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Learning Angular: A Hands-On Guide to Angular 2 and Angular 4
Learning Angular: A Hands-On Guide to Angular 2 and Angular 4
This book was written by an experienced author and his sons. However, this edition of the book reflects a profound lack of care, concern, and compassion for the reader who must navigate an endless stream of copy editing horrors.

I cannot begin to tell you how shocked I was by the number of typos and the errors in capitalization that plague this book. If you already have some experience in Angular or JavaScript you may be able to overcome some of the errors on your own. But why should you?

As a career software professional, I have been fortunate to have read many technical books where the standards of technical reviewing, copy editing, and proofreading were exceedingly high. This is not one of them.

It's clear that there was a breakdown in quality control regarding the release of this title. I hope the publisher will take care to fix these quality control issues in the future.
Best Of, Vol. 1
Best Of, Vol. 1
This album cuts right to the heart of the thorny question: "Can you be a true fan of an artist if you are primarily a fan of their greatest hits compilations?" Much as it hurts me to say this, my gut has always told me the answer is "no". Why does it hurt so much to arrive at this answer? First, I absolutely adore Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle Volume I - it has to be one of my top 10 all-time favorite albums. But since I don't love any of CCR's "real" albums, I'm not a true fan of CCR according to my rigid standards for true fandom. It pisses me off to have to admit that. My second reason involves my girlfriend. She is hopelessly devoted to Bob Dylan's imported Best of 1 - I reckon it is her favorite album. And yet, she rarely listens to his other material. I mean, she has several of Dylan's albums, but it is Best of 1 that she returns to time and again. So, according to my standards, she's not a true Dylan fan. Don't get me wrong, she's more than just a casual fan. But a true fan? I fear not. In my opinion and (I suspect) those of several influences from my formative years (Chris S., David F., and Steve M.), a true fan appreciates most of, if not all of, an artist's works. So, I'll keep enjoying my Chronicle and N.G.A. will keep enjoying her Best of 1, but until we develop more complete appreciations of CCR and Dylan, respectively, we simply won't qualify as true fans.
What do I think of Best of 1? That's easy. There are a bunch of amazing songs here and it would be foolish to even consider giving this album less than 5 stars. There's not much I can say about the individual songs that hasn't already been said more eloquently by countless others over the past 30 years. On this one album, you will hear timeless folk music, classic rock, and the roots of "the (alt-country) movement". Heck, Dylan even had a punk attitude long before that genre was born. Simply put, if you don't have any of Dylan's other albums and have at least a passing interest in popular music, this album belongs in your collection.
Ride
Ride
After I'm done writing this review I probably will forget even the name of this movie. The acting is good, so I didnt feel annoyed by it. The plot was the problem. It just doesnt give enough probable cause for the whole foul play. It just doesnt make sense why it all happened with the people who got involved. It didnt have enough explanation or depth. It just out of the blue they are in this terrible situation and the way they manage the end it was just as shallow as the way they got in the first place. Sorry, I now this review sound also vague and shallow, but I just dont like to spoil anything. This is definitely a movie you should not pay to watch it. Is just not worth it. But I like the "category" of the movie: Pshyco guy kidnaps the pretty girl and pretty boy and they need to fight their way out of that. It just was not interesting enough for my taste.
Good Cook 12 Inch Pizza Pan
Good Cook 12 Inch Pizza Pan
I didn't get the opportunity to use the pizza pan. It arrived bent in half. The outer shipping box was not damaged, but the pizza pan was bent in half with dents in it.
Walzer/Waltzes (Urtext)
Walzer/Waltzes (Urtext)
The content itself is perfect. However, it came damaged as a result of a sticker removal (just don't put attach a sticker in the first place!).

There are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there, but I opted in for better quality materials. Although this does not impact the function of the book itself, my lower rating reflects a departure from the expectation of greater quality.
Bird in a Cage (Pushkin Vertigo)
Bird in a Cage (Pushkin Vertigo)
Unfortunately Frédéric Dard’s Paris set Noir, despite its brilliantly dark and edgy start, began to drop in interest for me once the unsatisfying ‘how it was done’ was revealed. And of course I’m not going to spoil a prospective reader’s journey! Maybe the reveal will be a ‘gosh, that’s clever’ for someone; for me, it was ‘gosh, that is a writer’s contrivance too far’

Nonetheless, I loved the early part of the book which was originally published in France in 1961, and here is in a translation by David Bellos. The narrator, a melancholic man with, it is clear, secrets which the reader will probably guess quite early on, has returned to his dead mother’s flat. A place he has not been in for quite some time. His mother died a few years ago. It is Christmas. And we are left anxious and uneasy for Albert Harbin right at the start:

“How old does a man have to be not to feel like an orphan when he loses his mother?

When I returned after being away for six years to the small flat where Mother died, it felt like the slip-knot on a rope round my chest was being tightened without pity”

Harbin seems to be without friends. He recalls the woman he loved, and the heartache he still feels without her.

Nevertheless, he does try to throw himself into the Christmas spirit, buying a Christmas tree ornament, the titular Bird in a Cage, and visiting a restaurant which always represented desirability to him, when he was a young boy.

And, at the restaurant, a chance encounter will change everything. A woman, one he finds he is attracted to, is dining there with her little daughter, and the child, engaging him by her prattle, creates an odd connection between Harbin and the woman. But this woman seems as mysterious and ‘something is not quite right here’ to the reader, as Harbin himself does. And the two of them seem to have some kind of suspicion about each other, as well as, possibly, some attraction between them.

Dard toys nicely with the reader, who suspects both of his protagonists, mirroring their suspicions of each other, and wondering exactly what crime will be committed, and who will commit it, all adds to the mounting unease. Harbin is not exactly that fascinating literary trope, the unreliable narrator, but he is secretive, and unpredictable.

The reason I couldn’t whole heartedly surrender, despite the damaged, believable psychology of the central characters (and others) was for two reasons: firstly, I’m always uneasy when children are left alone sleeping in flats whilst protagonists happily go out on their plot-driven business, when none of the characters seem to think twice about this. Perhaps I’m too modern day a reader, as this will inevitably suggest something terrible about to happen to the child (so it seems like a device of its own) and, if that doesn’t happen, we just have a child who might perhaps be only a device in a story. As I think she is here. She has a remarkable ability to sleep through everything where her waking might create problems for the author. And – the admittedly, very clever - solution to the mystery just felt TOO clever for this reader.

Part of the problem for me, is that, as a book, it offered me far too much scope to dissect it as I went along, because once disengaged from the wonderfully atmospheric early stages, my interest remained cerebral, and had no feverishly visceral, emotionally engaged turning the pages quality, just a cooler, ‘I wonder what the trick is’

However – this would make a very wonderful noir movie and I do hope some European film maker does make it (not Hollywood, please) It needs actors who are not too well known, so that they don’t bring the weight of other roles with them, but are nonetheless, crafted, experienced actors. It’s a very filmic book in many ways, and cinematography and music and the speed of a movie would prevent an audience having time to find that ‘twist’ too clever.

3 ½, rounded up
Romans de la nuit (French Edition)
Romans de la nuit (French Edition)
Beau travail d'édition, le volume est très agréable et la documentation représente un complément appréciable (filmographie, par exemple); il vaut mieux lire les présentations de chaque histoire APRES avoir lu l'histoire elle-même.
Le sort littéraire de Frédéric Dard a été évidemment très injuste : bien sûr, il avait sa place parmi les académiciens ! la construction de ses récits, l'efficacité concentrée de ses descriptions, la virtuosité des silhouettes qu'il esquisse et le clair-obscur des caractères qu'il approfondit jusqu'à la médiocrité la plus centrale,.. toute sa machinerie purement littéraire fonctionne. La deuxième évidence à laquelle on n'échappe pas, c'est la comparaison de ces quelques "romans noirs" avec les 175 San-Antonio qu'il a généreusement produit avec une verve inégalée !
Ici, on parle de "romans noirs, sombres et angoissants" : ils paraissaient tels avant toutes les horreurs débitées en télé et vidéos. Maintenant, ils sont un peu "datés" et presque "sages": Une intrigue qui démarre sur les chapeaux de roue et hop, vous êtes bons pour aller jusqu'au bout... on n'écrit plus de cette façon, on ne raconte plus ce genre d'histoires. C'est dommage. La littérature populaire n'existe plus parce que le populaire ne lit plus. Et ceux qui font de la littérature non populaire nous emm****, la plupart du temps. Non, pas toujours, mais souvent. Avec Frédéric Dard, on ne s'ennuie JAMAIS.
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Wattaildragon (GAOV-EN001) - Galactic Overlord - 1st Edition - Common
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Wattaildragon (GAOV-EN001) - Galactic Overlord - 1st Edition - Common
This is a great card that is very useful for dragon decks (hieratics). Yes this card is common and can be pulled from packs that cost about four bucks along with other cards. However, IT IS NOT GUARANTEED that you will get this card from the packs. I for one, bought around 8 packs and did not receive this card. It's all about luck. Thus this card is not overpriced, in my opinion, because you are guaranteed to get it from amazon for such a low price. Especially since most cards are a minimum of 50 cents.
Get on Top: Of Your Pleasure, Sexuality & Wellness: A Vagina Revolution
Get on Top: Of Your Pleasure, Sexuality & Wellness: A Vagina Revolution
This book is two parts. One part is middle school sex-ed. The other part is the author self-promoting her brand of condoms, (while telling you to have sex with as many people as you can.) I found the book irresponsible, misleading, and uninformative. I expected to explore the feelings around sex & pleasure and to learn how to start conversations with a partner in order to achieve a fulfilling sexual relationship. Instead, I got a vagina diagram, advertising, and some rich girl telling me to have sex with everyone I meet. Her advice should not be followed! Whatever you do, do not give this to your teen!
(4 Pack) Sound Absorption-Diffuse Acoustic Panel «Skyross» for rec.studio | Black glossy (plastic)
(4 Pack) Sound Absorption-Diffuse Acoustic Panel «Skyross» for rec.studio | Black glossy (plastic)
I got these and some other styles for the control room of my studio. I was under the impression that the panels had actual wood, or at least a vernier of wood. They are not. They are basically cardboard with a wood-grain photo on them. Which is ironic because they do not ship in a cardboard box. Instead they just wrapped the panel in plastic wrap with some cardboard staves on the corners. As a result, all four of the one I ordered of this style arrived broken (see photo), The other styles arrive undamaged. They come with little metal plates on which to hang them. I got 16 panels and 15 plates, so I could not hang that last one.

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

The action then plays out in general predictability with only the specifics that are relevant for this particular film emphasized. Except for a somewhat leathery face, DL still has his physique and mojo. He will not disappoint. Sylvester S. doesn't look as good. In the end, you get exactly what you expected and hoped (?) for. This was a "Command Performance" worth watching though those wishing not to attend don't have to take the title literally.
Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Handbook (Eu-Undefined)
Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Handbook (Eu-Undefined)
Not only the handbook for Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, this book introduces the ways to film to make your home movie more interesting. Instead of shooting without any plan, home video amateurs can really take advantage of the suggestions in the book for better planning to get better entertaining result.

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