Milan Morales

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Revel for Liang Java -- Access Card
Revel for Liang Java -- Access Card
Revel for Liang Java -- Access Card by Y. Daniel Liang. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Top Answers to SQL interview Questions: 2020
Top Answers to SQL interview Questions: 2020
Top Answers to SQL interview Questions: 2020 by Latest TECHNOLOGY. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Learning SQL: A Step-By-Step Guide Using Oracle
Learning SQL: A Step-By-Step Guide Using Oracle
Learning SQL: A Step-By-Step Guide Using Oracle by Richard Earp and Sikha Bagui. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012
Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012
Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012 by Jason Strate and Ted Krueger. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
TypeScript For JavaScript Programmers
TypeScript For JavaScript Programmers
I'm rating the book fairly low not because of the quality of the content but because of the value for the price. First, it's a really small book. I read it cover to cover in less than 30 minutes. It says that it has 72 pages and it may, but probably 20% of them are either blank or don't contain technical content. Also, it's not a printed in a normal computer book size. The size is closer to a large format fiction paperback (check the product dimensions).

Regarding the quality of the content, it's a bit raw. The author states in the beginning of the book that the work was rushed and it shows. You can tell that it needs another editing pass (or two). The language is still really new so there's little to no documentation and that's why I bought this book. I was hoping to have someone teach me how to use it (basically interpret the language spec for me), and there was some of that, but only a few pages went beyond what is covered in the language tutorial at [...] In other words, I didn't learn much.

In my assessment, this content would be worth a dollar or two in an ebook-type format, but it's not worth paying for the overhead cost of putting this content in print. Quadruple the size of the technical content, and then maybe it'll be worth the $10 that Amazon's selling it for (if I'm being generous).
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
I had heard, as I think everyone else has, that Business Adventures was a favourite book of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. I read the ebook, and I understand a print version will be forthcoming in September.

This book makes me feel as though I'm sitting at the knee of my grandfather, listening to wise recollections.
A writer of articles in the 1950's and 1960, many for the New Yorker, the author intelligently and thoughtfully steps through 12 events, one per chapter.

At first, I thought perhaps I was particularly dense and wasn't getting the message. What held these stories together? Eventually, I realized that the author is not driving home a point, selling anything, or giving advice. His observations leave room for the reader to consider events, their connections, their parallels to today, the importance of character, and the question of morality in business. It was refreshing not to be told what to think.

I enjoyed the stories of Ford's Edsel, Piggly Wiggly, Xerox, Goodrich vs Latex.

The chapter on the federal income tax is particularly relevant, given the wide-spread debate about taxes and modern conversations about the 1%.

John Brooks' perspective is firmly rooted in the past, when the book was written and provides readers opportunity for a sense of omniscience since we can consider ramifications the author himself could not be aware of, at that time.

Details may change. People do not.
Louis Armstrong's New Orleans
Louis Armstrong's New Orleans
Thomas Brothers has pulled off the near-impossible for a youngish man living in the 21st century. He has managed to dissect and explain most of the complex social and musical interactions in New Orleans as they existed in the years when Louis Armstrong was growing up, coming of age, and learning his way around the horn and the music business. He adroitly explains how the social and cultural climate of New Orleans was exactly right for not only the formation of the music we call jazz, but also how it trickled down from the uptown African-Americans to the downtown Creoles.

I only give the book four stars, however, for one reason. Mr. Brothers does not include or describe the jazz music created by Jack "Papa" Laine, Tom Brown and THEIR bands in the further downtown white districts. Laine was leading jazz bands from the mid-1890s on, and his graduates included virtually all the better-known white jazz musicians such as Nick La Rocca, Larry Shields, Eddie Edwards and Alcide "Yellow" Nunez. While it is true that the "Original" Dixieland Jazz Band claimed credit for music that was not their own, the same was true of "blues composer" W.C. Handy, whose wholesale theft of folk material was exposed by Jelly Roll Morton in 1938; of Clarence Williams, who routinely stole songs from everyone (Brothers even blithely credits him with stealing "I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" from Armstrong); and of Benjamin and Reb Spikes, who stole songs from EVERYBODY, black, Creole or white. As a matter of fact, the ODJB's original clarinetist, Alcide "Yellow" Nunez, even stole "Livery Stable Blues" from his former bandmates, copyrighting it under his name and that of white bandleader Vincent Lopez! So much for honor among thieves.

Despite this oversight, the book is excellent in every respect. Armstrong's development, musically, intellectually and socially, is explained in painstaking detail. (One of my few complaints is that Mr. Brothers overuses the word "hegemony" as much as Gene Santoro overuses th word "zeitgeist.") Very well written, thoroughly researched, and a full explanation of exactly "how" jazz developed, especially in New Orleans, and how this development affected the greatest early jazz soloist of them all. Highly recommended.
Love Undefined
Love Undefined
Love Undefined by Matt Kirkegaard. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the undefined category.
The Original Mono Recordings (Vinyl)
The Original Mono Recordings (Vinyl)
Well, as I give it 5 stars you know my answer to the question. But you may answer differently.

These albums are part of sixties culture,and most of them deserve a place on any discerning music fans shelf. However this is an expensive box, and the individual (stereo) titles are available for around a fiver each if you shop around, so is the box set a marketing gimmick to spend more on music than we need to. The answer to that is partly yes. There is no reason why these mono mixes couldn't be released individually as the vinyl versions were. That would allow those who think the first and last discs here are not essential to pick up just the ones they want. Or people like me who just want the solo discs in mono. Buying just a few of the vinyls puts you well over the cost of buying the full cd box, so the box it is then.

It's a lovely sturdy box, and the albums are nicely stored. If you have the Beatles mono box, you will notice similarities in the "mini-lp" packaging. Others have noted the quality. One difference is that the Dylan CDs don't have sleeve protectors. OK, thinks I, I'll get some. I bought Nagaoka sleeves and found that they didn't fit, but the larger Nagaoka gatefold sleeve protectors do fit the single albums, but not Blonde on Blonde. This led me to pulling out other box sets. Many Mini lp sleeves fit in the sleeves with room to spare. A comparison showed that the Dylan covers are larger than any others in my collection, including the Beatles ones. (Oddly, the Beatles box is a few mm taller). The text on these mini sleeves is fully legible to me, which is an improvement compared to most CDs in this format

That's the packaging. The music is great. The solo albums always sounded wrong with the voice at one end of my room, and the guitar and harmonica at the other. It's a much easier listen (on a sensory level) with everything centred, allowing you to focus on how great the songs are, how good the performances are. Sound quality is excellent. There was little need for a big dynamic range on the early albums, so just about any mix will do justice to the music. The later four albums, though sound great on my hi-fi. Like a Rolling Stone leaps out at you as it should. For me there are no real make or break differnces that make me choose one mix over another, so I happily off loaded my stereo mix CDs to part fund this set.

So the music is five stars, the packaging is very good. Griel Marcus provides a good essay on the period, and a short summary of each album. If you like his essay then get Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes. Any quibbles? There are three mono singles listed in the discography that aren't included in this box. Only Positively Fourth Street is available on the sampler disc. An ep could have covered these three songs for the box.
Man on the Street (Box 10 CD)
Man on the Street (Box 10 CD)
Wow, what an amazing collection of early Dylan recordings and performances! The 10-disc set contains performances from 1962-1965. Each of the 10 disks comes in it's own attractive sleeve with a unique photo of Bob. There are absolutely no liner notes, which is too bad, because the context of these recordings is so interesting.

The first couple discs capture a young Dylan performing inspired covers of some of his favorite artists and songs. Then he starts sprinkling in some of his own early originals. By the middle of the box set, he's found his own voice and expanded his original repertoire. It's amazing to follow his development as a musical artist through these recordings.

The bottom line is this is a ten disc set containing mostly unreleased music for a very reasonable price. There's nothing else like it out there. There is absolutely no reason not to buy this one right away.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Here we are-a second volume of Bob Dylan's greatest hits on over two discs. This volume picks up from where the first one left off. Spanning from the final days of 1967 to the fall of 1971, the time of this compilation's release. Also featured here are early 60s to mid 60s classic that didn't make the first volume are surely welcomed here which is why this volume is a double disc collection not to mention a previously live track from 1963-"Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and three songs recorded specifically this release originally from The Basement Tapes back in 1967-"I Shall Be Released"; "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "Down In The Flood" with Dylan accompanied by Happy Traum on second guitar, bass, banjo and harmony vocal. Also from that very year was the single "Watching The River Flow" recorded with Leon Russell on piano, Jesse Ed Davis on slide guitar, Jim Gordon on drums and Carl Radle on bass all of whom are also featured on "When I Paint My Masterpiece". Two songs are each featured from the albums John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline-"All Along The Watchtower"; "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"; "Lay Lady Lay" and "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You", respectively. There is one song each from the albums Self Portrait and New Morning-"The Mighty Quinn(Quinn The Eskimo)" and "If Not For You". As for the other pre-1967 songs that are welcomed on this release are two songs apiece from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Another Side Of Bob Dylan and Bringing It All Back Home-"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"; "A Hard Rain Is A-Gonna Fall"; "All I Really Want To Do"; "My Back Pages"; "Maggie's Farm" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue". There's also one song each from the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde-"Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" and "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues".
If this is some compilation then you'll agree. A wonderful mix of later Dylan songs as well as old favorites plus a few extras thrown in to make a great double disc compilation. If you love the first volume, you will twice as love this one too.
Rock & Roll Backstage Pass: Four-Movie Collection (U2: Rattle & Hum / Bob Dylan: No Direction Home / Rolling Stones: Shine a Light / Neil Young: Heart of Gold)
Rock & Roll Backstage Pass: Four-Movie Collection (U2: Rattle & Hum / Bob Dylan: No Direction Home / Rolling Stones: Shine a Light / Neil Young: Heart of Gold)
When I recived this package I could'nt decide which disk to watch first. So right off the top was U2: Rattle and Hum. I was floored when the band opened with Helter Skelter. It was Awsome. I did not know that much about Bob Dylan before this rockumentery, and was amazed how much influance he has had other musicians. Neil Young: Heart of Gold, I can crank this one up, and it does'nt bug my wife. The Rolling Stones, Love 'em or hate 'em, you will allways find yourslef singing along. This package is SO COOL!
Live 1961-2000
Live 1961-2000
So, there are a few great things on here: Grand Coulee Dam (Dylan at the very crest--just listen to the singing on the line "She comes OFF the Canadian Rockies, where the crystal waters glide..."), Somebody Touched Me (in Dylan's current touring, what makes the music really great is the fantastic bluegrass/country style of the backup musicians), Handsome Molly (a very pretty, though a bit innocuous, bit of very early Dylan). Wade in the Water is also, I suppose, very good, though I find his grisled old bluesman voice from the pre-Freewheelin' days pretty affected. The rest is the typical hit and miss of Dylan concerts, with emphasis on "miss": Dylan's sound is generally an intimate one, even when he's doing rock (She's Your Lover Now, Tangled Up In Blue) and, in my opinion, it does not lend itself to the necessarily ham-fisted approach of big-scale concerts. Still, there are concerts where the sheer might of his performance (and the vitality of the then-new songs) triumphed, as heard in the Bootleg 4 "Live '66" album. Also, a live performance which is essentially a studio set-up (MTV Unplugged) can yield good results. But these concerts have already been released, as have some decidedly mediocre and poor Dylan performances (Budokon, the Dead). Why, if Sony was going to do a live album, couldn't they have dug into the vaults just a little deeper? A lot of great stuff is floating around on bootlegs--bootlegs so widespread and well-known that they're catalogued in books--why not reward our shelling out so much cash with a few of these...
Isopure Zero Carb Unflavored 25g Protein, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, No Added Colors/Flavors/Sweeteners, GMO Free, 3 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
Isopure Zero Carb Unflavored 25g Protein, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, No Added Colors/Flavors/Sweeteners, GMO Free, 3 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
I went from using hemp protein powder to using this, so clearly, there was a big difference on its impact in my smoothies. Hemp protein powder is very earthy and takes over everything, whereas this one allows me to at least taste the berries. However, "unflavoured" shouldn't make you assume you don't taste it. It will come through unless you use a small amount. My husband says it tastes like typical protein powder whereas I find it gives a very pronounced, slightly-strange dairy flavour to the smoothie. Is it gross? No, but you can certainly taste it. Would I drink it alone with water? No, probably not.
I appreciate the ingredient list being very minimal (that being the whole reason I bought it), and the photo on Amazon is exactly what you get. It comes with a scoop in the packaging. As someone not very experienced with protein powders, I still have some exploring to do, but this is not a bad choice.
Jordan The 10: Air 1 Off-White Mens
Jordan The 10: Air 1 Off-White Mens
Off white is one of the most well known and respected streetwear brands. They compete with supreme and other high-end streetwear companies. With this, it makes sense that they would collaborate with the most important and most recognizable shoe, the Jordan 1's. This shoe has a high price point due to its collaboration with offwhite. In terms of importance, this shoe is low. It does have a red and white colorway, but its respect in the game is low. It is just a pricey shoe, that tries to gain extra clout by the collaboration, not in looking at the shoe design, colorway, and importance. If one has the money to buy this shoe and wants to flaunt their wealth, this is the shoe for them. However, if someone cares about shoe culture, and the importance of Jordans' there are many other shoes to buy with the same amount of money. Jordans' are some of the most influential shoes. They were created specifically by Nike to target the ghettos and black kids who watched basketball and targetted them as the market. That has expanded, and now these shoes are for anybody. However, the practice of selling and distribution is still in play by Nike. The reason the recent court couples or royal blues are doing so well is that they are reasonably priced, at about $170 retail, and have important colorways that people recognize and respect. These shoes are sold in limited quantities, and the market comes from the reselling and trading of shoes. This is what makes the shoe valuable and popular, not an expensive price tag and a collaboration with a company. These shoes are too expensive, and will not gain the respect they need to become valuable shoes, because they try to skip the steps that make a shoe important.
Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords: The Primordial Building Blocks of Music
Modalogy: Scales, Modes & Chords: The Primordial Building Blocks of Music
As a professional jazz pianist, author of a text on jazz harmony, and professor for nearly thirty years, I am always intrigued by new work in this field, and was pleased to encounter Jeff Brent's (with Schell Barkley) Modalogy.

After taking some time studying and working with the contents, I've come to the conclusion that this is a profoundly important text not only for jazz players and teachers, but for all musicians. Modalogy provides layer upon layer upon layer of information and logic that beckons the reader to return time and time again.

As the title suggests, the book contains an in depth analysis of modes, with their sources, characteristics, and modal cadences. Along with diatonic modes, the method for establishing commonly used chromatic modes, is unique, refreshing, brilliant, yet in the end, simply applied.

The authors, have developed a Dorian-centric approach to a radially generated cycle (in contrary motion style), which builds a truly symmetrical inside/ outside take on harmony and dissonance. Through this approach, Brent/Barkely take a fresh and somewhat unconventional approach to the organization of scale types, classifying them using a basic color system portrayed over a cube design. It will give the reader a lot to think about, but it works.

The appendix broadens the scope for application of this material into a large body of detailed related information that the reader will find helpful in practicing.

The topics and concepts are presented plainly and clearly in an approachable and down to-earth manner, with great attention to detail. Although of benefit to serious students beginning a study of jazz harmony and improvisation, the text has much to offer advanced students and teachers. Modalogy offers and expansive study that will inspire and challenge for years to come and I highly recommend it.
Isshah Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Compostable Bamboo Toothbrushes - Pack Of 8
Isshah Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Compostable Bamboo Toothbrushes - Pack Of 8
I've been using this for 3 weeks now and love it. I'm also leaving toothpaste that is not cruelty free (the big guys) and am even trying chewable toothpast tablets. It's sad to know that plastic tooth brushes are wither never recycled or cannot be recycled.
Packaging was great! Bristles seem to get the job done. I'll be sure to know when I see my hygienist for a cleaning. The only difference I notice is there's no give in the wood, no bend like with plastic so I'm aware of that so I don't over brush.
My son was just gifted a kid's plastic brush but I'm hoping to switch him when he's finished with his current brush. He's 3 but has previously used and adult brush size so this should be fine.
I look forward to sharing these with friends and family who forget to bring their toothbrush! It's a small step but it's a step!
Wide Head Bamboo Toothbrush with Extra Soft Charcoal Bristles - Ecofriendly, Biodegradable Tooth Brush | Ergonomic Handles, Made from Sustainable Bamboo | 6 Pack
Wide Head Bamboo Toothbrush with Extra Soft Charcoal Bristles - Ecofriendly, Biodegradable Tooth Brush | Ergonomic Handles, Made from Sustainable Bamboo | 6 Pack
For about 25 years, I've been a loyal customer to the Radius SCUBA toothbrushes because of the wide brush head - its ease of use/coverage to get the job done quickly, & behind those last molars on each "rack". I had no desire to go back to a standard toothbrush, or Sonicare ever again when I started using Scuba, UNTIL last week, when I found out the Scuba toothbrushes are made of carcinogenic plastic!

I had seen bamboo toothbrushes before while buying my brushes online, so I thought I'd investigate them further. The brush head on these Bamboo Brushes looked close enough to satisfy my need for a wide brush head, & also I love that they use some charcoal on the bristles, so I decided to try them. Upon first use, I discovered SO many advantages over Scuba I wasn't expecting, that I even decided to switch brands PERMANENTLY!

Here's why;

• The brush head, though smaller than Scuba's, still covered a lot of ground quickly
• the bristles are softer than Scuba's version of "soft" (a definite plus for me because my dentist told me I was scrubbing too hard)
• the bristles are slightly varied in length so it gets in between your teeth better
• the length of the brush handle is a lot longer so the toothpaste doesn't get all over your hand
• ... and best of all,
the price is excellent! At $1.50 each, I can now change out my brushes once a month without breaking the bank (vs. $7-12 a pop for a Scuba)

On a sub note, I didn't run into any problem with the bristles falling out, or the brush not gliding around in my mouth as easily as a plastic one (as some of the other customers have commented), so I wouldn't let that be a concern if you're considering buying these.
Bamboo Toothbrush, BPA Free Charcoal-Infused Soft Bristles Toothbrushes Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Toothbrushes Compostable Organic Wooden toothbrushes Adult Size, Pack of 6
Bamboo Toothbrush, BPA Free Charcoal-Infused Soft Bristles Toothbrushes Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Natural Toothbrushes Compostable Organic Wooden toothbrushes Adult Size, Pack of 6
The products are exquisite and of great quality. The material is excellent, the design is very humanized, the cross brush hair, the tooth space brush is very clean, gently massage the teeth, the anti-skid grip handle feels comfortable and comfortable, the massage strip massage is very comfortable, the tongue coating cleaner is very good, make the breath fresh, feel the teeth are very clean and smooth after brushing.
TAMASHII NATIONS S.H. Figuarts Captain America -Final Battle Edition - Avengers: Endgame, Multi
TAMASHII NATIONS S.H. Figuarts Captain America -Final Battle Edition - Avengers: Endgame, Multi
Wow. How times change. And change indeed. Let me preface the review with a brief history of sorts.

Several years ago, the high-end action figure scene was different to that of today. Bandai's SH Figuarts line was among the head of the class in terms of quality. They had licenses to some of the best intellectual properties, especially those based on supherhero movies. Medicom's MAFEX had access to similar licenses. However, collectors would soon come to know MAFEX for two things: a ton of accessories for a great price, but questionable quality control (especially for articulation). You could count on opening a MAFEX figure and having floppy articulation right out of the box.

But times have indeed changed. It seems that SH Figuarts stopped caring about their superhero offerings. Over the years, collectors have seen their prices skyrocket and their quality sink. Many of these superhero-based Figuarts figures are hitting the scales at over $85 USD. A few years ago, they used to be between $60-80. This Endgame Captain America is just the latest example of a long line of mediocrity coming out of SH Figuarts. In fact, their entire Endgame line has been atrocious.

The first problem with this Endgame Captain America is that the proportions are way off. He is not only very skinny but also quite lanky. Some of the articulations are loose right out of the box. The paint job in this figure is absolute trash. It is a dull blue smeared with who knows what. A frequent complaint of these import figures is that their scales are all over the place. It is no exception here. It debatable if this figure even looks like Chris Evans.

The only pros this figure has are related to the accessories. This is one area where Figuarts invested heavily. You got 3 heads, a ton of hands, 2 shields (intact and shattered), clips for the shield, and Mjiolnir.

For some reason that is not understood, SH Figuarts is copying old MAFEX. On some figures, they are giving a ton of accessories. However, they are also copying old MAFEX and their shoddy quality control. Meanwhile, MAFEX is seriously working on their quality control. If MAFEX keeps improving and SH Figuarts keeps decreasing, there will soon be no reason to invest on Figuarts figures.
Wolverine: Infinity Watch
Wolverine: Infinity Watch
This series acts as an epilogue to Gerry Duggan's Infinity Saga which started in Guardians of the Galaxy (2017). Infinity Wars (2018) tied-up most of the story threads Duggan set up but there were still a few questions left to answered. There are things I liked about the volume and things I didn't. Duggan mostly toes the line when it comes to his humor but here he crosses over into childish for most of it. I also found his takes on Loki and Wolverine rather flat but they do have a fun chemistry when together. Then there's the fact that this series retcons Wolverine's reappearance in Marvel Legacy (2017) #1 and its connection to the Infinity Stones in a very disappointing way. I did like how the story expands on the Stones' new place in the universe and a new character introduced has a lot of potential. Andy MacDonald's art was nothing special in my opinion, but it does its job. I like his design work. I wanted to give this volume a higher review but honestly I was let down by a lot of the story. This is not the end though. A series of annuals under the banner Infinite Destinies are set to continue the story of the Infinity Stones, of which Duggan will return for one of them. The event was originally slated for a June release but with the COVID-19 pandemic that date will likely be pushed back, so keep an eye out.
3/5
Super Truck of Car City
Super Truck of Car City
Super Truck is the hero our world needs.

No matter what the job, Super Truck is ready -from holding dirt to towing cars to being a rocket ship.

Seriously, it’s a little absurd, but it’s my son’s favorite show, and honestly, it grows on you! It’s very sweet.
Gods of No Mercy
Gods of No Mercy
Filmed in and around Des Moines, Iowa and using Iowa talent, Thor Moreno’s Gods of No Mercy is a gritty tale of betrayal and vengeance.

It unfolds through the eyes of Sonny, played by M.J. Gazali. Sonny is a brooding cafe owner, drawn into a local crime enterprise when he rescues the daughter of its leader, Buster. Gradually, he finds himself hardened into a cold-blooded assassin, whose only affinity is for Buster’s estranged wife.

Gazali has a captivating screen presence, as he subtly and credibly cycles through emotions ranging from empathy to terror to rage.

Thor Moreno takes the role of Buster, and displays his dry wit through quirky characters played by Billy Blank and Ben Rollins.
Marvel Deadpool Adult Crew Socks, Fits Men's shoe size 8-12
Marvel Deadpool Adult Crew Socks, Fits Men's shoe size 8-12
Well, I purchased these as a Christmas gift for a friend's son to go with the Deadpool shirt I was giving him. When they arrived, I showed MY son. They were immediately confiscated !! The socks not only look good, but they are also high-quality and heavier weight, not thin like a dress sock. The description states "Men's Shoe Size 6-12." However, my son wears size 14, and they fit his foot nicely. Generally speaking, a great sock. But for a Marvel/Deadpool fan....perfect !! 
Waiting
Waiting
I used to LOVE this movie when it first came out way back when. It was one of those movies that you’d only appreciate if you had first hand knowledge of the subject matter, otherwise it just falls flat. Like how the Office Space movie is only funny to people who have worked in a corporate office environment like “Initech”...Waiting is usually only appreciated by people who have experience working in a restaurant. My very first job as a teenager was as a hostess at a popular wing place from 95-98, so I found this movie to be spot on when it came out! When my 2 teenagers got their first jobs, my son, a bus boy and my daughter, a hostess, they would come home talking about things that I could relate to. So I insisted they watch this movie, but I could only find it as a rental, and paid the rental fee, bc I knew that it would be worth the time I got to spend with my 2 teenagers and it could be something we bonded over. Man, I was so wrong. Watching it now, all of the old jokes just fell flat, my kids were acting like they liked it bc they didn’t want to hurt my feelings, I noticed they were on their phones way more than usual. I kept saying it would get better, but finally half way thru I just stopped it. It’s not a timeless comedy. One of the first things I noticed was the sheer amount of gay jokes/bashing that you would never hear in a movie made today. Also, Ryan Reynolds was fairly new back then, so he’s comedic timing wasn’t nearly as annoying as it is now. Take it from me, if you’re still insisting on watching it after reading my review, please just wait until you’re able to stream it somewhere for free.
Value Series Pizza Screen Combo Deal - 10", 12", 14" and 16"
Value Series Pizza Screen Combo Deal - 10", 12", 14" and 16"
I usually don't write a review until I have used the product a number of times. Well, all I can say about this item is I wish I had it a long time ago. After struggling at times when trying to get the pizza off of the peel ( even have teflon peel ) on to a stone in the oven, I have found that the use of the screen was the tool that was missing. I first came across the screens when I ordered a pizza and later told the place that this was the best that I had since the crust was done just right, but there was a pattern on the back. I later found that they occasionaly use the screens instead of directly on the oven. After this, I looked for the screens on Amazon and came across this assorted package. After properly seasoning the screens, it was just a matter of spraying them with oil, placing the dough on top ( of course, roll it out first before placing ) and then all of the toppings. Then, no stone required, just place it on a lower oven rack. The pizza comes out perfect and no sticking. I highly recommend these screens for anyone attempting to make their own pizza.
Roorkee Vintage Brass Compass with Leather Case/Henry David Thoreau Directional Magnetic Compass for Navigation/Sundial Compass for Camping, Hiking, Touring
Roorkee Vintage Brass Compass with Leather Case/Henry David Thoreau Directional Magnetic Compass for Navigation/Sundial Compass for Camping, Hiking, Touring
This is beautiful. Heavy and old-looking. However, it was broken. The needle was not attached and there was no way to fix it. I returned and bought a different compass from another supplier. I did not reorder because I was concerned that the next one would be broken as well. It's such a shame that this was broken, it would have been the perfect gift.
Henry David Thoreau: Three Complete Books: The Maine Woods, Walden, Cape Cod
Henry David Thoreau: Three Complete Books: The Maine Woods, Walden, Cape Cod
As part of the Gateway Biography series issued by Millbrook Press in the early 1990s, this book provides a fairly decent overall view of Henry David Thoreau's life, philosophies, and writings. Young students will learn much more here than they'll find in an encyclopedia entry, and the text is written in an easy reading style. Much emphasis focuses on the love of the natural world, which is perfect for a book on this topic. The concept of transcendentalism is even approached: "By being close to nature, we can get a hint of the spirit that *transcends* (is above) material things. All we have to do is get away from useless, routine activities, go outdoors, and listen to nature as it speaks to us." Some scholarly descriptions don't make as much sense as those two sentences do.

However, readers should be warned that some details here are not quite accurate. For example, you cannot see the foundation stones of Henry's Walden Pond hut, as the author states. Granite markers outline its original perimeter, but they were installed in the 20th century. The most blatant error occurs on pages 12 and 13, where a photo of the North Bridge appears. The text claims that Henry and his brother John often walked across that bridge. Wrong! When they were alive, no bridge spanned the river at that site. The one the Minutemen used in 1775 was gone and had not yet been replaced. The current wooden bridge wasn't built until the 20th century. The Concord of today is not a carbon copy of the Concord of the mid-1800s.

Yet the basic information presented here is good. School libraries will want more options than just this one on their biography shelves. Families should supplement this book with others on the market to give children an accurate portrayal of our first American environmentalist.
Six by Seuss: A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics
Six by Seuss: A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics
Last Christmas, I got 2 different versions of this very book, one that's paperback for my niece Hayley at home, and the other that's hardcover for my Mommy, to share with my nephew Chase! It's amazing they were on sale at dirt-cheap prices, and still in awesome condition! This book in either format contains Yertle the Turtle, Horton Hatches the Egg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and several more stories, almost like a giant chapter book, but with the words and pictures all done by Dr. Seuss himself! Who knows what kind of Seuss books Hayley and Chase will want THIS Christmas? Luckily, I know where to go to find them at great prices; hopefully, I can get them both lost Seuss stories that were made after Seuss' death, such as the Bippolo Seed, Horton and the Kwuggerbug, or What Pet Should I Get; to show everyone in my family some lost treasures from such a renowned genius!
One Piece, Vol. 1: Romance Dawn
One Piece, Vol. 1: Romance Dawn
A crazy and fun adventure based manga with strong characterization.

This is currently my favourite manga series for many good reasons !

First of all it's visual style is very strange and unique .... it's very borderline cartoonish , which some people may find a turn off. But if looks turn you off that easily, well I guess you're a shallow one then.

This drawing style simply oozes fun and freedom , which is what this title is all about ! The characters are very expressive and you can sense the unrestrained joy in the characters' chesire cat grins.

Unlike a lot of generic and restrictive styles of anime/manga , this title is full of outlandishly varied character designs .....some are very caricaturist , but you'd be surprised even alot of the weirdo looking characters play important parts !

Secondly this Manga series has really great characterization , probably the best I've seen from a long running title.
All the main characters have a strong background story which explains the way they act and is revealed at the right time.
This gives great development and depth to the characters and make them rather more likable than your typical manga/anime stereotypes.

Another good thing about this manga is that it doesn't take it self too seriously !
It's full of weird and wacky humor which is a refreshing change, from a lot of the over-melodramatic anime/mangas that take themselves too seriously.

There are really funny times throughout this series, a lot of them come from the immature bickering from the main characters, as none of them really get along .... hehe .... which is comedy chemistry gold. Also a lot of great physical comedy and laughable expressions can be found in this title also. Especially considering the strange body morphing powers of some of the characters.

The fight scenes are very imaginative also. A lot of your typical anime/manga battles tend to consist of who can hit/cut the hardest for the longest amount of time or who has the stronger energy blasts ..... but these battles are very imaginative , as the characters have more varied powers with proper weaknesses. The main hero is a rubber man for example and the artist can do all sorts of crazy things with this character visually.

Anyway this is only the first book of many great stories and will set up the background of two of the central characters.
Upon reading the first book , you'll get the idea of the free spirit of this series and you'll most probably like it.
Luke Walton
Luke Walton
Luke Walton 15yrs old was a newsboy, he lived very poorly in Green Street, his mother rented three rooms, his little brother Bennie was 7yrs, a letter had arrived that seemed to upset Luke's mother, the letter was from Luke's father who had died in California, it was to tell them that he had intrusted 10,000 dollars to a man known as Butler to give to them, but there never was any money the man kept it

Luke was given five dollars for a paper and had no change so the man entrusted him to bring it to him the following day, Thomas Brook another newsboy tried hard to get Luke to spend the money on his friends but Luke refused, there was an attempted robbery on Luke on his way home, they didn't get anything but Luke is convinced Tom is involved, the man who brought the paper was impressed with Luke's honesty and gave him 10 dollars as a reward, Luke buys his mother a much needed sewing machine, one day selling his papers he sees a man answering the description from his father's letter, he said his name was Thomas Browning of Milwaukee, he was shocked to hear Luke's name because his real name was Butler the very man who took his father's money

On leaving the post office Browning meets a man known as Mr King who knew him as Butler from California who remembered Luke's father died leaving money, Browning meets his nephew Stephen Webb and employs him to find out everything he can about Luke, Luke's mother loses some of her sewing work and they are very short of money

The next day an old lady is not paying attention and without Luke's help would have been run over by a carriage, he takes her home she says her name is Mrs Merton, Luke was told to come and see her in the morning and is given 10 dollars for his mother, there is an attempted swindle here where a lady accuses Luke of stealing this money but to no avail, Luke meets Stephen again and walks home with him, Luke called on Mrs Merton a snobbish boy of about his own age, Harold answered the door, Harolds mother was just as bad, Mrs Merton employs Luke to help her around town

Thomas Browning ( Butler ) was very wealthy, he had conned or swindled people out of 85,000 dollars by selling bad shares and keeping the money, many people were ruined some to bankruptcy, on going home he found a man under his bed, his name was Jack King and he knew Browning had taken Luke's fathers money, browning gave him 25 dollars and he left, King was to go on to running a cigar stall in the Praire Hotel

There is an adventure here involving Luke diving into a lake to rescue an attempted suicide, the mans name was Ambrose Keating, he had stolen from his employer to help his sick mother and was very ashamed, Ambrose's mother had also lost all her money in Brownings shares, Mrs Merton was a good friend to this mans mother and sorted the problem out for him and he is given money for his mother,

Mrs Merton and Luke are out shopping when a man known as Warner came to the house, he was Harolds uncle, he had disgraced himself in the past but Mrs Merton gave him another chance and the option to find a decent job, he is allowed to stay for a while, Harold finds a set of keys, always short of money he opens his aunts desk and steals 65 dollars hoping Luke will get the blamem but he didn't notice he was being watched

You will have to read on to find out how Harold is blackmailed with the information of his robbery, which side does Warner take, who does Mrs Merton suspect, how does King with his information come into the story, Browning hoped to be Mayor but what happens when Luke accuses him of his crime, Luke demands 10,000 dollars with interest, is the real culprit who stole Mrs Mertons money exposed,

One of Horatio Alger's better books, over forty chapters long and free, well worth a read

For some reason the book finishes with some anecdotes of Abraham Lincoln's, I have no idea why
Trixie and Jinx
Trixie and Jinx
Great story told from trixies lips. Lots of rhyme. He's given over 8 million to Cci for service dogs given at no charge for wounded vets and people challenged with disabilities. My students really laugh at Trixie's antics ( like wanting to drive a car)
The Fifth Mountain: A Novel (P.S.)
The Fifth Mountain: A Novel (P.S.)
"The Fifth Mountain" is one of Coelho's earlier works, one in which he takes us to biblical times and events. He brings us the story of the prophet Elijah, whom we follow along, he and his tormented soul, through this landscape so tormented unto itself; this land of Levites, Curses, Tribunals, Angels, Israelites—Gods Will Be Done.

Coelho was raised up in the Catholic Church, not, as many assume, in some far—out, new—agey, spirit to light seeking kind of religion. His traditional religious upbringing shows up in this beautifully written, powerful tale of a young Elijah, beginning with his quest for a better understanding of his visions.

"Since childhood, he had heard voices and spoken with angels. This was when he had been impelled by his father and mother to seek out a priest of Israel who, after asking many questions, identified Elijah as a *nabi*, a prophet, a "man of the spirit," one who "exalts himself with the word of God."

So begins his search for meaning amidst the backdrop of the never—ending violence and chaos of the times, and always, the search for God, God's Word, God's Love, God's Strength, His Wisdom and Grace. Do you hear *me* God?

There is also an element of physical love here, which is hard enough for any man, in easier times, to really grasp and hold onto. All the harder for young Elijah.

This is one my favorite "Little Coelho's" plucked from his "Tree" on which he has mapped out his literary pilgrimage.

Highly recommended.
The Wild West of Louis L'Amour: An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon
The Wild West of Louis L'Amour: An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon
The Wild West of Louis L'Amour by Tim Champlin is a wonderful and insightful book on the life and work of the celebrated Western writer Louis L'Amour. The book features a well researched history of not only L'Amour's life but also key elements in his numerous books. It gives you a great feel for the man whose exciting and varied early life led to his career as one of the greatest writers of his genre. The books is illustrated with numerous photos and drawings of the old West and L'Amour's many characters and influences. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of L'Amour or those who want a deeper understanding of his work.
Too Tough to Kill: Tales of Hard Men in a Hard Land
Too Tough to Kill: Tales of Hard Men in a Hard Land
Too Tough to Kill: Tales of Hard Men in a Hard Land by Louis L'Amour, Randal Schaffer, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis L'Amour" category.
The Man Who Bought London
The Man Who Bought London
Different, unusual and a bit strange. Quite a pleasant read and a happy ending all-round. The tale of a wealthy American who relocates to the UK and with the help of his rich chums sets out to buy up as much property in London as they can. Well that is the story line on the surface, but underneath there is a whole lot more going on about people; good, bad and everything in between. Along the way we meet some good, honest people whom he brings into the fold and assists them to a better life, while dealing admirably with the criminals and near-criminals who are attracted to his money. Interesting, but not terribly engaging - an easy read.
Public School Superhero
Public School Superhero
Bought it for my 6 yr. Old nephew and it's completely I appropriate. They say, "shut up ", "idiot," etc. The language is crude, and the heroine has alot of moral dilemmas that he fails! Ex: getting peer pressured to steal
Durch das Land der Skipetaren: Reiseerzählung, Band 5 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Durch das Land der Skipetaren: Reiseerzählung, Band 5 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Und weiter geht es auf dem Weg der Suche nach dem Schut. In diesem Band der Reiseerzählungen merkt man die wachsende Nähe zu Europa. Mehr Christen findet Kara Ben Nemsi nun in den wilden Gegenden, in denen noch der Sultan offiziell herrscht. Menschen haben schon mehr von europäischen Dingen und Gepflogenheiten gehört bzw. selbst schon näher beschrieben bekommen. Doch die überall festzustellende Armut, das Elend und viele Verhaltensweisen der Menschen scheinen sich bis zum heutigen Tag nicht wesentlich geändert zu haben.

Vielleicht ist die starke direkte oder indirekte Macht des Islam auf die ungebildeten Landbewohner inzwischen etwas reduziert. Interessant, immer wieder zu lesen, wie sich die alten und uralten Riten und Gebräuche festgesetzt haben.
The Space Trilogy
The Space Trilogy
It might be said the art of great storytelling lies in the creative use of language to immerse the reader into a new and strange world. Or perhaps the compelling communication of a truth or worldview via a rich layer cake of personalities, relationships, conflicts, and epiphanies in a specific time and place. Through the modern myth of Perelandra, CS Lewis achieves both – taking us to a literally new and strange planet through a narrative of the battle for the soul of its first inhabitants.

Typically, far from it being a frivolous sci-fi escapade, I found myself face to face with existential questions: What is it to be human? How is our autonomy and our self-awareness tied up with our brokenness? Does true freedom to do right only come when we accept our lack of control? In the world that Ransom explores, his bewilderment is equaled only by his awe, and the latter seems to temper the former as he relinquishes the need to understand in the pursuit of the need to discover the meaning of his presence in the story. A lesson for us all. The joy of fantasy in literature is I suppose the anticipation of the unexpected as one abandons the assumptions that this game will play out by the usual rules: as a result I couldn’t help but be utterly immersed in his inner journey as I experienced the discovery of the reality as he does, through glimpses of good, evil, hope and despair.

Since the book of Revelation (and countless Jewish prophets before that) recorded a vision of a world liberated from the suffering and self-destructiveness of mankind, and pictured a world restored that resembles but transcends beyond measure the status quo we inhabit, writers have imagined ‘heaven’ with diverse metaphors and imagery drawn from what is in front of us. But creation stories can also reveal much about what an uncorrupted creation and humanity might look like. Imagining what could have been is rewarding in a different way to wishing what could be: the purity of a world with no memory of brokenness is not one we can experience, but the portrayal of the verdancy, vitality and purity of the Eden of Perelandra is transfixing and precious. Whilst the drama of Ransom’s fight to prevent the fall of its first people dominates the narrative – and captures the heart as the possibility of a fall from such grace appears - the great reward of the story is in the spiritual wisdom of the first female. In her perfect relationship to Maleldil, the creator spirit, we find lived examples of humility and obedience, and it is in her apparently naïve philosophy of living in the present without reflection or introspection that we find a beautiful portrayal of innate surrender to the good creator and provider that sustains and blesses in abundance.

The setting is vividly described paradises on huge islands of floating vegetation that follow the dramatic and unpredictable ocean surface. This ‘unfixed’ nature is a wonderful meditation on experiencing the waves of life big and small, and the need to submit to the sovereignty of the One that sends them. Only by doing so can we healthily engage in the mandate ‘to be fruitful and multiply’ and taking responsibilities of one’s own in the new creation.

This is classic Lewis allegory shining light into our darkened souls!

Amusingly, after all the outrageous adventuring of two books worth of narrative, its only in the final, most intriguing, chapter that Ransom gets overwhelmed – as the big reveal takes place and the broader picture of Maleldil’s work in the universe is explained, he starts to despair that the salvation and restoration of his fallen world might be a bit of a sideshow, cosmically speaking, because all these other worlds seem to glorify the creator more in their perfection. Amusing for its self-centeredness amongst such glory and otherness. But then came my highlight. The poetry. My bias over prose is laid bare. I wasn’t sure if it was my soul or the author’s I sensed rising with excitement as metaphor is laid over metaphor through the medium of the eldila speeches. The ‘eldila’, spirit-like creatures that live in these non-fallen places very visibly and audibly, are used to convey some of the book’s most poetic reflections on the meaning of creation and the presence of God within it as the story reaches its crescendo. Their beauty bears re-reading.

As the purpose of the created universe is revealed to be ‘The Great Dance’, the gathered spirits reflect on its nature. Searching for a Christian parallel, at first I thought perhaps they were to display the relationship of the Holy Trinity. Then I felt like the speeches were describing that biblical mystery of ‘the kingdom of heaven’, much like the parables of Jesus. There is much in common with the gushing emotion of the Psalms. Ultimately though, and ironically for such an articulate writer as CS Lewis, these beautiful vignettes (and perhaps the book as a whole) attempt to put into words something that transcends language: the mystery of Emmanuel, God with us, and not just with us but with everything else that may or may not be out there….
The Art of Beatrix Potter
The Art of Beatrix Potter
There is only a tiny number of sketches in this book, many I have seen online already. The newer books have much better quality reproductions of her botanical paintings. There is very little writing in the book. It seems that the trust in charge of her work is very stingy with what they are willing to share in books on her work. Apparently the only way to see her work in any meaningful way is to get permission to view the originals where they are archived at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Timeline: A Novel
Timeline: A Novel
*****SPOILERS*****
Early on the characters start out going into painful details about quantum mechanics that, even as a serious Sci-Fi fan, I found tedious and booing. Then they make a SERIOUS, and rather stand-out point that time travel is impossible and they are actually traveling into alternate universes... OK!! I can get with that! The fact that alternate universes would exist in different time periods (they travel to an alternate universe which exists in the 1300s.) seemed very strange, but I was willing to go with it. I mean it IS fiction, I'll go with your unique twist on how alternate universes exist. But when a person who traveled to an alternate universe was able to leave a "Help Me" note in a pile of old parchments in the 1300s which is found in THIS universe, it took a turn that made NO Sense at ALL.

After that, the book just goes on and on and on in the 1300s and nothing actually happens.. it's a game of tag. Run. Hide. Get Captured. Escape. Run. Hide. Get Captured. Escape. Get into a fight. Run. Hide. Get Captured. Escape. Just trying to waste time in the book (about 50% of it) until the machine automatically returns home.

I powered through the last 3/4 of the book just waiting to get to what I expected was a Twist ending discovering that the scientists misinterpreted the "Alternate Universe" theory and they WERE actually traveling back in time.... but no. The characters returned home from the alternate universe only to check out the grave of one of their party members who stayed behind... which, AGAIN, WOULDN'T EXIST IN THIS UNIVERSE.

Characters: Not interesting
Story: Not interesting
Sci-fi: Nonsensical.
The Pharaoh's Secret (NUMA Files series Book 13)
The Pharaoh's Secret (NUMA Files series Book 13)
Kurt Austin and his sidekick Joe Zavala become involved in their greatest adventure yet in "The Pharaoh's Secret". While Kurt and Joe are working in the Mediterranean, a strange mist engulfs the island of Lampedusa. The people on the island, including some of Kurt and Joe's NUMA crew, fall into a death-like sleep. Known as the Black Mist, this mysterious toxin has the power to incapacitate any who come in contact with it.

Unfortunately for Kurt and Joe, a powerful man known as Tariq Shakir and his company, Osiris, are in possession of the Black Mist. Obsessed with control of not just North Africa, but Europe as well, Shakir has begun siphoning water from the countries in North Africa, threatening to kill millions of people along the way. Shakir's goal is to create governments sympathetic to him and he's using the Black Mist along with destroying the water supply to further his goals.

Upon learning of the Lampedusa episode, Kurt, Joe and Renata Ambrosini, a female doctor from the island, begin to search for the clues to the antidote of the Black Mist. The search will take them from the Middle East to Europe, and the information they find will date back to the time of the Pharaohs and Napoleon. Will they find the antidote before it's too late?

I'm a big fan of Cussler's various series, and Kurt Austin is one of my favorites. "The Pharaoh's Secret" carries on Cussler's tradition of writing exciting adventure stories with interesting, believable characters and loads of fast-paced action. Highly recommended.
新・平家物語 (2) (六興版吉川英治代表作品)
新・平家物語 (2) (六興版吉川英治代表作品)
世間では、平清盛は評判の悪い人物として、歴史に登場している。吉川英治の平家物語では、家族思い、弱い人物、として描かれている。現代人に近い人物、此の魅力が素晴らしい。
David Baldacci Omnibus - Saving Faith / Absolute Power
David Baldacci Omnibus - Saving Faith / Absolute Power
Your response in handling my order was efficient and kindly, since I didn't expect the book to contain 2 books. I am enjoying "Absolute Power" emensely and find it just as, actually more, exciting than the movie. I like the fact that I saw the movie first as I picture Clint E. in the pages. I like David Baldacci's writing. It carries you right along ... one exciting sentence after another.
スティール・ボール・ラン #18 ジャンプコミックス (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7, Steel Ball Run #18)
スティール・ボール・ラン #18 ジャンプコミックス (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7, Steel Ball Run #18)
まず表紙がカッコいい、過去のSBR表紙の中でも個人的に好きな10、11、15巻に
並ぶ格好良さ。帯には「別世界からの来訪者!」のキャッチフレーズをあしらい
大統領のスタンド能力にあてて「来」の文字の間から大統領が顔をのぞかせる。
ウェカピポの帰る場所を失う決断を下しながら「これでオレの気分も結構・・・
清らかだ」という惚れてまうような独白から始まる内容の方は前巻の流れからDIOと
ウェカピポの共同戦線にワクワクしながらページをめくっていくと少し残念ながら
DIOのみを主体にしたストーリー。そして何となく予感はしてたものの改めてこの展開を
目にするとやはり・・DIOなんだな、と思ってしまう。D4C、いともたやすく行われる
えげつない行為、それは大統領のみにあてられる言葉なのか、DIOが生還できたのは
精神的な意味でD4Cと同じ次元に並び得たからこそ打開を勝ち得たような気がします。
そして淡い期待は打ち砕かれて、ウェカピポが好きな自分は落胆。相変わらず主要人物の
死すら描く事に大げさな情感を込めない荒木飛呂彦氏。そこに痺れます、憧れます。
遂に明らかになった大統領のスタンド能力とそれに立ち向かえるかもしれない「回転」の
未知なる段階を示唆しつつ物語はさらなる佳境へ。必見です。
The Rubber Band A Nero Wolfe Mystery
The Rubber Band A Nero Wolfe Mystery
The book dates from 1936 and Archie Goodwin's speech remains perky, snappy to the modern reader. A sum of money is missing. An officer of the corporation was holding the money for what seems to be the purpose of bribery. It is removed from his desk. The head of the concern calls upon Nero Wolfe and Archie, seeking a solution to the mystery. The loss occurred between three and five thirty on a specific day. Five people could have entered Mr. Muir's office, Mr. Perry, the man who brought the case to Nero Wolfe, Clara Fox, a cable secretary, an office boy, another vice-president, Muir's stenographer. Clara Fox, the cable clerk, is the likely suspect. She had worked for the firm for three years.

In classic fashion Nero Wolfe unwinds the complicated mystery in the presence of the police, the culprit, and interested parties. Great!
Food to Die For
Food to Die For
As a Patricia Cornwell fan, I was dubious about buying a spin-off book and possibly destroying my image of Dr. Scarpetta. However, my curiosity (and stomach) finally overcame my reservations. This book is absolutely wonderful! I entertain often and our guests haved raved over every dish we've made from this book. I'm lucky enough to live in a state where fresh ingredients are easy to find, including fresh vegetables and the fresh mozzarella which is so prevalent throughout this book (it really makes a difference!) The tips on what to keep in the pantry are priceless, as are Patricia Cornwell's personal notes and snippets of her novels which pair with each recipe better than a fine wine, and gives the reader not only a recipe but the heart and soul and inspiration to warm your heart as well as your tummy.
CODENAMES: Harry Potter Board Game | Based on Harry Potter Films | Officially Licensed Harry Potter Game | Harry Potter Merchandise
CODENAMES: Harry Potter Board Game | Based on Harry Potter Films | Officially Licensed Harry Potter Game | Harry Potter Merchandise
**Important Note: I adore both Harry Potter and Codenames. I was wanting this for a party game when I throw parties as my group of friends loves Codenames.**

Pro's: Overall, I think it is well made, the pictures are cute and it has potential. I like that there are pictures on one side and words on the other, so, you can play with younger/older crowds or more knowledgeable/more muggle crowds.

Cons: It is more complicated than the original version. Instead of there being two teams/colors on the board based off of one key, both teams look off of the opposite side of the key card and work to find everything. This means that some of the clues are muggles/civilians for one side of the table and death eaters for the other. This is just extra complicated and I don't think plays as well as the normal version. Personally, I'm going to combine the versions and play so that it's the normal rules with Harry Potter clues.

Overall: 3/5 as it is good quality, just didn't provide the entertainment I was expecting.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander: Cinematic Guide
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander: Cinematic Guide
En mi opinión por el precio que tiene es un muy buen libro para todos los fans de "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" y para todas aquellas personas a las que les guste coleccionar los libros de esta saga. Además, la impresión de las imágenes del libro es de muy buena calidad y por el precio que tiene sin duda me parece una muy buena compra.
Harry Potter 1 und der Stein der Weisen. Ausgabe für Erwachsene
Harry Potter 1 und der Stein der Weisen. Ausgabe für Erwachsene
Der Hörverlag ist einen mutigen Schritt gegangen. Nach der sensationellen Lesung von Rufus Beck aller sieben Harry Potter-Teile gibt es seit März eine Neuauflage mit einem anderen Sprecher. Felix von Manteuffel verleiht nun allen sieben Bänden seine Stimme und interpretiert die Geschichte so, dass sie ganz neue Aspekte bekommt. Fernab von jeglicher Öffentlichkeit nahm der Regisseur Sven Stricker unter dem Decknamen 'Musil' seit 2004 Harry Potter mit Felix von Manteuffel auf und gemeinsam erschufen sie so eine ganz neue Sichtweise auf die Welt rund um Hogwarts.

Harry Potter ist zehn Jahre alt und lebt bei den Dursleys, seitdem seine Eltern bei einem Autounfall ums Leben kamen. Da die Dursleys ihren eigenen Sohn Dudley bevorzugen, spürt Harry jeden Tag aufs Neue dass er persona non grata in dieser Familie ist, doch was wirklich hinter dieser Abneigung steckt, erfährt Harry erst an seinem Geburtstag. Einige Tage vorher bekommt er einen Brief, der ihm umgehend von seinem Onkel abgenommen wird, doch es kommen immer mehr Briefe, mit Eulen, durch den Kamin, sogar am Sonntag. Das wird den Dursleys zuviel und so fliehen sie. In einer völligst einsam gelegenen Hütte kommen sie unter und Harry zählt die Sekunden bis Mitternacht, bis er elf ist, da klopft jemand an die Tür. Ein Riese steht in der Tür und erklärt Harry, dass er ein Zauberer sei und bald in Hogwarts, auf der Zaubererschule, aufgenommen wird. Harry ist sprachlos und kann es gar nicht glauben. Als er dann mit Hagrid, dem Wildhüter Hogwarts, in die Zaubererwelt eintritt, muss Harry erkennen, dass er eine Berühmtheit ist und erfährt, wie seine Eltern wirklich starben. Eine aufregende Zeit beginnt, die Harrys gesamtes Leben auf den Kopf stellen wird...

Fans dieser wahrhaft zauberhaften Geschichte diskutieren, ob die Lesung Becks übetroffen werden kann, doch die Frage ist nicht Beck oder von Manteuffel, sondern mag ich eher Hörspiel oder Lesung! Rufus Beck macht aus den sieben Teilen eher ein Hörspiel, er lebt die Geschichte und verleiht jedem Charakter eine eigene Stimme. Von Manteuffel hingegen liest ruhiger und verleiht ganz fein nuancierte Stimmen, hier muss man schon genau hinhören, um Stimmänderungen der einzelnen Charaktere herauszuhören.
Felix von Manteuffel präsentiert die Zaubererwelt mit seiner charismatischen Stimme auf völlig neue Art und Weise und gestaltet die Geschichte und Charaktere allein durch Erzählen so individuell und wird so der inhaltlichen Vielfalt des Romans stimmlich gerecht.

Was aber besonders überrascht, ist die Tatsache, dass hier der Potter-Fan Sven Stricker Regisseur ist, der liebend gern den Stoff zum Hörspiel verarbeiten würde und nun doch zur Lesung tendierte. Aber da J.K. Rowling von einem Hörspiel nicht viel hält, war es wenigstens so möglich, einen echten Stricker zu hören, der ein zauberhaftes Hörvergnügen verspricht und neugierig auf die weiteren sechs Teile macht, die Lies&Lausch nach und nach vorstellen wird.
Lassen Sie sich also nochmal verzaubern und lernen Sie Harry Potter auf ganz neue Art und Weise kennen - Sie werden es nicht bereuen!
LEGO Harry Potter Build Your Own Adventure: With LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure and Exclusive Model (LEGO Build Your Own Adventure)
LEGO Harry Potter Build Your Own Adventure: With LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure and Exclusive Model (LEGO Build Your Own Adventure)
I'm both an AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego) and a big fan of all things Harry Potter. The book and the included set absolutely tickled me.

All the builds featured in the book are based on the first Harry Potter book/movie: (Philosopher's)Sorcerer's Stone

Table of Contents:
The beginning of the book includes some background on Harry Potter, Hogwarts and basic info on Lego bricks. The back of the book includes step-by-step instructions for the included 2-in-1 lego set.

Chapter 1 - The Muggle World
Privet Drive (Dursley house facade, lamp post, planter & bird bath/fountain)
At the Zoo (python display w/ removable glass, small animal enclosures)
Harry's Bedroom (cupboard under the stairs)
Mail delivery (fireplace that spills envelope tiles)
Island Hideout (shack with breakout door)

Chapter 2 - The Wizarding World
Diagon Alley (secret entrance & ice cream parlor)
Gringotts Bank (bank cart & tunnel)
In the vaults (ornate vault door)
Ollivander's shop (wand shelves & storefront)

Chapter 3 - Welcome to Hogwarts
Hogwarts Castle (castle door & moving staircase)
Sorting Ceremony (House Points hourglasses & House crest flags)
Teachers' table (long table, Dumbledore's chair & lectern)
Common room (Fat Lady portrait, sofa, wizard chess table, minifig Gryffindor bust)
Dormitory (four-poster beds & storage cabinet)

Chapter 4 - Life at Hogwarts
Potions class (tables & shelves of bottles, etc)
Flying Lessons (simple gazebo w/ minifig statue, small stone bridge, small watchtower turret)
Library Visit (ornate window frame, interesting bookshelves)
Halloween Feast (simple tables, windowed wall facade with 'floating' pumpkins)

Chapter 5 - Magical Adventures
Forbidden Forest (brick-built trees and paths)
Troll Attack (brick-built troll, bathroom sink & toilet stall)
Facing Fluffy (brick-built 3 headed dog)
Devil's Snare (snare plant w/ trap door & mini plants)
Wizard Chess (Chessboard, rocking Knight piece, Queen piece, articulated pawn w/ swords)

Pros:
The printed house crest tiles are gorgeous. Currently, apart from this set, the tiles can only be found in the Lego Harry Potter 2019 Advent Calendar (75964). Similarly, the Sorting Hat element is only found in the Hogwarts Great Hall Set (75954). Though there's always the option to buy them second-hand/from a third-party on sites like Bricklink, eBay or similar.

The 101 pc 2-in-1 design Lego set included allows fans to create a Sorting Hat spinner to sort Minifigures into their houses, OR a fireplace with a turning center to make Minifigures "disappear" - great for Floo travel!

Many wonderful ideas presented in the book: I want to build them all! It also gave me ideas to design MOCs (my own creations).

Exploded sections of some builds and notes about techniques or bricks used are frequently presented. An intermediate to advanced Lego fan should be comfortable attempting them.

Cons:
There are only enough pieces in the set to create one design or the other; you cannot create both designs at once. Some might find this to be a con.

No step by step instructions for builds beyond the 2-in1 set that comes with the book. The builds are inspiring but the minimal instruction presented is likely to disappoint or frustrate younger or inexperienced Lego fans.

Many builds presented use parts outside the current HP line or even beyond what's available in Lego Classic brick sets. It can be very frustrating or limiting for young and burgeoning Lego fans who don't have access to or haven't discovered the resources to obtain such parts. Pro tip: the Bricklink, Brickset, and Rebrickable websites are fantastic resources for Lego fans to expand their sets and knowledge.

Thoughts:
It would be extremely helpful if the book included an appendix with an inventory of part numbers for the various Lego bricks and elements appearing throughout the book. I found a number of parts I'd never encountered before and had a difficult time trying to figure out what they were.

I've been using a free Lego design program by Bricklink called Studio 2.0 to recreate the builds in the book. This has helped me identify parts I don't recognize, price and locate parts to build the models, and create step-by-step instructions for them. Occasionally, the program didn't have a specific part represented (which goes to show how rare those pieces really are because Studio's catalog of Lego parts is vast). However, I've been able to substitute or work around those pieces so far. The program even allows you to render a realistic image of your build (see photo)
In my opinion, the Studio program is user-friendly enough that kids 6-8+ could learn to use it with the assistance of an adult or older kid. It allows one to create virtual lego builds, render 3D images of them, create step-by-step build instructions, parts lists, and provides part prices and build costs. I highly recommend it for any Lego fan looking to design their own creations. It's become indispensable to me in recreating all the builds in this book.

All in all, I love this book and the included Lego set. As an intermediate AFOL (at best), the book taught me some new techniques and challenged me to learn more, plus inspired me to expand my inventory and create custom designs of my own.
Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards Clawtor Hand Held Wand, Green
Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards Clawtor Hand Held Wand, Green
These are so fun.....BUT I have returned 2 at this point. One for my son and one for my daughter. The first would not turn on period after 48 hrs of charging. We tried several USB adapters and outlets because surely we wouldn't get a brand new toy that has no power right? WRONG! The second was returned after 1 week of play because, again, It will not charge. If this thing took regular batteries it would be excellent. The hassle to keep these things present, charged and working in our house is not worth the fun. It's become my third job behind working full time and being mommy. Just don't do it. Seller is great, product sucks. Yet here I am ordering another one to keep my daughter happy. Don't get sucked into this viscous cycle, unless you have a crush on your USPS guy and enjoy disappointing your children.
Sorrel and Fern Crib Mobile Butterflies in The Clouds Grey and Pink Baby Ceiling Nursery Decor
Sorrel and Fern Crib Mobile Butterflies in The Clouds Grey and Pink Baby Ceiling Nursery Decor
This is very sweet and surprisingly affordable. It came nicely packaged, but as I took painstakingly took it gently apart, I saw the lines are tangled and twisted and hang at different lengths so the butterflies are crooked. As a result I’ll need to take some time undoing all of it and restringing it myself. But it’s exactly what we were looking for, and it was literally 25% of the price of similar products on Etsy. I like supporting a small family company and would recommend this product, just be prepared to have to do some crafting on it yourself. It came with 3 extra butterfly clips which was a nice surprise, but I wish there were 4-5 so I could evenly clip them to the lines hanging from the hoop
Lavalier Microphone, MAONO AU-100 Hands Free Clip-on Lapel Mic with Omnidirectional Condenser for Podcast, Recording, DSLR,Camera, Smartphone, PC,Laptop (236 in)
Lavalier Microphone, MAONO AU-100 Hands Free Clip-on Lapel Mic with Omnidirectional Condenser for Podcast, Recording, DSLR,Camera, Smartphone, PC,Laptop (236 in)
 Ok...so I thought these would work alright, but I found out that they are fantastic I got these for producing my YouTube content and for doing small interviews. Most times I shoot with one of my mirrorless cameras(A Panasonic G85 or Canon M50), but every now and then I shoot with my smartphone(Samsung Galaxy S7), and with this mic it doesn't matter which I'm shooting with because it works with both. I've read that the battery last for months, and that what really matters to me. I was shooting all my videos with my Saramonic Wireless Lavalier system, but it can be a hassle sometimes because of the 4 AA batteries that I have to use and the setup and size can be a little annoying as well when shooting out and about.

In all honestly the only things to me that could be improved is the lack of a battery indicator light. And this one will sound weird because it is good and bad at the same time - the length of cord. I wish somehow you could have the option to go very long or go shorter. The cord is around 20 feet long, and that's good, but sometimes it can be in the way. Not a big deal you can coil it I guess.
Anyway, this mic has simplified my life and given me clean/clear quality audio in the process. I'm amazed at how hot the signal is. For 20 bucks it really is a no brainer. I highly recommend this mic.
Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community
Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community
I picked up this book to do a little background research on the movement of Food Not Bombs, so that I could set up my own Bikes not Bombs organization. So what I was looking for was a lot of core philosophies and history of Food Not Bombs.

Anyway, enough about me...since what you really want to know about is the book, right?

Well what I found was a manual for starting your own organization complete with recipes and advice on what to do to get it all started. This would be really helpful if that's what you were looking for, for me not so much.

The history and tales of the organizers tended to really focus on the clashes with police, which I found pretty disappointing. I'm really not much of a protestor or celebrator of clashes like that, and although I understand it played a role in the history of the movement it seemed brutally overemphasized. It was to the point where it almost seemed more clebrated than the greater cause, to feed the hungry...not elevate themselves to martyrdom beause they got arrested making miso soup.

There are some goodies in here, but in general I was disappointed with the focus the book took. After reading the forward by Howard Zinn I was expecting a heapload more than I ended up with.

I came from a different angle than most, so take that into consideration. If you are about to set up your own Food Not Bombs organization or enjoy war-stories of elevating your cause because of clashes with riot police this book is the ticket for you.

As for me it left a disappointing taste in my mouth.
Comfier Sleep Waterproof Pillow Protectors 48x74cm with Zip Anti Allergy Triple Layer Super Soft and 100% bamboo Pack of 2 Standard Size 48 x 74 cm suitable for Standard Pillows
Comfier Sleep Waterproof Pillow Protectors 48x74cm with Zip Anti Allergy Triple Layer Super Soft and 100% bamboo Pack of 2 Standard Size 48 x 74 cm suitable for Standard Pillows
I would just like to add an update to my original review, as I am very impressed that we've had these since early April 2016 (it's now 10/3/18) and we are all still using them. They are still cool and soft, the zips are still intact, and the cases feel and look as good as new.

We've been using these for a few weeks now, and can honestly say they are fantastic. We have deep latex pillows and they fit perfectly. I was intending to use pillowcases over them, however they are to nice to lay on so I haven't, I just use these. They are nothing like the usual pillow protectors they feel like a luxury pillowcase. They are so soft, and so cooling to the skin I can't stress how nice they feel. I love natural bamboo products as they're naturally anti-bacterial, good for your health and the Eco benefits, so I was very pleased to find these.

I have noticed my partner has stopped coughing of a night. My whole family use them from my mum who is bed bound, they benefit her as she's very allergic, and these have helped her asthma immensely and she's stopped getting a watery eye. I use one because I don't like to think about dustmites and also because they feel so nice. My son is acne prone and the bamboo helps with this, he's had no new spots. And my partner as mentioned his nighttime cough has gone which is an additional bonus. They wash well, I tumble dry them, and still feel like new, I don't use fabric softener.

A lovely, friendly company to buy from I recommend both them and their lovely pillow protectors. I feel they offer great value for such a quality, all natural product.
2021 Upgraded-Eonon A0585 Android Auto and Car Play Autoplay Dongle for Eonon Android10/ 8.0/8.1/9.0 Car Radio GA93 Car Radio and GA9465,GA9480A,GA9453,GA9463,GA9451,GA9449 Etc.
2021 Upgraded-Eonon A0585 Android Auto and Car Play Autoplay Dongle for Eonon Android10/ 8.0/8.1/9.0 Car Radio GA93 Car Radio and GA9465,GA9480A,GA9453,GA9463,GA9451,GA9449 Etc.
I got this to add Android Auto to my Eonon GA7173. Because the headunit is too slow to actually run any apps, I was hoping this would allow me to continue to use the headuniit's touch screen/controls, but offload the processing to my phone.

When it first arrived I tried following the instructions, plugging it in to every USB port on the unit, but it refused to work, It would just continuously read "Please insert the box into the USB port of the car". I contacted the support email in the description above, and after several emails, over a couple weeks, and even a replacement dongle, they sent me an OS software update to install on the headunit. Finally the device is recognized and I was able to use Android Auto.

Now, I just recently took the truck on a road trip, and tried to listen to Plex via android auto, and it worked great for a while, then it disconnected and said "Please insert the box into the USB port of the car" again, then a few minutes later it reconnected and worked for while, then disconnected again. It did this disconnect/reconnect thing the whole trip. I even stopped and bought a new USB-C cable for my phone in case that was the issue, but no change. Also, sometimes when it starts up, not all the apps are listed and I will have to unplug the phone, open the app, and plug it back in to get the app to work in Android Auto.
Pajitas, bolsas de 4.5 onzas, Sour Punch
Pajitas, bolsas de 4.5 onzas, Sour Punch
It's a box of candy. It tastes like candy. You either have had the individual sized packs and are about to make a poor health decision, or you haven't and shouldn't be buying this until you try the regular size.

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