Ronan Myers

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Agile Web Development with Rails 6
Agile Web Development with Rails 6
Agile Web Development with Rails 6 by Sam Ruby, David B. Copeland, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Flutter in Action
Flutter in Action
Flutter in Action by Eric Windmill. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Three.js Cookbook
Three.js Cookbook
Three.js Cookbook by Jos Dirksen. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Instant InnoDB
Instant InnoDB
Instant InnoDB by Matthew Reid. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Learning MySQL: Get a Handle on Your Data
Learning MySQL: Get a Handle on Your Data
Learning MySQL: Get a Handle on Your Data by Hugh E. Williams and Seyed M.M. Tahaghoghi. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 46 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Island of Fire (The Unwanteds Book 3)
Island of Fire (The Unwanteds Book 3)
Island of Fire (The Unwanteds Book 3) by Lisa McMann. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 256 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1)
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1)
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1744 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Million Miles Away
A Million Miles Away
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery, Kara Bartell, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 50 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Ogni volta noi (Italian Edition)
Ogni volta noi (Italian Edition)
Ogni volta noi (Italian Edition) by Josie Silver and Alba Bariffi. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Parkway 12
Parkway 12
Parkway 12 by Dennis Carr. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
El cliente (Spanish Edition)
El cliente (Spanish Edition)
El cliente (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition)
El caso Fitzgerald (Spanish Edition) by John Grisham. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 69 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Ulaskawienie
Ulaskawienie
Ulaskawienie by Grisham John. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined 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.
Grande Illusions: Books I & II
Grande Illusions: Books I & II
Grande Illusions: Books I & II by Tom Savini, Stephen King, et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 51 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
LDAP Programming with Java¿
LDAP Programming with Java¿
LDAP Programming with Java¿ by Rob Weltman and Tony Dahbura. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python: Learn Python Fast - Python Programming for Beginners and Python Basics (Python, Python Programming, Python Course (Python, Python Programming, Python Course, Python Development)
Python: Learn Python Fast - Python Programming for Beginners and Python Basics (Python, Python Programming, Python Course (Python, Python Programming, Python Course, Python Development)
Python: Learn Python Fast - Python Programming for Beginners and Python Basics (Python, Python Programming, Python Course (Python, Python Programming, Python Course, Python Development) by Eng. Alexander Mosgov. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Cookbook
PHP Cookbook
PHP Cookbook by David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
ASP Classic - ASP SQL Database Coding
ASP Classic - ASP SQL Database Coding
ASP Classic - ASP SQL Database Coding by Lisa Shea. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Data Mastery - SQL
Data Mastery - SQL
Data Mastery - SQL by Lauren Glass. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Wittgensteins ‘große Maschinenschrift’: Untersuchungen zum philosophischen Ort des "Big Typescripts</I> (TS 213) im Werk Ludwig Wittgensteins (Wittgenstein Studien) (German Edition)
Wittgensteins ‘große Maschinenschrift’: Untersuchungen zum philosophischen Ort des "Big Typescripts</I> (TS 213) im Werk Ludwig Wittgensteins (Wittgenstein Studien) (German Edition)
Wittgensteins ‘große Maschinenschrift’: Untersuchungen zum philosophischen Ort des "Big Typescripts</I> (TS 213) im Werk Ludwig Wittgensteins (Wittgenstein Studien) (German Edition) by Stefan Majetschak. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the TypeScript category.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Absolutely fantastic book. I bought 1 for myself...and then bought 1 for my Dad and one for my Father in Law...Probably get one for my Stepdad Soon as well. I laughed when I read the 1 star reviews. This is NOT a cookbook. This book is about how Aaron Franklin ascended to his position as being one of the best BBQ Cooks in the Nation. He talks about what he did, why he did it, and what he learned along the way. He talks about his victories and defeats and how he gained just a little bit of knowledge during each cook. What he could use he kept, what didn't work, he noted it, and tossed it aside. This is a great book on the science and theory of what is actually happening when you smoke something. The different kinds of wood that is used, the kind of smoker he likes, what temperature he prefers (275'), what he spritz's his meats with while they cook, when to pull the meat off, when to wrap it, what to wrap it with, how and why to rest it..etc. etc...I have been grilling for 20+ years, and been smoking meat for about 10, and this book really really taught me a lot of things, and cleared up some things that I have noticed, but hadn't really figured it out. He explains how to smoke meat in very simple terms. It IS simple to smoke meat...but you can totally screw it up if you don't do it right. A perfect example that he talks about, and I did this when I first started, but luckily figured it out years ago is the fact that rookies see that Beef is done at 160-165 degrees and they think, welp, its done, might as well pull it off. They pull it off and let it sit, and when they slice into it, its tough or if its pork, it doesn't pull or shred at all, and none of the fat has rendered and they think "What happened?? Well what happened is that yes, the meat reached a safe temp to eat, but not the OPTIMAL temp for BBQ. You want the internal temp at 203 degrees instead so the fat can liquefy and give the meat its juiciness and tenderness.
That is just one example. He lays it all out there for you, and doesn't hold anything back. This is a simple process, but the devil is in those details, and he is adamant about them. There are a few recipes in the book, but this isn't a cook book per se. I did like the recipes on the BBQ sauces though and Ive made them all. Aaron keeps it straightforward and simple. If you don't learn anything from this book then you aren't paying attention. I read a 1 star review and the guy goes, "Yeah, I learned to use salt and pepper and post oak....lame"
If you have that sort of mentality, then this book is definitely not for you, but if you want to reach in to what BBQ is, and how it is done right, and then you actually DO what he talks about, you will never screw up a piece of meat again.
The Courage Map: 13 Principles for Living Boldly
The Courage Map: 13 Principles for Living Boldly
The Courage Map: 13 Principles for Living Boldly by Franziska Iseli. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Invisible Branson: Definitive Guide to Becoming a Business Rock Star
Invisible Branson: Definitive Guide to Becoming a Business Rock Star
The Invisible Branson was a timely book. I simply couldn't put it down.
It dissects Richard Branson strategies from a learning and educational perspective rather than just telling the reader how great Branson is -- a subject adequately covered elsewhere.
What makes this book unique is the diversity of the authors' backgrounds and experience: a blend of eastern Buddhism, advertising and marketing knowhow coupled with true understanding of how the mind works.
The Invisible Branson certainly fills a need for the entrepreneur who wants to create a brand for themselves in their own right without sounding like some sort of egomaniac. It also highlights the important difference between empty style and solid substance.
What appealed to me is the way the authors have gone to extreme lengths to explain that the key to earning the status of a business 'rock star' like Branson is about building your reputation on solid core values consistent with the real you.
It is about far more than strutting about and feeding the ego; it is about running your enterprise so well that you outstrip your competition as a matter of course. Branson, like him or not, has done just that and The Invisible Branson analyses his unique approach in a way you can learn from and above all, apply to your own situation.
The information in The Invisible Branson is presented in a deceptively easy read that is enjoyable and easy to understand and digest. It's invaluable to business owners and managers. It definitely hit the right chords with me.
Donald Trump biography bio book
Donald Trump biography bio book
This book sounded fair positive than most of the left leaning Presidential biographies. The book read like a manuscript and did not have a Library of Congress record matching it. The font or typeset used a square when typing every "Q" and couldn't be cataloged for a library.
The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency
The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency
I have not finished reading Drezner's book yet, but the only thing that bothers me is that he doesn't refer to EMPIRE itself at all, although he does characterize and compare Emperor Trump with other child Emperors.

And while the author humorously notes:

The history of modern states being ruled by actual toddlers is scant and scary. The most obvious case is Emperor Pu Yi of China’s Manchu Dynasty. He ascended to the throne in 1908 at the age of two. According to his autobiography, Pu Yi responded to his ascension by throwing a temper tantrum and refusing to go to the Forbidden City for his coronation. In the end, he only agreed to go if his wet nurse carried him. During the ceremony, he threw candy at the Empress Dowager. His father, attempting to placate him, cooed, “It will soon be over.”98 For the courtiers in the Forbidden City, this was a bad omen. As it turned out their foreboding was prescient. Pu Yi acknowledged that while Emperor he was “without any real awareness of the political situation.” He was the last Emperor of China, abdicating from his post at the age of five “with a similar lack of comprehension of the true situation.”99

The last Chinese Emperor actually 'was' a child, and China in 1908 was neither a powerful Empire, nor had the world evolved/devolved to this 21st century form of an actual, though effectively camouflaged, Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire, as Prof. Robinson had diagnosed two years before Emperor Trump ascended to the throne:

“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus (hard & soft powers) to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.

We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press
Make America Great Again! Donald Trump USA Flexfit Hat Cap
Make America Great Again! Donald Trump USA Flexfit Hat Cap
Great quality and it is comfortable. I especially like the personalized message the consumer can choose for the rear of the cap. I look forward to wearing it on VCDL.org’s Lobby Day in Richmond VA on Jan 20 2020.

My original MAGA cap was purchased from the President Trump campaign website. I did not like the cap they sell as the original MAGA cap is shaped like a bag on your head with a bill in front. This cap fits much better.
A Ladybird Book About Donald Trump (Ladybirds for Grown Ups)
A Ladybird Book About Donald Trump (Ladybirds for Grown Ups)
My sister in England sent me a hardcover of this little book. Let us call it a children's book for adults. It may have been overtaken by events. It has amusing text, good illustrations. What's not to like about a book that has Trump tweeting about elephants, "... If crazy weird trunk guys threaten USA they will face CONSEQUENCES LIKE NEVER BE [sic] SEEN! ...." and then finding out he is watching National Geographic, rather than Fox News. The last page, however, is the scariest, and I will not spoil it for you. The book is available in the US in Kindle edition.
A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day's Night
This is, for my money, the first truly great Beatles album.

It's important to remember that in 1964, the Beatles as a phenomenon weren't much more than a year old. They had been functioning as a band for much longer, and Ringo had been firmly in place since 1962, but at this stage of the game they were more famous for being famous than for being the greatest band in the history of popular music. It was clear that Beatlemania was something new and unprecedented, but for all that it was still, as the name suggests, a '-mania' - a kind of madness. Nobody, not even the band themselves, could have known at this point that they were going to go on to produce stuff as classic as 'Yesterday', as inspired as 'Strawberry Fields Forever', as drop-dead awesome as the 'Revolver' and 'Sgt Pepper' albums and as wiggily brilliant and infuriating as the White Album, not to mention the generous nuggets of genius scattered throughout their extraordinarily diverse late output. Right now, they were just a pop group.

No, in 1964 The Beatles were not rock gods, because rock gods hadn't been invented yet. The fans loved them and the more hip observers recognised that they were something different, but many journalists preferred to attribute their success to the business wizardry of Brian Epstein (who actually wasn't the canniest businessman under the sun), or the musical direction of George Martin (who would have been the first person to admit that he didn't actually write the songs). By this point, the Beatles, Lennon & McCartney in particular, wanted to assert themselves. They did so in a coup that literally intimidated their peers: this is the only Beatles album on which Lennon and McCartney wrote all the songs. It was unheard-of for a British band of the period to generate so much of its own output.

And the output was pretty impressive. The opening chord of the title track of A Hard Day's Night has been analysed many times, and it still clangs hugely across the decades; no other band of the time could convey this sense of size and power. A Hard Day's Night is, generally speaking, a pretty raucous album. One reason for this is that Lennon was at the peak of his early power as a songwriter and he bestrides this album like a, well, a colossal Walrus. The Beatles' love of girl groups and Motown comes through in wall-of-sound wailers like 'Tell Me Why' and funky, cowbell-driven stomps like 'You Can't Do That' and 'When I Get Home'. Elsewhere, even the potboilers are classic: listen to other British beat groups of the Sixties, and you will soon realise how most of them would have killed to write a melody as catchy as 'I Should Have Known Better'. Lennon rightly observed years later that it's a song about almost nothing, but who cares when the sheer sound of it makes you feel happy? This is the sound of a band surfing the tsunami of its own fame and exulting in its own unfolding genius. It's also, arguably, the last and greatest document of classic Beatlemania. By the next album the band sounded tired, and after that they were starting to get bored of being fab. Their greatest work was still ahead of them, but by the time of Revolver they had become a quite different band. And after that...

As for the remastering, I have no complaints about being able to hear this album in stereo at last. I had a vinyl LP of it years ago which, looking back, was probably in stereo, and while I am a bit of a mono purist when it comes to the Beatles' music (because it's the way that they themselves preferred to listen to it), I have to admit that the widescreen stereo opens up this album in a very refreshing way for the first time in 23 years. I will still go back to the mono version whenever I want sheer impact, but it's good to have this version too. Points off EMI for not including the mono remaster as bonus tracks, but then Beatle fans have learned to expect to be ripped off by EMI.

And it's still the first great Beatles album, and if you haven't listened to it yet, this is the new definitive version. So I envy you the pleasure of hearing it for the first time.
Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels
I listened to this album on the day of its release while driving to work. I can recommend it without reservation and thus the five stars. I need not repeat the information contained in the useful review by Bill Pence. However, I want to start this review by saying that I think that the comparisons to Sinatra that accompanied most reviews of the Shadows in the Night album and which are bound to accompany this one are overblown. I am a huge Sinatra fan and I am familiar with the vast majority of his recording output. The fact is that over the course of his career, there are few songs that qualify as standards that were not recorded by Sinatra; Skylark is a noticeable exception. Thus, any artist who issues an album of standards will necessarily be revisiting territory staked out by Sinatra. The question is not whether the artist is recording a song by Sinatra; the question is whether the artist brings anything to the song that makes listening to it worthwhile. In this, (unlike, say, Rod Stewart) Dylan succeeds. The production is masterful and the low-key arrangements allow you to actually hear the words and melody. Over the course of his career, Dylan has had a tendency to change his singing style from one album to the next. It is best, I think, to realize that on each album he is acting a role. This album reinforces my conception that most of the time, the voice you have heard is an affectation. This is true, too, here: the role he plays here is different than the one on Shadows. On that album, there was a melancholy air; the voice you heard was one who was looking back with regret. On this album, despite similar instrumentation and similarly low-key arrangements, Dylan plays the role of someone who has seen it all, but nevertheless has hope. It is like the fellow on Shadows, who was resigned to the fact that he was at the end of his life and did not have much to show for it, just met someone who has revitalized him. There is obvious trepidation. The arrangement on, It Had to be You (which begins with the full preamble leading into the song you are familiar with) is not the big-band, Harry Connick, Jr., version from When Harry Met Sally; it is a song that is delivered as a simple statement of fact. This is true of all of the songs on the album. I am not sure if I would say that this album and its immediate predecessors are masterpieces. I will tell you that they are very, very good. They are among, I think, his best output. I will also tell you that it was Dylan’s Austin concert in May of 2015, where he sang the songs from Shadows, that convinced my wife, finally, to embrace him as an artist. Fans of Dylan’s who grew up with his music in the 60s may not appreciate what he is doing here; but the fact of the matter is, if you go back to his very first album, you will see that what is doing here is what he has always done and trying to limit him to a particular time and place and genre is to miss entirely what he is and always has been about.
Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-1969 / Various
Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-1969 / Various
This is a very mixed bag of British Dylan covers from the 60s, we get off to a great start with the Fairies (with possibly Jimmy Page on guitar) who get a surprisingly good country rock sound for 1964 on “Don't Think Twice, It's All Right”. There are also more well known hit covers such as Manfred Mann’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now” and also “I Am a Lonesome Hobo ” by Julie Driscoll and the Brian Auger Trinity (who also covered and had a hit with "Wheels on Fire"), as well as well-judged versions by established pop artists like Alan Price and Joe Cocker. We also get competent run--throughs by beat groups including The Cops and Robbers, The Factotums, The Mixed Bag and Country Fever (which included Albert Lee, Ian Paice and Chas Hodges). We also get artists from the folk scene including Fairport Convention, The Three City Four, Ian and also Alex Campbell as well as Cliff Aungier, alongside more show-bizzy folks like Julie Felix, Noel Harrison and Sandie Shaw. There are some interesting tracks here and nice period pieces but not sure that it all hangs together as a compilation.
Bob Dylan - Triplicate [LP] (Vinyl/LP)
Bob Dylan - Triplicate [LP] (Vinyl/LP)
I grew up with Dylan, and throughout his career have bought most of his albums as soon as they were released. Back in the 1960s, I would have been shocked at Dylan recording a triple album of popular crooning numbers: singers like Sinatra were definitely of my parents' generation. Time has mellowed me and I have long recognised that standards are as important part of America's musical legacy as jazz, blues, country and gospel. I love the way Dylan has taken these songs and, using that unique voice of his, made them his own. Love the instrumentation as well. Although more famous for his own compositions, Dylan is a brilliant interpreter of other people's songs, as he demonstrated on his first album back in 1962 as well as on some of the tracks on "Self Portrait" and on his two acoustic collections of traditional numbers in the 1990s. Still after this and its two predecessors I think we're ready for an album of new material.
ZTE Maven 3 Z835 | (8GB, 1GB RAM) | 5.0" Full HD Display | 5MP Rear Camera | 2070 mAh Battery | 4G LTE | GSM Unlocked | Android 7.1 Nougat Smartphone (Black)
ZTE Maven 3 Z835 | (8GB, 1GB RAM) | 5.0" Full HD Display | 5MP Rear Camera | 2070 mAh Battery | 4G LTE | GSM Unlocked | Android 7.1 Nougat Smartphone (Black)
Hi All, I took a chance and purchased two ZTE Maven 3 mobile phones from this seller and took it to Trinidad & Tobago for my wife and step daughter. The phones are UNLOCKED as advertised and do work. My wife has BMobile & my step daughter has Digicel. Both networks work. Before you buy check the frequency networks specs of your country as I did. For the price it's a great buy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Hope this helps anyone who is travelling to Trinidad & Tobago and need a cheap reliable phone. GZ
Lord of the Elves
Lord of the Elves
Disclosure: I have deliberately undertaken a task to curate low budget movies from the modern era. This makes me ultra-tolerant of faults in movies.

This movie is quite good. I watched it on Amazon Prime Videos for free.

If you are expecting exquisite acting, you'll actually get it from Christopher Judge and Bai Ling, who have the top billing.

I like the tree people family and the tree people in general. I suppose it only stands to reason that there would be a large number of little people in show business in southeast asia.

There was a surprisingly good amount of worldbuilding for this movie. The tree people, live (naturally) in trees, are vegetarians, and worship the earth mother, and are quite inventive. The more prominent women know of the healing arts, which they use well.

The rock men are moon worshipers, perform human sacrifice and cannibalism and live in caves.

The humans live on the plains and hunt. They worship the sky father. Judge plays one of these, and it is precisely because of his role as Teal'c in Stargate SG-1 that he can pull off some of the lines in this movie without sounding cheesy.

The acting ability and special effects are on-par with a Xena or Hercules. I'd totally watch a show based in this world.

I'd also totally run or play this in a D&D campaign. There was even a time when I said to myself: Goben could do an extra 1d6 of damage because he's flanking that guy.

Is this a movie worthy of cinematic release? No. That bar is way to high. But for a Amazon Prime Video I got to watch for free*? Easily a great value.

This movie has two names. "Clash of Empires" and "Lord of the Elves".

There are no elves, and no empires. Just a few tribes, and all of them are human.
The Rider of the Ruby Hills: L'Amour's Original Version
The Rider of the Ruby Hills: L'Amour's Original Version
You can always count on L'Amour and this novel doesn't disappoint. Although his work is generally pretty predictable we all read it to enjoy seeing the good guy face adversity, ultimately come out on top and get the girl. His settings are realistic, if he refers to a geographical place or terrain feature you can count on it being there. His novels are clean and free of vulgarity or explicit sex scenes. They're suitable for any age and recommended for young folks because of the moral absolutes that run through every novel. There is definite right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, no moral relativism here. I've read all of them I know of, have a leather bound hardback set and have started to purchase Kindle copies so I can have them anywhere I go as well.
Brooklyn Paradis: Saison 2 (French Edition)
Brooklyn Paradis: Saison 2 (French Edition)
Égale sinon supérieure à la Saison 1, cette Saison 2 est un régal à tous niveaux : si l’on retrouve les personnages avec lesquels Chris Simon nous avait familiarisés précédemment (la famille de Courtney), la Saison 2 nous les restitue à un niveau plus intime psychologiquement. Cette obsession de Courtney à fouiller inlassablement les ordures, cette quête permanente de « la » chose qui la comblera, n’est-elle pas le reflet de ce qui lui a manqué dans son enfance, l’amour de ses père et mère ? N’agit-elle pas inconsciemment de la même façon avec ses enfants même si elle est persuadée qu’ils sont « l’objet » de sa préoccupation première ? Preuve de l’insécurité de Cameron (l’aîné) qui cherche autre « chose » dans l’aventure et la drogue, et celle du petit dernier, Sawyer, qui vit dans la peur d’être oublié ? Quant à Jeb, le mari, n’est-il pas placé au rang « d’accessoire » légèrement mieux considéré qu’Harlan le majordome rigidifié ou que Dora la femme de ménage manchote.
Mais je ne vais pas m’attarder à faire de « l’analyse-bistrot » au sujet du comportement de tous les protagonistes, ce serait vaniteux et trop long, les lecteurs en tireront par eux-mêmes les conclusions. Ce qu’il est important de souligner c’est la force du talent de Chris Simon à nous emmener dans des univers aussi différents que celui de la Midldle class américaine (voire la Hight society ) et/ou de celui de la pègre, comme si elle-même y avait trempé !! Attitudes, comportements, vocabulaire (M. Audiard et F. Dard s’y seraient reconnus !) le tout subtilement empaqueté dans une histoire menée tambour battant. Rythme endiablé, personnages truculents, situations « chaplinesques » (Courtney dans la benne à ordures !) voire même tragiques, style rapide, moderne, Brooklyn Paradis est à lire de toute urgence pour rompre avec la morosité ! À présent, je vais me jeter avec délice sur la Saison 3.

PS. J'avais découvert Chris Simon à l'occasion de la sortie de "Mémorial Tour". Autre facette de son immense talent. Un livre qui m'a bouleversée et que je recommande à tous.
The Berenstain Bears And The Messy Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Books)
The Berenstain Bears And The Messy Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (First Time Books)
This book describes the messy fast paced life of most children. It is cute and has a good lesson behind it. This book can be used in the classroom to help with student organization. Sometimes classrooms, especially in younger grades, can get really messy because things aren't put back where they are supposed to go, and kids get in such a rush they forget to clean up. So by reading this book and showing that cleaning and organizing can have a positive impact you and your students can start an annual cleaning day for each month. Start that day by finding a place for everything, get the students input, have them help make colorful and creative labels, and then sit back down and admire your handiwork. Then for the res of the month make sure to have students put things in their places as best as they can. By the time the next cleaning day comes around, the better job they did putting things away each day, the less they have to clean on cleaning day. And as the Bears said, it is a lot more fun to play and work in a clean environment.
Die Brücken der Freiheit
Die Brücken der Freiheit
Der Autor Ken Follett berichtet in seinem Roman über die Zustände im England gegen Ende des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts. Er beschreibt die Arbeitswelt in den schottischen Kohlegruben und die Lebensumstände der Besitzer. Das Buch spart nicht mit gut recherchierten Details. So findet der Leser nicht nur akribisch genau nachgezeichnete Bergwerke, sondern es wird ein ganzes Wirtschaftssystem auseinander genommen und an seinen einzelnen Teilen erklärt. Follett bettet das ganze Wissen in eine gut erzählte Geschichte mit viel Leid, Liebe und dem Wunsch nach Freiheit. Der Protagonist Mack McAsh wird zu einer Lupe durch den der Leser diese harte Welt vor über zweihundert Jahren betrachten kann. An diesem Einzelschicksal wird klar, das eine Fluch die seltene Ausnahme war. Zwar ließ das Gesetz zu, in einem bestimmten Alter der Leibeigenschaft zu entfliehen, aber die Eigentümer verstanden dieses Tor in die Freiheit mit Druck und Schulden geschlossen zu halten.
Der zweite Teil der Handlung spielt in der USA. Auch hier gibt es jene die reich und mächtig sind und jene, die sich nicht einmal selbst besitzen. Trotzdem sind hier die Lebensbedingungen erkennbar besser. Es wird weniger gehungert und gestorben. Doch die Wege in die Freiheit sind auch hier gefährlich und nur mit Wagemut zu begehen.
Bleach, Vol. 56 (56)
Bleach, Vol. 56 (56)
im a big bleach fan to be honest bleach is my favorite anime now i know there not a lot of us that like bleach and its gets its rap like other anime out there but its bleach tite kubo put in work people 490-499 this THOUSAND YEAR BLOOD WAR ARC is crazy good people trust me when i say crazy good its just that check it out bleach vol. 56 rocks
Dr. First (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
Dr. First (Doctor Who / Roger Hargreaves)
What Doctor Who fan could resist one of these little books in the popular Mr. Men style of Roger Hargreaves? OK, the idea could have been a disaster but, fortunately, they turned out pretty well. They are small with cute stories and attractive artwork.

The first volume takes a look at the first Doctor. He is crotchety and clever, travelling with his granddaughter Susan to 1960’s Earth. There he runs into the Cybermen, whom he takes care of pretty handily with the help of a transistor radio.

To a dedicated fan, the Cybermen are kind of an odd choice for enemy here since the first Doctor did not meet them until his last adventure before regenerating into the second Doctor. The Daleks might have been a better choice. Still, the story is fun and gets the tone right. No Doctor Who fan, young or old, should be without.
Annie 10'' Long Flexible Twist-flex Hair Roller Rods, 11/16" Gray
Annie 10'' Long Flexible Twist-flex Hair Roller Rods, 11/16" Gray
These work perfectly to create nice medium sized curls. I'm African-American and I have relaxed, above the shoulder length hair.

I cut my rods in half since my hair is short. That way I have 12 small rods instead of six. They still work the same. They're good quality and last a long time. Haven't had any trouble with the cracking or not working right. I would definitely order more if needed.
HARRY POTTER Slytherin School Crest Pewter Keychain
HARRY POTTER Slytherin School Crest Pewter Keychain
This crest was awesome. Not only does it look just like the picture, but I wear it on my keys for work and it stands up to my occasional bumps and avoids the bruises against shelves and fixtures a lesser product would likely gain. It also has a nice weight to it and doesn't feel 'cheap'. Worth every penny to show that even Slytherins can make good choices.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses & Deathly Hallow Adult 5-pack No show Socks
Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses & Deathly Hallow Adult 5-pack No show Socks
These are a present for my nephew who loves Harry Potter anything. These are ankle socks and are much shorter than they appear in pics. There is white spots on the letters of the different Names on the socks. I'm sure he will love them, but quality just seems okay. However they were not super expensive.
Snared (Elemental Assassin Book 16)
Snared (Elemental Assassin Book 16)
Have you ever read a series and wondered how in the heck did we get to book 16 of the series? That is me at this moment. It isn’t a bad series and the repetitions of the first books have died out a little. But either I’ve become a much better sleuth in my reading OR this series is becoming really predictable in a lot of ways.

What I liked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall

I liked the plot line change up but I could do with less flash backs to reveal new information and more assassinating and present day sleuthing to find the bad guys. It isn't a bad book but it also didn't really make me like the series more either.
The First Years Portable Peace Travel Sound Machine, Multi Colored
The First Years Portable Peace Travel Sound Machine, Multi Colored
I had the “first edition” when my now 7 year old was a baby. I liked that it plugged into the wall and also that the sounds mimic the womb. Worked like a charm. The new version is cheap. The sound clarity and quality even when it is working is poor compared to the original machine which we keep in our other child’s room. After about a half hour of continuous use it makes a strange interference screeching noise that it definitely is not intended to make. We have to return it because the interference noise makes it unusable. Disappointed.
MOSISO Laptop Sleeve Compatible with 13-13.3 inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Notebook Computer, Water Repellent Neoprene Bag with Small Case, Royal Blue
MOSISO Laptop Sleeve Compatible with 13-13.3 inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Notebook Computer, Water Repellent Neoprene Bag with Small Case, Royal Blue
This laptop sleeve is very well made, as other reviewers have pointed out. No hanging strings or sloppy stitching whatsoever. The small case for adapter or mouse is also very nice.

The sleeve and small matching case is available in 5 color choices; I ordered mine in the wine red color, the shade of which is just as it is in the ad’s picture. The version of the case with carry handles and side pockets comes in 4 color choices.

The case is indeed attractive; sleek and streamline (see image #1). The seams are encased in wide, rugged binding (see image #2) … very nice. The zipper appears sturdy (see image #3), and has binding that runs along side it (on the inside of the bag) to reduce any risk of snagging or catching on fabric – see image #4. Also note in image #4 how nice, plush, and soft the lining inside the sleeve is, offering great protection against scratches, as well as bumps and bangs. The matching small case for adapter or mouse is also lined in the same plush fabric. It has protective binding along the sides, and the zipper extends from the bottom of one side of the case to the other, and nearly lays flat when fully opened - see image #5.

In one review that I read, the person stated that the sleeve was much too roomy for their laptop. Both the sleeve (no handles) and the version with handles are available in different sizes: 11-11.6” / 12” / 12-13.3” / 14” / 15-15.6”. It would seem that if the sleeve was ‘way too big’ for the laptop, the wrong size case was ordered. I ordered my case in the 13 - 13.3-inch size to accommodate my 13.3 MacBook Pro with Retina. As you can see in image #6 my MacBook (which has a thin hardcover on it) slides right into the laptop sleeve nice and snug, which keeps it from shifting around once the sleeve is zipped up.

I read in other reviews that the sleeve was not truly water resistant and that it soaked water up like a sponge. I tested that for myself. I dropped water onto my laptop sleeve. After waiting 15 - 20 seconds I took a picture of the water, which for the most part had remained beaded up on the surface - see image #7. After taking the picture of the water drops, I used folded paper towels to blot (push down on - not wipe or rub) the water - see image #8. As you can see by image #9, taken immediately after blotting up the water droplets, the laptop sleeve was relatively dry. Perhaps not completely dry, but not wet feeling either. In my opinion the laptop sleeve will provide some protection from dampness. Although the case is not water proof it is relatively resistant to water. It is one of the unique features of neoprene - the fabric from which it is made.

In regards to the odor that some of the other reviews complained about. Yes, I noticed a slight odor from my laptop sleeve as well; the odor was very strong when I sniffed at the sleeve up close. The odor is reminiscent to petroleum, which shouldn’t be surprising since neoprene is petroleum based.

WHAT IS NEOPRENE?
Neoprene is a synthetic polymer resembling rubber, or in some instances, a type of foam. It is resilient to oil, heat, and weathering. In fact, neoprene remains flexible in a wide temperature range, and is considered a good insulator. It also helps absorb impact, and is somewhat stretchy.

Some of the types of products made using neoprene include laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces, outdoor furniture cushions, saddle pads, cycling gloves, and wet suits (for scuba diving).

While the material is strong and enduring, like Superman it does have its kryptonite; there are several common-day chemicals to keep away from your new laptop sleeve. Boric acid, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, lard, palm oil, and urine … all will degrade neoprene if they come in contact with it.

PROS
* The Mosiso laptop sleeve (made from water-resistant neoprene) is attractive and streamline; it is sleek and professional looking. Combined with the neoprene material, the layer of polyester foam padding and plush lining will offer good protection for your laptop or tablet against scratches, dings, bumps, and dampness - AS LONG AS YOU REMEMBER TWO IMPORTANT FACTS: 1.) this is a soft sleeve/case and not a hard one. Because it made from fabric and not a solid material, take commonsense precautions and handle your expensive laptop/tablet with care, even when it is inside the sleeve. 2.) even though the laptop sleeve is made from water resistant material, avoid getting it wet. It will offer protection from dampness, a little rain, or a light splash. (In those instances, remove the laptop from the sleeve at your first opportunity, blot the dampness off the sleeve, and make sure it is perfectly dry before returning your laptop to the sleeve.) However, it is a no-brainer that purposely submerging the laptop sleeve in water, or allowing it to get drenched with any liquid with your laptop inside, is not a good idea.

* Both the sleeve and handle versions of this laptop case come in several sizes, with various color options to fit most person’s needs.

* The laptop sleeve and small matching case are both well designed, well constructed, and made from reasonably strong materials. How will this laptop sleeve hold up over time? I’ve only had mine for little over a week, but so far, so good. Only time will tell how it will hold up with prolonged use.

* At $14.99 the laptop sleeve is reasonably priced.

Based on design and workmanship I give this laptop sleeve 5-stars. However, it looses 1 star for the reasons listed under CONS. (I was going to dock 2 stars instead of just 1, but reasoned that it isn’t Mosiso’s fault that I’m so anal about potentially negative elements, due to my ongoing health issues.)

CONS
* While confined in a small apartment with windows closed during a rain storm, the odor from the laptop sleeve became more noticeable and more of an issue as time went on. After my eyes started to sting after sitting next to the laptop sleeve for a few hours, I decided to research the fabric that it was made from - neoprene. I discovered that while neoprene has many good characteristics (listed above), it also has a few less desirable ones. Neoprene is petroleum based (thus the strange odor). Also, lead-containing compounds (which can have a toxic effect) are used to prepare finished products made from it. This is why some persons have an allergic reaction when handling or coming in close contact to something made from this material.

PERSONAL MESSAGE
While I was offered this laptop case for free or at a discounted price, my review is unbiased and based solely upon my own experience with this product. I was in no way obligated to write a detailed review, or even a positive one. (If doubtful as to my credibility as an unbiased reviewer, visit my public profile page and read the personal message in my bio. Please also note that even when reviewing a product that I received for free or at a discounted price, I do not always rate the product 5 stars, or even 4 stars.)

This review took time to write, but I provided as complete and straightforward a review as possible, along with multiple pictures. Why? Because I am like you. I rely upon the comments and experiences of other consumers when making an Amazon purchasing decision. Thank you.
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Ok, so I find when I'm ordering clothing online, I need helpful reviews.So today, I'm going to go over specifics of this hoodie to help you make the best purchase possible.

Firstly, I'm 173cm, and I usually wear medium, sometimes large. Based on the reviews that said it was small, I chose the large. The large is a bit bulky but still fits fine. In terms of size, just order what you'd normally order at Nike or others.

Look and quality: Quality, is actually pretty decent. Not bad thickness, much more thick than I had expected. About as thick as Hollister hoodies, or just standard hoodies in general, maybe slightly thinner. Good for spring, and layering during fall and winter. I ordered black colour, looks black. Mateiral isn't the greatest. Stitching is done poorly, although, I haven't had anything pull apart or anything after 3 days of wearing. So not very accurate. The hood is way too large. Alot of things stick to the fabric although they particles sticking on to the hoodie are only visible up close. The hand and the wait are what bother me the most. They are quite tight. In the beginning it was very different from the usual, but over time it felt quite normal, so just takes some adapting.

Wash: I've washed it once, no problem. Didn't shrink or break.

Overall I would say that this hoodie is a little expensive though. At stores like Hollister or American eagle, during clearance I can get much better looking hoodies for a equal price. But still a great general hoodie for indoors or outdoors!
Outset Media - Shaun the Sheep A Pizza the Action Board Game - Based on the Popular Wallace and Gromit Children's Cartoon - Ages 4+
Outset Media - Shaun the Sheep A Pizza the Action Board Game - Based on the Popular Wallace and Gromit Children's Cartoon - Ages 4+
It is a really cute game, and I bought it primarily for my granddaughter, who laughs for hours watching Sean the Sheep. I played the game with a 3- and a 5-year-old. After what seemed an awfully long time for such little ones, I stopped the game and removed the red cards. Going forward and backward was proving to be interminable, and I could see their frustration coming. We played several times after the first game, always without the red cards. They loved it. I think that I will reintroduce some of the red cards the next time we play, but I don't think it's appropriate for these little ones to have so many setbacks included in their game.
Big and Tall 500lbs Wide Seat Ergonomic Desk Chair with Lumbar Support Arms Headrest Massage Office Chair Rolling Swivel PU Leather Task Computer Chair for Adults,Black
Big and Tall 500lbs Wide Seat Ergonomic Desk Chair with Lumbar Support Arms Headrest Massage Office Chair Rolling Swivel PU Leather Task Computer Chair for Adults,Black
With having to work from home, we have found the need for comfy chairs while languishing in front of our respective computers for hours at a time (plus...you know....GAMING!)...

I had previously been using a $300+ Lazy Boy Big and Tall chair. For the record, I'm 6'4 260lbs and an avid weight trainer and hiker.

The lil lady (5'9, 200+) needed a chair too and she settled on this one. For the price, I was wary (500lb? Ok...) but I ordered it and assembled it.

Assembly was fairly straight forward but I have to emphasize you really need to tighten the screws as much as possible. If you're on the weaker side, get someone to do it for you. They will take pretty much everything you throw at them and the difference is night and day.

I was cautious putting it together not wanting to over tighten or strip anything, but the chair definitely had a little "give." I went back over it and doubled down on everything.

My Lazy Boy came pre-assembled and I ended up doing the same thing to it and it made a world of difference for stability and firmness.

The firmness of this chair is like night and day after the "tighten till you can't" session.

There is literally no give. I've plopped down in it. Rocked back and forth in it. scooted all over the place and this thing is built like a tank.

The back is plenty tall which is a plus.

I'm fine in it, but for her, her feet barely reach the ground and she uses the desk sides to prop her feet up.

The lumbar support is great and there is also some glute support.

My gal is extremely hour glass shaped and this chair is more than wide enough.

I'm really shocked at the sturdiness and comfort of this chair especially at the price paid (~$170USD). It's a little rough around the edges compared to my Lazy Boy, but if I had this chair only, I'd be more than fine in it.

The only con would be the seat depth could be a little more for my liking, but if you're sitting all the way back, it is adequate.

Easy 5/5 based on the sturdiness, comfort and price.

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