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Java: The Simple Guide to Learn Java Programming In No Time (Programming,Database, Java for dummies, coding books, java programming) (HTML,Javascript,Programming,Developers,Coding,CSS,PHP Book 2)
Java: The Simple Guide to Learn Java Programming In No Time (Programming,Database, Java for dummies, coding books, java programming) (HTML,Javascript,Programming,Developers,Coding,CSS,PHP Book 2)
Java: The Simple Guide to Learn Java Programming In No Time (Programming,Database, Java for dummies, coding books, java programming) (HTML,Javascript,Programming,Developers,Coding,CSS,PHP Book 2) by David Hoffman , Java, et al.. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The C++ Programming Language, 4th Edition
The C++ Programming Language, 4th Edition
The C++ Programming Language, 4th Edition by Bjarne Stroustrup. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 547 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c++ category.
The Wedding, The Onspiracy CLub, Summer Harbor, The Sight of the Stars (Volume 3)
The Wedding, The Onspiracy CLub, Summer Harbor, The Sight of the Stars (Volume 3)
The Wedding, The Onspiracy CLub, Summer Harbor, The Sight of the Stars (Volume 3) by et al. (Contributing Authors) Laura E. Kelly (Global Editor-in-Chief); Paula Marchese and Joseph P. McGrath (Managing Editors); Nicholas Sparks, Jonathan Kellerman, Susan Wilson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7)
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7)
The Dark Tower Set (Books 5-7) by Stephen King. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP: Learn By Coding
PHP: Learn By Coding
PHP: Learn By Coding by Scott Hughes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Creating Your Web Site with PHP
Creating Your Web Site with PHP
Creating Your Web Site with PHP by Dmitriy Koterov. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Build Gamified Websites with PHP and jQuery
Build Gamified Websites with PHP and jQuery
Build Gamified Websites with PHP and jQuery by Detrick DeBurr. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Warren Buffett Way: 3rd Edition
The Warren Buffett Way: 3rd Edition
I am not finished yet merely half-way into the book but I wanted to review this book; I just could not wait ;-) to tell you all about it. I am taking my time and digesting it all because the meat needs to be chewed, enjoyed and digested thoroughly. I am enjoying each aspect of this book and can't say enough...............I am loving this book.

I have purchased several books pertaining to Buffett and have followed him and his work for a few years. I was interested in him not only because of his investments but his character is to be rewarded; money isn't everything. I have not finished the other books that I have purchased about him but want to be able to absorb this one first before moving forward into the others. Nor have I gotten a chance to delve into the website yet, I can't wait.

This book helps you to see and delve into the ways into which Buffett processes his investments but also shows how his upbringing, mentors and experiences has helped him in his investment endeavors and the investment choices that he makes as seen in Chapter 2: The Education of Warren Buffet. Here it provides an understanding of the industry and having hands on experience does help but in not letting money be your guide is best. Once you understand then you can make better and educated decisions.

Everyone may not be able to have the same types of successes as Buffett has had but to understand the method behind the man says a lot. Robert G. Hagstrom does a good job in breaking down the book. As in Chapter 4: Common Stock Purchases - Nine Case Studies in the tenets that he uses are valuable from Simple and Understandable and Price Point to Candor/Rationality. Stay tuned for a follow-up from me once I finish the book and review the website.

Up unto this point this book is Highly Recommended.
El inversor inteligente [The Smart Investor]: Un libro de asesoramiento práctico [A Practical Advice Book]
El inversor inteligente [The Smart Investor]: Un libro de asesoramiento práctico [A Practical Advice Book]
Entiendo que es un libro muy importante escrito por grandes referentes del mundo de la inversión, pero en mi caso, creo que tengo un nivel medio y aun así no entendía los términos que utiliza. Creo que está traducido del inglés literal y no a nuestras expresiones, por lo que a mi se me ha hecho casi imposible de entender, he de decir que los comentarios si que clarifican un poco el contenido, pero no lo suficiente.
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets
I like both Buffettology and Buffettology II as books I can go back, skim through, and find straightforward ways of examining the worth of stocks. I give it 5 stars as being excellent for steering you to good investments. But don't assume every other method and every investor is as stupid as the book claims: it will lead you to value this book's opinion alone too much.

In Buffettology II, I'm sure many novice investors come away with the idea that EVERY major investor is an idiot and that through Warren-like value-investing methods you will have a tremendous advantage on the rest of the market. They also treat long-understood investing phenomena, like a long-lasting competitive advantage, as if it's only being revealed to the world through this book. For example: "...we'll let you in on one of Warren's best kept secrets. He figured out that some, but not all, companies have what he calls a "durable competitive advantage."" HE figured out? Ben Graham and Phil Fisher were writing books about it while Warren was just getting out of college. Phil Fisher's "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits," published in 1958, goes to great length explaining the situations to look for in which a company has such an advantage.

I'm glad such a thing is discussed in the book while at the same time I'm outraged the authors LIE to me to make the book look more unique and valuable. EVERY chapter includes some kind of thing like that which makes you wonder at the authors' motives.

Why do they need to lie and exaggerate if they're really providing the best way for the average person to evaluate stocks without going through the whole, formal, "asset value, earnings power value, growth value" math calculations required by advanced methods as per Greenwald, et al's "Value Investing"?
Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel
Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel
Steve Addison and his wife Michelle lead MOVE, “a mission agency devoted to training and deploying workers who multiply communities of Jesus’ disciples everywhere” (back cover). This was his first book. He is also authored "What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement Changing the World" and is the author of "Pioneering Movements: Leadership That Multiplies Disciples and Churches."  He blogs at [...] and holds a D. Min from Fuller Seminary, where his dissertation was on “The Continuing Role of the Apostle in the Church’s Mission.”

In this volume, Addison “deals with the characteristics of missionary movements in their most dynamic expression” (22). Using the ministry of St Patrick as a paradigm, in five chapters he identifies and explores “five key characteristics of movements that change the world.”

Chapter One, “White-Hot Faith” examines how Jesus, John Wesley, and the Anglicans of Sydney, Australia model sacrificial faith that differentiates itself while remaining connected to wider societal contexts. For example, Wesley remained a loyal Anglican all his life and sought to be a renewal agent within Anglicanism. Such entities display a hardcore commitment born of pivotal experiences with God. Another example of this dynamic would be the Apostle Paul who, after his experience on the Damascus Road was manifestly all in. Chapter Two, “Commitment to a Cause,” explores how, “Movements that change the world deal with ultimate issues. They are causes that make demands on followers. Apathy changes nothing and is the surest sign that a movement, organization or society is in decline. Change takes place because people care enough to act on their deeply held beliefs. They chose 'to live divided no more'" (56). In the chapter he focuses first on John Wesley who modeled this commitment, required it of his converts and workers, and established structures and mechanisms to sustain and evaluate the commitment levels of those in his charge. The chapter concludes by considering Jesus, his commitment, and the commitment he demanded of those who would follow him.

Chapter Three. “Contagious Relationships,” shows how movements grow through already established webs of relationship, and how low-cost word of mouth and face to face relationships trump expensive media approaches to communication and group development. His discussion of “the strength of weak ties” is particularly noteworthy “Your close friends tend to link you with people you already know. By contrast, acquaintances link you to a variety of untapped social networks. They expand your relationship world” (78). He then briefly explores Malcom Gladwells three classifications of social linkers as connectors—who are people magnets, mavens, who provide expertise, and salesman, who are the persuaders who connect emotionally with others and convince them to consider and adopt new beliefs and behaviors. To all of these I would add “opinion leaders” who are the people to whom others instinctively go for validation of new options and ideas.
Chapter Four, “Rapid Mobilization,” explores how this requires recruiting, identifying, and on the job mentoring and training of leaders who should be released quickly to do the work of ministry and to learn as they go. Among those he considers as exemplars of this value are Francis Asbury and John Wesley, Ralph Moore of the Hope Chapel movement, Jesus of course, and Roland Allen, from whom Addison extracts catalytic principles with revolutionary implications still being mined for their prophetic usefulness nearly one hundred years after Allen wrote of them.
In Chapter Five, “Adaptive Methods,” Addison considers how we need to be intransigent in our commitments, flexible and adaptive in our methods, and always alert to what works and does not. We should avoid being heavy-handed managers, always equipping and releasing. His Conclusion examines some contexts where these principles are being employed. This is followed by an eight lesson Study Guide for use in training team members to understand and implement the insights of this book. This is followed by two Appendices, one on “Gospel Presentations,” different ways of presenting the gospel to people, and the other on the Discovery Bible Study method.

Addison clearly writes to equip rather than to impress, but in doing so, is most impressive. His analysis of relevant factors, his contemporary, biblical and historical illustrations, and the tight logical structure of this, and his other books, is impressive. What strikes me most about his book is the understanding he provides of what makes a movement a movement, when a movement is in decline, and when a movement is in fact, no longer a movement. His five points are simple but it seems, quite accurate in what they affirm. His is a book for practitioners and not for armchair theorists. I admire his bold faith in simply sending people out to plant churches knowing simple ways to share the gospel while trusting in the power of the Spirit. I have no doubt this works elsewhere. However, here again, as in his What Jesus Started, the provided Bible lessons assume that the target audiences are biblically illiterate, unsophisticated, and responsive to formulaic presentations. This approach will not work with urban Jews, which is my context, or other sophisticated urban people. The materials are also limited to those relevant to the propagation of the gospel, while certainly, the whole counsel of God is far wider and deeper. That deeper and wider mandate is unexplored in this volume. Still, there is much to be learned from his book, and the five principles he explores are gold.

This being the case, what remains is for his principles to be applied to our own contexts, and his materials and approach adapted as the situation warrants, while those who do so pay due attention to other aspects of spiritual teaching and community formation that must not be neglected.

The book is a keeper concerning the propagation of a message and way of life we ought not to keep to ourselves.
Young Henry Ford: A Picture History of the First Forty Years (Great Lakes Books Series)
Young Henry Ford: A Picture History of the First Forty Years (Great Lakes Books Series)
This book is an excellent source on Henry Ford's family and the world he was born into in Dearborn at the time. I bought this originally because it is one of the few books out there with information about my forebear, Conrad Ten Eyck, and the relationship between the Ten Eycks and the Fords. That said, it was a very interesting read and had lots of delightful historical tidbits on Detroit, Dearborn and the man who made the 20th century the century of the Automobile.
Donald Trump 2020 Election USA Keep America Great T-Shirt
Donald Trump 2020 Election USA Keep America Great T-Shirt
Warming; Do not order from the China vendor- get fulfilled by Amazon. The China shirts are smaller and have girl sleeves. Not good for a man at all. The Amazon shirts are Fruit of the Loom and have man sleeves. I Ordered one XL Black that comes from Amazon and 1 XXL Blue from ‘seller in China’ the result was a nice Fruit of the Loom shirt from Amazon and a crappy, smaller than the XL 2x from China. Which also looks black not Navy. The shirt is obviously cheaper than the Amazon supplied one. So be careful which one provides you the shirt- if it’s fulfilled by amazon you will get the better ‘normal’ shirt. I advise do not risk the China purchase- it runs very small and is super thin material. One on left is black, Xl, fruit of the loom.
From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
This informative book shares the roots and history of one of the largest companies in the world and the largest search engine. The type format is (mostly) large font, easy to read and kid friendly. The recommended age range of 10-12 years is perfect as I feel this is more appropriate for middle school than elementary or high school. The book outlines the rise of Google from idea to today and shares many insightful aspects including Google's IPO. I believe we should begin teaching kids more business and practical knowledge so they have a better understanding of how things actually work and how companies are formed rather than the basic economics classes that are usually taught, if taught at all. Even as an adult, I found the book very insightful and a quick easy read into the history of Google. It even has a few samples of the notorious Google interview questions, thankfully with answers.
Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend
Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story of a Betrayed Musical Legend
Outstanding book - highly recommended! It provides a candid, extremely honest portrayal of Jimi Hendrix's short career and the greedy people who took advantage of him in life and death. It's not the usually "flowery" biography due to the author's candor, but it was compelling and I couldn't put it down! It's an important book not just for the historical information about Hendrix, but it was also a sobering life lesson about how greed and power can bring the worst out of people. Ms. Lawrence also does a fine job of identifying the people who had Jimi Hendrix's "back" as he struggled to focus on his music and avoid the "hangers on" and narcissistic business people hovering like a swarm of mosquitos in his life.

My end thoughts were sobering about Ed Chalpin, Michael Jeffery, Leo Branton, Alan Douglas, Al Hendrix, and perhaps the worst of them - Janie Hendrix, who does not share a single drop of biological blood with Jimi Hendrix. Kharma, judgement day, or whatever you want to call it will come harshly for all of the people who tried to re-write history, steal money and use Jimi Hendrix in life and death for their own greed and personal gain. Thank you Sharon Lawrence for calling it like it was! It's not a pretty story, but one everyone needs to read it. Thank you for trying to set the record straight in memory of your friend, Jimi Hendrix.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set) by Jimi Hendrix (2013-05-04)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set) by Jimi Hendrix (2013-05-04)
On Feb. 24th of 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Expierence rocked The Royal Albert Hall in London, the first U.K. shows they had played in over a year and what would turn out to be their last. Neither Reprise in the U.S. nor Polydor in the U.K. issued a live album of this concert though a few songs were released on the American album "Hendrix In The West" in 1972. However this concert has been issued and re-issued on various indie labels throughout the last few decades, spliced and diced in every which way conceivable complete with fade ins, fade outs, deceiving track squencing, even the insane idea of chopping the song "Room Full Of Mirrors" in half then playing both parts on top of one another and labeling it a "short version." The various issues have made claims that this was The J.H.E.s last concert (not true) and even Jimi's last concert before he died (VERY NOT TRUE). Jimi's last concert was on 9/6/70 at an open-air festival in Germany, not at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

One of those deceiving re-issues happened to be the first Hendrix I ever owned. It was 1987, I was in the fourth grade, and I bought a cassette titled "The Last Expierence" on the Legacy International label. The front cover made the latter claim that I mentioned above. The Royal Albert Hall concert is special to me in particular because it was the first I'd heard such Hendrix classics like "Purple Haze," "Fire," or "Voodoo Child." After all these years, I wanted to reunite with the live show that got me started on Jimi as a youngster but I didn't want to buy another cheap hodge-podge of it. I'm glad I held out until I found this great 2-CD set, which gives you the entire concert (except for one song) AND presents it in the correct order finally!

Apon hearing this concert for the first time in almost 16 years, it's just as awesome and undeniably RAW (keyword there) as I remember it. But as I listened, it dawned on me why Expierence Hendrix has probally chosen to not re-issue this concert, in all honesty, it's not one of Jimi's best shows. While Jimi and the guys turn in some killer versions of "Stone Free," "I Don't Live Today," and "Foxey Lady," each with unique solos unlike any other live versions you've heard before, feedback and hiss from the amps plagues many of the songs, and not in a good way. Jimi also sounds tired throughout the set and sometimes, downright frustrated making more apologies to the audience than he did at Woodstock. On this version of "Fire" in paticular, Jimi dosen't bother to sing the song with much enthusiasm or even include the come-ons between verses ("oh move over Rover..."). It rocks none the less though. That's not to say Jimi was without his humor on this night, his mimicking Noel saying "blast from the past" in a British accent is funny and there are a few times Jimi chastises the audience for not bringing their instruments so they could come up on stage and jam with him.

There is no "bad" Hendrix you can buy, that's one of the things I love about Jimi, everything he did was special in some way or another, be it on the stage or in the studio, he was that full of creativity. This concert is great in it's own way, like Woodstock and all the others. You get to hear the second time Jimi performed "The Star Spangled Banner" in front of an audience, right after he completes "Wild Thing, and then procedes to do what is titled on the CD as "The Smashing Of The Amps." A feeback noise fest as Jimi smashes his guitar to bits. Probally one of the last times he did that for his audience.
The Best Of Aretha Franklin
The Best Of Aretha Franklin
I bought this cd, along with another of one of Aretha's early Atlantic albums, because l still listen to cds and vinyl albums and didn't want to have to wade through a massive Aretha compilation packed with 'fillers' and later more commercial releases. (If you do also like the later duets and more poppy cover songs, then the double cd 'Respect - The Very Best Of' would be a better option for you.)
The music on this 'Best Of' 12 track single cd is a fine selection of rhythm and blues (original meaning) based soul from the Muscle Shoals era. You can also hear Aretha's gospel influences in the vocals, especially on the slower numbers.
However the down side of this Best Of release is the low sound levels, meaning you have to crank up the volume above your normal system settings to appreciate the dynamism of these recordings.
This is annoying and a major corporation should be able to produce a cd capable of doing better justice to these classic cuts.
I dont know if there are any later reissues of this particular cd compilation which address this issue, but the copy l received sounds fairly dull and lifeless on the settings l would normally use.
Needless to say the music itself is great and in itself would easily merit five stars. If you are considering buying you will probably have heard some if not all the tracks anyway so you are likely to know what to expect.
Out Cold
Out Cold
This is one of my all time favorite movies (right up there with Grandma's Boy, Super Troopers, and Euro Trip) It's a hilarious movie but if you don't like somewhat stupid and crude humor you probably won't enjoy it nearly as much. zach galifianakis is hilarious, this is one of the first movies I ever actually saw him in and I have been a fan ever since. This is a great fun movie and will totally make you wish you lived in Alaska, worked at a ski mountain and had friends like these. The car scene... no one can tell me they watched that and didn't immediately wish they could pull that prank on a friend. The characters are lovable and hilarious, all of them (Pig Pen, Jenny, Rick, Luke, Anthony, Lance...) and this is one of those movies I watch over and over again and never get tired of it, and I quote it all the time. I highly recommend this to any and everyone!
Yinleader 150W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Charging Ports, Power Converter with 2 AC Outlets Car Charger, Portable car inverters
Yinleader 150W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 2 USB Charging Ports, Power Converter with 2 AC Outlets Car Charger, Portable car inverters
First off, THIS ITEM WORKS. It's a reliable workhorse, and I like the connector quality, paint job, and indicator light. The device is a must in these power-hungry mobile smart•device & mesia player era. The cord DC 12V end length is almost too short; but it's no surprise, and keeps its "footprint" small and tangle free.

What's not to love? Solid buy for your vehicle trips.. especially at such a fair price point!
GISIAN 300Watt Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC with LCD Display, Dual USB Ports and 2 AC Outlets, Perfect for Smartphones Laptops Tablets
GISIAN 300Watt Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC with LCD Display, Dual USB Ports and 2 AC Outlets, Perfect for Smartphones Laptops Tablets
I bought this "True Sine Wave Inverter " a bit over a week ago; I purchased it after buying, and returning, a regular Power Inverter from an Auto Parts Store.

I knew I needed a True Sine Wave Inverter and I read all of the reviews on the majority of the Power Inverters on Amazon. All of the reviews I read spoke about how loud the Inverters Fan noise is.....this particular Inverter is more than Whisper Quiet; even holding the Inverter next to my ear I can barely make out a very muted whisper of a sound.

I love the fact that this Inverter also monitors my vehicle's battery power. Prior to getting this Inverter, I had to have my car jumped off about every three nights/mornings.

I bought this Inverter because I went Homeless, back in November. Just because I'm Homeless doesn't mean I can't continue to work. I have two Laptops connected, usually, all the time.; I also power my Electric Shaver, Cell Phones, et cetera. I'm going to try a regular Mr. Coffee next.

I highly recommend this True Sine Wave Power Inverter. It is totally awesome! When I get the monies, I plan on getting the 1000 Watt True Sine Wave Power Inverter.
Samsung Galaxy A10e GSM Unlocked (not CDMA) 32GB Smartphone - Black (Renewed)
Samsung Galaxy A10e GSM Unlocked (not CDMA) 32GB Smartphone - Black (Renewed)
Ok So I was reading the reviews on this phone and watched some YouTube videos about this Galaxy A10e I was kinda skeptical at first the only features this phone doesn't have is fingerprint which you don't need because of it's Face recognition number two I can't pay at the gas pump or make in store purchases it's not NFC Supported but other that this phone has great features some ppl get a phone and don't play with the settings you have to explore you phone to get the best out it this phone is almost close to the iPhoneX it's a very smartphone I downloaded a roku remote and was able to use it on my TV by turning on my WIFI it come in Excellent condition no scratches nothing not one crack just a charger.
Fully GSM Unlocked I don't know about CDMA I have I have Cricket service the battery life is good I've been on it since this morning it is now 2:36am bottom line it's worth it to me
Update:
It's been two weeks same as before one thing I can officially say it charges really fast and has a long battery life I have this phone in my hand all day I hope I don't burn the battery out lol I would recommend that you get a case though you're going to need it. No drops but ijs
Discovering Human Sexuality, Fourth Edition
Discovering Human Sexuality, Fourth Edition
I received the book from amazon, and there was a rip down the front cover of the book. Everything inside is still fine and easily readable, I just don’t want to get charged for something I didn’t do, so I posted a picture.
Wild & Stone Organic Children's Bamboo Toothbrush | Four Colors | Soft Fibre Bristles | 100% Biodegradable Handle | BPA Free | Vegan Eco Friendly Kids Toothbrushes
Wild & Stone Organic Children's Bamboo Toothbrush | Four Colors | Soft Fibre Bristles | 100% Biodegradable Handle | BPA Free | Vegan Eco Friendly Kids Toothbrushes
I purchase these regularly after coming across them last year. I switched my family to bamboo toothbrushes a couple of years ago, mainly because I was horrified at how many plastic ones my kids were going through and the unnecessary plastic waste this was creating. Since then I’be tried several brands and this is by far the best one I’ve found for overall quality for the price paid. They are good quality, feel nice and smooth and the bristles good. The colours are nice and bright which appeal to the kids. Compared to others I think they are great value for money.
Marvel Deadpool Collectible Action Figure
Marvel Deadpool Collectible Action Figure
I don’t know why but I thought this would be slightly bigger than what it was lol. I mean it’s okay for the money but definitely looks nice in my desk. I believe it’ll look better if you can pair a bigger version of this with the smaller one. That’ll make it look nicer
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
“Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You To Read!” is the come-on subtitle of this collection, although frankly they didn’t care if you read them or not. It wasn’t so much alarm at the content or concern for ‘the kiddies’ as the self-publicity gained from an easy target that motivated the politicians who sensed blood from blood-drenched comics.

As any politician knows, to distract attention from adventures overseas, particularly those going badly, or any serious bad news due to government incompetence or inaction, the quick fix is to manufacture a problem that hits ‘em close to home. No-one cares about corpses in other countries, it seems, when their own children are eating too many chips or playing violent video games. Gory horror comics made much better news copy than economics or foreign body counts. Like violent TV shows or movies, or sex in books or films, ‘evil comics’ sold newspapers as easily as they sold themselves. If you can’t serialise it, condemn it. Thus, comics, rock and roll, TV shows, horror films, nasty VHS, computer games, the internet, pornography, and burgers and fries all take their turn in the barrel when the powers that be need a diversion from what really matters, and what they’re getting wrong.

Jim Trombetta, a journalist and Hollywood TV scriptwriter (Miami Vice, The Equalizer, The Flash, Deep Space Nine), should get this, and maybe he does, but the text of his book is devoted primarily to analysing the attacks on comics rather than the comics themselves. He provides a fine account of these dark days for scholars and other interested parties, and it’s a sobering and timely re-visit in these censorious and sensitive times as a new but strangely familiar army of bluenoses and angry hand-wringers have been gathering since the turn of this century, with fresh concerns and different problems, but the same old targets. They would be furious, baffled, and outraged to be compared to their fellow fascists in the 1950s even as they also seek to regulate and police what we may think or say or see.

As interesting and admirable as all this is, horror author for kids R.L. Stine has the right attitude when he writes, in his introduction, about his disappointment as a child when these comics disappeared from the newsstands in 1954, and states “As a fan, I always think that the real story of these horror comics is not that they were banned, but that they existed”.

And this book does also celebrate their existence for half-a-decade with a vengeance. Three hundred pages are devoted almost entirely and extensively to beautifully reproduced covers and content from this disreputable trash so lovingly rendered by the jobbing comics artists of the day, just churning this stuff out to make a buck. A lot of it is junk, some of it is beautiful, but all of it is fascinating. The covers, in particular, are a delight, amazing stuff, garish, silly, and fun. It’s strange to think people took it seriously, just as it is to think that controversy once raged over Elvis, smutty seaside postcards, Hammer films, the Rolling Stones, or Dirty Harry.

Since this book was compiled in 2010 there have been many collections of vintage comics and/or their covers, most excellent, and many reviewed by myself, but this is easily one of the best by far for the horror genre, and beautifully designed. Perhaps as befits a collection that concerns itself primarily with the assault on horror comics by the high and mighty, and features a terror-stricken eyeball on the cover, the selections in this one are somewhat more grim and gory than some of the others on the market, which are more enjoyably silly than gruesomely strong in content. While some—some—of the covers are gorgeous, the artwork on the interior stories is a little less stylish, and quite coarse and ugly in fact, and sometimes, blameless characters you might expect to be heroes, or saved, become victims of grisly ends. Most of the content here is bleak and weak, and this collection is one of the few that doesn’t seem to have been chosen for its art or quality, but as examples to make a point. Author Jim Trombetta makes the important distinction that it wasn’t just the horror comics that the authorities were fretting about, it was all comics, and the crime comics were particularly nasty. And of course, as always with America, sex was considered nasty as well; Fiction House’s strong and sexy heroines went to the wall along with the ghouls and gangsters.

Whether the horrors should have been chased off the newsstands is a somewhat moot point now, seventy years later, but it’s worth remembering that if their popularity hadn’t been nipped in the bud by generally wrong-headed politically motivated grandstanding, and continued in the manner of pulps, paperbacks, and sweats, we may never have had DC’s Silver Age super-heroes, Weisinger’s Superman Family comics, or the Lee/Kirby sci-fi shorts that lead to the Marvel Super-Heroes. All these hacks—and most of them were fairly routine and talentless—would have remained employed, and turning out this grim illiterate rubbish. Would they then have run their course, as the sweats did, only to become irrelevant and unwanted in the face of Hammer, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Jess Franco, and the Italian giallos, dragging comics unloved and unmourned into the dustbin of history as the allure of VHS replaced them? Or would DC and Marvel have been crowded off the newsstands by these crude lower common denominator cash-ins, unable to compete and flourish and nurture their artists to the point where comics became respected and artistically competent in the mid-’60s?

While not defending censorship, how different comics might have been if they had continued down the path they were descending to in the early 1950s. DC’s super-heroes, if they had returned at all, might have been bullied off the newsstands as too square and dull next to the blood and gore elsewhere; with no Justice League, Stan would have followed through with his resolve to quit comics and moved on into advertising or TV and movie scriptwriting, and Martin Goodman might have told Jack Kirby not to be so time-wastingly perfectionist and obscure, and dropped a Fantastic Four-free Silver Surfer and Galactus in the bin as a high-falutin’ indulgence he couldn’t sell (“You think college kids read our books?? We sell gangsters and murder!!”).

So, despite the disappointment of the wide-eyed little boys poring over illicit images of ghouls and killers, maybe things worked out best… for the next generation of comic-book kids anyway. In the meantime, we have five years of zombies and screaming repenters to drool over unforgivingly. Be advised though, that this publication is not a collection of stories, but a very heavily illustrated text with examples to support the author’s thesis. So while there are some complete stories, other contributions are single page examples to illustrate points… and some of those points are on shakier ground than the censorship material.

Personally, I think that like many of those who take an academic or sociological view of popular culture, there is a tendency in this book to sometimes overthink things. Too much effort is made to link these naive and foolish comics to real events at the time, whereas in reality they were simply a result of businessmen and hacks trying to make a buck. With all due respect to the writers and artists concerned, these were not deep thinkers, and while they may have had their opinions, most of them weren’t politicised enough, daring enough, or literate enough to put them into their stories, and the werewolves, zombies and skeletons of early ’50s horror comics represent nothing more than werewolves, zombies and skeletons.

The writers and artists who conceived these tales were trying to bring dinner to the table, not ideas, opinions, or deep thoughts. When there were exceptions, such as the strongly anti-racist “Judgement Day”, (the most chilling tale in this book is the attempted censorship of it, and Bill Gaines’ brave stand), it was blindingly obvious, and not hidden, or enclosed in secret meanings and symbolism. Politics in comics are never subtle or sophisticated, and with the exception of some of Stan Lee’s late ‘60s work, rarely accommodate opposing viewpoints; like their characters, they are about heroes and villains, good guys and bad guys. So while the text is all very interesting, it is more about what Jim Trombetta has personally taken from the comics, rather than what anyone was trying to put into them, consciously or otherwise. Popular culture tells us much about the society it springs from, but horror is timeless and often thoughtless, and social scientists will be better served by war, sci-fi, or romance comics, or indeed almost any other genre than horror, which almost never changes from one decade to the next. Of course there are exceptions, but 1950s horror comics are not generally among them. Visually, however, it’s an absolute treasure, an excellent starting point if you want to see what all the fuss was about.
The Hollow (The Sign of Seven Book 2)
The Hollow (The Sign of Seven Book 2)
This second book picks up the story two weeks later. Fox tries to help Layla hone her senses, so they can present a united front, and be as useful as Cal, Quinn, Sybil, and Gage is with their gifts. Since they sense things in the present, he knows how important it is for them to be at full strength when the demon next makes an appearance. Fox felt fortunate for the two-week lull in activity, but knew that had come to an end when he and Layla were attacked by a swarm of crows in the middle of Main Street. Layla got to see first hand the healing powers Fox possessed when his pecking wounds healed almost instantly.

As the group tries to figure out more about the puzzles from the past, the demon escalates the attacks. Instead of just focusing on one person, they are all in jeopardy at any given time. They realize that his strength is nothing like anything that they have ever encountered in the past, but that makes sense now that they know this cycle of seven is the final showdown.

The creepiness just gets better with each book. I enjoyed this second installment in the trilogy, and don't like having to wait until the end of the year for the conclusion with Gage and Sybil though. This book was Layla and Fox's story, but again as in the last book, all characters had a strong presence, which really adds a strong element.
Yevgeny Onegin (Pushkin Collection)
Yevgeny Onegin (Pushkin Collection)
It's been a long time since I last read this work, so I'm in no position to compare translations. But the translator's prologue on the challenges of translating the work was enlightening, and helped me understand the choices he made in his translation.

Translating poetry between languages is always fraught with compromises, and more so for works with an extended plot. Pushkin's complex rhyming structure, as well as the distance between the Russian and English languages, compounds the challenge. I think this version well captures the poetic structure of the work, at least based on the explanation of the prologue, but I found the action of the story sometimes hard to follow. There is a plot summary up front, and despite the suggestion that you might want to leave it for the end if you aren't familiar with the work, I'd suggest that you do read it first if you aren't familiar with the work; it will make it easier to follow.

Not having read Pushkin in the original, I can't speak to the balance between poetry and plot clarity the translator had to start with, but I'm sure the process of translation had to exacerbate the tension. This is a version where the poetry comes first. The result is fascinating, if sometimes a bit confounding.

The publisher provided me a copy for review.
Erbe und Schicksal: Die Clifton Saga 3 - Roman (Die Clifton-Saga) (German Edition)
Erbe und Schicksal: Die Clifton Saga 3 - Roman (Die Clifton-Saga) (German Edition)
Ich habe den ersten Band dieser "Sage" sehr gerne gelesen. Dort war der geschichtliche Hintergrund schön dargestellt und man konnte sich gut in die damalige Zeit hineinversetzen. Vor allem hat mir der Erzählstil des ersten Band gut gefallen. Die Idee, eine Geschichte aus der Sicht verschiedener Personen zu erzählen hat mir gut gefallen. Der zweite Band viel dagegen etwas ab, war aber dennoch noch spannend und kurzweilig.

Von all dem ist spätestens im dritten Band nun nichts mehr zu finden. Die erzählte Geschichte ist belanglos und könnte überall auf der Welt und zu jeder Zeit spielen. Mit einem historischen Roman hat das nichts mehr zu tun. Die Charaktere werden nur noch angerissen. Einige Charatere aus den vorausgegangenen Bänden finden überhaupt nicht mehr statt. Die ganze Geschichte wird nun linear erzählt, ohne die vorher so interessanten verschiedenen Erzählperspektiven. Man könnte fast glauben, es nun mit einem anderen Autor zutun zu haben, oder aber Mr. Archer hatte es eilig bzw. hat die Lust verloren... oder beides.

Wie schon bei den beiden Bände zuvor endet auch dieser Band mit einem offenen Ende. Der Autor vertraut offenbar seinem eigenen Erzähltalent nicht genug, so dass er es nötig hat den Leser so zum Kauf des jeweils nächsten Band zu nötigen.Ein wirklich billiger und fast schon beleidigender Kunstgriff, den man beim ersten Band noch ob der guten Geschichte verschmerzen konnte, beim dritten Mal fühlt man sich als Leser allerdings dann doch für dumm verkauft.
Mir hat es jetzt gereicht und für mich endet daher die Clifton "Saga" an dieser Stelle und ich werde mir das nächste Buch nicht mehr kaufen.
Brothers Keepers (Hard Case Crime)
Brothers Keepers (Hard Case Crime)
If you keep up with my blog and my reading lists, you will note that I've read one of Donald E. Westlake's books and reviewed it here before.  If you're interested in hard case crime novels, as I sometimes am, you should check him out. 
But, being that this novel was written quite some time ago, a reader must understand that the language and the story itself is very much a product of its time. For example, in the second chapter of Brothers Keepers, there is a small section where a monk is writing a letter to Miss Ada Louise Huxtable of The New York Times. There are many starts and stops to the letter, but the letter itself is set up in a style in which not many younger people today might recognize with a name and address in the left corner, date in the right, and a formal letter following. I was taught how to write a business letter in high school, but a lot of schools aren't teaching this skill today and it's becoming lost in translation with email writing as a preferred method of conveyance and text messaging coming in a close second. Obviously, it takes on a second to figure out what's going on, but the difference in the times might come as somewhat of an amusement to some and makes this story even more fun to read. 

A world without cell phones and internet in every device? How novel. 

Mostly,  Brothers Keepers is a timeless story. The monks themselves are all very well written and their attitudes toward their home being scheduled for destruction in order to make way for modern growth within their city are well portrayed. Westlake's writing--and the humor within--is absolutely delightful as usual. Whatever feelings and anxieties over a dire situation the monastery went through in the story can easily be translated into the issues and goings on of today. The story and characters will resonate well with a newer generation and likely generations to come. 
Cuaderno de viaje de la Tierra Media: De Bolsón cerrado a Mordor (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Cuaderno de viaje de la Tierra Media: De Bolsón cerrado a Mordor (Biblioteca J. R. R. Tolkien) (Spanish Edition)
Era para regalo, y el libro es perfecto, para un fan de Tolkien, como leí en otros comentarios, no podía faltare, muchos dibujos, muy bonitos, el texto claro y nada pesado. Pero el envío un desastre. solo un cartón, un sobre, sin nada, ni un pastico para protegerlo, llego con todas las esquinas rozadas, y por la parte del lomo, la sobrecubierta esta rajada; He pedido libros que no me han costado ni 5 euros, y venían bien aunque fuesen ediciones muy antiguas, este que debía ser nuevo , parece de segunda mano, no estoy nada contenta por que era para regalo, y parece usado de 10 años.
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 6: Includes vols. 16, 17 & 18 (6)
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 6: Includes vols. 16, 17 & 18 (6)
I bought this for my son, but let's face it, this was was one of those purchases that was for mommy, too haha. We love Naruto in this house, and finding the 3-in-1 saved money and space.

We love all the characters in Naruto (well, mostly!) and have gotten attached to them both through the manga and the anime both, and I really enjoy the little extra things in the books. Really fun, and it gets my boys reading when they say everything is boring, so that's a MAJOR plus in my book! The drawings are always great, and I thoroughly enjoy the story-telling - despite some people saying it's for kids.

Bob says: 5 Platypires
The Inklings
The Inklings
The Inklings has already achieved renown as a classic study of the literary fraternity centered around J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. For those who already know something of these authors, it is the rare perspicacious look into the lives and careers of these three men. However, for those not well acquainted, the caricatures of Tolkien and Lewis that developed as a result of their celebrated writings need to be dispelled before seeing why reading the Inklings is worthwhile.

Tolkien was not merely the author of popular children’s stories. He was also a master of ancient Germanic languages and lore, an important interpreter of Beowulf and a devout Roman Catholic. In fact, he viewed his fiction as a method of providing young readers with a mythology that could serve as a propaedeutic to Christianity. His genius was of an almost unparalleled level. He and his sons would go for walks in the woods where they would play chess by remembering where all the pieces were in their mind.

Lewis was no slouch by comparison. He wrote his Narnia series as an allegory of the Christian narrative. He wrote volumes upon volumes of Christian apologetics. And he was a masterful professor of English literature at both Oxford and Cambridge. His examinations of undergraduates were legendary for the clear thinking and well reasoned arguments he demanded of his students.

These figures really should be regarded as towering intellects of the twentieth century. Because of the decline in interest in the humanities their truly groundbreaking contributions to humankind are not fully recognized. But hopefully, as their writing stands the test of time and the liberal arts awaken from their identity obsessed slumber, they’ll be reestablished as the giants of intellect they truly were.
Toge, Vol. 2
Toge, Vol. 2
河井継之助という激動の幕末に生きた最後の武士といえる男の生きざまを見た気がします。彼は頭脳はクレバー、行動はエキセントリック、行動の原理は実にストイックで、魅力的です。彼ほどの先を見通せる男が何故、自藩が独立国となる実現不可能な夢を持ち、その夢に自藩全体を引きずりこんで破滅にいたったのか・・読み進むに連れて幕末という時代、河井という男の成り立ち、徳川300年に形成されきった武士という存在の美意識が彼をしてそうさせざるを得なかったのだと理解できました。

まさに司馬遼太郎氏の言うごとく、歴史を眺めている我々には結果がわかっているわけですが、いくつもの「もし」が頭にわいてきました。一番大きな「もし」は河井継之助が峠のこちら側で生まれていればという事です。彼はついに時代の大きな峠を越す事が出来なかったのですが、自分の強烈な美意識に殉じて死ぬ事が出来たのは幸せであったと思います。

司馬氏の筆は臨場感あふれ、幕末という時代の空気を活写してくれます。また、司馬氏の描く女性も実に魅力的です。妻のおすがは、童女のような純粋さをもち、かつ、肝の据わった傑物です。上中下巻と長いので、読み始めるのに勇気がいりますが、感じるところ、考える事が多い読んでよかった小説です。
Alles von Michel aus Lönneberga: Ungekürzte Lesung
Alles von Michel aus Lönneberga: Ungekürzte Lesung
Leider kommt die CD überhaupt nicht gut an. Ich hatte mir auch etwas anderes vorgestellt.
Es wird tatsächlich nur vorgelesen und so startet es auch, das Lied aus den Filmen wäre zur Einstimmung schön gewesen, wobei das natürlich Geschmackssache ist.
Die Erzählerin ist viel zu schnell,das Zuhören ist wahnsinnig anstrengend. Natürlich gewöhnt man sich daran,aber entspannt ist es so leider nicht.
Fazit : ich muss doch selbst vorlesen.
Preis Leistung sind in Ordnung.
North to Alaska: That Wintry Feeling\Borrowed Dreams
North to Alaska: That Wintry Feeling\Borrowed Dreams
I probably would not have bought the book if I had realized it was a remake of " The Wintry Feeling" and "Borrowed Dreams" because I had recently read both those books, However if your customers have not read her other books, then I would highly recommend any of her books. I always lose sleep because I can't put them down until I find out what happens next.
Der Präsident: Roman (German Edition)
Der Präsident: Roman (German Edition)
Inhalt laut Klappentext:
Luther Whitney, ein Einbrecher, plant seinen letzten Coup. Eine leerstehende Villa schient dafür wie geschaffen. Doch als er gerade das Schlafzimmer ausräumen will, fährt ein Wagen vor. Ein distinguierter älterer Herr und eine junge Frau steigen aus und betreten das Haus, offensichtlich bereit für eine heiße Liebesnacht. Aber es kommt zum Streit und zu heftigen Auseinandersetzungen. Von seinem Versteck aus beobachtet Luther, wie zwei Leibwächter die Tür aufstoßen und die Frau erschießen. Alle Spuren werden eilig beseitigt. Luther will die Mörder jedoch nicht so einfach davonkommen lassen. Er ahnt nicht, worauf er sich einläßt ...

Inhalt von mir ergänzt:
Luther Whitney wird Zeuge eines Mordes und kann kaum seinen eigenen Augen trauen... den direkt an dem Mord beteiligt ist eine Person, die die ganze Welt kennt: Der Präsident! Luther will diese Tat nicht ungesühnt lassen und sucht Kontakt zu dem Exfreund seiner Tochter, Jack Graham, der sich mittlerweile auf dem besten Weg zum Staranwalt befindet und eine schillernde Zukunft vor sich hat... doch wird man ihm, dem Kleinkriminellen, überhaupt Glauben schenken?

Die Charaktere:
David Baldacci ist es gelungen, die einzelnen Personen sehr detailliert zu zeichnen. Auch, wenn Luther Whitney ein Kleinkrimineller ist, ich hab' ihn irgendwie sofort ins Herz geschlossen. Jack Graham ist auch von Anfang an ein Sympathieträger, ebenso wie Jacks Exfreundin Kate. Selbst der Präsident Richmond und die Stabchefin Gloria Russel sind so menschlich beschrieben, dass man fast Mitleid mit ihnen haben könnte... wobei die Betonung auf "fast" liegt. Baldacci schafft es, den Leser in die Welt des Buches hineinzuziehen, man bekommt das Gefühl, man wäre mittendrin.

Mein Eindruck zum Buch:
Am Anfang des Buches erlebt man den Mord an erster Front mit und man könnte meinen, damit ist schon die ganze Spannung raus, aber im Gegenteil: Jetzt geht's erst richtig los! Der Spannungsbogen hält über das ganze Werk hinweg und ich konnte das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen. Der Schreibstil von David Baldacci ist flüssig, spannungsgeladen und auch, als ich völlig übermüdet war und dringend schlafen musste, wollte ich "nur noch ein Kapitel" lesen ;-)

Fazit:
Ich war wirklich positiv überrascht und würde dieses Buch definitiv jedem Thriller-Fan ans Herz legen.
The Eye of the Tiger
The Eye of the Tiger
When a friend found out that I am a big fan and avid reader of the Dirk Pitt novels, he said "if you like Cussler, you'll love Wilbur Smith." I followed his advice and tried out Eye of the Tiger. This is the first Wilbur Smith novel I've read, and it definitely will not be the last. I'm definitely hooked!
Why am I so hooked? It's an engrossing page-turner, it has lots of lively action, the bad guys are eminently hate-able without being cartoonish, the heros are believable and all the more lovable because they have such human foibles, and everything in the story is so believable.
The hero (Harry Fletcher) is a manly-man who is able to think and fight his way out of apparently impossible situations, yet at the same time never comes across as an invincible superman. I think I also like him so much is that he is a reluctant hero. Circumstances are forced upon him, rather than him being sent in to save the world because he's the only one who could do it. In some ways, he is almost like Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea, except that Wilbur Smith likes for his Hero to come out ahead in the end.
But I think the part that I most appreciated was that there were so many unpredictable surprises and twists, yet in hindsight, all the clues were there. Let me explain. My wife refuses to watch a movie with me the first time she sees it, because the clues are so ibvious that I usually figure out who dunnit or what the big surprise will be early on, and can explain why. Either that, or I get mad because the clues are never presented at all and the hero figures it out only through knowledge of some totally arcane trivia or by way of some clue that the author never actually presents to us in the book (or movie). This sucks! At least give me a chance.
Not so with this book! There were some wonderful twists that I found myself very happy to see because, in hindsight, the clues were all there, and it was totally valid for the hero to catch them, and I should have caught them to. For example, I didn't have to know about Flame Coral to draw the same conclusion Harry drew - I should have understood the implications of the other diver not knowing what it was. (You'll understand once you read the book).
Bottom line: my friend was right. If you like Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, you WILL definitely like Wilbur Smith's Eye of the Tiger. I have already ordered a bunch more of Wilbur's books to add to my stack of Cussler novels.
Zyankali vom Weihnachtsmann: Ein Fall für Nero Wolfe (German Edition)
Zyankali vom Weihnachtsmann: Ein Fall für Nero Wolfe (German Edition)
Alle neu aufgelegten Romane von Rex Stout habe ich bestellt und gelesen - wieder-gelesen nach ca. 30 Jahren oder mehr. Ich konnte nicht aufhören, habe alle Bücher über Nero Wolfe nochmals bestellt und gelesen, etliche mehrmals, stellte fest, dass die Faszination heute größer ist als damals beim ersten Lesen.
Köstliche Ablenkung von jeder Corona-Krise!!
Diesen Roman schätze ich besonders (von den neu aufgelegten und von den nur antiquarisch zu erhaltenden).
Herrlich, lustig, natürlich durch die emotionalen und redegewandten Duelle seitens Archie Goodwin und seinem Meister Nero Wolfe, herrlich kriminalistisch!
Ich empfehle alle Bücher, neu aufgelegt und auch antiquarisch. Auch Death of a doxy oder Too many clients, einfach gut.
HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Crest V-Neck Juniors Raglan
HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Crest V-Neck Juniors Raglan
I bought this shirt a long time ago and it quickly became my favorite shirt. After a couple years of wearing/washing this shirt weekly it finally started to fall apart. So I bought a replacement and I love it just as much.
I wear a size 38 DDD bra and I’ve got a bit of chub, so I bought a large as I did last time. Fits well and doesn’t hug my curves in unflattering ways but doesn’t make it look like I’m wearing a tent either. Design is part the fabric instead of those plastic feeling designs that are put on top of the fabric.
Despite being a Slytherin myself, my favorite part of the design is that the Ravenclaw symbol is actually an eagle!
Definitely my favorite Harry Potter shirt!
+35 colors/patterns
+35 colors/patterns
I’m 5’3 and a size 14-16 in pants, weighing 215lbs. Usually a 2x when wearing tops. I brought a size XL because that was the biggest size they had for the red wine colored skirt. The XXL was out of stock, but I desperately was in a rush for a holiday vaca. It was a bit tight on me, wanted to wear it like a two piece with a crop top but couldn’t because it didnt look flattering around the waist with the tightness going on. Overall the skirt looks nice and flowy. Not too long, not too short. Right above the knee, but over the thighs. Just the right length. Very nice quality. I thought I could get away with downing a size since I really needed the skirt, but I fooled myself and that’s my fault. In the end, I couldn’t wear it with a crop top. Although it does have some type of stretchy-ness to the waistband, it won’t be enough stretch for you to get away with downing a size. If you’re around my weight, you’re better off with a size XXL! Still great product though! Just wish my size wasn’t out of stock. :(

Update: I brought another skirt and this time in XXL and I love it! Worth the money! I would say this would fit up to size 18 in pants, but wouldn’t recommend anything above an 18 unless they have an XXXL. Hope this helps my plus size ladies! :)

This would definitely be a flattering look for girls of all sizes. Just putting in a review for the girls who think they want to size
down! Don’t!! Wait for your size girl! lol

- Just a girl tryna help out other girls! :D
Command Performance
Command Performance
For all those who have been repeatedly comparing this movie to Die Hard, why not try Under Siege with Steven Seagal? In the latter, we have a cook who outfought the baddies; here we have a drummer who does likewise. After all, Bruce Willis was an active policeman. Furthermore, Command Performance does NOT take place in the 80s nor does it feel like an 80s film. At the very beginning of CP we have a prologue referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the fact that all are not happy with the new "capitalist" orientation of the country (that point is only inferred). After an opening scene involving a shooting and suicide of a former high ranking "Soviet" official who is now one of the malcontents, the stage is set for our story. Fast forward a number of years to the present (whatever that is) and we find our hero DL a drummer in a rock band. It is scheduled to serve as a backup accompaniment to singer/dancer Venus. Upon her first encounter with DL, she is quite smitten. He is indifferent (which means that they will both fall passionately in love with each other and wind up in each others' arms by the end of the movie - predictable much?). As our story unfolds, the planned concert takes place in a Moscow Theatre Hall (the movie is actually filmed in Bulgaria) attended by President Petrov and his two daughters (no Putin here). Petrov is a liberal and "capitalist". Shortly after the concert begins (and it IS quite lively - the dancers and the rock group do rock; and so does Petrov's daughters from the vantage point of a private viewing suite). Meanwhile, sneaking into the Hall are the baddies after their leader posing as a chef dispatches two guards with a hunting knife. (Talk about a lack of security or entry checking!) As expected all hell breaks loose shortly afterwards and the body count immediately multiplies dramatically. No further details are necessary. The usual expected action follows as both sides attempt to gain the upper hand. Petrov and his daughters are taken hostage and gradually the reasons for all the hoopla are revealed. Meanwhile, reinforcements show up outside the Hall and a strong willed female major is in charge. She exudes confidence and makes us feel that good will prevail over evil even if everyone perishes in the process.

The action then plays out in general predictability with only the specifics that are relevant for this particular film emphasized. Except for a somewhat leathery face, DL still has his physique and mojo. He will not disappoint. Sylvester S. doesn't look as good. In the end, you get exactly what you expected and hoped (?) for. This was a "Command Performance" worth watching though those wishing not to attend don't have to take the title literally.
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.
Prime-Line N 7331 Drive-In Ball Catch w/Strike, 3/4 in. x 1-3/16 in., Diecast, Brass Plated
Prime-Line N 7331 Drive-In Ball Catch w/Strike, 3/4 in. x 1-3/16 in., Diecast, Brass Plated
Ordered these to replace several that were failing after several years. The original ones were installed by the interior door manufacturer and were okay but failed after a year or so due to what I think was a very strong spring in the ball assembly. The ball became pitted and gouged the strike plate very noticeably. They also made a loud click when opening/closing.
I can't remember seeing black anodized ones so I bought and installed these brass colored ones.
They are working much better with a more reasonable sound, none have failed so far and the ball has only lightly marked the strike plate.

My only caveat is the strike plate screw holes are not 40 millimeters apart like I remember the paperwork that came with them said and what the old strike plate was too. This strike plate was 42.5 mm apart which the difference was the width of the installing screw; therefore you could not just drill another hole.

That said, the outside dimension is the same and will install as a replacement, the screw will go in crooked.
BUT, the strike plate doesn't fail, it's the ball assembly in the door. That replaced easily by screwing in the collar a bit and then using a pair of pliers or vise grips to wiggle it out & then a mallet to tap the new one back in.
SO, if you're installing for the first time; this is a 5-Star product; if it's a replacement, just replace the ball assembly & toss the strike plate.

I'm including a picture of the old (black) plate and new one where I took a felt pen to mark on a piece of paper where the holes on each plate was.
Just Born Boys and Girls Newborn Infant Baby Toddler Nursery Toy Musical Baby Crib Mobile, High Seas Grey/Blue
Just Born Boys and Girls Newborn Infant Baby Toddler Nursery Toy Musical Baby Crib Mobile, High Seas Grey/Blue
This is typical of any tension spring operated musical device. But having a baby and a 12 year old makes this opportunity even better. I've convinced my 12 year old that the random slow creepy music plays when the music box get any vibration through it is actually a ghost trying to sooth the spirit on the baby because it knows the baby is going to die soon. 5 Stars for helping me troll my son.

Seriously though, I'm getting rid of that possessed music box and 3d printing a housing for a dd motor hooked up to an arduino to play music. This thing is cute but the constant random slow creepy nursery rhymes and kind of disturbing.
The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities
The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities
Book Review:
The Power of Collaborative Solutions by Tom Wolff
The book The Power of Collaborative Solutions proves once again that Tom Wolff is one of the preeminent voices in the country today, on building healthy communities through collaboration. As the Director of the Santa Barbara Pro-Youth Coalition (PYC), I witnessed Tom's unique ability to empower all segments of our community to identify and solve our seemingly most complex social and community issues through collaboration.
Tom's sincere, informed and humble manner and his vast hands-on experience with communities across the nation, at once inspired a close to unbelievable trust among the parents and youth that PYC sought to serve. Almost ten years later and some of these youth are parents themselves - they still ask about Mr. Wolff.
Anyone who is seriously seeking solutions to whatever community issues face them must read this book. Tom does not just identify problems - Tom offers practical, attainable solutions which are still vital to today's pressing community issues.
Babatunde Folayemi
Former Santa Barbara City Councilmen and
Director of the Santa Barbara Pro Youth Coalition
If I Built a Car
If I Built a Car
My 5 year old daughter was recently saying how cars should drive themselves or have kitchens, so I quickly ordered this book for her. She loves it.

Some of the faces could be more appealing, but overall I love the 1950's style artwork. The process of designing the car, starting with a careful study of past designs and related technologies, actually makes some sense.

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Edit: My daughter is 7 years old now, and since originally writing this review we have purchased the other two books in this series. My daughter told me last night that these three books are easily her most favorite books of all. I know I would have loved them when I was a kid, and as a person who does some mechanical design myself I am overjoyed that my daughter takes such an interest in these creative books. We have ordered a lot of highly-rated books from other authors, and in too many instances have been disappointed by them in one way or another. These "If I Built..." books are nearly flawless, and in my opinion probably the very best books ever written for kids 5 to 8 years old. They are very enjoyable even for an adult to look at and read, actually.
Gorilla Clear 100 Percent Silicone Sealant Caulk, Waterproof and Mold & Mildew Resistant, 10 Ounce Cartridge, Clear, (Pack of 1)
Gorilla Clear 100 Percent Silicone Sealant Caulk, Waterproof and Mold & Mildew Resistant, 10 Ounce Cartridge, Clear, (Pack of 1)
It worked really well for the showers that I had to seal. Previous caulks did not hold up because tenants either didn't wait the 3 days, or maybe their bathroom was just too humid. Either way, this is gonna be my go to for bathroom/kitchen sealing, because it really did repel water after just a few hours. A followup check confirmed that it held up well after a week, and didn't get washed away like other caulks before.

The only things you have to be wary of, is to use proptective gear. Even in well ventilated areas, wear a mask/air filter thing, wear goggles that cover all around the eyes, and gloves. It is very sticky and hard to wash off, which makes sense given how it repels water so well. The first time I applied this, I assumed it'd be like other caulks before, and I didn't use any goggles or masks. After about 3 minutes, it started to burn my nose, and 5 min later my eyes started to itch and water. This thing seriously needs protective gear, so don't be like me and have burned nose for 2 days afterwards.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Designed for iPhone 12 Case (2020) / Designed for iPhone 12 Pro Case (2020) - Matte Black
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Designed for iPhone 12 Case (2020) / Designed for iPhone 12 Pro Case (2020) - Matte Black
I had used Ultra Hybrids in the past and in comparison, the iPhone 12 model is very different. Most notable change were the button coverings. Previous Ultra Hybrids had the TPU material molded around the buttons allowing for a very responsive and tactile click that emulates the feeling you are clicking on the button itself. The button coverings on the iPhone 12 Ultra Hybrid instead goes over the buttons and creates a very flat and flushed look with the rest of the phone. They also added these unappealing button indicators on top of the buttons (+,-, and PWR) like their customers don’t know what their buttons already do and need to look at the side for guidance. The flatter buttons also created a more unnatural clicking feeling where it feels like like you’re pushing the side of the phone instead of clicking a button. Taking a screenshot just feels uncomfortable trying to push both sides of the phone while changing the volume with using my right hand had often resulted in accidentally hitting the power button instead of the side of the phone for support.

Another flaw with this case compared to my previous experience is it is missing a leg on the corner where the camera bump is that’s allows for flat table usage. The iPhone 12 Ultra Hybrid comes with three legs out of the box as an attempt to raise the phone to protect the camera but fails to slightly raise the camera side leaving the phone rocking when you use it flat on the table.

I have had good experiences with Spigen Ultra Hybrids in the past but this case is a step on the wrong direction. Even their iPhone 12 Quartz Hybrid (similar case but with a tempered glass back) has preserved the original tactile button cutouts. I am hoping for a refreshed version 2 reverting some of the major changes they’ve introduced into this years design.
Melitta CI Touch F630-101 Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchbehälter | Flüsterleises Mahlwerk | One Touch Funktion | 10 Kaffeevariationen | TFT-Farbdisplay | Silber
Melitta CI Touch F630-101 Kaffeevollautomat mit Milchbehälter | Flüsterleises Mahlwerk | One Touch Funktion | 10 Kaffeevariationen | TFT-Farbdisplay | Silber
Für ein Black-Friday-Schnäppchen finde ich das Gerät gut.
Zum regulären Preis hätte mir der Vollautomat 1-2 Negativpunkte zu viel.

Pro und Contra in Stichpunkten (o = Neutral)
+ Viele Kaffeesorten voreingestellt
+ Sauber aufgeräumte Bedieneinheit (Touchpanel mit den Kaffetassen)
+ Kaffee schmeckt klasse, wenn man seine Einstellung gefunden hat
+ Milchschaumgetränke mit einem Knopfdruck
+ gutes Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis
+ Brüheinheit kann unter Wasserhahn gereinigt werden
o One Touch Drehtaster funktioniert wie bei anderen Geräten (Autoradio, etc.)
o Wenn Kaffeebohne nicht reicht, wird das Angefangene verworfen (ist bei vielen Geräten so)
o Gerät will ständig etwas (wie ein Tamagotchi; ist wohl normal bei denen incl. Milchschaumkanne)
o Das Gerät ist auch nicht leiser wie unsere alte Jura C5 (macht nichts, aber dafür, dass damit geworben wird.. naja)
- Das Zwei-Kammer Bohnensystem macht wenig Sinn und ist viel zu klein
- Kaffee dauert länger bis er fertig ist, als bei anderen Geräten die ich kenne
- Software ist nicht immer intuitiv und zum Teil umständlich
- Kunststoffblende für Brüheinheit mit Rastnasen, statt Schließmechanik
- Metallgitter und Kunststoff ziemlich dünn
- Blende um den Startknopf ist eingedellt

Ich habe bisher Erfahrung mit der eigenen Jura Impressa C5, der alten Saeco Incanto, der Nivona 730 aus dem Betrieb und der Saeco Moltio vom Bekannten.
Unsere Jura ist in die Jahre gekommen und die nächste Wartung hätte sich nicht rentiert,
außerdem wollte meine Frau etwas ähnliches wie die Saeco Moltio vom Bekannten, mit der man mit einem Knopfdruck Latte Machiato herstellen kann.
Beim Black-Friday war die Melitta-C1-Touch im Angebot, deshalb haben wir uns für diese in Silber entschieden.

Als das Gerät angekommen ist habe ich mich erst einmal gefreut, dass sie schön stramm eingepackt ist, wodurch Transportschäden verhindert werden.
Beim Auspacken ist mir aufgefallen, dass die Blende um den Startknopf eingedellt ist; das ist aber sogar auf den Werbefotos zu sehen.
Scheinbar wird das Gerät beim Montieren plan auf die linke Seite gelegt, wodurch der Startknopf die Blende verbiegt.

Dafür dass das Gerät als silber verkauft wird finde ich sie ziemlich dunkel.
Ich überlege die Blende für die Brüheinheit mit Chrom-Folie zu überkleben, wenn wir die Melitta behalten.

Für den Erstbetrieb sind kleine Kaffeemengen für eher kleine Tassen eingestellt.
Mit einem kurzen Blick ins Handbuch habe ich alle Standardgetränke auf unsere Tassen eingestellt.
Wen's interessiert, meine Einstellung:
- Espresso: Kaffeemenge 70ml, Kaffee stark
- Caffe Creme: Kaffeemenge 190ml, Kaffee normal
- Cappuchino: Kaffeemenge 130ml, Milchmenge 120ml, Kaffee stark
- Latte: Kaffeemenge 120ml, Milchmenge 140ml, Kaffee stark

Leider hat das Gerät einige negative Besonderheiten, die die Freude über den guten Preis trüben.
Die Blenden, Gitter und Gehäuseteile machen eher einen dünnen Eindruck.
z.B. die Tropfschale kann man mit wenig Druck 5mm nach unten biegen.
Am übelsten finde ich, dass die Blende rechts nur eingeklippt wird.
Das Abbrechen der Rastnastnasen ist vorprogrammiert. (Jedes andere Gerät hat einen mechanischen Schließmechanismus für die Blende zum schieben, oder drehen).
Schließlich soll man wöchentlich diese Blende öffnen um die Brüheinheit abzuwaschen.

Das mechanische Zwei-Kammer-Bohnen-System ist viel zu klein und macht für uns wenig Sinn: Ich nehme gerne Getränke für dunkle Bohnen, meine Frau für helle Bohnen.
Durch den Vorlauf in der Mechanik muss man ein Getränk im voraus wissen, was als nächstes kommt. Wie soll das funktionieren? Auf dunkle Bohne eingestellt, Frau will helle Bohne, ich müsste erst mal einen Kaffe trinken, damit sie helle Bohne hat - hää??

Die Software finde ich auch zum Teil verbesserungswürdig. Manchmal kommt es mir vor, als wäre sie mehr mit sich selbst beschäftigt, als mit ihrem Job.
Sprich: Langer Ladebalken beim Hochfahren, Kaffee dauert länger als mit Jura und Nivona und der Latte dauert länger als mit Saeco Moltio.
Zu den Spezial-Kaffesorten (Lungo, etc) kommt man erst über drei Ebenen (ich habe deshalb die User 1-4 deaktiviert um eine Ebene zu sparen).
Besser wäre es, wenn die Spezial-Kaffesorten in der gleichen Ebene wie die User kommen würden.
Bei der Bestätigung mit dem Rotary-Switch reagiert der Taster oft recht schwer. Und im Menü funktioniert das Teil oft nur in eine Drehrichtung (definitv ein Bug).
=> Ich hoffe es kommt noch ein Firmware-Update für die Bugs und Langsamkeiten.

Feature Request für den Bohnenbehälter:
Wie wäre es mit einem 5-10cm Kunststoff-Rand als Ersatzteil, der zwischen Deckel und Bohnenbehälter gesteckt wird?! ("Aufstellbriedle" heißt das bei uns in der Region..)
Muss halt unten strammer sitzen als oben und auch den Trennsteg besitzen.

Wir werden uns die Sache noch bis kurz vor'm Ende der Rückgabe-Möglichkeit ansehen.
Wenn es uns mit dem Gerät zu bunt wird, wird es wohl doch eine Philips 5365 (Alternative zu Moltio), Siemens EQ.6 plus (definitiv leiser), oder Nivona 768.

Nachtrag nach sechs Wochen:
Wir haben kurz vor der Rückgabefrist die Melitta zurückgeschickt und eine Nivona 778 in weiß gekauft.
Die Negativpunkte haben uns bei der Melitta einfach zu sehr genervt.
Die Nivona ist chicker, schmaler, einfacher zu bedienen und macht einen wertigeren Eindruck.
Außerdem war die NICR778 im Angebot (da Auslaufmodel zur NICR779, welche etwas leiser ist) und hat mir final nur 30,- mehr gekostet als die Melitta beim Black Friday.

Meine persönliche Reihenfolge nach wochenlangen Tests:
Nivona 778 (minimal lauter, aber schicker) > Melitta C1 Touch > Siemens EQ6 300 plus (etwas leiser, aber Kaffe nicht so lecker) > Philips 5365 (fester Behälter, statt Schlauch)
TP-Link AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Smart Router Archer AX21, Works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device
TP-Link AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Smart Router Archer AX21, Works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device
Upgraded from a 4-year old Asus router due to a gradual increase in devices over the years - I have about 50 devices (including a dozen Chromecasts streaming Hulu Live TV among other things) and although the Asus did fairly well, I noticed some trouble when there was a lot of traffic, especially streaming. Memory and CPU would max out 100% of the time and streaming would be interrupted. I upgraded to this router for the additional processing horsepower, enhanced range, and future WiFi 6 (AX) support. I also considered the Asus equivalent as I have been a long time Asus user but I went with this one for the additional antennas, better processing/co-processing and overall reputation if TP-Link products. i would love to have both in hand to test but that's a little more buy/return effort than I wanted to do. I believe Asus also makes great products.

The router setup was extremely easy with the Tether app via bluetooth - the best I've seen in fact. I was up and running within minutes and had all my tweaking done in about an hour. Tweaking meaning setting up IPV6, custom DNS servers, etc. I have a single SSID for both 2.4 and 5.0 so that the clients can connect to whichever they find better. Right now it is about half and half. One note about the tether app - it will stay in bluetooth mode (meaning you have to be near the router) unless you enable remote management in the router settings. It is handy for managing the router without logging into the browser page, although I will say that not all options are available in the app and I found the browser setup to work very well.

So far the performance and range of the router has been excellent with the exception of one thing. I was experiencing difficulty connecting some of my apple products to the 2.4GHz radio. After an email to TP-Link tech support (which was replied to very quickly), they asked me to turn off AX support in the 2.4GHz radio. I turned it off for 2.4 (and 5.0 simply because there are no AX clients yet for either anyway) and it immediately fixed the problem but I still have trouble connecting on occasion to the 2.4GHz radio. It begs the question why you would have to turn off a feature but I'm trusting there will be a firmware fix down the road before I have any AX clients and to fix the iPhone connectivity issue. If not I would be inclined to come back here and downgrade the rating since a large part of the cost of this router is AX compatibility.

I have 115Mb/s internet service and I get that or very very close everywhere in my two story plus basement home. I'm sure it covers the yard too but I haven't tested it well since it is winter. Using a throughput app I get gigabit speeds near the router and 600-900 on other floors even in the far corners. So overall it should suit my needs as I am hoping 500Mb/s service or better will be available at some point for my area. All my smart devices (bulbs, plugs, thermostats, vacuum, cameras etc) work perfectly. This is one reason I went with a single router rather than a mesh system - I read reports of smart devices having difficulty with some of the mesh systems. I have not tried them however.

Overall I'm pleased with a little more testing to do before my return period is up. I hope they keep up with firmware updates and add some more features such as the ability to have a timed guest network (I used that all the time on my Asus router for parties, it would remove the guest network at a set time so I didn't have to remember to go back in and turn it off) and the ability to set up multiple guest networks (not as important for me). It's an expensive router but hopefully it will last me several years, and that they will enable the WiFi-6/AX features.

UPDATE: After a few weeks with the router, I'm having some more issues. iPhone products are disconnecting and the router is going offline and online about 2-3 times per day, which then disconnects many of my smart home products. Some of those products wouldn't reconnect (especially the cameras) without a full power cycle of the router. I've been working with tech support and I'm still hopeful to get a firmware fix to help. Otherwise, I'm going back to Asus as I have always found those to be extremely robust. Until I figure it all out, I'm downgrading this rating to 3 stars. If I have to return, I'll downgrade it again to 1.

UPDATE 2/11/19: Unfortunately I'm returning. As I said above, the router has a lot of potential but it's simply not ready for release. I don't know if it is bad hardware or bad firmware but the thing goes offline several times a day. Despite working with tech support (who is very responsive and they do try to help), I can't get this thing to stay online and be stable. I ordered an Asus RT-AX88U and so far it is outstanding. Performance is excellent and it hasn't gone offline or rebooted in a week. I should've never left Asus!
Kill Baby Kill [Blu-ray]
Kill Baby Kill [Blu-ray]
Okay, it's a stupid title for a movie, and it sounds like it belongs to a cheap slasher flick.

But fortunately Mario Bava's "Kill Baby Kill" is much better than its hokey title suggests, as one would expect from a giallo master. Instead of a slasher movie, it's a gothic horror movie with impalements, ghosts and magic. It has all the beauty -- and terror -- of a decayed fairy tale.

When a young woman leaps onto an iron fence, young Dr. Eswai (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) is called in to do an autopsy, with the help of beautiful Monica (Erica Blanc). He finds a coin in the girl's heart, and none of the townspeople will tell him -- because if they do, they will suffer a similar fate. Eswai doesn't buy all this superstition.

He's even more annoyed when local sorceress Ruth (Fabienne Dali) begins using her powers to protect a young girl from a childlike specter -- little dead aristocrat Melissa Graps. But as the bodies pile up, and Monica is plagued by bizarre nightmares, Eswai must accept Ruth's help to save Monica from the ghost, and an evil baroness.

This is more gothic horror rather than straightforward "giallo," but it has the cinematic touches that Bava was known for. Bava fills the run-down village sets with broken doors, coffins, and long fluttering canopies. It's gothically delicious. But he also adds dreamlike touches -- the village is full of mist, tombstones, and green, blue and red lighting. He packs this movie so full of visual opulance, it's like being locked inside a beautiful nightmare.

And he has a knack for the really spooky stuff too. A bouncing ball, childish giggling, and a little girl on a swing become really horrifying, not to mention all those impalements on everything from fences to, uh, candlesticks. Two particularly eerie scenes have Eswai chasing himself through endless rooms, and Monica running down an endless spiral stair.

The ghost story itself is quite simple, and the secret identities of two characters are quite obvious. But fortunately, this doesn't detract from the atmosphere. How could it? "Kill Baby Kill" is steeped in atmosphere from the first creepy scene, and rather than building in suspense, it runs steadily all the way to the end.

And the cast helps. Despite the emotionless dubbing, Rossi-Stuart and Blanc both do outstanding jobs, but the best performance of the movie belongs to Fabienne Dali, as a tragic sorceress who is trying to save the village from Melissa's revenge. The scene where she mourns her dead lover is exquisite.

"Kill Baby Kill" is a gorgeous, creepy ghost story, with good acting and stellar direction. Definitely a must-see for fans of atmospheric cult horror.
Fazer Skolekridt - School Chalk - Original - Finnish - Licorice - Salmiak - Salmiakki - Torpedoes - Dragees - Candies - Sweets - Bag - 180g
Fazer Skolekridt - School Chalk - Original - Finnish - Licorice - Salmiak - Salmiakki - Torpedoes - Dragees - Candies - Sweets - Bag - 180g
these are licorice sticks with a mild salmiak center and a white mint coating on the outside. i don't normally like mint, and i like my salmiak strong, but the two flavors work very well together so it turns out this is one of the very best salmiak i've ever had. also worth noting is that the seller are very kind and attentive to customer care, so they immediately replaced the one that the post office managed to lose (not the seller's fault). try it and see, if you're into salmiak you'll love it.
Redband- Gominola Duo (Frutas y Regaliz) 166g (12 unidades)
Redband- Gominola Duo (Frutas y Regaliz) 166g (12 unidades)
Yo conocia la marca Red Band en Alemania mas de 30 años y siempre ha sido en todos sus productos de buena calidad . Las Gominolas de gusto mesclado de Frutas y regaliz es unico y muy bueno . Si buscan algo diferente para mi siempre ha sido y es muy recomendable . Son casi 2KG :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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