Lauryn Gutierrez

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JavaScript: Best Practice
JavaScript: Best Practice
JavaScript: Best Practice by James Kolce, Moritz Kroger, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Secure Development for Mobile Apps
Secure Development for Mobile Apps
Secure Development for Mobile Apps by J. D. Glaser. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide by Larry Ullman. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MySQL Basic tutorial(Chinese Edition)
MySQL Basic tutorial(Chinese Edition)
MySQL Basic tutorial(Chinese Edition) by [ RI ] XI ZE MENG LU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3
Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3
Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables, Book 3 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Andrea Giordani, et al.. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Things We Never Said: A Hart's Boardwalk Novel
Things We Never Said: A Hart's Boardwalk Novel
Things We Never Said: A Hart's Boardwalk Novel by Samantha Young, Amy Melissa Bentley, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3)
The Night Fire (Renée Ballard Book 3) by Michael Connelly. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4103 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 48 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
It by Stephen King (1987-08-07)
It by Stephen King (1987-08-07)
It by Stephen King (1987-08-07) by Stephen King;. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learning Java Functional Programming
Learning Java Functional Programming
Learning Java Functional Programming by Richard M Reese. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python for Scientists
Python for Scientists
Python for Scientists by John M. Stewart. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python for Unix and Linux System Administration
Python for Unix and Linux System Administration
Python for Unix and Linux System Administration by Noah Gift and Jeremy Jones. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' 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.
SQL Server Forensic Analysis
SQL Server Forensic Analysis
SQL Server Forensic Analysis by Kevvie Fowler. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius by Aaron Graves and Colleen Graves. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 47 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Global Sourcing of Information Technology and Business Processes: 4th International Workshop, Global Sourcing 2010, Zermatt, Switzerland, March 22-25, ... Notes in Business Information Processing)
Global Sourcing of Information Technology and Business Processes: 4th International Workshop, Global Sourcing 2010, Zermatt, Switzerland, March 22-25, ... Notes in Business Information Processing)
Global Sourcing of Information Technology and Business Processes: 4th International Workshop, Global Sourcing 2010, Zermatt, Switzerland, March 22-25, ... Notes in Business Information Processing) by Ilan Oshri and Julia Kotlarsky. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Essential Angular for ASP.NET Core MVC
Essential Angular for ASP.NET Core MVC
Meine Überschrift klingt widersprüchlich. Klar wird's, wenn man berücksichtigt, dass es sich um zwei verschiedene Anwendungen und auch Architekturen handelt. Dazu kommt mit TypeScript noch eine für die meisten wohl unbekannte Sprache dazu.

Gute Kenntnis von ASP.NET Core sollte meiner Meinung nach daher gegeben sein. Dies wird auch vom Autor empfohlen, und der Titel ist dem Intermediate level zugeordnet. Ich hatte mich zuvor mit Pro ASP.NET Core MVC befasst.

Am Anfang werden die Werkzeuge und Pakete vorgestellt, nebst Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitungen zur Installation. Hatte damit keine größeren Probleme mit Windows 10 (Dogger s.u.). Daneben werden auch Linux und Mac behandelt.

Thema "project.json to csproj": Voraussetzung von Visual Studio als Umgebung ist die 2017er Version. Da ich aktuell keinen Nerv auf eine Parallel-Installation habe, entschied ich mich dafür VS Code zu verwenden.

Thema VS Code: Kann nur dringend empfehlen, sich mit der Konfiguration und den Shortcuts zu befassen. Sonst ist der Nervenarzt nicht weit. Dies ist natürlich nicht Teil des Büchleins, aber mit ein wenig Recherche komme ich immer besser zurecht. Und irgendwie passt das Teil auch zum Buchinhalt: Die TypeScript-Dateien etc. sind für mich sowieso wie eine andere Welt. Setze nun die Konsole vielmehr ein. Debuggen ist aber mit einer Extension (C#) wie gewohnt möglich.

Vorüberlegung Dogger: Unter 8GB Speicher geht nichts, da Dogger bereits 4GB reserviert bekommt. Habe mal interessehalber VS2015 gestartet und da ist dann nicht mehr viel Platz nach oben. Bei 8GB und Dogger hat man dann auch einen weiteren Grund VS Code einzusetzen.

Installation Dogger: Vermutlich wegen HyperV wird nur der Administrator, der installiert, als User eingetragen. Ein anderer User bekommt eine Fehlermeldung präsentiert. Hatte vor etlicher Zeit mal vergeblich versucht, einen neuen Eintrag für HyperV zu erstellen, und wollte mir dies nicht erneut antun. Wenn man nicht ständig als Admin unterwegs sein will (empfehlenswert), gibt's aber einen einfachen Trick: Für die Installation von Docker den präferierten Standarduser zum Admin machen und dann wieder zurück. Dann gibt's damit keine Probleme.

Einsatz Dogger: Bei ersten Lauf wurde eine Konfiguration nicht gefunden und der Container wurde nicht gebaut. Recherche ergab, dass ich keine weitere Zeit damit verbringen wollte, da ich weniger am Einsatz interessiert bin und nur mal einen Einblick in die Materie haben wollte. Den hatte ich ja nun. Also deinstalliert und einfach einen localhost-ConnectionString aus einem anderen Projekt in die appsettings.json-Datei kopiert und angepasst.

Angular: Habe nicht schlecht gestaunt, wie ich mir zum ersten mal den erzeugten Seitencode angeschaut habe. Kein Spoiler an dieser Stelle.

Edge als Browser: Nun ja. Wenn dat Dingens nicht so tut, wie's im Büchlein steht - nicht wundern oder gar aufregen. Stichwort HMR (Hot Module Replacement) recherchieren und dann doch wundern, aber nicht aufregen.

Entity Framework: Staunte auch über das Datenmodell. Entspricht mal nicht dem, was ich so kenne. Die stufenweise Beschäftigung damit in Kap.5 ist didaktisch sehr gut - der Service wird ohne Angular aufgerufen, und die resultierenden JSON-Strings werden im Browser angezeigt und können verglichen werden.

FAZIT: Aller Anfang ist schwer. Die Struktur und Funktionsweise von ASP.NET Core sollte immer präsent sein. Und Zeit und Geduld für die Beispiele sollte ebenfalls vorhanden sein. Der Inhalt ist wirklich knackig und ohne Abschweifungen. Nach der Lektüre von Pro ASP.NET Core MVC finde ich das gut, da ich mich auf das hier Wesentliche konzentrieren kann: Angular und TypeScript. Ein großer Vorteil ist dabei, dass Parallelen zwischen den zwei Welten aus der Sicht eines C#-Programmierers aufgezeigt werden. Habe zwar erst ein Drittel durch, aber von mir jetzt schon eine Kaufempfehlung.
Mark Zuckerberg Quotes 1 - Canvas Art Print
Mark Zuckerberg Quotes 1 - Canvas Art Print
Mark Zuckerberg Quotes 1 - Canvas Art Print by undefined. Rated 99 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the MarkZuckerberg category.
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by Steve Sheinkin is at the top of many nonfiction awards lists for 2014. Consider purchasing both the print and audiobook versions.

A finalist for YALSA’s 2015 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the book traces the little-known story of 50 African American sailors convicted of mutiny by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Refusing to follow orders to load dangerous explosives onto ships, their story became a rallying cry for those who felt the military’s segregation policies were discriminatory.

Sheinkin brings the story alive through his compelling, well-researched narrative. Woven throughout the story are primary resource materials including historical photos, interviews, and court records. The print and ebook versions contain extensive references and notes that support the narrative.

Middle and high school students often skim works of nonfiction and miss the impact of the narrative. Consider sharing the audiobook version of this story with youth. Dominic Hoffman is a superb storyteller who masterfully switches among a wide range of voices to keep listeners actively engaged in the story.

Many students and teachers who thought they knew about the Civil Rights Movement will be amazed by this gripping, little-known piece of history.

To learn more about the author, go to http://stevesheinkin.com/.

To see a slideshow on historical photos from the book, go to http://us.macmillan.com/theportchicago50/SteveSheinkin.

Watch a short documentary that explores the Great Port Chicago Explosion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaIphGJt5NU.
The First Apple: Sold by Steve Jobs from his garage in 1976, discovered in a storage auction 28 years later
The First Apple: Sold by Steve Jobs from his garage in 1976, discovered in a storage auction 28 years later
This is an odd book. After the author buys a rare Apple-1 computer at a storage unit liquidation auction, he descends down a rabbit hole of learning about the people who originally created it, as well as the people who bought the originals or collected them later.

Apple-1’s are indeed rare; only a few hundred were originally made, and most of those were traded in (and later destroyed) as their owners eagerly exchanged them for more capable Apple ][‘s. Only a few dozen Apple-1’s are thought to still exist, and some have recently traded hands for hundreds of thousands of dollars. This book focuses entirely on this one original Apple product; so if you’re looking for a more general history of the company, its people or products, this isn’t it.

There isn’t much of a narrative thread to the book; it’s mostly a series of interviews of people connected with the Apple-1, either in the ‘70s when it was created or currently as collectors. Some of the stories are interesting, and do re-create Silicon Valley in the early ‘70s; a very different place from what it is now. The writing in the book is uneven, I noticed several misspellings (or perhaps transcription errors, e.g. “bite” instead of “byte” when referring to computer memory). He does have a useful glossary in the back for non-technical readers. Photographs of the people, places and products discussed would have been a welcome addition.
The Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia Vitt Novella
The Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia Vitt Novella
Cotton Malone fans, don't waste your money.

I have read and enjoyed everything Steve Berry has written up until this point, including the various short stories. This latest release, however, bears no resemblance to any of his previous work. Without his name on the cover I would dare anyone to link this story to Mr. Berry's otherwise worderful storytelling. Yes, Cassiopeia Vitt is present and accounted for and there are two or three Cotton Malone name drops but I have a very hard time Steve Berry actually directly contributed to this published work. Having no previous knowledge of M.J. Rose I can only speculate that she is the true author and Mr. Berry's only involvement was allowing the use of his original character. This short story is such a complete departure from anything he has released previously that I found it impossible to believe that he crafted the words I have just finished reading.

Perhaps he wrote the present day sections and M.J. Rose wrote the flashback sections but even those aforementioned Vitt sequences feel "off" to me when compared to other Steve Berry works. Perhaps he is struggling with the transition to first person perspective. This doesn't, however, appear to be the case with his 2018 novel The Bishop's Pawn so I wouldn't put much stock in that theory.

I read Steve Berry to enjoy dramatic thrillers interlaced with historical intrigue. This story, is anything but. A ridiculous and far-fetched plot regarding Cassiopeai Vitt being the reincarnation of Morgan le Fay (yes, THE Morgan le Fay from Arthurian legend) is uninspiring and plays out like a cheap romance novel where M.J. Rose (I assume) spends a lot of time describing her sexual conquests in said past life. To make things even more ridiculous, the two primary male characters of this past life (brothers fighting each other for her castle, ect) just so happen to be brothers fighting over a ancient box of chemicals in modern day France that Cassiopeia Vitt encounters. Shame on you Mr. Berry for allowing this story to see the light of day as it will be a stain on what has been an otherwise consistent career where I have known exactly what I am going to get each time I pick up one of your books. Sadly, it might also cost you readers in the future as I have seen several comments which say as much. I will continue to read your books (looking forward to the Malta Exchange) for now and hope that this is a not a sign of things to come in hopes of appealing to a wider (female) audience.
Slim (Spanish Edition): Biografía política del mexicano más rico del mundo
Slim (Spanish Edition): Biografía política del mexicano más rico del mundo
En general el libro es interesante, aunque a veces se hace pesado por reiterativo. Quizás le da demasiada importancia a la vida de su hermano Julián, por tener una historia profesional cuestionable. Lo que haga o deje de hacer un familiar no debe manchar a una persona, cada quien es responsable de sus actos. Es claro que tanto el señor Slim como los directivos de Televisa dan una versión sesgada de su actuar en los negocios, ambos son beneficiarios de las políticas del gobierno favorables a los ricos.
El mayor defecto del autor es una prosa deficiente, en muchas ocasiones tuve que releer dos o más veces un párrafo para entender el significado. Supuestamente lo hace para reproducir el lenguaje coloquial del entrevistado, pero un escritor sagaz, como Carlos Fuentes o Mario Vargas Llosa, no tendría problema con eso.
El libro lo recomiendo para todo tipo de público.
How To Start A Business Without Any Money
How To Start A Business Without Any Money
Has some links but would not recommend you would be far better off with Tony Robbins and rich dad books
She has not fought enough battles it is evident in her writing that she cannot and shouldn't use her Cambridge major as that is only studying but so you need to find someone who has done the real thing for advice there are better books out there
Memos from the Chairman
Memos from the Chairman
Warren Buffet doesn't write many book introductions, which is the first sign you're reading something uncommonly great.

I cannot believe that I've never heard of this book. I read this in one sitting which is testament to it's brevity and content.

Alan C. Greenberg was CEO of Bear Stearns from 1978 to 1993. Over this time the firm grew c.10x employees and substantially outperformed rivals in terms of return on equity. This book collects the memos he sent to staff over that time.

Greenberg is funny (he has two imaginary management gurus from whom he quotes regularly), lacks the ego of most CEO book writers and is refreshingly anti management pseudo-science. One of my favourite paragraphs follows:

“We have lost 90% of our competitors over the last 20 years. Most of those managements were precocious; they were using those catchy techniques years ago. 35% used TQM 25% used CI 20% used BPR 10% used OTAODI. The remaining 10% did not use any sophisticated management tools, they were just extra special stupid. The [committee] suggested that we stick to common sense (CS) because catchy titles will never supplant “CS.” If you disagree, you are working at the wrong place.”

There's a lot of books that will tell you about the importance of repetition in leadership communication, but I can't think of one that so effectively shows the principle at work.

Should be required reading in any management training program.
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Having recently acquired a Kindle, I found this format excellent value for money. The long term benefits are obvious if you enjoy a good read, even if like me you're not a devotee of modern technology ("tweeting" as far as I'm concerned, is what the birds do in my back garden)!

This biography of Jim Reeves takes me back to the days of my youth in the 50's and early 60's when the music world was vastly different to the world we live in today. The 45 rpm record made its debut in the UK about 1955 or 56, closely followed by stereo in about '58. It was the time of "Package Shows" when the big names performed live and were accompanied by musicians playing live, often on the stages of our local cinemas.

Jim Reeves was a major figure who attained international fame, at first racking up an enormous amount of miles crisscrossing the US with his band The Blue Boys, and then seeing all the hard work paying off when he was signed to RCA Victor in 1955. At this time he was singing (like most Country vocalists) in a fairly high register, standing well back from the mike. In 1957 he switched to a lower pitch, slower tempo and moved close to the mike. The effect was transformational (several people apparently claimed the credit for persuading him to adopt this style). "Four Walls" was his breakthrough and he was on his way.

When the phenomenon of Rock 'N'Roll first impacted the music business, the traditional "Country" artists must have felt a distinct chill, and there must have been a lot of soul-searching and head-scratching going on. Gradually the "Country/Pop" style gathered pace, with the town of Nashville, Tennessee at the heart of it. Reeves became a central figure in this. He abandoned his spangly jacket for a red Tuxedo, and turned out some seminal hits - "He'll Have To Go" being outstanding. The studios of RCA Victor (amongst others) became a fertile ground for the new Country/Pop sound, with Don Gibson, Chet Atkins, Hank Locklin, the Anita Kerr Singers and Floyd Cramer joining Reeves in creating a smoother, more "Middle Of The Road" style.

Larry Jordan has done an amazing job in documenting Jim Reeves' life and times, going into a lot of painstaking detail, interviewing many of Reeves' contemporaries and covering the last few years almost as a day-to-day diary.
Not surprisingly, the murkier side of the music business is in evidence, with the usual unscrupulous wheeler dealers and exploiters entering the picture. Jordan doesn't hold back in covering the seamier side of life on the road, with the various affairs and philanderings. Reeves was no exception in this, but his wife Mary stuck by him through it all.

The story gradually arrives at its tragic climax in July 1964 when Reeves and his colleague Dean Manuel were killed in Reeves' light aircraft on approach to Nashville Airport during a heavy rainstorm. He had joined the sad roll-call of artists who lost their lives in this way - Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, and many others.

Ironically, Jim Reeves probably achieved greater success after his death than ever before. The author describes, again in "no holds barred" fashion, the wranglings and cynical manoeuverings that took place as various individuals struggled to profit from and take advantage of the Reeves legacy.

I couldn't put my Kindle down reading this story. I think Larry Jordan has managed to be factual and candid without being sensationalist. Time has of course slipped away. Mary Reeves is no longer with us and I'm not sure who is pulling the strings these days. I just hope that whoever it is gives Jim Reeves the respect and credit that he deserves.
People, Hell & Angels
People, Hell & Angels
The title of this review may be a bit cryptic, so I'll explain. In the same way that the 1976 Alan Douglas-produced "Midnight Lightning" album was an inferior follow-up to the 1975 "Crash Landing" album, and the mixed fan reception given to "Midnight Lightning" persuaded Douglas not to create any more "Ghost Session" overdubbed albums, "People,Hell & Angels" is an inferior follow-up to the generally excellent "Valleys of Neptune", and, shortly after its release, Engineer/producer Eddie Kramer announced that "People,Hell & angels" would be the last Hendrix studio album for mainstream commercial release(future studio CD's will be marketed by the Hendrix mail-order label "Dagger Records"). Granted, Eddie Kramer hasn't done anything as offensive as what Alan Douglas did, but Eddie Kramer(in doing what his employers wished) knew that that there would be fan criticism of some of the techniques used on the two most recent Hendrix studio albums. Certainly, even if he doesn't say this in public, Kramer must have mixed feelings about the creation of "People, Hell & Angels".

Let's be matter of fact: all posthumous Hendrix albums have to varying extents been subject to posthumous doctoring, whether it is editing of live recordings, composites of elements from several studio takes, or re-recording of the bass & drums by Hendrix's original sidemen(Yes, even some of the earliest posthumous Hendrix album such as "The Cry of Love" & "War Heroes" each had a few tracks where Billy Cox & Mitch Mitchell re-recorded their performances).

Both "Valleys of Neptune" & "People,Hell & Angels" each contain several selections where previously unreleased performances have been manufactured(on "Pro-Tools") by "Flying In" already released vocal performances onto previously unreleased instrumental performances. Examples of this process can be heard on "Stone Free"(on the CD "Valleys of Neptune") and "Somewhere"(on "People, Hell & Angels"). And I should also mention that "People, Hell & Angels" was one of several titles that Hendrix was considering for the album that he was working on at the time of his death. This is not that album.(Most of the recordings from the unfinished album can be heard on the CD "The First Rays of The New Rising Sun")

With that info now explained, I'll give you a rundown of what is on this CD:

1.Earth Blues(This is an early version with Hendrix somewhat awkwardly singing, perhaps partly improvising, a somewhat different lyric than the one heard on the more polished and produced familiar take[now heard on the CD "First Rays of The New Rising Sun"]. It may well be that the Billy Cox/Buddy Miles background vocals may have been flown in from the polished version. The problem here, is since "People, Hell & Angels" has been given a high profile, heavily promoted release, that this inferior version may be what newer fans are more likely to listen to.

2.Somewhere(this is a pro-tools creation, but it actually works pretty well, and this is one of my favorite tracks on the album. Hendrix only sang this song once in the studio, but the recording has existed in several forms:
1. The original recording(the take over which Hendrix sang). This exists only as a mix, and can be heard only on unofficial "bootleg" CD's.
2. The same recording, but with Mitch Mitchell making an awkward, unsatisfactory attempt to replace Buddy Miles' drumming. This take can be heard on the so-called "Purple Box"(the "Jimi Hendrix Experience" 4-CD box. Mitchell's efforts resulted in erasing Buddy Miles' drums off
the 16-track multitrack.
3. Producer Alan Douglas' doctored version on the "Crash Landing" album. This retained all of the original guitar & vocals, but removed everything else, in favor of overdubs by bassist Bob Babbit, drummer alan Schwartzberg & percussionist Jimmy Maeulin.
and now....
4. In order to obtain a version with Buddy Miles' drums and Stephen Stills' bass, Eddie Kramer has selected a later, somewhat superior iinstrumental take, then flown in Hendrix's one and only vocal onto it. At a few points, the vocal sits somewhat awkwardly in its new setting, but this is
only apparent if you've heard the vocal take in something closer to its original context. Kramer also uses an instrumental segment(from 1:58 to 2:35) from the original undoctored 1968 mix.

3.Hear My Train A-comin'(this is a Band of Gypsies studio take, which has its moments, but it is obviously a rehearsal, and has a fairly abrupt, rather perfunctory ending. The tempo is somewhat faster, the rhythms somewhat funkier than versions by Hendrix's other bands, but certainly there are
better versions of this song, notably, the live version from Woodstock, the Hendrix/Cox/ Mitchell version on the "Blues" CD, and, of course the Hendrix/Redding/Mitch version on the "Valleys of Neptune" CD....and the live Hendrix/Cox/Miles version on the "Live at The Fillmore East"
2-CD set.

4.Bleeding Heart(Hendrix experimented with various ways to arrange this blues standard, and this is yet another one, funky, but much slower tempoed than the one heard on "Valleys of Neptune". Ultimately, in a polished studio take(on the CD "First Rays of The New Rising" Sun") , it would nearly
be turned into a Hendrix original, retaining only the lyrics from Elmore James song.)

5. Let Me Move You(Hendrix reunites with his old "Chitlin' Circuit" friend, singer/saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. This issue here is not whether Hendrix's playing is good[it is good, in a musical style halfway between Hendrix's past and his (then) present], but my view is that recordings featuring
Hendrix as a sideman don't really fit on a Jimi Hendrix album)

6.Izabella(a decent studio take by the Woodstock 6-piece line-up. This is a different take to the one heard on the 4-CD "Purple Box". The take heard on "People, Hell & Angels" was recorded a day before the take heard on the "Purple Box", and the arrangement is similar)

7. Easy Blues(a fine,jazzy instrumental by the Woodstock line-up, this was first heard[in a 4:30 edit] on the Reprise Records L.P. "Nine to The Universe". The "People, Hell & Angels" CD features a 5:57 edit...still far short of the full 10 minute recording heard on bootleg CD's. The main motive for the
editing seems to be to cut out passages where second guitarist Larry Lee soloed. Can't confuse the newer Hendrix fans, ya know.

8.Crash Landing(a pro tools abomination. Eddie Kramer creates a composite of 2 or 3 vocal attempts, then flies this in over what is likely a composite of several instrumental takes. Hendrix's vocal sounds out of sync at times. It is uncomfortable to listen to. Why can't Kramer have simply given us
the undoctored version of the take that alan Douglas had worked with. It is true that that take had no guitar solo, but there was another take with an inferior vocal, but WITH the guitar solo, and Kramer could have easily just flown in that solo onto the take with Hendrix's best vocals,
but instead he has created this mess. Douglas' version[despite its overdubbed session guitarist, bassist, drummer,percussionist and background vocalists], remains the best version....for now.

9.Inside Out(One of a number of instrumentals issued by Experience Hendrix, which feature riffs later used in the song "Ezy Ryder". These riffs were used in the middle section of "Ezy Ryder". An interesting look into Hendrix's creative process, and nothing more.)

10.Hey Gypsy Boy(an early version of what would later become "Hey Baby{New Rising Sun]". This appeared in a badly doctored version on the "Midnight Lightning" album, but here it appears with the original backing musicians restored, and without Alan Douglas' overdubbed studio musicians.
This undoctored take has appeared on bootleg Cd's, such as the 3-CD set "Mixdown Master Tapes", but here, in this official release, it is somewhat shortened, with some editing of the intro, but it should be noted, that even in the longer mix offered on bootleg, that the song
fades up, suggesting that the original recording engineer was late in turning on the tape machine. I guess that Eddie Kramer thinks that this more abrupt start(without the fade up) is more professional sounding)

11.Mojo Man(another track featuring Hendrix as a sideman, this time, for Albert Allen of the singing duo "The Ghetto Fighters". This is filler, and even less deserving of inclusion than the Lonnie Youngblood track. Hendrix's only involvement was to add his guitar over an existing recording that the Ghetto Fighters had recorded in Alabama. Hendrix wasn't present at the original session.)

12.Villanova Junction Blues(a brief studio rendition of an instrumental that had been performed at the Woodstock festival. This take features Hendrix, Cox and Mitchell. It's an appropriate final track for this mixed bag of an album.

I played this CD a lot when I first bought it, but I don't play it much anymore. "Valleys of Neptune" was musically superior. But you've got to give credit to Sony Music for a remarkably effective promotional campaign which put "People Hell & Angels" onto the charts. But the inclusion of two songs where Hendrix was a sideman, plus the attrociously doctored version of "Crash Landing" seriously weaken this album. Even the better songs on this CD are hardly first-rate posthumous Hendrix.

Now Experience Hendrix can market further concert recordings to the mainstream market and bring pure, undoctored studio takes and jams to the avid fan via the mail-order "Dagger" label. That's the hope of this original Hendrix fan (I saw The Jimi Hendrix Experience play in July 1967, when I was 11 years old)
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
In the late 70's my car had an 8 track. Cruising down highway 35 in Texas, windows open, singing along to Aretha BABY.....
Looking quite like an idiot I'm sure. Didn't care. Still don't. Now there are movies and commercials that show the exact same thing except with crappy music. At least the movie of my life has GREAT tunes. Aretha woman, I love you. You continue to rock my very soul woman.
Work From Home with Louis Armstrong
Work From Home with Louis Armstrong
Work From Home with Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis Armstrong" category.
George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist (Sower Series)
George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist (Sower Series)
Having worked in education as a Librarian for so long, I have come to expect my students to complain when a Biography is assigned for their book report. My son, despite being an avid reader, falls into that same category when it comes to book reports. So, when I came across this Biography told in first person, I decided to purchase it for him to try and avoid the "fight" of making him read and write down what he has learned. Thankfully, I succeeded in finding the perfect story for him. He quickly finished the book in one day and entertained my husband and I with stories about George Washington Carver. Reading the book for myself, I was pleased to find that it didn't gloss over George Washington Carver's life, but took my son in-depth on what made George Washington Carver the person he was and how he contributed to society. The harshness of slavery and the sadness of segregation was discussed from the viewpoint of a person who experienced it first-hand. Instead of being a stated fact, it became a story gloriously woven to open the eyes of my son to the realities of the past. My son was led through George Washington Carvers childhood, successes, failures, accomplishments, education and finally his death and final words. The book now sits in my library happily entertaining the rest of my students when they check it out for their biography book reports.
Bob Dylan for Easy Piano
Bob Dylan for Easy Piano
Easy to play and gives me the opportunity to improvise with both hands. (Only thing is that I cannot remember what I played the last time) It's the melody and the chords that are important for me. Otherwise playing pieces as they are is pretty simple, at least as I see it. Unfortunately I do not recognise most of the pieces. Not the book's fault but nevertheless. I should have read the contents more closely.
How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan / Various
How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan / Various
Ace Records (London, UK) has put together a thoughtful and fascinating collection of soulful interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan. That Dylan's own versions of these songs are familiar makes the re-interpretations more interesting. There are expected choices, like the Staple Singers, The Neville Brothers, Nina Simone, and The O'Jays, and lots of artists and interpretations that I didn't expect or know about. These took a little longer to get used to, but I find Ace did a great job in finding worthwhile material from four decades of recordings.
Ace acknowledges that they couldn't put every great interpretation on the cd. To the extent that you have favorites that aren't on here, go ahead and add them from your collection. In my case, I added Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower" from Electric Ladyland (which Ace could not get legal permission to include), Ann Peebles' "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" from I Believe to My Soul (Mcup) and Johnny Jenkins' "Down Along The Cove" (from The Duane Allman Anthology 1).
What will you add?
Doctor Strange Sling Ring
Doctor Strange Sling Ring
Looks fine, have a feeling that wearing it to more than 5 parties will probably have a loop breakoff. But looks nice. Feels like balsa wood.
14” Pizza Cutter by Kitchenstar | Sharp Stainless Steel Slicer Knife - Rocker Style w Blade Cover | Chop and Slices Perfect Portions + Dishwasher Safe – Premium Pizza Oven Accessories
14” Pizza Cutter by Kitchenstar | Sharp Stainless Steel Slicer Knife - Rocker Style w Blade Cover | Chop and Slices Perfect Portions + Dishwasher Safe – Premium Pizza Oven Accessories
Works perfectly!

The only drawback I've seen with this pizza cutter is my 14 year old son enjoys using it so much all of our other pizza cutters are getting no work. Seriously, I think the others must be dealing with depression because since this was delivered they just lay there in the drawer.

This 14" pizza cutter cleanly slices through a freezer pizza or piece of toast or even a sandwich in one quick press.

We have tried to branch out on ideas of things to cut but honestly who can resist pizza? You might find yourself eating pizza too often just so you can use this pizza knife. If this happens to you there are many things you can do including making calazones, submarine sandwiches, toast, pancakes, waffles, maple bars, bagles, and if you are really wanting to use your 14" pizza cutter on something a bit more health conscious you can use it to make yourself a chopped salad (though, if you are using yours on vegetables you should know it doesn't work well on tomatoes).

Seriously, this is a great pizza cutter and my son loves to use it to chop through a pizza pie in one quick crunch like they do in a pizzeria. I guess it makes him feel like a professional pizza cutter..... I really hope he grows up to have higher aspirations!
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Firstly, this series was listed on my television for $9.99 - I accidentally pressed purchase instead of Add to watchlist intending to look at it more closely later. When I got an alert that $59.99 was taken out of my account, I realized that A - I had accidentally bought this, and B - the price is woefully wrong. Usually within 5 minutes it is possible to change your mind on a video, but this is no longer the case - I finally got through to a customer service rep, and have been assured that my order is cancelled, but it is still showing up in my orders, in my owned video section, and has been deducted from my bank account.
L'Alchimiste (French Edition)
L'Alchimiste (French Edition)
Cela faisait un moment que j'avais envie de découvrir ce livre et je dois dire que je n'ai vraiment pas été déçue...bien au contraire ! L'histoire est celle de Santiago, un jeune berger espagnol qui par deux fois, a fait le même rêve, celui de se rendre au pied des pyramides d'Egypte pour y trouver un certain trésor. Après avoir consulté une gitane qui interprète les rêves, il décide de réaliser son coeur et pour cela, sur les conseils d'un vieillard qui se dit être roi, il n'hésite pas à vendre tous ses biens et à s'engager dans sa quête.
Au cours de celle-ci, il lui arrivera de drôles d'aventures, pas toujours heureuses mais toutes cependant instructives. Car, c'est bien connu, "ce qui ne nous tue pas nous rend plus fort". Et c'est certainement ce qu'il faut retenir avant tout de cet ouvrage. Il ne faut pas hésiter à aller au bout de ses rêves, même si l'on se trompe car ainsi, nous n'aurons pas de regrets et surtout, nous en apprendrons plus sur nous-mêmes. C'est ce que l'auteur appelle accomplir sa "légende personnelle". Quant au personnage de l'alchimiste, il s'agit d'un homme,qui est réellement alchimiste, mais qui surtout lui apprendra à savoir écouter son coeur, à communiquer avec les éléments et à être sensible à tout ce qui l'entoure.
Un livre qui nous en apprend beaucoup sur nous, plus que ce qu'il nous en apprend sur la réelle destinée de Santiago -si je puis dire- et qui nous apprend à être sensible aux signes que l'on voit autour de nous ! Balivernes ! , me direz-vous mais pourtant...
Un livre très bien écrit, aux chapitres courts et qui m'a énormément plu ! A découvrir !
Crows Can't Count
Crows Can't Count
If you have never read anything by A. A. Fair (pseudonym for Erle Stanley Gardner), you are missing a treat. Donald Lam is the opposite of the 1940s hard-boiled, two-fisted detective: he is short, and he gets beaten up in almost every book. But he makes up for his stature with brains. A disbarred lawyer, Lam is one half of the Cool & Lam Detective Agency. In this book, Donald has just returned from active service in the navy during WWII. If you think that Donald Lam would be at a disadvantage in Columbia because he does not speak Spanish, Bertha Cool is even more at a loss word words (she cannot understand why the natives of Columbia never bothered to learn English, especially good solid English curse words. The novel is a real gem and ends with a surprise.
Naruto nº 01/72 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Naruto nº 01/72 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Ha hecho muy bien Planeta sacar esta versión en "precio popular" de esta serie. El manga se deja leer muy bien, pese a tener algunos términos "españolizados" que pueden confundir a los que han visto el anime subtitulado o con doblaje latino, sin embargo, uno se olvida de ese inconveniente con lo atrapante que puede ser la lectura de este ejemplar.

Yo lo tengo reservado para regalarlo a mi sobrina, que se ha vuelto hace poco fan del anime. Yo había escuchado mucho de Naruto por parte de los nerdfans de siempre y nunca le había hecho mucho caso hasta que lo empecé a ver junto con mi sobrina de 10 años para evitar que se pusiera a ver las horrendas y frívolas películas de Barbie. Soy más aficionado a los cómics occidentales, así que el "primer trauma", por así decirlo, fue tener que someterme al SENTIDO DE LECTURA ORIENTAL. Por allí he encontrado un par de errores en la secuencia de contenidos de las viñetas, pues el rotulador se olvidó de colocar los contenidos de los globos de diálogo en el orden inverso y los puso en el orden occidental. Más allá de eso la edición está muy buena, aunque hubiese sido interesante que tuviese una dimensión más grande. Bueno, son exquisiteces de un lector de cómics, que aún no se acostumbra a los formatos japoneses.

Por otro lado, me uno a las quejas de todos por el asunto del rótulo del precio colocado en la portada. A primera vista parece una etiqueta, pero luego uno se da cuenta que no lo es y eso fastidia un poco, aunque si uno lo piensa bien, es el "derecho de piso" que uno tiene que pagar por el precio con descuento. Lo que sí no he ubicado en amazon.es es la "versión regular" de este tomo. Supongo que el tiraje está agotado desde hace mucho.

En fin, todo esto no quita que se trata de una historia muy dinámica, digerible y divertida. Me gusta mucho que incluyan páginas con algunos bocetos e ideas originales de Masashi Kishimoto, comentados por el autor. A veces me pregunto qué querran decir algunas onomatopeyas que se han dejado sin traducir, pero eso no altera mucho el placer de leer este librito.

Estoy esperando que llegue el cumpleaños de mi sobrina para ver su expresión cuando reciba este ejemplar y los siguientes tres tomitos cuando se los dé como regalo. Estoy seguro que van a gustarle mucho. Claro que eso me compromete a comprarle los otros 68 tomos, pero lo haré con mucho gusto.

Una cuestión a la gente de amazon.es: Tengan mucho cuidado con sus paquetes. Si bien recibí este y otros cómics en tiempo récord, vinieron un poco maltratados porque no estaban bien protegidos, como suele pasar con sus colegas de amazon.com ¡MEJOREN ESO!

Ma and Pa Dracula
Ma and Pa Dracula
ISBN 059043828X - Jonathan's parents have yours beat by a mile. They've got a live-in tutor for Jonathan, sleep during the day, and tell him that TV, friends and school exist only in books of fiction. Jonathan doesn't know any different, so he sleeps through the days and accepts their frequent moves as normal. Until, that is, one day when he just can't sleep. Slipping out of the house, Jonathan makes a friend right in his own yard and finds out that his parents have told him some lies. School is real! People have friends! AND people, normal people, sleep at night.

Confronting his parents with his new-found knowledge and their lies, Jonathan is in for a shock. He's adopted and his parents are vampires, which explains every weird thing about his life so far and adds to the weird things that happen as he begins school, makes friends and generally becomes a normal kid. Of course, normal kids don't have to worry about hunger driving their parents to bite their friends... They swear they'd never do such a barbaric thing, but he's not so confident.

The sacrifices Jonathan's parents make for him, and the final one he must make for them , aren't the sort of things kids will deal with in the real world, but it's the sacrifice that counts. Strange, sure, but they're a family and that's what families do.

Cute, and sometimes amusing, Ma and Pa Dracula is closer to Martin's The Baby-sitters Club series than you would expect - and far enough from the BSC to appeal to a whole new batch of young fans.

- AnnaLovesBooks
Bleach Box Set 2: Volumes 22-48 with Premium (2) (Bleach Box Sets)
Bleach Box Set 2: Volumes 22-48 with Premium (2) (Bleach Box Sets)
Bleach is by far my favourite manga series ever, and I was waiting a while for box set 2 to come out on offer. Bleach is one series I have always needed in my collection and now that I have the whole of the first arc it does not disappoint. For anyone with the money and time to invest into this truly amazing series, just do it, you will most certainly not have even the slightest bit of regret (just make sure you hit box set 1 first!). I’m so excited for box set 3 to come out, and with bleach finally coming to and end I assume it’ll be out soon. Five stars in a heartbeat!!
Coming Home: Harlequin comics (The Perfect Family Book 10)
Coming Home: Harlequin comics (The Perfect Family Book 10)
Normally books that I have read would give a better bit of detail about past things and then have a wonderful way of tying them together. Sadly, this book is not one of them. While I could connect with the family and see the issues, I was too lost to understand what was going on and while the artwork is lovely, it didn't help. Rather than enhancing the story, it just made me more confused and I had to force myself to go all the way through. Make sure you read the books before it before going to this one. Too much history to be left unknown.
Suits Season 1
Suits Season 1
I bought this as soon as it was available, having seen most of the episodes on Dave TV. A slick drama/comedy based in a high-end law firm in New York City, it features the usual 'smart' characters one would expect of this genre. However, there's a twist; one of the lawyers didn't actually go to law school or even qualify in law. The one thing Mike has is a perfect photographic memory; once he reads something, however complicated, he remembers it completely. Thus he starts the series as a bit of a slacker, until he meets Harvey Specter, the extremely slick real lawyer and manages to get confused with the other young lawyers being interviewed for a job. Harvey sees a bit of himself in Mike the chancer, and gives him a job, even though Mike isn't qualified. There follows a series of adventures where no one in the firm must find out that Mike isn't really one of them, but by the end, he's like a mini-Harvey, in a similar expensive suit. It's very entertaining, and is well acted. The supporting cast is particularly good, with Harvey's nemesis, another lawyer named Louis Litt being particularly well portrayed. If you're old enough to remember the 80's series LA Law, the action and style is similar, but always with the twist that Mike isn't a real lawyer. Thoroughly recommended; Season Two is due out soon, and having followed this on Dave TV too, I can't wait!
Harry Potter Hogwarts School List Tote
Harry Potter Hogwarts School List Tote
I normally do not carry a purse. I tuck my slim wallet and phone in my jeans and out I go. But I’m a potterhead so I needed to get this bag. My challenge is finding reasons to use it because it’s awesome.

Now for the review, it’s a great bag. Large tote makes it perfect for outings and traveling. I usually like bags/backpacks with zippers for security reasons. However, the big opening made it easier to reach in and grab what I needed while I was on the plane (book, tablet, charger, chips, etc). So I can live without a zipper I guess. Nice burgundy color with gold writing. Very classy for a Harry Potter product.

Packaging was good. Comes with plastic over the straps and school emblem to keep them safe and scratch free. The bag itself was in a big plastic bag.

Finally, Yes the inside of the bag smells bad. I rubbed the inside with a dryer sheet and left the sheet in there for a week or two. Smells fine now. It’s an easy fix. I don’t usually shove my face in the bag and inhale deeply so it doesn’t bother me. Figured the bad smell will dissipate over time.

Great price and quality for a Harry Potter product in my opinion.
Harry Potter House of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin House Hogwarts Crest Patch 3.94"x3.15" Full Color Iron-On Patches Crest Set for Coat Jacket Gear Cap Hat Backpack 4PCS
Harry Potter House of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin House Hogwarts Crest Patch 3.94"x3.15" Full Color Iron-On Patches Crest Set for Coat Jacket Gear Cap Hat Backpack 4PCS
Very nice product. Colors are vibrant and stitching is clear. I feel it was a good value. I took off one star though because there were no instructions for ironing, such as how hot, steam or no, needs pressing cloth etc. just the patches in a plastic envelop. For anyone wondering, I used highest setting with a cotton pressing cloth, no steam. They seem fine, but my kids have not ppl lates in their costumes much yet.
Steptoe and Son Ride Again
Steptoe and Son Ride Again
Just finished bingeing the TV show boxset,so looked for this.
Like most 1/2 hour format comedy show stretched out to film length it suffers from some unecessary padding.
For Steptoe fans though it has more than enough to make it worth a buy.
Picture and sound are good.
No extras,minimalist cover,but for the money ok.
Elvenborn (Halfblood Chronicles, Book 3)
Elvenborn (Halfblood Chronicles, Book 3)
This is the 3rd book in the series. The first 100 pages are a little boring, hard to hold my interest (it is a lot of background information) and then it connects to the previous two book's stories; it finally takes off and is continuing to interest me. I haven't finished it yet but I am sure it will be satisfying. If you read the first two books, you will enjoy this one. If you like to read about elves and dragons, and are also a Terry Brooks fan you will probably like this book. If you are a fan of Mercedes Lackey/Andre Norton you will like this book. Make sure you read the three books in order.
Ayesha Curry Home Collection Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet - 10 Inch, Brown
Ayesha Curry Home Collection Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet - 10 Inch, Brown
 PLEASE READ THE EDIT BELOW: I had high hopes for it. I just got this out of the box, brand new and as soon as I took the plastic off I saw that it was dented. Not a small dent but like an entire part of the Circle is just straight. Super sad. It’s easier to tell from the bottom than it is from the top which is the only reason I’m keeping it. Also, I don’t know if this was Amazon’s fault or a manufacturing issue.
!!!!!! E D I T !!!!!! :
By far the WORST pans I have ever bought. I ended up not returning them because my husband was able to take the dent out (for the most part). Fast forward 2 months, I am really enjoying them, they get hot really fast, everything is good until one day, I’m cooking lunch and for some reason the pan gets stuck to my electric stove. Completely stuck. I couldn’t lift it off and neither could my husband. I took the contents out of the pan and turned the stove off in hopes that it would cool down enough and get unstuck by itself. While my husband and I are eating, we hear a very loud “POP” so I go over to the stove and lift the pan right off but not without noticing that parts of the bottom had MELTED OFF! I was very upset. It had been a few months since I had gotten them so I had used them a good amount of times so there was no “wrapping plastic” on them or anything and there was no food on the stove that could have melted or gotten it stuck somehow. I go over to try to scrub the burnt pieces off of my stove when I realized that the “POP” wasn’t just my pan becoming unstuck, it was my stove top CRACKING because of the pan. Keep in mind, these pots and pans are safe enough to go in your oven. I’m pretty sure my stove top does not get as hot as my oven. Never again will I be buying this brand again.
Kodak Step Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer (White) Compatible w/iOS & Android, NFC & Bluetooth Devices
Kodak Step Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer (White) Compatible w/iOS & Android, NFC & Bluetooth Devices
10 Words or Less:
• Small and portable, compatible with Zink Pogo papers*

IMPORTANT:
• If you read just ONE thing, read this. DO NOT THROW OUT THE BLUE CARD in the starter paper pack! I repeat DO NOT THROW OUT THE BLUE CARD!

• Take a look at my photo and you’ll see there are different kinds of blue cards that are included with paper. The blue card is read each time you insert a new pack and it tells the printer what paper is there. It is VERY IMPORTANT to know that the Polaroid Zip will only accept Polaroid Zink PREMIUM paper! This means you cannot use regular (cheaper) Zink Pogo paper or other papers such as HP sprocket. How does the printer know what paper you have? The blue card.

• Whatever 2x3” Zink paper you buy, simply feed the ORIGINAL blue card in your starter pack instead of the one that came in the new paper package. The printer will read it as Polaroid Zink Premium paper and accept it. This is nothing more than manufacturers trying to limit the use to their own “licensed” paper or paper type. Now there IS a difference between the regular “Pogo” paper and “Premium” but there is no difference between brands like “LG” or “HP” or “Polaroid”… they are the same.

The Good:
• The footprint of the device is very small and can easily fit in a back pocket.
• Polaroid SnapTouch app allows for multiple photos per page… though they’ll be tiny.
• The Polaroid brand name and the rainbow stripe evokes some nostalgia for those who remember the “old days”.

The Bad:
• The app makes you crop the photo before printing… mandatory. The hp sprocket (competitor) app doesn’t.
• Photos generally come up quite dark, making for harsh shadows on faces which cannot be remedied just by lightening the picture – or running it through an app like Snapseed.
• Casing is very glossy so I suggest getting it in white or red if you don’t like to see fingerprint smudges.
• Slow to spool up. From hitting print to the paper starting to come out, it takes 20+ seconds.

Comments and Last Thoughts:
• There are two kinds of paper: Regular (Zink Pogo), and Premium (Zink Premium, LG, HP sprocket…etc). The latter is a little bit higher quality and more glossy. For me, the cost isn’t worth it for a print this size and how it’s going to be used anyway. I suggest going for the regular kind and buying in bulk if you want to save some money.
• If you’re looking for a decent price on Premium paper, look to the Apple Store or deals that happen on Best Buy and Amazon. YOU MUST KEEP THE ORIGINAL BLUE PAPER TO USE IT.
• For bulk papers, I’ve purchased from Amazon regular Pogo (not Premium) papers like this: 
Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: How to Work Smart, Build Collaboration, and Close the Achievement Gap
Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: How to Work Smart, Build Collaboration, and Close the Achievement Gap
I read this book after being becoming fairly familiar with Dr. Marshall’s rubric as part of our work in complying with our state’s new evaluation system (Oregon, SB290). I would recommend this book to anyone with background knowledge and interest in teacher evaluation and instructional leadership. If you have such a background, the first part of the book reads like a mystery novel. Marshall tells about his sleuthing over several years to find a way to provide meaningful feedback to teachers that would actually help their teaching, not just be a “dog and pony” show. He explains in detail his successes and failures over many years of developing his rubric and a system of mini-observations. The second part of the book discusses structural issues in detail: managing administrator’s time, how to have professionally valuable conversations with teachers, the superintendent’s role, and more. I almost gave it four stars because of the contrast between the first half of the book and the (dry) second half. However, the entire book was filled with useful information and I highly recommend it.
Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
"Game Changer" is a summary meta-analysis of the contests between the A.I.-driven AlphaZero process and the full-calculation-driven Stockfish 8 one. The book is focused on showing how AlphaZero's drive for piece mobility, open lines, and disruption of the opponent's castled position - despite AlphaZero's often being down in material - makes a change from how players evaluate options now and in opening repertoire.

Others are better qualified to discuss the accuracy of the analysis. I do want to point out some items.

The book is 415 pages long. A bit over a hundred pages of it goes into the history of computer chess and on how the AlphaZero idea was developed. There is an excellent introduction by Gary Kasparov. The rest of the book is made up of games or portions of games, mostly of AlphaZero vs. Stockfish 8, but also of quite a few games played by human masters that provide parallels to what AlphaZero concocted. The formats, type fonts, and layouts were very attractive.

I am not in the 2000+ rating category. Still, I enjoyed playing out games from the two matches on on-line data bases and watching the YouTube analyses by famous grandmasters. I had some favorite games and hoped to see most or all of them reasonably annotated in this book.

While I enjoy the book as it is, its real purpose is to pluck out the segments of games where AlphaZero does something special. The authors have chapters based on themes, like "Piece mobility: activity" with a set of games and portions of games therein. Complete games can be rather lightly annotated in their openings and endgames but more intensely viewed in the early middle game.

My biggest annoyance is that there are no unique identifiers of games. They all get a title like "AlphaZero Stockfish 8 London 2018", followed by 1. d4 etc.. Thus there is no index of games in the back of the book. The on-line data bases have some ad hoc layout, like a page for 2018 games and a listing like (my invention) "023. W: AlphaZero B: Stockfish 8 Queen's Indian Defense 165 moves [Many games did go over 100 moves.] 1-0". I don't see why the organizers of the event couldn't have come up with an official listing, like Match # - Game # for all these games. If I want to compare an analysis in the book with one from outside material, I have to flip through the book to see if I can find a matching diagram or not.

Nevertheless, the writing is good, the paperback book is well made, and the ideas are the freshest around.
Classic Descriptions of Disease: With Biographical Sketches of the Authors
Classic Descriptions of Disease: With Biographical Sketches of the Authors
This collection of the earliest descriptions of common diseases provides wonderful insights into how early physicians dealt with diseases which, in most cases, they were incapable of treating. The descriptions pay tribute to the observational skills of the earliest physicians, who had little to offer their patients other than a prognosis based on keen diagnostic skills and careful observation. The introduction by Major to each description provides the setting for understanding the period in which each physician wrote. You do not have to be interested in history to appreciate the perspective this work gives on modern medical practice. This would be a particularly good gift for the student beginning medical school. It was given to me on that occasion 30 years ago and I still enjoy reading the descriptions.
Aurora - Dreamy Eyes - 10" Lea Lamb
Aurora - Dreamy Eyes - 10" Lea Lamb
Great price and it came pretty quickly in just a few short days. Good size and cuddly. Not too light but not heavy. They did put a bean or sandbag in just the rear for some reason I suppose so he sits nicely on a shelf. He won’t fly around too easily as some do.
Oh my gosh the softness!!! I’m a huge fan of polyester, sooo this is incredibly soft! Wow. I bought this as a prop for my 6 year old daughter’s Little Bo-peep costume and she will love carrying it around as her little sheep. She did say however, that she loved it so much she didn’t want to take it because it could get ruined. It’s about 11 in long.

Cons- the material is much like Cotten in that it pulls. It will not stay nice looking very long. AND I SURELY would NOT gift this to a baby except for decor, not to anyone that puts items in their mouth. I can just see them in-hailing the fibers and choking or swallowing.

If you needed it to it isn’t really a standing lamb. Although the eyes endearing to some, and I usually like them, they could be scary since they are so black and big. Wish they had put color or more color in the eye. But overall I gave it a ton of stars because it’s exactly what we needed, they hit the mark with softness and it’s really cute and great size for price. It came quickly.
Buddha Teas Licorice Root Tea, 18 Count (Pack of 6)
Buddha Teas Licorice Root Tea, 18 Count (Pack of 6)
Thank you for this wonderful tea. I get blood clots, and I'm on Coumadin., so I cannot take hormones or synthetic ones too, as they can cause clots. This is the only thing I have found in 20 years that help with hot flashes.
Twizzlers Bulk Strawberry Licorice Candy
Twizzlers Bulk Strawberry Licorice Candy
First, these are the original Twizzlers, NOT the chewy, gum-like, weird-tasting individually wrapped ones.

Yes, there are a lot, all stuck together in a big tub. This is how you keep them fresh since most people aren't going to eat them all in a week: Get three to five Ziploc gallon-size bags (how quickly you eat them determines this number; I use three) and separate the Twizzlers into the bags. Roll the bags from the bottom to compress, half seal the bag, finish rolling the Twizzlers inside the bag toward the top, finish sealing the Ziploc bag, removing most of the air. Place all but one bag back into the plastic tub, replace the lid, store in a cool place. Viola! Now you have lots of Twizzlers staying fresh to eat at your leisure. Enjoy!
Zara Regaliz barra natural, 100 unidades
Zara Regaliz barra natural, 100 unidades
Estas barras ya NO SON LAS DE ANTES
En primer lugar son mucho más pequeñas y cuestan lo mismo.
Pero encima su sabor y color ha cambiado: son marrones en lugar de negras y el sabor no es el mismo.
¿Por motivos económicos? O sea ¿de generar más beneficio a costa de hacerlas más pequeñas?
He llamado a la fábrica de Zaragoza para expresar esta queja. No se dan por aludidos. Dicen que es por la sequía de este año...
Tendré que buscar otras opciones.
Me parece muy mal esta subida de precios basada en un cambio de formato y por si fuera poco, no me saben igual.
¿No sería más profesional subir el precio y mantener el formato de este regaliz de toda la vida?
Lo que están haciendo los dueños es dañar el buen nombre de una marca de regaliz que muchos tomamos desde hace años. Creerán que los consumidores somos tontos o apechugamos con todo.

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