Thursday, 17 March 2011

Hollywood Speaks Out: Pictures that Dared to Protest Real World Issues



Hollywood Speaks Out: Pictures that Dared to Protest Real World Issues
Robert L. Hilliard | 2009-05-04 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 280 | Movies
Hollywood Speaks Out explores that rare Hollywood feature that dared to tackle red-hot, social issues whilst American society was gripped by the convulsion and controversy they generated.
  • Explores why Hollywood has always been risk-adverse, and how most feature flms deal with controversial issues long after the controversy is past
  • Organized around such important issues as poverty, racism, sexism, war, anti-Semitism, and homophobia
  • Discusses the relevance and the impact of feature films from Modern Times to WALL-E 


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Webdesign mit JavaScript & Ajax



Webdesign mit JavaScript & Ajax
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Nick Heinle, Bill Pena, Ulrich Speidel, "Webdesign mit JavaScript & Ajax"
O'Reilly | 2006 | ISBN: 3897214717 | 254 pages | PDF | 37,7 MB
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Plant Microevolution and Conservation in Human-influenced Ecosystems



Plant Microevolution and Conservation in Human-influenced Ecosystems
David Briggs | 2010-02-08 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 618 | Conservation
As human activities are increasingly domesticating the Earth's ecosystems, new selection pressures are acting to produce winners and losers amongst our wildlife. With particular emphasis on plants, Briggs examines the implications of human influences on micro-evolutionary processes in different groups of organisms, including wild, weedy, invasive, feral, and endangered species. Using case studies from around the world, he argues that Darwinian evolution is ongoing. He considers how far it is possible to conserve endangered species and threatened ecosystems through management, and questions the extent to which damaged landscapes and their plant and animal communities can be precisely recreated or restored. Many of Darwin's ideas are highlighted, including his insights into natural selection, speciation, the vulnerability of rare organisms, the impact of invasive species, and the effects of climate change on organisms. An important text for students and researchers of evolution, conservation, climate change and sustainable use of resources.

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Towards a Post-Modern Understanding of the Political: From Genealogy to Hermeneutics



Towards a Post-Modern Understanding of the Political: From Genealogy to Hermeneutics
Andrius Bielskis | 2005-10-21 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 232 | Philosophy
While claiming that liberalism is the dominant political theory and practice of modernity, this book provides two alternative post modern theoretical approaches to the political. Concentrating on Nietzsche's and Foucault's work, it offers a novel interpretation of their genealogical projects. It argues that genealogy can be applied to analyze different forms of cultural kitsch vis-à-vis the dominant political institutions of consumer capitalism. The problem with consumer capitalism is not so much that it exploits individuals, but that it fosters cheap human existence saturated with the artefacts of kitsch. Contrasting genealogy with hermeneutic philosophy, it calls for a renewal of hermeneutics within the Thomistic tradition.

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Bielski's work presenting a "philosophical position rather than a fully articulated philosophical argument" coming out of his research for his doctoral thesis at the U. of Warwick, England, comes to grips with the fundamentals of modern and contemporary culture. Bielski's position--i. e., major observation, basic critique--is that "[w]e have approached an era in our history when to live and see the world according to the predominant liberal narrative of ever increasing individual/human emancipation will be to arrive at the abandonment of humanity itself." The content is mainly an analysis and demonstration of how this is happening. Whereas nearly all contemporary social critics and even philosophers concentrate on subjects such as popular culture, media, the absence of artistic principles, minorities or marinalized groups, and economic and cultural globalization, this author reevaluates figures such as Nietzsche and Marx (to name only a couple among many) and the idea of kitsche which these others consider for the most passe. While not arguing for their continuing relevance, Bielskis nonetheless convincingly persuades thoughtful readers that the ongoing influence of Nietzsche, the unreflective acceptance of kitsche, etc., along with the marginalization or disregard of classical philosophers such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas leaves modern individuals and their culture blind and aimless. Indeed, despite being described as a "position" rather than developed argument, the work has a cogency and focus which show most writing on modern culture and its participants and celebrants to be the diversionary, merely entertaining pastiche that it is. Bielski's answer for the ills and impoverishments of postmodern culture with its irresolvable anxieties over power, identity, and spiritlessness is a "theistic narrative...embodied in Christianity [which can be] philosophically redeveloped as...a post-humanist narrative." As substantively and relevantly developed by the author in the course of his book, this gives ones who believe society has entered the post-Christian era something to think about.

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Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity (Studies in World Christianity)



Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity (Studies in World Christianity)
Lamin O. Sanneh | 2007-11-30 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 384 | Africa
Long the dominant religion of the West, Christianity is now rapidly becoming the principal faith in much of the postcolonial world--a development that marks a momentous shift in the religion's very center of gravity. In this eye-opening book, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this "post-Western awakening" and the unparalleled richness and diversity, as well as the tension and conflict, it has brought to World Christianity.
Tracing Christianity's rise from its birth on the edge of the Roman empire--when it proclaimed itself to be a religion for the entire world, not just for one people, one time, and one place--to its key role in Europe's maritime and colonial expansion, Sanneh sheds new light on the ways in which post-Western societies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America were drawn into the Christian orbit. Ultimately, he shows, these societies outgrew Christianity's colonial forms and restructured it through their own languages and idioms--a process that often occurred outside, and sometimes against, the lines of denominational control. The effect of such changes, Sanneh contends, has been profound, transforming not only worship, prayer, and the interpretation of Scripture, but also art, aesthetics, and music associated with the church. In exploring this story of Christianity's global expansion and its current resurgence in the non-Western world, Sanneh pays close attention to such issues as the faith's encounters with Islam and indigenous religions, as well as with secular ideologies such as Marxism and nationalism. He also considers the challenges that conservative, non-Western forms of Christianity pose to Western liberal values and Enlightenment ideas.
Here then is a groundbreaking study of Christianity's role in cultural innovation and historical change--and must reading for all who are concerned with the present and future of the faith.

"I am lost in admiration for Lamin Sanneh's magnificent study of world Christianity, for the work's geographical scope and historical sweep, and for the breadth of the author's learning. Throughout, Sanneh asks the critical question: how can we reconceive Christianity in a way that frees it from its European and imperial contexts, permitting the faith to adapt to the kaleidoscopic realities of different societies around the globe. This is a splendid achievement."
--Philip Jenkins,
author of The Next Christendom
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I got this book and finished it in 3 days. Some great history and some great knowledge to know about Christianity in the East. Lamin shows that I don't need to believe all the Western history books; secular or nonsecular.
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Lamin Sanneh is amazingly scholarly, but this is not a book useful only to scholars. It is helpful to anyone interested in the concept of Christians communicating Christ to a non-Christian world. Sanneh knows that a personal life-changing faith in Christ is available to and transcends all cultural, linguistic, national and educational boundaries.



Disciples of All Nations puts the Christian faith in perspective, both historically and geographically. It explores the interaction between Christians long steeped in the faith, those new to the faith and those yet completely unfamiliar with Jesus. It reminds us and informs us regarding Christianity's multicultural origins and points us to its multicultural future.
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A spate of recent works on "world (or global) Christianity," including Philip Jenkins' widely read "The Next Christendom" (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007), have drawn needed attention to one of the most striking developments of the past century: the rise of a "Post-Western Christianity" which is now firmly rooted and growing dramatically in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.



In his recent book, "Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity," Lamin Sanneh sets out to describe some of the "pillars" or roots of this worldwide Christian awakening, which he calls the "Third Awakening" (p. 274). It is a wide-ranging study that chronicles the fascinating, if somewhat messy, story of Christianity's naturalization (or "inculturation") among various peoples throughout its history. It is the story of Christianity becoming "the most diverse and pluralist religion in the world." To tell the story, Sanneh focuses on certain themes ("pillars") that define "world Christianity," and then illustrates them in multiple ways, drawing out interesting implications along the way.



It is an eye-opening study that contains fascinating, and sometimes myth-busting insights about our understanding of the nature of the Christian religion, our understanding of Western missions, and the role of local agency and native resources in the spread of Christianity. Anyone interested in the worldwide Christian movement or current events would benefit from Professor Sanneh's thorough study.



Before moving into a more detailed review of the book, let me offer a small warning. "Disciples of All Nations" may be somewhat overwhelming for someone without a good background in the history of Christianity, particularly Christian missions. Sanneh has such a remarkable breadth of knowledge that keeping up can be difficult. For a scholarly, yet brief, survey of the subject, I would recommend the late Stephen Neill's "A History of Christian Missions"A History of Christian Missions: Second Edition (Hist of the Church).



With that warning in place, however, I reemphasize my warm recommendation of the book. In the remainder this review, rather than recapitulate each chapter, I will highlight and discuss some of Sanneh's main themes.



One of Sanneh's dominant themes that emerges again and again is that Christianity has a "peculiar temper"(p. 12) acquired through its long encounter with a dizzying diversity of cultural, political and social contexts. "The characteristic pattern of Christianity's engagement with the languages and cultures of the world has God at the center of the universe of cultures, implying equality among cultures and the...relative status of cultures vis a vis the truth of God. No culture is so advanced or so superior that it can claim exclusive access or advantage to the truth of God, and none so marginal...that it can be excluded. All have merit, none is indispensable" (p. 25).



As such, Christianity both absorbs and transforms the cultures it encounters. It spreads by making local appropriations and adaptations with local cultural resources, while investing those preexisting materials with new meaning and purpose. All that is to say, one reason for Christianity's appeal as a world religion is that it is a "translated and translating" religion, a religion with an "amazing power of adaptation" which enables it to speak to the heart of human beings in exceedingly diverse historical and cultural situations.



If this "peculiar temper" of Christianity is one of the faith's greatest strengths, it has too often been hindered by notions of cultural superiority, and connections to political power. Sanneh shows, again through a multitude of examples, the "heavy price" that has often been paid when Christianity's "intrinsic character as a worldwide religion... was framed in the uniform tenets of Christendom," and thus used to justify exploitation and domination (p. 54).



In the West, this is an often-told story: the story of missionary complicity in colonial imperialism. Sanneh is not shy to point out many examples of this. But, he is quick to add, though western scholarship and popular opinion would have us believe otherwise, that is not the whole story.



Sanneh writes, "I am urging a revisionist history without claiming that missions and colonialism were not in cahoots." So while acknowledging the colonial mindset of many missions, Sanneh contends that "the frontier experience... ultimately transformed missions' agenda and modus operandi," so that many missionaries reconsidered their ties to the colonial powers and worked for local empowerment in the cause of Christ. There were many shining examples of this throughout missions history. Missions saw increasingly that though the Gospel was a universal message meant to flourish in any and every cultural milieu, the "crushing burden" of "Europeandom" had muted the Gospel and robbed it of its power.



Moreover, wether consciously or unconsciously, missionaries who translated the Bible into local vernacular languages, and who preached the essentials of Christianity, often sowed the seeds of local empowerment that contributed to the undermining of colonial domination.



Bible translation, it turned out, was a great act of cultural affirmation and empowerment. Bible translation work also produced grammars and lexicons for languages that otherwise might have disappeared.



Though Sanneh devotes a great deal of attention to foreign missions, that is not his ultimate focus; to focus on Western missions would be to misread Sanneh. Throughout "Disciples of All Nations," he explicitly shifts the focus from expatriate initiative to local reception, from foreign control to native direction. This is another crucial and convincing aspect of Sanneh's argument.



Sanneh claims that scholarship related to the growth of Christianity in Africa and the colonial era often makes the same mistake the colonial powers made: they ignore the vital, creative, energetic response and involvement of local people themselves.



However, Sanneh contends that this one-sided picture of native passivity in the face of missionary hegemony is far wide of the mark. It soon became clear that while foreigners may have been the initial bearers of Christian teaching to parts of Africa, Africans had taken the ball for themselves and run with it.



In the last chapter of the book, Sanneh points out a similar Chinese appropriation of Christianity which took place in very different circumstances. In its paranoid repression of Christianity as a "foreign religion," the communist revolution in China (itself the bearer of a foreign ideology - Marxism) ironically cleared the decks for the thoroughly Chinese Christian awakening that is currently underway in China (ch. 8).



Returning to Africa, it became clear that Africans wanted Jesus, they wanted the Bible, they wanted healing and miracles and power over evil in the spirit realm (things they found ample evidence for in the Bible), but not the European civilization that was supposed to accompany Christianity (something the Bible seemed to oppose at many points). Sanneh provides a cogent summary: "It is remarkable the extent to which colonial co-option weakened Christianity by presenting it as a freshly minted European creed. Africans rejected that view by circulating the religion as local currency" (p. 161).



On the one hand, then, African Christians brilliantly separated the Christian kernel from the colonial husk, and made Christianity their own. In so doing, they often recaptured the spirit of primal apostolic Christianity against its secularized European counterpart. On the other hand, this story illustrates that Christianity itself, with its "peculiar temper" refused to be domesticated. It is almost as if Christianity itself was just waiting to shake off its colonial baggage and break out in fresh ways in these new contexts.



In the end, by putting the Christian movement into the broader context which I have attempted to summarize above, Lamin Sanneh has convincingly shown that the present growth of world Christianity, while unprecedented in its scale, is not at all out of character. By carefully demonstrating the "peculiar temper" of Christianity, the two-sided process of Christian expansion (missionary outreach and local appropriation), and the "serial nature" of Christian history, Sanneh has helped us to see again that Christianity is a dynamic world religion, a religion able to flourish and be "at home" in a wide variety of cultural, linguistic, social and political contexts.



This may be surprising in certain quarters, for example, where the Western pedigree of Christianity has been long assumed, or where the supernaturalism of Christianity has been long assumed discredited. But this surprise may well say more about the cultural or ideological captivity of these quarters than it does about the true nature of the faith.



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Socialism Unbound



Socialism Unbound
Stephen Bronner | 2000-12-01 00:00:00 | Westview Press | 280 | Popular Economics
Socialism Unbound by Stephen Eric Bronner was widely acclaimed when it first appeared in 1990. This second revised edition brings it up to date. Written in a clear prose, and an uncompromising manner, it offers new critical reflections on the tradition of working class politics and its salience for the new millennium. Chronological in structure, broad in scope, its chapters are devoted to the themes associated with the most important figures of the labor movement: Marx & Engels, Karl Kautsky, Eduard Bernstein, Lenin, and Rosa Luxemburg. Each chapter speaks to the contributions and limits of past practices in light of recent political trends. Treating socialism as an ethic, while discarding outworn teleological claims, the conclusion squarely confronts a host of issues including the relation between class and social movements, institutional accountability and participation, revolution and reform, economic justice and market imperatives, internationalism and identity. This second edition of what has been called a classic text indeed articulates the potential contributions of socialist theory for developing a genuinely progressive politics no less than the organizational and ideological challenges it must face in the modern era.

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Digital Libraries: Technology and Management of Indigenous Knowledge for Global Access: 6th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)



Digital Libraries: Technology and Management of Indigenous Knowledge for Global Access: 6th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL ... (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
Tengku Mohd. T. Sembok,Halimah Badioze Zaman,Hsinchun Chen,Shalini Urs,Sung Hyon Myaeng | 2004-01-22 00:00:00 | Springer | 703 | Multimedia Information Systems

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2003, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2003.

The 68 revised full papers presented together with 15 poster abstracts and 3 invited papers were carefully reviewed from numerous submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on information retrieval techniques, multimedia digital libraries, data mining and digital libraries, machine architecture and organization, human resources and training, human-computer interaction, digital library infrastructure, building and using digital libraries, knowledge management, intellectual property rights and copyright, e-learning and mobile learning, data storage and retrieval, digital library services, content development, information retrieval and Asian languages, and metadata.



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Sabriel



Sabriel
Garth Nix | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | HarperCollins Publishers | 178 | Fiction
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead.
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Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing



Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing
Eric A. Marks, Bob Lozano | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 304 | Computer Science
Your organization can save and thrive in the cloud with this first non-technical guide to cloud computing for business leaders

In less than a decade Google, Amazon, and Salesforce.com went from unknown ideas to powerhouse fixtures in the economic landscape; in even less time offerings such as Linkedin, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and many others also carved out important roles; in less than five years Apple's iTunes became the largest music retailer in North America.

They all share one key strategic decision – each of these organizations chose to harness the power of cloud computing to power their drives to dominance. With roots in supercomputing and many other technical disciplines, cloud computing is ushering in an entirely new economic reality – technology-enabled enterprises built on low cost, flexible, and limitless technical infrastructures.

The Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing reveals how you can apply the power of cloud computing throughout your enterprise, giving members of the C-suite a detailed look at:

•Why cloud computing must be a top priority on your company's IT roadmaps
•How the drive for scale, lower costs and greater agility is making cloud computing a fiscal and technological imperative
•The relationship between cloud computing and other relevant IT initiatives
•The strategic implications of cloud computing for the enterprise
•Where to begin and how to get started integrating cloud computing into your existing operations
Now you can harness cloud computing's potential for your organization. Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing shows you how.
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People, Planet, Profit: How to Embrace Sustainability for Innovation and Business Growth



People, Planet, Profit: How to Embrace Sustainability for Innovation and Business Growth
Peter Fisk | 2010-03-28 00:00:00 | Kogan Page | 256 | Economics
In today's changing, untrusting markets, companies need to do something more to stand out -- something special to succeed.  If that extra something is also more sustainable, in that it's long-lasting and that it's supportive of the wider world, then it has the best chance of creating larger and longer impact.
 
People, Planet, Profit focuses on three ways that companies can grow their business while transforming their values: by defining a purpose to their business beyond profit -- what it does for people's lives and society in general; by translating that into a compelling proposition for customers; and by aligning the whole business to deliver this proposition practically and more profitably.  Author Peter Fisk writes in the engaging voice that made his book Marketing Genius so popular.


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Security in Mexico: Implications for U.S. Policy Options



Security in Mexico: Implications for U.S. Policy Options
Agnes Schaefer | 2009-05-25 00:00:00 | RAND Corporation | 104 | Military Science
The backdrop of a deteriorating security situation in Mexico and change in administration in the United States demands a closer examination of potential priorities and policy options to guide future U.S.-Mexico relations. To help inform debate, this study examined a set of policy options for the United States (strategic partnership, status quo, and retrenchment), along with potential policy priorities that hold promise for Mexico1s security.

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Fire In The Sky: The Air War In The South Pacific



Fire In The Sky: The Air War In The South Pacific
Eric M Bergerud | 2001-04-13 00:00:00 | Basic Books | 752 | Aviation
In the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most sophisticated technology available at the time in a strategically crucial war of aerial attrition. In one of the largest aerial campaigns in history, the skies of the South Pacific were dominated first by the dreaded Japanese Zeros, then by Allied bombers, which launched massed raids at altitudes under fifty feet, and finally by a ferocious Allied fighter onslaught led by a cadre of the greatest aces in American military history.Utilizing primary sources and scores of interviews with surviving veterans of all ranks and duties, Eric Bergerud recreates the fabric of the air war as it was fought in the South Pacific. He explores the technology and tactics, the three-dimensional battlefield, and the leadership, living conditions, medical challenges, and morale of the combatants. The reader will be rewarded with a thorough understanding of how air power functioned in World War II from the level of command to the point of fire in air-to-air combat.

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As an Australian I have read the Australian Defence Forces and US Army perspectives of the WW2 Struggle for the South West and South Pacific theatres of war. Mr Bergerud dovetails the overall picture here of the air war during that period.This type of material must benefit all. A better understanding of the controversial egocentric leaders is also provided. FIRE in the SKY is one of these books that is very readable and above all educational.
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"Fire in the Sky" is a great book, indeed a real treasure, for the right reader. It is laden with detail about the conditions of war in the southwest Pacific after Guadalcanal. How they lived, what difficulties they faced getting into the air in a functioning machine, how the air campaign is fought are just a few of the issues the author explores in detail. And why is the book not for everyone? It is again the detail. If you've read and enjoyed John Lundstrom's books and other histories of early combat in the pacific - you are ready for 'Fire in the Sky". If you've not read, or not enjoyed those books I'd suggest you start with the 'First Team' duo, or 'Shattered Sword'. The detail is less overwhelming, and the narrative rather more coherent than 'Fire'.
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I can't say much that hasn't already been said. This book is awesome in its detail, yet it never bogs down. I enjoyed learning the background on the war and weapons rather than just a narrative of what happened when. I have read literally hundreds of military history books and this is now one of my favorites. I'll be getting his book on the land war in the pacific as well.
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Bergerud has justifiably gotten strong reviews for this book. It is a masterful blend of first hand accounts from (mostly Allied) participants combined with strong analysis of the "how and why" of the air campaign. The only shortcoming in the book is a lack of maps - there are some at the beginning of the book, but with numerous references to places throughout the narrative, a more generous sprinkling of maps would have helped place the reader where the action occured. But that has to be a minor critism of an otherwise outstanding work. Other reviewers have provided outlines, so I will just compare Bergerud's work with another favorite of mine, Richard Overy's "The Air War 1939-1945." So if you are ready for something beyond unit history's or personal accounts of aerial combat in this remote theater, this is the book to turn to.
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The South Pacific, as Eric Bergerud points out at the start of this book, was an unlikely place to develop into a battlefield during the Second World War. Lacking natural resources or any geographic significance in its own right, its proximity to the more important locations of Southeast Asia made it the centerpoint in the war between the Japanese on the one hand and the United States and her allies on the other. And a key aspect of that war was the struggle taking place in the skies between the respective air forces, a struggle that is the subject of Bergerud's weighty book.



In examining the air war, Bergerud eschews a traditional narrative account in favor of a thorough analysis of the various factors involved, an approach that allows him to glean insights that are often missing from most histories of the conflict. He divides this analysis into three parts, focusing on the geographic conditions, the men and equipment, and the tactics and nature of combat in the region. Each chapter is full of Bergerud's well-informed and opinionated explanations of the factors determining the nature of the air war and the advantages and deficiencies possessed by the two sides as they confronted each other. Readers may disagree with some of his conclusions, but there are valuable insights about the air war on nearly every page, ones applicable not just to the battles over the South Pacific but to the war as a whole as well.

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Formal Logic (Humanities Insights)



Formal Logic (Humanities Insights)
Mark Jago | 2007-03-17 00:00:00 | Humanities - Ebooks.co.uk | 111 | Philosophy

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Just One Thing: Twelve of the World's Best Investors Reveal the One Strategy



Just One Thing: Twelve of the World's Best Investors Reveal the One Strategy
John F. Mauldin | 2005-11-04 00:00:00 | Wiley | 272 | Finances and Money
Whether from business-focused cable TV channels, newspapers, magazines, Web sites, or friends and family, investment advice comes these days from every corner. The nagging question for conscientious investors remains, though: how to separate good advice from bad? In a world of squawking television commentators and garish headlines, who and what should we trust? With Just One Thing, veteran investment writer John Mauldin offers his answer: take just the best advice, from the best investors, and discard everything else. Mauldin has solicited 12 leading investors for what each considers his most valuable insight or lesson over a long and illustrious investment career--the "one thing" he considers most important to investing--and gathered the tips for future generations of investors to learn.
The lessons which Mauldin has compiled in this thin, readable volume range widely. Some readers may enjoy the folksier tone of hedge fund manager Andy Kessler's piece, which analogizes investing to a hike up New England's Mt. Washington, on a foggy day. Other may prefer the approach of bond investor Gary Shilling, who argues for finding and developing a consistent and long-term narrative (or "story" about a market) around which to build investment picks. Yet others may find it most comforting to go with financial analyst Rob Arnott, who runs a multi-billion dollar fund for Pimco and who anchors his market analysis in deep skepticism and extensive quantitative analytics.

As with the larger market, Mauldin's group of 12 expert investors brings its own mix of philosophies, tactics, and personalities to investing, and in his notes between each selection, Mauldin is careful not to tip his hand favoring one or the other. Instead, quality for Mauldin rests in the survey of the masters, and the restriction of those masters to "just one thing" each. Mauldin should know: as the author of Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market, as well as a weekly investment newsletter with readership over one million, he has seen his share of both charlatans and geniuses.

Mauldin's work can be taken a couple of different ways. For younger investors, it may provide a valuable survey of different investment philosophies, and the opportunity to learn just enough to undertake further research elsewhere. For more experienced investors it can provide the possibility of a new idea gleaned here or there, some new concept that may have been overlooked previously. Either way, both audiences will benefit from the diversity of perspectives included in this book. In an increasingly chaotic and noise-filled world, trusted sources which give such sure-handed perspective on the business of investments deserve high praise. --Peter Han
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Velikii perekhod



Velikii perekhod
V. Tikhoplav | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Dilia | 256 | Subjects

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Onflow: Dynamics of Consciousness and Experience (Bradford Books)



Onflow: Dynamics of Consciousness and Experience (Bradford Books)
Ralph Pred | 2005-04-01 00:00:00 | The MIT Press | 362 | Philosophy
Honorable Mention, 2007 Book Prize competition sponsored by the Canadian Philosophical Association.

In Onflow, Ralph Pred supplies an account of the nature of consciousness that grapples with "the raw unverbalized stream of experience." Unlike other recent philosophical accounts of consciousness, Pred's analysis deals with the elusive and commonly neglected continuities in the stream of consciousness. Pred offers a general characterization and analysis of experience as well as a highly detailed interpretation of experience from within. Determined to make "conceptual contact" with the immediacy of actual experience, Pred carries forward the radical empiricism pioneered by William James (who coined the term "stream of consciousness") and draws on the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.

To help readers apprehend the formation of conscious thoughts, the intertwining of perception and action, and the working of consciousness in onflowing experience, Pred applies methods of analysis developed in John Searle's theory of intentionality to James's views, thereby showing how intentional states are embedded in the stream of consciousness. Then, calling on Whitehead's treatment of lived moments as acts of experience, Pred provides an account of consciousness that at once deals with conscious thoughts as they emerge from and function in embodied, socialized experience and illustrates how language distorts our understanding of experience and subjectivity. Finally, he details striking parallels between this account and Gerald Edelman's biological theory of consciousness, and, in contrasting the two, argues for a revitalized version of the experiental monism originally formulated by James.

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Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain: The Disinherited Spirit



Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain: The Disinherited Spirit
Frank Prochaska | 2006-02-16 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 228 | England
An elegantly written study that charts the relationship between Christianity and social service in Britain since the eighteenth century and presents a challenging new interpretation of the links between Christian decline and democratic traditions.
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This book gives a detailed account of the pre-eminent role played by Christianity and the churches in meeting a sweeping array of social needs, from nursing to education, from poor relief to mothers' meetings, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prochaska's argument, in brief, is that the arrogation of those roles by the state through the taxation system did more to secularise Britain than anything else. Prochaska makes it plain from the start that he is not a religious believer, and has no personal axe to grind on this matter. But I am, and I do. And the story he tells is almost heartbreaking. As taxes and 'state provision' rose, so the charitable instincts of the populace were progressively strangled. As the meeting of needs was depersonalised and bureaucratised, so individuals became the clients of the state -- and less self-reliant, more self-assertive, and less pious into the bargain. Prochaska also shows that the state takeover meant, among other things, a male takeover of social services; most of the Christian volunteers had been women; most of the government bureaucrats, men. The central argument of the statists was that government intervention would mean greater uniformity of service, and would be less hit-and-miss; services would be doled out on the basis of need, without the making of moral judgments. By now it has long since become clear that the making of such judgments is precisely what is needed, and that benefits subsidise fecklessness as often as they meet real needs. And, what is just as much to the point, convey no sense of obligation nor imply any need for gratitude in the recipient: the benefits are a 'right'. So who needs God?



This book is an insightful guide to what has happened in Britain -- and a cautionary tale about the fate of America, if the statist road is travelled too far. Superb stuff.

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Economic Advice and Rhetoric: Why Do Consultants Perform Better Than Academic Advisers?



Economic Advice and Rhetoric: Why Do Consultants Perform Better Than Academic Advisers?
Onno Bouwmeester | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Edward Elgar Pub | 293 | Finances and Money
This book compares the approaches of consultants and academic advisers and provides an in-depth analysis of their advice argumentation. Both compete on the market for economic advice, with consultants enjoying a larger market share and usually obtaining higher fees. However, academics criticize them for overcharging, shallowness, and quick-and-dirty methods. So, are consultants' clients misled or even cheated? Not necessarily. The book reveals that academics have drawbacks as well; their arguments are less balanced than those of consultants and their estimates contradict each other more.

Economic Advice and Rhetoric argues that clients should be cautious, challenging academics to reconsider their understanding of consulting practices. Onno Bouwmeester illustrates that the instrumental concept of academic advice as assumed by mainstream economists and policy scientists does not guide the practice of academic advisers and thus creates wrong expectations. He deconstructs the current understanding of academic advice, and counters the view held by critical academics that consultants' rhetoric is misleading by comparing it to the rhetoric of academics.

This rhetorical analysis will be informative to academics and advisors with an interest in the subject of consulting. Students aiming to become consultants, as well as consultants who want to learn more about academic advisers as their competitors, will also find this book an invaluable resource.
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The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Business Stupidity in the 21st Century



The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Business Stupidity in the 21st Century
Scott Adams | 1998-01-01 00:00:00 | Harper Paperbacks | 288 | Management
Warning: more stupidity ahead (also selfishness and horniness)

Nostradamus, step aside. Scott Adams has turned futurist and gives us a much needed look into his skewed crystal ball.

Here's a taste of what you'll learn in The Dibert Future:

in the future, life definitely won't be like Star Trek (or else we'd never leave the holodeck)

there will be a huge market for technology products that help workers goof off and still get paid

Internet capacity will increase indefinitely to keep up with the egos of the people using it

it will be increasingly easy to find customers gullible enough to buy any product, no matter how worthless and stupid it is

your competitors will remain just as clueless as your are

There's only one word to describe life in The Dibert Future: HILARIOUS.
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Improvised Land Mines: Employment And Destructive Capabilities



Improvised Land Mines: Employment And Destructive Capabilities
David Harber | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Paladin Press | 88 | Military Science
From the author of the best-selling Anarchist Arsenal series comes this comprehensive study of land mines. It includes instructions and illustrations for everything from the tiny DH-3 used by the VC to the massive Soviet MON-22, as well as claymores, frags, flying mines and much more. For information purposes only.

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Egypt: Positive Results from Knowledge Sharing and Modest Lending - an IEG Country Assistance Evaluation 1999-2007 (Independent Evaluation Group Studies)



Egypt: Positive Results from Knowledge Sharing and Modest Lending - an IEG Country Assistance Evaluation 1999-2007 (Independent Evaluation Group Studies)
World Bank | 2009-05-13 00:00:00 | World Bank Publications | 128 | Economics
This report reviews World Bank support to Egypt from fiscal 1999 through fiscal 2007. It analyzes the objectives and content of the Bank s assistance program during this period. The Bank s assistance program largely met its objectives and contributed significantly to policy and institutional changes, especially in the financial sector, privatization, pension system, and private sector development. From FY99 to FY07, the Bank committed just $2.1 billion for 18 investment projects and one policy-based loan. Bank analytical work has helped in the design of recent economic reforms and in monitoring poverty. The Bank s long-term partnership in irrigation and water management has contributed to recent increases in agriculture productivity and exports. Bank efforts in rural finance have been less successful. The Bank has also contributed to improvements in Egypt s human development indicators. Future Bank strategy needs to reflect Egypt s middle-income status by including a flexible lending program and an emphasis on knowledge services, including reimbursable technical assistance. The Bank can further strengthen the partnership by focusing on (i) poverty and inequality; (ii) analytic work on macroeconomic analysis and income disparities and its improved dissemination; (iii) further financial sector reforms and indirectly combating corruption; and (iv) sectoral strategies and policy and institutional reforms in infrastructure and energy.

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Guidelines For Process Hazards Analysis (Pha, Hazop), Hazards Identification, And Risk Analysis



Guidelines For Process Hazards Analysis (Pha, Hazop), Hazards Identification, And Risk Analysis
Hyatt, Nigel | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | CRC | 474 | Other Engineering
This unique manual is a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of hazards analysis as it applies to the process and allied industries. The book begins by building a background in the technical definition of risk, past industrial incidents and their impacts, ensuing legislation, and the language and terms of the risk field. It addresses the different types of structured analytical techniques for conducting Process Hazards Analyses (PHA), provides a "What If" checklist, and shows how to organize and set up PHA sessions. Other topics include layout and siting considerations, Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA), human factors, loss of containment, and PHA team leadership issues.
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Singular Perturbation Theory: Mathematical and Analytical Techniques with Applications to Engineering



Singular Perturbation Theory: Mathematical and Analytical Techniques with Applications to Engineering
R.S. Johnson | 2004-12-15 00:00:00 | Springer | 292 | Engineering

The theory of singular perturbations has evolved as a response to the need to find approximate solutions (in an analytical form) to complex problems. Typically, such problems are expressed in terms of differential equations which contain at least one small parameter, and they can arise in many fields: fluid mechanics, particle physics and combustion processes, to name but three.



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Signal Theory Methods in Multispectral Remote Sensing (Wiley Series in Remote Sensing and Image Processing)



Signal Theory Methods in Multispectral Remote Sensing (Wiley Series in Remote Sensing and Image Processing)
David A Landgrebe | 2003-01-31 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 528 | Engineering
An outgrowth of the author's extensive experience teaching senior and graduate level students, this is both a thorough introduction and a solid professional reference.
* Material covered has been developed based on a 35-year research program associated with such systems as the Landsat satellite program and later satellite and aircraft programs.
* Covers existing aircraft and satellite programs and several future programs

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Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (4 Volumes set)



Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (4 Volumes set)
Paul Murdin | 2001-01-01 00:00:00 | Grove's Dictionaries | 2500 | Astronomy and Cosmology
The 600-plus main articles range from 2500 to 5000 words and offer illustrations and bibliographic references, which sometimes include web sites. The shorter, unsigned articles are descriptions of space vehicles and missions, messier objects, observatories, definitions, and biographies. Most of the 2000 illustrations are black and white, with a few color-plate inserts grouped in the middle of each volume. It is considerably more inclusive than either the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Astronomy (LJ 4/15/93) or The Encyclopedia of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Van Nostrand Reinhold: Wiley, 1992). Suitable for scientists, students, and amateur astronomers, this work is recommended for academic libraries.
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Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration



Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration
Robert Ubell | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 268 | Management
"This book, by Robert Ubell and his excellent team of collaborators, adds an important dimension to effective teaching and learning in online environments. It addresses how interaction and collaboration online can be effectively harnessed in virtual teams. It is an important contribution to the larger field of Internet-based education." —Frank Mayadas, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

How to create and manage highly successful teams online

With the advent of the global economy and high-speed Internet, online collaboration is fast becoming the norm in education and industry. This book takes online collaboration to the next level, showing how you can bolster online learning and business performance with the innovative use of virtual teams.

Written by a team of experts headed by online learning pioneer Robert Ubell, Virtual Teamwork covers best practices for online instruction and team learning, reveals proven techniques for managing enterprise and global virtual teams, and helps you choose the best communication tools for the job.

Educators, project managers, and anyone involved in teaching online courses or creating online programs will find a wealth of tips and techniques for building and managing successful virtual teams, including guidance for:

* Integrating team instruction in the virtual classroom
* Using best techniques for team interaction across borders and time zones
* Structuring cost-effective, competitive projects that work
* Leveraging leadership, mentoring, and conflict management in virtual teams
* Conducting testing, grading, and peer- and self-assessment online
* Managing corporate, global, and engineering virtual teams
* Choosing the right technologies for effective collaboration
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A To Z 0f Marine Scientists (Notable Scientists)



A To Z 0f Marine Scientists (Notable Scientists)
Barbara Charton | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Facts on File | 240 | Scientists

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Process Chemistry of Petroleum Macromolecules (Chemical Industries)



Process Chemistry of Petroleum Macromolecules (Chemical Industries)
Irwin A. Wiehe | 2008-06-20 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 456 | Engineering

Although there is a shortage of light petroleum, there is plenty of heavy petroleum rich in macromolecules available, creating an increasing interest for processes that can convert heavy oils to light oils. Process Chemistry of Petroleum Macromolecules provides the scientific basis for such processes, presenting methods to determine improvement potential. Topics include characterization, thermal kinetics, phase behavior, and separation. Revealing that the science of petroleum macromolecules is simpler and more exciting than imagined, it also discusses macromolecules that self-associate, liquid crystalline phases, reactions triggered by phase separation, and both dispersed and dissolved solutes.


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This book presents a wealth of information on characterizing and processing heavy oils and petroleum resids, with emphasis on insight into mechanisms of fouling that is closely related to processing of these materials, diagnosis of causes, and ultimate development of fouling mitigation remedies. It is a valuable reference book highly recommended to technical and professional personnel working in refineries and R&D on improving refinery energy efficiency and down time by alleviating fouling.
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I read this book over and over with high interest.

It is very usefull for my current job. We have found at first two areas where the approaches of the author can be applied immediatly in the following subjects:



1- Pay more attention in processing the crude mixtures which are soluble.

2- Try to increase the conversion of the visbreaking so as the thermal cracking units in our refineries.



Our futue project is to install a data base for the blendable crude oils.



I highly recommend this book to other colleagues in the refineries.

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Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell



Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell
Gregory Landini | 2007-08-13 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 316 | History of Ideas
Wittgenstein's Tractatus has generated many interpretations since its publication in 1921, but over the years a consensus has developed concerning its criticisms of Russell's philosophy. In Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell, Gregory Landini draws extensively from his work on Russell's unpublished manuscripts to show that the consensus characterises Russell with positions he did not hold. Using a careful analysis of Wittgenstein's writings he traces the 'Doctrine of Showing' and the 'fundamental idea' of the Tractatus to Russell's logical atomist research program, which dissolves philosophical problems by employing variables with structure. He argues that Russell and his apprentice Wittgenstein were allies in a research program that makes logical analysis and reconstruction the essence of philosophy. His sharp and controversial study will be essential reading for all who are interested in this rich period in the history of analytic philosophy.

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IS-IS Network Design Solutions



IS-IS Network Design Solutions
| 2002-02-07 00:00:00 | | 0 | Cisco


The definitive IS-IS reference and design guide

Extensive coverage of both underlying concepts and practical applications of the IS-IS protocolDetailed explanation of how the IS-IS database works and relevant insights into the operation of the shortest path first (SPF) algorithmComprehensive tutorial on configuring and troubleshooting IS-IS on Cisco routersAdvanced information on IP network design and performance optimization strategies using IS-ISNetwork design case studies provide a practical perspective of various design strategiesComprehensive overview of routing and packet-switching mechanisms on modern routersA collection of IS-IS packet formats and analyzer decodes useful for mastering the nuts and bolts of the IS-IS protocol and troubleshooting complex problems

Interior gateway protocols such as Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) are used in conjunction with the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to provide robust, resilient performance and intelligent routing capabilities required in large-scale and complex internetworking environments. Despite the popularity of the IS-IS protocol, however, networking professionals have depended on router configuration manuals, protocol specifications, IETF RFCs, and drafts. Mastering IS-IS, regardless of its simplicity, has been a daunting task for many.

IS-IS Network Design Solutions provides the first comprehensive coverage available on the IS-IS protocol. Networking professionals of all levels now have a single source for all the information needed to become true experts on the IS-IS protocol, particularly for IP routing applications. You will learn about the origins of the IS-IS protocol and the fundamental underlying concepts and then move to complex protocol mechanisms involving building, maintaining, and dissemination of the information found in the IS-IS database on a router. Subsequent discussions on IP network design issues include configuration and troubleshooting techniques, as well as case studies with practical design scenarios.



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IS-IS Implemenations - but not for CCIE
I purchased this book as I hoped it would enhance my knowledge for the CCIE - unfortunately I was wrong. The best part of the book are the first few chapters - Chapter 3 & 4. This is a good refresher for ISIS. But, as the book goes on, the continuity is lost. Particularly, the last few chapters on troubleshooting ISIS are of no real value. If you are one of the rare networks that uses IS-IS, you probably need this book. If you don't use IS-IS, then don't bother!


I give this book 3 pings out of 5:

!!,,!

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IS-IS NETWORK DESIGN
The book gives indepth knowledge of IS-IS in all its modes with good case studies. Case studies provide a practical perspective of various design strategies. Detailed explanation of how the IS-IS database works. Its worth reading this title.


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Evolution Illuminated: Salmon and Their Relatives



Evolution Illuminated: Salmon and Their Relatives
Stephen C. Stearns | 2003-11-27 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 520 | English as a Foreign Language
This book will appeal to investigators in each of the scientific disciplines it integrates--evolutionary biology, ecology, salmonid biology, management, and conservation. Variation in salmonids can be used to illustrate virtually all evolutionary questions, and so the work will also attract general scientific interest by ecologists and evolutionary and conservation biologists.

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Principles of Neurotheology,2010



Principles of Neurotheology,2010
Ashgate | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Ashgate | 284 | Occultism
'Neurotheology' has garnered substantial attention in the academic and lay communities in recent years. Several books have been written addressing the relationship between the brain and religious experience and numerous scholarly articles have been published on the topic, some in the popular . The scientific and religious communities have been very interested in obtaining more information regarding neurotheology, how to approach this topic, and how science and religion can be integrated in some manner that preserves both. If neurotheology is to be considered a viable field going forward, it requires a set of clear principles that can be generally agreed upon and supported by both the theological or religious perspective and the scientific one as well. "Principles of Neurotheology" sets out the necessary principles of neurotheology which can be used as a foundation for future neurotheological discourse. Laying the groundwork for a new synthesis of scientific and theological dialogue, this book proposes that neurotheology, a term fraught with potential problems, is a highly useful and important voice in the greater study of religious and theological ideas and their intersection with science.
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Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium I



Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium I
Nicola Masciandaro, Steven Shakespeare, Erik Butler and more | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | | 1 | Music
Essays and documents related to Hideous Gnosis, a symposium on black metal theory, which took place on December 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Expanded and Revised.

"Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous." - H.P. Lovecraft

"Poison yourself . . . with thought" - Arizmenda

CONTENTS: Steven Shakespeare, "The Light that Illuminates Itself, the Dark that Soils Itself: Blackened Notes from Schelling's Underground." Erik Butler, "The Counter-Reformation in Stone and Metal: Spiritual Substances." Scott Wilson, "BAsileus philosoPHOrum METaloricum." Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, "Transcendental Black Metal." Nicola Masciandaro, "Anti-Cosmosis: Black Mahapralaya." Joseph Russo, "Perpetue Putesco - Perpetually I Putrefy." Benjamin Noys, "'Remain True to the Earth!': Remarks on the Politics of Black Metal." Evan Calder Williams, "The Headless Horsemen of the Apocalypse." Brandon Stosuy, "Meaningful Leaning Mess." Aspasia Stephanou, "Playing Wolves and Red Riding Hoods in Black Metal." Anthony Sciscione, "'Goatsteps Behind My Steps . . .': Black Metal and Ritual Renewal." Eugene Thacker, "Three Questions on Demonology." Niall Scott, "Black Confessions and Absu-lution."

DOCUMENTS: Lionel Maunz, Pineal Eye; Oyku Tekten, Symposium Photographs; Scott Wilson, "Pop Journalism and the Passion for Ignorance"; Karlynn Holland, Sin Eater I-V; Nicola Masciandaro and Reza Negarestani, Black Metal Commentary; Black Metal Theory Blog Comments; Letter from Andrew White; E.S.S.E, Murder Devour I.
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Microsoft Office Word 2003 Step by Step



Microsoft Office Word 2003 Step by Step
| 2003-09-24 00:00:00 | | 0 | Microsoft Word


This practical, hands-on tutorial expertly builds your skills with Microsoft Word 2003?one step at a time! With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through easy-to-follow lessons and practice exercises to learn essential tools and techniques. You?ll discover the new features of Microsoft Word 2003 and master the fundamentals for creating great-looking documents. Topics include using styles, templates, and Smart Tags; formatting, editing, and publishing your ideas in print and online; organizing information and adding impact with tables, charts, and graphics; using the Mail Merge Wizard to create customized letters, labels, and envelopes; and sharing, comparing, and merging documents through e-mail or the Web. The book also helps you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist exam and makes a great on-the-job desk reference. Designed for beginning-level and intermediate-level users, STEP BY STEP puts you in charge of developing the skills you need, exactly when you need them!

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very good resource
This book was very helpful in teaching me the necessary skills for Microsoft Office 2003.

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Book Good, CD Wrong
The book is in excellent condition but it came with the wrong CD. It was a library book so I'm sure that's why it was mixed up. However I wish the vendor had listed no CD rather than the wrong one.

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Word 2003 Step by Step
Well laid out manual for learning some of the finer secrets of using Word 2003.

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Word 2003 Step by Step. Finally, a manual that helps!
I've been using Word 2000 for years. I was finally able to get most of thr functions I needed to work, but it was a `try & try again` approach. The on line manual is helpful, IF you know what questions to ask. And most software has features you might not be aware of, and therefore can't use.


The Word 2003 Step by Step manual is wonderful. You can find what you want to do easily in the index, then get step by step instructions on how to do the project. You can just read the index and/or manual, and learn of the many features available that you never knew existed, and so hadn't tried to use.


It's like having an instructor on hand, any time you want one. I expanded my use of Word greatly, just by learning about new features, on learning how to do things I knew existed, but couldn't figure out how to access.


I highly recommend this book.

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Great study material
This book tells you exactly what you need to know for the exam. I was able to concentrate on the proper information without worry. I passed the exam first time :D


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Tom Poulton The Lost Drawings (Ill)



Tom Poulton The Lost Drawings (Ill)
Tom Poulton | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Erotic Print Society | 120 | Erotic Photography
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While this wasn't quite what I expected, Tom Poultons drawing style is unusual, but realistic - and very raunchy!

i enjoyed the book and would recommend it. It contains a portfolio of erotic drawings, followed by a written stroy illustrated with his drawings. Very raunchy and picking up many favourite fantasies.

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How to Find Lost Objects



How to Find Lost Objects
Solomon | 1995-04-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Misc
When I first heard of "How to find lost objects" its author was being featured on Michael Feldman's "Whaddaya Know?" on NPR. He sold me, as a person who frequently misplaces commonly used objects. Professor Solomon's book is amazingly functional as well as funny. If it's possible I actually enjoy the finding process rather than dread it when I need to search for lost objects, thanks to his methods. They may sound corny but they actually work. Because of the successful track record I've had with this resource I chuckle whenever I must place the post-it on my mirror reading "it's not lost-- you are". The 3 "C"s make sense: Comfort, Calmness, Confidence. How many times have we searched in a panic only to undermine our own efforts? The humor doesn't merely help relax the finder, it focuses. This book is in my top 5 most consulted. It's paid for itself many times over.
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