Tegan Ramos

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The New Mager Six-Pack
The New Mager Six-Pack
The New Mager Six-Pack by Robert F. Mager. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Murach's C++ Programming
Murach's C++ Programming
Murach's C++ Programming by Joel Murach and Mary Delamater. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c++ category.
Beginning PHP 5.3
Beginning PHP 5.3
Beginning PHP 5.3 by Matt Doyle. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Natural Language Processing with Python
Natural Language Processing with Python
Natural Language Processing with Python by Steven Bird , Ewan Klein , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 82 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Little Library Cookbook
The Little Library Cookbook
The Little Library Cookbook by Kate Young. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Magic
Magic
Magic by Sarah Brown, Gil McNeil, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Domine php y Mysql
Domine php y Mysql
Domine php y Mysql by José López Quijado. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Nicholas Sparks 6 books
Nicholas Sparks 6 books
Nicholas Sparks 6 books by Nicholas Sparks and N. Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Vicino a te non ho paura
Vicino a te non ho paura
Vicino a te non ho paura by Nicholas. Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 63 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
NYPD Red 2
NYPD Red 2
NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3673 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shadow Hunter
Shadow Hunter
Shadow Hunter by Geoffrey Archer. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 135 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
La convocazione.
La convocazione.
La convocazione. by GRISHAM John -. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Witness
The Witness
The Witness by Sandra Brown. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 1755 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Sorry, Right Number: And Other Stories
Sorry, Right Number: And Other Stories
Sorry, Right Number: And Other Stories by Stephen King , Joe Mantegna, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 37 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Guns (Kindle Single)
Guns (Kindle Single)
Guns (Kindle Single) by Stephen King. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 2656 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The End of the Whole Mess: And Other Stories
The End of the Whole Mess: And Other Stories
The End of the Whole Mess: And Other Stories by Stephen King , Matthew Broderick, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 42 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre by Stephen King, William Dufris, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 184 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming for the Java¿ Virtual Machine
Programming for the Java¿ Virtual Machine
Programming for the Java¿ Virtual Machine by Joshua Engel. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming Basics
Java Programming Basics
Java Programming Basics by Edith Au , Dave Makower, et al.. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Alice 3 in Action with Java™
Alice 3 in Action with Java™
Alice 3 in Action with Java™ by Joel Adams. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programming Python, Second Edition with CD
Programming Python, Second Edition with CD
Programming Python, Second Edition with CD by Mark Lutz. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
LEARN PYTHON PROGRAMMING: Write code from scratch in a clear & concise way, with a complete basic course. From beginners to intermediate, an hands-on project with examples, to follow step by step
LEARN PYTHON PROGRAMMING: Write code from scratch in a clear & concise way, with a complete basic course. From beginners to intermediate, an hands-on project with examples, to follow step by step
LEARN PYTHON PROGRAMMING: Write code from scratch in a clear & concise way, with a complete basic course. From beginners to intermediate, an hands-on project with examples, to follow step by step by WILLIAM GRAY. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Laravel: Up and Running
Laravel: Up and Running
Laravel: Up and Running by Matt Stauffer. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 77 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Oracle SQL by Example (3rd Edition)
Oracle SQL by Example (3rd Edition)
Oracle SQL by Example (3rd Edition) by Alice Rischert. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Encountering Ensemble (Performance Books)
Encountering Ensemble (Performance Books)
Encountering Ensemble (Performance Books) by -, John Britton , et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Advanced Programming in Visual Basic 6.0 w/Cd
Advanced Programming in Visual Basic 6.0 w/Cd
Advanced Programming in Visual Basic 6.0 w/Cd by Julia Case Bradley and A. C. Millspaugh. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way
The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way
The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way by Michael Fogus and Chris Houser. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Linux with Operating System Concepts
Linux with Operating System Concepts
Linux with Operating System Concepts by Richard Fox. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Typescript of the Second Origin
Typescript of the Second Origin
I am not sure how I have missed this one over the years...two kids survive an unexplained apocalypse and struggle to survive and thrive in a destroyed world.
Learning TypeScript
Learning TypeScript
"Learning TypeScript" contains ten chapters describing in detail the modern state of ECMAScript and two common implementations of ECMAScript (JavaScript and TypeScript). The book not only introduces the reader to TypeScript 1.5+, but also looks at where the ECMAScript specification is going with ES6 and ES7. It uses TypeScript implementation details to help demonstrate where ECMAScript is headed.

Chapters 1, 3, and 4 are heavily TypeScript-specific and are the introductory chapters on the language. For the most part the remainder of the book covers syntax, concepts, and ideas that largely apply to JavaScript as well as TypeScript. This includes chapters on testing, working with the JavaScript runtime, and improving runtime performance.

The chapter on object-oriented programming contains concepts familiar to developers used to using class-based object-oriented languages such as Java and C#, but is likely to provide some key insights for those who are primarily comfortable with JavaScript's prototype-based object-oriented approach.

The code listings in the PDF version of "Learning TypeScript" that Packt Publishing provided for me to review are black text on white background with no color syntax and no line numbers. Most graphics, illustrations, and screen snapshots in the PDF version are in color.

Because "Learning TypeScript" contains both TypeScript-specific details and JavaScript-general details (TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript), the book is largely standalone, meaning that a person with only minimal JavaScript exposure is likely able to learn TypeScript from using this book. Even a person interested only in JavaScript (and not in TypeScript) would find the several JavaScript-general topics interesting because they are on current and near-future JavaScript features.
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
For those of you that are time-pressed, this is the best book in the Buffettology Series to read in order to glean a few secrets on the investment techniques of the Oracle of Omaha. The workbook covers both the qualitative and quantitative sides of Buffett's value investing approach, and provides the basic techniques one can implement in order to invest with a reasonable amount of success.

The workbook is not exactly the best book on investing that I have read (that title goes to Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor), but in its defense, it does provide a simple to implement investment strategy. Most of the techniques hinge on a few simple ratios and knowledge of simple present and future worth. Additionally, most of the limitations associated with the techniques are clearly and simply stated.

The book has several merits. The chief merit of the book is that its approach to investing is self-contained, and emphasizes the qualitative aspects more than the quantitative aspects. In passing, readers that focus more on Part One of the book and skip Part Two, the quantitative part, could easily obtain a dramatic improvement in their investment results. Written in simple, easy to understand language, the target audience of this book is most likely that individual who depends on the Internet for all of her information on companies, as such sites as Yahoo, MSN and Value Line are routinely cited in the text as sources of information. The book is very well organized, quite possibly with the idea that it would fit the mold of a chapter-a-day format. Most chapters are usually no more than five pages long, with easy, cheesy word problems and true/false questions at the end of most every chapter to reinforce key concepts. The title of each chapter basically states the key concept to be learned, and key points are highlighted at the end of each chapter. Although it provides some theory and rationale for the techniques it attempts to teach, this is kept to a minimum, and the book focuses almost exclusively on application of the techniques. Those readers that are only interested in the methodology can simply skip to the 22nd Chapter titled 'Doing It Yourself: Buffettology Worksheet'. Thus, the book makes every effort to make learning, and ultimately using, the techniques as painless as possible.

The major demerit of this book rests in its insistence on doing all calculations on a per-share basis. But then, this is how much of the information that is easily obtainable through such channels as Value Line and other sources is presented. One minor demerit is that the authors do not seem to be aware of the virtual ubiquity of MS Office, making it possible to perform all of the calculations in the book in one Excel spreadsheet, but then again, this is a minor demerit. Although there were a number of minor typographical and mathematical errors in the book, I am willing to overlook this, as the thinking and reasoning behind any investment proposition is more important, and is clearly presented throughout the book.

Overall, I rate the book to be worthy of reading. It presents a simple and straightforward investment approach, and does not require an advanced degree in rocket science to implement it. All it really requires is a basic understanding of fractions, decimals and percents, and most important, a willingness to think and reason through the investment proposition. However, those of you with strong quantitative backgrounds will be very dismayed with this book (as I was initially), but as I said before, if you focus exclusively on Part One of the book and Chapter 22, then you will see a dramatic improvement in your investment results going forward.
The Essence of Success: 12 Mini Biographies: Richard Branson Bill Gates Nelson Mandela Steven Spielberg Stephen Hawking Chris Evans Frank Sinatra Tony ... and Virgin to Jeff Bezos and Amazon Book 1)
The Essence of Success: 12 Mini Biographies: Richard Branson Bill Gates Nelson Mandela Steven Spielberg Stephen Hawking Chris Evans Frank Sinatra Tony ... and Virgin to Jeff Bezos and Amazon Book 1)
A good way to get a snapshot of several vivid figures from the 20th century.
There are a few annoying faults that do distract from the text:
1) Some chapters have clearly been digitised and not proofread. "Eve" is spelled "Iive", "He" is spelled "Ile" and "DOS" is spelled "I)()S". Really! This is the third edition; have you actually read it?
2) There are far, too many, commas in this, book. Some of which are, completely, inappropriate.
3) Although the 3rd edition was published in 2012, Tony Blair's biog ends with him in government. It also reckons he was 41 when he became prime minister in 1997, as well as asserting that he was born in 1953. Do the math!
In summary, it's worth the money, but won't become a treasured volume in your house.
The Industries of the Future
The Industries of the Future
What are the industries of the future?

Before I read this book I would say anything environmental, AI, robotics, biotech (that include genetics), IoT, neuroscience, space, gaming and health. There is obvious overlap between those sectors. Just imagine a huge box full of lego blocks, combining these technologies with mobile, nano, virtual reality, big data, augmenting, biomimicry, material science, quantum physics and you have a Pandora’s box of industries we have not even imagined.

Alec Ross

Alec Ross thinks that the industries of the future are robotics, advanced life sciences, the codification of money, cyber security, and big data. Not much to argue there, although in my view very limited and almost too easy.

North Korea or Estonia

What the book does do is show the countries that are ahead and the once that are behind, and the book puts the industries into a geopolitical, cultural, and generational context. All 196 countries in the world have a choice. You can be North Korea or Estonia. That goes for your company too.

Europe versus Japan

I would suggest it will make for unhappy reading for European policy makers and there is no doubt, power is shifting East. Japan already leads the world in robotics, operating 310,000 of the 1.4 million industrial robots in existence across the world. Driven by an increasingly older population, they have particularly focussed on elderly care and health. That includes augmentation, which is a growth sector all on its own. Other counties to watch in robotics are China, the United States, South Korea, and Germany.

Pandora’s box

What everyone needs to consider, and here is the Pandora’s lego box again, is when robotics get combined with big data, cloud (all robots connected and learning), AI, nano and biology. No wonder venture capital funding in robotics is growing at a steep rate. It more than doubled in just three years, from $160 million in 2011 to $341 million in 2014. The market for consumer robots could hit $390 billion by 2017, and industrial robots should hit $40 billion in 2020.

Robotics

The number of robotic procedures is increasing by about 30 percent a year, and more than 1 million Americans have already undergone robotic surgery, and it is growing exponentially. It is quite amazing what robots are doing already, from hunting jelly fish and hunting cancer to hair washing, waiting tables, cleaning floor but also teaching maths and anything in between. There is no doubt, as the technology continues to advance, robots will kill many jobs.

Jobs

Two Oxford University professors who studied more than 700 detailed occupational types have published a study making the case that over half of US jobs could be at risk of computerization in the next two decades. Forty-seven percent of American jobs are at high risk for robot takeover, and another 19 percent face a medium level of risk.

Singularity, when, not if

The level of investment in robotics (including drones, self-driving cars, etc.), combined with advances in technology are setting the foundation for the 2020s to produce breakthroughs in robotics that bring today’s science fiction right. Including singularity which is expected somewhere between 2023 (Vernor Vinge) and 2045 (Ray Kurzweil). We have moved from “if” to “when”.

China

That is why China is not just relying on forced urbanisation to produce low-cost labour; it is also investing heavily in the industries of the future. Every country needs to invest in growing fields like robotics but also invest in a social framework that makes sure those who are losing their jobs are able to stay afloat long enough to pivot to the industries or positions that offer new possibilities. Humans are not as easy to upgrade as software.

Life sciences

That is the robotic industry. Now for life sciences. The size of the genomics market was estimated at a little more than $11 billion in 2013 and is going to grow faster than anyone could imagine. We are talking DNA sequencing, precision medicine, designer babies, neuroscience (the genetics of suicide), xenotransplantation and Jurassic Park.

With 78 organs, 206 bones, and 640 muscles, not to mention up to 25,000 genes, our bodies are complicated machines. We are hacking the machine, part by part. As a result, we will live longer lives, but our lives will grow more complicated as we manage

Cyber security

Including and particularly in the world of cyber security If you have read “Future Crimes“, you really want augmentation, DNA and robots to be secure. A hacked care robot hovering over your bed with a knife is not something you want. A hacked augmented hand strangling you is also not a prospect you would relish. Let alone someone hacking your voice, your DNA, or your brain.

Hacking. Malware. Virus. Worm. Trojan horse. Distributed denial-of-service. Cyber attack. The terms for the weaponisation of code are by now well known, but we are just beginning to understand their full implications.

175 billion industry

Over the 20 years from 2000 to 2020, the cyber security market will have grown from a $3.5 billion market employing a few thousand people working in IT departments to a $175 billion market providing critical infrastructure. Cyber has grown into such a mission-critical function that every Fortune 500 board chairman now should make sure he or she has a board member with cyber expertise. In five years, any board of directors without a board member with expertise in cyber will be perceived as a shortcoming of corporate governance.

IoT

Combine that with what will be a $19 trillion global market in the Internet of Things and we are creating an almost unimaginable new set of vulnerabilities and openings for cyber security hacks.For example, in July 2015, hackers managed to remotely infiltrate and shut down a Jeep Cherokee while it was speeding along the highway. Did you know that GPS is hackable? Don’t trust your Tom-Tom.

Long term cyber attacks pose a greater threat to national security than terrorism. We have moved from cold war to code war.

Coded money

Alec Ross other favourite future industry is coded money, blockchain and fintech and how that will transform local and global economies, particularly Africa. M-Pesa and Shwari as examples. But also the sharing economy. At last measure, the estimated size of the global sharing economy was $26 billion, and it’s growing fast, with some estimates projecting it will be more than 20 times larger in size by 2025. Read “Machines, Platforms, Crowds“.

Big data

The last industry he mentions is big data, quantified self and algorithms. Did you know that an estimated one-third of all marriages in the United States begin with online dating which is run through an algorithm? The best quote of the book is this one “Serendipity fades with everything we hand over to algorithms”.

Impact on your business

Alec Ross is spot on. None of those industries can be ignored and they will impact on your business. Robotics, cyber, big data, coded money will do so very soon.

What are we going to do?

The question is what policy makers are going to do about it. If you read “The Seventh Sense”, politicians are the last ones to understand what goes on. And it not about:

Technology parks
Mix in R&D labs and university centres;
Provide incentives to attract scientists, firms and users;
Interconnect the industry through consortia and specialised suppliers;
Protect intellectual property and tech transfer;
Establish a favourable business environment and regulations.
It is about broadband infrastructure, women (“women hold up half the sky”), openness, domain expertise, quality of life, the flow of ideas, innovation and yes, creating active serendipity.

What are you going to do?

Or look at some examples of good practice such as Singapore, Estonia, Japan and China versus Belarus, North Korea and Venezuela. Which one do you want to be?

I want to be Estonia (or Japan).
Der Allesverkäufer: Jeff Bezos und das Imperium von Amazon
Der Allesverkäufer: Jeff Bezos und das Imperium von Amazon
Eigentlich wollte ich mir ein schmaleres Buch kaufen, ein Buch, das sich direkt mit Amazons Einflußnahme auf den Buchmarkt beschäftigt, schwenkte aber auf diesen Titel um, der von Rezensenten als der bessere empfohlen wurde.
Ist er das? Nun, er ist doppelt so teuer und doppelt so umfangreich, das schon. Unglaublich kenntnis- und detailreich breitet Stone die Entwicklung Amazons und seines Gründers vor uns aus, so daß ich mir nicht selten dachte: "Sooo genau wollte ich es dann auch wieder nicht wissen."
Wie bei solchen Managerbiographien nicht selten, schwankt der Verfasser zwischen Anbetung ("Was für ein intelligenter, tatkräftiger, begabter Machertyp!") und Grusel ("Mit manischer Getriebenheit drückt er mit fiesen Methoden Lieferanten und Verlage an die Wand") hin und her.
Zu meinem Bekanntenkreis gehören Kleinverleger. Deren Verhältnis zu Amazon ist gespalten: Einerseits könnten sie ohne den Online-Riesen ihr Sortiment längst keiner so breiten potentiellen Käufermasse präsentieren wie im traditionellen Buchhandel mit seinem beschränkten Platzangebot (und oft auch Ladeninhabern mit leicht beschränktem Horizont), andererseits ist das Wehklagen groß über willkürliche Maßnahmen Amazons (Auslistungen politisch inkorrekter Bücher, Löschen erotisch freizügiger Titelbilder), über fehlende Kontaktmöglichkeiten, über die Art und Weise, wie Amazon als internationaler Konzern international verschachtelt ist, so daß man ihn kaum greifen kann (darüber klagen nationale Regierungen wie deutsche Kleinverleger) und und und ...
Amazon erscheint als Drohung wie auch als Verlockung. Mir erscheint Amazon-Chef Bezos nach der Lektüre als so was ähnliches wie Discounter-Chefs à la Aldi-Brüder: Amazon ist für die Kunden oft prima, für die Lieferanten oft weniger schön, um es mal milde auszudrücken, die werden geschubst und getreten (ebenso wie die Mitarbeiter), denen drückt man die Preise und Konditionen bis zum Gehtnichtmehr - sie entwickeln eine Haßliebe zu Amazon: Ohne Amazon geht es nicht, aber mit Amazon geht es oft auch nicht ...
Fazit: Aufstieg und Werdegang des "Allesverkäufers" Bezos werden gekonnt und kenntnisreich beschrieben - aber mit ein paar Details weniger wäre die klare Linie vielleicht sichtbarer geworden ...
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America
Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America
"I always think big. I start with a plan to build the biggest, the most beautiful, and the highest-quality projects. If you don't begin with big dreams, you can never fulfill them." (Donald Trump, "Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America" [Formerly titled Crippled America], Page 166)

The title of this book "Crippled America" had me thinking that this book was going to be a pessimistic view of America and all that is wrong with it. I was wrong. It ended up being answers to the problems facing America. Everything from tax reform, immigration reform, health care reform, "Draining the Swamp" in Washington, bringing back American jobs, improving the economy...Trump knows the issues facing America and thinks he has the answers to fixing them. As president, he now has that opportunity to implement what he wills. He shares what his plans are in this book.

I hear people calling Trump a bigot, racist, etc.; however, I have read every single book that this man has written and not once did I read anything that would cause someone to think these terrible things spoken about him. I think there are some media organizations, special interest groups, lobbyists and of course the Democratic Party who are trying to make Trump look bad to make themselves look better and to hinder the plans he has to make America Great Again. Thankfully, this election proves that Americans are smart and can see past all the biases of the polling and the news. I commend the people of the United States for using their head and their heart and discerning what is best for the American people and not being influenced by these groups. Congrats from a Canadian on electing a person who I believe will shape America for the better. Despite what you hear from some of our Canadian news agencies, some Canadians are very glad to welcome Trump as the now president of the United States.
Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings
Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings
Originally recorded as an LP in 1972, "Amazing Grace" remains one of my favorite recordings. In this expanded CD version, David Nathan in his liner notes says that "Amazing Grace" was Aretha's best-selling album, information that should not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever heard it. She recorded it live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles with the Southern California Community Choir directed by the Reverend James Cleveland on two consecutive nights, January 13 and 14, 1972.

The CD has everything going for it: the enthusiasm of the audience, the spontaneity possible only in a live performance, the beautiful gospel piano accompaniment by Cleveland (except for two songs), the commentary by both Cleveland and Aretha's father, the Reverend C. L. Franklin ("Aretha never left the church"), the angelic voices of the choir and finally that voice. No one ever said that Ms. Franklin sounds like anyone else on earth, and she never sang better than in this recording session. She has a tremendous range and can do anything she wants to do with a melody, even to singing an acceptable version of Puccini's "Nessum Dorma."

Besides the title song, Aretha sings a glorious arrangement of Marvin Gaye's "Wholy Holy," the Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone," and "How I Got Over." She turns Carol King's "You've Got A Friend" into gospel and then seques into Tommy Dorsey's familiar "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Ms. Franklin sings "Precious Memories with Cleveland and does a fantastic version of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." If I had to pick a favorite, a difficult decision, I would have to go with "Never Grow Old" with Aretha accompanying herself on the piano.

This music arises above gospel music and appeals to music lovers of all colors and religions. The CD should be put in a time capsule.
Louis: Best of Louis Armstrong
Louis: Best of Louis Armstrong
This was a present for my husband and he loves it! Great quality and enjoyable listening, I would recommend this double CD to all Louis Armstrong fans and even to those who are not quite sure 'cos they'll love it! It's a Wonderfull World - YEH!!!!! :-)
George Washington Broth, Brown . OZ (Pack of 2)
George Washington Broth, Brown . OZ (Pack of 2)
I grew up on the Golden Broth and have continued to buy it here when not found locally. Mostly used to flavor rice water when cooking and drinking as tea. I'm not skilled in cooking beef, and finally thought to try this. Love! I added this to previously slow cooked some kinda of beef steak, or roast. Gave the beefy and depth of flavor I've been looking for. Not a fan of the normal seasonings on store shelf. They all seem to rely on garlic or onion for their flavors. I want to taste the meat, not garlic meat. Now love both versions of George Washington.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
This movie was very disappointing. It lost the studio $100-$120 million, if that gives an idea of just how bad it is. I’m a big Marvel Comics fan, and this was horrible. The acting was horrible, the story line was extremely mediocre, and the production was cheap, especially for a Marvel movie. It made absolutely no sense at times, and it has NO chronological consistency to it at all. It honestly just felt like I was watching a bunch of whiny baby kids throwing temper tantrums, for no reason, the entire time. Always blaming everyone and everything else for their own problems and issues. Which sends a horrible message. They had to, of course, make it political. We do not want Hollywood thinking it’s okay to inject political beliefs into movies. We watch movies to escape the realities of life. (Unless your making a movie specifically about politics.) Especially in today’s world where everything is political. We don’t want that junk in movies. For those wanting to know if you should watch it.... I wouldn’t waist my time on it. Thats 2hrs of my life I’ll never get back.
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid Vol. 2: Remittance (Doctor Strange (2018-2019))
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid Vol. 2: Remittance (Doctor Strange (2018-2019))
In the previous book, Stephen Strange has lost his magic and goes out into the universe to find some more. He runs into a woman, Hanna, in a prison and they help each other escape and go out looking for magical artifacts as she is an arcanologist and that is what she does. After saving the Earth from an invader Stephen feels its time to go home. That he has learned enough magic, and some newfound humility, along the way.

When he arrives he finds someone who looks just like him occupying 177a Bleecker St. House. This person turns out to be Casey, his apprentice who he finds out from a demon who has his memories sacrificed herself to save some people and lost her soul. Then in an attempt to gain it back, she dies saving Stephen. He went mad and lost himself looking for her. Someone came to take over the world and he was needed to take care of that so he put away his memory of Casey in order to concentrate better on the problem at hand.

Now Casey has a body that looks like his and she has his powers and is out and about looking for powerful weapons to take down Stephen Strange. It turns out that Mordo is behind this but who is behind Mordo? Who really took away Stephen's powers? And will they be able to save the Earth again, this time from the Faltine and Dormammu who want to take over the Earth? Dormammu wants to take over the Faltine too. He's going to need help, which comes from a familiar place.

This is a fantastic comic that really explores the world of sorcery and how it really works. Magic has it's price and Stephen is going to learn that the hard way. The art is wonderful and inventive and includes an homage to past Stephens for the 400th issue of Doctor Strange which is a special issue. This is a great book and I give it five out of five stars.
Crossfire Trail: A Novel
Crossfire Trail: A Novel
once more what else can i say about this author,i enjoyed this book, easy to read, The story flows along, the way he sets everything up on the page just leaps out and draws you in,even when not much is happening as far as action is concerned he can still hold your attention. I don't like giving the plot away but if you like westerns then this book or any other Louis L'Amour western tale will not disappoint in my mind. But then I am biased as I read lots of his stories
Air Force One is Down (Alistair MacLean’s UNACO)
Air Force One is Down (Alistair MacLean’s UNACO)
'Air Force One Is Down' is the second John Denis novelisation of an Alistair Maclean film script, and as other reviewers have noted, it's far from a classic. Cliché'd and predictable in every way, `Air Force One Is Down' is one of those "thrillers" where you just know the heroes have it all under control and will take down the baddies without raising a sweat. The sort of book where the villains set up an audaciously clever plan that requires an extraordinary amount of skill and intelligence to pull off, only to turn around and make childishly stupid mistakes when faced with the good guys. I mean really, if you're going to spend so much effort transforming one of your own men into a perfect impersonation of the hero, it's probably not a good idea to then let the real hero escape and tell everyone about it. Yep, `Air Force One....' is that kind of story.

Other reviewers claim that this has nothing in common with Maclean. Sadly, I have to disagree, the predictable plot and paper-thin characterisation *is* very reminiscent of Maclean during his later-period decline. Remember that Maclean did write the outline for this story, so at least some of the ridiculousness must be his. In fact, the book has quite a strong resemblance to a Maclean original `The Golden Gate'; a complex plot to kidnap Important People that is undone by the supposedly brilliant villains' own arrogance and stupidity. At least Peter Branson was kind of interesting as a character, which is more than you can say for anyone here.

Another issue is the lack of continuity with the later Alastair MacNeill UNACO books (which aren't great either, but better than this). Since when was Philpott's offsider Kolchinsky a woman?? Or Sabrina an ex jewel thief who still hasn't overcome her criminal ways?? To be fair, this isn't John Denis' fault, since this book was written before MacNeill's, but it still adds to the awkward and ridiculous feel of `Air Force One Is Down'.

The best thing you can say about this is that it's not unreadable, and is no worse than any other cliché'd cookie-cutter thriller out there. But it's certainly not a good book, and anyone who is familiar with Maclean's classic work from the 50's and 60's will find this a hilariously bad attempt to cash in on his name.
Mr. Bump and the Knight (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
Mr. Bump and the Knight (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
My daughter loves mr men and I do find it is a good bedtime short story as my little one loves up read all the time so quick books are good in our household
I would recommend it to a friend with children
David Jason's Secret Service
David Jason's Secret Service
David Jason is cute incarnate as he follows the path of wartime development of the world of spycraft through two world wars and the cold war. With nods to some well known characters, the settings of the real events and the materials and documents of the real exploits of Britain's spymasters are shown and explicated to great advantage. A wonderful little series. Recommend highly.
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection, Part One
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection - Part One packages the complete and unabridged audiobooks of the first seven James Bond novels in a sturdy cardboard slipcase. Details are as follows.

Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens, running time 5 hours.
Live And Let Die read by Rory Kinnear, running time 6 hours 50 mins.
Moonraker read by Bill Nighy, running time 7 hours 25 mins.
Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis, running time 6 hours 45 mins.
From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens, running time 8 hours 50 mins.
Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie, running time 7 hours 55 mins.
Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville, running time 8 hours 45 mins.

In addition, each audiobook contains an interview with the reader.

This collection contains many of the strongest James Bond novels, with only Diamonds are Forever being somewhat of a disappointment. Diamonds never really engages, as Bond's enemies - a group of American gangsters - are less than impressive, and Bond spends too much of the story on the periphery.

Diamonds apart, it's quality all the way. Casino Royale introduced 007 to the world, and it's a taut tale of gambling and torture. Moonraker is unique in the Fleming canon as Bond remains on British soil for the whole story, tangling with the mad Hugo Drax and his rocket, the Moonraker. From Russia With Love finds Bond targeted by the Russians, and despite Bond not appearing until the story is well underway, it's one of the strongest in the series.

Live And Let Die, Dr No and Goldfinger are all strong stories as well, so there's plenty to enjoy here.

007 Reloaded boasts quality actors reading each book. As there's no music or sound effects, these readings will succeed or fail on the quality of the stories and reader. Thankfully, the choice of readers is pretty much perfect in each case, and their skillful readings mean that you soon get drawn into the story.

There's no booklet in the boxset, which is a little bit of a shame. It would have been nice to have some background information on the stories.

That apart, this a wonderful collection of the early James Bond novels, at a very decent price.
Carry On Cleo
Carry On Cleo
Well, it's a Carry On film, so no surprises as to the humour and cast. The transfer of the film to bluray is good, however there has been no attempt to clean up the film (scratches, hairs, dust et.c. and gate wobble) and there is an abundance of film grain. Carry On Cleo is a good, fun, light hearted comedy, suitable for children too (the death scenes don't even have a drop of blood) and the "sex" scenes are very "use your imagination" I'm still laughing at the square wheel gag as I often see the same thing over and over on crowdfunding websites, e.g. solar roadways, water from the air, vacuum tumble dryer et.c.
Mobile Suit Gundam: White Base Hanger Deck A.N.I.M.E. Ver. Figure
Mobile Suit Gundam: White Base Hanger Deck A.N.I.M.E. Ver. Figure
This is a very choice for displaying any 1/144 scale mecha. Although it was originally planned for Bandai’s robot spirits line of figures, I thought it’ll be interesting to display some of my 1/144 gundams in this hanger.

The hanger is packed with gimmicks. You have a moving claw that can move along the rail, elevate, and rotate. This claw can hold a core block. But this only works for the robot spirits line. The claw doesn't open and close. The “platform thing” you display your mecha on can move. On it are two pegs. This will allow the robot spirit Rx-78 gundam to separate and stay in place. To top it off, the boarding ladder thing can swivel. The background of the hanger is basically a painted piece of thin plastic.

I think this is great! However, I think this should be priced around 23 dollars. Overall pretty good!

Oh yeah, one more thing:

I finally have a place to store my 1/144 figures safely!
UV Sanitizer Box, UV-C Light Sterilizer for Cell Phone, (iPhone or Android Phone) Mask, Key, Glasses, Beauty Tools, Portable Ultraviolet Sterilizer with USB Cable
UV Sanitizer Box, UV-C Light Sterilizer for Cell Phone, (iPhone or Android Phone) Mask, Key, Glasses, Beauty Tools, Portable Ultraviolet Sterilizer with USB Cable
I’ve used this sterilization machine for 3 days. The whole process took about 3 minutes, same as the waiting time for a cup noddle. Really fast! And three things I really like are the loud voice broadcast, the safety protection, and the huge space it has.

At start, i didn’t expect that loud voice but after I turn out to like it! I usually get too focus on other things like school stuffs I have to do even just for 3 minutes, so I tend to forget that my phone is in the box. Love the voice broadcast to remind me to pick my phone out haha.

And the safety protection is pretty good. ‘Cause the uv light will damage our eyes and they just make it automatically stop if the cover is open, so we can’t really stare at the light. It would be a really nice choice for people who have children too. We all know kids like to observe the world, but this product have protection. No ones’ eyes are going to get injured.

Last the huge space! Fit any size of phone! When looking at the picture, I thought it’s probably gonna just fit one iPhone, but actually, it can fit an android phone and watches, masks, and necklaces and bracelets.

Whoever invented this product, thank you! Feel really safe especially in this covid period. And the price is not too expensive, gives everyone an opportunity to try. Anyway, love this! Hope these crazy virus stuffs can go away as soon as possible and good luck everyone on our daily activities:)))

P.s. the first pic is the outside, the second pic is an android phone inside and my hand on top to give you guys an idea how big the machine would be.
Roadster Guide to America's Classic Car Museums and Attractions: Second Edition
Roadster Guide to America's Classic Car Museums and Attractions: Second Edition
....this is an indispensable guide for you. This book is a guide to all the classic car museums around the country. Not just museums, but odd little places that you just happen upon that happen to have some classic cars that you can look at. But it's also about the open road. That feeling of getting on the interstate and exploring the USA. Nothing is more Americana than that, and if you throw in some small towns, diners and a classic car museum -- you've really stumbled upon something. We visited the Frontier Auto Museum in Gillette, WY, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Now with this book, our next trip will have many highlights. Plus, it's just fun to read - Milne's writing is crisp and funny. You can have that road trip if you never leave the house. Can't wait to use it for real!!
Charging Station for Multiple Devices Bamboo Organizer (Note: No Power Supply) for 4/5/6 Ports USB Charger Docking Station with 5 USB Cables Compatible with iPhone Airpods iWatch
Charging Station for Multiple Devices Bamboo Organizer (Note: No Power Supply) for 4/5/6 Ports USB Charger Docking Station with 5 USB Cables Compatible with iPhone Airpods iWatch
I love the way this bamboo charging station looks and keeps everything neat instead of having devices randomly charging around the house. The box is sturdy and very durable... It held up to my two yr old twins playing with it for a week while I waited for the USB hub that i had ordered separately to come in. This turned out to be a pretty great toddler toy lol. They love placing the wooden slats in the grooves and were fascinated by the magnetic box. They also liked to take the closed box and drop the wooden slats into the slots meant for the wires to pass through. I almost want to keep this as a toy and get another one for organjzing our devices.
adidas Unisex-Child Adilette Shower Sandal
adidas Unisex-Child Adilette Shower Sandal
We bought these for our son to replace a pair we bought at a consignment sale that he had outgrown. We tried some cheaper brands but they did not fit well and our son said they were not comfortable. So he wore his old pair even though they were too small. These are more expensive than we usually spend on shoes for a growing boy, but he wears them to the pool 3 to 4 times a week and they're big enough that he should be able to get two seasons out of them.
ZOIC Luces LED de Navidad, 500 ledes, para Navidad, fiesta, boda, cadena de luces, 100 metros (328 pies), 8 modos, enchufe de EE.UU. 29V, DAG004U, 6.00watts, 29.00 volts
ZOIC Luces LED de Navidad, 500 ledes, para Navidad, fiesta, boda, cadena de luces, 100 metros (328 pies), 8 modos, enchufe de EE.UU. 29V, DAG004U, 6.00watts, 29.00 volts
I'm honestly not sure why everyone is complaining about them being tangled. Either theirs shipped completely differently from BOTH of mine, or they just couldn't figure out how to unravel it, because they weren't tangled at all. These lights came to me wound in two halves with about a foot of length between them. Once a bundle was wound, the O was flattened and cinched around it's waist, kind of like an 8. The twist tie was easy to remove and, if you take your time, the lights unwind incredibly simply. I'm really surprised at the number of reviews that say that they are tangled. Evidently ZOIC has heard this so often that they now send out an email that essentially says "It's 328 ft, please be patient untangling them" and then they tell you to read a manual on how to unwind them! I didn't read the manual, and it was incredibly easy. Honestly, just take your time and watch how they unroll and you'll be perfectly fine. The only SLIGHT issue that I had was at the ends of each bundle when the bundles started losing their shape and I had to set them down as I was working alone. We're talking the last maybe 10-20 ft of each bundle and it barely slowed down my installation.

My only complaint is that these are so very faint, that they don't really provide any help if you're seeking them for lighting. They work great for aesthetic, not so much for actual light. We bought these for our backyard. We have three dogs and two are black so they're difficult to see at night. I have always loved the look of Christmas lights, and I think they look great and provide light to see outside. As I said, these are beautiful, but I can barely notice a difference with them on, vs. off. In fact, our neighbors have actual white Christmas lights (not LEDs like these) and theirs are muuuuuch brighter and, even though they have maybe one or two short strands, their yard is illuminated far more than ours that's wrapped around the perimeter with these.

Update: Dropped this to a one star rating because these are definitely not for use outside. The claim that they are, is completely false and misleading. Yes, they can withstand some weather, but we're talking if you have an event, like a wedding. You cannot use these outdoors for an extended period of time. Such a waste of money and a disappointment.
VIVO Black Single Top Height Adjustable 27 inch Standing Desk Converter, Sit Stand Tabletop Monitor Laptop Riser Workstation, DESK-V000HB
VIVO Black Single Top Height Adjustable 27 inch Standing Desk Converter, Sit Stand Tabletop Monitor Laptop Riser Workstation, DESK-V000HB
Exactly as advertised? Well that's refreshing, isn't it? I did a lot of research to find a standing desk solution that would deliver the benefit without the $175+ price tag of the VariDesk. So this Vivo one seems to be fitting the bill. I'm on Day 3 of using it & will come back with an update if anything significant changes.

On Day 1, I loved it. It's easy to lift & lower to find the exact height to keep my arms/shoulders in proper position. It's wide enough to fit my laptop, notebook/papers & charging cell phone. I stood for 6 hours total (broken up by a 30-minute lunch break) & decided I loved this thing. The only lesson I learned was that I need to wear supportive tennis shoes if I'm going to stand that long (I work at home & usually don't wear shoes around the house).

On Day 2, I stood for a couple of hours, then my legs started to get a little tired. I was mentally so used to standing to work from the prior day that I momentarily forgot that I could sit down. Duh! So I lowered the desk (easily) and kept working sitting down and varied standing/sitting the rest of the day.

Today, on Day 3, it's much like Day 2. For some reason I'm not as energized to stand all day (like I was on Day 1). My lower back is a little achey after standing a couple hours and my legs are a little tingly. I think this has absolutely nothing to do with the desk; however, it does point out to me the importance of the easy-to-lift-and-lower functionality. So if you (like another reviewer) get one that isn't easy to lift/lower, get in contact with the company. The fact that they reply to 1-star & 2-star ratings is one reason I chose to buy from them compared to others selling what looks to be this exact desk at equal or lesser cost.

I will say that with the height of my stationary desk (leg room underneath) & the max raise of my adjustable chair, my arms are at an above-90 degree angle when the adjustable desk is in its fully-lowered position which sort of puts a strain on my arms after a while. But, optimist that I am, this just reminds me that perhaps it's time to stand up again. All in all, I like the desk. Based on their responses to low-star ratings, this company seems to stand behind their product & fixes problems when there is a defect or damage. I'm actually considering buying 1 or 2 more for my teenagers. I just wish I had thought of this during the summer when they were spending more time on their computers. But I guess they sit most of the day in school too though, so standing for a couple hours for afternoon/evening computering will be good for them!
Lifelong Outer Lid Pressure Cooker, 3 Litre (ISI Certified, Induction and Gas Compatible)
Lifelong Outer Lid Pressure Cooker, 3 Litre (ISI Certified, Induction and Gas Compatible)
Extremely disappointed with this product. Didn't expect this quality from Amazon forum. The plastic parts of the cooker are broken into pieces. Even the whistle is broken! There is hair inside the cooker with a torn warrenty card. Even the packaging wasn't neatly done. I wouldn't suggest anyone to buy such a product!! Seems like a used product with stains of water product over the lid.

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