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review 2018-05-14 12:00
really REALLY good!!
Machine Metal Magic (Mind + Machine #1) - Hanna Dare
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Jaime runs, after the facility he and his kind were housed in, was attacked and everyone else killed. He can talk to the computers that run everything. He thinks this is not a gift, but a curse. He finds himself taken prisoner by a starship crew, carrying a cargo that needs delivering. Rylan is his jailer. But Rylan is keeping secrets from his crew, just as much as they keep secrets from him. Sci-fi is growing on me, it really is! Sometimes, sci-fi can be a little overwhelming, with all the technology and what-not, but not so here. I loved how it was explained how Jaime talks to the computers, to the ship, and to Rylan's artificial arm. Love how they play with that one
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text 2018-05-09 07:21
Half a Century of Care

When it concerns the health of people the maximum importance should be given to reaching care to everyone. This is possible only when we have the most modern equipment and instruments available easily. It is not enough that these are available easily, but they should be available at an affordable price. That is the only way to make health care affordable and available to all people.

 

Mandarin Opto-Medic Co. has been working for the past fifty years towards this goal. The journey to providing cheaper healthcare equipment took us to many countries and many suppliers. While we look for affordable products we cannot compromise on quality. Healthcare is a very crucial area where quality should be maintained at the highest level. We had to procure quality products at the most affordable rates.

Because of our commitment towards our customers we have been able to achieve our goal. But we still continue to try and provide better and cheaper products for our customers.

 

Cataract is a very common eye problem nowadays faced by almost all the people as they grow old. The operation needs to be effective and affordable. It is towards this that we started our supply of phacoemulsification system which helps in easy removal of the cataract. The machine helps the doctor to get correct information about the condition and to operate with perfection. These machines are highly accurate.

 

Microsurgery is performed by various surgeons and this requires them to have a good look at the operating site. This is a highly skilled operation and needs to be done with much care. An instrument that will let the surgeon see into the spot is the operating microscope. Mandarin Opto-Medic supplies the best quality operating microscopes in Singapore. These microscopes also come with LED lighting to enable a better vision.

Mandarin Opto-Medic will continue to support the doctors with a supply of quality and affordable products.

Source: mandarinoptomedic.com
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text 2018-05-07 08:51
REVIEW TOUR - Machine Metal Magic (Mind + Machine #1) by Hanna Dare
Machine Metal Magic (Mind + Machine #1) - Hanna Dare
The galaxy's a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.


It's been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?


@debbiereadsbook, @SignalBoostPR, #M_M, #Romance, #Science_Fiction, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/05/review-tour-machine-metal-magic-mind.html
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review 2018-04-25 03:51
Bread Machine Magic by Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway
Bread Machine Magic: 138 Exciting Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines - Linda Rehberg,Lois Conway

I see that I haven't reviewed this on Booklikes yet, so in honor of the dinner I just had (soup and a grilled cheese sandwich made with Linda's Easy Potato Bread from this book), I'll knock something out right now.

 

This has been my go-to bread machine book since I bought my bread machine (a Breadman Pro) several years ago. The recipes are easy to follow, and each one gives you the ingredients you'd use for a 1-lb, 1.5-lb, or 2-lb loaf setting, plus Crust and Bake Cycle settings if your machine has those. Each recipe also includes nutritional information, although I'm not sure how useful it is considering that there's no information about slice thickness (and I'm terrible at slicing bread evenly, even with my electric knife).

 

The book begins with a few tips for baking the perfect loaf, which I found helpful when I first bought my machine. After that, the book is divided into sections for white breads, whole-grain breads, vegetable breads, fruit breads, dinner rolls, sweet rolls, breads, and coffee cakes, and specialty breads. I used to make a different kind of bread each week but have now settled on a few tried and true favorites. Of the one or two dozen recipes I've tried, only one, a rye bread (I can't recall which one), has ever failed to turn out well for reasons I couldn't identify. With the other ones, I get perfect results if I just watch the dough during the first ten minutes or so of the knead cycle and either add more flour if it's smearing or more liquid if it's too dry and crumbly.

 

My favorite recipes, the ones I still make even though my bread machine has lost its "new kitchen toy" shine:

 

- Egg Bread - This one rises very high. The 2-lb loaf gets tall enough to press against the lid of the machine. Still, it's a wonderful bread and perfect for French toast.

 

- Linda's Easy Potato Bread - I love using this bread for sandwiches of all types. It holds together nicely while spreading peanut butter, butter, or whatever on it, and I recently discovered that it works amazingly for grilled cheese sandwiches. It uses instant potato flakes rather than mashed cooked potatoes, which appeals to my lazy side.

 

- Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Rolls - You make these with the Dough setting and then bake them in the oven. I like this particular recipe because cutting and shaping the rolls goes pretty quickly and easily.

 

- Irene's Bavarian Coffee Cake - I have family in Bavaria and don't recall them ever making anything that tasted like this coffee cake, but that doesn't make it any less tasty. This is another one you make with the Dough setting and then bake in the oven.

 

- Portuguese Sweet Bread - This is a slightly sweet, slightly lemon-flavored bread that's snail-shaped and very pretty, perfect for gifting. It's great when served with coffee or tea. Again, it's made with the Dough setting and then baked in the oven. I like to do the large recipe, which makes two snail-shaped loaves - one I can give to someone and one I can keep for myself.

 

- Sally Lunn Bread - This is the one sweet bread on this list that's baked in the bread machine. I brought it to work once and people thought it was pound cake. It slices beautifully, even if you don't have an electric knife.

 

- Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns - Okay, so I'm terrible at making mine a uniform size, but I still like them.

 

One other thing I should mention is that the fat used in most of these recipes is butter or margarine - I've seen at least one negative review that complained about this, although it isn't really a problem for me. According to the introduction, you should be able to substitute an oil of your choice, although I've never tried this and don't know what the results are like.

 

All in all, I highly recommend this book if you're looking for recipes for your bread machine beyond what's included in your manual.

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review 2018-03-28 04:43
Forcefully revises misconceptions about Britain in World War II
Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources, and Experts in the Second World War - David Edgerton

When it comes to the Second World War, the British historical imagination is defined by the image of 1940: a plucky little island, standing alone against the Nazi juggernaut that had just rolled over western Europe.  The underdog status suggested by this image magnified both the heroism of the Battle of Britain and the subsequent victory scored over Germany five years later. Yet such a view, as David Edgerton stresses, is wildly inaccurate. Contrary to the popular myth, Britain stood at the head of an empire of nearly half a billion people, with the resources to wage war quite easily. Moreover, it was a war waged with an advanced and heavily mechanized military effort, one even more so than that possessed by their enemy.  Edgerton details all of this in his revisionist analysis of the war, one that takes a bulldozer to many longstanding misconceptions to give readers a better understanding of how the British waged, and won, the war.

 

Edgerton begins by describing the considerable economic resources Britain possessed during the war. Theirs was an imperial economy capable of tapping a range of resources from foodstuffs to oil, as well as the manufactures and skills provided by the colonies. This was connected to the home country by a merchant fleet which also gave Britain access to the economic might of the United States and which actually grew over the course of the conflict.  Edgerton describes the good use to which these goods were put, noting the improvements in diet for millions and arguing, again contrary to the popular myth, that the war materiel produced was of equal or even superior quality to that of their enemies and often of their allies as well.  All of this was managed by a state that gave considerable support to its scientists and technicians, many of whom developed the advanced weaponry which Britain used to win the war.

 

Forcefully argued and backed by a wealth of statistics, Edgerton’s book provides a powerful corrective to many misconceptions about Britain’s war effort.  Yet in some respects Edgerton deploys his arguments too broadly, often glossing over or ignoring the flaws that served as the basis of contemporary criticisms about the quality of British weapons (such as in naval air, which is mentioned only once and in passing). Moreover, his analysis raises an interesting question that is left unaddressed: if the British war machine outclassed that of the Germans in both quality and quantity, then why did the war last as long as it did?  Edgerton suggest Japan’s entry (which deprived Britain of the resources of her east Asian colonies) as a key factor, but this is only a partial example and begs further analysis.  Such an examination would have added greatly to the value of this already important book, which should be read by anyone with an interest in British history or the Second World War.

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