Josue Flores

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PHP and MySQL: Create - Modify - Reuse
PHP and MySQL: Create - Modify - Reuse
PHP and MySQL: Create - Modify - Reuse by Timothy Boronczyk and Martin E. Psinas. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
THE DARKNESS
THE DARKNESS
THE DARKNESS by Stephen R. King. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Shining (DELUXE LIMITED GIFT EDITION)
The Shining (DELUXE LIMITED GIFT EDITION)
The Shining (DELUXE LIMITED GIFT EDITION) by Stephen King and Vincent Chong. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Riding the Bullet
Riding the Bullet
Riding the Bullet by Stephen King and Mick Garris. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 268 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Elevation (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Elevation (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Elevation (Imaginaire) (French Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 77 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Programming: 2 Books in 1: Learning Python and Python Machine Learning. A Complete Overview for Beginners. How to Master Python Coding Basics and Effectively Learn Faster Computer Programming
Python Programming: 2 Books in 1: Learning Python and Python Machine Learning. A Complete Overview for Beginners. How to Master Python Coding Basics and Effectively Learn Faster Computer Programming
Python Programming: 2 Books in 1: Learning Python and Python Machine Learning. A Complete Overview for Beginners. How to Master Python Coding Basics and Effectively Learn Faster Computer Programming by Samuel Hack. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Classic Computer Science Problems in Python
Classic Computer Science Problems in Python
Classic Computer Science Problems in Python by David Kopec, Lisa Farina, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Facebook API Developers Guide (Firstpress)
Facebook API Developers Guide (Firstpress)
Facebook API Developers Guide (Firstpress) by Wayne Graham. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Database Design and SQL for DB2
Database Design and SQL for DB2
Database Design and SQL for DB2 by James Cooper. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Data Mining & Statistical Analysis Using SQL
Data Mining & Statistical Analysis Using SQL
Data Mining & Statistical Analysis Using SQL by John N. Lovett, Jr. and John N. Lovett. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Oracle PL / SQL For Dummies
Oracle PL / SQL For Dummies
Oracle PL / SQL For Dummies by Michael Rosenblum and Paul Dorsey. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle)
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle)
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle) by Kerry Osborne , Randy Johnson, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Discovering Statistics Using R
Discovering Statistics Using R
Discovering Statistics Using R by Andy Field, Jeremy Miles , et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 251 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Core Data: Updated for Swift 4
Core Data: Updated for Swift 4
Core Data: Updated for Swift 4 by Florian Kugler and Daniel Eggert. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
High Performance Computing for Computational Science - VECPAR 2006: 7th International Conference Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 10-13, 2006 Revised ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (4395))
High Performance Computing for Computational Science - VECPAR 2006: 7th International Conference Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 10-13, 2006 Revised ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (4395))
High Performance Computing for Computational Science - VECPAR 2006: 7th International Conference Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 10-13, 2006 Revised ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (4395)) by Michel Daydé, Álvaro L.G.A. Coutinho, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
The Complete Introduction to Node.js
The Complete Introduction to Node.js
I liked this book - such as it was. It appears to be the first in a series of articles (possibly blog posts) that were converted into a Kindle. At 55 pages and 5 chapters, it is clearly not complete. I've perused the author's entries on Medium and he's a qualified expert. I'm hoping this book gets an update. But for now, it's not even close to "complete."
Warren Buffett: 20 Life Tips To Get Control Over Your Life And Gain Success: (Warren Buffet Biography, Business Success, The Essays of Warren ... The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis)
Warren Buffett: 20 Life Tips To Get Control Over Your Life And Gain Success: (Warren Buffet Biography, Business Success, The Essays of Warren ... The Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis)
Absolutely awful. Book in this case means a 1/10th of an inch pamphlet filled with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and content/quotes that could have been pulled out of any Warren Buffet biography and typed up in an afternoon.The pages are too thick to be used as toilet paper and the book itself isn't big enough to prop up my wonky coffee table ( It may be for yours but I can't comment on that)
Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
I was excited about diving in this weekend into Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda, a new book providing a detailed look inside the design process at Apple. And Creative Selection did not disappoint. While much has been written about Steve Jobs and Apple, I found Creative Selection particularly insightful because it provided a vignette into the development of the first iPhone, and in particular, one of it's most critical features - the keyboard - from the perspective of Ken Kocienda, the software engineer ultimately responsible for developing it. Ken goes through the many challenges and subsequent iterations to address those challenges with building the first keyboard to be presented only on a glass display. And in doing so, it showcased how Apple's design and development process was different from traditional Silicon Valley companies in subtle yet incredibly important ways.

Ken distills the Apple development approach that ultimately made them successful to seven elements: inspiration, collaboration, craft, diligence, decisiveness, taste, and empathy. And he walks through what each of these elements means to him with detailed stories exemplifying each.

But I wanted to share some personal observations I took away from the book on how Apple built products in such a fundamentally different way.

Ken describes the process by which they would prepare product demos for their own team and then for various leaders, use that demo as the primary avenue for feedback, and then continue to iterate to the next demo, followed by more rounds of demo feedback, and so on. He calls this process creative selection. While at the surface this may sound like a typical product review process that many companies have, there was so much that was different about it.

First, demos were done early and often, even at the prototype stage. These were not just reviews at the end of the process to get final approval, but instead they were done to show early progress, determine viability of the project, and make fundamental design decisions. The goal was to produce an initial prototype to demo as quickly as possible and then continually refine the prototype through subsequent feedback sessions. These demo sessions with senior leaders happened on a weekly basis, not months apart.

And in contrast to so many classic reviews where leaders are largely concerned with ensuring projects are on time, that there are no unaddressed bottlenecks, and that the team is executing on the right strategy, leaders at Apple in fact played the role of arbiters of taste. Ken defines taste as developing a refined sense of judgment and finding the balance that produces a pleasing and integrated whole. And in these reviews, leaders would often be making calls on the spot on design decisions for the product. Ken retells the story of many reviews with Scott Forstall, who was head of iPhone software, and Steve Jobs himself who would make critical decisions to remove UI elements, to pick amongst a few design directions that the team was presenting, and to cancel efforts entirely, all based on the context and feedback they got from the presenting team, their own first-hand experience with the demo, and their ultimate sense of taste. This feedback was highly respected by the team and didn't feel like classic executive swoop-ins because of how deeply involved the senior leaders were on a weekly basis with engaging in-depth with the product during these demos.

The nature of these meetings also looked so different from traditional exec meeting topics with discussions around market opportunity, competitors, resourcing, etc. They were instead fundamentally about the design and user experience. And each leader would play with the product themselves just as a user would to really connect with the product experience.

Equally important to their process was extreme product dogfooding, which they called living on the product. They understood that even after making initial product decisions in these demo reviews, they needed to continue to experience the product on a daily basis to ensure the experience was actually satisfying. And in doing so, they would continually come up with feedback from amongst the team who was living on the product, and incorporate that feedback into the product. Ken shares how each change he made to the keyboard auto-correction capabilities would be rolled out to the small team of iPhone software engineers and how the feedback directly from those individuals shaped his future iterations. I do regularly see a disconnect in product quality emerge when the product, design, and engineering teams aren't using their own product on a daily basis.

And finally, the teams tasked with owning critical software components were very small empowered teams of individuals. Each component would have a DRI - a directly responsible individual - who was ultimately on the line for producing that component. And there was a fundamental belief that small teams did the best work, because they were empowered to do so. Ken was the DRI for the iPhone keyboard and worked directly and closely with an associated designer. Glaringly absent from these teams were in fact product managers. The responsibility instead was divided amongst the engineers, designers, a program manager for project management support, and the senior leader. By empowering these very small teams they had the ability and motivation to do their very best work.

I would encourage you to check out the book for yourself as it was a fascinating glimpse into the design process of one of the world's most innovative product companies: Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda.
Richard Branson Virgin King
Richard Branson Virgin King
I am a big fan of Richard Branson and what he has achieved and it was great to see a book that shares some information not commonly available about what really happened behind some of virgin deals. Any entrepreneur would gain value from reading this.
My Forty Years With Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)
My Forty Years With Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)
If you like business histories your normal challenge is to find books written by or about the founder or management during the years of your interest (in my case the first 40 years or so).

Charlie Sorenson kept diaries and was a key man during the first forty years of Ford.

This book gives you a real life picture of a company that accomplished incredible feats in spite of its critical flaws.

The management style of Ford during the first 40 years is completely different than say GM (read the Alfred Sloan book for comparison).

It is fun to see that there is more than one way that people go about accomplishing great things. You can read these stories and think about what helped them succeed and what you might do differently.
The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
A family of Donald Trump supporters, we laugh at ourselves, so why not our President, right? This seemed like a perfect gift for one of our business minded family members to have in his office. Once the book arrived it was a disappointment. The few laughable poems were immediately overshadowed by inappropriate language and suggestive comments. It's not that we're ignorant to Donald Trump's inappropriate moments. It's the fact that there's more than enough material and odd phrases used by Mr. Trump to write this novelty book without stooping this low. The comedy suffered due to vulgarity. Item was returned.
Royal Bobbles Donald Trump Bobblehead
Royal Bobbles Donald Trump Bobblehead
I have been collecting bobbleheads for a long time and debated whether to add Trump to my collection. It turns out that he is the best addition I have made for a while.

The bobblehead is sturdy and better made than most. As is the case with other bobbleheads from this manufacturer it comes well packaged to prevent damage. The box itself includes a quick bio and summary of the 45th president and his miraculous achievements and successes. I didn't know he had written 15 books! He has the best words so I am planning on reading all 15.

The bobblehead is a reasonably good likeness to Trump. It depicts his dashing good looks and fantastic hair remarkably. No grey hairs! The colour isn't perfect, it should be about the same colour as an orangutans hair (my hair is the same colour!) but is a little too blond. Oh well!

Unfortunately it gets one major thing wrong and that's his skin colour. He's far too pale rather than sun soaked from playing (and WINNING!) golf. The bobblehead lacks his distinct orange complexion which is a shame.

The head itself 'bobbles' for minutes on its own. Or at least it did. The head has since fallen off due to my own poor care but intend to buy a replacement as well as that of his beautiful wife.

When his head fell off, I decided to place him next to my Obama and Clinton bobbleheads (I have almost all of Royal Bobbles collectibles). My display shows how the Democrats will stop at nothing to get rid of our Donald. Their witch-hunt aims to cut off his head.
Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
I am certainly "running hot" in terms of documentary selection as it seems like every time I find one which is superlative another comes along and outperforms it. No Direction Home makes one contemplate a great many things. Perhaps the most immediate is the idea that there is nothing in this world that Martin Scorsese cannot do better than his peers. We don't think of the eminent director's name being associated with documentary, but he advances this genre in the same fashion he did short film with his forty-some-minute work, Life Lessons, within New York Stories. Here he accomplishes the impossible as viewers finally are exposed to the man Bob Dylan as opposed to the idol. Unfortunately, the results are fairly jarring. I'm always worshipped Bob but my opinion of him was definitely lowered by this portrait comprised of interviews with the artist and those who knew him "back in the day." On the positive side, we again, just as in Don't Look Back, see firsthand evidence of his genius and how so much of what he did could not have been done by anyone else. His production during this brief moment of time was amazing. As a person though, we find him to be ruthlessly ambitious and opportunistic. Bob Zimmerman was on a mission to make it one way or another and nothing was going to stop him...and nothing did. The most disheartening element in this depiction is the lack of honor he showcased. He appears to have stolen a few hundred records from an old friend, and, even when confronted, refused to give them back. It is implied that he never, even when worth tens of millions, made good on this debt. This is unfortunate but probably reflective of the way in which young Dylan used and discarded others. Relationships seemed to be a means to end and never an end in them self. Joan Baez's observations support this as well. To please her, he merely had to invite her upon stage with him in London, but this was asking too much from a man about to become king. Yet, in the final analysis, he is a king and the person of the artist is always subsidiary to the works produced--at least in the minds of fans like this reviewer who will always love Dylan no matter what he does or says.
Baby GUND Baby Toothpick Shay Koala Plush Stuffed Animal, Gray, 12"
Baby GUND Baby Toothpick Shay Koala Plush Stuffed Animal, Gray, 12"
Was so looking forward to receiving this and giving as a gift to my sister's baby, but unfortunately the sloth that came doesnt look near as cute as the amazon pic. The fur doesn't even look like the pic and it's feet don't seem to be sewn right into the 3 toed pattern like pic shows. It is a bit misshapen as well and I am unable to shape it to the cute proportions shown. The packaging says to shake the toy to make them look special...not helping. I wish I could have gotten the adorable sloth I thought I was ordering. :(
Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes 10 Pack - BPA Free Soft Bristles Toothbrushes, Natural, Eco-Friendly, Organic, Compostable
Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes 10 Pack - BPA Free Soft Bristles Toothbrushes, Natural, Eco-Friendly, Organic, Compostable
I started buying bamboo toothbrushes several years ago. The problem that I ran into was once I found a store that stocked them there wasn’t a guarantee that they’d still have them available the next time I needed to purchase them. I figured that everyone was getting on the sustainability bandwagon, so I couldn’t get too frustrated about it. I don’t know what took me so long to look on Amazon, but I finally did and found Vivago! Unlike the other bamboo toothbrushes that I have purchased, the heads on these toothbrushes are tapered and fit in my mouth much more comfortably, making maneuverability a cinch. You can’t go wrong with this brand! My hubby and I love them and because they come in an 8 pack, I won’t have to go on another hunt to find new bamboo toothbrushes! I can just order another 8 pack!
A Harlot's Progress
A Harlot's Progress
I was hooked from the first scene, thanks to Toby Jones' stellar performance. And how I cried later on. I just love period/costume dramas, but we are usually treated to seeing the fabulous wealth of the times. Equally as outrageous is the sheer poverty, squalor and hopelessness that also existed. And humankind's utter contempt for lost souls. The starving children, the sick prostitutes. And here and there someone emerges who does care. I'd never heard about William Hogarth, but so glad I know about him and his paintings now. This film is strong story-telling and every character you meet is compelling. And it does go to show that you don't need many elaborate sets or sweeping landscapes when the subject matter and acting is so well done. I did not encounter the same audio problems the one-star reviews had to put up with. I did hear plenty of background noise, from children crying, men and women doing their thing in other rooms, etc...it didn't overpower the dialogue for me, and I felt it was completely appropriate considering the places where they lived. Like hearing the city streets from an apartment nowadays. I love films that kick you in the gut and make you wonder about humanity...and make you thankful that we live in times that grant people, women in particular, much more opportunity and hope.
Controller Gear Protective Portable Neoprene Travel Carry Case Compatible with Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite - Captain America - Nintendo Switch
Controller Gear Protective Portable Neoprene Travel Carry Case Compatible with Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite - Captain America - Nintendo Switch
Honestly, if there is one thing that I have loved about Nintendo is that they have innovated in the way we play video games brilliantly for all these years. Recently, they delivered that promise with the Switch, selling over 40 million units worldwide. The hybrid console really changed the way we can play video games: without limitations and dynamic versatility. As for the Switch Lite which came out a few months ago, it became a surprise too and re-introduced the Switch library of games like Super Mario Odyssey and Sonic Mania to those that would rather prefer handheld gaming, the way that delivered with the 3DS. But there are some accessories that miss on that promise for the Switch Lite. This Nintendo Switch Lite case from Controller Gear is sleek looking in its torquise color. You can easily store the Switch Lite without hassles. But that is all that could be said. There isn't enough room for you to store more games, or a AC Adapter or charging cable. Also, I wish it could've had a bit more protection from accidental drops or damages. Still, it is a nice case, and is a good buy for anyone that just bought a Switch Lite. But there are better add-ons elsewhere.

Price: C

Convenience & Setup: C+

Overall: C 1/2+
Thanos: Mettle of Man (Book 3)
Thanos: Mettle of Man (Book 3)
With Ahnon, Jedek, Kenna, Michi, Elven, Fae, Kheet, Minos and Chenta traveling everyone learns, contemplates, cogitates, and casts spells on the readers as the group moves from hideaway back into the Thanos limelight. Along the way, we are entertained with battles, magical creatures, tales of old and new, as well as explanations of backgrounds. And all done in a light hearted, sometimes sad, sometimes comical manner designed to envelop the reader in the magic and the magical world of Thanos. Mr Watson weaves the tales so well, one cannot help but smile at the thought of elves, fairies, dwarves and unicorns existing together on a world with humans. The scenes are written into your mind and the action causes you to feel drawn into a quest for that magical time or world. Do not miss a chapter or a book in this series. It made this old man remember stories from my childhood and smile about the wonder of it all.
Marvel Black Panther Boys Pajamas
Marvel Black Panther Boys Pajamas
Brought for my average sized boy and the first set I bought for age 7-8 was way too small. I don't have to buy another set age 9 to 10 which fit him perfectly.
Unfortunately there is no drawstring tie for the waist for the shorts
The Dead Boyfriend: A Fear Street Novel
The Dead Boyfriend: A Fear Street Novel
Caitlyn Donnelly is enraged when she discovers that the boy she loves - Blade Hampton - was simply stringing her along. So she kills him. Being discovered by the police is the last of her worries, as events see Blade coming back from the dead to harass her.

There's a good idea floating about these pages, but the execution is terrible. Like previous entries in this reboot, the supernatural elements are tossed in far too lazily, with no specific "rules" to follow. Stine just bends things to his will to match where he wants the story to go. It really bugs me. I will concede that a 12 or 13 year old may be less fussy than my 36 year old self, but I still think it's sloppy. There's a lot of YA material out there that doesn't treat its readership like, well, idiots. I am also quite disappointed that the Fear Street reboots just don't feel like Fear Street books. They more resemble Goosebumps books, but with older characters and more graphic violence. In actual fact, only a small minority of the original Fear Street books contained a supernatural element. More than 75% were simply fun, fast-paced murder mysteries or thrillers. Here, four out of five of the books have been supernatural. Stine needs to remember which series he's rebooting!

Characterisation is standard for this series. It's more about providing a fun, slightly cheesy, fast-paced horror tale than creating believable characters with depth. And "The Dead Boyfriend" does move along at a decent clip, with Stine's infamous cliffhanger chapter endings working pretty well this time around. In fact, I wasn't entirely hating the book....until it delivered one of the most horrendous, deplorable cop-out endings I've ever had the open-mouthed shock to read. For real? I was taught in Year 3 of PRIMARY SCHOOL not to end a story like that. I am absolutely astounded a publisher would foist an ending like that on a reader and assume it wasn't a complete insult to their intelligence. It pretty much destroyed the book for me. I was tempted to rate it 1 star for that reason alone. However, I didn't hate the experience of reading "The Dead Boyfriend", so I've been generous and bumped the rating up to 2 stars.

It must be said, even the 160 page Fear Street quickies from the 90s had more substance than this waffle. When this reboot inevitably dies a quiet death due to juvenile writing and lousy plotting, I'll go back to re-reading the originals.
Lonigan: Stories
Lonigan: Stories
Louis L'Amour is as is well known a master at writing spellbinding books. There is always a lot of violence in "cowboy' book but his books are mentally and spiritually and morally healthy. They are clean and not as too many books are these days pornographic. As an escape from the tensions and stress of present day life his books are excellent.
The Lawless West
The Lawless West
I've been reading Louis L'Amour probably since my teens. He is AWESOME. He's one of the most descriptive writers I've ever read. I seem to be able to "smell the bacon frying on the campfire" and "feel the breeze in the mountains" when he writes about it. I've never ever been disappointed by his books and now when there are less and less westerns on TV his books seem even better. I've read Zane Grey and Max Brand also and they are both wonderful writers too. It's just that I discovered Louis L'Amour years before reading their books but they are really great also.
Bob Hébert
Case Closed, Vol. 18
Case Closed, Vol. 18
If you love the Case Closed/ Detective Conan series, this is a great book to get. In this book, the audience is introduced to the new character, Anita Hailey/ Ai Hibara. Seems she has ties to the Black Organization and knows that Conan is really Jimmy. She is a very intriguing character so this is definitely a book I recommend. This book also contains a story where we find out about Jimmy's first love, which is a fun read.
The Guide to Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol: Freemasonry, Noetic Science, and the Hidden History of America
The Guide to Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol: Freemasonry, Noetic Science, and the Hidden History of America
This book is a relatively brief collection of chapters about various themes and subjects touched upon in Dan Brown's latest book. It explicitly _does not_ claim to be a 'gotcha fact-checker' type book. And it is not one. There is no criticism of Brown's book here except a few gentle nudges that he might have included this or that interesting bit which Brown chose to leave out. What this book is, is a series of interesting light essay chapters about various subjects related to The Lost Symbol, none of them very deep but all of them interesting and entertaining to read. I enjoyed the book for what it is, rather than bemoan it for not being something it never claims to be. It also has a good selection of books and websites to access for further information and photos of various buildings referenced in the novel. Frankly, I found this book more interesting and entertaining than Brown's novel, which I found disappointing in the extreme; boring, badly edited and annoying. This book is none of those things. :-)If you'd like some light reading on the freemasons, noetic science, the Founding Fathers, DC arcana etc ,then buy this and enjoy.
Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel
Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel
I like Debbie Macomber's books. This one I read on my Kindle Fire at the Fitness Center on the bike. I did 6 miles and didn't know it as this book is a page turner. This story is about three guests at Jo Marie's B&B. Mary ,a women who has breast cancer and comes home for an extended weekend to make peace with the life she left behind to be a very successful corporate executive in NYC. Then there is Annie who just broke her engagement to Lenny a loser ( we know it) who is throwing a 50th wedding anniversary for her grandparents Kent and Julie who got married in Cedar Cove back in the early 60's who seem to be headed for divorce instead of celebrating 50 years of marriage. And Oscar who grew up with Annie and is a friend to her grandparents who drove them to Cedar Cove. Once again Jo Marie has hopes that her husband Paul is still alive when she receives a phone call from the service. Then there is dear Mark her handyman who is we all know is madly in love with Jo Marie but can't do anything about it until she finally lets Paul go. But not this book maybe in the next. Debbie brings back Michelle from the first book so we find out how that story line is going for a short blurb. This is a nice series that I am looking forward to reading like the Knitting and Cedar Cove series. If you are not into series books this is not for you. I recommend this book if you like to read Debbie's stories. They are light and we all know how the stories are going to end but who cares. I rather read her books than books that have foul language and people bed hopping.
Ruth, A Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham
Ruth, A Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham
I bought this because I'm a fan of Cornwell's other work, especially the earlier stuff. My expectations weren't very high, since most books about religious "greats" tend to be syrupy or on a witch-hunt.

Instead, Cornwell brings in just enough of her personal experience with the Grahams to explain her adoring views of Ruth. But for the rest of the book, she manages to take herself out the story masterfully and give us a three-dimensional portrait of a strong, stubborn, soft-hearted woman's walk through life. Both of the Grahams are seen as normal, flawed, generous people with single-minded commitment to their lives' callings. The realistic presentation of both of the Grahams really highlights God's presence and action in their lives. I loved that Cornwall just trusted the facts to present a well-rounded picture, without inserting a lot of personal opinions. It's a perspective on Ruth that you won't find in a lot of simpering bios which show her as the ever-supportive, ever-submissive wife of an equally flawless evangelist. Here, you get to see her as a worthy match with a quick mind, a soft heart and sharp tongue.

The most incredible chapter is the last one, where we see how Ruth's compassion and acceptance of wounded and lost people had such on effect on the author's life as well. Just a really great book. I'm officially gushing to everyone about it!
Puffs: Filmed Live Off-Broadway
Puffs: Filmed Live Off-Broadway
My husband, my kids and I are all huge Harry Potter fans. This play was SOOOO funny. The kids have been quoting it back and forth to each other for the last month. It’s so clever, so tongue-in-cheek, and owns its low-budget overblown campy acting!

The way they managed to avoid copyright infringement is pretty darn clever.

At a certain school of female magic and male magic, there are four school houses. They’re known as The Braves (who only let in people who are brave), The Smarts (who only let in people who are smart), The Snakes (who always look like they’re about to throw a glass of white wine in your face), and the Puffs. This play is about the Puffs.

I laughed so so so hard at this. Go watch it. Now!
Hammer of the North - Die Söhne des Wanderers (German Edition)
Hammer of the North - Die Söhne des Wanderers (German Edition)
das in England vor dem Hintergrund der Wikingereinfälle, speziell des Großen Heeres ab 865 spielt. Historische nachweisbare Ereignisse und verbürgte Personen mischt der Autor dabei mit fiktiven, läßt die nordische Götterwelt "Einfluß" nehmen, römische Fernwaffen wiedererstehen und das Christentum schlecht aussehen. Wenn man sich auf all das einläßt, findet man auch die Vorverlegung der Schlacht bei Hastings und das Auftauchen von Koggen im Vorfeld derselben nicht mehr abwegig.
Alles in allem ist das Buch ist recht unterhaltsam geschrieben und mein Interesse für die restlichen 2 Bände ist geweckt, auch wenn die Rechtschreibfehler auf die Dauer nerven. Waren in der deutschen Erstausgabe 2001 auch schon so viele Rechtschreibfehler oder ist das ein Kindl-Ding?
Brother DS-740D Duplex Compact Mobile Document Scanner
Brother DS-740D Duplex Compact Mobile Document Scanner
Before you buy: This product did not come with a manual or any other instructions. So I thought great plug and use. No way. Had to go online to download a manual. Manual is limited and does not help with using the software. I found the scanner itself easy to use. However, why would I want to scan something if I can't name it, adjust settings (doc or photo), dpi, or put it in an associated file so I can find it. Took 30 minutes to find where the thing dropped my first scan. Once I went to the brother site, I was offered a free version of Paper Port 14 (Nuance) - No better than Windows File Explorer. All the software is difficult to use. It took me 4 days of on/off and frustration to figure how to use the software and scanner. Still it was not as efficient or timely as using the big ol' HP. This only does one page at a time. At one point a different software screen opened for additional pages, however I lost control of all my settings and adjustments. Eventually, I gave up. Did not cry about it. Looks like a great travel size and fits in my computer bag. But why bother; I expect trouble on the road. Just tossed the thing in the trash and I feel so much better. Back to my HP scanner and no mobility scanning. If you think you are good at handling this type of stuff, go for it.
ChuckIt! Ultra Ball
ChuckIt! Ultra Ball
Update:
Fantastic balls! Until the end of May this year, we'd had the same two balls since 4 September 2016. During those 9 months they had been thrown, chased, caught, bounced on concrete surfaces, and chewed, yet they were still in 'as new' condition. In March I wrote "I don't know how the manufacturer makes money because they are truly virtually indestructible". And two months later I lost one! I threw it into the sea in Cornwall, for Polly to retrieve, and the tide took it away. We still have one of the originals, plus two new ones - ordered the night it was cast out to sea, because my ball maniac could not do without it (we'd left one at home 300 miles away). These balls are more at risk of loss than splitting or being chewed into pieces. Love them.

Original Review:
I have a ball-crazy Staffy. She constantly brings balls to me hoping I’ll play with her, and throws them around by herself if I won’t. She trashes a tennis ball in 2 minutes - pulling the fluffy fabric off, splitting it in half down the seam, and then chewing it to pieces. So tennis balls were banned, as were all dog balls bar the hard solid rubber ones….. but, although not a chewer normally, she does chew her way through them if left to play alone with one. Her teeth just sink into them, and I find little bits everywhere. The solid rubber balls are heavy, and I can't throw them far. They strain my neck, shoulder, and elbow, when I launch them with a thrower. Also, they are too hard and heavy for Polly to catch from a height or a distance, and I’m always afraid they’ll dislocate her jaw when catching them from a height.

Her ‘friends’ have different Chuckit balls (whistlers, rebounders, and glow balls, which don’t float) and, whilst looking to buy her a set of these, I came across these Ultra balls - which looked far better for my dog. I read some of the 1300+ reviews for the Ultra balls, and I must say I was sceptical about them being virtually indestructible in a Staffy’s jaws. But, we’ve had them for two weeks now, played with them daily, and they are absolutely amazing - so far!

Within minutes, on the day they arrived, I heard one of them squelching as she brought it back to me and my heart sank. I thought she had punctured it already, but then I discovered the secret of this amazing ball, and what makes it almost indestructible. There’s a tiny hole, in a groove, which allows the ball to squash between the teeth/jaws, pushing the air out, and preventing the teeth from penetrating its strong textured rubber. The squelching was Polly's slobber, in the hole. Amazing!

I’m over the moon with these balls. Initially I thought they were rather expensive for a dog ball, but now I don’t begrudge a penny of their cost. The medium size seems to fit all types of standard sized launchers. I’ve owned dogs (as an adult) for over 40 years - three of which were Staffies - and I’ve never before been able to go out and leave my dog at home alone with a ball to occupy itself, without it being destroyed. In a short time, these balls will more than pay for themselves. I’m paranoid about losing them (as they are so bouncy) but, in the event that we do, I won’t hesitate to replace them with the same. They've given us so much pleasure already.

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Oneplus 7T PRO Haze Blue (8GB RAM+256GB Storage)
Oneplus 7T PRO Haze Blue (8GB RAM+256GB Storage)
==== A lengthy & brutally honest review. It's worth the read if you plan on purchasing this device. ====

I am a Design Specialist by Profession & also into Mobile Photography, hence I was hooked in using the Pixel 2XL. This phone is a worthy upgrade if you're transitioning from Galaxy S9 / Pixel 1 or 2 series / OnePlus 6, 6T & below / iPhone X or 7 and below.

OnePlus 7T Pro is only an incremental upgrade over it's predecessor OnePlus 7 Pro.

===== What has been improved over the 7 Pro? ====
+ Faster Processor. Snapdragon 855 Plus.
+ Adreno 640. Better Gaming Performance.
+ Better Haptic Motor. Same as the 7T.
+ Fast Charging. Warp 30T Technology.
+ Brighter Nits (Upto 1000 compared to 800 of 7 Pro)
+ Super Macro Mode, Night reading Modes, Android 10 out of the box, Better Nightscape 2.0. These software updates will be eventually updated for the 7 Pro as well.

==== What's in the Box? ====
OnePlus 7T Pro Device.
User Manual.
Transparent Silicon Case.
SIM Ejector Tool.
Warp 30T Charging Brick.
Type C USB Cable.
And some cool OnePlus Stickers.

==== Display ====
Firstly, OnePlus 7T Pro has a stunning display over its predecessors. I'm personally not a fan of notches nor do I click a lot of selfies, so I prefer the OnePlus 7T Pro's Fluid Display. Feels more luxurious over the 7T. It's marginally bigger to hold as well. I would recommend using a case so that the edges don't feel slippery. However, you should also note that in different lighting conditions, 7T Pro has glares at the curves due to the rounder corners which I believe is negligible. 90Hz is smoooooth. You would never want to get back to 60Hz once you're used to this.

==== Performance ====
Snapdragon 855 Plus is one of the best CPUs out there (at the time of writing this review) and with Adrena 640, it takes gaming and multi-tasking to another league. COD & PUB-G juices out at their best with 60FPS & is indeed smooth than imagined. 855 Plus is at par with the A13 Bionic from Apple. Haven't experienced any drops in frames. RAM Management is splendid & 8GB RAM is recommended unless you want to get the 12 Gig McLaren Edition to save on a few seconds everyday.

==== Camera ====
I honestly have to admit that it's not the best out there as I was expecting a leap from it's predecessors. It still uses the Sony IMX 586 (48 MP) for it's main sensor and it's Telephoto at 2.2X optical (3X lossless) and is at par with iPhone. But when compared with the GCam Mod, the OnePlus Camera seems to have improved a lot from it's previous versions. The Wide Angle is fairly okayish with some distortions being present at the edges. Nightscape is now available for Wide Angle shots too.

==== Video ====
If you're into Video Recording, then be a bit disappointed to hear this as it isn't the best while it can still take average videos without much shake utilizing the OIS and EIS at 1080P and just OIS at 4K 60FPS. It still doesn't shoot 4K in wide angle. Apple iPhone 11 takes the lead here. OIS and EIS combined together has a lot of warping and rolling shutter which is a turn off for video producers. It's still not an alternate for a Gimbal. The videos look oversaturated too which can be fixed by shooting on a Third Party app like Filmic Pro.

==== Software ====
This is one of the biggest features for you to switch to the OnePlus. Stock Android was butter smooth while I missed out on a lot of simple gestures like Longer Screenshots, Silence Button, Customized Navigational elements & much more which lacked on the Stock OS from Google. I would say Oxygen OS should be set as a benchmark for Google to include these incremental features on their upcoming flagships. Oxygen OS has presently the best OS Experience for Android.

==== Battery ====
Warp T30 is super fast. It helps you charge from 0-100 in lesser time than an episode on Netflix. Although not the fastest charger in the industry, it still gets through a day on heavy usage.

==== What could've been improved ====
- Minor improvements on Camera.
- No ToF sensor
- No Wireless Charging.
- IP Rating.
- Better silicon case should be included in their future upgrades.

==== Verdict ====
No doubt that the ASUS Fans would recommend the ROG 2. ROG 2 is hands down the best gaming phone with 120 HZ Display but lacks majorly on other aspects like software updates, Telephoto Camera, Splash Proof, Build Quality and security patches which are very essential for business professionals or regular consumers. ASUS is also not known to provide regular updates to it's consumers over the OnePlus which has a closely knit community among the developers and has more Brand Value than ASUS & nevertheless to mention that the OnePlus 7T Pro feels premium out of the box.

If you're planning to upgrade from a device almost 2 years old then this would be the best upgrade in case you require a phone with no-notch and curved screen. 7T Pro feels very slippery when compared to the 7T. I wish they made smaller devices. Otherwise I would still recommend the 7T which is the best bang for your buck.

If you still wish to own this but cannot afford the extra rupee on incremental updates (Fast Charging, 855 Plus) , my suggestion would be is to go for the OnePlus 7 Pro. It's still one of the best devices out there.
Fisherman's Friend Original, Caramelo Comprimido Sin Azúcar - 12 unidades de 25 gr. (Total 300 gr.)
Fisherman's Friend Original, Caramelo Comprimido Sin Azúcar - 12 unidades de 25 gr. (Total 300 gr.)
Yo la recuerdo de ver a mis abuelos tomar estos caramelos y la primera vez que lo probé siendo niño me resultó fuerte ese sabor de regaliz con mentol y a lo largo de los años lo he usado por temporadas,pues al verlo en Amazon he vuelto ha retomar este agradable sabor que además despeja la nariz eficazmente inhibe el apetito del que voy sobrado y tiene un sabor a menta fuerte para algunos como mi mujer a mi me encanta.
Yankee Candle - Vela grande con 2 mechas
Yankee Candle - Vela grande con 2 mechas
This candle (Midsummer Night) used to be one of the strongest scented (if not THE strongest) made by Yankee Candle. As I have written in many reviews on Amazon, and YC too, Yankee Candles have practically lost their scent. Almost 20 years ago, I saw these candles in a gift shop, and bought my first one (Ocean Water), and I was hooked. I actually became a crazy candle lady. Well over time, YCs became less and less scented (and no, it's not my nose, I've ruled that out). So I stopped buying them, though I went kicking and screaming. I now buy other brands that have stronger scents, but I miss the nice burn quality of YCs.

Anyway, I bought this candle on impulse, thinking it just MIGHT still have some scent throw, since it used to be such a strong scent. I burned it for the first time yesterday evening, for the recommended four hours for the large-jar style, and only got hints of the scent. It is the same one from days of yore but is greatly reduced in strength. I'm going to burn it again later today and decide if I can smell it enough to keep it. I hope I can decide to. And it really does have that good, consistent burn--no tunneling, soot, or anything like that.

But what's up with the loss of scent, Yankee Candle? (I called the company one time, and they just blew me off).

Update: I'm keeping this candle. I really enjoy it and its nice, consistent burn. I can smell it, but the scent is indeed greatly reduced compared to in the past. This is still probably one of the stronger scents offered by Yankee Candle, though most of them, these days, have practically any detectable fragrance.

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