Paige Ward

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flex & bison: Text Processing Tools
flex & bison: Text Processing Tools
flex & bison: Text Processing Tools by John Levine. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault by Jody Revenson. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 161 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Nicholas Sparks 1st Edition 6-title Collection
Nicholas Sparks 1st Edition 6-title Collection
Nicholas Sparks 1st Edition 6-title Collection by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas by Bryan Mooney. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 602 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
H.R.H.: A Novel
H.R.H.: A Novel
H.R.H.: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 233 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Perdão (Portuguese Edition)
Perdão (Portuguese Edition)
Perdão (Portuguese Edition) by Fabio Rejgen and Guilherme Tolomei. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Partner
The Partner
The Partner by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Esquecer O Natal
Esquecer O Natal
Esquecer O Natal by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem
The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem
The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem by Stephen King and Glenn Chadbourne. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 165 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
You: A Story of Love and Friendship
You: A Story of Love and Friendship
You: A Story of Love and Friendship by Stephen Michael King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java For Beginners: A Simple Start To Java (Written By A Software Engineer) (java in one day, java quick reference, java programming simplified) (UPDATED 2020) (Computer Programming)
Java For Beginners: A Simple Start To Java (Written By A Software Engineer) (java in one day, java quick reference, java programming simplified) (UPDATED 2020) (Computer Programming)
Java For Beginners: A Simple Start To Java (Written By A Software Engineer) (java in one day, java quick reference, java programming simplified) (UPDATED 2020) (Computer Programming) by S. J. Sanderson and Jared Paulsen. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Java in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Java in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference by Ben Evans and David Flanagan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques
Java Programming Complete Concepts and Techniques by Gary B. Shelly , Thomas J. Cashman, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learn Python Programming: A Step-by-Step Guide about How to Program and Understand Python Programming, Practical Exercises to Apply Theory, Tips and Tricks to Learn Faster Computer Programming
Learn Python Programming: A Step-by-Step Guide about How to Program and Understand Python Programming, Practical Exercises to Apply Theory, Tips and Tricks to Learn Faster Computer Programming
Learn Python Programming: A Step-by-Step Guide about How to Program and Understand Python Programming, Practical Exercises to Apply Theory, Tips and Tricks to Learn Faster Computer Programming by Richard Moore. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 42 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The Joy of Kotlin
The Joy of Kotlin
The Joy of Kotlin by Pierre-Yves Saumont. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Kotlin programming category.
Concurrent Programming on Windows
Concurrent Programming on Windows
Concurrent Programming on Windows by Joe Duffy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Rust programming category.
Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of the Richest Man on the Planet (Billionaire Visionaries Book 1)
Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of the Richest Man on the Planet (Billionaire Visionaries Book 1)
Bezos was born in 1964 Albuquerque to a then unwed mother. ('Pops,' her father, came from a line of settlers - he enlarged the family ranch to 25,000 acres, and was also Regional Director of the AEC. She eventually married a Cuban immigrant of Spanish descent (Miguel) who came here via Operation Peter Pan (15,000 children airlifted in - without parents; his future stepfather was 15 at the time and Jeff would be four when Miguel adopted him). Miguel (Mike) became an EE.

Pops taught self-reliance to Jeff. Usually Jeff worked summers at the ranch; one year he instead got a part-time job at McDonald's. Hating every moment, he quit after a few days and started a summer camp ($600/, for a 10-day event for 4th - 6th graders). Six enrollees (including a brother and sister) - the focus was teaching reasoning. The course included reading parts of 'The Lord of the Rings,' 'Dune,' 'Watership Down,' etc. The science component included space travel, use of fossil fuels, fission generators, etc.

High school valedictorian (speech included evacuating humans for Earth), double major at Princeton - electrical engineering and computer science. .

Bezos decided to start with books in July 1994 because books were the one item in mail order catalogs that fit well with online purchase and shipping - there were so many titles that nobody could print a catalog and send it to every household. In 1994, Americans spent over $60 billion on mail-order products. The first e-commerce sale was a Sting CD in 1994. The Internet solved that problem. Bezos saw the Internet as a channel to reach millions, and books as a product to start with. Amazon began business a year later.

At the time there wasn't much you could get online - Amazon seemed to be an extension of a mail-order store where you got a catalog, then made a purchase over the phone. An Amazon catalog of books would have been larger than the NYC phone directory.

After about 4 months Amazon was doing about $20,000/week in sales.

He had decided to set up business in Seattle because of the tax structure there. (The Supreme Court ruled there would be no sales taxes collected from a company that didn't have physical presence in the state the sale was made - Washington has a low sales tax.) The next warehouse was in Delaware - no sales tax, the third in Reno (no sales tax, close to California.) Today it has a P/E ratio of 230, vs. 37 for Google, 46 for Alibaba, 17 for Apple, and 62 at Microsoft.

More than 100,000 sellers made over $100,000 in 2016, customers spent $200 billion in Amazon in 2017, it has over 40% of the U.S. e-commerce market and over half a million employees. Amazon spent $1.5 billion on shipping in 2016, and took in $3.3 billion from 32 million Prime customers; Prime members spend an average $1,600/year vs. about $600/year for the rest.

Bezos turned to 20 friends/family and raised $50,000 each for less than 1% of the company each. Overall, about 24 people contributed $1 million total for a sixth of the firm. that took about a year. Amazon went public in 1997, bringing in $148 million in revenue at that point. (About half startups make to the 5th year.)

Bezos believed that objectives superseded all other events - if you want to do something, you do it before you set out on doing anything else and you are not done until you succeed. Effort towards significant achievement is not about rewards - its the internal satisfaction.

It took 15 months to et the website ready.
Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent
Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent
If you want to study accomplishment, someone once told me, don't look only at the creative individual's life and choices. Look at the person's parents' background, because those people likely established an environment that permitted (if not inspired) the freedom to think differently. (Which is not to say that parents get the credit, but rather that they enabled the creativity, intentionally or otherwise.) If that's so, then it also makes sense to look at the attitudes of creative people's mentors, too -- and top on the list has to be Nolan Bushnell.

I think Bushnell is less-well-known to younger techies and entrepreneurs, and that's a damned shame. He founded and/or ran several companies that blazed new paths and did the unexpected, most prominently Atari and Chuck E Cheese -- as well as quite a few that didn't succeed, about which he is more candid than most. That alone would make his business advice worth listening to.

In this context, however, Bushnell is the most interesting (or marketable?) because of his impact on the young Steve Jobs, when Jobs (and then Woz) came to work at Atari. Bushnell saw Jobs' skills (and his weaknesses, too) and took the kid under his wing, creating a lifelong relationship in which they clearly inspired one another. And, as Bushnell writes, "The truth is that very few companies would hire Steve, even today. Why? Because he was an outlier. To most potential employers, he'd just seem like a jerk in bad clothing. And yet a jerk in bad clothing can be exactly the right guy to give your company the highest market capitalization in the world."

In this book, therefore, Bushnell shares snippets of advice -- he calls them "pongs" -- that can help a business identify and foster the creative talent within the organization. Most are short chapters with both anecdotes and specific suggestions, making them easily consumable, a little at time, for people with busy lives (doing creative things, I assume). There's advice on everything from hiring interviews to finding creatives (via Twitter!) to "instituting a degree of anarchy" to requiring risk (and "rewarding turkeys").

So, for example, Bushnell suggests one way to make it harder for a company to say No is to make people responsible for their criticism, because those with the most authority in a go/no-go decision "tend to be the ones who can analyze it least intelligently." One way, he says, is to set a rule that objections must be written down. For one thing, it forces the critic to be specific: "If the worst part of an idea is its cost, writing down actual numbers forces people to be more precise," Bushnell says, and it lets the idea's creator rebut or investigate the options.

The pongs make for outstanding reading, but I reluctantly withhold a fifth star because I'm not completely sure who will read this book. Certainly it's not the people whom we would agree NEED to read it, such as all the "We've always done it this way" bean-counter-led organizations that... well, I'm sure you've worked for a few of them, too. If you're trapped in one of those businesses, trying to break out, I worry that you'll just get depressed. The book is great reading for businesspeople who already are thinking in terms of fostering creativity, but I wonder how much of the advice will be really NEW.

I absolutely enjoyed the book -- as much for the geeky nostalgia about what it took to create a gaming company in the 70s and 80s, when microcomputers were spawning a revolution. I think some of his ideas are great, and I hope your company adopts them. But even if it doesn't, you'll enjoy reading this.
Smell The Musk: :: About Elon Musk (NewTech Book 1)
Smell The Musk: :: About Elon Musk (NewTech Book 1)
Smell The Musk: :: About Elon Musk (NewTech Book 1) by Mike Blake , Mike Miko, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
George Washington Is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America
George Washington Is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America
I love this look at American history. O'Brien has a very sophisticated sense of irony plus a delicious depth of knowledge. Great U.S. history of economics and the underbelly of how the USA functions. I have recommended it to my high school students even though it has 'language' included. (Ha!As if teens have not heard all of this talk before.) But they enjoy reading it and I am grateful to find a version of US history which engages them on so many levels. O'Brien does not fool around. He knows his stuff and lays it out in the most engaging ways. For my money this is the best version of the US history as viewed in the hit Broadway musical 'Hamilton' this side of 42nd Street! Read it!
The 1966 Live Recordings
The 1966 Live Recordings
"Folk-rock. I've never even said that word." Bob Dylan.

For fans of Dylan's early period this massive set will be a good addition to the music shelf. If you've heard Vol. 4 in the Bootleg Series you already have a good idea of what's here. 1966 was a pivotal year for both Dylan and music. And similar to the earlier release of the '65-'66 studio recordings, this set includes every gig he did in '66. Five "stars" because I was around then listening to Dylan and I still remember how exciting it sounded when he strapped on an electric guitar and had a tough, rocking, roadhouse band backing him. Some fans will rate this release higher or lower depending on how they hear all these concerts. So, to each his own on that subject. If you want to know a lot more about these concerts, read the recently published book "Judas!: From Forest Hills to the Free Trade Hall..." by Clinton Heylin, an in depth look at that whole period.

But let's also remember that (also like the '65-'66 studio set) these recordings had to be released by the record label or their 50 year copyright protection would go out the window, allowing anyone who had access to the recordings to release them and keep the money. So while I'm very happy to have these recordings don't believe all the hype about finding all these tapes and issuing them just for avid fans (like me admittedly) to pounce on.

I haven't had this set long enough (I started listening just before release day) to listen to every single gig--but I'm in no hurry--preferring to hear each concert as a standalone experience. So I listened to the first couple of concerts and then picked various dates from across this set to get a better idea of overall sound quality. Most of these sets have decent to good sound--but remember these are soundboard recordings for the most part with their own sonic limitations, and a few concerts recorded by CBS for possible release, that are the best sounding of the bunch. The last concerts (grouped together because of their audience origins) from Feb. and April of '66 in the U.S., Australia, and Sweden, are audience tapes with less than stellar sound. But at least they're all included. The packaging isn't as massively cool as the previously mentioned studio box set, but does have good notes by Clinton Heylin, along with some nice period photos. The outer box is a thick-ish cardboard with some nice period graphics all over it, not much bigger than the CD envelopes inside (with pics from Pennebaker's films) that has been used for other large sets, especially for jazz artists or classical music.

The set lists are pretty much the same from gig to gig. There's no real need to dissect every gig or song from different concerts. Dylan changed up his performances from gig to gig which you can hear across this collection. At this late date it may be hard for some people to listen to several of these gigs in one sitting, and wonder what all the excitement is (was) about. Admittedly (for me) this is something to be enjoyed in small doses like the huge Grateful Dead sets--a concert or two at a time--rather than sitting down and listening to several gigs nonstop. And I wonder if Dylan fans who weren't lucky enough to have been around in '66, and experienced that whole era, when Dylan morphed from acoustic folk music/'"voice of the people", to a whole other rock 'n' roll thing with (essentially) The Hawks adding to his new overwhelming (for some folk fans) electric sound, can fully appreciate what Dylan was doing.

"I adjusted the strap on my Telecaster so I could release it with a quick thumb movement and use the guitar as a weapon. The concerts were starting to feel that unpredictable." Robbie Robertson.

Every night you can hear Dylan escaping the bonds of folk music when he and his band plugged in and turned up the sound. There's an edge, an excitement, in Dylan's vocals and in his backing band's powerful playing that swept away the "old" Dylan sound. That was Dylan, the beacon, the leader, of the folk movement. This was Dylan blasting into outer space using electrified instruments. The concert from 6 May '66 in Belfast is just one example of this change. The acoustic set is nice, but the eruption when the full band plays is something else again.

"At one of the shows, where the stage wasn't much higher than the seating of the audience, a girl stormed the stage with scissors in her hand. Security grabbed her in time, but it was a close call." Robbie Robertson.

But if you weren't around in '66 and into Dylan's music, this collection will give you a good idea of the changes ("Drop dead Dylan.") Dylan was making in his music. I can remember being stunned at hearing Dylan "go rock 'n' roll" and being excited about it. But other Dylan fans I knew were dismayed at his "sell-out" from the perceived folk music principles he had previously laid out for fans. Remember the "Judas!" comment from an outraged audience member? That kind of thinking was very real back then. Dylan's "new" music was heard as some kind of hostile takeover, a betrayal, of his previous stance in folk music, which was the very soul of '60s folk/protest music for many people who believed he was a "traitor" (as some people yelled) to the folk movement. And it all disappeared when Dylan appeared on stage with an electric guitar around his neck and even more musicians standing with him with even more electric instruments. And the loud sound! And now having the chance to hear all these gigs as Dylan and his band attack many of these tunes brings back some of that '66 excitement and wonder. And for fans who weren't there way back then this is a chance to hear Dylan change his style night after night from a previously scruffy Guthrie inspired folk singer to rock 'n' roller. In (for me) small doses this is a chance to relive that whole era, and this music still has the electric excitement from that time. If you have the coin and are a fan of early, game-changing Dylan, you might want to investigate this set. If this is too much check out the 2 CD concert release (set for Dec. release) for a good idea of what's here. And now on to The Who box set (now held back until Dec.), celebrating their first album. It would've been too much to have so much good music in the span of a week or so and try and review it all. What a great couple of months for '60s music fans. And if you're a Deadhead and want a 21 CD set of live Dead from '71 post a comment and I'll get back to you.
PowerDrive PD2000 2000W Power with Bluetooth Inverter
PowerDrive PD2000 2000W Power with Bluetooth Inverter
im trying out using an inverter instead of lugging around a little generator in my work truck. so i have this bad boy hooked to an auxiliary battery (55AH) charged by my alternator and so far im loving it. i can run skill saw, pvc heaters, hammer drills, and all my battery chargers with no problem.

I load tested this inverter with a string of tempary lights. 150 watt incandescent light bulbs,
it ran 14 of them with no problem(2100watt load),
15 triped the overload warning
true rms meter
amps(ac) 17.4 volts 114.6 (1994w)
amps(dc) 166.3 volts (12.6).(2095w)
thats about 95% efficiency. well over the 90% advertised
havent tested the no load current draw
the Bluetooth features are great power on/off, sleep timer,
adjustable low voltage shutdown.
Samsung Galaxy A51 (128GB, 4GB) 6.5", 48MP Quad Camera, Dual SIM GSM Unlocked A515F/DS- Global 4G LTE International Model (Prism Crush White)
Samsung Galaxy A51 (128GB, 4GB) 6.5", 48MP Quad Camera, Dual SIM GSM Unlocked A515F/DS- Global 4G LTE International Model (Prism Crush White)
After searching for several Samsung, I decided to purchase this model Samsung A51 model number SM-A515F. Why? Because this A51 model works great in the US on Data LTE, MMS, and more (see below why).
Because this is Latin America model, it arrived in the Spanish language, however, the languages and countries are listed A to Z so I easily found ENGLISH, UNITED STATES. Very easy and LTE and Data works 100 percent with my AT&T service!

I am a techy person that uses AT&T LTE on this phone, so I wrote this review so that you can decide if this might be the best phone for you or not...

PRO FEATURES:

1) All the necessary LTE BANDS for AT&T, TMobile and other GSM...I have AT&T LTE DATA. The description was accurate about all of the LTE Bands. It has enough LTE Bands to work great with AT&T.

I travel, so at different locations, AT&T Cell Towers have different bands, at home, I receive Band 2 (LTE/4G+). Around town I am on, bands 2,4,5 and sometimes Band 17 depending on the tower location. Even on the road, my Data works great!

I reseached several Websites who confirmed the above bands on this model before I purchased and they were correct.
Note that the F model, this one is for NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA. It works wonderfully on the United States.

2) WIFI...This is a super strong WIFI. I get 5 bars all over my home and outside in back yard, 4 bars. The WiFi is super fast and stays connected!

3) Storage Space and Battery Life...After the OS, Factory apps and after installing MANY LARGE APPS, I still have 110 GB left out of the 128GB, so I am very happy!
Battery Info...First, the phone battery and CPU stay very cool between 71 and 85 degrees. On a battery charge with heavy app use, I still have 40 percent or more left at 11pm.

4) Screen Clarity Ratio...This Screen is super sharp, bright and clear. It has approximately 415 nits of brightness (which is excellent), so at 100 percent brightness, viewing the display in sunlight is Ok.
Videos are sharp, eBooks sharp etc.
Like many tall, yet slim new phones these days, they are going to the ratio at 19:5 or higher. Some high end phones are going to 20, 21, so many older format 420p videos or lower don't 100 percent fill the screen because they were made for older devices with 16 or 18.
I think that the newer videos will eventually catch up and fill the screen.

5) Speed...I found this phone to be very responsive.

6) It has a 3.5mm port for wired headsets. Both wired headsets and Bluetooth headphones sound great because this phone has Dolby Atmos Sound.

6) Price, Form Factor, Near infinity screen...The price is reasonable and I love the 6.5" screen. The form factor on this I is appreciate because this phone is so trim and slim and lightweight. It has very thin bezels so the screen truly fills up the phone.
****The slimness of the phone is one of the main reasons I purchased this phone. The 6.5" size is just right for me.

Cons:
This phone has 4GB of memory. It is fast enough but I'd prefer 6GB or 8GB of memory. The phone doesn't lag or freeze so 4GB is adequate.

Well, I hope that my detailed review has been helpful for you.
I highly recommend this phone because it works wonderfully!
Diamond Tester+60X LED Magnifying Glasses Jeweler Tool Kit Combo,for Novice and Expert - Diamond Selector II 9V Battery Included(Diamond Tester+)
Diamond Tester+60X LED Magnifying Glasses Jeweler Tool Kit Combo,for Novice and Expert - Diamond Selector II 9V Battery Included(Diamond Tester+)
This tester works great when you have it set right. Bought it for my girlfriend because she loves diamonds. (No surprise there)
We recently went to the Arkansas diamond mine and I found what could be a 3 carat diamond. But we also brought back a 5 gallon bucket of field dirt. She went through it in 5 days and found 3 more maybe's.
Got the tester today and read the directions.
Make sure to read the directions, otherwise your toenail might be a diamond.
Anyway, she tested the stones in the pictures and all came up diamond. We also had a black rock to keep the tester accurate.
Now shes testing my patience with all these cups of little rocks in them. Not sure if they are from the bucket or just the driveway.
But none the less, the thing works. The eye loupe isnt bad either. Bright lights and clear lenses. I would recommend this tester.
Wolverine Epic Collection: Inner Fury
Wolverine Epic Collection: Inner Fury
Volume 6 of the Wolverine Epics (Volumes 1, 2, 8, 12 and 13 are already available at this point) takes us to 1992 and 1993, and by this point the character was already popular enough to have specials, spin-offs and guest appearances all over the place. Admirably, the Epics are trying to collate all of them into one place, but in the process the books do end up feeling slightly bitty, jumping around all over the place.

We kick off with Inner Fury, one of the aforementioned specials, which is fairly inconsequential but does feature some typically compelling Bill Sienkiewicz art. Then we get a few issues of the regular Wolverine ongoing, which focus largely on his relationship with Jubilee as they travel to the Savage Land and take on a rogue Sentinel. Then it's Killing, another special that again, does not really add that much to the character, featuring as it does the well-hashed struggle with Logan's propensity for violence.

Interestingly, we then get the Sabretooth miniseries, focusing on Wolverine's nemesis (although the man himself does guest-star) and deepening his ties to a couple of other characters as well as setting up his imminent appearances in the main X-Men book. Then it's one last special, Global Jeopardy, which is an interesting one - the story is once again inconsequential, but as it was a World Wildlife Fund charity book, every other page features a photo and facts on a wild species. It's notable as a curiosity, if nothing else.

And to wrap up the book, an issue of X-Men portrays the VERY consequential events of the Fatal Attractions crossover, returning to the Wolverine ongoing to show the aftermath. It still feels quite weighty, although very strange thrown in a book with all the other stuff.

Extras include a Swimsuit Special pinup, Marvel Age article on the events of the ongoing, and a couple of covers. There are certainly things to enjoy here - the Sabretooth mini and final story are genuinely interesting, and it continues to be great that the Epic Collections are so completist. Just sometimes, as here, it makes for a slightly odd reading flow. One to dip in and out of, perhaps.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Universe In Peril Gameplay
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Universe In Peril Gameplay
Please allow parents to block gameplays within parental controls. My 4 yr old does not need to watch these....Or allow parents to remove certain prime videos/shows that we do not want our little ones to watch.

Thank you.
Outwitting Tomorrow: Secrets For Living From the Great Pyramid
Outwitting Tomorrow: Secrets For Living From the Great Pyramid
I have always believed the world knew about alien visitation so the existence of Valiant Thor (except for the name) is not a surprise to me. The book, Outwitting Tomorrow, however, is a pleasant product of that belief. These few pages give amazing and soul enlightening views on the reality of why we are really here and how we should live. Although I find the addition of Frank Stranges's own deep religious inspired rhetoric annoying, I remember that he stated he knew Thor only a few months before the aliens departure. Thor had tried for nearly 3 years to get the President, the Pentagon and the rest of the nations to open up to his truths. Of course, they couldn't. Our entire way of thinking would have to change just as the prophet Jesus stated so long ago, "..the world will not change until the hearts of man change..." Although I do believe in a higher, loving intelligence many of the sentences go overboard as if Stranges is quoting his own beliefs. Maybe Thor realized this was the only way to continue his teachings so he let that remain. Whatever the truth, I find this short book very life-changing. I have always believed some of these teachings so it made me happy to see that I may be correct in them. For others, the simplicity of it will be too hard to swallow. The mere thought of laughing at your own weaknesses instead of complaining, in attempting to find some joy in doing something you detest, in allowing others to do what they can do for themselves and in and in turning away hatred and negativity are just simple laws that would make us all finer and happier human beings. His call for an elimination of greed which would discount the necessity for a lot of doctors, lawyers, etc. did not go well with the government at that time (can you imagine today?), and his discussion of the illusion of having a "soul mate" (which does happen but is rare) that wastes our time searching when we could be doing more for ourselves and our fellow man are just a few discussions among many that we have never considered. The need for silence is encouraged. Of course, the description of the pyramid and it's relation to our history is very detailed. Whoever this visitor was I have to believe it was just not the creation of Frank Stranges but a real entity, who came and went, probably very disappointed which makes it seem even more real. If you are angry or disappointed in this world today take a quick read of Outwitting Tomorrow. It might be better than any psychologist or religious teaching you are using today.
Julia M. Usher's Ultimate Cookies
Julia M. Usher's Ultimate Cookies
For those just venturing into the craft and art of cookie decorating, this book is a must. The book starts by covering all the basic tools (and where to get them), tools to avoid, and tools to put on your wish list. Next, Julia explains the how-to's of doughs (rolling, cutting, baking), how to make a pastry cone, and the various "bedazzlers" (extras you can put on your cookies in addition to royal icing). Then comes the tour-de-force section--"15 bottom-to-top decorating techniques"--all the different methods to ice a cookie. Everything is illustrated, step by step, with clear photos, so you know exactly what to do. Even marbling, stenciling, and using decorative wafer papers are covered. These are followed by a section on decorative borders, including beadwork. At the end of the book are recipes and tips for making the perfect consistencies of icing for piping, flooding, and "topcoating" -- even tips on how to make sure your icing makes a perfect, rounded bead. No more pointy dots for anyone! The next 150+ pages are dedicated to various cookie projects, which are explained in minute detail with accompanying photos of each stage. The end of the book is dedicated to various recipes for doughs, icings, and modelling media. A really lovely book; clear, well-written, and well-illustrated. Julia takes the fear and mystery out of cookie decorating, and makes the reader feel that anything is possible with practice. Highly recommended!
Lickin' License: From Lust to Love to Deception and Death
Lickin' License: From Lust to Love to Deception and Death
I did the read inside thing before I bought these two books and I must say, after the first page I thought the book sex scenes would be off the chain. Was I sadly mistaken, that was the best scene of the book. The other scenes were just OK so that was the first disappointment. Past that the book just moved to fast and should have explained more in areas that is skipped past. I felt like the character personality changed just to make a certain part fit in the book although the action didn't really fit the personality of the actor. So Rich is this hard person but after so quick time he was already giving personal information but again that could be cause the pace the book was reading too. Another thing was Vanessa was this so hard to get person but yet she went real quick. I just think the story of the book was very poor and I am almost mad that I bought both books because I can barely finish the first one. I will admit I brought the book bases on Whahilda name on it but I won't do that again. Really expect more after the "read inside".
As Trilhas Da Glória (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
As Trilhas Da Glória (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
Decepcionei-me com este livro. Muito fraco e totalmente previsível. Tinha gostado de diversos livros deste autor mas este indubitavelmente é o mais fraco. Parece que foi escrito por um ator iniciante querendo preencher páginas e páginas sem nenhuma necessidade. Muito ruim
The Umbrella Man and Other Stories
The Umbrella Man and Other Stories
小生は、Harry Potterに挫折した後Encyclopeida Brownシリーズで洋書を初めて読破する経験ができ、その後そのシリーズを第五巻まで読みました。同シリーズでのレビューでも書きましたが、これらは読みやすくてそれなりには面白いけれども、本格的な小説を読む喜びまで期待できるものではありませんでした。
 本書は、読みやすい上に、本格的な小説を読む喜びを味合うことができます。他の人も書いておられますが、ぞくぞくするような感覚がたまりません。ただし、私は好きですが、人によっては「怖い」とか「気持ち悪い」という感想を持つ人もいると思います。私の家内が読んだらそう言うと思います。
 なぜかこれらの短編はミステリーに分類されるようですが、いわゆる推理小説ではありません。ただ、落ちのところでどんでん返しがあるものが多くて、いわゆる純文学の短編のようにストンと終わるわけではないので、そういう意味でミステリーなのかなと思ったりします。質の高いエンターテイメントとして楽しめます。
 これから読む人へのアドバイスとして、英語力に自信のない人は頭から順に読むのではなく、短いものから順に読んだ方がよいということです。The Umbrella Man(9ページ)、Man from the South(15ページ)あたりが短くて面白いです。また、The Butlerは5ページと短いのでとっかかりとして適しています。
 英語の勉強のために洋書を読む人にとって、単語や文法が簡単と言うことも大切ですが、内容が面白いということも非常に重要だなと思いました。内容の面白さが読書を続けるための牽引力になってくれます。その意味で、本書は英語を勉強する人にとってもお勧めです。
Naruto, Vol. 30: Puppet Masters
Naruto, Vol. 30: Puppet Masters
Fights are the real thing here... strategical,action packed, tension in each panel scenes...and with a mystery looming around sasori...not only sakura (btw she was useful back here....which is a gud thing though lol! ) and chiyo but we reader as well were invested on knowing who was the real sasori behind my" personal favourite " puppet HiRuko... And people should know Sasori my Man was really underated af!...
The Complete Peter Rabbit
The Complete Peter Rabbit
It's perfect! Design, cover, pictures and tales - everything! That's a pleasure to hold this book, turn pages over and behold the pictures! It is a bit heavy but you can't avoid that with so many stories and pictures on every page! Thanks to those who composed this book!!!
Little Miss Pocket Library by Roger Hargreaves (2010-01-04)
Little Miss Pocket Library by Roger Hargreaves (2010-01-04)
Yes the books are well bound and yes, 6 books are good value for money and yes the size and product quality is good. But it's the books itself ...they're just a tad boring I'm afraid :-/

My 15 month old loves "reading" and she has a number of other book sets in similar formats eg Noddy or Maisy etc. Those books keep my LO's attention a long time and she loves to sit and "talk" to the pictures inside while I read to her. But the problem with the Little Miss books is ...they're largely monochromatic.

For example in Little Miss Naughty, every graphic page (except the last) has a largely blank white space with the round purple Miss Naughty drawn on. There is hardly any background composition -- it's a very empty white space with this fat round grape of a character on it and a little blob of something that she's trying to do. There is nothing to interest the eye further or look at while I read the text out. My daughter doesn't seem impressed .... and this is a baby who LOVES to sit and go through 7 or 8 books at a time in my lap.

A little more graphic composition in the background would do wonders to improve these books which are nevertheless a nice addition to baby's library.
Marquise des Anges: Roman (French Edition)
Marquise des Anges: Roman (French Edition)
These books are so wonderful. I have only read six out of the thirteen books, because I have not seen the person that was lending them to me. I still remember every adventure and love that Angelique has lived through. I can imagine everything she is going through because of the great description.
Beowulf
Beowulf
With the cinematic success of `The Lord of the Rings' I suppose it would not be long before `Beowulf' also received the Hollywood motion-picture treatment, especially since Tolkien had mined the Anglo-Saxon poem `Beowulf' as one of his major sources. I therefore approached the screening with some trepidation.

I remember the exact moment in the cinema when my scepticism about the film I was about to watch was dispelled. It occurred six minutes into the film, when the camera pulls back from Hrothgar's hall through the snow-covered fields that surround it. The pull-back then continues further out again across the river; then even further out through a forest; the pull-back continues onwards and outwards, higher and higher until we reach Grendel's cave.

That extended well-framed, perfectly paced, pull-back convinced me that considerable thought had been given to interpreting the `Beowulf' poem, and from then on I was completely engrossed by the world offered to me on screen, ably assisted by Alan Silvestri's fine score. It soon became clear that this was not just another Hollywood hatchet-job. It IS still a hatchet-job of sorts, but one with meaning and good intentions.

Problems arise from the very start when we are told that the setting is `Denmark AD507', which is `a little' too early for my liking. Changes and additions have been made to the dialogue, and some fundamental changes have been made to the storyline. The screenwriters - Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary - argue that this is for the better in that it makes the narrative more coherent. And I am tempted to agree with them.

They have fleshed out the roles of Wealthow and Unferth, but the most radical change is to imply that Hrothgar slept with Grendel's mother, thus spawning the beast whose eardrums are so sensitive. In the poem, of course, Beowulf entered her lair via a lake, but here her home is the same as Grendel's, albeit a lake is found within the cave.

The second radical change is Hrothgar committing suicide after naming Beowulf as his heir, which allows the story to remain within the one landscape, so that the dragon (who is explicitly the son of Beowulf and Grendel's mother, a third major modification) haunts the same land as Grendel rather than ravaging the country of Beowulf's homeland, as the original poem has it. As already mentioned, these changes make for a more cohesive narrative, turning the poem's three acts into one linked tale that is beautifully, brilliantly, and imaginatively produced (though purists will no doubt be horrified).

But at heart this cinematic interpretation of `Beowulf' remains true to its original telling. Some of the violence is excessively gruesome, but is no doubt included to appeal to a certain kind of teenage mentality. A linked but more healthy kind of teenage mentality is appealed to by the garb (or rather, lack of garb) and portrayal of Grendel's mother by Angelina Jolie. But it's a shame that the final dragon flight and fight becomes wholly contrived and mere entertainment.

In terms of production design, full marks for imaginative responses, such as the roof of Grendel's cave being formed of the inside of a giant's ribcage. But to portray Jutland as a land of mountains will disappoint a lot of tourists looking for an original `Beowulf' experience. And to have Hrothgar's hall and Beowulf's later city constructed in stone with towers and other architectural ornamentation is to place sixth-century Danish civilisation five hundred years ahead of its time.

The motion-capture method of filming for which director Robert Zemeckis has become renowned works. Andrew Osmond, writing in `Sight & Sound' wrote how "'Beowulf' often feels like live-action with special effects, rather than computer animation." At least it makes a portly Ray Winstone look more like a youthful Sean Bean. It's a shame that the actors all maintain their own distinctive accents, but we are compensated by the amusement experienced watching the lengths the film goes to ensure Beowulf's private parts remain hidden.

This is a review of the two-disc director's cut edition. The second disc has a twenty-five minute `Making of', in which Zemeckis openly states that his film focuses on the more physical aspects of the tale - the food, the drink, the fighting, and the sex. We also learn how the motion-capture technique - not dependent on light, weather, etc - means that he can shoot in forty minutes what would have normally taken a whole day.

Other extras include a series of short films "mapping the journey" from poem to film, and the screenwriters explain why they made the changes they did for the sake of dramatic unity. There is much too on the film's artwork and the design of the creatures. Finally, there are seven additional scenes (in basic form), lasting twelve minutes.
Silver Buffalo HP12093D Harry Potter House Slytherin Crest Caldron Ceramic 3D Sculpted Mug, 20 oz
Silver Buffalo HP12093D Harry Potter House Slytherin Crest Caldron Ceramic 3D Sculpted Mug, 20 oz
Let me begin by saying that this item is by no means "bad." I like the overall appearance and link to a beloved property. However, there are some discrepancies between the product advertised here and the actual object which I received. I believe that it is worth outlining the differences here in order to educate others who may be thinking about purchasing this item.

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

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

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

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

All of that said this is still a really cool drinking vessel, but one should be aware when purchasing of the inaccuracies inherent in what is portrayed here versus what you actually get. I think the advertised product has a more elegant feel over all, but the reality of the goblet is still pretty good.
LEGO Geoffrey and Friends Exclusive Set (40228)
LEGO Geoffrey and Friends Exclusive Set (40228)
I bought this more as a ‘memorabilia’ type item since Toys R Us closed. It’s cute in the picture but I don’t plan to open it. It’s one of a few items I’m saving for my sons to have one day.
Intelabe HEPA Air Purifier with Two Filter Replacement(One is Already in Product) Eliminate Smoke, Dust, Pollen, Dander Air Purifiers for Home, Bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen and Office
Intelabe HEPA Air Purifier with Two Filter Replacement(One is Already in Product) Eliminate Smoke, Dust, Pollen, Dander Air Purifiers for Home, Bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen and Office
I looked at a lot of Air Purifiers, but decided to take a chance on this one. There weren’t even any reviews on it yet when I ordered it on Amazon . I have a small apartment and it works really well. It’s very quiet and easy to use. Add a few drops of essential oils on the cotton pad and any area will smell wonderful.
"regaliz"
"regaliz"
En casa somos consumidores natos de esta infusión de hecho es la segunda vez que compró por Amazon está infusión porque es donde más económicas son ..decir de ellas que tienen un sabor riquísimo a regaliz están buenísimas en particular yo las tomo porque va genial para la acidez estomacal calma muchísimo el estómago y sienta genial para hacer la digestión son ninguna duda volveré a comprar cuando se acaben porque en casa nunca nos puede faltar
Spry Gum Stronger Longer Wintergreen, 55 ct
Spry Gum Stronger Longer Wintergreen, 55 ct
I'm not sure whether the formula has changed OR these were phony versions of Spry gum. The shape was different and the flavor was just awful. I hoped that "stronger longer" might mean something - and it didn't. That was actually a good thing - the taste was so terrible. This was NOT as bad as the cinnamon, but still I would never recommend it. My husband finished them off, so I gave them a 2 because he tolerated them okay.
6 PCS Set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figure Toy Include (Michelangelo,Leonardo,Raphael,Donatello,Splinter Shredder) ~4.7 inches TMNT Action Figures
6 PCS Set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figure Toy Include (Michelangelo,Leonardo,Raphael,Donatello,Splinter Shredder) ~4.7 inches TMNT Action Figures
On the positive side, this arrived in time for Christmas but goodness the presentation is a zero. This looks like a bunch of used toys wrapped in a plastic bag. Thank goodness, my daughter was guiding me by phone as I ordered this gift for my grandson. I explained to her how disappointed I was when it arrived. Now I need to attempt to make it look like something decent while wrapping.

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