Thursday, 10 February 2011

Inferno Programming with Limbo



Inferno Programming with Limbo
| 2003-03-26 00:00:00 | | 0 | Programming


Inferno Programming with Limbo is the first complete developer?s guide to programming for the Inferno operating system. Developed at Lucent's Bell Labs, Inferno enables cross-platform, portable, distributed application development that is well suited for networked applications on resource constrained, embedded systems. Limbo is its programming language.

This book will provide you with an introduction to Inferno, and everything you need to know about building applications with Limbo.

The book focuses on the pragmatic aspects of developing Inferno applications with the Limbo language. It includes complete source code for several application examples, ranging from a text editor, file servers and network servers, to graphical applications such as games. Common programming pitfalls are revealed and in-depth analysis of complete sample applications are given.

Also covered in the text are sections on:

 · accessing Inferno system facilities from Limbo programs

 · building multi-threaded applications with Limbo

 · implementing user level file servers in Limbo

 · networking in Inferno and constructing networked applications in Limbo

 · graphical applications in Inferno

 · augmenting Limbo applications with modules written in the C programming language

 · cryptographic facilities provided by Inferno

 · tools for verification of concurrent multi-threaded programs, such as model checkers

 · relevant manual pages and Limbo module definitions


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The Student's Guide to Financial Literacy



The Student's Guide to Financial Literacy
Robert E. Lawless | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Greenwood | 230 | Management
The recent global financial crisis was caused, at least in part, by the financial ignorance of many consumers. Many students and young adults in particular have never been taught the basics of financial planning. Yet, the earlier people move from financial illiteracy to literacy, the greater the benefits that will accumulate over time.

As The Student's Guide to Financial Literacy makes clear, practices adopted in the early years of adulthood can have the most dramatic effect on a personOs ultimate quality of life, level of success, and age of retirement. This book is designed to convey financial wisdom in terms that are easy to understand with suggestions that are easy to apply. Readers will learn about the importance of budgeting and saving, the compounding of money, and how to create a diversified portfolio of investments. Included is advice on buying a first home, the characteristics of good debt versus bad debt, insurance and tax planning, even choosing the right career.
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Contexts



Contexts
Stefano Predelli | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 209 | Philosophy
Stefano Predelli comes to the defense of the traditional "formal" approach to natural-language semantics, arguing that it has been misrepresented not only by its critics, but also by its foremost defenders. In Contexts he offers a fundamental reappraisal, with particular attention to the treatment of indexicality and other forms of contextual dependence which have been the focus of much recent controversy. Predelli shows how his metasemantic approach deals with a variety of important semantic and philosophical puzzles. He analyzes the relationship between indexicality and logical validity, discussing well-known problem cases, and demonstrating the limits of token-reflexive systems.
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Paula Deen and Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style



Paula Deen and Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style
Paula Deen | 2005-03-22 00:00:00 | | 0 | Cooking
If you are a true Paula Deen fan as I am, you will buy this book regardless. I don't think this one is near as good as her other cookbooks. There are alot of recipes provided by friends and peers, and a few repeats from previous cookbooks. And seems like several are more exotic than her normal downhome type of things. I always liked Paula's older recipes cause chances are you already had most of the ingredients already in the pantry. I know it would be hard for her to keep coming up with original recipes given her schedule, but I'd give my eye teeth for another book of solely Paula and her family's recipes of good old southern cooking.
If you watch Paula on tv and are looking for a good sampling of her work, pick up The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook
or Just Desserts and you'll turn to it time and time again. For true die-hard fans who already own the other three, you'll enjoy the intros and witty comments made by Paula throughout the book.
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The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt: The Secret Lineage of the Patriarch Joseph



The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt: The Secret Lineage of the Patriarch Joseph
By Ahmed Osman | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | | 208 | History
A reinterpretation of Egyptian and biblical history that shows the Patriarch Joseph and Yuya, a vizier of the eighteenth dynasty king Tuthmosis IV, to be the same person

• Uses detailed evidence from Egyptian, biblical, and Koranic sources to place Exodus in the time of Ramses I • Sheds new light on the mysterious and sudden rise of monotheism under Yuya's daughter, Queen Tiye, and her son Akhnaten • New Edition of Stranger in the Valley of the Kings

When Joseph revealed his identity to his kinsmen who had sold him into slavery, he told them that God had made him "a father to Pharaoh." Throughout the long history of ancient Egypt, only one man is known to have been given the title "a father to Pharaoh"-Yuya, a vizier of the eighteenth dynasty king Tuthmosis IV. Yuya has long intrigued Egyptologists because he was buried in the Valley of Kings even though he was not a member of the House. His extraordinarily well-preserved mummy has a strong Semitic appearance, which suggests he was not of Egyptian blood, and many aspects of his burial have been shown to be contrary to Egyptian custom.

As The Hebrew Pharohs of Egypt shows, the idea that Joseph and Yuya may be one and the same person sheds a whole new light on the sudden rise of monotheism in Egypt, spearheaded by Queen Tiye and her son Akhnaten. It would clearly explain the deliberate obliteration of references to the "heretic" king and his successors by the last eighteenth dynasty pharaoh, Horemheb, whom the author believes was the opor king in the Book of Exodus. The author also draws on a wealth of detailed evidence from Egyptian, biblical, and Koranic sources to placethe time of the departure of the Hebrews from Egypt during the short reign of Ramses I, the first king of the nineteenth dynasty.

Contents:
The Hebrew Pharoahs Of Egypt, The Secret Lineage Of The Patriarch Joseph
Front Cover
Back Cover
Title Page
Copyright
Contents
List Of Illustrations
Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Book One
A Father To Pharaoh
1 The Tomb Of Yuya
2 Voices From The Past
3 A Special Family
4 A Special Son
5 Joseph In The Koran
6 The Time Of Yuya
7 Kings From The Desert
8 Chariots Of War . Or Peace?
9 The Egypt Of Joseph
10 The Lost Cities
11 Sojourn
12 Doppelganger
13 Death Of The Gods
Book Two
Notes And Sources
1 Abraham's Victim
2 Biblical Sources
3 Who Was Tuya?
4 Joseph's Name
Bibliography
Index
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A Course of Differential Geometry and Topology



A Course of Differential Geometry and Topology
A. Mishchenko, A. Fomenko | 1988-01-01 00:00:00 | Mir Publishers | 455 | Mathematics
The English edition has been thoroughly revised in line with comments and suggestions made by our readers, and the mistakes and misprints that were detected have been corrected. This is essentially a textbook for a modern course on differential geometry and topology, which is much wider than the traditional courses on classical differential geometry, and it covers many branches of mathematics a knowledge of which has now become essential for a modern mathematical education. We hope that a reader who has mastered this material will be able to do independent research both in geometry and in other related fields. To gain a deeper understanding of the material of this book, we recommend the reader should solve the questions in A.S. Mishchenko, Yu.P. Solovyev, and A.T. Fomenko, Problems in Differential Geometry and Topology (Mir Publishers, Moscow, 1985) which was specially compiled to accompany this course.
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Artificial Cells: Biotechnology, Nanomedicine, Regenerative Medicine, Blood Substitutes, Bioencapsulation, Cell/Stem Cell Therapy (Regenerative Medicine, Artificial Cells and Nanomedicine)



Artificial Cells: Biotechnology, Nanomedicine, Regenerative Medicine, Blood Substitutes, Bioencapsulation, Cell/Stem Cell Therapy (Regenerative Medicine, Artificial Cells and Nanomedicine)
Thomas Ming Swi Chang | 2007-05-15 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 484 | Biotechnology
This is the first book that provides a comprehensive review of the entire area of artificial cells. The author, a pioneer of the field, invented the first artificial cells some 50 years ago and has continued to carry out active research in this field. Since then, there have been explosive research activities around the world on artificial cells, especially in fields related to biotechnology, nanomedicine, cell therapy, blood substitutes, drug delivery and others. However, instead of the term artificial cells, many authors use other terminologies such blood substitutes, bioencapsulation, liposomes, nanoparticles, and so on. As a result, any meaningful literature search for a complete idea of the present status of the whole field of artificial cells is impossible. Furthermore, the fact that papers in this highly interdisciplinary area are published in numerous journals specializing in chemistry, medicine, surgery, bioengineering, and others, makes literature search even more difficult. Books in this area are mostly multi-authored, describing very specific and narrow areas. Therefore, many who enter this field for the first time cannot find any book that describes laboratory methods and procedures needed for starting their research. This monograph is written to fill this gap. Based on his 50 years of work and an interdisciplinary background, the author has managed to include all those areas in artificial cells that are disguised under different terminologies. Since this is a very large area, he starts each chapter by giving a detailed overview and has included more than 1000 references to facilitate easier literature search of this highly interdisciplinary area. Detailed examples of the author s own research are given and methods and procedures are described in detail. Readers interested in a detailed overview of the whole area can read from cover to cover but omitting the methods section at the end of each chapter. On the other hand, those entering this area of research will find the detailed methods and procedures very useful.
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This is a comprehensive and first class review of nearly all important and fundamental developments of artifiical cells by the nestor of this branch in applied biomedial science himself. This "bible" is essential reading for both beginners and the experienced professional. Chang wrote a solid and stimulating overview over 50 years of artificial cell research and development and applications.
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Contrary to the all-encompassing title, this book does not cover much ground except author's own results.

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Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe 950-1250



Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe 950-1250
R. I. Moore | 2007-01-22 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 240 | Ancient
The tenth to the thirteenth centuries in Europe saw the appearance of popular heresy and the establishment of the Inquisition, the expropriation and mass murder of Jews, and the propagation of elaborate measures to segregate lepers from the healthy and curtail their civil rights. These were traditionally seen as distinct and separate developments, and explained in terms of the problems which their victims presented to medieval society. In this stimulating book, first published in 1987 and now widely regarded as a a classic in medieval history, R. I. Moore argues that the coincidences in the treatment of these and other minority groups cannot be explained independently, and that all are part of a pattern of persecution which now appeared for the first time to make Europe become, as it has remained, a persecuting society.

In this new edition, R. I. Moore updates and extends his original argument with a new, final chapter, "A Persecuting Society". Here and in a new preface and critical bibliography, he considers the impact of a generation's research and refines his conception of the "persecuting society" accordingly, addressing criticisms of the first edition.

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Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2008: Kohala Coast, Hawaii, USA 4-8 January 2008



Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2008: Kohala Coast, Hawaii, USA 4-8 January 2008
Russ B. Altman,A. Keith Dunker,Lawrence Hunter,Tiffany Murray,Teri E. Klein | 2008-04-30 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 663 | Biological Sciences
The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2008 is an international, multidisciplinary conference for the presentation and discussion of current research in the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance. Presentations are rigorously peer reviewed and are published in an archival proceedings volume. PSB 2008 will be held on January 4-8, 2008 at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawaii. Tutorials will be offered prior to the start of the conference.PSB 2008 will bring together top researchers from the US, the Asian Pacific nations, and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of computational biology. It is a forum for the presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization, modeling, and other computational methods, as applied to biological problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular biology. The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in sub-disciplines within biocomputing. For that reason, it is the only meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to specific proposals. PSB sessions are organized by leaders of research in biocomputing's "hot topics." In this way, the meeting provides an early forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field.

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Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint



Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint
Guido Schmutz, Daniel Liebhart, Peter Welkenbach | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Packt Publishing | 240 | Web Development
Successfully implement your own enterprise integration architecture using the Trivadis Integration Architecture Blueprint

Overview of Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint

Discover and understand the structure of existing application landscapes from an integration perspective
Get to grips with fundamental integration concepts and terminology while learning about architecture variants
Fully comprehend all the individual layers and components that make up the Trivadis Integration Architecture Blueprint
Map and compare a variety of different vendor platforms to the blueprint
Packed with visual representations of the blueprint in order to help you fully understand its structure and implementation

In Detail

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) refers to building systems that offer applications as a set of independent services that communicate and inter-operate with each other effectively. Such applications may originate from different vendor, platform, and programming language backgrounds, making successful integration a challenging task. This book enables you to integrate application systems effectively, using the Trivadis Integration Architecture Blueprint, which is supported by real-world scenarios in which this Integration Blueprint has proved a success.

This book will enable you to grasp all of the intricacies of the Trivadis Architecture Blueprint, including detailed descriptions of each layer and component. It is a detailed theoretical guide that shows you how to implement your own integration architectures in practice, using the Trivadis Integration Architecture Blueprint. The main focus is on explaining and visualizing the blueprint, including comprehensive descriptions of all of its layers and components. It also covers the more basic features of integration concepts for less experienced specialists, as well as shedding light on the future of integration technologies, such as XTP and Grid Computing. You will learn about EII and EAI, OGSi, as well as base technologies related to the implementation of solutions based on the Blueprint, such as JCA, JBI, SCA and SDO.

The book begins by covering fundamental integration for those less familiar with the concepts and terminology, and then dives deep into explaining the different architecture variants and the future of integration technologies. Base technologies like JCA and SCA will be explored along the way, and the structure of the Trivadis Integration Architecture Blueprint will be described in detail, as will the intricacies of each component and layer. Other content includes discovering and comparing traditional and modern SOA driven integration solutions, implementing transaction strategies and process modeling, and getting to grips with EDA developments in SOA. Finally, the book considers how to map software from vendors like Oracle and IBM to the blueprint in order to compare the solutions, and ultimately integrate your own projects successfully.

A concise theoretical guide to SOA Integration based on real world-examples. Visualize the Trivadis Integration Architecture Blueprint, discover the future of integration, and much more.
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Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the Water Sector



Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the Water Sector
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | 2010-03-17 00:00:00 | OECD Publishing | 142 | Economics

This report examines innovative mechanisms that can help attract new financial resources into water and sanitation services. In particular, it focuses on mobilising market-based repayable financing (such as loans, bonds and equity) as a way of bridging the financial gap to meet the water-related Millennium Development Goals and other crucial sector objectives. The Camdessus and Gurría reports, published seven and four years ago, respectively, formulated a number of recommendations in this area. This report examines the extent to which these recommendations have been implemented. It looks at the rapidly evolving global context and to the ongoing financial and economic crisis, and considers how innovation in financing for the water sector may need to adapt.

Table of Content :

Foreword (and Acknowledgements)
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Introduction
-Overview
-Target audience
-Structure of this report
Chapter 1. Setting the stage
-1.1. Financial flows for water and sanitation services
-1.2. Why focus on market-based repayable finance in this report?
-1.3. Why is innovation needed to increase market-based repayable finance?
-1.4. Previous recommendations and their follow-up
Chapter 2. Mobilising market-based repayable finance
-2.1. Potential recipients of market-based repayable finance
-2.2. Potential sources
-2.3. Critical mismatches driving innovation: a summary
Chapter 3. Pushing the boundaries of innovative finance
-3.1. Blending grants and repayable financing
-3.2. Extending the range of potential borrowers via micro-finance
-3.3. Alleviating affordability constraints with output-based aid
-3.4. Mitigating risks with guarantees and insurance
-3.5. Creating grouped financing vehicles to increase access to finance
-3.6. Increasing lending to sub-sovereigns via innovation
-3.7. Strengthening the balance sheet via equity injections
-3.8. Increasing transparency in the sector via credit ratings
-3.9. Developing ""bankable projects"" through project preparation facilities
-3.10 Summary evaluation
Chapter 4. Assessing the impact of the global financial crisis
-4.1. Potential impact on market-based repayable finance
-4.2. Potential impact on the 3Ts
-4.3. In sum: glimmers of hope after the drought?
Bibliography



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Sleep Disorders and Neurological Disease (Neurological Disease and Therapy)



Sleep Disorders and Neurological Disease (Neurological Disease and Therapy)
Antonio Culebras | 1999-10-15 00:00:00 | Informa Healthcare | 422 | Sleep Disorders
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Syracuse, NY. Focuses on subjects of importance to the neurologist: historical perspective, disorders of development and maturation of sleep, role of melatonin, delayed-sleep-phase syndrome, insomnia, motor disorders, sleep apnea, stroke, headache disorders and more.

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Automatic Indexing and Abstracting of Document Texts (THE KLUWER INTERNATIONAL SERIES ON INFORMATION RETRIEVAL Volume 6) (The Information Retrieval Series)



Automatic Indexing and Abstracting of Document Texts (THE KLUWER INTERNATIONAL SERIES ON INFORMATION RETRIEVAL Volume 6) (The Information Retrieval Series)
| 2000-03-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Miscellaneous


Automatic Indexing and Abstracting of Document Texts summarizes the latest techniques of automatic indexing and abstracting, and the results of their application. It also places the techniques in the context of the study of text, manual indexing and abstracting, and the use of the indexing descriptions and abstracts in systems that select documents or information from large collections. Important sections of the book consider the development of new techniques for indexing and abstracting. The techniques involve the following: using text grammars, learning of the themes of the texts including the identification of representative sentences or paragraphs by means of adequate cluster algorithms, and learning of classification patterns of texts. In addition, the book is an attempt to illuminate new avenues for future research. Automatic Indexing and Abstracting of Document Texts is an excellent reference for researchers and professionals working in the field of content management and information retrieval.


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The Public Eye


The Public Eye
Chris Tanglen | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Ellora's Cave | 107 | Fiction
Three men and a leprechaun? When Dermot, Greg and Zev meet at the wedding of a past lover, the little green guy offers each man a golden opportunity to possess his greatest desire. Unfortunately, figuring out what that greatest desire amounts to isn't as easy as it sounds.

Greg Tennerson figures the leprechaun was just an elaborate prank, but quickly changes his mind when he wakes up with Vivian in his bed. She’s gorgeous. She’s sexy. She’s very much naked. In fact, she’s Greg’s vision of absolute female perfection. She’s also more than willing to satisfy his every physical desire. Anything he wants. Any time he wants. As often as he wants. It’s a fantasy come true for this successful attorney with his heart set on a career in politics…but there’s a catch.
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Digitalization in Open Economies: Theory and Policy Implications (Contributions to Economics)



Digitalization in Open Economies: Theory and Policy Implications (Contributions to Economics)
Michael Vogelsang | 2010-03-04 00:00:00 | Physica-Verlag HD | 270 | Economics

Digital strings are not visible, but affect all economic segments. This book studies the phenomenon of digitalization with the instruments of economics in order to explore the interdependencies between digitalization, economic policy, and macroeconomic variables of open economies. Digitalization is separated into the three components networks, IT services, and digital goods which are then incorporated into macroeconomic models of trade theory in open economies. This approach allows to formally describe the cross-effects between digitalization and macroeconomic variables of a country. Specifically, it is used to analyze interdependencies between macroeconomic variables and networks, IT services, and digital goods, and to determine the challenges of digitalization for economic policy and regulation.



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How to Do Everything with Your Web 2.0 Blog (How to Do Everything)



How to Do Everything with Your Web 2.0 Blog (How to Do Everything)
| 2007-10-22 00:00:00 | | 0 | Blog


Incorporate the hottest new Web technologies into your blog! How to Do Everything with Your Web 2.0 Blog makes it easy to choose the blogging tools that are best for you and master the basics of blog design and template manipulation. You'll learn how to add different Web 2.0 services to your blog, including images, video, audio, forums, tags, wikis, and even money-making features. It's time to take your blog to the next level and get more hits, more fans, more friends, and more customers.

Learn about different blogging tools, including Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, and ExpressionEngineCustomize your blog's design by editing templates and style sheetsShare your blog headlines and story feeds via RSS and AtomAdd photos, video, and audio--including podcasts--to your blogDrive traffic to your site with tagging, social bookmarking, and ranking servicesCollaborate with users through wikisPromote visitor participation using forums, community blogs, and newslettersMake money through your blog with Google AdSense, Amazon, and other affiliate programsTrack, optimize, maintain, and back up your blog

User review
Really Good Book if You're Looking for a Place to Start
I have several blogs already and was looking for some ways to tweak and improve them.


I did find some useful information in this book.


However, alot of the info contained herein was stuff I already knew well.


The author goes in-depth on how to choose a specific blogging tool, the various options out there and how to optimize it once you're up-and-running.


Since I'd already chosen my subjects, my tools and such, the info that really interested me was how to optimize my blogs.


In fact, there's good info on that including how to promote your blog, how to monetize your blog and more.


If you're just getting into blogging, this is the book for you. It will be an invaluable asset to your reference shelf.


If you're a vet blogger, check it out at the library. There's some good stuff here for you as well.


Cheers! I'll see you in the blogosphere.

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The Best Blogging Book of the Five I've Read
I've read five how-to books on blogging. How to Do Everything with Your Web 2.0 Blog is the best by far.


(The four others are listed below.)


Most blogging books tend to be self-referential. The authors talk about their own experiences and use their own blogs as examples. That gives you a narrow view of blogging, because their own experiences are narrow, even if they are successful--and not all the authors are successful bloggers. What works in their niche won't necessarily work in yours.


Stauffer's book eschews that lazy approach. He uses examples from all over the blogosphere. His book is based on wide-ranging research, not just his own experiences.


Not only is Stauffer broad in his use of examples, he is comprehensive in his treatment of the topics he covers (with two exceptions, which I'll talk about below). Those topics include strategic planning (very excellent), choosing a platform (including hosted vs. server-side options), choosing CMS software (TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, etc.), designing with templates and CSS, Atom and RSS feeds (including FeedBurner), using multi-media content, tagging and promoting your blog (don't rely solely on SEO!), collaborating with coauthors and users with wikis and forums, traffic stats and analytics, monetizing (AdSense, affiliate programs, tip jar, PayPal donations, etc.), and more.


Another thing Stauffer eschews (refreshingly) is evangelical hype.


The two topics that Stauffer does not cover adequately (a) the substance of a blog, i.e., what you write about and how you write it, and (b) monetizing.


The other four I read:

ProBlogger (the best on monetizing)

Clear Blogging

How to Make Money with Your Blog

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging (the fluffiest)

User review
If you follow the pointers in this book you will probably create a real winner of a blog.

I thought this was a wonderful book about blogging. It is not a thin and light book. But, instead, is packed with lots of information and well worth its cover price. It is well written and well organized. And to see specifically what is covered I recommend you examine the Search Inside material provided by Amazon for this book. There you can find a basic Table of Contents and a very detailed one, too.


There were four topics I especially liked the coverage of in this book: (1) blogging tools, (2) blog styles, (3) blog theory, & (4) how to start a blog.


The blogging tools covered were Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, and Expression Engine. I have created blogs at both Blogger and Wordpress. And I think the discussion of both in this book was very fair and representative. I have heard Typepad is a really great service, and it is very reasonably priced. But I have opted to do my blogging on the freebie side so far. I have no experience with Expression Engine. But this book has me thinking of doing some investigation into that service.


The blogging styles mentioned were:

>> Personal diary

>> Views & reviews

>> From the desk of,,.

>> Organizational outreach

>> Internal organizational

>> Community


I was surprised the style I use for my current blogs was not mentioned: Question & answer. But there really are an unlimited number of blogging styles. That's the beauty of blogs - you can make them what you want them to be and to do.


Throughout the book the author covers blog theory. And he gives us his take on how to actually start a blog. He includes notes, tips and sidebars to help the reader better grasp the material in the book. If you follow the pointers in this book you will probably create a real winner of a blog. You might even include images, video, audio, forums, tags, wikis, and some moneymaking features. But you don't have to. Hopefully you'll get more hits, more fans, more friends, and even more customers. 5 stars!

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Excellent for those just getting started blogging
Do yourself a favor: don't judge this book by its (awful) cover. I've had this book by my side every step of the way while setting up my very first blog, and I have to say it has been a huge help. Stauffer's style is direct and engaging, not cutesy. He tells you what you need to know to get started, without a lot of fluff.


I wanted to write a review here because I think this books deserves a big audience, and because the Amazon listing tells you little about what's covered. So here's what's inside:


`Web 2.0 Blog` covers four different blogging platforms: Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, and Expression Engine. So if you're interested in one of these four, you'll find the book very helpful. If you are trying to decide which of the four to go with, the book is even more helpful, as you can compare them feature by feature. For instance, you'll see that while Expression Engine seems quite powerful and flexible, it's obviously more complicated than the other three. Stauffer does a good job of helping you weigh the pros and cons of each.


The book covers quite a lot in a 450 pages, and it does it very well. There's even a basic introduction to XHTML and CSS, giving you a peak at how each blogging platform works under the hood. Other topics covered in depth are:

- RSS feeds

- Photoblogs, podcasting, audioblogging, and adding video

- Working with social bookmarking sites such as Digg and Technorati

- using wikis to collaborate with readers

- adding a forum to open the discussion beyond comments

- community and group blogs

- sending e-newsletters to your subscribers

- getting traffic and monetizing your blog


Highly recommended.





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Etre pro en anglais



Etre pro en anglais
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Etre pro en anglais
Eyrolles | 2009-05-25 | ISBN: 2212543522 | 187 pages | PDF | 2 MB
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Superstring Theory: Volume 1, Introduction (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) (v. 1)



Superstring Theory: Volume 1, Introduction (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) (v. 1)
Michael B. Green,John H. Schwarz,Edward Witten | 1987-01-30 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 478 | Engineering
In recent years, superstring theory has emerged as a promising approach to reconciling general relativity with quantum mechanics and unifying the fundamental interactions. Problems that have seemed insuperable in previous approaches take on a totally new character in the context of superstring theory, and some of them have been overcome. Interest in the subject has greatly increased following a succession of exciting recent developments. This two-volume book attempts to meet the need for a systematic exposition of superstring theory and its applications accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
Reviews
At one time volumes I and II of "Superstring theory" would have been essential reading for serious students of string theory. However, the way we think of string theory today is very different from the way it was formulated in these classic texts. The core is still the same, but the advent of D-branes, various dualities and M-theory have radically changed the way we see string theory. This is not to mention all the other progress in string theory such as the extensive work on black hole physics. Still this book should not be missed.



Volume I stands on its own as an excellent introduction to superstring theory. However, other than showing general relativity appears in the low energy limit of string theory, potential observable consequences are mainly put off until volume II. Most of the arguments for the physical relevance of string theory are based on self-consistency and finiteness.



Following a historical tour of the origins of string theory as a dual model, the main topic is introduced, string theory as a candidate for the quantum theory of gravity and providing a grand unified field theory. The obvious question, what makes a theory based on one-dimensional objects is better than one based on zero-dimensional objects, is thoughtfully considered. Several arguments are given. The first chapter closes out with an overview of string interactions.



Starting with the simple physical idea that the action of a string is the area of the worldsheet, the authors develop bosonic string theory. Different approaches to quantizing strings in flat spacetime are presented with two of the main results being the calculation of the critical dimension and the central change.



The flat spacetime calculations are generalized to a curved spacetime. The low energy effective action is derived, with the amazing result that in this limit string theory reproduces general relativity. Conformal invariance clearly plays an important role throughout this, but general conformal field theory is never explicitly developed. I would have liked to seen is a more explicit treatment of general conformal field theory, but that's a matter of personal taste. All this is done in less than 200 pages!



The book then moves on to cover superstring theory. From this point on bosonic and superstrings are considered in parallel where appropriate. It starts off adding fermions onto the worldsheet. This theory is quantized in an approach that parallels that of the bosonic string (operator expansion, light-cone gauge, BRST). It then moves on to show the connection of worldsheet supersymmetry to spacetime supersymmetry.



The types of superstrings developed are Type I, Type IIA, Type IIB and heterotic (with various gauge symmetries). As a side note on perspective, these are described as different string theories, but the advent of M-theory they are currently seen as different solutions to one theory.



The book wraps up with very through calculations of tree level scattering amplitudes.



Undoubtedly this is an excellent book. The only questions are, "How well does it hold up, is it still essential reading"? It definitely holds up very well. I consider it essential reading, however I think the point could be argued. I doubt anybody would argue that people specializing in string theory would profit by reading it.
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Anyone interested in learning string theory could perhaps start with the current formulation involving D-branes and M theories. This is certainly possible and will lead one to the frontiers of research. However, it would not perhaps give one an appreciation of string theory that would be obtained by persuing a study that explains how it arose in the study of the strong interaction . This book, written by three giants in string theory, will give the reader such a study, and was the first book to appear on the subject. The book is a monograph, and not a textbook, since no exercises appear, but it could still serve as a reference and "required reading" for courses in string theory.

The learning of string theory can be a formidable undertaking for those who lack the mathematical background. Indeed, a proper understanding of string theory, not just a forma one, will require a solid understanding of algebraic and differential geometry, algebraic topology, and complex manifolds. There are many books on these subjects, but I do not know of one what will give the student of string theory an in-depth understanding of the relevant mathematics. These two volumes include two rather lengthy chapters on mathematics, one on differential geometry and the other on algebraic geometry. The mastery of these two chapter will give readers a formal understanding of the mathematics, and will allow them to perform calculations in string theory efficiently, but do not give the insight needed for extending its frontiers. There have been a few books published on string theory since these two volumes appeared, but they too fail in this regard (and some even admit to doing so). To gain the necessary insight into the mathematics will entail a very time-consuming search of the early literature and many face-to-face conversations with mathematicians. The "oral tradition" in mathematics is real and one must embed onself in it if a real, in-depth understanding of mathematics is sought.

The physics of string theory though is brought out with incredible skill by the authors, and the historical motivation given in the introduction is the finest in the literature. Now legendary, the origin of string theories in the dual models of the strong interaction is discussed in detail. The Veneziano model, as discussed in this part, has recently become important in purely mathematical contexts, as has most every other construction in string theory. The mathematical results that have arisen from string theory involves some of the most fascinating constructions in all of mathematics, and mathematicians interested in these will themselves be interested in perusing these volumes, but will of course find the approach mathematically non-rigorous.

Some of the other discussions that stand out in the book include: 1. The global aspects of the string world sheet and the origin of the moduli space, along with its connection to Teichmuller space. 2. The world-sheet supersymmetry and the origin of the integers 10 and 26 as being a critical dimension. In this discussion, the authors give valuable insight on a number of matters, one in particular being why the introduction of an anticommuting field mapping bosons to bosons and fermions to fermions does not violate the spin-statistics theorem. 3. The light-cone gauge quantization for superstrings. The authors show that the manifestly covariant formalism is equivalent to the light-cone formalism and is ghost-free in dimension 10. The light-cone gauge is used to quantize a covariant world-sheet action with space-time supersymmetry, with this being Lorentz invariant in dimension 10. This allows, as the authors explain in lucid detail, the unification of bosonic and fermionic strings in a single Fock space. 4. Current algebra on the string world sheet and its origin in the need for distributing charge throughout the string, rather than just at the ends. The origin of heterotic string theory is explained in this context.
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Why I still recommend this book rather than Polchinski's book is because this book presents more motivation and physics of string theory. In the 90s, there was string duality revolution, a side-effect of which is that string theorists neglect experiments.

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Digital Nature Photography and Adobe Photoshop



Digital Nature Photography and Adobe Photoshop
| 2006-02-22 00:00:00 | | 0 | Adobe Photoshop


The digital nature photographer does more than just take pictures. He is part adventurer, part traveler, and part nature and wildlife observer - on top of being a skilled photographer. `Digital Nature Photography and Adobe® Photoshop®` addresses the unique challenges and needs of the digital nature photographer, combining an advanced guide to shooting and composition with information on editing and processing nature and landscape photos using Adobe Photoshop. Divided into two parts, the first half of the book provides in-depth information on the essential computer equipment, field gear, and techniques needed to shoot digital nature photography, whereas the second half details workflow and advanced editing techniques. Discover the advantages of digital over film for nature photography and how to choose the right camera and accessories. Learn what hardware, software, special tools, and storage devices work best. And outfit yourself and your equipment for the wilderness with the proper tripods, camera bags, clothing, and more. Then get ready to master the essential skills for shooting landscapes, photographing wildlife, creating abstract and macro shots, and even using Camera Raw for nature photography. All skills are taught using step-by-step tutorials enhanced by stunning, full-color examples of digital nature photography. Once you've captured your incredible nature photographs, get acquainted with Adobe Photoshop as you learn how to use the software to edit and finish your photos. Color management, layers, tonal and color corrections, and simple editing tasks are all covered. This comprehensive guide even shows you how to create special effects using Photoshop filters and how to convert color images into spectacular black-and-white photographs.

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Two books in one! An excellent resource.
Digital Nature Photography and Adobe Photoshop is really two books in one and a great value for anyone interested in digital nature photography. The first half of the book serves as a helpful, well organized, and excellent book on taking nature photographs. It covers all the basics and more - from equipment selection, photo composition, aperture settings, location selection and safety, to the art of photographing wildlife. This half of the book covers all aspects of taking great pictures out in nature.


The other half of the book details how to process these photographs on the computer. This part provides all the tools you need to process and print amazing nature photos. Moss covers every possible topic related to computer processing of images, starting with the author's preference for processing files in raw form using Adobe Raw. He then details the most useful tools available using Adobe Photoshop. There is so much one can do with Photoshop that it isn't fair to expect this book to teach every aspect of the program. That being said even newbies can use this book to get started in Photoshop. The book is intended to augment already existing Photoshop skills to meet the needs of digital nature photographers. As such, Moss covers in straightforward, easy to understand language Photoshop tools such as: shadow adjustment, correcting exposure, making tonal and color corrections, and converting color images to black and white. If you already know the basics of navigating Photoshop, you will find this half of the book a superb and essential way to get the most out of this powerful software. This book is a must have for nature photographers!

-Jessica Teel

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Fantastic Manual for beginners or advanced photographers
I wasn't very familiar with navigating Photoshop before I read and used this book. I did, however, use this book to work on my own nature photographs. I found this book a perfect tool for someone like myself- interested in nature photography and needing the skills to edit them on the computer. Moss focuses only on the essential tools for processing nature photography in Photoshop. I'm not a graphic designer, so I have no need or interest to know how to become a graphic designer. What I do want to learn is how to process an overexposed sky in one of my favorite landscape photos. Moss will teach you exactly what you need to know, without getting users bogged down with every aspect and every tool in Photoshop. And that's what I wanted - someone to wade through the functions and present the ones I want and need to use for nature photos.


I also found myself memorizing small tips and techniques as I read the beginning portion of the book on taking pictures. Moss has a very creative eye, and helps readers learn these creative techniques and then apply them to their own photography. I defiantly feel that my eye for nature photography will be different (for the better) the next time I go out to shoot the landscapes that I love. If you are using Photoshop to process nature photography, this is the book you should purchase, and don't waste your time on the Photoshop Bible or other books when you can get a book edited to your specific needs. This book is excellent for beginners to both Photoshop and digital photography.





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An advanced guide to shooting, composition and editing results using Photoshop
Digital nature photographers are also travelers and naturalists, facing different challenges in capturing their image goals than other photographers. Here to address these special needs is an advanced guide to shooting, composition and editing results using Photoshop. Half the book focuses on computer equipment and camera gear; the second half surveys editing techniques - so photographers get a healthy dose of both worlds and how they work together. Skills are revealed using a step-by-step focus that builds upon a foundation of knowledge. Add screen shots, color photo examples, and tips on image management and you have a all-in-one blend of field guide and computer tech teacher both geared to the nature photographer's unique needs.


Diane C. Donovan

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A Quick Once-over
More and more books that teach Photoshop are trying to capture the full spectrum of digital photography from capture to post processing. I can't call this a full spectrum book, since the author does not discuss anything about output once the image is adjusted in Photoshop, but it certainly dwells more on capturing the image then many books.


Like so many photography books today, it presumes the reader is using a digital single lens reflex camera, and Photoshop as image editing software. Compact digital users will probably benefit from this book, but users of image processing software other than Photoshop or Photoshop Elements will not benefit very much.


The author first describes the equipment one needs for digital nature photography including cameras, computers and even clothes to wear. He provides a description of the different types of nature photography including landscapes, wildlife, macro and abstracts. Then he jumps into post processing, including the use of Adobe Bridge, camera raw and Photoshop tools. He covers the Photoshop tools that the average nature photographer will have occasion to use.


The design of the book is lovely with many full page nature photographs by the author and generous use of white space. Unfortunately, I found that he did not cover any of the subjects in enough detail to be of use to the beginning photographer, unless that reader was willing to take the author's instructions and then work out things on his or her own. There are a few tips along the way that the advanced photographer may not have learned, but not enough to make the reading worthwhile for experienced individuals.


For example, in his description of the advantages of digital cameras, he mentions the benefit of immediate feedback, including the availability of histograms, but that's the last mention of this tool to help get the proper exposure. When he discusses macro photography he mentions that accessory lenses and extension tubes exist to help in getting close, but never explains what benefits they provide or how to use them. His discussion of levels in Photoshop indicates that the sliders control highlights and shadows but never tells very much about how to set the sliders.


I suppose if one wants to learn something about digital nature photography without actually learning any techniques this book might help. Most nature photographers would be better off with an old standby, John Shaw's `Nature Photography Field Guide` when it comes to capturing images, even though it doesn't deal with digital cameras. Individuals wanting to learn more about digital capture could rely upon David Busch's `Digital SLR Cameras & Photography for Dummies` or Mikkel Aalands `Shooting Digital`. As to using Photoshop for nature photography, Ellen Anon and Tim Grey's `Photoshop for Nature Photographers` is recommended.


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Studies in Natural Products Chemistry, Volume 31: Indices Part A



Studies in Natural Products Chemistry, Volume 31: Indices Part A
Atta-ur- Rahman | 1997-01-15 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 1370 | Internal Medicine
The Studies in Natural Products Chemistry series is a valuable source for researchers and engineers working in natural product and medicinal chemistry. Studies in Natural Products Chemistry Volume 31: Indices Part A encompasses the contents of the previous 30 volumes published in the Studies in Natural Products series. To make searching easier, the book is divided into four separate indices: Cumulative General Subject Index; Cumulative Organic Synthesis Index; Cumulative Pharmacological Activity Index and; Cumulative Biological Source Index, allowing readers to easily locate required information. This volume and the series remain an important addition to any library.

* Encompasses the contents of the previous 30 volumes published in the Studies in Natural Products series
* The book is divided into four separate indices: Cumulative General Subject Index; Cumulative Organic Synthesis Index; Cumulative Pharmacological Activity Index and; Cumulative Biological Source Index
* An important addition to any library

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Asian Economy and Finance:: A Post-Crisis Perspective (Innovations in Financial Markets and Institutions)



Asian Economy and Finance:: A Post-Crisis Perspective (Innovations in Financial Markets and Institutions)
Dilip K. Das-Gupta | 2005-03-25 00:00:00 | Springer | 309 | Economics

This book offers the newest knowledge related to relevant themes on the Asian economies as well as the latest concepts. In a succinct manner, it deals with the principal normative and positive strands with which one need to be properly familiar in this subject area. The tightly written volume covers a great deal of ground and imparts knowledge on the Asian economy related themes to students, researchers and policy makers alike.



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Mechanisms of Atmospheric Oxidation of the Alkanes



Mechanisms of Atmospheric Oxidation of the Alkanes
Jack G Calvert,Richard G Derwent,John J Orlando,Geoffrey S Tyndall,Timothy J Wallington | 2008-09-15 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 1008 | Weather
An international team of eminent atmospheric scientists have prepared Mechanisms of Atmospheric Oxidation of the Alkanes as an authoritative source of information on the role of alkanes in the chemistry of the atmosphere. The book includes the properties of the alkanes and haloalkanes, as well as a comprehensive review and evaluation of the existing literature on the atmospheric chemistry of the alkanes and their major atmospheric oxidation products, and the various approaches now used to model the alkane atmospheric chemistry. Comprehensive coverage is given of both the unsubstituted alkanes and the many haloalkanes. All the existing quality measurements of the rate coefficients for the reactions of OH, Cl, O(3P), NO3, and O3 with the alkanes, the haloalkanes, and their major oxidation products have been reviewed and evaluated. The expert authors then give recommendations of the most reliable kinetic data. They also review the extensive literature on the mechanisms and rates and modes of photodecomposition of the haloalkanes and the products of atmospheric oxidation of the alkanes and the haloalkanes, and make recommendations for future use by atmospheric scientists. The evaluations presented allow an extrapolation of the existing kinetic and photochemical data to those alkanes and haloalkanes that are as yet unstudied.
The current book should be of special interest and value to the modelers of atmospheric chemistry as a useful input for development of realistic modules designed to simulate the atmospheric chemistry of the alkanes, their major oxidation products, and their influence on ozone and other trace gases within the troposphere.

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Colloid Chemistry II (Topics in Current Chemistry) (v. 2)



Colloid Chemistry II (Topics in Current Chemistry) (v. 2)
Markus Antonietti | 2003-07-15 00:00:00 | Springer | 230 | Engineering
PREFACE BY MARKUS ANTONIETTI:

Over the past forty years, good-old fashioned colloid chemistry has undergone something of a revolution, transforming itself from little more than a collection of qualitative observations of the macroscopic behavior of some complex systems into a discipline with a solid theoretical foundation and a whole toolbox of new chemical techniques. It can now boast a set of concepts which go a long way towards providing an understanding of the many strange and interesting behavior patterns exhibited by natural and artificial systems on the mesoscale.

This second volume of "Topics in Current Chemistry" on Colloid Chemistry, focuses on supramolecular approaches and new approaches towards polymer colloids, also with strong emphasis on biological and biomedical applications. Again topics were chosen which are expected to have broader relevance and to be interesting to a more general readership.

The volume opens with a contribution by C.M. Paleos in which new amphiphiles are presented which not only self-assemble to micelles or vesicles but also possess the ability to show specific recognition of complementary H-bridge patterns. Such structures might point a way to a rational addressing of surfaces and supramolecular structures by purely chemical means.

In the contribution by K. Esumi, the use of dendrimers or dendritic amphiphiles for the controlled generation of nanoparticles is reviewed. Depending on dendrimer generation, different well-defined particle sizes and hybrid morphologies can be made, whereas the outer shells are still given by the dendrimer and its functionality pattern on the outer rim. As in the previous contribution, such systems may be very relevant for controlled contrasting and recognition in biological systems.

Ascending the accessible length scales of colloid chemistry, K. Holmberg demonstrates how microemulsions can be favorably used to perform specific organic reactions in a highly efficient way. Microemulsions expose large, stable oil-water interfaces of up to 1000 m2 g-1 the control of which is the key factor whenever reactants/catalysts/products show very different polarity and live in different phases. This is especially worth considering when the reactions can be performed in the "green solvent" water.

The very high promise of reactions in heterophase systems is extended by K. Landfester who writes about the "boom-topic" miniemulsions. Miniemulsions are liquid/liquid dispersions with stable droplets with a size range between 30 nm < d < 300 nm, and they are indeed the first convenient realization of stable nanoreactors, with a number of perspectives especially for polymer, nanoparticle, and nanohybrid synthesis.

G. Tovar describes one of the novel chemical applications of modern colloidal systems by using such miniemulsions (in addition to classical suspension polymerization) for molecular imprinting. Here, the stable nanoreactor situation is used to "synthesize" particle surfaces with molecular sized cavities for biomedically relevant species or species to be separated from each other. Such "receptor" sites are nowadays preferentially made by the pathways of modern colloid chemistry.

It is again a special chemical surface design of polymer latex particles which is delineated in the contribution by A. Elaissari. Here, special routes have been developed to modify both the particle polarity, the surface charge and its chemical functionality to reveal specific binding with DNA and peptides. Obviously, such species are highly relevant for particle-based diagnostic and particle-based cell separation.

F. Caruso uses monodisperse polymer spheres and their colloidal crystals only as templates to create hollow capsules or extended opal arrays with the layer-by-layer technique. Again this is a typical colloid chemistry tool which is unparalleled in low molecular weight organic chemistry, and hollow mesostructures systems with astonishingly high complexity and chemical function can be generated.

The volume is closed with a contribution by J. Bibette who describes and illustrates a simplified process of making monodisperse emulsions and emulsion based particles with predictable size and size distribution by a simple shearing device. I regard this very flexible route as important for the conception of many future particle-based systems, devices and procedures, and it is rather the rule than the exception that colloid chemistry nicely integrates mechanical and engineering procedures to access the nanoscale in a rational way.

I think that the present two "Colloid Chemistry" issues of "Topics in Current Chemistry" nicely cover the width and the modern spirit of colloid science which (mostly just recently) has given chemists a whole new toolbox for treating and creating chemical nanostructures in a rational way. With this in mind, I hope that all the readers will find some inspiration and profit in the various contributions.

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The Disasters Darwinism Brought to Humanity



The Disasters Darwinism Brought to Humanity
Harun Yahya | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Al-Attique | 189 | World
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From the back cover: "The 20th century, which we have just left behind us, was a century of war and conflict, leading to disasters, pain, massacres, poverty, and enormous destruction. Millions of people were killed, massacred, abandoned to hunger and death, and left without home or shelter, protection, or support. And all for nothing: in the name of serving deviant ideologies. On nearly every occasion there were despots' and dictators' signatures beneath all the suffering and disasters: Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco... For the simple reason that their ideologies were opposed to each other, these people dragged societies into conflict and turned brother against brother. Fascism and Communism come at the head of the ideologies that caused mankind to suffer those dark days. These are seen as enemies, as ideas that tried to destroy each other. In actual fact, there is a most interesting truth here: for these ideologies were nourished by a single ideological source, drew strength and support from that source and, thanks to that source, were able to draw societies to their side. That source is the materialist philosophy, and Darwinism, the state of that philosophy as adapted to nature. If everyone comes to know the scientific invalidity of this theory, that will spell the end of these harmful ideologies. Those who do evil will have no more so-called scientific backing for their self-centered, selfish and pitiless world view."



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Theory Of Quantum Liquids (Advanced Books Classics) (v. 1 & 2)



Theory Of Quantum Liquids (Advanced Books Classics) (v. 1 & 2)
Philippe Nozieres,David Pines | 1999-11-19 00:00:00 | Westview Press | 574 | Engineering
Describes the qualitative and unifying aspects of an extremely broad and diversified field. Deals with Landau's Fermi liquid theory, and its application to 3He and electrons in metals. Provides a detailed treatment of Bose condensation and liquid 4He, including the development of Bose liquid theory. Softcover.
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When I was a graduate student, I was basically the point man in my Ph.D. adviser's research group for issues dealing with the physics of electron scattering. In order to obtain a sufficiently complete knowledge of the role of plasmons in the the electron energy loss spectrum, I needed a very complete and detailed treatment of the subject. For that reason I was not really satisfied by David Pine's rather short introduction to the field Elementary Excitations in Solids : Lectures on Phonons, Electrons, and Plasmons (Advanced Book Classics). When I first read Nozieres and Pines, however, I knew that I had found what I had been looking for. The detailed and careful derivations and discussions contained in this book left me completely satisfied!



This book does, of course, cover topics other than plasmons--but that is what I bought this book for way back when--and I was happy with its treatment of that topic and the more general discussion that led up to it.
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This book (ISBN: 0201407744) is actually "The Theory of Quantum Liquids, Vol I" - it's not mentioned anywhere here!

The TITLE and SAMPLE PAGES (front cover, copyright, back cover, etc.) provided for this book on amazon.com are from "The Theory of Quantum Liquids" (ISBN: 0738202290) which is basically Vol I and Vol II published together as one book with 574 pages.

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This book is a classic. It is a must for anyone who approaches the quantum fluids field. The second part on the Bose liquid is far less complete than the first one on the Fermi counterpart which is just phenomenal. It is one of those books like A. G. D ... even when read for the million time you will find something you did not understand earlier. To me, it is a reference whenever i have trouble with something unclear. At the same level, I would complement it with Baym and Pethick's Fermi liquid theory, which, although it is not as complete, sometime adds a few supplementary comments..The authors focus on concepts,therefore you will find neither digrams nor Green's functions,which is a plus, since there are many books which do a perfect job on that.
This is a book you will always go back to.
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It is sometimes difficult to have definite personal impressions about books on theoretical physics, but this time I have quite a clear idea: this book belongs to the best tradition of classical books in Physics. A book that is badly needed, also given the latest spectacular developments in the field of quantum systems such as Bose-Einstein condensates (just to mention one exemplar case). This book will help you if you need to study the theory behind these systems, clarity, completeness and ''patience'' in explaining and presenting problems are only some of its charachteristics. At the same time it will open a door on a different world with all its charme and fascination, because the fact that it is a good textbook does not steal any of the beauty and elegance of the exposition and of the subject treated here. It is not an easy book, it is not elementary or oversimplified, it is not for everybody, it is a door on the quantum world. Thank you Nozieres and Pines!

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Noah



Noah
Jacquelyn Frank | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Zebra | 512 | Romance Novels
As Demon King, Noah is dedicated to protecting his kind from their human and Nightwalker enemies. Yet for six months he has struggled with vivid dreams that threaten his very sanity. Every night he's tormented by images of a woman both achingly real and tantalisingly beyond his grasp. And his bone-deep need leaves him no choice but to force her to leave the life she's known and enter a world beyond her imagining.Every day, Kestra risks her life in perilous missions that veer just shy of the law, but she instinctively knows that the imposingly sensual figure before her is a danger unlike any she's ever faced. Kestra has sworn never to trust or need another man, but Noah's lightest touch scorches her with fevered desire, branding her as his mate, blinding them both to the terrifying truth. For within ranks of their own people lies an adversary growing in number and power. And nothing and no one will be safe again.
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The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient and Modern



The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient and Modern
Raymond M. Smullyan | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | Knopf | 224 | Mathematics
Raymond M. Smullyan, "The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient and Modern"
Knopf | 1997 | ISBN: 0679446346 | 224 pages | Djvu | 2,2 MB

Once again in trouble with the king and in danger of losing her head, clever Scheherazade teases the king with a selection of 225 devious mathematical and logic puzzles, including Go+a5delian brain twisters, paradoxes, metapuzzles, logic tricks, number games, and more. 10,000 first printing."
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Archaeology, Society and Identity in Modern Japan (Cambridge Studies in Archaeology)



Archaeology, Society and Identity in Modern Japan (Cambridge Studies in Archaeology)
Koji Mizoguchi | 2006-07-10 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 200 | Ancient
This bold and illuminating study examines the role of archaeology in the formation of the modern Japanese nation and explores the processes by which archaeological practice is shaped by national social and intellectual discourse. Leading Japanese archaeologist Koji Mizoguchi argues that an understanding of the past has been a central component in the creation of national identities and modern nation states and that, since its emergence as a distinct academic discipline in the modern era, archaeology has played an important role in shaping that understanding. By examining in parallel the uniquely intense process of modernisation experienced by Japan and the history of Japanese archaeology, Mizoguchi explores the close interrelationship between archaeology, society and modernity, helping to explain why we do archaeology in the way that we do. This book is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the history of archaeology or modern Japan.

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Dynamics of Romantic Love: Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex



Dynamics of Romantic Love: Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex
Mario Mikulincer PhD,Gail S. Goodman PhD | 2006-03-14 00:00:00 | The Guilford Press | 466 | Mental Health
A theoretically and empirically rich exploration of universal questions, this book examines the interplay of three distinct behavioral systems involved in romantic love. Leading attachment researchers are joined by proponents of other perspectives, including interdependence theory and self-expansion theory, to review the current state of knowledge in the field. Presented are compelling new studies that address intimacy, jealousy, self-disclosure, sexual behavior, partner violence, and other processes in both satisfying and dysfunctional relationships. Special topics include gender differences in attachment as well as attachment dynamics within same-sex couples.

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If you're looking for sources on adult attachment or love, you will be spending a lot of time in the reference sections of this book, as the purpose is not to present new findings per se, but rather to cover what has already been researched. The chapters I read were all very engaging, which was refreshing because often academic-style writing can be very dry. Not so with anything by Shaver et al. (Phil Shaver being the friend/colleague of one of the editors, and the husband of the other).

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Magical Passes: Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico



Magical Passes: Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico
Carlos Castaneda | 1998-01-01 00:00:00 | | 240 | Occultism
Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing, Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.
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Inventor 2009



Inventor 2009
G�nter Scheuermann | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Hanser Fachbuchverlag | 300 | Subjects

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The Job Interview Phrase Book: The Things to Say to Get You the Job You Want



The Job Interview Phrase Book: The Things to Say to Get You the Job You Want
Nancy Schuman | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Adams Media | 248 | Management
In today's marketplace it is critical that you stand out in a crowd."
?Eric Winegardener, Vice President, Monster Worldwide

In today's tightening job market, the interview is a key stage. But too often in job interviews, candidates freeze and can't find the words they need to make the best impression. Now this clear, concise guide shows the best way to answer all the essential questions, such as:

•How do you get along with others at work? "I value good support from my coworkers . . ."
•Where do you expect to be in five years? "Working for this company in a position of responsibility . . ."
•What motivates you? "I like working on a project all the way through, from conception to . . ."
•How do you manage your time? "I put aside the start of the day for major projects, and then . . ."
•How do you solve a problem? "I start by looking at all the possible causes . . ."
Also included: A breakdown of phrases by industry, giving you a leg up in some of the best job markets in today's economy. In a competitive market, interview skills are among the most important advantages job seekers can have. This book shows you how to hone those skills for success?one word at a time."
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The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Preventing Software Vulnerabilities



The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Preventing Software Vulnerabilities
| 2006-11-20 00:00:00 | | 0 | Software Engineering


?There are a number of secure programming books on the market, but none that go as deep as this one. The depth and detail exceeds all books that I know about by an order of magnitude.?

?Halvar Flake, CEO and head of research, SABRE Security GmbH

 

The Definitive Insider?s Guide to Auditing Software Security

 

This is one of the most detailed, sophisticated, and useful guides to software security auditing ever written. The authors are leading security consultants and researchers who have personally uncovered vulnerabilities in applications ranging from sendmail to Microsoft Exchange, Check Point VPN to Internet Explorer. Drawing on their extraordinary experience, they introduce a start-to-finish methodology for ?ripping apart? applications to reveal even the most subtle and well-hidden security flaws.

 

The Art of Software Security Assessment covers the full spectrum of software vulnerabilities in both UNIX/Linux and Windows environments. It demonstrates how to audit security in applications of all sizes and functions, including network and Web software. Moreover, it teaches using extensive examples of real code drawn from past flaws in many of the industry's highest-profile applications.

 

Coverage includes

 

? Code auditing: theory, practice, proven methodologies, and secrets of the trade

? Bridging the gap between secure software design and post-implementation review

? Performing architectural assessment: design review, threat modeling, and operational review

? Identifying vulnerabilities related to memory management, data types, and malformed data

? UNIX/Linux assessment: privileges, files, and processes

? Windows-specific issues, including objects and the filesystem

? Auditing interprocess communication, synchronization, and state

? Evaluating network software: IP stacks, firewalls, and common application protocols

? Auditing Web applications and technologies

 

This book is an unprecedented resource for everyone who must deliver secure software or assure the safety of existing software: consultants, security specialists, developers, QA staff, testers, and administrators alike.

 

Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHORS     xv

PREFACE     xvii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS    xxi

I Introduction to Software Security Assessment

1 SOFTWARE VULNERABILITY FUNDAMENTALS    3

2 DESIGN REVIEW     25

3 OPERATIONAL REVIEW    67

4 APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS    91

II Software Vulnerabilities

5 MEMORY CORRUPTION    167

6 C LANGUAGE ISSUES     203

7 PROGRAM BUILDING BLOCKS     297

8 STRINGS ANDMETACHARACTERS    387

9 UNIX I: PRIVILEGES AND FILES     459

10 UNIX II: PROCESSES     559

11 WINDOWS I: OBJECTS AND THE FILE SYSTEM     625

12 WINDOWS II: INTERPROCESS COMMUNICATION     685

13 SYNCHRONIZATION AND STATE    755

III Software Vulnerabilities in Practice

14 NETWORK PROTOCOLS    829

15 FIREWALLS    891

16 NETWORK APPLICATION PROTOCOLS    921

17 WEB APPLICATIONS    1007

18 WEB TECHNOLOGIES     1083

BIBLIOGRAPHY     1125

INDEX     1129



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Bible? Rather hell without redemption!
This book was like a blow to the head for me. I'm not a security person, I'm not coveting ever more arcane vulnerabilities. Rather, I'm the poor guy at the other end of things: I'm a programmer. It's my job to avoid all the known and imaginable vulnerabilities while at the same time providing some useful functionality to my customers.


You bet I wouldn't like some self-styled security `researcher` tear apart my poor little programs and expose all their failings. What's troubling me, after reading this book, is that it looks very much like I hardly stand a chance. Security would be hard with the best of tools, unfortunately, at least when it comes to systems programming, the tools -- C, low-level APIs -- are dubious at best and introduce lots and lots of problems of their own. These tools hail from a happier time long ago when we were still trusting trust. I was overcome by a mixture of horror and chagrin when I saw proof in this book that not even the people writing sensitive security software (such as OpenSSH) wield these tools artfully enough to avoid vulnerabilities.


And this is where I come to the only beef I have with an otherwise comprehensive book. It's like a field guide to dangerous beasts that teaches you to recognize sabre-toothed tigers, but doesn't tell you how to get rid of them. Contrary to what the subtitle promises about preventing software vulnerabilities, there is just too little about it. This is a considerable shortcoming, in my view, as a lot of the demonstrated vulnerabilities don't have trivial remedies even after they are exposed.


Wrapping up, I feel left alone in the twilight and I think I saw a tiger over there.

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The Best Book on Software Security, Bar None
This book is absolutely amazing. The amount of detail they go into for so many subjects -- it's incredible. I particularly enjoyed the section on network protocols. I recommend this to any software engineer -- not just those in security specific positions.


Great job, and I hope to enjoy more material from these wonderful authors!

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Great book
A must have. Being a security researcher for almost ten years now, and already a CISSP holder, there are times you believe you have seen most of the things, and you know the best of them. This book opens a new way of thinking, it's detailed and accurate and goes in depth on every subject.


A real must have.


Nicolas Krassas, CISSP

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Good book
This is a very comprehensive, and well-organized security assessment book for Software engineers. Yes, it has everything - all done well. If you are into security assessment and testing and live by it every day, you are still bound to learn a lot, to re-evaluate the things you know, and to genuinely improve your results. If you are a software engineer, it *will* help you build superior applications. If you are just an security enthusiast, you will genuinely enjoy the time spent with this book, and you will find this brick handy more often than previously imagined.

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This is the bible
This book is The Bible for anyone in the security vulnerability research or security software engineering field. I haven't bought a book and studied it so much before ever. This is one book that will never be off my desk.


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