Lachlan Patel

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Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide to Learn Programming: The Complete Introduction Guide for Learning the Basics of C, C#, C++, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, PHP, and Python: A Practical Programming Language Course
Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide to Learn Programming: The Complete Introduction Guide for Learning the Basics of C, C#, C++, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, PHP, and Python: A Practical Programming Language Course
Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide to Learn Programming: The Complete Introduction Guide for Learning the Basics of C, C#, C++, SQL, JAVA, Javascript, PHP, and Python: A Practical Programming Language Course by Kevin Cooper and Tyler McGuire. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
KNIME Essentials
KNIME Essentials
KNIME Essentials by Gábor Bakos. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JSONiq: The SQL of NoSQL
JSONiq: The SQL of NoSQL
JSONiq: The SQL of NoSQL by Ghislain Fourny , Matthias Brantner, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mogodb category.
See Me (The Novus Pack Series Book 1)
See Me (The Novus Pack Series Book 1)
See Me (The Novus Pack Series Book 1) by M. Jayne. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Murach's Java Programming
Murach's Java Programming
Murach's Java Programming by Joel Murach. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 75 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Android How to Program (3rd Edition)
Android How to Program (3rd Edition)
Android How to Program (3rd Edition) by Paul J. Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Rated 2.6 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learn Python Programming: A Beginners Crash Course on Python Language for Getting Started with Machine Learning, Data Science and Data Analytics (Artificial Intelligence, Book 1)
Learn Python Programming: A Beginners Crash Course on Python Language for Getting Started with Machine Learning, Data Science and Data Analytics (Artificial Intelligence, Book 1)
Learn Python Programming: A Beginners Crash Course on Python Language for Getting Started with Machine Learning, Data Science and Data Analytics (Artificial Intelligence, Book 1) by Russel R. Russo, Zachary Zaba, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set by Ken Henderson. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Data Modeling and Database Design
Data Modeling and Database Design
Data Modeling and Database Design by Narayan S. Umanath and Richard W. Scamell. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Warren Buffett: (Marathi Edition)
Warren Buffett: (Marathi Edition)
Book gives insights about investment tycoon Warren Buffet.. High level details about life of Warren Buffet & how he shaped his company is given perfectly
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
We don't need more leadership books that inspire and instruct and give principles, at least I don't think so. Leadership principles are good to know and learn from, but you really don't know what leadership looks like and feels like until you do it. And leadership will be different based on who you are, who you're leading, and what you're situation is. I say it like this: you can't swim by reading books and going to conferences and watching videos about swimming. Leadership is like swimming; you learn to lead by leading.

This book gives you the insider look into the mind and heart of what a leader actually goes through in her/his thoughts and feelings. That's where the hard work of leadership really happens. Yes, it's a mental game, as they say about tennis or other competitive sports. You may not have the identical reactions and anxiety described in the book. So it is not universal. Knowing the specifics of how the author has experienced anxiety as a part of leading and as a part of being human, is so very helpful to know how to manage the weight and load of leadership that is indeed so intangible.

I'm believing that this book will help a good number of leaders to not burn out and to stay on the path of health and wellness and effectiveness for a lifetime of good healthy impact for those s/he leads.
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh's Zapponian Utopia
As a resident of Downtown Las Vegas at the time, I think Aimee Groth's book tells the story pretty accurately. While it's written from her first person perspective, she seems to offer an objective view of the dysfunction that led to so many people losing faith in Tony and the Downtown Project. I know that Tony and Zappos are criticizing the book for "inaccuracies," but if they spent time looking at the deeper issues the book exposes, maybe they would never have suffered the loss of support and negative publicity in the first place? Besides, it's hard to claim the book is inaccurate when you can tell by the lengthy end notes that she really knew what was going on inside and documented every conversation. Overall, really well written and a fun read!
Donald Trump President Vintage USA Flag Hoodie
Donald Trump President Vintage USA Flag Hoodie
i was hoping it would look more like the picture, it looks cheaply made and i’m overall just not happy with the product. Originally got as a gift for a friend but it’s a poor respires ta toon of a flag, it doesn’t even have competle stars and the stripes are uneven
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (11th Edition) (Core Series)
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (11th Edition) (Core Series)
The book is overall very good in that the writing is concise, informative, and even largely fun to read for a programming language book. But this series is very strangely organized, and you should be aware of this.

This is Core Java, Volume I: Fundamentals, with a sister book named Core Java, Volume II: Advanced Features. But those title are very misleading. Many pages in the Fundamentals volume properly belong in the Advanced Features volume, and vice versa. For example, in the Fundamentals book the author includes many pages covering such topics as Reflection, Proxies & the Class Loader, and so forth. These are advanced topics if you ask me, and it would seem the author himself would agree! In not just one but in many places he says, "Application programmers can safely skip this section". I agree, because these sections have no place in book about fundamentals. But meanwhile very important topics which I would consider to be Java fundamentals are not covered in the Fundamentals volume, but in the Advanced Topics. Basic File I/O is in the Advanced Topics book, Reflection is in the Fundamentals book. That's exactly backwards!

Both Basic File I/O and Networking are in the Advanced Topics book. At the end of the Fundamentals book, you won't be able write useful programs because the very basic essentials of how to get data into them will have never been presented to you. You might be able to create some very basic GUI applications from the Fundamentals book, but what they might be doing besides looking pretty I don't know. Again, refer to the Advanced Topics book to read/write files to connect to anything on a network, etc. and generally having anything interesting to operate upon.

These books in tandem might do you well, but know that going in. The Fundamentals book by itself is really not sufficient to stand alone usefully.
JBL J33a BLK Premium In Ear Headphones with JBL Drivers and Microphone, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
JBL J33a BLK Premium In Ear Headphones with JBL Drivers and Microphone, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
I am a sucker for inexpensive IEMs. This was an impulse buy; I saw a pair in the warehouse deals for around 16 and thought, why not? I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I am hoping my pair lasts - sounds like many others report durability issues. I have had mine for around 2 months and have been used a lot in that time - so far, so good.

Pros:
- Excellent sound stage
- Nice bass - not bloated
- Look very nice
- Included case is nice

Cons:
- Cable is too heavy
- Major driver flex (popping sounds when adjusting on insertion)
- Treble is a bit artificial sounding
- Not a fan of the straight 3.5mm jack
- mic not the best (complaints from others unable to hear me)
- fit with included tips

Many people complain about keeping these in your ears and I can see this being a problem with the included tips. The drivers are a little on the heavy side, this coupled with the weight of the cable make them fall out rather easily when you move your head around. I was able to solve this issue with a better fitting comply foam tip. With the comply's employed, I can work out with this pair without fear of them falling out.

They are relatively easy to drive and you should have no problems using them with your smartphone.

The sound signature is V - shaped and fun in nature. The bass is boosted, but does not creep into the midrange. The treble is also prevalent, but not sibilant. Unfortunately, the treble has this artificial harshness to it that stands out to me.

Soundstage is excellent and instrument separation is above average. I find these work great for gaming.

If you can get these for a great price, I say give them a shot. You might be surprised what you get for the price.
Tamashii Nations Thanos Avengers: Infinity War, Bandai S.H.Figuarts
Tamashii Nations Thanos Avengers: Infinity War, Bandai S.H.Figuarts
アベンジャーズ系は集めていなかったのですが、インフィニティーウォーの面々が再販されたのを機に集めることに。
見事に”沼”にハマり、短期間でどんどんコレクションが増えることに^^;

その中でもこのサノスはかなりお気に入りとなりました。
まず、かなり大きめ(怒りブロリーと同サイズくらいで、ハルクより少し小さい)でガシガシ遊べること。
腹部はやや可動域が狭いですが、気になるほどでもないと思われます。
心得のあるかたなら、腹部を温めて内部を少し削れば、飛躍的に可動域が向上しそうです。

表情パーツは3種が楽しめ、申し分なしです。デジプリも最高に緻密。
欲を言えば叫び顔も欲しかったかな。

手首パーツも遊ぶには十分です。
が、スナッピング手首が右手分しかないので、ガントレットでのスナップ手首も是非ほしかったところ。

ちょいちょいと改善してほしかったところはありましたが、かなりいいフィギュアになっています。再販はもうほんとに嬉しい限り。
インフィニティウォーでのサノスは、エンドゲームのサノスと違い、ガモーラの死や数々の闘いの中でメンタル的に一歩進んでいるというかちょっと憂いを帯びているように思われ、個人的にはエンドゲームの時の荒くれサノスより好きです^^

スターロード、ドクターストレンジもゲットしたので、絡めて超絶バトルを再現したいと思います!
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Officially Licensed Xbox One Controller: 4 Remappable Multi-Function Buttons - Hair Trigger Mode - For PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S - Black
Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition Officially Licensed Xbox One Controller: 4 Remappable Multi-Function Buttons - Hair Trigger Mode - For PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S - Black
 UPDATE 11/24/2017:
The audio bug I reported in my original review is now finally fixed. After working extensively with Razer support (who have been great) and two replaced controller it was finally determined to be a firmware bug as predicted. They issued a new firmware v1.02.00 which fixes the issue . So if you experience the audio bug I faced you should contact Razer support to get the firmware updater . I now full, 200% recommend this controller . The only reason I am not bumping my original rating from 4 stars is to recognize the existence of this initial (but resolved) issue

I'm an avid console FPS gaming enthusiast and spend a significant portion of my game time playing online competitive multiplayer games like Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 , Overwatch, Halo 5 etc. And just like me I'm sure you will come to a point where you'll realize that the stock OEM Xbox controller doesn't really cut it. Hence I have a amassed quite the collection of 3rd party controllers including my current favourite the Razer Wildcat controller (before using the Wolverine controller that is). For this review I will compare the new Wolverine controller to the Wildcat controller, how it feels in hand while gaming and reasons why I had initially chosen the Razer Wildcat over the Xbox Elite controller ( all of which apply to the Wolverine controller as well)

WHY I CHOOSE THE RAZER CONTROLLER OVER THE XBOX ELITE CONTROLLER
When I first purchased my Wildcat I had spent an embarrassingly large amount of time researching between it and the Elite controller and in the end it came down to this :
- If you read online forums, Reddit etc you'll quickly come to realize that the Elite controller is plagued with build quality issues and cheap plastic parts that break easily and on top of that the elite controller only has a 6 month warranty. These Razer controllers come with 1 year warranty. To me the the length of warranty told me all I wanted to know about the confidence each of the manufacturer had in their product
- The second thing that really seals the deal in favor of the Razer controllers (both Wildcat & Wolverine) is MECHANICAL buttons - You see even while costing $150 the elite controller had the same rubber domed ABXY buttons as the stock Xbox or any other cheap controllers. Rubber dome buttons do not provide the right feedback while intense gameplay as they tend to bottom out / fade away and 'stick' over time . Whereas the Razer controller feature proper mechanical switch ABXY buttons that are responsive , Clicky (just like a mechanical keyboard) and feature a very short travel distance and actuation time
- Well these two reasons were more than enough for me to look away from the elite controller

DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY
- From the first moment you unbox the Wolverine controller , open its velvet lined hardshell case and hold the controller in your hand - you realize that it just oozes with quality worthy of its asking price. It is neither too heavy nor too light , the matte finish plastic construction, triggers , trigger locks all feel solid and operate smoothly without any creaks and rattles
- Unlike the Razer Wildcat controller where you have to stick the rubberized grips yourself which is hard to get right , the Wolverine controller now features a permanent rubberized dotted grip which works out much better in practice without adding too much bulk. It is very comfortable to hold/squeeze even with sweaty palms
- The trigger stops are also better built and feel sturdier than Razer Wildcat controller
- The four rear buttons on the rear of the controller ( M3 to M6) are made of plastic and are also of the mechanical switch type with very short actuation distance and clicky operation. One thing I would like to point out is that the rear triggers/buttons on the Wildcat controller are made of metal whereas they have switched to plastics for the new Wolverine controller
- Another aspect where the Razer controllers are better than the Elite controller is their built in chat & program pad. You can quickly program the 6 customizable buttons without the help of any software and quickly change assignments on the fly . It can store two profile assignments and also adjust chat and game volume
- You can swap the rubber domed metal- thumbsticks , D-pad out to match your preference whether you like the stock xbox controller feel, taller wider or dome shaped thumbsticks - there's one for every preference. While the magnets that hold the thumbsticks and D-pad is strong they can still come out if the controller falls or is kept face down . Hence i would recommend some caution there
- The reason why most of the 3rd party controllers on the market today are wired (with the sole exception of modded stock $170+ Scuff controllers) is because Xbox One uses a proprietary wireless protocol for their controllers which is probably very expensive to license, so its hard to be critical on this controller for being wired. Having said that the included 10 Ft nylon braided cable is durable and long enough for most gaming setups and can easily reach your couch

PERFORMANCE, TRIGGER LOCKS & CUSTOM BUTTONS
- Lets first talk about the trigger locks as they're one of main game changers when compared to stock controllers, as they limit the motion of the RT/LT triggers right upto their actuation point and cutting their 'dead' zone by almost 75%. If you prefer high precision or semi-automatic weapons in your FPS games, then you can get in significantly more number of shots faster than you would on a regular controller. The importance of that in a tense encounter with another player cannot be understated. Also unlike the Wildcat controller you dont have to activate a special 'Hair Trigger' mode on this controller as some games do not accurately recognize trigger locks . The Wolverine controller does that automatically the moment you engage the trigger locks. Very convenient indeed
- The positioning for the additional shoulder buttons M1 & M2 is genius if you ask me and once you get used it , you will stop using the regular shoulder buttons LB & RB . That's because when your fingers are on the LT & RT fingers are already exactly where the shoulder M1 & M2 buttons are located . That way you can operate them without having to lift your fingers off the triggers - Another advantage in multiplayer
- The four buttons at the back M3 to M6 are ideally located and easy to reach , but it does take getting some used to for incorporating into your gameplay. But the thing is once you get used to it you cant do away with it - I find it very hard going back even to my Wildcat controller now!
- By default the rear triggers M5 & M6 are configured for two modes with the left rear trigger for a mode called 'Focus' which decreases the sensitivity of the analog sticks by half as long as you keep M5 pressed (you can fine tune this in the Xbox Synapse app) . This allows you to carefully line up those headshots using sniper rifles . Pressing the right rear trigger activates the 'Agile' mode which doubles the analog stick sensitivity for faster response. Once you get the hang using these two mode - It does give you yet another very tangible advantage over your opponent
- Of Course if you dont want to use the Focus & Agile modes you can always re-assign the rear triggers M5 & M6 to any button you like. Think of of it - With the four rear buttons you could map the entire ABXY buttons to them and never have to move your fingers off the thumbsticks and the triggers ! ( as even the shoulder buttons M1 & M2 are right there)
- Now for the Chroma lighting on the controller which I first thought was mainly gimmicky as you never get to see it while you are actually gaming - But it does look cool for onlookers. What changed my view of it was a lighting mode called 'Immersive' which lights up as according to the controller's vibrations ie say when you fire a weapon it lights up or when you are running . It does look very cool- Check out the small clip i made of it in action

AN ANNOYING BUG
- My only disappointment with this controller is a firmware bug I encountered where if you use the Wolverine to turn on the Xbox it does not activate the audio on the 3.5mm jack and you have to do literally unplug the controller and plug the controller back in to get audio. Sometimes even the controller fails to turn on when you power on the Xbox
- I contacted Razer support for this and they did RMA my first controller and since they did not have one in stock in their local warehouse they sent it to me from their Hong Kong warehouse with two day international shipping ! Kudos to them for that but even my second controller has the same issue.
- I am decking one star for this bug alone. And the reason why I am not taking away more stars is because it can be fixed via a firmware update (which just happens to not be available yet) and they had the other similar issues with their Wildcat controller at launch which was fixed by a later firmware upgrade. I just hope it comes soon enough
- I have the original Xbox (not the S) and this bug happens on Xbox on both power saving and instant on modes

FINAL THOUGHTS
So there you have it the Wolverine controller is miles better than their own Wildcat controller (and by extension the Xbox Elite controller) . It is so good that I dont like using my Wildcat anymore as it does give a very tangible edge to my gameplay and has better overall ergonomics and precision. The only thing I would like to caution you about is the audio bug I faced requiring you to unplug and replug the controller every time. I will update this review once there is a firmware update available but until then you'll have to decide if its a quirk worth living with or not. And according to me - It is...See you in the battlefield !
VALEN 3D Desk lamp Acrylic Deadpool Night Light 7 Color Change Furniture Decorative Colorful Gift Household Accessories Boy Toys
VALEN 3D Desk lamp Acrylic Deadpool Night Light 7 Color Change Furniture Decorative Colorful Gift Household Accessories Boy Toys
Inexpensive and it absolutely made the kids go "ooooh, aaaaah!" They love it.

It's bright. It sucks almost no power. It takes up very little desk space, yet it also has a big visual appearance and seems larger than it is.

The one drawback—if you touch the front or back with your fingers, it's basically done for. It's acrylic, and the way the acrylic is being used (as a carrier of light), fingerprints light up like a Christmas tree once they're there—but trying to clean them off with *anything* (even soft tissue or microfiber) adds tons of microscratches that also light up like a Christmas tree.

So buy it, find a place to put it, and enjoy it, but be sure it's high up enough (if you have kids) that the front and back surfaces never get touched.
Overlord
Overlord
Producer JJ Abrams brings us a movie that mixes genres, with World War Two action meeting outright horror.

It is not a spoiler to say that this isn't a Cloverfield movie, either.

It's June 1944, and the allied invasion of Nazi occupied Europe is on. The airborne troops are about to make their drops. One unit in particular has a vital mission to destroy a Nazi installation. An awful lot is depending on them.

The scattered troops, including rookie soldier Boyce and Grizzled combat veteran Ford soon discover there's more to the installation than meets the eye, and horrible experiments that might give the Nazis the edge they need. The fate of the world is in the balance...

You won't get complete historical accuracy out of this, but what you do get is a thoroughly involving and watchable bit of escapism. All the cast pitch their performances just right for the material. It earns an eighteen certificate with realistic violent action and some gory moments, from humans and others. The lead characters are well drawn and you can relate to them. And the villains are just as nasty as you would want them to be for this sort of thing.

It possibly does do a little more of the war side than the horror side, but even so, fans of the latter genre probably won't be disappointed. Good, strong, and very watchable escapism, this is a very entertaining film indeed.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English. French. Italian. It's also English audio captioned.
Subtitles: English. Danish. Dutch. Finnish, French. Italian. Norwegian. Swedish.

It begins with several trailers, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

Extras;

The Horrors of War. Two featurettes combine to form this look at the film. They are called Creation, and Death no more.
They can be watched individually or in a row. Both run roughly ten minutes. The first is an overview of the project and the production. The second of some of the monsters of the story and how they were created. Both are a little longer than this kind of thing usually is, and both are pretty good watches.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (Illustrated, 19 Jun 2014) Hardcover
Great quality book! I purchased the "paperback" version and what I got was not at all paperback - WHICH IS A GOOD THING! The cover is a quality felt-like (fake) leather of some kind and will do well to keep the book in excellent condition for many years to come; which is perfect for people like who want to keep Tolkien's magnum opus forever.
Chester Rand or The New Path to Fortune
Chester Rand or The New Path to Fortune
Chester Rand is 15yrs old and the son of a widow, they were a poor family, Chester worked at the local store for very small wages but after being given a pay cut left. Chester was asked to show a Mr Conrad around the village, after drawing something for him Mr Conrad was most impressed, he offered to try and sell the pictures., on his way home he meets a shabby looking man who turns out to be his former bosse's nephew, he is very unwell and Chester takes him home where he dies after leaving some property in Tracoma to Chester for his kindness.
Chester sold his picture for 10 dollars, during this time Chester is accused of stealing money by his former boss but manages to prove his innocence,after selling another two pictures Chester leaves for New York to work for a Real Estate company Mr Conrad had found for him and being able to continue drawing pictures as well, on his way to New York an old man admires his pictures and asked him to illustrate a book for 200 dollars.
As the story continues Chester comes across a crooked book keeper who tries to make trouble for him, he continues to draw pictures for the book and meets the mans young nephew who becomes his friend, Chester's boss goes away and he is sacked while the book keeper is trying to steal from the company but he is caught and Chester finds a new job, many more adventures follow while Chester is trying to make his fortune
A free book, quite long and certainly worth a read
Hit and Run (Point Horror Series)
Hit and Run (Point Horror Series)
This novel is set in a small country town in Australia. Roland Fleming is deeply afraid of his father. He is full of emotion about him. Constable Gordon Sutton becomes aware of this when he sees the twelve-year-old boy, in a rock throwing contest, accidentally smash the back window of his father's Mercedes. Years later, when Roland is sixteen, some apprentice mechanics tease him about being his father's spoilt-little-rich boy. Irrationally
Roland seals a Ferrari from the garage. Speeding through the sleepy town's streets he hits a pedestrian. Roland doesn't even want to believe he has done it, but he soon flees into the countryside pursued by Constable Sutton.

This is a psychological novel which describes in depth the mental state of the hunted and the hunter. It also explores emerging friendship, responsibility, and maturity as Roland and Sutton are forced to become equals, as they depend upon each other for survival in the wilds of the Australian Bush.

Much of this novel is well written and I indeed found the second and third quarters gripping and fascinating. I have, however, some criticisms. First, the dispute between the apprentices and Roland seems too slight to provide a motivation for the theft of the car, and Roland's mental state at that point remains very understated. Phipson simply writes:

For a moment Roland stood there, and slowly his face grew red. Then he said, "I'll show you." And he swung round and walked towards the Ferrari.

Secondly, in the final pages of the book, I felt that, what must have been the terrible experience of two years in a reform school, was completely glossed over as if it was nothing. Surely Roland had some regrets or at least bad memories about this experience. I know Phipson is trying to emphasis Roland's new responsibility and acceptance of the justice of his punishment, but life is more complicate than that.

I have found it difficult to rate this book as half the story is very well written while the beginning and end (the first and last quarters) are average and even spoiled by the points I have mentioned above. I have finally decided to be tough and only give three stars, though others (particularly the intended teen audience) may enjoy the story more than I did and feel a four is more appropriate.
The Eagle in the Sand: Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
The Eagle in the Sand: Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
As a recent reader of the Eagle series, I flew through the first books, enjoying the protaganists mature if not really develop. The plot lines remained much too predictable and pat but they were a good read. All of the books had great action and some nice twists. Therefore I was surprised to see the number of early negative comments about this Scarrow's latest, and hesitated. Figuring it's better to read a clunker then watch Dancing With Stars, I picked up Eagle In The Sand and was pleasantly surprised.

The change of venue to Judea is a cultural bonanza and much needed. As interesting as the early setting in Britain was, it wore thin after four novels. The Eagle's Prophecy (a Roman Galley setting) was a bit of a twist, but it can't match the diversity and the background of the Middle East, circa the first century. In addition to standard cultural and religious clashes the author (finally!) begins to develop the character of Cato as one who questions the perceived wisdom and benefit of being part of the Roman juggernaut. A theme only hinted at in early books is give full sway here. Cato's struggle with his part in sustaining the Empire is long overdue for a pair who by my unscientific estimate have killed thousands of subjugated peoples, all in the name of Rome. What worthy hero doesn't have doubt?

The introduction of Miriam, mother of Jehosua (yup, you can figure out who they are) is contrived, and actually made me wince, but it's no worse than Macro and Cato bar-hopping and double dating Boudicea and her cousin back in Britain. I really don't understand what the beef was with this book. In many ways it's a great transition, letting in some much needed frest air. Give it a try.
John Landis
John Landis
I was delighted to discover that the first book I've ever seen on legendary director John Landis was not only informative but really funny! Profusely illustrated, this book is really made up of long interviews with Landis and his collaborators including Dan Aykroyd, Elmer Bernstein, Harold Ramis, Chris Miller, Jamie Lee Curtis, B.B. King and many others. There are also essays about Landis movies by such fantastic filmmakers as David Cronenberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Sam Raimi, Frank Oz, Costa Gavras and many others. And articles by film critics Christopher Frayling, Dave Kehr, Bill Khron, and more. Even an interview that Landis did with Jack Arnold for CAHIERS DU CINEMA in the eighties. And I was amazed to find it so up to date it talks about Landis most recent documentary (which aired on HBO in December) MR. WARMTH, THE DON RICKLES PROJECT. An extremely well produced book with tons of photos and illustrations, most of which I had never seen before. A truly great surprise and one of the best movie related books I've ever bought.
The Postcard Killers
The Postcard Killers
James Patterson's latest thriller has him teamed up with a bestselling author from overseas, Swedish writer Liza Marklund. It's about two attractive killers who persuade young travelling couples to go back to their hotels and then they kill them. Before this happens they send a postcard to the press to let them know what is going to happen and then afterwards they send the same unfortunate reporter a photograph of the killing. On the case is Jacob Kanon, a cop from the US whose daughter was murdered by these Postcard Killers a few months before. He teams up with Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson who received the postcard for the latest killing.

Like the previous reviewer stated, this is like a book of two halves - the first being extremely tense and fast-paced whereas the second was dragged out, slow and felt a bit like the story was continuing for the sake of it. This is a shame as it was a fantastic first 200 pages or so and I read them in just one sitting. The next 200 pages however took me 3 days as I found it hard to get back into the story and it really failed to grip me.

The characters are actually ok. Jacob is heartbroken by the death of his daughter and struggles with working with the Swedish police and their different ways of following the law and Dessie is thrown out of her comfort zone, being normally a reporter on bulglaries but now stuck in the middle of one of Europe's biggest murder cases. The killers are quite annoying, being a little too unrealistic for my liking. Knowing who they are from the opening chapter also takes away the surprise element of revealing them at the end as you already know who they are.

I think this book is ok - it's not great but it's not bad either. I'd maybe wait and pick this up from the library or borrow it from a friend rather than purchase it as I can't imagine it would be one you'd ever have any desire to read again but is worth a read once if there's nothing better for you to read on your shelf.
Private L.A.
Private L.A.
"A REIGN OF TERROR IN THE CITY OF ANGELS.

It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are..."

During the course of running this blog, I've been asked several times why I review entire series. Don't you get bored? I'm asked. Don't your reviews start to sound the same if you review tons of similar books? Yeah, maybe, but I'm a little obsessive. I like reviewing a book upon completion, whether it be a short, cluttered mess or an in-depth look, book blogging is a hobby.

I also like the idea of giving people that are looking for reassurance about a series an entry-by-entry look. The beginning novel to a series might be utterly sensational or complete crap, but that doesn't mean future entries will be. I'm persistent, so I apologise for any monotony in reviews.

What prompts this you ask. Well, I'm an avid fan of Mr Patterson's works, and out of all the authors I've read since I started this blog, his books are likely some of the most reviewed, and that can sometimes lead to fatigue on my part and repeated critique (probably what you'll see in this review).

So that's why. I love this little hobby and my obsessive parts love it too.

Synopsis (This time round, I'll be using the blurb that comes with my edition of the book.)

Jack Morgan is having a bad week.
His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack's clients has just called to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach.

But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse - a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there's more bad news: Hollywood's golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children.

It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are...

Plot - 4/5 Stars

Private L.A. sees us returning to, well, L.A. Back with series' protagonist Jack Morgan (other books in the series sometimes follow other characters around the world, all connected to Private, Jack's investigative company), we follow his group as another batch of unimaginable cases comes barrelling his way. Yes, that's pretty much the series' formula; in fact, that's pretty much Patterson's formula; but, don't be put off, Private L.A. is a tight thriller with salacious secrets, vicious violence, and heroic happenings.

Recently I'd been having fatigue over the series, so a little break has brought me right back to being in the mood for an easy-going suspense novel that I know will ratchet my heart rate right up. Private L.A. does that, and then some. Sure, there are some ludicrous elements that beggar belief, and some wildly implausible coincidences that push our characters to the right answer, but fun is fun.

The cases themselves are developed well and full of nifty surprises to keep you on your toes. They're interesting and intricate, and the authors (Patterson and Mark Sullivan) show genuine care as to how the stories shape and progress.

The finale offers satisfaction galore while also keeping some minor, but exceptionally riveting, plots hanging, leading to the next time we join Jack and his gang of wonderful misfits.

Pace - 5/5 Stars

Even at near 500 pages, Private L.A. is a smooth, eventful ride. There's your perfect balance between action and exposition; some nice development for a few main players; and sibling rivalry that'll cut to the core.

Characters - 4/5 Stars

Jack Morgan is a solid protagonist, and he's definitely one of my favourites. Intelligent and capable, Private L.A. intensifies his relationship with his twin brother Tommy with a game of cat and mouse that acts as an admirable backdrop to the bigger plots. This sibling battle is one of the highlights of the series, and I am glad the authors have kept it going.

Justine also proves to be interesting. Previous entries have seen her as more of a background character in most ways, an on-again off-again romance for Jack. In this entry, some fantastic development surrounds her, shooting her up the cast list.

The rest of the characters fill out nicely with strong personalities and unique skills, but their development is nonexistent.

Villains have solid motivations for their actions, and those that don't are readily dispatched with a healthy dose of karma. All in all, great stuff.

Writing - 4.5/5 Stars

There are maybe too many instances of deus ex machina, but I can't muster any real frustration to care. They aren't bad examples of it, and they do wonders for moving the plot forward.

As usual, short chapters keep things condensed but colourful, showcasing the authors' ability to use minimal details to create incredible scenes. It's simple.

Overall - 4/5 Stars

Another hit for me.

Roll on the next entry!
Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story (Dog Diaries (1))
Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story (Dog Diaries (1))
I bought this book for my Granddaughter (9 yr old), who loves dogs. I read it first and it was a good story. My granddaughter loved it and read it in a few days. She asked if there would be more books in the series. I told her I would watch for them and buy them for her it there were more.. Highly recommended for young dog lovers!
Wildfire and The Heritage of the Desert: Two Complete Novels
Wildfire and The Heritage of the Desert: Two Complete Novels
Incorporated in this double volume are the first true "western" Zane Grey wrote, The Heritage of the Desert, and the book that did for horses what Jack London did for dogs, Wildfire. Both are excellent reads by the author who defined what a "western" is, or at least what the public at the time, and still today think of when they think "western". The Heritage of the Desert is my personal favorite even surpassing Riders of the Purple Sage which was the next novel Zane Grey wrote. In this book Zane Grey is favorable to the Mormons and many of the lead characters are patterned after men he met during his first extended trip out west with Buffalo Jones in 1907. It is classic story telling with all the things a person expects to find in a "western". Wildfire gives the reader a glimpse into Monument Valley, a place later to become one of the most recognizable landscapes used in the movies, especially by director John Ford. Here amongst this background a wild and free spirited girl meets a catcher and breaker of wild horses, and the thrilling conclusion set in a death race between horse and a raging wild fire is yet to be topped by any writer. These two books have everything Zane Grey is known for--beautiful descriptions of landscape, fascinating characters, and animals that you come to love. A great addition to any Zane Grey library of books.
El Silmarillion. Ilustrado por Ted Nasmith (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El Silmarillion. Ilustrado por Ted Nasmith (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
El libro se retrasó unos días pero por cosas como estas no importa esperar. La edición es sublime, muy cuidada. Tanto la caja como la portada están forradas en tela y da muy buena sensación al tacto. Las láminas de dibujos yo pensaba que serían por separado pero no, están impresas en una calidad excelente, formando parte del libro. Muy recomendable esta edición porque es un libro atemporal.
Essential Tolkien CD: The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring
Essential Tolkien CD: The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring
My first exposure to Tolkien was my mother reading The Hobbit to me and my sister. I have since read everything I could get my hands on of his, so when I found this cd on amazon I was psyched! I threw the disc into my laptop as soon as it arrived and fired up iTunes, and I was not disappointed. It brings a real connection to the man to hear his voice. I specialize in studying diction and paralanguage, and it really adds another layer for the true geek to hear how Tolkien adds emphasis, de-emphasis, pauses, and phrasing to the beloved tales. It really enhanced the experience to me and increased my understanding of how he constructed his worlds, languages, and characters.
Case Closed, Vol. 17: Time for Trouble
Case Closed, Vol. 17: Time for Trouble
As a " Senior" Adult finding the wonderly fun creations of Gosho Aoyama has been a wonderful adventure.

Where else can you find a 19 yr old super detective who becomes a First Grader who then lives with his girl friends family ( ah the wonders of youth!!) and has to solve crimes but give the credit to the bumbling detective who is his Girl Friends father.

That is the true magic of Japanise Anime! It is what is sooooo missing from most American writers today.

In this " case" Conan our now youthful detective must solve one of the most difficult cases of the series and ( to me at least) pulls Aoyama-San to a new level of creative writing while maintaining his great art work.

I also should note that Aoyama-San has a great way of doing him self " in" in each novel just to show how hard he works.

As # 17 shows we will all hope he continues in his own " doom" for many, many more cases.

FUN READING !!
The Andromedia Strain
The Andromedia Strain
Received the book in 12 days from ordering. As soon as I opened the book, the cover fell off due to how brittle it is! It's so old, the paper is crumbling to dust. Pages are yellowed but readable. I think I paid too much for this. I must have a different idea of what "acceptable" is.
Clifford's Christmas (Classic Storybook)
Clifford's Christmas (Classic Storybook)
This is makes a great Christmas gift for a child or a niece or nephew. I bought it for my god son and I know he will love it very much. He is still very young but he is into Clifford the Big Red Dog at the moment so this will make him very happy along with a Clifford toy I that I also purchased for him.

This book is a paperback book but it is still very firm. Great quality paper nice and thick and can’t easily be torn at his age. He loves a story at bed time which is an amazing way to calm your kid down at the end of the day and get them ready for bed and plus the quality time spent during the bed time story is remarkable. When I received this gift and before wrapping it I actually gave it a read and it was an incredible and delightful story.

Definitely a good buy for a loved one and for you or the parents because it shows the true meaning of Christmas which is all about time spent with family and friends not only about presents which seems like the only thing that malls and some societies think of nowadays.
David Baldacci: The Collection (Simples Genius / Hour Game / Split Second)
David Baldacci: The Collection (Simples Genius / Hour Game / Split Second)
Bought this set through the Amazon lightening deals as an additional Christmas present for my Mother. It was a bit of a gamble, but the books' synopsis seemed fitting for her and they were a real bargain. They were delivered before the estimated date and the gamble paid off and she was delighted with them on Xmas Day.
Mr. Nosey (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 4)
Mr. Nosey (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 4)
Mr Nosey is a classic Mr Man book, loved by me as a kid (a few years ago now!) and loved by my kids, nieces and nephews since. All the Mr Men books have a moral; this one is obviously to not poke your nose into other people's business. The moral is delivered in a fun way and the characters are so great, simply drawn, bright and instantly recognisable, with obvious features that represent their name.....you can't help but love them!

For younger children, each story is just short enough to read to them at bedtime and not too long so it holds their interest. For older children, they can either read them to themselves or you can read them a few each bedtime.

My children are 3 and 7 and both love them.

Buy and enjoy, as a story with your children, or a nostalgic trip down memory lane!
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
I'd say this book was a serious diamond in the rough. Readers look to "get something" out of a book, generally. After reading Siddhartha, I came away feeling a part of a similar process as the protagonist, Siddhartha: life and reading is about significance; you must surrender your own aims to understand we're all part of a bigger system "river" or cycle that cares little of our petty problems. Basically surrendering ego is of utmost importance to understand the wisdom in front of you.

Thus one must NOT have an aim to experience "Om" is to be free, receptive, and have no goal. Simply obsorbing life and a book entails opening ones life, mind, and emotions for enlightenment or self wisdom.

The book is an easy read much can be gained--especially if the reader interprets the text from a western perspective.
The Novels of Hermann Hesse: A Study in Theme and Structure
The Novels of Hermann Hesse: A Study in Theme and Structure
Incredible that I'm the first one to review this book! Perhaps it's because it's no longer in print? I don't know, but I highly recommend Ziolkowski's superbly readable critical study for ALL serious Hesse fans. If you've read at least two of his novels, and plan on reading more, than you MUST at least glance through a couple chapters of this book.
In it, Ziolkowski discusses Hesse's life and times, putting his work into its literary context. First and foremost, Hesse was a writer of fiction, and the craftmanship of Hesse's writing style is prevelant. In addition to relevant biographical information, there are discussions on "Magical Thinking", "Timelessness", "Humor", and "Triadic Rhythm", which are all important aspects of structure and theme to be found in all of Hesse's work. The focus here is on the six major novels, in chronological order: Demian, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus & Goldmund, Journey to the East, and The Glass Bead Game. Each is given its own chapter and lengthy analysis. One of the important discoveries Ziolkowski makes is that the spiritual progress of the protagonist in each novel continues where he left off in the successive novel (i.e. Demian develops into Siddhartha into the Steppenwolf into both Narcissus & Goldmund, into the realm of Castalia in The Glass Bead Game). This is a simplification, but the concept is fascinating once you've read all the novels, and can appreciate what Ziolkowski reveals about Hesse, a master artist.
There's a lot here, especially for a cheap, out-of-print paperback with a trippy 1960's black & yellow cover full of Hesse heads! Well worth having delivered to your doorstep, along with more of Hesse's magical works. Happy journeys (to the East)!
Non abbastanza morta. Le inchieste di Nero Wolfe
Non abbastanza morta. Le inchieste di Nero Wolfe
Io amo Rex Stout, sostanzialmente non mi ha mai tradito. Credo di avere letto quasi tutti i suoi gialli. Sempre divertenti, con personaggi molto svegli, trame interessanti. Potrei dire lo stesso per ognuno dei suoi libri. Quindi copio ed incollo il mio giudizio anche per gli altri libri di Stout che ho letto ( o riletto ) in questi giorni.
Mary Higgins Clark's: All Around The Town
Mary Higgins Clark's: All Around The Town
The first book I read by Mary Higgins Clark was All Around The Town and it is truly a piece of art. She is a genius with an immaculate imagination. So I searched for 4 years for this movie and I would become so frustrated when I would see her movies premiere on television. Every time it was something other than All Around The Town. So my boyfriend told me I should sign up an account with Amazon because they have everything! So what do you know, I found this movie and I absolutely loved it. It sent chills down my spine during the moments that her alters came to be. I do not know the name of the actress but I think she portrayed the character perfectly. Other reviews might state that you won't understand it unless you've read the book but I disagree. I think all this movie needs is an hour or two of concentration and you'll appreciate everything Mary Higgins Clark has put together for the development of this movie.
Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
I've read, & often re-read, all of the Scarpetta Series & it's increasingly disappointing that with each progressive book any death worthy of Scarpetta's time & narrative is hard to find scattered in between pages & pages about herself, Lucy & Lucy's narcissistic yet mundane life (for a character kitted out as a novice femme 007), Benton - the lover come husband resurrected from death & not even discretely seems boring, & bored, merely covertly watching everyone in the family with distain or distaste, then Marino, the painfully inept rapist 'cop' who doesn't have a bone (excuse the pun) of respect, morality, empathy or even sympathy & rides on his bipolar & fading character somewhere on the periphery mainly ~ oh, and then an assortment of Lucy's psychotic lesbian throwaways, one or two dogs for a barely heard "ahh" or "aww" factor, far too many recurring Kay Scarpetta nemesis (are we even sure Scarpetta IS a Forensic Pathologist anymore?) who do nothing but make the heroine out to be fair game for target practice when she should be predominantly in the morgue & investigating victims of death (very much how it all started so well) instead of dodging death, being insufferably moralising, providing us with grocery lists, wine recommendations & recipes!
Please can we just go back to the build-up of being a tad squeamish reading a great piece of fiction made more realistic with each paragraph & chapter of an account of recovering bodies (the remains of suspicious deaths), the questions raised as to who, when, why, how etc - all factors pondered during autopsy, the forensic scene, the suspects & so many of the forensic sciences that are not for the faint hearted yet fascinate a growing audience.
Scarpetta should have remained the pathologist. Whenever she described the smell of death within the morgue, the putting on of the white lab coat we mostly all anticipated the grisly details & the culmination of what it all eventually led to. We knew Scarpetta was 'getting down to business'. For me this book really showed how irrelevant the dead are now & how preposterous it is to keep labouring over niece Lucy's illegal arsenal & high IQ, really?? It's hinted the dead woman was high on social ranking, that her Mother was going to bring the echelons of hell down on Scarpetta & Co - yet all that anticipated angst dissipated in favour of a torrential storm of the rain & wind variety! Huh? Irrelevant! Furious Mother of the deceased? Compulsive reading! Apparently not.
Stop chasing ghosts of the likes of Walter Sickert being Jack the Ripper - that was compelling reading some years ago now by another writer & it gets boring when each theory is just repeated almost word for word by a writer further down the line.
Personally I'm sorry to say I also have no use for a cookery book written by a fictional character! I don't like the egotistic boasts of pasta for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner but it's one of Scarpetta's facets & so tolerated but usually only skimmed through.
Bring back the Kay Scarpetta that had us engrossed in past books. Please? I expect to hear about the permanent limp thanks to yet another assassination attempt but don't make it just another distraction that is diluting Scarpetta & her gritty investigations of bygone days. Put her back to work again or please just kill her off for good - maybe food poisoning. Or by Lucy with her penknife maybe.
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Sorting Hat Bangle
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Sorting Hat Bangle
Really disappointed with this. Bought as a present for someone who loves Harry Potter. I haven't opened it but it looks cheap and nasty and under normal circumstances I would have returned it straight away and asked for a refund. If the person it is for doesn't like the quality I will return it.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Ancient Greek) (Ancient Greek Edition)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Ancient Greek) (Ancient Greek Edition)
Harry Potter in ancient Greek!

Ok, so after the novelty has worn off, will you be able to read it?

You've had at least a year, if not two, of Greek or the equivalent right? Because if you don't know Greek, then no, you can't just hold it next to your English copy of Harry Potter and match up the words or anything.

But if you have the requisite background you will probably be translating it, unless you are an advanced Greek "reader."

Most students are going to be doing a lot of translation--looking things up, puzzling over forms, using a translation as a crib, but it's doable.

I expect most people, other than diehards (I consider myself a stubbornly persistent, if not particularly proficient student of ancient Greek)and teachers, will get this for the fun factor and then let it gather dust-- rather like I did in high school with my copy of Winnie Ille Pooh (Latin).

But Harry Potter is a compelling read in any language, and if you are a new student learning Greek, or an older one wanting to review--you should give it a try.

The grammar is rather easy, Rowling is known for her great characters and the amazing world she has created and not her intricate, classicising sentence structure--so you won't find any five paragraph sentences, with long subordinate clauses in the ancient Greek translation of Harry Potter ( :

But just like with most ancient Greek texts, you will need to look up a fair amount of vocabulary. All the more so, since the translator had to coin some of the words himself (think the Greeks had Quidditch?)

I recommend his site, where he explains all about his choices and the translation process,and where he posts the vocabulary for the first two chapters (so far).

[...]

Should you buy the book if you are a student of Greek/Harry Potter fan?

Sure, if you think you will either sit down and read it, or play with it off and on as a side effort in your Greek studies. It's fun, but I admit I have not gotten very far yet myself. Anything that gets you reading Greek is a good thing.

If you are a teacher of ancient Greek?

Well, it might be fun to introduce the students to the fact that such a thing exists, and some of your students may well get excited about the idea of reading Harry Potter. But, as you well know, they will have had to have had a fair amount of Greek before they can read this text, and if they are that far along, you are almost morally obligated to get them reading THE GREEKS <grin>

I don't think many Greek teachers will consider this for a text, and it's not like I have to tell teachers that, but it might be fun for you as a teacher to read it, if you are a Potter fan, and to mention to students for some extra practice during the summer or winter holidays. It might motivate them to keep up their Greek over the breaks.

It's worth a look, especially for younger students, but I mainly think it's something they might be inspired to try on their own. They know the story for the most part, so it will seem less daunting.

hope this helps
PediFix Felt Callus Protectors, 8-Count
PediFix Felt Callus Protectors, 8-Count
I was told that mole skin was the way to go for the cyst I have on the bottom of my foot. Friends suggested FELTastic Callus Protectors would be too thick, would not adhere and might be uncomfortable. Nothing further from the truth for me. This is exactly what I was needing. The extra padding is so comfortable and it adheres more strongly and STAYS on much longer than mole skin. Neither sweating or showering affect the adhesive. I can wear one pad for days if I choose. I am purchasing more to make sure I have them on hand when needed.
Branded Shoe Charms Set (# 92-1)
Branded Shoe Charms Set (# 92-1)
The princesses look great detail wise, but a few are the wrong color. Belle is shown in yellow here, but she comes in green. Kind of a bummer since she's our daughter's favorite. I ordered a second pack just to make sure there first wasn't a fluke and she was green in both. Ariel is wearing purple and Pocahontas is a very dark complexion. There's still no question as to who they are, but small details are off.
Marriage, Misunderstanding and Mr Selfridge (A Harry Selfridge Novel Book 2)
Marriage, Misunderstanding and Mr Selfridge (A Harry Selfridge Novel Book 2)
Another well written story from a reliable author who always produces a well crafted story which draws you in and keeps you turning the pages. The period is captured perfectly, the reader becomes involved with the characters and totally immersed in their lives, hopes and dreams. I thoroughly recommend this excellent read.
Becoming Nancy
Becoming Nancy
How could I not read a book about a guy who plasters his walls with ABBA posters and auditions for Oliver singing and dancing to Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights? Mr. Ronald writes wonderfully vivid prose and really immerses the reader in the late 1970s British setting. I especially loved David's dreams of Deborah Harry, ABBA, and Kate Bush.
Midwest Gloves & Gear DCW60K-K-AZ-6 Show Snow Shovel
Midwest Gloves & Gear DCW60K-K-AZ-6 Show Snow Shovel
My five-year old grandson loves Paw Patrol. When we saw this on Amazon, we knew it would be a fun purchase. He has used it to shovel snow this winter and said it works well. He said the picture on the scoop was wearing well with no scratches so far. When I asked him for a comment, he said, "It can chip through ice super well." It appears to be made of strong plastic and is sturdy and I expect it to last quite a few seasons.
ANNTLENT 700MHz Cell Phone Signal Booster for Verizon AT&T T-Mobile - Band 12 13 17 4G Cellular Repeater LTE Mobile Phone Signal Amplifier Kit for Home and Office Up to 5,000Sq Ft Area
ANNTLENT 700MHz Cell Phone Signal Booster for Verizon AT&T T-Mobile - Band 12 13 17 4G Cellular Repeater LTE Mobile Phone Signal Amplifier Kit for Home and Office Up to 5,000Sq Ft Area
Before ordering, make sure you use an app to determine which bands your devices use. This particular booster works with our MiFi unit and not our cell phones. I carefully unpackaged and setup the system outside just to make sure it would actually boost the signal. I found local cell towers from a site called Cell Mapper. This helped to locate the nearest provider towers and see where to point the external antenna.

Pros:
It does what it’s supposed to do when installed properly. Cell signal is measured in decibels from -30 dBm (excellent service) to -110 dBm (awful or nonexistent service). Signal in our house is normally around -95 to -110 dBm (1 to 2 bars). After installing the system, it improved service on our MiFi device to -65 to -75 dBm (full bars).

Cons:
I removed 1 star since the instructions included are pointless. They pretty much just show a picture of the components connected. You will also need to purchase an antenna pole as well as sealing pads separately if mounting on a roof.
The bracket for the outdoor antenna must be routed over the cable, so that was a pain. You may be better of notching the bracket to fit around the cable, so you don’t have to thread the entire cable through the bracket.

There are also no instructions for actually mounting the bracket to an antenna pole, so I may have done that incorrectly.

The inside antenna is not as strong as I was expecting, but I still have it mounted in the attic, so it has to go through insulation and drywall. I may change this later. However, I am still impressed with its ability.
AmazonBasics Portable Foldable Photo Studio Box with LED Light - 25 x 30 x 25 Inches
AmazonBasics Portable Foldable Photo Studio Box with LED Light - 25 x 30 x 25 Inches
This is a brilliantly constructed portable studio, but you still have to use it properly. Reading through the number of complaints regarding the crease in the backdrop, people are clearly not following directions. You need to set your camera profile to the recommended parameters - manual setup of ISO and shutter speed and exposure comp. that's listed on the website but not in the instructions booklet, which is unfortunate. This provides the optimum amount of light to white out the background and expose for the subject. Looking at the example pics, people are shooting with an automatic camera profile, which is exposing for the white background - leaving it a muddy off-white/grey and thus clearly showing the shadow of the backdrop fold.

I agree with all the pros of this photo studio; I will list what I think are the cons:
- no additional colored backdrops
- no dimmable LEDs
- no on/off switch for LEDs
- curious about the actual CRI of LEDs - despite setting the white balance for 5500-5600K, I get a slight greenish tint that has to be corrected for (could just be my camera)
- would love the ability to buy additional LED strips to attach separately
- opaque sides, you can't use additional lighting to come in from the sides
- for the price, throw in a cheap reflector to help bounce some of the light around inside
- I think the LEDs offer adequate illumination, but more lumens is always welcomed

Despite what I would like to see additional, for the next version of this portable studio - I find what's provided, more than adequate for the price. And you can't beat the simplicity and convenience - especially if portability is a must.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel DX Ninja Battle Morpher
Power Rangers Ninja Steel DX Ninja Battle Morpher
The first one we ordered to present as a birthday gift, did not work. Had to return it and wait for another one to be shipped only to find out that one as well did not work. Both items had the tab still in them to pull but it kept making a very annoying sound like bad batteries. I had to go purchase new batteries, and of course they're not a regular battery it's a little round ones, just to get the product to work. You expect that when it tells you batteries are not included. But when the batteries are supposed to be included and you pull the tab out it's another cost making the item not worth the money spent. The batteries that we removed from the device were corroded. So I was not at all happy with the purchase and the time and effort it took to present my grandson with his birthday present. He was pretty sad too.
The Talent Pool: How to Find and Keep Dedicated People While Making a Lasting Impact
The Talent Pool: How to Find and Keep Dedicated People While Making a Lasting Impact
Demographics and a strong economy are creating new workforce challenges, yet there are still those people who are left behind. Sharon and Cynthia have created a new paradigm for building and retaining workforce, with a side benefit of bringing economically fragile people into the mainstream workforce. Their model will work in any business, but it is for CEOs and top HR Executives with vision, who are not expecting a government or educational establishment fix. This is only for bold, visionary leaders who want to build their workforce, change their organizational culture to a new paradigm for the 21st century. I love the corporate culture they have created and this to the point narrative guide for other business leaders to energize and build a workforce for the future. A book worth reading and believing.
I See You
I See You
The wraparound (completely unnecessary) for me was not as good as the heart of the story - the real meat of the movie of the "found footage" is excellent, the director finding lots of new ways to present what is essentially a "murder mystery" within those confines - it's actually a total original in that regard. And the cinematography - for found footage - is excellent! Very visual, and new ways to present the "twists" in the story. The story is very dark, and edgy. Verging on a social media stalker version of Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom".

There are excellent performances from the cast. The story works, and goes to unsettling places. There are some shocks, and the twists (the initial ones at least) are surprising. The running time is on the shorter side, but overall it's time well spent with one of the more original genre offerings of late. Recommended!!!
Fitlink Case for AirPods 2&1, Anti-Scratch Shock-Absorption Soft TPU Crystal Clear Case Cover for Apple AirPods 2&1 in Charging Case with Carabiner (AirPods with Wired Charging Case, Mint Green)
Fitlink Case for AirPods 2&1, Anti-Scratch Shock-Absorption Soft TPU Crystal Clear Case Cover for Apple AirPods 2&1 in Charging Case with Carabiner (AirPods with Wired Charging Case, Mint Green)
I love the minimal style that showcases the white Airpod case but also adds a hint of color. I bought it to match my red Iphone 10XR and I love how it complements it! This case provides great protection. After many drops the case isn’t scratched nor have my Airpods been damaged. My only compliant is the top half of the case has fallen off and is lost; now my Airpods are only halfway protected. I wish my adhesion was a bit better. Though I took points off for only having 1/2 of the case remaining, I would recommend! Just be sure your adhesive strip is used and firmly pressed onto the AirPod case lid
USB Wireless Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam (Blue)
USB Wireless Gaming Controller Gamepad for PC/Laptop Computer(Windows XP/7/8/10) & PS3 & Android & Steam (Blue)
This controller hooks up and connects very easily. Just plug and play with a PC laptop. Takes 2 AA batteries (not included) so it runs off that which is not bad, same as most wireless controllers. Ok the bad part is that using the controller on a fast paced game will NOT work for you. The controller stops responding and reconnects very often. Not sitting far from the USB transponder so range is not the issue. If you are playing a slower paced game you will be fine if you are playing something such as Tony Hawk Pro Skater or Fortnite you will NOT be happy with the performance of this controller. If you want to use it for a slower game maybe like Minecraft creative you'll be just fine.
Vordas Welecoco 40pcs Flexible Foam Sponge Hair Curlers, Foam Hair Rollers No Heat Hair Curlers Magic Pillow Soft Rollers Hair Rollers to Sleep in - Hair Care DIY Styling Tools(Pink/Red/Purple/Green)
Vordas Welecoco 40pcs Flexible Foam Sponge Hair Curlers, Foam Hair Rollers No Heat Hair Curlers Magic Pillow Soft Rollers Hair Rollers to Sleep in - Hair Care DIY Styling Tools(Pink/Red/Purple/Green)
I was left looking like a rag doll! The curls are very tight and too Intence! I have dried with damper hair iv tried with dry hair leave over night for a softer look but end up looking like a sheep the hair looks so curly! I will keep trying until I master it but so far results have left me having to straighten my hair before work it doesn't look natural and soft
Encased Phantom Wallet Case Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Protective Cover with Card Holder Slot (3 Credit Cards Capacity) Black
Encased Phantom Wallet Case Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Protective Cover with Card Holder Slot (3 Credit Cards Capacity) Black
I have bought a few cases for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This is by far the best one.

The buttons on the side are very easy to press compared to other cases (even better than the Apple case). Plus you can put 2 credit cards in the back (3 if you really push it).

Having the card holder on the back also makes it easier to hold the phone too.

Only downside is that you cannot wirelessly charge the phone in this case. But that is not an issue for me. I really recommend this case - it’s great.
OTOFLY Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch(2020),[Silky and Soft Touch Series] Premium Soft Liquid Silicone Rubber Full-Body Protective Bumper Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max (Midnight Blue)
OTOFLY Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch(2020),[Silky and Soft Touch Series] Premium Soft Liquid Silicone Rubber Full-Body Protective Bumper Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max (Midnight Blue)
I purchased the purple for iPhone 12 Pro Max and loved everything about it so far. It is easy to hold, flexible, smooth touch both outside and inside the case but feels sturdy at the same time. Camera frame at the back is high and protect the lenses and does not effect the photo quality. I put a magnet inside the case and tried it in my car on the magnetic phone holder. Worked as well!
The Umbrella Academy: Dallas
The Umbrella Academy: Dallas
Watched the Netflix show and thought I’d check out the book to see how things stacked up. There are similarities between show and the books but the feel is very different. I thought the books focused more on the team and being superheroes whereas the show was more focused on each character and their development. Both are good but if you’re expecting the same, exact storylines between medium, you might be disappointed. The art is very cool and the style is familiar but special. I bought all three books at the same time and found the price for what I received very reasonable. It’s a fun read!
Amazon Basics - Mini Rice Cooker with Accessories, 4 Cups Cooked Rice
Amazon Basics - Mini Rice Cooker with Accessories, 4 Cups Cooked Rice
This rice cooker is a fire hazard. The first two times I used it it worked fine I picked it up again today to use it and when the rice was cooked it was so hot I couldn't even touch the lid even after unplugging it for 1015 minutes. I had to use a towel and then quickly throw it in the sink and cover it with cold water. The inner pot was also boiling hot this was supposed to be the keep warm mode unfortunately, this is now one day past limit to return it and so I'm stuck with this will have to throw it in the trash they are cheaper mini rice co
Licorice Allsorts VIDAL Bolsa 1 kg
Licorice Allsorts VIDAL Bolsa 1 kg
Comprate queste gommose perché nella specifica del prodotto era scritto che erano SENZA GLUTINE , peccato che al loro arrivo per prudenza guardo l etichetta e non è vero! Contiene farina di frumento e le ho comprate per un soggetto celiaco..Ma avete la minima idea del danno che potete creare alle persone??? Caramelle pessime e venditore poco serio! SCONSIGLIATO
Mr. Marcadores aromáticos lavables con diseño de calavera
Mr. Marcadores aromáticos lavables con diseño de calavera
My love affair with Mr. Sketch products has at times been unhealthy.

Here's a confession. When I was young, I used to go over to the neighbor girl's house for the sole reason of sniffing her business. And by "business" I mean her Mr. Sketch markers. Those beautiful bastards housed in a styrofoam tray. I can still hear the squeaking as I pulled out each marker one after another and went to town with this pure nose candy.

Being an eighties kid without access to all the high-level distractions of today, I simply focussed on things that smelled bloody good. Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Scratch-n-Sniff stickers. And of course, Mr. Sketch markers. I have memories of myself taking inhuman snorts off the cinnamon marker and just feeling GOOD. After my fix, I would go home with little flecks of color under my abnormally big schnoz, unable to hide my usage.

Then I grew up and smelling stuff took a back seat to being a stupid adult. Bummer, right? Heck yeah.

But now I got me a little kid of my own. He's too young for permanent markers, but not too young for washable ones. So I bought these.

And I relapsed.

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