Karina Rivera

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CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Simon Collison, Andy Budd , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Javascript Concepts: 1St Edition
Javascript Concepts: 1St Edition
Javascript Concepts: 1St Edition by Mohammed Ashequr Rahman. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
J.K. Rowling Collection 6 Books Set (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald,The Original Screenplay,Quidditch Through the Ages and more)
J.K. Rowling Collection 6 Books Set (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald,The Original Screenplay,Quidditch Through the Ages and more)
J.K. Rowling Collection 6 Books Set (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald,The Original Screenplay,Quidditch Through the Ages and more) by J.K. Rowling, 9781338216660 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two By J.K. Rowling 978-1338216660, 133821666X, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 438 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Texas Ranger (Rory Yates Book 1)
Texas Ranger (Rory Yates Book 1)
Texas Ranger (Rory Yates Book 1) by James Patterson. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 1208 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone: The Activist
Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 1164 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Le Dernier juré (BEST-SELLERS) (French Edition)
Le Dernier juré (BEST-SELLERS) (French Edition)
Le Dernier juré (BEST-SELLERS) (French Edition) by John GRISHAM and Patrick BERTHON. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne - foreword, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 690 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Tyndale NLT Life Recovery Bible (Personal Size, Softcover) 2nd Edition - Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol, Personal Struggles - With Meeting Guide
Tyndale NLT Life Recovery Bible (Personal Size, Softcover) 2nd Edition - Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol, Personal Struggles - With Meeting Guide
Tyndale NLT Life Recovery Bible (Personal Size, Softcover) 2nd Edition - Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol, Personal Struggles - With Meeting Guide by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 203 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Descendants
Descendants
Descendants by Stephen R. King. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 266 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Murach's Beginning Java with NetBeans
Murach's Beginning Java with NetBeans
Murach's Beginning Java with NetBeans by Joel Murach and Michael Urban. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
R in Action: Data Analysis and Graphics with R
R in Action: Data Analysis and Graphics with R
R in Action: Data Analysis and Graphics with R by Robert Kabacoff, Dale Ogden, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 116 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Professional Unix Shell Programming
Professional Unix Shell Programming
Professional Unix Shell Programming by Larry A. Walker. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
Libra: The Cryptocurrency Revolution: How Facebook Crypto Will Change the Global Banking System, Detailed Instructions on How to Use It to Make Payments, Investments, Trading... and Differences from Bitcoin
Libra: The Cryptocurrency Revolution: How Facebook Crypto Will Change the Global Banking System, Detailed Instructions on How to Use It to Make Payments, Investments, Trading... and Differences from Bitcoin
We all know that Libra is a crypto currency that facebook launched. But do we know what it will do or what its purpose and how to use it? Well i know now and also most of us do. But if you dont know about it than you are still in the 90s man. Grab this book and you will find all your questions answer regarding facebooks libra.
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game
As a new hunter and huge nerd, I've been on the lookout for really good, soup-to-nuts resources that would help me grow as a hunter. In the midst of that search, I encountered Steven Rinella's podcast and TV show. I've enjoyed them both thoroughly and was excited when I found his books since I was certain I'd enjoy them, too.

If you're a new hunter, these books are a great purchase though - if I'm being honest - they fell just short of what I was truly hoping they'd be.

The positives are many...

At a technical level: The writing is excellent. Topics are covered in depth and with excellent clarity. In the midst of every discussion, great stories and anecdotes are woven such that you feel like you're reading a beautiful cross between a manual/textbook and a hunting memoir. It's an engaging read that I found hard to put down. The book is VERY well organized and the ideas flow into one another in a very sensible way. As the author states, you'll want to read this book from cover-to-cover without skipping things. Concepts and illustrations build on the material that came before it, and there's a lot of information you can apply from one discussion (say hunting something as seemingly foreign to me as an East Coaster like bighorn sheep) to another (like the more recognizable whitetail deer).

Similarly, the last section of the book on butchering is clear, detailed, and beyond helpful... Principles for butchering large animals are presented in general terms where needed so you can apply concepts to whatever animal is in front of you. But specifics are given where appropriate, too.

In addition to the technical aspects of the book, it's absolutely beautiful. The photography, layout, and colors draw you into the book and make it all the more engaging. I'm not usually someone who gets into aesthetics, but this book's got 'em and I'm sure people who enjoy that more than I do will be well-pleased.

Throughout the authors make a beautiful case for conservation of both these beautiful animals and the public lands on which they can survive and be enjoyed by us all.

But, there are a couple of places where I felt the book just fell short of being EVERYTHING I'd hoped. For one thing, there's nothing on identifying sign and tracking... There's reference to rubs, scrapes, trails and the like in the varied sections on different animals. However, I can't think of a place where a photograph of any of them. As a novice woodsman, a big part of locating productive grounds and the animals that inhabit them will include being able to know what to look out for (short of an animal's silhouette slipping through the brush) and how to read the story it's trying to tell you. For example, I found what I thought was a scrape in the woods and, all excited with my newfound woodsman skills, showed it to another hunter. At a glance they said, "That's not a deer scrape. It's from a turkey." I'm sure that I'll make more mistakes like that in the woods until I have more experience - after all, nothing's better - but I think this is a definite gap in the book's content as a 'complete guide'.

I also think a little more practical examples might've been helpful... I'd have appreciated something like an example hunt for one of the more popular animals in the book (say elk, mule deer, or whitetail). Seeing pictures of a map and how the authors dissected it, where they entered, what they found scouting, how they approached the hunt based on that info, etc would've help me put the excellent information in the book in order inside my head.

So, if you're a new hunter, I think this book is a must read... I'm sure there are other, species-specific books that will include more nuggets pertaining to your animal of choice. But, I'm also confident that none of them will do more to make you a well-rounded hunter and put you in a better position to utilize the game you harvest than these books will. AND you'll just have a ton of fun reading it along the way.

(Side note: I have a decent background in firearms use and think that the firearms treatment here is very good - especially for the novice. However, I wonder whether some of the information - like understanding caliber, cartridges, etc - would've been better treated in a separate volume in order to focus more on the hunting-specific aspects of shooting or to leave room for some of the topics I thought were omitted. It's hard to figure out if I'm being biased here, so I just offer this as a note rather than a praise or critique.)
Zipfizz Pina Colada B12 Energy Drink Dietry Supplement Limited Edition Net Wt 11.64 Oz
Zipfizz Pina Colada B12 Energy Drink Dietry Supplement Limited Edition Net Wt 11.64 Oz
I love Zipfizz because it gives me energy without making me jittery, it's keto, and it tastes good. I love pina colada flavor, so I paid more than I usually would for this flavor. I won't do that again.

This flavor is good, but it's mostly pineapple. I had to add coconut milk to get the real flavor. (Great for keto, btw, as long as you get some without added sugar. Adds fat and coconut flavor without adding carbs. I froze the rest in an ice cube tray for later.) I hope the makers of Zipfizz will take note. Add more coconut and drop the price, and you will have a very popular flavor.
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.
XTEND Sport BCAA Powder Blue Raspberry Ice | Electrolyte Powder for Recovery & Hydration with Amino Acids | 30 Servings
XTEND Sport BCAA Powder Blue Raspberry Ice | Electrolyte Powder for Recovery & Hydration with Amino Acids | 30 Servings
I bought this after having tried another brand of BCAAs from an amazon lightening deal. I bought this one this time because I live in the desert and the idea of being “hydrating” really appealed to me especially after feeling like the other brand was leaving me dehydrated.
Honestly I can’t seem to even get that far with this product because of the flavor. Admittedly, I have a blue Powerade addiction which I’m trying to curb with these blue flavored amino powders. This is one is blue. Bright blue. Tastes blue. Like really blue. Maybe too blue... even for me. It’s really jazzy and I appreciate the taste but it’s a lot of flavor for me to sip on throughout the day. I’ve tried using less powder (like half a scoop in 40oz of water) and the flavor is still really strong. I’m giving it four stars because I love the idea and I really want to like it but it’s potent stuff. Maybe 2 blues back to back was overkill. I’ll switch to a lemon-lime BCAA supp for a while and give this one another go and update my review then. I really want to like it!
Jordan B'Loyal (Kids)
Jordan B'Loyal (Kids)
My kid wore the shoes once before the stitching started to come apart....are these even real Nike’s? I feel like I got ripped off.
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Assorted, Special Edition Retro Accents, 12 Pack
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Assorted, Special Edition Retro Accents, 12 Pack
Loving these shades! They will not bleed through paper, and they are vibrant shades. Their shades are true to their outer casing's. Very pleased with that. They're great to write and draw with. I'm personally using them to scrapbook, not color but you could use these in adult coloring books. Highly recommend these felt tip pens and the Inkjoy gel pens (.5mm is the best tip size). I won't use a regular pen ever again. They glide so smoothly!
Venom [With Bonus Content]
Venom [With Bonus Content]
Movie critics have a though job, I get it. They have to watch lots of movies and not for pleasure, but as a job. They can't just relax and have fun, they need to sit down and analyze every bit of a movie: script, acting, effects, lighting, music, dialogue, etc. They also have to compare with films of different genres and with the actors and directors previous efforts. There's a lot of work and baggage, and it's understandable when they demand more from a film. On the other hand, this process means they simply don't see films the way the general public does, and this disconnect sometimes means they'll be harsher on a film than they need to be. Sometimes this will be out of handling different expectations, and sometimes, being human as they still are, it'll be out of pure unfairness.

In the case of Venom, it seems to be a combination of both. The film seems to be almost universally reviled by critics while almost universally loved by audiences. While being completely fair I'll admit many of the complaints about this movie are completely legitimate, I still believe the treatment is receiving by critics is still preposterously exaggerated. I've ranted about this before, but it seems critics have simply grown accustomed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's formula, and anything that strays from it in any direction is automatically judged harsher, whether it deserves it or not. And Venom absolutely doesn't. Yes, it's campy. Yes, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Yes, it doesn't have any messages and it doesn't deal with any current socio-political issues. What does Venom offer in place of all that? Simple, primal and unbridled FUN.

Venom is the story of Eddie Brock, a reporter who believes in doing the right thing, even by using unconventional methods, and even if it means telling the truth about powerful people. Is because of this that he decides to investigate on a rich industrialist who's secretly kidnapping people and experimenting on them. This gets him in serious trouble, and having no good deed going unpunished, he loses his job, girlfriend and apartment. But when a scientist grows a conscience and tells Brock about the secret experiments the industrialist is doing by merging humans with parasitical sentient goo life form known as "symbiotes", he decides to pay a visit and inadvertently becomes host for one of these creatures. Hilarity ensues.

The symbiote merging with Eddie calls himself "Venom". It's an intelligent creature that needs to feed and has less scruples about killing than Eddie does. With Eddie they form a symbiosis: the alien will augment Eddie's strength, agility and resilience while Eddie provides the alien with sustenance until he can find his companions. Having no choice, since he's being followed by people who want him dead, Eddie complies, but now finds himself bond to a creature that could cause the deaths of millions. Meanwhile, another symbiote named "Riot" is traveling the planet in search for the rest, and he has even less respect for other forms of life. Will Eddie be able to control Venom or convince him to join his side or will Venom and Riot unite against humanity?

Here's why Venom resonates so much with audiences: the story is simple to follow, the main characters are likable and, unlike other films in recent years, it doesn't try to beat messages into the audience's heads. Expect no attempts at political agendas or social issues; every bit of dialogue is in service of the story or the characters. But the main reason is that both main characters are just really fun to watch. Eddie and Venom form basically a buddy cop movie, with two different personalities clashing and being forced to work together.

They're also bloody hilarious. I complain a lot about movies in the MCU using humor as an excuse for plot development, having every character being a snide wise-cracker and ruining legitimately tense moments for the sake of a joke, but this one doesn't fall into those pits. The humor is relegated to Eddie and Venom's relationship, so not all characters feel the same, and tense moments are not punctuated by jokes, so the tension isn't lost.

Yes, I'll say that there are a bunch of plot holes and perhaps the story is too overly simplistic for those who expect something more, but if you're willing to just relax and have fun, this movie does the job very well.

How does it work as an adaptation? People complained a lot about the movie not being R-Rated and Spider-Man not forming part of the origin story, an I say that those people simply have no idea what they're talking about. Venom has always been goofy in the comics, this isn't a new development, and Spider-Man's involvement is unnecessary, since the character is strong enough to thrive on its own. Yes, having Venom show up in a Spider-Man movie would be benefitial... for Spider-Man's character. But Venom can perfectly work on its own without Spidey. That being said, I would very much like to see the characters clash in the future. We'll have to see, since it's still not clear if Venom and Spider-Man even exist in the same universe yet.

Bottom-line: if you're expecting elaborate plots, social messages and/or a serious tone this is the wrong place. But if all you want is fun, Venom will do the job perfectly.
Fascinations Metal Earth Marvel Deadpool 3D Metal Model Kit
Fascinations Metal Earth Marvel Deadpool 3D Metal Model Kit
I have built over 10 metal earth models since COVID locked us down. They are a great way to relieve stress if you like super difficult challenges and wearing reading glasses while building. With these type of models you need to have the right tools, endless patience and you need to study the instructions carefully as they are 2 dimensional and mistakes can be made as some pieces and tabs are unforgiving. I had to use glue on previous models. This one is about a 7 or 8 on the difficulty level. But the finished product is beyond cool. He's in full color and holding a mini unicorn in one hand. It makes me smile every time I look at it. My favorite so far. The Gundam model was the most difficult that I have built. I will be building the pirate ships next. Darth Vader was my least favorite because it wasn't difficult but the gloss black finish gets chipped and scratched up as your building it then you have to touch it up with a black sharpie pen.
Dr. Strange Season One
Dr. Strange Season One
I don't like to write negative reviews, but I have to be honest in my opinion of this work.

This is a re-telling of the traditional "Doctor Strange" origin. Our story picks up as Strange arrives in the sanctuary of the Ancient One, giving us flashbacks into his life before his accident while setting the stage for the 'quest' story to come that will involve him, Wong, and new-comer Sofia di Cosimo of the Museum Of Ancient Mythology in Rome. Our heroes go in search of magic rings that give the wielder command over the Vishanti before evil claims them and destroys the world.

I find the story to be uninformed and not well thought out. This is a 'magic lamp' story: a magical device gives the possessor command over beings of magical power. Traditionally, supernatural beings end up contained because they are evil or broken some commandment. Their punishment is confinement and servitude to whoever has their prison and/or frees them. The main plot of this story involves three rings that give the wearer command over the Vishanti. For those unfamiliar to the "Doctor Strange" mythology, the Vishanti are supernatural beings of great and ancient power who are traditional guardians of good and opposers of evil. Many of the spells Doctor Strange uses in his magical career invoke the power of the Vishanti: he calls on them to help and they choose to do so. So, these are beings of god-like power who assist good magicians in their fight against evil by lending their power to fuel the good magician's spells. Why would there be rings to control them? Who made them? Why would the Vishanti allow them to exist if anyone - good or evil - could pick one up and enslave them? The answer can only be: because the plot needs them to exist.

I did enjoy the character development between Strange and Wong, and their dislike and mistrust of each other in the beginning which gradually becomes good-natured bravado over the course of the story was an interesting take on their relationship.

I know this author has written other stories that were well-received. Perhaps he is not especially knowledgeable about magic and folklore, and merely lacked understanding of this topic.

When I was growing up, my mantra was "make mine Marvel" and Doctor Strange was one of my heroes. His story teaches us that whatever our past, we can work wonders if only we have the will to be better people and the desire to learn. Now I find Marvel stories to be disappointing, and it saddens me to say that this work is - in my opinion - an example of why DC's Vertigo titles, such as "Hellblazer" and "The Sandman," are superior to Marvel's line of titles. "Hellblazer" and "The Sandman" are built on stories that have fully-realised characters living in real worlds of cause, effect, and consequence. It's unfortunate that Marvel seems to rely heavily on plot devices and crossovers rather than good writing.

If you're looking for a good "Doctor Strange" title, I recommend "Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa" by J. M. DeMatteis and Dan Green.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Y: The Last Man is a 10-volume graphic novel collection about what would happen if an unexplained plague wiped out every male on earth, animals and human alike, in a heartbeat. The premise of this story is that two males were inexplicably spared: a young man named Yorick Brown, amateur escape artist and generally something of a loser, and a capuchin monkey. The primary plotline is concerned with how to keep Yorick alive long enough to figure out just why he survived and whether that information can be used to help repopulate the earth, all while Yorick tries to find his girlfriend and would-be fiance, who was on a sabbatical in the Australian Outback when the disaster struck.

In the process, Yorick and the people who help him encounter crazed "Amazons," who believe it is their duty to remove the last vestige of the male of the species from the planet, an out-of-control Israeli Defense Forces commander who wants Yorick for her own purposes, Yorick's mother, a Representative and one of the few members of the U.S. government left alive, Yorick's sister (with a few plot twists I won't reveal), and various others, some who try to aid him, many of whom try to kill him.

The science in this set of graphic novels frankly doesn't make much sense, so you have to turn your brain off, much as you have to do when you read Superman. Some of the depictions of life without men make sense; some less so. There are plot twists galore and *everyone* has secrets, some of which aren't revealed until the final volume.

I found the artwork in this series to be adequate but uninspiring. It reminded me a little of the old Curt Swan Superman and Legion of Super Heroes days. It's clean and uncluttered but this isn't artwork that's going to blow you away or that you'll want to show off to your friends. The real attraction to this series is the writing. To a certain extent, I think that's appropriate, as this doesn't have the grandeur and the scope of, say, the latest Avengers or Justice League space battle.

The first volume of the series is a mixed bag. In it, we are introduced to Yorick, his girlfriend, his mother, his pet monkey, "Agent 355," assigned by his mother to guard Yorick, geneticist Allison Mann, Yorick's sister, Hero, and the Amazons. After the setup, we find Yorick out and about, hiding behind a gas mask so that no one will know that he's male, a wise precaution since the first woman who finds out about him tries to handcuff him so that she can sell him to the highest bidder.

Yorick finds his way to his mother, who assigns Agent 355 to protect him as he makes his way to Boston to find Dr. Allison Mann, a geneticist whom they are hoping will be able to figure out why he's immune, and Yorick's sister, Hero (their father was a Shakespearean professor). They encounter several obstacles along the way but do find Dr. Mann, only to find her lab torched shortly thereafter, which requires a change in plans - a trip to California where she knows of an alternate lab.

My biggest problem with this volume is that Yorick is kind of a loser, always acted on rather than doing the acting. Frankly, it's hard to feel much sympathy for him. In later volumes this changes, so it's worth sticking around, but if I had only read the first volume and didn't know anything about the later volumes, I'm not sure I'd have made it past this first one. It is worth doing so, though, and you need to get the setup in this one to make sense of the rest. I can definitely recommend the series more than I can the setup.
Come to Daddy
Come to Daddy
Just enjoy the trailer because its as good as the film gets. The premise and acting spot on. But by the time you learn the premise of the storyline or why certain characters are who they are? You don't really care. They haven't developed them or given you reason to care. That's not just an opinion, its calling out 101 storytelling failures. In that sense, its squashed together on the hopes that you'll miss out on what they've skipped. They try to throw in some gratuitous violence for extra punch but it misses. I personally was bummed because I like seeing Elijah Wood in these strange Film Noir roles, but he and Stephen McHattie may have been slightly misscast even if at first I was open to their chemistry. There was no real moral to the film either as much as the filmmakers tried to convince you there was. Very forgettable.
Once Is Not Enough
Once Is Not Enough
DUE TO THE CONTENT OF THE ITEM REVIEWED, THIS REVIEW IS RATED PG-13/R.

Jacqueline Susann launched a genre and crowned herself queen of the wonderful bad book with "Valley of the Dolls," the first and still the best of the trashy showbiz romans a clefs. Say what you will about her fascination with the seamy underbelly of the lives of the rich and famous or her artless prose, the woman had first-hand access to the cruel machinations of the entertainment business and could tell a story that keeps the reader turning the pages. The reader roots for the characters in "Valley of the Dolls" because at the beginning of the book, they have dreams and the youth, hope and will to strive for them. If I'm in bed with the flu and there's nothing good on TV, I reread my well-worn copy of "Valley of the Dolls."

"Once Is Not Enough," written when Susann knew she had terminal cancer, is a much bleaker, dirtier book. I suppose it reflects both Susann's mood and the tawdry state of New York City in the early 1970s when the majority of the story takes place. It's about January Wayne, a beautiful, wealthy girl in her early 20s with an Electra complex and her struggle to love a man other than her father.

SPOILER ALERT

January Wayne is the only child of Mike Wayne, a charismatic Broadway and film producer. January's mother commits suicide when she is seven. January and her father become extraordinarily close (though no actual incest). It's hard to like January because she's so vapid and she's always had everything handed to her.

Mike, a serial adulterer, loses his money and marries Dee, a wealthy closet lesbian who uses her money to control everyone around her and loves Karla (no last name), a reclusive Polish World War II refugee and retired screen goddess who also has sex with and is escorted around town by Dee's nephew David, who while he obsesses about Karla keeps trying to marry January for her money, even though he and January don't have a thing to say to one another. Linda, the sex-obsessed editor of a magazine called "Gloss," hires January as some sort of writer because of the celebrity connections January has through Mike. Linda becomes January's friend and "mentor," encouraging January to engage in promiscuous sex and get "vitamin shots." The shots give the lethargic, passive January a ton of energy but are actually laced with methamphetamine. Through her work on "Gloss," January meets and finally finds love with Tom Colt, an author even older than her father, when she "cures" his impotence. Unfortunately Tom has a wife and child out in California and writing always comes first with him. Although Tom dumps January and breaks her heart, I found him the most likeable (actually the only likeable) character in the book because he knows what he is and he's honest about it. After Mike and Dee die in a plane crash and Tom dumps her, January goes to a wild orgy with a group of off-Broadway actors where she takes LSD and has an orgasm during which she screams "I love you Mike!" Then she goes out to a beach in the Hamptons where she disappears, perhaps by drowning or perhaps by UFO abduction. No, I am not kidding, it could have been a UFO abduction.

END OF SPOILERS

While generally better-written than "Valley of the Dolls" (the bizarre ending on the beach is quite atmospheric, for example) and still something of a page-turner, "Once Is Not Enough" will never become a sickbed favorite. It reflects Susann's obsessions: the father complex--she actually dedicates this book about an Electra complex to her father's memory: creepy!--drugs, show business, music of the WWII generation, plastic surgery, lesbianism and mental impairment. The sex is much more graphic than in "Valley of the Dolls," the drugs are harder, the theater is all about nudity and prurient curiosity, every character is using another character for something, and anybody who decides to get off the hamster wheel and do something worthwhile with his or her life is killed off. I don't object to sex, drugs or swearing out of hand (I gave Keith Richards' "Life" five stars), but "Once is Not Enough" is merely sordid, pointless and completely lacking in the seedy charm that made "Valley of the Dolls" a great bad book. I felt thoroughly depressed and crummy after finishing it and have already deleted it from my Kindle. Not recommended.
Valentine
Valentine
The story was entertaining and it made me laugh out loud quite a lot. She made The main character into a normal person and not the usual plastic stick thin piece of perfection. Can't wait to read another of Rebecca's no les.
Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy
Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy
Rowan Murray is encouraged to take some time off and relax at a friends' cabin. She meets Liam, not knowing that he has magical powers, but being drawn to him nevertheless. The attraction is mutual and strong. Liam knows a secret about Rowan. She has magical powers too, but doesn't know it...yet. Liam must make a decision soon about whether or not to accept his powers, and at the same time help Rowan discover hers. Two very likeable characters, a very strong romance, and a story that will draw you in. Enjoyable.
Eugene Onegin (Evergreens)
Eugene Onegin (Evergreens)
Although I greatly liked Pushkin's prose works, I've never enjoyed poetry, so I spent a lot of time looking for a prose translation of Eugene Onegin, e.g I investigated Nabokov's literal prose translation. Although I liked Nabokov's books on Gogol and on Russian literature, I was not really attracted to Nabokov's translation of Eugene Onegin, as I found that the samples of it that I read were too difficult to understand. On the other hand, this Alma Classics Evergreen prose translation of Eugene Onegin by Roger Clarke is exactly what I was looking for, it is easy to read and understand. Also, each page of the translation has the original text in Russian on the facing page. And finally, the price is extremely attractive also.
Astérix - Astérix et les normands - n°9 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
Astérix - Astérix et les normands - n°9 (Asterix Graphic Novels) (French Edition)
album de BD rigide grand format; cette neuvième aventure des célèbres héros de Goscinny et Uderzo fait partie des oeuvres de la maturité et, étant une des plus connues, et elle a marqué nombre de lecteurs dans leur jeunesse; le dessin des différents personnages est parfait (contrairement au tous premiers épisodes où il se cherche encore), les dialogues et l'intrigue sont truculents (qui ne se souvient pas du char de course de Goudurix ou des Normands apeurés sautant de la falaise?); cette réédition cartonnée Hachette sera parfaite pour renouveler sa collection qui, il faut bien l'avouer, a du mal à survivre, avec cicatrices et marques d'usure, aux années et multiples mains entre lesquelles elle est passée (et c'est bien normal après tout!)
Leftover Love
Leftover Love
It is almost an accident that I even read this book. I read in the newspaper that the author had recently died. When I discovered that she was a romance novel writer, I was curious. I am a man who is a fan of Sandra Brown. So I selected one of her novels at random. While I would not put her on a par with Sandra Brown, l enjoyed the book very much. I will definitely read many more of her books. I say try it. You will enjoy the fresh perspective offered by the setting in Nebraska and an intriguing plot that takes place on a cattle ranch. Her style is very easy to read and the plot flowers a good pace.
L'Apprenti Mangaka (Shônen) (French Edition)
L'Apprenti Mangaka (Shônen) (French Edition)
Le contenu du livre en détail : Il y a principalement 3 grandes parties dans "l'apprenti mangaka" : il commence avec "L'art du manga", il s'agit d'une histoire façon manga où un personnage représentant Toriyama donne des leçons à un élève débutant. C'est drôle et intéressant mais ça ne dure que 50 pages. Après on a la partie "L'école Toriyama" où il nous donne de nombreux conseils en tout genre sur le matériel à utiliser, sur les personnages, sur le dessin, sur les codes à respecter dans le manga pour qu'il soit agréable à lire, etc... Disons que c'est la partie du livre la plus "classique" (70 pages). Enfin on termine avec les "Exposés" des pages de mangas envoyées par des enfants de 10~14 ans que Toriyama analyse et corrige pour montrer les erreurs à éviter, c'est assez intéressant et amusant de lire les critiques de Toriyama (40 pages). Après cela il reste juste 10 pages où Toriyama nous explique étape après étape comment il dessine le visage de 5 personnages issus de Dr. Slump (Aralé, Gajira, Senbeï, Kinoko, Suppaman).

Mon avis : Plutôt sympathique et intéressant, en fait contrairement à un livre pédagogique classique il y a pas mal d'humour et de décontraction, il n'y a aucun long paragraphe qui explique le pourquoi du comment, au lieu de ça il y a des dessins sur toutes les pages accompagnés de courtes explications. Toriyama donne beaucoup de petits conseils divers et variés que ce soit sur les personnages, le dessin, le matériel, la composition d'un manga, etc... Il y a pas mal de petites choses à prendre, on en ressort avec les idées plus claires. Maintenant c'est vrai qu'il y a finalement peu de conseils techniques pour apprendre à dessiner (par rapport aux autres livres du genre), il faut préciser que Toriyama nous parle de sa manière à lui de penser le manga (un style humoristique et des personnages fantaisistes). Je remarque aussi qu'il y a un peu de répétitions dans le livre, en fait les différentes parties ont d'abord été publiées séparément avant d'être réunies pour en faire un bouquin. Bon à ce prix-là je n'ai pas envie de trop lui en demander, il y a pas mal de conseils utiles et les amateurs de mangas apprécieront de recevoir les leçons de maître Toriyama.

Pour terminer je précise que le bouquin (ou l'une de ses parties) date de 1984 (1997 c'est l'édition française), il a 30 ans au moment où j'écris donc il y a forcément des choses qui ont évolué dans le manga, je ne sais pas si Toriyama a écrit d'autres manuels de ce genre entre-temps mais malgré les bons points du bouquin, il faut bien reconnaître que "l'apprenti mangaka" n'est plus tout à fait de première jeunesse. Et pour info il n'y aucune image ou référence à Dragon Ball à l'intérieur du manga contrairement à ce que la couverture pourrait laisser penser.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
This book was nice as it touches on fears kids can have with the dentist and shows them a nice Dentist, the type of equipment one sees in a dental office (chair, mirror, squirter, etc) and what happens if one gets a cavity. Reading this a couple times to my toddlers helped them feel like they knew what they were stepping into. This was one of the books actually suggested by our pediatric dentist. (Going to a pediatric dentist office helped a lot, too, since they are very calm and patient with young kids!)
The Possession (The Anomaly Files Book 2)
The Possession (The Anomaly Files Book 2)
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's an odd story to say the least.

It starts off very slow with the four characters from The Anomaly Files looking into odd walls that have existed for decades around a town in Northern California. The setup is interesting enough to google the facts that are being presented about similar walls existing around the world. Nolan's (the on screen talent of the Anomaly Files) ex-wife Kristy, a journalist, is also in the same town looking into a missing teenager.

The story jumps between the walls being documented/researched and the possible abduction of the teenager. It's a slow setup and about 1/3 of the book the teenager comes back from the "abduction". It now becomes about the teenager and witchcraft, attempting to tie in why the walls exist. With dream-like sequences and jumps between characters stories, the book becomes a jumbled mess that is hard to follow or even care about.

The author (Rutger / Smith...whoever) shoehorned the characters from the first book in the series (?) into a this confusing story that eventually becomes about guilt from the characters past.

It honestly took me two weeks of reading other books in between to finish the last 50 pages. This was the one book this summer that I was looking forward to and it ended up being very disappointing. If there are more books in this series to be published I'll be waiting for other reviews before purchasing. No more preorders for this author.

I was looking for an adventure story, but got a Lifetime/Syfy original instead.
JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Vol.27 ( Japanese Edition )
JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Vol.27 ( Japanese Edition )
週間少年ジャンプ連載中ではカラーはほんの少しという所謂カラー情報量だったのですが、今回は全てフルカラーで驚きのクオリティに仕上がっています ルーブル美術館みたいな所に展示されるレベルです
このバトルがジョジョの最高補と僕は思いますのでできれば波紋の使い手ジョナサンの肉体と言う事をプッシュしてくれても良かったのになぁなどとも思います
時を止める事をプッシュしすぎた感

不老不死と波紋呼吸法攻撃 そして時を止めるスタンドのトリプル、いやこの際フォース、を成し遂げたDIOがジョジョ家系の最大最強のライバルでした的な流れを欲張ってしまうところです。
最強と言えばカーズの地球帰還はなさそうですね......
Light Before Day
Light Before Day
Wow!
I finished "Light Before Day" last night, and I've been thinking about it ever since I turned off the power of my Kindle. This was an amazing experience for me...and it was an experience. It wasn't just something I read and then moved on to the next book in my TBR pile. I felt like I was inside the world that Mr. Rice created, and it wasn't pleasant at all. HOWEVER, that's what made it so awesome. It wasn't supposed to be pleasant. It was dark, edgy, twisted, and frightening. It exposed the underbelly of West Hollywood, and it was ugly.

I don't want to rehash the plot or give away any spoilers. I'll just tell you that, in the beginning, you think you're reading two separate stories, but the further you get into it, you realize that you aren't. It's one big, explosive (but beautifully written) mystery that will keep you sucked in until the very last page. The characters are complex, and they're all important to the story. There are no unnecessary extras that are brought in to lighten the mood or provide color commentary. This isn't Oz, and there's no need to bring in munchkins. Know what I mean?

It took me almost a week to finish "Light Before Day" because I wanted to savor it. It's not a wham, bam, thank you ma'am book that you simply peruse. This is something that you immerse yourself in. There are so many details to pay attention to, and for that, you need to bring your brain. It reminded me very much of the seedy worlds that James Ellroy (I hope that Mr. Rice doesn't mind the comparison) creates...moody and atmospheric. It's also difficult to read at some points. I would get a sick feeling of dread every now and then because I just KNEW something bad was going to happen, and I was powerless to stop it because I wasn't in control. It was as if I was playing chicken with a freight train, and I couldn't make myself run away.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great character driven mystery. It took my breath away and left me feeling exhausted, but it such a good way. Just fantastic.
Fortitude
Fortitude
Usually when you have some top actors in the cast of a film or tv series they can enhance the production, add some character to their roles and indeed, as I sometimes feel, make the project a wonderful experience for the viewer.
Something dreadfully wrong here as nobody comes out of it adding to their considerable CV's in my view.

Maybe it's the script, or the plot, or miscasting or the weakness of the story line. Or just maybe the producers made a few cardinal errors :
1 : make a British Scandi-noir tv series set on a cold, inhospitable artic island.
2 : use mainly British actors, throw in a bit of Spanish and American, add the odd Scandinavian or two and make them all speak perfect English.
3 : bring in monsters, real (polar bears) and surreal (prehistoric).
4 : add some gore and instead of knives use a potato-peeler or fork to disembowel victims.

It entertained to a degree but the signs are there that this series is going nowhere, especially as we lose two or three stalwarts in this first season, the only reason I could possibly continue to enjoy the series.
Sir Micheal Gambon ( playing a most irritating photographer ), Stanley Tucci ( cold and methodical ), Chris Eccleston (sadly all too brief an appearance ), Sofie Grabol and Richard Dormer are the main participants but sadly if I can use a football analogy their away form completely deserted them and they all seemed reluctant to be there. Some of the supporting actors performed better but weren't given enough screen time to make the difference as I saw it.

12 episodes, 569 minutes, English language and including English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Bonus features are many but I wanted to escape at the end, bonus features not viewed.
I note that season 2 is shorter, with season 3 (the final season) containing only 4 episodes. No problem in my view, at least the producers gave closure to the series instead of the usual course of ending a series abruptly and up in the air as so often happens --- nearly every tv series will generate a following whether it's perceived as good or bad as tastes are so varied, and this series deserves an ending.
Cal-Flor FP98103 EZ-Pads Felt Flooring Protectors, 1-1/4-Inch (7/8" 16 Pack)
Cal-Flor FP98103 EZ-Pads Felt Flooring Protectors, 1-1/4-Inch (7/8" 16 Pack)
These were the only chair pads I could find anywhere in this size, so I ordered them. They do not stick as well as the last set I bought years ago, but this was all I could find. 2 weeks after putting them on the chairs, the adhesion pad slid off the feet slightly, & I got a couple marks in my floor. I am still using them due to not finding anything else, but I am not happy with the product or adhesion of the sticky pad. I don't see these lasting like the last pads I had. It seems once a month I have to readjust or put on a new pad already due to the adhesion slipping /moving the pad from the original location.
Harry Potter Boxed Calendar (2015) by Landmark (July 15,2014)
Harry Potter Boxed Calendar (2015) by Landmark (July 15,2014)
Ich erfreu mich jeden Tag an den Kalendern. Das sind hübsche Erinnerungen an eine tolle Zeit, als der Hype am höchsten war und Fans auf den nächsten Film spekulierten. Auf dem Schreibtisch eines Fans ein absolutes Muss. Ich hoffe, dass es die Harry-Potter-Kalender noch viele Jahre geben wird. Ohne sie würde mit inzwischen echt etwas fehlen.
Übrigens sind die Kalender immer besser geworden. Anfangs gab es noch ständig Tage, an denen kein Foto dabei war, sondern nur irgendwelche Filmzitate und uninteressante Fakten. Jetzt ist er durchgängig bebildert. So soll es sein!
Phantom: A Harry Hole Novel (9) (Harry Hole series)
Phantom: A Harry Hole Novel (9) (Harry Hole series)
Here’s what’s in store for you if you read Phantom or any other of Jo Nesbo’s engrossing Harry Hole novels:

maddening suspense;
several confusing plots and subplots that collide and intersect with abandon and only make sense as the end approaches;
an alcoholic, self-hating detective (Harry) who is perversely attractive because he’s so bloody brilliant;
lots of violence, much of it directed at Harry;
many characters with strange Norwegian names;
insightful sketches of people worthy of a clinical psychologist;
enough references to streets and neighborhoods in Oslo that you’ll feel moved to call up a Google map of the city;
more than you would ever expect about corruption in the Oslo police; and
a brilliant young writer’s perceptive views of his country, ranked richest in the world by median income.
Phantom, the ninth of Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels, matches any of the others for suspense, complexity, and psychological depth. Harry, no longer a policeman, returns to Oslo for the first time in three years from Hong Kong, where he’s worked as a debt collector for a shady local character. Back home, he confronts the chilling reality that 18-year-old Oleg, son of Rakel Fauke, the love of his life, has been arrested for the murder of a junkie and is now in prison. The police department refuses to allow him to investigate the case because, by their lights, it’s closed: the evidence is compelling.

In pursuing his desperate effort to prove the innocence of the boy who used to call him Dad, Harry becomes embroiled in a puzzling network of junkies, street people, dope dealers, corrupt policemen, and a politician on the make, and, despite his reluctance, reunites with Rakel. The tale unfolds through twists and turns, puzzling to the end — with major questions left unanswered. It’s this sort of brain-teasing complexity that keeps bringing me back for more of Jo Nesbo’s work.

So far, I’ve read and reviewed Nesbo’s The Bat, Cockroaches, The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star, The Redeemer, and The Leopard. I have two to go: The Snowman and Police. You’ll see my reviews of them in this space in due time.
Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Spinner Game and 4 Refill Boxes 1.6 Ounces each - (Pack of 5)
Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Spinner Game and 4 Refill Boxes 1.6 Ounces each - (Pack of 5)
I had never heard of this game until my daughter and niece were talking and laughing about it at our family Christmas party. My niece had just bought the game recently and it was readily available outside in her car, perfect! So we all gathered around, ready to play. The details of the game were explained to us by the younger crowd; basically it's a crap shoot of what flavor jelly bean you will be forced to eat or face ridicule by the others. Some of the beans are actual tasty flavors while others are not so pleasant. The problem being you cannot tell the difference; huge risk factor here. I was nominated to go first and ended up moldy cheese instead of caramel corn. This was not by far the worst flavor but let me tell you, the taste was spot on and I spit out the bean after my gag reflex kicked in.

Oh my God, we laughed and when my daughter ended up with a skunk flavored one, her breath literally smelled like she had eaten the back end out of a roadkill skunk, people were literally gagging! One word of warning, this game is not for the faint of heart, my poor sister-in-law became so nauseated just from the smells (she refused to eat any) that she needed to leave the room, lol. My husband begged me to order this game with the refills so he could take it to work and pass the beans around at lunch......
The Bridge Direct Hobbit 6" Collector Figure: Gandalf The Grey - Wave 1
The Bridge Direct Hobbit 6" Collector Figure: Gandalf The Grey - Wave 1
I bought this figure for just over £5 and not expecting much. It is the 6" figure and has a great likeness of Sir Ian McKellen. At first he looks a bit bulky - with a solid plastic cloak which is very restrictive - but this is removeable and looks much better without. He comes with his wizard hat which looks great on. He also comes with his signature staff (which is a little soft and not perfectly straight due to the packaging - but as it is wooden it looks fine) and also his sword. I was hugely impressed with the sword, it is nicely done and not rubbery at all. Nice and solid. He even has his scabbard hanging from his hip to place it in. His long robes mean the legs aren't the best for posing - and he has no knee joints - but he can hold his staff in 2 hands which looks great.
As a collector who finds a good pose and sticks with it - I am very happy indeed with this item. For the price it is a fantastic buy and I would recommend it to anyone. I imagine a child would love it too, but there is also a 4" version aimed more at kids.
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
I picked up Rainer and West's book at the library recently, having read some favorable reviews here and on Garden Rant and elsewhere. I have a somewhat different take on it. I thought it's evangelism for an ecologically-focused gardening was, in general, a welcome antidote to the horticultural industry's single-minded focus (responding, in all fairness, to client desires) to promote "Flower Power" by marketing the most highly ornamental, often new and unproven hybrids, without consideration of their adaptability locally, and frequently requiring extensive use of need to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. I think the book should be read with great caution, however, because its prescriptions for planting and maintenance require a wealth of experience and a detailed knowledge of plant husbandry very rare among self-taught gardeners and even uncommon among professional garden designers.

There are also a number of what, to me, seemed peculiar assertions in the book about the natural world. "In nature, plants have an order and visual harmony," where traditional gardens are "arbitrary assortments" of plants chosen for "personal preference." To anyone who has grappled with a laurel-infested swamp, or cut a path through second growth mix of hardwoods, or fought with the woody invasives in an abandoned meadow, or a setting overtaken by highly aggressive honeysuckle, such broad statements about the harmony, balance, and inherent beauty of the natural world seem romantic in the extreme. And as for "personal preference," what is a garden after all other than a place that gives the gardener great joy. A knowledgeable gardener may well chose to temper his passions with an eye toward environmental sustainability (which is undoubtedly a good thing), but it is not the only thing.

Of greatest concern, perhaps, is the intimation (often stated forthrightly) that the design of plant communities can be achieved, practically, with modest help. One of the most enthusiastic proponents of ecological gardening, Larry Weaner, was recently quoted in the Washington Post stating "It is difficult, if not impossible, for gardeners who want to move away from traditional garden models to find the labor and advice geared to ecological gardening." Many of the design goals promoted by Rainer are identical to those of the great plantsman, William Robinson, who in The Wild Garden, set forth many of the same principles -- naturalized plantings, using plants from the same climates (if not the same habitat), layered, with a focus on clear, defined edges to minimize chaos and impose some measure of structure. Gertrude Jekyll, although a fan of Robinson, cautioned that his designs, if they could be achieved at all, required much "coaxing and persuading." The garden writer C.W. Earle was even more critical, noting that wild gardening is an illusion and a snare, "requiring the most judicious planting with consummate knowledge and experience of plants."

Rainer and West do acknowledge, at times, the resource and maintenance demands presented by their approach. They concede that choosing regionally appropriate plants "takes a high degree of plant knowledge." In portions of the book where they provide specific advice (in contrast to those in which they rhapsodize about the natural world), they do caution that ecological gardening "requires a rich collaboration with contractors and garden staff" and "complex plant communities only persist if designers and land managers collaborate," and strongly recommend ongoing "consulting with soil scientists to read and interpret soil tests," and the use of plant designers (like Rainer and West) as part "of a plantings life as regular and ongoing consultants." Basically, it seems to me, they are talking about New York's High Line, or the Longwood Meadow Garden, or other institutional or municipal gardens with a staff of volunteers and long-term consulting contracts with a "garden design firm."

Recognizing the difficulties inherent in ecological gardening given the diversity of natural communities, they also try to provide some practical design guidelines. They walk the reader through various models and taxonomies used to organize and design plant communities worldwide and propose an alternative approach based on what they call "archetypal landscapes" -- grasslands, woodlands and scrublands, forests, and edges, together with some design concepts (functional, seasonal, structural layers) to apply to various settings. These are helpful, on balance, but also fairly vague. The archetypes seem to revere a pre-Colombian world, not the suburban or highly urban world many of us live in. The authors correctly say that plants should enhance a sense of place and memory, but that often means -- to many gardeners -- the peonies of their grandmother, or the favorite Southern camellia, or even the highly drought-sensitive magenta azalea -- not the remnants of a midwestern Great Plain. When the authors talk about exploring a site for its emotional resonance and directing one's attention to where a "dense thicket of existing shrubs may be used to line a path that opens into a sunny, low meadows" they seem to be talking about design advice for the high net-worth hedge fund manager wondering hot to best disguise his helicopter pad at this house in the Hamptons. They're not talking about the middle class 100' foot lot with the neighbor's propane tank in the background, and the circle of earth left by the old above-ground swimming pool in the foreground..

I tend to think that their goal is worthwhile. Maybe this book will be the progenitor for others for "the rest of us" -- who wish to make our backyard gardening more sustainable and beautiful, at reasonable cost.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Copywriting: Online Learning and Course Design: Copywriter's Toolbox, Volume 1
The Step-by-Step Guide to Copywriting: Online Learning and Course Design: Copywriter's Toolbox, Volume 1
Shillington’s book is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide to online course design. If you’re expecting first-person tales from the e-learning trenches or meandering case studies, you won’t find them in this book. Similarly, if you're looking for a re-purposed academic dissertation, you won't find it here. This volume is for the course designer unafraid of getting his or her hair mussed, so bring your lunchbox. It's practical, helpful material presented at sea level, not 30,000 feet like many books dealing with e-learning. That said, I would like to have seen a chapter dedicated to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), a peripheral collaboration framework that operates in tandem with online learning. Maybe in a future edition. All in all, Shillington has delivered. It's a solid beacon for anyone, especially a beginner, grappling with the challenges of online course design.
BeeGreen Reusable Grocery Bags Foldable Shopping Bag Large 50LBS Reusable Tote Groceries Bags with Pouch Bulk 6 Pack Ripstop Fabric Washable Durable Lightweight Black Grey Royal Navy Teal Moss
BeeGreen Reusable Grocery Bags Foldable Shopping Bag Large 50LBS Reusable Tote Groceries Bags with Pouch Bulk 6 Pack Ripstop Fabric Washable Durable Lightweight Black Grey Royal Navy Teal Moss
I was looking for lightweight foldable bags to keep in my pocketbook and car for shopping other than grocery. I can see that they would be great for groceries because they are sturdy and would hold a lot of groceries. However, I have other bags for grocery shopping.
For these, I wanted bags for other shopping. While my other grocery bags can be thrown in the grocery cart, I don't want to really carry them around while at the mall or Target. These lightweight bags fold up so that you can put a few in your pocketbook with no problem at all. They hold a lot. They were easy to re-fold and put into the storage bag.
The storage bag is not attached to the bag. However, there is a hook on it that can be attached to the bag so that you do not misplace it.
I have not had reason to wash them yet. But, so far, I am very happy with this purchase. I am considering purchasing more for both myself and other people.
I will also note that the company has contacted me twice already to ask about my satisfaction with the product. I have not had a problem with the product so I don't know how they would handle it if I did, but the fact that they reached out suggests that they are interested in providing good customer service.
El Puente Direct Lite Brite Magic visualización (estilo retro) Juguete
El Puente Direct Lite Brite Magic visualización (estilo retro) Juguete
It's fun, and works as advertised. But I am surprised for the bad decision of switching to a square pixel like pattern for the holes. Instead of the honeycomb. You only need to look at templates online to see the difference on how things look like. If you remake a toy. Would you want to give it every opportunity of success. I would readily gift this to our friends kids or buy a second one. Except for that terrible idea of doing away with the hexagon pattern. Hopefully someone reads this and makes a correction. And if you agree please vote this as helpful. I have not found a new version of this toy done "right".

UPDATE

I recently bought the new hexagon pattern version. The hexagon pattern is there. But the side detachable container with childproof cover is gone. There was only a plastic bag. No joke, the kiddos spread the pegs for the new lite bright all over the house. While the new one had few lost over almost 2 years since we bought it. Also the flexible pegs are gone too. I suspect the new ones resemble the 80s version more closely. But they are less bright. Plus the overall make is more flimsy too. The type of peg is not as important. The kick stand is too flimsy. And it is a cool feature to have dinner right. I feel sympathy for the toy designers. This may feel like filming the sequels for Star wars.
Durvet 001-1067 Ivermectin Sheep Drench 8 oz.
Durvet 001-1067 Ivermectin Sheep Drench 8 oz.
Saving my parasistic dog's life. The strongest, most effective product, living up to the fabled Ivermectin wonder-drug story. Amazing! Bugs literally dropping out of my dog's coat after a few minutes of drenching, as you rinse the fur. Such a relief. A huge asset to beat nasty sarcotic mange mites that are so aggressive. This is a product that is aggressive as those bugs are, it gives you a fighting chance in the battle royale it takes to wage on them.
Brainwavz Sheepskin ProStock ATH M50X Upgraded Earpads, Improves Comfort & Style Without Changing The Sound - Custom Crafted Ear Pad Design for ATH-M50X M50BTX M20X M30X M40X Headphones, Black Sheepsk
Brainwavz Sheepskin ProStock ATH M50X Upgraded Earpads, Improves Comfort & Style Without Changing The Sound - Custom Crafted Ear Pad Design for ATH-M50X M50BTX M20X M30X M40X Headphones, Black Sheepsk
The product description is deceptive. Out of 5 panels, only 2 are sheepskin. The flat part that touches your ear, and the outer rim are both sheepskin, but the inner rim that touches parts of your ear, base, and the part that wraps around the headphones are all fake plastic leather. If you read the bad reviews on other Brainwavz fake leather cups, and look at the pictures those customers have uploaded, it is clear that their fake leather begins to flake terribly after a year of use, which is why I bought what is advertised as "sheepskin." However, it is clear that these will flake on the inside of the earcup where there is fake plastic leather instead of the sheepskin it is advertised as.

These also have truly terrible quality control. I had to get replacements from Brainwavz after much fuss, and it took 6 earpads to finally get 2 that were the same size and not super lopsided. I've attached pictures showing drastically different sizes and crazy lopsidedness that would prevent a good seal against your ear/head.

If you're willing to pay $50 for a deceptive product, and also magically happen to get a set of well-made earpads on your first try, then these do actually sound good. The foam feels about the same as my broken in stock earpads (although tbd if they hold up or compress with age), and the depth of the pads is also very similar to the stock pads, so the sound signature and sound stage sounds very similar, if not the same. However, I suggest trying the NewFantastia Sheepskin Earpads for Audio Technica ATH-M series earpads instead because they are less than half the price and are made entirely of sheepskin leather, although they are not as good looking because they don't have as many seams, but they're basically the same shape as the stock ones but with leather, so the sound signature should be retained.
National Gallery of Art 2021 Engagement Calendar
National Gallery of Art 2021 Engagement Calendar
I have been buying this diary for some years now. I used to be able to find an A5, spiral bound diary with beautiful photos or art reproductions in the UK but when the National Trust changed to a smaller size which didn't suit me, I was delighted to find exactly what I wanted in the USA. Good quality, week to a page with a different art work for (almost) every week of the year. My only grouse is that Saturday and Sunday have to share a slot and these are often the busiest days of the week!
Love, Simon
Love, Simon
Filme mit schwuler Thematik liegen derzeit sehr im Trend. Möglicherweise hat dies der Megaerfolg von "Brokeback Mountain" möglich gemacht. Im Oscarjahr 2017 gewann Barry Jenkins "Moonlight" den Preis als bester Film des Jahres und auch das Kinopublikum war sehr an dieser Geschichte interessiert. Insgesamt wurde 65, 1 Millionen Dollar eingespielt. Auch im darauffolgenden Jahr ging mit "Call me by your name" ein aussichtsreicher Kandidat ins Rennen um den begehrtesten Filmpreis der Welt. Drehbuchautor James Ivory war auch siegreich und die Kinokassen bestätigten mit 42 Millionen Dollar Einspielergebnis erneut das Interesse des Mainstreampublikum an diesen Stoffen. Sehr ähnlich sind sich die Geschichte: Der Einzelne muss das Coming Out wagen, denn nur so erhält er auch die Möglichkeit wie jeder andere erfolgreich auf Partnersuche zu gehen. In der Regel ist dies nicht nur ein Bewusstseinsprozess, sondern auch ein echter Kraftakt wie in den beiden hervorragenden Independent Produktionen "Beach Rats" von Eliza Hitman oder in "Closed Monster" von Stephen Dunn.

"Love, Simon" ist da um einiges lockerer und die Hauptfigur schafft da mühelos das Coming Out und wird am Ende noch damit belohnt, dass der Junge sich noch einen extrem attraktiven Boyfriend angelt.
Regisseur Greg Berlanti lebt offen homosexuell und ist seit November 2013 mit dem US-Fußballer Robbie Rogers liiert. Im Februar 2016 wurden die beiden mit Hilfe einer Leihmutter Eltern eines Jungen.
Sein "Love, Simon" ist ein Gay-Update der in den 80er Jahren äusserst beliebten John Hughes Teeniefilmen wie "Pretty in Pink", "Ist sie nicht wunderbar ?" oder "Sixteen Candles". In diesen Filmen war das HappyEnd eine Pflicht und so erweist sich "Love, Simon" als FeelgoodMovie ersten Ranges. Das Budget betrug ca. 14 Millionen Dollar - eingespielt hat der Film 66, 3 Millionen Dollar. Somit wird "Love, Simon" keineswegs der letzte kommerzielle Gayfilm gewesen sein.

Noch vor kurzem wurde Hauptdarsteller Nick Robinson in "Jurassic World" von gefrässigen Saurier gejagt - diesmal sind es seine geheimen Wünsche und Empfindungen, die ihm Probleme bereiten. Er heißt Simon Spiers und bezeichnet sich als ganz normal...nur eben in einem Punkt tickt er anders als die Mehrheit seines Umfelds. Er ist schwul und keiner weiß davon. Obwohl er wahrscheinlich akzeptiert werden würde. Seine Eltern (Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel) sind tolerant und verständnisvoll, seine kleine Schwester (Talitha Bateman) sicherlich auch. Und seine drei besten Freunde Leah Burke (Katherine Langford - die ist natürlich in ihn heimlich verliebt), Abby Suso (Alexandra Ship) und Nick Eisner (Jorge Lendeborg jr) hätten wahrscheinlich auch kein Problem damit. Aber es ist schwierig sich mutig zu bekennen. Eines Tages macht ein Posting auf einer Blogging Plattform die Runde. Ein Junge in seiner Stadt, wahrscheinlich ein Mitschüler, hat sich dort als anonym dazu bekannt schwul zu sein. Der Schreiber nennt sich "Blue" und Simon schreibt ihm sofort unter dem Nickname "Jacques" zurück. Tatsächlich antwortet der Fremde und irgendwie kommen sich die beiden Jungs näher, auch wenn sie beide anonym bleiben. Simon macht sich Gedanken, wer der Unbekannte sein könnte. Zuerst tippt er auf Bram Greenfeld (Keiynan Lonsdale) auf den er ein bisschen steht. Doch der macht mit Mädels rum. Auch der Kellner Lyle (Joe Pollari) erweist sich als falscher Verdacht. Am Ende tippt er auf Cal Price (Miles Heizer), der ebenfalls wie Simon bei der Schulaufführung von "Cabaret" mitmacht. Dort hat auch der verrückte Martin Addison (Logan Miller) eine Hauptrolle. Der steht auf Addy und durch zufall findet er Simons Geheimnis heraus. Eine Erpressung kann nicht schaden - so zumindest versucht Martin, dass Simon ihn erfolgreich mit Addy verkuppeln kann. Dies führt natürlich zu allerhand von Verwicklungen...

Am Ende steht aber der erste Kuß im Riesenrad und die ganze Geschichte ist unterlegt mit einem coolen Soundtrack - es sind zu hören The Kings, Portugal.The Man, Troye Sivan, Khalid, Jackson 5 und The Bleachers. "Love Simon" ist der erste Hollywood Mainstream Teeniefilm, der sich auf eine schwule Romanze konzentriert. Natürlich ist das alles sehr easy und nicht unbedingt immer realistisch - aber Spass macht der Film trotzdem. Warum nicht mal eine schwule Lovestory ohne diese 1000 gefühlten Probleme..
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Fazıl Say / Mozart Complete Sonatas (6 Cd Set)
Fazıl Say / Mozart Complete Sonatas (6 Cd Set)
18 sonatas de piano de WA Mozart en 6 CDs (487’) grabadas espléndidamente en la sala del Mozarteum de Salzburg en un Steinway cantarín admirablemente preparado por el técnico.

El pianista turco Fazil Say nos ofrece ahora una cara algo distinta de lo que había sido habitual: ya no busca tanto ‘épater le bourgeois’ como transmitirnos su amor por el compositor, creando una mini-ópera en cada sonata tocadas sin apresuramientos febriles. No sé si tendrá algo que ver, pero su técnica ya no es lo infalible e inmaculada que era (ha perdido precisión y notas falladas hacen su aparición), pero el artista compensa con su elección de la vía expresiva del teatro, de la sorpresa, de la fantasía y del drama, todo un caleidoscopio del alma mozartiana creando distintas atmósferas con un juego móvil en el que el dinamismo es su característica sobresaliente.

Pero siendo quien es, no puede evitar que se perciba un pobre entendimiento de lo que significa el estilo clásico, fraseo buscando la provocación, unas dinámicas sorprendentes o la aparición de voces interiores donde no las había. En la misma tónica, se toma libertades en la elección del tempo, pero siempre con algún tipo de justificación expresiva. Observa todas las repeticiones, pero las da tal cual sin ornamentación alguna. Sus movimientos lentos son de una sensibilidad y finura llamativas (salvo cuando irrumpe un staccato muy molesto, ni ortodoxo y ni esperado).

Ya se hace una idea: un Mozart distinto al de cualquiera de sus colegas, de antes y de ahora, concebido como un viaje del que probablemente Ud saldrá ocasionalmente embelesado, frecuentemente desconcertado y es muy posible que no desee repetirlo. No se agradece el poder escuchar los canturreos del artista.

Recomendaciones: nadie ha conseguido la diamantina claridad aliada con fuertes contrastes dinámicos de Lili Kraus, que elevan estas obras a otra dimensión de calidad musical: la versión de 1967/68 de Sony tiene muy buen sonido stereo, pero la anterior monoaural en Erato y Music&Arts de 1954 es la que hay que tener. Si uno busca simplicidad y musicalidad natural, quedará satisfecho con la grabación monoaural de Carl Seemann/DG; si busca un balance ideal entre clasicismo y sensibilidad expresiva, vaya a Pires/Brilliant o DG; si busca vida en ebullición en un instrumento de época, vaya a Brautigam/BIS. Si busca el mejor sonido posible y una amalgama de articulación precisa y sutileza no preciosista, la encontrará en una integral de 8 SACDs híbridos de Robert Silverman con la que es probablemente una de las mejores tomas de sonido (en su naturalidad) de un Steinway Grand que he escuchado (sello Isomike a precio de escándalo).
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