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review 2020-05-18 14:46
Things you didn't even know that you didn't know.
The Universe Next Door: The Making of Tomorrow's Science - Marcus Chown

While a little out of date, starting operations at CERN in 2006 in discussed as a future event, this is the best book I've read so far on quantum physics and parallel universes. Apart from some sections on plancks and branes that went over my head, I got a lot from it as a lay-person and it made me want to learn more. Mirror worlds and particles; tricksy atoms that can be in more than one place at once; the likelihood that our universe is teeming with life, originating from asteroids that seed any planet with enough warmth to have liquid water; and that six missing dimensions that must exist for wave theory to be correct, might be folded so small that we cannot perceive them.

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text 2020-04-16 03:36
Our biggest issue with our Lucky Sevens Skill Stop

If you're a true Slot Machines Games lover, then you've probably sat in front of a Lucky Sevens Skill Stop Slot Machine.  It seems to be one of the Best Slot Machines in casinos today and has been for many years.  However, it wasn't always our favorite.  In fact, we lost three thousand dollars on one of them sitting there expecting it to hit at one point, but after eight hours we walked out with our tails between our legs.To be quite honest, there were many stories like that one.  The worst part about it was that it was the same machine over and over again.  You know, they always tell you to just accept the loss and move on but unfortunately, we could never do it with that one.  It's funny to think it took us nearly three years and ten thousand dollars to hit a big pot on the Lucky Sevens Skill Stop Slot Machine.  That being said we still ended up losing money.So is there a good part to this story?  Well, we got so entangled with the competitiveness of beating these Used Slot Machines we bought two Lucky Sevens Skill Stop Slot Machines for our home.

  Talk about two determined people.  Night after night, we ate dinner, took a walk, and then headed downstairs to our Casino Slot Machines.  From 8pm-11pm, we'd play those machines and watch our favorite glove knitting machine Manufacturers shows.  However, the whole thing was that we were preparing ourselves for the casino.Think of it like Rocky Balboa training for the big fight against all of Russia or any of those "David vs. Goliath" stories.  While at first we weren't sure how this was going to affect our play at the casinos, we soon realized the benefits.  Our main goal was to stay away from being greedy and play all the Free Slot Machines Games we could. Instead of always playing the maximum bet each time, we'd alternate between one token, two or three.  Just like when we play blackjack.Granted, it's a lot easier at home and since you get a key for full access, you can only imagine the temptation. 

Our biggest issue with our Lucky Sevens Skill Stop Slot Machine, well both of them was that we were playing them an awful lot and afraid they would breakdown.  However, we were told by the superior customer support that there is a lifetime warranty that covers everything but the light bulbs.Anyways, you would think that we should just plug them in the wall on each side of our bed because we play them so much.  In the end, we didn't hit the proverbial jackpot, but nickel and dime it to death.  Today we are up well over six thousand dollars on that particular machine.  Unfortunately our last hit was about two months ago for a little over eight hundred dollars.  Recently they took that one out, but there are still plenty more to play.Listen, we aren't trying to coax you into buying this, but we will say that having the Lucky Sevens Skill Stop Slot Machine gave us an advantage.  We tried mathematical systems, spin sessions, and other variables trying to figure out what would work best.  When it came down to it, once we diminished the thoughts of greed and revenge the money started rolling in little by little.  Patience truly is a virtue regarding how to Win at Slot Machines.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-04-06 13:59
Making Eden by David Beerling
Making Eden: How Plants Transformed a Barren Planet - David Beerling

TITLE:  Making Eden: How Plants Transformed a Barren Planet

 

AUTHOR:  David Beerling

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 2019

 

FORMAT:  Hardcover

 

ISBN-13:  978019879830

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DESCRIPTION:

"Over 7 billion people depend on plants for healthy, productive, secure lives, but few of us stop to consider the origin of the plant kingdom that turned the world green and made our lives possible. And as the human population continues to escalate, our survival depends on how we treat the plant kingdom and the soils that sustain it. Understanding the evolutionary history of our land floras, the story of how plant life emerged from water and conquered the continents to dominate the planet, is fundamental to our own existence.

In Making Eden David Beerling reveals the hidden history of Earth's sun-shot greenery, and considers its future prospects as we farm the planet to feed the world. Describing the early plant pioneers and their close, symbiotic relationship with fungi, he examines the central role plants play in both ecosystems and the regulation of climate. As threats to plant biodiversity mount today, Beerling discusses the resultant implications for food security and climate change, and how these can be avoided. Drawing on the latest exciting scientific findings, including Beerling's own field work in the UK, North America, and New Zealand, and his experimental research programmes over the past decade, this is an exciting new take on how plants greened the continents.
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This is a fairly comprehensive survey of what we know about plant evolution - when plants first started growing on land, when leaves, stomata, roots, seeds, and flowers first developed.  Beerling also shows that without plants, Earth would not be the Eden that it is today.  Interesting, but some may find the genomic aspects too technical.  This book is something of a prequel to Beerling's previous book:  The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History.

 

 

 

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review 2020-04-06 02:52
Make It Count! ★★★☆☆
Making Life Count!: 50 Ways to Great Days - Julie Alexander

A quick pick-me-up of a book, sort of a motivational speech in book form. Fifty 1-3 page chapters with an anecdote to illustrate the principles, like Do Something! and Do Nothing! and Lighten Up and Push Yourself. Essentially it comes down to, build an active, well rounded life, take a positive attitude into everything, etc. Curiously, I don't think I saw a Stand Up For Yourself or Don't Take That Crap Anymore chapter, although the Simplify! chapter did explain that to simplify sometimes means saying "no". 

 

Paperback copy, signed by the author, picked up at one of her motivational talks a looooong time ago. 

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text 2020-04-05 21:34
Make Life Count! - 0/185 pg
Making Life Count!: 50 Ways to Great Days - Julie Alexander

Oh boy, I am really digging into the dusty recesses of my TBR shelves now! This is one I've had for 20 (yes, TWENTY) years. It's a signed copy I picked up after hearing the author do one of those motivational speaking things.

 

Given the current circumstances, a little hokey advice on having a great day seems worthwhile. 

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