Paityn Campbell

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PHP & MySQL Practice It Learn It
PHP & MySQL Practice It Learn It
PHP & MySQL Practice It Learn It by Jitendra Patel. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 8411 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Nitch
The Nitch
The Nitch by Satyrus Jeering. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 48 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Be My Reason
Be My Reason
Be My Reason by Samantha Christy. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 362 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
THE GREATEST BRITISH DETECTIVES - Boxed Set: 190+ Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Stories (Illustrated Edition): Tales & Cases of Legendary Sleuths ... Max Carrados, Tommy and Tuppence and more
THE GREATEST BRITISH DETECTIVES - Boxed Set: 190+ Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Stories (Illustrated Edition): Tales & Cases of Legendary Sleuths ... Max Carrados, Tommy and Tuppence and more
THE GREATEST BRITISH DETECTIVES - Boxed Set: 190+ Murder Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Stories (Illustrated Edition): Tales & Cases of Legendary Sleuths ... Max Carrados, Tommy and Tuppence and more by Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Green Mile Serial Novel Set Books 1-6
The Green Mile Serial Novel Set Books 1-6
The Green Mile Serial Novel Set Books 1-6 by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 34 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Gull: and other short tales of horror
The Gull: and other short tales of horror
The Gull: and other short tales of horror by David Turton. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PYTHON PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: The First Real Guide For Beginners Towards Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence. Learn How To ... With Django! (MACHINE LEARNING WITH PYTHON)
PYTHON PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: The First Real Guide For Beginners Towards Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence. Learn How To ... With Django! (MACHINE LEARNING WITH PYTHON)
PYTHON PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS: The First Real Guide For Beginners Towards Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence. Learn How To ... With Django! (MACHINE LEARNING WITH PYTHON) by Oliver R. Simpson. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Magento 2 Development Essentials
Magento 2 Development Essentials
Magento 2 Development Essentials by Fernando J. Miguel. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
NLP: The Beginners Essential NLP Guide: 7 Simple but Powerful Techniques to Change Your Mind, Overcome Anxiety, and Eliminate Crippling Self Doubt So You Can Achieve Your Full Potential in Life
NLP: The Beginners Essential NLP Guide: 7 Simple but Powerful Techniques to Change Your Mind, Overcome Anxiety, and Eliminate Crippling Self Doubt So You Can Achieve Your Full Potential in Life
NLP: The Beginners Essential NLP Guide: 7 Simple but Powerful Techniques to Change Your Mind, Overcome Anxiety, and Eliminate Crippling Self Doubt So You Can Achieve Your Full Potential in Life by Timothy Lee and M R Keen. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Scala Puzzlers
Scala Puzzlers
Scala Puzzlers by Andrew Phillips and Nermin Serifovic. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development (Developer's Library)
Node.js, MongoDB and Angular Web Development (Developer's Library)
I purchased this book based on some reviews I found online recommending this book. I wish I had read the two previous customer review on Amazon before I bought this. As noted in another review, much of the text is copy and paste between sections.

More importantly this book mainly describes sections of modules in the MEAN stack. But after getting half way through it I had not developed enough of an understanding of the content to even begin to know how to put it all together. The instructions for how to use MongoDB, were designed for either Linux or MacOS. I could not get the instructions to work under Windows. After spending an hour on this, I had to resort to online help to get the author's example to work.

In the end I found a different book much more helpful. Write Modern Web Apps with the MEAN Stack: Mongo, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js (Develop and Design). While this one was a few years old, it explained things much more concisely.
Introductory Korn Shell Programming
Introductory Korn Shell Programming
Introductory Korn Shell Programming by Ryan T Putnam. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
This is a fascinating biography that I enjoyed very much, but before getting into the details of the book itself I want to quickly go back in time to when Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 (it's hard to believe that three and a half years have already gone by since that date). At that time, the Walter Isaacson biography (Steve Jobs) had already been written.

Jobs had agreed to be interviewed by Isaacson over the course of the final two years of his life, and when Isaacson's biography of Jobs was published less than three weeks after his death, on October 24, 2011, it immediately became a bestseller. His book was taken as the most thorough and authoritative description of Jobs that had been written. It did have the cooperation of Jobs himself, and did become the benchmark biography of Jobs (until today). It pulled few punches in describing Jobs volatility throughout his life and in managing his businesses. The view of most was probably that the Isaacson book was tough but fair, because the stories of how difficult Jobs could be were well known and undisputed.

Now that a couple of years have gone by and people have had a chance to adjust to Jobs death and reflect, it turns out that there was a need for a more balanced look at his life, one that doesn't overlook his failings but also gives more credit to not only his great technological leadership but also his humanity and his great talents as a leader of men and women. Especially interesting are the stories of his growth as a person, and how he did learn to be more understanding and compassionate in dealing with people. We learn through reading this book that this was something he acknowledged and worked hard at improving. He knew he had faults and he tried to limit them (not always successfully). We are all aware of his accomplishments - he led and inspired (and demanded) the talented people at Apple to innovate and exceed their own expectations time after time, and although he was a stern taskmaster he also drove them to design and engineer products that were sensational to use and experience. They were transformative to industries. Jobs may not have been perfect, nobody is claiming that, but these things do not happen solely through bullying, there has to be more to it than that.

And there is more to it than that. This new biography of Jobs brings out those other aspects of Jobs life and personality. And no doubt it benefits from the time that has gone by since his death, which has given everyone involved a chance to get some distance from the events of his life and put them in perspective.

This book also has an even more significant difference, I feel: the authors, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, are two gentlemen who have known the computer industry and Jobs for many years. Schlender in particular had a relationship with Jobs that spanned almost 25 years. He did not meet Jobs for the first time when they began working on the book (and this is one of the most important differences in comparing this book to the earlier biography, because Isaacson did not know Jobs prior to working on that book, and he did not have the strong background in the computer industry that both Schlender and Tetzeli possess. He was, and is, an accomplished and well respected biographer and business executive, and among other things has been the CEO of the Aspen Institute for a number of years). Bringing out this personal connection right at the beginning, the book starts with Schlender talking about his first meeting with Jobs, in April of 1986, when he was working for the Wall Street Journal and stationed in San Francisco and he drove down to Palo Alto to meet with Jobs at the NeXT headquarters.

A couple of years ago, when Schlender and Tetzeli approached Apple with their plan to write this book, they were not able to obtain the cooperation of the company or its executives. Then, after a year and a half of continued effort, the door was finally opened. They were able to meet with Apple people, as well as with Jobs widow, and the resulting fresh materials, together with the notes and documents they had already gathered, going back many years, gave them an unequalled resource of information to produce this new biography.

This book provides a more comprehensive look at Jobs full career, not just the Apple years (parts I and II). There is a great deal of material describing his time at both NeXT and Pixar that I was unfamiliar with. Those years when he was separated from Apple were very important in understanding and illustrating the evolution Jobs went through as a manager and as a person over the course of his life. The executives Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter at Pixar, and Bob Iger at Disney, for example, were very influential to Jobs and this was interesting to read about. (This is a time period of his life that was almost completely overlooked in the earlier Isaacson biography).

This 13-year period, beginning in September, 1985, when Jobs resigned from Apple after John Scully essentially stripped all of Jobs responsibilities from him, until late 1998 when he returned to Apple following Apple's acquisition of NeXT and the removal of Gil Amelio as CEO, is covered in detail in this book and was, to me, most interesting. It was during this period that Steve tried unsuccessfully to reproduce the magic of the Mac in the new NeXT computer, acquired a creative and well-functioning team at Pixar that resisted his micromanaging and taught him how to more skillfully lead a high performing creative group. It was also during this time that he met his future wife, Laurene Powell, married and began to raise a family. Pixar achieved it's first major success when the movie Toy Story was produced in 1995; that eventually led to his return to great wealth when Pixar was sold to Disney. All of these experiences combined over time to produce a more thoughtful and measured manager who, by the time he was asked to lead Apple again, was a far different person than the imperious and demanding 20-something who had co-founded Apple and then skyrocketed to fame and fortune when he was probably too young to handle it.

And while some are now criticising this book as being more forgiving regarding Jobs, especially when compared to the Isaacson biography, I'll add one story that speaks volumes to me regarding this 'other side' of Jobs. When he returned to Apple in 1998, he faced a terribly difficult situation, the company had it's least inspiring product lineup ever, employee morale was seriously depressed, and there was a desperate need to chart a path to recover the magic that the company had held in its early days. In one of his very first leadership decisions at Apple, in learning that the stock options of the employees were all 'underwater' and valueless, he insisted that the board re-issue all those employee stock options so that they were priced at the stock value on July 7, the day that Amelio's firing was made public. He informed the employees of this in an 'all hands' memo that went out over his signature, a singular move that immediately revitalized the financial prospects for the companies employees. And he had no personal stake in that decision, because at that time he had no personal stock options of his own. The depth of his dedication to the employees of Apple could not have been more clearly shown than it was in that single action.

As I read this book, having read many other stories about Jobs and having a familiarity with his life and how it developed, it can be both sad and frustrating to read once again about his failures and mistakes. At NeXT, for example, recounting the many errors made - selecting expensive magnesium for the computer case, requiring it to be built as a cube with sharp edges rather than easier to manufacture rounded corners, building the state-of-the-art factory in Fremont that would never be used to its full capability - I found myself lamenting that he hadn't been able to learn those lessons of management and discipline earlier in his life. A great waste, in many respects. Still, it is a part of his story (and a number of the innovations from NeXT would go on to live well beyond those days). Great leaders always talk about how their failures were critical to their development. Likely he would not have grown into the man he eventually became if he hadn't made those mistakes, painful though they are to replay. He was just 30 when he began NeXT, 33 when the first NeXT computer was unveiled, in grand Jobs extravaganza style at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He was world famous and yet still a very young and immature man. The attention to detail and importance of design that was so important to him from the very beginning, even when it was impossible to implement or led to products that were too expensive to succeed commercially, would blossom in later years as the iPhone and other devices were developed and led to Apple's greatest successes.

To me, the most moving story from the book was when Tim Cook realized that he and Jobs had the same blood type. That meant that Cook could potentially help Jobs fight his illness by donating a part of his own liver. But Jobs wouldn't even consider it, and the deep personal nature of that exchange, between those two men and at a time when Jobs realized that his remaining days were dwindling, was very poignant. The last part of the book is especially sad as we live through his final days, when he knew that his time was coming to an end.

There are many other interesting stories here, some of which can be found elsewhere in the other reviews or on the internet already, as the early reviews are out and most of them share favorite stories or new insights that were gained from reading the book. I'll just add that this is a very human portrayal of Jobs, it is one that I believe will appeal to people who like to read biographies of business leaders, people who are fans of Apple and are looking for more insight into how it works and the people behind the products, and it will also appeal to readers who are interested in what makes a brilliant leader tick, how does the mind work and what magic must take place in order for those visions to become manifest in products and in a company that, soon after Jobs death, became the largest in the world.

I also think that it is remarkable to see the support that Apple executives are now putting behind this book now that it has been released. Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO and Jobs hand-picked successor, Jony Ive, Apple's long standing head of design, and Eddy Cue, Apple's head of software and internet services, have all endorsed it. A cynic might view their praise of the book as support of something that may help to reshape Jobs image in a more flattering light, but I think that there is more to it than that. This book does not whitewash Jobs or overlook his faults.

My earlier comparisons to the Isaacson biography, which until today may have been the benchmark for a Jobs biography, may sound like too much of a criticism of that book, so I will add that anyone interested in Apple and the story of the company and of Steve Jobs is probably going to want to read both books. I purchased the Isaacson book as soon as it came out, and I'll probably go back and read it again now. There are portions of Jobs life and Apple history that are covered in the Isaacson book and not so much (or at all) in this new book. I think that one of the other reviewers makes the point that the two books should be viewed as complimentary, and I think that is the right way to look at it.

By the time of his death, Steve Jobs had become an icon of the business world, having achieved a stature that only a few American business executives have ever reached (Jack Welch at GE being perhaps the most recent, prior to Jobs). This is a fascinating look at him and his company, and after reading it I have the feeling that I may be just a bit closer to understanding what he was like. I wouldn't try to claim that this book is definitive - Jobs was complex enough and accomplished so much during his life that no single biography is going to provide everything that could be written about him. I do have the feeling that it may be the closest yet.
An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes
If I look back at the feelings I’ve had for Young Adult books the last couple of years, I have to admit that have been mostly negative. Especially when books got quite the hype, somehow I didn’t get it. So I was a bit reluctant to believe the hype that surrounded this book. With a Goodreads rating of 4,32 stars and a synopsis that hinted at typical Young Adult storylines, I was scared that this was going to be another book that just wasn’t for me. But somehow, I loved it. It has all the elements that should make me not like it, but somehow Sabaa Tahir managed to weave it into a story that hooked me completely.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the end I was really sad when I finished the book because I wanted more. I can’t wait to buy the second book and get reading again, because the book ended on quite a surprising note and I’m dying to know what happens next.
How Jeff Bezos Can Fix Health Care: Leading the Transparency Revolution
How Jeff Bezos Can Fix Health Care: Leading the Transparency Revolution
In her 1997 book, Market Driven Health Care. Professor Regina Herzlinger from the Harvard Business School forcefully introduced the concept of a consumer driven health care system that would empower people to make health care service choices based on quality (real or perceived), price, and availability (access). This is in contrast to a payer driven system that induces people to use certain health care providers who have agreed to a discounted payment schedule. In her book, Professor Herzlinger lays out the key concepts that make such a system work for the benefit of all. While some progress has been made over the past 23 years since the publication of her book, the U.S. health care system remains mostly the same.
In his book, How Jeff Bezos Can Fix Health Care, Steve Hyde provides the missing links that inhibit a major move to a more consumer driven system. These links include easily obtained transparent information about provider quality, actual cost to patients/consumers before services are provided, and provider availability. All this is accomplished with an easy to use technology platform that enables consumers to compare choices in the market in a way that does not exist today. The other missing piece to make such a major change in the health care system is a private sector powerhouse champion, hence Jeff Bezos who has revolutionized the consumer purchasing marketplace.
Whether you favor a more centralized single payer system such as Medicare for All or private sector consumer driven system as proposed by Steve Hyde, this book is essential reading for those who what to better understand what may be possible to make our health care system function better of all citizens.
Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
This book collects a couple hundred quotes from Elon Musk from his early PayPal days to the present. It included a lot of quotes I've never heard before, which is surprising. Elon fans know that he tends to get asked the same questions all the time and that he has a lot of "stock answers" for questions regarding entrepreneurship, sustainable energy, space travel, etc., so it was nice to see a curated collection. I read this book in one sitting, but it's also good to flip through.
A Letter to Geff Bezos: Floating Cities
A Letter to Geff Bezos: Floating Cities
A Letter to Geff Bezos: Floating Cities by Santiago Sevilla. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
The Prince
The Prince
Great book. If you didn't read it, you will have to do it right away. The purpose of the book is simple - to provoke you think differently And it is written In a magnificent way
Eve
Eve
I really liked The Shack and very much appreciate Paul Young's provocative portrayal of God and faith.
However, Eve is a failure at almost every level.
(spoilers at the end)

The setting of the story is some sort of limbo/purgatory; no one seems to know what. Those living there are known by their roles/gifts (e.g. Collector, Finder, Healer, Scholar). The story starts off with the main character - a Collector whose name is John - having a conversation with Eve who describes the coming event as the birth of her daughter. A strange ship floats in from Earth (?) containing the bodies of a dozen young teenage girls and 1 middle-aged man. It was obvious that girls had been victims of sex-trafficking and the man had been trying to free them before they were caught and all shot execution-style. On further examination, another girl is found broken and half-alive. Once the girl, whose name is later revealed as Lilly, is revived, she begins to have excursions into the past with Eve in order to be a Witness. Meanwhile, several Scholars come to learn from what she is a witness to, one of whom brings his own darkness with him. There are allusions to angels and other higher beings, but they are mostly unseen.

I'm the sort of person who should really like this book. It has elements of fantasy, a central mystery and theological insights, but it just left me befuddled. Unfortunately. the fantastical elements were nebulous, the story by turns predictable or just plain muddled and the characters completely non-descript. Even the main character, Lilly is not at all sympathetic or likeable. When unexpected events happened, it was not because they moved the story along, but seemed to be just pulled out of nowhere with no relevance to the story. Theologically, Young takes an overlooked insight into the nature of man and woman, but then uses it to supercede the egalitarian vs complementarian debate and move into outright feminist gynocentrism. I don't see anyway that this book receives anything but universal condemnation

**Spoilers**

The dark Scholar immediately starts calling her Lilith. That tells you the point of the novel. it is a retelling of the Lilith myth.
After the Fall, Adam is thrown out of the garden, but not Eve. Every night he comes to the garden and cries out for her, but with no response. Once Lilly is seduced by the darkness and restored to her previous state as teenaged-prostitute, she goes back to Adam as Lilith to become Eve's replacement. He rejects her and she seeks death, but God restores her within the purifying fire of the wall around Eden. Eve eventually leaves Eden to join Adam. There is then a weird scene where Lilly joins Eve and Mary, the mother of Jesus, during the years after the fall where they commiserate about how all her sons (the men) do is fight.
As the book comes to an end, her companions are all called away to their next calling. In the end, the main character is *sadly* taken to Heaven and Lilly is escorted into a room which the office of the head of the mental health clinic she's been at where she finds her previous companions as her 'new' caretakers (although it is also obvious that at this point she is already completely healed through the fires of Eden).
Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone (Historical American Biographies)
Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone (Historical American Biographies)
In this biography Henry Ford is born in Dearborn, Michigan in 1863. Henry at the age of twelve starts to build watches. His father notices his talent and sets up Henry for a job at the Flowers Brothers Machine Shop. Later in 1896 Henry finished building a Quadricycle in his garage. Henry and his friend Jim Bishop had worked hard on it for months. Finally, Henry finished it. As he tried to take the car out of his he relized it wouldn't fit. So he took an object and smashed the brick garage so the car could come it. It was pouring rain. Later in 1908 he created the first Model T and sold it for $850. Then he dropped the price to $575 dollars without the assembly line. Then when he used the assembly line to make the first car start to finish on the assembly line the priced dropped again to $290. It stayed that way until 1927.
I give Henry Ford: Building Cars for Everyone a ranking of 8 out 10. I really liked the book because it had facts that I could not find anywhere else. It says on page 14 "His mother did of complications after childbirth." That was one example of a fact that I could not find anywhere else. Another is, on page 27 "Ford was thrilled to meet Thomas A. Edison, who was duly impressed when someone told him about the gasoline powered car." I could not find a piece of information as detailed as that anywhere else.
Somethings I didn't like was it didn't go into detail on some of his other achievements beside Model T and the assembly line.
I recommend this book for people who are interested in cars or Henry Ford. They would like this book because it talks about his greatest achievement and was easy to read.
Bob Dylan: A Life In 37 Albums
Bob Dylan: A Life In 37 Albums
I'm sure that many Dylan fans would find this all a little superficial and not offering anything new. Nevertheless I found it a pleasant run through of the studio albums. Nice to have an illustration of each cover; an actual listing of the individual tracks would have been nice.

Mr Redford mentions many of the tracks recorded at the time which ended on the cutting room floor, destined for the Bootlegs. But as said, nothing new for the experts, but I found the information and opinions expressed quite entertaining.

All in all worth the price.
Krakatoa, East of Java
Krakatoa, East of Java
BOTTOM LINE: Harmless, family-friendly big budget disaster film with just enough danger & devastation sprinkled throughout to hopefully keep you from nodding off during the soapy operatic stretches in-between. A strapping young Maximilian Schell and a grizzled self-loathing turn by Brian Keith make this one worth watching. The rest of the cast & the damsels in distress... not so much. Fine practical F/X footage from that sadly bygone era when detailed miniatures & optical slights of hand were the rule of the day. Not great, not bad. I give this volcanic variant of The Poseidon Adventure a modest but honest 3 STARS.

THOUGHTS: If you've ever seen any of the myriad of star-studded disaster films that flooded theaters in the 1970's, then you'll have this potboiler plotted from start-to-finish before the opening credits are over with. Lots of melodramatic shenanigans pad out the film until we finally get to the big whoopteedo at the climax, wherein the infamous volcano on the South Seas island of Krakatoa blows its fiery top. The meager C-level roster of stars gives it their best shot, but whether you'll care one way or the other will depend on how big a fan you are of any of the cast, and/or the genre in general. This one's inoffensive enough, and at least it's no where near as hammy as, say, METEOR or AVALANCHE. But then again, these flicks are all pretty interchangeable. It's figuring who's gonna get it (and how) that makes 'em fun to watch.

THE BLU-RAY: A respectable though minimalist effort from Kino-Lorber. The transfer is mostly clean, with a smattering of dirt & debris, primarily confined to the opening title sequence. Little in the way of crush, artifacting, pixelation, edge enhancement or other video tomfoolery, and thankfully no overuse of DNR! The film's audio portion is clear and the soundmix is level. Nothing in the way of extras, save a handful of theatrical trailers for other similarly-themed titles in the KL library. The movie's busy but gorgeous poster art (courtesy of the legendary Frank McCarthy) is nicely reproduced as a splashy background for the disc's main menu screen.
MiSiBao Retractable Ballpoint Pens Black Ink 1mm Medium Point Work Pen Smooth Writing for Men Women Office Business (12-Pack)
MiSiBao Retractable Ballpoint Pens Black Ink 1mm Medium Point Work Pen Smooth Writing for Men Women Office Business (12-Pack)
I rather like these pens. The point looks fine and writes a little finer than 1 mm but it isnt a true fine pen, which is good because I dont like fine pens. But so far, they havent been gloppy or skipped when writing. I like the feel of the rubber grip and that the pen is a smidge thicker than a normal pen. The colors are nice and that they come in a multicolored pack is nice.
I probably missed it in the description but I didn't know they came with 2 refills so that was a nice surprise! Could probably be refilled with another retractable refill that is thin.
Would love to see these in blue ink. I rarely buy black ink pens because it seems that's all there ever is anywhere. I just prefer blue.
Overall, I am happy with the purchase and if I used all the ink, would probably try to find refills if I still have them and they aren't all scratched up. Was thinking possibly might make a good gift.
DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own (Homegrown City Life)
DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own (Homegrown City Life)
I really wanted to like this book, but did not at all. There are a couple of good sections like the week-by-week photos of a fast growing auto, but overall I was very disappointed.

Most of the information in the book can be easily obtained from websites like growweedeasy.com. I was hoping to get personal growing guidance from someone with lots of experience growing autos, but there were only a few occasions where it felt like the content was more than just a regurgitation of what can be found online. One piece of advice comes to mind where he says he recommends 20-24 hours of lighting per day based on his experience. I wanted more of this because there are so many opinions online that it's hard to pull out valuable information from all the noise. It felt like a missed opportunity.

By the time you're done reading it, you will be tired of the term "Autoflowering Cannabis". It's an accurate term for the plant, but seeing it multiple times on every page felt like it was used to just make the book longer. Sometimes when he uses the term, he's describing something specific to autoflowers. Other times he's using it to refer to cannabis in general. This is super confusing and makes it hard to know what makes an autoflowering plant distinct from a photoperiod plant. Also, the number of times he compares growing cannabis to tomatoes is just annoying.

The whole section on plant deficiencies is sort of pointless without good pictures. Each deficiency sounds almost the same as the others in words, and you really needs pictures to learn how to tell them apart. There's a full-page illustration, but it's really confusing because you can't tell what part of the plant you're looking at and everything looks the same.

The number of errors in such a short book should embarrass the editor. Not including all the typos, there are things that are just plain frustrating to see. Things like two identical photos on different pages that credit two different photographers. Or like the website for Mephisto Genetics, a seed company with one of the best reputations for autos, is wrong. Somebody could have proofread a final copy in a weekend and made the published version 100x better.

If you're looking for a conversation starter for your coffee table, this might work. If you're looking for a solid intro to growing autoflowers, I would start with a more in-depth book on cannabis in general, then visit websites like growweedeasy.com and autoflower.net to get into the nitty gritty.
Rubie's Women's Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie Costume
Rubie's Women's Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie Costume
My product got here fast seeing that I ordered it on a Sunday or Monday and received it on a Wednesday. Well before Halloween so that was great! I took away a star because it smells like perfume or cologne. It’s not even a light smell, very heavy. So someone either returned it after wearing or the seller dosed it in perfume to cover a smell. Good thing is that i only need it for one day and more than likely will not wear it a second time. Other than that, everything is good. My measurements are 40G bust, 38 waist and 47 hips so I’m pretty heavy everywhere. I’m ordered a large which is my usual in costumes and it’s a little tight in the chest area but I have a minimizing bra so that’s not a problem. The tights fit great but the belt is small on me. I probably won’t wear it anyway because I will be at work and don’t want to deal with putting it back on every time is comes off lol. I will upload photos on Halloween. Hope this helps!
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (Cliffs Notes)
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (Cliffs Notes)
Cliffs Notes is no substitute for reading any actual great work of literature. However, Cliffs Notes are indeed quite helpful to anyone who takes the reading of Great Books seriously; it can be especially helpful for the serious, first or many-time reader of a detailed and deeply meaningful work. Particularly when there are numerous names, events, and ideas to keep straight and thus, may act as a helpful memory trigger for the serious reader or student. It can not be stressed enough that Cliffs Notes is an absolutely poor substitute for actually reading a book carefully from cover to cover, especially a very great work of literature, like the Lord of the Rings (LOTR).

It is well worth noting too, that the reader does himself a great disservice when skipping a thoughtful and careful reading of Tolkien's forward and introduction in all his books. An even bigger mistake, is to skip the Appendix, at the end of Return of the King (LOTR).

While I'm on a soapbox, I will say that Cliffs Notes need to clean up a few very minor, yet annoying, errors in an otherwise excellent edition. Furthermore, it is a real shame that there aren't any Cliffs Notes for the Simarillion in particular, which can be a quite difficult read for both young and inexperienced Tolkien and Great Literature readers. Likewise, there should at least be Cliffs Notes for the Lost Tales, vols. 1 & 2, plus the recently released masterwork, The Children of Hurin.
K: The Art of Love
K: The Art of Love
This is a fictional story about real-life people: Julian Bell and Ling Shuhua.

My Take
I suspect it's a cultural difference, but I did not find K: The Art of Love to be erotic. Primarily because I thought Julian Bell was a naive, selfish, egocentric "boy" playing with people. He wanted what he couldn't have, and as soon as he could have it, he didn't want it.

As far as I'm concerned, there was no loss to the world when he died. His family? Yeah...

My father-in-law was an artist and acquainted with the Bloomsbury group, and he wasn't impressed with them or their art. I suspect it was the art, or how it was applied all over the house, that was his main bone of contention with them. I haven't paid much attention to their personal lives as I've been more fascinated by the art--and how it was applied all over the house...*grin*...and the bits of Hong Ying's story that touches on the Bell/Woolf/Fry household help me understand better why Dad wasn't inspired by them. A group of people caught in the public eye who felt they had to continue to live up to their professed philosophies, however much it hurt.

Julian was probably typical of celebrity kids who feel a need to be as good as their parents, and I suspect he struggled all his life between feeling like the golden boy and wondering if he was any good. He definitely absorbed a sense of superiority from his extended family and believed anything that was dissimilar to what he (or his family) considered quality was inferior or childish. He was more interested in play than reality--wait'll you get to his foray onto the battlefield, oh brother--and he was extremely quick to interpret people's actions as he pleased without any input from them. And then base his decisions upon his interpretations.

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the wrongness of his selfish actions. It's odd, Hong Ying, in his introduction, hoped that the reader is able to feel the eroticism of his story. Unfortunately, it failed for me. Yes, the erotica is there, but I found the Daoist philosophy about sex more interesting than reading about a sexually frustrated woman eager to apply the Daoist teachings from the Jade Chamber Classic, "a legendary `Art of Love'", with a self-absorbed young man who is too terrified of the future--and doesn't sound like he's any good in bed. Then there's their insta-love for which Ying doesn't provide a reason. It's more as if he needs to have them get together, so, voila.

Julian suddenly decides he wants to kiss this married Chinese woman who has not indicated any interest in him, and when she jumps when he puts her hand on his [trouser-clad] *ahem*, this is his reaction:

"Julian was nonplussed. Had he moved too fast? Was it his *ahem* that had frightened her?"

The writing is stilted in parts and chunks of it sway between show and tell with a sense of being part of an outline that never got filled in, but I believe some of the stiltedness is due to English being Hong Ying's second language.

To be honest, I found this story dumb and annoying. I loved seeing this snapshot of the China of 1936 and how people lived, the different beliefs. Now if only we could have explored it without Julian getting in the way.

The Story
Julian Bell has received a invitation to teach at a Chinese university in Wuchang where he meets Lin Cheng, the wife of the dean of his department. A woman with whom he is almost instantly fascinated and pursues in spite of her reluctance.

A reluctance that falls away into an affair.

The Characters
Julian Bell is the son of Vanessa and Clive Bell of Bloomsbury fame; he's rude, selfish, quick to "defend his turf", and a child in a man's body. A renowned poet, he alternately basks in and questions his abilities even as he subconsciously appears to seek his own death.

Lin Cheng (in real life, Ling Shuhua) is a renowned Chinese writer, the editor of the Wuhan Daily Literary Supplement, and the wife of Professor Cheng, the dean of the School of Arts. Both are part of the New Moon Society.

Wizard and Vole--his names for the two servants who come with the house the university has found for him.

Sir Harold Acton is teaching at Peking University. Yi is the Chinese student Julian inveigles into helping him find the Red Army so Julian can play revolutionary. Too bad he's so clueless about the truth of war.

The Cover
The cover at first appears to be a pale pink fabric with handpainted blossoms descending from the upper left and a large "K" embroidered in the center, but when you really look, it's a woman's naked backside from shoulders to just below her buttocks.

The title references both Julian and Lin with "K" representing where Lin stands in the line-up of Julian's lovers and the art of love being Lin's Daoist philosophy combining to create K: The Art of Love.
From Canal Boy to President Or the Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield
From Canal Boy to President Or the Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield
I have read a great many of Horatio Alger's books, this has got to be the worst one so far, about halfway through the book I was losing the will to live but I pressed on, you though will probably want to form your own opinion so here is a rough outline of the story

James is 4yrs old his father had died leaving his mother and three siblings, the eldest being Thomas at 11yrs, the family were short of money and Thomas went to work for a local farmer, James eventually started school, at 21yrs Thomas returned with enourgh money to build the family a better house, James 14yrs had an interest in carpentry and helped

After many small jobs, mostly involving carpentry, James had a yearning to go to sea, he left for Cleveland hoping to get employment on a ship but they just laughed at him, a cousin of his owned a canal boat, the Evening Star, he was employed to look after the horses and sleep on board, James was now 15yrs eventually being promoted to Bowman, he fell in the water 14 times but stuck at it

He returned home after being struck down by fever and discussed his future with his mother, a teacher visits James and advises that he should go to Geauga Seminary and improve his education, so at 16yrs he leaves with two other boys, one his cousin and sets off, he was to learn English Grammer, Philosophy, Arithmetic and Algebra, he found some work with a local carpenter to help with expenses, at 18yrs he was offered the job as teacher back at home during the winter break, he accepted, he had problems because he knew most of the boys but things went well, he returned to school but every winter returned to teach

The next school he attended was Hiram College where he met his future wife Lucretia he worked as the janitor to pay his way, James was now 19yrs, he then transfered to Williams College where he stayed for 2 years, a year later he became President of the institution and married Lucretia, in 1859 he was nominated for the Ohio Senate and was elected

With war breaking out he was made Lieutenant Colonel of the 42nd regiment, soon he was to be Colonel and was to drive Marshall from Kentucky to enable it to come under Union control, he fooled the enemy into thinking he had 10,000 men when he had only 1,400, Marshall believed this and ran and he is promoted to Brigadier General, with the war still running he is convinced he could serve his country better by becoming a congrssman, in 1863 he took his seat in the house of representatives, what follows is politics, politics, politics until made President in 1880, then again lots of politics until his assassination
Ordinary Person - Extraordinary Experiences
Ordinary Person - Extraordinary Experiences
Loved the book! Suzy has a totally fun style of writing that keeps you laughing and wanting more. She has a fresh style that I have not encountered in any other book that I've read. I loved her examples of God's "sense of humor." And I do believe that God had His hand in the creation of this memoir. You certainly led an interesting, fun life!
Brida (French Edition)
Brida (French Edition)
J'aime la façon dont l'auteur révèle certains enseignements afin de donner envie d'en apprendre plus à ceux qui sont prêts.
Je n'aime pas par contre le terme "sorcière" devenu trop négatif et qui risque de rebuter d'éventuels lecteurs, je préfère celui employé par Marion Zimmer Bradley : "sorcière de lumière" car c'est la lumière aussi bien intérieure qu'extérieure que recherchent les personnages de Paulo Coelho.
La Galere d'Obelix
La Galere d'Obelix
Ich gehöre zu denen, die wie viele andere mit Asterix groß geworden sind und es stets kaum erwarten konnten, bis der jeweils neue Band erschien. Dabei ging es mir wohl wie vielen andern Fans auch: nach dem Tod des Texters schienen die Geschichten schlechter zu werden. Dies verstärkte sich massiv bei den jüngsten Ausgaben.

Durch Zufall geriet ich an eine Originalfassung von "Asterix und Latraviata" und war doch recht erstaunt: so schlecht war die Geschichte auf einmal gar nicht mehr, allein die deutsche Übersetzung war streckenweise eine Katastrophe. Daraufhin begann ich, auch die anderen "jungen" Bände auf französisch nachzukaufen, so auch den vorliegenden. Siehe da: es lohnt sich. So brilliant wie früher sind sie nach wie vor nicht, aber doch um einiges besser als die jeweilige deutsche Sprachfassung.

Ich kann es jedem mit Grundkenntnissen in Französisch empfehlen, es auch einmal zu probieren, das Original zu lesen, es lohnt sich. Ganz nebenher wachsen die Vokabelkenntnisse :-)
Dragon Ball nº 15/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball nº 15/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Buena calidad de impresión. Incluye algunas páginas a color y, además, descripción de las diferentes armaduras al final del tomo. Compra recomendada. El detalle del dibujo es impresionante, sobre todo de escenarios y las armaduras
Buddha, Volume 7: Prince Ajatasattu
Buddha, Volume 7: Prince Ajatasattu
In spite of the title, Buddha, Tezuka departs, at nearly every turn, from the historical account of the life of Siddhartha, and he wanders far afield from the way of the Buddha, at least as passed down to us. In this work, Tezuka not only so thoroughly distorts and corrupts Buddhist philosophy but also so frequently perverts and even abuses the person of the Buddha that it would be no wonder if the reader begins to mistrust the author’s motivation for creating the series, as it unfolds.

Behind the seemingly invulnerable aegis of “artistic license” and with his characteristically magical artistry, Tezuka conjures caricatures of both Siddhartha and Buddha, in this series, that are imposters at best. At worst, he transmogrifies them into idols of a falsified spiritual legacy. In place of the historical Siddhartha and the magnificent Buddha, Tezuka fabricates an alternative retelling of the events of Siddhartha’s life and experience of awakening; the result is a chimeric mash-up of Hindu concepts and syncretized Shinto beliefs that in no way reflect those present in Buddhism. While both of those alternative spiritual traditions are certainly worthy of consideration and respect in their own right, wholly substituting them for Buddhist ones in a series ostensibly about the Buddha—even if fictionally—is not only disingenuous but also does a disservice to both the Buddhist faithful and those curious about Buddhism. For any reader who is well-acquainted with Buddhist legend and philosophy, the recasting so flagrantly—even brazenly—deviates from the inherited spiritual tradition that the reader rather naturally begins to suspect that Tezuka’s gratuitous indulgences and overtly irreverent assaults were willful.

To the reader who is unfamiliar with the Buddha’s teaching, at least as preserved in scripture and thanks to the various and venerable monastic communities worldwide, beware! Beyond the alluring imagery wrought by Tezuka’s fantastic artistic talent, there is almost nothing Buddhist about the Buddha in this series, other than the name and appearance. In contrast to tradition, the Siddhartha of this series is weak and infirm, lazy, emotionally callous, mean—even cruel on one occasion—and, generally, unsympathetic. The Buddha of this series is confused, helpless, hopelessly dependent upon Brahma, emotionally unstable, frequently agitated, grief-stricken, befuddled, and pitiable, a truly pathetic and uninspiring figure. Apart from the occasional vignette that is genuinely touching and the infrequent depiction of the Buddha in an honorable and inspiring pose, the Tezuka’s Buddha is a mirage that bears no resemblance to the one venerated by Buddhists nor even popular conceptions of him. Although it surely is the prerogative of artists to take some license to tell a captivating tale, when it comes to representing historical personas, especially those spiritual or religious ones who have immeasurably influenced humanity, there ought to be some responsibility to represent at least the essence of their teachings with an appreciable degree of fidelity. For example, the Noble Eightfold Path, which is a fundamental component of the Buddha’s teaching, is only ever stated in print by the Buddha once, maybe twice, and late in the series, and even on those occasions, the representation is botched, being inaccurate in contrast to any formulation of the Path. After so many pages, there’s little justification to charitably forgive such an error of commission, other than to attribute it to rank negligence on Tezuka’s part, if not willful counterfeiting.

To the reader who might identify as “Buddhist”, or merely appreciates Buddhist philosophy, and who is intrigued by the prospect of a graphical representation of the Buddha’s life and teachings that might convey a similitude of authenticity, Tezuka’s portrayal of the Buddha will be disappointing, perhaps even concerning. If such a reader has a keen eye for the Triple Gem, then he will recognize in Tezuka’s Buddha—just as Johnny Depp’s Donnie Brasco does with the fake diamond ring—that … “It’s a fugazi.”
Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein The Billionaire s Sex Scandal (James Patterson True Crime (2))
Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein The Billionaire s Sex Scandal (James Patterson True Crime (2))


I read this to study style and format for a non-fiction court/trial subject matter and was not disappointed. Researched and written with John Connolly, an investigative reporter, and Tim Malloy, print and television journalist, James Patterson turned out yet again an interesting and page-turning book.

Chapters remain short 2 — 4 pages in this 287 page book, including Coda and Epilogue.

The subject is Jeffery Epstein, convicted in 2008, for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. He serves 13 months of an 18 month sentence in the Palm Beach County Central Detention Center [the Stockade]. Wearing an ankle bracelet Epstein has "work release" privileges and allowed to leave prison grounds six days a week to go to his attorney's office, his office, or to his home on El Brillo Way in Palm Beach.

In chapter's 32—33, Donald Trump bars Epstein from Mar-a-Lago when a member of the posh private resort complains to Trump his young daughter has been invited to Epstein's house, about two miles from the twenty acre resort. She goes, then complains to her father Epstein tries to get her to undress.

Patterson writes, "...in no uncertain terms [Trump] told Epstein that he was barred from Mar-a-Lago" and Trump severs all ties with him.

Epstein caters to ex-presidents [Clinton]; international politicians, royalty [Prince Andrew]; CEOs, Hollywood moguls ... you get the picture. His parties are infamous. His penchant for young girls, 14 and up, remains hidden from public scrutiny. The exceptions are those Eyes Wide Shut elite who pander along with his pedophile whims.

Patterson, Connolly and Malloy have taken a sensitive subject and presented it with taste, in an interesting format in the Patterson drama to keep you turning the pages.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
It has been widely and vehemently put forth that the Inklings, a group comprised mainly of writers (including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams) who met regularly to read their works to each other over the course of more than fifteen years, was simply and solely a social club. Biographers, scholars, and in some cases the Inklings themselves have denied that the members of the group either exerted influence over or were influenced by the others. Glyer, however, presents a convincing argument that it is a gross error to take such statements at face value.

In The Company They Keep, Glyer defines and delineates a number of areas in which the various Inklings did indeed have an impact not only on each other’s personal lives as friends, but also on their professional lives and works as colleagues. Exhaustive evidence is provided to support these claims, demonstrating how these men acted and reacted upon each other as resonators, encouragers, sometime opponents, editors, collaborators, and referents.

Additionally, in the course of proving the influence of the Inklings on one another, Glyer makes a strong case for the importance of community in the life of every writer.

P.S. Don't skip the footnotes - they contain excellent content in themselves!
Der alte Dessauer: Humoresken, Band 42 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Der alte Dessauer: Humoresken, Band 42 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Das Buch bereitet mir eine große Freude und die einzelnen Geschichten erfreuen mich immer wieder. An den Ausdruck muss man sich gewöhnen, insbesondere weil sich die Figuren in Dialogen er-zen. Ist das Gewöhnen gelungen, geht jede Geschichte runter wie Öl.
Der Aufbau ist meist gleich, mal länger mal kürzer. Ein Liebespaar ist in jede Geschicht eingewoben und der Alte am Ende immer gnädig.
Aber es sind gerade die kleinen Facetten, die mich jedesmal auf ein Neues überzeugen, so z.B. der poltrige Alte im zottigen Gespräch mit weiß der Kuckkuck wem - die Ausdrucksweise, die archaischen Flüche, einfach lebendig.

Ich empfehl's also für Leute, die etwas für das 18.Jh. übrig haben oder regional verbunden sind.
Mere Christianity (Boxed Set)
Mere Christianity (Boxed Set)
I'm an old guy, read a lot of books. This title, Mere Christianity, is the only book I ever spontaneously "studied" and read and re-read 4 separate times. The book is written in layman's terms, and yet contains some of the most profound spiritual thinking I have ever come across. C.S. Lewis makes a coherent, systematic presentation of the Christian faith - as he came to it in his life. He provides the reader with insight into his own process of conversion from an avowed atheist to a man of deep faith in God. A truly remarkable journey down the path of enlightenment. It is amazing that a man who could produce such a classic as the Chronicles of Narnia, could also provide such an in depth, review of the greatest question in human history. Does God exist? C.S. Lewis will certainly convince you if you are not already there....
God Flower [In Japanese Language]
God Flower [In Japanese Language]
1863年萩へ帰国した大村益次郎は兵学校教授となり西洋兵学の講義を行う。
一方幕府は1866年に長州征伐を号令、はげしい戦闘が各地で開始される。
大村は石州口方面の実戦指揮を担当するが、最新の武器と巧妙な用兵術を用い、
旧態依然の幕府側をことごとく撃破。浜田城を陥落させ、石見銀山を占領した。
机上の勉強など戦いの場においては役に立たないものだが、大村は不思議な
ことにやりとげてしまう。宇和島で蒸気船を作ったときも、江戸で女囚の
解剖をしたときも、今回の戦いにおいても大村は度胸+綿密な事前の机上勉強で
完遂するのである。すごい。

 長州は外国艦隊との交戦を通じて、ハイテク機械(大砲や施条銃)の威力を
知り、実際にそれらを入手して百姓たちに持たせた。このことが(大村の采配も
さえていたが)長州の勝利の本質的な源泉だと思う。

 この中巻では私はふたりの人物に魅かれた。ひとりは、

ポンぺ(1829-1908)。1857年幕府の招請で医学を教えるためオランダから日本に来る。

 ・・このためポンぺは、ヨーロッパの医科大学で教えられている基礎課程、
  専門課程をただ一人で教えねばならぬことになった。かれが教えた科目は、
  物理学、化学、繃帯学、人体解剖学、組織学、人体の理学的総論と生理学、
  病理学総論、内科学、薬理学、外科学理論、外科手術学、眼科学である。
  さらにかれは課外において鉱物学や法医学などにまで触れた。・・

 ポンぺは若干28歳。彼の指導の下で、松本良順以下が学び、以後日本における
近代西洋医学は大いに発展した。

 もうひとりは、誰からも相手にされない大村益次郎を推挙した桂小五郎。

 ・・あるのは、天秤の感覚だけである。桂は天秤における支点そのものであった。
  桂の感覚における支点の左右がつねにこまかくふるえていて、すこしでも左なら
  左が重くなると、そっと右に分銅を置いて釣合いをとろうという働きをする。
  天秤が無私であるように、こういう感覚のもちぬしは、つねに無私でなければ
  ならない。・・

 それほどとびぬけて優秀ではなかった桂が攘夷の嵐の吹き荒れた長州政界で生き
延び、藩の指導者になったのはバランス感覚と無私。
それに較べると大村は政治家ではなく単なる技術者にすぎないことがわかる。
The Black Velvet Gown
The Black Velvet Gown
Some people didn't like The Black Velvet Gown as much as Catherine Cookson's other work. I have to say the DVD of The Black Velvet Gown was my first introduction to Catherine Cookson and I was immediately hooked. I read the book to fill me in on areas of the DVD I didn't quite get. This is still one of my favorites on two fronts. It shows what any person can do with an education and what any woman can do with an education. The female characters are very strong. At the same time it shows all the complexities of class and economic exploitation. Cookson never sugar coats her stories. They are always raw and never judge the difficult choices people make in order to survive while nonetheless suffering the consequences.
Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow
Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow
I’m in the minority here. While the information is interesting, to me the writing has no flow. Too many of the sentences are, long, twisty and awkward. The book reads like a translation. It is not a pleasure read.

One other point . . . the author constantly makes reference to contemporary, mostly German or Swiss, works. Unless the reader is an academic, these digressions become pointless and annoying.
The League of Frightened Men a Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout
The League of Frightened Men a Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout
4.5 out of 5 stars.

After watching most of the great Nero Wolfe A&E series (starring Maury Chaykin as Nero Wolfe and Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin), I decided to read some of the original novels. I got a hold of <i>And Be a Villain</i> and liked it, so I decided to get them all so I could read them in order (from 1934 to 1975).

Now <i>The League of Frightened Men</i>. The characters are already pretty much fully formed, so I get no jarring discontinuities between what I think Wolfe and Archie should be and how they are presented. (Like, say, the discontinuities between the Morse and Lewis of Colin Dexter's first few novels and the Morse and Lewis of TV and his later novels.) I can imagine the brownstone properly and Maury Chaykin, Timothy Hutton, and Colin Fox in their roles. Stout, from the start, gives the house and the characters all the ideals and foibles and mannerisms they would have throughout the series.

To the story. The mystery is pretty good, though very un-PC for today. But hey, it was okay to call someone a "cripple" in 1935. Better than <i>Fer-de-Lance</i>, I think. A good Nero Wolfe story all around.
The Innocent Stefanides Bride: An Emotional and Sensual Romance
The Innocent Stefanides Bride: An Emotional and Sensual Romance
I thought I liked Penny Jordan books. I Did not like this book at all. I did not even finish reading it. Love at first sight within the first few paragraphs, They had not even spoken. There was barely any dialog between the H and h. He totally disrespects her. Always four paragraphs of h agonizing over things. Would not recommend
A Scandalous Inheritance
A Scandalous Inheritance
One of my favorite Penny Jordan books that is set in Texas rather than in the UK ! The attraction between the hero and heroine sizzles from their first meeting and doesn't let up. A very enjoyable romance. So happy to see it on eBook since my paperback copy is very worn from reading.
Harry Potter Journey Through Hist Magic
Harry Potter Journey Through Hist Magic
This is a curious book, as everything about Harry Potter is curious. But it is a very good and much appreciated book as well. It takes you through the history of magic. In that sense it is actually a great reference for those interested in historical topics and myths. The book makes an ideal great gift for muggles and budding wizards alike that want to solidify their base knowledge about magic. The 144 page book is filled with colourful illustrations and art. So it is all very nicely presented. This makes it a great addition to our daughter’s growing Harry potter collection and book shelf in particular.

The book addresses ancients myths and mythical creatures, astronomers, mermaids, unicorns, medieval witchcraft and alchemy - all of course tying into to Harry’s world of magic. There is a whole background story about dragons and brooms. Then there are detailed explanations about Hogwarts classes like the Defence Against the Dark Arts, Divination and Herbs. Furthermore there are sketches and manuscripts from the grand wizard herself; J.K Rowling as well. So it is really a very rich, complete book.

The book includes interactive instruction to create your own ‘magical ‘ potion like invisible ink as well. My Potter-crazed daughter wrote me a letter with this and I can confirm the text was absolutely invisible, as the included picture demonstrates.

Note that it it was produced along with the British Library to support the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, we sadly missed that. However there was also a tv documentary that can be found online.
The Lost Girls of Devon
The Lost Girls of Devon
Once again Barbara O'Neal has given the world a story filled with compelling characters. She places her story in the wild and beautiful Devon area of England, and brings together four women, Lillian, Zoe, Isabel, and Poppy who are all touched by the challenges and outcomes of past life decisions. The main characters are all related to one another as mothers and daughters and grandmothers who love one another, who have been betrayed by one another, and yet who are deeply loved by one another. They are all seeking forms of redemption and renewal. There is one main mystery in the novel, that of their friend, Diane being missing. However, there are also mysteries of past events that continue to affect the women, and the questions of how they will heal and move forward in life. The novels of Ms. O'Neal always find a way of touching the heart, mind, and soul of her readers, and 'the lost girls' certainly do so in this beautifully novel.
Kosher Nut-free Dairy Gold Chocolate Coin Tub
Kosher Nut-free Dairy Gold Chocolate Coin Tub
Solid container, coins are wrapped well and none melted. But the chocolate arrived expired. It says expires 06/2020 and it arrived 06/10/2020. Is it probably fine? Yeah. Does it still taste ok? Its definitely past its prime (turned whitish like old chocolate does) but its still maybe just a tad better than hersheys. Is it still worth it? Maybe. But shipping an expired product that is meant to be a gift or passed out is problematic- and you cant get a refund or free replacement. Not who on the supply chain to blame. Seems like a decent product- maybe I’m a fluke?
Snared (Elemental Assassin Book 16)
Snared (Elemental Assassin Book 16)
Have you ever read a series and wondered how in the heck did we get to book 16 of the series? That is me at this moment. It isn’t a bad series and the repetitions of the first books have died out a little. But either I’ve become a much better sleuth in my reading OR this series is becoming really predictable in a lot of ways.

What I liked.

In every book there is at least something I like and for this one it was the swap up of the normal Gin against some insert criminal mastermind here to Gin and the search for a serial killer. It was a good swap up but I totally knew who the serial killer was before mid book and where he was keeping his next victim.

The coroner Ryan is a new favorite character and I like that he seems to be in a very strange Spider Fan Club of sorts. Gin’s entire team are all really good characters. I’d like a little more development on a few of them in particular but maybe that is coming.

Concerns and Little Nagging Things in the Back of my Head.

Well I have a few for this series. One being that I guessed a lot of the plot. But more than that I wonder how many more books JE is planning on cranking out before wrapping it up. I mean am I committed to 20, 25 more than that. I’d really like some sort of end date in mind. How long is it going to take to find the leader of this elusive circle???

My biggest pet peeve with this series is that it seems Gin remembers or flashes back to some super important detail from her past that is the big clue in the present often. I’m usually okay with this a few times in a series but this happens in almost every Gin book. Either she flashes to the past and sees something important or Fletcher has remarkably left some clue she finds even though he died in book 1. I’m a little put out by this one specifically because it revolved again around the night that Gin’s family died. We’ve seen this particular one a few times and every time some new thing happens in that recollection to fit into the current book. It just feels so convenient.

I’d like some movement on the relationship front with Owen and Gin. I mean they are together but I think their relationship has stalled. Owen has turned into some flat paper cut out version of a prefect boyfriend. He shows up to help in everything she is doing, he never has his own thing going on, he supports and agrees with everything she does. They don’t argue or even banter. I mean just a discussion about living together or hey maybe we should both get tested so that we don’t have to use condoms and the pill with sex anymore. Something??? Anything??? Nope it is all perfect in Gin Owen land all of the time now.

Overall

I liked the plot line change up but I could do with less flash backs to reveal new information and more assassinating and present day sleuthing to find the bad guys. It isn't a bad book but it also didn't really make me like the series more either.
Funko 5 Star Harry Potter Severus Snape 3" Exclusive Figure
Funko 5 Star Harry Potter Severus Snape 3" Exclusive Figure
Product arrived in perfect condition and as described. There was no damage to the box. i read some of the other reviews and i was worried but it was sent very well packaged and was also deliver in perfect timing no complaints girlfriend was happy.
Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography (Dover Magic Books)
Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography (Dover Magic Books)
I wanted to research authentic Victorian magic tricks for a book I was writing, and this book seemed to fit the bill. Some of the tricks seemed a little improbable, however, especially in today's era. What was nice was when some of the writing was particularly vague, the many classical illustrations would illustrate for further understanding. Most of the time it would help. Other time's I hadn't a clue what I was looking at. Some of the language is archaic, but was still readable using context clues alone, even when my kindle dictionary failed me. A good chunk of the end of the book deals with trick photography (moving pictures and the zoetrope for example), which I understand might have been part of the whole "magical entertainment", but was not strictly a magic trick where a magician was involved. In addition, many of the stage illusions were variations on the same trick (like the use of mirrors). While the title of this book is encompassing, I wished there were a more varied assortments of stage illusions explained. Having said that, it did fulfill my research needs, so I was quite satisfied in this book.

Disclaimer:I downloaded a free mobi version of this book for my kindle, as this is a public domain book. It was fraught with bizarre formatting/spelling typos. My review is in no way a reflection of those errors, but beware if you get this the same was as I did.
Bora Portamate Mobile Base PM-3550 Industrial Strength with Swivel Wheels – Universal, Super Heavy Duty, Adjustable Rolling Kit, Dolly Roller for Equipment, Power Tools, Machines- 1500 lb Capacity
Bora Portamate Mobile Base PM-3550 Industrial Strength with Swivel Wheels – Universal, Super Heavy Duty, Adjustable Rolling Kit, Dolly Roller for Equipment, Power Tools, Machines- 1500 lb Capacity
This base is very well made, sturdy, easy to put together, I own several and will buy more. A few nit picks though, and they are not insignificant.

First the packaging is truly awful, I am sure when shipped by the pallet full to a retail location it's fine, but I've bought 3 of these and all came from different vendors all shipped with different carriers and all arrived busting out of the seams. The last one looked like it had been dragged here and it was the only one boxed in another box, the first two were just coated in a roll and a half of packing tape. Add to that the box is heavy, full of metal that is shifting around and has a nice glossy finish with pictures on it that is difficult to get a grip on. It's a box of heavy metal wrapped up like a coffee maker, doesn't really work, and the necessary tape cocoon doesn't help, it really needs to be packaged in a tougher (brown) multi-wall box which would probably cost about the same as the photo intensive box it comes in.

Second, I'm not sure who came up with the standard dimensions, there are various "kits" to make it bigger, even crazy big if you wanted to, but the minimum dimensions are quite large for typical shop tools. The base comes with 2 longer and 2 shorter rails and those 2 longer rails are too long to snugly fit a full size cabinet saw, or a heavy duty shaper, or large floor standing belt/disk sander, or a large drill press, or a typical iron frame band saw on an enclosed base, all things very typical in a home shop, and based on the a fore mentioned photo packaging, this is certainly the market this was intended for. I have had to chop the rails on everything I've put this under, and the holes are drilled such that doing so puts you at the end of the pre-drilled holes, for any of the above applications, and even to get there you need to cut both ends of the rails to have enough pre-drilled holes left and they are formed holes so you'd need to drill and tap, and since the factory holes are distortion punched it's really not something you can reproduce and get the same thread engagement. Personally I think if it was packaged with 2 sets of the shorter rails and the longer ones were available as a reasonable cost option it would be a better product, or there were more pre-drilled holes on the inner rails, like all the way across instead of just a few on either end. I'm just not sure what particular product they had in mind when they came up with the dimensions they even sell an outrigger for this for extension tables for, which can be purchased as a kit with this base, which you'd think would be intended for a Delta Unisaw, or a Powermatic 66 or a Sawstop Professional, or any one of the off shore clones of such, or one of the many hybrid saws, but these all have about the same base dimensions, dimensions smaller than this base can adjust to.

Speaking of the outrigger, which I also have, it is also weirdly oversize, it's 32" front to back and none of the saws mentioned above have tables that deep and certainly not a leg support needing those dimensions. Even the Saw stop industrial is only 30" deep with a support leg footprint significantly smaller than that. And this cannot really be cut down in any sort of reasonable way as the castor supports are welded onto the ends, so somewhere you end up with a trip hazard. And the bracketry for the outrigger is also odd, it has some strange clamp dealy on one end that clamps around the inner crossbar of the main base and a flanged end that bolts to that oversize table leg support, which by the way has holes that have no relationship to the hole spacing on the bars of the main base. The whole thing could be simpler if they just drilled the holes all the way across on the main base and used the same spacing on the outrigger and just gave you 2 of the same bracket. it would solve multiple problems. Interestingly though, the outrigger does not share the same picturesque boxing of the base, and is well packaged, not slippery and arrived in perfect shape.

But anyway, it is a good, solid product, which I would absolutely recommend and was a huge step up from the Delta mobile base I had on my Unisaw which sagged in the middle at it's only lift point and became not very mobile. Having 4 rotating casters makes it a breeze to move around, it locks down solid, is easy to level, can effortlessly operate it with your feet, it just seems to have a little too much marketing in the packaging, and a little too much counter productive generosity in it's dimension. I really do wish they'd made it less generous and upsold me kits to make it expandable in steps, for both products. All in all it's a well built product, but I can't say it's a particularly well engineered product at least not from a versatility stand point.

There are recommendations in the Q&A to solve the size problem by putting in a plywood base and then putting whatever tool you have on that, but this just seems like a bit of a cheesy hack to a problem that shouldn't be there in the first place. Especially considering this product is coming from a company that makes a base based on your supplied piece of plywood, and if you really wanted to stick your machinery on plywood would you have bought a "Super Duty", rated to 3/4 of a ton steel base?

So, Bora if you read these, either A) drill more holes in the rails, or B) make it smaller and sell me stuff to make it bigger, or sell me stuff to make it smaller, either way. Oh and just make the hole patterns the same everywhere and you'll need to make fewer unique parts, then even the extra up sell parts are just the same really, you could be selling me all kinds of different size rails that are just cut from the same continuous hole blank, and lastly get better (and cheaper) boxes and put a label on it if you want a picture for the sales floor.
Dusico® Balloons Rainbow Set (100 Pack) 12 Inches, Assorted Bright Colors, Made With Strong Multicolored Latex, For Helium Or Air Use. Kids Birthday Party Decoration Accessory
Dusico® Balloons Rainbow Set (100 Pack) 12 Inches, Assorted Bright Colors, Made With Strong Multicolored Latex, For Helium Or Air Use. Kids Birthday Party Decoration Accessory
I had the novel idea of filling our entry hallway from floor to ceiling with balloons for my wife's birthday. As luck would have it, she is intensely scared of balloons. Sheesh! Well, it's been over 4 days and most aren't losing any air. Normally balloons deflate on their own in a few hours or days, but these won't. Now I'm stuck with an unhappy wife, hopping over balloons until I risk popping them all and bringing the cops to the door.

I didn't have a single balloon pop while inflating them and I was using a 120 psi air compressor. That right there is pretty remarkable. If you're looking for balloons that won't pop and don't lose air, these are the ticket (provided your significant other doesn't have an irrational fear of them).

*UPDATE It's been two months since I inflated these balloons. I popped all but one. The one leftover balloon is still 3/4 full after 2 months. Remarkable!
Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work™
Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work™
I purchased this book looking for research and strategies on sustainability of change. I did find some of that and elements from the text that I will be able to use in practice. More often then not the link to PLC's felt contrived to bring the thinking of the two authors together. Knowing what I wanted from the book allowed me to read through the content and pull what I needed. It is an easy read and for folks early into the concept of PLC's this publication may have some value. With my purpose of wanting to dig deeper into the topic of sustainability, I was able to separate the two. Bottom line, if you are relatively new or early in your implementation of PLC's this book is of value, if not, but looking for information on sustainability the reader needs to sort and sift to benefit from the text.
GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station - International Power Adapter - Surge Protector - Power Strip with 4 Intelligent USB - Free Bonus Included
GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station - International Power Adapter - Surge Protector - Power Strip with 4 Intelligent USB - Free Bonus Included
ISRAEL ADAPTER ALERT -- The base unit itself is fine and very convenient ... seemingly well-designed. BUT ... the adapter designated for Israel is another story and a very important one for those traveling to the Middle East. While having the correct pin configuration, the adapter has a "square-ish housing" that is incompatible with the "recessed round wall outlets" and "recessed round extension cords" I found in hotels I stayed at (Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, Leonardo Club Tiberias, Dan Panorama Jerusalem). Please see photos for a clearer visual representation of the issue at hand. (Click review title to then be able to enlarge photos) And notice how I had to "MacGyver" the adapter plug to work with a hotel-provided extension cord. Of course, it's great that the unit comes with so many adapters. But were I to travel abroad again, I would drill a bit deeper in my online research to make sure the identified adapter provided with this kit will, in fact, easily work in-country. You can imagine my frustration given that I purchased the item not only to charge dual voltage devices but, most importantly, a nightly-medically-necessary CPAP machine. Please know that I take no pleasure in running this up the flagpole. But I felt it necessary to do so. I'm sure these are fine folks. They sent me a follow-up email. They obviously care. But I still had a major difficulty that was unexpected and sort of defeats the whole goal of purchasing this particular item in its present configuration.
NanoPi R1S Allwinner H3 RAM 512M Tiny Computer & Router Dual Gbps Ethernet, in Pocket to go
NanoPi R1S Allwinner H3 RAM 512M Tiny Computer & Router Dual Gbps Ethernet, in Pocket to go
This is a pretty capable little box. There is growing support for OpenWrt on this unit and it’s going to be a great thing for lots of home users.

It does seem to struggle on the very top end when running SQM CAKE (layer_cake) when shaping 450Mbps/24.5Mbps. There is still some work to be done on tuning CPU affinity, so this situation could very well improve over time.

Both Ethernet ports are gigabit capable and do produce excellent throughout.

Two complaints (other than the SQM call out above):
1) The little fan (as is true of most small fans) is noisy. Not horrible, but definitely audible up to around 6ft away. The OpenWrt build I am running doesn’t yet have PWM support for the fan, so that should improve the noise over time when not under load.
2) For some ridiculous reason, the manufacturer sets the default UART rate to a non-standard 1.5Mbps and requires a high-speed capable serial device if you intend to connect that way for troubleshooting. This causes issues for Mac users who use stty & screen especially because MacOS doesn’t allow that non-standard speed via IOKit. (For gurus out there, it IS possible to use Python's PySerial package to get console output from the serial port @ 1.5Mbps on a Mac. I have done this successfully.)
+31 colors/patterns
+31 colors/patterns
These pants are great! Beautiful color and pattern. I initially ordered two sizes up based on some reviews, however they ended up being too big. Then I ordered my regular size, and although the fit was much better I could have gone another size down. I am an apple shape so I don't have large hips, but these pants are stretchy, super comfortable, and very forgiving with any flaws one may have. Wide soft waistline sits flat, doesn't roll down, and it won't create a muffin top. I'm tempted to buy another pair because they are hard to find with cotton combination which is another thing I like with these pants. They contain 50% of cotton so they are not shiny, staticky, and synthetic mess as many of these types of pants sold on Amazon are.
I'm 5.8 so they are not as long as I would like them to be, but these are lounge pants so I can deal with that. Not sure how they will hold up with washing and additional shrinkage, but I intend to air dry them. I definitely reccomend them.
The Winner 2020* Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Snore Relief Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Effect - Bamboo Derived Washable Cover - Doctor Designed/CertiPUR Certified
The Winner 2020* Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Snore Relief Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Effect - Bamboo Derived Washable Cover - Doctor Designed/CertiPUR Certified
I have to be honest, I hate memory foam pillows. However, after recent neck injury, a shredded memory foam pillow was suggested as slighty softer than a single memory foam pillow. It took about 5 nights to get it right, too high as had another pillow below, too low without. But after about 4th night i noticed that i hadn't been woken up in night as much with pain. By the 5th night I had best night sleep I have had in months. It's not a cosy snuggle down pillow, and in fact is quite heavy. So if reading or watching tv i use a softer pillow on top of this one. But know if I fall asleep on a softer pillow I will wake up shortly with awful neck pain. Anyone who has been deprived of sleep, for whatever reason, babies, ill health, insomnia...know how it affects your whole life. Not just your life, but everyone around you suffers too. It might not work for everyone, it's certainly not a miracle cure for my pain. However, it does allow me to have a few hours sleep undisturbed by pain, and that to me is priceless. Thank you so much.
Pantaya
Pantaya
Pantaya es muy buena opción para las personas que prefieren sus series y peliculas en espanol. El problema es que la diversidad de películas no es amplia. Lo peor de esto es la plataforma como tal. Es comer ver películas digitales aun usando videocasete. Es muy difícil adelantar o atrasar la película. Es imposible evaluar la pelicula como lo permiten otras plataformas. Tendrán que invertir dinero en desarrollarlo. Por ahora es un resuelve pero hay otras opciones.
BELLA Two Tier Food Steamer, Healthy, Fast Simultaneous Cooking, Stackable Baskets for Vegetables or Meats, Rice/Grains Tray, Auto Shutoff & Boil Dry Protection, 7.4 QT, Black
BELLA Two Tier Food Steamer, Healthy, Fast Simultaneous Cooking, Stackable Baskets for Vegetables or Meats, Rice/Grains Tray, Auto Shutoff & Boil Dry Protection, 7.4 QT, Black
I have this little guy for over two years now and I want to throw up some DISCLAIMERS about what I've read in other reviews.

LEAKING ON COUNTER - This usually only happens when you're using tray 2 without tray 1 underneath it. It is annoying but easily avoidable. I had another steamer where both trays made a proper seal on the bottom while still being able to be stacked while in use and reversed to fit one inside the other for storage. That was great and I don't know why they couldn't do it for these but as long as you're aware of which tray you're using, it is never a problem.

CALICIFIED HEATING ELEMENT - Every steamer I've had has done this. I've had kettles that have done this. It isn't a big deal. Mine still works fine and occasionally it will shed the excess build up when it is allowed to dry. Trying to clean my last one (different brand) did more harm than good so I've let this one be with no problems.

MELTING PLASTIC - I have no idea how people are melting these. Either they are truly defective and are getting too hot. Otherwise, they are not putting in enough water. The last steamer I had was digital and automatically shut off when the water was low. This one is analog so it is able to keep going long after the water is gone. IF YOU LET THAT HAPPEN of course it is going to melt.

DISCOLORED VEGGIES - Again, this is an analog steamer. While I could set my digital steamer to exact minutes, it is always an approximation with this one. 15 minutes is usually more than enough for frozen veggies. IF YOU LET THE STEAMER RUN, YOUR VEGGIES WILL BE OVERCOOKED. Not sure what you're expecting. And yes, the drip pan will have some coloration to it. Your veggies will sweat off some of their natural juice and overcooking them is bound to increase this process. If you're new to using steamers, perhaps spring for a unit with some digital controls.

OVERALL - This is not the best steamer that I've had, but it is the cheapest and it has served me well enough for the past two years. It is pretty consistent for an analog timer so as long as your making sure it's set properly, you should be fine (and I've definitely run it unplugged more than a care to admit).
Cuckoo Electric Induction Heating Rice Pressure Cooker (3-Cup) - Full Stainless Interior with Non-Stick Coating - 3-Language Voice Navigation and LED Screen with Touch Selection Menu - Premium Quality
Cuckoo Electric Induction Heating Rice Pressure Cooker (3-Cup) - Full Stainless Interior with Non-Stick Coating - 3-Language Voice Navigation and LED Screen with Touch Selection Menu - Premium Quality
The turbo mixed rice setting is perfect for Jasmine rice and other long grain rices. The glutinous rice regular setting works well for sushi rice, and the glutinous rice turbo setting works well for sona masoori and ponni rice. I have yet to try actual glutinous rice, but will update once I do. Basmati rice does well in the mixed rice turbo setting. Parboiled long grain rice works well in the glutinous rice regular setting. Parboiled basmati does well with the mixed rice turbo setting. The brown rice setting has worked well for brown basmati, brown long grain, brown Jasmine, and brown sushi rice. I do err on the side of adding slightly more water than the cooker calls for. If you forget to soak your brown rice overnight (it produces a softer brown rice which is less challenging to chew), you can use the GABA rice setting, and you'll get the same effect. It takes a couple hours, but it makes a brown rice that doesn't taste like health food.

To access the turbo setting when you're making something, hit the start button twice. While the rice is cooking, there will be multiple times that the cooker will tell you it's doing something. Before it starts venting out the steam (it is a pressure cooker after all), it gives you a heads-up. If you don't like to use the microwave to reheat something, the multi cook function hit for 10 minutes will get your wet food (soup, stew, beans, etc) from fridge cold to nice and hot.

What the superpower that this rice cooker has over larger models is sheer /speed/. I can wash off some rice, hit the glutinous rice turbo setting, and it'll be done /from start to finish/ in 12 - 16 minutes, depending on how much rice is in there. This isn't 12 minutes from when it hits pressure. This isn't 12 minutes from after it comes to a boil. This is where I hit start, and the cooker starts timing 12 minutes. When that timer has run out, the rice is ready, period. If you're impatient like me, add about 1/3 cup extra water to the mix, and you won't have to let the rice sit there and redistribute for 10 minutes after the cooking is done. The rice will be on the slightly softer side, but that's not entirely a bad thing, in my opinion. I don't care for rice that's too hard.

The self cleaning function is where this guy really shines. There's been times where I'll cook something, and the top plate gets this starchy film all over it, and I don't want to spend all day cleaning it. The auto clean loosens up any stuck on food bits from the inner pot, and the lid, so that you can easily wipe it off.

This isn't a small appliance though. Even though it's a 3 cup, the body is still fairly bulky. As counter top footprint goes, it's on par with my air fryer. That said, because I use it so much, it's worth it for me. I like the smaller size, because it keeps me from making too much of something, and having leftovers forever. I don't mind a leftover that I can clear off in one or two meals, but much more than that, and I'll get bored. I live alone, and it's easy to make too much of something, and then never want to eat it again, because you've had it twice a day five days in a row.
Fisher-Price Disney Toy Story 4, 7 Friends Pack by Little People
Fisher-Price Disney Toy Story 4, 7 Friends Pack by Little People
Love Fisher Price Little People...Love Toy Story!! Perfect combo for my little ones. I have bought sets that have all the characters from a Disney movie and they are cheaply made or don't stand up on their own or are teensy tiny. These are NONE of those things. They are the size of all the other Fisher Price Little People (about 2.5"?)--the perfect size for toddler hands. They are well-made. They all stand up by themselves (small children care about this, trust me). FYI: this set does not include Jessie (red-headed cowgirl we met in Toy Story 2), but she's included in the "Disney Toy Story 4 Jessie's Campground Adventure by Little People".

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