Matthew Thomas

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If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript
If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript
If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript by Angus Croll. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 46 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript by Don Gosselin. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Programming #29:C Programming Professional Made Easy & CSS Programming Professional Made Easy (CSS Programming, CSS Language, CSS, C Programming, C++ Programming Languages, Android, C Programming)
Programming #29:C Programming Professional Made Easy & CSS Programming Professional Made Easy (CSS Programming, CSS Language, CSS, C Programming, C++ Programming Languages, Android, C Programming)
Programming #29:C Programming Professional Made Easy & CSS Programming Professional Made Easy (CSS Programming, CSS Language, CSS, C Programming, C++ Programming Languages, Android, C Programming) by Sam Key. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
JAVASCRIPT ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET TREND: REPORT 2
JAVASCRIPT ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET TREND: REPORT 2
JAVASCRIPT ECOSYSTEM - JOB MARKET TREND: REPORT 2 by CURIOSITY PUBLISHERS. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Hibernate: An Annotations-based Approach
Hibernate: An Annotations-based Approach
Hibernate: An Annotations-based Approach by Mahesh P. Matha. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Related Database (MySQL and CMD)
Related Database (MySQL and CMD)
Related Database (MySQL and CMD) by Dewi Mulyani. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Quidditch Through the Ages
Quidditch Through the Ages
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 936 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by Nicholas A. Christakis and Audible Studios. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 123 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Night Music
Night Music
Night Music by Jojo Moyes, Clare Corbett, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 435 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Die Bruderschaft
Die Bruderschaft
Die Bruderschaft by Charles Brauer, John Grisham, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Sorry, Right Number: And Other Stories
Sorry, Right Number: And Other Stories
Sorry, Right Number: And Other Stories by Stephen King , Joe Mantegna, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
If It Bleeds
If It Bleeds
If It Bleeds by Stephen King. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
WordPress 3.7 Complete, Third Edition
WordPress 3.7 Complete, Third Edition
WordPress 3.7 Complete, Third Edition by Karol Król and Aaron Hodge Silver. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP
Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP
Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP by Quentin Zervaas. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
sbt in Action: The simple Scala build tool
sbt in Action: The simple Scala build tool
sbt in Action: The simple Scala build tool by Josh Suereth and Matthew Farwell. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
APL2 in Depth (Springer Series in Statistics)
APL2 in Depth (Springer Series in Statistics)
APL2 in Depth (Springer Series in Statistics) by Norman D. Thomson and Raymond P. Polivka. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Building Chatbots in TypeScript with the Microsoft Bot Framework: Programming Useful Bots in the Node.JS SDK
Building Chatbots in TypeScript with the Microsoft Bot Framework: Programming Useful Bots in the Node.JS SDK
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm primarily a line-of-business .NET developer these days, but found this book extremely interesting.

"But in all fairness, let's be brutally honest: It's easy to build a bot, It's hard to build a useful bot" - from the back cover.

This book goes beyond the basics and covers more than just a "Hello world" example. The author goes deep into useful examples, testing, storage, natural language processing, and much more.

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect, but when I received a book with over 350 pages, crammed full of code samples and examples, I was extremely pleased.
Node.js for .NET Developers (Developer Reference)
Node.js for .NET Developers (Developer Reference)
The book is written by an experienced developer but it is full of errors. For example, instead of passing "sql" as the parameter in Chapter 6, the author says that the parameter is "request". Similarly, there are many more programming errors in this book. Did someone review it before putting it on sale?

I am still giving a 2-star because I was able to learn something regarding Node.js. However, Microsoft charged $20.00 for a 80-page book. This is not worth the price.
Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth
Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth
This is the first book (after many) I have read that answers my questions without all the bla-bla-bla. It has more useful information to guide me in knowing what to look for and how to figure out what is good and what is bad.
I found the FOUR STEPS ( in chapter 4) the most valuable help for me.
Matt's style of righting makes this a great educational book and He gets right to the point .
This should be required reading for those of us starting out.
Keep them coming !!!
The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
We all know the brilliance of Warren Buffett and his snippets of wisdom, but this book goes further to give us clear insight into the Buffet way of investing. Using the KISS theory, Keep it Simple Stupid, we learn from Warren Buffett to step back, slow down, research, and pick companies for the long run. More is not better and picking only ten superstar companies at opportune prices for the long term can be the answer. No day trader tips here, think “invest for the long term.” The one quote I like the best, paraphrasing, was if your stocks are like having an NBA team and one of your players (stocks) is Michael Jordan, why would you think of selling him off so you could say you were more diversified. If you are interested in investing in individual stocks and are interested to hear about an alternative theory besides buying 60 percent mutual fund total stock market and 40 percent mutual fund total bond market, you will find this book informative and fascinating.
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
For those of you that are time-pressed, this is the best book in the Buffettology Series to read in order to glean a few secrets on the investment techniques of the Oracle of Omaha. The workbook covers both the qualitative and quantitative sides of Buffett's value investing approach, and provides the basic techniques one can implement in order to invest with a reasonable amount of success.

The workbook is not exactly the best book on investing that I have read (that title goes to Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor), but in its defense, it does provide a simple to implement investment strategy. Most of the techniques hinge on a few simple ratios and knowledge of simple present and future worth. Additionally, most of the limitations associated with the techniques are clearly and simply stated.

The book has several merits. The chief merit of the book is that its approach to investing is self-contained, and emphasizes the qualitative aspects more than the quantitative aspects. In passing, readers that focus more on Part One of the book and skip Part Two, the quantitative part, could easily obtain a dramatic improvement in their investment results. Written in simple, easy to understand language, the target audience of this book is most likely that individual who depends on the Internet for all of her information on companies, as such sites as Yahoo, MSN and Value Line are routinely cited in the text as sources of information. The book is very well organized, quite possibly with the idea that it would fit the mold of a chapter-a-day format. Most chapters are usually no more than five pages long, with easy, cheesy word problems and true/false questions at the end of most every chapter to reinforce key concepts. The title of each chapter basically states the key concept to be learned, and key points are highlighted at the end of each chapter. Although it provides some theory and rationale for the techniques it attempts to teach, this is kept to a minimum, and the book focuses almost exclusively on application of the techniques. Those readers that are only interested in the methodology can simply skip to the 22nd Chapter titled 'Doing It Yourself: Buffettology Worksheet'. Thus, the book makes every effort to make learning, and ultimately using, the techniques as painless as possible.

The major demerit of this book rests in its insistence on doing all calculations on a per-share basis. But then, this is how much of the information that is easily obtainable through such channels as Value Line and other sources is presented. One minor demerit is that the authors do not seem to be aware of the virtual ubiquity of MS Office, making it possible to perform all of the calculations in the book in one Excel spreadsheet, but then again, this is a minor demerit. Although there were a number of minor typographical and mathematical errors in the book, I am willing to overlook this, as the thinking and reasoning behind any investment proposition is more important, and is clearly presented throughout the book.

Overall, I rate the book to be worthy of reading. It presents a simple and straightforward investment approach, and does not require an advanced degree in rocket science to implement it. All it really requires is a basic understanding of fractions, decimals and percents, and most important, a willingness to think and reason through the investment proposition. However, those of you with strong quantitative backgrounds will be very dismayed with this book (as I was initially), but as I said before, if you focus exclusively on Part One of the book and Chapter 22, then you will see a dramatic improvement in your investment results going forward.
Elon Musk: El empresario que anticipa el futuro (Spanish Edition)
Elon Musk: El empresario que anticipa el futuro (Spanish Edition)
Sabía que este libro no me defraudaría ya que normalmente hay dos tipos de biografías, las que el autor y el protagonista ni se conocen, y esta, como la de Walter Isaacson a Steve Jobs, en la cual el protagonista revisa pero no modifica nada de lo escrito y aporta sus historias junto al resto de entrevistas/testimonios.
La vida de Elon es brutal, impresionante, veloz, un "todo al 15 rojo" pero dejando poco al azar,...una pasada vamos.
Esta biografía podrá ampliarse dentro de 10 años, y seguirá siendo todavía más impresionante.
Un libro que por supuesto lo lees y piensas que ¿Cómo puede existir gente así en el mismo mundo el que yo vivo?

Ultra-recomendable! :D
MEG: Nightstalkers
MEG: Nightstalkers
I picked up the original "Meg" novel a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant surprise. It was well written and hit the balance perfectly between being believable and having some fun, over the top action. It was refreshing to find a giant sea monster story that didn't have the usual radiation/mutation/government experiment origins and was coupled with some likable characters. I enjoyed the sequel but as I've gone through the series there's been a noticeable decline in the quality. I was hoping "Nightstalkers" would end that trend but was sadly disappointed.

I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.

By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.

If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Every so often I come across a book that I know as I'm reading it that my perspective is changing and my horizons are broadening. "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries" is one such book. From the outset, Safi Bahcall grabs the reader's attention and keeps it with examples from history of what he's going to explain, setting it up to be understood thoroughly. He talks about lessons learned in wartime as well as from Polaroid and space exploration, among other periods and events. There's a lot I could say about this book, but to keep it simple I'll anchor my comments to a few of the many key terms the writer discusses.

To begin, there's the important distinction to be made between a franchise and what Bahcall refers to as a 'loonshot.'

Franchise: The subsequent iterations or updated versions of an original product or service.
Examples provided include each new version of the iPhone and the 26th James Bond Movie. I also relate this to a phenomenon I noticed many years ago among fast food restaurants, where new items on the menu are often just reformulations of existing menu items. A prime example is the 'KFC Famous Bowl,' which marketing now refers to as a 'classic.' Ever since first time it went on sale, not long enough ago to count as a 'classic' by any normal measure, I've seen it as the company just phoning it in. Innovation is too risky, and they already have the ingredients, so they just toss it all in a bowl and sell it.

Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged.
A loonshot is risky, because it's based on an idea that established 'experts' generally consider unfeasible and unfundable. Radar is a famous example of a technology that was roundly rejected by military brass and bureaucrats until it was almost too late. Another is statins, the first of which faced a difficult road to success and acceptance.

False Fail: When a valid hypothesis yields a negative result in an experiment because of a flaw in the design of the experiment.
Sometimes the test is the problem. When Akira Endo was testing a drug to see if it would lower cholesterol, the tests failed. He was testing on rats, which were later discovered to have low levels of LDL (aka 'bad cholesterol'). When he tested on chickens, which have high levels of LDL, the results were spectacular. Eventually, statins resulted, and people were provided a pharmacological solution to high cholesterol. This almost didn't happen, because Endo's research had repeatedly faced setbacks and failures. It was only through luck and his determination to see it through that we now have this option for treatment.

Phases of organization: When an organization is considered as a complex system, we can expect that system to exhibit phases and phase transitions — for instance, between a phase that encourages a focus on loonshots and a phase that encourages a focus on careers.
This part about organizational phases was an eye-opener for me. I've heard various executives over the years complain about the lack of innovation in major corporations generally, and I've always attributed it to the size of such companies making them slow-moving. While that may still be part of it, I now see how managers at various levels act in the interest of their careers over the chance at a breakthrough success. Loonshots are often ugly babies, easily dismissed and lethal to careers if they face failure. Bahcall tells the reader about his observation that loonshots experience three deaths before possibly reaching success, which translates to three failures. Some take years, even decades to see through all the way, and many don't come back from a single death. With them can go any respect or credibility previously accorded their backer(s), making it better to be the person who poo-poos novel ideas in meetings. In career terms, it's the safer route.

To this and more Safi Bahcall offers a handful of solutions and strategies that can foster loonshots, but to get those you'll just have to read the book for yourself.
The Testing of Luther Albright: A Novel
The Testing of Luther Albright: A Novel
Most insightful story of a man, written by a woman! Short but most engaging.

Luther Albright is a calm, clear-headed civil engineer and designer of dams, who tries to manage or design his life and family like another engineering project---logically---but it doesn't work well!

In this her first novel, MacKenzie Bezos skillfully portrays the internal struggles of a pragmatic and highly introverted man, facing the emotional needs of his family amid his own emotional insecurities.

The story begins in 1983, with flashbacks to the late 1950s and 1960s reflecting on Luther's strange relationship with his parents and his early relationship with the woman he meets and marries.

The author's accurate insights into how many men think and perceive the world and people are both astute and eye opening. This first-person narrative by Luther is his reflective introspective of a pivotal few months that tried and shape his life and influenced the actions and feelings of his wife and maturing son. I found this storyline both entertaining and enlightening, a trait of an insightful literary novel.

Each of us is a "work in process," and this well-written book uses eight parts or "books" that focus on the various trials Luther faces at work and with his wife and son. His problem is that no matter how hard he tries, he seems aloof and insensitive to others while blindly perceiving himself the best employee, husband, and father.

This is no suspense or thriller with lost of action. However, it has it's own slow tensions and conflicts that build amid surprising situations as the plot rushes to several unacceptable potential conclusions. It's easy to see Toni Morrison's teaching influences on this new author's character and storyline development.

Given that the author had been married to Jeff Bezos for 10 years when this book was written, I wondered how it might have been influenced by her then husband's engineering and systematic approaches to life. Hmmm?

I enjoyed the Audible narration to the book, finding added enjoyment to my reading experience.

It was a fast and worthwhile read, and I plan to read the author's more recent second novel soon.
Insane Mode – Die Tesla-Story: Wie Elon Musk die Automobilbranche auf den Kopf gestellt hat und stellen wird (German Edition)
Insane Mode – Die Tesla-Story: Wie Elon Musk die Automobilbranche auf den Kopf gestellt hat und stellen wird (German Edition)
Ich lese das Buch in der Kindle Version, aktuell bin ich bei 55%. Ab und zu fällt auf, dass die deutsche Übersetzung offenbar gar nicht weiß um was es geht, da ist zbs die Gigafactory mehrfach grammatikalisch falsch übersetzt, auch gibt es öfter mal Schreib und Tippfehler im Text. Das Buch ist nicht so nah dran an Tesla wie vermutet, öfters driftet das Buch ins allgemeine ab. Permanent habe ich den Eindruck, das deutsche Buch gibt es nur, weil es einen gewissen Bedarf daran gibt, die gebotene Kompetenz ist aber geringer. Ich besitze 1300 Tesla Aktien, da lohnt sich aber jede Schraube Kleinigkeit an Erkenntnis Gewinn bzw Rekapituliert.
Trump: The Art of the Comeback
Trump: The Art of the Comeback
Donald Trump is one of the most prepared candidates for President that the USA has ever been blessed to have in the running. He is almost a throwback to the Founding Fathers of the nation. He is exactly the kind of successful citizen and freedom loving Patriot that those same Founding Father’s hoped would come to Washington and serve two terms and then return to their private life.

Frankly, this reviewer was stunned at how good a writer and communicator that Trump really is. In fourteen concise chapters Trump tells the story of his battle to come back from a collapsing business and real estate industry. The book provides another telling of Trump’s method of bargaining. His negotiating style is clearly spelled out. Anyone who reads this book will understand what the media claims is rash statements and pie-in-the-sky promises. Combine his negotiating methods of operation with the flare and self-promoting tactics of boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali and converted to Islam.

Everyone was fascinated by Ali’s ridiculous poetry and “I am the Greatest" claims as he danced around the floor waving his arms while taunting his opponents with shouts of “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

It may be hard to imagine Trump as a white Muhammad Ali but their flamboyant styles and purposefully exaggerated claims are identical. Ali illustrates the flashy show business side of Trump’s approach.

“Trump’s Top Ten Comeback Tips” are right on target and a wonderful way to accomplish goals even though they too have to be taken with a grain of salt because they can seem ridiculous if you don’t see how he has applied them throughout his life. Imagine Cassius Clay yelling them as he circles his prey and moves in for the sting.

Contrary to political opponent’s claims, Trump loves women and not just beautiful ones. He knows that they are the stronger sex in every way and doesn’t hesitate to give examples of that in this book. “I began to realize that women are far stronger than men. Their sex drive makes us look like babies. Some women try to portray themselves as being the weaker sex, but don’t believe it for a moment.”

“Part of the problem I’ve had with women has been in having to compare them to my incredible mother, Mary Trump. My mother is smart as hell. I remember once, a long time ago, my sister Maryanne, a highly respected federal judge in New Jersey, told me that my mother is one of the smartest people she ever met. At the time it didn’t make much of an impact on me, but I didn’t really understand why she said it. All I knew was that my mother was a really great homemaker and wife to my father, Fred—a wonderful guy not the easiest person to be married to…. but now I fully understand why Maryanne made that statement, and it is 100 percent true.”

As Trump goes through 14 chapters of learning examples from his difficult times it becomes obvious that he is both super smart and keeps a loyal staff around him to make certain he doesn’t take any rash action without having thought it through. He was very well prepared for every step he made in his businesses. He was almost never caught by surprise and on those rare occasions when he was surprised it was a pleasant surprise like what happened with the bought 40 Wall Street. He bought that very wonderful building in the best NYC location that the owners had so poorly managed that they sold it to Trump for only a million dollars. They also insisted he take responsibility for all the existing construction liens since the sellers couldn’t wait to leave New York.

Trump eventually negotiated with all the contractors and ended up getting several million dollars returned to him. So…he didn’t pay a million dollars for 40 Wall Street he was paid several million dollars just to buy it. He also managed to get the land lease extended from the remaining 63 years to over 200 years. The leaseholders were also happy with the new lease because it resulted in more money for them. The tenants were happy because the leaseholder now allowed banks to finance the individual tenant's improvements. He eventually reaped the benefits of huge tax reductions when a new tax law was passed to aid owners of NYC building wishing to upgrade their properties.

Trump is one of the most successful real estate developers in the world. He has had to work with governments all over the planet and has been successful beyond hope. For political critics to say he isn’t prepared to be President of the US shows that they are not only in denial, but also stupid if they really believe what they are saying. Trump is supremely qualified to be President and voters can be certain he will continue his habit of surrounding himself with the smartest, best talent available.

This book is surprisingly upbeat and much of the reason for that feeling is that it’s obvious that Trump loves America and knows he really can bring back it’s greatness and continue to spread freedom around the world.
God, Trump, and the 2020 Election: Why He Must Win and What's at Stake for Christians if He Loses
God, Trump, and the 2020 Election: Why He Must Win and What's at Stake for Christians if He Loses
The author divided this book into three parts: Part 1 is 'What's at Stake in 2020''; Part II is 'Understanding Donald Trump' and Part III is ;Understanding the Spiritual Dimension'. The third part is the one that had the most difficult parts for me. The reason I say that is that a couple of the chapters discuss things that I do not believe wholeheartedly. Examples are: Prophecies and signs in the Heavens and is Donald Trump foreshadowed in the Bible?

On the other hand, however, the author has presented a clear picture of the Trump Derangement Syndrome and the Equality Act that failed to pass. He also states the reasons that President Trump must win....and, then in the next chapter he does say that he could lose. I found this a balanced representation of both sides of this equation.

The author suggested reading this with an open mind which I did. The portion on Christianity and Secularism affords the readers to think seriously about where they stand in this realm. And, many pastors are having difficulty speaking what they believe because of their congregation(s). (This area had to do with abortion).

Lots of points to ponder in this book. May not be your cup of tea but the author has presented a concise and thoughtful inside look at the political climate and spiritual warfare. Interesting read for me.

Highly recommended.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page: Founders of Google (USA Today Lifeline Biographies)
Sergey Brin and Larry Page: Founders of Google (USA Today Lifeline Biographies)
Carl Page had high expectations of his son Larry, a talented young man with a lot of promise who dreamed of what he could one day accomplish in the field of technology. The Page family, who lived in Lansing where Larry was born, insisted he attend the University of Michigan. His father said, "We'll pay for any school you want to go to as long as it's in Michigan." It was a school where he excelled and was even able to help develop a solar-powered car with a team of classmates. Larry wanted to continue his education and receive a doctorate as his father had done. His school of choice was Stanford University near Silicon Valley, a school where he could continue his work in computers.

Before Larry made his decision to attend, he decided to tour the school. The tour guide seemed to have nothing better to do than argue with him and, in Larry's own words, was "pretty obnoxious." It was an auspicious meeting for the two young men as that obnoxious guy turned out to be Sergey Brin. Sergey too was a very talented young man who emigrated from the Soviet Union with his family when he was five-years-old. Among other things, the family was uncomfortable with the discrimination against Jews and decided they had to leave the country. He was a gifted student and a mere four years after arriving in the states he had a Commodore 64 and "erected his own computer game, complete with virtual warriors."

Sergey had been at Stanford two years before Larry arrived on the scene. Even though they "argued vigorously" and "considered each other `obnoxious'" it was clearly a match made in heaven, but one that was not clearly evident at the time. The two opinionated young men soon found themselves working together. Larry had an unusual dream and thought, "What if we could download the whole Web?" To most people that would be an insane proposition, but to Sergie it seemed realistic and they "decided to collaborate."

In 1996 there were ten million documents on the Web, but Larry, who had a "healthy disregard for the impossible," was up to the task. A crawler was sent out and the quest for the impossible began. In this book you will learn about Larry and Sergey's personal lives, the methods they used to create Google, the algorithm they used to prioritize page ranking, how they selected a name, how they got money for their project, how they crashed Stanford's computer network, how they received financing, and you'll discover many more interesting aspects you never knew about Google and its founders.

This look at the founders of Google, the men who want to "organize all the information in the world" will fascinate its young readership. This is a success story that shows just what unbridled talent and genius can accomplish. The biography of Brin and Page clearly will show young readers what can be done when they follow their dreams. I enjoyed not only reading about Brin and Page, but also about people like Dr. Terry Winograd who encouraged their dream and never said the word "can't." There are numerous informative sidebars, including reproduced USA Today articles, that supplement the biography very nicely. For example, the reader can learn about such things as server farms, where the World Wide Web came from, and clients and servers. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and additional book and website resources to explore.
Beatles for Sale
Beatles for Sale
OK, so I'm not here to critique the album itself. It's a fine Beatles album despite some of the hyper-critical reviews I've read here. I'm also not here to critique Amazon's customer service - it's been excellent as usual (more on that later).

What I am criticizing is the quality of these albums. I think Amazon may have gotten a bad batch or something because I've got three already and they all skip. Even more telling, two of them skip in the SAME. EXACT. PLACE. This tells me that it's a manufacturing issue and that it affects multiple recordings. It's not my record player, either - I played the oldest, most scratched record in my collection and it had no problems.

This album is a gift to my wife - a Chrismas gift, and now it's February 2018 so you can see how long I've been dealing with this - and that's what makes it more frustrating. I will be returning album #3 in the hopes of getting a good one. I wonder if I ask to get it from a different warehouse, they will honor it? I hope so. Then again, Jeff Bezos is the richest man in existence, so he can afford to keep sending me albums until I get a good one.

So has anyone else had this same issue? The recurring skip is in "8 Days a Week."
The Beatles' Second Album (The U.S. Album)
The Beatles' Second Album (The U.S. Album)
Whoa! THIS is so f'in' cool. The packaging is JUST awesome. They've reproduced the front and back of the original album cover for starters. When you remove the CD, you'll find it is in a this plastic sleeve. There is yet another insert though which is a reproduction of the original paper sleeve that the LP first came in. Printed on the sleeve are other releases available from Capitol Records at the same time of release. Boomers will know the type sleeve with other artists available I just mentioned. It's just very cool.

The fidelity of the disc itself, well it has both the mono and stereo versions of each song as you may have noticed in checking this out. Personally, I prefer the mono version because my older 5.1 Surround Sound System does not have an easy access balance control like older Hi-Fi's which would come in handy playing the Stereo version because to me, the very first track, Roll Over Beethoven was just a bit too heavy with the hand-clapping coming from the one side of the system. It just sounded out of balance to me. A little overwhelming really. (Early 8 Track Tape Players not properly grounded or balanced would estroy this. Anyone hearing the song for the first time wouldn't know half of the recorded tracks missing.)

Back to the packaging though, it's like a miniature album reproduction. The disc itself is also a carbon copy of the record's printed label which takes up the circumference & diameter of the disc, that's the best I can describe it. You DON'T have to play the stereo or mono versions if you prefer one over the other but I find the two options a more attractive and better deal than CD's that come with Bonus Tracks myself.
ECHEN PLA Filament 1.75mm Set, Glow in The Dark Blue, Green and Red 3D Printer Filament +/- 0.03 mm, 3 x 0.5KG.
ECHEN PLA Filament 1.75mm Set, Glow in The Dark Blue, Green and Red 3D Printer Filament +/- 0.03 mm, 3 x 0.5KG.
I got the green. It worked well for me. I uploaded a couple of pictures of an almost life size skull printed with the filament on my Ender 3. The 20mm test cube is shown for scale. The test cube was the first print, and then to the skull. I printed it without any tweaks to the slicer to accommodate the filament other than adding a brim. The filament does seem to have a little bit of an issue with adhesion, and I had a couple of adhesion fails printing the skull til I added a brim. I was being impatient as I was anxious to see the skull glow and show my kids, so other than the 20mm cube I skipped any other characterization tests on the filament - in hindsight I'm sure the print would have been better if I had done the tests. In spite of that the print, while not perfect, was quite good. -The defects are minor and will likely be fixed with a couple of tweaks in the slicer. In normal light it is a transparent milky white with the slightest tinge of green. You can see that in the image of the bottom of my test cube, where you can clearly see the infill structure through the bottom. I printed the skull and the cube with the Ender nozzle/bed at 200/50 degrees. Cura was the slicer. No supports other than the brim. Didn't need the brim on the cube, but the bottom did warp. Took 21 hours to print the skull.
Overall I am happy with the filament's performance. It was very well packed, well wound on the spool, and fed nicely - no issues there. The quibble for me is the glow; while OK, I feel it could be better. But still good value for the money ,so I will keep it a 5 stars and not penalize it over the brightness.
Glow in The Dark Stars Decals Decor for Ceiling 633 Pcs Realistic 3D Stickers Starry Sky Shining Decoration Perfect for Kids Bedroom Bedding Room Gifts
Glow in The Dark Stars Decals Decor for Ceiling 633 Pcs Realistic 3D Stickers Starry Sky Shining Decoration Perfect for Kids Bedroom Bedding Room Gifts
I had these on my ceiling when I was a kid, so when my toddler voiced his interest in space, I jumped on this idea out of sheer nostalgia.

I spent about 45 minutes making constellations as well as a gradient of star density to represent the galaxy as viewable from an extremely light pollution free night sky, then realized I was out of stars and only half the ceiling was complete. I clearly needed more stars. Not to say that this isn't a lot of stars, there are over 600 pieces here. Just keep in mind that a lot of them are rather small, and while they work brilliantly for my whole galaxy thing, they might not be perfect for you.

Anyway, with the 1266 stars now stuck to the ceiling of my child's bedroom, with adequate light prior to bedtime his ceiling produces more light than the real stars that they are meant to represent produce. Which is pretty awesome. They rarely fall off, but when one does, it is clearly just a falling star and is also considered awesome by my toddler.

Also, check out the question in the Customer Questions & Answers section asking if they are composed of radium. Funny stuff.
#386 in Office Products
#386 in Office Products
I work at the post office. They have pens on chains. The customers tear the guts out of the pens, and/or break the chains. So, management orders ordinary pens (not on chains), but the only ones they are allowed to order are worthless. The ink skips and smears, and sometimes they don't work at all. Even when they do, the customers take them, and we're only allowed to order a certain amount of products in a certain amount of time. So I looked for some inexpensive pens I could afford to buy and "donate" to my job. I bought these because they were cheap. But good heavens, these pens are AMAZING. They write the first time they are used, they don't "skip", the ink flows evenly, they don't drop big blobs of ink in the middle of a sentence--or address, and they last a long time.....when the customers aren't taking them. But they're so inexpensive that I don't mind buying a box every 3-4 months! GREAT product!
Beecrazee PE 6668 Naong 11-Set Ballpoint Pens, Multicolor
Beecrazee PE 6668 Naong 11-Set Ballpoint Pens, Multicolor
The pends write alright, but they feel kind of...dry? I’m not sure of the proper word to describe it. They just don’t really glide across the page with ink like a nicer fine tip pen, but that’s expected. You can’t expect DongA or Pilot quality pens when you’re paying this cheap a price. The colors are cute and they get the job done. The cat’s are also super cute! One thing I like about this pack is that the lime green color is super readable, and not sheer like most other lime green colored pens.
"diamond"
"diamond"
Size and color are accurate. It's glass, so ya know, maybe don't chuck it at anyone's head.

It's really pretty. My 6-year-old wanted it enough that she gave me allowance money and asked me to order it for her, to go with her other 'treasure.' It's heavy and glass and the pointy end could definitely scratch up your furniture or what have you, but I don't expect anyone else is here looking to buy this for a first grader.

Buy one tho. Use it as a paperweight or a desk decoration or so you don't end up with claw hand while you're trying to photograph your nails. It's pretty.
Arashi Goods Bamboo Toothbrush – Soft Bristle Eco Friendly Toothbrushes for Adults and Children (4-Pack, Colored Handles)
Arashi Goods Bamboo Toothbrush – Soft Bristle Eco Friendly Toothbrushes for Adults and Children (4-Pack, Colored Handles)
These are so beautiful! I like the minimalist design. Perfect for my bathroom. I feel so connected to mother earth with these toothbrushes! HAHA! But seriously it's been two days I've been using these and these are my favorite toothbrushes I've ever owned. I love that these are compostable too! Such an easy switch.

Also it's very easy to personalize the toothbrushes with a permanent marker. I didn't like other ones I saw on amazon that said 1, 2, 3, 4 on them. I thought it looked tacky. But its still good to be able to differentiate your toothbrush from your spouse LOL so this is a quick fix.

I posted some pictures too. I hope this helps!
Marvel Captain America Faded Shield Logo Adult Sized T-Shirt
Marvel Captain America Faded Shield Logo Adult Sized T-Shirt
I’m not one to kvetch, as most T shirts I’ve bought through Amazon have been great. This one was a funky off blue, and the shield logo was a plastic decal. All would be forgiven if a 2xl men’s hadn’t shrunk to a boys large after one wash! Sorry can’t recommend ☹️
Thor by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
Thor by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
Amazon needs to do a better job of preventing worthless incels like this little boy joc (there are still sooo many in comics unfortunately and even the recent wave of eclectic and diverse offerings from eclectic and diverse creators hasn’t fully exterminated cretins like this) from ****posting under the review section. We all know it’s just AI, overpaid upper levels, and underpaid labor force over there, but come on. Get Bezos to spend his lunch money for one day, aka $10 million, and I’m sure you geniuses could put together at least a decently advanced moderator bot.

Anyway! For anyone with the reading comprehension above that of a 4th grader, this is the 2nd volume of the collected collection of arguably the greatest modern Thor story of all-time. Jason Aaron is not doing any favors for any idiots or the impatient here; this is an incredibly nuanced looongterm setup that of course has some shorter term story beats and payoffs, but was envisioned in such a way that only about a year ago have the dominos finally begun toppling.

If you want faster, short term stories, maybe one or two of the smaller volumes would do something for you. But honestly, this is about the long game, it isn’t really viable to just jump into it midstream. My advice would be to check out the 1st volume (the collected collection version of course!) and then go from there. If you are engaged and enjoying it the entire way through, then you, my friend, are ready for an amazing, multilayered, epic story that captivated many, many fans for the past many years. Just remember, everything is meant to circle back, everything was on purpose (yes, even Thor losing his hammer and having a female - gasp! - Thor for a while).
Jay Franco Marvel Black Panther Blue Tribe Super Soft Kids 4 Piece Twin Size Bed Set - Fade Resistant Polyester Microfiber Fill - (Official Marvel Product)
Jay Franco Marvel Black Panther Blue Tribe Super Soft Kids 4 Piece Twin Size Bed Set - Fade Resistant Polyester Microfiber Fill - (Official Marvel Product)
 Hexagons? No. Super soft? No. I’m really upset that what I received is nothing like the pictured item I bought and should have received.

It also says “Quest or Die” which I find inappropriate. If this wasn’t a gift I needed right away for my sons birthday, I’d try and return. But this was the only Onward comforter I could find and get in time. Just wish they would show the correct pictures!!!

It’s not a terrible set, especially for a cheap price. And if I would have known what it actually looks like I would probably still buy it, as it’s affordable and has an Onward design. However I’m giving it only 1 star because it came completely different than expected. Not cool.

I’ve attached a video (kind of hard to do on the top bunk bed) in hopes to help you see the differences and quality of the product.
The Otherworld - A Celtic Fairy Tale
The Otherworld - A Celtic Fairy Tale
It is evident that the people who made this film were passionate about the material, and the post production team worked overtime to salvage this production. To this I say: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The cinematography is amateur at best - and the picture quality vacillates from shot to shot... It's like they started with a 5K RED, then went and shot pickups with a NOKIA cell phone from 2003. The accents are all over the place - The fellow charged with speaking in a Scottish accent sounds like Keanu Reeves scalded the roof of his mouth with freshly microwaved Ghee. A lovely Spanish actress is delightfully miscast as a Celtic sprite (*NOTE: She is also the director). The performances are community theater-level LARP, but earnest, and the graphic augmentation is so exhaustingly over the top, it lands strangely and contagiously sincere. An "epic" battle scene plays like a mashup of Braveheart and Lord of the Rings if it was made by the producers of THE ROOM. They apparently got started so early in the morning that it was too dark to get a detailed exposure. About every 5 minutes the frame rate drops to 12 frames a second - like an 80s music video. One character is basically a shirtless dude with sweat pants on with his junk is conspicuously... visible. Characters show up and disappear with very little context. And the druid face-painted man... The most baffling yet wonderful non-sequitur in an almost stream of consciousness tale that is apparently based on actual Celtic lore. God bless AMAZON for giving this homemade concoction a fair shake in its "YOU MIGHT LIKE" algorithm. It's bad filmmaking with a lot of heart. It's nothing if not unique. Give it a shot.
Phantoms
Phantoms
This is an amazing book by Dean Koontz. Certainly one of his best by a long way. The majority of his books are good and hugely entertaining. This is one of the best horror stories I have ever read.

Jenny Paige, a doctor and her sister Lisa drive back home into the small mountain town of Snowfield in Northern California, to find the entire population has vanished. Vanished, that is, apart from a few mutilated bodies that are lying around, and judging by the expression on their faces, killed before they had time to register what had come to kill them.

The build up is so extraordinarily good that I kept expecting it to dwindle out somewhere in the middle. It didn’t. Koontz ability to keep the tension racked up is astonishing; the steadiness of tension and dread never lets up. It’s not just a roller coaster of a read, it’s actually like being on the roller coaster. You know what’s coming next…and yet you don’t….You want to know what’s coming next…and yet you don’t.

When midway he introduced more characters, I thought it might just diminish the flow of horror, but even though they are all fundamentally different to the mainstream characters, and have a relatively complex interaction with them, it only served to keep the story alive instead of holding it back.

It’s one of his earlier books, written in the days before he had his well know love affair with super intelligent golden dogs - it has mystery, horror, gore, suspense, mythology, quasi religious undertones, science, and also draws on actual mysterious disappearances that have occurred throughout the centuries. It’s definitely up there with my other two favourite Koontz books: the mighty ‘Watchers’ and the soulful ”Odd Thomas’.

I have to say I would have liked the ending to be a little different, but that took nothing away from my enjoyment of it. The irony was not lost.

If you love a good down to earth horror story and coupled with maybe a few good old down to earth nightmares, then this is for you.
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)
Memories of Tomorrow, the sixth and final story in Dean Koontz’s Nameless series, was the shortest and most straightforward mission as Koontz dedicated half the story to finally revealing the back story of the life of Nameless. In the final series, Nameless is sent to Indiana to track down a psychopath named Chilton Cutter who has murdered his wife, kidnapped his step son Jamie and is now hiding in a remote cave. Nameless is directed, as always, by the Ace of Diamonds, whose endless resources make it easy for the team to track down Cutter, even though local law enforcement has given up and moved on to the next crisis. The justice that is delivered by Nameless is the least exciting and rewarding of the series but this story serves more as a catalyst to force Nameless to face his past and make a decision on how he wants to live his future.

I will not spoil any of the plot the leads to our discovery of the history of Nameless. Koontz brings Nameless to the brink through a typical apocalyptic thunder storm with rain driving down in sheets and lighting piercing the skies at a rural truck stop filled with big rigs, heavy equipment and evil. It is vintage Koontz. Finally, our agent of truth, who has been ironically running from the truth of his past, is forced to stop and confront his own truth. It is a satisfying ending and a fitting conclusion to a very well written and unique series. My only regret is that I do not have a nice hard bound copy to stack on my shelf next to the rest of my Koontz editions. Welcome to the future!
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 01: Sangoku (Dragon Ball (sens français) (1)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 01: Sangoku (Dragon Ball (sens français) (1)) (French Edition)
Le Shōnen manga par excellence, précurseur du genre, rempli d'humour(assez grivoise), beaucoup imité, jamais égalé !!

Culte pour toute une génération, si vous ne connaissaient pas faites vous votre propre avis, foncé et vous ne
saurez surement pas déçus!!

Univers Ancestral, plongé dans le monde des arts martiaux,
ce premier Tome Fantastique, nous fait découvrir les premiers personnages(dont notre héros devenu aujourd'hui légendaire), les premiers combats et tout l'humour décapant de Dragon Ball. Un pure régal !!

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto,Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Book 4)
Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Book 4)
Four down, twenty-one Alex Cross novels to go. Cat and Mouse is easily the best one of the series so far. A lot can happen in twenty-one books. See why.

The Ugly: I have mentioned the fact that I don’t like the constant jumping between first and third person views. I like it even less when there are two characters who give first person views. That’s what happened here. Not only did we get the point of view of Cross, we also got the point of view of one Thomas Pierce. It was pointless. Sure, Alex needed to be taken out of the story for a bit, but we didn’t need the frontal view of Pierce.

The Bad: I’m not one to frown upon a sex scene in a book or movie. I don’t mind them as much as other people, whether they are warranted or unwarranted doesn’t matter. But here, I don’t know what it was. I’m thinking it’s the fact that Christian’s husband just died six months before this book came out and Cross was indirectly involved in his death. It just seemed unethical on Cross’s part, and unrealistic on Christian’s part. I know if I lost someone it would definitely take me more than six months to get over that person. And the only reason this is in the bad is because I know that people are built differently. It just bothers me is all.

The Good: One thing that hurt the other books was the case loads in the book for Cross. It was like he was working three to four different cases in one book. Here, he was working one case until it was time to move on to the next case. I don’t mind the multi-case aspect, but make it believable at least. This one was believable. And it made the book all that much better.

Final Thoughts: I can’t say start with this book. I can’t even say don’t read the other books in the series. There are some that are standalone books like Jack and Jill, but this isn’t. It is part of the series that is a continuation to an end. But I would suggest reading it whether you read the other books or not.
The Women's Murder Club Set
The Women's Murder Club Set
A friend recommended James Patterson books as I have read, and loved, every Lee Child book. I have not been able to put these books down, they draw you in and you have to keep reading. I have started with the Woman's Murder Club books but will have to start on the rest once these are finished!
Poems and Stories
Poems and Stories
Fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien is known best for the thrilling epic "The Lord of the Rings" and the works that accompany it. But "Poems and Stories" encompasses several shorter, less-well-known works, while giving a more rounded view of Tolkien's unique brand of genius.
"The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" is a charming collection of poems, mostly linked to Middle-Earth. They range from dark to whimsical, with trolls, dragons, elves, and "shadow-brides." The poem "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth" dips into medieval dramas, followed by Tolkien's thoughtful, fantasy-based ponderings "On Fairy-Tales," a long essay on the nature of good fantasy.
Then Tolkien's short novels come into play. "Leaf By Niggle" is an odd, pleasant little story about an artist named Niggle, who has to make a journey; "Smith of Wootten Major" is a beautiful little tale about a lost fairy king and a young smith who ate a fay star. Finally there's "Farmer Giles of Ham," a tongue-in-cheek comic tale about a bumbling farmer who, because of a deaf, nearsighted giant, inadvertantly becomes a hero.
There's no flagging of quality in "Poems and Stories" -- all of the material Tolkien wrote that is included here is top-notch, whether comic, dramatic or poetic. Some readers may be put off by the classically-written "Homecoming of Beorhtnoth," but it is still an excellent piece of work. He can argue forcefully, charm with sweet poetry, or tell an amusing story about bumbling heroes and not-so-fierce dragons.
Tolkien's exceptional writing is put on display in "Poems and Stories," a beautiful collection full of the Master of Middle-Earth's art. Highly Recommended.
Pippi fährt nach Taka-Tuka-Land
Pippi fährt nach Taka-Tuka-Land
Meine Tochter hat dieses Buch zum vierten Geburtstag bekommen, weil sie ein totaler Pippi Fan ist! Auf den ersten Blick war ich schon etwas von den Bildern enttäuscht, mir gefallen die gar nicht und sehen Pippi und Co auch wenig ähnlich. Bis auf die Haare könnte man nicht erkennen dass es Pippi sein soll. Geschrieben ist das Buch etwas hochgestochen, meine Tochter wollte das Buch schnell zur Seite legen und etwas anderes lesen! Mal sehen ob es vllt. in einem Jahr für sie etwas ansprechender ist! Mir jedoch als Mama gefällt das Buch auch nicht besonders. Daher würde ich es nicht wieder kaufen!
Midnight Sun (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 5) (Italian Edition)
Midnight Sun (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 5) (Italian Edition)
Meyer trova l’essenza del vampiro, dopo dieci anni di fan writer ed emule indi alla ricerca dell’essenza vampirica, Meyer la trova e ce la indica nelle ultime pagine: il pessimismo cosmico. E questo è il pregio maggiore di questa versione di Edward che non sconta ciò che avrebbe dovuto, ovvero che in questi dieci anni, Midnight sun aveva nel frattempo preso corpo nell’immaginario di autori e lettori inconsolabili, amanti abbandonati dal vampiro più romantico di sempre. Il lato Edward che ci era esploso in testa leggendo le pagine clandestine trafugate anni fa oggi appare scontato. A questo Edward manca un ostacolo esterno a se stesso in un solipsismo che non gli fa giustizia. Sviluppando il tema del pessimismo cosmico delineato nelle ultime pagine, avrebbero potuto lievitare nella vicenda altri nemici esterni. Edward avrebbe potuto ingaggiare nella sua paranoia pericoli potenziali come Rosalie e Jasper per esempio attuando nella pagina un vampiro più istintivo, meno ragionatore. Il registro raziocinante di Edward mal si adatta al genere narrativo e ai suoi lettori. Poi facendosi coraggio, Stephenie avrebbe potuto dar corpo a un profilo erotico più esplicito nel personaggio, tanto poi si sposano e non combinano assolutamente nulla fino alle “acque più profonde“! Dunque signora, con tutto il rispetto della sua sensibilità, dobbiamo prendere atto che siamo svariati miliardi non a caso, pensi alle api, alle farfalle, e magari ai cavalli! :-) Dunque la Meyer sapeva di rischiare moltissimo con questo libro, chiede pietà in ogni modo, con le ultime parole rivolte ai lettori, con una precisazione da editor infilata col libro già in fase di ciano (si precisa che Alice aveva preconizzato l’evoluzione tecnologica dei tempi futuri) e con l’inserto politically correct della carnagione bruna di Ben innamorato di Angela. Non è da biasimare, siamo tutti sotto schiaffo, perfino le statue di Churchill. Io ho una figlia anche biologica, proprio mia intendo, di colore ambrato ma il conformismo di facciata non lo sopporto. E dunque sforzo titanico quello di Meyer che però non ha amato questo libro e si sente. Fatica enormemente a calarsi nella voce narrante maschile. Tanti difetti dunque, ma leggendo le ultime pagine mi sono trovata a piangere come una fontana. Perché forse il libro non ha dato tutto, ma ha un enorme pregio: Edward ne esce intatto, meraviglioso, amante immaginario di tutte noi. ( Folgorata & La Pizia , alias Monica Montanari e Anna Letizia Zocche)
Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase Book 1)
Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase Book 1)
I was pleased to note that we get to preview two titles this month.

First, though, I want to speak a little about my status as a reviewer. At church, today, the sermon was about humility. Such a topic was perfect for me, because it reminded me how fallible I am as a reviewer, or as a human, when I forget there are so many great reviewers at Amazon.

One is a retired Navy chief. While I may not agree with his political conclusions, I always learn from his reviews, due in large part, to his logic.

Another is an up and coming reviewer who posted a terrific review of “The Dressmaker’s Gift,” by Fiona Valpy.

There are many other better reviewers, but both of these two are people to follow. I will welcome either to #1 status when they take over as such, soon.

I apologize to those offended, but, sometimes, it helps one to recall what motivates them to do what they enjoy. I ENJOY reading and sharing. I am not the best. Only the most fortunate.

Now, on with my review.

“Quantum” by Patricia Cornwell is a fast-paced page turner that kept my interest throughout. In addition, it has some intriguing animations that, alas, I took far too little time to observe and analyze. (Probably because I read it using my Kindle app on my iPad.)

Although billed as a suspense novel, I thought it was more humorous and a lighter read than suspense. Otherwise, the writing and editing is flawless, and thoroughly professional.

BLUSH FACTOR: Suitable for all audiences. Safe to share with anybody you want to.

BOTTOM LINE

In my new effort to strive for brevity, let me end my review here, by stating, four stars out of five. Why not five? Too little character development.
Harry Benson: Shoot First
Harry Benson: Shoot First
Such genius, such a career, such a nice, decent guy. There are people that you marvel could do so much with just one lifespan and photographer Harry Benson demonstrates this as a prime exhibit A. How on earth did he manage to be in all those places with all those different luminaries over all those decades? How did he encapsulate wit, vibrancy, intimacy, and immediacy all in a single shot? How did he maintain such a high paced, unrelenting fervor for his profession without ever scaling back or burning out? How did he maintain a democratic disposition towards his encyclopedic range of subjects?

The anecdotes behind the pictures enhance the poignancy and enchant. The perspective of time heightens and deepens the meaning of many juxtaposed sessions with a same politician or celebrity shown in retrospect. Mature content of his work interspersed throughout without forewarning.

I did think the narrative of the documentary could have been tightened and had more resonance. Nearly all of the celebrity interviews contained filler, generic praise without adding to the story. It was the non-name contributors that had much more to say regarding relevance. Benson's philosophies on life and how he had been shaped by his experiences were largely overlooked. Strictly evaluating on the basis of artistry and craftsmanship of documentary style, I would give this 4 stars. Yet, the brilliance of Benson's oeuvre being showcased is fully worth the price of admission.
Harry Potter Keychains 6 Pc. Set – Includes Harry Potter, Nimbus 2000, Ginny Weasley Wand & More – Harry Potter Gifts, Merch, Accessories, Party Favors by PMI
Harry Potter Keychains 6 Pc. Set – Includes Harry Potter, Nimbus 2000, Ginny Weasley Wand & More – Harry Potter Gifts, Merch, Accessories, Party Favors by PMI
This will make a great Christmas gift for my son who absolutely loves Harry Potter. The detail on these are amazing. These are made of a durable metal that will not bend or break easily. They clasps are made strong and are easy to open to put on key rings. The box that it comes in is decorative and can be used the way it is with a bow and gifted that way. A must have for any Harry Potter fan.
Top Chef Junior, Season 2
Top Chef Junior, Season 2
My daughter and I love this show. Watching it is our special time together and also it helps support her interest in cooking. She is also competitive so there's a nice element of this in the show even though she gets quite upset when her favorite competitors are eliminated.
MAD GAB Card Game of Verbal Puzzle Phrases, Gift for Players Ages 12 Years & Older​​​
MAD GAB Card Game of Verbal Puzzle Phrases, Gift for Players Ages 12 Years & Older​​​
Got the Game fully packaged and not damaged.
It's a great game! This edition has simple English (compared to the big box one) and it suits people who are willing to learn English and want to do so using a fun game.
The cards have pictures along with words, so you get to learn the names of items.

It's a great gift and suits all ages, adults enjoy it as much as kids.
The cards are typical Card games quality (if you played Uno, it's the same maufacturer) it's similar type.
Finally, i highly recommend this to everyone as even if your English is below average, this is a good game for you.
American Demon Hunters - The Complete Collection: An Urban Fantasy Supernatural Thriller PLUS Seven Novellas
American Demon Hunters - The Complete Collection: An Urban Fantasy Supernatural Thriller PLUS Seven Novellas
"Main" Novel
As with all of J Thorn's work, this is just really good. Being part of the American Demon Hunter series, it can be read in any order. It can function as a background story being read first, or a a prequel being read after one or more of the novellas. Either way it's a great and dark story for anyone who likes horror or dark fantasy. If you are a fan of J Thorn's work or want to be get a copy of this book, you really need to read this.

Novellas
I love the idea behind this. Several authors, different locations, same characters, great stories. I have read all but one of the five novellas based upon the main novel by J. Thorn. But so far these are great, they are very much like a serialized novel that can be read in any order. The novellas are a great quick satisfying read for any one who likes this type of dark fantasy/action story. So pick up a copy of this story, and all the other three, you will not be sorry.
Funko POP Movies: Sixteen Candles - Jake Ryan Action Figure
Funko POP Movies: Sixteen Candles - Jake Ryan Action Figure
What 80s girl did not have a crush on Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles? Jake was the popular, handsome boy who cared about feelings and substance over looks and partying. You would think he would be hard to capture in a cartoonish figurine with a large head, but Funko managed to do it.

Jake’s figure has the upturned bangs in the front with small sideburns, and his eyebrows are arched in a way that makes him look like he is listening. He has his cargo pants, red button down shirt (not “plaid” but it still fits the bill), and brown loafers. He is even wearing a wristwatch like Jake. He has one hand in pocket, and everything about him screams “boy you had a teen crush on.”

This figure stands firmly, which is great for displaying, and he looks wonderful with Sam and Farmer Ted. I am so excited to have this piece of my childhood on display.
The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities
The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities
Book Review:
The Power of Collaborative Solutions by Tom Wolff
The book The Power of Collaborative Solutions proves once again that Tom Wolff is one of the preeminent voices in the country today, on building healthy communities through collaboration. As the Director of the Santa Barbara Pro-Youth Coalition (PYC), I witnessed Tom's unique ability to empower all segments of our community to identify and solve our seemingly most complex social and community issues through collaboration.
Tom's sincere, informed and humble manner and his vast hands-on experience with communities across the nation, at once inspired a close to unbelievable trust among the parents and youth that PYC sought to serve. Almost ten years later and some of these youth are parents themselves - they still ask about Mr. Wolff.
Anyone who is seriously seeking solutions to whatever community issues face them must read this book. Tom does not just identify problems - Tom offers practical, attainable solutions which are still vital to today's pressing community issues.
Babatunde Folayemi
Former Santa Barbara City Councilmen and
Director of the Santa Barbara Pro Youth Coalition
Over Alaska
Over Alaska
This is one of the best videos I've seen on Alaska - a cut above most anything you will ever find on the topic. I've been to Alaska over 35 times and to all areas of this stunningly beautiful state, but I never tire of watching videos if they are very well done and not the usual tourist travel type presentations. This one is way more informative than those. First, as the name implies, it is all aerial views. Secondly, it hits areas of Alaska, such as the Wrangell and St. Elias Mountains, Misty Fjords, the Brooks Range, and other areas that are not typically covered on most videos. Yes Denali Park is beautiful, but there is so much more to Alaska.

Plus it appears it is full HD, although I didn't notice when the video started. I have a 55" TV and it looked stunning on my set. Watch and enjoy!!!
YIHONG Juego de 4 guirnaldas de luces que funciona con baterías, guirnalda de luces impermeable con 8 funciones, 50 luces LED de cuerda. Luces de 16,4 pies, luces de luciérnaga de alambre de cobre operadas a control remoto (Blanco Cálido)
YIHONG Juego de 4 guirnaldas de luces que funciona con baterías, guirnalda de luces impermeable con 8 funciones, 50 luces LED de cuerda. Luces de 16,4 pies, luces de luciérnaga de alambre de cobre operadas a control remoto (Blanco Cálido)
 I removed light bulbs for garage lights and put these as light source and set the timer. To set, I just push “on” once on then pushed “timer” They stay on for 6 hrs from the time u pushed “timer” and comeback on at the same time u set the timer. The video didn’t capture true color when it goes to green/ yellow and it just appears “white” but with naked eyes, u can clearly see green and yellow. Really love the timer function for this outdoor lights, so convenient. I also put those lights for mini Christmas tree that I put on top shelf of book shelves. I’m thinking getting more for office next year. With these, u can decorate work space or where u don’t have outlets.

Update 1year later:
It’s December 2018. I just changed new batteries and working great for 2nd year! Yay!
I added two more to swag. I taped them with 3M outdoor double stick tape. Omg, they’re so cute! I’m only 5.2” so I can’t really clip or nail Christmas lights along roofline but wanted outside decorations. These really did lighten up my house! We got rain and WINDY days and I was worried but they survived! Christmas is over but totally recommend this. 👍🏼👍🏼😊
Update!
It’s 2019 and still working this Christmas. Yay ( just add new battery) we had rain but still keep going. Recommended ✨
LG BP350 Blu-Ray Disc Player with Built-in Wi-Fi - Amazon, Netflix, YouTube + Remote Control + NeeGo High-Speed HDMI Cable W/Ethernet NeeGo Lens Cleaner
LG BP350 Blu-Ray Disc Player with Built-in Wi-Fi - Amazon, Netflix, YouTube + Remote Control + NeeGo High-Speed HDMI Cable W/Ethernet NeeGo Lens Cleaner
This player replaces two different Samsung Blu-Ray players in a row. The biggest problem I had with both of those was that Samsung has this pesky touch-sensitive disc drawer. I don't know why that is. My best guess was it provided a way for the user to close the drawer without the remote--just give it a nudge and she shuts right up. I've owned comps which had that feature on the ROM drawer. But one serious drawback of the ones on my old Samsungs was they had a nasty habit of closing up on you if you touched the drawer at all, even to remove your DVD. That ended up damaging several DVDs of mine when the drawer "bit" them. So when the second Samsung gave out, I decided when I logged onto here; "Anything but a Samsung". This LG machine fortunately does not have the "nudge feature" and I can take out my DVD a lot more safely. One thing I found alarming was a really white screen on my TV after I ejected the DVD. Fortunately it doesn't take too long for the screen saver with its black screen and dancing LG logo to kick in. I was afraid too much of a glaring white screen would damage my TV and I'd get "print-through" issues. One thing I also like is that turning this player on doesn't automatically switch my TV to that input. What it does instead is it tells the input select screen on my TV what's plugged into that jack. A drawback that still defeats me is the streaming feature. No LAN or Ethernet port--you have to connect it to your router wirelessly by WiFi. And when I enter my security key, this player next asks me for a password. I don't HAVE a password on my WiFi--just the network name and the security key. I thought that was my password. So as far as I know, I can't use the streaming feature on this player. Oh well, I already have a Roku dongle for streaming and there are enough HDMI ports on my TV for all three--my DVR, the Roku and this player.
VIVO Mobile TV Cart for 32-65 inch LCD LED Plasma Flat Panel Screen TVs up to 110 lbs, Pro Height Adjustable Rolling Black Stand with Laptop Shelf & Locking Wheels - Max VESA 600x400, STAND-TV03E
VIVO Mobile TV Cart for 32-65 inch LCD LED Plasma Flat Panel Screen TVs up to 110 lbs, Pro Height Adjustable Rolling Black Stand with Laptop Shelf & Locking Wheels - Max VESA 600x400, STAND-TV03E
I'm a professional handy man. I assemble stuff all the time for customers. I don't "LOVE" stuff..but this gets my highest rating: 4 Stars.
1) It's heavily build. 2) The build quality and materials quality is Excellent. 3) The directions are graphic, without any written words, and they work perfectly. Great job. 4) The wheels lock...all 4 of them. 5) The stand for the Laptop is strong. Unfortunately, at it's highest position, it's 28" off the floor. That's really low. 6) The bracket design for the TV is excellent. 7) all the hardware is in little pockets, divided by purpose. Excellent! Open one pocket at a time and use the correct fasteners. No big bag of assorted stuff to sort into a muffin tin.
Now for the negatives: 8) The screw and spacer assortment provided to mount into the VESA holes in the TV may not work for you. I had to choose screws from my own selection because the provided ones were either too short of too long. 9) Someone, somewhere in the world, has decided that two tubes should be joined with a fine-thread insert. This is a horrible idea; many many lamps I have assembled, and a few customer reviews here on Amazon for this product, tell of the failure of this method. Fine threads are easy to cross-thread. Do that once, and it's toast. Be patient, slow, and careful. Only screw inwards when there is no resistance; if you are square on the threads, they will go in easily. Now I must say that the threading is good here....not loose like the lamp-threads I've encountered. This fit's just right and locks down snug.
Bottom line? I like the unit, it's strong and stable and safe. I would recommend it to my friends and clients.
VIVO Kneeling Chair with Wheels, Adjustable Ergonomic Stool for Home and Office, Mobile Angled Posture Seat, Steel Frame & Black Cushions, CHAIR-K05B
VIVO Kneeling Chair with Wheels, Adjustable Ergonomic Stool for Home and Office, Mobile Angled Posture Seat, Steel Frame & Black Cushions, CHAIR-K05B
I've been working in an office for 11 years, and all of the sitting and horrible posture had finally caught up to me. In an effort not to run the dozens of chiropractic and therapy sessions I've had to do, I've been making changes to my work area to maximize comfort and not hurt my back and hips any further.

I chose this specific chair bc of the price point, and bc I had read multiple other reviews stating that having two separate pieces for the knee rests was more ideal.

I'm 5'4" and the adjustments on the chair seen to be just fine. The biggest negative is the quality and amount of cushioning in both the seat and knees. It does not take long before my knees start to ache and my butt gets uncomfortable.
De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto EDG110.WB Espressomaschine und andere automatische Getränke, weiß
De'Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto EDG110.WB Espressomaschine und andere automatische Getränke, weiß
Sconsigliato l'acquisto da questo venditore. Di per sé il prodotto è ottimo, avendolo già posso garantire. Avevo deciso di acquistare una ulteriore macchina del caffè a cialde per regalarla, tramite amazon, ma purtroppo per ben due volte il venditore mi ha spedito il prodotto in questione senza imballarlo, applicando l'etichetta direttamente sulla scatola della macchinetta, senza neanche sigillarla. Il risultato è che per ben due volte la scatola è arrivata danneggiata e APERTA! In barba alla sicurezza, all'igiene e all'integrità del prodotto!
GRB Pure Ghee - Sign of Purity / 16.90 Fl. Oz., 500ml
GRB Pure Ghee - Sign of Purity / 16.90 Fl. Oz., 500ml
I am from Bangalore - India. And I have been a regular consumer of GRB since ages. When I moved to USA I couldn't find this in Indian store. Luckily I found it in Amazon. It has great aroma and texture. A perfect mate for all Indian dishes. Just go for this ghee.

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