Kimberly Murphy

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React Native in Action
React Native in Action
React Native in Action by Nader Dabit. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML by Eric Freeman , Elisabeth Freeman, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 10173 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Geology for Environmental Engineers
Geology for Environmental Engineers
Geology for Environmental Engineers by David Woodhouse and James Lambrechts. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Heaven's Oasis
Heaven's Oasis
Heaven's Oasis by Jeff W Horton. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
King Lear (Dover Thrift Editions)
King Lear (Dover Thrift Editions)
King Lear (Dover Thrift Editions) by William Shakespeare. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 257 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
For those of you that are time-pressed, this is the best book in the Buffettology Series to read in order to glean a few secrets on the investment techniques of the Oracle of Omaha. The workbook covers both the qualitative and quantitative sides of Buffett's value investing approach, and provides the basic techniques one can implement in order to invest with a reasonable amount of success.

The workbook is not exactly the best book on investing that I have read (that title goes to Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor), but in its defense, it does provide a simple to implement investment strategy. Most of the techniques hinge on a few simple ratios and knowledge of simple present and future worth. Additionally, most of the limitations associated with the techniques are clearly and simply stated.

The book has several merits. The chief merit of the book is that its approach to investing is self-contained, and emphasizes the qualitative aspects more than the quantitative aspects. In passing, readers that focus more on Part One of the book and skip Part Two, the quantitative part, could easily obtain a dramatic improvement in their investment results. Written in simple, easy to understand language, the target audience of this book is most likely that individual who depends on the Internet for all of her information on companies, as such sites as Yahoo, MSN and Value Line are routinely cited in the text as sources of information. The book is very well organized, quite possibly with the idea that it would fit the mold of a chapter-a-day format. Most chapters are usually no more than five pages long, with easy, cheesy word problems and true/false questions at the end of most every chapter to reinforce key concepts. The title of each chapter basically states the key concept to be learned, and key points are highlighted at the end of each chapter. Although it provides some theory and rationale for the techniques it attempts to teach, this is kept to a minimum, and the book focuses almost exclusively on application of the techniques. Those readers that are only interested in the methodology can simply skip to the 22nd Chapter titled 'Doing It Yourself: Buffettology Worksheet'. Thus, the book makes every effort to make learning, and ultimately using, the techniques as painless as possible.

The major demerit of this book rests in its insistence on doing all calculations on a per-share basis. But then, this is how much of the information that is easily obtainable through such channels as Value Line and other sources is presented. One minor demerit is that the authors do not seem to be aware of the virtual ubiquity of MS Office, making it possible to perform all of the calculations in the book in one Excel spreadsheet, but then again, this is a minor demerit. Although there were a number of minor typographical and mathematical errors in the book, I am willing to overlook this, as the thinking and reasoning behind any investment proposition is more important, and is clearly presented throughout the book.

Overall, I rate the book to be worthy of reading. It presents a simple and straightforward investment approach, and does not require an advanced degree in rocket science to implement it. All it really requires is a basic understanding of fractions, decimals and percents, and most important, a willingness to think and reason through the investment proposition. However, those of you with strong quantitative backgrounds will be very dismayed with this book (as I was initially), but as I said before, if you focus exclusively on Part One of the book and Chapter 22, then you will see a dramatic improvement in your investment results going forward.
Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing
Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing
Having read several books on Buffett and having done some research of my own, I sometimes wonder whether there is still more to learn about Buffett's investment strategies. Thankfully, this book is very insightful and while the points are not all new, the material is presented in thoughtful and interesting ways. Points such as the importance of superior management, low leverage financing for investors and firms, avoiding listening to most
talking heads, meaning of adequate diversification, emphasis on downside risk while looking for growth prospects, doing a lot of research before buying stocks gives you the conviction to have staying power and patience and will lower the chance you will panic when there is volatility in the stock price, are worth repeating.

I have particularly liked reading a book by an academic since the arguments/points are made in a logical manner consistent with general finance theory. Sometimes when you read stuff written by practitioners, the
reasoning is not entirely logical and sometimes inconsistent with general finance theory.

Prem is a well respected Accounting/Finance Professor and has taught at some of the best schools. Fortunately, he has avoided the dogmatic/ideological positions taken by many academics on the efficiency of markets and he allows for the possibility of above average returns for skilled investors. His personal investing experience may have influenced his opinion on these issues.

Finally, some of the valuation examples appear a bit too approximate. Prem's background in accounting and personal investing experience could be a potent combination that provides rich insight into various valuation aspects and deliver high dividends to his readers.
The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People (Bookbytes Executive Summary)
The Real Warren Buffett: Managing Capital, Leading People (Bookbytes Executive Summary)
I first read this book in 2003 and re-read it again in December 2010.

O'Loughlin's "The Real Warren Buffett: Managing capital, leading people" focuses on both Buffett's skill as an investor and his role as a business leader. Most people are perhaps more familiar with the first yet curiously we are likely to learn more from the second. Why, well because Buffett was "hard-wired" with the kind of logical mathematical brain that favoured him in investing whereas he had to learn to become a good leader.

This book is a great help in addressing how Buffett became a sucessful business leader. It talks about the "explosion" in Buffett's cognition after 20 years being a successful stock picker which came in part from his exposure to Charlie Munger, his subsequent business partner. Just as Benjamin Graham influenced his early approach to investing, Charlie Munger was an equally important influence on his later approach to investing and business leadership.

O'Loughlin highlights how Buffett first began to address the issue of the "institutional imperative" in organisations and then realised it applied to him as well. What is the institutional imperative? It refers to the tendency of organisations to resist any change to its current direction. Buffett liked to quote Churchill who said "you shape your houses and then your houses shape you" and Lord Keynes who said "The difficulty lies not in the new ideas but in escaping from the old ones". In Buffett's case this meant escaping the old ways of valuing businesses that he learned from Ben Graham and learning new ways he was exploring himself urged on by Munger.

In Buffett's case his imperative was to stay focused on stock picking or "renting stocks" as O'Loughlin refers to it, whereas Munger was encouraging him to look at value creation and at those businesses that had enduring franchises (the great businesses as Munger called them). Such businesses had a future whereas for most of Buffett's short-term stock picks, their best days were behind them.

Once he started to acquire these "great franchises" he was faced with a new problem, 'How to motivate their managers to stay running the business long after most had any financial need to do so'? Buffett's answer to this question is the main reason he is as successful as a business leader. How did do it?

His challenge was to get the new managers to continue to think like owners. He did this by guaranteeing their autonomy, but trusting them and by giving them a reputation to live up to. He encouraged them to "run their companies as if these are the sole asset of their families and will remain so for the next century" (Buffett, Letter to Shareholders, 1999).

Ralph Schey noted, "The greatest strength he has - giving you a lot of freedom to run the business the way you want. And that way, you can't pass the responsibility back to him" (ex CEO Scott Fetzer). Bill Child noted, "He has a way of motivating you. He trusts you so much that you just want to perform" (R.C. Willey Home Furnishings). On retiring after 20 years working with Berkshire, Ben Rosner commented to Buffett (paraphrase)"I know why it worked" he said "you forgot you bought the business and I forgot I sold it". In 2000 Buffett said, "in our last 36 years Berkshire has never had a manager of a significant subsidiary voluntarily leave to join another business".

In re-reading the book now, I am struck by the emphasis that O'Loughlin places on "development" which is of course central to my own research on Buffett. I am also reminded that just because a book is eight years old, and there have been many other books on Buffett since (most of which I have read), doesn't reduce this book's many useful insights.
Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It
Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It
This is something of a mixed bag, on one hand, Stengel was there, in the State Dept, on the other hand his biases show through rather blatantly.
Yes, there are factoids interspersed throughout the book, yet those same biases seem to drive the narrative and 'explanations' of the factoids.

While some of what is stated appears relatively benign as regards how the biases are managed, mangled and manipulated, the Anti-Trump narrative remains thinly veiled throughout.

As a book on misinformation, this book seems to indulge itself in the same basic process and Russia Today might, or ISIS, or any of the Eurocentric media outlets would use to convey a point of view based on a preferred outcome.

While honestly presenting myself as a Conservative Constitutionalist rather than a member of a specific political party, it is glaringly apparent that Stengel also has a bias toward all things "Progressive" (in my opinion)

I will confess some of the presumptive factoids are interesting as regards how the State Dept is run, and the inner workings are compartmentalized, the overall 'feel' of the book is one of carefully orchestrated informational chatter. In that vein, the chatter being a way to sanitize the lack of progress made in discerning and confronting the disinformation campaigns from those responsible within the US State Dept.

As for the last two chapters of the book, I only see them as an Obama Administration apologia, with sideline sections excoriating the brashness and non-diplomatic bumbling of the soon to be POTUS Donald Trump.

At best, this book will either feed a Liberal bias, or it will cement a predisposition of Conservative bias in the aftermath of what some of us see as the disastrous presidency of the most inept and Anti-American President ever foisted off on America, i.e. Barack Hussein Obama.
21 Success Sutras for CEOs: How Global CEOs Overcome Leadership Challenges in Turbulent Times to Build Good to Great Organizations
21 Success Sutras for CEOs: How Global CEOs Overcome Leadership Challenges in Turbulent Times to Build Good to Great Organizations
This book outlines organizational change, organizational development, and organizational leadership. It unfolds simple strategies to build great organizations globally. It inspires leaders at all levels, and provides tips, tools and techniques for CEOs. It enlightens them to look at the leadership challenges from strategic perspective, and inspires them to grow as great CEOs. The ideas and insights on leadership are well-punched.

The book is well written, the concepts are well organized and structured thus hitting the bulls’ eye. It is an innovative and inspiring book on CEOs. It is written in a conversational tone. Each word in this book is a pearl. It is one of the rare gems. It is a quick reference guide for executives, entrepreneurs, educators, learners, leaders and CEOs to enhance their leadership effectiveness and success.

I read many books on leadership and this book is one of the finest books I read in my lifetime. You can gift this book to your friends and they will thank you forever for your kind gesture. Strongly recommended reading this book!

This book outlines organizational change, organizational development, and organizational leadership. It unfolds simple strategies to build great organizations globally. It inspires leaders at all levels, and provides tips, tools and techniques for CEOs. It enlightens them to look at the leadership challenges from strategic perspective, and inspires them to grow as great CEOs. The ideas and insights on leadership are well-punched.

The book is well written, the concepts are well organized and structured thus hitting the bulls’ eye. It is an innovative and inspiring book on CEOs. It is written in a conversational tone. Each word in this book is a pearl. It is one of the rare gems. It is a quick reference guide for executives, entrepreneurs, educators, learners, leaders and CEOs to enhance their leadership effectiveness and success.

I read many books on leadership and this book is one of the finest books I read in my lifetime. You can gift this book to your friends and they will thank you forever for your kind gesture. Strongly recommended reading this book!

Stop Managing, Start Coaching
Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words (In Their Own Words)
I am not happy with the book. It is just chapter after chapter and paragraph after paragraph of quotes of words (for 144 pages) that have presumably been uttered by Oprah. Not even the introduction to the book was written by Oprah. For some reason I thought it was firstly a motivational book that one can read as a book and I was hoping Oprah would have had some input into it. It is just a book of separate quotes, which the two authors sorted under chapter headings. No sentences to link the quotes. I think a dictionary is more motivational. The title states "in her own words" and it is actually not correct and is quite deceiving. The book is about words that Oprah might have uttered, but it is not written by Oprah.
Oprah Winfrey Studios: OWN Studios
Oprah Winfrey Studios: OWN Studios
Oprah Winfrey Studios: OWN Studios by Candy Michelle Johnson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Katerina
Katerina
Before "Katerina," I was aware of James Frey, not for the right reasons, and not that I had any real opinion of those reasons, but I had never read any of his work. Then I read a few reviews saying that "Katerina" might have been the worst thing published this year -- which made me pay attention. You can't buy that kind of publicity.

The plot is simple: a series of mysterious Facebook messages stirs the memory of a middle-aged writer, someone who had once been great but made mistakes and now was getting by, heck was doing better than most, but hadn't been inspired in a long time. The memories bring him back, back to when he was lost kid who had picked up Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer," gotten wowed by its prose, and moved to Paris to soak up all the art, beauty and energy of that magical city. His hope is that by doing this he can become a writer himself; but not just any writer, a writer who, in his own words -- "burns the world down."

The problem is, Paris is... Paris. So he drinks. Drinks a lot. Drinks more than Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Bukowski combined. And when he isn't drinking he's dealing with the after-effects of drinking. Which doesn't stop him from sleeping with a handful of beautiful Parisian women. And falling in love. And writing a whole bunch of garbage. Which is the heart of the story, and the source of the mysterious Facebook messages.

If this all sounds slightly narcissistic, I mean... it is. And yet the book serves as a kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy; our young narrator puts us in Paris with him, all unbridled energy, ambition and libido. He drinks and has sex and writes and reads and drinks and has more sex and writes and reads and fights and has even more sex and drinks and has sex again and drinks and drinks and drinks and has sex one last time and then drinks and drinks and drinks some more. The self-loathing does become a bit tiring and the plot is little more than a gap year abroad -- the cartoon version -- and still, you can't put the thing down. Or, at least I couldn't. You just don't see books like this anymore.

In the end, what I liked most was the narrator's naivety. Here is a dumb kid who, even as an adult, wants to be a legend. And isn't afraid to say so. He self-loathes and self-destructs, but never loses that tender sincerity, that undying spirit, that life-long search for the next great romance, rarely found in life itself, but undeniably present in books, art, music!

And that is what "Katerina" ultimately is — a rekindling of that flame, a rediscovery of a time long forgotten, when romance was real, and to one particular young author, everything was possible.
My Forty Years With Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)
My Forty Years With Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)
If you like business histories your normal challenge is to find books written by or about the founder or management during the years of your interest (in my case the first 40 years or so).

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

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

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

It is fun to see that there is more than one way that people go about accomplishing great things. You can read these stories and think about what helped them succeed and what you might do differently.
Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits
Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits
2017 is the Queen of Soul's retirement year and we have been so lucky to be able to enjoy her many jewels over the past many decades. Most of them are included here, from Respect, Think, Say A Little Prayer, Rock Steady, Freeway of Love, Zoomin', Willing to Forgive, to duets with Whitney, George M and George B. Glaringly missing are the brilliant Luther Vandross-produced hits, Jump to It and Get It Right, which would have been much better than tracks like the dire duet with Elton John and Jumpin Jack Flash - Thelma Houston owns that song. The artwork could have been better, especially as the music covers much more than her earlier years. Also, I think chronological of the songs would have made better sense than the random mode here. There are many great female singers out there, indeed Aretha recently cut a tribute CD to them, but there's only one Queen and that's Aretha herself. Wishing her longevity in retirement, although her music will be played for many centuries to come.
Aretha
Aretha
At the close of the Seventies, Aretha Franklin jumped ship at Atlantic Records, where her white-hot star had slowly and sadly burned out, and joined Arista. This self titled album was her debut for Clive Davis' now famous label, and was the begining of her rise from the ashes during the 1980's. It's not a BAD album - certainly not as bad as the cover photo would lead you to believe. Aretha looks like a Cosby Mom, not the Queen of Soul, with her tidy hair and her middle-aged clothing. But that is superficial. What's inportant is the music inside. The covers are at times inspired ( "What A Fool Believes" is given the Aretha stamp of approval ) and at times rather obvious ( "I Can't Turn You Loose" is embarressing and sterile, a desperate stab at making yet another Otis Redding song an Aretha clssic, a la "Respect" ). There are a few originals, but they are mostly forgetable. She would go on to loftier heights ( "Who's Zoomin' Who?" was less than five years away ) and in retrospect this is a rather humble begining. One thing I cannot believe is that this out of print and forgotten album is being offered for sale as a USED CD for almost one hundred dollars! There are either some money hungry people out there, or some foolish die-hard Aretha fans who missed this the first time around. I'll sell you mine for what I paid for it.
Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
I wavered between 4 and 5 stars for this review. I finally settled on 4, because the lengthy intro (almost 2 minutes) sounds dated and cheap. I would rate the intro as 1 star.

However, when Aretha finally begins to sing, it is 5 stars all the way. The whole song is almost 5.5 minutes, so Aretha's part is roughly 3.5 minutes of pure soul--pure joy!

The Simon and Garfunkel original is better--5 stars from beginning to end-- but Aretha's version gives it a different, and for the most part delightful, twist.
Singing And Swinging Together (Jazz Club)
Singing And Swinging Together (Jazz Club)
1 You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) 3:55
2 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin 3:51
3 Summertime 4:59
4 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off 4:11
5 Can't We Be Friends? 3:45
6 Stars Fell On Alabama 3:32
7 Dream A Little Dream Of Me 3:05
8 Moonlight In Vermont 3:41
9 Love Is Here To Stay 3:58
10 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You? 4:12
11 Stompin' At The Savoy 5:12
12 Tenderly 5:06
13 Would You Like To Take A Walk? 3:15
14 A Fine Romance 3:52
15 Cheek To Cheek 5:52
16 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 3:09
17 They Can't Take That Away From Me 4:38
18 April In Paris 6:35

Original recordings, 1950 - 1957
Digitally remastered
Dylan & Petty - Live on the Radio '86
Dylan & Petty - Live on the Radio '86
Sehr interessantes Radio-Konzert von 1986.Bob Dylan wurde damals während der Tour von Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers auf der Bühne begleitet. Herausgekommen ist dabei tatsächlich so eine Art Mischung beider Hauptakteure, es werden bekannte Dylan und Tom Petty-Songs gespielt.Die Heartbreakers sind dabei sehr präsent und wie immer Klasse.Über den Live-Gesang von Dylan bei diesem Konzert kann ich mutmaßlich nur sagen, dass seine Stimme echt angegriffen und dünn wirkt, jedenfalls kein Vergleich beispielsweise zu dem Live-Album 'Before the Flood' von 1974, das ich zuvor gehört habe.Die Klangqualität der ersten 10 Titel ist wirklich super, die letzten 4 etwas schwächer, ich war trotzdem angenehm überrascht von dieser Aufnahme, die ja nie offiziell veröffentlicht wurde.Das unverwüstliche 'Knocking on heavens Door'ist hier zudem in einer sehr schönen Version zu hören-die Mundharmonika am Anfang ist einfach fantastisch.
Frozen Drink Maker, Mixer and Ice Crusher Machine for Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, Shaved Ice Treats or Slushy Desserts by Classic Cuisine
Frozen Drink Maker, Mixer and Ice Crusher Machine for Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, Shaved Ice Treats or Slushy Desserts by Classic Cuisine
Not quite what I had in mind. Depends on individual preference I suppose. Guess I am spoiled to the snow my Ninja makes. Haven’t made a mixed drink yet, but the ice produced by the fine setting, in my opinion, will make a lumpy drink. Cord storage is more trouble than it’s worth. Paddle seems too short for unit. Leaves several ice cubes untouched. My kids old manually operated snowball maker shaved ice way better. Very small pitcher. Doesn’t lock in well. Love the color. For me, I will stick to the Ninja for shaved ice.
Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3 Fish Oil, Piña Colada, 16-oz
Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3 Fish Oil, Piña Colada, 16-oz
I have used this and the mango flavour for the last year. I certainly prefer the taste of the mango as I can still taste the fish through this flavour but this is obviously a personal thing. There are several things I do not like however. We found these flavours far too sweet, they use Xylitol in the product which is an artificial sweetener although one of the better ones.Unfortunately the price of this has also gone through the roof with most suppliers and in my view is now greatly over priced as you can obtain other high quality oils in capsule form which match this.
Tree Hut 24 hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter Coco Colada, 7oz, Hydrating Moisturizer with Pure Shea Butter for Nourishing Essential Body Care
Tree Hut 24 hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter Coco Colada, 7oz, Hydrating Moisturizer with Pure Shea Butter for Nourishing Essential Body Care
This shea butter lotion is AMAZING! I started using this brand about a year ago. I have really dry skin, almost like diabetic dry skin, even though I am not diabetic. I have tried so many lotions and none worked, EXCEPT this one! This shea butter lotion feels amazing and does not have that greasy feel like a lot of lotions do. It really works on my dry skin. I use it all over in the morning after my shower and then again at night. It comes in so many wonderful scents too, I've tried them all. As long as Tree Hut makes this shea butter lotion I will buy it. It has been my miracle lotion, I swear by this stuff only now. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this for people who suffer very dry skin.
Still On The Run - The Jeff Beck Story
Still On The Run - The Jeff Beck Story
The beginning is fantastic, with Jeff and Jimmy Page, his mate, talking about making their own guitars as youngsters, listening to early rock, and trying to duplicate the guitar solos from the records. From those early days, Beck was fascinated with the sound of the electric guitar, and was and remains a pioneer of the instrument's sonic capacities. With the Yardbirds he was able to create the sound of the sitar, making a sitar unnecessary. He refused to compromise his artistic integrity, quitting the Yardbirds two gigs into an American tour with a teenybop revue. He broke up the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart shortly before Woodstock because he thought performing would stamp and freeze his sound in 1969 forever.

The documentary skips one of my favorite albums, "Rough and Ready," but focuses extensively on the great jazz/rock fusion albums "Blow By Blow" and "Wired," including interviews with producer George Martin and keyboardist Jan Hammer. The film makes clear how John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra opened Beck's mind to the possibilities of instrumental music (no vocals) which he has mainly pursued ever since.

There are interviews with many of his collaborators and fellow guitarists including Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Slash, Joe Perry, and several of the women he has recruited for his band on guitar, bass, and vocals in recent years. His love of hot rods is included, with footage of him working on and driving the cars he has built. Technique is featured as well, including his turn to finger picking sans pick and his exquisite production of overtones.

There is a clip of Jimmy Page inducting him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Beck, Page, and the band playing "Immigrant Song" and then segueing into "Beck's Bolero."

This is a great overview for any Jeff Beck fan, and a good introduction for any new fan. It doesn't cover everything, and any long-time fan is likely to have something in mind they wish were included that was left out. Personally, I think it would have been cool to include the fact that Beck turned down an offer to replace Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones, which he has recounted in interviews! He created "Blow by Blow" and "Wired" instead.

Check it out.
The Christmas Mouse
The Christmas Mouse
Here is the real Christmas story, so refreshing in the midst of so much hype about Christmas which has nothing to do with the original event. It is a delightful story told from the point of view of a mouse who witnesses something truly amazing. A lovely book for small children, beautifully illustrated and a joy to read.
Go For the Green
Go For the Green
gave this to my 13 year old son for Easter. He's been playing golf since he was two. It's short and sweet and relates to golf and so it's the right amount for him to read while he's eating breakfast in the morning. Not giving it 5 stars because he could do without the golf tips included on the devotions.
Grudge Race
Grudge Race
Sasha Johnston is trash.. her and her flunky with 10 yr old Bieber haircut with short sleeve hooded tshirt .. gone extend the track because she know she trash waiting for those turbos to kick in.. then quoting Paul Walker.. what a disgrace.
True Nation by DXL Big and Tall Marvel Captain America Graphic Tee
True Nation by DXL Big and Tall Marvel Captain America Graphic Tee
I'm 6'2", 485 lbs. I usually wear 5XL but for this shirt I bought 6XLT because of the prime option available at the time. The shirt is made with good fabric and really comfotable. There's some wiggling room for movements and it sits long to my bottom. I like my shirt a little longer anyway. It's true to size.
Train Like A Celebrity
Train Like A Celebrity
I was excited to see this as we've heard about celebrity transformations. There are some good workout ideas, but overall, I don't think this is very useful (I have my master's degree in health science and I'm a certified personal trainer). We don't really see the celebrities working out, and the demonstrations are basic with no plans, and really don't show how to use properly. If you know what you are doing it will only reinforce what you already know, if you don't, it won't help you much. I only write this review because I was disappointed and hope to see more comprehensive extended versions in the future.
Angry Video Game Nerd
Angry Video Game Nerd
As a big fan of AVGN who has missed out on the previously-released DVDs, I was glad I waited and was able to get this collection on Blu-Ray!

Let me just get some technical stuff out of the way right up front since it is important: While this is a Blu-Ray disc, the content is all in 480i Standard Definition. These are not HD, they're not even standard DVD quality (480p). They're also presented in "Full Screen" (4:3, black bars on the sides). It's not until the very final episode that the video format was switched to widescreen (16:9) and 720p.
The discs are region free according to the boxart. There are individual chapters for each episode and a play all option. There are no subtitles on the disc.
The reason these are on a Blu-Ray disc is that they can hold so much space. Disc 1 has 19 hours of episodes on it! Also keep in mind these were filmed for the web years ago in standard definition, so there is no HD version of a lot of this content.
The set comes on 2 pressed Blu-Ray discs (not BD-R's)

The Blu-Ray itself boots up instantly to the menu.
No waiting through company logos, just right to the menu screen. Awesome.
Options on the main menu are Play-All, Episode Select (8 per screen -- I wish they would have upped this number as you need to scroll through pages and pages to get to the later episodes) and Commentaries.

As of this review, there are 137 episodes of AVGN -- this Blu-Ray contains the first 100. I believe this is the first 6 or so previously-released DVDs combined onto a blu-ray set. There are a few more recent volumes out there and I hope they later get combined into a 2nd Blu-Ray set since the quality is higher. Maybe a new set containing episodes 101-150? I'd love to see it.

CONTENT: If you're looking at this set, you know who the Angry VideoGame Nerd is. This is the same content online, just packed onto a Blu-Ray set and loaded with extras.

CHANGES: Some content has been removed (for legal purposes?) -- games that previously had movie footage (such as AVGN #6: Back to the Future) have the movie footage removed. It's pretty seamless, but the review is more entertaining/flows better with the footage in-place.

VIDEO: As mentioned, episodes 1-99 are in 480i, episode 100 is in 720p. These are typically lower-budget DVD quality, but that's exactly how these were filmed. The video quality (especially on the early episodes) are higher-quality than the same videos on youtube. Game footage if where you notice issues the most -- these appear to be recorded on VHS, transferred to a computer for editing and then produced for the web. I won't mark the set down for these issues as that's how they're filmed and it's the best they've looked. Just don't go in expecting a Blu-Ray looking set.
Some of the extras are also in 720p (disc 2) but the quality seems to be high-compressed for online rather than a disc, so the quality still isn't too great.

Extras:
Disc 1 contains 5 commentaries:
AVGN #24 (Spider-Man), #31 (Bugs Bunnys Birthday Blowout), #87 (Ninja Gaiden), #92 (Game-Glitches) and #100 (R.O.B. the Robot)

Disc 2 is loaded with special features. I've heard there are 7 hours worth and I believe that. The "Special Features" option has 6 pages of extras
Some of these are a little weird like the "Piece of Meat" britney spears music video cover with AVGN cameos ;)
Unfortunately there is no Play-All option on the extras. You can only view 1 extra at a time before it takes you back to the main menu and you need to navigate through the 6 pages of extras to find where you left off.
Hey James! You know what's BS? When a Blu-Ray disc is loaded with a hundred extras and you have to go through the list after each one to find the next one!

Also on disc 2 are a set of outtakes (19 of them, WITH a play-all option) - these run about an hour and 20 minutes total.

OVERALL: If you own the earlier DVD sets, you don't really need this unless you want all of the content on 1 disc. As far as I can tell, this content is all from the first 6 DVDs with no new extras added. Quality is also the same (except for a couple of the 720p pieces). The big benefit here is to get this set as a collection. 1 disc, 19 hours of AVGN.. and then another disc full of extras. Hard to go wrong with that. For that, I give it 5 stars.
The quality is iffy but it's also the best these have ever looked, so I can't blame them for that. It makes sense to load up a Blu-Ray (50GB) with content when a DVD is so limited (4.5 to 9GB).

As a big fan of the series who missed the earlier DVD Releases, I'm glad to have this. I wish they would've gone past episode 100 with this (since those are out on home-video) but I won't fault them for it. 100 episodes is a nice round number.
Blade 3: Trinity
Blade 3: Trinity
I went into this movie feeling slightly wary because of all the negative things I've heard about it from other people and they do have reason to hate it. The action isn't bad but feels a little boring compared to the previous movies. The characters of Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and Danica Talos (Parker Posey) really annoyed me. Hannibal King is supposed to be a Nightstalker but he proves useless in his fight scenes and spends most of the movie being injured or captured. His dialogue was also pretty stupid, one perfect example being 'I'm sorry, I've had too much sugar today'. Meanwhile Danica Talos is just an overgrown brat who has tantrums when things don't go her way and has a stupid fashion sense, that includes her hair styles, particularly the one she wears in the third act. In fact all of Talos' minions annoyed me. One of my favorite things about the Blade franchise is that the vampires are actually scary but Trinity's vampires are far from it, especially the vampire dogs, which is really disappointing. The treatment of Dracula is also a let down. When I first saw him in human form, I felt a little disappointed. The choice to use the daddy of all vampires was a great one but calling him 'Drake' is stupid. I didn't feel like he posed much of a threat. He came across like a white, full vampire version of Blade. Blade is a great character but there's no need to have two of him in the same movie. David S. Goyer wrote all three of the Blade films but I don't understand where he's gone wrong with Trinity as he did a great job with the previous two movies. I hated the decision to kill of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) very early on in the movie. It would have been interesting to see him interact with his daughter Abigail (Jessica Biel) who was actually a great character, far more badass than King. She is actually capable of taking down vampires on her own, as proved in the train station sequence, but she isn't completely cold hearted at the same time. Wesley Snipes continues to prove he was well cast as Blade but his performance reflected the off screen feud he had with the movie which is sad. Blade's attitude in this film is basically just 'i don't give a shit anymore, as long as i get to kill vampires' which is a shame. Overall, I agree that Trinity is definitely the worst of the Blade trilogy but while it does have a lot of faults, it's not as bad as most people make it out to be.
Marvel Black Panther Boys Pajamas
Marvel Black Panther Boys Pajamas
Brought for my average sized boy and the first set I bought for age 7-8 was way too small. I don't have to buy another set age 9 to 10 which fit him perfectly.
Unfortunately there is no drawstring tie for the waist for the shorts
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles
This movie is almost ten years old, so most of the young cast has moved on to bigger and better things (hopefully). The star of the movie is young Freddie Hightower, who plays a duel role as both twin boys, Jared and Simon Grace. After their parents separate, they and their older sister Mallory, played by Sarah Bolger, are taken by their mother to live in an old house that was once owned by their great aunt. Upon exploring the house, Jared finds a book that was written by their great aunt's father, and which turns out to be a vast store of knowledge about the world of magical creatures. Unfortunately, an ogre named Mulgarath is desperate to get the book for himself, for the knowledge contained in its pages will allow him to take over the world. This set of circumstances sets Jared and his siblings off on a series of adventures to protect the book from Mulgarath and to save their family. Many will probably remember Freddie Hightower from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," where he played Charlie Bucket opposite Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka. Within the last few years he has played a number of roles, including a young Norman Bates in the television series "Bates Motel," and he does an excellent job here as two boys who may look alike but have totally different personalities.
While this movie was panned by some critics when it first came out for relying too heavily on special effects, this is a story that has as some of its central characters ogres, trolls, hobgoblins, and one brownie that suffers from anger management issues, so I really don't know what the critics were thinking they were going to see but a bunch of computer animated magical creatures. These creatures are voiced by a stellar cast, including Martin Short, Seth Rogan, and Ron Perlman. Rounding out the cast are Nick Nolte as Mulgarath and Mary-Louise Parker as the disbelieving mother. The whole thing turns into a fast-paced romp of an adventure that will delight adults as well as children, and I would highly recommend it for an afternoon with the grandkids.
The Lord of the Rings 2020 Wall Calendar
The Lord of the Rings 2020 Wall Calendar
I got it as a gift and they loved it! As for quality I am not sure how it is, but I looked at the pictures in the back of the calendar and they looked pretty nice . Good gift idea for a lord of the rings fan!
One Piece - Vol.3
One Piece - Vol.3
Produto q assim como o volume 2 veio em estado quase perfeito exceto por um pequeno defeito na capa na parte inferior onde o plástico se desgastou um pouco mas em termo de condição das folhas tava muito bom
Daring to Dream (Dream Trilogy Book 1)
Daring to Dream (Dream Trilogy Book 1)
I loved this book and am so impressed with it as an entree to a trilogy. It all leads up to chemistry of the two romantic leads and they absolutely have this in spades, as well as the chemistry and deep friendship between three women. Dreamer, Margo Sullivan, moves as a young girl with her mother from Ireland when her mother takes a housekeeping job with a wealthy, Hotel Chain owning, Templeton family. Margo is essentially welcomed as a member of the family and sister to young Laura and Josh Templeton, as well as an orphaned cousin Kate who also grows up with them in the lap of luxury. Although Margo has always been treated as an equal, she's always aware that the dream is not hers and she grows up with goals that one day she'll have what the Templetons have. To help her obtain that dream, headstrong Margo grows into a stunning young woman and when she turns eighteen, she decides to move to LA to try her hand as a model. She ends up becoming fairly successful in the European market and during a vacation with one of her lovers, she ends up arrested, discovering that said lover is married and a criminal. Due to her lavish lifestyle and her lack of attention to where her money has been syphoned, Margo hits rock bottom and has to figure out what to do next.

Hotel attorney and owner, Josh Templeton, practically Margo's brother with absolutely no blood relation, doesn't know when it happened, but growing up with Margo, he can't help but admit that he's hopelessly in love with her. Josh has watched Margo traipse around the world with her lovers and modeling gigs for 10 years while he secretly watches and waits for his opportunity to sweep her off her feet. He's been an integral part of her life, but he's never found the right time to introduce the concept of anything outside of their platonic relationship.

As Margo is trying to straighten out her life, she ends up rushing home to California to help support Laura Templeton through an ugly divorce and she leans on her two best friends Kate, an accountant, and Laura, a mother and heiress, for support of her own. With no liquid assets and rooms full of luxury stuff she's accumluated over the past ten years, Margo, Laura and Kate, with a little push from Josh, decide to go into the consignment business to sell her things. This provides a career opportunity for Margo, a distraction for Laura, and an investment for Kate.

Throughout the trials and tribulations of starting a new business, Josh is there every step of the way to provide encouragement as well as a reality check for some of Margo's wild ideas but it's the perfect opportunity for them to get together. The sparks absolutely fly between the two and the "girl time" between Margo, Kate and Laura is absolutely precious. This is truly a wonderful story of love and friendship without the misunderstandings and catty backstabbing that can come along with very human emotions. You can connect with Margo's envy of everyone around her, yet it doesn't turn into ugly jealousy and her growth from spoiled princess to, well, spoiled mature woman, is totally believable. It was a great journey and when I find myself needing a little pick me up, I can always turn back to rereading Daring to Dream. The best part is, there's two additional books, Kate and Laura's stories, to follow this one that provide a peak into this happily ever after.
The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas
The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas
The First story "Home for Christmas" was a cute Christmas Story. It was a little fast paced and a little predictable. I wished that Jason and Faith didn't jump into sex so fast, but it was a sweet story of love and hope. If Nora had just made it longer,instead of making it fast paced it'd have been better. Over all it's a cute story that i enjoyed.

The Second Story "All I Want for Christmas" is the cutest story. About twin six year old boys, Zack and Zeke, and how this write a letter to Santa asking for a mom, wait not a mom "THE mom". It's a totally cute story, and you totaly fall inlove with The boys as well as with Nell and Mac.

Now, "Gabriel's Angel" was my favorite, and the reason i bought this book. I had previously read it, and i loved it so much i had to have it for myself! i ordered it with the other two novells instead of by itself because i wanted to read the others as well, but lets get to my review. This is about Laura, pregnant and alone, she is running from her baby's father's parents. She finds herself in the hands of Gabriel Bradley, a famous artist, in a cabin by themselves. Stuck in a snow storm for days, she must put her and her baby in his hands. A bit of a scrooge, Gabe is, but he takes them in. Little by little she opens up her story to him, and little by little they fall inlove. What started out as a marriage for money to help Laura keep custody of the baby, ended up with love, hope, and trust.

I HIGHLY recomend this book, if mostly for Gabriel's Angel.!!
A MacGregor Christmas: A 2-in-1 Collection
A MacGregor Christmas: A 2-in-1 Collection
I found it very hard to follow and I found the print for me was very small! It seems to be a copy of the outlander series!! It seemed to be about the same time frame and I kept comparing it to that series!!
Dubrovsky (Pushkin's Prose)
Dubrovsky (Pushkin's Prose)
This is a fine novel. It is not outstanding, but it is not bad, either.

Fine, however, is typically not what readers look for in a novel. The fact is that this is a simple adventure story that lacks the narrative greatness of Tolstoy, the impeccable structuring of Turgenev, or the psychological insights of Dostoevsky. What makes this more important, as a novel, is that it is a highly-accessible way to read Pushkin. Why might you want to do that, you might ask? Well, if you are ever planning on reading any of the later Russian greats, you will hear Pushkin's name very often. In some ways, I think it is safe to say that Pushkin's importance to the Russian novel is analogous to Dickens' importance to the English novel.

One thing it is important to note: This novel was never finished. While the novel has somewhat of a climax, those of you wanting a traditional denouement should look elsewhere.
The Shot
The Shot
I have always adored Russian literature, but, for some reason, I have never read anything by Pushkin (1799-1837). Obviously, his best known work is Eugine Onegin, but I could not resist trying this short story on kindle (especially as it is currently available free). The story has been given a modern translation, designed so the reader can understand references without checking footnotes. I suspect this will understandably divide opinions, but it does make the story accessible to those who might want to try Pushkin’s work, but not know where to begin.

Our narrator is an army officer, stationed at a remote village. There is little to do there and so, although there is an older man who is sarcastic and ill tempered, the officers all attend his open table. The man, named Silvio by our narrator, is obviously a very impressive fellow and so there is much astonishment when, after an argument at cards, he does not demand the satisfaction of a duel. This obviously harms his reputation, but Silvio explains his reasons and there is, of course, a twist to the tale. A very enjoyable story and beautifully written.
Trailing West
Trailing West
4 star audiobook of short stories by Louis L’Amour, not to be confused with the movie “Trailin’ West” (1936), an old black and white western.

I enjoyed these L’Amour tales more than the “Border Legion” (2 star) and “Big Country Vol 1” (3 star) audiobooks, about the same as the L’Amour short collection audiobook with “One for the Mojave Kid,” Lonigan,” and “War Party,” (4 star) and the L’Amour short collection containing “There’s always a Trail,” “Home in the Valley,” and “Monument Rock” and the “Wolf Tracker” (4 star) audiobook and “The Walking Drum” (4 star) audiobook which is a historic fantasy novel unlike any other L’Amour story I’ve read or heard.

I’m currently reading “Haunted Mesa” which is different than other L’Amour novels I’ve read. At just over 120 pages in I’d give the story 3 stars if I reviewed it today. There is way too much self-reflection with the protagonist, Mike Raglan, where he ponders strings of questions, pages of this stuff, in chapter after chapter, to the point I want to scream, “Enough already! Drive on and tell the story!” The disjointed nature of the novel is also distracting. For instance, on page 100 Raglan and police office Gallagher are out in the country at a kiva. Gallagher says, “All right, let’s look at the kiva.” That’s the last line of the chapter. The next chapter begins with a different scene. Then on page 111 Raglan has one of his many extended periods of introspection and wonders why he didn’t check the kiva. But we were led to believe he checked the kiva with Gallagher on p100. This type of thing goes on over and over as Raglan spends half of his time ruminating in these self-interrogations with strings of redundant questions. Another example is on p109 where Raglan is talking alone with Gallagher and says, “That book had my mark on it” which is a major plot development, but this is also the last line of a chapter. The next chapter begins with an unrelated scene and more of Raglan’s meditations. You’ll want to scream along with me, “Get on with the story already!”

“Haunted Mesa” is making me think of other authors that have became different storytellers, as they got older. Or maybe it’s me. Or both. I love Robert A. Heinlein’s early work, sci-fi novels written in the fifties and sixties, but the stories he wrote in the seventies and eighties don’t appeal to me. The same with John Norman’s first half a dozen Gor fantasy novels, written in the sixties and seventies. They were great adventure stories, but then his books got longer, bloated with boring, distracting crap, and he even changed the protagonist from a male to a female in book seven. It was as if Norman was losing his mind. That’s how I feel about L’Amour. The last L’Amour novel I read was “Hondo” written in 1953. It was good. I gave it 5 stars. “Haunted Mesa” was written in 1987. Like Heinlein and Norman, his earlier work was better.

I’ve recently been listening to some Graphic Audio audiobooks with western stories by William W. Johnstone. If you’re in a reading mode I recommend “True Grit” (1968) by Charles Portis; “Riders of the Purple Sage,” The Trail Rider,” or “The Rainbow Trail” all by Zane Grey; “The Time it Never Rained” (1973) by Elmer Kelton; or “The Monkey Wrench Gang” (1975) by Edward Abbey. The last two novels aren’t traditional westerns, but they take place in the west and are unique.
Asteriks - Ispanya'da
Asteriks - Ispanya'da
album de BD turcophone à couverture cartonnée souple ancien (1997) traduction d'Astérix en Hispanie; cette quatorzième aventure des célèbres héros de Goscinny et Uderzo fait partie des oeuvres de la maturité et, étant une des plus connues, et elle a marqué nombre de lecteurs dans leur jeunesse; le dessin des différents personnages est parfait (contrairement au tous premiers épisodes où il se cherche encore), les dialogues et l'intrigue sont truculents et les gags sont toujours aussi drôles (qui ne se souvient pas du passeur basque ou des huttes sur roues à la frontière espagnole?), on est en présence d'une des meilleures des histoires de la série, celle-ci est bien ficelée et on passe un bon moment; le turc est indéchiffrable pour les non locuteurs même si l'on est bien aidé par la fantastique dessin d'Uderzo; cette édition Remzi Kitabevi grand format est de type bon marché, les textes lisibles le papier est peu solide et l'absence de couverture rigide rebutera les vrais collectionneurs de BD; idéale pour découvrir le turc tout en s'amusant même si un bon dictionnaire s'avérera indispensable pour comprendre certains jeux de mots
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Das Matarese-Mosaik: Roman (German Edition)
Das Matarese-Mosaik: Roman (German Edition)
Ich habe die Robert Ludlum-Bücher früher (vor 20 Jahren) verschlungen, fand sie superspannend und toll geschrieben. Die Matarese-Bücher hatte ich am allerliebsten. Inzwischen ist man - was Krimis betrifft - jedoch etwas anderes gewöhnt. Heute ist alles schneller, spannender, brutaler. Man selbst ist anbspruchsvoller. Das macht die Ludlum-Bücher nicht schlechter, aber sie gefallen mir auch nicht mehr so. Der 2. Teil (Matarese-Mosaik) ging mir schon fast auf den Nerv, weil die Agenten so weichgepült waren und sich ständig mit "altes Mädel", "mein Junge", "Schweinebacke", "mein Liebling" etc. anredeten. Ich werde mit keine weiteren Ludlum-Bücher kaufen.
Wer die Handlung nicht kennt: Es sind beides Agentenkrimis mit internationaler Besetzung. Es geht um eine Organisation (Matarese), die die Weltherrschaft an sich reißen will und dabei überbuchstädlich über Leichen geht. Ein amerikanischer und ein sowjetischer Agent wollen dies verhindern. Die Story hat mir nach wie vor sehr gefallen, aber das "Drumherum" und die Schreibweise nicht mehr so.
Die Borowski-Herrschaft
Die Borowski-Herrschaft
Zweiter Teil über Jason Bourne. Ein Killer in China armt Jason Bourne nach. Sofort sind einige Geheimdienstler verängstigt und versuchen den echten Jason Bourne anzuheuern. Und ganz zufällig wird zum selben Zeitpunkt Jasons Frau entführt. Also muss Jason erneut zum Killer werden, den er so hasst und begibt sich nach China, wo er schnell begreift, dass die Sachlage doch nicht so ist, wie er zunächst dachte. Wieder einmal muss er auch gegen seine vermeintlich eigenen Leute kämpfen.

Der zweite teil ist meiner Meinung nach besser als der erste. Noch spannender und vor allem actionreicher.
Black Jack, Vol. 4
Black Jack, Vol. 4
If you're reading this review, you probably already know that Osamu Tezuka is known as the "God of Manga" in Japan. You know that before becoming an artist full-time, Tezuka graduated from medical school. Tezuka's most developed character is "Black Jack," a "super doctor," an un-licensed maverick who is a fantastic surgeon. His exploits are so over-the-top, he must be Tezuka's dream of what a doctor could be. He has his flaws, such as his scarred face, and his greed for money, which at this point in the series we don't really understand.

You may be wondering "does Tezuka keep creating the magic in this volume of Black Jack stories?" The answer is a resounding Yes!

In this volume, we get to know Black Jack on a deeper level of course, but not only that, we get to understand Pinoko. Tezuka has subtly increased Pinoko's role throughout the series. At this point in the series, she is often an integral part of each Black Jack story. By the end of this volume, Pinoko is acting as his assistant in the operating room. Did he teach her this? When did this shift occur? I'm not sure.

Especially touching in this volume is a chapter called "Pinoko Love Story." The character arc from irritating self-centered 2-year-old to her willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice is complete. Pinoko becomes a living, breathing, real character in this book.
Grey's Anatomy Season 7
Grey's Anatomy Season 7
I was so excited to get started with this series. I've grown to really love the characters and am usually caught sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens. This series has really stepped up a gear I think because some of the previous series have been a bit slower and not so gripping (still good, but not the usual brilliance of Greys).

This time around we see some interesting storylines. Teddy gets quite an interesting story which stretches throughout the entire series so that was nice since she doesn't often get much of a look-in. Additionally, there are a couple of clinical trials going on (one of which is a dementia trial) which is interesting to see because obviously a number of the characters have a particular history with this disease.

I don't like to say too much because even the slightest things can put ideas into our heads about what's going to happen. All I'll say is that the anticipated tragedy at the end of every series is as gripping as ever. This time though guess what? The producers have really gone all out and there's a musical episode!! I know - it's exciting! Alongside that, there are a couple of other interesting episodes like one episode which is a filming of a tv show explaining the shooting from the previous series. That's a brilliant episode and you can imagine that had it been real, that's exactly what would have happened.

Overall, definitely a great series - I was laughing as much as I did in the first and second series.
Richard Scarry's Busiest People Ever!
Richard Scarry's Busiest People Ever!
Lowly Worm, Goldbug, Sergeant Murphy...Richard Scarry enthralled my two sons and now 30+ years later my twin grandsons. These are books toddlers can spend hours with on their own (yay!). Goldbug isn't in this one, but the boys enjoy looking for Lowly in all kinds of crazy places, not to mention checking out all the movement and funny characters (Bananas Gorilla appears in this book). So, two generations and still a very favorite.

I was delighted to find this book via an Amazon seller, and at a good price.
Possessing the Witch
Possessing the Witch
It doesn't matter what genre Elle James writes. This lady captures my attention and holds me spellbound throughout the entire book.

Possessing the Witch is a fabulous paranormal romance with all types of different paranormal themes. I have to say I was completely fascinated by this storyline.

Selene Chattox has the special ability to read minds and know when someone is in trouble. She knew someone was in horrible trouble when she found Gryph Leone. Gryph was horribly injured when Selene takes him home to try to help him. Selene has is a very caring witch that I admired very quickly. She goes to great lengths to help those in need.

Gryph is a lion shifter and isn't always able to control when he shifts. He's one tough guy with a huge heart that I could not help but adore quickly.

Selene and her sisters are a bunch that I would love to meet. These ladies work well together and are able to find some really creative ways to get themselves and Gryph out of some horrible situations. I hope the rest of the sisters will get a chance to have their stories told because I would love to read more about the Chattox sisters. Witches are one of my favorite paranormal characters. I loved the powers that Ms. James wrote for Selene and her sisters.

Selene and Gryph work great together. They also have an intense attraction for each other. However they have a lot of obstacles they must over come if they are going to find their way together. They both have unique abilities that they are afraid to share with the other. They have unique families and responsibilities.

Possessing the Witch is full of suspense, drama, and some steamy love scenes. Overall this is a great story that I could not put down. Just about the time I would think that everyone was safe and all was going to be fine, something else would happen. There was literally danger around every corner.

I have to say I was completely surprised by one of the bad guys in the story. Wow Ms. James done a great job of leading up to that one. Of course I am not going to tell you who it is. You need to grab up a copy of this story now and find out for yourself.

If you enjoy a great paranormal story with witches and shifters you really need to grab Possessing the Witch. If you are fan of Elle James' romantic suspense stories I think you will love this one as well. I know I couldn't read this book fast enough to see what was going to happen next.

I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Possessing the Witch.
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story
This comic book / graphic novel has gotten a fair bit of criticism because many feel it did not offer a fresh perspective on Claudia or the events of Interview with the Vampire, but was rather too close a story to the original written in Interview with the Vampire. I think that this is criticism too harsh. The novel Interview with the Vampire, told from the perspective of Louis, features Claudia as one of the main characters. This graphic novel does indeed follow the same timeline as Louis’s tale with little deviation to “new” event, but we do see a very distinctive Claudia perspective, with gives “new” insight into the events we know per Louis. The illustrations done by Ashley Marie Witter were absolutely, no question, beautiful. Every character exuded delicate beauty--the expressions and movements were all immaculately wrought. I found the usage of color to be quite effective, as well. The novel was done in an off-white and black tone, aside from the occasional use of colors like red to emphasize blood. I felt that this occasional use of bold color added emotion, passion, and indeed violence to the appropriate scenes. It also expressed how very important blood is to the immortal... the only true vibrant color in the dark world. It is true that the essential story is nothing new, but there were moments when the perspective of Claudia gave something new to an event. Because instead of seeing things from the eyes of Louis, we get to see Claudia as she was, as she thought, and come to understand a bit more about what motivated her. And, sadly, just how much she loved Louis. But yes, sometimes it was hard to keep track of the chronology. Maybe this was because I read this graphic novel at around 2am and my brain was not at full function. There were a few times when I had to reread a page or go back because I wasn’t sure where I was on a timeline. It was like in the span of one panel, we had gone forward in time and were now in an entirely different world location. But I blame this on my inexperience with comics and graphic novels in general. Claudia’s Story is a beautifully rendered tale of one of the briefest but important vampires in the Chronicles. I feel absolutely that it is a necessity in the collection of any Anne Rice and Vampire Chronicle fan. You must at least read this graphic novel once. Instead of judging the “originality” of the story, soak up the beautiful art, the emotion expressed in wonderful pen strokes. Enjoy the story you know and love now presented to you in a new format, made into a work of visual art as much as it is a work of written art.
The Story of Lewis Carroll Told for Young People by the Real Alice in Wonderland
The Story of Lewis Carroll Told for Young People by the Real Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson lives in this memoir by Isa Bowman, written shortly after Dodgson's death.

Through her loving memories of "Uncle C L D" we learn about the human side of this man, his joys and his fears, his sense of humor and his high standards, his remarkable ability to express himself and his struggles with stammering, his personal quirks, and his incredible intellect.

Several of Dodgson's letters to the Bowman are included. My favorite is his response to one of her frequent letters to him, which she ended with "millions of kisses" - in this letter, he works her, with humor, through the mathematical impossibility of such a gift. ("Please consider the time it would occupy your poor old very busy Uncle!" he writes.)

My only disappointment is the absence of Carroll's sketches, which are described in the text but missing from this version.

Note: This book (74 KB) was downloaded from Amazon at no cost. It appears that another Kindle version (Evergreen Review, Inc., 2159 KB) does include the illustrations, and could well be worth the additional cost. Another version (Kindle format with illustrations) may be downloaded from Gutenberg (no cost) and includes Dodgson's letter on "millions of kisses" in his own handwriting.
Ian Fleming: Licence to Kill
Ian Fleming: Licence to Kill
This easy, breezy read offers loads of background on James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. It also reveals that many facts in the recent BBC mini-series starring Dominic Cooper as Fleming were surprisingly accurate.

Fleming lived even more balls out than Bond. It's a wonder he lived as long as he did...
The Mountain Cat Murders: A Novel
The Mountain Cat Murders: A Novel
Stout really hit his stride with the Nero Wolfe mysteries-- they're head and shoulders above almost anything else in the genre. And they tower above his other work and other detectives (Tecumseh Fox, Dol Bonner, Alphabet Hicks). But some of his other mysteries are well worth reading, and this is one of them. There's no "name detective" this time, just some dogged protagonists out to dig up the truth about murders new and old. "The Mountain Cat Murders" takes place in Cody, Wyoming, and starts slow, but revs up nicely by its midpoint. It's a bit humorless when judged by the Wolfe series, but the mystery is a good one and the payoff is worth the wait. I'd place this toward the top of Stout's non-Nero Wolfe output.
Baron Trigault's Vengeance
Baron Trigault's Vengeance
As usual, Gaboriau spins an intricate tale of greed, passion, and desire out of tangled threads connecting to his other books about life in Paris in the 1800s.

I have read pretty much all his books at least twice. They are well worth the time.
I am a Barbarian
I am a Barbarian
Sometime during his later years Edgar Rice Burroughs got fed up with publishers demanding more Tarzan and decided to write some straight forward and serious historical fiction. I AM A BARBARIAN is one of those novels- the tale of a Briton given to Caligula as a slave and taken to Rome. Written from a first hand account, this is an enjoyable departure from Burroughs' often over the top cliff hanger comic book style yarns. There is a more serious subdued tone at work here. The narrtive moves briskly along and, though it may be a bit scant on the action, there is no shortage of thrills or plot development. Ironically this never saw print in his lifetime and was found among his papers after his death. Many have rated this as among his best works alongside A PRINCESS OF MARS and TARZAN OF THE APES. This was indeed a bold departure for him in terms of style. For that alone it must be put in the forefront and be recognized as one of his most important works.
Harry Potter e la maledizione dell'erede (Italian version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) (Italian Edition)
Harry Potter e la maledizione dell'erede (Italian version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) (Italian Edition)
Di questo libro se ne dicevano di tutti i colori quando ne era stata solo annunciata la pubblicazione; uscito in lingua originale, il 31 Luglio, le polemiche si sono moltiplicate, le critiche hanno fatto rabbrividire anche i fan più convinti di acquistare il libro. Io lo avrei letto comunque, anche se non fosse piaciuto a nessuno, nonostante la convinzione che fosse una trovata per vendere: ero troppo curiosa e troppo nostalgica.
Della trama sapevo ben poco, solo quelle quattro righe in croce riportate in ogni articolo, che però si riferivano solo ad un Harry adulto e ad un Albus che va ad Hogwarts. Sapevo, all’incirca, che non si trattava di un romanzo, ma di un copione teatrale, e niente di più.
La storia si apre esattamente dove si è chiusa, 19 anni dopo sul binario 9¾ con Albus Severus che sta per iniziare il suo primo anno a Hogwarts. Avvengono alcune rapide scene che inquadrano un po’ la situazione del personaggio e poi ci ritroviamo al terzo anno. Albus è stato smistato in Serpeverde, il suo migliore amico è Scorpius, sua cugina Rose lo odia. Il rapporto con suo padre è molto complicato, ma non ha nulla a che fare con la casa di appartenenza. Il mondo magico e la vita di Albus Severus vengono sconvolte da alcuni avvenimenti: il ritrovamento di una Giratempo (sono state tutte distrutte dopo la battaglia a Hogwarts) scuote il ministero, Harry e Hermione; mentre la comparsa di una ragazza, Delphi, scuote la vita di Albus.
Esordisco dicendo già che a me questa lettura non è dispiaciuta affatto, anzi! Sono partita molto prevenuta e già spaventata dal dover intaccare la mia ammirazione per la Rowling, quindi è stato semplice andare oltre le mie aspettative. Alcuni tristi sospetti li ho confermati, altri li ho smentiti.
Ho rafforzato la convinzione di trovarmi davanti ad una trovata da dare in pasto ai fan: solo il leggere la trama che ho provato ad accennare fa comprendere quanti elementi che i fan adorano sono stati utilizzati. Albus che va in Serpeverde, incipit delle migliori fanfiction, e che fa amicizia con Scorpius; la Giratempo, il sogno di tutti i fan di Harry Potter; Cedric Diggory, personaggio inspiegabilmente impresso nel cuore dei lettori, che in qualche modo sarà coinvolto, così come una comparsa di Severus Piton, altrettanto auspicata da tutti. Potrei fare altri riferimenti, ma il quadro generale è questo, ed è abbastanza chiaro.
D’altra parte però, mi sono ricreduta su alcuni punti: ho apprezzato l’iniziativa di creare questo spettacolo teatrale, e leggendo ho avuto l’impressione che per gli autori sia stato un divertimento farlo. Non credo che sia stato un lavoro di bassa qualità, fatto tanto per, ma una creazione complessa che non può’ essere vista solo sotto l’ombra dei sette romanzi che amiamo. Ha tanti punti di forza e non ha senso giudicarla come l’ottavo libro, anche se ce l’hanno spacciato così: come romanzo questa storia avrebbe fatto quasi pena, ma come spettacolo teatrale, secondo me funziona alla grande. Ovviamente mi sarebbe piaciuto poter assistere dal vivo ad una rappresentazione, ma leggere il copione e provare a lavorare di immaginazione, mi hanno dato un’idea. La storia è costruita su avventure singole che vanno a costruire la trama generale: come romanzo la cosa sarebbe evidentemente risultata fin troppo schematica.
I personaggi sono quelli che conosciamo, ma non potete aspettarvi che siano rappresentati allo stesso modo: in primo luogo non sono raccontati, ma ritratti attraverso le loro parole. Trovo che sia molto difficile restare ai livelli precedenti in questo modo. In secondo luogo gli autori hanno tentato di cogliere degli aspetti inediti, ma per niente sciocchi. È assolutamente in linea con la personalità di Harry che, dopo vent’anni, uno degli aspetti che conserva di tutto ciò che è accaduto, è il senso di colpa. Per chi non è sopravvissuto, per chi è morto al suo posto, chi per salvarlo. Così come ho avvertito la naturalezza dei sentimenti di Albus, che si sente una delusione costante, vivendo all’ombra di suo padre, del suo nome. Ron è all’apparenza una sagoma, ma forte del valore di amore e amicizia. Draco è odioso, ma ama suo figlio. Ovvio che ne escono figure e non persone, ma non sono snaturati, sono diversi e cresciuti e teatrali più che romanzeschi.
Alcuni aspetti della trama sono stati considerati fuori luogo, ma ai miei occhi sono in linea con il resto: sono avventure, più leggere di quelle a cui siamo abituati, meno costruite, fini a sé stesse, ma piacevoli da leggere.
Come una fanfiction? In un certo senso sì, con la differenza che qui dietro c’è la mente di zia Jo, che viene fuori nonostante tutto, in alcune trovate geniali che mi hanno fatta sorridere nel riconoscerla.
L’ho letto con piacere, senza aspettative. L’ho trovato creativo, mi sono goduta questo breve ritorno a casa e ho tirato un sospiro di sollievo dopo tutto il marcio che avevo letto. Ho l’impressione che si tenda a sacralizzare eccessivamente il mondo di Harry Potter: io ne sono assolutamente innamorata, non saprei neanche mettere nero su bianco tutto ciò che rappresenta per me. Ma davvero questo libro vi è sembrato un oltraggio così grave? Lo avete demonizzato.
Le mie uniche note di demerito sono per quella spinta tendenza a infiammare i desideri degli acquirenti, ma niente di così grave. E poi ovviamente il mio giudizio è condizionato dal non essere un’esperta di teatro, e dal preferire la lettura di romanzi.
Leggetelo, soprattutto se siete fan di Harry Potter: non so come riusciate a trattenervi! Non aspettatevi l’ottavo libro, avventuratevi in una storia originale, leggera, in cui sentirete il profumo di Hogwarts e rivedrete tutti per un po’. Sarà bello, ve lo assicuro. Ma non sarà mai la stessa cosa.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban : Limited Edition | UV : Year 3
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban : Limited Edition | UV : Year 3
I think Harry Potter 3 is brilliant. Directed by the mega multi-award winning director Alfonso Cuaron, of course. The 4K UHD copy is very dense and brilliantly coloured. My copy is from Poland and there are others from eg Italy and Australia but beware region compatability. We are region B in this, ok?
Why aren't the Harry Potters available in 4K UK? What are they holding back on?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 2005 Mini Wall Calendar (Harry Potter)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 2005 Mini Wall Calendar (Harry Potter)
約18×約18(cm)の少々小柄で、絵画風に描かれています。
上半分が絵(+小さい枠の中に、映画中のワンシーン)、
下がカレンダー数字(+世界の行事(?)例:マーチン・ルーサー・キング氏の誕生日、イースター、フラッグ・ディ、サンクス・ギビング等)という構成です。
小型ながらも‘きちんと作っているなぁ’という印象を受けました。
(画面では見落としがちですが、表紙の「Harry Potter」の文字がちょっと立体的になっています。)
作り、お値段、ともに満足です。
ただ、タイトルにも書いたとおり、このカレンダーの絵の全てはトリオ(ハリー、ロン、ハーマイオニー)ですので、トリオ好きには、とても!お勧めです。
その他(シリウス、Prof.リーマス、ドラコ)は小さい枠内、ダンブルドア校長、Prof.マクゴナガル、Prof.スネイプ等は載ってません。
Harry Potter: Slytherin Deluxe Stationery Set
Harry Potter: Slytherin Deluxe Stationery Set
This is a wonderful little stationary set, and the only complaint I have for it is that when I run out of the stationary and envelopes, I'm going to be terribly sad.

The seal itself is wonderful. It is made of wood with a brass head and is not the cheap plastic "toy" seals stamps you find in other places.
The imprint is clear and crisp in the wax.

The journal is a nice hardbound journal type with the elastic band to keep it closed or the page marked. There is a ribbon for marking the page as well. It is lined, however, so if you are prone to drawing in them instead of writing, you will have to tolerate the lines.

The set comes with 2 wax sticks for sealing purposes, however, if you want to seal things like crazy, you can get replacement sealing wax at craft stores (usually in the Wedding supplies, oddly enough) or online.

The stationary is modestly sized with a smooth writing surface.

The paperweight is quite hefty, and will definitely weight down fly away papers. It also doubles as a nice conversation starter for Harry Potter fans or fellow Slytherin, if you happen to have Slytherin friends mulling about.

Overall I love this set. Definitely worth the price. The journal itself is $14.15 if you get it alone (at the time I reviewed this), so a little extra for the seal and goodies made it a fine investment.
Nurture Smart - Baby Crib Mobile for Brain Development - Designed by Child Life Specialists - Superior Safety Features - Sensory Interaction - Night Light Projector - Music & Sound Options
Nurture Smart - Baby Crib Mobile for Brain Development - Designed by Child Life Specialists - Superior Safety Features - Sensory Interaction - Night Light Projector - Music & Sound Options
We bought this specifically due to our Child Life Specialists asked for it. When we inquired why they told us that being at LPCH they were part of the Child Life Team that got to help create this mobile. We will purchase more of these as they tell us they need them. Angels for Hearts is a non profit that helps pediatric heart patients and families regain a sense of normalcy in the hospital and during recovery. One way we do this is through our 'Wishes, Wants & Needs' program where Child Life can tell us what they need and we get it for them. We also work with Santa during the holidays to ensure the pediatric cardiac patients have items they need and sometimes a mobile is something a new parent may wish for. During the holidays we ask our Child Life Specialist what items they need for their patients mobiles are always a top item.
YRMJK OnePlus 8T Screen Protector and Camera Protector [2 Screen Protectors+2 Camera Protectors] Anti-Fingerprint Anti-Scratch Tempered Glass for OnePlus 8T
YRMJK OnePlus 8T Screen Protector and Camera Protector [2 Screen Protectors+2 Camera Protectors] Anti-Fingerprint Anti-Scratch Tempered Glass for OnePlus 8T
Switched to this brand because I was unhappy with the ones I'd been using. Saw good average reviews here, so jumped in. Compared to other brands at similar prices, the supplies that come with these are really not good. There's no microfiber cloth, no plastic card to smooth out the bubbles. The stickers and wipes that come with these are similar to those from other brands, except it's as if they've been run through a shrink ray. The wipes are literally 1/4 the size of the wipes that come with other screen protector brands, and out of the 2 3 packs that I ordered, all 6 'wet' wipes arrived completely dry. The guide stickers are so small that the word 'guide sticker' can't even be fully printed on them. This last part is on me for not reading the listing more closely, but at this price point I assumed there'd be a guide frame included for installation. I wish I'd saved the one from my last box.

Edit: Update- just noticed the screen protector is not the correct width, so it is impossible to install it without ending up with th edge of the glass running through one or both sides of the viewable screen. Is there a star rating lower than 1?
GameSir X2 Type-C Mobile Gaming Controller, Game Controller for Android, Plug and Play Game Controller Support Cloud Gaming, MC5, Implosion and More-Type C USB Port
GameSir X2 Type-C Mobile Gaming Controller, Game Controller for Android, Plug and Play Game Controller Support Cloud Gaming, MC5, Implosion and More-Type C USB Port
 I spend a lot of time gaming on my phone, but am often frustrated by the lack of fine control that comes with mobile gaming. A friend recommended this GameSir controller and after trying his I was hooked. It's lightweight, but has a very sturdy feel to it. The controls are responsive and react as expected. The joysticks are very grippy and are perfectly positioned, and the back of the unit has rubber grips for your fingers so it's very easy to keep a firm grip on the device and maintain easy access to the controls. The movable USB C plug is pretty genius and works very well. Connecting your phone is simple, just plug it into the USB plug, stretch the controller, and it slots into place. I'm using it with a Samsung Galaxy S10e and it works great.

I really love racing games, but don't get as much enjoyment playing them directly on my phone via the touch screen controls, so it was really great to download some new racing games to play with this controller. I've also used it for Fortnite and other shooter games which also work well. I'm anxious to experiment with some other old favorites to see how it performs. It also features a screenshot button, which is very cool, as well as a USB C charging port so you can actually charge your phone while you play. I'm loving this controller and highly recommend it.
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair Ball - Extra 52cm Balance Ball for Classic Balance Ball Chairs
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair Ball - Extra 52cm Balance Ball for Classic Balance Ball Chairs
After reading the reviews (and the accompanying comments that go with them) I have decided to give this replacement ball 5 stars. As the replies to the comments go, this ball (so they say) will inflate to the correct size. I will attempt to inflate this ball to the correct size. As of right now, the ball is MUCH smaller than the original. I will give the company the benefit of the doubt and rate the ball accordingly after I attempt to make it the same size. I do hope that it is more durable than the ball that it is replacing. I will update this review as needed, just like all my other reviews.
***UPDATE*** Ok, so I lowered my rating to 3 stars because this is definitely NOT a replacement ball for the chair. I bought two chairs, the cat (damn cat) popped one of the balls. I ordered this ball as a replacement and it is clearly a different size no matter how much I try to inflate it. It is just plain NOT the same size as the original. It's smaller. Change the description and I will change my rating back to 5 stars. Why? Because my wife likes the smaller size of the ball...sometimes. So, having said all that, take a look at this:

http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Burst-Stability-Ball-Foot/dp/B00VE4XGUM?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00

That link is for an exercise ball we just bought which is an EXACT replacement for the original chair ball. The only difference is that it is blue. Both balls work with the chair so she uses the accordingly depending on whether she wants to sit a little higher or lower. (The exercise ball was cheaper also.)
Michael Kors - Bradshaw, Reloj cronógrafo de acero inoxidable de 43 mm.
Michael Kors - Bradshaw, Reloj cronógrafo de acero inoxidable de 43 mm.
Im in two minds about keeping it because it's huge and heavy. But it is stunning, the metal has expensive, high quality sheen about it. The design is in excellent taste. It goes well with my skin tone (just a white person) and my son could borrow it (he has olive skin). It is easily unisex. I'm really tempted to keep it, but it does feel much heavier on my wrist than any watch I've ever worn (even large Sturling watches). 43 cm face is a substantial size. Links need taken out for average female size wrist.
But I can't deny the quality and beauty of this piece. It's out there with top designer watches
Lenox 847070 First Blessing Nativity Sheep Figurine
Lenox 847070 First Blessing Nativity Sheep Figurine
I've been waiting a long time to buy this crèche for the right price. On many web sites, including Lenox's web site, the crèche is WAY over priced at $100 and up. It's even pricey in Lenox's outlet stores around the country. I was able to snag it on Amazon for $58. There's not much to it, and it's made in China. Even at $58 it's overpriced, but I decided to buy it any way because I knew I'd not likely find it any cheaper. My First Blessing nativity looks great with this crèche.
Jura 72570 Glas-Milchbehälter 0,5 L inklusive Milchschlauch, Transparent, 9,2 x 9,2 x 13,5 cm
Jura 72570 Glas-Milchbehälter 0,5 L inklusive Milchschlauch, Transparent, 9,2 x 9,2 x 13,5 cm
Zu meinem Kaffeevollautomaten von Melitta gehört ein 1 Liter Milchbehälter aus Kunststoff, auch der Innenstab ist aus Kunststoff. Dadurch blieb die Milch nicht lange frisch bzw. verdarb schon nach wenigen Tagen trotz Lagerung im Kühlschrank. Ein Thermomilchbehälter aus Metall kam zwar in Betracht aber da kann man leider nie den Füllzustand von außen sehen. Von daher schied auch solch ein Milchbehälter für mich aus.
Glas hält Milch länger frisch, außerdem ist dieser Glasbehälter wesentlich günstiger als ein Metallbehälter. Der Innenstab ist zum Glück nicht aus Kunststoff, sondern aus Metall. Der Deckel sitzt passend auf dem Behälter drauf, nicht zu locker, nicht zu fest.
Die Milch bleibt im Glasbehälter länger frisch als im Kunststoffbehälter und sieht außerdem sehr schön aus. Eventuell, kaufe ich mir gesondert noch einen Gummistopfen um das obige Loch für den Milchschlauch zu schließen, um noch länger die Milch frisch zu halten, da ich nicht so oft Kaffeemilchgetränke zubereite.
Bin 100% zufrieden mit diesem Produkt und würde es immer wieder Empfehlen. Preis top, Quali top!
IPKIG Ergonomic Office Chair - Home Office Desk Chairs with Wheels and Flip-Up Arms - Foldable Backrest Mesh Computer Chair with Lumbar Support (White)
IPKIG Ergonomic Office Chair - Home Office Desk Chairs with Wheels and Flip-Up Arms - Foldable Backrest Mesh Computer Chair with Lumbar Support (White)
Chair was easy to put together. Didn't even bother to get my own tools. The ones they provided were adequate. Over all the chair seems to work well for my wife. Early Xmas gift for her new pop up office in the bedroom. I chose this chair for her because of the folding feature. It's easy to fold and fits under the desk nicely. She said the cushion could be better, but over all its fine.
My only gripe is that one bolt was a little loose on the right side. So it allowed the back to slip out of its lock position when leaned back on. It was easy enough to tighten it up and make it good as new.
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier Replacement Filter, 3-in-1 Pre-Filter, True HEPA Filter, High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter, Core 300-RF
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier Replacement Filter, 3-in-1 Pre-Filter, True HEPA Filter, High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter, Core 300-RF
I have used both the original White filter and the animal Yellow filter. I have 2 dogs who shed a lot, and have my bedroom and living room in the basement. I bought this air purifier because I have asthma and our older purifier just wasn't working for me anymore. I have had asthma flair ups being in the basement because, like any basement, it can get damp and has poor circulation. We run a dehumidifier and 3 tower fans during the summer and it helps.

I did not notice any significant differences between the original filter and the animal filter. They both worked the exact same to me with one being a little more expensive. I would say, if you are thinking about getting the animal over the original, just get the original.
4 cajas x 25 g de läkerol Original – Swedish – Azúcar última intervensión – Regaliz & Mentol – Stevia – Pastilles – lozenges – Gotas – Dragees – Caramelos – Caramelos
4 cajas x 25 g de läkerol Original – Swedish – Azúcar última intervensión – Regaliz & Mentol – Stevia – Pastilles – lozenges – Gotas – Dragees – Caramelos – Caramelos
Shipped from Finland. This product was perfect. I was having a hard time finding this flavor. My Mother in law is from Sweden She always has these around her home. I love them, and will be ordering more soon. I recommend this seller. The package indicated it would arrive February 6th. Super happy they came early.

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