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The Space Barons
The Space Barons
Not long ago, I reviewed Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, and The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Both books are well done. They're the product of professional journalists who are good at what they do. But neither book comes close to Christian Davenport's superb new book, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, in offering insight into the personality of these two extraordinary men who are the central characters in his book.

Illuminating personal details

The personal details about the lives of Musk and Bezos are abundant and highly revealing. For example, here is Davenport with an anecdote from the early life of Elon Musk: "He had such concentration that as a toddler in Montessori school, his teachers would have to pick him up—in his chair—to keep him moving from task to task." And this about Bezos: "His girlfriend from high school had once told an interviewer that Bezos had founded Amazon in order to make enough money to start a space company." Davenport notes that Bezos "conceded that there 'is some truth to that.'"

The pivotal role of four private space companies

Davenport's subject in The Space Barons is the pivotal role of four billionaires and the private space companies they've started in the emergence of the rejuvenated space industry. All four men envision lowering the cost of space travel and making it more accessible—and Davenport makes clear that they have taken great strides toward this goal. Although Musk and Bezos occupy center stage, Paul Allen (cofounder of Microsoft) and Richard Branson (the Virgin companies) also play large roles. Davenport tells the tale with great assurance in prose that is always lively and engaging. He interviewed all four of his subjects and many of their associates (and critics) as well. This is the remarkable story of four self-made billionaires whose great wealth and passion allowed them to pioneer space technology that NASA had grown too old and bureaucratic to develop itself. If humankind ever succeeds in populating the solar system, historians may conclude that the determination and resources of these men were largely responsible.

Four distinctive personalities

Musk, Bezos, Allen, and Branson are very different from one another, though each is undoubtedly brilliant in his own way, and at least three of the four are science fiction fans. Musk is the youngest of the lot—he was born in 1971—and by far the brashest and most impulsive. His company, SpaceX, has made the biggest splash to date and has generated by far the most revenue, but Musk has a bad habit of setting impossible deadlines for what he envisions as the principal goal of his efforts: building a city of one million people on Mars. He has also gotten his way at times only by suing NASA and the Pentagon. By contrast, Bezos and his company, Blue Origin, have been the tortoise to SpaceX's hare ("Slow is smooth and smooth is fast" as compared to "Head down. Plow through the line.") Bezos' highly secretive company has consistently been wary of publicizing its achievements.

Both Musk and Bezos (born in 1964) envision traveling into space on their own rockets. Allen and Branson, who are older—born in 1953 and 1950, respectively—do not contemplate the trip to Mars that Musk hopes to take. Allen's part in the emergence of the new industry was for a time very limited by his fear that lives might be lost in the process; later, however, he staked out a unique project of his own: building a spaceplane larger than any airplane ever built. Branson, who is even more flamboyant than Musk, is all showman and marketer. His contribution was initially to promote the work of aircraft designer Burt Rutan, assuming the controlling interest in Rutan's company in place of Allen and only later getting into the business of building rockets, as Musk and Bezos have been doing for nearly two decades.

Differing views of humanity's future in space

Elon Musk is single-mindedly focused on building a large city on Mars. Jeff Bezos does not share this focus. "'There's all kinds of interesting stuff you can do around the solar system,'" he told Davenport, "'but the thing that's going to move the needle for humanity the most is mining near-Earth objects and building manufacturing infrastructure in place . . . That's the big thing.'" Given the obstacles to living on the surface of Mars that I have learned through other reading, I tend to agree with Bezos.

About the author

Christian Davenport is a reporter for the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos. He acknowledges that it is "somewhat awkward writing a book about someone who could have you fired." However, his editor, Marty Baron, "has made it clear that [the Post] covers Jeff's companies as it would any other" and encouraged him to write the book. The Space Barons is Davenport's second.
Bob Dylan (Debut Album) + 12 Bonus Tracks
Bob Dylan (Debut Album) + 12 Bonus Tracks
This is an excellent version of Dylan's debut album and provdes a lot more of his early music. It adds to the Dylan material I have available for use on my radio programs.
Doctor Strange Masterworks Vol. 5 (Doctor Strange (1974-1987))
Doctor Strange Masterworks Vol. 5 (Doctor Strange (1974-1987))
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange, vol. 5 collects issues #9-14 of Marvel Premiere, originally published between 1973 and 1974, and issues #1-9 of Doctor Strange, published between 1974 and 1975. It should be noted, however, that Marvel Premiere #11 and Doctor Strange #3 contained reprints framed by only a few pages of original material--only the original material is collected here. Like other Marvel Masterworks editions, this is a beautiful hardback with low-gloss archival paper, brilliant colors, finished boards (with silver foil-stamping), and a sewn binding. Extras include Introductions by both Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner, art for Marvel Treasury Edition #6 (a reprint collection originally published in 1975), a Doctor Strange try-out page by Brunner, a preliminary cover sketch to Marvel Premiere #14 (also by Brunner), two pages of original art by Brunner and Dick Giordano, Brunner's original pencil art (later altered) for Doctor Strange #2, a house ad, and the cover from Doctor Strange/Silver Dagger Special Edition #1 (another reprint collection published in 1983).

Brunner's pencils for the Marvel Premiere issues and the first five issues of Doctor Strange are the big draw of this collection. Carefully detailed and heavily psychedelic, and featuring a highly creative approach to layout design, Brunner's pencils here (particularly once paired with Giordano's ink-work) are some of the best art to come out of Marvel in the early '70s. Fans of Jim Starlin's early '70s work on Warlock (collected in 
Barilla Pasta, Jumbo Shells, 12 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Barilla Pasta, Jumbo Shells, 12 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
These noodles are great! So let me clarify a few things. One box has 16 strips of dry lasagna noodles. This is enough for a full size lasagna. I placed 4 strips on the bottom of the pan and overlapped them about 1/2 inch. I also broke off the corners of the pieces that were placed on the edge in order for the noodles to be placed closer to the sides of the dish. Thus, one box provided 4 layers of noodles. It's hard to imagine the first time that you use them that these dry noodles are somehow going to get soft when you bake the lasagna. But, they do and they taste great! You can now make lasagna for everyone and they won't know the difference. Enjoy!
The Dame Edna Experience - The Complete Collection (Series 1/2 & Specials)
The Dame Edna Experience - The Complete Collection (Series 1/2 & Specials)
Now you can get it all in one space. How spooky! And how gorgeous.

Dame Edna's talk show, which she explains is actually a monologue interrupted by total strangers, must be seen to be believed. Not for the faint of heart (she can find a double-entendre hiding inside of silence), her guests are sent up without mercy by this genius of the stage. They range from a "terrified" Sean Connery to Joan Rivers to Larry Hagman to Germaine Greer (an old school chum, actually) on an all-girls night, to former Ministers (including Prime), all of whom struggle to keep up with Dame Edna's wit and energy (you will hang on to your chair for dear life when she begins to dance), and manage to laugh at their own failure to do so--I have yet to see someone manage to hold their own when face to face with her. With a crack research staff, she manages to know and confront her guests with what they seemed to have thought were secrets from dim memory--if you've ever caught her on Jay Leno's show, you'll have seen the deer caught in the headlights look her guests end up wearing as she drops some piquant morsel "just between us," on national television, lovingly says the most appalling things to her "celebrity guests," all in the name of "caring and sharing" with her "adoring public." I guarantee that you'll be laughing so hard it hurts, especially when she uses her state-of-the-art technology to abort interviews in astonishingly final ways.

To understand the genuine genius behind this character, read John Lahr's book, "Dame Edna and the Rise of Western Civilization" and you will be impressed by the thought and purpose of Barry Humphries work in the creation of Dame Edna. Frequently mis-labeled a "transvestite" and rather strangely slotted into "gay-themed" entertainment in this country, while adored in Britain by all sorts (I once had an hour-long discussion with one of the Beef-Eaters at the Tower of London about which interview was the funniest), Dame Edna is a character so thoroughly and consciously created that her autobiography, "My Gorgeous Life," was shelved at bookstores in the Non-Fiction department, helping to further blur the line between character and real person. First appearing about 30 years ago in Australia as a satiric commentary on the aspiration to mediocrity that Barry Humphries observed in his country, Dame Edna was at first merely an "ordinary housewife" who appeared on stage and on telly to indict what Humphries felt was his countryman's complete oblivion to art, literature, and in fact anything beyond the acquisition of goods that personified what we in America call "keeping up with the Jones'". Eventually the character emigrated to England, where she became a Housewife and Superstar, friend to the Queen, advisor to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and long-distance confidant to the bewildered president, Mr. Reagan, who has phoned her while she was taping to ask if he was still the President. In Thatcher's brutal England where the poor were mercilessly cut loose and the emphasis on middle-class consumption was at an all-time high, Edna came into her own, receiving her status as a Dame of the Empire, and taking Ms. Thatcher's own words, "care and share," and using them to draw attention to the ultimate hypocrisy and cruelty of the PM's regime. With her silent Bride's Maid and Traveling Companion," Madge (played by Emily Perry, who is one of the world's greatest mimes--no, not the leotard & white-faced sort--the silent actor sort), who is used to receive her mistresses' most pointed barbs and to be a foil to Edna's blatant self-absorption, she finds a way to decimate her guests while never once losing their good-will towards herself. Nor does she lose ours, as her genius is saying that which we are all thinking, but would never dare to utter. By doing this, she takes us along on the ride of our lives, as both celebrities and we willing serve ourselves up to her gratefully, glad to bask in the reflection of her glory for just a few moments.

See her live in a city near you--she tours constantly--but don't sit in the first 6 rows, unless you're willing to end up on stage yourself at the end of the show, and see for yourselves what it is to serve yourself up!-- but until then, enjoy watching her treat celebrities like ordinary people, just as she treats the ordinary people in her audiences as celebrities. This Mega-star of the extraordinary face furniture, 100% natural Wisteria-colored hair, and razor-sharp mind will keep you entertained to within an inch of your life.
113 Minutes (BookShots)
113 Minutes (BookShots)
This small novel , 139 pages, was a thrift shop find for 50 cents. James Patterson - how could you go wrong ? An Alex Cross murder thriller which can be read in several hours. I see there are about 60 of these BOOKSHOTS (150 pages or less) and more due in 2017-18 and so my intent is to order them all from cheap used paper back sellers . This venue is perfect for people that enjoy the genre but don't want the burden of long novel reading. Fast paced with lots of twists and possibilities for the reader to envision.
Finn and Hengest (Old English and English Edition)
Finn and Hengest (Old English and English Edition)
For all of you Middle Earth fans, the appendices in "The Lord of the Rings" were just games. This is the real thing.

Tolkien was a heavyweight scholar before he published a word of fiction. In his admittedly narrow academic circle, he was a famous man before ever there was a Hobbit. This book is based on lectures delivered by Tolkien over a period of years. Tolkien being Tolkien, he never got around to publishing them and he never stayed his hand from making changes. They have been deciphered, collated and edited into coherent form by a younger man, Alan Bliss, no mean feat of scholarship in itself.

The Dark Age was not entirely dark, nor were the Germanic barbarians wholly devoid of culture. Beyond a shadow of doubt, they possessed full-scale epics and many shorter heroic songs and lays. Many were gathered together by Alcuin, the great Anglo-Saxon scholar imported into the court of Charlemagne. When the mighty emperor died, he was succeeded by his son, then known as Louis the Debonaire, but more accurately called Louis the Pious by later generations. When Louis came in, out went his father's mistresses and his secular books. "What has Ingeld [an epic hero mentioned in Beowulf] to do with Christ?" asked Alcuin, now an enthusiastic book burner. [However, see the first comment shown below this review.]

In our time, just one full-scale Germanic epic survives, Beowulf--and that clung to life in only a single copy. A pitifully few fragments of another large-scale poem, Waldhere, the epic of Walter of Aquitaine's conflict with his best friend and direst enemy, Hagen the Niblung, were found in the binding of an old book. Tolkien's book deals with a third epic story, the tale of Hengist, a hero who is caught in a particularly nasty moral dilemma. He had not only survived the death in battle of Hnaef, his prince, a dicey enough thing by the standards of his heroic age, but he had reached a truce with the foreign king who had killed Hnaef. The epic question was "What does a noble warrior do next?" The question was so interesting to the warrior society of Germanic barbarism, that two versions of the tale survive. One is a longish poem-within-a-poem quoted in Beowulf and the other is a tiny fragment of the whole epic, the episode that leads up to death of Prince Hnaef.

The tale was obviously so well known that neither the Beowulf poet nor the unknown skald of the Fragment felt it necessary to explain anything. Tolkien's literary goal was to extract as much sense out of his intractable materials as he could and to attempt reconstruction of the original story.

In addition to that, there is a historic question. Heroic epics are not necessarily tall tales of pure fiction. Hygelac, Beowulf's king, is a quite historical character. A contemporary monkish chronicler in Latin fully agrees with the Anglo-Saxon epic poet that Hygelac died in a disastrous raid on the Frisian Islands fairly close to 520 A.D. Beowulf, Hygelac's henchman and successor, heard of Hengist's dilemma as an old story, something from two or three generation earlier. Now, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle tells us that one Hengest, who led the wave of Anglo-Saxon invaders and died as King of Kent, landed on British soil in 449 A.D. Were Hengist and Hengest the same man? The times seem to coincide, and there is no other Hengist or Hengest on surviving record. Could a warrior named Hengest, likely an Angle, so thoroughly have blotted his copybook by outliving his prince that there was no place left for him in German lands? Was he forced to carve out his own new kingdom in Britain?

Read this book and then return to Middle Earth. Compare Tolkien's warrior princes with the originals on whom they were based. Revisit those appendices to "The Lord of the Rings" and compare the caricature of scholarship with the real thing.

For those who can brave the trip, five stars.
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
Catherine Cookson's The Moth
An excellent story, perfectly fine. The quality of the DVD is perfect and it was timely delivered and securely packaged.
Un'aquila nel cielo (La Gaja scienza Vol. 135) (Italian Edition)
Un'aquila nel cielo (La Gaja scienza Vol. 135) (Italian Edition)
Wilbur Smith è senz'altro un maestro nel creare quella tensione narrativa che tiene il lettore avvinto al racconto. Che gli fa sempre desiderare di sapere cosa accade alla pagina seguente, anche se è ormai notte fonda e magari gli occhi iniziano a bruciare.
In questo libro, oltre alla tecnica narrativa, c'è la particolare scelta di ingredienti estremi a rendere la pietanza particolarmente gustosa: David Morgan l'eroe ricchissimo, bellissimo e ribelle; Debra Mordecai, l'eroina bellissima e capace ma in difficoltà; altri personaggi estremamente caratterizzati come "il Brig" ed Ella; tutti in una sequenza di situazioni estreme e straordinarie che il lettore vive con il cuore che accelera il battito.
Non è il mio genere, ma avevo bisogno di risollevarmi dopo una lettura decisamente pesante e Wilbur Smith ha svolto il suo compito in modo impeccabile. Quindi lo consiglio assolutamente a chi cerca una lettura da filmone Hollywoodiano.
L'e-book italiano ha una quantità spropositata di piccoli ma evidenti errori di battitura e di punteggiatura che disturbano un po'.
Siddhartha (Modern Library Classics)
Siddhartha (Modern Library Classics)
Amazingly written book. The story flows like a silent river imparting spiritual wisdom. This is so much of a spiritual text than a regular story. Set in ancient India, the story is about the journey of a man out to discover himself and learn the lessons of life with his own experiences. The essence of the narrative is in how he goes through the various stages of his life and is being transformed. I am sure I will read this book again in the future. Probably more than once. I am sure that with every read, I will discover a different perspective from the content.
Murder, London - Australia (Inspector West)
Murder, London - Australia (Inspector West)
Its great to see John Creaseys novels now on kindle. I thought this story extremely interesting and as always the action narrative never stops. I love his work and plan now to look at the other Inspector West novels that I remember reading years ago when they were available in both libraries and paperback. Such a prolific writer as he was, I wonder how he was able to lead a normal life. I am also looking forward to reading the Gideon novels.
Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Dies ist ein wirklich schönes Motiv und wer Harry Potter mag, für den sicherlich ein Muss.
Die Teile sind gut verarbeitet, dennoch empfand ich es als schwer, die vielen dunklen Teile waren gar nicht so einfach zu händeln. Dazu kam, dass es ein paar besondere Puzzleformen darin gab, was es für mich noch schwerer machte.
Prank Pack “iDrive” - Wrap Your Real Gift in a Prank Funny Gag Joke Gift Box - by Prank-O - The Original Prank Gift Box | Awesome Novelty Gift Box for Any Adult or Kid!
Prank Pack “iDrive” - Wrap Your Real Gift in a Prank Funny Gag Joke Gift Box - by Prank-O - The Original Prank Gift Box | Awesome Novelty Gift Box for Any Adult or Kid!
If it's worth the price to you, which is not a great deal of money but for something that provides only a short time of surprise and fun, then I recommend any in the series of these prank boxes. You put your real gift inside (check dimensions of the box so you know it will fit), cushioned as necessary, then give the gift in the prank boxes, which looks real enough to puzzle and worry people.

I gave three this year: the iDrive one shown here to our oldest daughter (supposedly a way of attaching your iPad or other tablet to a car steering wheel so you can use it while driving, obviously a terribly bad idea!), the "speaker slippers" to another daughter whole loves music and always has earphones on her head, and the "ultimate chores" video game to our son who likes serious war video games. Some of the kids had seen these same boxes elsewhere (e.g., [...]) and knew what they were but even they had to laugh, and we "got" the others in the family. So, these are fun, and if things work out they can be used more than once, just don't seal them up with such tough tape that they tear when being opened!
Witch Broom Halloween Pens - 12 Pack (Quidditch Hogwarts Style Broom Pens)
Witch Broom Halloween Pens - 12 Pack (Quidditch Hogwarts Style Broom Pens)
I bought these for my best friend's Harry Potter themed baby shower. These are so cute! They also write really well, they glide smoothly. The only downside is that the brooms do shed a lot. Before I got them out the bag there is a pile of broom hairs at the bottom of the bag. And they proceeded to shed all over the tables.
A Feast of Snakes: A Novel
A Feast of Snakes: A Novel
Combing components of Faulkner (southern despair and alcoholism) and Dante's Inferno (a demonic obsession with snakes), Crews has taken a common premise and raised it to the mythical. The premise, a twenty-something Joe Lon Mackey is stuck in a trailer home with a woman he loathes and several hungry children while he escapes with recent memories of his glory football days, drinking moonshine, and helping the town with its annual snake festival. Vipers are a prominent image in this novel, which is, among other things, a refutation of unchecked masculinity. The men in this novel thrive on violence and primal expressions of masculinity to fill their void. It is this need to fill the void with a demonic energy that informs the novel's viper metaphor.

The plot is easy to follow enough. We watch Joe Lon Mackey and others go down a descent of debauchery as they seethe with rage and resentment, partly because they sense there is a better life out there and partly because they have no real vision of what that better life could be.

With a parallel to The Great Gatsby, we see Joe Lon Mackey long for his high school sweetheart, Berenice, a stuckup cipher who thinks she's superior to all the locals after she leaves to town to go to an elitist college in the north east. Her world becomes the chimera in the way that Daisey's became a chimera or a mirage to Gatsby.

For all its nihilitic despair and Dantean violence, there is enough humor in this novel to keep it bouyant. It is also a short, terse 175 pages, crammed with themes about the chimera, the lost American Dream, male violence, tribalistic bonding rituals, racism, and the need for some kind of "religion," even a venomous one, in order to fill the abyss.
The Metropolitan Mother Goose
The Metropolitan Mother Goose
I was fortunate to come across this little paperbound book in my local thrift store. It is beautifully illustrated by Emma Clark and each nursery rhyme has been revised by Elizabeth C. Watson to have a happy ending (i.e, Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard was filled with wholesome food!) But Clark's illustrations are really the stars here - so adorable and whimsical. It's a real keeper for anyone who loves vintage children's books.
SocketScan S700, 1D Imager Barcode Scanner, Green
SocketScan S700, 1D Imager Barcode Scanner, Green
I cannot find a fix to this online. My scanner got replaced with a new one by the manufacturer but the same problem persists. Scanner remains on. Connection drops. I use my scanner with Lightspeed POS on iPad Pro 12. The issue gets resolved temporarily if i turn the scanner off and back on. I have other scanners I use by Socket Mobile and they work great. I hope someone has a solution to this issue. My Amazon return window has already closed in July, 2019. Help!
Rainbow Balloon Garland Arch Kit - 136 pcs Latex Assorted Multicolor Balloons 16ft, Carnival Party Supplies, Oh Baby Shower Colorful Circus Theme Birthday Multi Color Backdrop Decorations Fiesta Décor
Rainbow Balloon Garland Arch Kit - 136 pcs Latex Assorted Multicolor Balloons 16ft, Carnival Party Supplies, Oh Baby Shower Colorful Circus Theme Birthday Multi Color Backdrop Decorations Fiesta Décor
My husband and I set this up for our daughters kindergarten graduation. She loved it! Set up was pretty easy. Blowing up some of the balloons was difficult but we managed. Like another customer said we were a little disappointed that only 3 gold balloons came in our kit but not a big deal. We set up the night before and the balloons maintained their volume for about 3 days before they started losing air. It took my husband and I 1 1/2 hours from the time we started blowing up balloons until we finished hanging the garland. Both our kids were alseep so we had no distractions. A good rule for set up is to blow up all your balloons first. Roll out the plastic strip and place the confetti balloons throughout the strip. Then fill in the gaps with the other balloons. We didn't use all of the white or navy balloons in the kit and it was still full and beautiful. I would definitely order again.
Look Away
Look Away
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Die 18-jährige Maria (India Eisley) wird in der Schule ausgegrenzt und fühlt sich von ihren Eltern nicht verstanden, bis plötzlich ihr Spiegelbild damit beginnt, ein ihrem Charakter entgegen gesetztes Eigenleben zu führen. Von Tag zu Tag scheint die mysteriöse Identität im Spiegel zunehmend mehr die Persönlichkeit der jungen Frau zu beeinflussen und in ihrer Dominanz die Kontrolle über das Handeln und die Gefühle von Maria zu übernehmen, deren gutmütige Eigenschaften immer weiter in den Hintergrund gedrängt werden.
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Gelungene Thriller sind in Zeiten vorschnell auf den Markt geworfener Filme und um sich greifender Kostensenkungsbestrebungen insbesondere innerhalb der so wichtigen Post-Produktion zur Seltenheit geworden. Der in Israel geborene Regisseur Assaf Bernstein (TV-Serie "Fauda") hat sich trotz eines stark limitierten Budgets an die Umsetzung seines eigenen Drehbuchs in klassischer 'Böser-Zwilling'-Manier (Stephen Kings "Stark" lässt grüßen) getraut und ein nicht uninteressantes und qualitativ wirklich ansprechend ins Bild gesetztes, rund 95 Minuten langes Low-Budget-Psycho-Duell kreiert. Dabei hat er sich zwar etlicher altbekannter Versatzstücke bedient und kann nichts Neues anbieten, konnte das von ihm in den Fokus gerückte 'Coming-Of-Age'-Motiv jedoch atmosphärisch stimmungsvoll, und mit minimalen Gruselelementen gespickt, inszenieren.
Maßgeblich unterstützt wurde er von dem in Uruguay geborenen Kameramann Pedro Luque ("Extinction", "Dios Local"), dem Editor Danny Rafic ("Das Jerico-Projekt", "The Iceman"), der als Visual-Effects-Editor beispielsweise auch für Marvels "The Avengers" oder "Thor" tätig war, und dem noch unerfahrenen, aber talentierten Art-Director Mike Mulhall ("Nomis"). Gemeinsam gelang es dem Gespann, eine ansprechende, düstere Optik im 2.40:1-Bildformat zu erzeugen, die zwar stellenweise farblich etwas unterkühlt daher kommt, aber trotzdem durchaus mitreißend ist. Die dezent eingestreuten, aber gekonnt realisierten Spezialeffekte wurden unter der Aufsicht des international agierenden Jean-Michel Boublil ("A Most Wanted Man") angefertigt, der übrigens seine Karriere unter anderem bei dem in Deutschland ansässigen Unternehmen 'RISE Visual Effects Berlin' begann (das inzwischen an der SFX-Umsetzung vieler Marvel-Filme beteiligt ist) und erste Erfahrungen bei "Die drei ??? - Das verfluchte Schloss" und "Der rote Baron" sammelte.
Die Synchronisation und die Sound-Effekte erscheinen hochwertig und der Soundtrack von Mario Grigorov ("The Paperboy") ist gelungen, ohne jedoch in besonderem Maße hervor zu stechen. Unter den Produzenten befanden sich neben dem Regisseur selbst auch Brad Kaplan ("Submerged - Gefangen in der Tiefe") und Dana Lustig ("Jungle"). Die Schauspieler agieren durch die Bank weg mit viel Spaß an der Sache. Allen voran die beeindruckende, 26-jährige Newcomerin India Eisley ("Kite - Engel der Rache", "Underworld Awakening") und der erfahrene Theaterdarsteller Jason Isaacs ("Event Horizon", "Harry Potter", "Der Patriot", TV-Serie "Star Trek Discovery"). Den besten Job überhaupt bekleidet jedoch - das muss man sich neidvoll eingestehen - Matt Webber ("Siberia - Tödliche Nähe", "Mothers Day"/Remake, "The Lazarus Project", "Die Regeln der Gewalt"), seines Zeichens ein so genanntes 'Stand-In-Double'. Mal ganz ehrlich: Geld zu verdienen, indem man bei Probeaufnahmen für Beleuchtungszwecke in der Gegend herum steht oder mal eben durch das Bild läuft, ist schon ein ziemlich cooler Job.
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"Look Away" verkörpert - ähnlich wie die kürzlich erschienene, etwas simpler gestrickte Produktion "Let Her Out" - einen soliden und modernen Genre-Beitrag aus Kanada, der die üblichen Elemente eines "Vanishing-Twin'-Psycho-Thrillers zu einer unterhaltsamen Grusel-Mixtur zusammenfügt. Wenngleich die zur Verfügung stehenden Finanzmittel begrenzt waren, kommt kein negatives Low-Budget-Feeling auf, da sowohl die Visualisierung, als auch die Vertonung recht gut gelungen sind. Das Drehbuch nimmt sich allerdings Zeit, um die ihm zugrunde liegende Geschichte zu erzählen. Das muss man mögen.
Sammler und Gelegenheitskonsumenten, die viel Tempo benötigen, um einem Film auf Dauer Unterhaltungswerte abgewinnen zu können, dürften möglicherweise die etwas behäbige Erzählgeschwindigkeit bemängeln. Zuschauer, die hingegen Spaß an der detaillierten Entfaltung der zu beobachtenden Charaktere haben und über geringfügige Längen hinweg sehen können, sollten durchaus auf ihre Kosten kommen, insofern sie "Look Away" als gelungenen B-Movie betrachten und nicht in einen direkten Vergleich mit millionenschweren US-Blockbustern setzen. Der 'All-Time-World-Wide-Box-Office'-Rang auf Platz 13.091 wird den - obgleich manch geringfügiger Einschränkung definitiv vorhandenen - Qualitäten des Films jedenfalls keinesfalls gerecht. In den letzten Jahren wurde so viel Schlechteres auf den Markt geworfen.
Die Altersfreigabe ab 16 Jahren ist aufgrund einiger (weniger) Gewaltspitzen und durch die insgesamt eher düstere Stimmung des Films durchaus gerechtfertigt. Ein exzessives Blut-Gemetzel gibt es bei "Look Away" allerdings nicht zu bestaunen. Die Vier-Sterne-Bewertung bezieht sich auf eine Gegenüberstellung mit vergleichbaren Arbeiten wie "Let Her Out", wobei dieser Film beispielsweise drei Sterne verdient hätte.
The Corporation That Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational
The Corporation That Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational
This is the story of the East India Company, also known as the John Company. It was founded in the late 1500's and finally dissolved around 1880. This is probably the longest running corporation, complete with shareholders and "servants" (employees). It became a huge economic power, even a leading cause of the American Revolution (they asked Parliament to ban non-John Co tea imports into the American Colonies, which led to the Boston Tea Party), as well as a monopoly controlling imports from India and, later in the 1800's, from China. Like the American auto industry, the John Company was bailed out several times by the government, who eventually set up a committee to take control away from its Directors. Perhaps their worst failing of all, the EIC illegally imported opium from India into China, breaking into the Chinese market (and leading to huge societal issues among the Chinese of the period). This book details all of this and more, providing an in depth look into the biggest example of a global corporation that helped topple governments. For the most part, this is an excellent read. One or two areas are a bit unclear, specifically the financial details of how the corporation ran & dealt with shareholders (I think the author assumes more financial knowledge based on modern corporate structure). One thing I found incredibly interesting is the fact that, given all the incredible history of London, if you walk to the corner of Leadenhall & Lime Street, near Lloyd's of London, you will find NOTHING (no markers, signs, etc.) that mentions the fact that EIC's headquarters once stood on that spot. An interesting book that seems well researched, perfect for anyone with a little historical knowledge of the company and British history.
Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World
Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World
It isn't fair to call this a 24-Chapter Info-Mercial, but that's pretty close. The instructor is chronically hyper-excited about his anecdotes, and speaks at great length about very little. Approx. 30% of lecture time is given over to sports score comparisons, and another 20% to politics, while barely mentioning the merchandising, spying, and election rigging which are, after all, the main purpose of Data Analytics. There's practically nothing about the nuts and bolts of Data gathering, manipulation, and the rampant invasion of privacy that this involves. If you have any background in Computer Science or related fields, you'll find very little here; there's probably enough material for six lectures.
Sleep Headphones Bluetooth V5.0 Sport Headband Headphones Wireless with Ultra-Thin HD Stereo Speakers,Birthday Gifts for Him/Her/Dad/Teen,Perfect for Running Side Sleepers Air Travel Yoga Relaxation
Sleep Headphones Bluetooth V5.0 Sport Headband Headphones Wireless with Ultra-Thin HD Stereo Speakers,Birthday Gifts for Him/Her/Dad/Teen,Perfect for Running Side Sleepers Air Travel Yoga Relaxation
OH. MY. GOD! I normally let several products build up & then write a bunch of reviews together but I've just spent my first night with these babys & I think they've saved my marriage. My husband works really hard & starts really early in the morning so goes to sleep really early too but he snores like a combine harvester & by the time I'm ready to sleep he's in full baritone, window rattling flow. We've tried all the over the counter options & surgery is the only thing left. Well my phone must have been listening in at me moaning about my ear buds stabbing into my ears when I turn on my side & strangling me with wires at 4am because an advert on Facebook suggested some sleep headphones & for once I'm so glad it did. They were from some American site which is something I hate about facebook as I'm not interested in the long wait or extra import costs so I thought I'd look on Amazon & boom! There they are!
I went for these slightly more expensive ones because I do find cheap earphones die pretty quickly & the extra few quid saves on the cost of replacing all the time. Now, it's only been the first night but I'm hopelessly in love, I've been singing their praises on all my podcast facebook groups & subreddits, they're so comfy & to be able to wander to the fridge or the loo without disturbance is wonderful
I'm only 24hrs in but I do believe they've saved my marriage. I haven't tested them working out because I do Yoga & like to hear the instructor so thats not what I bought them for. The only thing I would like is a little velcro patch to tighten them slightly but as others have done I'll just put a little stitch in them. So far they're my favourite purchase of 2020!
Alen BreatheSmart 45i Air Purifier for Large Rooms up to 800 Sqft, H13 True HEPA, Air Quality Auto Sensor, Removes Allergens while Eliminates Bacteria, Germs, Mold, Odors, in White
Alen BreatheSmart 45i Air Purifier for Large Rooms up to 800 Sqft, H13 True HEPA, Air Quality Auto Sensor, Removes Allergens while Eliminates Bacteria, Germs, Mold, Odors, in White
Habe das Gerät seit einem Tag im Betrieb und bin bisher begeistert. Der Alen BreatheSmart 45i macht einen sehr wertigen und robusten Eindruck, ähnlich wie ein Gerät aus der Medizintechnik. Der Luftdurchsatz durch den Filter ist bereits in der kleinsten Betriebsstufe, in der der Ventilator kaum zu hören ist, enorm hoch. Es ist ein sehr gut durchdachtes Gerät, die Inbetriebnahme und Bedienung sind einfach und intuitiv. Der Filter gab bei Inbetriebnahme keinen Geruch ab.

Mir wurde zunächst irrtümlicherweise ein Gerät ausgeliefert, das für den Markt im UK bestimmt war und daher nicht den passenden Netzstecker für deutsche Schuko-Dosen hatte. Das Problem wurde sehr professionell, schnell und umstandslos von Alen International zu meiner vollkommenen Zufriedenheit gelöst.
Haribo Balla-Balla Negros Gominolas - 1000 gr
Haribo Balla-Balla Negros Gominolas - 1000 gr
No buscaba esto. Quería regaliz pero fue lo encontré por Amazon, me anime para ayudar a pasar el confinamiento, en las tardes de sofá. De sabor regular pero cunde mucho los 500 grs. y cumplió bien el objetivo que buscaba, un capricho en el confinamiento, ya que las tiendas de chuches estaban cerradas.
Botella de agua con infusor de frutas, 32 onzas: agua con sabor y té para hidratación, recipiente deportivo de batido de proteínas, tapa a prueba de fugas, cesta larga infusor – con manga, cepillo limpiador y bola de mezcla
Botella de agua con infusor de frutas, 32 onzas: agua con sabor y té para hidratación, recipiente deportivo de batido de proteínas, tapa a prueba de fugas, cesta larga infusor – con manga, cepillo limpiador y bola de mezcla
Great water bottle with triple function
Here are what it includes: a bottle with long infuser basket, an insulated sleeve, a mix ball, and a cleaner brush. I like the insulating sleeve because it keeps my drink cold longer. When I’m in a rush, I just remove the infuser basket, fill the bottle with ice water and add in some slice of lemon. My favorited recipe is pineapple with mint leave. I cut pineapple in small pieces and drop them in the bottom together with some mint leaves and fill the bottle with soda water and ice. My water taste great with this combination of fresh fruit & herb. Another recipe I like is cucumber with mint leave. I place sliced cucumbers and mint leaves to infuser basket, and fill the bottle with water, then put it in the fridge overnight to get best flavor. I can convert this bottle to “Blender Bottle” with the mix ball. I love this bottle for its durable and useful function.
Happy-Lab Red Power Té Infusión - 14 pirámides
Happy-Lab Red Power Té Infusión - 14 pirámides
Como otros que he probado, la presentación y el empaquetado son de muy buena calidad. En cuanto al producto, también es de calidad, se nota a simple vista al coger una bolsita. En cuanto al sabor, a mi particularmente me agrada mucho, un color rojo oscuro intenso y un sabor entre te, flores y frutos muy agradable, es una delicia beber esta infusión. La composición es: Té rojo Pu-Erh, papaya, pasa, frambuesa, flor de hibisco, pétalo de rosa. Y puedo decir que se aprecian muchos de estos sabores. Como en otros, es un poquito caro, pero vamos, que sale igual que una capsula nespresso, y tenemos un producto de calidad.

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