Luna Torres

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Modern JavaScript
Modern JavaScript
Modern JavaScript by James Kolce, Craig Buckler, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Rail-Trails Washington and Oregon
Rail-Trails Washington and Oregon
Rail-Trails Washington and Oregon by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
Die Erbin: Roman (German Edition)
Die Erbin: Roman (German Edition)
Die Erbin: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham , Imke Walsh-Araya, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 219 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King, George Guidall, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2205 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series)
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series)
Java: Artificial Intelligence; Made Easy, w/ Java Programming; Learn to Create your * Problem Solving * Algorithms! TODAY! w/ Machine Learning & Data Structures (Artificial Intelligence Series) by Code Well Academy and R.M.Z.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
ng-book: The Complete Guide to Angular 4
ng-book: The Complete Guide to Angular 4
Das Buch ist gut. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Tutorials oder Büchern, in die ich reingeshcnuppert habe, bekommt man nicht einen haufen Quellcode hingeworfen und kaum Erklärungen dazu. Der Auto geht auf alles genau ein und baut Schritt für Schritt Wissen auf.Die Beispiele sind nachvollziehbar. Das Buch ist sehr aktuell und wird kontinuierlich angepasst.
Einen Stern Abzug gibts dafür, dass in der Druckversion ein Kapitel weggelassen wurde:
"Note: because of page restrictions, the Typescript chapter has been removed and is available as free PDF when you download the exampel code"
Das ist absolut nicht einzusehen. Zumal das mit das wichtigste Kapitel im Buch ist.
Hätte ich PDF gewollt, hätte ich mir das auch so gekauft.
AMEMNY Steve The People Who are Crazy Enough Steve Jobs Canvas Painting Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes Print Poster Artwork for Living Room Bedroom Office Framed Ready to Hang
AMEMNY Steve The People Who are Crazy Enough Steve Jobs Canvas Painting Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes Print Poster Artwork for Living Room Bedroom Office Framed Ready to Hang
I bought this picture to place above a couch which is in a sitting area beside kitchen in which I have a "vegetable" theme. It is perfect for the space and I am thrilled to finally find something that works well with the colors I have, but isn't overpowering. The canvas ships from China, but arrives quickly (about a week) and was well-packaged to avoid damage in route.
The Innovators: Die Vordenker der digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace bis Steve Jobs
The Innovators: Die Vordenker der digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace bis Steve Jobs
Mit "The Innovaters" hat der renommierte Sachbuchautor Isaacson eine wegweisende Untersuchung vorgelegt, die für all jene interessant ist, die wissen wollen, wie kreative Durchbrüche bzw. bahnbrechende Innovationen entstehen.

Unterhaltsam geschrieben und akribisch recherchiert zeichnet er nach, wie die Grundlagen des "Digital New Age" in kreativer Kooperation von Visionären, Technikfachleuten und Unternehmern geschaffen wurden. Ob es sich um die Entwicklung des Transistors, des Mikrochips, von Videospielen, des Internets, des Personal Computers, innovativer Software oder Grundlagen künstlicher Intelligenz handelt, stets benötigten geniale Vordenker eine unterstützende kulturelle Umgebung sowie ergänzende Persönlichkeiten mit unterschiedlichen Talenten und Fähigkeiten.

Wie ich 1999 in "Die Individualsierungsfalle - Kreativität gibt es nur im Plural (Burow 1999) Die Individualisierungsfalle anhand der Entwicklung der Musik der Beatles und des Apple Personal Computers beschrieben habe, müssen wir uns vom Geniemythos verabschieden. Kreative Durchbrüche benötigen zwar herausragend begabte Einzelpersönlichkeiten, diese werden jedoch erst wirksam, wenn sie über eine unterstützende Umgebung von Synergiepartnern verfügen oder über die Fähigkeit verfügen, sich selbst eine passende Umgebung, ein Kreatives Feld, zu schaffen.

Isaacs bestätigt anhand einer kenntnisreich und unterhaltsam geschriebenen Nachzeichnung der Wege der "Vordenker der digitalen Revolution“, die ERFOLGSPRINZIPIEN, die ich in "Team-Flow" (Burow2015) Team-Flow: Gemeinsam wachsen im Kreativen Feld (Beltz Weiterbildung) herausgearbeitet habe. Demnach benötigen kreative Durchbrüche zwar besonders talentierte, leidenschaftliche Visionäre, doch im KREATIVEN FELD, das sie schaffen oder nutzen, bedarf es unterschiedlicher Fähigkeiten und Persönlichkeitsprofile, so dass auch Personen mit eher begrenzten Fähigkeiten Entscheidendes beitragen können.
Die ermutigende Botschaft für uns normal Begabte lautet also: Auch mit begrenzten Fähigkeiten kann ich zu Überragendem beitragen, wenn es mir gelingt ein Feld zu schaffen bzw. zu finden, in dem meine Stärken zum Tragen kommen und meine Schwächen durch geeignete Synergiepartner ausgeglichen werden.

In diese Richtung weisen auch die "LEKTIONEN AUS UNSERER REISE", welche Isaacson in seinem Schlusskapitel auflistet:

• Kreativität ist ein kooperativer Prozess.
• Innovationen werden häufiger von Teams hervorgebracht, als durch plötzliche Erleuchtungen einer einsamen Erfinderseele.
• So genial einzelne Erfinder wie z. B. Jobs und Gates auch waren, den Großteil ihrer Fortschritte erzielten sie im Team.
• Häufig zeichnen sich diese Teams durch Spannungen und Gegensätzlichkeiten aus, welche die kreative Konkurrenz vorantreiben.
• Obwohl die Erfolge das Ergebnis eines kollaborativen Prozesses sind, enden solche Teams häufig mit unproduktiven Streitigkeiten über die Urheberschaft und Patentrechte. Darum ist es wichtig – wie ich auch im Team-Flow ausgeführt habe – schon früh Regeln für eine angemessene Beteiligung aufzustellen!
• Das digitale Zeitalter ist nichts völlig Neues, es fußt auf den Ausbau von Ideen vorheriger Generationen.
• Frauen leisteten insbesondere im Bereich der Softwareentwicklung einen sehr viel stärkeren Beitrag, als bisher anerkannt wurde.
• Die produktivsten Teams waren solche, die ein breites Spektrum unterschiedlichster Fähigkeiten und Fachwissen (Von Mathematik über Technologie bis hin zu Kunst) aufwiesen.
• Teams brauchten eine anregende Umgebung mit einem hohen Maß an Selbstbestimmung und persönlicher Begegnung.
• Die kulturelle Umgebung (z.B. Silicon Valley, Pop- und Hippie-Kultur, Lifestyle, etc.) wie auch eine Architektur, die zufällige Begegnungen ermöglichte, spielten eine entscheidende Rolle.
• Treibende Kräfte waren Personen mit Visionen, Leidenschaft und einem Machbarkeitssinn
• Visionäre benötigen zupackende Manager, denn "Visionen ohne Ausführung sind Halluzinationen" – so Isaacson.
• Visionäre ohne unterstützendes Kreatives Feld bzw. Team scheitern meist.
Ebenso geniale Einzelpersonen, denen es nicht gelingt, auf Augenhöhe mit anderen zusammenzuarbeiten.
• Eine Kooperation im Dreieck von Staat, Wissenschaft und Industrie erhöht die Wahrscheinlichkeit kreativer Durchbrüche.
• Open Source, gemeinschaftlicher Schaffensprozess auf Augenhöhe, Commons-Based-Peer-Productions ergänzen sich mit privatwirtschaftlichen Ansätzen, die Urheberrechte schützen wollen.
• Erfolgreiche Erneuerer sind Produktmacher, die sich auf Technik und Design konzentrierten und Marketing, Finanzierung und Verkauf konzeptionell einbezogen.
• Kreativität ist Ausdruck eines sozialen Prozesses – persönliche Begegnungen wirken als Inspiration- bzw. Motivationsquelle und können nicht durch das Netz ersetzt werden.
• Am erfolgreichsten erwies sich die Kombination von klarer Vision verbunden mit der Förderung umfassender Kooperation.

Isaacson legt mit "The Innovaters" eine ausgezeichnete und detailreiche Nachzeichnung von den Grundlagen der Digitalen Revolution vor. Das Buch ist geeignet, unser Verständnis für kreative Prozesse und Bedingungen erfolgreicher Teamarbeit zu erhöhen.

Er gibt vielfältige Anregungen wie wir traditionelle Organi¬sationen, seien es Unternehmen oder Bildungs¬einrichtungen, in Kreative Felder verwandeln können, welche gut geeignet sind, unterschiedlichen Fähigkeit und Neigungen zusammenzuführen, um die Wahrscheinlichkeit von Innovationen zu erhöhen.

So ausgezeichnet seine Darstellung in dieser Hinsicht ist, so bleibt doch ein Manko: Isaacson verbleibt weitgehend auf dem Niveau einer unkritischen Glorifizierung der digitalen Revolution und spart negative Dimensionen aus. Doch dies wäre ein weiteres, spannendes Buch, auf das wir angesichts der Vorzeichen eines aufkommenden "digitalen Feutalismus" dringend warten. Denn im digitalen Plattformkapitalismus gilt: The Winner Takes it all", dabei hatte die digitale Revolution doch – wie Isaacson zeigt – als Graswurzelbewegung begonnen. Sie wird erst vollendet sein, wenn es uns gelingt, sie der demokratischen Kontrolle zu unterwerfen.

Fazit: Große Erfindungen entstehen im Team. Sie sind Ergebnis Kreativer Felder. Dies belegt Isaacson eindrucksvoll und sehr unterhaltsam.

Prof. Dr. Olaf-Axel Burow, IF - Institute for Future Design
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
For better or worst, Aretha will be forever known as the woman who transformed Otis Redding's #2 R&B self-penned "Respect" into a signature #1 song. Throughout her entire career, she has always tackled her own versions of contemporary classics to varying degrees of success.
Here she is directed to recreate an entire album of well known classics by some of the greatest female singers and their songs of all time. The title within itself spells a yellow caution sign.
The use of contemporary producers from Andre 3000 (Outkast), Babyface to Harvey Mason adds an interesting element except anything that these producers have achieved is hard to hear here. The most imaginative factor on this by the numbers covers album is the employ of mashups from "I'm Every Woman" mashed with "Respect", the tired "I Will Survive" with Destiny's Child's "Survivor" to "Rolling in the Deep" mashed with Diana's version of "Ain'tNo Mountain High Enough". This is a great idea with varying results.
When Whitney tackled "I'm Every Woman" she truly honored the original Chaka Khan version and made it her own. There is not one of these covers and mash-ups that reach such levels of musical ecstasy.
Sonically, she sings most songs in a chesty soprano that sounds like a friend of mine who would sing a long to her songs in an atrocious style that was excruciating, it was actually kind of funny. Aretha sounds like a drag queen lip syncing these songs whose microphone mistakenly is turned on. It's not pretty.
Just because she has the machine of a major label again behind her, this mess of an album has done better commercially than her last studio album (supposedly took 5 years to find a distributor) and now the overwrought heritage artists Christmas album. It already has earned her first #1 R&B album in 32 years. But the actual numbers tell a little different story. Diana's similarly themed "ILoveYou" sold essentially the same first week's units in 2007 but only ranked #16 R&B and #32 pop.
She did a great boost for the album by giving a rousing performance of "Rolling in the Deep" on Letterman, only upstaged by a despondent Cissy Houston looking like she is understandably still mourning.
Aretha already covered The Supremes classic, "You Keep Me Hanging On", so why another version. The inclusion of the oh so tired "I Will Survive" already condemns this to today's version of cutout bins which is probably slashed Mp3 album prices.
Davis should have resisted posting samples early because the negative reviews came pouring in except from the diehard Aretha fans. Davis has repeated this covers concept with Manilow, Santana, Rod Stewart and Harry Connick Jr., with only the first 2 Manilow cover albums exceeding commercial expectations.
Great artists like Diana Ross, Patti Labelle and Aretha should have lifetime recording contracts for whenever they are moved to record. That is not the case as the new jack label heads weren't even able to garner a single platinum album so far in 2014. Sure heritage artists may be passed their commercial prime or relegated to covers albums, duet albums and/or Christmas albums which these 3 ladies have all been directed to do. Only Diana Ross rose above the norm with two beautiful Christmas albums, "Christmas in Vienna" and "A Very Special Season" that were well received internationally though didn't get the same reaction here. Touring is where these ladies seem to still be vibrant. Why not a sizzling live album instead of massacring "Nothing Compares to U" or "Last Dance".
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
Well, well, well, the Bobster has gone and done it again, he has re-visited one of the most reviled periods of his career (as he did with Vol 10) and shown us that perhaps the criticism that was meted out back in the late '70's and early 80's was undeserved. This of course is the period when he announced that he was a born again Christian and the three albums he produced over this period, Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love, reflected that conversion. Now because of the criticism I had avoided these albums, I remember as a young rock fan new to the delights of rock music, Sounds giving Saved a one star review and that stuck with me for many years. When this collection was announced a couple of months ago I thought 'WHAT!!!???!!', but then I remembered what had happened with Vol 10 of this excellent series when he revisited his Self Portrait, New Morning period that also came in for great criticism and that volume made so many have to re-think their criticism. Would this have the same effect?

Now I'm not a follower of any organised religion, I don't attend church (or chapel here in Wales) except for the odd wedding or funeral, but although I'm not religious that does not mean I do not appreciate many great artistic works that are influenced by religion. I enjoy listening to Handel's Messiah and Bach's Mass in B Minor, I appreciate the beauty of many great paintings that are influenced by religious themes and I enjoy the odd bit of gospel music and this is what we have here, some excellent gospel music sung by Bob Dylan and performed by one of his best touring bands.

I've seen Bob Dylan live on a few occasions and let's face he can be a pretty sloppy performer at times, his vocal delivery in particular can grate and give the impression he doesn't care. One of the things that stands out on this particular set of recordings is the passion in his vocal delivery, it's clear he's loving performing these songs, they really are coming from the heart. Added to that the backing band are top notch with five backing singers and two keyboard players to give it that real gospel feel, they really do deliver, the version of Shot of Love in this set is delivered with such passion I nearly did a Jake Blues and flip flopped down the kitchen and hallway with joy and shout Hallelujah!!, nearly but not quite. We also get the opportunity to hear how Dylan is constantly re-working his music, a few of the songs on this set are repeated to show how they evolved over a short space of time. Compare the version of Slow Train that opens disc 1 with the version from two years later that opens disc 2. The first version is closer to the studio version, whilst the later version there is more chugging feel from the backing band, both are wonderful to listen to and go to show why when he's on form Dylan can be such a mesmerising, but at times frustrating, live performer.

I have of course gone for the cheap 2 disc version, my pockets are not deep enough to afford the all singing box set, but as with with Vol 10 this has been a really pleasant surprise, and I'm quite taken with it. It won't be to everyone's taste, some may find the religious message in the songs is still too much, all I would say to those people is give this a chance, so much of the criticism that was aimed at this period was down to the shock of Dylan's conversion. Time is a healer and now we can approach these songs with a far more open mind that perhaps we could 38 years ago. Check it out there really are some delights here.
Upgraded 2K Webcam with Dual Microphone, DEPSTECH QHD USB Web Camera with Auto Light Correction, Desktop or Laptop Computer Streaming Camera for Video Conferencing, Teaching, Streaming, and Gaming
Upgraded 2K Webcam with Dual Microphone, DEPSTECH QHD USB Web Camera with Auto Light Correction, Desktop or Laptop Computer Streaming Camera for Video Conferencing, Teaching, Streaming, and Gaming
Like many products on Amazon, this appears to be a generic product (in this case a webcam), with no branding on the device at all. The seller comes up with their own packaging. Mine is labeled "HD 1080P" Web Camer - S2. Yes, no "a" on "camera." The instructions are minimal, and there is no web site for the company, or software to download.

I used this for a 2-day discussion group, for about 14 hours total. All in all, it worked well. No fancy features like zoom, but it does tilt and pan easily to get yourself centered. It sits well on top of my monitor and the mounting bracket seems pretty big in order to accommodate different monitor depths. The sound worked well, and the picture looked clear.

I was a little disappointed when I opened this up due to the generic look and feel, but for the price, I can't complain. It does what I needed it to do, and seems sturdy and well-made.
Webcam with Microphone, 1080P HD Webcam & Privacy Cover, USB Plug and Play Laptop PC Desktop Web Camera, 110-Degree View Angle Computer Camera for Video Calling Recording Conferencing
Webcam with Microphone, 1080P HD Webcam & Privacy Cover, USB Plug and Play Laptop PC Desktop Web Camera, 110-Degree View Angle Computer Camera for Video Calling Recording Conferencing
 When I first got the box, it was very easy to setup the webcam. All I had to do was take the webcam out of the box and plug in the USB into my laptop. When I first plugged in the webcam and opened my camera app, I saw that the quality was a bit pixelated when compared to my Logitech, but that was simply because I was located in a low lit area. When I added more lighting to the setting, it was able to capture proper video. The one issue that I found with the webcam is that it oversoftens the video, but this is not really that big of a problem if you are using the webcam for general purposes such as video chatting with friends and family. The reason that I bought the webcam was to use it as a security camera and it works very well for that purpose. The frames are smooth when recording and in the output. The wide angle allows me to include multiple people in the frame and is very helpful. I have attached some photos and a video so that you can see what I am talking about.

Honestly, I am very impressed with this webcam. I bought it with not very high expectations because of the price but this just blew me away. The camera is very easy to use, just plug in and boom you are set. The image quality is quite nice also and super detailed. The image is not oversaturated and the colors and calibrated perfectly to display a soft but natural-looking image and stands at a great resolution. The microphone input is also great. I needed this because currently I work from home and have to attend business meetings and all my co-workers could hear me perfectly through the microphone of the webcam. This webcam also has a very nice 110 degree wide-angle which I find very useful for my purposes. The latch at the bottom of the webcam is also very useful. The latch allows for universal compatibility on any monitor or any surface that you would need to place the webcam on while also providing adjustable angles. I used this on both my PC (which is running windows 10) and my Mac and on both of them the webcam worked without a single problem. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a cheap and reliable webcam.
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
JBL Professional EON ONE Compact All-In-One Battery-Powered Personal PA System with Bluetooth
Overall, I was pretty impressed with this little system. It certainly has it's limits professionally but could be great for certain situations where you didn't have access to power. Like for instance, playing a grave side ceremony for a member of a motorcycle gang who passed on (yes, I've actually done this gig!). Or a remote, small wedding ceremony where there's no electricity and the bride and groom get married while sitting on their horses (yep, been there, done that!). 😂However, I returned it based on the virtual mixer limitations. First however, I WILL say the degree of eq shaping in the virtual mixer used via smartphone or tablet is PHENOMENAL! But.... and unfortunately, here is where the wheels came of for me as a professional entertainer: The reverbs are barely useable if not over applied. The delay is unacceptable because there is no tap tempo and there is not enough parameter of speed control. AND... there is no adjustment for the number of repeats. Delay ads energy to vocals and can lend a percussive accent to acoustic/electric guitar so is a great asset to a soloist like myself. BUT it generally needs to be applied at the tempo of the song your playing OR at a pretty fast speed to give that Elvis/John Lennon style slapback sound to your vocal. This delay speed (tempo) can't be adjusted to a fast enough repeat for that. Could you add an external effect unit and or mixer with built in effects? Yes, but that would require a power source, extra cables and more setup time which would defeat the purpose of a standalone, self powered unit like this was designed to be. If you don't need or care about having quality effects, this is otherwise a decent little self powered PA. Lots of volume for its size and seems sturdy.
Unlocked Smartphone CUBOT X19 4GB RAM+64GB Cell Phone, 4000mAh, Dual 4G SIM, 5.93 inch FHD Display, Android 9.0 Pie, no Bloatware, T-Mobile, Face ID, Fingerprint, Gradient
Unlocked Smartphone CUBOT X19 4GB RAM+64GB Cell Phone, 4000mAh, Dual 4G SIM, 5.93 inch FHD Display, Android 9.0 Pie, no Bloatware, T-Mobile, Face ID, Fingerprint, Gradient
UPDATE 08/02/2020: I have determined that, contrary to what T-Mobile's IMEI check says, this phone IS NOT compatible with T-Mobile VoLTE. That means that it will no longer work on T-Mobile's network, including any T-Mobile MVNOs, starting in 2021. Also, due to AT&T's VoLTE whitelist system, it will not work on AT&T's network starting in 2022. It's a shame, because the specs for the price really are amazing, but due to the coming VoLTE requirement I can no longer recommend this phone for use with US GSM carriers.

OLD REVIEW:
Is the Cubot X19 going to measure favorably against a $1000 flagship? Of course not. However, I feel confident in saying it will beat most similarly-priced models from better-known brands. First: the negatives: the speaker is not very good for games/media, though standard voice calls are just fine. The body is all plastic. Battery life isn't as good as the Huawei Honor 7X it replaced. The stock camera app is seriously the worst I've ever seen. However, none of these downsides are anywhere near dealbreakers. I'm not a big music/movie/game player on my phone, and I use a good pair of headphones when I do, so the weak speaker is no big deal. With a case on, the plastic body isn't too troubling. Battery life is still pretty good; the 7X's was just exceptional. Bad camera app? Install Open Camera, problem solved. Where this phone shines is in bang for the buck, and the specs are outstanding for what is a VERY inexpensive piece of hardware. I paid $80 more for the Honor 7X, and the X19 runs rings around it. It runs a very clean version of Android, too, without a lot of manufacturer fluff. Again, this is a cheap phone, not a flagship. Compared to other smartphones in its price range, though... and to many budget phones up to $200 or so... it is truly a standout.
Deadpool Lanyard - X-Force Deadpool Logo
Deadpool Lanyard - X-Force Deadpool Logo
The only thing stopping me from giving a 5/5 rating is that I had to put a stitched tack to hold a "V" at the bottom of the lanyard to keep it flat. Purchased weeks ago and there hasn't been any wear problems after daily usage.
DP Mask Deluxe Full Head Latex Helmet Cosplay Costume Accessory Xcoser New
DP Mask Deluxe Full Head Latex Helmet Cosplay Costume Accessory Xcoser New
Just opened it up and as with most things, ya get what you pay for, I guess.

The latex ain't bad, doesn't stink like ass inside, plus it pulls over the head decently. Though a bit overly roomy.

I have a rather common head volume. Size medium for most hats... 7 1/4 or there about .. the foam around the eyes on the inside feels decent and doubt it would be too awful over time.

Visability ranks around 2 on a 10 scale. So don't expect to see much more than your feet in front of you. Even then, I wouldn't recommend running... Doubt the foam inside will adequately cussion the inevitable fall.

Biggest issue though, the "stitching", packaging and/or the duration of the mask being packed. It didn't come in a box, but rather an envelope. The mask was highly compacted and the results are, well, what you see in the photos. Crunched and in many cases deformed to the point that I'm unsure will be recoverable. Might try to hit it with some heat, but from the look of the hard crease along the left eye and brow, it may be there for good. May also be the result of a buggard up production, rather than packaging. Hard to tell.... Never the less, it's left with a bit of a deranged, cockeyed, permanently confused look... kinda like a claymation Deadpool got the hell beat out of him with a pipe wrench...

Doubt I'll be keeping it.
Rubbermaid Commercial Insulated Pizza & Food Delivery Bag, Large Pizza, 21.5in x 19.75in x 7.75in, Red
Rubbermaid Commercial Insulated Pizza & Food Delivery Bag, Large Pizza, 21.5in x 19.75in x 7.75in, Red
Like other reviewers, I was surprised at how big this seems (even though I read the reviews and looked at the measurements). However, it is the exact size for what it is intended . . . I just do not plan on using it as a pizza transport container very often. There is a few smaller sizes available, but not substantially different and besides, who orders a medium pizza anyway? I bought this for my wife to transport half-sheet pans of goodies to work, church and school events. A half sheet pan will fit in either direction in this container. I purchased plastic snap-on covers (by Fat Daddio's) here on Amazon. This allows her to stack 4+ in this bag while not smashing the brownies, cupcakes, or whatever.

The construction on the bag is top notch. It was not inexpensive and I expected it would be well designed and constructed; it was. A strong, comfortable nylon strap handle make it easy to carry the bag level and securely. Velcro closure make loading easy and there is full access (opens on the side only). It has a vinyl covered pouch for I.D. or labeling if you're really anal-retentive. The bag is insulated, which helps to keep food temperatures at the desired level as long as possible. When not in use, it can 'smoosh' down a bit, but not much. And you will not loose track of it; the bag is every bit as bright a red color as the pictures indicate. If you car breaks down on the way back from getting you pizza, you can set this bag on it's side on the road and cars will see you for miles!

I do not ever anticipate wearing this one out, but I do recommend it and would buy another if I needed one.
The Heart of Thoreau's Journals
The Heart of Thoreau's Journals
'The Heart Of Thoreau's Journals' provides readers with an intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of American literature's premier individualist.

Consolidated into 218 concise pages by Odell Shepard from the thirty-nine volumes Thoreau left behind upon his death at forty-five in 1862, the journals reveal Thoreau as an irreverent and shrewd observer of the human character who was happily fated with the gift of forever seeing the king riding proudly in public without clothes ("The mass never comes up the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to the level with the lowest," "After all, the field of battle possesses many advantages over the drawing-room. There is at least no room for pretension or excessive ceremony, no shaking of hands or rubbing of noses, which makes one doubt your sincerity, but hearty as well as hard hand-play. It at least exhibits one of the faces of humanity, the former only a mask," "This lament for a golden age is only a lament for golden men").

Requiring solitude in the manner most require food and shelter, the philosophical, ascetic Thoreau lived most of his life in isolation ("The poet must keep himself unstained and aloof") as an ardent lover and keen observer of the natural world ("All of nature is my bride," "My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature, to know his lurking-places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas, in nature").

A comedic misanthrope ("I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors," "The society of young women is the most unprofitable I have ever tried"), Thoreau also wrote with sympathy, understanding, and concern about the townspeople whose company he preferred not to keep.

Even his plain-spoken contempt for the boorish, the smug, the pretentious and the assertively conformist ("What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm") was often tempered with humanity and matter-of-fact acceptance for the inevitable variations of man's psychology. The simple, the genuine, the uncomplicated and the sincere came in for high marks in Thoreau's estimation of people, places, and things.

A Harvard graduate who was born and spent most of his life in New England, bachelor Thoreau set the standard and defined the blueprint for all introverted American artists and thinkers to come.

Though Thoreau wrote incessantly and found work as a lecturer, schoolteacher, editor, and tutor at different periods of his life, he typically worked as a gardener, handyman or land surveyor, and spent a particularly frustrating period working in his father's pencil factory.

Though he knew himself to be misunderstood by most, Thoreau was uncomplaining ("Ah! How I have thriven on solitude and poverty! I cannot overstate this advantage"), confident, ultimately self-satisfied, and generally unconcerned with what, if anything, future generations would make of him.

The respect, acknowledgement, and honor of society meant far less to him than his day-to-day, moment-to-moment freedom to continue to enjoy his perceptions, sensations, and ideas, which he rightfully understood to be his life's work and birthright.

As one of the founders of Transcendentalism, the idealistic Thoreau was a dryly passionate believer in man's capacity to overcome mundane (and often self-imposed) obstacles, identify and focus his attention on the eternal fundamentals of life, and enjoy personal communion with God by utilizing nature as a lens.

The journals abound with declarative passages which readers have found enlightening, guiding, and inspirational for generations ("Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, and not to fail," "We forever and ever and habitually underrate our fate...ninety-nine and one-hundredths of our lives we are mere hedgers and ditchers, but from time to time we meet with reminders of our destiny").

Thoreau's journals, along with key American text and masterpiece 'Walden,' represent the cream of his work.
Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories Annotated
Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories Annotated
Rife with errors, tenses mixed within sentences. An abject failure. Quite likely a candidate for some of the worst translation work of the century. One really cannot overstate how poorly done this book is. It is truly a pity, and i pray that first time readers of Tolstoy will never happen across this book. If you are particularly wealthy, its purchase may serve as some sort of exemplar of how not to publish, or perhaps as some sort of a comedic piece....As long as I live I will remember the name of Mr Barger.
The Wrong Girl (Return to Fear Street)
The Wrong Girl (Return to Fear Street)
I've always been a huge fan of R.L. Stine. I grew up with all of his books especially the original Fear Street series, so when I heard Stine had released a Return to Fear Street series, I knew I had to read it. I loved You May Now Kill the Bride, the first book in the series. However, The Wrong Girl was not very good.

The pacing for The Wrong Girl was incredibly slow save for a few chapters where it actually sped up to a decent pace. I found myself wondering how much longer I'd have to read before the action started. This book just drones on and on, and I found myself becoming very bored quickly. In fact, I only really finished The Wrong Girl because I felt like I had to since I wanted to read the next book in the series even though these are stand alone novels.

The plot for The Wrong Girl sounds like it has the potential to be really interesting judging by the book synopsis. However, it was a major yawn fest. I really found it hard to believe most of the plot. Poppy, the main character, and her circle of friends decide to form a prank club and put their pranks online. The pranks get more wild each time. Eventually, her friends are attacked and some are killed. Really, the pranks and the harming of her friends are not related. I have trouble believing that Poppy and her friends would not be in any trouble after the pranks they committed especially as the pranks were uploaded live for all to see. The police in Shadyside must be very relaxed and not mind crime very much. There is a plot twist that I didn't see coming, I will admit that. Oh, and the person murdering/causing harm to Poppy's friends, well, that was pretty obvious. I know this is a teen read, but I'm pretty sure even a young teen could figure it out. Another thing that bothered me was although this is part of the Return to Fear Street series, The Wrong Girl mentions Fear Street in one chapter only a couple of times, and it's only mentioned because one of the characters lives on that street. It's like Stine added the whole Fear Street element in as a quick afterthought.

The characters weren't very great. They all felt very shallow, petty, immature, and one dimensional. Poppy was extremely spoiled and annoying as were most of the characters in this story with the exception of Manny and Mr. Harlowe (both of whom I actually liked). I didn't really understand why the character of Lucas was in the book. There was really no need for him. I felt like none of the characters in The Wrong Girl were real representations of teenagers. I had a hard time relating to any of the characters. There was no back story on the characters either which made the characters even less relatable.

Trigger warnings include underage drinking, murder, violence (although not graphic), self harm (cutting), and breaking the law.

Overall, The Wrong Girl left me feeling disappointed. Nothing about the book held my attention, and it just felt like it was written by an eleven year old in a rush to get his/her English homework done, not a great author like R.L. Stine. Sadly, I would not recommend The Wrong Girl by R.L. Stine to anyone. I really hope the next book in the series is much better.
Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing Vol. 1
Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing Vol. 1
In 1998, Dean Koontz captured the avid interest of myriad readers with his seminal novel "Fear Nothing" which introduced Christopher Snow and followed it a year later with a sequel, "Seize The Night." Both were wonderfully written, suspenseful and mysterious, having created characters, a seaside locale, and a mystery so intense that readers waited for the third novel with bated breath. Unfortunately, Koontz sidestepped his interest into the Odd Thomas novels and the third book was never written, although the forward written by Koontz in this graphic adaptation of "Fear Nothing" indicates he is finally hard at work on it.

This graphic novel, adapted by Grant Alter and Derek Ruiz, is a very fine rendering of the first half of the "Fear Nothing" novel. If you have read the novel, you will feel comfortable and knowing in this retelling of the story. If you have not read the novel, it should elicit genuine interest in reading it. This reader finds the two Christopher Snow novels to be a near perfect blending of Koontz' talents and recurring themes. Great characters, hyper intelligent animals, a loyal enigmatic dog (Orson), great characters you quickly come to care about, and a deepening mystery that slowly strangles you with suspense.

Christopher Snow is a 28 year old living in fictional Moonlight Bay, California who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a genetic affliction which forces him to live in the shadows by day and outside only at night as he must avoid light and sunlight or risk terminal skin cancer. His support group consists of his dog, Orson, his surf buddy, Bobby Halloway, and his deejay girlfiend, Sasha Goodall. When his father dies two years after his mother with mystery surrounding their passing and aftermath, Christopher suddenly finds himself hunted by unknown forces for unknown reasons--besides his persistent investigation into the aftermath of his father's death. Who is after him? What were his parents into that might have contributed to their deaths? What is behind the strange Rhesus monkeys that appear? Why are old friends who know something about his past suddenly dying? Who can Christopher trust among the people he has known all his life?

"Fear Nothing" is a great mix of endearing characters, scarey conspiracies, a mystery that can be traced back to a closed military installation, and, of course, as in most Koontz novels, intelligent animals--some lovingly loyal and some seemingly straight out of a nightmare. This graphic adaptation will serve to rekindle the excitement of all those who previously read the Christopher Snow novels and should prompt a run on back editions for those who are new to Christopher Snow. My only quibble with the adaptation is the quality of the artwork--acceptable, to be sure, but not equal to the writing or the story. For me, my desire to read the forthcoming third novel, and subsequent graphic adaptations of the first two, has been ratcheted up many notches by this fine effort.
The Face: A Novel
The Face: A Novel
I haven't given five stars in quite a while. But I can't say enough about this book. I haven't raved about all of Koontz's books, but this one is certainly one of his best. It is extremely well-written. It has characters that you care about. the action turns from mystery/suspense to the unexplainable and never leaves you wanting to put this book down. I loved every part of it and was not at all disappointed in the ending, as I am with so many books that start out well. Mysterious packages left at the mansion of the most famous actor of our time. They hint at a message, but what do they mean? A man is killed by people with a grudge, an old friend of the hero of the story, but then his body goes missing, mysteriously. Events that were deadly, suddenly didn't happen after all. What is going on? I loved this book! Highly recommended!
Unfinished Business (The Royals of Cordina)
Unfinished Business (The Royals of Cordina)
I usually like titles by Nora Roberts. This story, however, was too improbable. The primary conflicts between the main character (Vanessa) and her mother as well as the main character and the hero (Brady) drug on for far too long. Both conflicts were solved once the characters had a frank 5-minute discussion. Vanessa's hemming and hawing about a miscommunication and then the need to "find herself" did not make for a particularly riveting story (for me). She spent too much time in the novel being delicate and indecisive. After discovering just how controlling her father was, Vanessa had to be convinced she didn't know all the particulars of her mother and father's marriage, and to lighten up on the mother who was bending over backwards to reconnect with her. It didn't take long for me to view the Vanessa character as heartless (not a good attitude to have toward the heroine of the story).

Additionally, I became annoyed with the main character in regards to her health situation. The character doubled over in pain on multiple occasions and refused to admit there was a problem. For me, this just added stupidity to Vanessa's list of foolish traits. To have her get snappy and waspish toward people who were just trying to help her when they could see she was in obvious pain just made her seem kind of diva-ish and martyr-like (again, not sympathetic traits for the supposed heroine of the story).

I don't have too many good things to say about the hero either. In my opinion, Brady was kind of bland. Practically from day one, he came on pretty strong, "We haven't seen each other in 12 years, but I still have the hots for you." He was sort of like Pepe Le Pew. Regardless of how many times Vanessa told him she wasn't interested, and despite the inner contemplation from Brady that he knew he would have to go slow to gain Vanessa's trust, he kept coming after her with all the subtlety of Godzilla stomping on Tokyo.

This is definitely not one of Roberts' better titles.
Laugh Out Loud
Laugh Out Loud
My son was so excited about this one. He loves all Pattersons kids books. Chris Grabenstein too. He had no clue this book existed and he read it all in a few hours. It brings a lot of characters from previous books in and he loved that.
The Executioner Weeps (Pushkin Vertigo)
The Executioner Weeps (Pushkin Vertigo)
The story is told by Daniel Mermet, a French painter who is spending a few days holidays in Castelldefels, a seaside village south of Barcelona. The action begins the day he’s about to run over a young woman. Fortunately the woman only receives a hard knock which makes her lost her memory. She does not recall who she is and she is carrying no documents to allow stablishing her identity. It only seems true that she is also French, since she only speaks French fluently. Daniel takes her to recover from her accident to his accommodation at Casa Salvador. Meantime neither the local authorities nor the French Consulate in Barcelona, take themselves the slightest interest in her case. Anyhow, Daniel does all that is possible to help her and soon they fall in love. The story begins to rush when Daniel’s Paris agent informs him there’s an American interested in his ‘ouvre‘ and, therefore, he needs to travel to the States. The woman, whom at this moment, will be called Marianne, won’t be able to accompany him without a proper passport. Consequently, Daniel begins to design a plan in order to get her one. What will only be the beginning of a nightmare.

The Executioner Weeps is both, a thriller and a love story, but it turns out to be a dark tale about the fears of a man who is unable to face up with a reality he might not like it, while holding on to a dream existing only in his imagination. It can be considered a kind of parable about machismo and jealousies. Anyway, it can be read as an interesting reflection on interpersonal relationships and to a certain extent a jealousy drama. A really interesting book that is very much worth reading. The Executioner Weeps was awarded the Grand prix de littérature policière in 1957.
El código Da Vinci (Spanish Edition)
El código Da Vinci (Spanish Edition)
Es el primer libro de Dan Brown que leo.En general el libro es bueno,de lectura facil(a pesar de tener 500 paginas).Trata temas polemicos como el de las sociedades secretas(Priorato de Sion,la Masoneria),el santo Grial,obras de arte enigmaticas,asi como el Opus Dei,La iglesia,y el Vaticano.ES UNA NOVELA NO ES UN LIBRO DE HISTORIA,NI TEOLOGIA,el autor mezcla habilmente la realidad con la ficcion,con el fin de crear una historia interesante para los lectores,ahi esta su exito.La trama del mismo te engancha desde la primera hoja,y se mantiene a lo largo del libro,sin embargo el final no fue el mejor,aun asi considero que es un buena novela,los temas tratados son interesantes y abre la puerta a querer leer mas sobre los mismos.
Si buscas un libro basado en hechos historicos reales,producto de un arduo trabajo de invetigacion,este no es tu libro,en cambio si quieres leer una novela anema de trama inteligente compra este libro,que esta muy bueno.
CLIVE CUSSLER Series Reading List with Summaries and Kindle Checklist - Updated 2018 WITH ALL THE LATEST: Includes DIRK PITT, THE OREGON FILES, THE NUMA ... ADVENTURES (Best Reading Order Book 23)
CLIVE CUSSLER Series Reading List with Summaries and Kindle Checklist - Updated 2018 WITH ALL THE LATEST: Includes DIRK PITT, THE OREGON FILES, THE NUMA ... ADVENTURES (Best Reading Order Book 23)
Clive Cussler has been compulsory reading for me for many years, starting with Dirk Pitt. He has given several different characters their own series along the way. The order of reading for the Pitt series is not really a problem for me but the others - Kurt Austin, Juan Cabrillo, Isaac Bell, and the Fargos - are books that I need help with. This book solves all my problems. Each book in each series comes with a summary of the storyline. They are listed in order and there is even a checklist so you can keep track of where you're up to in the series. Well worth buying for any Clive Cussler fan.
Cowboy Brigade (Daddy Corps Book 3)
Cowboy Brigade (Daddy Corps Book 3)
This is the third book in the multiauthor Daddy Corps continuity. This book is one of those that you can't put down until you finish and is full of suspense. There is an overriding mystery that one would think ended with this book but doesn't. However that mystery doesn't mean you can't read this book without reading the others because each book has it's own story and HEA.

Wade Coltrane is a former Army Special Forces member who is working for the Corps Security and Investigation whose job it is to protect important people. In this case as in the previous books they are assigned to find out who is out to kill the governor of Texas and protect her when she is in public. This is the overriding mystery and not the main story of each book. Wade has been assigned to get a job on the Long K Ranch and find out if the owner Henry Kemp is the person who is out to kill the governor. He has been outspoken about his hatred of her and her family claiming they cheated him out of land that was rich in oil. The problem is that Wade and Henry's granddaughter ~ Lindsay ~ have a background. They had been lovers before he joined the army and left town. And now she has two little girls.

Lindsay has been hiding a secret ~ who is the father of her twin girls. She is still in love with Wade although she is furious with him at the same time. She is helping her grandfather run the Long K Ranch and is not happy with him for hiring Wade but she soon realizes she is really still in love with him. That does not make her happy and she does not want him around and she really does not want to tell him that her daughters are his daughters. She is also in danger from someone on the ranch who is out to kill her.
Miss Martha Mary Crawford, Hardcover, 1976 Edition, 248 Pages
Miss Martha Mary Crawford, Hardcover, 1976 Edition, 248 Pages
Whereas this cannot claim to fall into the "best of Catherine Cookson" category, it was entertaining nevertheless. Meet Martha Mary. It is the 1880s and for the last six years, this twenty year gal has been managing and estate for her entire family. The family consists of a dad that is spending money mysteriously (it certainly is not going towards household expenses or bills), Mildred, a snotty brat concerned about dresses and nothing else, Nancy, a sister that is desparate to marry, and a spinster aunt that comes down the stairs naked when company is present and has seizures. Wow! One must pity Martha Mary!

When the dad dies, life gets worse for Martha Mary. (That is a mouthful!) One event after another requires the new local doctor to come calling. At first, it is strictly for professional reasons as people are either getting hurt or dying, but eventually, the doctor comes to call for more personal reasons such as giving advice to Martha.

As this goes on and Martha tries to run a chaotic household on no money and with no help from her selfish sisters, her brother Rowland comes back from school suddenly announcing that her childhood home is going to become a school and would she stay on and work for his new wife for free? You know what hits the fan. Will Martha leave or will she become a lonely old spinster like her aunt?

A fun book full of surprising twists and turns. The last quarter especially had me literally cheering for Martha Mary. "Come on, Martha! You tell them!! You can do it!"

I wouldn't read it again tho, so four stars.
スティール・ボール・ラン #22 ジャンプコミックス: ブレイク・マイ・ハ-トブレイク・ユア・ハ-ト (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure #102 Part 7, Steel Ball Run #22)
スティール・ボール・ラン #22 ジャンプコミックス: ブレイク・マイ・ハ-トブレイク・ユア・ハ-ト (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure #102 Part 7, Steel Ball Run #22)
ジョジョは第一部から読み続けている。
どの話も魅力的で、感動で鳥肌が立ったのは一度二度では済まない。
しかし、スティールボールランは連載中、ウルトラジャンプへ移籍してしまったので、それ以来暫く疎遠になってしまった。
そして今回遂に読んだ訳だが、何で読まなかったのかと後悔し通しだった。
ストーンオーシャンを超えるラストシーンなんか無いと決めつけていた部分もあった。
それは俺の愚かな早合点だった。
多くを語りたくはない。
ラストを知りたければ読んで欲しい。
後悔はない。
Little Miss Sunshine (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Little Miss Sunshine (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
I loved the "Little Miss" and "Little Mister" books as a child! I bought this one for my daughter and she was immediately hooked! She loved the vibrant pictures and giggled at the silliness of the character. Ended up going on amazon a week later and bought more little miss and little mister books
Ian Fleming: The Fantastic 007 Man
Ian Fleming: The Fantastic 007 Man
I've read better bios of Fleming but this one was okay too. There were too many missing facts and the author played it more as a novel than a biography.
Death on Deadline (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries Book 2)
Death on Deadline (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries Book 2)
The problem with becoming a fan of a series of books is that at some point the series will end, often because the author has retired or worse died dashing all hopes of a return to your favorite to produce 'just one more'. Long gone but still popular series that have passed into the public domain often return in various re-imaginings, but those more recently ended works are protected by copyrights, so fans are constrained to re-reading old favorites or venturing into fan fiction. From time to time an author, often a fan themselves, is given permission to continue the series in some form, perhaps even given access to the original author's notes, drafts etc. Such is the case here, Robert Goldsborough has been authorized by the estate of Rex Stout to continue the Nero Wolfe series.

Goldsborough has attempted to remain faithful to the series, continuing the time line from where Stout left off, keeping the basic premises the same - no one ages, Wolfe's schedule and other eccentricities remain as does the running banter between Archie and Wolfe. The cast of secondary characters also return which leads to this, the second in Goldsborough's continuation of the series. Lon Cohen, head writer at the Gazette, has come to Wolfe with a problem - the paper is in financial trouble and there is a business man determined to add it his chain of sleazy, sex-filled tabloids. Wolfe agrees to meet with the major shareholder of the paper, an elderly woman who is determined to see the Gazette continue as a respected, serious paper. Wolfe is shocked when a few hours after their meeting this woman who had announced her intention of fighting to retain control of the paper at all costs committed suicide, thereby assuring the takeover. Wolfe cannot believe that she had so drastically changed her plans and sets out to uncover the truth about her death.

Goldsborough has not quite managed to equal Stout's work but he does come close. This is an interesting story, the premise does equal Stout's, and the characters do behave close to normal. The mystery is not quite up to Stout's standards, and the solution is perhaps a bit obvious but still it is nice to be able to once again visit the brownstone.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay [Paperback] Rowling, J.K.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay [Paperback] Rowling, J.K.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this read. I don’t think I’ve ever read a screenplay before (aside from high school Shakespearean ones), so this was a new experience for me. At first, I found the rhythm a bit choppy and hard to get into. However, as the story progressed, the newness wore off a bit and the writing felt smoother. Because of the setup, the characters’ feelings and thoughts were only brushed upon, and therefore it was hard to connect with many of them.

Regardless of this, I really enjoyed Newt. He was sensitive and caring, especially towards his magical creatures. I found this really endearing and fell in love with his animals, too.

The pacing was fast and I was able to read this in two short sittings. It seemed like something was always happening. One of my favorite scenes was when Newt and newfound friend, Jacob, go into Newt’s case and see his animals. Though I already had an image of how this would look like, it was still magical to read about the varying creatures and how much Newt really loves them.

One thing I had tough time with was trying to not picture the movie while I was reading. I purposely waited to read the screenplay because I didn’t want to spoil the movie, but now I’m thinking I should’ve read the screenplay first so I can have my own idea how everyone looked and acted. In any case, I really enjoyed the movie, and this was basically the movie in print form. However, I could see this being problematic for those who don’t like to repeat. If you are one of those people, I would caution that the book and movie are basically the same.

Overall, I enjoyed this read, even though the format was something I wasn’t used to reading.

As a warning, there is mention of child abuse, which may be uncomfortable for some and inappropriate for the younger crowd.

I would recommend this fantasy screenplay to fantasy lovers, those who have enjoyed Harry Potter, and to those who don’t mind reading a screenplay.
WOW! Stuff Collection Stylus Wands-Harry Potter
WOW! Stuff Collection Stylus Wands-Harry Potter
I use this stylus to play Wizards Unite on a Note 8. My daughter used it on her iPhone 11 for Pokemon Go. It worked great for both. The disc tip glides easily for games and swipe texting. I'm using it to write this review. It is smaller than a normal pen size stylus, but it is not an issue for me. The only downside is the tip can easily be lost. They send an extra one, but for someone who wants to put this in and out of their pocket it would be real annoying. I am just careful with it. It shipped fast and exactly as expected.
The Noble Collection Lumos Harry Potter Charm No. 3 - Hogwarts Castle (Silver Plated)
The Noble Collection Lumos Harry Potter Charm No. 3 - Hogwarts Castle (Silver Plated)
The charm is pretty and nicely detailed like all of the Lumos charms. However, the castle turrets are always catching on my clothing, and I worry that it will snag my sweaters. Also, I've noticed that the blue paint on the roof is starting to come off. I've only worn the bracelet with this charm about five times, so having it wear out so quickly is very disappointing. I'm not sure why they just painted it and didn't cover it in clear enamel like the envelope on the owl charm.
Disguise - SORTING HAT DELUXE ADULT
Disguise - SORTING HAT DELUXE ADULT
Looks great, but "Adult" size is a bit of a stretch. This fits my 7 year old- won't even sit on my husband's head. I can balance it on mine. PThe hat has a cap inside it, to allow for the top to be stuffed and stand up straight. Its about half way stuffed, so falls right over. I'll need to add a lot more polyfil to it. Combined with not fitting on his head, I'm very dissappointed in this purchase.
d-c-fix 338-0011-3PK Privacy Glass Reusable Static Cling Window Film, Frost, 17" x 59" Roll, 3-Pack
d-c-fix 338-0011-3PK Privacy Glass Reusable Static Cling Window Film, Frost, 17" x 59" Roll, 3-Pack
This product allows you to make a pane of glass translucent for privacy purposes - great if you're fed up flashing the neighbours. For what it achieves the price is good.

I've installed this on 3 panes of glass in my house now and honestly it's a bit of a pain to fit. Grit your teeth and get it done, bearing in mind the following tips:

1. Several reviews here seem to suggest you can trim the film to size as you fit it to the window, if necessary. I would not recommend this at all - far too easy to make an untidy cut and spoil your efforts up to that point. Instead, do as the instructions say and cut the film before fitting to at least 2mm less than the dimensions of the glass. It's like a phone screen protector - if the edges touch anything they will peel up. Having a small clear border around the film looks fine (and a lot better than peeling edges).

2. Be sure to measure the window pane at its smallest dimensions (it might not be perfectly square) and watch out for any rounding at the internal corners.

3. The window must be scrupulously clean before fitting the film - as with a phone screen protector, any particles etc will stop the film adhering properly and lead to bubbles.

4. Use a mister to generously wet the window pane with plain water. I tried using a water / soap mixture as another review helpfully suggested and ended up with foam marks underneath the film - rather annoying given the faff involved up to that point.

Good luck...
Cell Phone Signal Booster Verizon Cell Phone Booster Amplifier Verizon Home Cell Signal Booster Repeater Verizon 4G LTE Signal Booster Band13 700MHz Verizon Booster with Antennas Kit Boost Voice+Data
Cell Phone Signal Booster Verizon Cell Phone Booster Amplifier Verizon Home Cell Signal Booster Repeater Verizon 4G LTE Signal Booster Band13 700MHz Verizon Booster with Antennas Kit Boost Voice+Data
I can not believe how well this works. Specially for the price since it was a lot cheaper then other options. I wish I would have bought one years ago. Super easy to install & worked right away. Went from barely 1 bar to 3-4 instantly. I can actually surf the web, even watch videos with out any buffering on my cell phone now and make a phone call with out my phone sitting in a certain spot. Iv NEVER had service at my house and no internet options besides terrible slow satellite. This was worth every penny and some. I’d happily pay double knowing now how easy and well it works. BUY IT NOW!!!! You won’t be disappointed! Hope it continues to work so great!
RUBFAC 60pcs Unicorn Mermaid Latex Balloons, 12 Inches Unicorn Confetti Balloons, Light Pink Blue Purple Assorted Balloons for Unicorn Mermaid Parties, Unicorn Balloons Birthday, 2 Rolls of Ribbon
RUBFAC 60pcs Unicorn Mermaid Latex Balloons, 12 Inches Unicorn Confetti Balloons, Light Pink Blue Purple Assorted Balloons for Unicorn Mermaid Parties, Unicorn Balloons Birthday, 2 Rolls of Ribbon
I bought these to decorate for my daughter's first birthday next week. I pulled one of the confetti balloons out to show my boyfriend and it had three small holes in it, making it obviously useless. I pulled out another balloon, a purple one, and it also had a small hole and wouldn't inflate. I pulled out a teal one which inflated no problem. Then another confetti one which inflated, followed by another purple one with holes in it. I haven't blown up the rest yet as the party isn't until this upcoming weekend but I'd say it's a bad sign that so many already have holes in them. The packaging was just a slightly thick ziploc bag so I'm guessing the holes happened during shipping and handling.
Large 100% Cotton Paisley Bandanas (22 inch x 22 inch)
Large 100% Cotton Paisley Bandanas (22 inch x 22 inch)
Tell Bezos, until his company starts putting the country where the materials came from and what the country of manufacture was, I will no longer purchase products from Amazon. I apologize to the hard working hourly men and women employees. I am tired or receiving products that are made off shore that are at the quality of trash. I bought the above product for face coverings for myself and wife during the Covid19 pandemic, as I donated all of the face masks I have to two ER RN's in my family. The above product is so poorly made I would not even wipe my a_s with them. I'll continue washing my American made, and three times heavier, bandanas every 3 days for me and wife. As far as the product you sent, it will reside in my county landfill. Efective immediately, until your company ends its globalist policy I will no longer make Amazon purchases. By the way, I'M NOT ALONE! Have a nice day.
MOSISO Laptop Sleeve Compatible with 13-13.3 inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Notebook Computer, Water Repellent Neoprene Bag with Small Case, Royal Blue
MOSISO Laptop Sleeve Compatible with 13-13.3 inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Notebook Computer, Water Repellent Neoprene Bag with Small Case, Royal Blue
This laptop sleeve is very well made, as other reviewers have pointed out. No hanging strings or sloppy stitching whatsoever. The small case for adapter or mouse is also very nice.

The sleeve and small matching case is available in 5 color choices; I ordered mine in the wine red color, the shade of which is just as it is in the ad’s picture. The version of the case with carry handles and side pockets comes in 4 color choices.

The case is indeed attractive; sleek and streamline (see image #1). The seams are encased in wide, rugged binding (see image #2) … very nice. The zipper appears sturdy (see image #3), and has binding that runs along side it (on the inside of the bag) to reduce any risk of snagging or catching on fabric – see image #4. Also note in image #4 how nice, plush, and soft the lining inside the sleeve is, offering great protection against scratches, as well as bumps and bangs. The matching small case for adapter or mouse is also lined in the same plush fabric. It has protective binding along the sides, and the zipper extends from the bottom of one side of the case to the other, and nearly lays flat when fully opened - see image #5.

In one review that I read, the person stated that the sleeve was much too roomy for their laptop. Both the sleeve (no handles) and the version with handles are available in different sizes: 11-11.6” / 12” / 12-13.3” / 14” / 15-15.6”. It would seem that if the sleeve was ‘way too big’ for the laptop, the wrong size case was ordered. I ordered my case in the 13 - 13.3-inch size to accommodate my 13.3 MacBook Pro with Retina. As you can see in image #6 my MacBook (which has a thin hardcover on it) slides right into the laptop sleeve nice and snug, which keeps it from shifting around once the sleeve is zipped up.

I read in other reviews that the sleeve was not truly water resistant and that it soaked water up like a sponge. I tested that for myself. I dropped water onto my laptop sleeve. After waiting 15 - 20 seconds I took a picture of the water, which for the most part had remained beaded up on the surface - see image #7. After taking the picture of the water drops, I used folded paper towels to blot (push down on - not wipe or rub) the water - see image #8. As you can see by image #9, taken immediately after blotting up the water droplets, the laptop sleeve was relatively dry. Perhaps not completely dry, but not wet feeling either. In my opinion the laptop sleeve will provide some protection from dampness. Although the case is not water proof it is relatively resistant to water. It is one of the unique features of neoprene - the fabric from which it is made.

In regards to the odor that some of the other reviews complained about. Yes, I noticed a slight odor from my laptop sleeve as well; the odor was very strong when I sniffed at the sleeve up close. The odor is reminiscent to petroleum, which shouldn’t be surprising since neoprene is petroleum based.

WHAT IS NEOPRENE?
Neoprene is a synthetic polymer resembling rubber, or in some instances, a type of foam. It is resilient to oil, heat, and weathering. In fact, neoprene remains flexible in a wide temperature range, and is considered a good insulator. It also helps absorb impact, and is somewhat stretchy.

Some of the types of products made using neoprene include laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces, outdoor furniture cushions, saddle pads, cycling gloves, and wet suits (for scuba diving).

While the material is strong and enduring, like Superman it does have its kryptonite; there are several common-day chemicals to keep away from your new laptop sleeve. Boric acid, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, lard, palm oil, and urine … all will degrade neoprene if they come in contact with it.

PROS
* The Mosiso laptop sleeve (made from water-resistant neoprene) is attractive and streamline; it is sleek and professional looking. Combined with the neoprene material, the layer of polyester foam padding and plush lining will offer good protection for your laptop or tablet against scratches, dings, bumps, and dampness - AS LONG AS YOU REMEMBER TWO IMPORTANT FACTS: 1.) this is a soft sleeve/case and not a hard one. Because it made from fabric and not a solid material, take commonsense precautions and handle your expensive laptop/tablet with care, even when it is inside the sleeve. 2.) even though the laptop sleeve is made from water resistant material, avoid getting it wet. It will offer protection from dampness, a little rain, or a light splash. (In those instances, remove the laptop from the sleeve at your first opportunity, blot the dampness off the sleeve, and make sure it is perfectly dry before returning your laptop to the sleeve.) However, it is a no-brainer that purposely submerging the laptop sleeve in water, or allowing it to get drenched with any liquid with your laptop inside, is not a good idea.

* Both the sleeve and handle versions of this laptop case come in several sizes, with various color options to fit most person’s needs.

* The laptop sleeve and small matching case are both well designed, well constructed, and made from reasonably strong materials. How will this laptop sleeve hold up over time? I’ve only had mine for little over a week, but so far, so good. Only time will tell how it will hold up with prolonged use.

* At $14.99 the laptop sleeve is reasonably priced.

Based on design and workmanship I give this laptop sleeve 5-stars. However, it looses 1 star for the reasons listed under CONS. (I was going to dock 2 stars instead of just 1, but reasoned that it isn’t Mosiso’s fault that I’m so anal about potentially negative elements, due to my ongoing health issues.)

CONS
* While confined in a small apartment with windows closed during a rain storm, the odor from the laptop sleeve became more noticeable and more of an issue as time went on. After my eyes started to sting after sitting next to the laptop sleeve for a few hours, I decided to research the fabric that it was made from - neoprene. I discovered that while neoprene has many good characteristics (listed above), it also has a few less desirable ones. Neoprene is petroleum based (thus the strange odor). Also, lead-containing compounds (which can have a toxic effect) are used to prepare finished products made from it. This is why some persons have an allergic reaction when handling or coming in close contact to something made from this material.

PERSONAL MESSAGE
While I was offered this laptop case for free or at a discounted price, my review is unbiased and based solely upon my own experience with this product. I was in no way obligated to write a detailed review, or even a positive one. (If doubtful as to my credibility as an unbiased reviewer, visit my public profile page and read the personal message in my bio. Please also note that even when reviewing a product that I received for free or at a discounted price, I do not always rate the product 5 stars, or even 4 stars.)

This review took time to write, but I provided as complete and straightforward a review as possible, along with multiple pictures. Why? Because I am like you. I rely upon the comments and experiences of other consumers when making an Amazon purchasing decision. Thank you.
Brochetas triple sabor de Good'n'Fun
Brochetas triple sabor de Good'n'Fun
2 stars because my dog likes the "kabob" part. All the other stars go away for deceptive marketing and being a danger to pets.
Good luck finding it on the package (it's stamped on with the expiration date) but these treats are made in China. I didn't even know because the company address printed on the package is in VA.
My spunky mini Dachshund hasn't been feeling well for about a week and I couldn't figure it out. We ran out of these treats two days ago and all of a sudden she's fine again. I pulled the package out of the trash and saw the China label.
While I think this company has good intentions, China uses Biodiesel compounds to make their glycerin, and those sources have been shown to be very toxic to humans and animals, even in small quantities. The contents alone should prevent the words "healthy, wholesome, etc" from being used on the package. But profits outweigh ethics.
Every dog is different and will be affected differently. I will not be purchasing these, or any treats containing this glycerin (diesel) again.
Water For Elephants
Water For Elephants
The book is better than the movie. The book has well developed characters. It's also has a rich, well developed, story line.. You feel the atmosphere and the grittiness of circus life. You get to know and feel about the characters in the story; beyond the main characters. . In the book, Marlena wasn't portrayed as some flirtatious vamp. Jacob was an innocent, but strong young man thrown into the circus by life circumstances, and you really get to know August as the truly sadistic person he was. Uncle Al, the owner of the circus was cut out all together.

Yes, you get to see some of the sadistic traits of August, but in watching the movie, you can kind of feel for the guy, too. It's not like he imagined his wife and Jacob's attraction. Marlena and Jacob were very obviously attracted to each other, and they were obvious about it. Marlena was flirtatious with Jacob. Their sexual attraction was there almost from the beginning. What man would be happy about his wife's flirtation with his employee and his employee's mutual attraction towards her? Sadistic though he was, I still could understand his anger at the situation. The situation actually gave some credibility to his anger...extreme though it was. His inability to express his feelings led to a lot of cat and mouse games between the characters. I didn't enjoy that. It lent an unnecessary darkness to this movie. The book was gritty and real, but not dark.

The movie wants to convince us that August is a sick, sub human being, and that's a lot of the focus of this movie, but it's wasn't firmly convincing, because of the way they chose to portray his wife's character and focus on her relationship with Jacob.

In the book, there was much more to Jacob's character than his interactions with August and Marlena. Marlena wasn't sending out mixed messages. Marlena wasn't a mixed up victim that needed to be saved by Jacob. She chose her life with August, had enough, and she just made a different choice for herself with Jacob, and you get it was her choice. In the book, Marlena was a stabilizer for August, until she had enough. Jacob was attracted to her from the start. Marlena was not. She came to know Jacob and then she came to love him. August was a sicko and there was no doubt about it. He was crazy way before Jacob came on the scene. You get this clearly. There is no conflict in the reader's emotions. His craziness was not jealously driven or really even directed towards Marlena, until he feared losing her. She was his savior, until she chose not to be. When August gets his due. You want to clap. In the book, you come to know and love Camel, Walter, Rosie, and you really get to know Jacob. You get a feel for the solidarity of the roustabouts and sub performers in the extremely hard working conditions, and the toughness of the people of that time period. You get a real feel of the class distinctions within circus life.

All that said, the movie is well acted. The average review is for the script, not the acting. This is not a true representation of the book at all. Water for Elephants is so much more than some damsel in distress love story, and her dark, creepy circus guy husband. If you like to read, get the book. You'll be drawn in and enjoy it. The books is so much richer.
Fityou Men's Genuine Sheepskin Insole Cozy Warm Fluffy Shoe Insoles for Wellies Slippers Boots with Latex Backing 14 B(M) US
Fityou Men's Genuine Sheepskin Insole Cozy Warm Fluffy Shoe Insoles for Wellies Slippers Boots with Latex Backing 14 B(M) US
I bought these after buying a pair of sheepskin shearling slippers form Costco that were too wide for me. I have very narrow feet, and although the slippers were a great alternative to Uggs, they were way too wide on my feet. I ordered these, thinking that the extra cushion and room that they would take up in the slipper would help. They are amazing! Now I own the best pair of sheepskin slippers I have ever had. With these liners my 19.99 slippers feel better than my Ugg slippers ever did. It is raining and cold this weekend, and I now have a great pair of cozy slippers. Life doesn't get better than this.
Rebound
Rebound
Assignment 3 - Review Essay
The Plot of Bob Kerch's "Rebound"
Robert P
Excelsior College

The Plot of Bob Kerch's "Rebound"
The plot of this story seems immediately clear during the beginning of the book. A young man's struggle to be part of a team appears to be the main focus. The main character Ray is a young, white athlete competing for a place on his high school basketball team. The issue is being one of a small group of white athletes in a mixed race school. This issue soon becomes more complex and involved. Ray's struggle becomes maintaining relationships with his new team members who are black, and the white friends he grew up with. Ray also deals with his need to fit in and his drive to get what he wants. The issues of friendship and racism in the inner city ultimately drive the decisions made by this character.
The subject of racial tension is prevalent and highlighted by Ray's concern at basketball tryouts. Ray's anxiety grows as he believes he is the only white student trying out for the basketball team. Already anxious about the tryout, this adds to his nervousness and appears to break his concentration. Walking into the gym with "every black kid in school," seems to intimidate Ray. He finally "felt his chest and shoulders relax" once other white players joined the tryout (Kerch, 2006, p.8). At this point in the story, Ray's true feelings about the racial tensions are unknown. Ray knew what to expect when making the decision to try out, but persisted because he loved the game.
Disappointment at not making the team the first year, and yet again the second year lead the reader to believe that Ray will give up his dream. This discouragement brings more feelings related to the racial tensions Ray feels, as he sees the same black players chosen year after year. A sense of resentment and anger take over as he "has no problem with black people...except trying to get on the basketball team"(Kerch, 2006, p.10). The disappointment is an opportunity to bond with his white friends who see no reason for Ray to pursue the basketball team. The members of this group were raised with similar morals and values during a time when such an obvious separation of races was widely accepted.
The opportunity to prove himself at an outside league with the same players who beat him on the high school team, allows Ray the opportunity to use his skill and inner motivation. The black players who were so strongly resented, have no choice but to acknowledge Ray's skill. Being part of this team opens up many doors, but because of the opportunity, other issues come up. Trying to maintain two separate existences with the old friends and the new team becomes a daily struggle for Ray.
Ray's goal becomes maintaining relationships with both groups. When one of Ray's white friends Walter arranges for a fight with a group of black basketball players, Ray finds himself torn between the two groups. This moment in the story makes Ray realize how prejudiced Walter is and the reader also sees Rays true feelings. As Ray walks away from the fight he realizes "Walter's gone."
I don't believe that Ray is necessarily happy with the outcome, but in the end he achieved his goals. Ray does not allow racism and hatred to rule his life. The realization that some people refuse to change allows Ray to deal with his friendships and be true to his own beliefs about the differences between people.

References
Kerch, Bob. (2006). Rebound. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Siemens EQ.9 plus connect s500 Kaffeevollautomat TI9558X1DE, automatische Reinigung, Personalisierung, extra leise, 1.500 Watt, Edelstahl
Siemens EQ.9 plus connect s500 Kaffeevollautomat TI9558X1DE, automatische Reinigung, Personalisierung, extra leise, 1.500 Watt, Edelstahl
Wir haben lange überlegt , ob wir uns einen KVA in dieser Preisklasse zulegen. Am Ende konnten wir aber nicht widerstehen und es hat sich absolut gelohnt.
Die Installation war sehr einfach und klar zu verstehen. Nach einigen Testdurchläufen und weggekippten Kaffees, zeigte sich langsam welche Qualität diese Maschine leisten kann. Zuerst war der Kaffee etwas zu bitter, danach etwas zu sauer aber mittlerweile haben wir (dank der Betriebsanleitung) die richtige Einstellung für unseren perfekten Kaffee gefunden. Hierfür haben wir den Mahlgrad, die Temperatur und die Bohnenstärke verändert. Ja, es braucht Geduld und Zeit aber wer so viel Geld für einen KVA ausgibt, sollte diesen auch mit viel Liebe und Geduld einstellen. Wir haben ihn jetzt ca. 2 Monate im Einsatz und sind sehr zufrieden.
Ich persönlich finde den Milchschaum sehr gut. Ja, er ist nicht super fest wie z.B. bei unserer Nespresso-Maschine (teilweise wirkte er schon zu fest und künstlich/pappig) zuvor aber dafür wunderbar cremig und lecker. Dass der Schaum nicht zu heiß wird, zeigt mir eigentlich nur die hohe Qualität der Maschine, denn Milchschaum darf ja bekanntermaßen nicht zu stark erhitzen, da er sonst seine cremige Konsistenz verliert. Die Crema ist bei jedem Kaffeeprodukt super.
Bislang haben wir folgende Kaffeearten getestet: Espresso, Espresso Macchiato, Cafe Crema, Cappucchino, Latte Macchiato, Milchkaffee (Achtung, kein Milchschaum sondern flüssige, warme Milch), Flat White, Americano und heiße Milch. Alle Getränke konnten uns bzw. unsere Gäste überzeugen. Und alle Getränke haben eine sehr gute Temperatur. Espresso ist heiß, Milchkaffee sehr warm und trinkbar.
Natürlich ist dafür auch die Wahl der Bohnen entscheidend. Kein KVA kann mit minderwertigen Bohnen einen geschmacklich guten Kaffee herstellen. Also nicht am falschen Ende sparen. :)

Auch die Reinigung ist sehr intuitiv und einfach, da die meisten Teile spülmaschinenfest sind. Ich würde mir evtl. eine Erinnerung für das Reinigen der Brüheinheit wünschen. Aber das ist Meckern auf ganz hohem Niveau und wahrscheinlich nur meiner Vergesslichkeit geschuldet. ;)
Die Behälter für Trester und Schmutzwasser sind m. M. nach ausreichend groß für den Privatgebrauch.
Lediglich die App benötige ich nicht unbedingt. Ich habe zwar schon ab und zu morgens die Kaffeemaschine per App eingeschaltet, damit ich die 10 Sekunden spare, aber nötig ist das absolut nicht. Da die Maschine erstmal spült, kann sowieso kein Kaffee per App direkt nach dem Einschalten gebrüht werden. Dennoch finde ich es ein nettes Gimmick, dass eine Liste erstellt werden kann, wenn z.B. Besuch da ist und dann jedes Getränk nacheinander abgearbeitet wird.

Ach ja, und ein absoluter Pluspunkt ist das extrem leise Mahlwerk. Wir waren sehr positiv überrascht, das hatten wir wirklich nicht erwartet. Da wir die Maschine mit zwei Mahlwerken gewählt haben, können wir zwischen Espresso- und normalen Kaffeebohnen variieren. Perfekt!

Mein Fazit: Hervorragender KVA, der uns auf ganzer Linie überzeugt. Lediglich die App ist nicht unbedingt nötig. Von mir gibt es eine ganz klare Kaufempfehlung!
Crock-pot SCCPPA800-V1 Express Crisp 8-Quart Pressure Cooker Includes Air Fryer Lid, Stainless Steel
Crock-pot SCCPPA800-V1 Express Crisp 8-Quart Pressure Cooker Includes Air Fryer Lid, Stainless Steel
I’ve been using this cooker for a few weeks as heavily as I can trying as many different cooking modes as I can. I am comparing it, as much as possible, to an Instant Pot Duo 6 quart borrowed from my sister. Rather than a long essay, let me see if I can list the pros and cons in bullet points.

- The 8 quart received here is enormous. It’d be useful for those who wish to prepare dishes for many or maybe a week’s worth of a dish for two people.
- The non-stick makes for much easier cleanup than the Instant Pot’s stainless, but for some reason, my instinct tells me that this finish won’t last and must be used with soft instruments only.
- We eat a good deal of rice. The Crock Pot’s rice making is heads and shoulders above the Instant Pot. It’s roughly 15 minutes to perfectly cooked short grain brown rice (our dominant kind). The Crock-Pot will cook all rice as well as dedicated rice cookers. The Instant Pot won’t but will turn out an acceptable product.
- The documentation for the Crock-Pot is simply shameful. It’s almost non-existent where the Instant Pot’s well-done. If not for the Instant Pot’s included instructions for use, I’d have no idea how to use the Crock-Pot.
- I tried 80% of the Crock Pot’s modes finding all worked as expected aside from air frying which is, in truth, simply non-existent. To air fry, you need to control the temperature and also have a true air frying cage. The Crock-Pot has a rack and cannot be temperature controlled aside from Low or High which are not documented as to what temperature these settings represent. This is a ‘Mickey Mouse’ setup.
- The same goes for all modes where many have a choice of low or high again undocumented. Trying slow cook, I prepped a corn beef brisket guessing what high would yield on both the Instant Pot and the Crock-Pot. The Instant Pot worked well. The Crock-Pot at the same time yielded an almost dissolved brisket. Clearly high and low aren’t standardized settings across appliance brands.
- Sautéing works the same on both but cleanup of the Crock-Pot is easier given the non-stick. I always used cooking spray on both devices.
- The Crock-Pot does brown which gives it an enormous advantage over the Instant Pot even if it won’t air fry. The Crock-Pot does approach and may even be the only appliance that can do it all. It’s that good where it works at all. I think it’ll even bake but with the settings only of ‘high’ and ‘low’ the outcome will take too much trial and error plus decanting will be difficult.

In sum, where the Crock-Pot works, it works at least as well as the Instant Pot Duo and often better such as with rice, but it simply fails in some areas. The claimed air frying is so lame as to be, for me, non-existent, however, the browning after cooking is a terrific improvement over the Instant Pot as well as other similar appliances. In other areas, it’s often let down by a truly shameful lack of documentation as well as an inability for the user to finely adjust its temperature settings.

Everything about the Crock-Pot smells of a product rushed to market by the sales department resulting in a less than ideal appliance. A little bit of further thought may be in the next generation, may yield a 5-star product but not this time.

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