Remi Carter

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Mastering React
Mastering React
Mastering React by Adam Horton and Ryan Vice. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Il seggio vacante (Salani Narrativa)
Il seggio vacante (Salani Narrativa)
Il seggio vacante (Salani Narrativa) by J.K. Rowling and S. Piraccini. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 240 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Who Was Walt Disney? (Who Was?)
Who Was Walt Disney? (Who Was?)
Who Was Walt Disney? (Who Was?) by Whitney Stewart and Nancy Harrison. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 679 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
O Juri (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Juri (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Juri (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Es
Es
Es by Stephen King, David Nathan, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 500 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
INFESTED
INFESTED
INFESTED by Stephen R. King. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 207 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Maya Programming with Python Cookbook
Maya Programming with Python Cookbook
Maya Programming with Python Cookbook by Adrian Herbez. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Multi-Objective Programming and Goal ... Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems)
Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Multi-Objective Programming and Goal ... Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems)
Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Multi-Objective Programming and Goal ... Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems) by Rafael Caballero. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
I listened to this book basically because I wanted to learn a bit about Soros, Buffett and Volcker, which this book was pretty good for. Certainly not a full biography, but enough to give a good intro. More than that, it was a discussion about how these three pragmatists views compared to the academics views, and basically makes the case that common sense and pragmatism wins the day both when viewed against the dogmas of the liberals or the conservative academics. Its a worthwhile read in that light and I actually found more helpful than Trillion Dollar Meltdown in understanding, at a high level, what was missed by the authorities.
Great Jewish Men
Great Jewish Men
A good book to read for relaxation. Many an interesting description of important personalities abound. Some of the great ones like Maimonides, Moses, Chaim Weizmann are discussed. One thing I take issue with is that there is a preponderance of liberal figures over conservative ones. It lists people like Walter Lippmann (a self-hating Jew) and Norman Mailer (a Non-Jewish Jew) who stands for the opposite of Jewish Values while excludes people like Irving Kristol (the intellectual author of the Gingrich and Reagan revolution) or Ayn Rand both of whom are more prominent on the other wing. Other people worth including are Milton Steinberg (a leading philosophical and literary voice), Emanuel Lasker (Chess champion and one of the greatest Jewish minds), Bernard Malamud (a Pulitzer Prize-winning author), Edward Teller (one of the greatest scientific minds of the century), Vladimir Jabotinsky (A great literary voice and important Zionist intellectual. He deserved an actual description rather than brief mention) and David Oistrakh (a leading Soviet Violinist).
The Innovators: Die Vordenker der digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace bis Steve Jobs
The Innovators: Die Vordenker der digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace bis Steve Jobs
Mit "The Innovaters" hat der renommierte Sachbuchautor Isaacson eine wegweisende Untersuchung vorgelegt, die für all jene interessant ist, die wissen wollen, wie kreative Durchbrüche bzw. bahnbrechende Innovationen entstehen.

Unterhaltsam geschrieben und akribisch recherchiert zeichnet er nach, wie die Grundlagen des "Digital New Age" in kreativer Kooperation von Visionären, Technikfachleuten und Unternehmern geschaffen wurden. Ob es sich um die Entwicklung des Transistors, des Mikrochips, von Videospielen, des Internets, des Personal Computers, innovativer Software oder Grundlagen künstlicher Intelligenz handelt, stets benötigten geniale Vordenker eine unterstützende kulturelle Umgebung sowie ergänzende Persönlichkeiten mit unterschiedlichen Talenten und Fähigkeiten.

Wie ich 1999 in "Die Individualsierungsfalle - Kreativität gibt es nur im Plural (Burow 1999) Die Individualisierungsfalle anhand der Entwicklung der Musik der Beatles und des Apple Personal Computers beschrieben habe, müssen wir uns vom Geniemythos verabschieden. Kreative Durchbrüche benötigen zwar herausragend begabte Einzelpersönlichkeiten, diese werden jedoch erst wirksam, wenn sie über eine unterstützende Umgebung von Synergiepartnern verfügen oder über die Fähigkeit verfügen, sich selbst eine passende Umgebung, ein Kreatives Feld, zu schaffen.

Isaacs bestätigt anhand einer kenntnisreich und unterhaltsam geschriebenen Nachzeichnung der Wege der "Vordenker der digitalen Revolution“, die ERFOLGSPRINZIPIEN, die ich in "Team-Flow" (Burow2015) Team-Flow: Gemeinsam wachsen im Kreativen Feld (Beltz Weiterbildung) herausgearbeitet habe. Demnach benötigen kreative Durchbrüche zwar besonders talentierte, leidenschaftliche Visionäre, doch im KREATIVEN FELD, das sie schaffen oder nutzen, bedarf es unterschiedlicher Fähigkeiten und Persönlichkeitsprofile, so dass auch Personen mit eher begrenzten Fähigkeiten Entscheidendes beitragen können.
Die ermutigende Botschaft für uns normal Begabte lautet also: Auch mit begrenzten Fähigkeiten kann ich zu Überragendem beitragen, wenn es mir gelingt ein Feld zu schaffen bzw. zu finden, in dem meine Stärken zum Tragen kommen und meine Schwächen durch geeignete Synergiepartner ausgeglichen werden.

In diese Richtung weisen auch die "LEKTIONEN AUS UNSERER REISE", welche Isaacson in seinem Schlusskapitel auflistet:

• Kreativität ist ein kooperativer Prozess.
• Innovationen werden häufiger von Teams hervorgebracht, als durch plötzliche Erleuchtungen einer einsamen Erfinderseele.
• So genial einzelne Erfinder wie z. B. Jobs und Gates auch waren, den Großteil ihrer Fortschritte erzielten sie im Team.
• Häufig zeichnen sich diese Teams durch Spannungen und Gegensätzlichkeiten aus, welche die kreative Konkurrenz vorantreiben.
• Obwohl die Erfolge das Ergebnis eines kollaborativen Prozesses sind, enden solche Teams häufig mit unproduktiven Streitigkeiten über die Urheberschaft und Patentrechte. Darum ist es wichtig – wie ich auch im Team-Flow ausgeführt habe – schon früh Regeln für eine angemessene Beteiligung aufzustellen!
• Das digitale Zeitalter ist nichts völlig Neues, es fußt auf den Ausbau von Ideen vorheriger Generationen.
• Frauen leisteten insbesondere im Bereich der Softwareentwicklung einen sehr viel stärkeren Beitrag, als bisher anerkannt wurde.
• Die produktivsten Teams waren solche, die ein breites Spektrum unterschiedlichster Fähigkeiten und Fachwissen (Von Mathematik über Technologie bis hin zu Kunst) aufwiesen.
• Teams brauchten eine anregende Umgebung mit einem hohen Maß an Selbstbestimmung und persönlicher Begegnung.
• Die kulturelle Umgebung (z.B. Silicon Valley, Pop- und Hippie-Kultur, Lifestyle, etc.) wie auch eine Architektur, die zufällige Begegnungen ermöglichte, spielten eine entscheidende Rolle.
• Treibende Kräfte waren Personen mit Visionen, Leidenschaft und einem Machbarkeitssinn
• Visionäre benötigen zupackende Manager, denn "Visionen ohne Ausführung sind Halluzinationen" – so Isaacson.
• Visionäre ohne unterstützendes Kreatives Feld bzw. Team scheitern meist.
Ebenso geniale Einzelpersonen, denen es nicht gelingt, auf Augenhöhe mit anderen zusammenzuarbeiten.
• Eine Kooperation im Dreieck von Staat, Wissenschaft und Industrie erhöht die Wahrscheinlichkeit kreativer Durchbrüche.
• Open Source, gemeinschaftlicher Schaffensprozess auf Augenhöhe, Commons-Based-Peer-Productions ergänzen sich mit privatwirtschaftlichen Ansätzen, die Urheberrechte schützen wollen.
• Erfolgreiche Erneuerer sind Produktmacher, die sich auf Technik und Design konzentrierten und Marketing, Finanzierung und Verkauf konzeptionell einbezogen.
• Kreativität ist Ausdruck eines sozialen Prozesses – persönliche Begegnungen wirken als Inspiration- bzw. Motivationsquelle und können nicht durch das Netz ersetzt werden.
• Am erfolgreichsten erwies sich die Kombination von klarer Vision verbunden mit der Förderung umfassender Kooperation.

Isaacson legt mit "The Innovaters" eine ausgezeichnete und detailreiche Nachzeichnung von den Grundlagen der Digitalen Revolution vor. Das Buch ist geeignet, unser Verständnis für kreative Prozesse und Bedingungen erfolgreicher Teamarbeit zu erhöhen.

Er gibt vielfältige Anregungen wie wir traditionelle Organi¬sationen, seien es Unternehmen oder Bildungs¬einrichtungen, in Kreative Felder verwandeln können, welche gut geeignet sind, unterschiedlichen Fähigkeit und Neigungen zusammenzuführen, um die Wahrscheinlichkeit von Innovationen zu erhöhen.

So ausgezeichnet seine Darstellung in dieser Hinsicht ist, so bleibt doch ein Manko: Isaacson verbleibt weitgehend auf dem Niveau einer unkritischen Glorifizierung der digitalen Revolution und spart negative Dimensionen aus. Doch dies wäre ein weiteres, spannendes Buch, auf das wir angesichts der Vorzeichen eines aufkommenden "digitalen Feutalismus" dringend warten. Denn im digitalen Plattformkapitalismus gilt: The Winner Takes it all", dabei hatte die digitale Revolution doch – wie Isaacson zeigt – als Graswurzelbewegung begonnen. Sie wird erst vollendet sein, wenn es uns gelingt, sie der demokratischen Kontrolle zu unterwerfen.

Fazit: Große Erfindungen entstehen im Team. Sie sind Ergebnis Kreativer Felder. Dies belegt Isaacson eindrucksvoll und sehr unterhaltsam.

Prof. Dr. Olaf-Axel Burow, IF - Institute for Future Design
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
A lot of people voice their disappointment with this book, because they expect it to be an in-depth, authoritative guide written for professional designers, and it turns out to be something else. Let me tell you a little secret, design people: it's not "the design bible", it's not "the UX bible", it's not anything bible. It's more of a religious pamphlet aimed at laymen who don't normally think about design in their everyday work, to bring them the gospel of good design practices in an extremely condensed form.

Developers love this book, because it's good (duh!) and also because it comes with recommendations from several luminaries in the field, most notably Jeff Atwood, the co-founder of StackOverflow. I'm no exception. It helped shift my focus from making software that does its job well, to making software that helps its users do their jobs well. It explains in very simple terms why you should care about how users experience and interact with the things you make and how to start thinking about making their interactions more satisfying and rewarding. It also walks you through the typical interaction cycle, from the idea of action that user wants to perform, to the interpretation of feedback they receive; it is a tremendous help when you are trying to 'debug' the interactions and figure out the exact reason why users find your design distracting, irritating or counter-intuitive.

There are sections clarifying the terms you might have heard elsewhere but don't know exactly what they mean (A/B testing, root cause analysis, iterative vs. waterfall approach) or how they might help you improve your design. There is a particularly illuminating chapter explaining why fridge controls and stove controls (among many other things) come in so many different and incompatible designs, how companies are trying to solve this problem with standardization and why standards sometimes create more problems than they solve.

What else? It's also short, well-written and entertaining. The jokes are rare, poignant, and usually delivered with a deadpan snark. To give you an example,
"The typewriter was a radical innovation that had a dramatic impact upon office and home writing. It helped provide a role for women in offices as typists and secretaries, which led to the redefinition of the job of secretary to be a dead end rather than the first step toward an executive position".
Nice, huh?

To summarize: buy this book if you want to know more about design in general and/or become a better designer to complement your other skills. Don't buy this book if you expect a huge how-to manual or a cookbook aimed at experienced designers.
Innover comme Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos et Steve Jobs (French Edition)
Innover comme Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos et Steve Jobs (French Edition)
Très bon livre.
Rencontré l'un de ses auteurs en soirée, pleins d’enthousiasme et de ressources à partager.
C'est un livre à son image, qui apporte une bonne vision de l'innovation à mon sens.
Ouvrage qui m'a permit de structurer ma vison de l'innovation.
Je m'intéresse plus à l’entreprenariat qu'au monde des startups mais il reste clairement une valeur ajouté à la lecture de ce livre.
Merci pour ce livre !
Elon Musk's 10 Rules for Success
Elon Musk's 10 Rules for Success
Elon Musk's 10 Rules for Success by By Rishav Mandal. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
God, Trump, and the 2020 Election: Why He Must Win and What's at Stake for Christians if He Loses
God, Trump, and the 2020 Election: Why He Must Win and What's at Stake for Christians if He Loses
The author divided this book into three parts: Part 1 is 'What's at Stake in 2020''; Part II is 'Understanding Donald Trump' and Part III is ;Understanding the Spiritual Dimension'. The third part is the one that had the most difficult parts for me. The reason I say that is that a couple of the chapters discuss things that I do not believe wholeheartedly. Examples are: Prophecies and signs in the Heavens and is Donald Trump foreshadowed in the Bible?

On the other hand, however, the author has presented a clear picture of the Trump Derangement Syndrome and the Equality Act that failed to pass. He also states the reasons that President Trump must win....and, then in the next chapter he does say that he could lose. I found this a balanced representation of both sides of this equation.

The author suggested reading this with an open mind which I did. The portion on Christianity and Secularism affords the readers to think seriously about where they stand in this realm. And, many pastors are having difficulty speaking what they believe because of their congregation(s). (This area had to do with abortion).

Lots of points to ponder in this book. May not be your cup of tea but the author has presented a concise and thoughtful inside look at the political climate and spiritual warfare. Interesting read for me.

Highly recommended.
Play Visions Donald Trump Squash & Toss Political Head - Create All Kinds Of Facial Expressions By Squeezing Her Head! - Throw It With Your Friends Or Keep It On Your Desk As Funny Office Decor
Play Visions Donald Trump Squash & Toss Political Head - Create All Kinds Of Facial Expressions By Squeezing Her Head! - Throw It With Your Friends Or Keep It On Your Desk As Funny Office Decor
It is okay. I have made some people laugh, but its primarily a carved, painted piece of foam. I was hoping for a little more squish, but I guess that is fine for what it cost. I am slightly disappointed at the paint damage on it, and it isn't Donald's characteristic orange. It is a sort of funny gift for someone who dislikes Trump, but other than that a little "Sad!"
Old-Fashioned Valentine Postcards: 24 Full-Color Ready-to-Mail Cards from the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Old-Fashioned Valentine Postcards: 24 Full-Color Ready-to-Mail Cards from the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
天使、子供たち、ハート、お花・・・豪華なビクトリアンの世界が好きな方にはとてもお勧めです。1908年から1917年当時に実際に作られたポストカード24枚のリプロダクションです。天使(cherub)のカード16枚、子供のカード5枚、お花のみのデザイン3枚、その他1枚といった感じです(重複カウントあり)。
買う前は、表紙の絵はかわいいけれど中身はどうだろうとドキドキでしたが、届いて中を見た途端、これは正解だと思いました。アンティークのポストカードは、エンボスや色のあせ具合に味があるので、リプロダクションは本来あまり好きではないのですが、こちらの本のカードはそういうものを差し引いても、絵柄を見るだけでも楽しいコレクションだと思います。実際に使用するのはもちろん、このようなものがお好きな方へのプレゼントにしても、喜ばれると思います。
The Best of Bob Dylan
The Best of Bob Dylan
The answer to that question is No. I think it has all been said about Dylan. So just let me add that this is a very, very good record and will be needed in the collection of any Dylan follower or fan. Would also fit nicely in a music collection for any music enthusiast in general, as it definitely catches the start and introduction of a new music movement in the early 60's.
Blowing in the wind was the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement: The Times They are a Changing captures the call of the "Hippie" Movement in America : and Like a Rolling Stone was Dylan's move into the Electric Folk Movement. So much history in one recording. Definitely A Must Have Collection of Music.
Down In The Groove
Down In The Groove
After two eighties-production, synthesiser-drenched albums in "Empire Burlesque" and "Knocked Out Loaded", Dylan tried to get back to a more bluesy, rootsy sound with some of the material on this almost universally-panned failure of an album in 1988.

TRACK LISTING

1. Let's Stick Together
2. When Did You Leave Heaven
3. Sally Sue Brown
4. Death Is Not The End
5. Had A Dream About You, Baby
6. Ugliest Girl In The World
7. Silvio
8. Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead End Street)
9. Shenandoah
10. Rank Strangers To Me

So, is it time for a reassessment? The first track "Lets Stick Together", previously done by Canned Heat and Bryan Ferry certainly rocks a fair bit, in an upbeat, guitar-driven, chunky riff blues style. I like it and it is certainly a relief after some of the keyboard-dominated, backing vocal-drowned songs from the last two albums. This is, at least, a down 'n' dirty blues. Bryan Ferry used a similar riff on his version of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on his "Dylanesque" album. "When Did You Leave Heaven"? is a laid-back devotional song that would not have been out of place on "Shot Of Love". "Sally Sue Brown" is a blues cover dealt with in a rousing, enthusiastic fashion. "Death Is Not the End" is the first Dylan original on the album. It begins with a lovely, evocative harmonica and has a fetching, quiet tender as Dylan tells us, sonorously, that "death is not the end". It has a nice sound to it, and a certain laid-back beauty. There are all sorts of assorted musicians on this album, almost too many to mention, but it does ensure that the music is of a high quality throughout.

"Had A Dream About You Baby" is an organ-driven rocking blues that, had it appeared on "Blonde On Blonde" would have been hailed as a work of genius. To me, it is not too dissimilar to some of the upbeat bluesy numbers from that 1965-66 period. "Ugliest Girl In The World" is another fast tempo number with clearly throwaway, tongue-in-cheek lyric. I really haven't got a problem with this album. It is the superior product to the previous two. I think most people seem to accept that the shuffling, rhythmic, gospelly fun of "Silvio" is a good track that begs more than one listen, for sure. Dylan sounds confident and enthusiastic on the track and the backing vocals add their own vitality to it.

It seemed to be de rigeur to slate pretty much every second Dylan release as being an "embarrassment" and praise every other one as being "a return to form". This is a myopic view in my opinion. "Ninety Miles An Hour (Down A Dead End Street)" is a soulful piece of gospel. Sure, it's not "Tangled Up In Blue" but what the heck, I like it anyway. Similarly, if Dylan wants to record "Shenandoah" in a folky, gospel style, so what? Again, I actually really like it. Springsteen gets away with it, why not Dylan? I think it's great. The closing track of this short album, "Rank Strangers To Me" has Dylan at his bleakest. It is a slow-tempo, haunting ballad of the sort that the afore-mentioned Springsteen would do over the next few years too. It is a bit of a hidden gem, with a sumptuous bass line.

Many have cited this as a nadir in Dylan's career. I would beg to disagree a little, I do not mind the album as much as they seem to. It is certainly nowhere near as bad as "Dylan" and, personally, I much prefer it to the strange "New Morning". Whenever I listen to it, I am always pleasantly surprised.
Nike Jordan Spizike Mens Mens 315371-060
Nike Jordan Spizike Mens Mens 315371-060
I don’t like that it didn’t come in a Nike Jordan box or stuffed with tissue. Feels like I got them shipped from the goodwill. All it says is “The item has been repackaged in recycle able frustration-free packaging because the original box was damaged in transit” nice
MANE
MANE
Great variety of guests, the host was personable and interviewed them well, and the editing(camera angles and music) was really good.
Walden o La Vida en los Bosques (Spanish Edition)
Walden o La Vida en los Bosques (Spanish Edition)
El libro genial, pero la portada con una calidad de impresión muy mejorable y la sorpresa es que LAS PÁGINAS NO TIENEN NUMERACIÓN NINGUNA! Da la sensación de que es una impresión tal cual de la versión para Kindle con tapa.
Nora Roberts CD Collection 2: Hidden Riches, True Betrayals, Homeport, The Reef
Nora Roberts CD Collection 2: Hidden Riches, True Betrayals, Homeport, The Reef
I love Nora Roberts’ books. I bought this CD collection because I was going on a long driving trip and wanted to listen to her books. Imagine my surprise when I was listening to the books that the chapters are mixed up. The recordings jump from a scene late in the book to one earlier. Impossible to follow. And - totally my fault - the books are abridged! First huge disappointment from Amazon.
A Tempestade de Neve (Portuguese Edition)
A Tempestade de Neve (Portuguese Edition)
Nesse tempo em que vivemos, com tão pouco romance , um conto assim enche a nossa alma de alegria. Indico ...um conto para ler no fim da tarde...sentada em um lugar gostoso....relaxante!
The Dame Edna Experience - The Complete Collection (Series 1/2 & Specials)
The Dame Edna Experience - The Complete Collection (Series 1/2 & Specials)
Now you can get it all in one space. How spooky! And how gorgeous.

Dame Edna's talk show, which she explains is actually a monologue interrupted by total strangers, must be seen to be believed. Not for the faint of heart (she can find a double-entendre hiding inside of silence), her guests are sent up without mercy by this genius of the stage. They range from a "terrified" Sean Connery to Joan Rivers to Larry Hagman to Germaine Greer (an old school chum, actually) on an all-girls night, to former Ministers (including Prime), all of whom struggle to keep up with Dame Edna's wit and energy (you will hang on to your chair for dear life when she begins to dance), and manage to laugh at their own failure to do so--I have yet to see someone manage to hold their own when face to face with her. With a crack research staff, she manages to know and confront her guests with what they seemed to have thought were secrets from dim memory--if you've ever caught her on Jay Leno's show, you'll have seen the deer caught in the headlights look her guests end up wearing as she drops some piquant morsel "just between us," on national television, lovingly says the most appalling things to her "celebrity guests," all in the name of "caring and sharing" with her "adoring public." I guarantee that you'll be laughing so hard it hurts, especially when she uses her state-of-the-art technology to abort interviews in astonishingly final ways.

To understand the genuine genius behind this character, read John Lahr's book, "Dame Edna and the Rise of Western Civilization" and you will be impressed by the thought and purpose of Barry Humphries work in the creation of Dame Edna. Frequently mis-labeled a "transvestite" and rather strangely slotted into "gay-themed" entertainment in this country, while adored in Britain by all sorts (I once had an hour-long discussion with one of the Beef-Eaters at the Tower of London about which interview was the funniest), Dame Edna is a character so thoroughly and consciously created that her autobiography, "My Gorgeous Life," was shelved at bookstores in the Non-Fiction department, helping to further blur the line between character and real person. First appearing about 30 years ago in Australia as a satiric commentary on the aspiration to mediocrity that Barry Humphries observed in his country, Dame Edna was at first merely an "ordinary housewife" who appeared on stage and on telly to indict what Humphries felt was his countryman's complete oblivion to art, literature, and in fact anything beyond the acquisition of goods that personified what we in America call "keeping up with the Jones'". Eventually the character emigrated to England, where she became a Housewife and Superstar, friend to the Queen, advisor to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and long-distance confidant to the bewildered president, Mr. Reagan, who has phoned her while she was taping to ask if he was still the President. In Thatcher's brutal England where the poor were mercilessly cut loose and the emphasis on middle-class consumption was at an all-time high, Edna came into her own, receiving her status as a Dame of the Empire, and taking Ms. Thatcher's own words, "care and share," and using them to draw attention to the ultimate hypocrisy and cruelty of the PM's regime. With her silent Bride's Maid and Traveling Companion," Madge (played by Emily Perry, who is one of the world's greatest mimes--no, not the leotard & white-faced sort--the silent actor sort), who is used to receive her mistresses' most pointed barbs and to be a foil to Edna's blatant self-absorption, she finds a way to decimate her guests while never once losing their good-will towards herself. Nor does she lose ours, as her genius is saying that which we are all thinking, but would never dare to utter. By doing this, she takes us along on the ride of our lives, as both celebrities and we willing serve ourselves up to her gratefully, glad to bask in the reflection of her glory for just a few moments.

See her live in a city near you--she tours constantly--but don't sit in the first 6 rows, unless you're willing to end up on stage yourself at the end of the show, and see for yourselves what it is to serve yourself up!-- but until then, enjoy watching her treat celebrities like ordinary people, just as she treats the ordinary people in her audiences as celebrities. This Mega-star of the extraordinary face furniture, 100% natural Wisteria-colored hair, and razor-sharp mind will keep you entertained to within an inch of your life.
Where the Long Grass Blows: A Novel
Where the Long Grass Blows: A Novel
I must be addicted to westerns to enjoy yet another range war.
Sometimes L'Amours characters get close to the brilliance of Oliver Stranges "Sudden" with a gun.
This hero Bill Canavan was good and there were an aray of villains set up ready to kill. However L'amour seldom over exagerates reality and just a couple are dealt with.
The hero gets his girl and it is an above average story in my opinion.
Karl May: Old Shatterhand, Winnetou und der christliche Glaube (German Edition)
Karl May: Old Shatterhand, Winnetou und der christliche Glaube (German Edition)
Ein sehr interessanter einblick in Karl Mays Leben! Seine "christlichen Botschaften" sind mir, wenn ich mich recht erinnere beim Lesn von "Durch's wilde Kurdistan" aufgefallen. Bei aller kritik der Karl May ausgesetzt war und vielleicht noch ist - berechtigt und unberechtigt - wird er mir durch dies Buch noch einmal sympathischer
The Theology of C.S. Lewis: A Topical Summary of his Best Work (Updated August 2020 Edition Book 2)
The Theology of C.S. Lewis: A Topical Summary of his Best Work (Updated August 2020 Edition Book 2)
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was many things – author, novelist, Christian apologist, radio broadcaster, scholar, writer of children’s stories, speaker, and lecturer. One thing he was not, and never claimed to be, was a theologian. His scholarly work at Oxford and later Cambridge universities focused on later medieval history and literature. He’s even remembered today by scholars for his “A Preface to Paradise Lost,” still considered one of the best works on the subject.

But a theologian he was not. And yet, given his enormous influence on several generations of Christians, and his continuing influence, it’s worth considering exactly what his theology was. That’s what Kevin Livermore has done in “The Theology of C.S. Lewis.”

And Lewis’s theology has to be gleaned from his writings. Livermore undertakes a close reading of many if not most of Lewis’s works, including “Mere Christianity,” “The Problem of Pain,” “A Grief Observed,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Weight of Glory,” “The Screwtape Letters,” “Surprised by Joy,” “God in the Dock,” “The Great Divorce,” “Perelandra,” and more.

The book covers the problem of evil and the existence of God; love, marriage, and fidelity; human origins; the main themes of Lewis’s work; the world of Narnia; and the battle with God and grief. Livermore also includes a hefty section of Lewis quotations on a wide variety of subjects and an extensive summary of each of the works used in the discussion.

The author is a college pastor and asset management consultant in real estate. He received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California, and Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California, and is the founder of the YouTube channel 3-ology.

“The Theology of C.S. Lewis” is a comprehensive introduction to what Lewis believed and how he anchored his writings in his beliefs.
Pacific Vortex!: A Novel (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Pacific Vortex!: A Novel (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
STORY BRIEF:
Dirk was a major in the military and can fly planes. Currently he does special projects for an underwater marine agency. For thirty years, ships disappeared in an area called the Pacific Vortex, north of Hawaii. Recently a nuclear submarine named Starbuck disappeared there. Dirk sees a yellow canister floating in the ocean. He grabs it and takes it to Navy headquarters. It contains a message from the Starbuck. Dirk accompanies a Navy group to try to find the sub and figure out what happened. Someone tries to kill Dirk.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
This was the author's first book, but he didn't publish it right away. After his sequels proved successful, he went back and published this at the urging of his friends. The author tells us that this is not as well developed as his later books. He wrote more than 20 Dirk Pitt books and more than 20 other fiction books. This book has a swashbuckling adventure feel. There is not a lot of thought to it. It's about bad guys, danger, bravery, some fighting, and escape - accessorized with a beautiful woman. It reminds me of movies. I prefer books over movies because I like the depth in books - characters, motivations, and plot development. This did not do enough for me to want to read more in the series. However I already purchased the sequel so I will be doing one more (The Mediterranean Caper). Dirk is a smart tough guy, but I prefer Jack Reacher (the Lee Child books). I think you can read these novels out of order based on other reviewers' comments, so if you want to try this author, I'd suggest reading one of the other books first.

In this book Dirk meets Summer. If you are reading this for back story on Summer, don't expect much. There are three brief scenes with Summer. First she tries to kill him, then she tries to help him. Apparently they love each other but that is not developed. There is no relationship development. Apparently she has a role in future books.

There was one line that had me chuckling. Dirk is flying a plane with a group of Navy men going on a dangerous mission, possibly-probably to die. Dirk wants to ease their nervousness so he tells his copilot friend to "get back in the main cabin with the others and act like a bored bus conductor."

I liked another scene. A woman appears to be seducing Dirk. She knees him in the crotch and plans to inject the contents of a syringe into him. But his instinctive reaction upon being kneed is to lash out with his fist which knocks her unconscious. Then he spends the next several minutes recuperating from his crotch hit, and then he sees the still-full-syringe in her hand. That was a fun scene.

DATA:
Story length: 346 pages. Swearing language: mild, including religious swear words. Sexual content: No sex scenes or language, but Dirk thinks about his desires for women and sex. When he sees a desirable woman, his first thought is wondering how soon and how much effort will it take to have sex with her. Setting: current day Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean. Copyright: 1983. Genre: action adventure thriller.
Arsabal
Arsabal
A tale of a future mankind, facing obstacles in the recurring struggle of power, a young man’s chance to redeem his brothers failure and save his family. Written with descriptive precision.....I was there.
The Young Messiah (Movie tie-in) (originally published as Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt): A Novel
The Young Messiah (Movie tie-in) (originally published as Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt): A Novel
Originally released as "Christ The Lord" "Out of Egypt" Anne Rice as usual brings her wonderful storytelling talents to a story that attempts to fill in the "missing years" of the story of Jesus of Nazareth who will be called "The Christ". Most of the story is based in what is known as the Gnostic Gospels books that did not make it into the Holy Bible. These stories have Jesus doing many miracles all before the wedding at Cana. The novel and its sequel are wonderful efforts to make the Human Yeshua seem a little more like us and a little less like a plaster statue.
Casino Royale: James Bond, Book 1
Casino Royale: James Bond, Book 1
Most of the the one and two star reviewers of this book were sadly disappointed, expecting that the glitzy movie version of Bond would be found in Fleming's actual books. But, with the exception of Sean Connery's Bond in the first three movies, and Daniel Craig's back-to-basics interpretation in the first three of the current series, the movie Bond character for the most part has been nothing more than escapist fantasy. The literary Bond isn't the superhero of the movies. He's a flawed, cold killer in the service of his country in a dangerous time.

Written during the height of the Cold War, Fleming's Bond novels were based on actual people and operations that Fleming had first hand knowledge of because of his highly placed role in British Naval Intelligence during WW II.

Rather than judge Casino Royale, or any of Fleming's Bond novels, by what you've seen in the movies, instead first learn about the real Operation Goldeneye; the real Operation Tracer; the real Operation Ruthless; the real No. 30 Commando Unit; the real Special Operations Executive; the real 10th Light Flotilla; the real "Smyert Shpionam"; the real Dusko Popov. The tradecraft, operations, units, events, and involved individuals were the very real WW II sources that Ian Fleming used in creating Bond and the world in which he moved. In chapter four of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", John Le Carre also alludes to a small group similar to Fleming's 00s as: "...about a dozen men, they worked solo, there to handle the hit-and-run jobs that were too risky" for Secret Intelligence Service agents stationed abroad.

Fleming's romanticized works have a ring of authenticity recognizable to anyone familiar with or who may have participated in events that occurred during those times. Read Casino Royale; travel back to a time when French was the only international language; a time when Joseph Stalin and the Soviet NKVD represented a very real threat; a time when people feared that threat; and a time when the governments of the Free World had very real people on the payroll like Fleming's fictional James Bond to counter that threat. Perhaps you'll see the same things in it that caused the first three printings to sell out quickly in the U.K., and that later made it a favorite of a Harvard graduate who happened also to be President of the United States.
At the time of Casino Royale (1951), Bond is about 30 years old and has held the 00 number for about six months. He earns the U.S. equivalent of about $5,600 annually (or about $50,000 in 2016 value), and drives a supercharged 1930 Bentley coupe that can reach 100 mph on a good day.

He spends what he earns. He knows that statistically he will have at least 10, probably 20, and as many as 30 very tough assignments before the mandatory 00 retirement age of 45. Too many. He knows the odds of his surviving the coming ten years are slim to none. And that depresses him. How do I know? Ian Fleming tells us so in Chapter One of "Moonraker" (third book in the series).

That's the Bond that Ian Fleming created. Much more interesting and gritty and real and human. That's the Bond Sean Connery portrayed until the Hollywood idiots ran amok after Goldfinger. It's the Bond Daniel Craig resurrected until the new crop of Hollywood fools screwed it up again with November 2015's Spectre.

I'll stick with the books, thank you very much!

Fleming's writing style, while perhaps not rising to the expectations of modern pedantic poseur literary critics, is easy to read and follow. As would be expected from a successful journalist writing for educated U.K. citizens of the 1950s, his audience would have been quite comfortable with his style; his adding color by use of some French terms and phrases in a novel that, after all, takes place in France; and whom would not have needed sub-titles to understand their context. I didn't find that aspect disruptive at all to the flow of the narrative.

If you want entertaining glitz, stick with the movies; if want something more, read the books! I've enjoyed them all immensely in the context of the time period in which they take place.

Bond fans may want to check out flemingsbond.com, a treasure trove of factual information upon which Fleming relied in writing the Bond novels, and "Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies" by John Griswald.
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever was the seventh James Bond film and the last with Sean Connery. He actually announced he was no longer going to do the series after You Only Live Twice, but after the experiment with George Lazenby in the lead didn’t work out in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Connery was convinced to come back and do one more. SPECTRE leader Ernst Blofeld (Charles Gray) returned as the bad guy this time with a plan to put a laser into a satellite and hold the entire world for ransom. The movie gets its name from the fact that Bond initially gets involved in the case chasing smuggled diamonds, which are used for Blofeld’s laser. The movie was a fitting exit for Connery from the franchise because he really looked like he was aging out of the role.

The film has most of the elements associated with Bond movies by this time. There was a classy title track by Shirley Bassey and composed by John Barry. There were two Bond girls, first Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) who was working for the diamond smugglers and then becomes Bond’s companion. Also Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood) who Bond meets at a casino in Las Vegas. Interestingly there were no real gadgets in this film. The movie was also unique for having two contract killers Wint (Bruce Glover) and Kidd (Putter Smith) who were gay lovers.

As for Connery he wore a hairpiece in all the Bond movies even the first one Dr. No. Here it was really apparent that he had a toupee on. He was also looking much older and this role called for someone with a more youthful look.

Still Diamonds Are Forever was a very good Bond film and was much better than the previous two in the series On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice.
Rio Grande
Rio Grande
One of the three "cavalry pictures" of John Ford and John Wayne. There was really a much later fourth, THE HORSE SOLDIERS, but it was a Civil War picture not a western so it is not considered part of the great cavalry trilogy. Also it was not a very successful movie when released.

John Ford agreed to make RIO GRANDE for Republic so that he could make THE QUIET MAN, also starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Republic executives wrongly believed that THE QUIET MAN would lose money and wanted RIO GRANDE to offset the expected loss. Actually THE QUIET MAN was one of the top 10 grossing films of the year in which it was released.

Despite being called one of Ford's vacation pictures by Harry Carey, Jr., having about half the budget of FORT APACHE, and no one, including Ford, seeming to take the movie seriously, RIO GRANDE is frequently listed on surveys and lists as the favorite of the three cavalry pictures. It has been criticized by some for too little action and too much singing. I believe it was Harry Carey, Jr. who pointed out that real cavalrymen did sing and sing a lot.

In addition to John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the lead rolls there is a particularly good supporting cast including the great Ward Bond, Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr. One of the supporting actors, Peter Ortiz, was a highly decorated Marine officer in WW2. One of the decorations he received was the French Legion of Honor. In the scenes of the officers dining with General Sheridan, Ortiz wears the Legion of Honor on his uniform. Which leads me to J. Carol Naish's portrayal of General Sheridan. In describing Sheridan, Abraham Lincoln supposedly said that Sheridan didn't have enough neck to hang him. I have to wonder if someone on this movie was familiar with that story. In several scenes Naish's costume makes him appear to be almost neck less.

RIO GRANDE was the first screen pairing of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. Both perform superbly in the movie.
The future is female!: Was Frauen über Feminismus denken - Mit Beiträgen von Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Katrin Bauerfeind u.v.m. (German Edition)
The future is female!: Was Frauen über Feminismus denken - Mit Beiträgen von Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Katrin Bauerfeind u.v.m. (German Edition)
Tolles Buch und definitiv nicht nur für Feministen!
3 Sterne gibt es nur weil mir das Buch mit einem kaputten Einband geliefert wurde...

Dieses Buch besteht aus verschiedenen Geschichten, Assays und Gedichten von bekannten Persönlichkeiten und Autorinnen. Eben aufgrund dieser Vielfältigkeit ist für jeden etwas dabei. Die einzelnen Geschichten sind sehr unterschiedlich. Einige haben mich tief berührt andere erschütternd. Es zeigt einem was Frauen ertragen und auf sich nehmen für die angebliche Gleichberechtigung, aber auch was man alles erreichen kann wenn man nur hast genug dafür kämpft.

Aufgrund der unterschiedlichen Geschichten und Erfahrungen finde ich das Buch auch für "nicht Feministen" sehr gut geeignet.
Ich konnte mich mit dem Begriff Feministin nicht sehr identifizieren, da ich mir darüber keine großen Gedanken gemacht hatte. Doch dieses Buch zeigt einem dass man damit eigentlich nie aufhören sollte!

Sehr lesenswert und zu empfehlen!
USB Stick 32 GB Albus Dumbledore - Original Harry Potter 2.0 Flash Drive, Tribe FD037704
USB Stick 32 GB Albus Dumbledore - Original Harry Potter 2.0 Flash Drive, Tribe FD037704
I have issues with using this product because I like to wear my USB on my lanyard at work. The little chain is attached to the USB section, not the ‘lid’, so I have to attach my entire lanyard to the computer when using. It is incredibly flimsy and the chain has broken multiple times, although luckily it’s only fallen off in my bag so far. The ‘lid’, which is the feet section, doesn’t fit securely so whilst walking around with Harry on my lanyard, I have often lost half of his body without noticing as it comes loose and falls off easily - and I have only had him a few days! It needs some sort of mechanism so that it clicks into place. It also needs a more robust chain to prevent loss when using.
It is cute, but it’s obviously more of a novelty item than a practical item.
Harry Potter i Kamien Filozoficzny (Polish Edition)
Harry Potter i Kamien Filozoficzny (Polish Edition)
Avec les 20 ans de la série et le début de mes cours de polonais en hommage à mes origines j'étais plus qu'heureuse de recevoir ce livre. Il est parfait, correspond tout à fait à la description, la couverture rigide donne un sentiment de durabilité que j'apprécie beaucoup. Je l'ai commandé le 21 mars et il est arrivé le 26 mars, sans encombre, tranquillement dans ma boite aux lettres comme c'était attendu. C'était une commande sans accro, très tranquille.
ABYstyle - HARRY POTTER - 3D Mug - Diagon Alley
ABYstyle - HARRY POTTER - 3D Mug - Diagon Alley
Ob man daraus trinken kann, mag ich zu bezweifeln wegen dem komischen Rand. Auch mag ich das Material nicht so. Als deko okay...auch wenn man nicht sofort erkennt was es sein soll (Besucher)
Funko POP! Harry Potter - Fawkes (Flocked) #84 - 2019 SDCC Shared Exclusive
Funko POP! Harry Potter - Fawkes (Flocked) #84 - 2019 SDCC Shared Exclusive
It's horrible! The colours are so different from the picture, and I'd be okay with the super bright irritating red if it wasn't matched with this dull, almost see-through yellow PAINT! the yellow colour is PAINTED on the already flocked red body! It doesn't even have that nice fade from intense red to orange to yellow. THERE IS NO ORANGE. I'm so dissappointed, I was really excited to have this limited edition pop. The yellow paint on top of this feels hard and brittle. They even managed to get the paint in places where there wasn't supposed to be yellow! The back of the head- the symbols that look like arrow heads in yellow weren't even uniformly painted! Some were dull and poorly put on, the others were brighter.
Not even sure it's real, because it said it was made in Vietnam but on the internet, it says real funko pops are made in the US, but I don't know. The concept of this pop was so good, they could've done a good job and flocked the yellow too and blended the colours together but it all looks like one big mess!
Smith & Nephew IV3000 Transparent Dressings 4"x4 3/4", Box of 50, # 4008
Smith & Nephew IV3000 Transparent Dressings 4"x4 3/4", Box of 50, # 4008
I have a severe adhesive allergy. Not latex, just adhesives. Everything from bandaids to Tegaderm cause whelps and itching and rash to the point my incisions get infected. With the IV 3000, so far I have never had any bad reactions to them. Just said when you have to take your own bandages to the hospital for surgery!
Silver Buffalo Harry Potter Mischief Managed Marauders Map Hard Cover Journal, 6 x 8 inches
Silver Buffalo Harry Potter Mischief Managed Marauders Map Hard Cover Journal, 6 x 8 inches
UPDATE: I originally gave this 5 stars and I stand by that as far as the journal itself is concerned. HOWEVER, I find it completely outrageous that Amazon is allowing someone to price this at $25 PLUS $12 shipping (at the time of writing, June 7, 2018) - I mean, seriously?? Leaving aside the obvious fact that it doesn't cost $12 to ship one of these even with priority mail, I cannot in good conscience recommend this, even to an ardent fan, at such a ridiculously excessive price point. This journal and the HP Chibi journal were originally designed for Books-A-Million...where you can still find them at their original retail price of $9.99.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I don't know why this is so pricey on Amazon - originally $14 now $13, when the regular retail price is around $9 I think.

Having said that...this company makes EXCEPTIONALLY great notebooks IMO because the paper is outstanding, and that's pretty much what I'm rating this on. You can easily use PaperMate Flair pens with this and there won't be any ghosting or not much anyway. They also made some Fantastic Beasts ones that are equally good quality.

Based on the paper alone, I definitely think they're 5 star quality - even if the price is quite a bit higher here on Amazon.
Mr Selfridge: Season 1 TV Series [Blu-ray]
Mr Selfridge: Season 1 TV Series [Blu-ray]
Delightful, charming, entertaining and educational. Most period dramas take place in the countryside: large estates, gardens, horses, hedgerows, foxes and fields. The landed gentry live in style, their wealth made by privilege and inheritance. They generally mix with their own kind but maintain formal, polite, paternal relations with those whom they employ.

This drama is different. It’s modern, urban, cosmopolitan. The city buzzes with the spirit of modernity while the countryside dozes in the distant past. Unlike the country estate — quiet, tranquil, sedate — the department store is noisy, edgy, energetic. It is, as they say, where the action is.

Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858-1947) knew where the action was. In fact, he epitomised it and put himself at the centre of it. The grand gesture was his public signature: brass bands, slogans, grandiloquent speeches. Half retailer, half showman, he showed the world what happens when retail meets entertainment. With him shopping becomes adventure and event, the masses freed from the menial and mundane by it.

His fortune was built on the idea of fun. He gambled that people, given a chance, would indulge themselves in frivolity. His department store — dazzling, thrilling and enthralling — offered them this chance. Shopping was no longer a chore. It became a social event, just like attending the theatre or visiting a fun fair.

Harry was shrewd. He knew a secret, both profound and simple, about human psychology. He saw that people are happiest when carefree, when worries, troubles and problems subside and for a time can be forgotten. Escapism. The word didn’t exist then but the condition did, and he helped to create it. Free from negativities, people tend also to become free and generous with their time and money, rewarding themselves (and Harry) with their purchases. He could conjure this trick because he made them feel special, part of an experience, not just a purchase. In fact, making others feel important and special was his own special talent, as he had perfected the very same thought about himself. It worked with everyone: staff, customers, contacts, investors, friends. When Harry was with them they felt like royalty. Showman, promoter, huckster and gambler, Harry comes alive in this beautiful and lavish production, played to perfection by the amazing Jeremy Piven (another conjurer), who in no time becomes Selfridge while Piven ceases to be. How impressive this magic trick is!

The series ran for four years (2013-16) covering the years 1908 to 1929. This boxset here includes the first three seasons, running from start-up in 1908 through The First World War and ending at the time of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles in 1919. To say these were tumultuous years is an understatement. It’s a sort of historical cliché to talk about old worlds dying and new ones being born, but it really does seem true as the Victorian and Edwardian worlds were fading and the modern world was coming into being. War and politics, technological advances, social change, the world in upheaval. Harry was in the middle of it and took full advantage of the times. On the surface fashion may not appear to have much to do with revolution, but Harry thought differently. It was women who shopped, rather than men, though he knew men could be persuaded to do so too if he threw in the extras — the brass bands, dancing girls, celebrities, whatever it took. Yet women were and remained in the vanguard and Harry knew it. If they were marching for the vote and for more social equality, they still wanted to be beautiful and Harry was there for them. The latest styles, fashions, perfumes and accessories were not just on display. They were there to be touched, felt, tried on, engaged with. Mirrors were mounted in the store everywhere to remind the women how beautiful they looked. A mirror never lies, isn’t that so? Staff were on hand too, ever ready to make recommendations and compliment customers for their good taste and fashion sense. This seems so automatic and natural now because it is. But it was Harry who started it. He was the beginning.

Did it matter that he was American? You bet it did and he knew it too. He loved London. As a buyer with Marshall Field in Chicago (a large department store later bought out by Macy’s) he had made many trips to Europe. He knew the city well and felt at home in it, even though he was an outsider. How could he play the American card there? Easy: just by being himself. Among Harry’s numerous gifts was his for the spirit of American equality. Whether this spirit is generally true or not is neither here nor there; Harry believed it was and treated those he met as if it was. The doors of Selfridges were open to all, everyone made to feel welcome as though invited and privileged guests. He was often on the shop floor as well to personally drive home the point, using his trademark charm and guile to flatter customers. It worked. There was no class system inside Selfridges, no high-born and low-born worlds anymore. His commercial revolution demolished this, if only for hours at a time. His genius, if it can be called that, and I think it can, was to create the first Disneyland before Disney existed. Fantasyland was what you entered when you walked through the doors of Selfridges. Like Cinderella or Tinkerbell or any other would-be princess, women entered this lavish new world. Here their dreams were not only acceptable: they were actively encouraged. This applied to anyone, men as well. Lover, adventurer, prince or princess. You choose, or, if you need help, staff are on hand to help you decide. Brilliant, it must be said. Shopping at Selfridges required imagination.

Was he a huckster and con artist? What does it matter if on one reading, partial or not, the answer must be yes? The magic worked. The conjurer was successful. He made people happy and they made him rich. He also employed, at the height of the store’s success, thousands of employees. We see in the series how kind he is to them. He isn’t cruel and browbeating. He doesn’t lord his authority over others, or only ever does in a lighthearted, self-mocking sort of way to let the mask slip to remind everyone that he’s human and fallible too. Mostly he’s a strong, able and decisive leader and everybody knows it. He wins the respect and trust of his employees and they demonstrate it through company loyalty and devotion. There are some thieves within the company ranks, but these will be caught and dismissed (leading in one case to tragedy). He’s relentlessly positive and upbeat, believing or pretending to believe that everything he tells them is true. He’s larger than life and they love him for it. You get the feeling they’d follow him to the ends of the earth.

But the main Selfridge refrain is forever the same: “The customer is always right.” Harry himself reputedly coined the phrase. If not, he lives by it anyway and the staff understand the principle. Get inside the mind of the customer. Find out what she thinks and needs even if she doesn’t know what she needs. In such a case supply her needs and make her think she has discovered them herself. In this way the staff are all minor psychologists, trained by the chief himself, who is a major one.

If you’ve got an outsized personality as large as his, of course you dream. But you do more than that: you gamble. Harry was a risk taker and had to be to succeed. He came up the hard way from scratch, from nothing. At age 10 he delivered newspapers. By 12 he was working in a dry-goods store. At 14 he left school to work in a bank. By 18 or 19 he was finally with Marshall Field, initially as a stock boy. But over the next 25 years he would work his way up the corporate ladder and become a junior partner in the firm, amassing a considerable personal fortune and marrying well (Rose was a Buckingham, a member of one of the richest families in Chicago. The U.S. may not have an established class system per se, but money still divided people then, as ever).

A gambler’s heart is difficult to quell. It goes on beating no matter what. Harry’s never stopped in life. He was not risk averse and lived on the edge. The bigger the risk, the greater the challenge. He seemed to court it, want it. He retired early in his mid-‘40s from Marshall Field and could have stayed retired. He bought a yacht which he seldom sailed and went golfing with buddies but was bored by the whole scene. He needed something else, some magnificent dream, some new drug. London calling? Why not? If anyone could pull off the impossible it had to be him, right? Who can doubt it? — though many in London would.

Most people sensibly prefer the comfort and security of the mass and middle. There they feel protected. Harry was different. He loved the edge. He loved to buck convention and do things his way. Like a daredevil, he had outrageous courage and confidence. Houdini and Lindbergh were people he admired. Lindbergh flew the Atlantic. He did it alone at night — flew through all that darkness solo. He had no radio and, at the very last, left his cat behind instead of taking her with him. Why? — he was later asked in Paris. Because he said the flight would have been too dangerous for her. How cool is that? — too dangerous for a cat but not for him. In another incarnation Harry would have swallowed fire. He would have been a trapeze artist or high-wire walker in a circus. As for the wire, the higher the better. More tension, gasps, thrills. That was Harry. He loved the spotlight.

Of course for those who went along with him the ride was wild. We meet many of them here in this wonderful series: his family, friends, employees, contacts, business associates and investors. They people his world with colour and variety, lavishly bringing it to life. Nearest to the centre of everything, meaning to Harry himself, was Rose, his long-suffering wife. What did she suffer? Everything. His infidelities with showgirls, of whom there were many; his nights at the gaming tables, where he won more than he lost; his risky ventures; the scandals and imbroglios with lawyers, journalists, politicians. He was never an easy man and never would be. What genius ever is?

Was he suicidal? The question remains open because we can’t be sure. But we see the pressure of the risks he takes and their psychic toll on him. Early on in the drama he’s on the verge of bankruptcy even before the store has been fully built. He needs backers and he needs them fast or all will be lost, as most of the money sunk into the project is his own. The public and his staff see nothing of his anxieties because he is ever cheerful and smiling, but, unlike them, we see his face when he’s alone in his office or elsewhere and there are other emotions in it: fear, doubt, uncertainty, even panic. In one scene at home he sits morosely with his mother on the staircase. She asks him if he’s all right. He says he isn’t, that he’s in over his head. She tells him that he’s been there before and will endure. He will find a solution, she assures him. He’ll overcome obstacles and outwit his adversaries. Eventually he does, but in another early scene we see him talking to Frank Edwards, a journalist friend who has done well to promote Selfridges by writing positively about the venture and also about the man behind it (almost alone among journalists in London, it must be said). Apropos of nothing, Harry says to Frank:

“Sometimes I feel like hurling myself before an oncoming train. Have you ever thought like that?”

Frank’s response, so very British:

“Can’t say that I have, old boy. Are you feeling all right?”

In other words, dangerous emotion. Don’t go near. Don’t examine it. Leave well enough alone. Chin up, chest out, stiff upper lip. Soldier on. It’s how the Empire was built.

Harry does. He soldiers on. He doesn’t kill himself. His business becomes a roaring success and roars right through the Roaring ‘20s. But the exchange with Frank Edwards shows the price and toll Harry’s dreams have on him (and will have on others around him).

It’s a series of course: many episodes, characters, situations, thus far too complex to detail in a review. Just as well, the object being to watch the series, not read about it. Other reviews here and elsewhere praise the actors, costumes, sets, and cinematography, as they should. I have a few minor quibbles about some of the scripts but they add up to nothing compared to the overall quality of the production.

“The Paradise” (BBC), which many people inevitably compare to “Mr. Selfridge”, is much smaller in scale and ambition. It also takes place in the north, possibly in York, and is therefore more provincial. Also, it’s a fictional tale based on an Emile Zola novel. “Mr. Selfridge”, by contrast, is based on a non-fiction book about Harry Selfridge, his world and times. Naturally, Selfridges is an important cultural landmark in London, now more than 100 years old. If Harry were alive today, he’d still love to go there.

I was once doing research in a library of the British Museum while attending University College London on Gower Street. I forget now what books I was looking for but I remember finding the reference cards to them in a card catalogue there. The books must have been shelved together because on each of the cards this thoroughly depressing message was written:

“Destroyed and lost during the war.”

Not The Great War, mind you. That other terrible one.

How awful, I thought, and still think so now. But how wonderful to also rejoice that all those mad and pointless German bombs could not destroy Selfridges.
LAIKETE 12" 3D Mobile Phone Screen Magnifier with Bluetooth Speakers, Anti-Blue Light Cell Phone Screen Amplifier Enlarger for Movie,Video and Gaming, Compatible All Smartphones
LAIKETE 12" 3D Mobile Phone Screen Magnifier with Bluetooth Speakers, Anti-Blue Light Cell Phone Screen Amplifier Enlarger for Movie,Video and Gaming, Compatible All Smartphones
This is EXACTLY what was needed for my nightly books, - friend at work Recommended this to me- since my eyesight has been declining, and reading at night has become difficult.. the magnification is very vivid and clear.
Sound is just what you would expect for a speaker this size. Just what I needed..
I’ve even found it to be great at keeping the kids entertained watching YouTube videos on my phone while they visit me at work.
It’s lightweight and easy to transport.
I couldn't be happier! It came with everything needed to get started and setting up was a breeze. Took literally seconds to connect to my iPhone X.
Very happy with this purchase, total value!
Python for Everybody
Python for Everybody
I took Dr Chuck's Coursera course, which was awesome. And am delighted to see all the lectures posted here for reference. Explanations are very clear. And by going to Dr. Chuck's website (py4e.com), you'll find a copy of his textbook and all the course materials (all free).
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

When I read that the entire DIY MFA method was being published in a book I knew I had to get it. As much of a resource as the site has been, the book, I knew, would be chock-full of wisdom. I pre-ordered the book even though I had access to the advanced reader’s copy. After reading the first few chapters I quickly figured out that this book was going to be a much-used and much-loved writing resource.

Gabriela lays out the foundation of writing in a methodical and easily-understood manner. The book is sectioned into the 3-part mission of DIY MFA: “write with focus, read with purpose, build your community.” From there the book is pared down into bite-sized chapters with clear actionable steps/homework. For example, in the Read with Purpose portion we learn to “Read Like a Writer,” and the four types of books a writer should utilize {also known as “the four C’s”}: “competitive titles, contextual books, contemporary books, and classics.”

Gabriela is a big fan of acronyms and tips which further helps to cement the tools learned. For example, the term ‘habits’ becomes:
H = Honor Your Reality
A = Add Constraints
B = Block Time and Batch Tasks
I = Iterate
T = Ten Percent Rule
S = Set the Mood
Gabriela is candid and practical throughout the book. There is no shortcut to becoming a good writer. Practicing is repeated over and over, or actually, what I came to term as Gabriela’s favorite word ~ “iterate, iterate, iterate.” That was my only issue with the book – why say iterate when practice works just as well?

If you have any desire to improve your writing, whether as a blogger or a long-time writer, pick up this book. It is sure to become your favorite writing resource – I know it is now mine!
Bolsas con cordón de Navidad con etiquetas de nombre, 24 unidades de varios tamaños Jumbo/Grande/Mediano/Pequeñas bolsas de embalaje de Navidad para decoraciones de Navidad, cestas de Navidad, regalos de Navidad
Bolsas con cordón de Navidad con etiquetas de nombre, 24 unidades de varios tamaños Jumbo/Grande/Mediano/Pequeñas bolsas de embalaje de Navidad para decoraciones de Navidad, cestas de Navidad, regalos de Navidad
I love Christmas and actually enjoy wrapping gifts, however, there are those times when a wrapping job is either frustrating or there just is not time. I know there are people out there like me who are procrastinators and have last-minute gifts you're picking up on the way to some function or you found out last minute about something and are in a time crunch. Have you tried doing a decent wrapping job in a car? It's not the easiest thing to accomplish. Then there are those other times you have some oddly shaped gift that it's almost impossible to wrap in any sort of semi-attractive manner. These bags come to the rescue! There are four different sizes for various needs. The material is similar to that of a plastic foil gift bag so it's more durable for heavier items. It's shinier than regular wrapping paper, but not in a bad way. You can see in the pictures the variety of sizes and get an idea of the size difference. In one of the pictures, I show how the bottom expands to flatten out so you can actually sit the package on its bottom if the item inside is heavy enough. The gift tags are cardboard with cute Christmas tree punch-outs and the drawstring tops are a nice silvery-white organza ribbon. These are great bags to simplify certain gift-giving and I am looking forward to using them this Christmas!
Sattiyrch Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree Skirt with Pom Trim,Red Black Buffalo Check Christmas Tree Skirt for Holiday Christmas Decorations (48in)
Sattiyrch Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree Skirt with Pom Trim,Red Black Buffalo Check Christmas Tree Skirt for Holiday Christmas Decorations (48in)
My entire house (bathroom, bedroom, front door, blankets, wall decor, etc.) is black and white buffalo check. I purchased this and a set of stockings to match my house and I love them! They are the added Christmas detail that matches my house and makes it extra cute!

I have a medium (I think 8 feet tall) white pre-lit Christmas tree and it fits perfectly underneath, with no excess around the edges, but it is perfect for what I wanted! The only other thing to note is that the center hole is much larger than I needed for my small frame but it does not affect the functionality at all.
Alpaca Warehouse Alpaca Sheep Wool Blanket King/Full-Queen/Twin Size Thick Heavyweight Comfortably Warm - Great for Outdoor Use - Striped Design (Soft Brown/Camel/Beige, Full/Queen)
Alpaca Warehouse Alpaca Sheep Wool Blanket King/Full-Queen/Twin Size Thick Heavyweight Comfortably Warm - Great for Outdoor Use - Striped Design (Soft Brown/Camel/Beige, Full/Queen)
I'm 6'2" and never in my adult life have I ever had a blanket big enough.
If I want to pull it over my head, or scrunch that amount around my neck to seal off open spaces, my feet are not sufficiently covered. Especially when I turn or move. I get drafts and even exposed feet. I wake up cold and have to fix the blankets, and then try to fall back asleep.
And, for once I wanted a thick wool blanket that insulates well. Even if it should get wet.
I got this blanket a few weeks ago.
I hate to use the word love for an inanimate object, so let me just say, I love the feel, warmth and quality of this blanket. I also love the smell of the lanolin or what ever others mention. I wish it didn't go away. It kind of reminds me of when I bought a wolf-hybrid puppy. He was barely old enough to be separated from mommie and siblings. He had a wild smell to him the first couple weeks that either went away, or I got used to.
I don't quite know if it's the smell, or how nice it feels when I scrunch some and hold it like Linus might, but a big smile comes across my face.
I think about all the back pack campouts I would have loved a smaller wool blanket for around my back while sitting in front of a camp fire. Front is all nice and warm, while my back was cold. To heck with those useless space blankets.
I tell ya what though. I just bought another one the exact same size, along with some leather craft thread.
I'm going to lay one exactly on top of the other and sew them together. I'll sew all around the outside and then at every square foot in the middle, a quick stitch. This will make it a 16 lb blanket, twice as thick and at least twice as warm.
Speaking of weight/thickness, I saw several wool blankets for as much as twice the price and more.
Some were more colorful, but they were also half the weight, which means half the thickness and insulation factor.
I also saw some smaller ones that were plain color for a much better price if your only considering weight/price, but like I said, they were way too small and kind of ugly.
I had a tough time finding one over 90" long (this is 103" x 90").
In my opinion, for me, this is JUST long enough. I wouldn't mind another 10-12" in length. The width is plenty wide enough, at least for one person.
I never thought I could be so thrilled with something like a blanket, but here we are.
VIVO Tempered Glass Surface, Smart Computer Monitor and Laptop Riser Stand with USB Hub Audio Ports STAND-V000U
VIVO Tempered Glass Surface, Smart Computer Monitor and Laptop Riser Stand with USB Hub Audio Ports STAND-V000U
Delivery: Good with Amazon as seller, arrived complete and without damage

Assembly: easy

Weight it is holding on my table: over 35 lbs (two 4K wide Samsung monitors linked by Ergotron)

Design of STAND-V000U: clean and functional, the tempered glass allows you to look beneath and behind, the added USB ports can be useful particularly if your computer's USB port is cumbersome to reach and you often use external hard drives, or flash drives, or camera, or external bluetooth dongle for wire-free mouse etc, or phone etc. The stand is wide enough to slide the keyboard under the tempered glass. The VIVO has three height levels, and I use the middle one to adjust the monitor's height to be level to my eye level for posture. Ergonomic.

Rubustness: I am writing this review after several months of using the stand. It has worked well so far. No scratches or fatigue break.

Style: looks and feels nice.
De'Longhi ECAM 23.420.SB Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchaufschäumdüse für Cappuccino, Espresso Direktwahltaste und Digitaldisplay mit Klartext, 2-Tassen-Funktion, 1,8 Liter Wassertank, silber/schwarz
De'Longhi ECAM 23.420.SB Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchaufschäumdüse für Cappuccino, Espresso Direktwahltaste und Digitaldisplay mit Klartext, 2-Tassen-Funktion, 1,8 Liter Wassertank, silber/schwarz
Wir habe die De'longhi ECAM23420SR seid gut 2 Jahren in Benutzung und sind eigentlich sehr zufrieden.
Vorteile:
- Kaffee ist sehr schmackhaft (subjektiv kräftiger und aromatischer als bei unsererm alten Vollautomaten Siemens S45)
- Kompakte Bauform
- Wasserbehälter wird von vorne in das Gerät geschoben
- Brühgruppe lässt sich leicht herausnehmen und reinigen

Nachteile:
- Der Kaffee Wahlschalter wird bei uns auch "Glücksrad" genannt da man nicht sicher sein kan was beim drehen angeboten wird.
- Kratzempfindliches Sieb
- augenscheinliche Defizite beim entkalken (s.u.)

Leider ist die Kaffeemaschine nach 2 Jahren und 4 Tagen kaputt gegangen. Die Pumpe schien defekt. Glücklicherweise habe ich mich registrieren lassen und somit 3 Jahre Garantie .. dachte ich zumindest.

Ich möchte nicht mit Details langweilen – letztendlich mussten wir nach einer Service Odyssee die Kosten der Reparatur übernehmen da die Maschine lt. Reparatur Service verkalkt war. Lt. System wurde die Maschine in den 2 Jahren 12 mal entkalkt und wir nutzen nur den originalen Entkalker für dieses System.

Natürlich ist Kalk für eine Kaffeemaschine kritisch nur haben wir wie auch bei unseren alten Vollautomaten einen Teststreifen für den Härtegrad Test verwendet und entsprechend das System eingestellt und immer entkalkt wenn es gefordert wurde. Somit liegt die Vermutung nahe das die Entkalken nicht korrekt funktioniert und man immer 1-2 Härtegrade mehr einstellen sollte.
sharpro 32 oz. Infuser Water Bottles - Featuring a Full Length Infusion Rod, Flip Top Lid, Dual Hand Grips
sharpro 32 oz. Infuser Water Bottles - Featuring a Full Length Infusion Rod, Flip Top Lid, Dual Hand Grips
I received my bottle a day before it was due to be delivered, so that was a plus! I started using it today and I love it so much that I'm going to order at least one more. I am really trying to increase my water intake and this bottle is really encouraging me to drink more! It makes it so refreshing. Plus, I like that the infuser basket is about the length of the bottle to give my water flavor to the last drop. Also, I have small hands so it helps that the bottle has grips with slight indentations. The Tritan plastic is really durable. I think this bottle will be able to handle my tossing it around a little. And the customer service has been really responsive as far as following up on new orders. Only downside, I don't think the bottle will fit the average cup holder in my car. I'll have to test this out. It's not really a big deal but I still would have liked a cup holder friendly bottle. Other than that, I absolutely love this bottle and I definitely recommend.

update: It fits in my car's cup holder!!! major +++ and i got a compliment on my pretty bottle. I was told it looks expensive. The top of the infuser rod should probably be a strainer just to catch any herb or fruit bits. But overall, definite recommended purchase.
I now have two of the Sharpro's- one black, one pink. The black one has a small leak sometimes- not sure why. No problem with the pink one.

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