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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by Hank Green, Kristen Sieh, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 787 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Saving Everest
Saving Everest
Saving Everest by Sky Chase. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Firestarter
Firestarter
Firestarter by Stephen King, Dennis Boutsikaris, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 515 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Defence
Defence
Defence by Steve Cavanagh. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 310 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
American Nightmares
American Nightmares
American Nightmares by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa , Mike Perkins, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java Server Pages
Java Server Pages
Java Server Pages by Ankur Saxena. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Enterprise Java Microservices
Enterprise Java Microservices
Enterprise Java Microservices by Ken Finnigan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Examples in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Java Examples in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Java Examples in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition by David Flanagan. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 39 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Programming in One Day: Java for Beginners
Java Programming in One Day: Java for Beginners
Java Programming in One Day: Java for Beginners by Ahmad Aloul. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Advanced Machine Learning with Python
Advanced Machine Learning with Python
Advanced Machine Learning with Python by John Hearty. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Laravel 5 Essentials
Laravel 5 Essentials
Laravel 5 Essentials by Martin Bean. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set by Ken Henderson. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Power Tips for iSeries Database & SQL
Power Tips for iSeries Database & SQL
Power Tips for iSeries Database & SQL by Paul Conte. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Pro SQL Server 2005 Database Design and Optimization
Pro SQL Server 2005 Database Design and Optimization
Pro SQL Server 2005 Database Design and Optimization by Louis Davidson, Kevin Kline, Kurt Windisch. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Exam 98-361 MTA Software Development Fundamentals
Exam 98-361 MTA Software Development Fundamentals
Exam 98-361 MTA Software Development Fundamentals by Microsoft Official Academic Course. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 30 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Quick Master webpack Sokushu (Japanese Edition)
Quick Master webpack Sokushu (Japanese Edition)
フロント側の作業をしているとよく耳にするwebpack。
良く分からないけどqiitaとかググったページに乗ってるそれっぽいコードをコピペして動かしている貴方。

この本を読めば、なぜwebをpackする必要があるのか分かります。jsやvue.js, reactなとを解説する本は数多あれど、webpackだけに注力している本は凄く稀有ですので、買う価値があります。Kindle Unlimitedに入っているなら無料で読めるので、試し読みしてみて気に入ったら購入しましょう!
Steve Jobs Thinking Differently: A Biography
Steve Jobs Thinking Differently: A Biography
The book Steve Jobs Thinking Differently starts off as child being adopted when he was very young, he was someone that loves to play pranks on friends and people he'd know and build illegal inventions like a blue box. But know one knew he would be one of the greatest inventors in the future. Steve was dropout in college to become a "free thinking young man" or a hippie. Later on Steve built his first computer at age 21 with his mutual friend named Steve Wozinak, later they constructed better versions of the computer
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
We don't need more leadership books that inspire and instruct and give principles, at least I don't think so. Leadership principles are good to know and learn from, but you really don't know what leadership looks like and feels like until you do it. And leadership will be different based on who you are, who you're leading, and what you're situation is. I say it like this: you can't swim by reading books and going to conferences and watching videos about swimming. Leadership is like swimming; you learn to lead by leading.

This book gives you the insider look into the mind and heart of what a leader actually goes through in her/his thoughts and feelings. That's where the hard work of leadership really happens. Yes, it's a mental game, as they say about tennis or other competitive sports. You may not have the identical reactions and anxiety described in the book. So it is not universal. Knowing the specifics of how the author has experienced anxiety as a part of leading and as a part of being human, is so very helpful to know how to manage the weight and load of leadership that is indeed so intangible.

I'm believing that this book will help a good number of leaders to not burn out and to stay on the path of health and wellness and effectiveness for a lifetime of good healthy impact for those s/he leads.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Every so often I come across a book that I know as I'm reading it that my perspective is changing and my horizons are broadening. "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries" is one such book. From the outset, Safi Bahcall grabs the reader's attention and keeps it with examples from history of what he's going to explain, setting it up to be understood thoroughly. He talks about lessons learned in wartime as well as from Polaroid and space exploration, among other periods and events. There's a lot I could say about this book, but to keep it simple I'll anchor my comments to a few of the many key terms the writer discusses.

To begin, there's the important distinction to be made between a franchise and what Bahcall refers to as a 'loonshot.'

Franchise: The subsequent iterations or updated versions of an original product or service.
Examples provided include each new version of the iPhone and the 26th James Bond Movie. I also relate this to a phenomenon I noticed many years ago among fast food restaurants, where new items on the menu are often just reformulations of existing menu items. A prime example is the 'KFC Famous Bowl,' which marketing now refers to as a 'classic.' Ever since first time it went on sale, not long enough ago to count as a 'classic' by any normal measure, I've seen it as the company just phoning it in. Innovation is too risky, and they already have the ingredients, so they just toss it all in a bowl and sell it.

Loonshot: A neglected project, widely dismissed, its champion written off as unhinged.
A loonshot is risky, because it's based on an idea that established 'experts' generally consider unfeasible and unfundable. Radar is a famous example of a technology that was roundly rejected by military brass and bureaucrats until it was almost too late. Another is statins, the first of which faced a difficult road to success and acceptance.

False Fail: When a valid hypothesis yields a negative result in an experiment because of a flaw in the design of the experiment.
Sometimes the test is the problem. When Akira Endo was testing a drug to see if it would lower cholesterol, the tests failed. He was testing on rats, which were later discovered to have low levels of LDL (aka 'bad cholesterol'). When he tested on chickens, which have high levels of LDL, the results were spectacular. Eventually, statins resulted, and people were provided a pharmacological solution to high cholesterol. This almost didn't happen, because Endo's research had repeatedly faced setbacks and failures. It was only through luck and his determination to see it through that we now have this option for treatment.

Phases of organization: When an organization is considered as a complex system, we can expect that system to exhibit phases and phase transitions — for instance, between a phase that encourages a focus on loonshots and a phase that encourages a focus on careers.
This part about organizational phases was an eye-opener for me. I've heard various executives over the years complain about the lack of innovation in major corporations generally, and I've always attributed it to the size of such companies making them slow-moving. While that may still be part of it, I now see how managers at various levels act in the interest of their careers over the chance at a breakthrough success. Loonshots are often ugly babies, easily dismissed and lethal to careers if they face failure. Bahcall tells the reader about his observation that loonshots experience three deaths before possibly reaching success, which translates to three failures. Some take years, even decades to see through all the way, and many don't come back from a single death. With them can go any respect or credibility previously accorded their backer(s), making it better to be the person who poo-poos novel ideas in meetings. In career terms, it's the safer route.

To this and more Safi Bahcall offers a handful of solutions and strategies that can foster loonshots, but to get those you'll just have to read the book for yourself.
Fortune Magazine (RUPERT MURDOCH....Fox Network & News Corp)
Fortune Magazine (RUPERT MURDOCH....Fox Network & News Corp)
The new Kindle costs $489 and is capable of downloading any of 285,000 e-books available on Amazon, via Sprint Nextel's high-speed data network (sorry, requires a clumsy workaround outside the U.S. for books, not at all for periodicals or newspapers). Also, no protective carrying case - many users complain it breaks easily.

Sounds like a lot of available books until you focus on new releases (many are not available). Also it's only a black-and-white display roughly the size of a paperback, with a crippled web browser, no video, and not even a backlight. Its content also includes newspapers, for a fee, that mostly can also be accessed for free on the Internet. The "good news" is that it can display content sideways, and handle graphic-heavy content. Barclays Capital predicts Kindle devices will produce $840 million in profit on $3.7 billion in sales in 2012, roughly 20% of current performance.

Both the Washington Post and New York Times will subsidize Kindle purchases, in return for long-term subscriptions to their respective newspapers. However, that is a dubious incentive given their already free availability to viewers, and the fact that Kindle currently does nothing to address newspapers' steep fall in advertising revenues; changing that on Kindle would be annoying, at best.

Amazon has recently substantially increased prices for Kindle e-books - eg. "Education of an American Dreamer" is priced at $19.24, vs. $22.29 for the hard-cover, hardly an attractive differential. (Original Kindle promotions featured a $9.99 price for most downloads. This price increase for downloads makes Kindle DX financially untenable for casual readers; according to a 5/31/09 NYT article, Amazon is losing money at that $9.99 price because it generally is charged $13-!4/copy.) Further, a 7/10/09 WSJ article reports Amazon pricing Kindle editions of legal reference books at only a 20% discount, based on the logic that its ability to provide digital search and bookmarks largely overcomes the disadvantage of not having a physical copy. Another digital advantage would be the ability, for another fee, to instantly update/replace older editions.

Given the large potential for electronic textbooks in medicine, law, and especially the college-student market (the latter would probably also kill off the textbook resale market - another "benefit"), it is easy to suspect that Amazon's Bezos is quietly executing a major strategic change from providing books as cheaply as possible, to finding a new way to milk the market for all its worth. On the plus side, maybe Kindle will allow us to stop building expensive professional law and medical libraries, as well as to save the time and expense of traveling to/from them.

One more feature - users can still deliver business documents via email to their Kindles, for an increased fee, now 15 cents per megabyte. per Walter Mossberg at WSJ. Still wondering, will Kindle DX users be able to download their books on future versions?

Bottom Line: The Amazon Kindle DX is a one-trick pony priced too close to new portable notebooks. Apple, Google, Dell and/or Sony will likely see Kindle DX as an opportunity to restore the focus on lowering book prices. Google ebooks is already headed that direction - allowing its huge collection to be received by any reader
HENRY FORD: ENTREPRENEURSHIP LESSONS: Teachings from one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world (BUSINESS ACTION GUIDES: Ideas for Success Book 2)
HENRY FORD: ENTREPRENEURSHIP LESSONS: Teachings from one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world (BUSINESS ACTION GUIDES: Ideas for Success Book 2)
I only know him as an entrepreneur. This book gave me the opportunity to know him more in a different perspective. This story is helpful in building motivations. There is still hope to improve someone's life. I can definitely apply this to my own life. This is not like a fairy tale. I am happy that it is the reality that I am reading here. This is truly inspirational.
The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate
The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate
Das Buch erschien ursprünglich im Jahr 2000. Die aktuelle Ausgabe ist ein Reprint von 2015 mit geändertem Titel und leicht verändertem Vorwort, ansonsten identisch. Es informiert also über die Vorfahren, darunter die Großeltern aus Kallstadt in der Pfalz, und über Donalds Leben bis Ende der 90er Jahre.

Es liest sich fast wie ein guter Roman, ist aber sehr solide recherchiert. Ich habe bisher nur die ersten 100 Seiten über die Großeltern gelesen und für Wikipedia verwendet. Dort finden sich jetzt bei Frederick Trump, Elizabeth Christ Trump und Monte Cristo (Washington) kurze Zusammenfassungen. Mich hat begeistert, wie Gwenda Blair das Leben der Großeltern in einen vielfältigen Kontext stellt, und da war Vieles überraschend und lehrreich. Allein dafür lohnt sich der Kauf allemal.
Fine Fit Mens Novelty Print Socks | 2 Pair Set | Trouser Socks | Casual | Crew
Fine Fit Mens Novelty Print Socks | 2 Pair Set | Trouser Socks | Casual | Crew
I got this set as a gift for a financial counselor I work with. He was super happy when he saw them, but I think his wife was more excited - she bought him a matching shirt! I was worried about the fit and quality, but he says they fit great and are very comfortable. Friday is fun sock day for him and he’s worn these several times since getting them 4 moths ago (I know because he likes to show me once it a while.). Highly recommend!
Very Best of Aretha Franklin
Very Best of Aretha Franklin
pessima raccolta composta per la metà di dignitosi pezzi tratti dagli album degli anni 60, per la metà di indecenti hits synthpopfunk anni 80, con i suoni di plastica che di certo non hanno reso famosa aretha.
ci si fosse concentrati di più sul periodo d'oro della cantante ne sarebbe venuta fuori una collection nettamente migliore. così com'è, è inutile.
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Blood On The Tracks
Blood On The Tracks
When I was a kid, I only knew Bob Dylan from his top 40 stuff. "Blowin' in the Wind", "Everybody Must Get Stoned", "Serve Somebody", "Lay, Lady Lay", and I could never figure out what the big deal was. (You think I could at least have appreciated the wide variety). Flash forward to middle age. I rediscover my own love for the guitar, and enter the local open mic circuit. Time after time, when I ask a fellow bard "Whose wonderful, magical song is that?" the answer is, "Oh! That's Dylan." (Actually, the most frequent answer is, "Oh! That's Leadbelly," but that's another review.)

I can't remember what inspired me to make Blood on the Tracks on of my first Dylan choices; maybe because "Shelter from the Storm" was a song I knew I did like from his "popular" catalogue. But these lilting melodies, in many cases quite simple ("You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go"), but always beautifully crafted, and the witty lyricism keep this CD perennially on my changer.

"Blood on the Tracks" was written during a very difficult time, as his marriage was disintegrating (his divorce did not occur till 1977, while BOT was released in late 1974).. Much of the CD focuses on relationship and their endings. "Tangled Up in Blue" starts from the beginning. "Simple Twist of Fate" tells of the emptiness felt after a one-night-stand.

"You're a Big Girl Now" might be the first song to refer to an ended relationship.. The protagonist is saying goodbye to someone, reassuring himself more than her as she boards a plane that she can take care of herself on her own. He's accepted the separation, although there's one plaintive cry in the middle: "I can change, I swear", which resolves: " I can make it through, You can make it too."

Sure, there is anger. ("Idiot Wind"). Sure, there is pain. But the human spirit triumphs in these songs, as well.

My personal favorite is "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." Once again, the protagonist has accepted his love's decision to leave, and perhaps he also has pulled away some. But he still is able to sing her praises, and to know part of what they had will go with him: "But I'll see you in the sky above, In the tall grass, in the ones I love"

I've heard that Mozart was writing his tender, uplifting aria "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben" (K 336b), after he had just been unceremoniously dumped by the love of his life, Aloysia Weber. Who knows if history will be as kind to Robert Zimmerman as to Wolfgang Mozart, but at least they have these things in common: people have gone around whistling their tunes in the streets during their lifetimes, and they were able to write hopefulness even during a time of pain.

(And trivia fans: the song over which Hootie and the Blowfish were sued after using its lyrics is on this cd.

Ain't Bobby so cool?)
Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Another Side Of Bob Dylan
The 2007 film "I'm Not There" was about Bob Dylan, but his name was never mentioned and his many personas were played by different actors. So, which Dylan is represented on "Another Side Of Bob Dylan"? I read that this August, 1964 album sold less than the preceding one, "The Times They Are A-Changing". I also read that people were puzzled by it and didn't quite know how to react to it upon its release. Having heard the whole thing now in 2014 for the first time, I understand why. Only 7 months after the previous album's release, Dylan unveiled a new music that would soon captivate the world. Abandoning his position as the purveyor of, in his own words "finger-pointing songs", Dylan's songwriting combined social comment ("Chimes Of Freedom") with topical humor ("I Shall Be Free - No. 10" and "Motorpsycho Nightmare") and songs about self-analysis ("My Back Pages" and "Black Crow Blues") and personal relationships ("All I Really Want To Do", "Spanish Harlem Incident", "To Ramona", "I Don't Believe You", "Ballad In Plain D", "It Ain't Me Babe"), moving away from traditional folk music and towards the world of pop currently ruled by The Beatles and similar bands, adding insights from his own unique perspective. Even though the electric guitar was still not used, the melodies were generally more buoyant, the mood generally MUCH lighter, and the lyrics were beginning to exhibit a lot of enigmatic imagery, stream-of-consciousness and clever wordplay to a greater degree than on his previous albums. Dylan the activist was becoming Dylan the pop poet. On this album he planted the seeds for a sound and style that would change pop/rock music forever, and would also make him a major pop/rock force. No wonder his folk-oriented, activist fans, most of whom viewed pop music with contempt, were puzzled, turned off by what was in their eyes a blatant quest for fame. Just to show how influential the album was, 4 of these songs were covered by The Byrds (3 of them on their debut album), and another one, "It Ain't Me Babe", was a big hit for The Turtles.

Just like his previous album, this one is a one-man show, with Bob singing all vocals and playing guitar, harmonica and, on "Black Crow Blues", honky-tonk piano. Just that piano performance alone will clue you in to the fact that this is a different, lighter album. But you would know that already from the first track, "All I Really Want To Do", in which he tells a prospective girlfriend all the things that he DOES NOT want to do, among them, "I ain't lookin' to block you up, shock or knock or lock you up". He is having so much fun that he actually laughs audibly twice during the song. Deliberate humor is evident in "I Shall Be Free - No. 10", a topical rap about such topics as Cassius Clay, the Russians, Barry Goldwater, Cuba and "a weird monkey, very funky". He comes to the conclusion that "I'm a poet and I know it, hope I don't blow it." Still more humor is found in "Motorpsycho Nightmare", in which a weary Dylan seeks refuge at a farmer's house. His troubles start when "In comes his daughter whose name was Rita/She looked like she stepped out of La Dolce Vita", and the fun continues as Rita turns out to be like a female Tony Perkins from "Psycho".

Other relationships are more realistic. In "Spanish Harlem Incident", he is fascinated by a gypsy girl with "pearly eyes so fast and slashing, and your flashing diamond teeth". "To Ramona" is a Mexican-inflected country/folk love song. Dylan soothes Ramona and tries to build up her self-image: "There's no one to beat you/No one to defeat you/'Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad". "I Don't Believe You" is about rejection, but the mood is lighthearted so it must not have been too serious an affair. But, "Ballad In Plain D" is dead serious, about love that apparently leads to violence. The violence is implied, not specifically spelled out. And in "It Ain't Me Babe", Dylan is determined to discourage an admirer who wants "someone who's never weak but always strong...someone to open each and every door...someone who'll promise never to part...someone who'll come each time you call". It ain't him, babe.

Dylan did not completely forget his old fanbase. In "Chimes Of Freedom", a long poetic song in which those chimes are generated metaphorically by a thunderstorm, we find imagery such as this description of lightning: "Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting". Dylan's chimes are for all outcasts, underdogs, the deaf, the blind, the mute, refugees, lonesome lovers, people unjustly imprisoned, and finally, "for every hung-up person in the whole wide Universe". But, on the other hand, in "My Back Pages" the former self-assured activist ("Good and bad, I define these terms/Quite clear, no doubt, somehow") finds "lies that life is black and white" and concludes: "Ah, but I was so much older then/I'm younger than that now."
Java Concurrency in Practice
Java Concurrency in Practice
I've been using Java in the professional setting for about 4 years now. There have been times where concurrent software implementations were a necessity to get the job done. It was during these projects where I realized that I was simply following a set of patterns that had been beaten into me by peers/blogs/how-to's over the years without really understanding the gritty details of why those patterns were needed, and what was actually happening.

This book IS the "why". This book is made out of 94% pure industry grade "grit".

Ever hear someone talk about thread visibility and not know what they were on about? Have you NOT heard of thread visibility? Ever wonder what exactly the "volatile" key word is and what it guarantees? Does the phrase "Java Memory Model" cause you anxiety at the mere mentioning of it?

This book will massage all those worries/misunderstandings/anti-patterns right out of your grey matter. The book is incredibly easy to read for anyone who has worked with Java seriously in the past. The book does a fantastic job of laying out in incredibly concise wording what it means to be thread safe, what it means to work atomically, what it means to have thread visibility, etc. etc. all the way into the deep bowels of the JVM's memory model, and how and why it's doing what it's doing. A must have book for any professional Java developer's library.
Delta Cevada 250g | Roasted and Ground Barley | Caffeine Free (Pack of 02)
Delta Cevada 250g | Roasted and Ground Barley | Caffeine Free (Pack of 02)
Orzo Cevada from Delta is my favorite orzo beverage, with the Italian versions (Orzo Bimbo, Orzo di Siena) a close second. Although nothing tastes like coffee (except the instant orzo offerings which taste like extremely bad truck-stop decaf), I would compare the texture and richness of this to Greek/Turkish coffee. It's a very fine ground so it brews up fast. I use a French press, because it is easiest to clean. (Avoid moka pots or any percolator since it can get sludgy in there.) I confess to adding a little high-quality cocoa powder to my beverage to round it off, but the Cevada alone is very satisfying and is the best coffee substitute I have found. I typically have it with foamed milk like a cappuccino, but it is delicious with whole milk or half-and-half, too. It's not easy to find, so I keep some extra on hand and I frequently add it to my Amazon orders whenever it's offered.
Schumacher PC-3000 3000W Power Inverter
Schumacher PC-3000 3000W Power Inverter
I've tried multiple less than or equal to 1500W products including a motor and a Keurig that cause the inverter to immediately beep and stop putting out voltage. It's like the design is missing an internal capacitor or something to counter the momentary current inrush you get from inductive products you connect to it. Very disappointing.
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Update: I am super disappointed. I loved my first shirt so much(I got it at the beginning of this week) so I ordered the other one I liked and it just arrived. I checked it and discovered a hole where I had seen a hole on other reviews. What a bummer. So, I checked my other one just in case there was an issue I hadn’t noticed. Yup, stitching is unraveling at the bottom hem. Not cool. I guess I struck out when I decided to gamble. Yet another defeat for graphic tees and me.

I ordered up and got a 4x just in case. I’m glad I did.

Pros: Colors and graphics are exactly what I had hoped for.

I read the reviews and saw complaints about the sleeves. They are made a little odd (tapered) and I actually think they are meant to be a muscle showcase but I’m a chubby unicorn. My wife said the shirt looks flattering on me. Her opinion is mostly all I care about. I’ve lost a lot of weight but due to health plateau, I am not dropping it like I had. That being said, I have a gut still.

Cons:
I’d like the sleeves regular cut for the big guys.
I ordered up just in case and I think that was wise. I shop Duluth Trading. I’m always in a 3xlt and it’s always a comfortably loose around my abdomen.
Captain America: Civil War Black Panther Costume Top and Mask
Captain America: Civil War Black Panther Costume Top and Mask
I gotta say, for the price it's not bad at all. The material of the shirt was thicker and better than I thought and the mask was sturdier that I thought as well. The shirt was a little too big and I'm a big guy (230lbs muscular). I called to get a large but they only had XL and "standard" (which was also more money). I asked the operator what standard was and she couldn't tell me. Also one sleeve was not hemmed and looked like someone cut it with a pair of sissors. If it wasn't for that I would not have returned it for a replacement. My son and daughter loved me in it. I'll probably use it next Halloween!
Pizza: Award-Winning Pies for the Home Kitchen
Pizza: Award-Winning Pies for the Home Kitchen
I am hungry as I look through this book and I have already put markers in many of the pages of recipes that I will make. The author shows Very creative recipes and yet they are not over the top crazy. The book also helps you with dough making, different types of doughs to make, and many pizza sauces to try. I own many pizza books, but I am glad that I have this one in my library. Definitely, this book will not sit on my shelf collecting dust, rather the pages will get stained with flour and sauce as I refer to it, while making pizza at home.
Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go Baby Crib Musical Mobile - Hot Air Balloons
Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go Baby Crib Musical Mobile - Hot Air Balloons
For the price, it is very cheap looking. You music manually to play about 2 minutes of music. The colors of the hot air balloons are lovely, but this is definitely not worth the price, it is super flimsy, it almost looks like gravity is making it lean and I am afraid it may one day fall....onto my child's face. May be returning.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Vintage Classics)
NOTE: This review is of the Richard Pevear/Larissa Volokhonsky translation.

One thing that Leo Tolstoy could never be accused of was being a minimalist. He is best known for the massive novel 'Anna Karenina' and the even more massive 'War and Peace'. Almost all of his fiction seems to be an attempt to pack in as much panoramic life as possible. This characteristic applies to his shorter pieces as well as his novels.

This new translation (2009) assembles his best known stories as well as some lesser known ones as well and is presented chronologically, from the earliest, "The Prisoner of the Caucassus", written between the composition of 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', to his final novella, "Hadji Murat," written over the last two decades of his life and published posthumously a few years after his death. All of the stories deal with the themes familiar in his other works—how can a man lead a moral life, what should his attitude be toward the pleasures of the flesh, honor in the midst of war and equality among the classes.

"The Prisoner of the Caucassus" deals with a young soldier who has obtained leave from his regiment to visit his ailing mother and perhaps marry before she dies. On his way through the mountain passes he takes a wrong turn and is pursued by Tartars. His bafflement as to why these people would want to kill him is similar to young Nicolai Rostov in 'War and Peace', who had grown up in the bosom of family love and could not conceive that anyone would wish him harm. The naiveté quickly disappears as a steely resolve to survive takes its place. Tolstoy is a master at depicting wartime action and the campaigns of pursuit, capture or killing which are inherent in war.

"The Death of Ivan Ilyich", "The Kreutzer Sonata" and "The Devil" are largely concerned with the subjective evolutions of individual consciousness in relation to external perceived challenges. My early exposure to the psychologically penetrating tales of Henry James has made me predisposed to be more comfortable in these subjective realms where specific characters undergo psychological/spiritual journeys. "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" depicts the life of an attorney/judge who has gone through all the right steps and played by the societal rules for reaching success and prosperity in life. He believes that his life has obtained a stability and order and that he has reached the pinnacle of success, until a random accident resulting in a bruise in his side, seemingly inconsequential but escalating to severe internal pain disrupts all of his sense of order. His selfish wife now seems self-absorbed and irritable with Ivan's health crisis as it presents an inconvenience in her life. His escalating illness, never named but presumably cancer, forces Ivan to reevaluate his life and question all his previous judgments. He goes through all the stages of dying to the point of ultimate acceptance. He reaches that point which always fascinated Tolstoy and compelled him to contemplate the process to the ultimate last step of consciousness that he also depicted in 'War and Peace', as if he wanted to venture as close as possible to the 'final frontier' and still be able to return to tell the tale. Ivan's serenity precedes his physical death and achieves the ultimate transformation.

The character in 'The Kreutzer Sonata" seems like he just stepped out of the pages of one of Dostoevsky's intense novels and wandered into Tolstoy's universe. Like Raskolnikov, he is a killer and, also like Raskolnikov, he needs to make a complete, thorough confession to another human. His jealousy and ambivalence to his wife's beauty and seductiveness has culminated in murder. The character repents of the murder, but not, as Tolstoy later made clear, of his aversion to sexual pleasure. Tolstoy's own revulsion toward sexual pleasure in his later life made explicit his own attitude. Despite this obvious bias, the story can be read as a compelling psychological fable without knowing the feelings of the author.

"Master and Man" is one of Tolstoy's most evocative tales. A greedy landowner, Brekhunov, takes his servant, Nikita, with him to a neighboring landowner in order to purchase a valuable piece of land. In his haste to reach his destination before other prospective buyers, he speeds his horse and servant on through a snowstorm, gets lost and, as night approaches, appears to be stranded through the frigid night. The horse is pushed beyond endurance and dies and he abandons his servant, who is succumbing to hypothermia, to find his way, gets lost and ends up back at his sleigh. He undergoes a radical spiritual transformation from self-obsessed aristocrat, willing to sacrifice anyone in behalf of reaching his goal to resignation. This predicament is no one else's doing but his own. He has refused a previous offer to stay with a family overnight and resume his journey in the morning. He realizes too late that he should have accepted that offer. Left with no one else to hold responsible but himself, he decides to cover his dying servant with his own body in the back of the carriage, dying in the process but enabling his servant to survive. Like Ivan Ilyich, he travels through different stages before reaching a spiritual epiphany and considering the worth of someone other than himself. The nocturnal cold and the slow, inevitable acquiescence to the harshness of the environment is reminiscent of the equally chilling Jack London tale, "To Build a Fire".

The final story in the collection, the novella "Hadji Murat," take us full circle back to the Caucassus and tells the story of real life Chechen rebel Hadji Murat who, through a chain of circumstances, felt forced to retain his honor by defying the more militant rebel Shamil, who has held Murat's mother, wife and son captive, and defecting to the Russian forces. Murat is constantly aware that he may be placing himself in an untenable situation in which he is not fully trusted by either the Russians or the Chechens. Against this foundation, Tolstoy wanders into the minds of various rebels and Russians, even launching into a tirade against the lecherous and cruel Tsar Nicholas I who prided himself on being against the death penalty while also condemning prisoners to run gauntlets of thousands of blows resulting in certain fatality. Tolstoy lost none of his descriptive powers in the final years of his life. 'Hadji Murat" is as compellingly cinematic as anything he had written previously. My only reservation with the story, as for most of the others in this collection, is that they could all benefit from being fleshed out in greater length. He has the material for several novels here and, while I'm not advocating expanding them to the sizes of his magnum opuses, I feel that they could have been improved by more intensive exploration of the characters and circumstances. The tales race by through successions of characters we don't have enough time to get to know thoroughly before being thrust into another setting. In my view, Tolstoy never reigned in his maximalist tendencies, even in his shorter works. Nonetheless, what we have are still vital and indispensable contributions to a titanic literary career.
Sam's Chance and How He Proved It (Classics To Go)
Sam's Chance and How He Proved It (Classics To Go)
Alger writes another fairly predictable rags to riches story about a fifteen-year-old orphan who lives on the streets of New York. Sam, the protagonist, is a wily young man who takes life as it comes. He never saves and spends all of his earnings before payday.
Sam starts the story in the employ of a successful businessman. Sam receives $5 a week, but cannot make ends meet. His roommate, who studies at night and saves money, is more than capable of saving money. In this story, Sam learns that gambling does not pay, that idleness and lack of responsibility at the work place can get one into trouble, and the value of saving money. Alger provides for Sam's about face recovery upon meeting a young woman on the way to Boston -- where Sam plans to relocate for bigger and better things.
Alger shows the wrongs and the rights for young man growing up. He advocates avoiding billiards, gambling, and tobacco. He also encourages his readers to study. Sam's roommate, who's behavior and habits are the opposite of Sam's, succeeds, while Sam continues to struggle. This was a fun book to read and light-hearted.
DEAN KOONTZ'S INTENSITY
DEAN KOONTZ'S INTENSITY
As most hardcore fans of Dean Koontz know, "Intensity" was released as a miniseries for television, and is considered one of Dean Koontz's better movies (with the possible exception of "Odd Thomas" being made now).

John C. McGinley's acting is superb as Edgler Vess, and Molly Parker shines as Chyna Shepherd. There are a few characters added into the story for drama's sake and to add richness to the plot lines, since most of the book takes place internally in Chyna's own mind, and in Vess'.

This is a really good quality of the miniseries, and I am pleased that it has finally been released on DVD for those of us who have been waiting for many years.

*My disc did not have a subtitle option, just FYI. It's just the movie, and that's literally it. No extras, dialogue, etc.

Highly recommended if you are a Koontz fan, or if you saw this on television and enjoyed it and want to see it again. Very entertaining.
Sometimes They Come Back
Sometimes They Come Back
This is a movie that was originally made for television. Based on a short story by Stephen King, it follows a high school teacher who battles against some undead boys that come back for revenge on him and his family. Jim Norman is hesitant to take a job in the town where he witnessed the murder of his older brother, and the greasers who committed the act killed in an accident. However, he needs the work, and his wife thinks it is a chance for him and their family to start over after a history of breakdowns and anger issues that have cost Jim his previous career. However, shortly after getting to town, Jim finds that the students in his senior history class are slowly being killed off, only to be replaced by boys that look strangely familiar. After some odd occurrences, which involve the police suspecting Jim of the murder of the teens, he comes to the conclusion that the new students are in fact the boys who murdered his brother 27 years earlier, somehow come back to life. It is up to Jim to protect his family from their bloody vengeance.
Because it was meant as a television movie to be shown during family viewing time, there is no real bloodshed, gory elements, or vulgar language in this film. There is one slightly erotic moment between a man and his wife, but nothing is actually shown. I would not even call this movie an actual horror film, but more of a suspense flick with some supernatural elements. It stars Tim Matheson and Brook Adams in the main roles as Jim and his wife, and there is an appearance by Newhart star William Sanderson as the only one of the gang of greasers that escaped the accident, now a broken-down drunk. Though the cast is top-notch, this movie tends to drag at times, mainly relying on Matheson's ability to play a confused, tragedy scarred individual who is desperately trying to convince everyone, including himself, that he is not insane. Though it is tension-filled, this movie never goes over the top, and I would recommend it for people who are, or who have children that are, just cutting their teeth on horror.
Palabras esenciales/ Essential Words (Spanish Edition)
Palabras esenciales/ Essential Words (Spanish Edition)
This is a great inspirational compilation of Cohelo's work, I am glad I got it; but this is actually volume 2, which I didn't know was out, I was looking for volume 1 as a present for my brothers. The item description does not state it is "Palabras Esenciales II", that is the only problem I had since I was really hoping to get the original Palabras Esenciales I was kind of disappointed, I like the original much better, but it is a good book as well.
剣が君 百夜綴り 限定版 (【特典】限定版イラストパッケージ・特典小冊子・イラストカード・限定版ドラマCD &【早期予約特典】ドラマCD 同梱)
剣が君 百夜綴り 限定版 (【特典】限定版イラストパッケージ・特典小冊子・イラストカード・限定版ドラマCD &【早期予約特典】ドラマCD 同梱)
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前作の普通の剣が君をプレイしてすぐこちらもプレイしました。
前作から今回の制作にとりかかるまで長い期間が空いてたようで、話の繋がりの違和感さが結構ありました。
付け足した、後出し感があるので星3......良く考えると前作の延長線、なので前作プレイした方にはオススメする素敵な物語でした。
Mercy (Mercy, Book 1)
Mercy (Mercy, Book 1)
*3.5 stars*

The moment I read the above synopsis I was drawn to this book. Angels may well be the new vampires, but this sounded very different. I was right, Mercy is extraordinarily different and from page to page I had no idea what to expect.

The book begins with Mercy waking up in a stranger's body. She doesn't know where or who she is, only that this happens again and again. She has no idea why this happens or whom she was before her constant journeying from host to host began. This time she's in the body of quiet misfit Carmen, aboard a coach with the school choir visiting another school in order to perform with them. The students are placed with local families during their stay, only Carmen seems to have drawn the short straw and finds herself placed with the tragic Daley's whose own daughter and local star soprano, Lauren, mysteriously disappeared two years ago. Drawn to angry and vengeful brother Ryan, Mercy feels she has been sent here for a purpose, but what exactly will that be?

I was sucked in to this book immediately by the beautifully tragic prose Lim uses in her opening chapters as Mercy finds herself falling into Carmen's life. It's almost poetic and completely captured my imagination. I was all set for something truly amazing. However I was quickly surprised to see the book taking a different path from what I had originally presumed from the synopsis. The main focus of this book is the mystery of Lauren's disappearance and although Mercy discovers some pretty amazing powers on her journey, the paranormal element is a definite undertone.

That isn't to say this was a bad thing, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, which in itself was gripping and well executed. I thought Lim imagined the overwhelming despair and depression of Lauren's parents perfectly to the point I could feel the weight of it as I read. Ryan is also perfectly crafted as the brother angry at a world who has now wrote his sister off as dead but refuses to stop believing. I particularly enjoyed the developing trust and tenderness between Mercy and Ryan. In contrast to many other YA Paranormal characters, there's almost no romance between the two. It's built on respect and trust, and while Mercy does mention a couple of times feeling attracted to him, that's as far as it goes. Again this relationship completey sets apart this book from many others on the market.

However I felt the synopsis may have been a little misleading and is possibly an overview for the whole series rather than this book. It's actually only from reading this that I know what Mercy is, as by the end of the book although closer to knowing the truth, she's still in the dark. There's no mention at all of Lucifer, although we do get brief glimpses through her dreams of a mysterious Luc (who could possibly be Lucifer?), and other possible fallen angels, though it's all very vague. Again, if it wasn't for the synopsis I wouldn't really have had a clue who or what these beings may be and found this confusing. I also felt Carmen, Mercy's human host could have been expanded upon and would have liked to know more about her other than she could sing. It seemed to me a shame to hijack this characters life and induce some attachment to her, and then discard her without any thought.

At just 270 pages of quite large text, the problem may be that there was just too much story left uncovered. This almost felt like two different books at times, the mystery of Lauren's disappearance being one, then the occasional vague and confusing celestial thread another. It's a very complex plot and pretty amazing how so much was fitted into relatively few pages. On the upside, this made the book a very easy and breathtaking read and rarely lost pace. On the other side though it did leave me feeling confused at times. Rereading my review I'm left wondering if the series was written as a book, but then someone decided to split it?

For the most part, despite the flaws, I very much enjoyed reading this book (more than my review may indicate) and think the series does have huge potential. Rebecca Lim uses language beautifully and evokes emotions and imagery very well. I was gripped by the unpredictability of the story and never knew where things were heading. I read the book in two sittings and will certainly be following Mercy's story in the future, as the book tells us at the end, Mercy awakes in May 2011.
James Bond: Case Files Vol 1 HC (Ian Fleming's James Bond: Case Files)
James Bond: Case Files Vol 1 HC (Ian Fleming's James Bond: Case Files)
This is a great collection of 4 stories set in Bond's world. Two feature bond while the others focus on Moneypenny and M.

-Both Bond stories are excellent, both the art and story. Well executed one shots that read even better a second time through.
-The M one-off is great, I especially like the moody artwork. The extra features show the art in B&W as well, which is appreciated.
-The Moneypenny story is really well told, I enjoyed learning more about the character than I thought I would - definitely worth reading. However, the art for the Moneypenny is not good at all, and belongs in an Archie comic, not a James Bond graphic novel. (I would have given the book 5 stars if not for the art in this one)

Case Files is a must read if you like James Bond - you will appreciate Moneypenny and M more because if it.
FRENCH COOKING FOR AMERICANS
FRENCH COOKING FOR AMERICANS
I have used this book for more than 40 years. My copy is worn out and I regret than it is no longer available new -- out of print. I'd like to acquire a brand new copy and have it hard-bound so it would last longer. I like this cook book because its author has essentially translated traditional French "bourgeois cuisine" or "country cuisine" recipes into American measurements. This is not fancy complicated French cuisine, nor "Nouvelle Cuisine", yet the results are quite tasty. I can't vouch for the desserts and pastry chapters as I don't use them but all the seafood, meat, and veggies chapters are well worth it.
sigikid Beasts Gulli Gallo, Beasts Town, Grey, 39165
sigikid Beasts Gulli Gallo, Beasts Town, Grey, 39165
Trudel Trude hat ein äußerst liebenswertes Gesicht und das Fell ist lang und flauschig. Trudel Trude fusselt kaum. Nicht ganz so gut hat mir gefallen, dass das äußere Fell an den Nähten in Schlaufen mit eingenäht wurde, wahrscheinlich war die Produktion mit der Länge des Fells überfordert. Auch schien es mir, als habe meine Trudel Trude zwei linke Arme erhalten, jedenfalls sind die Handflächen in dieselbe Richtung gedreht. Da ich mich aber sofort in Trudel Trude verliebt habe und so ein kleines Handycap sie für mich nur Besonders macht, habe ich sie behalten!
Power Rangers Boys Pajamas
Power Rangers Boys Pajamas
These pj’s run a little small, which is good because they are supposed to be snug fitting for safety. I ordered a size 7 because it was the smallest size available that day. When they arrived they were actually marked 6-7 and I think they are more like a 5. That’s great for me I’m buying them for a 4 yr old and they will be a little long but otherwise fine. They won’t be a snug fit but they won’t be that big. They feel like good quality and my grandson will be over the moon!
Hulk Hogan Hulkamania Bandana Sunglasses Costume -Red-Red
Hulk Hogan Hulkamania Bandana Sunglasses Costume -Red-Red
Unless you’re SUPER picky then this wig works great for a hulk costume. At first I worried that the hair was too shiney and then I remembered that It was a Halloween party and not my wedding, I had a drink and went on to have a great night. Wig was great. I have long hair and I just tied it back and it stayed on all night
USB C Charging Station, 8 Ports Multiple USB Chargers with Fast Charger Port and LCD Display for iPhone 12 Cell Phones, Tablets and Other Electronics
USB C Charging Station, 8 Ports Multiple USB Chargers with Fast Charger Port and LCD Display for iPhone 12 Cell Phones, Tablets and Other Electronics
I so much wanted to give a 5 star review for this product. The reason I purchased it was to be able to leave behind all my other chargers when I travel with my photo and dive equipment and just use this one device with my usual charging cables. The design is beautiful, straightforward. Everything worked at home when I tried it and then I took it with me for my recent 1 week trip to Belize.
On the fourth day of the trip my phone (Pixel 3) went into a charging loop when I connected the PD charger cable to it. This means that it started to charge and then stopped and then started again and every time it gave a sound effect. It did not charge effectively all night. I tried to re-plug, restart my phone, used a different outlet and different cable with no effect. Thankfully I had the OEM phone charger with me and when I plugged it in to the outlet, it worked flawlessly. So I stopped using it with my Pixel 3 phone. A day later the entire charger died. It would simply not turn on when I plugged it in the wall no matter which outlet I used. Again, I had some backup chargers with me and they all worked in the same outlets without any problem. Needless to say, by the time I returned from my vacation I just ran out of the 30-day warranty when I could return the item without any hassle although I only used it for less than 5 days.
I tried it this morning and now it is working again in my home outlet in the U.S. with occasional on and off looping of my Pixel 3 phone with the PD charger. My unfortunate conclusion is that I cannot rely on this device to take it with me to a trip and save on my luggage weight because I cannot afford to leave behind the OEM chargers for all my rechargable gear. I am really sorry because this seemed to be the only mildly charger with the PD port on Amazon that would perfectly fit my needs otherwise. I wonder if others had any similar experiences.
Cook's Illustrated
Cook's Illustrated
Overall, a pretty good magazine especially for the beginner. The recipes are reliable, I believe they must test them on people for usability of the directions because I have found very few errors or vagueness in the directions, a major flaw of many otherwise excellent cookbooks. They tend towards the blander side in terms of spicing but that can be improved by the user. Over the years a number of their recipes have become my standard go to with some modifications, their British Scones and Chocolate Chip Cookies are as good as it gets. Their equipment reviews have to be taken a little more circumspectly. In a number of cases they are simply wrong. The reviewer of carbon steel knives did not appear to know that chefs favor them because they taken edge not because they hold it, sharpening stainless steel knives is rather laborious, not so with carbon steel. In another review they did not seem to know that copper pots work perfectly well without polishing them which was on of their major criticisms. A couple of their books are rather good, The Science of Good Cooking and The Best Thirty Minute Recipes are both excellent.
Apple iPhone X (256GB) - Space Grey
Apple iPhone X (256GB) - Space Grey
This is my 3rd iPhone after iPhone 4S and iPhone 6S Plus.
Being an utter working middle class guy, I don't switch my iPhones very often (my android phones barely lasted me 9 months though). I do consider them extremely expensive, and I wouldn't go for one, unless I felt it was worth the money I was paying for it.

Pros:

- I got this phone for INR 69,999/- from Amazon. With exchange offer, it cost me a little over 60K. For the price (and that price only), this makes it worth the buy.
- It may not be the latest and greatest, but compared to iPhone XR, this is a much better package overall. Considering the XR is now priced higher than X. XS is only marginally better, and didn't feel it was worth the extra 30K.
- Even after a year of being on the market, this phone is an absolute beast in terms of performance, especially after iOS 12.
- The Camera is a beauty. You can't compare with DSLRs, but it is right up there with OnePlus and Google phones.
- Looks exactly like the XS, and doesn't even have the S badging. So no one will be the wiser.

Cons:

- The delivery was a bit of a hassle. I had opted for One Day Delivery, at my work address. The agent reached at 7:30 in the morning, when I was obviously not at work. He did say he will come later in the afternoon. However, received the phone a day later.
- The phone is extremely slippery. Invest in a good case, front screen protector and a rear glass protector
- Such expensive phones should come with 128GB of storage as base, instead of 64GB. If you record 4K videos, it will eat up your storage really quickly.
- Videos get heavily cropped when watching in full screen mode. If you have the money, go for XS Max.
- The battery isn't the best. Takes over two hours to fully charge from 5% to 100% even with the iPad charger. With moderate usage, you can get 8 hours barely.
- With the price of the phone, should have at least come with the fast charger in the box.
Srimad Bhagwadgita Yatharup (Hindi)
Srimad Bhagwadgita Yatharup (Hindi)
Hare Krishna.. A Book you must read regardless of your religion or age or gender you belong to..
This book is an ocean of knowledge..
Life changing 🙏
Hare Krishna.. Hare Krishna..
Krishna.. Krishna Hare Hare..
Hare Rama.. Hare Rama..
Rama.. Rama.. Hare Hare..
CLATINA Ergonomic Big & Tall Executive Office Chair with Fabric Upholstery 400lbs High Capacity Swivel Adjustable Height Thick Padding Headrest and Armrest for Home Office Gray 1 Pack
CLATINA Ergonomic Big & Tall Executive Office Chair with Fabric Upholstery 400lbs High Capacity Swivel Adjustable Height Thick Padding Headrest and Armrest for Home Office Gray 1 Pack
This is the second office chair I've purchased on Amazon. The first was good, but it creaked loudly whenever I moved just a bit, and it drove my wife nuts. It was mainly made of plastic, so the creaking and cracking should be expected.

This Clatina chair is very different. Almost everything is metal, and solid, sturdy metal at that. It went together easily, with no one to assist me, and feels very high-quality when I'm sitting in it. It makes no squeaking or creaking noises whatsoever. The fabric feels soft and durable. The seat and back are supportive, yet nicely cushioned. The arms aren't as thickly-padded as I'd like, but that's about the only thing I can think of that isn't how I'd like it. I can live with that one, small issue.

I'm very happy with the purchase. For the price, I don't think you can do better. Highly-recommended.
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Popular Black Urad Split / Chilka, 1 kg
Amazon Brand - Vedaka Popular Black Urad Split / Chilka, 1 kg
Have been ordering Amazon groceries during the lockdown. The quality is good, the price is also fine compared to the super markets. When cooked the dals come out well. The package was delivered on time and safely. Have ordered tons of grocery, everything was good and fresh. Happy with the products and service

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