Manuel Kelly

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Learn Angular in 24 Hours
Learn Angular in 24 Hours
Learn Angular in 24 Hours by Lakshmi Kamala Thota. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Agile Web Development with Rails 6
Agile Web Development with Rails 6
Agile Web Development with Rails 6 by Sam Ruby, David B. Copeland, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
High Performance MySQL
High Performance MySQL
High Performance MySQL by Jeremy D. Zawodny and Derek J. Balling. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 39 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MySQL Administrator's Guide
MySQL Administrator's Guide
MySQL Administrator's Guide by MySQL AB. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Be My Reason
Be My Reason
Be My Reason by Samantha Christy. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 362 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition)
Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition)
Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) by Charles Dickens. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2854 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Komora
Komora
Komora by Grisham John. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Ultima sentenza
Ultima sentenza
Ultima sentenza by GRISHAM John -. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Rainbow Six
Rainbow Six
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, Michael Prichard, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1468 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Java Network Programming, Third Edition by Elliotte Rusty Harold. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Practical Database Programming with Java
Practical Database Programming with Java
Practical Database Programming with Java by Ying Bai. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java in easy steps: Covers Java 8
Java in easy steps: Covers Java 8
Java in easy steps: Covers Java 8 by Mike McGrath. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Web Programming
Python Web Programming
Python Web Programming by Steve Holden. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Php String Handling Handbook
Php String Handling Handbook
Php String Handling Handbook by Matt Wade, Paul Adams, et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Injection Attacks and Defense
SQL Injection Attacks and Defense
SQL Injection Attacks and Defense by Justin Clarke-Salt, Kevvie Fowler, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
SQL: Access to SQL Server
SQL: Access to SQL Server
SQL: Access to SQL Server by Susan Sales Harkins and Martin W.P. Reid. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Oracle 10g Developer: PL/SQL Programming
Oracle 10g Developer: PL/SQL Programming
Oracle 10g Developer: PL/SQL Programming by Joan Casteel. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Microsoft Access Developer's Guide to SQL Server
Microsoft Access Developer's Guide to SQL Server
Microsoft Access Developer's Guide to SQL Server by Mary Chipman and Andy Baron. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
C# 6.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference
C# 6.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference
C# 6.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference by Joseph Albahari and Ben Albahari. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 84 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Linux Beginners Guide: A Comprehensive and Updated Guide for Beginners to Learn Linux Operating System, Easy Installation and Configuration Including Tips and Essentials Principles
Linux Beginners Guide: A Comprehensive and Updated Guide for Beginners to Learn Linux Operating System, Easy Installation and Configuration Including Tips and Essentials Principles
Linux Beginners Guide: A Comprehensive and Updated Guide for Beginners to Learn Linux Operating System, Easy Installation and Configuration Including Tips and Essentials Principles by Charles Mint, Rory Young, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Developing a Highly Successful Company
What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Developing a Highly Successful Company
Over 300 helpful quotes, concepts and tidbits of information that the author has accumulated throughout his 33 + years running and growing a business.

It seems like the last few books I reviewed mentioned the importance of understanding "opportunity costs". On page 9, "Every activity you undertake exacts the price of not being able to pursue alternative activities... Thus the cost of putting out fires where fires exist and putting fingers in dikes where leaks exist is extremely high in the sense of decreased progress or missed opportunities." Peter Drucker calls that "feeding the problems and starving the opportunities"

Barnett also touches on the importance of being able to execute.

On page 115 there is great advise about the importance of raising prices and the importance of doing so on a gradual scale, whether needed or not because when it is needed you may not be able to play catch up.

A few cool quotes:

"Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant" - Yiddish Folk Saying

Meaning always hire up.

Success

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children:

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better;

To help in leaving a better social condition;

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is success.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you.

- Warren Buffett

Chapter 63 is on "asking - not telling" It contains some great advise and a few notable quotes:

"I had six honest men-they tought me all I know: Their names were Where and What and When-and Why and How and Who.

- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

By Kevin Kingston author of A 20,000% Gain in Real Estate: A True Story About the Ups and Downs From Wall Street to Real Estate Leading up to Phenomenal Returns

My Blog: bloglines.com/blog/KevinKingston
Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg
As other reviewers have already so succinctly stated, this is a must-read book for marketers and business people.

1. Because the world is being turned upside down by social media, and at the heart of that change is Mark Zuckerberg. And we need to understand what he's up to.
2. Because Ekaterina Walter has some serious business-think mojo to share with us. I got to interview Ekaterina for my own book - and was the recipient of her wisdom then. She's one of the brightest people in the industry (she heads social media at Intel).

This is NOT a fluff book. There are a few of those out there - this book is refreshingly free of fluff.

Some of my favorite parts of the book aren't about Zuckerberg at all, but the culture and strategy bits from XPLANE. The philosophies holding that mission and purpose are the driving forces behind any enterprise entered into business philosophy in the late 19th century. They were then promulgated by organizations such as the Masons and later by the Rotary Club. Even later, after World War II, organization change thinkers advocated for the use of vision, mission, and values. With Facebook and the other companies discussed in Think Like Zuck, Walter shows that these are powerful forces that could be critical to business success.

The famous business writer and thinker Jim Collins was invoked many times both in the book (and in my imagination) - Walters mentions the "getting the right people on the bus" concept many times. I also thought about Collin's most recent book Great by Choice where he talks about the element of luck. No doubt, Zuckerberg had a great amount of luck in the timing of the creation of Facebook. But others had good luck, too - Zuckerberg had the foresight to use it.

Collins had a concept of Level Five Leader, someone who showed demonstrated a "paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will." Zuckerberg, with his famous "CEO, Bitch" business card could hardly have been said to show humility. But Walter's subject has, like the hero of The Truman Show, been in the public eye throughout his twenties, and seems to be becoming something closer to a Level Five leader with each passing year.

In contrast to the Level Five Leader, Walter introduces her model of what she calls the "Hummingbird Effect of Leadership."

The amazing qualities of the hummingbird can be seen in the beauty and complexity of its flight. Just like this flyer, effective leaders soar in their purpose of serving others and, in the process, achieve unprecedented heights of success.

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To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
An awesome business book written by the brilliant Lawrence Levy, who served as CFO of Pixar, giving an inside peek into the transformative journey of Pixar from a confused state and an uncertain future with $50 million in negative; into an outstanding storytelling creative studio making multi-billion dollars via sales of movie tickets, merchandising, DVD sales etc.

Steve Jobs spotted Lawrence in a magazine and kept him in records. A few years later he calls Lawrence and invites him to visit Pixar and consider joining Pixar to help hone the strategy, run the business and make it public. And that's where the story begins and progresses on how Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Lawrence Levy and team and associates of Pixar made the necessary strategic and creative choices in the background of several challenges and survival pressures.

This is a must read for those who have loved the work of Pixar, the various movies and characters they built, the toys, fish, monsters, cars superheroes. And for those who have not watched Pixar movies, they will love the book too as the author takes us through a vivid journey of his various interactions with Steve Jobs and team that led to one of Hollywood's greatest success story.

Entrepreneurs and Professionals will cherish this book for the multiple snippets and insights it offers in wide areas such as

+ Effective Collaboration
+ Smart Negotiation and Leveraging Strengths
+ Fighting for injustice done to team and giving them due respect and credit
+ Dealing with a Tough Boss like Steve Jobs
+ Reflecting on Life's Purpose to plan the future direction
+ Not giving up when the chips are down
+ Important Role of a Change Agent and Mentors and Back-office team
+ Culture Building and Team Friendship
+ Attracting and Retaining Talent
+ Creativity Before Business, Betting on the Creative Talent in spite of the risks
+ Dealing with Investment Bankers
+ Business Models of the Entertainment Industry
+ Leadership
+ "The Middle Way" to deal with life and business

I loved the book and plan to read it again, and I bet you will like this well chronicled journey of Pixar's struggles and success. Thank you Lawrence Levy for sharing this fascinating story.
Elon Musk: 50 Life and Business Lessons from Elon Musk
Elon Musk: 50 Life and Business Lessons from Elon Musk
Many people, including myself, primarily associate Elon Musk with the more modern news about his ventures – such as with SpaceX; but I found out recently that he has been involved with many internet start-ups that have gone on to be huge successes, and wanting to find out more about these previous ventures and gain further insight to his success is what led me to this book.

I find George Ilian’s books about entrepreneurs to be especially good dude to the layout: in this, the author offers a great deal of insight about Elon Musk in a biographical way, and then he extracts concise and strong lessons from what is discussed, which can then be applied to many different endeavors. I'll definitely be keeping this book in mind in the future.
Motivational Books: Lessons From The 3 Best Motivational Speakers In The World. Learn from: Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold ... Getting Things Done, Habit Hacks) (Volume 1)
Motivational Books: Lessons From The 3 Best Motivational Speakers In The World. Learn from: Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold ... Getting Things Done, Habit Hacks) (Volume 1)
I desperately NEED some 'Magical' words and I want them NOW!
This is inexpensive & concise
I was able to identify with at least one phrase from each 'Motivational Speaker' in the beginning Title 'MOTIVATION.'
I was able to complete it & 'Change Your Habits Change Your Life. In 21 Days' in under 2 hours;
Including interruptions to jot down a few inspirational phrases, note several art projects that I intend to begin immediately, visualize a brief meditation & weight resistance period to incorporate into my morning routine and shop for and download 2 books on learning Spanish.
I highly recommend this read.
It's not the cure, but it is an AWESOME Recipe
The Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad: Henry Fords Railroad
The Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad: Henry Fords Railroad
This book goes way beyond your typical railroad book. This is an outstanding corporate history that happens to be about a railroad that went through a succession of owners and finally gelled under the ownership and guidance of Henry Ford. It is filled with text, stories, maps and photos that demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of a railroad in America. Every business library and college archive should have a copy without exception. This book is a must have for every railroad buff. If you don't spend a penny for another book, buy this one!

Dan
We'll Race You, Henry: A Story about Henry Ford (Creative Minds Biographies)
We'll Race You, Henry: A Story about Henry Ford (Creative Minds Biographies)
This is an outstanding book about Henry Ford. It tells a wonderful story about the brilliant mind Henry Ford had and the things that motivated him to invent things that shaped our lives. I love the section about his relationship with his wife. They were truly a team and she fully supported his endeavors. It is a great way to learn about the man, what he was like as a person, his early days on the farm, and his vision and drive to create an automobile. I am a bit surprised at the age level listed because my 7 (and 3/4) year old and 10 year old took turns reading this book and both thoroughly enjoyed every page. It's a great book to read together with a parent as well so you can add additional details to help explain some of the items mentioned that are "old world" and may not be as readily understood by today's youth. A delightful read! I have two science-loving kids who see him as a role model.
Bormioli Rocco (Set of 4) Cocktail Glasses Tulip Shaped - 17 Ounce Pina Colada Glass, Hurricane Glasses for Drinking Full Bodied Beer, Water, Juice, Lead-Free Bar Glass Italian Crafted Beer Glasses
Bormioli Rocco (Set of 4) Cocktail Glasses Tulip Shaped - 17 Ounce Pina Colada Glass, Hurricane Glasses for Drinking Full Bodied Beer, Water, Juice, Lead-Free Bar Glass Italian Crafted Beer Glasses
We bought these mainly for piña coladas, but have ended up using them for lots of drinks. We liked the simplicity of the base. Nothing too extravagant. The main glass is not too thin and not too thick. After we bought our first 4...we then bought another 4 because they worked so well. Always good to have back up when one breaks. Would for sure buy again.
XTEND Sport BCAA Powder Blue Raspberry Ice | Electrolyte Powder for Recovery & Hydration with Amino Acids | 30 Servings
XTEND Sport BCAA Powder Blue Raspberry Ice | Electrolyte Powder for Recovery & Hydration with Amino Acids | 30 Servings
I bought this after having tried another brand of BCAAs from an amazon lightening deal. I bought this one this time because I live in the desert and the idea of being “hydrating” really appealed to me especially after feeling like the other brand was leaving me dehydrated.
Honestly I can’t seem to even get that far with this product because of the flavor. Admittedly, I have a blue Powerade addiction which I’m trying to curb with these blue flavored amino powders. This is one is blue. Bright blue. Tastes blue. Like really blue. Maybe too blue... even for me. It’s really jazzy and I appreciate the taste but it’s a lot of flavor for me to sip on throughout the day. I’ve tried using less powder (like half a scoop in 40oz of water) and the flavor is still really strong. I’m giving it four stars because I love the idea and I really want to like it but it’s potent stuff. Maybe 2 blues back to back was overkill. I’ll switch to a lemon-lime BCAA supp for a while and give this one another go and update my review then. I really want to like it!
BESTEK 150W Power Inverter 12V to 110V Voltage Converter Car Charger Power Adapter with 2 USB Charging Ports (3.1A Shared)
BESTEK 150W Power Inverter 12V to 110V Voltage Converter Car Charger Power Adapter with 2 USB Charging Ports (3.1A Shared)
A lot of car inverters have long cables which mean the device flops all around the center console while driving, and the connector wires are constantly getting pulled out of where the twist caps are, which also get lost constantly, leading the owner to decide whether or not to risk getting electrocuted by putting the wire to the screw without the cap, or using tape. I have gone to the hardware store several times getting replacement caps. I decided I knew for sure there had to be a model without wires, and went a-searchin' Sure enough, this is what I was looking for. I have a power hungry Galaxy S8 for which straight 1A USB won't cut it, so I have to have an inverter to get me 2 Amps while on the road, if I don't have 2 Amps it will drain faster than it charges. I have noticed that this has a 2.1 Amp USB connector but since it has the 120v plug I have only used that, and it meets my needs well. Nice too that I can also power a laptop with it if needed. This unit is exactly what I needed and the price is right. I have no complaints about its performance, and have other Bestek products and am happy with them. I feel that Bestek understands what consumers want out of their charging devices and does a good job designing products that meet those needs. As a piece of advice, I recommend unplugging the device from the car when exiting the vehicle, and only plugging in after starting the vehicle. It shouldn't matter, but I have had an inverter that drained my car battery and, never again. But that's not a reflection on this unit, which is superb. I highly recommend it.
Deadpool 2: Once Upon a Deadpool [Blu-ray]
Deadpool 2: Once Upon a Deadpool [Blu-ray]
Once Upon a Deadpool is basically the made-for-tv cut of Deadpool 2 with seven or eight minutes of additional footage (10 at the very most). So if you go in expecting a Deadpool 2.5 type movie, you’re gonna be disappointed. Now, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy myself at all while watching the additional footage, but I don’t think it warrants the watch.

And believe me when I say that this is the made-for-tv cut. Virtually every scene was re-edited, re-dubbed and recut, and it’s not exactly done all that well. I think the editing would’ve confused me in some scenes had I not seen the original R-rated cut of Deadpool 2. In addition, some of the re-dubbing was lazy in some places. At one point they just flat out bleeped out some of the swear words.

Finally, my biggest problem with Once Upon a Deadpool is that this PG-13 version just does not work. There are some movies that *need* an R-rating in order for the movie to work, and the Deadpool movies are prime examples of this. For instance, try to imagine how pointless a PG-13 cut of Pulp Fiction would be. The first Deadpool was very important in proving to studios that R-rated blockbuster movies can be very successful and make money, and Once Upon a Deadpool goes against all of that. You’re basically neutering what was once a very entertaining film deserving of an R rating simply for some extra money.

As it says in the review title, just stick with the original theatrical cut of Deadpool 2. While the extra footage is admittedly rather amusing, you’re not particularly missing anything by not watching Once Upon a Deadpool and you’d probably be better off just skipping it.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (4K UHD)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (4K UHD)
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Scott Lang alias Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) begibt sich gemeinsam mit Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, "Falling Down", "The Game") und dessen Tochter Hope ('The Wasp', Evangeline Lilly, TV-Serie "Lost") auf die Suche nach der im Quantum-Mikrokosmos verloren gegangenen Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer, "Frankie & Johnny", "Tage wie dieser"). Die hierfür benötigte Technologie erregt jedoch auch die Aufmerksamkeit des Gangsters Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins, TV-Serie "Six") und der geheimnisvollen Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen, "Ready Player One", "Tomb Raider"). Ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit beginnt.
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Schloss der erste Teil von "Ant-Man" die zweite Phase des Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ab, so ist dessen Fortsetzung inmitten der dritten platziert und grenzt in der MCU-Zeitleiste an "Avengers: Infinity War" an. Erneut mit von der Partie ist Erfolgsproduzent und Mastermind Kevin Feige, der als einer der Hauptverantwortlichen die bislang 20 veröffentlichten Filme der Marvel-Studios (eine Tochtergesellschaft von Marvel-Entertainment, Bestandteil der Walt Disney Company) mit einem Einspielergebnis rund 18 Milliarden US-Dollar in nur 18 Jahren zur erfolgreichsten Filmreihe aller Zeiten geformt hat.
Die für etwa 160 Millionen US-Dollar in ihrem Segment gerade einmal durchschnittlich hoch budgetierte Superhelden-Produktion ("Guardians of the Galaxy 2" und "Black Panther" verschlangen rund 200 Mio. Dollar, "Age of Ultron" 250 Mio. und "Avengers: Infinity War" sogar 300 Mio.) setzt dabei - wie auch bereits der erste Teil - verstärkt auf Humor und Situationskomik und erinnert in ihrem Dialogwitz ein wenig an "Spider-Man: Homecoming", für dessen Story sich dasselbe Autorenteam verantwortlich zeigte. Einigen Fans dürfte dies gut gefallen, anderen eventuell etwas weniger.
Die gezeigten Action-Sequenzen und Computereffekte sind fulminant und sowohl die Drehorte, als auch die Settings, die auf Produktions-Designer Shepherd Frankel ("Kill the Boss", "Voll Abgezockt") und Art-Director Jay Pelissier ("Black Panther", "Fast & Furious 8") zurückzuführen sind, überzeugen. Die Besetzung der Figuren ist in Ordnung, allerdings bleiben Michael Douglas als 'Dr. Henry Pym' und Evangeline Lilly in ihrer Darstellung der 'Hope van Dyne' unerwartet eindimensional. Aber der eigentliche Star der Reihe ist ja eh Michael Peña als 'Luis'. Dessen rückblickende Erzählungen sind einfach nur zum Schreien komisch. Das mehrköpfige Autoren-Gespann, zu dem übrigens neben den "Community"- und "American Dad"-Schreiberlingen Chris McKenna und Erik Sommers ("The Lego Batman Movie") auch Hauptdarsteller und Multitalent Paul Rudd gehört, hat mit ihm eine kongeniale Figur erschaffen.
Die Synchronisation, der Soundtrack aus der Feder des erfahrenen, kanadischen Komponisten Christophe Beck ("Die Eiskönigen - völlig unverfroren", "Edge of Tomorrow", "R.I.P.D.", "The Watch - Nachbarn der 3. Art") und die Klangeffekte bewegen sich auf hohem Niveau. Regie führte erneut Komödien-Profi Peyton Reed ("Ant-Man", "Der Ja-Sager", "Trennung mit Hindernissen"). Der gelungene Schnitt wurde von Dan Lebental ("Cowboys & Aliens", "Iron Man", "Thor - The Dark Kingdom") und Craig Wood ("Fluch der Karibik", "Guardians of the Galaxy") übernommen. Unter den Machern des Films befand sich in der Funktion des Executive-Producers wie immer auch die kürzlich verstorbene Marvel-Legende Stan Lee. Der Comic-Autor und Zeichner ließ es sich nicht nehmen, auch diesmal wieder seinen witzigen und kultverdächtigen Fünf-Sekunden-Cameoauftritt hinzulegen, leider einen seiner letzten.
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Offenbar wird dem Aussehen von Superhelden viel mehr Aufmerksamkeit zuteil, als man gemeinhin annehmen würde. Wie sonst wäre es zu erklären, dass man für die Produktion von "Ant-Man and the Wasp" sagenhafte sechzehn Hair-Stylisten engagiert hat. Außerdem wurden zusätzlich elf Make-Up-Artists beschäftigt. Aber bei einem High-End-Blockbuster, für den insgesamt weit mehr als zweitausend Mitarbeiter aufgefahren werden, ist das vermutlich kaum verwunderlich. Allein die Abteilung für visuelle Effekte umfasste über 1200 Digitalkünstler, Animatoren und Programmierer.
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Das Management des Multimedia-Riesen Sony dürfte sich heute an jedem einzelnen Tag darüber schwarz ärgern, Ende der 90er-Jahre einen Deal mit Marvel-Comics ausgeschlagen zu haben, der dem kurz zuvor aus 'Columbia Pictures', 'Tri-Star Pictures' und der Film-Sparte der 'Coca-Cola Company' hervorgegangenem Unternehmen 'Sony Pictures Entertainment' für 'nur' 25 Millionen Dollar sämtliche Film-Rechte an allen Figuren des Verlages eingeräumt hätte. Das weltweit agierende Major-Studio sah damals fälschlicherweise keine Perspektiven für Superhelden-Filme, was retrospektiv einen der finanziell wohl folgereichsten Irrtümer der Filmgeschichte repräsentiert.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" spielte an den Kinokassen weit mehr als eine halbe Milliarde Dollar ein (Spitzenreiter: "Avengers: Infinity War" mit über zwei Milliarden Dollar Box-Office) und erntet in erster Linie die Früchte, die das MCU in den letzten Jahren aufgebaut hat. Man merkt, dass das Team hinter der Kamera exzellent eingespielt ist und genau weiß, was es tut. Die Story ist in klassischer 'Save-A-Lost-Person'-Manier zwar etwas dünn geraten, aber das zu Sehende ist trotzdem stimmungsvoll und durchgehend unterhaltsam. Der amüsante Film bietet familiengerechten Humor und ein ansprechendes Tempo, aber in gleichem Atemzug auch etwas wenig Spannung oder Ernsthaftigkeit. Echten 'Thrill' sucht man bei einigen Marvel-Verfilmungen - und eben auch "Ant-Man and the Wasp" - nun mal vergebens. Was man hier gezeigt bekommt, entspricht quietschbuntem und jugendfreiem Popcorn-Kino. Wer sich daran nicht stört und über die eine oder andere Oberflächlichkeit hinwegzusehen bereit ist, kann relativ bedenkenlos zugreifen.
Die Trickaufnahmen sind jedenfalls hervorragend und die meisten Sammler und Gelegenheitskonsumenten dürften sich an den 110 Minuten Kurzweil-Entertainment im 2.39:1-Bildformat erfreuen. Die ausgewiesene Altersfreigabe ab 12 Jahren ist durchaus gerechtfertigt. Hinweis: Interessenten, die das Filmerlebnis gern durch Bonus-Features ergänzen möchten, werden bei der Standard-DVD nicht fündig. Davon einmal abgesehen, sollte man sich unbedingt den kreativ gestalteten Abspann anschauen und nicht zu voreilig abschalten.
Annie's Homegrown Organic Variety Macaroni and Cheese, 12-count, 4Pounds 8oz
Annie's Homegrown Organic Variety Macaroni and Cheese, 12-count, 4Pounds 8oz
I'm one of "those" moms. I'll spend the extra dollar on the organic option because I do believe it's worth feeding my child something more natural. With that being said, I'm also one of "those" moms who has nights where I am way too dang lazy and overwhelmed to cook my kids a proper meal. So rather than letting them dig into a box of cereal for dinner (which, I'll admit, I have done on more occasions than I'd like to admit) I'll whip up on 'instant' meal like this mac n' cheese. I am a foster mom to a semi-big family and we always have friends over, so I order a lot of Annie's products in bulk on Amazon.

I've been a fan of Annie's for quite some time. Their dedication to organic quick and easy meal options is something that has always appealed to me. This specific mac n' cheese is a direct copy of the infamous 'Kraft Mac n' Cheese'. There is virtually no difference in taste, texture, or appearance. This is great because most of my kids are used to Kraft and if the taste changed even slightly my group of picky eaters would pick up on that. With that being said, this macaroni and cheese is almost identical to craft in every aspect. This set comes with three different options 'Macaroni and Cheese' (which is the only that most closely mimics Kraft original in taste, texture, and appearance). Then there is 'Macaroni and White Cheddar' which has a bit of a more mild flavor, a white color, and shell shaped pasta. With that being said, it's just as delicious as the original kind and my kids like it. Fun tip- you can add in a very minut bit of food coloring and change this pasta into a blue, green, or red meal that my kids seem even more excited about delving into. And the last option is the 'Macaroni and Aged Cheddar' which is a bit more flavorful and cheesy with rigatoni style noodles. Once again, my kids seem to like this flavor as well. It's my personal favorite because it is a bit more robust than the other two.

You cook all three packages the same way. Boil the noodles, and then drain them. I add butter directly to the noodles and let the heat of the cooked noodles melt the butter. Then I add in the milk and the cheese packet- stirring until it's all mixed together nicely. The kids eat it up and it's so easy to make that I often find myself reaching for these boxes once or twice a month after an overwhelmingly busy day. I sometimes add in chicken, tuna, or peas to give it an additional kick of nutrients.

My kids are big eaters and with a group of 7 to 9 kids under 12-years-old in the house I usually finish three boxes at a time. This pack comes with 4 boxes of each flavor (12 boxes total). The bulk price is cheaper than I can get each individual box for at my local grocery store. I love how easy it is to make and how delicious these are. I really have no complaints. I definitely recommend Annie's brand of mac n' cheese to any busy parent out there who needs to feed a large group of kiddos, organically, on a budget.
Rubie's Costume Lord Of The Rings Aragorn Costume
Rubie's Costume Lord Of The Rings Aragorn Costume
Before wearing this costume I found the slaying of orcs to be a mundane and quite frankly boring task. Then I got this costume to wear for my themed 50th birthday and I feel energized as I take down hordes of orcs with ease and I feel good about it! now to be fair if you look at my attached pictures (quick rant to Amazon, why do you rotate verticle pictures to become horizontal?) you'll notice that I added a few things to this outfit. I've outlined what those were in my review below with links if you're so inclined as to try to replicate my outfit.

This is a great product! I use all of it except for the belt and cloak as I wanted something heavier and more substantial. The cloak that comes with it is still not bad, but it's really too short for someone my size. I'm a 5'9" male and fit at around 160 lbs to give you some scale. The boot covers are actually too small for my feet (size 11), but they're good enough and the sleeves ride up on me some too, so technically it's a bit small for me but doable. The belt is a flimsy piece of cloth that is pretty much useless, but if for a Halloween costume where it's dark out it will do, but personally I'd just replace it with a real belt or something. In my case, I found a replacement on Amazon because I bought a replica Anduril sword so I needed a real sheath to hold my sword anyway. Because the tunic comes down quite far (as it should) I simply used a pair of Dockers pants which worked great.

I bought the cloak on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H22KU4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s02 and this baby rocks. Again I’m 5’9” (maybe slightly taller and the cloak goes just a few inches from the ground which is perfect.

I bought the belt/sheath on Amazon as well from here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007O0X1FK?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

And I bought the sword at a site called[...]. Look for the Anduril Sword.

The colors of this Aragorn costume are ideal as well and while it's not a heavy material I wouldn’t call is flimsy either. Oh, I forgot to mention that the string at the top of the costume only had one hole in it so my wife had to create a few extra holes to string it up, not a big deal but weird that all the holes weren’t there. Also obviously the Elvin pin does not come with the outfit. I bought that on eBay for a few bucks. Overall I’d highly recommend this costume for anyone who is height weight proportionate and around 5’6” to 5’9”.

As an added bonus, if you currently work outside the home and have a challenging work environment I'd recommend wearing this outfit in its entirety to work. Before wearing this I'd often be assigned crappy tasks that quite frankly were beneath me. Once I started wearing this to work conversations became more like "Hey I need you [as in me] to get [insert crappy task here] done by the end of the day.' and now I simply pull my cloak back and expose the hilt of my two handed Anduril sword and it's more like "Hey I need someone to get [insert crappy task here] done by the end of the day, but I can see that you're super busy so I'll just assign it to someone else. Thanks for listening to me, and when you have time please stop by my office so we can discuss your raise and management opportunity that you seem ideally suited for.". My work life balance has improved dramatically, but to be clear the entire outfit is needed and the sword is a must for best results.

I do not claim that any increase in job satisfaction, raises, bonuses or the slaying of orcs will result in your wearing of this costume or other third party items in my Aragorn outfit. These statements are meant for entertainment purposes only and are not meant for real world use (though it would be cool if, in fact, you tried this!). Please use caution when using the sword and do not heat up prior to using it to cut butter. Batteries are not included with this costume nor are they needed.

There will come a day when the courage of men will fail, but it is not this day!
Henry David Thoreau: Collection
Henry David Thoreau: Collection
In general, I relate better to narrative than to visual art. But as I’ve spent time with this book, I’ve found myself responding most strongly to the reciprocal relationship between the photos and the quotations.

In particular, I found myself pausing on a spread, reading the text on the left-hand page, then gazing at the extraordinary beauty of the photo on the right-hand page, then looking back and forth. On spread after spread, I had an “out-of-mind” experience: being enticed to both see and understand the world as I imagine Thoreau saw and understood it.

For this review, I’ve tried to articulate the experience I had, again and again, reading “Walking with Thoreau.” The following description is too linear to do it justice, but I hope it suggests how the text and photos interact to create an experience richer than either alone:

Typically, I have had four different stages of experience for each spread, in this approximate order:

1) The literal text: what is Thoreau describing? What was Thoreau looking at?
2) The image: what part of the contemporary woodland does Jacobson-Hardy connect with the quote?
3) The significance of the text: is there a figurative meaning in the text that the image brings out?
4) The significance of the image: how does the photo connect with that figurative meaning?

For example, on pages 72-3, I noticed myself interacting with the spread this way:

1) The two quotes from Thoreau seem to connect two ideas: the “perfect stillness and peace of the winter landscape,” and viewing us not so much as members of society, but as “part and parcel of Nature.” Connecting those two ideas stretched my mind, and then made me curious about what image would evoke that;

2) So I looked at the photo on the right, which shows a winter woodland scene, both stark and rich. It wasn’t really "breath-taking" for me; it was more “breath-giving.” I found myself feeling a stillness and peace centered on the memory of fresh, cold air inside my lungs.

3) Looking back at the text, I noticed again the phrase “to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of nature.” I remembered experiences of canoe-camping years ago; often, on the 4th or 5th morning, I would look over a misty lake and feel connected to the world as a whole.

4) Looking back at the image, I felt fully a remembered sense of truly belonging on this intricate, amazing planet—which defines me more than does the built world of the city or the town. I felt the primacy of my connection to the beautiful earth shown in Jacobson-Hardy’s photograph.

Writing all this out is clumsy and linear. But I wanted to communicate the almost meditative process I experienced through this amazing, humanizing, humbling book.

I have seldom been drawn so deeply into a book of photographs. But the thoughtful, inspiring poetry of the book (words and pictures in tension and in balance) holds up Thoreau and his woods in a way that triggered, for me, experiences of joyful wholeness.
Odd Is on Our Side (Graphic Novel)
Odd Is on Our Side (Graphic Novel)
Dean Koontz published five humorous novels about the rather strange but very likable Odd Thomas, who says he got his name Odd when his mother misspelled Todd. But it is descriptive because Odd is incredibly wise, respectful, and unusual; he uses the title "sir" and "ma'am" even to people who are intent on killing him in the most unspeakable manner. His name is also descriptive because, unlike other people, he sees dead men and women, such as Elvis Presley. The dead can gesture to Odd and frequently do so, but although some come to him seeking his help in obtaining justice for them, they are unable to speak. Koontz has also joined with others in writing three graphic novels about Odd Thomas. This is the second of the three and was published in 2010. He wrote this novel with Fred Van Lente, and Queenie Chan did the illustrations.

The plot in this volume focuses on a premonition that Odd has that something awful will happen during his town's Halloween celebration. The ghost of Elvis Presley tries to help Odd and gestures wildly, but since he can't speak, Odd has difficulty discovering what will occur and who is involved.

While I am a fan of Dean Koontz books and enjoy the humor in his tales about Odd, I don't think that this story has much substance and the humor is very weak. However, children may enjoy the book and may be stimulated to read his Odd Thomas non-graphic novels, which are a delight.
Pushkin's Ode to Liberty: The Life and Loves of Alexander Pushkin
Pushkin's Ode to Liberty: The Life and Loves of Alexander Pushkin
This is a very good book. Ms. Duvernet did a great deal of research for this book, and it shows in the character development and scene setting. This is a biography about Alexander Pushkin, one of Russia's most esteemed poets and authors. He had a strong yearning for freedom, not only for himself but for all of Russia. His writings and his public comments put him at odds with the Tsar, and he spent his life dealing with the consequences. He was an incredible character. His charm, intellect, and irreverence made him a hero of the Russian people. The early 1800's saw America and France experiencing their post-revolutionary freedoms and there was hope for oppressed people everywhere that freedom could come to them too. This book provides the historical context for what life was like in Russia during this time, how the Tsars oppressed the masses, and what was being done to change it. There are many facets to this book. There is the Russian history, a glimpse into Russian aristocracy and the lifestyle of the privileged and well-connected, the secret societies that tried to organize to free Russia from oppression, and how things like honor and dignity compelled men to act. There is a great deal of character development and back story which allows Ms. Duvernet to detail not only what happened, but why. The book is a little long, but it didn't feel that way when reading it. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. It is a novel, but it is based on fact. There are events and conversations in the book that are created by the author to build the story and to move the narrative along, but these creations are built on educated guesses based on the extensive research that Ms. Duvernet conducted. Her knowledge of the subject and her passion for the story are what make this a book worth reading.
Eugene Onegin and Other Poems: and Other Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)
Eugene Onegin and Other Poems: and Other Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)
Eugene Onegrin is considered by many scholars as one of the greatest poems ever written. Charles Johston's translation from the Russian is very readable.
The idea developed in most cultures that a person is punished for his misdeed in the same way that he committed the misdeed. Slap someone and you will be slapped. Insult another and you will be insulted. In English, the notion is called “tit for tat.” In Hebrew it is midah keneged midah, “measure for measure.” It is discussed in the Babylonian Talmud Sotah 8b, 9a; Megilah 12b; and Sanhedrin 90a, b, and 100a, b. Many call the notion superstition: it rarely happens, and when it does it is simply happenstance. Some insist that the punishment is inflicted by God. Others that it is part of nature. People can cite many examples of it, such as the life and death of the Russian Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 –1837). Who was Pushkin, what did he do wrong, and how did he die?
Pushkin was a highly respected, poet, playwright, and novelist who lived during the Romantic Era. Many, even today, consider him the greatest Russian poet and call him the founder of modern Russian literature. His great-grandfather Ibrahim Gannibal (1696-1781) was kidnapped as a child from Africa and was raised by Peter the Great. Ibrahim became the godson of Peter the Great and was made a Russian prince. He was considered Europe’s first black intellectual and rose to be a general in the Russian army. One who wants to read about him can read “The Stolen Prince” by Hugh Barnes.
Pushkin fictionalized Ibrahim’s life in “The Moor of Peter the Great,” in the book “Novels, Tales, Journeys” and other translations of the tale. The translators call this story and the other stories in “Novels, Tales, Journeys” masterpieces. “The Moor of Peter the Great” describes Peter the Great as a hands-on very intelligent leader, working to improve Russia side by side with his workmen. It pictures the very intelligent “Moor” preferring to stay in France because he had a sexual relationship with the wife of another man. But despite his strong affection for the woman, he gave way to Peter’s call to return to Russia. This short story shows the customs of the time in Russia, the backwardness of the country, illicit sexual relationships, and the prejudices against blacks.
Pushkin, like Ibrahim, enjoyed the extremes of pleasure and peril, including having sex with the wives of other men. But he could not accept that his wife loved another man, a French officer, and enjoyed being with him, even though historians could find no proof that his wife committed adultery. He was killed in a duel with the French officer because of the alleged adultery, the very crime that Pushkin committed. It was tit for tat: he committed adultery and died because of it.
Agenda Coelho Wisdom 2011 English
Agenda Coelho Wisdom 2011 English
This is really an amazing agenda 2011. I was drawned to it by seeing the fantastic illustrations and that was the main reason I bought this agenda.In Denmark, where I live, you can't buy it at all,while in our neigbour country Sweden it is translated into swedish and already totally sold out. I also learned that there have been Poul Coeho agendas for several years and I'm certain I will continue to buy them from now. I love the writing of Coelho and having his words of wisdom (theme 2011) dotted around in the agenda all year through is as a small reminder everytime you read them. As a matter of fact I bought 2 and gave one to a friend of mine, who felt just as much in love in the illustrations and words as I did.
Three Bullets for the Cactus Kid
Three Bullets for the Cactus Kid
A bunch of different adventures for the Cactus Kid. How he gets out of ambushes, the great descriptions of what a well off Vaquero would wear. I find it rather foggy how the Cactus Kid earns money. There isn't a direct admission or description of his earning capacities.
None the less, he is entertaining.
Charlesgate Confidential
Charlesgate Confidential
Being inspired by the Gardner art theft and with dramatic action that spins around the crime itself and the investigations of it, Charlesgate Confidential is being sold as crime noir. That doesn't really describe what's actually in the book. Sure it's got thugs and it's got police and it's got a heist, but in the end, these points are not the major ones, but rather the glue that binds several stories together with a common purpose. Split between three time periods with each having its own concern — the 1940s section reads like a Coen Brothers effort, less concerned with the crime than the players and absurdities of their roles, while the 1980s section resembles The Freshman with some danger and the 21st Century is as much about restarting your life when youth is gone and facing up to aging and the past as an intangible ghost you can't touch as it is the murder featured in it. With so many characters over so much time in so many different situations, the novel's unity is created by the city of Boston itself, which along with the Charlesgate and the Red Sox are the only characters to appear in every time frame. Von Doviak wraps the personal stories he wants to tell through the lore and geography of Boston that creates part love letter to the city and part meditation on continuity within cities — actions taken in the 1940s have direct repercussions decades later. People wouldn't form relationships or have their particular stories if it weren't for past events. A city is a living, breathing existence and the humans in it coexist, with each affecting the other. It pokes fun of the TV show Lost in the text of the book, but its underlying structure has more in common with the show than it possibly realizes. This is a great noir book for people who aren't into noir, but are into people and places and how they work together to create stories true and false, big and small.
Der Tristan Betrug: Roman (German Edition)
Der Tristan Betrug: Roman (German Edition)
Kurz vor seinem Tode scheint der gute ROBERT LUDLUM ja enorm fleißig gewesen zu sein. Jedesmal wenn ein neuer Roman von ihm erscheint, denke ich, schade das es sein letzter ist, um kurz später umso erfreuter festzustellen, daß es eben doch noch eine weiteren gibt. Auch "DER TRISTSAN-BETRUG" bietet wieder gewohnt spannende Unterhaltung wie man es vom Altmeister gewohnt ist. Diesmal spielt die Geschichte während des 2. Weltkrieges, der amerikanische Agent Stephen Metcalf wird vom süßen Leben des Paris zu Kriegsbeginn abkommandiert zu einem Himmelfahrtskommando nach Moskau, wo er den Liebhaber seiner ehemaligen großen Liebe, der Tänzerin Swetlana, einen hochrangigen Nazi als Doppelagenten anwerben soll. Wie bei LUDLUM üblich geht dabei jede Menge schief, und ein unwiderstehlicher Mix aus Verrat, Liebe und Action schickt den Leser auf eine atemberaubende Reise quer durch Europa. Klasse, spannende, hochklassige Unterhaltung, auch wenn es sich Romane von LUDLUM gibt die noch besser sind. Dennoch, unbedingt lesen!!!!
La Derniere Recolte (French Edition)
La Derniere Recolte (French Edition)
Un livre sensible, sincere, la vision d'un enfant, l'auteur, sur le monde cruel et difficile à vivre des adultes en lutte pour leur survie, beaucoup d'empathie et meme de tendresse. Bien traduit, écriture fluide et agréable. Pas de tic d'écriture, pas de mièvrerie mais une réalité aride vécue par des gens dont la dignité est a atteindre. Ce n'est pas un livre policier donc ne pas se fourvoyer pour ensuite se plaindre. C'est un récit autobiographique majoritairement et c'est remarquable, en plus on apprend plein de choses sur le sud des US et sur la difficile culture du coton. Un livre pour tout public, sauf les enfants, pas seulement pour les amateurs d'histoires de flics et de voyous inventées.
Karl May Collection 2 [Import allemand]
Karl May Collection 2 [Import allemand]
Die Filme sind zwar nur nach Motiven von Karl May gedreht, das
Meiste aus den Büchern ist ausgespart, aber das ist nicht so
schlimm, wenn das Timing stimmt. Hier stimmt fast alles, was
einen spannenden Western ausmacht. Die Filme wurden gedreht,
als die Welle langsam den Höhepunkt überschritten hatte, und
daher ist es irgendwie ein Segen, daß Stewart Granger, wenn
auch aus anderen Motiven, hier die Initiative ergriff und den
Drehbüchern einen lässigen neuen Schwung verpasste. Was da
hinter den Kameras vorging ist mir egal. Ich freue mich, daß
zum Beispiel endlich die Bärenjagd am Anfang von UNTER GEIERN
wieder mit drin ist, die Filme wurden von Flimmern und Aus-
setzern gesäubert, die Bild- und Tonqualität ist superb. Also,
ein reines Erfolgserlebnis. Ergebnis Klasse, unbedingte Kauf-
empfehlung meinerseits !!!
Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer
Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer
I read this book because of the luminous quote from it in Richard Purtill's Lord of the Elves and Eldils: Philosophy and Fantasy in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The quote appears in an essay in the appendix, "Did C.S. Lewis Lose His Faith?" in the Ignatius (2nd revised) edition and is not in the earlier Zondervan (first) edition of Purtill's book. The quote to which I refer comes in the last pages of Letters to Malcolm, where Lewis has shifted from the letter to the essay format. Were the entire book this readable, I would recommend it heartily. But it's not. Why?

This is one of Lewis' last non- fiction works and arguably his most Anglican. Part of the difficulty is the form of the book, set out as letters to an unseen correspondent. This worked well in The Screwtape Letters because the devils in question explained their ideas at some length, as Lewis, in replying to Malcolm, does not.

Lewis drops names and alludes to issues that make the book a good guide to his thought circa 1963, the year of his death, dropping them as quickly as they are raised. A few are: Macaulay, (Alex) Vidler, Petrarch, (John) Donne, (William) Blake, the Bishop of Woolwich, St. Paul, St. Augustine, (Simone) Weil, Queen Victoria, Lycidas, Burnaby, Juvenal, F.D. Maurice, Bonhoeffer, Newman, the Establishment, Herbert, Freudians, determinism, Arnold, MacBeth, Tertullus, Pelagianism, (Alexander) Pope, Plotinus, Lady Julian (of Norwich), St. John of the Cross, Owen (Barfield), St. Francois de Sales, Thomas More, purgatory, Odin, Charles Williams, Thomas More, and Thomas Traherne.

These, along with the many untranslated Latin quotes, will make the book offputting for some readers. Lewis noted in An Experiment in Criticism that there are different sorts of readers, however, and I realize that while the above list will make one sort of reader avoid the book, another sort will be tantalized. That would be the right sort of reader for this book.

Having said that, the last chapters, 19- 22, strike a more general tone and bits from them are often quoted in anthologies. The same may be said for the very beginning of the book, which is interesting for a different reason. The mid '60s was the time when the Book of Common Prayer, which had long been in use in the Church of England, along with the Authorized or King James version of the Bible, was withdrawn from use and revised. Lewis joins many Angilcans in mulling over the consequences of a new "Book". This will also have echoes for Catholics re: the changes of Vatican Two, as well as current efforts to increase use of the Latin Mass and replace the NAB in the liturgy with the RSV, recently (re)published by Ignatius Press.

There are two quotes from Charles Williams in this book that are among my favorites, and many ideas echo those of Chesterton, who put them in a somewhat more accessible way in Orthodoxy. As with Lewis' last fiction work, "Till We Have Faces", this may be a book that a certain sort of reader, immersed in Lewis' millieu, will find singularly rewarding.
Richard Scarry's Books on the Go: 4 Board Books
Richard Scarry's Books on the Go: 4 Board Books
Am very familiar with most of Richard Scarry's full size books. Each page is filled with vibrant drawings that keep young children engaged for many minutes. I have seen my 2-4 year olds spend over half an hour by themselves quietly reading one of his books. However, these books on the go were very disappointing. Only 1 or 2 images per page, young children get bored within a couple of minutes, having leafed through only a few pages.
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
I'd say this book was a serious diamond in the rough. Readers look to "get something" out of a book, generally. After reading Siddhartha, I came away feeling a part of a similar process as the protagonist, Siddhartha: life and reading is about significance; you must surrender your own aims to understand we're all part of a bigger system "river" or cycle that cares little of our petty problems. Basically surrendering ego is of utmost importance to understand the wisdom in front of you.

Thus one must NOT have an aim to experience "Om" is to be free, receptive, and have no goal. Simply obsorbing life and a book entails opening ones life, mind, and emotions for enlightenment or self wisdom.

The book is an easy read much can be gained--especially if the reader interprets the text from a western perspective.
Trafficked
Trafficked
I gave this movie 5 stars due to the effort to try to educate any audience willing to take a chance and view this movie. It is very graphic, cursing, death scenes, nudity, rape. pretty much a den for Satanic activity. Even though I have watched other movies about this subject, it first came to my attention in a movie starring Mira Sorvino and later Joyce Meyer ministries. Everyone can start helping by prayer. God is listening and watching. He is not unaware of this issue. God gave man a choice. Life or death! Blessings or curses. Horrible people are choosing death and curses. At just the right time the actions of those who enslave others will see themselves enslaved. I stopped the movie to research a little about what the church(body of Christ) is doing to help. There are a few good articles about identifying this activity all around us. I was in an Office Max a couple of years ago, I got in line behind this Woman and a child. I waited patiently then noticed the little girl staring at my shoes. I looked at her and smiled. I love children. She was a young black girl. Then I saw the Woman grab the girls hand and look at her so mean. The older Woman never looked at me, just the little girl. Flags flew in my mind but what could I do? The older Woman was white. We had to stop assuming the worst years ago about these situations but I prayed anyway. For their safety and God's will. If I had seen the child being abused, I would have stepped up but we can not be paranoid but I wondered later after seeing more of these movies and reading more articles about Trafficking. I do believe God knows and will open our eyes when or if He wants us to get involved. I am very thankful for all of the organizations that help reunite trafficked people with family. I am very thankful for the producers of movies like this who educate. I pray God's greatest blessings on those who give their life and safety to help people escape. I could never be entertained by this issue in any form. I do wonder though about the statistics. How can anyone know exactly how many people are trafficked? How can anyone know how much money is made in America or anywhere else? If they know, how can they not mobilize help? Just a thought! This is not a movie to watch as a family. But adults who are mentally and emotionally healthy hopefully can know this is a real issue. We can look up sights dedicated to giving us advice on how to do our part. For me, I am a fierce bodyguard over my daughters and I DO NOT care who knows. I am a proud helicopter mom!! This is not a hopeless issue. If anyone believes so, I advise them to read their Bible and see what God did to free His children. See what God did to free all mankind and see Historical documents accounting wars between North and South to free African-American people from slavery. Slavery may always be with us until Jesus comes back to slay the dragon but until then we can pray and get educated and armed with knowlwdge. We can share funds as we have and write to out congressmen to develop laws to prevent and take care of this. I am sure I have a lot to learn in this matter. Ending of this movie was both good and one sad scene at the ending however I do believe God placed that uplifted woman there to help other girls. She will be free one day. God Bless.
for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Case,VONDER Harry Potter Book Tough Anti-Skid TPU Phone Cases for Samsung Galaxy S9+ Cover
for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Case,VONDER Harry Potter Book Tough Anti-Skid TPU Phone Cases for Samsung Galaxy S9+ Cover
I'm disappointed. The image is VERY faint. This is the first item that I've reviewed that I will consider returning. Certainly, it was not worth the $11 plus tax that I was willing to pay for the product I thought I'd receive. (Edit added: in fairness to review, I asked for opinions from family... they seem to like the faint image. I have tried the case and find that it won't allow for wireless charging, probably due to the sort of glossy plastic coating on the image ... )
Harry Potter: The magical Quiz Book
Harry Potter: The magical Quiz Book
This book was boring. The moment I opened this book I quickly closed it. Good thing this book is kindle unlimited, or else it would be terrible. Would rate no star if posible
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2020, Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut
Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament 2020, Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut
 Nice Hallmark HP interactive ornament. It is sort of big, but not too heavy for my HP tree. The details are better than all of the other HP characters I own. This is definitely a standout one in comparison to the other HP interactive character ornaments. I would say this Hagrid HP ornament was worth the money just off of the strength that the details on it is phenomenal and clean looking, no paint errors. The box looked like it was put through a hot mess in some spots for this to be a brand new product, but I am keeping it. Supposedly it's the last HP interactive ornament Hallmark is making from the HP line, plus I can tell the ornament is brand new. FYI It is well protected in a semi-hard plastic inside the box.
Lifespan: Why We Age - and Why We Don't Have To
Lifespan: Why We Age - and Why We Don't Have To
. David makes three critical points:
* longer healthy lifespan improves all of our lives, not just personally, but for all of the people we love
* mechanisms to increase lifespan are part of our cells and often just need to be activated
* increasing healthy lifespan will not make the world overcrowded, but will benefit everyone by increasing productivity and overall well-being
All of these are well-supported and convincing, including touching and memorable personal experiences.

I do have one major issue, though. Our current medical system is focused on the bottom line, making money is more important than the best protocol. Look at Vioxx, for example, which killed thousands of people so that Merck could make more money. David has personal experiences with the system: his Mom almost died from poisoning by prescription medicine, and his daughter could have died from a serious Lyme infection that was not properly handled.

Yet David accepts that vaccination is a medical miracle, without doing any research on its risks and benefits. I hope he will take a serious look at all the issues:
* the extremely high rates of chronic illness in vaccinated vs non-vaccinated children, The Children’s Health Defense has a good series based on peer-reviewed research
* the connection between aluminum and autism, with artists having the highest levels. See Dr Chris Exley’s peer-reviewed work. Most vaccines have high levels of aluminum that has been shown to stay in the body and migrate to the brain
* the connection between vaccination-induced brain inflammation and brain injury, see vaccine papers dot org, which includes full-text copies of peer-reviewed research: "powerful scientific evidence has emerged indicating that vaccines cause brain injury such as autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, attention-deficit disorder and other mental illnesses. This scientific evidence has been largely ignored by the media, and by medical institutions that are supposedly guided by science."
* the actual history of vaccination. Medical historians estimate that ALL of modern medicine, including vaccination and antibiotics, reduced childhood mortality by 4-6%. That is, 94-96% of the reduction was from improved sanitation and nutrition. For example, scarlet fever has been eradicated — without any vaccine. A good source is the book Dissolving Illusions.
* the actual contents of vaccines as analyzed by Corvelva, showing high levels of contamination
* the lack of liability for vaccines by the medical industry. Instead, a government fund compensates injuries, and has paid out over $4 billion. This does not motivate safer vaccines!
Mobile Pixels Trio Max Portable Monitor for Laptops, 14'' Full HD IPS Screen, USB C/USB A Dual or Triple Displays,Windows/OS/Android/Nintendo Switch
Mobile Pixels Trio Max Portable Monitor for Laptops, 14'' Full HD IPS Screen, USB C/USB A Dual or Triple Displays,Windows/OS/Android/Nintendo Switch
Looked around quite a bit before I made this purchase. Need to work from home from time to time. Using 2 monitors is key. I use windows.

Received it and set it up. Despite using the USB C it’s not consistently connecting automatically. Have to disconnect and connect cable multiple times. It keeps saying ‘please wait’ on a black screen.

Easy to extend screen to other display using instructions, making it useful for my work. Chose this model because it was largest available (14in) but still wish it were larger.

Magnets aren’t strong. Must use the plastic bar on top of laptop to hold screen up. Screen casing feels very fragile so need to be careful when putting it back in. Concerning for longevity.

If can get it to connect successfully each time this product will be ideal for what I need. Suspect for others as well who are looking to use this in same manner.

***If seller sees this please advise if there’s some step right after connecting monitor to laptop that would support immediate display without my having to plug and unplug several times. Would update stars if this weren’t an issue right now.
Bora Portamate Mobile Base PM-3550 Industrial Strength with Swivel Wheels – Universal, Super Heavy Duty, Adjustable Rolling Kit, Dolly Roller for Equipment, Power Tools, Machines- 1500 lb Capacity
Bora Portamate Mobile Base PM-3550 Industrial Strength with Swivel Wheels – Universal, Super Heavy Duty, Adjustable Rolling Kit, Dolly Roller for Equipment, Power Tools, Machines- 1500 lb Capacity
This base is very well made, sturdy, easy to put together, I own several and will buy more. A few nit picks though, and they are not insignificant.

First the packaging is truly awful, I am sure when shipped by the pallet full to a retail location it's fine, but I've bought 3 of these and all came from different vendors all shipped with different carriers and all arrived busting out of the seams. The last one looked like it had been dragged here and it was the only one boxed in another box, the first two were just coated in a roll and a half of packing tape. Add to that the box is heavy, full of metal that is shifting around and has a nice glossy finish with pictures on it that is difficult to get a grip on. It's a box of heavy metal wrapped up like a coffee maker, doesn't really work, and the necessary tape cocoon doesn't help, it really needs to be packaged in a tougher (brown) multi-wall box which would probably cost about the same as the photo intensive box it comes in.

Second, I'm not sure who came up with the standard dimensions, there are various "kits" to make it bigger, even crazy big if you wanted to, but the minimum dimensions are quite large for typical shop tools. The base comes with 2 longer and 2 shorter rails and those 2 longer rails are too long to snugly fit a full size cabinet saw, or a heavy duty shaper, or large floor standing belt/disk sander, or a large drill press, or a typical iron frame band saw on an enclosed base, all things very typical in a home shop, and based on the a fore mentioned photo packaging, this is certainly the market this was intended for. I have had to chop the rails on everything I've put this under, and the holes are drilled such that doing so puts you at the end of the pre-drilled holes, for any of the above applications, and even to get there you need to cut both ends of the rails to have enough pre-drilled holes left and they are formed holes so you'd need to drill and tap, and since the factory holes are distortion punched it's really not something you can reproduce and get the same thread engagement. Personally I think if it was packaged with 2 sets of the shorter rails and the longer ones were available as a reasonable cost option it would be a better product, or there were more pre-drilled holes on the inner rails, like all the way across instead of just a few on either end. I'm just not sure what particular product they had in mind when they came up with the dimensions they even sell an outrigger for this for extension tables for, which can be purchased as a kit with this base, which you'd think would be intended for a Delta Unisaw, or a Powermatic 66 or a Sawstop Professional, or any one of the off shore clones of such, or one of the many hybrid saws, but these all have about the same base dimensions, dimensions smaller than this base can adjust to.

Speaking of the outrigger, which I also have, it is also weirdly oversize, it's 32" front to back and none of the saws mentioned above have tables that deep and certainly not a leg support needing those dimensions. Even the Saw stop industrial is only 30" deep with a support leg footprint significantly smaller than that. And this cannot really be cut down in any sort of reasonable way as the castor supports are welded onto the ends, so somewhere you end up with a trip hazard. And the bracketry for the outrigger is also odd, it has some strange clamp dealy on one end that clamps around the inner crossbar of the main base and a flanged end that bolts to that oversize table leg support, which by the way has holes that have no relationship to the hole spacing on the bars of the main base. The whole thing could be simpler if they just drilled the holes all the way across on the main base and used the same spacing on the outrigger and just gave you 2 of the same bracket. it would solve multiple problems. Interestingly though, the outrigger does not share the same picturesque boxing of the base, and is well packaged, not slippery and arrived in perfect shape.

But anyway, it is a good, solid product, which I would absolutely recommend and was a huge step up from the Delta mobile base I had on my Unisaw which sagged in the middle at it's only lift point and became not very mobile. Having 4 rotating casters makes it a breeze to move around, it locks down solid, is easy to level, can effortlessly operate it with your feet, it just seems to have a little too much marketing in the packaging, and a little too much counter productive generosity in it's dimension. I really do wish they'd made it less generous and upsold me kits to make it expandable in steps, for both products. All in all it's a well built product, but I can't say it's a particularly well engineered product at least not from a versatility stand point.

There are recommendations in the Q&A to solve the size problem by putting in a plywood base and then putting whatever tool you have on that, but this just seems like a bit of a cheesy hack to a problem that shouldn't be there in the first place. Especially considering this product is coming from a company that makes a base based on your supplied piece of plywood, and if you really wanted to stick your machinery on plywood would you have bought a "Super Duty", rated to 3/4 of a ton steel base?

So, Bora if you read these, either A) drill more holes in the rails, or B) make it smaller and sell me stuff to make it bigger, or sell me stuff to make it smaller, either way. Oh and just make the hole patterns the same everywhere and you'll need to make fewer unique parts, then even the extra up sell parts are just the same really, you could be selling me all kinds of different size rails that are just cut from the same continuous hole blank, and lastly get better (and cheaper) boxes and put a label on it if you want a picture for the sales floor.
Kept: An American Househusband in India
Kept: An American Househusband in India
I received this book when it was free, I liked the title. It took a while before I got to it, but I'm so glad I did. Mr Buford has an easy writing style and it wasn't long until I felt I could see the action in the book. Take away, things don't always go as planned, or desired but enjoy what comes to the fullest. His wife takes the Federal service test with him, she passes. His career once settled in India is unfulfilling while the staff at his home are many and not how he wants his son to be raised, quit and be the man. Not much enchantment as a stay at home dad, join the women's playgroup for their kids. Small stuff rolls off his back. The construction crew building the towering building next door all move onto the property, oh well. The family's core staff, once trimmed, become a cohesive network for Greg, Dana, and Cole.
I enjoyed the descriptive of Dana's work and co-workers, the people they meet together and become friends with, and the Indian culture and lifestyles. The lack of judgement of the family is appreciated by this reader. As family and friends come to visit we're able to see the places they are taken for a better understanding. Travel in country seem astounding.
The decision to adopt Nina contributes to the awareness of the complexities and racism rampant in the country. The bureaucratic processes are endless. And then, relocation. The "up to the last minute" drama had me sitting on the edge of my chair.
A very well written story.
Power Rangers Lightning Collection S.P.D. Omega Ranger and Uniforce Cycle Vehicle 6-Inch Collectible Figure Toy (Amazon Exclusive)
Power Rangers Lightning Collection S.P.D. Omega Ranger and Uniforce Cycle Vehicle 6-Inch Collectible Figure Toy (Amazon Exclusive)
So lets get the first bit out of the way. Amazon seriously dropped the ball on packaging. My box is worthless because they will use an envelope that's undersized. Mine had tape to keep it shut. The figure itself was fine but if you are hoping to display the box, you may find yourself flipping a two head coin and calling tales.

Now the figure itself it's fine. In comparison to the show there is a noticeable lack of paint apps and inaccuracy to the front. What you see in the pictures is what you get. So if you accept that then you should have no problem with the figure. As usual with the line, there are going to be some horrible paint apps. I was lucky enough but I have spots where the metallic paint was scraped off.

So the figure on it's own I'd say a 3.5. The figure as a representative of the show is at a 2.5.

The extra draw here is the bike. The wheel moves and it's sturdy. It's a nice display piece.
The handlebars don't really go in securely. They slide in but nothing locks them down.
Power Rangers PRG LC 6IN DT White Ranger Figure
Power Rangers PRG LC 6IN DT White Ranger Figure
Hasbro really dropped the ball on this one. The helmet has black paint apps in the pictures and show but those apps are nowhere to be found on the figure itself. There is good news- if you get this figure contact Hasbro support and they will send you a replacement helmet (just the helmet not a whole new figure) with the paint corrected. Other than that fiasco, this is a solid addition to the Lightning Collection.
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast Wrecker Zord Converting Action Figure Toy from TV Show
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast Wrecker Zord Converting Action Figure Toy from TV Show
I now own both the Japanese Bandai version and the new Hasbro version, Hasbro's has a totally different feel to it, yet has the same kind of transformation, they really improved on the way the Crain arm slides through the chest and locks into place, but it lacks Clips in the section where the beetle/mantis 👀 head shows and that's a weak spot when you make the Beast X ultrazord. Overall it's not bad for a first attempt on Hasbro part
Power Rangers In Space 6.5-Inch Black Ranger Legacy Figure
Power Rangers In Space 6.5-Inch Black Ranger Legacy Figure
I was so pleased that Amazon had the Black Power Ranger-in-Space available! This figure completed that portion of my Legacy Collection of Power Rangers. These are outstanding figures. It's a shame Bandai no longer has the Rangers' license.
Be Afraid
Be Afraid
an actual demonic entity that uses human sleep paralysis as a gateway into our world.

the premise is good, it creates ambiguity and the idea of sleep paralysis is an original (?) plot device; certainly a welcome relief from ouija board and seance cliches.
the town's corrupt sheriff is apparently abducting children to save his own daughter or at the very least covering up their unearthly disappearances, and this is where the writing stumbles.
Basically the concepts presented to the viewer aren't that well developed or expounded upon.

Overall this is similar to the movie "Sinister" with Ethan Hawke which I highly recommend (5 stars), you really should watch that one instead, it's hands down worth the price of a rental or purchase.
Essentially in "Sinister", we're dealing with a very nasty and ancient Babylonian demon who corrupts the souls of innocent children and uses them to murder their respective families, the subtexts are also very well developed and serve to solidly underscore the main theme of the storyline.

Unfortunately the same can't be said of "Be Afraid".
The cinematography is a tad dark, literally, so it's hard to distinguish details in some important scenes, although this may have been intentional in order to create that atmosphere of mystery and doubt.

Some of the actors don't enunciate well enough for my tastes and the audio quality seems curiously deficient so closed captioning may be necessary for some viewers.

The film has it's moments but it's too episodic.
I must add a note of bemusement regarding a scene wherein the doctor is attempting to resuscitate his half-drowned wife; I've never seen such a lackadaisical depiction of CPR, it's almost comical.
ADEPTNA MEMORY FOAM LEG PILLOW ORTHOPAEDIC FIRM BACK HIPS & KNEE SUPPORT WITH COVER
ADEPTNA MEMORY FOAM LEG PILLOW ORTHOPAEDIC FIRM BACK HIPS & KNEE SUPPORT WITH COVER
I have had back issues (slipped disc) in the past and had been sleeping with a regular thin pillow between my knees but it would never stay in place and covered too much of me making me too warm in bed. This stays in place and is small enough that it only covers the part of your legs that it is holding apart. It's very comfortable and does a much more effective job than a regular pillow. My wife is pregnant and is having hip discomfort, tried a specifically shaped maternity pillow and didn't get on with it; I bought her one of these as well and she really likes it and the hip discomfort has stopped. I would definitely recommend this product if you are having any sort of lower back or hip problems. I've not yet tried cleaning it as I've not used it for very long, but the cover can be removed. One word of caution: you might find discomfort increases for a night or two - it did in both mine and my wife's case - but that's just your body getting used to the position; after that it was a huge improvement for both of us.
Siemens Milchbehälter-Adapter TZ50001, für EQ.500 Kaffeevollautomat, schwarz
Siemens Milchbehälter-Adapter TZ50001, für EQ.500 Kaffeevollautomat, schwarz
Von der Idee her gut, aber sehr happig im Preis.
Man braucht die Milch nicht mehr umfüllen und so hält sie länger "keimfreier" frisch.
Aber der Schlauch ist, meine ich, etwas zu kurz, die Halterung zu schwer und groß. Würde das ganze gerne im Milchkarton lassen und alles zusammen in den Kühlschrank stellen, dann kippt die Halterung aber vom Eigengewicht aus dem Karton. Schöner wäre es, wenn man nur den Schlauch abnehmen könnte, der dann im Milchkarton verbleiben könnte. So braucht man nicht jedes Mal den Schlauch reinigen und bei erneutem "reinstecken" wieder Schmutz und Keime in den Milchkarton einbringen.
Was mich aber am meisten stört, es passen 3 verschiedene "Tetra-Packs" Milchpackete 1L nur gerade so, noch darunter. Eigentlich müßte ich die Maschine um 1-2 cm höher setzen damit es gut passt.
Alles in allem kann ich sagen, da ginge viel mehr. Zurzeit benutze ich deshalb leider wieder den original Milchtank....
De'longhi ECAM 23.460.SB Kaffeevollautomat (15 bar Druck, Automatik-Cappuccino-System, abnehmbarer Wassertank 1,8 l, LCD-Panel, automatische Reinigung) silber/schwarz
De'longhi ECAM 23.460.SB Kaffeevollautomat (15 bar Druck, Automatik-Cappuccino-System, abnehmbarer Wassertank 1,8 l, LCD-Panel, automatische Reinigung) silber/schwarz
Tiene 4 opciones de cafe (corto, normal, largo y extralargo) y 4 opciones de intensidad. Lo unico que deja algo que desear en un mejor funcionamiento de la ruleta selectora, falla mucho. Tambien reseñar el gasto de agua (uso embotellada) , ya que no solo gasta el agua que tira por los inyectores (por donde sale cafe), sino tambien expulsa agua a la bandeja directo a la parte interna. Por lo demas, todos los cafés decentes, excepto de extralargo que sale aguachirri, incluso con opcion extrafuerte. Hay que hacer descalcificacion si o si aunque uses embotellada y cambiar el filtro cada 2 meses o cada 4 si usas ambotellada. La leche sale cremosa y correcta para un capuccino. Puede sacar agua caliente sola, pero no leche sola, te muele el café sí o sí. Por 400e que costó no esta mal, aunque no creo que debiera costar mas de 200e. Ahora están en auge y hay que pagarlas, pero yo esperaría unos años si no fuera por el capricho.
Schleich Horse Club Pick Up with Horse Box 15-piece Educational Playset for Kids Ages 5-12
Schleich Horse Club Pick Up with Horse Box 15-piece Educational Playset for Kids Ages 5-12
Overall, the normal quality of the Schleich brand is usually good. This time, not so much. I very rarely give less than a 5 star review, but my child used their $60 to purchase this product specifically. The stickers on the aide completely came off within hours, and within 24 hours one of the tabs that snap the drop gate on the trailer to the trailer broke off. I applied super glue to it a total of 4 times, even scuffing with 1000 grit sand paper as to remove the old super glue. Still would not hold. I recommend to shop around before purchasing. And we have the entire stable from Schleich, along with other products from the company.

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