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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
With the exception of one laptop and 2 non-smart cell phones, in my personal and professional life since 2004 I've had nothing but Apple products - computers (both desktop and laptop), iPads, iPods, and my crown jewel: my iPhone. None has ever disappointed me. I say this not to put forth a review of the Apple products but to explain that I am part of Steve Jobs's choir: I value, respect and rely on the products that he created. I'm sold, so to speak. And so it seemed only logical that I would eventually read this book to gain insight both in the genesis and evolution of Apple and in the person of Steve Jobs. The book did not disappoint in either.

What I found out about the early years and the development of the personal computer was fascinating. I do remember a lot of the news articles from those years - I was living in San Francisco at the time and a good friend of mine worked for Apple - but I would not consider myself previously knowledgeable about Apple in any comprehensive way. I learned so much of the nuts and bolts of Apple Computer, Inc., from this book. The chapters about the creation of the iPod, iPhone and iPad were very interesting to someone who has used these products for years and years and feels she has some proficiency using what they offer me.

But the insight I gained from the book on Steve Jobs the man left me very sad. While I consider him to have been a true genius with an almost other-worldly imagination, I can't imagine that I would have liked him very much or respected him outside of his professional arena. As the founder and developer of Apple Computer, he was spectacular. He had an intense imagination, vision, and belief in things that had yet to be discovered. He was fortunate enough to find those people who had the same precise work ethic that he did. To find those people and to hone the abilities of the ones who stayed, he had no reservations about crushing their substandard efforts or their feelings. The ones who lasted were the ones who believed in his vision and their Jobs-given opportunity to indulge and demonstrate their own creativity. The ones who lasted were the best and brightest the tech and artistic world had to offer. The ones who lasted were the ones who took his ideas and made them into our reality. I am profoundly grateful to them and to him for the advances they made in technology and artistry. And I guess the one cannot exist without the other. Without his exact personality would the tech world have been turned on its ear and eventually controlled by Apple? I don't know. Actually I doubt it.

In terms of his family, it seemed as if his attention to them was given only when it was not required or demanded elsewhere. His children were discussed very little; the same is true about Laurene Powell, his wife. But it is clear that in his wife he found the one person who was his equal in intelligence and commitment. Their marriage is portrayed as strong but him as absent.

The sections on his cancer and eventual death were moving but not enough to make me feel for him as a person. I am sorry he died but my sorrow has to do with the loss of him professionally and what he might have accomplished and achieved had he lived but not with the loss of him as a man. And yet I can recognize his genius and I'm glad I read the book.
The Story of George Washington: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
The Story of George Washington: A Biography Book for New Readers (The Story Of: A Biography Series for New Readers)
I just knew that George Washington was the first president of the USA but never read about who was he and how he became the president. Also, it was a point that I never came across any book about him. "The story of George Washington" by Lisa Trusiani is a biography book for new readers, written fabulously and all the illustrations are done by John John Bajet. Both of them have done a great job of providing so much information about George Washington for young minds with amazing illustrations in the book.

There is a total of 8 chapters in the book. Starting with the introduction of George Washington, his birth history, family details, and the slavery tradition during that time. He was very hardworking, brave, and participated in wars. I truly loved the fact that he understood the market well and kept changing his business to make money with his wife.

It is very inspirational to read how he fought against all odds and lead people fearlessly. 

Chapter 5 was very inspiring where he worked so hard to make an army of soldiers with proper training and armor. Such a compassionate and brave leader he was on the battlefield. My son enjoyed reading this biography and I too got to know so many facts about George Washington.

This book helps to bust some myths and provides a timeline of events took place with geographical maps. Every chapter has some lovely quotes in big fonts and "jump in the think tank" will leave you in deep thinking. There is a quiz in the last to test your knowledge of what you read in the book. All the illustrations are wonderful.

I recommend everyone to read this book be it you or your kid.

Overall a great book without any doubt. This book was sent to me by the publisher. I am not forced to write any positive reviews. All opinions are mine.
Christmas In The Heart
Christmas In The Heart
Many people thought that Bob Dylan's album Christmas in the Heart must have been some kind of sick holiday joke back in 2009, but I think it has held up well in the years since. This is one of the more offbeat, but finest holiday albums released in the past 20 to 25 years. And as the years (and Christmases) go by, it seems more and more that this is the Christmas seed from which all of Dylan's recent "great American songbook" albums have sprung from. This album was meant to echo the classic, old-time Xmas songs of way back when. Like Sinatra, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and company. The arrangements and production values reflect that. Yes, Bob's voice is ragged, creakly, sandpapery and rough, but you get a feeling that he puts new life into these songs which can seem tired at best in the hands of another singer. And you feel that he truly believes the sentiments expressed in these songs, something very rare in today's Xmas albums. Another trick of the trade that Bob (and perhaps everybody) knows: just like the late great Leonard Cohen, Bob uses sweet female voices to be the sugar on his sometimes hard to get vocals. The backup singers here remind me of the Andrews Sisters. The point is that this album works.
Highlights include Here Comes Santa Claus, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song and more. I'd never heard the song Christmas Island before, but now I have to rank it among my favorite Xmas songs. It's cute and kitschy. This album is recommended for Dylan fans, Xmas album nuts, and those who grow a bit tired of the holiday fare on Lite FM. It's also a wonderful primer for those who wish to get into (or try to appreciate) Dylan's more recent standards albums, Shadows in the Night, Fallen Angels and Triplicate. All in all a nice recommendation. Happy (very early) Holidays!------------------------------PEACE
BTW-The one bad song was Must Be Santa. Dylan doing a polka??!!
#374 in Office Products
#374 in Office Products
After testing one pen in each color:
1.) The ink in all three colors flowed evenly (thin lines) onto white note paper.
2.) The red pen produced an acceptable medium red or raspberry color. - I prefer dark red ink.
3.) The black pen produced an acceptable medium black or dark grey color. - I prefer dark black ink.
4.) The blue pen produced the most satisfactory dark blue color on paper. - I normally prefer a black ink pen over a blue ink pen, but not in this specific Bic ballpoint pen.
5.) With little pressure to paper, the tip of the pen moved smoothly as I wrote across the page.
6.) The opaque plastic pens are color matched to the ink inside them. - You can see how much ink is in each pen.
7.) The pens aren't flimsy. - They appear to be reinforced above the tip (where you grip when writing).
8.) The lids fit snuggly.
Overall, this was a very good deal as long as the rest of the pens work equally as well as the three I tested.
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel
Theater review. Possible spoilers. What better entertainment for International Women’s Day than the Marvel Universe’s first film headed by a new character who is a woman. For those who don’t remember at the end of “The Avengers: Infinity Wars” (2018), Thanos pretty much took out much of the world’s population including some Avengers using the power of the 6 Infinity Stones. At the end of the film a wounded Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is seen using a device to call Captain Marvel for help.

So this is the origin story of Captain Marvel. It turns out she was once a crack Air Force jet pilot. But I’m getting ahead of myself. As usual, I will give a disclaimer about my Marvel geeknous. I have none. I’ve seen all the movies and liked almost all of them. At the same time I may screw up some characters, events, timelines and who’s a good guy and who’s not. The film opens on the planet Hala occupied by the blue-blooded (literally) Kree. A young woman known a Vers (Oscar winner Brie Larson) is decked out in a form-fitted aqua-green jump suit, as is her trainer Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). It is clear that the Kree have some seriously good fighting skills, but Yon-Rogg keeps telling Vers to control her emotions before launching some of her more serious weapons, especially fiery blasts from her fists. In what seems to be a well-placed and recurring attack on the emotional stability of women, we are sure to see more.

Vers keeps having nightmares and dreams often involving a woman of mystery called Supreme Intelligence in the credits played by 60-year old Annette Bening who also fills out her uniform nicely (not a sexist comment). Vers has memory intrusions as well of living another life in another world. She wants a combat assignment and finally gets it as an attack is planned on another planet by the Kree’s enemy, the shapeshifting Skrulls. In a series of exchanges and perhaps my confusion the Kree squad – including Vel - and led by Yon-Rogg, chase the Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) to Earth. Frankly I’m not sure who was chasing who. Vers gets separated and gets to Earth first, right through the roof of a Blockbusters Video and next door to a Radio Shack. These obvious “ancient” references are played for fun and it all works, including plenty-o-songs from the ‘90’s. When Vers gets her action on, the songs seem to be those with female leads (Garbage, Salt-n-Pepa, TLC and No Doubt). Nice!

Through these intermediary battles with the now shapeshifted Skrulls, Vers meets Fury and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) both with CGI engaged to make them younger. Works well with Jackson in particular who is in a lot of scenes. The scenes with Vers and Fury are witty enough to make the film watchable alone. A third wheel is a house cat called Goose who is likely to be remembered as much as the lead actors.

As time goes by, Vers's memory begins to come back. She reunites with Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch, “Brotherhood”) a fellow pilot. The two flew together and Vers discovers her real name is Carol Danvers. As Carol more memories return including interaction with a scientist named Wendy Lawson who looks a lot like Bening.

To be honest, this film closely follows the set up established for all of the Marvel films by Kevin Feige. What is remarkable is that Captain Marvel slides right in there without a hiccup. The film is fun, flashy, exciting and entertaining. Larson is perfect in her role. She goes from a newbee warrior with a bit too much attitude to a confident superhero who absorbs energy to create a character every bit as strong as any we’ve seen so far. When the Captain is at full throttle, glowing through the sky it raises one’s pulse. Let’s see how she does with Thanos in a couple months. Recommended.
Q & A 5 (monthly Shonen Sunday Comics)
Q & A 5 (monthly Shonen Sunday Comics)
Pushkin Threefold: Narrative, Lyric, Polemic and Ribald Verse, the Originals with Linear and Metric Translations
Pushkin Threefold: Narrative, Lyric, Polemic and Ribald Verse, the Originals with Linear and Metric Translations
This collection of Pushkin's work, presented in the original Russian, then in linear and metric translations (i.e. literal and rhyming), is a classic. Contains not just a large chunk of Evgeny Onegin, but also some 74 shorter Pushkin classics, masterfully chosen and translated by one the poet's most gifted translators.

Originally published in the 1970s, this book has been out of print for some time, but now is brought back in this reprint edition, which should be in any Russophile's library.

{As reviewed in 
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
I bought this as it is one of the updated volumes in the Lost Treasures format. How interesting that Beau L'Amour's postscript and notes includes a lengthy recounting of Louis' travails with the movie industry. Guys who "like to throw their weight around" because they can get away with it is nothing new. That Weinstein fellow is just treading in tracks that have long been in the making. High time for that trail to come to an end.
It is endearing to know that Louis fought the battle for authenticity. His reader is being immersed in a credible world based on reality. That wind blowing through my hair is the real deal, not the breeze of some studio fan. I find myself part of the story, not removed from it, thanks to attention to detail. Thanks LL. Thanks Beau.
Mikeneko Homuzu No Aki in Japanese
Mikeneko Homuzu No Aki in Japanese
The Perry Mason Casebook: The Case of the Sulky Girl / Case of the Careless Kitten / Case of the Fiery Fingers
The Perry Mason Casebook: The Case of the Sulky Girl / Case of the Careless Kitten / Case of the Fiery Fingers
Always liked the TV series but reading the books is even better. It's hard not to imagine the characters as being anyone but Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Talman & Co but the "real" Perry as invented by Erle Stanley Garner, shows Perry as a slightly more sinister guy, ready to do almost anything to win a case, and, what I always suspected, at least in one of the stories, it appears that his young "confidential secretary" Della is also his girlfriend! Shock horror! But seriously, three great reads in this book which was published some years ago and is not so cheap to buy!

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