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JavaScript Essentials (Smashing eBook Series 13)
JavaScript Essentials (Smashing eBook Series 13)
JavaScript Essentials (Smashing eBook Series 13) by Smashing Magazine. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Mastering KnockoutJS
Mastering KnockoutJS
Mastering KnockoutJS by Timothy Moran. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Canton (Images of America)
Canton (Images of America)
Canton (Images of America) by Rebecca Johnston. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shining in the Dark
Shining in the Dark
Shining in the Dark by Hans-Åke Lilja - editor, Jacques Roy, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
El inversor inteligente [The Smart Investor]: Un libro de asesoramiento práctico [A Practical Advice Book]
El inversor inteligente [The Smart Investor]: Un libro de asesoramiento práctico [A Practical Advice Book]
Entiendo que es un libro muy importante escrito por grandes referentes del mundo de la inversión, pero en mi caso, creo que tengo un nivel medio y aun así no entendía los términos que utiliza. Creo que está traducido del inglés literal y no a nuestras expresiones, por lo que a mi se me ha hecho casi imposible de entender, he de decir que los comentarios si que clarifican un poco el contenido, pero no lo suficiente.
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Reading Prepared challenged me to hold myself and my parenting accountable to a new standard of what’s possible versus what’s problematic in education. It’s an optimistic and long term view at how education could change to help our kids thrive as meaningful and engaged adult members of society far beyond graduation.

In Prepared, Tavenner narrates her own journey as student, an educator and founder of Summit Schools to the parent of a high schooler. Using personal anecdotes, robust research and sixteen years of leading Summit, her goal is to deepen the current conversations around education and broaden our definition of success.

Through project based lessons, advocacy, self-awareness and mentoring, Summit students take ownership of their learning, thereby driving curiosity and engagement. Tavenner identifies how important it is to shift the responsibility to the students to understand HOW they learn not just WHAT they learn.

While Prepared provides resources and a blueprint for a new approach to education, its real gift is sharing the long-term focus on helping our students grow and problem solve well into their adult lives.
Libra: The Cryptocurrency Revolution: How Facebook Crypto Will Change the Global Banking System, Detailed Instructions on How to Use It to Make Payments, Investments, Trading... and Differences from Bitcoin
Libra: The Cryptocurrency Revolution: How Facebook Crypto Will Change the Global Banking System, Detailed Instructions on How to Use It to Make Payments, Investments, Trading... and Differences from Bitcoin
We all know that Libra is a crypto currency that facebook launched. But do we know what it will do or what its purpose and how to use it? Well i know now and also most of us do. But if you dont know about it than you are still in the 90s man. Grab this book and you will find all your questions answer regarding facebooks libra.
All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster
All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster
Here we have a voluminous history of the Napster phenomenon, but only from a certain jaundiced angle. As a critical outside journalist, Joseph Menn was unable to directly interview some of the principal players in the saga, and often relies on legal documentation. In turn, much of his research is based on secondary sources and hearsay from people not directly involved in the events described. This all taints many parts of the book and reduces its believability. We do get a good rundown of the genesis of Napster, as teenage computer whiz Shawn Fanning and some ambitious hacker friends had a brilliant idea about music file sharing, which then got far more monstrous than anyone could have ever expected. Menn then spends most of the book describing the byzantine investment deals and corporate wheeling and dealing to launch the doomed Napster corporation, in ways that were preposterous even during the dot-com bubble. In the end, enthusiastic people with great ideas tried to cash in, and watched forlornly as others let everything crash and burn.

These investigations by Menn are initially informative but descend into a tiresome swamp of nitpicking and unnecessary details that detract from the more interesting cultural ramifications of the Napster craze. And the biggest problem is that Menn gets very personal, especially when describing the business executives who got involved in Napster after its incorporation - piling on criticisms from other people who are clearly not neutral observers, and dwelling uselessly on people's love lives and personal transgressions. This goes especially for an apparent personal vendetta that Menn seems to have against John Fanning, Shawn's uncle and business strategist who muscled his way into prominence based on his nephew's invention. It's reasonably evident that John Fanning was a poor businessman and unfairly latched onto his nephew for his own gain. However, be suspicious of an author who relies on character assassinations toward someone who refused to give him an interview. Menn's questionable personal motivations and general focus on unnecessary details damage what could have been a very insightful book. [~doomsdayer520~]
A Horn for Louis: Louis Armstrong - as a kid! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
A Horn for Louis: Louis Armstrong - as a kid! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Children's books that take place in New Orleans have started popping up like daisies in a field. Not too long ago I discovered "Maggie's Amerikay" by Barbara Timberlake Russell, which discussed the mixing of Irish and former slaves in The Big Easy. And now I've found Eric A. Kimmel's, "A Horn For Louis" which in turn discusses the mixing of former slaves and Jews in The Big Easy. Now I consider myself to be a number one fan of author Kimmel's remarkable picture book, "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock", so I was intrigued by this particular title. Kimmel has attempted to write an early chapter book on the slightly fictionalized youth of Louis Armstrong. Early chapter books, by the way, are rarities. Finding a well-written story that adheres to simple words and small chapters but STILL seems interesting... well that's a toughie. Few writers are up to the challenge. A big round of applause then to Mr. Kimmel who not only brings us some great factual information but a story with a full helping of heart, guts, and sass. A rare and wonderful find.

It's 1907 and young Louis Armstrong is off to work. He may only be a kid, but with his job at the Karnofsky junkyard he's bringing in a much-needed dollar a day for his mom and kid sister. It doesn't hurt that the Karnofskys are wonderful people. They feed Louis great food like kasha and black bread and treat him like a member of the family. On this particular day, it's the first night of Hanukkah. Louis doesn't know much about the holiday, but he knows how to do his job on the junk cart. With a little dinky tin horn that he keeps in his pocket, the boy is able to announce to customers that the junk cart is near. Louis yearns to someday be a brilliant musician like his idol Joe Oliver, the man the people call King. Unfortunately, a clash with some local boys ends with Louis destroying his little tin horn. It'd be great if he could buy beautiful new horn, but he just doesn't have the money. Fortunately for him, it's Hanukkah and the Karnofskys are not going to rest until Louis Armstrong gets a horn of his own.

In his Author's Note, Kimmel mentions that he personally went to New Orleans to do some research on this book. It seems to me that he must have written the story just before the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina. The book deftly captures street names, neighborhoods, and little details that most young reader titles would eschew in favor of plot. That's what sets "A Horn For Louis" outside of the pack. Add in the multiple facts about Jewish immigrants to America, and a full glossary of Yiddish terms, AS WELL as a really remarkable Bibliography, and you have one of the finest titles for early chapter readers to hit the market in quite some time. That's not even mentioning the black and white illustrations by James Bernardin either. Bernardin gives us a Louis Armstrong that feels and looks realistic. This kid has a spark of life to him. The pictures in this book are plentiful and Bernardin is just as adept at portraying a New Orleans mausoleum as he is at showing Louis buttoning and unbuttoning his shoes.

So let's do some recap here. You've got an award-winning author with a gift of the gab and an illustrator with some artistic chops to match. You have tons of factual information, great source notes, and a glossary of terms for spice. Top it all off by noticing that this is an early chapter book (one of the most neglected literary forms in children's literature) and you've got yourself a fabulous, nay necessary, addition to your library. There is no excuse for not purchasing this book. It's as good as it gets and then some.
Bob Dylan Hard To Handle
Bob Dylan Hard To Handle
When I saw this was from Brazil or whatever country in South America speaks Portuguese, bells went off, alarms sounded and that little voice in the back of my head said "don't buy this, it's a cheap, shoddy rip-off." I had it on VHS and being unable to find an American release of the tour on DVD, decided to take a chance. I was glad I did. Quality-wise, its as good as the VHS tape and shows Dylan and Petty with the Heartbreakers as a superb back-up band in the days before the Traveling Wilburys had been dreamed of. Was this tour perhaps the genesis of that legendary super-group? Makes no difference, if you're a Dylan fan, this belongs in your collection. If you're a Petty fan, it belongs in your collection. Highlights include: Like A Rolling Stone, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Just Like A Woman (one of Dylan's forgotten mid-'60's masterpieces) and others. If you only buy one Dylan DVD, this should be the one. Don't let the Portuguese scare you....it's not subtitled.
ZTE Blade Spark Z971 (16GB, 2GB RAM) 5.5" Full HD Display | Dual Camera | 3140 mAh Battery | Android 7.1 Nougat | Fingerprint Security | 4G LTE | GSM Unlocked Smartphone
ZTE Blade Spark Z971 (16GB, 2GB RAM) 5.5" Full HD Display | Dual Camera | 3140 mAh Battery | Android 7.1 Nougat | Fingerprint Security | 4G LTE | GSM Unlocked Smartphone
I purchased this phone 2 times. The first time the phone came slightly damaged, it froze and was incredibly slow. So I returned it and thought Id give it a try again. I broke my previous phone and needed a phone until I purchase my new one with my contract.

The second phone came completely new without any visible problems- it worked great for the first month. After that it slowed down, it freezes and it cant handle a lot- downloading apps, using multiple apps or programs.
It freezes a lot, No one can ever hear me on a whatsapp call, i have issues with Bluetooth and hot spot- I can never use those features.

Its a good phone to use for a really short time while you get your phone fixed or get a new phone- not a long term phone.
Orasoft Extra Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth and Gums 5 Pack | Soft Bristle Toothbrushes | Extra Soft Toothbrush for Adults| Extra Soft Toothbrush for Gum Recession | Flossing Toothbrush
Orasoft Extra Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth and Gums 5 Pack | Soft Bristle Toothbrushes | Extra Soft Toothbrush for Adults| Extra Soft Toothbrush for Gum Recession | Flossing Toothbrush
I have more sensitive gums, so have always chosen soft toothbrushes. What sets these apart is that the bristles are a couple different lengths and finer strands than other toothbrushes I have found. These make it more enjoyable to really brush thoroughly.

Also, I have found these to be great for certain more critical car detailing tasks. Most brushes that are auto oriented are too stiff - easily scratching the clear coat/paint. I have found other toothbrushes to be useful, but these are the best I have found for these kinds of tasks.
Marvel Studios Greatest Achievement
Marvel Studios Greatest Achievement
Your insistence that Capt is a red, white and blue clad banner of old fashioned values is bogus, my dude. This VALUES are alive and well and MODERN. Thats why so many people connect with Capt.
WKDFOREVER 3D Captain Fashion Cosplay Hoodie Jacket Costume
WKDFOREVER 3D Captain Fashion Cosplay Hoodie Jacket Costume
I wanted to love this product and still kind of so, but it has too many downsides to say its a good product.

First, color is horrible. It looks like faded black against any black that I own.

Second, zipper is cheap and constantly gets stuck.

Third, the fit: i have a 42 inch chest, 30 inch waist, 5'7" height and big legs/hips due to being a weightlifter. I grabbed an XL after reading reviews and normally wear a large in everything. The bottom of this jacket fits great around my waist/belly area, but is longer than my midsection due to my height vs length (obviously right), so I have to pull the bottom closer to falling below my waist line as normal sweaters do for me. The problem is that when zippered shut, the bottom part of this sweater will not stretch very much and is super tight making it awkward to wear with the zipper shut. Again, I should have got a XXL but not sure if all sweaters would have done this as well.
Venom [With Bonus Content]
Venom [With Bonus Content]
Movie critics have a though job, I get it. They have to watch lots of movies and not for pleasure, but as a job. They can't just relax and have fun, they need to sit down and analyze every bit of a movie: script, acting, effects, lighting, music, dialogue, etc. They also have to compare with films of different genres and with the actors and directors previous efforts. There's a lot of work and baggage, and it's understandable when they demand more from a film. On the other hand, this process means they simply don't see films the way the general public does, and this disconnect sometimes means they'll be harsher on a film than they need to be. Sometimes this will be out of handling different expectations, and sometimes, being human as they still are, it'll be out of pure unfairness.

In the case of Venom, it seems to be a combination of both. The film seems to be almost universally reviled by critics while almost universally loved by audiences. While being completely fair I'll admit many of the complaints about this movie are completely legitimate, I still believe the treatment is receiving by critics is still preposterously exaggerated. I've ranted about this before, but it seems critics have simply grown accustomed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's formula, and anything that strays from it in any direction is automatically judged harsher, whether it deserves it or not. And Venom absolutely doesn't. Yes, it's campy. Yes, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Yes, it doesn't have any messages and it doesn't deal with any current socio-political issues. What does Venom offer in place of all that? Simple, primal and unbridled FUN.

Venom is the story of Eddie Brock, a reporter who believes in doing the right thing, even by using unconventional methods, and even if it means telling the truth about powerful people. Is because of this that he decides to investigate on a rich industrialist who's secretly kidnapping people and experimenting on them. This gets him in serious trouble, and having no good deed going unpunished, he loses his job, girlfriend and apartment. But when a scientist grows a conscience and tells Brock about the secret experiments the industrialist is doing by merging humans with parasitical sentient goo life form known as "symbiotes", he decides to pay a visit and inadvertently becomes host for one of these creatures. Hilarity ensues.

The symbiote merging with Eddie calls himself "Venom". It's an intelligent creature that needs to feed and has less scruples about killing than Eddie does. With Eddie they form a symbiosis: the alien will augment Eddie's strength, agility and resilience while Eddie provides the alien with sustenance until he can find his companions. Having no choice, since he's being followed by people who want him dead, Eddie complies, but now finds himself bond to a creature that could cause the deaths of millions. Meanwhile, another symbiote named "Riot" is traveling the planet in search for the rest, and he has even less respect for other forms of life. Will Eddie be able to control Venom or convince him to join his side or will Venom and Riot unite against humanity?

Here's why Venom resonates so much with audiences: the story is simple to follow, the main characters are likable and, unlike other films in recent years, it doesn't try to beat messages into the audience's heads. Expect no attempts at political agendas or social issues; every bit of dialogue is in service of the story or the characters. But the main reason is that both main characters are just really fun to watch. Eddie and Venom form basically a buddy cop movie, with two different personalities clashing and being forced to work together.

They're also bloody hilarious. I complain a lot about movies in the MCU using humor as an excuse for plot development, having every character being a snide wise-cracker and ruining legitimately tense moments for the sake of a joke, but this one doesn't fall into those pits. The humor is relegated to Eddie and Venom's relationship, so not all characters feel the same, and tense moments are not punctuated by jokes, so the tension isn't lost.

Yes, I'll say that there are a bunch of plot holes and perhaps the story is too overly simplistic for those who expect something more, but if you're willing to just relax and have fun, this movie does the job very well.

How does it work as an adaptation? People complained a lot about the movie not being R-Rated and Spider-Man not forming part of the origin story, an I say that those people simply have no idea what they're talking about. Venom has always been goofy in the comics, this isn't a new development, and Spider-Man's involvement is unnecessary, since the character is strong enough to thrive on its own. Yes, having Venom show up in a Spider-Man movie would be benefitial... for Spider-Man's character. But Venom can perfectly work on its own without Spidey. That being said, I would very much like to see the characters clash in the future. We'll have to see, since it's still not clear if Venom and Spider-Man even exist in the same universe yet.

Bottom-line: if you're expecting elaborate plots, social messages and/or a serious tone this is the wrong place. But if all you want is fun, Venom will do the job perfectly.
Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Volume 4
Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Volume 4
Deadpool always did a good job with long story arcs and this collection is no different. There are three acts. First, Deadpool finds out there’s a serum that would allow him to be killed so he could join Mistress Death. That involves Kingpin, Tombstone, the X-Men, Hydra Bob and others. He ends changing his mind which leads to the Act Two where he loses his healing powers and becomes a hunted man with Black Box trying to kill him. Act Three is where former Interpol Agent Kemp tries to get revenge upon DP for crippling her in an earlier life. All the stories are good and entertaining and there are some laugh out loud moments.
Unisex Superhero Spandex Zentai Halloween Cosplay Costumes Adult/Kids 3D Style
Unisex Superhero Spandex Zentai Halloween Cosplay Costumes Adult/Kids 3D Style
Would have gave it 5 stars but the mask was way to small my son couldn't even get it over his head. And when he did. The eyes weren't even in a correct placement. The body suit is fantastic. My son wears a large in clothes so we ordered up to an xl figured that should do. And it fit perfectly. If he was any taller though it wouldn't have. The mask though. Lol now yes my child has a pretty large head lol. But even his little sister who is 6 couldnt ever get it on her head. And when we finally did it was wonky. And she couldn't even so I took off the eye covers to see where her eyes were and they were to far apart and one was hire than the other. So my son can't wear the mask for sure.

If it wasn't for the mask we would have gave it 5 stars.
Ty Marvel Black Panther
Ty Marvel Black Panther
My kiddo loves the Avengers and stuffed animals. Black Panther is well stitched and has all the great detailing of the suit. Great addition to thr toy collection.
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos for Strings: Cello (with Piano Acc.), Book & CD
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos for Strings: Cello (with Piano Acc.), Book & CD
Il prodotto è costituito da:
- un libro a colori contente partiture complete per pianoforte e violoncello.
- un libro contenente solo le parti di violoncello (utile per lo studio in quanto permette di concentrarsi sulle proprie parti in una o due pagine massimo per pezzo).
- CD per effettuare il playalong. Ogni brano è presente in una versione completa di violoncello ed una in cui è assente per consentire di suonare insieme agli altri strumenti. Da notare che all'inizio del CD viene dato il LA in modo da poter accordare i violoncello. L'accordatura è LA 442.
Per chi ama LOTR è sicuramente un buon sistema per incentivare lo studio, lo consiglio però anche a chi non ama il film in quanto la colonna sonora è scritta da compositori di fama internazionale ed alcuni brani sono veramente piacevoli da interpretare al violoncello.
Thoreau's Morning Work: Memory and Perception in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, the "Journal", and Walden
Thoreau's Morning Work: Memory and Perception in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, the "Journal", and Walden
This book is an in depth study to "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" and "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau and is aproached in a sensative way reflecting the fame of the ideas that Thoreau spread via Count Leo Tolstoy to Mahatma Gandhi reinventing the Sancrit word {Ahimsa} none violence into modern usage.
This book is a deeper look into different angles of the wisdom that Thoreau dismininated in his journals from reflextions from old Vedic scriptures with an interlctual trend that continued through to beyond Dr Martin Luther King and the movement of the nineteen sixties.
In all its a book that continues with a sympathetic view onto the ideas of Thoreau as the growth emerges from his closeness to nature and a profound care for all beings. Thoreau was one of the direct action man living in a time of delusion who is much negelected in these days of media hype and worship of the mighty dollar.
Thot
Thot
This was an okay listen on audible. As far as the audio production value, it was done well. There was not any background noise and the recording volume level was kept an appropriate level. In regards to the story itself, the plot and characters were interesting and the content relevant. However, the timeline was confusing. The buildup to a "showdown" between two of the female characters fizzled when things finally came to an end.
The Key to Midnight
The Key to Midnight
The Key to Midnight is one of those books that came out quite a while ago, but was revised several times. I think I read the most recent version. Although, I don’t think it changed my mind on any of it. Let’s see what I thought.

The Ugly: Okay, there were several points in the book where Dean Koontz just went into a wild tangent of explaining foods, surroundings, and what not. Yes, description is nice and all, but leave a bit to the imagination. All he really did was take away from the main story.

The Bad: Aside from the distractions in descriptions, Mr. Koontz didn’t really build any supporting characters. It was more they were there, but they didn’t matter in the total story. The story was all about Alex and Joanna. Major lack in supporting cast for this book.

The Good: There was a point in the book where you realize there is a major conspiracy going on. As I said above, I believe I read one of the later versions of the book. I do believe that helped in the overall story. How this conspiracy worked in the original version is beyond me. The twist and turns are what helped.

Final Thoughts: I’m glad I read a recent version. I don’t think I would have liked the original version as much. Yes, the distractions hurt quite a bit, but if you tough them out you’ll be okay.
Nothing Ventured (William Warwick Novels Book 1)
Nothing Ventured (William Warwick Novels Book 1)
Dare I really critisize a book by Jeffrey Archer? One of my favourite authors of all times. A book I have waited for and unwrapped with ecitement a few days ago?
Of course "Nothing Ventured" gave me some happy moments. I enjoyed the introduction of new detective William Warwitch and his adventures. However, only to a certain extent.
At first, I wondered why, when reading at night, I got tired and postponed continuing to the day after. Usually I read well into the night when a new Archer-book arrives. I cannot wait to find out what happens next….. That did not happen with this book. At times I simply got bored. For the first time ever Archer managed to repeat and describe the most obvious banalities. But most of all was the clever author simply too clever this time.
Do people really talk like this? Are they so quick and witty in every conversation, or worse simply daily small-talk, as in this book? Daily life and communication is not cleverly prepared lines in a theatre play.
It's not a spoiler to say that all ends well. Even the fairytale part of this books ends in the sweetest bliss. All the main players are good and decent people and the stage is set for the next chapter of young William's adventures.
Pleasant entertainment but by far the best I have read by this amazing author. Actually, I recommend his three books written in jail as some of his very best. And that says something.
Asterix the Legionary: Album #10 (Book. 10)
Asterix the Legionary: Album #10 (Book. 10)
I have a large collection of French BDs which are either by the cultish legend Jacques Tardi or Romain Hugault's volumes which invariably pitch vintage aircraft being flown by extremely glamourous women. Asterix has always been on my radar but I think the style of drawing requires large pages simply because the amount of movement shown in each frame makes them difficult to understand if reduced in scale. The hard back editions are just about large enough to appreciate even if there is a lot of detail crammed into the frames and the characterization is not as clear or vivid as Tardi's more politicized efforts.

I concur with the account of an archaeologist from the city of London museum who commented in an article in a broadsheet I read many years ago that they are worthwhile reading simply because of the authors' understanding of 1st century BC history. On the face if it, each story is slightly ridiculous and aimed at young children yet there are genuine elements of both Roman and Iron Age history where things are captured in such a fashion that it is clear that research has not only gone into putting the stories in to a genuine historical context but also to include details such as the multitude of languages spoken in the Roman army, the rule of Druids, Roman bureaucracy, etc which have much basis in fact. If you like, whilst Uderzo and Goscinny are commenting on the then contemporary society, these books are something that a Roman might find amusing too - although the unflattering portrayal of the Roman army would mean that they would be considered more politicized if this was the case!

I feel that these books work on three levels. The slapstick nature of much of the humour is clearly going to appeal to kids whereas the clever, punning names and the gentle sending up of national stereotypes means that there is sufficient for adults to enjoy too. In this volume, the joke regarding the search for Panacia's handsome fiance is not fully realized until near the end when it become clear that they are portrayed as an Iron Age Ken and Barbie! The humour is pretty sophisticated despite Asterix and Obelix tending to mete out "Tom and Jerry" style violence. However, the final level of jokes will be the appeal to anyone with an understanding of history who will appreciate the subtle reworkings of Julius Caesar's Gallic War account.

I ripped through this book within an hour and then immediately re-read parts as it became clear that not all the jokes are immediately apparent. This is the first Asterix I have read although I have previously bought a few for my nephew who was totally under-whelmed. Having finished this volume which satirizes training and conscription in the Roman army, I think that Uderzo and Goscinny were really writing for historians. All in all, I really recommend these books although to appreciate them fully it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the history.
The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll (Perry Mason Series Book 55)
The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll (Perry Mason Series Book 55)
Wow! What's not to like about Perry Mason books? I admit to being a Perry Mason television show fan (yes, from way back in the 50's and 60's) and have luckily found them being aired on television again. So, I decided to try some of Erle Stanley Gardner's books. Way Cool! I think Perry pushes the legal envelope in the books even more than on TV. Come on, fellow Baby Boomers, reacquaint yourself with Perry Mason in the written word! For younger people, it's a great lesson in literature and dialog of the time they were written. I highly recommend you read just one and I think you'll be hooked. It will show you a different time, different dialog and some darn interesting who done it. At least it's complicated enough with enough characters to make it very interesting. I have honestly never known who the murderer was until the end of the book or the end of the TV show. That is an indication of very good writing.
Touch the Wind
Touch the Wind
This is one of those romances that will have you biting down on your fingers in suspense and swinging your legs , squealing because of the sultry love interactions between the two characters. I've read this one at least five times. Every time I read it, it gets better and better. Read it! You won't be sorry.
The Bourne Ultimatum: A Novel
The Bourne Ultimatum: A Novel
Ich habe zuerst den Film gesehen und jetzt das Buch gelesen. Ich muss sagen, den Film war schon hammer, aber das Buch ist noch viel viel besser. Ich habe es förmlich verschlungen und das war ganz schön dick, wenn man davon absieht, dass ich es auf mein Kindle geladen haben. Es ist sehr umfangreich, möchte ich sagen. Ich habe es gelesen, wann immer ich konnte. Also, dass Buch lässt sich einfach nicht toppen. Also sehr sehr empfehlendswert. Ich möchte am liebsten mehr als fünf Punkte geben, weil ich wirklich seit langer Zeit nicht so ein superspannendes Buch gelesen haben.
The Book of Human Insects
The Book of Human Insects
Osamu Tezuka is a name that should not only be known among anime fans, but also among those with even an inkling of passion in the visual arts. To his credit is the creation of narrative manga as we know it today, and the founding of several manga conventions that have since ascended into the collected conscience of the medium. After starting his career with such family-friendly classics as "Astro Boy" and "Kimba the White Lion", Tezuka began to focus on more adult-oriented work in the mid-to-late sixties. This kicked off the period which arguably showed the most of his capability as both an artist and a thinker, and it is in this period that he created "The Book of Human Insects."

"The Book of Human Insects" follows a reporter who becomes ensnared in the world of a young woman who has reached the top of both the academic and artistic world. Through painting, acting, and writing, among other things, she has gotten to a place where no other person has before. There's only one problem: the work she does is never her own. The woman is a master of mimicry, and becomes close to anybody who she finds talented in order to steal their secrets. But what happens to the original creators is more insidious than anybody could imagine, guaranteeing that the victims of plagiarism never say a peep about the woman.

Saying anymore would spoil this excellent story, and rest assured, it IS excellent. As one would expect from any Tezuka story, this is a book devoid of flaws in the way of visuals and storytelling. Many visuals here, though, feel a bit more experimental than future mature works from the artist. It's clear that "The Book of Human Insects" falls into the same vein as "Swallowing The Earth", in the sense that it shows a more transitional approach to his work as opposed to the polish that we'd later see from, say, "Buddha." This approach exudes a certain confusion as to what Tezuka was trying to do when drawing this work up, attempting to be mature but struggling to get out of the cartoon-y box he'd built around himself.

This, however, isn't detrimental to the work at all. It actually makes it a good bit more interesting to read, albeit a little disorienting at times. While it's definitely more structurally solid than "Swallowing the Earth", it still gives us a glimpse into the mind of Tezuka when he was trying to carve out a slot for himself in the pantheon of contemporary gegika manga-ka. What he came up with may not be completely deadpan in tone, but perhaps that's for the better. Where Sampei Shirato and Kazuo Koike failed by being much too grim, Tezuka succeeded by experimenting with disturbing (and disturbed) plotlines while maintaining the schoolboy-like zeal that eventually would cement his place as the definitive God of Manga. And it's precisely that stark juxtaposition of comedy and thriller that makes "The Book of Human Insects" so engaging.

Story: B+

Art: B+

Overall: B+
Laugh Out Loud
Laugh Out Loud
My son was so excited about this one. He loves all Pattersons kids books. Chris Grabenstein too. He had no clue this book existed and he read it all in a few hours. It brings a lot of characters from previous books in and he loved that.
The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs
The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs
I'm a Christian mother, but I don't really like pushed/forced feeling views coming through in children's books. I prefer for a child to learn principles of the Gospel in Sunday School or doing religious studies at home, in the scriptures or otherwise. This book has just a little too much religion and it's coming at a perspective the author has, which not all Christians would share. It takes away some of the fun in the book. I prefer the Berenstain Bear books that aren't part of the faith series, even though I'm a faith-rearing mother. The illustrations are cute. My child was vaguely interested in the book though, as compared to many others.
Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake
Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake
Parfois un peu long mais assez réaliste d'une vie de pionnier, d'une vie ou ceux qui arrivent avec culture et patrimoine tracent leur chemin mais aussi tous les autres qui battissent leur vie différemment avec leurs ressources différentes ou sans ressources, une vie ou la couleur de la peau est extrêmement importante
La lente évolution de l'état d'esprit de la société est bien décryptée , le monde qui n'a pas intérêt à changer (des conservateurs ancrés sur des schémas de progrès discutables) les plus élevés qui bloquent l’ascension des autres avec néanmoins l'inexorable changement qui montre que de toutes les époques il faut des combats pour que le monde change !
NARUTO Massiv 2
NARUTO Massiv 2
Der Manga ist echt sehr schön & die Qualität des Buches ist super!
Aufgrund der Breite ist es leider etwas unhandlich.

Die Übersetzung ins Deutsche ist leider nicht sehr gut.
Manche Wörter werden übersetzt, manche werden nicht übersetzt.
Teilweise unschlüssig bzw. unlogisch oder einfach falsch(e Grammatik).
Manche Wörter/Sätze ergeben keinen Sinn zum Bild bzw. passen einfach nicht wirklich in die Szene.
Die mäßige Übersetzung wertet den Manga leider etwas ab.
Allerdings ist Band 2 besser übersetzt, als Band 1 (der war eine unterirdische kleine Katastrophe). :,)

Ich hoffe, das bessert sich noch ein in den Nachfolge-Bänden. :)
Inferno (Robert Langdon) (Portuguese Edition)
Inferno (Robert Langdon) (Portuguese Edition)
De todos os livros do Dan Brown que li, foi o de que menos gostei. Comecei a ler e, a certa altura, parei, por achá-lo monótono demais. Depois, resolvi dar mais uma chance ao livro (afinal, trata-se de um Dan Brown, o que não é pouca coisa!). Insisti e li até o final, conseguindo desencavar algum interesse em vários momentos.
O autor aborda uma preocupação que me parece genuína, que é o alarmante crescimento da população mundial e sua ameaça à sobrevivência da raça humana. Qual a solução para essa superpopulação, diante da possibilidade de escassez de alimentos? A solução que o personagem doido do livro apresenta pode não ser das mais éticas, mas é algo a se pensar. Nisso, o final surpreende, e quem viu o filme irá perceber como ele se distanciou do livro, justamente em seu ponto mais fundamental. O que, no livro, é inesperado, no filme se transforma em algo comum e até banal.
Hotel [VHS]
Hotel [VHS]
Like many others, I've long since ditched my VHS player in favor of a DVD machine. I've searched and found most of my favorite films on disc, but this one has eluded me. I wish someone would wise up and put Hotel on DVD for us.

The story itself, multi layered and multi plotted, is entertaining to watch. However, the costumes, the ambiance, and especially the music combine to take the viewer out of his seat and into the inner workings of a wayfarer's inn of quality. There really were and are hotels of gentility like the one in this movie. All presented without a car chase, a martial arts brawl, or a single gunshot fired.

Usually, Rod Taylor is throwing punches, chasing bad guys, or otherwise bruising himself and others in breakneck action sequences. Here, he's urbane, educated, well tailored, and the kind of business manager I always wanted to be. Tough and tender by turns. The two female leads, especially Merle Oberon are absolutely lovely; lovely to look at and beautiful to watch capturing their characters. And has there ever been a more sophisticated figure than Michael Rennie? Or a sleazier house detective than Richard Conte? Also there are reminders of where New Orleans was on civil rights changes in the late sixties. From start to finish, what's not to like about this film?

I saw this movie several times when it was in movie theaters. As soon as it came out on VHS, I got a copy and nearly wore it out. Over the years I've introduced many friends and family members to the Hotel St. Gregory through this medium. I'd love to continue enjoying it and passing on it's images of a different, more elegant, slower time in a city struggling to move forward. Alas, my VHS tape is no longer servicable and my VCR is gone.

Along with the original Love Letters(Joseph Cotton and Jennifer Jones)and No Regrets(Edward Albert and Kate Jackson) Hotel is a romantic trip everyone can enjoy....over and over and over.
Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 7: Includes vols. 19, 20 & 21 (7)
Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 7: Includes vols. 19, 20 & 21 (7)
Starting on pg. 298 the print/ink quality declines. It continues to get worse from there. Maybe it is only my copy, but maybe it's not. It looks like they scrounged up the prints that were leftover (didn't pass QC) and decided to slap them into this particular 3-in-1 edition. Let's hope the second printing is better.

EDIT: The ink is not pitch black... It looks like someone took a white paintbrush and dotted the soul reaper uniforms... this printing issue is apparent in the replacement copy I received. DO NOT BUY THIS 3-IN-1! WAIT FOR THE SECOND PRINT OR BUY THEM SEPARATELY.
Bleach, Vol. 5
Bleach, Vol. 5
Ichigo Kurosaki is one of those many anime heroes that takes his fights very, very personally.

And Tite Kubo's "Bleach Volume 5: Right Arm of the Giant" he's called on to defend his pride against his new rival, a mysterious young man who can destroy Hollows with a spirit-bow. But their competition basically serves as a springboard for his buddies Chad and Orihime, and the mysterious powers that start popping up for them. what's more, events seem to be getting more complicated for Ichigo's little gang, fast.

While Ichigo is left fuming and forgetful after encountering the Quincy Uryu Ishida, Rukia takes a trip to Urahara's shop to find out what the Quincies are... or were. And after learning that Uryu goes to his school, Ichigo tries to trail him -- only to have the acid-tongued Uryu rope him into a Hollow-slaying contest, and deliberately causing Karakura to be overrun. Uryu's goal: to prove that Quincies are superior to Soul Reapers.

And across town, Chad is attacked by one particularly large one as he tries to defend Ichigo's little sister Karin. For all Chad's strength, his only hope is to call on a new power of his own. In the meantime, Orihime is helping her pals clean up when she spots a horrific Hollow octopus, who turns the other students into puppetlike zombies. But when Tatsuki is wounded trying to defend her friend, Orihime gets fighting mad.

"Bleach Volume 5: The Right Arm of the Giant" is something of a crossroad -- the action-packed plot is obviously about to blow out in every direction, with more Hollows than ever before doing nastier things than before. And additionally, it's pretty obvious that soon more Soul Reapers will be entering the scene -- and this might be a bad thing for Rukia.

In the meantime, we get plenty of slam-bang action -- Chad's punching power, Uryu's glowing spirit bow, and even the mild-mannered Orihime turns out to have some power coming from a very unusual source. Lots of green gore, vaporized Hollows, and some creepy varicose veins. The big surprise is that central hero Ichigo is about the only one who ISN'T really doing any fighting, but obviously that's going to start pretty soon, now that Orihime and Chad have shown their abilities.

Fortunately all this grimness and action is leavened by the humor from Kon and Ichigo's classmates, such as Keigo's shrieking horror when he learns that the punky Ichigo is No. 23 in their class ("You're possessed by ghosts! SMART, EVIL GHOSTS!") or Ichigo's ongoing difficulty remembering names and faces. And Orihime's powers -- manifested as a cute little gang of fairies -- are worthy of some chuckles, especially the feisty Tsubaki.

Our orange-haired hero is about the only one who doesn't have much development in this volume -- Chad and Orihime have plenty. Kubo spins quiet shadowed flashbacks into their backgrounds, showing the origins of Chad's "gentle giant" status and Orihime's friendship with the tomboyish Tatsuki. And we get a full introduction to Uryu, a sort of anti-Ichigo -- he's prickly, chilly, sews like a maestro, hates Soul Reapers and there are hints about what motivates him.

"Bleach Volume 5: Right Arm of the Giant" fleshes out two established characters and fully introduces a third one, while building up to what is obviously going to be a big confrontation.
Throne of Silver (Silver Fae Book 1)
Throne of Silver (Silver Fae Book 1)
3/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had a really hard time writing this review because there were a lot of things about this book that I liked and a lot that I did not like. This story follows Starr, a regular high school girl with big dreams for the future. When she goes to take a leadership test, she is shocked to discover that the test was a cover-up for an Organization who wishes to recruit her as an assassin. Next thing she knows, she's on the run from this crazy Organization. To her surprise, Christian, a goth boy from school who hates her, comes to her rescue and they team up to get her as far away from the Organization as possible.

I'll start with the pros. All in all, I really liked the concept of Starr being on the run from this Organization. It seemed interesting and I was curious about who they are and what they do. I also liked the side characters as they seemed really amusing and made the story more fun. I might grab a copy of book two just to figure out what's going on with the plot because it did intrigue me.

However, there were some cons as well. First off, I know this was supposed to be an enemies-to-lovers thing but it seemed like insta love. Also, some of the dialogue was kinda cringy. Sometimes random information was introduced and the main character just moved on like it was completely normal while I would still be trying to figure out what was happening. For example, (view spoiler)

Ultimately, I thought the concept was cool but it kinda fell flat for me. Maybe it suits other readers better? I'm probably going to read book two out of curiosity and that might help clear some things up.
Ueno Yanaka Satsujin Jiken: Chōhen Suiri Shōsetsu
Ueno Yanaka Satsujin Jiken: Chōhen Suiri Shōsetsu
浅見光彦は、テレビ局で何度も何度もリメイク(?)され、筋も風景も見たはずなのに、また見てしまう、なぞときなのになんでかわすれてしまう、というかそれより、なにかひっかかるポケットがそこここにあって、現れ、数度の視聴にたえ得る、というか面白い。
この谷根千シリーズ(?)は、私はみたことないシリーズだった。読んでみて文章の滋養豊富というか、社会問題、下町今昔、今風景、と、数十年前の描写でないです。というか、過去の伝説を絡めることによって深みと勘違い、なぞが生まれてるようで、狐につままれてるような浮遊感。ドラマ化分があればまだ視たいです。読んでみるのもいいもんでした。
No llores por un beso (Spanish Edition)
No llores por un beso (Spanish Edition)
He terminado de leer este libro con una congoja en el corazón al saber que va a ser la ultima historia que voy a poder leer de esta magnifica escritora que, por desgracia, nos ha dejado. Y desde luego no ha podido tener mejor broche final porque la historia es tan buena como actual.
La trama es espectacular, los personajes muy bien construidos y desde luego con esta autora el suspense de maravilla, como siempre.
Me ha gustado mucho, de hecho he sumergido en el libro y casi no he podido dejar de leerlo hasta el final...ha sido adictivo
Lo recomiendo
Red Mist: Scarpetta (Book 19) (Kay Scarpetta)
Red Mist: Scarpetta (Book 19) (Kay Scarpetta)
The first four fifths of this book could be the best Scarpetta novel in a long time. There is a single, coherent plot. There are realtively few minor characters. There is real mystery about what happened. The procedural parts of the book get back to the medical examiner material that Cornewell knows so well. The writing is tight and we do not have to spend too much time with Lucy and Marino. The Georgia Medical Examiner is particularly endearing. Cornwell can write.

Then there are the last twenty pages, where Cornwell rushes to finish the book as soon as possible by telling us everything that Scarpetta figured out in a moment of inspiaration. In first year writing class, we are told, "Show, not tell." This is a terrible example of "tell, not show." Cornwell could have usefully dropped about 100 pages from the first four-fifths of the book (articularly the parts where she is beating up on herself for various imaginary sins) and added about 100 working to solve the mystery. Have her interview the suspects. Have her go to the scenes of the crimes and the suspicious locations. Have the police and the FBI actually find some clues. Have Lucy actually go through some of her sneaky information-gathering processes. Throw in a few discoveries from California and Massachusetts bit by bit. Build a little suspense, rather than relate Scarpetta's paranoid worries. Put her in some real jeopardy.

Cornwell was never particularly good a writing action. Her strengths were character, procedure, and atmosphere. But at some point, a mystery writer needs not only to create a mystery, but to solve it. This mystery is solved more or less by a deus ex machina. We don't know how she did it. It is almost as if she wrote much of a good book first, did not know what to do with it, and attached her outline to the end of the book in lieu of a solution.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 71043 Castle Model Building Kit With Harry Potter Figures Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and more (6,020 Pieces)
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle 71043 Castle Model Building Kit With Harry Potter Figures Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and more (6,020 Pieces)
First if you are looking for an EXACT replica of Hogwarts this is a LEGO kit. It won't be exactly the same.
But they do a great job getting there. I bought this because I am putting together a scenario with a Hogwarts Express and wanted this to use in the background>
One one side you get the external side of Hogwarts (including a stained glass look in many of the windows, a neat surprise). It has many of the areas from the movies. The Great Hall, The Chamber of Secrets (with Basilisk), Moving staircases, Dumbledore's Office, Potions classroom, Defense against the Dark Arts Classroom ... even Umbridge's Pink Office. Add on items include Hagrid's Hut, The Whomping Willow (with car) and boats to travel to Hogwarts.
Figures it has some unique ones. In the mini-figures (what I consider normal LEGO size) there are the four founders of Hogwarts. But then there are over 30 "micro-figures" (maybe 1/2" in size) of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Snape, Dumbledore, Malfoy, Umbridge, and a variety of other Harry Potter characters. Good for setting the scene but probably not a good thing to play with if you are a kid.
I give it 5 stars because the only way you could improve it would be to add lights - which LEGO doesn't do (but other companies provide kits. Currently trying to add one of them now)
As an adult I picked this up as a Harry Potter fan. I found out through Facebook two other adults are doing the same model. The price is not for the faint of heart but it is a really complex. What you would expect for about 6000 pieces.
Definitely glad I did this. Already bought my next one to work on once I put the lights on this.
The Noble Collection Hermione Granger's Illuminating Wand
The Noble Collection Hermione Granger's Illuminating Wand
A birthday present for my 9 year old granddaughter. She was absolutely thrilled. The wand has enough detail on it that it isn't just a plastic stick. It is true that it is very sensitive. A slight flick turns it on and another flick turns it off. I showed her how to use the very small key to disengage the batteries when not in use. So far, we put batteries in it in June and now it is August and have not had to replace the batteries. She doesn't play with it everyday, but often enough and for long periods of time. She loves that by pushing the small leaf you can make the tip of the wand grow brighter. The case is very nice and substantial. She loves the picture of Hermione on the front.
ASICS Women's GT-2000 8 Running Shoes
ASICS Women's GT-2000 8 Running Shoes
I like the shoes when I first put them on. I bought 5.5 wide shoes and I'm 5'2. I walk a lot and do daily walks for many miles with my dogs, on pavements and on gravel trails. After a week of walking in these shoes, the sides started to rub against my ankle and became so uncomfortable that I stopped using the shoes. I might have to get in-soles insert to raise my feet higher inside the shoes to prevent this, but I was so disappointed I stopped using them. It was too bad because I felt good walking in them for a while. Maybe other people won't have this issue and I'm special, however, I doubt that.
Recipe Card Protectors, Refill Sheets, 20 Pack, Clear, 2 Cards Per Sheet
Recipe Card Protectors, Refill Sheets, 20 Pack, Clear, 2 Cards Per Sheet
There were a few issues with these, overall they looked nice. The slots for the cards are a little large so they fall out easily at the top, especially if you don't hold the binder upright. Might have made more sense to put the slots on the sides rather than the top of the protectors? Also, the third whole on 15 of the sheets was not punched and when I tried to do it myself it just ripped a hole bigger that was unattractive. This part is annoying because now I need to order more.
Half-Blood Princess: Abel's Slayers & The Guardians (Half Blood Princess Box-Set Book 2)
Half-Blood Princess: Abel's Slayers & The Guardians (Half Blood Princess Box-Set Book 2)
This is an amazing series, and it's so great that it comes in a box set!! I loved each and every story in it, and all the amazing characters. Definitely not a series I want to see end!!

Echo's of Silence~ I am so glad to get more of Sarah's story. I really like Tavian, and felt for him when he was possessed and attacked Sophia and Sarah. I understood why Sarah had to leave and run from him after that. Justin is awesome though. I'm glad that aspect is working out for Sarah, can't wait to find out more about the Banshee part though. We were also introduced to a new character, Blair. She is awesome too. I really love these stories.

A Witch's Mark~ Wow, what to say about Bryn and Ash's story...Amazing and parts are heart wrenching. The things that Bryn goes through, I'm surprised that she didn't break from it all. She is an amazingly strong woman. Ash has done a complete 360 since the very first book, my first impression of him was totally wrong. He is loving and caring and would do anything to protect the ones he loves, including Bryn. Bryn has to overcome some major set backs, including betrayal from someone she knows well. Was not expecting what happened, to happen.

Bound by Destiny~ Tavian is such a great character. The prophecy about him is finally happening. Ashlyn is now 18 (even though the twins were only born 6 years ago). Mel and Ashlyn go to New York before Mel starts school. Crazy things happen. Ashley calls Tavian, he comes to her. Things get crazier from there. Tavian has always been one of my favorites in this series. Mel also gets a few surprises in this book and not all are good.

Last Surrender~ What an awesome ending to this series!! It has left me wanting more though. I am so greedy sometimes lol. There is a lot going on in this book, it is about all the characters. They all have to come back home, to fight together, to save the town. They have missed a few of Zillah's followers, those followers have come to town also, making demands. Rachel will play a very important role in this book. But will she finally get what she wants from Dante? Great read!!
3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series Book 4)
3001: The Final Odyssey (Space Odyssey Series Book 4)
I almost didn't buy this book (even on sale for $1.99) because the reviews were so bad. But since I really liked the other 2 sequels, I figured I'd give it a shot. Having read it, this book is now right behind "2001" as one of my favorites of Arthur C. Clarke! It actually has a little character development (a rarity for Mr. Clarke) and completely follows the events of "2001". I think it nearly makes "2010" and "2061" completely irrelevant, partly due to retreading of the main plots points from each book, and because it maintains focus on the elements of the original. "2010" and "2061" are certainly worth reading, but they only follow "2001" in sequential time. The character focus shifts and there's not much added to the Monolith discoveries in either book. "2010" has a fairly major event involving the Monoliths, but "3001" sums that up in a chapter or two without leaving anything important out.

As far as the ending "ruining the series", I disagree. This book (as with most of Mr. Clarke's novels) does not wrap everything up in a tight bow. Rather, it ends the immediate worry of what the Monoliths are "really up to", and gives the human race some breathing room. I also really enjoyed the ride of this book in discovering human life in the 31st century. My only real leap in logic is the fact that Frank Poole could have ever existed to tell his story. But he is a nice central figure to have around, so I can let that go :)
Fishheads Club Live
Fishheads Club Live
Only fish fans will get this .and they won't be disappointed. Next best thing to actually being there.good value for money....shame not in blu ray
Colonel John Pelham: Lee's Boy Artillerist [Illustrated Edition]
Colonel John Pelham: Lee's Boy Artillerist [Illustrated Edition]
Just a bit of warning for purchasers of this book! This account almost appears like it was written for a juvenile audience. Indeed, the preface denotes hope that it will serve as an "inspiration to the youth of today". Hence, keep in mind this is not a very scholarly read - although a glossary of artillery terms and diagrams is very helpful. Nice starter text, but this effort by Mr Hassler wasn't quite what I wanted - nor expected.
Authentic Models, Solar System, Baby Crib Mobile - Multicolore
Authentic Models, Solar System, Baby Crib Mobile - Multicolore
I bought this item back in November, but with the holidays, I didn't get to install it until January. I found it easy to assemble. All the parts were clearly marked, and the instructions were sufficient. Each planet has an eye bolt and is labeled. The rods come with all the hanging strings attached and labeled, and only the string from which the entire assembly hangs needs to be cut to length. I like the photo art and it was nicely applied to each planet. I hung the mobile from the exposed ridge beam of the cathedral ceiling in my living room, where it has plenty of head clearance and is visible from all angles. I am very happy with this purchase, and I would recommend it. In my particular situation, I can imagine such a mobile about twice its size, to be a dominating focus in the existing space. Also, I got this because I have a 1950s era solar system mobile, (much smaller), which has 5 arms, so there is more motion than the 3 arms this item produces.
MAXCAM Selfie Stick Tripod Extension Rod for DJI OM 4 / Osmo Mobile 3 2 / Zhiyun, Aluminum Alloy Extension Rod + Aluminum Alloy Tripod. (DJI Osmo Mobile and Mobile Phone NOT Included)
MAXCAM Selfie Stick Tripod Extension Rod for DJI OM 4 / Osmo Mobile 3 2 / Zhiyun, Aluminum Alloy Extension Rod + Aluminum Alloy Tripod. (DJI Osmo Mobile and Mobile Phone NOT Included)
 I was really excited to order this item once it arrived it looked nice and built from quality materials. However after mounting my Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal and IPhone 8+ at full extension the unit would wobble and if any wind was present you could see unit sway back and forth. Tried contacting for a replacement but no reply yet. Will update in the future.

Update: 8/3/20. Doesn’t work unstable not willing to risk damaging my Omso Mobile 3 and IPhone 8+ unit wobbles indoors with just A fan blowing on low near it. Outdoors it at full height it blows in wind and will topple over. Doesn’t support enough weight poor design and poor work man shop. Avoid this item save your money buy name brand unless you want risk it tipping over damaging your expensive iPhone.
India: A Sacred Geography
India: A Sacred Geography
But the truly effacacious pilgrimmage is one that combines the ritual journey with true faith, " the one who always bathes in earthly tirthas as well as the tirthas of the heart reaches the supreme goal." Diane Eck, 'India: A Sacred Geography.

Two themes stand out in this outstanding scholarly study of 'India: A Sacred Geography', A) the pilgrim and B) What is India.

This book approaches the landscape from the pilgrims' point of view: as mythology rooted in geography. Ms Eck travels to the sites of Shiva's many manifestations, picks up the pieces of the dismembered goddess, and visits the temples dedicated to Vishnu. In Braj, in north India, she relates immersive reconstructions of stories from Krishna's life which pilgrims re-enact. Finally, she traces the journey made by Ram as he travelled from Ayodhya in the north to Lanka (presumed to be present-day Sri Lanka) in the south, navigating the length of the country.

Eck's book conclusively shows that India is shaped not by the modern notion of a nation-state, "but by the extensive and intricate interrelation of geography and mythology (around rivers, shores, mountains, forests) that has produced this vast landscape of tirthas". Pandit Nehru said this even more authoritatively in his historic address at AICC's Madurai session in October 1961: "India has, for ages past, been a country of pilgrimages. All over the country, you find these ancient places, from Badrinath, Kedarnath and Amarnath, high up in the snowy Himalayas down to Kanyakumari in the south. What has drawn our people from the south to the north and from the north to the south in these great pilgrimages? It is the feeling of one country and one culture."

The Spirit of India is, in fact, the Idea of India. You cannot even begin to understand India without acknowledging, experiencing and comprehending its sacredness-that is, without becoming a pilgrim yourself. Whether you go to Girnar,Chisti's Dargah in Ajmer, or Kanyakumari, whether you bathe in the Holy Ganga or in the "tirthas of the heart" ,to reach the shores of after-life, is up to you.

In closing, the idea of Indian sacredness is not some western concept grafted on to the subcontinent in a fit of mystical Orientalism: it is instead an idea central to India's mythological conception of itself, which "continues to anchor millions of people in the imagined landscape of their country". Hindu mythology consistently visualises India as a spiritually charged and "living landscape in which mountains, rivers, forests and villages are elaborately linked to the stories of the gods and heroes. The land bears traces of the gods and the footprints of the heroes. Every place has its story and, conversely, every story in the vast storehouse of myth and legend has its place ... In this mental map, geography is overlaid with layer upon layer of story."

As Professor Eck writes in her conclusion: "The affirmation of the everywhere of the sacred - this is the peculiar genius of the theology given expression in the landscape of India."
Questa non è una canzone d'amore (Le avventure di Carlo Monterossi Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Questa non è una canzone d'amore (Le avventure di Carlo Monterossi Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Questa non è davvero una canzone d'amore! In compenso si ride tanto: dolce, dolceamaro e amaro. Per essere il primo libro della serie in cui il nostro eroe è un certo Carlo Monterossi che casualmente produce programmi TV e a tempo perso fa l'investigatore suo malgrado, il libro ha centrato l'obiettivo.
L'intreccio è fatalmente ingarbugliato, la conta dei cadaveri è impressionante e sulla carta l'effetto dovrebbe essere granguignolesco. Invece nonostante tutto il romanzo è gradevole e addirittura con una punta di feroce allegria che accompagna tutti i personaggi, ostinatamente decisi a percorrere la propria personalissima strada verso una qualche forma di dignità ma destinati a riuscire solo in parte e con fatica e non pochi compromessi. In fondo come tutti noi.
La differenza fra vittime e carnefici è quasi risibile; ed infatti tutti suscitano nel lettore una qualche forma di fascino perverso: ne proviamo orrore e ne proviamo pena e ci toccano, dove non penseremmo mai, nelle nascoste forme di intolleranza che tutti coviamo nell'animo.
Ovviamente la storia è sopra le righe ed improbabile all'estremo, ma l'autore è tanto abile da rendere il lettore indifferente a questo aspetto e più che disponibile a farsi travolgere.
Penso che cercherò altri libri dello stesso autore
Make Ready TV
Make Ready TV
Plenty of great content from some of the best instructors in the business. You will not be disappointed. Guns, gear, tactics, preparedness and medical are just some of the categories. I've been a member for over a year. Plenty of fresh content added weekly. I highly recommend Make Ready productions.
EASY EAGLE Leg Pillow, Memory Foam Orthopedic Knee Support Pillow for Sleeping On Side, Pain Relief for Sciatica, Back, Hips, Knees, Joints & Pregnancy,1 Pack
EASY EAGLE Leg Pillow, Memory Foam Orthopedic Knee Support Pillow for Sleeping On Side, Pain Relief for Sciatica, Back, Hips, Knees, Joints & Pregnancy,1 Pack
I have a back condition which sometimes causes pain on my left side and, quite frequently the condition triggers sciatica in my left hip and thigh. I find it impossible to sleep on my left side or flat on my back, and the fact that I’ve been sleeping with my left leg over my right hasn’t helped matters. This leg pillow looked to be the ideal solution and, since I’ve had it, I’ve been able to lay in a more natural position, with my left leg cushion over the right. This has resulted in a much better sleeping position and a much better night’s rest.
Foamily Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, 24" L X 24" W, Standard/White
Foamily Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, 24" L X 24" W, Standard/White
I ordered 2 for my Aunt. Wonderful product! The pillow inserts are compressed and wrapped in plastic, but they fill out generously once removed from the package. (Give it atleast 15 minutes to expand to its proper size, people! DUH) The backing is NOT cheap & paper thin, contrary to some peculiar ratings and reviews. I would think half of you have never bought a pillow before. I even read a few reviews who complained about the pillow being mis-shaped when it arrived in its original packaging. ...You dont suppose the fact its wrapped up in tight plastic anything to do with that, geniuses? Take it out of its package and let it expand! LOL The quality is equivalent to a higher grade pillow at Wal-Mart, for half the price, considering you get 2. Worth the money and I will be coming back for more! They are made in the U.S.A. too. :-)
T-Shirt Alignment Tool - Ruler - Centering Tool | HTV Alignment | Guide
T-Shirt Alignment Tool - Ruler - Centering Tool | HTV Alignment | Guide
Thought this would help with alignment but doesn’t help any which way, i was better at aligning with my method, this was a waste of money should have just got the t-square instead. Like previous comment the scoop/neck area is too small for standard shirts, making alignment more difficult and timely. I have more use with a ruler :/
Muscle Massage Gun, Percussion Massage Gun Deep Tissue for Athletes, 30 Speeds Quiet Handheld Massager, LCD Touch Screen with 10 Head
Muscle Massage Gun, Percussion Massage Gun Deep Tissue for Athletes, 30 Speeds Quiet Handheld Massager, LCD Touch Screen with 10 Head
Mich hat vor einem halben Jahr die Brotbacklust gepackt. Seitdem gibt es regelmäßig selbstgemachtes Brot aus dem gusseisernen Topf. Leider mögen unsere Kinder Brot nicht sonderlich, aber Laugenbrezeln umso mehr. Für den typischen Geruch und die Färbung ist ein Bad in Natronlauge vor dem Backen notwendig. Wir haben den Teig und die Brezeln zusammen mit unseren Kindern gemacht. Das Bad in der Lauge und das Backen haben wir übernommen, das Essen wiederum unsere Kinder. Wir sind absolut zufrieden und für alle Hobbyköche anbei ein schneller Rezept für ca. 10 Laugenbrezeln.

- 500 Gramm Mehl (Type 550)
- 1 Päckchen Trockenhefe
- 300 Milliliter Wasser (lauwarm)
- 40 Gramm Margarine
- 1 TL Salz
- 1,5 Liter Wasser
- 2 EL Natron
- Salz (grobkörnig, zum Bestreuen)

1. Hefe und Mehl vermischen und mit Knethaken eines Handrührgeräts das lauwarme Wasser, die Margarine und das Salz unterrühren.
2. Teig an einem warmen Ort etwa eine halbe Stunde gehen lassen.
3. Teig in 10 gleich große Teile schneiden und einzelnen Stücke auf bemehlter Arbeitsfläche ausrollen. Die Rollen sollten ca. 40 cm lang sein. Anschließend zu Brezeln formen.
4. Natron in Wasser aufkochen und jede Laugenbrezel einzeln 30 Sekunden lang eintauchen. Am besten mit einer Schaumkelle herausnehmen, abtropfen lassen und auf ein mit Backpapier ausgelegtes Backblech legen.
5. Brezeln an der dicken Seite einschneiden und bei Bedarf mit grobem Salz bestreuen. Auf mittlerer Schiene bei 220 Grad etwa 20 Minuten backen.

Einen Stern Abzug gibt es, da unser Beutel ein kleines Loch hatte, wodurch bereits einiges an Natron in die Umverpackung ausgelaufen war.

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