Leslie Mitchell

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HTML5 and CSS3, Illustrated Complete
HTML5 and CSS3, Illustrated Complete
HTML5 and CSS3, Illustrated Complete by Sasha Vodnik. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
JavaScript Concurrency
JavaScript Concurrency
JavaScript Concurrency by Adam Boduch. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Databases A Beginner's Guide
Databases A Beginner's Guide
Databases A Beginner's Guide by Andy Oppel. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Un día de diciembre (Spanish Edition)
Un día de diciembre (Spanish Edition)
Un día de diciembre (Spanish Edition) by Josie Silver. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Conclusive Evidence: A Novel
Conclusive Evidence: A Novel
Conclusive Evidence: A Novel by Al Macy. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 480 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
A Conflict of Interest: A Novel
A Conflict of Interest: A Novel
A Conflict of Interest: A Novel by Adam Mitzner, David LeDoux, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 444 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone: Oskarzony
Theodore Boone: Oskarzony
Theodore Boone: Oskarzony by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Regulators
The Regulators
The Regulators by Stephen King, Frank Muller, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 479 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition)
Carrie (Imaginaire) (French Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 67 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java for Programmers (Deitel Developer Series)
Java for Programmers (Deitel Developer Series)
Java for Programmers (Deitel Developer Series) by Paul J. Deitel and Harvey M. Deitel. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Exam Ref 70-765 Provisioning SQL Databases
Exam Ref 70-765 Provisioning SQL Databases
Exam Ref 70-765 Provisioning SQL Databases by Joseph D'Antoni and Scott Klein. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Pro SQL Server on Microsoft Azure
Pro SQL Server on Microsoft Azure
Pro SQL Server on Microsoft Azure by Pranab Mazumdar, Sourabh Agarwal, et al.. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)
Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)
Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics) by Adrian Bondy and U.S.R. Murty. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
The World of Tom Clancy's The Division
The World of Tom Clancy's The Division
The World of Tom Clancy's The Division by Ubisoft. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 86 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders
There are basically two teams in this match of ideas, with several participants trying to referee. On one side are the economists by trade, who are very skeptical about non-market criteria in economics. On the other side are the non-economists who believe the art and science of economics needs to be broadened, but are unclear on how this can be accomplished. Notably, I found the most refreshing approach of the many experts participating in the blog offered by perhaps its youngest contributor – the student Kyle Chauvin – who argued how we need to expand the reach of traditional, or profit, capitalism, not only around the world but to the overlooked corners of the developed world as well.

Unfortunately, the two sides never really converge in this debate and I suppose that may be why the conversation disappeared from public discourse (only 7 reviews?). Both sides accept some common premises that need to be challenged in order to break out of the box we find ourselves in on these issues.

These premises derive from the neoclassical school of economic theory that laid the foundation for general equilibrium theory in macroeconomics. Specifically, actors within the economy are classified according to a loose application of factor analysis, so we have workers, entrepreneurs and small business owners, corporate firms and managers, investors, savers, lenders, borrowers, consumers, and political actors. Then we lump these categories into producers, savers, and investors on one side versus consumers, workers, and borrowers on the other. The consensus seems to settle on the idea that some people produce and so policy should empower this production. Then successful producers can be taxed by political actors, and/or encouraged by philanthropy, to redistribute the wealth to non-producers for reasons that range from compassion to demand stimulus.

Capital accumulation and equity ownership in capitalist enterprise is an essential form of participation in the modern global market economy. Concomitant with ownership is the question of control in governance and risk management as the flip side of profit. But instead of focusing on how wealth is created and distributed through these market structures and institutions, we insist on dividing capital from labor and then try to redistribute the outcomes by political calculus, or by corporate largess. This is industrial age capitalism and such a mode of production will never accomplish what we hope to through creative capitalism. (I do agree with Clive Cook that we need a better term—maybe Inclusive Capitalism or the Singularity, to borrow from Ray Kurzweil.)

The problems that corporate social responsibility (CSR) seeks to address are rooted in the skewed distribution of productive resources across society, widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. But taxing the haves to give to the have-nots is a self-defeating form of compassion. We should try to adhere to the Chinese proverb about teaching a hungry man to fish so that he eats for a lifetime. This can be put most plainly by asking the following question: If corporations work solely to enrich shareholders, then why aren’t we all shareholders? To widen the economic net even more, why aren’t all enterprise stakeholders shareholders?

Equity participation may also be the most viable way to promote “recognition” as a complement to profit maximization, as stakeholders have a broader range of interests, of which immediate profits is only one. This idea also focuses our attention on the real problem of free societies: agency failures and governance. Market economies depend on a multiplicity of agent-principal relationships in economic enterprises and political institutions. The abuse of these relationships is the mark of cronyism that dominates public attitudes toward “undemocratic” capitalism these days. This is not an easy problem to solve, but suffice to say equity ownership, control, and risk management must be as open, transparent, and competitive as possible. This is the only way to confirm that these relationships are accepted as just.

The only sustainable solution to world poverty and the skewed distribution of resources is the creation of a worldwide, self-sufficient, productive middle class. This is as necessary for democratic politics as it is for economics. For the middle class to grow, it needs access to resources, mostly financial capital and technology these days.

We can point to the history of land homesteading that built the American Midwest, and just recently, the idea floated by Michigan’s governor to promote homesteading in Detroit for foreigners. Society’s resources need to be spread far and wide in order to reap the benefits of innovation and adaptation, while maximizing the utilization of these resources. The financial imperative of capital is to maximize return, but the socioeconomic objective seeks to do so by combining capital with labor. This flies a bit in the face of the efficiency argument that some people are better at managing risk and creating wealth, so specialization of function should favor the risk managers on Wall Street. The problem is that we never know where to find the successful entrepreneurs and job creating small businesses of the future, only those of the past. And Wall St. only considers those who manage to squeeze through the narrow access door.

Without angel capital provided by family relations who merely saved and accumulated their personal wealth, many enterprises would never see the light of day. At the early stages, venture capital money is too costly or unavailable. This story is repeated across the economy, yet today’s concentration of capital in venture firms, hedge funds, private equity, buyout firms, major bank holding companies, etc. narrows capital access to those who already have it. The proliferation of ideas must be forced through this bottleneck, to what end? Better that individuals, families, small group networks, etc. are empowered by policy to accumulate their own capital to put at risk in entrepreneurial ventures. After all, sometimes the idea is not so sexy and may be nothing more than a new restaurant idea or a better mousetrap. In a world where the future is unknown, we can’t lock ourselves into narrow investment models built on the past. Likewise, we should not underestimate the ancillary growth Microsoft seeded by enriching its own shareholders.

The key point, which cannot be overemphasized, is that broad capital accumulation achieves double the impact of other policy options. First, it helps finance ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking that will increase labor utilization, spreading the risks and benefits of economic growth. Second, accumulated financial assets, or savings, help mitigate economic risks of unemployment, health, and retirement through self-insurance. This reduces political demands on the state's safety-nets and the tax and redistributive policies on productive effort that hampers economic growth. Essentially, policies that promote broad-based capital accumulation are a win-win for all citizens of a democratic capitalist society.
Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich
Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich
Before commenting on what's in the book, I would like to take a moment to point out what is not. When the history of the great investors is written about the years 2000 to 2020, it will be filled with names different than those studied in this book. We don't know who those people are yet, but they will probably do something different from what these great investors of the past have done. Caveat investor! A backwards look at investment styles often does not translate into superior rewards in the future. That's one reason why 80 percent of professionals cannot beat the market averages. See John Bogle's Common Sense About Mutual Funds for more details on that perspective.
If you already know who Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton are and what their investment styles are or were, you don't need this book. If these people or the details of their work are unfamiliar to you, this book will serve as a good introduction to those perspectives. It will also take you less time to study than reading the more definitive works on these people. If any of the approaches excite you, I suggest you go in for more depth elsewhere.
What is unique and valuable about this book is an attempt to blend the styles into one you can use to pick stocks and bonds. I thought that it was done reasonably well. Each investor is laid out in the same format, and then the results are summarized in the last part of the book. Basically, you are shown how to gather and evaluate the most appropriate information, and then to make a decision based on your evaluation.
There is also some good material to help you understand your risk profile, so you can focus on the relevant types of investments for you. There are also some questions to fill out like those that financial planners often use (that should be no surprise, given that the author is a certified financial planner).
My only concern is that this book could encourage you to try to do too much of your own investment picking and monitoring. Most people don't want to be that involved. And most people don't have the time or interest to do the job well, even if they want to. Although it is exciting to think about getting great investment returns, the odds are actually against you. If great results interest you, even after those caveats, I suggest you read ChangeWave Investing and think about putting 10 percent or less of your money into that approach. It could be the outstanding result that will become equally respected with the past greats in the future.
In any case, enjoy using this well done book to overcome your misconception, disbelief and procrastination stalls about personal investing. Your brief apprenticeship with the masters outlined in this book will give you a better understanding of what successful investment processes have looked like. Then see if they fit you.
Live long and prosper!
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
A first rate book for anyone creating a Facebook business page. I downloaded other highly reviewed Kindle books before this one that didn't really help much. Rebecca Robinson put this book together with Facebook screenshots that walked me through the process. She made the concepts understandable.

I'm new to Facebook, will be working on my FB biz page to complement my EuroPartsHouse.com website where I sell parts for European cars.

This book is the most useful of the several Facebook kindle books that I bought and the one that I'm using first in creating the business page.

Thanks again,
Charles / EuroPartsHouse.com
Donald Trump biography bio book
Donald Trump biography bio book
This book sounded fair positive than most of the left leaning Presidential biographies. The book read like a manuscript and did not have a Library of Congress record matching it. The font or typeset used a square when typing every "Q" and couldn't be cataloged for a library.
LA CULTURA GOOGLE (Spanish Edition)
LA CULTURA GOOGLE (Spanish Edition)
LA CULTURA GOOGLE (Spanish Edition) by Nóstica Editorial. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Imagination Games Rediscover Jigsaw Puzzles - Jimi Hendrix - are You Experienced
Imagination Games Rediscover Jigsaw Puzzles - Jimi Hendrix - are You Experienced
This was a Christmas present for a friend who loves Johnny Cash. The puzzle pieces were very unique in cut and shape and size through out the entire construction of the puzzle which made it more challenging. but the puzzle looked exactly like the box and all the pieces were there. my only complaint is the back side of the puzzle had a few pieces that started peeling the writing off of it and we had to glue them back down.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits - Complete: P/V/G Folio
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits - Complete: P/V/G Folio
"Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits: Complete" (year 1997) is an excellent and outstanding book. It contains forty-five Bob Dylan songs all arranged in alphabetical order. The greatest hits of Bob Dylan's musical output from "Blowin' in the Wind" in the year 1962 to "Under The Red Sky" in the year 1990 are represented. All of the lyrics of the songs are here along with the guitar chord patterns, melody lines, and piano parts. I give "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits: Complete" (year 1997) my highest recommendation. I am so happy to own this book, to be able to play Bob Dylan's songs on my B-flat clarinet, and to be able to sing the lyrics.
Coding with JavaScript For Dummies (For Dummies Series)
Coding with JavaScript For Dummies (For Dummies Series)
This is a very poor book:
- It's expensive, but printed on cheap paper.
- It contains many mistakes, which will make some parts of the book impossible to follow, if you don't already have a background in computing or maths.
- many concepts are introduced without any explanation whatsoever at the time they're first being introduced.
- in order to understand some parts of the book, you're constantly having to refer back to other parts to find out what some of the code means.

Although there are supposedly on-line examples to try, these simply take you to "Coding Academy" and require you to follow the exercises in a different order from the Coding Academy order (presumably because the book is structured slightly differently). It doesn't work very well. In the end, I decided to run through the Coding Academy exercises in the proper order after finishing the book. It's not clear to me whether the authors even have anything to do with the creation of the Coding Academy exercises, although in the absence of anything to the contrary, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one.

In summary, if you're looking for a beginner's book on Java Script, I recommend you avoid this one, and pick one of the others after making sure it has a significant positive user rating (which is what I ought to have done!)
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UPDATE: after allowing some of the coffee roasted with the Nesco roaster to sit for a few weeks in an airtight container (while I enjoyed some different coffee), a funny thing happened that I wasn't expecting and have never experienced before: the coffee got better. Dramatically so. So much so that I really enjoyed it. Maybe this "aging" process is something that frequently occurs but that I've just never read about, but whatever occurred, it ended up taking fantastic.

That earns a swift and well deserved upgrade from 2 stars to 5!

ORIGINAL REVIEW: I've been slowly getting into home coffee roasting after a friend with a Nesco home roaster let me sample several of the coffee's he's done, which he's purchased on Amazon from Lavanta. A Kenya blend he had was simply outstanding and sold me that home roasting was something I had to try.

Traditionally, I've always liked Sumatra medium/dark roasts. I purchased Sumatra Peaberry as a way to roast something I was already familiar with from many other coffee companies, hopefully to give me a baseline of how Lavanta's coffee measured up.

I started with an air popper (ghetto garage style) after reading many online reviews, tutorials, and opinions on this process. The roasting process was simple and the beans roasted beautifully. I turned off the popper right as 2C started, and immediately cooled them down to stop the roasting process. Waited 24 hours for them to off-gas and then got ready to try it. The beans smelled great. I used my hand-crank burr grinder to grind them for my AeroPress and the grounds smelled great. I made it in the usual manner and they bloomed right up - or even more so than I expected. First sips were decent, but really didn't blow me away. I finished my cup with mixed feelings, but just figured I could adjust the roast for the next batch.

The next day I went to make another cup of coffee with the same fresh roasted Sumatra Peaberry, and I don't know what happened in the beans, but I literally couldn't finish the cup. It tasted very ashy, and almost...sour?

I tried a couple of other batches of roasts and never had the same experience with it tasting "sour", but never achieved anything other than average-at-best 7-Eleven mini mart style coffee. I had about 1/2 pound left and asked my friend with the Nesco roaster to roast up the last of it so that I could at least compare THAT roast against my air popper roast(s). It was marginally better, but not dramatically at all.

What I thought might have been the result of the ghetto air popper roasting process, I think actually was the batch of beans I had. I don't know if it was the Peaberry beans, or if it's their Sumatra blends in general. I'm not going to give up and want to try at least two other roasts before I give up on Lavanta, but for what it's worth, their Sumatra Peaberry isn't ever worth purchasing again if it continues to taste like that.
Introduction to Compiler Design: An Object-Oriented Approach Using Java(R)
Introduction to Compiler Design: An Object-Oriented Approach Using Java(R)
How many times in your Software Development career has the need arisen to create a simple Domain Specific Language (DSL) to facilitate the configuration, building, or deployment of an application you were developing, but you could not find a concise, efficacious source of information about how to develop the compiler necessary to reify it? Then this is the book for you. Dr. Moore has distilled the thorny subject of Compiler Construction into an accessible, pragmatic "cookbook" of recipes that allow you to quickly understand and develop each part of a compiler's architecture. The Recursive Descent approach to compiler implementation is employed, which for small languages, is straightforward and effective. The book takes you though all the stages necessary to build a working compiler for CPRL, a small programming language invented by Dr. Moore. CPRL programs are translated into a Java-esque byte code that runs on a virtual machine (CVM), also invented by Dr. Moore. Each book chapter addresses one phase of the compiler construction process, clearly explaining the concepts involved, the objectives to be achieved, the techniques required to achieve those objectives, and additional exercises to reinforce and more deeply explore the concepts learned.

As a student of Dr. Moore who used a draft version of the book during his Compiler Design course at the Citadel, I can attest to its effectiveness in helping you understand and create a working compiler. Using Dr. Moore's approach, developing the compiler is fun and straightforward; along the way, it is also possible to augment the basic compiler with more advanced features as your interest dictates. By the end of the course, I had a working CPRL compiler that implemented a scanner, parser, and code generator. It was a very satisfying accomplishment to have created such a sophisticated program in such a short time. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in quickly mastering the fundamental concepts necessary to build a working compiler. You won't be disappointed.
Super pose book special Nude Pose collection Airi suzumura (Cosmic Art graphic) [JAPANESE EDITION]
Super pose book special Nude Pose collection Airi suzumura (Cosmic Art graphic) [JAPANESE EDITION]
Too embarrassed to by real porn? No internet connection in 2019? Have nosy parents and a buttload of debt from your now useless art degree? Is your fedora just a little too tight these days?

Well we have a solution for you. Buy this book of naked art models that show slightly more than your victoria secret catalog, and feel secure in your plausible deniability for actually owning a book of porn...sorry, tasteful nudes. Be the first of your friends to identify as a boomer, sipping a glass of whiskey and glancing discreetly at naked women in slightly provocative poses while covering all the interesting bits. Feel superior as you look at classy poses knowing what lesser men (or women) actually do on the internet. Weep softly into your Waifu pillow as you realize that this is as close to love as you are likely to come.

Makes a great stocking stuffer for the neckbeard (or legbeard) in your life.
LG K31 Unlocked Smartphone – 32 GB – Silver (Made for US by LG) – Verizon, AT&T, T–Mobile, Metro, Cricket (Universal Compatibility)
LG K31 Unlocked Smartphone – 32 GB – Silver (Made for US by LG) – Verizon, AT&T, T–Mobile, Metro, Cricket (Universal Compatibility)
After hours of reviewing details of many unlocked GSM phones available in the U.S, the new LG K31 is the best if you're looking for a model phone with a screen under 6 inches.

I originally settled on the similar Samsung Galaxy A01 but returned it... the LG K31 is much better... the OS runs much more smoothly and quick and the Wifi chip used in the Samsung is simply awful with very poor distance range.

The SAR radiation level rating on the LG K31 is also on the lower end of the scale (.97 head / 1.03 Body). If SAR ratings are important to you; in comparison, most budget priced Motorola phones typically have much higher SAR radiation ratings usually near the maximum allowable rating of 1.6

The LG K31 doesn't break the bank plus offers fingerprint security and 32GB memory. As an FYI, the LG K31 is the same model as T-Mobile's new LG Aristo 5

I thought I'd give it a shot and just signed up for Mint Mobile's $45 for 3 months plan with 3GB data monthly and so far it's a great option with quality connection that run's on T-Mobile's network and saves me about $40 a month compared to regular single plans through the major carriers. Five weeks in, service has been solid so I plan to renew every 3 months.
Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1 (1)
Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1 (1)
Late last year, Viz Media announced that they were going to be re-releasing Ranma 1/2 on Blu-ray and DVD. These new releases would be pulled from a new HD transfer created in Japan for a triple-billed box set containing the entire animated series. At the same time, they also announced a re-release of the Ranma 1/2 manga. It would be a remastered publication, marking the first time it had ever been released in the original right-to-left reading format here in America.

Ranma 1/2: 2-in-1 Edition Volume 1 is the first book in this new line, and the quality of it is pretty amazing. The artwork is considerably cleaner in this new volume (I'll include user images after posting the review). Some of the shading has been tweaked slightly -- I assume to bring it closer to the original printing -- and some pencil lines are a lot stronger, especially on dialog bubbles. The font with which the dialog is written has also been changed. It's less blurry and pops off the page a little better than before. I also noticed that a lot of large "balloon" text (such as Akane letting out an almighty scream after walking in on Ranma in the bathroom) went from being an empty outline to fully shaded.

Originally, I had written here that the translation seemed to be unchanged, but it turns out that this edition does feature a new script. While a lot of the dialog is the same, there are noticeable changes to the way some characters speak. A prime example is the scene where Soun is telling his daughters that Ranma and Genma have just returned from China. In the original translation, Akane says, "What's so great about walking to China?" In the 2-in-1 Edition, Akane says, "Whatever. Any schmuck can go to China." Most of the dialog around it is unchanged, but seeing Akane use the word "schmuck" jumped out at me immediately because I knew she didn't use it in the original book. There are scattered instances of this kind of re-translation, and I think it's been done to more clearly define the personality of the characters. Over all, it works.

As good as all seems to be, I have noticed one tiny issue: on the very first page of the book, two of the dialog bubbles read in left-to-right format despite the art having been reverted to its original format. When held side-by-side to the original publication, the dialog has not been swapped around, so if you read it right-to-left, you're reading it in reverse. Thankfully, I've only noticed this once so far. I'll update the review to reflect further instances as I notice them. (UPDATED: I was in touch with Viz Media on Facebook, and they assured me that this is a singular issue isolated to page 1. The rest of the book should be oriented correctly for right-to-left reading, and page 1 will be fixed upon reprint.)

I also have a minor quibble with the way Viz is promoting the release. This has been marketed as a 2-in-1 Edition, meaning it should include all of the content from Volumes 1 and 2. But that's not quite the case. Volumes 1 and 2 as originally published consisted of chapters 1 (Here's Ranma) through 25 (Lips at a Loss). The 2-in-1 Edition only contains chapters 1 (Here's Ranma) through 17 (Kodachi, the Black Rose). Given that this book is missing a full third of the chapters that originally made up Volumes 1 and 2, it's a little bit disingenuous on the part of Viz to be promoting this as two volumes in one book. Volume 1 as originally published was 14 chapters long, so they've only included an extra 3 chapters in this version.

With that said, it's been brought to my attention that the original Japanese publication of Ranma 1/2 ran for 38 volumes as opposed to the 36 we got in America, and that the Japanese editions of Volume 1 and 2 did consist of 17 chapters. It would seem that Viz is using the original Japanese publication as the template for the 2-in-1 Edition rather than the original American release.

So with all of that in mind, the question becomes: is this worth buying if you own the older editions?

If you have the original Viz printing (the tall, wide books that were eventually replaced by more traditionally sized graphic novels) and you're a hardcore fan, then I would say probably. The improvement in the art is noticeable even without doing side-by-sides, and the text is easier to read. It's also extremely nice to have two books in one this time around. If you're not a fan of right-to-left orientation you might not like this edition, but in my experience most fans want to read it the way it was originally intended. In my opinion, it's well worth the upgrade.

If you've never read Ranma 1/2 before, then definitely pick this up. Despite the fact that it eventually loses focus and devolves into what is more-or-less a plot-empty sitcom, it's my favorite of Rumiko Takahashi's long-running franchises. It has the most endearing characters, the most original setup, and is something every manga fan should experience at least once in their life. I'm quite happy with this reprint, and have already pre-ordered the next four volumes.

It should also be noted that Viz has included a making-of about the remastering of the manga on the new Blu-ray set due out March 25th. If you like the manga, consider picking that up as well. The show loses focus as it goes on as well, but the first three or four seasons are mostly golden.
The Horatio Alger Treasury
The Horatio Alger Treasury
These stories all of them are treasure troves of old world charm and virtue. The solid, common sense values of the very people who wrested this great land from the Indians and hewed this mighty nation from the untamed wilderness shape all these popular 19th century tales for young boys.
Although quaint by today's standards, they still emanate a contagious sense of old fashioned morality and home spun wisdom. This collection of tales are the perfect gift for pre-adolescent boys, providing a much needed balance to counter the unwholesome influences constantly bombarding their young, impressionable minds from popular media. They are also a refreshing oasis of nostalgia for world weary, cynical men and women considerably more advanced in years and experience.
Hippie
Hippie
I'm a Paulo Coelho enthusiast. I've read all the books available in English and taught several of them in my college classes. I've been hoping for some time to see newer works that matched the quality and impact of his earlier ones. Coelho's new book, Hippie, comes close to this. -- beginning about half-way through its 284 pages.

Without giving too much away, I would advise readers to begin this book on page 183 (not all pages are numbered; you'll need to find 184 and who back one!) Beginning here, the book truly gets interesting in terms of the personal/spiritual journey of its main characters. In some places , it approaches The Alchemist in terms of insight and beauty. But the previous 100 pages or so verge on the tedious. Yes, as someone who lived through the hippie era, it was interesting to see Coelho's take on it, especially as a participant. But that wore thin rather quickly. This is another journey story, and unlike The Alchemist or The Pilgrimage or other such tales, we see little to engage a reader in the day-to-dayness of this journey. The vicissitudes of hippie life, both in urban centers and on the road, have bee already explored to death over the decades since, and Coelho adds nothing new to this; neither do we really experience much of an inner journey -- until page 183. The rest of the book is stunning in places, engaging throughout, moving in its conclusion, and leaves a reader asking, "Where was all this on the ride here?"

Coelho's characters often comment on the tedium off their ride on the Magic Bus, once the initial fascination had worn off. In this book, we get just the opposite -- the tedium comes first, and then the magic happens. Still, I found this book well worth reading, but for best affect, start in the middle and go to the end. By then, the characters and their experiences will matter to you sufficiently to want to know their route to arriving there, no matter how mundane and repetitive it might seem.
The Square Emerald: Edgar Wallace
The Square Emerald: Edgar Wallace
I first heard of Edgar Wallace in the book Murder Ink. I finally found one of his mysteries in a second-hand book store and enjoyed it very much but was never able to find any additional titles. Kindle has brought many of his books back for those of us born out of time who enjoy a puzzling plot,some exotic characters,and no gratuitous sexual encounters or pointless violence. Wallace was an acclaimed author in his day and it is great to have him available to a fresh generation of readers.
Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J. R. R. Tolkien's Fiction
Languages, Myths and History: An Introduction to the Linguistic and Literary Background of J. R. R. Tolkien's Fiction
The book is pretty interesting and gives a lot of information about the relationship between Tolkien's works and the ancient languages and literatures which Tolkien most loved (namely Old English, Old Norse and Gothic). The only unpleasent aspect is that, when the author discusses the Gothic backgroung for Tolkien's works, the text goes too much into details (for example describing some battles which took place between the Goths and other peoples).
The ebook version is not perfect: some sentences are missing or are being repeted throughout the text.
Naruto, Vol. 18: Tsunade's Choice
Naruto, Vol. 18: Tsunade's Choice
Volume 18 begins the Search For Tsunade story arc who is the proposed Fifth Hokage of Konohagakure, or head ninja of the Village Hidden in Leaves. There isn't much to say about it other than it's a great continuation of the series and won't disappoint. What I would like to correct is some things said by the other reviewer, Erin J. Morgart. He is completely wrong about the kunoichi or female ninjas. Every girl character seems to be smarter than their boy counterparts with the exception to Shikamaru, who has an IQ of 200. And yes, some of the females use their intelligence towards medical training, which I would like to ask, how is that a bad thing? Last time I checked a doctor is one of the most respectable professions a person could have. On top of that Kurenai is a genjutsu master and Temari could easily take on most of the guy characters. Sure they have flaws. Like Sakura and Ino's obsession over a boy in the story, but the males have flaws too. Such as Sauske's drive for power and revenge. It's very even on both sides. No charcter is 100% good or 100% bad. Just wanted to point that out.
Mickey Spillane: Five Complete Mike Hammer Novels: I, The Jury; Vengeance Is Mine: The Big Kill; My Gun Is Quick; Kiss Me, Deadly
Mickey Spillane: Five Complete Mike Hammer Novels: I, The Jury; Vengeance Is Mine: The Big Kill; My Gun Is Quick; Kiss Me, Deadly
Mickey Spillane tells us about the adventures of Mike Hammer, perhaps one of the original hard boiled private detectives in mystery literature. The setting is in cold, grim New York City with more than its share of problems and criminals. Keep in mind when this was written because back then things weren't exactly "politically correct." Women were little more than sex objects and men were tough. Mike Hammer, however, manages to be a gentleman and a rogue at the same time. For non-stop action, this is a good read.
Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World of Intelligence: Fact and Fiction (Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence Book 12)
Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World of Intelligence: Fact and Fiction (Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence Book 12)
A rather strange (and not inexpensive) book. It is an incomplete mixture of Fleming's life, his family, the Bond books and characters as these things supposedly interrelate with real life spying and espionage events. There are some errors of fact (eg. the year of death of Hugh Gaitskell) along with a very long (15 pages) and totally out of place essay on the fictional character Mark Chalmers. I am still hoping for the day when someone can do justice to the books and produce an authoritative and definitive encyclopaedia.
Poldark: Season 5
Poldark: Season 5
Warning: Spoilers!
The acting and cinematography was beautifully done, as it was in all previous series. However this final installment was a letdown. The story line was disjointed in some episodes, in which characters would say or do something that made you think something would go further with it, but that particular twist was just sort of forgotten and not carried through. For example, Ross wanting to buy another mine, and secure a loan for it....then nothing further about that mine. Then there was the fact that so much of the first handful of episodes focused on Ross's wrongfully imprisoned friend that this story line just dragged on and on and hence got very old and tiresome very quickly, it was episode after episode of basically his friend getting inebriated and mouthing off to everyone. It was very slow and my family and I were losing interest. But in stark contrast, the last few episodes felt and looked like the writers were in a hurry to wrap everything up, the story then jumped about and didn't make much sense. It really was the worst installment of the entire Poldark series, and unfortunate as it is the last one. Based on their amazing work in the first four installments, they could have done better with this one.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Ultimate Collector's Edition [DVD]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Ultimate Collector's Edition [DVD]
For starters, this box set has the proper title of "Philosopher's Stone", rather than the US title of 'Sorcerer's Stone' (I believe this is a Canadian release) and in the extended version of the film, via ADR or an alternate take, I don't really know, every time the Stone is talked about, it's called the Philosopher's Stone by whoever is speaking. In addition to the other features of this set, this is like the icing on the cake for a detail-obsessed HP nerd like me.
Since everyone in the known universe has probably seen this movie, I won't go into the film all that much, beyond saying that the deleted scenes have been re-integrated into the movie much like the extended cuts of the LotR films, most of them to good effect; the scene with Neville leg-locked creates something of a redundancy with the kid's discovering Nicholas Flamel's identity on Dumbledore's Wizard Card and then again in the library, but it's forgivable.
In any case, this is my preferred version of the film, and I think any true HP fan will agree.
The Noble Collection Harry Potter Hogwarts House Crest Pins
The Noble Collection Harry Potter Hogwarts House Crest Pins
I'm a big fan of the Noble Collection. The accuracy and quality of their products never cease to impress me.

The pins in this set are a little on the small side compared to what you'd expect from the picture. (The product description lists the size of the box, but not the actual pins. The Noble Collection's own website has better detail; each pin is about 1 1/4 inch.)

The detail and color are very nice and the pins seem rather sturdy. The box they came in, not so much. It's rather flimsy and cheap compared to what I've come to expect from the Noble Collection. But if my only issue about the product is the case it came in, I suppose I can't complain. I'll count myself as a satisfied customer. :)
+26 colors/patterns
+26 colors/patterns
Quality your going to love. I repeat buy this brand because it's always high quality. It measures from highest point to heel just at 8 inches. I bought size 1-2 Little Kid. My granddaughter says like all of this brand it's like walking on clouded. Upon inspection I see why she says that they are very durable light weight silky smooth soft fluffy typ . Just cozy Comfy. I love how the sole is great for out door running around if you want bends,when you wash and dry them you don't get rubber smell. They wash dry don't shrink. I highly recommend it. Her feet don't get no smell from long wearing.
Bassetts Jelly Babies 190g (6.78oz) Bag (Pack of 6)
Bassetts Jelly Babies 190g (6.78oz) Bag (Pack of 6)
Like everyone else in the U.S. who likes these, I was introduced to them through Tom Baker in Doctor Who. I saw the show as a kid (after he had left it) and a friend of mine bought these at some convention and shared exactly one because he only had the one bag. I don't think I had them again for many years.

I don't eat a lot of sweets, but for some reason these fill a niche for me when I have a sweets munchie. I also was disappointed in them when I tried them so many years ago. So, I don't know if my tastes changed or I acquired the taste. They really aren't like most American sweets.

I like these 6 bags of them because the bags are about the right size for me to open up and slowly finish off without them just getting stale. So, it's just about the perfect size.

When sharing them at work ("Want a jelly baby?"), I buy Gustaffs because they are cheaper and more of a bulk bag. Both are good, but for my personal use, I go with Bassetts.
The Legion of Videssos (Videssos Cycle, Book 3)
The Legion of Videssos (Videssos Cycle, Book 3)
Harry Turtledove has said that his life was shaped and molded by reading "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague De Camp. To my mind this first series by the master of alternate history is a time travel book based loosely upon that previous classic. Elements of one of Caesar's legions are transported forward in time to the Byzantine Empire. Only it's not the Byzantine Empire, it's the Videssos Empire in another universe where magic works. Aside from that, it's the Byzantine Empire written by a Byzantine historian. Aside from just surviving, the hero must prevent his new homeland from being overrun by barbarians "Lest Darkness Fall". For this reason I consider this the best time travel series to a fictitious universe ever written, as well as the best series about a Roman Legion. It is a must read for anyone interested in the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, or time travel.
One of the many things which make this series interesting is that the heroes are from Caesar's Rome. Rome is young energetic vibrant and, most of all, expanding at this time. They are transported to the Byzantine/Videssos Empire while it is in a period of decline. (If it were the real Byzantine Empire, it would be the final decline, but we can still hope for a revival of the Videssos Empire.) The decadence brought by a thousand years of Empire is sharply contrasted with the vibrant patriotism of our heroes who remain unknowing that this is the destiny of their empire too.
This isn't just a military book where the legion moves from battle to battle. This is a much more realistic and complete world where the hero is thrust into the middle of court politics, and has to fight to overcome the shear inertia of the Empire's slide towards collapse. The hero spends more time facing corruption, political intrigue, distrustful monarchs, intolerant monks, and tax collectors than he does facing mounted cavalry units.
I don't want to repeat the excellent review about the warfare in this series written by Robert, 12 MAR 99, under "The Misplaced Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 1). I would like to add though, that this is not a series about a general. This is not a David Drake/S.M. Sterling series about Belisarius. As Robert points out, the hero of this series stands in the middle of the battles, and seldom knows more of what's going on than immediately to his left and right. The battles themselves are mostly standup fights where two sides hack at each other. This is really much more realistic though. Most battles, especially in the Roman era, were fought this way. Even though nowadays it seems like every book we read is about Belisarius, brilliant generals with innovative battlefield ideas come along only once in a thousand years or so. Most battles are fought without them.
"The Misplaced Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 1) is followed by "An Emperor for the Legion" (The Videssos Cycle Book, 2), "The Legion of Videssos" (Videssos Cycle, Book 3), and "Swords of the Legion" (Videssos Cycle, Book 4). There are two prequel series about Videssos. The first is the Tale of Krispos series, beginning with "Krispos Rising." This is actually a two book story, which is excellent, and a third follow on novel which is very good. The other prequel, The Time of Troubles series, begins with "The Stolen Throne". This series is entertaining, but not really as good as the first two series.
Although there are ten other books about Videssos, there can never be enough. And there are only four books about the Misplaced Legion. There needs to be a sequel series not another prequel. Perhaps "Legion of Videssos: Next Generation" where Marcus's son, born and raised in Videssos, can become Emperor, with Dad and his Legion helping out of course. This could lead to a new golden age for Videssos, and maybe even . . .
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me is author logospilgrim's second collection of theological and mystical essays on Professor Severus Snape. Snape is, perhaps, the most complex character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and logospilgrim has much to say about his transformation from antagonist to hero in this second volume of her "Snape Trilogy." The flawed master is a follow-up to Bring forth the best robes: a spiritual understanding of Severus Snape, but it may stand alone as a volume of Christian spiritual wisdom, inspiration, and guidance for all Harry Potter fans, who, like logospilgrim and myself, read Rowling's seven-part series with an overwhelming desire to see the redemption of Professor Snape--a bitter and broken man who had renounced his allegiance to the Dark Lord and pledged his service to one who would defeat him, not by violence, but through love and self-sacrifice. Snape, the flawed master, was proud, angry, sarcastic, and sometimes cruel, and yet he rose above his many flaws to become Harry's secret protector and Dumbledore's most trusted accomplice. He was the spy whose bravery and self-sacrifice contributed to Harry's ultimate triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort. Logospilgrim's insightful essays are a balm to soothe our wounded hearts. If a man as flawed as Severus Snape can find redemption, then there is hope for us all, even the greatest of sinners. This is an inspiring book for those who seek the deeper meaning that is to be found in the Harry Potter series. The spiritual treasures within it are not merely lessons learned from a flawed master; they are the great moral truths of the Gospels, lessons taught by the One True Master, the one who was without sin, the one who died to redeem us all.
2019 HP Stream Laptop 14inch, Intel Celeron N4000, Intel UHD Graphics 600, 4GB SDRAM, 32GB SSD, HDMI, Win10, 14-cb164wm Brilliant Black (Renewed)
2019 HP Stream Laptop 14inch, Intel Celeron N4000, Intel UHD Graphics 600, 4GB SDRAM, 32GB SSD, HDMI, Win10, 14-cb164wm Brilliant Black (Renewed)
Let's get this out of the way first - no, it won't play Fortnite. No, it won't play Apex Legends. Plays a mean game of Angry Birds, though.
However, if you just need a simple, lightweight laptop for email, web browsing or to transfer your porn collection to a USB drive, this is fine.
It's a fairly stylish looking machine. Lightweight, with a somewhat cheap-feeling build, but good enough. The keyboard is actually rather nice, while the mousepad is semi-responsive (definitely get yourself a cheap mouse along with the laptop).
Obviously storage is an issue, but you can run programs from USB drives, so you're definitely going to need some extra storage. I have several 64gb 'thumb drives', and have been running apps from them with no issue whatsoever. Also, there's a fair amount of bloatware included in the package, so if you jettison that, you'll retrieve a fair amount of onboard storage.
You can actually push this little laptop further than you might think. I've downloaded a couple of games (Doki Doki Literature Club, the old Westwood Blade Runner adventure game) plus some streaming software (XSplit Broadcaster) and managed to live stream these games to YouTube with no issues. Obviously, neither of these is graphically intensive, but I was still surprised that it managed to run a game, streaming software AND stream in 720p to YouTube without a hitch.
It has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an SD Card slot, which will also take Micro SD cards with an adapter (usually included when you buy a Micro SD card), headphone jack port, and an HDMI Out port. No ethernet port, so you're going to be connecting to the internet via Wi-Fi, or not at all.
Basically, if you just need a cute little travel laptop for light duties, and you absolutely must have a Windows machine, as opposed to a Chromebook, then this is a decent choice. It won't blow you away with performance or build quality, but you're probably not going to feel ripped-off, either.

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