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Pro CSS3 Layout Techniques
Pro CSS3 Layout Techniques
Pro CSS3 Layout Techniques by Sam Hampton-Smith. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Stephen King: The Art of Darkness
Stephen King: The Art of Darkness
Stephen King: The Art of Darkness by Douglas E. Winter. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition
PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition
PHP for the World Wide Web, Second Edition by Larry Ullman. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 79 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Programming with Java w/ CD-ROM
Programming with Java w/ CD-ROM
Programming with Java w/ CD-ROM by Julia Case Bradley and Anita C Millspaugh. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Go Down, Moses (Vintage International)
Go Down, Moses (Vintage International)
This is the 6th or 7th William Faulkner book I've read over the years and they are consistent in a couple of ways: they are about the Old South, and they are worth the read if you can hang in. At his best, Faulkner is like poetry, but often also like a puzzle with one or two pieces missing. His stories usually start in the middle and then jump around time-wise; you are not always sure of whom he is talking about. Also, his existential view is a bit depressing: this is all there is, and there might be a god, but one who is really of no particular use. His sentences are run-on, poorly punctuated, convoluted, and sometimes a page or two long. BUT, if you can wade through all that, the stories are haunting or humorous but never boring. `Go Down Moses' generally gives personal highlights (or lowlights) of the 200-year history of a family that had both black and white branches descended from the same man. Faulkner has unusually keen insight into the racial tension that has plagued our country from even before the beginning, and it shows in his writings.

Faulkner is after all a Pulitzer Prize winner (twice) and even a Nobel Prize winner, and well worth the read - - if you can hang in. At least that is my take on it.
Mark Zuckerberg, Vampire Slayer - Volume 1: The Crimson Hack
Mark Zuckerberg, Vampire Slayer - Volume 1: The Crimson Hack
Looking for a fun summer read? Well, click, download and enjoy this book already! This is a funny, clever, tongue-in-cheek take on one of the more influential aspects of modern life...the development of social media..., but...with VAMPIRES. COME ON, could anything go better? Download the book, head outdoors and immerse yourself...but be sure to look over your shoulder.
Brand Experiences: Building Connections in a Digitally Cluttered World
Brand Experiences: Building Connections in a Digitally Cluttered World
The book was very well written, I felt it did a good job of balancing practical advice and personal antidotes. I've read marketing books before but this was my first experiential book. I really liked the idea that was consistent throughout about helping potential customers explore, learn and try new things rather than "$ell, $ell, $ell" which can be a turnoff for me in marketing books. My biggest takeaways from the book were: - As someone wanting to design experiences, the actual visual part and physical experience, I can't just focus on the artistic aspects. I liked the idea of "not selling milkshakes at a lactose intolerance convention." Makes a lot of sense, to design a meaningful experience I gotta start with studying the people and their habits, not just coming up with what I think is an amazing and beautiful experience. - Think outside the box, always, on experiences. I loved hearing you describe projects you'd worked on in the past. It helped confirm in my mind that this is something that really does excite me, and they sounded like projects I would love to be a part of. - Finally, I enjoyed the emphasis on giving back and sparking people to action in the final section. I love advertising and creating. I love connecting people with brands, but I can feel a bit gross at times just trying to push stuff on people. I liked the component about inspiring people to do more beyond the experience. Overall, it was a great introduction into some of the foundations to the industry, and what kind of thinking goes into these projects. My next steps will probably be looking for more technical information about what skills I need, and the processes behind the actual creation.
Elon Musk Biography, Tesla & SpaceX (Unabridged): Life Lessons From The Man Who Inventing The Future (Elon Musk, Entrepreneurship, Tesla, Billionaire Book 2)
Elon Musk Biography, Tesla & SpaceX (Unabridged): Life Lessons From The Man Who Inventing The Future (Elon Musk, Entrepreneurship, Tesla, Billionaire Book 2)
The book provides information that hasn't been available in the newspapers such as Elon Musk's early life. Credit to the book that it doesn't fully idolize Elon Musk making him the new savior of technology and US, but instead covers also areas that are not necessarily Elon Musk's strengths. Where the book falls short is the written language, which is very simple and even irritating, being not much different than casual talk. Proper editing would have benefited, it is not experience enhancing to read the same sentence over and over again.
Amazon Jeff's Big Discovery: Jeff the charming deer searches for his special skill in the Amazon rainforests
Amazon Jeff's Big Discovery: Jeff the charming deer searches for his special skill in the Amazon rainforests
I totally loved this book and felt like it was timely even for my adult life! I would read this to my children not only because the pictures are absolutely adorable but because it teaches them that it's totally fine to try new things so that they can figure out what they like and what they are good at and that it's ok to not be successful the first time around when trying out new things. I also really want my children to know that they can ask me, their friends or anyone else that they trust to help them in their exploration. The rhymes in the story are fun to read and kids will love them. As a mom and aunt, I'm so glad that I bought this book and would do it again. It's on Kindle too.
The Water Dancer: A Novel
The Water Dancer: A Novel
The prose is magjestic(not a typo, a combination of magnificent and majestic). And the reason why I lead with that is simply, the magjesty(not a typo)will keep you going when this bold and very ambitious novel drags a little under the weight of the challenge of crafting a story about the ills and evils of slavery, without the loudness.

“It always happened like this—that is what I had been told. Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father would allow them to do.”

The foundation of this novel is slavery, and the story is told in a whisper, not a shout, but it so fits the protagonist Hiram Walker. Hiram is the enslaved son of the master, Howell Walker on Lockless, a tobacco plantation in Virginia.

In a nod to that whisper I mentioned, Coates avoids the use of master, masters, slaves, enslaved, etc. instead of employing those terms so familiar to us all concerning slavery, Coates boldly creates a new language referring to the master class as the “Quality” and the enslaved as the “tasked.”An interesting choice of terms that speaks to ambition and boldness, no?

Although Hiram Walker is tasked in the house of his father and enjoys some ‘privilege’ he still pines for freedom. “So as to my freedom, the events stood thus: I knew that I would never advance beyond my blood-bound place at Lockless.”

In his quest for freedom, there are some costly miscalculations and Hiram suffers some setbacks that lead to greater comebacks as he becomes active in the famed Underground Railroad. Hiram is blessed with the power of conduction, not just in the regular sense of the word, but in a magical realism sense.

He has experienced this power in him during a near death drowning at Lockless, but has never learned how to harness this power at his demand. That all changes when he meets none other than Moses herself, Harriet Tubman while working the underground.

I find it very curious to write this conduction business as magical realism(for lack of a better term) because I think it diminishes all the courageous and daring actions taken by those on their way to freedom.

It feels dismissive of what one had to endure to reach freedom, and in some ways denies the obvious brilliance and bravery of a Harriet Tubman who chose to return to the coffin(slavery in the Deep South) again and again and..... I love Coates’ writing but I am not enamored with that choice.

Having said that, I still enthusiastically recommend this novel, just superbly written with a cast of engaging characters, some intrigue, some thrills, and yes some horror, but not written horrifically( the whispering). I’m certain this book will garner a multitude of discussion and commerce. Ta-Nehisi Coates can now confidently add novelist to his writing career! Thanks to Netgalley and OneWorld-Random House Publishing for an ARC. Book is out 9/24/2019.
Aretha Frankin & Gladys Knight Karaoke CD+G Legends #13 15 Song Disc
Aretha Frankin & Gladys Knight Karaoke CD+G Legends #13 15 Song Disc
1. Respect - Aretha Franklin
2. Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like) - Aretha Franklin
3. Think - Aretha Franklin
4. Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
5. Freeway Of Love - Aretha Franklin
6. Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
7. A Deeper Love - Aretha Franklin
8. I Don't Want To Know - Aretha Franklin
9. The Way We Were - Gladys Knight
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight
11. If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight
12. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight
13. Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me - Gladys Knight
14. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me - Gladys Knight
15. Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight
Volume 7 You'Re Driving Me Crazy (1930-1931)
Volume 7 You'Re Driving Me Crazy (1930-1931)
Louis Armstrong’s music from the early-1930’s marked another turning point in his
creativity, which is praised by many jazz critics to be showcase some of his best and
most important works. Along with St. Louis Blues from 1930, the follow-up recorded
session You’re Driving Me Crazy demonstrates the control, ease, band camaraderie,
and rhythmic action that is performed with highly creative musicianship, solid artistry,
absolute swinging artistry and timeless performing. Heralded by a dynamic track set
beginning on the vibraphone-drenched Memories Of You, the showstopping fun then
proceeds with another set of fresh new original hits like When It’s Sleepy Time Down
South, You’re Lucky To Me, a double header on You’re Driving Me Crazy (also a big
band hit during the Guy Lombardo), I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You,
as well as jubilent takes on pop or jazz standards including Sweethearts On Parade,
The Peanut Vendor, Just A Gigolo, Walking My Baby Back Home, Then There Eyes,
and Lazy River. Filled with great fun, high-swinging moments and sincerely, eclectic
serenity, You’re Driving Me Crazy is a highly lauded recorded session that finds him
fronting his ensemble with such unique integral and inventive force, as the transcen-
dent playing on arrangements and performances ring out with exuberant charm and
occasional humour that Armstrong handled with idealistic skill. Whatever the tempo
or mood, the playing and singing of Louis Armstrong—even on this superb recorded
session—is unanimously hailed as inspirational, which also give this masterpiece it’s
truly unique cutting edge that will remain both timeless and challenging as ever.
Undefined: A Boundless Being
Undefined: A Boundless Being
Undefined: A Boundless Being by C'Yana Edison. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
Programming: 4 Manuscripts in 1 book : Python For Beginners - Python 3 Guide - Learn Java - Excel 2016
Programming: 4 Manuscripts in 1 book : Python For Beginners - Python 3 Guide - Learn Java - Excel 2016
I have no idea if the physical version is any different, but the Kindle edition of this set is a mess. There are constant spelling and grammar errors that are highly distracting and detract from the credibility of the author and add a very amateurish feel overall. Some quick examples just from the first few chapters include the author not being able to decide whether "Python" should be capitalized or not (he constantly switches back and forth), Windows being spelled as "widows", and using "Window's" as the possessive form of "Windows". The most obnoxious thing about this book, however, is that there is literally a full-page advertisement for the Audible version after EVERY CHAPTER.

As for the actual subject matter - it's not much better. I am a complete beginner to Python and the author frequently uses terms that a beginner would not know, and will gloss completely over things that would be confusing to a beginner without further explanation. At one point near the beginning, he completely glosses over multiple topics in the span of a few pages and then declares that I "should be able to complete several projects at this point".

I have owned various Kindle devices for over a decade now, and this is by FAR the most amateurish work that I've ever seen masquerading as some kind of professional production. I picked it up for free, and I still feel like I was ripped off. Save your time and skip this one, and definitely don't spend any kind of money for it.
InuYasha, Vol. 16
InuYasha, Vol. 16
Kikyo must really hate Inuyasha because she gave most of the Shikon Jewel fragments to Narauku, which increased his power to such an extent that he can actually create new demons from his own body. One of his incarnations, Kanna, an eerie white haired young girl has captured Kagome and Sango's souls in her magic mirror, along with some villagers. Meanwhile, Inuyasha and Miroku battle against Kagura, another part of Naraku, that can control winds. On top of all this, a THIRD incarnation of Naraku shows up to kill our heroes!

So far from reading this manga and watching the anime, I haven't really seen any logical rationale for Kikyo's granting Naraku the Shikon shards. I mean, it doesn't make any sense. Is Kikyo thinking that the more evil the shards become, the greater the ritual will be if she or Kagome ever get around to purifying it? Or does she want to kill Naraku at the moment of his triumph if he gains all the shards? Or is she just playing with him, allowing him to be overconfident in his powers? No matter how you slice it, I don't get it. Hopefully, it's not just a contrivance to extend the series. The relationship between Inuyasha, Kikyo, and Kagome is a pretty complex one which gives some much needed gravitas to all the battles going on this volume. I think it was also a cool move by Takahashi to give some of the parts of Naraku individual will, which sometimes can lead to outright rebellion, especially with Kagura. She wants her freedom, even though she is a part of Naraku. Inuyasha is an excellent manga, but after 16 volumes of great stories, saying this has become a bit repetitive.
Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind
Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind
Great book for someone interested in Thoreau. It starts with his college years, so unfortunately nothing of his childhood is included. It is pretty long, took me a few months to get through it all. It does have the benefit of short chapters. However, if you aren't fully committed to the time needed to devour this one, I would recommend "Henry Thoreau As Remembered By A Young Friend" By Edward Waldo Emerson. Much shorter (maybe 50 pages total?), it gives a little bit of an overview of Thoreau's life and the significance it had/has. Ralph Waldo Emerson also wrote a 12 page essay about Thoreau that could be valuable.

There is a lot in this book about what he read and what he was interested in throughout the book. It's good because Thoreau was a big time reader. After reading this book I really want to follow up and read Goethe's "Italian Journey", The Laws of Manu, Thomas Carlyle's "On Heroes and Hero Worship", Edwin Arnold's "The Light of Asia", Melville's "Typee" and find out what about Kant influenced the transcendentalist movement.

Thoreau was certainly an intentional individual if there was one, another biographer gave the subtitle to his biography "the man who did what he wanted" and this was the case. He spent a good part of his life walking 4 hours a day, turned down a successful pencil making business, read in multiple languages. Of course he also lived almost self-sufficiently in the woods for two years. Because of his intentionality and disdain for the common society of his day he became quite the interesting self-developed individual.

I think this book redefined the idea of wildness for me. I have always wondered what about the ocean, or fire compels us to look at it. I think Thoreau would say it is the wildness of it. I think I have also seen this in my own travels, the further out, more natural a place is, the more I feel the mystery of it, the more I am compelled by it. I think it is that those places have stayed wild. It is not tamed.

Thoreau and most of the other transcendentalists also lived his life a bit in response to the Puritanical Calvinism of his day. Reading that and comparing it with my own experience gave me a lot of thoughts about the common trends throughout history. There was an openness to truth and to human nature that was pretty different from the people of his time. They were primarily interested in production, and choosing "repose" over "truth" as Emerson said. Thoreau wanted truth. He wanted to confront the essential facts of life so that when it came time for him to die he would not discover that he had not lived. Me too.

Thank you Robert Richardson for a well-written (and Barry Moser for the design!!) book. Thank you Thoreau for a life well-lived.
Attack Of The Jack-O'-Lanterns (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Goosebumps (Pb Unnumbered))
Attack Of The Jack-O'-Lanterns (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Goosebumps (Pb Unnumbered))
As the first Goosebumps book I read as a child, perhaps I'm a bit blinded by nostalgia. The story centers around Halloween (a recurring theme in these books). Its similar to You Can't Scare Me! in the fact that the main character's actions revolve around scaring two kids who refuse to be spooked, which eventually end them up in trouble with the pumpkin-headed creeps on the cover. However, despite a hokey premise and a strange timeline with multiple flashbacks, I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing and descriptions were great, but veered into corniness a few times. But it's Goosebumps, so what do you expect? It was actually a tradition for me to read this book every Halloween when I was younger and it'll always hold a place in my top ten books of this series.
Dr. Slump, Vol. 8
Dr. Slump, Vol. 8
This not the greatest dr slump vol. Compared to other manga it is still great
Adolf 2 (Indonesian Edition)
Adolf 2 (Indonesian Edition)
Adolf 2 (Indonesian Edition) by Osamu Tezuka. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Osamu Tezuka" category.
The Heritage of the Desert Illustrated
The Heritage of the Desert Illustrated
The Heritage of the Desert Illustrated by Zane Grey. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Zane Grey" category.
The People's Almanac #2
The People's Almanac #2
As ordered says a lot these days. We are so often disappointed not only with on-line purchases, but purchases in general. Not so with this seller, the item was here before the date given and was precisely as advertised. I couldn't be more pleased. I am also glad to have all three People's Almanacs once again. They are informative, never dry and a joy for any trivia lover!
The Vinci Code (Hindi) [Paperback] DAN BROWN (Hindi Edition)
The Vinci Code (Hindi) [Paperback] DAN BROWN (Hindi Edition)
हिंदी अनुवादकों की समस्या यह है कि अनुवाद बड़ा कलिष्ट कर दिया जाता है और किताब का सारा रस समाप्त हो जाता है। संस्कृतनिष्ठ शब्दों की प्रधानता की बजाय साधारण बोलचाल वाली हिंदी का प्रयोग बेहतर होता।
अंग्रेजी वाले वर्ज़न के सामने हिंदी अनुवाद वाली यह पुस्तक 1 स्टार योग्य भी नहीं।

I strongly recommend not to buy this book as translators have made hindi language of the bol so hard that the suspense and joy of the book is completely destroyed. Those who has read original English version would feel like cheated by the publisher and translators.
Strong Medecine [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 1)
Strong Medecine [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 1)
これ読んでると医者って何なんだって思いますよ。特に私は「政治家より医者の方が信用できない」ってスタンスなんで。患者を治すも治さないも薬次第みたいじゃないですか。医学の進歩=薬の進歩ってことなのでしょうか。
The Strong Heart
The Strong Heart
I enjoyed this book, for it is every day life where an innocent girl get caught by a sort of play boy using and abusing her love and kindness.
What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?
What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?
As our children we not around for the initial release of the HP books, we are just now entering this territory. We have been reading the Harry Potter books with our children for a few months (we're on book 4 now). However, we have struggled with how to present and discuss them within a Biblical framework. We were also concerned about assertions that some Christians have made about their dangerous potential. Mrs. Neal makes some excellent clarification about the *real* dangers of HP verses the negative hype and blatant falsehoods circulating. (As this book is now 8 years old, some of these concerns have long been dispelled.) I was impressed by her concern that the real issue with Harry Potter is how divisive it has been to the Christian community. Above all, she recommends respect for each other and that we acknowledge something that works for one family may not work for another. I would say that her assertion that she evenly presents both sides of the debate is a tad misleading as it is apparent from the book that she is a HP fan. She does point out, with Scriptural references, how two Christians can reach opposing conclusion and still be correct in how they proceed. There were a few times that I felt she used verses slightly out of context, yet the full context could have easily supported her view if completely connected. Ultimately, I was most comforted by her examination of Daniel & his study, but not practice, of magic. I would recommend this book to those who are "on the fence" about whether or not HP is appropriate for their home, are concerned about ways to present HP in Biblical context, need ways to Scripturally address occult in real world vs. literary context, or are already enjoying HP but desire to communicate delicately and respectfully with those who are opposed to the novels. In light of the release and revelations of the last HP book... not all Christians may find this necessary.

In all sincerity, many of the concepts she explains could be applied to various conflicts within the Body.
What on Earth? Season 5
What on Earth? Season 5
I like the idea of using satellite imagery to raise questions about what's being seen around the globe. Each item usually has several possible solutions proposed before hitting on the right one. There's a sense of adventure as research on the ground is done, including scientific tests and interviews with locals. There's a mix of ancient ruins, modern-day military installations, and the occasional art item, plus practical things that serve a mundane purpose but look like something much stranger. Over all, it's interesting and a lot of fun.
KISEER Assorted Rainbow Color Party Balloons Bulk 100 Pcs 12 Inch Strong Latex Ballons for Birthday Party Wedding Arch Decoration or Kids Toy
KISEER Assorted Rainbow Color Party Balloons Bulk 100 Pcs 12 Inch Strong Latex Ballons for Birthday Party Wedding Arch Decoration or Kids Toy
Balloons were bad quality. Half the balloons came ripped. Some balloons had print on them (monkey faces or other emoji like print). Some balloons had circle burn marks so the balloons were stuck together. It basically looks like they bagged all the defective balloons and sent it to us. Contacted the company and they told me to just return and ask for a refund. Unfortunately, when we opened the bag we needed the balloons that weekend. Don't buy these!!!
Insuwun T-Shirt Ruler Guide Tool Acrylic Foldable T Shirt Alignment Tool with Clothing Size Chart T-Shirt Centering Printing Alignment Guide for Infant Toddler Youth Adult Fabric Cutting File -18 Inch
Insuwun T-Shirt Ruler Guide Tool Acrylic Foldable T Shirt Alignment Tool with Clothing Size Chart T-Shirt Centering Printing Alignment Guide for Infant Toddler Youth Adult Fabric Cutting File -18 Inch
Insuwun T-Shirt Ruler Guide Tool Acrylic Foldable T Shirt Alignment Tool with Clothing Size Chart T-Shirt Centering Printing Alignment Guide for Infant Toddler Youth Adult Fabric Cutting File -18 Inch by undefined. Rated 99 out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the T-Shirt Ruler Guide category.
Siemens 12024768 / 12010389 Deckel (Milchbehälter) für EQ9 Kaffeevollautomat
Siemens 12024768 / 12010389 Deckel (Milchbehälter) für EQ9 Kaffeevollautomat
Der Deckel ist ok... Das Problem ist das ein kleines Stück Metall im Deckel ist das die Kaffeemaschine sagt das der Behälter in der Maschine ist.. Nur ist das Problem das dieses kleine Stück Metall gerne rausfällt.. Und ist dieses erst mal weg ist der Deckel nur noch Müll..
Ich habe schon zwei mal das Teil in den Geschirrspüler verloren, es scheint nicht mal eingeklebt zu sein und dadurch fällt es auch schnell raus..
Dann noch das ganze bei dem Preis!?
Darum nur ein Stern.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, 1.0-Liter
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, 1.0-Liter
Whenever I buy a new kitchen item, I tend to do a ridiculous (unhealthy?) amount of research. I research to the point that I go in circles for months trying to determine what is the absolute best item in the category of whatever I'm currently interested in. As a result, I can end up convincing myself I absolutely need the greatest tin foil ever invented and then I have to take a step back, get a grip, and start over with more realistic expectations.

In the case of the Zojirushi, I immediately felt buyer's remorse after I submitted the purchase (but wait, I don't regret a thing). I had only recently begun playing around with Asian cuisine and decided I needed a rice cooker. My only prior rice experience was burning rice to the bottom of a cheap pot or throwing one of those bags of Uncle Ben's into boiling water. I KNOW a relatively cheap rice cooker would have probably done the trick but my aforementioned ridiculously tedious research kept bringing me back to the Zojirushi and, more specifically, to this model (with the "Neuro Fuzzy" technology. I got the 10 cup version only because I imagined myself cooking for large groups of people (hasn't actually happened yet).

Ok, so, here is what I've found: This thing is awesome... not like cure a disease awesome, but pretty darn great. I followed the basic directions and made brown rice for my first use. It came out perfect. I didn't rinse the rice, I didn't do anything special... I just dumped the rice and water in, pressed the button, and perfect brown rice resulted. Since then, I do a lot more sushi rice and jasmine rice which also come out perfect. I like it sticky so I tend to add more than the recommended amount of water. I've steamed vegetables in it as well (with a stainless steamer placed inside - I know, I'm probably destroying the coating on the bowl) and that works flawlessly as well.

So often, I order things online and they might be good, they might be okay, they might be terrible... but rarely do I get exactly what I hoped for. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 joins my Wusthof Classic Ikon Knives and KitchenAid Mixer as the only items that truly lived up to the hype.

-Mike

P.S. The only teensiest gripe is that I could do without the odd Hello Kitty-like alarm that goes off when the rice is done... but it's not too loud, so I'll live. ;)
P.P.S. A master Asian chef I know (just a great home cook, really) berated me for hours about the need to wash/rinse the rice first. I have since started doing it before placing in the Zoji... does it make a difference? I'm not sure... but it's better than getting yelled at in Chinese.
Prep Solutions by Progressive Microwaveable Rice and Pasta Cooker-17 Piece Set Includes Measuring Spoons and Cups, Rice Paddle, Steaming Insert, Pasta Measurer and Locking Lid-12 Cup Capacity BPA FREE
Prep Solutions by Progressive Microwaveable Rice and Pasta Cooker-17 Piece Set Includes Measuring Spoons and Cups, Rice Paddle, Steaming Insert, Pasta Measurer and Locking Lid-12 Cup Capacity BPA FREE
Bought this for someone else who's having a hard time getting good rice out of their countertop rice cooker. I've had a few similar to this growing up and even currently throughout my life and I do this would be an easy reliable option.

It works as expected. Had zero issues with any kind of melting or weird burn spots even in a tiny microwave is that the size is almost too big for.

I really bought it mainly for just making rice but it comes with so many accessories which is really cool. the person I bought it for also didn't have any measuring cups or spoons so this was great for the price to include measuring utensils and a steamer basket and tray.

For simple Rice my recipes always been 2 cups long grain rice, three cups water, a tablespoon of oil, teaspoon of salt. Wash the rice at least three times and strain it. After the final rinse pour in 3 cups of cold water and the oil and salt, give it a stir put the to lids on and pop it in the microwave for 20 minutes. once it's done you can leave it in the microwave OFF a few more or take it out and set it on the counter and let it sit for 5 minutes then fluff.

Perfect rice every time. At least that's how my mama showed me a long time ago and I've always loved it.

Stores in the fridge easily in container and can be reheated that way with a splash of water. for reheating rice though I definitely recommend only taking the portion that you want and heating it instead of reheating an entire container multiple times.
Lakrids 1 Sweet Licorice
Lakrids 1 Sweet Licorice
For my palate Panda plain black licorice is still the best. While Lakrids beats drugstore brands, such as Twizzlers and Red Vines, in both quality and flavor, I didn't find Lakrids superior to the Australian-style licorice also ordinarily sold in drugstores.

Arriving on schedule from Amazon, the contents of the jar I received looked and tasted fresh -- no complaints there -- but I find the texture overly tarry. Perhaps that's due to the rice flour that's used instead of wheat, but I'm only guessing.

So, for those who must remain gluten free, Lakrids might be just fine. From my perspective, however, especially considering the steep price, I won't buy Lakrids licorice in the future.

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