Kristina Peterson

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JavaScript 100 Tests, Answers & Explanations
JavaScript 100 Tests, Answers & Explanations
JavaScript 100 Tests, Answers & Explanations by Ray Yao , Ru. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Electron in Action
Electron in Action
Electron in Action by Steven Kinney. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Learning Rails 5: Rails from the Outside In
Learning Rails 5: Rails from the Outside In
Learning Rails 5: Rails from the Outside In by J. Mark Locklear, Eric J Gruber, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
And Then You Loved Me
And Then You Loved Me
And Then You Loved Me by Inglath Cooper. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1896 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
2 Books! 1) The Notebook 2) At First Sight
2 Books! 1) The Notebook 2) At First Sight
2 Books! 1) The Notebook 2) At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Inn
The Inn
The Inn by James Patterson, Candice Fox, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1033 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script by Frank Darabont and Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming for the Java¿ Virtual Machine
Programming for the Java¿ Virtual Machine
Programming for the Java¿ Virtual Machine by Joshua Engel. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java in easy steps
Java in easy steps
Java in easy steps by Mike Mcgrath. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 82 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Programming: A Modular Approach
Python Programming: A Modular Approach
Python Programming: A Modular Approach by Kumar and Taneja Sheetal Naveen. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 81 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
concrete5 for Developers
concrete5 for Developers
concrete5 for Developers by Sufyan bin Uzayr. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Beginning T-SQL 2012 (Expert's Voice in Databases)
Beginning T-SQL 2012 (Expert's Voice in Databases)
Beginning T-SQL 2012 (Expert's Voice in Databases) by Kathi Kellenberger and Scott Shaw. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
SQL von Kopf bis Fuß (German Edition)
SQL von Kopf bis Fuß (German Edition)
SQL von Kopf bis Fuß (German Edition) by Lynn Beighley. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Problem Solving and Program Design in C
Problem Solving and Program Design in C
Problem Solving and Program Design in C by Jeri R. Hanly and Elliot B. Koffman. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
ng-book: The Complete Guide to Angular 4
ng-book: The Complete Guide to Angular 4
Das Buch ist gut. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Tutorials oder Büchern, in die ich reingeshcnuppert habe, bekommt man nicht einen haufen Quellcode hingeworfen und kaum Erklärungen dazu. Der Auto geht auf alles genau ein und baut Schritt für Schritt Wissen auf.Die Beispiele sind nachvollziehbar. Das Buch ist sehr aktuell und wird kontinuierlich angepasst.
Einen Stern Abzug gibts dafür, dass in der Druckversion ein Kapitel weggelassen wurde:
"Note: because of page restrictions, the Typescript chapter has been removed and is available as free PDF when you download the exampel code"
Das ist absolut nicht einzusehen. Zumal das mit das wichtigste Kapitel im Buch ist.
Hätte ich PDF gewollt, hätte ich mir das auch so gekauft.
Superinvestors: Lessons from the greatest investors in history - from Jesse Livermore to Warren Buffett and beyond
Superinvestors: Lessons from the greatest investors in history - from Jesse Livermore to Warren Buffett and beyond
This book is at the same time in a rewarding but ungrateful genre. Learning from the best is always worthwhile and getting to know the secrets of those who have been the most successful in equity markets never fails to interest a wide audience. Still, profiling a collection of famous investors and turning this into a book has been done numerous times before – it is hard to add much to what has been written previously. In Superinvestors Matthew Partridge, a UK financial journalist, historian and previous investment bank employee, presents his selection of 20 investors to study. Further, the author takes on the hard task of rating those profiled and name the “best” investor of all times.

The structure of the book is – as expected – fairly simple. After a brief introduction 20 “super investors” are portrayed and the book finishes off with the conclusions the author draws from the many individual fates and fortunes. For each investor the reader is served with a short personal and professional history, a discussion on the investor’s method, his performance and potential mistakes made. Then Partridge seeks to distill some learnings from the above and ends the section with a rating where the investor gets a score from 1 to 5 on performance, longevity, influence and ease of replication for the private investor. Many of the profiled names like George Soros, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham and Peter Lynch will be well known to many readers.

Although it’s always arguable who should be included in such an illustrious group I would have made some different choices. Even if it is quaint that Paul Samuelson privately acted at odds with what he preached as the high priest of efficient market theory I don’t think that his profile, nor the one on fellow economist David Ricardo (1772-1823), adds much to the discussion and the venture capital pioneers of George Doriot and Kleiner & Perkins feels a bit misplaced. Further, there is obviously much to learn from Jack Bogle but he is more successful as a businessman and advocate of an idea than a successful stock market investor. Who would I want to see instead? Jim Simons, James Chanos and Seth Klarman could in my view be fair alternatives. On the other hand the book benefits from the author’s deep knowledge of UK investors who are less documented in literature and Anthony Bolton’s track record in China will come as a surprise to many – as it did to me.

In my opinion the texts on UK investors Neil Woodford and Nick Train were the most interesting. Also, even though I had heard of Robert Wilson as an early short seller, I knew nothing of him. Overall Partridge, with some minor disagreements, in my view gives a short but fully accurate picture of the investors I had previous knowledge of. The author is clearly well read and even the cover is inspired by Ken Fisher’s 1984 book Super Stocks. My only objections are that I think George Soros’ concept of reflexivity is too vaguely described and given its huge influence on the hedge fund community and its closeness to the current concepts of complexity theory and adaptive markets it is a bit harsh to say that the theory has left little mark. Further, to describe what Ed Thorp did as “nothing new, but more systematic” is to diminish a person who long before academics Black and Myron Scholes came up with an option pricing model that allowed rational derivatives trading.

Even though the book is over 200 pages long it is an easy read and it is quite tempting to time after time read “just one more profile”. The conclusions at the end are sound but hardly novel. So who does Partridge rank as the best investor of all times? Those on the short list are Philip Fisher, Buffett, Bogle and Graham (skip Bogle and add Soros and Thorp and I would have agreed). The winner is Graham, much thanks to his huge influence on later day investors. A good choice.

It is never possible to do an investor justice over 6 to 8 pages. However, it is through books like this that many up and coming investors have gotten a glimpse of their role models for the first time.

This is a review by investingbythebooks.com
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
The modern American home is a veritable wonderland of technical innovations: clean water on demand, central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet and telephony, flat screen electronics, and inexpensive lighting, to name just a few. “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” by popular science writer Steven Johnson describes, at a high level, how that wonderland came together over the centuries.

It is important to note that “How We Got to Now” does not explore six discrete technical innovations. Rather, Johnson provides a basic synopsis of events across a half-dozen areas, such as sanitation, lighting, and food preservation. Early on, he introduces a fascinating concept: the hummingbird effect. Put simply, an innovation, or cluster of innovations, in one field that ends up triggering major changes in a different domain altogether. He coins the term from the sexual reproduction strategies of plants (e.g. flowers supplemented pollen with even more energy-rich nectar to attract insects) that ended up shaping the design of a hummingbird’s wings (i.e. evolving an extremely unusual form of flight mechanics enabling them to hover). The best example, in my opinion, is how the Gutenberg press generated a demand for eyeglasses that led to a broader experimentation with glass lens that led to the microscope and the subsequent discovery of microscopic cells. Or how the advent of air-conditioning had a “long zoom” impact on American politics. Or how the development of sonar to listen to sound waves bouncing off icebergs led, a few generations later, to ultrasound and the abortion of tens of millions of female fetuses in China and India.

The content of each chapter is relatively superficial but peppered with fascinating personal anecdotes about the discovery of important insights or commercialization of technical innovations. Here are some of my favorites.

In the early 1900s, Clarence Birdseye was living in the frozen land of Labrador, Canada. He discovered that trout caught while ice fishing, which froze solid almost instantly in the minus 20-degree temperature of the Canadian winter, retained their flavor when later defrosted. Thus, the value of “flash freezing” was discovered and today we still enjoy “Birdseye” frozen peas for dinner.

In 1908, New Jersey doctor John Leal surreptitiously added chlorine to the public water reservoirs for Jersey City. His patent- and licensing-free discovery of a simple way to provide clean drinking water may be one of the greatest public health contributions in history. A recent study found that chlorinated water reduced the total mortality in the average American city from diseases like dysentery and cholera by 43% and reduced infant mortality by as much as 74%.

In the 1850s, Aaron Dennison, “the Lunatic of Boston,” mass-produced an inexpensive ($3.50) pocket watch, branded the “Wm. Ellery,” that was “the must-have consumer gadget of the late nineteenth century,” according to Johnson. Richard Sears, a Minnesota railroad agent, found that he could turn a nice profit selling the watches to other station agents. He partnered with Chicago businessman Alvah Roebuck to produce a mail-order catalog showcasing a range of watch designs, and Sears. Roebuck was born – and so was another example of the hummingbird effect.

A major theme of the book is that Johnson is deeply suspicious of the “great man theory” and “eureka moment” of invention. Consider the case of electric light. People had been tinkering with incandescent light for more than half-a-century before Thomas Edison’s breakthrough at Menlo Park in 1879. More than ten different inventors had earlier hit upon the same basic formula of a carbon filament suspended in a vacuum. “There was no lightbulb moment in the story of the lightbulb,” Johnson writes. Instead, the lightbulb, like most other technical innovations, was the result of a “slow hunch” that took years, sometimes decades, to germinate and mature. In Johnson’s estimation, “Edison invented the lightbulb the way Steve Jobs invented the MP3 player.” He made it reliable, easy to use, and widely available. If anything, Johnson says, Edison should be remembered for his contribution to the process of innovation, his efforts to collect a cross-disciplinary team to conduct a wide range of related research and development. The “invention” of Edison’s lightbulb was thus mostly about sweating the details and what Johnson calls “a bricolage of small improvements.” He acknowledges that Edison was a “true genius” and “a towering figure in nineteenth century innovation,” but that he should most be revered for his ability to build creative teams: “assembling diverse skills in a work environment that valued experimentation and accepted failure, incentivizing the group with financial rewards that were aligned with the overall success of the organization, and building on ideas that originated elsewhere.”

“How We Got to Now” is a fun, light read. Each chapter is colorfully illustrated and chopped up into several parts, each highlighting a part of the innovation chain that leads to the modern day. A week on your nightstand is probably all that it will take to enjoy this book.
Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate
Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate
Neil Baldwin wrote about Thomas Edison, and in the process came upon conversations he had had with Ford during the 19-teens, during which Ford would go on random rants more characteristic of an older man and a man with much less stature, rants that relied on invisible characterizations of “Jews” being referred to as the singular. Edison for his part was not concerned with Ford’s comments or the Jews.
Central to Ford’s lifelong battles of words against the conspiratorial lenders of money and creators of war was his elementary education textbook, McGuffey’s Reader. As Lincoln had never met a black person until he was an adult, and then only a few until his move to Washington, the country around Detroit did not furnish Ford with any Jews until he was established by the mass production of his cars. Instead, the “country” instilled Ford with an agrarian pride that linked him to farmers and farm equipment, and against bankers. Baldwin points to Ford’s ancestry and childhood as an ideological foundation from which with all his success, at one point the richest man in the world, he never strayed. He never grew out of the textbook teachings of the usurer Shylock. The Dearborn Independent was the voice of his scapegoating, although only rarely did Ford even have personal reason to cry foul. Unlike Gerald L.K. Smith and Father Coughlin and William Dudley Pelley, his anti-Semitism was not politically motivated and not sensationalism. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion seemed to him more like a hobby born out of a child’s boredom.
Rabbi Leo Franklin had a tumultuous but long relationship with Ford. Rosika Schwimmer’s Peace Mission is a side note of history that displays the complexity of pacifism when it allies enemies. At least to Ford, she was an enemy and barely worth condescending. Albert Kahn was a good token Jew for Ford, a close associate and talented architect he could always point to when attacked by the likes of Aaron Sapiro, who took Ford to court and ultimately forced the “Henry Ford” image to retract the Independent as much as possible. Baldwin considers the words signed by Ford to be written by public relations handlers. Leading up to and during World War II, the real Ford was making the same grumbling pronouncements as he had in the company of Edison. Like Charles Lindbergh, Ford also accepted, while in Germany after the most obvious attacks on German Jews, the Grand Cross of the German Eagle. On page 285 it is noted that Thomas J. Watson of IBM “returned [his metal] in 1940” while Lindbergh received his as a total surprise only a few months later.
There is some information on the Bund, not enough to connect Ford as the Father of German-American activism, but there are more heroes involved: Julius Rosenwald, Herman Bernstein, Sapiro, Schwimmer, Judah Magnes, Jacob Schiff and Louis Marshall.
Green Panda Natural Bamboo (Made USA) Toothbrush (Pack of 4)
Green Panda Natural Bamboo (Made USA) Toothbrush (Pack of 4)
These toothbrushes have been fantastic! The bristles are soft, yet firm enough to clean the plaque and excess junk off my teeth. My gums were unused to the firmness of the bristles at first, but after the first week I noticed my gums are the healthiest they have ever been and I feel great about how clean my mouth is! I love the fact that not only am I being more sustainable, but I am also taking better care of my mouth than before. I honestly can't imagine going back now!
A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor
A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor
Das neue Artbook von Tolkien-Künstler John Howe ist da und entführt seine Betrachter auf völlig neue Art und Weise nach Mittelerde und darüber hinaus. Schon beim ersten Durchblättern des 192-seitigen Hardovers wird klar, dass die schiere Masse an Skizzen das Tolkien-Fan-Herz höher schlagen lässt. Wie ein Reisender mit Bleistift und Skizzenbuch ist John Howe durch Zeitalter und Länder von Mittelerde gereist und hat Charaktere porträtiert, Landschaften und Gebäude skizziert, Kreaturen und Pflanzen dokumentiert. Sein Buch mutet an, wie der Notizblock eines Naturkundlers aus dem 18. Jahrhundert an Bord eines Dreimasters, nur eben in Arda.

Mittelerde noch einmal neu bereisen – Dies ist nun auch für den Betrachter möglich. Dabei mischen sich mythische Legenden von längst vergessenen Tagen der Nirnaeth Arnoediad (der Schlacht der ungezählten Tränen) mit Alltagsgegenständen, wie Kannen und Musikinstrumenten. Aufmerksame Betrachter werden sogar ein Hobbit-Klo entdecken. Es sind die unzähligen Details, die Mittelerde greifbar machen, durchgehend ergänzt durch ausführliche Texte.

In dem Buch mischen sich Design-Entwürfe für die Filmtrilogien, mit Skizzen, die völlig unabhängig von den Filmen sind und auch von den bekannten Designs abweichen, beispielsweise bei Howes Interpretation von Lothlórien. Außerdem enthält das Buch offenbar einige Designs, die seinerzeit für Guillermo Del Toro angefertigt wurde, als der noch im Regiestuhl der HOBBIT-Filme saß und später von Peter Jackson wieder verworfen wurden, wie beispielsweise ein alternatives Design der Hobbithöhlen. Im Text verrät der Künstler außerdem, dass einige Zeichnungen wie von dem Meer von Rhûn und den nördlichen Landen ursprünglich für die HOBBIT-Trilogie entworfen wurden, aber es nie in die Filme schafften. Wäre schade gewesen, wenn diese Zeichnungen für alle Zeiten in einer Schublade verschwunden wären.

John Howes Skizzenbuch führt uns durch bekannte Regionen wie das Auenland, den Düsterwald, Fangorn, Minas Tirith, Seestadt oder Rohan, aber auch zu Orten aus unverfilmten Geschichten von J.R.R. Tolkien, wie zu den Zwergenkönigreichen von Nogrod und Belegost. Abseits der Film-Pfade begegnen wir dem Alten Weidenmann, Ghân-buri-Ghân und sogar Tom Bombadil (der seinerseits wiederum eine frappierende Ähnlichkeit mit Peter Jackson aufweist). Zudem hat John Howe ein ganzes Kapitel den Drachen aus J.R.R. Tolkiens Mythologie gewidmet. Und zu guter Letzt verlassen wir die Gestade Mittelerdes und reisen mit John Howe zum Gipfel des Teniquetil in Valinor und nach Númenor.

Ein Meisterwerk für alle, die beim Anblick von Bergen vom Nebelgebirge träumen, die sich beim Trinken eines Bieres im Tänzelnden Pony wähnen oder sich bei einem Waldspaziergang wie ein Nachfahre Isildurs fühlen.
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau
What makes this better than a biography is that it is written by another “ruminant walker” — a comrade in arms with Henry Thoreau. By the time I reached Chapter 2 of this book, I felt like I was reading Thoreau's Journals again, feeling the same sweet, contemplative mood as I accompanied Henry on his daily walks through the woods for 14 years. Looking at the cover artwork, featuring an artist's sketch of an old daguerreotype, it seems I'm looking into Kevin Dann's blue eyes. I followed Henry's walks through his native Concord, to Cape Cod, to Mt. Ktaadn in Maine, et al, reading about them about 150 years in the future. I followed Kevin's walk from Montreal past Lake Champlain to Brooklyn in real-time. How appropriate for one walker to document the life of another prominent walker. Henry documented the flora and fauna he encountered on his walks; Kevin documented the people and historical places on his walk. Pick up this book and join Kevin as he walks in Henry's footsteps and reports back to us on his progress through life. We know what Henry wrote; now we can begin to understand why he wrote.

In every book I read I look for the eponymous quote, the passage in which the book's title is revealed, and here is where I found it. Thoreau had just been surveying and found flowers he had never seen before in the area.

[[page 258] Owning that "a botanist's experience is full of coincidences," in that thinking about a flower never seen nearly always meant you would find it nearby someday, he turned his botanical experience into a general law of life: "In the long run, we find what we expect." We shall be fortunate then if we expect great things."]

Unfortunately, most people act as if they expect bad things to happen to them, and the universal rule still applies, namely, whatever you suppose is going to happen will likely happen to you. I gave this the form of a rule with an easy to say acronym, EAT-O-TWIST, which stands for Everything Allways Turns - Out - The Way It's Supposed To. When you find yourself supposing something bad might happen, you can quickly say the three-syllable phrase, eat-oh-twist, to remind you to change your own supposing. If you learn to apply this in your own thinking, you will drop every negative concept and replace it with a positive. For example, instead thinking this is going to be bad weather, you'll think we'll get some good weather where we live. If you study hypnosis, you learn that creating vivid images puts people into trance states. The word not cannot remove the negative image you create in your mind, for example, when you say, "This is not going to be a bad day for me." By the time you've thought that, some bad image will have been created in the form of an expectation. Saying, "This is going to be a good day" will create a better expectation. If you truly learn the power of expectation, you will agree with Thoreau that it is best to expect great things. Did Thoreau stop expecting great things for his book Walden when he was storing in a closet 500 unsold copies returned to him by his publisher? Given his statements above, we can predict that he expected great things to come from Walden, and that expectation led to great things, in its enormous popularity throughout the world and the salubrious effects it has had on so many lives.

Did Thoreau have a sense of humor? Not many biographers would notice that. But, yes, he did and admittedly a wry one such as in this story where he is confronted by farmers whose property he must cross for his surveying job. When one of them asked Thoreau if he were lost, not having seen him before on this land, Thoreau mused, "If the truth be known, and had it not been for betraying my secret, I might with more propriety have inquired, 'Are you not lost, as I have never seen you before?'" Who really owns the property but the one who walks it the most often?

Here is Henry's last entry in his Journal.

[[page 340, 341] He then turned to describing the storm of the previous evening and the long striations that the winds had left in the gravel along the railroad causeway. He gave the exact dimensions of the minute tracks: From behind each pebble projected a ridge an eighth of an inch high and an inch long. The very last line in this his very last journal entry reads: "All this is perfectly distinct to an observant eye and yet could easily pass unnoticed by most. Thus each wind is self-registering." With his last steps in life, Thoreau surely was leaving racks that could be made by no other man.]

Henry grew weak and asked Edmund Hosmer to stay the night with him.

[[page 342] The next morning, Sophia read to her brother the "Thursday" section of "A Week" and, anticipating the "Friday" section's description of the exhilarating return journey home, he murmured, "Now comes good sailing." At nine o'clock on the morning of May 6, Henry Thoreau set sail.]

Once more, as I did on Dec. 14, 2009 when I finished reading Volume 14 of his Journals, I am sad as I say Goodbye and Bon Voyage to my fellow traveler whose journey on the Earth ended some eighty years before mine began. I have read your long journals, your Walden, and have saved for later your other books, so that your memory, Henry, will never stay very far out of my consciousness and my soul. This is an excerpt from Bobby Matherne’s full review which can be read in DIGESTWORLD ISSUE DW#173.
Louis L'Amour Collection
Louis L'Amour Collection
I listen to quite a few audio books while traveling, but needed something to share with my Dad on a recent road trip. Since he is an avid viewer of cowboy movies, I hoped we could both enjoy this collection.

I'll have to say that we did enjoy it. For me, having a number of performers and sound effects was a bit disconcerting at first. I'm used to listening to a book with a single performer. But once I got used to the format, I'll have to say that it added to the experience. And of course, how can you not like listening to the timbre of voices like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash!

So if you're a cowboy fan, and you must be if you're looking at Louis L'Amour books, I think you'll enjoy this collection.
Twilight (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Twilight (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
IT: Ho comprato questo libro perché la mia parucchiera mi ha detto che era bellissimo e che non aveva niente a che vedere col film.
Be non é vero, brutto il film e brutto il libro. Hai una differenza minima tra il film e il libro.
Non vado di certo a comprare il resto dei libri, neanche per scherzo e per essere una version kindle l'ho trovato carissimo. Ne ho comprati per molto meno e libri davvero meritevoli. Non capisco la spesa. Non lo consiglio, hai centinaia di libri molto piú belli. Questo per me é fra i piú brutti che ho letto.

ES He comprad este libro version kindle porque mi peluquera me lo aconsejo, diciendo maravillas y que no tenia nada que ver con la pelicula. Mentira, feo el libro y fea la pelicula. Hay diferencias minimas.
Además siendo un kindle es muy caro, he comprado mas libros en version kindle mas baratos, pero muy muy bonitos. No entiendo porque 4-5 veces mas caro que otros. No lo aconsejo, hay billones de libros mas bonitos. Para mi , se situa entre los libros mas feos que he leido.
The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Bead Game is about a future society called Castalia in which the most highly regarded cultural institution, almost a religion, is the game of the title, in which players relate ideas to one another in a sort of cabalistic exercise but encompassing every field of human knowledge (but especially mathematics and music) rather than just scripture. The Game, however, has little connection to real life but operates in a sort of Platonic world of Forms, as the relations between ideas it establishes are generally superficial rather than based on real, essential or fundamental similarities.

The story follows one past (to the narrator) Magister Ludi, or Master of the Game, and tells of his eventual disillusionment as he learns more of history and the outside world. "I regarded it as my mission," as he puts it, "to expand Castalian life and thought"---but ultimately, he resigns his post and leaves Castalia altogether.

His resignation ties the story, which seems a bit disjointed up to that point, together: "But I must also tell you the meaning that the word 'transcend' has had for me since my student years and my 'awakening.' It came to me, I think, while reading a philosopher of the Enlightenment...and ever since then it has been a veritable magic word for me, like 'awakening,' an impetus, a consolation, and a promise. My life, I resolved, ought to be a perpetual transcending, a progression from stage to stage; I wanted it to pass through one area after the next, leaving each behind, as music moves on from theme to theme, from tempo to tempo, playing each out to the end, completing each and leaving it behind, never tiring, never sleeping, forever wakeful, forever in the present."

The Glass Bead Game is a great novel and probably Hesse's masterpiece, certainly better than Demian or Siddhartha, though personally I probably enjoyed Narcissus and Goldmund more. It starts off a bit slowly, but builds and builds and is ultimately fascinating and quite satisfying. Definitely worth a read.

If you enjoyed The Glass Bead Game, you might want to check out James Beckel's Pulitzer-prize nominated horn concerto of the same title, inspired by and loosely based on the novel (all the more appropriate given the important role of music in the story).
Steppenwolf (Heritage Press - 1991)
Steppenwolf (Heritage Press - 1991)
I ready this book in my early twenties as part of my literature studies when I was doing general studies at the university. I have come to love the part 'Magic Theatre - Only for the Insane' as a motto in life to those who do not fear the unknown or to not fear starting one time after another and learning from one's mistakes. This book in particular is very special because Hesse captures the essence of the human mind from different perspectives and in the end reflects on one thing: I wish I would have laughed more. By that he means that one must not lose our ability to hope despite the obstacles and adversities, falls, failures or bumps on the road. Overall one of my favorite books and I hope others share the same love for his writings as I do. Remember: In the Magic Theatre of Hesse's imagination 'anything is possible'.
Menace (Department Z Book 11)
Menace (Department Z Book 11)
I was a bit disappointed with this initially as I felt it was not up to the quality of other books in the Department Z series. The characters did not seem to have as much depth as usual, so I did not feel drawn in to the story. However, once the book hit the final quarter, the surprises started crashing in, giving more scope to the characters, and taking the reader on a mad gallop to an unexpected conclusion. In the end I was glad I had stuck with it, and upgraded it from a mental 3 stars to a final 4.
They're Wed Again
They're Wed Again
A true romantic story of two people who divorced due to the heroine having the job and the hero working at the college. As always the hero didn't like his wife buying everything and the heroine selfishly hinted at it in all their arguments. Seven years later they met again, found they still were in love with each other and remarried. Everything turned out OK in the end of course and the family was on it's way. Shortish story. But a nice easy read.
Hard Hat Harry: Ship and Boat Adventures
Hard Hat Harry: Ship and Boat Adventures
I'm not happy to see the review from jan 30 2016 by jon on a child's show review. Administrators, please filter and remove so I don't need to explain to my 5 and 7 year olds why it says that!!!!!!
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Happiness Can Be Found Bangle
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Happiness Can Be Found Bangle
I was very disappointed that the bracelet didn't come in the Alex and Ani box. This was not one of the cheapies. It is for a Christmas gift and I feel uncomfortable about putting it in another box. Unhappy with this seller.
Harry Potter Gryffindor Economy Tie
Harry Potter Gryffindor Economy Tie
I read mixed reviews and decided to chance ordering this tie for my daughter's Ginny Weasley costume. It arrived promptly, but she called me in tears saying it was a horrible purple color... (as other's have pictured) I tried to reassure her that it wouldn't be that big of a deal and only a little would show from under the sweater... but I agree it was no where close to Gryffindor colors... then I tied it and had her put it on so we could see and it practically was falling apart in the back where the lining meets the fabric (as other's have also pictured)... so I thought - ok I will return it and get her a new one. I click on the button and put, defective, etc - and it says - sorry, not eligible for return... WHAT??? I went back to product description and do not see anything about that... so not sure what that is all about. Luckily, I got on the live chat and an Amazon rep promptly refunded my $5.99 - which isn't much, but it's still my money :) So, now I'm off to look for another.
Port City Crossfire (A Brandon Blake Mystery, Book 1)
Port City Crossfire (A Brandon Blake Mystery, Book 1)
First Sentence: Mid-September, not quite fall but the Maine summer slipping away.

It's every policeman's nightmare. Officer Brandon Blake becomes involved in a foot chase with a suspect known as Thrasher who is wearing a Go-Pro camera and holding a gun. Blake is forced to shoot but forgot to turn on his camera and the suspect's Go-Pro memory stick gone. Thatch's wealthy parents, his girlfriend Amanda, and the community are out for Blake's job and his freedom. But being suspended doesn't stop Brandon from following his instincts as he finds the high-school diary of Danni Moulton which leads him into danger from her boyfriend Clutch.

This is a first chapter that really works. You meet the principal characters, learn a bit about their life, and, true to the life of a cop, go from low intensity to very high intensity in the blink of an eye realizing just how a bad situation can happen and the reaction afterward. Boyle makes it real and painful.

One quickly becomes aware of why Boyle's writing is so good. It's refreshing to have a police officer who isn't hardened and cynical, who feels the impact of their action, who doesn't shrug and walk away but has a very human reaction including self-doubt. And the victim's parents: Boyle knows how to depict raw emotion.

Brandon does get himself into situations. An excellent description of him is given--"I know your type, my friend. Once you get on to something, you don't let go. You ride it into the ground even if you do down with it." All of Boyle's characters are effective. Kat, Brandon's partner is a good, strong character and an excellent balance to Brandon as she sees through him and doesn't pull any punches. His personal partner, Mia, is someone one may particularly come to like. And then there's Matthew Estusa, the classic gotcha'-style reporter who'll do whatever it takes for a story is certainly someone who is recognizable.

Twists and threads: the plot twists are very well done and effective; sometimes shocking. "Friggin' A, Blake, ... Is there anything you don't wind up in the middle of?" The number of threads counts up to where one finds oneself thinking 'here is another thread to pull.'

As the threads begin to weave together, the danger and suspense increase. The plot did seem over-complicated, a twist that was a bit too convenient and a move that, especially for a cop, crept into the realm of being a bit TSTL (too stupid to live). However, those were small things and were easily forgiven in light of there being a great climax and an excellent line toward the end.

Although the book is listed as A Brandon Black Mystery, Book 1, that's not strictly accurate as this is the third book in the series following "Port City Shakedown" and "Port City Black and White," both published by Down East Books. It's worth going back to the beginning.

"Port City Crossfire" is a well-done police procedural. It has a tone different from others one might read, and a protagonist who is both complex and compelling. Boyle walks more on the noir side of the street, but in a very restrained way. There is something rather addictive about his writing.

PORT CITY CROSSFIRE (PolProc-Officer Brandon Blake-Portland, Maine-Contemp) – G+
Boyle, Gerry - 3rd in series
ePublishing Works - Aug 2019
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Long-sleeve Bodysuits
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Long-sleeve Bodysuits
This is a beautiful set of four onesie bodysuits and is fantastic for the price!

I ordered the 6-12 and received two 6-9 (the Halloween and the Thanksgiving) and two 9-12 (Christmas and New Years). This is what makes them a "Grow with Me" set as it anticipates your baby getting a little bigger between holidays.

Hudson baby products are a little roomier in width than some of the other brands. For example, Carters runs a little narrow and long. Hudson will be similar to Carters in length, but wider in the body. I like this, because I don't like tight onesies. Because of this, I would tend to order a size up in Carters, but with Hudson I would say that the size chart is pretty accurate.

They run much larger than Gerber, because Gerber tends to run very small.

These are very soft and comfortable with a good medium weight for the fabric. There is a lot of stretch and give with it and it goes right back into shape.

The neck isn't too tight or too loose and also tends to retain it's shape.

One of the things that I love about these is that they are all embroidered designs, which gives them a high-end feel.

Hudson baby designs do shrink a little with their first wash. They may look a little big when you receive them, but keep the shrinkage factor in mind. When I got my first set I thought they looked huge but ended up being just right.
18 Inch 5 PCS Led Light Up BoBo Balloon Colorful/ Warm White Lights, Fillable Light up Balloons with Helium, Great for Christmas Party, House Decorations,Amazing Party Decoration (Colorful)
18 Inch 5 PCS Led Light Up BoBo Balloon Colorful/ Warm White Lights, Fillable Light up Balloons with Helium, Great for Christmas Party, House Decorations,Amazing Party Decoration (Colorful)
Yes, these do take a little bit of talent & time to inflate - but WELL WORTH IT! Just look at these - so gorgeous! So many compliments! The seller's video was very helpful - and I had my daughter hold a flexible tape measure around each balloon as it was inflated. (for consistency & to lessen risk of popping/over inflating ) For this batch, I was able to inflate up to 42" in circumference. ( you may have to adjust up or down given the run of balloons you get ) I did stretch them gently prior to inflating & inflated these very slowly so they could stretch slowly & not put too much stress on seams. I also secured with a zip tie cord after twisting & tying the balloon. They lasted from mid day into the event evening and through the next afternoon. I particularly loved the quality of these balloons from this seller - I tried a few others... most happy with these! ( ps - all the lights worked, but one which was no problem since I had ordered extras ) ( I do suggest doing this, since you will have a popped balloon here or there -its inevitable ) Highly recommend!!!
HUSO Unisex Digital Printed Athletic Quarter Running Socks 2,3,4,6,8,11 Pairs
HUSO Unisex Digital Printed Athletic Quarter Running Socks 2,3,4,6,8,11 Pairs
I love putting these socks on. I just got through my first 11 pairs. Putting them on feels almost as good as taking them off at the end of the day. It's like they massage your feet when you put them on. They feel fantastic in shoes. I guess if you don't like to feel socks in your shoes, you might not like these, but if you like socks that feel good on your feet, you will love these. I also ordered the XXL size because I am tired of my ankles looking like my socks for an hour after I take them off. These keep my feet feeling great all day. I usually try to walk about 90 minutes/day, outside of regular daily activities. These socks keep my feet feeling comfortable, cool, and refreshed all day. Sounds like a commercial, I know. The only thing I don't like is a few of the colors. Some of the colors just make you feel a little uncomfortable. Maybe that's the way I process color, but I just don't like some of them. Love the bright colors, but the pale puke-ee colors can go.
After War Gundam X: Collection 1
After War Gundam X: Collection 1
I found the setting of this show to be something quite different from most of the Gundam series in an appealing way. It is post-apocalyptic and the world populous has mostly been wiped out through war. For Gundam fans, this is quite interesting because the series really seems to act as a 'what-if' scenario - what if more Colony Drop Operations had been conducted, what would have happened. Some characters are pretty clearly based on alternate future versions of main UC characters.

I found most of the characters likable and the way they start becoming a pseudo family in a post-apocalyptic world. The animation style is similar to Gundam Wing with a dash of G Gundam thrown in in some comedic moments (very sparsely though). The mecha designs are very 90s feeling, yet they feel a little more UC military than the Mobile Suits in a show like Gundam Wing.

There were a few issues with this release:

Firstly, the transfer is not the best. Several of the early episodes look...foggy, for lack of a better word. The saturation and contrast is pretty lacking, definitely could be better. I only found this to be an issue in some of the early episodes. I heard this was not an issue with the Japanese release, but I have not seen it. Also, (and this is a problem with the anime itself) the music is pretty lackluster - its pretty incredible what they chose to go with for certain moments. Once again, this became less of an issue as you get to the end of the set. By the time I got to episode 14 or 15 I noticed the music had changed and was actually getting pretty good - there were some very nice haunting melodies.

There are no real special features to speak of for this set - there are textless Openings and Closings and...thats it. This is also a Japanese only set (english subtitles available) as this show was never dubbed into english. Pretty bare bones, but understandable given the circumstances.

As much as I have liked the story/characters, this set is mostly the setup and the story only starts getting good near the end of this set. Much of this set did feel like it would appeal more as an after-school type of show, but older fans of Gundam can enjoy it too.

I would recommend any fan of the series to check it out as it does present something different from the typical Gundam experience.
Mylon Lefevre and Broken Heart: Sheep In Wolves Clothing Live
Mylon Lefevre and Broken Heart: Sheep In Wolves Clothing Live
Recently picked up this VHS concert. I give top marks for the quality of the picture and the audio. I saw them on this concert tour in 1985, which is when this was filmed. As with much of the early CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) concert videos are quite scarce. I was very blessed to find this tape. Many people scoff when you say you watch a VHS tape, as if you're stuck in the past. This is one of thousands of concerts, as well as movies, that have not been released on DVD or Blu-ray and probably will not be. If you like Mylon & Broken Heart you will love this concert. The music and their '80's outfits may be dated by time but the message of the music is timeless. Jesus Christ is the way!
Organic Lavender pillow spray lavender spray mist - Lavender pillow spray for sleep - handcrafted pure ORGANIC LAVENDER essential oil - 100% VEGAN - Natural - Paraben Free - Not tested on animals
Organic Lavender pillow spray lavender spray mist - Lavender pillow spray for sleep - handcrafted pure ORGANIC LAVENDER essential oil - 100% VEGAN - Natural - Paraben Free - Not tested on animals
I sprayed this liberally on my pillow last night before bed and by the time I had brushed my teeth and removed my makeup the smell had gone. Tried spraying even more tonight, the smell lasted slightly longer but my pillow was quite wet and now it has dried the smell has gone. Ordering a slightly more expensive one to see if any better.
TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists Licorice Candy, 32 Ounce
TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists Licorice Candy, 32 Ounce
These twizzlers were nice and fresh. Have you ever had stale twizzlers? They are the worst!!! Giving these 5 because they weren't all stuck together and they were fresh. I know I ask a lot from my twizzlers, and these met my standards.
Crayola Silly Scents Twistables lápices de colores, 12 unidades, edades de 3 y más (68-7402)
Crayola Silly Scents Twistables lápices de colores, 12 unidades, edades de 3 y más (68-7402)
I love how you can twist these pencils up so that you never have to sharpen them. They last for a long time and work great. The only reason I knocked a star off was the smell. Of course they are supposed to be scented, but the root beer smells like black licorice, and the coconut smells like a poorly attended nursing home. Great colored pencils, but, like all scented markers and stuff like it, the smells are a bit off. It’s not strong enough to actual change the coloring experience thankfully, and they happened to be cheaper than the unscented ones when I got them.
STAR WARS The Bounty Collection Series 2 The Child Collectible Toys 2.2-Inch Child Pram, Mandalorian Necklace Figure 2-Pack
STAR WARS The Bounty Collection Series 2 The Child Collectible Toys 2.2-Inch Child Pram, Mandalorian Necklace Figure 2-Pack
Adorable! It took me a while to get on board with The Mandalorian, but this little fella is just too cute. I could not get one of the keepsake ornaments, but these sets can easily be made into ornaments for a tree. Or, as I will do, they will join my collection of little figures on my shelf in my arts and craft/movie room. Baby Yoda should get along nicely with Baby Groot and my kther collectibles. I found this two-set very practical and worth the $ paid. They came in their original display packaging, packed in another sturdy little box, them placed in a padded envelope. They arrived in perfect condition.

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