Landry Alvarez

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Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series)
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series)
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series) by Code Well Academy. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Mastering D3.js
Mastering D3.js
Mastering D3.js by Pablo Navarro Castillo. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Building The LAMP Stack for WordPress From Scratch: A guide for building Apache2, MySQL and PHP for a fast and secure WordPress Platform on Ubuntu Linux. (Building a LAMP Stack for WordPress)
Building The LAMP Stack for WordPress From Scratch: A guide for building Apache2, MySQL and PHP for a fast and secure WordPress Platform on Ubuntu Linux. (Building a LAMP Stack for WordPress)
Building The LAMP Stack for WordPress From Scratch: A guide for building Apache2, MySQL and PHP for a fast and secure WordPress Platform on Ubuntu Linux. (Building a LAMP Stack for WordPress) by New Web Sites Limited and Charles London. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
El viaje mas largo (Spanish Edition)
El viaje mas largo (Spanish Edition)
El viaje mas largo (Spanish Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 63 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Neon Lawyer
The Neon Lawyer
The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 7811 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Revenge
Revenge
Revenge by James Patterson and Andrew Holmes. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 233 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Der Gerechte: Roman (German Edition)
Der Gerechte: Roman (German Edition)
Der Gerechte: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham , Kristiana Dorn-Ruhl, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 96 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Advogado (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Advogado (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Advogado (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Second Stephen King Quiz Book
The Second Stephen King Quiz Book
The Second Stephen King Quiz Book by Stephen Spignesi. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
A Laboratory Course for Programming with Java
A Laboratory Course for Programming with Java
A Laboratory Course for Programming with Java by Nell Dale and Chip Weems. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Murach's MySQL, 2nd Edition
Murach's MySQL, 2nd Edition
Murach's MySQL, 2nd Edition by Joel Murach. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 79 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Beginning WatchKit Development
Beginning WatchKit Development
Beginning WatchKit Development by Cory Bohon and Kyle Richter. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
MEG: Nightstalkers
MEG: Nightstalkers
I picked up the original "Meg" novel a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant surprise. It was well written and hit the balance perfectly between being believable and having some fun, over the top action. It was refreshing to find a giant sea monster story that didn't have the usual radiation/mutation/government experiment origins and was coupled with some likable characters. I enjoyed the sequel but as I've gone through the series there's been a noticeable decline in the quality. I was hoping "Nightstalkers" would end that trend but was sadly disappointed.

I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.

By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.

If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable
The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable
I studied chemistry during college. During that time, I learned a fair share of equations, ones that describe how our human body operates, how the world works, and how compounds are formed with certain chemicals added up in detailed processes. While sometimes complex, it always boiled down to simple equations done one step at a time. I found comfort in the certainty of those equations that allowed me to create the same results over and over again.

But life has a lot of variables, a lot of uncertainty. It's not as easy to create the reproducible results I want for my life the way I once did in a laboratory. Sometimes we are blindsided by events out of our control. We get knocked down. We let our fears, doubts, and insecurities creep in. While we once operated from a place of hope, we now operate from a place of fear. We stop ourselves in our own tracks and fall short in creating the life that we want.

But then Hal wrote this book, The Miracle Equation, and saved the day! While reading through this book, I found myself giving my dreams a chance again. Hal's words gave me permission to allow the possibilities of miracles to be a constant in life, something I can create for myself again, and again, and again! He gave me the opportunity to not only have faith in myself and in my higher power, but an UNWAVERING faith, so that I am able to go after my mission UNTIL it comes to fruition. Secondly, Hal showed me how to put forth extraordinary effort in a simple, set-by-step formula, so that we can truly live out a life filled with miracles.

The Miracle Equation has given me an easily implementable guideline to use to create the miracles I want to see in my life. He has brought certainty in a journey filled with uncertainty. It's the only equation I'll ever need to remember for the rest of my life. Thank you Hal, for another beautiful body of life-changing work. The world thanks you!

-Natalie Janji
Invisible Branson: Definitive Guide to Becoming a Business Rock Star
Invisible Branson: Definitive Guide to Becoming a Business Rock Star
The Invisible Branson was a timely book. I simply couldn't put it down.
It dissects Richard Branson strategies from a learning and educational perspective rather than just telling the reader how great Branson is -- a subject adequately covered elsewhere.
What makes this book unique is the diversity of the authors' backgrounds and experience: a blend of eastern Buddhism, advertising and marketing knowhow coupled with true understanding of how the mind works.
The Invisible Branson certainly fills a need for the entrepreneur who wants to create a brand for themselves in their own right without sounding like some sort of egomaniac. It also highlights the important difference between empty style and solid substance.
What appealed to me is the way the authors have gone to extreme lengths to explain that the key to earning the status of a business 'rock star' like Branson is about building your reputation on solid core values consistent with the real you.
It is about far more than strutting about and feeding the ego; it is about running your enterprise so well that you outstrip your competition as a matter of course. Branson, like him or not, has done just that and The Invisible Branson analyses his unique approach in a way you can learn from and above all, apply to your own situation.
The information in The Invisible Branson is presented in a deceptively easy read that is enjoyable and easy to understand and digest. It's invaluable to business owners and managers. It definitely hit the right chords with me.
The Sun Does Shine: Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
The Sun Does Shine: Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for two murders he did not commit. And it wasn’t new forensic technology that ultimately exonerated him. It was the perseverance of a handful of men and women willing to turn a mirror on the system itself.

If there are books and there are novels, this is a story. It’s a powerful story full of loss, love, pain, honesty, hope, and, ultimately, survival. There is, however, no redemption here. There was no reason to ever believe that Anthony Ray Hinton was guilty of these crimes. None. But that’s not what the legal system is all about. And ultimately it is only the system that can be redeemed. The rest is just human tragedy.

I have been a peripheral witness to the legal system for a long time. And I have known many who are intimately involved in the service of justice who can say little more in defense of the system than, “It’s the best of the alternatives.” That is seldom an acceptable standard for much of anything, but it should never be an acceptable standard when we are consciously and deliberately executing people.

The problems are not simple. Thugs walk free every day for the same reasons that people like Anthony Ray are wrongly sent to death row. Truth is seldom binary. Scientific discovery is a function of probabilities, not absolutes. Facts always exist in context and must be evaluated within that context. And that context is never as simple or as one-dimensional as it seems—or we would like it to be.

The system is over-worked, the ‘jury of peers’ that may have existed in an 18th Century New England farm town is an illusion today, and our politics and our legal system have been corrupted by money at a time when the divide between rich and poor is rapidly expanding.

This is a story with elements of legal injustice, racism, and the plight of the poor. But none of these exist in isolation or is as personal, in the end, as we make them out to be. All of these things do exist at a personal level. The cause and effect, however, are structural. And that’s where both the injustice starts and where it must be confronted.

The author claims that one in ten prisoners sitting on death row today is innocent. If you doubt that I encourage you to go to your local courthouse today and observe a trial in process. You will find a lot of hard-working people; some good and some bad. But you will not find a search for truth. You will find an urgent commitment to justice as defined by the institution itself.

In the end, this is Anthony Ray Hinton’s story. And it is beautifully and simply told by Anthony Ray and Lara Love Hardin. It is, however, a story about us. We are the context. Anthony Ray and the people around him simply shine a light inside the institution that we live within. But it’s up to us to open our eyes and see. “The sun does shine.” But you have to open your eyes to see it. And that, ultimately, is the message of this book.

This is more than a must read. If this book does not become a best seller, shame on us; things are worse than I feared. It’s that important.
GoWISE Power 600W Pure Sine Wave Inverter 12V DC to 120V AC with 2 AC Outlets + 1 5V USB Port and 2 Clamp Cables (1200W Peak) PS1001
GoWISE Power 600W Pure Sine Wave Inverter 12V DC to 120V AC with 2 AC Outlets + 1 5V USB Port and 2 Clamp Cables (1200W Peak) PS1001
I bought this 600W unit with the intention to run AC loads in the RV, and for small tools in the field where 120VAC power is not readily available.

Out of The Box:
The unit comes with cables and clips; could be a little bit thicker, but ok, they get warm with use. The unit stays cool to the touch, there is a soft start button, and the power ramps up slowly. No voltage 117VAC RMS, and does not vary much with application of load. The remote is handy, and allows you to turn off the unit. On power is about 0.3A, while in standby off is less than 0.02A, so very good.

Restive Loads:
Plugged in a 600W rice cooker. Inverter worked liked a champ, did not complain once. The unit got warm after a while, and the fan ran a bit. AC Voltage stayed steady around 116VAC RMS. The unit only beeped alarm when
Plugging in a 1200W toaster to test the surge capability, it held voltage steady for about 1 second before turning off, so the surge power as advertised.

Capacitive Loads:
Computers, laptops, battery chargers worked great, all worked normally and did not complain.

Inductive Loads:
This is where this inverter fails miserably. Plugging in a small fridge (160w), it took several tries for the unit to start the compressor. Normally with compressors, the starting wattage is 5-7 times that of the running watts, but the 1200w surge should take care of that. When tested on a small jigsaw (4amp) and bench grinder (2.5amps), the tools had a hard time starting up, and a buzzing noise from the inverter. Putting my meter across the inverter outlet, shown was voltage spikes of 190VAC when attempting to start and stop these tools. This means the inverter output circuitry is clearly lacking reverse EMF filtering such as chokes, flyback diodes, etc., or even a proper feed back to compensate for the power factor with inductive motor loads. Dangerous. Could destroy other devices plugged into inverter due to overvoltage. So even with a power factor of 60%, a 300w motor running would still be within the specs of this 600w inverter, and yet able to run it. So either the unit is defective, or a design issue.

Customer Service:
I tried contacting GoWise US for tech support. The operator put me to their voicemail, left message, no response after 2 days, called again, this time they wanted to email me a form to fill out, but email never arrived. Poor customer service IMO.

Conclusion:

If you are powering computer equipment, heating devices like coffee makers, then this unit works superb. For inductive loads, even if they have a wattage rating much smaller than 600W, this inverter has a hard time running them. And if it does run them, there is a strange voltage feedback into the inverter.

Get a MSW inverter instead since computers and heaters aren't bothered about pure sine wave.
Jordan Air 12 Retro CNY - US
Jordan Air 12 Retro CNY - US
It wasn't the original Jordan sneakers, i thought it was but wasn't. I was so embarrassed when i put it on my feet. From that day till now i haven't wear it and would never
PILOT B2P - Bottle to Pen Refillable & Retractable Ball Point Pen Made From Recycled Bottles, Fine Point, Black Ink, 5-Pack (32612)
PILOT B2P - Bottle to Pen Refillable & Retractable Ball Point Pen Made From Recycled Bottles, Fine Point, Black Ink, 5-Pack (32612)
I love the feel and grip of these pens. It allows for the proper placement of the fingers, which is not so with the narrower soft grip version - my fingers feel too low on the grip of those,which is tiring and eventually very annoying. The ink is bold and flows without smudging. I also love that it is a recycled product. I now purchase only these pens in blue and black for everyday (ball-point/gel use.) In the colored versions all are bright and easily seen except for the light green.
The Unworthy Thor
The Unworthy Thor
Seit 2012 schreibt Jason Aaron mittlerweile schon an Thor und hat der Figur mit Sicherheit seinen eigenen Stempel aufgedrückt - ob nun Rettung der gesamten Götterwelt in der Godbomb-Erzählung, den Kraftverlust im Original Sin-Event, der Wechsel zu Jane Foster als neue Thor und das Thor-Corps als Teil der Secret Wars haben einige überdauernde Einschnitte zu dem Charakter hinzugefügt - und das ist mittlerweile ein Problem. Jason Aarons Unworthy Thor ist für Einsteiger meines Erachtens nur schwer lesbar, da unglaublich viele Referenzen auf die jüngere Vergangenheit genommen werden. Wer sich für den Comic interessiert, sollte eher bei "Thor: God of Thunder" anfangen und den gesamten Aaron-Run ab dort lesen. Abgesehen davon, dass das wirklich gute Stories sind, macht es auch den Unworthy Thor weitaus nachvollziehbarer.

Neben dieser Einsteigerhürde ist The Unworthy Thor aber eine ziemlich gute Comic-Mini-Serie, die in den 5 gesammelten Heften actionreich und spannungsgeladen nochmal aufarbeitet, wie es zu dem Verlust von Mjölnir gekommen ist - es wird sogar verraten, was Nick Fury dem Donnergott in Original Sin ins Ohr geflüstert hat. Gerahmt wird das alles von einer grundsätzlich ganz interessanten Arc, in der Odinson von einem zweiten Mjölnir Wind bekommt, der in Asgard gelandet ist - verstänlich, dass man da mal vorbeischauen sollte! Das denken sich allerdings auch einige Schurken vom Collector bis hin zu Thanos und so kommt es also zu zahlreichen Kämpfen mit viel hin und her, in denen Thor von Beta Ray Bill, seiner Ziege und einem frisch befreiten Höllenhund begleitet wird. Dass die Kämpfe dabei manchmal etwas ziellos sind und irgendwie merkwürdig unklar lassen, welche Macht Thor nun auch ohne Mjölnir entfesseln kann, ist zwar nicht so gelungen, dafür wird man jedoch von der ansonsten gut geschriebenen Geschichte und dem netten Art-Work entschuldigt.

The Unworthy Thor ist daher durchaus eine Kaufempfehlung für alle Freunde der Figur, wer jedoch nur selten im Marvel-Universum vorbeischaut, sollte besser die Finger von dem Band lassen.
Fantastic Four - Logo Fitted T-Shirt (XX-Large/Blue)
Fantastic Four - Logo Fitted T-Shirt (XX-Large/Blue)
I've seen a lot of Fantastic Four shirts over the years, but this is one of the very few I've seen with the original '60s logo on the darker "slate blue" uniform style of shirt. Most others have been the '80s/early '90s version of the logo on darker shirts, so seeing this officially-licensed Marvel shirt (tags and everything) with the retro logo was something I had to have.

The picture of the shirt shows exactly what you're going to get; however, right beneath the logo in small white text there is the copyright/trademark information. It's small, but it's definitely noticeable up close. I understand the legal reasons for this, of course, but it's a bit distracting. Other than that, it's a fine shirt.
Kraft Easy Mac Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Meal (18 Pouches)
Kraft Easy Mac Original Flavor Macaroni and Cheese Meal (18 Pouches)
I'll be honest....I love these things. When you're lazy, but hungry, and hungry for something like right now....easy mac is there. These clock in at a way cheaper price than you'll ever get for the cups and you generate a lot less trash. They taste the same to me. Just add water. If I have it, I'll do 1/3c water and 1/3c milk or 1/3c water and fill the 1/3c measuring cup half way with water, then the rest with half and half. It's a little richer that way. I nuke for 4 mins in my crappy 900 watt microwave. Then I add in a tiny sprinkle of seasoned salt, some black pepper, and chow down....after it cools a moment, anyway. You could added a little shredded cheese immediately after it's done microwaving, or even tear up a kraft single into smaller pieces and mix it in as it melts if you want it ultra cheesey. Usually I'm lazy and just eat it with seasoned salt and pepper.

Sometimes I make it for snacks or a light meal, sometimes I use it as a side to a meal for one, whatever. Or you can get more creative if you have leftover cooked chicken or bacon bits (real bacon!) and throw it in there. Chicken with sundried tomatoes in there is good. Oddly, something my mother made in my childhood was mac n cheese with some canned tuna and sweet green peas added at the end. You could add a bit of those. It sounds weird, but it's really good, cheap, and easy if you like tuna, and it can make it more of a meal.
Excursions [with Biographical Introduction]
Excursions [with Biographical Introduction]
Thoreau is best known for his writing about his life in the woods in 'Walden,' As one of the earliest writers to bring environmental concerns to people's notice he is someone whose writings you want to like but, at times, he does seem dated to us now. These essays are good examples of the range of his work. To me he seems to be at his best and most readable when he is describing things that he did and actual scenes. Too often he goes into a sort of philosophical mode discussing generalities and his ideas. So even his essay here on 'Walking' does not really tell you about any actual walks he did, rather it drifts off into discussing the difference between European and American attitudes and, within America, the concept of The West and expansion into the wilderness. The essays I enjoyed most were the one called 'Wild Apples' which is about wild and cultivated apples and their importance to us and within the landscape (of north-eastern USA), and, best of all, the essay 'A Walk to Wachusett' in which Thoreau describes a walk he and a companion made to a hill a little distance from where they lived and camping out there overnight. Here he is at his most vivid describing the walk, the landscape and what they did. And his writing can be quite entrancing; 'At length we saw the sun rise up out of the sea and shine on Massachusetts.' Even when he seems, to my taste at least, to have gone off into philosophising that I just can't follow, he is always likely to come up with some arresting thought; 'The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a wood-shed with them.' A good, well formatted collection worth trying and dipping into.
One Piece, Vol. 74 (74)
One Piece, Vol. 74 (74)
One Piece is my favorite manga/anime of all. It's always had a great balance of comedy & action... and it can also bring tears to your eyes in occasions.
The story & the characters have grown as the story has progressed.
Plus, the little covers for the chapters many times give you insight into what other characters have been up to in the mean time, and that has always been great!
In Too Deep (Fear Street Seniors, No. 2)
In Too Deep (Fear Street Seniors, No. 2)
Kenny Klien, Debra Lake, Ty Sullivan, and Dana Palmer are at day camp, but for Kenny Klien, things just keep wierder and weirder, like Vincent, the kid who always wore a mask, Graydon, the nasty little boy who is determined to anger everyone, and Melly, the beautiful arts and crafts counselor, only she seems to turn up missing every once in a while. But his girlfired, Jade Feldman won't find out about Melly unles Dana tells her. And to add to that, someone in camp is trying to kill him. And the doomed class is the last thing from his mind... I thought is was an okay story. It was way better than the first seniors book. It was different from all the other Fear Street books. Death Count: 1, Seniors Dead: None. Can't wait for Graduation day!
The Great Russian Short Story Collection: 25 Classic Tales by the Great Russian Authors
The Great Russian Short Story Collection: 25 Classic Tales by the Great Russian Authors
Russian literary masters have produced some of the best short stories the world read in the last two centuries. However, these giants are better read on their own rather than in a collection like this which seems to lack any major thread. Most stories, one must say, are superb with some all-time classics. This book is a good starting point for anyone new to the amazing work of these authors - where else will one come across revered names like Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Gorky in one volume? However, the book is unlikely to impress for those familiar, like this reviewer.
Die Bourne Intrige: Bourne 7 - Roman (JASON BOURNE) (German Edition)
Die Bourne Intrige: Bourne 7 - Roman (JASON BOURNE) (German Edition)
Nachdem ich die Filme vor langer Zeit gesehen habe, sind in der Vergangenheit immer öfter irgendwo in der Presse die Romane von "Jason Bourne" aufgetaucht. Aus Neugierde kaufte ich das erste Buch und hatte es innerhalb weniger Abende verschlungen. Dann bestellte ich das nächste und nächste usw.

Wer spannende Abende ohne TV verbringen will ist mit den Geschichten von Robert Ludlum sehr gut aufgehoben!
The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team
The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team
There are so many good Berenstain Bear books, and this one fell flat. My 6-year-old loves baseball and the B. Bears, and a book explaining how to cope with pressure seemed like a good fit. But while pressure is mentioned, it doesn't really address the problem, and as another viewer said, having Sister call Brother sexist in a children's book was unexpected. Good intentions, but there are better ways to encourage equality in ways young children can understand.

While no one wants to see Brother and Sister fail, I can't help but think the story would have been more effective if either one or both did not get a spot on the team, and showed how they coped, successfully, with overcoming the pressure and disappointment to a positive outcome.
Naruto, Vol. 51: Sasuke vs. Danzo!
Naruto, Vol. 51: Sasuke vs. Danzo!
Here are the chapters included in Volume 51:

474 A Hokage's Decision...!!
475 Madera's True Worth!!
476 Sasuke vs. Danzo...!!
477 Do Not Speak of Itachi!!
478 Sasuke's Susano'o!!
479 The Izanagi
480 Sacrifice
481 The Death of Danzo!!
482 Just One More Time...
483 Master and Student Reunited!!

After months of waiting for the newest Naruto manga, it's finally here!

In the last volume (50), Sai had just returned to tell Naruto, Kakashi, and Yamato THE TRUTH behind Sakura's recent visit--and what she had been unable to say: that Naruto's old comrades were planning to "off" Sasuke, themselves. Sasuke had simply become too much of a liability, and his actions were starting to have repercussions on the relationship between Konoha (their home village, called The Village Hidden in the Leaves in the Naruto anime), and the rest of the ninja world. It's a situation that will soon come to war, if left unchecked.

As Naruto mulls over this news in silence, Gara, Tamari, and Kankuro show up with news of their own. They explain what happened at the Hokage summit--and who has been named Hokage of Konoha.

Meanwhile, in another place, Madara Uchiha facilitates the battle between Sasuke and Danzo. Madara knows the depth of Sasuke's hate for Danzo because of what the man did to Sasuke's brother, and Madara is eager to test Sasuke's abilities. During this battle, Danzo reveals an extremely powerful secret weapon--a forbidden jutsu that we've never glimpsed, before now--and boy, is it a doozie! But it takes a terrible toll on its user. So as the battle between Sasuke and Danzo rages on, we're left wondering if Danzo will be able to overcome Sasuke before his jutsu takes its final toll. And as we see Sasuke sacrifice one who is loyal and committed to him, we must wonder if Sasuke has gone too far down the path of vengeance to ever come home.

As we reach the end of volume 51, we see first-hand how far Sasuke has truly fallen. Kakashi and Sasuke face off, each ready to kill the other. And as Sasuke stands with a wild look in his eyes and hate in his heart, Kakashi realizes that this scene is much like that of the Third Hokage standing against his own student, Orochimaru--in a battle that left both student and teacher destroyed.

I've been reading along, expecting to learn that Sasuke's fall toward evil was only a front--and that he actually had a much nobler plan beneath it all. But at this point, it appears that Sasuke really IS as evil as his actions seem to indicate. But Masashi Kishimoto has a special skill with plot reversals, so there's still hope. Not to mention, it would be a huge disappointment for Sasuke's fate to be revealed in black and white--once and for all, with no hope of salvation. This is not the path of greater conflict--and conflict is what creates interesting story. So...I'm biding my time until volume 52 comes out in September, and hoping for "the best".

Volume 51 is hard-hitting and full of action. It definitely does not disappoint!
Circus (A Smashing Tale of Espionage and Suspense by the Master Storyteller of Them All)
Circus (A Smashing Tale of Espionage and Suspense by the Master Storyteller of Them All)
Bruno Wildermann was used to the impossible. A master of the high-wire who performed without a net, blind-folded. A man whose physical agility was matched by amazing powers of clairvoyance and a totally photographic memory.

Small wonder the boys at the CIA had caught Bruno's act. In fact, they had even arranged a new booking for him. Behind the Iron Curtain.

Seemed like the other side was working on a little project that was going to render the whole idea of atomic warfare obsolete. And the only way to get to it was via a suspended cable - charged with 2,000 volts of electricity. If Bruno could only get one look at it...
Heritage of Folly
Heritage of Folly
For the most part, I liked this short novel; but in order to understand the actions of the characters, I found it necessary to often remind myself of the context in which it was written. The rural Northumbrian coast of 1961 was a harsh place and many of the male inhabitants were a rough lot. The heroine from southern England was challenged by the environment, but she shows herself to be a strong, brave, hard working young woman with a kind heart. The hero, her employer, is a strong, hard working man whose trials in life have left him distrustful and desperately in need of anger management counseling. He makes many demands of the heroine, and seems to give her very little in return. The ending is very fast paced and tumultuous. I wish the author had added another chapter or two to the rather abrupt ending of the novel.
The Sandwich Man [Region 2]
The Sandwich Man [Region 2]
I have a soft spot for Michael Bentine,the fifth Goon. Sometimes he could be a little slow,and not everyone's cup of tea. There are one or two less than exciting moments in this film. Who today would black up and pretend to be Indians? But on the whole this film is fascinating because it shows London fifty years ago,when our capital still had sizable docks,and the cast is wonderful and shows what superb actors we produced back then. The photography and sound recording are excellent due to the first class transfer. and if you fancy a change from the dreary stuff on TV I recommend this lovely film to you.
4 Pieces Face Cover Scarf Multi-purpose Bandanas and 12 Pieces Neck Gaiter Safety Carbon Cotton Pieces
4 Pieces Face Cover Scarf Multi-purpose Bandanas and 12 Pieces Neck Gaiter Safety Carbon Cotton Pieces
Low price, but cheap material and cheaply made. Edges aren't finished, like other I have bought in the same price range, so the edges roll up and down. Also, the material is super thin. You can easily see light thru it, without stretching material. Pocket is only open on one side, unlike others which are open on both sides, so makes it a little more cumbersome to insert filter. Which also makes it difficult to straighten filter when it folds over. Spend $2 to $3 more on other seller's neck gaiters, which are made out of a better material and finished. If you can hold the gaiter up to the light and easily see thru it....you might as well wear a panty hose over your head because neither will help protect you for the virus, but at least you will get air flow.
ALASKA BEAR Natural Silk Pillowcase, Hypoallergenic, 19 Momme, 600 Thread Count 100 Percent Mulberry Silk, Queen Size with Hidden Zipper (1, Ivory White)
ALASKA BEAR Natural Silk Pillowcase, Hypoallergenic, 19 Momme, 600 Thread Count 100 Percent Mulberry Silk, Queen Size with Hidden Zipper (1, Ivory White)
I've been sleeping with this pillowcase for about a month now and really love it. No more waking up with a pillow crease on my face that takes hours to go away! I throw this in the washer with cold water washable and so far, so good. I'm really sensitive to smells & worried that this would have the silk smell to it but mine does not. I'm very happy with it and will buy another soon so that I have a spare. Iwas wondering about buying one for the husband but wondering if his scruff will ruin it. ??

***update one year later**** I do need to replace the pillow case. I wash it on gentle once a week in a garment bag because I want to clean as much oils from my face being on it as possible and hand washing it would not remove as much. I realize that this may wear it down sooner but it beats having acne from the pillow case not getting clean enough. So after a year of using it every day and washing on gentle in a garment bag, the silk has softened and ripped away from the zipper. I Dont blame the manufacturer and will be buying this exact one again. It really works and I no longer wake up with creases lining my face.
Hanes - Bóxer Cool Dri para hombre inspirado en los deportes, 5 unidades
Hanes - Bóxer Cool Dri para hombre inspirado en los deportes, 5 unidades
I just got these today. They're nice, but I was disappointed that they ended up being regular length in the legs when the description here states they're long legs. I'm a stocky guy, so I was worried the regular length would cause ride-up. However, they seem to stay in place, so I'm going to keep them. I like the colours (I got 3 out of the 5 shown in the display image; the other two are dark blue and green). A problem I sometimes have with other briefs is the back of them riding down when I sit, but I don't have that problem with these. No plumber's crack!

Something else to note about these is that the size chart next to the size select menu is incorrect according to the packaging I received. In fact, there's about a 6 inch difference between the chart on the package and the chart provided by Amazon. This is probably why some people have complained about the sizing. I've included a photo of the size chart on the back of the packaging. Hopefully it helps future customers out.
Zojirushi NS-WAC18-WD 10-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer
Zojirushi NS-WAC18-WD 10-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer
I upgraded to this model after my cheap rice cooker just was too small for my needs. I went back and forth on size between 5.5 cup and 10 cup capacity and decided that the 5.5 cup was better suited for my needs. I use a rice cooker daily for not only rice but for: boiling eggs, cream of wheat, oatmeal, cornmeal porridge, steaming a small batch of potatoes, and even just heating up a can of baked beans. I find the tune chime charming (for now at least :) ) and it is nice though that you can turn it to a plain beep or turn it off. The handle is convenient and the unit is light but sturdy.

I had to balance what I wanted with price. The size of this cooker was what I expected -- nice and compact but can cook a lot of rice. I cook for 3 people and so didn't need the 10 cup capacity. It makes perfect rice and it doesn't scorch on the bottom. It is so much easier to clean than my old cooker -- it was clearly designed with that in mind.

However, I hate the timer.

I feel that strongly about it. It isn't a deal breaker but I find myself frustrated. I like a timer that you can set easily for minute intervals whether that be 3 minutes or 32 minutes exactly. Or a delay timer that I can set for 5:00 and have it on for however long I want. This timer (from what I can see) only allows you to set an exact time in 10 minute intervals. So if it is 2:03 pm and I want to cook something for 20 minutes I can't. I can only tell it to be /done/ with rice at a certain time. It's fine for rice because it has those functions but not so nice if I want to use it for hard boiled eggs. Just to make any buyer aware, the time is set in military (24 hour) time and cannot be changed. I'd rather have the option to just set it for 20 minutes and be done. Yes, I can use the quick cook function and set an external timer but it's not what I prefer.

For all that my cheap cooker had flaws, I really thought the ability to set the timer to what I wanted in addition to the rice pre-cook time was its best feature. Of course it didn't have a delay time to set it to turn on by itself, but I found that I didn't really need that functionality. Though, it would have been nice to have both.

It is probably the case that a more expensive model that comes with a steamer function and a steamer basket has the coveted flexible timer ability. It's a shame because this is a wonderful machine and it doesn't seem to me that the timer needs to be designed the way it is.

Overall, I highly recommend this cooker. You just have to decide if the timer is something you are okay with and if the lack of being able to set the machine to turn off when you want is something you can adapt to.

I'd say if you are going to use this machine for rice only, its 100% designed for that and you won't have an issue. If you like to make hot cereal daily or like to use it to steam your eggs too, you might find the timer issue very tedious, so you might consider another model.

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