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1,001 ASVAB Practice Questions For Dummies (+ Free Online Practice)
1,001 ASVAB Practice Questions For Dummies (+ Free Online Practice)
Price: £16.14

5.0 out of 5 stars You would have to lived in a closet not to pass, 25 Jan 2014
Most of the questions are so fundamental that you wander why they asked such questions. However you can be surprised by assuming that you know the answers. Do not wait for the test to catch you blindsided. Also you never know who will be looking at the test so you do not just want to pass.

Decades ago, first time through the military, I to was confronted with a similar test to get in I was lucky to find a good test book. It was not nearly as good as this one. However I found a hand full of facts that I thought I knew and found to be wrong.

I do have to admit that be for taking the test the first time I had taken diesel mechanics in high school and worked nights as a plant maintenance mechanic. It helped immensely.

Most of the questions you will be confronted with may not seem relevant to your goal. However they all relate to your general all around knowledge.

Going through this book I found that over the years I have been using quickie shortcuts that work in real life but forgot the fundamentals taught in school. This book will reacquaint you with them.

The chapter headings tell what you are about to be questions on:
Word Knowledge: testing your vocabulary
Paragraph Comprehension: understanding and analyzing written concepts
Mathematics Knowledge: counting on a variety of questions
Arithmetic Reasoning: tracking word problems
General Science: knowing about the world around you
Auto and Shop Information: nailing down the vehicle and workshop basics
Mechanical and Comprehension: focusing on physics mechanics and work
Electronics Information: amplifying your understanding of electronic principles
Assembling Objects: figure out how things fit together

There is an online supplement that helps you learn of at least you a different way of taking the test.

The book is full of helpful hints on how to approach the study and get the most out of this book.

By the way periodically looking for employment not related to the military these questions will come up again so it is good to keep the book and re- read periodically. Also keep your eye out for updates.

The Spanish Cape Mystery
The Spanish Cape Mystery

5.0 out of 5 stars "In the mountains of truth" quoth Nietzche "you never clime in vain", 24 Jan 2014
I have to admit that it watched the movie first. They run parallel but as with most movies they are a pail reflection of the well designed book.

Ellery Queen and Judge McClain are on vacation at a seaside cottage near a cape called "Spanish Cape." Little did they know that they were going to be involved in a strange mystery with a mix of victoms and suspects.

We are used to mysteries like "And Then There Were None" where we get introduced to people up front and know one of them is a ringer. This story however has many secretive people and Ellery must extract the truth like pulling teeth.

Part of the fun or maybe a distraction is that Ellery has a habit of quoting various writers contemporary and from antiquity. If you read a lot of 20's mysteries you will be o.k. but if not you will need a dictionary on hand.

We also hear in-depth expiations that may us jump to conclusions and every chapter we suspect a different person. The wonderful part of the Ellery Queen books is that all the clues are there and you are expected to extrapolate the solution to the mystery before Ellery reveals his logic.

The Vampyre
The Vampyre
by John William Polidori
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.70

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the first road trips, 24 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Vampyre (Paperback)
A young man Aubrey is coming of age and tags along with Lord Ruthven, his friend and mentor, across Europe. Aubrey is enamored with Lord Ruthven sophisticated ways until his guardians point out that Lord Ruthven is depraved. Now he sees Ruthven in a new light an disides to strike out on his own.

While in Greece he is informed of vampires. Not really believing in them he realizes that their description matches Lord Ruthven.

He is in for a shocker however I will not go through the whole story as you will be fascinated to read it as it unfolded.

I came to this book through the back door. After watching a movie "The Vampire's Ghost" (1945) I found the main character Webb Fallon loosely based on Lord Ruthven. So I had to read the book

Undercover Mouse cat toy panic mouse cat's meow electronic cat toy cat training tool
Undercover Mouse cat toy panic mouse cat's meow electronic cat toy cat training tool
Offered by Katzenhu
Price: £8.59

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the investment, 22 Jan 2014
I actually bought two of these critters.

The first purchase was on impulse at a local grocery store. I took a little time to get around opening the box. When I did the assembly was easy. However the parts that hold the battery from releasing kept falling out. I think this was due to the store getting a pallet of leftovers. I eventually put it together and the little wand when around all the way about two times and then decided to stop forever and just wiggle back and forth a little bit. This was still enough to keep the cats occupied. I would find the cover flipped up in the little wand every once in a while missing. It would always turn up in some obscure place and I can always put it back in.

Because this critter was so cheap I decided to take a second chance. This time though I ordered it online. As cats will they help me open the box. This time I knew what to do so I did not need to read the instructions. To my surprise I found the plastic in the battery holding compartment warped. Now I know that this company can care less about quality control (Made in China.) However after forcing the batteries in and applying the math and setting it down, the critter went to work right away, wheeling this way and that, then stopping a second and anticipating that cats next move. Soon the whole menagerie was around it. One cat would walk off and pretend he didn't care; the next minute he would be sitting on the cover. Even cats that don't get along found themselves cooperating in dispatching the mysterious wand. In the second attempt the batteries even lasted longer.

It does work well on carpets and keeps most of those little feline critters from bugging you every five minutes to play. However it had no effect on the claim to stop clawing and scratching; luckily I have one of those triangular cardboard scratch pads.

This critter uses three C cell batteries that do not come with the product. I replaced them three times in a month; so I suggest bulk purchase.

So why the good rating? Because I can now read my book in silence. I do not mind missing the lap cat that reaches up just as I am getting engrossed.

I suggest you buy two also and keep one as a backup.

Thirty seconds over Tokyo (NTSC) Korean import
Thirty seconds over Tokyo (NTSC) Korean import
Dvd ~ Van Johnson
Offered by Seedhouse-Rare-Movies
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The flight of the Ruptured Duck, 22 Jan 2014
This is a real intriguing back story to the1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan. It even feels like the real thing. We get involved with each little hiccup and problem of Ted Lawson (Van Johnson) as he not only has to prepare for the event but also preparing for another event in parallels as a soon to be father.

Even though this is a van Johnson show, Phyllis Thaxter makes a good show as his wife. The part of Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle is a memorable portrait by Spencer Tracy. Now I have to look up the real Doolittle to remember what he looked like.

Needles to say we spend more than "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and still not enough time for the whole story.

Alice at the Palace [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Alice at the Palace [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.64

5.0 out of 5 stars "What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?", 22 Jan 2014
This is a fun musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "through the looking glass".

Meryl Streep (at age of 33) does a good presentation of Alice but does not outshine all the other characters, in this Broadway production based on Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival production.

Lovers of the books may find this a tad wanting, however theater viewers can spot the depth and presentation style.

Everybody will have a different favorite part of this presentation; mine is the singing of the Jabberwocky. Nice close-ups of eyes that you do not get in from a distance.

This is but one of many great Broadway Theatre archives that you will want to add to your collection.

I leave you with this thought:
"No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise."

Independent Lens: The Atom Smashers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Independent Lens: The Atom Smashers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Terence Howard
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history yet of course not up to date., 22 Jan 2014
The program falls in the trap of doing sound bite presentation. This is the best way to fluff up a presentation without having to follow a train of thought.

They could have stuck with one presenter or narrator until they were finished instead of a hodgepodge of bits and pieces.

Unfortunately due to politics the Fermilab replacement in Waxahachie, Texas, known as The Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), nicknamed the Desertron, was never completed and is not mentioned in this presentation.

They do mention The Large Hadron Collider (LHC,) CERN. Then the true nature of the presentation comes out as a complaint about the U.S. not funding partial physics research.

Most of the presentation is dumbed-down to the point that it is excruciation to watch. You might give the fast forward button a thought.

Lone Ranger [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Lone Ranger [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £18.14

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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not expect Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, 22 Jan 2014
The story is mostly told as a flashback by an old Indian standing in a diorama with the dead crow on his head.

John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a naïve counselor trained in the East to think like John Locke. He is coming back home to the West. He meets bad guys and believes that they can be reasoned with without weapons. As he learns better he is assisted on how the world works by a strange Indian dressed up as a medicine man; we learn his name is Tonto (Johnny Depp.) John Reid learns that you cannot trust old friends; you cannot change old loves, and sometimes force needs to be matched with cunning. Eventually John Reid should become the Lone Ranger that we all came to expect.

The characters are where the dichotomy lies. Instead of being a loyal sidekick Tonto leads a world of his own which includes his own agenda and personality explanation. John Reid even though quoting Locke starts off more as a version of Dudley Do-Right. Even his horses smarter just as Dudley's horse was smarter. I think they might have drawn a little on Dudley for some of the scenes.

Saginaw Grant plays a pivotal role as Chief Big Bear. He fills in the Back-story Tonto's life, explains what the story is all about, and does the right thing in handling the future of John Reid and Tonto.

If you come to this movie with no expectations and appreciate Johnny Depp's sense of humor, then you will have a good time watching this movie.

If you get most DVD versions then there will be an extra "making of" section that can add to the understanding of what they are trying to present.

Coyote's Southwest Pantry: Southwest Seasoning and at Home Flavoring Techniques
Coyote's Southwest Pantry: Southwest Seasoning and at Home Flavoring Techniques
by Mark Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Southwest oriented food book by Mark Miller, 20 Jan 2014
This time Mark Charles Miller teams up with Mark Kiffin to create 125 flavoring Techniques.

My car bends any trip and ends up in Santa Fe no matter where I am actually headed. The recopies in this book can never be as good as being there but sure beats the local bottle and jar stuff.

I look forward to hatch green chilly season and stock up at that time. Then it is time to get this book out and experiment. All the experiments are fun however one does have their favorites. Mine is on page 62 New Mexico green chilly souse (none of that tomatillo stuff) the suggestion is Anaheim chilies.

If you do not have time for making your own the book is still worth it for knowing what you are eating. There are also several great pictures of pantries and equipment.

Bad Day at Black Rock [DVD]
Bad Day at Black Rock [DVD]
Offered by Seedhouse-Rare-Movies
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the first time the Streamliner has stopped here in four years., 20 Jan 2014
This review is from: Bad Day at Black Rock [DVD] (DVD)
Well this movie surely was not what I expected. I had in mind cowboys in monochrome with black and white hats. Little did I suspect CinemaScope in the story with depth.

Everybody in town looks up as the streamliner comes to a stop in the town of Blackrock. A stranger John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train. Will you be here long asks the porter. Only a day is the reply.

Everybody in town is antagonistic and grills Macreedy. We pretty much seen the formula and immediately realize that the town has something to hide. What is it? Moreover, why are they suspicious of the stranger?

The story is not unique but how it plays out his and we are intrigued in watching the interaction between the men as they try to size each other up. There is a lot of soul-searching in this movie. Will Macreedy uncover the town's secret before they uncover his? And if so will he live to tell?

The only character that is really out of place and I suspect was just placed there because of Hollywood's requirements is Liz Wirth (Anne Francis) that is out of place. This was two years before the movie "Forbidden Planet."

You can see John Sturges' signature in the camera angles and subject matter as it parallels his other movies.

Inherit the Wind

Forbidden Planet (Ultimate Collector's Edition)

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