Lillie Rogers

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Object-Oriented JavaScript
Object-Oriented JavaScript
Object-Oriented JavaScript by Stoyan Stefanov. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript : edición 2018
JavaScript : edición 2018
JavaScript : edición 2018 by Astor de Caso Parra. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Expert PHP and MySQL
Expert PHP and MySQL
Expert PHP and MySQL by Andrew Curioso , Ronald Bradford , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A Lady of Quality
A Lady of Quality
A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Laurie Klein, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 66 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Forbidden Fruit (Black Lace)
Forbidden Fruit (Black Lace)
Forbidden Fruit (Black Lace) by Susie Raymond. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
El proyecto Williamson (Spanish Edition)
El proyecto Williamson (Spanish Edition)
El proyecto Williamson (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
When I'm Gone: A Novel
When I'm Gone: A Novel
When I'm Gone: A Novel by Emily Bleeker. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 10323 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java Programming: Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in 24 ... design, tech, perl, ajax, swift, python)
Java Programming: Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in 24 ... design, tech, perl, ajax, swift, python)
Java Programming: Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in 24 ... design, tech, perl, ajax, swift, python) by Code Well Academy and R.M.Z.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python for Data Science : A Practical Guide to Master Python Programming and System Administration. Discover The Essentials of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent Using Python Code.
Python for Data Science : A Practical Guide to Master Python Programming and System Administration. Discover The Essentials of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent Using Python Code.
Python for Data Science : A Practical Guide to Master Python Programming and System Administration. Discover The Essentials of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent Using Python Code. by Cooper Turner. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Programming For Beginners: The Updated Guide To Learn Python Programming Step by Step With Practical Examples & The Basics Of Machine Learning. ... Computer Languages In A Few Days. (Vol. 1)
Python Programming For Beginners: The Updated Guide To Learn Python Programming Step by Step With Practical Examples & The Basics Of Machine Learning. ... Computer Languages In A Few Days. (Vol. 1)
Python Programming For Beginners: The Updated Guide To Learn Python Programming Step by Step With Practical Examples & The Basics Of Machine Learning. ... Computer Languages In A Few Days. (Vol. 1) by Bill Steven. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 30 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python: Master the Art of Design Patterns
Python: Master the Art of Design Patterns
Python: Master the Art of Design Patterns by Dusty Phillips, Chetan Giridhar, et al.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Laravel Testing Decoded
Laravel Testing Decoded
Laravel Testing Decoded by Jeffrey Way. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
KOTLIN AND GOLANG FOR BEGINNERS: 2 BOOKS IN 1 - Learn Coding Fast! KOTLIN Programming Language And GOLANG Crash Course, A QuickStart Guide, Tutorial Book by Program Examples, In Easy Steps!
KOTLIN AND GOLANG FOR BEGINNERS: 2 BOOKS IN 1 - Learn Coding Fast! KOTLIN Programming Language And GOLANG Crash Course, A QuickStart Guide, Tutorial Book by Program Examples, In Easy Steps!
KOTLIN AND GOLANG FOR BEGINNERS: 2 BOOKS IN 1 - Learn Coding Fast! KOTLIN Programming Language And GOLANG Crash Course, A QuickStart Guide, Tutorial Book by Program Examples, In Easy Steps! by TAM SEL. Rated 2 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Kotlin programming category.
Scala Puzzlers
Scala Puzzlers
Scala Puzzlers by Andrew Phillips and Nermin Serifovic. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV: 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3690))
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV: 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3690))
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV: 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2005, Budapest, ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3690)) by Laszlo Zsolt Varga, Michal Pechoucek, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular Space Advocates: Elon Musk, John F. Kennedy, Tom Hanks, Bill Nye, Richard Branson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wernher von Braun, Lance Bass, Michio Kaku, Walter Cronkite, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular Space Advocates: Elon Musk, John F. Kennedy, Tom Hanks, Bill Nye, Richard Branson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wernher von Braun, Lance Bass, Michio Kaku, Walter Cronkite, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular Space Advocates: Elon Musk, John F. Kennedy, Tom Hanks, Bill Nye, Richard Branson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wernher von Braun, Lance Bass, Michio Kaku, Walter Cronkite, etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Henry Ford (History Maker Bios)
Henry Ford (History Maker Bios)
Great book. I am a homeschool Mom and we love going in more depth about the inventors. I absolutely love all of the books by History Makers Bio. We've read many books by History Makers Bio and they are all fantastic. They are short books but each page is packed with so much information.
Trump 2020 Hat - Keep America Great 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
Trump 2020 Hat - Keep America Great 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
I read the questions and answers and it said “made in China”. I also ordered a Camp one from Allorry and it had no inside label at all but the questions and answers said it was 100% made in U.S. and the description also said “Made in the United States”. I gave this Red one 3 stars only because it was made in China otherwise it’s nice looking and made well. But I suggest people go look at the ones Allorry has. They have 8 different one and 2 others that come with Trump socks.
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back [Blu-ray]
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back [Blu-ray]
Terrific tour document by D. A. Pennebaker, this 1965 effort captures Dylan behind the scenes transitioning from folk hero to urbane rock icon. (He had already recorded Bringing It All Back Home when he makes this tour of England.) Dylan is transfixing on stage and a petulant brat backstage, enabled by a sycophantic entourage including boorish manager Albert Grossman, an irritating Joan Baez (along for the ride expecting an invitation to perform with him. It never came.), and road manager/partner-in-cynicism Bob Neuwirth. They were young, hipper-than-thou, and stardom had gone to their heads. But what remains is the quality of Dylan's post folk acoustic songwriting and performance. Though Dylan would claim to be bored with performing solo at this point at this point, you wouldn't know it from his stage craft; steely and dramatic under one bold spotlight. Pennebaker scores brilliantly with the concert footage, though intentionally "not a concert film".

For a stark contrast of just how much Dylan's persona had changed in a brief 2 years, a 1963 clip of him earnestly singing Only A Pawn In Their game at a Voter's Registration Rally at a rural farm in Greenwood, Mississippi (filmed by another) is included.

As for the extras in this Deluxe set, the hefty price ($64.95) does not justify it. There is a book that includes a word for word transcript of the dialogue in the film, and a little flip book of the Subterranean Homesick Blues film clip. Though novel collector's items, I've yet to take either out of the box. The desirable feature is the extra disc called '65 Revised that contains additional performance and documentary footage. The extended performance footage is brilliant and the commentary track is highly informative; Pennebaker and Neuwirth discussing film technique and intent and Dylan's skill as a stage artist in hindsight. Neuwirth's role, though at first seeming to be simply a hanger on, of providing the fuel of wit and creative spark for Dylan, is not to be underestimated.
It's a 5 star film, given only 4 stars here for the bloated price of this particular edition. But check out Criterion's newer edition that includes '65 Revisited and a bunch of other special features for about a third of this price!
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
Introduction to Programming in Java: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition)
This book is clearly tailored for somewhat intense Computer Science Undergrad Program's first year course. I say that because it's not exactly the quickest path to learning your first language; it's more focused on big computer science concepts as it is on the Java language itself. If someone is completely new to programming it might be a bit overwhelming to not be given solid practice with a language before talking about complex subjects like recursive implementation of sorting and searching algorithms and their Time Complexity measurements as this book does.

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

If you are a self-learner looking to learn your first language I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you're a very fast learner or you supplement it with some real Java language learning and practice. The latter might even be my recommendation if you are using this text book in college and don't already have some programming experience.
Bob Dylan: 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years
Bob Dylan: 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years
I'm one so I did...

This thing is four hours long and some of it is pretty hard to take.

We see Dylan impersonator Joel Gilbert traipsing about the country apparently also attempting to impersonate a journalist. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.

The use of primitive and amateurish graphic effects during the interviews is unbelievably annoying. A yellow rubber ducky swims across the screen quacking to illuminate Reuben Carter's comment that he took to boxing "like a duck takes to water". When he mentions that boxing was a profession for which he was paid, hundred dollar bills flash before our eyes. As Gilbert asks Carter the deep question "what percentage of boxing is psychology?" the image of Sigmund Freud appears and disappears.

Enough already! And at this point we are only a few minutes into this four hour marathon.

Those true diehards who are able to keep on keeping on are eventually rewarded with some interesting perspectives. Claudia Levy describes theatrical aspects and the staging of the Rolling Thunder concerts. Scarlet Rivera shares in her own words the oft repeated story of Dylan discovering her as she was walking down a Manhattan street with nothing to distinguish her but her violin case and her exotic appearance. Rob Stoner talks about his role maintaining order in the recording studio and on tour...

But it is the interviews from the period of Dylan's conversion to Christianity and its aftermath that are most interesting. Vineyard Christian Fellowship pastor Bill Dwyer describes Dylan as a student in his Bible study class. San Francisco Chronicle writer Joel Selvin characterizes the betrayal felt by many fans blindsided by the Christian content of the 1979 tour. Legendary producer Jerry Wexler speaks to the musical excellence of Slow Train Coming. And back up singer Regina McCrary resonates as she gives glory to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the middle of it all.

Too bad that at the end we must put up with the blather of self proclaimed Dylanologist AJ Weberman. The inclusion of the opinions of Weberman, who made it his business to sift through Dylan's garbage in the Village in the early 70's, adds nothing of value and certainly underscores that this is, in fact, a "totally unauthorized documentary".
Nokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - 12+5 MP Dual Camera - Unlocked Smartphone (at&T/T-Mobile/MetroPCS/Cricket/H2O) - 5.84" FHD+ HDR Screen - Blue - U.S. Warranty
Nokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - 12+5 MP Dual Camera - Unlocked Smartphone (at&T/T-Mobile/MetroPCS/Cricket/H2O) - 5.84" FHD+ HDR Screen - Blue - U.S. Warranty
I ordered this phone to replace the exact same make and model that fell into the water. Unfortunately, when I received the phone, there were two seals on the box; one was still sealed but it was covering an original seal that was already broken. I was concerned that I was actually getting a used phone rather than the "New" phone that was advertised on Amazon. Nevertheless, I opened it up and took it to the cell phone repair shop that was able to retrieve all the data from the old phone so they could transfer it to the new phone. When they attempted the transfer, they were not able to make it happen due to a faulty charge port. When they plugged the USB-C cable in, they had to back it out and wiggle it to get it to charge or accept data. They were not comfortable with the condition of the phone and asked me to get another one since they could not transfer the data successfully. I returned it to Amazon and just received a replacement today and guess what? Another broken original seal with a new seal taped over it. If something is going to be advertised as new, I don't expect it to have already been opened. I will follow up with a report after I drop it off with the experts, but I am not expecting much.
Ulefone Note 8(2020) Unlocked Smartphones, Unlocked 3G Cell Phones 5.5'' 2GB+16GB, Android 10 5MP+2MP Camera, Dual Sim Phone, 2700mAh Battery, Face ID, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, No Sprint& Verizon (Black)
Ulefone Note 8(2020) Unlocked Smartphones, Unlocked 3G Cell Phones 5.5'' 2GB+16GB, Android 10 5MP+2MP Camera, Dual Sim Phone, 2700mAh Battery, Face ID, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, No Sprint& Verizon (Black)
I like this phone. After breaking multiple phones that had cases & gorilla glass, I needed something that was tough. So far, this phone fits the bill. It has accidentally been dropped twice now with no effects. I like how everything appears to be nicely sealed up, all coverings are secure. I like that it can hold a SIM card and a SD card together. The camera works great even in low light. The flash doesn't appear to overcompensate. Front camera isn't too bad either. I like the Android 8.1 version. It's not loaded with bloatware but does include a few unique apps specific to the phone in the 'Toolbox'. This includes compass, bubble level, pic hanging, height meter, magnifier, & plumb Bob. I have not used these features as of yet.
One thing that's a little odd to me is the long screen aspect. It's 16:9. Nothing really bad, I'm just not use to it. Also, I have not used the fingerprint unlock feature so I'm not sure how well it really works.
The downside of this unlocked version is my data connection. I can only get 2G with my T-Mobile service. Apparently the frequency isn't the correct one for my area or something like that. My calls & text messages aren't affected, only the internet data. This is very frustrating for me as I am a high web surfer & use to my previous phone having the 4G connection. I use my WiFi when I'm at home bc it's faster. So do your research & check the frequencies for your carrier if you enjoy 4G. Otherwise, the phone itself is great for my needs but will probably be passed on to my teenage son when he's old enough for a phone. He definitely will need the rugged toughness of this phone.
I will update as I continue to use it.
Wine in Words: Notes for Better Drinking
Wine in Words: Notes for Better Drinking
Lettie Teague makes learning about wine fun. That doesn’t mean what she writes is only for beginners, or superficial. Her many years of research and writing as a wine journalist at Food & Wine magazine and more recently at the Wall Street Journal have given her a depth of understanding and an approachable style that allows her to communicate information about wine in a way that you don’t have to be an expert to understand or enjoy. This is not a book to plow through from cover to cover. Each essay is a delectable little experience, like sipping a new wine or discovering a new favorite hors d’oeuvre. This is a book you can dip into time and time again over many months, and always find some new tidbit to savor. This would make a great gift for the wine lover or merely the wine curious.
The Raccolta: Or Collection of Indulgenced Prayers & Good Works
The Raccolta: Or Collection of Indulgenced Prayers & Good Works
This is my favorite prayer book of many! However the size was reproduced in a huge book size instead of prayer book size which is not so handy or likely to be used as a prayer book. Why can you not produce this in the original size? Wonderful indulgenced prayers with rescript years by the Popes who authorized them.
Paper Mate InkJoy 550RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Blue, Box of 12 (1951344)
Paper Mate InkJoy 550RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Blue, Box of 12 (1951344)
After reading suggested ballpoint pens a sketcher can use, I bought these 500 RTs only to find they do not work very well ..... not only for sketching but even writing on different paper surfaces. The image I'm sharing is only one of three paper surfaces I tested the pens on. Paper surfaces tried: Global Arts Handbook (drawing), Fabriano Venezia (drawing), and Paperblanks unlined journal.

The negative: skipping, having to apply more pressure for some of the colors to make marks on paper, and ink pooling blobs. Ink lines/marks were not consistent being applied to the two drawing paper surfaces.

The positive: these worked better on the Paperblanks with it's smooth slick surface. Normal pressure produced nice marks without skipping. More consistent. Less ink blobs.

For those who use ballpoint pens for pen and ink sketching, I would not recommend these pens. And depending on the type paper you plan to write on, one might find themselves quite disappointed and even frustrated having to apply extra pressure and constantly wiping the tips so ink doesn't pool and end up as blobs on paper.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Plus Bonus Features)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Plus Bonus Features)
Ich hätte nie erwartet das Captain America einer meiner absoluten Lieblinge des MCUs werden würde. Ich meine, come on: sein albernes Kostüm (besonders im ersten Avengers-Teil), sein plakativer Name, sein simples Schwarz/Weiß-Denken -und Gehabe. Wie käme ich dazu diesem Charakter auch nur im Entferntesten was abzugewinnen. Wobei zugegebenermaßen sein erster Film nicht ganz so schlecht war. Und ja, Steve Rogers ist nicht ganz unsympathisch (v.a. Dank Chris Evans Darbietung). Aber neben Iron-Man zog er lange Zeit den Kürzeren für mich.

Das änderte sich aber schlagartig als dieser Film das Licht der Marvel-Welt erblickte. Die Russo-Brothers nahmen diesen simplen Charakter und zwangen ihn aus seinem Schwarz/Weiß-Denken auszubrechen und sich weiterzuentwickeln. Und Alter Falter… Das gelang ihnen wirklich, wirklich gut.

Story im Groben:

Steve Rogers lebt sich allmählich in der neuen Welt ein, in welche er 2 Jahre zuvor erwacht ist. Da er nichts Besseres mit sich anzufangen weiß, kämpft er für S.H.I.E.L.D. an vorderster Front. Doch Zweifel plagen ihn, denn die Welt hat sich seit 1945 doch drastisch verändert. Jeder um ihn herum scheint sein eigenes Süppchen zu kochen. Selbst seinen engsten Kollegen scheint er nicht trauen zu können. Nach einem scheinbaren Routine-Einsatz, gerät für den unbeugsamen Helden alles aus den Fugen. Jemand in den eigenen Reihen agiert verdeckt aus dem Hintergrund um nicht nur S.H.I.E.L.D., sondern auch die gesamte Welt in den Abgrund zu reißen.

Nahezu auf sich allein gestellt, ohne zu wissen wem er trauen kann, macht Rogers sich auf die Verschwörung aufzudecken, wodurch er alsbald selbst zum Gejagten wird. Dicht auf den Fersen ist ihm hierbei der mysteriöse und gefährliche Winter Soldier.

Meine Meinung:

Dieser Film sticht aus all den MCU-Filmen mit am Meisten heraus. Beim zweiten Cap-Film handelt es sich um einen Action-Thriller, wodurch er sich schon stark vom ersten CA-Film abhebt. Klar, der Film hat seine typisch albernen MCU-Momente. Aber diese binden sich m.M.n. ganz gut ein und sind zur Auflockerung der Stimmung ganz gut. Denn der Film ist extrem spannend, düster und bietet tolle Kampf-Choreographien (kein Vergleich zu den miserablen Kampf-Einlagen des ersten Cap-Abenteuers).

V.a. aber haben mir die Story und Figuren Spaß gemacht. Man hat sowohl alte Gesichter in Form von Cap’s Avenger-Kollegin Black Widow, als auch Maria Hill, Jasper Sitwell und Nick Fury, aber auch viele, viele Neuzugänge wie Robert Redford als S.H.I.E.L.D.-Chef Alexander Piers, Brock Rumlow, Sharon Carter und allen voran Sam Wilson aka „The Falcon“. Daneben gibt es noch nette Cameos bekannter Gesichter wie Hayley Atwell als Cap’s große, aber stark gealterte Liebe Peggy Carter, sowie dem schmierigen, aus „Iron Man 2“ bekannten, Senator Stern. Der Cast ist hervorragend und in top Spiellaune. Chris Evans entpuppt sich als echter Glücksgriff für die Rolle des Captain America, da er es schafft der Figur Glaubwürdigkeit und Tiefe zu verleihen. Auch bekommt Scarlett Johansson hier deutlich mehr zu tun. Wobei ihre Figur der Natascha Romanoff, alias Black Widow, hier das erste Mal deutlich zwielichtiger erscheint als noch zuvor in „Iron Man 2“ und „The Avengers“. Genauso wie auch der Meister der Geheimnisse Nick Fury, welcher wie gewohnt von Samuel L. Jackson gespielt wird. Vom Altmeister Redford darf man generell perfektes Spiel erwarten. Auch er schien Spaß an der Rolle des Alexander Pierce gehabt zu haben. Zur Figur des Winter Soldiers will ich an dieser Stelle nichts verraten. Lasst euch selbst überraschen.

Was man den Russos hoch anrechnen muss ist der Mut diesen Weg mit der Figur des Captain Americas zu gehen. Nicht nur das sich Steve Rogers weiterentwickelt und hinterher nicht mehr blind irgendwelchen Institutionen wie S.H.I.E.L.D. oder dem eigenen Regierungsapparat vertraut, er legt auch sein einfältiges Schwarz/Weiß-Denken ab und sieht sich selbst damit konfrontiert Geheimnisse vor seinen Freunden aufzubauen (siehe die Kulmination dessen in „Civil War“). Er wird damit als Charakter greifbarer und interessanter. Zumal man diesmal keinen wirklich greifbaren Schurken hat wie noch zuvor mit Red Skull und Loki. Ja, es gibt einen zentralen Drahtzieher, aber wie Cap, tappt der Zuschauer auch zunächst im Dunkeln.

Man hat zudem hier nicht das Gefühl ein x-beliebiges Einzelabenteuer zu sehen wie noch in Thor 2. Die Geschichte hat drastische Auswirkungen auf den kompletten Handlungsverlauf des MCU.

Fans der Reihe werden hier viele, viele Querverweise zu anderen Figuren finden. Easter Eggs gibt es daher viele (erst beim letzten Durchgang ist mir selbst wieder eines aufgefallen). Das CGI ist okay. An manchen Stellen besser, an anderen wieder eher schlechter (gerade gegen Ende gibt es wie ich finde einen etwas nicht so schönen Schnitzer). Die Musik von Henry Jackman ist zweckdienlich und für sich gesehen eher austauschbar. Wobei er hin und wieder die eindeutig besseren Ur-Themen von Alan Silvestri aufgreift.

Fazit:

„The Winter Soldier“ ist nicht nur einer der besten MCU-Filme, er ist auch eine absolute Überraschung, da sicher die wenigsten erwartet haben dass man so viel aus dem guten Cap rausholen kann. Ich meine, wir reden hier über einen der m.M.n „lächerlichsten“ Superhelden- und die Russo-Brothers transformieren diese ursprünglich platte Figur in einen facettenreicheren und interessanten Charakter. Der Spagat den man geschaffen hat zwischen untypisch -und doch typisch MCU ist sehr interessant. Die letzten beiden CA-Filme fühlen sich auch deutlich geerdeter an. Zumindest wenn man diese mit den Abenteuern der Guardians, Dr. Strange oder Thor vergleicht. Manche halten den Streifen gar für Marvel‘s Antwort auf DC’s „The Dark Knight“, was ich persönlich für zu übertrieben halte.

Dennoch ist dieser Film ganz klar ein Highlight der zweiten Phase und des MCUs im Allgemeinen. Volle Empfehlung!
Game of Thrones Season 1
Game of Thrones Season 1
Vor etlichen Jahren einmal empfiehl mir die Buchhändlerin meines Vertrauens - da ich bereits so einiges an Fantasy Schmöckern ingestiert hatte - eine Buchreihe, die nicht sehr bekannt war.

Ein Lied von Eis und Feuer.

Und wie ich Feuer und Flamme für diese Reihe wurde. Zwar waren die Handlungsstränge noch weniger spannend und action-reich dargestellt, wie es zum Beispiel selbst der Herr der Ringe mehr davon hatte (und J.R.R. Tolkien war nun wirklich nicht für actionlastige Szenen bekannt), sondern vielmehr bekam man hier einfach unglaublich viele tolle, differenzierte Dialoge und vor allem Ideen präsentiert.

Hier erschuf jemand eine ganze Welt mit tausend verschiedenen Geschichten und wob sie zusammen. Und es funktionierte.

Als Jahre später dann noch eine Fernseh-Serie angekündigt wurde und mit außerordentlich großem Erfolg einschlug, war ich natürlich ziemlich glücklich darüber.

Und diese Serie hat - in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Buchautor - in der Breite sehr viel gut umgesetzt und insbeonsdere die Leistung von Sean kann hier hervorgehoben werden in der 1. Staffel.
Funko POP! Marvel: Deadpool Playtime- Bob Ross
Funko POP! Marvel: Deadpool Playtime- Bob Ross
This was a gift for my father for Father's Day. He has been compared to Bob Ross for many a decade now: they both were former Master Sergents in the Air Force, both have/had afros of considerable size, and both are nice guys (but dad is not a painter). Dad also loves Deadpool; and often feels like that would be him if he ever woke up in the MCU. When I handed it to him, he just saw the Deadpool part first...then he realized he was dressed as Bob Ross and, in Deadpool fashion said "[email protected]&% your Bob Ross! I love this!"
Marvel Deadpool Invasion 4 Piece Full Sheet Set, White/Gray/Red
Marvel Deadpool Invasion 4 Piece Full Sheet Set, White/Gray/Red
Good buy😉 the sheets fit my son's queen pillowtop wonderfully! The fitted sheet fit secure, but requires a little tucking under. It is not a fight, like with other fitted sheets, because they are too tight. The deadpool colors pop! They washed well. The material is a thin microfiber. The sheets have a silky feel. No problems at all with this order. The seller messaged me 2xs to ensure satisfaction. I believe if there was an issue this seller would resolve it to your satisfaction! These sheets can be found at Wal-Mart, but they are a couple bucks more expensive. I am happy and would recommend buying!
KIBOW 15" Round Cordierite Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone with Handle for Ovens & Grills
KIBOW 15" Round Cordierite Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone with Handle for Ovens & Grills
I bought a ceramic baking stone a few years ago, thinner than this, worked ok in my 450 degree Breville toaster oven for making pizzas and baking loaves of bread, but I put it into my new wood fired (900 degree) pizza oven and it broke in half from thermal shock. That one was basic ceramic, not cordierite. Ordered this as a replacement, it is cordierite. Cordierite is what they make pottery kiln shelves from, it has very high heat tolerance, basic ceramic does not.
This is much thicker, it has the logo cast into it (looks cool) and I tested it in the hot pizza oven making naan. Got up to about 800 degrees without issue. This is the real deal. Much thicker than the basic stones, if you have a Breville Smart Oven, this is the stone you want. If you're making pizza or baking a hearth loaf, let it heat up for at least 20 minutes after the oven reaches temp so the stone gets hot all the way through. With basic care, it should last forever. All of these baking stones are porous, anything you spill on them (sauce, cheese, grease, oil etc) will burn on and stain them forever, so be careful.
Hormel Microwavable Compleats Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese 10 oz (Pack of 6)
Hormel Microwavable Compleats Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese 10 oz (Pack of 6)
Mac & cheese is one of my all time favorite meals. It's comfort food and it's supposed to make you feel great to eat it. Well, not this rendition of Mac & cheese.

We eat with our eyes before our mouths and this dish was very off-putting in its looks. It had a very strange greenish-yellow color, nothing you'd associate with cheese sauce. After heating it up it didn't smell anything like Mac & cheese, it didn't smell like much of anything besides the hot plastic container it was in.

The taste and consistency were dreadful. It was pasty and extremely bland. Adding salt won't help this as it's just pure disgust. It would take far too much doctoring up to make this a palatable meal, which pretty much defeats the purpose of buying this type of meal... quick, and easy.

Skip this one altogether. There are much better tasting Compleat options (at much better prices).
The White Warrior
The White Warrior
I've been waiting in anticipation for Steve Reeeves to finally come out on DVD, so it's nice to see his movies slowly but surely being released. This review is about the Platinum Disc Corporation version of The White Warrior, which was sent to me instead of the VCI version (...or by mistake). As I've mentioned in other Steve Reeves reviews, watching Italian movies can take a little getting used to, mainly due to the editing practices, in addition to dubbing the sound in after the movie had been completed; but this should not deter you from getting and watching some of these old classics. This was a Steve Reeves movie that I had actually never seen, and the plot line looked pretty good; so I was looking forward to receiving it. Unfortunatley, as much as I REALLY wanted to like this disc, I have a hard time recommending this version of it. The story is good, though there are a few slow spots in the movie, the acting is decent, and it's great to see Steve in this role; but it's quite obvious that the film stock used wasn't up to par. The decision to take an obviously widescreen movie and try to squish it to a TV format was bad enough; but it appears that no real effort was made to frame some scenes, resulting in times where you see only half the character's face, or some characters aren't even in the picture. Additionally, it looks like the picture was zoomed in or blown up to fit the TV, which resuilts in loss of clarity and washed out colors. At some times there are also discolorations, scratches and specks in the movie, along with minor sound problems; but this can be somewhat expected for a movie that's almost 45 years old and probably didn't have the best of archival care. If this is the only version you can get your hands on, then I'd say to give it a try; but I'm hoping that Amazon.com can get me the widescreen VCI version, and that it's of at least slightly better quality. Though I may sound repetetive in my Steve Reeves reviews, stuff like this needs to be said until it doesn't need to be said anymore: Some day I'm hoping to see a higher grade edition, with the film digitally restored, decent liner notes, and maybe a few extras.
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
I enjoyed this one, a fun, fast blast of chaos and lunacy that flies by in a blur of action and gags.

Based on the insanely well selling books by RL Stine, the plot twists things a little. The set up is pretty standard - a young lad and his single mother rock up in a new town and meet their new, mysterious next door neighbours who happen to be RL Stine himself (played with typical gusto by Jack Black) and his daughter. Then all hell literally breaks loose as Stines literary creations come to life (!?).

The Abominable Snowman, a werewolf, a freaky ventriloquists dummy, murderous gnomes and much more are on the menu as a load of old school horror tropes are chucked in the blender to create something original and imaginative. Like a young adult version of The Cabin in the Woods (kind of).

And it's funny. Sometimes it perhaps tries a little too hard with almost every character speaking in punchlines but for the most part it keeps the chuckles flowing amidst the odd big laugh. The cast are all game for it with Ryan Lee as "Champ" nicking many of the best lines and stealing scenes with them. There's a little dash of romance and the occasional life lesson (of course) and it all adds up to an entertaining slice of absurdity.
Starblood
Starblood
Dean Koontz's early writing was pure science fiction. I prefer his horror, but I'm working to collect and read ALL of his books. He's my favorite author.
The Good Guy
The Good Guy
Ok confession time: if I had to pick one, I mean really had to, I think that this would be the least favourite of the I Heart series for me, but I still loved re-reading it and I would never have left it out and I still love Angela. But i don't heart Paris and I think that might be why I didn't love love love it. Plus there are so many nasty things that happen to lovely Angela and lovely Alex in this book, it was a little on the stressful side! Nevertheless I would still highly highly recommend reading this one because otherwise you will miss out on all the Angela drama and miss out on spending time with the beautiful Alex.

So I think that this books is where Angela really learns to stand on her own two feet. She doesn't have Jenny with her all of the time, because of Jenny's new Job and Angela being in Paris for work, there aren't even a ton of interactions between them in the middle part of this book. I would have loved to have seen Jenny more obviously because Jenny is amazing, but she needed to take a little step back to allow Angela to see that she could deal with every crisis that comes her way on her own. I loved the way Angela handled a lot of the things that happen in this book, not all of them and I did shout at her a couple of times about not being able to see what was right in front of her face, but then we can't always see things when we are in certain situations can we?

From the way I am talking about these characters you can tell just how well written they are. These people feel like real friends of mine, like if Angela was to tweet something, I would definitely re tweet it for her. Alex is fairly independent in this book too and I didn't always like the way he handled things either, I love you Alex, but I didn't always like you! It is great for Alex and Angela to have some time on their own away from New York dramas to work on their relationship but the storyline meant that there was drama for them every step of the way and that is one of the things that I really liked about this book, the drama. There is so much drama in this book, drama over so many different areas as well and so it definitely meant for a fast read. Having re-read it I had forgotten some of the finer details as well and the way Lindsey Kelk has crafted this story is pretty impressive and must have been hard to map out-bravo!

Obviously I wasn't thrilled about the setting of this one and did keep asking if Angela was going to get a plane back to New York, but it is very well-described. I could definitely picture myself on the Parisan streets with Angela and the shopping she does is pretty immense. There is also a lot of wine drinking in this book, it being Paris and all and I really loved that about it. Unfortunately I listened to this book in audio form, which was incredibly well done, but meant I couldn't be drinking wine because most of the time I was in the car!

Needless to say, despite the setting, this is a great addition to the I Heart Series. The drama, the relationships and the fashion was absolutely on point and whether this is a re-read for you, or a first time, what are you waiting for? Get stuck in!
Rebellion & In From The Cold: The MacGregors
Rebellion & In From The Cold: The MacGregors
I've not read any of this author's books recently and whatever I read in the past didn't grab me so I'd say I'm a new fan. I picked this up because it was a Scottish historical, which I love. Basically the H is an English Earl and the h is Scottish and hates the English (with good reason). I wasn't sure how the author was going to pull it off but she did and very well too. I loved that the romance started early in this book. The H is gorgeous and makes the reader fall in love with him.

The second story follows the H's nephew's story in America. He is Scottish but spends his time between Scotland and America and gets involved in rebellion against British rule. He meets the h after he gets injured and she looks after him. The h is Irish and a widow, who just wants peace in her life. Also a good story.

Well worth reading
The Playboy Prince: The Royals of Cordina (Cordina's Royal Family Book 3)
The Playboy Prince: The Royals of Cordina (Cordina's Royal Family Book 3)
I sent the first DVD back because I wanted a book. NOW I get another set of dics. I WANT A BOOK THAT I CAN READ.
surely there is someone that can read this note. This will not allow me to send this note without a star rating. GARBAGE. The last book took so long and came from BELGUIM......

This is Nora Roberts "the playboy prince".
grrrr
The Eagle in the Sand: Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
The Eagle in the Sand: Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
As a recent reader of the Eagle series, I flew through the first books, enjoying the protaganists mature if not really develop. The plot lines remained much too predictable and pat but they were a good read. All of the books had great action and some nice twists. Therefore I was surprised to see the number of early negative comments about this Scarrow's latest, and hesitated. Figuring it's better to read a clunker then watch Dancing With Stars, I picked up Eagle In The Sand and was pleasantly surprised.

The change of venue to Judea is a cultural bonanza and much needed. As interesting as the early setting in Britain was, it wore thin after four novels. The Eagle's Prophecy (a Roman Galley setting) was a bit of a twist, but it can't match the diversity and the background of the Middle East, circa the first century. In addition to standard cultural and religious clashes the author (finally!) begins to develop the character of Cato as one who questions the perceived wisdom and benefit of being part of the Roman juggernaut. A theme only hinted at in early books is give full sway here. Cato's struggle with his part in sustaining the Empire is long overdue for a pair who by my unscientific estimate have killed thousands of subjugated peoples, all in the name of Rome. What worthy hero doesn't have doubt?

The introduction of Miriam, mother of Jehosua (yup, you can figure out who they are) is contrived, and actually made me wince, but it's no worse than Macro and Cato bar-hopping and double dating Boudicea and her cousin back in Britain. I really don't understand what the beef was with this book. In many ways it's a great transition, letting in some much needed frest air. Give it a try.
Falsa Impressão
Falsa Impressão
A fast-paced, exciting book which includes a harrowing description of a woman fleeing from one of the upper floors of the Twin Towers on 9/11, the machinations of the art world with its shadowy questions of provenance and authenticity, its great collectors and the passions that move them, and a delightfully clever heroine, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, all the more because it is in Portuguese, a language I am learning.

What better way to pick up a new language besides reading a thriller in that language? If you already know Portuguese, or want to learn to read it, I recommend this book.
Yurei-kyoukai
Yurei-kyoukai
前回も購入したので安心して注文できました。今幽霊シリーズの幽霊心理学をよんでますが、女子大学生の夕子と宇野警部のやりとりが本当に面白いです。この秋の夜長もあっという間に時間が過ぎていきます。新品ではもう書店では置いていないので助かりました。中古品でも状態も良く満足してます。
The bigger they come
The bigger they come
Gardner writing as A.A. Fair creates a story that reflects the time period 1938-1948. The women who inhabit the world of the private eye are either incredibly naïve or floozies or gun molls. The interesting thing about the book is Bertha Cool who runs a detective agency while she flaunts all the no-nos of the fashion world. Her assistant, Donald Lamm bears no resemblance to other detectives of the period. He uses his brain rather than his fists.

As a historical example of the detective, it is interesting. In the day when pocketbooks were rare and scandalous, it must have been a hit. Now, its a footnote in the development of the mystery story.
The Witnesses (BookShots)
The Witnesses (BookShots)
Ronald Temple, with his Zeiss binoculars and oxygen machine, is a well-created character with a plausible axe to grind. He spies on his neighbours seeing suspicious behaviour everywhere and looking for an opportunity to be an all-American-hero. But, Ronald feels guilty and hears voices…

Then the story, though very readable, starts to falter when a family under some kind of witness protection arrives but with only one protecting agent: Jason is the armed, ex-military serviceman who exists in so many other books and films it’s like meeting an old friend.

I soon began to wonder if James Patterson had much to do with this short story? It doesn’t flow well, and although I did want to read it to the conclusion, I was left disappointed. I conclude that Brendan DuBois wrote this from a draft or concept belonging to James Patterson.

Would James Patterson have ever written this? ...

CHAPTER 17: A second or two passes, feeling like an hour. He smiles. “Of course.” His right hand slowly goes to his pocket and her throat is dry, her hand is on her holster, and he comes back with the wallet, from which he pulls out a driver’s licence.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for encouraging new authors, but I feel it is wrong to use established authors’ names to promote them. Maybe a review, synopsis or forward, written by James Patterson would be better?

I’ll rate this as 3-star book if written James Patterson – because he is capable of much better.
As Brendan DuBois’s first book – I’d give it an encouraging 4 stars and look out for more of his work.

Mark Heath-Jonson
eBook Reviewer – [email protected]
Au massacre mondain (Littérature Française (33)) (French Edition)
Au massacre mondain (Littérature Française (33)) (French Edition)
Cela fait 2 fois que vous me livrez un livre poussierueux. Je suis obligée de le gommer tout doucement, de passer un chiffon doux etc. l'autre livre est dela même collection : Les Pelerins de l'Enfer de F Dard.
A part cela , le livre est excellent, parfaitement maitrisé,l'écriture superbe.
Ce livre jamais reedité est à conseiller à tous les lecteurs inconditionnel de F. Dard.
Un bémol, le prix est excessif.
Zane Grey Collection: Wanderer of the Wasteland
Zane Grey Collection: Wanderer of the Wasteland
I purchased this for my Dad who has enjoyed the book series so purchasing movies was a good step. My Dad really enjoyed the movies of course loved the books too so winning combination! Worked well for our family:)
Naruto, Vol. 2: The Worst Client
Naruto, Vol. 2: The Worst Client
This second volume of the Naruto manga resolves the cliff-hanger from the last volume relatively swiftly and the action soon concentrates on the missions that Naruto and friends get up to as fully fledged ninja. Naruto quickly tires of the menial tasks that he and Team 7 are given and pushes for a more exciting mission and eventually Lord Hokage grants his wish, acting as a bodyguard for the master bridge builder Tazuna. Not everything is as seems, however, and Team 7 is soon embroiled in a fight for their lives.

This is a great improvement on the previous volume as although the humour is toned down slightly here the action has been greatly increased and there is some background for the setting and the nature of chakra. This is also the first time that we see fully fledged ninja in action with both Kakashi and the villainous Zabuza showing what they can do. Naruto is definitely improving and I can see why it is so popular and I cannot wait to continue reading.
Naruto - Tome 1 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Naruto - Tome 1 (Shonen Kana) (French Edition)
Nachdem ich stark von der Deutschen Übersetzung von Naruto enttäuscht wurde, hatte ich mir die englische und französische Ausgabe zum Vergleich bestellt. Eindeutiges Ergebnis: Die Französische ist die Beste!

Mein Hauptkritikpunkt an der deutschen Ausgabe war: Es fehlen an den Rändern Teile des Bildes. Legt man die deutsche und französische Ausgabe direkt nebeneinander, sieht man auch warum: Die Abmessungen sind ziemlich exakt identisch, allerdings hat man in der deutschen Ausgabe das Bild leicht vergrößert, sodass oben, an der Seite und unten nun immer etwas fehlt, wenn die Zeichnungen ganz bis zum Rand gehen. Und das stört oft gewaltig, wenn Gesichter halb abgeschnitten werden oder die Bildkomposition komplett zerstört wird.

Die französische Ausgabe hat aber noch andere Vorteile: Zum einen kommt sie als Heft mit separaten Umschlag, ganz wie in Japan üblich. Auch wurden anscheinend das Grußwort des Autors im Klappentext mit übersetzt (hat aber auch die Englische Ausgabe). Ich spreche Französisch nicht fließend, aber mir scheint die Ausdrucksweise gewählter und stellenweise weniger vulgär, vom Inhalt her oft etwas genauer.

Die Zeichnungen sind auch besser gedruckt. Im Vergleich zur deutschen Ausgabe haben die Aquarelle mehr Kontrast, und man sieht die Nuancen zwischen feinen und stärkeren Linien besser als in der englischen Ausgabe.

Als letztes Schmankerl gibt es hinten noch eine Erklärung der japanischen Wortspiele, die sich nicht übersetzen lassen. Das hat nur die Französischen Ausgabe.

Fazit: Wer Französisch kann, sollte Naruto auf Französisch lesen. Die Ausgabe ist in allen Punkten überlegen. Ansonsten ist Englisch zweite Wahl, und Deutsch der letzte Notnagel. Leider.
The Big Showdown (A Caleb York Western Book 2)
The Big Showdown (A Caleb York Western Book 2)
This is a direct sequel to last year's The Legend Of Caleb York. That novel was based on Mickey Spillane's unproduced screen play for a Western Movie for his friend John Wayne. This and much more is all covered in Max Allan Collin's entertaining introduction.

So this time Spillane's input is less being that he created the town and all the characters that inhabit it, while Collins does the new plot and creating some new characters and the actual scripting.

While the Mike Hammer books and most of Collin's solo work reads fine in any reading order, I strongly suggest the reading of Legend Of Caleb York prior to reading this volume. All the events in that story are otherwise all spoiled and the enjoyment of this novel is enhanced greatly by being familiar with these characters.

Since the body count in the first novel was rather high, we are introduced to relatives of many of the deceased players in this book. Harry Gauge the evil mastermind behind last volumes plans has a cousin named Zachary. The whore house madam Lola has a younger sister Rita. And Vint Rhomer the sadistic sheriff and Gauge's right hand man has five brothers, all bent on revenge.

The story takes place in the same town of Trinidad where Caleb York's first adventure took place. He has acted as Sheriff until he found a suitable replacement. Now on the eve of his departure for San Diego a bank robbery takes place and the new sheriff is killed.

The Bank Robbery is part of an intricate plot and soon multiple people are being murdered. At this point the novel kind of transforms into a Hard Bolied Crime story ( like both Spillane & Collins excell at) except set in the old west.

The mystery is fairly easy to figure out , but it's all about the journey to reach that point. It is very well written and fast paced. We get a small dose of sex and bigger helping of gory violence.

I throughly enjoyed this book and hope that the proposed third volume materializes. Highly Recommend.
Ryoma ga yuku [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 8)
Ryoma ga yuku [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 8)
最終巻に来て司馬遼太郎の歴史観人物観は更に磨きがかかり、ありとあらゆる場面で現代社会に生きる私達に生きる言葉を語らせている。
 「財政の独立無くして思想の独立は無く行動の自由も無い」
 「しかない、というものはこの世にはない。一尺高いところからものを見れば道は常に幾通りもある」
 「相場買いの客は大切にせぃそれが時勢に勝つ道じゃ」
 「ひとつの概念を喋るとき、その内容か表現に独創性がなければ男子は沈黙しているべきだ」
 「男子はすべからく酒間で独り醒めている必要がある。しかし、同時に大勢と一緒に酔態をさらしているべきだ。」
 「仕事と言うのは全部をやってはいけない。八分まででいい。八分までが困難な道である。後の二分は誰でもできる。その二分は人にやらせて完成の功は譲ってしまえ」
 「われ死する時は命を天にかえし、高き官にのぼると思いさだめて死をおそるるなかれ」
等々肝に銘じておきたい名言に溢れている。

 全編を通じて竜馬が自らの手帳に書きなぐっていた語録が出てくるがその中で共通しているのが「自分を躾ける」という一貫した姿勢だ。
 どう考えてみても竜馬が恵まれていたとは思えない中、困難に立ち向かい超然とした姿勢の裏には素晴らしい自己規律があった。
 竜馬の魅力が溢れる一言は最終巻にもたくさんある。中岡慎太郎に「どういうわけで、そんなに有能な奴が集まるのだ?最初、どうやって見つけるのかね」に「おい来ないか、というだけさ」
人を食ったような司馬遼太郎が描く竜馬がそこにいるようだ。
 司馬遼太郎と言う人の物語の進め方、挿話、伏線の張り方、時代背景の説明全てが面白くそれが何度も読み返せる要因にもなっている。読後それぞれが登場した竜馬以外の違う人物の本を読みたいと思えるほどに他の登場人物も面白い。

 世に生を得るは事を成すにあり。十分にその役目を果たして、竜馬はあっという間に斬られてしまう。今まで散々斬り付けられながら狙われながら切り抜けてきた竜馬にしては信じがたいほどのあっけなさに、天命があった、といわれても仕方ないか、と思えてくる。

 あとがきも面白く、竜馬の残した事業を、竜馬が唯一苦手とした岩崎弥太郎が引き受け三菱帝国の礎にしていくのも面白い。

 国を思う気持ちと捨て身の覚悟と理性が日露戦争まではうまくバランスが取れていたが、幕末の決死さが行き過ぎた存在として顕著になって太平洋戦争に突入してしまうという歴史のあやというのは凄い。帝国主義から日本を救った思想が今度は国を滅ぼす方向へと走ってしまう。このバランス感覚こそ幕末の志士たちが最も誇れるものではなかろうか。

 傑作。落ち込んだとき、自分を奮い立たせたいとき何度も読み返すでしょう。
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
I bought this book as part of a big sister-little sister present. I got my friends' older daughter this copy and their new baby a board book version. This copy from the publisher Pavilion Press is awful. The pictures are all pixelated and there is a black like that runs across the top of the cover like it had come off of someone's home printer and they hadn't cut the cover out properly. I could not give this book to my friends, so I had to return this copy. I love the story of Jemima Puddle-Duck and would highly recommend that to someone, but this particular copy from Pavilion Press is a waste of money and is very poor quality.
Preserving Food The Easy Way
Preserving Food The Easy Way
Great source of information. Easy to follow and simple procedures for saving the bounty from my garden. Many many good ideas in here.
Bleach Data book - Souls (French Edition)
Bleach Data book - Souls (French Edition)
This book gives lots of background info on all the Bleach characters, including many of the minor ones. You can read it through from cover to cover, or dip into it occasionally to look up a particular character or location (or a power or some other term from the manga/anime). The book is reasonably well-organised and includes bonus artwork and manga.

The downsides are that the print is quite small and it's all in French.

Overall, a solid 4-star rating and I can recommend it for all Bleach fans and those who want to know more about this amazing anime.
Mr. Clumsy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Clumsy (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Children adore these books and I like the way the Mr Men are accepted and loved within the stories, despite their eccentricites - only learning a gentle lesson if they display excessive greed for example, but even then proving that they stay true to their character. Quite a useful lesson for little ones to learn while having fun, and enjoying the wonderful illustrations.
Coming Home: Harlequin comics (The Perfect Family Book 10)
Coming Home: Harlequin comics (The Perfect Family Book 10)
Normally books that I have read would give a better bit of detail about past things and then have a wonderful way of tying them together. Sadly, this book is not one of them. While I could connect with the family and see the issues, I was too lost to understand what was going on and while the artwork is lovely, it didn't help. Rather than enhancing the story, it just made me more confused and I had to force myself to go all the way through. Make sure you read the books before it before going to this one. Too much history to be left unknown.
Fortitude
Fortitude
Usually when you have some top actors in the cast of a film or tv series they can enhance the production, add some character to their roles and indeed, as I sometimes feel, make the project a wonderful experience for the viewer.
Something dreadfully wrong here as nobody comes out of it adding to their considerable CV's in my view.

Maybe it's the script, or the plot, or miscasting or the weakness of the story line. Or just maybe the producers made a few cardinal errors :
1 : make a British Scandi-noir tv series set on a cold, inhospitable artic island.
2 : use mainly British actors, throw in a bit of Spanish and American, add the odd Scandinavian or two and make them all speak perfect English.
3 : bring in monsters, real (polar bears) and surreal (prehistoric).
4 : add some gore and instead of knives use a potato-peeler or fork to disembowel victims.

It entertained to a degree but the signs are there that this series is going nowhere, especially as we lose two or three stalwarts in this first season, the only reason I could possibly continue to enjoy the series.
Sir Micheal Gambon ( playing a most irritating photographer ), Stanley Tucci ( cold and methodical ), Chris Eccleston (sadly all too brief an appearance ), Sofie Grabol and Richard Dormer are the main participants but sadly if I can use a football analogy their away form completely deserted them and they all seemed reluctant to be there. Some of the supporting actors performed better but weren't given enough screen time to make the difference as I saw it.

12 episodes, 569 minutes, English language and including English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Bonus features are many but I wanted to escape at the end, bonus features not viewed.
I note that season 2 is shorter, with season 3 (the final season) containing only 4 episodes. No problem in my view, at least the producers gave closure to the series instead of the usual course of ending a series abruptly and up in the air as so often happens --- nearly every tv series will generate a following whether it's perceived as good or bad as tastes are so varied, and this series deserves an ending.
Harry Potter 8 Film Collection & Fantastic Beasts - 9-Disc Box Set ( Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Harry Pott [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - France ]
Harry Potter 8 Film Collection & Fantastic Beasts - 9-Disc Box Set ( Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Harry Pott [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - France ]
So frustrated! I bought a European DVD player too just for these CD to learn spanish. None of the CD's worked. Then tried another European DVD in Player that worked. So it is the CD's that don't work in my European DVD player. Don't buy. Seller - it you want me to take down this review, please refund me my money and I will return your CDs that don't work.
Made by Johnny Women's Basic Versatile Stretchy Flared Casual Mini Skater Skirt XS-3XL Plus Size-Made in USA
Made by Johnny Women's Basic Versatile Stretchy Flared Casual Mini Skater Skirt XS-3XL Plus Size-Made in USA
I LOVE this skirt. The material is soft and somewhat silky, it drapes nicely, and it arrived in 2 days! It's 17' long btw. The stitching is good, the white seems pretty white, it is NOT an off white. Its a bit see-through so skin colored undies would be on the safe side to wear Lol. Wearing on my waist, it hits about 6 inches above my knee cap. Ok ladys/gents, I am 19, 5'6, and 219lbs so Im a bit on the fluffy side. I ordered the white thin waistband style, size XL. If you carry alot of your weight in your mid-section, it does a great job not exposing it. I did not want my skirt to be super long so I ordered this style. If you want length, order the wide band one. If you have a booty, it will be quite short in the back if you get the thin band one like I did. As in "you bend over and everyone will see you booty cheeks" short 😳 so be cautious. My bf loves me in it 😊 The shortness isnt a problem for me so, it's a lovely skirt! Would love more colors 🙌 If you want for sure length, go for the wide band tho. 😊
Harry Potter Glasses and Scar Icon V-Neck Juniors T-Shirt
Harry Potter Glasses and Scar Icon V-Neck Juniors T-Shirt
This shirt was really cute, and I liked the placement of the glasses (most shirts like this set the glasses directly over your breasts). However, I got the white shirt for my pre-teen, and it was way too see through for her age. Her bra shown completely through it, so we had to return. Hoping to find it in a different color. Shirt and printing overall was good quality.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (CD Travel Bag)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (CD Travel Bag)
バッグにつられて買ってしまいました。バッグは,ポシェット風で可愛く,持っているだけでうれしくなります。
 しかし,それよりも何よりもStephen Fry朗読による7枚組CDがすごい! ハリーポッターの世界が,より情緒的に,よりユーモラスに表現されています。これを聞いて,第5作までイギリス(UK)版の本とStephen Fry朗読によるCDセットを買ってしまいました。ちなみに,CDセットに本は付いていません。
Harry Potter Dress Up Boxed Set
Harry Potter Dress Up Boxed Set
This is the most fun toy this year for my little girl. The reason for this is that while we are waiting for the next Harry Potter book to be published I have been telling my eight year old original stories based on the Harry Potter books, involving her adventures at a magic school of our own creation, set in our area, with all-original characters. She and I both enjoy these stories, and she always insists on wearing her Gryffindor robe while hearing the stories I tell.
Therefore, I think that this product is very educational. Not as much so as the books themselves, all of which she has already memorized.
This is one thing that I think the marketers of this product have overlooked. This is a Harry Potter Costume Kit, complete with glasses. It would probably sell a lot better if they were to remove the glasses and the lightning tattoos, and market it as "Official Hogwart's Robes". They could even come out with a different design for each house, rather than just selling this item as a Harry Potter Costume Kit, for kids who would like to pretend that they are at a magic school. I'm sure that this would be infinitely more fun for most children.
Even though they did miss the boat on this, the Harry Potter costume is a very fun product. I strongly recommend it.
Witch Broom Halloween Pens - 12 Pack (Quidditch Hogwarts Style Broom Pens)
Witch Broom Halloween Pens - 12 Pack (Quidditch Hogwarts Style Broom Pens)
I bought these for my best friend's Harry Potter themed baby shower. These are so cute! They also write really well, they glide smoothly. The only downside is that the brooms do shed a lot. Before I got them out the bag there is a pile of broom hairs at the bottom of the bag. And they proceeded to shed all over the tables.
Funko POP Movies: Sixteen Candles - Jake Ryan Action Figure
Funko POP Movies: Sixteen Candles - Jake Ryan Action Figure
What 80s girl did not have a crush on Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles? Jake was the popular, handsome boy who cared about feelings and substance over looks and partying. You would think he would be hard to capture in a cartoonish figurine with a large head, but Funko managed to do it.

Jake’s figure has the upturned bangs in the front with small sideburns, and his eyebrows are arched in a way that makes him look like he is listening. He has his cargo pants, red button down shirt (not “plaid” but it still fits the bill), and brown loafers. He is even wearing a wristwatch like Jake. He has one hand in pocket, and everything about him screams “boy you had a teen crush on.”

This figure stands firmly, which is great for displaying, and he looks wonderful with Sam and Farmer Ted. I am so excited to have this piece of my childhood on display.
Asus A626 3.5-inch PDA Windows Mobile 6.0, Wi-fi (802.11 B+g), Bluetooth 2.0 (edr)
Asus A626 3.5-inch PDA Windows Mobile 6.0, Wi-fi (802.11 B+g), Bluetooth 2.0 (edr)
I spent a great deal of time checking out all PDAs that came with wireless connections. I checked out HP, Dell and Palm and was leaning toward the Palm TX till I came across the ASUS MyPal A626. What caught my eye was the Wireless 802.11b/g connection. The other devices only came with Wireless 802.11b which is approximately five times slower that 802.11g.

This device says it comes with 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM and Microsoft Windows 5.0, but it actually comes as an upgrade (it says so on the box) and has 128MB, 256MB ROM and Windows Mobile 6.0. It also comes with a mini USB cable for syncing, an AC adapter for recharging, and an extra stylus (very nice, it is resizable) and three CDs that include extra software and Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5.

The installed software includes Office Mobile with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Media Player, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Windows Live, Messenger and many others. The programs all run well and fast.

I tried the Wireless 802.11g connection at my local library. I simply clicked on the small icon on the Today screen and selected Enable WiFi. The device quickly connected to the library's WiFi network and I launched IE and was online. The browser loads pages the same as on a desktop/laptop. The speed was suprisingly good. Faster than dialup--comparable to a slow DSL connection (as opposed to the faster 768k DSL). I would recommend downloading the Opera Mobile browser from Opera's website as it includes multiple tabbed browsing which IE does not.

Only two minor drawbacks to this whole package. First, the case it comes with is ok, but hardly strong enough to protect the screen very well. So be careful with it. I would suggest buying a solid metal case to carry your MyPal around in. Second, ActiveSync 4.5 would not install on my computer from the CD. Big problem since you need it to transfer files. The CD kept saying I needed to install Flash 8.0 or later--but it was installed and both my browsers (IE and Mozilla Firefox) were running Flash fine. What to do? Just go to Microsoft's website, type Mobile in the search box and then download ActiveSync 4.5 from their site. It will install easily without using Flash.

This is a great device. The best on the market and the only one with Wireless 802.11 g. I highly recommend it.
$20/Month Mint Mobile Wireless Plan | 8GB of 4G LTE Data + Unlimited Talk & Text for 3 Months (3-in-1 GSM SIM Card)
$20/Month Mint Mobile Wireless Plan | 8GB of 4G LTE Data + Unlimited Talk & Text for 3 Months (3-in-1 GSM SIM Card)
2020-10 update: T-Mobile turned on 5G in my area. I saw 5G on my Samsung Note 20, did a speed test, in the ball park of 200Mbps. Hence, when not congested, performance is indeed rather nice. Latency is in mid 50 ms.
2020 - 03 Update: I renewed for another 12 months. I don't see a reason to leave. Need more info? Scroll down!
UPDATE: IOS Wi-Fi calling worked. Please update your system to iOS11+.
It has been 3 months, I renewed as annual plan. The past 3 months experiences were pleasant. If you need more details, keep scrolling down!

I have been using different prepaid services for my personal phone since my business phone from the company handles most of my calls. Hence, I can risk my own device to try out all the possibilities and save a couple dollars.

Hereby, let me break down into pros and cons:
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Pros:
1. Big amount of data with hotspot tethering supported!
Okay, for under $30 per month excluding the tax and fees, you can't find anything like this. If you purchase this on sale, yes, it will be 5GB (NOW WITH 8GB) per month for you for 3 months.

2. Wi-Fi calling on Android actually works! (With supported phones)
With Pixel XL and another T-Mobile Samsung phone, I was able to get Wi-Fi calling working, simply by registering online. Do make sure to check your phone compatibility. iPhone from my wife simply can't do it. Please bear that in mind. ( Worked with new iOS update! ) Make sure you update your E911 address on the website after the activation.

3. Hassle free activation with no credit card needed for sign up!
Well, if you are not sure if you will stick around with it, and worry about auto charge, during the sign up period, you can skip for adding credit card. And activation only requires the ACT CODE on the back of the card, takes about 1 minute to activate.

4. Cute and elegant account management interface.
My wife likes the sim card and the mascot design, you can't deny it. And the web management interface is WAYYYYYY better than some of those competitors. You can easily get the most you needed from it. But, how often do you need to log in anyway?

5. Number good for banks and short-codes
Yes, your banks and short-code service will go through like a breeze.

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Now, lets talk about Cons:
1. Data de-prioritization
This thing is prepaid as well. So it is subject to throttling. That is generally known as de-prioritization. Since you are paying for the service with a discount. So you are not in the fast lane always.

During the busy time in downtown Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco, this card will speed lower.

I saw some posts actually complain about the speed, but most of them didn't factor in this issue. The speed is not painfully slow unless you go to the stadium on a game day. I'd suggest on Game Day, just concentrate on the game and family rather than Instagram, makes you a gentleman. (Well, when you have to, since stuff won't load... Like 0.02 mbps for download...)

But yes, off-busy time, I had same fast speed across boards as the speed from postpaid tmobile business plan.

2. Customer service
Well, the customer service waiting time over the phone is... long. So grab a cup of coffee when you call.

3. Number pool
Well, they must withdraw the number from a pool of prepaid, then depending on your luck. If the previous owner had the number signed up for some ghetto things, you will get spam calls and so.

You folks might ask National Do Not Call List... Okay, here is a thing, it takes 30 days for the system to completely register your account.

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Overall, what do I think?

I'll stick around for 3 months, at least. (I mean, I paid for this already, no refund at this point...) Also, if after 3 month, new customer if and only if gets the same $20 for 3 months, then yes.

If it would be your primary phone and you need to do your next millionaire job with your service, then I guess no, go postpaid.

If you are a person like me, who only uses data for none crazy things, like just social media, email, web browsing, or 9GAG on the go. You'd be fine. Streaming? Not so much...

Good luck and have fun folks! Keep the SIM card, cuz it is cute!
Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story
Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story
There I was, buckling my seatbelt at the start of a 3 hour flight from Dallas to Indianapolis. I exchanged a verbal hello to the people crammed next to me, before twisting my body to retrieve my copy of Level Up Your Life from my laptop bag.

I was already familiar with Steve's work and mission. I remember years ago when he first started sharing his story, his passion for adventure, and his tactics for making life into a game on his blog. I'd watch the Nerd Fitness community grow from just a few people to hundreds of thousands of Rebels from all over the world.

So, I was curious to read at least the first few chapters of his first book to start my flight off on a good note.

Before I knew it, my reading was interrupted the captain over the loud speaker "Stewardesses prepare the plane for landing..." Glancing down at my phone, over two hours had passed and I was only a few chapters away form having blasted through the entire book in one sitting.

Not only that, but beside be was my notebook with a list at the top that said "Baker's Epic Quest." It was broken down by category with goals and tasks large and small scribbled down each column. On the opposite page was a list of allies I could recruit to help me with various "quests" and several changes I wanted to make to my "batcave" when I got home.

To be honest, I expected Level Up Your Life to be good. But I did not expect the book ITSELF to be an adventure to read. It's chocked full of specific, tangible advice and tactics that you can apply right away - but the whole thing is wrapped in a blend of references to movies, books, and games from my childhood.

There are no shortages of books with advice on how to tweak or improve your life. Some are good, others... not so much. But in my experience, very few of them have that magic factor that makes it FUN to start dreaming, applying, and changing your life.

That's what Level Up Your Life does better than any book I've read in the last 4-5 years. It makes it FUN. I was swept away to a world where I was planning out my Epic Quest. Where I was outlining what "boss battles" I would need to overcome along the way. I imgained what it would be like if I could train my body to support my goals and not hold me back. I planned out my families next trip overseas.

At the same time, I was aggressively scribbling down lists of steps. Writing down specific tweaks I wanted to make when I landed. I was doing more than dreaming, I was organizing exactly how I could get from where I was to where I wanted to be.

It's no surprise I loved Steve's writing, I thought I would. But what did surprise me is how much I bought into the gamification system he's laid out for his own life. And it wasn't just his example, there were many other readers and Rebellion members he outlined who shared similar goals to me (including the dad who did martial arts with his son, something I do twice a week with my daughter as well).

I feel like this book is a MUST read for anyone who recognizes they want to make to add more adventure and happiness into their life and are looking for a system that is not only effective in getting results, but is FUN and inspiring to get swept up into, as well.

I de-boarded that plane flight not only with a huge smile on my face, but with a notebook full of tangible changes I could start making that very day.

I'm pumped up to make 2016 an amazing year of adventure and positive change. And I have Level Up Your Life to thank for that.
Totally Bamboo Alaska State Destination Bamboo Serving and Cutting Board
Totally Bamboo Alaska State Destination Bamboo Serving and Cutting Board
I don't usually write reviews until at least 4 months into use of the product. But I just bought two of the Georgia boards as Christmas gifts for family members and thought I would go ahead and recommend it by review. Very good quality (read sturdy) wood and well treated. There is nothing off in the shape of either board or in the laser cut designs. The only thing I cannot answer to with certainty is its usefulness as a cutting board. But I have had far too many different cutting boards in my home so I think I can rightly believe they will hold up very well. These are gorgeous enough just to be put on display anyway, if that is what you would prefer. No picture attached to my review because both items are exactly as pictured.
Rembrandt Charms Sheep Charm
Rembrandt Charms Sheep Charm
Purchased for my wife. The sheep has special meaning to her. When I received the item, my wife thought it was very cute. I however was disappointed in its size relative to the other charms my wife has on her bracelet, and by the fact that the product description here, and on the Precious Accents site indicate the item is solid. It is not solid at all. If you turn it over, it is quite hollow.

Perhaps when the product was first manufactured it was solid, and then they went to another supplier or manufacturing process. I rarely ever, ever leave a negative review. However, this product fails to meet expectations. Precious Accents was willing to refund my money which is appreciated - of course I could do so via Amazon as well. However it was already gifted to my wife (she opened the item before I could).
BLU Vivo XL4 6.2" HD Display Smartphone 32Gb+3Gb RAM, Black
BLU Vivo XL4 6.2" HD Display Smartphone 32Gb+3Gb RAM, Black
So far, I have gone through four generations of Blu phones. Two of them being the studio and two of them being the Vivo.
Out of all the budget smartphones I have ever owned, this one surpasses my expectations by far. Although I have only had it for two weeks, the operating system is very stable. The 3gigs of onboard memory seem to have no problem switching between applications, I have no lag or freezing.
The operating system itself is robust.
The phone itself is made of quality materials, and the notch display - although a little bit gimmicky, is very effective after time.
In the world of cases, you will be disappointed that the aftermarket appears to have not one single case available for this phone as of the 1st of January 2019. (Edit, see below).however, the phone does come with one clear silicone case, and one that has abstract art on it.
So what I have done is left the phone in its silicone case and it looks wonderful. for only $150 this phone is absolutely fantastic and for the average to above-average user - they will find incredible value for this.
If you want to make an amazing gift to your parents or grandparents and bring them into the smartphone community, this is a wonderful way to begin at all.
The ease of the operating system, the speed of the processor, and the build quality of this phone are all very nice....
Now as for the the sound quality - coming from the twin rear speakers: it is above-average. Not fantastic, but totally acceptable. The speakers are rear firing, and facing out from the back they create pretty decent sound.

I cannot speak on the fingerprint reader as I find any security on my phone obtrusive.

The pictures that the camera produces are on par with any average smartphone. Totally usable and totally acceptable by sharing and showing standards.

It is almost unbelievable that you get this much phone for the money. I will update this at the 2-month mark, as that is when the phone really shows its bones.... But thus far I can only give it my highest ratings and congratulate Blu.

Micro USB.. no problem. The standard today is USB-c but transmission and data rates are still fine. And lucky you! you probably have a lot of micro USB cables laying around the house 🙂
I mean what the heck do you expect for a unlocked smartphone less than 150.00??

With specs close to an Iphone, it blows my mind people spend more.

And I read a review about the operating system. In my opinion, it is modern, fully functional and will be relevant for at least two years. If you make it to the two year mark with this phone, then truly you will know what quality and value can be, thanks to Blu.
In all my years as a tech guy even in the army, this device is worth every penny and I stand by my review 100%

I do not work for Blu , I do not get paid or compensated for anything. I write this as a thank you to them for saving me and my elderly mother money and allowing us to have nice phones we can enjoy and afford.
(I have now purchased 3 of these.)

For one new iPhone you could get 7 of these for your friends and family that would love to have them, if they weren't jaded children anticipating something 500+$

This phone is the KING of the budget smartphones oh, and if you are ever in a jam and needed an unlocked phone immediately, you could just keep this one on deck and be good to go for a very long time.

Oh did I mention that the battery lasts all day long and then some, and I'm a super user 😋😋😋.

again, I will edit the review at the 2-month Mark but so far I give this phone a solid A.

Edit : so it's been about 45 days with the phone. And I continue to only praise it.
I keep reading the highest rated comment about blu not upgrading their operating system. As I said in my review before, who really cares about that? This operating system will be totally usable for at least 3
2 years.
I've also read comments that say that the hardware messes up the experience. Okay whoever you are out there.. what in the heck are you expecting for $150.

I'm 40 years old, middle class, I use the phone more than a regular person.. and I say once again I recommend this phone absolutely.
If you don't like it, you can return it as well, what do you have to lose??

Also as of the last week you can buy an extremely nice case to fit this phone. It was just released about a week ago and I compare it to a Spigen... It has a nice internal bumper as well as a solid rubber shell . It is the case that you want and it's only 14 bucks.
Tudia case for vivo xl4, they sell it on Amazon right now.

So, get the phone, and get a black case.. you spent $180 and you have a fantastic piece of technology.

Don't believe the other headlines, especially the one about Wi-Fi. That is definitely not a phone issue. The phone cannot connect to your home internet because it's not on the same radio band. That is a very easy fix done through your Wi-Fi router settings.

Not everyone is going to have a great experience - but I would say for the most part these phones perform excellent.

After 45 days I still grade this phone A.
VIVO Black Freestanding Dual Monitor Stand for up to 27 inch Screens, Ergonomic Monitor Mount with 16 inch Wide Desktop Riser Storage Organizer Base, Fits VESA up to 100x100 (STAND-V102SF)
VIVO Black Freestanding Dual Monitor Stand for up to 27 inch Screens, Ergonomic Monitor Mount with 16 inch Wide Desktop Riser Storage Organizer Base, Fits VESA up to 100x100 (STAND-V102SF)
ATTENTION FOR ASSEMBLY

There is one little design choice that is questionable.

The metal bracket that is on the mounting arm holds on to the arm itself using a plastic piece surrounded by metal. When assembling it, it will feel like it is snug and tight. It is NOT. The monitor will just slide down when you pull the bottom towards you to tilt it up. You need to overtighten the bolt the clamp, but only after the monitor is mounted. Check by carefully pulling the bottom, and then tightening the bolt - repeat until it stops sliding. It's easier to do after the monitor is mounted because without weight, it will already feel tight, and you also don't have a reference of trying to stop the sliding.

Besides that clamp, everything does feel sturdy.
Motorola One Action with Alexa Push-to-Talk - Unlocked Smartphone - Global Version - 128GB - Denim (US Warranty) - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost, Cricket, & Metro
Motorola One Action with Alexa Push-to-Talk - Unlocked Smartphone - Global Version - 128GB - Denim (US Warranty) - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost, Cricket, & Metro
Ordered this to replace my laggy Moto G6. A much nicer phone and runs faster. There are not many cases made for these but luckily it comes with it's own in the box. I had no problems using my Verizon sim card. Connected very fast when changing over. Also my files changed/moved over from my G6 with no issues.

Pros: Nice big screen, thin design, nice video camera. I'm not real concerned with the camera as long as I get pictures. The video camera records in portrait but saves in landscape and that is very nice. It stabilizes your video from shaking (hence the action name). Did a great job when I tested it the video camera. The phone has 128g of internal storage which I'll probably never use. I also have a 128g SD card so that is also a plus.
Cons: hole punch in upper left is huge but not too distracting. Has some bleed out around the hole. I'm not a selfie person so I'll never use the front facing camera. I can't seem to find call screening on this phone. That was great on my G6 when I got robocalls. I would simply send all numbers I didn't know to call screening but you can't do this on this phone (if someone knows how let me know). I don't believe this phone turbo charges. When I plug it in it fully says "charging" & not "turbo charging" like my G6. That doesn't mean the option is not there but I don't see it.

Overall a nice phone for the price. it isn't iPhone or Samsung quality but a very nice phone for a budget phone. Supposed to get the Android 10 update at some point but that was the downfall of my Moto G6 - it couldn't handle Android Pie & began to lag after the update. hopefully this will not do that when they update to 10.

If you're looking for a budget phone this one is great and will do what you need it to do at a great price. Hopefully I can get it least 2 years it of it.

Comes in a purple box with a phone case and charger. Buy a tempered glass screen protector separately with your order, I did and they shipped together.
Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers (Fables (Graphic Novels))
Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers (Fables (Graphic Novels))
Another great instalment of this series that sees the folks of Fabletown face their deadliest challenge yet. Alongside the action and fantastic artwork, the continued development of relationships and characters lends this series the human touch that makes it so appealing and accessible. Great read.
Dasaita Android 10.0 Car Stereo for Honda Civic 2016 2017 Radio with 9" screen Headunit GPS Navigation & 4GB Ram 64GB Rom Head Unit (Honda Civic 2015 2016 2017)
Dasaita Android 10.0 Car Stereo for Honda Civic 2016 2017 Radio with 9" screen Headunit GPS Navigation & 4GB Ram 64GB Rom Head Unit (Honda Civic 2015 2016 2017)
I do not recommend this to someone who has a 2016-19 Civic with a oem touch screen head unit equipped. The only pros about this android head unit is the sound difference.
The cons are:
FM tunner signal is weak.
Audio cuts off while playing music through Bluetooth.
You have to buy a dongle that is $70 in order to have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. By the way, it would glitch or freeze at times (especially if you have lane watch while using turn signal)
Speaking off Lane Watch, you will have to hold the button to view the camera.
It will also mess with the panel view info for example, my EX does not have turbo but on the cluster it would show the turbo boost gage and erase other ones like maintenance info. If you dont have an OEM LCD touch screen head unit, this would benefit you. But if you do like me, you wouldn’t in my opinion.
100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows, 16oz (Pack of 3)
100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows, 16oz (Pack of 3)
I have been a practicing Paleo-convert for about a year and a half, and finally got the courage to fork out some big bucks on what is considered to be one of the best things you can put in your body. I was skeptical about what the taste would be like, and I wondered how could something organic and natural be shelf-stable enough not to need refrigeration. But I wanted to give it a try and picked Ancient Organics because their cows are 100% organically raised and grass fed here in the US.

I cannot stress how incredibly delicious this ghee is! It tastes like a browned butter straight from the jar and is the smoothest and creamiest butter you could ever want. I first tried it out on some out-of-town guests.... We melted a little of it and added a little garlic and tarragon for dipping grilled lobster and king crab bites in..........OMG, everyone was moaning with their eyes closed, it was so good! So then the next day, I made Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with it, and my guests ALL said they were the best chocolate chip cookies they had ever tasted. And they were, at the very least, the best cookies I had ever made (and I'm a pretty good cookie maker:-)

If you want REAL ghee, don't settle for the grocery store brands...... Trader Joe's can't even begin to compare on any level with Ancient Organics, so don't bother. My husband and I love it so much that I am re-budgeting so I can afford to make this an ongoing staple in my pantry. It's worth every penny!
BANDAI Godzilla Movie Monster Series Godzilla 2019 Soft Vinyl Figure (Japan Import)
BANDAI Godzilla Movie Monster Series Godzilla 2019 Soft Vinyl Figure (Japan Import)
My son is Godzilla fanatic. He pretty much has every single Godzilla ever made. So knowing there is a new movie coming out he knew that meant more toys would be released. That brings us to this one (the first of many from the new movie). He opened the box and yelled “This is AMAZING!” It’s a very nice Godzilla, colors are beautiful and quality is great!! He’s looking forward to adding to his collection. If you have a Godzilla fan you want this one!

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