Salvador Reed

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Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js
Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js
Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js by Adam Shackelford. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Data Modeling: A Beginner's Guide
Data Modeling: A Beginner's Guide
Data Modeling: A Beginner's Guide by Andy Oppel. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon
Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon
Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon by Joseph W. Ruder. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Weit wie das Meer: Roman (German Edition)
Weit wie das Meer: Roman (German Edition)
Weit wie das Meer: Roman (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Bettina Runge. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 60 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Theodore Boone: The Accomplice
Theodore Boone: The Accomplice
Theodore Boone: The Accomplice by John Grisham. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 581 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Sycamore Row (Korean Edition)
Sycamore Row (Korean Edition)
Sycamore Row (Korean Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Fox
The Fox
The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 1125 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Darkness the Color of Snow: A Novel
Darkness the Color of Snow: A Novel
Darkness the Color of Snow: A Novel by Thomas Cobb. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 45 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
La Confession (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
La Confession (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
La Confession (Best-sellers) (French Edition) by John GRISHAM and Johan-Frédérik HEL GUEDJ. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
L'Institut
L'Institut
L'Institut by Stephen King, Benjamin Jungers, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 128 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Todesmarsch: Roman (German Edition)
Todesmarsch: Roman (German Edition)
Todesmarsch: Roman (German Edition) by Stephen King and Nora Jensen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 133 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Gilchrist: A Novel
Gilchrist: A Novel
Gilchrist: A Novel by Christian Galacar and Kevin Clay. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 760 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
WILD WEST Boxed Set: 150+ Western Classics in One Volume: Cowboy Adventures, Yukon & Oregon Trail Tales, Famous Outlaw Classics, Gold Rush Adventures ... The Last of the Mohicans, Rimrock Trail…)
WILD WEST Boxed Set: 150+ Western Classics in One Volume: Cowboy Adventures, Yukon & Oregon Trail Tales, Famous Outlaw Classics, Gold Rush Adventures ... The Last of the Mohicans, Rimrock Trail…)
WILD WEST Boxed Set: 150+ Western Classics in One Volume: Cowboy Adventures, Yukon & Oregon Trail Tales, Famous Outlaw Classics, Gold Rush Adventures ... The Last of the Mohicans, Rimrock Trail…) by Zane Grey , Max Brand, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Parallel Programming Cookbook
Python Parallel Programming Cookbook
Python Parallel Programming Cookbook by Giancarlo Zaccone. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python 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.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 92 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Objective-C Memory Management Essentials
Objective-C Memory Management Essentials
Objective-C Memory Management Essentials by Gibson Tang. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C 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.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
I really wanted to like this book.

I'd read Zuboff's Age of the Smart Machine eons ago and became a bit of a fan of her thinking. Hence why when 'Surveillance' came out, I'd wanted it to be something akin to Harari's Sapiens/Homo Deus or even Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow. Alas, I was left a bit wanting by the time I turned its last page.

Getting to the last page is no small feat. This is a beast of a book (I purchased the print version, as I wanted to earmark and highlight passages - without being surveilled!). And yet, while the work is exhaustively researched and footnoted, one is left exhausted in the end.

Yes, important perspectives for our age are raised here, and Zuboff does sound the alarm on the firms creating new value on the digital surplus they create. But it feels like the thesis could have been advanced with half the pages and twice the speed.

Worse, despite its length, there appear to be big idea chunks missing. The role of the courts and the regulator in grasping and remedying excesses - perhaps defining a new regulatory framework for use of digital crumbs we leave - is not fully canvassed. There is lengthy discussion of Senate deliberations in the 1970's around the MK Ultra, depatterning and mind control. Yet there is nothing on what would seem more appropriate - Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress in April 2018. There was a lot of grist for the Zuboff mill here, yet we read nothing. Perhaps the testimony came out after the tome went to press? Doesn't seem so - there is a cite to a piece in the Intercept on April 13, 2018, three days after Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress. That testimony seemed rather on point to Zuboff's work, yet no word (unless I missed it, entirely possible!) commentary from Zuboff. Contractual obligations to get to press? Don't know, but were it the case, this most important event seems warranted to hold things off a week or two.

What follows may be a nit, but given the deep care paid to detail, and the deep implication of the representation, it stands out. On page 514, Zuboff writes:

"[Zuckerberg] envisions a totalizing instrumentarian order - he calls it the new global "church" - that will connect the world's people to "something greater than ourselves".

Great quote, and rather powerful scary stuff, but the problem is the Zuck said no such thing. The cite references Zuckerberg's "Building Global Community" post from February 2017. Unless that quote changed, what it currently states is this:

"Building a global community that works for everyone starts with the millions of smaller communities and intimate social structures we turn to for our personal, emotional and spiritual needs. Whether they're churches, sports teams, unions or other local groups, they all share important roles as social infrastructure for our communities."

Zuckerberg doesn't hold Facebook out as a church, any more than he does holding it out as the Boston Bruins, Teamsters or a knitting club. And unless my CTRL-F fails me, that's the only reference to "church" there is. I'm not here to defend Zuckerberg, but this is certainly a miss on Zuboff in my books (particularly given the attention to detail otherwise shown).

On the whole the issues raised are important. I'd recommend the book to anyone wanting to gain an understanding of a framework for the issues here. I'd certainly recommend it (or a fair summary of it) to lawyers, regulators, legislators and jurists who will run into these issues a la GDPR.

But as to Zuboff's central thesis, that there is an unprecedented paradigm here that will change humanity forever, and how our democratic institutions and rule of law will fail to curb excesses of new business models and technological shifts, I'm unconvinced. Were our legislators equipped with the insight and talent to monitor, assess and rightly adjust use of our 'digital surplus', I'm sure we can get there. At the end of the day, it's about curbing excesses of those who seek to profit from others, and defining rules.

That's not unprecedented - that's a human story old as time.
Becoming Facebook: The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That's Disrupting the World
Becoming Facebook: The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That's Disrupting the World
A decade ago if I wanted to tell people about a good book I’d read, I’d write a review on Amazon and post a link to it on some forums I’m active on. Today, it never really occurred to post a review of Mike Hoefflinger terrific new book Becoming Facebook on Amazon. Sure I’ll eventually get around to posting this on Amazon but it’s pretty low priority. This says volumes about the importance of Facebook today, and also why this is an important book for people to read.

Mike is uniquely qualified to write this book. Bruce Schechter and I first meet Mike back in early 94, when he was talent computer chip designer at Intel. We were forming Intel’s first online marketing and Mike was already a web/internet fanatic. He taught us how the net worked, he made us read SnowCrash. and soon we spread out across Intel preaching the gospel. THE INTERNET CHANGES EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO START WORKING ON THE INTERNET NOW!!!!!. Now, mind you this is one year before Amazon shipped its first book or any internet company you’ve ever heard of existed. The next year, Intel’s legendary CEO Andy Grove got the internet religion and our jobs got much easier. Shortly afterward Andy, picked Mike as his technical assistant because he knew more about the net than anybody in the company. In Jan 2009 joined Facebook as VP of global marketing working for COO Sheryl Sandberg, and closely with Mark Zuckerberg. As an engineer turned marketing exec, Mike is able to explain both how Facebook works as a platform and as a business. He is also a mighty fine writer and a good storyteller.
If you are doing business, you almost certainly should be advertising or at least experimenting with Facebook ads. Mike explains how advertising in Facebook works in a way which should help you make your FBs ads more effective. This is also a great book for entrepreneurs. Managing a hypergrowth environment, in the world most dynamic industry is embedded in Facebooks DNA. Each chapter leads off with a lesson, Facebook’s solution, and a question the entrepreneur should be asking. Finally, you should read this book if you want to get a behind the scene look at this thing that a billion of us spend an hour a day using, and get a glimpse of its future.

The book is divided into four parts. Setting the Scene, 10 challenges on the road to becoming Facebook, the Future, and Parting thoughts.

The heart of the book is the 10 challenges/chapters. Some like how Mark Zuckerberg turned down a billion offer from Yahoo when Facebook was an also-ran, are a perfect example of why we aren’t billionaires and Mark is. Others, like how Facebook grows are applicable to any business. Does everyone in the organization understand your mission, what your core product values are, and how you measure success?
Some of the most interesting chapters to me were the technology for making the Facebook application so fast in multiple dimensions. From the software and hardware behind making sure the Beyonce’s life stream isn’t lagging for millions, to making sure that my friends get to see popular pictures of my huge furry cats with no waiting. The process beyond continually enhanced the Facebook experience was also fascinating.
The biggest ah-ha moment for me in the book was understanding how Facebook advertising works. From the beginning, advertising has always been in conflict with the consumer. It doesn’t matter if its the annoying inserts in the Sunday paper, or the 10 minutes of ads in the last 5 minutes of the football games, pop-ups on the web, or the 15-second ads before a YouTube video. By having a keen understanding of what it is users like and dislike, Facebook is able to insert ads into a user's newsfeeds, that are at worse benign and in some cases actually perceived as valuable to the user. For example, I’m going be getting a new cell phone in a month or so, I expect FB to give me a lot of ads for cell phones, which is just fine. This turns out to be a win-win for consumers and advertisers. Those people who are concerned about the information tech companies have about you won’t be comforted by the chapters.

However, they may be comforted by the Facebook mission to connect all the people of the world and the obvious dedication and passion Zuckerburg has to make it happen. It is really remarkable the amount of money and management attention FB has devoted to trying to connect the poor of the world in India, Africa, and Asia. At some point the world’s poorest maybe profitable for FB, but that is likely to be decades away. It is a remarkable long-term vision, akin to Elon Musk’s goal of making humans a multi-planet species.

Interspersed throughout the chapters, Mike talks about the people behind of Facebook. This is the one area where I think the book fell short. Mike does an excellent job demonstrating that in no way is Mark Zuckerberg an accidental billionaire, as others have called him. Instead, he possesses a maturity well beyond his years, a rare insight into both people and products, and the courage of his convictions. But perhaps because Zuckerburg lacks the large than life personality of somebody like Steve Jobs (aka being a huge jerk), I didn’t really get a feel for what Zuckerberg is like. As for the rest of the Facebook staff, I appreciate that company is filled with a ton of certified (e.g. Ph.D.) smart folks who work really hard, but they ended up being interchangeable to me.

My favorite chapter was about the future. The Facebook of ten years from now, much less twenty years will be a radically different experience. The combination of Virtual Reality and augmented reality, along with artificial intelligence all combined with Facebook deep knowledge of our preferences, will not only pamper us when want to be but constantly challenge us to move outside of our bubble and experience different viewpoints and different experiences. I can hardly wait.

The penultimate chapter is something that would only happen in a book written by Silicon Valley insider in a place that celebrates failures. It is a laundry list of all the things Facebook has tried to do and failed miserably at. I loved it. Embracing failure is the most important piece of Silicon Valley DNA that rest of the world needs.

Becoming Facebook isn't a beach read, but it is a book that after you finish, you'll find yourself saying "wow I never knew that".
Playboy Princes: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 2)
Playboy Princes: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 2)
I was really looking forward to this book. I pre-ordered stayed up untill midnight to start it and the first chapter I was already pissed off. Rafe and Violet finally got to let lose on some of the sexual tension and it was all but ruined by Jordan randomly barging in and giving violet a kiss? I wouldn’t be mad at the MFM this book has taken if more of it was shown in the first book. The only flirty scene they had in the first book was Violet FAKE flirty with him to get Rafe’s attention. Now there’s this random love triangle that makes no sense? I can’t see Rafe sharing violet he was a mega alpha male in the first book and on top of that is the future leader of the most powerful kingdom.

I was so invested in Vi and Rafes relationship I wanted to see it develop and blossom into something more. It just didn’t. she didn’t want to cheat on cliche Alex in the first book now she’s banging 2 best friends and has zero qualms about it? I had to put the book down several times and eye roll between the scenes with Jordan and Vi. I can’t believe so many other readers are giving this 5 stars and don’t mind the triangle that makes no sense. I love a lot of books by these authors too, I wish I knew why they took this route? Not every one loves RH or ménage I wanted one good series that wasn’t like that, they get old!! And a disclaimer on the first book would have been nice.

That being said, I love Mattie and Vi the later was a little moody in this book but she had a lot going on. I would have much rather had some Sexy scenes with them then Jordan (just saying) even though I’m really upset about the love triangle I will read the last book but I will not be preordering it. There’s a lot more I could say but I’m going to leave it at that!
The Prince
The Prince
Great book. If you didn't read it, you will have to do it right away. The purpose of the book is simple - to provoke you think differently And it is written In a magnificent way
Bob Marley Junior's Legends Racer Back Tank Top Shirt
Bob Marley Junior's Legends Racer Back Tank Top Shirt
The screen printing on this tank is really nice, and the image is cool, which is why I was so disappointed with the fit. It's relatively true to size in terms of width, but the neckline is much lower than the photo makes it appear. I'm a pretty chesty girl (currently a 34DDD) and even with all that extra surface area to cover, I can't wear this shirt with a normal bra because the neckline dips down to about halfway over my boobs showing my bra. Sometimes I wear it as a workout shirt over a sports bra. Even with low-cut sports bras, the top line of the bra still rises about an inch higher than the neck/chest line of the shirt. I mostly use it as a sleep shirt which is a bummer - it could have been such a cool tank.
GIANDEL 4000W Heavy Duty Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC12V to AC120V with 4 AC Outlets with Remote Control 2.4A USB and LED Display
GIANDEL 4000W Heavy Duty Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter DC12V to AC120V with 4 AC Outlets with Remote Control 2.4A USB and LED Display
Unit Purchased= 4000 watt. Usage for RV/ 5th wheel travel power.
Received thru Amazon two days after purchase in good shape but missing remote
Received missing remote three days after customer support contacted me.

Pros:
Works as rated. My plans are to use it for my 5th wheel travel power. I got the unit and tested it to see if it would handle the load before installing in my 5th wheel. I put it on four 300amp AGM lifetime batteries using two strands of 4/0 wire for both pos/neg(the four 8 gauge wires provided were too short and did heat up on heavy usage).. Tested with two 1500 watt heaters for 3200 watt load and worked great for about two hours before it took the batteries down to half load and below 10 volts so auto shut off. Recharged batteries and then did second test by adding one more 1500 watt heater (3x) and still work. Went into overload of 6200 watts on startup and then down to 4200 watts and still worked great until the batteries were discharged below 10 volts then auto shut off.
The unit does suck power, but provides the power needed. I then tested it on an RV refrigerator and a microwave. No unusual sounds or issues and provided the needed power. I have not tested the pure sine wave power yet but using it on motors and heaters has not been an issue.
The unit is good sized (generally=length about the size of average mans chest and half the width so it is rather big, but can easily be installed inside a 5th wheel front storage compartment.
The remote switch works great.
Con which turned into a pro: My unit originally came with NO REMOTE. The company actually contacted me thru Amazon e-mail and asked if I got the unit and how it was working. I advised Elsa (Customer Support) that I got NO REMOTE and she sent me one three days later. Excellent customer support. Unit works as advertised and excellent customer support.

Update - (02/10/2019) - I have not installed it in my RV yet but as an electrician, I tested it for pure sine wave power and it meets specs. I've had no issues for powering my computers and sensitive electronic components. However, this unit will pull over 600amps (12 volt) on full power usage so I would highly recommend users greatly upgraded their wiring and also use multiple stands of heavy gauge wire. I elected to use 4/0 wire and used three strands as I had extra wire left over from another solar project (two strands 4/0 works fine too). The larger the wire, the better and the more strands, the better. This unit will pull lots of amps.
Fashioncraft Paris With Love Collection Eiffel Tower Wine Bottle Stopper Favors, One Size, Gray
Fashioncraft Paris With Love Collection Eiffel Tower Wine Bottle Stopper Favors, One Size, Gray
We bought this as a christmas gift for a relative. The piece is very beautiful, i and the receiving end sure liked it a lot. It is very stable on the metal kork, it is as displayed in the picture, although, may i say, i think it actually looks nicer in real. What we appreciated the most, was that it came in a cute little gift box with bow tie without even requesting gift wrapping. would buy it again any time for and definitely recommend it!
THOR: THE DARK WORLD [Blu-ray]
THOR: THE DARK WORLD [Blu-ray]
Thor The Dark World soars endlessly in Asgardian light instead of Elvish darkness. Continuing on from the events of 'The Avengers' and acting as a sequel to 'Thor', which is incredibly underrated and overlooked, The Dark World shrouds itself in ancient magic and elusive mysticism. Expertly crafted world building, only to present a contrived, arduous and over-extensive story that struggled to find any footing. Thor's electrifying mighty hammer "meow meow" was not enough to appease a sub-standard plot conforming to the typical "save the world" formula and absent of any character development. Fans of the MCU typically forget about this sequel, and it's not difficult to see why. Jane, in an endless search to find Thor again, coincidentally enters a realm which contains the Aether, a primordial entity withholding dark matter. She inadvertently consumes it, the Dark Elves want it back and Thor must save the Nine Realms again.

Visually, the world of Asgard looked stunning. Clean beautiful shots of towering architecture, fully embracing its fantastical green screens which were hardly noticeable. In fact, the majority of the visual effects were excellently produced (aside from Marvel's eternal weakness, human CGI), particularly the designs of the Dark Elves spaceships as they recklessly invade Asgard. The returning cast all gave consistently good performances. Hemsworth, Portman and Hiddleston retain the original likability that we've all come to adore. Although Russo, Hopkins and Ecclestone were questionably underused. Costumes were fitting, production design detailed and a plethora of other technical aspects being fully functional. That's not The Dark World's problem.

The inherent issue is with the unmemorable story that lacks any evolution for the characters involved. Thor remains the same from the start to the end. Loki is still mischievous without emanating any emotional conflict of vengeance. And Jane, unfortunately, subsides into a convenient plot device just so Thor has a reason to come back to Earth. The relationship between the two never progresses, and feels more forced than ever. And over half of the film is set on Asgard with the narrative progression becoming stagnant. Nothing happens.

Then we come to the antagonist, Malekith. The accursed. Ruler of the Dark Elves, and one of the most powerful. Shame that he was completely wasted in this formulaic story. Seriously, the most underdeveloped pointless waste of a Marvel villain in the entire MCU. Ecclestone, a talented character actor, was pushed aside for Dennings' insufferably unfunny remarks, in an attempt to inject some humour that the original was apparently absent of. It just further cements the unmemorable qualities that The Dark World upholds.

Whilst not necessarily a bad film, I mean it is watchable to an extent, it fails to live up to the quality of previous entries (minus 'Iron Man 2' and 'The Incredible Hulk'...). Leaving the film rotting in the dusty realm of Svartalfheim.
Tescoma Delicia Pizza Cutter
Tescoma Delicia Pizza Cutter
Prodotto semplice che taglia ottimamente ogni singolo sformato (pizza, farinata, frittate, etc.) senza provocare lesioni al contenitore in metallo, specialmente se stagnato come le teglie in rame. Inoltre si evita di ferirsi come può capitare con le comuni rotelle in acciaio. Il lavaggio è semplice ed efficace.
Maruchan Instant Lunch Cheddar Cheese, 2.25 Oz, Pack of 12
Maruchan Instant Lunch Cheddar Cheese, 2.25 Oz, Pack of 12
I’m always a bit sorry when I have to give a product a four star review or less. I consider myself a very fair reviewer and a honest one. Since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed Marucan cup of soup, they call it instant lunch, as well as a different brand. I have them in the house all the time and enjoy them when I’m lazy or alone. I have Parkinson’s disease and I’m very limited in what I can prepare for food. I do have an aide who does prepare some nice dinners when she is here four days a week for four hours a day. I could have her more often but I enjoy my alone time more. When I ordered these here at Amazon it was mainly for convenience. The aide who does the cooking also does my shopping and I try to make it easier for her. The twelve pack of the Maruchan arrived quickly and immediately the shipping box was broken down and the twelve individual cups were placed where I would be able to reach them easily. To be honest I almost forgot them and only remembered them on a day my aide called in due to a blustery and snowy day. Going through the cabinets to see what I should eat and came across these. I usually have two of the soups if I don’t have anything to go with them and one if there will be something. There’s nothing better than a bowl of soup accompanied by a grilled cheese sandwich. I had the soup, I had the white bread, I had butter and of course I had cheese. I put the kettle on to boil some water while I prepared the sandwich. The sandwich looked great and I left it on the grill to keep warm while I prepared the soup. The minute I pulled the foil back on the soup I didn’t recognize it. There was something definitely wrong. The noodles actually looked so bleached out it reminded me of dry straw. I figured it was a bad cup and prepared a second cup only to find this cup looked exactly like the first one. I went ahead and finished preparing the soup. I remember when the boiled water was poured over the noodles your nose was filled with the smell of chicken soup. Not this time. I resealed the cup and covered it with a small plate to let it brew. About three or more minutes I unsealed the soup expecting a big cup of noodles and that fragrance of the chicken with the little green peas and corn. What I was presented with was a cup of hot water, noodles which hadn’t expanded and a almost clear soup. Even after a couple of minutes trying to get the noodles loose so they could expand and blend them into the soup the noodles remained hard and brittle and maybe one pea and a couple of corn pieces floated to the top. This cup of soup ended up in the disposal. The second cup I prepared was somewhat better but not as good as I remember it being. To be absolutely sure that it was just not a couple of bad cups I tried to prepare a couple of more and ended up with the same results. I knew I could of sent them back to Amazon but because of the price and the trouble repacking I through them in the trash. I’m only guessing here but maybe it’s because Amazon carries such large amounts of the same product, the dated merchandise may have made it through the shipping process. The very next time my aide went shopping, I had her pick up a couple of individual cups of the same Chicken Flavor. After preparing them they were delicious.
Once again, I hate writing bad reviews but I really didn’t want others to have the same problems.
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!
This book is not really an adaptation of "Oh, the places you'll go". Instead, it is a collection of references to various Dr. Seuss books. If you are a Dr. Seuss fan and plan on introducing your little one to all of those beloved books, you will probably love this book. But for me, it was devoid of meaningful content. It is not an actual story.

I bought it because I was looking for something to read to my baby before she is born, and this book is made for that. But I wish I'd seen previews first. I suppose it is not very aptly named. I am returning it and will read "Oh Baby Go Baby" to my little one instead, as that is just a simplified version of the original (with fun tactile aspects for when baby gets older).
Twilight Eyes
Twilight Eyes
I have become very disenchanted with Dean Koontz over the last few years; his recent work, in my opinion, leaves a great deal to be desired, and is overly preachy to boot. I look back on his earlier work with rather more affection, especially Twilight Eyes. This is one of those rare books I can go back and reread every few years, and still enjoy it nearly as much as I did the first time I read it. It stands out from most of Koontz' work, mainly because here he eschews most of the trademarks he brings to almost everything he writes. Most of Koontz' books A) are set in California, B) have protagonists in their thirties, C) have a dog (especially a Golden Retriever, which Koontz seems to think is the noblest being in the animal kingdom), D) have a psychopathic human villain whose point of view is elaborately depicted, with extensive justification for his atrocious acts. Here the hero and heroine are just a couple of years either side of twenty, rather than Koontz' usual thirtysomethings, and the story takes place on the east coast (mostly Pennsylvania coal mining country). In fact, not only does the action take place elsewhere than Koontz' preferred southern California setting, he even set it in the past: the early sixties -- probably owing to the impossibility of having a freak show in this carnival if it had been set in the eighties when the book was written, and such attractions were no longer considered socially acceptable. A couple of his trademarks that he does bring in here are the "heroine with the traumatic childhood," and "patient and understanding hero who helps the heroine overcome her traumatic childhood." Still, these trademarks are a bit less heavy handed than in some of his other books, and he's not remotely as preachy here as he got to be later in his career.

The story itself is an interesting one, where the teenaged hero can sense the presence of beings he calls "goblins" who can perfectly masquerade as ordinary human beings, but who are filled with hatred and loathing of humankind, and derive their sole pleasure from the anguish and suffering they inflict on the ordinary humans around them. The main character runs away to join a traveling carnival after he kills one of them in his home town, forever cutting himself off from "straight" society, and forcing him to make a life for himself among the carnies. This ultimately proves of great use to him in his crusade against the goblin-kind. The carnival setting also does much to set this book apart from Koontz' more usual fare, and makes it interesting in its own right as well. The explanation for the existence of the goblins turns out to be scientific rather than supernatural, and even though it is very farfetched, one can still suspend disbelief easily and enjoy the story. All in all, it's one of Koontz' more unusual and entertaining stories, and I recommend it.
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
Who was J.R.R. Tolkien? This question has been posed by many over the years, which may explain the plethora of books and articles written about him (especially in light of the Lord of the Rings movies some ten years ago).

In 2010, I read Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings. I've posted my review of that elsewhere on this site. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography is of equal quality to that later work, though the primary focus here is on the creator of Middle Earth.

The following are among the "new" insights I found in this work:
1. Edith Tolkien, though a friend of Joy Davidman, felt jealousy over her husband's devotion to C.S. Lewis (perhaps in part because "Jack" was socially awkward in her presence).
2. Though a perfectionist, J.R.R. Tolkien often experienced difficulty in focusing on a given task (which lead to frequent publication delays).
3. Tolkien disliked the adaptation of the Catholic Mass into the vernacular from Latin.
4. Tolkien's mother knew Latin, French, and German, and he related most closely with her side of the family. He and his brother were homeschooled by their mom at a young age, and Tolkien could even read by the age of four.
5. Tolkien lost both parents before he was a teenager; a local priest, Father Francis Morgan, proved indispensable in filling a great gap in both Tolkien boys' lives.
6. He treasured his friendships with other males from school days, time in the army, and career as an academic.
7. J.R.R. Tolkien did not own a car after World War II. Thus, he had to arrange taxis for himself and his wife.
8. He was grieved by the "different breed of men, less discursive, less sociable in the old way, and certainly less Christian" (239) who replaced his generation of scholars at Oxford.
9. Tolkien's great works all developed in a different manner. The Simarillion was the first major story he began, but also the one he never completed. The Hobbit took the shortest amount of time to complete. The Lord of the Rings series suffered from endless starts and stops until he settled on its contents and publisher.

This book contains simply some of the finest narrative storytelling one can find anywhere. Of particular interest is the section on "Tolkien's typical day" that parallels the "imaginary" Inklings meeting in The Inklings. There is also an insightful account of how C.S. Lewis came to faith in Christ through his friendship with Tolkien.
Piccole donne e Piccole donne crescono (Italian Edition)
Piccole donne e Piccole donne crescono (Italian Edition)
Sono un uomo e spero che le signore mi permettano di valutare questo romanzo.
Il libro è veramente coinvolgente, ti fa innamorare delle 4 sorelle March, e da come sono descritte sembra che stiano
accanto a te, non ti annoia mai.
Il romanzo trasmette una dolcezza straordinaria ed insegna i valori della vita (in primo luogo l'amore per la famiglia) che in quest'epoca sembrano completamente dimenticati.
La mia preferita è Beth, veramente molto femminile e così sensibile ed anche altruista.
Forse, noi uomini certe le cose le capiamo più tardi rispetto alle donne...
Thessalonica (Baen Fantasy)
Thessalonica (Baen Fantasy)
I really enjoyed this book most among Harry Turtledove's books, next to "Guns Of the South". Unlike some of his later strictly alternate history works, "Thessalonica seems" to have more richness in character detail, from the musing 'everyman' protagonist George to the Shakespearian-speaking, almost humorously archaic mythical Greek immortals.

Set in a period and place not usually covered by fantasy or alt-history writers, George, his friend Father Luke and the other citizens in their ancient hometown struggle for faith and direction in a Roman Empire still intact, deal with the waning power and influence of the indigenous pagan immortal creatures and confront the downright nasty demonic conjuring unleashed by Slavic invaders. I would have liked to see more detail of the Roman Empire alt-history timeline and point-of-departure events, but that wasn't the emphasis of this plot.

I would recommend the book to almost any sci-fi/fantasy reader. Despite the blatantly adult descriptions of certain situations, this story could be a great CG movie. It was also nice to see a plot involving spiritual power where Christians weren't portrayed as weak or indifferent to impending evil.
Classic Christmas Favorites (Repackage/DVD)
Classic Christmas Favorites (Repackage/DVD)
Some people on here wrote some very upsetting reviews. I ordered anyways. I don't know what the problem is. I got all the movies that were described here and some. No errors with the discs another person said. As for the Grinch this is the original Grinch, it's the same as the deluxe version you can buy on here. The original Grinch was 30 minutes long. Same with year without a Santa Claus, it is also the same Deluxe version you can also buy.

These aren't the official classics but a few on here are classics. I'd recommend purchasing the other holiday classics sets.

This set has;

Grinch (Deluxe)(original Dr Suess classic)
Leprechauns Christmas Gold
Pinocchio's Christmas
The Stingiest Man In Town
The Year Without A Santa Claus(Deluxe)(original Rankin/bass classic)
Rudolph's Shiny New Year(the original Rankin/bass classic)
Nestor, The Long Eared Christmas Donkey
Frostys Winter Wonderland.
Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Frostys Christmas In July (not listed on the box anywhere but Included.)

The Other Set;

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (original Rankin/bass classic)
Cricket on the Hearth
Frosty the Snowman (original Rankin/bass classic)
Frosty Returns (original Rankin/bass classic)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (original Rankin/bass classic)
Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol
The Little Drummer Boy

Hope I've cleared up some confusion. Have Fun. I have both for my Christmas collection.
Classico Tynub Micro USB to 8 Pin Charger Converters Compatible for iPhone X 5 5S Se 5C 6 6S 7 8 Plus iPad iPod (Pack of 4)
Classico Tynub Micro USB to 8 Pin Charger Converters Compatible for iPhone X 5 5S Se 5C 6 6S 7 8 Plus iPad iPod (Pack of 4)
I bought the adaptors so that I could use my micro USB cables to charge my iPhones (5s, 6, 6s).

I found that the adaptors develop a shake and stop working. This behavior is consistent.1 piece stopped working on the 2nd day of using it. All of them stopped working in under a year's time.

The problem is the same when using different cables and phones proving that the issue is with the adaptors. Once the shake develops, the phone charges only if you hold the adaptor and the cable attached to it at certain angles.

The product is cheap and it's quality and durability reflects the price.

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