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You Don't Know Js: Async & Performance
You Don't Know Js: Async & Performance
You Don't Know Js: Async & Performance by Kyle Simpson. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Node.js MongoDB AngularJS Kompendium wiedzy
Node.js MongoDB AngularJS Kompendium wiedzy
Node.js MongoDB AngularJS Kompendium wiedzy by Brad Dayley. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mogodb category.
BUM DEAL: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers
BUM DEAL: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers
BUM DEAL: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers by PAUL LEVINE. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 98 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Écriture: Mémoires d'un métier
Écriture: Mémoires d'un métier
Écriture: Mémoires d'un métier by Stephen King, François Montagut, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 168 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King at the Movies
Stephen King at the Movies
Stephen King at the Movies by Jessie Horsting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python: An Introduction to Programming
Python: An Introduction to Programming
Python: An Introduction to Programming by J. R. Parker. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP: Learn By Coding
PHP: Learn By Coding
PHP: Learn By Coding by Scott Hughes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python
Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python
Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python by Al Sweigart. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 98 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners
iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners
iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners by Dr. Rory Lewis. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 82 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
TypeScript Programming Language
TypeScript Programming Language
Labelled as a 2019 version one would assume the all the bugs and kinks have been worked out, but alas you are greeted with a table of contents with page numbers that don't correspond to the pages with the respective content. It only gets worse from there. Stopped counting at 10 errors, many in the code blocks themselves, very distracting.
Morgenroutine: Morgenroutinen für mehr Energie, Motivation und Klarheit: (Von den Besten lernen: Morgenroutinen von Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Barack ... Beckham, Tony Robbins...) (German Edition)
Morgenroutine: Morgenroutinen für mehr Energie, Motivation und Klarheit: (Von den Besten lernen: Morgenroutinen von Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Barack ... Beckham, Tony Robbins...) (German Edition)
Ich habe ehrlich gesagt etwas anderes erwartet. Ich hätte mir gewünscht dass es eine Anleitung für eine Kraftvolle Übung gibt. Wie zum Beispiel eine Zielvisualusierung. Oder eine Übung die Energie gibt für den ganzen Tag. So dass man dann diese Übung inmer am Morgen machen kann.
Ich dachte es handle sich um Übungen welche die gennanten Stars machen, als ihre Morgen Routine.
Ich empfehle dieses Buch nicht weiter! Bringt nichts, leider.
Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps
Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps
This book did not help me. I already have lots of “friends,” and have no difficulty finding people to add. This book goes into depth about what I call the Facebook culture. I am already familiar with that. I know what a Facebook “friend is.” The questions I have are very specific, and probably quite easy to explain, but this book doesn’t give basic, practical answers. Often the directions the book does give involve graphics that do not appear on my screen. Very frustrating. I think this book is just too old. If one is just curious about what Facebook IS, this might be helpful. This is my first poor rating for a book, but this book really let me down.
The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership
The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership
I first heard about this book in Bill Hybels "Courageous Leadership." Hybels requires all of his leaders in his church to first read this book. Surprisingly this book is not based on Christian leadership. The main idea behind the book is that Sample takes ideas that are commonly thought of as a leaders best practices and show why leaders should do just the opposite. (Contrarian definition: a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion) I had no idea what a contrarian was before reading this book, but learned alot of valuable ideals.

This book really challenged me to think outside the box. As the title says, the topics covered in this book usually go against what everyone holds as a leaders best practices. In each chapter I had to think about what was being covered and why it made sense to go against the popular belief besides what Sample was simply writing about. I did not want to just take him at his word, but challenged myself to see why his points either made sense, or did not at all. I highly recommend this book to stretch your mind in leadership practices. Very early on in the book Sample challenges the reader to make a hypothetical decision that no-one ever would want to have to make, but it sets the tone for the book for getting the reader out of their current mold and challenging why they think that way.

This book also has alot of practical applications and is not just all theory and thought. I tend to learn through example and find it easier to connect with a book that has practical implications rather than be just about theory. This book has a good mix and Sample makes sure to have practicality in all of his chapters and topics.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
"... the leader's role is to be sufficiently broad so as to be able to integrate the advice of several experts into a coherent course of action."
- Showed me that a leader does not have to be the know-all in all particular fields that they observe, that is what the experts are for. The leader just needs to have experts in specific areas that they trust and have the ability to gather all the information and formulate an appropriate plan.

"..., an effective leader must sell himself first and his vision or policies second."
- A leader must have followers, if not they are not a leader. If a leader does not first sell themselves and show others why they should follow, then the leader has no chance of getting people on board to follow their vision. So when being a leader you need to make sure those you lead trust you as a person before they trust your vision.

"If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again." (Quote from G.K. Chesterton)
- A simple thought but can be applied to alot of places in life. As with leadership and inspiring others to a vision, eventually excitement will wane. Thus everything will take continued work. You are either improving or degrading, no staying the same.
ELON MUSK: THE COSMIC MIND OF SPACE X AND TESLA MOTORS
ELON MUSK: THE COSMIC MIND OF SPACE X AND TESLA MOTORS
The book was too short.....I would really like his story.....into his thinking his successes and failures.....but I think Elon is much to busy changing the world.....the write about it and the play he is making in it
Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey Greatest Quotes and Life Lessons (Inspirational Quotes Book 1)
Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey Greatest Quotes and Life Lessons (Inspirational Quotes Book 1)
"What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you." ~ Oprah Winfrey

Mark Johnson has written a thoughtful book highlighting Oprah's words with his own explanations. Each lesson begins with an Oprah quote, then Mark Johnson weighs in with his insights to expand on the ideas. Some of his advice is really great. A lot of Oprah's quotes resonate with my heart. She has read a lot of good material and has absorbed a lot of positive thinking. She then seems to process it through her own viewpoint. A lot of her advice comes from a life of rich and varied experiences. Oprah has taught me that I should be the person I'm meant to be. She also has insight into what people really want in life. So a good quote book to start with and some very meaningful quotes.

~The Rebecca Review
University Of Michigan Vault Wolverine Winter Warm Slouchy Beanie
University Of Michigan Vault Wolverine Winter Warm Slouchy Beanie
The item I received looked nothing like what I ordered. It said it was a warm knit beanie, but it is made of t shirt material. The stitching is poor quality and there is a peice of fabric sticking out of one seam. The mascot in the picture is large and nearly covers the whole beanie, but what I received had a very small mascot on it that looks ridiculous. It is very poor quality and not as pictured. Very unsatisfied!!!
The Great Summit
The Great Summit
Not only is the quality of the print great, the sound quality is outstanding. The selection of songs is perfect. Louis' voice is as grumbly and genius as ever. You get a real distinction between the instruments and can even pick up subtle room reverb and board effects. This is a great record for a listening party.
JBL J33a BLK Premium In Ear Headphones with JBL Drivers and Microphone, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
JBL J33a BLK Premium In Ear Headphones with JBL Drivers and Microphone, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
I am a sucker for inexpensive IEMs. This was an impulse buy; I saw a pair in the warehouse deals for around 16 and thought, why not? I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I am hoping my pair lasts - sounds like many others report durability issues. I have had mine for around 2 months and have been used a lot in that time - so far, so good.

Pros:
- Excellent sound stage
- Nice bass - not bloated
- Look very nice
- Included case is nice

Cons:
- Cable is too heavy
- Major driver flex (popping sounds when adjusting on insertion)
- Treble is a bit artificial sounding
- Not a fan of the straight 3.5mm jack
- mic not the best (complaints from others unable to hear me)
- fit with included tips

Many people complain about keeping these in your ears and I can see this being a problem with the included tips. The drivers are a little on the heavy side, this coupled with the weight of the cable make them fall out rather easily when you move your head around. I was able to solve this issue with a better fitting comply foam tip. With the comply's employed, I can work out with this pair without fear of them falling out.

They are relatively easy to drive and you should have no problems using them with your smartphone.

The sound signature is V - shaped and fun in nature. The bass is boosted, but does not creep into the midrange. The treble is also prevalent, but not sibilant. Unfortunately, the treble has this artificial harshness to it that stands out to me.

Soundstage is excellent and instrument separation is above average. I find these work great for gaming.

If you can get these for a great price, I say give them a shot. You might be surprised what you get for the price.
Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Wolverine is lured to Japan and captured by the Hand. Then he's brainwashed and set loose on SHIELD and several other Marvel heroes and dozens of minor villains (mostly offscreen). Each attack gathers pieces that Hydra and the Hand need to put together a big plot device. Once Wolverine is recaptured by SHIELD and deprogrammed (you knew that was going to happen, right?), Logan goes on the rampage to try and stop the chaos that he helped create.

The first half (Wolverine under control) was not too strong. There was no real sense of urgency or trepidation on the part of SHIELD as Wolverine tears an apparant bloody swath through the Marvel Universe. The reader gets some idea from statistics reported by agents, but only a few actual fights with mainstream heroes are shown. Some superflous sub-plots invovling the power struggles among the villains of the piece that didn't seem to account for much of an impact other than to add a few pages to fill out an issue.

The second half is a bit more cohesive story-wise as Wolverine tracks down the Hydra/Hand leadership and bases of operation to disrupt their plans and exact his revenge for the part he was forced to play and some of those he was forced to kill along the way.

Great art by John Romita, JR, that is worth the price.
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
I have always enjoyed the Wild Thornberrys. The premise was cool, the characters were interesting and well-developed (especially as the show moved along), and there was an attempt to portray many different cultures as this family literally traveled around the world. These attempts weren't always successful, but I'll let that go along with the fact that I could never get a motor home as cool as the one that the Thornberrys had. When this movie came along, it didn't simply take a half-hour episode's content and stretch it out for the theaters' benefit. It created a continuation of a story that was perfect for the big screen while allowing the show to subsequently pick up on some of its specific plot threads. Eliza Thornberry and her Chimpanzee companion, Darwin, witness the abduction of a Cheetah cub by poachers. Eliza tries to save her four-legged friend but fails and, because of the danger she put herself in in the process, is sent to a British boarding school at the insistence of her overprotective grandmother. Sure that the Cheetah cub is still alive, Eliza resolves to return to Africa and find him and the poachers before more harm befalls anyone. That's easier said than done and the movie gives a proper amount of time to all aspects of this plan and the setbacks that come along. It is also laced with talented guest stars including Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei, Kimberly Brooks, and Tim Curry, who, in addition to his starring role as Nigel Thornberry, voices his own father...just listen to the family resemblance. Speaking of Nigel, I think that, in this movie, he proves his capabilities as a father more than in any episode of the show, despite his quirky mannerisms...just listen to his chat with Eliza right before her departure for boarding school...Paul Simon's song is definitely appropriate right after that. This is a top-notch Nickelodeon project for the big screen and no one should miss it. Enjoy.
Dark Canyon: A Novel
Dark Canyon: A Novel
Gaylord Riley, a young sixteen year boy, whose father was murdered by roaming thieving gangs of men, who were up to no good. Gaylord chased those six men down and exacted the revenge for his father's murder. Gaylord Riley didn't have any family so he did what he had to survive as so many young folks did when they had no choices.
He became known as "The Brazos Kid," who never picked a fight, not did he back down from a challenge. He became involved with Jim Coburn leader of "Coburn Gang" whose gang is wanted for bank robberies. Riley was at the bar when all of a sudden Jim Coburn is up against two gunnies, after he accused them of cheating, so just imagine the scene folks and everyone in the saloon moving out of the way of flying lead. Coburn knows this could be the end for him, but he was taken at least one before the bullet finds him. Just at that moment Riley steps up along side of Coburn backing his play..Folks it's a normal situation in those times to settle any type of accounts with guns.what else is new..right?
This Coburn gang Gaylord ran with them, but he never killed anyone, just shot overheads to make them take cover. Coburn noticed this and decided The Kid needed to hear out disconnect from the gang, with the request, that h e but a ranch and if they ever wanted to leave the owlhoots 👣trail they would have a p!ace to go to. Riley agreed and told them where he would settle, they all knew the area, so that's how Gaylord Riley became a cattleman.
The town of Rimrock and the surrounding ranches/farms is bullied by Martin Hardcastle who feels he can have any woman he wants,and the chosen woman should be grateful and appreciative of his charm..What a bunch of malarkey, but that's how those men in the West acted.
Everyone please if you've never read Louis L'Amour, I suggest you hurry up and read his Westerns. He even has Tell Sackett make an appearance, I should say a "Cameo" appearance he's with the Sackett Family Saga, another great family who helped settled the West.
So ENJOY read , read you'll get a lot of enjoyment and a history lessons as you ride the high plains and over the Great Rockies, it's beautiful folks.
P.S. folks they spelled Coburn, Colburn for the Coburn Gang, little confusing but go with the flow...right folks?
Riding for the Brand: Stories
Riding for the Brand: Stories
This set contains two now out of print audio books: "Four Card Draw" and "The Turkey Feather Riders." All three are well done with a great cast of characters and special effects. The audio is crisp and clear, easily heard in an automobile's noisy environment.
Four Card Draw. Louis L'Amour starts this audio volume with a short discourse on period books about the old west. "Four Card Draw" is told first person by Allen Ring, a gambler who wins the Red Rock Ranch in Arizona. He is told the ranch is haunted by someone who was murdered there. That someone was one of the three Haslet brothers, owners of a neighboring ranch, who are out for revenge. Allen walks right into the middle of a frying pan and ends up fighting for his life!
Riding For The Brand. Jed Asberry wins a poker game only to find himself robbed by the angry losers. They dump him in the desert with no clothes, left to die. Days later, on his last legs, he stumbles across three recently killed people (two men and a woman)... in the middle of the desert. Taking clothes, guns, and papers from one of the men, Jed becomes Micheal Latch. Micheal was on his way to inherit a ranch, so Jed decides to assume this role. He finds himself up to his neck in serious shooting trouble as someone else is willing to murder to get the property!
The Turkey Feather Riders. Louis L'Amour starts this story by giving a short discourse on cowboys and the cattle business as it was in the 1860's through 1880's (and now). Jim Sandefer is the forman for a New Mexico ranch. His boss, Grey Bowen, makes a sudden visit (after years of being away) with his daughter, Elaine, and some new guests: Rose and Lee Martin. Grey wants to marry Rose, but Jim discovers that she and her son are up to something that doesn't smell right! Then the shooting begins!
Well worth the purchase price. Run Time: 180 minutes.
Breaking Silence (Delta Force Strong Book 1)
Breaking Silence (Delta Force Strong Book 1)
Rucker Sloan is just off a mission and back on base in Afghanistan where he meets Nora, a nurse, who asks him to join in on a friendly game of volleyball. Neither is looking for a relationship but there is just something about Rucker that draws Nora to him. She is used to getting hit on but Rucker is different from what she has experienced before. The problem is that he is enlisted and she is an officer and she follows the no fraternizing rule seriously, besides she has only a week or so left before she is sent back home. What could go wrong?

There is a lot of action in this book and a few miracles thrown into the mix. I couldn't put this story down and Rucker and his teammates are characters that I want to read more about. Nora is a strong heroine who doesn't sit around waiting for a knight in shining armor to save her and the orphans that were taken. She springs into action and doesn't what she needs to do. I enjoy reading about strong heroes but also strong heroines who don't necessarily need a man to save them.
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
Win, Lose or Die: A 007 Novel (James Bond 007)
Win, Lose or Die: A 007 Novel (James Bond 007)
The 1980s Bond novels had seen the steady thawing of the Cold War and the disappearance of the Fleming plot gambit of 007 playing cat and mouse with a major supervillain. With the brick dust flying in Berlin, and the writer himself off to live in the USA, a palpable turning point was reached in the books both in narrative and context that would launch Gardner's Bond in a completely new direction for the 90s.

Score: 8/10. Bond returns to the Royal Navy for a joint UK, USA and USSR war game marking the USSR's "perestroika" (economic restructuring) and "glasnost" (cultural and political openness) policies. A new terrorist group BAST (Brotherhood of Anarchy & Secret Terror) has threatened to wreak havoc. But whom can 007 trust? Beautiful WREN officer Clover Pennington? Italian sex bomb Beatrice? Or enigmatic Russian Naval Attache Nicki?

It's a radical departure and takes a little getting used to, but it's a resounding success. The techno-thriller style (more Frederick Forsyth than Tom Clancy) really suits Gardner's knack with action and technical detail. The first few chapters alone are packed with exciting and immersive set pieces- you feel you could probably fly a sea harrier! Unlike other breaks from the format Bond remains at the forefront of the action, while intercutting the villains' machinations sets up the next threat without slowing things down. With SPECTRE dead and gone, the author anticipates the risk of BAST becoming a pale imitation: even Bond notes "it sounds like a poor man's SPECTRE." Although we don't get the meticulous background we got from Fleming (or Benson's Union Trilogy), there's a delightfully cynical reason for BAST's hollow heart.

The focus on prose rather than dialogue suits the writer and there are some lovely nods to the past. We return to Quarterdeck, M's country pile at Windsor that first appeared (also at Christmas) in Fleming's OHMSS and then (described in more detail) in Amis' Colonel Sun. The latter adventure is never explicitly referred to in Gardner's novels, but Quarterdeck's description here tallies exactly with Amis' embellishments (Bathstone, silver birches, Spanish mahogany, Squirrel pub) proving that Gardner at least took the trouble to read it!

On the downside, Bond's pretty sour throughout: pining for his naval days for the first time, and spouting chunks of Dante and Gilbert & Sullivan. Enough to make anyone miserable really. There's a lack of glamour as the Bentley and ASP are left at home, replaced by a BMW and a new Browning. Bond's promotion to Captain is a mistake; Commander just sounds better on him (Benson switched him back). Only a little wine before our hero switches to fizzy water, and the naval locations were never going to be luxurious.

Still the structure is very effective: detailed training; bitter sweet interlude; high seas whodunnit. We get Gardner's most convincing love match for 007 yet: attractive and well characterised, she lets the stuffing out of Bond like Honey Ryder before her. The big boys toys and the French meal with a slender WREN officer are very Fleming- I wonder if he'd have been most amused by this of all Gardner's Bonds? Underrated and the biggest welcome surprise of my 2012 reread.
Passionate Protection
Passionate Protection
Honestly, there is always a risk if you read long ago written stories, published for the first time. Usually there is a reason for that. But once in a while those long ago written books are really good: full of passion and not so politically correct - meaning boring and without any life. I do not mind forced seduction scenes and overbearing alpha males. But this book was so incredibly old fashioned, that I honestly believe it had to be written by P.J.'s grandmother. The h is always and buying "separables" - who in this world uses this word any more? The H is spanish aristocracy with rules and customs, that I did wonder about the century ? Only the wife is allowed to sit in the car's backseat ? And then the h.... to call her a doormat would be an insult to the doormats of this world. There is not ONE conversation between the couple in the whole book, between 2 insults she fell in love, said yes to a marriage and suffered . We only learn her thoughts, because she does not speak !! The end is ridiculous .The H is more emotionally disturbed than in some Sara Cravens book, and that means something. So, please read something better from this author! And there are lots of better stories from her.
camel active Women 862.71 Hi-Top Trainers
camel active Women 862.71 Hi-Top Trainers
Für gewöhnlich passen mir Schuhe der Marke Camel in Gr. 6,5, diese sind mir aber zu klein. Das rot entspricht der Abbildung im Angebot. Wirklich bequem sind die Schuhe nicht, so ganz ohne Fußbett. Es besteht aber die Möglichkeit die Sohle durch eigene Einlagen zu ersetzen. Das Leder scheint mir sehr dünn zu sein, weshalb er wohl zusätzlich mit einem dünnen Stoff gefüttert ist. Meines Erachtens ein reiner Sommerschuh. Von Camel bin ich eigentlich besseres gewöhnt.
Bloody Hundredth: Missions and Memories of a World War II Bomb Group.
Bloody Hundredth: Missions and Memories of a World War II Bomb Group.
My dad Charles was co-pilot and great friend of navigator Harry Crosby on their plane "Just A-Snappin'" (referring to "snapping at the tail of retreating enemies).
Harry gave me unforgettable stories of my dad and his missions and the rest of this stellar crew - who all received Distinguished Service crosses. Thanks Harry for writing this book and sharing it with the world!
Replay
Replay
What if you could live your life over again, but without the benefit of being Bill Murray? That's the dilemma that Jeff Winston winds up facing here. When we first meet him he's in his mid-forties, stuck in a job that he doesn't seem to find as fulfilling as he used to and his marriage isn't so much unraveling as ossifying, old arguments turning into a very solid resentment that will probably last for the rest of their lives. Jeff is primed for a mid-life crisis of sorts, but instead of getting a hot young girlfriend or a new car, he gets something entirely different: a massive fatal heart attack. And that's how we start.

But as you can probably tell since the book is called "Replay" and not "All the Bad Decisions I Don't Remember Making Eventually Haunt Me", Grimwood isn't so much interested in how we get here as much as what happens afterwards. And in this case, Jeff dies and wakes up . . . in 1963, with the body of his eighteen year old self and all the memories of his life from that point until he dies in the late eighties. At a loss for what to do, Jeff does what anyone else would probably do in the same situation: massively bet on the outcomes of future sports events to secure himself vast amounts of wealth and set himself up for a comfortable existence (if nothing else, this teaches me to pay more attention to who wins the World Series, as you really never know when it might come in handy) then making shrewd investments in companies that he knows will do well in the future. All is going swell, he's living his life almost exactly as he's envisioned it.

Then he reaches the eighties and dies again. Thus a slight snag in the plan appears.

And so it goes for this latter day Billy Pilgrim, who isn't so much unstuck in time as ricocheting back and forth like a rubber ball in the middle of two metronomes. Beyond the concept, which apparently did influence "Groundhog Day", Grimwood takes a deceptively simple writing style (I managed to polish the whole book off in about three hours max) and proceeds to milk the basic idea for all its worth. He applies a realistic filter to Jeff's first time through the merry-go-round, having him do all the things that most normal people would do in the same situation (including trying to change history . . . with unexpectedly interesting results) but by forcing him to repeat all that all over again (and again) he gives up an opportunity to keep revisiting the same scenario but with new wrinkles added each and every time. He attempts to rectify mistakes he made in his original life, tries to shake a sense of loss for what he left behind in previous run-throughs, all the while operating with the knowledge of the one thing that most of us will never know for certain: when he's going to die and how. He's not even sure if he'll come back each time but his constant struggle to both avoid his fate and try something different with his life each time makes for oddly engaging reading, as Grimwood keeps recreating the same scenarios but weighed with Jeff's knowledge of all his past lives layered on top of him, a burden he can't quite embrace nor escape.

And yet Grimwood keeps making it interesting, like a wheel running over the same track again, working the groove deeper and deeper. On one of his go-rounds, Jeff comes to realize he isn't the only one reliving his life repeatedly and that wrinkle of two people trapped in overlapping loops of the same cycle, falling in love and losing each other and having to figure out how to find each other again, greatly opens up the possibilities of the book. He varies the repetition just enough so that you notice the differences more than the similarities, managing to simultaneously convey the joy of having your whole life ahead of you again, the drudgery of having to plod through the boring parts once more (I didn't mind high school and college at the time but the thought of having to go through and study for all those classes again with my old and shriveled late thirties mind is terrifying on some level) and the anxiety that comes when knowing exactly how much time you have only means that you're more aware than anyone else how absurdly little it really is. For Jeff and the woman who becomes his companion its like riding a treadmill tilted downward and coated in oil, you can fight as hard as you want to stay upright and stay on the belt but eventually you're going to fall away back to the start again.

The fact that any of this succeeds is due to Grimwood's ability to give us forward momentum even when the plot is literally doubling back on itself. His imagination for the different scenarios is fantastic enough, like dropping the same actors into the same framework for a play over and over again and watching them improvise a different result based on what's gone before. He manages to keep the feel of it realistic by focusing on the characters themselves and how they react to something, both in their despairs and how they make it work (and for contrast he throws in a third person apparently experiencing the same phenomenon, whose reaction to it makes their wackiest moments seem like utter pillars of rationality), whether its buying stocks, betting on horse races, or making movies. What he doesn't do, and which I sorely appreciate, is make the focus on the book the characters' quests for the ultimate "why" this is all happening. Different explanations are floated and the reader can probably come up with their own theories, whether time itself is broken, or its aliens running an experiment or even some test from a higher power, but the characters quickly realize, as much as the reader probably will, that the explanation isn't the point. Knowing the why doesn't tell you anything beyond maybe that God as a weird sense of humor. Ultimately the characters are too busy living to worry about that and that's where the meat of the book lies, in the second and third chances that we all want but never get, the changes we make within ourselves with the weight of experience, the tragedy of loss and the joy of reconnecting and the grim certainty that even if you had all the time in the world, it would still be too little (something hammered home later when it becomes clear the intervals between dying and being reborn are becoming shorter and shorter).

There's a line in one of my favorite Robert Frost poems that goes "I'd like to get away from Earth awhile/and come back to it and begin over" and here Grimwood makes us ask ourselves, what would we do if we had to do it all over again? Is fixing your mistakes (or what you perceive to be mistakes) the point? Is it the opportunity to try new things, to see if all those paths we never took would actually lead us somewhere better? Or is it simply worth the chance to revel in the day to day progression once more and not worry whether we get it right the whole time. Jeff ends the novel in nearly the exact place he began it, and yet it would be difficult to suggest he's the same person. Still, were his opportunities any better or more open than ours? You don't have to feel trapped to want to make a change and you don't need a freak spasm of time to give you an excuse. In a sense, we have it better than Jeff does for a good chunk of the book. Forced to go over the same temporal ground repeatedly, he has to make the most of limited tools and see his progress, for good or ill, erased. But for us, every day forward gives a chance to move away from where we were and push ahead to a horizon that might reside where we need to be. Within the borders of our years, we are boundless, perhaps more than we realize.
Magic and Paganism in Early Christianity: The World of the Acts of the Apostles
Magic and Paganism in Early Christianity: The World of the Acts of the Apostles
This volume, smallish but rigorous enough, may for some students be an insightful supplement to the study of Luke's Acts. However, it is interesting in its own merits, as history/ scholarship and as exegesis.
From Klauck's introduction: "[W]e now have the possibility of standing afresh in a situation that was a matter of everyday living for the first Christian generations. At the beginning, the Christian faith had to assert itself among the rival religious views which literally competed with one another on the market-place for the favour of the public."

"Like Philo and Josephus, Luke begins by presenting his material in a form which met the expectations of an educated Greek and Roman public." (p4) Luke, we recall, was a gentile and a scientist (a physician) -- the sciences of the Greco-Roman world being astronomy, mathematics and medicine. It is not surprising that Luke's interests engage the 'marketplace of ideas' in which Christianity grew in spite of resistance on all sides. While his approbation of the apostles is evident, his Acts of the Apostles is essentially documentation, it is not polemic. "The primary intention of the Acts of the Apostles as a book is not missionary, but it does portray missionary history, as an inspiration to the reader." (p121)

Klauck's many interesting considerations include Paul's discourse with the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens, at the Areopagus, and encounters with practitioners of magic. In the author's summary words: "Acts employs dramatic episodes, verbal discourses, summary descriptions of the state of affairs, and narrative commentaries. . . the result is a broad and vivid picture. In the course of the narrative, we gradually encounter a whole series of . . . magicians, astrologers and exorcists . . . a king who does not distance himself sufficiently from the cult of rulers . . . a seer . . . devotees of polytheistic belief . . . philosophers whose curiosity is more noticeable than their academic training . . . kindly barbarians and some genuinely 'noble' pagans.
"Despite all the criticism of some defective forms, we do not find any heavily aggressive polemic. Instead, there is a subtle irony which occasionally takes the form of brilliant parodies." (p119)

The bibliography lists a wealth of resources essentially for the multi-lingual reader (German, English, French).
The Holiday [Blu-ray]
The Holiday [Blu-ray]
'The Holiday' is one of the films I love to watch whenever I feel the need for some cheering up. It has so many scenes that just make me smile or chuckle out loud that I find I soon forget whatever was getting me down. Who can not but smile at Kate Winslet's reaction when first exploring the house where she is staying in Los Angeles, or Cameron Diaz navigating a snowy lane in England wearing high heeled shoes and dragging a suitcase, or her driving a mini on the 'wrong' side of the road? I even enjoy noticing some of the unintentional continuity weaknesses in the film such as the variability of the snowy conditions in the scenes set in England (which are even more variable than what we would normally expect from the English climate! ).
Another factor that makes this film so appealing and uplifting has to be the music, from the melodic score by Hans Zimmer and the wide range of individual hit songs (or snippets of hit songs) that pepper the film by such artists as James Taylor & Aretha Franklin (to name just a couple).
While the film has a terrific cast of actors, the stand out actor for me is Eli Wallach, whose performance as an elderly retired screen writer is beautifully understated and endearing.
So, if you have never seen this film and you are someone who enjoys romantic comedies, then my advice would be to watch it now (rather than waiting for Christmas to watch it), and if you have seen it before then why not give it another viewing and let it provide you with a couple of hours of lighthearted humour and romance.
Big and Tall 500lbs Wide Seat Ergonomic Desk Chair with Lumbar Support Arms Headrest Massage Office Chair Rolling Swivel PU Leather Task Computer Chair for Adults,Black
Big and Tall 500lbs Wide Seat Ergonomic Desk Chair with Lumbar Support Arms Headrest Massage Office Chair Rolling Swivel PU Leather Task Computer Chair for Adults,Black
With having to work from home, we have found the need for comfy chairs while languishing in front of our respective computers for hours at a time (plus...you know....GAMING!)...

I had previously been using a $300+ Lazy Boy Big and Tall chair. For the record, I'm 6'4 260lbs and an avid weight trainer and hiker.

The lil lady (5'9, 200+) needed a chair too and she settled on this one. For the price, I was wary (500lb? Ok...) but I ordered it and assembled it.

Assembly was fairly straight forward but I have to emphasize you really need to tighten the screws as much as possible. If you're on the weaker side, get someone to do it for you. They will take pretty much everything you throw at them and the difference is night and day.

I was cautious putting it together not wanting to over tighten or strip anything, but the chair definitely had a little "give." I went back over it and doubled down on everything.

My Lazy Boy came pre-assembled and I ended up doing the same thing to it and it made a world of difference for stability and firmness.

The firmness of this chair is like night and day after the "tighten till you can't" session.

There is literally no give. I've plopped down in it. Rocked back and forth in it. scooted all over the place and this thing is built like a tank.

The back is plenty tall which is a plus.

I'm fine in it, but for her, her feet barely reach the ground and she uses the desk sides to prop her feet up.

The lumbar support is great and there is also some glute support.

My gal is extremely hour glass shaped and this chair is more than wide enough.

I'm really shocked at the sturdiness and comfort of this chair especially at the price paid (~$170USD). It's a little rough around the edges compared to my Lazy Boy, but if I had this chair only, I'd be more than fine in it.

The only con would be the seat depth could be a little more for my liking, but if you're sitting all the way back, it is adequate.

Easy 5/5 based on the sturdiness, comfort and price.

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