Yosef Cox

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The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl
I am a fan of Rinella's from watching "Meateater" and listening to his "Meateater" podcast. I bought his first book "Meateater: Adventures in the Life of an American Hunter" and was hooked.

I bought this book via Kindle but after a once-through reading decided to buy the paperback version of it so my other family members could read and reference it too. Once I got the book in hand I re-read it and I'm glad I did. For whatever reason I picked up a lot more from the paperback than I ever did from the Kindle version. I guess it probably has something to do with the reference-book feel this book has and the ability to skip around and gather in the whole picture of what this book offers up. The Kindle format works really well for a novel or a mono-formatted book like a historical non-fiction.......this book is neither.

One thing I want to point out about Rinella..........his style of writing (and talking) and his methods, tools and attitudes towards the animals and pursuit really make sense to me. As a transplanted Mid-westerner now living and hunting in the West myself I can really identify where he's coming from on having to evolve from Midwestern traditions and methods about hunting to the Western US approach to the critters out here in the West. Until I'd read Rinella I hadn't stumbled across anyone that eloquently and accurately describes this transition.
George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour (History & Guide)
George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour (History & Guide)
Warren Bingham's new book, "George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour", is a enjoyable read. Bingham explains his passion for this subject and then takes the reader back to 1791 Philadelphia. He sets the stage with what you might call "the history of the history". The rest of the book follows Washington and crew as they make their way through Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and back again. Filled with journal writings from Washington himself, Bingham takes what could be a dry subject and gives it life. This book is for anyone, Southerner or not, history buff or not, who enjoys a brief look at our country's early post-colonial setting. Regardless of whether Washington really slept in your town, you'll enjoy this book!
Like a Rolling Stone
Like a Rolling Stone
As you can probably tell, I like to listen to songs more than popular segments of arrangements, like some people only like to hear "beats" and some freak out over guitar solos. Even if you don't like Bob's singing style, you have to give him credit for the lyrics of this song. This song, when it was released, was probably equivalent to some rap of today, without being as graphic. A great song!
Deadpool Lanyard - X-Force Deadpool Logo
Deadpool Lanyard - X-Force Deadpool Logo
The only thing stopping me from giving a 5/5 rating is that I had to put a stitched tack to hold a "V" at the bottom of the lanyard to keep it flat. Purchased weeks ago and there hasn't been any wear problems after daily usage.
One Piece: Baroque Works 13-14-15
One Piece: Baroque Works 13-14-15
I, for some reason, never seen the episodes that covered this omnibus when I was a kid and it was airing on TV. So reading this was a good treat, especially with a couple of the characters that show up are either mentioned or reappear in later arcs.

Nami's compass leads the Straw Hat crew to a place called Little Garden, an ironic name when you learn what type of creatures and the two local residents. The crew splits up as they explore and they meet up and fight Baroque Work members and the leader of the organization is reveal (who happens to be one of my favorite One Piece villains).
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 02: Kaméhaméha (Dragon Ball (sens français) (2)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 02: Kaméhaméha (Dragon Ball (sens français) (2)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball d'Akira Toriyama fait partie intégrante de ma jeunesse.

J'avais par le passé quelques exemplaires de la première édition Kiosque de Dragon Ball par Glénat en 85 volumes. Je me souviens des superbes couvertures et du papier recyclé assez gris.

Aujourd'hui, cette version Kiosque en 85 volumes n'est plus distribuée il me semble et je me tourne donc vers l'édition simple en 42 tomes toujours éditée par Glénat.

L'édition Perfect en 34 volumes d'un plus grand format ne m'attire pas spécialement. Je ne suis pas friand des couvertures mais les apports de couleurs sur quelques pages restent sympathiques.

Mon choix se porte sur l'édition simple en 42 volumes et pour l'édition Perfect, je vais me contenter de regarder brièvement l'ouvrage en PDF.

Suite directe du tome 1, absolument nécessaire pour terminer la première aventure de Sangoku.
Roald Dahl's Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection: Six Marvellous Stories Including The BFG and Five Other Stories (Roald Dahl Box Set)
Roald Dahl's Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection: Six Marvellous Stories Including The BFG and Five Other Stories (Roald Dahl Box Set)
Well obviously this is a straight five out of five! Roald Dahl's the master of children's stories if you ask me, and I've bought these books partly so that I can read them with my young son and partly to improve my own writing (I'm a children's author myself but nowhere near as good as the great man himself!). All these books are wonderful but I think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favourite. Highly recommended!
Bleach, Vol. 37
Bleach, Vol. 37
Bleach volume 37 continues from the previous volume with chapters -99 to -97 and then we go back to the present time at chapter 316 to chapter 322. So there are 10 chapters in this volume.
It is rated T for Teen (13+) due to fantasy violence.
If you are new to the Bleach series, I would recommend starting from volume 1.

Volume 37 concludes the "Turn Back The Pendulum" arc.
In chapters -99 to -97, we see how Aizen was able to completely fool everyone, how the Hogyoku was created and why Urahara was banished from Soul Society.
We are back in the present from chapter 316. In Karakura Town, the captains are about the face the Espadas while Kira, Hisagi, Ayasegawa and Madarame are protecting the 4 pillars. In Hueco Mundo, Ichigo is on his way to rescue Orihime from Ulquiorra.

I was hoping the Turn Back The Pendulum arc would be longer as I was really enjoying it. Hopefully, one day Tite Kubo will do a spin off or something about the past Soul Society. I'd definitely like to see more of the younger characters anyway.
But this was a great volume! The balance between fighting seriously and comedy is perfect. Yumichika Ayasegawa (as seen on the cover) put up a great fight against his very interesting-looking opponent.
We'll see Hisagi's fight in the next volume. I'm looking forward to it!

The only problem I have with this volume is the paper quality. My hands felt really dry after reading it and some of the ink on the pages looked smudged.
Other than that, it's perfect and definitely a volume every Bleach fan should own!
Briksmax Led Lighting Kit for Harry Potter Hogwart's Castle - Compatible with Lego 71043 Building Blocks Model- Not Include The Lego Set
Briksmax Led Lighting Kit for Harry Potter Hogwart's Castle - Compatible with Lego 71043 Building Blocks Model- Not Include The Lego Set
First off I got a kit from Briksmax before and it was really well sorted into different pouches. And it was neat and clean and easy to find what I needed, granted I ordered the wrong kit for the gingerbread house that I got from Lego.. oops. My bad. I kept it though cause I will use the lights on something else. So back to this set. Is it easy to assemble? NO, not if you want to make it look neat and clean as possible. I used some ideas from Light My Bricks as well as the images to complete my setup thus far, and allot of common sense. I didn't always agree with either instruction as I wanted to spend the time hiding the wires a bit more. If your following the Briksmax instructions.. good luck, they are tiny instructions and need to get rid of the booklets and just have online documentation instead. Save the paper and our eyesight. To be grumpy about the other review...YES... You will have to take apart the set to make it look good. I will include images later as I progress. You will need some small clippers and some gel superglue for some parts because the doublestick tape doesn't always hold the best. Not a deal breaker, again, depends on how good you want it to look. Overall compared to two other sets that are available I am happy with my purchase. I will NOT use all the lights because I am more about the facade than letting the kids play with it. Have patience and you will have awesome results, and don't always follow the directions.
The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information
The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information
The eponymous black box refers to secretive algorithm-aided mechanisms by which powerful companies make their decisions. Internet-enabled massive data collection allows tech giants to utilize computers in decision-making which influences our lives in more and more ways. We are constantly scrutinized, evaluated - priced, even - at every occasion our mundane activities allow. Each company worth its salt tries to build profiles of its clients, and many specialise in collation and brokerage of data to sell their machine-generated opinions on every person on the globe. Those scores are then used to judge whether we are worthy of receiving a credit, insurance, a job… So prevalent are those grades, yet we know so little on how they are calculated - this allows Frank Pasquale to posit that whole societies play along “black box” rules. Opacity is beneficial only to a minority of financiers and tech entrepreneurs, while the masses live unaware of rules by which their lives are played, without recourse to biased, uninformed, or sloppy verdicts.

The picture looks bleak, and the author brings many compelling examples illustrating his view. Out of many fields transformed by Big Data, this book focuses on reputation, search and finance. I believe there is no point in reiterating them here, let me just assure you that footnotes provide a lot of relevant supplementary material. However, the writing style is a bit dry. Perhaps it is the nature of the topic at hand - opaque, complicated, requiring knowledge of a slew of details - which makes it hard to weave a captivating narrative? I think I have enjoyed “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil a bit more in that regard. But, by no means I want to dismiss the work of Frank Pasquale - I believe he makes a correct diagnosis. Algorithmic effectiveness (driven by greed), engineered complexity, lack of oversight, little responsibility (especially in the case of organizations “too big to fail”) - they form a powerful combination of incentives to increase societal divides and promote unfairness.

Where I would contend with the author is the matter of privacy. Frank opposes mass encryption, arguing that it leads to “the NSA blinded to real terrorist plots”. I am on Bruce Schneier’s side, who advocates consumer-friendly encryption tools to avoid surveillance - which leads to healthier societies. NSA can stick to methods which don’t require dragnets; Internet just made it all too easy and tempting - not only for agencies but for the companies criticized in “The Black Box Society” as well. Privacy is an inherent human right; nowadays it is only the powerful firms who are most successful in achieving it.

All in all - it is a good book, highlighting many problems stemming from obscure applications of Big Data, combined with untrammeled tech and finance sector dominance.
Novedades de Barratt Liquorice
Novedades de Barratt Liquorice
These were great. Highly recommended.
Arrived in the usual Amazon cardboard box: inside was the box of sweets itself which was also plastic wrapped.
When opening the sweet box it was further wrapped. So it’s all very fresh.
The selection was good: I’ve put up a picture. A great mix of different liquorice sweets as advertised. In fact I had one extra liquorice stick. Everything was fresh and no stale sweets.
The best before date was for Nov 2021, so a full 12 months away.
I highly recommend these, they were about £2.50 for a great box selection so good quality and good value.
Make a good gift for a liquorice fan.
I’m really pleased and will buy it again.

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