Zaid Cooper

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J.K. Rowling (Remarkable Writers)
J.K. Rowling (Remarkable Writers)
J.K. Rowling (Remarkable Writers) by Bryan Pezzi. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Hooked (German Edition)
Hooked (German Edition)
Hooked (German Edition) by Brenda Rothert , Wiebke Pilz, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Mastering matplotlib
Mastering matplotlib
Mastering matplotlib by Duncan M. McGreggor. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
The Manga Guide to Databases (Manga Guide To...)
The Manga Guide to Databases (Manga Guide To...)
The Manga Guide to Databases (Manga Guide To...) by Ltd. Tren-Pro Co., Mana Takahashi , et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 83 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
SQL For Dummies
SQL For Dummies
SQL For Dummies by Allen G. Taylor. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 59 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide
Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide
Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide by Karl Wiegers. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
KornShell Programming Tutorial
KornShell Programming Tutorial
KornShell Programming Tutorial by Barry J. Rosenberg. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition
Inside the Giant machine - An Amazon Story, Second Edition
Amazon sold its first book July of 1995; Bezos selected a name beginning with 'A' to provide early alphabetic listing, the word 'Amazon' was appealing because it conveyed a sense of 'bigness.' Author Kalpanik ended up working there after being laid off as a result of a merger. Getting hired, however, required a two-day-long marathon session lasting 9-10 hours each day and being interviewed by 23 different individuals. He was asked to design systems for real-time inventory information, traffic light control, guaranteed message delivery, credit card authorization, etc. He also wrote a program to find a pair of numbers such that their sum is K, another to find the most frequent character in a list, etc., explained how Jennifer Lopez's curvature could be approximated using a hyperbolic paraboloid, described why his first dot-com failed, explained various programming standards, and solved several brainteasers. Two weeks later, Kalpanik received a job offer! However, its 3-year non-compete requirement and relatively low salary led Kalpanik to decline the opportunity. The offer was sweetened, and Kalpanik was on-board.

Fresh college graduates had to stand out on SAT scores and college grade-point averages - Ivy Leaguers were preferred.

Amazon's performance review process utilized a 'rank and yank' system were the bottom 10% usually were fired. Kalpanik eventually realized that Amazon did not provide a nurturing environment for employees - it was a giant, cold, and calculating number-crunching machine. Most meetings at Amazon resembled stress-inducing oral thesis exams at major universities - ultimately what mattered most was how confidently you answered questions. Preparing for these meetings required long hours, contributing to 60-80 hour work-weeks.

Amazon requires all its managers and supervisors to work in a warehouse as part of its customer connection training. Its Fernley, Nevada sits is the largest. Special tape was placed on creates of inventory belong to other large merchants using Amazon as their fulfillment provider - eg. Target, Toys "R" Us. Item locations were optimized for shipping ease - bar-codes were essential to both identify items and their locations. Shipping carrier performance is measured at every hub, and if a hub makes too many mistakes Amazon stops sending packages there until corrections are implemented. Visual cues on performance come from piling up damaged, duplicated, or inaccurately picked items.

During early days picking and packing cost about 15% of sales, worse yet when Amazon expanded into toys and electronics. When Kalpanik visited in 2003, Amazon centers had halved the cost and cut picking and packing errors in half. Its affiliate program provides commissions ranging from 4 - 15% and has 900,000 members. By 2003, 20% of revenues came from overseas, including $750 million in China to 114 million customers.

Amazon has operating margins of less than 65, vs. eBay with 24% - in 2003 the latter's market capitalization was 3X that of Amazon while absent inventory risk, warehouse building/operating costs. The Amazon Marketplace boosted margins - providing connections between buyers and sellers. To keep third party sellers' customer service standards high, customer reviews were posted, with order cancellations due to lack of inventory, on-time shipments, returns, and claims filed were tracked. By 2003 the marketplace accounted for only one-sixth of revenues but one-third of profits. Amazon's uniform item description ensured customers they were looking at different prices for the same product, while those at eBay had to go through descriptions of every listing with similar sounding titles to be sure they were making apples-to-apples comparisons.

The 'Search Inside the Book' option allowed customers to flip through the first few pages of a book as well as to search within the book. Digitalizing a book involved scanning it one page at a time and then using OCR to create a digital version.

Amazon warehouse conditions became unbearable in the summer - employees began collapsing when internal temperatures went above 100 degrees. Many/most of the workers were temps employed through an agency and workers were afraid to ask for even unpaid time-off because this result in automatic demerit points. (Six points within three months --> dismissal.) Unlike other warehouse, Amazon would not open dock doors on opposite side to allow air circulation. Workers and supervisors who did not meet their targets were fired; in addition, the bottom 10% were in trouble. Workers were assigned hourly fulfillment rates, and as soon as they got used to that pace, the rates were increased.

Kalpanik left.
Simulation Theory | Does Heaven on Earth Exist ? New Thought | Afterlife | Modern Theology: Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Westworld Sim
Simulation Theory | Does Heaven on Earth Exist ? New Thought | Afterlife | Modern Theology: Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Westworld Sim
Simulation Theory | Does Heaven on Earth Exist ? New Thought | Afterlife | Modern Theology: Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Westworld Sim by MR. ROBOT. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
The Water Dancer: A Novel
The Water Dancer: A Novel
The prose is magjestic(not a typo, a combination of magnificent and majestic). And the reason why I lead with that is simply, the magjesty(not a typo)will keep you going when this bold and very ambitious novel drags a little under the weight of the challenge of crafting a story about the ills and evils of slavery, without the loudness.

“It always happened like this—that is what I had been told. Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father would allow them to do.”

The foundation of this novel is slavery, and the story is told in a whisper, not a shout, but it so fits the protagonist Hiram Walker. Hiram is the enslaved son of the master, Howell Walker on Lockless, a tobacco plantation in Virginia.

In a nod to that whisper I mentioned, Coates avoids the use of master, masters, slaves, enslaved, etc. instead of employing those terms so familiar to us all concerning slavery, Coates boldly creates a new language referring to the master class as the “Quality” and the enslaved as the “tasked.”An interesting choice of terms that speaks to ambition and boldness, no?

Although Hiram Walker is tasked in the house of his father and enjoys some ‘privilege’ he still pines for freedom. “So as to my freedom, the events stood thus: I knew that I would never advance beyond my blood-bound place at Lockless.”

In his quest for freedom, there are some costly miscalculations and Hiram suffers some setbacks that lead to greater comebacks as he becomes active in the famed Underground Railroad. Hiram is blessed with the power of conduction, not just in the regular sense of the word, but in a magical realism sense.

He has experienced this power in him during a near death drowning at Lockless, but has never learned how to harness this power at his demand. That all changes when he meets none other than Moses herself, Harriet Tubman while working the underground.

I find it very curious to write this conduction business as magical realism(for lack of a better term) because I think it diminishes all the courageous and daring actions taken by those on their way to freedom.

It feels dismissive of what one had to endure to reach freedom, and in some ways denies the obvious brilliance and bravery of a Harriet Tubman who chose to return to the coffin(slavery in the Deep South) again and again and..... I love Coates’ writing but I am not enamored with that choice.

Having said that, I still enthusiastically recommend this novel, just superbly written with a cast of engaging characters, some intrigue, some thrills, and yes some horror, but not written horrifically( the whispering). I’m certain this book will garner a multitude of discussion and commerce. Ta-Nehisi Coates can now confidently add novelist to his writing career! Thanks to Netgalley and OneWorld-Random House Publishing for an ARC. Book is out 9/24/2019.
Donald Trump for President 2020 Keep America Great Flag 3x5 Feet with Grommets Plus 10 Trump Stickers
Donald Trump for President 2020 Keep America Great Flag 3x5 Feet with Grommets Plus 10 Trump Stickers
I love this country and I love our president. As soon as I installed the flag I have felt safer and more secured. As I stood back to admire the beauty that was before me, a bald eagle flew over and the high school band down the street starting playing our national anthem. The resale value of my house increased the minute a breeze picked up and caught the flag. It was truly a magnificent day indeed.
Ever since that day, life has been good to me. I got a promotion at work, I won a local raffle, I’ve slept better at night, my kids are getting straight A’s in school, my wife’s gives me back rubs every night, ...it’s really been a life changing experience. Greatest investment to date!
Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band
Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band
Thank you for this book. Jeff was absolutely great playing either rock or jazz/blues. It is undeniable, though that his life journey was not the easy one, neither for him nor for people who surrounded him. He was true entertainer and rare talent who knew “the show must go on” or “gig is gig” and he was giving us great shows no matter what. It is quite sad, though, that it is not Canada – his own motherland discovered and supported his talent, it was USA. OH… Canada. I really want to be wrong, but it seems that when he had a lot of friends who appreciated his talent and who were there for him and who he had a lot of fun with, he has not met a woman who will be right for him. Like Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi or Sharon and Ozzy. There is not a single great song dedicated to particular woman. Like “Lenny” of SRV, or “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond et. cet. I do not know, may be just “Adriana” 1982 when he was 16. Overall book left me feeling somewhat distuned, as if something unfair has happened. As if players of the game called “life” just figured out what it was all about and suddenly it was all over.
Saying that, book is definitely an inspiration. It is a real reminder about what is worth spending your life on and what does not. I think for Jeff choice was always obvious and he has finally found his way to his type of guys: Romeo Nelson, Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Lonnie Johnson and his favourite Louis Armstrong.
Thank you Tom, good health to you.
Le Tour de Gaule d'Asterix (French Language Edition of Asterix and the Banquet)
Le Tour de Gaule d'Asterix (French Language Edition of Asterix and the Banquet)
I purchased this book hoping to stimulate my 8th grader and encourage some 'alternative' activity in addition to his French II homework and test prep work. Worked better than expected. He took up the challenge and along with some translation tools worked his way through most of the book and says he will start again at beginning when he finishes, Grades have improved too.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Coloring Book (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Coloring Book (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)
What can I say? I'm a rabbit lover and have loved the tale of Peter Rabbit from childhood. This coloring book not only contains many nice printed pictures to color but also contains the story as well. The book's covers contain color images of several of the pictures that are available for coloring in case you may need some guidance. The images are what you would expect from the Beatrix Potter books so if your looking for a coloring book that is what you may remember as a child, this is it.
I believe the pictures are pretty simple so that even some older children could color them. The backgrounds can be a little challenging since they seem to be a little less detail and so is open more to your imagination on how to fill in. Overall, I love this coloring book and am having fun with it.
The Hunting of the Snark
The Hunting of the Snark
I was too put off by the ugly stop motion characters. It is hard to relate to characters that look like they were made from random trash. The beaver/otter thing had something stuck to its face that looked like a used disposable diaper. Whole thing looked like crap made out of crap. More effort was put into the character's props or they just raided a toy store of its doll house furniture....It was rather painful to watch at any rate.
Classroom of 4721 Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego
Classroom of 4721 Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego
This set is one of the less expensive sets in the Harry Potter line. It is really cool, but it is quite small. It has 73 pieces of colorful shapes, objects, cauldron, books, keys, a trevor toad piece, a Harry figure, desks with chairs, a chalkboard, and the Mirror of Erised in an orange color. Orange? The mirror allows you to put a sticker of Harry and his parents in lego form on a clear background piece. Now, the mirror is way different compared to the way they made it on the Final Challenge set! And as for the colors, ugh! What was lego thinking! I don't remember seeing pink, orange, and other neon colors in the movie, or reading about them in the books! This set, Diagon Alley shops, and House of Gryffindor have this color scheme on them. Hogwarts isn't a very colorful place in my opinion. Well, it is also hard to have a classroom with three desks, and a very small space! The backdrop for two rooms that it comes with makes up for the small set.
I don't know if this set is hard to find, but I have only seen two in my life. I saw one at Wal-mart, then I ordered one from a website, and got mine. No store in my city sells this set, and only Toysrus in my city sells Diagon Alley shops, and House of Gryffindor. I have a feeling these sets are a bit rare. Maybe.
Best for Larger People
Best for Larger People
I read the bad reviews. But I also saw the good reviews. And when the price dropped below $22, I figured I might as well give it a shot. But I'm returning this robe right now.

Somewhere in the product info, it is noted that the costume comes in different sizes. There was no Small for sale, so I ordered the Medium/Standard. Again, thinking that for the price it couldn't be too bad. My mistake.

I'm 5'5". The robe drags on the ground and is too big overall. But the kicker, even for someone appropriately sized, is the placement of the embroidered emblem-- way too low. It hit me at the bottom of my ribcage.

Other things to note: The black felt material of the robe is actually pretty plush - it would be comfortably warm in cold weather. The lining is definitely leaning towards pink, but if the robe had fit I would have ignored that. My package came complete with the clasp, but I did not bother to unwrap it.
Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time (Bicycling Magazine)
Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time (Bicycling Magazine)
...this would be a defining specimen of the genre.

First, potential readers should know the training program presented here is NOT based on scientific principles, but anecdotal experience.
The real world examples cited limit themselves to a handful of protagonists and a very limited number of events.

The basic assumption of Devore is long-proven to be correct: Strength training augments and reinforces cycling performance and helps prevent a host of negative side effects associated with the sport. A facts that is no longer up to much debate.

But herein lies the problem: Popular and wide-spread training literature, such as Joe Friel's "The Cyclist's Training Bible", has incorporated strength training as an essential part of a road cyclist's training season those 20 years and more.
The authors of "Maximum Overload" chose to ignore this fact and claim cycling has, until now, been a "virgin to strength training".
This is plain false and only serves to over-emphasise a pseudo-revolutionary concept that, truth be told, is not revolutionary at all.

The concept itself may well be sound, by the way - I can find nothing particularly outlandish or new about it - but that's it.

On the other hands, the authors demonstrate a sometimes shocking ignorance of basic human physiology - p.e. when they claim that low-intensity endurance efforts are fueled by 95% fat oxidation (totally made up number) - and that fat is a "superior fuel" when compared to carbohydrates, simply ignoring the fact it takes about 30% more oxygen to metabolize.
And don't even get me started on their concept of "The Black Hole".....

This skewed perception once again serves their personal agenda: in this case, to push and grossly overestimate the benefits of a high-fat, paleo-type diet for endurance athletes. Wild claims of becoming a "fat burning machine" while increasing strength, lowering weight and improving endurance performance when "going primal" are simply another fad these days and repeated here without any scientific proof.

Their only "proof", if you can name it so, is the example of pro cyclist David Zabriskie, who in 2013 allegedly experienced a 15% increase in sustainable power output over a four month period while on the Devore program & paleo diet. Sounds too good to be true?
Honestly, this is nothing too spectacular on the pro level of the sport. Pro cyclists peak at considerably higher power outputs than they start their season with. Perfectly normal on that level of the sport.
Also note they freely admit Zabriskie used highly-processed and highly-unnatural nutrition, such as Ucan Superstarch, to keep himself going - how does that fit into being "primal"? Guess you can by now see the elephant in the room.

The fact that basically ALL world-class endurance athletes thrive on a diet rich in high quality carbohydrates is thereby conveniently ignored (for hard facts, not opinion, see p.e. Matt Fitzgerald: "Racing Weight" or "The Endurance Diet").

Summary:

The book states the benefits of strength training and the risks of omitting it in no uncertain terms.
The program appears to be sound, but not revolutionary or even new. So much for the good.
Otherwise, the authors perpetrate a lot of murky, unproven and muddled ideas on human physique and the nature of road cycling that degrades a basically sound concept into a wild pamphlet of mostly unproven opinion and anecdotal evidence.

Lots of facts - some of them the real thing, many "alternative".

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