Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark [EPUB]
13 January 2017, 23:29
2012 | EPUB | 0.5MB
Only Christopher Dewdney could mine the darkest pools of lore, legend, natural history, science, cultural history and the arts to recast the seemingly commonplace aspects of an ordinary night into a magical and exhilarating nocturnal tour. Using an original hour-by-hour structure that follows night's progression from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, Dewdney explores and celebrates a single representative night at each point on the clock.
- 6:00 pm: The setting sun begins Dewdney's search to discover the perfect sunset.
- 10:00 pm: The evening rhythms of the city hit their stride, from the cop on the night beat to the backbeat of the clubs.
- Midnight: The hour of romance and magic.
- 3:00 am: Dewdney is wide awake at a sleep clinic.
- 5:00 am: " The desperate hour," we enter a provocative cultural investigation of the " art of darkness."
For all those who've been wondering what they've been missing while they sleep, Acquainted with the Night is an illuminating exploration and a terrific gift book.
Spurious Correlations [EPUB]
11 January 2017, 16:07
2015 | EPUB | 5.67MB
"Spurious Correlations ... is the most fun you'll ever have with graphs."--Bustle
Military intelligence analyst and Harvard Law student Tyler Vigen illustrates the golden rule that "correlation does not equal causation" through hilarious graphs inspired by his viral website.
Is there a correlation between Nic Cage films and swimming pool accidents? What about beef consumption and people getting struck by lightning? Absolutely not. But that hasn't stopped millions of people from going to tylervigen.com and asking, "Wait, what?" Vigen has designed software that scours enormous data sets to find unlikely statistical correlations. He began pulling the funniest ones for his website and has since gained millions of views, hundreds of thousands of likes, and tons of media coverage. Subversive and clever, Spurious Correlations is geek humor at its finest, nailing our obsession with data and conspiracy theory.
Men Are Better Than Women [EPUB]
08 January 2017, 14:42
2008 | EPUB | 0.2MB
Through a process of exhaustive man research he calls "keeping his eyes open," Dick Masterson has compiled a Magnum-size list of the ways men are better than women. It is an infallible compendium of man's greatness, filled with the most egregiously fallacious arguments ever put to words, but with some kind of miraculous, rock-solid man logic dripping like motor oil from every sentence. It is a manifesto more memorable than bullshit like High Fidelity or which Axe baby powder Maxim thinks you should slap on your nuts before clubbing, more chock-full of devastating man quotes than Oscar Wilde with two wangs. Most important, it is the only one of its kind. In Men Are Better Than Women, Dick Masterson dispenses logic from his man mouth into the eyes of his male readers like some kind of mighty mother man eagle with nutrient-rich word vomit. It's a book that makes you feel like driving a train into a dynamite factory and then tearing a telephone book apart with your bare hands, just because that's the way men have always done it.
Masterson's chapters are simple and self-contained, demand no commitments from readers, and have an immediate payoff. Men Are Better Than Women is a dangerous work of satire -- not dangerous in a revolutionary sense, but dangerous in that it walks the razor-thin line between cruelty and absurdity. That line is called hilarious.