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JavaScript in easy steps
JavaScript in easy steps
JavaScript in easy steps by Mike McGrath. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Algorithms in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide
Algorithms in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide
Algorithms in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide by George T. Heineman, Gary Pollice, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MongoDB in Action
MongoDB in Action
MongoDB in Action by Kyle Banker. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Databases A Beginner's Guide
Databases A Beginner's Guide
Databases A Beginner's Guide by Andy Oppel. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Call of the Cthulhu
The Call of the Cthulhu
The Call of the Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Melodia De Adeus (Portuguese Edition)
A Melodia De Adeus (Portuguese Edition)
A Melodia De Adeus (Portuguese Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
People in the News - John Grisham
People in the News - John Grisham
People in the News - John Grisham by Robyn M. Weaver. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
BEYOND JUSTICE
BEYOND JUSTICE
BEYOND JUSTICE by Joshua Graham. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 1310 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon Book 4)
Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon Book 4)
Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon Book 4) by Dan Brown. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 28613 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Tempo de mater (Portuguese Edition)
Tempo de mater (Portuguese Edition)
Tempo de mater (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Último Jurado
O Último Jurado
O Último Jurado by John Grisham. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Buick 8
Buick 8
Buick 8 by Stephen King. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Core Python Programming (Core Series)
Core Python Programming (Core Series)
Core Python Programming (Core Series) by Wesley J Chun. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 52 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Introduction to Programming Using Python
Introduction to Programming Using Python
Introduction to Programming Using Python by Y. Daniel Liang. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Mastering Sublime Text
Mastering Sublime Text
Mastering Sublime Text by Dan Peleg. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Exposing Blockchain: An Inside Look at the Technology Behind Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Cryptocurrency Mining, Bitcoin, and other Digital Coins (Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and More)
Exposing Blockchain: An Inside Look at the Technology Behind Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Cryptocurrency Mining, Bitcoin, and other Digital Coins (Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and More)
Exposing Blockchain: An Inside Look at the Technology Behind Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrency Wallets, Cryptocurrency Mining, Bitcoin, and other Digital Coins (Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and More) by Frank Richmond. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Functional Swift: Updated for Swift 4
Functional Swift: Updated for Swift 4
Functional Swift: Updated for Swift 4 by Chris Eidhof, Florian Kugler , et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
A Julia Developer's Notebook: 150 Dotted Grid Pages customized for Julia Programmers and Developers with individually Numbered Pages. Notebook with ... format: 6 x 9 in (A Dev NB Blue and Orange)
A Julia Developer's Notebook: 150 Dotted Grid Pages customized for Julia Programmers and Developers with individually Numbered Pages. Notebook with ... format: 6 x 9 in (A Dev NB Blue and Orange)
A Julia Developer's Notebook: 150 Dotted Grid Pages customized for Julia Programmers and Developers with individually Numbered Pages. Notebook with ... format: 6 x 9 in (A Dev NB Blue and Orange) by 2 SCRIBBLE. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
Anyone who cares about Broadway musical will find this, Sondheim's longest word yet as to his own lyrics and those of the people whose footsteps he followed, absolutely essential. For this, the work itself is worth a full five stars; the poor quality of the hardcover edition (the print seems to be on a dark silverish gray ink that rubs off like newsprint, the font is hard to read, and the content is poorly indexed) was the only think that made me downgrade this to four stars, and one can only hope that the paperback edition corrects these marring material deficiencies.

Sondheim's subtitle warns readers that the tone for this study of his and others' lyrics for the American musical theater will not be without its crankier points, and some reviewers have been unhappy at his ungenerousness exhibited here toward Ira Gershwin, Noel Coward, and particular his theatrical mentor (and beloved friend) Oscar Hammerstein II. If this were just a work by another theater scholar it might be harder to take the tendentiousness of the author's opinions; but since this is Stephen Sondheim, unquestionably the greatest American lyricist alive, the opinionated nature of the prose automatically becomes itself important since we find out here what he really thinks. His rules for crafting excellent lyrics make perfect sense in light of the shows he's created and from the social and theatrical milieux from which Sondheim comes. If his carping at Ira Gershwin for frequently inverting word order might seem unfair (since Gershwin came from a world where Yiddish-inflected syntax was a commonplace), it does tell you much about Sondheim's own wealthy and genteel Upper West Side and Williams College background that he would object. And it's such a pleasure to see the lyricists whom Sondheim greatly admires, from the expected (Cole Porter) to the perhaps more surprising (the greatly underappreciated Dorothy Fields).

The most fun in the book is finding out what Sondheim thinks of his own lyrics, and to get the stories behind how he crafted them. Many of the shows had such a difficult time in the making that he provides you with the lyrics of fascinating alternate songs for the shows (many of which have been recorded, since so many singers who work in musical theater are obsessive Sondheim fans). We also get portraits of many of the people with whom Sondheim worked (from Ethel Merman to Zero Mostel to Jason Alexander to Nathan Lane), with tantalizing throwaway comments about them. We can only wait for the promised sequel, with lyrics from his shows from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE onward--and we can only hope the next book comes in better material shape from the publisher.
Security Analysis: Sixth Edition: Foreword by Warren Buffett
Security Analysis: Sixth Edition: Foreword by Warren Buffett
I have the same confession as Glenn Greenberg's (the one who wrote the intro to Part V of this book): I never read Security Analysis back in school, although I did read The Intelligent Investor. Many years into my career in investment research, I finally got around to writing about how I regret not picking up the book earlier. I would consider this a must-read, both as a textbook and a practical guide, for serious securities analysis professionals.

My experience with reading this book has been wonderful. Not only did I pick up various specific lessons that would be valuable for my career in the stock market (particularly on behavioral biases, such as the market's tendency to value management quality twice), I also came to appreciate the various aspects about Ben Graham as a person:

1. VISION
The book helps you understand why Ben Graham is considered a 'man of ideas', whose investment philosophies transcend time. Decades after the various editions of this book were published, such ideas as 'speculation focuses primarily on, and attempts to profit from, the unknown future' as well as the classic 'margin of safety' would have served to prevent the dotcom or the subprime mortgage crashes. Moreover, observations such as that the P/E ratio was arbitrarily applied ('sometimes to the past, sometimes to the present, sometimes to the near future') still resonate with current practices in many markets.

2. LOGIC
Ben Graham was mathematically inclined. After all, he did elect to major in math at Columbia. Reflecting this, his writing consisted of many instructive guidelines that are both illuminating and elegantly succinct, like what you would expect of a mathematical equality. This makes it so easy for readers to quote his wisdom. Consider this sentence: 'It may be said, with some approximation to the truth, that investment is grounded on the past whereas speculation looks primarily to the future.' (although this is not a complete statement).

3. CREATIVITY
Ben Graham's intellectual capacity is by no means confined to quantitative analysis. A reflection of his being offered post-graduation employment in English, math and philosophy, Ben Graham eventually went on to co-write a Broadway play, develop a patented Morse-code-based system, and translate a Spanish novel. In his writing, you would find such flair of his creativity as this: 'An indefinite and approximate measure of the intrinsic value may be sufficient. To use a homely simile, it is quite possible to decide by inspection that a woman is old enough to vote without knowing her age.'

4. GENEROSITY
Warren Buffett was impressed by Ben when he used his own stock picks as examples in his class at Columbia, thereby revealing his trade secrets, perhaps to his financial detriment. This tendency to be so generous is reflected in the book: the 'Dean of Wall Street' was so deeply concerned with the well-being of the laymen investor in the stock market that he lashed out on Wall Street as an institution, which he himself was part of. Warren Buffett was lucky to be at the receiving end of Ben's generosity.

Note that this is still essentially a book about the technicality and psychology involved in the job of a security analyst. To obtain a more detailed picture of Ben Graham as a person, I would recommend his own Memoirs book, or The Einstein of Money by Joe Carlen.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Hercule Poirot's First Case (Special Edition)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Hercule Poirot's First Case (Special Edition)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles was the very first Agatha Christie novel to be published and arose from a challenge set by her sister, Madge, to write a “good detective story”. At the time Christie was working in the dispensary of a local hospital and, as such, had a professional knowledge of poisons that was to pay dividends in both her first accepted manuscript and many of her future novels. Although she began writing this story in 1916 it was to be another four years before it was eventually published, albeit with the original courtroom scene revealing the murderer replaced at the request of her publishers. Christie’s proposed revision proved to be the first of many drawing room elucidations by the great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

Styles is set in July 1917 and narrated by an invalided Captain Hastings who has returned from the Front to convalesce. When he bumps into old friend, John Cavendish, he gratefully accepts an offer to spend his final month of leave at Styles Court, the Essex country house of John’s stepmother. To all intents and purposes stepmother Emily raised John and his brother, Lawrence, and has always been more than fair to them, however a whirlwind courtship and sudden marriage to the twenty-years younger and highly sycophantic Alfred Inglethorp has rather poisoned the atmosphere with the man seen as a blatant gold digger. Resident at Styles St Mary are John Cavendish and his wife of two-years, the inscrutable and charming Mary, and John’s younger brother, Lawrence. Throw into the mix Mrs Emily Inglethorp’s trusted factotum, Miss Evelyn Howard, protégée Miss Cynthia Murdoch and a host of household staff and when Mrs Inglethorp is found dead the obvious culprit with a clear motive is swiftly identified as her new husband, Alfred. Thankfully Hercule Poirot is on hand due to his status as a refugee in a neighbouring village and it is Hasting’s who first proposes that the Belgian investigate the matter. Prepare for things to become far more complicated as a variety of locked doors, poisoned substances, rumoured liaisons and ulterior motives are unearthed ahead of Poirot making everything clear for Hastings (and readers alike).

The dandified master detective of Hercule Poirot is not only impeccably turned out but highly affected and tremendously self-confident and after Hastings engages his friend he is more than a tad miffed by Poirot’s reluctance to share all of his suspicions and insights. Through the medium of the far less ingenious Hastings as narrator, Agatha Christie makes the ongoing revelations brilliantly accessible thanks to his requirement for many an detailed explanation. Whilst the cast are perhaps less colourful and more forgettable than in other Christie novels, this allows Poirot to take centre stage in his inaugural outing. It is at the courtroom stage that an official from Scotland Yard appears in the form of Inspector Japp, whose only previous encounter with Poirot has left him more than willing to defer to the great man.

In a brilliantly complicated plot the means of death is quickly identified as poisoning, but how the substance was administered to the victim becomes pivotal in identifying the culprit. Packed to the rafters with red herrings, subtle insights on the wartime era and an insightful social commentary, whilst the solution to this case requires a technical knowledge of poisons and how fast they work, the majority of the clues are all contained within what unfolds (as Poirot is very fond of telling Hastings). Sadly I failed to adhere to an earlier lesson on Agatha Christie’s tremendous economy with words as I was left astounded by how a seemingly casual observation from Poirot came back to hit me between the eyes as it was pulled out of the bag some one-hundred pages or so later only for its relevance to become glaringly obvious!

Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
Essays of Warren Buffett Lessons for Investors and Managers
Essays of Warren Buffett Lessons for Investors and Managers
This is an excellent book which is a collection of excerpts from the annual letter to shareholders from Berkshire. Cunningham has done an superb job of collating this material and extracting the most important sections which give detailed and in depth view of the workings of Buffett and Charlie Munger and lay out his philosophy and his strategies and his evolution as an investor, which I found particularly fascinating. His move from being a Graham clone to his adoption of Fisher's approach and his fine tuning of his criteria for investmnet.He deals with the amazing successes and the numerous failures and mistakes. For anyone interested in improving their investment expertise and learning about Buffett's approach this is an absolute must. A book that I shall revisit time and again.The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
Facebook for Business: How to Create a Facebook Business Page That Works -- From the Basics to Using Facebook's Advanced Mark Up Language (FBML)
A first rate book for anyone creating a Facebook business page. I downloaded other highly reviewed Kindle books before this one that didn't really help much. Rebecca Robinson put this book together with Facebook screenshots that walked me through the process. She made the concepts understandable.

I'm new to Facebook, will be working on my FB biz page to complement my EuroPartsHouse.com website where I sell parts for European cars.

This book is the most useful of the several Facebook kindle books that I bought and the one that I'm using first in creating the business page.

Thanks again,
Charles / EuroPartsHouse.com
Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing to 100 Million Users and Losing $78 Million: Ultimate Startup Playbook in Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Online Marketing, Leadership & PR
Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing to 100 Million Users and Losing $78 Million: Ultimate Startup Playbook in Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Online Marketing, Leadership & PR
Do you like extremely specific sports analogies applied to business practices? What about the ego of a hedge fund manager for 300 pages? How about a book written by a guy who started a software company with no software background and not the slightest idea how to do it?

Well then, this is your book! Filled with tasty morsels of insights and ideas (like having a company massage day ... really page 206, right before the awe-inspiring unique suggestion of something called a "company newsletter" - groundbreaking stuff here!)

The author also namedrops a bunch of recommended books, all by authors who happened to be living, giving public speeches, and promoting themselves ... I'm sure he wasn't expecting any kickback in the process ... no, not from a wall street hedge fund manager, that's not something he'd do. But don't expect any unique titles to hit this list. It's the usual suspects, Eric Ries, Peter Theil ... it'd be like going to a sci-fi conference and recommending Isaac Asimov to everyone ... gee thanks ...

The one nice thing about this book (which is why it's a two star review!) is that since the text is so vapid of insight and depth, you can quite literally read it like some top graduate from Evelyn Wood's speed reading course. Don't worry, you're missing anything by going too fast, he'll repeat it again in 5 pages.

But really, don't worry about it ... it's like 12 bucks ... won't be the worst 12 bucks you ever spent. Besides, he's not a bad author, the text actually is quite readable and there isn't much New Yorker style needlessly long stories without getting to the point.

Not the worst the book I've read this year (and I'm writing this in February) but certainly not 5-star awesome, would read again!!!
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
Fantastic guide. Useful for all job-seekers, but a must read for incoming MBA students!!! Very practical and clear.

Remember it's a whole system and follow it once exactly. Trust the system! Make sure you understand how all the parts work together before making changes. Also, do the whole process again if you have significant changes (or even if you want to pursue two industries at once!). It goes much faster the second time. For incoming MBA students that don't know where they want to go, I recommend doing it for every industry you think you might be interested in. Do the LAMP process early and you will have a good grasp of unfamiliar industries & companies.

NEGATIVES: Two small down-sides.

First, the book is already getting out-dated as technology changes. I was easily able to adapt it, but maybe in 5 years they need a new, updated release.

Second, I found the process mostly led me to the big names in my industry. I'm not sure if that's true for everyone, it may be a result of me switching industries and just beginning to learn about a new industry. My recommendation below may help with that a little bit. Otherwise, if you don't just want a list of the biggest names, think about how you can keep a narrow focus.

RECOMMENDATION: The rest of this review is a long description of how to tweak the system. This will make more sense AFTER you complete the whole LAMP process, including the sorting.

In the first few chapters, he talks about the LAMP list. It works, but might need some tweaks. The "M" stand for motivation and is a 5-min process where you simply identify how motivated you feel about working for that company. I totally understand the theory behind it, but have found that some people need more of a break down for the "M", especially if you don't know much about the companies. It can help to make a few columns that break down your motivation into different categories. These should be VERY EASY to find (like glassdoor / wikipedia first page - you don't want to take more than 10 -15 minutes per extra category). Pick 2-3 categories that are important to you, then sort as you prefer (maybe name recognition (N) first, then location(L)) and then assign a single motivation score to each company. I recommend using the 2 categories to come up with ONE motivation score that you then put into the original LAMP list. If you add these two columns into the LAMP, for example making it LA(NL)P... you might get your sorting dominated by the two new motivation components.

Here are some ideas:

♦ Location of headquarters: 3=favorite cities, 2=could live there a few years, 1=don't want to live there
♦ Size (decide what size you want): 3=best size (1,000+ employees or 10-50 person start up), 2= next nearest size, etc
♦ Name recognition: 3=Top name in your industry, 2=big name, 1= hey, at least they're in the right industry
♦ Glassdoor score (a proxy for corporate culture - don't read the reviews, keep focused! Don't include companies with less than a certain number of reviews (ie 3 reviews that give a 3 star average isn't helpful): 4=4-5 star reviews, 3=3-4 star review, 2=2-3 star review, 1= NOT ENOUGH REVIEWS (re-evaluate those separately)
♦ Work-life balance: This one is hard to research quickly, but glassdoor reviews often focus on it. Maybe a simple Y/N based ont he first page of glassdoor reviews would be sufficient. If a company has terrible balance, that should show up. Good balance might also show up. But many companies might be unclear (some ppl say yes, some say no) - in that case, maybe try for a 3=good, 2=unclear, 1=bad system.
♦ Culture: Similar to work-life balance, this is a simple check. See if company makes Best Place to Work lists. Just google "best *industry* companies to work for (best tech companies to work for, best consulting firms to work for, etc). Pick three lists from reputable sources (Forbes, Business Insider, etc) that will cover at least 100 companies. For example, don't pick three lists of 10 best, which is only 30 total, but try a 100 best, 30 best, and 25 best for 155 total. Obviously many companies will overlap. Then make a column and simply write Y/N if the company appears on any of your lists.
♦ Bad example: Benefits package - Don't choose something like this that would take too much research per company.

The point of all of this is to see which companies you are more motivated to pursue. Think about what you really want in a company and a very quick way to check if companies have it. For me, location was a big factor in motivation, and taking 15-mins to look up location really changed my priorities. For example, a company with a pretty solid reputation that I thought I was interested in was in Milwaukee. They suddenly dropped from a 5 to a 3 in motivation, essentially falling off my list because I have NO interest in moving to Milwuakee (nothing against it, just not for me!).

Hopefully all of this helps. If it's not clear, do the full LAMP first and then use this to make nuanced adjustments. I'm happy to clarify / explain if needed. Good luck to all the job searchers!
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Of course, we all know famous people used to be children, but until reading this new book, I had not read short childhood biographies of people who changed the world, much less understood their common characteristics. The author does a service by writing this book for adults as it is true that there are biographies for children about these people.

The stories about the childhood of these geniuses have some striking and surprising commonalities, as well as interesting facts. All seven people did not have the exact same characteristics, but often four of them shared some trait or experience. Would we read this to try to develop such gifted people? No, as it is partly the time period of history, world events, and family life which combined to help them. Each person’s story is told until they are about age 21, then stops, as we all know the rest. The author’s observations chapter summarizes his thoughts. He provides a diagram of the traits for all of the people while showing which belong to each of the seven people. It does give one pause to think.

As a teacher, in the fall we would get our new class lists, and when we had maybe 15 boys and 7 girls, we would say it was preparation for a coming war. Who knows, but it stopped our possible complaining about how active our classes would be. What I mean is people are born at certain times and that the future doesn’t just happen all at once someday in the far future. A life starts at the beginning.

Yes, the times were important to allowing these people to excel in their chosen fields, as I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. But there was something going on from birth for each person, and the way was paved with a combination of intelligence, environment, family, and access to the technologies of the time. It began with perhaps being born with a large head, educated parents, or the conditions to foster curiosity and interest in learning. None of these people were complainers, and they all showed continued persistence, and had to deal with less than understanding teachers and principals. They all faced obstacles of some kind and, before reading this book, I had no idea how many things they each had to endure. Yes, luck was on their side, but they did not have completely easy lives. Reading this book shows how true it is when people say luck is how hard you work.

This book has implications for schools who may have gifted education courses to perhaps be more flexible about grade levels and have more willingness to try advanced curriculum with students who could possibly be mislabeled as having behavior issues. It was a near miss a few times for several of these people who obviously did make it through life, but not without having to change schools or be taught at home.

One interesting fact in the book is that some of the people were slow to speak, doing so at ages 3 or 4. I did teach several years of gifted education classes, and it was not unusual for a student to leave a challenge class to walk across the hall to the speech teacher. Of course, that doesn’t happen to all bright people, but it was interesting to me that it was one of the characteristics mentioned.

I recommend this book to bright secondary students struggling with the prescribed curriculum, parents dealing with gifted children and the related challenges, and schools looking to be more empathetic to very intellectual children. Often, it is a difficult road for children and families. This author understands.
Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs
Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs
These strategy "rules" are worth reading and reflecting on. They are not the "rules" of genius strategists. But these are some powerful insights into how contemporary strategists (business or military or governmental or non-governmental sector) need to think about "strategising." Perhaps the most significant one - Look Forward, Reason Back" is the one that is most ignored by conventionalists. All three IT industry leaders recognized the folly of desperately seeking verities from history for guides on what to do when we are functioning in an era of exponential technological transformation. History is not what it used to be. This is not a though-out-the-baby-with-the-bathwater approach. But it does recognise that getting a better understanding of the technology-driven trends and dynamics in the realms of nano-bio-robo-info are upending in many cases historical Industrial Age experience that has predominated strategic thinking and theory - no longer find out what worked and repeat it, find out what didn't work and don't.
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War
Imperfect Union is the story of John and Jessie Fremont, a couple who had a significant impact in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. It is also the story of the imperfect union among the states themselves and how controversies about slavery and also immigration (sound familiar?) led to the Civil War. It tells of a third “imperfect union” from the period, too, and that was the chasm between the eastern part of the continent and the west. Uniting the continent was the focus of most of John Fremont’s efforts and the goal of his many explorations, as he dreamed of opening the doors to trade with Asia across the Pacific from California.
I have enjoyed listening to Steve Inskeep on NPR’s Morning Edition for many years, but the question in my mind was: can he write? And, very important for a nonfiction book on history, has he done careful research so he can provide the details that will make the people and the era come alive and enable him to make generalizations about the period that will be credible? I am delighted to report that the answer to both questions is a resounding “Yes”. The wealth of primary sources consulted and cited is impressive, and the results are presented very well.
John and Jessie’s story is well-told and gave me a sense of them as people as well as a much better acquaintance with what John contributed to our history. Those more knowledgeable with history than I am might have known that John was the first presidential nominee of the new Republican party, but how many know that he named the San Francisco harbor the Golden Gate? The personal story was to me as interesting as a novel, and I was a bit sorry there was not even more about John and Jessie as a couple, but there is only so much room in one book. Plus it is clear that Inskeep was trying to be true to his sources, and there is only so much that can be inferred about their lives even from personal journals.
The era explored in this book was an exciting one, with technological innovations so radical that it reminds me of our own time. Before the telegraph was invented, for example, it would take many days to learn how other states had voted in an election. Congress did not even establish a single day for the national presidential election until 1845. After Samuel Morse, people in cities could find out election results in a matter of hours. Inskeep does an excellent job of pointing out these innovations and their effects.
The big political issue during this period, of course, was slavery. Here again the book gives good insights. The issue was more complex than is often presented. For example, there are the “nativists”, who were opposed to many groups like the Irish and Italians who were immigrating in larger numbers. Perhaps surprisingly, many of the nativists were also abolitionists for the same reason they opposed the immigrants: their goal was to protect the livelihood of the working man, which was threatened by slaves as well as immigrants.
One thing that is not covered in the book is another of its good points. As I read the book, I could see many parallels between that period and our own. Inskeep does not, however, spell these out. They will be obvious to the discerning reader and actually (in my case anyway) increase the reader’s enjoyment as you perceive them yourself. It also will keep the book from sounded dated in a few years.
Most people have heard of John Fremont, who has mountain peaks and towns named after him, but few people know much about why he was famous. This book will tell you why and give you the bigger picture of the era as well. Whether you are a history buff or not, there is a lot to enjoy and a lot to learn in Imperfect Union.
My thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance review copy of this book.
Henry Ford: Elämäni ja työni (Finnish Edition)
Henry Ford: Elämäni ja työni (Finnish Edition)
Henry Ford: Elämäni ja työni (Finnish Edition) by Henry Ford, Samuel Crowther, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
People in the News - Oprah Winfrey
People in the News - Oprah Winfrey
People in the News - Oprah Winfrey by Judith Janda Presnall. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Library of Famous Women Juniors - Oprah Winfrey
Library of Famous Women Juniors - Oprah Winfrey
This book is labeled that it is for 9 year olds. My daughter just turned 9 and checked this book out at her school library to read due to black history month. I have NO problem with Oprah.....I do have a problem with my daughter reading about how her family member had her have "Sex" with him and if she wouldnt tell anyone he would buy her an ice cream......NOT for a 9 yr old to read.....Doing my best to keep any other child from reading this book in my kids Kindergarten through 3rd grade school library.
Ford versus Ferrari: The battle for supremacy at Le Mans 1966
Ford versus Ferrari: The battle for supremacy at Le Mans 1966
OK - it's probably been published to coincide with the release of the (controversial) movie and shares a key fault with the film - it's much more about Ford than Ferrari.
The story has been told before more fully in many books which are often quite expensive. This book is good value, with some excellent photos which may be familiar but are well-produced here. A shame that the caption-writers miss a few tricks - for example, a very good pic of Graham Hill leaning against a GT40 with an un-named executive ; who is in fact Alan Mann, an important player in the GT40 story.....
On the plus side, the book deserves praise for devoting a lot of space to the Lola GT which is often overlooked and also to the JWAE post-1967 story.
So - more of a 'browsers' book than one for the dedicated researcher - but worth the money.
Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey
Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey
This is not really a book about professional wrestling.

This is a book that is partially set in the world of professional wrestling. The subject of the book is really positive thinking.

It's out of print, and it may be hard to get, but if you are into human potential and the power of change - combining discipline with positive thinking - then this is a VERY good book.

If you know (or if you are) a wrestling fan who needs to hear this message, then this may be the PERFECT book.

Some people think that Dallas Page is a relentless self-promoter, but they're the ones who haven't been listening. He believes that anyone can do anything that they really want to - if they're willing to work hard enough for it. He uses his own life as the example.

It's worth a read.
Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (5th Edition) (What's New in Computer Science)
Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (5th Edition) (What's New in Computer Science)
I'm about half way through this textbook and it's further than I've gotten in any of the other oft recommended data structures textbooks. Which, in my opinion, is a great endorsement of this textbook's style and content.

This book bridges the gap nicely from a second semester Java course into the higher level data structures and algorithms classes. You need to have a firm grasp of Java OOP principles, (things like inheritance, generics, and interfaces) but you don't need to be a master of these topics.

This book also includes a gentle introduction to big-O analysis and sets the stage for thoughtful data structure design and usage with care for security and what seems like robust programming practices. Where other books may include sloppy and/or dangerous style, this author's coding style is one that I'm happy to emulate at least for the remainder of the book.

I will say that this book is not a comprehensive algorithm textbook but as far as nailing down the theory and design of abstract data types and data structures, I feel invigorated by the examples and practice problems in this book. I'm glad my class requires this text and I look forward to furthering my study with the other more revered Algorithms books once I've become a little more mature in my baseline understanding, which this book seems to be solidifying nicely.
The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes
The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes
I like the book a lot, but as someone already said the blog is better when looking for whole30 recipes (she has many more recipes that are truly whole30 compliant and don't need to be modified).

I also like the way that the book is setup, it's unique in that its pretty much all dinner/lunch meals and divided based on cuisine- which helps add a variety to eating healthy if you feel like you've had to much potatoes or coconut milk on whole30 or just stuck in a rut. If you want something like curry, there is an entire Indian flavored section; If you need a large break from coconut milk in general, there is a section on Mexican and Chinese/Japanese food. Also, every recipe has a picture which is a huge deal for me (I eat with me eyes!).

My one complaint is that most of the recipes are whole30 compliant with a modification suggestion and each recipe reiterates that same suggestion (leave off wine, no diary etc). I can do that with any book and don't need to be told how to do that on each recipe. My issue with this is that when you suggest changing key cooking ingredients (not just your taco shell, but actually suggest leaving off an ingredient thats part of the meal title), you're actually changing the dish and what it should taste like, and instead of having a slew of flavorful recipes in a book, you now have a bunch of recipes that recommend you cook chicken in chicken broth to be healthy- boring. If you want to make the Whiskey Chicken or Skillet Chicken with Wine and Broccolini, and you instead choose to substitute chicken broth, did you really just make Whiskey Chicken or a flavorful chicken simmered in white wine?, Definitely NOT. I think a page or two in the beginning of the book detailing how to change her recipes (or any recipe you find anywhere) to Whole30 compliant would have been better than constantly suggesting to change the recipes.

Overall the recipes seem fairly healthy and a really great mix of cuisine flavors. I particularly like the Southern section, since it's a good mix of regional southern cuisine (Nashville hot chicken, bbq, new orleans dishes, etc), that appears healthier and quicker than the true originals. A few of those southern recipes that look good are even Whole30 compliant. There is also a kids section for healthy foods for young kids, which is unique- this looks like it has some good Whole30 recipes for office lunches if you don't have kids.
2020 [Upgraded] NexiGo AutoFocus 1080p Webcam with Microphone and Privacy Cover, Noise Reduction, HD USB Web Camera, for Online Class, Zoom Meeting YouTube Skype Facetime, PC Mac Laptop Desktop
2020 [Upgraded] NexiGo AutoFocus 1080p Webcam with Microphone and Privacy Cover, Noise Reduction, HD USB Web Camera, for Online Class, Zoom Meeting YouTube Skype Facetime, PC Mac Laptop Desktop
If you're like me, you're on a lot of video calls or meetings all day. I use two monitors, so although my laptop has an integrated webcam, I wanted to be able to have my camera above the larger monitor I am looking at during calls/meetings. I was getting a lot of complaints about the sound quality on the integrated mic on the laptop. With the Victure webcam I first purchased people always said they couldn't hear me AND that the wide angle picked up more of my room than me. This camera so far is really perfect. The sound quality is good and the video quality is better than the Victure (granted, the NexiGo was $20 more but I got it on sale so it turned out to only be $10 difference). No more complaints! All in all, I'm much happier with the NexiGo. Worth the extra $$$.
H2, Tome 1
H2, Tome 1
Sans comprendre pourquoi la reliure a été refaite très grossièrement avec du fil traversant le tome dans toute son épaisseur alors qu'il était comme neuf
A Year in Thoreau's Journal: 1851 (Penguin Classics)
A Year in Thoreau's Journal: 1851 (Penguin Classics)
As previous reviewers have noted, this is an ideal introduction to Thoreau's immense Journal, which can be overwhelming if taken all at once -- especially by someone unfamiliar with Thoreau the writer & thinker. By wisely choosing one crucial year, we follow Thoreau day by day as he describes the world around him, both natural & human; at the same time, we're privy to his philosophical musings & digressions, which demonstrate the shaping & progression of his thought. This edition even includes his simple but clear drawings of leaves, clouds, etc., interspersed in the text.

It's fascinating to see how Thoreau went from being considered a failure in his own time to one of the most prescient & relevant American writers of our time. The materialism, the conspicuous consumption, the degradation of both the natural world & human relationships -- he saw it all coming, and did his best to offer an alternative worldview, one based on the development & growth of a genuinely authentic life. Given the superficiality & essential emptiness of current society, that alternative worldview is desperately needed now.

And simply as literature, this is beautiful reading, with a deceptively simple prose that's been carved & polished with incredible precision. Yet it seems to emerge on each page as something spontaneous & natural, like the unfolding & flowering of a green branch in Spring. At the same time, Thoreau can be humorous, particularly in a satiric vein; and he can also be quite pungent, as well.

This isn't for everyone, if course -- although many who'll undoubtedly shun or ignore it would probably benefit from it. But for anyone who hungers for something deeper than the illusion of a worthwhile life -- the one that's offered by contemporary culture in all media -- this is rich & fertile ground. Most highly & urgently recommended!
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 18: Maître Kaïo (Dragon Ball (sens français) (18)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 18: Maître Kaïo (Dragon Ball (sens français) (18)) (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!!

Un nouveau cycle commence, les aventures du jeune Sangoku sont finies, l'histoire fait place à un Sangoku devenu adulte et
ayant crée une famille.
Comme beaucoup je regrette énormément que l'humour des Tomes précédent qui faisait tout le charme de Dragon Ball
disparaissent définitivement à partir du Tome 16.
Malgré cela l'auteur continue(ou essaie pour certains) de nous réjouir avec une histoire prenante et des combats palpitant.

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
Judge & Jury
Judge & Jury
James Patterson's reliable beach reads don't subvert or twist the conventions of the thriller genre, but rather revel in them. So, in a crime thriller like this one, you get lots of action, some courtroom theatrics, a little international espionage, and, of course, some hot romance. In the sense that you've seen these elements before, I guess it's all "by the numbers", but the author always delivers these things in a skillful manner, making you want to shoot through the story even as you're well aware of the formula. I was quite entertained by "Judge & Jury", a joint venture between Mr. Patterson and occasional collaborator Andrew Gross.

Despite the safe, marketable formula, "Judge & Jury" does get a few extra points for one or two instances of gutsiness. For one thing, something truly tragic and shocking happens to heroine Andi DeGrasse about a third of the way into the book, something beyond what most editors would probably consider an acceptable level of bad business to inflict on a bouncy female character appearing in a summer beach read. Second, the scenes of sexuality, though not constant, aren't afraid to venture well into adult R-rated territory. These two examples demonstrated to me that the book, despite its clear intent to be a huge seller, wasn't afraid to be a little tough and a little adult. I liked that.

I actually listed to "Judge & Jury" in unabridged audiobook form, wonderfully read by actor Joe Mantegna and peppered throughout with sound effects and music cues. I often find those latter elements corny when they appear in audiobooks, but they worked here, making the whole thing remind me of an entertaining, involving movie.

But whether you listen to this book or read it the old-fashioned way, I think you'll enjoy this capable, gutsy tale that runs the gamut from revenge to romance, with all kinds of interesting business in between.
Naruto Shippuden Uncut Season 3 Volume 3
Naruto Shippuden Uncut Season 3 Volume 3
Once again, awesome series. I recommend this if you like seriousness and a bit of comedy mixed in than this is for you!! I really wish I had the money to buy them all though...
Jacobson Hat Company Jamaican Rasta Hat with Dreadlocks, One Size
Jacobson Hat Company Jamaican Rasta Hat with Dreadlocks, One Size
I will preface my review by thanking amazon for the rapid delivery of this item and thanks to all the other individuals involved in getting this item to me.
Now on to my review. I actually gasped when I opened this product. Evidently blacks with dreadlocks have never been seen in China where this item was manufactured. They managed to do an okay job with the hat and it's colors. However, despite what the description of the product states, the only dread in this product is the actual item itself. I would think that in today's current technological climate, with most of the world having access to the internet, one could probably do an image search for dreadlocks and come up with a fairly good idea of what dreadlocks are and how they look. Listen up folks...as a black man I can assure you, this product is not it! What I had to end up doing was to salvage the hat, cut all that silky , curly crap from the hat. Then I went to a beauty supply store and purchased some very realistic looking dreadlocks, and then sewed them on to the hat. When you look at the image associated with this item it looks like this is the real deal. But again IT IS Not. If you are looking for hair like Shirley Temple but except. in black, then there is a 26.9% chance that this may work for you. If only I could do a tenth of a star as far as ratings go...this product would fit the bill precisely.
Richard Scarry's Busiest People Ever!
Richard Scarry's Busiest People Ever!
Lowly Worm, Goldbug, Sergeant Murphy...Richard Scarry enthralled my two sons and now 30+ years later my twin grandsons. These are books toddlers can spend hours with on their own (yay!). Goldbug isn't in this one, but the boys enjoy looking for Lowly in all kinds of crazy places, not to mention checking out all the movement and funny characters (Bananas Gorilla appears in this book). So, two generations and still a very favorite.

I was delighted to find this book via an Amazon seller, and at a good price.
Heart of Texas, Volume 2: Caroline's Child and Dr. Texas
Heart of Texas, Volume 2: Caroline's Child and Dr. Texas
I LOVE every book I have of Debbie Macomber's and have gotten several friends addicted to her writing. I have a local used paperback book store and I am in the process of checking out all of my book verses the titles they have and I will go in and buy all of the ones I don't have. Debbie is my favorite author, love her sense of humor and the way she makes all of her characters come to life and you begin to feel like you are a part of her stories. Please keep writing more books Debbie. The only negative comment I have is that I don't want her series to end like Cedar Cove, I must confess...I AM ADDICTED to her books, I can read five (5) in a week, I will sit up and read until I have finished the current book because I can't stand not knowing how it is going to end. Then I could kick myself in the rear because I don't have more to read.
Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour
Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour
Very enjoyable. I found the staging somewhat like a Broadway play, and liked that. The measured, lengthy dialogue was intriguing - somewhat fascinating, almost musical. Film noir lighting and staging - very artistic and supported the tone of the story. Having seen several different actors in the role of Holmes over many years I find I like this one the best - intelligent but not stodgy, charming with his housekeeper, very lightly and affectionately poking fun at Dr. Watson without outright belittling him. Most enjoyable - one I will likely watch and savor again.
En defensa propia (Spanish Edition)
En defensa propia (Spanish Edition)
Le compre este libro a mi mama y tanto le gusto que me pidio que le buscara mas por la misma autora. Ya se los ha leido todos. Dice que le gusta la intriga, empieza a leerlos y se los lee super rapido de lo bueno que son.
The Noble Collection NN7343 Harry Potter Diary
The Noble Collection NN7343 Harry Potter Diary
Super verpackt! Kam ohne Macken hier an. Sehr Hochwertiges Cover, das Papier innen schöne Pergamentoptik. Hält auch Tinte aus. Aber am Besten ist die Schnalle aus Metall mit dem Hauswappen. Für jeden Fan empfehlenswert!
Slytherin Crest Green and Black 16 Ounce Glossy Ceramic Mug & Coaster Set
Slytherin Crest Green and Black 16 Ounce Glossy Ceramic Mug & Coaster Set
I have been searching for a Ravenclaw mug for a long time. I was very excited for this mug to arrive. The quality of the mug seems fine, however the coaster is very cheaply made and is clearly cardboard. The seller is falsely advertising that this mug is 16 oz. No where near! The mug says 12oz on the bottom, but holds around 10-11oz. I could have bought the exact same mug design, but a 20oz at HOT TOPIC for the same price that I paid of $15. Funny how the price dropped $1.50 the day it arrived at my home.
Tie Costume Striped Necktie Halloween Cosplay Party Supplies Accessories for Kids and Adults
Tie Costume Striped Necktie Halloween Cosplay Party Supplies Accessories for Kids and Adults
I was nervous about getting this tie on eBay because the pictures all looked like it would be yellow and blue, not yellow and black. I made sure to select the Yellow & Black option when ordering and twa-la, like magic, it is perfect for my Hufflepuff costume. I'll probably let my husband wear this throughout the year as well because it's a nice tie. I like how thin it is as well. More feminine for me and more of a modern look for my husband.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (in Simplified Chinese)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (in Simplified Chinese)
I got this for christmas 2004 from my parents. I had read all the Harry Potter Books already, having got into them just after the release of 'Goblet of Fire'. I was lucky enough, therefore, to read the first four books back to back, and like many others, had an agonising wait for the 'Order of the Phoenix'. The first two films helped to quench the Harry Potter thirst a little but I am now counting the days until the release of 'The Half-Blood Prince'. The Stephen Fry readings of the first five books have been invaluable. They have allowed me to relive the magic again but in a whole new way. He really is a genius, the way he brings JKR's characters to life. It took me until late May to hear all the CDs, having started the marathon just after Christmas Day. How many of your Christmas presents were still giving you joy that late into 2005. Once again I feel bereft. I have to content myself with hugging and stroking the tin and looking at the empty CD pockets where I intend to stash the 17 CDs from the 6th audio book, to be released in August 2005 (there are about 20 spare pockets). Still, the hole will soon be filled with the release of Book 6 and with the new film due out in November, I am sure I will survive.
Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers (French edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Deluxe hardbound edit1on in a slipcase))
Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers (French edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Deluxe hardbound edit1on in a slipcase))
Do NOT order these deluxe editions from amazon. FNAC.com has these for a fraction of this price; each one is about $30 US, shipping was pocket change and I got the books (I ordered the first 3 together) in about 4 days. I don't understand why they're so much more here, but I'm glad I did a bit of research first. I didn't buy this set for reading, I bought the paperback versions from amazon for that, these are for collecting.
The books themselves are great, the material is real quality and these are great looking in my growing collection of international Harry Potter books, the artwork is so original from each country it's great.
If you've read the english version and are planning on reading the French version, it's just as fun as you remember it. I have all the books practically memorized so this was my first book I read in French but it was a breeze because I was so familiar with it already. There is obviously some localization changes, Hogwarts is Poudlard and things like that but besides that it's just as I remember the original.
Skyroam Solis Lite | 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot | Global Coverage | Up to 10 Connected Devices | Built in VPN | vSIM Technology, No SIM Card Needed | Make a WLAN
Skyroam Solis Lite | 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot | Global Coverage | Up to 10 Connected Devices | Built in VPN | vSIM Technology, No SIM Card Needed | Make a WLAN
I've had it a year now and only purchased 3 day passes worth because it's always SO Slow. I'm surprised they even charge for this slow of service and it doesn't matter where we're at. We can be someplace really busy or with virtually no-one around and cell towers in site and you still never get more that 1 Mbps download speeds, usually it's half of that. As I type this I'm within site of DFW airport and getting 490Kbps speeds.
Interesting that I can turn on my cell phone hotspot right next to this device and get 5 to 6 times faster Internet that way. The other issue is how close you need to be to connect at all to this device. If you're 50 feet away you might as well forget it. It's built in wifi signal is weak and, I tried connecting this to our portable router to improve the signal and this device broadcasts on a radio signal our modem can't connect to... must be 5g wifi only?
Last issue, half of the time we can't even get the device to communicate with its Home to activate so we spend more time messing with it than using it.
If you're US only, skip this thing and just go buy a real hotspot.
MESHA Electric Balloon Pump Air Pump Inflator Portable Dual Nozzle Pink Air Balloon Pump Filler Inflator/Blower for for Balloon Arch,Balloon Column Stand 110V 600W Air Pump (Pink)
MESHA Electric Balloon Pump Air Pump Inflator Portable Dual Nozzle Pink Air Balloon Pump Filler Inflator/Blower for for Balloon Arch,Balloon Column Stand 110V 600W Air Pump (Pink)
We needed to blow up some balloons for my daughters first birthday party. At first, we were just going to blow them up ourselves, but after searching around for designs, i realized we were going to need some help. instead of asking friends to spend their afternoon blowing balloons up, i spent the $20 on this and man, it saved us, big time.

We initially made a balloon border going around our unicorn backdrop (100 - 10" balloons). When we finished blowing all the balloons and strapping them all together, we brought it outside and tried to border the backdrop and realized, the balloons were way too big. We needed to start over, but this time, with 200 - 5" balloons. Without this machine, i would've just given up.

Love that the machine is easy to use, plug it in, use the right insert, and blow up your balloons. Two options, either flip the switch and it'll constantly blow the air, or just plug it in, and wrap the balloon opening on the side with the push tip and it'll shut off as soon as the pressure is taken off. If you're a fast at tying balloons, or even streamlining the process, you can finish the 200 balloons and create your border in 30 minutes.
Headband Bandana Head Wrap Scarf Neck Warmer Headwear Balaclava for Sports
Headband Bandana Head Wrap Scarf Neck Warmer Headwear Balaclava for Sports
The fabric is thin/see through. I bought them for my 10 yr old to use as a mask. She said they were too big. We ended up rolling the fabric to keep it on her face. She did like the print and says she can breathe ok. I washed them and they held up. We will see how they work during the school year.
Victorinox Swiss Army Holly Classic SD Limited Edition
Victorinox Swiss Army Holly Classic SD Limited Edition
As Amazon's computers could quietly attest, I have been quite enamored of the SD series of multifunction pocket knives manufactured by Victorinox. The recognition and reputation of their brand is comparable to that of Rolls Royce and Zippo, as all three set industry standards for quality and reliability. As a much younger man, I owned one of the more bloated Victorinox models, but although I took pleasure in having such a high quality, versatile knife, I found that I rarely used or needed many of its implements.
There are less costly devices which will open a can much faster and more easily. There are blades and scissors that are larger and sharper than those on a Swiss pocket knife. How much will you use an awl? How often do you need to gouge out another hole on your belt? While the SD series of knives include relatively few tools, each is one that will be frequently used, for opening letters and packages, snipping ribbon and string, cutting coupons, turning small screws, and cleaning, cutting and filing fingernails. Even the simplest implements on the SD knife are perfectly designed and manufactured. Stored securely in the handle are a useable and well aligned tweezers and a gentle and flexible toothpick that slides between teeth easily and without irritation. All the blades open effortlessly and return securely in place. These knives are miniature, precision Swiss machines, made to be of service for years. The aesthetics of utilitarian objects are important to me, and why not acquire beauty in the things that you need? The SD series comes in a large array of beautiful patterns to appeal to the personal tastes of most any user. In nature and in love, there are several symbols that represent the most exhilarating and meaningful days of my life. They are shamrocks, autumn leaves, holly leaves, and snowflakes. Victorinox have them all covered, and I take much pleasure in owning all four. Both the beauty and the quality of these instruments are unsurpassed.
Breakthrough!: How to Get Hired in Today's Tough Job Market
Breakthrough!: How to Get Hired in Today's Tough Job Market
All too often these self-help books have a few choice fillips on how to do this or that and offers will come cascading through your inbox. Frankly there is no magic bullet to get a job offer unless you have a great network with people in power who can sweep away any obstacles and hire you straightaway. For everyone else, there's Jay Lang. An admission first: I am a member of his job club and with a handful of others get first hand examples of appropriate behaviors and coaching. Nonetheless, we all still have to do the heavy lifting.

There's a lot of self-reflective painful prep required in Jay's methodology but once done you're in a good position to recast your materials and tailor them as needed. What's even better is this: IT WORKS.

Without giving away the key elements, just merely bypassing HR and shooting your materials to a decision maker - and that can be the actual head of a department to the CEO (I know I've done it) - you will shake some trees and what were rare apples become low hanging fruit.

So there's this. I've been at it seriously for 3 1/2 weeks and Im starting to get not just emails from HR but interview calls, followed by actual interviews. Man, that really lifts your spirits.

Finally, a few words about hope. Never to be underestimated, the sense that what you are doing will assuredly pay off is powerful incentive to keep plugging away. The method Jay has designed is a hope maker. You've got to do the work and have faith. Though lucky enough to have him cajole, tease, yell and march us through exercises and examples in person is terrific, just imagine this gamin-like dynamo is in your corner egging you on to greater rewards.

Yes, I guess breaking through is an adequate title; but the sub title says it all. Have faith all out there. Read the whole book, then go back and conduct your due diligence - then act like the professional you still are - maybe without the trappings of an office but still a whole person who has succeeded in the past and will do so again by just being themselves.
SLPR Mongolian Lamb Fur Throw Pillow Cover (24'' x 24'', Natural White) | Real Sheep Fur Decorative Cushion Cover Case
SLPR Mongolian Lamb Fur Throw Pillow Cover (24'' x 24'', Natural White) | Real Sheep Fur Decorative Cushion Cover Case
Fantastic quality!!!!! Very luxurious!!!!
I purchased the natural hue; almost ecru or an egg shell color. It is amazing!!!! Straight out of the bag gorgeous. The fur is exactly as the pictures show. Please see the images I attached for your review.

It did not disappoint. Excellent value; superior quality and well worth the value for the money. It was $64.00 on special during Cyber Monday. I bought the 24x24 mid-euro size.

I am over the moon! Very happy about this pillow cover. Plus you can stuff it to the thickness or fullness of your choice. I highly recommend this pillow cover. It is super supple and soft to the touch. (Pillow isn't included; this is the cover only). Maintenance is simple because the pillow does not die once the stuffing inside dies. You can change out the inside stuffing to suit your comfort and preference. Perfect for the sofa, chaise lounge or bed. It could also be stacked on the floor to decorate an empty corner. It is uber chic and stylish. The natural cover is made of real fur and it is beautiful!

Good luck; I hope you enjoy yours too.
ladyline Plain Cotton Salwar Pants with Drawstring Closure Indian Baggy Pants for Women Yoga
ladyline Plain Cotton Salwar Pants with Drawstring Closure Indian Baggy Pants for Women Yoga
I purchased these in Navy Blue, XXL. They are a true navy blue, so darker than the photo. My hips are 48" and there were a few inches to spare that made them comfortable when I sat or bent over. I washed them in cold water and they are not color fast so you may need to wash them a few times and put vinegar in the rinse cycle to help set the dye. These are cotton lawn, so in the clothes dryer I just used the air setting.
The wonderful thing I discovered about these pants is they are so cool. I live in a hot dry climate and these seem to actually circulate air through the legs, keeping me extra cool. If you want pure comfort at home or for casual wear, I recommend these wonderful pants. I will be ordering another pair, or two, immediately. Note: as another reviewer mentioned, these are a lightweight cotton so White is not recommended if you are going to wear them out in public.
WA Portman Rotary Cutter and Quilting Ruler Set 45mm Rotary Fabric Cutter with 5 Replacement Blades and 6x24 Inch Quilting Ruler Combo for Crafting Quilting and Sewing Enthusiasts
WA Portman Rotary Cutter and Quilting Ruler Set 45mm Rotary Fabric Cutter with 5 Replacement Blades and 6x24 Inch Quilting Ruler Combo for Crafting Quilting and Sewing Enthusiasts
I love this little kit! I was on the hunt for replacement rotary blades, and this set was suggested. The blades are great quality, these suckers are SHARP. One has lasted over a month of sewing daily and it's not even skipping yet (other brands have skipped within a week, and were so disappointing- not these!). I also was in need of a quilting ruler, and the price made this combination very worth it (and it's a super durable acrylic). This and a healing mat would be a great gift to an beginner sewer looking to expand. Highly recommend!
TWIZZLERS Licorice Candy, Strawberry Filled Mini Twists, 9 Count
TWIZZLERS Licorice Candy, Strawberry Filled Mini Twists, 9 Count
I am so happy with this candy! They taste exactly like regular Twizzlers. I don't know why, but this did not give me the, uh, shall we say, serious stomach issues (and bathroom necessity). I have had nothing but trouble for the gummy bears and jelly beans (even in very small quantities). I actually made a bit of a pig of myself and ate almost the whole bag of Twizzlers and nothing. I just had a healthy bowel movement. Seriously. It was a good one. I know many have the stomach issues, but luckily I don't have them with these. And that makes me happy to have finally found a candy that doesn't tear my insides out. Highly recommend.

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