Liberty Ortiz

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Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 24 Hours by Julie C. Meloni. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Theodore Boone: The Scandal
Theodore Boone: The Scandal
Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1086 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Neural Network Programming with Java
Neural Network Programming with Java
Neural Network Programming with Java by Alan Souza and Fábio Soares. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Pro T-SQL Programmer's Guide
Pro T-SQL Programmer's Guide
Pro T-SQL Programmer's Guide by Jay Natarajan, Rudi Bruchez, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' 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.
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Another Home Run, This time in the Bear Market. Matt just keeps giving us the Best that he has when it comes to beating the odds in the Stock market. I just hope he never stops providing all this great information. When I first began trading stocks, I was clueless. With Matt's books, I now feel more comfortable and positive on what I am doing when it comes to investing in stocks, Futures or Options. Wherever I am honing my skills in long term or short investments, my portfolio continues to rise. Thanks Matt!

Lorenzo
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce
Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer Will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce
“Amazon shoppers tend to be loyal lifelong customers.” ~ pg. 22

What will shopping be like in the near future? What is already happening as customers become center stage and companies bow to their wishes? As customer expectations rise to new heights, technology is making customer desires a reality.

If you've read “One Click” and “The Everything Store” or any other book on amazon, this is the next level of knowledge you need. This book will also keep you riveted until the last page. Natalie Berg and Miya Knights are great researchers, writers and know how to make a book exciting page after page.

The authors go deep into the psychology of how amazon “thinks” and “acts” even before customers know what they want. For instance PRIME changed the way amazon shoppers thought about being more loyal. There is also some interesting information about Echo owners and how much more they spend at amazon.

Why are millennials spending differently?
What do people want to spend money on these days?
How is the on-my-terms shopper changing the shopping experience?
What has the greatest influence in buying decisions?

This book answers these questions and more...

Some of the topics discussed throughout the book include: autonomous computing systems, AI shop assistants, 1-click, shopping by voice (Echo), Dash wands, Kiva Systems (robotics), Prime Air, Showrooming, Checkout-free stores, instant gratification, virtual reality experiences, frictionless shopping, experiential spending, Amazon lockers, Treasure Truck, FBA Fulfillment by Amazon, Amazon Go and driver-less trucks.

What I also found intriguing was the detailed information on the Whole Foods acquisition.

The authors of this book are very insightful and make a number of well-thought-out predictions which you may feel are very interesting to consider. They do however seem to emphasize the Amazon Effect a lot, but seem mostly positive about it. Obviously Amazon has changed the game in regards to keeping customers satisfied no matter what business is selling products.

So by reading this book you will learn a lot of interesting facts. You will also gain a much deeper understanding of what customers expect a shopping experience to be like. I'm glad I read this information as it has enlightened me on various things I had heard about but had not researched myself. This book will be interesting to anyone who loves to shop or who has products for purchase. Knowing what people are going to want in the future is the goal of this entertaining book.

~The Rebecca Review
Essential Recordings 1956-1962
Essential Recordings 1956-1962
I loved hearing the youthful quality in Ms. Franklin's voice. It was very refreshing and her range was incredible. A must for any Aretha Franklin fan
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin by Arthur Miller. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Aretha Franklin" category.
Dont Look Back (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Dont Look Back (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
I watched the video two times and it's still is not enough. This video was better than, Netflix Rolling Thunder. I had to go to my daughter house to watch, together so she could see how great he is.
(Don't Look Back) was real, you saw the Bob I love, not a second of feeling he was putting on an act. Lots of great video of just what life is like on the road. He is Bob all the time, never gives stupid answers to anyone. Hates being questioned, as the questions are in the viewers mind,he says. Each person sees it to their liking.
Can't say enough about this film. LOVED LOVED :) Bob is a Genius, and each word means something, to me, to keep forever and whenever he sings a song. Never sings a song twice the same even changes words when he sang, you have to Serve Somebody. His Gospel songs blow my mind. I listen all day with my ear buds thanks to Amazon's wonderful over the ears pair I purchased. Don't want to loose a pair from falling off and not being able to use ear buds. Bought the Rolling Thunder tee shirt also. OMG I'm crazy LOL
Amazon Collection Platinum or Gold Plated Sterling Silver Station Necklace made with Swarovski Zirconia
Amazon Collection Platinum or Gold Plated Sterling Silver Station Necklace made with Swarovski Zirconia
スワロフスキー・ジルコニアがきらきらきれいです。「ダイヤモンド鑑定の世界的権威である全米宝石学会(GIA)が定めた、ダイヤモンドカット品質を鑑定するための包括的な基準を満たした史上初のジルコニアです。」とのこと。
手持ちの一粒ダイヤのピアスと合わせてつけていますがよくほめられます。黒、紺、白のシャツやカットソーと合わせてこのネックレスが引き立つようなコーディネイトをしています。クルーネックのセーターにデニム、というありふれたスタイルもこちらをつけるとちょっとオシャレした感じになり気に入っています。
留め金が外れるので2重にしても使えます。
プレゼントにするなら、箱に貼ってある「Made in China」のシールをとり、ネックレスが配送中に片側によっていないか確認の上差し上げることをお勧めします。黒と青の配色のきれいな箱に入ってきます。
ヴァンドーム等のジュエリーショップで購入すれば1万円程度はすると思いますのでお値打ちですが、
一方でジルコニアがたくさんついているので本物のダイヤモンドという感じはしません。あくまでアクサセリーとして楽しむ感じです。(ゴージャスなマダムがドレスに着用すればまた違うのでしょうけれど)

★ご参考★
長さは実寸で約90センチですした。
下記のような矛盾したサイト上の記載があり、アマゾンさんには(オリジナルブランドならなおさら)正しい説明を心掛けてほしいところです、
写真を見ると長さが38.4センチなはずがない、ので36インチ(1センチ≒2.54センチなので約91.5センチ)というほうが正しいだろうと思い購入しました。
正しい表記もそうですが、日本はじめ米国以外のほぼ全世界でインチではなくセンチメートル法を使っているのだし、日本で販売しているのだからちゃんとセンチメートル単位で表示したほうが換算の手間がなく良いと思います。
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長さ
36 インチ
チェーンの長さ
38.4cm
X-men: First Class
X-men: First Class
20th Century Fox finished its first run of three X-Men movies in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand. In 2011 they began a new series which would start back in the 1960s and cover each decade after that as the group progressed. That would start with X-Men First Class set in the 1960s and directed by Matthew Vaughn. The story harkens back to the original concept Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had for when they created the X-men which was equal rights for African Americans. The mutants were blacks and the regular humans were whites. The mutants were always fighting to be accepted and not seen as different and a threat.

There would be a new cast featuring James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven aka Mystique, Nichols Hoult as Hank McCoy the Beast, Ross Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Lucas Till as Alex Summers aka Havok, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Zoe Kravits as Angel, and Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy aka Banshee. The bad guys would be the Hellfire Club with Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, and Alex Gonzalez as Riptide.

The movie begins by introducing some of the main characters and themes they will touch on. A young Erik Lehnsherr is in a German concentration camp during World War II where he is experimented upon by Sebastian Shaw. It then flashes to the present where Erik is intent upon using his mutant powers to get revenge upon those that ran the camp with Shaw at the top of the list. Charles Xavier and Raven meet at his house when they were children. Then it flashes to when Xavier is in college writing about mutation. Then Moira MacTaggert is in Las Vegas working for the CIA where she discovers the Hellfire Club led by Shaw that also includes Emma Frost, Riptide and Azazel. They are manipulating the U.S. and Soviet governments for some scheme. That encounter leads MacTaggert to Xavier’s work on mutants. The stage is then set. Working initially under the CIA Xavier and MacTaggert form their own group of mutants, that would become the X-Men, to counter Shaw and the Hellfire Club. They would recruit Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Havok, Darwin, Angel and Banshee. There’s a hilarious scene where they approach Wolverine as well who tells them to screw off.

Given that the movie is based in the 1960s it also gives homage to the original message that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby tried to convey with the X-Men. That was the struggle of African Americans for civil rights. Mutants were black people searching for acceptance and power and split between two paths to achieve that. There was Xavier who was Martin Luther King talking about co-existence between blacks and whites, mutants and humans in the comic, and then there was Magneto who was Malcolm X talking about using any means necessary to ensure the protection of mutants/blacks. You see that message playing out early on in the film when Xavier is flirting with a girl in a bar and says “mutant and proud” followed by Raven saying the same thing in the next scene and talking about whether she would be accepted. That phrase is a take off of the 60s slogan “I’m black and I’m proud" made famous by a James Brown song of the same title. Then there’s a scene where Erik tells Mystique that if he looked like her he wouldn’t change a thing, which was meant to instill pride in mutation, similar to how blacks used to say black is beautiful. Later on, Xavier and Erik are playing chess on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. talking about the future of mutants, whether they should work with the government or not. That’s where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech about his vision for race relations in America. Shaw actually takes up the argument made by Magneto in the comics at first, but then at the end Magneto articulates them himself. The split between Xavier and Erik is symbolic of the split between King and Malcolm X

There are also some new Marvel homages and Easter Eggs. One of the agents at the CIA is named Stryker, who is the father of William Stryker who was prominent in the X2 and X-Men Days of Future Past movies. Raven goes through a series of transformations trying to seduce Magneto and that includes transforming into Rebecca Romijn who played Mystique in the first three X-Men movies. Some aspects of the uniforms the X-Men wear such as the target on Havok, the wings on Banshee, and the red suit of Magneto at the end are based upon the unis seen in the comics. Some things that didn’t work were Azazel who looked exactly like Nightcrawler with the same power, but with red skin.

Overall, this was a good reboot of the X-Men. Last Stand had some memorable moments but had such a bad ending that it was a real disservice to the franchise. First Class gave it a fresh new look that would play out well across the following films as well. The characters were strong and engaging. Technology allowed for much better fight scenes especially the really big ones such as when Erik attacks Shaw on a yacht or the final confrontation where two huge fleets one Soviet and one American stand off during the Cuban Missile Crisis and then turn their guns on the mutants. My one major complaint is that Darwin dies in the film. Having the black character be the first to pass away is a Hollywood cliche which unfortunately this movie perpetuated.
The Ultimate Aluminum Pizza Peel. 14 inch Paddle with a Smooth Ceramic Coating, 10 inch Wood Handle. Large & Lightweight, Use this Metal Spatula for Baking Pizzas and Breads on Oven & Grill
The Ultimate Aluminum Pizza Peel. 14 inch Paddle with a Smooth Ceramic Coating, 10 inch Wood Handle. Large & Lightweight, Use this Metal Spatula for Baking Pizzas and Breads on Oven & Grill
Literally the best purchase of 2019.
Imagine, entering your kitchen and finding several rogue Red Baron's laying in wait. You draw your Ultimate Pizza Cutter Rocker Blade from its protective scabbard, assuming the stance taught to you by your master at the Little Caesars doughjo. These pizzas are hot and ready for action, but they didn't expect your 14 inches of stainless steel combined with a grip that is safer than a Pizza knife.

you lunge forward, breathing hard from the effort of the multiple steps taken so quickly, and with 3 quick, short moves, you cut your first pepperoni covered assailant into 6 equal pieces with ease.

Sweat glistens on your brow from the exertion as your body maneuvers to the next pizza, this one a stuffed crust affair. "Luckily for me that my Ultimate Pizza Cutter Rocker Blade is great on all types of crust" you mutter to yourself while glancing at the floor, trying to avoid eye contact.

With a few more heavy breaths and quick action with your Ultimate Pizza Cutter Rocker Blade, cheese spilled from the crust like the blood from your veins.

With the deed done, you hold your Ultimate Pizza Cutter Rocker Blade under the faucet to cleanse it of the pizza remains. safe once again you are finally able to relax and enjoy several hours of World of Warcraft Classic and Red Baron before laying down to rest, your Ultimate Pizza Cutter Rocker Blade on the night stand. With it by your side you will never have to worry about cutting pizza ever again.

TL;DR
10/10 best pizza cutter/samurai sword/bat'leth made
IBILI Pizza Stone with Base, 33 x 33 x 4 cm, Silver/Beige
IBILI Pizza Stone with Base, 33 x 33 x 4 cm, Silver/Beige
Tal vez fuera por un enfriamiento más rápido de lo conveniente, pero el hecho es que se quebró tras unos meses en uso.
Pero he comprado una segunda. A pesar de la fragilidad me compensa. La utilizo en el interior de una chimenea, apoyada en un trípode y consigo unas pizzas con una suela espléndida y un acabado de pizzería (siempre que soy capaz de controlar el punto del fuego y la brasa)
Dr. Seuss Women's Ugly Christmas T-Shirt
Dr. Seuss Women's Ugly Christmas T-Shirt
I followed the size chart and ordered an XL, it’s what I typically wear because I prefer a looser fit. My bust is 40, the chart said up to 44. As soon as I opened it I knew it was too small but I tried it on anyway. It fit completely against my body, not stretched but like a send skin.
Also at time of purchase I didn’t notice it’s to be hand washed only, for a tee-shirt? I can see no dryer but who has time to hand wash tee shirts, smh.
Going back
Kane y Abel [Kane and Abel]
Kane y Abel [Kane and Abel]
This book I first read it a few years ago and being an avid reader myself, I can only say that this is a book you must read if you enjoy well written novels. It made me laugh, cry, and analyze situations and behaviours. It is about two men, their lifes, and how they both fight for what they believe is important. Both were born at the same time but in completely different countries and circumstances, one being so rich that he was born in a hospital named after his own father and owned by him too, the other in the middle of the woods to a dying mother with no one around. Life brings them together and we can just say that life is an irony sometimes. Written with style, this is a book you'll want to read again once in a while. One last thing to add - this book served me as a parameter to know what a GOOD book is.
The Case of the Irate Witness (Perry Mason Series Book 85)
The Case of the Irate Witness (Perry Mason Series Book 85)
This is a collection of Erle Stanley Gardner short stories - only the title story of the collection features his best known character, Perry Mason.

"Irate Witness" is good - it has a bunch of classic bits of Perry Mason (i.e., Perry's snappy dialogue especially with a deputy who's kind of a jerk, Perry getting into trouble on vacation, Della trying to let him enjoy the vacation, etc) but it basically cuts out all the middle and gets down to Perry making a DA lose a case (although trying to help him save face in the end).

The second and third stories are pretty forgettable, although the character in the third is one of the annoying "super sleuths" who's always a step ahead - however, I did appreciate the ending when it's revealed in enough pieces to understand how it happened.

The fourth story, "A Man Goes Missing" has no Perry, but does have a somewhat Perry-like sheriff who solves the puzzle but leaves law enforcement with a way to save face. Again, it's doled out in enough pieces to play along with the mystery.

It's short but worthwhile.
Demons and Druids (Daniel X (3))
Demons and Druids (Daniel X (3))
I liked the concept of the book, but writing a literary review based on a few chapter teaser is difficult. I was not invested in the characters by the end of the preview. I was not captivated by scenery or even the action sequences. It was ok, but not spectacular. I truly hope in the full novel that character and setting development is more thorough.
Mero Cristianismo (Spanish Edition)
Mero Cristianismo (Spanish Edition)
La relación ciencia-fe es más profunda de lo que pensamos. Es el núcleo argumental de este clásico de C.S. Lewis. Por decirlo de una manera diáfana: la fe de nuestras devotas abuelas – aquélla de las estampitas de la Santísima Trinidad – guarda una íntima conexión con la estructura espacio temporal del universo. Este ensayo apologético defiende que el pensamiento cristiano no es un constructo, está basado en la experiencia de cientos de personas que tuvieron contacto con Dios a lo largo de la historia. Está respaldado por una combinación autoridad-humildad nunca vistas antes en un hombre – Jesucristo – cuya palabra era, sencillamente, lo más impresionante que jamás haya sido pronunciado por ningún ser humano. Es la prueba de que algo más grande – por encima de la mente y la materia – gobierna el universo. El cristianismo conforma una serie de doctrinas que encajan de manera precisa con la ciencia. Inyecta en el hombre un fermento anti evolutivo que trasciende la biología y lo separa de la selección Darwiniana. Da una respuesta coherente al por qué del universo – que nada tiene que envidiar a las de otros sistemas filosóficos. Veamos por qué este libro es importante.

A veces los libros sorprenden por la forma como impactan en nuestras vidas. En mi caso, la grieta de fe se abrió en los años 80 con la serie Cosmos de Carl Sagan. En el antológico capítulo 10 – Al Filo de la Eternidad – Sagan recogía el pensamiento del teólogo y matemático Edwin Abbott, profundizando en el mundo bidimensional de Planilandia. La posibilidad matemática de nuevas dimensiones en el universo dejaba abierta la puerta a la existencia de Dios. Pero pronto Sagan – aferrándose a lo material – desdibujaba esta posibilidad. La sorpresa de Mero Cristianismo ha sido encontrar el mismo argumento pero en sentido contrario al de Sagan, es decir: dirigido y enfocado hacia la existencia de Dios – que era la intención original de Edwin Abbott.

C.S. Lewis consigue rectificar estas grietas de fe porque a veces nos hace falta que se expliquen las doctrinas de forma clara, con un lenguaje contemporáneo. Puedes reforzar tu fe de la forma tradicional: Sagradas Escrituras, oración, sacramentos, obras, lecturas, etc. Este libro – escrito por lo que yo llamaría “Apóstol del siglo XX” – te reconciliará con esos dogmas del cristianismo que creías trasnochados. Te abrirá los ojos a la profunda sabiduría de aquella fe que profesaban las devotas abuelas. Para ello, Lewis relacionará el pensamiento cristiano con las principales ramas de la ciencia: psicología, psicoanálisis, geometría, física, astronomía y biología – Evolución Darwiniana. Si Cristo utilizaba parábolas para trasmitir sus enseñanzas, Lewis lo hará planteando analogías actuales que destapan un pensamiento elevado, honesto e ingenioso.
Karen's Birthday (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #7)
Karen's Birthday (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #7)
One of the things that makes this whole series so special is the fact that Ann M. Martin charged in head-first to battle the topic of split families. I did not come from one, but loved this series anyway. My daughter, however, does have the split-family 'problem', and now that she's older, she has thoughts and feelings that she (obviously) didn't have as a baby. Remembering this series, I bought one to give it a try, and she is in love with it, seemingly more than I was. I think these books are a comfort to her, giving validation to her own feelings on the subject. While reading, she'll interject with an excited "Hey, me too!" I recommend this for any child, but especially children living 'two' lives.
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry (Richard Scarry's Best Books Ever) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry (Richard Scarry's Best Books Ever) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)
I grew up with Richard Scarry books and always give them as baby shower gifts. It never fails (not once), the parents will always mention a few years later that the Richard Scarry book is their kid's favorite book. We recently stumbled onto this one (I'm American and my husband is from Mexico). We love it and have started giving this one whenever we have a little one around. I've also recommended to a few friends and co workers and they also sing this book's praises (especially my college roommate who is a speech pathologist/ special ed teacher).

There are so many pictures on each page and the words in both English and Spanish are great. Kids are captivated!! It's really a book that kids can grow into!
The Wrecker
The Wrecker
In "The Chase", Clive Cussler introduced readers to a new character: Isaac Bell. Bell is a detective with the Van Dorn Detective Agency, and it's his job to travel the country to catch notorious bad guys. In "The Wrecker", Isaac will face his biggest challenge yet.

The story is set at the turn of the 20th century. Financial unrest and labor strifes have beset the nation, none more so than on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Osgood Hennessy, president of the Southern Pacific, controls most of the railroads in the West. It is his plan to build the Cascades Cutoff, which will help the flow of railway traffic. However, Hennessy is faced with a saboteur on a grand scale; a man known simply as "The Wrecker". The Wrecker recruits down-and-outs from the hobo villages along the train lines to perform acts of sabotage against the railway, then kills them. Hennesy hires the Van Dorn agency to catch the Wrecker, and soon, Isaac Bell is on the case. From the west coast to New Jersey, Bell chases the Wrecker, but to no avail. To make matters worse, the Wrecker has his sights set on blowing the Cascade Canyon Bridge. Will the Wrecker succeed, or will Bell catch him before it's too late?

I've become a big fan of the Isaac Bell series, and "The Wrecker" is packed full of action and adventure. Isaac Bell is the prototypical hero, sporting a stetson hat, white suit, and blond mustache. The Wrecker is a devious, well-disguised bad guy who is cleverly hidden by Cussler throughout the book. The supporting characters are well-developed and they add to the suspense of the story.

I recommend "The Wrecker" very highly. The story is full of thrills, and the characters jump off the page. Don't miss this great story from Clive Cussler.
Alistair Maclean's Hostage Tower
Alistair Maclean's Hostage Tower
I had just finished this book's sequel, also by John Denis, "Air Force One is Down", so my expectations for "Hostage Tower" were at rock bottom. My expectations were not exceeded but spot on. Do not get me wrong. I am a MacLean fan, but that does not include being a fan of cheap MacLean imitations like this. John Denis has neither MacLean's talent for spicing up a story with mystery nor his wit. "Hostage Tower" is a pedestrian, trivial, predictable hostage drama where everything unfolds as you would expect a hostage drama to unfold. No mystery. No wit. No plot twists of interest. A plot full of holes, ranging from the utterly silly or the obviously impossible to plain contradictions. A B-movie was filmed in 1980, based on this book. It is the least interesting MacLean movie I have ever seen. Read: Boring from start to finish. The film's rating on the International Movie Database [...] is as low as 5.3/10, which is a scandal for a "MacLean" movie. At least the film makers have the valid excuse that the script was useless from the start, but then again, why bother making a film out of it in the first place?

This book should have been titled "How to make money for MacLean and his publisher without actually going through the trouble of writing a book himself". It may be tempting to make a quick buck out of a well-reputed name by having a B-author write a book and put a MacLean stamp on it, but in the long term, it risks discrediting MacLean's name.

If you are desperate for something to read, for example if you are a hostage yourself and the alternative is staring into a wall or reading the yellow pages, or if you have been forced on vacation with your mother-in-law and need an excuse to distance yourself from her, then maybe this book can distract you for a couple of days. In most other situations, this book is a waste of paper.
New Moon (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 2) (Italian Edition)
New Moon (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 2) (Italian Edition)
Prometto che qusto libro me la fatto comprare mia figlia,questa è la seconda parte della saga di Twilight. Il libro è scritto in prima persona così da potersi immergere completamente nel racconto e sentirsi la protagonista! .Qui Bella affronterà una grande sfida, cioè il superamento del dolore della perdita... ma alla fine ciò che è destinato ritorna a se.
Il libro e arrivato con 10 in anticipo ma risulta ancora in viaggio
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Blu-ray)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Blu-ray)
I enjoyed the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie -- partly because it was a delight getting to see some of the wonderful creatures that have been mentioned but never shown in the Harry Potter universe, and partly because it was nice to get an adventure in the "Harry Potter" world that didn't result in me muttering "that's not how it was in the book" for two and a half hours. I thought the film ended on a decent enough note, but was curious to see what JK Rowling had in mind for the story's continuation -- because let's face it, she's apparently not done milking the franchise. Sadly, while "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is a visually stunning movie and Eddie Redmayne is adorable as our creature-obsessed protagonist Newt Scamander, the film itself is a confusing, muddled mess that feels like it actually contradicts the actual "Harry Potter" books at times.

NOTE: This film has not yet been released on home media, so I'm reviewing the movie itself, not the DVD's extra content. (Though I rarely view that content anyhow, so I'll leave that up to other reviewers to cover...)

The first film ended with Grindelwald's capture... but in this film, he enacts a daring jailbreak with the help of his followers, and sets out to find Credance, a dangerously powerful young man whom he can make his tool for takeover. Newt Scamander at first refuses to help find Credance before Grindelwald can... but finds himself making an illicit journey to Paris in order to find both Credance and the Auror he's come to love, Tina. Accompanied by Queenie, Tina's airheaded telepathic sister, and Jacob, a baffled but well-meaning Muggle who loves Queenie, Newt hopes to find the boy before Grindelwald can make him into a weapon... but there are dangerous plots afoot that could have devastating ramifications for the wizarding world and Muggles alike.

The absolute best part of this film is the visuals -- they're stunning. The creatures of the wizarding world are creatively designed and an absolute joy to watch, and I came away from this film wanting a Niffler for myself. The spells and magic artifacts are well-done as well, and if nothing else this is a real treat to watch so long as you're not too concerned with the story itself. The editing felt somewhat choppy to me, especially toward the end, but for the most part the visual effects are amazing.

The acting itself is a mixed bag. Eddie Redmayne is adorably awkward as Newt, obsessed with magical animals but far less capable when it comes to interacting with humans. Dan Fogler is surprisingly good as Jacob, the hapless Muggle thrown into a world he doesn't quite understand, and provides a nice comic foil to some of the darker stuff going on onscreen. Jude Law makes a surprisingly enjoyable young Dumbledore as well, and he does his best with a rather convoluted script. The rest of the cast is either passable or just dreadful... and while I respect Johnny Depp for his weird but enjoyable characters, and think he turned in a genuinely creepy performance here, a lot of his dialogue comes across as stilted and strange. That could be a fault of the script, but still, it's hard to watch at times.

The story itself is a muddle, and feels like it's trying to do way too much in its limited screen time. There are so many subplots competing for attention that even those well-versed in the Harry Potter mythos will have a hard time understanding what's going on (and Heaven help you if you go into this film without having binge-read the entire series at some point...). The film can't seem to decide what's most important to focus on, and in trying to give equal time to the many, many subplots (romantic subplots, characters trying to find their origins/family members, a vaguely defined prophecy, Dumbledore's attempt at a backstory, etc.), it just ends up becoming a tangled mess. The film also feels like it directly contradicts elements of the books themselves, especially the final book, and that makes it very frustrating at times.

I enjoyed the first "Fantastic Beasts" film, but this one feels like a Star Wars prequel -- namely, it has amazing and imaginative visuals that can't make up for wooden acting, a convoluted story, and elements that directly contradict the earlier installments. It's hard to know who would enjoy this film, because it will only baffle those not intimately familiar with the Harry Potter universe and will likely frustrate and even anger devoted fans. Perhaps Rowling just needs to hang up the wand and let the books stand on their own instead of trying to milk the franchise dry...
Kangaroo Halloween Accessories - Wizard Wig, Grey, Size One Size Fits Most
Kangaroo Halloween Accessories - Wizard Wig, Grey, Size One Size Fits Most
This wig/beard combo is not perfect but it is an excellent value for the price. I wore it for a Con as Gandalf and it worked well. To be fair, I bought it with Prime, it came right on time, a day out from DragonCon so I didn't get it tweaked quite as well as I wanted. For Halloween it would be fine for most costumes.

For Cosplay it needs work. First the challenges:

It is VERY shiny. I tried a combination dryer sheets, dry shampoo and baby powder to try to kill the shine. Ultimately, I hit it with dry brush acrylic paints and made some headways but didn't get it quite where I wanted it. I will get there but just didn't have the time at that time. So be warned if you care about shine.

The second issue is that the 'stache is pretty awful, there is a potential that you could trim it and I have seen worse but it is only "quick and dirty" Halloween quality at best. I chose to cut it off and integrate it into my own facial hair with decent but not exceptional results.

Both of these minor gripes can probably be resolved with some time and effort.

The good is:

1. The price is more than fair - it is a great wig for this $15 price point.
2. The quality is very good for artificial hair.
3. You get plenty of hair to work with for both the wig and beard. I wouldn't mind a bit more fullness for the beard but it is definitely meets expectations.

For the price, this is a 5 star wig and beard. I gave it 4 because it needs to be perfect at any price for me to throw it a 5.

I included a picture. Very happy with what I was able to do 3 days before the Con.
The Film of Fear
The Film of Fear
The hero is supposed to be a brilliant detective who only takes on the hardest of cases. In actuality he is a self-important incompetent who does the stupidest things and doesn't do obvious things. Many irrelevant details to fill out the book. I kept reading hoping it would get better and gave up in disgust. Total waste of time.
Magical Creatures and Objects - Set of 5 Cross Stitch Embroidery Bookmark Kits - Christmas Gift for Kids
Magical Creatures and Objects - Set of 5 Cross Stitch Embroidery Bookmark Kits - Christmas Gift for Kids
 Got this kit for my 9 year-old daughter so I could teach her how to cross stitch. It comes with everything you need, except the embroidery hoop! (I don't know if most people use a hoop for a project this small, but I figured we'd have buckling problems if we tried to go without). There is plenty of embroidery floss (keep in mind you have to separate it into two or one strands, based on whether you're cross stitching or back stitching.)

I was a little worried about trying to teach her with counted cross stitch, since I learned from stamped and eventually advanced to counted. But the bookmarks are small enough to not be overwhelming, and the instructions are great, so she's doing well, as you can see! At first I always had to supervise her to make sure she wasn't getting off track, but now she works on it all by herself. It's a great exercise in putting your full attention into something (we quickly learned she couldn't cross stitch while watching a show or movie, lol)

She can't wait to finish this one then all the rest to give to her friends!

Thanks for making such an awesome kit!
Super Wings - Transforming Vehicle | Series 2 | Flip | Plane | Bot | 5 Inch Figure
Super Wings - Transforming Vehicle | Series 2 | Flip | Plane | Bot | 5 Inch Figure
Der Artikel kam gut verpackt und in angemessener Zeit an.

Kinderspielzeug im Jahr 2019.. leider aus Plastik, aber man bekommt das was man bestellt. Die Transformer der Neuzeit in kindgerechter Form.

Vorteile:
- transformierbar (Flugzeug und vermenschlichte Version)
- detailreich (Farben und Formem)
- günstig
- breite Produktpalette

Nachteile:
- alles aus Plastik
- „rabiate“ Kinder könnten kleinere Teile abbrechen und verschlucken

Alles in allem ist Preis/Leistung ok.

Würde den Artikel wieder kaufen.
Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath
Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath
A book, certainly, not for everyone…an almost absurdly over the top intellectual look into the factors, personalities and social climate of the black athlete and black activism in the mid to late 1960s, and how these events ultimately resulted in Tommie Smith’s and John Carlos’s iconic 1968 Mexico City Olympic 200 meter victory stand human rights protest. In this work by Douglas Hartmann, a professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, we’re bludgeoned to death with the history of this movement by virtually all levels of didactic academia, if for no other reason than his own intent to direct his narrative toward senior university level scholars. For the common reader however, it quickly becomes annoyingly repetitive, overtly present in its pedantic style while drawing conclusions that are so ensconced in unceasingly cerebral minutiae that it most often seems that Hartmann has some vapid urge to unload his highbrow intellect. This is unfortunate because when he sticks to writing facts, he has a unique talent for thoroughness and pace.

This isn’t to say that this work is completely without merit…to the contrary, Hartmann takes on the very complex burden of recounting precisely what occurred both socially and politically in the lead up to the epochal Olympic demonstration. Concentrating largely on the proposed boycott of the 1968 games by U.S. black athletes, led initially by a young San Jose State University sociologist by the name of Harry Edwards, we get this exceedingly detailed account of literally each early step taken to publicize their fledgling attempts to organize amid all its previously preemptive attempts. For example, few people today may know that a boycott had been in serious discussion from as far back as the 1964 Games in Tokyo or that nationally famous black track athletes, sprinters Tommie Smith and Lee Evans in particular, had become very vocal in the media about the dichotomy of the United States relying heavily upon their talents to win at international sports events while they and their families were treated literally inhumanely back home, from as far back as 1966.

But then onto the scene came Edwards and he quickly became the spark that re-ignited awareness and protest while taking it to another level altogether. Organizing the OCHR (Olympic Committee for Human Rights), this 6’ 8” 300 lb. man is able to not only get the attention of the “on the fence” athletes, but of non-athletic activists and, importantly, politicians. Making threats, leading rallies and giving speeches, Edwards manages to raise this potential boycott to a firestorm of controversy and concern all the way up to the countries’ leaders. Hartmann, here quoting largely from Edwards 1970 published memoir, The Revolt of the Black Athlete, mixes the facts and the timeline (good) with idealistic interpretations and conclusions (bad) that drive the reader to often skip large paragraphs of his (Hartmann’s) rhetoric to get back to what was to occur next. But, again, even as the next event unfolded, it was again followed by more lecturing, much of it repeated from pages just past. Please understand that I truly enjoy an intellectual look at any significant situation or topic, especially meaningful history, but this stuff was oftentimes just painful:

“At the core of the conviction that sport promotes and ensures salutary social results is the theory of culture, sport and social order bequeathed by the founder of the Olympic restoration, Pierre de Coubertin, to the modern Olympic movement: namely, that mutual respect flows from mutual knowledge and understanding, both of which flow from social interaction. All social goods, in short, are thought to emerge naturally and inevitably out of human connection, interaction and even competition. This idea was – and is – grounded, in both conception and practice, in a thoroughly Durkheimian theoretical logic: that “social density” is thought to lead automatically to “moral order” through the process of communication and understanding cultivated in and through social interaction. This is what John MacAloon, redeploying a famous phrase from anthropologist Levy-Bruhl, calls Olympic sport’s “participation mystique.”

Unfortunately, we’re exposed to much more of this than the factual account and I’ll say again that it is a shame because Hartmann is a damned fine chronicler of the events…his coverage of the 200 meter qualifying heat drama is infectious (Carlos clearly stepped out of his lane while winning his qualifying race while Smith severely injures his thigh winning his, rendering a potential finals without either). His buildup to and precise coverage of the 200 meter final is fantastic. The exacting details of Smith’s and Carlos’s post-race actions, along with, surprisingly, second place finisher Peter Norman’s (Carlos, while looking around at the finish of the race was nipped by Norman and finished third) urge to participate in some way (the only thing that I’ll say about this is to look very closely at “the” picture of Smith and Carlos with their fists raised high and see the commonality with what they are wearing and what Norman is wearing…here’s a hint: it’s on each racer’s jacket) was also very revelatory.

Finally, his work on Lee Evans 400 meter individual final and 400 meter relay final and the much awaited victory stand outcome for both is written in superbly rich and humanistic perspective, with unique insight from Evans these many years later. These episodes and his then opaque coverage of the after-effects of the demonstrations are almost worth plowing through the previous (and I’m afraid through the closing as well) verbose intelligentsia. But perhaps Hartmann’s high point in this work is displayed in the following outtake:

“…the gesture was full of paradox and ambiguity: at once subversive and respectful, silent but resounding, seemingly empty of political content, on the one hand, yet packed with meaning and significance on the other.

In many cases, such opacity would be the mark of confusion, expressive inefficiency, or a more basic indecisiveness. But my reading in this instance is quite the opposite. I believe that this very ambiguity constitutes the final portion of brilliance and meaning contained in their gesture. Standing on the victory stand with clinched fists jutting powerfully over silently bowed heads, Smith and Carlos captured, in a single and singularly powerful gesture, the complicated, controversial, and contradictory constellation of racial experiences, ideologies and political programs swirling around them, in sport and in society at large and in the relations between sport and society. They made race a problem that could not be dismissed or avoided.”

For those not aware, San Jose State University commissioned a statue to Smith and Carlos in 2005, showing the full 1968 victory stand pose that stands currently in the center of the campus. Peter Norman’s second place spot is left vacant, by his request, and a small plaque is there representing the movement that brought Smith and Carlos to this moment…”Take A Stand” is what it says. But ever since I’ve read the above paragraph from this otherwise highly frustrating and demonically difficult book to get through, I believe that something this beautiful and profound deserves to be displayed there as well.
Confessions of a Satanic Worshipper: The facts behind Satanic Worship (Religion & Spirituality Book 2)
Confessions of a Satanic Worshipper: The facts behind Satanic Worship (Religion & Spirituality Book 2)
It's rare that I'm moved to write a review but that is the extent to which this little 'story' disgusted me. The author states this is an interview; therefore, I assumed it would be an unbiased report from a different perspective, as that is how a good author, interviewer, and journalist would approach the situation. Especially one with 31+ years of writing ability under his belt. Basically, all I found was the very devout Christian author berating an open Satanist about his beliefs.

Yes, there were parts where "Benjamin" was allowed to properly express his views of the controversial Santanic religion; however, he was repeatedly labeled wrong by an author who was supposedly writing for the benefit of learning something new. To someone like myself who is neither religion, it seems an author who spouts brotherly love and understanding would be more apt to listen instead of condemn. As the old adage goes, "I like your Christ but not your Christians; your Christians are so unlike your Christ." It's like a hardcore evangelist wrote a book for his own brand of "self-love."

Do yourself a favor and don't kiss this man's holy butt by downloading this book.
It's a waste of time, money, and brain cells.
I hesitate to see anything else he's written.
Officemate Portable Clipboard Storage Case with Calculator, Charcoal (83302)
Officemate Portable Clipboard Storage Case with Calculator, Charcoal (83302)
When I opened the cover for the first time, I heard a loud snap. Turns out it was part of the clip that holds the cover on - it broke off, which scared me a little. I breathed a sigh of relief though, because the cover is still holding onto the case, but it's a little disappointing that this happened.

The calculator is... well, a calculator, and it does exactly what you'd expect it to, though the buttons might come out if you are not careful (they are easy to put back in if they do).

I can't get the bottom compartment to hold more than three pens, or at least that's the most I can fit in there.

My biggest gripe is that the clipping part of the clipboard doesn't actually do a very good job of holding paper, if I hold the thing by its handle my papers will slowly start to drop towards the floor. They haven't fallen off, but that's because I haven't let them, I don't know if they'll fall completely off.

There is a nice selection of folders and pockets on the inside, for papers and cards and whatnot.

For its size, it's not all that heavy, which is nice.
Harry Potter Pencil Case Hogwarts Makeup Bag Harry Potter Coin Purse
Harry Potter Pencil Case Hogwarts Makeup Bag Harry Potter Coin Purse
First things first, it's not the marbled look in the white which is why I wanted it. So I think you should advertise the one you are actually selling completely instead of the very last picture and I can see people returning it because it is not noted in the description either. Inside is the same as pictured. It is thicker which I liked and needed a pencil bag so I kept it.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (English Subtitled)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (English Subtitled)
This is the first Bollywood/Hindi movie I saw. It bowled me over and I was hooked on Shah Rukh Khan's films from that day onward! His movies have everything I could ask for in romantic, heroic characters, comedy, drama, melodrama, musicals, action, the list goes on and on, yet they are very different from what is generally seen in American films. That's what is so good about them. Most of them contain fun and romantic music, singing, and dancing, but when it applies there are lovely melodies, or suspenseful battle tones, etc. Mr. Khan does most of his own stunts and had had many serious injuries, but he will not let that slow him or stop him from continuing to make movies. In fact, today (2014) at nearly 50 yrs. of age he now struts a 6-pack abs chest that looks like a perfectly uniform 10 abs despite recent serious injuries. He is not a handsome guy some say, but the cameras make him seem like a every woman's dream and many a man's inspiration to be like him. His movies are simple and uncomplicated in some ways and not up to Hollywood standard until the last few years but, they are DIFFERENT in ways so unique that one can hardly get enough of them (bearing in mind that people don't all have the same tastes in movies, genres, etc.). This particular story is a humorous romance, especially the way the guy and girl (main characters) meet and their experiences on a trip to Europe which they end up going together by mistake after mistake after mistake. It's young-love romantic, real life drama and circumstances (parts of which occurred in Shah Rukh Khan's own life and relationship with his wife) rivalry, beautiful scenery, delightful music and dancing, mischievous pranks, moments you feel like crying, brutal (a bit over-the-top) fighting that keeps you wondering if anybody will survive it, and finally, a very memorable almost signature end. I hope you give it a test run. Just throw your all of your emotions in a stew pot and this movie will stir them up for you into a one-of-a-kind sensation!
The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm: How to Start and Run a Profitable Market Garden That Builds Health in Soil, Crops, and Communities
The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm: How to Start and Run a Profitable Market Garden That Builds Health in Soil, Crops, and Communities
If you are a serious home gardener or farmer, don't hesitate for a minute: buy this book. Mays has crafted a stunning guide from start to finish--farm/land acquisition, business planning, crop planning, bed prep, seed starting, harvesting, marketing, cover cropping, weed suppression, and more. Beautifully written and illustrated, the book will make you long for the planting season to begin, but there is plenty to mull during winter planning months. Having made a healthy profit over the past decade farming 2.5 acres of vegetables, Mays shares his approach so clearly that any grower--urban, suburban, or rural--could follow his lead to make a living growing nourishing food. The no till approach builds soil health (which humans can't survive without), sequesters carbon (a climate solution), grows phenomenal vegetables, and strengthens the local economy. I have visited Frith Farm, and I don't think words can capture its beauty or the richness of the soil he has built. I bought extra copies to give away...Every farmer in the world should read this book.
TESLYAR Wood Phone Docking Station Ash Key Holder Wallet Stand Watch Organizer Men Gift Husband Wireless Charging Pad Slim Birthday Nightstand Purse Tablet Compatible with All Qi Devices
TESLYAR Wood Phone Docking Station Ash Key Holder Wallet Stand Watch Organizer Men Gift Husband Wireless Charging Pad Slim Birthday Nightstand Purse Tablet Compatible with All Qi Devices
I have a Galaxy SE10e and my charger port is busted so I was looking for a wireless charger and I thought, why not get a combination of a charger + something else? This stand is very sturdy, super easy to put together and I love the wood. The charger lights up initially to let you know the phone is charging but shuts off in a few seconds. Overall, no issues in this first week of usage, super sleek and great stand and charger! I figure if the charger fails it's also easy to just replace as well. Good seller, thanks!
Melitta E 950-103 Kaffeevollautomat Caffeo Solo mit Vorbrühfunktion + Melitta 6er Pflegeset
Melitta E 950-103 Kaffeevollautomat Caffeo Solo mit Vorbrühfunktion + Melitta 6er Pflegeset
Das Gerät hat werkseitig Mängel. Und zwar lässt es sich in gewissen Situationen nicht bewegen eine Spülung durchzufüren. Da hat jemand mangelhaft programmiert.
In Situationen wo beim Start der Tropfbehälter voll erkannt war hat meine keine Chance das Gerät zum Spülen zu überreden. Mann leert in warend des Startvorganges aber Spülen tut es nicht. Normalerweise bedeutet ausschalten auch Spülen. Aber da es ja gerade eben eingeschaltet wurde, spart sich die subintelligente Programmierung die Spülung da je eben erst gestartet wurde. Beim Start wird normalerweise gespült. Aber nicht wenn der Behälter voll ist. Dann eben gar nie mehr Spülen. Wenn man dann einen Kaffee nach Spielgang haben möchte muss man ne halbe Stunde auf Auto aus warten. Sowas von ätzend...
Lorell Soho High-Back Leather Executive Chair, Black
Lorell Soho High-Back Leather Executive Chair, Black
I bought this chair about a month ago for my new home office to replace another chair that didn't go up high enough (my shoulders were unsupported so this actually hurt over time). I'm not a big guy (5' 10") and the chair itself fits me perfectly. It is very comfy on my back and my butt and it is the perfect height for me. Comfort-wise, it's a great fit. It was very easy to assemble too. However, it's in the simplicity that I'm worried. To attach the base to the back, you only use the arms. So you screw in two bolts to the base of the cushion on either side for your butt, and then attach the back with two more bolts that attach on either side. The rear-cushion screw feels as if the retaining nut inside is either stripped or is not gripping whatever it was attached to inside the cushion, so that it almost feels like it'll eventually give way and I'll fall backwards. And when I sit in it to lean back, it makes a loud and scary "POP!" that makes me think "This is IT!" every single time. I like the chair, but for the money I spent I would have expected it to feel a bit more secure. I'll keep it for now, but eventually I may need to spend a bit more and upgrade to something more stable.
V for Vendetta (English Edition)
V for Vendetta (English Edition)
My opinion on the comic would be really 6 stars.

My opinion about the "product" I purchased is a little worse for two simple reasons:

- I purchased two copies of this masterpiece, one for me (I already had a very old copy in my mother tongue) and one for a present; one of the copies is NOT by Vertigo which wouldn't be big deal if the quality of the paper were the same as the original: the paper is clearly worse, rougher and the colors are a little bit different (the cover is quite darker);

- the image shown on Amazon is not the actual cover of the books I received, since these two books has added on the top of the cover the phrase "The classic bestseller": just a small detail but that's not what is shown on-line and I would have really preferred a "clean" cover.

Worse thing is that it looks like I cannot keep one copy and give back the other.

Details are important.

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