Zariyah Lewis

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JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web
JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web
JavaScript Cookbook: Programming the Web by Shelley Powers. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript Unleashed (4th Edition)
JavaScript Unleashed (4th Edition)
JavaScript Unleashed (4th Edition) by R. Allen Wyke and Jason Gilliam. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
De claim (Dutch Edition)
De claim (Dutch Edition)
De claim (Dutch Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone , enfant et justicier
Theodore Boone , enfant et justicier
Theodore Boone , enfant et justicier by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Battle of Tull
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Battle of Tull
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Battle of Tull by Stephen King, Peter David, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 64 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales
The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales
The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales by John Cullum, Becky Ann Baker, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives by Paul Nielsen , Kalen Delaney , et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 19 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Game Engine Architecture, Third Edition
Game Engine Architecture, Third Edition
Game Engine Architecture, Third Edition by Jason Gregory. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 39 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development: Start learning Backbone.js, Node.js and MongoDB
Rapid Prototyping with JS: Agile JavaScript Development: Start learning Backbone.js, Node.js and MongoDB
I love this author. I love his work. But this one just does not hold up to the quality of his other great work. This book is terribly organized; Do I go here, start with this tech, or with that one? The issue is that it gives you 3 different options and shows you how to use both for certain things. VERY helpful and awesome... if it were explained from the beginning, and organized as such.
But that is acceptable...
Why this book now has 2 stars from me, is one simple reason. It's dated. In the technology sector, these techs move at the speed of a jet engine. The technology in here is dated, and doesn't even exist anymore. I bought the book thinking that it would help me truly learn to rapidly develop a javascript application. I also figured it would help me learn new modern technology quickly. It didn't live up to that promise. And that would be ok, if it didn't have one fatal flaw: Even the examples in the book state that they no longer work as of its own writing. This book feels like 1 step forward and 3 steps back. It's not the best example of Azat's work by a LONG shot. I wish I could give it more stars. I wish I knew where to go where I could get the information I was looking for.
It's clearly not here.
Please do not purchase unless you are looking for outdated technology that you cannot work with.
The Story of Henry Ford
The Story of Henry Ford
The Story of Henry Ford by J. D. Rockefeller, Thomas M. Hatting, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Henry Ford Lapbook: Plus FREE Printable Ebook
Henry Ford Lapbook: Plus FREE Printable Ebook
Henry Ford Lapbook: Plus FREE Printable Ebook by Cyndi Kinney. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Donald Trump 2020 Hat - Make America Great Again 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
Donald Trump 2020 Hat - Make America Great Again 3D Embroidery American Flag Donald Trump MAGA Baseball Cap
Looks great on me, but I have to be REALLY CAREFUL where I wear it, as a minority of anti-Trump people sometimes emotional lose control and verbally and angrily confront me. I'm pretty muscular and have rational and factual basis for rebuttal, but it's just not worth it to have to deal with these over emotional people. So even though I like it a lot, it hangs on the coat rack most of the time.
The Beatles: Paperback Writer: 40 Years of Classic Writing
The Beatles: Paperback Writer: 40 Years of Classic Writing
Most of this book is made up of excerpts from other Beatles-related books: six pages from the Hunter Davies biography, eleven pages from "The Pete Best Story", four pages from "Love Me Do", four pages from "All You Need is Ears" and so on. Would you buy a greatest hits compilation that included only a few seconds of each song? Would you buy a DVD that contained only theatrical trailers or "best scenes" from different movies? I give this book three stars as a sort of compromise. It does have a few complete articles (like the famous Maureen Cleave piece featuring Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" statement) and it might serve as a sampler for the newbie Beatles reader to decide which books to buy. Perhaps the editor's intention was to tell the Beatles' story by putting together bits and pieces from different writers. It may be an interesting idea, but this is far from "a must have book for every Beatles fan" as the back cover reads. A real fan would rather read the best books in their entirety. I have eleven of the ones excerpted here. Even the interviews are incomplete.
The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings Volume 2
The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings Volume 2
No doubt some listeners would prefer a single-volume "Best of -- " collection, but Amazon's prices make it eminently affordable to pick up each of the volumes from the Complete Hot Fives and Sevens. Volume 2 is especially indispensable because "Big Butter and Egg Man" is arguably the first complete, structured, satisfying improvised solo ever recorded (hard to believe there are still plenty of octogenarians who were born before the track was recorded). The more flamboyant side of Armstrong's unequaled genius as the father of jazz is apparent with "Wild Man Blues" and "Potato Head Blues." Were it not for the absence of "West End Blues" (Vol. 3), this would easily be the most indispensable of the three indispensable volumes.

Just as it requires some preparation and "homework" to fully appreciate the achievement of a James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Bela Bartok, Eisenstein or Picasso, the same is true of these Armstrong recordings, which quite honestly would belong at the top of any extremely selective list (from tens of thousands recordings) of achievements belonging in a time capsule of the most noteworthy examples of creative genius in the 20th century. I would recommend, as a book that is surprisingly accessible even to the non-specialist, Gunther Schuller's "Early Jazz" as a preface or accompaniment to listening to the recordings.
Bob Dylan for Easy Piano
Bob Dylan for Easy Piano
Easy to play and gives me the opportunity to improvise with both hands. (Only thing is that I cannot remember what I played the last time) It's the melody and the chords that are important for me. Otherwise playing pieces as they are is pretty simple, at least as I see it. Unfortunately I do not recognise most of the pieces. Not the book's fault but nevertheless. I should have read the contents more closely.
Tom Petty & Bob Dylan Karaoke Disc - Legends Series CDG
Tom Petty & Bob Dylan Karaoke Disc - Legends Series CDG
I am critical about everything in my life; so understand, I have high standards about how I like things to be and I like to keep things the way they use to be, like classic rock.

This Karaoke CD doesn't sound all that good but, it doesn't sound all that bad either. Just don't use it for professional reasons, like auditioning for "America's Got Talent" or live performances at fairgrounds or bars. Use it for personal entertainment, Karaoke bars, in your car driving home from work or practice at home.
ZJ Designs Jerry Garcia Mugshot T-Shirt Grateful Busted on Bourbon Street
ZJ Designs Jerry Garcia Mugshot T-Shirt Grateful Busted on Bourbon Street
I absolutely love this shirt. It’s super soft, the print is perfect, and I’ve already received several compliments from the dead heads I’ve shared it to. I’m 6’1”, ~190 and I ordered an XL. It’s a little long, but fits great otherwise.

Jamie & the Crew at ZJ Emporium included a thank you note for my order, washing instructions on a business card, and a dead lightning bolt decal (with instructions too). I’m extremely satisfied with my purchase. I definitely recommend ordering one if you’re on the fence like I was.
Kaco Soft Touch Retractable Gel Ink Pens, Morandi II Colored Ink Refills 0.5mm Extra Fine Point 5-Pack
Kaco Soft Touch Retractable Gel Ink Pens, Morandi II Colored Ink Refills 0.5mm Extra Fine Point 5-Pack
This set of pens sports a sleek, modern appearance and a pleasing color palette that would look nice on any desk. The overall aesthetic reminds me of Poppin brand stationery, except instead of restricting to a single matching color set of various desk supplies, this offers the full rainbow to match with any existing theme in your office.

The retractable mechanism and clip are convenient and satisfying, if not particularly fancy. The overall writing experience is similarly utilitarian, giving more of the feel of a ballpoint than a gel pen, which is not a bad thing in my book. See the photo to see the actual colors and variance in writing smoothness for each of the twenty pens.

Pros:
- inexpensive
- comes in a set of 20 colors
- plastic box helps keep the pens in order
- nice retractable mechanism
- practical clip
- overall design is aesthetically appealing
- medium and dark colors write very smoothly

Cons:
- light colors (yellow and lime) are difficult to see and seem to write less consistently

Other comments:
- some colors are difficult to distinguish from each other (e.g., peach and pink)
- some colors do not match the color of the pen barrel (e.g., the pen with the white barrel writes in brown, and the pen with the lavender barrel writes in a pinkish color as shown in the photo)

Overall, these pens are pretty, and most of them work very well. They would spruce up any office desk, and as they seem sturdy and reliable, I would not hesitate to lend them out to coworkers.
Japan (Polity Histories)
Japan (Polity Histories)
表紙に折り目が2箇所ついていてげんなり、洋書はリオーダー再入荷依頼すると時間がかかるので一回の送品でバッチリなものが届くようにしてほしい。同じお金を払うのに破損品は受け取りたくない。
8 Pcs Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Travel Toothbrush with Colorful Wooden Handle for Oral Care,Eco Friendly,BPA Free Soft Bristles,8 Colors (Kids and Adult Size)
8 Pcs Natural Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Travel Toothbrush with Colorful Wooden Handle for Oral Care,Eco Friendly,BPA Free Soft Bristles,8 Colors (Kids and Adult Size)
Die Optik ist sensationell schön!! Nur ich habe mich zu früh gefreut!! Ich habe es für meine Praxiseröffnung diese Zahnbürsten bestellt und bei den ersten Test habe ich festgestellt, dass die Borsten leider nicht fest sind!!! Beim Zähne Putzen bekam ich das.........!! War ganz schlimm!!
Die Qualität muss unbedingt verbessert werden!!!
Lucky Panther. Das dritte Abenteuer der Lucky Santangelo.
Lucky Panther. Das dritte Abenteuer der Lucky Santangelo.
Nun ja, Luckies Ausflug nach Hollywood in einem Sekretärinnenkostüm liest sich zwar witzig, doch leider kann man es sich so gar nicht vorstellen. Auch ihr Streit mit ihrem Mann wirkt sehr konstruiert. Ich muß den vorherigen Rezessionen recht geben: nur, wenn man Teil 1 und 2 kennt, sollte man sich den dritten Teil antun.
The Captain's Daughter (Russian Edition)
The Captain's Daughter (Russian Edition)
J'ai acheté ce livre pour réviser le russe. Je ne regrette absolument pas d'avoir choisi justement celui là car, il y a de très belles illustrations, ce qu'on ne voit plus tellement... A acheter sans hésiter!
Great Russian Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
Great Russian Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
This is a nice, cheap collection of Russian stories by a wide range of authors from the 19th and early 20th century, including some very nice tales by authors who are less famous (Garshin, Andreyev, Kuprin), in addition to gems by the well-known masters (Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov.) I would especially recommend "The Queen of Spades", a Pushkin ghost story that was turned into the great opera "Pique Dame" by Tchaikovsky, but one I've seldom seen anthologized.

One problem: I found no information in the book about who translated the stories. There are some pretty bad translations in the public domain, especially by Constance Garnett, which were written long ago (under madly intense deadlines in Garnett's case) with stiff, Victorian dialogue and known to contain inaccuracies. So one should not get this book unless one needs a copy -- any copy -- of the stories in the list, many of which can be obtained for free from Project Gutenberg (Gutenberg.org), where the translator is at least usually listed (again, avoid translations by Garnett, and stick with Maude if possible.) And if money is no object up to $10-$15, then one should seek out more modern translations, which tend to be not only more readable, but also more accurate.

Still, any differences in various translations will be slight, so this is a pretty good buy as a small gift for a casual fan of Russian Literature.
The Witnesses (BookShots)
The Witnesses (BookShots)
Ronald Temple, with his Zeiss binoculars and oxygen machine, is a well-created character with a plausible axe to grind. He spies on his neighbours seeing suspicious behaviour everywhere and looking for an opportunity to be an all-American-hero. But, Ronald feels guilty and hears voices…

Then the story, though very readable, starts to falter when a family under some kind of witness protection arrives but with only one protecting agent: Jason is the armed, ex-military serviceman who exists in so many other books and films it’s like meeting an old friend.

I soon began to wonder if James Patterson had much to do with this short story? It doesn’t flow well, and although I did want to read it to the conclusion, I was left disappointed. I conclude that Brendan DuBois wrote this from a draft or concept belonging to James Patterson.

Would James Patterson have ever written this? ...

CHAPTER 17: A second or two passes, feeling like an hour. He smiles. “Of course.” His right hand slowly goes to his pocket and her throat is dry, her hand is on her holster, and he comes back with the wallet, from which he pulls out a driver’s licence.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for encouraging new authors, but I feel it is wrong to use established authors’ names to promote them. Maybe a review, synopsis or forward, written by James Patterson would be better?

I’ll rate this as 3-star book if written James Patterson – because he is capable of much better.
As Brendan DuBois’s first book – I’d give it an encouraging 4 stars and look out for more of his work.

Mark Heath-Jonson
eBook Reviewer – [email protected]
D is for Dahl: A Gloriumptious A-Z guide to the World of Roald Dahl
D is for Dahl: A Gloriumptious A-Z guide to the World of Roald Dahl
I've been a big fan and collector of Roald Dahl since I was about 10 years old. Almost all of the info in the books, I was already familiar with (from reading Boy, Going Solo, and the children's fiction he wrote). This book gave a few tidbits of new info that I found charming and/or interesting about Dahl, but for the most part it seemed like a promotional product for selling you his other books: One of the most common lines in this book is, "To find out more, read ... (insert name of book by Roald Dahl)." This is definitely NOT a must-have if you are looking to complete your collection of Roald Dahl publications, but might be informative if you are interested in knowing random, factual information about the author.
The Book of Lists
The Book of Lists
This book is a great read. It's made up of 15 chapters that categorize the lists into subjects like People, Movies, The Arts, Sports, Animals, Crime, and much more. Each chapter has on average about 20 lists of interesting facts. Here are a few examples:

- 6 People Whose Names Were Changed By Accident
- 8 Almost Indestructible People
- 14 Movie Stars Who Fell in Love on the Set
- 23 Actors and Actresses Who Turned Down Great Roles
- 9 Cats Who Traveled Long Distances to Return Home
- 5 of the World's Most Oft-Sighted Lake and Sea Monsters
- 10 Most Intelligent Breeds of Dog
- 15 Unusual Stolen Objects
- 23 Obscure and Obsolete Words
- The Truth About 16 Common Sayings
- 5 Remarkable Messages in Bottles

...and the lists just keep coming. There are lists created by the famous and influential included. There are odd lists and some that are just plain interesting. There will also probably some that you will skip over without much thought. If you like lists and a good read with ever-changing topics, then the Book of Lists is for you.
Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden Falls
Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden Falls
The excellent book and it's remarkable cover are equally as charming! Indeed you will be welcomed to Camden Falls in this, the first, of the Main Street series. I have not read these in order. Actually, the sequel to this was probably the 1st I read and I've read a bunch since. I finally got to this one and it gives the back story and introduction to further books. While this is a series that you don't HAVE to read in chronological order, it might be a tad bit more necessary to do so, unlike BSC. With it's soap-operaesqe cliffhanging and non-resolve to certain plots, some children may find it easier to start from the beginning. I recommend reading this book outdoors or inside with doors and windows open in maybe late August/early September....the weather really lends to the charm! Sensitive handling of an autistic character as well as of the girl-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks. It is a complete mind boggler to me why this series doesn't have at least 100 installments. Ann Martin is just excellent.
Borrowed Dreams: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
Borrowed Dreams: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
This is one of the best Debbie Macomber books I've read, and I've come to the conclusion that her earlier works were far better than her more recent books. The writing is more poetic, and though there's not much grit here, there is more than usual since she's focusing on the theme of foster care and the emotional baggage that comes from growing up that way.

Of course Carly, the main character, makes ridiculous mistakes, causing the reader to wonder how she could do the things she does, but this is typical for a romance. There must be conflict of some sort.

My only complaint is that, as usual with Macomber stories, the female protagonist is a virgin. No matter how old her female characters, they're always "pure," which is not realistic in the least. It's okay to have lived life, even with regrets. There were also some very old-fashioned ways of thinking here, but again, you have to consider the author's age and the era in which she grew up.

Still, I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber books. They're simple but nice. This one made me cry! Evoking emotion is always a good thing!
Twilight: Director's Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Director's Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
I very much enjoyed reading this book because it really delves into different aspects of the movie. Things that ordinary people don't know about movie making are found in this book. I really liked how the notes are in Catherine Hardwicke's handwriting-- it feels so creative and personal. I love how it seems like this is her notebook that she carried all over the set and everywhere she went-- it seems like as she was thinking, she jotted down things in this book.

Another creative thing that I enjoy is her little doodles all over the pages and the cute drawings to illustrate different things. The book is small and easy to carry and I'd rather have that over a big bulky book because those can get heavy. All of the pictures are in great color, but a few of them are blurry, but still fun pictures. I really enjoy the drawings made by various peoples on the crew-- they're so creative and different to what I expected. The spread on all of the characters is really fun to see because of how the characters are drawn and everything. There are just so many different little things to explore within the book and even details on the steamy kiss scene!

However, the only disappointment that I found was that the binding is so tight and pulled that you have to force the pages in order to see what's in the binding and you can't see the full pictures. Other than that, everything about it is so cool. The cover is actually my favorite part. The photo nearly doesn't give it credit.

Being a lover of Twilight and all Twilight things, this is definitely a good collectible for the saga. Catherine Hardwicke seems like such a chill person and from reading her book, she sounds like a great person. I really wish that she could direct New Moon because she would actually have some money to play with-- even though she did a fabulous job with Twilight. I do wish she was directing New Moon though. I wonder if Chris Weitz will make the same sort of insight into a book?
A Hawaiian Reader
A Hawaiian Reader
This book is required for my history of the Hawaiian Islands class so that is why i got it :P
Silver Buffalo HP9895B Warner Bros Harry Potter Hogwarts School Crest Cauldron 3D Sculpted Ceramic Mug, 20-ounces, Black
Silver Buffalo HP9895B Warner Bros Harry Potter Hogwarts School Crest Cauldron 3D Sculpted Ceramic Mug, 20-ounces, Black
Let me begin by saying that this item is by no means "bad." I like the overall appearance and link to a beloved property. However, there are some discrepancies between the product advertised here and the actual object which I received. I believe that it is worth outlining the differences here in order to educate others who may be thinking about purchasing this item.

The first thing I noticed upon receiving this item is that it is not actually black and white, despite being both pictured and described that way on it's item page. The spaces which are shown as white are actually painted light grey, and rather poorly at that. The color frequently bleeds off into the other colored areas giving the goblet a somewhat unprofessional look. (See pictures.)

Secondly, it is printed right on the product packaging that this vessel holds 14 ounces of fluid and NOT 20 ounces as is advertised right in the item description. That's a whole ¾ cup difference!

Third, some of the detailing which is shown in crisp sharp relief in the item pictured on the webpage is actually somewhat blurred and subdued on the product which I received.(see pictures also). It makes me suspect that when producing this for mass market release inferior castings were churned out.

Lastly, (and this is really a minor point,) there is a lip that overhangs the inside of the cup which means that no matter how severe the angle you tilt the goblet, you will never get those last few drops of your beverage.

All of that said this is still a really cool drinking vessel, but one should be aware when purchasing of the inaccuracies inherent in what is portrayed here versus what you actually get. I think the advertised product has a more elegant feel over all, but the reality of the goblet is still pretty good.
Byzantium [Blu-ray] [2013]
Byzantium [Blu-ray] [2013]
A truly underrated gem of a Vampire flick. Highly atmospheric, unusual and poetic, with a fantastic cast and lovely back story. The historical flashbacks are wonderful, and the modern story riveting. Should become with "Only Lovers Left Alive," a classic of the genre. Neil Jordan makes a wonderful second addition to the genre. I love that the author of the story was influenced by the earliest vampire stories; John Polidori's "The Vampire" and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" both classics of the genre. This makes for an unusual addition to the vampire genre. I even bought this film in spite of the fact that I can watch it for free on Netflix; which was where I found it initially. That is saying something, as I'm on a very limited budget. If you enjoy classic, atmospheric, romantic Vampire stories, you won't be disappointed. About as far from "Twilight," as one could get, btw, not that I didn't find "Twilight" a guilty pleasure, but for a serious Vampire story that is a little more along the lines of the first imaginings of the genre, this is what you want.
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me
The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me is author logospilgrim's second collection of theological and mystical essays on Professor Severus Snape. Snape is, perhaps, the most complex character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, and logospilgrim has much to say about his transformation from antagonist to hero in this second volume of her "Snape Trilogy." The flawed master is a follow-up to Bring forth the best robes: a spiritual understanding of Severus Snape, but it may stand alone as a volume of Christian spiritual wisdom, inspiration, and guidance for all Harry Potter fans, who, like logospilgrim and myself, read Rowling's seven-part series with an overwhelming desire to see the redemption of Professor Snape--a bitter and broken man who had renounced his allegiance to the Dark Lord and pledged his service to one who would defeat him, not by violence, but through love and self-sacrifice. Snape, the flawed master, was proud, angry, sarcastic, and sometimes cruel, and yet he rose above his many flaws to become Harry's secret protector and Dumbledore's most trusted accomplice. He was the spy whose bravery and self-sacrifice contributed to Harry's ultimate triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort. Logospilgrim's insightful essays are a balm to soothe our wounded hearts. If a man as flawed as Severus Snape can find redemption, then there is hope for us all, even the greatest of sinners. This is an inspiring book for those who seek the deeper meaning that is to be found in the Harry Potter series. The spiritual treasures within it are not merely lessons learned from a flawed master; they are the great moral truths of the Gospels, lessons taught by the One True Master, the one who was without sin, the one who died to redeem us all.
Whittaker's wife
Whittaker's wife
This is a novel of dramatic contrasts. The setting is Central Africa-wild, beautiful and remote. The principal character is a woman of ruthless sophistication. The climax of the story is a lion hunt in which the emotions of the hunting party - at first, civilized and controlled - are transformed and intensified by the perilous realities of the hunt itself. Lavinia Whittaker arrives at her Rhodesian ranch with a houseparty of her fashionable Johannesburg hangers-on, determined to escape from the impossible situation in which her deceased husbanc has trapped her. In the course of a few tense days, emotions are aroused and mysteries uncovered that have lain buried for years. Opposed to the glamorous Mrs. Whittaker is Joe Latham, her ranching partner. He is a former employee of her husband's, whose mysterious fall from favor resulted in his exile to the African bush. Latham is quietly determined to resist the rapacious Lavinia, and their struggle for power precipitates a battle royal. The author, Harry Bloom combines superb story-telling with a firsthand knowledge of the African scene. His descriptions of native witchcraft, of wildlife driven to panic by the drought that sweeps through the bush, of the subtle distinctions between ranchers and city dwellers and natives and Europeans, give a fresh authenticity to this exciting novel. Good enough to be issued as a "Book of the month club" edition.
Mobile Warming Heated Socks, Tri-blend Construction, Men's 10-14
Mobile Warming Heated Socks, Tri-blend Construction, Men's 10-14
I wanted to absolutely LOVE these socks, and for the most part, I do. There are just a couple of issues that would otherwise make them perfect. First, the pros...
The fabric is soft and yet snug. This is nice so that the socks don't slip down my legs quickly.
The wires are sewn into the fabric, and not just left floating on the inside. There is only about 4" of wire that sticks out at the top.
There is a fabric battery pocket to hold the battery pack. The pack itself is about 3" long, 1" deep, and 1/2" wide.
The texturing of the foot makes the wires less noticeable.
The socks are machine washable. (Hang to dry, though!)
The handheld controller is convenient if you need to adjust more or less heat, saving you from having to dig into the top of your socks to manually switch it.

The cons...
The sizing is strange. The feet are very long, indicating they'd fit a large foot, but the area around the calf doesn't seem proportionally as wide.
The wires, although inside the fabric, make the socks stretch in weird ways.
You can feel the wires around the ball of your foot when you walk. They are under the toes, and then behind the ball of the foot, not directly under it. I can feel them, but it's not uncomfortable, just noticeable.

Just a few more notes, neither positive nor negative...
It takes about 3 hours for these battery packs to fully charge.
The fabric alone is very thick, and cushioned.
They heat quickly, and I was able to feel it in less than two minutes.

These socks would be great for wearing in boots; they could make shoes a very snug fit. I'll wear them when I'm out shoveling snow. I've attached photos of the socks, as well as information about the temperature for low, medium and high settings, and how long the battery should last when at each of the settings.
Instant Family
Instant Family
The laughter and tears come in roughly equal measure in “Instant Family,” but rarely where you think they’ll be.  While the picture eventually arrives more or less where you think it will, it rarely travels in the directions you expect.  In the process, “Instant Family” becomes a special picture indeed, not only an audience-pleasing family comedy, but also likely an entertainment classic as well as an instant holiday perennial.

Pete and Ellen are a childless couple in their early forties.  Partners in business and in marriage, in approximately that order, the couple purchase and renovate houses for sale to affluent families.  Having put off starting a family because each always felt the other wasn’t ready, when the couple purchases and begins to rehabilitate a home containing five bedrooms across the street from a playground, they begin to consider the possibility of foster parenting.

With a wry notion that they can bring a disadvantaged older child into their home and pretend they started earlier, the couple begins an eight-week orientation class in foster parenting, among other like-minded couples and individuals with their own motivations.  But when Ellen and Pete find themselves faced with the challenge of simultaneously hosting three young siblings with a tragic shared background, they quickly learn that parenting is not quite as simple as renovating homes.

Written by John Morris and Sean Anders, and based on the actual real-life experiences of writer and director Anders, “Instant Family” is one comedy that steps up to the plate and bats a grand slam home run in just about every possible way.  Despite its often maudlin subject matter, this picture is a sharply observant, perceptive and heartwarming comedic masterpiece from its first frame until its last. Never aiming for cheap laughs, “Instant Family” instead mines affectionate humor from believable characters in credible situations, and in the process produces the kind of satisfied laughter that usually only can be found in real life.

Led with virtuoso, heartfelt performances by Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg as Ellen and Pete, there are no slackers or small performances in this perfectly-cast picture.  Special standouts include the by-the-book Tig Notaro and plain-spoken Octavia Spencer as social workers who train the rookie foster parents and ease their transition into parenthood.  Notaro and Spencer work together like old pros, and their scenes together are a highlight in a picture filled with memorable moments.

Likewise the wonderful Margo Martindale as Wahlberg’s gregarious and sometimes overbearing mother, Iliza Shlesinger as another prospective foster parent, and Javier Ronceros and Rosemary Dominguez as a veteran adoptive couple who both inspire and challenge Byrne and Wahlberg.  Julie Hagerty and Michael O’Keefe as Byrne’s parents also figure prominently into what is likely the most side-splittingly funny Thanksgiving holiday family dinner ever captured on film.

But during a year filled with strong characterizations from young performers such as Isla Fisher in “Eighth Grade” and Amandla Stenberg in “The Hate U Give,” the real breakout star of “Instant Family” is 17-year-old Isabela Moner as Lizzy, the oldest of the trio of siblings who come to live with Pete and Ellen.  Far from being just a comedic foil for the antics of the other performers, Moner builds a full-blooded characterization as a child who’s seen so much of the sad part of life that she’s unable to recognize the good parts.

Opening in 3258 theaters across North America, “Instant Family” is writer and director Anders’ third collaboration with Mark Wahlberg following 2015’s “Daddy’s Home” and its 2017 sequel.  Originally scheduled for release on February 15, 2019, the picture was moved forward by three months to coincide with the holiday season. The picture’s gala Los Angeles premiere was cancelled due to the continuing wildfires in the region, and the film was instead screened in an evacuation center for victims of the fires.

It probably won’t win any major motion picture awards, but “Instant Family” is a movie not even a Grinch can dislike.  And if you aren’t moved to tears by the picture’s denouement, consult a physician--you don’t have a heart.

The picture is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, adult language, and numerous references to substance abuse.
ASICS Women's GEL-Kayano Trainer Evo Retro Running Shoe
ASICS Women's GEL-Kayano Trainer Evo Retro Running Shoe
Première experience avec la marque, modèle très beau, très confortable et la couleur est super. J'aime bien les mettre sur un jean ou une tenue sportive, ça marchera aussi avec des tenues plus chiques (qui n'est pas trop mon style en général). Reste a essayer de faire du sport avec et voir si ca fait mal ou pas. Je fais du 38,5 ou du 39 et j'ai pris du 39,5 car le prix était tès attractif dans le temps, j'ai pas du tout regretté c'est plus comfortable de prendre un demi en plus. Les photos représentent exactement la réalité.
Playtex - Brasier de 18 horas, sin varillas con el mejor soporte y levante para mujer
Playtex - Brasier de 18 horas, sin varillas con el mejor soporte y levante para mujer
You know your bras are old and so worn out that they no longer hold you up, no matter how much you tighten the straps. This was the case for me since I hadn't bought new bras in YEARS so I decided it was time to invest in some bras. I used to spend a lot of money on each bra from an expensive store (shhh, it's a secret!) and, while I loved them, it didn't seem to be very practical to me if I could find less expensive bras that were good quality and could do just as good of a job. I remember seeing Playtex bras when I was much younger and started searching for them. This seemed to be a popular choice among many people so I chose one of these to test it out.

This Playtex bra is an 18 hour bra meant to lift and support all day. It doesn't have an underwire and it's lightly padded on the shoulder straps. The cups aren't padded and there are three hooks for each of the three closure sizes for a total of nine hooks. I purchased the nude color which is a nice, light color that is good for a lot of light-colored and dark-colored clothes. Washing instructions are machine wash cold with like colors and tumble dry low. It is made in El Salvador of 81% nylon and 19% spandex (cup and center belt) and 92% nylon and 8% spandex (back). I always put my bras in lingerie bags in the washing machine and hang them up to dry.

For sizing purposes, I am typically a 36D and ordered a 36D in this bra. It fits perfectly so I'd say you will most likely want to order your normal size. This is a full-coverage bra so it goes up a little higher on your chest. I like the fact that it fits me nicely, the straps are padded and comfortable and the design is attractive.

The reason I'm not a big fan of this bra is because I don't feel it's very supportive. I usually wear underwire bras and thought I'd try this because it seems to be a popular choice. Even though I tighten the straps, I still feel like I'm drooping because I don't feel the bottom part holds me up enough. I end up adjusting myself several times throughout the day (fortunately, I'm a stay-at-home mom). The other reason I don't really like this bra is because it isn't padded. I don't need a lot of padding but I like some padding to hide the fact that I get cold. It was very easy to see that I was cold when I wore this bra, which my husband was delighted to point out to me.

Since this particular bra doesn't suit me well, I ended up purchasing 
Carcasa de madera compatible con iPhone X, iPhone Xs., Mapa del mundo en Caoba
Carcasa de madera compatible con iPhone X, iPhone Xs., Mapa del mundo en Caoba
I read the feedback on products so i'm trying to write these reviews on things I buy more often.
This was exactly what I was hoping it would be!! I'm big on buying things that use renewable materials and buying things made in the U.S. So I was happy that the product was up to par and the company was great to deal with!! (I ordered for the wrong phone and had to call. Their customer service was awesome! ) I liked so much I bought another case. I def recommend.

The wood is smooth and doesn't sliver. Engraving is good. It isn't cheap and undefined. Case was form fitting and not loose like some cases.
VICSEED Phone Holder for Car [Case Friendly] Ultra Stable Car Phone Mount Air Vent Car Cell Phone Mount Compatible with iPhone 12 11 Pro Max XS SE X XR Galaxy S20 S20+ S10 S9 Note 20 20+ 10+ All Phone
VICSEED Phone Holder for Car [Case Friendly] Ultra Stable Car Phone Mount Air Vent Car Cell Phone Mount Compatible with iPhone 12 11 Pro Max XS SE X XR Galaxy S20 S20+ S10 S9 Note 20 20+ 10+ All Phone
I previously purchased two VICSEED magnetic mounts—which I love—for my SUV. My wife, however, prefers this side-clamp style mount over the more discreet magnetic style mount, so we spent the last two weeks testing this phone mount in her sedan. She has been using it with her iPhone 11 with case as shown in the video. She absolutely loves it over the junk we have purchased in the past. (I am embarrassed to admit I have spent an obscene amount of money trying one style mount after another in an attempt to find one that works for her needs.) As they say, "Happy wife, happy life!"

Pros:
* The unit is shipped with two different mounting devices which should adapt to a variety of car vent arrangements. The device that worked best for us was the small, simple, twist-on vent clamp.
* The padded side clamps adjust to any size phone and grip the phone tightly without scratching. The side clamps have a built-in ratchet mechanism that will not allow it to loosen its grip while driving over speed bumps and potholes. Other units we have tried had only spring tension and the phone would pop out on bumps. One unit which cost me $85 plus shipping required a screwdriver to set the tension on the side clamps. Too tight and we could not remove the phone. Too loose and it would fall out while driving! With this unit, It only takes one hand to pop the phone in or out of the holder—not two hands like some units we have tried in the past.
* The side clamps release instantly with a single press of the easily accessible button on the lower left side as shown in the video. Again, it takes only one hand. So convenient!
* The discreet platform on the bottom of the mount has an opening which allows you the option of attaching the charging cable to the phone. It is padded as well and adjusts up or down to your liking.
* The holder is attached to the vent clamp with a ball-and-socket joint so you can adjust the unit to any angle and to allow portrait or landscape viewing modes on the fly.
* We prefer attaching to the vent over other styles which attach to the windshield, dash, visor or cup holder. These other styles block your view of the road or as in the case of the cup holder styles, cause you to look down and away from the road. Besides, my wife prefers to keep her coffee in the cup holder!
* Unit looks and feels high quality. Sturdy materials, not cheap plastic.
* Although written instructions are provided in the box, assembly and installation is simple and intuitive.
* The price is right!

Cons:
* As you would expect, because the unit is mounted to the air conditioning vent, the phone will partially block the flow of air from the vent.
* On my wife’s car, the up and down motion of the louvers is restricted. However, the side to side movement of the vent is not affected so she can still receive air from the vent. Your car’s style may produce different results from ours.
* Depending on the design of your car’s instrument panel, the phone may block some controls. On my wife’s car, this is not the case.
Cutebe Clear Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max, Shockproof Series Hard PC+ TPU Bumper Protective Cover for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 Inch 2020 Released White Floral Design for Women,Girls
Cutebe Clear Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max, Shockproof Series Hard PC+ TPU Bumper Protective Cover for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 Inch 2020 Released White Floral Design for Women,Girls
My first impression of this case was good.

It came in a day before my iPhone 12 pro max so I checked it out - it’s super cute and I love that it’s clear because I got the blue phone and have never a blue phone before so I didn’t want to cover that up - and was excited to fill it with my new phone the next day.

The iPhone 12 pro max is much thinner than I expected, I love it! Cases are known for adding bulk to a phone and I just love the thinness of the new phone so I almost didn’t want to put a case on it. However, I’m kind of clumsy and tend to drop my phone on concrete and other hard surfaces so I HAVE to have a case and screen protector. So I put the case on it.

At first, I didn’t think it was on all the way cuz it was still so thin. When I realized it was fully on, I was really happy with the case. It raises enough off the screen to protect it from a face-down fall and has padded corners, so I was happy with the case.

That is until I realized how far the camera
lenses stick out from the case. There is no protection whatsoever for the camera lenses. This makes me nervous and I did take off one star for it; however, I’m going to keep the case for all the other reasons I listed. Hopefully the padded corners will absorb most of the fall impact and keep the lenses safe 🤞🏼The volume buttons are kinda hard to push with case on - IMO, this is mostly due to the very low profile of the new phone’s buttons. Oh, and it fits nice and snug on the phone ☺️
AEG KAM 400 Kaffeemaschine (Integriertes Mahlwerk, 9 Mahlgradeinstellungen, programmierbarer Timer, Kaffeepulver oder Kaffeebohnen, Aroma-Funktion, 1,25 l, Sicherheitsabschaltung, Edelstahl/schwarz)
AEG KAM 400 Kaffeemaschine (Integriertes Mahlwerk, 9 Mahlgradeinstellungen, programmierbarer Timer, Kaffeepulver oder Kaffeebohnen, Aroma-Funktion, 1,25 l, Sicherheitsabschaltung, Edelstahl/schwarz)
Erster Eindruck

Bevor ich die Maschinen im Detail teste, habe ich mir einen ersten Eindruck von der AEG KAM 400 gemacht. Das hilft unter anderem dabei Fakten und Ergebnisse zu vergleichen, denn manchmal täuscht der erste Eindruck.

Als erstes fällt mir die tolle Edelstahlverarbeitung positiv ins Auge, die Maschine wirkt dadurch hochwertig und besitzt eine edlere Haptik als einige Vergleichsplastikmaschinen. Auch das Bohnenfach macht einen wertigen, großen und soliden Eindruck, da immerhin 250g Bohnen gefasst werden können. Die Gummidichtung sorgt außerdem für einen Aroma-dichten Verschluss.
Die Kanne liegt gut in der Hand und besitzt ein gutes Ausgießverhalten. Selbst bei schwungvollerer Handhabung geht quasi nichts daneben. Auch optisch kann diese durchaus überzeugen.
Der Wassertank ist in meinen Augen sehr schwer zu erreichen, da hilft auch die Drehfunktion der Kaffeemaschine nicht viel. Auch die geringe Größe macht mir schwer zu schaffen und benötigt schon eine gehörige Portion Zielwasser, um ohne Wasserverlust den Tank zu befüllen.
Die hohe Anzahl an Knöpfen kann auf den ersten Blick etwas verwirren. Ich hatte Bedenken, ob sich die Maschine dadurch leicht und komfortabel bedienen lässt.

Zubereitung eines Kaffees

Die Zubereitung eines Kaffees ist bei fast allen Kaffeemaschinen mit Mahlwerk identisch. Die AEG KAM 400 war aber nicht so komfortable einzustellen, wie andere Vergleichsmaschinen.
Die Bedienungsanleitung der AEG Kaffeemaschine ist sehr unübersichtlich und man benötigt etwas Zeit, um sich hinein zu fuchsen.

Schritt 1 – Wasserbehälter füllen
Die AEG KAM 400 kocht immer den kompletten Tank leer, so solltet darauf geachtet werden, immer nur die gewünschte Menge an Wasser hinzuzugeben.

Schritt 2 – Filter einlegen
Die AEG kann mit ganz normalen 1×4 Standardfiltern bestückt werden. Der Filtereinsatz ist schwenk- und herausnehmbar für die Reinigung.

Schritt 3 – Bohnen hinzufügen

Schritt 4 – Mahlgrad einstellen

Schritt 5 – Tassenanzahl auswählen

Schritt 6 – Die Ein/Aus-Taste drücken
Hier war ich etwas verwirrt, es gab nicht sowas wie ein Startknopf, sondern ich musste den An/Aus-Schalter betätigen.

Schritt 7 – Timer einstellen (optional)

Die Aromafunktion
Die Aromafunktion ist dazu da, die Brühzeit zu verlängern (auch wenn dies als vielleicht selbstverständlich wahrgenommen wird, steht es in fast keiner Anleitung mit dabei). Die Aromafunktion bei der AEG KAM 400 ist für mich ein wenig verwirrend gewesen:
Für frisch gemahlene Bohnen funktioniert sie nur im Bereich von 2 – 4 Tassen. Stelle ich aber vorgemahlenen Kaffee ein, kann ich sie auch für bis zu 10 Tassen verwenden.
Der Kaffee schmeckt dann deutlich intensiver.

Benutzerfreundlichkeit

Hat man sich erstmal durch die Bedienungsanleitung gelesen, ist die Benutzung relativ leicht, aber dennoch gibt es sehr viele Funktionen die man besser hätte anordnen können. Beispielsweise wäre es sehr hilfreich gewesen, den Brühvorgang mit einem entsprechenden Startknopf zu kennzeichnen, anstelle ihn über die An/Aus-Taste zu bedienen (mache ich das Gerät jetzt aus, oder starte ich den Brühvorgang?).
Sind diese kleinen Hürden erstmal überwunden geht es weiter ans Kaffee kochen. Während des Brühvorgang hilft eine Tropf-Stopp-Funktion dabei, dass beim Entfernen der Kanne der Durchfluss gestoppt wird. Dies funktionierte in meinen Tests nur mäßig, es kamen immer ein paar Tropfen durch. Außerdem gibt es keine Pausetaste, die Maschine brüht fleißig weiter.
Die AEG KAM 400 ist leicht zu reinigen, zumindest was den Filterhalter und die Kanne anbelangt. Das Mahlwerk sollte mindestens einmal pro Woche mit dem mitgelieferten Pinsel ausgereinigt werden.
Theoretisch ist das Mahlwerk sehr leicht einzustellen, aber praktisch hatte dies keinen Einfluss auf das Mahlgut.
Die Warmhaltefunktion der AEG Kaffeemaschine läuft EU-konform nur 40 Minuten und kann nicht verlängert werden. Das Problem ist nur, dass die Warmhalteplatte nicht nur warm hält, sondern den Kaffee leider auch noch erhitzt und somit das Aroma verdirbt.

Lautstärke

Alle Kaffeemaschinen mit Mahlwerk sind laut. Wenn ihr auf der Suche nach einer Maschine seid, die sehr leise mahlt, dann müsst ihr wahrscheinlich eher nach einem Kaffeevollautomaten suchen, der über 1.000EUR kostet. Kaffeevollautomaten machen aber leider keinen Filterkaffee.
Meine Freundin meinte, dass es klingt, als würde ein Kampfjet in der Küche starten. Ganz so schlimm ist es dann nicht, aber das Mahlen ist der lauteste Vorgang der Maschine und je nach Kaffeestärke dauert es bis zu einer Minute bis die Bohnen für 10 Tassen durchgemahlen sind. Danach gluckert die AEG Kaffeemaschine vor sich hin, wie es Kaffeemaschinen eben machen. Nur am Ende des Brühvorgang wird sie etwas lauter, aber das stört nicht weiter.

Geschwindigkeit

Die AEG benötigt für 10 Tassen Kaffee (milde Einstellung) etwa 9 min. 4 Tassen benötigen etwa 5:20 min. Die Unterschiede zwischen den Stufen (mild, mittel, kräftig) sind nur gering. Mit gemahlenem Kaffeepulver erfolgt der Brühvorgang schneller.
Natürlich kann man hier auch die Timer-Funktion verwenden, so dass der Kaffee schon fertig ist, wenn man aufsteht.

Kaffeeverbrauch und Mahlgutqualität

Die Maschine protzt mit 10 Mahlgraden, die aber leider überhaupt nicht zu gebrauchen sind. Warum?
Nun ja, der Mahlgrad verändert sich kein Stück, oder nur minimal.
Das Kegelmahlwerk produziert relativ viel Schrot und es wird nicht sehr homogen gemahlen.
Der Kaffeeverbrauch ist durch den groben Mahlgrad natürlich relativ hoch.

Geschmack

Ich war zunächst sehr skeptisch, weil die Mahlgutqualität mehr als zu Wünschen übrig lässt. Der Kaffee aus der AEG in den Standardeinstellungen ist etwas wässriger als Vergleichsmaschinen.
Woran liegt’s?
Durch das zu grobe Mahlgut wird die Kontaktzeit verringert und das Wasser fließt zu schnell durch; der Kaffee wird zu dünn und extrahiert nicht vernünftig.
Hier muss erstmal an den Einstellungen gedreht werden, um einen für mich akzeptablen Geschmack hervorzubringen: so verwendete ich für die AEG Kaffeemaschine weniger Wasser als für die Tassenauswahl vorgegeben, außerdem half es die Aromafunktion zu aktivieren. Aber die ist leider nur für bis zu 4 Tassen verfügbar.

Fazit

Die Maschine sieht toll aus und verfügt über eine praktische 360° Drehfunktion, so dass der Wassertank gut zu erreichen ist (leider ist die Öffnung zu klein)
Die AEG wirkt hochwertig und sieht in der Küche gut aus, kann aber nur mit mäßiger Kaffeequalität punkten, da das Mahlwerk einfach zu grob mahlt. Ob dies eine generelle Fehlkonstruktion ist, oder vielleicht nur an meinem Modell lag, weiß ich nicht.
Glücklicherweise sind Kaffeemaschinen mit Mahlwerk so konstruiert, dass jeder mit Wassermenge und Aromafunktion experimentieren kann bis die optimalen Einstellungen gefunden wurden.
Chefman Multi-Function Oval Pressure Cooker 8 Quart Extra Large Programmable Multicooker, 18 Presets to Slow Cook, Sauté, Steam, Sear, Nonstick Pot, Accessories & Recipe Book Included, Stainless Steel
Chefman Multi-Function Oval Pressure Cooker 8 Quart Extra Large Programmable Multicooker, 18 Presets to Slow Cook, Sauté, Steam, Sear, Nonstick Pot, Accessories & Recipe Book Included, Stainless Steel
UPDATE: Almost from day one I had trouble with the knob on the glass lid. It never fit right then it striped, then I tried to super glue it and that didnt work. I got on their web site and talked to customer service. They said no problem, would send email to confirm. I got the email, they wanted the numbers off the chefman plate and photos of the trouble. I sent both and they confirmed they would send a replacement knob/screw assembly. I did have to call once or twice, but it did come in a reasonable mount of time and it fits, hold, works great
Original Message:--
I'm used to using an old fashion pressure cooker, w/the spinner on top and no settings. It boils, cooks and you let the steam out. This is cool cause there are a lot of different ways to use it. There is a bit of a learning curve for me but I'm catching on. Easy to clean, but its a pretty awkward size to store. And its Heavy! But so far I love it, looking forward to incorporating it more into my cooking routine!!
Vinod 18/8 Stainless Steel Splendid Plus Pressure Cooker -1.5 Ltr (Induction Friendly)
Vinod 18/8 Stainless Steel Splendid Plus Pressure Cooker -1.5 Ltr (Induction Friendly)
El tamaño es excelente para cosas pequeñas; para que se den una idea caben 6 piezas de pollo solas, o 4 piezas de pollo con verduras. Debo confesar que cuando la recibí tenía mis dudas acerca de la calidad del material, pero la he usado casi diario y sigue como nueva!!!! He cocinado desde carne (utilizando su función como olla de presión), hasta arroz con leche (utilizandola sin tapa) y funciona perfecto :)
Germ Guardian Air Purifier, High CADR True HEPA Filter, Large Rooms to 335 sq ft, UV Light Sanitizer Eliminates Germs,Mold,Odors, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander, Lonizer, AC9200W
Germ Guardian Air Purifier, High CADR True HEPA Filter, Large Rooms to 335 sq ft, UV Light Sanitizer Eliminates Germs,Mold,Odors, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander, Lonizer, AC9200W
Update (20170806):
After a new neighbour who smokes every hour on his patio moved in, I have now truly verified the effectiveness of this air purifier. My not-so-considerate neighbour smokes right under our windows even if he can see that they are open and with a window fan spinning. Basically my window fan would pump second-hand smoke into our bedroom, and fill it with smoke really fast. I would then close the window and door, and turn on this purifier. Coming back to the room after about 15 minutes, I could no longer smell the smoke. It definitely made a big difference. I am upgrading the review to 5-star and change my my evaluation for the charcoal filter. FYI, our bedroom is around 150 sq-ft.

I have done lots of research on air purifiers because I live in a smoke-allowed apartment complex. The secondhand smoke in our hallway is very pungent, and it gets inside our room whenever the door is opened and closed. Since my main goal is to filter volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from the secondhand smoke & odour, I ignored all the air purifiers that have simply a mesh pre-filter with impregnated activated charcoal. Coming from a science background where we work with dangerous chemicals that we don't want to inhale, I know those mesh charcoal pre-filters won't do ANYTHING to remove odours and chemicals in the air. They are simply a scam.

1. True HEPA filter (99.97%) with proper internal seal
(Good) AC9200WCA checks this box well. The HEPA filter and charcoal filters both have seals around them to prevent air from taking the path of least resistance instead of passing through the filters.

2. Dedicated, actual activated charcoal filter
(Updated: GOOD! ) See my updated review!
(Below is old review)
I chose to purchase AC9200WCA because I saw on the images that it has a dedicated charcoal filter that looks thick enough for my application. However, if you look at my photo, the cells in the filter were only 70%-filled, which means, instead of entering the microscopic pores in the charcoal pellets for filtration, most air will simply take the path of least resistance, which is all the empty spaces left unfilled... In simpler words, this filter is minimal on removing odours and harmful chemicals. Germ Guardian sacrificed filtration for better flow rate.

3. UV-C + titanium-dioxide
(Average) The UV bulb is enclosed in what I assume is a steel or titanium-dioxide casing because I do not see an obvious titanium wire mesh where air will pass through. Some manufacturers put a titanium-dioxide mesh on the charcoal filter to save space, AC9200WCA's charcoal filter is enclosed in a black fabric material. Either way, since I don't see a lot of surface area where air will contact titanium-dioxide before entering the fan area, so I call this an exaggerated claim. Only the UV-C bulb is there for the germicidal effect as claimed.

4. Design/ Fan speed/ quietness
(Average) The overall design looks great. Air is entering from four directions and exit from the top. However, I found the air intake to be weak even when the fan is on max speed, and the exhaust is also quite weak. On max setting, the exhaust feels like a 3-speed table-top fan on its medium setting. After trying out the air purifier after some cooking, I found the fresh air to be quite localized. In terms of quietness, low is barely audible; medium is ok for sleeping (about as loud as a desktop computer); high is about as loud as a car's max fan noise. (See picture) The fan is a simple centrifugal fan like most car's a/c fan units.

5: Others
The cord is about 5.5 feet long. Not quite long enough for me, but it should be adequate for most people. Weight is about 20 pounds. Not hard to carry around. For the price range, I was a bit disappointed that it does not come with intelligent airborne pollution sensors.

Conclusion:
The build quality of the HEPA filter is good. Many cheaper competitors lack the proper internal seals around their filters to allow leakage of unfiltered air through the assembly. The order of the filters actually make scientific sense to have pre-filter, HEPA filter, then charcoal filter. Some competitors put charcoal filters before HEPA filter, which is an unprofessional design because the charcoals are meant to capture smaller particles where even HEPA can't capture. Due to all the empty spaces in the activated charcoal filter, AC9200WCA can only reduce harmless odours such as pets and cooking, but I would not say it is effective in one-pass. The VOCs reduction claim is definitely over-stretched as you need a densely-packed charcoal filter for effective removal of VOCs. Overall, this machine is suitable for allergen control in a medium-sized room (250~300 sqft), for pet owners or in the kitchen where there is a need for medium-speed odour reduction. Any true HEPA filter will remove visible particles of smoke (from fire or cigarettes), but AC9200WCA is inadequate if the purpose is to reduce the risk of illness from harmful VOCs. If harmful VOCs and heavy odour control are not of your concern, I would actually recommend purchasing something like 4 of AC4825 ($125 each) or 3 of AC5000 for the same effect, but faster filtration from different corners of the floor.
Klene - Monedas de regaliz (2.2 lbs)
Klene - Monedas de regaliz (2.2 lbs)
I grew up in the Netherlands. For Americans Dutch licorice is an acquired taste many never achieve. But for me, this is one of several types of Dutch licorices that's unsurpassed in flavor and quality. I repeatedly order this brand in this quantity because I cannot find a better price anywhere else plus the shipping is very fast.

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