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High Output Management
High Output Management
High Output Management By: Grove, Andrew S. There's a story behind this purchase, but it hasn't been written yet. Purchased At: $8.99 View on Amazon
Modular Programming with JavaScript
Modular Programming with JavaScript
Modular Programming with JavaScript by Sasan Seydnejad. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PostGIS in Action, 2nd Edition
PostGIS in Action, 2nd Edition
PostGIS in Action, 2nd Edition by Regina O. Obe and Leo S. Hsu. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript for Dummies, 2nd Edition
JavaScript for Dummies, 2nd Edition
JavaScript for Dummies, 2nd Edition by Emily A. Vander Veer and Rich Tennant. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
El proyecto Williamson (Spanish Edition)
El proyecto Williamson (Spanish Edition)
El proyecto Williamson (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Modoc
Modoc
Modoc by John Grisham/Ralph Helfer/Mary Higgins Clark/Michael Palmer. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java Programming 24-Hour Trainer
Java Programming 24-Hour Trainer
Java Programming 24-Hour Trainer by Yakov Fain. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Messaging (Programming Series)
Java Messaging (Programming Series)
Java Messaging (Programming Series) by Eric Bruno. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
sed & awk: UNIX Power Tools (Nutshell Handbooks)
sed & awk: UNIX Power Tools (Nutshell Handbooks)
sed & awk: UNIX Power Tools (Nutshell Handbooks) by Arnold Robbins and Dale Dougherty. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills
Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills
Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith R. Birsh, Suzanne Carreker, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Objective-C Memory Management Essentials
Objective-C Memory Management Essentials
Objective-C Memory Management Essentials by Gibson Tang. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
MEG: Nightstalkers
MEG: Nightstalkers
I picked up the original "Meg" novel a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant surprise. It was well written and hit the balance perfectly between being believable and having some fun, over the top action. It was refreshing to find a giant sea monster story that didn't have the usual radiation/mutation/government experiment origins and was coupled with some likable characters. I enjoyed the sequel but as I've gone through the series there's been a noticeable decline in the quality. I was hoping "Nightstalkers" would end that trend but was sadly disappointed.

I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.

By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.

If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order
Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order
The Bully of Asia by China expert Steven W. Mosher serves as a vital overview of China’s intentions towards Asia.

Throughout its history, China has exerted powerful control over its neighbors – to the extent of its capabilities. This control was justified by a culture that viewed other peoples as inferior, and thus, naturally taking on the status of vassals rather than equals.

In the West’s recent memory, however, China was wracked with turmoil and dominated by the main Western powers and Japan – certainly since the Opium Wars of the mid-1800s. As such, China isn’t viewed with the same keen sense of historical alarm as are Germany and Japan.

China’s economy eclipsed Germany’s years ago and then Japan’s and, as measured by purchasing power parity, is now even larger than America’s economy. Inevitably, China’s military power has followed closely behind.

Mosher’s Bully of Asia clearly explains why China’s rise is a threat, not only to the sovereign independence of its neighbors in Asia, but also to America and its democratic allies.

Reviewer: Chuck DeVore is a Vice President at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served in the California State Assemblyman from 2004 to 2010. Before his election, he was an executive in the aerospace industry. He was a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Department of Defense from 1986 to 1988. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. DeVore is the author of "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America" and the co-author of "China Attacks."
Sea to Sea in a Model T: and the story of Henry Ford's Old Car
Sea to Sea in a Model T: and the story of Henry Ford's Old Car
Don Van Polen is a Master Story Teller and Photographer. We have seen almost all of his programs since the first one in 1976. Don has the ability to capture the beauty around him on film, marry it with appropriate music, and bring you into the scene through his exciting description and stories about the people and location you are viewing. His humor can make you laugh and his stories can make you cry, and when the program is over you leave feeling you have personally been to the place he has taken you through pictures and stories. It is exciting to have these pictures and stories in book form for all to enjoy. I am sure Henry Ford would be pleased and proud of Don's book about his adventures in the Model T.
Bob & Gaye Evans
Endings and Beginnings: (Intermix)
Endings and Beginnings: (Intermix)
Nora Roberts has been giving us great stories for decades and though good, this one shows it in style and content. If the hero was working today he would be risking a charge of harassment, yet when written, the arrogant, take what I want attitude was typical of the characteristics of most central male characters. Today it jars a bit, even though he modifies his attitude in time to win fair lady.
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus, 10.3" FHD Android Tablet, Octa-Core Processor, 32GB Storage, 2GB RAM, Iron Grey, ZA5T0263US
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus, 10.3" FHD Android Tablet, Octa-Core Processor, 32GB Storage, 2GB RAM, Iron Grey, ZA5T0263US
I have had a windows 10 tablet and I like android as I have an android phone. I used to buy laptops a long time ago from the company now known as Lenovo but was once IBM. The computers never broke on you. Now back to the tablet. The screen is far better than any tablet I have seen. And I am a computer tech. Second the speed is good. Third the battery last for about 3 days full charge depending on use. Now I don't play games so I don't know how long that would last on a charge. But surfing and emails and playing HD videos it last a long time. I love this tablet. My wife has a Galaxy Tab 10A and it blows her tablet out of the water. From pictures to video to the screen resolution and speed it's not even close. I see now I have to buy her one because she was not happy when she seen that LOL! Any way one thing that can be done is customizations where you can do more with the tablet. It's simple and not much to change on the tablet. But besides that man this tablet is so smooth and clear my goodness. Makes looking at videos better than looking at TV and I have 4k video. But the clarity of that screen is amazing and smooth. Downloading apps from google was a breeze. I had one issue with one app and that was Experian but I just went on the browser and done it that way. I also like that google has Microsoft Edge new browser that thing takes google chrome and make it look stupid !! I never thought I would like another windows browser ever because of chrome but I lied. Google better step up because Microsoft Edge is a beast!! With that as my browser it feels like a windows computer but yet it's android. Man I am loving this tablet. You can't go wrong people. I haven't found anything to say I hate this for what I use it for. The cameras are good. I haven't taken pictures with them yet but far as how it looks and the video looks when using the camera it's great! I don't use a tablet for those things but far as I can see pictures will be very nice on that tablet that is a bonus. And you can video stream far as zoom and any other camera streaming app. It's clear and works well. If you want a tablet this one is the real deal. As far as tablets I call this the #1 Killer to all tablets out there. Benchmarks I don't get into if you looking for that it ranks pretty decent. But I don't get into that because I don't use that to it's full potential for what I need it for. Gamers can use this but I am not a gamer. But playing games work on this tablet and works well and flawless. I have the 4gb and 64gb model. And for $199 man that's stealing !!! Well enjoy people if you buy this tablet you will love it.
Sea Hunters - The Complete Second Season
Sea Hunters - The Complete Second Season
I'm glad Sea Hunters went on the search for the SS Carpathia. It's true that most of the world forgot about the little ship that saved the Titanic survivors that night back in 1912. Here, the hunters search the Atlantic for the lost ship. Their findings are amazing and will go in the history books.
Hallmark Christmas Ornaments, Harry Potter Quidditch Ornament
Hallmark Christmas Ornaments, Harry Potter Quidditch Ornament
Worth the $16.99.
Very cute, well made and bigger than I expected.
It was a relief to be able to buy something that scumbags hadn’t bought completely out of stock and then jacked up the price to 5x’s what they paid.
Thanks for leaving us one this thing, scumbags ❤️
Re-Reading Harry Potter
Re-Reading Harry Potter
This was an excellent read, indeed very insightful. I didn't love all of it, but some elements were indeed captivating. Gupta's execution of his argument is extremely well done and comprehensive. The book is organized with a sophisticated logical flow of ideas that themselves also build on "repetition and progression." The scholarly effort Gupta has undertaken in delivering this book is applaud-worthy.

My criticism would be that of Gupta's repetitive narration of what he aims to do. His constant repetition of "I am doing a 'text-to-world' approach" and going to look at the Harry Potter books and their socio-political implications get a bit tiresome when read for the nth time again and again. A little less of the mental free writing narration would have been duly appreciated.

The chapter of repetition and progression is a brilliant analysis of these books and goes onto explain quite well the logic of Rowling's strategy and style. Much of the chapters do give very critical insights of the books that were interesting. The analysis of Blood and Desire was lovely. Class consciousness was not as appealing as some of the other essays I have read. However, I also particularly loved how Gupta, even though this is meant for an academic audience, gives a satisfactory and comprehensive background to the scholarship and the academic conversations he draws on for his own theoretical model. I particularly appreciated his emphasis on reader-response theory, interpretive communities, Barthes, Fish, Eiser, Marx and all the other big names of Literary Theory. Indeed this is a comprehensive theoretical analysis of the HP books and a must-read for anyone interested in the literary value of Harry Potter.

The end tone seem to take aim at the value of Harry Potter books, but on a deeper analysis it only reflects the further worth of this books. I do not much care for the "death of the author" lens that Barthes and Gupta seem to favor but regardless that does not impede my appreciation of the impressive work Gupta has done in this book and the steps taken to further Harry Potter scholarship. I would love to see someone take on Harold Bloom and his blatant criticism of Rowling's writing as "slop". Now that, is something/someone I would like to see challenged head on. Gupta's initial reference to him was appreciated, but I wished Bloom's famous criticism was addressed more.

This being said, this book is indeed insightful in terms of literary criticism on Harry Potter and therefore a promising read. I give it 4 stars only because it is not perfect, and some minor pet-peeves affected my reading along the way. Regardless this is an important column of literary criticism on Harry Potter - one that has been cited one too many times in others essays and books. Therefore, one that will continue to be read and valued.
Chewy, The Teeth-32 Airplane Teething Toy 100% Natural Havea Rubber
Chewy, The Teeth-32 Airplane Teething Toy 100% Natural Havea Rubber
It is easy for our 10monthold to hold and manipulate. It seems to be sturdy. The rupper is much softer that I thought (much softer than the giraffe its compared to) but doesn't have any teethmarks/stretch marks and is holding its shape. Our daughter doesn't use it for teething - she seems to prefer harder rubber/silicone. I did not expect it to have a squeaker- it is very loud and high pitched.
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Large Room, H13 True HEPA Filter Cleaner for Allergies and Pets, Smokers, Mold, Pollen, Dust, Quiet Odor Eliminators for Bedroom, Vital 100, 1-Pack, White
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Large Room, H13 True HEPA Filter Cleaner for Allergies and Pets, Smokers, Mold, Pollen, Dust, Quiet Odor Eliminators for Bedroom, Vital 100, 1-Pack, White
Oh my goodness; this completely exceeded our expectations!! We were at the end of our rope with household odor because of four cats, and the only way we had found to mask the smell before company came was to burn strong candles and even wood chips for the smoke. We couldn't eliminate the smell, so we had to mask it with something stronger. (I know - so healthy, right?) I am a nurse, I enjoy entertaining, and I like the idea of friends and family opening our front door to enter a clean, healthy, and welcoming home. The odor of cat urine and cheap candles was getting eye watering. Now that the weather is so cold we can no longer open the windows to get fresh air...it was time to take action.

Then there was the issue of allergies. Despite having only hardwood floors and constantly vacuuming with three types of vacuums, I have to wear dust mask around the house. I take two different kinds of allergy medication pills, along with allergy eye drops, allergy nasal spray and I still have to have my inhaler handy for the attacks. I went to an allergist for allergy testing, and here is the kicker....I didn't react to cat dander as much as I did pollen and dust. It's just a plain old dusty house that is the real problem. So we have a two-fold problem: the odor of cats coupled with sneezing from dust and pollen.

Enter the LEVOIT. We decided to go all-out and run it full time on the highest setting for a while until we can beat these odors and dust back. The unit is so sleek and lightweight. On the highest setting it sounds like the window-unit air conditioners in a hotel room. We had to turn the TV volume up a bit higher, but that is a first world complaint. Within hours we noted significant odor reductions. After a few days....GONE. I can't believe it. It is a Christmas miracle! It has also eliminated the allergens in the air. I don't know how to describe it other than to say the air almost feels 'lighter' when you breathe it. Maybe it is because I am no longer battling sinus congestion or reaching for my rescue inhaler. I was skeptical about making this purchase, and now I am sorry I waited so long. I just purchased another larger one. Thank you LEVOIT!
ECO resolver
ECO resolver
I've been using Eco-Solve for about two years now, and absolutely love it. I won't use anything else. For years, I used turps & solvents that gave me headaches or made me nauseated. When I discovered Eco-Solve a couple of years ago, I gave it a try and loved it. Now I make sure I always keep some on hand.

I find that it is a little more potent than some other solvents. Cleans brushes very well; although I mostly use walnut oil to clean my brushes, then I finish off with Eco-Solve. I've never seen it ruin any brushes, but it did eat through the paint of the handle from a cheap-brand brush. Other than that, no ruining brushes. And yes, if you get some on the label of its container, it will wash out the ink.

Like I said, it is somewhat potent. But on the other hand, it will not harm the painting. It works wonderfully for washes of oil color and it dries pretty fast. I keep some for cleaning brushes between color changes and some for thinning paints or making medium mixes. It can be used in anyway like other solvents.

I would be careful, though, not to use too much at once. I had it eat through the bottom layer of a painting once. That was my fault for using too much and not being careful. But once it dried, I was able to fix it.

I keep some in plastic bottles...no issues there; it has not eaten through the plastic. I keep silicone pucks in my brush cleaning container filled with Eco-Solve. At first I thought it would eat up the pucks, but after two years, no signs of deterioration.

I've had it on my skin with no irritation or harm. I know some people complaint about the scent, but I find it rather pleasing. It has a pleasant smell of anise or liquorice. Does not give me headaches or make me nauseated. Even though it is non-toxic, plant-based and vegan, I don't recommend ingesting it.

So, anyway, thought I share my thoughts on this product. I see some reviews go from one extreme to the other, from the best to the worst. I think the best way to find out if you like this product or not is to give it a try and make your own judgement on it.
Clarinet Concertos
Clarinet Concertos
My awareness of the Clarinet Concerto was rather limited: Mozart, Weber, and Copland. This wonderful collection provides a wealth of music from the late 18th to the mid 20th centuries by 21 different composers. Some pieces are, of course, better than others, and some performances could perhaps be better executed or recorded, but for the price the collection can't be beat. It has also gotten me to explore further some of the lesser-known composers. My only complaint is the same one for most of these digital collections from Brilliant Classics: individual compositions are not identified by composer name; the only name are the ones on the front cover list (in alphabetical order), so you have to do some research on line to figure out whose composition is which track.
Tradicional Medicinal suave movimiento té de hierbas (bolsa de 3x16)
Tradicional Medicinal suave movimiento té de hierbas (bolsa de 3x16)
I had been recommended to try this tea because I suffer with constipation due to a cancer medication that I'm on. When I used this, it only took a couple of days before I was "cleaning house." Just like the name suggests, the move was smooth; no cramping or urgent symptoms, just a gradual, gentle movement.

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