Rodrigo Gonzales

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jQuery Design Patterns
jQuery Design Patterns
jQuery Design Patterns by Thodoris Greasidis. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript Patterns
JavaScript Patterns
JavaScript Patterns by Stoyan Stefanov. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 167 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series)
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series)
Python: Programming, Master's Handbook: A TRUE Beginner's Guide! Problem Solving, Code, Data Science, Data Structures & Algorithms (Code like a PRO in ... less!) (Master's Handbook Edition Series) by Code Well Academy. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML
Head First Html With CSS & XHTML by Eric Freeman , Elisabeth Freeman, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
The Lost Diary of M: A Novel
The Lost Diary of M: A Novel
The Lost Diary of M: A Novel by Paul Wolfe. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the m category.
why's (poignant) guide to Ruby: in color
why's (poignant) guide to Ruby: in color
why's (poignant) guide to Ruby: in color by why the lucky stiff. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
MongoDb: The Definitive Guide
MongoDb: The Definitive Guide
MongoDb: The Definitive Guide by Kristina Chodorow. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 63 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Unspoken Bond
Unspoken Bond
Unspoken Bond by Blake O'Connor and Kay Cameron. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 643 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Nights in Rodanthe,pb,2004
Nights in Rodanthe,pb,2004
Nights in Rodanthe,pb,2004 by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Gray Mountain: A Novel
Gray Mountain: A Novel
Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 20291 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Mr Standfast
Mr Standfast
Mr Standfast by John Buchan, Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 107 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Tempo de mater (Portuguese Edition)
Tempo de mater (Portuguese Edition)
Tempo de mater (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012)
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012)
Different Seasons by King, Stephen (2012) by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, Craig Wasson, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1987 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Fireman: A Novel
The Fireman: A Novel
The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill, Kate Mulgrew, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2160 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Developing Games in Java
Developing Games in Java
Developing Games in Java by David Brackeen, Bret Barker, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 39 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Functional Python Programming
Functional Python Programming
Functional Python Programming by Steven Lott. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Programming: Python Programming Beginner's Guide (Python Programming Fundamentals, Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, An Introduction to Computer Science, Python Progr)
Python Programming: Python Programming Beginner's Guide (Python Programming Fundamentals, Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, An Introduction to Computer Science, Python Progr)
Python Programming: Python Programming Beginner's Guide (Python Programming Fundamentals, Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, An Introduction to Computer Science, Python Progr) by Brian Kendall. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Building Python Programs, Student Value Edition
Building Python Programs, Student Value Edition
Building Python Programs, Student Value Edition by Stuart Reges , Marty Stepp, et al.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Exam Ref 70-762 Developing SQL Databases
Exam Ref 70-762 Developing SQL Databases
Exam Ref 70-762 Developing SQL Databases by Louis Davidson and Stacia Varga. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Murach's MySQL, 2nd Edition
Murach's MySQL, 2nd Edition
Murach's MySQL, 2nd Edition by Joel Murach. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 79 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Introducing SQL Server
Introducing SQL Server
Introducing SQL Server by Mike McQuillan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle)
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle)
Expert Oracle Exadata (Expert's Voice in Oracle) by Kerry Osborne , Randy Johnson, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Microsoft Access SQL Comprehensive: version 2010
Microsoft Access SQL Comprehensive: version 2010
Microsoft Access SQL Comprehensive: version 2010 by Dr. Pindaro Epaminonda Demertzoglou. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Mastering SQL
Mastering SQL
Mastering SQL by Martin Gruber. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
sed & awk: UNIX Power Tools (Nutshell Handbooks)
sed & awk: UNIX Power Tools (Nutshell Handbooks)
sed & awk: UNIX Power Tools (Nutshell Handbooks) by Arnold Robbins and Dale Dougherty. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design
Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design
Swift for Beginners: Develop and Design by Boisy G. Pitre. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Getting Started with SBT for Scala
Getting Started with SBT for Scala
Getting Started with SBT for Scala by Shiti Saxena. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
The modern American home is a veritable wonderland of technical innovations: clean water on demand, central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet and telephony, flat screen electronics, and inexpensive lighting, to name just a few. “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” by popular science writer Steven Johnson describes, at a high level, how that wonderland came together over the centuries.

It is important to note that “How We Got to Now” does not explore six discrete technical innovations. Rather, Johnson provides a basic synopsis of events across a half-dozen areas, such as sanitation, lighting, and food preservation. Early on, he introduces a fascinating concept: the hummingbird effect. Put simply, an innovation, or cluster of innovations, in one field that ends up triggering major changes in a different domain altogether. He coins the term from the sexual reproduction strategies of plants (e.g. flowers supplemented pollen with even more energy-rich nectar to attract insects) that ended up shaping the design of a hummingbird’s wings (i.e. evolving an extremely unusual form of flight mechanics enabling them to hover). The best example, in my opinion, is how the Gutenberg press generated a demand for eyeglasses that led to a broader experimentation with glass lens that led to the microscope and the subsequent discovery of microscopic cells. Or how the advent of air-conditioning had a “long zoom” impact on American politics. Or how the development of sonar to listen to sound waves bouncing off icebergs led, a few generations later, to ultrasound and the abortion of tens of millions of female fetuses in China and India.

The content of each chapter is relatively superficial but peppered with fascinating personal anecdotes about the discovery of important insights or commercialization of technical innovations. Here are some of my favorites.

In the early 1900s, Clarence Birdseye was living in the frozen land of Labrador, Canada. He discovered that trout caught while ice fishing, which froze solid almost instantly in the minus 20-degree temperature of the Canadian winter, retained their flavor when later defrosted. Thus, the value of “flash freezing” was discovered and today we still enjoy “Birdseye” frozen peas for dinner.

In 1908, New Jersey doctor John Leal surreptitiously added chlorine to the public water reservoirs for Jersey City. His patent- and licensing-free discovery of a simple way to provide clean drinking water may be one of the greatest public health contributions in history. A recent study found that chlorinated water reduced the total mortality in the average American city from diseases like dysentery and cholera by 43% and reduced infant mortality by as much as 74%.

In the 1850s, Aaron Dennison, “the Lunatic of Boston,” mass-produced an inexpensive ($3.50) pocket watch, branded the “Wm. Ellery,” that was “the must-have consumer gadget of the late nineteenth century,” according to Johnson. Richard Sears, a Minnesota railroad agent, found that he could turn a nice profit selling the watches to other station agents. He partnered with Chicago businessman Alvah Roebuck to produce a mail-order catalog showcasing a range of watch designs, and Sears. Roebuck was born – and so was another example of the hummingbird effect.

A major theme of the book is that Johnson is deeply suspicious of the “great man theory” and “eureka moment” of invention. Consider the case of electric light. People had been tinkering with incandescent light for more than half-a-century before Thomas Edison’s breakthrough at Menlo Park in 1879. More than ten different inventors had earlier hit upon the same basic formula of a carbon filament suspended in a vacuum. “There was no lightbulb moment in the story of the lightbulb,” Johnson writes. Instead, the lightbulb, like most other technical innovations, was the result of a “slow hunch” that took years, sometimes decades, to germinate and mature. In Johnson’s estimation, “Edison invented the lightbulb the way Steve Jobs invented the MP3 player.” He made it reliable, easy to use, and widely available. If anything, Johnson says, Edison should be remembered for his contribution to the process of innovation, his efforts to collect a cross-disciplinary team to conduct a wide range of related research and development. The “invention” of Edison’s lightbulb was thus mostly about sweating the details and what Johnson calls “a bricolage of small improvements.” He acknowledges that Edison was a “true genius” and “a towering figure in nineteenth century innovation,” but that he should most be revered for his ability to build creative teams: “assembling diverse skills in a work environment that valued experimentation and accepted failure, incentivizing the group with financial rewards that were aligned with the overall success of the organization, and building on ideas that originated elsewhere.”

“How We Got to Now” is a fun, light read. Each chapter is colorfully illustrated and chopped up into several parts, each highlighting a part of the innovation chain that leads to the modern day. A week on your nightstand is probably all that it will take to enjoy this book.
Jovian: Assimilated Abilities
Jovian: Assimilated Abilities
Oh, my god. What a different approach to character developlement. Kaymes certainly wrote an original story. His humor and style are not like any other. I would highly recommend reading this book. I think he has a lot of potential as an author.
Inspirational Black Biographies: Oprah Winfrey, Trevor Noah, Michelle Obama, and More
Inspirational Black Biographies: Oprah Winfrey, Trevor Noah, Michelle Obama, and More
MH. has written a collection of mini autobiographies for numerous black entertainers, men and women and a sport athlete. The most interesting was Oprah Winfrey and The new most prominent impact to black women, Michelle Obama, the recent past First Lady. During her time in the spotlight as First Lady she was 100 per cent a woman and Mother. She has been the most active First Lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. This is an excellent collection of Black autobiographies......DEHS
Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World
Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World
Burns is a former GM exec who for years engaged in the thankless task of reforming the company from with, to steer it toward a greener future. He scored some successes by securing GM sponsorship of prestigious teams in autonomous driving competitions in the early 2000’s, but ultimately inertia of the old guard combined with economic downturns and bankruptcy convinced him that he could effect more change by being outside of GM than staying within.
This is a riveting insider tale of the first decades in the quest for developing and marketing autonomous vehicles. Featuring enough technical information to give geeks something to enjoy while not burying the reader with arcane engineering detail, this work strikes the perfect mix. The chapters on the first DARPA autonomous vehicle challenges are particularly compelling and are told in a vivid, page-turning manner.
The author retells the many personal conflicts that plagued the business in the later years, some of which impacted him, but by and large he manages to put his personal biases aside and tell the story in an informative and reasonable manner. However, despite his intentions, the reader can still detect an anti-Uber tilt, although he is open about his allegiances and interests. Another improvement could have been to address some of the autonomous vehicle activity outside of North America. While North America in general and the Detroit-Silicon Valley rivalry (which eventually, as he points out, became a collaboration) in particular were a clear driving force in the development of the autonomous car, there could have been a few more comments on what was happening outside the continent. Ethical issues, too, could have benefited from a little more coverage.
But these are quibbles. Written in a very readable style by a man with deep knowledge of the car business, this is an excellent introduction to the field and a must-read for all who want to know how we got here and where we’re going. It will make you an optimist.
Take A Look: Complete On Columbia
Take A Look: Complete On Columbia
TIME TO STOP THIS FAKE ASSESSMENT OF ARETHA's COLUMBIA MATERIAL!!

Anyone who was either there in 61-66 period of Aretha's Columbia recordings. Or has read the extensive books and articles by the producers, musicians and Jon Hammond and Aretha themselves....or the several documented album sleeve notes from these albums and/or Downbeat article publications on these album releases ....or just listened to the recordings including the rare studio outtakes and dialog there....will know that Columbia DID NOT IN ANY WAY have any negative effect or influence on Ms Franklins career at this period.

In fact all involved [including several producers and Ray Bryant] but especially Aretha make it clear she was in control at the tender age of 19! And these recordings and outtakes prove it completely!

Aretha wanted to be a Jazz n Blues singer like her main idol Dinah Washington. Period! And this very [very!] recent perception [started in the notes of the Jazz 2 Soul cd booklet by a known bitter sideman who regretted never managing Aretha!]; that somehow Aretha was led down a wrong musical path or Columbia didnt know what to do with her is a COMPLETE PHALLACY!

As the booklet essay here makes real clear for those who may like to repeat innacurate recieved nonsense....Jazz was still King at this time. Aretha was in control of her musical destiny [the outtakes prove this without doubt as the young teenager chides a producer and supports her fellow Jazz players!]. Jazz n Blues were still the primary Black music and contrary to the revisionist mainstream music writers trying to rewrite history otherwise....Soul music as a genre didnt drop til 63.....and Aretha still didnt add Soul music to her repertoire for another coupla years. By her own choice!

Aretha also later sued Columbia [for a substantial amount] for reworking/remixing some Columbia tunes in the late 60's with a 'Soul' arrangement.... and she hated it! She has stated she loved the original arrangements and felt they couldnt be bettered...look it up! She had plenty of options in which to leave Columbia annually but chose not to till 66. And, while she only had love and respect in the Black/Jazz communities in The US [and a few national hits] in this period but would go on to have international fame at Atlantic....the transition was not smooth. Becuase intially Aretha totally hated the Atlantic set up becuase it was restrictive and dictatorial....unlike Columbia! [This is all a matter of detailed record!]

Aretha [and others] are recorded as saying the so-called classic Soul album 'I Never Loved A Man' was a nightmare recording. She hated the musicians [most of whom were "old rednecks" - their description.] At this Atlantic session she was NOT given control for the first time and resented it. And cos of this, and cos she missed her Black Jazz musicians from the Columbia days, walked out of the session. For a while Aretha contemplated leaving Atlantic completely cos she missed the freedom she had at Columbia.

Oh and Aretha done cheesy tracks from Columbia to Arista and beyond....the odd corny tune can been seen in the whole of Aretha's career! [Any true fan knows this!]

And, lets be real here....Aretha NEVER stopped doin Blues, Gospel & Jazz [and showtunes/standards!] throughout her Atlantic years. Every Atlantic album featured some tunes in these styles [and some whole albums nearly!] So, this totally false misconception that she didnt like this type of material or that she was somehow not allowed to or didnt quite 'let herself go' on these recordings is clearly completely UNTRUE!

Aretha loved her Columbia recordings. Still does and STILL includes them in her set to this day.

The ultimate evidence of course is in the music itself! Play the first album 'Aretha' and it cleary sounds like she is already the finished product. Every tune she delivers with a confidence, a fire....and a Truth!

All Hail The Queen Of The Blues!
Ken Burns Jazz-Louis Armstrong
Ken Burns Jazz-Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong. Ken Burns JAZZ (The Definitive). (but not all-inclusive)
This is one of the best collections of old jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong. The performances are great, and most of the recordings somehow manage to sound a lot like modern high fidelity recordings with a wide range of musical sounds and a minimum of background hiss and scratches. I don't know how Ken Burns managed it, -the old 78's he used must have been in pristine condition. We're not talking about perfection here, but as close as you can get under the circumstances. The most familiar songs are: 2.) Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home) (1925), 3.) Heebie Jeebies (1926), 5.) West End Blues (1928), 7.) Mahogany Hall Stomp (1929), 8.) Ain't Misbehavin' (1929), 9.) Black And Blue (1929), 10.) St. Louis Blues (1929), 12.) Blue Again (1931), 13.) Lazy River (1931), 15.) Stardust (1931), 17.) I Double Dare You (1938), 18.) When The Saints Go Marching In (1938), 19.) Marie (1940), 20.) Rockin' Chair (1947), 21.) Blueberry Hill (1949), 22.) Mack The Knife (1955), 23.) A Fine Romance (1957), 24.) Hello Dolly (1963), 25.) What A Wonderful World (1967), plus six other songs. Buy it.
Samsung Galaxy S9, 64GB, Coral Blue - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
Samsung Galaxy S9, 64GB, Coral Blue - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
🔫Note: This review will be updated numerous times as the phone ages. And be jealous of my green laser gun.

Service Provider: STRAIGHT TALK
Apple only user (7 years)

BACKGROUND: My iPhone 5s went to poo 💩(For the second time in 7 years I lost an iPhone). Each time the "geniuses" told me my phone was not repairable and I had to buy a new phone. AND both times it was the charge connector that just went completely crap one day. Great. Looking back I guess I was part of the many brainwashed sheep with the one track mind thinking Apple leads all. But in reality, they are stuck in neutral. Since they lost Steve Jobs, no one has stepped up to be that Willy Wonka of cutting edge ideas and showmanship. And its blatantly obvious to me now. Oh and guess what? They now make the headphones use the same failure prone adapter on all new iPhones (meaning you cannot wire charge and listen to headphones), so I finally decided to stop eating rotten Apples. And I decided to Hitchhike a Ride on a Galaxy S9. Now I know you'll say a 5s is older and its comparing apples and oranges (that pun was unintentional🤮...my apoligies), but my friend has an iPhone X and let me try it. It wasn't that much different of an Apple experience. And it was 400 more than this phone. (I apologize for my overt digressions, but phones are a huge investment and I try to make my reviews thorough and whatever the perfect opposite of boring is...I hope.)

Day 1: I'm really $%@!$& nervous. Did I make the right decision? I'm a textbook overthinker. I went without a phone for 9 days trying to decide. And here I am. Waiting on a refurbished Galaxy S9. Finally Delivered. First box is the typical smaller Amazon box. Second inside is a small white box. Very simple worry-free packaging. Inside that box was the phone, A/C adaptor, charge cord, and a paper with quickstart and APN help. Also a card from Amazon saying contact the seller first with a problem blah blah Charlie Brown teacher voice blah blah blah. So I have made a few certified refurbished electronic purchases in the past and they worked out great, so I was not as apprehensive as maybe a refurb greenhorn might be. But listen. Phone is in hand now. And this phone is stunning. Immaculate. I went over it and it looks COMPLETELY brand new. The screen is perfect. Don't be afraid. Jump in the water. Buy refurbished. Ok...so here is my first negative, but its petty really. I bought the "lilac" colored phone because I love light colored purples like lilac and lavender. Only this isn't really either. I'd call this more of a pinker color with a hint of purple, but its still sleek and nice and can be covered up with a case if needed. Ok so physical condition out of the box I'd give a solid grade A+ Now for the SIM card. Again I am a Straight Talk user (looooove them...4 years strong now). My iPhone has been tanked and off for about 9 days. I popped out the SIM card from the rotten phone, popped out the Samsung SIM tray and dropped in the SIM, pushing the tray back flush. Powered the phone on. Without going through every single step, the setup was so easy and seamless. It automatically found my service provider, so I would say this is pretty much as close to plug and play as you can get. So awesome. I am falling hard like Pete for Ariana for this phone...

Well...I've been playing with the phone for a few hours now. I cannot put it down. So many things are infinitely better than Apple. I'm going to list a few and stop the review for Day 1. And if you made it this far, peace and love neighbor. Happy phone hunting. You're beautiful🌞🌜⛱🌚🌟
1. Customization: THEMES! I can't stop trying these out. They change the sounds and wallpapers and App icons and probably other cool stuff I don't realize all at once. They are so cool. Text messages look different. And the wallpapers can be animated. Lock screens can be videos. I am admittedly geeking a little. Android systems let you change soooooooo much. And I am a customization freak. Not only can you choose from hundreds of free and paid themes on the Google Play store, but you can choose from so many different fonts as well (and you can choose from tons for free and money the same way). You can set the order of so many things, it's just the coolest. Oh and here is a great one. For the OCD users like me, who hated when you couldn't delete an apple app, you still have those on Android you cannot delete as well. BUT YOU CAN HIDE THEM!

2. The button clicks are addictive. It feels like you are pushing a button when its the bare screen. I have a screen protector on AND and phone case and it's still extremely responsive.

3. The swiping motions aren't that different from Apple. I'm navigating like a pro. I'm sure there are how-to videos I need to watch to learn all of the shortcuts, but I'm doing just fine.

Ok. Enough for now. I'm jonesing to play with the phone waaaaaay more. Ask any questions you want. I will answer all I can. I will update this review as I see the need.
Peace and Love,
The Muffin Man
DOOGEE S95 Super 2020 Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, 48MP AI Triple Rear Camera Helio P90 Octa-Core 6GB+128GB, 5150mAh+3500mAh Global 4G LTE Cell Phones IP68 Waterproof, 6.3-inch FHD+ NFC Wireless Charge
DOOGEE S95 Super 2020 Rugged Smartphone Unlocked, 48MP AI Triple Rear Camera Helio P90 Octa-Core 6GB+128GB, 5150mAh+3500mAh Global 4G LTE Cell Phones IP68 Waterproof, 6.3-inch FHD+ NFC Wireless Charge
So far it's a beast of a phone. Feels solid in the hand. The added power bank and speaker; fantastic! Works with T-Mobile USA.

Note** it's kinda set up like an iPhone... All the apps are on the home screen. So no separate app menu.

I've noticed Pandora isn't working, but so far that's the only app that hasn't worked
Un Caballero Y Dos Mujeres (Spanish Edition)
Un Caballero Y Dos Mujeres (Spanish Edition)
WAS NOT THAT WOW, BEND MY KNEES FUN, BUT FOR A QUICKY READ, ON THE TRAVEL SIDE. WAS NOT BAD, IT SHOULD HAD BEEN TWO MEN AND A LADY, INSTEAD OF TWO LADY AND A GENTLEMAN. ANYWAY IT WAS GOOD.
Louis L'Amour Trail Mix: Volume One
Louis L'Amour Trail Mix: Volume One
If you like Western mysteries no one tells a better story than L'Amour. This audio book has some well known readers who really know how to bring the stories to life. Very enjoyable.
Asterix: Chez Les Britons (Astérix) (French Edition)
Asterix: Chez Les Britons (Astérix) (French Edition)
This is a great read for any fan of the series and for those who speak both French and English. Here is a book that would certainly lose something in translation. The characters in Britain speak French using English syntax. There are a number of good laughs to be found at English idioms translated directly into French: ("Je dis ceci est choquant." comes readily to mind). It's also nice to know that Asterix and Obelix are able to help their Breton cousins find their own magic potion in their struggles with Rome.
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question
Good Book, my daughter made me buy every one for her and she reads them to me before bed. The lessons in these books should be mandatory reading for adults when they turn 21, it would make the world a more friendly place.
The Twits: A Set of Plays
The Twits: A Set of Plays
Perfect for lower Key Stage 2 (7-9 year olds). I used Hamilton plans to run this alongside our reading of the story. The plays are really funny with extra insults, they really enjoy them. One of the plays is for 14 children so I split the class into 2 groups and it worked so successfully. Fabulous on the kindle app for laptops as it can be display on classroom IWB.
La notte del leopardo: Il ciclo dei Ballantyne (La Gaja scienza Vol. 121) (Italian Edition)
La notte del leopardo: Il ciclo dei Ballantyne (La Gaja scienza Vol. 121) (Italian Edition)
Abituato agli ultimi romanzi di Smith (scritti a due mani), mi sono trovato piacevolmente sorpreso da questo libro che ha ormai passato i trent'anni.
Ho ritrovato l'indubbia capacità di appassionare il lettore con una trama avvincente, ambientata in luoghi verso i quali l'autore nutre un amore profondo e di cui è un conoscitore di prim'ordine.
Una lettura leggera che mi sento vivamente di consigliare come scacciapensieri.
'DR NO, Moonraker, THUNDERBALL, from Russia with Love, ON HER MAJESTY'S Secret Service, Goldfinger(A James Bond Omnibus)'
'DR NO, Moonraker, THUNDERBALL, from Russia with Love, ON HER MAJESTY'S Secret Service, Goldfinger(A James Bond Omnibus)'
Great collection of six of Ian Fleming's Bond novels. All novels are unabridged. With 862 pages, it's a big heavy book and the print is on the small side with the lines close together. Nice hard wearing cover. It's a budget product printed on cheap paper, but perfectly serviceable. Great value for money - six novels for a very reasonable price, without multiple delivery charges. Read and much enjoyed all the stories, very happy with the book.
The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks
The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks
Mr. Stoneman's work "The Greek Experience of India" is a fascinating account of how many Greeks experienced and recounted their experience (or relayed the experiences of others) to other Greeks from the initial contacts made by the invasion of Alexander's army, through progressing decades.

I think it's important to note that this book is less a history of the encounters between these two civilizations, and more a historiography of the available Greek sources. Stoneman has certainly put together an impressive amount of research into extent sources and is able to compile them and relate them to the reader in a way that shows how Greeks perceived and understood the portion of the Indian sub-continent that they saw or heard about from traders, merchants and captives. Topics range from their understanding of elephants (personally, one of the more unexpectedly interesting parts of the book, to flora and fauna, Indian architecture, and culture.) Much of the book is intended to explain how Greek authors tried to convey their understanding of all these aspects of India and more into a format that other Greeks would understand, an understanding that was frequently incomplete, if well-intended.

Readers should not expect a narrative history when they open this book. Instead, "The Greek Experience of India" analyzes the cultural exchange that took place between these two regions, primarily looking at how the Greeks perceived India. For those who would find this topic interesting, this book is very much worth your time.
Wooden Phone Case (World Map in Mahogany) Compatible with iPhone X, iPhone Xs
Wooden Phone Case (World Map in Mahogany) Compatible with iPhone X, iPhone Xs
I read the feedback on products so i'm trying to write these reviews on things I buy more often.
This was exactly what I was hoping it would be!! I'm big on buying things that use renewable materials and buying things made in the U.S. So I was happy that the product was up to par and the company was great to deal with!! (I ordered for the wrong phone and had to call. Their customer service was awesome! ) I liked so much I bought another case. I def recommend.

The wood is smooth and doesn't sliver. Engraving is good. It isn't cheap and undefined. Case was form fitting and not loose like some cases.
De'Longhi EC 820 Espressomaschine / 15 Bar / Siebträger
De'Longhi EC 820 Espressomaschine / 15 Bar / Siebträger
The first coffee maker we have bought, and a purchase made on the back of Amazon reviews, and price.
Delivery from Amazon prompt but there was no outer packing added by Amazon to the manufacturer's box although fortunately there was no transit damage (others might not be so fortunate).
Instructions are not very clear, as others have indicated, but we muddled through as everyone else has done without any problems.
First thing we noticed is that it will not take 'tall' mugs, but ours at 95mm will just fit under, which is OK for us.
We use ground coffee, not pods, so there was some trial and error to optimize things. First the single shot basket thing seems to hold more proportionately more coffee than the double shot basket (i.e. 2x single is more than the double). Both baskets are sensitive to how much coffee is put in, since only a slight overfill even when using the measuring spoon will either prevent you from loading the holder into the machine or the machine can't pump through the coffee. That part mastered we then found that coffee ground fine for espresso machines definitely works best, not 'ordinary' ground coffee from a packet. The best coffee so far has been from a specialist coffee supplier (Italian from Wallingford Tea and Coffee Co), and lots more out there to try. That said the machine has produced a good crema on all of the coffees we have tried so far.
We have used the milk frother and it works fine, although we don't use it much.
Problems with multiple cups of coffee, as others have reported, don't arise for us because we don't make more than two mugs at a time.
But the cup warmer is indeed rubbish.
So finally after a month it's still going strong and hopefully will continue to do so for some time yet and fingers crossed this review will not induce the kiss of death!
Breville CS20001 Joule Sous Vide, White Polycarbonate
Breville CS20001 Joule Sous Vide, White Polycarbonate
I have both the Anova WIFI cooker and this Joule cooker. I love both cookers, but the apps for both leave a lot to be desired, which is the reason for the 4 stars. Comparing the two sous vide cookers, both have their advantages and disadvantages.

1 - The Joule cooker is 1100 Watts vs. the 900 Watts of the Anova. So the Joule will heat the water more quickly than the Anova. Joule wins
2 - The Joule cooker has a magnetic bottom that will hold it up in a pot that is magnetic such as a cast iron pot, and the Anova must be secured with the clamp attachment. Joule wins.
3 - The Joule cooker has a clamp that works only on thin rimmed containers, and the Anova has a clamp attachment that will accommodate thick rimmed containers. Anova wins.
4 - The Joule cooker must be controlled with the app as there are no controls on the device, and the Anova may be controlled manually for temperature and time settings on the device without the use of the app. Anova wins.
5 - The Joule cooker requires a minimum 1.5 inches of water to operate and the Anova requires 2.75 inches minimum of water. Joule wins.
6 - The Joule cooker can heat up to 10 gallons of water, and the Anova can heat up to 5.5 gallons. Joule wins.
7 - The apps for both cookers do not have much in presets that would be used for everyday meals. Most of the time, the manual modes would be used, A draw for both cookers.
8 - When setting temperature in time for both cookers, the temperature must be attained for the Joule cooker before the timer is set since the timer countdown starts as soon as it is set and before the cook temperature is reached. For the Anova cooker, the timer doesn't start until the cooking temperature is attained. In this case, it is sort of a draw as the food shouldn't be put into the water until the cook temperature is reached, The plus with the Anova is that an ice bath can be used to keep the temperature down for longer and the cook time won't start until the cook temperature is attained. In this case, the Anova wins.

Whether or not the Joule or the Anova cooker is best for you depends on your uses and your availability to the apps. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I generally use the manual modes for both as the presets don't allow for many of the foods that I cook. In addition, the presets are for store bought meats and we us only pasture fed and pasture finished meats that take less cook time. As mentioned previously, both apps leave a lot to be desired, but both cookers are excellent if you do your research and use the manual modes.

UPDATE 717/18
I have been using this sous vide cooker for about 7 months, and tend to gravitate to the Joule more than than the Anova. The Joule is much easier and faster to clip onto a cooking container than having to install the screw on holder for the Anova. Although the Anova can be used manually without the use of a phone app, I use my cookers in a second kitchen, and use the phone apps to check on progress from the main kitchen. With the phone apps, I can easily flip back and forth between cookers. I often have the meats for more than one meal cooking at a time, and have them timed so they are finished on the day the meal is planned for as some cuts of meat can take as long as 72 hours to cook. So far I have sous vide cooked chicken (whole and cut in half), roasts (pork, beef, and bison), ribs, tuna steaks, and a few others. I have never been disappointed with the results. I have also found that it is easier to set the timer after the sous vide cooker has come to temperature than to try to get the food in at the moment the timer starts. So, the timer issue mentioned above isn't a problem for me.

I have also found that one of the best features of the sous vide cooker is rewarming foods. How many times have you cooked the perfectly cooked roast, and rewarming overcooked the leftovers. This won't happen with sous vide cooking even if the leftovers are frozen. Simply set the temperature for your desired doneness, and the leftovers won't cook more than the temperature set.

As an experienced cook, I have methods to cook the perfect steak and perfectly cooked fish, but have never found a method to cook tuna steaks as perfectly as when they are done with the sous vide method. By cooking them sous vide, they come out a light pink inside and so very moist - never dried out.

Another thing that I really love about sous vide cooking is that foods don't get overcooked if you leave them in the cooker until the rest of your meal is ready. This isn't true with any other cooking method. If you are running late, you can leave food in the cooker to keep warm until you are ready for it without fear of overcooking it. I do love the Joule sous vide cooker for the speed that it get the water to temperature and for the consistency of temperature control.

UPDATE 08/14/18:

Other than the Mellow sous vide that I have, the Joule cooker has become my favorite sous vide cooker. I like the Mellow because it is small and convenient to keep handy on the counter, but the Joule is always the cooker that I use for larger portions, like roast and ribs, since I can use a larger water container. This cooker is small, but it heats up a large amount of water much faster than many cookers, and keeps the temperature extremely accurate. If the app contains the meat you are cooking, it shows pictures of what the meat will look like at each different doneness, and describes them so you can choose what you would like best. If you find one of the presets that works for you, the cooker will set the time and temperature for you. If you work and want to set up a meal before you go to work, you can add ice cubes to the water to keep the meat cool until it is ready to cook. I like the Joule app better than the Anova app because it has presets for meats, poultry, and seafood rather an recipes that do nothing for me when planning the cooking of a protein.
Toyuugo HEPA Air Purifier for Home Bedroom Office with PM2.5 Air Quality Auto Sensor, 8-in-1 Air Cleaner with True HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets Hair, Smokers, Auto & Sleep Mode, Timer, Child Lock (Black)
Toyuugo HEPA Air Purifier for Home Bedroom Office with PM2.5 Air Quality Auto Sensor, 8-in-1 Air Cleaner with True HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets Hair, Smokers, Auto & Sleep Mode, Timer, Child Lock (Black)
 This little air purifier does not disappoint. I decided on the Toyuugo HEPA air purifier because it had an auto mode, timer, different settings and most importantly, the reviews said it was quiet. I needed something a little smaller than the air filter I have now and it had to be whisper quiet and no lights, It comes almost ready to be used, All you have to do is, remove the plastic, connect the filter to the bottom with a twist, plug in the electrical cord into the back of the unit and the wall. Super simple and fast!

Noise level;

When it is first turned on it will be loud, then it tapers off to super quiet on setting 1 and 2. However, with regular day time noise, it is still quiet on level 3. Check out my video to hear the sound.

How big is it?

It is quite sturdy and will not easily tip over. It's a solid unit. If you are like me, I find it hard to really understand how big/small a product is. Hope this helps....check out my photo, I stood beside the Toyuugo purifier and my other air purifier so you can get a better feel; I am 5'7. I also took a picture with a tape measure of the height. Hope this helps. the Unit is about 14 inches high. It fit easily into this little RV corner.

Is it good for an RV?

I live in a 45 foot diesel pusher motorcoach and needed something quiet and yet, effective, and this does it all. The UV HEPA air filter does a good job of cleaning out the toxins and the toxins from diesel fumes after we are parked. This is super important. It did not 100% eliminate the diesel fumes at 3rd speed, while driving however, there was a significant improvement enough so, I am purchasing another one for the front of the motorcoach.

We also have two cats and it can get really hairy LOL. My hubby has serious allergies to just about everything and this has been a game changer especially with the UV light option.

What are the functions?

I love that the control panel is on top and easy to see and function-well planned out for sure! All functions when activated are indicated with an LED light. Lots of options to choose from including an auto function. This one is perfect and it will cycle through the speeds to decide for you. Love this! There are
3 fan speeds; great for clearing the air quickly
UV light; great for spores, bacteria and other microbes
Childproof setting; hold the button for 3 seconds to lock/unlock
Timer; up to 12 hours; set it and forget it
Sleep; turns all the lights off. I leave it in this mode during the day too
Auto mode
Change filter indicator; will light up when needs replacing
The product also comes with a good easy to use and understand little booklet on how to use the unit. I added some photos so you can see. I love how they highlighted the most important parts.

How about noise and light?

Hit the sleep button and the lights switch off. There are two lights that remain on, I can't see them, however, I did cover them with light blocking tape as well. The fan itself, if it is on level 1 is whisper quiet. Perfect for me as a fussy sleeper who likes a dark and quiet room!

What about replacing the filter?

I was concerned about getting a replacement for this unit. I did a search and Amazon has a Toyuugo 3-in-1 True HEPA replacement filter compatible with the unit KJ-350B. The filter lasts between 6-8 months and a LED Indicator light will let you know when it is time to replace it.

What about contacting this company?

I was concerned with this too. the product comes with a manual and on the back page is there contact info. They also include a little business card to encourage you contacting them. So, I contacted them. I asked about where to purchase the replacement filters. It took them 24 hours to get back to me with ways to find the filter including Amazon. Just to let you know, although this unit is an 8-in-1 air purifier, the replacement is a 3-in-1 because the other parts of filtering are contained within the unit. The customer service rep, Dara, explained the 3-in-1 filer is the nylon pre-filter, true HEPA filter plus photocatalyst filter replacement.

Do You like the product?

The bigger question is, would you buy this again? Yes, I would and will. I am getting one for the front of the Motorcoach, seems over kill for 500 sq feet however, when all the windows are open and the pollen and mold, cat hair is flying, I want two going with that build in UV light.

If you found this helpful hit the helpful button and if you have any other questions please ask away and I will get them answered.
Holmes Desktop HEPA-Type , 3 Speeds plus Optional Ionizer small Air Purifier, HAP242B-U, Black
Holmes Desktop HEPA-Type , 3 Speeds plus Optional Ionizer small Air Purifier, HAP242B-U, Black
I love these little air cleaners. I have one in each of our bedrooms. They are small, compact and do a great job cleaning the air.

I love that you can set them upright or flat on the ground. I sometimes move it to a different position depending on where I want to place it. It works well either way.

There are 3 speeds and we tend to leave it on at the middle settling 24/7. I have it positioned so that it is directly under the heat vents in the ceiling in the bedrooms.

It is amazing how dirty the filters get. We have a pretty clean house and I vacuum every other day. We change our furnace filter often but these things really pick up an amazing amount of dirt. I change the filters about once a month and they are almost black.

This has a switch for ionization but I leave that turned off because I am not sure what exactly it does or why I would want it. There is a light that comes on to let you know that this switch is turned on.

The fan is somewhat loud on high and you can barely hear it on low. I think it honestly does a decent job on low but I keep it on medium because I want it to move the air a little more. I also like the noise for sleeping.

Thanks for reading my review

Becky Brooks

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