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Book Review: Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and Javascript

Interesting in creating apps for the Windows 8 store? Here’s a book that can help you, which I just reviewed. Check it out.

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Reading how to make Windows Store apps

I am currently reading a book on how to make Windows Store apps using front-end web technologies.

This book is titled Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript, and it is written by Rami Sarieddine.

I will also be reviewing this book.

Check it out:

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My Friend Dahmer: A Review

If you like books about psychopaths and true crime, I highly recommend a graphic novel called “My Friend Dahmer,” written and illustrated by comic book artist and journalist Derf Backderf, a former high-school classmate and acquaintance of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. It’s a comic book, but it deals with very adult themes; some that are quite unsuitable for children. In this book, Backderf describes what Dahmer was like as a teenager before he committed his first murder at the age of eighteen, after he left high school.

According to Backderf, Dahmer was a shy, quiet, withdrawn teenager who was often picked on in school. Backderf was also geeky, and didn’t rank much higher in the school social scale himself. Unlike Dahmer, however, he had friends and a stable home life. Backderf and his buddies first met - or, more accurately, noticed - Dahmer when he was imitating his mother and her interior decorator by throwing fake epileptic fits in the school library, causing a teacher to yell at them. Amused and intrigued by Dahmer’s antics, they befriended him. They also eventually called themselves the Dahmer Fan Club. Encouraged by their attention, Dahmer continued to put on his weird act, and they would follow him around and watch, laughing and enjoying the spectacle he made. Once, they even paid Dahmer $35 to “perform” at a mall for a couple of hours.

Some people find their treatment of Dahmer exploitive, and Backderf acknowledges this: “Our interest in Dahmer may sound mean-spirited, but it really wasn’t. We weren’t putting him down. After all, we weren’t a whole lot higher up the social ladder. He genuinely amused us. That’s all.”

Questionable as their attitude toward Dahmer may have been, the Dahmer Fan Club had their reasons for not wanting to get closer to him. Even back then, they sensed that there was something creepy about Dahmer.

Throughout the book, they witnessed red flags that showed signs of the true psychopathic personality Dahmer worked so hard to hide beneath his silent, expressionless facade. Like the time when Dahmer callously and cruelly laughed when he saw a guy fall down and hurt himself. And the time when he knifed a live fish he just caught in a frenzy because he wanted to “see what it looked like.”

There was also his excessive alcoholism. Dahmer would often smuggle liquor to school in a briefcase and drink all day, from early morning to dusk, attending classes in a drunken stupor. Amazingly, the teachers never noticed (except once, when a coach saw him drink beer in a parking lot, and sent him to the principle’s office to be paddled on the behind), though all the students knew. It was the 1970s, and many of the teachers, especially the younger ones who had been involved in the 1960s counterculture, partied themselves. They probably didn’t pay attention to Dahmer because they didn’t want to be bothered, and Dahmer took advantage of this. None of the students intervened either, because that was considered ratting on a classmate. As Backderf said, “It simply wasn’t done.” On their way to the mall where Dahmer would perform his fake epileptic act, Backderf and his friend saw Dahmer put away six cans of beer in under ten minutes while sitting in the back seat of the car they were driving in. Backderf’s reaction: “Each of us in the Dahmer Fan Club had a moment when the realization hit that Dahmer was not just odd, but truly scary. This was my moment.”

When Dahmer persuaded Vice-President Walter Mondale’s staff to allow him and his classmates to visit Mondale’s office during their class trip to Washington, D.C, his glibness and success at convincing — or conning — them may have also been signs of his being a psychopath.

Be warned that this book also covers Dahmer’s necrophilia and his hobbies involving dead animals (which I won’t go into too much detail about, because it’s truly gruesome). Years later, when he was doing research for this book, Backderf would also learn more details about Dahmer’s inattentive parents; especially his unstable mother who was addicted to prescription meds.

"My Friend Dahmer" is a cautionary tale of what can happen to a society when it doesn’t bother to help disturbed young people, or chooses to ignore red flags. We can’t change psychopaths or cure them, but the more we pay attention, the more trouble we might be able to prevent from happening.

I found “My Friend Dahmer” disturbing, powerful, gripping, and impossible to put down. Although it is not a LoveFraud story, I recommend it to LoveFraud readers if they’re interested in educating themselves about psychopaths, and want to hone their skills in identifying them.

More information about “My Friend Dahmer,” and where it can be purchased:

- http://tinyurl.com/myFriendDahmerAmazon

- http://www.derfcity.com/store/store.html

- http://www.derfcity.com/store/dahmerpage.html

- http://myfrienddahmer.blogspot.com

Want to learn how to write and publish ebooks for the iPad?

Check out my review of the book “Instant Apple iBooks How-To,” by Zeeshan Chawdhary:

iPad iOS 6 Book Reviewed

My review of the book Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To, by Renee Valdez, is here. Check it out:

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Article first published as Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To on Technorati.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy Year of the Snake

All these cards and gifts below are just some of MANY Valentine’s Day products with these two snakes on them that are available. Sea Serpent Design also has many more Valentine cards and gifts.

Greeting cards:

       Hearts flying around:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Card
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Card by rclord
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       Playing cards:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Playing Cards
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Playing Cards by rclord
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Pillow:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Playing Cards
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Playing Cards by rclord
Browse Zazzle for a different throw pillow.

Teapot:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Teapot
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Teapot by rclord
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Candy jar:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Candy Jar
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Candy Jar by rclord
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Pitcher:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Pitcher
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Pitcher by rclord
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Planner:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Planner
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Planner by rclord
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Clock:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Clock
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Clock by rclord
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Baby’s T-shirt:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Baby's T-shirt
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Baby’s T-shirt by rclord
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Apron:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Apron
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Apron by rclord
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Bag:

Snake King and Queen of Hearts Bag
Snake King and Queen of Hearts Bag by rclord
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I will also be reviewing this book, which Packt Publishing just released:

New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To

Get Your Surprise Gift at Packt Publishing 9/28-9/30

Celebrate Packt Publishing's 1000th book by claiming surprise gift between September 28 and September 30.

Here are the details:

Packt is about to publish its 1000th title. Our books are renowned among developers for being uniquely practical and focused, covering highly specific tools and technologies which IT professionals might not expect to see a high quality book on.

Packt would like you to join them in celebrating this milestone with a surprise gift. Revisit Packt’s website between the 28th and 30th of September to redeem your gift, or sign up for an account with us now to receive a notification email.

Packt supports many of the Open Source projects covered by its books through a project royalty donation, which has contributed over $400,000 to Open Source projects. As part of the 1000th book celebration Packt is allocating $30,000 to share between projects and authors.

Dave Maclean, founder of Packt Publishing explains, “At Packt we set out 8 years ago to bring practical, up to date and easy to use technical books to the specialist tools and technologies that had been largely overlooked by IT publishers. Today, I am really proud that with our authors and partners we have been able to make useful books available on over 1000 topics and make our contribution to the development community.”

My Rudolf iPhone Case Rated Among Top 50 Xmas iPhone Cases

Someone included my Rudolf iPhone case in her Squidoo lens Top 50 Christmas iPhone4 Cases. Thank you, Art2Print:



My Rudolf iPhone case:

Rudolf iPhone4 Case
Rudolf iPhone4 Case by rclord
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