William Williams

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PHP Programming: Using MySQL & Oracle
PHP Programming: Using MySQL & Oracle
PHP Programming: Using MySQL & Oracle by Francis John Thottungal. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
The Lucky One
The Lucky One
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2119 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Memory Man (Memory Man series Book 1)
Memory Man (Memory Man series Book 1)
Memory Man (Memory Man series Book 1) by David Baldacci. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 12539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Die Bruderschaft
Die Bruderschaft
Die Bruderschaft by Charles Brauer, John Grisham, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
De claim (Dutch Edition)
De claim (Dutch Edition)
De claim (Dutch Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach
Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach
Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach by Radhika S. Grover. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 8 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.
Facebook Hacking: (Even You Can Hack!)
Facebook Hacking: (Even You Can Hack!)
Facebook Hacking: (Even You Can Hack!) by Rajat Grover. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Rails for PHP Developers (Pragmatic Programmers)
Rails for PHP Developers (Pragmatic Programmers)
Rails for PHP Developers (Pragmatic Programmers) by Derek DeVries and Mike Naberezny. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Pro SQL Server 2000 Database Design
Pro SQL Server 2000 Database Design
Pro SQL Server 2000 Database Design by Louis Davidson and Apress. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Statistics: An Introduction Using R
Statistics: An Introduction Using R
Statistics: An Introduction Using R by Michael J. Crawley. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Jeff: Bezos (3)
Jeff: Bezos (3)
Jeff: Bezos (3) by AA BB. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Famous People: Elon Musk Biography
Famous People: Elon Musk Biography
Famous People: Elon Musk Biography by Pandora. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life
Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life
Oprah's cookbook is filled with gourmet flavors and beautiful pictures that will draw you into fantasizing about making her recipes. The best way to approach this cookbook is to read the entire book and then to choose 6-8 recipes you want to make. I say this because many of the recipes require special ingredients. For the 8 recipes I chose to make I needed 6 special ingredients. I bought ground chipotle chile seasoning, 6 cans of San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, white rice flour (for the lavender cookies), 6 cans of Lychees, Sabatino Truffle Zest and Sabatino White Truffle Oil. Cooking with these ingredients was really fun.

Here are the recipes I tried and my experience:

Summer Corn Chowder – There are so many flavors going on in this chowder I decided to skip the thyme. Instead of making the recipe for chicken stock I just used six cups of water and six teaspoons chicken base. That saved a lot of time. The garnishes are the highlight of this soup and I chose bacon, pimentos and corn seasoned with chipotle chile seasoning.

Mashed Cauli-Potatoes – These are better than plain mashed potatoes. I admit I doctored them up a bit with more butter, paprika and seasoning salt and added 5 green onions, sliced and sauteed. The recipe called for Yukon gold potatoes but I used russet and cubed them before boiling.

Skinny Cornbread – This is a more savory cornbread and if you like you can still serve it with butter and honey. Definitely with butter. It has onions and jalapeno chiles in it. My husband ate 3 pieces and I admit to having two. Since I don't have a cast iron pan I just used a 9-inch glass pie plate.

Turkey Lasagna – OK this recipe is very challenging because you have to use a mandoline slicer. I suggest you get a slicer with cut-resistant gloves as I did. This recipe calls for San Marzano Italian tomatoes and I must say they are the best canned tomatoes ever! With just three regular zucchinis and one medium Mexican eggplant I was able to make the dish. You layer the vegetables, sauce and mozzarella cheese. The dish you should use is a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Also I didn't have any granulated garlic or onion so I just used one teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder. I also used one tablespoon dried parsley and one tablespoon dried basil in place of fresh. Instead of minced garlic I just pressed three garlic cloves. I also used less pepper and salt. One teaspoon of seasoning salt was perfect. So that was the most complex recipe in the book!

Lavender Shortbread – Making lavender shortbread is a very aromatic experience. The orange zest and crushed lavender are heavenly scented. I found that I did not need to refrigerate the dough and could bake it immediately. Instead of regular salt I used crushed Fleur de Sel. Instead of a vanilla bean (mine had dried up) I used two teaspoons vanilla extract. I cut the shortbread into 24 squares.

Lychee Sorbet – This recipe is worth making because it is so exotic. If you don't have an ice cream machine you can also do a few tricks to make it work great. I froze the lychees and refrigerated the syrup. Then the next day I put everything into my food processor and spun it all around. It turned into a lovely Lychee Ice.

Twice-Baked Potatoes – Making this recipe takes a little time but these potatoes are delicious. You first need to bake the two russet potatoes, then you scoop them out and add in sour cream and cheddar cheese. Then you bake them again. I found that a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish lined with foil kept clean up to a minimum.

Romaine Hearts with Warm Mushrooms and Truffle Vinaigrette – It is way worth the effort to order truffle zest and truffle oil for this recipe. The fresh romaine is so crunchy and the lemon based dressing is a perfect contrast to the other flavors. Parmesan cheese substituted great for the hard to find Pecorino Romano. This is the most delicious recipe in the book!

Each recipe has prep time, cooking time and how many servings plus Weight Watchers points per serving. Calories are also given per serving.

Some of the things you need to make the recipes include a pasta roller, pastry bag, high speed blender, microplane, Kitchen aid mixer, cast iron skillet, splatter guard (for tomato sauce), food processor (7-cup) and whisk for salad dressings.

The ingredients you might have to order include lavender flowers, anchovy paste, truffle zest, Old Bay seasoning, red curry paste, Thai fish sauce, tamarind concentrate, curry leaves, mascarpone cheese, star anise, oat flour, xanthan gum, truffle flour, fresh truffles, sea salt and frozen truffle cheese.

One recipe requires you to find a 5-gallon bucket to brine a 20-pound turkey. Most of the recipes serve 4, 6 or 8.

Some of the other recipes include:

Mushroom Soup
Maya's Smothered Chicken
Truffle Tortelloni
Fresh Cherry Crostata
Crab Cakes
Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad
Fettuccine Bolognese with Peas

What I really loved about this cookbook was all the personalized hand written notes by Oprah. You also learn a lot about Oprah's life and her struggles with weight loss. Oprah is a very creative writer and she excels at the headnotes. One story she tells is about how she first tasted a pasta dish at an Umbrian castle after a truffle hunt. This type of information makes the book so entertaining.

A lot of love and expertise went into this cookbook. I highly recommend it for adventurous home cooks who want to cook like a chef. I vote this one of the most exciting cookbooks I've ever found. The only thing I'd skip is the alcoholic drink recipes as alcohol causes disease.

~The Rebecca Review
God and Donald Trump
God and Donald Trump
God and Donald Trump is a very worthwhile book. The author, Stephen Strang, shows that many years prior to Trump’s election Christians were praying for wisdom about our next election and were acquainted with him. Some were certain God’s plan was for Donald Trump to be our next president. Trump met with a variety of Christian groups years before the election and even more so during the election. He sought and valued Christian support and input.
The book describes the part Catholics, charismatics and evangelicals played in helping elect Trump. They united behind him realizing the other choice would be a disaster. Chapters on Surprising Early Supporters and on Ethnic Issues are particularly interesting. A section titled Trump the Man explores his family’s traditional background as well as Trumps beliefs and priorities. The final section gives surprising information about Trump, his supporters and his faith. The book also includes a detailed list of sources and an index. The facts in this book are well supported.
Scripture says God sets up kings and removes kings. (Daniel 2:21) I did not think of this nor know what was going on behind the scenes among charismatics and evangelicals and in the heavenly realms. The book helped me realize that God actually chose Trump to be president. This is an awesome thought. We must pray for him and support him and vote for him again in 2020.
Hanvache Donald Trump Stress Relief Talking Boxing Pen Funny Toy for Pranks and Gifts
Hanvache Donald Trump Stress Relief Talking Boxing Pen Funny Toy for Pranks and Gifts
Received two of these over a week ago. Both of them came with dead batteries. After hitting the Dollar Store & then going to Walmart, I ended up having to order the batteries through Amazon. The batteries will come next week and cost $4.00. Now it's upping the price that the pens will cost me. Ended up buying a different Trump pen for $13.00 which is packaged better, batteries worked upon arrival & not as cheap looking as these are. Look around before buying, better ones are out there.

UPDATE - Both these pens were given as Christmas joke gifts. The day before I sent them, I put in fresh batteries. As soon as both gifts were opened, they worked for a minute or two, then stopped. I ended up sending both parties, the Trump pen that is selling for $19.95 on Amazon. Cost me a lot of extra money, but they are both happy with the new pens and they are working great. I guess you get what you pay for.
Respect
Respect
After her death I, like so many others, headed over to Amazon to buy as many of my favorites from Aretha Franklin as I could. RESPECT, of course, was at the top of the list. Her rendition of the song not just is empowering for women, but reminds guys like myself that women are deserving of respect, so we have to make sure we do our part to give it to them.

A great recording by a great artist. RESPECT was the song that defines exactly what Aretha Franklin was all about.
Together Through Life
Together Through Life
The "Deluxe" Together Through Life has the standard album plus a sticker, poster, and two bonus CDs. The sticker and poster are worthless; the former merely shows the album title, and the latter the lame cover photo. One CD is the "Friends and Neighbors" episode of Dylan's popular XM radio show. A typically enjoyable example of the program, it has an astonishing variety of music mixed with Dylan's lively, informative, and often amusing commentary and quotes. It is a good introduction to the show for anyone unfamiliar with it but of little value to those who are. The other CD is also virtually worthless -- an outtake from landmark film No Direction Home lasting only a few minutes. It has an interview with Dylan's little-known first manager, Roy Silver, and a slightly different audio take of "Blowin' in the Wind." The segment has no revelations, and it is easy to see why it was excluded, but hard-cores may find it somewhat interesting. All must decide if this makes the "Deluxe" edition worth purchasing over the standard; in most cases, it certainly does not.

As for the album itself, though not on par with his three prior later career masterpieces, Together Through Life is another worthy Bob Dylan album. Fans should certainly get his major albums first, but anyone interested in him should eventually check it out, while significant differences from his other albums mean it may possibly appeal to those not usually keen on him.

It is immediately clear that Together is far more modest than other recent Dylan albums; it lacks their epic feel and is indeed only about two thirds of their length. One might almost see it as Dylan kicking against his Grand Old Man of Meaningful Songs title. Songs are short and to the point; there is no attempt at epic or panoramic music. More notably, there are few words by Dylan's standard, and what we get is unusually simple and straightforward, stripped of imagery and grand themes. They generally focus on love and lust in familiar terms and are doubtless highly influenced by co-writer and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Those who value Dylan's profundity may be disappointed and perhaps even curse Hunter; it is surely no surprise that the only song written by Dylan alone ("This Dream of You") is easily the best.

All this suggests that Together has little merit, but this is not so, though it is undeniably minor. The concision and punchiness of the words are quite intriguing, if limited, and Dylan's vocals retain their latter-day strength. One would have to look very hard indeed for another singer of his age with such emotional vitality and diversity. "Life Is Hard" has a surprisingly nimble falsetto, but his gifts, as ever, have nothing to do with hitting and holding notes or having range. Instead, his phrasing remains impeccable, and he puts the songs forth with verve and vigor few can even approach; this is particularly important, given the lyrics' unusual nature.

Music is probably the biggest point of contention. Aside from "Life Is Hard," an acoustic take on Dylan's recent Rat Pack balladry fixation, it is essentially split between accordion-dominated Tex Mex and Chicago blues. The former is a great surprise; Dylan has hardly ever used accordion, and never for an extended time, and had dabbled in Tex-Mex only on 1976's Desire. Accordion - courtesy of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, who also plays guitar - is practically the lead instrument on several cuts. This takes some getting used to, as does the musical genre generally, but grew on me significantly, as it likely will on most. The blues entries are far easier for fans of latter-day Dylan to appreciate. If less than revolutionary, they feature some fiery playing from Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and three members of Dylan's crack touring band. A few cuts mix the two styles to interesting, if somewhat jarring, effect.

"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" is a good example. Essentially a take on the classic Otis Rush blues "All Your Love" with accordion instead of harmonica, it is a high energy opener with several notable short guitar solos, blazing trumpet, blaring organ, and powerful drums. It is also a good introduction to the lyrical style, beginning as simply as possible with "Oh well, I love you pretty baby."

"Life Is Hard" will not convince those turned off by Dylan's recent ballads but is excellent for those who like them. With beautiful music and a supremely touching vocal, it is highly affecting despite words that are occasionally too clichéd.

"My Wife's Home Town" is another harmonica-cum-accordion blues update, this time of the classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and even credits Willie Dixon. Well-done if hardly world-shattering, it epitomizes Together's lyrical modesty but at least has some amusing lines. The fiery vocal improves it substantially.

"If You Ever Go to Houston" may be the most accordion-dominated track - probably too much so for many, especially as the riff is very simplistic. A Wild West ballad and Texas ode, it is one of the slightest cuts but still enjoyable.

Further proof that no one does torch songs like Dylan, "Forgetful Heart" mixes things up somewhat with dramatic, Neil Young-esque electric guitar and other musical nuances.

"Jolene" is the most uptempo song, with a killer riff and some short, incendiary guitar solos. It is nice to hear Dylan and company rip it up, though the asinine words will disappoint many.

"This Dream of You" is Together's closest thing to a masterpiece - and it is tantalizingly close. Flat out mariachi, it shows that Dylan can quickly master nearly every genre; whatever one thinks of the accordion elsewhere, here it approaches sublime, while the bittersweet lyrics and mournful croon match it. This is a piece of emotional vitality only Dylan could create and has the album's best lyrics by a considerable margin.

"Shake Shake Mama" may be the most minor cut but is an enjoyable, rollicking blues.

"I Feel a Change Coming On" is probably the second best entry. A weeper with fine lyrics and excellent, highly creative drums, it may be Together's best vocal and is a worthy canon addition.

"It's All Good" is another accordion-laced classic blues send-up, reminiscent of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" among others. The words are very good, some of Dylan's best satire in years, and possibly contain veiled political references. It is a zany, freewheelin', and effective close to an unusual album.

All told, anyone expecting another masterpiece will be disappointed, and Dylan easily has at least a dozen albums that are much better, but this is very respectable, especially considering Dylan's age and how much great music he has already made.
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UPDATE: after allowing some of the coffee roasted with the Nesco roaster to sit for a few weeks in an airtight container (while I enjoyed some different coffee), a funny thing happened that I wasn't expecting and have never experienced before: the coffee got better. Dramatically so. So much so that I really enjoyed it. Maybe this "aging" process is something that frequently occurs but that I've just never read about, but whatever occurred, it ended up taking fantastic.

That earns a swift and well deserved upgrade from 2 stars to 5!

ORIGINAL REVIEW: I've been slowly getting into home coffee roasting after a friend with a Nesco home roaster let me sample several of the coffee's he's done, which he's purchased on Amazon from Lavanta. A Kenya blend he had was simply outstanding and sold me that home roasting was something I had to try.

Traditionally, I've always liked Sumatra medium/dark roasts. I purchased Sumatra Peaberry as a way to roast something I was already familiar with from many other coffee companies, hopefully to give me a baseline of how Lavanta's coffee measured up.

I started with an air popper (ghetto garage style) after reading many online reviews, tutorials, and opinions on this process. The roasting process was simple and the beans roasted beautifully. I turned off the popper right as 2C started, and immediately cooled them down to stop the roasting process. Waited 24 hours for them to off-gas and then got ready to try it. The beans smelled great. I used my hand-crank burr grinder to grind them for my AeroPress and the grounds smelled great. I made it in the usual manner and they bloomed right up - or even more so than I expected. First sips were decent, but really didn't blow me away. I finished my cup with mixed feelings, but just figured I could adjust the roast for the next batch.

The next day I went to make another cup of coffee with the same fresh roasted Sumatra Peaberry, and I don't know what happened in the beans, but I literally couldn't finish the cup. It tasted very ashy, and almost...sour?

I tried a couple of other batches of roasts and never had the same experience with it tasting "sour", but never achieved anything other than average-at-best 7-Eleven mini mart style coffee. I had about 1/2 pound left and asked my friend with the Nesco roaster to roast up the last of it so that I could at least compare THAT roast against my air popper roast(s). It was marginally better, but not dramatically at all.

What I thought might have been the result of the ghetto air popper roasting process, I think actually was the batch of beans I had. I don't know if it was the Peaberry beans, or if it's their Sumatra blends in general. I'm not going to give up and want to try at least two other roasts before I give up on Lavanta, but for what it's worth, their Sumatra Peaberry isn't ever worth purchasing again if it continues to taste like that.
Ring of Curse (English Subtitled)
Ring of Curse (English Subtitled)
"four black death
grudge feather death
poet demon blood lyrics
stub death child
paper dream nest teeth
teacher comparison bad
mystery man
heart pump blood
blood runs in body
you die when blood stops
artery and vein
breath stopping breath
think and breath
inhale exhale and inhale
and exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale
death death death death beat cut
gu fancy death
w eri death gogito death"

These are the words that open Ring of Curse following a short introduction by the members of Buono! Known as Gomennasai in its native country, Ring of Curse is a film adaptation of a cell phone novel. It stars the members of the three-person Hello! Project group Buono! as the characters of Yuka Hidaka, Hinako Kurohane, and Shiori Sonoda.

The story is split into three acts, told as a diary made by the protagonist, Yuka. Act 1 deals with Sonoda deciding to bully Kurohane following a test, disgusted by the fact that the weird, loner girl has been besting her grades. Since Kurohane had previously won a literary contest, Sonoda, as class president, decides to have her write a play for the cultural festival, with the intent to degrade her attempts. However, Kurohane soon turns the table on her tormentors through her writing.

Act 2 takes the form of Kurohane's diary, detailing her backstory and her reasons for what she did and Act 3 takes place a year after the events in Act 1 as Kurohane's curse rears its head again in Yuka's life.

I have to say, both Miyabi Natsuyaki and Momoko Tsugunaga did an excellent job portraying Kurohane and Sonoda. Miyabi does a perfect job capturing Kurohane's creepy and weird personality while Momoko nailed Sonoda's alpha bitch personality. If I didn't knew better, I would had thought Ms. Tsugunaga was one in real-life. Both women showed they can portray people that are complete opposites of their normal personalities and do it perfectly.

Airi Suzuki's portrayal of Yuka is just okay. Besides Ring of Curse/Gomennasai, I've seen Suzuki in Keitai Kanojo, Ousama Game, and Suugaku Joshi Gakuen (all three through fansubs since this film is the only one with an official English release). In the former two, it was the same as here. However, I quite enjoyed her appearance as one of the math girls of the week in Suugaku Joshi Gakuen and I think I know why. In Ring of Curse, Keitai Kanojo, and Ousama Game, her characters are mostly passive observers to the supernatural events, rarely actually taking an active role in the events. When the character does take an active role, as what happens here here and in Keitai Kanojo, she quickly becomes passive again, other characters taking the lead again. In fact, in Ousama Game, here character is completely a passive background character, occasionally delivering a line on the current situation and nothing else. In Suugaku, however, she actually takes an active role in her starring episode, being the antagonist of the week and showing a lot of personality. Really, the problem I find is that Ms. Suzuki just happens to get the misfortune of getting the weakest character and not really getting enough material to work with.

The translation for the subtitles are okay. Really, the only things that stick out to me is the fact that they translate -san, so you have situations where high schoolers are referring to each other as Mr./Ms. <insert family name>. It's just weird seeing students refer to each other in such a way. I feel they should had just omitted the honorifics in those situations. I also found they misspelled Yuka's name as Yuri neared the end and of course, there is the end of the opening text, which looks to have been left somewhat untranslated.

Now, throughout the film there are voice overs by Yuka, and some by Kurohane in Act 2. When it comes to Yuka's, they're mostly redundant. They mostly tell you what you are seeing on screen or are about to see. Kurohane's, on the other hand, actually helps to set the mood of Act 2 and works with the fact that we're supposed to be seeing what is in her diary as narrated by her words. It truly feels like a diary brought to life and brought substance to those scenes. Yuka's is just tedious and should had been dropped. Yeah, the whole movie is supposed to be Yuka's written recount of the events, but it just doesn't have the same feeling as Kurohane's.

Is Ring of Curse a bad film? No. Is it good? No. It is an average film of its kind. It's not really scary and the protagonist is overshadowed by her costars. The only part that really made me jumped was when Sonoda showed back up at the end of Act 1 and that was because of how sudden it was, not because of fright. *Nyan*

There was also a part before that that is just confusing. See, there is a scene where Yuka is at home where Sonoda calls her, asking if she was the one who sent the text with the weird message. Of course, it turns out to be Kurohane using Yuka's name. However, shouldn't Sonoda know from the get-go that it wasn't Yuka? She called Yuka's cell phone. She should have known that it wasn't from her by the fact the numbers wouldn't have matched. Plus, Yuka isn't someone who strikes me to forget to tell someone she changed numbers. It just feels like a plot hole.

I say only watch this if you're a fan of Buono! or one of the girls or are a fan of J-Horrors and want to experience all of them. Really, the best thing of the film is Miyabi and Momoko's acting. Other than that, the rest is just average.

As an aside, I find it funny that Arisa Komiya, who played Yoko Usami/Yellow Buster in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, plays one of Sonoda's posse. You see, back when all we knew of the sentai was the name Go-Busters, people speculated that it was going to be dealing with ghosts or curses in some way. That later turned out to be wrong. However, with that knowledge, it is funny that Komiya was in this before Go-Busters. In fact, her character's given name here is Yoko, same as on the show. It's almost as though Ring of Curse was predicting the future a little bit.
Ulefone Armor 7E(2020 Rugged Phones Unlocked, 4G Rugged Cell Phones Waterproof Android 9.0 6.3'' FHD,4GB+128GB 48MP+2MP+2MP+16MP Camera,5500Mah Wireless Charge, Face ID, Dual Sim Rugged Smartphone
Ulefone Armor 7E(2020 Rugged Phones Unlocked, 4G Rugged Cell Phones Waterproof Android 9.0 6.3'' FHD,4GB+128GB 48MP+2MP+2MP+16MP Camera,5500Mah Wireless Charge, Face ID, Dual Sim Rugged Smartphone
This revue ask specifically about the fingerprint reader, facial recognition, and battery life.
The fingerprint reader, when it worked it worked very well. the problem was that the fingerprint reader only worked half the time. It was common to see out of pocket, that too many attempts to use the fingerprint reader had been made.
I have a beard. As a result of having a beard the phone would not recognize my face despite the effort to make it work. This phone simply did not like a face with a beard. It never worked.
The battery life. I know the battery life on this telephone was said to be spectacular, lasting days. I bought this phone to be used and so I used it throughout the day. Only one time did the telephone come to the15% warning for battery power. I was happy with the battery power as it lasted me all day.
Unfortunately I have returned this phone. I have tried two phones and spent many hours on a telephone with Verizon and people at Amazon trying to get this phone to work. The first three weeks that I had it the telephone worked very well. But for some unknown reason voice calls stopped working. Incoming or outgoing calls were dropped immediately when the receiving party answered the phone call.
This led to hours of wasted time trying to get a phone to work multiple attempts to contact. people who are knowledgeable enough to fix the problem, but to no avail.
The first replacement telephone was asked to be sent to my work site location. But instead they decided to send it to my home. 20 bucks later it was shipped to me. I sure wish the Amazon people would have been listening. That cost money for nonsense.
The second phone behaved exactly as the first phone had, dropping calls. So the decision was made to send it back for a refund.
The phone has a very good quality build. it appears to have the tools necessary to get the job done. The phone is flexible with it's tool functions and can do more than be just a telephone. The Armor 7E has good reception even in poor areas.
I like this phone enough to say that, If I did not have Verizon as a carrier I would still have this phone. It's almost as though someone built a phone that can do almost everything and handle adversities but provider programming took a back seat.
Words fail me as I tried to explain how much I want this phone to work and how disappointed I am that it is not working.
Ena Pop-Up Official T-Shirt
Ena Pop-Up Official T-Shirt
Helped my exterior match the typical standards of the community, so I didn’t have to present a blood sample!
Ron Wolf and the Green Bay Packers: Mike Holmgren, Brett Favre, Reggie White, and the Pack's Return to Glory in the 1990s
Ron Wolf and the Green Bay Packers: Mike Holmgren, Brett Favre, Reggie White, and the Pack's Return to Glory in the 1990s
Don’t get me wrong – I love reading about the trade for Favre, the signing of Reggie as much as anybody. I guess I was hoping for more details regarding the various drafts plus the book is completely silent on Favre going to rehab/the entire Vicodin issue, which I would have liked to read how a classy organization like the GBP and an upfront fella like Ron Wolf decided to deal with such sticky matters.
Wild Kratts Season 9
Wild Kratts Season 9
This is one of the few kids shows I really enjoy watching with my children and they always agree on. It's truly educational, not innapropriate, not obnoxious, and isn't 'heavy handed' about evolution or global warming, just honest about conservation. I SO appreciate that. Buying the digital version is awesome bc it becomes portable with a tablet and headphones! We were VERY sad when this vanished from Netflix so we will buying more seasons for sure. Several seasons come free with Prime. There is too much junk on TV, this is a rare gem.
GOLDSTITCH Men Tunic Hooded Robe Cloak Knight Fancy Cool Cosplay Costume
GOLDSTITCH Men Tunic Hooded Robe Cloak Knight Fancy Cool Cosplay Costume
I like to dress up in Harry Potter drag and hang out in Diagon Alley at Orlando Universal Studios, and I'm entertaining a huge family reunion in Florida next June. I want to take the kids into Harry Potter land and do the costuming thing with them, but I will melt in an official HP robe, so I thought "why not make a new robe from lightweight material, and decorate it for an alumnus of Slytherin House". A black robe. Then some UV dye for decoration (so it all happens when I walk into Nocturne Alley) and I'm done.

Long story short, I saw this and realized I can't make one cheaper, so decided to see if this would be a good starting point.

Yes it will.

The material is nice and light, almost translucent in bright light. The fit is good on my weeble-shaped body, but I shall have to take it up a couple of inches.

The robe is unlined, so you are going to see some seams. With the robe tied closed and the hood carefully folded back they shouldn't show.

For this price you really can't beat it.

[UPDATE 10/15/18]

I bought a red one too, and will certainly be buying more in different colors. I cannot make cloaks this good for the price being charged and having one from the get-go cuts hours off costume projects.

Fitting: I am 5'8", 250 lbs with a 44" waist. A 2x cloak fits me nicely as far as girth and sleeves (which I want a little longer than my arms to add to the mystery and menace) but runs long, being cut for a person over 6' tall. I shall be taking up the cloaks by about 4 inches and adding additional hidden fastenings. I shall also be replacing the ribbon-like ties at the neck with cloak hooks, available from conventions, ren-fayres and very likely here too.

The red is a nice rich red and would work for evil clerics, vile satanic cultists, Masque of the Red Death attendees and princess brides.

[/UPDATE]
The Young Musician ; Or, Fighting His Way
The Young Musician ; Or, Fighting His Way
Philip Gray 15yrs old lived in Norton, his father was dying and was concerned he had nothing to leave Philip, there were no relations and his father had one brother who had left the country, after his fathers death there was to be an auction of everything in the house to raise money to pay for the funeral and any debts that needed paying, Phil remained at his friend Frank's house till the auction, going through his fathers papers all Phil found was a certificate for shares in a goldmine that was almost worthless and a note for a thousand dollars from a Thomas Graham who had gone abroad

Phil took the violin his father had bought him and left the house, a boy that was disliked Nick Holden 18yrs the butchers son asked to buy Phil's violin but Phil refused saying it was not in the auction because it belonged to him, Nick was angry and said he knew Phil was to be taken to the poorhouse straight after the auction, the auction covered everything and there was no need to sell the violin, the Squire came and asked for the violin and Phil refused to give it to him, the poorhouse was owned by Joe Tucker he had a wife and son Zeke 16yrs, returning from an errand for Frank's father he was grabbed by the Squire and Mr Tucker and taken to the poorhouse, Phil had to give Zeke 10 cents to go and tell Frank where he was, Phil was locked into an attic room with one small window, that night Frank threw a rope up to Phil and he climbed down and escaped, they took a short cut across the fields going home and heard a scream from a cabin nearby, Mr Lovett owned the cabin and was being robbed they managed to help him and he was very grateful giving Phil an envelope to open when he was far away from Norion

On his way Phil meets a farmer who asks if he was a musician, he needed someone to play at a local dance because there normal man was sick, the dance was a success and everyone thanked him, on his way a wagon overtook him asking if he was booked for that evening, it was another dance the ill violinist could not attend, when Phil got to the hall the original violinist was there although ill, there was then an agreement that each would play half the concert, when the violinist heard Phil he went home, continuing on his journey he met a stranger Professor Lorenzo Riccabocca who considered himself a famous elocutionist and dramatist, when he realised Phil could play he asked that they do a concert together in the next town, at the show the Professor was more amusing than dramatical but Phil earned much applause, they had a room together and went back to the hotel to sleep

In the morning the Professor was gone with all the money, the debtors arrived for their money and the hotel had not been paid, Phil thought of the envelope Mr Lovett had given him, there was fifty doors inside and he managed to pay everyone off, he was told the Professor had probably gone to Knoxville and the hotel owner and Phil gave chase, they found him at the Knoxville hotel, he agreed to give the money he owed but managed to escape through a back door, a young boy Sam from the hotel was told to give chase, he didn't manage to catch him but the professor stumbled and dropped his wallet without realising it, the honest boy gave the wallet to Phil and was given five dollars reward, when he realised the wallet missing the professor had the cheek to come back to the hotel and look for it

The squire happened to be in town visiting his sister and heard Phil play, he decided he would look after Phil's money since he was his guardian, meeting Phil later he demanded this, Phil refused and said he was not his guardian, the Squire left, Phil resumed his journey to New York, as the story continues Phil helps a boy of his own age and an offer through this decides his future

One of Horatio Alger's better books, over forty chapters long and its free, worth a read
Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Enigma (Jason Bourne)
Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Enigma (Jason Bourne)
Action packed, complicated, and monumental, but with jason bourne that doesnt really matter,does it? Its a rollicking ride all the way. I would not say this is a book you cant put down. It is a book that you have to have a rest from now and again.The action is so exhausting. The bourne series is pretty good reading fun, this one is no exception, the recouperative powers of the heros is astonishing, nearly dead at 5pm, fully fit to clobber several badies two hours later! Amazing. Fun, but far from seriously great writing. As a piece of entertaining literature it deserves five stars for its escapist value. Eric is a great storyteller and I bet he had alot of fun writing this.I certainly like his appraisal of russian leadership, masterfully true, so very observant.but we are now used to jason bourne making 007 look like noddy ,by comparison...lots of fun!!
Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Pink Scarf - Traditional Polyester Fashion Scarf
Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Pink Scarf - Traditional Polyester Fashion Scarf
Very nice scarf with oh-so-cute Peter Rabbit print along with a smaller prints of Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck. The images are the same way around on either side of the scarf so no matter which way you put it on, the images will be facing the right way up (rather than one side being upside down). I have the blue one already and I love them both! The scarf was also dispatched very quickly. Very happy Beatrix Potter fan
Looker
Looker
This was a movie that I had seen pieces of on cable when I was 10 or 11. All I remembered was the "light gun", which was cool, so I wanted to see it bayou. I finally saw the entire move a few years later. It was everything I had hoped it would be (at least for a 16 year old boy in the 80's).

As an adult, I picked up a used VHS copy, since it was OOP. It wasn't nearly as good as I remembered, but it was a nice piece of nostalgia. I held off on buying the DVD for a long time, since I didn't figure I'd ever watch it again.

I finally broke down and bight the disc. Yep, the movie was still cheesy, but I enjoyed the trip back down memory lane.

The overview is that a plastic surgeon is being framed for the murders of women on whom he has operated. These women, who are models, come to him with the exact measurements the need for corrections, so they can be perfect. The surgeon realizes something is going on, so he takes the last surviving patient under his wing, to keep her safe. They uncover a plot to use the digitally created images of the models. To brainwash people into buying what they see on TV.

Yes, the special effects are cheesy now, but were great way back in the 80's when this movie came out. The idea of using a scanner to capture a persons image and use it on TV commercials was years ahead of its time. As much as I hate to say it, this movie could be remade today and be extremely relevant.

Picture and audio quality were exactly what I expected from a 30+ year old movie.

I'm glad I bought this. I'll definitely watch it again.
Paper Money (Littérature) (French Edition)
Paper Money (Littérature) (French Edition)
I didn't realise that this was an English/French book. My own fault, I should have read the description more carefully. I like it for it's novelty value, who knows, it may improve my schoolgirl french ?
Hard Hat Harry: Motorcycle Adventures
Hard Hat Harry: Motorcycle Adventures
This show is the WORST but my 22 month old LOVES it and asks to watch it all the time. The motorcycle "facts" are a bit shaky and Harry is beyond silly, but if it makes my kid happy I call it a win.
Harry Potter 2020 Weekly/Monthly - 5"" x 8
Harry Potter 2020 Weekly/Monthly - 5"" x 8
I love Harry Potter and this planner keeps Harry Potter in my daily plans. It's modern looking with plenty of space in the monthly calendar for writing in daily plans and also a daily section for more detailed plans. I had to return the first copy because the cover was bent and the second copy came the same way. I was disappointed but liked the planner so I kept the second copy knowing it would look a little off. That's my only con about this book.
Eujimi MODEI 2018/01/24 NEХT SERIЕS Νo.2 SUZUKl Нustler (PASSIOΝ ORANGЕ) COLOR-CODEb PRE-PLASTIС MODEI CAlS
Eujimi MODEI 2018/01/24 NEХT SERIЕS Νo.2 SUZUKl Нustler (PASSIOΝ ORANGЕ) COLOR-CODEb PRE-PLASTIС MODEI CAlS
気軽に組めるというコンセプトは良いです。従来の模型作りは手間がかかりますから。出来上がりもいい感じです。

注意点ははめ込みにくい部品が結構あること。私もかなり破損してしまいました。ライト含む顔回りはきちんと部品を奥まではめ込みましょう。でないとボディに取り付ける際にボディとの間にスキマが出来ます。私は顔回りのユニットを接着剤で固定してしまったので、どうして隙間ができるのか分析するためにもう一回ばらす過程で破損しました。

あとドアノブとタイヤ周りの黒い部品を折ってしまいました。ドアノブは両脇の突起が穴に入りにくいのでつい強く押した際に真ん中を押してしまいパキッとなりました。タイヤ周りの黒い部品は、一つの穴がどうしても入らず、穴を広げようとして一旦外すときに折れてしまいました。

大きな部品はスナップフィットでもはめやすいのですが、後半に増えてくる小さい部品はスナップフィットに向いていません。普通の接着剤を使う方が格段に楽です。したがって、最後の方は加速度的にストレスが溜まります。ダメそうだったら、じっくり穴を広げるなどしてやりましょう。結局壊れた部品が多過ぎて、カスタマーでそれぞれ買うと高くなりそうなので部品取り用にもう一個買ってしまいました。涙
LANGXUN 12ft Table Balloon Arch Kit For Birthday Decorations, Party ,Wedding and Graduation Decorations, Christmas Decorations Baby Shower Bachelor Party Supplies
LANGXUN 12ft Table Balloon Arch Kit For Birthday Decorations, Party ,Wedding and Graduation Decorations, Christmas Decorations Baby Shower Bachelor Party Supplies
I purchased this as a last minute decoration for my husband’s birthday, and almost didn’t put it up because I was pressed for time and had never attempted a balloon garland before. I’m so glad I tried it because - it was so easy to use! From start to finish it took just under one hour (with three small kids around - I’m sure next them it would be a lot faster). The package comes with two clamps, a pole that makes the arch and plastic rings for the balloons. I started out by adding the clamps to my table, and then putting the pole on without balloons, just to make sure it would fit. Tip - make sure the clamps aren’t too close to the wall, that way you have room for the balloons to go around the front and back. Then I started filling balloons (do yourself a favor and get a small machine that fills air in them - such a timer saver!). I used approximately 80 normal medium size balloons, which equated to about 20 rings - I even had plenty left over. The balloons fit best when I blew them up to a round shape, but not too full. To fill out the arch, you add four balloons on to each ring and then add the ring filled with balloons to the pole. I kept the pole set up and took out one end of the pole each time I added balloons and then placed it back in the clamp. (I included one picture that shows the set up with the first ring of balloons). Doing it this way allowed me to get an idea of how I liked the color spacing and also an idea of how many balloons/rings I needed. Each time I added a ring of balloons, I’d push the ring all the way to the opposite side to build the arch. The whole process was super easy and seemed to go by fast. My family loved it, and I know it’ll be a tradition we start doing for all future birthdays and parties. Taking down the arch was very fast and easy, and it folds up small for storage. I highly recommend!

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HOT SEAT: The Party Game That's All About You - Family Friendly Card Game for All Ages
HOT SEAT: The Party Game That's All About You - Family Friendly Card Game for All Ages
We played this game two weeks ago with friends. Our group is not the nicest when it comes to games like this, so this was perfect for our group. We made it one full round with seven people. Of course, one person kept racking up the points each turn (gosh Stephen!) so that made it go quick. But we had a blast playing. We've played truth bombs before, so this game's concept wasn't too foreign, but it was still new enough to us. There are enough cards in the box that we could play dozens of games and not repeat a round, unless we happened to get the same card with the same person and everyone decided on the same answers. But I have a feeling that even if that were the case, some inside jokes from previous rounds might come through, while most answers will be new. You can be as mean or as nice to the player in the hot seat as you like, just don't go too harsh (sorry Laurel). Overall it's a great game, the cards are a nice quality, what you would expect from the price. We didn't come across anything inappropriate, so I wouldn't mind playing with a younger teenager (we're all in our 20's) or even an older child, but each game depends on the moods and cleanliness of the players' minds! And we've only played a single round so who knows what cards we'll find! Thanks for the fun game!
Hieha Bluetooth Car Stereo Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7 Inch Touch Screen Double Din Car Radio Receiver Digital Multimedia Video Receiver with Phone Mirroring Rear View Camera
Hieha Bluetooth Car Stereo Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7 Inch Touch Screen Double Din Car Radio Receiver Digital Multimedia Video Receiver with Phone Mirroring Rear View Camera
 As of right now, I just got the unit. It is really plug and and play, no skill needed or any thing such, I mean the user manual could have been better with the instructions on how to wire it, but really if you look at the wires and the labels, you are going to figure it out. I haven't installed the unit yet, but I tested device and it works flawlessly. Please refer to my video uploaded.

DISPLAY/TOUCHSCREEN QUALITY:
Significantly better than the touchscreen stereo I previously had in my old truck. It's basically like having an Android device built in to the stereo. When using Google Maps, the text is clear and sharp. I can even read my email comfortably. The touchscreen is very responsive, and doesn't require an excessive amount of pressure.

VIDEO QUALITY:
I frequently use this to watch YouTube, or Hulu during my lunch breaks, and as before it's just like watching it on a small laptop or tablet screen.

GPS ACCURACY :
The GPS antenna is great, accurate, and there's almost no lag in position update.

BLUETOOTH CONNECTION :
I've never had an issue with this unit and connecting to my Android phone. It's easy to setup and modify connections, and connects immediately.

GRAPHIC USER INTERFACE :
Very friendly and intuitionally. Easy to find what you want.
Office Chair, Ergonomics Mesh Chair Computer Chair Desk Chair High Back Chair w/Adjustable Headrest and Armrests - Grey
Office Chair, Ergonomics Mesh Chair Computer Chair Desk Chair High Back Chair w/Adjustable Headrest and Armrests - Grey
This chair is incredible. I have been spoiled by Herman Miller, so of course anything but is going to be hard to compare; HOWEVER, this chair is amazing. For what it costs, it is phenomenal. Make sure to purchase the velvet pads for the arm rests and the 5-pack of skateboard wheels (it will fly through 6" shag carpet with no problems).

Having the back of a 150 year old person (DDD, herniated discs, bulging discs, complete destruction of the facet joints at L4-L5 from arthritis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis from the coccyx all the way up the spine to the cervical region, musculoskelatal spasms that don't stop, etc.), this was a great chair for my home office. The lumbar is great, the mesh back is great, and the neck support is great. I knew this going in but the one thing the chair is lacking is the ability to ADJUST THE LUMBAR SUPPORT. If you get this chair, please know this going in...but so far, it has been amazing for me. I'm 5'10", 186 lbs, and it fits me like a glove. The downfall of ordering a chair via the internet is that you have NO CLUE how it is going to work for you as an individual coupled with the fact that you have to assemble it. What happens if you buy it, assemble it, and it just doesn't work for you?

Assembly - a joke. This is the FIRST company that has EVER included extra screws as part of the kit. After everything is out of the box, separated, and you have the screws / allen wrench lined-up, this thing takes less than 30 minutes to get together from a pile of pieces to an amazing comfortable / supportive office chair. I am able to work from home sometimes not getting out of this chair for more than 6 hours b/c it truly is that supportive and comfortable for me and the extreme chronic back problems that I have.

It may not be the right chair for everyone but hey, there are THOUSANDS of office chairs that you can buy. For me, I got lucky and bought it based on all of the reviews that I read. I did know that the lumbar was NON-ADJUSTABLE but it is working out for me great. Is it a $1500 Herman Miller? Of course not, but for less than $200.00 it might very well be about as close as you are going to get.

Kudos to Smugdesk for an amazing chair. Happy to answer any questions that anyone may have and NO, I am not getting paid to do so, there is nothing in it for me...I just want to help others that are in a similar situation to me if I am able to do so.

BUY THIS CHAIR (as long as you know you do not need to adjust the lumbar support).

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