Leah Flores

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Expert PHP and MySQL
Expert PHP and MySQL
Expert PHP and MySQL by Andrew Curioso , Ronald Bradford , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
『ファンタスティック・ビーストと黒い魔法使いの誕生』  <映画オリジナル脚本版> ファンタスティック・ビースト (Fantastic Beasts) (Japanese Edition)
『ファンタスティック・ビーストと黒い魔法使いの誕生』  <映画オリジナル脚本版> ファンタスティック・ビースト (Fantastic Beasts) (Japanese Edition)
『ファンタスティック・ビーストと黒い魔法使いの誕生』  <映画オリジナル脚本版> ファンタスティック・ビースト (Fantastic Beasts) (Japanese Edition) by J.K. Rowling and 松岡佑子. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
El último jurado (Spanish Edition)
El último jurado (Spanish Edition)
El último jurado (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Whisper Man: A Novel
The Whisper Man: A Novel
The Whisper Man: A Novel by Alex North. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1521 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming WebSphere MQ with JAVA
Programming WebSphere MQ with JAVA
Programming WebSphere MQ with JAVA by Kunal Jaggi. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programming Games with Java
Programming Games with Java
Programming Games with Java by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Machine Learning: 3 Books in 1: Python Programming, Data Science, Computer Networking for Beginners. Master the Mathematics of Machine Learning & Applied Artificial Intelligence (Step-by-Step Guide)
Machine Learning: 3 Books in 1: Python Programming, Data Science, Computer Networking for Beginners. Master the Mathematics of Machine Learning & Applied Artificial Intelligence (Step-by-Step Guide)
Machine Learning: 3 Books in 1: Python Programming, Data Science, Computer Networking for Beginners. Master the Mathematics of Machine Learning & Applied Artificial Intelligence (Step-by-Step Guide) by Jason Callaway. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects)
Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects)
Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects) by Kai Chan , John Omokore, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Json: Main principals
Json: Main principals
Json: Main principals by David V.. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro PHP XML and Web Services
Pro PHP XML and Web Services
Pro PHP XML and Web Services by Robert Richards. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Complete Introduction to Node.js
The Complete Introduction to Node.js
I liked this book - such as it was. It appears to be the first in a series of articles (possibly blog posts) that were converted into a Kindle. At 55 pages and 5 chapters, it is clearly not complete. I've perused the author's entries on Medium and he's a qualified expert. I'm hoping this book gets an update. But for now, it's not even close to "complete."
Office XP: The Complete Reference
Office XP: The Complete Reference
Office XP: The Complete Reference by Julia Kelly and Stephen L. Nelson. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Business Biographies and Memoirs: 6 Manuscripts: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson
Business Biographies and Memoirs: 6 Manuscripts: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Richard Branson
I grew up in southern Illinois and some of my fondest memories was going to Busch Stadium and watching the Cardinals. The Busch family were icons during that time (1960s). One was always impressed with their immense wealth, excentricities, and flaws. William Knoedelseder does and excellent job chronicalling their beginning throughout their take over by In- Ben. He gives a great deal of information in a compelling manner.

There is information about Prohibition, the company's direction and excesses, personal failings and monumental egos. There are enough details to keep anyone's interest. He does an excellent job painting all of the principal players. He paints them warts and all but he also has a warmth for most of them. If you want specific information about the inner workings of the family - it's there. (In fact, you may need a score card of all the children from multiple marriages, cousins, and nephews.)
Dylan (1973) (Blu-Spec CD2)
Dylan (1973) (Blu-Spec CD2)
Issued in November 1973 after Bob Dylan's signing with Asylum Records and then announcing his 1974 comeback tour with The Band. It had no input from Dylan and appeared to be released by CBS as some kind of 'revenge' album for leaving the label. Yet thank goodness they did, otherwise we may never have heard these marvellous tracks. Gleaned from the Nashville 'Self Portrait' sessions in April/May, 1969, and from the 'New Morning' sessions about a year later, we hear Dylan doing a bunch of covers of classic songs in what is arguably his most musically beautiful voice and with stunning musicianship from his studio band. The album appeared cheesy at the time and has received much flak from critics, but with the historical perspective of the 'Bootleg Series' releases we can see how these musical experiments came about. About a month or so after recording his country rock masterpiece, 'Nashville Skyline', Dylan returned to the same Columbia Music Row Studios in Nashville to record what should have been his second Nashville country album. With only one original and a collection of classic covers (Hank Snow, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash and Elvis), Dylan revels in his new found ability to play pure country. By creating the following playlist it is possible to hear what this album would have sounded like;
1. Living the Blues (released on Self Portrait)
2. Spanish is the Loving Tongue (released on Dylan)
3. Take Me as I Am (or Let Me Go) (released on Self Portrait)
4. A Fool Such as I (released on Dylan)
5. I Forgot More (Than You'll Ever Know) (released on Self Portrait)
6. Let It Be Me (released on Self Portrait)
7. Take a Message to Mary (released on Self Portrait)
8. Blue Moon (released on Self Portrait)
9. Ring of Fire (released on Travelling' Thru, The Bootleg Series Vol.15)
10. Folsom Prison Blues (released on Travelling' Thru, The Bootleg Series Vol.15)

Listen to this playlist and it is hard not to agree that this is the closest Dylan came to sounding like Elvis. The other tracks on 'Dylan' can be slotted into the 'New Morning' sessions in a similar fashion to give a much more rounded feel to what happened in the studio between recording his new originals at that time. 'Dylan', then, is an album that really must be heard in its historical context, though having said that, the wonderful cover of Mr Bojangles is worth the price alone.
100 Songs
100 Songs
This is a great paperback, very handy to carry around. This makes the lyrics to Bob Dylan's best songs very accessible. I have a large lyrics book but this is a nice accompaniment. I'm glad they put this out after he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Reading the lyrics in this format makes it clear that he deserved this award and his songs stand up well as poetry. I love this book. Thank you Bob Dylan.
Surrounded by Idiots: Drop the Distractions, Embrace Your Purpose, and Get Your Ass in Gear
Surrounded by Idiots: Drop the Distractions, Embrace Your Purpose, and Get Your Ass in Gear
This book is a "self-help" game changer. Dr. Dufresne has an incredible way of speaking to his audience in a way that really absorbs and sticks to your thoughts and actions compared to other books Ive read. So many "Aa ha!" moments that have completely changed my perspective in how to feel better about myself and the world around me. Not only is the author brilliant but hes relatable as well as comical which makes this such an easy and enjoyable read. I highly recommend this to anyone who's ready to make some positive changes in their life.
One More Night: Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour
One More Night: Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour
Like Dylan himself, Andrew Muir knows how to keep on keepin' on. Muir sets out to chronicle Dylan's Never Ending Tour, which began 25 years ago and shows no sign of ending. There are 17 chapters that offer detailed accounts of Dylan's NET shows on a year by year basis, spanning an insane gamut of concert experiences. There are transcendental moments when Dylan's way with a phrase, or a harmonica riff makes Muir quiver with ecstasy There are abject moments when Dylan seems to lose it completely, barking semi-complete lines into the darkness, and even stumbling off stage in the middle of a song. His band are nothing if not dedicated, maybe deadpan is a better word. The band play on.

There is one chapter covering the years 2005 to 2009, when Muir admits he has lost the plot and is increasingly alienated from the whole NET phenomenon. Some readers will be surprised to learn that Muir is redeemed from his descent into the Slough of Despond (as he calls it) by Dylan's album Christmas In the Heart, which he finds very moving. Muir's book is both a critical narrative of Dylan on stage, and also a self-help manual in which an addict strives to understand the nature of his addiction.

The sheer scale of Dylan's achievements has rendered most critics either speechless or reaching for one of two clichéd responses. Bob is a genius. Or Bob is utterly past it, and should put himself and us out of our misery. There is no mystery why Dylan keeps touring. He has answered this question many times, and one pleasure of Muir's book is that it's a very intelligent filleting of the interviews and press comments that have accompanied Dylan's 25 years on the road. "You hear sometimes about the glamour of the road, but you get over that real fast. There are a lot of times that it's no different from going to work in the morning. Still, you're either a player or you're not a player." (Dylan in The Los Angeles Times, February 1992) You're either a player or you're not a player. Can't get clearer than that.

What Muir brings to Dylan's eternity of touring is a very detailed knowledge of Dylan's work, a generous way of interacting with the people he meets on the road, and a sense of humour. Because Dylan remains enigmatic, a law unto himself, while simultaneously keeping up a relentless tour schedule, Dylan is simultaneously everywhere, and yet also unknowable to his fans. When Muir describes the day he met Dylan in a café in Camden Town, and handed the great man a copy of his fanzine Homer, the slut, it is as if we are there too.

My reservations about this book are the same as my reservations about the NET. It's such a vast undertaking. The road that Dylan set out on in 1988 still stretches ahead. There is a huge amount of material here, and it is not always easy to read. It's a complex narrative with a lot of detail. Sometimes it can be wearying to read why one version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" is even more exquisite and intelligent than the last one. But my verdict is that Andrew Muir has done it. On 1st May 2013, Dylan and his band played NET concert number 2.500 - in the Time Warner Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte, North Carolina. At the end of this year he'll return to the Albert Hall, scene of his notorious 1966 concerts when hard-core folkies booed and The Beatles cheered. It's sometimes hard to believe that one artist can do so much in one lifetime. But I think Andrew Muir has climbed Everest, and written a book which captures the scale, the brilliance and the awfulness of Dylan's life on the road. This is "The Agony and The Ecstasy" of our generation
Bang Energy Drink with Zero Calories & High Caffeine, Pina Colada - 12 Drinks - VPX (Vital Pharmaceuticals), 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
Bang Energy Drink with Zero Calories & High Caffeine, Pina Colada - 12 Drinks - VPX (Vital Pharmaceuticals), 16 Fl. Oz (12 Count)
I wanted something different to drink so decided to try the Pina Colada flavor. I like it. Has a little after taste but pleasant.
The problem I found was somewhere in the process of receiving it, a can was punctured and was completely empty by the time I received the package. I don't know if it happened at factory or during shipping. So I would just suggest they do a better job in that area. Other than that I would buy again for flavor and a pick me up.
Marvel Men's Wolverine Classic Character T-Shirt
Marvel Men's Wolverine Classic Character T-Shirt
The fabric is of good quality and has not faded after multiple washings. The graphics have also held up well and have not faded or peeled off. The artwork is well made and defined. It has a nice feel to the graphics, but I would not try to iron over it as it may peel off. The fitment is exactly how I ordered and does not feel tight on any part of my body.
The Last Patriot
The Last Patriot
THE LAST PATRIOT by Brad Thor could be classified as historical fiction. Former Navy SEAL and special ops Secret Service agent to the President, Scot Harvath, left his dangerous 15-year special ops life along with his ex-Navy girlfriend, Tracy Hastings. Tracy is in the process of recovering from serious wounds received from an exploding IED in Afghanistan where she had been an explosive demolition technician. Scot and Tracy are vacationing in Paris. While walking near a sidewalk café discussing their future and their new quiet life they witness a major terrorist attack. Scot, out of habit rushes to rescue an injured Anthony Nichols, a history professor at the University of Virginia who was thought by Harvath to be the subject of the attack. Scot does not want to get involved, he is happy with his new life, but Tracy convinces him of their responsibilities when they discover Nichols might have some sort of connection to the President. They soon learn that Professor Nichols is involved in researching the seventh century version of the Koran where it is thought that the Prophet Mohammed enlightened his disciples with the “lost revelation” a very different version of the Koran than exists today and one that could threaten the Muslim world as it exists today. In discussions with Nichols, Harvath is convinced that he has to find the Don Quixote. He learns that it might be in a rundown Mosque in a very dangerous section of Paris.
In addition to the enjoyment of a well written novel, Brad Thor has provided us with an enlightened history of the Koran through almost 1400 years of Muslim ideology following the poisoning and death of Mohammed in 632 AD. Thor writes that in 1805, President Jefferson sent Army officer William Eaton with a contingent of Marines, Leathnecks, under Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon to attack Tripoli and put an end to Muslim pirating on the high seas—America’s very first military confrontation on foreign soil. Did Thomas Jefferson envision at that time a future threat to our nation from the Muslim world? I wonder.
Through the written word, Brad Thor guides us through a fleeting history of events that bring us to the defense of our nation today. I believe this is Brad Thor’s finest novel. I heartedly recommend, The Last Patriot. I rate the book a strong 5-star success.
Urusei Yatsura, Vol. 4 (4)
Urusei Yatsura, Vol. 4 (4)
Lots of Ran. Keeps getting better and better. I think the next few books will be the best in the series. Love the short stories. This is a classic. HUGE book. Extras are not amazing but good enough to actually read.
Inuyasha The Movie The Complete Collection (BD) [Blu-ray]
Inuyasha The Movie The Complete Collection (BD) [Blu-ray]
Bootleg dvd but still works just the same.
So I noticed before I even took off the plastic film, the DVDs were not attached to the box, they were moving around freely. I am lucky there were no scratches on the two discs however they were all covered in oily fingerprints. The Blue-Ray box is all scratched and even broken at the opening indent. The back picture on top of Shippo is cut, and damaged... the picture inside is not laminated, and the Teeth which hold the disc are too small to hold the DVD securely in place.

The DVD itself works just fine, I have no complaints about the DVD 📀 quality, but it is clear that this is not the original box nor wrapping. Perhaps it was bought at a thrift store? My guess a 3rd party seller made their own heat-wrap. The box holding the DVD blue ray discs are so scratched up and damaged. It’s depressing to see a “new” item arrive with finger prints and the paper cover is ripped and broken but I bought this for 18.99 and other stores on amazon are stilling it for 40 dollars, so I assumed something had to be wrong. I am glad it was just the packaging that holds the DVD and not the DVD itself.... however buyer beware of this store selling items “as new” when they’re quite warn and have finger prints on it.
I tried to take pics of the fingerprints lol but my camera does not clearly show fingerprints on a mirror image so I only posted the box

My reviews on the 4 movies are great! Since the series does not actually finish in the cartoon anime (final end is manga only) I always love to watch Afflictions across time, to close off the series for me quite well! My fave movie between the four is the second movie: Castle beyond the looking glass. I strongly recommend adding this to your anime collection. It’s great to watch even if you haven’t seen the tv series. Especially with the The spin off of Inuyasha and Sesshomarus children coming out soon!! This is a great DVD to have to your anime collection!
Dr. Seuss Triple Feature
Dr. Seuss Triple Feature
I grew up reading and watching Dr. Suess. Watching this DVD brings back sooo many wonderful childhood memories. I purchased for my nephew so he can learn what real classics are. Haven't figured out why there isn't a "Dr. Suess" channel somewhere, but until then we'll be watching
"Doc. Suess" on DVD. A must have for your child's DVD collection.
One piece blue deep
One piece blue deep
A detta di mio figlio One piece è un capolavoro, ma le condizioni del libro sono discretamente buone. Ho fatto l'ordine di tutti i volumi speciali di quest'opera e appena aperto il pacco ho visto le copertine: alcune graffiate e altre con degli angoli stropicciati. In qualita di accanita lettrice di libri, vedere le copertine in queste condizioni è un'insulto. Concludo quindi ricapitolando che se acquistate per via del prezzo basso questi manga, non aspettatevi di trovarli in buste sigillate (e quindi in condizioni nuove).
Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin
Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin
Robert Chandler has published a brief, 100 page, biography of Pushkin. It is a long time since I read anything so entrancing. Chandler manages to say all the most important things. He foregrounds arresting details, provides a sensitive analysis of the extremely complex matter of Pushkin's relationship with the authorities, and he has thoughtful things to say about Pushkin's posthumous life in the Russian consciousness. He brings out more clearly than anyone the extent to which Pushkin's greatness is linked to the delicacy of his give-and-take with the Russian language. This, of course, is something especially difficult to bring out in translation; that it is possible at all is thanks to the delicacy of Chandler's own, almost vers libre translations of passages from Pushkin's lyric poetry, and to the brilliance of Stanley Mitchell's recent translation of "Eugene Onegin", from which Chandler provides substantial quotes. If you have English friends who are curious about why Russians make such a to-do over their Pushkin, here is a book to recommend to them. This book is worthy of the unimitable (and sadly almost unkown in the West in his non-academic quality) Mikhail Gasparov - seriously. It lacks the containing framework of Gasparov's academicism but, in this case, this is a gain rather than a loss. I am at a loss for words.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 40: La Fusion (Dragon Ball (sens français) (40)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 40: La Fusion (Dragon Ball (sens français) (40)) (French Edition)
Sur les 42 tomes de la série, c'est la seule couverture que je trouve mauvaise. Pour le reste, c'est au niveau de la série.

Dragon Ball d'Akira Toriyama fait partie intégrante de ma jeunesse.

J'avais par le passé quelques exemplaires de la première édition Kiosque de Dragon Ball par Glénat en 85 volumes. Je me souviens des superbes couvertures et du papier recyclé assez gris.

Aujourd'hui, cette version Kiosque en 85 volumes n'est plus distribuée il me semble et je me tourne donc vers l'édition simple en 42 tomes toujours éditée par Glénat.

Première apparition de Sangoku SS3.
The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth
The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth
As a member of the Tolkien Society I enjoy reading comments in the Society's periodicals and on its Facebook page about the latest advertisement identifying various places as having "inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write his masterpiece!" A few of these claims have some credibility, in that it is known that Tolkien visited or could have visited the site in question, but most are nonsensical: Tolkien never once set foot in Nepal, Iceland, or even Virginia. That is not to say, however, that Tolkien was not inspired by landscapes, ruins, and buildings he saw or read about, and that as a highly educated man of wide interests he and his writings were not influenced by what he read. In The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien John Garth presents us with a sumptuously illustrated book identifying and discussing places that can be solidly identified as having been important to him and to have affected his creative processes. The many illustrations are accompanied by Garth's enjoyable commentary, which is approachable to non-specialists without sacrificing scholarly rigor, as the many end notes attest.

The eleven chapters are each devoted to aspects of Tolkien's life and influences. Garth's careful and thorough research means that nearly every page contains new details, thoroughly annotated in the end notes. All are beautifully illustrated with color and black and white photographs as well as artwork from Tolkien himself and such artists as Pauline Baynes, Alan Lee, John Howe, and many others. I can't identify any particular chapter as a "favorite," because I find them all so fascinating in different ways, from English landscapes to Swiss Alpine grandeur to seascapes, caverns, and forests. I also enjoyed the sections dealing with archaeology and history, in which it becomes clear how rooted in reality Tolkien's descriptions of towers and fortresses really are. More poignantly, the chapter dealing with Tolkien's experiences as an officer at the Somme makes clear war's impact on him and his creations.

The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien is beautifully designed and constructed and might be considered a "coffee table book," though its value as a reference work is even greater than its "eye appeal." John Garth is the author of Tolkien and the Great War, an account of Tolkien and his three closest friends' lives before and during World War I which is justly considered a classic. His latest work fully deserves the same acclaim.
Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone (Cinema and Society)
Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone (Cinema and Society)
This is a great book by Christopher Frayling.

I am a huge fan of Sergio Leone, though I don't know all that much about non-Leone spaghetti westerns, so I really read the chapters that focus on Leone but not all the other chapters.

But this is a very interesting book for me. There's an in-depth discussion of Leone's films, as well as other spags, and Frayling places these films in context of the Italian film industry at the time.

At some points, in analyzing the films, Frayling gets into very technical language that a non-scholar like me may find to at times be not the easiest read. But still, this is a very interesting book. I highly recommend it for any fan of spaghetti Westerns and/or Sergio Leone.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: The Final Season (Season 3)
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: The Final Season (Season 3)
So I like this series a lot. It doesn't have magic, murder, brutality, sexual assaults or bad language. It's fabulous, just for that alone. Plus, even when the writing got corny, I still cared about the characters, and a few of the actors were good enough to pull off the corny writing - like Alex's transformation from ranch hand to financial wizard and recovering alcoholic. Well, okay, so the recovering alcoholic storyline was a throwaway issue to mix her up with Jack, but Alex was as believable as a CFO as she was as a ranch hand. Kudos to whats-her-name!

My other favorite storyline was Warren tangling with his father, Buck. At last, Warren got to pick on someone his own size! And it worked great. It was entertaining to watch, and almost made Warren a halfway relatable character instead of just being the obligatory jerk.

The roommate threesome with Rebekah, Lynnette and Justine was also entertaining. However, the long-lost sister storyline just got shredded by the writers. Seriously, any random stranger off the street could have written a better way to spring the news on Lynnette than just blurting out "Gloria's your sister."

I like Rebekah. Or, I like disliking Rebekah, and she makes her character obnoxious and likable at the same time.

Bob and Peggy are my favorite couple. They've got chemistry and are so believable together.

Grace and Cliff do not work together and they never have. Cliff was just gone, apparently dieting, for most of the season. Glad they whipped him into shape, but putting a simple cowboy together with elegant Grace just never worked for me. You ought to have a couple of things in common if you're going to get married.

And as for this season's big threesome . . . you know, I liked Olivia with Paul better than with Jack. Olivia had actual conversations with Paul. Her dialogue with Jack was mostly gushing about how great they were together, or having issues. Got boring. Paul was funny, engaging, and had things to talk about with Olivia. I thought ending it on that cliffhanger was totally unfair to the fans (hence the four stars instead of five).

And now I must rant about Judge Lockhart. Honesty, the writers just needed to google "Code of Judicial Conduct" and they would have found out that pretty much every time her judge duties came up in a storyline, she behaved in a way that would have gotten her thrown off the bench and probably disbarred. Judges are not supposed to even friend attorneys on facebook, much less friend-date them the way she hung out with Paul. And from previous seasons, Judges are never supposed to blackmail people (not even bad guys) or throw their authority around to pressure bad guys into doing the right thing (like when she got Grace's husband to go away). Judges are also not marriage counselors. She's so completely unethical as a judge.

And now that I've gotten all that off my chest, I do like this series. I wish they'd do a finale movie to resolve things. Will Lynnette ever like her sister? Will Rebekah get her job back? Will Paul find a good relationship? Will Justine get engaged for a third time to a guy who is wrong for her? Does Buck stay in Cedar Cove? Is Grace really going to live at a ranch where she has to smell manure every morning? You know, answer all the really *big* questions in the world.
Bleach: Volume 9 - The Entry (Episodes 33-36)
Bleach: Volume 9 - The Entry (Episodes 33-36)
Nothing kills a great series' momentum like a fluffy filler episode in the middle of a great, action-packed arc.

That's the primary problem with the ninth volume of "Bleach," which starts off with a goofy little episode involving Ichigo's little sisters. Fortunately, it doesn't take long for the attention to shift back to our heroes -- with a murder, a madman, and other fun developments in the soul Society.

Karin and Yuzu happen to encounter Don Kanonji, a goofy TV spiritualist whom Ichigo sort-of-befriended in the first season. Since he's not around Don Kanonji makes Karin and Yuzu -- along with Urahara's weird little assistants Jinta and Ururu -- his new "bad spirit" fighting team. And he needs it, because Karin's new cat seems to have a magnetic attraction for hollows...

Granted, it's not a terrible episode. It's fairly amusing, but placed right at the climax of a bloodspattered major fight, it's... distracting. Kinda frustrating too.

Anyway, back in the Soul Society, Renji is found by his friends, while Ichigo, Ganju and Hanataro flee into the sewers. While both combatants heal, they're blithely unaware of a new and horrible development -- young Lieutenant Momo Hinamori goes out looking for Captain Aizen, and finds him impaled high on a building. Obviously, this wasn't suicide or an accident.

Overcome with rage and sorrow, Momo turns her sword against the person she had already been warned about -- snakey, creepy Gin Ichimaru. As Soul Reapers turn against each other, Ichigo's little band makes its way toward Rukia's cell. But then they're hit by a staggering spiritual pressure -- and the owner of it is very interested in Ichigo...

The first episode, obviously, is a big shock to anyone who saw the heartrending, bloodstained episode that preceded it -- suddenly instead of Soul Reapers and rescues, we're faced with the flamboyantly obnoxious Don Kanonji and a gang of preteen Hollow-slayers. The whole thing with Yuzu and the cat is rather sweet, but the whole episode is pretty much disposable.

But the following three episodes almost make up for that -- a spiral of tense dialogue and Soul Reaper interaction, climaxing with Aizen's very dramatic, rather acrophobic murder. Then everything tightens to tripwire tautness. And unsurprisingly our heroes are now in even greater danger because they are suspected of murder, although it's pretty obvious none of them did it.

This volume also introduces us to Kenpachi "Kenny" Zaraki, a scarred, spiky-haired, eyepatched giant with big nasty grin and loads of spiritual energy. Turns out he just LOVES fighting, and Ichigo is his dream opponent. He's a pretty fun character, but also kind of scary -- and that little pink-haired girl on his shoulder is even scarier, to be honest.

The regulars don't get as much attention in this volume. But a lot of other Soul Reapers get attention in this -- Hanataro gets to provide some medical care and comic relief, Gin the creepiness, and Momo and Kira get fleshed out considerably right before they go for each other's throats. It's a pretty shocking confrontation, and promises to get even more interesting later.

One mildly amusing, irrelevant episode shatters the main storyline's momentum, but the pivotal murder and the rising fight with Zaraki make this a must-see for Bleach fans.
Tomorrow Never Dies
Tomorrow Never Dies
After the James Bond PG-13 revolution that began with "Licence To Kill" and continued with Pierce Brosnan's first appearance in the outstanding "Goldeneye," this episode directed by Roger Spottiswoode, takes a half a step backward. Not that there aren't some exciting sequences and some funny double entendres but the series seems to have fallen back on non-stop gunfights and ridiculous enemies.

Here the evil-doer is Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a megalomaniacal media mogul. He's bent on creating world-wide disasters so that his newspapers and non-stop news stations can get the scoop on everyone else. Evidently China has prevented him from establishing a news empire within the country, so he decides to create a potentially war-starting confrontation between China and England. He and his science nerd (Ricky Jay) have stolen some type of GPS device from the Americans. They use it to manipulate the positioning readings on a British destroyer so that it shows they are well off the coast of the Chinese mainland. In fact they are within the 12 mile territorial limit.

The Chinese air force sends a couple fighters out as a warning but the Brits insist they are not that close. All the while, Carver and his compatriots have created a stealth ship and an interesting torpedo shaped drilling device. When used against the navy ship, it sinks along with its Patriot missiles. Easy access for the bad guys and the various governments don't even know where the ship really is. Oh, and they shoot down one of the Chinese MIGs, just to really piss everybody off.

Bond is sent to investigate as Carver's new wife, Paris (Teri Hatcher) is an old flame of Bond's. She doesn't last long as she obviously can't resist 007's charms which gets her in trouble with her sugar daddy. As Bond recovers the GPS device, he gets to show off the newly improved BMW 750i. You might remember after all the promotional hype of BMW in "Goldeneye," its only appearance was a drive down an airport runway by CIA agent Jack Wade (Joe Don Baker) in a Z-3. They made up for it here in an inventive drive by 007 in the backseat, driving the car by remote control installed on his phone. There's also a terrific scene with Bond and Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) on a BMW motorcycle. Wai Lin is a Chinese agent trying to find out what's what herself. Yeoh adds a bit of class to the film and is an appropriate counterpart to Bond's suaveness.

So what does the PG-13 get us? Well, a bit more carnage, a bit more skin and some interesting conversation. I especially liked the scene near the beginning where Bond is taking language lessons from a Scandinavian linguist...in bed of course. On the phone with Ms. Moneypenny (Samantha Bond), she says to Bond, "You always were a cunning linguist, James." `M' (Judy Dench) walks up behind her and Moneypenny says "Don't ask." `M' replies "Don't tell." Overall this is a satisfying and entertaining James Bond film. Even with the excessive shoot out on Carver's stealth boat, some of the other scenes solidify Brosnan as an excellent James Bond.

The Blu ray disc comes with a 1080p video resolution and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The picture looks great. Colors are limited but look very good. I could see no problems with digital noise and no remnants of scratches or other video crud. Detail, black levels and skin tones were all excellent. The audio comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 option and it is terrific just like its predecessor. The surrounds are fully active and there is plenty to surround yourself with including missiles, jets, gunfights, car and motorcycle engines racing, helicopters, and a pretty good soundtrack by David Arnold. A modest less-than-great title song is performed by Sheryl Crow and over the closing credits k.d. lange sings "Surrender." Subtitles are available in Spanish, French, English SDH, Portuguese, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish. There a too many extras to list here but count on commentary tracks, an isolated music track, extended and deleted scenes, music videos, several featurettes and more.
Diary of a Wimpy Harry Potter: The Cowardly Wizard: Hillarious Story Of a Wimppy Harry Potter (Perfect For Kids Ages 9-12)
Diary of a Wimpy Harry Potter: The Cowardly Wizard: Hillarious Story Of a Wimppy Harry Potter (Perfect For Kids Ages 9-12)
This is the story of Harry Potter—no, not that Harry Potter.

Harry’s been sent to a magic prison called Hogwartz. He’s good with a yo-yo, but he’s not a talented wizard.

The dialogue was open and honest, and I think it was actually better than the real Harry Potter books, although the kid did talk a little too much. The whole thing was written in a language that you could actually understand and relate to much better than the Harry Potter books.

Of course, there was far too much wizardry stuff for my liking, but the kid was fairly smart and witty. I also liked the drawings.
El Libro de los Baltimore (Spanish Edition)
El Libro de los Baltimore (Spanish Edition)
Compré este libro tras leer su magnífica anterior novela La Verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert, pensando encontrar algo parecido, por lo menos pensando que siendo el mismo autor por su estilo de escritura ésta también me gustaría como me ha pasado con otros autores. Pero nada más lejos de la realidad, es soporífera, la historia sobre esta familia no llega a intrigarme lo más mínimo, los saltos temporales tan bien aprovechados en su anterior novela en ésta la hace más confusa, con lo que se alarga desesperadamente una trama insulsa, sin ninguna emoción. Te esperas casi desde el principio lo que va a pasar y eso hace su lectura todavía más pesada porque sabes que no va a mejorar. Ni siquiera el tan cacareado "drama" que se anuncia cada dos por tres me llega a ilusionar porque está tan retrasado su abordaje que cuando lo cuenta ya solo estás leyendo el libro por inercia y deseando que se acabe para empezar otro.
LEGO Traffic Accessories polybag (xtra) 40311
LEGO Traffic Accessories polybag (xtra) 40311
Great product and a good shipping speed, but I returned this item as I could purchase it directly from LEGO for less than half of the cost on Amazon. I returned this and bought two from LEGO and it was only $2 more after paying for shipping.
Deluxe Pop-up Book: Chamber Of Secrets: A Deluxe Pop-up Book (Harry Potter)
Deluxe Pop-up Book: Chamber Of Secrets: A Deluxe Pop-up Book (Harry Potter)
I definitely consider myself a pop up book consumer and these really are great pop up books. So much detail, but be aware that because of the great amount of detail they are hard to get in pristine condition. Most of the "pop ups" are easy to repair If you are knowledgeable about fixing pop up books. And depending on the condition that you find it in it could be better or worse.
Cuoka Opal Earrings Lightning Bolt Earrings 925 Sterling Silver Small Stud Earrings Hypoallergenic Thunder Earrings Flash Studs for Women
Cuoka Opal Earrings Lightning Bolt Earrings 925 Sterling Silver Small Stud Earrings Hypoallergenic Thunder Earrings Flash Studs for Women
I love these!!! I have very sensitive ears, and these don't bother me at all, in fact, they have stayed in my second hole since they were gifted to me. I lost one in the pool and got the link from my friend so I could immediately replace it. The quality is great for the money. These are beautiful, they're light, and they're not plated, so they don't tarnish or irritate my skin.
LAIKETE 12" 3D Mobile Phone Screen Magnifier with Bluetooth Speakers, Anti-Blue Light Cell Phone Screen Amplifier Enlarger for Movie,Video and Gaming, Compatible All Smartphones
LAIKETE 12" 3D Mobile Phone Screen Magnifier with Bluetooth Speakers, Anti-Blue Light Cell Phone Screen Amplifier Enlarger for Movie,Video and Gaming, Compatible All Smartphones
This is EXACTLY what was needed for my nightly books, - friend at work Recommended this to me- since my eyesight has been declining, and reading at night has become difficult.. the magnification is very vivid and clear.
Sound is just what you would expect for a speaker this size. Just what I needed..
I’ve even found it to be great at keeping the kids entertained watching YouTube videos on my phone while they visit me at work.
It’s lightweight and easy to transport.
I couldn't be happier! It came with everything needed to get started and setting up was a breeze. Took literally seconds to connect to my iPhone X.
Very happy with this purchase, total value!
MakerHawk 2PCS 4 Ohm 3 Watt Speaker for A rduino Single Cavity Mini Speaker Full-Range Cavity Mobile Portable Advertising Machine Speaker with 11mm Line Length JST-PH2.0mm-2 pin Terminal
MakerHawk 2PCS 4 Ohm 3 Watt Speaker for A rduino Single Cavity Mini Speaker Full-Range Cavity Mobile Portable Advertising Machine Speaker with 11mm Line Length JST-PH2.0mm-2 pin Terminal
These MakerHawk 8ohm 3 Watt speakers are designed for 3.3volt and 5volt arduino projects but i can confirm that tgey work as general purpose audio project soeakers.

I purchased three pairs of 8ohm 3 Watt speakers on amazon fro three different manufacturers in the hopes of choosing a pair to add to my OQO model 02 umpc.

I decided to purchase 8ohm speakers since they require less power and because the onboard soundcard of my umpc is designed to drive a single paper thin piezo speaker.

I made a playlist on tge Winamp audio player program on my Windows XP Pro SP3 OQO model02 umpc with electronic genre music which has a wide range of both high and low frequencies. I turned the volume all the way up and bypassed the onboard OQO model 02's single paper thin quarter sized piezo speaker located on the plastic cooling fan housing which reproduces nothing but higher frequencies and clips very often when crank up tge volume between 60% and 100%. I temporarily touched the leads of all three speakers one at a time during my test.

The smallest speaker is oval shaped and has a clear mylar cone. It iss about 10% louder and has improved the bass response from (non existant) to the amount of low frequency production of a smartphone speaker. The smallest speaker is a (no go) for my project.

The medium sized speaker has a black wraved fabric cone. It is about 30% louder and the bass response is improved from (non existant) to the amount of low frequency production of a netbook speaker. I atribute the improved bass response to the boxed housing and breathing port. I noticed a lot of cliping on the higher frequencies with this speaker similar to the onboard piezo speaker. The medium speaker is a (no go) for my project.

The large MakerHawk soeaker has a textured metal cone and black foam surrounding. When i touched the leads of the large MakerHawk speaker i was amazed at how much volume and low frequencies were being produced from such a tiny speaker. The overall volume is increased by 400% and the bass response is increased from non existant to about the low frequency production of a small keychain bluetooth speaker.

I plan to permanently attach two of these speakers to either sude of my OQO umpc. It will now have two front facing speakers which together will produce many times more volume with some much wanted low frequency bass response.

The plastic boxed housing is very sturdy and improves the low frequencies. There is no breathing port on the boxed housing which i might add by using a 1/8 of an inch drill bit.

The leads are nice and thick which is always a plus for sound transfer. The two onboard screw hole brackets allow for secure mounting even though i only need one of them.

They also look beautiful with their shiny textured metal cones. I have always liked the look of metal cones vs. clear mylar, black paper, or weaved fabric cones.

You will love adding them to your mods and projects.
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Well made and fitting item, washes nicely and maintains proper fit. Color options are great as I ordered multiple items. Customer service immediately addressed concerns that I had regarding my package, gave me directions and suggestions, maintained constant communication and contacted me in a timely manner when I contacted them. My issue was resolved and as a customer I truly appreciate having a positive experience and no run around.
I am definitely a satisfied customer and I highly recommend these shirts and this company and its services. Thank you for the positive buying experience👍🏼. I will definitely do business you again.
Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska
One warning, if you suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts, this book may not be a good story to read. The depth of this book, in terms of looking at depression, suicide and loss, really surprised me. I have been trying to find books to help me understand several people I have personally known well, two of whom committed suicide, and my oldest brother who drank himself to death. I have found it really difficult, but helpful, to find books that might help me get my head around the fact that no matter how well we think we know someone, or want to help them, mental health disorders, depression and suicide have sides to them that make it difficult to actually understand the depth of their problem. So, after reading other books like Thirteen Reasons Why, All the Bright Places, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and others, this book Looking For Alaska had so many poignant points that I found more helpful than the other books.

First off, John Green’s characters were well constructed in terms of the tight knit circle of freinds who were there for each other, going through many of the issues of belonging, where do I fit in, etc, of the teenage angst many go through. Much of this book made me think of the more recent pain my daughter went through in high school, which was brutal at times. But, these are timeless issues, and it was easy to think back to my own issues many years ago. Alaska Young, the main character, was very well written. She was beautiful, funny, smart, well liked (to a point), but there were moody, unpredictable sides of her that were hard to understand (which is very true of depression and mental healt issues). Our storyteller Pudge, is smitten with her, as most guys her age would be. And they become best friends. But, there is The Colonel, Pudge’s roommate, funny, smart, with a huge chip on his shoulder for rich and priveledged kids their age. He is likeable and very smart, as well. He has also known Alaska for several years and knows how moody and capricious she can be. Other members of their group take in Takumi and Lara. As the story shows the fitting in issues, Alaska is a character it’s so easy to like. She’s full of life, brightens up the room with her smile and coquettish behavior, but, what’s also likeable, she is always clear with anyone that she has a boyfriend she adores.

Two main themes throughout the narrative is that Pudge is driven by a quote he read, that is now directing his life, which states
“I go seek a Great Perhaps.” He is looking for more. Alaska is obsessed with something she read in a novel talking about the struggle of life, which states, “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” As the story continues, you realize that Alaska flies off the handle, suddenly withdraws from everyone, and no one can understand this side of her. Most of all Pudge. One of Pudge’s and Alaska’s classes together is religion and philosophy. This is a great tool used by the the author to confront many of the issues unfolding.

To get to the point, as you see Alaska boldly act brazenly at times, impetuously, and take blame before a panel that caught them all smoking, and other things along these lines, her behavior seems at times self destructive. She drinks a lot and even makes a comment to her friends, when asked why she chain smokes at times, inhaling so hard, she says she does it to kill herself. Green does a great job making her complex in ways that people with mental health issues are really complex. They can be hard to understand and unpredictable. And this is Alaska.

There is a point in the book, when they are all drinking heavily, and Alaska suggest they play a drinking game and tell their best day ever, and their worst day ever. They’re all very drunk. And Alaska admits that when she was a little girl, her mother died of an aneurysm right in front of her, and she had didn’t know what to do, but just sat with her waiting for her to wake up. And when her father came home he made it clear that it was her fault her mother died. Why didn’t she call 911? And so on. We find out Alaska is a tortured person and can’t break free of it. Needless to say, later in the story, while all drinking, Alaska gets a phone call in the middle of the night from her boyfriend. No one knows what’s said, but she is horribly distraught and crying uncontrollable, and she has to leave, has to get out, and she tears off and she dies that night. And the big question is was it suicide? And of course, her friends helped her leave because she “had to” so badly. And now they are tortured by the reality that they could have stopped her.

The kinds of questioning and guilt Green discribes is so astute and tears at your heart if you have ever suffered real loss of a loved one, especially if it was from suicide or under tragic circumstances. The Religion class resurfaces as it turns out Alaska had written her final essay paper on “How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?” The teacher, who admired Alaska, and in helping students cope, he puts her question on the blackboard, and he turns her question into an essay question for them final exam for everyone to grapple with. This was a clever device in the story as Pudge comes to grips, and we as the readers try to understand the seemingly senseless loss. The Pudge’s essay answer is a wonderful wrap up to the story. He uses things they learned from Buddhism to state things like, all things that come together will fall apart, and all things are interconnected, so that the loss of Alaska, she isn’t truly lost. “Maybe she was just matter, and matter gets recycled.” But, Pudge also realizes that even as sad and tragic as Alaska’s life was, it didn’t have to end that way. Pudge writes, “Awful things are survivable,” and he wishes he could have told Alaska that. And that we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.
Hanes Boxeador sin etiqueta con cintura ComfortFlex
Hanes Boxeador sin etiqueta con cintura ComfortFlex
I've been a loyal Hanes customer for years, but as with so many other manufacturers and their products, the quality has noticeably declined.

When I received the new pairs, the difference in quality was immediately obvious, especially in the fabric itself.

Just for kicks, I put a new pair and an old pair on my head, over my eyes. I could easily see through the thin fabric of the new pair, but I could just barely see through the fabric of the older pair. And the older pair feels better, too.

After washing them, I noticed that a lot of threads needed trimming and the waist bands are not as good as they once were.

You could easily get away with wearing these, but the quality is lacking. Had these been of better quality, I would have stocked up as usual. Instead I ended up buying my underwear from Duluth Trading Co, and making rags out of every last pair of these Hanes.

By the way, the cost of Duluth Trading products is a bit higher, but I find them worth it. The quality is outstanding. Wait for a sale if you plan on buying from them - they are fairly regular and worth the wait. You'll be spoiled though so keep that in mind.
Melitta 3er Pack Perfect Clean Kaffeevollautomaten Inhalt 4 Tabs à 1,8g - 1500791 -
Melitta 3er Pack Perfect Clean Kaffeevollautomaten Inhalt 4 Tabs à 1,8g - 1500791 -
 Nachdem ich von meinem Kaffeevollautomaten (Melitta Cafeo Solo) angezeigt bekommen habe das ich die Maschine reinigen soll, habe ich mich zum ersten mal mit Reinigungstabletten beschäftigt.

Als ich die Preise der original Melitta-Tabletten gesehen habe ist mir erst mal schwindelig geworden und ich habe ein wenig recherchiert. Schnell bin ich auf die, durchweg gut bewerteten, Reinigungstabletten von K (Kaffeereiniger 24) gestoßen.

Ja, ok, diese Tabs machen ihren Job. Aber das nur so olala. Wenn ich diesen Reinigungsprozess mit den original Reinigungstabletten von Melitta mache, ist das Wasser „brauner“, welches bei dem Reinigungsprozess aus der Maschine kommt, was darauf schließen lässt, das es das Kaffeeöl besser löst und die Maschine anschließend sauberer ist, als wie mit den günstigen Reinigungstabletten.

In jedem der drei Pakete befinden sich vier, einzeln verpackte Reinigungstabs. Das macht bei drei Paketen insgesamt 12 Tabs.

Der Preis für eine Original Tablette von Melitta ist 86 Cent. Die günstigen Tabletten kosten gerade mal 8 Cent.

Jetzt muss sich natürlich jeder fragen ob er bereit ist den gut 10fachen Preis für die Reinigungstabletten von Melitta zu bezahlen. Aber da ich z.B. meine Maschine nur ca. alle drei Monate reinigen muss, ist es mir die 86 Cent auch wert. So habe ich die Gewissheit, dass die Maschine auch wirklich richtig sauber ist und das Mahlwerk nicht irgendwann verklebt.

Übrigens ist jede Tablette einzeln in Alufolie verpackt. Das ist jetzt nicht die umweltfreundlichste Variante, sorgt aber dafür, dass die Tabletten keine Feuchtigkeit ziehen und unbrauchbar werden.

Vielen Dank das Sie sich die Zeit genommen haben um meine Rezension zu lesen. Ich hoffe das ich Ihnen damit ein wenig behilflich sein konnte.
Jelly Belly Licorice Pastels - 1 Pound (16 Ounces) Resealable Bag - Genuine, Official, Straight from the Source
Jelly Belly Licorice Pastels - 1 Pound (16 Ounces) Resealable Bag - Genuine, Official, Straight from the Source
Licorice is my cocaine. I don't use tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. I love licorice. I have bought it for 40 years, and ordered it from Finland when in college. Good candy coated licorice has a crispy and shiny coating. The licorice is soft, flavorful, and chewy. It becomes hard with time, and the candy coating becomes dull, and mushy. TWO of three Amazon sellers (so far) provided me with a horrible product - dull and mushy coating over licorice that is hard. I rated them at their site. I dislike being negative, but my opinion is based on purchases all across America - and in Finland. The jelly belly product is excellent. I just ordered my third shipment.

Amazon should be complimented for selling two of the earth's best licorice brands - Panda from Finland (my brand), and Kookaburra from Australia. Note -- licorice is not an American product. It is imported -- and it seems some candy companies store it here until it becomes STALE, and then they sell it to Americans who apparently can't tell the poor quality.
Be sure to read the reviews carefully. ALSO, excessive licorice intake can have negative medical effects. Google search.
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Panda – Regaliz Soft Chews Negro
Panda – Regaliz Soft Chews Negro
Panda Licorice is relatively soft and easy to chew. It has VERY few ingredients and is probably one of the healthiest licorice out there. Although I've had sweeter licorice over the years, PANDA is the real deal! Added benefit: Effective constipation relief for some.

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