Waylon Morris

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High Output Management
High Output Management
High Output Management By: Grove, Andrew S. There's a story behind this purchase, but it hasn't been written yet. Purchased At: $8.99 View on Amazon
Electron in Action
Electron in Action
Electron in Action by Steven Kinney. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Complete Web Applications Using PHP and MySQL
Complete Web Applications Using PHP and MySQL
Complete Web Applications Using PHP and MySQL by Rumaysa Ahmed. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Friends Forever: A Novel
Friends Forever: A Novel
Friends Forever: A Novel by Danielle Steel. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 1508 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
[Analysis] The Choice: by Nicholas Sparks
[Analysis] The Choice: by Nicholas Sparks
[Analysis] The Choice: by Nicholas Sparks by Book*Sense. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Der Richter.
Der Richter.
Der Richter. by John Grisham. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
LA Cancion De Susannah
LA Cancion De Susannah
LA Cancion De Susannah by KING Stephen. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Introduction to Java Programming (Student Lab Manual)
Introduction to Java Programming (Student Lab Manual)
Introduction to Java Programming (Student Lab Manual) by Pearson Learning Solutions. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learning Scrapy
Learning Scrapy
Learning Scrapy by Dimitris Kouzis - Loukas. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Test-Driven Python Development
Test-Driven Python Development
Test-Driven Python Development by Siddharta Govindaraj. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Programming iOS 7
Programming iOS 7
Programming iOS 7 by Matt Neuburg. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Computer Safety, Reliability and Security: 20th International Conference, SAFECOMP 2001, Budapest, Hungary, September 26-28, 2001 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2187))
Computer Safety, Reliability and Security: 20th International Conference, SAFECOMP 2001, Budapest, Hungary, September 26-28, 2001 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2187))
Computer Safety, Reliability and Security: 20th International Conference, SAFECOMP 2001, Budapest, Hungary, September 26-28, 2001 Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2187)) by Udo Voges. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Go Down, Moses (Vintage International)
Go Down, Moses (Vintage International)
This is the 6th or 7th William Faulkner book I've read over the years and they are consistent in a couple of ways: they are about the Old South, and they are worth the read if you can hang in. At his best, Faulkner is like poetry, but often also like a puzzle with one or two pieces missing. His stories usually start in the middle and then jump around time-wise; you are not always sure of whom he is talking about. Also, his existential view is a bit depressing: this is all there is, and there might be a god, but one who is really of no particular use. His sentences are run-on, poorly punctuated, convoluted, and sometimes a page or two long. BUT, if you can wade through all that, the stories are haunting or humorous but never boring. `Go Down Moses' generally gives personal highlights (or lowlights) of the 200-year history of a family that had both black and white branches descended from the same man. Faulkner has unusually keen insight into the racial tension that has plagued our country from even before the beginning, and it shows in his writings.

Faulkner is after all a Pulitzer Prize winner (twice) and even a Nobel Prize winner, and well worth the read - - if you can hang in. At least that is my take on it.
A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market: Everything You Need to Start Making Money Today
A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market: Everything You Need to Start Making Money Today
When I was about 20, I picked up a book called "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need" by Andrew Tobias. That book opened a whole new world for me, and led to a lifelong (profitable) fascination with investing and trading. Unfortunately, I eventually lost (or tossed) that book, and have wished I could find it again, even though it is definitely outdated.

Matthew Kratter's book is the same kind of book, only, perhaps, better. He summarizes many different approaches to investing and trading, and provides solid tips and resources to get started, including some of his own books (fair enough). Whether you want to start with the blue chip world of buy-and-hold dividend collection, or try the more active world of options trading--or something in between--there is something here for you. Looking back over my highlights, I find advice as diverse as the simple "Only losers average losers" to more advanced concepts such using a stock's float to make trading decisions.

I have three boys who are entering the workforce and ready to start investing. I think I know what I'll give them for stocking stuffers this Christmas.
The Hunting Wind: An Alex McKnight Mystery (An Alex McKnight Novel Book 3)
The Hunting Wind: An Alex McKnight Mystery (An Alex McKnight Novel Book 3)
Steve Hamilton delivers another solid performance! I've just started reading the Alex McKnight novels, so far this one is my favorite.
First off, I really enjoyed the atmosphere that Hamilton creates with the location being in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It reminds me of Poisonville/Personville in Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.

Hamilton did a great job of linking years and time together between two close friends before the big leagues and after when they've both careers cut short. However, they are both linked by one time, place and a woman. McKnight's friend is in search of this lost woman because he could not let her go. Little does McKnight know, there is something deeper to the connection with this missing woman. Hamilton's characters are great and relate-able. I think we all have a friend like Randy, who has an itch that can't be scratched. I felt bad for McKnight being dragged into a case he didn't really want, but wanted to help out his friend. McKnight once again demonstrates his dominant trait of loyalty and trustworthiness. He doesn't stop until the mystery is solved. I think we could all use a friend like McKnight.

Great book, leaves you guessing til the end.
OPRAH WINFREY: A RAGS TO RICHES STORY. How to overcome obstacles and achieve financial success. Learn how Oprah Winfrey went from the shadows to the spotlight ... extreme poverty. (MINI BIOGRAPHIES Book 2)
OPRAH WINFREY: A RAGS TO RICHES STORY. How to overcome obstacles and achieve financial success. Learn how Oprah Winfrey went from the shadows to the spotlight ... extreme poverty. (MINI BIOGRAPHIES Book 2)
As a rural high school English teacher, I have used Oprah's successful life journey as an inspirational story for all my students, no matter what race, especially those who are living in poverty. Growing up as a poor Caucasian, I can relate to abject poverty. I grew up extremely poor in the back of the trailer park. However, my story of overcoming is not as inspirational as Oprah's so I use her story to inspire my students. In particular, when some of my black students try to use the "because I'm black" phrase as an excuse for not overcoming an issue in their lives, I say to them, "Because Oprah Winfrey is black, she has become the most famous and richest African American woman in the world." I continue with, ""Because Oprah Winfrey is black, she has become the most respected and entertaining talk show host of all time. I preach on with, "Because Oprah Winfrey is black, she has overcome abject poverty and abuse and has become one of the most emotionally stable and emotionally strongest and intellectually competent and characteristically loving and giving and amazingly humorous and witty of all the women in the world. Oprah is my hero and one of my prime examples of a woman who overcame the struggles of life as a woman and as an African American. Her life message preaches to my high school students day after day!
Winter Estates Thomas Edison Henry Ford
Winter Estates Thomas Edison Henry Ford
This is the guidebook to the next-door estates in Fort Myers, Florida, of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, neighbors and friends, innovative men. You will want to visit their homes and Edison museum after you have read this lovely illustrated and informative book. Then you will want to move right in.
Jimi Hendrix: The True Story of Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix: The True Story of Jimi Hendrix
This book is mostly well written even though it deserves some well intended minor criticism. The book at times seemed a little fragmented, and had gaps of time that tended to erode the continuity. Sometimes I felt like I had lost the story and had to backtrack to resolve it. On the positive side, I liked reading from the perspective of a journalist, a woman, who was an actual friend of Jimi's, but apparently not romantically involved. There is no taint of romanticism gone awry. Overall I enjoyed reading it even though it was painful to read the truth about Jimi's childhood and family life, and the way Jimi's personal life and musical career tail spun into the ground so soon after rocketing to the zenith of music stardom. The reading of this book has provided me a much better understanding about how and why it all happened. I have gained an insiders view of a man who was a brilliant artist and a resilient soul who somehow never escaped his own troubled existence.
A Horn for Louis: Louis Armstrong - as a kid! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
A Horn for Louis: Louis Armstrong - as a kid! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Children's books that take place in New Orleans have started popping up like daisies in a field. Not too long ago I discovered "Maggie's Amerikay" by Barbara Timberlake Russell, which discussed the mixing of Irish and former slaves in The Big Easy. And now I've found Eric A. Kimmel's, "A Horn For Louis" which in turn discusses the mixing of former slaves and Jews in The Big Easy. Now I consider myself to be a number one fan of author Kimmel's remarkable picture book, "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock", so I was intrigued by this particular title. Kimmel has attempted to write an early chapter book on the slightly fictionalized youth of Louis Armstrong. Early chapter books, by the way, are rarities. Finding a well-written story that adheres to simple words and small chapters but STILL seems interesting... well that's a toughie. Few writers are up to the challenge. A big round of applause then to Mr. Kimmel who not only brings us some great factual information but a story with a full helping of heart, guts, and sass. A rare and wonderful find.

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

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

So let's do some recap here. You've got an award-winning author with a gift of the gab and an illustrator with some artistic chops to match. You have tons of factual information, great source notes, and a glossary of terms for spice. Top it all off by noticing that this is an early chapter book (one of the most neglected literary forms in children's literature) and you've got yourself a fabulous, nay necessary, addition to your library. There is no excuse for not purchasing this book. It's as good as it gets and then some.
Bob Dylan Men's Surreal Tie Dye T-Shirt Multi
Bob Dylan Men's Surreal Tie Dye T-Shirt Multi
I bought this for my husband. The fabric is nice. The colors are true to what you see on line. We both like the quality and would order again the fabric is not thin so won't wear out fast.
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!
Alba Botanica Hawaiian, Pina Colada Cocktail Body Wash, 12 Ounce
Alba Botanica Hawaiian, Pina Colada Cocktail Body Wash, 12 Ounce
This soap smells like vacation! I have been using plain black soap because of its purity. But I miss good smelling soaps, so I searched the internet and found a couple of body soaps without the chemicals that I choose to avoid.

This has the consistancy of a hair conditioner and doesn't lather up a whole lot. My husband complained that its hard to rinse off, but I explained to him that its supposed to stay on your skin to provide moisture.

I wouldn't call it super moisturizing, it is basically a clean soap that smells great. A nice switch up from plain black soap. Although I continue to use the black soap on my face and this on my body. My husband says he uses the black soap first then this because the black soap laters up better.
KRXNY 2000W 24V DC to 110V 120V AC 60HZ Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter Converter with LED Display for Car RV Home Solar
KRXNY 2000W 24V DC to 110V 120V AC 60HZ Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter Converter with LED Display for Car RV Home Solar
I wanted to like this inverter due to its small size and cost if it had only met the stated specifications. I purchased a total of 2 inverters. They both behave in the same manner so the problems are a design issue and not a quality issue as far as I can see.
Following are the pros and cons of this inverter.
Pro's
1. Small size
2. No load idle draw was <.5A which is a good thing
3. Voltmeters were accurate.
4. Cooling fans did not come on until the load was >300W.
5. Output voltage was 120VAC with 24VDC nominal input voltage.
Con's
1. Could not provide more than 1300W of steady state power despite having 25V+ input as measured directly at the inverter. This is 1/3 less than the vendor claims. By comparison I have a 1500W very low priced inverter that will power a 1500W plus continuous load without any issues whatsoever with the same setup.
2. Could not provide more than 1800W of surge capacity. This is less than half of what the vendor claims. My refrigerator requires a startup surge of 1900W and yet my 1500W inverter would power up the fridge without issues.
3. Front panel faceplate is flimsy. Have to hold onto the faceplate when removing the power plug or else is would bend outward >1/8".
4. Power was not clean in that lights (LED and incandescent) would flicker about once every 1 to 3 seconds.
5. When the input voltage to the inverter would drop so would the AC voltage indicating poor voltage regulation. By the time the voltage dropped below 22.5V the AC output voltage would drop below 110VAC.
6. When the output trips on a perceived fault (falsely percieved that is) it would only beep for about 2 seconds. Once it tripped the alarm would silence and the unit would not attempt a restart. Not a good thing if your fridge or CPAP or any other important item stops.
7. The heat shrink to protect the vendor supplied cables were loose and basically useless.
8. Need a microscope to read the owners manual.
9. Overall, cheap Chinese junk.
JBL Professional EON612 Portable 2-Way Multipurpose Self-Powered Sound Reinforcement, 12-Inch
JBL Professional EON612 Portable 2-Way Multipurpose Self-Powered Sound Reinforcement, 12-Inch
I bought these speakers from PSSL after a thorough review of their specs, features and fit with my mission. My goal was to find a DJ speaker that was under 40 pounds, under $500 and 1000 watts or better. It also had to be a good reputation, and more upper crust in sound quality. I preferred a 15 inch woofer if there was a choice. At this price point, I can buy 4 of these speakers, and that is a real advantage. I have seen some other reviews here comparing the Eon 615 to speakers costing 1/2 again more, or suggesting that the loudest might be "best." Remember, every time you double the speaker total, you add 3 DB, so two 127 DB speakers measure out at 130 DB. Lets consider the mission fit first so you can decide if this is for you. If you are a DJ, and seek to have a speaker that can stand alone, or work with a sub, this is perfect fit. None of the under 50 pound contenders for less than $2000 a piece had enough bass to make me say I didn't need a sub woofer at a big dance. With that said, the huge SPL's reviewers here seek, are going to come from that 18 inch sub woofer sitting under my Eons. Comparing the Eon 615 to my JBL MR925 and Eliminator subs is interesting, because they do a close fit at a quarter of the weight when you count the amp (unequalized). The 4 handles and wave guide work as expected. This speaker can be picked up from any angle, or heard from any angle of attack. We listened for the projection at every angle just to test it. At this price I can gang up 4 of them if needed and trump ANY pair of $2000 RFC's by just spreading them out. Additionally, splitting the amp heat load over 4 boxes is FAR better than pushing just 2 ultra-expensive speakers to the point of melt down. Wouldn't it be cool to go to a DJ'ed event where you could hear the music everywhere and still not have to scream across the table to be heard. Remember that wedding when you were up front by the DJ's only two 134 DB speakers? Ears still ringing? If you want better, spend a lot more - or better yet, buy 4 Eon 615's and no one with a vastly more expensive pair of "supposedly better" speakers will trump your show. My next buy will be a pair of PRX718XLF subs to sit under these Eon's. I suspect that paired up (Eons and Subs), they'll be loud and bassy enough for any client...anywhere.
GUND Roswel Sloth Stuffed Animal Plush Dark Gray, 15"
GUND Roswel Sloth Stuffed Animal Plush Dark Gray, 15"
Gund makes what I feel are the best quality stuffed animals out there! Between myself and raising 2 children, the stuffed toys that lasted best were always the Gunds. They are well sewn, squishy, and cozy soft!! I even love them for new babies so long as they are well marked as being okay for infants. I'm an adult, but even I still love brushing my face against a nice, soft Gund!! And who doesn't love a Sloth? 😉
GUND Happy Birthday Animated Bear Singing Light Up Plush Stuffed Animal, 10"
GUND Happy Birthday Animated Bear Singing Light Up Plush Stuffed Animal, 10"
I bought this gift for my disabled daughter in July for Christmas and it has a short and does not work anymore, She really loves it. It has been too long to get a refund, I just want a replacement. I would be happy to return the defected one if the seller would send me another one. My daughter really loves him. Please Amazon send Emily my daughter another one to replace this one. I will wait to hear from you. Send to Zandra Hall, 2900 S Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102
I would be happy to send back the original one. Thank you
My Magic Mud - Earth-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush, Activated Charcoal Infused, Sustainably Produced, Soft Bristles, 2 Pack
My Magic Mud - Earth-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush, Activated Charcoal Infused, Sustainably Produced, Soft Bristles, 2 Pack
This toothbrush has firm but soft charcoal-infused bristles that thoroughly clean my teeth. I have receding gums from brushing my teeth too hard in the past, and this toothbrush is perfect for using with my activated charcoal toothpaste. The wooden handle is smooth and easy to grip. This is an excellent product, although it's more expensive than other similar toothbrushes. I would definitely recommend it!
Marvel Boys' Thanos T-Shirt
Marvel Boys' Thanos T-Shirt
For those young MARVEL fans .. this will be a great addition to the multitude of models and accessories that he has! :) ... this looks very good quality and an official merchandised product.
Ashes (from "Deadpool 2" Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Ashes (from "Deadpool 2" Motion Picture Soundtrack)
It's a gorgeous song! At first, I was initially skeptical about its inclusion into the soundtrack album for Deadpool 2; but in keeping with the fact that Deadpool will be forming the X-Force in the film, and also discovers the importance of family and friendship, maybe this song will be the family theme song....
Dragon Ball ( Volume 1 of 16) (Dragon ball (1)) (Japanese Edition)
Dragon Ball ( Volume 1 of 16) (Dragon ball (1)) (Japanese Edition)
I've had this book for 10 years now. Dragon Ball originally started in Weekly Shonen Jump 31 years ago, and then the first volume came in September '85. Dragon Ball is one of my all time favourite mangas from my hey day, because I've been a huge Dragon Ball Z fan since 2002 and it's always been in my blood.

The first volume is primarily the start of Season 1 of its Anime counterparts, Goku meets Bulma and searching for the dragon balls changed their lives. There are 42 volumes in this set, which by 2006 I've completed collecting.

Nowadays if you're planning to buy Dragon Ball vol. 1 in Japanese brand new or used, the dust cover may or may not be different than this product listing, because the older printings had the familiar oriental spine that says "ドラゴンボール 一", in which translates into Dragon Ball #1 in Japanese. The new re-printings now have modern dust covers that are convenient these days.
The Dolls (BookShots)
The Dolls (BookShots)
James Patterson has combined forces with his Master Class Winner Kecia Bal with this quick read mystery in a series released called Bookshots. Lana has moved from the world of crime reporting in Chicago to the world of Business reporting in Boston. When she arrives through the newsroom is in an uproar as a few business people have turned up dead with one deep stab wound and no forced entry. The crime scenes are as clean as clean could be. Lana teams up with her experience as a crime reporter with Kristen, the Boston's to find out what is going on. She decides to use the business cover to learn about Eric, and when she talks to his wife, she learns about Eric's sex doll. As she delves deeper, Lana meets Sandra who is a sex doll who is almost like a human. She starts to develop a relationship with her but soon backfires when Sandra's owner turns up dead, and Sandra escapes. As Lana goes on a mission to save Sandra can she get to the bottom of the hacking of the sex dolls? The Dolls was a quick mystery read and to sum it up - The Dolls = Attack of the Killer Sex Dolls.
O Socio - Grisham, John
O Socio - Grisham, John
Esse foi o terceiro livro de John Grisham q li e, como os demais, achei a trama excelente.
Trata-se da história de um advogado q aplica um golpe milionário nos sócios. Os detalhes do plano vão sendo revelados à medida que o protagonista tenta escapar de seus perseguidores e usufruir definitivamente da fortuna desviada.
O romance se passa entre o Brasil e os Estados Unidos e a história, muito bem construída, ainda conta com um final fascinante.
Dolly and Zane Grey: Letters from a Marriage (Western Literature Series)
Dolly and Zane Grey: Letters from a Marriage (Western Literature Series)
I grew up reading Zane Grey's Western novels. I later learned about his womanizing and infidelity, but the letters in this book brought it into so much more focus. I wonder when I next pick up one of his novels--I have copies of them all--if my reading will be different knowing the "subtext." His rationalization of his affairs, his inability to curb outrageous spending, his accusations toward Dolly--very frustrating. At times I wanted Dolly to tell him to go to h---. I wanted Dolly to find a true lover and friend. I do believe ZG had genius and amazing creativity--and yes it was because of his novels that I moved to Arizona, etc.--but the inconsistency and hypocrisy is indeed hard to swallow.

Regarding the book itself, I found some of the editorial comments, the intros and outtros, to be confusing and did not always seem relevant to the letter that immediately followed or immediately preceded. Sometimes they seemed coy or facetious rather than informative. The various persons were not always adequately identified in the text; was Ida a lover or a relative? I saw later that sometimes people were identified in the footnotes, but footnotes are for ancillary information or attribution of sources, not for information critical to understanding the text. I dislike flipping from body text to the back of the book to look at footnotes because 80% of the time it's attribution of a source and thus adds nothing insightful at the time and because it interrupts the flow of my reading. [Maybe if I were reading on a Kindle and could have just clicked on the footnote numbers... ;)] So who people are and information critical to understanding the text (eg, that he had gotten into Christian Science, not just "Science"), put in the body, not the footnotes. Provide better intros and outtros, and skip the appearance of facetiousness in the editorial comments. Let us decide how to think about it.

Nonetheless, this is excellent material to make available--something I had been intensely interested in since the publication of some letters in the Missouri Review in 1995--and I thank you for that.
Naruto, Vol. 6: Predator
Naruto, Vol. 6: Predator
Our 11 y/o is finally enjoying to read because of these books. I haven't the slightest clue as to what they are about, but he sure does and he loves them. No more fighting to get him to complete his 1 hour of mandatory reading/day. Often times, he can put the books down ( I am slowly buying him the monster collection of Naruto books that he has wanted.
The Jungle (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Jungle (Dover Thrift Editions)
‘One of the most powerful, provocative, and enduring novels...’ is how Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is described in its blurb. The first three adjectives could not be more appropriate, but a novel – in my view, - it is not. I may be being pernickety, but a novel contains at least a reasonable balance between character and message. Some may disagree, but I would say that this is 'docudrama' – written in a style foreseeing the television age. Don’t let that put you off, its an amazing piece of work, and if you don’t know anything about Chicago in 1904, the stockyards, the meat industry, fertilizer factories, property rackets, worker exploitation, prostitution, summer hoboing around Kansas, gangsters, teamsters, and socialism, then - I was going to say - you’re in for a treat, but ordeal might be a more apt word as some of the descriptions are stomach-churningly horrifying.
Jurgis Rudkus the main character is a Lithuanian, who has emigrated from his mother country bringing with him some family members including his wife-to-be. Most of the family – and some of the children find work in and around the stockyards and meat production works. Conditions are by any human standards – harsh. Its a day-to-day fight for survival, avoiding injury, and all kinds of cheating and corruption by the bosses, and other workers. Sinclair does his best to endow his main character with a personality, but always the reader is seeing him from the outside, while being informed by a powerful authorial voice about the method, manufacture, and misadventure of the surroundings he finds himself in. There are other characters, such as Jurgis’s family members, but there’s no relationship development, just a series of disasters which befall him. My heart was in my mouth at first for the family, who are clearly going to be ripped off, but as I read on I began to realize that there is little hope of prosperity for them anyway, so I should just relax and marvel at the descriptions of mechanized food production. And perhaps this is where the book is clever. In a way, its villain is the ‘evils’ of the capitalist system, which chews at Jurgis as he – pilgrim like – tries to make his way through its unforgiving landscape. It chews him, spits him out, and chews him again. There’s a kind of hope at the end, and one does realize that journalistic literature of this kind did much to improve conditions for workers, and quality of products.
There’s a bizarre scene in which Jurgis, destitute as he is for most of the narrative, meets a weak-minded and friendless young toff, worse for drink. He takes Jurgis to his house, a ‘palace’ on Lakeshore Drive and feeds him, until the toff falls asleep and the servants throw Jurgis back out into the freezing winter. The patois of a drunk is rarely successful in literature – as it is difficult to do convincingly in film or theatre – but somehow Sinclair achieves a curious almost James Joyce-like rhythm and texture to the language. The Jungle is not for the faint-hearted!
Die Spur der Füchse: Roman (German Edition)
Die Spur der Füchse: Roman (German Edition)
alles fängt spannend an, diverse Menschen sind involviert und die ganze Handlung spielt sich an einem Tag ab - super. Man merkt, je weiter man liest, dass irgendwie alles und jeder zu der eigentlichen Geschichte beiträgt. Ein unheimlich, spannendes und "schnelles Buch", aber DAS ENDE EIN GRAUEN. Man schlägt die nächste Seite auf und denkt, jetzt geht es erst richtig los, aber das Buch ist vorbei und man ärgert sich, dass man es gelesen hat.
Deadly Reckoning (Devil's Shroud Book 1)
Deadly Reckoning (Devil's Shroud Book 1)
This book was so good. Kayla was being targeted by a serial killer who played games with his prey before he actually killed him. He almost killed her once, and she barely escaped. After her attack she moved to Cap Code to heal. She started being taunted again, not knowing if it was the same person that hurt her before.... Shortly after moving to Cap Code she met Gabe that was a handsome deputy. He was also a single father. He just found out he had a son named DaKota a few months before. The story tells of how they met, and the hardships they face as they try to form a relationship. DaKota is a teen facing his own problems. I loved this story, and the charactors tugged at my heart. The action kept me at the edge of my seat. This is a book that will be hard to put down once you start reading!

Sample from chapter 6
Her gaze shot to the mirror and her face lost all color. "Kayla? What happened next? "That." She raised a hand, her finger pointed at the mirror. In the fading moisture on the glass, Gabe read the message, his heart sinking to his knees. If he'd had any doubt before that the killer was after her, he didn't now. He gathered the woman in his arms and held her while silent sobs shook her body. Anger surged through him, making him want to strike out, to hunt down this man who frightened women in a very sick game. Especially this sensitive beauty who would never hurt a soul. Whatever it took, he'd find the bastard. And when he did, he'd never let him hurt Kayla - or any other woman - ever again.
Jojo's - Stone ocean T02: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure n°65 (Jojo's - Stone ocean (2)) (French Edition)
Jojo's - Stone ocean T02: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure n°65 (Jojo's - Stone ocean (2)) (French Edition)
Jotaro et son Star Platinium font leur réapparition, ce qui n'est pas pour me déplaire car "Stardust Crusaders" est ma partie préférée de Jojo's.

Dans "Star Ocean" nous suivons les aventures de la fille de Jotaro, Jolyne, qui s'est retrouvée en prison après un homicide qu'elle n'a pas commis ... affaire à suivre !
Je noterais en qu'il y a enfin une fille avec un rôle majeur dans cette saga très masculine :-)

Pour tout ceux qui ont aimer les précédents chapitres, vous allez aimer celui-ci, pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas je vous conseille de commencer par le début, soit : "Phantom Blood"
The Wolf Gift
The Wolf Gift
I have been a long time fan of Ms. Rice. I had some reservations about reading The Wolf Gift because of her shift away from writing in the paranormal world. Let's face it Anne Rice is the Mother of all vampires. That is a pretty high standard to hold. I reluctantly purchased this book when it was on sale. I am happy to report, that in true Anne Rice form, I was sucked right into the story from page one. It has been so long since I have read an Anne Rice book. (Think the last of her vampire tales). I was once again amazed at how quickly I was transported to the scene of the book. I felt like I was the one standing there staring up at Nideck point instead of Ruben. The descriptions and descriptors that Ms. Rice uses always creates a phenomenal world that draws you in within the first few paragraphs.

The character development as usual is phenomenal. Ms. Rice also does a wonderful job of creating suspense within the story that keeps you flipping the pages (or in my case pushing the next button on my Kindle)! In a lot of stories today, the characters are deplorable, I'm really quite tired of authors going for the shock value when it comes to character behavior/attitude. Ms. Rice delivers well developed and loveable characters with class. It was so nice to read about a group of distinguished gentleman, each of whom had charms from the old world. As with any story there are always villains and yet even those as deplorable and lacking in moral fiber as they were, were still well written and honestly disposed of quickly. (Nice perk!)

One may also complain that the werewolf genre is completely over done. I too was worried about the world that she would create and how many times we have witnessed stories like this. However, this is a very unique take on morphenkind or the werewolves with in the story. One other big comment here, as with all Anne Rice books, the writing is phenomenal. Her style is old school, with very few slang or speech that you find in a lot of today's genre books. I found this to be another plus because truth be told, I am tired of reading books that feel like they were written for a 15 year old by a 15 year old. Overall I was very pleased with this book. I cannot wait for the next!
Biography - Anne Rice: Vampires, Witches and Bestsellers
Biography - Anne Rice: Vampires, Witches and Bestsellers
This tale covers Anne Rice from Birth (in a conflicted Catholic environment), through her rise to fame by 2000. As mentioned, this DVD is a remake of the A&E VHS of the same Title.

Her background is interesting, and I'm sure many will relate to the trials she went through (a little in the time norms, a little opposing the time norms). A consistent theme rises throughout her life, and trying to hold down her inner self causes heartache and interpersonal, professional problems.

I bought the DVD because I have the Vampire Chronicles on my To Be Bought list for Kindle. However, I may be Reading Memnoch the Devil (though I used to own it in Hardback - and never read it). Kindle makes reading so much easier.

I highly recommend this DVD for those getting ready to read or watch the series. It adds a little oomph to the story.

The DVD quality itself is a little wanting, and requires patience. The pause does not work, and if you stop - it goes back to the beginning. I got around this by switching and going through the chapters. Your mileage may vary.
In Our Image and Likeness: Humanity and Divinity in Italian Humanist Thought
In Our Image and Likeness: Humanity and Divinity in Italian Humanist Thought
This lengthy study of the origins, influences, and development of Italian humanism is a masterful study of the subject. In my opinion this is a book that requires time and study to complete. It should not simply be read from cover to cover, but annotated and considered. Still, regardless of the length and depth of the subject matter, Trinkhaus, as always, displays his mastery of the individuals studied along with their contributions not only to Italian humanism but subsequent historical impact. Additionally, Trinkaus writes lucidly and accessibly with excellent explanations of even the most complex of theological and philosophical concepts. History owes him an immense expression of gratitude for this work.
Down in the Bottomlands (And Other Places)
Down in the Bottomlands (And Other Places)
Drei Kurzgeschichten aus dem Genre der “alternativen Geschichte”, davon die mittlere von dem Altmeister L. Sprague de Camp. Turtledoves Erzählungen brauchen sich aber nicht zu verstecken.
Die erste Erzählung über eine Welt in der die Straße von Gibraltar bis in die Neuzeit den Atlantik vom Mittelmeergebiet getrennt gehalten hat, ist von Turtledove und hat dem Buch den Titel gegeben. Wie es tatsächlich in der Erdgeschichte passiert ist, trocknet das Mittelmeer in relativ kurzer Zeit aus und blieb es in Turtledoves Story auch. Die Auswirkungen auf Klima und Entwicklung der Menschheit sind gewaltig, in dieser Geschichte konkurrieren die Nachfahren von Neandertaler und Homo sapiens sapiens immer noch. Die Geschichte selbst spielt in dem trockenen Becken des Mittelmeers und ist eine Art Krimi, mit Mord, Verschwörungen und Gefahren für ganze Nationen.
Die zweite Geschichte stammt von L. Sprague de Camp "The Wheels of If", dort spielte der Autor schon 1940 mit der Idee der Paralleluniversen, sein Protagonist: „A New York lawyer, Allister Park is inexplicably torn from his normal existence and thrust into a series of parallel universes.“
Nach mehreren Tagen findet er sich in dem Körper eines Bischofs in einer alternativen Welt, diese hat sich nach zwei entscheidenden Ereignissen in der bekannten Vergangenheit im Gegensatz zu der unseren entwickelt. Die römische Kirche ist nie zur beherrschenden kirchlichen Macht in Westeuropa geworden und die Franken haben die Schlacht bei Schlacht von Tours und Poitiers im Oktober 732 gegen die Mauren verloren. Nun sitzen Nachfahren der Wikinger in Nordamerika, Südamerika wurde nie von den Spaniern erobert, usw. Die Geschichte lebt davon wie sich A. Park in der neuen Umgebung zurecht findet und schließlich eine entscheidende Rolle spielt, am Schluss könnte er in seine Zeitlinie zurückkehren. Die Erzählung hat mir gut gefallen und gute Schriftsteller schaffen es gerade auch in fiktiven Erzählungen die Leser auf kaum merkliche Weise zum Nachdenken über tatsächliche Umstände zu bringen, wie hier L. Sprague de Camp. Allerdings war die Erzählung nicht ganz einfach zu lesen, da der Autor mit Dialekt und Mundart arbeitet und dazu etliche künstliche Begriffe eingebaut hat.
Die dritte Geschichte stammt wieder von Turtledove und stellt eine unabhängige Fortsetzung von de Camps Erzählung da. A. Park ist zum Schlichter/Richter in einer internationalen Staatengemeinschaft geworden, die UNO lässt grüßen und soll einen drohenden Krieg zwischen dem Reich der Inka und einem maurischen Kolonialreich im Gebiet des heutigen Brasilien verhindern. Wie er vorgeht und wie dies von Turtledove geschildert wird ist raffiniert und zeigt Turtledoves Geschick in der Konstruktion von glaubhaften Konflikten, Gesellschaften und politischen Ränken.
Bemerkenswerterweise fällt es kaum auf, dass die dritte Erzählung gut 50 Jahre nach der Zweiten und von einem anderen Autor geschrieben wurde.
Breathing Mobile Washer - Portable Hand Powered High Efficiency Clothes Washing Machine - Improved Heavy Duty Riveted Metal Threads
Breathing Mobile Washer - Portable Hand Powered High Efficiency Clothes Washing Machine - Improved Heavy Duty Riveted Metal Threads
Note: If you have a front-loader impeller-based washing machine available, this mobile washer might not save water. But it will save on electricity.

I have a non-High Efficiency top-loader agitator-based washing machine, so this tool is useful for conserving water and electricity when I wash clothes on a daily basis.

Immediately after returning home, I shower and wash the clothes I wore.

To prevent potential damage to the tub, shower, or flat surface of choice, I lay a microfiber cloth on the surface then put a 5-gallon bucket (around $3.25 at a home improvement store and another $1.50 for the lid) on top of that. Water goes into the bucket while I wait for the water to become hot, which usually takes 2 gallons. Add one tablespoon of laundry detergent into the bucket, swirl it around a bit, then toss in the clothes and cover it with the lid. I let it soak for 15-30 minutes.

Shower should be long over by the time I return to the bucket and remove the lid. I get as close as I can to the bucket to operate the mobile washer as vertically as possible, otherwise I put strain on my back and on the mobile washer. Force the mobile washer up and down 30 times each direction.

To rinse, empty the bucket of dirty detergent water and fill with 2 gallons of clean water. Agitate with the mobile washer, then repeat once more or until the water is clear. Rinsing will use the most water out of the entire washing process.
An alternative to using the mobile washer to rinse: use the washing machine's rinse cycle. Added bonus is it'll follow it with a spin cycle so the clothes will dry fast, even when air-drying.

Squeeze water from the clothes and dry, using preferred or available method.
Mount-It! Mobile Standing Desk/Height Adjustable Stand Up Computer Work Station | Rolling Presentation Cart with 27.5 Inch Wide Platform, Locking Wheels
Mount-It! Mobile Standing Desk/Height Adjustable Stand Up Computer Work Station | Rolling Presentation Cart with 27.5 Inch Wide Platform, Locking Wheels
I have to say, one of the b st purchases I've made in a while (and I'm an Amazon junkie---everything (literally) I buy, or 95%, come from Amazon). I'm happy with most of my myriad purchases, but this is one of those rare, every-is-what-you-hoped, no complaints purchases.

Here's what I expected/needed, ALL fulfilled up to or beyond expectations (or even hopes: ex. easy assembly?):

1) Dual, sit at desk, or work standing
2) MULTIPLE settings; not sit/stand (there's 10)
3) Solid construction and feel at all heights
4) Simple enough (i.e. just what you need)
5) Versatile portability, even loaded with gear
6) Easy, minimal steps, intuitive assembly
7) ALL necessary hardware, INCLUDING tools
8) Wheels move easily and they LOCK

This thing is great...simple design, yet stylish, SOLID, and the Ben though Spartan, still has four shelves:

1) Upper/top--monitor, if necessary
2) Laptop/keyboard, mouse (work area)
3) Smal middle miscellaneous shelf;
4) Bottom shelf: power, CPU/Tower, etc.

One (slight) negative: not a lot of extra desk space (width). But you shouldn't often be using as your entire office. However, if you are (efficiency apartment), there's enough space to make due. Especially with four shelves. (And recall, I use it with my laptop; if you only have a keyboard/mouse on second shelf, there's significantly more space leftover.

What do I end up using it most for? I leave it in the most trafficked room in the house (living area/kitchen/etc.) in standing position. Great for those moments of walking through room suddenly thinking, "Oh, I forgot to jump online and _____". Don't have find device, sit down---just walk over, type it in, walk away.

Suggestion: Do as much "standing" prolonged work as possible---comfortable (automatically good posture, no tendency to hunch), great core strengthening (especially for me--Inhave a long torso, ergo lower back gets sore (weak) when I have stand a long time), leg workout without even thinking about it.

If you're looking at items like this, you've scored a multi-nugget: portability, sit/stand workstation, solid, fully adjustable, and decently priced.

LOVE this thing!
Know Your Options: How to Build Wealth Using Proven Options Trading Strategies and Technical Analysis
Know Your Options: How to Build Wealth Using Proven Options Trading Strategies and Technical Analysis
The author hits the deck running by describing option trading as survival, a high stress zero sum game with winners and losers and notes the difference between winners and losers is determined by controlling emotions, being conservative, doing your homework and learning from professional sources and other traders. For me the book aptly describes the plight of the home gamer who works individually and who often cannot easily share their rewards or failures with anyone in their social circle. Know your Options helps traders understand the technical rules of the game by describing in detail how technical analysis methods work, how to use them to your advantage, and provides detailed examples. It also stresses the importance of belonging to trading communities in which you can discuss your ideas and challenges in a like minded group. In particular I enjoyed the chapter where the author asks some of the finest traders to share their history of trading and the techniques the've used over the years to become successful. This book offers a different approach to trading not shared by other authors and is a must read for active option traders.
Duro ID# 87145 Super Royal Shopping Bag 70# 100% Recycled Natural Kraft 200pk 14 x 10 x 15.75
Duro ID# 87145 Super Royal Shopping Bag 70# 100% Recycled Natural Kraft 200pk 14 x 10 x 15.75
Decided to purchase for business use.These would be great in any application..retail, recycle, gifts. Not thin but not heavy and bulky either. Paper weight is ideal. I used recently to hand out all new uniforms to my employees. Held 6 pair of pants and 7 shirts folded with plenty of room to spare. Sturdy!!! ...does not feel like they will rip unless something that is obviously too large or heavy is attempted. Shipping packaging was nicely done.
Abandoned Alaska: Copper, Gold, and Rust (America Through Time)
Abandoned Alaska: Copper, Gold, and Rust (America Through Time)
This is a beautiful book; the photos alone are stunning and even something as apparently ordinary as a discarded boot or glove tells a story - Paul Scannell sees beauty in the most banal of dark corners, and abandoned places - as the name suggests. But the unexpected joy that comes from this book is that Scannell’s gift for storytelling is not limited to his use of the camera. He is a gifted writer, and draws you into his journey - both a personal and at times, painful one - as well as exploring the remains of a forgotten world. Delightfully self deprecating, funny, poignant and heart warming. This is no coffee table book; it’s something you’ll pick up again and again, because there’s something in almost every nook and cranny that one can relate to, whether that’s a loss or a new discovery. Highly recommend it.
Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age
Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age
Once when hearing the author give a talk, he used a phrase that will forever echo in my personal lexicon, "The Orphans of Apollo". Meaning, those of us that were old enough to have lived through the US-Russian Space Race where every day brought wondrous news of Space travel break throughs, ultimately leading to a singular moment in history, the first Moon landing and a 2001 future with Moon bases and big rotating Space Stations by the time we were in our mid-twenties.

Things did not turn out that way...

As the years went by, humankind's future in space seemed more like the butt of a joke than a prediction. After all, we were "The Orphans of Apollo".

After reading noted Space Journalist/Historian/Author Rod Pyle's new book "Space 2.0", all these intervening years, what is currently going on (think Elon Musk) and what is needed to get us to be a space faring race is brought keenly into focus. Is "space hard"? Yes, and Pyle lays all of the details out for us on what the technical, geo-political, governmental, human and societal challenges are and the possibilities that are in many cases being currently worked on to solve these. This is a very grounded in reality optimistic look at what our future can be and why, fundamentally, it is the future we need to be working for. As always with Pyle's writing, it is eminently readable and this is obviously a work of passion on his part, the detail and research is impeccable and very compelling to read.
I highly recommend this book, for the first time in over 35 years I not only can see humans having a future in space, I feel it is inevitable.
Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 6 Ports Desktop QC 3.0 USB Hub Charging Station Multi USB Charger Fast Charging Compatible with Phones,Tablets Smartphones and More(Red)
Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 6 Ports Desktop QC 3.0 USB Hub Charging Station Multi USB Charger Fast Charging Compatible with Phones,Tablets Smartphones and More(Red)
The "quick charge" port is absolutely garbage charging power - I have several rapid chargers to compare to and this is the slowest charge I've ever seen. For example, I had one iPad plugged in overnight (about 8 hours) and it was charged to 67% - even using the standard cube that comes with an iPad would have it to 100% much faster. I rarely write reviews but this one is irritating as crap, save your money!
Tracfone Keep Your Own Phone 3-in-1 Prepaid SIM Kit
Tracfone Keep Your Own Phone 3-in-1 Prepaid SIM Kit
TLDR; Could never make/receive calls, send/receive texts, nor access data with either the Verizon or AT&T SIMs. Tracfone support useless.

Where to begin? OK, Amazon delivered the 3-in-1 SIM package (Amazon does fulfillment well!)

I then purchased a Tracfone plan and initiated plan activation via the Tracfone website. (Their website "qualified" my BYOD handset via handset IMEI & SIM ICCID.) I initiated a port from Sprint.

I put the Verizon SIM in my Sprint-unlocked Essential PH-1 (Android). (I confirmed with Sprint the handset had been domestically & internationally unlocked 18 months previously, and was still unlocked.)

The phone would not recognize the SIM. After 2 hours on the line with Tracfone support, the CSR declared the SIM was bad. At that point, I asked the CSR to cancel the Verizon activation and instead activate AT&T - I would just use that SIM. The CSR said the activation would be complete the next day.

The next day, after the Tracfone web site declared the SIM activated, I put the AT&T SIM in my handset, but the phone displayed a message "Android System Please log into network HOME". After 3 hours on the line with Tracfone support (and trying 2 other unlocked GSM handsets purchased directly from Amazon), the CSR declared that my local AT&T cell tower was down - try again in 24 hours.

The next day, I tried a final time. After another hour on the line with Tracfone support, the CSR declared the AT&T-branded unlocked GSM handset I purchased directly from Amazon (ZTE Axon) was locked. Totally bogus! (Just like the business about my local AT&T cell tower being down.)

I then insisted the CSR process a refund for the plan I purchased.

Bottom line: I'm sure Tracfone can activate BYOD service in many cases, but if there is a problem, their Tech Support is incapable of effectively & efficiently diagnosing & fixing the issue.

PS
In the past, I had used their "sister" company Straight Talk service under AT&T and Verizon for several years with little difficulty. Similar story with Red Pocket.

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