Mira Reed

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jQuery: A Beginner's Guide
jQuery: A Beginner's Guide
jQuery: A Beginner's Guide by John Pollock. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Practical Multiple-Page Apps with ASP.NET Core and Angular Elements: Building Modern Multiple-Page Web Applications using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, Angular Elements, WebPack, RxJS, and Mini-SPAs
Practical Multiple-Page Apps with ASP.NET Core and Angular Elements: Building Modern Multiple-Page Web Applications using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, Angular Elements, WebPack, RxJS, and Mini-SPAs
Practical Multiple-Page Apps with ASP.NET Core and Angular Elements: Building Modern Multiple-Page Web Applications using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages, Angular Elements, WebPack, RxJS, and Mini-SPAs by Jack Xu. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Shadow Keeper
The Shadow Keeper
The Shadow Keeper by Abi Elphinstone. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Shirley
Shirley
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, Anna Bentinck, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 194 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
C. N. WILLIAMSON & A. N. WILLIAMSON Ultimate Collection: 30+ Mystery Classics & Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated): Where the Path Breaks, A ... York, The Castle of the Shadows and more
C. N. WILLIAMSON & A. N. WILLIAMSON Ultimate Collection: 30+ Mystery Classics & Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated): Where the Path Breaks, A ... York, The Castle of the Shadows and more
C. N. WILLIAMSON & A. N. WILLIAMSON Ultimate Collection: 30+ Mystery Classics & Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated): Where the Path Breaks, A ... York, The Castle of the Shadows and more by Charles Norris Williamson, Alice Muriel Williamson, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie, John Rubenstein, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 729 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Christine - FIRST EDITION - VG +++
Christine - FIRST EDITION - VG +++
Christine - FIRST EDITION - VG +++ by Stephen King. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learning Java through Alice 3
Learning Java through Alice 3
Learning Java through Alice 3 by Dr. Tebring Daly and Eileen Wrigley. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learning Penetration Testing with Python
Learning Penetration Testing with Python
Learning Penetration Testing with Python by Christopher Duffy. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Project for Beginners
PHP Project for Beginners
PHP Project for Beginners by Vaishali Shah and Sharanam Shah. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide by Ian Abramson , Michael Abbey, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learn Objective-C on the Mac
Learn Objective-C on the Mac
Learn Objective-C on the Mac by (MEI )DA ER LIN PU ER (Dalrymple.M. ) (MEI )NA SI TE (Knaster.S. )ZHU GAO CHAO QIN DENG YI. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Hello! iOS Development
Hello! iOS Development
Hello! iOS Development by Lou Franco and Eitan Mendelowitz. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
The World of Tom Clancy's The Division
The World of Tom Clancy's The Division
The World of Tom Clancy's The Division by Ubisoft. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 86 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Moderne Webanwendungen für .NET-Entwickler: Server-Anwendungen, Web APIs, SPAs & HTML-Cross-Platform-Anwendungen mit ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core, JavaScript, TypeScript & Angular (Animals) (German Edition)
Moderne Webanwendungen für .NET-Entwickler: Server-Anwendungen, Web APIs, SPAs & HTML-Cross-Platform-Anwendungen mit ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core, JavaScript, TypeScript & Angular (Animals) (German Edition)
Da ich mich mittlerweile über 15 Jahre beruflich mit Web-/Windows-Entwicklung beschäftige und sehr viel mit Legacy Systemen herumschlagen muss (ASP, ASP.NET Webforms, Winforms, WPF), habe ich es bis heute nicht wirklich geschafft, mich im Detail mit modernen Webtechnologien vertraut und sattelfest zu machen (MVC, JS Frameworks, SPA,...). Das war dann auch der Grund warum ich mir dieses Buch zugelegt habe, da laut der Kurzbeschreibung genau ich mich ("alte .NET Enwickler) zur Zielgruppe des Werkes zähle.
Was man hier allerdings bekommt ist eine Art "Mega Lexikon der modernen Webentwicklung" in Ausmaßen eines "Telefonbuches", und bis jetzt habe ich nicht wirklich eine für mich geeignete Methode finden können, das Ganze durchzulesen, was schon aus Zeitgründen 2 Jahre dauern dürfte. Als Bettlektüre ist es also nicht geeignet. Und wenn man sich schon "alte Entwickler" als Zielgruppe annimmt, sollte man bedenken, dass es mit der Lesekraft im reiferen Alter auch nicht mehr so gut bestellt ist. Für mich ist es bei so einer kleinen Schrift praktisch ummöglich zu nächtlicher Stunde überhaupt noch was sinnerfassend zu erkennen. Und ich bin dann doch noch nicht soweit auf eine Gleitsichtbrille umzusteigen. So habe ich dann nochmals ein paar Euro für eine O'Reilly Mitgliedschaft ausgegeben, um an die PDF Version des Buches zu kommen, um es wenigstens am Tablet / Ebook Reader (mit größeren Font) lesen zu können. Mal sehen ob ich jetzt wirklich die Muse finde, mir das anzutun.
Letztendlich muss man ja auch sagen, dass Bücher dieser Art nach ein paar Monaten schon nicht mehr ganz aktuell sind, da die Entwicklung einfach zu rasch voranschreitet.
Wer aber eine Art Gesamtwerk zum Thema Webentwicklung (auf MS Basis) auf dem Stand 2019 sucht und sich von dem etwas akademischen Schreibstil nicht abschrecken lässt, wird an dem Buch möglicherweise Gefallen finden (sogar das junge Thema "BLAZOR" wird angeschnitten). Für ein schnelles und vor allem verständliches "Upgrade" meines Wissenstandes bzgl. Web Technologien ist es allerdings nur bedingt geeignet.
Romance of Gathering Old Songs - typescript
Romance of Gathering Old Songs - typescript
Romance of Gathering Old Songs - typescript by Kate C. Snow. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the TypeScript category.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
If you are looking for an easy to read, fast-paced, bulleted, full of magic formulas, and a quick way to make a fortune book, please look elsewhere. If you are new to investing or even a seasoned investor who feels that you really don't have a grasp of the overall investing scheme, and if you are willing to plow through a lot of reading to extract some basic principles of investment analysis, then reading this book could be well worth your money and time. In his own roundabout way, the author will lay out for you concepts and answers to questions that you may not have considered relevant.

Notwithstanding the hype evidenced on the book covers and the introduction by the author's son, a highly-regarded and well-known investment manager, the author has credentials that money cannot buy. That would be fifty years of being a successful , professional, private investment manager. In this book, he will bring that experience into play as well focusing on factors that are not covered by the mainstream financial media, or as he refers to them as "the financial community. "

Here are some basic concepts that that the author will cover in his treatise: He will differentiate between a stock trader and stock investor; He will analyze what to buy and when to buy it; He will explain the movement of stocks in general or of a particular stock; He will argue the merits whether to follow the herd or to do otherwise; He will advise you whether to concentrate on intrinsic or extrinsic factors in evaluating a firm's stock; He will give you his opinion of the value of reading reports of the financial community.

Here are three key questions that he will pose and answer: Should you buy cheap or otherwise? How long should you hold on to hold a stock? When should a stock be sold? The author will provide you with his views on the value of historical prices and earnings. He will correlate stock prices with interest rates. The closest the author will come to using numbers is when he lists his fifteen points of what to look for in buying a common stock. And after listing those points, he will highlight that one point that will override the other fourteen points in not buying the stock. In fact, that one point could very well summarize the book in a single word.

As a reader, you will not get buried in a landslide of financial trivia but will learn general techniques and trends of investment analysis that often aren't considered by the statistically-oriented investors. However, in order to glean these gems of intrinisic stock information, you will have to have to forgo charts, illustrations, tables, and financial data commonly presented in stock analysis.
Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing to 100 Million Users and Losing $78 Million: Ultimate Startup Playbook in Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Online Marketing, Leadership & PR
Explosive Growth: A Few Things I Learned While Growing to 100 Million Users and Losing $78 Million: Ultimate Startup Playbook in Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Online Marketing, Leadership & PR
Do you like extremely specific sports analogies applied to business practices? What about the ego of a hedge fund manager for 300 pages? How about a book written by a guy who started a software company with no software background and not the slightest idea how to do it?

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

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

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

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

Not the worst the book I've read this year (and I'm writing this in February) but certainly not 5-star awesome, would read again!!!
An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes
If I look back at the feelings I’ve had for Young Adult books the last couple of years, I have to admit that have been mostly negative. Especially when books got quite the hype, somehow I didn’t get it. So I was a bit reluctant to believe the hype that surrounded this book. With a Goodreads rating of 4,32 stars and a synopsis that hinted at typical Young Adult storylines, I was scared that this was going to be another book that just wasn’t for me. But somehow, I loved it. It has all the elements that should make me not like it, but somehow Sabaa Tahir managed to weave it into a story that hooked me completely.

Laia lives with her brother and her grandparents in the poorer neighbourhoods of the Empire. They are all so called ‘Scholars’, which is a class of people defined by the exact characteristic the name refers to. They are ruled by the Martials, a wealthy and ruthless class of people that are trained specifically to stay in power. Her parents were rebel leaders of the Revolution and were murdered by the Martials. Her brother has been sneaking out during the night for the last few months, but Laia doesn’t want to ask why. When he comes home one night and asks her to hide his sketch book that he always carries with him, she alarmed that he might have done something dangerous. Their house gets raided by Martials and a specially trained assassin, a Silver Masks, because they suspect her brother of working together with the underground rebels who want to overthrow them. They take her brother into custody.

Laia manages to escape and tries to find the rebels her parents leaded so long ago and together with them hatches a plan to infiltrate the Martial academy to get inside information in return for their help in freeing her brother.

The other point-of-view character is Elias Veturius, a boy who is in his last year of training at the Military Academy to become a Silver Mask. However, he doesn’t feel comfortable being this cold, ruthless person they want him to be and he plans to run away after his graduation. He has a best friend, Helene, who he has this strange chemistry with, but his mind is more on escaping his military future than on anything else. His grandfather, Quin Veturius, is the patriarch of the genus Veturius and a powerful, rich man. The curious character in his family though is his mother who is also the Commander of the Military Academy. There’s no love lost between mother and son, which has also soured her relationship with her father, Quin.

When the mysterious and almost mythical Augurs come to fulfil a prophecy they made a long time ago regarding the next Emperor, he has a difficult dilemma put before him. Will he leave, or will he stay and fulfil his destiny and try to make the Empire a better place?

I’ve read some reviews pointing out that the names for the different layers of the society (Scholars, Martials, etc.) are a bit easy and unoriginal. I think I will have to agree with them on this point. It’s not very imaginative and it probably could have had more exotic, made-up names that went with the fantasy world. However, it simplifies the story to a certain degree and that’s not always a bad thing. It gave more room to focus on the character development instead of the world.

It is quite obvious that at some point both main character’s paths will cross and as I mentioned before, this does have typical elements of a Young Adult book, so it seemed pretty likely that they would fall in love. However, both also have other love interest, which make it a bit more tense and uncertain. In the end I really liked the chemistry between all these characters and how it led to certain confrontations, but never seemed to resolve into one particular relationship. It leaves a lot open for the next book, which will have the more romantic souls among us definitely yearning to read more.

I’ve always been a fan of a sort of “games” format in books, where there are for example different trials for the main character(s) to overcome. That’s probably another reason why I liked this book so much. An Ember in the Ashes chose to utilise a darker side of this. These particular scenes were some of the most cruel and emotionally heavy, but somehow it fit very well with the story and only made it stronger. The fact that I didn’t know what the trials were going to be and how they would turn out, added that element of surprise that I love when reading.

I really enjoyed most of the characters. Elias is definitely a complex character and his part of the story was probably my favourite. His internal struggle to do the right thing while being born on the wrong side of the good-evil balance was really powerful. He also had some difficult choices to make and he definitely decided to follow a path I would never have chosen. Another one of my favourites was Helene, his best friend. She’s such a strong and vulnerable person at the same time, it left me rooting for her. She is very loyal to her family and to the Martials, but her loyalty for Elias rivals that which gives her a lot to think about too. The chemistry between them is palpable and made for some enjoyable reading. I think my third favourite character was the kitchen slave Izzi, who grew up in the Military Academy as a kitchen slave to the Commander. She’s like a delicate flower that completely blooms open throughout the book.

I think you can see from this review that the character development for most of the characters was definitely one of the main positives in this book, along with the actual storyline. I already aluded to it earlier, but in terms of worldbuilding we don’t get a lot. It didn’t bother me personally, there was enough going on to distract me from it, but I would love to see a bit more in the next book.

In the end I was really sad when I finished the book because I wanted more. I can’t wait to buy the second book and get reading again, because the book ended on quite a surprising note and I’m dying to know what happens next.
The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company (DIATEINO)
The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company (DIATEINO)
This is an incredible resource for how to get a startup up and running. I've been searching for a how-to guide for years and this was the first that gave a complete roadmap (and many, many, many checklists!). It is information heavy, much like a textbook. And it won't handhold you through certain sections, assuming you have an understanding of basic business practices, management, leadership, securing financing, marketing, etc. But it will show you when and how differently you may implement those tools within the startup timeline.

Unfortunately I have to knock it for half a star because of one nagging issue: the publishers did a bad job with the formatting in the book, and that could make it a difficult read -- or at least awkward -- despite the trove of information it contains. It's like someone who designed PowerPoint presentations for a living decided to layout a book that way. So there are a lot of bullets where there could be a different style of callout and the headers for sections aren't consistent. For instance, the author mentions a list of four elements he'll review in more detail. Then each element will have it's own titled paragraph/passage that isn't numbered. But then the next passage after all four has the same style also--wait, is that five elements? Let me go back and check... For an already info heavy book, it makes for awkward reading. Also, I'm not a fan of the switching to semi-bold, san-serif type when mentioning elements solely for digital, but with a black and white book, you can't do something like change the page color.

If v2 of this book was in color, with better and consistent formatting, sidebars for interesting facts, and different page colors to differentiate between, physical, digital, physical/digital, I'd give it SIX STARS!
The Last Billionaire Henry Ford
The Last Billionaire Henry Ford
I read the original edition years ago, and it gave me a new insight and respect for Henry Ford as a tremendously interesting, even if controversial, American personality. In his own way he was a genius; and as such, had some of the hang ups such people sometimes have. I think you would greatly enjoy and profit from reading this particular book. Some parts are surprising, if not shocking, by today's standards; and many parts will give you a chuckle as you see how he managed to make people love, respect, and work hard for him. And, yes, he did put the world on wheels, and that was a notable feat in itself. I more than a little doubt that any other automobile has ever had such an impact on the entire world as Mr. Ford's little tin "Lizzy" did! The book is a keeper; and I hope you enjoy it. I sure did!
Henry Ford's Boys: The Story of the Wayside Inn Boys School
Henry Ford's Boys: The Story of the Wayside Inn Boys School
My Father went to WIBS and graduated in '39 we believe; and like most of the boys was a ward of the Comm. of MA. He LOVED the School and all our "uncles" were WIBS students. He went to each and every reunion that they had annually. I only wish he had shared MORE of the details of his life with (me)(us). I feel that I don't know most of his life. He NEVER complained, he was ALWAYS grateful to Henry Ford and the WIBS school. He was a HARD WORKER, EXTREMELY ETHICAL, and brought his 4 children up the same way. He stayed married to our Mother until they both died 19 years ago. He was a great PROVIDER AND PROTECTOR of his family. One of his sayings was, I knew if I JUST HAD A FAMILY, I would Have EVERYTHING. He was a Mechanic and had an entrepreneural spirit and had his own successful auto repair business for many years. He was diligent with his earnings and spending. All his qualities are spoken about being taught at the WIBS. I do agree with some of the alulmni that there SHOULD be MANY more schools like this for the Children that are wards of the State(s)and others who have lost their way. They seem to be far better than SEVERAL FOSTER HOMEs in ones life time; some of which are NOT GOOD. I would love to hear from any of you out there with dads/grand-dads who went to WIBS. Are some of you who are still alive having annual reunions still?
Donald Trump Neck Tie Navy and Yellow
Donald Trump Neck Tie Navy and Yellow
Donald Trump Neck Tie Navy and Yellow by undefined. Rated 50 out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Donald Trump" category.
Hard Rain
Hard Rain
It is what it is, "Hard Rain". Maybe messy. Maybe magnificent. Maybe messily magnificent. Despite its remastering for the "Complete Works" box set, there are still a few problems with the somewhat muddy sound, for me. On the other hand, there is definitely an ad hoc energy about it. Personally, I prefer the "Rolling Thunder Bootleg Series" from the same period, by far. This does catch an artist and a band just "going for it" in a slightly shambolic but enthusiastic manner though. It is raw and edgy and, as many have commented in the years since it was released, Dylan was going through a bit of an angry, relationship breakdown period and this undoubtedly affected his gritted teeth, committed performance. Of course, it is a vitally important album, chronologically, in Dylan's career. More so than its musical worth, probably.

It is worth noting that the tracks are taken from two concerts - Fort Collins Colorado and Fort Worth, Texas (the performances from the latter are asterisked below). So, there is not the continuity of a single show. This adds to the disorganised feel of the album. Another observation is that Dylan wore a biblical style head-dress for the Fort Collins show of the sort worn by children in nativity plays. His appearance was, intentional or not, very Messiah-like.

TRACK LISTING

1. Maggie's Farm
2. One Too Many Mornings
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again*
4. Oh Sister*
5. Lady Lady Lay*
6. Shelter From The Storm
7. You're A Big Girl Now
8. I Threw It All Away*
9. Idiot Wind

"Maggie's Farm" is rocking and ramshackle, full of unrestrained vitality. "One Too Many Mornings" is enhanced by some excellent violin from Scarlet Rivera. "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" is done vibrantly, with a catchy bass line from Rob Stoner. Dylan is on fine form, vocally, on this too, doing the wordy song justice, thankfully.

"Oh Sister" again features that lovely violin and a strong delivery from Dylan. "Lady Lady Lay" is a bit muffled, sound-wise, with a bit of background hiss. Maybe it was chucking it down at the time. "Shelter From The Storm" is given a slightly reggae-ish makeover on its verses and it positively bristles with an almost punky anger as Dylan spits and bellows out the lyrics. It is a radical re-working of the reflective number we all know from "Blood On The Tracks". It is quite visceral in places.

"You're A Big Girl Now" has a fetching guitar backing and Dylan's delivery is suitably respectful of the sombre, plaintive original. Nice piano on it too. One of the album's best interpretations. "I Threw It All Away" is the only live performance of it that I have. Unfortunately it is a slightly grating, at times, delivery of one of "Nashville Skyline"'s best songs. Dylan's voice is jarring, as is the unnecessarily clashing guitar sound. Then, of course, there is "Idiot Wind". For many, this is the definitive performance of the song. As far as I know it is the only official live cut of the track. It is certainly the only one I have. It is a snarling, incredibly wired rendition of the song, and by far the best track on the album. Not only is an irked Dylan "up for it" but the band are too. When he sings "I can't feel you anymore..." he sounds close to tears. All his raging glory, indeed.

Overall, despite its cultural importance, for me it is nowhere near his best live work. For a lot of people it is, though, and that is fair enough. I can sort of see why, but I can never get past the less-than-perfect sound.
Natural Organic Eco Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush Adult Medium Nylon Bristles, 100% Plastic Free & Biodegradable Handle & Packaging, Sustainable Dental Care, 4-Pack
Natural Organic Eco Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush Adult Medium Nylon Bristles, 100% Plastic Free & Biodegradable Handle & Packaging, Sustainable Dental Care, 4-Pack
Da tempo volevo passare a uno spazzolino più ecologico e quindi ho deciso di acquistare questo prodotto.
Ci sono molte informazioni (tutte in inglese) sulla scatola, gli spazzolini si presentano bene, però...c'è un però.
Prima di tutto gli spazzolini sono impacchettati singolarmente (cosa che contrasta un po' con l'intenzione eco-friendly con cui ho acquistato questi spazzolini), quindi per ogni confezione c'è una scatola che contiene 4 spazzolini, ognuno nel suo pacchetto di cartoncino. E vabbè.
Dopo di che fra le varie informazioni riportate su quanto siano ecologici e biodegradibili, finalmente si arriva al punto cruciale: le setole sono in nylon e quindi non compostabili. in pratico ho acquistato degli spazzolini in bambù ma per smaltirli correttamente dovrò poi "tirare con una pinza" le setole, in quanto il manico in bambù è compostabile...il nylon no. Mi sembra un po' un non sense.
In definitiva il prodotto è di buona qualità, la durezza delle setole anche, però alcuni elementi non sono del tutto coerenti con l'idea vicina all'ambiente con cui si acquistano questi spazzolini.
Rubie's Costume Co. Men's Doctor Strange Economy Cloak of Levitation
Rubie's Costume Co. Men's Doctor Strange Economy Cloak of Levitation
This was perfect cape. For an adult the fit would be fine but I bought for an 11 yo - so made some adjustments.
The children’s one was not as good and had rounded collar- this one was so much better. I used a circular cutter (similar to pizza cutter) to cut the bottom to a better length for my son and cut off strings at tie the cape at neck. It actually is made so that it can rest on shoulders not tied - but because my son is too small for that to work I simply used safety pins to pin to top so would stay. I also added a little glitter glue on the printed decoration for good measure - made it “pop” but he also wore it a couple times before I did that and it was perfect!! I can’t remember if this picture was before or after me doing that...
Hunches in Bunches (Classic Seuss)
Hunches in Bunches (Classic Seuss)
I don't recall reading this one when I was a child (and I thought I had read all of Dr. Seuss's catalogue) but, compared to his other works, this one is a bit weak. Also, and I've seen other reviewers mention it, he does use the words "dumb" and "stupid", the former more than once. IF those are words you're trying to avoid, best to avoid this book as well. Normally his stories have a positive, or, at the least, a thought-provoking message, but this one starts with a kid who's bored and can't decide what to do (fertile ground for a morality play) and ends up deciding, after a lengthy debate with himself, to eat 6 hot dogs. It's silly, as it is meant to be, but not exactly where I had hoped the story was going. On a final note, he also casts homework and bike maintenance in a negative light, which I thought was strange.
The Devil and Other Stories
The Devil and Other Stories
The stories collected in The Devil and Other Sorties may sample across much of Count Leo Tolstoy’s’ literary output. The themes in each seem to carry too much of his later conclusions that fiction should be written for the peasants and be little more than restatements of existing traditions and promote specific values. The down star is not a criticism of his merit as a wordsmith, it reflects my take on the lack of variation and invention. By the end I was anticipating endings and chafing against the usually didactic tone and the poorly veiled critique of the Russia of his day.

The opening story, The Snow Storm was promising. A weary traveler faces death in an ope troika through the night of a wild and bitter Russian snowstorm. A classic nail biting cliff hanger of a story is told with Tolstoy’s fine eye for physical but the twist is that the near death is almost matter of fact for the weary and cold narrator.

Lucerne gives us a Russian view of the English invasion of tourists into Switzerland. An interesting change, contrasting with the use of the same geography by Victorian English authors. Three deaths places dying back into the center of this collection, but is as much about how death is no respecter of class difference. Hardly a huge insight. Polikushna is a complex, or rather convoluted short story. Brilliant words, but a muddled plot, like Tolstoy could not focus on what was intended.

Strider, The Story of a Horse has moments of majesty. And moments of too much carping about upper class wastrels. Then an ending that for all its merit was jarring and emphasized the lack of cohesion across the tale.

I had previous read The Devil. A good story by itself, but dragged down dragged down by its inclusion in this collection. By now the reader expects little of the land owners. There are several versions of the story and a Tolstoy fan may want to read it if only to see which version is here included.

By this point I had become somewhat impatient. The shorter stories read like 1950’s American television dramas, and are clearly designed to be homilies rather than creative inventions.

Not the best of a great writer. That is; The Devil and Other Stories includes some fine writing, but not the best in story-telling.

For those who read judging the translation, The introductions tells us that translators Louis and Aylmer Maude were friends with the Leo Tolstoy. If this means the translation is closer to the author’s intentions is not something upon which I can judge.
Short Stories
Short Stories
After reading all of the short stories the admiration many Russians have for Pushkin is hard to understand. His plots are simple, his language (granted, there is the matter of translation) relatively mundane,,,once again, being raised on American and British short stories, Pushkin pales in comparison as far as I am concerned.
"Taste" and Other Tales (Penguin Readers: Level 5)
"Taste" and Other Tales (Penguin Readers: Level 5)
Dahl is perhaps best known for his Children's books - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Enormous Crocodile, et al - but he truly shines when allowed to take the gloves off and swing at will. His view of the flawed but hopeful human spirit provides each story with a similar theme - fate rewards the deserving and punishes the flawed (except when the deserving get punished, and the reader is left to contemplate the injustice).

And of course, his initial story "Taste" is my favorite wine tasting stories. Dahl craftily creates high tension between an insufferable wine snob and his social-climbing host, with the former getting his just desserts in the last paragraph (no, do NOT read it first!)

Each story is short enough to read in those few minutes between hitting the sheets and turning off the lights. One of my favorites.
My Nightingale Is Singing
My Nightingale Is Singing
"My Nightingale is Singing" is a rare gem by Astrid Lindgren. Not one of her more famous books (even among her short stories, which never made it as big as her novels), it is nevertheless one of her most beautiful ones. When I feel like I need a good cry, this is a book that always does the trick.
Malin - Maria in the English translation - is a girl whose parents have died of tuberculosis, and she's forced to live in the poor house, where nothing is fun or beautiful. Malin can hardly stand it, until she hears the words: "My linden plays, my nightingale is singing..."
Although this is a picture book, it isn't meant for very small children. Buy it for them when they have reached school age and are old enough both to know what an orphan is and to enjoy a really sad story. Or buy it for yourself while you're waiting for them to grow old enough...
Tilly Alone
Tilly Alone
I love Catherine Cookson's books, but I think the Tilly trilogy was her best. What a story teller she is! You never know what's coming next.
I highly recommend this book and the other two preceding it.
James Bond. Moonraker.
James Bond. Moonraker.
I was a little surprised people could be so positive this was Ian Fleming's best Bond. Then I read it. They are right. And before I go on, this has nothing to do with the Roger Moore film. While the book is set in England, it has a simple but coherent plot and an excellent villain, described in some distasteful detail not I suspect to the liking of dentists, and a very good opening scene. Fleming does not try to write a dense convoluted book. Everything is simple. Bond is on great form and the relationship with Gala Brand very interesting. A surprise ending. I recommend this novel.
Magnificent 7 Deadly Sins
Magnificent 7 Deadly Sins
This set of seven short comedy narratives on the sins of modern man is a joy to watch. It is far cleverer than at first it may appear and it took me a couple of viewings to pick up all the satire in this richly written series of sketches. They are all directed with a sense of real fun and show a flair for visual comedy. The scenarios are mostly sharp and some are very funny. Some are stronger than others for sure, but they're all good in their own way. The fluidity of it all is suddenly challenged by the sixth sketch on sloth, written and performed by Spike Milligan, which is undeniably brilliant, but just looks out of kilter with the others with its almost existentialist humour and its black and white silent comedy format (although no doubt intended to emphasise the effects of sloth, so it's all clever stuff). Overall though, well written, funny, satirical, showing some great character actors in their prime, and containing some nice cinematic injokes. Add to this the obvious nostalgia value this comes with, and an excellent cheesy jazz score and there is plenty to enjoy in this spirited and vivacious movie.

Best of the sketches must of course be the celebrated Galton and Simpson penned 'Pride' which sums up the rivalry and snobbery between the upper and lower British classes, and this is a fine short in its own right. However, my personal favourite has to be a toss up between 'Gluttony' and 'Wrath'. Wrath is the final sketch and a great way to end this fun movie, letting two respectable character actors run riot in a flurry of visual buffoonery asthey pursue a deadly vendetta when their honour is besmirched. But I think my favourite has to be the satirical sketch on Gluttony, starring the incomparable Leslie Phillips. Without giving anything away, the sketch is basically one big 'in joke' using our presumption of LP's stereotypical character trait, but not in the way we might expect it - the result is both clever and hilarious. All three of these sketches are real jewels, and the others aren't a bad bunch either. It may not have the gloss and production values we expect of a movie today, but its sheer fun factor will more than compensate.
Great Dune Trilogy
Great Dune Trilogy
Frank Herbert's Dune is a collection of books that have always left me a little intimidated. I've never been a great reader and find myself getting easily lost with books that have too much information. I find it hard to process and is the main reason why I never got round to reading these books. But with the new film coming out, doing a bit of reading on the behind the scenes of the 1984 David Lynch film, I thought I would finally give the original Dune trilogy a shot.

The original book was published all the way back in 1965. The original publication was a two part story in Analog magazine. It was officially released as a book by Chilton Books and has since become one of, if not the most famous science fiction novel ever written. The version I acquired is published through Gollancz and is a large hardback book featuring Dune (1965), Dune Messiah (1969) and Children of Dune (1976). The book as a whole is 912 pages long, features the three books, all four Appendix, The Terminology of the Imperium and Cartographic Notes For Map. It's a heft beast of a book. The cover whilst nicely designed with a cool golden sandworm on a black leather backdrop, still looks a little on the cheap side. It's a nice idea on paper but leaves a little to be desired. The spine of the book is also a slight issue. I found the pages didn't bend too well and made for the first and last one hundred pages to be a bit awkward to read, especially on my adjustable book stand. Considering the hefty weight of the book, I certainly wasn't going to hold it whilst reading. This made for a bit of a problem but one that I pushed through.

As for the story itself. Well, if I were to right a small overview of the story of these three books, this review would be horrendously long. Lets just say that the book features lots of political and family issues. There's plenty of back stabbing as well as issues with religion, false idols and the issue of drug induced hallucinations. There's a lot going on here and considering how dense it is, I think Frank Herbert managed to get the story across perfectly. There were very few occasions where I felt a little lost. With a good use of wording and the way the chapters are spread out, you can get a dose of information and plenty of time to soak it all in before moving on. It gives this book great pacing and makes it surprisingly easy to read.

My favourite part of the book is without any doubt, it is the world building. Each faction have their unique traits. Their clothing, their vocabulary, the way they walk and portray themselves amongst others. It's all very well done. Even the use of secondary and lesser characters have a lot of depth to them. The planet itself, Arrakis as a world feels just as alive and unique as characters like Stilgar, Paul Atreides and the Baron. The way Herbert describes the different environments from Sietch Tabr, Arrakeen, the endless desert etc is so intense that you could so easily imagine yourself being there.

In terms of quality, I would say that Dune is by far the best book of the three and shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. It's extremely focused and Herbert clearly knew what story he wanted to tell and how to go about doing it. Dune Messiah is a very good but short follow up. It's considerably more bleak than the first book and really brings a downer to everything that happened previously (no spoilers). It's a really good read, acting more like an extensive of the first book rather than a full novel in itself. Children of Dune is a much stronger affair with the Atreides story going in a completely different direction. It's a longer, more detailed and more philosophical story compared to its predecessor. There's a lot going on in this one, it's a fantastic way to round off the story of Paul, his family and the people of Arrakis.

I won't even deny the fact that I am far from qualified to do Frank Herbert's Dune justice in this review. I'm a fairly simple person who hasn't got the right grasp of the English language to properly emphasise just how good this book is. Up until now, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Homer's Odyssey were my favourite books. That was until now. I think Dune has everything I love about science fiction and scratched that itch caused by blasphemous nonsense like the Disney Star Wars trilogy and Star Trek Discovery. It's a very clever, very well written and extremely detailed story that I would call a must own. Some might find it a bit over whelming, others will just sink into it and never come out of their spice trance. I am the latter. My mind hasn't stopped processing the information I got from Dune and I don't think I ever will.

I am glad I got over my fear of this book. After all, fear is the mind killer.
OtterBox Symmetry Clear Series Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max - Clear (77-65943)
OtterBox Symmetry Clear Series Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max - Clear (77-65943)
I bought this case for my new iPhone 12 Pro Max because Otterbox says it’s supposed to fit. Well, it barely fits, and the fit is incredibly tight-I had to go back and check the description to confirmm Otterbox claims it will fit the 12 Pro Max.. I am not a stranger to Otterbox cases and all have comfortably fit my devices. Not this case. I stretched, maneuvered and cursed this thing for fifteen minutes trying to figure angle to get this thing on without damaging the phone. I finally got it on and it’s a very, very tight fit. The phone does not comfortably nest in the case, and I’m not sure I’d ever get the case back on if I took it off.

I’m keeping this ill-fitting junk long enough to get a clear Apple case, and then I’m throwing it away. Returns to Amazon are just too bureaucratic to tolerate. My suggestion would be, DO NOT BUY THIS for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. A secure fit is one thing and too damn small and tight is another. Just too small and nearly completely unusable.

Additional warning: tried this on my wife’s smaller iPhone 11 Pro Max with rounded edges. Fit perfectly. Should tell you a lot, and that Otterbox did not have an actual iPhone 12 Pro Max to try this on. I think Otterbox blew it here, big time. Would be a good case for the 11, but not the 12 Pro Max.

Final edit: for comparison, I ordered the genuine Apple MagSafe Clear Case (same price). It fit perfectly, securely and without struggle. I sent this Otterbox back. If you have the iPhone 12 Pro Max, I suggest you don’t get this case, but rather something where they actually had a real phone to design and fit it too.

As a kudo to Amazon, with their new return process there was no hassle. I took it back to the UPS Store, handed them the case and they scanned my return code on my phone-that was it. No need to address, package, print or wait. Greatness. Thanks Amazon.
TUDIA BLU VIVO XL4 Case, [Arch] Shock Absorption Drop-Proof Lightweight Scratch Resistant TPU Bumper Protection Cover for BLU VIVO XL4 [NOT Compatible with VIVO XL or XI+] (Frosted Clear)
TUDIA BLU VIVO XL4 Case, [Arch] Shock Absorption Drop-Proof Lightweight Scratch Resistant TPU Bumper Protection Cover for BLU VIVO XL4 [NOT Compatible with VIVO XL or XI+] (Frosted Clear)
Overall the phone is a decent product. Out of the box, all required accessories are included - charger, screen protector, lightweight back and front case protectors and sim tray key. Charger is effective. Camera is ok. Battery (4000 mAh) run time is a step up from the Blackberry Z10's capability. Will not be forced to constantly "charge" the battery up. Screen quality is ok, color intensity ok. Handling the phone with one hand is easy to do. There can be a inadvertent actuation of the power key which will cause an unintended action if one isn't careful. Can avoid this if you hold the phone in your left hand, your thumb will not be gripping the right edge where the Power and Volume buttons are located. Buttons appear to be of a solid build, enhancing long term use. Phone's case is sturdy! One may have to "learn" how to position the speaker against one's ear when talking on the phone during a conversation. Speaker needs to be placed over your ear to receive full benefit of talker's voice. Struggled a bit with this on my 1st phone call. Like any tool, one has to use it to "discover" how to use it. I haven't discovered any usage deficiencies that would force me to return this phone. Android 8.0 operating system ok, Blu's adaptation of it without adding unnecessary bloat is a nice touch. If one is interested in a more comprehensive "Note" program, you'll have to access Google Play for a more enhanced version, (Its Free). I've been using the phone for only 5 days right now so obviously don't have any experience on the phone's long term capability. From an initial perspective I'm pleased with the phone's physical size and technical capability. The bandwidth capability is a strong point if one is interested in using this phone in other world regions. I've ended up paying less for this phone than I had with my previous phone and I'm getting more of a technically developed product. If your need to store downloaded info on your phone, purchase a SIM card, take a look at a youtube video illustrating SIM tray handling/loading. The Dual SIM tray is a bit fragile. Not the same procedure one experiences with a "chassis insertion" on other phones where one removes the back cover. But the current configuration works.
Philips Saeco 421944029452 ORIGINAL Milchbehälter Milchtank Milchtopf Milchkanne Milchkrug komplett transparent schwarz Kunststoff 83 x 197 x 144 mm Kaffeemaschine Kaffeeautomat
Philips Saeco 421944029452 ORIGINAL Milchbehälter Milchtank Milchtopf Milchkanne Milchkrug komplett transparent schwarz Kunststoff 83 x 197 x 144 mm Kaffeemaschine Kaffeeautomat
Ich habe die Behälter-Einheit als Ersatz für den original-Behälter bestellt, bei dem sich nach inzwischen ca. 3 Jahren nun die Schrauben gelöst haben - und irgendwo ein Plastikteil abgebrochen ist...
Wir haben einen Kaffee-Vollautomat der 5000er Serie und der Milchbehälter passt wie erwartet einwandfrei.

Ich bin nun ehrlich gesagt, sehr gespannt, wie lange er hält - teuer genug ist er ja ;-). Die Qualität macht auf jeden Fall schonmal einen hochwertigen Eindruck - genauso wie der alte Behälter, der mit der Kaffeemaschine seinerzeit mitgeliefert wurde und der mir nun schon einige Jahre bei fast täglichem (mehrmaligen) Gebrauch gute Dienste geleistet hat.
Bei mir kommt der klare Milch-Behälter regelmäßig -fast täglich in die Spülmaschine -, das hat ihm nie etwas ausgemacht, auch wurde er nicht porös oder "blind".

Seit ca. 1 Jahr haben wir allerdings auch das schwarze Oberteil, also die Milcheinheit samt Schlauch - in die Spülmaschine gesteckt, das war superpraktisch und eine gute Ergänzung zum autom. Spülen der Kaffeemaschine und des Spülens per Hand. Allerdings bekam das offensichtlich den Schrauben nicht - sie rosteten und ich werde das neue "Oberteil" samt Schlauch künftig nur noch per Hand spülen - und nicht mehr in die Spülmaschine.

Zum Einfüllen der Milch entferne ich übrigens nicht immer das Oberteil, man kann sie recht gut durch die obere Öffnung einfüllen, wenn man vorsichtig schüttet ;-).

Trotzdem muss der Deckel natürlich regelmäßig entfernt werden, dazu sollte man den unteren Behälter an den Querseiten anfassen und dann das schwarze Oberteil durch Drücken der längsseitigen, entsprechenden Knöpfchen abziehen.

Übrigens: SEHR praktisch finde ich, dass wir nun zwei Milchbehälter haben - das alte defekte schwarze Oberteil haben wir entfernt, den Schlauch und das klare Unterteil für die Milch jedoch aufgehoben. Nun brauche ich nie mehr warten, bis der klare Milchbehälter aus der Spülmaschine kommt, sondern nehme einfach den Ersatz-Behälter und setze ihn auf die schwarze Einheit, die ich wieder mit der Hand spüle.

Fazit: Die Milchbehälter-Einheit macht einen soliden und stabilen Eindruck - das schwarze Oberteil sollte wohl eher nicht in die Spülmaschine, dann sollte die Einheit lange halten.
Krups CALVI Steam & Pump Espressomaschine XP3440 XP344010, Edelstahl, 1 L, schwarz/silber, authentischer, cremiger Espresso mit einer der kompaktesten Siebträger-Espressomaschine
Krups CALVI Steam & Pump Espressomaschine XP3440 XP344010, Edelstahl, 1 L, schwarz/silber, authentischer, cremiger Espresso mit einer der kompaktesten Siebträger-Espressomaschine
Vorab mein Kaffe/Espresso Bedarf:
-In der Woche 1x jeden Morgen
-Am Wochenende 2-3x täglich

Ich wollte von meiner Kapselmaschine weg, da Kapseln recht teuer und für die Umwelt schlecht sind. Habe lange nach Alternativen gesucht. Bin dann über diese Krups gestolpert. Anhand der Bewertungen hatte ich ein gutes Gefühl und diese passte genau zu meinem Nutzerprofil. Wollte kein Vollautomat mit Schnick Schnack, hohen Reinigungsbedarf und hohen Anschaffungskosten. Welche in der Regel mit der Zeit eh kaputt geht bevor diese sich bezahlt macht.
Also die Krups bestellt. Versand war wie immer zügig. Sofort ausprobiert nach der vorgegebenen gut beschrieben Grundreinigung/Inbetriebnahme. Der Espresso schmeckt mir sehr gut, das Milch Aufschäumen klappt auch Super. Somit konnte ich auch meine erst skeptische Lebensgefährtin überzeugen. Das Reinigen ist super simpel. Ich bin bis jetzt sehr zufrieden!
Was ich noch nicht bewerten/absehen kann, ist natürlich die Lebensdauer. Hier bin ich aber guter Dinge, da meine Kapselmaschine ebenfalls eine Krups ist und diese schon älter als 5 Jahre ist. Und würde wohl noch paar Jahre halten wenn ich nicht von den Kapseln weggehen würde.
Dieses oft beschriebene Manko mit dem doppelten Boden in der Kaffehülse (Ansammlung Verunreinigung möglich), habe ich jetzt einfach in Kauf genommen, da ich auch dazu keine Alternative gefunden habe. Ich lass ab und zu mal einfach die Maschine ohne Kaffe durchlaufen um die Kaffehülse dadurch indirekt etwas zu reinigen.

Also bis jetzt kann ich die Maschine weiterempfehlen an Leute mit ähnlichem Nutzerverhalten.
Dyson Pure Cool, TP04 - HEPA Air Purifier and Tower Fan, White/Silver
Dyson Pure Cool, TP04 - HEPA Air Purifier and Tower Fan, White/Silver
This is a stylish modestly powered oscillating room fan with a fancy but small air purification capacity. It isn't an air conditioner, meaning it doesn't refrigerate the air it blows out. And it isn't nearly as much of an air purifier as regular purifiers of similar cost, ones that aren't also room fans.

I like the concept, a combination of style, fan and purifier. I was disappointed with the power, and I wish the filters could be bypassed so you could cool yourself without running air through the filters when they aren't needed, which could increase air flow. (You could run it with the filters removed, but it appears it would void your warranty--more on that below.)

It has great style and some nice features, so for people with different priorities, this may still be a fine choice.

Fan power

The Dyson website and the box say this model, TP04, delivers an air flow of over 77 gallons per second, which is equivalent to 618 cubic feet per minute (cfm). Dyson customer service claims a higher number, 361 liters per second, which works out to 765 cfm.

Either way, this isn't a powerful fan compared to, say, a $50 16" oscillating pedestal fan, which might deliver up to twice as much air flow. My old $20 15" table fan is a lot more powerful. (Not that I would trade this one for it!)

Purifier power

It appears this has only a fraction of the filtering capacity of comparably-priced purifiers, and a little over half the capacity of a much cheaper purifier rated for the room size Dyson seems to think this fan is adequate for, 290 square feet. (I'll show the details at the end of the review.)

It appears Dyson thinks the fact that it has a fan to circulate the air better helps with the filtering, which is probably true. But it's not nearly enough to make up for the much smaller filtering capacity. If it was, they'd submit it for CADR certification (which is a pretty fair and widely recognized standard for comparing purifiers). You could use a regular pedestal or table fan with a regular purifier and get a similar air circulation effect with much better purification, though it wouldn't look as nice.

In practice what this means is that for the same money you could get a much larger space purified to the same standard, purify the same amount of space to a much higher standard, or operate a normal purifier at a lower, quieter setting to get the same amount of purification as you would with the Dyson at full power.

On the other hand, many of us don't need high levels of air purification, so a smaller amount will do.

Noise

Dyson customer service claims this fan has peak noise of 42.3 dB, which I knew was way off as soon as I turned it on. My Blueair 121 purifier, which pumps about two thirds as much air as this fan and is distinctly quieter, is rated to top out at 56. I'd say this one tops out at over 60 dB, which isn't bad at all, a lot better than my 15" table fan. The sound is a pleasant-enough white noise.

Of course the lower settings are what you normally use, and those are quieter. The lowest ones are very quiet, barely audible in a quiet room.

Style

I think this is the coolest looking fan on the market.

Oscillation

350 degrees of oscillation, almost full circle, is more than most by a lot. The rotation is smooth, quiet, adjustable, and looks good. (You can supposedly customize it with the app, but I see no way to do that, and customer service can't explain it either.)

Fancy stuff

This has sensors that purport to tell you how much of various kinds pollutants are in the air, plus temperature and humidity. A composite air quality level shows by default on the 1-1/2" auto-bright LED screen on front, with a flurry of more particular graphics if some particular pollutant gets out of line. You can also check each pollutant level manually with the remote, or track them with the app and see them graphed over time. (I'm particularly proud of my NO2.)

Besides the graphics, the usefulness of the sensors is that when set to auto the fan adjusts the airflow to fit the amount of pollution.

The little display automatically dims in low light, but you can make it even dimmer/go off (depending on amount of ambient light) with night mode, which doesn't show the air quality graphics and limits auto mode to the lower fan speeds. You can use the app to manually select a higher fan speed in night mode.

Another nice feature is that you can reverse the air flow when you don't want it blowing toward you while the purifying is going on. Seems to work fine, you can hear the baffle shifting position when you switch.

Set up

Easy. The quick start guide is easy to follow, took less than five minutes to unpack and get going. Setting up the app requires name, email, when you purchased (to start the warranty), wifi password to connect to your wifi, nothing too invasive.

Customer service

They answered several email questions pretty fast, in under an hour to under a day. They didn't always give accurate information, though.

Using the fan without the filters

The manual says "If the machine has been used without a filter in place or the filters have not been changed when prompted, blockages may occur." Then they show how to clean a blockage. If you're willing to risk it you could probably run it just as a very pricey fan without a filter, or with an improvised screen filter to help prevent blockage.

However, the warranty says, "Dyson shall not be liable for ... use not in accordance with the Dyson Operating Manual," which of course specifies use with filters.

Other points

Filters are nonwashable and are expected to be replaced about every six months. The machine lets you know when it's time to change, and you can check on the app to see a percentage of life left. I don't see them listed at the Dyson website yet, but that's normal for a new machine.

The electrical cord is almost 78" including the connectors, so over six feet long. The safety warnings in the manual say an extension cord isn't recommended (but if you get one that can handle the current I think you'll be fine).

I don't see any restrictions on how far it needs to be from walls or other objects, so it's not hard to find a place for.

Warranty

Two years free repairs.

Made in Malysia.

Purification power details

This has a true HEPA particle filter, which is more than plenty fine for most household applications.

It also has a carbon filter to remove some kinds of noxious fumes and odors.

The Dyson website mysteriously says this fan circulates purified air through "the whole room," with a note that says, "Tested to Dyson internal method TM-003711 in a 290ft2 room and DTM801." I can't find any information on what that means, but it seems to mean Dyson thinks its purification is adequate for a 290-square-foot room.

As mentioned above, Dyson doesn't submit its machines for CADR certification. They're very sketchy about purifying power in other ways too, so customers are reduced to estimates based on what we do know.

One rough way to estimate the purification power of true HEPA filters is their size, since they meet the same HEPA standards per unit of surface area. The HEPA filter in this fan has "60% more HEPA medium" than previous Dyson models, which is encouraging. It's still a relatively small filter, though.

According to my measurements, including counting those pleats on the filters, the surface area of the TP04 HEPA filters total about:

10 square feet

That may seem like a lot, but other similarly-priced or cheaper air purifiers (Austin HealthMate Plus Junior, Blueair 405) have 30 and 38.5 square feet.

The HEPA filter for a much cheaper purifier rated for a 280-square-foot room (Blueair 205) has 18.5 square feet of HEPA surface area. I doubt 10 square feet will purify to the same level, even with the fan to circulate the air better.

For the carbon filter, it has "3x more carbon" than in previous Dyson models. Dyson doesn't say how much that is, but each of the two carbon filters weighs just over a half pound including the plastic frame, so the total weight of carbon in the two together is at most:

1 pound

The comparably-priced purifiers mentioned above have 2.2 and 6.5 pounds.

The cheaper purifier rated for 280 square feet has 1.8 pounds.

Purification power is also closely tied to the amount of air filtered. Dyson doesn't say and its customer service won't tell how much air is filtered. It's not nearly the air flow mentioned above because of what Dyson calls the Air Multiplier, which seems to mean in simple words that as with other fans the air stream coming from the fan isn't only air pushed directly by the fan blades but also air that gets sucked along or "entrained" with the pushed air. (For the previous model of this fan, it appeared from tests that only a small portion of the advertised air flow was being filtered.)

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