Vincenzo Clark

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Building Web Apps with WordPress
Building Web Apps with WordPress
Building Web Apps with WordPress by Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter e l'Ordine della Fenice (Harry Potter 5)
Harry Potter e l'Ordine della Fenice (Harry Potter 5)
Harry Potter e l'Ordine della Fenice (Harry Potter 5) by J.K. Rowling, Francesco Pannofino, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 314 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
L'Affaire Pélican (French Edition)
L'Affaire Pélican (French Edition)
L'Affaire Pélican (French Edition) by John GRISHAM and Patrick BERTHON. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Java How To Program (Early Objects) (10th Edition)
Java How To Program (Early Objects) (10th Edition)
Java How To Program (Early Objects) (10th Edition) by Paul J. Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 61 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
This is by far the best book on investing that I've ever read. And I've read several dozen of them, plus another few dozen trading books. It's very clear, very concise, and makes perfect sense. I re-read it every year. Hallam gives us a complete investment strategy, which works across all phases of the market. You'll need to do a little bit of research at the beginning, but you won't need to make any complicated decisions. It should take a few hours each year to implement.

The summary is:

* Spend only what you need to, in order to have a reasonable life style. Save as much as possible to invest for the future. Eliminate debt before you make new investments.

* Start investing as early as possible, to enjoy the benefit of compound interest.

* Invest in low-cost index funds.

* Split your investments into two segments: bond indexes and stock indexes. Weight the bonds according to your age, so if your are 38 years old, hold 35-40% of your entire portfolio in bonds.

* Over time the bond component will grow/fall at a different rate than the stock component. So when you invest new money, buy more of the under-performing component. For example, if stocks have done really well so your portfolio is now weighted 30% bonds and 70% stocks, buy bonds with the new money. Then every year, rebalance the portfolio, selling enough of the higher performing component to buy more of the worse performing component. Note that most people would do the opposite, and buy more of high performing component.

This strategy forces you to sell high but buy low. That's exactly what you'd do when buying and selling any other product.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If I could, I'd give it ten stars. Buy it, read it, digest it, follow its advice. Ignore almost everything else.

No, I'm not related to the author, I'm totally independent of him.
The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns
The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns
Pabrai has written a great book for value investors. Like Pabrai, I have followed Buffett/Munger for decades and attempted to emulate their investing style and philosophy. In this book, he goes through several examples of his investment strategy which includes finding stocks where if you are wrong you don't lose much and if you are right you win big, very big. He tends to make large and infrequent bets. Similar to Buffett he waits for the big fat pitches to come along and then swings for the fences with sizable bets on them.

If you have studied Buffett and Munger you will find a lot of his investment philosophy familiar of course but it is a good refresher and Pabrai communicates these principles well. I found the book an easy read and enjoyable. Other investment books sometimes I have to force myself to push through them but Dhandho was a breeze.

One big thing I learned from Pabrai that I either never picked up or internalized properly was the idea of making big bets. Over the years if I had a high conviction stock I would make an equal size bet on it. I might hold 30 to 50 stocks that make up the bulk of my portfolio. If one got too big I'd pare it down if my conviction on it was lower in order to keep diversification and lower overall risk. In hindsight, this was likely a mistake on my part.

Pabrai introduced me to the "Kelly Formula" which is a betting formula that gives you an idea of how big a bet you might want to make on a particular investment. Using this formula I found I probably should have made bets that were 10% or at times 20-30% of my total portfolio. In reality, most of my original stock investments never exceeded just 2% to 4% of the total portfolio value. As a result, I watched some higher conviction positions become multi-baggers over the years that would have had a higher impact on the portfolio had I simply bought more.

Of course, everyone says "I should have bought more of "xyz" but I look back and know there were some safe stocks I bought to be diversified with low risk and others that I had a higher conviction on that also came without undue risk. I simply did not apply the formula and bet as big as I should have.

I highly recommend this book to any investor and especially value investors. I wish it was written a decade ago or more and that I had found it. I'm sure with the knowledge I have gained from Dhando Investor I would have mostly likely beaten the markets by an even larger percentage.
Worldwide Volunteering for Young People
Worldwide Volunteering for Young People
Worldwide Volunteering for Young People by Richard Branson. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Richard Branson" category.
Ford at Fifty 1903-1953 An American Story
Ford at Fifty 1903-1953 An American Story
Great book showing the very beginnings of the Ford empire. I have an original copy that was given to my dad. As a son of a Ford employee I was able to go to a Ford Day Camp when I was seven years old and saw the 1953 Ford cars being assembled on the line at the Rouge complex. Another year I was able to tour the Ford Steel Mill. After I graduated from the Dearborn, Fordson High School in June 1964. I worked at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. After a Lion's game I was walking out the private entrance and I was able to meet William Clay Ford and Henry Ford II. My dad was waiting on Tumble Ave in my 1958 Mercury Monterey. I told him to stay right their for a few minutes and he would witness his boss Henry Ford II coming out in his limousine. He did and saw his boss after he had worked at the Ford Rouge Plant for almost 30 years. That moment in time was very special to me. Also a year later as a college student I toured the Dearborn Iron Foundry. When I started working for General Motors (as a metallurgist) I toured the Ford Specialty Foundry in Dearborn, Michigan where nodular iron crankshafts were manufactured in shell molds in a vertical cast process. This was during the GM - UAW strike in 1970. The Ford managers were very gracious to our GM group and said that they had toured our GM facility at the GM Saginaw Nodular Iron during the Ford - UAW strike in 1968. A few years later I was able to visit the: Ford Flatrock Iron Foundry, Ford Windsor Ont. Foundry and the Cleveland Ford Foundry. I eventually retired in 2008 from GM after 39 actual years from the Powertrain Defiance, Ohio Plant.
Factory tours are available of the Ford Rouge assembly line today, I believe they originate at the Greenfield Village.
South Saturn Delta
South Saturn Delta
Most of the material on this collection is derived from sessions for Jimi's incomplete 'fourth' album. Jimi conducted multiple sessions for his follow-up to Electric Ladyland, both with the original Experience (Mitch Mitchell/Noel Redding); the large ensemble Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, the group that would play Woodstock in August 1969; Band of Gypsys (Buddy Miles/Billy Cox) which existed around the winter of 1969/70 and produced the eponymous live album; and the Mitchell/Cox 'Cry of Love' line-up. Work began in earnest with the latter group - indeed, these proved the most fertile period of creativity for Jimi in two years - and it is largely that line-up which produced the lovingly reconstructed posthumous collection First Rays of the New Rising Sun, an essential release. This collection then is basically a bit of a dumping ground for songs not considered realised enough, or of sufficient quality, by Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's erstwhile engineer) and the Hendrix Family, for that above collection, alongside other stray odds 'n ends' recorded earlier such as the b-side 'The Stars Play With Laughing Sam's Dice' and the Chas Chandler mix of 'All Along the Watchtower'.

Consequentially the collection is a bit of a mess, seemingly aimed at aficionados. It does not hang together necessarily as a collection, but that is not to deny that there are some golden moments on here - quite the reverse in fact, there is rarely a note of music not without interest if not beauty, sublimity and power. 'Look Over Yonder' and 'Lover Man' are surely the Experience, if the Experience had continued and released a follow-up to Ladyland; the latter is an up-tempo re-arrangement of BB King's 'Rock Me Baby', given new lyrics and permanent seating in the Hendrix live set. 'Look Over Yonder', a blues infused rocker, could nestle easily on Axis or Are You Experience?. Both songs contain exhilarating lead work from Jimi. 'Midnight', an instrumental, is also from those latter late Experience sessions, a fuzz-laden guitar epic of some power. 'Power of Soul' and 'Message to Love' are two 'Gypsy era' outtakes which would have surely been prime contenders for Hendrix's fourth magnum opus if live renditions had not been released on Band of Gypsys. 'Bleeding Heart' and 'Drifter's Escape' (Dylan) were recorded with Jimi's final band and should have probably been on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, their logical home. 'Bleeding Heart' is an Elmore James blues workout which saw constant re-arrangement both on stage and off (much like Jimi's own Hear My Train A-Comin) - here, Jimi crafts a funk-rocker from its sterling blues pedigree. 'Pali Gap' deserves special mention, a jam (although a jam given significant overdubs) of outstanding beauty and grace. The title belongs to Mike Jeffrey; whether it would have ended up on First Rays is anyone's guess but we can only marvel at it.

The remaining material probably deserves another home but there is some excellent curios there. The b-side (of 'Burning of the Midnight Lamp') ''The Star Plays With Laughing Sam's Dice' sees Jimi at his most playful and psychedelic, a charming slab of 1967/'Carnaby Street' pop. 'Tax Free', an uncharacteristically non-blues instrumental, was a heavy contender for Ladyland. The early drafts of 'Little Wing' and 'Angel' are a glimpse into Jimi's craftsmanship, and do possess a beauty although perhaps little replay value. 'South Saturn Delta', a song Jimi had worked on during the latter Experience era, sees Jimi expand into jazz with full horn overdubs - it hints at unrealised musical pastures in Jimi's music.

A curious hodge podge then, it would be easy to assign this one strictly to the completists, however with music as good as this, it is certainly worthwhile for the more discerning Hendrix fan to explore from time-to-time (after he has exhausted The Experience's trilogy and First Rays of course).
Bob Dylan - Triplicate [LP] (Vinyl/LP)
Bob Dylan - Triplicate [LP] (Vinyl/LP)
I grew up with Dylan, and throughout his career have bought most of his albums as soon as they were released. Back in the 1960s, I would have been shocked at Dylan recording a triple album of popular crooning numbers: singers like Sinatra were definitely of my parents' generation. Time has mellowed me and I have long recognised that standards are as important part of America's musical legacy as jazz, blues, country and gospel. I love the way Dylan has taken these songs and, using that unique voice of his, made them his own. Love the instrumentation as well. Although more famous for his own compositions, Dylan is a brilliant interpreter of other people's songs, as he demonstrated on his first album back in 1962 as well as on some of the tracks on "Self Portrait" and on his two acoustic collections of traditional numbers in the 1990s. Still after this and its two predecessors I think we're ready for an album of new material.
Epure Venezia Collection 4 Piece Hurricane Glass Set - Perfect for Drinking Pina Coladas, Cocktails, Full-Bodied Beer, Juice, and Water (Pina Colada (15.5 oz))
Epure Venezia Collection 4 Piece Hurricane Glass Set - Perfect for Drinking Pina Coladas, Cocktails, Full-Bodied Beer, Juice, and Water (Pina Colada (15.5 oz))
I have been looking for hurricane glasses for smoothies and tropical drinks, but most places don’t have them. So when I found these I figured might as well buy them, the price isn’t terrible and the size seems right! When they came in I was so upset because my package looked as though someone had used it as a stepping stool! Thankfully the manufacturer used so much styrofoam to keep the glasses protected that when I opened it all the glasses were intact! I have used these almost every weekend since I purchased them and love the amount of drink you can fit in them and how sturdy they feel!
Wolverine Men's 1000 Mile Fashion Boot
Wolverine Men's 1000 Mile Fashion Boot
I spent *months* searching for a boot that would meet my specific criteria: 1. Love the look, 2. Boots I could wear on a daily basis, and 3. Boots that would be suitable for a business or business-casual attire, yet wouldn't look out of place in a casual setting. These boots have met all of those, though I am going to avoid wearing them in wet/snow conditions as much as possible.

First, the aesthetics: these boots look awesome, and the look as though they will last (at the writing of this, I've had them for a few weeks). The outer sole is one that can be repaired when necessary, so I'm hoping that won't cost to much at a local cobbler. I added a coat of mink oil (Kiwi brand), and that seems to be a good enough solution if I apply it 2-4 times per year (should probably be more often from what I've read, but I'm a bit lazy). I imagine these boots might lose some of their luster when/if they get scuffed up a bit, but I think that will only add more character and charm to them. The best thing about the leather on these boots is the smell- I've been literally inhaling the inside of these boots so much, my girlfriend is starting to wonder about me. One whiff of the insides of these boots, and you'll feel transported to the times when cobblers made all the shoes. If you've ever been to a historically themed park (i.e. early settlers park), then you can imagine the scent.

Second, while these boots will probably wear a bit faster than others with mostly Vibram outsoles, the ability to re-sole them I'm hoping will pay off in the long run. The heels are Vibram rubber, but the rest of the boot is pretty much all leather, so I'm not sure how it will hold up. So far, it seems to be fine, as I've been avoiding heavy rain days and/or snow. I hear the traction is terrible in icy conditions, so hopefully that doesn't bite me in the ass, but otherwise I think they'll be fine for heavy use.

I have been wearing these boots to work and around town (I walk a lot), and so far I'm very happy with them. They fit snug, but one bit of advice is to not wear these (or ANY other boots) without deciding if you're going to add insoles to them (many of these boots do not come with insoles, so much less cushion than typical throw-aways). I had to buy over a 1/2 dozen pairs and try different insoles in them to find a combination that would fit properly and not give me blisters. I have to wear fairly thin foam insoles with these boots, otherwise cushier insoles with thick heels either allow my heel to move up and down too much (and therefore, can cause blisters), or the reduced space causes discomfort along where the eyelets/hooks align.

The only concerns I have about these boots is how the leather will hold up (the outsoles, specifically) over time, and also the first time I tried to lace them up, I accidentally pulled one of the hooks at an odd angle, which bent it a bit. I bent it back down, but now I'm extra cautious when lacing them up to not pull it outward. Everything else about these boots I just love.

As far as fit goes, I've measured my foot and it's a 12 1/2, so the 12s fit me just fine. 13s would be too large, I believe, and anything smaller and I wouldn't have any room for insoles. They fit perfectly without insoles, but my feet have been beaten up and even a small amount of cushion will help, even if the fit changes slightly (mildly discomforting if tied up tightly).

Hope this review helps!

P.S. I also bought and tried Chippewas, Red Wings, and various other boots before settling on these. Red Wings and Chippewas both seem like awesome boots, but the Chippewas I bought caused massive blisters and the Red Wings I bought (Beckmans and Iron Rangers) either were problematic in terms of fit, or just didn't look as good (to me) aesthetically.
Same Girl
Same Girl
This broad Foxy,stage name probably,washed my truck before we listened to music and this song came on and we started kissing and she smelt like someone came on her chest or neck or God forbid in her mouth.
Tolkien's Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth
Tolkien's Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth
Even as popular culture does its best to turn Tolkien's life work into one more commodity, emphasizing the adventure at the expense of the deeper substance, there are books like this one, part of an ongoing & serious literary examination of that work. The emphasis here is on the substance of Tolkien's sub-creation, especially concerning the Sacred. Tolkien's own deep-rooted Catholic faith underlies & sustains his writing from first to last, as this excellent book makes clear.

While fantasy has become its own mass-produced, mass-marketed genre, often with entertaining & thoughtful results, the vast majority of it doesn't reach the level of Tolkien (or of other classic writers of fantasy, for that matter). In this book, however, we go to the heart & the soul of the work, which has much to say about meaning & the Sacred — or for those who may not be strictly religious, the Numinous. For while Tolkien wrote from the wholeness of his Roman Catholic being, his work speaks to anyone who responds to & yearns for the beauty & power of the Sacred.

The lack of deeper meaning has plagued Western culture since the late 19th Century, and its great artists have addressed it consistently — some religious, some not, but all struggling to find something true in a larger sense, beyond mere materialism & naked (but soulless) power. This is why Tolkien's work stands with that of those artists; and this is why a book such as this will speak to so many readers. The hunger for the Sacred is far more than the current political or ideological labels; you'll find people of every belief seeking something that transcends such divisions. Bernthal's insightful book explains this hunger in clear, well-informed terms. A must for both fans of Tolkien & anyone struggling with those Big Questions today — most highly recommended!
Some Beasts
Some Beasts
Moves the heart and shakes the soul. Must see.
Two Years Before the Mast
Two Years Before the Mast
“There is a witchery in the sea…” Richard Dana’s classic memoir of a two-year sea voyage still draws spell-bound readers after nearly 200 years. More than a diary, his story is the result of extensive notes he jots down—somehow—in between seaman’s strenuous duties, above-deck watches every four hours, near-death experiences, and exhausted sleep.

Well-educated and from a family of means, the young Dana decides to take to sea as an able-bodied seaman (not an officer) at a time when life on board a merchant brig could be nasty, brutish and short. He takes us out of the Boston Harbor of 1834, around Cape Horn, and up the coast of California in the trader brig Pilgrim before changing ships to the Alert and returning via the same route.

Here’s a passage that tells a modern reader how a ship of those days actually looks and sounds as she hits the murderous waves:

“Two men at the wheel had as much as they could do to keep her within three points of her course, for she steered as wild as a young colt. The mate walked the deck, looking at the sails, and then over the side to see the foam fly by her, slapping his hands upon his thighs and talking to the ship… And when she leaped over the seas, and almost out of the water, and trembled to her very keel, the spars and masts snapping and creaking,—‘There she goes!—There she goes…as long as she cracks she holds!’”

As much as being the story of life at sea in the mid-nineteenth century, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST is also a rare glimpse into the Mexican state of California before it gained statehood a few years later—the people, the harbor towns and presidios, the thriving cattle-hide trade.
The hardy mariners return with their cargo through the bitter-cold and dangerous seas of the southern hemisphere which threatens to kill them all. Herman Melville, after reading Dana’s account, remarked that it seemed to have been “written with an icicle.”

When Dana published his memoir in 1840 it was with the hope that contemporaries and future generations would better understand the maritime life and even work toward righting the injustices of that life. He could not know that, when gold was discovered in California a few years later, his book would become almost a travelogue for “forty-niners” who flocked to our largest and richest state. Indeed, Dana Point, California, was named after him.
In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless Book 1)
In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless Book 1)
Dean Koontz has a new partnership with Amazon.com. He has released six stories today, the Nameless series, available only from Amazon in e-book format. The stories are priced at $1.99 each unless you are a Prime subscriber in which case they are free. They are longer than most short stories but shorter than a novella. Quite similar to the story he released through Amazon last year, Ricochet Joe. These stories will be followed by five full length novels, available only through Amazon, beginning next spring. As a book collector, I am not thrilled with this trend, but the handwriting has been on the wall for a while. I have been a supporter of e-books for a long time. I like the ability to always have a huge amount of reading material on-hand in a very small and light weight format, perfect for travelling. I also appreciate the ease of reading on a high quality e-reader (I have a Kindle Oasis). I am completely spoiled with the instant access to definitions and detailed Wikipedia material. I do still cherish the feel and smell of a book in my hands and the ease of access provided by a bookshelf full of volumes. I guess this will open up an opportunity for specialty publishers to design hardcover versions of e-books, assuming there are enough dinosaurs like me who are willing to shell out money for print versions of books.

The first story in the Nameless series, In the Heart of the Fire, did not disappoint. The main character had some past trauma that has resulted in complete amnesia. He can recall none of his life before two years ago, including his name. He receives digital communications from someone called the Ace of Diamonds who he has never met and does not remember how he first came into contact. Together they form a kind of vigilante squad that seeks out the worst evil in the world and take whatever action necessary to eradicate it. Since the story is so short, there is not much character development. Nameless is a very compelling character, though, and I am hoping we will learn much more about him in the coming stories. In this one, Nameless has been sent to a rural Texas town to take on a sheriff and deputy who are pedophiles and murderers, preying on unsuspecting victims who live in their county or who are just travelling through. The story has many of the hallmarks you come to expect from Koontz. The good and evil are black and white, with the evil being inhumanly terrifying. So far there is just hint of the otherworld as Nameless has flashes of visions, not only of the future, but also of past events where he was not present. And there is a dog: this time a German Shepard. The plot moves at a fast pace and tension build quickly. I read it in on sitting in less than hour. I can imagine that it would be easy to convert these stories to one hour TV shows. It is excellent entertainment. I am looking forward to the next one.
The Case of the Lucky Legs (Perry Mason Series Book 3)
The Case of the Lucky Legs (Perry Mason Series Book 3)
This Perry Mason happens to be the 3rd of the series. Maybe thats why it is so different than the others I have read. It is almost like its not the same Perry Mason at all!

I guess Gardner still hadn't found the rythm or the pattern that his later works reflect. The interpersonal relations between Mason and Della, Mason and Drake are so different here! Drake is more of an equal than an accessory and Della is more girlish and frightened in this case. There is no scent of that dashing, confident, sly, persistent side kick, that I have grown to love so much. I guess as in real life, the characters were still young and fresh in Gardner's mind during this book. Still trying to find themselves.

What were thankfully same here as in the other books of the series, were Mason's grit, determination and cunning, and his habit to stick his neck all out for his clients. They remain true all throughout the series.

I see that Gardner has attempted to try and give Mason many characteristic actions which he might have thought are a benchmark for a successful mystery. Too many words have gone in describing these gestures which are, to be frank, unnecessary. Thankfully, he abandoned these later.

Another place where this case differed majorly was, the entire arrangement of the case. There was too much running around and sleuthing happening here. For the 1st time (at least to my eyes), another private detective was hired to keep a watch on Drake! Two agencies hired by Mason here! Plus, all his detecting! Too much!

I felt something amiss initially and many times through this book, like, something very very wrong... But, once I consciously decided to keep all my idea of a typical Perry Mason mystery aside, and read this book as a stand alone, fresh book, I could, comparatively read it easier.
Naruto: The Official Character Data Book
Naruto: The Official Character Data Book
Some new stuff. A little info I didn't know about the characters but mostly that section was stuff I knew. It does have a really cool graph showing the proficiency of the main characters in various ninja stuff though. Those were cool to see. It was weird to see how small sakura's was even after all her training.

There is a cool section, although it's rather small, about jutsu specifics. Including like all of Sasuke's new jutsu. I like it. Happy I bought it. It was nice to kind of read through the character summaries which sort of reads like the story is being told again.
Taltos: Lives of Mayfair Witches
Taltos: Lives of Mayfair Witches
Taltos takes the Mayfair Witch story on a tangent that is not so much a wrapping up of the trilogy as it is taking a different direction. The book is mostly about the Taltos and their history. A new character is introduced, an ancient Taltos named Ashlar. He is drawn to the Mayfair witches and the possibilities they represent. The corruption of the Talamasca takes up a good part of the plot - an unnecessary and annoying plot device over the last two novels that just further obfuscates things and doesn't add anything to the story that couldn't have been brought around more naturally. The Mayfair characters are pushed to the periphery of their own story. Rowan and Michael do very little in this book besides be around when other things are happening or other stories are being told. Mona is given a lot to do but her character is quite different from book 2. She has gone from cute little beribboned girl in book 1, to precocious teenage femme fatale in book 2, to helpless victim of circumstance in book 3. A new Mayfair named Mary Jane comes out of the swamp and takes on the role that Mona had in the previous novel of precocious teenage vamp. Morrigan is another new character, and is really just awful, and not in a compelling way.

Anne Rice is a good writer, and Ashlar's long exposition of the Taltos history is the best part of this book (though not equal to the Mayfair saga of the first novel), but the bringing about of this seems clumsy and out of nowhere. Like, it literally goes like, "Hi, I am a rich Taltos named Ashlar who has been around since time began and now I will tell you my story Rowan and Michael! Also I will solve the Talamasca problem because I am a nice guy! You'll let me know if you ever run across a female Taltos won't you?" Ashlar owns an internationally known company that makes famous "Ashlar" branded toys but no one in previous books ever said anything like, "Oh Ashlar, like the dolls!" when they learned Lasher's real name. Oh well. Just gives the impression that the trilogy evolved due to the success of the original novel but was not following a master plan. There is also a lot of laziness and indulgence in this book. You get the feeling reading it that Anne Rice really likes Claridge's of London and has started a hobby of collecting dolls and puts these characteristics onto her characters.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, but by the time it ends I didn't really care anymore if the Taltos take over the world. Doesn't seem likely. I know these characters come up again in future novels where the vampires and witches and Taltos join stories. I read one of these books and it was written almost like this book didn't happen - Mona is desperately ill due to childbirth and is an enemy of Rowan's. None of this was set up in this novel at all, in fact it seems like it was the opposite. Anyways, I guess Anne Rice has reached a place where she can write what she wants and people will buy it but it doesn't make for great reading always.
Savage Atonement
Savage Atonement
4 1/2 Stars! ~ This is an intensely emotional story of a young woman deeply repressed from a horrible attack when she was a teenager. It's been six years since the attack, and Laurel meets again the journalist that tore her character apart in the press, claiming she provoked her attack. Shortly after writing the article that completed Laurel's destruction, Oliver learned that she had been telling the truth, and for the past six years he's been searching for her to make atonement. He's shocked to find her a shell of a person and vows to make a true woman of her. Ms. Jordan deals very well with is difficult subject, and breathes emotion into her character with great skill. Though emotionally intense, this lovestory has a sweet HEA.

Savage Atonement by Penny Jordan
~ Harlequin Presents #650 ~ December 1983

From the back cover...

She wanted to punish him--not love him!

When she was fifteen Laurel had been the victim of an attempted rape, and Oliver Savage was the reporter who had twisted her story, tearing her reputation to shreds and leaving her fearful of every man who came too near.

Now, six years later, he was anxious to right his wrong. "I want to help you, Laurel", he'd offered. But Laurel didn't want his help--she wanted retribution

She found it was not that simple He was a stimulating man, and his every caress weakened her desire for revenge....
Paladone Harry Potter Character Mini Bell Jar Light
Paladone Harry Potter Character Mini Bell Jar Light
Very cute Harry Potter figure in a transparent light-up dome, will please and surprise any Potter-fan. Its not big, the size of a baseball but displays nicely in our daughter’s room that has been gradually converted to a Harry Potter shrine over time. The price at around £8 was just about acceptable for a small gift. Keep in mind that it requires 2 AAA batteries to operate, thise are not included.

Harry is displayed in comic book style wearing his traditional wizards robe and characteristic Gryffindor shawl. All in all very nice!
LEGO Architecture Imperial Hotel 21017 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Architecture Imperial Hotel 21017 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
This model has over 1000 parts and is 100% symmetrical or close to it. I liked putting this together.
The proportions are accurate and it looks better than I expected finished. I had less than 10 extra parts when finished. Nothing was missing.

I guess I don't have a large open table or family room to organize the parts like most everyone recommends. I like to put everything away into the box when I am not assembling the model. If you don't have much room or don't like loosing parts or finding parts I suggest using old zip lock bags and some old stackable containers like butter tubs or Styrofoam cereal or salad bowels.

It works best if you have gallon size or quart and also sandwich size baggies. Legos come in celephane bags. Cut a corner off the large size bags and empty the contents into a large Ziploc bag. If there are bags inside the bag set them aside until the contents have been transferee. Double check the Lego bag for clear pieces and small loose parts that might have been missed. Take the empty bag flatten it to remove the air and press it it a book for now. Put a mark on the baggie with a sharpie. I start with 'A'. Combine the bags inside the bag into one Ziploc bag. Then do this for all the other bags. I found some method to the madness of seeming random and capricious Combinations of unrelated parts in the same package. I have to stop now. Hope that you can use this tip.
UCMMA 12 - Never Back Down - Part 1
UCMMA 12 - Never Back Down - Part 1
10 to 1 pre-fight crap to actual fights. The only good fight was the last one and it faded to black before the first round was over. The other fights were mismatched amateurs and one fight with bizarre rules and a referee intent on chopping the action to bits.
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Spielman Wand
The Noble Collection Fantastic Beasts Spielman Wand
A very nice looking wand, if not a little shorter than expected. The grip is not the most comfortable of fits, being square shaped and made completely out of resin (would’ve been nicer if parts of it were metallic like its artwork suggests). All in all a nice piece for the collection, but certainly not the greatest.
Office Depot Pencil Pouch with Clear Window, 7in. x 9 3/4in, Assorted Colors, P02-3R-12/SA3
Office Depot Pencil Pouch with Clear Window, 7in. x 9 3/4in, Assorted Colors, P02-3R-12/SA3
This add is very deceiving, I am really disappointed in this product for one when I originally read the reviews it showed 4 I was excited as I’m buying these as extras for my nephews school. As we know it’s hard for many parents and the school supply list are crazy I bought these as it was a great deal only to find out it was Extremly over priced and I would never pay 8.99 for 1 pencil case .
Please take caution when ready the description and reviews lesson learned
Boost Mobile - Bring Your Own Phone - 3-in-1 SIM Card Activation Kit
Boost Mobile - Bring Your Own Phone - 3-in-1 SIM Card Activation Kit
I purchased these to move from Ting (Sprint towers) to Boost (Sprint towers) on two Moto G4 Plus and one Moto G4. However, for reasons I can't explain, only a very few cards work with the universal Moto G4 phones. I ended up having to go to a separate Boost carrier (as the Boost shops locally don't stock SIMs alone, only as part of the new phone package) to let them scan SIM after SIM to find the magic ones that clicked in their system. $25 per phone for the SIM and activation. I'm extremely happy with the service, but am in contact with Boost to see if they will reimburse me for this as they told me any phone with CDMA and 800Mhz / 1.9Ghz frequencies to be totally compatible. Except Moto phones, it seems
Kalamel Cell Phone Cleaner,Portable Smart Phone Cleaner Box Suitable for Mobile Phones,Jewelry Watches,Toothbrushes and Other Small Toys
Kalamel Cell Phone Cleaner,Portable Smart Phone Cleaner Box Suitable for Mobile Phones,Jewelry Watches,Toothbrushes and Other Small Toys
 This UV sterilizer is something I'll always have on hand. It ssnitizes and does so in roughly five minutes or so. There's also a spot to add essential oils in order to use the aromatherapy function.
There's absolutely nothing to using this. You simply insert whatever it is you want to sanitize, I did my rings today and they're sparkly and beautiful again. The light has a countdown function which lets you know when you're 25, 50, 75, and 100 percent complete. The aromatherapy function can be used as you wish. The size will fit almost all (if not all) smart phones. There is no noise either except when it starts. I'd buy this again!
Funny Party Pieces Abusive Birthday Balloons - Pack Of 12 Different Funny Offensive Balloons (For Him)
Funny Party Pieces Abusive Birthday Balloons - Pack Of 12 Different Funny Offensive Balloons (For Him)
Bought these for my Husband's big 3-0, and they were such a big hit! He thought they were hilarious and enjoyed having a photoshoot with them. These balloons are a great thickness, and withstood the test of us kicking them around our living room. I blew them up to this particular size, but I would say you could probably blow them up a little bigger without having to worry much about them popping. Go ahead and buy them! We had such a blast!
Extra Large Paisley Bandana 27x27 Inch
Extra Large Paisley Bandana 27x27 Inch
False advertising. See photos.
My large head requires a 27 inch (or larger) bandana in order to tie comfortably and correctly behind my head. As soon as I tried this on, I noticed immediately that it was too small.
So I used a tape measure to confirm.
Unwashed it measured 25 inches across.
After one wash it shrunk to 23.5 inches across.
Way overpriced, even if it was full size, but especially considering how small it actually is.
Not worth the hassle of returning. Will instead deposit into the thrift store clothing drop box for someone with a smaller head to enjoy.
By the way, I ordered a different 27x27 bandana on Amazon from Army Universe.
Rothco Trainmen Paisley Bandana – Extra-Large 27” X 27"
It measured 27.5 inches before washing and shrunk to 27 inches after one wash.
Plus it cost $1.50 less. I'm keeping that one.
Elevate to Great: How to live your most fit, focused and free lifestyle.
Elevate to Great: How to live your most fit, focused and free lifestyle.
This book is a must read. The stories shared in the book are not only very inspiring but bring valuable life lessons that can be applied to anyone in all stages of their lives. It also inspired me to take action on how to become more focused through my own self-awareness.

There are SO many valuable lessons in each chapter, they are straightforward but very powerful lessons. I love that each chapter comes with “Game Changing Moves” which really sets it apart from other development books. The assignments at the end of each chapter gave me a chance to dig deep into my own story and realizing what to be grateful for, what shaped my own story and what it is in life that I truly want to focus. Brian allowed me to be more aware and connect to my own story through sharing his.

My FAVORITE quote from this book:
“ Freedom comes from having conviction that you’re on the right path, and then taking 100% responsibility and ownership of who you are, what you want, why you want it and how you’re going to get it with zero justification to anybody else but yourself."

Highly recommend, I will be reading it and using it again for inspiration or as an audit of my own game plan.
START UP
START UP
Estoy muy enfrascado en crear una startup y lo empecé a leer con mucho interés, quizá demasiado. Desde mi punto de vista se centra demasiado en la cuestión de las circunstancias que rodean al pueblo israelí y no tanto en lo profundo de cómo han llegado los israelitas a crear tal número de startups. Me está gustando y me fascina que un pueblo tan presionado por sus vecinos en general haya sido capaz de encontrar tanto talento y desarrollar tanto su industria pero no es un libro que te pueda dar pistas de como aplicar ese pequeño milagro en una zona como Euskadi que es donde yo resido. Un buen libro de lectura pero no un manual de como sacar a tu pueblo de la crisis. Me ha gustado.
YearningHome Knee Pillow with Elastic Strap Leg Pillow for Sleeping On Side Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Hip, Knee and Back Pain Side Sleeper Pillow Knee Support Pillow with Memory Foam
YearningHome Knee Pillow with Elastic Strap Leg Pillow for Sleeping On Side Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Hip, Knee and Back Pain Side Sleeper Pillow Knee Support Pillow with Memory Foam
After having trouble sleeping for over 15 years and trying various mattressss I am now sleeping very well indeed. My sleep is much less restless. I find when I wake up I’m on the same side as I went to sleep and no aches in the morning. I have a routine of hot milk and a little honey, a read then snuggle down and count backwards from 100 - I rarely get to the 60’s. I bought this particular one because it had the Velcro strap. This caused me more bother than what it was worth. It kept coming open, then the Velcro scratched. I now don’t use it and it stays in place very well - that’s the reason for the 4 stars in other ways it deserves 5 stars!

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