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MySQL从入门到精通(附DVD光盘)
MySQL从入门到精通(附DVD光盘)
MySQL从入门到精通(附DVD光盘) by 明日科技 and 风入松书屋. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
We Love Harry Potter!: We'll Tell You Why
We Love Harry Potter!: We'll Tell You Why
We Love Harry Potter!: We'll Tell You Why by Sharon Moore. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
That Birthday in Barbados (Take Me There)
That Birthday in Barbados (Take Me There)
That Birthday in Barbados (Take Me There) by Inglath Cooper. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 150 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Weg der Träume: Roman (German Edition)
Weg der Träume: Roman (German Edition)
Weg der Träume: Roman (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Maja Ueberle-Pfaff. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 61 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24)
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24)
Cross the Line (Alex Cross Book 24) by James Patterson. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2147 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Darkness the Color of Snow: A Novel
Darkness the Color of Snow: A Novel
Darkness the Color of Snow: A Novel by Thomas Cobb. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Alice 3 in Action with Java™
Alice 3 in Action with Java™
Alice 3 in Action with Java™ by Joel Adams. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series)
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series)
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series) by Web App Dev Central. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Raspberry Pi Beginners Guide: Ultimate Guide For Rasberry Pi, User guide To Get The Most Out Of Your Investment, Hacking, Programming, Python, Best Hardware, Beginners Guide To Rasberry Pi
Raspberry Pi Beginners Guide: Ultimate Guide For Rasberry Pi, User guide To Get The Most Out Of Your Investment, Hacking, Programming, Python, Best Hardware, Beginners Guide To Rasberry Pi
Raspberry Pi Beginners Guide: Ultimate Guide For Rasberry Pi, User guide To Get The Most Out Of Your Investment, Hacking, Programming, Python, Best Hardware, Beginners Guide To Rasberry Pi by Steven Giles. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions
Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions
Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions by Connor McDonald, Chaim Katz, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 2016
Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 2016
Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 2016 by Richard Mansfield. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Beginning F# (Expert's Voice in .NET)
Beginning F# (Expert's Voice in .NET)
Beginning F# (Expert's Voice in .NET) by Robert Pickering. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Programming iOS 8
Programming iOS 8
Programming iOS 8 by Matt Neuburg. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
The modern American home is a veritable wonderland of technical innovations: clean water on demand, central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet and telephony, flat screen electronics, and inexpensive lighting, to name just a few. “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” by popular science writer Steven Johnson describes, at a high level, how that wonderland came together over the centuries.

It is important to note that “How We Got to Now” does not explore six discrete technical innovations. Rather, Johnson provides a basic synopsis of events across a half-dozen areas, such as sanitation, lighting, and food preservation. Early on, he introduces a fascinating concept: the hummingbird effect. Put simply, an innovation, or cluster of innovations, in one field that ends up triggering major changes in a different domain altogether. He coins the term from the sexual reproduction strategies of plants (e.g. flowers supplemented pollen with even more energy-rich nectar to attract insects) that ended up shaping the design of a hummingbird’s wings (i.e. evolving an extremely unusual form of flight mechanics enabling them to hover). The best example, in my opinion, is how the Gutenberg press generated a demand for eyeglasses that led to a broader experimentation with glass lens that led to the microscope and the subsequent discovery of microscopic cells. Or how the advent of air-conditioning had a “long zoom” impact on American politics. Or how the development of sonar to listen to sound waves bouncing off icebergs led, a few generations later, to ultrasound and the abortion of tens of millions of female fetuses in China and India.

The content of each chapter is relatively superficial but peppered with fascinating personal anecdotes about the discovery of important insights or commercialization of technical innovations. Here are some of my favorites.

In the early 1900s, Clarence Birdseye was living in the frozen land of Labrador, Canada. He discovered that trout caught while ice fishing, which froze solid almost instantly in the minus 20-degree temperature of the Canadian winter, retained their flavor when later defrosted. Thus, the value of “flash freezing” was discovered and today we still enjoy “Birdseye” frozen peas for dinner.

In 1908, New Jersey doctor John Leal surreptitiously added chlorine to the public water reservoirs for Jersey City. His patent- and licensing-free discovery of a simple way to provide clean drinking water may be one of the greatest public health contributions in history. A recent study found that chlorinated water reduced the total mortality in the average American city from diseases like dysentery and cholera by 43% and reduced infant mortality by as much as 74%.

In the 1850s, Aaron Dennison, “the Lunatic of Boston,” mass-produced an inexpensive ($3.50) pocket watch, branded the “Wm. Ellery,” that was “the must-have consumer gadget of the late nineteenth century,” according to Johnson. Richard Sears, a Minnesota railroad agent, found that he could turn a nice profit selling the watches to other station agents. He partnered with Chicago businessman Alvah Roebuck to produce a mail-order catalog showcasing a range of watch designs, and Sears. Roebuck was born – and so was another example of the hummingbird effect.

A major theme of the book is that Johnson is deeply suspicious of the “great man theory” and “eureka moment” of invention. Consider the case of electric light. People had been tinkering with incandescent light for more than half-a-century before Thomas Edison’s breakthrough at Menlo Park in 1879. More than ten different inventors had earlier hit upon the same basic formula of a carbon filament suspended in a vacuum. “There was no lightbulb moment in the story of the lightbulb,” Johnson writes. Instead, the lightbulb, like most other technical innovations, was the result of a “slow hunch” that took years, sometimes decades, to germinate and mature. In Johnson’s estimation, “Edison invented the lightbulb the way Steve Jobs invented the MP3 player.” He made it reliable, easy to use, and widely available. If anything, Johnson says, Edison should be remembered for his contribution to the process of innovation, his efforts to collect a cross-disciplinary team to conduct a wide range of related research and development. The “invention” of Edison’s lightbulb was thus mostly about sweating the details and what Johnson calls “a bricolage of small improvements.” He acknowledges that Edison was a “true genius” and “a towering figure in nineteenth century innovation,” but that he should most be revered for his ability to build creative teams: “assembling diverse skills in a work environment that valued experimentation and accepted failure, incentivizing the group with financial rewards that were aligned with the overall success of the organization, and building on ideas that originated elsewhere.”

“How We Got to Now” is a fun, light read. Each chapter is colorfully illustrated and chopped up into several parts, each highlighting a part of the innovation chain that leads to the modern day. A week on your nightstand is probably all that it will take to enjoy this book.
An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes
If I look back at the feelings I’ve had for Young Adult books the last couple of years, I have to admit that have been mostly negative. Especially when books got quite the hype, somehow I didn’t get it. So I was a bit reluctant to believe the hype that surrounded this book. With a Goodreads rating of 4,32 stars and a synopsis that hinted at typical Young Adult storylines, I was scared that this was going to be another book that just wasn’t for me. But somehow, I loved it. It has all the elements that should make me not like it, but somehow Sabaa Tahir managed to weave it into a story that hooked me completely.

Laia lives with her brother and her grandparents in the poorer neighbourhoods of the Empire. They are all so called ‘Scholars’, which is a class of people defined by the exact characteristic the name refers to. They are ruled by the Martials, a wealthy and ruthless class of people that are trained specifically to stay in power. Her parents were rebel leaders of the Revolution and were murdered by the Martials. Her brother has been sneaking out during the night for the last few months, but Laia doesn’t want to ask why. When he comes home one night and asks her to hide his sketch book that he always carries with him, she alarmed that he might have done something dangerous. Their house gets raided by Martials and a specially trained assassin, a Silver Masks, because they suspect her brother of working together with the underground rebels who want to overthrow them. They take her brother into custody.

Laia manages to escape and tries to find the rebels her parents leaded so long ago and together with them hatches a plan to infiltrate the Martial academy to get inside information in return for their help in freeing her brother.

The other point-of-view character is Elias Veturius, a boy who is in his last year of training at the Military Academy to become a Silver Mask. However, he doesn’t feel comfortable being this cold, ruthless person they want him to be and he plans to run away after his graduation. He has a best friend, Helene, who he has this strange chemistry with, but his mind is more on escaping his military future than on anything else. His grandfather, Quin Veturius, is the patriarch of the genus Veturius and a powerful, rich man. The curious character in his family though is his mother who is also the Commander of the Military Academy. There’s no love lost between mother and son, which has also soured her relationship with her father, Quin.

When the mysterious and almost mythical Augurs come to fulfil a prophecy they made a long time ago regarding the next Emperor, he has a difficult dilemma put before him. Will he leave, or will he stay and fulfil his destiny and try to make the Empire a better place?

I’ve read some reviews pointing out that the names for the different layers of the society (Scholars, Martials, etc.) are a bit easy and unoriginal. I think I will have to agree with them on this point. It’s not very imaginative and it probably could have had more exotic, made-up names that went with the fantasy world. However, it simplifies the story to a certain degree and that’s not always a bad thing. It gave more room to focus on the character development instead of the world.

It is quite obvious that at some point both main character’s paths will cross and as I mentioned before, this does have typical elements of a Young Adult book, so it seemed pretty likely that they would fall in love. However, both also have other love interest, which make it a bit more tense and uncertain. In the end I really liked the chemistry between all these characters and how it led to certain confrontations, but never seemed to resolve into one particular relationship. It leaves a lot open for the next book, which will have the more romantic souls among us definitely yearning to read more.

I’ve always been a fan of a sort of “games” format in books, where there are for example different trials for the main character(s) to overcome. That’s probably another reason why I liked this book so much. An Ember in the Ashes chose to utilise a darker side of this. These particular scenes were some of the most cruel and emotionally heavy, but somehow it fit very well with the story and only made it stronger. The fact that I didn’t know what the trials were going to be and how they would turn out, added that element of surprise that I love when reading.

I really enjoyed most of the characters. Elias is definitely a complex character and his part of the story was probably my favourite. His internal struggle to do the right thing while being born on the wrong side of the good-evil balance was really powerful. He also had some difficult choices to make and he definitely decided to follow a path I would never have chosen. Another one of my favourites was Helene, his best friend. She’s such a strong and vulnerable person at the same time, it left me rooting for her. She is very loyal to her family and to the Martials, but her loyalty for Elias rivals that which gives her a lot to think about too. The chemistry between them is palpable and made for some enjoyable reading. I think my third favourite character was the kitchen slave Izzi, who grew up in the Military Academy as a kitchen slave to the Commander. She’s like a delicate flower that completely blooms open throughout the book.

I think you can see from this review that the character development for most of the characters was definitely one of the main positives in this book, along with the actual storyline. I already aluded to it earlier, but in terms of worldbuilding we don’t get a lot. It didn’t bother me personally, there was enough going on to distract me from it, but I would love to see a bit more in the next book.

In the end I was really sad when I finished the book because I wanted more. I can’t wait to buy the second book and get reading again, because the book ended on quite a surprising note and I’m dying to know what happens next.
The First Apple: Sold by Steve Jobs from his garage in 1976, discovered in a storage auction 28 years later
The First Apple: Sold by Steve Jobs from his garage in 1976, discovered in a storage auction 28 years later
This is an odd book. After the author buys a rare Apple-1 computer at a storage unit liquidation auction, he descends down a rabbit hole of learning about the people who originally created it, as well as the people who bought the originals or collected them later.

Apple-1’s are indeed rare; only a few hundred were originally made, and most of those were traded in (and later destroyed) as their owners eagerly exchanged them for more capable Apple ][‘s. Only a few dozen Apple-1’s are thought to still exist, and some have recently traded hands for hundreds of thousands of dollars. This book focuses entirely on this one original Apple product; so if you’re looking for a more general history of the company, its people or products, this isn’t it.

There isn’t much of a narrative thread to the book; it’s mostly a series of interviews of people connected with the Apple-1, either in the ‘70s when it was created or currently as collectors. Some of the stories are interesting, and do re-create Silicon Valley in the early ‘70s; a very different place from what it is now. The writing in the book is uneven, I noticed several misspellings (or perhaps transcription errors, e.g. “bite” instead of “byte” when referring to computer memory). He does have a useful glossary in the back for non-technical readers. Photographs of the people, places and products discussed would have been a welcome addition.
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
This book is written by Adam Braun. It follows his creation of the charity Pencils of Promise, which builds schools and increases access to education for children in the developing world.

His inspiration came from a child that when asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, "A pencil.". This inspired Adam to give up his job and start the charity with only $25. The book follows his trails and tribulations, successes and mistakes as Pencils of Promise growths to building over 200 schools.

The book is 30 chapters long, each chapter is quite short and is focused on one idea.

Some of my favorite parts would be:

Giving a speech but only one person turned up! But that person joined Pencils of Promise and played a very important part.

Getting out of your comfort zone.

Know that you have a purpose.

Importance of listening to other peoples' opinions.
"If an idea grows, it expands far beyond the confines of any one person's control. By limiting it to a single story told by a single voice, we strip it of its true potential. The role of the founder should eventually be to listen to the echoes of his or her initial words, and then encourage and amplify the most genuine among those you hear. The more I embraced this as my true role, the more I became inspired by the journeys of the individuals, families, and companies in our PoP community."

The importance of body language and speech

The greatest happiness comes from making other people happy.

Tips on speaking to large crowds.
"Weak speakers look down at the floor, good speakers look up but scan the room, great speakers make eye contact selectively , and exceptional speakers deliver every complete thought directly to one person in the audience, making that person feel like the center of the room-- and then they move on and do it again. We've all been in that position when a speaker looks right at you, and for a few fleeting moments your heart starts to race. You are locked in."

The importance of switching off email/phone etc sometimes so you can reconnect with people.

Adam giving a import speech not knowing his flies were open!

Importance of admitting mistakes.

Importance of how you deal with mistakes.
"I personally learned that failure is a necessary step toward achievement. In fact, it often accelerates it. The British Airways contest gave me confidence that we were on the right track, yet it took an international stumble to demonstrate that the biggest opportunities for growth are not found in the midst of success, but in the methods through which we address failure."

Nice quote from the end.
"A new chapter will begin in my life in the years ahead , one that includes building not just schools, but a family too. I'll be sure to teach my children the value of my mother's favorite word, integrity, the essence of Dad's Rules, and each of the mantras that title the chapters of this book. I'll tell them that the most direct route to happiness is through creating joy for someone else, and that change doesn't happen through hard work alone. It requires strength of imagination. It relies on that ability we each possess to suspend belief in the restraints of today to enable the possibilities of tomorrow. Most of all, I'll remind them each morning that we make a choice to bring positivity or negativity into the world, and that within every single person there lies an extraordinary story waiting to unfold."

Something I like about this book is the author is quite honest about the fortunate upbringing he had and how connections, family and other people have played a massive role in developing the charity.

This book is genuinely very inspiring and I recommended it.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey by Nomadic Media. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Coding Projects with Mark Lassoff
Coding Projects with Mark Lassoff
I've been following Mark's classes on different platforms, got a few certifications (Javascript and HTML5) via FrameworkTV and his content is always presented in a simplified manner and clear, great for the beginners and intermediate developers as well, as there is always something new to learn. Coding made fun and simple.
Nike Air Jordan 11
Nike Air Jordan 11
Is a very expensive sneaker for a young kid. The mark up for the his product has to be at least 1,000%
Avery 3279 Printable Heat Fabric Transfer Paper for DIY Projects on Dark Fabrics -- Make Custom Bandanas, Pack of 5
Avery 3279 Printable Heat Fabric Transfer Paper for DIY Projects on Dark Fabrics -- Make Custom Bandanas, Pack of 5
Problem: third grader wanted to do a piano/singing tribute to Bowie, and online printers would not print the design sought due to copy right, though we had modified some of the graphics. Their position was understood. Then I discovered the Avery transfer paper. I bought both the dark and the light color transfer papers not knowing which the little guy would prefer at the end.

Here is the upshot, working with both the light and dark paper:

• Wash and dryer dry your t shirt/fabric first. A shrunk fabric works best
• the more time you spend prepping and the closer you follow the instructions the better your end product
• don't be afraid of force (pushing down) and heat
• Trimming the extra paper on the light paper minimizing areas that will be clear but somewhat glossy
• Trimming the extra areas on the dark paper avoids transferring the color white to the fabric
• Through trial and error I figured out it is better to avoid sharp corners to make them round, reducing the risk of corners peeling off
• The side of the paper you print on is the white side for both dark and light paper, so make sure you know how to load the paper in your inkjet printer
• Your final print area can be larger than a sheet as you can cut images/words from the paper and space them or use them elsewhere on the shirt (for instance, arm badges can be printed in a corner of the same sheet)

Trick:
• To avoid damage to the reverse side graphics, if you do a front/back design, use a large cutting board or a piece of flat wood slide it in the t-shirt that way the wood sits between the front and back. This also solves the issue of both sides of the t-shirt not being perfectly flat/ironed before you start

Light Color Paper:
• You need to print in reverse as the image is reflected back on the fabric. I used Powerpoint and flipped the images and writing and avoided the online Avery tool for doing so
• As mentioned before, you don't have to cut very precisely as you only leave behind gloss/clear where you don't trim

Dark Color Paper:
• You DO NOT need to print in reverse
• You need peel of the printed paper BEFORE initiating transfer with an iron -I wasted one sheet not bing careful
• The portion you don't trim transfer as white and you can create a border, rough or smooth, as I did with the front of the dark t shirt
• Peeling the transfer portion from the t shirt before ironing is difficult....I used tweezers and eventually I managed to peel off the backing
• You use an included parchment paper over the peeled paper to press the image onto the fabric

Final Impressions:
• Don't expect professional grade printing
• Recognize these are not permanent and are intended for fun and event needs
• Mistakes and rough edges on my work is my own haste getting in the way

This met my needs, to have a front/back t-shirt design on both dark and white t-shirts, using the appropriate paper for each color.

**** UPDATE *****
Both the white and black t shirts have been washed about 15 times each by now. And, they still look very nice.
Game of Thrones Season 4
Game of Thrones Season 4
Game of Thrones season 4 Blu-Ray:

Once again I review this massive TV production without comparing it to the books [which I don’t intend to read], but as a stand-alone media experience.

I wasn’t at all sure when I began this series whether I would like it, let alone my wife who is much more reluctant both with fantasy-type stories and stories of war and violence. However once again, we both watched season 4 all the way through with much interest. As anyone looking at this series must know by now, there are two major story lines (along with many minor ones): first a complex struggle between a number of great families over who can assume and retain the “iron throne” which seats a king at least nominally ruling over all 7 kingdoms comprising the great bulk of the civilized world. The other story line involves the onset of winter—which in this world is an ominous event. This world must have some very complex rotation around a multiple-star system, because both the onset and the duration of winter are difficult to predict in advance. Sometimes it seems to last the equivalent of a year or so; other times it might last a decade. And in addition to the cold and darkness and therefore the difficulty growing crops, there are other problems. Wild peoples from the far north, fleeing the intense cold can threaten to overrun large parts of the civilized world. Lastly, in one of the magical twists in this fantasy world, it also brings out “white walkers”, which seem to be risen dead, or at least raisers of the dead, or both. [So far, the TV series has not explained their meaning in detail, though they’ve been seen on occasions, and are often referred to] To defend against these twin threats the seven civilized kingdoms have established a huge wall of ice blocking off the far north, which is manned by an almost-egalitarian society of castouts from all lands, for every conceivable reason, who take vows to defend the wall, and with it the civilized lands, for the rest of their lives.

The fantasy elements of this series, while they no doubt appeal to some viewers, do not by any means overwhelm more realistic struggles between the kingdoms and their noble families, or the nuanced portrayals of individual characters, keeping this interesting even for those uninterested in fantasy. A couple of the other fantasy elements seen in the first 4 seasons are dragons (one character controls the only 3 known to exist now, which seem to be adolescent-sized in this season) and the shaman-like ability of a few people to project their minds into the minds of animals, or even simpletons among people.

One of the mottos in the story, valar morgholis, translates apparently into “all men must die”, and puts into perspective the loss of some characters in each season. It reminds us in real life, that we should be less concerned that we die, or how we die, than what we have made of our lives, and how we will be remembered afterward.

There are other aspects of this series worthy of respect. Yes, the characters can loosely be sorted into “good” and “evil”. But rarely are they two-dimensional. One can see the character flaws in almost all the “good”, and some admirable aspects in almost all the “bad”. Looked at closely, it reminds us that real life is seldom black and white, but admixtures of grey. And when a character does die, one can usually trace it back to a particular character flaw or a bad decision earlier which contributed to their later demise.

To me the story has obvious resonance with the world of today. While leaders spend much of their time on competitive issues like trade and job balances, how much Iran’s nuclear program can be reined in, Russia vs. Ukraine, competition among China, Vietnam Japan and the Phillipines over control of ocean regions, nobody is doing very much about issues which threaten to overwhelm all of us, like rising temperatures and ocean levels, severe droughts and hurricanes, over-population and resource depletion. We become so caught up in short-term struggles that we fail to confront the much bigger long-term issues [in this story, the oncoming winter] which threaten all of us and require a strong joint response.

The production values in this series are very high and I certainly hope they make a good profit worldwide, which apparently they are. Otherwise it’s hard to sustain such expensive productions. Great costumes, beautiful outdoor scenes, lavish palaces, fine actors and actresses, large casts for battle scenes, all take a toll and all contribute to a rich visual story experience. Even the opening sequence is so beautifully done, with both exquisite graphics and music, that I almost always watch it all the way through, just to savor the experience. As for plot twists of the latest season I don't want to give away anything too important, but will say that Peter Dinklage who plays the dwarf Tyrion of House Lannister, continues to be a scene-stealer, who remained very active this season to my great pleasure. Probably the two most likeable characters that have persisted through all 4 seasons to date are him and Jon Snow, a bastard son of Ned Stark of the northern kingdom, now stationed on the huge defensive north wall. Emilia Clark as Daenarys Targaryen, the woman with the 3 dragons, continues accumulating a slave army in the south, but might have made her first major mistake in dismissing her longest-serving and most loyal supporter, after learning that he started out being paid to spy on her (and in her sense of betrayal overlooking that he subsequently fell in love with her and was perhaps her most loyal and a very experienced advisor). There was a brief firestorm of controversy whether the TV series was disrespectful to women with depictions of rape. I didn't find it so. Yes, there are such depictions, but there is plenty of male-on-male violence, and overall I'd have to say the violence is equal-opportunity. Second, throughout much of human history rape along with child abuse, murder and warfare has been all too common, and in that sense it is "true to life". Third, there certainly are some very strong (physically and mentally) female characters in this series, fully a match of any of the men. In season 4, these women are stronger than ever. At times the degree of violence bothered me, but these were usually brief, bloody male-violence scenes. Lastly, there are plans for a season 5 and six, and just possibly a 7th, so there will be many more episodes yet to enjoy

The specials of season 5 were not too impressive for me. They were mostly concentrated on discs 1 and 4 and included just 2 short deleted parts of scenes, a few bloopers, a review of the new characters and locations introduced this season, and a group interview with actors and actresses who made their exit from the series this year. For me the value of owning the Blu-Ray in this case is not so much the special features but the ability to pause at any point, go back, turn on subtitles, etc. I must say it’s a well-done story. Comparing to other fantasy series, it’s far more adult and serious fare than the Harry Potter series. Compared to the grand-daddies of them all, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (each having become a 3-story series), it has less fantasy elements and a closer resemblance to our own world before the industrial revolution. Once again I liked season 5 very much and would rate it A-.
The Captain's Daughter
The Captain's Daughter
Looks like they Scanned

Ioughed the kindle version. Looks like they scanned the pages from the book. This kindle version is unacceptable. I don't even want to read it now since I have to try to enlarge every page in order to be able to see it so I can read. If I knew before how the kindle pages look, I wouldn't have bought it. I am very disappointed.
Manual do guerreiro da luz (Portuguese Edition)
Manual do guerreiro da luz (Portuguese Edition)
Paulo Coelho é um autor cujos dotes literários são frequentemente questionados. Não entro no mérito da questão, mas o fato é que "Manual do guerreiro da luz" é uma boa proposta, com qualidade sob o aspecto conteúdo.
O autor possui uma experiência vasta com tradições espirituais diversas, e aqui compõe pequenos "textos de sabedoria" respaldados em sua espiritualidade eclética.
Se se questiona o seu estilo, é inegável aqui a pertinência do conteúdo. Paulo entrega verdadeira sabedoria de vida, que pode (e deve) ser assimilada paulatinamente, ao longo da vida.
Livro bacana para se ler devagar, e revisitar de quando em quando.
The Sacketts Vol. 1: Sackett's Land, To the Far Blue Mountains, The Warrior's Path (1980, Doubleday)
The Sacketts Vol. 1: Sackett's Land, To the Far Blue Mountains, The Warrior's Path (1980, Doubleday)
I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THE AUTHOR LOUIS L'Amour. His writing is full of actual, factual history--fascinating; and his fictional characters are encapsulated so accurately into the "times" in which they lived--that time when England seemed almost lawless (except to a few) and the time that, as he wrote, some had the drive to head where others had never been-where a man was not judged by his "pedigree"-beyond the sea, beyond the mountains. Beautiful writing, with wisdom thoroughly woven within. An amazing writer. Though he is no longer with us, dying prematurely at age 80, his words live on, leading the reader on and on and on--page turners . . . I wish he had lived long enough to write his autobiography, which he had planned on doing. He was the youngest of 7, and he left home (due to economic circumstances) at age 15 to strike out on his own; and when his high school class was graduating, he was in Singapore. An amazing writer, an amazing man.
Bleach 46 (Shonen Manga) (Spanish Edition)
Bleach 46 (Shonen Manga) (Spanish Edition)
Edición mediocre, buena ortografía, sin páginas a color a pesar que en la versión japonesas las hay, tapas muy blandas, porte de las hojas menor al normal, hay cortes de 1 cm por lado que no aparecen en esta versión, las hojas y su calidad son discutibles, parece papel reciclado. Si no saben inglés es la única versión para ustedes, en caso de que se manejen en otro idioma les recomiendo la versión de viz media, ojo que si van por viz media compren la edición normal por tomos, que la 3-1 trae unas hojas muy delgadas y no vale la pena.
New Tale of the Heike (10) (Paperback Eiji Yoshikawa (105)) (Japanese Edition)
New Tale of the Heike (10) (Paperback Eiji Yoshikawa (105)) (Japanese Edition)
これを買おうという人は、1−9を読んできた方ばかりと思うので、今さらどうこうと書くほどのことはありません。
自分でも思いのほか、木曾義仲に感情移入して読めたのは面白かったです。
冬姫との悲恋、豪快にして純朴な義仲の人柄が出ていてよかったです。
わたしも冬姫の立場なら、案外、義仲に惚れていたかもしれません。

巴、葵、山吹のその後がいちばん気になるところですよね。
山吹、なんかいいですね、あのキャラは。
そのうち時間をとって、山吹を主人公にした小説でも書こうかな、と思いました。
いつか書店で「山吹」とかそういうタイトルの本を見たら、みなさんチェックして下さいね(笑)

それと、粕谷一希さんの「あとがき」は、わりと面白かったです。
それを読むまで、吉川英治さんがそんな苦労人とは全く知りませんでした。
Clifford Visits the Zoo
Clifford Visits the Zoo
I was so excited to receive Clifford Visits the Zoo in the mail from Scholastic. I read the Clifford books as a child and couldn't wait to share this book with my daughter. Kaitlyn is almost 3 1/2 and she's watched Clifford on PBS Kids but we haven't read any Clifford books yet.

Right away, Clifford Visits the Zoo was a hit with Kaitlyn. The cover is a regular hardback cover, except for Clifford himself, who is plush. She loved that---even though she's past the age of liking touch-and-feel books. She kept saying, "Clifford is so soft!"

Clifford Visits the Zoo is a picture book, but the pages are sturdier than most picture books, which I appreciate, because torn pages make me twitchy. I have been known to replace a book if Kaitlyn tears a page (I just can't help myself).

Now, on to the story. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford are visiting the zoo. The story takes the pair to the different zoo exhibits, where Clifford is compared with each animal. Hence, Clifford Visits the Zoo teaches about opposites. I especially liked that the opposite words were in bright red. For example, "Next we see koalas. They are sleeping. Clifford is wide awake." The emphasis on the opposites was fun for Kaitlyn and made the book more interesting for me to read as well. The illustrations are classically simple yet appealing. Kaitlyn loved how big Clifford is in comparison to the other animals.

Kaitlyn's favorite part of Clifford Visits the Zoo was the section at the back of the book, which listed all the animals from the zoo, and a short nonfiction paragraph about each one. The nonfiction section was just right: not too long, with short sentences that were easy for Kaitlyn to understand. She had some questions about this section, so I knew she was still paying attention and that the animal facts were making an impression on her.

In closing, Clifford Visits the Zoo was a huge hit at my house. It's a fun read about one of Clifford's adventures, that subtly teaches about opposites and zoo animals as well. It became a fast favorite of Kaitlyn's, and I plan on adding more Clifford books to our library. These books are classic picture books, and I'm so glad to share this part of my childhood with my daughter.
Phantom Marriage: An Anthology
Phantom Marriage: An Anthology
Didn’t like him and wasn’t too impressed with her either. Lost count of the number of times I threw my hands up in despair at their behaviour (although I guess this is a testament to how involved I got in the book)

Things I found particularly annoying (spoilers):

Him -
Gives in to temptation, takes her to bed and then disappears without a word, allegedly to allow her time to find out her true feelings for him because she’s only 17 and he’s married and 27.
Comes back some unspecified time later to find she’s been married and has had twins so leaves her to it without contacting her cos clearly she’s moved on as far as he’s concerned (doesn’t bother to look beyond the obvious re how old her kids are and the fact that he didn’t bother to take precautions during their one night together).
Seems to think that if an ex of his visits his house then that’s all above board because he says it is but if her boss visits her then clearly there’s something going on even though she denies it.
Even if she has gone from his bed to somebody else’s in a short space of time, why does that naturally mean that she must have had lots of lovers since? Presumably he didn’t take enough time to get to know her properly when he became involved with her.
Takes every opportunity to humiliate her that he can, including the time she runs upstairs to her bedroom to escape him and he follows her because obviously that is the “game” she’s playing and clearly she wanted him to follow her - arrogant so and so!
At the end he has the nerve to sympathise with her about the fact she’s had to pretend to be a widow because men always assume that having an illegitimate child must mean she’s easy - what a hypocrite as this is exactly the stance he’s been taking!!!

Her -
Has the will to refuse the advances of her boss but can’t stop herself from responding to the numerous occasions that the H forces his advances on her and then draws back and coldly humiliates her for it (although I guess that’s because she sooooo in love with him - no idea why though). For goodness sake has she no self respect?
Her children don’t like her boss being friendly with her. Perhaps she should take the time to explain to them that she has no intention of being more than a friend to him and absolutely no plans for him to be their stepfather.
After all that the H puts her through she forgives him almost instantly and they live HEA

Generally-
She leaves her children on their own for 20 minutes while she goes to get her car sorted. Really?? In London? Her neighbour is clearly at home because she goes round there when she gets home and finds them missing. Why not ask her to look after them?
The children turn up at his place, he’s away at the time so they’re looked after by his housekeeper but they refuse to tell her who they are. She knows somebody’s probably worried about them but she does nothing even though they’re clearly there for several hours. Why not contact the police to check if someone had reported them missing?
Pretty poor ending

Definitely not one that I’ll re-read
The Art of Getting By
The Art of Getting By
In a nutshell: petulant, rude teen George does no schoolwork for a year - amazingly is not thrown out of school. He meets Sally, a dull and soulless 'party' girl who is really boring, as are her friends. He connects with Dustin, who at first seems to be an interesting character, but then Dustin falls for Sally (why??) so that's the end of that friendship. He has a scuffle with his stepfather: I was rooting for the stepfather, and am surprised his mother didn't join in. George spends the second half of the film looking like he's about to burst into tears ... or maybe slicing onions (which would have been more interesting than this rubbish). George has to do a year's schoolwork in 3 weeks or he won't graduate: naturally he does it (which doesn't show the US education system in a very good light). His final art piece is supposed to be of something that 'moves' him ... I was praying it wasn't a painting of Sally. But of course it was. It wasn't very good, but his art teacher was mystifyingly ecstatic with it. Sally was supposed to be off to Europe with Dustin, but she leaves him at the gate in the airport. Europe's gain is America's loss. This is the first film I have seen with Emma Roberts: I really do hope it's the last. She isn't great. She isn't remotely engaging or enigmatic, and I was struggling to understand why one character loved her, let alone two. She has no charisma whatsoever. This film is really pointless.
The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
I expected a collection of stories about Dumbledore and found quite something else. For what the book is, it is probably good, but not what I am interested in reading about.
It is an exploration of the character and motives of the character based on what the author and fans have written about him.
I expect to either return the book, give it to someone interested in this or give it to a charity so they can sell the book.
Just be aware that this is not the same as reading a story.
Harry Potter Kids Hogwarts Backpack
Harry Potter Kids Hogwarts Backpack
This backpack is perfect for my 'Potterhead' 9 year-old. It is on the smaller side of backpacks, but more than sufficient for a 4th grader, for sure! Like other reviews mentioned, its probably not the most well-made, or most comfortable backpack on the market, but my kid also isn't carrying around a bunch of golden bricks or anything of the sort. I expect it will last for the year and is a great option for an elementary schooler who loves HP!
Fun World Men's Adult Jailbird Costume
Fun World Men's Adult Jailbird Costume
I was skeptical of this costume because it was $7. I mean, expectations were pretty low. But, we needed a very quick costume option for a Halloween party and I needed it fast. It was sent Prime and was here when I needed it.

But overall, the costume is good. It is made of a unique polyester-esque material. It fit well. The waist is a band, so it should work for anyone. Length was good. We did buy one for my wife as well, so we were matching. She had to fold it up a little due to its length, but it was easy to manipulate. So again, overall I was pleased with the costume. I mean, anyone complaining about a $7 costume...come on. It is $7. If you are paying higher than that, I still feel it is worth it up to a certain amount. But, considering the material, it should not be more than $15.

Note: The material is very thin. I actually liked this as it breathes well and is cool, but if it will be cold when you wear it, this will not keep you warm. This is not like a real, old-time wool prison uniform. You will need to wear clothes underneath or you will freeze.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Science Fiction June 1987
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Science Fiction June 1987
I ordered a 1992 Asimov's Science Fiction magazine that was labeled as "Used, Good", which I consider to be a low rating, also reflected in the $2 price. I expected something shoddy, but really wanted to read a particular story in this issue, so ordered it. The item I received, however, looks new. Its cover is excellent, no marks inside and it was carefully packaged. This seller is very modest about their merchandise. I am quite happy with it.
Gerber - pantalones de bebé para niña, juego de 4 unidades
Gerber - pantalones de bebé para niña, juego de 4 unidades
These little pants were a gift for my granddaughter who has chubby little thighs. They are not skin tight on her, they look comfy, they wash well and the length is great with the small band at the bottom. The fabric is soft and a nice weight and the colors are nice (the striped one included in the mix is great). I'll buy more for her in bigger sizes and would buy these for a baby gift anytime. The price was a good value, too.
Aurio - Luces de Navidad, Paquete de 10, 7.2watts, 120.00 volts
Aurio - Luces de Navidad, Paquete de 10, 7.2watts, 120.00 volts
Love these lights!! I They look really nice on the tree. I have a medium size tree and got 3 sets of lights. I combined them with 2 sets of white light and it fills the tree nicely. I would have given it 5 starts but on one of the strands has a few lights are out. Over all good purchase.
WZTO Double Din Car Stereo,Car Radio Car Stereo with Rear View Camera, Touch Screen Car MP5/4/3 Player with Bluetooth,FM Radio,USB/SD/AUX Input,Mirror Link,Support Steering Wheel Remote Control
WZTO Double Din Car Stereo,Car Radio Car Stereo with Rear View Camera, Touch Screen Car MP5/4/3 Player with Bluetooth,FM Radio,USB/SD/AUX Input,Mirror Link,Support Steering Wheel Remote Control
Great for the price! Did not fit in the Mazda 3 kit from metra without modification. The radio is slightly wider and thicker than the kit allowed.
-Soldering was a breeze, the colors coordinated 100% to my stock car.
-Instructions had wiring diagram.
-touch screen responsive, bright and clear.
-came with rear view camera (didn’t install)
-heavy duty feel. Buttons and knob kinda finicky and sticky, but for the price I didn’t mind.
-came with remote.
-Bluetooth is excellent, connects super fast and keeps connection.

CONS:
-finicky buttons, power button was sticky.
-slightly larger than expected for my install kit, needed modifications (dremel)
-screen is very very bright. Dimming doesn’t help much, during the day is great but at night it may be distracting.
-wiring diagram was slightly off with names, but easy enough to figure out with time.
-no easy way for screen mirror. No WiFi (that I know of).

Overall, it works awesome, was super cheap and blows older stock radios out of the water. Especially since I didn’t even have a aux port. Sound is clear, no hum and does it’s job well. Reason I gave 4 stars is because of the weird figment issues with my kit. I don’t know if it was a kit issue or radio issue so I’m just giving a good rating anyway.
Office Star Sculptured Vinyl Seat and Back Pneumatic Drafting Chair with Adjustable Chrome Foot ring, Black
Office Star Sculptured Vinyl Seat and Back Pneumatic Drafting Chair with Adjustable Chrome Foot ring, Black
This chair makes it possible for me to put in longer hours at my counter top height worktable. It is a big improvement over the barstool chairs that came with the table. I purchased glides to install instead of the included casters so it is more stable for working and still slides around on the wood floor easily. It is adjustable for height of the seat, the footbar, and the seat back, as well as the depth of the seatback. The seat does not tilt or recline but the seatback has a slight amount of float. There are no doubt fancier drafting chairs but for me this one was an excellent ROI. I found it very hard to think about ordering an expensive chair sight unseen, and I could not find a store with a selection of ergonomic drafting chairs in my area. I chose this one based on the reviews and the price. I would give it a B+ for comfort. The chair it replaced was an F. Paid $81.00 w free shipping. I'm satisfied.
Marca Amazon - Happy Belly Mango deshidratado, 500 g
Marca Amazon - Happy Belly Mango deshidratado, 500 g
Since my gap year in 2004, mangoes have been my favourite fruit - both fresh and dried. Since then, I have tried sooo many types: crystallised, sweetened, unsweetened, air dried...etc.
And so many brands (including, but not limited to):
Forest Whole Foods - tough on the teeth
Forest Feast - very moist and sweet
Urban Fruit - tasty but thin and a small quantity compared to its large packaging.
Good Foods (Aldi) - cost-effective but extremely sweet - doesn’t taste very healthy.

I’ve settled for all of the above brands (and more) for a while but have then moved on.

Happy Belly Mango all the way! I’ve now made what must be my 8th purchase by now, and have subscribed. So far, it wins (for me) on texture, density, taste and the ‘healthy snacking’ feeling. My daughter and husband love it too so I have to keep it hidden!
The downside for me is that the packaging is non-recyclable and non-resealable, but of course you can, as with most materials anything, still use for crafts/keeping other food fresh, etc.

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