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Nim in Action
Nim in Action
Nim in Action by Dominik Picheta. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas
Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas by Bryan Mooney. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 602 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Netty in Action
Netty in Action
Netty in Action by Norman Maurer and Marvin Allen Wolfthal. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Beginning SQL w/WS
Beginning SQL w/WS
Beginning SQL w/WS by Paul Wilton and John Col. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
iOS 4 in Action: Examples and Solutions for iPhone & iPad
iOS 4 in Action: Examples and Solutions for iPhone & iPad
iOS 4 in Action: Examples and Solutions for iPhone & iPad by Jocelyn Harrington, Brandon Trebitowski, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Security Analysis: Sixth Edition: Foreword by Warren Buffett
Security Analysis: Sixth Edition: Foreword by Warren Buffett
I have the same confession as Glenn Greenberg's (the one who wrote the intro to Part V of this book): I never read Security Analysis back in school, although I did read The Intelligent Investor. Many years into my career in investment research, I finally got around to writing about how I regret not picking up the book earlier. I would consider this a must-read, both as a textbook and a practical guide, for serious securities analysis professionals.

My experience with reading this book has been wonderful. Not only did I pick up various specific lessons that would be valuable for my career in the stock market (particularly on behavioral biases, such as the market's tendency to value management quality twice), I also came to appreciate the various aspects about Ben Graham as a person:

1. VISION
The book helps you understand why Ben Graham is considered a 'man of ideas', whose investment philosophies transcend time. Decades after the various editions of this book were published, such ideas as 'speculation focuses primarily on, and attempts to profit from, the unknown future' as well as the classic 'margin of safety' would have served to prevent the dotcom or the subprime mortgage crashes. Moreover, observations such as that the P/E ratio was arbitrarily applied ('sometimes to the past, sometimes to the present, sometimes to the near future') still resonate with current practices in many markets.

2. LOGIC
Ben Graham was mathematically inclined. After all, he did elect to major in math at Columbia. Reflecting this, his writing consisted of many instructive guidelines that are both illuminating and elegantly succinct, like what you would expect of a mathematical equality. This makes it so easy for readers to quote his wisdom. Consider this sentence: 'It may be said, with some approximation to the truth, that investment is grounded on the past whereas speculation looks primarily to the future.' (although this is not a complete statement).

3. CREATIVITY
Ben Graham's intellectual capacity is by no means confined to quantitative analysis. A reflection of his being offered post-graduation employment in English, math and philosophy, Ben Graham eventually went on to co-write a Broadway play, develop a patented Morse-code-based system, and translate a Spanish novel. In his writing, you would find such flair of his creativity as this: 'An indefinite and approximate measure of the intrinsic value may be sufficient. To use a homely simile, it is quite possible to decide by inspection that a woman is old enough to vote without knowing her age.'

4. GENEROSITY
Warren Buffett was impressed by Ben when he used his own stock picks as examples in his class at Columbia, thereby revealing his trade secrets, perhaps to his financial detriment. This tendency to be so generous is reflected in the book: the 'Dean of Wall Street' was so deeply concerned with the well-being of the laymen investor in the stock market that he lashed out on Wall Street as an institution, which he himself was part of. Warren Buffett was lucky to be at the receiving end of Ben's generosity.

Note that this is still essentially a book about the technicality and psychology involved in the job of a security analyst. To obtain a more detailed picture of Ben Graham as a person, I would recommend his own Memoirs book, or The Einstein of Money by Joe Carlen.
Jeff Bezos: La Fuerza Detrás de la Marca: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros del Hombre más Rico del Planeta: Visionarios Billonarios, Volume 1 [Visionary Billionaires, Book 1]
Jeff Bezos: La Fuerza Detrás de la Marca: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros del Hombre más Rico del Planeta: Visionarios Billonarios, Volume 1 [Visionary Billionaires, Book 1]
Me ha gustado del libro en la forma en que el autor lleva la historia. Aportando de su conocimiento e inspiración en cada tema. Expresa de forma clara las diferentes formas y marcos mentales que tuvo Jeff y nos ayuda a nosotros a situarnos y ver donde estamos ahora. Para así movernos al próximo nivel en nuestras vidas. Recomiendo para todo aquel emprendedor que no desee ser promedio.
Creando El Perfecto Estilo De Vida - Éxito, Logro, Motivación, Autoayuda y Desarrollo Personal (Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Canfield, Christmas Ideas, ... Gifts, Anthony Robbins,) (Spanish Edition)
Creando El Perfecto Estilo De Vida - Éxito, Logro, Motivación, Autoayuda y Desarrollo Personal (Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Canfield, Christmas Ideas, ... Gifts, Anthony Robbins,) (Spanish Edition)
Lo de siempre: haz una lista con tus deseos, vete cumpliéndolos paso a paso... yo lo hice y me hice rico, etc, etc, etc... lo de siempre.
Y encima, el libro es una pésima traducción del inglés hecha con un traductor automático que pone gran parte de las expresiones en español sudamericano, lo que lo hace difícil de leer a ratos: el reporte, en vez de el informe... confusión de verbos ser y estar al traducir automáticamente el verbo inglés to be... y así todo.

Me limito simplemente a borrarlo de mi cuenta kindle y a dar por perdido el dinero. Lo que no pienso perder más es tiempo leyendo cosas como esta.
Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
A special binding of pages - offers reflection, reassurance, guidance and love throughout the highs and lows of everyday life. Philosophically based messages delivered so eloquently, regardless of race, religion or creed. A must have - something you will cherish for a lifetime. You can faithfully read everyday or just turn to it only when perspective is needed. There is no wrong way - every message is delivered to you when "you" are ready to receive it. What a gift to give yourself and to all others in your life; whether you're openly sharing it's passages or just embodying its way of being in your everyday life. These words will empower you and impact you no matter where you are in life. I often retreat to these pages for guidance; resulting in passing on my own worn and tattered editions, then reordering a new one for myself; too many to recall over the last decade. It's that amazing! I'd gift one to every woman, young and old in this world if I could. I ask you to pay no mind to "for women of color" or African American limitations the author has chosen to include on this cover and on other of her publications. This book, and the others I have of her, their messages transcends any ethnic boundaries that may be put in place by those headlines or titles. I encourage iyanla to remove these "barriers" with respect, so everyone can embrace and share in the passages. Many will not pay mind to its brilliance in fear they won't relate to its text or in fear that it isn't socially acceptable to be reading a book made for woman of color if that don't fit that physical character. Let my review assure you: all women, all ages, all races and all religions - this is for you. I pray that this book finds you.
Henry Ford, a Pictorial Biography
Henry Ford, a Pictorial Biography
Henry Ford, a Pictorial Biography by Jeanine M. Head; William S. Pretzer. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Having recently acquired a Kindle, I found this format excellent value for money. The long term benefits are obvious if you enjoy a good read, even if like me you're not a devotee of modern technology ("tweeting" as far as I'm concerned, is what the birds do in my back garden)!

This biography of Jim Reeves takes me back to the days of my youth in the 50's and early 60's when the music world was vastly different to the world we live in today. The 45 rpm record made its debut in the UK about 1955 or 56, closely followed by stereo in about '58. It was the time of "Package Shows" when the big names performed live and were accompanied by musicians playing live, often on the stages of our local cinemas.

Jim Reeves was a major figure who attained international fame, at first racking up an enormous amount of miles crisscrossing the US with his band The Blue Boys, and then seeing all the hard work paying off when he was signed to RCA Victor in 1955. At this time he was singing (like most Country vocalists) in a fairly high register, standing well back from the mike. In 1957 he switched to a lower pitch, slower tempo and moved close to the mike. The effect was transformational (several people apparently claimed the credit for persuading him to adopt this style). "Four Walls" was his breakthrough and he was on his way.

When the phenomenon of Rock 'N'Roll first impacted the music business, the traditional "Country" artists must have felt a distinct chill, and there must have been a lot of soul-searching and head-scratching going on. Gradually the "Country/Pop" style gathered pace, with the town of Nashville, Tennessee at the heart of it. Reeves became a central figure in this. He abandoned his spangly jacket for a red Tuxedo, and turned out some seminal hits - "He'll Have To Go" being outstanding. The studios of RCA Victor (amongst others) became a fertile ground for the new Country/Pop sound, with Don Gibson, Chet Atkins, Hank Locklin, the Anita Kerr Singers and Floyd Cramer joining Reeves in creating a smoother, more "Middle Of The Road" style.

Larry Jordan has done an amazing job in documenting Jim Reeves' life and times, going into a lot of painstaking detail, interviewing many of Reeves' contemporaries and covering the last few years almost as a day-to-day diary.
Not surprisingly, the murkier side of the music business is in evidence, with the usual unscrupulous wheeler dealers and exploiters entering the picture. Jordan doesn't hold back in covering the seamier side of life on the road, with the various affairs and philanderings. Reeves was no exception in this, but his wife Mary stuck by him through it all.

The story gradually arrives at its tragic climax in July 1964 when Reeves and his colleague Dean Manuel were killed in Reeves' light aircraft on approach to Nashville Airport during a heavy rainstorm. He had joined the sad roll-call of artists who lost their lives in this way - Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, and many others.

Ironically, Jim Reeves probably achieved greater success after his death than ever before. The author describes, again in "no holds barred" fashion, the wranglings and cynical manoeuverings that took place as various individuals struggled to profit from and take advantage of the Reeves legacy.

I couldn't put my Kindle down reading this story. I think Larry Jordan has managed to be factual and candid without being sensationalist. Time has of course slipped away. Mary Reeves is no longer with us and I'm not sure who is pulling the strings these days. I just hope that whoever it is gives Jim Reeves the respect and credit that he deserves.
Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits
Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits
2017 is the Queen of Soul's retirement year and we have been so lucky to be able to enjoy her many jewels over the past many decades. Most of them are included here, from Respect, Think, Say A Little Prayer, Rock Steady, Freeway of Love, Zoomin', Willing to Forgive, to duets with Whitney, George M and George B. Glaringly missing are the brilliant Luther Vandross-produced hits, Jump to It and Get It Right, which would have been much better than tracks like the dire duet with Elton John and Jumpin Jack Flash - Thelma Houston owns that song. The artwork could have been better, especially as the music covers much more than her earlier years. Also, I think chronological of the songs would have made better sense than the random mode here. There are many great female singers out there, indeed Aretha recently cut a tribute CD to them, but there's only one Queen and that's Aretha herself. Wishing her longevity in retirement, although her music will be played for many centuries to come.
One Lord One Faith One Baptism
One Lord One Faith One Baptism
By the time this album came out in 1987, entitled "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism",
the long anticipated follow-up to the fantastic and iconic 1972 gospel double album
"Amazing Grace", Aretha's once unparalleled vocal instrument was weathered from
years of hard singing, weight fluctuations, age, and a 20 year smoking habit
which left it raspy and not as clear in it's higher register as it once had been.
Not to say that The Queen still couldn't work her mid and lower registers well enough
to upset the church as she always had when she took to the mike at her home church
of New Bethel Baptist, but you could still hear that her best days were behind her by then.

There are some great moments on here, like the arrangement of "Ave Maria",
which Aretha gives a baptist gospel singer meets metropolitan opera diva treatment!
She also does "The Lord's Prayer" with a pretty good measure of finesse, but again...
the raspy highs wear on the ears after awhile.
Then there's the Clara Ward tribute of "Surely God Is Able" and
"Jesus Hears Every Prayer", where she muses in tone about the good old days of
her childhood growing up in her father's old church (New Bethel had an old church down
on Hastings & Willett which had been rebuilt by the time this album was recorded,
just three years after her father's tragic death.) and seeing all of the old gospel
greats like Clara & The Ward Singers, The Swan Silvertones, The Gospel Harmonettes,
The Dixie Hummingbirds, etc., and she is joined onstage by her cousin Brenda,
baby sister Carolyn, who wrote some of her most soul-stirring soul ballads
and who would succumb to cancer just a year after this album was released,
and also her older sister Erma (now deceased) for some good old time gospel harmony!

Other highlights are a few of the sermon's given by her late brother/manager and
ordained minister, Cecil Franklin, who would also succumb to cancer two years
after this album was released, as well as a few of the other guest ministers
who were asked to speak during the three day gospel program which served as the
recording sessions for this album. The duets between her and the legendary Joe Ligon
of the fabled Mighty Clouds Of Joy, who Aretha herself hails as "One of the most soul-stirring
voices of the 20th Century!" are particularly rousing as well!
"I've Been In The Storm Too Long" and the later released on this digitally remastered
20th anniversary commerative of this album as a bonus track, "Beams From Heaven",
which is an old black gospel staple, are both "raise the rafters" quality in the
vein of the "Amazing Grace" album. But there again, Aretha's voice, though effective
for the occassion, is not at it's clearest. Overall, I give this album 3 stars because
with exception of the songs I mentioned, the rest of the album is just okay, and even
some of the keys of the songs seem weird to me.
I guess it was just hard for The Queen of Soul to even live up to the high standard
that she set on "Amazing Grace"....but even a slightly off her game Aretha is better
than a whole lot of today's so-called singer's at their best!
For her, I know this album is special because it is the first album she produced herself
as well as a time capsule of her and her siblings, all of who are deceased now,
singing, shouting and praising GOD in the way they had done since childhood.
Swing That Music
Swing That Music
Louis' first memoir reveals our hero was also a terrific writer. His bright personality jumps off the page. Loved this book. Also love Pops by Terry Teachout and Satchmo by Gary Giddens. Giddens' biography is also a luminous history of jazz, the south, powerfully observed.
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
Inspired by Henry James's classic "The Turn of the Screw," the "Ghost of Quentin Collins" plot has always been my all-time favorite "Dark Shadows" storyline. And this DVD, "The Haunting of Collinwood," is a very good distillation of that plot -- which originally ran for about ten weeks (about 50 episodes) on the original series -- to a single disc. It's not perfect, mind you. I regret that they didn't start with David and Amy first hearing Quentin's voice (which the viewer doesn't hear at the time, making it especially creepy) on the old disconnected telephone, which got the whole ball of possession rolling. And I miss the sequence where the writing appears on the mirror. But the DVD makes up for it with what it does have. The sequence with the psychic Janet Finley is especially good, as are the segments where Elizabeth Stoddard finally realizes the children are indeed possessed. and when Prof. Stokes discovers -- nearly at the cost of his life -- that his attempted exorcism of the house has failed. The bonus episode, revealing how Quentin died and why he's haunting the house (which, as it turns out, was negated when Barnabas Collins went back in time and managed to change history), is the perfect complement.

Overall, this DVD is well worth owning if you don't already have the original episodes themselves and either want to "relive" the story or experience it for the first time. The "companion disc" -- "The Vampire Curse," revealing the story of how Barnabas became a creature of the night -- is excellent, too. But if I had to choose between them, this one, "The Haunting of Collinwood," is the one I'd get.
Wolverine Men's Miter II T-shirt
Wolverine Men's Miter II T-shirt
Cool looking shirt, only complaint is there’s nothing under the t-shirt so it’s weird having your arms warmer than your torso...would work great w a sleeveless baselayer. Also be careful washing, I tried to shrink it a little but only the tee shirt part shrunk. I only bought bc it was on sale for a great deal, if not on sale I recommend just buying a good waffle knit thermal, where any pocket tee you have on top and it looks the same as this shirt. The gray ua waffle crew cold gear shirt is perfect. Or to save money get one made by one of the big underwear brands. And there’s plenty of cheap plain pocket tees out there
Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis
Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis
This is a terrific book for anyone who loves literature and C.S. Lewis. While a familiarity with some classical literature and with Lewis's works will undoubtedly help the reader, I think the book stands on its own as a most pleasurable read. To me it poses the "C. S. Lewis Paradox": with respect to literary criticism, Lewis wanted his readers to prefer the primary text, i.e., the book or poem itself, not its criticism. Yet Lewis's criticism, and his life, like Samuel Johnson's, are so interesting that I find myself drawn again and again to reading them (their critical views) and about them (their lives). This book is a fascinating chronological journey through literature, with outstanding essays written about each period and Lewis's thought, his books and essays, and his contributions to understanding the period. In addition, there are topical essays on such subjects as fantasy and science fiction. The essayists write about Lewis's anticipation of, and response to, "modernism" and "postmodernism" in literary theory. Lewis draws the reader back to the sheer love of literature and, as always, writes with great power and clarity. (Of course, The Pilgrim's Regress is a bit complicated.) Lovers of literature will find a kindred spirit in Lewis and in this excellent series of essays.
Return of the Founding Fathers' Guardians
Return of the Founding Fathers' Guardians
As I read this book, I thought I was reading today's political ongoing. Everything coincided with what is currently going on with present day situations. One can only hope that the American people will put down their phones and tablets long enough to wake up and smell the coffee ! We have become a nation of mind-numbed robots, oblivious of what is going on right in front of our eyes. Wake up... before it's too late. Read the CONSTITUTION, and refrain from the trappings of social media. Try talking to one another for a change!
My Mr. Men World 52 Books Collection Set
My Mr. Men World 52 Books Collection Set
I had an old set from my firstborn who loved these books. My 3 year old discovered them and was sad as we were missing a couple and I then found out there had been a few more released. I treated him to this new set and he absolutely adores them.
Vector
Vector
Who would have guessed, when during my teen years Laurie Cook's brother (from "the lake") would be famous ... and I assume name his Medical Examiner character Laurie Montgomery after her? But I love medical thrillers, having been introduced to them by Robin's first one, Coma.
Something about this book was a little spooky, but only in hindsight ... it's about bioterrorists who planned to take out New York with biological weapons. Early in the book Robin had them planning to flee New York by taking the train out of the city, catching it at the World Trade Center station. The book was copyrighter 1999, I believe, 3 years before nine-eleven. That escape route was never mentioned again in the book, they fled by truck, and were double-crossed by the Russian who had prepared the killing agents...too bad that the nine-eleven fanatics were suicide bombers, Robin's ending was better and a few more terrorists died his way..
Nano / In Spanish (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Nano / In Spanish (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
La historia es muy interesante, especialmente cuando ahonda en temas técnicos vinculados a la nanotecnología y su potencial a futuro. Sin embargo, algunas situaciones parecen forzadas o demasiado convenientes para mantener la coherencia de la historia. De hecho, algunas reacciones de los personajes no se condicen con la conducta trazada hasta ese momento.

Nuevamente el final deja mucho que desear: muchos cabos sueltos, el destino de algunos personajes sin aclarar, los cuales tampoco se definen en libros posteriores.
Mary Higgins Clark: I'll Be Seeing You
Mary Higgins Clark: I'll Be Seeing You
The book was much better in my opinion.The acting was atrocious. The "ranch" was a stucco house out in the middle of nowhere; one horse; and the "ranch" barns etc. only seen at the end of the movie. Very disjointed plot line, scenery, etc. The only reason I finished this one was because I had rented it; hoping it would get better. The MHC books are always easy to figure out, but they are an easy distraction from a stressful day. The movies seem to be a waste of time altogether.
Belle [Blu-ray]
Belle [Blu-ray]
‘Belle’ of course means beautiful.

In Japan when a young woman or girl smiles and points an index finger at her dimpled cheek she says in effect, “Look at me. Aren’t I beautiful?” Invariably she is and knows it, thinking you will think so too. So the gesture is perfunctory: she just wanted to call attention to her beauty.

I thought of this while looking at the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay. She appears in a painting unveiled in this beautiful drama about both the painting and its subject. Dido (pointing cheekily at her cheek) is pictured with Lady Elizabeth Murray, her cousin. Both are opulent young women in elegant Georgian finery. The year is 1779 and they wear pearls, silk and satin. Both are beautiful, though quite physically different, Dido a brown-skinned mulatto from the West Indies, Elizabeth a pale-skinned, powdered English rose. Although the studious Elizabeth — holding a book in her left hand — is central in the portrait, her right hand stretches out to clutch the left arm of Dido who is almost dancing out of the frame, her back arched, her left leg raised, her smile mischievous. Whereas Elizabeth is rather stiff and strait-laced, Dido is vivacious and lively, all movement, play and fun.

However, the amused half smile on Elizabeth’s face betrays her joy at the fun Dido induces. They love each other, it’s clear, and we see that it’s Elizabeth who’s reaching out for this fun, touching Dido as they pursue another of their spontaneous escapades.

Dido is exotic, a turbaned cloth wrapped round her raven black hair, a feather sticking up from it. Elizabeth is domestic, the English rose, her auburn hair garlanded with flowers. Both are fresh-faced young ladies who smile out at us from the canvas, inviting us into their pleasurable world, and we almost feel like sharing it with them for a time while watching the film.

But appearances, as ever, can be deceiving. There is wealth, finery and privilege on display here to be sure, but it comes at the expense of so much else.

The great evil at the heart of this film is the slave trade, supported and protected by the logic of empire. Britain knows this, hardly blind to what it is doing. But the squalid trade is perpetuated by the forces of denial, greed and inertia.

Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) was a product of empire, her father Sir John Lindsay an admiral in the Royal Navy, her mother Maria Belle an African slave. Dido was born in the West Indies (illegitimately, of course), her parents unable to marry. But love can transcend anything, it seems, including class, rank and colour. It did so in her case. Her father was a man of feeling. He loved and cherished her, would not abandon her. Instead, he brought her back to England with him when she was possibly only four or five years old (her mother apparently having died). His career in the Navy meant he had to be away at sea much of the time, so Dido was left with an important uncle of Sir John’s — William Murray, known as Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of the realm at the time (1756-88). Dido grew up at Kenwood House in Hampstead, the lavish estate of her uncle, and lived the rest of her life as an aristocrat in high society.

Lady Elizabeth Murray was born in 1760, so there’s some thought that Dido may have been taken into the household as a playmate of Elizabeth’s, a kind of personal attendant rather than a lady’s maid. One thing we know for certain is that the girls bonded as bosom sisters, not as distant cousins. Elizabeth was emotionally colourblind to Dido, and this must have helped others in the household to feel the same. It helped immensely too that Dido’s temperament was calm, her character good, and her mind sharp.

Yet within the household the social standards of etiquette of the day were adhered to. Dido was allowed to eat with the family privately. We often see her eating at the family breakfast table, but never at the dining room table for dinner when guests are included. At such moments she had no place at the table in her own home, appearances kept up for the world.

Psychologically the drama hinges on this tension. She is loved in the family for who she is, but what she is socially remains problematic. Lord Mansfield as highest judge in the land presides over some court cases that involve slavery. One of these concerns the Zong, a slave ship in which the slaves, shackled together in chains, were jettisoned overboard at sea. What caused this cruel mass murder? Greed, profit and disease. The slaves, sickened and diseased from weeks kept below deck and bound in horrific, inhumane conditions, were weakened. As the ship crossed the Atlantic toward the Americas the slavers realised their cargo was useless. Who would purchase such damaged merchandise? So the better option was to recoup their financial loss via false insurance claims.

There was tremendous political and mercantile pressure on Lord Mansfield to rule in favour of the plaintiffs, the slavers. If the case went against them, it could open up a whole new legal set of circumstances that might challenge the legitimacy of slavery. Therefore much of the drama is built round Lord Mansfield’s legal and public decision, as well as what Dido represents and does to sway his decision. Her ally in this is John Davinier, son of a vicar. He’s also portrayed in the film as an abolitionist, an idealistic fighter for human rights at a time when they were hardly recognised, although this may not have been historically true.

At any rate, both Dido and John are colourblind, love one another, eventually marry and have three children (though their marriage and family are not shown in the film).

The writing, direction, cinematography, costumes, music (by Rachel Portman) and acting are all wonderful. The young female leads are particularly exquisite, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido and Sarah Gadon as Lady Elizabeth Murray. They are fully believable as Georgian women in all their beautiful splendour.

Their portrait can be viewed online. Or, if you want to see the real thing and are able to gain access to it, it hangs in a room at Scone Palace in Scotland, the estate where William Murray grew up before he became Lord Mansfield, an exemplary figure in the history of British law whose character, conscience and position of influence helped Britain abolish slavery throughout the empire.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collegiate Backpack
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collegiate Backpack
I bought this backpack for school (I'm in college) and for an upcoming Universal trip to Universal Hollywood. This backpack is nearly perfect. It features two compartments big enough for the standard binder and books, and another for your pens/pencils. I docked off a a star only because I think the backpack itself could use more padding. Other than that, I love the design! It's subtle Harry Potter, which I like. I switched the side tag that says "if found, return to Hogwarts". I found that adorable, but I wanted to show off my Slytherin pride so I switched it out for a Slytherin key chain that can be bought at Hot Topic. I also added a Slytherin hair bow, also from hot topic, to the back strap for some extra flair; and now I'm just waiting for the start of term to use it!
Firebrand: A Steeplejack Novel
Firebrand: A Steeplejack Novel
Readers couldn't ask for a better follow-up to Hartley's first novel in this series, Steeplejack. In this thoughtful, beautifully written sequel, Ang's adventures extend beyond her characteristically breathtaking acts of physical daring and dexterity to include an entirely new set of experiences. As she becomes increasingly indispensable as a secret agent of justice for the city of Bar-Selehm, Ang develops the delicate social skills required to pull off an extraordinary act of impersonation as a member of high society. This new challenge demands a level of personal discipline unlike anything Ang has experienced before. In the course of training for and executing her latest feats, she grows in self-understanding, coming to a more adult appreciation of both the advantages and limitations of the fiercely self-protective spirit she nurtures as a female member of Bar-Selehm's racial underclass. Ang's act of social "passing"--and the complex identity questions it raises for her--also expose Hartley's writerly range and skill beyond the significant accomplishments of the first novel. He moves deftly between heart-pounding encounters with villains and wild animals to equally tense--and dangerous--social performances unfolding in the cravat-and-corset drawing rooms of Bar-Salem's elite. This novel has all the action of the first one with a layer of delicate psychological and social complexity that allows Hartley to further deepen the humanity, interest, and individuality of his protagonist, who remains at the end of the novel, like all real human beings, something of a mystery to herself.

As in the first novel, this sequel addresses a number of political, ethical, and social questions that resonate with current conflicts around the globe. What I admire most about Hartley's handling of these questions is his resistance to tidy answers. Rather than tell a story that offers sentimental or idealistic solutions to complex problems--including an international refugee crisis and its underlying racist dynamics--the novel suggests the imperfection and inadequacy of abstract notions of justice when brought into messy confrontation with the enormity of human vanity and human suffering. At the same time, the novel suggests through the tireless, noble determination of its heroine that although the world cannot be made perfect, it can be made incrementally more decent--and by a Lani steeplejack girl, no less. This novel deserves all the accolades it is sure to garner.
Banpresto Dragon Ball Lunchi II Glitter & Glamours Figure ver.1, Multiple Colors (16214)
Banpresto Dragon Ball Lunchi II Glitter & Glamours Figure ver.1, Multiple Colors (16214)
So I would like to firstly say that this product is, like other Banpresto products I've bought in the past, really great-looking. There's so much detail to it and I didn't expect that even the maid dress would be fully fleshed out. Overall great quality, but there's one gripe I have with it, and it's the assembly.

The stand itself is already challenging as is to put in, but when putting in the waist and arm, it ends up being tougher than any of the previous products I've had before. While this is seriously only a two piece item, I kind of wish that it was separated into more than two; like I would've preferred it if the arm was separate from the main body so I could put the arm in last and have it fit into the maid pocket properly while also making it so that the midsection connected.

Another slight issue is that the midsection can easily detach from the legs with minimal force required if you simply pull on the upper body and pull it backwards. Typically, other Banpresto products have a much tougher time even taking apart the figures, but this one can pop right out, which is a double-edged sword; it's great for disassembly in case you need to clean it or have somewhere to move to, but pretty bad if you aren't careful with it.

Overall a fine quality product that I wish had better assembly methods and a harder time detaching the two main pieces.
Safety to Nome
Safety to Nome
Living in the Northwoods of Minnesota, and a late splurge into competitive cycling, plus year round commutes on bikes help spike my interest in this movie. The filming was well done, and the human interest stories were pretty much confined to the race itself, and past experiences with different manifestations of the Iditarod. The beauty and the brutality are captured during the presentation. Yet, as the movie focuses on certain individuals, it also drops them with little explanation for what happened to them.

The scratch rate was very high, and I wish the director would have focused A bit on this. Plus some background on the technical aspects of racing and survival in the Weather conditions that challenged the participants, would have added to the viewers appreciation. Such as:: perhaps keeping warm was not much of a problem, but, the last thing one wants to do in deep cold is to get lathered up in sweat. Once that happens, whether from pushing the bike through deep snow, or cycling itself, the cold will set in, and then it becomes difficult to regain warmth. How did the participants deal with sweating, ie stripping layers or technical clothing, electrical systems... A bit of technical data about the bikes themselves, gearing, tire pressures, tubes, tubeless, ice accumulation freezing up brakes, etc. The only thing I remember from the movie was some of racers being stuck in certain gears due to conditions. This could all have been handled quite well if discussed in the movies beginning, or as they moved along the trail.

All in all, an interesting and worthy watch, that in my opinion Could have been a bit better.
QI-EU Wireless Charger, 4 in 1 Qi-Certified Fast Charging Station Compatible Apple Watch Airpods Pro iPhone 12/11/11 Pro/X/XS/XR/Xs Max/8/8 Plus, Wireless Charging Stand Compatible Samsung Galaxy S20
QI-EU Wireless Charger, 4 in 1 Qi-Certified Fast Charging Station Compatible Apple Watch Airpods Pro iPhone 12/11/11 Pro/X/XS/XR/Xs Max/8/8 Plus, Wireless Charging Stand Compatible Samsung Galaxy S20
I only just set this up a minute ago, but I already really enjoy it! I used to have one of the charging stands where you had to weave all your existing charge wires through the stand so I ended up with a completely full surge protector, but this solved my insane wire problems!

It does exact what it's supposed to do -- all my devices are charging, even my iphone 11 pro with the popsocket base still on my 2mm case. I did try charging my phone with my popsocket top attached, and it doesn't work. The light just flickers back and forth between red and blue.

Sure, with a regular charge adapter that comes with your phone is really slow at charging all 4 devices which is to be expected, but I'm sure the QC 3.0 adapter will help (I have yet to get one). Besides, when I'm sitting at my desk and need to charge my phone, I'm usually working and will be for several hours and don't need an instant charge for my phone. We're all sitting at home anyway, so I'm not really in a rush lol. Also, the box comes with a charging cable, so no worries there.

I will say that the only gripe I have (if I HAVE to have one and I'm being picky) is that the black rubber base for where the phone sits to keep it from sliding off of the base isn't the most secure. I do have to adjust my phone a little bit to make sure it doesn't slip off, but it's nothing that I'm actually complaining about. I'm sure if you don't have the popsocket base at the back of your phone, the phone won't slip around. You can also adjust the angle that your phone sits at with the little kickstand at the back of the phone/watch panel, so that helps a lot too! I like that the kickstand is a solid metal piece and there's some magnetism going on with its contact with the charging base that keeps it from collapsing (the ability to collapse this entire stand for travel is another awesome feature!).

Overall, I'm really happy with this charging stand! It does everything it's supposed to do, plus the rose gold is a really cute color that no other 4-in-1 charging stand seller has. The rose gold color doesn't have the issue that the white stand seems to have with the charge light being obnoxiously bright or shining through the base itself. If I were you and considering this charging stand, this is the perfect one! It'll definitely serve me well even if I decide to upgrade my airpods, watch, or phone. Just maybe avoid the white color.
GermGuardian Air Purifier 4 in 1,High CADR True HEPA Filter, Large Rooms to338 sq ft, UV Light Sanitizer Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander,Mold, Odors,QuietAC5900W
GermGuardian Air Purifier 4 in 1,High CADR True HEPA Filter, Large Rooms to338 sq ft, UV Light Sanitizer Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander,Mold, Odors,QuietAC5900W
[PICTURE: it may look like a pointless dark photo, but it shows how dim the On/UV lights are in the dark. Taken from above, front-angle.]

Have had various air cleaners ranging from small wall outlet units to several brands/styles of tower designs. This is the biggest and fanciest unit we've had. It can move serious amounts of air, or run very quietly -- we do the latter and bought it since usually large fans can move more air with less noise and better sound tones. Indeed, this is the quietest filter fan we have on low speed (it's right behind us while watching TV and I feel no need to "OCD" turn it off / never notice it) and has no weird tones to it like many of the small-fan tower designs have/develop. The air sucks in all around the nice looking front so you can set it against a wall or corner and have the "correct" side facing into the room. Air vents out the top so it sorta radiates and blends into circulation rather than blowing at you or your stuff.

The controls are responsive and easy to understand at a glance, makes a pointless but soft/pleasant noise when buttons are pressed, and my favorite part is you can turn off most of the lights using an included light button. At minimum, you have a single light indicating the unit is running, and a 2nd identical light if the UV bulb is on; both are small, dim, and indirect, not casting a blue spotlight on the ceiling like a lot of cheap consumer devices. I'd probably still tape them if sleeping but most people will probably find them very livable in a bedroom. If not used in a dark space or if you want a (blue... not great for eyes in the dark) night light, it also has an attractive "ring" light that bleeds through a translucent portion of the front plastic -- looks well designed/integrated, premium.

The silver/white gloss finish is attractive and unlike the vast sea of shiny black plastic products, does not show fingerprints / dust at all. Does not develop an ugly "micro-scratch" texture either. All of which is to say... It doesn't just look nice the first 5 seconds before you smudge and scratch it getting it out of the box, but still looks brand new after months of use.

The filter inside is about 2/3 the size of our AC air intake (a lot of filter...) and has a pre-filter you can vacuum off to extend the life of the expensive main filter. The filter fits snugly. I don't notice much gook collecting around its seams where air leaks by -- a problem on other units we've had. After 4 months running 24/7, the UV light hasn't burned out and the main filter looks good beneath the pre-filter which gets cleaned about every 2 months. Looking at the filter now, we'll probably get a full year out of it or more. I've had towers with finicky UV lights that burn out often and will report back if that ever becomes the case with this unit.

The unit is set up next to the condo of a pair of small furry pets, in a house with renovations going all the time... so it has plenty to be extracting and is doing a great job so far. Smells and dust around it are noticeably better. As with all products like this, you may want to research the "ozone" output from the UV light and decide if that's good or bad for where you're placing the unit.

Overall, this is my favorite air filter/UV cleaner we have had over the years. Quiet/pleasant, nice looking/looks last, well built, and can move serious amounts of air when you want it to. Though it's wider and surprisingly thick compared to tower designs, it's a much more efficient use of space / more cleaning for the volume than the tower designs -- if you can budget it and physically fit it.
Goma de mascar Black Jack, 5 palos, 20 unidades
Goma de mascar Black Jack, 5 palos, 20 unidades
First, everyone has been stating that they are selling fakes or knock offs. It is genuine its just that Adams no longer makes this gum, they stopped some time ago, and been bought out and made by a diffrent company. Yes, it says right on the package, it is made In Marraco, for Garret A Verburg Co. . They dont have the same formula and don’t have the “natural flavors” anymore. Taste very similar, the flavor is not as strong, but the flavor actually last longer than the original, but is still very short. About as close as you will get since adams wuit making it, and a new company started making it again, with a different formulation. I guess it is better than none.

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