Julio Foster

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Twilio Best Practices
Twilio Best Practices
Twilio Best Practices by Tim Rogers. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Python Programming: A beginners’ guide to understand machine learning and master coding. Includes Smalltalk, Java, TCL, JavaScript, Perl, Scheme, Common Lisp, Data Science Analysis, C++, PHP & Ruby
Python Programming: A beginners’ guide to understand machine learning and master coding. Includes Smalltalk, Java, TCL, JavaScript, Perl, Scheme, Common Lisp, Data Science Analysis, C++, PHP & Ruby
Python Programming: A beginners’ guide to understand machine learning and master coding. Includes Smalltalk, Java, TCL, JavaScript, Perl, Scheme, Common Lisp, Data Science Analysis, C++, PHP & Ruby by Adam Bash. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel by André Aciman. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 3848 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Perdão (Portuguese Edition)
Perdão (Portuguese Edition)
Perdão (Portuguese Edition) by Fabio Rejgen and Guilherme Tolomei. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Anatomie de l'horreur
Anatomie de l'horreur
Anatomie de l'horreur by Stephen King, François Montagut, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Illuminated
Java Illuminated
Java Illuminated by Julie Anderson and Hervé J. Franceschi. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Absolute Java
Absolute Java
Absolute Java by Walter Savitch. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP: Learn PHP Programming, Quick & Easy
PHP: Learn PHP Programming, Quick & Easy
PHP: Learn PHP Programming, Quick & Easy by Troy Dimes. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Game Programming
PHP Game Programming
PHP Game Programming by Matt Rutledge. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Arrays, a Rapid Instruction Unit
PHP Arrays, a Rapid Instruction Unit
PHP Arrays, a Rapid Instruction Unit by Erich Spencer. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
Fantastic guide. Useful for all job-seekers, but a must read for incoming MBA students!!! Very practical and clear.

Remember it's a whole system and follow it once exactly. Trust the system! Make sure you understand how all the parts work together before making changes. Also, do the whole process again if you have significant changes (or even if you want to pursue two industries at once!). It goes much faster the second time. For incoming MBA students that don't know where they want to go, I recommend doing it for every industry you think you might be interested in. Do the LAMP process early and you will have a good grasp of unfamiliar industries & companies.

NEGATIVES: Two small down-sides.

First, the book is already getting out-dated as technology changes. I was easily able to adapt it, but maybe in 5 years they need a new, updated release.

Second, I found the process mostly led me to the big names in my industry. I'm not sure if that's true for everyone, it may be a result of me switching industries and just beginning to learn about a new industry. My recommendation below may help with that a little bit. Otherwise, if you don't just want a list of the biggest names, think about how you can keep a narrow focus.

RECOMMENDATION: The rest of this review is a long description of how to tweak the system. This will make more sense AFTER you complete the whole LAMP process, including the sorting.

In the first few chapters, he talks about the LAMP list. It works, but might need some tweaks. The "M" stand for motivation and is a 5-min process where you simply identify how motivated you feel about working for that company. I totally understand the theory behind it, but have found that some people need more of a break down for the "M", especially if you don't know much about the companies. It can help to make a few columns that break down your motivation into different categories. These should be VERY EASY to find (like glassdoor / wikipedia first page - you don't want to take more than 10 -15 minutes per extra category). Pick 2-3 categories that are important to you, then sort as you prefer (maybe name recognition (N) first, then location(L)) and then assign a single motivation score to each company. I recommend using the 2 categories to come up with ONE motivation score that you then put into the original LAMP list. If you add these two columns into the LAMP, for example making it LA(NL)P... you might get your sorting dominated by the two new motivation components.

Here are some ideas:

♦ Location of headquarters: 3=favorite cities, 2=could live there a few years, 1=don't want to live there
♦ Size (decide what size you want): 3=best size (1,000+ employees or 10-50 person start up), 2= next nearest size, etc
♦ Name recognition: 3=Top name in your industry, 2=big name, 1= hey, at least they're in the right industry
♦ Glassdoor score (a proxy for corporate culture - don't read the reviews, keep focused! Don't include companies with less than a certain number of reviews (ie 3 reviews that give a 3 star average isn't helpful): 4=4-5 star reviews, 3=3-4 star review, 2=2-3 star review, 1= NOT ENOUGH REVIEWS (re-evaluate those separately)
♦ Work-life balance: This one is hard to research quickly, but glassdoor reviews often focus on it. Maybe a simple Y/N based ont he first page of glassdoor reviews would be sufficient. If a company has terrible balance, that should show up. Good balance might also show up. But many companies might be unclear (some ppl say yes, some say no) - in that case, maybe try for a 3=good, 2=unclear, 1=bad system.
♦ Culture: Similar to work-life balance, this is a simple check. See if company makes Best Place to Work lists. Just google "best *industry* companies to work for (best tech companies to work for, best consulting firms to work for, etc). Pick three lists from reputable sources (Forbes, Business Insider, etc) that will cover at least 100 companies. For example, don't pick three lists of 10 best, which is only 30 total, but try a 100 best, 30 best, and 25 best for 155 total. Obviously many companies will overlap. Then make a column and simply write Y/N if the company appears on any of your lists.
♦ Bad example: Benefits package - Don't choose something like this that would take too much research per company.

The point of all of this is to see which companies you are more motivated to pursue. Think about what you really want in a company and a very quick way to check if companies have it. For me, location was a big factor in motivation, and taking 15-mins to look up location really changed my priorities. For example, a company with a pretty solid reputation that I thought I was interested in was in Milwaukee. They suddenly dropped from a 5 to a 3 in motivation, essentially falling off my list because I have NO interest in moving to Milwuakee (nothing against it, just not for me!).

Hopefully all of this helps. If it's not clear, do the full LAMP first and then use this to make nuanced adjustments. I'm happy to clarify / explain if needed. Good luck to all the job searchers!
Jeff Bezos: Amazon and the eBook Revolution (Titans of Fortune)
Jeff Bezos: Amazon and the eBook Revolution (Titans of Fortune)
I downloaded this e-book hoping it would have something insightful and thought-provoking to say about Jeff Bezos. I was pretty disappointed. The "book" is hardly long enough to be called a book. It isn't much more than biographical information you can find on the internet. I would recommend you try something else, or even just go to wikipedia. this isn't worth your time or your 2 dollars.
New York Magazine - June 27-July 10, 2016. Edward Snowden & Snowbot; Stoya; Jeff Bezos; Boris Johnson; New York Windows (Unusual Scenes); Kanye West's Mini-Muse, Amina Blue & Other Uncommon Models
New York Magazine - June 27-July 10, 2016. Edward Snowden & Snowbot; Stoya; Jeff Bezos; Boris Johnson; New York Windows (Unusual Scenes); Kanye West's Mini-Muse, Amina Blue & Other Uncommon Models
New York Magazine - June 27-July 10, 2016. Edward Snowden & Snowbot; Stoya; Jeff Bezos; Boris Johnson; New York Windows (Unusual Scenes); Kanye West's Mini-Muse, Amina Blue & Other Uncommon Models by Adam Moss (Editor). Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Insane Mode – Die Tesla-Story: Wie Elon Musk die Automobilbranche auf den Kopf gestellt hat und stellen wird (German Edition)
Insane Mode – Die Tesla-Story: Wie Elon Musk die Automobilbranche auf den Kopf gestellt hat und stellen wird (German Edition)
Ich lese das Buch in der Kindle Version, aktuell bin ich bei 55%. Ab und zu fällt auf, dass die deutsche Übersetzung offenbar gar nicht weiß um was es geht, da ist zbs die Gigafactory mehrfach grammatikalisch falsch übersetzt, auch gibt es öfter mal Schreib und Tippfehler im Text. Das Buch ist nicht so nah dran an Tesla wie vermutet, öfters driftet das Buch ins allgemeine ab. Permanent habe ich den Eindruck, das deutsche Buch gibt es nur, weil es einen gewissen Bedarf daran gibt, die gebotene Kompetenz ist aber geringer. Ich besitze 1300 Tesla Aktien, da lohnt sich aber jede Schraube Kleinigkeit an Erkenntnis Gewinn bzw Rekapituliert.
Legacy: The Sustainable Development Goals in Action
Legacy: The Sustainable Development Goals in Action
This book offers a clear insight into what the UN sustainable development goals are and why they exist. By clearly highlighting the current world issues (poverty, clean water, environmental etc.) and then providing context from real life changemakers you will understand how everyone can effect change regardless of their resources and help achieve the UN goals. This is a book that inspires hope that we can change the world at a time that politicians are taking that hope away. Please buy the book and take action immediately!
Giants of American Industry - Henry Ford
Giants of American Industry - Henry Ford
Giants of American Industry - Henry Ford by Michael Pollard. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Henry Ford's Boys: The Story of the Wayside Inn Boys School
Henry Ford's Boys: The Story of the Wayside Inn Boys School
My Father went to WIBS and graduated in '39 we believe; and like most of the boys was a ward of the Comm. of MA. He LOVED the School and all our "uncles" were WIBS students. He went to each and every reunion that they had annually. I only wish he had shared MORE of the details of his life with (me)(us). I feel that I don't know most of his life. He NEVER complained, he was ALWAYS grateful to Henry Ford and the WIBS school. He was a HARD WORKER, EXTREMELY ETHICAL, and brought his 4 children up the same way. He stayed married to our Mother until they both died 19 years ago. He was a great PROVIDER AND PROTECTOR of his family. One of his sayings was, I knew if I JUST HAD A FAMILY, I would Have EVERYTHING. He was a Mechanic and had an entrepreneural spirit and had his own successful auto repair business for many years. He was diligent with his earnings and spending. All his qualities are spoken about being taught at the WIBS. I do agree with some of the alulmni that there SHOULD be MANY more schools like this for the Children that are wards of the State(s)and others who have lost their way. They seem to be far better than SEVERAL FOSTER HOMEs in ones life time; some of which are NOT GOOD. I would love to hear from any of you out there with dads/grand-dads who went to WIBS. Are some of you who are still alive having annual reunions still?
Donald Trump Neck Tie Navy and Yellow
Donald Trump Neck Tie Navy and Yellow
Donald Trump Neck Tie Navy and Yellow by undefined. Rated 50 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Donald Trump" category.
The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970 (2LP)
The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970 (2LP)
You don't really need me to tell you about Aretha or her music – she provided a large part of the soundtrack to most of our lives, and you should already be familiar with many of the tracks included on this new double CD collection. Although released in September 2018, a month after her passing, this release was not actually intended as a memorial set but was planned much earlier in the year – the booklet notes were actually written back in May. However, Aretha Franklin - The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970 does now make a fine tribute to an outstanding artist and covers what many would consider to be her her golden era. As others have mentioned what we have on this new CD double disc set are the mono singles masters of this material, and these are the versions we would have heard on the radio back at the time, rather than the stereo album mixes. The mono mixes pack a lot more power and will blast out of the centre of your stereo speakers when you crank up the volume. “Auntie” Aretha and “Uncle” Otis were great favourites of DJ Johnnie Walker back in his Radio Caroline days and he played them both very regularly on his evening shows – great stuff! This CD version of the singles collection is currently just under a tenner from Amazon and if you buy direct from Amazon – rather than from one of their third-party sellers – you will also get the MP3 album AutoRipped to your Amazon Music Library so you can play it today! This is certainly a five star release for music, presentation and value – so if you only want to buy one CD collection to remember Aretha Franklin then make it this one – I'm sure a more comprehensive memorial tribute is currently being planned but for now this is my favourite.
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Expanded Edition)
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (Expanded Edition)
Music, like love, is a many splendored thing. Here's a man - our beloved Louis, who can't sing for [email protected]!?t, and yet when he puts his heart and soul into it the result is exquisite music right up there with the likes of Ella.
If you want a break from dixieland and want to hear this dear man sing Arlen, Cole Porter, Mercer, Gershwin and other ballads so expressively and with all his might, you will savor this very fine CD. Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Louis Bellson are terrific, too.
Just a silly thought - It would be fun if Louis had also done a CD with Oscar the Grouch. I want to hear their duets.
The Story of George Washington: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
The Story of George Washington: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
I just knew that George Washington was the first president of the USA but never read about who was he and how he became the president. Also, it was a point that I never came across any book about him. "The story of George Washington" by Lisa Trusiani is a biography book for new readers, written fabulously and all the illustrations are done by John John Bajet. Both of them have done a great job of providing so much information about George Washington for young minds with amazing illustrations in the book.

There is a total of 8 chapters in the book. Starting with the introduction of George Washington, his birth history, family details, and the slavery tradition during that time. He was very hardworking, brave, and participated in wars. I truly loved the fact that he understood the market well and kept changing his business to make money with his wife.

It is very inspirational to read how he fought against all odds and lead people fearlessly. 

Chapter 5 was very inspiring where he worked so hard to make an army of soldiers with proper training and armor. Such a compassionate and brave leader he was on the battlefield. My son enjoyed reading this biography and I too got to know so many facts about George Washington.

This book helps to bust some myths and provides a timeline of events took place with geographical maps. Every chapter has some lovely quotes in big fonts and "jump in the think tank" will leave you in deep thinking. There is a quiz in the last to test your knowledge of what you read in the book. All the illustrations are wonderful.

I recommend everyone to read this book be it you or your kid.

Overall a great book without any doubt. This book was sent to me by the publisher. I am not forced to write any positive reviews. All opinions are mine.
Bob Dylan Hard To Handle
Bob Dylan Hard To Handle
When I saw this was from Brazil or whatever country in South America speaks Portuguese, bells went off, alarms sounded and that little voice in the back of my head said "don't buy this, it's a cheap, shoddy rip-off." I had it on VHS and being unable to find an American release of the tour on DVD, decided to take a chance. I was glad I did. Quality-wise, its as good as the VHS tape and shows Dylan and Petty with the Heartbreakers as a superb back-up band in the days before the Traveling Wilburys had been dreamed of. Was this tour perhaps the genesis of that legendary super-group? Makes no difference, if you're a Dylan fan, this belongs in your collection. If you're a Petty fan, it belongs in your collection. Highlights include: Like A Rolling Stone, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Just Like A Woman (one of Dylan's forgotten mid-'60's masterpieces) and others. If you only buy one Dylan DVD, this should be the one. Don't let the Portuguese scare you....it's not subtitled.
Home Stone Round Pizza Pan, Non-Stick Coating, Stone, Charcoal, 28 cm
Home Stone Round Pizza Pan, Non-Stick Coating, Stone, Charcoal, 28 cm
La prima è arrivata con una lievissima infossatura al centro (ma non compromette la funzionalità), poi ne ho acquistate altre 2.

Come sempre per questa tipologia di teglie, prima di utilizzarla per la prima volta, va lavata ed unta con un po' di olio.

Questa misura è perfetta per chi usa il fornetto, (con il mio posso utilizzare solo teglie fino a circa 31 cm. di diametro esterno) e va bene anche per le pizze surgelate. Se può esserti utile, il diametro esterno di questo stampo è 30 cm.

E' realmente antiaderente (l'olio non serve, non si attacca niente) e si lava velocemente.
The Vision
The Vision
I finished The Vision about two weeks ago. Work keeps me quite busy. Here I am now, giving you my review for a decent book. Stick around and see what I think.

The Ugly: There are two instances in the book, just two but enough to drown out the book, where Mr. Koontz made one paragraph a complete sentence. All he did was kept saying “and” over and over again. It was like a complete rookie mistake. I don’t think he could have made that as a conscious effort. It was two run-on sentences that lasted almost an entire page.

The Bad: Even though there is an epic twist in the book, it was one you could see coming from miles away. There were way too many red herrings in the book to count. You could see them the second you read them. The only reason I’m not putting this as “the ugly” is because of the nice twist.

The Good: The story is best part here except for the obviousness of who the killer is. I’m not trying to give too much away because of the surprise, but just know, out of the works he has written up to this point this is the best story. Hopefully the writing gets better.

Final Thoughts: I was going to give this a 4-star rating, but those two sentences that ran for most of a page took away from the book. They aren’t until towards the end of the book, but enough to hurt the book. I would say read it.
Pushkin's Fairy Tales [Russian Edition]
Pushkin's Fairy Tales [Russian Edition]
Cute stories for children of all ages. One of the stories is the Russian fable Snowhite! The first story, Knaz Sultan is my favorite. Will play as background sound for my granddaughter for sure. Pushkin’s stories are the best!
El impostor (Spanish Edition)
El impostor (Spanish Edition)
El primer libro que lei de este autor fue a mis 22 anios y me parecio lo maximo "Kane y Abel" y por ese recuerdo me anime a comprar este del Impostor... esta muy bien narrado como siempre por el autor, pero la trama ya se quedo muy atras en su estilo. El libro trata de una injusticia cometida a un tipo de lo mas integro y va a la carcel lo cual parece tener muy mala suerte, todo se le vino abajo y con el paso de solo 2 anios, salio de la carcel por un error y entonces la vida se le puso color de rosa, lo relaciono con la vida real, por que aveces asi pasa, todo cambia y se derrumba pero te lleva a algo mucho mejor al fin de cuentas. Me gusto que mientras describio la vida en la carcel fue muy sutil y no de la tipica forma con que siempre se refieren a este lugar en particular. Le puse 5 estrellas pq sigue siendo un buen escritor, solo que siento que su estilo ya que quedo en una epoca anterior.
Mojave Crossing (Sacketts Book 9)
Mojave Crossing (Sacketts Book 9)
William Tell Sackett is not my favorite of the Sackett fellas. There's something about him that annoys me; maybe it's all the stupid decisions he makes, like wandering through the desert with no water and no exact idea of where water can be found. Why didn't he double back and get behind the crooks following him? It's the little things that make or break a man. I know I definitely wouldn't hire Tell to be my guide through the west.

I spent three-quarters of the book wondering where Tell's gal disappeared to, even though I don't like Ange and wasn't put out by not reading about her. I thought I had messed up the chronology of the series but then, near the end of the story, L'Amour explains her absence. It would've been nice to know that information earlier.

The biggest appeal (for me) about this story is that one of the antagonists is a female, the first time we've seen L'Amour break the "girls are sugar and spice" ideology (and her involvement is obvious so this isn't a spoiler). And it was a pretty good crime too, if only she'd gotten away with it.

We also meet Nolan Sackett in this story and hear about him being an outlaw. What all has ol' Nolan done, to be branded an outlaw? That's a story I'd like to read.
Dragon Ball: A Visual History
Dragon Ball: A Visual History
This is a treasure among DB fans. Finally we have an English translation of the Chogashu art book! We have been waiting years for this.

You get a year by year overview of three and half decades of the manga. It's 240 high quality glossy pages contains the vast majority of Toriyama's work on DB.

Included are exclusive creator comments, full-color reprints of magazine covers, illustrations, posters and the covers of all the original manga collections. Also included are rare illustrations from side content previously unreleased in the west like Neko Majin and more.

It’s as thorough a collection as any fan could hope for, I am over the moon with it.

Thank you Viz for this wonderful release! I hope you release many more English translations of the Dragon Ball databooks/artbooks in the future.
Delitto metafisico: Prima indagine della serie: Misteri e delitti di Acquanegra (Italian Edition)
Delitto metafisico: Prima indagine della serie: Misteri e delitti di Acquanegra (Italian Edition)
Mi è piaciuto un sacco.
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Una tensione curiosa che ti porta dall’inizio alla fine, con colpi di scena che difficilmente un libro riesce a trasmettere. Ci si dovrebbe fare un film.
Mi ha stupito dall’inizio alla fine, senza mai riuscire a prevedere gli eventi. E anche quando sembrava terminato, non era finito.
Quattro frasi mi hanno catturato per la profondità e la “perfezione” della descrizione:

- Nel suo rifugio, nel suo angolo di mondo. Anzi: nel suo mondo fatto a forma di angolo.
Ci vuole capacità per descrivere un autistico, ma riuscire a farlo così bene in una frase è incredibile

- In quel preciso momento, tutti gli astri del firmamento convergono con tutti i segni zodiacali contemporaneamente. I pianeti si spostano, i meridiani danzano con i paralleli.
Come si dice… mai descrizione più azzeccata di uno “sconvolgimento planetario” fu descritta meglio

- Un cervello maledettamente brillante incastrato in un corpo malato, come un diamante incastonato in un anello di latta
Qui sono scoppiato, ho posato il kindle e ho applaudito!

- Forse fa ancora in tempo a salire su quel treno che dieci anni prima non ha preso
In una frase: il dubbio (FORSE), la speranza (ANCORA IN TEMPO), il desiderio di fuggire da tutto (SALIRE SUL TRENO), il restare giovani dentro (DIECI ANNI PRIMA), e la determinazione (NON HA PRESO)
Stairs of Sand: A Western Story
Stairs of Sand: A Western Story
In Wanderer of the Wasteland Zane Grey tells the story of an outcast who wanders across desert and mountains for 14 years, surviving as best he can, befriending Indians and helping those in need, a tale of the best in human nature. However, in Stairs of Sand he approaches from a very different angle. The main characters are carried over from the previous book but their lives have changed and it is more a tale of deceit, betrayal, jealousy and the nasty side of human nature - a sharp contrast to its predecessor. Whereas in the 1st book the relationships are difficult but believable, I would say that in Stairs of Sand the relationships and reactions are hardly credible.
Sixty Years in Colorado: Reminiscences and Reflections of a Pioneer of 1860 (1922)
Sixty Years in Colorado: Reminiscences and Reflections of a Pioneer of 1860 (1922)
A pleasure to read the attitude of integrity of men of that era , the service to country and community,, something that is scarce in today's era of digital mistrust. The character of this read reminds me much of my late grandfather who was born in1996 .
From pre civil war in the US to post world war I, from near wilderness to burgeoning cosmopolitan.
What will we see as the new century comes about? Hopefully integrity and common sense will rule.
Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien's Work, its Precursors and its Legacies (40) (Cormarë)
Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien's Work, its Precursors and its Legacies (40) (Cormarë)
In Sub-Creating Arda, editors Dimitra Fimi and Thomas Honegger have presented us with a work of high scholarship and deep interest that is worthy of its chief subject: the world created by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien himself.

The twenty essays in this volume of nearly 500 pages have a wide range of emphases, but all focus on some aspect of sub-creation, the process by which Tolkien and others built worlds of their own in their writings. All are deep and insightful, and it is impossible to choose which one might be "the best." Personally I enjoyed the essays which focused on Tolkien's dialogues most, as well as those which compared Tolkien's work with that of the Brontes, Le Guin, and Martin. Sub-Creating Arda will enjoy an honored place in my library, and it deserves to be part of the collection of all lovers of Middle-earth.
The Soul of C. S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings
The Soul of C. S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings
An author who has long challenged me with his Christian worldview is C.S. Lewis. I was blessed with reading an excellent book highlighting his amazing mind, `The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings.'

Here is the synopsis of this lofty book:

C.S. Lewis opened more than just the wardrobe door... He also opened doors to new worlds of ideas, fantastic discoveries, and insights on the human experience. Author of the Narnia series, Lewis was the premier twentieth-century thinker on life, literature, and Christianity. His fiction and nonfiction continue to inspire readers and moviegoers today. Drawing from twenty-six of Lewis's works - both fiction and nonfiction, his popular works as well as his lesser known ones - The Soul of C.S. Lewis encourages reflection on his key spiritual themes and opens a door, in its own way, toward our understanding the soul of one of the twentieth-century's greatest literary figures.
The Soul of C.S. Lewis is perfect for the seasoned Lewis enthusiast, for those who want to be introduced to Lewis, or for anyone looking for personal growth. Written by Linda Washington and veteran Lewis scholars Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root, among others, this book uniquely gets to the core of Lewis and does so by drawing from a wide range of his works.
Each chapter contains an introduction to one of Lewis's works and tens meditations inspired by it. Rich in wisdom, these meditations highlight the interconnectedness of Scripture to life while challenging and inspiring readers to know God and live their lives well.

Here are the biography of the authors/editors:

Wayne Martindale, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Wheaton College, Illinois, where he regularly teaches courses on C.S. Lewis. He is the author of Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell, editor of Journey to the Celestial City: Glimpses of Heaven from Great Literary Classics, coeditor of The Quotable Lewis with Jerry Root, and author of numerous chapters and articles on Lewis as well. Wayne and his wife, Nita, have taken students to Lewis sites in England and Ireland. They have also lived and taught in China.

Jerry Root, Ph.D., is associate professor of evangelism at Wheaton College in Illinois and visiting professor at Biola University in Southern California. He wrote both his M.Div. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation on Lewis and has been teaching classes on the British writer for more than thirty years. He travels nationally and internationally lecturing on Lewis and is the author of C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme. He is coeditor, with Wayne Martindale, of The Quotable Lewis.

Linda Washington is a senior project writer for Livingstone Corporation and has authored and coauthored more than twenty successful books. Linda received her B.A. in English from Northwestern University and has held positions as an editor for the American Bar Association, Cook Communications Ministries, and Ligature Creative Studios.

In the Introduction, the writers/editors explains the Scheme of this book:

The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey Through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings draws quotations from Lewis's writing. Limits of space as well as the authors' and editors' predilections narrowed the scope these readings. Nevertheless, each of the twenty-four chapters of this book highlight a particular Lewis source (or two, in a few cases). Each chapter is introduced with a one-page summary; this is followed by ten Lewis quotations and ten reflections. Each reflection ends with a Scripture verse that affirms the concept from Lewis. The chapters are bundled in groups of six within a topic that loosely generalizes a theme running through each book in that part. The four parts of the book are: Pilgrimage, Temptation and Triumph, Going Deeper, and Words of Grace. Each of these has an introduction explaining its general theme.
The purpose of The Soul of C.S. Lewis is to encourage reflection and thought. The selections are short; nevertheless, they are designed for the reader's personal growth. Lewis opened up more than just wardrobe doors. To read and reflect upon his work biblically is to take a journey of discovery. He opens a door into the liberal arts - those liberal arts that allow people to think well in order to live well. He leads them into new worlds of ideas and imaginative discoveries. Furthermore, Lewis integrates his faith into the learning process, and this, too, provides a significant model for a reader's own reflection. (p. xvi)

Christians are often accused of leaving their brains at the foot of the cross when they come to Christ. C.S. Lewis, in contrast, proved that a Christian can also be an intellectual and a scholar. Professor Lewis's legacy is large, and we are so blessed that he came to know Christ. His incredible creativity and brain (in conjunction with the working of the Holy Spirit, of course) undoubtedly pointed many to Christ, and many lives have been saved for all eternity as a result.
Although I have read many of Professor Lewis's work, I have certainly not read everything. This book is a terrific resource in summarizes the topics and steer us to works of his with which we may not have previously been aware.

A topic of great interest to me over the last several years is that of Grace. In the introduction to that section, `Words of Grace,' the following is shared:

Perhaps no topic appeals more to the deep need of the soul than words of grace. There is something in Lewis that seems to appeal to that part of each man, woman, and child who longs to be loved. This theme of Lewis's, though expressed throughout his work, finds one of its most endearing expressions in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Aslan, the Christ figure, incarnates himself into Narnia: "the Word became flesh" (John 1:14, NKJV) in that world as it did in ours. Aslan, as an act of grace, gives himself to save Edmund and all Narnia. So great is the expression of this love that it is not conditioned on Edmund's performance or capacity to earn it; in fact Edmund can do nothing to save himself from peril - nothing of merit. His neediness is met by Aslan's love and sacrifice; nothing else can do. (p. 240)

In the Conclusion, the writers/editors explain how being involved with this book has changed their lives:

And this is only the beginning. Many of us have followed an interest in something Lewis wrote about and pursued it with a growing passion for the learning that is evident everywhere in his writing. After you finish reading everything Lewis write, you can set out to read everything Lewis ever read - and that's a life's work! Above all, may you be encouraged by this journey to read and so to draw strength from the Word of God, which is the very backbone of the books Lewis wrote and the life he lived. But the ultimate goal is not even to be a better reader of the Bible; it is to be a better follower of Jesus. Lewis did not want disciples. He would say of Christ a John the Baptist did, "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less" (John 3:30). (p. 317)

This book, as you can imagine after reading the credentials of the authors/editors, is extremely well-written. I have taken seminary classes in the past, and I pray the Lord allows me to take more again the future. For now, this type of book is a wonderful scholarly tome that is challenging, yet still within the grasp of most readers. It is a blessing to me that these books are published for the masses, and I thank Tyndale House for making this book available to us!

This book was published by Tyndale House Publishers and provided by them for review purposes.

Reviewed by Andrea Schultz - Ponderings by Andrea blog - [...]
Аoshima Вunka Κyozai 1/700 ship ƒuruharu model battleship уamato Рlastic
Аoshima Вunka Κyozai 1/700 ship ƒuruharu model battleship уamato Рlastic
只今製作中なのですが、そこそこ大変なキットです。
ちょうど艦橋を製作中なのですが、ランナーからパーツを切り出してゲート処理して普通に組み上げたとしたら・・・
例えばタミヤのキットなら普通にきちんと艦橋が組み上がると思うのですが、アオシマのキットはそれだけなら多分ガタガタな仕上がりになると思います。
パーツの精度がそう良くないので、入念な仮組をして各部をしっかり調整してあげることが必要です。また、パーティングラインが目立つ位置に来ているパーツもあるので、そういうパーツはこれまた入念に整形してあげなければなりません。(梨地パーツも多い)
丁寧に作ればしっかり応えてくれるキットだと思うのですが、このキットは「修正しながら製作を楽しむことが出来る人向け(中級者~)」という感じです。
全体的な印象ですが、当初はフジミのNEXTには及ばない感じがしましたが、作っていくうちに印象は良い方向にどんどん変化し、ほぼ同等、部分的には好印象な部分も多々あることに気付きました(甲板の表現やマストなど)。手のかかる部分も多く気になる部分もありますが、各社の大和を作り比べてみたい、逆境のアオシマ大和を助けてあげたい(笑)・・・というような方には楽しめるキットかと思います。

追記1
ウォーターラインモデルとして組みたい場合、アオシマの大和型は船体が一体成型なのが災いして「反り」が見受けられました。
これは個体差もあるかと思いますが、自分のものは船尾に反りがありました。船底パーツと接着するフルハル仕様なら問題ありませんが、WL状態にするなら何かしらの加工が必要です。それに対し、フジミのNEXTは船体が左右分割なので反りはありません。水線上にピタリと収まります。因みにアオシマもフジミのNEXTもWL用の艦底パーツ(平べったいの)は付属しませんので、気になる方は自作してみて下さい。

追記2
艦橋正面の遮風装置なんですが、縦のスリット(三角状の板)が一枚足りません。
パーツの抜きの影響で簡略化したのかもしれませんが、他社キットはきちんと再現されているので、ここは残念な部分ですね。(さらに追記 他キットはタミヤとフジミの普通のが6、NEXTが7。きちんと再現されてるのはPITだけでした)

追記3
船体形状に少し違和感。2番主砲辺りの艦幅が少し狭い気がします。艦橋形状も夜戦艦橋辺りが前方に張り出しすぎです。

追記4
船体は上下分割で再現されていますが、他社のキットはだいたい喫水線で分割されていますが、アオシマの大和は上部船体に喫水線のくびれのラインが来ており、そのまま組むと違和感が生じます。また段差も大きいのでそのままでは見苦しいのでなんとか修正したいところです。ただ、側舷のモールドを潰さずに修正するのは案外難しく手間がかかります。この部分はかなり残念な部分ですね。
Baoh
Baoh
BaOH is a much older anime so I wasn't expecting very much when I bought it. It turned out pretty well in the end. The animation is pretty modern looking in comparison to other anime made at that time. The story line is quite different and the best part of the show. BaOH is a parasitic worm developed by an unethical scientific organization (Doress) trying to make new weapons to sell. This worm burrows into the brain and takes control of the hosts body whenever it is threatened. Surprisingly, the worm seems to share the hosts feelings and helps those whom the host loves. But beware the people who get in their way! The unusual love relationship between the two main protagonists is rather unique. It was perhaps the best thought out part. The real problem with BaOh is that the villians are rather unoriginal, mimicking many other shows from that period, and that it was just too darn short! To make things worse, during the fights the screen will freeze when a "new" attack is performed and they will actually write the name of it on the bottom of the screen. They explain the "specifics" of it and it is always constantly referred to as a "phenomena". These constant interuptions shorten an already short show. The violence can also be repetitive and show an unneccessay amount of brains and muscle tissue. Even though the show was way too short for any real character development, the ending makes watching it all worth it. Sumire leaves Ikuroo all wet so that later she can hang him out to dry. What a conniving little girl she is! Although there are problems with this anime, its age and interesting plot add something different to your library. Before you know it you will have rewatched it a dozen times without realizing it. I advise that you not pay too much for it as there are many other animes and OVA's that deliver quantity AND quality. However, if you can get it for less I highly recommend it.
The Wolf Gift
The Wolf Gift
I have been a long time fan of Ms. Rice. I had some reservations about reading The Wolf Gift because of her shift away from writing in the paranormal world. Let's face it Anne Rice is the Mother of all vampires. That is a pretty high standard to hold. I reluctantly purchased this book when it was on sale. I am happy to report, that in true Anne Rice form, I was sucked right into the story from page one. It has been so long since I have read an Anne Rice book. (Think the last of her vampire tales). I was once again amazed at how quickly I was transported to the scene of the book. I felt like I was the one standing there staring up at Nideck point instead of Ruben. The descriptions and descriptors that Ms. Rice uses always creates a phenomenal world that draws you in within the first few paragraphs.

The character development as usual is phenomenal. Ms. Rice also does a wonderful job of creating suspense within the story that keeps you flipping the pages (or in my case pushing the next button on my Kindle)! In a lot of stories today, the characters are deplorable, I'm really quite tired of authors going for the shock value when it comes to character behavior/attitude. Ms. Rice delivers well developed and loveable characters with class. It was so nice to read about a group of distinguished gentleman, each of whom had charms from the old world. As with any story there are always villains and yet even those as deplorable and lacking in moral fiber as they were, were still well written and honestly disposed of quickly. (Nice perk!)

One may also complain that the werewolf genre is completely over done. I too was worried about the world that she would create and how many times we have witnessed stories like this. However, this is a very unique take on morphenkind or the werewolves with in the story. One other big comment here, as with all Anne Rice books, the writing is phenomenal. Her style is old school, with very few slang or speech that you find in a lot of today's genre books. I found this to be another plus because truth be told, I am tired of reading books that feel like they were written for a 15 year old by a 15 year old. Overall I was very pleased with this book. I cannot wait for the next!
Harry And The Hendersons
Harry And The Hendersons
I remembered this from years back and just recently was reminded of it and noticed it for a cheap price on dvd, which I now have. I always remembered it being a wonderful, warm hearted and funny comedy and it was great to be able to catch up with it again. I have already seen this twice now and I will no doubt watch it time and time again.
One of the reasons I was reminded of it was because I was doing some searching for the late great, but tragic Kevin Peter Hall, who of course played Harry. At 7'2" he was definitely larger than life and such a lovely guy. Famous also, perhaps even more so for playing the deadly, fearsome Predator, when he was as intimidating and scary as hell as well as in Predator 2, this film shows how wonderfully versatile he was as a performer. Not only could he play a brutal alien predator, he could also be a lovable bigfoot creature. Apparently in his career, which spanned over ten years, he played 10 creatures. Then of course everything changed in 1990 when he had a serious car accident and needed a blood transfusion which was infected with HIV. He died of HIV related pnueumonia in 1991. It filled me with sadness all over again reading about that. He was 35. This review as you can probably gather is not just a review for the wonderful film, which needs no extra praise or explanation from me, but also a tribute to a wonderful man, a great towering, larger than life actor, who I also saw on a Predator blu ray bonus feature, waving hi to his mum and friends and someone who was a sad loss when he was taken far too early. By the way, I also knew him from a tv film Misfits of Science and its short lived tv series spin off. Myself and an emailing friend I have in California both remember that well.
The Hendersons loved this guy, we all loved him I guess, as a public in general and as fans of this hilarious and moving adventure, I was in tears at the end when they had to say goodbye to Harry. Of course, they also made a spin off series didn't they Bigfoot and the Hendersons, which I also remember. Bruce Davidson took over for the TV dad. I think they might have made a few episodes with Kevin, but then someone else took over. Well, despite that, they did a great job filling in Kevin's shoes (can't remember who it was). All I wish to say to finish is rest in peace Kevin Peter Hall, and thank you so much for all the great creatures you left behind, both fearsome and lovable. You will always be missed.
KEVIN PETER HALL - 1955 -1991
Egypt: The Book of Chaos
Egypt: The Book of Chaos
Already knew about the historical circumstances and core event, but that didn't have a spoiler effect on my enjoyment.The archaeological history only verifies the event took place, which allows this tale to claim historicity. It's a thriller, made possible because we don't know about a historical Rahotep, and therefore about this character, or his personal destiny in the matter. Well-written in first-person. Characters are well-developed, pace crisp, settings realistic, behavior believable for the time. Extensive violence and moderate sexuality which are appropriate (not gratuitous) to the setting and plot. Point-of-View through the clinical eyes and mind of the protagonist who is a government detective with a solid family life and earned credibility at all levels of society. I read it in about a week, in snatches of free time, and eagerly looked forward to resuming each day.
The Shape of Things
The Shape of Things
This slender booklet is a collection of short, late essays by the cosmopolitan thinker Vilem Flusser. Originally from the Czech Republic he fled to Brazil at the beginning of the Second World War and returned to Europe only in the early 1970s. He died in a car crash in 1991. Writing in German, Portuguese, and French, Flusser remained unpublished in English during his lifetime. In fact, the book reviewed here was the very first to be made accessible to an English readership. Meanwhile, based on as yet a very small selection of translated work, he has acquired a kind of a cultstatus with cognoscenti as an iconoclastic, clairvoyant linguistic philosopher and media theorist. Flusser's big theme is the transition from a pre-industrial to an industrial and, onwards, to an information society. In that process, spanning a mere 300 years, our relationship with our environment, increasingly populated by `non-things', by artificial intelligences and robotic machines, has been (and continuous to be) fundamentally altered. What happens when human beings morph from being productive, shape-giving artisans to abstract calculators, pressing keys on a keyboard, when our existential concerns shift from things to information? An interesting, ambiguous reciprocal dependency sets in: "the robot only does what the human being wants, but the human being can only want what the robot can do." Hence, humans become `functionaries' of the programmed tools they have created, inscribing themselves into a kind of (hopefully) benign totalitarianism governed by potentially endless but pre-programmed choice. Flusser's perspicaciousness in anticipating an emerging, virtual, omnidirectionally transparant society is admirable. Although "The Shape of Things" is a slim booklet, it is very difficult to do justice to Flusser's ideas in the space of a short review. Flusser's way of communicating complex ideas is highly idiosyncratic. His idiom is more journalistic than scholarly: he uses clear and simple language in very short, punchy essays. There are no references to other thinkers or to secondary literature. His argument is characterized by unexpected twists, linking the mundane to the exotic, relying often on clever etymological and linguistic reasoning. The style is terse, at times to the point of abruptness. Flusser is a combative thinker, not afraid to take provocative positions to tease his readers. Sometimes there is a clenched teeth kind of wittiness. This book is not a full-fledged, methodically argued `philosophy of design' but a series of elliptical, thought-provoking essays intent on redefining the debate on what makes (and keeps) us human in a world engulfed by immaterial objects and smart robots.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G | Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone | 128 GB | US Version Smartphone | Pro-Grade Camera, 30X Space Zoom, Night Mode | Cloud Navy
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G | Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone | 128 GB | US Version Smartphone | Pro-Grade Camera, 30X Space Zoom, Night Mode | Cloud Navy
Tengo prácticamente una semana con el equipo y no me arrepiento de nada, vengo de un galaxy s8+ y el salto es muy bueno, quería un s20+ pero después de tantos videos de análisis que ví me decidí por este s20 fe ya que no le pide nada al plus, solo el tema de que la parte de atrás es de plástico pero seamos sinceros la mayoría lo ocupará con funda así que estarás poco en contacto con esa parte. Voy por partes:

Tiene: carga inalámbrica, carga reversible, snapdragon 865, resistente al agua y polvo, 6 de ram, 128 de almacenamiento, tasa de refresco 120, pantalla Amoled, batería 4500 mha, Cargador "mexicano" pero de 15w yo te recomiendo que compres uno de 25w cuando hagas tu pedido para que tengas carga súper rápida ya que es lo que admite el teléfono, la entrada es USB c, trae pinchito, admite tarjeta SD, solo un SIM, si se puede usar en México sin problema yo lo ocupo con Telcel sin problema.

No tiene: pantalla curva que en mi caso agradezco ya que algunas áreas en las pantallas curvas son difíciles de alcanzar, me pasaba mucho con mi s8+, no trae funda por lo que recomiendo que compres una al mismo tiempo que hagas tu pedido del celular para que cuando te llegue tu equipo puedas usarlo con su funda y estés más seguro 😊. No tiene entrada de audífonos 3.5 por lo que si no tienes audifonos Bluetooth vayas pensando en comprar uno o comprar un adaptador, para mí no es ningún problema ya que los audífonos no los ocupo casi.

Envío: me tardo en llegar una semana prácticamente pero todo dentro de los días que me marcó desde el inicio la fecha de llegada, pudo haber llegado antes pero en mi caso DHL no llega directo a mi ciudad si no que hace reconexión, pero todo eso está contemplado en la fecha de llegada así que todo bien. La caja llegó en buenas condiciones y toda sellada nada abierta solo un poquito arrugadita de una esquina pero se entiende por el manejo de la mensajería, nada agrave prácticamente imperceptible.

Pago: pague lo que marca el precio en el anuncio, no tuve que pagar nada más ya que parece que los gastos de manejo vienen incluído en el precio anunciado, en México sin ser 5g y sin el procesador snapdragon el teléfono está en unos 16 mil y lo que pague que fueron $13,200 es un súper precio considerando que es 5g y trae el snapdragon.

Rendimiento: lo he usado con los 120 hzs y me ha durado todo el día la batería, llegó con un 20% a las 9 pm. Creo que es un rendimiento bueno pero no el mejor considerando que juego prácticamente nada al día, mi mayor uso son las redes sociales, correo y aplicaciones del trabajo pero las ocupo mucho que compensa esa parte del juego así que no creo tengas problema para terminar tu día con algo de batería y si no una cargadita de 20 minutos y listo. El rendimiento ha sido de unas 7.5 horas de pantalla encendida.

Cámaras: si considero que venía de un s8+ el salto ha sido muy grande, las cámaras tienen muy buena calidad y nada que envidiar al s20+ si no me crees ve los videos de reseñas y verás que no hay mucha diferencia por lo mucho más que pagas en el plus creo que el FE tiene mejor calidad precio.

En resumen es un buen telefono, me gusta mucho el módulo de cámaras, el color que elegí fue el azul y me agradó mucho, se siente como un premium y luce como un premium, yo pensaba en darle una oportunidad a un Xiaomi, realme, poco etc pero seamos sinceros Samsung es Samsung y si trae un snapdragon es mucho mejor, estoy seguro que los Specs suenan fabulosos en otras marcas pero no creo que su calidad de equipo aguante el pasar de los años, yo uso los teléfonos un promedio de 3 años, siempre Samsung y los he dejado prácticamente como nuevos. Así que si quieres un teléfono bueno, bonito y que te dure unos años este es tu opción ideal, no te vas arrepentir.

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