Lilianna Thompson

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MySQL (OTHER NEW RIDERS)
MySQL (OTHER NEW RIDERS)
MySQL (OTHER NEW RIDERS) by Paul DuBois. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 72 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter og Dødsregalierne: Harry Potter-serien 7
Harry Potter og Dødsregalierne: Harry Potter-serien 7
Harry Potter og Dødsregalierne: Harry Potter-serien 7 by J.K. Rowling, Jesper Christensen, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter: The Wand Collection (Book)
Harry Potter: The Wand Collection (Book)
Harry Potter: The Wand Collection (Book) by Monique Peterson. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 250 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Perdão (Portuguese Edition)
Perdão (Portuguese Edition)
Perdão (Portuguese Edition) by Fabio Rejgen and Guilherme Tolomei. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
BIG: Beginnings
BIG: Beginnings
BIG: Beginnings by Greyson Bryan. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 136 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Directive: A Novel (Mike Ford Book 2)
The Directive: A Novel (Mike Ford Book 2)
The Directive: A Novel (Mike Ford Book 2) by Matthew Quirk. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 74 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Enterprise Java Microservices
Enterprise Java Microservices
Enterprise Java Microservices by Ken Finnigan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Conceptual Programming with Python
Conceptual Programming with Python
Conceptual Programming with Python by Thorsten Altenkirch and Isaac Triguero. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Responsive Web Design with jQuery
Responsive Web Design with jQuery
Responsive Web Design with jQuery by Gilberto Crespo. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects)
Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects)
Practical CakePHP Projects (Practical Projects) by Kai Chan , John Omokore, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Essentials
PHP Essentials
PHP Essentials by Neil Smyth. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code
PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code
PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code by Davey Shafik. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP Graphics Handbook
PHP Graphics Handbook
PHP Graphics Handbook by Jason E. Sweat, Allan Kent , et al.. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL by Ken Henderson and Joe Celko. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 230 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Lights, Music, Code! #3 (Girls Who Code)
Lights, Music, Code! #3 (Girls Who Code)
Lights, Music, Code! #3 (Girls Who Code) by Jo Whittemore and Reshma Saujani. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Data Wrangling with R (Use R!)
Data Wrangling with R (Use R!)
Data Wrangling with R (Use R!) by Bradley C. Boehmke Ph. D.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 2nd Edition
Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 2nd Edition
Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 2nd Edition by James Duncan Davidson and Inc. Apple Computer. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
C++ OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS
C++ OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS
C++ OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS by Shalu Malik Rajnesh Malik and Rajnesh malik. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
APL2 in Depth (Springer Series in Statistics)
APL2 in Depth (Springer Series in Statistics)
APL2 in Depth (Springer Series in Statistics) by Norman D. Thomson and Raymond P. Polivka. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
I read this book when it first came out in French, and just re-read it in Karpeles's English translation. A Proust scholar will find perhaps little that they would consider new in terms of research, and the main interest of the book may be its context. While imprisoned in Gryazovets, a Russian camp near Vologda, located in a bombed-out monastery, Czapski participated in a series of sometimes authorized, sometimes clandestine lectures: inmates would discourse from memory on any topic dear to them, whether literature, sports, geography... Czapski gave a series of talks on the history of painting (and, as we learn from Karpeles's biography of Czapski, "Almost Nothing," even drafted an art historical volume, but the notes were lost, confiscated...). As he worked on his topic, another idea came to haunt him: to present to his fellow prisoners the work of Proust -- whom he saw as a sort of prisoner, locked in his "corked bedroom," in disregard of his health, entirely devoted to his work. Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" brought hope of a time regained into a place so remote and seemingly antithetical to the aristocratic world he describes. Speaking to Polish fellows in arms, Czapski nevertheless gave his lectures in French. His notes, some of which are reproduced and translated (with only a handful of very slight errors) in the plate section, are a visual map to his interpretation of Proust, drafted mainly in Polish, with a sprinkling of French, German, Latin, as required by the origin of the references. The French edition of these talks presents perhaps a more fragile text as it preserves some grammatical errors and omissions made in the surviving transcripts of these lectures. (The journey from the original conception to the published text is in itself fascinating: it's not clear whether Czapski had detailed notes or whether he spoke based on the mental map in the form of visual diagrams recorded in the notebooks; afterwards, he dictated the lectures in abridged form to two inmates who transcribed it on a typewriter -- as Karpeles points out, mystery envelops the circumstances of the creation of this typescript [a typewriter in a gulag?]. Eventually a second typescript was created. Both bear some handwritten corrections made by Czapski, perhaps others. Karpeles's version relies on a comparison between the two versions; whereas the French publication had access to only one typescript.) Perhaps because of publishing costs, the NYRB edition reproduces only a few select pages with the draft diagrams, accompanied by a translation on the facing page. The French version doesn't offer translations of its plates, but includes color photographs of the entire notebook, including the two tattered covers with the title "Tyetrad" [Exercise Book], printed in Cyrillics.

Let not the Proust scholar be too disappointed or walk away too early, however. While Czapski may seem to add little to the "scholarship," doesn't encountering Proust in the gulag tell us something about Proust we may have previously overlooked? And plain and "unscholarly" as Czapski's interpretation may appear, it brings in his unique erudition by setting Proust side by side Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Zeromski, Conrad in ways that to a discerning eye might indeed suggest new avenues of exploration!
The Space Barons
The Space Barons
Not long ago, I reviewed Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, and The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Both books are well done. They're the product of professional journalists who are good at what they do. But neither book comes close to Christian Davenport's superb new book, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, in offering insight into the personality of these two extraordinary men who are the central characters in his book.

Illuminating personal details

The personal details about the lives of Musk and Bezos are abundant and highly revealing. For example, here is Davenport with an anecdote from the early life of Elon Musk: "He had such concentration that as a toddler in Montessori school, his teachers would have to pick him up—in his chair—to keep him moving from task to task." And this about Bezos: "His girlfriend from high school had once told an interviewer that Bezos had founded Amazon in order to make enough money to start a space company." Davenport notes that Bezos "conceded that there 'is some truth to that.'"

The pivotal role of four private space companies

Davenport's subject in The Space Barons is the pivotal role of four billionaires and the private space companies they've started in the emergence of the rejuvenated space industry. All four men envision lowering the cost of space travel and making it more accessible—and Davenport makes clear that they have taken great strides toward this goal. Although Musk and Bezos occupy center stage, Paul Allen (cofounder of Microsoft) and Richard Branson (the Virgin companies) also play large roles. Davenport tells the tale with great assurance in prose that is always lively and engaging. He interviewed all four of his subjects and many of their associates (and critics) as well. This is the remarkable story of four self-made billionaires whose great wealth and passion allowed them to pioneer space technology that NASA had grown too old and bureaucratic to develop itself. If humankind ever succeeds in populating the solar system, historians may conclude that the determination and resources of these men were largely responsible.

Four distinctive personalities

Musk, Bezos, Allen, and Branson are very different from one another, though each is undoubtedly brilliant in his own way, and at least three of the four are science fiction fans. Musk is the youngest of the lot—he was born in 1971—and by far the brashest and most impulsive. His company, SpaceX, has made the biggest splash to date and has generated by far the most revenue, but Musk has a bad habit of setting impossible deadlines for what he envisions as the principal goal of his efforts: building a city of one million people on Mars. He has also gotten his way at times only by suing NASA and the Pentagon. By contrast, Bezos and his company, Blue Origin, have been the tortoise to SpaceX's hare ("Slow is smooth and smooth is fast" as compared to "Head down. Plow through the line.") Bezos' highly secretive company has consistently been wary of publicizing its achievements.

Both Musk and Bezos (born in 1964) envision traveling into space on their own rockets. Allen and Branson, who are older—born in 1953 and 1950, respectively—do not contemplate the trip to Mars that Musk hopes to take. Allen's part in the emergence of the new industry was for a time very limited by his fear that lives might be lost in the process; later, however, he staked out a unique project of his own: building a spaceplane larger than any airplane ever built. Branson, who is even more flamboyant than Musk, is all showman and marketer. His contribution was initially to promote the work of aircraft designer Burt Rutan, assuming the controlling interest in Rutan's company in place of Allen and only later getting into the business of building rockets, as Musk and Bezos have been doing for nearly two decades.

Differing views of humanity's future in space

Elon Musk is single-mindedly focused on building a large city on Mars. Jeff Bezos does not share this focus. "'There's all kinds of interesting stuff you can do around the solar system,'" he told Davenport, "'but the thing that's going to move the needle for humanity the most is mining near-Earth objects and building manufacturing infrastructure in place . . . That's the big thing.'" Given the obstacles to living on the surface of Mars that I have learned through other reading, I tend to agree with Bezos.

About the author

Christian Davenport is a reporter for the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos. He acknowledges that it is "somewhat awkward writing a book about someone who could have you fired." However, his editor, Marty Baron, "has made it clear that [the Post] covers Jeff's companies as it would any other" and encouraged him to write the book. The Space Barons is Davenport's second.
MEG: Nightstalkers
MEG: Nightstalkers
I picked up the original "Meg" novel a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant surprise. It was well written and hit the balance perfectly between being believable and having some fun, over the top action. It was refreshing to find a giant sea monster story that didn't have the usual radiation/mutation/government experiment origins and was coupled with some likable characters. I enjoyed the sequel but as I've gone through the series there's been a noticeable decline in the quality. I was hoping "Nightstalkers" would end that trend but was sadly disappointed.

I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.

By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.

If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
Billionaires - Mysterious, Hidden, Scandalous,Personal life - girlfriends and marriage, Heirs,Business, Money and World Power-Clairvoyant/Psychic Predictions ... of Jack Dorsey, George Soros,Jeff Bezos...
Billionaires - Mysterious, Hidden, Scandalous,Personal life - girlfriends and marriage, Heirs,Business, Money and World Power-Clairvoyant/Psychic Predictions ... of Jack Dorsey, George Soros,Jeff Bezos...
Billionaires - Mysterious, Hidden, Scandalous,Personal life - girlfriends and marriage, Heirs,Business, Money and World Power-Clairvoyant/Psychic Predictions ... of Jack Dorsey, George Soros,Jeff Bezos... by Dimitrinka Staikova , Ivelina Staikova , et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Elon Musk: Moving the World One Technology at a Time: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of a Technology Mogul (Billionaire Visionaries Book 2)
Elon Musk: Moving the World One Technology at a Time: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of a Technology Mogul (Billionaire Visionaries Book 2)
I found this book rather disappointing, and I’m not convinced that the author put a whole year of research (as stated) into understanding the life and attitudes of Elon Musk. At times, the book appeared hurriedly compiled, lacking independent proof-reading and editing – eg:
“What does a 19 year-old do in a strange city …? And within the same context of events (travelling across Canada) we learn: “He was still seventeen (a few weeks short of 18) …”

There are a few sentences that just don’t make sense, eg:
“Compound that with the fact that he had a unique mental framework that would be able to focus deeply on just about anything he was able to extricate himself from the world around him.”

I think the author aspires to be a psychologist and insightful analyst of human behaviour, but I’m doubtful about some of his conclusions, for example, that Musk and indeed everyone is driven by fear:
“It is not that he is a bad person, it is that he is driven by fear and it shows in many of the things he says and does. We are all the same way, but we can learn to be stronger by learning from the people that we read about.”

In fact, some of the author’s conclusions are quite bizarre:
“He may be someone that lacks original ideas, but he is a man that takes ideas that are on the shelf and makes them work.” …. “While Musk is not the visionary that everyone thinks he is, he certainly has the drive to make things happen.”

Elon is the subject of much commentary, so there is no shortage of other sources of information about his background, motivation, and achievements.
Clara: Mrs. Henry Ford
Clara: Mrs. Henry Ford
This is probably the worst biography I have ever read. Having recently toured Fairlane Estate in Dearborn, I was interested in learning more about the woman who was instrumental in designing and building such an interesting house and gardens. I learned NOTHING from "Ford Bryan's" (if that's his real name) book. Mr. "Bryan" took incredible pains to record the details of every sales receipt and house purchase made by the Ford Family but there was literally nothing substantial about the people he was supposed to be writing about. If it wasn't for the pictures, we would have no idea what Henry or Clara even looked like! As for their personalities? A neighbor or two was quoted from probably some old letters or interviews but the book presents a huge family of one-dimensional, cardboard characters from the past. I suspect that Clara Bryant Ford was a woman worthy of an incredible biography. Let's hope it comes along soon!
Secrets of Awesome Dinner Guests: What Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr, Helen Keller, and John Lasseter Can Teach You About Success and Fulfillment
Secrets of Awesome Dinner Guests: What Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr, Helen Keller, and John Lasseter Can Teach You About Success and Fulfillment
It is good to see this book as a paperback now. I find this to be a useful book. I enjoy how valuable quotes from the successful people are included. Here is one of my favorite quotes that is in the book: "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. — Steve Jobs."
One of the useful ideas is how to be careful with email and avoid creating new problems and wasting time.

Marcoux goes on to explain about how Steve Jobs' charisma accomplished great things.

I appreciate how Marcoux provides strategies for good listening. He shows how to deal with people's tendency to be judgmental. His solutions for communication traps are really helpful.
Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla
Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla
What a surprise. Not only a great book on genius Tesla's life, but an insight into creative thought. Plus it has many "TeslAction" inserts to help with a Tesla approach for non-genius people like me for a hands-on way to develop practical knowledge. I wrestled with a decision and the book helped me outline the pros and cons and decide the right direction.
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
What really peaked my interest, causing me to jump into this seemingly endless bootlegged series was the song "I'll Keep It With Mine," which Britta Phillips did with intense exquisite passion and grace, on their release 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, and is now doing live during Dean Wareham's Galaxie 500 tour. With this being the first time many of these songs have surfaced, I sat right down and queued up a whole host of interesting numbers, including a very introspective version of "Mama, You've Been On My Mind," and "Mr. Tambourine Man," where his imagery and abstractness seem all the more pointed.

Of course these aren't the most well recorded tracks, even with the remarkable cleansing process they were put through before being released. Never the less, one gets an insightful vision of what was circulating in the head of Bob Dylan, a mere ten or so weeks following the release of his very first album. Many of the tracks are very lo-fi in their nature, often Dylan opts for the piano rather than his guitar, and you can almost visualize him considering and changing these songs as they're coming out of his mouth. A number of the tracks, especially his talking blues forays sound sedated, mere shadows of what they would become. A real pleasure, and idea that I've always supported, was how much Bruce Springsteen's early demo sessions sound remarkably like Dylan in their structure, phrasing and development.

Dylan wasn't trying to prove anything here, these are just his initial takes on a large grouping of material. To be honest I'm surprised that he allowed a tape machine to be running, as these tracks were already cataloged in his head, this was just Bob, perhaps for the first time, allowing these songs to fully see the light of day, before he reworked them. It's important to maintain a sense of perspective here, an open mind, and even a sense of humor, because your gonna' hear some looser material back to back which songs that would become timeless classics.

As with all of this material, it's rather easy to dismiss, holding no lasting value, or repeated play interest. It's all sort of like standing on a wooden crate, rubbing the dirt from a smudged window pane, looking in and discovering that there's really not much to be seen, other than a young man, endlessly typing away, while adding the music to the words in his head. Of course I'm pleased to have had the look-see, but what is there to honestly say, just the dullness of an artist at work ... I'll take the finished product any day of the week.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Live at the Gaslight 1962
Live at the Gaslight 1962
For anyone who cares at all about Bob, this album is a must. The versions of "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall," and "Don't Think Twice it's Alright," are really spectacular, and, in my opinion, are superior to the studio versions. "Rocks and Gravel," which was left off of Freewheelin' at the last minute, is incredible. Find it at your local Starbucks if none of the 3rd party retailers work for you.

So why only four stars? Basically because it's an incomplete version of the Gaslight Tapes, as even a little internet research will show. Why couldn't Sony/Columbia release the entire set of tapes?
BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter (Gray)
BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Car Inverter with 4.2A Dual USB Car Adapter (Gray)
This is a really cool device for converting the 12v accessory outlet in your car dash to a dual AC wall and USB outlet. It has a very rugged extruded aluminum case with two-inch fan, its own power switch and an LED power indicator to tell you when it is running. I had a plastic cup holder style power inverter before. It worked ok but was quite large and cumbersome and made of plastic.

I much prefer this more compact one. The metal case with cooling fins work as a heatsink while the small fan draws air through the unit so it is much less likely to overheat and potentially met plastic or start a fire.

Allthough it says it is 300w I would only recommend using it for light duty work. It was fine with my notebook and would be great to take camping if you want to power LED lamps. I can even power my small solid state analog guitar amp through it.

The only disappointment is that there is no direct battery hookup cable. Most cars will blow a fuse before they reach the full output this inverter is capable of. To bypass the fuse you need to connect it to the car battery while your vehicle is stationary. To do that you will need to buy a separate adapter.

Conclusion

A nice compact inverter that is easy to stow away in the car. It will fit in the glovebox or under a seat and is well worth taking on camping trips or in your survival pack should you ever need to evacuate your home. Without purchasing a separate direct battery adapter this should only be used in the dash for light duty work. I like it enough that I’ll probably get one with more USB ports so we can charge flashlights, lanterns and other small 5v devices while on the move.
Webcam 1080p HD Computer Camera - Microphone Laptop USB PC Webcam, HD Full Gaming Computer Camera, Recording Pro Video Web Camera for Calling, Conferencing, 110-Degree Live Streaming Widescreen Webcam
Webcam 1080p HD Computer Camera - Microphone Laptop USB PC Webcam, HD Full Gaming Computer Camera, Recording Pro Video Web Camera for Calling, Conferencing, 110-Degree Live Streaming Widescreen Webcam
This camera is great for a few reasons:
1. Easy to install. You plug it into your USB drive, and when your Zoom, Teams, Skype, or WebEx (tried on all) meeting comes on you just turn on the video. A light shows when the camera is turned on/off.
2. I don’t have to buy anything extra. The privacy screen and little tripod is included, which is very useful.
3. Great video quality. My wife got a camera for about the same price over amazon and the video quality is nothing compared to this one.
4. Priced right. I don’t think you should pay more $50 for a good webcam, but given the current demand prices have definitely gone up. For the accessories included with the camera, this is priced right for the current time. If you can get this cheaper I would definitely grab it. Also seems like this is a generic camera that’s unbranded, so other sellers can sell it under their own brand but is the same camera.

One downside is the height of the camera on the tripod is only about 7 inches, which for me, doesn’t come to eye level so I have to use something to put it up to eye level. Otherwise, great buy!
Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords: The Primordial Building Blocks of Music
Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords: The Primordial Building Blocks of Music
As a professional jazz pianist, author of a text on jazz harmony, and professor for nearly thirty years, I am always intrigued by new work in this field, and was pleased to encounter Jeff Brent's (with Schell Barkley) Modalogy.

After taking some time studying and working with the contents, I've come to the conclusion that this is a profoundly important text not only for jazz players and teachers, but for all musicians. Modalogy provides layer upon layer upon layer of information and logic that beckons the reader to return time and time again.

As the title suggests, the book contains an in depth analysis of modes, with their sources, characteristics, and modal cadences. Along with diatonic modes, the method for establishing commonly used chromatic modes, is unique, refreshing, brilliant, yet in the end, simply applied.

The authors, have developed a Dorian-centric approach to a radially generated cycle (in contrary motion style), which builds a truly symmetrical inside/ outside take on harmony and dissonance. Through this approach, Brent/Barkely take a fresh and somewhat unconventional approach to the organization of scale types, classifying them using a basic color system portrayed over a cube design. It will give the reader a lot to think about, but it works.

The appendix broadens the scope for application of this material into a large body of detailed related information that the reader will find helpful in practicing.

The topics and concepts are presented plainly and clearly in an approachable and down to-earth manner, with great attention to detail. Although of benefit to serious students beginning a study of jazz harmony and improvisation, the text has much to offer advanced students and teachers. Modalogy offers and expansive study that will inspire and challenge for years to come and I highly recommend it.
Wolverine Men's Hudson W02194 Work Boot
Wolverine Men's Hudson W02194 Work Boot
I think this is my 15th pair of Wolverine work boots, about 11 of them have been of the "hiker" variety as opposed to all leather. All have had steel or composite toes, and most of them were also EH (electrical hazard) rated. 10.5M has always fit me well, and these were no different. I'm glad their sizes have been so consistent over the years, makes it easy to order them online. Besides my current daily hiker EH safety toe boots, I usually have one metatarsal hiker pair, one all leather waterproof pair in my truck (for places that require such), and one spare all leather and one spare hiker at home.

I have worn these to break them in, which doesn't take much with the hiker types, takes more with the regular all leather work boots. Now back in the box they go, waiting their turn as daily work wear. The hiker versions last me about a year on average. I usually wear the tread down pretty well in that amount of time, and by then something else wear wise has made itself known about 8 times out of ten, like a seam or something else.

Are these the most expensive work boots I have ever owned? Oh heck no. Wolverines have been by far the most cost effective and still be really comfortable. Nothing sucks worse than a pair of uncomfortable/rough work boots.
Black Panther 4K Ultra [Blu-ray]
Black Panther 4K Ultra [Blu-ray]
Black Panther may be one of the most important movies of the year because of its cultural significance, but compared to some other MCU movies it is somewhat lacking in the actual filmmaking and storytelling. Black Panther explores the origin story of T'Challa, expanding on the character first introduced in Civil War.

Black Panther is a solid origin movie that resembles the early MCU's 'Phase 1' movies, in the best and worst ways, due to the all too familiar plot beats, but the new, interesting and strikingly unusual setting and plot devices make for an entertaining experience.

As for the 4K/UHD Blu-ray itself, the UHD BR offers a moderate but not dramatic leap over the regular Blu-ray, with the most notable improvement being the deeper, richer colour palette. The richer colours and range of blacks and brightness become abundantly clear during certain dark scenes in the movie, in which the blacks are inky and the small sources of light and colours pop. A noteworthy moment is the car chase scene, in which the street lights and signs, illuminated shop banners, and car, water and window reflections all shine and shimmer immaculately.

4K UHD Blu-Ray Specifications:
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10
Colour Gamut: Wide/WCG
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

Subtitles:
English SDH, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai

Blu-Ray Disc Extras:
·Commentary
·Featurettes
·Deleted Scenes
·Gag Reel
·Roundtable
·Trailers
Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Ultimate Cheeseburger Meal Kits (12.86 oz Boxes, Pack of 6)
Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Ultimate Cheeseburger Meal Kits (12.86 oz Boxes, Pack of 6)
I thought I would taste the Velveeta cheese more than I did. The flavor packet was too much and masked any cheese flavoring that there might have been. I didn't use the 2 1/4 cups of water the box called for - I only did 1 1/4 cup and substituted 1 cup of milk for the rest of the liquid. That might have made the difference in flavor - but I doubt it. However, it was nice and thick this way which is how I typically like dishes like this. I had tried one of these in the past following the directions and it was way too watery, which is why I substituted some milk for some of the liquid as that tends to make these sauces thicker.
Nora Roberts' In the Garden Trilogy
Nora Roberts' In the Garden Trilogy
This is such a great book, that I look forward to going back and reading these stories again like some of her stories that I already have, and now I find myself impatient to read the rest of Nora Roberts' stories right now. Hot, Hot, Hot, love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story about an old southern family and their ghost, an adventure to find out who she was and why the ghost called Amelia seems to throw a tantrum every time someone in the house begins to fall in love. The entire series is so well written, plus has inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously wonderful love and romance. Each story is about one key person's path to finding your soul mate and love. How they are all linked through intricate, messy connections to each other, the house, and the past. It's almost like a blockbuster movie you get the privilege of witnessing about these people's powerful, emotional, and often times painful journey while falling in love. Roberts is one of my most favorite author's, and she doesn't disappoint in this series. Her unique style and classy, yet moving love scenes, paint a beautiful picture that leaves a person longing for something similar for themselves. All of that is combined into this fantastic series that has a unique mystery from the past and makes this set a "must-have"!!!! I didn't want to set it down....seriously!! Lol I was nodding off over my book on several different occasions. Roberts' ebooks are on average a little more expensive than some, but I still say they are well worth the price and more to have a her talent and creativity in your library collection!!!!!!
Alexander Pushkin Tales
Alexander Pushkin Tales
The best translation I have ever found of any Pushkin’s work! The book is also a carbon copy of the Russian version published by “Malysh” in 1979. I grew up on that book, and so impressed I can have my English-speaking husband enjoy the works of Pushkin as much as I do! Very well done. Also - fast delivery and fantastic condition of a book that is 40 years old!
The D.A. Calls it Murder.
The D.A. Calls it Murder.
Newly elected district attorney Doug Selby has a problem on his hands. While he may have beaten the corrupt political machine in the election, a death takes place shortly after the recount election confirms his position. Aided only by his friend, a newly elected Sheriff who puts justice over politics, and a woman reporter, he finds himself in a case where he has only 24 hours to solve the case - or be recalled and let Madison City fall back into the hands of crooks who subvert justice...
A Bond Undone: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 2
A Bond Undone: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 2
This is THE classic story from Jin Yong, my favorite Wuxia author. Guo Jing's adventure continues as he learns more and more powerful kungfu from great masters. It is an engrossing read.

Minus one star for the naming convention. I understand why they may have chosen some of the names to not confuse English readers with too many Chinese names, but it does take away from the authenticity of the work somewhat. If Guo Jing and Yang Kang get to keep their names, why does Huang Rong become Lotus. Other names that jump out: Apothecary Huang (seriously, this is the only real name he is afforded in this translation), Count Seven Hong, Zephyr Lu, and so on. I've gotten used to it, but it still irks me somewhat.
Just a Little Christmas (A Cowboy Christmas Book 3)
Just a Little Christmas (A Cowboy Christmas Book 3)
This is a stand alone read and I'm assuming it has a HEA. I have to agree with a one star reviewer. The story was boring. I didn't make it all the way to the end. I just couldn't continue. A hometown woman returns home with her tail between her legs. She couldn't wait to leave for the big city where things were so much better. However, after quitting college and marrying a tool, she is home, divorced and very pregnant. Her mother and brother still leave in the small town and they are glad to have her home. She looks down on their very simple and easy going lifestyle. She has her BMW, her teacup poodle, her expensive clothes and that is about it. Doesn't seem she was very happy since her husband was a cheater and dropped her as soon as he got a wealthy woman to marry him. She winds up pregnant when they had a trial period to try and save the marriage. He doesn't know she is pregnant but probably doesn't care anyway.

Of course, there is the "boy" she left behind with a broken heart. Now I know ranch life in a small town is not for everyone so I'm not putting her down for wanting to leave. But her attitude about everyone that likes it needs a little work. She has returned home to have her baby mainly because she didn't have anywhere else to go. The story was just so every day mundane, what they had for dinner, what locals were doing, her ex-boyfriend's problems. Geez, this poor guy just had nothing going for him, about to lose his ranch to crooks, his wife passing 4 years before, his dad passing a year ago. No money, nothing to look forward to, etc. It just kept going downhill for me and it was Christmas time. But even the decorations around town were old and looked it. I was really hoping for a good second chance with a more mature heroine and a good feeling. I didn't get that. The books just wasn't for me. Others may find it better than I did so don't let me discourage you from reading. All a matter of what you enjoy. I really hate I paid for this one.

I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 11/8/17
Tolkien Fantasy Tales Box Set (The Tolkien Reader/The Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales/Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
Tolkien Fantasy Tales Box Set (The Tolkien Reader/The Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales/Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
The product images showed this itwm as a set of matching edition books, but what I recieved was not that, as the silmarillion is of a different edition, albiet the same publisher and size. If I had known the books would not match as a set I would not have made this purchase. I don't see the point in having a box set in which the books do not match.

They seem to be in top condition, but that does not matter as I did not receive the advertised items.
Karl May Melodien
Karl May Melodien
Eine wirklich sehr gelungene Zusammenfassung der Karl-May-Filme.
Einfach nur schön anzuhören und die Qualität ist prima.Man muß nicht unbedingt ein Fan sein,denn die Musik ist wirklich mitreisend.
Beute (German Edition)
Beute (German Edition)
"Beute" von Michael Crichton ist ein "Wissenschaftsthriller". Solche Bücher kann man auf zweierlei Art lesen - sich auf Action konzentrierend oder - wie ich es gelesen habe - um etwas Neues zu erfahren. Dieses "Neue" ist in diesem Fall die Nanotechnologie, die den wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund dieses Romans bildet.

Sicher, der Weg, sich durch die Lektüre der Science-Fiction Bücher Wissen anzueignen, ist nicht unbedingt "wissenschaftlich", denn ein Laie hat keine Möglichkeit, "Wahrheit" von der "Dichtung" zu unterscheiden und läuft Gefahr, Dinge für wahr zu halten, die der Phantasie des Autors entsprungen sind. Trotzdem bin ich der Ansicht, dass solche Romane einen guten Einstieg in komplizierte wissenschaftliche Zusammenhänge ermöglichen. Ein Autor der phantastischen Bücher erliegt nämlich keinen Einschränkungen und darf seine Meinung offen sagen, ohne angefeindet zu werden, er würde spekulieren, wie es bei der (populär)wissenschaftlichen Literatur oft der Fall ist. Also kann er Themen zur Sprache bringen, die für Menschen, die ihren Ruf als bodenständige Wissenschaftler zu verlieren haben, tabu sind. Dazu gehört auch der menschen- und lebensfeindliche Aspekt der Nanotechnologie und des künstlichen Lebens.

Wer sich dafür interessiert, wird dieses Buch sicherlich interessant finden, für hartgesottene Actionfans dürfte es allerdings zum Teil enttäuschend sein. An dem Roman könnte man nämlich etwas herum meckern: der Anfang ist etwas zu lang (worum es eigentlich geht, erfährt man erst etwa in der Mitte des Buches), die Darstellung der vordergründigen Handlung fällt für meine Begriffe schwach aus und ist teilweise langatmig, die Gestalten sind flach gezeichnet, haben keine psychologische Tiefe. Doch nach meiner Meinung schmälert es nicht den Wert dieses Buches, dessen Bedeutung vorwiegend darin besteht, dass es auf die Gefahren der technologischen Entwicklung einhergeht, die offiziell gern verschwiegen werden.

Mit der Nanotechnologie ist nämlich so eine Sache: über die mit ihr verbundenen Risiken wird selten gesprochen, statt dessen versucht man, sie uns schmackhaft zu machen: Kacheln im Badzimmer, die sich selbst reinigen, Stoffe, die nicht schmutzig werden... da jauchzet und frohlocket das Herz der/des Hausfrau/Hausmanns! Und der größte Traum der Menschen: Roboter, die das tun können, was der Mensch nicht kann. Zum Beispiel kleine Arzthelfer, die in die Zellen eindringen und sie vor Ort reparieren können ("Chirurgen zum Schlucken" nennen es Fosar und Bludorf in ihrem Buch "Fehler in der Matrix"). Da gerät so mancher ins Schwärmen. Dieser Roman schwärmt nun von der Nanotechnologie nicht, er zeigt nicht, wie nützlich sie sein kann, versucht nicht, uns für ihre Möglichkeit zu begeistern, sondern verweist auf ihre dunkle Seite.

Seine Handlung ist einfach - in der Firma Xymos Technologies ("weltweit führend in der molekularen Produktion") wird im Auftrag des Militärs an einer Nano-Kamera gearbeitet. Eine solche Kamera ist ein Schwarm, bestehend aus unzähligen Nanobots. Jeder von ihnen ist so winzig, dass er nur ein Element der Außenwelt aufnehmen kann. Werden jedoch die einzelnen Aufnahmen zusammengesetzt, ergeben sie ein höchst komplexes Gesamtbild. Die Vorzüge solcher Kameras, die man bei Spionageaktionen einsetzen kann,liegen auf der Hand - sie sind beinahe unzerstörbar, wie ein Bienenschwarm; man kann sie nicht abschießen. Doch die Sache hat einen Haken - damit sie einen funktionsfähigen Schwarm bilden können, müssen die einzelnen Nanobots mit der Fähigkeit ausgestattet werden, sich zu vermehren. Den zweiten Haken bildet ihre Fähigkeit "Schwarmintelligenz" zu entwickeln, Erfahrungen zu speichern, aus ihnen zu lernen, selbständig zu denken und zu handeln.

Wie gefährlich ein Schwarm werden kann, wurde den Wissenschaftlern von Xymos Technologies nicht wirklich bewusst (die Wissenschaftler denken selten an die möglichen "Risiken und Nebenwirkungen" ihrer Erfindungen), bis es zu einer Katastrophe kam: die Nanobots entwichen aus dem Labor, gelangten nach außen, organisierten sich zu Schwärmen und anfingen, Lebewesen zu töten, um sich mit der Energie zu versorgen... Ich will nicht verraten, wie es weiter geht, schließlich reden wir über einen Thriller, es sei nur eins gesagt, am Ende schafften es die Schwärme, Kontrolle über die Menschen zu erlangen. Eine düstere Zukunftsvision.

Die Ottos Normalverbraucher mögen von der Vorstellung begeistert sein, das Leben auf der Nanoebene beherrschen zu können, doch immer mehr Wissenschaftler sind sich der Gefahren bewusst, die mit der Entwicklung des mit Intelligenz ausgestatteten künstlichen Lebens einher gehen. Crichton zitiert auf der ersten Seite seines Buches Doyne J.Farmer und Alletta d`A. Belin. Sie warnen: "Es ist davon auszugehen, dass in kommenden... Jahren eine neue Kategorie von Organismen entstehen wird. Diese Organismen werden insofern künstlich sein, als sie ursprünglich von Menschen entworfen wurden. Sie werden sich jedoch vermehren und ihre ursprüngliche Form evolutionär" verändern: sie werden entsprechend jede vernünftigen Definition des Wortes lebendig" sein (...) Die Auswirkungen für die Menschen und die Biosphäre könnte ungeheuer sein (...) Wir müssen jetzt Maßnahmen ergreifen, um die Entstehung künstlichen Organismen zu steuern".

Man müsse sich nur vergegenwärtigen, was das bedeutet - von Menschen erzeugte, lebendige und vor allem intelligente (!)Organismen, deren Verhalten nicht programmierbar ist und die folglich nicht kontrollierbar sind... Theoretisches Konzept für solche Maschinen existiert bereits, und ausprobiert worden sind sie sicher auch schon, wir wissen halt nicht alles.

Auf Gefahren der Nanotechnologien hat auch Bill Yoy, der Chefentwickler von Sun Microsystems verwiesen, indem er vom "grey goo problem" sprach. Grey goo - das ist der "Graue Schleim", erklären diesen Begriff Fosar und Bludrf, deren Buch "Fehler in der Matrix" ich diese Information entnommen habe, "der sukzessive die Erde bedecken könnte, ausgelöst durch aus dem Ruder gelaufene, unkontrollierte Vermehrung der Nanobots. Insbesondere sieht er auch die Gefahr, dass Nanobots in der Hand der Terroristen eine fatale Wirkung haben könnten. Bil Yoy fordert daher, die Nanotechnologie zumindest teilweise zu stoppen". Also doch nicht so doll, diese Wundertechnologie, oder? Es sei denn, man frönt dem Spruch "nach uns die Sintflut".

Ich finde es übrigens komisch, man liest eine solche Geschichte wie "Beute" und denkt sich eigentlich nichts dabei, denn es handelt sich ja nur um einen Thriller. Und dann geht man in den Supermarkt und kauft eine Nano-Sonnenkreme oder eine Nano-Tischdecke und freut sich auf "Chirurgen zum Schlucken". (Mit "man" meine ich durchschnittliche Menschen "wie du und ich", und nicht wirklich "Eingeweihte" die ganz genau wissen, wie dünn das Eis ist, auf dem sich die moderne Forschung bewegt). Die Diskrepanz zwischen dem, was wir (theoretisch) wissen, und wonach wir unser Handeln (praktisch) ausrichten, wächst. Es scheint, als könnten viele Menschen den Ausmaß der Gefahr gar nicht einschätzen, die mit der Entwicklung der Nanotechnologie einhergeht - als würde das unser Vorstellungsvermögen (oder unsere Vorstellungsbereitschaft?) überfordern. Also betrachten wir solche Bücher wie "Beute" wie ein Stück Literatur, wie eine mehr oder weniger fesselnde Geschichte, über die man sich den Kopf nicht zu zerbrechen braucht. Doch in den phantastischen Büchern der Neuzeit handelt es sich nicht wirklich um "Fiktion". Die Handlung seines Romans sei zwar fiktiv, betont in diesem Sinne auch Crichton, doch der wissenschaftliche Hintergrund - "die Forschungsfelder, dir darin erwähnt werden" (Nanotechnologie und Genetik) seien es nicht.

Nicht fiktiv sind deshalb auch die Bedenken, ob die Nanotechnologie tatsächlich zur Lösung unserer Probleme beitragen kann und ob der Preis, den wir dafür werden bezahlen müssen, nicht zu hoch sei. K. Eric Drexler (zit. nach Crichton) sagte: "Viele Menschen, mich eingeschlossen, haben ein ungutes Gefühl, wenn sie an die Folgen dieser Technologie für die Zukunft denken. Das Ausmaß der möglichen Veränderungen ist gewaltig, und es besteht die große Gefahr, dass die Gesellschaft ohne ausreichende Vorbereitung nur sehr schlecht damit umgehen kann". Als Crichton seinen Roman schrieb, teilte er diese Sorge. Zwar wünschte er sich, dass es auf internationalen Ebene bald Instanzen geben wird, die diese Entwicklungen kontrollieren werden, bevor es zu spät wird, doch glauben tat er daran wohl nicht. Irgendwann wird auf dem Grabstein der Menschheit stehen, schrieb er im letzten Kapitel seines Romans, "sie wussten nicht, was sie tun".

Dass dieses Horrorszenario nicht zur Wirklichkeit wird, ist zu hoffen. Ilona Banet

P.S. Crichton hat sein Buch mit einer Bibliographie der wissenschaftlichen Literatur versehen, aus die er sich gestützt hat. Sie umfasst 44 Titel.
Cowboy Resurrected
Cowboy Resurrected
Cowboy Resurrected
Elle James
Harlequin Intrigue, Sep 17 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373697182

"Cowboy Resurrected." Pregnant Sophia Carranza flees her Mexican home to escape from her ex-fiancé ruthless Antonio Martinez and his cartel. Still grieving the deaths of his family, former Wild Oak Canyon Sheriff Thorn Drennon, now works undercover for Hank Derringer's Covert Cowboys, Inc. He captures the illegal crosser who he knows needs to be left with the authorities. Instead Thorn follows his instincts and vows to keep her safe even if it jeopardizes his mission and job. He soon realizes he underestimated the cost as the monster and his horde pursue her; placing his life and eventually his heart at risk.

"Killer Body." In Webb County, former Special Ops soldier Dawson Gray still feels remorse and guilt for not being there when his wife and baby died. He loathes his Lone Star assignment to protect amnesiac Savvy Jones, a murder suspect as he does not want the responsibility. However, as hit men target Savvy while she tries to remember killing the son of a drug cartel kingpin and shooting herself in the head, Dawson risks his life to keep her safe.

Though the males' second chance theme is identical, the getting there differs even as both entries are exciting romantic suspense. Cowboy Resurrected is the fourth CCI thriller (see Bodyguard Under Fire, Taking Aim and Triggered) while Killer Body is a reprint of a Lone Star Agency tale.

Harriet Klausner
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure / Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken Vol.30 - Vol.39 Set [JAPANESE EDITION]
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure / Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken Vol.30 - Vol.39 Set [JAPANESE EDITION]
多分これを買おうと思ってる人はだいたい知ってるかもしれないんですけど
だいたい死にます。
スタンド能力も殺意が高いしみんなバンバン怪我するし、なんなら毎回「これ死んだのでは」と思うかもしれません
私はほとんど毎回思いました
そして実際死ぬ人もいます。
ただそれは予感がある人と、わりとふいに死ぬ人がいます

JOJO5部はハッピーでもバッドでもない、トゥルーエンドだと感じました
今アニメも放送中ですのであわせてどうぞ
Too Many Cooks (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 5)
Too Many Cooks (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 5)
“Too Many Cooks” (1938) was Stout’s fifth Nero Wolfe mystery, and it takes place at the Kanawha Spa in West Virginia where ten of the world’s greatest chefs, Les Quinze Maitres (there used to be fifteen of them), are holding their quinquennial get-together. Wolfe has been invited to speak on the subject, “Contributions Américaines à la Haute Cuisine.”

You may be wondering how Archie got his corpulent boss onto a train to West Virginia in the first place, since Wolfe has a very bad case of what Archie calls ‘enginephobia.’ It wasn’t easy. After the fact, Archie says:

“I would be prepared to submit bids for a contract to move the Pyramid of Cheops from Egypt to the top of the Empire State Building with my bare hands, in a swimming-suit; after what I had just gone through.”

When the ten remaining chefs de cuisine are assembled at the spa, three new members are going to be elected, so let the political infighting, name-calling, and back-stabbing begin. Archie makes the mistake of predicting to the spa’s chief of security that one of the chefs will be murdered. When he is proven to be correct, he must spend a certain amount of ‘quality time’ with the local law enforcers.

At first, Wolfe refuses to have anything to do with the murder investigation. Then the chef who had refused to sell Wolfe the recipe for saucisse minuit, which he has been angling after for years, is arrested for murder. Now the brilliant detective swings into action.

But not for money.

Even though Archie is at the top of his wisecracking form, and even though there is an excellent mystery to solve in "Too Many Cooks," it will never be one of my favorite Nero Wolfe books because of the multiplicity of racial slurs against the black cooks and waiters at the spa. I realize this book was published in 1938, but the language still makes me very uncomfortable. You’ll have to judge for yourself.
The Mountain Cat Murders: A Novel
The Mountain Cat Murders: A Novel
Stout really hit his stride with the Nero Wolfe mysteries-- they're head and shoulders above almost anything else in the genre. And they tower above his other work and other detectives (Tecumseh Fox, Dol Bonner, Alphabet Hicks). But some of his other mysteries are well worth reading, and this is one of them. There's no "name detective" this time, just some dogged protagonists out to dig up the truth about murders new and old. "The Mountain Cat Murders" takes place in Cody, Wyoming, and starts slow, but revs up nicely by its midpoint. It's a bit humorless when judged by the Wolfe series, but the mystery is a good one and the payoff is worth the wait. I'd place this toward the top of Stout's non-Nero Wolfe output.
Wenn wir uns wiedersehen: Thriller (German Edition)
Wenn wir uns wiedersehen: Thriller (German Edition)
Molly Larsch hat fünf Jahre für den Mord an ihrem Ehemann im Gefängnis verbracht. Sie kann sich an die Mordnacht jedoch nicht erinnern. Nun will sie nach dem wahren Mörder suchen, da sie sich nicht vorstellen kann, ihren Mann umgebracht zu haben. Sie bekommt Hilfe von der Schulfreundin Fran Simmons, die für eine Fernsehserie "wahre Verbrechen" recherchiert. Je tiefer Fran gräbt, desto mehr ist sie von der Unschuld ihrer Freundin überzeugt, jedoch bringt sie sich selbst dabei in Gefahr.

Der Plot ist gut konstruiert und durch die vielen Perspektivwechsel entsteht eine hohe Spannung. Erst auf den letzten Seiten wird aufgelöst, wer der wahre Mörder war.
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Dumbledore Wand
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Dumbledore Wand
I bought this to accompany a different wand for someone else. (The other wand was Leta's wand and I highly recommend that one.) When I received this, at first glance, I was pleased. However, the more I looked at it, I quickly noticed many little things that generally turned me, overall, unhappy.

Aside from the two metal bits, it's all made from some sort of resin. So it looks just like plastic and doesn't even really resemble wood. The "detail" in the wood grain looks like it was carved out with a box cutter and, therefore, breaks the illusion of wood further. The inside of the wood has that sharp, plastic, feel.

Then moving down to the handle, it looks as though it is supposed to resemble leather, maybe? But it's made of the same resin. There is even a very obvious seem. Then I noticed that the wand has been assembled, and the handle is not flush with the want. In fact, the want is ever so slightly bent, coming out of the handle. It's about a 2mm gap on both sides of the "handle."

So, in summary, if you are just looking for an inexpensive collectible to sit on a shelf and are not worried about minor details, go for it. Maybe as a present for a child. For an adult than enjoys appreciating craftsmanship, skip this one. I will be putting it, high-up, on a shelf and orienting it as to best hide the flaws. I think that will be fine.

I'd like to reiterate that I am not dogging on this brand or their other wands. I am simple discussing this, particular, wand. The Leta LeStrange wand is beautiful and only upon close inspection can you tell that it isn't real wood or metal.
Coslive Hagrid Wig Movie Cosplay Brown Long Curly Hair Beard Costume accessories
Coslive Hagrid Wig Movie Cosplay Brown Long Curly Hair Beard Costume accessories
Terrific quality wig and beard! It's definitely as good or better than you expect for the price. It's maybe not quite professional movie quality, but far better than typical Halloween wig quality like you'd find at Spirit Halloween or Walmart. Perfect for Halloween or cosplay or live theater. And it's nice enough that you will pack it back up to wear again. It's not just a "wear it to the party and pitch it when you get home" type cheap disposible wig.
200+ INTERESTING QUOTES Harry Potter Quotes: About 7 Books and 7 Movies
200+ INTERESTING QUOTES Harry Potter Quotes: About 7 Books and 7 Movies
This book, all in all, was fairly reasonable and worth getting. However, it contained many mistakes, both in capitalization and grammar. Quite a few words seemed to have been randomly selected to fill in gaps, and plenty of words were capitalized at random. Some quotes repeated themselves, while others were never in the books at all. But, despite the mistakes- and believe me, this book has a lot- the collection of quotes were somewhat accurate and fun to browse through.
USB Stick 32 GB Ron Weasley - Original Harry Potter 2.0 Flash Drive, Tribe FD037703
USB Stick 32 GB Ron Weasley - Original Harry Potter 2.0 Flash Drive, Tribe FD037703
I have issues with using this product because I like to wear my USB on my lanyard at work. The little chain is attached to the USB section, not the ‘lid’, so I have to attach my entire lanyard to the computer when using. It is incredibly flimsy and the chain has broken multiple times, although luckily it’s only fallen off in my bag so far. The ‘lid’, which is the feet section, doesn’t fit securely so whilst walking around with Harry on my lanyard, I have often lost half of his body without noticing as it comes loose and falls off easily - and I have only had him a few days! It needs some sort of mechanism so that it clicks into place. It also needs a more robust chain to prevent loss when using.
It is cute, but it’s obviously more of a novelty item than a practical item.
The Hogwarts Library Collection (Hogwarts Library book)
The Hogwarts Library Collection (Hogwarts Library book)
I am a long-time Harry Potter fan. As such, I owned all of these books from the day of their original releases, and remember them well. Unfortunately, the newest released set from today (March 14, 2017), which I bought to replace the copies I ultimately lost in a house fire, are a fundamentally different product. To be fair, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" and "Quidditch Through the Ages" are both fine. They're newly printed in a nice matching hardcover style that suits the boxed set well and really makes them feel a bit like textbooks at the same time. I don't like the cover art on the Beedle book as much as the original, and I seem to remember (but may be mistaken) some of the pictures being bigger in the original, but these aren't deal breakers. The content for both of these volumes appears to have remained fundamentally intact through to the new publication design.

The real problem rests with the new release of the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" book. Many people reading this review (and indeed, there are even pictures posted from previous releases showing it) may remember that the original release was presented as a copy of the textbook as owned by Harry Potter. As such, it contained a lot of doodles and "handwritten" notes from Harry and his friends throughout the book, integrating a lot of humor and personality into the textbook content about the various creatures. Unfortunately though, those notes are, in the new version, removed. There are one or two "notes" from the "editor" in the new foreword to the book, but that's it. I know that it probably costs more to have so much varying formatting and everything, but it's not like they couldn't recoup the costs. As it stands though, this new clean version essentially feels like a partial text. The core content is there, but the personality, humor, and fun that made the original so much better is all gone. It's still good, if you want to know about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe, but it really used to be so much better.
Zuozee Halloween Costumes Jedi Robe Hooded Cloak Cosplay Cape Knight Jacket Sith Outfit Christmas Men Women (Real Pictures)
Zuozee Halloween Costumes Jedi Robe Hooded Cloak Cosplay Cape Knight Jacket Sith Outfit Christmas Men Women (Real Pictures)
The robe was wonderful, exactly how it looks online, if not a little bit darker in person. The quality of the material and the sewing are both very good. Definitely worth the price.

My only problems were;
1) It was very large. I'm a girl of small stature, about 5'6. The robe swallowed me. I had to hem the sleeves and the bottom of the robe several inches to be able to walk and wear it properly, but if you're taller or you need a robe that covers your arms and entire self, this won't be a problem.
2) It bled in the wash, staining a shirt pink, which I should have seen coming. It held up very well in the wash though, so if you plan on washing it, just wash it alone in the washing machine.

In the last picture is a comparison of before and after hemming the sleeves. On the left is the original length and the right is the sleeve hemmed.
Game Changer: The Story of Pictionary and How I Turned a Simple Idea into the Bestselling Board Game in the World
Game Changer: The Story of Pictionary and How I Turned a Simple Idea into the Bestselling Board Game in the World
Of course I love the game of Pictionary. Along with tens of millions of people around the world. But I had never thought about the creativity, drive, endless production details, deals, characters, relationships, roadblocks, hours of drudgery, begging, small and large victories, planning, and huge risk that went into building a simple box of fun for friends or family to bust open together!

I knew the outcome of the book before I picked it up. SPOILER: The game sells really well. But from the humble origins of the creator’s apartment, conjuring up and then assembling all the pieces by hand with co-creators, and personally hustling through game and department stores to give live demos for hours at a time, never giving up on the dream of sharing this fun with people everywhere… it’s truly uplifting. It gives a boost to people like me who could use a dose of inspiration, a glimpse into the mind of someone who went all in to give birth to something they believe in.
FunTime Piano Popular: Level 3A-3B
FunTime Piano Popular: Level 3A-3B
This arrived the morning and seems like a good buy. There's a dozen arrangements of 'popular' tunes (not sure what that means really), and they all seem to be at exactly the level they say.

The choice is fairly diverse but they're all interesting & well known enough to keep the motivation going. No obscure traditional folk songs as filler in here ! They're arranged to be at the right level. Some people will probably complain that they're too simplified, but this is after all a beginners book.

I've checked the two Beatles tracks against my (official) Fakebook versions of the same and they're pretty similar.

To give you an idea as to the level I've attached a copy of the first few bars of Eleanor Rigby. This is fairly representative of the level of the book. I hope the publishers don't mind.

Surprisingly this book has no chord names.

As it seems hard to find the actual listing before you buy it, here it is:

Star Wars (Main Theme)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Phantom of the Opera
La Bamba
A Whole New World (the Aladin theme)
Music Box Dancer
Colours of the Wind (from Pocahontas)
Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles)
Pachelbel Canon (because no Faber book is complete without the PC !).
He's a A Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean).

With the possible exception of Music Box Dancer which I'd never heard of before they're all fairly well known and are pretty much 'genre-free' meaning that they'll appeal to a wide audience. It turns out that MB Dancer is one of those songs that you hear everywhere but never knew the name off (if you don't believe me look it up on Spotify).

All in all, seems an excellent choice. I plan to use it to work on my sight reading.
Ambaret - Luces solares para exteriores, impermeables, con llamas parpadeantes, luces solares para exteriores, decoración del paisaje al aire libre, encendido y apagado automático, iluminación de llamas, para patio y jardín (4)
Ambaret - Luces solares para exteriores, impermeables, con llamas parpadeantes, luces solares para exteriores, decoración del paisaje al aire libre, encendido y apagado automático, iluminación de llamas, para patio y jardín (4)
These LED torches are utterly amazing. We have used traditional oil-fueled tiki torches in the past and they are a pain to use - they blow out, they can pose a fire hazard if if they blow over, etc. We are doing a back yard renovation and going for a beach/resort feel so I really wanted tiki torches, and decided to try the "fake" ones. I was a little hesitant because the product photos were all obviously edited to place the torches into the landscapes, but the video convinced me, as did all the positive reviews. So I took a chance and ordered two.

They were super simple to assemble, and unlike some solar powered yard decor, the solar panels are very low profile and unnoticeable. They got here in the afternoon and we put them out in the sun for approx 4-5 hours of back yard sunlight that was left, not sure whether they would charge enough to light up the first night. Darkness fell, and all we could say was "wow." They did come on and were absolutely beautiful and so very realistic looking. We immediately fell in love with them, and ordered four more.

We are beyond pleased with these; there is literally nothing to complain about. After a full day of sun, they stay on all night and are still going strong at 6 a.m. They look so real that we were a little bit worried our neighbors might call the fire department, thinking the flames were genuine. Luckily that didn't happen.

I'm happy to give this product a five star review and will very likely be buying more of them to put in other areas of the yard.
Irish Wooley Jumpers Salt And Pepper Shakers
Irish Wooley Jumpers Salt And Pepper Shakers
Bought these as a Christmas present for a "sheep collector". Even better than what I expected. The Seller packaged this to perfection to protect them in shipping. Unfortunately, one became loose and got a small chip in it. As you can see it was sent in something a little too big for what it was. No fault of Carol's. Wrote to Seller and receive two extremely quick replies. Very helpful and offered refund. They were so cute. I immediately ordered another set which is on its way.
JELE Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch(2020),Premium Soft Liquid Silicone Rubber Full-Body Protective Anti-Scratch Shockproof Bumper Case (Stone)
JELE Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch(2020),Premium Soft Liquid Silicone Rubber Full-Body Protective Anti-Scratch Shockproof Bumper Case (Stone)
It’s really nice. Sturdy Premium feel. Soft silicon outer shell and it has a cloth or felt like liner which keeps dirt and dust of the phone. Doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Gives a little lip to the screen which will result in most drops never touching the screen or phone. This feels like something Apple would have made. No one likes having to put their gorgeous phone in a case but this is the best thing you can do to protect your 1300+ dollar investment. My friend pay 50+ bucks for the Apple version. Except for the stamp on they back I challenge anyone to tell the difference. Save yourself 45 bucks. Get this perfect copy.
Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)
Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)
Hoo boy. I used to read regency romance novels in college all the time and there’s a few books that are genuinely well written and I still occasionally reread them. I heard about the upcoming Shondaland series, which sounds exactly like something I’d love, and decided to check out the books. I had high hopes with all the positive reviews.

I’ll get to reviewing the quality of the material after this big thing that completely destroys this book and entire series for me: the main character Daphne rapes Simon and no one cares and there’s no consequences. One review I read also gave a bad review because of this but I genuinely thought they were wrong because there’s no way this would happen in an internationally best selling book with 1000 good reviews, right??? Nope, apparently I discounted how poorly understood male rape is in our society esp with female perpetrators. Was it “violent” or was he “forced”? Not really. Did he “””enjoy it”””? Technically, yes. But he was absolutely wasted, had no idea what was going on (which, drunk sex, it happens and can be fine) and then she (trying not to spoil??) very specifically decides to take advantage of his drunken state and do something to him he has EXPLICITLY said no to, multiple times over several instances. Is his reasoning on why not to do the thing stupid? Yes. More on his ridiculous character later. But it doesn’t matter if his reasons are dumb. He has said no to this many times and she has to sort of hold him down to get him to do it??? It’s very icky and was hard to read. He then, unsurprisingly, freaks out and is very upset and sort of has a mental breakdown? But he’s over it in about one chapter, there are no real consequences whatsoever, and Daphne explicitly thinks to herself “she’s not ashamed of what she did” afterwards. WTF??? I am so surprised more people aren’t taking about this with the adaptation announcement and I really hope the series drastically changes this.

Separately from this, is the book good? No, not really. I mean it’s readable, and I was entertained at least in the beginning. The family dynamics are cute and some scenes are funny but I read this 3 days ago and can’t remember anything else good about it. I can barely even remember Daphne’s personality. The pacing of the plot is a bit awkward alongside the pacing of the romantic development. Some scenes just stretch on into awkwardness with cringey dialogue but not in a funny, tongue in cheek way. Simon’s character is ridiculous and melodramatic to the point of exhaustion and the book leans heavily on the whole “tragic backstory” cliche but it barely even makes sense when you find out all his “secrets”. I love cheesy romance cliches and ridiculous characters in regency novels when they’re done well, when the cliches are cheeky and self aware and the book isn’t taking itself too seriously. This book fails at that. And I have no issue when characters act like a-holes or irrationally because of terrible things in their life. They’re only human. But Simon’s whole schtick is just ridiculous and so dragged out it's almost painful. Romance novels often get a pass for having not great or even bad writing, but I’ve read some genuinely fantastic and well written regency romance novels that are just so much better than this.
3 x Saeco AquaClean Kalk- und Wasserfilter
3 x Saeco AquaClean Kalk- und Wasserfilter
Wir haben über 1000€ für unseren Traum - Kaffee - Automaten ausgegeben. Zum Erhalt der Garantie ist der regelmäßige Entkalkereinsatz vorgeschrieben und wird von der Maschine auch erkannt. Da der Garantiefall schon 2x eingetreten ist, hat sich die Investition auf jeden Fall bezahlt gemacht.
Die Filterkartusche ist schnell und unkompliziert eingesetzt, das Wasser in unserer Region ist recht wenig kalkhaltig.
Eine Kartusche hält ziemlich genau 1 Monat bei ca. 4 Getränken täglich. Kleiner Nachteil ist der Volumenverbrauch im Wassertank.
Da der Filter von Anfang an in Gebrauch ist, kann ich über Geschmacksnachteile bei Nichtbenutzung keine Aussage treffen.
Siemens EQ.6 300 TE613501DE Kaffeevollautomat (1500 Watt, Direktwahl durch Sensorfelder, oneTouch Function, hochwertiges Keramik-Mahlwerk) silber/hellgrau
Siemens EQ.6 300 TE613501DE Kaffeevollautomat (1500 Watt, Direktwahl durch Sensorfelder, oneTouch Function, hochwertiges Keramik-Mahlwerk) silber/hellgrau
Muy mala experiencia con el producto y con el servicio de atención al cliente, especialmente teniendo en cuenta que estamos hablando de una cafetera de 1.700€ (de las que la propia compañía denomina “Premium”).

En menos de 6 meses hemos tenido que enviarla a reparar 2 veces. La primera vez que la enviamos a reparar (a los 2 meses de comprarla) Siemens se hizo cargo de la reparación (la cafetera tiene 2 años de garantía) y nos explicó lo que le había fallado y lo que le habían cambiado (es decir, era un defecto de la cafetera). Casualmente, 2 meses después se vuelve a estropear por el mismo motivo y esta vez nos dicen que es por un "uso indebido". Esto no tiene ni pies ni cabeza. Obviamente la cafetera estaba defectuosa desde el primer momento. A partir de ahí Siemens dice que no se hace cargo de la reparación y que por supuesto no nos cambia la cafetera por una nueva.

En definitiva, mucho cuidado con comprar esta cafetera. Por ese precio (y por mucho menos) hay opciones mucho mejores.
Massage Gun, Handheld Electric Deep Tissue Body Muscle Massager, Cordless, High Intensity Vibration Massage Device with 6 Speed
Massage Gun, Handheld Electric Deep Tissue Body Muscle Massager, Cordless, High Intensity Vibration Massage Device with 6 Speed
Overall, I am very pleased with this massager. I have been biking a lot and my quads are usually very tight and painful the next day. Stretching helps a little, but not much. A friend recommended me to try a massage gun, so I bought this one. It arrived in a carrying case inside the Amazon box, a little strange that there is no additional packaging, so I was skeptical at first.

But after powering it on, my doubts goes away. The constitution feels solid and heavy. The motor is powerful and give a nice "punches" to loosen the muscle. There is a frequency control that control how fast the gun "punches". There is no power level control though. The rechargable battery is pretty long lasting, probably contributing to the heaviness of the gun.

The case came with several changeable heads, I like the flat hammer head the most, when it hit a surface, there is actually a hole that let air out of it. And when the gun retract, the head is filled with air again. So it created a damping effect that feels pretty nice!
Cuckoo CRP-M1077S Multifunctional & Programmable Electric Pressure Rice Cooker, Xwall Diamond Coated Pot, Fuzzy Logic & Intelligent Cooking, 10 Cups, Black/Gold
Cuckoo CRP-M1077S Multifunctional & Programmable Electric Pressure Rice Cooker, Xwall Diamond Coated Pot, Fuzzy Logic & Intelligent Cooking, 10 Cups, Black/Gold
My wife wanted this item to primarily cook whole eggs in. She says they taste way better in this than just boiling them. But we had to find out how to do that from our neighbor. This unit is quiet and works as expected...but. It would be great to see a very much needed expansion of its cooking capabilities. Others foods with cooking times and cooking modes. Otherwise I just paid $200 for an alternative egg boiler. It's a pressure cooker basically....so where can I find additional uses for it. We are not big rice eaters, but really like this cooker and want to expand it's usage. Any help would be appreciated. This unit is nicely built and ls aesthetically pleasing on the counter top. It does take up some room though.

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