Michael Lopez

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MySQL / PHP Database Applications
MySQL / PHP Database Applications
MySQL / PHP Database Applications by Brad Bulger , Jay Greenspan , et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter E O Calice De Fogo
Harry Potter E O Calice De Fogo
Harry Potter E O Calice De Fogo by J.k.Rowling. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 441 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Doll's House
A Doll's House
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Robin LaRee Berry, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 793 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
La dernière chanson (French Edition)
La dernière chanson (French Edition)
La dernière chanson (French Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Jean-Noël Chatain. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
De lange tocht (Dutch Edition)
De lange tocht (Dutch Edition)
De lange tocht (Dutch 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.
Me Without You
Me Without You
Me Without You by Kelly Rimmer. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1866 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Théodore Boone - Coupable ? (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - Coupable ? (French Edition)
Théodore Boone - Coupable ? (French Edition) by John Grisham and Emmanuel Pailler. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, Craig Wasson, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1987 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dolan's Cadillac: And Other Stories
Dolan's Cadillac: And Other Stories
Dolan's Cadillac: And Other Stories by Stephen King , Tim Curry, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 35 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Todo es eventual.
Todo es eventual.
Todo es eventual. by Stephen.- KING. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7)
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7)
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7) by Stephen King. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Just Java™ 2 (6th Edition): J2SE 1.5 Edition
Just Java™ 2 (6th Edition): J2SE 1.5 Edition
Just Java™ 2 (6th Edition): J2SE 1.5 Edition by Peter van der Linden. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 62 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Pro SQL Server Wait Statistics
Pro SQL Server Wait Statistics
Pro SQL Server Wait Statistics by Enrico van de Laar. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Angular JS for Beginners: Your Guide to Easily Learn Angular JS In 7 Days
Angular JS for Beginners: Your Guide to Easily Learn Angular JS In 7 Days
If you are needing this book, you are probably at the point that I was when I got it. Later I learned something about Angular (using the name generically without version information) that I would like to pass on for your sanity.

The original release of Angular (1.0) is now known as Angular JS. When Angular 2 was created, it was a total rewrite. As I heard someone phrase it, they screwed up Angular JS so bad that they couldn't make Angular 2.0 backward compatible. If you need to learn Angular JS, this is a good book. If you need to learn Angular 2.0 or greater (7.0 has been released as of this review) then this book will only confuse you...speaking from experience.

If I should not have included this next part, my apologies. I didn't know better.

On the udemy.com website there is a GREAT Angular 2.0+ course named "Angular 7 (formerly Angular 2) - The Complete Guide" (he recently updated it to include 7.0 changes) by a guy named Maximilian Schwarzmüller. He is German so you have to adjust just a little to his accent but his methodology and content is amazing. I paid $10 for the course. Now that I have been through the course, I would have gladly paid $500.
Stock Market Investing for Beginner: The Bible 6 Books in 1: Stock Trading Strategies, Technical Analysis, Options, Pricing and Volatility Strategies, Swing and Day Trading with Options
Stock Market Investing for Beginner: The Bible 6 Books in 1: Stock Trading Strategies, Technical Analysis, Options, Pricing and Volatility Strategies, Swing and Day Trading with Options
Love this book, actually investing in the stock market is a great way to build lasting wealth, but it can be a minefield, and you need to know what you're doing. Otherwise, you're going to lose your capital to the vagaries of the market that is if the siren call of market scams doesn't get you first.
But it doesn't have to be that way. If you're interested in trading and want to understand and explore proven financial advice and put your money to work, but don't know where or how to begin. Or you're tired of the truckloads of technical jargon, and the sheer complexity of the market scare you senseless, then keep reading. In this guide, you're going to learn how to put your money to work for you with field-tested, highly perfected, and fine-tuned trading strategies. Them will help you to make bank and create lasting wealth using two of the most powerful trade. Whether you're excited by the idea of trading, but fear you don't have what it takes to succeed. Or you're a dab hand in the stock market and are simply looking for ways to grow your stock investment. The information contained in this guide will hone your trading instincts and will help you make the right calls. An excellent overall guide for all of us. Grateful! Great one!
Elon Musk: 199 Best Quotes from the Great Entrepreneur: Tesla, SpaceX, Exciting Future, Money, Failure and Success (Powerful Lessons from the Extraordinary People Book 1)
Elon Musk: 199 Best Quotes from the Great Entrepreneur: Tesla, SpaceX, Exciting Future, Money, Failure and Success (Powerful Lessons from the Extraordinary People Book 1)
As an Elon Musk fan, I enjoyed reading this collection of quotes. I was a little disappointed that so many were redundant, but there were nonetheless some jewels. I recently read Musk's biography by Ashlee Vance, which I highly recommend, and this book of quotes was a nice refresher, though there are many sides of Musk that weren't reflected. He is far more complex than these would indicate. If you're really interested in getting to know who and what he is and how he got there, I you need to read Vance's biography.

Some of my favorite Musk characteristics are his "If you want something done right, do it yourself" philosophy and his "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" management view. I was definitely impressed with the fact he's the father of 5 boys, a set of twins and a set of triplets, for which he has shared custody with his former wife, and that he'll take them to work with him. There's also the matter of his indomitable spirit that kept him pressing forward in spite of various failures. Having been bullied to the point of hospitalization as a child, he has definitely risen above that, definitely demonstrating that "the best revenge is to live well."

My personal opinion of Musk is that we need more people like him in this world of entitlement where so many are sitting around waiting for a handout or the world to come to them. He is the ultimate self-made man whose primary goal has not been money, but the good of the planet and humanity. While this quote book is a nice introduction, it barely scratches the surface of what he has accomplished and how much less his very humanitarian motivation. The quotes included match the title and are nicely documented (which takes up nearly half of the book), but if you really want to learn about him, this is only a drop in the bucket.
Elon Musk: hoe de topman van SpaceX en Tesla onze toekomst vormgeeft
Elon Musk: hoe de topman van SpaceX en Tesla onze toekomst vormgeeft
Goed geschreven over hedendaagse super ondernemer. Die alles op het spel zet zowel zijn eigen geld als relaties om zijn droom / visie ter verwezenlijken en drie Game changing bedrijven neerzet. Zijn grootste droom mensen naar Mars brengen zie ik hem ook zeker verwezenlijken. Wat een Drive en energie wel jammer dat het voor een deel ten koste van zijn medewerkers gaat gelijk aan Steve Jobs.
Oprah Winfrey Studios: OWN Studios
Oprah Winfrey Studios: OWN Studios
Oprah Winfrey Studios: OWN Studios by Candy Michelle Johnson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
The Value in The Valley: A Black Woman's Guide Through Life's Dilemmas
The Value in The Valley: A Black Woman's Guide Through Life's Dilemmas
I recently attended a meeting of United Methodist Women where the speaker, a lovely Black woman, referred to this book because her medical doctor had recommended it to her when she was feeling as though she were falling apart. Her references to portions of the book made me want to read it too. When I ordered the book and saw that it was written "for Black women" it occurred to me that ALL women, whether Black, White, Green or Purple, go theough the same types of trials and difficulties in their journeys through this life, and I have bought a copy for my church library and have recommended it to several of my friends. It also occurs to me that many men would benefit from the heartwarming and inspirational stories in this book, and it is a great resource book for devotional talks. You can pick it up, open it ANYWHERE, and read for a long time or a short time and be thoroughly inspired. We are all God's children, and we need the positive vibes that this book offers.
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
Fordlandia is a truly amazing account of the car tycoon's attempt to bring small town 1920's America and "civilisation" to the Amazon in return for all the rubber and timber he could grow there. Whilst meaning well for the country and its inhabitants, everything from corrupt politicians, pestilence and the logistics of recreating something akin to Michigan in the jungle proved futile despite the millions of dollars and years of manpower thrown at Henry's pet project.

This book is as much about the man as the town that bore his name and Ford does not come out of this well. Buoyed by the unparalleled success and wealth his Model T and A cars brought him, he developed a dictatorial style enthusiastically assisted by his right hand henchman Harry Bennett. He was a mass of contradictions in both word and deed; wanting personal development for his workers (and paying an unheard of five dollars a day in the process) whilst using Gestapo tactics and violence against any found to be speaking out against his production line prisons or even contemplating unionism. He believed he could single-handedly revive Brazil's ailing rubber industry in the face of a proposed cartel led by none other than Winston Churchill in the main producing lands of SE Asia. Thus Fordlandia was conceived. He was a balanced individual in that he had a chip on both shoulders, distrusting and hating the government and unions equally...

Suffice to say I could write all day about this book as it left a huge impression but you really need to read it yourself to get the full story as a few paragraphs from me really can't do it any justice. The author somehow manages to get into the psyche of the man and his men and it reads like a (classy) Hollywood blockbuster at times. Henry Ford believed in creating a utopian society to free the latex "tappers" from their slave like conditions but often treated his own son with disdain and pure spite. It is painstakingly detailed with each source minutely referenced but often too much so and you are sometimes left wondering how he knew who said what to who and when. That aside, the personalities, the struggles and (small) successes are all here to read as his jungle city rose and fell - failing to reach its full potential exactly as every one of the millions of tress he planted.

Forlandia still stands in part to this day as a testimony to the man who believed he could overcome nature for the benefit of all but did not once set foot there. An epic tale, fantastically well told.
Plays W.C. Handy
Plays W.C. Handy
In the years following the second world war, Louis Armstrong's reputation with the newer generation of jazz fans-entranced by the innovations of be-bop, was beginning to decline. They were in all honesty starting to view him as an Uncle Tom type figure. Even Miles Davis,while admitting to loving Satchmo's music said he "could not stand all that grinning he did". Yet as Ozzie Davis I believe pointed out Satchmo could grin because,with his trumpet he symbolically had the power to kill musically. Not too long before taking a vocal stance on the issue of civil rights in the American south Satchmo and his group including bassist Arvell Shaw,clarinetist Barney Bigard and vocalist Velma Middleton for a full album session in 1954 celebrating the music of fellow Crescent City blues trumpet master W.C Handy along with the man himself.

The eight + minute take of the heavily "Spanish tinge" inflected "St.Louis Blues" is breathtaking-with Velma's vocal inflections as something of a female Satchmo with the slowed down tempo and this rather dream-like bassy undertone I personally really enjoy hearing. Yellow Dog Blues","Aunt Hagar's Blues","Beale Street Blues" and "Hesitating Blues"...well in a way obviously find Satchmo comfortably playing the blues he loved to blow out on his horn with all the respect to Handy's arrangements and compositions deserved. On "Long Gone (From Bowlin' Green)",Armstrong plays and sings this jauntier blues about a man on the lamb with the type of enthusiasm and level of loose control he brings to "Atlanta Blues" at the end of the album. On "Chantez Les Bas", he is back to interpreting Handy's slow blues crawl with lyrics celebrating their home city.

Its sad and rather ironic that around the time this album came out Louis Armstrong would deeply offend his home city by saying "I don't care if I ever see that city again" when they refused to allow Armstrong to play their with his All Stars that included causation trombonist and old friend Jack Teargarden. This music entirely celebrates New Orleans' 20th century heritage up until that point. Some of these numbers Armstrong had been interpreting for years. But the musical father/son relationship he shared with Handy might've given him a little leg up in terms of winning the favor of the newer generation. It showed what a musical master he was beyond the grin,gravely singing and handkerchief. I'm unsure if every younger jazz lover of that era were necessarily wowed by Armstrong on this album. But it did put him back on the map in the more musical context as opposed to being mainly a performer.
Out Cold
Out Cold
This is one of my all time favorite movies (right up there with Grandma's Boy, Super Troopers, and Euro Trip) It's a hilarious movie but if you don't like somewhat stupid and crude humor you probably won't enjoy it nearly as much. zach galifianakis is hilarious, this is one of the first movies I ever actually saw him in and I have been a fan ever since. This is a great fun movie and will totally make you wish you lived in Alaska, worked at a ski mountain and had friends like these. The car scene... no one can tell me they watched that and didn't immediately wish they could pull that prank on a friend. The characters are lovable and hilarious, all of them (Pig Pen, Jenny, Rick, Luke, Anthony, Lance...) and this is one of those movies I watch over and over again and never get tired of it, and I quote it all the time. I highly recommend this to any and everyone!
Aloe Cadabra Flavored Personal Lube for Oral Sex, Best Organic Edible Lubricant for Men, Women and Couples, Pina Colada, 2.5 Ounce
Aloe Cadabra Flavored Personal Lube for Oral Sex, Best Organic Edible Lubricant for Men, Women and Couples, Pina Colada, 2.5 Ounce
This stuff is hard to talk about but I want to help others out there with issues like mine. I'm a BRCA+ survivor of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Chemotherapy at age 40 put me in peri-menopause, and then having both my ovaries removed at 42 finished the job. Because of my cancer history, I can't take hormone replacement therapy. Before the cancer, I already had problems with pain during intercourse (called "vulvitis" or "vulvodynia" by doctors, treated with a steroid cream with marginal success).

So the deck was stacked against me (and my poor husband) when it came to having comfortable sex. I've used various other lubricants, but Aloe Cadabra (natural/original aloe formulation) is the first one that really WORKS, not just to make sex more comfortable but to make my lady parts feel better every day. I apply a dab of it every day after showering. The aloe gives it a pleasing (but subtle) cool sensation going in. At my first gynecologist visit after I started using it, my doc was kind of shocked. She was like, "whoa, your vulva looks great!" Need I say more? I'd like to give it a star rating of "infinity."
COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Express Body Mousse Self Tanner, Piña Colada, 7 Fl Oz
COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Express Body Mousse Self Tanner, Piña Colada, 7 Fl Oz
I don't use Sunless often, but get really pasty legs in the Winter. I like coola's firming lotion more because it feels thicker and like i get better coverage, but I tried the mousse this past Spring and really found it easy to use and gave me great color. Again, I was going from pasty to needing color, so it worked fantastic for me.
Beyove Womens Casual Color Block Long Sleeve Pocket Sweatshirts T Shirts Round Neck Blouses Tops
Beyove Womens Casual Color Block Long Sleeve Pocket Sweatshirts T Shirts Round Neck Blouses Tops
This sweatshirt is SOOOO comfy and the fabric is very soft. It's the perfect weight now that it's getting a little colder. It keeps you warm enough to be able to run around without getting too hot. I love that it's a little longer so I can wear it with yoga pants. It's the perfect shirt to throw on for running errands or just bumming around the house. The best part is that it has pockets!! The pockets are so convenient especially when you wear it with yoga pants. I'd definitely recommend this shirt.
Avengers 2: Captain America Collapsible Shield
Avengers 2: Captain America Collapsible Shield
Received item in the mail, it was a surprise for my son and when we opened it, it was as if someone used it already it was all scratched. Mom wife and I were very disappointed because that's 2 items in a row he have bought we were disappointed with...Will be returning item
Trapped Season 2 [English Subtitled]
Trapped Season 2 [English Subtitled]
Really fun to watch, love the acting and the scenery but overall, not as good as Season 1, so a bit frustrating.
Main issue is that most of the plot twists were really obvious from a mile away (poisoned water, Halla, Gisli, Ebo, the big reveal about Stefan, etc.,) and a lot of the drama feels manufactured, because it requires the characters to behave in unrealistically stupid ways.
For example, Thorhildur. She's basically a spoiled, hateful person, but it's all attributed to her being 15 (no other reason is ever provided for her terrible behavior). Which is silly - being a teenager doesn't turn you into a sociopath or make you terminally stupid. But what kind of an idiot would ever text on that cell?
Then, you've got poor Asgeir. He knows the calls on the cell are likely from the killer. But he attempts to reach only Andri when he gets the text. When Andri doesn't answer, he doesn't try sending him a text (like a normal person would, like hey, answer my call, it's urgent!). He doesn't even leave a VM. He also doesn't call his boss, Hinrika. He doesn't tell anyone where he's headed. He drives up to the meeting place, alone, in his cop car, aka Captain Obvious. Then, he chases the guy down a dark alley with no gun and no backup. Doesn't answer his phone when it rings as he's standing there, so he misses a second chance to say, "hey can I get some backup here?". Finally, he runs towards a bad guy who is holding a knife, gets stabbed, and seems surprised by this? Even for a guy who let a prisoner escape in Season 1, it's just not believable that he would be this stupid.
Finally, the whole big drama chase scene at the end only happens because the best Andri can come up with when all the flights to Reykjavik are full is to have Laufey drive Thorhildur and her boyfriend there. Alone. What? He is worried enough about Thorhildur's safety to rush her out of town, but it never occurs to him that the killer, who he knows has stalked and killed at least 2 other people, might also follow? He's the police, isn't he? With an emergency? How about booting 3 people off one of those flights? How about a helicopter (they clearly have those available)? If nothing else, how about providing an escort? No, instead he sends them merrily off alone, on a highway that is apparently deserted most of the time, which presumably he would also be aware of. SMDH!
Inuyasha, Vol. 34 (34)
Inuyasha, Vol. 34 (34)
This series was full of heart, full of mystery, full of action and adventure. The anime is wonderfully written and the soundtrack is superb. The manga is powerful. It contains alot of things the anime wasnt able to give you. There is alot more detail and alot more character elements in the manga. That being said every single piece of this wonderful series is worth buying and Amazon offers one of the best prices youll find to collect it without going bankrupt.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is by far and away the best of the three Chronicles of Narnia films.

The artistry is superb and a number of scenes from the book have been imaginatively visualised to the viewer's great pleasure. Coriakin's island of the Dufflepuds and his mansion with the evening sunlight streaming through the hallway merit a special mention for evoking a haunting atmosphere. The soundtrack has memorable moments. In particular the score for the scene where Aslan `undragons' Eustace is both grave and moving; and conveys, in a way words never could, the majestic pity in the grace of this act of charity of the King of all Narnian Kings. Will Poulter is worth watching for his performance as the boy with the almost-deserved name. And there's the cameo role for Douglas Gresham (who is also the voice of the newsreader in the first film).

However, all true Narnians will be sad that this is very likely the last of the big screen versions of these tales. This can be seen in the fact that the scriptwriters and producers have done a very clever job of incorporating significant stylistic elements from the other books into this film without altering the story too much.

Narrowhaven, deserted in the evening light, is Charn under its red sun. Bells announce the arrival of danger, as the ringing of one does in The Magician's Nephew . The hall of the governor is modelled on Charn's hall of images. The `snakes' of green mist do the service of representing the green snake that kills Rilian's mother and, in human form, abducts him, in The Silver Chair (the mist `abducts' the Narrowhaveners). Eustace slashing with the sword at the enveloping `snakes' of green mist is Rillian fighting the Green witch-turned-serpent (and this scene serves as Eustace's reappearance to save Narnia, which occurs in The Silver Chair).

The Green witch herself appears in the form of Tilda Swinton's green-tinted White witch. She dies when Edmund kills the sea serpent (a snake), in the same manner as the Green witch when Rillian attacks her with his sword. Ramandu's daughter is their guide, doing the service of Puddleglum who is the children's guide in The Silver Chair. She descends from the sky like the stars in The Last Battle. Lucy speaking the spell beautiful, and then waking, is Jill Pole in the castle of the giants when Aslan makes her see clearly, in a dream during a rainy night (there is a storm at sea), what she see ought to have seen (and Jill is given her own inclusion at the end of the film).

The Calormenes and their defeat at the fight at Anvard get a mention in Caspian's summation of the state of Narnia. Gale is reminiscent of Aravis from The Horse and his Boy, who likewise leaves home for an adventure. Susan's liking for lipstick is given a graphic representation - and a reversal when she wants to go back to Narnia (it should have been because she is 'once a queen in Narnia, always a queen'). And the flooding of the bedroom, and by implication, Earth, at the beginning of the film is the flooding of Narnia in The Last Battle; both are the same apocalyptic image.

So there we have it: five books in one film.

If there should be a major criticism of the film it would have to be about its underlying ethos. Everyone knows that Lewis was a Christian and his stories are `about God'. Yet the alterations in the story that have been made to give the film a necessary flow of tension and relief suggest something else.

Dark Island is described as a place of `pure evil'. It sits opposite Ramandu's Island, where Aslan's Table is located. This implies the existence of two equal and opposite powers competing for control of the world. This is dualism, something Lewis argued against. For Christian cinema-goers, the idea that darkness is in itself evil or is the symbol of evil is certainly not scriptural.

The seven swords of Aslan (invented for this film, but perhaps inspired by the tree of protection that Aslan once plants) have to be aligned to release `healing' energy and put the world right. This is a typical motif of a philosophy called monism. Its religious derivative, pantheism, is something Lewis wrote strongly against. However if the seven swords are intended to be representative of the seven novels then that would be an appropriate tribute.

There is another problem with the addition of the seven swords. Coriakin tells the travellers that they must lay the seven swords on Aslan's table on Ramandu's Island in order to destroy evil. He sent the six lords to do just that. However at that point in the film one sword has already been left behind on the Lone Islands and another on Goldwater Island. So the lords could never have fulfilled their mission. This illustrates the problem of scriptwriters trying to change and complicate the original plot of a book. What was obviously necessary for the film version was to make a visible and central evil opponent. This has been done by orchestrating the sea serpent and Dark island into a crescendo. The book lacks this as it is simply a journey (an illustration of the journey of faith).

This inconsistency with the seven swords could never have been passed off in a book. This is because the reader has to constantly use his or her imagination as they read. That it can pass unobserved in a film shows how much the medium of film hoovers out the audience's imagination.

Then there is confusion about where temptation comes from exactly. Does it come from the 'darkness within', as Coriakin says? Or does it come from outside, as Lucy says to Edmund and Caspian by the underground pool that turns everything to gold? The Gospel view of the source of temptation is the human heart (a person's conscience, will and affections). The book, illustrating the journey of faith, was in a strict sense about resisting temptation. The idea that there is light and dark within each person, and they only have to turn to the light, is an idea that begs the question that Lewis asked: What makes light so attractive? Why turn to the light when the dark can get you what you want equally well (as the pantheist Nikabrik turns with alacrity from Aslan to the servants of the White witch in the story of Prince Caspian)? The attraction to the light must come from without.

After being `undragoned', Eustace says, "It wasn't all bad being a dragon. I think I was a better dragon than a boy". Why, then, be `undragoned' at all? His speech implies that a dragon is someone who has good and bad inside them, and all that is required is to turn them inside out like an old sock for them to be as right as rain. Whatever this idea is, it is not the Christian theology that Lewis wrote about. The spell that Lucy recites to make the unseen seen equates psychology, psychiatry and theology as acceptable means of making things visible. What can `enquiring within', the practice of the first two of these three things, reveal to you if out of the human heart come evil thoughts?

The scene where Lucy uses the spell on board the ship to make herself beautiful has been illustrated in a striking way in this film. The change from the stormy weather to the complete calm of a sunlit morning is very evocative of Lucy's change of mood from disturbance to resolute action. But is it what Lewis really intended? Lucy does not 'doubt her value', a morally neutral act, but rather commits the sin of jealousy. Nor does her action in the book wish herself away. In the book Lucy becomes a Helen of Troy figure; the face that launched a thousand ships, and a war.

All this may seem to weigh heavily against any possible enjoyment of the film. However, I think we can use one of Lewis' own metaphors here. All these things objected to above can be regarded as the wasps that buzz around while you are having a picnic in a beautiful part of the countryside. You needn't let them stop you having the picnic or enjoying the view.

All true Narnians who will miss Lucy and Edmund until the end of time can certainly enjoy this film until that time when time does indeed end.
Daisy-Head Mayzie (Classic Seuss)
Daisy-Head Mayzie (Classic Seuss)
I bought this book because we're having a dress as your favorite story book character day at work day. So I needed the book to go with my Daisy Head Mayzie costume. The story is so sweet. I absolutely love it. The book came in good condition and yes it is used. The only reason I know that it is used is because there's a name written on the inside and there's a page that is turned down. However, it makes it much more special to me because the book has history. :)
Ellery Queen The Best of Suspense Anthology 63 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue and Suspense
Ellery Queen The Best of Suspense Anthology 63 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue and Suspense
This is one of the greatest collections of stories I've ever read. There wasn't a single story in it that I didn't enjoy reading. It's about equally half detective stories and half Alfred Hitchcock Presents type of stories. I spent a good period of time starting my days reading one long or a few short stories out of this book and they always inspired me to think about them through the course of each day. There's some really good stuff in here. A few of the stories you even recognize as they were adapted into television episodes such as the above named Hitchcock.
The Green Archer
The Green Archer
This is a great story, one of the best. It has drama, tension, and mystery . Highly recommended. A ghost appears and walks at a castle benefits very unpleasant crook, but is it a ghost? What is the reason for the beautiful girls interest in the crook? Can the policeman discover what is going on?
It Takes Two
It Takes Two
I just can't stomach a 35-y.o. hero taking on a 22-y.o. girl for anything but a romp in bed. A serious relationship just isn't "real"!! I like Dailey's newer stuff but these older ones need to be put to sleep! Stop re-issuing just to make a profit!!
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot [DVD] [2014]
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot [DVD] [2014]
The full title is "Roald Dahl's Esio Trot" but that's such a cumbersome name for such a tidy, satisfying little film. It's unrated but let me assure you, there are no sweaty bodies, no guns, no vehicular mayhem or blowie uppie stuff. Just a sweet little character study and (we hope) a love story.

Directed by Dearbhla Walsh ("Little Dorrit") and adapted from Mr. Dahl's story by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") and Paul Mayhew-Archer ("Mrs. Brown's Boys"), this sweet romance for seniors is just the ticket for a quiet summer evening. I bought my Region 2 DVD from Amazon a few weeks ago, so we can always hope it will be in Region 1 format very soon.

We see an apartment building that has its share of retired people as well as families, but we become most involved with an American retired in England, who tends the flowers blooming on his balcony and casts longing looks at a the lovely widow who lives below with her tortoise.

Our cast:
* Dustin Hoffman ("Last Chance Harvey") is Mr. Hoppy, shy, tongue-tied and awkward. Also lonely.
* Judi Dench ("Philomena") Lavinia is his gregarious neighbor, always flirty, upbeat and positive. Also lonely.
* Richard Cordery ("Mr. Turner") Mr. Pringle is a pushy neighbor who invites himself to Mr. Hoppy's apartment for dinner. He is boorish, rude and always hungry. Also lonely.
* James Corden ("Into the Woods") is our narrator. He is on his way across town, catching trams, dodging traffic and getting on the wrong bus, but he drops the fourth wall to explain what is going on and why our characters do what they do. He isn't lonely.

Several things set this delicious little story apart, but to me the thing that first comes to mind is the sound track. Louis Armstrong sings, "In My Solitude," "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," "Hello Dolly," and "Kiss Me Once (and Kiss Me Twice)" to keep us people of a certain age smiling all the way.

I found the plethora of turtles (yes, I said TURTLES!) to be a bit disconcerting, but they are appropriate to the story. Well, given the title of the movie, I concede that Spartacus is actually a tortoise....
Arctic Drift (A Dirk Pitt Adventure Book 20)
Arctic Drift (A Dirk Pitt Adventure Book 20)
Like many here, I've read every Cussler book (to the best of my knowledge. It can be hard to tell by reading the back blurbs of some of these.)

And, like many, I was iffy when Cussler franchised himself. The new books have been a mixed bag. Paul Kemprecos has been good, at times quite good, but never outstanding. Jack DuBrul has managed to about match Cussler himself. Craig Dirgo was decent as well, but has been replaced by someone better.

The most lackluster was Dirk Cussler. In part, this might be due to his use of Dirk Jr. and Summer. Honestly, these characters come across as naive and simple. They might be smart, but their words never particularly are. Their interactions with each other remind me of Hannah Barbera characters. Predictable, innocent. Never a hint of danger from these two. Neither would harm a fly, and they're worse off for it. Even creepier, their innuendos around each other in the past have come across as incestual.

This book, thankfully, mostly ignores them. They're relegated to the same role as the Trout's in the Kurt Austin books (mind you, I typically find the Trout chapters to be dull and almost entirely skippable - the books come to a complete halt with them. The same is true of the Dirk and Summer passages here.) In fact, I'd say that you could swap the two pairs names, change "sister" to "wife," "brother" to "husband," and no one would know the difference. Heck, Gamay and Summer are both supposedly extremely tall readheads... Just skim these chapters quickly and get on to the meat of the book.

Anyway, enough of a rant on them. They're quite secondary here, as Dirk Sr., despite his desk job, does most of the adventuring. It's a shame, in some ways. Dirk Jr. could have easily replaced Dirk Sr. Just, you know, give him some form of an edge. Make us think he could hurt a man, or even stare someone down. He's too much of a do-gooding wuss, and Dirk Cussler has, in turn, relied upon the original Dirk Pitt.

But he did so fairly entertainingly. Easily his best.
SPARKS NICHOLAS - UN SEGRETO N
SPARKS NICHOLAS - UN SEGRETO N
Ancora Sparks con "Un segreto nel cuore". Un libro intenso e commovente, come ci ha abituato Sparks. Miles e Sarah si innamorano ma hanno entrambi un passato difficile alle spalle. Miles ha perso la moglie a causa di un pirata della strada mentre Sarah e' reduce da un matrimonio fallito. Quando Sarah diventa la maestra del figlio di Miles, nascera' una bellissima storia d' amore ma sara' condizionata proprio dalle loro vicende passate. Un libro dal ritmo piacevole, con un finale inaspettato. Consigliato!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harri Potta To Shi No Hiho) 7-1 (Compact Paperback Edition) [In Japanese]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harri Potta To Shi No Hiho) 7-1 (Compact Paperback Edition) [In Japanese]
死の秘宝はシリーズ中一番好きですし、最後のウィーズリー家での数日がとても好きです。冒頭のテーブルのシーンは良い年をして読んでいて怖くなります。

息子もハリポタ好きなので、TVでやれば見るし、DVDもあるし、ハリポタ展も行く、常に身近な状態のハリーポッターですが、逆にそういう接し方をしていると細部、プロットの原作のこだわりの部分が無かったような、それでもハリポタそこにあり、と言う感じになってしまいます。
時々細部を味わいたくなって大きいのを引っ張り出して来るのですが、流石にあれを持ち歩いて読むのには限界があります。移動中の電車でさらさらっと、忘れていた部分を読むと言う、長年の夢がこれで叶いました。

しかし、死の秘宝は相当訳者も慣れ、気を使っての翻訳だったと聞いているし、シリーズ中では良い方と思いますが、時々崖から突き落とされるような日本語の表現に出会います。日本語はちょっとした言い回しや語尾で、語り手の人格まで左右する要素が多い言語ですので、この作品の翻訳権がどこか別のところにあっても、それはそれで良かったのじゃないかと、ずっと言い続けると思います。
Leviton T5320-W Straight Blade Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacle, 125 V, 15 A, 2 Pole, 3 Wire, 1 Pack, White
Leviton T5320-W Straight Blade Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacle, 125 V, 15 A, 2 Pole, 3 Wire, 1 Pack, White
Installation is an absolute breeze. I installed in less than 10 minutes and it is working as expected. Amazing value for the price.

Make sure to check the amps on your old outlet before deciding between 15 and 20A. This is found in the outlet or on the breaker, it will say 15 or 20. Do NOT install a 20A outlet on a 15A connection. They must match.

You must ensure the outlet you're working on has its power shut off. Test this by plugging in a lamp and then turning off the breaker. If the lamp goes out and doesn't work when you plug it into both sockets, you are good to go.

Quick install notes:

When you tighten up the screws for the wires they will cause the wire to twist into the screw to make a secure connection. Double check that none of the leads are touching each other and then plug in a lamp, then go and turn the power on. If the lamp turns on without flickering or any weird sound, congrats! You successfully installed the outlet.

Push the outlet into place , watching where the wires go and screw into the box using the two screws on the top and bottom. Make sure they are equally tightened and then attach your outlet cover.
The Year's at the Spring: An Anthology of Best-Loved Poems
The Year's at the Spring: An Anthology of Best-Loved Poems
Gill & MacMillan have really done themselves proud with this fabulous little book of poetry illustrated by the brilliant Harry Clarke. This is not a facsimile, there are some new poems, other poems have been left out. Those included are well worth having in this edition. The illustrations are breath-taking and as most of the Harry Clarke illustrated books are somewhat larger it is marvellous to see a new smaller edition for a change. The original version of this book is called 'Years At The Spring: An Anthology of Recent Poetry' (1920) and of course, this one is 'Years At The Spring: An Anthology of Best-Loved Poems,' a new version, not a facsimile edition, but what a terrific new version it is. If you are lucky to have the original you will see how well they complement each other. Brilliant work Gill and MacMillan! This book is a must have for Harry Clarke fans, as well as lovers of excellent poetry.
The Running of the Bulls: A Tor.Com Original
The Running of the Bulls: A Tor.Com Original
The story is an alternate universe look at a famous American writer's post WWI experience with life as an American expatriate in Europe. If you paid attention you figured out the twist before the ending. The twist was clever enough even if the chances of such parallel evolution is remote. It was a twist, so that was OK. What was missing was adventure, conflict, and the sense of something big happening.
Turtledove has long mastered the art of seeing spectacular events through everyday people's eyes. He still does even in this story. What he didn't include are the spectacular events. What you get is a mundane tale exploring everyday lives in a different but, oh so similar world.
Portal from Facebook. Smart, Hands-Free Video Calling with Alexa Built-in (Gen 1)
Portal from Facebook. Smart, Hands-Free Video Calling with Alexa Built-in (Gen 1)
Sure, I've got gripes with Facebook, and sure this device will be improved as time goes on-- but this thing is GOOD. I don't know how they shove a smooth, high definition image through our home wifi-- but they do. I'm very tech savvy, and I've used Facetime and Facebook Messenger on my MacBook for years-- but this is a FAR more useful experience for staying close to distance friends and relatives. The sound quality is SOOOO much better (no struggling to hear)... the image weirdly clear and sharp (how do they do that?)... and the camera follows faces and moves in automatically as you move around. Both our children live in other states-- and so we bought three units (the smaller ones) After 5 minutes--you feel like you're all in the same room. We cook together, just hang out together and the Portal takes all the urgency and formality out of videoconferencing. You're just there. The kids aren't miles away anymore.... they're right there on my kitchen counter. I'll never regret this investment.
Legrand, Home Office & Theater, Outdoor Speakers, White, 6.5 inch, NVAP26OW
Legrand, Home Office & Theater, Outdoor Speakers, White, 6.5 inch, NVAP26OW
I waited a little before buying these because I hadn't heard of the brand and there weren't any reviews. I bought them for an install outside near the pool at my father-in-law's. I know he likes his music somewhat loud, but wouldn't be using them that often, so I wanted the largest woofer possible for a low price. The specs and quality of materials used on these looked really good, but you never know what to expect sometimes. I was happy and encouraged when they arrived because the box was on the larger side, and somewhat heavy... which was a good sign! I opened them and tried them out on my living room floor with a small 3watt amp board I had plugged into my phone. I knew right away they were good sounding speakers! Nice deep bass for their size, realistic vocals, pleasantly smooth treble. A very pleasing sound without any real stand out flaws. But I still wondered how they'd be twenty feet apart from each other mounted under the covered patio at the in-laws... Very happy to report, they were outstanding! (And on that same 3watt amp!) I personally have the 5.25" Insignia brand outdoor speakers from about eight or nine years ago. These 6.5" NuVo ones are much better! Fuller sound. Better bass that was still great sounding outside which is hard to do. And the bass doesn't muddy any other part of the sound like some cheap speakers do, it just makes them sound larger and not strained. Vocals came across naturally and intelligibly detailed without the somewhat muddy honking sound I get from the Insignia's. And the treble range is more pleasing. Detailed and less fatiguing. These sound more like HiFi speakers than just outdoor speakers. They would be great in the garage and wouldn't be bad indoors either! Very happy and satisfied with these speakers. These will become my go to recommendation and if I ever start spending more time outside, I'll definitely upgrade mine to these too!

By the way, these are being powered by the Kinter K3118 
Nordic Nursery Wooden Peal Baby Girl Mobiles Decor Hanging Hanger Art Mobiles Baby Chandelier Photography Props Newborn Gift
Nordic Nursery Wooden Peal Baby Girl Mobiles Decor Hanging Hanger Art Mobiles Baby Chandelier Photography Props Newborn Gift
This is a beautiful mobile. Very classy, looks great in a nursery/kids room. My daughter loves it very much. What I like best is its versatility. There are so many baby items that are wasted or put into storage as the child grows up, but this can grow with them. I can see it staying in a little girl's room as she grows up, a children’s playroom, or even a study/office. The company owners are great people that really take pride in their products! We love this mobile. They look great hanging from our daughter's bedroom ceiling around her canopy above her bed. The pink bead is the largest, the grey one is polyhedral, and the beige is the smallest. They all work well together. I had an easy time setting them up. I didn't have any problems. they look great. Hanging from the ceiling, it can be used as a decoration. This set is still nice after quite some time. They are not messed with as they hang from the ceiling. I believe that they will look fantastic with an enchanting theme, or as a fun extra in a child's bedroom or playroom. I wish that the seller can make more mobiles. I would love another set to hang from her ceiling for her enchanted bedroom. I would go purchase crazy!
The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India
The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India
The book has interesting animal based stories which capture the kids imagination.
However, as I read the book I had to keep pausing to think some things that bothered me:

8 stories in all. 5 have no female characters.
Of the 3 stories with females, 2 have them as villains. 1 of the villains is portrayed as the tired stereotype of "the nagging housewife". The other villain is a single mother.
The 1 female positive character, is a mother bird who has seven babies. All the baby birds are sons. Hmmm...

These are stories with animal characters which could have been either male or female animals. But almost always, the main character animals are male.
The first female character shows up in the fourth story. She is a mother bird who has seven baby birds. Guess what, all the babies are boys! It wouldnt have affected the story one bit, but would have been more natural to have a mix of boy and girl baby birds. There was no need to identify the babies as sons. They could have been called kids.

Another example is the crocodile story. First this story gives the impression that female crocodiles just wait at home for the male crocodiles who bring food to them. When in reality, all crocodiles have to get their own food.
But the negative representation of the female gender continues further: Not only does the female expect the male to go hunt for her, she also "wouldnt stop nagging - all night".
Now I dont care if crocodiles nag or not, but I feel it gives the kids this negative impression about women/wives.

It seems like there is an intentional attempt to wipe out women/girls from the public arena (your local watering hole such as river or pond or town square) where the "action" happens. And women's only place is at home, being a mother to sons and nagging housewife to well mannered husbands. If the woman is not in these confines, she is extremely poor.

On a slightly different note: In one of the stories, the worker (royal animal caretaker) is being roughed up (choking neck, hanging upside down from feet) by the manager (royal minister) for losing the dog. Maybe this kind of behavior exists/existed, but it shouldnt be presented to kids as normal or okay.

Dear author, Your drawings and animal stories are interesting. I would love to see more books from you as long as they dont eliminate one half of the world.
DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Midnight Blue
DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Midnight Blue
Sony PS4 Controllers are what they are. This review is more about Amazon's supplier of these controllers and some tips on how to point out the duds from the studs.
They seem to be hit or miss based on other reviews. I've given them 2 chances both times unfortunately the controllers were fake and these were my experiences.

My first experience the right controll sticks calibration was severely off while trying to select items on the crafting wheel while playing days gone. I figured it was defective and sent it back to get another thinking nothing of it. With my second attempt on the new order my experience was slightly different but with the same result.

I was playing NBA 2K with some freinds when my ear peice started playing the sounds that normally come out of the controllers speaker in my ear at an obscene volume. As my ear drum was ringing and my head pounding I plugged out the microphone made sure that my setting were set to chat only (it was). I just could not make sense of it. With the microphone unplugged and the game ongoing the sounds of the referees whistle and other effects now coming through the controllers speaker sounded as if it was coming though something you'd buy at a 99 cent store. I took one of my other controllers and started visually comparing the two.

From what I was able to gather these are the things I noticed that were clear standouts proving the lack of authenticity. (Refer to pictures. Authentic one is on the top. Counterfeit is within the white packaging.)

1- The sticker on the back should not have a white barcode it should be blended into the whole sticker
2- The EXT and headset marking should blend in lightly not bright white.
3- PS button compared to the authentic one is slightly but noticably off when comparing the two closely
4- Thumbsticks look alot cheaper and edges are unevenly cut.
5-Speaker / Microphone Headset issue I mentioned earlier.

It's definitely a darn good counterfeit product but not at retail price. Being a prime member made returns hassle free just a small inconvenience of having to drop off boxes at a local UPS store. Hope this helps anyone with confirmation the authenticity of their purchase.
Pipersong Meditation Chair, Home Office Desk Chair, Cross Legged Chair with Back Support and Adjustable Stool, Ergonomic Design for Multiple Sitting Positions, Ivory
Pipersong Meditation Chair, Home Office Desk Chair, Cross Legged Chair with Back Support and Adjustable Stool, Ergonomic Design for Multiple Sitting Positions, Ivory
Bottom line up front: really comfortable for cross-legged and other non-standard sitting positions, but the backrest isn't very helpful for folks who sit up straight.

I just got the chair today and given how few reviews there are, I wanted to share my initial impressions.

Pros:
- Well packaged. The outer box was damaged in transit, but everything inside was well protected.
- Easy to setup. The roller feet took a little more push than I'm used to putting on anything designed to fit together; don't be afraid to put some oomph into them (after making sure you have them aligned). Otherwise very straightforward.
- Perfect difference in height between the seat and the footstool. It's incredibly comfortable to sit cross-legged.
- Nice wide footstool. I'm pretty short, so there's a big margin when I sit cross-legged and there's plenty of space to sit is various other non-standard positions (I'm looking you, fellow ADHDers).
- Good casters that even work on carpet. I alternate between sitting and standing, so I'm disinclined to lay down a hard plastic floor mat and this chair moves easily anyway.

Con:
- Backrest leans too far back for me and isn't adjustable. I know I sit more upright than most folks, so it may be fine for others. Sitting normally, I only make contact with the bottom edge of the rest. To make full contact with the backrest I have to lean back more than I normally would, which forces me to slouch a bit (not ideal for long sessions of sitting). I'd prefer a backrest with adjustable angle. Note/clarification: You can adjust the position of the backrest, but not the angle.

I'll update with a longer-term review in a few weeks.
Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier, UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pets, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Mold, Odors, Quiet 28 inch 5-in-1 Air Purifier for Home AC5250PT
Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier, UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pets, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Mold, Odors, Quiet 28 inch 5-in-1 Air Purifier for Home AC5250PT
I now have three of these units in my home. My wife is allergic to all kinds of "stuff". I am pleased with the performance of this unit and it has helped to reduce allergy issues in my house, BUT I have had one defect...

The unit performs well. Sound levels are acceptable at higher speeds and very quiet at lower speeds. I have one unit in my family room, one in the upstairs loft, and one in the master bedroom. I used a Sharper Image Ionic Breeze for nearly twenty years (yes 20 YEARS). It had UV, but was not well shielded which ment I had to keep the unit away from the kids. The wife also had problems if the unit was producing too much ozone (..in the master bedroom). These towers do a good job of shielding the UV light with no ozone.

The unit is well designed and quality built, but it is the UV light that I had the defect with. The very first unit burned out it's UV bulb in less than a week. I returned the unit without issues and got a replacement. I decided I would let it run for a bit to see if the second unit had similar problems, it did not. So now I have three...

**UPDATE: 2-3 months in now and I have 2 more units with burnt out UV bulbs. These bulbs are $31 each. If these bulbs burn out at this rate there's no way I can afford to keep these units around. Also, forget the six month life cycle on the HEPA filter.. Mine got completely clogged in 2-3 months. Not huge because it shows how well the filters are working in my home, but these filters are starting to look like a very expensive maintenance item. So just be aware that long term, this units will cost you $$$. Dropped the rating due to these issues...

***LAST UPDATE: I finally figured out the UV bulb problem. Two of my units kept blowing UV bulbs constantly (I almost gave up on this thing), BUT 1 never blew its bulb. I started to wonder why and realized that this particular unit was plugged into a power block with a surge protector. I decided to add surge protectors to my other two units, so I purchased and installed a Minuteman MMS110 Surge Protector from Amazon on each unit. I haven't had any UV issues since, and it's been several months now. Sooo, it appears these units are very sensitive to power spikes. If you're having similar issues, try a surge protector! Going back to 4 stars!
Red Vines Original Red Twists 5oz
Red Vines Original Red Twists 5oz
Arrived in good time, I have never had these before.I thought these would be like the ones I grew up with that are solid all the way through and give your jaw a good work out. These are quite thin and hollow in the middle so they taste ' interesting' slightly herbal, maybe root beer. , but not the texture experience I was expecting. Its my fault for buying something new but incase anyone else thinks they are solid, they are not.

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