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Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort: Harry Potter 7
Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort: Harry Potter 7 by J.K. Rowling, Dominique Collignon-Maurin, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 304 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Hit Sensations Presents Harry Potter Collectible Series #2
Hit Sensations Presents Harry Potter Collectible Series #2
Hit Sensations Presents Harry Potter Collectible Series #2 by J.K. Hit Sensations; Rowling and Color Photographs. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Le Droit de tuer (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Le Droit de tuer (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Le Droit de tuer (Best-sellers) (French Edition) by John GRISHAM and Dominique DEFERT. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Mr. Mercedes: En espanol (Spanish Edition)
Mr. Mercedes: En espanol (Spanish Edition)
Mr. Mercedes: En espanol (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 113 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Introduction to Programming Using Python, An
Introduction to Programming Using Python, An
Introduction to Programming Using Python, An by David I. Schneider. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP and PostgreSQL Programming By Example
PHP and PostgreSQL Programming By Example
PHP and PostgreSQL Programming By Example by Agus Kurniawan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets from the Berkshire Hathaway Managers
The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets from the Berkshire Hathaway Managers
From the outset I had the feeling that this book would be something special. In a typical Buffett book the author sits back in his armchair, reads some historical Berkshire annual reports and then attempts to rehash and paraphrase the words of Buffett. Miles has taken the effort to physically travel across the country to interview some of Berkshire's finest managers. If Buffett is the brains of the organisation, then his managers are its heartbeat. They keep its lifeblood, namely cash, pumping through the organisation on a daily basis. This book provides some penetrating insight into one of the most important yet arcane aspects of company valuation, which is evaluating quality of management. Some of my notes on the CEOs follow:

Tony Nicely, head of operations at GEICO - The most striking thing about Tony is that he treats GEICO as his company even with no direct share ownership. The company forms an integral part of his life and when that type of manager is combined with a high quality business the results are very potent

Lou Simpson, investment manager at GEICO - Lou has an edge because he is able to obtain differential insight into a company which has not yet been factored into the share price. He maintains this edge by thinking and reading voraciously. He is in the office by 6am and stays until 7:30pm - that is a lot of reading and thinking, almost certainly more than his competitors. He evaluates companies both qualitatively and quantitatively, he is interested in both the business and the people

Ajit Jain - Ajit is obviously a very intelligent man since he is charged with pricing super catastrophe insurance. Yet he says "I can take a deal that I've spent 10 days trying to analyse and give it to him, and in 5 minutes he's two steps ahead of me...Warren is a lot smarter, he has a lot more experience and he can make judgement calls. There is no dimension I can think of where I am anywhere close to where he is"

Rose Blumkin - Once again the incredible work ethic shines through and it is emphasised that Buffett invests in people first and businesses second

Frank Rooney, CEO of H. H. Brown - When acquiring the business, Buffett said "Don't any of that stuff from Goldman Sachs, just send me the audited numbers for the last couple of years". Rooney says "Warren hadn't seen a factory and he hadn't met any of the people. Why the hell did he buy a shoe company". Warren subsequently said "Much of my enthusiasm for this purchase came from Frank's willingness to continue as CEO. Like most of our managers, he has no financial need to work but does so because he loves the game and likes to excel"

Melvyn Wolff, Star Furniture - This interview illustrates Buffett's meticulous eye for detail. In examining three years of financial statements he observed and queried a slightly different wording of a footnote between one year and the next. This shows his incredible memory and recall. The interview also provides some insight into his valuation methods. Regarding the furniture business, the author mentions that Buffett purchases the company valued "at its current annual sales"

Susan Jacques, Borsheim's - Buffett needed only 10 minutes and five questions to determine his purchase price "What are sales? What are gross profits? What are expenses? What's in inventory? Are you willing to stay on?"

My primary criticism is that the book seems unbalanced. Not one negative thing was said and although working for Berkshire must be very good I can't imagine it is perfect. I think a review of mistakes can be just as insightful as review of the wonderful aspects and I'm disappointed that this was not present. Overall a recommended read.
First Mover: Jeff Bezos In His Own Words (In Their Own Words series)
First Mover: Jeff Bezos In His Own Words (In Their Own Words series)
Jeff Bezos is leading us into the future of the Internet, so it is interesting to know what he has said in the past and what he wants to do in the future! This book has a short introduction then focuses on quotes by Jeff Bezos which must have taken a lot of research to obtain. Helena Hunt does a great job of organizing the quotes according to topics. Each quote or set of quotes has a headline that indicates what the quotes will be about. I found this very helpful and considerate.

By reading this book you will learn a great deal about how Jeff Bezos thinks and how his thinking has changed over the years since focusing on selling almost everything imaginable. It is also intriguing to see how Jeff felt about not opening physical stores back in 2004. Of course amazon now has physical stores!

What I found intriguing was how many topics this book covers. Jeff talks about drones, Whole Foods, prime members (Do they buy more often?), self-reliance, persistence, what his wife thinks about him, galaxies aligning, customer needs, pizza, hiring talent, innovation, microwaves (very funny), risk taking, AI, Alexa, Star Trek, yard rakes and eBooks.

What I was most interested in was how people read more after getting a kindle. There is also apparently a way to order from amazon and pick up your order in two minutes.

But the quote I loved the most was this one: "The most radical and transformative of inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity-to pursue their dreams." ~ Jeff Bezos, letter to shareholders on April 13, 2012

This was one of the only books on Jeff Bezos that I hadn't read so I'm glad I finally had the chance to read it. For anyone new to reading about Jeff Bezos, this would be a good place to start.

~The Rebecca Review
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
The last 50 years has seen a quantum shift away from basic democratic principles, not only in the US, but in peer democracies around the world. A myriad of factors are responsible and there are plenty of heady books that chip away at some aspect, source or agent, but Dr. Kendzior's book, along with her previous one, 'The View from Flyover Country' represent the most visceral of accounts. It is beautifully written, weaving in both the social scientist in her as well as the mother, wife and citizen, and while looking at macro events, she never loses sight of the real effects on average citizens. The two books, which I would call companions, ultimately wind up asking the basic question, 'what kind of society do you want?' and they do so by showing you plainly the very kind of society you are in and how it went all so very wrong. The nefarious protagonist may be Donald Trump, but blame is cast wide and includes all for allowing institutional rot and storied institutions to crumble. The book, written ins 2019, is at times prescient at the national and even global level:

On page 2, “'To millionaire elite, many of whom already had an apocalyptic bent, a depopulated world is not a tragedy but an opportunity...'

On page 43, "It's the sense of having a government that seems to welcome death; a government that has abdicated even the pretense of working for its citizens or caring if they live or die"

But it never loses its connection to the personal. There are very poignant personal moments that help create a resonating context; In the wake of 9/11, she talks to her son about friends who enlisted in order to help but ‘they kept having to fight the same wars over and over, and that this left them hurting inside. My son asked if the government could give them special rewards like not having to work ever again, because they had already tried so hard to protect people, and I held his face to my chest so he wouldn’t see me cry.’

Social science is best, in my view, when it remains firmly connected to humanity. Graphs, statistics, calculated probabilities, are all important but understanding power structures require insights into ‘Flyover Country.’ And if you want to understand the era of Donald Trump, you can’t do it without understanding the forgotten portions of America and how they are connected to the global stage and its most villainous actors. Surveillance culture, elite criminal impunity, and the ongoing erosion of freedoms are not unstoppable forces, but to battle such forces requires first understanding the wellspring from which they come and the human cost if allowed to grow. I cannot say more than, read this book.
Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley
Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley
I was so looking forward to reading Catch a Fire, the Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White, but truthfully it turned out to be a constant struggle. Timothy White is a font of information, rather than a good story-teller and that is a real shame.

The beginning of the book we are given lengthy lessons in the origins of the Rastafari religion, historic background on the island of Jamaica, an explanation about reggae music and how it developed and a detailed account of how Haile Selassie came into power in Ethiopia which explained his relationship to King Solomon of Biblical fame. And then on page 60, we began to learn about Robert Nestor Marley's parentage and early life.

Throughout the book there were many interesting stories and tidbits of Marley's life including some quite fantastical supernatural stories. We learn that Marley's white father took him and placed him with a stranger for a year in his early life and his mother couldn't find him. We learn about his maternal grandfather, Omeriah who was a leader in his rural community who was an herbalist and able to communicate with spirits as a"Myalman -a person who possessed the knowledge and the power to deflect the machination of 0beah and to heal with folk medicine."

But throughout the book, the stories is interrupted with so much background information that the story of Marley's life fails to flow and unfurl in a fluent way and the facts themselves become irrelevant and confused in the readers mind.

To make matters worse the end isn't the end, but another 100 pages have been added since the books publication in 1983. These pages in the rambling and random manner of the previous 300 detail the lives of Bob's loved ones and family after his death and the legal battles which have been fought over publishing and recording rights.

I truthfully would have loved to read a concise and flowing account of Bob Marley's life, but this book did not provide that.
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited
4-1/2 stars, actually. If session details bore you, you might consider skipping the book, fully half of which consists of session details (players, circumstances, controversies, production conundrums, on-the-fly composition, variations of Bob's unusual "live" studio preferences, etc. etc. etc.) and deliberations over, controversies involving, criticism of setlists for the numerous tours (up to the first decade of the Never-Ending Tour) and hundreds upon hundreds of performances. (I happily put myself on the side of "More Session Details!" I still buy jazz CDs in the expectation that the "liner notes" - and here I date myself - will have all the desire session content as well as, with the case of historic performances - all the context and controversies, etc. one might wonder about.)

For me, this is an absolutely essential contribution to the Dylan literature, collecting so many unusual, sometimes revealing, observations from so many significant Dylan comrades, colleagues, lovers, haters, running buddies, etc. that one is hard pressed to speak authoritatively on any significant Dylan topic without reference to it. But so many of Heylin's hundreds...no, thousands...of opinions and judgments, based on his sources, to be sure, but also simply the personal sense he makes of an incomplete mosaic, raise so many questions about their sources that I - I'd categorize myself as an indefatigable, almost anal, researcher - needed the sourcing. And, more than a decade after the book's release, here's the key issue: Heylin has no website, and I could not locate the page-by-page sourcing he promises in the bibliographic note...not in the Internet Archive Way back Machine or anywhere else. His bibliographic note is helpful but incomplete - Heylin has heard performances he could not have attended but provides no suggestion as to how or where he heard or saw tape or whose views he might have informally adopted to categorize any bit of an evening's gig as, in his judgment, "the greatest live performance of (fill in the blank)." I presume that information might be obtained in the detailed full-source documentation. But it's not there. If anyone out there in Cyberland has any idea how I might obtain a pdf file of Heylin's sourcing, or an email address via which I might make a request, I'd be most grateful.

The index is useful but far from exhaustive. Names that come up in the text are often missing, particularly if they walk on and walk off a few times and aren't part of the quoted dramatis personae whose long passages Heylin builds his narrative around (he provides an appendix of useful thumbnail sketches to help you keep track of names you might not have encountered before). Other appendices - the songlist, for example, is most useful. The list of albums, however, didn't get an update for the 2nd edition (at least in the copy I own) and ends c.1990.

All that said, Behind the Shades-Revisited is a deeply researched and copiously reported bio, vastly informative and illuminating across many dimensions, brimming with Heylin's considered opinions, factual details and fact-based speculation on Dylan's family life, insatiable sexual and substance/stimulant/depressant appetites, links between life and art, and so much more, and thus remains an indispensable document...even if it fails to get to the heart of the enigma of Bob Dylan.

I'm looking forward to reading the 60,000 words Heylin has added to the 20th anniversary edition.
Your Backyard Is Wild: Junior Explorer Series Book 1 (Jeff Corwin's Junior Explorer)
Your Backyard Is Wild: Junior Explorer Series Book 1 (Jeff Corwin's Junior Explorer)
We didn't purchase this, but checked it out from our local library. What a wonderful, pleasant surprise. It teaches a lot, but doesn't come across in a preachy/teacher manner in the least. It inspired my daughter to explore our backyard this weekend, and we are already big nature lovers, raising butterflies, and landscaping for the birds, bird watching and spending time at local lakes. My favorite part of the book was a touch of real life that appeared in the last chapter. One of my favorite bird stories is that of Pale Male, and he (or at least his story and family) makes an appearance, and it was so fun to share that aspect of NYC with my daughter. Now she wants to visit and look for him. I'm totally impressed with this book. I've seen the author on various talk shows with animals, but had no idea he had books for children. We are adding these to our nightly reading routine, a chapter a night. Highly recommend.
GUND 6052069 Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Elmo Stuffed Animal Plush, 20"
GUND 6052069 Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Elmo Stuffed Animal Plush, 20"
The color was somewhat off, more orange than red, the cover was not as plush as expected for a Sesame Street endorsed item, the lips were of hard cardboard, which, for a stuffed toy, is not conducive for cuddling. I bought this item for my 2 year old grandson's birthday. He watches Sesame Street videos with me and loves Elmo, so you can imagine my disappointment when I received my shipment.
Rubie's Marvel: Avengers Endgame Child's Captain America Costume & Mask, Large
Rubie's Marvel: Avengers Endgame Child's Captain America Costume & Mask, Large
My son loves the costume. Seems well made and will be perfect for Halloween. However, (as another reviewer stated) the part that goes around the neck is itchy/uncomfortable and made of a different material than the rest of the costume. When my son took it off I put the neck band against my own neck, and it feels like tiny barbs are scratching the skin. We have plenty of time, and I don’t mind sewing a small piece of fabric to the backside of the neck area. Wouldn’t be a dealbreaker either way, but it would bother me if I was wearing it. But otherwise great costume. For size-I purchased medium, he is almost 6 (tall for his age and broad), and and it just fit him, but not tight. Large may have fit a little better, but for a “one time wear” the medium works.
HooplaKidz Doodle : How To Draw
HooplaKidz Doodle : How To Draw
Very simple drawing techniques that my daughter and I loved doing together. But keep the pause button handy, you'll need it.
Rubie's Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Deluxe Thanos Child's Costume, Large
Rubie's Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Deluxe Thanos Child's Costume, Large
This costume fit great and came with the Infinity gauntlet, most of the Thanos costumes did not. It was only a little more expensive, but cheaper than buying one separately. My son was very happy with it. It fit him well. He is 10 and weighs about 92 pounds. (We got the size Medium) I like that it was a little loose so that he could wear warm clothes underneath it. It is cold here in Utah at the end of October. I am only giving 4 stars because I had to order this twice. The first time it came with a small top in the medium package. I am glad that I ordered far ahead of time and was able to return it and reorder with time for the new one to show up before Halloween.
Ninja Swords of Death
Ninja Swords of Death
(1978 NOT 2017) "classic" martial arts action adventure filmed in Taiwan, English dubbed. AKA Flying Swallow. It is a swordplay classic featuring Tien Peng and Judy Lee (aka Chia Ling). This dubbed version is said to have been cut by 20 minutes, which makes some quick jumps in parts. Tien Peng plays a kindly heroic sword fighter. The beautiful, talented, and acrobatic Judy Lee doesn't show until near the end, which is too bad. She is great. Minus stars for poor film cutting, for not giving equal time to Judy Lee, and for screen display that crops off important detail. Sigh ...
Teen Monster
Teen Monster
Ryan Reynolds thrills as a Frankenstein guy brought back to life after he is killed for liking cool music like punk and goth. He is not a poser. Very funny movie if you like comedies and horror movies. Its like Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Encino Man.
Thoreau at Walden Pond DVD
Thoreau at Walden Pond DVD
It's nice to see Thoreau's Walden Pond. We do see his house location, an actual model of his living conditions, and the narrator helps us understand who and what he was. Walden Pond was saved because it had to be. It's a part of American history. Henry David Thoreau is one of the most well-known American authors, poets, writers, and philosophers. He is better known for living simply without frills and fancy things like indoor plumbing. He bathed in the pond where he fished his meals. He was self-reliant, independent, and would loathe us today for making our lives so complicated by being unable to entertain ourselves. We need computers, music, ipods, internet, telephones, televisions, and radio. He didn't need that because he didn't have that but he still became an American original and part of our country's history and culture. The 20 minutes video is good for education.
Nightrunners by Joe R.; Dean Koontz (Introduction) Lansdale (1987-06-02)
Nightrunners by Joe R.; Dean Koontz (Introduction) Lansdale (1987-06-02)
WARNING FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS

It’s Galveston, Texas, in the mid-1980s, and modern-minded, well-heeled couple, Becky and Montgomery Jones, should be living the dream. Professional academics, they both have good quality of life, a steady income, are a well-matched, physically handsome pair and, as lovebirds since their college days, they care for each other deeply. It should be a match made in Heaven, but in actual fact their blissful life has been ruined by a dreadful incident approximately four months prior to this narrative, when their house was broken into while Monty was away, and Becky savagely raped by a former student of hers, Clyde Edson, who wasn’t just a juvenile delinquent but a fledgling serial killer already known locally as the ‘Rapist Ripper’.

Edson was later apprehended and committed suicide while remanded in jail, but of course Becky’s recovery from such an ordeal was never going to rely solely on the hand of justice. The deep psychological wounds have destroyed her pleasant suburban existence. She now lives in fear of the night, endures harrowing nightmares and bizarre premonitions, is completely unable to enjoy sex, and has ambivalent feelings about her husband because of his previous political stance; before this event, Montgomery Jones was a liberal through and through – he believed in tackling the causes of crime rather than cracking down on it, he looked to rehabilitation rather than punishment, he didn’t regard Galveston’s underage hoodlums as thugs and predators so much as disadvantaged kids who need a helping hand rather than a good smack around the head.

All of this has changed now, of course – except that it’s too late.

Even though Monty wasn’t present at the time of the rape and could have done nothing to prevent it, he now regards his former ‘enlightened’ attitude as a kind of moral cowardice, and is inwardly repelled by his previous pretence of intellectual superiority when in reality he suspects that he has always been unnerved by the prospect of taking a tough stand. He particularly agonises about an incident from his childhood, when he was too frightened to intervene as a local bully force-fed his kid-brother a dog turd. What’s even worse from Monty’s point of view is that he suspects Becky thinks this about him too, even if she won’t say it. Just being in his wife’s melancholy presence now unmans him.

It looks as if their relationship, once so strong, has fatally fractured … until late that October, when in a desperate effort to patch things up, Monty takes Becky out to a friend’s cabin, so they can get some peace and quiet. It’s an idyllic, pine-clad location in the East Texas wilderness, and the crisp autumn weather is beautiful. For the first time in a while, the couple begin to relax again in each other’s company, even though there is still much lost ground to make up.

However, this hesitation to resume their former status is actually the least of their problems.

Because unbeknown to the Joneses, several members of Clyde Edson’s gang – all of them complicit in the Rapist Ripper murders – eluded capture, including his psychopathic second-in-command, Brian Blackwood, and their reign of Hell is far from over.

Blackwood still remains in awe of his deceased ex-leader, viewing him as a kind of Nietzchean superman – primarily because he never let human sentiment hamper him when he was out to get whatever he wanted. Despite this, Blackwood has no initial motivation to go back and finish off Becky Jones, their last victim … until, one feverish midnight, when he receives a nightmarish visitation from his former friend, now reduced to the status of demonic ventriloquist dummy seated on the knee of the satanic ‘God of the Razor’, an horrific being who literally wears a coat made from flayed human flesh and shoes made out of guillotined human heads (and who will go on to appear several times more in Lansdale’s work).

Whether this is a genuine supernatural event or simply a figment of Blackwood’s deranged mind is basically irrelevant, as Edson demands a continuation of their previous crime: a full-scale attack on Becky Jones, culminating – after the gang have sexually defiled her for as long as they care to – in the removal of her heart. If anyone gets in the way, like her husband of course, he/they can also be dispatched.

Impressed by this, and by the promise of dominion in a hellish afterlife – and if ever his enthusiasm for this flags, egged on aggressively by Edson’s damned soul, which now seems to possess him – Blackwood gets the gang back together and they go on the prowl in their distinctive black ’66 Chevy, seeking out the Joneses and slaughtering anyone who even threatens to hinder their progress. They are so bent on this mission, and so ruthless with anyone who might have information for them (strewing carnage every which way), that it isn’t long before they learn about the isolated cabin where the injured couple are trying to recuperate …

It probably isn’t going too far to say that The Nightrunners put Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale on the map. This is a very early novel of his, originally written in 1982 as Night of the Goblins, but since then he’s become a literary landmark in his own right in the overlapping fields of horror, crime, Rural Noir, Southern Gothic etc.

It isn’t a particularly long novel, and nor is it likely to educate or edify you if you’re looking for something highbrow. In truth, this is a long way from Lansdale’s best work; he himself has repeatedly reminded folk that it’s an early effort and has voiced surprise that it continues to draw positive reviews. But what I will say is that, even now, three decades after first publication, it’s one headlong thrust of a narrative and a hell of a page-turner.

It’s also brutal and nasty … and I mean excessively so. Okay, there thankfully isn’t much here in the way of torture-porn. But this is visceral violent crime fiction at its most unforgiving.

The antagonists are beyond the pale in terms of amoral, purposeless depravity, and their main targets almost impossibly innocent and genteel. Other tougher, worldlier characters are introduced on the side of right – streetwise cop, Ted Olsen, and gang-members with a conscience, Jimmy and Angela – but from the very beginning you just know that this southern-fried fury ride is only going to end in one final and massive confrontation between the civilisation-softened Joneses and the walking bunch of disenfranchised aberrations which is all that remains of Clyde Edson’s murder gang.

It’s a dark and horrible atmosphere; I’ll make no bones about that. Even early in the book, when it’s mainly about the Joneses trying to restore their equilibrium in a place that seems beyond danger, the reader’s sense of growing dread is palpable – Blackwood and his boys have commenced the hunt for their prey equipped with nothing more than animal cunning and naked bloodlust, but draw steadily nearer to them with the turn of each page.

I don’t want to say too much more, certainly not about the explosive finale, which you obviously won’t need me to tell you is not going to end well for any members of our ensemble cast, either the good or the evil. But suffice to say that it hasn’t been likened to the ultra-violent British movie, Straw Dogs, for nothing.

The message of The Nightrunners isn’t an especially complex one. Lansdale isn’t setting out to explore a moral conundrum here. Quite the opposite, in fact. Montgomery Jones’ earlier self – the guy who tried to rationalise the cause and effect of societal breakdown in modern-day America – is soon jettisoned in favour of the raw, frightened and somewhat more dangerous animal he becomes later in the book; and though there are hints that some of these problems are the result of small-town boredom (kids like Jimmy with nothing to do but hang around pool rooms all day) and failure to compromise by those who are supposedly older and wiser (Angela’s mother kicking her out for having pre-marital sex, and thus driving her daughter into the enclave of the gang), the real corruption here is attributed fairly and squarely to an unknowable supernatural force, the Razor God, and though this may be a metaphor for insanity, it is clearly a power beyond Blackwood’s ability to resist and one for which no-one involved can really carry the blame.

The Nightrunners won’t be to everyone’s taste – but it cuts to the quick. With the best intentions in the world, we probably like to believe that violence is not and can never be the only answer to our problems … but, like it or not, there are always going to be occasions when it’s an option, and perhaps, if we are being pushed hard enough at the time, an option we’ll even find desirable.
Love Between the Covers
Love Between the Covers
So I got to see Love Between the Covers for the first time at the Popular Culture Association's annual conference in Seattle, March of 2016 - and I loved it on sight. I had been waiting for the opportunity to view documentary since I first heard about it's creation, and I avidly followed it's progress when it was making its rounds at the documentary festivals in the time between its release and the PCA conference. I was half in love, I think, before the title screen even rolled.

I had previously seen the documentary "Guilty Pleasures" which had run on PBS, and while enjoyable it had been a little shallow and even a little critical of the romance readers who served as the documentary's focus. So I was excited, hungry even, for something new. Something in depth and up to date - something extraordinary!

Laurie Kahn (who is the absolute nicest person by the way) and her team did a bang-up job on Love Between the Covers. The romance community is widespread and complicated, so it would have been impossible to get everything that needed to be said into one 90 minute documentary. But that being said they got as much in there as they possibly could about our history as a genre and a community; about our diversity of backgrounds (for readers and writers) and our LACK of diversity when it comes to POC or LGBT writers and characters; and about the stigmas we face and the way in which we band together to overcome them.

The minute that LBtC released on digital I snatched up a copy, and I've watched it easily a half-a-dozen times since. What is more I recommend it to everyone. Fellow English students and scholars, friends, family, and my friends from the romance community who haven't seen it yet. And if you haven't watched it yet, trust me now is the time. Whether you're a long time romance reader, or someone who isn't sure they know what a romance really is, or even a romance "hater" who needs an attitude adjustment A.S.A.P., check this documentary out. You won't be sorry.
Dragon Ball perfect edition - Tome 01 (Dragon Ball perfect edition (1)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball perfect edition - Tome 01 (Dragon Ball perfect edition (1)) (French Edition)
I like the book so much I also bought a second volume the reason I bought the French version of the dragon ball manga is that this release was the same manga format as the Japanese versions we also have the same ones in Canada there they are called the 3 In 1 editions the release is ok but it had least censorship in one of the volumes.
Viz Media the North American Manga Company are still censoring the other dragon ball manga in English release which it sucks so I bought this version instead to avoid the crappy censorship.
The Emigrant's Song (Winds of Change)
The Emigrant's Song (Winds of Change)
A spirited and angelically voiced young woman and a man smitten with her embark on a new adventure across an ocean in The Emigrant's Song by Gina Hooten Popp.

January Buchanan is a talented singer and she wants to be able to make the most of her talents, often finding a way to sing in a local tavern in her Irish village. When a pair of American music businessmen come to Ireland to scout singers to record, January sees her chance to seize the rare opportunity that has presented itself to her. Convincing her longtime friend and beau John McLaren that this adventure to America would benefit them both is no small task, as they would be leaving their home and family behind, likely to never see them again, should they embark on this new chapter in their lives.

Quick and easy to read, this novella provides a relatively entertaining glimpse into the lives of those emigrating to a new country in the hopes of improving their lives and reaching their dreams. Though I appreciated the assertive nature that January exhibited, John's foil to that where he's presented primarily as a pushover makes January seem a bit too manipulative; with this story serving as background introducing the characters prior to their larger, subsequent narrative, which I haven't read, they may be developed further to be more complex, and enjoyable, characters but this brief snapshot doesn't portray much depth.
J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien
Even onderstanding Tolkien's write shouldn't be read through his life, it is inevitable to lear it as well as a fiction as a reflection about time and space of a life time. I'm not saying it in the point of view of a criticism reading but is also very rich to see Lord of The rings and Hobbit too as words of being in such difficult times, as Tolkien said in a year he saw all of his friends being dead and he and C.S. Lewis were the ones alive. This should be, in our days, an important point of view because, being different times are also strange and we can always learn with the past
The Life & Faith of C.S. Lewis - The Magic Never Ends
The Life & Faith of C.S. Lewis - The Magic Never Ends
This is a generally good biography of C.S. Lewis, probably the greatest Christian writer and apologist of the 20th century.

The DVD is very well made with excellent cinematography, enlightening interviews with family members and others, good musical scores and excellent narration by Ben Kingsley.

The DVD does a good job of tracing Lewis's life from the childhood loss of his mother and subsequent life in cruel boarding schools, his early academic achievements, his service in WWI, his conversion to Christianity with the assistance of fellow Oxford dons including JRR Tolkein as well as his relationship and marriage to Joy Davidman. The DVD shows Lewis as a brilliant writer and thinker who was always frank and honest about his early atheism, his conversion and subsequent faith in Christ.

Although the DVD is very well made and approaches the life of CS Lewis as a whole in a methodical fashion, I only gave this DVD 3 stars. The video, at one point, makes the spurrious suggestion that Lewis may have had an affair with Mrs. Moore, the mother of a fallen comrade who died in the trenches of WWI. Lewis had made a pact with "Paddy" Moore that if one did not survive combat, the other would take care of the family of the one who died. I felt it unseemly to make this suggestion for which there was absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

Although well made, I give it only three stars and would, instead, recommend "C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia" available here on Amazon in preference. It is a far superior video.
Main Street #4: Best Friends
Main Street #4: Best Friends
I didn't realise quite how long it had been since I read the last book in this series, but GoodReads informs me that it was November 2012, so this book has been waiting very patiently on my shelf for over a year now. I've been a committed fan of Ann M. Martin ever since I first picked up one of her Baby-Sitters Club books in the late 90s. This series has some big differences, but still contains some of the things I love so much about Martin's children's books--close-knit communities and families, a focus on friendship above all and an encouragement to preteen girls to enjoy whatever hobby takes their fancy (acting, science, drawing, sewing, etc).

I do wonder if this book might be a bit too slow moving for some readers, but I probably would have enjoyed it when I was younger. I remember being a big fan of continuing series when I was a child, so I would have loved the way this town and its inhabitants changed over the course of the books (the Fongs have a baby, Aunt Allie moves to town, Olivia's parents open a shop, etc). The continuity is excellent, but that does make this the kind of series you probably need to read in order. A lot is summed up, but this book so clearly follows on from the last one and leads into the next that I think it would be better appreciated in order.

Although I can see some kids wanting a book that's faster-paced or filled with more action, for kids who are a bit more shy and are interested in arts and crafts and long to live in the kind of town where you know all your neighbours, this is perfect. It reminds me a little bit of a children's version of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. Although I know that the perfectness of the close-knit community in Virgin River is unrealistic, I still love it all the same, and keep coming back to find out what's happened to each family in the next book. The Main Street series has the same appeal.
Runaway (1984)
Runaway (1984)
Finaly we have this great 80s kind of sci fi film available on blu ray. It's been forgotten about almost to the point that you never hear or see of this film any more. Although it was a flop when released in 84/85 it still has some thrills & enjoyment to offer up. Set in a very 80s style of the then not too distant future, where Robots do much of lifes tasks such as nanny, housemaid, crop cutter, & builder etc Tom Selleck (Three Men & A Baby) is Ramsey a widowed cop & single father to his son Bobby (Joey Cramer - Flight Of The Navigator) whose job is to confront the robots that have gone awol, he & his partner & possible love intrest Thompson, played by Cythia Rhodes (Dirty Dancing) have to protect Jackie,(Kirsty Alley - cheers, Deadly pursuit) the girlfriend of sociopathic techo villain Luther, Played by Rock band Kiss, bass player Gene Simmons. Jackie has come to police with evidence Luther is causing robots to malfunction & kill innocent people by replacing electronic chip with doctored ones. He wants the evidence & tecnology back & with his techno weapons, heat seaking bullets & robot acid injecting spiders, robot tracking devices, he will stop at nothing to get back what he wants. There are some cheesey noments of clunky very early 80s looking suposed robots that look more like a sound system from the period wandering around & a scene of one robot that looks like a 1980 vcr player holding a gun having taken a family hostage, that are played serious but just look ridiculous. But other than that the film is very memorable & really rather enjoyable. Writen and directed by Michael Chrichon (Jurassic Park, Westworld) the film has been almost forgotten but thankfully has been released again. The film also includes a feature length commentary from UK film critic Kevin Lyons (101 version of film) and is well worth a watch. Also as a side note this version came in a great little box, not like the usual blu ray boxes, more sturdy & translucent too.
Pippi Langstrumpf. Gesamtausgabe in einem Band. ( Ab 8 J.). (German Edition)
Pippi Langstrumpf. Gesamtausgabe in einem Band. ( Ab 8 J.). (German Edition)
Unser Sohn hat Pippi für sich entdeckt und natürlich musste da ganz schnell das Buch her, um es vorgelesen zu bekommen. Es war schön, alle drei Bücher in einer Gesamtausgabe zu bekommen. Beim vorlesen wurde mir dann erst wieder bewusst, wie betagt diese Geschichten schon sind. Die verwendete Sprache kommt teilweise ein bisschen altbacken rüber. Das kann man aber natürlich selbst beeinflussen, indem man einzelne Worte einfach durch zeitgemäßere Ausdrücke ersetzt. Diese Geschichten taugen aber immer noch dazu, Kinder für Bücher zu begeistern.
Mittlerweile kennt unser Sohn natürlich auch die Filme, aber auch er hat schon gemerkt, dass Bücher einen ganz eigenen Reiz haben. Wenn ich ihm ein Buch und die Verfilmung schenke, möchte er immer zuerst das Buch vorgelesen bekommen. Er hat also selbst (vielleicht unbewusst) gemerkt, dass beim Lesen eine Geschichte intensiver wirkt, als ein Film sie erzählt. Ich bin froh, dass Kinderbücher das auch in der heutigen Zeit noch bewerkstelligen können!
Montana Rescue (Sleeper SEALs Book 6)
Montana Rescue (Sleeper SEALs Book 6)
This was another excellent action packed romantic story in the multi author Sleeper SEALs series with this one centering around Caleb Mad Dog a DEAL no longer because of a bad knee. He lost everything he loved when he scrubbed out so he rented a cabin in Colorado to figure out what he would do with the rest of his life. He was contemplating jumping off a cliff when Hank, his friend approached him with news about someone that wanted to offer him a job handing him a phone. Caleb called Commander Lambert and he offered him a job with the CIA's sleeper group that was taking down a terrorist before he killed a CIA operative in Montana. Caleb accepted this offer and headed to Montana to help this CIA agent, Jolie Richards, and take down this terrorist, Nadir. This op have Mad Dog purpose in life and Jolie ended up being the love of his life. This story was amazing as these two worked together, saving each other's lives with Hank's organizations help to take down the terrorist that was after Jolie at her ranch where she baited him to go. Caleb gave Jolie his love and she now was no longer alone as she loved him too. This was a fantastic romantic action packed thriller as Caleb and Jolie got their happily ever after at her childhood home,Rocking R ranch in Montana and killed the terrorist, Nadir. She quit working for the CIA and Caleb started working for his friend Hank at the Brotherhood Protectors while they together worked the ranch. I cannot wait to read the next release in this Sleeper SEALs series.
Twilight (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Twilight (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
IT: Ho comprato questo libro perché la mia parucchiera mi ha detto che era bellissimo e che non aveva niente a che vedere col film.
Be non é vero, brutto il film e brutto il libro. Hai una differenza minima tra il film e il libro.
Non vado di certo a comprare il resto dei libri, neanche per scherzo e per essere una version kindle l'ho trovato carissimo. Ne ho comprati per molto meno e libri davvero meritevoli. Non capisco la spesa. Non lo consiglio, hai centinaia di libri molto piú belli. Questo per me é fra i piú brutti che ho letto.

ES He comprad este libro version kindle porque mi peluquera me lo aconsejo, diciendo maravillas y que no tenia nada que ver con la pelicula. Mentira, feo el libro y fea la pelicula. Hay diferencias minimas.
Además siendo un kindle es muy caro, he comprado mas libros en version kindle mas baratos, pero muy muy bonitos. No entiendo porque 4-5 veces mas caro que otros. No lo aconsejo, hay billones de libros mas bonitos. Para mi , se situa entre los libros mas feos que he leido.
Harry Potter 3 - De gevangene van Azkaban (Steelbook)
Harry Potter 3 - De gevangene van Azkaban (Steelbook)
I think Harry Potter 3 is brilliant. Directed by the mega multi-award winning director Alfonso Cuaron, of course. The 4K UHD copy is very dense and brilliantly coloured. My copy is from Poland and there are others from eg Italy and Australia but beware region compatability. We are region B in this, ok?
Why aren't the Harry Potters available in 4K UK? What are they holding back on?
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure
My cardiologist sent me for a CT coronary angiogram which put me in the top few percent most likely to have a heart attack.

I found this book on the net and have followed the diet exactly for 10 months. In the first 6-7 months I lost another 44 pound and have held that weight rock steady for the last three months. My total cholesterol has gone from 7.9 down to 4.2 and the LDL from nearly 6 to 2.6. Not quite enough with established artery disease, but done without any statins and to the amazement of my cardiologist who said it would not happen or at least said I wouldn't be able to follow the diet.

The author is a retired general surgeon who on a theory asked his cardio colleagues to permit him to try his dietary lifestyle change on willing cardio patients, all of whom had had heart attacks or bypasses etc. After six months (I think) seven knew they couldn't cut the diet and returned to standard cardio care. One of the remaining died of an arrythmia that was unrelated to the diet. The remaining 16 were all alive without a single further cardiac event 12 years later (and beyond). Of the 7 that had gone back to standard care all had had some kind of cardiac event including death.

It is not sufficiently explanatory to call this simply a vegan diet. I could eat lots of olive oil, refined flour, white bread, white rice, white pasta, cakes, peanuts, avocado, fake meats, refined breakfast cereals, sugar etc. etc. and call myself a vegan' however, I would not be on Dr Esselstyn's whole-food plant-based diet.

This book was only the kickstart for me. I have constantly looked at what I am eating and refined it to be more and more in line with the books proposals and to cover as many of the bases as possible (eg. don't spike blood sugar, don't eat too many wholegrains which will change the omege 6 to 3 ratio).

There are a few doctors who also propose similar diets for heart disease, but the only other one I give any real integrity to is Dean Ornish. The latter advocates some Omega 3 from fish oil and other lifestyle changes. Both diets have the facility for a milder version for those without heart disease, Dean Ornish offer 'levels' of the diet and Esselstyns son offers a more lenient version

Edit. 7 April 2019: A year after following this very low fat diet to the letter I slowly became side-tracked. I read a lot about high fat (low carb) ketogenic diets and how these diets were a solution to the inflammation that high carb plant-based diets allegedly caused. A little research seemed to indicate that most diabetics die in heart attacks and the two issues of heart disease and diabetes often go/progress hand in hand. I bought a Contour Next blood glucose meter and have tested my blood glucose levels at 45, 60 and 90 minutes after most meals for the last three and a bit years with the aim of getting these postprandial (after-eating) blood glucose levels down. Eventually I couldn’t do it without cutting carbs and adding significant fat, albeit mostly in the form of avocado and nuts (still no added oils). I also ate only twice a day: The first meal carbs and the last meal mostly avocado and nuts. Although I had lower postprandial blood glucose, my morning fasting levels slowly rose to approaching prediabetic levels.

I will cut a long story short. I was confounded for a couple of years listening to the arguments for high fat ketogenic diets and low fat plant-based ones: very difficult when usually the promoters are selling books or supplements or trying to become famous. So much crap and egos to sift through and most are as bad as each other on both sides and hard to trust any of them. What settled it for me was a recent 50 minute video I saw on youtube. Just go to youtube and search ‘ Denise Minger – In defence of low fat’. Denise Minger is or was the poster girl of high-fat ketogenic diets and a couple of years ago appraised a ton of low fat diets and then seemed to rip to pieces the low fat argument for diet; however, in this latest video she now admits a flaw in her previous assessment. Her previous appraisal was of low fat studies in the last 50 years. In the last 50 years a low fat diet has been anything with up to 30% of the daily calories coming from fat and these according to Denise Minger do not work for disease; however, she since went further back and looked at the research dating from the 1930’s where low fat diets were closer to 10% daily calories from fat and these diets appear or show to have arrested or reversed heart disease, diabetes and MS. So in a nutshell: modern day definition of a low-fat is simply not low enough.

For myself I am back on the very low fat diet (15% or less calories from fat or oils). I do not know for certain, but it might be more important than being strictly plant-based. My morning fasting blood glucose quickly returned to what it was before my excursion into eating more fat. People pushing ketogenic diets dismiss this as unimportant physiological insulin resistance – but there is no evidence that it is unimportant or even really what the long term effects of keto will be: and they have some of the most dubious people proposing it.

Significant fat in my blood does not seem to be good or the way to go. The blood vessels in our capillary beds are so thin that red blood cells can only pass through in single file and white blood cells often have to squish themselves to get through. After eating significant fat the circulation often comes to a standstill in the capillary beds until the fat is reduced. After eating carbohydrates the peak of blood glucose in the blood is usually about 45 minutes after which insulin usually has it under control and gets it right back down to base levels within two hours. The fat in the blood from a high fat meal however, might not peak in the blood for five or six hours and might take another five or six to return to previous levels. And significant fat in the blood seems to interfere with the bodies normal ability to clear those blood glucose levels too, keeping them high for several hours with the body responding by pumping out more insulin to try and get them down. It doesn’t appear to be a good mix. There are a couple of short youtube videos titled "Blood flow after a fatty meal 1" and "Blood flow after a fatty meal 2". They are well worth a look.

The difference between doing just a little bit of daily exercise and doing absolutely nothing also seems enormously important on several levels. If you are not exercise orientated then just to do five minutes of something that ends up raising your heart rate significantly, enough to just get you out of breath a bit. It is the difference between keeping that heart muscle toned or it degenerating. Exercise kickstarts all sorts of physiological processes that I read and failed to fully understand, but knew enough to see they were important. And a little bit of exercise raises mood and leads to the desire to be a bit more active. Swimming, yoga, brisk walk, three minutes on a treadmill, just raise the heartbeat momentarily, just enough to get a bit out of breath. I leave the vein popping, I’m- gonna-vomit exercise to the youngsters.

The other factor that seems likely beneficial to people like myself with CAD is not to be eating all day, especially late at night and definitely not fat late at night. I try to eat all my calories within a six hour window (or less) that ends no later that 6pm every day. It looks like our bodies like to repair themselves while we are safe and asleep. The subject is ‘autophagy’ if anyone wants to look into it further and I would recommend a book by a Dr Valter Longo called ‘The Longevity Diet’. He can also be found in interviews on youtube.

There is a bit of a fashion at the moment to eat one meal a day. A pretty big meal if you goal is not to lose weight. The advantage is to not be spiking blood glucose and insulin all day long. I have also practised this one meal a day after I became adapted to eating in six hours or less. I did notice that not eating for 22 hours and then eating a high carb plant-based meal sent my blood glucose through the roof. Perhaps my insulin producing pancreas was asleep after 23 hours of no activity and was caught on the hop. The solution to this is to eat a small amount of carbs (like half a banana) or to eat significant protein 30 minutes before the main carb meal. Protein disproportionaly stimulates insulin. Training myself to eat my one meal earlier and earlier in the day has also produced better results with blood glucose coming down earlier and quicker. Either way, eating after 6pm has to be a rarity because it appears humans do not clear glucose from the blood into the tissues as quickly later - there are biological circadian rthymn reason for this.
The Awakening: A Transformational Love Story
The Awakening: A Transformational Love Story
Master Coach Hu Delconzo's book, The Awakening, will wake up your Soul. The eleven Transformational Lessons that are so eloquently woven into this love story will BREATHE Life into your Soul and leave you wanting more. He guides you through each chapter giving you a glimpse of how to live a Self-fulfilling life. He Enlightens us to the Unconscious, negative beliefs we hold from our past and Empowers us to replace them with Holistic, Self-empowering beliefs so we can Actualize our own Divine Potential. Thank you, Coach Hu, for serving and being a conduit for some of this earth plane most insightful Spiritual Leaders, gurus and teachers.
Clarks Women's Sharon Gracie Penny Loafer
Clarks Women's Sharon Gracie Penny Loafer
The shoe looks nice. I like the color and it fits true to size. The issue is the heel bed is not deep enough and my heel slips out when I walk. The shoe isn't too big. My foot/heel just doesn't sit deep enough in the back of the shoe. It's a little weird. I can wear other Clarks shoes in an 8 medium with no problem. The front of the shoe fits just fine. They feel good, except when I walk and my heel slips out. I'm thinking of keeping them and getting those adhesive heel cushions, but I worry they would make the shoe fit tight. I may return these. Bummer because I like the style and look of the shoe.
Rugged Unlocked Cell Phones, Blackview BV5500 Pro 4G Smartphones IP68 Waterproof Drop Proof, 5.5” 3GB+16GB Dual SIM [Quad Core] Android 9.0 4400mAh Battery and Face ID Mobile Phones, Black
Rugged Unlocked Cell Phones, Blackview BV5500 Pro 4G Smartphones IP68 Waterproof Drop Proof, 5.5” 3GB+16GB Dual SIM [Quad Core] Android 9.0 4400mAh Battery and Face ID Mobile Phones, Black
The bad of this phone – not much and one issue possibly not even the phones fault. I use LastPass for my password control. The phone keeps shutting off the automated portion of LastPass (auto fill). I’m working on this issue. The other is that the USB connection on the bottom for charging the phone is covered with a rubber cover. I understand this is for water proofing, but every product that I’ve had that has this type of cover, the rubber holding the cover to the phone wears out quickly. I expect this cover to fall off within the year. Some sort of slide cover would be better. Really though, both are very minor issues. Yep, that’s it for the bad. The good is much better - The phone is certainly durable. I really like the rubber coating which makes the phone easy and secure to hold. One purchaser complained about the on/off button being overly sensitive. I haven’t found that to be the case. On the phone I have it takes normal pressure to push the button. The phone is very fast, meaning responsive. Taking pictures is a matter of just a second for the phone to focus and snap the picture. Apps come up quickly, and switching between them is also fast. The audio is plenty loud. I also noticed that the phone picks up the AT&T cell towers in my area very quickly and with a good strong signal. I had a cheaper cell phone (about half the price) that performed about the same, half the performance. For the price, this is a very nice phone. I especially appreciate the vendor/seller listing that the phone has GPS, gyroscope/accelerometer, and magnetic compass installed. Most advertise the picture quality but forget the importance of listing all the features of the phone. I use these three features with applications I’ve installed. My prior cheaper Android phone didn’t have these features, so the phone wasn’t as useful as I needed. Listing these features on this phone was what made me finally choose this phone over others. I did a lot of research and this phone topped others for quality, features, and looks for the price range. The screen is bright and the battery life is pretty good. My sim is the original sim out of my long time past iPhone, which has worked in my prior Android phone as well as this one. I would recommend this phone to others, especially those that are active and need a tough cell phone.
AGPtek Baby Musical Mobile Plays Twelve Tunes
AGPtek Baby Musical Mobile Plays Twelve Tunes
Before i bought this product i read some of the reviews first, and i would say that it was kinda true about the sounds its too loud so i put a tape on half of the speaker so it will lessen the noise, i think it has 12 different songs and i was kinda disappointed because it was too short, i think it will only play 2-3 mins each of its songs, but what i love in this product is that you can hit play and stop button, if your baby is awake and wants to play you can just press the green button i think and if your baby is sleepin just hit the red button to stop, i have the manual mobile crib so for me to save money i just bought this product so i will never get tired of turning over and over again if it stops. Overall i like this product because it affordable and i would likely to recommend this product to all parents.
bokilino Car Cup Holder Phone Mount, Universal Adjustable Gooseneck Cup Holder Cradle Car Mount for Cell Phone iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max/11/X/Xs/Xs Max/8/8Plus,Samsung,Huawei,LG, Sony, Nokia (Black)
bokilino Car Cup Holder Phone Mount, Universal Adjustable Gooseneck Cup Holder Cradle Car Mount for Cell Phone iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max/11/X/Xs/Xs Max/8/8Plus,Samsung,Huawei,LG, Sony, Nokia (Black)
I love my old Jimmy, but when it comes to securing my cell phone, I have had challenges up until now. First of all in California, we are suppose to mount our cellphones in the lower left of our windshield. Awesome if you can; 1. Find a suction devices that will reliable stick to the windshield and 2. It not be a hot day because my iPhone will simply overheat.
Note my AC vent? See the quarter stuck in the vent? That quarter is the sign of failure. Actually there are two failures. First since my iPhone has a real case on it, the magnet barely holds unless I stick it to the outside and even then, a bump and it falls. Then there is the reason for the quarter. The AC vents are not stiff enough to support my IPhone 6S! I can't imagine a bigger phone working very well.
Then there is another problem that my beloved Jimmy has. The cupholders are tiny.
This is the first device that reliably holds my small cell phone in place. The cupholder tightens up nicely in my small-is cup holders.
Also, the cable that comes with this set seems pretty well built and as a bonus, unlike many other iPhone cables, fits through my "O" brand uber phone case.

Edit for review adjustment. Good, but be prepared to fix a minor issue in warmer climates.
(See Second Image - 14Aug2020)
So a few months into this, our Northern California summers kick in. The cup holder phone mount is always loose and needs constant re-tightening. Then I notice the rubber pads are starting to move. Apparently the glue on the rubber pads is heat sensitive. The pads slide down and the cup holder phone mount squirts out onto the floor. Since the pads are coming off intact, I think I will be able to clean the tape off of them and glue them on permanently. I'd suggest the manufacturer reconsider a minor change here.
Ball
Ball
Picked this book up for my nephew who is just about 2 years old. His favourite toys are balls and is often jealous of the dog because it always takes the ball, so this is the perfect book for him. The illustrations are great, and if you've ever owned a ball crazy dog this'll make you laugh. Due to his age, my nephew was very happy that he knew what the word was on each page, as the whole book is just a single word repeated. Because of this I don't recommend this for children learning to read.

In regards to my rating, I did find the book to be on the expensive side (at least what I paid for it), thus only receiving a four star review.
Sheepskin Rug Brush and Cleaner Pet Slicker Brush Fine Wire Rugs Brush to Remove Any Hidden Dirt Cats & Dogs CARDING Brush (M)
Sheepskin Rug Brush and Cleaner Pet Slicker Brush Fine Wire Rugs Brush to Remove Any Hidden Dirt Cats & Dogs CARDING Brush (M)
This brush arrived today. I took it out of the package five minutes ago. I brushed my rug a single stroke, and the head of this brush snapped off. I tried to use the head without the handle- it broke into two more pieces. After 15 second of use, this brush is completely destroyed. It needs to be removed from amazon to protect consumers.

Edit: I'm adding a second image of the inner back of the brush, which shows how the metal teeth are pulling out of shape after a few seconds of use.
Acrylic Paint Set -12 Acrylic Paints, 6 Paint Brushes for Acrylic Painting, 3 Painting Canvas Panels - Premium Art Supplies for Adults Canvas Painting
Acrylic Paint Set -12 Acrylic Paints, 6 Paint Brushes for Acrylic Painting, 3 Painting Canvas Panels - Premium Art Supplies for Adults Canvas Painting
I have been looking for affordable first time acrylic paint sets for my daughter. She's showed interest in it for a while now. I was sceptical getting this set, but it didn't disappoint. The paint doesn't have a smell. Which is nice. It isn't streaking. It's a nice, soft and we'll blending acrylic paint. The brushes are your typical starter brushes. So if you want better ones, gotta buy some. Everything else is awesome!
Dell Inspiron 17 3793 2020 Premium 17.3” FHD Laptop Notebook Computer, 10th Gen 4-Core Intel Core i5-1035G1 1.0 GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD, DVD,Webcam,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,HDMI, Win 10 Home
Dell Inspiron 17 3793 2020 Premium 17.3” FHD Laptop Notebook Computer, 10th Gen 4-Core Intel Core i5-1035G1 1.0 GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD, DVD,Webcam,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,HDMI, Win 10 Home
I wanted a good value, high middle, laptop for general use. This has proven to be a superb option.

It has a solid state drive. That was an essential requirement because all my past machine failures and slow downs have arisen from failed drives. The CPU is higher end for its class and price. If you search that chip, (i5-1035G1), most reviews put it at the upper end for its family and siblings. After that, everything else falls into place. Display is sharp; ethernet and WiFi are fine, (although it doesn't have a super fast network card, but at least it's still way more than enough). Sound is adequate. Keyboard has a good touch. Dell is very restrained about bloatware; there were just a few trial offer fillers. It comes with McAfee, but I just swapped in my Norton. Overall basic setup took about fifteen minutes out of the box. It comes with full Windows 10 Home, not the streamlined "s" version.

Get this. I downloaded the PassMark free trial performance test program from CNET and ran it on this laptop. It ranked at 80 percentile against all computers in the PassMark data base. CPU, memory, and storage were all 90 percentile or above. It was dragged down by the graphics performance, which was only a little above average. That makes sense because this is not represented to be a gaming machine or a high end runner for graphics programs. As I said - good value, high middle.

So, this is mainly for business, family, browsing, and general purpose use, but by that measure it is exactly what I wanted and needed.

12/23/20 UPDATE. I never had a most useful review before, so I felt I should update this. After five months of constant use I have not encountered any problems. The machine is on all day, every day. There has been no decline in speed and no glitches. I was not familiar with the "Dell Support Assistant", but that has worked seamlessly to keep drivers and software updated and current. I use an external mouse, but when necessary the touchpad works no better or worse than any other. Volume is just adequate for something like looking at a video from a family member on Facebook, but for Zoom meetings or when streaming something, an external speaker would be a worthwhile option. Don't know about the battery life, because I keep it plugged in. I can open and use fifteen or more browsing tabs at a time, so there's plenty of memory and processing power. I have all sorts of utilities and odd programs installed and haven't had any installation problems or conflicts, so the Dell shell seems to play nicely with everyone. So, still very happy with this.
Dowinx Gaming Chair Office Chair PC Chair with Massage Lumbar Support, Racing Style PU Leather High Back Adjustable Swivel Task Chair with Footrest (Black&Red)
Dowinx Gaming Chair Office Chair PC Chair with Massage Lumbar Support, Racing Style PU Leather High Back Adjustable Swivel Task Chair with Footrest (Black&Red)
Update: 2/10/2019

Retuned chair. Too loud, not comfortable enough and too costly considering it’s competitors quality at that price. Also the arm rests design was unfavorable. Much rather prefer independent, adjustable arm rests.

Original review:

After reading some reviews I decided to give this company a shot. I’m not saying anyone else’s review is skewed or false, I just have a very different opinion/ experience than most it seems.

Aesthetically it’s extremely pleasing. That’s why I gave it the third star.

Very stiff chair. I was expecting a little more soft, comfortable support with the money I spent. What I got was average office chair type support in a pretty package. Even attempting to adjust settings to preference, I could never quite have that “ahhhhhh” feeling of relaxation.

The gear for the incline is ridiculously loud and clunky. Clunky is probably the best adjective when describing this chair. Sounds like I’m breaking it when making adjustments. They actually warn of that in the instructions saying “it’s supposed to do that.”

If you have back issues I would recommend spending a little more on something better.

If you’re looking for just a decent chair for sitting from time to time that looks cool; this is your product.

I have multiple spaces that could use a chair so I will be keeping, but the search continues for my primary use chair.
HARIBO Funky Mix, Maxibox 600 gr
HARIBO Funky Mix, Maxibox 600 gr
Perfecta para darles alguna de vez en cuando a los peques, llevan un mes en la despensa y con este bote no se han puesto rancias. Hay variedad y a un precio fantástico creo que menos de 3€

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