Tatum Nelson

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Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design
Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design
Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design by Larry Ullman Ullman. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 52 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Algorithms in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide
Algorithms in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide
Algorithms in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide by George T. Heineman, Gary Pollice, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Dart in Action
Dart in Action
Dart in Action by Chris Buckett. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Murach's MySQL (3rd Edition)
Murach's MySQL (3rd Edition)
Murach's MySQL (3rd Edition) by Joel Murach. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 77 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter ja viisasten kivi (Finnish Edition)
Harry Potter ja viisasten kivi (Finnish Edition)
Harry Potter ja viisasten kivi (Finnish Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jaana Kapari-Jatta. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard Book 2)
Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard Book 2)
Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard Book 2) by Michael Connelly. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3966 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Hallows
The Hallows
The Hallows by Victor Methos. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 629 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Varsleren
Varsleren
Varsleren by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Miúdo Advogado (Portuguese Edition)
O Miúdo Advogado (Portuguese Edition)
O Miúdo Advogado (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 4945 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Écriture: Mémoires d'un métier
Écriture: Mémoires d'un métier
Écriture: Mémoires d'un métier by Stephen King, François Montagut, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 168 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Fear Itself: The Early Works of Stephen King
Fear Itself: The Early Works of Stephen King
Fear Itself: The Early Works of Stephen King by Tim Underwood, Chuck Miller, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection
Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection
Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection by Joe Hill , Jason Ciaramella, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
You: A Story of Love and Friendship
You: A Story of Love and Friendship
You: A Story of Love and Friendship by Stephen Michael King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Software Solutions (8th Edition)
Java Software Solutions (8th Edition)
Java Software Solutions (8th Edition) by John Lewis and William Loftus. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java: An Eventful Approach
Java: An Eventful Approach
Java: An Eventful Approach by Kim Bruce, Andrea Danyluk, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Creating Your Web Site with PHP
Creating Your Web Site with PHP
Creating Your Web Site with PHP by Dmitriy Koterov. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Laravel para ninjas (Portuguese Edition)
Laravel para ninjas (Portuguese Edition)
Laravel para ninjas (Portuguese Edition) by Ademir C. Gabardo. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook
The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook by Benjamin Tan Wei Hao, Mark Thomas, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
CROSSING ZERO - A Thriller
CROSSING ZERO - A Thriller
CROSSING ZERO - A Thriller by Dale Brandon. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
I have gone to the meeting for the past 5 years, but missed this one. After getting over my initial FOMO, I was delighted to find out that this book would arrive just in time for me to enjoy while I watched the webcast of the meeting.

And then I REALLY had FOMO.

Cunningham/Cuba do a phenomenal job of curating and arranging these perspectives to imitate the environment of the meeting and surrounding weekend events, and will really make it feel like you're there. If you don't go, you'll really wish to be a part of the events/networking/ethos.

One thing that I was very impressed with was a constant theme of humility. These are accounts from some of the most studied scholars and biggest names in investing and finance, and there was a constant sense of respect and lifelong learning. In Cunningham's forward, he speaks about "coaching" the essayists not to use the regular tropes-- "woodstock of capitalism," etc-- Cunningham's guidance REALLY made the difference when it came to these essays. I was afraid they would get repetitive, especially having been to Omaha a couple of times myself, but no, each essay was extremely enthralling to the very end.
The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
A lot of time (half or two thirds of the book) was spent setting up the founding process, and everyone involved in it. This was solid and read like a good founding story, getting to know the different characters involved, their desires and goals, etc, and setting up for an impending confrontation (is it the competing release of the HTC Vive, is it the launch day issues of the Oculus Rift, is it the blow back on lack of hand tracking on initial release that was teased earlier in the book?).

In the end, little to no time was spent discussing the actual launch of the Rift CV1, the drama around the competing "room scale" Vive, and the people who waited months after the official launch to receive their headset. Instead the book sympathetically covers the rise and fall of the creator of r/The_Donald and how Luckey became involved with Nimble America and the ensuing drama that ultimately ended his time with Oculus.

This is not to say that drama isn't worth covering, but I question whether Luckey's personal issues are relevant to a book ostensibly about the history of the modern VR movement (even with its point of view rooted in the creation and acquisition of Oculus by Facebook).

In the end the book was about Palmer Luckey to the exclusion of important moments in the history of Oculus and the modern day VR resurgence. This was not the book I thought I was purchasing with the title "The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality". Not one star, because I truly enjoyed the first half of the book.
The Fashion Conspiracy: A Remarkable Journey Through the Empires of Fashion
The Fashion Conspiracy: A Remarkable Journey Through the Empires of Fashion
Witty, entertaining, interesting interviews with famous fashion designers and anecdotes from their lives. Its style reminded me of a well-written article in The Times. As the subtitle suggests, the focus of the book is on premium brands, and there are a lot of "old money" vs "new money" comparisons. The clientele of these brands receives almost as much attention as the designers themselves (priceless quote: "They're the best-dressed children in New York, though one of them, who is only two, has already refused to wear smocking" - one of the women about her grandchildren). This book is probably more of a study in anthropology than in fashion, but there is a lot of fashion in it too.

I wonder what Nicolas Coleridge, godfather to Cara Delevingne, would say about the modern state of the fashion industry - fashion blogs, social media and e-commerce. Maybe he could write a book about that. I'd buy it.
Virgin by Design
Virgin by Design
At the back of this thick book there is a fold-out that historically lists, up to 2020, all the Virgin Group brands for the last fifty years and it's an intriguing collection from household names like Virgin Active, Atlantic, Records and Trains to also rans like Virgin Brides, Clothing and Cola. The ten chapters expand on the branding of the Virgin name around the world, though principally in America and Europe but as chapter eight reveals the name is shared with lots of other companies. They lease the name and that includes the branding expertise that the Group provides.

The author attributes the success (and very few failures) to Richard Branson and his creative executives thinking outside the box and giving customers something new and imaginative whether it's the passenger Cluhouse at Heathrow, beds on planes or the decor of the Virgin hotel in Chicago all aimed aimed at a corporate or wealthy clientele. The youth market is captured with, for example, Virgin radio, gyms, mobiles and finance. Part of the branding involves generous helpings of PR for the launch of any new venture, something that Branson excels at like driving a tank down Fifth Avenue in 1994 for the launch of Virgin Cola.

The book has three hundred illustrations, mostly photos including a rare one of Branson minus his beard, he shaved it off and dressed up in a wedding dress for the launch of Virgin Brides. The main chapter text is printed on smaller four page sections and stuck in rather than bound into the book, there are four fold-outs and (thinking outside the box) two ribbon page markers.

I found this a worthwhile look at one of world's great brands and the creative thinking behind some remarkably diverse products.
Acts of Faith: Meditations for People of Color
Acts of Faith: Meditations for People of Color
I found this book absolutely powerful. The messages gently encourage you to compassionately and honestly look inside yourself to assess how you may be holding yourself back from becoming the person you've always desired to be and having the life you truly want. I especially love the relationships and prosperity sections the most as they have both certainly succeeded in reminding me that it is only when you fill yourself up with self love, confidence and firm, unwavering beliefs in your capabilities to reach your full potential that you can then achieve all that you desire in all aspects of your life. Yes, God is mentioned occasionally in this book, but I would say to all atheists reading this review to not let that put you off; God is mentioned in more of a spiritual context rather than a dictatorial manner. Some people feel it is more believable that the universe governs our spiritual laws and so that may help atheists think of the universe rather than God, making Iyanla's thoughts pertaining to God more believable to you. But overall the book was so good that I read the whole thing rather than reading it day by day. What I am planning to do is start reading a page each day starting January 1st 2016 so
I really can start applying all each of Iyanla's nuggets of wisdom every single day. I truly believe that if I do that, by January 1st 2017 I will have significantly grown spiritually. Buy this book if you want gentle guidance in truly understanding your true power to create the life, the love and the genuine self love you truly want!
Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump
Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump
OMG!! This book reminded me of some of what has been lost under Trump's constant barrage of idiotic tweets. He has given bird song a bad name!!
I couldn't stop reading Pennyfarthing's audacious comebacks to the frightening thing that we now call "president" Few books cause me to laugh out loud (or cry for that matter) this one did!!
I am impatiently waiting for Aldous' next installment. It helps to hold on through what are pretty dark times for our country. I only wish that I could come up with the responses that he does.
Well written, well done Aldous J. Pennyfarthing!!
Google Plus Basics
Google Plus Basics
Google Plus Basics by Goran Zinic. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Larry Page" category.
Beyond Here Lies Nothin
Beyond Here Lies Nothin
I've been a huge Dylan fan for 25 years and still get excited when I see a new compilation coming out...especially one like this when you have songs that normally don't appear in compilations! If you're new to Bob's music, this is a fantastic place to start your Dylan collection - and I promise after listening to this you'll be getting all his individual albums! I started off with "Greatest Hits" and haven't looked back since!

So - me being an old Bob-Cat I'll shed some light on the songs from this collection:

Disc 1 starts us out with "The Times They Are A-Changin'" - title track to the 1964 iconic folk album which was pivotal in the Civil Rights movement! A cool live version appears on Bootleg Series 6!
"Blowin' In The Wind" - from 1963's "Freewheelin'" album and has been covered by countless artists/groups in the music business, especially in the 60's! Bob does a cool live version of this on Bootleg Series 7.
"Boots Of Spanish Leather" - this is from "The Times They Are A-Changin'" album and what a great, emotional love song - I usually don't care for love songs but this one is a complete masterpiece of a song - kind of similar to "Girl From The North Country"!
"It Ain't Me, Babe" - what a cool song this is from 1964's "Another Side of Bob Dylan" album! This is acoustic rock at its finest and has been covered by various artists... most notable Johnny Cash & June Carter in 1965!
"To Ramona" - another lost classic from "Another Side" - kind of has a mexican feel to it... a fantastic acoustic love song! I love the line "I'd forever talk to you but soon my words would turn into a meaningless ring"!
"Mr. Tambourine Man" - the first entry here from my personal favorite album - "Bringing It All Back Home" from 1965 - this is an absolute masterpiece and my all-time favorite Dylan song! The lyrical imagery on this is AMAZING!!
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" is the first rock tune included here from "Bringing It All Back Home" - the famous "Cue Card" scene with Allen Ginsberg is considered to be the first music video! Bob's rocking/rap vocal is in-your-face with tons of youthful energy!
"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" rounds out the selections from "Bringing It All Back Home" - this is another cool lyrical imagery tune and one of the first Dylan songs I learned to play on guitar! Cool stuff!!
"Like A Rolling Stone" - from 1965's "Highway 61 Revisited" - I consider this to the be the greatest rock song of all time! So does Rolling Stone magazine... they ranked it #1 on their top 500 of all time list! This also hit #1 on the Cash Box charts and #2 on the Billboard charts! 'Twas a heck of a single back in the day - clocking in at over 6 mins.!
"I Want You" - from 1966's double album "Blonde On Blonde"! A rip-roaring little rock ditty that has a toe-tapping hook to the instrumentation!
"Just Like A Woman" - kind of a rock ballad from "Blonde On Blonde" that was a huge hit from 1966!
"Tombstone Blues" - from "Highway 61 Revisited" - an in-your-face rocker with cool lyrics - check out the live version from 1995's "MTV Unplugged" it ROCKS!!
"Desolation Row" - from "Highway 61 Revisited" - this is the debut of this masterpiece of a song on a Dylan compilation! Clocking in at over 11 mins. it is just amazing with driving acoustic guitars and Bob's piercing harmonica towards the end! REALLY cool stuff!! Check out the live versions from 1966's Bootleg Series 4 and the Real Royal Albert Hall Concert!
"All Along The Watchtower" - a cool acoustic folk tune from 1967's "John Wesley Harding" album - I love Jimi Hendrix and his cover ROCKS - but Bob wrote it and his version is the best to my ears!
"One Of Us Must Know" - we got back to "Blonde On Blonde" for this one... this was recorded on my birthday (Jan. 25th) and a really cool ballad-type tune! I LOVE the organ playing in this!
"Watching The River Flow" - this was from a recording session in 1971 which produced other really cool tunes like "George Jackson", "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue", a remake of "Only A Hobo", "I Shall Be Released" and others. Not included on an official album, Bob released this as a single and included it as the opening track on "Greatest Hits Vol. II". Kind of a rocking-blues tune with really cool electric guitar and piano!
"I Threw It All Away" - from 1969's "Nashville Skyline" album - a cool country-rock ditty that Bob performed at Johnny Cash's TV show the following year!

Disc 2 starts with "Lay Lady Lay" from "Nashville Skyline" - this was a top-10 hit for Bob in 1969 and still stands the test of time - makes one wonder why Bob hasn't been inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame!
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" - another tune from the aforementioned 1971 recording sessions that eventually wound up on "Greatest Hits II" - this is a remake of the Basement Tapes original version from 1967 - a really cool country-rock tune that was performed by Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash & Shawn Colvin at Bob's 30th Anniversary concert in 1991!
"The Man In Me" - so great to see a tune from 1970's "New Morning" appearing on a compilation beside "If Not For You! This is a cool little feel-good song and is featured on the Rock Mortgage commercials with the "la-la-las"!
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - a Top 10 hit for Bob from 1973's "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid" soundtrack album! This has been covered by various artists such as Jerry Garcia, Guns & Roses and others... check out the rocking version on "MTV Unplugged"!
"Tangled Up In Blue" - probably the best-known tune from 1975's "Blood On The Tracks"! Bob tells a cool story on this and the drum-playing is off-the-charts cool!
"Simple Twist Of Fate" - the following track from "Blood On The Tracks" - a cool acoustic driven ballad of a tune with great lyrics!
"Hurricane" - from 1976's "Desire Album" - this one tells the story of how boxer Ruben Carter was falsley accused of murder! The fiddle playing and drums are amazing on this - and how about Emmylou Harris' backing vocals! That's the stuff legends are made of!
"Jokerman" - from 1983's "Infidels" - a 6 min. epic that sounds a little like a nursery rhyme... "Jokerman dance by the nightingale tune, bird fly high by the light of the moon"! Cool lyrics!
"Changing Of The Guards" - we got back to 1978 to Street-Legal's "Changing Of The Guards" which was probably the best song on there besides "Senor"!
"The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar" - a rip-roaring rock tune from "Shot Of Love" - was added late to that album - started out as the B-side to "Heart Of Mine" in 1981!
"Ring Them Bells" - from 1989's "Oh Mercy" - a slower-paced piano driven tune that is sure to stir emotions!
"Brownsville Girl" - from 1986's "Knocked Out Loaded" album - this is one of Bob's best story-telling songs - an 11 min. rumble that's so great it only feels like 5 mins. gone by!
"Po' Boy" - from 2001's "Love And Theft" - kind of a humourous tune that's a tad on the jazzy side but super-cool and lots of fun to listen to!
"Thunder On The Mountain" - from 2006's "Modern Times" - Bob says in the lyrics that he's thinking about Alicia Keys - I didn't know he was an Alicia Keys fan! Great rocking tune!
"Make You Feel My Love" - from 1997's Grammy Award-Winning "Time Out Of Mind" - what a great love song!! Covered by Garth Brooks, Billy Joel & Adele but I gotta stick with Bob's version!
"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" - from 2009's "Together Through Life" - kind of a slower-paced but super-cool rock tune that will get you in the mood to listen to that whole album!

Well I think this is a super-enjoyable and fun collection to listen to! Other cool compilations are Greatest Hits 1-3, Super Hits, Side-Tracks, Biograph & Masterpieces! And if you want to dive deeper into Bob's song canon, there's always the offical studio and live albums which are a blast - not to mention 15 volumes of The Bootleg Series!
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub by Tree Hut Sugarlips Lip Care | 0.34oz Jar | Organic Shea Butter and Raw Sugar Scrub Ultra-Hydrating Lip Exfoliator
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub by Tree Hut Sugarlips Lip Care | 0.34oz Jar | Organic Shea Butter and Raw Sugar Scrub Ultra-Hydrating Lip Exfoliator
I really wanted to like this product. I really did but after three uses, it just sits on my dresser collecting dust. On my first try, the product came out SUPER oily and goopy and was unappealing to apply to my lips. The sugar was too coarse and not as fine as I would like it to be for a sugar lip scrub. The scent is amazing and of course, it tastes good but that's not what I purchased it for. I purchased it to scrub away dry skin from my lips and it didn't do that. The sugar is too coarse and large to be effective and the actual product way too oily to be of any good. I tried it again another day, maybe thinking that I did it wrong? How in the world can I use lip scrub wrong but maybe I did but trust me, it isn't user error. It is product failure. Save your money and get a better product that isn't as oily, greasy and super coarse.
24V Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3000Watt DC 24V to AC120V with Dual AC Outlets with Remote Control 2.4A USB and LED Display
24V Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 3000Watt DC 24V to AC120V with Dual AC Outlets with Remote Control 2.4A USB and LED Display
 I have used GIANDEL inverters before, and love their products. I am LOVING this new 3000w inverter! I finally have found an inverter that will power my portable AC unit, fan on high, 3.3 cu ft fride/freezer, TV, laptop, and everything else that I have plugged in my conversion van all at once! Granted it drains the batteries really quick, but that's why I run my motor while I have the AC running. What's nice is that the inverter turns itself off when the batteries are low and leaves me with enough reserve power to start my van back up to recharge the system again. It comes packaged very well. The only complaint that I have is that the mounting holes to screw the unit down are directly below other stuff that sticks out like the battery posts. This made installing the unit extremely difficult even for me and I'm a contractor by trade. Other than the hole placement, this is an amazing unit. I would HIGHLY recommend getting this inverter to power your RV or anything else. Plus it has an 18 month warranty and I can tell you from personal experience that they stand behind that warranty. The one time I had an issue with my old 2000w inverter after a year of owning it, they sent me a replacement in 3 days.
Rubies Captain America: The Winter Soldier Retro Costume Shield, 24"
Rubies Captain America: The Winter Soldier Retro Costume Shield, 24"
The other reviews here had me hoping it was about twice as thick as it is, but still a lot sturdier than I would have expected. The straps are at a bit of an odd angle; the elastic is clearly meant to secure the shield to the wearer's forearm, but I prefer to hold one strap in my hand. I'm probably going to pursue the modification presented by another reviewer and add a third, non-elastic handle so I can have a more secure hold on the shield.

I'm also a bit disappointed with the coloring of the shield; even though the color options listed are different, their pictures are identical, and so I thought I'd be getting the one with the sky blue center - more metallic in nature - and instead received the dark blue and red model. I was a bit disappointed by that, at least from an accuracy perspective, but this shield still looks quite good, with only a couple problems.

Those problems are two small gaps in the silver paint over the raised star portion of the shield, revealing navy blue underneath. Small enough to easily cover with a silver sharpie or something, but I'd go with sparkly silver paint and a detail brush if you're looking for an unnoticeable fix, even from up close.

Overall, a nice shield for the price, but my expectations were a bit higher. We'll see how it holds up for my costume on Halloween.
Crocs Classic Clog | Water Comfortable Slip on Shoes
Crocs Classic Clog | Water Comfortable Slip on Shoes
Está reseña va dirigida a que podáis ver los Crocs tras 2 años de uso intensivo, a diario y durante varias horas, con el añadido de que son de color blanco y, por tanto, un color aparentemente sucio.

Desde hace 2 años he utilizado los Crocs como calzado en mi puesto laboral, por lo que la media de uso semanal ha rondado las 40 horas.

A pesar de que la primera vez que uno ve los Crocs se pregunta cómo es posible que "un trozo de plástico" tenga ese precio, las apariencias engañan. Son realmente cómodos, se pueden usar casi en cualquier contexto: en agua, en seco, si hace calor, para el trabajo, para casa, la piscina, la playa, con el pie desnudo, con calcetines...

A pesar de tantas horas con él, el pie no se resiente, para nada.

Como se ve en las fotografías las zapatillas están en perfecto estado tras tanto uso. Si bien son de color blanco y se ensucian más fácilmente que cualquier otro color, las zapatillas pueden meterse en la lavadora y quedan impolutas.

Los enganches que unen la cinta tobillera con el cuerpo de la zapatilla no tiene ningún desperfecto, sigue funcionando a la perfección a pesar de ser aparentemente el punto más débil de las zapatillas.

Las recomiendo sin duda y más aún, cuando se rompan, compraremos otras.
The Black Jacket
The Black Jacket
Excellent documentary, down to earth, real & raw. It truly moved me and provided me with a extremely broad understanding of the work of community intervention. The street peacekeepers are to be saluted!
Short Program, Volume 1
Short Program, Volume 1
Short Program is a compilation of nine short stories varying in length from around 20-40 pages that are independent of one another (except for the two part "What's Going On?").

I recently discovered and fell in love with Adachi's baseball epic Cross Game, and have been eagerly tracking down the few others works of his published in the US. This is a strong collection of well done manga shorts, a story form that is quite difficult to work in. The unifying theme is love, whether unrequited, misguided, off center or picture perfect.

The pacing of the individual tales is impressive, as is the connection Adachi quickly establishes between the reader and the featured character for each. The art isn't quite the perfection of Cross Game, but is incredibly close given the number of years these stories preceded it by. It is sharp throughout (with the sole exception of one story with a gang of thuggish schoolgirls who all look like men in drag).

The best part however is the variety of story beats and set ups. Some are of course better than others, but they were all at least somewhat interesting and often unfolded in a surprising manner. The titular story in particular. My favorites include Change, Intersection and Plus 1.

Mitsuru Adachi is one of the best manga artists I've read, and Short Program is a fantastic collection of bite sized glimpses of romance in all it's forms.
New Star Foodservice 50097 Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag, 20" by 20" by 5", Red
New Star Foodservice 50097 Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag, 20" by 20" by 5", Red
After having our son we ate quite a few cold pizzas. So I looked into one of these bags. I ended up ordering two for his 1st birthday party. They worked great! We fit 3 large pizzas in each one. The boxes got a little soggy after a couple of hours but the pizza was still warm!

We have used it at home and had warm pizza for the 1st time in...um yeah a year. Ha ha My husband loves this bag. On his way home from work he decided to come home just to get the bag, then pick up the pizza. Even though the pizza place is on his way home! I've never seen him so happy to pick up pizza. He calls it our "super duper pizza bag."

So just buy it! You'll be happy that you did! It's also a great gift if you know a pizza lover.
Macaroni
Macaroni
In this sadly overlooked romantic comedy, Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastroianni team up in a wonderful combination of foreign film charm and Hollywood star power. Jack Lemmon plays an American business mogul visiting Naples, Italy on business for the first time since his tour of duty in World War II. He is greeted by an old friend, played by Mastroianni, who has spent the years since the war re-inventing Lemmon as a super hero, thanks to a series of letters faithfully arriving from around the world. Lemmon shines as the jaded American against Mastroianni's hopeless romantic. Both actors work so well together it is a shame they didn't do more during their lifetimes. I highly recommend this movie for those who want a romantic comedy with a European twist. An added bonus for those allergic to foreign films is that Macaroni is in English. -Enjoy
Life without Principle (Annotated Edition)
Life without Principle (Annotated Edition)
The conversion from paper to digital has put a hard return after every line. So the essay looks like a poem, with a paragraph every 10 words or so.

Besides, Thoreau's presents a sophomoric thesis, which boils down roughly to this: "Commerce and politics - and even interest in commerce and politics - are soulless and debasing activities that dehumanize almost everyone." I write this as an admirer of Thoreau. He is a great stylist and thinker in other realms, but he has given little thought to problems of economics, scarcity, or poverty. Worse, and ironically, he puts a cramped view of human inspiration on display in this essay.
The Sacketts Volume Two 12-Book Bundle
The Sacketts Volume Two 12-Book Bundle
This 12 book bundle contains the following novels.

The Daybreakers. What a story! I read this decades ago when I was in high school; it was my introduction to Westerns. I loved it then and I love it now. In the Sackett series, this introduces my favorite Sacketts, Tyrel and Orrin (Tell is mentioned).

This book has it all: Bad Guys (and Gal), Good Guys, Guys Who Choose Wrongly, and True Love. Since I moved to Texas and had the opportunity to see New Mexico, I can see how well L'Amour described the land. It was a different time with different attitudes and L'Amour makes the reader see that clearly.

If you've never read a Western, then this is the perfect introduction to the genre. It is well worth reading. Five stars.

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Lando. This Western starts out in Tennessee and moves west. It's theme seems to be revenge and it is explored in several ways. Sadly, I don't think the character of Lando was as well developed as the Sacketts were in the earlier novels. However, the character of the Tinker was rich with hints about his past. The mystery behind Falcon Sackett was also nicely created. Those and a racing mule raised the book above the average Western.

Fans of Louis L'Amour will like this book. Fans of the Sackett series will want it. Four stars.

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Sackett. I really enjoyed this book. It is far more complex than the movie would suggest. Tell Sackett is a thoughtful man who considers honor and duty. He also has thoughts about the effects of literacy. It is this that makes it a classic Western and raises it well above the average.

If you want to introduce someone to the Western genre, this would be a good entry point. Five stars.

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Mojave Crossing. Tell Sackett is one of my favorites of the Sacketts, so I was delighted to see him as the lead in this book. The book was full of tiny twists, including adding a new Sackett to the list: Nolan Sackett, a gunfighter for hire. There is a love story -- or is it a betrayal? I'm not going to tell here! Read the book!

If you like Westerns, you'll like this one. Five stars.

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The Sackett Brand. Tell Sackett has finally married Ange, his own true love. They are heading west to start their own life together. However, Tell is nearly murdered and returns to find his wife gone without a trace.

I hated some of the story, because I wanted a happy ending for Tell and Ange and that wasn't to be (she is found murdered -- this happens early in the book, so I'm not giving away anything). I loved other parts of it. I think the message is that with family, you are never really alone.

If you like Westerns and haven't read this one, what are you waiting for? Add it to your to-read list pronto. Five stars.

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The Sky-Liners. Flagan and Galloway Sackett are mentioned in The Sackett Brand and this book follows on its heels. The Sacketts don't go looking for trouble, but somehow it seems to find them. They cross the villainous Black Fletchen early in the book, spiriting away Judith, a girl he's set his eyes on -- or maybe it is her horses and the land she'll inherit out west? These Tennessee boys do what they do best by living honestly, killing the bad guys, sending the wannabe bad guys either home or to the grave, and saving the girl.

The book ended up being a "feel good book" in that everything turns out as it should, no surprise in most Westerns. Go ahead an add it to your Western collection. 4.5 stars

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The Lonely Men. This is another book in the Sackett series and features Tell Sackett. Unlike today, news travels slowly and Tell doesn't know that the ex-wife of Orrin Sackett is "ex" and out to make sure Sacketts suffer. So when she informs Tell there's a young Sackett who has been kidnapped by Apaches, he believes her and off he goes.

It is a fun book, full of adventure and wonderful descriptions of the land. Tell is one of my favorite Sackett characters and his observations are always interesting. The only problem is the book is short! It tells the story, though. It is just me wanting to spend more time there.

If you like traditional Westerns, you've probably already read this book. If you haven't, then pick it up; you'll enjoy it. Five stars.

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Mustang Man. Another book in the Sackett series, this features Nolan Sackett who is an outlaw with a heart of gold -- or is that a heart that lusts after gold? Never you worry, Nolan is a Sackett and a good man who will no doubt save the day and the girl. This is a quick-read Western and I enjoyed it.

If you like Westerns, you'll probably like this one, too. Four stars.

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Galloway. I started the year with a western. Of course I love the Sacketts, even if they are on the rougher side as Galloway and Flagan are. Gold, cattle and obstacles abound. And there is a pretty girl. I enjoyed the book and will continue reading the series.

Who would enjoy it? Anyone who enjoys Westerns. 4.5 stars.

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Treasure Mountain. Tell Sackett is back in this book with Orrin Sackett, whose taste in women has definitely not improved. This book has an interesting quest to find out what happened to their father. Yes, gold does creep in, but it wasn't the main focus in my mind. And there is another of L'Amour's spunky female characters that I like.

The true love in this book is the land itself. From the canyons around the Red River and the Tucumcari Mountain, to the San Juan mountains, you can feel the love of the land and the freedom it represents.

Were there some less than plausible moments? Yes. But fiction is rarely about "normal" life as it would be boring for the most part. The point is that I really liked the book.

Who else would like it? People who enjoy Westerns or others who have followed the Sackett series. 4.5 stars.

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Ride the Dark Trail. I really liked this book, not so much for Logan Sackett as for Emily Talon who was born a Sackett. I would love to be as tough and brave as she can be.

Of course there are bad guys galore; it wouldn't be much of a story to have the hero ride into town and ride out without anything happening. I enjoyed the description of the land as well as the way that the characters thought out why they were doing what they were doing.

Easily read as a stand-alone tale, it does do better to read it in series order (either chronological or publication) so to pick up more nuances. I'd suggest it to anyone who enjoys Westerns. Five stars.

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Lonely on the Mountain by Louis L'Amour. This final novel (chronologically) in the Sackett series kept me turning pages until the end. It reunites Tell, Tye, and Orrin Sackett who are coming to the rescue of Logan Sackett. The cattle drive part was interesting as was the intrigue that threatened the success of the drive.

I like the description of the land and the details about the drive. My only regret is that there are no more books in the series to read. I thought there was more story to tell.

If you like Westerns, then you will like this book. If you are a fan of the Sackett series, then this is a must read. 4.5 stars.

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I'd give the set five stars because of the hours of enjoyment.
The Hollywood Doll (A Carl Porter Mystery)
The Hollywood Doll (A Carl Porter Mystery)
I enjoyed this Carl Porter novella. It has a straightforward plot, good characterizations, and a nice resolution. Carl is a solid PI who does not flash his technique or pat himself on the back all the time. He meets a wide variety of LA types as he travels from Boston to solve a case for a friend whose son has been accused. I thought the ending made sense and I liked his descriptions of Los Angeles which were faithful, but not overdrawn as so many writers in the genre like to do.

I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Columbia womens Arcadia Ii Rain Jacket
Columbia womens Arcadia Ii Rain Jacket
I browsed through the reviews to decide what size jacket to get, then I found a reviewer with the same height and similar weight like me posted a photo of themselves in a medium. So I got myself a medium in black.

I'm 5'2", 102lbs, and 34B. I bought a medium to go along with the pair of Colombia's Storm Surge rain pants (x-small) for when the rain comes in Southern California. I enjoy how roomy and light it is, and I can wear several layers underneath when the weather demands it. When it rains, the water rolls straight off of it and keeps me dry.

The sleeves have adjustable Velcro cuffs, and it goes pass just the tip of my fingers. The mesh-lined jacket itself almost covers my entire butt, but my rain pants can take care of the rest. The storm hood and waist can be easily adjusted with the elastic cords found there. I often wear a cap whenever I go out, and the hood covers it except for the very edge of the bill/visor, so I often find it damp/wet, but not a big deal. The main front zipper has a flap that can be secured with Velcro to keep the water out. The two pockets has flaps and zippers as well, and the insides are mesh-lined and are big enough to fit an entire 16.9 fl oz water bottle, or my iPhone 6 Plus with its Otter Box Defender case on with some room to spare.

I highly recommend it for any kind of rain except for really heavy rain like a monsoon.

Pics included, and sorry for the blurred out face and bathroom...
AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien
AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien
(Review by Lydia McGrew) Donald Williams's _An Encouraging Thought_ explains, in language that is simultaneously learned and unpretentious, the worldview that lies behind Tolkien's creative art in _The Hobbit_ and _The Lord of the Rings_. One of the best features of the book is Williams's own poetry scattered throughout. Like Tolkien's poems in LOTR itself, Williams's poetry is accessible while still showing real skill. I was especially impressed by the presence of various poetic styles including Anglo-Saxon alliteration.

One of Williams's virtues as an explainer of Tolkien is that he manages to discuss themes such as Christ figures and Providence without being overly "artsy" or strained, as one sometimes finds with those who write on Lewis and Tolkien. Williams does not seem to have the problem that "when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail"--he explains what it means for a character to be a Christ figure in cases where that actually makes sense.

Williams spends time in his book showing how Peter Jackson's treatment of Tolkien in the LOTR movies is unintentionally at odds with Tolkien's worldview, a view of reality that Jackson didn't share and hence felt that he had to modify. Many of us who are the "real" Tolkien fans (which is to say, fans of the canonical versions of the stories in Tolkien's own work) have noticed the same things, such as Jackson's desire to "complicate" figures without being able to accept character like Faramir who apparently seemed to him to be too good to be true. I would add, as well, that many of us have actually *known* people who were truly honorable and would not consider taking the Ring from Frodo by force, so in that sense Faramir is actually realistic. No one should insist that realism requires making everybody struggle in the same way (e.g., with the temptation to take the Ring). And as Williams points out, the movie portrayal of Denethor is actually *less* complex and interesting than that of the books, since in the books Denethor has great nobleness, making his fall all the more tragic. Williams also shows how Tolkien is giving us a kind of "higher realism" by portraying characters who are ideals.

Thanks to Donald Williams for a work that manages to be both scholarly and sensible!
Bleach, Vol. 9
Bleach, Vol. 9
Ichigo, Ishida, Orihime, and Chad, along with Mr. Yoruichi the cat, race through the Precipice in order to get to the Soul Society to save Rukia. If they don’t do it quickly enough, they risk being killed! To make matters worse, the Cleaner is right behind them! Luckily they make it and find themselves in the Slum District, known as the Rukongai, where souls live when they first come to Soul Society, just outside the Seireitei, where the Soul Reapers live. An exuberant Ichigo decides to sprint right into the Seireitei, but quickly learns why that isn’t a good idea when a huge gate slams down in front of him, along with its ginormous guardian, Jindanbô. Yoruichi and Ishida want to regroup and formulate a plan, but Chad and Orihime rush headlong after Ichigo, in order to help him. However, Jindanbô informs them there is only two to a duel, so they have to wait to fight him.

After being defeated by Ichigo, Jindanbô agrees to let them pass, but when he raises the gate, trouble is waiting on the other side in the form of a Soul Reaper by the name of Gin Ichimaru. As big as he is, Jindanbô quails at the sight of Gin, who punishes the gate keeper. When Ichigo protests his treatment of the gentle giant, they briefly skirmish before Gin pushes the giant out of the way, lowering the gate. Guess they’ll need to find another way to get inside!

Ichigo and his group find themselves the object of interest by some of the locals, who usually prefer to keep to themselves. But they are kindly disposed toward Ichigo for standing up for Jindanbô against Gin even as Orihime works to heal him. Chad unexpectedly sees a familiar face among them. But now they have to formulate a new plan and actually listen to Yoruichi. The cat suggests finding Kûkaku Shiba. However it seems this person moves around a lot. Suddenly a wild boar appears, followed by a strange man attempting to catch up to it. Right away he notices a Soul Reaper is present, ie Ichigo, and becomes belligerent. The man’s name is Ganju, and it doesn’t take long for him and Ichigo to get into it!

Before things go too far, one of Ganju’s associates, who are all mounted on boars, reminds him that it’s nine o’clock, and away they all ride. Ichigo is determined to wait for him to come back to finish what was started but Yoruichi puts the kibosh on that idea. They head out to search for the person Yoruichi is sure can help them get into the Seireitei.

In this volume, we get our first introduction to the world of Soul Society. I still have questions about that place. And about Soul Reapers. This isn’t a spoiler, since I still don’t know the answer, even after watching more than 300 episodes of the anime. The people they meet are souls, so they must be dead, and yet it seems like they’re living regular lives here. Also, are the Soul Reapers dead?

The encounter between Ichigo and boar-rider Ganju is hilarious, and you just know they’ll meet again somehow and continue the fight. Assuming nobody interferes or tries to stop them. Ichigo also apparently rubs Ishida the same way. The Quincy doesn’t like to be told what to do and resents that Ichigo assumes leadership of the group, something that Chad and Orihime apparently have no problem with. Mr. Yoruichi seems to be there in an advisory capacity but isn’t always listened to, obviously.

In this volume we see a little more of the enigma that is Gin. Don’t worry, you’ll be seeing more of him. Judging by the way the Seireitei is walled off from everyone else, there seems to be some class division here. Do they think themselves too good to mingle with the others, or is there another reason? I couldn’t tell you. The ending is pretty good and since I know what’s coming, I look forward to it. As usual, Bleach is filled with both action and humor, but don’t discount the author’s ability to delve into his characters. The more we travel with them, the more we’ll learn, layer by layer. Many surprises lie ahead.

Many.

Looking forward to volume 10.
Sausage Party - Es geht um die Wurst
Sausage Party - Es geht um die Wurst
There is value to be found in taking a comedy seriously. I do not mean that the best comedy is one that will not produce laughter, but rather that a great comedy will often be able to make you think or deeply emote, feeding your head and your heart even as it makes your sides ache. Not every comedy has to be as substantial as Stanley Kubrick's outings in the genre, but a comedy which does the hard work is always a welcome addition - particularly during awards season, in which comedies are so often overlooked in favour of more overtly serious but often inferior films. By these standards, or indeed any standards, Sausage Party is a great comedy. Like National Lampoon's Animal House before it, it takes a subject matter which has potentially interesting political or philosophical connotations, and proceeds to explore it in some of the most delightfully tasteless ways imaginable for a contemporary audience - and all the while you find your sides splitting like one of its bananas. If nothing else, it's further evidence that lowbrow productions can often be as successful as ultra-highbrow outings in making us both think and laugh. Sausage Party is a high-concept film, insofar as it is built around one central idea, but it is not entirely high-concept in its execution. Seth Rogen worked for eight years to make the film, being turned down by numerous studios and first teasing the project in 2010, three years before it was green-lit. Not only that, but this film cost $19m, much lower than the kind of budget which mainstream animation efforts often enjoy. This is wearing the skin of a mainstream film, but underneath it is a labour of love. Even if we don't like the finished product, the fact that a film this spirited and personal was made at all under the present system is something which should be applauded. The film has an interesting central conceit - namely what it would be like if our food had feelings, and how it would react to being eaten. The idea sounds simple - it's the sort of thing that a child could imagine, given the right stimulation - but it is also one of surprising depth. The film's philosophical underpinning is animism, the idea of animals, plants and even inanimate objects having souls - a belief which, some anthropologists claim, is one of the oldest in human civilisation and the underpinning of many early religions. As we shall see, Sausage Party is interested in religion quite a bit - albeit not from the most academic of perspectives. Equally, we can view Sausage Party's conceit as a parody of the Disney-PIXAR approach to character animation. John Lasseter once said that he tried to characterise inanimate or disposable objects in terms of their relationship to their purpose; in his example, a bottle of water would be very happy when full, would get mad at people the more they drank from it, and would cease to feel meaning toward its life once it was empty. This film shares Lasseter's idea of purpose being something external (something given to creatures, rather than something that they invent for themselves), but those giving said purpose are far less benevolent. The film has an interest in the way that religions operate, both in terms of their relationship to other religions and the relationship between gods and their followers. Obviously you're not going to find the deepest examination of religion or theology in here - any film which literally climaxes in a mass orgy hasn't got the deepest of convictions. But it is interesting to find a mainstream comedy (and a stoner comedy at that) wanting to tackle this issue, instead of merely spouting platitudes about it through a haze of illegal chemicals. Ultimately, Sausage Party lines up with the increasingly secular mainstream on this matter, opining (in my view mistakenly) that religion is a misinterpretation of the natural world caused by a lack of knowledge and an unwillingness to question what has traditionally been regarded as true. The belief system it depicts is rooted in the non-moral religion of many pagan cultures, including elements of Ancient Greece, where the gods were capricious, inconsistent, limited in their powers and regularly indifferent to the plight of mortals. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain, this religion has not yet progressed to the point where the source of numinous awe (the sense of dread and reverence we feel towards supernatural beings) has been identified as the giver of the moral law, which we feel compelled to behave and yet fail to uphold. Given the film's set-up and the philosophical problems which animism poses (e.g. how can we justify eating anything if everything on Earth has a soul?), it is hard to see how Rogen and the directors could have arrived at any other conclusion. From a purely intellectual standpoint it's disappointing that they didn't go further, confining themselves to jokes about the results of entrenched religion in culture (the Jewish bagel fighting with the Arab lavash) rather than exploring whether the supernatural could genuinely exist in any form. But if watching this film starts thos conversation for a few more people, rather than simply reaffirming their views, then that should be recognised in some way, however small. Even if you're not interested in Sausage Party's views on religion, there is still a lot to enjoy in the film. The film wears its bad taste like a badge of honour from the outset - if the overtly vaginal design of Kristen Wiig's hot dog bun makes you feel uncomfortable, then there is really no point sticking around for the jokes about Nazi food seeking to "kill the juice", or the parody of war films with spaghetti guts and jam standing in for blood. Some of the character decisions are more subtle than others - the villain being literally a giant douche isn't the biggest creative stretch - but the designs are distinctive, the voice cast are consistently funny and the animation is appealing despite having a deliberately plastic quality. The one flaw with Sausage Party is ultimately that it doesn't quite go far enough, either in its subject matter or its jokes. That's not to say you won't find at least one moment which generates an awkward silence rather than a loud chuckle, but it's ultimately a little too conventional in its protagonists having worked so hard to challenge a lot of the other conventions in the genre. Even when it comes to its darkness and political incorrectness, the film feels the need to keep the characters endearing and appealing, playing to the Disney-PIXAR dynamic of good triumphing over evil even as it subverts much of their styles. It's not up there with the likes of Heathers, Dr. Strangelove or the best of the Ealing comedies, which had the confidence to turn acidic observations about the world onto its main players, making us perversely sympathise with really horrible people. Sausage Party is trying to have its cake and eat it, and its ending is a double cop-out: not only has that kind of fourth wall joke been done to death, but it teases about there being a supernatural side after hammering about the lack of one for the running time. Sausage Party is a hilarious comedy which asks some surprisingly intelligent questions. Even if its answers and execution don't always fire, it pulls off the rare gambit of appealing to a mainstream audience without losing any of its spiky, creative nature, and above all it's consistently funny from its opening to closing gags. If nothing else, it's proof that there is more to Seth Rogen and his counterparts than often meets the eye.
Mr. Brave (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Brave (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Our 3-yr old grandson loves these Roger Hargreaves books. They are both simple and imaginative, humorous, and will even hold your interest as the reader. There are definitely concepts in these little books that you would like your children to emulate, and they will "get it," without the books' being preachy.
Illusion of Love
Illusion of Love
This is the first Denise Robins novel I have ever read. The writing is what I consider to be of the "Harlequin" style, but it is considerably cleaner than many of the romance novels of today's era. However, when the book was written in the 1920s, I'm sure it would have been regarded as a "torrid" novel full of passion.
The writing is very dated and full of stereotyped characters; many scenes would make liberated women of today cringe. The passive heroine Stella often had me rolling my eyes in disbelief. Despite this, I mostly enjoyed the read. This type of "junk food" reading is a fun treat once in a while, but I wouldn't make a steady diet of it.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
I have always loved watching Grace Kelly; so beautiful and talented. I also enjoy watching William Holden; I really appreciate the actors of his caliber from the 1930,1940s, 1950s and 1960s; I do not know what it is, the quality of acting, the characters they portray or even the scripts; either way, I really enjoy watching them.

About the movie, unfortunately, this movie did break a few rules one of them is "you never kill off the leading character", they could have made this into a sequel where William Holden being captured by the Koreans, taken to prison, interrogated, tortured; and then, a dramatic escape ensues and finally he gets rescued; then, is eventually brought back together with his family and kids. But, that is not to be in this case.

About the film it self, for the era that this film was shot the quality of the film making is very good, yes there are a few errors made when it came down to landing jets on the deck with other planes being on the deck and a few seconds later they are gone. I definitely enjoyed watching these older jets taking off and land on the aircraft carrier, flying, and attacking the bridges; obviously, the navy would use it's own pilots for flying, that is a given. The film companies are not about to let their lead actors fly or get killed. But, the way the scenes were shot and edited were very clean making the transitions easy from actual pilot to actor and back again. I know the jets used in this movie were not the same jets written about in the novel, that's okay, it does not matter, the jets look close enough to the original ones. The special effects were good at the time this film was made.

Overall, this movie was directed well, the acting was pretty good along with the story line and special effects. But, I had to take it with a grain of salt and forgive the lack of technology. What can you say? I spoiled. I am so used to seeing green and blue screen special effects that I have to remind myself that I am looking at something from the past. At the time, this was an excellent movie and was recognized by the Academy Awards for best editing and special effects. I know the acting overall may not be Academy quality but it is acceptable. More over, it is a movie based on a novel called The Bridges at Toko-Ri by Pulitzer Prize winner James Michener; the foundation for this movie came from Mr. Michener's experiences while working as a news correspondent during 1951-1952 while aboard the Carriers USS Essex and Oriskany, at the time the navy had missions to attach the railroads and bridges of Majon-ni and Samdong-ni in North Korea; this makes watching this movie worth while, I feel it is an homage to those who gave their lives for us.
Harry Potter Hufflepuff Crest Memorabilia Art Print, 30 x 40 cm
Harry Potter Hufflepuff Crest Memorabilia Art Print, 30 x 40 cm
I am a HUGE Harry potter fan, so have an ever growing collection on framed memorabilia that is slowly climbing across the walls and taking over the room!

This frame did not disappoint! Well worth the buy for Potter Heads!

Arrived quickly in a good condition with a secure packaging.

Very happy with my Siriusly good poster!
Universal Studios Florida Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park Exclusive From Honeydukes Emporium Pink Coconut Ice White & Pink Coconut Fudge Coconut Flakes 7.7 Oz. Candy
Universal Studios Florida Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park Exclusive From Honeydukes Emporium Pink Coconut Ice White & Pink Coconut Fudge Coconut Flakes 7.7 Oz. Candy
Not bad. very sugary with a light coconut flavor. I've only had the solid one size brick and not the tube container so i cant speak for the one type however the price is laughable. you can make this with Less the $5 in kitchen items and a candy thermometer and just 3 weeks ago i was in universal studios at Honeydukes and its was something to the tune of $7.99. The homemade stuff is better and at that $27 price you could make and freeze enough to last you a year. It was tasty but not that tasty.
Leviton T5632-E USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Duplex Receptacle, 15-Amp, Black, 1-Pack
Leviton T5632-E USB Charger/Tamper-Resistant Duplex Receptacle, 15-Amp, Black, 1-Pack
I've been retrofitting the old-school duplex outlets in our house with both Leviton and Topgreener USB outlets, along with Leviton Decorated Plus commercial grade outlets.

I can't say much more than what other reviewers wrote, so I'll touch on the differences between the two top sellers.

Quality - Leviton gets the edge. They're both made in China, and both UL certified. Neither feels cheap, unlike the rebranded no-name-odd-wallplate outlets that are all over the place here. (I think the Topgreener is also a rebranded generic outlet, but it's not as ubiquitous as the oddball $12 outlets.} Still, the Leviton feels a little bit more polished and solid. Plug action is a bit smoother. It's not a rebranded generic outlet. It's a brand you know.

Appearance - tie. The surface of the Leviton is smooth, but it projects a few millimeters from a standard Decora/decorator wallplate. Spacers or washers help a bit, as does using a Lutron Claro wallplate. The surface of the Topgreener is a bit rougher, but it sits flush with a standard wallplate.

Accessories - Topgreener. It comes with both a standard decorator wallplate, and a nice clone of the otherwise pricey Lutron Claro wallplate. The Leviton doesn't have any added wallplates.

Ease of installation - tie. Both allow traditional side wiring, and push-in screw-secured rear wiring, just like most commercial grade outlets.

Charging power - I'll edit this is someone buys me a USB tester.

Packaging . Topgreener. A simple cardboard box, with polished branding/graphics and a cellophane window. The Leviton comes in a clamshell/cardboard hybrid package that's not difficult to open, but you're still dealing with plastic.

Neither hum or buzz. Neither can be wired for a half hot switched outlet. Neither have an indicator light. Both have instructions in readable English. (and, for the Leviton, Spanish and Fremch.).

The verdict - a draw, really. If you don't mind paying a bit extra for wallplates, and don't mind that it takes some work to get the face flush, and are brand conscious, go with Leviton. If you're looking for bang for the buck, and you're using Lutron Claro wallplates (and draining your checking account in the process), Topgreener has the edge.
Sony Xperia 1 Unlocked Smartphone 6.5" 4K HDR OLED CinemaWide Display, 128GB - Black - (US Warranty)
Sony Xperia 1 Unlocked Smartphone 6.5" 4K HDR OLED CinemaWide Display, 128GB - Black - (US Warranty)
Pros:__________
• You’re buying this phone for the display. The 21:9 display dominates everything about this phone. With a 4k viewing, it’s the best cinema movie screen I’ve ever seen, in phone size. 21:9 is what you usually see in the movies. Under this display layout, the widescreen appearance is applied to the movies you’re watching on this phone. You won’t get any black bars on the top or bottom of the display (because of the 21:9 layout) as you’ll only get a full 4k image. No other phone does this and it’s the reason you’ll buy this one.
• One other feature of the display is that gaming on this phone is really fun. The screen aspect ratio, and the Snapdragon 855 chip, makes gaming quite an experience. The screen is so large that your thumbs never get in the way of playing.
• The design is very premium. All gorilla glass, front and back, while providing a narrow design. It’s not bulky or heavy, has curved metal edges, and overall a unique design from the rest of the smartphone crowd.
• System-wise, the phone is fast and efficient like any other smartphone. Quick Bluetooth connectivity, fast internet connection, and the expected performance for the average daily user.
• The button layout is perfect for those who are right-handed as the fingerprint scanner is on the side that provides convenient access to my thumb.
• Because of the tall display, I found it efficient to be able to split the screen into two separate apps. This is the first phone that actually works well with this feature.
• There are a couple of short cuts to be able to use this phone one-handed. The best one I think is, with the large display, just double tapping the home buttons will shrink the whole interface down so your thumb can reach anything that it couldn’t originally reach. This features a small perk, but it’s well made.
• One juicy gift is Sony’s Cinema Pro app. This is a real beauty because it gives complete control on how you want to film with the camera. Color settings, stabilization, manual focus frames, brightness, saturation, and so on. This is such a cool app because you can modify the look of what you’ve filmed all on the phone. Filmmakers are going to love this if they’re on the go and need to do some color correcting.
• Another awesome feature is Sony’s Creator Mode. When turning this feature on and watching “Stranger Things” with the Netflix app, the colors became much more accurate and vibrant than my past experience with the iPhone X. Note that this mode is softer on the eyes and displays less artificial tones. Honestly any movie you’re watching on this, you need to turn this on.
• The camera system has great eye-tracking autofocus. When you get a group photo, you can see a little green box on the screen to let you know which person is focused. It works great and is very helpful for those who need to know if everyone is in focus.
• Launching the camera is super quick as you have a button on the side for it. You just press and photo is taken. Quick and the photos are reliable.
• Filming on this gives you a lot of options. You can record 21:9 content, to get that movie feel, alter key settings like white balance, resolution, shutter speed, color filter, etc. Overall, this is a phone with a hell of filming experience.
• It does alright taking night photos for a phone that doesn’t have a dedicated night mode feature. It takes a little more time to shoot a pic, but that just means that the camera is gathering all the light it can before presenting your shot. Shooting on the sidewalk at 11 at night does give you solid results.
• The charging on this phone is quick. Plugging it in, from 0 to 60%, took around 36 minutes. The system has a feature called Adaptive Charging where the phone regulates the charging speed if you leave your phone plugged in overnight. One of the killers in batteries is overcharging and this feature ensures that it won’t happen. Sony thinks ahead of longer-term battery health so my hats off to them.
• The speakers are extremely loud and have great directional separation.
• Water resistance. I didn’t test this one, but Sony states it. You might have to look at some videos to confirm if this is true.

Cons and Oks:__________
• The Camera app is horrible. It’s slow to launch, to take shots and you have to swipe through the end of the app in order to switch from rear to front camera. It’s laborious, not user-friendly, and ruins the point of getting a casual capture as you have to dig around the app in order to take the picture that you want. Yes, you have a quick camera button on the side, but taking a shot really depends where you’re at, the number of peoples, the time, etc. You need to make sure the setting you want will fit the picture you’re taking. The app provides this but it’s poorly laid out.
• The camera is decent but not as near as good in what you expect. In dull lighting, the images look flat and on clear sunny days, they looked a little washout. I do wish that the telephoto provided a little more zoom, and the wide angle lens is way too wide. It makes the picture look unnaturally stretched, like a fish-eye lens.
• The selfie camera sucks. Without modifying it, it applies some of the most significant beauty filters I’ve seen in a camera.
• There is no night mode. It does an alright job without this feature, but it’s not nearly as good in what you want a night picture to be.
• No wireless charging. With a price this high, you expect this feature to be common sense.
• No headphone jack. This is a movie phone and no headphone jack reduces the experience. You get a USB-C adapter that attaches to the phone’s charging port, but that’s one more thing to carry.
• The speakers are loud but 80% of the clarity comes at the bottom speaker. In landscape mode, it’s easy to cover this speaker with your hand. Not the best in the arrangement.
• The screen is too dim. Forget watching movies outside as even in max brightness it becomes a challenge to see what you’re watching, or filming. Another issue is when you’re using the camera, because of the screen’s low brightness, videos can be overexposed and you won’t be able to notice it. I found this out when transferring my shots to my computer and saw the significant brightness of my shots that my phone screen didn’t display enough.
• Because of the design of this phone, it never sits in my front jeans properly and the narrow design always makes me feel that it can bend at any moment. It feels sturdy but, with a thin body, I assume bending this phone will be easy.
• Not a great phone if you’re left handed as all the buttons (volume, fingerprint sensor, separate power button, and the camera button) are on the right side of the phone.
• Kind of annoying that the fingerprint sensor and power button are not combined. You now have this extra button that adds a little more nuisance into the experience.
• The nuisance grows even more when the fingerprint sensor isn’t even reliable. I had a lot of issues trying to get the sensor to recognize my fingerprint. Multiple times I’ve gotten the “Too many attempts” error to the point that I had to use my pin. The scanner isn’t reliable.
• On the filming side you can’t use the flash to brighten your shot, the image stabilization needs to more effective, and there is no built-in editing software. This is a con because the whole point of this phone if the play movies and customize your viewing experience. If this is targeting filmmakers you expect this phone to come with some form of editing software.
• Sony’s Side Sense feature is frustrating. I can never get this feature to work and when I don’t try it pops up. Software issues need to be made here.
• Another annoying feature is having the phone vibrate in sync with the sound. This Dynamic Vibration vibrates with the music games you play. It does do well when you get a notification or a call, but watching a film isn’t a need for this. It takes you out of the moment if you’re watching something and suddenly vibrations come from your phone. Disable this feature.
• The battery life is not great. With a 4k display, you’re going to sacrifice a decent amount of battery life. Around 8 hours of life, this includes watching a 90-minute video. You’ll get through the day with it but will have to charge it every day.
• Only one SIM Slot
• There is very little grip on this phone. Because of all-around glass design, it makes everything slippery. Simple vibrations on the phone will move the phone thanks to its smooth surface. Never place this on any edge without a case.
• I have the 128GB and 20GB is already used out of the box.
• A fingerprint magnet on every part of this phone.
• There is bloatware of programs you’ll almost certainly never use.
• Not all apps will match with the display. Just like a tablet, you’re going to get black bars running down either side of the screen if it doesn’t automatically resize.
• The movie 21:9 experience is only for videos that are adapted to that. Most YouTube and sitcoms will not offer this feature. It’ll becomes a 4:3 or a 16:9 display, depending on your choice (like any other phone)

Bottom Line:__________

It’s a movie phone, plain and simple. As I mention in the first pro, you’re getting this phone because of the display. A 4k screen viewing, that can provide you a 21:9 immersion, is a great experience if you’re in your bed or on an airplane. You get complete customization on how your display will look and with a narrow premium design, you’re bound to turn heads. I had a great time watching shows on this phone.

Still, there are a lot of issues on the phone itself. The camera app, the dim lighting, and the fact that if you’re left-handed this phone is going to be a little more of an inconvenience. The reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because of the viewing experience of this phone when watching movies. Without the 21:9 feature this would’ve been a three-star layout. I can only hope software updates will resolve the numerous issues that have lower the value of what the phone is. For a price this high, you should stick with Sony Xperia 10 Plus until the bugs are fixed.

Overall: A movie theater in your pocket but nothing more than that.

Hope I was a help to you.
Love,
Honest Reviewer.
Saeco PicoBaristo Deluxe SM5573/10 Kaffeevollautomat, 12 Kaffeespezialitäten (integriertes Milchsystem, LED Display) Edelstahl
Saeco PicoBaristo Deluxe SM5573/10 Kaffeevollautomat, 12 Kaffeespezialitäten (integriertes Milchsystem, LED Display) Edelstahl
Wir hatten im Lauf etlicher Jahre mehrere Vollautomaten. Zuletzt eine Magnifica von De`Longhi die wir damals wegen des sehr günstigen Preises kauften (Davor meist in der 1000€ Klasse). Als diese den Geist aufgab haben wir sie nochmals bestellt. Kriterium ordentlicher Kaffee, zwei Tassen gleichzeitig (Für uns wichtig) und wiederum der Preis. Leider nach ca 3 Monaten defekt in der Elektronik. Wir haben sie zur Reparatur geschickt angeblich ohne feststellbaren Fehler zurück. Gerät eingesteckt und wieder die gleiche Fehlermeldung. Zurück zu Amazon und nach einem anderen Modell umgesehen. Wir bestellten eine DeLonghi Dinamica ECAM 350, mit versprochener 2 Tassen Funktion. Nix wars! Außer bei Espresso nur eine Tasse möglich (Wird übrigens immer noch mit 2 Tassen Funktion beworben). Peinlich aber wieder zurück an Amazon wo man sehr freundlich auf unsere 2. Reklamation reagierte. Und nun die Saeco.
Gerät kam ordentlich verpackt und pünktlich an. Mir reichte die Kurzanleitung und die Maschine in Betrieb zu nehmen und entsprechend unseren Wünschen zu programmieren.
Der Kaffee schmeckt deutlich besser als bei der Magnifica. Espresso mit perfekter Crema. Milchschaumgetränke super. Der Restschaum kann beim Cappuccino am Ende noch aus der Tasse gelöffelt werden;) . 2 Tassen kein Problem, mahlt dann nochmals und macht dann beide Tassen fertig. Wasser leer während des Brühens kein Problem . Nachfüllen und fortsetzen lassen, also keine Halbtassen die man dann entsorgt. Programmierung super, Wassermenge, Milchmenge, Stärke und Temperatur lassen sich individuell in verschiedenen Profilen abspeichern. Wassermenge und Inhalt des Bohnenbehälters nicht allzu üppig aber bei der Größe des Gerätes vollkommen in Ordnung.
Wie in anderen Rezensionen beschrieben macht der Wassertank und die Aromaabdeckung des Kaffeebehälters keine all zu stabilen Eindruck. Ich fülle Wasser immer aus einem Krug direkt ein und ob man bei der geringen Bohnenmenge unbedingt noch den Aromadeckel braucht fragt sich. Für mich jedenfalls kein Grund für eine Abwertung. Merkwürdig war, wie schon in einer anderen Rezension gelesen, dass der beiliegenden Filterpatrone der Dichtungsring fehlte. Ersatzpatronen bestellt und einen von denen verwendet. Problem gelöst. Für unsere Bedürfnisse ist die PicoBaristo ein Supergerät und daher eine klare Kaufempfehlung ! Zur Beständigkeit lässt sich nach so kurzer Zeit natürlich noch nichts sagen.
Ticova Executive Office Chair - High Back Rocking PU Leather Office Chair with Iron Armrest and Footrest - Reclining Computer Desk Chair with Ergonomic Segmented Back and Thick Padding
Ticova Executive Office Chair - High Back Rocking PU Leather Office Chair with Iron Armrest and Footrest - Reclining Computer Desk Chair with Ergonomic Segmented Back and Thick Padding
Wow...  opened the box to find this chair wrapped and packaged so well!  Each piece had protection on all edges, and was additionally wrapped in bubble wrap.  There must have been an engineer to figure how to put it all in a box leaving NO room for pieces to bounce or rub together.  Extra hardware was included, and the chair went together easily and securely.  So, we were surprised to get it almost finished, only to find that the gas lift cylinder wouldn't fit into the seat mechanism correctly!  After putting it together and taking it apart (not easy to do) several times, we contacted the seller.  Within a couple of hours, we had a different cylinder on the way.  When it was received, it quickly slipped into position and the chair was ready.
This is quite a chair.  It adjusts any way you can imagine to fit each individual.  The armrests can be slid out away from the chair a bit.  They raise / lower, adjust forward / back, and even rotate horizontally into 3 different positions.  There are adjustments for the seat back (as well as tilt positions) and lumbar support.  Even the headrest can be raised or lowered into many different notches.  
I always look at item reviews before purchasing.  On this chair I noted only 1 negative review, which I seriously doubt!  The chair is well constructed, was shipped quickly; and, when there was a problem, the seller responded VERY quickly to see that it was resolved.  The seller did ask me to post a review, but this review is as accurate and honest as I can get.  If you are looking for a new office / desk chair and want comfort, this is the one to get. 
Bolsas de té Alvita, 2970, 1, 1
Bolsas de té Alvita, 2970, 1, 1
This is the first time I have tried licorice tea. I love regular black licorice and expected to enjoy this, as well. The smell of the tea once brewed is off-putting, but the aftertaste is sweet and pleasant.

The reason this has 3 stars is due to the design of the bags. They are connected in twos and have a small perforation between them. I tore the first 3 sets which resulted in loose tea all over the counter. I have cut the rest into halves using scissors.

I won't buy this tea again; this is such an easy flaw to fix and many others have said the same thing.
Royal Lochnagar - Whisky escocés puro de malta (Edición limitada Juego de Tronos: Casa Baratheon) 700 ml
Royal Lochnagar - Whisky escocés puro de malta (Edición limitada Juego de Tronos: Casa Baratheon) 700 ml
When i opened the package I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the bottle and of the case. They were well presented and of a good quality. Was excited to open the bottle up and taste the greatness I was sure lurked inside of the bottle, all of a sudden I heard a very loud bang at my door. I grab the bottle and run towards the door where i see two men in full Adidas carrying blades! What a twist and turn in this simple whisky tasting session. Despite my excitement to taste this fine whisky i knew what needed to be done - and i did it. I swung the bottle at the first one and the noise the glass made as it shattered upon his face was quite surreal, the second one stepped forward and I chinged man up proper styles. Sad that ill never be able to taste this fine whisky, but it saved my life - 4* experience
Ship C/25 TE VERDE JENGIBRE Y LIMÓN SHIP
Ship C/25 TE VERDE JENGIBRE Y LIMÓN SHIP
El fabricante del artículo se ha inventado su sistema para colgar la bolsa que hace que siempre acaba todo dentro de la bebida o tus dedos abrasados. El hilo es tan corto que muchas veces la bolsa no llega al agua, salvo echando dentro el papel de la etiqueta. Un despropósito.
Educar sin ira : un manual de autocontrol emocional para padres e hijos de todas las edades (Spanish Edition)
Educar sin ira : un manual de autocontrol emocional para padres e hijos de todas las edades (Spanish Edition)
Los ejemplos que contiene este libro son de la escuela de insensibilizar a los padres ante las expresiones emocionales de sus hijos. Insensibilizar y autocontrol son temas muy distintos.
El verdadero autocontrol proviene de una aceptación completa de las emociones SIN perder de vista la empatía y la sensibilidad hacia las ajenas. Este libro fomenta que en lugar de alcanzar el autocontrol, los padres pierdan empatía hacia sus hijos y no comprendan que el llanto es sinonimo de una necesidad no cubierta o por lo menos de nuestro rol en educar a nuestros hijos en el manejo de emociones.
Es un libro conductual para un tema que ha de ser abordado holisticamente, la verdad el libro se quedo corto en su enfoque y en la oscuridad en relacion a todos los descubrimientos que se han hecho sobre la inteligencial emocional. No lo recomiendo del TODO. La verdad me duele la plata, hubiera comido en un restaurante mejor :(

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