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Who Was George Washington Carver?
Who Was George Washington Carver?
I like how it lets my son know he can be more than just a Athlete or entertainer. He can go as far as he can believe if know the people that came from a much harder time than him did.
Bravado Beatles 'Hard Days Night' Queen 4 Piece Sheet Set
Bravado Beatles 'Hard Days Night' Queen 4 Piece Sheet Set
This vivid and cheerful Beatles comforter set, will make quite a statement in my son's otherwise dreary dorm room! So far it has dominated his room's color palette with matching red, white, and blue towels, black fridge, microwave, storage crates etc. The comforter is pleasantly smooth to the touch, very pliable and it has no loose threads or imperfections. In addition to the included Union Jack pillowcase, I purchased a black and white John Lennon pillowcase to add to the ensemble which makes the set look a little more "grown up" and sophisticated for a university student. Unfortunately, since the coordinating bedding isn't available in Twin-XL, I purchased a "black" sheet set which looks great because it accentuates the Union Jack pillowcase, making it stand out that make more! So don't be timid about experimenting with other coordinating sheet sets especially in red, white or blue! This comforter set is guaranteed to add a remarkable splash of color to any room! Perfect for the "Beatles fan" in the family!
Love And Theft
Love And Theft
Sandwiched between the 1997 Grammy-winning `Time out of Mind' and the equally excellent `Modern Times' in 2006, "Love and Theft" (the album's title is intentionally in quotes) was famously released to the world on 11th September 2001, its launch understandably eclipsed by other news of the day. This album is therefore central to Dylan's impressive late-in-life canon of work as a mature artist.

L&T paints on a broad canvas the varied colors of rock and roll, slow blues and R&B, bluegrass, rockabilly and country styles; it's an odyssey through American folk styles and as great as anything Dylan has produced in a long career of outstanding creativity.

With a trademark-ironic quip, Dylan himself said of the album "I think of it as a `Greatest Hits' album - without the hits". As so often with Dylan this throw-away line conceals a hidden truth: many of the songs are sing-able and get the feet tapping. Lyrically, these slice-of-life stories in the great American folk tradition sound bang up-to-date: is this why his music never seems to age?

It's hard to pick out individual songs in a collection so universally excellent, but "Mississippi" (an unused leftover from the `Time out of Mind' sessions re-recorded for L&T) has a rare repeat-play-please poignancy and was described by Rolling Stone as "A drifter's love song that seems to sum up Dylan's entire career, a rambling classic that ranks up there with `Tangled up in Blue'."

Bob Dylan shows no sign of going off the boil with age, or of hanging up his guitar. He really is truly the heir to his teenage idol Woody Guthrie, yet has reached global audiences Guthrie could never hope for. His uniqueness is in his refusal to be pigeionholed or typecast and he is, and always has been, his own man with his own unique vision and style. He is in some ways his own genre, all by himself. Long may he thrive.
Side Tracks
Side Tracks
This collection is for fans only. It' a great import-only compilation, mainly of the unreleased tracks that were originally featured on Biograph. For good measure, Sony Japan threw in the unreleased tracks from Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and the single tracks George Jackson (available nowhere else, as far as I know), Series Of Dreams from Greatest Hits Vol. 3 & Things Have Changed (from Essential Bob Dylan and The Wonder Boys soundtrack). It also comes with a booklet of lyrics, in Japanese & English.
The only downsides: The CD artwork seems to have been created for the LP format, as it breaks the tracks out into Side 1, Side 2, Side 3, etc. And it's literally unreadable without a magnifying glass, and I mean beyond the usual CD-size font. Too bad because the package is really nice. The Groom Still Waiting at the Altar should have been included, as that was on Biograph-only, until it was subsequently added to the CD of Shot of Love. Also, the version of Dignity included in this set is not the 'single' version from Greatest Hits Vol 3, mixed by Brendan O'Brien; it's either a different mix or a different take altogether.
All that said, it's still a terrific comp for the completists among us. Like me. Worth the dough.
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (11th Edition) (Core Series)
Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (11th Edition) (Core Series)
The book is overall very good in that the writing is concise, informative, and even largely fun to read for a programming language book. But this series is very strangely organized, and you should be aware of this.

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

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

These books in tandem might do you well, but know that going in. The Fundamentals book by itself is really not sufficient to stand alone usefully.
Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days Eighth Edition
Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days Eighth Edition
I thought that after five editions and some really nice comments I was in for a pretty good book. No way. In addition to the problems mentioned by PMD1973 there's a lot of code in examples that are not explained and the language is often unclear and apparently contradictory.

"A variable or method declared without an access control modifier is available to any other class in the same package. The Java Class Library is organized into packages such as javax.swing, which is windowing classes for use primarily in graphical user interface programming, and java.util, a useful group of utility classes.

Any variable declared without a modifier can be read or changed by any other class in the same package. Any method declared the same way can be called by any other class in the same package. No other classes can access these elements in any way."

Perhaps using a Kindle instead of an emulator would solve technical problems then one would only have to deal with the language problems that might be solved with significant editing.
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
This book is clearly tailored for somewhat intense Computer Science Undergrad Program's first year course. I say that because it's not exactly the quickest path to learning your first language; it's more focused on big computer science concepts as it is on the Java language itself. If someone is completely new to programming it might be a bit overwhelming to not be given solid practice with a language before talking about complex subjects like recursive implementation of sorting and searching algorithms and their Time Complexity measurements as this book does.

I have my reservations about the currently accepted choice of Java as the first "teaching language" in most universities but here is where the book shines: it does a great job of framing Java within the world of other languages. Lower level features not in Java like pointers are talked about. The book works with a non-standard library called stdlib which emulates C's printf as well as some providing some really nice classes for creating graphical elements, bridging the gap to higher level languages like Javascript and providing the satisfaction of some real feedback. I believe this library is authored at Princeton University, where the book is used.

If you are a self-learner looking to learn your first language I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you're a very fast learner or you supplement it with some real Java language learning and practice. The latter might even be my recommendation if you are using this text book in college and don't already have some programming experience.
FitMiss Delight Protein Powder, Nutritional Shake, Vanilla Chai, 2 Pounds, 39 Servings
FitMiss Delight Protein Powder, Nutritional Shake, Vanilla Chai, 2 Pounds, 39 Servings
This product was not what I was hoping for. I did a ton of research on the best protein powders for women who lift. I know this is a product that advertises as a dietary supplement and can help weight loss, but it was top rated on many websites for being a good protein for women lifting and getting in shape. I ordered the vanilla chai flavor hoping it wouldn't taste like "protein powder" does (super chalky), because most reviews on the chocolate claimed it tasted like that, and I don't like cappuccino in general. The taste was not what I was expecting. It was super sweet and was almost too much to even choke down. I mixed the powder with almond milk and drank it in the morning with some eggs for breakfast. After finally choking it all down, it made me terribly sick. I vomited it all up, and couldn't get the awful taste out of my mouth. I have taken protein before. In high school I would have protein shakes combined with lifting and participating in whatever sport I was in at the time. Protein has never upset my stomach before. This product was highly disappointing, and to add to it I had ordered the preworkout in this same brand (FitMiss Ignite strawberry margarita flavor), and had an ALLERGIC REACTION to that. I will not be purchasing any more of their products and will not recommend it to anyone. I returned the tub that had just one scoop out of it for my money back.
GISIAN 300Watt Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC with LCD Display, Dual USB Ports and 2 AC Outlets, Perfect for Smartphones Laptops Tablets
GISIAN 300Watt Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC with LCD Display, Dual USB Ports and 2 AC Outlets, Perfect for Smartphones Laptops Tablets
I bought this "True Sine Wave Inverter " a bit over a week ago; I purchased it after buying, and returning, a regular Power Inverter from an Auto Parts Store.

I knew I needed a True Sine Wave Inverter and I read all of the reviews on the majority of the Power Inverters on Amazon. All of the reviews I read spoke about how loud the Inverters Fan noise is.....this particular Inverter is more than Whisper Quiet; even holding the Inverter next to my ear I can barely make out a very muted whisper of a sound.

I love the fact that this Inverter also monitors my vehicle's battery power. Prior to getting this Inverter, I had to have my car jumped off about every three nights/mornings.

I bought this Inverter because I went Homeless, back in November. Just because I'm Homeless doesn't mean I can't continue to work. I have two Laptops connected, usually, all the time.; I also power my Electric Shaver, Cell Phones, et cetera. I'm going to try a regular Mr. Coffee next.

I highly recommend this True Sine Wave Power Inverter. It is totally awesome! When I get the monies, I plan on getting the 1000 Watt True Sine Wave Power Inverter.
CONNOISSEURS 1050 Diamond Dazzle Stick (Тwо Расk)
CONNOISSEURS 1050 Diamond Dazzle Stick (Тwо Расk)
I was so impressed! My diamonds looked like I just got a professional jewelry store cleaning. What I have not gotten from other jewelry cleaners is the polishing component. My gold and silver are so shiny. Next level clean. I cleaned every piece of real jewelry I own. The brush is great to get behind the stones. If you don't get that dirt out, the stone will appear dull. I won’t go back to the liquid cleaners. Love this stuff!

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