Yisroel Ross

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Bootstrap
Bootstrap by Jake Spurlock. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Modern JavaScript Applications
Modern JavaScript Applications
Modern JavaScript Applications by Narayan Prusty. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7)
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7)
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7) by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 9591 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Bend in the Road
A Bend in the Road
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1648 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Nah und Fern (German Edition)
Nah und Fern (German Edition)
Nah und Fern (German Edition) by Nicholas Sparks and Adelheid Zöfel. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Modoc
Modoc
Modoc by John Grisham/Ralph Helfer/Mary Higgins Clark/Michael Palmer. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie, John Rubenstein, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 729 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
11-22-63: A Novel
11-22-63: A Novel
11-22-63: A Novel by Stephen King, Craig Wasson, et al.. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 102 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Programming Grails
Programming Grails
Programming Grails by Burt Beckwith. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Ruby Best Practices
Ruby Best Practices
Ruby Best Practices by Gregory T Brown. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Ruby programming category.
The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It)
The People Vs Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It)
There is presently a glut of books being published on the threats to liberal democracy: post-truth demagoguery, populism, self-serving elites, identity politics, globalisation, growing inequality, etc. Bartlett’s argument is that it is digital technology, if it should continue on its current trajectory, which is one of the major culprits.

Social media is based on the model of a free service in exchange for advertising. To maximise their pay-off, adverts are ever more individually targeted, by collecting ever more data about users and analysing them with ever more sophisticated software. But the same knowledge, which increasingly outstrips our self-knowledge, can also be used to manipulate us with political messages. Driven into echo-chambers and aggressively tribal, we are undermining a crucial pillar of democracy: a common forum of debate, where a diversity of views is heard, others are respected, and compromise is possible.

As for the tech firms themselves, they are likely to gain in power. The specific characteristic of network effects (the bigger the network, the better it is) encourages the formation of monopolies – Google for searches, Facebook for social networks, Amazon for buying things, and so on. This means more than just economic power, to crush competitors or else buy them out. And it means more than money to lobby governments and influence legislation. It increasingly also means ideological power: to make people and politicians see the world as they do - with the possible result of a few companies ending up controlling the technology for a totally networked planet, an artificial intelligence platform governing everything from manufacturing to healthcare to functions of government itself – and everyone being happy with it.

Increasingly intelligent technology grows productivity. But the spoils are more likely to accrue to its owners: This will further exacerbate inequality, with a large number of low-paid workers serving a rich technology elite. Which, in turn, will lower the tax base, since the poor cannot pay tax and the rich can often avoid paying it. Such inequality, and the consequent inability to fund public services, could have grave political consequences. Many may come to conclude that liberal democracy, or even democracy itself, is incapable of solving our social problems, and opt instead for authoritarians to re-impose control. If there is the threat of illiberal democracy or worse, there is also, however, the threat of undemocratic liberty. Encryption and block-chain technology in particular have made possible currencies, markets and networks that are anonymous and beyond state control. Crypto-anarchists envision a world with no states and individuals with no social obligations; even if this extreme should not come to pass, the severe weakening of state power could lead to a dystopian breakdown of civil society.

How likely is all this? As Bartlett remarks, new technologies bring with them a set of values all of their own. The technically possible becomes the desirable, then the inevitable. Technologies do nothing less than transform culture. So it was with the information revolution brought about by the printing press, the shrinking not only of physical but also psychological space by the railways, and the building of so much of our lives around the motorcar. And all too often, technological development has outrun our ability to harness it as a means for human betterment, dominating and threatening us instead. (The H-bomb is perhaps the most egregious example.) Digital dependency is already widespread – one need only witness countless smartphone addicts – and a life off-line already next to impossible. How else now could we communicate, shop, travel, or bank?

The author ends with twenty recommendations to make digital technology serve the public good and thus give liberal democracy a chance to survive. He has written a well-informed and very timely book, one that deserves to be read by every citizen concerned with not sleep-walking into a digital disaster.

(A note on production: The cover of the paperback is a sort of rough white cardboard. After just one read, it was dirty and considerably worse for wear. I hope future print-runs will fix this problem and choose a better-suited material.)
WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World
WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World
In WEconomy, purpose is the new currency. Get it right and business health, profitability and value will follow. The book explores the social dimension of finding a problem and solving it as the surest key to success.

In practice, the idea is to embed purpose into every area of the business. The involvement of senior management is critical, as well as, engagement with the entire workforce at some point. Identifying strategic stakeholders is important too. The idea is to arrive at a final articulation in order to fulfill the basic purpose in its entirety.

Impact engineering is a great example. Stakeholders find a cause with merit, build a practical action plan and engage the network frequently and methodically. Team members must listen, learn and develop an approach toward problem solving that is all-encompassing and all-inclusive.

An example of a worthy cause would be reducing infant mortality rates in high risk areas of the world like Africa or Asia. The effort involves reducing premature birth complications with routine medical interventions, the use of prenatal vitamins, optimal dietary protocols and much more. Availability of quality vaccinations and antibiotics (including natural antibiotics) may be helpful too.

Overall, "WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning..." by Craig Kielburger, Holly Branson and Marc Kielburger is a gem of a book on the mechanics of marrying organizational dynamics with technology to solve difficult social challenges worth tackling.
Henry Ford (Great Scientists and Inventors)
Henry Ford (Great Scientists and Inventors)
I bought some from this set so my reluctant high school readers could find information to make a research poster. They are clear. not too young, and full of good information.
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life
Dies ist nun schon mein zweites Trump-Buch nach "The Art of the Deal". Ich denke, jetzt ein besseres Verständnis davon zu haben, wie der neue amerikanische Präsident tickt - warum er von niemandem so richtig liebgehabt wird und warum er als Geschäftsmann so erfolgreich war - und es in der Politik vermutlich auch sein wird.

Die Medien haben sich auf ihn eingeschossen - "VIEL FEIND, VIEL EHR". Ich würde mir wünschen, unsere bekannten Allerweltsjournalisten hätten sich auch einmal die Mühe gemacht, erst einmal zu lesen statt immer nur abzuschreiben und nachzuplappern, was gerade angesagt scheint. Es ist doch so billig, auf einen fahrenden Zug aufzuspringen und seinen politisch "korrekten" primitiven Antiamerikanismus nach Herzenslust auszuleben. Wenn ich mir die Talk-Shows so ansehe, sind es dankenswerterweise immer die Gäste, welche die Diskussion wieder einfangen und die Moderatorinnen zur Sachlichkeit zurück führen. Das hätte ich nicht gedacht. Das große TRUMP-BASHING ist vorerst abgesagt, auch wenn die Medien ihre alten BUSH-BASHER offenbar wieder aus der Plünnenkiste herausgekramt haben. Man kann die Nummer auch nicht endlos fortsetzen.

Endlich: zu diesem Buch.

Das ist ein Motivations-Buch nach dem Motto: Ich habe es geschafft und viele andere haben es auch geschafft und Du kannst es auch schaffen, wenn Du die Sache nur ernsthaft genug betreibst. Mit dieser Masche ziehen die Vortragsreisenden durch die Kongresszentren und vermarkten die Bekanntheit ihres Namens. Und die Leute wollen so etwas hören und zahlen dafür hohe Eintrittsgelder. Am Ende sind alle happy - und schaffen es trotzdem nicht nach oben.

TRUMP hat es nicht nötig, auf die Vortragshonorare zu schielen - er versteht das Ganze mehr als "giving back". Sein Co-Autor ist aber mit genau dieser Nummer reich geworden. Das ist spannend zu lesen - vermutlich aber nicht so einfach wiederholbar. Ich würde sehr gerne einmal "THE APPRENTICE" im Fernsehen anschauen um mir ein eigenes Bild zu machen von der TRUMP-Show. Gerne in Englisch. Aber vielleicht kommt das ja noch ...

Fazit:

Sie werden NICHT reich, NICHT erfolgreich und NICHT zum Frauenschwarm, wenn sie dieses Buch gelesen haben. Sie können aber jetzt NOCH BESSER einschätzen, woran es bei Ihnen liegt und was SIE von Präsident TRUMP unterscheidet. Sehen Sie dieses "Werk" also nicht als Ratgeber, sondern ziehen Sie Ihre eigenen Rückschlüsse auf den Autor - und warum sie ihn nicht mögen, auch wenn er erfolgreich ist ... oder gerade deswegen. DANKE.
Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances
Satchmo at Symphony Hall 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances
Someone asked me once, "If I were on a desert island and only had one album, what would it be?" I said " Sacthmo At Symphony Hall," I got it when I was in high school as I always loved live albums. I had all the Jazz At The Philharmonic albums. As I was a musician I flipped over the soul that this music had. There was another album by, basically, The same group at The Hollywood Empire which was very good but just not the same. That goes for other later All Star albums with different personal. There was something magical about this night, the sound, the playing and the fun they were having. As a drummer, this concert made me a fan of Big Sid. I heard and saw the greats Krupa, Rich, Bellson etc. but no one had The taste of Sid. His 2 drum solos, tasty, the fill at the end of Lover, remarkable, the fact the he doesn't play a fill or a drum beat when Louis takes his trumpet break coming out of the last bridge of Sunny Side. I don't know any drummer, including me, that wouldn't play something there. Barney's Body And Soul, one of the best. Teagarden, what can you say but he's the greatest noodleer behind singers there ever was. I loved Stars Fell On Alabama so much I kept playing it over and over, I wore it out. In fact I ended up buying at least 10 over a period of years. Lastly The Sunny Side Of The Street is maybe one of the best 4 choruses ever. Louis 2 vocal choruses, is Louis at his best. Teagarden's two 1st eights of the last chorus, Filled with soul. And of course Satches' break coming out of the bridge. I have tears in my eyes every time I hear this performance. I've been a successful musician since my teens and have played classical, jazz, rock, and I was an arranger. this is my opinion about this, but this album is special to me. I just ordered it and can't wait to hear the 30 minutes of new material.
Bootleg Series 4 : Bob Dylan Live
Bootleg Series 4 : Bob Dylan Live
...just don't pay more than I did here, on Amazon. And I think this was a limited release so your time it is a wastin.' The live band stuff is amazing, and the solo acoustic stuff on this set will make you just want to sit down and listen. And the packaging on this is over the top great. Very thoughtful historical notes, photos and just a job well done. I do not have a bunch of Dylan LP's but sure am happy I bought this.
Playlist: The Very Best Of Bob Dylan
Playlist: The Very Best Of Bob Dylan
I must confess I bought this cd for the song , Make you feel my love , perhaps perfected in voice by Garth Brooks but nonetheless written by the genius of Dylan . I read some review that said this song had weak lyrics .....you could have fooled me I think its romantic genius but on to the cd content . Any self respecting child of the 50,s and 60's probably has some fond memories and recordings of those early Dylan inevitable masterpieces like Blowin in the wind or Like a rolling stone but this playlist does the unexpected , it brings us full circle from those humble folk beginnings that made him our musical prophet to the very roots of it, blues and soul .....You'll have to decide if all the songs in between are the very best of....
Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (The MIT Press)
Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (The MIT Press)
I think this is a pretty good book that is easy to read if you have a strong background in proof-based math.

Highlights:
- The introduction (Chapters 1-4) is really good and does a good job setting up all the fundamental concepts of algorithms. I think a lot of people tend to skip over introductions because they think they know all of it already, but this is an introduction that I recommend reading the whole way through.
- The book is a pretty light read (none of the math is too difficult) and each chapter is a good length.
- I think the material on dynamic programming and greedy algorithms was particularly enlightening, and if you read it the whole way through you actually learn how to prove that greedy algorithms work, instead of just being like "let's use a greedy algorithm because it seems right"
- I was able to copy a lot of CLRS code almost verbatim in my programming interviews and pass them.
- The figures are really well done and informative.

Drawbacks:
- The pseudocode has a lot of one-letter variable names, and while this follows the tradition of pure math, it also makes understanding the algorithms more difficult than it should be.
- Sometimes the pseudocode is not the "easiest" possible pseudocode (for example, merge sort), and I think it would be better if the authors presented a simpler version of the pseudocode first and then extended it to the optimal version. But then I guess CLRS would be even longer than it already is.
- The arrays are 1-indexed, which makes it trickier to convert to code. Also there are some sections of the textbook (the counting sort section) where some of the arrays are 0-indexed and other arrays are 1-indexed, which is just weird.
- I think the material on graphs, particularly the derivations, could be done in a more engaging and intuitive way. The derivations in Chapters 22-24 were a long series of small uninteresting lemmas, instead of a small number of harder, more insightful theorems. I found derivations elsewhere on the internet that were a lot more interesting and built more intuition about why the procedures worked. I feel like the rest of the book is pretty good though, so maybe all the graph stuff was written by a separate person who is not very good at explaining things.
The Sasquatch Message to Humanity, Book 2: Interdimensional Teachings from our Elders
The Sasquatch Message to Humanity, Book 2: Interdimensional Teachings from our Elders
Truly great read. I received major downloads of information and energy reading this book. Normally I wouldn’t say such a thing because I’m a skeptical person and don’t typically use that type of terminology, but it’s very true. I felt and witnessed literal physical and sensorial changes in myself and my surroundings during the course of reading this book and am eternally grateful to all of the humans and non-humans involved in the transmission of this material. Excited for the third installment!
Duracell DRINVPS175 Black 175 Watt Portable Power Inverter
Duracell DRINVPS175 Black 175 Watt Portable Power Inverter
This is a decent sized inverter for charging portable devices. However it doesn't mention this prominently (it is in the manual and documentation, just not prominent) but it is a modified sine wave inverter.

What does this mean? Simply, the waveform coming out of this device is not as smooth as it would be from the AC mains. It is more of a sharp stepped square wave, rather than a smooth sine wave. As such, some motorized devices may hum more loudly and heat up a bit more. But it is OK for charging solid state electronics.

In the end I kept it but I also now have a pure sine wave Bestek inverter which works really well.
Samsung Galaxy A01 (A015M) 16GB, Dual SIM, GSM Unlocked, 5.7” Display Smartphone - International Version - Red
Samsung Galaxy A01 (A015M) 16GB, Dual SIM, GSM Unlocked, 5.7” Display Smartphone - International Version - Red
Ok phone I bought two for me and my husband and so far their the same. The screen is a little slow when turning on. The face recognition is very difficult sometimes and the volume is really bad when it's all the way up. But the camera is nice.
I dropped mine one while in a case and somehow inside the screen is bent in and the rim around the screen by the volume buttons is popped up and the screen it popped out from that side. Be careful with this phone.
Update: just found out there's no audio when recording unless I post it on Facebook or something
Diamond Embroidery Box,5D Diamond Painting Box,4 Packs 112 Grids,Diamond Painting Storage Containers,Storage Case for Sewing,Crafting,Beading,Jewelry with 168pcs Craft Label Marker Stickers
Diamond Embroidery Box,5D Diamond Painting Box,4 Packs 112 Grids,Diamond Painting Storage Containers,Storage Case for Sewing,Crafting,Beading,Jewelry with 168pcs Craft Label Marker Stickers
The individual units don't stay closed. It would appear the fastening flap is either off center or too short. Nightmare to work with the Diamond Gems, for diamond painting. Close one unit another pops open. The design is a really good idea, but due to the fact they won't stay closed, I wouldn't buy these again.
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
Welcome back to 'Camp Half-Blood' where the young Olypians and Demigods
remain safe to be trained to fulfil their potential and destiny.
Except the tree the 'Gods' gifted to the camp in memory of 'Thallia' who
had sacrificed her own life to save three friends, has been poisoned.
A quest has been given to 'Luke' and 'Clarisse' to recover the long lost
'Golden-Fleece'
'Percy Jackson' son of 'Poseidon' believes a prophecy dictates that the
task should have been his, and that he was the only Olympian that could
complete such a task......his destiny.
Though others had been assigned the task, 'Percy' along withy his newly
found half-brother 'Cyclops' 'Tyson' and friends 'Annabeth' and 'Grover'
take up the challenge to help find the fleece that is believed will cure
the tree and maintain the camps very existence.
However fellow 'Olympian' 'Luke' has changed sides planning to resurrect
the evil 'Cronus'
The journey to the 'Sea of Monsters' (we know as the Bermuda Triangle)
to recover the fleece has begun.....
A film full of dazzling special effects is a family friendly fantasy
adventure.....superb 3-D material.....also great on the 2-D disc with
good quality picture and sound quality.
The additional features on board include...'Tyson motion Comic' learning of
how 'Percy's' half brother came to the camp, and more.....also 'Deconstructing
a demigod'........'Back to Camp Half Blood' ....and 'Its all in the Eye'
Mansfield Park Season 1
Mansfield Park Season 1
I understand that the novel Mansfield Park can be slow. But prepare to put on safety goggles for how fast this zooms through the plot, lightly skimming the surface of events, to arrive at a screeching halt midway through the movie. Trips to the country, the bumbling Mr. Rushworth, the seduction of Mariah and Julia, Fanny's awkwardness, timidity, and purity, the attic room, and several characters are all cut completely from the adaptation. The main turning point of the novel - the play - happens within the first 20 minutes and is not adequately explained. Sir Bertram becomes a caricature villain, Lady Bertram has a romantic's heart instead of the needy, insipid aunt we all have, and sadly the character of Mrs. Norris really only gets in a few good zingers, but her humor and acerbic nature is completely lost. Edmund might have been a cardboard cutout, and I literally watched this movie for Billie Piper and Hayley Atwell (who coincidentally became friends during filming) and they both massacred the characters. Fanny's natural soft beauty, shyness, embarrassment, duck-footedness was completely steamrolled by the giggling, puppy chasing, loud and blonde Piper. Mary Crawford, seductress, always battling with her inner good nature and the 'evils of society' became a flat, loud-mouthed, completely inappropriate portrait of a harlequin. If Mary Crawford had acted that way in the book, to be sure they would never be allowed at Mansfield. Sisters Mariah and Julia are hardly on screen enough to tell them apart; Henry Crawford fumbles through a few attempts at seduction before cutting to the chase and there's never a hint he might have changed his ways. All in all, extremely disappointing and lackluster performances by both leading ladies, though their cleavage game is strong for a period piece.
This Mountain Life
This Mountain Life
This is the most beautifully filmed documentary I have ever seen. While few can compete with my beloved Dick Proenneke, I have new adventurous people to admire now (sans the Buddhist-flavored nuns...what they were saying was not Catholic). There were so many, many gorgeous shots of the mountains and their beautiful facets- from the minute to the grand. I kept saying, “now THIS moment or particular shot is my favorite....” but then another came. The mother and daughter skiing down the mountain, making their final descent, the way they cross-crossed each other’s paths was - mesmerizing. And as for the man on the mountain? Yes, his lottery was far better than mere paper money. I would pay to see the views that he woke to every morning. It all just begs the trite question- we are all alive, but how many of us are really living? I’m surrounded by millennials who are quarantined for Covid, and who after a mere 10 days are unable to live with themselves, who are drinking copious amounts, binging on social media, whining about not having 2-ply, and the list goes on....this film was indeed appropriately inspiring.
Shatner's Raw Nerve Season 3
Shatner's Raw Nerve Season 3
William Shatner is the consummate interviewer. He listens to his guests and has the ability to draw more out of their story so you can see a clearer picture of who these people are. He also asks some pretty tough questions that expose their 'raw nerve' - makes the viewer realize that these amazingly powerful, successful people are just as human as we all are. Shatner exposes their humanity in a way no other interviewer has. Bravo to Shatner and the show - I only wish it was televised more broadly than it was. If you like to be inspired by extraordinary people, watch all seasons. I went on a raw nerve binge and did all 3 seasons in a day - definitely worth your time.
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid Vol. 2: Remittance (Doctor Strange (2018-2019))
Doctor Strange by Mark Waid Vol. 2: Remittance (Doctor Strange (2018-2019))
In the previous book, Stephen Strange has lost his magic and goes out into the universe to find some more. He runs into a woman, Hanna, in a prison and they help each other escape and go out looking for magical artifacts as she is an arcanologist and that is what she does. After saving the Earth from an invader Stephen feels its time to go home. That he has learned enough magic, and some newfound humility, along the way.

When he arrives he finds someone who looks just like him occupying 177a Bleecker St. House. This person turns out to be Casey, his apprentice who he finds out from a demon who has his memories sacrificed herself to save some people and lost her soul. Then in an attempt to gain it back, she dies saving Stephen. He went mad and lost himself looking for her. Someone came to take over the world and he was needed to take care of that so he put away his memory of Casey in order to concentrate better on the problem at hand.

Now Casey has a body that looks like his and she has his powers and is out and about looking for powerful weapons to take down Stephen Strange. It turns out that Mordo is behind this but who is behind Mordo? Who really took away Stephen's powers? And will they be able to save the Earth again, this time from the Faltine and Dormammu who want to take over the Earth? Dormammu wants to take over the Faltine too. He's going to need help, which comes from a familiar place.

This is a fantastic comic that really explores the world of sorcery and how it really works. Magic has it's price and Stephen is going to learn that the hard way. The art is wonderful and inventive and includes an homage to past Stephens for the 400th issue of Doctor Strange which is a special issue. This is a great book and I give it five out of five stars.
Reel Baseball: Baseball's Golden Era
Reel Baseball: Baseball's Golden Era
This is a nice look at pre-expansion baseball through newsreels. Fortunately, the editors did not weave in sappy music and poetry readings, which have marred some other DVDs of historic baseball footage. It was a nice addition to my DVD library.
Bajirao Mastani
Bajirao Mastani
When I was in India on a business trip the songs were playing on the radio.
I fell in love with the music first, especially deevani Mastani.
As I couldnt watch while in hotel I ordered it after watching all the music videos on Youtube and reading up about the real story as this is based on a true story.

Watching it when I got back home: I am new to bollywood so I found some of the acting and sword fights a bit over the top but its good enough to keep pace and the music is gorgeous.
he sets and costumes are amazing, I love the colours and sets.

The chemistry between the 3 main characters is amazing, in the first song between Mastani and Bajiaro is beautiful (set during Holi) and they only ever look at each other and dont touch/talk but it says 1000 words on how they feel about each other.

If you are still thinking if you should buy it do what I did and go on Youtube to see the music videos to see how amazing it is.

(P.S the main guy is very hot :-p)
Ceremony of Ashes: A Horror Novella of Witchcraft and Vengeance
Ceremony of Ashes: A Horror Novella of Witchcraft and Vengeance
(4.5/5.0) Ducharme's reissue of Alessa's Melody has been promoted a lot on social media lately, catching my eye. So, I decided to check out his work on Amazon, seeing as I hadn't yet read his writing. Ceremony of Ashes was my top result and only $0.99 for the novella in Kindle format. I took that deal and ran with it. I'll tell you what - I'm glad I did. In fact, I want to get a paperback copy of it at some point.

Ceremony of Ashes is about a small town in Massachusetts that has found itself on the bad side of a witch. While that's a simple enough premise, the execution is so strong that you couldn't care less. The murders are graphic and unsettling, as is the ritual itself in the end. At a novella's length, this story consists of quite a bit of action and mystery. Though you don't get all your answers in the end, the length works rather well, as a result. It could have been another twenty or so pages longer to flesh out some things, but that isn't a problematic concern in this case.

Like I said, the violence is pretty horrific - I know fans of the genre will appreciate that. And despite knowing the sickness seeing them might cause me, there are many vicious scenes I would like to see on the big screen. I think this book would dominate theaters with a proper adaptation.

I really only had a couple issues with this book, and they were very minor. One was the vagueness regarding the children, which was a blessing and a curse for me; I hate reading about children being injured or killed, but at the same time, I wanted to know what specifically happened to them. The only other issue that comes to mind is the opening page - it didn't latch onto me in any sense. It actually made me worry the story would be generic. You know how important first impressions can be, especially when you have an overflowing TBR stack of books. The rest of the novella's writing, however, was great. I'm glad I didn't abandon the book just because of a weak start.

All in all, I found Ceremony of Ashes to be quite the enertaining horror story. Again, I want to see this as a movie. Again, I want to collect myself a paperback for the wall. My interest and love for this story grew with every passing page. By the end, I was jittery with anticipation. I highly recommend this novella! Why haven't I heard of Ducharme sooner?
Pushkin's Ode to Liberty: The Life and Loves of Alexander Pushkin
Pushkin's Ode to Liberty: The Life and Loves of Alexander Pushkin
This is a very good book. Ms. Duvernet did a great deal of research for this book, and it shows in the character development and scene setting. This is a biography about Alexander Pushkin, one of Russia's most esteemed poets and authors. He had a strong yearning for freedom, not only for himself but for all of Russia. His writings and his public comments put him at odds with the Tsar, and he spent his life dealing with the consequences. He was an incredible character. His charm, intellect, and irreverence made him a hero of the Russian people. The early 1800's saw America and France experiencing their post-revolutionary freedoms and there was hope for oppressed people everywhere that freedom could come to them too. This book provides the historical context for what life was like in Russia during this time, how the Tsars oppressed the masses, and what was being done to change it. There are many facets to this book. There is the Russian history, a glimpse into Russian aristocracy and the lifestyle of the privileged and well-connected, the secret societies that tried to organize to free Russia from oppression, and how things like honor and dignity compelled men to act. There is a great deal of character development and back story which allows Ms. Duvernet to detail not only what happened, but why. The book is a little long, but it didn't feel that way when reading it. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. It is a novel, but it is based on fact. There are events and conversations in the book that are created by the author to build the story and to move the narrative along, but these creations are built on educated guesses based on the extensive research that Ms. Duvernet conducted. Her knowledge of the subject and her passion for the story are what make this a book worth reading.
Kains Erbe: Kain und Abel 3 - Roman (Kain-Serie) (German Edition)
Kains Erbe: Kain und Abel 3 - Roman (Kain-Serie) (German Edition)
Florentyne ist, anders als in den vorherigen Romanen, nur der Anker,der Kern um den es sich dreht. Sie selbst taucht als Protagonist nur wenig auf.
Wer hier Kain/Abel erwartet, bekommt einen actionreichen Krimi geliefert. Der zugegebenermaßen gut unterhält. Aber die Akteure sind halt hauptsächlich andere Personen, die mit der Saga Kain & Abel nichts zu tun haben.
Sind dem Autor zum Schluss die Ideen ausgegangen? Warum werden 10% des Buches für eine Rückblende geopfert?
Davon abgesehen, guter Lesestoff, rasante Geschichte. Aber als Leser der gesamten Saga muss ich leider feststellen, dass die Hauptprotagonistin eher nur als Nebendarstellerin vorkommt.
The Desert of Wheat Illustrated
The Desert of Wheat Illustrated
Whether you are an old hand, or a greenhorn who has heard of Zane Grey and willing to try one of his books, The Desert of Wheat will not disappoint....unless you are expecting cowboys on horses or shoot-outs in the streets. This book has neither, but it does give us a taste of the conditions which existed during the period of years surrounding the 1st World War--especially the activity and philosophy of a real group called the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World—a socialist, communist organization espousing destruction of the United States. There is espionage, arson, murder, and intrigue all set in the wheat growing district of Washington state known as the Columbia Basin. Also, as with any Zane Grey book the vivid descriptions of landscape and his fully rounded and well developed characters are there, as well as the romance, all heightened amid the backdrop of the War--a German father who hates America; the son who wants to fight for American; the daughter of a rich banker who will do anything to keep the man she loves from going to war. The theme, the intense interaction of the characters involved make for one of the best of Zane Grey. A note of reminder: This was a contemporary novel, written and set and published during the time period it displays, so some of the language may seem dated in places, but true to the period and times. Zane Grey has often been charged with his broad use of colloquialisms, and in some of his later novels it does seem over used, but Zane Grey wrote the way he heard people speak. I highly recommend this version if you cannot find or afford the unexpurgated version recently published in 2012 War Comes to the Big Bend.
The Baby-Sitters Club #114: Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier (Baby-sitters Club (1986-1999))
The Baby-Sitters Club #114: Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier (Baby-sitters Club (1986-1999))
this book is confusing. why would a dad let her kid use his CREDIT CARD and go to the mall by herself. what if she was secretly a bad kid and went to buy a tattoo or some expensive shoes or somthin.dumb absolutly dumb. she could get kidnapped. she is like 14 i think. thus book is dumb. she could have gotton a job mowin lawns or somthin.like do some chores 4 once. a elf .sirisly. wow.i mean i get the whole christmas thing but this book just was dumb.i cant belive she was trusted w a credit card alone in the mall w no adult supervision . -9999999 star
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
Ce livre bien connu de la littérature enfantine a été publié en 1909.
Enfant, Beatrix se passionne pour la mycologie récoltant différents spécimens qu'elle dissèque et dessine dans les moindres détails. Bien que ses travaux soient d'une grande qualité, elle est victime de l'ostracisme de la communauté scientifique.
Elle continue malgré tout ses dessins naturalistes mais étend sa créativité aux plantes et aux animaux. Ses premières nouvelles seront auto-editees avant que Frederick Warne & co revienne sur sa décision et publie ses prochaines oeuvres.
Ses dessins ainsi que ses choix différents pour l'édition de l'époque (format, papier, ...) montrent un grand sens de l'esthétisme mais également une forte détermination.
La précision des caractéristiques anatomiques des différents animaux est sublime. Bien que ce soit un livre destiné aux enfants, c'est toujours avec un grand bonheur que je redécouvre les oeuvres de Beatrix Potter.
Si vous désirez en savoir plus sur cette écrivaine et illustratrice, je vous invite à regarder le film "Miss Potter" avec Renee Zellweger et Ewan McGregor.
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Richard Scarry's Color Book
Richard Scarry's Color Book
I had this book when I was a kid and saw it in a doctor's office and had to find it for my kids! I was so happy to find it here. My 18 month old loves it and it's great for teaching colours. I like how each page of colour is obvious what colour they're talking about and not ambiguous like a lot of the colour books out there.
Miyamoto Musashi (8) (1984) ISBN: 4061888080 [Japanese Import]
Miyamoto Musashi (8) (1984) ISBN: 4061888080 [Japanese Import]
8巻にも渡り様々な登場人物の生き様を描いてきた
吉川英治の宮本武蔵がついにこの巻にて完結します。
物語に登場する人物に強い尊敬や共感の念を抱くことが出来たのは
吉川英治の力あってのことというのは間違いないと思います。

本書に登場した人物からは様々なことが得られます
私は宮本武蔵とその対比として描かれた本位田又八には強い感銘を受け
これらの人物が物語を通して辿ってきた生き様は若年である私の後の人生に
大きな影響を与えてくれるだろうと感じています
遠い話ですがもし私が子を儲けることなどが出来るようでしたら是非読ませたいのが本書です。

1巻の作者書きを見る限り吉川英治はこうして読者の人生に影響を与えることに自責を覚えるとあります
それでも私はこの物語が、登場人物が、そして吉川英治が私に与えてくれたもの対して感謝しています。
The Beasts of Tarzan: Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library
The Beasts of Tarzan: Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library
I just listened to the Audible version of the Audiobook and really enjoyed thIs new Authorized edition. The narration from Ben Dooley and the production values are top notch. This version also includes a Great Introduction by Writer Howard Andrew Jones and well an afterword by Tarzan Historian Scott Tracy Griffin. The novel is action packed enough, but a not as good as some since It’s a pretty by the numbers revenge story as Tarzan believes Jane and their infant son have been abducted by evil Russians. Still a fun romp under a newly commissioned cover painting from Joe Jusko.
El asesinato de Cenicienta (Bajo sospecha 2) (Spanish Edition)
El asesinato de Cenicienta (Bajo sospecha 2) (Spanish Edition)
BASADO EN UN HECHO REAL OCURRIDO EN LOS AÑOS NOVENTA EN QUE ASESINAN A UNA CHICA, SUSAN DEMPSEY DESPUES DE UN CASTINGS A LA SALIDA DE LA CASA DE UN FAMOSO PRODUCTOR DE TELEVISION .-EL AMBIENTE ES DE SELECCION YA QUE LOS HECHOS ESTAN INSERTOS EN EL MUNDO TELEVISIVO Y LA CONDUCTORA DE UN PROGRAMA QUE TRATA SOBRE LOS ASESINATOS SIN RESOLVER SERA LA QUE SE INTERESE POR EL CASO DE SUSAN Y HARA TODO PARA DESCUBRIR AL ASESINO ,AUNQUE HAYAN PASADO MAS DE VEINTE AÑOS.-
LA NOVELA ES DE UNA BRILLANTE ESCRITURA ,FACIL DE LEER Y CON DIALOGOS SENCILLOS Y SOBRE TODO MUY BIEN REDACTADA LO QUE INDICA QUE ESTAMOS FRENTE A UNA DE LAS MEJORES ESCRITORAS.-EN CUANTO A AMBIENTACION NO ES MUCHO LO QUE OFRECE PERO SI Y BASTANTE CON LOS DIALOGOS QUE SON PERFECTOS Y LLEVAN LENTAMENTE AL LECTOR HASTA EL FINAL DE FORMA FACIL Y CON UN FINAL IMPREDECIBLE.-
RECOMENDADA
Hogwarts Through The Years Poster Book Updated (Harry Potter Movie Tie-In)
Hogwarts Through The Years Poster Book Updated (Harry Potter Movie Tie-In)
"Harry Potter Through the Years Poster Book" is laid out a lot like a student yearbook, except each of the main characters has pages devoted exclusively to him/her, showing them in scenes from the first movie to the sixth. Also included are photos of the castle and grounds, the professors, the Death Eaters, the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic and the magical creatures. There is not much in the way of text, except to label the people or scenes.

These are not photos that can be ripped out. Again, think yearbook. They are full color pages of scenes out of the movie on thick, matte paper. In fact, it is so yearbook that one photo of Parvati Patil looked like a zoomed in shot of her in a low resolution group picture. The photo was grainy and a little out of focus. Of all the scenes she`s in, I wonder why they couldn't come up with a nicer shot of her to print. Fortunately, that was the only photo I noticed like that.

This is a great book to peruse through and any Harry Potter fan (my son included) would enjoy flipping through and reminiscing. If you are looking for a Harry Potter yearbook, this is a nice one to have.
Rubie's Adult Harry Potter Scarf, Slytherin
Rubie's Adult Harry Potter Scarf, Slytherin
Scarf arrived right on time (important for a Christmas present!), packed decently, and seemed to be of good quality, especially for the price. The recipient loved it, put it on, and a few hours later, the scarf began to unravel! It came apart so quickly that when the owner showed it to me, it had unraveled in several locations, dropping stitches vertically and horizontally all up and down the side. There were 2 large holes thus created: one was about 4" along the edge, and extended about 2" horizontally, into the scarf; the other major hole was 3" by 1.5." There were several other places where yarn ends had come loose, but had not yet made big holes. In EVERY case, the problem started with slipped stitches along the edge, where the color changed, because the end of the yarn from the color just used, and the end of the next color had not been properly secured before the next color was added. The yarn ends were not tied, woven in, or even sewn down. It took me almost 2 hours to repair the holes (I had to re-knit all the slipped stitches), then I spent another 40 minutes securing EVERY yarn end (even the few that had not already come undone) at the beginning/end of every color, along the entire length of the scarf. The effort was worth it, because the recipient loves the scarf, but it was ANNOYING to have to repair a new item. The recipient had not damaged it, the scarf was just badly put together. Every other aspect of the scarf was great. I'd have given it 5 stars if it had not disintegrated within a few hours of being worn. If the manufacturer addresses this issue and takes the necessary care to secure their yarn ends, this would be a scarf I could recommend without hesitation. As it is, however, I would say that if you want to buy one of these scarves, be prepared to give a defective gift, or be ready to repair it before it can be used.
Pacific Giftware Celtic Green Lion Tribal Knot Tattoo Coat of Arms Skull Money Bank Figurine Coin
Pacific Giftware Celtic Green Lion Tribal Knot Tattoo Coat of Arms Skull Money Bank Figurine Coin
This piece is absolutely beautiful for the price.. Its made of a poly resin/hard plastic that is very durable. The size is smaller than I anticipated but its definitely not tiny. The measurements are as follows:
Height- Approx. 5 1/2"
Width- Approx. 4"
Depth- Approx. 7"

This is not a museum piece but very well crafted for the price. If you're into skulls or just want a cool bank this is for you. If you're on the fence like I was, just take the leap and purchase it. I'm extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this to anyone.
UPDATE 4/10/2016 - I changed my review from 5 to 4 stars. Although the piece is still beautiful and vibrant, it does not work well as a bank if you're using it to hold coins. The rubber cover on the bottom which you use to take out the money will fall out from the weight of the coins causing your change to instantly come out. A small piece of duct tape over the rubber cover will easily resolve the issue.
HARRY POTTER Official Licensed Cufflinks
HARRY POTTER Official Licensed Cufflinks
Very nicely made. I subtracted one star because the shank portion directly behind the shield is very long and extended way past the dress shirt cuff, which allowed the perpendicular "lock" portion to spin flush and one cuff link to fall off during the evening; found the cuff link, but took them off after that. I would suggest placing something between each end of the shirt cuff to take up the space and prevent the "lock" from turning.
Morphing Mugs Harry Potter (Hogwarts) Ceramic Mug, Black
Morphing Mugs Harry Potter (Hogwarts) Ceramic Mug, Black
En general la taza esta bien, el diseño es bueno, no es una taza con relieve o algún diseño especial, salvo el hecho de que con liquido caliente se ve el diseño de la misma.

No se puede lavar en lavavajillas ni meter al horno de microondas.

No es un producto original de la WB, sino que tiene únicamente la licencia a favor de la empresa que hace las tazas para poner el diseño de HP.

En si es cara, pero es complicado encontrar tazas con diseños de Harry Potter.

A un fanático de los libros y/o películas le encantara.
Berlioz - La damnation de Faust / von Otter · Terfel · K. Lewis · von Halem · PO · Chung
Berlioz - La damnation de Faust / von Otter · Terfel · K. Lewis · von Halem · PO · Chung
This is one of my favorite CD's. The work itself is electrifying, passionate Berlioz. Lust, drama, Heaven, and Hell. In Le Damnation of Faust, you have it all! Lewis is is an excellent Faust. His voice brings out the best in Berlioz's vocal writing. von Otter is a sympathetic Marguerite. The King of Thul ballad shows off her breath-taking voice and a drammatic yet innocent presence which I had never heard in her voice before this recording. I am normally not a big fan of Terfel, but in this recording he makes the perfect, seductive, evil, and even sometimes loveable Mephistopheles. The shining star of this recording, however, is von Halem as the Brander. His rather gruff tone allows the listener to picture a grotesque, hairy, and loud drunk. von Halem is the most believable Brander I have heard. The background "bar" chorus and Mephistopheles' "Flea Song" make the Ratskeller scene wild and vulgar--just as it should be! The chorus and orchestra also do a fantastic job of creating a frightening scene as demons in Hell, as Mephistopheles triumphs at conquering Faust's soul. The work ends in a well-conducted contrast when Marguerite is called into heaven.
The orchestra and Chung are top-notch in this recording. Chung brings out the contrasts and various dimmensions in the score. Great conductor, great soloists, great orchestra and chorus...what more could you ask for?
Byzantium [Blu-ray] [2013]
Byzantium [Blu-ray] [2013]
A truly underrated gem of a Vampire flick. Highly atmospheric, unusual and poetic, with a fantastic cast and lovely back story. The historical flashbacks are wonderful, and the modern story riveting. Should become with "Only Lovers Left Alive," a classic of the genre. Neil Jordan makes a wonderful second addition to the genre. I love that the author of the story was influenced by the earliest vampire stories; John Polidori's "The Vampire" and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" both classics of the genre. This makes for an unusual addition to the vampire genre. I even bought this film in spite of the fact that I can watch it for free on Netflix; which was where I found it initially. That is saying something, as I'm on a very limited budget. If you enjoy classic, atmospheric, romantic Vampire stories, you won't be disappointed. About as far from "Twilight," as one could get, btw, not that I didn't find "Twilight" a guilty pleasure, but for a serious Vampire story that is a little more along the lines of the first imaginings of the genre, this is what you want.
AGPtek Baby Musical Mobile Plays Twelve Tunes
AGPtek Baby Musical Mobile Plays Twelve Tunes
Before i bought this product i read some of the reviews first, and i would say that it was kinda true about the sounds its too loud so i put a tape on half of the speaker so it will lessen the noise, i think it has 12 different songs and i was kinda disappointed because it was too short, i think it will only play 2-3 mins each of its songs, but what i love in this product is that you can hit play and stop button, if your baby is awake and wants to play you can just press the green button i think and if your baby is sleepin just hit the red button to stop, i have the manual mobile crib so for me to save money i just bought this product so i will never get tired of turning over and over again if it stops. Overall i like this product because it affordable and i would likely to recommend this product to all parents.
Bandish Bandits - Season 1
Bandish Bandits - Season 1
First star - Nasiruddin Shah - Me, a life long fan. Even when I was a little kid and expected to moon over the chocolate faced heroes (or heroines, to be politically correct in the new turn of century and people's minds).
Second star - For the lead actor, his mother, his father, his uncle and his friend. Props for their efforts.
There isn't anything else to like in this travesty.
I try not to judge the new age kids of India. But it is difficult to sit through shows where the lead female, her agent- manager (Yuck, is that humor??!!), her friend (s) are excuses of human specimen. Hold the expletives and promiscuity folks, these kids have no scruples about treating a fellow associate with dignity and throw in a mention about Blo.Jo.. as casually as brushing your teeth. Fact. I didn't make it up, I cannot make something like this up.
Now for the music. I have a little bit of knowledge of Indian classical music - I studied it and have a degree. So, I ask, since when is Raag Bhairo (the opening raga) sung at dusk, pray tell? I do not claim an aficionado status , neither am I a puritan, but the portrayal of the Rathore family WAS such. Puritans wouldn't think of belting out Bhairo at dusk. Fact. I didn't make it up. Also, Puritans may indulge a few times in listening to Thumri, but they will not teach Tumri to their students. People, there is something called 'research". Takes a little bit of effort but goes a long way.
I could go on, but what is the point? I am in the minority after all and still stuck up in the glorious sophistication of the 80's TV. Anyone remember the brilliance of Buniyaad, Nukkad, Ados Pados, Humlog, Fauji, Udaan, Khandaan? No? Oh well!
To the X gen of India: Promenade on your malls, wear the designers, and show as much skin as you think will set you free. Just please remember: smoking isn't cool, it kills. Cussing isn't cool, it depletes your own dignity.
Sigh.
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast-X Electronic Saber, Power Rangers Sword Toy
Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast-X Electronic Saber, Power Rangers Sword Toy
As an adult who was NEVER a fan of power rangers, I am actually really impressed with this and another PR toy we got our kid for his birthday. It seems well made and is actually really well thought out with great attention to detail. Swinging it in the air vs a quick hit to an object vs hitting and holding against an object all make different sounds, as an example. Great value for the money!
Foldable Utility Cart Folding Portable Rolling Crate Handcart with Durable Heavy Duty Plastic Telescoping Handle Collapsible 4 Rotate Wheels for Travel Shopping Moving Luggage Office Use (Blue)
Foldable Utility Cart Folding Portable Rolling Crate Handcart with Durable Heavy Duty Plastic Telescoping Handle Collapsible 4 Rotate Wheels for Travel Shopping Moving Luggage Office Use (Blue)
I ordered one in red a few weeks ago, to hold sheet music. It worked so well, and has been so helpful, that I ordered another in blue. It has just arrived and works perfectly. The wheels are very free-rolling and easy to move, even when it is loaded down. The handle is easy to operate. Having four wheels makes a big difference when moving it around in my music studio. I also love the thoughtful design and the plastic top/lid that covers my important sheet music. I use the crate for both storage and transport. These crates are perfect!!!
Birkenstock Men's Slingback Sandals, 8 US
Birkenstock Men's Slingback Sandals, 8 US
Bought these in the Dark Brown Smooth Leather which I like a lot - classic and classy looking and attractive coppery coloured buckles. As I already have Arizonas in size 40 Narrow (I wear U.K. 7-7.5 AA or U.S.A. 9-9.5 AA) I expected that these would be fine in the same size - which they are! I am very keen on the comfort of the Arizonas and find the footbed in the Milano to be just the same - so a little breaking in time will be needed. The main appeal was the heel strap which makes the sandal feel more secure when walking about outside, whilst I like to simply be able to slide in and out of the Arizona when I am indoors. Had spotted some Soft Footbed Milanos on the Amazon U.S.A. site and toyed with sending for those but with the full price plus Import taxes, financially they were not good value. My new Milanos were great value, real leather and I am very pleased with them. (Maybe Soft Footbeds will be available in the U.K. next year!)
USB Wall Charger, Surge Protector, POWRUI 3 Outlet Wall Mount Adapter with 4 USB Ports Charging Station (30W) Compatible iPhone Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6/Plus, Pro/Air 2/Mini 3/Mini 4, Samsung S4/S5, 6A
USB Wall Charger, Surge Protector, POWRUI 3 Outlet Wall Mount Adapter with 4 USB Ports Charging Station (30W) Compatible iPhone Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6/Plus, Pro/Air 2/Mini 3/Mini 4, Samsung S4/S5, 6A
Too many devices, too few plugs. We had multiple cords and charging blocks using a double outlet in the kitchen, which was really a single plug since one slot was needed for an under-cabinet light. This not only solved the problem of constantly swapping regular power cords and charging blocks with the single available outlet, but it also has a shelf on top for a phone or even small portable speaker to sit on while charging, which gets the device off of the much-used kitchen counter. It is very stable with the long screw in the middle which replaces the short faceplate screw. The outlets handle our toaster oven and under-cabinet light easily, and we don't need charging blocks anymore with the USB ports, which are used for iPhones and portable speakers. Great product!
Screen Magnifier for Mobile Phone, 12'' 3D Cell Phone Magnifier Projector Screen Enlarger HD for Videos, Movies, and Games, Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier, Compatible with Any Smartphones
Screen Magnifier for Mobile Phone, 12'' 3D Cell Phone Magnifier Projector Screen Enlarger HD for Videos, Movies, and Games, Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier, Compatible with Any Smartphones
 When I watch YouTube or some other media on my phone even when I have the quality setting all the way up I still can’t see some of the smaller details.
This screen magnifier really helps show those smaller details without having to pinch and zoom which in some cases isn’t possible.
I like the fact that the screen and the backdrop/holder fold neatly into each other for a slim profile and protective top.
Technically you can just put in your briefcase/laptop bag or similar and take it with you as it really is lightweight.
I personally just use it at home when I’m chillin’
Apple Leather Case with MagSafe (for iPhone 12, 12 Pro) - Black
Apple Leather Case with MagSafe (for iPhone 12, 12 Pro) - Black
I’ve returned 3 of these (Baltic Blue iPhone 12 Pro) because they don’t grip the phone all the way around.

In at least one corner on each case (it was 3of4 on the most recent) the phone pops out of the case - not enough for the whole phone to fall out of the case but enough that you can ‘pop’ it back in and enough that the popped out corner of the phone is exposed if you were to drop it.

I’ve spoken to lots of people online who have found similar issues (on the leather and silicone MagSafe cases) and lots of people who haven’t so it suggests a quality issue rather than a complete design flaw.

I think the design this year (which is lovely - if you get one that doesn’t have the issue then it’s a great slim, high quality leather case that wears nicely over time) doesn’t help as it has less of a lip around the bezel of the phone, which I assume is because the MagSafe is holding the case and phone together - that might be true in the middle of the case but definitely not true for the corners.
Hanes Women's Nano T-Shirt
Hanes Women's Nano T-Shirt
Check out Grandma in her Women's T-shirt. She's rockin it and Grandpa's loving it! Grandma is shown wearing a large. I ordered her normal size to make sure that Grandma was comfortable in her shirt. She was and she loved it!

This turned out to be a very nice womanly fit. Not a snug fitting junior style, but shorter sleeves and some curve to it, it's a nice fitting t-shirt without out it looking manly! Soft, nicely fitting t-shirts. I ordered multiple sizes in these shirts for multiple people and they fit as expected. I had pre-washed them and then put iron-on vinyl and tie-dyed them. No major shrinkage in the wash, no fading or bleeding since they've been tie-dyed. They are great.
These shirts arrived as expected.
My favorite quality is that these shirts REALLY ARE BREATHABLE. They do wear cooler than most cotton t-shirt. I put it on not expecting a large difference, but it's there. And for a mama bear that gets HOT.....this is a great t-shirt!
They are reasonably soft (about a 8 on the scale of 1-10)
Softly shaped womanly fit
Nice round neckline
Crisp clean color.
No off-white yellow color.
I'd order them again.
Push Up Bra Pads Inserts Breast Enhancers in Fun Sexy Colors with Double-Sided Tape, A/B, C, D Cup
Push Up Bra Pads Inserts Breast Enhancers in Fun Sexy Colors with Double-Sided Tape, A/B, C, D Cup
I LOVE these. I am a 32A cup. I have used these for dresses, tops, strapless everything! As a small chested woman, I have used all kinds of bras and inserts haha. These are by far the best. Adds easily 2 cup sizes without looking or feeling ridiculous, super comfy, and no sweaty silicone! They are so undetectable. I’ve been asked if I got a boob job by friends haha. Double Scoop should make these in an adhesive form for backless dresses and I think I would be their #1 customer! Just FYI- these are not adhesive, you insert them into your bra. I have purchased 2 so far. Try them!

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