A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities

A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities

A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization by J C McKeown
2013 | EPUB | 21.9MB

The ancient Greeks were a wonderful people. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and many forms of art and branches of science would be inconceivable without their influence. And yet, they were capable of the most outlandish behavior, preposterous beliefs, and ludicrous opinions.

Like its companion volume, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities, this is an uproarious miscellany of odd stories and facts, culled from a lifetime of teaching ancient Greek civilization. In some ways, the book demonstrates how much the Greeks were like us. Politicians were regarded as shallow and self-serving; overweight people resorted to implausible diets; Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their children by riding around on a stick pretending it was a horse. Of course, their differences from us are abundantly documented too and the book may leave readers with a few incredulous questions. To ward off evil, were scapegoats thrown down from cliffs, though fitted out with feathers and live birds to give them a sporting chance of survival? Did a werewolf really win the boxing event at the Olympic Games? Were prisoners released on bail so that they could enjoy dramatic festivals? Did anyone really believe that Pythagoras flew about on a magic arrow? Other such mysteries abound in this quirky and richly illustrated journey into the "glory that was Greece."

A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities

A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities

A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire by J C McKeown
2010 | PDF | 5.7MB

Here is a whimsical and captivating collection of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia of the ancient Romans. We tend to think of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army, an exemplary legal system, and a precise and elegant language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities shows that the Romans were equally capable of bizarre superstitions, logic-defying customs, and often hilariously derisive views of their fellow Romans and non-Romans.

Classicist J. C. McKeown has organized the entries in this entertaining volume around major themes--The Army, Women, Religion and Superstition, Family Life, Medicine, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for quick browsing or more deliberate consumption. Among the book's many gems are:

Romans on urban living:
The satirist Juvenal lists "fires, falling buildings, and poets reciting in August as hazards to life in Rome."

On enhanced interrogation:
"If we are obliged to take evidence from an arena-fighter or some other such person, his testimony is not to be believed unless given under torture." (Justinian)

On dreams:
Dreaming of eating books "foretells advantage to teachers, lecturers, and anyone who earns his livelihood from books, but for everyone else it means sudden death"

On food:
"When people unwittingly eat human flesh, served by unscrupulous restaurant owners and other such people, the similarity to pork is often noted." (Galen)

On marriage:
In ancient Rome a marriage could be arranged even when the parties were absent, so long as they knew of the arrangement, "or agreed to it subsequently."

On health care:
Pliny caustically described medical bills as a "down payment on death," and Martial quipped that "Diaulus used to be a doctor, now he's a mortician. He does as a mortician what he did as a doctor."

For anyone seeking an inglorious glimpse at the underside of the greatest empire in history, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities offers endless delights.

The Happiness Choice

The Happiness Choice

The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Marilyn Tam
2013 | EPUB | 1.24MB

Discover the path to a happy life, from a woman who overcame the odds and achieved a joyful life.

Author Marilyn Tam takes what she learned from being an unwanted, neglected, and abused child in Hong Kong to become an international business success and humanitarian who is happy, healthy, and at peace with herself. In The Happiness Choice, she teaches readers how to live the life of their dreams. This book reveals the principles, tools, and philosophies she has used to achieve a balanced, healthy, and joyful life. People want contentment, love, and happiness from meaningful work, personal relationships, healthy mind and body, a spiritual core, and a reason for living. Tam details a path to get you there.

  • Offers overall perspective, inspiration, and support to help people achieve their dreams
  • Packed with personal stories and advice from Tam, celebrated entrepreneur and sought-after speaker and consultant, working globally with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and non-profit organizations

The Happiness Choice, is filled with stories, tips, and insights on how anyone can live the life they've dreamed of living—a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life.

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job by Ellen Gordon Reeves
2009 | EPUB | 3.49MB

A witty, friendly, unexpected job hunter's bible that finally answers the real questions. Yes, if you're wedded to your nose ring, wear it to the interview. No, you shouldn't be e-mailing out hundreds of résumés.

Writing with enormous authority and a compelling, lively voice, Ellen Reeves brings together her lifetime of experience of hiring, counseling, and résumé-doctoring into an essential guide for young job seekers.

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? takes readers step-by-step through a process that was always tough, but is today especially challenging. Begin the search with a professional mind-set—get organized, and set yourself up with business cards, a respectable e-mail address, and a working cell phone. The importance of networking and the rule of three—try to make three e-mails or phone calls a day, but never more than that. The "elevator speech"—hone your pitch to the length of an elevator ride and be prepared to use it at the most unexpected times. The art of writing cringe-free cover letters and killer résumés—from timelines, hooks, and grammatical do's and don'ts to why you should never use the phrase "References available upon request," never include your GPA, and never, ever make a typo. How to dress for an interview, including why to put on your business clothes when interviewing at home, over the phone. Things to be honest about: citizenship and past salary range. And things not to say: "I want this job because I need health insurance."

Then once you're in, how to negotiate salary, what to expect in a review, and basic first job common sense: take initiative, be humble and helpful, never use your boss as a confidant, and always say "I'll find out" instead of "I don’t know." Now you're on your way.

Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
1998 | EPUB | 1.46MB

This book realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable. Most people are fearful of change because they dont believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.

When the Y2K panic gripped the corporate realm before the new millenium, most work environments finally recognized the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. And businesses realized that this was not enough: they needed to help people get ready, too.

Spencer Johnson has created his new book to do just that. The coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager has written a deceptively simple story with a dramatically important message that can radically alter the way we cope with change. Who Moved My Cheese? allows for common themes to become topics for discussion and individual interpretation.

Who Moved My Cheese? takes the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and shows people a simple way to successfully deal with the changing times, providing them with a method for moving ahead with their work and lives safely and effectively.

The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought

The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought

The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought by Christopher Gill
2006 | PDF | 5.7MB

Christopher Gill offers a new analysis of what is innovative in Hellenistic--especially Stoic and Epicurean--philosophical thinking about selfhood and personality. His wide-ranging discussion of Stoic and Epicurean ideas is illustrated by a more detailed examination of the Stoic theory of the passions and a new account of the history of this theory.

His study also tackles issues about the historical study of selfhood and the relationship between philosophy and literature, especially the presentation of the collapse of character in Plutrarch's Lives, Senecan tragedy, and Virgil's Aeneid. As all Greek and Latin is translated, this book presents original ideas about ancient concepts of personality to a wide range of readers.

Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life by Justin E H Smith
2011 | PDF | 4.04MB

Though it did not yet exist as a discrete field of scientific inquiry, biology was at the heart of many of the most important debates in seventeenth-century philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the work of G. W. Leibniz.

In Divine Machines, Justin Smith offers the first in-depth examination of Leibniz's deep and complex engagement with the empirical life sciences of his day, in areas as diverse as medicine, physiology, taxonomy, generation theory, and paleontology. He shows how these wide-ranging pursuits were not only central to Leibniz's philosophical interests, but often provided the insights that led to some of his best-known philosophical doctrines.

Presenting the clearest picture yet of the scope of Leibniz's theoretical interest in the life sciences, Divine Machines takes seriously the philosopher's own repeated claims that the world must be understood in fundamentally biological terms. Here Smith reveals a thinker who was immersed in the sciences of life, and looked to the living world for answers to vexing metaphysical problems. He casts Leibniz's philosophy in an entirely new light, demonstrating how it radically departed from the prevailing models of mechanical philosophy and had an enduring influence on the history and development of the life sciences. Along the way, Smith provides a fascinating glimpse into early modern debates about the nature and origins of organic life, and into how philosophers such as Leibniz engaged with the scientific dilemmas of their era.

The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived: How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends, Television, and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our Behavior, and Set the Course of History by Dan Karlan, Allan Lazar, Jeremy Salter
2006 | PDF | 1.71MB

From Santa Claus to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Uncle Sam to Uncle Tom, here is a compelling, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining compendium of fictional trendsetters and world-shakers who have helped shape our culture and our lives. The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived offers fascinating histories of our most beloved, hated, feared, and revered invented icons and the indelible marks they made on civilization, including:

  • # 28: Rosie the Riveter, the buff, blue-collar factory worker who helped jump-start the Women's Liberation movement
  • # 7: Siegfried, the legendary warrior-hero of Teutonic nationalism responsible for propelling Germany into two world wars
  • # 80: Icarus, the headstrong high-flyer who inspired the Wright brothers and humankind's dreams of defying gravity . . . while demonstrating the pressing need for flight insurance
  • # 58: Saint Valentine, the hapless, de-canonized loser who lost his heart and head at about the same time
  • # 43: Barbie, the bodacious plastic babe who became a role model for millions of little girls, setting an impossible standard for beauty and style

Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays

Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays

Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays by Camille Paglia
1992 | PDF | 12.06MB

A collection of twenty of Paglia's out-spoken essays on contemporary issues in America's ongoing cultural debate such as Anita Hill, Robert Mapplethorpe, the beauty myth, and the decline of education in America.

The Theatre of the Absurd

The Theatre of the Absurd

The Theatre of the Absurd by Martin Esslin
2001 | EPUB | 1.98MB

In 1953, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot premiered at a tiny avant-garde theatre in Paris; within five years, it had been translated into more than twenty languages and seen by more than a million spectators. Its startling popularity marked the emergence of a new type of theatre whose proponents—Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, and others—shattered dramatic conventions and paid scant attention to psychological realism, while highlighting their characters’ inability to understand one another. In 1961, Martin Esslin gave a name to the phenomenon in his groundbreaking study of these playwrights who dramatized the absurdity at the core of the human condition.

Over four decades after its initial publication, Esslin’s landmark book has lost none of its freshness. The questions these dramatists raise about the struggle for meaning in a purposeless world are still as incisive and necessary today as they were when Beckett’s tramps first waited beneath a dying tree on a lonely country road for a mysterious benefactor who would never show. Authoritative, engaging, and eminently readable, The Theatre of the Absurd is nothing short of a classic: vital reading for anyone with an interest in the theatre.

Food Grown Right in Your Backyard

Food Grown Right in Your Backyard

Food Grown Right in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Crops at Home by Colin Mccrate, Brad Halm
2012 | EPUB | 17.46MB

As the founders behind the Seattle Urban Farm Company, Colin McCrate and Brad Halm have heard it all: My backyard is too small; how can I make space for a garden? Do I really need to buy fertilizer? What on earth is that creature crawling on the tomatoes? My crops took off and the zucchini are in the sidewalk who has time to harvest this all?! FOOD GROWN RIGHT, IN YOUR BACKYARD is a primer for these questions and more.

In response to the rising interest in homegrown foods, the Seattle Urban Farm Co. builds vegetable gardens for everyone from busy families to restaurants. Along the way, Colin and Brad teach beginner growers from all walks of life the techniques of organic food production. In this full color, beautifully photographed guide, they prove that anyone can develop a green thumb, as they show readers how to build a garden from the ground up, explain general garden basics, discuss the best types of crops to try, and much more.

Designer Plant Combinations

Designer Plant Combinations

Designer Plant Combinations: 105 Stunning Gardens Using Six Plants or Fewer by Scott Calhoun
2008 | EPUB | 8.9MB

Author Scott Calhoun has visited the gardens of top designers from coast to coast and selected more than 100 stunning plant combinations, each using no more than six plants, to include in this photographic guide. Riots of complementary colors, masses of grasses, foliage spectacles in extraordinary shades of green and purple, and height variations as arresting as city skylines are all featured in these exciting gardens, each one an intimate glimpse of a larger garden. A favorite pairing can be the beginning of a larger garden design, or a five-plant grouping might be all you need to fill a small urban garden. The possibilities are as varied as your imagination!

Growing Roses in Cold Climates [Revised and Updated Edition]

Growing Roses in Cold Climates [Revised and Updated Edition]

Growing Roses in Cold Climates [Revised and Updated Edition] by Richard Hass, Jerry Olson, John Whitman
2012 | PDF | 21.58MB

This thoroughly updated edition of the landmark volume Growing Roses in Cold Climates includes:

  • Accessible information on 875 varieties of roses best suited to cold climates
  • New methods for protecting roses in winter
  • Hundreds of new rose introductions, including disease-resistant and hardy varieties
  • Five-star ratings to help you select top-performing roses

In addition to describing both organic and inorganic solutions to common rose problems, this volume also profiles twelve major classes of roses, complete with photographs and step-by-step guidelines on achieving ideal growing conditions.

Alliance by Jonathan Fenby

Alliance by Jonathan Fenby

Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another by Jonathan Fenby
2007 | PDF | 17.7MB

The history of the Second World War is usually told through its decisive battles and campaigns. But behind the front lines, behind even the command centres of Allied generals and military planners, a different level of strategic thinking was going on. Throughout the war the 'Big Three' - Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin - met in various permutations and locations to thrash out ways to defeat Nazi Germany - and, just as importantly, to decide the way Europe would look after the war.

This was the political rather than military struggle: a battle of wills and diplomacy between three men with vastly differing backgrounds, characters - and agendas. Focusing on the riveting interplay between these three extraordinary personalities, Jonathan Fenby re-creates the major Allied conferences including Casablanca, Potsdam and Yalta to show exactly who bullied whom, who was really in control, and how the key decisions were taken.

With his customary flair for narrative, character and telling detail, Fenby's account reveals what really went on in those smoke-filled rooms and shows how "jaw-jaw" as well as "war-war" led to Hitler's defeat and the shape of the post-war world.

Around the World Submerged: the Voyage of the Triton

Around the World Submerged: the Voyage of the Triton

Around the World Submerged: the Voyage of the Triton by E L Beach
1962 | EPUB | 4.01MB

Being X Navy and having worked on the outsides of subs at Holy Lock Scotland I had great interest in this book. I also read the late Captain Beach's Cold Is The Sea, and Dust On The Sea both 5 stars. I have purchased his Submarine and Run Silent Run Deep Books but still have to read them. The Run Silent Run Deep movie starring Clark Gable was 5 stars.

The late retired Captain Edward Beach wrote a great book Around The World Submerged. We see him getting command of the Triton SSRN 586, the largest sub at that time with two nuclear reactors. The sub was so huge as not to be a nautical term "boat" but a ship. Captain Beach had been a WW2 submariner with medals of heroism. Plus a Navy aid to President Eisenhower and Captain of an oiler ship.Lots of experience.

We see the Navy giving him and Triton's crew a "top secret" mission. They are to take Triton around the world submerged. Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the world and a cast plaque is made to give Spain of both the achievements.

We see the problems of some faulty equipment( some serious) and how the problems were resolved as well as a major hydraulic leak repaired. A crewman gets the Navy Commendation ribbon for his quick thinking. The crew get a Presidential Unit Citation given by the secretary of the Navy and Beach gets the Legion of Merit medal.

This was going during the height of the cold war when a US U2 plane was shot down. Eisenhower is delighted when Captain Beach gives him a letter from the completed mission. The President laughs as the letter is covered with toilet paper because of drying ship made slow drying ink. Beach forgot to take of the toilet paper. The President is delighted the world will know the world's seas are open with the circumnavigation of the earth by the USS Triton and crew. Job well done.

An excellent book describing crossing the equator "King Neptune, wife and grand baby" ceremony for Polliwogs to become Shell backs. Also we see the human side of keeping moral up with a ship "newspaper" and other planned activities Lots of good food supplied, as well as many scientific experiments on long time confinement of the men, two weeks no smoking tests and more. Lots of photos through the periscope of ships and interesting land sites for National Geographic. A crewman from Guam who had not been home in 14 years, sees his new house by his father through the periscope and is promised leave after the mission. Beach keeps his promise and the crewman gets 60 days leave at Guam. We see a sick crewman ( kidney stones) evacuated to another US ship through the sail with Triton's hull still underwater.

A truely great mission and a huge shake down cruise to find equipment problems on the new sub. Lots of new deep sea science done by scientists aboard, plus new underwater sites found.

The Origins of the Federal Reserve

The Origins of the Federal Reserve

The Origins of the Federal Reserve by Murray N Rothbard
2011 | EPUB | 361.48KB

Where did this thing called the Fed come from? Murray Rothbard has the answer here — in phenomenal detail that will make your head spin. In one extended essay, one that reads like a detective story, he has put together the most comprehensive and fascinating account based on a century's accumulation of scholarship.

The conclusion is that the Fed did not originate as a policy response to national need. It wasn't erected for any of its stated purposes. It was founded by two groups of elites: government officials and large financial and banking interests. Rothbard adds a third critical element: economists hired to give the scheme a scientific patina.

This excerpted chapter from Rothbard's History of Money and Banking is as scholarly as it is hair raising. This is one economic historian who does not fear naming names and assigning blame.

Reinventing the Meal

Reinventing the Meal

Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating by Pavel Somov
2012 | EPUB | 274.2KB

There’s nothing quite like a hot, soothing bowl of soup. It’s a leisurely meal—a purposeful one that offers pause for reflection between every savory spoonful. What if you approached every meal as if it were that delicious bowl of soup?

In Reinventing the Meal, you’ll learn how to reconnect with your body, mind, and world with a three-course approach to mindful eating. Inside, you’ll find mindfulness exercises to help you slow down and enjoy your food, pattern-interruption meditations to infuse presence into your eating life, and unique stress management tips to prevent emotional overeating. In addition, you’ll discover a wealth of philosophical perspectives that will inspire you to focus on the quality of your eating experience, rather than on the quantity of what you eat. Designed to help you embrace the ritual of eating (and discover the power of mindful meditation in the process), this book will ultimately change the way you view your meals—as not only sustenance for the body, but for the soul as well.

Negropedia

Negropedia

Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience by Patrice Evans
2011 | EPUB | 7.59MB

Patrice Evans is The Assimilated Negro, a hyperobservant, savagely pop-savvy instigator bent on pranking the crap out of our modern racial discourse. Since the debut of his popular “Ghetto Pass” column for Gawker.com, Evans has been the rare voice capable of speaking to junkies for both White Castle and Colson Whitehead with equal insight and aplomb. His first book, Negropedia, is a wide-ranging, deeply idiosyncratic tour through the tricky racial landscape of the Obama era, aimed at pop-culture consumers at the intersecting fan bases of South Park and Chappelle’s Show, Scott Pilgrim and The Boondocks.

Whether deconstructing Lil Wayne’s “no homo hypocrisy,” outlining the all-important Clair Huxtable code for finding a mate, or assessing Susan Sontag’s street cred, Evans provides a stream of daring outsider anthropology.

Making a Living Without a Job

Making a Living Without a Job

Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love by Barbara Winter
2009 | EPUB | 1.87MB

For all of the millions of Americans who are out of work, soon to be out of work, or wishing to be freed from unrewarding work—here is the must-have book that will show you how you can make a living by working when, where, and how you want.

Newly revised and updated, Barbara J. Winter’s guide to successful self-employment is now more relevant than ever before. Drawing on the techniques and ideas of her popular seminars as well as her own thirty years of business expertise and that of other successful entrepreneurs, Winter offers the practical, proven way to launch your own profitable venture. Her indispensable advice ranges from why creativity is more important than capital to how to avoid the most common pitfalls of self-employment and how to develop multiple profit centers.

And for this new edition, she has added timely advice on topics including:

  • how to find opportunity in a chaotic economy
  • why smart, small and spunky is the 21st Century business model
  • using the Internet to open the door to fresh opportunities
  • the best resources to help you create and grow a business that is uniquely your own
  • how to leave Employee Thinking behind and build an Entrepreneur’s Mindset
  • and much more

Here are all of the tools you need for getting the most profit out of life both professionally and personally.

Managing the Millennials

Managing the Millennials

Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today's Workforce by Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja, Craig Rusch
2010 | EPUB | 1.13MB

A valuable tool for anyone who wants to effectively manage and motivate twenty-something workers.

Many books are being published on how to manage employees of the "millennial" generation, but the solutions offered are anecdotal at best. Backed by years of serious research, Managing the Millennials provides managers of all ages with specific recommendations and tools for engaging this burgeoning demographic-some 78 million strong. Each chapter shares relevant interviews, case studies, and offers research-backed ideas and best practices to help any organization and their leaders address the challenges generational diversity presents.

Answering the perplexing question of how does one lead and manage younger employees, this book:

  • Offers research-based guidance on getting the most from twenty-something employees
  • Answers common questions and outlines practical solutions for building better relationships between the younger workers and the people who manage them
  • Includes a Special Offer with immediate benefit to readers: access to the authors' Generational Rapport Inventory (GRI), a tool that measures a managers competencies and identifies strengths and weaknesses in dealing with Millennials.
  • Accompanied by an associate web site, leadingthemillennials.com, offering a weekly blog addressing generational diversity issues in the workplace

Insightful and practical, Managing the Millennials is a valuable tool for millions of managers globally whose job it is to manage and motivate their twenty-something workers.

Moral Minds: The Nature of Right and Wrong

Moral Minds: The Nature of Right and Wrong

Moral Minds: The Nature of Right and Wrong by Marc Hauser
2007 | EPUB | 1.01MB

In his groundbreaking book, Marc Hauser puts forth a revolutionary new theory: that humans have evolved a universal moral instinct, unconsciously propelling us to deliver judgments of right and wrong independent of gender, education, and religion. Combining his cutting-edge research with the latest findings in cognitive psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, economics, and anthropology, Hauser explores the startling implications of his provocative theory vis-à-vis contemporary bioethics, religion, the law, and our everyday lives.

Digital Disconnect

Digital Disconnect

Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy by Robert W McChesney
2013 | EPUB | 621.97KB

Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internet’s effect on us and our world, oscillating between utopian bliss and dystopian hell. But according to Robert W. McChesney, arguments on both sides fail to address the relationship between economic power and the digital world.

McChesney’s award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy skewered the assumption that a society drenched in commercial information is a democratic one. In Digital Disconnect, McChesney returns to this provocative thesis in light of the advances of the digital age. He argues that the sharp decline in the enforcement of antitrust violations, the increase in patents on digital technology and proprietary systems and massive indirect subsidies and other policies have made the internet a place of numbing commercialism. A handful of monopolies now dominate the political economy, from Google, which garners a 97 percent share of the mobile search market, to Microsoft, whose operating system is used by over 90 percent of the world’s computers. Capitalism’s colonization of the Internet has spurred the collapse of credible journalism and made the Internet an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance and a disturbingly antidemocratic force.

In Digital Disconnect, Robert McChesney offers a groundbreaking critique of the Internet, urging us to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.

Semenology: The Semen Bartender's Handbook

Semenology: The Semen Bartender's Handbook

Semenology: The Semen Bartender's Handbook by Paul "Fotie" Photenhauer
2013 | EPUB | 3.97MB

This is the ultimate handbook for mixologists looking for ingredients that go beyond exotic fruit juices and rare spirits. Driven by a commitment and passion for the freshly harvested ingredient, Semenology pushes the limits of classic bartending.

Semen is often freshly available behind most bar counters and adds a personal touch to any cocktail. The connoisseur will appreciate learning how to mix selected spirits to enhance the delicate flavors of semen. The book provides useful tips that cover every detail of Semenology, from mixing and presentation to harvesting and storage advice.

Kingdom of Ants

Kingdom of Ants

Kingdom of Ants: Jose Celestino Mutis and the Dawn of Natural History in the New World by Edward O Wilson
2012 | EPUB | 2.69MB

One of the earliest New World naturalists, Jose Celestino Mutis began his professional life as a physician in Spain and ended it as a scientist and natural philosopher in modern-day Colombia. Drawing on new translations of Mutis's nearly forgotten writings, this fascinating story of scientific adventure in eighteenth-century South America retrieves Mutis's contributions from obscurity.

In 1760, the 28-year-old Mutis—newly appointed as the personal physician of the Viceroy of the New Kingdom of Granada—embarked on a 48-year exploration of the natural world of northern South America. His thirst for knowledge led Mutis to study the region's flora, become a professor of mathematics, construct the first astronomical observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and amass one of the largest scientific libraries in the world. He translated Newton's writings and penned essays about Copernicus; lectured extensively on astronomy, geography, and meteorology; and eventually became a priest. But, as two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Edward O. Wilson and Spanish natural history scholar Jose M. Gomez Duran reveal in this enjoyable and illustrative account, one of Mutis's most magnificent accomplishments involved ants.

Acting at the urging of Carl Linnaeus—the father of taxonomy—shortly after he arrived in the New Kingdom of Granada, Mutis began studying the ants that swarmed everywhere. Though he lacked any entomological training, Mutis built his own classification for the species he found and named at a time when New World entomology was largely nonexistent. His unorthodox catalog of army ants, leafcutters, and other six-legged creatures found along the banks of the Magdalena provided a starting point for future study.

Wilson and Duran weave a compelling, fast-paced story of ants on the march and the eighteenth-century scientist who followed them. A unique glance into the early world of science exploration, Kingdom of Ants is a delight to read and filled with intriguing information.

Tibet Wild: A Naturalist's Journeys on the Roof of the World

Tibet Wild: A Naturalist's Journeys on the Roof of the World

Tibet Wild: A Naturalist's Journeys on the Roof of the World by George B Schaller
2012 | EPUB | 10.85MB

As one of the world’s leading field biologists, George Schaller has spent much of his life traversing wild and isolated places in his quest to understand and conserve threatened species—from mountain gorillas in the Virunga to pandas in the Wolong and snow leopards in the Himalaya. Throughout his celebrated career, Schaller has spent more time in Tibet than in any other part of the world, devoting more than thirty years to the wildlife, culture, and landscapes that captured his heart and continue to compel him to protect them.

Tibet Wild is Schaller’s account of three decades of exploration in the most remote stretches of Tibet: the wide, sweeping rangelands of the Chang Tang and the hidden canyons and plunging ravines of the southeastern forests. As engaging as he is enlightening, Schaller illustrates the daily struggles of a field biologist trying to traverse the impenetrable Chang Tang, discover the calving grounds of the chiru or Tibetan antelope, and understand the movements of the enigmatic snow leopard.

As changes in the region accelerated over the years, with more roads, homes, and grazing livestock, Schaller watched the clash between wildlife and people become more common—and more destructive. Thus what began as a purely scientific endeavor became a mission: to work with local communities, regional leaders, and national governments to protect the unique ecological richness and culture of the Tibetan Plateau.

Whether tracking brown bears, penning fables about the tiny pika, or promoting a conservation preserve that spans the borders of four nations, Schaller has pursued his goal with a persistence and good humor that will inform and charm readers. Tibet Wild is an intimate journey through the changing wilderness of Tibet, guided by the careful gaze and unwavering passion of a life-long naturalist.

Gold Rush in the Jungle

Gold Rush in the Jungle

Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World" by Dan Drollette Jr
2013 | EPUB | 5.81MB

An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals.

Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a close relative of the nearly extinct Javan rhino. In an age when scientists are excited by discovering a new kind of tube worm, the thought of finding and naming a new large terrestrial mammal is astonishing, and wildlife biologists from all over the world are flocking to this dangerous region. The result is a race between preservation and destruction.

Containing research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs, ex-Viet Cong, and the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war's end, Gold Rush in the Jungle goes deep into the valleys, hills, and hollows of Vietnam to explore the research, the international trade in endangered species, the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and the effort of a handful of biologists to save the world's rarest animals.

Bicycling The Pacific Coast [Fourth Edition]

Bicycling The Pacific Coast [Fourth Edition]

Bicycling The Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico [Fourth Edition] by Vicky Spring, Tom Kirkendall
2005 | EPUB | 8.11MB

More than a meticulously detailed route, this is an adventure highlighting what to see and explore along the way.

  • Bike the coast in one trip or four separate adventures
  • Road directions, points of interest, and available restrooms and provisions all built into daily mileage logs
  • Elevation profiles and new Table of Essentials overview for each day's ride
  • More than 50,000 copies sold in previous editions.

From Vancouver, B.C. to the Mexican border, Tom Kirkendall and Vicky Spring guide you turn by turn along the length of Pacific Coast Bicycle Route-all 1816.5 miles. These forty-two suggested daily itineraries (averaging 53 miles each) begin and end at campsites. Everything you need to know about each day's ride is included: from tunnel- riding strategies to where to buy a new derailer, from one-of-a-kind museums along the way to side trips to lonely lighthouses and towering sand dunes. New to this edition is a quick-glance Table of Essentials for each daily itinerary, listing availability of bike shops, beach access, hiking trails, youth hostels, and activities.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago [2nd Edition]

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago [2nd Edition]

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Aurora, Northwest Indiana, and Waukegan [2nd Edition] by Ted Villaire
2009 | EPUB | 19.76MB

It's time to take a hike!

Chicago residents grab your boots and get outside! Using clear and entertaining narrative, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago eliminates doubts about where to hike and what to expect when you get to the trailhead. To locate and assess the best hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Chicago area, this guide is indispensable.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago blows the lid off the myth that you can't have a great trek close to home. The Windy City may be an ever-expanding metropolis, but there are still plenty of thrilling hiking options. Choose among short and long hikes, hikes for children, hikes for dogs, hikes for birding, for wildflowers and for waterfalls, historic and scenic hikes, and many others.

  • Trail Descriptions allow you to assess each trail before you hike it.
  • GPS-based Trail Maps provide you with accurate trail information.
  • Elevation Profiles help you visualize each trail's altitude gains and losses.
  • Detailed directions lead you to the trailheads.

Whether you live in Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, or Elgin, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago provides you with the information you need to choose the perfect day hike in your area, including trail lengths, hiking times, and trail difficulty. So lace up those boots, sling that daypack, and hit the trail!

Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond

Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond

Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond: 10 Year Master Edition 2013 by Vago Damitio
2013 | EPUB | 2.42MB

Back when the millenium was new, Vago Damitio decided he'd had enough of the corporate world and decided to see what it was like being homeless. Actually, he'd only been in the corpoate world for about six months and he became house-less, not homeless. His mission was to learn how to live in America without a job, a house, or any other impediments to having as much freedom as one man could find and to share with the world. He may not have found the answers he was looking for, but he learned a hell of a lot and had some whacked out adventures.

This book, originally published in 2003, contains those tips and tales. Vago Damitio has now, in 2013, been to more than forty countries, written ten books, and is still living on his own terms. Since publishing this book he's earned a degree, gotten married, and become a dad. Life is beautiful.

This is the 10th Anniversary Edition of Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond. It contains more stories, more tips, updated author notes, and some resources that didn't exist when the book was first published. It contains a few photos from Vago's adventures back in 2000 and 2001. While there is some new informationin this version, it is highly recommended that you also read Smooth Living: Beyond the Life of a Vagobond and Liminal Travel. Don't forget to keep your boots dry!

Liminal Travel: The Spaces In Between

Liminal Travel: The Spaces In Between

Liminal Travel: The Spaces In Between: A Short Guide to More Fulfilling Travel and Life by Vago Damitio
2013 | AZW3 | 382.86KB

Liminal Travel a guide to fulfilling your desires - with travel.

Travel in itself is a freedom from the things that constrain us in life. At least it should be. Liminal Travel outlines some of the ways that those who do travel can get more out of it for less money.

While not a budget travel guide, Liminal Travel is a guide to seeing travel in a different light. Chapters focus on earning money on the road, finding the right accommodation, rewarding things to do (for free), and alternative means of getting from here to there.

Capital [Audiobook]

Capital [Audiobook]

Capital [Audiobook] by John Lanchester
2012 | MP3@48 kbps + MOBI | 17 hrs 32 mins | 361.47MB

One of the most talked about books of the year, Capital is a sweeping social novel by the writer hailed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review as “a brainy, pleasure-loving polymath.”

Celebrated novelist John Lanchester returns with an epic novel that captures the obsessions of our time. It’s 2008 and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London—a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder—are receiving anonymous postcards reading “We Want What You Have.” Who is behind it? What do they want? Epic in scope yet intimate, capturing the ordinary dramas of very different lives, this is a novel of love and suspicion, of financial collapse and terrorist threat, of property values going up and fortunes going down, and of a city at a moment of extraordinary tension.