Jurnee Roberts

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Babylon.js Essentials
Babylon.js Essentials
Babylon.js Essentials by Julien Moreau-Mathis. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Guardians: A Novel
The Guardians: A Novel
The Guardians: A Novel by John Grisham, Michael Beck, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 8154 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
El último partido (Spanish Edition)
El último partido (Spanish Edition)
El último partido (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
By Stephen King - Skeleton Crew (5.4.1986)
By Stephen King - Skeleton Crew (5.4.1986)
By Stephen King - Skeleton Crew (5.4.1986) by Stephen King. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Game Programming Patterns
Game Programming Patterns
Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 324 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming for Spatial Sciences
Java Programming for Spatial Sciences
Java Programming for Spatial Sciences by Dr Jo Wood. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Thinking Recursively with Java
Thinking Recursively with Java
Thinking Recursively with Java by Eric S. Roberts. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Persistence with Hibernate
Java Persistence with Hibernate
Java Persistence with Hibernate by Christian Bauer , Gavin King , et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Functional Programming in PHP: a php[architect] guide
Functional Programming in PHP: a php[architect] guide
Functional Programming in PHP: a php[architect] guide by Simon Holywell, Beth Tucker Long, et al.. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro PHP-GTK (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Pro PHP-GTK (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Pro PHP-GTK (Expert's Voice in Open Source) by Scott Mattocks. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor
Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor
I read the rest of these reviews below and was amazed at how little praise the author got for his creative collection of Buffett insight. I have read many books on Buffett and I like how this author has gotten the facts about Buffett out in a simple easy to read manor. I say it is great bathroom reading because you can just open the book to any point and read a few pages to learn about a certain section in Buffett's life. It is true that all of this info is found in other publications about Buffett, but this book is fun to read and teaches you about Buffett the man and what he has learned about life. I think it is a great supplement to the other books about Buffett and is a must have for anyone who is looking to emulate Buffett's life and success.
Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
This book collects a couple hundred quotes from Elon Musk from his early PayPal days to the present. It included a lot of quotes I've never heard before, which is surprising. Elon fans know that he tends to get asked the same questions all the time and that he has a lot of "stock answers" for questions regarding entrepreneurship, sustainable energy, space travel, etc., so it was nice to see a curated collection. I read this book in one sitting, but it's also good to flip through.
Elon Musk: A Look inside the Life of a Mastermind Entrepreneur, Visionary, & Self Made Billionaire
Elon Musk: A Look inside the Life of a Mastermind Entrepreneur, Visionary, & Self Made Billionaire
Concise and a quick read for sharing the story of the greatest mind of our time! When Elon Musk released his patents to the world, I was blown away! Elon Musk is a true humanitarian who is launching innovations like the affordable electric car; solar power converted to small, powerful batteries that can provide free power for our homes; SpaceX rockets to supply the ISS and our first mission to Mars! Amazing vision and tireless effort to improve the lives of everyday people and our environment...oh, and the hyperloop that will revolutionize mass transit systems everywhere. Elon Musk makes me hopeful for the future of the world!
My Facebook for Seniors (My...)
My Facebook for Seniors (My...)
I tried to follow his instructions to manage my security on my FB account via my computer and it they didn't line up with what came up on my screen, so I was lost. Also, he jumps between computer versus handheld devices with each thing he explains and doesn't do a very good job of making it clear which is which, IMO. Considering AARP recommended it highly, I was quite disappointed.
Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark
Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark
Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark by Aretha Franklin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Aretha Franklin" category.
The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook
The Best of Bob Dylan Chord Songbook
This is an excellent book in every respect: the chords are appropriate to each song - not something that you always get, all the verses are shown and you can therefore choose to play/sing them all or not. I admit to a tendency to use Byrd's variants at times e.g. Chimes of Freedom, All I Really Want to Do, Mr Tambourine Man. But then it can be fun to actually bash the whole song out as with one of my favourites Positively 4th Street, which needs all the verses to get Bob's full sarcasm and disdain towards the person concerned.

Some songs e.g. All Along The Watchtower have deceptively few chords but need a bit of practice with strumming - something that is not helped with here but is down to personal choice. I say that because Bob himself performs different versions of his own songs form one gig to another, by all accounts.

The capo positions are helpful and so are the slight tuning changes. At first the book, being the size it is does not easily stay open at a page but persevere and keep practising and the book will stay open. The fact that some songs are over more than 2 pages just adds to the incentive to learn the verses!

And you can appreciate again the amazing storytelling and. I heartily recommend this book as a never ending source of enjoyment and insight into Bob's songs. It is also amazing value for money.
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
What really peaked my interest, causing me to jump into this seemingly endless bootlegged series was the song "I'll Keep It With Mine," which Britta Phillips did with intense exquisite passion and grace, on their release 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, and is now doing live during Dean Wareham's Galaxie 500 tour. With this being the first time many of these songs have surfaced, I sat right down and queued up a whole host of interesting numbers, including a very introspective version of "Mama, You've Been On My Mind," and "Mr. Tambourine Man," where his imagery and abstractness seem all the more pointed.

Of course these aren't the most well recorded tracks, even with the remarkable cleansing process they were put through before being released. Never the less, one gets an insightful vision of what was circulating in the head of Bob Dylan, a mere ten or so weeks following the release of his very first album. Many of the tracks are very lo-fi in their nature, often Dylan opts for the piano rather than his guitar, and you can almost visualize him considering and changing these songs as they're coming out of his mouth. A number of the tracks, especially his talking blues forays sound sedated, mere shadows of what they would become. A real pleasure, and idea that I've always supported, was how much Bruce Springsteen's early demo sessions sound remarkably like Dylan in their structure, phrasing and development.

Dylan wasn't trying to prove anything here, these are just his initial takes on a large grouping of material. To be honest I'm surprised that he allowed a tape machine to be running, as these tracks were already cataloged in his head, this was just Bob, perhaps for the first time, allowing these songs to fully see the light of day, before he reworked them. It's important to maintain a sense of perspective here, an open mind, and even a sense of humor, because your gonna' hear some looser material back to back which songs that would become timeless classics.

As with all of this material, it's rather easy to dismiss, holding no lasting value, or repeated play interest. It's all sort of like standing on a wooden crate, rubbing the dirt from a smudged window pane, looking in and discovering that there's really not much to be seen, other than a young man, endlessly typing away, while adding the music to the words in his head. Of course I'm pleased to have had the look-see, but what is there to honestly say, just the dullness of an artist at work ... I'll take the finished product any day of the week.

Review by Jenell Kesler
EDECOA 1000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12V to 120V 110V AC Converter with Remote Controller (1000W 12V Upgraded)
EDECOA 1000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12V to 120V 110V AC Converter with Remote Controller (1000W 12V Upgraded)
Living in Northern California public safety power shutdown(s) are now the norm. Each time they warn us it could be as much as 5 days before power is back. Fortunately this hasn't happened yet but I bought an inverter to run the fridge and freezer during this outages. The more I've worked with this inverter the more I've realized why it costs what it does. The model I have did not come with USB ports so apparently the product has been updated since I purchased it. When using an inverter, at least in permanent installations like boats or RVs, it is important to ground the chassis. This ground should be the same size as the lead providing power. However the grounding post on this inverter is exceptionally small, and in a recessed groove making it difficult to attach a larger wire.
The display appears to have a great collection of useful information but its accuracy seems to be dubious. After fully charging my deep cycle battery the capacity indicator on the inverter still only showed 3 of 4 bars for the battery capacity. The output voltage usually shows higher than the actual voltage at the outlets on the unit, I've seen discrepancies as high as 12V difference between what it shows on the display and what an external meter shows. I misplaced one of the terminal caps and when I asked about it on Amazon the seller said to contact them, but their website and their Amazon profile didn't actually have any contact information making it impossible to follow their suggestion. Taking the remaining cap to the hardware store I discovered that it was an M8 X 1.25 bolt.

So despite all that the question one must ask is, does it work?
I hooked the inverter up to a battery and connected some lights to it and left the light on. It ran those lights for 10 hours before turning off because the battery had been depleted. The lights didn't hum or buzz like they have done on other less sinusoidal inverters so on a small load of 100 watts continuous it worked great.
After recharging the battery I tried again with a higher load. This time I put a fan and some lights on the inverter generating around 750 watts of load. After 20 or so minutes the internal fan came on and another 30 minutes after that the inverter went into alarm. The error light is labeled "Work and error" which is not a label that means anything to me but I assume it meant that the inverter had overheated. Turning the inverter off, I waited a while for it to cool down. After turning it back on I was able to resume using the inverter which verified that the battery had not been depleted. But it didn't work for very long before going into alarm again. When i tried to use a load that was 1200 watts it immediately went into alarm. So while it says it will do up to 2000 watts, it doesn't appear that it can do this for more than a microsecond.
So while it says it'll do 1000 watts it doesn't appear that it can do 1000 watts for very long
Teen Spirit Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Stick, Pink Crush 1.40 oz (Pack of 3)
Teen Spirit Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Stick, Pink Crush 1.40 oz (Pack of 3)
This all i wore as teen and younger adult, then one day out of the blue no one had it anymore. I have struggled with finding an antiperspirant that works for me since, one works in the winter but not the summer, one works in the summer but not the winter, one works this summer through out but when the weather starts warming up it suddenly doesn't work any more at all.... The i got curious and looked it up on amazon and they have it! The fragrance isn't bad, so far this warm weather it is working, the real test will be when it really get hot here in the south. Just wish they had other "scents" for me too choose from, but hey! if it keeps working i happy with pink crush
GranNaturals Bamboo Toothbrush - Wooden, Eco-Conscious No BPA Alternative to Plastic Toothbrushes - Firm Compostable Wood Handle with Medium Bristles for Removing Plaque - Adult Size Pack of 4 Brushes
GranNaturals Bamboo Toothbrush - Wooden, Eco-Conscious No BPA Alternative to Plastic Toothbrushes - Firm Compostable Wood Handle with Medium Bristles for Removing Plaque - Adult Size Pack of 4 Brushes
I'm disappointed at this product. My goal is to help the planet by using natural resources that don't contribute to contamination and environmental emissions. The design is just as pictured. My complaint is that the bristols are coming out as I brush my teeth. This seems quite dangerous if you don't catch them. I've used the toothbrush twice and it's happened every time. I will not be using the remaining brushes.
NERF MicroShots Marvel Captain America
NERF MicroShots Marvel Captain America
I bough this as a gift for my 4 year old and my older boys have taken it over lol....they all like to play with this. The only thing I don’t like is the darts hurt a bit so I’m constantly telling them not to shoot each other especially the little guy cause they darts hurt
Wild Kratts Season 7
Wild Kratts Season 7
This is just a great show all the way around. My 7-year old daughter and 5-year old son LOVE it, and they watch it together every single day. That's TOGETHER. As in, no fighting over princesses or cars. They love watching it, but they have learned so much. My husband was joking with our son a couple of nights ago and asked if a cheetah or a road runner would be fastest in a race. He said "Well, the cheetah is the fastest land mammal, but the roadrunner is also a bird. And the fastest bird is a peregrine falcon. And he can go over a hundred miles an hour just flying, but h can go over TWO hundred miles and hour when he rucks his wings in like this!" Yup. Five. No sassy characters, good teamwork, consequences for poor choices (but they don't make a habit of showing flawed characters)... Yes, kids, you can watch it. Every...single...day.
Dept. Q: A Conspiracy of Faith (English Subtitled)
Dept. Q: A Conspiracy of Faith (English Subtitled)
I absolutely loved the first movie in the "Q" series, and consider it a "great" movie. This one is also very good; but, I do feel compelled to take away one star, due to the level of absurdity. What do I mean? This is not a science fiction movie; it's suppose to occur in the world in which we live. That said, when one injured man with a fresh bullet hole in his shoulder can supposedly sneak up on multiple officers in a state of heightened alert inside a parking garage (sounds carry loud, even from just walking in such structures); and totally overcome them with only a hypodermic needle; and without making a sound; then manage to zip-tie one of the injured officers to a steering wheel; not to mention abduct the main detective from the very hospital that the cops are swarming to find the perpetrator; and he can then just drive away without a worry in the world; then this movie SHOULD BE a science fiction. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief up to a point; however, this scene was so far beyond the pale, that it practically derailed the entire movie for me. Even Thor himself, the god of thunder, would have a difficult time doing what the villain did in this scene; and this villain is suppose to be a flesh-and-blood human like the rest of us. From this scene on, I really lost the level of interest in the story that I had up until that point. Compared to all of the utter garbage out there today, I was still willing to forgive it and finish the movie. It's certainly worth watching; just be prepared to suspend reality in advance, and you won't be as annoyed by the way the story goes at this part.
Quid Sweet Grey, Carbonated Steel Cake Mould Pizza Mould 32 x 0,9 cm
Quid Sweet Grey, Carbonated Steel Cake Mould Pizza Mould 32 x 0,9 cm
Extiendes la masa de la pizza( yo hago la receta de termomix libro básico y la divido en 4 bolas. Cada bola una pizza). Extiendo una bola con rodillo y la coloco en la bandeja redonda( previamente echo spray antiadherente o un poco aceite) . Echo tomate, mozarella, bacon, York .. al gusto y la pongo en rejilla ,media altura horno ,precalentado a 260 grados. 7 minutos exactos. La saco y con una pala la despego de la bandeja redonda y la coloco directamente en el suelo del horno 1 minuto exacto. La saco y....éxito total. Parece de restaurante!!.
Paladone The Lord of The Rings Playing Cards Standard Deck with Embossed Tin
Paladone The Lord of The Rings Playing Cards Standard Deck with Embossed Tin
I got caught out thinking all the cards would have pictures but they don't; all have the background map but only Jack, Queen and King are illustrated. And then it's the same three pictures. Disappointed, the illustration and write-up don't make this clear. Ok if you just want a pack of cards, and the tin is nice.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Signet Classics)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Signet Classics)
This autobiography was assigned to me when I was a junior in high school. Three years later, as a sophomore in college, I was asked to read the book again for my class on Black Thought and Literature. I wish that I had taken the time to slow down and analyze Frederick Douglass' narrative from a literal, analytical, and figurative perspective. Had I done that the first time around—as opposed to treating the book as another required reading that I needed to speed-read through—I believe that my understanding would have been more in-depth and meaningful. The emotion and conviction with which the author writes is not only poetic and moving, but captivating as well. The imagery, combined with Douglass' views on religion's role in the enslavement of black bodies, masterfully paints a story that (in combination with other narratives) has, unfortunately, been lost throughout time. In fact, many Black writers during this period refused to publish their experiences for fear that they will be caught and returned to slavery. In other cases, some writers used pen names to add some anonymity to their experiences. Nevertheless, such works should be cherished and valued; for they allow us to gain a better understanding of how far our society has come, and how much more needs to be done to ensure a future where everyone is equal (in the truest sense of the word).
One Piece 43 (Spanish Edition)
One Piece 43 (Spanish Edition)
Prodotto venduto e spedito nei modi e tempi previsti da Amazon. Ricevuto in breve tempo.
Il pacco non contiene alcun segno di lesione.
All'interno prodotto correttamente imballato.
L'articolo in questione è One Piece New Edition 43.
Mi accingo a recensire il manga che ha dato il via al capolavoro del maestro giapponese Eiichiro Oda.
One piece New Edition è un manga edito nella versione italiana dalla Star Comics pubblicato per la prima volta nel febbraio 2002. Si tratta dell'edizione più accurata e precisa, con correzione di errori di traslitterazione delle versioni precedenti.
La copertina è uguale a quella della sovraccoperta dell'edizione nipponica della Jump Comics.
All'interno del manga si possono trovare le simpatiche e utilissime "SBS - Shitsumon o Boshū Suru", rubrica nella quale Oda risponde alle più importanti ma anche ilari curiosita sostenute dai fan.
Pubblicazione del manga dapprima a cadenza mensile successivamente trimestrale. Questa edizione si trova purtroppo, indietro rispetto a quella precedente, ma è un sinonimo di accuratezza delle tavole ben stampate e tradotte.
Venendo all'opera: si tratta del capolavoro Giapponese più bello al mondo, con una narrazione semplice e adatta ad un pubblico vasto. Trama coinvolgente ed appassionante che ti tiene incollato volume per volume alle vicende del protagonista Monkey D. Rufy e la sua eredità navigando per mari alla ricerca dello One Piece lasciato in eredità dalla morte del Re dei Pirati, Gol D. Roger.
Sin da piccolo mi son appassionato all'anime, ma la lettura del manga è nettamente superiore.
Consiglio assolutamente la collezione ad ogni appassionato di Shonen giapponesi e per i fan di One Piece.
Hadji Murád
Hadji Murád
This is the partially fictionalized account of the last days of Hadji Murad, a renowned and feared Chechen -more precisely, Avar- warrior in 1851-52. Feared by the ruthless Imam Shamil, ruler of Chechens and other Caucasians, Murad is forced to defect yet again to the Russians, who recieve him warmly but suspiciously (he has switched sides before). Murad keeps telling the Russians he won't be of much help unless they support him in getting his family safe and back from the cruel Shamil. Some of them incline to do so, but others fear he might be just spying on them. The action drags on, with no resolution arrived at, until Murad makes his final dash.
As literature, the story is incredibly well written; as background information on the origins of the still-going-on Chechen war, it is priceless. Tolstoi show here his very literary genius: in only 125 pages, he conveys a portrait of many characters, each and every one with his/her own full personality. It is marvelous how Tolstoi can give a whole personality to even the minor characters in a short work.
The depictions of landscapes and circumstances are also masterful, and you can really feel the cold wind and see the wooded mountains of that magnetic and troublesome corner, neither fully European nor Asian.
It is, then, the story of a real man who got caught between the despised Russians and the murderous Chechen leader, really a tragic figure in the sense that he has to make decisiones in front of certain death for him and for his family, whom he deeply loves. Great literature tends to be that which posts credible and appealing characters in limit-situations, and this is clearly one of the best. Refreshing to read an action-packed, well-written, historically interesting story with compelling characters.
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume 5
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume 5
Ordered the entire series. Couldn't wait to watch Pumpkin Head. I watched Goodebumps as a young adult and Are you afraid of the dark. I love R.L. Stein. This series is actually very creepy. Definitely better then any of the other shows as far as fear factor is concerned. Highly recommend these to any horror fan! I don't have children of my own but probably wouldn't want a child 10 or younger watching these alone. They can get intense and the main character meets an ill fated end more often then not. Pumpkin Head was my favorite episode. These are a true jem. I highly recommend this to kids and adults that are true Sci-fi/Horror fans!
A Orillas de Rio Piedra Me Sente y Llore
A Orillas de Rio Piedra Me Sente y Llore
Aunque este no es el mejor libro de Coello, es facil de leer y muy interesante. El lector observa el re-encuentro consigo mismo de los personajes, el amor olvidado y renacido, y los temores del momento. Tambien el autor presenta retos tales como la posibilidad de que Dios, el principio de todas las cosas, sea mujer como Madre Naturaleza, madre de todas las cosas. Aunque en ocasiones se torna algo aburrido, pronto el autor recoje la atencion del lector hasta terminarlo.
Comstock Lode (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Comstock Lode (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Recently, I traveled to Yosemite, Sierra National Forest, and then Virginia City and Reno. Louis L'Amour does a great job with including some historical local facts and people into this fictional story. I give it 5 stars for this genre. No one can compete with Louis L'Amour in Westerns.

Much like his other novels, the plot is about a man with a past, who seeks frontier justice, upholds the frontier ethics of hard work, smart decisions, courage, modesty, fair play, and gun skills. The protagonist always wins and gets the woman.

If you're looking for a work that will change your life, you're in the wrong genre. This is great escapism. Louis L'Amour first wrote short stories for newspapers and magazines that required a minimum use of words. This honed his ability to jump right to the action and a knack for perfect one line descriptions, "He felt the shock clear to his heels."
Astérix - Le Ciel lui tombe sur la tête Asterix n°33 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
Astérix - Le Ciel lui tombe sur la tête Asterix n°33 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
Je crains que cet album ne dépare la qualité de la collection. J'ai eu l'impression qu'il y avait un manque certain d'inspiration pour le scénario et l'intrigue est plutôt désastreuse à mon goût... Je l'ai lu par pure curiosité et suis restée sur ma faim. Les idées, somme toute originales, ont été traitées sans enthousiasme apparent ou sous une pression détestable de la part de ???

Bref pour les véritables connaisseurs de nos héros nationaux je déconseille cette lecture où les planches sont plus caricaturales - pour certaines - qu'expressives ; quant aux dialogues ils leur manque la bonne saveur de la cervoise fraîche !
Metropolis (Osamu Tezuka) [Italian Edition]
Metropolis (Osamu Tezuka) [Italian Edition]
Superb tribute to "The God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka (1929-1989) by director and former colleague Rintaro.,
Loosely based on the 1950's Comic Book trilogy "Lost World"/"New World"/"Metropolis"(No intentional connection or link to "Fritz Langs" 1927 version. Although director "Rintaro" seems to have borrowed/fused together certain plot aspects?.)This 2001 production contains several of Osamu Tezuka's famous charactors from his original 1949 comic book ("Kenichi"/"Higeoyaji"/"Rock") who appeared in several of the original comics including "Astro Boy".
("Full English Soundtrack" may be accessed from the main "Audio options menu")
Great Automatic Grammatizator & Other
Great Automatic Grammatizator & Other
It's funny how we judge people by their best work. Meredith Wilson by The Music Man and Roald Dahl by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, etc. So this isn't Dahl's BEST work, but it is Roald Dahl nonetheless. In particular, there is a very good story about a squadron of RAF fighters in Greece. I'm not certain how closely to fact he stuck but it is a very, very good story. The other stories have interesting twists, with irony not unlike a story from O Henry.
Cupcake Wars, Season 11
Cupcake Wars, Season 11
I have watched almost all prior episodes for every season. However, season 11, on my tv with amazon stick, is distorted so that I can't see the bakers when they individually speak. I can only see a portion of the picture. When I watch on my lap top, I can see the whole picture. The episodes are a mess on the tv and stick though. I can't find a way to return them. I wanted to watch them on my tv like I have all the others but the formatting is WAY off. I am not sure if everyone will have this issue, but it is basically unwatchable for on my tv. I get the left quarter of the picture which may show half the baker or just the set.
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.23, Auf fremden Pfaden
Gesammelte Werke, Bd.23, Auf fremden Pfaden
Es hat schon seinen Grund, warum soviele Menschen Karl May lieben. Spannender Abentuerroman, der in frühere Zeiten entführt. Zugleich mit Tiefgang, insbesondere die Einstellung zum Leben und den Mitmenschen befreffend. Ein großer Gewinn.
Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly
Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly
This review is for the Blu-Ray version of Kiss Me Deadly released by Criterion in 2011.

This is an excellent release and highly recommended for fans of Mike Hammer, film noir and even science fiction.
This movie also serves as a kind of a time capsule for old Los Angeles.

BLU-RAY: The picture is excellent. It is presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Inside the booklet that comes with this release there is information on the film transfer. It says that on a standard tv that it will appear letterboxed and that there will be bars if on the side if you watched on a wide screen tv as I did. The HD digital transfer was made from a 35mm master positive. Dirt, debris, scratches, etc. were manually removed. The monaural soundtrack was remastered.

PLOT/SUMMARY: The movie opens with a naked girl running out onto a road that Mike Hammer is driving on one evening. Mike drives off the road and gives the girl a ride. She tells Mike that she was put in a mental institution and to "Remember Me." Shortly they are stopped by some thugs. They kill the girl and beat up Mike and send him and his car over a cliff. Mike survives and wakes up in a hospital. He is now determined to find out why the girl was killed and go after the girl's killers.
From here the story takes several turns. Mike follows up leads throughout Los Angeles and eventually comes across a glowing case. It is implied that the case is the material for a nuclear bomb. Velda ends up getting kidnapped and Mike goes after Velda.

EXTRA'S: There are plenty of extra's with this release. This is a strong point of this release. They are as follows:
1) Double sided cover sleeve with the chapters on the reverse.
2) 20 page booklet - There are two articles, "The Thriller of Tomorrow" by J. Hoberman and "You Can't Hang Up the Meat Hook" by Robert Aldrich, the director. There is also information on the restoration and credits and photographs.
3) Audio Commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini.
4) Video tribute by director Alex Cox - This was quite entertaining to listen to. Cox has that sarcastic humor that so many of the British have.
5)The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides, a documentary on the screenwriter of Kiss Me Deadly.
6)Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane - This is a documentary made in 1998 of Mickey Spillane. Spillane is his usual entertaining self in his interview. He tells lots of stories and elaborates on his feelings about the Mike Hammer films. He did not like Kiss Me Deadly when it came out and he says he left the theater half way though the movie.
7)Film's Locations - You get to see comparisons of all the locations when filmed and how they look today.
8) Altered Ending - Self explanatory. The altered ending is not a different ending, it just cuts out the final minute of the movie and places 'The End' over the burning house.
9) Theatrical Trailer

All in all, some excellent extra's!

PRODUCTION: The movie had a budget of around $400,000 and was filmed in locations around Los Angeles in 1955.

There are two different endings to this movie. There had been rumors that the original has Mike Hammer die in the house at the end as the house burns down....or at least he isn't shown escaping so you can assume that. It is true that this version exists but it is not the original ending. The original ending is the one presented in this release where Mike and Velda escape to the beach. The alternate ending is the one that was shown sometime after the first release that shows the house burning with the words The End superimposed over it. This one has the last minute cut from it showing Mike and Velda running away.

This movie was not easy to get made. At the time, Mike Hammer had a reputation for being extremely violent and the censors didn't want to approve the movie. One of the ways that they got the movie approved was by Mike Hammer not using his gun. His gun is taken away by Pat early on in the movie.

There are distinct differences between the book and the movie. The most obvious difference is that in the book the 'bad guys' are the mafia not some guys (terrorists?) trying to get their hands on a nuclear bomb.
Also, Mike's main occupation is basically catching cheating spouses in the act. He uses Velda to set up the husbands.

The title's meaning was changed with an ever so slight change. The book has a comma in it's title after Kiss Me. So it reads Kiss Me, Deadly. This movie does not, thus changing the message of the title.

THOUGHTS/COMMENTS: I agree with most critics who say that Ralph Meeker was the best Mike Hammer. While he didn't have the rough look you might imagine from the books, he is a large guy and has a tough demeanor.

I loved the fact that this movie was not shot in a studio and that most of the locations are filmed in old Los Angeles. You get to see many locations that don't exist in the same state anymore, most notably, the Bunker Hill scenes.

This story, like many detective stories gets a bit confusing if you don't really pay attention. I had to go back a few times because I couldn't remember who all the people named were.

I did not like the casting of Maxine Cooper as Velda. I've read all of the Mike Hammer books and Cooper is just not what I had pictured in my head as Velda. I always imagined a more glamorous looking girl.

While Mike Hammer's violent nature was toned down for this movie by necessity in order to get it made, he does exhibit some violent behavior in other ways than shooting people. He uses his fists to beat up a mugger before throwing him down a long staircase. He smashes a collector's valuable record and he slams a drawer shut on an old man's hand.

I liked the implication that the glowing case was Pandora's Box and the very creepy noise it made when opened.

RECOMMENDATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: I think that this is an excellent release by Criterion. I'm giving it 5 stars based on the excellent picture and excellent extra's.

Highly recommended for fans of Mike Hammer and also for fans of science fiction films of the 50's. The movie is included in Bill Warren's excellent 'Keep Watching the Skies,' a book on all science fiction films from 1950-1962. It is included for the reason that the Pandora's Box in the movie sort of allows this movie to be called science fiction. If they had stuck to the book's story line then this would not be so.
Who Killed Dan Brown ?
Who Killed Dan Brown ?
Who Killed Dan Brown ? by Amit Sagar Verma and Rhonda Bryn. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Dan Brown" category.
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
Beatrix Potter is one of my very favorite children's authors, and The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse is my favorite tale she wrote, seconded only to the original Peter Rabbit. In this story, we meet a wee English bank vole, or country mouse named Timmy Willie who was born and raised in the quiet pastoral garden. One day, he timidly ventures into a vegetable hamper, eats too much (a common theme with Potter's animals) and falls asleep, only to awaken in the Town, very far away from his beloved garden. While in Town, Timmy Willie meets and befriends a jaunty and dapper town-mouse named Johnny. This simple story, set in Beatrix Potter's beloved English world of country and town is sure to delight anyone young or old who loves peace and quiet, or the events of town life!
Richard Scarry's The Animals' Merry Christmas (Little Golden Book)
Richard Scarry's The Animals' Merry Christmas (Little Golden Book)
My older brother had this book back in the 1950's. The cover opened and the Lion popped up, sitting atop the chimney! We all loved it and I bought it for my children in the 70's. The cover changed, and no pop-up anymore, but all else was the same. Over the years I have probably purchased 20 of these books for nieces, nephews and friends. It is my family's most cherished Christmas book. My children, ages 37 and 41, read stories to each other over the phone at Christmas since they live in different states! This particular volume was purchased for a friend's new granddaughter. Some of the stories are no longer included, but it is still well worth having! I consider it a staple of childhood (at any age!)
Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever
Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever
I have taught Kindergarten and never liked the use of activity books/sheets, etc... . My 4 yr old daughter loves busytown and asked for this when she saw it on Amazon. I bought it against my will only to find that it actually had some really nice things for her to do. It wasnt just filled with "practice" sheets; although there were some of those with tracing letters and numbers. It had a section for her to make a mobile, make a paper town and even had an assortment of national flags that she could decorate with. The ideas and projects are very traditional and most children dont get to do these kinds of projects or have ever heard of them. When she made the flags, other children that came to our home didnt even know that other countries had flags. She learned quite a bit from this book such as: flags to other countries, holiday pracitces, writing her letters and numbers, sequencing and patterning. There were pages that were just for coloring which she didnt have an interest in but I thought they were nice illustrations that most children would enjoy. Dot to dot was also in the book, as was making mothers day cards, fathers day cards, valentines day cards, and thank you cards which was nice to teach children to do after receiving something. There was also a place to make bookmarks, bookplates, and easter decorations (other holiday decorations too). Most of the projects, for my daughters age required me working with her as opposed to her working on her own, but it was enjoyable for me as well as Richard Scarry does a nice job with his writing and illustraions.
Jackdaws
Jackdaws
Ken Follett writes excellent escapist fiction and Jackdaws is no exception. Brave secret agents, in this story predominantly female, undertake a mission in occupied France. It coincides with British D Day plans, so the timeline made it interesting to read this month. The characters are typically gung-ho, from a range of backgrounds, upper class to convicted criminals, thrown together by the vagaries of a wartime mission.

Ken Follett's books create a time and place and draw the reader in to the events. There's the Chateau, which doubles as local Gestapo HQ, the SS General, reporting to Rommel, who despises the Gestapo, the French Resistance Leader and team, a Major leading a female team to destroy a key target and various officials from British and American Government. These characters are a great mix for a fast paced story where a small team works against the clock and every adversity possible to achieve a mission success. I was immersed over a couple of days and it kept my attention from start to finish, so a light but rewarding read.
MANHUNT Detective Story (Vol. 2, No. 8)
MANHUNT Detective Story (Vol. 2, No. 8)
MANHUNT Detective Story (Vol. 2, No. 8) by Evan Hunter Henry Kane, Erskine Caldwell. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Evan Hunter" category.
North Star Country
North Star Country
North Star Country by Meridel Le Seuer. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Erskine Caldwell" category.
3x Health Bulgarian Cream крем здраве 30g Pack of 3 Pcs
3x Health Bulgarian Cream крем здраве 30g Pack of 3 Pcs
I've been using this for 11 years, since I worked with a group of students from Bulgaria who were in the States for the summer. It heals dry skin in the winter, but doesn't soak into the skin. I use it all winter when I am home...but it also heals most blemishes in a day or two. My girls called it our Magic cream when they were teens. It is the best cream we've ever found! Also safe to use on babies and kids to stop the chapping in the winter wind and dry summer air.
James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
I was very excited to hear that Titan was set to deliver even more editions of the James Bond strips that appeared in the pages of The Daily Express in the 1960s and even more pleased to hear that two of my favorite Fleming books - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 'You Only Live Twice' were set to appear in the same edition.
Some years ago, back in the 1980s I had picked up a previous edition of 'Octopussy' that Titan had put together and promptly devoured the book and for years later had wished and wanted to see the rest of the series. Here at last some two decades later I am getting my chance - and am extremely happy about it.
Not only do we get the comic-strip adaptation of the above two books in this one edition, but we also get an introduction by Bond actor George Lazenby (who played the character in the 1969 movie) as well as a discussion of the Fleming books (from 'Doctor No' to 'For Your Eyes Only') and before the beginning of both novels a brief discussion on the background behind the comic-strips and even mention of where the strip deviates from the book which it is adapting.
A word of warning must go out to those who only know the secret agents exploits through the popular series of EON Productions movies. These strips are based on the Fleming novels which are very different from the 007 movies (at least since 1971 onwards). In fact one of the novels adapted here - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' may be the Fleming novel most faithfully adapted for the movie screens.
Titan Books deserve a great deal of credit for publishing these editions and this one will undoubtedly (and justifiably) become a proud addition to the bookshelves of every self respecting fan of the novels of Ian Fleming and in particular of his most famous creation - James Bond.
Moonraker: James Bond 3
Moonraker: James Bond 3
Zunächst muss man wohl den Film aus dem Kopf kriegen. Und - ich denke man sollte auch nicht der Versuchung erliegen, man hätte zumindest den Bösewicht erkannt. D e r Hugo Drax, der uns im Roman begegnet, hat nun wirklich nichts mehr zu tun, mit der Figur aus dem Kino.

Spannung pur. Ohne viel Drumherum wird eine aufregende und erschreckende Geschichte erzählt. James Bond, nicht nur ein Mann des Kalten Krieges (wie auf der Leinwand), sondern auch mit Wurzeln im 2. Weltkrieg, lässt uns schauen, wohin Verblendung, Hass und Verirrung, gepaart mit Machtwillen und genügend monetärer Unterstützung, führen. Dabei darf dieser Bond auch schwach sein und muss loslassen.

Der Schluss des Romans hat mich noch einmal in besonderer Weise gepackt. Die Bilder, die diese Seiten im Kopf erzeugten, waren alles andere als beruhigend. Und endlich da musste ich mich fragen, warum keiner der Filmschaffenden den Schneid hatte, die Geschichte so zu verfilmen, wie sie geschrieben ist. Was hätte das für ein Film werden können. Ohne Beißer und all dem bekannten Brimborium.

Und: Warum nur habe ich bei den deutschen Übersetzungen immer das Gefühl (Moonraker ist mein 3. Bond-Roman), vor sprachlichen Unzulänglichkeiten zu sitzen? Oft sperrig, manchmal spröde, leider immer wieder mit wenig Sprachgefühl - ob wir es hier mit dem Ergebnis der neuen Übersetzung zu tun haben? Ich gehe davon aus. Ian Fleming traue ich das nicht zu.

Dieser Roman lohnt sich. Wegen der rumpelnden Sprache (Übersetzung) nur vier Sterne.
If I know What Love Is, It’s Because Of You. ~HERMANN HESSE.: Simple Black and White Notebook, Simple Notebook, Classic Gift, Unique Notebook, Songs ... women,100 Lined Pages, 6x9'', Matte Finish
If I know What Love Is, It’s Because Of You. ~HERMANN HESSE.: Simple Black and White Notebook, Simple Notebook, Classic Gift, Unique Notebook, Songs ... women,100 Lined Pages, 6x9'', Matte Finish
If I know What Love Is, It’s Because Of You. ~HERMANN HESSE.: Simple Black and White Notebook, Simple Notebook, Classic Gift, Unique Notebook, Songs ... women,100 Lined Pages, 6x9'', Matte Finish by GoldenQuotes. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Hermann Hesse" category.
Jerusalem: The Covenant City
Jerusalem: The Covenant City
This DVD is very accurate. I saw this documentary once a long time ago and liked it. I was happy to see it available in DVD. I check all the verses that the DVD refers to and they are correct. It opened my eyes that there is more to prophecy than what I have been taught. The filming is brilliant and the narrator is easily understood. I recommend this DVD to anyone who is not satisfied with what they have been told to expect in the end days. You will be surprised how many prophecies have already come true. A must see to believe.
Aquarius Harry Potter Marauders Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Aquarius Harry Potter Marauders Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
This was a very fun and difficult puzzle to assemble. I felt like the border pieces were not clearly distinguishable and could too easily connect incorrectly. I actually had it assembled approximately six inches too long on one side and not connected at all on the other for quite some time. I could tell the error had happened, but couldn't find the problem area.

The red border was incredibly challenging as the imagery on it is not very clearly in segmented form. For avid puzzlers this is probably a good thing. For those just graduating to puzzles of the 1000+ piece size, this might become frustrating. The rest of the puzzle looked like it was going to be just as difficult, but the image on each piece was just enough to help keep things in the general area.

I did hope that this was going to be a good enough puzzle to frame, but after it was complete I decided not to do it. The final product looks fine, but I decided it wasn't actually a good enough representation of the franchise to consider it as an art piece in my home.
Funko POP!: Harry Potter - Harry Potter (Herbology), Multicolor
Funko POP!: Harry Potter - Harry Potter (Herbology), Multicolor
Ho acquistato questo Pop! per un collezionista amante della saga, e devo dire che è stato apprezzato tantissimo!
Il Pop! è veramente bello e ben fatto, ben dettagliato e non presenta difetti di pittura. È reso particolare dall'espressione sconcertata di Harry Potter e dalla simpaticissima mandragola che tiene in mano.
È arrivato in anticipo rispetto alla data prevista, ma purtroppo non dò 5 stelle perchè la scatola è arrivata un po' ammaccata ai lati a causa di un imballaggio completamente inesistente, cosa inammissibile per qualunque prodotto, ma specialmente per i Funko Pop! che sono prodotti da collezione, il che rende importante anche la scatola.
Dopo aver segnalato l'inconveniente ad Amazon, il destinatario del Pop ha deciso comunque di tenerlo.
Vista la velocità nella risposta e la professionalità dell'operatrice che si è occupata del mio ordine, mi sento di consigliarne l'acquisto, perché si ha la certezza di ricevere assistenza in tempi brevissimi.
Funko Pop Harry Potter with Firebolt Collectible Figure, Multicolor
Funko Pop Harry Potter with Firebolt Collectible Figure, Multicolor
So it says sticker less window down in the details, which I did not see before buying. I saw the pictures of the pop box and both had the exclusive sticker on them, so I thought it would be the same.
No sticker kinda bummed but I guess it's my fault, although maybe you should not have a picture with the sticker on the box for people who want that sticker.
McFarlane Toys Game of Thrones Viserion Ice Dragon Deluxe Box, Blue
McFarlane Toys Game of Thrones Viserion Ice Dragon Deluxe Box, Blue
I've been buying action figures and various McFarlane figures for nearly 20 years, and using them to create displays in cases and cabinets. Sadly this figure was not quite up to standard and definitely not worth the £29.99 I paid and is being returned.

Good points:
1, The articulation options for the wings, head, neck, tail are amazingly thought out, to create lots of poses/stances, although all in flight.
2, The size of the actual figure is about right, but obviously not in scale with the other McFarlane GoT figures in this current series(Arya, Jon, Dany & Night King)

Bad Points:
1, While the articulation is well thought out the execution is not that great. One of the wings on mine wouldn't rotate like the other and refused to fully open. I didn't want to use much force in case it snapped.
2, The stand is poorly made; literally a metal rod and a plastic base, which does not fit closely. The bobble end fits into a hole in the dragon's chest. No matter how I tried, this set-up could not cope with the weight of the dragon, and kept sliding out of the pose and dropping down. Maybe I had a bad one, but that's not what I expect for just under £30.
3, The ice effect from the mouth does look a bit like blue snot and not as frosted as the item photo. It can be removed, but then it ruins the overall effect.
4, There is no possible way to display the figure without the stand. The stand(useless anyway) makes the whole piece ridiculously tall, with a lot of wasted space. I would love the option to pose it standing up on its back legs with wings outstretched.

The promo photos for Drogon show the dragon in the standing pose which I'd love to have been able to pose this figure. So sadly I've returned this dragon but look forward to other figures by McFarlane, which already look far superior to the rather wishy washy inconsistent quality of the previously released figures by Dark Horse. Hopefully the same broad range of figures will be released, though.
The Thousand Cities (Times of Troubles , No 3) (Book III)
The Thousand Cities (Times of Troubles , No 3) (Book III)
In which Abivard has to defend Makuran against Maniakes of Videssos ...

This is the third of the original four books of the "Time of Troubles" quartet. It is set in the same world as the "Misplaced Legion" books, but several hundred years earlier. Anyone buying the books of this sequence has to be careful because of a change in the way the volumes are organised in more recent printings.

As originally published, the four books of this story were:

"The Stolen Throne"
"Hammer and Anvil"
"The Thousand Cities"
"Videssos Besieged"

"The Stolen Throne" and "Hammer and Anvil" have also been published together as "The Time of Troubles Part I"; similarly "The Thousand Cities" and "Videssos Besieged" are published together as "The Time of Troubles Part II".

The "Time of Troubles" series works best if you read the components in chronological order, but it does not particularly matter whether you read them before or after the "Misplaced Legion" or "Krispos" books.

"The Thousand Cities" is told from the viewpoint of Abivard, now the principal general of Makuran. Maniakes, son of Maniakes, who helped Abivard put the rightful King of Kings back on the throne of Makuran in the first book, and became Emperor of Videssos in the second book, invades Makuran seeking to recover the territory his empire has lost. Abivard has to fight off the attack from his old friend and ally - while the King of Kings who owes Abivard his throne is becoming dangerously distrustful of Abivard ...

This series alternates between books told from the viewpoint of Abivard the general of Makuran, and books told from the viewpoint of the Emperor of Videssos, Maniakes.

I enjoyed "The Time of Troubles" sequence and recommend ir.

There are currently 12 novels set in the "Videssos" universe of which "The Thousand Cities" is chronologically the fourth. The full list is as follows (dates assume that years in Videssos correspond to those in our world.)

c. 850 BC - "Bridge of the Separator"

c. 700 BC - The Time of Troubles series

"The Stolen Throne"
"Hammer and Anvil"
"The Thousand Cities"
"Videssos Besieged"

c. 550 BC - "The Tale of Krispos" trilogy

"Krispos Rising"
"Krispos of Videssos"
"Krispos the Emperor"

56 BC - "The Misplaced Legion" quartet

"The Misplaced Legion"
"An Emperor for the Legion"
"The Legion of Videssos"
"Swords of the Legion"
Collected editorials from Analog
Collected editorials from Analog
In his autobiography, _The Way the Future Was_ (1978), Frederik Pohl tells of listening to John W. Campbell lecture him (on, for example, why television will never replace radio). Pohl says that he thought that such talks were examples of a Smart Thing To Do, since they were really rehearsals for future editorials. This observation is probably true. When you read Campbell's editorials, you get the sense that you are reading well-practiced material. And it fits Campbell's style of writing-- relaxed, informal, assertive, colloquial, _folksy_. It is the style of a debater, or, less charitably, the style of a man more accustomed to giving speeches than listening to others talk:

I think the reason why all terrestrial life has the same basic genetic language-- uses the same codon-dictionary-- is simply because That's The Way This Universe Is. Hydrogen is not cultural; it's universal. The laws of chemistry aren't the private opinions of human beings-- or of terresrial life. There is one and only one way of making a hydrogen atom. The interactions of CO2 and H2O are what they are, and there is no alternative. You _can't_ have any different opinions... and stay alive in the universe. (178)

When I was in high school in the 1960s, I was bowled over by Campbell's editorials. They were strong, forceful, intelligent arguments for causes that were unorthodox and exciting to me. Well, I am older now. I know a bit more about science and politics. I see a lot of the holes in Campbell's arguments today, and many of his positions are ones that I strongly disagree with-- particularly those in editorials like "The Lesson of Thalidomyde," "Breakthrough in Psychology," "We _Must_ Study Psi," and "God Is Not Democratic." On the other hand, "Segregation," "Space for Industry," "Hydrogen Isn't Cultural," and "Where Did Everybody Go?" still hit home for me.

In spite of my changing views, I believe that Campbell remains a great editorial writer for two reasons. First, he wrote about things that mattered to people -- politics, science, religion, war, crime and punishment, labor relations, race relations, and education. Second, he took a strong stand on the topics that he wrote about. He didn't worry about offending members of the congregation. Even today, you might praise Campbell, or you might heartily attack Campbell. But you don't _forget_ his editorials.

I do not mean to say that good editorials could never have been written in sf magazines if it weren't for Campbell. But (to mix a metaphor), he raised the bar and opened the door. He made it possible for the editorial-as-essay to become more widely accepted. And not just by editors like Ted White, Ben Bova, and Stanley Schmidt; he also made it possible for editorial columnists like Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg to flourish. I cannot guarantee that you will like this book. But you should read it. It is brisk, lively, and stimulating.
Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers, Size 6, 60 Count (Packaging May Vary)
Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers, Size 6, 60 Count (Packaging May Vary)
We have been using these types of diapers since our baby was a size one. He is now a size six and the most recent orders changed. You can tell that they are the bad ones because they are faded. Despite what the representatives from Kimberly Clark have been saying, these are not as absorbent. They supposedly channel the liquid away from the baby. In reality, the diaper fills up more quickly and then leaks onto the clothes which I can only imagine is very uncomfortable our boy.

The old model was able to last him through the night. This new version doesn't make it most nights. We're now cleaning his sheets more often. He now wakes up more frequently with wet clothes. We're now looking for a new brand of diaper since these are no longer meeting our needs.
Magic in the Middle Ages (Canto Classics)
Magic in the Middle Ages (Canto Classics)
I will admit to being somewhat disappointed when this book arrived and it was as small as it was. A mere 200 pages of text plus a bibliography isn't much space to address a complex subject such as this. Also as someone who is relatively familiar with a lot of the source material he describes, I figured it would be at best a very simple overview. I was wrong.

This is one of the most accessible yet informative books I have come across on the subject. In many ways it is more informative than many other books in my library of greater length. The author engages in a brief but comprehensive survey of the major influences of medieval magic and discusses their origins and roots. Continuity with pagan sources (both classical and Northern European) takes up more than quarter of the book, and in that area he discusses sources ranging from Pliny the Elder to the Norse Sagas, from defixions (cursing tablets) to runic amulets.

The rest of the book is devoted to the Arabic influences, to the rise of demonology in the Middle Ages, and to patterns of persecution. While the Arabic section is fairly standard in approach and thesis, the chapter on demonology offers refreshing and unique insights into the rise of this ritual form in the Middle Ages. The chapter on legal prohibitions and persecutions attempts to tie the main theses of the book together.

All in all, this is a book I'd highly recommend reading to anyone interested in the development of medieval magical practices.
Cell Phone Stand for Desk, Fully Foldable Adjustable Desktop Phone Holder Cradle Dock Compatible with Phone 11 Pro Xs Xs Max Xr X 8, iPad Mini, Nintendoo Switch, Tablets (7-10"), All Phones
Cell Phone Stand for Desk, Fully Foldable Adjustable Desktop Phone Holder Cradle Dock Compatible with Phone 11 Pro Xs Xs Max Xr X 8, iPad Mini, Nintendoo Switch, Tablets (7-10"), All Phones
I have a very similar item that is metal, and I thought this was the same. This one is plastic, but works pretty much the same way and I have no complaints--if anything it's lighter than the metal one and better for traveling. And traveling on planes is what is absolutely the best for--every plane I go on can pretty much get this mounted to the seat in front somehow. It's thin enough to slip under the food tray and close to hold your phone, or bend and stick in the little brochure pouch to hold the phone right in front of your face.

My only complaint is how darn loud it is to adjust. It has a very loud ratcheting system. I wish it wasn't so loud!
The Residual Life: How To Build A Network Marketing Empire
The Residual Life: How To Build A Network Marketing Empire
I have read several books on network marketing and I have to say that The Residual Life is the one that stuck out the most. It is easy to read, makes sense and gives you the tools to start, continue and even forward no matter where you are in your network marketing career. Michelle is impartial to any specific company in this book. She explains how the tools are available to anyone, any company and that it is YOU that decides if you're going to make it happen.
I have learned to listen to the voice of experience and Michelle Schaffer has it!
I would recommend this book to anyone starting a side hustle or a full blown career in Network Marketing and/or direct sales. You will do yourself a favor by picking it up, reading it and then passing it on to your teams.
iQute True Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth 5.0 Running Headphones, 3D Stereo Pro Sound, Extra Bass, Auto Pairing, 72H Play Time with Charging Case, Siri, Built-in Mic iPhone Wireless Headphones
iQute True Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth 5.0 Running Headphones, 3D Stereo Pro Sound, Extra Bass, Auto Pairing, 72H Play Time with Charging Case, Siri, Built-in Mic iPhone Wireless Headphones
Purchased this item from a recommendation from a friend and it has lived up to my expectations. Both my wife and I have used it separately and together as each bud can work individually. The sound quality is very good and so far same with the battery life but haven't fully run them down and recorded the time. The only concern is that this item is call for noise cancellation on this site but I can't find anything on the item itself but it does have noise isolation since it fits snug in the ears and blocks out quite a bit of noise/sound, when I'm listen to anything it pretty much blocks out any outside sound. We have also used it for phone calls and they sound good during the communication as the mic picks up the conversation pretty well. My family really likes these Earbuds.
Kenneth Cole - Juego de maletas para equipaje Reaction Renegade de 16" lateral rígido con 4 ruedas, palanca deslizable, Rose gold), 5707202RG
Kenneth Cole - Juego de maletas para equipaje Reaction Renegade de 16" lateral rígido con 4 ruedas, palanca deslizable, Rose gold), 5707202RG
This luggage piece was absolutely perfect. I got called away to Europe on business on short notice and everything I had for the week long trip was either too large or too small and I needed something extremely portable but sturdy as I was going to be taking multiple flights, trains, and doing things like walking between train stations in Paris.

So I found this! And it was, as I said, perfect. It is super sturdy, and small but spacious. There's a large basic compartment for your standard clothing that will fit several changes of clothes, a spot for shoes, and a kind of hidden space in the lid where you can store other bits of clothing, underwear or whatever else you'd like. The wheels are rubber and roll very, very easily, especially in the 'full' upright position which makes this piece of luggage great for wheeling on all four wheels. You just extend the handle all the way up and push it along, no need to drag it behind you if you don't want to, which saves you a ton of space on crowded platforms, streets, etc.

It also fits perfectly in airline overhead bins, there's no squeezing, squishing or fighting for space.
(2 Pack) Supershieldz for BLU (Vivo XI Plus) Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Anti Scratch, Bubble Free
(2 Pack) Supershieldz for BLU (Vivo XI Plus) Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Anti Scratch, Bubble Free
I have applied four of these to my phone. you need to be dead on EXACT to avoid any bubbles around the edge. the video and the system helps but getting it right is near impossible because the protectors should be a millimeter or two smaller because of the bevel. wouldn't be so bad if i were able to remove it without compromising the adhesive and retry. don't, trust me. went ahead and snapped one of my mistakes. very happy with how it turned out. went quite a ways before snapping and it held itself together still. good quality, difficult to place due to adhesive and sizing issues.my advice? live with some bubbles on the edges.
Srimad Bhagwadgita Yatharup (Hindi)
Srimad Bhagwadgita Yatharup (Hindi)
Hare Krishna.. A Book you must read regardless of your religion or age or gender you belong to..
This book is an ocean of knowledge..
Life changing 🙏
Hare Krishna.. Hare Krishna..
Krishna.. Krishna Hare Hare..
Hare Rama.. Hare Rama..
Rama.. Rama.. Hare Hare..
Meagoes Fast USB C Car Charger, Compatible for Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus/S20 Ultra/S20/S10+/S10/S10e/S9+/S9/S8+, Note 20 Ultra/20/10/9/8, LG V50/V40/G8/G7, Quick Charge 3.0 Car Adapter with 3.3ft Cable
Meagoes Fast USB C Car Charger, Compatible for Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus/S20 Ultra/S20/S10+/S10/S10e/S9+/S9/S8+, Note 20 Ultra/20/10/9/8, LG V50/V40/G8/G7, Quick Charge 3.0 Car Adapter with 3.3ft Cable
Bought this as a second charger to use in the car. Every time I plug it in I get a message on my phone that says it is charging slowly, which it is. (Only adds about 3-5% battery life per hour) and that's if you leave it alone, phone will actually discharge if you are using it while plugged in. Thought it might be the adapter, but it is the cable itself that is of poor quality. no matter where i plug the cable in (computer, home usb port, different fast charging power brick, etc....) still get the same messages and results. Definitely not worth the $13 paid for it. Do yourself a favor, spend the extra money and buy something that will actually fast charge your phone. I would be OK even if it charged at a normal rate, but when you plug in your phone and leave it alone for the entire 45 minute ride home and your battery goes from 8% to 11% its just not worth it. And it is definitely not the phone that is the issue as when i use the cord that came with the phone I can go from empty to 100% in about 80 min.

I would have provided pictures but it is in the garbage where it belongs.
CASO Café Crema One - Design Kaffeevollautomat, innovatives Heizsystem, extra leises Edelstahl-Kegelmahlwerk, für Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, u.v.m
CASO Café Crema One - Design Kaffeevollautomat, innovatives Heizsystem, extra leises Edelstahl-Kegelmahlwerk, für Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, u.v.m
 Aufgrund meiner kleinen Küche war ich auf der Suche nach einem kompakten Vollautomaten, welcher nun endlich meine Kapselmaschine ablöst. Mit Caso habe ich generell gute Erfahrungen gemacht. Ich benutze z.B. fast wöchentlich ein Vakuumiergerät der gleichen Marke und war bisher sehr zufrieden.

Das Gerät besteht aus folgenden Teilen:
- Kaffeevollautomat
- Zweigeteilter Satzbehälter
- Tropfschale mit Sieb
- Wasserbehälter
- Deckel für den Bohnenbehälter
- Herausnehmbare Brühgruppe
- Abnehmbares Kaltgerätekabel

Zusätzlich im Lieferumfang enthalten:
- 3 Sachets Entkalker
- Reinigungsbürste
- Mikrofasertuch
- Gedruckte Bedienungsanleitung

Der sehr elegante Kaffeevollautomat kommt mit den Maßen 18 x 33,5 x 37 cm und dürfte so in fast jeden Haushalt passen. Das Design ist modern, stimmig und gefällt mir persönlich sehr gut. Die Klavierlackoptik ist schön anzusehen und zum Glück wenig empfindlich für Fingerabdrücke. Der Wassertank ist gut zugänglich, mit einem gut durchdachten Griffsystem. Was mich allerdings stört ist die Tatsache, dass kein Wasserfilter eingesetzt werden kann, da ich in einer Region mit sehr hartem Wasser wohne. Dies hat mir auch der E-Mail-Support bestätigt.
Vor dem Wassertank befindet sich noch der Bohnenbehälter. Er ist ausreichend dimensioniert und unter einer passgenauen Abdeckung versteckt.

Nachdem Wassertank und Bohnenbehälter befüllt sind, kann es auch schon losgehen. Als erstes sollte man den Mahlgrad einstellen, was nur bei laufendem Mahlwerk möglich ist. Hierzu eine Probetasse beziehen und die gewünschte Mahlstufe wählen. Bei Vollautomaten sollte man generell einen feineren Mahlgrad wählen, da die Brühzeit relativ kurz ist. Persönlich benutze ich am liebsten starke Espressobohnen mit wenig Säure.

Es stehen folgende Produkte zur Verfügung:
1. Latte Macchiato (entspricht 2 Bezüge Espresso)
2. Wasserdampf
3. Heißwasser
4. Espresso (entspricht 1 Bezug Espresso)
5. Kaffee (entspricht in meinem Fall einem Espresso Lungo, also mehr Wasser)

Für einen Latte Macchiato zuerst Milch in ein Glas füllen und diese mit der Milchdüse Erhitzen/Aufschäumen. Hierzu betätigt man das Touch-Feld für Wasserdampf. Der Ring um die Düse blinkt und eine kurze Reinigung wird durchgeführt. Sobald diese beendet ist leuchtet der Ring dauerhaft und ein Signalton ertönt. Nun die Düse in die Milch eintauchen und das Touch-Feld für den Wasserdampf nochmals auswählen. Sobald die gewünschte Milchtemperatur bzw. der Schaumgehalt erreicht ist, den Bezug des Wasserdampfes mit einem nochmaligen Betätigen des Touch-Feldes beenden. Das Glas unter den Kaffeeauslauf stellen und entweder das Touch-Feld für 1 Bezug (Espresso) oder 2 Bezüge (Latte Macchiato) wählen – je nachdem wie stark ihr ihn mögt.

Um das Wasservolumen einstellen zu können betätigt man zuerst das Touch-Feld des gewünschten Produkts, drückt und hält nochmal selbiges bis das gewünschte Volumen bezogen ist. Nun lässt man das Touch-Feld wieder los, die Maschine speichert die neue Wassermenge ein. Hier ist zu sagen, dass mir das Wasservolumen für einen Kaffee (große Tasse) zu gering war. Dieses habe ich auf eine normale Kaffeetasse (125 mL) erhöht. Das verursachte allerdings das Problem, dass das Getränk für meinen Geschmack zu schwach war - trotz dunkler Espressobohnen. Es wäre möglich, dass entweder die Brühtemperatur zu niedrig ist oder die Brühzeit zu kurz definiert wurde. Aus diesem Grund habe ich die Wassermenge wieder heruntergesetzt. Für eine handelsübliche Tasse beziehe ich jetzt den Kaffee doppelt. Mit dem Bezug der anderen Produkte, inklusive dem Heißwasser, bin ich allerdings zufrieden.

Über den Produktfeldern befinden sich noch LED Anzeigen, welche bei Bedarf leuchten. Hierzu zählen 6 Stück, die unterschiedliche Fehlermeldungen ausgeben können, wie z.B. Wassertank leer, Gerät muss entkalkt werden, Satzbehälter voll, usw. Das ist natürlich sehr hilfreich, erwartet man aber auch bei einem Gerät dieser Preisklasse.

In Bezug auf die Reinigung ist alles sehr gut erreichbar und einfach zu säubern. Die Brüheinheit ist leicht zu entnehmen, in dem man auf der linken Seite eine magnetische Blende entfernt. Tropfschale und Satzbehälter lassen sich von Vorne entnehmen. Mir gefällt außerdem, dass das Gerät beim Anschalten den Kaffeeauslauf spült. Was mir nicht gefällt ist, dass es das beim Ausschalten nicht macht. So muss man nach einem Kaffee manuell etwas heißes Wasser beziehen.

Die wichtigsten Kritikpunkte, auch wenn ich nicht auf jeden Punkt eingegangen bin: (Vorteile [+]/Nachteile [-]/Neutrale Kritikpunkte [o])
+ kompakt
+ Gute Verarbeitung
+ relativ leise
+ schönes Design
+ schnelles Aufheizen
+ Ausreichend dimensionierter Wassertank
+ Ausreichend dimensionierter Bohnenbehälter
+ Herausnehmbare Brühgruppe
+ leicht zu reinigen
+ einfache Bedienung
O Bezug nur für 1 Tasse
O Kein Tassenwärmer
O Kein Pulverfach für z.B. Koffeinfreien Kaffee
O Keine Spülung beim Ausschalten
O relativ hoher Preis
O kein Milchsystem
- Der Kaffee ist relativ schwach bei einem Bezug einer Kaffeetasse (125 mL)
- Es kann kein Wasserfilter verbaut werden

Fazit: Für den stolzen Preis von 500€ erwarte ich bei der starken Konkurrenz durch andere etablierten Marken doch ein paar Funktionen mehr, wie z.B. ein Fach für entkoffeiniertes Kaffeepulver oder ein automatisches Milchsystem. Die Maschine punktet aber vor allem aufgrund ihres modernen Designs, einfacher Handhabung und kompakten Maßen. Hier und da gibt es Features, welche ich vermisse, aber was mich am meisten stört, ist das Fehlen eines Wasserfilters. Allerdings betrifft das wiederum nur Menschen in Gebieten mit sehr kalkhaltigem Wasser, deswegen ziehe ich hier nur einen halben Stern ab. Ein weiterer negativer Kritikpunkt ist der teilweise schwache Kaffee, je nach Produktwahl. Allerdings habe ich Bekannte, die ihren Kaffee eher schwach mögen, daher ist dieser Punkt auch nur subjektiv und ziehe deswegen ebenfalls nur einen halben Stern ab. Dem Gerät selbst gebe ich daher noch 4 Sterne. Im Nachhinein schiele ich zwar öfter mal wieder zur Konkurrenz, welche für weniger Geld mehr Funktionen bieten, bin aber bisher mit dem Gerät voll zufrieden. Es ist zu hoffen, dass sich der hohe Preis durch ein langes Geräteleben amortisiert. Vollautomaten sind ja generell Fehleranfälliger als z.B. Siebträger. Das wird aber die Zukunft zeigen!
D-Link Wireless AC 1200 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router (DIR-850L)
D-Link Wireless AC 1200 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router (DIR-850L)
Awesome router. I have a D-Link model 650, single band router that I was using until yesterday, because the ASUS dual band router that I had failed after less than 6 months of use. The Asus (my 2nd and my last) would intermittently just disconnect from my devices from a wireless perspective.

However, I love dual band functionality, because I could put guest on the 2.4ghz band (with a separate password), while putting streaming devices on the 5ghz frequency.

So internet access downtime was minimal, I did this. I plugged in this D-Link AC 1200 router into the power, 'without' connecting it to the internet modem. Once it started broadcasting, I had my tablet ignore the normal network it connects to and connect to the SSID wi-fi signals of this router, using the default password provided by a sticker on the router.. Went into the settings of the router, set a new administrative i.d. password, changed the SSID's to a personal preference (giving each wifi signal its own SSID name), changed the default passwords on each of the bands, assigned specific channels (instead of the auto mode), enabled two firewall settings on it (that are by default disabled), then told the router to save the settings.

Again, the router was not connected to the internet when I did this. So my tablet was only talking to the new router only via the IP address. In the meanwhile, other devices were still working with the single bank D-Link, so there was no interference.

Shut off the cable modem, connected the D-Link Wireless AC 1200 to it, powered back on the cable modem. Within 5 minutes all devices were working flawlessly. I did a signal strength test with the wifi analysis app from the android store and noticed improvement in strength.

I'm sticking with the D-Link brand and very pleased with this new dual band router. It was also recommended by either Consumer Reports or CNET. I can't remember which one.
Aroma Housewares 32-Cup (Cooked) (16-Cup UNCOOKED) Pot Style Rice Cooker (ARC-7216NG)
Aroma Housewares 32-Cup (Cooked) (16-Cup UNCOOKED) Pot Style Rice Cooker (ARC-7216NG)
Sometimes I wonder who gave these products a 5 star. Am leaning to believe it's the manufacturers that hire people to do so.

Folks DO NOT waste your time buying this pot. It doesn't matter how many cups of rice I cook it does not cook all the way through. I bought it for my catering business so I'll be able to cook more rice at one time. The first time I cook 16 cups it did not cook all the way through. I said let me cook a lesser amount I cook 10 cups it did not cook all the way through. I tried 6 cups it still did not cook all the way through. Every time I use this cooker when it's done cooking I have to transfer the rice to a pot and finish cooking it on the stove top. On top of it it burns the rice when you leave it on warm. What's the point of having a warm setting if you can't use it.
This was a waste of money. Will be sending it back.

Edit: so i tried the pot one more time before I returned it. I tried cooking 10 cups of rice, according to the manual it should take 60 minutes to cook. I timed it and in less than 6 minutes the cooker switch to warm with the rice uncooked of course. Again, I had to transfer it to a pot and finish on the stove top. In that 5 minutes the bottom of the rice also burned.

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