Natalia Taylor

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JavaScript Promises Essentials
JavaScript Promises Essentials
JavaScript Promises Essentials by Rami Sarieddine. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Node.js in 24 Hours by George Ornbo. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the nodejs category.
PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition
PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition
PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition by Luke Welling and Laura Thomson. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 60 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter Boxset Pb 1-5
Harry Potter Boxset Pb 1-5
Harry Potter Boxset Pb 1-5 by J.K. Rowling. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 362 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Jim Donaldson, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 304 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly Book 13)
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly Book 13)
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly Book 13) by Perri O'Shaughnessy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 97 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Plea: A Novel (Eddie Flynn Book 2)
The Plea: A Novel (Eddie Flynn Book 2)
The Plea: A Novel (Eddie Flynn Book 2) by Steve Cavanagh. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 408 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Juri (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Juri (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Juri (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012)
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012)
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012) by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Photographing the Dead: Nameless, Book 2
Photographing the Dead: Nameless, Book 2
Photographing the Dead: Nameless, Book 2 by Dean Koontz, Edoardo Ballerini, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1289 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python for Beginners: Hands-On Project to Give Crushing Blow to Fake Programming Heroes. Tips for the World of Hackers, Ethical Hacking, Learn Coding and Master it, Computer Revolution, Cybersecurity
Python for Beginners: Hands-On Project to Give Crushing Blow to Fake Programming Heroes. Tips for the World of Hackers, Ethical Hacking, Learn Coding and Master it, Computer Revolution, Cybersecurity
Python for Beginners: Hands-On Project to Give Crushing Blow to Fake Programming Heroes. Tips for the World of Hackers, Ethical Hacking, Learn Coding and Master it, Computer Revolution, Cybersecurity by Mik Arduino. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
PHP in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
PHP in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference by Paul Hudson. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce by Robbert Ravensbergen. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Elements of Programming Style, 2nd Edition
The Elements of Programming Style, 2nd Edition
The Elements of Programming Style, 2nd Edition by Brian W. Kernighan and P. J. Plauger. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Swift Programming in easy steps
Swift Programming in easy steps
Swift Programming in easy steps by Darryl Bartlett. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Jeff Bezos - Success Principles for Life and Work
Jeff Bezos - Success Principles for Life and Work
It may only take you less than an hour to read this new book on Jeff Bezos and Amazon, but you will learn important things about how Amazon operates and where the company is heading. I love that this book sheds light on how Jeff Bezos thinks and at the end of the book there are a list of quotes that are intriguing. This biography had lots of unique information that you probably have not read before. It is well researched and reveals where amazon has failed and succeeded.

So will Amazon become the first trillion dollar company? If things go as well as they are going, it is a definite possibility. This book discusses Artificial Intelligence, robots and drones. It seems Amazon is heading into the future of the Internet fast! With Amazon Go and the purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon may also change the grocery industry. There is also a brief discussion of one-hour shipping. Talk about instant gratification!

Jeff Bezos is a courageous leader who hires the best talent he can and looks for the smartest person to do the job. People working at Amazon are especially dedicated and they know they are making history. They know Jeff Bezos is changing the world. His level of dedication to customers is beyond compare. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. This is an exciting book that will make your heart beat a little faster. Some of the things Jeff Bezos says are also lol funny.

~The Rebecca Review
Masters of Enterprise
Masters of Enterprise
H.W. Brands' Masters of Enterprises devotes each of his 25 brief, but enjoyable chapters to a successful entrepreneur. I particularly like this book because the author recognizes the importance of the individual in building a business dynasty. Tragically, this recognition is very rare from many business historians today who seem more interested in focusing on the post-retirement philanthropic activities of many great industrialists as opposed to the prodigious effort which was required to first accumulate the wealth.

This book contains great chapters on all of the well known productive geniuses of the U.S. Industrial Revolution, including the following: John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

One of the great values from this book is that it contains a satisfying amount of material on several important and often unsung heroes in business history. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Ray Kroc: The man who turned the McDonalds' franchise into the world's most recognizable fast food empire.

* Robert Woodruff: The man who made the Coca-Cola logo the world's most recognizable logo.

* Alfred Sloan: The man who built up General Motors to defeat the Ford Motor Company as the most dominant automobile manufacturer in the United States.

* Sam Walton: The man who turned Walmart into the retail giant that it is today.

* Andy Grove: The man who made Intel.

* Henry Kaiser: A true renaissance industrialist. He built the Hoover dam, the Bonneville Dam, innovated cement manufacturing, reduced the construction time of cargo ships during WWII to five days (when they previously required 30 days!), and even developed Waikiki beach into a resort.

* H. L. Hunt: discoverer and innovator of oil drilling in East Texas. Unfortunately, he also crippled the industry by lobbying for more government regulation.

The main downside of this book is that I think the mix of entrepreneurs covered could have been more interesting. For one, James J. Hill, the great empire builder of the Northwestern Railroads, is conspicuously absent. For example, if it were up to me, I would have added chapters on James J. Hill, E. H. Harriman*, Warren Buffett, Herbert Dow and C.J. Walker** and removed the chapters on Berry Gordy, Oprah Winfrey, Phil Knight, Ted Turner and Liz Claiborne.

If you enjoy books about great individuals in business history, then I also recommend Andrew Bernstein's The Capitalist Manifesto, Burton Folsom's The Myth of the Robber Barons and Burton Folsom's Empire Builders.

* The turnaround genius who converted the struggling Union Pacific Railroad into a transportation empire.

** She is probably the most under appreciated businesswoman in history. She not only is the first black woman to be a self-made millionaire, she is the first woman to do so. She made a fortune in designing and marketing beauty products for black women at the beginning of the 20th century, when the U.S. was unfortunately still plagued with discrimination.
Still Winning: Why America Went All in on Donald Trump - and Why We Must Do It Again
Still Winning: Why America Went All in on Donald Trump - and Why We Must Do It Again
This is a tasty serving of raw political meat from one of the president's top supporters. It is a reliving of the campaign and the initial years of what Charlie hopes will be the first of two presidential terms. Sometimes we have historical narrative, sometimes a recapitulation of extended talking points. Those on Charlie's wave length will relish his accounts and those who are skeptical may actually be convinced, persuaded or at least impressed by his recital of a number of hard facts.

Charlie pulls no punches; he does not attempt to hide his contempt for such figures as John Kerry, JFK, his 'runt of the litter' brother Ted, and, yes, Mitt Romney. He is unswerving in his candor and generally spot-on with his facts. Like Fox News at its best, he reveals the facts which others are quick to suppress (e.g., JFK's treatment of interns). The writing is never dull and it is often florid/funny:

"The lobby industry attracts some of the most morally bankrupt politicians from both the House and the Senate. These former members of Congress, having sated themselves at the public trough, now sit like bloated toads on the swamp's lily pads, flicking their tongues out for the sweetest of delicacies" (p. 52).

If there is a key theme it is the shock at the endurance of the corrupt status quo. I once had a Marxist colleague who said that many looked at America and thought everything was alright. He looked at it and thought that everything was wrong. Adopt that and you have Donald Trump (and Charlie Hurt). The swamplike status quo was good for the inside-the-beltway occupants but horrendous for America. Trump saw that it was bad and vowed to change it. The swamp (including an array of republicans as well as the gamut of democrats and, now, socialists) does not want its status quo disrupted and it will do anything, literally, anything (witness the Kavanaugh hearings) to sustain that status quo.

There are few epiphanies or new revelations here, but the argument is insistent, fact-laden and (as with most of CH's commentary) cathartic. He confirms all of your suspicions and gives you heart by displaying the courage of his own convictions and his willingness to declare the unvarnished truth. You don't need to fear lawsuits if the facts that you announce are supportable, indeed, undeniable.
Dear Donald Trump
Dear Donald Trump
In today’s’ age, the topic of building a wall is hot on the radar of many adults. It is hard to turn on the television, look at the newspaper, or even hop on social media without running into any mention or reference to the political turmoil that is going.

As the political sides debate the future of the borders of our country, it is only natural that our children and students begin to pick up on bits and pieces of the conversation. Through the hearing of adults and leaders of our country speak, children have begun to emulate and form their opinions on the topic as well.

Dear Mr. President, by Sophie Siers, is a new picture book that highlights a child’s perspective on the topic of building a wall. The little boy is named Sam, and he feels that building a wall may be an answer to his problem as well. Sam is struggling with having to share his bedroom with his older brother.

Through a series of letters to the President of the United States, Sam highlights his beliefs in how a wall can separate himself from the problems that are constantly being caused by his brother.

It is through the love and encouragement of the boys' parents that the siblings slowly find ways to talk out their issues and begin to show more respect towards each other. Eventually, the kindness returns between the brothers and they agree to both make the necessary changes to better live together in peace.

I appreciate how the book, Dear Mr. President, took on a heated and charged issue in our country and wrote a story in a manner that kids can understand.

The book helps kids realize the emotions behind the issue and it gives kids a relatable issue that they all can understand within their lives. I love how both boys grew and changed for the better through the experience.
All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release
All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release
I purchased this book with my own money and am not compensated in any way for this review.

This is a fascinating read, so I recommend it. But when I went to look at I'll Cry Instead, one of my all-time Beatles favorites, it says, "The mono version....was extended by inserting a copy of the first verse prior to the repeat of the bridge."

Wrong.

The actual mono version had an extra verse which was a repeat of the first verse, but with minor audio differences. You can go online and hear the two played in left vs. right channels to hear the differences. (That repeated verse had George's best Chet Atkins-style playing in the entire song, in my view.)

When the first Hi-Fi VHS of A Hard Day's Night was released, the producers created an "outfake," where they literally spliced in the first verse where the original deleted verse was recorded. Those two were identical, meaning if you played them both and merged them to mono, they would phase each other out. But that was not what was originally recorded. [Note: I know the song was excised from the movie so I'm not sure where on the VHS this appeared, or if there was an accompanying soundtrack. All I know is that the only officially released stereo version of the song with the extra verse is not from the original recording, and is simply a copy-and-paste execution.]

I really really wanted to read a definitive 100% accurate report on the recording of every Beatles song made, so it was disappointing to find such a glaring error, particularly so early in my reading. That being said, I'm sure a lot of this is true, and it's wonderful reading, so I still recommend it.

UPDATE AND EDIT

I'm editing this to add another technical error. In the write up of She Loves You, the book states that "the song underwent two mixes....the first one, in mono...; the second one, in stereo, was completed for the compilation called A Collection Of Beatles Oldies, on November 8, 1966, by Geoff Emerick.

Kind of right.

The reality is that two mixes were made, but the original two-track tapes had been destroyed shortly after the song was recorded. All that was left was the combined mono recording. So Emerick created a mock stereo version by slashing the treble frequencies from the left channel and removing the bass from the right.

Not way wrong, but again if you're looking here for the definitive answers to each Beatles song recording, this kind of error shouldn't happen. The lack of a true stereo version of She Loves You is legend to those of us who care enough about The Beatles to buy this book. (There is a stereo version of Sie Liebt Dich, the Beatles' German language version of She Loves You, because the entire song was re-recorded, since there was only a mono recording of the original and they couldn't just swap out the vocal channel. They were careful not to destroy that recording. If you search online you can find some "outfakes" where the instrumental track of Sie Liebt Dich is put on the left channel and the mono version of She Loves You is put on the right channel to create a more robust quasi-stereo version tham Emerick's frequency-tweaks version.)

I still love the book and the four stars remain, but it would have been just incredible if this were truly THE correct and definitive story of every Beatles song ever recorded.
Vol. 6 St. Louis Blues
Vol. 6 St. Louis Blues
With Louis Armstrong successfully entering the 1930’s as vibrant and confident as
ever, he deeply impressed both the critics and listeners when his next band recorded
this highly lauded recorded session in 1930 that had took him to another artistic level.
Officially billed as St. Louis Blues, Armstrong have not only scored another important
achievement, but it provide a watershed moment in his music career as he increased
his vocal skills to equal his trumpet playing, as his ensemble offer a powerful serenity
than ever, where he became poised for an additional increase to his superiority in his
artistry as his signing is as integrated and inventive as his trumpet playing. Heralded
by an exhilarating track set beginning with his vocal-instrumental takes on I Ain’t Got
Nobody, this sprawling CD edition procede on his vocal-instrumental takes for Dallas
Blues and St. Louis Blues, as well as fresh new original hits, like Rockin’ Chair, Dear
Old Southland, Dinah, My Sweet, I’m Confessin (That I Love You), and Song Of The
Islands (this one is backed by beautiful humming from the ensemble). Plus you even
a jubilent set of pop and jazz standard takes, like Blue Turning Grey Over You and If
I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight. However, what you will even get to hear on
St. Louis Blues is the first performances of vibraphone master Lionel Hampton in the
band (whose vibraphone solos were showcased on few tracks like Rockin’ Chair and
the romantic Song Of The Islands) while the rest of the music showcases Armstrong
as both instrumentalist and soloist fronting the big band in true expert timing, as they
made ‘recorded session’ a magnificent time-honoured landmark masterpiece.
OCP Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Developer Complete Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-815, Exam 1Z0-816, and Exam 1Z0-817
OCP Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Developer Complete Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-815, Exam 1Z0-816, and Exam 1Z0-817
This is a very large book, coming in at 1200 pages, but that is because it is the author's 815 and 816/817 books combined. The authors highlighted how to use the book to study for the 815, 816 or 817 exams, so it is easy to use, but if it's too much for you, they are also sold separately.

I'm not finished with the book yet, but I like what I read so far. I started by looking at the security chapter. I really liked that Hacker Harry and Security Sienna characters were used to teach security. It made what could have been a dry chapter a lot more fun.

If you are taking a Java certification, I highly recommend this combined book or the two separate ones.
VOLTWORKS 1500W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12v to AC 110v-120v with 4.8A Dual USB Ports 3 AC Outlets and Remote Control LCD Display for Home RV Truck
VOLTWORKS 1500W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC 12v to AC 110v-120v with 4.8A Dual USB Ports 3 AC Outlets and Remote Control LCD Display for Home RV Truck
This inverter works Great but it is working at its full 1500 W capacity which caused it to fail prematurely. I was running a 1150 W microwave on a regular basis and was causing my inverter to work at its full capacity to keep the microwave running which I suspect caused it to fail prematurely. I contacted the manufacturer who asked me a few questions about how I was using it and decided to replace the unit. It was awesome how they stood by their product and sent me a new power inverter within three days. I’ve never had that kind of service attention before and I was very appreciative. I will not use that inverter for my microwave any longer and will use it for other power sources. I have ordered a 2000 W inverter from them to run my microwave. The extra wattage should run the microwave no problem. I Like knowing that if this product should fail the manufacturer will back up their product 100%. I suggest this product to anyone.
He Loves Me
He Loves Me
A narcissistically deprived and depressed young man narrates tumultuous experiences in the past with his lover, while we watch his memories of a holiday on an isolated island. The narration, while tedious at times, is very realistic and psychologically sound leading me to believe this was secretly a true story. This movie contains a LOT of nudity and several softcore scenes and I found it refreshing to see something from a director that understands that it makes them like us, and therefore more believable. The soundtrack is sparse but appropriate. The picture is not that great, but I'm giving 5 stars anyway for the realistic and complex story, believable characters, and unique approach.
My Book About Christmas by ME, Myself: with some help from the Grinch & Dr. Seuss
My Book About Christmas by ME, Myself: with some help from the Grinch & Dr. Seuss
I bought this as a pre-Christmas activity for me and my 5 year old daughter to do together and we love it! The idea is so clever and it makes such a wonderful hardcover keepsake! The book has certain lines and pages from the original Grinch book, but most of the pages are fill in the blank and coloring/drawing activities that describe your own family traditions. We usually do a few pages a day because they are quick activities. Some of the drawing activities include drawing their stocking, what's on their plates for Christmas dinner, decorating a Christmas tree, drawing their favorite ornament from the tree, drawing their pet dressed as a reindeer like Max to name a few.

Some of the fill in the blank pages include circling from a large list of pre-Christmas activities that your family does, checking off how they feel about the Grinch, writing a letter to Santa about what they'd like for Christmas, writing a list of good deeds they've done this year, and writing a list of gifts they are giving to others, plus so much more. I love that you can put family pictures of who you celebrate with and also there's 2 pages for your family members to take a turn writing what makes their hearts grow at Christmas. There are also mazes as well. So much fun and she looks forward to filling it out every day. I'd say this is for age 5 and up because I could see a younger child becoming bored with this and not being able to complete it, even though all the pages are quick activities.

This is a great family activity book that becomes a treasured keepsake and a perfect way to record family traditions seen through the child's eyes.
The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single)
The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single)
If you’ve ever wondered how good a short story can be, Dean Koontz reminds us in The Neighbor. While it is touted as a prequel of sorts to his novel The City, you need not have read it — I haven’t — to enjoy this mesmerizing and tender short story. Koontz immediately sucks us into the world of gangly 12 year old Malcolm and his beautiful 17 year old sister, Amalia, whom he adores. Their parents are terrible and Malcolm describes their house as being like Poe’s House of Usher just before it sank into the swamp. Music is an escape for them, Malcolm finding the one thing he is graceful at in the Saxophone, while his very talented sister plays the clarinet and wants to be a writer. They also share a love for Big Band music of the 1930s and 1940s, which they play on vinyl records in the garage to avoid parents who hardly speak to one another. If this already seems like a lot to include in a short story, it is little touches like these which separate Koontz from the pack.

At the center of the story is the house next door, once belonging to recently deceased teacher Rupert Clockenwell. Someone is turning on lights at night in the old house, and Malcolm and his sister Amalia decide to pay the new neighbors a visit. Except there are no new neighbors, only sad revelations, and great danger. To reveal more would ruin this touching and enthralling short story I truly loved. In addition to being an amazing read, it reminded me why I so often prefer Koontz to King. Though the novels of both have become bloated as of late, they both excel — when they want to — at the short form. But Koontz’s attitude in regard to the human spirit, and the spiritual in general, sets him apart. Everything I love about Koontz — when he’s at the top of his game — is on display here in this tender and unforgettable short story. Highly recommended.
Brazen Virtue (Sacred Sins Book 2)
Brazen Virtue (Sacred Sins Book 2)
Writing murder mysteries has given author Grace McCabe a successful career, but when her sister is brutally slayed while Grace is visiting her in D.C., murder hits far too close to her heart. Struggling to come to terms with the woman her sister really was and who she is in the wake of her loss, a deep-seeded desire for justice starts to burn in her, even as a different sort of desire is sparked for her sister's neighbor, D.C. homicide detective Ed Jackson.

From the moment Ed saw Grace leaning out the window of his neighbor's house, he was captivated by her. Realizing she was an author whose books he favored only made him want to meet her more. The steady and thorough man with a gentle heart and warrior's eyes recognized her as his future almost immediately, but the discovery of her sister's body, and helping Grace through the loss even as he investigates the crime, has created a tension in him that he can't quell. He knows there is a killer stalking his victims, and he knows Grace would do anything - including put herself in a monster's sights - to stop him.

I've been a huge fan of Nora Roberts for more years than I care to admit to and have spent so very many hours lost in the worlds she creates, adoring my stays there. Unfortunately, 
There's Always a Trail (Dramatized)
There's Always a Trail (Dramatized)
We purchased this audio CD to listen to in the car during a long road trip. It's been a few years since I've read Louis L'Amour books, but these well done stories brought his books vividly back to mind for us. The sound effects and character voices were top notch, and we enjoyed every minute of this CD.

For anyone who enjoys Westerns and especially Louis L'Amour's books, I recommend this audio recording.
Chick Bowdrie Boxed Set (Louis L'Amour)
Chick Bowdrie Boxed Set (Louis L'Amour)
This boxed set brings together three of the best Chick Bowdrie stories:
South of Deadwood - Chick is sent to retrieve a captured leader of a deadly gang. Deadwood is way outside of Texas, and Chick must bring him back cross country. The only problem is that the rest of the gang is still at large and gunning for Chick. Louis L'Amour does an introduction on the town of Deadwood.
A Trail West - A gang has kidnapped the daughter of a Texas judge to keep him from sentencing one of their own in prison. Chick is sent to retrieve her. Or die trying! This one ends up in Arizona. Louis L'Amour does and introduction on women of the west (which was very interesting) (BTW-this one is out of print now and can only be obtained with this set).
Where Buzzards Fly - Chick is sent to investigate a big robbery that has happened in west Texas only to find that the robbers have been murdered (all fourteen of them) and the loot has vanished without a trace. Chick must trail them with his mind and his wile. Louis L'Amour does an introduction on gunfighters (some of which he had actually met).
All three dramatizations are well cast. The special effects are excellent. The audio is crisp and clear and easily understood in the noisy environment of a car. Well worth the purchase price. Run time: 180 minutes.
Dorobo wa nemurenai.
Dorobo wa nemurenai.
ネタバレするといけませんので、ストーリーについては語りませんが、いつも通り真弓は過激で淳一はクールでかっこいいです。

このシリーズを気に入って読んでいる人には今回も面白いよと伝えたいです。

読んだことない人には是非この面白さを知っていただきたい。
このシリーズは、ほとんどどこから読んでも話に入りやすい。登場人物や今までのストーリーのつながりなど気にしなくてもいいです。
つまり、1の「盗みは人のためならず」が近くになければ、この「泥棒は眠れない」から読んでも大丈夫ということです。
The Case of the Lucky Legs (Perry Mason Series Book 3)
The Case of the Lucky Legs (Perry Mason Series Book 3)
This Perry Mason happens to be the 3rd of the series. Maybe thats why it is so different than the others I have read. It is almost like its not the same Perry Mason at all!

I guess Gardner still hadn't found the rythm or the pattern that his later works reflect. The interpersonal relations between Mason and Della, Mason and Drake are so different here! Drake is more of an equal than an accessory and Della is more girlish and frightened in this case. There is no scent of that dashing, confident, sly, persistent side kick, that I have grown to love so much. I guess as in real life, the characters were still young and fresh in Gardner's mind during this book. Still trying to find themselves.

What were thankfully same here as in the other books of the series, were Mason's grit, determination and cunning, and his habit to stick his neck all out for his clients. They remain true all throughout the series.

I see that Gardner has attempted to try and give Mason many characteristic actions which he might have thought are a benchmark for a successful mystery. Too many words have gone in describing these gestures which are, to be frank, unnecessary. Thankfully, he abandoned these later.

Another place where this case differed majorly was, the entire arrangement of the case. There was too much running around and sleuthing happening here. For the 1st time (at least to my eyes), another private detective was hired to keep a watch on Drake! Two agencies hired by Mason here! Plus, all his detecting! Too much!

I felt something amiss initially and many times through this book, like, something very very wrong... But, once I consciously decided to keep all my idea of a typical Perry Mason mystery aside, and read this book as a stand alone, fresh book, I could, comparatively read it easier.
How to Be a Christian: Reflections and Essays
How to Be a Christian: Reflections and Essays
This is a review of both the new How to Pray and How to be a Christian, reviewed together because they really are a set. If you buy one, you’ll want the other volume.

So, let’s start by addressing the central issue: Lewis died 55 years ago. How can these be considered new books worthy of consideration? Here’s the answer: In the best literary tradition, HarperOne’s master editor Michael Maudlin curated the content for these new books from the vast body of Lewis’s work. Think of these books as similar to retrospective exhibitions of great artists. If we are fans of such an artist, then we’ve seen the famous works already. What draws us to take a fresh look is the curator’s eye for bringing together both the famous—and the obscure works. In that same way, these two new books can be considered eye-opening Lewis retrospectives. Using a metaphor familiar to Lewis fans, these books are magical wardrobes combining well known and largely unknown wisdom from Lewis.

Well, take a moment and check your bookshelves: Do you have Christian Reflections; Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis in three volumes; God in the Dock—Essays on Theology and Ethics; Letters to an American Lady; Letters to Malcolm—Chiefly on Prayer; Poems; Present Concerns—Journalistic Essays; Reflections on the Psalms; The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses; or The World's Last Night and Other Essays? All of these are key sources for these two new volumes. These 10 fascinating books almost certainly are missing from most home or church libraries. For example, none of these sources are included in the popular eight-volume boxed set: The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics.

NOTE TO LEWIS FANS: You can find all of these books on Amazon from either Eerdmans or HarperOne. In fact, as I post this review, Lewis's letters are quite reasonably priced for Kindle.

These little-known books are the stars of these newly curated collections. Through these two new collections, we are likely to wind up pursuing new adventures in reading with the beloved Oxford-Cambridge scholar and creator of Narnia.

The fact is that teachers, preachers, journalists and a host of other community leaders draw on Lewis every day in one way or another. Lewis's fans continue to invite others along on the great adventure.

If you doubt this, try an experiment. Go to the Google News search page and type in C.S. Lewis. That search engine is designed to pull only the most recent postings from news organizations. On any given day, you will find Google reporting dozens of fresh headlines.

“In creating these books, we're trying to offer new possibilities—things that most readers have never seen—new doorways,” Maudlin said in a recent interview.
"I'm one of the few people who reads, and re-reads, the whole C.S. Lewis canon, including his letters and his lesser-known works. By creating these new collections, I'm showing readers how these Lewis touch-points run throughout his entire body of work, whether in his major books, his letters or his public talks. What we're doing in these new books is inviting readers to come along on a classic Lewis adventure. We're saying: 'Come on! Let's do some treasure hunting."
Case Closed, Vol. 22
Case Closed, Vol. 22
Don't want to give anything away but these books are brillaint. What more can I say - well worth the read! Love them all!
Siddhartha: “Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”
Siddhartha: “Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”
Not completely bad, but hard to read - my first language is not English but I've been studying and working in English for years. It's short and it's a good thing because you can only read a few pages before your brain wants to burst out or you get tired of it. There is no "story" - it's basically about witnessing the journey of a young man trying to find wisdom and life purpose by trying different paths. It isn't what I hoped or expected it to be - I was looking for something enlightening (well, that's a bit of a strong word...) or something that will push me to reflect and consider new questions. It didn't - mostly because it's too boring and harduous to read.
Bell [Japanese Edition]
Bell [Japanese Edition]
読み終えて大変な感動を受けました。新聞に連載されていた
そうだが、これだけの長編を一気に読破してしまった自分に
感心される。今までも内田康夫氏の作品には旅情性を強く感じられたが、この作品にはその言葉以上にミステリー作品としては最高の面白さが感じられた。
The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini
The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini
Author Brandon, your research is showing. In this 300 plus page biography of Harry Houdini, Ruth Brandon goes way over board in detailing the life of this world-reknown magician, escape artist, spiritual debunker. In facts it takes 28 pages of notes and a bibliography to cover her bases. The author takes a point of his life and goes on and on about what he does and the psychology behind it. Much of the psychology is repetitious and could be easily covered in a brief chapter instead of going over and over the same material. The author also has a penchant for name dropping, adding name after name of unknown people that add nothing to the story except confusion. Further, she is constantly going out of the chronological story line to make even less sense of this book. What she needed was an editor with a red pencil. Some of it is interesting. Such as debunking the fantasy that has surrounded his death, his association with his mother and wife, the amount of money he was able to earn, -- even from his disastorous cinematic efforts, and sparse detail on how he worked his magic. But, the bottom line is Author Brandon went way overboard in describing the life of Housini.
Rugged Unlocked Cell Phones, Blackview BV5500 Pro 4G Smartphones IP68 Waterproof Drop Proof, 5.5” 3GB+16GB Dual SIM [Quad Core] Android 9.0 4400mAh Battery and Face ID Mobile Phones, Black
Rugged Unlocked Cell Phones, Blackview BV5500 Pro 4G Smartphones IP68 Waterproof Drop Proof, 5.5” 3GB+16GB Dual SIM [Quad Core] Android 9.0 4400mAh Battery and Face ID Mobile Phones, Black
The bad of this phone – not much and one issue possibly not even the phones fault. I use LastPass for my password control. The phone keeps shutting off the automated portion of LastPass (auto fill). I’m working on this issue. The other is that the USB connection on the bottom for charging the phone is covered with a rubber cover. I understand this is for water proofing, but every product that I’ve had that has this type of cover, the rubber holding the cover to the phone wears out quickly. I expect this cover to fall off within the year. Some sort of slide cover would be better. Really though, both are very minor issues. Yep, that’s it for the bad. The good is much better - The phone is certainly durable. I really like the rubber coating which makes the phone easy and secure to hold. One purchaser complained about the on/off button being overly sensitive. I haven’t found that to be the case. On the phone I have it takes normal pressure to push the button. The phone is very fast, meaning responsive. Taking pictures is a matter of just a second for the phone to focus and snap the picture. Apps come up quickly, and switching between them is also fast. The audio is plenty loud. I also noticed that the phone picks up the AT&T cell towers in my area very quickly and with a good strong signal. I had a cheaper cell phone (about half the price) that performed about the same, half the performance. For the price, this is a very nice phone. I especially appreciate the vendor/seller listing that the phone has GPS, gyroscope/accelerometer, and magnetic compass installed. Most advertise the picture quality but forget the importance of listing all the features of the phone. I use these three features with applications I’ve installed. My prior cheaper Android phone didn’t have these features, so the phone wasn’t as useful as I needed. Listing these features on this phone was what made me finally choose this phone over others. I did a lot of research and this phone topped others for quality, features, and looks for the price range. The screen is bright and the battery life is pretty good. My sim is the original sim out of my long time past iPhone, which has worked in my prior Android phone as well as this one. I would recommend this phone to others, especially those that are active and need a tough cell phone.
Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher
Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher
This is my German Shepherd Dog's favorite ball. The bad part is the squeaker broke fairly quickly. The good part is the squeaker broke fairly quickly lol. Even though it doesn't have the annoyingly loud and high pitched squeak anymore he still loves it. There has been no damage done to the ball despite his constant chewing. I have bought a second so he can have one dirty one outside and a clean one inside.

UPDATE: Both balls (size large) have stopped squeaking which is just fine with me. It is still his favorite ball. I have had the first one almost a year. There is not a mark on either ball and he is an 85 pound shepherd that is super tough on toys so I would highly recommend it if you don't mind that the squeaker will break quickly.

UPDATE: I have now purchased 3 of these balls (2 large and 1 medium). The newest one is the size medium so it can fit in the chuckit thrower. Again, the squeaker broke within minutes but my dog doesn't seem to care. If you want a squeaky ball that will never stop squeaking this probably isn't the toy for you. Even with the squeaker broken it is still hands down his favorite ball (thus why I now have 3). I have a different rubbery ball that still squeaks and for whatever reason he still prefers these, go figure!
Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts
Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts
Greer, Hilber and Walton have brought together a diverse group of authors in order to bring to life the world in which the Old Testament was composed and lived. Divided into ten sections, along with a very brief (3 pages) introduction and much longer bibliography, Scripture, ancient works and author reference (101 pages), this work is divided into three parts of the “drama” that is the Old Testament, which is then further divided into ten sections, and then further into sixty-six chapters. The first part describes the “elements” (geography, archaeology, ancient Near Eastern literature and ancient Near Eastern iconography); the second describes the “acts and scenes” (approaches to the historical contexts); and the third third, taking up almost half of the book, walks through the “themes” of the drama (Israelite religion, family networks, economic contexts and social organisation). The dramatic approach to the naming of parts and sections is cute and sets the scene, but while it doesn’t necessarily add too much, it doesn’t detract and helps the reader mentally categorise the parts.

This book is intended as a reference work, where students would be directed to read one or several chapters on a particular topic from a specialist in that area. Occasionally this means some authors will assume too much (for instance the dating of archaeological periods) while others will dumb things down too much. Also evident is a lack of communication between the authors of related chapters, where advice of caution from one author will be ignored by another who goes out on a limb. One example of this is chapter 42 (Walton: “Interactions in the Ancient Cognitive Environment”) where, of the multiple models of interaction between the ancient Near Eastern texts and biblical authors, “diffusion” is the wisest and most cautious approach. Contrast this with the following chapter (Matthew J. Lynch: “Monotheism in Ancient Israel”) where the author posits a very definite polemical relationship despite the caution suggested in the previous chapter.

There were some sections which could have been arranged differently, or parts of a chapter later in a section which would have fitted better in an earlier chapter in a separate introductory chapter. For example, the closest we have to a diagram of the “traditional four-room house” comes finally in chapter 58 (a diagram of a five-room house), even though a working knowledge of such a dwelling is assumed knowledge all the way back in chapter 9. Similarly the working definition of the ranges for the bronze and iron ages come in chapter 8 but are assumed in chapters 5–7. So too the description of the family tree of Semitic languages comes in chapter 16 but should probably have preceded chapter 12 for context.

One chapter which really needed to be in “Section V: Acts: Integrated Approaches to Broad Historical Contexts,” was inexplicably absent. The section moved dutifully through the Ancestral Period (ch 23), the Egyptian Sojourn and the Exodus (ch 24), through to the Achaemenid Persian Empire in the West and Persian-Period Yehud (ch 30) but then skips the entire Greek period, jumping straight to the Maccabean Revolt and Hasmonean Statecraft (ch 31). Although Alexander the Great and Hellenism (ch 41) does get a mention in “Section VI: Scenes: Integrated Approaches to Event-Based Historical Contexts,” the approach there is from a different perspective and is really an inexplicable absence in this otherwise comprehensive book. A discussion of the Seleucid and Ptolemaic empires and their impact on the Levant is of inestimable importance and its absence is perhaps the book’s most glaring flaw.

The best chapters included those which provided clear overviews (in particular, ch’s 1, 5, 11, 19, 42, 53), while the final three chapters (“Law and Legal Systems in Ancient Israel,” “Wisdom Traditions in Ancient Israel,” “Warfare in the World of the Bible”) were perhaps the most engaging and finished the book well. These, among with multiple others, will be perfect set-reading for students as they are taught to approach the Old Testament in its world and with an increased awareness of all that is going on behind the scenes.
Seagate Barracuda 6TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache for Computer Desktop PC (ST6000DM003)
Seagate Barracuda 6TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache for Computer Desktop PC (ST6000DM003)
Acheté en janvier 2019, ce disque, et comme je l'indique infra, me sert exclusivement de sauvegarde par clonage. Depuis janvier, il a donc tourné au max 50h (parfaitement protégé par onduleur des anomalies secteurs, par anti-surtenseur des orages, et par ventilo de toute chauffe excessive).
Ben v'là t'y pas que l'autre jour, alors qu'aucun évènement extérieur n'est survenu, le clonage plante en cours de route.
Et depuis, le disque émet le bruit caractéristique des têtes qui peinent à lire des secteurs, le clonage ne se fait plus, et le disque ne démarre plus.
Je rejoins donc le cercle de ceux qui ne sont pas satisfaits du tout du produit et crachent une seule étoile (faute de pouvoir le faire avec du venin), et vais de ce pas contacter le vendeur pour voir ce qu'il propose. A suivre...

.... Bien évidemment, le vendeur (PEMANTI) s'est défilé comme une anguille (voir le laïus en sous com).

Commentaire initial :
Mince alors j'achète ce disque 168 euro plus des poussières et quelques jours plus tard il passe à 155 tout rond !!!
Bon c'est juste agaçant mais n'altère en rien le fond de l'affaire.

Utilisant l'informatique depuis la sortie des premiers IBM PC (en 1981-1982), au fil du temps je me suis constitué un historique de plus de 5 To de données.
Je suis sans doute un des rares à pouvoir se targuer de ne jamais avoir perdu un seul fichier, même si certains ne seront que difficilement exploitables (à l'aide de machines virtuelles), par suite de l'obsolescence et l'incompatibilité des applicatifs avec les matériels et systèmes récents (GEM DRAW par exemple), et ceci grâce à des backups réguliers.

Au début, au temps du DOS, l'opération se faisait par simple recopie (XCOPY *.* /s vers cible) , puis les systèmes évoluant, la copie ne permettait plus d'obtenir des sauvegardes "bootables".
Il a fallu alors mettre en œuvre des solutions de copie matérielles "bit à bit", qui coûtaient assez cher et imposaient des disques de géométries identiques, de même fabricant, et sans secteurs défectueux.

Puis sont arrivés les utilitaires de clonage style PowerQuest, Acronis, EaseUS, WD, etc. qui m'ont donné satisfaction sur des unités de l'ordre du téra. et permettaient notamment "d'expanser" le disque source vers un disque cible plus grand, et pas forcément de même constructeur.

Ensuite sont apparus des disques énormes, avec des systèmes mettant en œuvre des fichiers mixtes cryptés-non cryptés.
De mauvais fonctionnement erratiques mais de plus en plus fréquents sur les duplis, m'ont contraint à rechercher un nouvel utilitaire de clonage permettant les copies de systèmes travaillant soit "en clair", soit mixtes, soir en mode complètement crypté.

Celui trouvé, qui me donne encore satisfaction à ce jour est un outil professionnel assez peu connu du nom de "CASPER Backups", certes onéreux, mais fiable, et le temps "non perdu" en vaut bien la chandelle...

J'oubliais de dire que pour une sécurité vraiment "renforcée" de son historique, il faut un disque "travail" et deux clones externes, stockés en des endroits différents, au cas où un incident grave viendrait à voir disparaître deux disques en même temps (gros orage, vol, inondation, etc... Cas dont on ne se prémunit pas avec les systèmes RAID).

Perso je ne suis pas pour le stockage "cloud" qui pourrait constituer un excellent moyen de détournement de données ou d'espionnage industriel, même si les intervenant du secteur vous jurent le contraire...

Tout ça pour dire que le disque dont il est question ici, bien que décrié par un pourcentage significatif d'acheteurs, m'est arrivé correctement emballé, le clonage s'est fait sans le moindre problème et tout fonctionne bien
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The RDA Workbook: Learning the Basics of Resource Description and Access
The RDA Workbook: Learning the Basics of Resource Description and Access
I found this workbook to be more helpful than the textbook for our course. It really helps with understanding how to apply the standards. This book was 100% the main reason I passed the course.

However, much delayed, I realized my copy didn't have the CD that's supposed to accompany the material. My fault for not checking before. Be sure to check for that if that is something you would want to use.
WAVLINK AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router,Gigabit Ethernet 1200Mbps High Speed Long Range 300 Mbps (2.4GHz)+867 Mbps (5GHz), Wireless Internet Router for Home Office
WAVLINK AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router,Gigabit Ethernet 1200Mbps High Speed Long Range 300 Mbps (2.4GHz)+867 Mbps (5GHz), Wireless Internet Router for Home Office
I've been using this actively for over 2 weeks, using it as my 2nd router that provides WiFi to one end of my house (the 2 routers are connected via ethernet). It provides WiFi to the Amazon Firestick in my media room and my home office, so it gets a good workout. It replaced an older "wall wart" WiFi extender that always got way too hot and eventually started acting flakey. No problems with the WavLink so far. I do note that it stays cool, even though it has much faster thruput (faster CPU?) than my old WiFi extender it replaced.

The setup menus are quite simplified ("dumbed down") compared to upper-end routers, but that is OK for my purposes -- if you need to define passthru ports or static local-network addresses in DHCP, buy a high-end router. (However, you can override the default DNS servers (e.g. 1.1.1.1 and 8.8.8.8) so to avoid your local ISP hijacking "server not found" in your web browser.) But for most non-tech people this router will meet your needs.

The only thing I wish it had are 1Gbps ethernet ports instead of just 10/100Mbps ports. Again, most people won't notice the difference (unless/until they get a gigabit connection from their ISP and want to stream 4K video). [Apparently the manufacturer no longer sells this exact model; it's replacement (WN530HG4) has gigabit ethernet ports.]
24 Mantra Organic Masoor Dal - 4 lbs, (Pack of 1)
24 Mantra Organic Masoor Dal - 4 lbs, (Pack of 1)
It seems a bit odd to review something so simple and so fundamental as lentils - but here we are. 24 Mantra is a great source for certified ORGANIC Crimson Lentils. Before finding 24 Manrta brand I was paying around 7.5 bux/LB for Crimson lentils... Now I’m paying a little over four bux/LB from 24 Mantra... (and they’re certified organic by both US and EU sources). A four pound bag lasts six to eight weeks In my kitchen because I make a big pot of Daal about every five days. Very happy to have found this brand and this resource. I’m a repeat repeat customer. Thank you 24 Mantra!
Royal Talens Roll bolígrafo gel pack de 3
Royal Talens Roll bolígrafo gel pack de 3
Llevo tiempo buscando bolis blancos para poder escribir sobre fondos oscuros y dar toques de luz ✨ a mis dibujos y acuarelas. Me decidí a probar Gelly Roll, ya que los recomendaban muchos artistas que sigo. ¡Y no han defraudado!👌

El pack trae tres bolígrafos de diferente grosor (0.5, 0.8 y 10), y en la foto se puede apreciar cómo pintan sobre un círculo pintado con rotulador negro ⚫️ - hice 2 lineas con cada boli, una pasando una vez y la otra pasando un par de veces para ver el tono más claro que se puede conseguir con cada uno de ellos. Mi favorito sin duda es el 10 por la intensidad que puedes conseguir, pero en general los tres rinden muy bien en mi opinion 🤍.

Cuando pintas encima de otro color que no sea negro (ejemplo de círculo rojo en la foto 🔴), es difícil conseguir un blanco brillante con estos bolis - parece que la tinta blanca se mezcla con el fondo y sale un tono más bien rosa en vez de blanco sobre rojo. Tanto sobre rotulador como sobre acuarela es complicado conseguir un blanco-blanco 🤍sobre colores, tienes que dar muchas pasadas, y aun así para estos casos mejor usar otros medios (guache blanco por ejemplo, o un lápiz corrector). De hecho, en la descripción de la caja pone literalmente que son para “dibujar, escribir y resaltar sobre papel oscuro ⬛️”, por lo que creo que cumplen muy bien con esa misión.

¡Espero que mi comentario te haya ayudado! 👍❤️
Push Up Bra Pads Inserts Breast Enhancers in Fun Sexy Colors with Double-Sided Tape, A/B, C, D Cup
Push Up Bra Pads Inserts Breast Enhancers in Fun Sexy Colors with Double-Sided Tape, A/B, C, D Cup
I LOVE these. I am a 32A cup. I have used these for dresses, tops, strapless everything! As a small chested woman, I have used all kinds of bras and inserts haha. These are by far the best. Adds easily 2 cup sizes without looking or feeling ridiculous, super comfy, and no sweaty silicone! They are so undetectable. I’ve been asked if I got a boob job by friends haha. Double Scoop should make these in an adhesive form for backless dresses and I think I would be their #1 customer! Just FYI- these are not adhesive, you insert them into your bra. I have purchased 2 so far. Try them!

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