Monday, 14 February 2011

A Theologico-Political Treatise Part II (Chapters VI to X)



A Theologico-Political Treatise Part II (Chapters VI to X)
Benedict de Spinoza,Baruch Spinoza | 2008-05-01 00:00:00 | Arc Manor | 96 | Philosophy
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Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method



Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method
Janet Treasure,Gráinne Smith,Anna Crane | 2007-07-18 00:00:00 | Routledge | 248 | Mental Health

Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder equips carers with the skills and knowledge needed to support and encourage those suffering from an eating disorder, and to help them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery.

Through a coordinated approach, this book offers information alongside detailed techniques and strategies, which aim to improve professionals' and home carers' ability to build continuity and consistency of support for their loved ones. The authors use evidence-based research and personal experience, as well as practical support skills, to advise the reader on a number of difficult areas in caring for someone with an eating disorder. These include:

  • working towards positive change through good communications skills
  • developing problem solving skills
  • building resilience
  • managing difficult behaviour.

This book is essential reading for both professionals and families involved in the care and support of anyone with an eating disorder. It will enable the reader to use the skills, information and insight gained to help change eating disorder symptoms.


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I found this book very helpful for both practitioners that work with patients struggling with an eating disorder and for parents of children with eating disorders. My previous exposure of Maudsley was a very hands on approach that parents may need to wear a "dictatorship" hat in the feeding. This book was nothing of the sort. The "New" Maudsley Method creatively weaved motivational interviewing and stage of readiness for change that results in an empowering role for the parent or other care giver. Thank you Jane Treasure et al for this book!
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The book was very well written with good insights and practical suggestions on how best to support and interact with a loved one suffering from an eating disorder. Perhaps the only criticism I have is that it seemed to be more directed to younger folks suffering. My daughter is in her early 30's and some of the areas were not applicable.
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Very concise and clear with guidelines that a non-trained carer can understand as well a a trained therapist.

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Game Programming All in One, Second Edition



Game Programming All in One, Second Edition
| 2004-06-17 00:00:00 | | 0 | Game Programming


Create your own high-caliber games with some of the same tools used by professional game developers! If you have a working knowledge of C or C++, then `Game Programming All in One, 2nd Edition` can get you started on your journey. It uses hands-on projects to explain each new subject and includes many sample programs to reinforce the material in each chapter. Begin by learning about cross-platform game programming, writing code that will run under Windows®, Linux®, Mac OS® X, and many other systems. Enhance your skills by working through the core features of the Allegro game library and writing code to load images, manipulate sprites, scroll the background, use double-buffering, read a joystick, detect collisions, and implement other core features of any game. You will gain experience by creating a complete game and adding features to it in each new chapter. You will also learn how to write a scrolling platform game and a vertical shooter.

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Hard to get into
I made the mistake of getting this book with no experience, It has alot of fluff(I hate fluff) and not enough work on telling you how to code.

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An excelent learning tool.
Harbour presents everything in a simple manner with very little presumptions. He provides useful information on entering the game industry and making money from your games. Although the cd can have some trouble installing, it still makes for an exceptional learning tool.

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a pretty good book
I think this is a great starting point for someone who already knows the basics of c++ and wants to learn the allegro library. The examples are pretty good and progress in a logical way.

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I would advise against it
I first would like to say that this book is most definitely not for people with no programming experience (but you could have figured that out from the rest of the reviews)


I work at a video game studio as a scripter and am working my way up to become a programmer. I picked this book up a while back and just got around to opening it a few weeks back. The first section of the book was excellent in helping me understand the programming concepts used in video game development. But only because I was able to identify the absurd amount of syntax errors in the example that a beginner wouldn't.


I only had this book on my desk for two days before I was shamed into putting it far back in one of my drawers. It seemed that every programmer who noticed this book had something bad to say about it. Criticism of the choice to use DirectX to teach beginners how to program graphics have been the most popular. That is why I can't say anything about the book's effectiveness past the first section (so that's what gets 3 stars).


The review below entitled `A note from the author` below is from the author of the second edition about the second edition, mistakenly put on the first edition's page. That one sounds better but considering the author can't even do a shameless plug for his own book correctly,,. I wouldn't risk it.

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software did not work
first, the book was great . organized in text book fashion it would be great for a high school level course on game programming. Well organized and an easy read. The quizzes at the end of each chapter make for a good way to make sure you understood the material. (Note it Is not a reference book,, It is a tutorial)


What it is not, is a course on programming in 'c/c++' be warned. you either need to program in 'c' or be taking a course in 'c'. this is quite a departure from the first edition. This is explained in the books description so it is not false advertising or anything but unless you program in `c' or perhaps have a beginners `c' tutorial book you might get lost.


for me the problem is/was the software on the disk did not work on any of my computers. If you have access to a working c/c++ compiler this is not much of a problem, if not then it will be. about a dozen calls to the publisher remain un answered,,


for the price the book is worth it. but if your new to programming and do not have access to your own compiler you may not get much use out of it.


one final thought. the book teaches the game engine allegro. It teaches only the 2d controls and functions - which I think is fine,, Allegro has tons of 3d functionality,, you will want to get a supplemental guide for this. One thing I disagree with the author on is that the trend in gaming is to 3d and that should have been explored,, Perhaps material for a third edition or an second course.








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Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Syndromes (Volume 1)



Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Syndromes (Volume 1)
Gary W. Jay | 2009-11-23 00:00:00 | Informa Healthcare | 436 | Chronic Pain

This comprehensive guide supplies pain specialists, neurologists, and anesthesiologists with the latest critical advances in pain management.

Clinically oriented and evidence-based, Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Syndromes delivers a swift and accurate diagnosis aide for the treatment of pain syndromes and the creation of treatment plans for chronic pain patients.

Key features include:

  • sections that are clearly organized by specific pain syndromes
  • individual chapters that contain basic structural templates for fast-referencing
  • two supplemental sections offering in-depth discussions of medications and other treatment options
  • treatment recommendations for an array of syndromes, including headache/facial pain, soft-tissue pain, neuropathic pain, rheumatological pain, abdominal pain, urological pain, low back pain, and cancer-related pain


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Handbook of Research on Scalable Computing Technologies (2-Volumes)



Handbook of Research on Scalable Computing Technologies (2-Volumes)
Kuan-ching Li, Ching-hsien Hsu, Laurence Tianruo Yang, Jack Dongarra, Hans Zima | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Information Science Publishing | 1086 | Computer Science
The past decade has witnessed a fruitful proliferation of increasingly high performance scalable computing systems mainly due to the availability of enabling technologies in hardware, software, and networks.

The Handbook of Research on Scalable Computing Technologies presents ideas, results, and experiences in significant advancements and future challenges of enabling technologies. A defining body of research on topics such as service-oriented computing, data-intensive computing, and cluster and grid computing, this Handbook of Research contains valuable findings for those involved with developing programming tools and environments in computing as well as those in related upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses.
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Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy



Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy
John M. Kline | 2005-04-27 00:00:00 | Routledge | 288 | Ethics
This innovative textbook provides a topical and relevant analysis of the ethical dimensions of conducting business in a global political economy. From a starting point of applied ethics, this book introduces a common set of normative terms and analytical tools for examining and discussing real case scenarios.

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Teoria dei Segnali



Teoria dei Segnali
Luise Marco Vitetta Giorgio M. | 1999-01-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Companies | 515 | Telecommunications
Il testo, destinato agli studenti che frequentano il corso di Teoria dei segnali nelle facolta di Ingegneria presenta i seguenti argomenti: segnali (periodici e aperiodici) a tempo continuo, sistemi monodimensionali a tempo continuo, segnali a tempo discreto, sistemi monodimensionali a tempo discreto, processi aleatori continui e discreti. L'esposizione, in linea con la precedente edizione, privilegia gli aspetti intuitivi nello studio dei segnali e dei sistemi, ma non dimentica il rigore matematico. Il volume e corredato di numerosi esempi ed esercizi.
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The New Careers: Individual Action and Economic Change



The New Careers: Individual Action and Economic Change
Michael Arthur,Dr. Kerr Inkson,Judith K Pringle | 1999-09-13 00:00:00 | Sage Publications Ltd | 192 | Guides
`To career used to mean to swerve wildly or to go swiftly. In this beautifully argued, richly documented, original, liberating work, Arthur, Inkson, and Pringle demonstrate that the new careers once more are about swift swerves, unexpected agency, and enacted opportunities and constraints. Readers will think about the future in ways they never imagined possible. This is a good book. People need to get it in their hands to see how good it is'- Karl Weick, University of Michigan

TheNew Careers offers a major new approach to the concept of career and the relation of the individual to the contemporary workplace. It shows that our traditional conceptions of careers are rooted in the stable conditions of the Industrial State model which has dominated the 20th century and that new models, better attuned to the New Economy of the late 20th and early 21st centuries are now needed.

Current data show that individuals are much more mobile in their careers than would be assumed under established models. It suggests that far from having their careers determined for them by larger corporate forces, most people enact their careers, improvisationally but purposefully, upon the texture of economic institutions. In these processes the traditional assumption of enduring symbiotic relationships between individuals and their employers is increasingly problematic. People enact their careers, and also help to enact the companies, occupations, industries and society through which careers unfold.

This book points to careers as actions rather than structures, as a means of learning rather than means of earning, and as boundaryless entities rather than constrained ones. It also points to the return of the career as a key concept in social analysis, but shows that in the light of new phenomena, the 'career' as we traditionally know it will never be the same again.

This innovative and accessible book is based on work for which Michael Arthur, Kerr Inkson and Judith Pringle won the Academy of Management prize for best section paper, which forms the core of this book.



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Intonation in Context Teacher's book: Intonation Practice for Upper-intermediate and Advanced Learners of English



Intonation in Context Teacher's book: Intonation Practice for Upper-intermediate and Advanced Learners of English
Barbara Bradford | 1989-07-28 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 64 | English as a Foreign Language
Intonation in Context is for upper-intermediate and advanced learners of English who want to improve their intonation. It aims to make learners aware of the main features of intonation and provides enjoyable activities for both controlled and freer practice in a range of conversational situations. Intonation is presented as a system which has an important communicative function in any interaction between speaker and listener. Learners first explore the meaning conveyed by the parts of this system before going on to a variety of production exercises. The book is intended to be used alongside any general coursebook to provide a systematic and accessible introduction to this often neglected area of pronunciation. The easy-to-follow explanations assume no specialist knowledge of the subject and the accompanying cassette provides clear models, making this an excellent choice for both classroom use and self-study.

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Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))



Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
| 2007-08-20 00:00:00 | | 0 | Adobe


The future looks bright for Web developers! With Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium, you now have fantastic tools that enable you to create a wide array of content and graphics to deploy on a Web site that is dynamic and easy to maintain.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is a hands-on, easy-to-understand guide to the main features in all the CS3 Web development products. The no-nonsense approach is designed to help you build Web sites by covering the basics of each program?Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator, Flash, Contribute, and Acrobat?as well as the new features in a clear and concise minibook. You get all the expert guidance you need to: Choose the right tools for the job Create basic HTML Web pages Punch up your pages with forms and frames in Dreamweaver Save Photoshop images for print and the Web Work with text, shapes, and images in Fireworks Understand page layout Use layers, filters, and effects in Illustrator Work with animation, sound, and video in Flash Add interactivity to PDF files in Acrobat Integrate Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, and Contribute with other Adobe products Tackle advanced concepts And much, much more!

This friendly guide doesn?t just cover all the new tools in the Suite; it also offers you a primer on Web design as well as insight into how the Suite influences design. Complete with helpful hints on securing your work, Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is your one-stop guide to making the most of the Suite and developing for the Web quickly and easily!

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Truly 7 books in 1,,.
Although it tends to follow that books that will cram loads of information between their covers also then tend to truncate important information in that process of trying to be `all things to all people,` the this book provides useful and informative text for each of its proffered parts to the Adobe web collection for the CS3. It's laid out so that anyone can at first navigate to whatever portion of the suite they wish to learn about and ultimately use, but such a layout for the book makes it rather like a phonebook, or encyclopaedia, in that there's no need to physically bookmark one's recent or past findings, because it's right there where you left it, if you need to reference it again. I would therefore classify this book as a great addition to any reference library for one's Adobe products, and recommend it to anyone wanting to become both familiar and versed in all things Adobe CS3.

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not the best
i bought this book as a reference and was not very happy. its a good review book for someone who knows the software, but doesnt really give alot for a `Dummy`.

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Other ways to learn
The tutorials that come with the creative suite are not only sufficient but also easy to understand and follow, use them first and if you still have questions consider wasting your money on the book for dummies.




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An excellent collection choice.
Libraries seeking computer reference books promising lasting value would do well to look at this one-stop guide to creating a dynamic web site using Adobe's Creative Suite program. Damon Dean is an experienced web producer and developer who works with other equally talented to pack in over 800 pages of details, from formatting text and importing images to laying out pages and using PDF files. It's packed with plenty of detail, yet very accessible to relative newcomers, making it an excellent collection choice.


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Encyclopedia of Social History (Garland Reference Library of Social Science)



Encyclopedia of Social History (Garland Reference Library of Social Science)
Peter N. Stearns | 1993-12-01 00:00:00 | Routledge | 896 | History
A reference surveying the major concerns, findings, and terms of social history. The coverage includes major categories within social history (family, demographic transition, multiculturalism, industrialization, nationalism); major aspects of life for which social history has provided a crucial per

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Database Annotation in Molecular Biology: Principles and Practice



Database Annotation in Molecular Biology: Principles and Practice
| 2005-01-18 00:00:00 | | 0 | Miscellaneous


This unique text provides an overview of the current status of database annotation and discusses what is required for future progress, both in terms of the skill set required and training requirements for new entrants to the field.


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Rapid Review Pathology,2 ed



Rapid Review Pathology,2 ed
Edward F. Goljan | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Mosby | 656 | Medicine
Get the most from your study time...and experience a realistic USMLE simulation! Rapid Review Pathology, by Edward F. Goljan, MD, makes it easy for you to master all of the pathology material covered on the USMLET Step 1 Exam. It combines an outline-format review of key concepts with over 400 hundred USMLE-style practice questions - online - that give you all the practice you need to succeed! Outline format: Concise, high-yield subject matter is presented in a study-friendly format. High-yield margin notes: Key content that is most likely to appear on the exam is reinforced in the margin notes. Visual elements: Full-color photographs are utilized to enhance your study and recognition of key pathology images. Abundant two-color schematics and summary tables enhance your study experience. Two-color design: Colored text and headings make studying more efficient and pleasing. New! Online Study and Testing Tool * A minimum of 350 USMLE Step 1-type MCQs: Clinically oriented, multiple-choice questions that mimic the current USMLE format, including high-yield images and complete rationales for all answer options. * Online benefits: New review and testing tool delivered via the USMLE Consult platform, the most realistic USMLE review product on the market. Online feedback includes results analyzed to the subtopic level (discipline and organ system). * Test mode: Create a test from a random mix of questions or by subject or keyword using the timed test mode. USMLE Consult simulates the actual test-taking experience using NBME's FRED interface, including style and level of difficulty of the questions and timing information. Detailed feedback and analysis shows your strengths and weaknesses and allows for more focused study. * Practice mode: Create a test from randomized question sets or by subject or keyword for a dynamic study session. The practice mode features unlimited attempts at each question, instant feedback, complete rationales for all answer options, and a detailed progress report. * Online access: Online access allows you to study from an internet-enabled computer wherever and whenever it is convenient. This access is activated through registration on www.studentconsult.com with the pin code printed inside the front cover. Student Consult * Full online access: You can access the complete text and illustrations of this book on www.studentconsult.com. * Save content to your PDA: Through our unique Pocket Consult platform, you can clip selected text and illustrations and save them to your PDA for study on the fly! * Free content: An interactive community center with a wealth of additional valuable resources is available.
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Pebble in the Sky



Pebble in the Sky
Isaac Asimov | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Orb Books | 256 | Fiction Other
The storyline becomes entangled with the politicians of Earth and their feelings toward the Empire as a whole, especially their rancor at being despised by the Empire. Unlike the previous two Empire Novels, this story does not read as a mystery. Rather this novel is more an adventure in the future, with some romantic elements thrown in.

Among the three Empire Novels, this is my favorite. The story may start a bit slow, but once it picks up it does not slow down until the conclusion, where Asimov pretty much sums it up as one might see coming. There was not really anything difficult to anticipate, but the concepts are wonderfully applied. I recommend this book even if you have not read any of the other Empire Novels, as you will really not miss out on anything.
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Data Mining: Foundations and Practice (Studies in Computational Intelligence)



Data Mining: Foundations and Practice (Studies in Computational Intelligence)
Tsau Young Lin,Ying Xie,Anita Wasilewska,Churn-Jung Liau | 2008-09-26 00:00:00 | Springer | 562 | Theory of Computing

This book contains valuable studies in data mining from both foundational and practical perspectives. The foundational studies of data mining may help to lay a solid foundation for data mining as a scientific discipline, while the practical studies of data mining may lead to new data mining paradigms and algorithms.

The foundational studies contained in this book focus on a broad range of subjects, including conceptual framework of data mining, data preprocessing and data mining as generalization, probability theory perspective on fuzzy systems, rough set methodology on missing values, inexact multiple-grained causal complexes, complexity of the privacy problem, logical framework for template creation and information extraction, classes of association rules, pseudo statistical independence in a contingency table, and role of sample size and determinants in granularity of contingency matrix.

The practical studies contained in this book cover different fields of data mining, including rule mining, classification, clustering, text mining, Web mining, data stream mining, time series analysis, privacy preservation mining, fuzzy data mining, ensemble approaches, and kernel based approaches.

We believe that the works presented in this book will encourage the study of data mining as a scientific field and spark collaboration among researchers and practitioners.



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Frommer's Florence, Tuscany and Umbria (Frommer's Complete)



Frommer's Florence, Tuscany and Umbria (Frommer's Complete)
John Moretti | 2010-02-02 00:00:00 | Frommers | 488 | Florence

Experience Siena's Palio, the centuries-old bareback horse race that runs through the city's Piazza del Campo. See chapter 7.

  • Foldout map, plus detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors


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I would have given it 3.5 stars, but couldn't so I will round down. I used this book for a trip I had earlier this year. It covered every city that we were interested in going, and since that was the case, it lacked detail on some the off the beaten path cities. Overall, I found it to be pretty useful and we were able to fill in some of the gaps with tripadvisor and some other sites. There was a lot more detail in the more popular cities, which makes a lot of sense since those are much more well travelled. The hotel and restaurant picks were all pretty good. We didn't visit the more popular cities this time around, but the book would have been useful to have on previous trips.
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I have looked at all the guides rick steves, fodors, lonely planet, and michelin. I found the frommers to be the most helpful and diverse - the guide recommends venues in every town/city that will appeal to families, romantics, wine/food lovers, etc. I looked at the 4 reviews before this review and I think those reviews are for an older edition of the book. Those reviews were written in 2009 and this book came out in February 2010.
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I'm planning a trip to Tuscany and Umbria next fall (I've been to Florence before), and found the Frommer's Italy 2010 guide* so helpful I bought this more focused guide.



Some of what I said about the broader guide applies to this this one, as well: Like the Michelin guide, it rates key attractions with one to three stars. While I would never plan a trip based on the ratings of a single guidebook, I do find the star ratings helpful in elucidating the author's opinions in a way that sifting through different adjectives in descriptions isn't. Unlike the Michelin guide this book groups cities by geography (which is how you would visit them) rather than alphabetically across the whole country. It also has more detail on hotels. In fact, the extensive descriptions of hotels is one of the reasons I found this guide so useful.



While the Italy guide covers Florance and Tuscany, Umbria, and The Marches in two chapters and less than 200 pages, this guide offers more than 400 pages devoted to Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria. (Yes, Florence is in Tuscany, but both guides treat it separately.)



This guide has a different author from the Italy guide, and not all recommendations line up between the guides. But, as I have said, I wouldn't plan a trip based on one author's opinion, so that's not all bad. Overall, I have found this guide to be extremely helpful, and the small, pull-out map of Tuscany and Umbria included is very helpful; I'd been looking, unsuccessfully, for a map of that size and scale!



One thing the guide does not have is photos; but combine the pictorial Eyewitness guides** with the wealth of prose information in this book and you have a winning combination.



Note: This review is of the 6th Edition published in 2008. Other reviews may be of different editions.



* Frommer's Italy 2010 (Frommer's Color Complete Guides)



** Florence and Tuscany (Eyewitness Travel Guides); Umbria (Eyewitness Travel Guides)


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Restaurant reviews were soooooo bad. We found much better and cheaper restaurants on our own after we gave up on these probably paid advertisements! Frommers should be ashamed at the difference between what they write and what is reality.



The guide to get around is useless, with maps poorly designed and at the wrong detail level for what was needed. My favorite was 'now you are here and completely lost, why not buy our other book that has details!' Thanks god I have an iphone that got me around.



Frommers is dead to me. Give then less that 1 star.



edit**** forgot the useful Children's Activities listed here are terrible. Do not waste your time and effort going to Pinocchio Park no matter what the book says! It is not cute, whimsical or entertaining for the kids or adults. I found much more accurate reviews of places and food on another well known 'tripadvisor' website. Invest some time before hand and do not buy this book! I cannot even give you my copy since it was so useless we left it in Italy!
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Very nice product! Very helpful for my 4 months in Italy! Be sure to read about the Chocolate Festival in Perugia!

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Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts, Techniques, and Tools (Princeton Series in Finance)



Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts, Techniques, and Tools (Princeton Series in Finance)
Alexander J. McNeil,Rudiger Frey,Paul Embrechts | 2005-09-26 00:00:00 | Princeton University Press | 538 | Finance

The implementation of sound quantitative risk models is a vital concern for all financial institutions, and this trend has accelerated in recent years with regulatory processes such as Basel II. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the theoretical concepts and modelling techniques of quantitative risk management and equips readers--whether financial risk analysts, actuaries, regulators, or students of quantitative finance--with practical tools to solve real-world problems. The authors cover methods for market, credit, and operational risk modelling; place standard industry approaches on a more formal footing; and describe recent developments that go beyond, and address main deficiencies of, current practice.

The book's methodology draws on diverse quantitative disciplines, from mathematical finance through statistics and econometrics to actuarial mathematics. Main concepts discussed include loss distributions, risk measures, and risk aggregation and allocation principles. A main theme is the need to satisfactorily address extreme outcomes and the dependence of key risk drivers. The techniques required derive from multivariate statistical analysis, financial time series modelling, copulas, and extreme value theory. A more technical chapter addresses credit derivatives. Based on courses taught to masters students and professionals, this book is a unique and fundamental reference that is set to become a standard in the field.


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QRM is a technical book on risk management from a statistical point of view. It is definitely not a manual for practical implementation of QRM tools, so do not expect any how-tos. Rather, it is an excellent starting point for the risk manager who is keen on the technical aspects of risk measurement. Every chapter contains many references which point the reader to sources containing more detailed explanations. This book assumes a decent knowledge of statistics, particularly time series analysis. Also, the reader must be familiar with matrix algebra.



Good points: puts risk measurement into a formal statistical framework; good overview of risk measurement topics; implementation in R of some tools is available for free as an R package.



Bad points: not very detailed in terms of how to implement many of the models; some chapters seem to be there more for completeness than for their practical value (I didn't find the chapter about copulas in particularly useful); too theoretical and very little emphasis on the practical side.



In summary, this book is for a risk manager who is very well trained in statistics and will be able (and willing) to implement the tools starting from the statistical concepts.




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I read this a while ago, and while I was extremely impressed with the theoretical development, and am very happy to have it in my library, I was also struck by the somewhat limited perspective. My background in part is in information theory and statistical learning, which means that I incline to a Bayesian view of uncertainty. But this is an absolutist 'frequentist' book; it does not even seem to be aware of a whole box of powerful theoretical tools that I know (it doesn't acknowledge them even to dismiss them).



I was fascinated recently to see that Ricardo Rebonato - in spite of quoted review above - seems to agree: in his new book (plight of the fortune tellers), he makes the same points that occured to me.


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I'd add the word power in front of tools in the book title! Yes the book doesn't give you any step-by-step how to of doing any of the things like some have complained. Then again, it's not meant to be a how-to book. This is a "why" book and the authors explain the whys brilliantly. Even the chapters covering statistical background materials, the authors chose the exact level of details for coverage without wasting any pages. To appreciate the book, the reader does need a strong math background. Then every page of the book is worth it.
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This book is more like Mathematical Statistics for Risk Management. It covers some reviews of standard mathematical stat and some advanced and latest materials as well as applications in risk management. But as some other reviewers already mentioned, the focus is on the statistics and probability for risk management rather than the business context. And it is written in a rather formal theorem-proof format which, to some extent, could have been simplified for other audiences. It is excellent for someone with heavy stat background such as MS/PhD in statistics or PhD in Finance.



Another book that is a bit easier to read that covers Stat and Finance well with business context is: Statistics and Finance: An Introduction, which includes more than financial risk management.




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Although not obvious, there is software available to implement the functionality described mathematically in the book. Alexander McNeil provides S-Plus code on his personal website, and there is an R port of that code on CRAN called QRMlib. Most of the provided software is on fitting fat-tailed distributions. This is all very useful in practice, if you care to be statistically precise. Unfortunately, many practitioners would clearly prefer rules of thumb to quantitative methods only usable with statistical software that doesn't run in Excel. Excellent theoretical text with solid backing software.

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The Elephanta Suite



The Elephanta Suite
Paul Theroux | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Recorded Books | 0 | Subjects
This is an unabridged audio cd set of nine compact discs. It is performed by Firdous Bamji.

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Deguisements pour enfants



Deguisements pour enfants
Michele Papin | 1999-01-01 00:00:00 | Hachette | 68 | Do It Yourself
Confectionner pour ses cherubins des deguisements faits maison, les transformer en panthere sauvage, en dragon, en malicieuse petite souris, en fee argentee... rien de plus facile avec ce petit guide qui rend la couture accessible a tous.
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Presence: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation



Presence: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation
Patsy Rodenburg | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | | 304 | Self-development
Everyone has known the feeling of being present. Babies and toddlers live there almost constantly. Great performers work in this state. Great athletes win in it. Great teachers teach in it. Every great communicator speaks from this place. It is when fully present that we do our best work and make our deepest impression on others. In her years as an acting coach, Patsy Rodenburg has discovered the secrets to that elusive quality actors call 'it'. There are three basic ways human energy moves between people and you can be in any one of the 'three circles' in any situation. In the first, your focus is purely inward, in the third, all your energy is moving outward. In the second you are focused, you give energy out and you receive it. You communicate spontaneously and listen well, you are generous and people are generous in return. And by working on your breath, posture, voice, language, listening skills, focus, courage and trust you can access the second circle on a daily basis. Your work, relationships, spirituality and passions will all benefit.
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Fuel and Fuel System Microbiology, Fundamentals, Diagnosis, and Contamination Control



Fuel and Fuel System Microbiology, Fundamentals, Diagnosis, and Contamination Control
Frederick J. Passman | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | ASTM International | 114 | Engineering
For the first time, petroleum industry professionals have a document that explains the problems that microbes cause to fuels and fuel systems, and also provides the tools for recognizing and controlling microbial contamination - saving millions of dollars annually in fuel system damage. This new ASTM manual provides clear and accessible insight into the nature of fuel and fuel system biodeterioration, sampling requirements, test methods, and remediation practices. As a complement to ASTM D 6469 Standard Guide for Microbial Contamination in Fuels and Fuel Systems, this new publication provides an overview of:

Microbiological principles underlying fuel and fuel system biodeterioration

Sample collection and handling

Recommendations for disinfecting and removing microbial contamination from fuels and fuel systems

A variety of diagnostic tests.

It applies to furnace, aviation gasoline, diesel, aviation turbine, marine, industrial gas turbine, kerosene, gasoline, fuel systems, crude oil, and all liquid petroleum fuels.

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Secondary Analysis of the TIMSS Data



Secondary Analysis of the TIMSS Data
David F. Robitaille,Albert E. Beaton | 2002-09-30 00:00:00 | Springer | 440 | Education
The goal of this volume is to use the data from IEA's Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) to investigate significant questions related to mathematics and science education as well as a number of methodological issues. The authors of the papers included in this collection come from eleven of the TIMSS countries, and they are prominent in their respective fields. The book will be of interest to readers interested in comparative education, mathematics and science education, curriculum, and survey research methodology. A study such as TIMSS costs a great deal of money to carry out; and, if the true value of that investment is to be realized, much more research of the kind reported in this collection is needed. The papers included provide insights into the impact that TIMSS has had in the participating countries. They also serve as excellent examples of the kind of follow-up research that is needed.

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Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 Breakthroughs



Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 Breakthroughs
| 2005-11-23 00:00:00 | | 0 | Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop is industry standard digital image software and users are hungry for solutions to their myriad concerns--from how best to manage the program's sometimes unwieldy interface to how to use the new Vanishing Point tool. Photoshop guru David Blatner has scoured the online forums, interviewed Adobe engineers, and gathered together answers to over 200 of the most-commonly asked questions. Written in a sassy, fun-to-read style, this book tackles every major Photoshop problem with a lay-it-on-the-line solution. Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 Breakthroughs is for anyone who has been using Photoshop long enough to realize that the solution to their problems isn't always as obvious as one would expect.



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Interesting, little known facts about Photoshop
I found this book to contain some little known interesting facts, and new ways to utilize the new photoshop tools. It was easy to find exactly the subject I was looking for, along with finding little known shortcuts.

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Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 Breakthroughs
I confess. My library (ok the bathroom) is stacked with Archie comics for the occasional pastime while taking care of things. My latest edition is this book for the sole reason that there is just too much to absorb at one sitting. Nor will I use this book as a desktop reference tool while working on a deadline. I need to absorb all this great information over time, like the multipication table.


The book have something that usually is loathly missing in most. It give you paths to the command that is speaks of in the relevant question/answer sections regarding particular needs (Q. How do I resized a batch of various sized images. A. Use Fit Image (File > Automate > Fit Image - course there is more to this than that, but you get the drift).


Great guns. A keeper for me and other professionals who count on Photoshop to make the mortgage. BTW the Archies stay as well.

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An extremely good time saver!!!
Unlike Blatner&Frasers Real World book on Photoshop CS this one is set up for the intermediate or even the beginning photoshopper.Where the Real World Books gets in depth information on each item this well explained book gives you the opportunity to learn easy-to-follow answers on a lot of beginners questions:

-page 1-28:all about photoshop essentials(upgrading smoothly,control&menus,windows&palettes,monitors,tools,editing objects and handling documents.

-page 29-48: getting the picture:creating and opening files,exploring camera raw,scanning

-page 49-84:image editing basics(resolution,cropping,selection strategies,amazing transformations,duplicating)

-page 87-123:correcting images(evaluating an image,making global corrections,making local corrections,maintaining image quality,productivity perks,sharpening,actions&batches)

-page 125-139:working with layers(managing layers,aligning layers,layer masks,combining images)

-page 141-154: working with type(creating &editing type,get set with type)

-page 155-179:enhancing creativity(brushes,filter fun,perspective&distortion,darkroom adventures,paths&the pen)

-page 181-194: keeping color consistent(setting up color,previewing color output,color space conversions)

-page 195-212:organizing&finding images(building your bridge,annotating&organizing,fast file finding,production practices)

-page 215-244:printing,saving&exporting(printing,images for other programs,store multiple variations in one file,images for the internet,it's showtime)

-index page 245-253

David Blatner& Conrad Chavez did a tremendous job grouping hundreds of tips in 244 pages.Each chapter starts with a red question mark next to an individual question like ,,.?Is it true you can actually use the Crop Tool to correct perspective in an image or,,.?Tell me about the new Smart Sharpen command.How is it different than Unsharp Mask?Do I use it with Unsharp Mask or instead of it? or,,.?Infrared images look realy cool.How can I simulate that effect in Photoshop?

The book is in a handy format and each item is a small tutorial with the necessary examples illustrated on the page.

Don't read it from cover to flap(your choice!) because it's no covering `every feature` in PS but use it as a reminder for practical problems you encounter daily.

I put it on my night table and when I dream about PS(i'm insane!)and don't find THAT solution according my dreams it still lays on my side and I can dream further without worrying that my dreampicture would'nt achieve.

By the way this book is applicable for problems with CS and CS2;the content is worth the price.Well done gurus!




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Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems



Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems
Pierre Van de Laar and Teade Punter | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 300 | Embedded Systems
Evolvability, the ability to respond effectively to change, represents a major challenge to today's high-end embedded systems, such as those developed in the medical domain by Philips Healthcare. These systems are typically developed by multi-disciplinary teams, located around the world, and are in constant need of upgrading to provide new advanced features, to deal with obsolescence, and to exploit emerging enabling technologies. Despite the importance of evolvability for these types of systems, the field has received scant attention from the scientific and engineering communities.Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems focuses on the topic of evolvability of embedded systems from an applied scientific perspective. In particular, the book describes results from the Darwin project that researched evolvability in the context of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems. This project applied the Industry-as-Laboratory paradigm, in which industry and academia join forces to ensure continuous knowledge and technology transfer during the project's lifetime. The Darwin project was a collaboration between the Embedded Systems Institute, the MRI business unit of Philips Healthcare, Philips Research, and five Dutch universities.Evolvability was addressed from a system engineering perspective by a number of researchers from different disciplines such as software-, electrical- and mechanical engineering, with a clear focus on economic decision making. The research focused on four areas: data mining, reference architectures, mechanisms and patterns for evolvability, in particular visualization & modelling, and economic decision making. Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems is targeted at both researchers and practitioners; they will not only find a state-of-the-art overview on evolvability research, but also guidelines to make systems more evolvable and new industrially-validated techniques to improve the evolvability of embedded systems.
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Spectrochemical Trace Analysis for Metals and Metalloids, Volume 30 (Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry)



Spectrochemical Trace Analysis for Metals and Metalloids, Volume 30 (Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry)
R. Lobinski,Z. Marczenko | 1998-01-05 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 838 | Internal Medicine
Analytical methods, that combine a chemical sample treatment step with a spectrometric technique, applied to the determination of metals and metalloids at trace and ultratrace levels are discussed in this book. A thorough critical survey of the literature for the period 1985-1994 gives references to source articles always readily available in peer reviewed journals.

The book comprises three parts. Part I discusses general aspects of successive steps of an analytical procedure from sampling and sample decomposition, through separation and preconcentration to spectrometric determination. Flow injection analysis, hyphenated techniques and speciation are included. Accuracy in trace analysis, sources of errors and the role of CRMs are also covered. Part II is devoted to practical aspects of sample handling and multielement trace analyses of environmental, geological, clinical, and industrial materials. Each chapter contains several tables summarizing procedures for multielement analysis of real samples and certified reference materials available for method validation. Part III contains 54 alphabetically arranged monographic reviews on spectrochemical trace analysis for individual elements. Each chapter gives basic information on analytico-chemical properties of the element which is followed by an overview of methods for its separation, preconcentration, and instrumental detection. Particular attention is given to practical issues, difficulties and quality assurance during the analysis of real samples. Each chapter contains tables summarizing the key steps of the procedures developed for the trace element determination and the detection characteristics reported.

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Political Virtue and Shopping: Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action



Political Virtue and Shopping: Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action
Michele Micheletti | 2003-09-06 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 264 | Social Policy
Shoppers can express their values as they search for value. Political consumerism is turning the market into a site for politics and ethics, as consumer choices reflect personal attitudes and purchases are informed by ethical or political assessment of business and government practice. In such forms as boycotts, when consumers refuse to buy, or buycotts, where consumers shift their purchases, the ostensibly apolitical marketplace is a site of contestation at the intersection of globalization and individualization. This book opens readers' eyes to a new way of viewing everyday consumer choices and the role of the market in our lives, illuminating the broader theoretical and historical context of concerns about sweatshops, responsible coffee, and ethical and free trade.


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Concise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology


Concise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology
Pei-Show Juo | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 1163 | Dictionaries
Rapid advances in science, medicine, and molecular biology have created a vast volume of new information on biomedicine and molecular biology. To account for the new terminology and to provide accurate characterizations of previously existing ones, Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology has been revised and updated. This second edition provides concise definitions of terms used in biotechnology, molecular biology, and medicine. It also furnishes references on chemical structures and molecular weights of drugs, antibiotics, biochemical, environmental, natural, and DNA recombinant technology substances. The dictionary gives the corresponding generic name for each trade name of drugs and cross-references them with their chemical structure and it provides the medical and molecular abbreviations of terms commonly used in the scientific and medical community.
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Practical and Experimental Robotics



Practical and Experimental Robotics
Ferat Sahin and Pushkin Kachroo | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | CRC Press; 1 edition (August 22, 2007) | 464 | Robotics
Taking a completely hands-on approach, using cheap and easily available robotics kits, Practical and Experimental Robotics provides a detailed exploration of the construction, theory, and experiments for different types of robots. With topics ranging from basic stamp microcontrollers to biped and propeller based robots, the text contains laboratory experiments, examples with solutions, and case studies.

The authors begin with a review of the essential elements of electronics and mechanics. They describe the basic mechanical construction and electrical control of the robot, then give at least one example of how to operate the robot using microcontrollers or software. The book includes a reference chapter on Basic Stamp Microcontollers with example code pieces and a chapter completely devoted to PC interfacing. Each chapter begins with the fundamentals, then moves on to advanced topics, thus building a foundation for learning from the ground up.

Building a bridge between technicians who have hands-on experience and engineers with a deeper insight into the workings, the book covers a range of machines, from arm, wheel, and leg robots to flying robots and robotic submarines and boats. Unlike most books in this field, this one offers a complete set of topics from electronics, mechanics, and computer interface and programming, making it an independent source for knowledge and understanding of robotics.
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Intelligent Systems in Process Engineering, Part II: Paradigms from Process Operations, Volume 22 (Advances in Chemical Engineering)



Intelligent Systems in Process Engineering, Part II: Paradigms from Process Operations, Volume 22 (Advances in Chemical Engineering)
George Stephanopoulos,Chonghun Han,John L. Anderson | 1995-10-17 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 314 | Computer Mathematics
Volumes 21 and 22 of Advances in Chemical Engineering contain ten prototypical paradigms which integrate ideas and methodologies from artificial intelligence with those from operations research, estimation andcontrol theory, and statistics. Each paradigm has been constructed around an engineering problem, e.g. product design, process design, process operations monitoring, planning, scheduling, or control. Along with the engineering problem, each paradigm advances a specific methodological theme from AI, such as: modeling languages; automation in design; symbolic and quantitative reasoning; inductive and deductive reasoning; searching spaces of discrete solutions; non-monotonic reasoning; analogical learning;empirical learning through neural networks; reasoning in time; and logic in numerical computing. Together the ten paradigms of the two volumes indicate how computers can expand the scope, type, and amount of knowledge that can be articulated and used in solving a broad range of engineering problems.

Key Features
* Sets the foundations for the development of computer-aided tools for solving a number of distinct engineering problems
* Exposes the reader to a variety of AI techniques in automatic modeling, searching, reasoning, and learning
* The product of ten-years experience in integrating AI into process engineering
* Offers expanded and realistic formulations of real-world problems

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The Interior Designers Guide to Pricing Estimating and Budgeting



The Interior Designers Guide to Pricing Estimating and Budgeting
Theo Stephan Williams | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Allworth Press | 240 | Architecture
Provided here are practical guidelines on how to value the cost of designing commercial or residential interiors. From the designer's creative input to the pricing of decorating products and procedures, this guide allows interior designers to establish prices and budgets that satisfy their clients and make their business profitable. Interviews with experienced interior designers, case studies, and sidebars of projects highlight professional pitfalls and how to master them.
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Mark Harris - The Southpaw



Mark Harris - The Southpaw
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Mark Harris - The Southpaw
Publisher: Rosetta Books | 2000 | ISBN: 0795301626 | PDF | 324 pages | 1.06 MB
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Biocommunication and Natural Genome Editing



Biocommunication and Natural Genome Editing
Günther Witzany | 2009-11-10 00:00:00 | Springer | 213 | Microbiology

This is the first uniform description of all key levels of communication in the organismic kingdoms of plants, fungi, animals and bacteria based on the most recent empirical data. Biocommunication occurs on three levels (A) intraorganismic, i.e. intra- and intercellular, (B) interorganismic, between the same or related species and (C) transorganismic, between organisms which are not related. The biocommunicative approach demonstrates both that cells, tissues, organs and organisms coordinate and organize by communication processes and genetic nucleotide sequence order in cellular and non-cellular genomes is structured language-like, i.e. follow combinatorial (syntactic), context-sensitive (pragmatic) and content-specific (semantic) rules. Without sign-mediated interactions no vital functions within and between organisms can be coordinated. Exactly this feature is absent in non-living matter.

Additionally the biocommunicative approach investigates natural genome editing competences of viruses. Natural genome editing from a biocommunicative perspective is competent agent-driven generation and integration of meaningful nucleotide sequences into pre-existing genomic content arrangements and the ability to (re)combine and (re)regulate them according to context-dependent (i.e. adaptational) purposes of the host organism. The biocommunicative approach is an original scientific field of investigations. Readers must be competent in basic knowledge of biology and genetics.



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The Neuromodulators, Volume 64 (International Review of Neurobiology)



The Neuromodulators, Volume 64 (International Review of Neurobiology)
Ronald J. Bradley,Adron R. Harris,Peter Jenner,John Smythies | 2005-08-01 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 296 | Internal Medicine
Glutamate and GABA are the main information carrying neurotransmitters in the brain. Their action is modulated by a further series of small molecules called neuromodulators. The major neuromodulators in the brain are acetylcholine (both muscarinic and nicotinic), dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine and serotonin. These have an enormous range of functions in a wide variety of brain mechanisms. This book attempts to give a general overview of this field with a section devoted to each of these. Each section starts with anatomy, both structural and functional. The various types of receptors for these agents are described and then the effects of stimulating these receptors. These receptors trigger a variety of electrical reactions that generally involve potassium, sodium or calcium channels. Also reviewed are other receptors that trigger a wide variety of post-synaptic signaling cascades that influence a large number of neuronal functions including receptor sensitivity, synaptic plasticity and gene manipulation. Finally the relevance of these systems to disease states is detailed. There are many reviews of individual neuromodulators but this is the only book where one author attempts to cover the whole field.
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I bought this book on Amazon to brush up on my knowledge of neuromodulators, their mechanisms of action, and their functional role in cortical circuits. This book looked to fit the bill, and the table of contents seemed right on target. Unfortunately, the reality is that this book was a terrible book. First, the book is poorly written. The author has simply gone through medline and searched for ever article written in the past 10 years with "acetylcholine" or "serotonin" as a keyword. Then he has reduced the abstract into one sentence, and strung that sentence in with many others with very little if any congruency of message. Plus, because the actual papers were obvioulsy not read, the meaning imparted in the book is OFTEN inaccurate. Just pick a citation, download the actual document, and compare to the text of this book and you will see that this book not only is light on the details, but is often WRONG about the details. Plus, the haphazard writing style makes it a very slow and difficult read. Another problem is that older papers are simply ignored, even if they are still today the best demonstration of something. There are some "classic" yet still relevant papers that should have been cited but were not. As you can tell, I'm quite disappointed with this book. I would suggest one of the other books on the subject (perhaps one by Trevor Stone), but I spent all the cash I have on this book and will have to wait for next year to try again.

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The Mating 2010


The Mating 2010
Nicky Charles | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | feedbooks.com | 219 | Romance Novels
Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn. WINNER OF THE FPSSA - BEST ROMANCE and the SKOW - BEST VILLIAN

EXCERPT: She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her.
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The Hub: Dangerous Territory



The Hub: Dangerous Territory
James H. Schmitz | 2001-04-03 00:00:00 | Baen | 480 | Fiction
The Federation of the Hub: thousands of rough, ornery and tough-minded human worlds with only the subtlest of interstellar governments holding them all together. Stable at last after centuries of war, the Hub is now prime real estate ... making it a merciless arena for the conflicting schemes of criminals, unscrupulous corporations, and invaders from beyond the edges of Federation space.
But the Hub is well-defended, and not only by professional heroes such as Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. In Hub Space a citizen is expected to stand up for herself, blaster in hand, as needs must; so when Trouble comes Hubward in large doses, there are an awful lot of armed citizens waiting for it....
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Assembly Automation and Product Design (Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Processing)



Assembly Automation and Product Design (Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Processing)
Geoffrey Boothroyd | 1991-08-30 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 432 | Robotics
Text for professional seminars and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on assembly automation in manufacturing and product design, and/or reference guide for manufacturing, product, design, industrial, and mechanical engineers seeking to improve productivity and competitiveness while redu

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Magestic, Part 1



Magestic, Part 1
Geoff Wolak | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Geoff Wolak | 244 | Fiction
Magestic is the story of a time traveller, sent back from 2025 to 1985 to fix the world. A calamity awaits in 2025, the world needing to take a different course. Wars need to be avoided, certain politicians disgraced before taking office. But the traveller spends most of his time and energy building up a medical rescue charity. Imagine telling someone, in 1985, what mobile phones would be like in the future, the internet, girls with tattoos and peircings.
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The Skeptical Business Searcher: The Information Advisor's Guide to Evaluating Web Data, Sites, and Sources



The Skeptical Business Searcher: The Information Advisor's Guide to Evaluating Web Data, Sites, and Sources
Robert Berkman | 2005-12-01 00:00:00 | Information Today, Inc. | 288 | Finance
Offering business information users strategies for identifying and evaluating no-cost online information sources, this guide emphasizes techniques for recognizing biased and untrustworthy web sites. Information users are directed to the most useful and targeted sources of company histories and overviews. These include corporate sales and earnings data, SEC filings and stockholder reports, public records, market research studies, competitive intelligence, industry analyses, staff directories, executive biographies, statistics, survey/poll results, conference proceedings, press releases, news stories, and hard-to-find information about small businesses and niche markets. Demonstrated are concepts such as precision searching, which enables business searchers to quickly find the specific information they need. Also discussed are critical-thinking skills and the art of asking the right question. A 10-point checklist that allows users to systematically evaluate web site reliability is included.
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In The Skeptical Business Searcher: The Information Advisor's Guide To Evaluating Web Data, Sites, And Sources, business information expert Robert Berkman identifies the tools and methods for evaluating no-cost online information sources in a fine guide internet researchers will find essential to understanding business site values. Researchers will learn how to gain access to everything from company histories and corporate earnings data to SEC filings and public records of all kinds --and how to recognize the underlying bias and misinformation potentials of any source.



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Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences



Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
James R. Holton, John Pyle, Judith A. Curry | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 2605 | Geosciences
This authoritative resource covers all aspects of atmospheric sciences-including both theory and applications. Nearly 350 articles and over 1,900 figures and photographs are presented, many in full-color. The Encyclopedia is an ideal resource for academia, government, and industry in the fields of atmospheric, ocean, and environmental sciences. It is written at a level that allows undergraduate students to understand the material, while providing active researchers with the latest information in the field. The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences has been developed alongside the award-winning Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences. Together these references provide readers with a comprehensive resource and a link between these two fields.

*Covers all aspects of atmospheric sciences-including both theory and applications
*Presents nearly 350 articles and over 1,900 figures and photographs
*Broad-ranging articles include topics such as atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, boundary layers, clouds, general circulation, global change, mesoscale meteorology, ozone, radar, satellite remote sensing, and weather prediction.
*An ideal resource for academia, government, and industry in the fields of atmospheric, ocean, and environmental sciences
*The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences was developed alongside the award-winning Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences; together these references provide readers with a comprehensive resource and a link between these two fields
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Two Minds: Intuition and Analysis in the History of Economic Thought



Two Minds: Intuition and Analysis in the History of Economic Thought
Roger Frantz | 2004-12-15 00:00:00 | Springer | 178 | Economics

The "Two Minds" noted economist Roger Frantz explores in this landmark book are, first, the analytical mind and, second, the intuitive mind. In part one he presents the leading theories on intuition, discusses recent developments in cognitive science, and borrows from such non-economist intuitors as Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk, Henri Poincare, Ludwig von Beethoven, and Robert Louis Stevenson to explore the role of intuition in science and creativity.

In part two, Frantz considers the presumably analytic and logical nature of economics and then demonstrates the many ways in which economists from Adam Smith to Herbert Simon have relied on intuition as a fruitful mental activity.

This book provides a rich complement and alternative perspective to some of the theoretical and mathematical models that have dominated the dismal science since the late 1940s.


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Frantz had the opportunity in this book to show how Adam Smith ,John Stuart Mill ,Joseph Schumpeter,John Maynard Keynes,Frank Knight and Herbert Simon(Daniel Ellsberg is overlooked)successfully integrated a clear and distinct role in decision theory,economic theory and economic thought for intuition.Unfortunately,he succeeds in a haphazard and vague manner.This is due to the fact that his discussions of intuition overlooks extremely important sources such as Daniel Ellsberg and Gary Klein.Paraphrasing Klein(Sources of Power,1998,p.31),intuition "...depends on the use of experience to recognize key patterns that indicate the dynamics of the situation...some aspects of intuition come from the ability to use experience to recognize situations and know how to handle them ".Frantz does not have a clear understanding of what intuition is.This lack of understanding appears many times,for example, on p.91 when he discusses Keynes's concept of animal spirits,which Keynes discussed in an informal manner due to his inability to explicitly integrate an optimism-pessimism index, a la Hurwicz ,into his discussions of the role of confidence that a decision maker has in his estimates of probability(Ellsberg successfully integrated such an index(alpha) into his approach along with an index(rho) to measure confidence.)Keynes's use of the term "animal spirits" is his informal way of emphasizing the importance of the degree of optimism or pessimism a decision maker has,given his confidence in his information base.Frantz ,unfortunately, conflates the state of confidence with animal spirits and conflates animal spirits with intuition.Contrary to Frantz,animal spirits do not express reasons of which we are not aware.Animal spirits has absolutely nothing to due with reasoning.It is an emotion that may have feedback effects on conclusions reached primarily by reasoning based on the most complete information base a decision maker can construct plus past experience(intuition).Frantz is correct that animal spirits played a major role in and was a major determinant of new investment in Keynes's theory of investment(chapters 11 and 12 of the General theory plus the two page extension on pp.239-241 in chpter 17).However,animal spirits deals with the optimism and pessimism of decision makers and has nothing to do with confidence,intuition,or reasoning.

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