Mike Carter

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Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition
Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition
Learning JavaScript, 2nd Edition by Shelley Powers. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Wings of War Boxset: Books 1 - 4
The Wings of War Boxset: Books 1 - 4
The Wings of War Boxset: Books 1 - 4 by Bryce O'Connor. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 839 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Dreamsnatcher
The Dreamsnatcher
The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 66 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles Book 2)
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles Book 2)
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles Book 2) by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
H.R.H.: A Novel
H.R.H.: A Novel
H.R.H.: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 233 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Return
The Return
The Return by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Brethren And A Painted House
The Brethren And A Painted House
The Brethren And A Painted House by John. Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
White Rose, Black Forest
White Rose, Black Forest
White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 5516 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Institute: A Novel
The Institute: A Novel
The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King, Santino Fontana, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 8726 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, Jeffrey DeMunn, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 904 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8 by James Rebhorn, Bruce Davison, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 599 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP a partir do zero (Portuguese Edition)
PHP a partir do zero (Portuguese Edition)
PHP a partir do zero (Portuguese Edition) by Alfredo Limongi and Edson da Silva Bezerra. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Mastering SQL Server Profiler
Mastering SQL Server Profiler
Mastering SQL Server Profiler by Brad McGehee. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook by Benjamin Tan Wei Hao, Mark Thomas, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Play for Java: Covers Play 2
Play for Java: Covers Play 2
Play for Java: Covers Play 2 by Nicolas Leroux and Sietse de Kaper. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 18 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Hands-on Node.js
Hands-on Node.js
What you get with Hands-On Node is essentially a selection from the Node API docs with added annotation. Some of the text comes straight from the docs; some of it provides a little more detail, including a few tips and best practices. You'll also get homework, in the form of exercises at the end of certain sections (with possible solutions in the back).

The book is geared toward developers who have some server-side knowledge, some JavaScript knowledge, and little to no experience with Node. If that's you, and you've tried reading the API docs but aren't really sure how to start pulling things together, you might find this book useful. Or maybe you just really don't like screencasts and wish you could find more written guides.

The Good:
- The tips, pointers and cautions;
- The exercises;
- The effort by the author to get this info out there.

The Not-So-Good:
- The parts that come straight from the API;
- Lots of grammar and spelling mistakes;
- Covers "what the author thinks is required to build most applications he would build on Node" but does not include any examples, thoughts, or strategies for organizing and serving even basic HTML or other Web-related static files. It seems like this would be a special topic of interest to many readers and worth a little attention, regardless of whether it's something the author would like to build.
Programming Non-graphical Games in C++
Programming Non-graphical Games in C++
Programming Non-graphical Games in C++ by Vic Broquard. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (Part I)
Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (Part I)
I've purchased Mr. Kilpatrick's updated version of this book over the years, but this is the first time it's been available on Kindle and what a delight! There is a lot of information in this book and having it on Kindle makes it even easier to read. I've read most of the books out there on Warren Buffett and have also read the annual reports going back to 1977. Here's the bottom line: If I could only have one book on Mr. Buffett, this would be it. It's comprehensive, packed with great information and you'll get an occasional bit of both Mr. Buffett's and Mr. Kilpatricks's wit. I enjoy reading books that are a little "fun" and this one is. Enjoy.

This review applies to Parts I, II and III here on Kindle. Make sure you get all three parts.
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
Henry Ford's Lean Vision: Enduring Principles from the First Ford Motor Plant
I spend my days managing an industrial operation where Lean is the backbone of our shop floor and office processes. As with most lean practitioners, I read a great deal of the current lean literature. As a student of industrial history, I have read hundreds of books relating to the early 20th century manufacturers.

As a result, I was hopeful this book would offer a concise place to see early lean lessons. Most folks have some view of Ford.Those early lean lessons are often more acceptable for use in the US lean training. Over use of Japanese examples and terms can get in the way of learing lean.

I was disappointed in the book. The information presented is valid. It also is aligned with my own experiences and reading. However, the presentation and writing style made this a difficult book to read. The author seemed to want to add in the lessons of Chinese and Japanese thoughs. Those lessons seemed forced and broke up the rhythm of reading the book.

It is more of a personal preference, but the layout and style of the pages did not enhance the reading experience.

There is a great deal of underlying value in the material presented. If you choose to read this book, be prepared for a slog. It is a valid premise--poorly presented.
2 Collectible President Donald Trump Troll Dolls - Hair To The Chief Bundle
2 Collectible President Donald Trump Troll Dolls - Hair To The Chief Bundle
You can't see the Disco ball he's pointing to, yet we know it's there.
You can't hear what he's saying; surely though, he's lying.
He's a notch more orange in real life, but it's got to be hard to match that orange for this price.
He's as full of it as a Christmas turkey, but striving to release all that pent up stuffing- as is readily evident. He's just so
dang bloated, it'll take a while. The disco floor will suffer, as the disco ball will need cleaning; those accessories, alas, not included, but hopefully coming soon. Haven't shook the hair, no safety measures in place yet. -5 Orange Stars-
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock
This is a must have / highly recommended DVD; it really needs an extra star. For the very first time you can see Jimi Hendrix's then new band "Gipsy Sun and Rainbows" (Band of Gypsies for short)ALMOST complete live performance at Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Festival (1969).

DVD 1 is the almost complete performance except for Hear my Train a Coming. Master Mind and Gypsy Woman. I can't believe that parts of this material were shelved during 36 years (Lover Man, Hey Joe..) without seeing the light of the day.

Lots of close up to Jimi's, face, fingers, guitar, you can even learn how to play the songs (watch Red House for instance: plug your Stratocaster and start a blues lesson from the master himself). Jimi sometimes is not very "happy" with this new band. He currently shows Larry Lee the notes/tone he should be playing on and gives instructions to Jerry "high on the mountains" Velez to stop smashing the congas. Just watch the face of Jimi after playing "Fire" (Uh my god!).

Even more, at one point Jimi tells the audience "we are only jamming you can leave it if you want". There are some small portions edited such as Jimi countain the frets before starting Izabella and Jimi answering "I got mines" when someone in the audience offer him to get "high" (just before "Message to Love"); both used to appear on the previous DVD.

DVD 2 is the almost complete performance as it happens, no interruptions and in the most pure shape. The additional black and white footage is simply great (forget the technical problems) since it gives a new dimension of the performance and makes a great companion for the front images. You can even see a woman offering dope to Jimi and how he rejects it. It seems the takes from this camera were also used on "Woodstock Lost Performances" VHS/Laserdisc for Janis Joplin "Work me Lord" performance.

If you look carefully you'll see another video camera shooting from the right side of the stage, just behind Jimi. So maybe in the future we'll see a 3 DVD set containing new shots of the performance....

Please note that Mitch Mitchell wrote on his book "The Hendrix Experience" (by Mitch Mitchell and John Platt - 1993 Mitchell Beazley) that the set list was: Message to love, Hear my Train a Coming, Spanish Castle Magic, Red House, MASTER MIND (vocals by Larry), Foxy Lady, Jam Back at the House, Izabella, GYPSY WOMAN (vocals by Larry), Fire, Voodoo Chile, Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Villanova Junction, Hey Joe. So there are two numbers missed (Master mind and Gypsy Woman) which is something known to Hendrix bootlegs recordings collectors.

The candid interviews give knowledge of the festival since its beginning to the end (just listen to Chip Monk saying the last words of the event "Thank you so very much" as the remaining audience starts to leave the site). Listen to Eddy Kramer impressions when he get to the festival site on Friday morning and listen to Mike Lang revealing for the very first time the former artist who was about to close the festival. The so called press conference is very interesting despite the drop outs.

Will ever be an ultimate video release with all THE MUSIC performed at Woodstock? I mean all the 210 songs performed at the event. I'm dreaming on the full sets by Santana, Ten Years After, Ravi Shankar, Sweetwater, Incredible String Band, Bert Sommer, Mountain, Johnny Winter, Sly and the Family Stone and CSN & Y....

I'm sure a great pile of film cans are shelved somewhere (hello Michael Wadleigh, D.A. Pennebaker?).
A Voice Named Aretha
A Voice Named Aretha
Katheryn Russell-Brown has distilled the life of soul-icon Aretha Franklin into a mouth-watering picture book that jumps with the same energy and flair as Aretha's music. We see Aretha as a shy, little girl, who let her big singing voice do the talking and watch her grow into the legend she was destined to become. The prose, like Laura Feeman's bright, bold illustrations, seem to capture the loud, proud verve that was Aretha Franklin. A perfect introduction to soul for all the new little souls on the planet who need to be inspired!
If Not for You
If Not for You
1970年発表の『新しい夜明け』の冒頭を飾る、If Not For You。多くの有名なカバーは初期バージョンの歌詞で歌われていますが、この絵本では、ディラン本人の最終バージョンが一字一句変えずに、そのまま使われています(正確に言えば、My sky would fallで始まる繰り返しの部分は省いていますが)。

にもかかわらず、ページを繰れば、この絵本は、ディランのIf Not For Youの、最も大胆で斬新なカバーであることがすぐに分かります。なぜかと言えば、男性が歌えば彼女への、女性が歌えば彼氏への想いを歌っていると聴こえるこの歌を、なんとこの絵本作家は、親の子どもに向ける深い想いを歌った歌になるように、絵を描いているのですから。

絵はとにかくキュートです。特に表紙をめくった瞬間目に入る、子犬の可愛らしさには瞬殺です。しかし、この絵本はただキュートなだけではない。絵本作家の意匠がそこここに見え隠れします。例えば、主役の犬の親子。親子とも、性別がどちらともとれるように描かれています。お父さんでもお母さんでもいい「親」と、男の子でも女の子でもいい「子ども」。そして、親子は似ているのだけれど、毛色が違う。君がいるからこその「新しい夜明け」もちゃんと絵になっています。

というわけで、可愛いのが苦手でなければ、特にお父さん・お母さんにはお勧めの一冊です。ディランらしい、君がいないとwinter would have no springとかanyway it wouldn’t ring trueといったシンプルで誌的な表現もたっぷり味わえます。これを日本語にするのは、アーサー・ビナードさんでないと無理かな?
Enkelbruke Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V to 220V 5000W Power Inverter with USB AC Adapter for Outdoor Emergency
Enkelbruke Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V to 220V 5000W Power Inverter with USB AC Adapter for Outdoor Emergency
This is a pre-review. I received my inverter a month early because it was shipped Air Freight. I've examined it and it looks like it is just what I need. My LiFePo4 12 volt batteries just arrived and I haven't had a chance to connect my solar system up for testing. If anyone is interested, I talked to the "Battery Born" people and they told me that I could parallel two of these for more power but they should be the same voltage and power rating. When I get my Solar system set up and running, I plan to double everything and run everything in parallel. Solar panels in parallel, just use one 30 amp Charge Controller, 12 volt Batteries in Parallel, and 2 of these inverters in Parallel. My system will be used only for emergency power but when its all finished, it will be capable of running the whole house. Hmmmmm..... I thought this next thing was odd. I paid $169.99 for this but the invoice on the box said $91.00 USD.
Uh Oh...... I just drove about 150 miles round trip looking for a 220 volt plug for this thing. Ooops.... this thing has a European 220 plug outlet.
Jordan Nike Men's Air Spike Forty PE Basketball Shoe
Jordan Nike Men's Air Spike Forty PE Basketball Shoe
Shoes arrived with faint scuff marks on the sides of the black soles...also a strip of glue on the front of the right shoe. Wanted to exchange for another pair but the only option given was a return. Unfortunately to repurchase it will cost $25 more. I guess my husband will have to keep this pair (they were a birthday gift from me). Not happy about the options but these are the sneaks I like. The 4 star rating is for the beauty of the sneaker itself, excluding the damage.
Top Gear (UK), Season 21
Top Gear (UK), Season 21
Top Gear has turned 21 in its series and has never guaranteed to grow up from the car antics that we all know and love. So it was by no surprise that, to celebrate the start of Top Gear’s 21st season, the presenting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May preferred not to embrace the wisdom of being older however, these three presenters get to revisit and relive their lost youth – with shows that showcase the carefree of all car fans entertainment with high speeding, quirky sense of humor and massive explosions. So season 21 of Top Gear is business as usual. My favorite episode shares the heart of the show has the presenters’ bid to prove to their “teenage producers” that the hot hatches of yesteryear were superior to anything available in the 21st century. We see the Electric cars at their finest, A Trek through the Ukraine, A 2 episode tour in Burma, The guest are good and some say that he knows his way around any car and others say that he was an Alien on Dr Who. We call him the Stig! If you are an avid fan of Top Gear, you will enjoy this season as well.
Una vida sin principios (Spanish Edition)
Una vida sin principios (Spanish Edition)
Viene en perfecto estado. Es muy ameno de leer, ya que trae dibujos a modo de grafito y una primera parte a modo de Nota del Editor. Es tan precioso que tanto como para leerlo como para contemplarlo es estupendo.
Hector's Inheritance, Or, the Boys of Smith Institute
Hector's Inheritance, Or, the Boys of Smith Institute
Hector Roscoe was 15yrs old, he lived with his guardian Uncle Allan Roscoe and his son Guy, Hector had a very wealthy estate given to him after the death of his father, there had been an argument that day with Guy who had taken Hector's buggy without permission, there was a fight and Guy was beaten, Hector is sent for by his uncle and is told he is not the true owner of the estate as he was not his father's son but an orphan, his father he is told took the son of a dying boarding house lady as his own and was adopted, because there was no will his uncle claimed all the estate

Hector was to be sent to a boarding school in Smithfield under a Mr Socrates Smith who was told to treat Hector harshly, His uncle and Guy had never liked him and were glad to get rid of him, Hector did not believe he was an orphan, there was much doubt as to the qualifications of Mr Smith who ran the school, the pupils ranged from 10yrs to 19yrs, the oldest is Jim the nephew of Mr Smith, he was lucky though to have a very good teacher, although poorly paid, in Mr Crabb, the food at the school was terrible

Jim attacks Hector, he is used to bullying all the younger boys but Hector gives him a beating, Jim tells his uncle, a new boy starts and Hector makes him his friend, Jim trys to bully the boy but Hector comes along and gives him another beating, Jim swears revenge, Jim steals Mr Smiths wallet and puts it, after taking out 5 dollars, into Hector's spare trousers pocket unaware he is being watched by another boy Platt, Mr Smith tells the whole school that Hector is a thief and tells his uncle, Platt tells Mr Smith who took the wallet but Mr Smith sides with his nephew, Jim tries to get his own back on Platt with Wilkins when they were on their own, Mr Crabb stops it and after Jim tells Mr Smith that Crabb attacked him he is sacked

Hector manages to find Mr Crabb a job teaching a friend of his in New York and goes along with him, there is an incident here where Platt and Wilkins are accused of taking the 5 dollars, Platt and Wilkins fathers and the same for two other boys withdraw them from the school, Walter Boss a boy the same age as Hector meets them from the train, he is the boy to be tutored, on reaching his home he tells Mr Boss his story, out exploring the city he comes across a young boot black who was the son of the gardener from his estate, he says he got into a fight with Guy and when his father would not whip him was sacked, on walking home a young girl runs into the road and is about to be run over, Hector saves her just in time, an old man nearby is impressed and promises to find him a job

The young girls name was Gracie Newman and her father wrote to Hector and asked him to come and see him, he tells him his story, Newman asks him to go to California he wants him to go and bring his nephew Gregory back, Gregory had got in bad company and stolen from his uncle, but his uncle had forgave him, while he was there he was to go to Sacramento and ask about his parents, on the voyage he meets a clergyman who was there in 1855 and promised to find out what he could, Hector spots Gregory who is in a bad state but he agrees to come home, in Sacramento the clergyman tells him he was baptized at that church and he was given the names of the minister and the landlady they stayed with, in who's house he was born

He gained statements from the two and gave them to a lawyer, on walking home one evening Hector and Gregory are shot at on chasing the man they find he was hired by his Uncle Roscoe to kill him and was paid a thousand dollars, you will need to read on to find out if Hector managed to prove his inheritance, what happened to Uncle Roscoe and his son Guy, what about Jim the bully what became of him, did Larry the boot blacks father get his job back and how did Larry himself do, what about our scholar Mr Crabb what was his future and the final twist what happened to Mr Smiths school

A nice long read, one of Horatio Alger's better books, a good read and its free
Lessons Learned
Lessons Learned
Nora Roberts is an exceptionally talented author. Her early works are weaker than what she does later when she has honed this talent. Lessons Learned is only Ok. Too much hopping from place to place. Too much repetition. Not enough substance. If you are a first time reader, don't use this as an example of her later books. Her books come in three distinctly different parts: early, which are simplistic; middle which are amazing; and later (current) which are most likely not written by her at all. Look for her midcareer works. They are very, very special.
Hanayome wa bochi ni sumu : Yumoa sasupensu.
Hanayome wa bochi ni sumu : Yumoa sasupensu.
赤川次郎の本が好きで
今まで読んでなかったので
こちらを購入してみました。

今まで読んできた中では
あまり面白くない本でした。
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?
14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club)
14th Deadly Sin (Women's Murder Club)
I love this series of books and thankfully they've not gone off the boil as I found the Cross series did. They're still page-turning and highly entertaining. This one is no exception. I greatly enjoyed it although THAT ending comes up on you pretty suddenly (and at only 95%) !! He doesn't usually leave these to end in a TBC fashion as this one is so it was unexpected. However, if you're reading book 14 in the series it's probably pretty much a guarantee you'll also buy book 15. I wait till the prices come down quite significantly, though. Luckily, I don't mind reading them later than others do !!
There were some nice moments featured in this one among the main cast which I liked. A couple of expressions I'd never heard before I liked as well-rain box and jumpety-howdy-do. I did wonder at Lindsay and Joe both making pretty crashing rookie errors in the course of their investigations in this. They both need to shape up a bit !!
The only mistakes I spotted were a couple of missing fullstops which is very impressive. He was a bit hyphen-obsessed in this tale, though. There were a LOT of them. This sentence was possibly the worst example-"....blending in with the row of chunky, putty-colored or gray cinder-block two-and-three-story buildings". Oh, and at one point he needed one in foot well and missed it !!
At one point I was baffled why, in Claire's story she told the others, she got in touch with a Vice detective....she never really explained that and, however many times I read it back, I couldn't understand why she chose Vice. There were a few repetitious passages as well for some reason. Another confusion was an officer's wife having red welts on her neck and arms apropos of nothing I could figure out.
However, all in all, it's certainly another winner for me.
Détective Conan, tome 83 (French Edition)
Détective Conan, tome 83 (French Edition)
J'ai mis cette note à ce manga, car j'ai bien cette série et que les enquêtes varient tout au long de cette grande histoire.
De plus, il y a une nouvelle intrigue qui se met en place dans la recherche de vérité et d'un médicament pour notre héros.
Je le recommande aux lecteurs qui suivent cette série, car cela complète la dernière enquête du tome 82 et qu'il y a de nouvelles choses à découvrir dans le manga.
Sahara Romanzo
Sahara Romanzo
カッスラーのタイタニックよりはこちらがずっと面白い。
でも、それは私が登場人物達の半分を知っていたからかもしれない。
逆に、最初のカッスラーのダーク・ピットシリーズから読めば、もっと簡単に理解できたとも言える。
本当に面白いけど、出てくる人物が多い。多すぎ。それはタイタニックもそうだったが・・・
今回はノートに人物の名前と役柄をイタリア語のまま書きなぐりながら読んだ。
あれ?これ誰だっけ?と思ったらメモを見る。そうして読み終わった。大分タイタニックより理解できた。
The Dark Crusader
The Dark Crusader
I started reading Alistair MacLean after I saw the movie "The Guns of Navarone" when I was about 8 years old. I think I have read every book he has written at least once since then, most of them several times each. This story is a little different than most of his, especially at the ending. I won't go into specifics however, since it would spoil it for others. The story is right out of the cold war in either the late 50's or early 60's and is full of the intrigue that era was famous for. This writers material is a little dated mostly because he uses some technical details in his stories that are obviously from a few years ago and are no longer current. For readers of my age (40+) and older these stories are quite nostalgic and fun to read but may be difficult for readers under 25 to relate to due to the dated references. In the final analysis however, it is a good read for anyone interested in the Cold War era.
James A. Michener: A Biography
James A. Michener: A Biography
This book was filled with a lot of new information to me. Knocked down a little of my Hero worship of Michener, but he survived intact. A great man and writer.
Harry Potter Deluxe Harry Potter Robe Adult Costume
Harry Potter Deluxe Harry Potter Robe Adult Costume
I read the bad reviews. But I also saw the good reviews. And when the price dropped below $22, I figured I might as well give it a shot. But I'm returning this robe right now.

Somewhere in the product info, it is noted that the costume comes in different sizes. There was no Small for sale, so I ordered the Medium/Standard. Again, thinking that for the price it couldn't be too bad. My mistake.

I'm 5'5". The robe drags on the ground and is too big overall. But the kicker, even for someone appropriately sized, is the placement of the embroidered emblem-- way too low. It hit me at the bottom of my ribcage.

Other things to note: The black felt material of the robe is actually pretty plush - it would be comfortably warm in cold weather. The lining is definitely leaning towards pink, but if the robe had fit I would have ignored that. My package came complete with the clasp, but I did not bother to unwrap it.
Conspicuous Consumption (Penguin Great Ideas)
Conspicuous Consumption (Penguin Great Ideas)
I last read this work whilst reading for my first bachelor's degree during the History of Economic Thought sections. It was one of those books which was instrumental in the development of a broader class of study, in this case Institutionalism, and the novelty of the idea was something which caught on and grew and developed.

Rereading it now, I was struck immediately by the sheer verbosity of the text. If my friend Arthur Seldon, once the Editorial Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, had applied his skills to it, it probably would have been too short to be a Reader's Digest Edition.

However, Veblen's hypothesis begins from a division of a society into classes based on power, a power derived from prowess in hunting and the accumulation of assets, specifically trophies and women. The latter are described as chattels, an idea which remains in western societies today, although the accumulation of status for women who consort with men with power enables some power to transfer to them but it remains only available to them effectively as a loan.

The logic which is followed reminds me of the work of von Mises, in it's a priori approach, but at it's conclusion there are many fundamentally unanswered questions. Veblen writes as though there is general acceptance of these processes without any rational other than the assumption that there are inherent tendencies within men which find expression in the accumulation process as he sets out. This assumption is debatable however. He produces no evidence to support his hypothesis and perhaps this area should be left more to anthropologists for further study. Neither does it deal with a basic notion of individuals voluntarily exchanging with each other. It may well be the case that Fred Flintstone hits Barney Rubble over the head with a club and drags Betty away by the hair, increasing his accumulation in the process and establishing himself as a more powerful man than Barney but this leads to a zero sum game where Fred has given everyone in Bedrock headaches but left him with an accumulation that cannot be increased as no one else will even bother to try to accumulate as Fred goes clubbing.

How can such a society develop and why should it? Fred becomes King and can buy the best clubs available but to what end.

There is certainly much to think about in this essay and some good notions and conjectures but there are some serious flaws in the arguments he proposes. How relevant this is to the 1960's in particular and contemporary society in general remains to be seen.
Silver Buffalo HP12093D Harry Potter House Slytherin Crest Caldron Ceramic 3D Sculpted Mug, 20 oz
Silver Buffalo HP12093D Harry Potter House Slytherin Crest Caldron Ceramic 3D Sculpted Mug, 20 oz
Let me begin by saying that this item is by no means "bad." I like the overall appearance and link to a beloved property. However, there are some discrepancies between the product advertised here and the actual object which I received. I believe that it is worth outlining the differences here in order to educate others who may be thinking about purchasing this item.

The first thing I noticed upon receiving this item is that it is not actually black and white, despite being both pictured and described that way on it's item page. The spaces which are shown as white are actually painted light grey, and rather poorly at that. The color frequently bleeds off into the other colored areas giving the goblet a somewhat unprofessional look. (See pictures.)

Secondly, it is printed right on the product packaging that this vessel holds 14 ounces of fluid and NOT 20 ounces as is advertised right in the item description. That's a whole ¾ cup difference!

Third, some of the detailing which is shown in crisp sharp relief in the item pictured on the webpage is actually somewhat blurred and subdued on the product which I received.(see pictures also). It makes me suspect that when producing this for mass market release inferior castings were churned out.

Lastly, (and this is really a minor point,) there is a lip that overhangs the inside of the cup which means that no matter how severe the angle you tilt the goblet, you will never get those last few drops of your beverage.

All of that said this is still a really cool drinking vessel, but one should be aware when purchasing of the inaccuracies inherent in what is portrayed here versus what you actually get. I think the advertised product has a more elegant feel over all, but the reality of the goblet is still pretty good.
The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
Douglas Murray addresses four of the categorizations of humanity expounded by progressives/cultural Marxists that have defined our societies over the past few decades: gays, feminism, race and transgender. The result, as Murray says in his opening paragraph is:
"We are going through a great crowd derangement. In public and in private, both online and off, people are behaving in ways that are increasingly irrational, feverish, herd-like and simply unpleasant. The daily news cycle is filled with the consequences. Yet while we see the symptoms everywhere, we do not see the causes."

Murray is a rational man, an Enlightenment man. He points out the absurdities and internal contradictions in the arguments. At the same time he points out the very reasons why his logical approach is bound to fail. The winning arguments are emotional. While presenting themselves as rational, they are at the core profoundly irrational.

Progressivism, being "woke," or being a cultural Marxist is a religion to which adherents cling as doggedly as they once did to Christianity and now due to Islam. Murray writes:
"The explanations for our existence that used to be provided by religion went first, falling away from the nineteenth century onwards. Then over the last century the secular hopes held out by all political ideologies began to follow in religion’s wake. In the latter part of the twentieth century we entered the postmodern era. An era which defined itself, and was defined, by its suspicion towards all grand narratives. However, as all schoolchildren learn, nature abhors a vacuum, and into the postmodern vacuum new ideas began to creep, with the intention of providing explanations and meanings of their own."

That is it in a nutshell. People need some kind of religion to give meaning to their lives. In the absence of a spiritual religion, they have invented the secular religion of social justice. They defend their positions with a fanaticism, an intolerant hatred characteristic of religion rather than the balanced dialog of scientific inquiry.

The common theme concerning gays, women, racial minorities and transsexuals is that members of these groups have been treated unfairly, systematically held back by society. The term "social justice" encapsulates the idea that all members of society are entitled to experience equal outcomes. And, of course, they do not. Equality is never observed, and cannot reasonably be achieved in any sphere. SJWs will never want for causes to champion.

Every virulent religion needs its Satan, golem, or similar object of hatred. SJWs demonize the affluent straight white male as the epitome of everything that is wrong with society. Murray fails to measure up only on the "straight" criterion. Looking from the inside, he can assess the absurdity of the gay arguments. There are strong parallels in the other three.

The book is extraordinarily rich in examples. Murray has done his homework, and he has an extremely good memory for the silly things that have taken place within his lifetime. Some of his recurrent themes are:

1. The incredible swiftness with which standards change. He cites gay marriage as something that went from being beyond the pale to beyond question in the course of a decade or so. The acceptance of transsexuals was similarly rapid: Caitlin Jenner appeared on the scene about 2013.
2. The fierce arguments with regard to nature versus nurture, which Murray calls hardware versus software. There are strong political reasons to argue that gays are born that way – it is in no way a lifestyle choice. On the other hand, transsexuals decide that they are born in the wrong body. It is forbidden for a white person such as Rachel Dolezal to call herself black, but for a black to call themselves white is no problem.
3. Politics is related to the nature versus nurture argument. Peter Thiel is not allowed to be gay because he is conservative. Ditto Kayne West and blackness.
4. The Marxist notion of dialectic. Whereas internal contradictions would doom a rational argument, Marxism treats them as a part of the process of working toward the truth. Murray has quite a lengthy section on the extremely intelligent irrationality of Michael Foucault, whom he says is the most cited social scientist of all time, whose most obvious genius was in the ability to write things in such an obscure way that his many contradictions were not glaringly obvious.
5. The closer we come to the expressed goals of non-discrimination, the more virulent the arguments become. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan observed decades ago, "claims of human rights violations happen in exactly inverse proportion to the numbers of human rights violations in a country."
6. The impersonality of social media exacerbates the problem. Murray has a wonderful essay on the quality of forgiveness. The need to be able to, for instance, forgive Justin Trudeau for his blackface incident or Donald Trump for something indiscreet he might have said to Billy Bush in an interview years ago. He observes that it is all political. A person with the right politics can be forgiven for inexcusable behavior. A person with the wrong politics receives no mercy.

These changing currents mean that people can be put on the wrong side of history very quickly. The Internet has a long memory. At the time TV host Joy Reid opposed gay marriage, she was in a majority. The majority shifted but her soundbites had been captured for posterity. It took a lot of explaining. She is lucky to still have a broadcasting job; being a black woman no doubt helps. Likewise, to the delight of conservatives, Justin Trudeau's blackface for the Banana Boat song. Second wave feminists who argue that male to female transsexuals should not be allowed to compete in women's sports are in the same boat.

People are different. Murray attempts to deflect criticism by assuming the pose of a reporter, describing what has happened to other people. For instance:
"Research into IQ and genetics is among much competition probably the most dangerous and cordoned-off subject of all. When Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein published 
Harry Potter Quidditch Kit
Harry Potter Quidditch Kit
This costume was a great deal and a decent quality for a Halloween costume. But I wanted to note that it has Potter and the number 7 on the back and arm. I purchased this for my daughter to wear to be Ginny and planned to cover up the POTTER on the front. But there were no pictures of the back or arms. If your child is planning on being Harry, no problem. But if you are purchasing this for another character, get the robe only with no name on it.
Tickled Pink womens Square Plaid Scarf
Tickled Pink womens Square Plaid Scarf
I originally purchased this because it is my children's school colors and I wanted it for football games. Got compliments on it the first time I wore it. It's nice quality, fairly large, and honestly I've ended up wearing it at work or going out. It's really a nice scarf! Great value purchase. I love it. Will probably get more in other colors :)
Three Half Goats Gruff: A Paranormal Suspense Story with a Touch of Romance (Valkyrie Bestiary Book 0)
Three Half Goats Gruff: A Paranormal Suspense Story with a Touch of Romance (Valkyrie Bestiary Book 0)
Three Half Goats Gruff is a novella, and first insight into the Valkyrie Bestiary series by Kim McDougall.

Cute little story introducing us to Kyra Greene, our cantankerous FMC Valkyrie, pest control, bounty hunter. With a nice little glimpse of Henry Mason, her mysterious gargoyle love interest to come. With the cute little cephalopod savior that is the mischievous Pygmy kraken affectionately named Hunter.

Excited to unearth the mysteries of this new (for me) series. Half in love with both the characters and the world already. As well a little heart eyes over McDougall’s work just from this short read.
Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Legacy Kimberly Pink Ranger
Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Legacy Kimberly Pink Ranger
The figure is ok however when compared to the new 6.5 legacy figures those are much better but I got this one for the weapons since this one comes with the bow & arrow and blade blaster in gun mode while the new "Metallic" figures only come with the bow & arrow.

However just a word of caution for collectors my package was shipped in a soft padded envelope which was fine for me since I was going to open it anyway. However, for you collectors out there make sure you request a specific packing material to properly protect the figure and box.
Yellow Brick Rd RAW Cocoa Butter 1Lb RAW Cocoa Butter 1Lb Unrefined, Non- Deodorized…
Yellow Brick Rd RAW Cocoa Butter 1Lb RAW Cocoa Butter 1Lb Unrefined, Non- Deodorized…
 Wasted money. False & misleading photos just watch my video of the products on both yellow brick shea butter & yellow brick pure cocoa butter. I bought both products assuming it would actually be the same products from their descriptions.
The products are very greasy like they were sprayed with a oil spray or something. Regardless it looks good enough for me to use...i hope.
However,
I should have read the comments first. Surprised that people get away with getting people's $ for one thing & than sending the opposite products. And they still get paid even though the buyer gets taken advantage of. 🙄 😒
Social Media Marketing when you have NO CLUE!: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Beginner Internet Marketing Series 3)
Social Media Marketing when you have NO CLUE!: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Beginner Internet Marketing Series 3)
I love this book! I read it just a few days ago and was able to organize my YouTube channel. My 7 minute intro video is very straight to the point with my watchers.

They know exactly what I have to offer and how it can help them. I no longer have a blog because I'm too ADHD to sit and write out posts. :-P
I do everything by video so I can speak my mind and people see my emotions.

This book will also help you set up your very own blog. I'm not sure what I have, is it a vlog? Perhaps. Chapter one is the meat, and potatoes of your blogging journey. There are some very provocative questions for you to answer.

I suggest you write down your answers for clarity. As I said before, I took the questions and answered them right on my intro video. Get this book and read chapter 1 immediately. If you get stuck on a question, don't skip it. Simply put it to the side until you think a little more, but make sure you answer that question. Best wishes to you all!
The Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
The Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
This is one of the most ambitious Vertigo series ever.
Mike Carey's and Peter Gross's meta-fictional opus has no smaller theme than showing how everything's a story, how stories are everything, how they're the only thing worth dying for. Nobody who's ever taken a fictional book, a scientific text, anything written or told, even a little bit seriously could really argue the point, could they? As comics and TV writer Brian K Vaughan put it, it's a wish-I'd-though-of-it premise that's simply brilliantly executed.
Tom Taylor is the real-life mode of his father Wilson's literary creation, boy-wizard Tommy Taylor. As clues seem to appear that he may be the fake son, events transpire that turn him from wretched con-man to messiah overnight. Resolving once and for all to get rid of the massive shadow cast over him by his literary counterpart, Tom Taylor sets upon the journey to find out what his father was up to, and what his real story is, facing ruthless enemies he never knew he had, armed solely with the literary geography knowledge imparted upon him by his father.
Much to his chagrin - and to the reader's delight, it must be said - he reluctantly finds out that there may be, let's say... more fiction to the truth than he'd ever wished for!
Ignoring the Harry Potter and The Who references here is not a problem, as the authors do a better job than Mrs Rowling with the first, and pay a humble, respectful homage to the second. In perfect Unwritten fashion, there may even be a nod to the fact that there's no way somebody would have seriously come up with Harry Potter if they had no propaganda plan behind it...
And that's how much the book gets you, because the level of conspiracy theory here is appallingly high, complex and clever. It is woven into the fabric of the story, thus of the book and of the world. See? There's really no getting rid of the premise once you sink your teeth into it.
Kudos to Mike Carey for coming up with this brilliant and for displaying an encyclopedic and caring knowledge of literature.
And since this story is told in comic book form, more power to the veteran artist - and occasionally writer, as well as pretty much a co-writer on the book - that he's teamed with here, the great Peter Gross. The extras in this volume show how aptly he adapted Mike Carey's prose in re-creating the book inside the book, that is the Tommy Taylor novels, in comic book form. You do have the impression of reading the book and reading a comic in which the book is just a story device at the same time, receiving maximum pleasure from both. No small feat at all! And aside from that, he simply is a very good, minimalist artist, who doesn't need to be flashy or showy to deliver solid, powerful storytelling and art.
These opening issues set a very high bar for the rest of the series and really put a lot at stake. Anyway, I'll be along for the ride and I'll be proud and delighted in being a part of this story. Will you?
Toms Salz pastiller saltpastiller 5,5 Lb – 2,5 kg
Toms Salz pastiller saltpastiller 5,5 Lb – 2,5 kg
I was introduced to the Pingvin Salt Pastiller about 5 years ago in Miami when I met some Swedish tourists who had purchased them at the Duty Free shop on their way out of the country. I was in love. This is the greatest liquorice on the planet. I don't know why I even qualified that. It's the greatest candy on the planet. According to my Swedish friends, Swedish Duty Free shops were the ONLY place to buy this treasure. Thus, as an American I've been mostly deprived of it over the past five years. I've scoured the internet over and over again, hoping someone would start carrying it, but each time I found the same thing . . . fellow non-Swedes in the same position as me--unable to get a hold of the greatest candy on earth.

Until now. I saw this product for sale here. It's not in the traditional Pingvin Salt Pastiller packaging (the pill container--I added a photo), but it looked like it might be the same stuff. Well, I took a chance on it--ordered 3 bags to minimize the sting of shipping--and ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. This is the real deal. The packaging is different, but the content is the same.

Now that I'm sure, my next order will be for more like 10 or 20 bags. Get it while it's available. Who knows when this seller will close up shop?

Note: If you've never had salt liquorice before, be warned that it is a VERY strong liquorice and it's very salty. Many non-Scandinavians are repulsed by it. I initially thought it was pretty revolting. But my repulsion very quickly became an addiction. It's an acquired taste, but one that I acquired surprisingly quickly. And now nothing else comes close.
TWIZZLERS Twists (Fresa, sobres de 2.5 oz., paquete de 36)
TWIZZLERS Twists (Fresa, sobres de 2.5 oz., paquete de 36)
Arguing about whether it's "licorice" or not is ridiculous. OK, so Amazon has the "licorice" in the listing ... it also says very plainly that it's "Strawberry" in the listing, too. And it clearly states in the product description "Strawberry-flavored candy twists" so how about you maybe try READING THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION before ordering the product! If you order something that lists Strawberry as its flavor and then act surprised that it's not licorice-root flavor, you're an idiot. Who the heck DOESN'T know that Twizzlers are most famous for their Strawberry twists? Sheesh!

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