Kai Clark

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Maintainable JavaScript
Maintainable JavaScript
Maintainable JavaScript by Nicholas C. Zakas. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Leaving Time: A Novel
Leaving Time: A Novel
Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult, Rebecca Lowman, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 9388 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Hamlet (Dover Thrift Editions)
Hamlet (Dover Thrift Editions)
Hamlet (Dover Thrift Editions) by William Shakespeare. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 2338 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python in easy steps: Makes programming fun
Python in easy steps: Makes programming fun
Python in easy steps: Makes programming fun by Mike McGrath. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 91 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Databases Illuminated
Databases Illuminated
Databases Illuminated by Catherine M. Ricardo and Susan D. Urban. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide
Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Guide by Arthur Martensson. Rated 1.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Buffett and Beyond: Uncovering the Secret Ratio for Superior Stock Selection
Buffett and Beyond: Uncovering the Secret Ratio for Superior Stock Selection
A lot of the free financial websites only supply people with 5 Years of History for Book Value, Net Income, Share Count and Dividend. The Morningstar website can supply 10 years.

Since the technique uses as much history as possible to adjust the book from an initial accounting book value, people using this technique will end up with very different clean surplus ROE ration if they have 10 years of history versus 5 years.

The author claims that the clean surplus ROE produces better results for stock picking than the Accounting ROE. The tables in the book showed the clean surplus ROE for his stock examples, but it would have been nice to show the traditional accounting ROE in the table as well as the Dupont ROE ratio which uses a different formula which is the profit margin multiplied by asset turnover multiplied by the financial leverage..

The example portfolios were 8 stocks versus the DOW. I would have liked to have seen the results of four 8 stock portfolios selected thus:
- 8 Best Clean Surplus ROE (using 10 years of data)
- 8 Best Clean Surplus ROE (using 5 years of data)
- 8 Best Accounting ROE (using 5 years of data)
- 8 Best Dupont ROE (using 5 years of Data).

The Author said the 8 stocks with the Clean Surplus ROE outperformed the DOW, certainly, but would a selection of the top accounting ROE or Dupont ROE resulted in a similar portfolio of stocks ? Stocks with a high clean surplus ROE also tend to have a high accounting ROE so someone can easily end up with the same stocks using the accounting ROE. It's hard to know without a comparison of the 4 different ROE

One other aspect which I wonder about is buybacks. The author adjusts the oldest book value with retained earnings but buybacks is an outflow of money from the enterprise. So following buybacks, remaining share holders have a bigger piece of a poorer company. Is there an adjustment which must be made with buybacks or alternative with share dilution via the emission of new stocks ? There was very little said about buybacks.
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
An awesome business book written by the brilliant Lawrence Levy, who served as CFO of Pixar, giving an inside peek into the transformative journey of Pixar from a confused state and an uncertain future with $50 million in negative; into an outstanding storytelling creative studio making multi-billion dollars via sales of movie tickets, merchandising, DVD sales etc.

Steve Jobs spotted Lawrence in a magazine and kept him in records. A few years later he calls Lawrence and invites him to visit Pixar and consider joining Pixar to help hone the strategy, run the business and make it public. And that's where the story begins and progresses on how Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Lawrence Levy and team and associates of Pixar made the necessary strategic and creative choices in the background of several challenges and survival pressures.

This is a must read for those who have loved the work of Pixar, the various movies and characters they built, the toys, fish, monsters, cars superheroes. And for those who have not watched Pixar movies, they will love the book too as the author takes us through a vivid journey of his various interactions with Steve Jobs and team that led to one of Hollywood's greatest success story.

Entrepreneurs and Professionals will cherish this book for the multiple snippets and insights it offers in wide areas such as

+ Effective Collaboration
+ Smart Negotiation and Leveraging Strengths
+ Fighting for injustice done to team and giving them due respect and credit
+ Dealing with a Tough Boss like Steve Jobs
+ Reflecting on Life's Purpose to plan the future direction
+ Not giving up when the chips are down
+ Important Role of a Change Agent and Mentors and Back-office team
+ Culture Building and Team Friendship
+ Attracting and Retaining Talent
+ Creativity Before Business, Betting on the Creative Talent in spite of the risks
+ Dealing with Investment Bankers
+ Business Models of the Entertainment Industry
+ Leadership
+ "The Middle Way" to deal with life and business

I loved the book and plan to read it again, and I bet you will like this well chronicled journey of Pixar's struggles and success. Thank you Lawrence Levy for sharing this fascinating story.
Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly!
This man was the best in his field of the decade. When he blew his horn you see his cheeks protrude, and with his signature handkerchief relieving the perspiration off face-lips-and around the top of instrument. He was one of many in that era who gave performance excellence everyday.
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 1500 Watt (3000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 1500 Watt (3000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
I have used the 3000W inverter on and off over the past two months with various types and configurations of solar panels and batteries. It performs well under a load of up to 1200W and probably performs well beyond that, although I have not tried. It is well built.

One thing that I have noticed is that, as stated in the description, it does shut off under low voltage. However, the shutoff voltage is around 11.8V or 11.9V - not the 10.5V (+/- 3V) shown in the instruction manual. Of course, this is good for a lead acid battery under load because the inverter will shut down before the battery completely runs down. Running the battery completely down will dramatically shorten its life.

The description/manual also states that "When the input voltage rises to approximately 11.4 – 11.9V DC, the inverter restores to normal operation and the red FAULT indicator will turn off." This is not correct. Even after a battery is fully charged to 12.9V, the fault like still blinks and the inverter does not come back on. I called WindyNation and spoke with a knowledgeable gentleman who verified that the only way to get the inverter to resume normal operation is to manually toggle the ON/OFF switch. This means that, at a remote unmanned site, a low voltage condition will cause the power to be off until someone can visit and reset it.

WindyNation told me a good rule of thumb to minimize the likelihood of batteries being run down below 50% - which is about as low as it is safe to go without damaging lead acid batteries. The rule of thumb is that choose a bank of deep cycle batteries that have as many amp hours as your solar panels have wattage. For example, six 100 watt solar panels should have a battery system rated at 600AH. This is general guidance and the exact ratio depends on the amount of sunshine in your location and the season. But, my experience over the past few months in North Texas is pretty much in line with this recommendation.
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
Inspired by Henry James's classic "The Turn of the Screw," the "Ghost of Quentin Collins" plot has always been my all-time favorite "Dark Shadows" storyline. And this DVD, "The Haunting of Collinwood," is a very good distillation of that plot -- which originally ran for about ten weeks (about 50 episodes) on the original series -- to a single disc. It's not perfect, mind you. I regret that they didn't start with David and Amy first hearing Quentin's voice (which the viewer doesn't hear at the time, making it especially creepy) on the old disconnected telephone, which got the whole ball of possession rolling. And I miss the sequence where the writing appears on the mirror. But the DVD makes up for it with what it does have. The sequence with the psychic Janet Finley is especially good, as are the segments where Elizabeth Stoddard finally realizes the children are indeed possessed. and when Prof. Stokes discovers -- nearly at the cost of his life -- that his attempted exorcism of the house has failed. The bonus episode, revealing how Quentin died and why he's haunting the house (which, as it turns out, was negated when Barnabas Collins went back in time and managed to change history), is the perfect complement.

Overall, this DVD is well worth owning if you don't already have the original episodes themselves and either want to "relive" the story or experience it for the first time. The "companion disc" -- "The Vampire Curse," revealing the story of how Barnabas became a creature of the night -- is excellent, too. But if I had to choose between them, this one, "The Haunting of Collinwood," is the one I'd get.
Jordan Air TE 2 Low Basketball Shoes
Jordan Air TE 2 Low Basketball Shoes
Unbelievably gross!! Sent me old worn, smelly, dirty shoes! I am appalled to say the least. I hope you stop misadvertising and causing people so much anguish to take their money and deliver such terrible products! Very disappointed I shop avidly on Amazon and this left the worse memory in my experience to date! This was supposed to be a late Christmas present after another return that didnt fit...but at least those ones weren't WORN and dirty! I was highly embarrassed and inconvenienced.
An Item of Member's Mark Black T-Shirt Carryout Bags (1,000 ct.) - Pack of 1 - Bulk Disc
An Item of Member's Mark Black T-Shirt Carryout Bags (1,000 ct.) - Pack of 1 - Bulk Disc
Potential buyers should be aware - approx. halfway through this order of 1000 bags, a problem emerged, in that one or both handles were deformed so they were very thin and weak and just broke or tore off when I went to tie the handles together. I would estimate somewhere around 1/3 or maybe somewhat less, of the bags had this defect. Very annoying. I would have to tape the bag or use another bag (one that wasn’t deformed) so double-bag it.

I feel pretty sure the seller had to know he/she was selling “seconds”, and some deceit was involved in not making this clear. I note as of today, these bags are “currently unavailable” from this seller. I decided to give the bags one more try (different seller) because in the past I have used them without this problem. Maybe I will get lucky.

I like these bags a lot. I’ve been buying this type of “t-shirt” bag for decades for animal care cleaning proposes, but all the white kind till I discovered these.

I decided to try them with the idea they might be a hair thicker than the white kind that I have to be so paranoid about over filling. I cant prove it but in use, they do seem sturdier.

(The idea black might be thicker comes from being told 100 years ago that black cars get an extra coat of paint so are a bit more rust resistant.)

One thing I didn’t really notice till they were in use halfway through the first box is that they are substantially bigger than the white bags. They are several inches taller just enough to be a lot more accommodating to what I use them for. I haven’t checked if they are any bigger width-wise.

Pretty sure they are somewhat thicker though, in spite of that hare brained factoid, for two reasons. First, you cant see the contents like you can with the white bags. For some unknown reason , I really like this feature although I don’t throw anything away that I need to be secretive about. I just feel neater and cleaner with a trash can full of these anonymous, clean looking black bags than I did with white bags displaying my sins of waste or non-recycling or whatever (to the birds at the dump I guess)...

Second, they actually are quite a bit more tear resistant than the white kind as far as just punctures and accidental rips. As far as holding more, I do put more in them but gingerly. I don’t push it. But bulky-light stuff, definitely. Cat litter, not so much! A burst at the bottom would be much more upsetting in that case. ...

When first shopping Amazon for these I found them mostly to be ridiculously more expensive than the white bags for no apparent reason. But this particular kind was either the same or close in price. So I can’t explain the price thing. I have stuck with these so far (3 orders or thereabouts).
Ultra Brighter Glow in the Dark Stars; Special Deal 200 Count w/ Bonus Moon, Amazing for Children and Toddler Decorations Wall Stickers for Boys! FREE Constellation Guide
Ultra Brighter Glow in the Dark Stars; Special Deal 200 Count w/ Bonus Moon, Amazing for Children and Toddler Decorations Wall Stickers for Boys! FREE Constellation Guide
Throwback to the 80's up in our house!

We are fulltime RVers so we are always looking for ways to jazz up our 8 year old son's room. I remember when I was younger I LOVED these glow in the dark stars.

I won't lie, the moment I started to put these up and I instantly started apologizing mentally to my own mother because this is a tedious process, but we do some crazy stuff for our kids.

I got to work the day they arrived. They came with everything you need. You don't need tons of the putty to put up each star, I actually think it may not work as well if you put too much. It came with more than enough putty and stars to really make it look like a starry night.

I do wish there was a bit more of the medium stars, the size between the larger and the super small but it didn't ruin it or lower my rating for that reason.

They have been holding up well after being on for a few months. RV walls are notorious for being difficult to get stuff to stick on so I'm pleasantly surprised that we've only had one star fall and that is because one of our cats was messing with it.

So, if you want some childhood nostalgia then you should scoop these up for yourself....I mean, for your kid.
Japan (Polity Histories)
Japan (Polity Histories)
表紙に折り目が2箇所ついていてげんなり、洋書はリオーダー再入荷依頼すると時間がかかるので一回の送品でバッチリなものが届くようにしてほしい。同じお金を払うのに破損品は受け取りたくない。
Marvel Studios' Thor (4K UHD)
Marvel Studios' Thor (4K UHD)
This film was a lot better than I thought it would be. I'm not into the super hero genre but it was listed in 4K UHD HDR so I thought I would watch as I had just purchased my first TV capable of this resolution and I wanted to see it for myself. It looked really good but I was disappointed in not seeing the HDR I have heard so much about.You can pull up the display to see the resolution so that is how you can confirm. I have since watched HDR films and video on YouTube and love it. Some of the video on YouTube is also listed as being in HDR but not all of it actually is. When you do see it, it is really quite spectacular.
Anyway, film is good, good cast, humor and sound but again, no HDR.
Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone
Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone
I love baking and pizza's have been my passion for over 40 years. I have been making pizzas and breads etc on this for over 8 years. Never had an outgassing or smell ?? I suspect another source of the smell from what I've able ascertain from other reviews.
Mine is stained from pizza toppings etc and I scrap it off and take a scrubbing sponge to it to clean it. It doesn't smoke or smell and doesn't impact sliding a pizza in or out using a wooden peel.
The heating is even across the board as it should be with a one piece stone, verified using a Fluke Temperature Meter.
No complaints over the years and it continues to perform year after year and despite rough handling.
I have also used fire brick as my surface for pizzas and while I like them as well, they are pieced together and sometimes tears the raw pizza dough (60-70% hydration) as they don't form a perfectly flat surface. I use the fire brick to form a pizza oven at times but find using the broiler for a few minutes at the end of the cooking cycle gives a nice charred tone to the top of the crust.
AirBake Nonstick Pizza Pan, 15.75 in
AirBake Nonstick Pizza Pan, 15.75 in
I love this pan. I love to make pizza every Friday and have had problems with proper baking of my pizza. This solved the issue! It allows for the heat to pass through the holes so that you get a more evenly cooked pizza. Additionally, its so easy to clean! I like that it has small risers on the bottom of the pan so that the pizza doesn't touch a dirty counter and you can enjoy your pizza as is. The price is really good as well! I've gone around looking for a decently priced pan only to be disappointed with a high price/quality ratio. That being said I highly recommend this to any one looking for a large pan that is easy to clean and cooks great!
KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Cup Easy Mac Original, 58 grams Cups (Pack of 12)
KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Cup Easy Mac Original, 58 grams Cups (Pack of 12)
These are so much better than the one's that come in the individual packets. I've had both kinds and these have a much better flavor. They are more expensive but definitely worth paying a little more! I measure the water in the container it comes in then dump the pasta and water into a 30 oz sistema microwave mug and set it in a saucer in the microwave. So far I haven't had any boil overs! If I cook them in the cup they come in they always boil over and make a mess. I learned to use these sistema large mugs for all this type of food that comes prepacked in cups. I really enjoy this mac and cheese!
The Maine Woods (Penguin Nature Library)
The Maine Woods (Penguin Nature Library)
Thoreau takes the reader on a wonderful journey through the largely uninhabited forests of Maine. It is clear that Thoreau is a botanist. He is continually identifying trees and plants by Botanical as well as Common name. He also identifies the birds he encounters. Sadly the Maine woods were not pristine at the time of Thoreau's journeys. There were scars of loggers, who mainly came for pine trees, along Thoreau's entire route. His journeys also include a hired Indian and Thoreau has recorded Indian names for lakes, rivers, plants and such. Judging by this book, Thoreau has not a lick of humor, so don't expect a laugh. Bits of Thoreau's philosphy are strewn throughout, it's a shame he didn't elaborate. Many measurements were made in "rods" which I have yet to figure out how many feet one rod is. I was a bit surprised to find his journeys were made by canoe, with quite many portages. All in all, this is a great book and I highly recommend it.
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son; City of Night; Dead and Alive
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son; City of Night; Dead and Alive
I ordered this book which is part of a trilogy. It arrived packaged protectively and is in wonderful condition. I could not be happier with the transaction and will happily purchase from the seller again. Many thanks from a happy customer.
Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror (Unabridged Selections)
Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror (Unabridged Selections)
Be aware! This audio edition is a truncated version of the original book -- it contains only eight of the original stories. When it states "Unabridged," that means that the eight stories, less than half the printed book, are "unabridged." Some of the best tales from the print version of STALKERS -- by F. Paul Wilson and Al Sarrantonio, for instance -- are missing. Also, the readings are all over the place in terms of quality, and there are no story reference points printed on the cds themselves -- you have to search through the discs to find the story you want. In short -- this is not STALKERS the way it was originally published.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Acting Edition)
Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Acting Edition)
Jeffrey Archer is good at writing short stories as well as lengthly fictions. In this book he has put his talent into another format : a drama. The story is simple - about the love between an old couple. Actually there is another short story on the same theme by Mr Archer which I have read before and liked better. In this 'love story' there was a couple who had been married for years and knew that they had chosen the right spouse. What happened when death came to part one from the other ? Did the husband commit mercy killing for the wife who was terminally ill ? The dialogues of this courtroom drama were beautifully written. If there is any teacher of English who happens to see this review, I recommend it as teaching material to demonstrate how modern English should be written : concise, precise, simple and effective.
Asterix Geb, Bd.17, Die Trabantenstadt
Asterix Geb, Bd.17, Die Trabantenstadt
Unsere Kinder haben die Asterixhefte solange gelesen bis sie sich fast aufgelöst haben und unsere Enkelkinder machen das gleich wieder. Denn diese Hefte sind einfach super zu lesen.m
The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (Perry Mason Series Book 10)
The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (Perry Mason Series Book 10)
As usual, the books are always much more interesting and provide more suspense and questions than the TV movies. Not that I don't love the TV series of the first few seasons. This novel is no different. And though this novel was the basis of one of the series shows, it is quite different with the exception of the general characters and related environment of gambling casinos.
While the plot advances in a somewhat convoluted fashion, that only adds to the questions of 'who dunnit.' One notable trait of Gardner and his books, he successfully puts the reader in the setting as an observer. You find yourself experiencing the uncomfortable, if not miserable, night time boat trips to and from the gambling ship.
I don't do book reports in my reviews. That's why you read the book. You find yourself in the scenes and interpret and visualize your own experience. Why would you want to hear me tell it?
While I believe that the Cool & Lam novels are by far the greatest works Erle Stanley Gardner created, I love the Perry Mason novels. In some of the PM novels you'll note irritating contradictions, but most are great reading and all are worth reading. The Dangerous Dowager is no exception.
I've read most of Gardner's books, and probably all of those I've read, two or three times.
Complete Four Just Men (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
Complete Four Just Men (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
A good mixture of long stories and, in my opinion better still, short stories about the Just Men. The writing is a little mechanical at times, not surprising considering the prodigeous output of Edgar Wallace, but the stories are very ingenious
Sunrise Canyon (The New Americana Series Book 1)
Sunrise Canyon (The New Americana Series Book 1)
Janet Dailey infuses her stories with depth and compassion, bringing her characters to life as they face various challenges. The hero of this story (Jake) is a former Army Ranger who suffers from severe PTSD after serving three tours in Afghanistan. I learned a great deal about PTSD through Jake: his episodes of fear and panic, nightmares and flashbacks of combat experiences, emotional and sometimes violent outbursts, overwhelming guilt, and suicidal thoughts.

Jake returns from the war a broken man, working at menial jobs, getting into fights, and unable to maintain close relationships. When his late wife's grandfather (Dusty) bails him out of jail, Jake agrees to work as a maintenance man on Dusty's Arizona ranch to repay him for the bail money. Sounds simple, right? But there's a problem. Two, in fact. Our heroine (Kira), the cousin of Jake's dead wife, lives at the ranch, where she runs a horse therapy program for troubled teens. And she's raising Jake's five-year-old daughter (Paige), a child who's never known her father.

Determined to leave after he pays his debt, Jake refuses to tell Paige that he's her father, fearing she'll be hurt when he goes. And he resists falling in love with Kira, afraid his problems will doom their relationship. "To be here, with his little girl and a woman to love, would be his idea of heaven. But could he make that heaven last? Could he find the strength to control the horrors in his head--the nightmares, the rages and the awful black bouts of depression?" He decides to try. Will he succeed? Read this book to find out.

I loved the characters in this novel: Dusty, an old cowboy with a deep understanding of human nature; Kira, a strong, self-confident woman who opens her heart to a broken man; little Paige, a child who's wise beyond her years; the troubled teens, who gradually form healing bonds with their horses and each other; and Jake, who struggles to reach beyond his pain to find healing and happiness with the woman he loves.

This novel has everything I've come to expect from Janet Dailey: immersive scenery, memorable characters, a gripping plot, tension that builds to a dramatic conclusion, and a satisfying HEA. As always, kudos for professional proofreading, no explicit sex scenes, and limited profanity. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Always With Love
Always With Love
So far I only read the fist story and it seems a bit cheesy to me. Jessica seems like an inmature girl and Brodie seems like an overbearing tyrant that comes across as more future abuser than sexy take charge. The book is ok if you just want some mindless reading and not have to think too much.
Don't Blink
Don't Blink
This was my first James Patterson novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The opening was graphic and I almost put the book down. However, once I was introduced to Nick Daniels in the first chapter, I found the story interesting and face paced.

James Patterson immerses you into the life of New York writer, Nick Daniels. After a near-escape from the Sudan, Nick is offered the writing assignment of a lifetime. But he soon discovers there's more going on than just an interview with a has-been Yankee pitcher. Interrupted by a gruesome murder, Nick discovers he has a vital piece of recorded evidence from the murder. Debating whether to tell the police, Nick weighs the ramifications of his decision, that could lead to retaliation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it an easy read, perfect for late night reading. Although not worth $14.99 for a Kindle version. (I purchased locally). That's more than the hardcover price ($14.00)!

All in all, I enjoyed the book and my Book rating Reflects the Quality of the Book, -- not the unfortunate pricing.
The Berenstain Bears And The Messy Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Books)
The Berenstain Bears And The Messy Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Books)
This book describes the messy fast paced life of most children. It is cute and has a good lesson behind it. This book can be used in the classroom to help with student organization. Sometimes classrooms, especially in younger grades, can get really messy because things aren't put back where they are supposed to go, and kids get in such a rush they forget to clean up. So by reading this book and showing that cleaning and organizing can have a positive impact you and your students can start an annual cleaning day for each month. Start that day by finding a place for everything, get the students input, have them help make colorful and creative labels, and then sit back down and admire your handiwork. Then for the res of the month make sure to have students put things in their places as best as they can. By the time the next cleaning day comes around, the better job they did putting things away each day, the less they have to clean on cleaning day. And as the Bears said, it is a lot more fun to play and work in a clean environment.
Die Sklavenkarawane (German Edition)
Die Sklavenkarawane (German Edition)
Dies ist das einzige Karl May Buch, das ich in meiner Jugendzeit gelesen habe. Damals gefiel es mir ganz gut, aber jetzt beim erneuten Lesen stelle ich doch fest, dass ich seitdem schon viel bessere Sachen gelesen habe. Die Geschichte ist an sich nicht schlecht, aber mit endlosen Längen erzählt (hierbei sind besonders die Dialoge mit dem Ornithologen Pfotenhauer und mit dem "Vater der elf Haare" hervorzuheben).
Besonders störend ist aber im 21. Jahrhundert die Weltsicht eines Deutschen des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts. Karl May stach damals bestimmt nicht sehr aus der Masse anderer Autoren heraus, was das angeht, hatte im Gegenteil sogar ein paar recht unzeitgemäße Ansichten, die ihn heute ganz gut dastehen lassen, aber diese nationale Überheblichkeit ist heutzutage einfach nur noch schwer zu ertragen.
Trotzdem, wer sich an all dem nicht stört, wird dieses Buch doch recht lesenswert finden. Besonders überraschte mich, wie viel May über die ethnische Zusammensetzung des Südsudans zu seiner Zeit wusste. Er ist zwar sicher nie dort gewesen, hat sich aber doch einiges angelesen.
Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book R/I (Peter Rabbit)
Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book R/I (Peter Rabbit)
I received this as a gift from my coworkers when gave birth to my son. When it was my turn to find a book for my coworker giving birth to her son, I first looked for a different book. Some of the words in the poems are outdated and not part of our everyday language anymore. However, I did come back to this book because of the wonderful illustrations. I couldn't find any other book with the vivid and detailed illustrations. My son really enjoyed the poems and the illustrations.
Summary of A Column of Fire by Ken Follett | Conversation Starters
Summary of A Column of Fire by Ken Follett | Conversation Starters
This "book" is worthless! It does not have any useful content. It could have been written by a junior high student. Do not buy this! Most of the quesstions could be applied to any book. I am not sure if the person read the book. They certainly have no insight into how to discuss a book, it's theme, characters or understanding the importance of underlying themes. This book is a waste of money.
Bleach, Vol. 5: Right Arm of the Giant
Bleach, Vol. 5: Right Arm of the Giant
When Ichigo first encounters the Quincy, Uryu Ishida, the oblivious Ichigo is totally unaware that Ishida is in his class. In fact, he’s top of the class. But not only is Ishida aware of Ichigo, he knows that the substitute soul reaper is following him home. Ishida challenges Ichigo to a game to decide who is superior—a Quincy or a Soul Reaper. Meanwhile, Rukia has gone to see the shady shopkeeper, Kiskue, to see if he knows anything about a Quincy.

Ishida proposes to draw Hollows to the area and then see who can kill the most, but Ichigo is against this idea, as it will put the people of Karakura in danger. But it’s too late, the heedless Ishida has already dispersed the Hollow bait and they are beginning to converge. Then Ishida drops another bombshell—Hollows are drawn to anyone with any spiritual energy. As Ichigo races toward his home, Ishida thinks they aren’t the only ones close to Ichigo who possess spiritual gifts.

Ichigo sends Kon to retrieve the phone from Rukia, who is still at Uruhara’s store. She suddenly starts to receive Hollow reports, but they end almost as soon as they begin. What’s going on here? When her phone begins to blow up, she realizes something sinister is going on.

Meanwhile, Chad senses something shimmering and he knows it isn’t good, so he tells his friends to run before he punches it. He decides to lead the thing, whatever it is, to a vacant lot where he can fight without hurting innocent bystanders. There he encounters Ichigo’s sister, Karin, who is practicing soccer. Oddly, she seems to be able to see the creature that is following Chad, although her teammates cannot. She yells at them to go away. Maybe, if she and Chad team up, they can do something about this creature.

Chizuru and Tatsuki constantly vie for Orihime’s attention, and Chizuru makes no bones about her attraction to her. Suddenly Orihime announces she wants to hurry home to watch a TV show, but the truth is she’s seen something on top of the school building and is trying to get her friends to safety. This doesn’t work, to her dismay, and she finds herself facing the strange creature. But she is about to discover powers she was unaware she possessed.

In this volume of Bleach, we are getting a better grasp of who’s who in this world, and their growing importance to Ichigo and the story. Bleach is full of hilarious moments, and this volume is no exception. I love Kubo’s sense of humor, as well as the diversity of his characters. There is a lot of action as the people Ichigo cares about find themselves in peril. Although I do prefer watching the action scenes in the anime, they are still fund to look at in the books.

Another great volume, looking forward to more of the same.
Divine Justice (The Camel Club Book 4)
Divine Justice (The Camel Club Book 4)
"Divine Justice" reunites Oliver Stone and the Camel Club in a good book by David Baldacci. I've enjoyed all the Camel Club books and while the writing wasn't as good as it could have been, (I think that the more successful an author becomes more successful the quality of his writing suffers) it's still worth reading.

Oliver Stone flees after killing the two people he blames for killing his wife, stealing his daughter and then killing her, but he doesn't get far. As the book unfolds, we finally find out why Oliver Stone (aka John Carr) is the man he is and what has fueled his desire for "Divine Justice."

After coming to the aid of a young man being beaten by three others he is forced to leave the train they are on with the young man. They wind up in the boy's hometown, Divine that harbors a super-max prison atop a mountain, which can only be reached by helicopter.

All is not well in Divine and since trouble always finds Oliver, he is soon enmeshed in the thick of it. While trying to get to the bottom of the town's secrets he realizes that for the first time since his wife's death he's falling in love with Abby, the mother of the young man he rescued but they may all die if he cannot find the truth. Realizing that their leader and friend is in trouble the members of the Camel Club search for him to give them whatever assistance they can.

The novel graphically describes the backbreaking, grueling, and deadly lives of coal miners who work underground so that we can have electricity. In one chapter Abby says that anyone who has a loved one working in the mines don't use electricity for cooking or heat because they know the "true" cost of electricity. I'll admit after reading this I've become more conservative with my energy consumption.

This could be the end of the Camel Club series, so if you've enjoyed the previous books you need to read this one.
Fascinations Metal Earth ICONX Premium Series Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle in Snow 3D Metal Model Kit
Fascinations Metal Earth ICONX Premium Series Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle in Snow 3D Metal Model Kit
I have been building metal models for years and this set is the best set ever produced by Fascinations. However, it REQUIRES (no kidding) advanced expertise and specialized tools (micro screwdrivers, metal sheers, micro-pliers, work lights, and maybe a magnifying glass). If you are up for the challenge, be prepared for a long and difficult assembly process that will result in a model that is truly a work of art.
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 GSM, Re-Entry Red, 500 Sheets (21558)
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 GSM, Re-Entry Red, 500 Sheets (21558)
I ordered the Eclipse Black paper and it is great. It wasn't in stock when I placed the order but it still arrived within 2 weeks of ordering it. This is a 24 lb. paper so it is a little thicker than standard white printer paper but about half as thick as card stock (which is 65 lb.) which is great because I purchased this for origami purposes and while it is easy to find black card stock, it is very hard to find black paper that is thin enough to be used for complex origami designs as construction paper is awful for origami as well. The paper is good quality and the shade of black is similar to the black card stock you can get at craft stores. I am very happy with this purchase as I've been looking for something like this for a long time and this was a great price (make sure you are ordering from amazon.ca because when I first tried to order it the default was a place in the US that charged $45 plus $15 for shipping)

With all of that being said, I have also purchased an Astrobrights variety pack from Walmart within that past couple of years and would like to mention that the colours they have on display here are unrealistically bright. It looks like there has been some digital doctoring done to the images (plus differing brightness settings on computer monitors will affect colour appearance) because the colours seem to glow vibrantly in the online pictures but when matching them to the corresponding paper colours the paper is actually quite dull in comparison. The other colours are still very good considering that while I have been some brilliantly coloured (and expensive) papers in the origami market, I doubt there are any printer papers on the market that are as bright is these pictures are showing and the price is still pretty good.
Hermione Granger Inspired Doll Outfit (6 Piece Set) - Premium Handmade Clothes Fits American Girl Doll & 18" Dolls - Hogwarts School Uniform
Hermione Granger Inspired Doll Outfit (6 Piece Set) - Premium Handmade Clothes Fits American Girl Doll & 18" Dolls - Hogwarts School Uniform
The detail on this outfit is wonderful. (I am a home sewer, but decided I could not face making a pleated skirt and necktie for a doll.......) it fits well is is quite accurate in its details. I am very pleased. It includes directions for making a wand which is a fun project on its own. They do not include a Hogwarts crest (I am sure the licensing fees would be prohibitive.......) But,I imagine you can find them for sale, or fashion your own to scale version if you are handy. I love this outfit.
Sentry Supply 650-6596 Slide Latch, 2-3/4" Centers, Chrome
Sentry Supply 650-6596 Slide Latch, 2-3/4" Centers, Chrome
The latch works well. The dimensions are tough to decipher. The latch is really 3.2 inches wide with the latch sticking out. It is 4 inches tall. I interpreted it correctly, but I made it work. I have beat it up pretty good and no issues. The latch is very loose, so it won't "lock" into position, but it works well.
GoWrite! PACASB8511 Self-Adhesive Dry Erase Sheets, White, 8-1/2" x 11", 30 Sheets
GoWrite! PACASB8511 Self-Adhesive Dry Erase Sheets, White, 8-1/2" x 11", 30 Sheets
These are AWESOME! My first classroom didn't have dry erase boards for my students, only clipboards. To conserve space, I used a corner puncher to round the corners and placed these sheets on the BACKS of the clipboards. It saves space by only having one item to store instead of two and are also very functional because they allow my students to flip it over to write out their work on the dry erase side if they need to for a problem on a worksheet.

I'm giving these 4/5 stars because...
CONS:
-they do peel up on the edges over time since they're repositionable
-they scratch pretty easily when the clips at the top of another clipboard hits the dry erase sheet, leaving a black mark that can't be fixed

PROS:
-easy to apply
-erase well (with black, some colored dry erase markers require a spray to remove fully)
-less items to store in the classroom
-can also be used on walls, sides of furniture, on top of a blackboard, on a door, etc.
-pretty durable overall
-repositionable

DUE TO THE SCRATCHING ISSUE: I only store my clipboards back-to-back so that they dry erase sheets are protected.

I purchased the rack from Really Good Stuff that holds 24 clipboards for me when they're back-to-back [...]for about $40. I do store an extra clipboard in one of the slots (so that I can have 25, one for each student, there's just 3 in a slot instead of the normal 2).
You can also purchase clip boards that are already dry-erase WITH the stand for about $80 [...], which would be great if you don't already own clipboards because a dozen clipboards with the dry erase sheets will end up being about the $3 each you would spend to buy them from Really Good Stuff anyways and then you won't have to worry about the scratching or peeling issue of using the clipboards with the dry erase sheets.

*I don't receive any commission or anything, I just thought I'd share my tips with fellow professionals. I hope it helps!*
Master Lock 377KA Trailer Hitch Lock, Fits 1-7/8 in., 2 in., and Most 2-5/16 in. Trailer Couplers
Master Lock 377KA Trailer Hitch Lock, Fits 1-7/8 in., 2 in., and Most 2-5/16 in. Trailer Couplers
So, I just found out that some idiot tried to hammer, pry, and force this lock off my trailer. The good news is that it held up well to what appears to have been a few blows from a large hammer or possibly sledge and attempts to pry it off with a pry bar of some sort. They tried to force the lock cylinder to rotate by jamming something inside and were also unsuccessful.

The bad news is that the metal surrounding the lock cylinder is soft so they ended up forcing quite a bit of it into the key slot so that I had to take a screwdriver and pry it out in order to get the key in so that I could take the lock off. I *almost* couldn't get it off, which probably would have required that I try to pick the lock myself or get it drilled out by a professional. That would have really messed up my camping plans, although not as much as having my trailer stolen so it did the job.

I don't imagine it would hold up to a skilled adversary but apparently not all are in that category. I'll be looking for a stronger lock with a stronger lock cylinder next time.
Tiny Love Classic Mobile, Into The Forest
Tiny Love Classic Mobile, Into The Forest
CLICKING ISSUE FIX!!!
I have never written a review, but for this I have to. I got this for my son who was 7 weeks old at the time and it is absolutely amazing!! I already had a mobile that he paid no attention to so I was hesitant to buy another one, but boy am I happy I did!!! He absolutely loves it! I turned it on and he immediately looked up and was mesmerized by it. It was so amazing for me to watch him turn his head and follow the animals as they were going around. He is a pretty good sleeper and typically doesn't need anything to put himself to sleep, but this does do the trick. We read that some of the negative reviews were from a clicking sound. My husband figured out how to fix that in 5 minutes by removing the two plastic shaped pieces (stars, squares, circles....) attached at the top of each arm. As the mobile turns, the shapes slide along the arm hitting the central hub or a stop on the arm, each time creating the clicking sound. To fix this simply remove the shaped pieces. Remove the screw attaching each orange arm from the central green hub, pull the arm straight out from the hub, remove the pieces, reinsert arm, and reinstall screw. Problem solved!! Now all you will hear is the gentle whirring of the electric motor.
Cell Phone Stand Multi-Angle,【2 Pack】 Tablet Stand Universal Smartphones for Holder Tablets(6-11"), e-Reader, Compatible Phone XS/XR/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus, Galaxy S8/S7/Note 8, Air, Mini, Pixel 2(Black)
Cell Phone Stand Multi-Angle,【2 Pack】 Tablet Stand Universal Smartphones for Holder Tablets(6-11"), e-Reader, Compatible Phone XS/XR/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus, Galaxy S8/S7/Note 8, Air, Mini, Pixel 2(Black)
You never know when you buy things like this online. I've made the mistake of doing a few purchases on Wish.com and "wish" I hadn't like the quality as terrible, not even worth the 7 bucks I'd paid including shipping. THESE, however, ARE worth the price and I was happy to see that the reviews were correct. Small but sturdy, these devices position at various angles to hold your small devices in whatever viewpoint is good for you at the time, like phones and tablets (NO, NOT it won't accommodate your 12" LAPTOP, NOT THAT STURDY, LOL) They really do fit in a purse or handbag or any type of guys bag too. Yes, I'm a guy and I carry a bag, the digital age changed that, too many devices to carry around that don't fit in our Levis!
Toys+ 8.5 Inch Rainbow Colored Playground Ball (1 Rainbow Ball)
Toys+ 8.5 Inch Rainbow Colored Playground Ball (1 Rainbow Ball)
My 20 months old toddler used it for two days only in the apartment. This morning, we found it deflated. This our second ball; the previous one was bigger and we used it outside. So when it deflated, we thought it popped bc of the outdoor use however short it was. With this one,
It was too soon to deflate. It makes me think that there is a defect or something I’m
Missing?
Mohabbatein
Mohabbatein
I am a big SRK fan, so even if he was horrible, I would have bought and watched it. If you are looking for him to be the center of attention in this movie, you will be disappointed as this is one of the very few, that he is not. It is mainly about 3 students at a college in India, who become best friends and what happens while they are there. Where SRK comes in, is he is one of their teachers who kinda bombards his way into a job on the campus as a music teacher, where the stern Amitabh Bachchan is President and Lord over all and certainly shows it in no uncertain terms. He (SRK) then starts to slyly change certain rules and traditions at the college, that Bachchan has had in place for ages and irritates him to no end. But SRK has a secret of his own that ties in with Bachchan and in the end, has to force his hand. However, this is side story to the students but ties in as well, with what is happening in their love lives and school. To me, SRK can do no wrong, no matter how cheesy or happy-ending the movie (unless he dies and then I am mad) and this did not disappoint me. Some people say his acting is self promoting but if it is so, it is only because it is the wish of the nation of India that makes it so, considering he is the absolutely undisputed King of Bollywood and life to them. Having seen him play in so many roles, I can say, he truly deserves his ranking. Viva la SRK!!
Spirograph Jr.
Spirograph Jr.
I like that it uses half sheets of paper. We can take a sheet and fold it in half for them to draw on both sides before moving on to the next. The paper is held in place nicely between the layers and the gears are chunky enough that it doesn't go shooting off the page but still small enough that they can get different designs. I have it with a small stack of papers in a zip pouch to pull out at restaurants and other places where I need them to be occupied for a while. I'm hoping to have them use it in the car as well once our summer traveling starts. Oh and we have used it with the crayola fine tip kids markers and those worked great too. So if your kids are like mine and burn through markers you are not hosed. I havn't tried it yet but I'm thinking the pipsqueak markers might fit in the same slots.
Slumberdown Super Support White Pillows 2 Pack Firm Support Bed Pillows Designed for Back and Side Sleepers
Slumberdown Super Support White Pillows 2 Pack Firm Support Bed Pillows Designed for Back and Side Sleepers
Bought these to replace others I had bought from another seller, silent night and they were rubbish and burst within a week.

These are lovely and soft but firm at the same time lol. Good support and feels like sleeping on a cloud.

They seam to be far better quality to the others I bought and hopefully will last longer than they did.

Fast delivery and great price.
They are more expensive than the ones I bought before (not from this seller!) But not by much and still very reasonable, as the old adage says "you get what you pay for".
Sivio Weighted Eye Mask for Women & Men, Heatable and Freezeable Weighted Eye Pillow with Silica Beads & Adjustable Strap, Soft Breathable Cotton Eye Cover for Sleeping Faster and Better
Sivio Weighted Eye Mask for Women & Men, Heatable and Freezeable Weighted Eye Pillow with Silica Beads & Adjustable Strap, Soft Breathable Cotton Eye Cover for Sleeping Faster and Better
The mask is made from good materials, well-designed, has good weight and comfort on the face and eyes and blacks out well. The reason I give it 4 not 5 is because the strap is a bit "cheap". They stuck an elastic band on it with a metal adjustment and the metal adjustment is close to the ear and it seems like this bit of the design was never considered important. But of course what you wear around your head and how it secures also matters.
Klarstein Baristomat Heißgetränkeautomat mit integriertem Milchaufschäumer- 2-in-1 Kaffee-Maschine,1000-1180 W, 350ml Milchbehälter, 2 Brühgruppen, Kaffee, Cappuccino & Latte Macchiato, pianoschwarz
Klarstein Baristomat Heißgetränkeautomat mit integriertem Milchaufschäumer- 2-in-1 Kaffee-Maschine,1000-1180 W, 350ml Milchbehälter, 2 Brühgruppen, Kaffee, Cappuccino & Latte Macchiato, pianoschwarz
Zu Beginn war ich äußerst zufrieden mit dem "Baristomat", der Milchschaum war super und der Kaffee schmeckte gut. Das war allerdings nur von sehr kurzer Dauer!.. Leider setzt sich sehr viel Kaffeesatz am Boden der Tasse fest, des Weiteren ist der Wassertank nicht herausnehmbar, was zur Folge hat, dass man ihn nur reinigen kann, wenn man die komplette Kaffeemaschine nimmt und den Teil des Wassertank unter das Waschbecken hält, wobei die sich die Reinigung auch dann als sehr schwer erwiesen hat, da der Wassertank sehr verwinkelte ist. Leider ist eine Regelmäßige Reinigung des Tankes aber absolut notwendig, da sich Kaffeepulver in den Tank schleicht und das ganze Ding dann ein reinster Schleimhaufen ist und sehr unangenehm riecht. Außerdem läuft ständig sehr viel Wasser unten aus der Maschine heraus. Ebenfalls kam nicht nur Wasser aus dem Siebträgerloch, sondern auch um den Träger herum kam ständig Wasser geflossen.. Die reinste Sauerrei! :(
Ich habe die Retoure schon angefordert, dies ging relativ schnell. Ich kann diese Maschine leider nicht empfehlen, sehr schade, da sie an sich sehr schön kompakt war.
Gustaf's tradicional holandés gatos regaliz 5.2 oz bolsa (paquete de 3)
Gustaf's tradicional holandés gatos regaliz 5.2 oz bolsa (paquete de 3)
So, just to throw this out there, this product has ammonium chloride, not sodium chloride (table salt), to give it the salty taste. It tastes like salt, but your sodium levels are not in danger.

That being said, it definitely is an experience to eat. This is a SAVORY candy, not a sweet candy. If you've never had a savory licorice candy before, I recommend starting out with the single salt first, and see how you like that, if at all. If you think amping up the bitterness and astringency is something you may find enjoyable, go for the double salt.

If you're a parent and want to pull a prank on your child by giving them a piece with the (technical) truth that it is candy, you will just make them sad, even if you think it's hilarious. Yes, my father did this. Yes, it's very funny in retrospect. But I also remember this moment as one of the few times he actually gifted me candy, by hand, before the age of 10. So if you're planning on using this product to prank on your own child, be sure to follow that prank immediately with a gift of your child's favorite candy or sugary beverage. Not only will your child grow up with a healthy sense of humor, but their memory of you as a parent in their childhood will be slightly rosier, and thus they will be more willing to fund your retirement home when your savings finally dries up.

Let this candy sit on your tongue. On occasion, dare to apply light pressure on the tablet, by sandwiching it between your molars lightly, but do not crush. Do NOT bite through and cut the tablet into smaller pieces in your mouth, because your saliva will overflow to combat the rush of ammonium chloride. After consuming three of these (in succession, not all at once), the rinsing of all that saliva will make your breath clean and sweet to the point that you'll feel anise all the way up in your sinuses.

I love that there is a three-pack of this. I can keep one bag for myself. Another I'll donate to my team's collective candy table at work (and I will give them ample warning). The last bag I'm adding to the birthday care package that I will send to my father soon.

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