Sarah Morris

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CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Simon Collison, Andy Budd , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
PHP 7 Programming Cookbook
PHP 7 Programming Cookbook
PHP 7 Programming Cookbook by Doug Bierer. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Premier regard (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Premier regard (Best-sellers) (French Edition)
Premier regard (Best-sellers) (French Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Francine Siéty. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 1917 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court
Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court
Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court by Roy Williams, Tim Crothers, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 60 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Rushed (Rushed, Book 1)
Rushed (Rushed, Book 1)
Rushed (Rushed, Book 1) by Brian Harmon. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 4357 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stained Fortune
Stained Fortune
Stained Fortune by Joe Calderwood. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 46 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Desperation
Desperation
Desperation by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 887 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Seventh Edition
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Seventh Edition
Java: A Beginner's Guide, Seventh Edition by Herbert Schildt. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 63 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
TeenCoder: Java Programming
TeenCoder: Java Programming
TeenCoder: Java Programming by Inc. Homeschool Programming. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
The Python Programming Language
The Python Programming Language
The Python Programming Language by Bradley N. Miller and David L. Ranum. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Pro PHP-GTK
Pro PHP-GTK
Pro PHP-GTK by Scott Mattocks. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Microsoft Access SQL Comprehensive: version 2010
Microsoft Access SQL Comprehensive: version 2010
Microsoft Access SQL Comprehensive: version 2010 by Dr. Pindaro Epaminonda Demertzoglou. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Practical NATS: From Beginner to Pro
Practical NATS: From Beginner to Pro
Practical NATS: From Beginner to Pro by Waldemar Quevedo. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
The Buffettology Workbook: Value Investing the Warren Buffett Way
For those of you that are time-pressed, this is the best book in the Buffettology Series to read in order to glean a few secrets on the investment techniques of the Oracle of Omaha. The workbook covers both the qualitative and quantitative sides of Buffett's value investing approach, and provides the basic techniques one can implement in order to invest with a reasonable amount of success.

The workbook is not exactly the best book on investing that I have read (that title goes to Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor), but in its defense, it does provide a simple to implement investment strategy. Most of the techniques hinge on a few simple ratios and knowledge of simple present and future worth. Additionally, most of the limitations associated with the techniques are clearly and simply stated.

The book has several merits. The chief merit of the book is that its approach to investing is self-contained, and emphasizes the qualitative aspects more than the quantitative aspects. In passing, readers that focus more on Part One of the book and skip Part Two, the quantitative part, could easily obtain a dramatic improvement in their investment results. Written in simple, easy to understand language, the target audience of this book is most likely that individual who depends on the Internet for all of her information on companies, as such sites as Yahoo, MSN and Value Line are routinely cited in the text as sources of information. The book is very well organized, quite possibly with the idea that it would fit the mold of a chapter-a-day format. Most chapters are usually no more than five pages long, with easy, cheesy word problems and true/false questions at the end of most every chapter to reinforce key concepts. The title of each chapter basically states the key concept to be learned, and key points are highlighted at the end of each chapter. Although it provides some theory and rationale for the techniques it attempts to teach, this is kept to a minimum, and the book focuses almost exclusively on application of the techniques. Those readers that are only interested in the methodology can simply skip to the 22nd Chapter titled 'Doing It Yourself: Buffettology Worksheet'. Thus, the book makes every effort to make learning, and ultimately using, the techniques as painless as possible.

The major demerit of this book rests in its insistence on doing all calculations on a per-share basis. But then, this is how much of the information that is easily obtainable through such channels as Value Line and other sources is presented. One minor demerit is that the authors do not seem to be aware of the virtual ubiquity of MS Office, making it possible to perform all of the calculations in the book in one Excel spreadsheet, but then again, this is a minor demerit. Although there were a number of minor typographical and mathematical errors in the book, I am willing to overlook this, as the thinking and reasoning behind any investment proposition is more important, and is clearly presented throughout the book.

Overall, I rate the book to be worthy of reading. It presents a simple and straightforward investment approach, and does not require an advanced degree in rocket science to implement it. All it really requires is a basic understanding of fractions, decimals and percents, and most important, a willingness to think and reason through the investment proposition. However, those of you with strong quantitative backgrounds will be very dismayed with this book (as I was initially), but as I said before, if you focus exclusively on Part One of the book and Chapter 22, then you will see a dramatic improvement in your investment results going forward.
Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
*A full executive summary of this book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com.

The main argument: In the developed world, the vast majority of us enjoy a standard of living unmatched in the history of humankind—and going hungry is the last thing on our minds. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that poverty and hunger have been eradicated in the developed world entirely (in the United States, for example, 1 in 6 are considered food insecure—including 16 million children). Still, the greatest problems with poverty and hunger continue to exist in the developing world. Indeed, despite substantial improvements over the past 30 years, poverty remains a significant issue, and nearly a billion of the world’s 7 billion people still face chronic hunger (while about twice that number are malnourished in some way)—and millions starve to death every year.

It is not that many well intentioned people and organizations have not spent a great deal of time and money trying to solve the world’s poverty and hunger issues. Indeed, over the past half century the amount of resources that have been poured into these problems is staggering. So, just why do the problems of poverty and hunger stubbornly persist?

Well, at least part of it has to do with the fact that there are several significant obstacles standing in the way—everything from armed conflict, to corrupt governments, to particular cultural practices etc. The humanitarian Howard G. Buffet has been involved in fighting poverty and hunger for upwards of 30 years, and knows these obstacles all too well. However, Buffet insists that there is yet another reason why all of the well-intentioned efforts have fallen short of reaching their ultimate goal. And that is that many of the approaches have proven to be inadequate (if not downright counter-productive).

The fact is that most of the aid flowing to the poorest parts of the world has been (and continues to be) in the form of projects that are meant to help people in the short-term. For example, NGOs commonly enter an area, drop off bags of seed and fertilizer, and then turn around and leave. This approach may help the area for a season or two, but in the end the seed and fertilizer do run out, and the community is right back to square one. Thus the approach acts more as a band-aid, than a self-sustaining solution that addresses the root causes of poverty and hunger.

Thankfully, in Buffet’s 30 years of work as a philanthropist he has learned that there is indeed a better approach, and one that stands a much better chance of rooting out poverty and hunger for good. The more effective approach is much less about aid as development—less about helping people as enabling people to help themselves.

The development approach involves linking subsistence farmers up with the larger economy, and establishing a self-sustaining ecosystem that will allow this connection to be maintained into the future. It involves things like helping to establish agricultural schools and private seed companies; working with farmers to improve farming techniques and yields (and not in a way that assumes that what has worked well in one place—or one’s own backyard—will work everywhere); establishing grain storage systems; physically connecting farmers to markets; and working with governments to establish and maintain the infrastructure (especially roads) needed to make the system work smoothly.

The development approach may be more involved and take longer to get off the ground, but it pays off in the end, as when it is done well, it only has to be done once (Buffet speaks often about NGOs needing to take an approach that ultimately puts themselves out of business).

And helping impoverished farmers join the larger economy is not just a matter of helping them help themselves. The fact is that the world’s population is continuing to grow, while we are running out of good farmland to farm. The UN estimates that in order to feed the world’s projected 9 billion people by 2050, farmers everywhere will need to increase the planet’s food production by 70%. Part of the solution to this problem must involve helping the world’s subsistence farmers to produce a surplus to help everyone.

But the solution doesn’t end there. Farmers everywhere, including in the developed world, will need to increase their yields to meet the growing demand. However—and this is important—farmers will need to increase their yields in a sustainable way. That is, they will need to do so in a way that does not degrade the soil, or threaten the world’s fresh water or woodlands—as too often happens now.

Thankfully, Buffet’s experience as a farmer (which he has been practising even longer than philanthropy) has shown him that here too there is a solution. And a big part of this solution is a very straightforward approach known as no-till farming. No-till farming is an approach that eschews tilling the soil in favor of planting nitrogen-fixing cover crops. The approach not only increases water retention, saves soil, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, it also helps increase yields (and thus it’s a win-win solution). Now it’s just a matter of convincing other farmers of this—which is a big part of Buffet’s project.

This is a fantastic book. Don't let the fact that Buffet is the son of one of the wealthiest men on the planet dissuade you from taking him seriously. The author may have had a head start in life, but he stands on his own two legs, and he has used his privileged position to help him gain perspective (rather than let it make him arrogant and entitled). Anyone interested in the hunger problem (and the best way to approach it) would be well advised to read this book. A full executive summary of the book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com; a podcast discussion of the book will be available soon.
Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
A special binding of pages - offers reflection, reassurance, guidance and love throughout the highs and lows of everyday life. Philosophically based messages delivered so eloquently, regardless of race, religion or creed. A must have - something you will cherish for a lifetime. You can faithfully read everyday or just turn to it only when perspective is needed. There is no wrong way - every message is delivered to you when "you" are ready to receive it. What a gift to give yourself and to all others in your life; whether you're openly sharing it's passages or just embodying its way of being in your everyday life. These words will empower you and impact you no matter where you are in life. I often retreat to these pages for guidance; resulting in passing on my own worn and tattered editions, then reordering a new one for myself; too many to recall over the last decade. It's that amazing! I'd gift one to every woman, young and old in this world if I could. I ask you to pay no mind to "for women of color" or African American limitations the author has chosen to include on this cover and on other of her publications. This book, and the others I have of her, their messages transcends any ethnic boundaries that may be put in place by those headlines or titles. I encourage iyanla to remove these "barriers" with respect, so everyone can embrace and share in the passages. Many will not pay mind to its brilliance in fear they won't relate to its text or in fear that it isn't socially acceptable to be reading a book made for woman of color if that don't fit that physical character. Let my review assure you: all women, all ages, all races and all religions - this is for you. I pray that this book finds you.
The Complete Town Hall concert 1947
The Complete Town Hall concert 1947
The birth of the Louis Armstrong All Stars is captured in all of its swinging glory in this great concert from 1947. While the sound on the cd is a bit muffled and distant at times, the sheer joy and genius being exhibited on stage still shines through. The horn playing by Louis in this period is so mature and refined , totally different from the young hot five trumpeter who would shoot out high c's like fire crackers. Just listen to the phrasing and that tone that he never, ever lost on numbers like "cornet chop suey" and "someday" and you realize that there always was just Louis, and then everyone else when it came to blowing that horn. The band itself is top notch, with the great Jack Teagarden standing out as always. Regrettably, Dick Cary is at the piano instead of the incomparable Earl Hines, who came on board a year later in 1948. The ease that Satch transitions himself from his previous large orchestra to the small combo that he would lead for the next quarter century is a feat not many trumpeters could have pulled off so effortlessly. But such was the genius of the man. Enjoy this marvelous milestone concert that still swings like crazy to this day.
Best Of, Vol. 1
Best Of, Vol. 1
This album cuts right to the heart of the thorny question: "Can you be a true fan of an artist if you are primarily a fan of their greatest hits compilations?" Much as it hurts me to say this, my gut has always told me the answer is "no". Why does it hurt so much to arrive at this answer? First, I absolutely adore Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle Volume I - it has to be one of my top 10 all-time favorite albums. But since I don't love any of CCR's "real" albums, I'm not a true fan of CCR according to my rigid standards for true fandom. It pisses me off to have to admit that. My second reason involves my girlfriend. She is hopelessly devoted to Bob Dylan's imported Best of 1 - I reckon it is her favorite album. And yet, she rarely listens to his other material. I mean, she has several of Dylan's albums, but it is Best of 1 that she returns to time and again. So, according to my standards, she's not a true Dylan fan. Don't get me wrong, she's more than just a casual fan. But a true fan? I fear not. In my opinion and (I suspect) those of several influences from my formative years (Chris S., David F., and Steve M.), a true fan appreciates most of, if not all of, an artist's works. So, I'll keep enjoying my Chronicle and N.G.A. will keep enjoying her Best of 1, but until we develop more complete appreciations of CCR and Dylan, respectively, we simply won't qualify as true fans.
What do I think of Best of 1? That's easy. There are a bunch of amazing songs here and it would be foolish to even consider giving this album less than 5 stars. There's not much I can say about the individual songs that hasn't already been said more eloquently by countless others over the past 30 years. On this one album, you will hear timeless folk music, classic rock, and the roots of "the (alt-country) movement". Heck, Dylan even had a punk attitude long before that genre was born. Simply put, if you don't have any of Dylan's other albums and have at least a passing interest in popular music, this album belongs in your collection.
Singer & the Song
Singer & the Song
My husband and I both like Dylan and Cash, so I thought this would be a fun CD to have, and maybe bring on a road trip. And there are definitely some good tunes on it, cleverly arraged. But WOW, the sound quality/production value of the Dylan tunes is just beyond low quality! They don't even sound professionally recorded, while the Cash tracks absolutely do. I am not a singer nor a musician nor a sound engineer... in fact, I don't even have a very good "ear" for things like pitch, tone, clarity, etc. But even I could tell that something was "wrong" with Dylan's tracks. I've been listening to Dylan since I was a kid. I have never once thought his harmonica sounded shrill until I heard this CD. Is it possible these recordings are just so old that he didn't play as well back then? Maybe. But that wouldn't explain the other problems with his tracks on this CD... his voice literally fades in and out, to where you can barely hear him at times, and the recording sounds fuzzy and "warped" or warbly (sorry I don't know the technical term for that) in places, like an old cassette that got left in the sun or fell into a pool or something. Not a pleasant auditory experience. I'm not sure how or why Dylan would have released these thoroughly unpolished tunes for public consumption. As is, they sure don't do any justice to his immense talent and legacy. I'm returning it, even though it was cheap.
If Not for You
If Not for You
1970年発表の『新しい夜明け』の冒頭を飾る、If Not For You。多くの有名なカバーは初期バージョンの歌詞で歌われていますが、この絵本では、ディラン本人の最終バージョンが一字一句変えずに、そのまま使われています(正確に言えば、My sky would fallで始まる繰り返しの部分は省いていますが)。

にもかかわらず、ページを繰れば、この絵本は、ディランのIf Not For Youの、最も大胆で斬新なカバーであることがすぐに分かります。なぜかと言えば、男性が歌えば彼女への、女性が歌えば彼氏への想いを歌っていると聴こえるこの歌を、なんとこの絵本作家は、親の子どもに向ける深い想いを歌った歌になるように、絵を描いているのですから。

絵はとにかくキュートです。特に表紙をめくった瞬間目に入る、子犬の可愛らしさには瞬殺です。しかし、この絵本はただキュートなだけではない。絵本作家の意匠がそこここに見え隠れします。例えば、主役の犬の親子。親子とも、性別がどちらともとれるように描かれています。お父さんでもお母さんでもいい「親」と、男の子でも女の子でもいい「子ども」。そして、親子は似ているのだけれど、毛色が違う。君がいるからこその「新しい夜明け」もちゃんと絵になっています。

というわけで、可愛いのが苦手でなければ、特にお父さん・お母さんにはお勧めの一冊です。ディランらしい、君がいないとwinter would have no springとかanyway it wouldn’t ring trueといったシンプルで誌的な表現もたっぷり味わえます。これを日本語にするのは、アーサー・ビナードさんでないと無理かな?
Australian Gold Spray Gel Sunscreen with Instant Bronzer SPF 30, 8 Ounce | Moisturize & Hydrate Skin | Broad Spectrum | Water Resistant | Non-Greasy | Oxybenzone Free | Cruelty Free
Australian Gold Spray Gel Sunscreen with Instant Bronzer SPF 30, 8 Ounce | Moisturize & Hydrate Skin | Broad Spectrum | Water Resistant | Non-Greasy | Oxybenzone Free | Cruelty Free
Ho acquistato questa crema solare in un mio viaggio per caso e da lì non ho più rinunciato ad averla soprattutto per la sua profumazione e abbronzatura. Non sono cliente Prime e il pacco è stato spedito da Poste Italiane consegnato in 4 giorni in perfette condizioni.
Devo dire che ogni tanto alterno con altre creme di protezione più alta 50 + e poi passa una protezione 30 e 15 di Australian Gold.
La crema si spalma benissimo anche la Protezione più alta, per il viso prima la spruzzo sulle mani e poi la spalmo sul viso Invece sul corpo la spruzzo direttamente e poi la spalmo il prodotto non sporca i vestiti o comunque nella norma non ho mai notato macchie provocate dalla crema magari anche perché spesso faccio il bagno e quindi il costume si sciacqua facilmente. La profumazione è davvero buona assomiglia a bubblegum Inoltre contiene un acceleratore di abbronzatura questo per facilitare e velocizzare l'abbronzatura.
Io personalmente con la pelle chiara inizio sempre da una protezione 50 per poi passare alla 30 e 15, e l'abbronzatura è davvero perfetta e duratura L'importante è non scottarsi, mia moglie con la pelle più scura inizia invece sempre dalla protezione 30 per poi passare alla protezione 8.
La crema è resistente all'acqua anche se dopo un bagno una sudata generalmente ri applico la crema Soprattutto se si tratta della prima esposizione al sole. Questa crema può essere una buona alternativa per Quelli come me a cui non piace la profumazione del cocco che spesso si trovano in molte protezioni solari io ho acquistato quasi tutte le protezioni sei 8 15 30 inoltra anche il doposole e lo stick per le labbra protezione 30 che funziona molto bene anche se il sapore è un po' amaro…

Un prodotto di ottima qualità Il prezzo non è dei più economici visto che si trovano creme che costano di meno ma questo offre un'abbronzatura veloce ma protetta., un'altra cosa da aggiungere non ho avuto mai eritemi solare usando questa crema ciò che capitava con altre Marche.
JBL Professional C1PRO High Performance 2-Way Professional Compact Loudspeaker System, Black , Sold as Pair
JBL Professional C1PRO High Performance 2-Way Professional Compact Loudspeaker System, Black , Sold as Pair
Dovendo sostituire le casse del PC ormai giunte al termine con qualcosa di più performante, la mia scelta è caduta su queste jbl. Non sono casse attive, quindi va tenuto in considerazione, specie se non si possiede l’amplificatore a cui collegarle. La JBL vanta una grande esperienza nel settore che corrisponde anche alla capacità di associare buone prestazioni a costi tutto sommato contenuti. Non sono enormi quindi risultano facilmente posizionabili anche su scrivanie di modeste dimensioni, adattandosi a svariati tipi di utilizzo, sia per usi interni che per esterni.
Vantano una potenza di 150 W in picco, un più che rispettabile SPL fino a 114 dB in picco e un limitatore di potenza full-range SonicGuard che protegge i dispositivi nel momento in cui ci dovessero essere anomalie di funzionamento, come da sovraccarico o sbalzi di tensione elettrica. JBL Control 1 Pro in dotazione offre delle pratiche staffe da parete, comode e pratiche facili da installare.

****Caratteristiche Tecniche****
Gamma di frequenza (-10 dB): 80Hz a 20kHz
Risposta in frequenza (± 3 dB): 100Hz - 18 kHz
Potenza gestibile: 150W
Sensibilità: 87dB SPL, 1W, 1m
SPL max: 108dB continuo, 114 dB di picco
Fattore Direttività (Q): 6.0
Indice Direttività (DI): 7.8
Impedenza nominale: 4 Ohm
Frequenza di crossover: 4.2kHz
Protezione da sovraccarico: Limitatore di potenza full-range SonicGuard per proteggere rete e trasduttori
Driver LF: 135mm (5,25")
Driver HF: 19 mm (0,75") a cupola in policarbonato
Connettori di ingresso: Morsetti a molla
Kit di montaggio a muro incluso
Dimensioni: 235 x 159 x 143mm
Peso netto: 1,8kg

Il tutto è stato inserito in un telaio, interamente composto da plastica rigida di buona fattura.
Se ci pensate davvero, ci sono armadi MDF molto più grandi sul mercato che hanno trasduttori più piccoli all'interno. La JBL ha dotato questo diffusore di con un woofer da 5,25" e un tweeter a cupola in policarbonato 0.75. Come accennavo nella presentazione, entrambi i trasduttori sono schermati magneticamente, e vengono forniti anche, con la protezione sovraccarico SonicGuard di JBL. Infine, i connettori di ingresso sono disponibili sotto forma di morsetti a molla, proprio come ci si aspetterebbe.

****Ma come suonano****
Ad un audiofilo esperto le differenze nella gamma delle medie frequenze è percepibile, non essendo io appartenente a questa categoria, faccio molta fatica a percepirne le differenze rispetto ad altri tipologie di diffusori dal prezzo nettamente superiore. Il riproduttore di alte frequenze è il tipico tweeter in titanio da mezzo pollice (12mm) della JBL , dal suono secco e cristallino ideale con la maggioranza dei generi musicali .
Per le medio-basse (frequenze) ci si appoggia ad un woofer da 130mm per prodotti di questa categoria un 130 mm per le basse fa si che il prodotto faccia una notevole differenza d'ascolto.
Apprezzabile l'intera gamma di frequenza senza troppe "coloriture" e basso accennato .
Detto questo, concludo la prova di ascolto sottolineando le prestazioni, che risultano abbastanza trasparenti garantendo un ascolto quasi mai affaticante. Gli acuti sono molto meglio rispetto alla versione precedente, grazie al tweeter nuovo e migliorato, i medi mostrano uno spettro abbastanza ampio. I bassi sono frenati quanto basta come ci si potrebbe aspettare da diffusori di questo tipo, ma presenti ed armoniosi comunque.

****Conclusioni****
Come sempre in questi casi nulla è perfetto, ed anche questi diffusori presentano qualcosa che potrebbe essere migliorata. Come prima cosa direi le staffe di supporto, se necessitate di posizionarli attaccati al muro, dotatevi di qualcosa di diverso dalle originali. La griglia anteriore, risulta troppo morbida si può deformare con facilità.
Per quanto pieni di compromessi, i monitor JBL Control 1 Pro sono ideali anche per piccoli home studio.
Tuttavia, se siete alla ricerca di un suono professionale, dovrete andare su un paio di monitor di categorie e prezzo più alto.

****Come ho effettuato la prova****
Ho collegato i diffusori a 2 amplificatori, il famoso t-amp sonicimpact ed il Fosi Audio TDA7498E in classe D
con l'ausilio, almeno per me dello stupefacente DAC Neoteck DAC Convertitore 192Khz collegato all'uscita digitale del pc SPDIF Coaxial Toslink ad Analogico Stereo L/R RCA 3.5mm
Jack e cavo audio con USB standard in dotazione.
Cavo di potenza Seki 311985 il tutto riprodotto in streaming tramite Tidal in qualità hi-fi.

****Brani ascoltati****
* Loreena McKennitt Dante's prayer
* Yao Si Ting - Speak Softly, Love
* Pink Floyd run like hell
* Richard Wright - Breakthrough
* john coltrane alove supreme traccia1

Saluti e grazie.
WallDeca Gel Pens | 12 Count, Fine Point Tip (0.5mm), Assorted Rainbow Colors,Retractable | Made for Everyday Writing, Journals, Notes and Doodling
WallDeca Gel Pens | 12 Count, Fine Point Tip (0.5mm), Assorted Rainbow Colors,Retractable | Made for Everyday Writing, Journals, Notes and Doodling
Just received them today. These pens ROCK, they are very smooth, dries quickly, good grip as well. I have favorited these pens and will buy again. Please make more colors. I make planners, and love pens like crazy. I have a pen habit . 🤦🏾‍♀️ I would recommend these to any person in the planner world of PLANNERS AND PENS.
I will return a month or so from now to see how long they last. Do the ink dry up quickly if not in use for a while. Etc
Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1
Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1
Must admit Cap was not a favorite. He had moments that held me but overall too much of a "rose colored glasses" hero for me. In this collection he "woke up". The buying and selling of America. The killing of a dream the promise of hope for the disenfranchised and forgotten. We became easy prey to the smooth talking manipulators.
Can't wait too see what the next volume presents.
Bloodshot
Bloodshot
If acting was as easy as punching your way through a wet paper bag, Vin Diesel would be a permanent pugilist. His dialogue lies somewhere between tuba and incoherent. So, I suppose this role is in his wheelhouse. There's no explanation of why he has a career, and there's no explanation of anything in this movie.

There isn't a single character in this movie that is likeable or unique. Somewhere Alfred Molina is saying, "Hey! Wait just a minute!" Even the nanites were irritating.

The fight scenes are CGI heavy, giving the editing department ample opportunity to confuse the viewer with as many fast cuts as they could squeeze into a few seconds.

I wholeheartedly regret purchasing this movie and asking my 16 and 13 year old kids to watch it with me. I turned to them when it was over and apologized.
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS Marvel Select Beast Action Figure
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS Marvel Select Beast Action Figure
Been looking forward to add this blue guy to my DST X-Men diorama ever since he was announced and am happy to say that he lived up to my expectations. First of, the sculpt is fantastic. Is fur is very well textured, and the paint application is neatly done. I heard a lot of complaints about the face sculpt not being Lee-esque enough for some people, but I do love that he has a more feral look. His articulation is a biiig step up from the early Marvel Select days and shows just how far the line has come. You also get an extra set of hands, which is always a plus. Like many DST X-Men before him, he comes with a piece of the Danger Room. This one is brand new and unique to Beast, featuring bars for him to hang from. The only problem with the piece of diorama he comes with is that its another corner piece. So as of now, someone who has collected all four pieces finds himself with a lovely.. cube. Which is not the best in terms of display options. The upcoming Rogue figure should fix that with the introduction of a non-corner piece that will be much welcome. For now.. gotta use scotch tape and imagination to make a something more linear that holds. I strongly recommend that figure to any fan of Marvel or the character.
Wolf Moon
Wolf Moon
Wolf Moon - Nora Roberts
THE STORY - This is about a young ambitious girl, Simone, who is bitten by a werewolf. She then dedicates her life to finding a cure while making her special bath and home products. While in town she runs into a man she instantly recognizes as her mate. She doesn't allow anyone close for fear of being found out, but she can't deny the instinct to be near her mate. Gabe has the same pull to her, together they work on finding a cure.
THOUGHTS - I liked this quick story. Gabe and Simone are well written and belong together. This isn't my favorite of the bunch, but it was good.

MOON WITCH - Jill Gregory
THE STORY - Princess Gwynna wakes up to find that the health and beauty of her sister has been stolen by a witch. In order to save her sister she must go to the witches evil lands, but only one man has ever made it out alive. Keir never wishes to return to those evil lands, but he is unable to allow the proud beautiful Gwynna go by herself. Together they must help eachother to keep sane and accomplish their tasks for justice.
THOUGHTS - this is my favorite book of the bunch, but as usual I get disappointed in the length of the book. I wish it was longer. All the characters are well written. The connection between Keir and Gwynna is tangible. I wish there was more of them to read, but I am now going to investigate Jill Gregories other works.

BLOOD ON THE MOON - Ruth Ryan Langan
THE STORY - In the highlands of scottland there is a rebel clan burning down other clans, abusing their women and children and killing all the men. Brave little Royce watches his brave brother die, then is stabbed himself. By a miracle he is still alive and he teaches himself to take out the rebel clan members one by one. One of the last clans still standing is run by Lady Alanna, she has taken in all the women and children that escaped the evil clan. Royce is drawn to Alanna and is unable to leave her to fend for herself, together they protect her clan.
THOUGHTS - this is my second favorite story in this book. Royce's and Alanna's bravery and cunning help save themselves and their clan. This story is fast paced and intriguing, but again too short. Their love is innocent and just made me smile.

WEST OF THE MOON - Mariane Willman
THE STORY - Phoebe has always loved Gordon, who is her cousin - that part is weird.... They were supposed to marry but 7 years ago he cancelled on her. She is now broke and going to live with Gordons father - she thinks to be a servant. Upon arriving she finds Gordon horribly scarred. He flirts with her, but keeps his distance. Phoebe is drawn to different fae workings trying to draw her into their trap. Gordon trys desperately to save her from his fate that is his personal hell. He is almost free, but if they draw her in he will lose her forever.
THOUGHTS - This book was very creative and well written. I would have liked to see more of the fae world, but in this book it is written as something bad. How can the fae be bad? =)
Darling Jenny (The Americana Series Book 50)
Darling Jenny (The Americana Series Book 50)
This was a sweet, innocent romance novel, almost old-fashioned...a little like the heroine, Jenny. She leaves her job, broken-hearted, and goes to stay with her sister (in order to lick her wounds), only to find herself falling in love with her sister's boss, Logan Taylor. He's a handsome, successful, rogish type of man. The kind who has all the girls in the district falling for him. Despite this, he's extremely likable as a character. He has a good sense of humour, if at times a bit mocking, and he has a lot of patience when dealing with "trying" Jenny. He does lose his temper every now and again, but I think that's out of frustration with Jenny. She could be a bit trying sometimes, because she was a bit naive and tended to jump to the wrong conclusions. She's drawn to Logan, but fights her attraction, because of her past bad experience, but also because of her belief that Logan is romantically involved with her sister. This is further complicated by the fact that her sister is a vulnerable widow with two, adorable little children, and as if that's not enough, she's beautiful! And yet all the characters in this story are very likable. There's no sex in this book, but in my experience that just means the story will be good. Too many sex scenes usually means a weak story. Thankfully that is not the case here. Janet Dailey, as usual, does not disappoint!
Dragon Ball (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 3: The World's Most Evil Crime Organization (3)
Dragon Ball (VIZBIG Edition), Vol. 3: The World's Most Evil Crime Organization (3)
These VIZBIG editions for Dragon Ball are a wonderful option. They pack three of the regular volumes in one book (except for the last book of each series: book 5 of the VIZBIG edition for Dragon Ball includes 4 volumes while book 9 of the VIZBIG edition for Dragon Ball Z includes only the last 2 volumes) in a larger format (kanzenban, instead of tankoubon) with full-color pages in some chapters (these selected chapters are entirely colored). Also, they're cheaper than trying to buy each tankoubon separately: each tankoubon is roughly $7.95 (Amazon price), whereas each VIZBIG kanzenban is about $12.20. Considering Dragon Ball is 16 volumes (tankoubon) long but only 5 kanzenban long, and Dragon Ball Z is 26 volumes (tankoubon) long but only 9 kanzenban long, well... You do the math.

The only caveat is, obviously, that the VIZBIG books are quite bulky: there could be more risk of damage from shipping and the books will fill a lot of space in your backpack if your planning to take them with you anywhere. Also, they're quite heavy and could make reading unconfortable: I read them while lying down on my bed, so I put a pillow over my belly to support the book while reading, otherwise my wrists would hurt after a while from the weight of the book. I also read them while riding the subway and it was quite difficult (definitely no stand-up reading), but I managed. Even with these nuances, I still think the books deserve 5 stars: the printing and binding (very important for such heavy books) are top-notch.

Some people complain about the translation because apparently it uses too much childish jargon, but I didn't find it annoying at all. Maybe there are better options for sociolinguistic register, but I can't really vouch for that, as my Japanese is not good enough to read the original manga. For the same reason, I can't confirm if the Viz edition really got censored (I went online for a quick check of some fan scanlations, but couldn't tell if there are actually redrawn panels).

Of course, if you're a collector, you might aim for the original tankoubon. Well, that task may prove a bit difficult, as, apparently, Viz is realeasing sort of a new edition of the tankoubon. I haven't confirmed this, but if it's true, soon the 1st edition volumes (the red ones for Dragon Ball -the kanzenban are yellow- and white ones for Dragon Ball Z -the kanzenban are red-) will be rare items soaring through the skies.

In all, I really think this was a very nice investment. I don regret it in the least and I actually recommend it strongly.
Astro Boy (2004) Season 2
Astro Boy (2004) Season 2
LOVE ASTRO BOY!!!! Please oh please make more seasons!!!!! I watched this on Netflix and I loved it!!!! Please make more seasons!!!! I know a lot of other people in the world would want more Astro! Please:'( for me and a lot of those kids in the world....MAKE ALOT MORE SEASONS!!!! PLEASE!!!!!! :'( :)
The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)
The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)
I went in search of this book as I had it as a child and loved it. My 5 1/2 year old son loves the Berenstain Bears now as much as I did and has over 50 of the regular books so I wanted to add this one to his collection as I have lost the one I had as a child.

This is not the original. Some words have been changed to exclude Santa and in place mention the nativity scene. I believe in Christ and the true reason for the season, I just did not appreciate this classic being changed. I included pictures. The top book is the original whereas the bottom is the new bought from amazon. I got an older original copy from another website.

Another thing is the final page was changed. In the new book the bears sitting down to dinner is not included.

I think this is a great book and if you are not familiar with the original version than you wouldn’t know any different. If you are familiar with the original and you want that version than shop around for a used copy. There were many out there in good condition when I looked.

Hope this helped :)
Wildfire: ( ANNOTATED )
Wildfire: ( ANNOTATED )
What Jack London did for dogs in Call of the Wild, Zane Grey did for horses in Wildfire. This is indeed the story of a magnificent wild stallion, his capture, his love for a girl, and his race against odds so large, only Zane Grey could imagine and put on paper. The geographic region ZG describes is known today as Monument Valley and you can see his love and his realness in his description; and if you've ever been there, which I have, you can see Wildfire running again in your mind's eye among the turrets, and the shattered upheaval of rock. Also, in the story is how the two main characters Lin Sloan and Lucy Bostil fall in love with the horse's help, of course; and the horse thief who wants to steal this magnificent animal. But the romance is secondary to the story of the horse. Read if for yourself, and see if I am right in my evaluation of this book.
Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth
Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth
The followup to TOLKIEN'S WORLD: IMAGES OF MIDDLE EARTH, REALMS OF TOLKIEN offers more artistic renditions of (primarily) THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The lion's share of illustrations go to the more famous artists (John Howe, Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith), but there's enough odd detours to make this both a mainstream representation of Tolkien's Middle-earth and a delightfully eclectic collection of art. (Cor Blok's in particular are wonderfully odd, and Tolkien himself approved of Blok's paintings). There are 58 paintings total. Like the previous volume, Tolkien's text accompanies each illustration.

What steps this up above the previous collection is where that one only had 9 artists, and Howe, Lee, and Nasmith contributed 30 of the 60 paintings, REALMS OF MIDDLE EARTH have 20 artists. While the three aforementioned still contributed a lot, REALMS is a much more diverse collection than TOLKIEN'S WORLD, making it a more intriguing package overall. I still like Howe the best. He captures the dark and the light very well. Though I don't agree with all the visual interpretations, alternate points of view are what make books such as this so appealing. It's certainly quite a book.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS is the primary focus of this book. 44 of the 58 paintings come from LOTR, including Howe illustrating THE RETURN OF THE SHADOW, Vol VI of HISTORY OF MIDDLE EARTH, and MORGOTH'S RING. There are 12 illustrations depicting THE HOBBIT. There are 2 by Howe illustrating UNFINISHED TALES and MORGOTH'S RING. No other works are represented. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING has 18 paintings (including Howe's illustration from RETURN OF THE SHADOW). THE TWO TOWER has 18 paintings. THE RETURN OF THE KING has 8 paintings.

These are the illustrators, with the list of paintings and from which book they are illustrating. Most have biographical blurbs in the book's back; those that don't are noted.

Nicholas Bayrachny: 3 paintings from The Hobbit. "Gollum." "The Great Goblin." "Beorn."

Cor Blok: 4 paintings, three from LOTR and one from HOBBIT. "The Game of Riddles." The Hobbit.
"Frodo's Vision" The Fellowship of the Ring. "Battle of the Hornburg." "The Mumak of Harad." The Two Towers.

Maura Boldi (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "The Swan-ship of Lorien." The Fellowship of the Ring.

Alessandra Cimatoribus (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "Treebeard." The Two Towers.

Lode Claes: 3 paintings from LOTR. "The Mirror of Galadriel." "The Gates of Moria." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Nazgul." The Return of the King.

Inger Edelfedlt: 2 paintings from LOTR. "Gollum Held Captive by the Elves." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Treebeard." The Two Towers.

Fletcher: 2 paintings from LOTR. "Gandalf's Escape from Orthanc." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Lord of the Nazgul Enters the Gates of Gondor." The Return of the King.

Tony Galuidi: 2 paintings from LOTR. "Balin's Tomb in Moria." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Sam and Shelob." The Two Towers.

Stephen Hickman: 2 paintings from LOTR. "The Black Rider." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Siege of Gondor." The Return of the King. "Siege" is notable because it's the only illustration that takes up two full pages, and is the last painting in the book.

John Howe: 8 paintings, 4 from LOTR, 1 from Unfinished Tales, 1 from The Return of the Shadow, 2 from Hobbit. The "A Hobbit Dwelling." "Smaug." The Hobbit. "Gandalf and the Balrog." "Galadriel." The Fellowship of the Ring.. "Gandalf Approaches the Guarded City." The Return of the King. "Ulmo, The Lord of the Waters." Unfinished Tales. "Ungoliante and Melkor." Morgoth's Ring. The only two paintings in this collection representing Silmarillion legendarium. "Gandalf Comes to Hobbiton." The Return of the Shadow (Volume VI in The History of Middle-earth. Rough drafts of The Lord of the Rings.)

Timothy Ide: 3 paintings from LOTR. "The Prancing Pony." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Theoden's Charge at Helms' Deep." "Treebeard and the Ents." The Two Towers.

Michael Kaluta: 3 paintings from LOTR. "Legolas Draws the Bow of Galadriel." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The First Stroke of Lightning at Helm's Deep." The Two Towers. "Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul." The Return of the King.

Alan Lee: 7 paintings from LOTR. "The Black Riders." "Rivendell." The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Taming of Smeagol." "Theoden's Hall." "The Dead Marshes." "Two Orcs." "The Black Gate is Closed." The Two Towers.

Capucine Mazille: 3 paintings from The Hobbit. "Riddles in the Dark." "In the House of Beorn." "The Battle of Five Armies."

Luca Michelucci (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "Gandalf and Pippen." The Two Towers.

Eta Musciad (no biographical blurb): 1 painting from LOTR. "Treebeard, Merry, and Pippen." The Two Towers.

Ted Nasmith: 7 paintings from LOTR. "The Attack of the Wraiths." The Fellowship of the Ring. "Through the Marshes." "Pursuit in Rohan." "No Way Down." The Two Towers. "Across Gorgoroth." "The Nazgul." "Departure at the Grey Havens." The Return of the King.

Carol Emery Phenix: 3 paintings, two from LOTR, one from HOBBIT. . "Bilbo Came At It." The Hobbit. "A Conspiracy Unmasked." "A Pleasant Awakening." The Fellowship of the Ring

Gerd Renshof and Ron Ploeg: 1 from The Hobbit. "Bilbo Flies on Eagle's Wings."

Hopefully this has been an informative review. The only strange omission is the front cover art is not in the book. Overall, more eclectic and odd than its predcessor, helped by the fact that three artists did not contribute half the book this time. If you liked TOLKIEN'S WORLD, REALMS OF TOLKIEN is a logical buy.
Navy Brides
Navy Brides
This was a humorous book. The wife's miss their husband when they go off to see. Lindy has been dump by her boyfriend. She move into her brother apartment while he out to see. She meet his room mate rush. Rush and lindy become involve and after two weeks were married. Read the funny stuff.
Jo
Mary Higgins Clark: You Belong to Me
Mary Higgins Clark: You Belong to Me
Of all the Mary Higgins Clark movies, this is my favorite. I have not read the book, so I don't know if there are differences. I remembered this movie from a long time ago, but was looking under the wrong actress and finally found it on Amazon Prime. I couldn't remember the name, but remembered the song which makes the movie very intriguing and a clever plot. All of the characters have a certain "grace" to them, even though there are still some stereotypes like cops that won't listen, etc. The murders are not shown full-blown, but unfortunately the near to the end scenes to me are way overdone and violent and detracts from what was a graceful subtlety--rather like Misery or What Lies Beneath, very suspenseful, but then all hell breaks loose? I usually like more than a hint of romance between lead characters, so some might be disappointed about that, but overall this to me is a movie that you will be drawn to watch again and again. Again, I am not quite sure why. Have a look and see if you agree.
Black Sunday
Black Sunday
Thomas Harris' first novel is quite fast, entertaining read. If you liked the film, you'll love the book for being multi-dimensional in explaining how this diabolical plot unfolds from a disturbed American Vietnam POW Michael Lander and his relationship with Palestinian terrorist,Dahlia Ilyad.

I believe Bruce Dern did an incredible job in bringing Michael Lander to life onscreen in the film. Marthe Keller did the same for Dahlia. As someone who watched the film and now read the book, I can say that they were perfectly cast and executed their characters to evoke sympathy and understanding of these broken souls.

In the book, I began to understand the complexity behind the plot than the film. Super Bowl Sunday has exploded metamorphically into big business and a part of the American culture. This plot of the blimp dropping the bomb on a crowd of 80,000 people including the United States President too is frightening and realistic although the book was written forty years ago. America has been on high alert since September 11, 2001. Harris has made this book a great read but recognizes the collateral damage and disaster in the end. Nobody escapes without scars and horror even those sitting at home watching the game won't be untouched. That is the diabolical nature of terrorism to harm and innocent lives in order to make a statement. The reader must ask if there is another way.

For a first time novel, its an impressive debut. I read 300 pages quickly and with excitement.
Departures: A Novel
Departures: A Novel
I began reading Harry's short fiction in the pulps in the '80s, when he first appeared on the science fiction scene. He had a PhD in Byzantine history, so his alternate history yarns with a similar setting were pretty good. Accurate, anyway. In the mid-'90s, having struck gold with the popularity of Guns of the South, though, he began cranking out fat novels in multiple series as fast as possible -- more than fifty in about eighteen years -- more than half of them about alternate world wars set in the 20th century. Frankly, the literary quality of most of those later works is pretty low, and I quit reading them after the first couple.

This was the first published collection of his short work and it's really quite good, the twenty stories being arranged chronologically by setting, from the 2nd century BC to a couple hundred years in our own future. I won't try to summarize all of them, but I'll note that "Designated Hitter," an amusing paean to the author's love of baseball, won several awards. And there's another baseball story, "Batboy," the tongue-in-cheek title of which should give you an idea of the plot.

Also very readable are "Counting Potsherds," about a Persian eunuch's official visit to the Athens conquered by Xerxes three generations before, and "Departures," which sets the background for his Agent of Byzantium stories -- a world in which Mohammed the caravan merchant became an Orthodox Christian and a monk. "Death in Vesunna" is a sort of Time Patrol story, and a somewhat ordinary one. Likewise, "Not All Wolves," set in 12th century Cologne, is a rather lightweight werewolf story. "Clash of Arms," while at root a deal-with-the-devil story, spins its plot around the arcane details of heraldry. (First time I've seen that as a theme.)

"In the Presence of Mine Enemies," set in the Nazi-ruled Germany of 2010, is quite good in its portrayal of the lengths people will go to to maintain their traditions under pressure. (Harry is Jewish, of course, so he has a particular point of view about such a future. And "Secret Names" is a better than average post-Holocaust story with a strong fantasy flavor to it. And finally, "Last Favor" is quite an interesting thought experiment about human adaptation in unfriendly environments.

This is probably a difficult volume to locate these days, but if you come across it at your local used paperback shop, grab it. There are a couple of clunkers, but the writing overall is much superior to what the author is doing these days. Too bad.
ARTEZA Acrylic Quilters Ruler & Non Slip Rings - Double-Colored Grid Lines (4.5"X4.5", 6"X6", 9.5"X9.5", 12.5"X12.5", Set of 4)
ARTEZA Acrylic Quilters Ruler & Non Slip Rings - Double-Colored Grid Lines (4.5"X4.5", 6"X6", 9.5"X9.5", 12.5"X12.5", Set of 4)
Item arrived within expected timescales, packaging not great one item was damaged slightly. items are great to look at, brilliant and fit for purpose with inch measurements. clear lines on the product. non slip silicone discs provided and items are perfect for cutting out my shapes with a rotary cutter as I have failed with using a ruler and rotary cutter. I am going to purchase a suction handle and a storage solution for them as they are quite large.
disappointed one of the corners on the large ruler was chipped, will definitely recommend - ideally for suppliers you would benefit from putting the rulers in a box to protect them during transit. Im not returning the product as its very small and will not affect my projects
Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 4 Litres, Silver
Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 4 Litres, Silver
This is a very tiny pot but for one person it is super. I use it regularly to cook my meats in and the results are very good. I can buy tougher cuts and they come out of the pot very agreeable I have a problem with this item as the relief valve has broken and amazon will NOT sell me a replacement even though it is available on amazon It is a quick fis involving one nut ro remove and replace. I now own a pot that is useless unless you will sell me the part

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