Skyler Chavez

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Practical JavaScript Techniques (Smashing eBooks)
Practical JavaScript Techniques (Smashing eBooks)
Practical JavaScript Techniques (Smashing eBooks) by Smashing Magazine (Editor) Smashing Magazine (Author). Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Rewriting Harry Potter
Rewriting Harry Potter
Rewriting Harry Potter by T.M. Caufield. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Third Degree: A Novel
Third Degree: A Novel
Third Degree: A Novel by Greg Iles. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 511 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Introduction to Programming Using Python, An
Introduction to Programming Using Python, An
Introduction to Programming Using Python, An by David I. Schneider. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals II
Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals II
Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals II by Sideris. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius by Aaron Graves and Colleen Graves. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 47 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Multi-Objective Programming and Goal ... Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems)
Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Multi-Objective Programming and Goal ... Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems)
Advances in Multiple Objective and Goal Programming: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Multi-Objective Programming and Goal ... Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems) by Rafael Caballero. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Grid Computing - GRID 2002
Grid Computing - GRID 2002
Grid Computing - GRID 2002 by Manish Parashar. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Pro Drupal 7 Development
Pro Drupal 7 Development
I've always been a huge fan of the Pro Drupal Development series of books. I referred to my battered copies of the D5 and D6 editions as my "bibles". I had the same expectations for the Drupal 7 version but after reading felt it lacking compared to the previous editions. My guess is there was a rush to push out the book before D7 was ready but by doing so the authors left out some key functionality available in Drupal 7. It felt more like a rehash of the D6 version with some D7 functionality thrown in. Below is a rundown of some of my "issues"

Entities: Every data element in Drupal is now an Entity (Nodes, taxonomy, users, comments). This was huge shift and probably could get its own chapter. Found barely a mention of this.

Database: I was glad to see some mention of the OOP aspects of the database API. One major absence was EntityFieldQuery. This is a huge D7 feature that developers will need and I don't recall seeing it mentioned.

RDF: Resource Description Framework is in core. This needs a chapter (or a book). Enough said.

Renderable Content: All content in D7 is treated similar to FAPI (form API), via a renderable array. This new feature didn't get nearly enough of the attention it deserves.

Javascript/AJAX: Missing about 2 chapters here. The ajax functionality for D7 is all new. I don't recall a mention of the Ajax commands API. Also missing was any mention of Drupal.behaviors. The Javascript examples don't follow the best practices.

I respect the authors work and gave them my $[...] bucks for the book. That being said, I'd really wait for (hopefully) the next edition of this book as it is missing too many key features of D7 for me to fully recommend. If you are already hardcore into D7 development definitely hold out.
Leben 3.0: Mensch sein im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz (German Edition)
Leben 3.0: Mensch sein im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz (German Edition)
Dieses Buch befasst sich mit den Herausforderungen, Entwicklungen und Gefahren der Künstlichen Intelligenz. Dabei schließt Max Tegmark Sachgebiete wie Kosmologie, Physik, Mathematik und Philosophie ein. Derzeit gibt es noch keine Allgemeine Künstliche Intelligenz, aber die meisten KI-Forscher gehen davon aus, dass es irgendwann Allgemeine Künstliche Intelligenz geben wird. Dahingehend muss man natürlich auch über die Risiken dieser Allgemeinen Künstlichen Intelligenz sprechen.

Es gibt auch noch keine Antwort darauf, wie wir eine großartige Zukunft mit KI erschaffen können. Dies versucht allerdings Max Tegmark mit einer wachsenden KI-Gemeinschaft zukünftig gemeinsam zu beantworten.

Wenn die Maschinen unsere Ziele nicht teilen und wir ihnen die Kontrolle überlassen, dann werden wir genau das bekommen, was wir wahrscheinlich nicht wollten. Also sollten wir uns erst einmal im klaren darüber werden, was wir überhaupt wollen und was unsere Ziele sind.

Teile des Buches sind nicht leicht zu verstehen, was es ab und zu schwierig macht Max Tegmark zu folgen. Dennoch ist das Buch sehr interessant und ich kann es jedem nur empfehlen zu lesen! Denn wir sind im Zeitalter der KI-Gestaltung angekommen und die Wächter der Zukunft des Lebens!
Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (The MIT Press)
Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (The MIT Press)
I think this is a pretty good book that is easy to read if you have a strong background in proof-based math.

Highlights:
- The introduction (Chapters 1-4) is really good and does a good job setting up all the fundamental concepts of algorithms. I think a lot of people tend to skip over introductions because they think they know all of it already, but this is an introduction that I recommend reading the whole way through.
- The book is a pretty light read (none of the math is too difficult) and each chapter is a good length.
- I think the material on dynamic programming and greedy algorithms was particularly enlightening, and if you read it the whole way through you actually learn how to prove that greedy algorithms work, instead of just being like "let's use a greedy algorithm because it seems right"
- I was able to copy a lot of CLRS code almost verbatim in my programming interviews and pass them.
- The figures are really well done and informative.

Drawbacks:
- The pseudocode has a lot of one-letter variable names, and while this follows the tradition of pure math, it also makes understanding the algorithms more difficult than it should be.
- Sometimes the pseudocode is not the "easiest" possible pseudocode (for example, merge sort), and I think it would be better if the authors presented a simpler version of the pseudocode first and then extended it to the optimal version. But then I guess CLRS would be even longer than it already is.
- The arrays are 1-indexed, which makes it trickier to convert to code. Also there are some sections of the textbook (the counting sort section) where some of the arrays are 0-indexed and other arrays are 1-indexed, which is just weird.
- I think the material on graphs, particularly the derivations, could be done in a more engaging and intuitive way. The derivations in Chapters 22-24 were a long series of small uninteresting lemmas, instead of a small number of harder, more insightful theorems. I found derivations elsewhere on the internet that were a lot more interesting and built more intuition about why the procedures worked. I feel like the rest of the book is pretty good though, so maybe all the graph stuff was written by a separate person who is not very good at explaining things.
Green Hearts: God’s Goodness in the Worst of Times
Green Hearts: God’s Goodness in the Worst of Times
As healthy human beings, loss and grief are going to be a part of our story that makes us who we are. This is a book for Christian Believers AND for those who aren't sure where they stand or what Christianity is all about. For me, it has become another phase of working through my personal grief. We have a choice. We can work with grief and let it become a "frenemy", or we can shove it away and try to box it up, letting it's toxicity leak into every joy of our lives. This little book is helping me to continue to embrace my grief. I know the hurt is so great because the loss is so great, and the loss is so great because the love was so great. For me, I serve a God who knows loss and grief too. He gets me :) He is with me :)
Super-Villain Classics #1 (Galactus: The Origin)
Super-Villain Classics #1 (Galactus: The Origin)
IF you are a fan of the MIGHTY GALACTUS, Marvel's most powerful presence, my very favorite marvel character, you need to have this classic comic!!. Told by STAN LEE and with stunning art by JACK KIBRY,this is marvel at it's finest.
The origin of GALACTUS is as awesome as the origin of the universe itself!, full of wonderment and cosmic spectacle as only mighty marvel can present it.
Highly recommended!, a worthy addition to any MARVEL COMIC collection!!.EXCELSIOR!!.
The Maine Woods
The Maine Woods
Thoreau is not really a great WRITER, per se. Dude's style is indicative of the time it was written it - the transitional period between laughable old-timey ye olde English and more modern literature. His sentences are sprawling, comma-riddled abominations that require frequent re-reading for true comprehension.

That said, his work is a great window into the past. He manages a rare feat: capturing the sense of what it was like to simply BE in the middle of the 19th century. How people talked, what towns looked like, what it FELT like to be alive. That is invaluable, to me. And he also conveys the majesty, magic, and mystery of the still-vast Maine woods, scarred by widespread logging, but resilient.

Thoreau approached this book with the dutiful eye of a documentarian or historian, not with the sweeping or hyperbolic hand of a literary writer. He tends to list obscure details, place-names, etc, at excessive length. Yet somehow the whole is greater than the sum of its relatively banal parts. And his attention to detail also affords him an eerily accurate look into the future of the Maine woods - he will observe the germ of a nascent logging village and remark that it won't be long before urban-dwelling "society types" take it over as a vacation kitschy "real New England" village vacation spot. Heh.

If you're an outdoors-loving New Englander who has traipsed around the woods near Bangor yourself, definitely pick this up. If you're looking for some philosophical guidance or an easy relaxing read, try somewhere else.
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)
Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)
Memories of Tomorrow, the sixth and final story in Dean Koontz’s Nameless series, was the shortest and most straightforward mission as Koontz dedicated half the story to finally revealing the back story of the life of Nameless. In the final series, Nameless is sent to Indiana to track down a psychopath named Chilton Cutter who has murdered his wife, kidnapped his step son Jamie and is now hiding in a remote cave. Nameless is directed, as always, by the Ace of Diamonds, whose endless resources make it easy for the team to track down Cutter, even though local law enforcement has given up and moved on to the next crisis. The justice that is delivered by Nameless is the least exciting and rewarding of the series but this story serves more as a catalyst to force Nameless to face his past and make a decision on how he wants to live his future.

I will not spoil any of the plot the leads to our discovery of the history of Nameless. Koontz brings Nameless to the brink through a typical apocalyptic thunder storm with rain driving down in sheets and lighting piercing the skies at a rural truck stop filled with big rigs, heavy equipment and evil. It is vintage Koontz. Finally, our agent of truth, who has been ironically running from the truth of his past, is forced to stop and confront his own truth. It is a satisfying ending and a fitting conclusion to a very well written and unique series. My only regret is that I do not have a nice hard bound copy to stack on my shelf next to the rest of my Koontz editions. Welcome to the future!
Dean Koontz – Odd Hours and Odd Interlude (2-in-1 Collection) (Odd Thomas Series)
Dean Koontz – Odd Hours and Odd Interlude (2-in-1 Collection) (Odd Thomas Series)
I only have one issue with this audio book set. After a certain point in each disc (don't recall the exact duration into each story), the audio starts to "skip" slightly. It's not a HUGE deal but it does get a bit annoying. It's like dropping half a syllable of a word every few minutes...example: He picked up the sh-gun (shotgun) and...". It's like a micro-pause that drops half a syllable but then just keeps going. I looked at the discs and there are no scratches or defects. I know it is not my car CD player because the rest of the same discs work fine--as I stated, it only starts after about 3/4 of the way through the story on each disc--and other other discs work fine as well. Defect in making the discs? Pushing too much data on them (they are MP3 format)???
Adulterio [Adultery]
Adulterio [Adultery]
Desarrollar el personaje de Linda que es una mujer que vive una vida normal acompañada de comodidades y riquezas, posiblemente no se parecerá mucho a otra mujer que carezca de estas cosas, pero hay que destacar que si, que hay algunas cosas que las hacen similares, ambas son mujeres, ambas se han casado, ambas tienen familia y tienen un esposo bajo una normal vida con todo para vivir tranquilas, sin preocupaciones. Pero no, ese no es el caso de Linda.

A Linda le falta algo en su vida y concomitantemente de repente se ve interrumpida por un amor del pasado que agarra súbitamente su estabilidad, llevándola a un nivel mayor a cuestionarse todas las cosas bellas, tranquilas y estables que tiene en su vida. Sin embargo, en el fondo no ha sido en sí por ese amor del pasado que su vida se tambalea. En sí le ocurre esto porque su ser interior se encuentra en cambios que ella misma no entiende aun y que a su vez lucha contra ellos para no tocar el fondo.

Este libro de Coelho es diferente a los demás que ha escrito antes, a mi considerar ronda en el mismo estilo que "El vencedor está solo", me gusta este tipo de estilo realista porque se acerca mucho a la realidad de tantas personas (mujeres) como yo que se identifican con las mismas interrogantes que Linda se ha hecho, que hemos luchado con no caer en la depresión, que pensamos que nuestras vidas no tienen más sentido, y que tenemos un esposo que nos ama infinitamente pero que en un momento dado no sabemos manejar ese amor que sienten por nosotras.

Leer la historia desde la perspectiva de Linda, me hizo imaginar qué tanta similitud puede tener una mujer que vive en un país rico como Ginebra con otra mujer que vive en un pequeño y pobre país insular, se puede decir que mucho o que poco, pero como medir eso.

Bravo Coelho!
The Matlock Paper: A Novel
The Matlock Paper: A Novel
How can a guy who can write the Metarese Circle barf up a waste of time like this. The drama wasn’t dramatic. The danger was ho hum. His referring to black men as blacks when that detail was wholly superfluous was annoying and points to his issues with black people. I finished out of respect for his other works, but this is a book to avoid.
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Cedar Cove Collection (Leisure Arts #4658)
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Cedar Cove Collection (Leisure Arts #4658)
The book includes only basic patterns that a knitter with a little experience could work for themselves without a pattern. These include a single coloured scarf & three types of striped scarf, two patterned squares knitted & sewn back to back to make a pot holder & Hot pads, for the kitchen, a chemotheraphy hat, a lap robe, baby blanket, afghan throw, two squares sewn back to back with a circle pattern in the middle as a pet bed, two childrens sweaters, 4 knitted blocks & four recipes. The book is very thin & in my opinion not worth the money. It could be argued that the patterns are more suitable for a beginner knitter but even so in this case 'the knitters bible' by Claire Crompton would be my recommendation.
Bleach, Vol. 4
Bleach, Vol. 4
This fourth volume of the excellent Bleach series is slightly more comedic than the previous volumes. The volume begins with a day in the life of Kon which sees him run away but find that the world isn't quite as friendly as he had hoped. After this the main plot of this volume starts up with a popular spiritualist show coming to town that threatens to upset the local ghost population.

As I have already stated this is something of a light hearted volume with the Kon story being quite funny and Don Kanonji's spiritualist show that is not only funny but also thoughtful. As well as this, this volume also includes some good action sequences and some more information on the nature of spirits and how they become Hollows. The volume also finishes on something of a cliff-hanger and I cannot wait to read the series further.
Lionel Hogwarts Express Battery-powered Model Train Set Ready to Play with Remote
Lionel Hogwarts Express Battery-powered Model Train Set Ready to Play with Remote
 I love, love, LOVE this train set!!! I initially thought this was an expensive train set, but after checking it out, I think it’s a good value for the price.

I am very impressed by the quality, the construction, and the overall look of this train set. The train pieces are plastic, but fairly heavy. They feel solid. The tracks all snapped together nicely for me. I had to give a bit of pressure to snap each one together with the next, and it took a bit of pressure to pull them apart as well (which I like, since it means it shouldn’t pull apart unintentionally).

When I first put the six C batteries in the train engine and turned it on, it made a repeated beeping tone. I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. It stopped as soon as I installed the three AAA batteries in the remote and turned that on.

I like that I am able to control the speed of the train - both in forward and in reverse. The horn sounds realistic, and the bell is nice. The voice repeated two phrases from the Harry Potter movie series, and was inconsistent in its sound quality. Sometimes the voices were difficult to understand.

I plan on putting this around my Christmas tree come December. It’s a perfect size for that.
Wild Republic Bighorn Sheep Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Cuddlekins 12 Inches
Wild Republic Bighorn Sheep Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Cuddlekins 12 Inches
While I would not recommend this as the most cuddle-able stuffed animal out there, it sure is beyond awesome. As the significant other of a massive big horn sheep conservationist fan, this made an awesome college graduation present!! It still proudly sits as a decoration two years later and though dusty (which is our bad), it still looks amazing and has the softest fur and toughest little body.
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Premium Black Urad Split / Chilka, 1 kg
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Premium Black Urad Split / Chilka, 1 kg
Product very good Only problem the courier insisted I give by credit card when I wanted 2 give cash
He kept on arguing I did give cash as it is my prerogative 2 how 2 give payment 2 courier ***
Otherwise very very satisfied with Amazon Pantry products Keep it up

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