子王院と決着を付ける。この対決の場面は迫真性・幻想性に溢れ、このレベルで全編通して欲しかったと思う。家康は西下するが、才蔵は飽くまで一人で家康を狙う。幸村の志と合わせ、"男の生き甲斐"を主題にした作品である事が窺える。しかしこの後、宮本武蔵を登場させるサービス等あるが、肝心な大坂の陣の記述が少な過ぎる。即ち、幸村、才蔵、佐助が活躍する楽しみな場面がないのだ。作者は作中で、週刊誌の忍者小説の事を「奇妙奇天烈な嘘話」と呼んでいるが、自己矛盾である。本作も才蔵を主人公にした嘘話である。その嘘話を娯楽小説として読ませる所に作家の力量がある筈だ。

才蔵の自由闊達な個性を中心とした時代の空気を描く事が主題だったかもしれないが、もっと娯楽小説としての楽しさを味わえる作品にして欲しかったと思う。
Christmas In Noisy Village (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Christmas In Noisy Village (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
I was happy when I saw there was a Christmas picture book featuring the children of Noisy Village. I remembered enjoying reading The Children of Noisy Village to my son a few years ago, so I thought this would be a nice Christmas book to add to our collection.

When I read it though, I was a bit disappointed. It does have a certain kind of charm, being about a group of Swedish children enjoying Christmas back in the 1920's. And the colourful illustrations are very sweet. However...there isn't much of a story. The book simply details what this group of children did on one particular Christmas. The things they ate. The games they played. The places they went. You get the idea. And then at the end, they declare that Christmas is a lot of fun. And that's it. I think it would be better to read the original Noisy Village book that this material was taken from, which is a wonderful book.

My 5 year old son did listen to the end of the story, and seemed to like it, but frankly, I was bored long before we got to the end. If you and your children are big fans of the Noisy Village books, you may enjoy seeing your favourite characters in picture book format. And it is nice to see how Christmas was celebrated in another time and place. But if you are looking for a funny, amusing, or touching Christmas story, you might wish to look elsewhere. A very touching story I recommend is The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree. One with absolutely stunning illustrations is The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long.
Saving Simone (Florida Veterans Book 3)
Saving Simone (Florida Veterans Book 3)
Quite simply a great read

Saving Simone is a shorter novel, but it certainly doesn't lack in story, emotion or depth. It starts with an incredibly steamy encounter between Simone and Thomas, followed by a very up and down relationship. However none of the angst felt over-the-top or unnecessary, which is what I enjoy most about books by this author. Her stories feel 'real', as do her characters and you can't help but be drawn into the story. It engaged my emotions, leaving my hugely invested in these characters and their story.

I don't read many 'straight' contemporary romances, I find the majority of them fail to capture my interest. However I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will enjoy a book written by Tiffani Lynn. Her characters are so believable they feel like friends, the plots draw you in and the writing is superb. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book and can't wait for the next one.
Jojo's - Golden Wind T16 (Jojo's - Golden Wind (16)) (French Edition)
Jojo's - Golden Wind T16 (Jojo's - Golden Wind (16)) (French Edition)
Jojo's bizarre adventure est mon manga favori de tous ceux traduits en français. Cette série est assez méconnue en France, encore aujourd'hui, car des éditeurs se sont succédés devant un petit succès.
Si vous aimez la série Ken le survivant, et les combats style Saint Seiya, vous serez séduits. Attention toutefois, bien que chaque saison de ce manga ( ici Golden Wind (5ème partie ) soit lisible sans forcément avoir lu les saisons précédentes, c'est toujours utile de connaître la 2ème partie/saison minimum.

Dans ce tome 16, vous retrouverez l'affrontement final avec la bande d'amis au complet, et des soucis concernant leurs pouvoirs.
Vector
Vector
Who would have guessed, when during my teen years Laurie Cook's brother (from "the lake") would be famous ... and I assume name his Medical Examiner character Laurie Montgomery after her? But I love medical thrillers, having been introduced to them by Robin's first one, Coma.
Something about this book was a little spooky, but only in hindsight ... it's about bioterrorists who planned to take out New York with biological weapons. Early in the book Robin had them planning to flee New York by taking the train out of the city, catching it at the World Trade Center station. The book was copyrighter 1999, I believe, 3 years before nine-eleven. That escape route was never mentioned again in the book, they fled by truck, and were double-crossed by the Russian who had prepared the killing agents...too bad that the nine-eleven fanatics were suicide bombers, Robin's ending was better and a few more terrorists died his way..
LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Building Kit (1 minifigure, 8 Pieces)
LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Building Kit (1 minifigure, 8 Pieces)
I'd buy these up all day as we love Harry Potter and Lego, but unfortunately, Amazon limits each account to a max of 3 bags. Kind of stinks when you have two kiddos and you get two Newt's and one Harry to share (first-world problems, I know). I tried to place multiple orders after our initial order of three and kept getting turned away. Luckily Target.com had these in stock so we bought a bunch from there.
CasesByLorraine Compatible with iPhone SE 2020 / iPhone 8 / iPhone 7 Case, World Map Wanderlust Quote Clear Transparent Slim Hard Plastic Cover for iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 7 / iPhone 8 (4.7 inch)
CasesByLorraine Compatible with iPhone SE 2020 / iPhone 8 / iPhone 7 Case, World Map Wanderlust Quote Clear Transparent Slim Hard Plastic Cover for iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 7 / iPhone 8 (4.7 inch)
Beautiful case, poor quality. I’ve had it just over two weeks, and within week one the case split on one of the corners. By week two, all four corners and the plastic around the camera area has cracked. There has been minimal dropping (on to carpet, from low heights), and the case hasn’t been romoved since the initial installment.
The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities
The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities
Book Review:
The Power of Collaborative Solutions by Tom Wolff
The book The Power of Collaborative Solutions proves once again that Tom Wolff is one of the preeminent voices in the country today, on building healthy communities through collaboration. As the Director of the Santa Barbara Pro-Youth Coalition (PYC), I witnessed Tom's unique ability to empower all segments of our community to identify and solve our seemingly most complex social and community issues through collaboration.
Tom's sincere, informed and humble manner and his vast hands-on experience with communities across the nation, at once inspired a close to unbelievable trust among the parents and youth that PYC sought to serve. Almost ten years later and some of these youth are parents themselves - they still ask about Mr. Wolff.
Anyone who is seriously seeking solutions to whatever community issues face them must read this book. Tom does not just identify problems - Tom offers practical, attainable solutions which are still vital to today's pressing community issues.
Babatunde Folayemi
Former Santa Barbara City Councilmen and
Director of the Santa Barbara Pro Youth Coalition
As Good As It Gets
As Good As It Gets
I had been looking for a Blu-ray version of As Good As it Gets for a long time. So far, there has not been an American Blu-ray release. And the import versions have been very expensive (over $30). When I came across this German Blu-ray version, I ordered it immediately. It is region free so it plays on American Blu-ray players without any issue.

Blu-ray transfer is very good (not excellent but good enough; or as you might say "as good as it gets"). The movie has flaws but overall it is a very well-made movie and superbly acted. Both Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson won best leading actress/actor Oscars for their performance in this movie. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Greg Kinear are also excellent. Even the dog is awesome LOL.

LIke I said, the movie has some flaws. I think that Jack Nicholson's character is over-exaggerated; I find it hard to believe anyone can be that rude. It's just not normal. But it is a drama and in dramas sometimes characters' flaws are amplified for dramatic purpose. However, the scene in the restaurant with Helen Hunt where Jack Nicholson's character reveals a possible motive for bringing her along for the trip doesn't fit the true feelings and the intentions of the character. That part has always bothered me.

Aside from those minor flaws, As Good As It Gets is a great movie and still rewarding in multiple viewings.
IO SONO LE MIE SCARPE (Italian Edition)
IO SONO LE MIE SCARPE (Italian Edition)
Impressionante il percorso dell’autore, un racconto avvincente anche quando tratta episodi di vita comuni a tutti. La fragilità, la forza, la passione, il desiderio, tutto raccontato con forza e semplicità. Più di una volta ho chiuso gli occhi e ho fatto un viaggio con l’autore, mi ha reso felice, complimenti.
seasense ancla cadena 5/16-inch x 6-Feet Acero Inoxidable
seasense ancla cadena 5/16-inch x 6-Feet Acero Inoxidable
I recently purchased, and promptly returned, this stainless steel anchor chain. Although the chain appears to be well made, my return was based on the fact that the grade of stainless steel was not mentioned in the product description, nor was it indicated on the package. Stainless steel for marine use is generally 316 and contains molybdenum to increase corrosion resistance. Although the chain is advertised as stainless, the package indicates that it contains lead which is not commonly added to stainless steel. Although the allure of stainless steel at this price point is tempting, I have concluded that the lower price point is a reflection of an undefined or inferior grade of stainless steel for use in aquatic or marine environments.
HAWKINS Futura Hard Anodised Pressure Cooker, 5 L, Black
HAWKINS Futura Hard Anodised Pressure Cooker, 5 L, Black
This pressure cooker is perfection. The lid is the only annoying bit, but it looks so darned good in my kitchen that I can't really complain.

The bottom is heavy duty. This means that when I cook something in there, it's not going to burn to the bottom in this horrible glue-like layer of burning and horrible that happens in cheaper pressure cookers. Also, because it's got such a heavy pot situation going on throughout the pot, it holds heat very well, and gets hot good and quickly. When I make split peas, or other sticking-prone things in here, I have absolutely no problems at all.

When making brown rice, split peas, or other things that tend to foam up a lot: fill the cooker no more than half full (including water!). If you think that 7 litres is too big for you, consider this: the lid needs a bit of wiggle room to get in and out. You're not going to be able to fill it more than 1/2 the way full (INCLUDING WATER) when it's a foamy thing (like beans, or rice; which means that when making those things, the total volume cannot exceed 3.5 litres, which isn't really that much, because 500 grams of beans needs around 1 1/2 litres of water, so when you add that volume along with the volume of the beans, you're working with a razor-thin margin here).

Furthermore, if you're a single person, like me, you can cook more than one thing at a time. Go to the Chinese store, Indian store, or Dollar store and pick up those cheap stainless steel bowls that will fit into your cooker. Throw the included trivet down onto the bottom. Then, add your long-cooking ingredient (like beans), and your shorter cooking ingredient (like rice) into the bowl. Add water for the rice, add water for the beans, slam the lid on, and let it all cook at once. Top to tail, you'll spend like 20 minutes or so to get the thing up to pressure, cooked, and quick-cooled. While the pressure cooker is going, you just sautee off some spices, garlic, onions, whatever, and have it ready for your food. Dinner in 20 minutes, and you didn't have to use tinned beans.

I do use this for small quantities, and it works just fine. I use it for large quantities, and it works just fine. The point is that this pressure cooker is the best I've used in my life, even amongst Hawkins pressure cookers. My mother always owned Hawkins or Presto. I've used this model on both gas and electric with excellent results. The others can't quite make that same claim. This is worth every penny.

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