Cairo Rivera

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JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition
JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition
JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition by Mike McGrath. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
The Modern JavaScript Collection
The Modern JavaScript Collection
The Modern JavaScript Collection by Aurelio De Rosa, Craig Buckler, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript Made Easy Edition 2
JavaScript Made Easy Edition 2
JavaScript Made Easy Edition 2 by Dr.Liew Voon Kiong. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript (Spanish Edition)
JavaScript (Spanish Edition)
JavaScript (Spanish Edition) by Lorenzo Fernández-Pacheco Escribano. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Inside Javascript
Inside Javascript
Inside Javascript by Bill Bercik and Jill Bond. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Modern C
Modern C
Modern C by Jens Gustedt. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c category.
Go Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
Go Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
Go Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Shiju Varghese. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mongodb category.
Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 316 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Cask of Amontillado (Dramatized)
The Cask of Amontillado (Dramatized)
The Cask of Amontillado (Dramatized) by Walter Zimmerman, John Chatty, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 31 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 10173 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Case of Need: A Novel
A Case of Need: A Novel
A Case of Need: A Novel by Michael Crichton, Jeffery Hudson, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2295 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
April's Song
April's Song
April's Song by Allison Granger. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Shining
The Shining
The Shining by Stephen King, Campbell Scott, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 6067 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Dark Half
The Dark Half
The Dark Half by Stephen King, Grover Gardner, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 421 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Sleeping Beauties #1 Ashcan (April 2020)
Sleeping Beauties #1 Ashcan (April 2020)
Sleeping Beauties #1 Ashcan (April 2020) by Alison Sampson, Stephen King, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Blue Pelican Java
Blue Pelican Java
Blue Pelican Java by Charles E. Cook. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Professional PHP Programming
Professional PHP Programming
Professional PHP Programming by Jesus M. Castagnetto, Harish Rawat, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 55 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Foundation PHP for Flash
Foundation PHP for Flash
Foundation PHP for Flash by Steve Webster. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
CoffeeScript Programming with jQuery, Rails, and Node.js
CoffeeScript Programming with jQuery, Rails, and Node.js
This is a difficult book for me to critique. Not because it is difficult to follow, or because of any particularly noted problems with examples, or anything else.

It has to do with my background. Having been hosting ecommerce and designing/maintaining basic web sites since 1997, I am no stranger to HTML, CSS, CSS3, PHP, with extremely limited JavaScript skills, and improving with the use of JQuery. The issue centered around, I guess, my lack of Java and JavaScript understanding. I found that after getting about 48% of the way through the book, I had almost zero retention of the subject matter. If I opened up the CoffeeScript compiler and associated software today on my test server, I would have near zero ability to use the script.

Is it me, or the Author? Don't know, but I suspect if you have a reasonably good understanding of JavaScript, you will find CoffeeScript is the way to go, just as I have found that with CSS/CSS3 SASS (with or without Compass) is the tool of choice.

I am postponing for now learning CoffeeScript while I increase my level of understanding JavaScript and JQuery. If this book is still popular when I am ready to tackle this subject again, I will update this review.
TypeScript Design Patterns
TypeScript Design Patterns
"Thanks to the efforts of the TypeScript community, almost every popular JavaScript library got its declaration files on a project called DefinitelyTyped. And there has already been a tool called tsd for declaration file management. But soon, people realized the limitation of a single huge repository for everything, as well as the issues tsd cannot solve nicely."

"Compile and run; buy me a cup of coffee it it works. But it probably won't."

This is just a fraction of the nonsensical English that takes place in chapter one. Clearly English is the author's second language, and the mere fact that he can write a book in a language other than his primary language is really quite astonishing. HOWEVER, I don't like to read broken English and what is clear from page 1 is that this book has not been edited by someone whose first language is English. I would expect that from a book that is nearly $30. I really would have liked to have read the subsequent chapters illustrating GoF design patterns implemented with TypeScript. I just couldn't make it out of chapter 1.
The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
I bought this book for a research assignment and it is a major letdown. The ration of written text to quotes is 1:2, I would estimate. This book has a lack of organization and mentions a lot about other famous celebrities, the text does not go well with the subtitles either. Much of the information irrelevant, I am highly disappointed. This tells nothing about Mark's life and its all useless information.
Speeches by Great Business Leaders
Speeches by Great Business Leaders
Speeches by Great Business Leaders by SpeechWorks, Bill Gates, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Shop Theory, Revised Edition (267 pages)
Shop Theory, Revised Edition (267 pages)
This is a great source for the "foundations" of machine work. From measuring instruments to hand tools to heavy machines, it covers the basics, definitions, proper uses, design features etc. Whether just starting machining as a hobby, or a more experienced user looking for explanations for why operations are done a certain way, this is a good, but not exhaustive resource. From a visual standpoint, it was produced on a manual typeset, so some letters are offset slightly, or darker/lighter than others. It is not annoying at all, but a testimony to its era, and I find it interesting.
Rubie's Adult Character Costume Wig
Rubie's Adult Character Costume Wig
This was a pretty good find for our use. A few things to note:

- It does run small. I works well for my almost 9 year old son's St. Francis of Assisi costume.

- Out of the package, it sheds a lot of hair. I had to pick at it for a while to make sure all of the loose hairs were gone.
That being said, there is a LOT of hair so this shedding isn't necessarily a problem (except for having hair fall on your neck...). In fact, I cut a lot of the inner layers off to thin it out a bit.

- The hair is long, especially on the back and sides. It runs about 2" longer in back and 1" longer on the sides compared to the wig's netting. The extra hair on my son's neck bothered him a lot so I cut it off to be even with the netting of the wig. That being said, this may help if an adult wanted to wear this. As long as they could somehow keep it on, the long hair in back would cover where the small netting does not. I included a picture of the wig AFTER I trimmed quite a bit of hair on the sides and back (and a bit in front). For perspective, the wig is on a small children's ball, though it's not fully stretched out.

- The bald spot on top is much smaller than pictured. Again, fine for our purposes for fitting a child, but it may be a problem for an adult. You can see this in the picture as well.

In the end, you get what you pay for. Not a bad find for $8 and will work well for what we need it for.
The Original Donald Trump Hair Socks | Made in the USA by Gumball Poodle | Funny Donald Trump Hair Socks Novelty Gift
The Original Donald Trump Hair Socks | Made in the USA by Gumball Poodle | Funny Donald Trump Hair Socks Novelty Gift
I bought these socks for my husband so he could wear them for kicks. We have neighours who have banned Trump's name from their house. We went there for a few drinks, and my husband went into their bathroom and put on the socks, came out and put his feet up on the table. The neighbour spit his beer across the room! LOL! Priceless! Worth every penny! Next stop is the grocery store wearing the socks with a pair of flip-flops
DFLIVE Donald Trump for President 2020 Keep America Great Flag 3x5 Feet with Grommets
DFLIVE Donald Trump for President 2020 Keep America Great Flag 3x5 Feet with Grommets
The Trump 2020 Flag is well made and exactly as described , with the bright blue background the white lettering really stands out from a distance. It's made from a polyester type material that can withstand wind and snow, I only take it down when raining as with the American flag which it flies with on a high flag pole from the front of my home.
Great well made, exactly as described and proud to be an American. I want the people to see that we need to stay safe , free and not turn America in a Socialist country. I would buy this again, it's exactly what I wanted.
Antoni Tàpies: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Polígrafa)
Antoni Tàpies: Works, Writings, Interviews (Essentials Polígrafa)
An excellent book which I can recommend to any admirer of this Spanish genius....perhaps the greatest living artist ? This is a very carefully considered selection of his work over a sixty year period and most importantly is a detailed record of his thought process through interviews and writings. An inspiration to any artist dealing with surfaces and memories.

Beautifully produced...well worth a place on the bookshelf !
Together Through Life
Together Through Life
The "Deluxe" Together Through Life has the standard album plus a sticker, poster, and two bonus CDs. The sticker and poster are worthless; the former merely shows the album title, and the latter the lame cover photo. One CD is the "Friends and Neighbors" episode of Dylan's popular XM radio show. A typically enjoyable example of the program, it has an astonishing variety of music mixed with Dylan's lively, informative, and often amusing commentary and quotes. It is a good introduction to the show for anyone unfamiliar with it but of little value to those who are. The other CD is also virtually worthless -- an outtake from landmark film No Direction Home lasting only a few minutes. It has an interview with Dylan's little-known first manager, Roy Silver, and a slightly different audio take of "Blowin' in the Wind." The segment has no revelations, and it is easy to see why it was excluded, but hard-cores may find it somewhat interesting. All must decide if this makes the "Deluxe" edition worth purchasing over the standard; in most cases, it certainly does not.

As for the album itself, though not on par with his three prior later career masterpieces, Together Through Life is another worthy Bob Dylan album. Fans should certainly get his major albums first, but anyone interested in him should eventually check it out, while significant differences from his other albums mean it may possibly appeal to those not usually keen on him.

It is immediately clear that Together is far more modest than other recent Dylan albums; it lacks their epic feel and is indeed only about two thirds of their length. One might almost see it as Dylan kicking against his Grand Old Man of Meaningful Songs title. Songs are short and to the point; there is no attempt at epic or panoramic music. More notably, there are few words by Dylan's standard, and what we get is unusually simple and straightforward, stripped of imagery and grand themes. They generally focus on love and lust in familiar terms and are doubtless highly influenced by co-writer and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Those who value Dylan's profundity may be disappointed and perhaps even curse Hunter; it is surely no surprise that the only song written by Dylan alone ("This Dream of You") is easily the best.

All this suggests that Together has little merit, but this is not so, though it is undeniably minor. The concision and punchiness of the words are quite intriguing, if limited, and Dylan's vocals retain their latter-day strength. One would have to look very hard indeed for another singer of his age with such emotional vitality and diversity. "Life Is Hard" has a surprisingly nimble falsetto, but his gifts, as ever, have nothing to do with hitting and holding notes or having range. Instead, his phrasing remains impeccable, and he puts the songs forth with verve and vigor few can even approach; this is particularly important, given the lyrics' unusual nature.

Music is probably the biggest point of contention. Aside from "Life Is Hard," an acoustic take on Dylan's recent Rat Pack balladry fixation, it is essentially split between accordion-dominated Tex Mex and Chicago blues. The former is a great surprise; Dylan has hardly ever used accordion, and never for an extended time, and had dabbled in Tex-Mex only on 1976's Desire. Accordion - courtesy of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, who also plays guitar - is practically the lead instrument on several cuts. This takes some getting used to, as does the musical genre generally, but grew on me significantly, as it likely will on most. The blues entries are far easier for fans of latter-day Dylan to appreciate. If less than revolutionary, they feature some fiery playing from Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and three members of Dylan's crack touring band. A few cuts mix the two styles to interesting, if somewhat jarring, effect.

"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" is a good example. Essentially a take on the classic Otis Rush blues "All Your Love" with accordion instead of harmonica, it is a high energy opener with several notable short guitar solos, blazing trumpet, blaring organ, and powerful drums. It is also a good introduction to the lyrical style, beginning as simply as possible with "Oh well, I love you pretty baby."

"Life Is Hard" will not convince those turned off by Dylan's recent ballads but is excellent for those who like them. With beautiful music and a supremely touching vocal, it is highly affecting despite words that are occasionally too clichéd.

"My Wife's Home Town" is another harmonica-cum-accordion blues update, this time of the classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and even credits Willie Dixon. Well-done if hardly world-shattering, it epitomizes Together's lyrical modesty but at least has some amusing lines. The fiery vocal improves it substantially.

"If You Ever Go to Houston" may be the most accordion-dominated track - probably too much so for many, especially as the riff is very simplistic. A Wild West ballad and Texas ode, it is one of the slightest cuts but still enjoyable.

Further proof that no one does torch songs like Dylan, "Forgetful Heart" mixes things up somewhat with dramatic, Neil Young-esque electric guitar and other musical nuances.

"Jolene" is the most uptempo song, with a killer riff and some short, incendiary guitar solos. It is nice to hear Dylan and company rip it up, though the asinine words will disappoint many.

"This Dream of You" is Together's closest thing to a masterpiece - and it is tantalizingly close. Flat out mariachi, it shows that Dylan can quickly master nearly every genre; whatever one thinks of the accordion elsewhere, here it approaches sublime, while the bittersweet lyrics and mournful croon match it. This is a piece of emotional vitality only Dylan could create and has the album's best lyrics by a considerable margin.

"Shake Shake Mama" may be the most minor cut but is an enjoyable, rollicking blues.

"I Feel a Change Coming On" is probably the second best entry. A weeper with fine lyrics and excellent, highly creative drums, it may be Together's best vocal and is a worthy canon addition.

"It's All Good" is another accordion-laced classic blues send-up, reminiscent of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" among others. The words are very good, some of Dylan's best satire in years, and possibly contain veiled political references. It is a zany, freewheelin', and effective close to an unusual album.

All told, anyone expecting another masterpiece will be disappointed, and Dylan easily has at least a dozen albums that are much better, but this is very respectable, especially considering Dylan's age and how much great music he has already made.
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan
In Gotta Serve Somebody, director Michael Borofsky presents us with a documentary about this controversial and enthralling segment of Bob Dylan's storied career. Basically, Serve Somebody documents the making of the 2003 Columbia Records album Gotta Serve Somebody, a record which stitched together some of the greatest Gospel voices of our time (Shirley Caesar; Dottie Peoples; Rance Allen; The Fairfield Four) doing vintage interpretations of Dylan's oft-disregarded Gospel catalog. This is beautiful and timeless music which strikes at the cores of psyche and soul like a triumphant hammer. Simply, this is the music from which legends and poets and seers are brewed. Gotta Serve Somebody swells and bulges with great music. How does one pick centerpieces? No review could ignore Dottie People's riveting version of I Believe In You-- And then there's Rance Allen in the studio doing his version of When He Returns. The Chicago Mass Choir's rendition of Pressing On (led by Dylan's former back-up singer Regina McCrary who stops singing momentarily to candidly speak of how the loss of her child forged a deep undying faith) will make you want to cry: McCrary's vocal teems and soars, her bloody and brazen belief in the aura of the Christ pushing these crystal storms of music to invisible pinnacles -suddenly, it becomes impossible to question a piece of art this multi-dimesional and confessional and pure. Aside from being about great `Gospel' songs, Gotta Serve Somebody comes to collect a sheaf of great poems which speak to a journey isolated in time, speaking to a quest for Christ amid the personal challenges of being a rock-n-roll star. In short, this film serves as a beautiful testament to the growth of a seminal American artist, and it will no doubt be remembered as an important component to Dylan's vast body of work.
P&J Trading Summer Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils - Peach, Strawberry, Plumeria, Coconut, Ocean Breeze, Pina Colada - 10ml
P&J Trading Summer Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils - Peach, Strawberry, Plumeria, Coconut, Ocean Breeze, Pina Colada - 10ml
When ordering these I did not realize the health risks of artificial fragrances and differences between true essential oils and "fragrance oils. My mistake. I do not use these anymore. Several of the pack were unpleasant due to the synthetic smell. Ocean Breeze, for example sounded really nice. But it wasn't. Very synthetic and smelled nothing like what I was hoping for. Recently I stopped using all air fresheners because of their toxicity. I don't imagine these oils are much better. It is really concerning that they don't even post the ingredients in these oils on the packaging or here on the web description. Here is some information I found on "synthetic fragrance oils":

"Synthetic fragrance oils may contain any number of toxins: Benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, propylene glycol, parabens, and sulfates just to mention a few. In all, there are dozens of commonly used chemicals in these products, 95% of them derived from petroleum byproducts.
Manufacturers of synthetic fragrances must add toxic solvents to make their synthetic fragrances spread and dissipate into the air. They also add toxic chemicals to make the airborne fragrance molecules become sticky so they will cling to clothing, hair, furniture, and skin. This causes the smell to persist for hours or days or months. You get a longer lasting effect but of unhealthy chemicals."
POTEK 1500W Power Inverter Dual AC Outlets DC 12V to 110VAC Car Inverter with USB and Bluetooth
POTEK 1500W Power Inverter Dual AC Outlets DC 12V to 110VAC Car Inverter with USB and Bluetooth
I’ve had this inverter installed for approx 14 months, in my off grid cabin. It’s input was run off the charge controller, in order to monitor and limit the input amperage to the inverter. I have only powered the unit up three times to run 110volt output from it. Yesterday, the third time I used it, it “popped” and smoke came out of the unit. I was attempting to power a small chest freezer, rated at 3.4amp draw, well below the inverters rating. I removed the cover of the inverter and all 6 30A fuses were still good. Something else went. This left me without the ability to run my freezer. I’m writing this the next morning, as I’m getting gas, on my 45 minute drive to a store to replace the inverter.
Curious George Goes Green
Curious George Goes Green
It automatically plays on its own and is over an hour long which is very important. When my two year old daughter who sleeps by herself in her room in a toddler bed wakes up in the middle of the night as long as this is playing with a low or no sound she will watch a little and fall right back to sleep. If you have an energy star tv then you do not need a night light going this! I think this one is great as it teaches kids about recycling, planting and such things. She really loves it. And for 5 bucks it is money well spent! I plan to buy a few of the other ones too in the future. We have netflix and stuff which she watches Curious George on but having the dvd is good back up for when the internet, power or such goes out. Also great if you have a portable dvd player in your vehicle which we do.

I highly recommend this product.
Great length of time,
automatically starts,
teaches good things,
child approved.
The Avengers: Volume Two - Captain America Reborn! (Marvel Super Hero Collection)
The Avengers: Volume Two - Captain America Reborn! (Marvel Super Hero Collection)
Marvel has always impressed me with its comics, animated shows, movies and more. Marvel animated cartoons have been going on since the 1960s with its 60s Spider-Man.

Many cartoons today are pretty awful. I have been closely to losing faith as cartoons today have been pretty much gone downhill. But on that day when I went to the San Diego Comic-Con and paid a visit to the Marvel booth, I saw something intriguing, a poster advertising Marvel's latest action show: Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes is the latest animated series produced by Marvel. Avengers:EMH debuted on Disney XD October 20. It is far better then the god-awful Avengers cartoon from 1999 which did not get a good press. What is very odd is that when people first heard of Avengers:EMH, everone said,"oh no, this was gonna be "too kiddy" and not for the teens and/or adults because its on Disney XD. Those who said that were terribly mistaken. Avengers:EMH is far from "kiddy". In fact, it is very similar to the Batman TAS and the 90s X-Men animated series. It has recieved positive reviews from fans and good ratings. Some say it is even the 90s X-Men of this generation.

Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes follows the adventures of Marvel's greatest heroes, Iron man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye as they battle the most diabolical villains. The episodes are very loyal to the comics as the Avengers start off as solos but unite in the first episode and new members are added as they progress.

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" stars the well-known voice talents of Rick D. Wasserman ("Planet Hulk," "Marvel Vs. Capcom 3," "House M.D.") as Thor, Brian Bloom ("The A Team," "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2") as Captain America, Fred Tatasciore ("Tron: Evolution," "Hulk Vs.," "Wolverine and the X-Men") as The Hulk, Wally Wingert ("The Family Guy," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno") as Ant Man, and Phil Lamarr ("Mad TV," "Futurama") as Jarvis.

If you want action, adventure and/or just simply adore Marvel, then don't miss Avengers:Earth's Mightiest Heroes. This will be a must-have for Marvel fans of all ages.

Here episodes in volume 2.

1.Some Assembly Required-The Avengers are now united and Iron Man shows them their new home, Avengers Mansion. As the Avengers discuss their plans to catch all the escaped super-villains, Enchantress places a spell on Hulk and sends him on a rampage.

2.Living Legend-While searching for the Hulk in the Northern Hemisphere, the Avengers stumble upon Captain America who has been frozen in the ice since WWII. After thawing him out, Captain America find himself in a changed modern world. As he adapts with his new friends, Baron Zemo and Arnim Zola unleash a terrible monster on New York.

3.Everything is Wonderful-A business decision by Tony Stark leads rival Simon Williams to go to extreme measures for revenge- he seeks help from the Grim Reaper and AIM. Now transformed into the ionic powered Wonder Man, Simon takes the fight back to Tony Stark! But the only one there to defend Tony is the one Avenger who dislikes him the most- Ant-Man. Has Tony Stark changed? Plus, it's Wasp and Thor versus MODOK.

4.Panther's Quest-After stalking the Avengers for days, the prince of Wakanda, alias the Black Panther turns to the Avengers for help to take back his throne from the nasty Man-Ape. To make matters worse, HYDRA and Klaw are after the vibranuim.

5.Gamma World part 1-The Avengers are sent to the Cube, a dangerous prison for gamma-exposed prisons. A dome of gamma energy envelops the Cube, turning everyone inside of it into a fearsome gamma monster. S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doc Samson know that the Leader and a host of super villains are inside...but worse, the dome is expanding. The Avengers are going in, but they're not prepared for what they find inside. Meanwhile, Hawkeye catches up to the traitorous Black Widow.

6.Gamma-World part 2-Things go from bad to worse as the nasty Leader unleashes gamma energy and turns half of North America into ferocious gamma monsters, including the Avengers. In 24 hours, the entire world will be under the Leader's control. Our only hope? Hawkeye. His only hope? Finding the Incredible Hulk and convincing him to stop the Leader from turning Earth into Gamma World.
X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse
In the 1990s Apocalypse was one of the X-Men’s greatest foes in the comics. Brian Singer who either directed or produced almost of the X-Men movies starting in 2000 attempted to capture the rivalry between the two in X-Men Apocalypse. If one had seen the secret ending to X-Men Days of Future Past this was hinted at as a young Apocalypse then known as En Sabah Nur was ruling Egypt and creating pyramids with his four horsemen looking on.

This movie starts in that time period as En Sabah Nur was attempting to absorb the abilities of another mutant, but was disturbed by guards that wanted to kill him. While he escaped with his life, he was entombed inside of his pyramid.

Things then flash to the 1980s where various characters are added to the story. (Each X-Men movie covers a different decade by the way, First Class is the 60s, Days of Future Past in s the 70s, and this one the 80s.) A young Scott Summers’ mutant powers of optic rays are emerging and his brother Havoc brings him to Professor Xavier’s school. There he meets a young Jean Grey and Jubilee. Grey’s powers and the future of the film are hinted at while in school as she has a nightmare full of fire and Apocalypse. In Germany, Mystique saves a young Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler from a mutant death match against Angel. In Poland, Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto, is attempting to build a family and working in a steel factory only for his secret identity to be discovered and his wife and child to be killed in the process. He returns to his evil ways as a result. In Egypt, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert discovers a cult that revives Apocalypse and frees him from his tomb. He wants to rebuild his four horsemen and finds Ororo aka Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto. That sets the stage for the third act of the movie as the X-Men come to grips with Apocalypse’s desire to rule the world. Before that can happen the government interferes when Colonel William Stryker shows up at Xavier’s school and captures several of the students.

There are many more mutants and Easter Eggs are introduced as well. Caliban shows up two times in Germany. When some of Xavier’s students attempt to escape the government they run into Wolverine. His appearance relates back to the X2 film from 2003 where the story of Logan and Colonel Stryker is fleshed out. Angel becoming one of the four horsemen and gaining metal wings is taken directly from the comics.

Ultimately the story comes down to what it means to be part of the mutant family. Does it mean domination as Homo Superior and survival of the fittest, which is what Apocalypse offers, or to live together, Professor Xavier’s alternative? There’s a third path as well which Mystique talks about that is full of fear and struggles as the human race still fears and persecutes mutants.

Overall, the action is great such as when Quicksilver saves the students at Xavier’s school from an explosion. There is another huge battle at the end that really plays upon the power of Apocalypse compared to all the others allayed against him. There’s a good mix of humor thrown in as well such as when Summers destroys Xavier’s favorite tree while showing off his powers. Or when Xavier sees MacTaggert for the first time in years and says in a slip of the tongue that he was going to check her out. In the end, it’s the second best of the current three X-Men films only behind Days of Future Past.
Wild Kratts Season 2
Wild Kratts Season 2
This is such an awesome kids show! It's Informative AND entertaining.... a rare find! Our whole family enjoys watching it. Each episode begins and ends with the real life Kratt Brothers talking about and interacting with the real life animals featured that episode. In the middle, the cartoon version of the brothers and their sidekicks delve further into the animal's world and explore each animals "powers" up close (in a way that is engaging to young kids). It's fun for the kiddos and even interesting for us adults. Our 3 and 4 year old daughters just love this show... and actually retain the information long after they've finished watching. Several days later, they have recited information learned, or pointed out animals around us and their habitats. Bonus - all this is free with Amazon Prime! Seriously, where has this show been hiding!???
Classic With A Twist
Classic With A Twist
This is my favorite monopoly so far. Probably ever!
If I could rate this 20 stars I would ! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

There is a spot in the board called (low blow) when you land here, you now have the chance to steal a deed card (property) from one player, its a cool spot to land on if you need to complete a set and someone else has the deed card you need, or just useful if you’re trying to keep someone from completing a set. But whatch out though, its not so funny once someone else lands there and steals your deed cards lol

There is also an other spot on the board called (cheap shot) when you land here, the player with the least amount of money has to pay you $100! You can see how this is useful right? Well, if you’re going broke here’s $100 for you ☺️

These two spots in the board make the game super fun and not to mention when you collect the money once you land on free parking, players will have to “pay the pool” if landed on that space, money that has been paid to the pool will be placed at the center of the board and collected by the player who lands on free parking.

Such fun twist to the game. If you’re not a fan of monopoly because of the long hours it takes to play, this game will make time fly!

The longest game we have played with this board was 8 hours and i’m telling you we didnt even notice it felt like 30 minutes to us 😂
My Name Is Not Easy
My Name Is Not Easy
Was outrageous. We!I meaning ( mostly) people took several generations of Native children from home, family and their culture, and tried to turn them into their versions of white men. They cut their hair, beat them for speaking their own language and generally made them feel like savages, hard headed animals and it's totally not possible to turn such animals into decent hard working Christians . While this book is about one such high school in Alaska, the same thing happened throughout the country (and worse) The forcible taking of Native children from their culture caused long standing familial, behavioral, and emotional problems for both the children and those they left behind. Some sociologists refer to these as "soul wounds" = and they will be a long time healing,
That being said, this particular school wasn't as awful to the boarding students as some - there were some good times, the hard-won friendships between the Indian groups and Eskimo groups were an interesting story. There were several white children there, too (there were simply no high schools in the far north at that time) and they added another set of experiences to the story, What happened to the youngest brother of the three main characters is probably more realistic, and happend with a great degree of regularity - he was a year too young for the boarding school, and was given for adoption to a "good Catholic family" in Texas. The older brothers had no idea of where he had gone or why and the head of the school did not deliver the child's letters to his brothers. How they overcame some of these obstacles as they grew up and became more cognizant of white man's ways is the best part of a very good coming-of-age story in very difficult conditions.
Les yeux des ténèbres : le thriller qui avait prédit l'épidémie mondiale (French Edition)
Les yeux des ténèbres : le thriller qui avait prédit l'épidémie mondiale (French Edition)
Je vais essayer de ne pas dévoiler l'intrigue dans ma description, mais je dois avouer qu'il n'y a pas grande intrigue à préserver. Premièrement, le titre "le thriller qui avait prédit l'épidémie mondiale" n'est qu'une ruse marketing pour mousser les ventes. Ne lisez pas ce livre si le thème de l'épidémie est ce qui vous attire principalement dans le titre. La proportion du livre réellement en lien avec ce thème est minime. Autrement, c'est un roman très moyen et qui m'a grandement déçu, venant d'un maître acclamé du suspense. Les personnages sont relativement bien développés, mais l'intrigue est purement linéaire, sans aucun renversement ou surprise et avec très peu de mystère (et ce mystère est très répétitif jusqu'à la fin). Dans la première partie du livre, les personnages ont au moins le mérite de surmonter les obstacles qui se dressent sur leur chemin par leurs propres volonté et aptitudes, alors que lors de la deuxième moitié, tous les obstacles se résolvent facilement par la même voie surnaturelle répétitive, sans pratiquement aucun effort de la part des personnages, sans réel péril, et ce, jusqu'à la scène finale. On s'attend à un affrontement ultime, pour lequel on nous prépare longuement, mais celui-ci ne fait que s'ajouter à la longue liste d'obstacles caduques qui se résolvent immédiatement d'un coup de baguette magique, sans plus de cérémonie. Je n'ai pas lu beaucoup de Dean Koontz, mais je dois dire que ce n'est pas le livre qui va me donner le goût d'en lire plus.
Megan's Mate: A Selection from The Calhoun Women: Suzanna & Megan (The Calhoun Women, Book 5)
Megan's Mate: A Selection from The Calhoun Women: Suzanna & Megan (The Calhoun Women, Book 5)
This is such a great book, that I look forward to going back and reading these stories again like some that I already have, and I am impatient to read the rest of Nora Roberts' stories right now. Hot, Hot, Hot, love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story about family plus inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously wonderful love and romance. Each story is about one key person, usual in a family, or close group of friends, they are linked through intricate, messy links and it's almost like a movie you get the privilege of witnessing about these people's powerful, emotional, and often times painful journey towards falling in love. Roberts is one of my most favorite author's, and she doesn't disappoint in this series. Her unique style and classy, yet moving love scenes, paint a beautiful picture that leaves a person longing for something similar for themselves. All of that is combined into this fantastic series and make this book a "must-have"!!!! I didn't want to set it down....seriously!! Lol I was nodding off over my book on several different occasions. Worth the price and more to have a Nora Roberts book in your library collection!!!!!!
Case 39
Case 39
SPOILER ALERT.

The movie starts out with Emily (Renee Zellweger) as a social worker investigating the case of 10 year old Lilith being abused by her parents. Emily tries to get Lilith to talk to her, but Lilith appears terrified and will not speak, so Emily gives Lilith her home phone number.

In the middle of the night, Lilith calls Emily, begging for help. Emily rushes to the child's house to find the parents putting the child into the oven. Emily rescues Lilith. The parents are both put into the mental hospital, and Emily is given temporary custody of Lilith.

Both parents are mentally ill and, together, try to kill their child ? ? ? Right there, we know that something is wrong. And a social worker (who lives alone and works long hours and has no foster care license) could never be given custody.

A 10 year old boy who is in Lilith's therapy group suddenly kills both of his parents in their sleep. It is proven that, just before the murders, the little boy was on the phone with someone on Emily's phone. (Emily didn't call, so, that means that Lilith did.) From then on, Emily is afraid of Lilith.

Emily speaks with Lilith's father in the mental hospital, who tells Emily that Lilith is a demon and she must be killed, but she can only be killed in her sleep, but she rarely sleeps. Lilith killed five of her adult relatives. She tried to kill the parents, but they put her in the oven first.

Other people start to die. Emily realizes that she must kill Lilith.

Emily bolts her bedroom door with multiple locks and even puts heavy furniture in front of that door. Lilith still manages to break in.

Emily burns her house down, with Lilith trapped inside, but Lilith gets out.

Emily is alone with Lilith in the car. She drives the car off of the road and into the water. The car sinks. There is a struggle. Emily swims up out of the water. Lilith is obviously drowned. The End.

It didn't make sense to me that Lilith could break through a heavily barricaded door and escape a burning building, but she could not swim out of a sinking car (but Emily could). It also didn't make sense that the father warned that Lilith could only be killed in her sleep, but Emily killed Lilith while awake in a sinking car. However, it was said that Lilith has no power over you if you are not afraid of her, and Emily was not afraid at the end ... Lilith was able to kill people by discovering their fears and acting on those fears. It also didn't make sense that Lilith's grades suddenly went down - - as the father said, they had Lilith for 10 years, but Emily only had her for 2 months - - why did Lilith's grades start to go down, and why did they go down at all? -- Lilith wasn't afraid of anything, and her intent was to kill her parents.

This movie reminded me of "The Omen", except Lilith dies at the end. We never find out exactly what kind of a demon Lilith is or where her evil came from. This movie needed more information about Lilith.
Golden Gunmen: A Western Sextet
Golden Gunmen: A Western Sextet
My husband has every Louis La'mour books he has ever written.When I saw these i knew he didn't have these copies.He loved them
The Complete Asterix Box set (38 titles)
The Complete Asterix Box set (38 titles)
I purchased this collection because it had 38 books, the other box set I was considering had 37 books. Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter was released 6 months ago and is book #38. While the books obviously come in a box, it's not a display box so you have to pull each book out to find the one you want. I feel that for $250+ a display box would be a nice addition.

This really is a great set and if you're a big Asterix fan it's definitely worth adding to your collection. I grew up on these books so it's awesome that I get to take the adventure again with my son as we read them together.

One of my pictures shows the spines with the authors names. You can see where Uderzo took over after Goscinny sadly passed in 1977 and then when Uderzo retired and handed responsibilities of the books to Ferri/Conrad. I haven't read the newer books yet but I'm sure they follow the same great format as Ferri/Conrad were mentored by Uderzo.

The complete list of 38 books in this set:
Asterix the Gaul
Asterix and the Golden Sickle
Asterix and the Goths
Asterix the Gladiator
Asterix and the Banquet
Asterix and Cleopatra
Asterix and the Big Fight
Asterix in Britain
Asterix and the Normans
Asterix the Legionary
Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield
Asterix at the Olympic Games
Asterix and the Cauldron
Asterix in Spain
Asterix and the Roman Agent
Asterix in Switzerland
The Mansions of the Gods
Asterix and the Laurel Wreath
Asterix and the Soothsayer
Asterix in Corsica
Asterix and Caesar's Gift
Asterix and the Great Crossing
Obelix and Co.
Asterix in Belgium
Asterix and the Great Divide
Asterix and the Black Gold
Asterix and Son
Asterix and the Magic Carpet
Asterix and the Secret Weapon
Asterix and Obelix All at Sea
Asterix and the Actress
Asterix and the Class Act
Asterix and the Falling Sky
Asterix and Obelix's Birthday
Asterix and the Picts
Asterix and the Missing Scroll
Asterix and the Chariot race
Asterix and the Chieftain's daughter
Dangerous Masquerade (The Americana Series Book 1)
Dangerous Masquerade (The Americana Series Book 1)
Why turbo choose this rating...a very exciting story and interesting characters.
A young woman who had been taken in by her aunt and uncle was raised to care for their daughter, and did not feel she had any self worth.Larson used Laurie as a servant.when Laurie gets attention from a attractive man she doesn't know how to handle the situation.
One of the Boys (The Americana Series Book 30)
One of the Boys (The Americana Series Book 30)
In this story a.young woman works with a group of cameramen and is very good at her job. She is selected to shoot a special show with a very temperamental actress who wants all of the attention on her. She works very hard to be accepted as an equal with the men she works with and never dates anyone she works with instill her boss interferes and disrupts her plan..
The Parsifal Mosaic
The Parsifal Mosaic
Michael Havelock, a U.S. spy with a tortured past, finally finds some happiness with a fellow spy, Jenna Karas aka Jenna Karasova. Unfortunately, he discovers that Jenna is a double agent, and watches her die for her betrayal. Preparing to abandon his agent-life and retire to become a teacher, he catches a glimpse of Jenna, alive, at a chance meeting in Europe. The chase is on, as he tries to track down Jenna and figure out why she's alive, and who was deceiving who.
Loved the book a lot and enjoyed reading it, especially the first half of the book, which was outstanding. The whole book was long and complicated, filled with many plots. 5/5 for its lengthy complex story.
Robert Ludlum's (Tm) The Bourne Ascendancy: Signed
Robert Ludlum's (Tm) The Bourne Ascendancy: Signed
Got this for my dad, who loves Ludlum, but it was my mistake. The LARGE Robert Ludlum name over the title fooled me into thinking this was an actual Ludlum book. Unfortunately, my dad really struggled to finish it and it'll be going to charity once he finally does because he has no interest in re-reading it (as he always would normally). He rates it two stars because there are too many convoluted storylines, too many difficult names, and the whole thing takes too long to start coming together.
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 12: Enter Trunks
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 12: Enter Trunks
Having missed most of the tv show, i decided to read the Dragonball manga.
I had a very claer understanding of the story, but it contained some rather explicit sexual humor. I wasn't surprised that... wait gotta go. Lupin III is on...
The Berenstain Bears Chapter Book: The Haunted Hayride
The Berenstain Bears Chapter Book: The Haunted Hayride
Vaguely anti-capitalist and promotes an unbalanced and misinformed view of economics. Kids books tend to lean left, I get it, but this is the second Berenstain Bears chapter book we've read and I'm not crazy about the nuanced messages it's sending my daughter about how the world works.

From a literary standpoint, it gets bogged down in unnecessary side trips and extended dialogue that does not advance the plot. It felt at times like reading a student paper with a required word count, written on a subject for which the student has no love.
Grey's Anatomy Season 2
Grey's Anatomy Season 2
NB: couple of minor spoilers in my review.

I came to Grey's Anatomy a little late, as in the UK the only terrestrial channel it's broadcast on is one I couldn't get for years. Luckily, I managed to catch the last half dozen episodes of Series 2, and I was hooked, even though I hate hospital shows. I could never get into ER (even with the incentive of George Clooney) and don't even get me started on the home-grown stuff.

So what attracted me to Grey's Anatomy? Yes, it's glossy. Yes, it's gloopy. Yes, Meredith is probably one of the most annoying characters on TV. Yes, Derek is interminably dull. BUT, there's more to the show than that. I'm going to go all out here and compare Grey's Anatomy to a Dickens novel, in that it's not the 'main' characters you should concentrate on, or be interested in, because they're not the best ones. It's the ones slightly on the outside, who have more interesting personalities going on, they're the people to get involved with.

For example, Cristina is always hilarious, so cynical and smart and competitive - in this series, she finds her relationship with Burke getting trickier to navigate, and she's still determined to be the best surgeon in Seattle (probably in the world!). Izzie's character has been deepened with her attraction to Denny, a dying heart patient, and this will have knock-on effects for following series (for better or worse). Katherine Heigl plays her with loads of heart and loads of vigour, and I really like what she does.

Similarly, George is fabulous, he makes me laugh all the time, but as well he grows up this series, realising he has to stop lusting after Meredith, someone who'll never feel the same way about him. The progression of the character is really well done, while retaining the loveable George we all loved from Series 1. Alex, too, starts to grow up a little, which is good - he couldn't remain the 'baddie' of the piece forever.

Bailey is excellent, but then she always is, and it's touching to see her worry about whether she'll be respected as a surgeon when she becomes a mother. The scenes with her and George during the 'disaster' episodes are lovely.

Grey's manages to blend heart-warming schmaltz with hard-hitting scenarios, raising lots of moral questions every episode, so you can join in and decide who's right and who's wrong. It's easy to watch visually, but not always mentally, and that's why it's a show I am willing to keep following. I like the combination of attractive cast members, thoughtful stories and great acting, not to mention the brilliant music choices throughout the show. Just let yourself be drawn in and you won't want to leave Seattle Grace!
Das Buschgespenst: Roman, Band 64 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Das Buschgespenst: Roman, Band 64 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Dieser Text ist angesiedelt in dem Zeit- und Mentalitätsumbruch zwischen der vergehenden Romantik und der einsetzenden Industrialisierung, erzählt am Beispiel eines Dorfes im Erzgebirge. Die romantische Sphäre wird gefüttert durch eine am Rand des Scheiterns stehenden, aber selbstverständlich glücklich endenden Liebesbeziehung, bedroht durch die die dörfliche Gemeinschaft dominierende bzw tyrannisierende Familie, in der der Widerling in Gestalt des Sohnes einen sexistischen Blick auf die junge Braut geworfen hat und damit das unmoralische Spiel seines Vaters an einem anderen Mädchen viele Jahre zuvor wieder aufleben lässt. Diese Andere, verhärmt und früh verstorben, der Sohn ins Waisenhaus gesteckt und durch ein kinderloses, vermögendes Paar in Pflege genommen und später adoptiert, lebt im Helden der Geschichte, einem Privatdetektiv, weiter und wird am Ende der Geschichte gerächt. Unser Detektiv, der Sohn der Verstorbenen, wird auf Umwegen zum Erlöser der Menschen der Dorfgemeinschaft (siehe das Schlußkapitel "Bessere Menschen, bessere Zeiten").

Die treibende Erzählung ist dabei nicht selten langatmig und wirkt konstruiert, wie immer bei unserem Autor. In seinen besten Sachen (beispielsweise die Bände "Durch die Wüste" ff oder die deutsch-französische Geschichte über drei Generationen der Greifenklaus) wirkt dieses Durchkonstruierte meisterhaft, man weiß um den melodramatischen Firlefanz und hält beim Lesen dennoch den Atem an- hier beim "Buschgespenst" ertappe ich mich immer wieder beim Weiterblättern auf der Suche nach einem neuen, aufregenden Handlungsschub.

Die wahre Stärke des Textes ist ihr anderer Aspekt, die einsetzende Industrialisierung und die damit verbundene Umwälzung der Lebensverhältnisse der Menschen, geschildert am -dem Autor hochvertrauten- Milieu eines Dorfes seiner Heimatregion (siehe das Kapitel "Das arme Weberdorf").

Dieser Subtext macht allerdings "Das Buschgespenst" zu einem Gewinn, das Wissen, dass unser Autor in anderen Werken deutlich Lebendigeres geschaffen hat, versöhnt insgesamt, 3 Sterne dafür!
Youth Without [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 1)
Youth Without [Japanese Edition] (Volume # 1)
読み逃ししていた作品ですが、高田都「あい 永遠に在り」を読み、感動したことにきっかけを得て関連本としての当作品に至りました。いきなり司馬作品に引き込まれて夢中になっております。早く、全巻をと思っています。 のんちゃん
Bleach 13: The Undead by Tite Kubo (2007-06-30)
Bleach 13: The Undead by Tite Kubo (2007-06-30)
Edición mediocre, buena ortografía, sin páginas a color a pesar que en la versión japonesas las hay, tapas muy blandas, porte de las hojas menor al normal, hay cortes de 1 cm por lado que no aparecen en esta versión, las hojas y su calidad son discutibles, parece papel reciclado. Si no saben inglés es la única versión para ustedes, en caso de que se manejen en otro idioma les recomiendo la versión de viz media, ojo que si van por viz media compren la edición normal por tomos, que la 3-1 trae unas hojas muy delgadas y no vale la pena.
The Camel Club Audio Box Set
The Camel Club Audio Box Set
David Baldacci has many books out and I happen to like these stories about Oliver Stone. He's a former FBI agent who had a bad experience and dropped out of everything. Now he lives in a tent short distance from the Mall in Washington DC and belongs to a group of other odd balls called "The Camel Club". They discuss stuff and are loners themselves but they are employed in odd jobs. Well wouldn't you know it Stone gets called in to help somebody and the adventure begains for him and his buddies.
3-Film Nicholas Sparks Trilogy - Safe Haven/ The Best of Me/ The Longest Ride (Blu-ray + DVD)
3-Film Nicholas Sparks Trilogy - Safe Haven/ The Best of Me/ The Longest Ride (Blu-ray + DVD)
I received my order on 11/13/2018. First off, I ordered these mostly because they advertised digital codes. Now, I know those are touch and go, but I've found Vudu relatively will support expired codes, so I decided to order these just in case the codes worked with the plan to enjoy the blu-rays otherwise. When I got my order, I was excited because all three cases were factory sealed with plastic and 2/3 had the long sticker across the top to indicate they were never opened. According to the case, The Best of Me SUPPOSEDLY expired 2/3/18, but I have no way of actually testing that since the insert was removed and the case was resealed. I was really frustrated with that because of the false advertising on Amazon. The Longest Ride expired 7/14/18 and worked just fine on Vudu, so yay! For Safe Haven, you need to insert the DVD into the computer and enter the code (which expired 5/7/15), so I have no way of testing that yet. However, I'd like to address the case... While the top still had the professional seal sticker before I opened it, it was obvious the case had been used or tampered with previously due to the fact the top refused to close and one of the internal insert clips was missing. Entering the code for Safe Haven doesn't work on its own, since you have to insert the dvd and open the website, so I'll have to post an update on whether that code worked later.
Overall, I'm really disappointed since I was under the impression that I was buying overstock NEW, and NEVER USED Blu-rays from the seller and that's obviously not the case for at least 2/3rds of my order. The blu-rays themselves don't seem to have any scratches or issues and look new, so I'm happy with at least that. If you're looking at buying these, DEFINITELY DON'T BUY FOR THE DIGITAL CODES.
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (Penguin Classics)
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (Penguin Classics)
Great story of coming of age and feeling a sense of oneness to the connected natural and spiritual world. There were many great characters and interesting philosophical observations along the way. The introduction by James Franco seemed a bit disconnected to the book itself and self-serving, but the other introduction (by which scholar I have forgotten) was wonderfully researched and well written.
Demian
Demian
This book is about personal growth, but personal growth that is based on a view of acceptance that is dynamic and has nothing to do with acquiescence or resignation. The reader who is unfamiliar with Gnosticism, and Jungian psychology may find the supreme deity Abraxas, who is the embodiment of all qualities and their opposites, a tough pill to swallow inasmuch as he is presented not as an abstraction but as THE GOD and is to be understood as such by the reader. Demian, and his protege Sinclair, are saddened by the advent of the Great War, but they accept it and participate in it because to do otherwise would be to deny the dark and fateful origin of it and the ferment that leads to realization for mankind just as personal ferment leads to personal realization.
Trio for Blunt Instruments (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 39)
Trio for Blunt Instruments (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 39)
I never would have guessed I'd be reading mysteries starring two male chauvinist detectives, one pompous, the other cocky. However, I love the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout and have read all of them at least twice. Every Saturday night, my husband and I curl up in front of one of the excellent A&E Nero Wolfe DVDs starring Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin.

The earliest mysteries are the best in my opinion. All are good, but when one of Archie's 1960s girlfriends conjugates the German verb 'ficken' in public, it made me long for the good old days back in the '30s and '40s when ladies wore hats and gloves, even on a quick trip down to the neighborhood drugstore to buy a bottle of cyanide.

Maybe I'm a chauvinist, too.

"Trio for Blunt Instruments" (1961) features three novelettes: "Kill Now--Pay Later;" "Murder is Corny;" and "Blood Will Tell." All of the stories begin, as you might have guessed, with a victim who was bludgeoned to death or shoved out of a window.

Wolfe's client in "Kill Now--Pay Later" is the daughter of his bootblack, Peter Vassos. Pete shows up three times a week at Wolfe's old brownstone on West 35th Street to polish Wolfe's and Archie's shoes, but on the Monday morning in question he isn't his usual cheerful self. One of his best clients jumped or was pushed out of the window of a tenth story office, and Pete arrived in the office shortly after his client hit the pavement . Is Wolfe's favorite bootblack going to be accused of murder?

"Murder is Corny" is one of my favorite Nero Wolfe novelettes because it involves Wolfe's educated sense of taste. Every Tuesday from July 20 to October 5, a farmer named Duncan McLeod was supposed to deliver 16 ears of just-picked corn to Wolfe's brownstone, and one Tuesday in September he didn't show up. The gargantuan detective is fit to be tied when Inspector Cramer knocks on the front door after dinner, carrying the missing carton of corn. The guy who was supposed to deliver it was found dead behind Rusterman's restaurant, hit on the head with an iron pipe. Not only didn't Wolfe get his corn, but he is a trustee of Rusterman's restaurant. Then Archie is practically accused of the murder by the farmer's lovely daughter, who is working as a model in Manhattan. Can the situation get any worse?

"Blood Will Tell" is actually the second Wolfe mystery which involves a stained necktie, but at least the tie in this case doesn't belong to Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin receives the tie in the mail along with a mysterious note that says "Keep this until you hear from me." Is the dull brown spot on the tie a bloodstain?
Funko POP Movies: Harry Potter - Severus Snape Action Figure
Funko POP Movies: Harry Potter - Severus Snape Action Figure
This is an adorable little Funko POP figurine. It captures the essence of Snape's character while still maintaining the playful personality I've come to expect from Funkos. I collect Funkos, and I've particularly been enjoying the Harry Potter characters. There are so many of them, and they're all quite well-done in terms of craftsmanship. I have Snape on the shelf above Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid. He's standing next to Dumbledore. I didn't have Snape positioned quite correctly the first time, so he knocked Dumbledore off of the shelf (the highest one) and onto the floor. How like life, huh?
Slytherin Lightweight Scarf
Slytherin Lightweight Scarf
It's a nice lightweight alternative to a wool scarf when you want to show your house pride but not overheat. It would be perfect for warm weather visits to the theme park! Please note that the design is printed so there is an obvious back side; however, I found it easy enough to drape it in a way in which the back won't show. The printing is good quality and the Slytherin scarf is true to color as pictured. It is lightweight so use caution around zippers and other sharp objects because it seems like it would easily snag.
Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
I ALWAYS LIKE Jim Steinmeyer's books because of the amount of work and research he puts into each volume...and this one is no exception. In fact, I must say that with my almost-lifetime love of magic - in all of its various forms - this book certainly sheds "new light" on the subject, and gave me a very sobering look into the "back stories" of the art. And, it has a Foreword by Teller of the magic-duo "Penn & Teller"...that's a great read all by itself.

The book's title, "Hiding The Elephant", is based on the infamous 1918 illusion that Harry Houdini did on the stage at the New York Hippodrome, when he caused "Jennie The Elephant" to vanish into thin air. Or, did he ? That's what this book is all about, and the well-known term "Smoke & Mirrors" comes into play throughout the books 362 Pages, proving that "the hand may be quicker than the eye", but it's deception, and, misdirection that makes the trick - or, illusion - work.

Steinmeyer takes a chronological look at the history of these, sometimes, seemingly impossible vanishing illusions, as well as the tricks used by those who caused disembodied heads to appear, ghosts to float, ladies to be sawed-in-half...and, donkeys, cars, and, elephants, and almost anything else you can name, to disappear.

THE NAMES OF THOSE chronicled within the book are some of the most-famous of all-time: Kellar, Herrmann, Dante, Houdini, Bamberg, the Davenport Brothers, Robert-Houdin, Thurston, the Maskelynes', Goldin...well, you get the picture. But I was a little upset that Blackstone, as well as "Carter The Great" weren't profiled in here. Both had superb careers, and Blackstone was one of Houdini's greatest rivals, and in-reality a better magician & illusionist than Houdini, who excelled more as an escape artist than as a magician.

Speaking of "rivalry", this is the part of the book that I hadn't fully known about. I didn't realize the backstabbing, the belittling, the thievery that went on behind-the-scenes of these legendary icons...with almost all of those mentioned, taking part in those activities. Page-after-page stories of tricks, illusions, designs of apparatus, and, sometimes actual items, being stolen by one illusionist/magician from the other ! I was shocked at this new light that was shed on a profession I have loved, followed, and, at one time, participated-in myself...it gave me new insight and soured me on those who took part in any of the above-mentioned callous deeds.

As the well-known magician/actor/writer, Ricky Jay states, Steinmeyer's book is "An enthralling history of great illusionists that reveals not only how magicians act but how they think."

"HIDING THE ELEPHANT", by Jim Steinmeyer, has 362 Pages that contain 16 Chapters, 65 Illustrations, 8 Pages of rare photos, and, a great section on Acknowledgements & Notes. In reading it, prepare yourself for a look back at Magic's History going from the 1800's-to-today, and learn, as I did, that in the World of Magic not everything is as it seems: On Stage, OR, Off.
A Passage To India
A Passage To India
First off a few words about the DVD I purchased: Picture and sound quality are very nice, and English (as well as numerous foreign language) subtitles are available. Also dubbed audio versions in French and Spanish. By way of extras there is only a trailer. The run time of the film on the DVD is 2 hours 37 mins (which is 157 mins and not the 197 mins advertised in the product description - which latter is likely an error since the original release of the film was ever only 164 mins).

The story of the two British ladies travelling to India during the waning days of the Raj in probably not to everybody's taste with the prejudices and instances of racism involved. Even more problematic is the accusation of alleged rape by the young Englishwoman against her Indian guide. Thankfully, the outcome of the ensuing trial and Victor Banerjee's big scene at this point in the film are so beautifully played out and captured by the camera, that this is what is most remembered after watching the film. At least, that's what I remembered most some thirty years after first seeing this film in the cinema. Having bought the DVD and revisited the film for the first time this many years later, I must say that I struggled with parts of the story.

Technically, the film is excellent. Another example of David Lean's talent and craftsmanship as a director. Also, the acting is first class all round. I loved Peggy Ashcroft, admired Judy Davis for her flawless performance as a character I thoroughly disliked on this second watching, will never cease to admire Alec Guinness, simply adored Victor Banerjee and was delighted to see the young Nigel Havers. Also worth mentioning is the Maurice Jarre score which is rather nice. Not quite up there with the ones for Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago though.

Good film with beautiful cinematography and stunnning Indian locations , but one that will make you think and possibly (hopefully) make you feel uncomfortable at times. Not light entertainment.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel 5-Inch White Ranger Action Hero Figure
Power Rangers Ninja Steel 5-Inch White Ranger Action Hero Figure
It's a great figure but the lack of paint on the back (won't matter to a child) bothers me a bit as I am a collector. Also I have my concerns about the weapon being too big for the hands since they are small not to mention having all the Ninja Steel figures hold their weapons while in packing causes their hands to expand so they don't grip their weapons as well as expected but overall a great figure. :)
2020 HP Laptop, 17.3" HD+ Screen, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 Quad-Core Processor up to 3.60GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, DVD-RW, HDMI, Wireless-AC, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Home, Black
2020 HP Laptop, 17.3" HD+ Screen, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 Quad-Core Processor up to 3.60GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, DVD-RW, HDMI, Wireless-AC, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Home, Black
My need was a relatively cheap laptop with a large monitor functional for work via Citrix or using SSH, neither particularly high demand. This laptop fits the bill and has come very good qualities, even though it's missing some more modern connectors like USB-c, Thunderbolt or DisplayPort and has a relatively small SSD.

The full keyboard is large and has great tactical feedback as well as a separate numeric key pad. The trackpad and buttons are the same - I like that they are all separate vs the uni-pad with buttons underneath and are not predictable. Input on this laptop is very fast. My only gripe is there is no back light which can make working in low light hard .

It only has Intel UHD graphics, suitable to drive up to 3 monitors with the onboard HDMI or a separate USB video cable, but that does take away from the onboard memory. I actually chose it for this fact as I have had problems with both ATI and NVidia mobile chipsets. The processor is not ever going to run at 3.6 Ghz though as the laptop would melt. That;s a theoretical number on only 1 core were it on a desktop. Actual operating range is more like 700Mhz - 1200 Mhz given Speed Shift and battery/power limits. Still, this was okay for me.

USB 3 SS is past it's prime and the DVD burner is just plain old but I understand this reduced the cost which is even more important to me. It met my demands but I understood I was trading power for value in this model, the reason I give it a fairly high rating.
SUPERDANNY Power Strip Tower USB Surge Protector with 9 AC 4 USB Ports 9.8ft Multiple Electrical Outlet Extender Desktop Charging Station for Office Home Dorm Room
SUPERDANNY Power Strip Tower USB Surge Protector with 9 AC 4 USB Ports 9.8ft Multiple Electrical Outlet Extender Desktop Charging Station for Office Home Dorm Room
06/16/2020- I loved the blue color so much that I bought 2. Unfortunately, the first purchase just arrived late and the LED light doesn’t work even when switched to the ON position. Thus makes me question the durability and quality of the product if it is not working as advertised on day one. The outlets all seem to work today; but, the faulty, non-functions LED light to signal that power is “ON” is VERY concerning.

06/23/2020- I still love the blue color of this; but, my 2nd power strip arrived today. It has the same issue as the first. Oddly, the product box has a sticker that claims is was verified by quality control. Ha! if they can't catch that the LED light doesn't work, it is probable the sticker is just false. Do Not buy this product! FYI- If I have two with quality issues (100% of my orders), you may be better off picking up a power strip from your local "dollar" store. I also purchased the blue power strip with wireless charger from this company. I can only hope the quality control on that more costly product is better than the non- existent quality control on this one.

07/01/2020 Update:
- I received an email from SupperDanny advising that the Red Button was not intended to light-up. They clarified that it is an “overload reset button that will be sucked in to cut off power when there is an overload or short-circuit. When this happens, please press the button and it will be popped up to restore the power strip tower again.”
- With this in mind, my original review was unfairly harsh. There are no defect issues with this product; thus, I have upgraded my review.
- I just wish SuperDanny had clarified this after the first time I reviewed this power tower; but, better late than never because I now have 3 of these
A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Almost everything works.

I have to point first to the prescient direction by Bob Clark.

That’s something of a surprise. Clark made his bones in horror and the Porky’s movies.

But it’s a welcome surprise. Clark and co-writer/narrator Jean Shepherd, working from Shepherd’s books In God We Trust: All Other Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, offer a careful blend of children and adults on the one hand and reality, fantasy and neighborhood myth on the other and the blend is exhilarating.

This is well before my time — I was born in 1955 — but no matter: I connected instantly to this vivid depiction of a young boy’s life.

It wouldn’t work as well as it does without these performers. They’re perfect or so close to perfect that the difference doesn’t matter.

Young Peter Billingsley is at the top of the heap and it would be a mistake to minimize the impact of his guileless charm, spectacles and blue eyes. He’s the movie’s face and his moods quickly become our own moods.

But I did notice this time around that Billingsley doesn’t have to act much here — though he’s splendid when he does, as in his iconic scene with an impatient department-store Santa — and tends to be used in shorter, sometimes static scenes that maximize his impact.

And I can’t go on without mentioning Melinda Dillon, who fairly exudes gentleness, Darren McGavin, who seems to feel his every scene as though he’s living it, and Tedde Moore, who brings a solemn yet vaguely mirthful edge to her performance as Ralphie’s teacher.

I won’t linger over other iconic moments. You’ll find them yourself and love them better for the finding. Suffice to say there are many and that there’s very little about A Christmas Story that doesn’t serve it well. Even the most minor of characters. The house. The school. The scenes downtown (which were filmed in Cleveland). In a broader tableau, the film even captures the relative innocence of middle-class life in post-Great Depression America and that is no small achievement by itself.

Alas, there’s one notable lapse: A portion of the last sequence relies on stereotyping. It’s a cheap laugh and its position at the end gives it an unfortunate power to influence what viewers take away from the film. And the real shame of it is that the creators might have skipped right over the offending lines — the next bit works perfectly — and still succeeded.

But in the bigger picture, it’s an errant moment in what is otherwise a supremely careful and well-made movie. And so, while the scene sticks in my craw every time I see it, I can’t hold it against the movie for long. This is a keeper.
Level Up: One Up Series, Book 1
Level Up: One Up Series, Book 1
After the disappointment of my second read through of READY PLAYER ONE, this story of a guy who finds himself trapped in a video game world was a more relaxing and humorous breath of fresh air.

Marcus is the down trodden office work we follow as the negatives of his life are laid out before us. Most of it relates to his place of work and the boss who makes things tough for him.

LEVEL UP is a brisk read, not because of page count, but the pace that it whisks along. In a lot of stories this could be annoying, but it works well here giving it the feel of a video game with each chapter (or Level) revolving around the next game type, game level, of boss fight. There is a sense of escalation throughout and the plot rarely pauses or steps back.

The humour is there but not in your face, with Marcus' mate Carlos standing in as comedy side-kick, while most of the chuckles come from references to the various video game styles and nuances the book parodies (and out right mocks!). And unlike READY PLAYER ONE, it doesn't over explain its references because it know's I'll either get it or just carry on.

There are issues (some grammar needs tidying up and a scene involving speed dating felt out of place) but all in all this is an enjoyable and amusing read that doesn't ask much of it's reader other than to have fun.
JustWatch - The Streaming Guide
JustWatch - The Streaming Guide
Justwatch offers a very useful service on the Web and as apps for your Phone/Tablet that lets you search/browse across many different legal streaming services that let you stream/rent/buy movies and tv shows. On the touchscreen apps and web, you can search and browse movies and TV shows from various paid subscription services, free with ad services, OTA TV networks, public library affiliated services, cable only networks, pay per view/purchase services, etc. You can filter those listings by ratings, price, release year, genre, and movie/tv/all, and which services you can use. You can sort results for popular shows by Rating, Popularity, Release Year, Alphabetical, or Random. You can see new releases across all services sorted by day of release. When you click on a title, it will show detailed information about the title and show icons for each of the streaming services it is available on with the price (or Ads/included in subscription). Favorable rating is for the touchscreen app (and web service) and does not include the devices that have no app or the currently nearly useless TV apps (beta versions). They have just introduced support for TV apps but these are, in their present (Dec 2019) horribly incomplete state, rather pointless even on the devices they support (Fire TV/Android/AppleTV) as they lack nearly all the features that set JustWatch apart; hopefully that will improve soon.
Do not let the incomplete Fire TV app scare you off from the service. There is currently no app support for Samsung TV/bluray (let alone older models), Roku (new or old), or LG TV. There is no desktop app for linux, mac, or windoze but you can use the web service; you can, however, use a web browser. On linux you can create a site specific browser (a desktop icon (and dash) that launches a separate browser for that site that resembles an app) but there is no back button, probably no LIRC infrared remote control support, and no integration with other SSBs or kodi for the players. There is no Kodi plugin.
NEO Chair Office Chair Ergonomic Desk Chair Mesh Computer Chair Lumbar Support Modern Executive Adjustable Rolling Swivel Chair Comfortable Mid Black Task Home Office Chair, Grey
NEO Chair Office Chair Ergonomic Desk Chair Mesh Computer Chair Lumbar Support Modern Executive Adjustable Rolling Swivel Chair Comfortable Mid Black Task Home Office Chair, Grey
Update to review 11/2020:
I do not recommend buying the chair it lasted less than 6 months. We did not use the chair every day and the metal below the chair is broken. I did not use the chair but a few weeks in June when we first got it so it went from a heavy person to lighter person who did use the lean feature not frequently but maybe every other day when using. Now this person that used it is way under 200 pounds and I don't believe the metal or product is the best. Even if the price is tempting you want to buy something that lasts and you can feel at ease you won't have to buy a new one for another few years or more.

Last review 6/2020: I like the back piece definitely is comfortable there but the seat itself really hurts the back of my thighs and side of my thighs like a lot. To the point where I am bruising after a day of use. This is less than 8 hours use considering I am working from home this is not comfy for a big girl or big boy. You get me. You got thighs and on the plus side I do not recommend this especially if you don't like your thighs being squeezed. The part of the tushy to front is decent on length but the part closer towards front is not comfy I have a bruise under my left thigh so maybe one of the screws were a bit to far in. The color is great the feel of material is great even shipping great I recommend if your a thinish to a little chubby person that likes a bit extra space not too much may be for you but a bigger person with thighs is a big no no if you want want to safe yourself from pain.
Wiley Wallaby Licorice, Allsorts, 8 Ounces
Wiley Wallaby Licorice, Allsorts, 8 Ounces
Hard to find locally this for me is the original taste of All Sorts no coconut taste at all licorice and the magic fondant? Whatever the white layer or
colored filling its yummy if you like licorice and novelty approach it's all good. The price is fair and I'm thrilled to find it and have it delivered so quickly I will be ordering more
Marca Amazon - Happy Belly Mango deshidratado, 500 g
Marca Amazon - Happy Belly Mango deshidratado, 500 g
Since my gap year in 2004, mangoes have been my favourite fruit - both fresh and dried. Since then, I have tried sooo many types: crystallised, sweetened, unsweetened, air dried...etc.
And so many brands (including, but not limited to):
Forest Whole Foods - tough on the teeth
Forest Feast - very moist and sweet
Urban Fruit - tasty but thin and a small quantity compared to its large packaging.
Good Foods (Aldi) - cost-effective but extremely sweet - doesn’t taste very healthy.

I’ve settled for all of the above brands (and more) for a while but have then moved on.

Happy Belly Mango all the way! I’ve now made what must be my 8th purchase by now, and have subscribed. So far, it wins (for me) on texture, density, taste and the ‘healthy snacking’ feeling. My daughter and husband love it too so I have to keep it hidden!
The downside for me is that the packaging is non-recyclable and non-resealable, but of course you can, as with most materials anything, still use for crafts/keeping other food fresh, etc.

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