Leonel Morales

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Jump Start Web Performance
Jump Start Web Performance
Jump Start Web Performance by Craig Buckler. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Aprende PHP y MySQL (Spanish Edition)
Aprende PHP y MySQL (Spanish Edition)
Aprende PHP y MySQL (Spanish Edition) by Juan Diego Gutiérrez Gallardo. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon
Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon
Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon by Joseph W. Ruder. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Ivory Snuff Box: A Mystery Thriller
The Ivory Snuff Box: A Mystery Thriller
The Ivory Snuff Box: A Mystery Thriller by Frederic Arnold Kummer. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Fall of Crazy House
The Fall of Crazy House
The Fall of Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 235 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I by Stephen King, Tim Curry, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 399 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Das Institut
Das Institut
Das Institut by Stephen King, David Nathan, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 396 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Needful Things
Needful Things
Needful Things by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 926 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy Book 1)
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy Book 1)
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen Lawhead. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 283 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Stand Omnibus
The Stand Omnibus
The Stand Omnibus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 53 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
La caja de botones de Gwendy
La caja de botones de Gwendy
La caja de botones de Gwendy by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Death of Kings: A Novel (Saxon Tales Book 6)
Death of Kings: A Novel (Saxon Tales Book 6)
Death of Kings: A Novel (Saxon Tales Book 6) by Bernard Cornwell. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1369 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Object-Oriented Programming and Java
Object-Oriented Programming and Java
Object-Oriented Programming and Java by Danny Poo, Derek Kiong, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks
TOP 30 Java Interview Coding Tasks by Matthew Urban. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Course Ilt Java Programming
Course Ilt Java Programming
Course Ilt Java Programming by Course Technology. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition
Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition by John VanDyk. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
CNC Programming using Fanuc Custom Macro B
CNC Programming using Fanuc Custom Macro B
CNC Programming using Fanuc Custom Macro B by S.K Sinha. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Warren Buffett: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
Warren Buffett: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
There is nothing worthwhile reading in this entire book. I have read many financial books, including biographies of well known investors. This book reads like a sloppy wikipedia article (seemed like it was seriously written at a 2nd grade reading level). There are only a handful of facts about Warren's early life that keep getting repeated over and over. The "life lessons" are cliche after cliche with no concrete or truly inspirational ideas. Moreover, there is no author or publisher even listed within the entire book. This is clearly some sort of scam book haphazardly put together to earn a few bucks by enticing people to buy it by putting Warren Buffett's picture on the cover. Save your money, read his wikipedia page for more detailed history, and buy a real book about Warren Buffett.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
This is an enhanced reprint of the original, with additional study questions/ discussion and review added at the end of every chapter. I bought the original about 18 years ago and it changed my families destiny for the better. I am glad the reprint came out as it prompted me to reread it and deepen my understanding.
Some people complain that this book does not give a step by step process for change. I would counter that one size shoe does not fit all feet. There are many individual paths to wealth, and Kiyosaki sets the guiding stars to navigate by, but you have to walk your own individual road.

Some key concepts of this book are: 1) Assets put money in your pocket even when you are on vacation. Liabilities take money out of your pocket, therefore your house is a liability [unless you rent out rooms and the garage as one person I know did while rebuilding his asset base].
2) Wealthy people buy assets first, and then let their assets buy their luxuries from the surplus cash flow.
3) Wealthy people continuously increase their assets by reinvesting their surplus cash flow in more assets.
4) There are 3 primary asset classes: Real Estate, Businesses, and Paper assets (stocks bonds notes, etc)
5) Cash Flow is more important than Net Worth. Net Worth is similar to potential energy, to use it you have to spend it, then it is gone. Cash Flow is like power from a hydroelectric dam, constantly replenished.
The rich don't work for money, they work for assets.
The tax laws are fair from the standpoint that the laws that the rich spent billions of dollars to have modified and interpreted apply to everyone who learns how to use them.

A great foundation book for beginning to improve your financial intelligence so that you don't work 4 or more month's of every year for the Tax man, more months for the banks that hold your mortgage and credit cards, and whatever is left making the company you work for wealthy. Good luck on your journey to being Rich, poor, or middle class.
Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment
Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment
The son of one of world's richest billionaires, Peter Buffett received from his dad what many could call a dubitable inheritance: a $90K check at age 19. Period. Peter was raised to expect nothing unearned. He understood from early on that his father's substantial fortune would never trickle down his way, because he needed to find his own path, prove himself, make his own living, and discover his self-worth, self-respect, and the meaning of his life all on his own. His true inheritance was less tangible: uncompromising moral and ethical values, true love of knowledge and learning, and a strong work ethic that was based not on acquiring wealth but on committing to his passion. Eventually Peter carved out his own successful career as a music composer and author, and later also created a way to give back to society by starting a foundation that helps girls and women find equality and opportunities.

Children born to wealth are often passionless or indifferent: they have little motivation to work because they take everything for granted. Oftentimes, as well, parents misguidedly give to their children in excess, trying to make up for their own lacks while growing up. This little book offers many insights that may help all find the right attitude and perspective to discover true passion and joy in their lives.
Visionaries: Top 10 Billionaire's Greatest Secrets to Success. (Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezo,The Walton Family,Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates,Elon Musk,Warren Buffet,Michael Bloomberg)
Visionaries: Top 10 Billionaire's Greatest Secrets to Success. (Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezo,The Walton Family,Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates,Elon Musk,Warren Buffet,Michael Bloomberg)
Learning what make these people successful and how they continue to maintain that success left me awed. These 10 billionaires not only climbed to the top of their industries but also became some of the richest people in the world. I feel so inspired on how this book covers about how these people earned the money that they have right now. Some ideas I’ve learned that through determination, grit, and a bit of luck anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success.
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
Fantastic guide. Useful for all job-seekers, but a must read for incoming MBA students!!! Very practical and clear.

Remember it's a whole system and follow it once exactly. Trust the system! Make sure you understand how all the parts work together before making changes. Also, do the whole process again if you have significant changes (or even if you want to pursue two industries at once!). It goes much faster the second time. For incoming MBA students that don't know where they want to go, I recommend doing it for every industry you think you might be interested in. Do the LAMP process early and you will have a good grasp of unfamiliar industries & companies.

NEGATIVES: Two small down-sides.

First, the book is already getting out-dated as technology changes. I was easily able to adapt it, but maybe in 5 years they need a new, updated release.

Second, I found the process mostly led me to the big names in my industry. I'm not sure if that's true for everyone, it may be a result of me switching industries and just beginning to learn about a new industry. My recommendation below may help with that a little bit. Otherwise, if you don't just want a list of the biggest names, think about how you can keep a narrow focus.

RECOMMENDATION: The rest of this review is a long description of how to tweak the system. This will make more sense AFTER you complete the whole LAMP process, including the sorting.

In the first few chapters, he talks about the LAMP list. It works, but might need some tweaks. The "M" stand for motivation and is a 5-min process where you simply identify how motivated you feel about working for that company. I totally understand the theory behind it, but have found that some people need more of a break down for the "M", especially if you don't know much about the companies. It can help to make a few columns that break down your motivation into different categories. These should be VERY EASY to find (like glassdoor / wikipedia first page - you don't want to take more than 10 -15 minutes per extra category). Pick 2-3 categories that are important to you, then sort as you prefer (maybe name recognition (N) first, then location(L)) and then assign a single motivation score to each company. I recommend using the 2 categories to come up with ONE motivation score that you then put into the original LAMP list. If you add these two columns into the LAMP, for example making it LA(NL)P... you might get your sorting dominated by the two new motivation components.

Here are some ideas:

♦ Location of headquarters: 3=favorite cities, 2=could live there a few years, 1=don't want to live there
♦ Size (decide what size you want): 3=best size (1,000+ employees or 10-50 person start up), 2= next nearest size, etc
♦ Name recognition: 3=Top name in your industry, 2=big name, 1= hey, at least they're in the right industry
♦ Glassdoor score (a proxy for corporate culture - don't read the reviews, keep focused! Don't include companies with less than a certain number of reviews (ie 3 reviews that give a 3 star average isn't helpful): 4=4-5 star reviews, 3=3-4 star review, 2=2-3 star review, 1= NOT ENOUGH REVIEWS (re-evaluate those separately)
♦ Work-life balance: This one is hard to research quickly, but glassdoor reviews often focus on it. Maybe a simple Y/N based ont he first page of glassdoor reviews would be sufficient. If a company has terrible balance, that should show up. Good balance might also show up. But many companies might be unclear (some ppl say yes, some say no) - in that case, maybe try for a 3=good, 2=unclear, 1=bad system.
♦ Culture: Similar to work-life balance, this is a simple check. See if company makes Best Place to Work lists. Just google "best *industry* companies to work for (best tech companies to work for, best consulting firms to work for, etc). Pick three lists from reputable sources (Forbes, Business Insider, etc) that will cover at least 100 companies. For example, don't pick three lists of 10 best, which is only 30 total, but try a 100 best, 30 best, and 25 best for 155 total. Obviously many companies will overlap. Then make a column and simply write Y/N if the company appears on any of your lists.
♦ Bad example: Benefits package - Don't choose something like this that would take too much research per company.

The point of all of this is to see which companies you are more motivated to pursue. Think about what you really want in a company and a very quick way to check if companies have it. For me, location was a big factor in motivation, and taking 15-mins to look up location really changed my priorities. For example, a company with a pretty solid reputation that I thought I was interested in was in Milwaukee. They suddenly dropped from a 5 to a 3 in motivation, essentially falling off my list because I have NO interest in moving to Milwuakee (nothing against it, just not for me!).

Hopefully all of this helps. If it's not clear, do the full LAMP first and then use this to make nuanced adjustments. I'm happy to clarify / explain if needed. Good luck to all the job searchers!
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan: Aeronautical and Space Legend
Burt Rutan is one of my modern heroes, and I have read a number of books and articles about him. Daniel Alef's work is one of the best I have read. It flows smoothly from Burt Rutan's early life up to the present, and it captures all the details and highlights without bogging-down on every single aircraft ever designed.

Yet this book isn't just a biography of Burt Rutan. It's also a fantastic business text. In addition to my day job developing and licensing university intellectual property, I'm an entrepreneur after hours. There are numerous examples and tidbits of Burt's business acumen and strategy.

I would love to meet with Burt to talk about science, engineering, design and business, but short of an actual meeting, this book is the next best thing.
The Sun Does Shine: Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
The Sun Does Shine: Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for two murders he did not commit. And it wasn’t new forensic technology that ultimately exonerated him. It was the perseverance of a handful of men and women willing to turn a mirror on the system itself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is more than a must read. If this book does not become a best seller, shame on us; things are worse than I feared. It’s that important.
QUILTS From The Henry Ford (Fons & Porter)
QUILTS From The Henry Ford (Fons & Porter)
I purchased this book as a gift for my mother, who is a quilter, and she was really impressed with the content and layout of the book. It contains pictures, obviously, but also quilt patterns and history. Great gift for any quilter.
Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump
Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump
The book identified and answered all my questions.
Historical context from the Constitutional discussions on whether impeachment should be in or out, and under what circumstances.
Some ongoing context of legal decisions since that time.
Clear discussion of what is, and is not, an impeachable offence, including the fuzziness.
Point by damning point identification of Trump's words and actions, and how they are clear and unavoidable grounds for his impeachment.
Informative comparison and contrast to other presidential impeachment movements--most especially Nixon's, and the parallels between the two.
Detailed outlines of the steps others in his gang have taken to camouflage or conceal the proofs.
Clear identification of the consequences of NOT impeaching Trump.
Specific and well-argued recommendations for legislative changes to prevent a reocurrence of such behaviours.

I had always thought the Russian entanglement was more serious than this mess with a much smaller country (Ukraine), but in terms of impeachment, this is a no-brainer. Trump broke all precedent, many laws.

The move to hide or obliterate the electronic record of the calls is even worse than Rosemary's wandering foot on the Nixon tapes--this was blatantly and unapologetically a complete violation of law (let alone ethics).

I assume that the quid pro quo tactics Trump felt were fine in an exchange with a foreign government were just normal business practice, in his long experience. He never has appeared to have the faintest grasp of the fact that a country's government is an entirely different thing from a business.

For the first time, I understand WHY waiting for the next election is not the answer: throw the bums out, by all means, but do it through law--because, as Katyal outlines, there is every evidence that the bums will not go under any other circumstance. They have twisted and corrupted and bent and broken so many legal and practical processes--why in the wide world would anyone assume they would not do the same thing (again) to another election process?

I only ever assign five stars to a book that is, to me, world-changing.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Hendrix In The West
Hendrix In The West
This album was re-released on September 13, 2011 as part of the Hendrix family's project to remaster Hendrix's discography. Since the rights to the Royal Albert Hall performance of "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Child" on the original LP are in dispute, the newly released CD contains alternate performances of the two songs. Little Wing was from the Winterland concerts and Voodoo Child from San Diego concert. If you are able to find this album release prior to 2011, then you will have the Royal Albert Hall. It is also available on various bootlegs of this concert. Please note that these two songs are mislabeled San Diego. They are indeed from Royal Albert Hall.

The 2011 re-release contains 11 songs which include Fire, I don't live today and Spanish Castle Magic which are from the San Diego Concert. The original release had a total of 8. FYI San Diego Sports Area is now Valley View Casino. The San Diego concert was available on CD 3 of the box set titled Stages. It was his last tour with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding (drummer and bassist of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. Stages release of San Diego was not complete. Together with this re-release you now have the complete San Diego concert! Now we just have to wait fir the Hendrix estate to release San Diego concert the its entirety.
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
Siempre me ha parecido más entretenido escuchar a Hendrix en directo que en estudio. No menosprecio los clásicos Are you Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love ni para nada Electric Ladyland; pero escuchar al músico en sus presentaciones en directo, realmente muestra la razón por la cual es considerado hoy por hoy el más grande guitarrista de todos los tiempos.
Es mucho el material que existe en directo de Jimi Hendrix, alguno de regular calidad de sonido, otro por el contrario, simplemente impresionante. Definitivamente uno de los compilatorios más concisos y representativos del gran guitarrista de todos los tiempos es THE JIMI HENDRIX CONCERTS. Actualmente se consiguen pocos y valiosos ejemplares del la reedición original en cd de Reprise Records (espero lo vuelvan a reeditar oficialmente). Es una genial selección excelentemente bien producida y con genial calidad de sonido, de algunos de sus mejores temas en directo. Incluye partes de sus más reconocidas e históricas presentaciones (Berkeley, Royal Albert Hall, Winterland, entre otras), algunas hasta el momento no incluídas en ninguna otra compilacion oficial de su material en directo, lo cual constituye una excelente adición a cualquier colección que se tenga de este gran musico de todos los tiempos, o bien, excelelente adición a cualquier colección de rock clásico.
Altamente recomendada.
Billboard Top Hits: 1967
Billboard Top Hits: 1967
I was born and raised during the Golden Age of Rock and Roll. Rock and roll was first aired when I was age three, so I was steeped in the Golden Oldies. My favorite time of rock music was from 1964 through 1972. These were the best years in my opinion and whoever loved the music from that period will love this CD.
Plays W.C. Handy
Plays W.C. Handy
In the years following the second world war, Louis Armstrong's reputation with the newer generation of jazz fans-entranced by the innovations of be-bop, was beginning to decline. They were in all honesty starting to view him as an Uncle Tom type figure. Even Miles Davis,while admitting to loving Satchmo's music said he "could not stand all that grinning he did". Yet as Ozzie Davis I believe pointed out Satchmo could grin because,with his trumpet he symbolically had the power to kill musically. Not too long before taking a vocal stance on the issue of civil rights in the American south Satchmo and his group including bassist Arvell Shaw,clarinetist Barney Bigard and vocalist Velma Middleton for a full album session in 1954 celebrating the music of fellow Crescent City blues trumpet master W.C Handy along with the man himself.

The eight + minute take of the heavily "Spanish tinge" inflected "St.Louis Blues" is breathtaking-with Velma's vocal inflections as something of a female Satchmo with the slowed down tempo and this rather dream-like bassy undertone I personally really enjoy hearing. Yellow Dog Blues","Aunt Hagar's Blues","Beale Street Blues" and "Hesitating Blues"...well in a way obviously find Satchmo comfortably playing the blues he loved to blow out on his horn with all the respect to Handy's arrangements and compositions deserved. On "Long Gone (From Bowlin' Green)",Armstrong plays and sings this jauntier blues about a man on the lamb with the type of enthusiasm and level of loose control he brings to "Atlanta Blues" at the end of the album. On "Chantez Les Bas", he is back to interpreting Handy's slow blues crawl with lyrics celebrating their home city.

Its sad and rather ironic that around the time this album came out Louis Armstrong would deeply offend his home city by saying "I don't care if I ever see that city again" when they refused to allow Armstrong to play their with his All Stars that included causation trombonist and old friend Jack Teargarden. This music entirely celebrates New Orleans' 20th century heritage up until that point. Some of these numbers Armstrong had been interpreting for years. But the musical father/son relationship he shared with Handy might've given him a little leg up in terms of winning the favor of the newer generation. It showed what a musical master he was beyond the grin,gravely singing and handkerchief. I'm unsure if every younger jazz lover of that era were necessarily wowed by Armstrong on this album. But it did put him back on the map in the more musical context as opposed to being mainly a performer.
Jupiter's Moon [DVD]
Jupiter's Moon [DVD]
One of the quality’s of great cinema is when you find yourself at a loss for how to describe a movie, where the listener simply has to watch it to fully understand its power. Jupiter’s Moon is one of those films. A Syrian refugee desperate to escape his country and find his father discovers that he possesses the ability to fly. What follows is a parable driven thriller that captures human struggle within a society that is devoid of hope.

This movie was a reminder of why I love movies in the first place. When you take a story that is grounded in human emotion and tangible reality, and add a single drop of the fantastic. Director Kornel Mundruczo states that, “the image of someone flying stays with me. When and how did we lose that innocence and our belief in miracles? If we lost that belief what are we living for?” He achieves his goal in creating a story that asks that question in the midst of a society that faces subjugation and violence. His main character isn’t a super hero. He’s a completely average human being who has experienced something unworldly and has no explanation for it. But its those who witness it that experience the revelation of something impossible, ranging from curiosity to terror.

The music alone is absolute perfection. It flawlessly scores the extraordinary visuals with unique sounds that feel as if something is slightly wrong with our reality. The sound of the unknown becoming known. The fluid cinematography is beyond belief with long expertly crafted shots that keep you constantly attached to the action and practical effects that created the films one of a kind visuals. Jupiter’s Moon is an amazing cinematic journey that shows how the impossible can become tangible and what happens when we forget to open our eyes and look up.
Let Me In Your Life
Let Me In Your Life
Aretha Franklin's 20th studio album dates from 1974 and contains hit singles 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing' and 'Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)'. Anyone familiar with those two major records will get a pretty fair idea of the sound of the album, with some of the raw, emotive edges knocked off as the production headed in a smoother and more polished direction. A number 1 in the U.S. R&B chart, this is, as is much of Aretha's Atlantic output, a great album with well chosen covers by the likes of Bill Withers Ashford & Simpson, Leon Russell and Bobby Womack, which dominate the album. Just two of the 11 tracks are self-penned, but with Aretha that hardly matters as she makes the tracks her own. Ballads feature more prominently than on earlier Atlantic releases where the raw power of Aretha was to the fore, but here that voice is placed front and centre in the mix showing that delicacy is well within her ability, indicating an understanding of changing music tastes. Strings are very noticeable in the arrangements here in an album that just qualifies as being in The Queen of Soul's classic period, though seemingly striving to satisfy a wider audience with some of those rough edges knocked off.
Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits
My dad said the problem with this record when it came out, back in the day, was that it didn't have "Positively 4th Street" on it. The collectors, though, all had to have it because of the different cover. This version has three songs not included on the American version, "She Belongs to Me" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" from "Bringing it All Back Home," and "Sooner or Later," from "Blonde on Blonde." So what? "4th St." is still not on it and since any serious Dylan fan already owns "Bringing it All Back Home," and "Blonde on Blonde," there is no reason to buy this CD. Still the material is outstanding, so I'm giving it three stars anyway.
DND DC Duo Gel + Polish - 137 Pina Colada
DND DC Duo Gel + Polish - 137 Pina Colada
Love this color and formula! My nail salon that I go to uses this and I was in love with the color and durability of the regular polish. Haven't used the gel yet, but I won't do that myself. This is the most perfect pale pink nail polish and very flattering on all skin tones, even us pale princesses! Will definitely order more.
BESTEK 150W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter, Thinner Design with ETL Listed, Grey/Black
BESTEK 150W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter, Thinner Design with ETL Listed, Grey/Black
My initial incentive was that, in case of prolonged power loss (such as happens here with hurricanes) I would be able to keep my phones and laptop charged or use my asthma nebulizer in the car in case of emergency. I also thought it would come in handy for long car trips, such as taking the grandkids to Disney World.

But, even in normal times, it's still convenient to have the options of charging appliances (such as camera battery chargers) that are a/c powered and phones, ipads, etc) that are USB powered. I know that some newer cars come with usb ports. Mine, however, is 7-years old and doesn't have one. Now I have two and I can use both at the same time without affecting efficiency.

This latter function came in handy this morning when I was taking my granddaughter to get her hair cut and found that the i-pad battery was dead. By the time I got to the salon (a 20 minute trip) the i-pad's power was at 35%--enough to keep her entertained (and keep me sane) while she waited for her turn.

It also powered my little hand vacuum while I cleaned the car. This is a small a/c powered unit. It didn't lose any power and worked perfectly with full suction. I doubt that this power inverter will work for more heavy-duty appliances or anything that generates heat, but for regular needs, it's perfect.

The unit is small but powerful. It fits easily in the glove compartment.
aeliussine 1000 watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter 12v dc to ac 120v with LCD Displaywith Remote Switch Power Inverter for Car Off Grid Solar Power System (1000w12v LCD)
aeliussine 1000 watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter 12v dc to ac 120v with LCD Displaywith Remote Switch Power Inverter for Car Off Grid Solar Power System (1000w12v LCD)
As part of my off-grid solar system, I'm cautiously optimistic this 2000w 24v "pure sine" inverter may fit the bill. It's been in and working reliably for a week now - though admittedly I'm still treating it with kid gloves. I pushed it to only 1100w and that for about 15 minutes straight, but many hours at a time with between 35 and 600 watts. Full size refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, glue gun, fan, and a cheap electric leaf blower, are all loads which I have tried, sometimes in combination, which seemed to work fine. I've been using the included cables (1 set) which seem adequate for now and only got a bit warm at most. I will definitely upgrade by adding a second set.
- PROS: Low cost! Seems to be true sine wave since nothing runs "oddly", though I have no way of testing this conclusively. Pretty good backlit LCD display which shows valuable information. Seems well built inside and out, and it has not overheated yet. Internal (4) 20A blade fuses have not blown, and the unit comes with (4) spares. System starts beeping loudly when voltage reached around 22v.
- CONS: Fans are noisy and cycle on/off with even fairly small loads (150w) in a 75 degree F environment. I would not expect it to do well in a very warm or hot space especially if pushed to its limits. A definite peeve is the orientation of the display. I'd love to see it turned 180 degrees since it is difficult to get a good angle on it when mounted normally on a backboard. I looked at turning it around myself which at first seemed doable, but unfortunately it's offset which makes this impossible without doing a case modification. Apparently no remote or on/off panel option is available.
One star off due to the cons. BUT - because of the price point - if this thing handles increased loads (1500w - 2000w) without blowing up then that star easily gets added back despite the quibbles. I'll be back after a few months to update.
The Model
The Model
The reference to the "dangerous obsession" smacks of hype to try to give the movie an erotic edge a la Fatal Attraction or Obsessed (w/ Idris Elba). However, this is really about the issues a young girl, clearly lacking in maturity, creates for herself when she dives into the world of modeling.
Thankfully this movie does not have the contrived glitz and glamour a Hollywood production would infuse to hammer home the "temptations" a young model might face. This movie has more of an indie feel to it.
Emma leaves home to try to become a professional model. She quickly catches the eye of Shane, a top professional photographer played with real gravitas by Ed Skrein. Were this a Hollywood production Shane's character would almost certainly have been written as lacking any real depth and would be unmasked later as a shallow, manipulative stereotype. However, his character is actually pretty solid. Not perfect, but hardly a villain as Emma lied and told Shane she didn't have a boyfriend back home. Emma is clearly no shrinking violet despite the seemingly insecure demeanor. She does not take long to forget her boyfriend back home and fall into a relationship with Shane. The fact that it helps her modeling career just fuels the fantasy her new life is becoming, so much so she resents Frederik for showing up and bringing a dose of reality to her new life. Her resentment is not enough to keep her from sleeping with Frederik as soon as she arrives. So now Frederik doesn't know about Shane and vice versa. After Frederik's bitter departure Emma accompanies Shane to weekend gathering at a large villa. This is where Emma's lack of maturity shows. When Shane doesn't return to their room she goes out and ends up having sex in an indoor pool with a man claiming to be an executive with Chanel (her dream being to do Paris fashion week for Chanel of course). At this point it's becoming unclear if this is acting over Shane, who she assumes has cheated, or using sex to advance her career or possibly both.
The confrontation the next morning with Shane would seem to indicate it was more of a tantrum. While Shane is apologizing for hanging with the guys all night and falling asleep, his guilt is not the same as hers. He didn't cheat on her. Emma proceeds to confess to what she did and a very hurt Shane punches out the guy and leaves Emma then and there.
Emma goes into a deep depression, but there is nothing sinister about it. There is nothing unprecedented about a teenage girl being in a funk over losing a boyfriend. She claims to be pregnant and that she's 16 instead of 18. Shane is really shook by these revelations. It works though and for a brief moment she is back with Shane. This doesn't last as Emma confessed to Zofia, her roommate, that she wasn't pregnant but said it to get Shane back. No surprise Zofia lets Shane know and they're done for good this time. Another model tells Emma that Zofia and Shane are now together and that sends Emma over the edge. Earlier in the movie Zofia made a comment in passing about what she'd give to get the opportunity Emma had to do a magazine layout. This is yet another instance where Hollywood would have been heavy-handed in painting Zofia as jealous of Emma's life, professionally and personally.
Speaking of professionally and personally, Emma's world is backsliding horribly on both fronts. The crash comes when Emma is assaulted by her landlord. Had this been a Hollywood production I don't know if it would have been handled with the same cold realism. Emma dresses, vomits and then stabs her attacker before tracking down a police officer. We later learn the landlord has been arrested. Emma's ordeal has softened Frederik's attitude, though whether it will mean a reconciliation remains to be seen.
The movie ends with Emma getting a call from her agency with an offer for a big job.
This is the crossroads and nearly every Hollywood version of this story would insist on the "happy ending" with Emma and Frederik reconciled and Emma turning down the shiny new life she always wanted, but gosh-darn she's learned it won't make her truly happy. Thankfully this movie doesn't deliver a contrived ending. We're left wondering what Emma's choice is and the way it ended it seems Emma herself isn't sure either.
Funny Or Die MashUps
Funny Or Die MashUps
I haven't watched all the episodes, but so far the ones I have seen are o.k. They remind me of a movie trailer, which I think is intended sometimes. I appreciate the effort and these shorts are humorous enough for a little laugh.
Rubie's Black Panther Light Up Battle Costume Mask, One Size
Rubie's Black Panther Light Up Battle Costume Mask, One Size
My 5 loves it but it’s a few days before Halloween and we go to a party and to my surprise it’s not working. It worked when we received it and tried it out but now when it really matters it doesn’t work. Extremely disappointed and upset.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is by far and away the best of the three Chronicles of Narnia films.

The artistry is superb and a number of scenes from the book have been imaginatively visualised to the viewer's great pleasure. Coriakin's island of the Dufflepuds and his mansion with the evening sunlight streaming through the hallway merit a special mention for evoking a haunting atmosphere. The soundtrack has memorable moments. In particular the score for the scene where Aslan `undragons' Eustace is both grave and moving; and conveys, in a way words never could, the majestic pity in the grace of this act of charity of the King of all Narnian Kings. Will Poulter is worth watching for his performance as the boy with the almost-deserved name. And there's the cameo role for Douglas Gresham (who is also the voice of the newsreader in the first film).

However, all true Narnians will be sad that this is very likely the last of the big screen versions of these tales. This can be seen in the fact that the scriptwriters and producers have done a very clever job of incorporating significant stylistic elements from the other books into this film without altering the story too much.

Narrowhaven, deserted in the evening light, is Charn under its red sun. Bells announce the arrival of danger, as the ringing of one does in The Magician's Nephew . The hall of the governor is modelled on Charn's hall of images. The `snakes' of green mist do the service of representing the green snake that kills Rilian's mother and, in human form, abducts him, in The Silver Chair (the mist `abducts' the Narrowhaveners). Eustace slashing with the sword at the enveloping `snakes' of green mist is Rillian fighting the Green witch-turned-serpent (and this scene serves as Eustace's reappearance to save Narnia, which occurs in The Silver Chair).

The Green witch herself appears in the form of Tilda Swinton's green-tinted White witch. She dies when Edmund kills the sea serpent (a snake), in the same manner as the Green witch when Rillian attacks her with his sword. Ramandu's daughter is their guide, doing the service of Puddleglum who is the children's guide in The Silver Chair. She descends from the sky like the stars in The Last Battle. Lucy speaking the spell beautiful, and then waking, is Jill Pole in the castle of the giants when Aslan makes her see clearly, in a dream during a rainy night (there is a storm at sea), what she see ought to have seen (and Jill is given her own inclusion at the end of the film).

The Calormenes and their defeat at the fight at Anvard get a mention in Caspian's summation of the state of Narnia. Gale is reminiscent of Aravis from The Horse and his Boy, who likewise leaves home for an adventure. Susan's liking for lipstick is given a graphic representation - and a reversal when she wants to go back to Narnia (it should have been because she is 'once a queen in Narnia, always a queen'). And the flooding of the bedroom, and by implication, Earth, at the beginning of the film is the flooding of Narnia in The Last Battle; both are the same apocalyptic image.

So there we have it: five books in one film.

If there should be a major criticism of the film it would have to be about its underlying ethos. Everyone knows that Lewis was a Christian and his stories are `about God'. Yet the alterations in the story that have been made to give the film a necessary flow of tension and relief suggest something else.

Dark Island is described as a place of `pure evil'. It sits opposite Ramandu's Island, where Aslan's Table is located. This implies the existence of two equal and opposite powers competing for control of the world. This is dualism, something Lewis argued against. For Christian cinema-goers, the idea that darkness is in itself evil or is the symbol of evil is certainly not scriptural.

The seven swords of Aslan (invented for this film, but perhaps inspired by the tree of protection that Aslan once plants) have to be aligned to release `healing' energy and put the world right. This is a typical motif of a philosophy called monism. Its religious derivative, pantheism, is something Lewis wrote strongly against. However if the seven swords are intended to be representative of the seven novels then that would be an appropriate tribute.

There is another problem with the addition of the seven swords. Coriakin tells the travellers that they must lay the seven swords on Aslan's table on Ramandu's Island in order to destroy evil. He sent the six lords to do just that. However at that point in the film one sword has already been left behind on the Lone Islands and another on Goldwater Island. So the lords could never have fulfilled their mission. This illustrates the problem of scriptwriters trying to change and complicate the original plot of a book. What was obviously necessary for the film version was to make a visible and central evil opponent. This has been done by orchestrating the sea serpent and Dark island into a crescendo. The book lacks this as it is simply a journey (an illustration of the journey of faith).

This inconsistency with the seven swords could never have been passed off in a book. This is because the reader has to constantly use his or her imagination as they read. That it can pass unobserved in a film shows how much the medium of film hoovers out the audience's imagination.

Then there is confusion about where temptation comes from exactly. Does it come from the 'darkness within', as Coriakin says? Or does it come from outside, as Lucy says to Edmund and Caspian by the underground pool that turns everything to gold? The Gospel view of the source of temptation is the human heart (a person's conscience, will and affections). The book, illustrating the journey of faith, was in a strict sense about resisting temptation. The idea that there is light and dark within each person, and they only have to turn to the light, is an idea that begs the question that Lewis asked: What makes light so attractive? Why turn to the light when the dark can get you what you want equally well (as the pantheist Nikabrik turns with alacrity from Aslan to the servants of the White witch in the story of Prince Caspian)? The attraction to the light must come from without.

After being `undragoned', Eustace says, "It wasn't all bad being a dragon. I think I was a better dragon than a boy". Why, then, be `undragoned' at all? His speech implies that a dragon is someone who has good and bad inside them, and all that is required is to turn them inside out like an old sock for them to be as right as rain. Whatever this idea is, it is not the Christian theology that Lewis wrote about. The spell that Lucy recites to make the unseen seen equates psychology, psychiatry and theology as acceptable means of making things visible. What can `enquiring within', the practice of the first two of these three things, reveal to you if out of the human heart come evil thoughts?

The scene where Lucy uses the spell on board the ship to make herself beautiful has been illustrated in a striking way in this film. The change from the stormy weather to the complete calm of a sunlit morning is very evocative of Lucy's change of mood from disturbance to resolute action. But is it what Lewis really intended? Lucy does not 'doubt her value', a morally neutral act, but rather commits the sin of jealousy. Nor does her action in the book wish herself away. In the book Lucy becomes a Helen of Troy figure; the face that launched a thousand ships, and a war.

All this may seem to weigh heavily against any possible enjoyment of the film. However, I think we can use one of Lewis' own metaphors here. All these things objected to above can be regarded as the wasps that buzz around while you are having a picnic in a beautiful part of the countryside. You needn't let them stop you having the picnic or enjoying the view.

All true Narnians who will miss Lucy and Edmund until the end of time can certainly enjoy this film until that time when time does indeed end.
One Piece Vol 24 (Japanese Edition)
One Piece Vol 24 (Japanese Edition)
「人の夢は!!!終わらねェ!!!!」

この一言に尽きるでしょう。

空島編スタートの24巻。空からガレオン船が降ってきた不思議な出来事から、麦わらの一味は次の行き先を伝説の場所、空島へと定める。

空島の情報を調べるために無法地帯、ジャヤの街を訪れるとそこにはハイエナのベラミーを船長とするベラミー海賊団がいた。酒場でナミが空島の話をすると、ベラミー海賊団に馬鹿にされる。

ケンカを売られたルフィは一緒にいたゾロにケンカを買わないように伝える。一方的な攻撃に耐え切った後、酒場で一人呑んでいた男に言葉をもらう。

「人の夢は!!!終わらねェ!!!!」。

この時点では正体不明のこの男は”あの”黒ひげ。はみ出し者の中にある哲学がかいま見えるセリフと姿に心を震わされる。

高みを目指すためには買うべきではないケンカもある。価値の無いケンカはしない。信念がある人間だからこそ、出来る行動。

【キーワード】

3rd LOG 空島・スカイピア編

ビビ

アルバーナ・アラバスタ王国

真の歴史の本文(リオポーネグリフ)

空からガレオン船

ジャヤ

ハイエナのベラミー

ビックナイフ・サーキース

突き上げる海流(ノックアップストリーム)

モンブラン・クリケット

海底探索王ショウジョウ

【引用】

私の夢には…敵が多すぎる

ワタクシはこの町では決して、ケンカしないと誓います

人の夢は!!!終わらねェ!!!!笑われていこうじゃねェか。高みを目指せば、出す拳の見つからねェケンカもあるもんだ!!!!

【手に入れたきっかけ】

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St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club
St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club
This is the second novel I have read in recent times where mayhem and murder descend on the Côte d’Azur, it is brimming with the antics of the “Eurotrash”, Russians and the British. And both novels have been written by actresses. The first was by Celia Imrie’s “Not Quite Nice” and as you can guess from the title, it is set in Nice. The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club is in similar vein but is peppered with more rollicking action – in other words, take several ingredients, give them a quick whizz in the blender and out pops a razzmatazz of wealth, murder and wondrous (if rather mind-boggling) events.

There is the lovely Carlotta, a poor peasant who is rescued in Buenos Aires by the superbly handsome Gaucho and they marry in due course. However, he is a master of violent sexual proclivities, but fortunately for her, he pops his clogs one day, leaving Carlotta to take up a new life in St Tropez.

The characters on this exclusive stretch of Paradise in the South of France tolerate each other (up to a point), but just below the surface lurks a tumultuous nest of vipers. When a series of murders blights their often affluent lifestyles, the investigator duo of Captain Poulpe and his daughter Gabrielle descends to tackle the extreme goings-on. The Captain’s tentacles (poulpe after all is French for octopus) can be felt at the scene of every investigation as he peruses and ponders the clues, whilst negotiating the complex dynamics between the characters. These two investigators certainly have a tough job on their hands.

The whimsical role call of names continues with Francois Lardon, and the author spells our the word-play around artist Francis Bacon, should your GCSE level French have let you down….. There are any number of caricatured characters who strut their stuff, from the wizened old soak with her Latino lover (who of course is bristling to find a way out of the relationship), to Charlie the ever popular TV personality back in the UK, and more. And pop idols aplenty and indecorous Russian oligarchs (of whom veteran screen star Sophie Silvestri says:”… Saint Tropez is full of trash!… And I don’t mean those shabby-looking people wandering around in their ugly cloths. No, the real trash here are the oligarchs – those billionaires with their obscene yachts and the jeroboams of champagne that they spray all over their whores at the beaches and restaurants” – a wonderful if rather depressing image).

And that, in a nutshell is the tenet of the narrative. The question of course, that I would love to pose to Joan is how much of the story is gleaned from personal experience and how much is from the creative mind!

Cafe Sénéquier on Quai Jean Jaurès gets more than its fair share of a look-in as a background setting. Mix in a few possible royals and you have the ingredients for rollicking, ribald and rambunctious romp in the South of France, Summer 2015.

The book was published shortly after Joan’s sister Jackie, who was the mistress of the bonkbuster novel, passed away, and the book is dedicated to her.
Secret Admirer (Fear Street, No. 36)
Secret Admirer (Fear Street, No. 36)
I'm not going to give away the killer's name but i have to say that it's a female. I love the motivations behind this girl's intention on going on a killing spree. It wasn't something stupid or immature like fighting over a dumb guy who doesn't really care about them (like so many females do and even in R.L. Stine's books) it was something over female companionship. I think the female killer was in love with Selena , it's just my interpretation and my opinion. Of course, a lot of people wouldn't agree with my assessment though. Most people can accept murder, violence, drugs, alcohol, etc in a children's book but 2 people loving each other who happen to be of the same gender is the WORSE thing ever. Homophobia, smh.... I liked this book, i'm a big R.L. Stine fan and this was one of my favorite books of his. Very different motivations from his other ones....
A Darkness in My Soul
A Darkness in My Soul
On the cover it says "The gene-tamperers produced two supermen-one a defiant mentalist, the other a defiant...God?" Makes you want to read it right? I saw it listed on an auction and ordered it right away. Here is my review: This book is 124 pages of strangeness. It is about gene tampering (typical), e.s.p. (typical), and the mysteries of creation (not typical). When I first got it in the mail I was disappointed with the length of the book. Well I shouldn't have been. There isn't much to the story but what is in those 124 pages is enough to boggle the mind and make you say " what the heck?" The "mysteries of creation" part of the book may make some people uncomfortable. I could tell that Koontz was still in the early stages of honing his writing style. It was pure science fiction while I find most Koontz books to be a chilling medley of science fiction and horror. And unlike any of his books from the last 2 decades, this book does not grab you from the beginning by the seat of the pants and keep you flying till the end. If you are a Koontz collector this is a must own as it was published very early in his career (1972). But if you're not a collector........I could recommend better. Here are a few (In the order in which I love them) Must Read Koontz books: Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, Fear Nothing & Seize the Night,Whispers, Shadowfires, Phantoms, and Midnight. I have also heard Twilight Eyes, Lightning, and The Vision are excellent, but I haven't read them.........yet.
J. D. Robb In Death Collection Books 1-5
J. D. Robb In Death Collection Books 1-5
I think this is a great collection. Yes it could be cheaper (collections should be cheaper than individual books and not by just a few cents). I kept reading reviews saying that the collection were abridged versions which pissed me off since there was nothing in the descriptions that stated that. I decided to check before I asked for a refund, so I dug through my bookshelves and found my paper copies. I checked seven chapters of the first book and they were word for word. I spot checked another seven chapters just in case and they to were word for word. I spot checked the other four books and found that they too were word for word. I'm not sure how they figure out the kindle pages for individual ebooks vs e-book collections, but it would appear that this collection is unabridged and it has fewer pages then the individual books combined. I think it's probably because the collection doesn't repeat all the info pages at the end of each book, it just has them once at the end of the collection.
The Berenstain Bears In : The Bears' Almanac-A Year In The Country...
The Berenstain Bears In : The Bears' Almanac-A Year In The Country...
I had this book when I was a child. My mother tried to throw it away several times because I read it so much it was all tore up looking. I would dig it out of the trash every time, and I kept this book until I was a grown up. Somehow, in a move, it was lost. I have two little relitives living with me now, so I ordered it and received it promptly. And now I have another generation loving this book. I do not understand why it is out of print. This book taught me about the seasons, it helped me read. It is a treasured possesion. Every New Year - even as a grown woman - the first thing I think when I wake up on Januray 1st is "In the very first month, on the very first day... Happy New Year is what we say..."

My copy that I received had just a little wear and tare. It is in much better shape then the one I held onto all these years. It does have an inscription to the original owner, but that adds character to the book. Plus, it's a used book.. I assumed it would have some writing in it. I am happy with my purchase. This book is a classic.
La confesión / The Confession (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
La confesión / The Confession (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
I have read several of John Grisham's books, and he is an exceptional writer, wit ample experience and knowledge of Law. But
I must say that although this book is interesting, I feel that its not one of his best. He gets into long, extensive and slightly tiring
descriptions about various instances which i will not mention to avoid disclosing the trama. There were times when I felt like giving
up my reading, but I continued because Grisham deserves that we follow his work. Again, a good book which in my humble opinión
should have been shorter, avoiding some long and repeated events. But I will continue reading John Grisham after giving him and
myself a break on Law stories.
Nevada
Nevada
This book was the sequel to another book, which made it just a little difficult to keep people straight as I was caught up from the original book (which I have never read) up to the beginning of this book. Nevada was apparently the central character in the other book, and is again in this book, only he is known by a different name to different people. The Ides, who have moved to Arizona to buy a frontier cattle ranch and try to locate Nevada know him by that name. He worked in Arizona for the Judge for two years as Texas Jack, and most others know him as Jim Lacy. A real good story as he works under different names to rid the area of cattle rustlers. Complicated adventure book of deception and romance, but very good. Aggravatingly, this book does not have a working table of contents which makes navigation through the book difficult.
The Young Forester annotated
The Young Forester annotated
The Young Forester is one of Zane Grey's "Ken Ward" books for boys, but don't let that deter you from buying it. It has all the flavor and tenor of any Zane Grey book with its descriptive quality and its action sequences as Ken gets into all kinds of trouble in Arizona riding mustangs, hunting bears, and lions in the Grand Canyon and vicinity. He meets many "characters" along the way who help educate him to the ways of the West. This is a great book of outdoor adventure for the young and the young at heart, and fills out any Zane Grey collection. Enjoy it for what it is and appreciate it as you would any of his books, and watch as a master story teller learns his craft in one of his early works. Highly recommended.
Hestra Heli Ski Womens Glove - Classic Leather Snow Mitten for Skiing and Mountaineering with Women’s Fit
Hestra Heli Ski Womens Glove - Classic Leather Snow Mitten for Skiing and Mountaineering with Women’s Fit
I have cold hands...even in the summer. Skiing when the temps drop to the teens usually means my hands are icy cold after a couple of runs, even with liner gloves and heat packs in my old Burton Radar mitts. I just wore my brand new Hestra Heli mittens for a week of skiing at Mt. Tremblant in Quebec in early Feb, where the temps dipped to single digits and below. While I would not say that my hands were warm, they were also not freezing cold. I don't generate a lot of body heat and my hands even less, so even with liner gloves and heat packs behind my fingers, my hands felt cold in the Hestra Heli mitts after about 2 hours of skiing, but not painfully so. They are not perfect but I'm pretty happy with them for keeping my hands relatively warm. Now if only I can find heated liners to go in them.

I do have 2 issues with these mitts:
1. They're partially white! Which means they show dirt easily. My mitts were brand new, and the palms were a bit brownish just from carrying the skis from our condo to the shuttle bus, and then onto the cabriolet lift from base of the pedestrian village to the base of the mountain. Wished the palms weren't so light in color.
2. Other reviewers raved about the Hestra handcuffs but I found them overrated and useless. They're not adjustable! Yeah, yeah, they're elastic straps, so if your wrists are bigger than the elastic loops, they'll expand to accommodate your wrists and prevent you from losing your expensive Heli mitts. But I have slim wrists, which meant the nonadjustable handcuffs kept falling off when I'd take the mitts off to adjust my balaclava or goggles and then brought my hands down to my sides a bit too quickly. I'm definitely replacing the Hestra handcuffs with adjustable wrist leashes!
ALTRA Women's AL0A4QTX Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe
ALTRA Women's AL0A4QTX Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe
I meant to take pictures of these 4.5s before I returned them, but I didn't so I'll try to describe the problem that caused me to return them. The fabric on the shoe around the inner ankle just frays super easily, I think because the hard material underneath is ripping the delicate fabric. I can't see why else. Doesn't seem to be from something I'm doing in my use of them. ALTRA!!!: please correct this issue as these shoes would be perfect for me otherwise. I did get another pair to see if it was a once off problem since I didn't see it mentioned in the reviews on Amazon when I was shopping. But the new pair, again, I have only been wearing for maybe 2-3 weeks and already is showing signs of the same thing happening. This is the same time period the first pair I ordered started to fray. I went on the Altra website and this problem was mentioned in some of the reviews. I'm hoping the company sees these reviews and corrects problem -- maybe upgrade to a higher quality, more durable fabric.

On another note, I did order a different color for the second pair. I wasn't sure if I should size down a half size from what I originally ordered since these shoes seemed to be bigger than the 3.0s that I had and my feet slipped around if I didn't wear medium weight socks. Not a problem for me anyway because I like my hiking shoes to be a bit bigger so I can wear thicker socks for all the hiking that I do and to account for foot swell. I ended up getting the same size but I swear these black sneaks fit me slightly better than the red ones.

I love both of the colors. I love the the rest of the shoe materials besides the fabric in question. They are super comfortable and just the perfect toe width to allow my toes to spread out to their enjoyment. I will mention that the initial pair that I had required a break in period for me due to the height and stiffness of the back of the shoe pressing into my achilles. I wore bandaids on the back of my ankle for quite some time to prevent the rubbing of my skin that was painful. The second pair I didn't have that problem but maybe because I had already developed a thicker skin to cope with it. This was with thick, past my ankle socks as well just to say it wasn't rubbing on my bare skin.

Overall I love these shoes, but the fabric shouldn't be ripping with regular wear in only such a short time of a couple weeks.
Dirty Rich - Verbotenes Verlangen (New York Office Romance 2) (German Edition)
Dirty Rich - Verbotenes Verlangen (New York Office Romance 2) (German Edition)
Auch die Geschichte von Lori und Cole fängt mit einem intensiven One-Night-Stand an. Sie wissen beide nur, dass sie Juristen sind. Wobei Lori ihr Studium wegen Geldproblemen abgebrochen hat. Cole versucht trotzdem sie wiederzufinden, und auch Lori kann ihn nicht vergessen. Dank Cat und Reese (aus Band 1) erhält sie ein Stipendium und ein Praktikum in Reeses Anwaltskanzlei, wo gerade ein neuer Partner mit eingestiegen ist: Cole. Wie beide mit dieser Situation und den entsprechenden Problemen umgehen, ist unterhaltsam zu lesen, denn die Funken fliegen und heiße Szenen sind auch wieder dabei. Schön ist aber auch wie Lori auf ihre Unabhängigkeit besteht. Insgesamt eine schöne Cinderellastory.
Dr. Eleventh (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Dr. Eleventh (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Like many people presumably, I have fond memories of growing up with Doctor Who and Mr. Men. Therefore, I can’t help but find it a great idea to crossover these two stalwart icons and give the Doctor adventures in a Mr. Men style. Although not written by the original author, Roger Hargreaves, they suitably capture his style that made the Mr. Men books so prominent for so long. It’s a successful combination resulting in some graphically entertaining, enjoyable little stories that should appeal to both children and adults and fans of either Doctor Who or the Mr. Men.

‘Dr. Eleventh’ sees the Doctor and River Song retrace their adventures through time in search of hugely important item lost by the Doctor (although probably not as important as the Key to Time). The Doctor comes over as a bit incompetent (maybe channelling a bit of Mr. Bump) as he is usually overshadowed by the more practical River Song as they go on a bit of a treasure hunt through time and space where they encounter several of the Doctor’s famous foes. On the way, the story manages to include an amusing link to ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and hint at the similarities between River Song and Indian Jones.
Follies of the King
Follies of the King
The Follies of the King looks at the reign of Edward II - best known for having met the most unpleasant death in history which I won't reveal for those who might not know.

Edward had two really big faults and one was being the weaker son of a much stronger king. Edward I his father, had been one of the best kings in England's history and was much loved. He had been a warrior, statesman and family man so was a very hard act to follow.

His second 'crime' was that he was openly gay and inclined to favourites who usually met with early (and unpleasant deaths).

Given that being homosexual in Medieval England was considered to be a great sin against God, a freak of nature and was reviled by most it is unlikely that this King would have had a 'good press' in his lifetime. And as we romp through his life story - his not entirely unfruitful marriage to the She Woman of France, Isabella, (4 children - not bad for a gay man!)we see that his greatest failing was his lack of kingman-ship and perhaps his lack of luck. The story makes no real attempt to get too deep inside the personality of this king and takes the viewpoint of the times that being gay was truly disgusting. Had this king reigned now we'd probably have loved him and respected his openness about his sexuality and we can't even imagine how he must have felt to have seen not one but two gay lovers brutally executed. Only in the closing chapters do we begin to feel some sympathy for him as his character is more deeply revealed and so for me I couldn't help but think 'what if Jean Plaidy had been this sympathetic all the way through wouldn't that be a slightly different take on this man'? Has he become a cliché and an excuse to giggle at a gay king with his primping favourites? (for favourite, read lover or partner, his marriage being just for state).

It would seem he loved his children and his own son avenged his death so he can't have been all bad. His son went on to be another great English King so again Edward II wasn't all bad.

It is hard to find any dates in this story and time passes just by turning a page with little to really say how much time has moved on and how much time has passed from A - point B except perhaps by the birth of a few more children. When journeys are travelled I would have been fascinated to know how long they took. So I have no real idea how old he was when he died and I reckon Isabella to have been about 29 as I think it did say at one point - but maybe not often enough. So for the slight omissions of date or clearly marked passing of time, I have downgraded it to 4 stars although I enjoyed it very much. I am thoroughly enjoying this Plantagenet series and am making my way through them all savouring each page.
Harry and Meghan: A Modern Royal Romance
Harry and Meghan: A Modern Royal Romance
I went into this documentary with an open mind. Unlike most of England and America, I stayed back a bit as I have a real life beyond media. So now I can sit back and get the information as I wait for my wash to finish. I like Megan Markle and as one who has a British bloodline, I admit to a slight interest in Harry. My Father's side of my family are from Oxford England and I had an Aunt who was obsessed with the royal family. Magazines all over her home and constant chatter about her views. She even went back to England a few years ago before her death. Maybe that was why I stayed back a bit or maybe because I am an American, more interested in what is happening here. However I am enjoying all of the information and it is fun to see how the monarch evolves. I love a good love story. What I am irritated about is the sound. It gets higher and higher and does not fit at all. It is distracting. I will push on but may have to leave as I am tired. Enjoy! :)
Cry Baby Killer
Cry Baby Killer
Pretty standard 1960s teenage thrill flick...except for the off handed philosophy yammer from the waitress. Thank goodness it is not fraught with psycho-babble regarding the teenage angst. However, that is replaced with misogynistic rants like "his girlfriend made him do it!" Women have those evil powers over weak minded men, I guess. Overall, typical teeny beany nonsense. It was fun to see Jack Nicholson at such a young age. My daughter couldn't believe it was him, having only seen him in films like "As Good as It Gets." We do change as we age (smile).
Jake Cake: The Visiting Vampire
Jake Cake: The Visiting Vampire
son says fun to read , its really really good and he rekons its sutible for boys and girls , his favorite so far out of the series is The School Dragon !

He is really enjoying the series and is half way through the fouth book now , you carnt ask for more then that really , a child who's enjoying reading =0) Thank you jake cake
Rescue Me: My Life with the Battersea Dogs
Rescue Me: My Life with the Battersea Dogs
This book is an excellent introduction to understanding dog behaviour. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and have since bought three more copies to distribute to friends and family; pet owners and a prospective dog owner. I honestly think that anyone contemplating dog ownership should read this book first... The author tells of her experience as a kennel maid and rehomer. The historical references resonate with me because the author is the same age as me. But this book is about dogs and Battersea and how the Battersea community helps so many dogs and cats. The staff are all dedicated animal lovers and it's lovely to hear about their work and individual cases, but sometimes sad when humans don't do the right thing by animals who need to rely on them. Melissa is no softie. She learned the tough way how cruel us humans can be. I can't recommend this book enough, to any of us, prospective pet owners or otherwise. The author teaches us so much re dog behaviour - and people behaviour - whilst she got her hands dirty and looked after her loved canine charges, and dealt with prospective owners. This book is a life lesson to any of us. Somehow the author makes us feel empathy and makes us feel alive as we relive, through her words, the stories of the hounds who needed help to get rehomed. I cried (I don't do that) at Melissa's reporting of a Battersea dog show. 'Trilby dog' will stay with me forever.
Half-Blood Princess (Half Blood Princess Box-Set Book 1)
Half-Blood Princess (Half Blood Princess Box-Set Book 1)
After reading Blood Claim [book 1 in the Half Blood Princess series], I am even more anxious to delve deeper into the mystifying realms of more authors like Magen Mcmiminy, who I think did an amazing job crafting the world of her very own Sophia Daletsky.

From the very beginning, the author ignites a fire inside of Sophia, Blood Claim‘s main character, which easily lifts off the page lighting a spark in the imagination. As with most successful novels, this author manages to pose intriguing questions within the reader right out of the gate. I couldn’t help but to keep reading my way to the answers. Right away, I wanted to know who this girl was and what she was looking for. It didn’t take long for me to become completely entrenched into her character, rooting for her to reach her goals. For clarity’s sake, I’ll start from the beginning.

This story takes place in a small Georgian town, where there seems to be a suspicious congregation of vampires. It begins with Sophia running away from a dark and mysterious past. However, she has not landed in this remote city by accident. We quickly find out that she is on the hunt for one special girl who seems to be oblivious to the fact that her life is in danger. We quickly find out that it will be Sophia’s sole responsibility and mission to save her from the evils that she doesn’t even know exist. This tantalizing and seductive tale steadily escalates to an action-packed hero’s tale with just the right amount of romance and humor. McMinimy’s ability to provide just the right balance of these elements lends to the book’s exciting climax and highly satisfying ending.

Before we get there, though, there are plenty of twists to the thickening plot. As I journeyed with Sophia through a world of shape-shifting and blood curdling adventure, I loved the fact that I was able to stop to share sweet moments of romantic bliss and the formation of genuine friendship between the characters. These relationships somehow roped me in as if I was actually a part of the group. McMinimy’s choice to tell this story in the first person turned out to be a great move, in my opinion, as I was able to keep up with the fast-paced emotions that coursed through her over the course of the book. Driving the plot even further were Sophia’s extra-terrestrial abilities that served as a tool to help readers keep up with how others were feeling and how they fit into the overall picture.

While the book moved quickly, reaching the end far sooner than I would have liked, I somehow didn’t feel cheated. The pacing was steady, the timeline felt realistic and no details were spared. There were several loose ends at the story’s end, and I applaud the author’s ability to tie them up in succinct and unpredictable ways. There was surprise, elation and heartbreak and they were all completely necessary.

This author’s writing style gave a simplistic story depth that others in this genre can sometimes lack. The back story rich and the present story impeccably delivered, I give this story two thumbs up [ed note: out of 2 thumbs]. I recommend that anyone looking for something original and emotionally stimulating pick this book up right away. Blood Claim is sure to give you a gratifying introduction to Magen McMinimy’s breathtaking lore and leave you anxiously craving the second installment.
Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia
Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia
For professional and amateur lovers of history, who already have a good sense of what Russia was all about, this book gives us some fascinating glimpses into a phenomenon that was not really on the periphery of everyday life in that puzzling and fascinating country. Well written and well researched, Professor Kivelson makes a solid contribution to a relatively new field of historical research about Imperial Russia. She makes the very noteworthy point that witchcraft and witch trials in Tsaritst times did not result from the same social pressures that sparked them in Western Europe or New England and did not involve such things as "pacts with the devil" or "treason to God." Instead, the Russians were apparently much more concerned with the practical matter of how much damage an evil spell might cause and not, as in the west, how magic "worked." And, when it came to witchcraft as a threat to social order, amazingly enough, even the Tsar could be called in to adjudicate.
On the one hand, Kivelson has done quite a bit of research: she has ample support for her contention that the threat and application of witchcraft was a way to restore a kind of power to people who were otherwise utterly at the mercy of an oppressive and rigidly hierarchical society. But she does not really explore the issue of separating prayer from the casting of spells, or the difference between herbs and grasses used for bewitchment in contrast to the long, still extant Russian tradition of herbal folk healing. Finally, she alludes to historical figures who had a witchcraft connection -for instance Boris Godunov and the False Dmitrii -but does not quite hit the nail on the head. Boris would of course have had astrologers and perhaps like other medieval kings, herbalists, poisoners, soothsayers and alchemists at his disposal. Although their official roles at the tsar's court might not have been exactly the same as say in Henry IV's court in France. And Dmittii's corpse was left to decay and then cremated, pointedly to keep him from "rising from the dead." Which, of course, did not stop the Second False Dmitrii from claiming a miraculous escape from an assassination attempt and attempting a second match on Moscow.
But - my quibbling aside, Kivelson's book, which demonstrates compassion for people who were subjected to prison and torture in the quest for "the truth" , certainly provides insight into Russian society during the early modern era. And it reminds us that social phenomena that seem similar to things we know about innthe west may nevertheless have a different realization elsewhere in the world when inspected more deeply. This book does look deeply into the subject of witchcraft in Russia. And I'm very glad I read it!
Waboba Moon Ball (Colors May Vary)
Waboba Moon Ball (Colors May Vary)
Not inexpensive for a rubber ball until you consider that it's made by special moulding methods and of special polymers. Don't be misled or confused about the size. It's only a few inches in diameter. I don't know what's leading some people to think it's much larger (and then to be disappointed with what they get).
For this review, in addition to the overall star rating, I was asked to rate Durability (I haven't had this item long enough to rate durability), Value (see my first sentence above), and "Suction power." I have no idea what suction power has to do with this item. It does have dimples that are shaped a little like suction cups but if they can be used to stick the ball to a surface, it's news to me!
MIULEE Luxury Super Soft Fluffy Area Rug Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug Decorative Plush Shaggy Carpet for Bedside Sofa Floor Nursery 2 x 3 Feet, Yellow
MIULEE Luxury Super Soft Fluffy Area Rug Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug Decorative Plush Shaggy Carpet for Bedside Sofa Floor Nursery 2 x 3 Feet, Yellow
Khaki rectangle rug. I just received this so I haven't given it a wash yet. I was really excited to open this and complete the new look in my master bedroom. It's super soft and I think it will feel great on bare feet. However, I immediately noticed an orangey yellow color. I'm not really sure how to describe it, other than not khaki. The color isn't what I expexted and doesn't go with the other colors in my room. I tried to think positively though, I can just put it on my husband's side of the bed, no big deal. I will just order a different rug that will fit the look I wanted. That's when my 9yo son immediately said it looks like Trump's hair. He is right. The color resembles Trump's hair and I can't unsee it.
BLU Vivo XL5-6.3" HD Display Smartphone, 64GB+ 3GB RAM- Black
BLU Vivo XL5-6.3" HD Display Smartphone, 64GB+ 3GB RAM- Black
Es un producto equilibrado NO esperar desempeño de equipos que valen 5 o 6 veces lo que cuesta este. Otros productos Blu me han dejado más satisfecho (unicamente he tenido celulares Blu aunque he usado otros de gama alta y muy alta y para lo que yo lo uso "escuchar música, usar algunas apps, navegar en internet, leer libros, cosas esenciales" la verdad no percibo mucha diferencia. Hasta hoy muy satisfecho con la relación precio calidad de la marca Blu, pero no tanto esta vez.
cosas a resaltar
1 muy buena duración de batería
2 relativamente ligero
3 relativamente buena relación costo calidad
4 cámara casi buena, mejor que regular
5 buen volumen de llamadas

cosas a mejorar
1. IMPORTANTE (al menos para mi) no cuenta con mirracast o wireless display
2 No tiene infrarrojo
3 la pantalla no es tan buena como en los otros productos Blu que he adquirido
4 el volumen y calidad del altavoz no es la mejor, casi llega a buena, mejor que regular (he escuchado peores en equipos de mayor costo).
5 cámara aceptable para el precio, incluso diría arriba del promedio en equipos de costo similar
La verdad esperaba mucho más de la calidad que he tenido de la marca Blu en los últimos años todos los equipos han sido muy duraderos se me han caido y los he tratado bastante mal y nunca he tenido pantallas rotas, mayor desgaste, etc. Sin embargo en esta ocación no fue tan excelente compra, yo diría que aceptable casi buena.
XLEADER SoundAngel (3rd Gen) 5W Touch Bluetooth Speaker with Waterproof Case, 15h Music, Louder Crystal HD Sound, Premium Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone iPad Tablet Shower, Rose Gold
XLEADER SoundAngel (3rd Gen) 5W Touch Bluetooth Speaker with Waterproof Case, 15h Music, Louder Crystal HD Sound, Premium Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker for iPhone iPad Tablet Shower, Rose Gold
The speaker has very good sound, on some things there will be a lag in the sound through the speaker, not with every thing, Play a movie using a computer and the speaker for sound and you will get a lag in the sound coming from the speaker, I did a lot of different things using the speaker and for me what i just said about lag time, is not a minus, it's normal. I used the speaker with a cell phone, laptop, Desktop, and a Cell phone Tablet. Operating Systems, Win XP, Win 7, Linux Mint 18.3, The speaker worked well with everything. Sound Quality is very good, Battery time is good, Durability is very good, but I do take Care of my equipment. PS. The speaker will turn off after about 10 to 15 minutes of non use, Not a bad thing, It won't drain out of power by being on all the time even when not in use.
Thank you, Hope this info is of help.
Gustaf's Dutch Licorice - Pick a Product - 7 Varieties of Dutch Candy - Great Price! (Gustaf's Dutch Licorice Coins)
Gustaf's Dutch Licorice - Pick a Product - 7 Varieties of Dutch Candy - Great Price! (Gustaf's Dutch Licorice Coins)
I'm not sure about this licorice yet. Its my first salty licorice. I like everything about it except the ammonia taste. I didn't spit it out but it wasn't love at first taste either. Still, here I am 3 hours later trying another one. I like it better than the first one. Quite a lot better. The ammonia taste seems almost absent. I'll try a few more in a while. I might be warming up to this stuff.
Yogi Tea Infusión de Hierbas Chai Negro - 17 bolsitas
Yogi Tea Infusión de Hierbas Chai Negro - 17 bolsitas
Trovo che le parole stesse della Yogi descrivano al meglio questo tè:
"Le classiche spezie chai come la cannella, l’impetuoso zenzero e l’anice, insieme con il tè nero, si mescolano in questo stimolante e potente YOGI TEA®. Il rooibos aggiunge una tenera dolcezza. Da gustare secondo la tradizione indiana, addolcito e con un goccio di latte o suo sostituto. La vera essenza di questo infuso è: “Deciso e pronto ad affrontare i rischi”.
tè nero*, zenzero*, cannella*, anice*, rooibos*, cicoria tostata*, pepe nero*, chiodi di garofano*, olio di cannella*, olio di zenzero*"
Ottimo al posto del caffè al mattino!

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