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review 2018-10-22 17:05
Review: The 100 Best African American Poems- Edited by Nikki Giovanni

 

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'The 100 Best African-American Poems' compiled by Nikki Giovanni is a very fine work, a kaleidoscope of images, emotions and observations of the Black Experience in America. It's an anthology of some of the works by various poets including titans like Amiri Baraka, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes and Giovanni herself.

 

Ego Tripping (there may be a Reason)

 

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

 

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

 

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat's meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can't catch me

 

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother's day
My strength flows ever on

 

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
jesus
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

 

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

 

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

 

I mean...I...can fly
like a bird in the sky...

 

Such collections are always subjective- you'll always wonder why something was left out, and I noticed a couple of absences myself- but that's part of the fun, and I discovered a few gems I'd never seen before such as Old Lem, Mercy Killing, Freedom Candy and those Winter Sundays, as well as the immortal standards Harlem, Nikki-Rosa, Lift Every Voice and Sing and of course Giovanni's own magnum opus: Ego Tripping- There May Be A Reason Why, which I will always consider to be one of the finest examples of not only African-American but American culture ever created (see above). The cd is a treat- readings of about a third of the selections done by the authors themselves and notables like Ruby Dee and of course, Giovanni.

 

It's an excellent collection of poetry and very much a time travel device, taking you for a look back to those days when... though sometimes they don't seem all that distant. This would be a wonderful gift for anyone of any age or race but especially to African-Americans. Like singing in the cotton fields it's a chorus of bright, strong voices from our past to lighten the load a little and help guide the way as you ease on down the road.

 
5/5 Stars
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review 2018-08-16 03:10
Ice Planet Barbarians: The Complete Series: A SciFi Alien Serial Romance - Ruby Dixon

Interesting.

 

Pluses - the alien mates aren't the abductors
It's an interesting world

 

Minuses - first person isn't a favorite of mine.

 

Things I let slide - the H demonstrating his cunning lingual skills on an unconscious heroine. He does seem to be kindof like a neanderthal so I would assume he didn't know any better.

 

Things that made little sense - 250 years in the past, his ancestors crash landed on the planet. His people are clueless. of this. Really? No story tellers, no busted tech?

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review 2018-06-29 19:16
The Ruby Knight - David Eddings

Following Sparhawk and company on the great adventure. Did I mention these books are my favorites? Don't expect much criticism here...

 

It's been just long enough since I've read this series that I can't remember all the details of what's going to happen next, but I sure remember the characters.

 

It's in this book where the character Flute goes from never speaking in one chapter to non-stop chatter for the rest of the series. I don't mind. She's one of my favorites.

 

 

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review 2018-06-24 03:21
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Ridin' Dirty (Diablo MC Erotic Motorcycle Club Biker Romance) - Ruby Winchester

Riding Dirty is a super short book with a whole lot of punch! Blanca walks into town and gets a job which lands her right into the middle of an MC scuffle. She ends up tending bar and serving more than drinks to make a living. 

 

But just when she thinks all she has to do is keep her head down and walk straight to keep food on her table, the rival MC kidnaps her and all hell breaks loose.  

 

Riding Dirty features: 

 

erotica

oral sex

kidnapping

motorcycle club

torture

suspense

mystery

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text 2018-04-25 13:53
Some Basic Traits of PHP and Ruby on Rails Web Development

There are tremendous technologies flooding into the market where high competition makes it a tough chore to use the right resources and platform. As per the perspective of a developer and business owner, the technology you opt must sustain for long and should give you high return on investment.

 

The list goes well with the Ruby on Rails Web Development and PHP due to the inherent traits which they carry. While PHP is a programming language, Ruby on Rails is a web framework. So, the comparison does not seem fair enough. Ruby is the language that works for Ruby on Rails framework whereas PHP language is used to write applications. Ruby on Rails can be compared to the different PHP frameworks such as Laravel, CodeIgniter, Symfony2, Zend and CakePHP. 

When it comes to discussing the pros and cons of both these big names, there are multiple variations. If businesses think to hire a PHP developer, few complexities may occur. This is because the developers will probably create a new PHP framework instead of using available framework. On the other hand, Ruby on Rails simplifies the learning process by following the conventions over configuration.

 

Let’s learn more about both of them-

 

1. In terms of maintenance, a web framework wins the race with less overhead of maintenance. As PHP holds a large selection of frameworks, Ruby has a limited count of frameworks other than Ruby on Rails.
2. Ruby on Rails supports rapid application development along with scaffolding. Similar to this, PHP CodeIgniter also allows quick deployment while FuelPHP stands in parallel as Ruby on Rails scaffolding.
3. PHP has far more online resources as in comparison to Ruby on Rails. Both communities also run definitive guides to give right direction.

 

No matter what your business type is, it is all about which technology you are using to shape your website. You can hire a WordPress developer for a blogging kind of basic website or pick HTML for interactive features. The ultimate goal is to get the best of its kind for your brand website. So, go ahead and pick your preferred technology, PHP, HTML, Ruby on Rails or WordPress.

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