Sunday, 23 January 2011

Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic



Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic
Ranko Matasovic | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Brill | 458 | English
This is the first etymological dictionary of Proto-Celtic to be published after a hundred years, synthesizing the work of several generations of Celtic scholars. It contains a reconstructed lexicon of Proto-Celtic with ca. 1500 entries. The principal lemmata are alphabetically arranged words reconstructed for Proto-Celtic. Each lemma contains the reflexes of the Proto-Celtic words in the individual Celtic languages, the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) roots from which they developed, as well as the cognate forms from other Indo-European languages. The focus is on the development of forms from PIE to Proto-Celtic, but histories of individual words are explained in detail, and each lemma is accompanied by an extensive bibliography. The introduction contains an overview of the phonological developments from PIE to Proto-Celtic, and the volume includes an appendix treating the probable loanwords from unknown non-IE substrates in Proto-Celtic.
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Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics: Second IAPR International Workshop, PRIB 2007, Singapore, October 1-2, 2007, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)



Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics: Second IAPR International Workshop, PRIB 2007, Singapore, October 1-2, 2007, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Jagath C.- Rajapakse,Bertil Schmidt,Gwenn Volkert | 2007-10-23 00:00:00 | Springer | 410 | Artificial Life

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics, PRIB 2007, held in Singapore in October 2007.

The 38 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 125 submissions. The papers discuss the applications of pattern recognition methods in the field of bioinformatics to solve problems in life sciences. The papers are organized in 6 topical parts on sequence analysis, prediction of protein structure, interaction and localization, gene expression analysis, pathway analysis, medical informatics, and bioimaging.



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Biomolecular Networks: Methods and Applications in Systems Biology



Biomolecular Networks: Methods and Applications in Systems Biology
Luonan Chen, Rui-Sheng Wang, Xiang-Sun Zhang | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 407 | Biomedical Engineering
Biomolecular Networks: Methods and Applications in Systems Biology (Wiley Series in Bioinformatics)
By Luonan Chen, Rui-Sheng Wang, Xiang-Sun Zhang


* Publisher: Wiley
* Number Of Pages:
* Publication Date: 2009-07-20
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0470243732
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780470243732



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Alternative techniques and tools for analyzing biomolecular networks

With the recent rapid advances in molecular biology, high-throughput experimental methods have resulted in enormous amounts of data that can be used to study biomolecular networks in living organisms. With this development has come recognition of the fact that a complicated living organism cannot be fully understood by merely analyzing individual components. Rather, it is the interactions of components or biomolecular networks that are ultimately responsible for an organism's form and function. This book addresses the important need for a new set of computational tools to reveal essential biological mechanisms from a systems biology approach.

Readers will get comprehensive coverage of analyzing biomolecular networks in cellular systems based on available experimental data with an emphasis on the aspects of network, system, integration, and engineering. Each topic is treated in depth with specific biological problems and novel computational methods:

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GENE NETWORKS—Transcriptional regulation; reconstruction of gene regulatory networks; and inference of transcriptional regulatory networks
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PROTEIN INTERACTION NETWORKS—Prediction of protein-protein interactions; topological structure of biomolecular networks; alignment of biomolecular networks; and network-based prediction of protein function
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METABOLIC NETWORKS AND SIGNALING NETWORKS—Analysis, reconstruction, and applications of metabolic networks; modeling and inference of signaling networks; and other topics and new trends

In addition to theoretical results and methods, many computational software tools are referenced and available from the authors' Web sites. Biomolecular Networks is an indispensable reference for researchers and graduate students in bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, computer science, and applied mathematics.
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Karin Hofele - Clever einkaufen. Fruchtzwerge, Michschnitte & Co



Karin Hofele - Clever einkaufen. Fruchtzwerge, Michschnitte & Co
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Trias | ISBN: 3830434839 | 2009-10 | PDF | 110 pages | 9.01 Mb
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BlackBerry Curve For Dummies



BlackBerry Curve For Dummies
| 2009-12-02 00:00:00 | | 0 | Gadgets


Get the most from your BlackBerry Curve with this easy-to-understand reference

The BlackBerry Curve smartphone is the most popular BlackBerry model sold by Research in Motion. It boasts an optical trackpad, dedicated media keys, easy media sharing, Mac compatibility, iTunes synchronization, a camera, Wi-Fi calling, and extended battery life?to name just a few features. This fun, friendly, and easy-to-understand book is a practical guide to the BlackBerry Curve and covers an array of how-to topics to help you get the most out of this exciting handheld device.

You'll learn the parts of the Curve, how to navigate the QWERTY keyboard, set up contacts and make appointments, download the latest applications, take great pictures, take advantage of the expandable memory, and much more. Serves as a practical, hands-on guide to the BlackBerry Curve smartphoneCovers all current and newly introduced models of the BlackBerry Curve Shows how to get online and surf the Web, manage e-mail, and create a to-do list Demonstrates navigation tips and shortcuts Guides you through upgrades to the newest Curve models Explains how to take advantage of the expandable memory, get multimedia, and download apps from BlackBerry App World Walks you through syncing your BlackBerry with your desktop

Avoid the learning curve with this helpful guide to the BlackBerry Curve!


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Signal Integrity - Simplified



Signal Integrity - Simplified
Eric Bogatin | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Prentice Hall PTR | 608 | Electrical Engineering
The complete guide to understanding and designing for signal integrity

Suitable for even non-specialists, Signal Integrity-Simplified offers a comprehensive, easy-to-follow look at how physical interconnects affect electrical performance. World-class engineer Eric Bogatin expertly reviews the root causes of the four families of signal integrity problems and offers solutions to design them out early in the design cycle. Coverage includes:

* An introduction to signal integrity and physical design
* A fundamental understanding of what bandwidth, inductance, and characteristic impedance really mean
* Analysis of resistance, capacitance, inductance, and impedance
* The four important practical tools used to solve signal integrity problems: rules of thumb, analytic approximations, numerical simulation, and measurements
* The effect of the physical design of interconnects on signal integrity
* Solutions that do not hide behind mathematical derivations
* Recommendations for design guidelines to improve signal integrity, and much more

Unlike related books that concentrate on theoretical derivation and mathematical rigor, this book emphasizes intuitive understanding, practical tools, and engineering discipline. Specially designed for everyone in the electronics industry, from electrical engineers to product managers, Signal Integrity-Simplified will prove itself an invaluable resource for helping you find and fix signal integrity problems before they become problems.

About the Author

ERIC BOGATIN, Chief Technology Officer at GigaTest Labs, has over 23 years of experience in the microelectronics industry. Before joining GigaTest, he worked with AT&T Bell Labs, Raychem Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and other leading microelectronics manufacturers. He received his B.S. degree in physics at MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1980. Over the years, he has taught over 3,000 engineers and authored over 100 technical articles and books on signal integrity and interconnect design.

Contents

Preface
Top Ten Signal Integrity Principles
Chapter 1. Signal Integrity Is in Your Future
Chapter 2. Time and Frequency Domains
Chapter 3. Impedance and Electrical Models
Chapter 4. The Physical Basis of Resistance
Chapter 5. The Physical Basis of Capacitance
Chapter 6. The Physical Basis of Inductance
Chapter 7. The Physical Basis of Transmission Lines
Chapter 8. Transmission Lines and Reflections
Chapter 9. Lossy Lines, Rise-Time Degradation, and Material Properties
Chapter 10. Cross Talk in Transmission Lines
Chapter 11. Differential Pairs and Differential Impedance
Appendix A. 100 General Design Guidelines to Minimize Signal-Integrity Problems
Appendix B. 100 Collected Rules of Thumb to Help Estimate Signal-Integrity Effects
Appendix C. Selected References
About the Author
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Interpretation and Transformation: Explorations in Art and the Self. (Value Inquiry Book)



Interpretation and Transformation: Explorations in Art and the Self. (Value Inquiry Book)
Michael Krausz | 2007-02-21 00:00:00 | Rodopi | 184 | Philosophy
"This book marks a decisive moment in the philosophical scholarship on interpretation. Krausz is a unique figure in the current philosophical climate, equally capable of theoretical sophistication, eloquence, and compelling argumentation. Widely acclaimed for his major contributions to interpretation theory, he has now added a crucial dimension to his work, and to the field itself." Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie-Mellon University (Author: Yesterday's Self; Editor: Interpretation and Its Objects: Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz) Interpretation and Translation (IT) explores philosophical issues of interpretation and its cultural objects. It also addresses commensuration and understanding among languages, conceptual schemes, symbol systems, reference frames, and the like. The series publishes theoretical works drawn from philosophy, rhetoric, linguistics, anthropology, religious studies, art history, and musicology.

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The Anglo-Saxon Library



The Anglo-Saxon Library
Michael Lapidge | 2006-03-23 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 422 | England
The cardinal role of Anglo-Saxon libraries in the transmission of classical and patristic literature to the later middle ages has long been recognized, for these libraries sustained the researches of those English scholars whose writings determined the curriculum of medieval schools: Aldhelm, Bede, and Alcuin, to name only the best known. Yet this is the first full-length account of the nature and holdings of Anglo-Saxon libraries from the sixth century to the eleventh.

The early chapters discuss libraries in antiquity, notably at Alexandria and republican and imperial Rome, and also the Christian libraries of late antiquity which supplied books to Anglo-Saxon England. Because Anglo-Saxon libraries themselves have almost completely vanished, three classes of evidence need to be combined in order to form a detailed impression of their holdings: surviving inventories, surviving manuscripts, and citations of classical and patristic works by Anglo-Saxon authors themselves.

After setting out the problems entailed in using such evidence, the book is provided with appendices containing editions of all surviving Anglo-Saxon inventories, lists of all Anglo-Saxon manuscripts exported to continental libraries during the eighth century and then all manuscripts re-imported into England in the tenth, as well as a catalogue of all citations of classical and patristic literature by Anglo-Saxon authors.

A comprehensive index, arranged alphabetically by author, combines these various classes of evidence so that the reader can see at a glance what books were known where and by whom in Anglo-Saxon England. The book thus provides, within a single volume, a vast amount of information on the books and learning of the schools which determined the course of medieval literary culture.

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Globalization and Informal Jobs in Developing Countries: A Joint Study of the International Labour Office and the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization



Globalization and Informal Jobs in Developing Countries: A Joint Study of the International Labour Office and the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization
International Labour Organization and World Trade Organization | 2009-10-21 00:00:00 | World Trade Organization | 187 | Economics

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The Trial of the Gospel: An Apologetic Reading of Luke's Trial Narratives (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series)



The Trial of the Gospel: An Apologetic Reading of Luke's Trial Narratives (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series)
Alexandru Neagoe | 2005-10-06 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 268 | Reference
Alexandru Neagoe examines Luke's writings as an apologetic work, by focusing on the parts of Luke's story where the apologetic overtones seem most prominent--the trial narratives. In analyzing the trials of all major Lukan characters--Jesus, Peter, Stephen, and Paul, Neagoe argues that the narratives are best understood when viewed as part of Luke's apologia pro evangelio, a purpose which is in keeping with the author's declared aim to give his readers "assurance" about the "matters" in which they had been instructed (Luke 1:4).

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Robotic Urology



Robotic Urology
Hubert John,Peter Wiklund | 2008-04-28 00:00:00 | Springer | 268 | Urology

Robotic surgery is in a phase of worldwide rapid evolution. Data from many centers indicate that urologists are achieving equivalent, or better, operative outcomes using a robotic laparoscopic interface compared with their open results. Patients benefit from quicker convalescence, less pain, and shorter hospital stays. The multi-authored international text covers the robotic operative procedures in urology that are routinely performed today and still in evolution. It focuses on robotic radical prostatectomy and includes robotic procedures for the kidney, adrenal gland, and urinary bladder. The most essential steps are depicted in illustrations. This book should contribute to the support of new robotic teams and continue to popularize robotic urology.



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Office 2003 XML



Office 2003 XML
| 1969-12-31 00:00:00 | | 0 | Microsoft Office


In Microsoft's Office 2003, users experience the merger of the power of the classic Office suite of applications with the fluidity of data exchange inherent in XML. With XML at its heart, the new version of Microsoft's desktop suite liberates the information stored in millions of documents created with Office software over the past fifteen years, making it available to a wide variety of programs.

Office 2003 XML offers an in-depth exploration of the relationship between XML and Office 2003, examining how the various products in the Office suite both produce and consume XML. Developers will learn how they can connect Microsoft Office to others systems, while power users will learn to create and analyze XML documents using familiar Office tools.

The book begins with an overview of the XML features included in the various Office 2003 components, and explores in detail how Word, Excel, and Access interact with XML. This book covers both the user interface side, creating interfaces so that users can comfortably (and even unknowingly) work with XML, and the back end, exposing Office information to other processes. It also looks at Microsoft's new InfoPath application and how it fits with the rest of Office. Finally, the book's appendices introduce various XML technologies that may be useful in working with Office, including XSLT, W3C XML Schema, RELAX NG, and SOAP. Office 2003 XML provides quick and clear guidance to a anyone who needs to import or export information from Office documents into other systems. Both XML programmers and Office power will learn how to get the most from this powerful new intersection between Office 2003 and XML.

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Good concise introduction to Office XML and Smart Documents
This book provides a good overview of Microsoft's Office XML formats. In addition to covering these formats, it also provides some useful material related to Microsoft Office smart documents, an extension mechanism for Microsoft Office applications.


Note: Microsoft Office XML is completely distinct from the Open Office.org XML format (OASIS OpenDocument) which is not covered in this book.

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Loved it!
Clear, concise, and packed with practical knowledge. I work with XML, XSLT, and C# for a living, and this book had me using XSLT to whip up WordprocessingML documents in no time. I especially appreciated learning how to turn off the default `Word` display of ML documents in Internet Explorer. I'm also using Evan's great XSLT that mimics Word's `data-only` output format-- as part of a process to validate foreign tag sets in WordML documents. Thank you!

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If you think you might need it - BUY IT
This book answers a very specific need - you are working with the new Office xml formats. If you are directly reading or writing WordML, SpeeadsheetML, or the other xml formats - stop what you are doing, buy this book, and read it. It will put you miles ahead.


Clear, concise, and about as complete as it can be with Microsoft's incomplete documentation to work from. I had it open on my desk next to me the whole time I was working with these file formats.


It has some stuff for InfoPath and Office WebServices. I didn't read those part but the rest is so well written I would bet that part is indespensible too.

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Excellent resource for end-users and developers
I've read the Addison Wesley book on Microsoft's new Office XML standards and this book is much much better. The book covers four applications; Word, Excel, Access and Infopath. It covers both the storage XML format for Word and Excel, as well as the use of XML within Word and Excel itself from the end-user side. The coverage of the storage format is excellent, and that, being a developer, is something I can appreciate.


For end-users of Word and Excel who are just looking to consume XML in your document or spreadsheet, or to mine XML using Infopath, this is a well written book that is worth your money and you can ignore the technical segments. For engineers looking to work with the new Microsoft XML storage formats you will find a lot to like here, and you may just find some cool things to do with XML to do on the forward facing end-user side of the house.

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Much nicer way to get at MS Office data
Hurrah! Microsoft has said for several years that it strongly supports XML. Well MS Office 2003 is one of the first major products that conforms to this. As you probably know, earlier versions read and wrote to Microsoft's own doc format. A binary format. Third party developers then had to write code to read and write files in this format. Doable, but certainly an aggravation to some, given the complexity of the format.

Which is why MS Office 2003 was eagerly awaited. Now, XML is a fully supported data format. It also lets you see in an easy and direct way the complexity of deciphering the doc format, if you had never tried to do that firsthand.

Here, the book walks you through the various XML outputs and their associated schemas. There is the usual XML verbosity. (No surprises here.) But you can now read, in plaintext, how the suite structures its code in an OO fashion. So much nicer!

Not that the book is trivial. Many examples show how a lot of XML's capabilities are used. Like namespaces, XSLT, XSL and XPath. A reassuring point is that your needs might not have to extend to all these usages. The book also has many very simple XML examples that could be germane.


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Corel Paint Shop Pro X Digital Darkroom



Corel Paint Shop Pro X Digital Darkroom
| 2006-02-13 00:00:00 | | 0 | Computer Application


Corel Paint Shop Pro X Digital Darkroom is an easy-to-follow, tutorial approach to using Paint Shop Pro in exactly the way home users want to use it - to manipulate your own images in ways that a local photo lab often does to create both practical and comical projects. As you read, you will actually use the program to complete a variety of projects. You'll learn about key Paint Shop Pro tools almost without trying through both traditional and contemporary projects.

 

Indulge in shrinking the kids, performing digital plastic surgery, modifying vehicles, creating creatures the tabloids would love to profile, altering pets, creating trading cards and calendars, and combining images to create once-in-a-lifetime shots. Drop people into places they've never been and challenge Mother Nature with unique perspectives. Create holiday magic, photo montages, and even do some traditional photo manipulation. Author T. Michael Clark provides careful instruction that will allow you, whether you are a novice or experienced Paint Shop Pro user, to complete projects and enjoy your experience with Paint Shop Pro X.



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Paintshop Pro X Revealed
I opened the book and never put it down. Excellent, I felt I was in a class-room. The downloads were perfect for using with the lessons. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick course in PSS-Pro X.

The book opens a world of creative thinking. .

Paulie

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Corel Paint Shop Pro X Digital Darkroom
This book is more of ideas book. I picked this up from the other reviews I read, so I wasnt dissappointed. I purchased Paint shop for photographers as well, which gives the how to. This book is light on for advice on how to, but has lots of projects to inspire. Good value overall.

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No Support from Publishers
I am really disappointed in the book and the publishers. Suppose to download sample photos to do projects which are nowhere to be found on their website. They do not even bother to attend to any correspondence send to them. Needless to say, I'll never buy a book from Sams Publishing again. I was your client.

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Good concept, bad execution
I am a newbie at photoediting and was looking to learn how to use my new program. I liked the book's format, which is to learn by doing projects. However the author must assume the reader already knows the basics. He left out vital instructions and I was unable to complete most of the projects.

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Not at all what I expected,,.
If you are looking to make `trick photos` and are new to PSP then this might be for you. If you are looking to use PSP to tweak and fine-tune, or even make drastic changes to improve pictures, this is not the book. It is more gimmicky than practical. There are much better books if you are serious about learning how to work with PSP. I was very disappointed with this book.


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The New Navy, 1883-1922 (The U.S. Navy Warship Series)



The New Navy, 1883-1922 (The U.S. Navy Warship Series)
Paul Silverstone | 2006-11-16 00:00:00 | Routledge | 296 | Naval

The third volume of The U.S. Navy Warship Series covers the fifty-year period from 1883-1922. In 1883, Congress authorized the first ships of the "New Navy" and ordered removal of all obsolete ships. All US Navy ships since that time have stemmed from these first three cruisers. The numbering system in effect since 1920 was effectively begun in 1886.

The ships built during the next few years fought in the Spanish-American War. The success and popularity of the naval victories of that war together with the acquisition of overseas territories were the impetus for a large naval shipbuilding program. The voyage around the world of the "Great White Fleet" was a prime example of the excitement felt by the American people about the Navy. This led naturally into the fleet of World War I and its vast expansion, terminating with its demobilization after the war and the succeeding naval disarmament treaty of 1992.

This book will be arranged following the standard format with sections on Capital Ships, Cruisers, Destroyers, Submarines, Mines Vessels, Patrol Vessels, Tenders, Supply & Transport Ships, Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), and other government departments (Coast Guard, etc.).

A further article about Paul Silverstone and the Navy Warships series can be found at:  http://www.thejc.com/home.aspxParentId=m11s18s180&SecId=180&AId=58892&ATypeId=1  


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I agree with Wayne's review (12/27/2007), but think some context is in order for the sake of fairness. Bottom line is that it is overpriced for the content provided, but the series is comprehensive in minor vessels. (i) No line drawings, (2) bit facts, and short narratives, and (3) also agreed that this series don't seem to be a major improvement over his smaller-format books (US Navy of WWI, US Navy from 1945, etc.). The smaller format WWI book was published 35 years ago, so it is reasonable for Silverstone to re-publish with more update research.

Because of the lack of narrative and discussion of vessels, equipment, armament, etc., you don't get a sense of gravity of the fleet and position in time and world.



Silverstone has always written in a "Jane's" like manner; ship lists, basic data details, table of dates and vessel disposition, and bit facts. This style is expanded a bit in this series, but still lacking narrative.



If someone has an interest in Navy ship classes and fleets, I always recommend the Conway's Fighting Ships of the World series. They remain seminal works for the period 1860-1945 (updates to 1995) and cover the world. The line drawings in Conway's are not detailed, but there are plenty.



Quite frankly, I've bought these recent books (beginning with US Sailing Navy through the US Navy in WWII) because it is a collection, I can afford it, and they complement European seminal works such as Lenton's British/Empire Warships of WWII, Imperial Japanese Navy (1973), etc. that are dedicated to time period fleets of a combatant nation. Silverstone's new US Fleet in the Nuclear Age (undiscounted at $150) should be ignored - - but I don't have it. Instead, Conway's 1947-1995 edition should still be fine for the period up to the run-down of the "Cold War" warrior fleet in the late 1990's.
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This book is not at all what I expected...It is basically a compendium/listing of 1883-WWI era ships...photo coverage is minimal, photos are small, and include only one photo per class of major ships, and maybe one photo per every 10-15 classes of minor ships....No photos sequences are included to show evolution of the major, (let alone minor) ship's appearances...There are no line drawings at in it at all....Data coverage of major units BB,CC, ACR is skimpy at best( i.e. no mention of retro fitting of cagemasts or modernizations to early units is mentioned in most classes)......In the book's defense it does include a list of SP class ships sorted by name and a list sorted by hull number as well as listings for the ships of the US Army, NOTS, and the Royal Hawaiian Navy...... However for reference I still vastly prefer the US Warships of WWI (1883-1922) volume by the same author, published by Ian Allen in 1970.......To me the volume is grossly overpriced at $110.00.......I feel that the information and photos contained within earn it a low C- rating and a well deserved place on the bargain table with a 19.95 price tag......After looking this book over I have decided that I most certainly will not be purchasing the other volumes in this series.....

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Russia (Modern World Nations)



Russia (Modern World Nations)
William A. Dando | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Chelsea House Publications; 2 edition | 150 | Geography
Russia is the world's largest country - it is nearly twice the size of both China and the United States, and it stretches over 11 time zones. Much of Russia consists of vast plains, and the nation has an abundance of natural resources, including vast deposits of oil, iron ore, gold, and timber. This updated edition of "Russia" is enhanced by vital new information that will expertly guide students through the history, geography, culture, and economy of this immense - and immensely intriguing - country.
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Foundation Flash Applications for Mobile Devices (Foundation)



Foundation Flash Applications for Mobile Devices (Foundation)
| 2006-12-25 00:00:00 | | 0 | Macromedia Flash


In this book you'll learn: The essentials of Flash Lite 1.1 and 2.X How to create mobile applications and games Best practices for structuring your mobile applications, from starting out to final deployment How to integrate graphics, sound, and video into your mobile content How to consume live data over HTTP and socket connections and make use of phone-specific features With a growing number of mobile devices offering Flash support, it is an increasingly viable platform for the development of mobile applications. Foundation Flash Applications for Mobile Devices is just the book you need to learn how to take advantage of this new audience of mobile application users. Inside, it covers every facet of mobile Flash, from the essentials of the Flash Lite 1.1 and 2.X platforms and writing applications to testing your work and deploying to mobile users. Applications presented include screensavers, wallpapers, data-consuming informational programs (such as movie, news, and stock tickers), quiz games, action games, and more. You are given tips on mobile Flash development best practices, and all of the essential topics are covered, including creating and using sound, vector graphics, and bitmaps; optimizing assets for the small screen; coding realistic physics for games; and consuming web services using PHP, Java, ColdFusion, and .NET. Throughout the book, there are many samples to put together and learn from, and several bonus applications are also available to download and check out. Summary of Contents: PART ONE GETTING STARTED Chapter 1 Macromedia and Adobe Flash: An Overview Chapter 2 Mobile Devices Chapter 3 Flash Lite 1.1 and Your First Flash Lite Application Chapter 4 Flash Lite 2.X PART TWO LET'S GET DEVELOPING! Chapter 5 Application Development Chapter 6 Mobile Gaming Chapter 7 Flash Lite Mobile Entertainment Basics Chapter 8 Flash Mobile Sound Chapter 9 Flash Mobile Video Chapter 10 Extending Flash Lite PART THREE THE POST-DEVELOPMENT STAGE Chapter 11 Distribution and Deployment Chapter 12 The Future of Flash in the Mobile World PART FOUR APPENDIXES Appendix A Error Codes Appendix B FSCommand2 Commands Appendix C Glossary of Terms

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Operations Research Proceedings 2007: Selected Papers of the Annual International Conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR) (Operations Research Proceedings)



Operations Research Proceedings 2007: Selected Papers of the Annual International Conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR) (Operations Research Proceedings)
Jörg Kalcsics | 2008-04-28 00:00:00 | Springer | 502 | Operations Research

This book contains selected papers from the symposium Operations Research 2007 which was held from September 5-7, 2007 at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. This international conference, which also serves as the annual meeting of the German Operations Research Society (GOR), attracted over 450 participants from more than thirty countries.

In Germany as in other countries, the transition from a production orientation to a service society, combined with a continuous demographic change, has generated a need for intensified Operations Research activities in this area. Consequently, this conference was devoted to the role of Operations Research in the service industry.



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A Christmas Carol



A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens | 2009-11-20 00:00:00 | CreateSpace | 78 | Classics
Charles Dickens' legendary classic.
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This is a review of the September 2010 paperback edition from ACTA Publications with an introduction by John Shea.

Though few have read the book, most people are familiar with A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Author and Publisher Gregory Augustine Pierce numbers it among his favorites. Thus, when he was visiting a bed and breakfast, he was delighted to find a beautifully rendered edition that was in the public domain. That meant he didn't need permission to reproduce the version he had discovered. He called on friends and favorite artists to work on the book design, illustrations, and cover. Theologian John Shea agreed to write the introduction. The final touch was applied by the publisher's office manager who, Pierce says, "found a red ribbon, put it on A Christmas Carol, and it was complete," a beautiful Christmas gift.



Shea suggests that those approaching the book as a "must-read yawn," will be surprised at the connections to be drawn between Scrooge and ourselves, and the pull to consider our own past, present, and future. He characterizes the unconverted Scrooge as smoldering with anger, rationalizing against helping the needy, and choosing isolation over communion. Scrooge's conversion, Shea explains, is a result of "the unyielding work of grace, the theological atmosphere that envelopes the Christmas season."



The ghosts show Scrooge the opportunities he has missed, the isolation of his current life, and the promise of an un-mourned death. But conversion is still possible for Scrooge and for us, Shea writes, citing the end of A Christmas Carol. In the final paragraph, Dickens reveals that Scrooge had learned how to keep Christmas well and expresses the following hope: "May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!"


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I was impressed at so many reviews of this historic book, but I had to recognize that the book I am reporting for your review is truly the story of the Christmas Carol, but it is sprinkled with timeless godly wisdom, and this is unique.

Life issues always have an opening for our Lord to sprinkle His Wisdom into and on us for us all to learn and to grow spiritually.

Do I bleieve that Charles Dickens, when he wrote this book so many years ago, thought of a man named Scrooge who would change to love the Lord? I don't know. He did change his life habits. But we all know that that is not all that is needed to end up in Heaven. Call on Jesus! Read and listen to God's Wisdom as the story deveops and ends.
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I have always loved this story and enjoy the old english language which some reviewers did not like. However, almost everyone is familiar with the story and should be able to follow it.
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Another free book that I enjoyed reading, even though I've seen 5-6 different film versions of the story. Dickens was a master and I feel a little silly even reviewing this classic tale. I will comment that the text was error free as far as I noticed. I do not jump around when I read a book so navigation was not an issue. Again, it was FREE! how can I not rate it a 5?
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I know this is a classic amd you are supposed to admire the great writimg skills of Charles Dickens but this book is tortureous. He uses unnecessary comparrisons and words that nobody understands. I understand Dickens is a great writer and it show. Everybody knows this story you do not need to torture yourself ny reading this though. It is boring and hard to understand . Just watch one of the movies.

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Optical Switching Networks



Optical Switching Networks
Martin Maier | 2008-02-11 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 244 | Engineering
Optical Switching Networks describes all the major switching paradigms developed for modern optical networks, discussing their operation, advantages, disadvantages and implementation. Following a review of the evolution of optical WDM networks, an overview of the future trends out. The latest developments in optical access, local, metropolitan, and wide area networks are covered, including detailed technical descriptions of generalized multiprotocol label switching, waveband switching, photonic slot routing, optical flow, burst and packet switching. The convergence of optical and wireless access networks is also discussed, as are the IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring and IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet passive optical network standards and their WDM upgraded derivatives. The feasibility, challenges and potential of next-generation optical networks are described in a survey of state-of-the-art optical networking testbeds. Animations showing how the key optical switching techniques work are available via the web, as are lecture slides (www.cambridge.org/9780521868006).

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Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor Signalling (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit)



Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor Signalling (Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit)
Derek Leroith,Walter Zumkeller,Robert C. Baxter | 2003-07-31 00:00:00 | Springer | 516 | Physiology
Insulin-like growth factors are ubiquitously expressed and are crucial for growth and function of almost all cells. Together with their binding proteins and receptors, they form a widely studied biological system involving many proteins and characterized by complex interactions. In addition to its significance in growth and development, the insulin-like growth factor system also has important roles in a wide variety of pathological states. This has led to interest in the therapeutic potential of insulin-like growth factors and their binding proteins as candidate drug targets.
This comprehensive book contains current information on both basic science and clinical aspects of IGFs and their regulatory proteins, with emphasis on their relevance to cancer.

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Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology



Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology
John L. Foster | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | University of Texas Press | 336 | Classics
"Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge; approach the unlettered as well as the wise. The summit of artistry cannot be reached, nor does craftsman ever attain pure mastery. More hidden than gems is chiseled expression yet found among slave girls grinding the grain." --from the Maxims of Ptahhotep Poetry, stories, hymns, prayers, and wisdom texts found exquisite written expression in ancient Egypt while their literary counterparts were still being recited around hearth fires in ancient Greece and Israel. Yet, because of its very antiquity and the centuries during which the language was forgotten, ancient Egyptian literature is a newly discovered country for modern readers. This anthology offers an extensive sampling of all the major genres of ancient Egyptian literature. It includes all the texts from John Foster's previous book Echoes of Egyptian Voices, along with selections from his Love Songs of the New Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Lyric Poetry, as well as previously unpublished translations of four longer and two short poems. Foster's translations capture the poetical beauty of the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each piece's composition, making these ancient masterworks sing for modern readers. An introduction to ancient Egyptian literature and its translation, as well as brief information about the authorship and date of each selection, completes the volume.
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John L. Foster's translation of ancient Egyptian poetry and prose is fresh, revealing, and true to the original spirit and humor of the ancient writers. It provides a solid, grounded angle on Egyptian literature, remaining loyal enough to provide a fully legitimate translation, while also playing with the barrier between languages--so as to express the intent of the original work, the way the author likely intended. His background in Modernist poetry (in fact of all poetry) helps this tender, joyful rendition.
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I have enjoyed reading this anthology of ancient Egyptian literature translated by John Foster. The study of ancient Egyptian literature has come a long way since its early days, with de Rouge's publication for the tale "Two Brothers" in 1852, based an ancient Egyptian papyri, which was acquired by Elizabeth d'Orbiney. In his well-written introduction, the author outlines his personal introduction as a graduate student at the University of Michigan to ancient Egyptian literature; and he further indicates that he finished his work in American literature and modern poetry, and that by profession he taught English. He outlines the historical background for the study of ancient Egyptian literature. A major feature of this anthology is that it tends to be more of a "literary" vis a vis a more "literal" translation, while keeping the original ancient Egyptian writers' "presumed" intent in mind. I tend to think that the author seems to have been reasonably successful in producing a literary translation to a great extent. The book also includes the sources of the texts and a bibliography, which I tend to think, would be useful for the readers.



I noted with interest the translation as compared with other recent publications of ancient Egyptian literature such as the three volumes on "Ancient Egyptian Literature" by M. Lichtheim, which tends to be more of a literal vis a vis literary translation. I have two observations to point out. The first is about maxim 1 of Ptahhotep, which advises against arrogance for those who attain knowledge. Ptahhotep admonishes the reader in the author's literary translation "more hidden than gems is the chiseled expression, yet found among slave girls grinding the grain". This may be compared with Lichtheim more literal translation "good speech is more hidden than greenstone, yet may be found among maids at the grindstone". Though the literary translation flows a lot more smoothly than the literal one, it leaves the reader with the impression that the Old Kingdom ancient Egyptians used salves, as compared with maids, a notion rejected by most of the scholars of that period of ancient Egyptian history. The second observation is about the story of Sinuhe. Whereas the author's literary translation shows the story as a poem, Lichtheim translation more literal translation shows it as a narration interspersed with three poems and an exchange of correspondence.



Again the major feature of this anthology is that it targets a more literary as compared with a more literal translation. This of course is a tall order, which offers both advantageous and disadvantageous prospects. Perhaps the specialists will always need to look at more literally oriented and ever refined translations, however the more literary translation offers more enjoyable reading for cotemporary readers. In general terms this is an informative and entertaining reading for a good representative selection of ancient Egyptian literature.




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This is a wonderful collection of stories and poems from ancient Egypt, translated of course. Someone once said "Poetry is that which is lost in translation," but that does not hold true for this book. Most of its stories are in poetic form, and they are all as fascinating and engaging as any non-translated work might be.
Some of the best works in the book are its love poems, which range from tender and sweet to erotic-and often both. They are delightful to read, not to mention startlingly modern; love has not changed much over 3000 years, it appears.
For a glimpse at what life 3000 years ago might have been like; or a taste of the incredible culture that existed then; or an eye-opening example of how close we are to people from all places and times; or simply a fabulous collection of literature, I would definitely recommend this book.
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This book has received a Special Recognition for Paperback Cover Design from the 2001 Southern Books Competition. "The photographic, typographic, and color elements work together in a clean and pleasant way to produce a most attractive package." Congratulations to translator John L. Foster, book jacket designer Heidi Haeuser, cover artist Lyla Pinch Brock, and the University of Texas Press.

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What A Rogue Desires



What A Rogue Desires
Caroline Linden | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Zebra | 352 | Fiction
Stand and deliver!.....Those are not the words one wants to hear while traveling on the road. Apparently the day has just gotten even worse for David Reece. First his brother, the duke, decides to leave the care of his entire finances to David while on his honeymoon trip abroad for three months. The pressure enough of that responsibility is suffocating. Next he becomes stranded while his horse goes lame on the way to London. And finally he's forced to take a smelly, dusty and dingy coach the rest of the way. Now he has to deal with highwayman! Bloody hell! Life was so much easier when he had no responsibilities; gambling away his fortune, dallying with any willing woman and drinking till he couldn't remember where he was or where he'd been.

Life has never been easy for pickpocket and thief Vivian Beecham, but that hasn't stopped her from getting what she can for her and her brother. It may be illegal but it keeps food in her belly. But when she tries to pawn some stolen goods, its her that gets captured by none other than one of her victims. Only this time its not the constable she has to worry about. The danger lies in the rogue who just might steal her heart.

So good! Not precisely a reformed rake story but similar. David has already decided to change his scandalous behavior on his own. Vivian just adds fuel to the fire. Their relationship begins rather oddly (he keeps her prisoner in his house!) and then changes several times through out the the book. Great characterizations by Linden (author). I was particularly impressed by the way she showed the consequences of Davids lifestyle. I don't think I've ever really read that before. It always seems that the rogue hero's life is secretly envied and even admired by everyone. Obviously thats not true. Seeing the ramifications was eye opening. I also love how Vivian is a real commoner and not someone who is, for example, the long lost daughter of an earl. Just makes the whole book more credible. David needs someone like Vivian who understands the lows and highs of his life and his shame.

Definitely a stand alone book, but I strongly recommend the prequel 'What a Gentleman Wants' (great Lizzy/Darcy thing going on in that one). I normally don't say this but you'll miss out if you don't read it first. David's scandalous behavior is highlighted there. You'll get a better general picture of who he was and why he determined that he must change. So if you haven't read it, go and read it first.
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Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 2000 (Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law)



Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 2000 (Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law)
Jochen Frowein | 2000-09-28 00:00:00 | Springer | 606 | International Law
Now in its fourth year, the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law is becoming a much sought-after forum for essays by the most distinguished professors in international law. These essays cover a variety of topics related to the activities of the United Nations: from the role of the Security Council to UN treaties, from environmental issues to humanitarian law. The Yearbook also contains essays on related organizations such as the World Bank, the IAEA, and the WTO. Volume 4 focuses on environmental topics in the light of UN and WTO frameworks. It also contains topical articles such as the UNSC resolutions on Kosovo and Iraq. This book is a must-have for any academic involved in international law.

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Biology of Termites: a Modern Synthesis



Biology of Termites: a Modern Synthesis
David Edward Bignell,Yves Roisin,Nathan Lo | 2010-10-21 00:00:00 | Springer | 576 | Conservation
Biology of Termites, a Modern Synthesis brings together the major advances in termite biology, phylogenetics, social evolution and biogeography. In this new volume, David Bignell, Yves Roisin and Nathan Lo have brought together leading experts on termite taxonomy, behaviour, genetics, caste differentiation, physiology, microbiology, mound architecture, biogeography and control. Very strong evolutionary and developmental themes run through the individual chapters, fed by new data streams from molecular sequencing, and for the first time it is possible to compare the social organisation of termites with that of the social Hymenoptera, focusing on caste determination, population genetics, cooperative behaviour, nest hygiene and symbioses with microorganisms. New chapters have been added on termite pheromones, termites as pests of agriculture and on destructive invasive species.
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Y received only the Part II of the book Termites...and Y want reveive the Part I obviously.

Y wait your answer and the solution, because Y payed the

two parts, I and II.

Thanks i advance

Prof. Luiz Carlos Pinheiro Machado
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For those who works with termites, this book cames just in time because little was done until now to make a synthesis of the knowledge about termites, with an exception of Grasse book, in French language. Although it comprises only some aspects, I hope that this book make another termitologists write your results and publish them in a compendium like that.

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QuickBase: The Missing Manual



QuickBase: The Missing Manual
Nancy Conner | 2007-03-21 00:00:00 | O'Reilly Media | 554 | Apple

Ready to put Intuit's QuickBase to work? Our new Missing Manual shows you how to capture, modify, share, and manage data and documents with this web-based data-sharing program quickly and easily. No longer do you have to coordinate your team through a blizzard of emails or play frustrating games of "guess which document is the right one."

QuickBase saves your organization time and money, letting you manage and share the information that makes your business tick: sales figures, project timelines, drafts of documents, purchase or work requests--whatever information you need to keep business flowing smoothly.

QuickBase: The Missing Manual shows you how to choose among QuickBase's dozens of ready-made applications (mini-databases, essentially) and how to customize one to fit your needs exactly. You'll also learn to assign people different roles within the application. The guide also shows you how to:

  • Capture and modify data: Whatever kind of data you need to store--sales leads, catalog listings, project milestones, workflow checklists--you can use QuickBase's forms to record and organize that data so it makes sense to you.
  • Filter, sort, and group data: Easily find the records that match your criteria, and then sort those records into groups that make their relationships clear.
  • Display your data: QuickBase uses different views (Table, Grid Edit, Summary/Crosstab, Calendar, Chart, and Timeline) to display and summarize data. Switching between them is easy, like taking tasks listed in a table and displaying them as a timeline.
  • Create reports: Print out a hard copy, embed charts in the annual report, or email this month's sales numbers.

Because Intuit frequently introduces new features to QuickBase, you'll find updates to this book at our Missing Manual web site so you can benefit from the latest technology and user suggestions right away.



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Quick Access: Professional Guide to Conditions, Herbs & Supplements



Quick Access: Professional Guide to Conditions, Herbs & Supplements
Quick Access | 2000-01-15 00:00:00 | Thieme New York | 472 | Alternative Medicine
The Quick Access Professional Guide delivers the most clinically relevant, reliable and timely information on conventional therapies, and the use of herbs, supplements and alternative therapies for treating common conditions. This reference offers the latest scientific and laboratory evidence from the most trusted sources. All information is thoroughly researched, succinctly presented, consistently formatted and comprehensively reviewed by a panel of distinguished health professionals to ensure absolute reliability and impartiality.

Quick Access Professional Guide is a convenient reference and trusted source of indispensable information on the most popular herbs and supplements. Written in layman's terms, this is an essential tool for healthcare professionals looking for a way to communicate accurate information to their patients and for consumers who need reliable information on a particular subject. The work contains integrated monographs that allow quick answers to a wide range of questions. This monograph system is comprised of the following three broad categories. 1) Condition Monographs - allow health professionals to review a standard medical model of diagnosis and treatment protocols based on a known or suspected condition, with additional information on nutritional support and the use of alternative and complementary modalities. We include what the best evidence allows as safe and productive adjuncts to conventional medical care. As a result, herbs and dietary supplements receive a relatively higher share of coverage. 2) Herb Monographs - allow the health professional to consider the best evidence to support the use of herbs in maintaining health or in treating conditions. The user may be searching for a particular herb, and use this section first, or may be looking here for more substance, having seen reference to the herb's use in a condition monograph. 3) Supplement Monographs - provide substantive and well-referenced information on the use of dietary supplements in managing health or in support of condition management. Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, micro-nutrients, and food supplements are included. A comprehensive cross reference guide allows for a quick search of category lists drawn from the ACCESS monographs. At a glance, you can review the herbs or supplements used in treating a particular condition, the contraindications of using a particular herb or supplement, and much more. All of the information in Quick Access is well researched, succinctly presented and consistantly formatted. References are current and clinically significant, tracking the relevant and excluding the irrelevant. A panel of health professionals representing the intended audience of pharmacists, physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, nutritionists, dietitians, chiropractors, herbalists, naturopathic physicians, and other health practitioners have, and will continue, to help us shape the product and review the information for appropriateness. We have built this product for you, and pledge to be responsive to your existing and future information needs. We welcome your feedback. Good reading!
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There are several excellent texts to search for information on alternative therapies and herbal preparations. Of course, the German Council books are the "bible", and I would generally default to the information gathered there. However, this text and the "Professional's Guide to Alternative Therapies" are both good, useful guides for someone with a solid grounding in pharmacological principals.

The latter text is somewhat more succinct. Both guides are more accessible to patients as well, and make for good in-house reference texts.

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Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It



Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It
Zachary Karabell | 2009-10-13 00:00:00 | Simon & Schuster | 340 | Economics
THE EMERGENCE OF CHINA as an economic superpower is now widely recognized, but as Zachary Karabell reveals, that is only one aspect of the story. Over the past decade, the Chinese and U.S. economies have fused to become one integrated system. How China and the United States manage their relationship will determine whether the coming decades witness increased global prosperity or greater instability.

Karabell traces the twenty-year history that began with the suppression of the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The Chinese leadership adopted a policy of aggressive economic reform and courted U.S. companies and expertise. Karabell charts how integral those companies -- including Federal Express, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Avon, and Wal-Mart -- have been to China's success and how integral China has been to their growth. Though accelerated by the admission of China to the World Trade Organization in 2001, the economies began to fuse without attracting much notice. Preoccupied with the threat of terrorism and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States soon found itself deeply in debt to China while also reaping the rewards of China's growth.

Now both countries find themselves in an unfamiliar and challenging position. After years of seeking closer integration with the United States, China has begun to question the wisdom of that embrace. The United States, buoyed by China's loans, faces a level of dependency that has generated considerable anxiety. The intertwinement has enhanced the global economy but undermined the sovereignty that governments so crave.

Yet, as Karabell argues, the fusion has advanced too far for either to extricate itself without severe harm. The challenge for the United States is to embrace this new world even with some loss of relative power in order to ensure its prosperity in the future; the challenge for China is to recognize that it is now a major player on the world stage with all the risks and responsibilities that entails. We need them and they need us, but the jury is still out on whether either can fully accept that new paradigm.

In a book rich in individual stories, Karabell, informed by his considerable experience, not only provides the first comprehensive account of how these two countries became one economy but also makes a compelling case for why its continuation in the future is a vital element of a stable, prosperous world.
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I believe it was in Thomas Friedman's Lexus and the Olive Tree that he writes about President Clinton during a confrontation with China over Taiwan being warned by Treasury Department officials about the effect any conflict might have due to the US/China economic relationship. That story pretty much entirely sums up Superfusion.



If you have read a Business Week article, you have heard all this before. Companies are pouring into China and looking to its growing middle class as the next great area for growth. Some pioneers such as KFC already have a hold there. We import A LOT from China. American manufacturing is disappearing. China helps fund America's debt by purchasing treasuries. The book is a string of Business Week or Economist stories and rarely does the author go much deeper than I just did. He also does not usually state the implications of his point. The US, China, and every other country are more interconnected then ever meaning their actions must be more coordinated. But so what? That has been the trend since at least World War II. The author also engages in broad generalizations, for example discussing how many missed the China story because we were distracted by Monica Lewinsky or 9/11. With the exception of the weeks around 9/11, that just isn't true. He also calls the US a gambling mecca, which I found a little strange since many countries have much more lenient gambling laws than the more rigid US.



One area the author does discuss in bits and pieces is the upside to the US for the relationship (all those US multi-nationals having a new place to do business) and the fact that much of our trade deficit with China shifted there from other places. Meaning our old trade deficits with South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan are supposedly lower and shifted to China. I have not checked to see if that is true. But more discussion of these types of upsides would have done a better job of showing why the two countries are "fusing" instead of China just rising.



The book just does not dig in far enough for my tastes, as I felt like I had read it all before. The best example is when discussing the US takeover (or retakeover I should say) of FannieMae and FreddieMac. China had billions in securities from these companies and its failure would have severely shaken China's confidence in the US, possibly leading to lower purchases of US treasuries. Did the Treasury Secretary discuss this with China? Were we bullied into action or do it on our own? The author does not say, he just assumes. I would have preferred more research and analysis and less sweeping assumptions.



The book's premise is undoubtedly correct, though another reviewer nicely points out China is more like the drug dealer and the US the addict than equal partners. But the author does not tell readers much about the premise they don't already know if they even have a passing interest in the topic.
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Superfusion: How "Chimerica" Will Shape This Century

By Ravi Nagarajan

Published on February 2, 2010 at 10:38 am



Few topics generate as much controversy in the United States as the question of whether free trade has been beneficial for our society. In the early 1990s, the main focus was on trade with Mexico and the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Protectionist sentiment still occasionally results in trade disputes with Mexico such as the restrictions on Mexican trucking that resulted in higher tariffs last year. However, the main target of trade skeptics today is China. The widespread failure to grasp the nature of the complex relationship between the United States and China has led to periodic trade disputes and could seriously harm both countries in the years to come.



Zachary Karabell has made an important contribution to the debate in Superfusion: How China and America Become One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It. Mr. Karabell attempts to trace the history of China's remarkable rise over the past twenty years by presenting a wide ranging "thirty thousand foot" view of political and economic forces as well as individual case studies of American companies that penetrated the Chinese consumer market. The underlying thesis is that China and America have "fused" into a single economy of "Chimerica".



Expanding American Brands into China



While Mr. Karabell's big picture observations receive more space in the book, from a business and investing standpoint the individual case studies are equally interesting. The question of how a business can establish, maintain, and grow a brand over time is difficult enough to answer when one is dealing with a single culture and society. Even within a country like the United States, there are many brands such as See's Candies that have not gained traction outside one region. What steps must be taken to expand brand loyalty into a very different culture?



The case studies of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Avon were both revealing in terms of the missteps that American firms are prone to making when expanding into different cultures as well as the eventual placement and branding of the products. Some amusing anecdotes are discussed such as KFC's mistake in translating the "Finger Licking Good" slogan into a Chinese phrase meaning "So Good, You Suck Your Fingers." But the most interesting aspect of both KFC and Avon's entry into China is that they transformed middle market brands in the United States into high end "aspirational" brands in China.



This is actually not very surprising because countries that are experiencing rapid growth in personal incomes often want to emulate richer countries and by consuming American brands, these consumers were demonstrating their economic success in small ways. Of course, the American brands had to be adapted for local tastes and the book provides useful details on how this can be done. KFC has been so successful due to its "early mover" advantage in China that it is now the largest fast food operator in the country with over 2,300 outlets including more than 200 in Beijing alone.



Taking a Broader Perspective



While the individual case studies are of great interest, Mr. Karabell's major focus is clearly on the broader macroeconomic forces that are driving America and China into a single unified economy that he calls "Chimerica". The use of that term is perhaps unfortunate because it is likely to serve as fodder for political sound bites promoting protectionist policies. The book clearly shows that not only are these economic ties mutually beneficial in many ways but that they have reached the stage where China and America are integrated to the point where attempts to reverse course would lead to disaster.



Proponents of isolation often gloss over important questions with sound bites such as "buy American", but what does this really mean when American companies have manufacturing facilities in foreign countries while foreign companies have facilities in the United States? When one buys a Toyota Camry manufactured in Kentucky, is that choice more or less "American" than purchasing a Ford Mustang manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan simply because Toyota is a Japanese company? The same example applies to American companies that outsource manufacturing to foreign countries and then import these goods into America for final sale. Should the litmus test be the question of where the company's stock is listed? Or the question of what percentage of revenue is generated from various countries? Or the ownership of the company's shares based on the citizenship of the shareholder?



All of these questions may be of interest from a public policy perspective but the bottom line is that in a global economy companies are increasingly focusing on leveraging the comparative advantage of different countries in an attempt to operate in the most efficient manner possible. One can object to this by correctly claiming that American manufacturing jobs have been lost over the past several decades. However, it is disingenuous to not also examine the benefits that American consumers have enjoyed in the form of more affordable consumer goods produced by overseas manufacturers or the benefits of American brands expanding into China.



Looking Ahead



Mr. Karabell concludes the book with a discussion of how the United States can avoid a fate similar to Great Britain's after World War II. After the war, economic, political, and military dominance of the West clearly shifted from Britain to the United States and has resulted in six decades of undisputed dominance for America. With China's economy growing at a much faster rate than America's, is it inevitable for the United States to follow the path of Britain in the coming decades?



This is a sobering question particularly in light of the massive government deficits facing the United States that neither political party shows any sign of addressing. The fact that China is playing a major role in funding these deficits will eventually force the United States to come to grips with the problem. The question is whether this will be done on America's terms or in a way decided by the Chinese.



Recent events in Washington are troubling to say the least. Politicians are calling for a commission to address tax and spending questions that our elected Representatives have decided to punt on. This reveals an abdication of duty of the highest order and does not inspire confidence that the matter will be decided on America's terms.



It would cost less than $14,000 (at the full retail price) to send each Member of Congress and the President's cabinet a copy of Mr. Karabell's book. It would be money well spent if they actually bother to read the book.
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China, the USA's largest creditor, buys billions of dollars in U.S. Treasury bills. That allows us to keep interest rates low. Low interest rates encourage Americans to spend more money than they have. Americans especially like to consume low-priced Chinese goods. So China has been happy to fuel this cycle of investment and consumption. Thus our two countries have become partners, says Karabell: "The Chinese and U.S. economies have fused to become one integrated system. Americans should embrace this fusion."



Karabell downplays the fact that the relationship is more a codependency than a partnership--like drug dealer and addict. Now the USA has overdosed on debt, while China keeps saving, investing, and growing. China's premier Wen Jiabao stated that he is worried about the safety of China's investment in the USA. How long can the "partnership" last? Karabell underestimates the potential for conflict and the impediments to the happily integrated system that he envisions.



For example, some American politicians scold China for keeping its currency undervalued, its banking system inefficient, its savings rate high, and consumption low.
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Zachary Karabell's book,"Superfusion", is a stunningly blunt but realistic assessment of America's current position in the global economy as well as China's ascendancy. There are several important themes that emerge from his book.



While practicing their own version of American capitalism, the Chinese are succeeding in transforming their economy and society to achieve a level of economic stability and potential economic hegemony. There are myriad political implications.



Meanwhile, the United States, the epicenter of capitalism, seems to have abandoned the spirit of the capitalist construct. Turning inward and decrying free trade, behaving in a reactive fashion to the recent global economic crisis; if continued, these behaviors do not bode well for our relative economic position. We are in danger of not only looking askance at the Chinese but looking away from our own political and economic shortcomings.



The nation-state model and the impetus to maintain economic and political sovreignty at all costs is perhaps outmoded. It seems counterintuitive to the inevitable dynamic of globalization and all the complexities that implies. Political and business leaders at every level must recognize that it's a small planet replete with competing ideologies and political and economic constructs. Capitalism, however implemented, will allow civil societies around the globe to flourish.



Chimerica is a phenonmenon that developed over the last 20 years. Both the United States and China were largely unaware that it was happening, much less the "unintended consequences" of the relationship. Zachary Karabell's book is an informative history of this phenomenon and a call for better understanding of our intertwinement. It is a call we must heed.



Barbara Barone

Phoenix AZ
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Zachary Karabell, president of River Twice Research, is one of the few original thinkers out there who also has a sense of humor. So there's more than one? Zach has brought his considerable talents to bear on the current state of the Chinese-American relationship in a new book, Superfusion: How China and American became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends On It. International trade has fused the two countries into a single economic unit that accounts for a quarter of the world's population and a third of its GDP, despite wildly different cultures, much like the loose confederation that makes up the European Community. The Middle Kingdom now has reserves of $2.3 trillion, which is overwhelmingly invested in the US. Where else can it go? That enabled them to step up and play an important role in the bail out of the US financial system this year. But it is an imbalanced agglomeration, with Americans over consuming and under saving and the Chinese doing the reverse. This has to stop, lest the symbiotic relationship tears itself apart. The tit for tat, storm in a tea cup, where the US imposed punitive import duties on Chinese tires and the they retaliated with a ban on American chicken feet (yes, they eat them, yuk!), is a recent example. The reality is that old, boring industries that once might have fought tooth and nail for protection are now migrating to China en masse and finding new life. Bet you didn't know that General Motors sells more cars in China than in the US, some 1.6 million this year? Don't hold your breath waiting for China to float the Yuan, as it is one of the few tools that give the Mandarins in Beijing direct control of a huge, disparate economy. Chinese military spending is so parsimonious that it won't remotely comprise a threat to the US. What little they have is directed at potential regional aggressors, like Japan, India, and Russia. The greatest risk to the existing relationship is that Chinese growth continues so rapid, that it pits them against the world in resource bidding wars, which could get ugly. With crude at $82 and copper at $3, has that already started? The book is well worth a read for some excellent "out of the box" analysis. Does anyone have any good recipes for chicken feet?

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Economic Crisis in Africa: Perspectives on Policy Responses



Economic Crisis in Africa: Perspectives on Policy Responses
Magnus Blomström,Mats Lundahl | 1993-08-18 00:00:00 | Routledge | 368 | Economics
Economic Crisis in Africa presents an overview of the situation currently facing Africa and examines the feasibility of current policies while suggesting long-term objectives. The book first presents an overall view of the African crisis as illustrated in cross-country studies of Tanzania and Kenya. It examines problems of trade liberalization, contrasting the relative success of Zimbabwe and Botswana with the failure of Lesotho in implementing an adjustment policy. Case studies from Uganda, Guinea-Boisseau, and the failure of central state control over the Congolese economy represent a micro perspective on the African crisis and adjustment. The book outlines the changes in economic systems which took place during the 1980s and analyze the likely success of new policies.

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Modellierung und Simulation von IT-Dienstleistungsprozessen (German Edition)



Modellierung und Simulation von IT-Dienstleistungsprozessen (German Edition)
Christian Bartsch | 2010-08-09 00:00:00 | KIT Scientific Publishing | 372 | Subjects
Eine der Ursachen für die ungenaue Bestimmung von Service-Levels in IT-Dienstleistungsvereinbarungen liegt in der informellen Repräsentation von IT-Dienstleistungsprozessen. In der Arbeit wird eine integrierte Methode entwickelt, mit der Dienstanbieter verschiedene Qualitätsmerkmale von IT-Dienstleistungen und die zu ihrer Erbringung benötigten IT-Dienstleistungsprozesse modellieren und simulieren können.

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Le nombre d'or 1,618: Mode d'emploi en design et esthetique industrielle (French Edition)



Le nombre d'or 1,618: Mode d'emploi en design et esthetique industrielle (French Edition)
Jean-Pierre Grosjean | 1993-01-01 00:00:00 | H. Vial | 199 | French

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Routing, Flow, and Capacity Design in Communication and Computer Networks (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking)



Routing, Flow, and Capacity Design in Communication and Computer Networks (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking)
| 2004-07-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Networks


In network design, the gap between theory and practice is woefully broad. This book narrows it, comprehensively and critically examining current network design models and methods. You will learn where mathematical modeling and algorithmic optimization have been under-utilized. At the opposite extreme, you will learn where they tend to fail to contribute to the twin goals of network efficiency and cost-savings. Most of all, you will learn precisely how to tailor theoretical models to make them as useful as possible in practice.

Throughout, the authors focus on the traffic demands encountered in the real world of network design. Their generic approach, however, allows problem formulations and solutions to be applied across the board to virtually any type of backbone communication or computer network. For beginners, this book is an excellent introduction. For seasoned professionals, it provides immediate solutions and a strong foundation for further advances in the use of mathematical modeling for network design.

· Written by leading researchers with a combined 40 years of industrial and academic network design experience.
Features
· Considers the development of design models for different technologies, including TCP/IP, IDN, MPLS, ATM, SONET/SDH, and WDM
· Discusses recent topics such as shortest path routing and fair bandwidth assignment in IP/MPLS networks
· Addresses proper multi-layer modeling across network layers using different technologies-for example, IP over ATM over SONET, IP over WDM, and IDN over SONET.
· Covers restoration-oriented design methods that allow recovery from failures of large-capacity transport links and transit nodes.
· Presents, at the end of each chapter, exercises useful to both students and practitioners.

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Great all-round summary of the topic
It's a must-have for everyone dealing with network design / resilience issues. Clear, easy to understand style and structure, good examples, and covers almost all important topics.

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That's what I needed !
The book covers a broad range of network design/optimization problems in a comprehensive way, and contains a state-of-the-art discussion of a lot of hot topics, e.g., on multi-layer resilient networks, on shortest-path routing (of the OSPF-type) networks, and on fair networks. The reader can also find useful appendices on general optimization methods, generalized shortest-path algorithms, and the notion of NP-completeness, which makes the book well-suited also for beginners. For this reason the book is very helpful for operators in the process of training their network planning staff, as we have found out in our organization, Telekomunikacja Polska. In the case the authors prepare the second edition of the book, I hope they will continue to cover the up-to-date applications and the current optimization methods in the network planning domain, in the way they did in this first edition.

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Comprehensive collection of network design problems
A variety of technologies for telecommunication networks is overwhelming. There is no single well-known recipie, telling how to design telecommunication networks. And therefore modelling and comparison of different approaches is very important before choosing the right solution to be implemented. This is especially true for backbone telecommunication networks because there stakes are very high and many factors that have to be taken into account make the design process very complex.


The network design models based on optimization theory are probably most commonly encountrered in the field. And that's exactly what this book teaches the reader- how to model different telecommunication networks with a help of optimization theory. Most of the material in the book concerns multi-comodity flow networks. In my opinion, the book is the most up-to-date and comprehensive collection of network design problems, methods and algorithms, illustrated with extensive examples and accompanied with a right amount of theoretical background and information on existing networking technologies. It covers all the spectrum of problems and design methods- from the most simple to the most advanced, presenting even `hot` research topics. Personally I learned a lot from chapters on multi-layer network design and advanced decomposition methods.


Also I think the book is rather universal and can be used either as a course book (it includes a lot of exercises at the end of each chapter), or as a reference manual (well defined notation makes it easy to find and understand the desired design problem even without reading a chapter from beginning).


This book is a good choice for everyone studying or actively working with network design. Highly recommended!

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Useful literature!
Literature that considers communication system problems, tends to be either too practical (not general enough, providing only `ad hoc-solutions`), or theoretical to the extent that the desired `real-world property` is lost (or hopelessly hidden,,.). This book is a true exception, giving a well-balanced mix of theory and practice, presented in a most understandable and inspiring way. A broad range of relevant communication system problems (for the taken approach, probably all (?)) are discussed, practically all of which are dealt with in a multi-commodity, network optimization fashion. The book is self-contained in the sense that the prerequisites are covered by its appendices. In my opinion, a book of this type (there are not many!) is essential whether you are an engineer or a researcher in this field, simply because that it constitutes a `missing link` between theory and practice.





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