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Coding HTML CSS JAVA Made Easy
Coding HTML CSS JAVA Made Easy
Coding HTML CSS JAVA Made Easy by Adam Crute and Frederic Johnson. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
HTML, JavaScript, PHP и MySQL: Джентльменский набор Web-мастера. 4-е изд. (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition) by Николай Прохоренок and Владимир Дронов. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Z kazdym oddechem (Polish Edition)
Z kazdym oddechem (Polish Edition)
Z kazdym oddechem (Polish Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
R For Dummies
R For Dummies
R For Dummies by Andrie de Vries and Joris Meys. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 94 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Test-Driven iOS Development with Swift
Test-Driven iOS Development with Swift
Test-Driven iOS Development with Swift by Dr. Dominik Hauser. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Elon Musk: Productivity, Vision, Innovation
Elon Musk: Productivity, Vision, Innovation
Elon Musk: Productivity, Vision, Innovation by Peter Jordan. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Top 10 Visionaries that Changed the World: 500 Life and Business Lessons
Top 10 Visionaries that Changed the World: 500 Life and Business Lessons
If you are and entrepreneur, an innovator, a creative or just someone looking to make your mark, you may be asking yourself ‘how?’. George Ilian is back with another exceptional book to provide you with inspiration and steer you in the right direction. This collection of 500 life lessons is unlike any other book I’ve read. It isn't a list of quotes or simply anecdotes from each of the ten peoples’ careers. What Ilian does is incredible. For each person he focuses on, he provides a timeline that encompasses both personal and business growth for each visionary. As he describes an event in one of their lives, he culls out a lesson for us to learn from it. For instance, Steve Jobs wanted to build Apple as an appealing brand. What steps did he take to get there? What hiccups along the way did he retroactively learn from? And further, what can we as readers take away from it? Amazing. Each visionary’s tale is different, as they all have lived extremely different lives. The one thing they share is they’ve all accomplished something extraordinary. The structure of each visionary’s section varies and the effect is stunning. With each person’s ups and downs, we can gain so much from how they got there or what they achieved (whether it be a goal or a lesson learned) Ilian strings together the similarities and contrasts the differences. This book will help you see opportunity, take control, innovate and find success in your own career. Awesome, inspiring and educational read.
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of a Billionaire Talk Show Host (African-American Icons)
Oprah Winfrey: A Biography of a Billionaire Talk Show Host (African-American Icons)
This book is a nice, easy read that provides an interesting overview of the life of Oprah Winfrey. Readers who want a detailed account of her life would need to follow this up with another book, as I will. This title signposts key events in her life as well as her philosophies. It could probably do with a reduction in adulation in the opening section.
La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong
La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong
This is a cynical 90's transfer to CD of some of the poorest live recordings you'll ever hear. For all but two of the tracks Louis sounds like he's singing through a sock in an aerodrome full of vacuum cleaners. What's more, the worst of the tracks is the eponymous one. Don't let the end of your bargepole even hover over the 'buy now' button.
How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan / Various
How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan / Various
Ace Records (London, UK) has put together a thoughtful and fascinating collection of soulful interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan. That Dylan's own versions of these songs are familiar makes the re-interpretations more interesting. There are expected choices, like the Staple Singers, The Neville Brothers, Nina Simone, and The O'Jays, and lots of artists and interpretations that I didn't expect or know about. These took a little longer to get used to, but I find Ace did a great job in finding worthwhile material from four decades of recordings.
Ace acknowledges that they couldn't put every great interpretation on the cd. To the extent that you have favorites that aren't on here, go ahead and add them from your collection. In my case, I added Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower" from Electric Ladyland (which Ace could not get legal permission to include), Ann Peebles' "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" from I Believe to My Soul (Mcup) and Johnny Jenkins' "Down Along The Cove" (from The Duane Allman Anthology 1).
What will you add?
Amazon Essentials Men's Big & Tall Short-Sleeve Slub Raglan Crew T-Shirt fit by DXL
Amazon Essentials Men's Big & Tall Short-Sleeve Slub Raglan Crew T-Shirt fit by DXL
I didn't expect a $50 shirt at this price, but I think I got what people call an "irregular" (a mistake, usually sold in a bargain bin in outlet malls, etc). The stitching is off on this one, and the hems are severely crinkled even straight out of the drier. It's thin, but that was expected due to the price and description. But the irregularities in the fit make it look like you just tossed a piece of cloth with a hole for your head over you - I would not wear this out around others; around the house I guess it's ok, but I won't be ordering more.
Futuresses Bamboo Toothbrush, Biodegradable Toothbrush, Eco Friendly Toothbrushes, BPA Free Bamboo Toothbrushes Soft Bristles, 4 Bamboo Toothbrushes and 2 Tongue Brush
Futuresses Bamboo Toothbrush, Biodegradable Toothbrush, Eco Friendly Toothbrushes, BPA Free Bamboo Toothbrushes Soft Bristles, 4 Bamboo Toothbrushes and 2 Tongue Brush
Very disappointed with the quality of the handle and the bristles themselves. I am returning them unused. The first 2 I pulled out for my self and my wife were not smooth, the handles and head/top part of the tooth brush were so rough and uneven in spots that I do not want to risk splinters in my mouth or hand!! It is like brushing with jagged wood or sandpaper. Bristles smell funny. Seller is a joke!!!!
I Was a Teenage Moviemaker: Don Glut's Amateur Movies
I Was a Teenage Moviemaker: Don Glut's Amateur Movies
Don Glut is an inspiration. I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER is an incredible 2 disc DVD set on how he and his friends started making movies in the 1950's & 60's and it should be required viewing in every film school around the globe. Don is a very talented guy who did it all - he got his hands dirty learning his craft at an early age and now it's all on DVD for the rest of the world to see, enjoy and learn from. It's super cool that he was making (for the most part) monster movies and that Famous Monsters are everywhere in his films (the Topstone monster masks, magazines, models, etc.). It really is amazing how much Don accomplished with virtually no resources except his imagination. From his meeting with director Bert I. Gordon to Forrest J. Ackerman, Bob Burns, Bill Warren and many more Don tells it like it is (and was). I learned more about filmmaking from I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER than I did in an entire year in film class.
Hollywood's 10 Best
Hollywood's 10 Best
Familiar addictive listicle style that you see on Youtube, but with brief clips from actors talking about the movies, too, which was cool. Would be tighter without all the intros and outros they left in from TV. I noted some more movies to watch, but there was nothing I hadn't heard of before.
Jade Fever
Jade Fever
The Son Josh seemed like a know it all spoiled 19 year old brat. He wrecked all the machinery he drove into the claims, cussed out the Chinese Investors, gave his own Father a bunch of attitude, claimed to have a migraine, and fell asleep instead of taking turns driving when he wrecked. Basically took the rest of the first season off, because his bad attitude, and still kept his job. Sorry, but josh is a spoiled brat. Other than that pleasant scenery, nice people (other than josh), hard working people (other than josh who always made the driving job seem so much harder, he does it because that's the laziest job, polite people, mature people.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
A sequel to 2005 box office winner, The Fantastic Four, "Rise Of The Silver Surfer" sees director Tim Story and the original cast principals return for more super hero schlocky fun. The story is based around the Marvel stories that featured the first appearance of said Silver Surfer in the comic book franchise. Silver Surfer (Doug Jones with Laurence Fishburne dubbing the voice) is acting as a herald for the planet devouring Galactus, their next target? Earth. Which is a bit untimely as Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) and Susan Storm / Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba) are trying to get married. Things are further problematic when after his first encounter with the Silver Surfer, Johnny Storm/Human Torch (Chris Evans) finds his powers a bit off-in fact when he touches any of the others their powers are exchanged, much to Ben Grimm / The Thing's (Michael Chiklis) amusement. Not only that but the military are starting to get heavy and annoyed with the four and who is this back on the scene? Doctor Doom! (Julian McMahon) Thought he was dead, and how come he's in league with the military now? All of this issues must be addressed or the Earth will suffer the direst of consequences.

Budgeted at $130 million, this sequel only just made its money back domestically, however, its Worldwide takings gave it an overall profit of nearly $160 million. Which when you consider that the first film (again raking the coin in) was met with very disdainful reviews (mostly warranted outside of Evans & Chiklis' efforts), it's somewhat surprising. Yet, and it's certainly no towering genre picture, "Silver Surfer" is a hugely enjoyable movie for fans of the source comics and the undemanding popcorn muncher. The fans, and I don't speak for all of them of course, should in the main be happy that the makers have been faithful to the origins of the story. There's also some nifty humour and both Alba and Gruffudd aren't as dull as they were in the first movie. Perhaps they are more comfortable now knowing that the paying public held sway over the critics? Evans is still the best thing in the franchise, and the appearance of Andre Braugher as General Hager is a welcome edition. While the effects are considerably better than the poor fodder served up in the first movie; granted it wouldn't have been hard to improve on that score.

With a lovely light hearted approach, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer does its job. In the pantheon of super hero movies it sits some where in the middle, neither great or bad, just honest wholesome family fun. 20th Century Fox have announced that a reboot of the franchise is to come, so while Chris Evans goes off to mouth wateringly play Captain America, the next lot of actors are charged with the not so easy task of winning over a tough comic book crowd, and, the critics too. 6.5/10
SALE! 4oz Rosehip Seed Oil, 100% Pure and Natural, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Organic Moisturizer for Skin and Hair - Includes Pump & Dropper
SALE! 4oz Rosehip Seed Oil, 100% Pure and Natural, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Organic Moisturizer for Skin and Hair - Includes Pump & Dropper
I have been using this for a few weeks now and have noticed a considerable difference in the dark spots on my face. They are fading nicely and am so happy about it!! I don't have many lines but the ones I do have I believe will take longer to notice any change. I will continue to apply it on my face nightly. I have read that you can apply it with your foundation but I find that my foundation streaks when I apply them together so I will stick with my nightly routine and use my spf face lotion before applying my foundation.
The Tooth Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
The Tooth Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
These 6” x 4” books are perfect for a seven-month-old +. They are tiny enough for little hands, very sturdy and because of the glossy pages, they can be wiped down very easily. That’s a win-win especially with what we have gone through in 2020; cleanliness means everything! I ended up purchasing two boxed sets for my niece who is currently eight months old and using them daily. She can hold them, they are not too heavy.
Thugs: Seven: Thugs and the Women Who Love Them (Book 7)
Thugs: Seven: Thugs and the Women Who Love Them (Book 7)
Let me start by saying the Thug Series was the book that got me back into reading after a long hiatus and I am a true Tasha & Trae fan since day one & a Wahida Clark fan, with that being said i was truly disappointed with this book it didn’t seem To Me that much thought was put into it. For it to be boo 7 they gang are still dealing with the same immature issues to have been together for so long with kids it is time to grow them up & get out of the streets. Trae still cheating is getting tired and played out so now in book 8 the same question will come up : is Charlie really dead? & did he get her pregnant? If that was the case then Tasha baby should have been Kyron & he never should have died if the story was going to go like that. My favorite couple of the series are becoming the worst. I actually skimmed the book which is a first for me with her books I only was interested in the Marlins, the rest were boring. The Rick & Sister Wives story to me was honestly dumb. Come on now enough is enough
The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
While I have enjoyed Dean Koontz books in the past, I am sorry to say that was not the case for “The Crooked Staircase.”

Mr. Koontz has crafted a good story, and there are plenty of thriller elements to it. I realize the author was trying to generate tension by having the chapters rotate from character to character. Sometimes this worked, but the constant flipping felt artificial after a while, and the tension that could have been built became ho-hum as I felt more whipsawed back and forth rather than caught up in the separate storylines. This was especially emphasized when a chapter took less than a minute to read, and the powerful lines that might have worked with longer chapters became lost in the massive pile of chapter endings.

Losing interest may have caused me to have the time to notice other things that bothered me. The description of weapons –using the full catalog name and part of the description, right down to magazine capacity – sounded more like it was copied from the manufacturer. No sense in alerting us to how many bullets the gun can shoot if it never has a bearing on the story. I did think the author did a good job of involving the reader with his characters so that we cared whether or not something bad happened to them.

The bad cop duo of Jergens and Dubose was interesting in the beginning, but the constant banter began to repeat and by the end fell into a pit of banality. I felt that the choice of the ultra-evil villain stretched my usually flexible limits of credibility, and to realize that the entire series is built upon this person was a disappointment for me.

However, what really turned me off was the cliffhanger-like ending. Creating a successful series that goes on and on has been done (the 14-book Wheel of Time series begun by Robert Jordan comes to mind), but there needs to be a semi-conclusion, not a weak ending that leaves me incredulous when I turn the page to find an ad for the next book. I guess I will never find out what happens to Jane Hawk, because my interest died with the book three non-ending. Two stars.
Chair of dolls (1989) ISBN: 4022560614 [Japanese Import]
Chair of dolls (1989) ISBN: 4022560614 [Japanese Import]
大学院生のころ、朝日新聞に連載されていた。改めて読んだ。ヒロインは赤川作品らしく魅力的なんだが、恋人たる男のしたことは、「あやまち」ではすまないと思うし後味が悪い。れっきとした犯罪である。
Phoenix, Vol. 10: Sun (Part One)
Phoenix, Vol. 10: Sun (Part One)
Great as this book is, it is not worth the cost. I am a Tezuka fan of considerable magnitude, having read everything available in
English, and owning all except Princess Knight. If you have not read it yet, I suggest checking it out from your library first, or even purchasing the Kindle version. Paying over 50 for a book that is certain to come back into circulation (let alone +150) is a foolhardy pursuit.

That said let me tell you that this book is just setting up the major action which follows in volume 11 (Sun p2):
=spoilers=
The story begins in Korea with a young noble attacked and skinned from the neck up. His attackers then replace that skin with that from a freshly killed wolf. After coming to and seeing his reflection, despite his attempts to remove this grizzly mask, he finds that it has actually bonded to him. He then meets an elderly medicine woman/ fortune teller and they decide it is in their best interest to flee the country to Japan. Upon embarking they find an injured solider and pick him up too. All get to Japan only to find that the solider was indeed a general with much influence.

The wolf headed young man (Kuchi'inu) finds that he can communicate with the spirit world due to his unique appearance. After he is given a position and an estate by the greatfull general, the spirit world asks him to champion their cause. The introduction of Buddhism and their pantheon of gods are driving the native spirits from the country. Let's just say that the powers that be want Buddhism to stay and don't take kindly to those who support the old ways. It's convert or die. Sides are taken in preparation for the inevitable conflict.

Kuchi'inu is also plagued with strange dreams of the distant future. In the last 50 or so pages we see this vision of the future flesh out and the two tales begin to resonate with one another.

So this pretty much lays the groundwork for the next book. However, in much the same way as one can watch Serenity without having seen Firefly, you can read part 2 and be mostly satisfied without having read part 1. But just as the aforementioned TV show does for the movie, Sun part 1 rounds out the characters and invests you in the struggle.
The Great Trek
The Great Trek
Zane Grey is famous for his westerns...of which he wrote boatloads. The Great Trek is, and isn't, one of them. It has cowboys, horses, natives, and cattle. But it is set in Australia, not the western US. When he originally submitted it to his publishers, they refused to publish it. They claimed it was too long, etc. etc. So until recently, all that was available was a severely abridged edition. His heirs have now published he novel in its entirety, as Grey submitted it.

First the bad news: The Great Trek was written in 1937. Its treatment of the Australian Aborigines is despicable, but fully reflective of the racism of the time. This may be enough to persuade many to read no further. Such an attitude is fully understandable. If this blatant racism isn't a total turn off to you, then read on.

The story itself--that is, the part that focuses on the white people, is pretty good. The basic plot is that a pair friends, bot cowboys (Red and Sterl) leave the US for Australia to get away from a messy break up between Red and his girl friend. They join a cattle drive, heading from Australia's East Coast, all the way across the middle of the continental dessert ("The Never Never Land). This has never been tried before, but if successful, great riches await the cattle owners.

Along the way, ed and Sterl meet great Australian cowboys, fall in love, defeat outlaws and the weather. As with every Zane Grey novel, in the end, the honest, simple cowboys prevail against all odds....and live happily ever after.

Others have criticized the book as too long. It is (by far) the longest Zane Grey novel, so if you are used to his 100--200 pagers, then it seems interminable. However, by modern standards, t is long,but not overly so--lots happens, and Grey is a good story teller, able to sustain the narrative flow for all 600 or so pages.

If you like the early 20th Century western (virtually all of which have the same problem with deeply
embedded racism) this is an interesting twist on the genre. If you don't, then this is definitely not for you. If you aren't sure, try one of Grey's (or Louis L'Amour's) more traditional books first If you want a more modern take (absent most of the racism), try Elmore Leonard's early westerns (before he switched to crime novels).
RasTa: A Soul's Journey
RasTa: A Soul's Journey
This film is very good in showing the universality of Rastafari and it is beautifully made. Donisha also does a wonderful job of carrying the film through the different locations. The problem is that it does not offer much in terms of information about Rastafari. Throughout the film you can hear repeated, "Rasta is a way of life". What is this way of life about? What are the values and beliefs? There was ample time to cover this. It also was affected by the unintentional self-promotional impulse of Donisha Prendergast, making the movie pivot too much around Bob Marley and her relationship with him. Even at moments when something else was being discussed she kept bringing it back to him. They waited until the final few minutes at the end to actually speak about the early Rastas and Leonard Howell, the main founder, making Howell seem like an afterthought. The last section where Donisha cries for what seems like 3 minutes could be edited out.
Nippon-Connection : [verfilmt als "Die Wiege der Sonne"].
Nippon-Connection : [verfilmt als "Die Wiege der Sonne"].
Interessantes Buch, wenn man es mit ein wenig geschichtlichem Interesse liest.
Das Buch ist vordergründig zwar ein Krimi. Mordfall, zwei Detectives auf Spurensuche, es werden Zeugen befragt und am Ende auch irgendwie der Fall gelöst. Die Kriminalhandlung dient M.Crichton aber nur als Vehikel, um dem Leser etwas anderes nahezubringen: Die Angst der Amerikaner Ende der 80er, Anfang der 90er Jahre, von den Japanern mehr oder weniger friedlich kolonisiert zu werden. Genau danach sah es nämlich zu jener Zeit aus. Die fleißigen, geschäftstüchtigen Japaner hatten schon einige Jahrzehnte Wirtschaftsaufschwung hinter sich und sicherten sich in den USA immer mehr Marktanteile, übernahmen auch im großen Stil Firmen. Mitte der 80er wurde dann gezielt der Yen gegenüber dem Dollar aufgewertet, in der Folge blähte sich eine gigantische Immobilien- und Spekulationsblase auf, wodurch die japanischen Konzerne plötzlich mit märchenhaften Summen an frei verfügbarem Kapital ausgestattet waren und mit frischem Elan in Amerika "einkaufen" gingen. Selbst Leute, die sich nicht für Wirtschaft interessierten, bekamen doch zwangsläufig mit, wie die Japaner in U.S.-Filmstudios und Schallplattenfirmen usw. einstiegen. Das schlug auch auf die Popkultur durch, z.B. war der Schauplatz des ersten "Stirb Langsam"-Filmes ein gigantisches Hochhaus eines japanischen Konzerns in L.A.
Diese Entwicklung wurde von einem Teil der US-Bevölkerung misstrauisch und ängstlich beäugt. M.Crichton zählte dazu. Dieses Buch enthält die Kernaussage: Die Japaner führen einen Wirtschaftskrieg mit unfairen Mitteln gegen uns, und wenn wir uns nicht wehren, dann gehört ihnen bald der ganze Laden. Das muss man nicht mal zwischen den Zeilen lesen, sondern der Ich-Erzähler gerät immer wieder in Situationen, in denen ihm jemand einen Vortrag über diesen und jenen Aspekt der Psyche und des Geschäftsgebarens der Japaner halten kann. Für die Leute, die es nach dem Durchlesen des Krimis immer noch nicht kapiert haben, gibt es noch ein Nachwort vom Autor, in dem er seine Aussage ein weiteres Mal klar darlegt. Zusätzlich eine Menge Literaturhinweise für Leser, die sich noch tiefer in die Materie einarbeiten möchten.
Nun, wir wissen heute, dass dieses Buch letztlich ins Leere lief, da es schlicht zu spät kam. Crichton schrieb das Buch Anfang der 90er. Just zu dieser Zeit platzte die erwähnte Spekulationsblase in Japan und dem Vormarsch der japanischen Großunternehmen in Amerika ging mehr oder weniger die Luft aus. Die japanische Wirtschaft rutschte in eine Deflationsspirale, Banken und Versicherungen gingen in Konkurs (vorher nahezu unvorstellbar) und Mitte der 90er kam dann noch die Asienkrise hinzu, von der Japan immerhin mittelbar betroffen war. Mittlerweile hat sich das Land der aufgehenden Sonne wieder einigermaßen stabilisiert, aber es ist bei weitem nicht mehr das Schreckgespenst, das es Ende der 80er für die Amis gewesen sein muss. Japan ist immer noch da, aber heute treten neue Spieler, hauptsächlich China, in den Vordergrund.

Wie ist das Buch aus heutiger Sicht zu bewerten? Geschmackssache, natürlich. Ich fand den Ausflug in diese wilde Zeit interessant. Was wäre gewesen wenn. Alternativweltgeschichte sozusagen. Was dem Leser nämlich bis ca. zur Mitte des Buches vorenthalten wird: Das Buch spielt nicht zur Zeit seiner Entstehung, sondern irgendwann in der Zukunft. Schon früh drängten sich mir Zweifel daran auf, ob Crichton seine Quellen wirklich exakt studiert hat, z.B. wenn behauptet wird, dass bereits der Großteil der Immobilien in L.A. in japanischer Hand seien, welchen Einfluss die Japaner auf die Polizei und die Politik ausüben und ähnliches. Ich konnte nicht glauben, dass die "Kolonisierung" Anfang der 90er schon so weit fortgeschritten war, und falls doch, hätte das nicht bis in die heutige Zeit stärker nachwirken müssen, trotz Japan-Krise? Naja, irgendwann in der Mitte des Buches wird dann nebenbei angedeutet, dass das Jahr 1991 (Entstehungsjahr des Romans) bereits in etwas entfernterer Vergangenheit liegt. Genaueres erfährt man nicht, aber ich vermute mal, dass Crichton die Handlung aus seiner Sicht ca. 10 oder 15 Jahre in die Zukunft verlegt hat, dabei Entwicklungen seiner Zeit konsequent weitergeführt oder auch übertrieben hat. So entstand dann das Bild eines Landes, in dem fast alle US-Hightechfirmen in japanischer Hand sind und sich japanische Konzerne um die letzten Stücken amerikanischen Baulands und die letzten US-Firmen balgen und wo man als Nicht-Japaner im größten Golfclub von L.A. kaum Chance auf eine Mitgliedschaft hat, weil für freiwerdende Plätze eine lange Warteliste ausliegt, und zwar in Tokyo.
Daher meine Bemerkung, dass man das Buch auch durchaus als Alternativweltgeschichte lesen kann. Ich bin ein Fan dieser Art Literatur. In was für einer Welt würden die Amerikaner heute leben, wenn die japanische Wirtschaftsexpansion ungebremst weitergegangen wäre? Hochinteressanter Stoff, der mich zum Nachdenken gebracht hat.

Trotzdem: Das Buch ist nicht Fisch und nicht Fleisch. Als Krimi gelesen, stören die ständigen langen Exkurse über den Zustand der Japaner und der Amerikaner den Spannungsbogen. Für ein Sachbuch ist es hingegen zu subjektiv - hier wir Amerikaner, dort die rätselhaften Fremden. Einige Handlungsenden bleiben am Ende lose hängen: Was wurde letzlich aus dem aufgewärmten Kindesmissbrauchsvorwurf? Wird nun was aus dem Lieutenant und seiner traumhaft schönen Halbjapanerin?

Aber, sofern man nicht den Fehler macht, das ganze als spannenden Krimi für zwischendurch misszuverstehen, ist das Buch eine Empfehlung wert. Der Punktabzug aus folgenden Gründen:

- Den Hinweis auf die Handlungszeit hätte ich mir an früherer Stelle gewünscht. So war ich bis zur Hälfte des Buches am rumrätseln, wie das alles in mein Bild der späten 80er / frühen 90er passt. Tut es nicht, denn die Handlungszeit ist später angesetzt, aber diese Info gehört an den Anfang der Handlung.

- Die Übersetzung ist teilweise ärgerlich. Es fängt beim Titel an - soll das eine Anspielung auf "French Connection" sein? Die Übersetzerin ist offenbar im süddeutschen Raume beheimatet, Formulierungen wie "Das war ca. Dreiviertel 9" und "Ich bin am Steuer gesessen", "Es pressiert" verraten dies überdeutlich. Nichts gegen die Bayern, aber manchmal hat es mich regelrecht aus der Handlung gerissen. Ein amerikanischer Cop will dem anderen mitteilen, dass sie dringend wo hin fahren müssen, und was sagt er? "Es pressiert." Die ganze Crime-Atmosphäre geht mit einem Schlage flöten. Und das Autotelefon "schnarrt" nur ständig. Ich mag die Bayern, aber alles hat Grenzen.
Samurai Trilogy Part 1: Musashi Miyamoto (English Subtitled)
Samurai Trilogy Part 1: Musashi Miyamoto (English Subtitled)
I enjoy Japanese films, and Toshiro Mifune is one of my favorite actors. Samurai I Musashi Miyamoto, the first of a trilogy by Inagaki, is an excellent example of the genre, justly winning an Academy Award for best foreign film in 1955. In color, which many of the other Japanese films in my collection are not, the cinematography is lovely. Although lacking some of the artistic panache of Kurosawa's or Kobayashi's work, Inogaki's film is not the less visually satisfying for it. Whereas both Kurosawa and Kobayashi's films seem at times too constrained with respect to set, color and special effects which at times distracts from the main theme of their story, Inagaki's Samurai I relies on the natural charms of the Japanese countryside and its national architectural style. Some of the settings are exquisite, and the buildings have an almost Frank Lloyd Wright fitness, complimenting their environment without being intrusive.
The story has a dramatist's sense of character development. The growth of the central character Takezo, for instance, from a selfish unruly youth, shunned even by members of his own family, to samurai "intern" is thoroughly credible. Like the anti-hero in The Red Badge of Courage, he learns that war is anything but high drama, the mere stage upon which a young man may play out his role, earning glory and wealth in the process, and is, instead, everything about hard choices, survival, and, at times, lost causes.
The real hero of the work, in my opinion, is the priest Takuan, whose own story might make a good film. It certainly made me curious. He cunningly captures the renegade wild man Takezo, depending upon a rational rather than a brute force approach. Thereafter he puts the young man first through a rough period meant to break him--much like the wild horse that Takuan himself tried to break earlier in the film--and then imprisons him with a library of books and plenty of undisturbed time in which to read them. (My one criticism would be that I find it difficult to believe that so many common people were literate at this time in Japanese history, although I admit to little knowledge of it.)
The hero's friend, Matahachi, makes a perfect foil for Takezo. He has responsibilities, a place in society, and much to live for, yet throws it away to join in the dangerous pursuit of fame and glory. When confronted with temptations, he gives in, and although he chastises himself for his weakness, he doesn't learn from his mistakes. Near the end of the film he bitterly blames his wife for his disappointments, unable even as an adult to take responsibility for his own poor decisions.
The film has several strong female characters. The young orphan Otsu, the heroine, is loyalty itself. When she realizes she has put the young Takezo in a very bad position by assisting in his capture and that she is herself a prisoner of her circumstances, she frees him and flees with him to the wilderness. Her own loss should he abandon her would have been immeasurable, helpless as she is without family to rely upon, yet she evinces a belief in his goodness that helps shape the new man will become. The two woman living on the battle field are powerful survivors. They do what they must to create a life for themselves, and although they later fall into a life of self indulgence, their gender and their lack of connections within traditional society leaves them few choices. They are the people that circumstances have made them, while Matahachi, who is again a perfect foil with his youth, his gender, his family ties, and his prospects, becomes the person he is by poor choices and an inability to accept responsibility for them.
This is a thoroughly satisfying film, and I expect to purchase the others in the collection as I can afford to do so.
The Legend of Walks Far Woman: An Untamed Woman in a Savage Land
The Legend of Walks Far Woman: An Untamed Woman in a Savage Land
This is a beautiful film. It tells the story of two years in the life of Walks Far, a woman of the Blackfoot tribe who is forced by circumstance to join a Sioux tribe, following her gradual acceptance into the tribe, her first encounters with European ways, her marriage, the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 and its bloody aftermath.

If you get the idea in one or two of the early scenes that the film is going to be a little too cosy, don't worry. The film doesn't shy away from the brutality of the times and does not reduce the Native American people to stereotypes of other-worldy saintly beings as several other films of this period did. Here they are portrayed as real people with failings as well as virtues, and does justice to the tragic end to their way of life. It is an engrossing story filmed in stunning landscapes.

The greatest asset for the film is Racquel Welch's performance. From the opening shots of her trudging wearily across a beautiful wilderness her acting is nothing less than superb. She conveys Walks Far's joys and sorrows, her frustrations and triumphs with the confidence of a fine actress.

There is a downside to this disc though, it's an edited version of the original, a couple of minor scenes are replaced with a voiceover. These don't affect the film adversely. But the reduction of the final scene, depicting Walk's Far meeting her great grand-daughter's boyfriend in 1953 is disappointing for anyone who remembers the original version, which ends with Walks Far asserting that she remembers everything of her people's lost way of life. In this version it is reduced to two shots, no dialogue and a voice over. But if you'd never seen the original, it wouldn't look wrong.

That aside this is a brilliant film depicting not only the drastic change in the circumstances of an entire race, but also of a woman determined to not conform to the expectations of either the White race or of her own people, but to take on the world on her own terms.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Theatrical Version)
Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Theatrical Version)
Not Really Spoilers But I Do Mention A Few Scenes From The Movie:

Beauty and the Beast is by far one of my favorite stories. I have watched as many movies as I can find depending on their availability. I have seen the majority even ones that are more adaptations of the story than the actual original. I was very excited to hear that a live adaptation of this movie was being made especially since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney animated movies. I read many negative reviews and I can understand why the movie has so many mixed reviews.

First I want to say that Emma Watson as Belle was by far the WORST choice. She doesn't capture the essence of Belle at all. Throughout the movie she has this dead pan look on her face or her nose is kind of scrunched up as if she is constantly smelling something foul. I'm not a Watson fan but that's not whats prompting me to say this. Even if I were a fan I would still HATE her as Belle. She can't sing period! Auto Tune helped but who wants to hear that in every song?I read that Emma had a lot of suggestions and changes as well as additions to the Belle character. For instance it was her idea to make Belle an inventor. Thus the scene with the horse and barrel laundry. Which to me was a waste of time. She also wanted the costume designers to alter the yellow ball gown dress to make it less extravagant. The end result being a dress that looked like it was purchased at a costume shop for Halloween.

Belle is supposed to be a kind and gentle person but also brave and courageous. Strong willed and intelligent. With radiant beauty inside and out. Emma just doesn't capture that. I can go on and on about how much I hated her as Belle but I will let you see it for yourself. The CGI didn't bother me as much as it did others. Perhaps Beast could have been done with prosthetics instead of full on CGI. There are many great artists that have talent for this kind of thing. Think of the show Face Off. I'm sure someone could have done a superb job on Beast. The enchanted items had to be CGI to really pull it off and I honestly didn't mind that. They did add a few new elements such as back stories for Belle's mother and Beast's parents. Again these were not necessary but at the same time I didn't mind. But all of these extras in story line took up time that should have been used to show Belle and Beast bonding more. That's what draws us into this story. The way that both characters start off on the wrong foot but eventually begin to form a bond. That is what shows us how the love is built between the two.

Now on to The Enchantress. In the original we know that she came to the castle disguised as an ugly old hag and asked the Prince if he would let her seek shelter in the castle until the storm cleared. His answer was no due to his arrogant and shallow ways in thinking beauty and vanity were most important. We all know what happens next so I'm not going to go into detail. Now I disagree with how they did this in the live action movie. Here we have this lavish party going on and out of nowhere this woman just barges into the castle. No knocking, just casually walks on in. How was the Prince supposed to act? It shows disrespect in a way especially with him being a Prince and that being his castle. In her entering the castle in that manner it takes away the empathy we are supposed to feel for her after the Prince rejects her. Of course that had to have ticked him off. So naturally he acted like a jerk when she asked him for shelter. We are supposed to see his rejection of her due primarily to her appearance. I saw a review on YouTube that mentioned this as well.

If your on the fence about watching this movie I would say go into it with an open mind. But don't expect the same enchanting visuals as the animated classic or you might be disappointed. Bottom line is Emma Watson was given too much free range to tweak the character of Belle and compromised the story. Which still baffles me that she was given so much input yet she plain out sucks in this movie. So many other actresses could have done better. Even non A list celebrities. There are many hidden gems that give some truly captivating performances in short films, independent movies and such. I have seen this with my own eyes. It's truly a shame since these people have a gift for acting and just haven't caught a break in the mainstream yet. I guess they thought that putting a well known actress would be more appealing to us. That was a major mistake that backfired big time.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Blu-ray]
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Blu-ray]
One of my wife’s favorite movies - if you don’t have a full atmos sound system you are missing out - great picture and sound make this Disney classic come to life !
Noble Collection - Harry Potter serre-livres Hogwarts Express 19 cm
Noble Collection - Harry Potter serre-livres Hogwarts Express 19 cm
This is a xmas present for my son. It looks fine. I’m sure he’ll be pleased. However, I personally feel that the only reason for the price is that it’s Harry Potter and don’t rate it too highly in terms of aesthetics and quality from my perspective. It also takes up a lot of room on a bookshelf too. The picture probably depicts the number of books you’ll actually have room for on a standard width shelf so measure carefully. I also emailed this company separately to amazon methods prior to ordering and they didn’t respond at all.
Steve Madden Designer 20 Inch Carry On Luggage Collection - Lightweight Softside Expandable Suitcase for Men & Women - Durable Bag with 4-Rolling Spinner Wheels (Shadow Purple)
Steve Madden Designer 20 Inch Carry On Luggage Collection - Lightweight Softside Expandable Suitcase for Men & Women - Durable Bag with 4-Rolling Spinner Wheels (Shadow Purple)
Totally love it! The size, the quality, the whole kit and kaboodle. It does have an odd chemical type of smell, so I'm airing it out. It's brand new with tags. The other thing is the fabric pattern does not show up in the pics like it does in person. There is a stripe in the pattern that you can't see. It looks online as if there is some shading with the color, but that shading is actually printed on the fabric. I've taken pics so you can see. It's still a nice piece of luggage, and I am quite pleased.

UPDATE after a 4 day trip and using it on the airlines: Still love the color and the ability to pack in clothes. If it's packed too much, though, it likely will have to be checked or valeted because it's too deep ("fat") to make it in the airline baggage size checker. I had to valet it on the smaller flights. I love the way it rolls - it's not cumbersome, and it doesn't try to fall over like one of my other bags that I just threw off the balcony because I hated it so much LOL. The frosted pocket that snaps inside - FAIL - what a disappointment - the snap came off the first time, and I used extreme caution so it wouldn't break. It fell right off on the table. Knocking it down a star because of that. But, it is a nice looking and very useful bag that you can spot a mile away, so I'm still happy with it. I just know now how to pack it properly for airlines.
Lewis Del Mar [Explicit]
Lewis Del Mar [Explicit]
OK, one of my new favorite bands. I have been following these guys for a few months listening to their EP's. The LP is a much more polished work of art start to finish. I would say these guys are heavily influence by "TV on the Radio", "Nine Inch Nails". Additionally, Danny Miller, lead singer for Lewis Del Mar, has deep voice characteristics like Anthony Kiedis of "Red Hot Chili Peppers". And last but not least, complex beats from the likes of modern "Radiohead" trip-tronica. And, as for recent contemporaries, Alt J without the falsetto voice of Joe Newman. I bought the vinyl format. Although, it is NOT 180 g vinyl, it is a very acceptable vinyl pressing. I am using an Audio Technica AT-LP1240 turntable, and it is pretty much pop and click free as far as vinyl goes. I would recommend buying. It has been a good purchase for me.
Kulannder Wii Remote Battery Charger(Free USB Wall Charger+Lengthened Cord) Dual Charging Station Dock with Two Rechargeable Capacity Increased Batteries for Wii/Wii U Game Remote Controller (White)
Kulannder Wii Remote Battery Charger(Free USB Wall Charger+Lengthened Cord) Dual Charging Station Dock with Two Rechargeable Capacity Increased Batteries for Wii/Wii U Game Remote Controller (White)
Great purchase! Quickly recharges wands, though they must be bare; no silicone covers. There's a ring of color you can still see around the wand when its in the charging cradle, red whwn it's needing charge, purple when its half charged; and blue when full. I'm cursed with "butter fingers" and have unfortunately d4opped it a couple times as I tried to get the wands out, boy even a scratch from it shuttering across the linoleum.
Wireless Charger,TPLISAK 3 in 1 Charging Station for Latest Airpods iPhone and Watch, Compatible with iPhone 11 Series/XS MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8Plus/ Apple iWatch 6/SE/5/4/3/2/1 Airpods 3/2/1
Wireless Charger,TPLISAK 3 in 1 Charging Station for Latest Airpods iPhone and Watch, Compatible with iPhone 11 Series/XS MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8Plus/ Apple iWatch 6/SE/5/4/3/2/1 Airpods 3/2/1
This product works great with my iPhone 12, Apple Watch 6 and Apple AirPods (non-wireless charging). The glowing lights can be turned off but tapping on the front left corner of the charger. I had an issue with the wall adapter but when I contacted the seller through Amazon Seller Messaging, they made the warranty process easy and seamless.
Huzi Infinity Pillow - Home Travel Soft Neck Scarf Support Sleep Nap (Grey)
Huzi Infinity Pillow - Home Travel Soft Neck Scarf Support Sleep Nap (Grey)
The fabric of this pillow is fabulously soft and comfortable. On some warm planes it also felt pleasantly cool to the touch and not too warm at all. I love the fabric. It ends there though. For me, it was too soft and I couldn’t find a comfortable position with it. It didn’t offer support and wouldn’t stay together to act as a pillow. Once out of its packaging, it was impossible to get it back in, or roll up and it stay rolled. I was going to return it as useless, but my husband found it quite comfortable. He was happy with it wrapped once around his neck and leaned again the plane window as a pillow.

My husband would therefore probably give this a higher star rating than me, but for me it was useless. It was also an absolute pain to carry around. It is large and bulky. On the plane we kept it in the overhead compartment until my husband wanted to use it. It was like those trick snakes in a can things - springing out of the overhead compartments whenever it was opened like a coiled spring and we had to battle to push it back in again! Walking round airports we had to wrap it round and round the handle of a travel bag.

My husband felt he couldn’t even be bothered with having to carry it round for one journey and decided to just pack it in the suitcase rather than have the aggravation of carrying it around until being on board the flight.

The fabric is absolutely lovely, but it wouldn’t stay in place for me to be a pillow and didn’t offer support, was too large to easily carry around and very over priced. Had my husband not decided to use it as he didn’t have a travel pillow, I would have returned this. Definitely not for me.
Nokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - Dual Camera - Dual SIM Unlocked Smartphone (Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile/MetroPCS/Cricket/H2O) - 5.84" FHD+ HDR Screen - Blue - U.S. Warranty
Nokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - Dual Camera - Dual SIM Unlocked Smartphone (Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile/MetroPCS/Cricket/H2O) - 5.84" FHD+ HDR Screen - Blue - U.S. Warranty
Actually I bought this phone from Best Buy with preorder. I received it on release date but I won't use it because its glass back is so slippery. So I waited until I get a case from Amazon. I chose Nokia over some other Chinese brands around $300 phones. I think I did the right thing.
Very first thing I got trouble was "4G" icon at the top and LTE speed. We usually see literally on every phones "LTE" icon if we are on LTE network. But this Nokia would show only "4G". I am not sure it is only me. Also my data speed was about 15mbps at that time. So I chatted with Nokia rep and he asked me to do few things like clearing caches of about 20 items of system apps. After that I get speed about 45mbps on T-Mobile in central Florida which I used to get with my LG G5 or my wife's iPhone. I understand LTE is considered 4G. But still it annoyed me a bit.
Phone comes with Android 8.1. Run smooth despite weak Snapdragon 636 processor. You will notice lag when you are taking video iPhone-like animoji with Camera. Also there are 1 animoji, 3 filters and few light effects currently for the built-in camera for now. I hope the more will come with updates. I don't think 3D games are going to play well on this.
Actually picture quality is so good. Low light shots are even better than iPhone 7. Live Bokeh mode is not bad. But it is not as clean as iPhone X. It looks like artificial, done by software, not by lens. Google Lens is built in into Camera app and it works great.
Screen is really good. Vivid and accurate for LCD. But when I put it side by side with my old LG G5's OLED, then I see the difference. But can't complaint for $350 phone.
I found the gesture "Swipe Fingerprint for notification" I like it. Because I would hate if I have to use 2 hands to pull notifications down from the top of the screen. LG phone can be customized button at the dock for it. It is very useful for large screen phones.
Battery life is OK so far. Quick charge works.
What I don't like ;
(1) You have to remove SD card if you want to use second SIM.
(2) Doesn't show Quick-charge status at notification bar like Samsung or LG , so I wouldn't know if cable or adapter is broken quick-charge function right away. It shows on Lock-screen and disappeared after 2 seconds. So I do not know it is functioning or not.
(3) Official case will have to wait until December?
(4) No water-resistant in 2018.
(5) Music Player (Google's Play Music App is suck)
Overall this is a really good phone for the price. Can't wait to get Android 9 update. And this is Nokia quality. 2018 Chinese Brand phones are look nice. But for the long term, usually they don't function as you would expect. I have seen those a lot with my friends. I will update if I see something strange in the future.
* (1 week later) Camera bump is huge. Even with a case, it is still higher than thickness of the case. I already have 3 scratches on camera lens. Now I am super annoyed by it. Now I have to find a thicker case which will protect camera lens.
Android Play Music App is truly suck. I am used to LG, HTC, Sony all music apps are great. Free App Musicolet player is not bad. So far it is OK.
Call quality is clear. But speaker phone mode is not that loud. I use bluetooth on my car, so it does not bother to me.
Battery life is really good.
To be translated to another language by Google lens AI, I have to install Google Translate app, then it will appear Translate menu when you select text from an image you shot. Before that I did not see the menu. Or may be I am doing it wrong. But it is working great. I am happy with it.
11/27/18- updated Android Pie. I hate that cannot remove annoying Google search bar on home page. Knock a star off. What's wrong with Google?

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